JT Walker is an unapologetic fan of late author Shel Silverstein.
Silverstein was renowned for his children's books, such as the "The Giving Tree," but also had an irreverent side, being a cartoonist for Playboy magazine and writing poems, music and other works for adults.
Walker will use the author's material as the backdrop of "Shel Shocked," a comedic ode to Silverstein set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Backstage Bistro at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.
"This started years upon years upon years ago when I got the 'Very Best of Dr. Demento' CD," Walker said.
"There was a recording of Shel reading one of his own poems, 'The Smoke Off.' "
It was not about a campfire or cooking meats.
"I knew he had more adult works," said Walker, a hiring director and performer at Shadowbox.
"I did some research and found lots and lots of his stuff that was way too adult-oriented for children's books."
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or online at shadowboxlive.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Walker said he's done the show about four times over the last three years.
He said he will recite some poems and sing some songs, and will be accompanied by guitarist Jordan Estose.
"I definitely talk about who he is," Walker said of Silverstein. "That's one of the most fascinating parts for me.
"His children's work is so well-known and hardly anybody knows what he wrote for adults."
Walker said Silverstein had a knack for communicating across generations.
"When you look at all of his adult work and you go back and look at his children's work you can see that he spoke to children and adults pretty much the same way," Walker said.
"What I'm saying is he didn't dumb things down to children."
Jimmy Mak, head writer for Shadowbox, said Walker's show is a worthwhile piece of entertainment.
" 'Shel Shocked' is one of those rare shows that does it all," Mak said. "It's funny, poignant and -- God forbid -- makes you think."