In celebration of the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, grit meets glamour in a cabaret of boisterous rock-n-roll, intimate storytelling and beguiling siren songs delivered by three individual performers who will expand and explode your perception of both gender and theater. Counted amongst New York City’s most beloved performers and remarkable for their generosity of spirit, Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac have all garnered critical acclaim as masterful, unexpected and ever-evolving investigators of the magical potential of the stage.
Musical direction and piano: Matt Ray
Drums: David Berger
Bass: Danton Boller
7:40PM: Taylor Mac
8:40PM: Justin Vivian Bond
9:40PM: Joey Arias
The Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take exhibition will be open until 9:30PM. Cash bars all night.
View photos from the program here.
"Joey Arias is a demigod of the demimonde." -Time Out New York
“[Justin Vivian Bond is] a bar of gold in the new depression” -The New Yorker
“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” -The New York Times
Joey Arias has performed worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Freedom Theatre in London and on a transatlantic world tour into the cabaret clubs of Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Canada and England. On film, he has appeared in Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock - The Movie, Flawless and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Television credits include the infamous Saturday Night Live episode with David Bowie and Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium (Cinemax), Elvira's MTV Halloween Special, HBOs Dragtime, HBO's Real Sex and Gayer Than Gay on VH1, along with numerous appearances on a wide variety of talk shows and programs. Additionally, Arias has produced several of his own recordings including Arias on Holiday, Strange Fruit, Jazzo Lozo, God Shave the Queen and live recordings of StarLust in Berlin, Arias with a Twist and Bar D'o in New York.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press and Susie Says… a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012). V’s debut CD Dendrpophile was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by Silver Wells in 2012. In 2011 v’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy was presented at Participant Inc. in New York City. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007.
Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995).
Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie. Please visit www.justinbond.com to download and enjoy v’s music and blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!
Taylor Mac has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Public Theater, The Sydney Opera House, The San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, The Spoleto Festival, The Bumbershoot Festival, The Time Based Arts Festival, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, London’s Soho Theater, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets, and festivals around the globe.
Awards, grants, and fellowships include: an Obie, a Helen Merril Playwriting Award, a McKnight National Commissioning Award, two Sundance Theater Lab Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, three MAP Grants, a Creative Capital Grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for playwriting, The James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three Brighton Best of Festival Awards, a Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award for Best Touring Show, a Chicago Jeff Award Nomination, three GLAAD Media Award Nominations, an Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel Award, two New York State Council of The Arts Grants, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed Grant, The Ensemble Studio Theatre's New Voices Fellowship in playwriting, a Mabou Mines Suite (with collaborator Elizabeth Swados), and the one judy is most proud of, an Ethyl Eichelberger Award.
Vintage Press, Playscripts, New York Theatre Review and New York Theatre Experience have published judy’s plays. Judy was a HERE Arts Center resident artists and is currently a member of New Dramatists and a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.
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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
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