HOWL! FESTIVAL AND THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENT
LOW LIFE 7: BOWERY BOMBSHELLS
SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2013
5-7 PM - FREE ADMISSION
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, NYC
The storied history of the EAST VILLAGE and THE LOWER EAST SIDE was made
in part by a glorious mix of female firebrands, artists, libertines,
showgirls and other pioneers - the inspiration for this year's LOW LIFE
@ HOWL. Now in its seventh year as the closing show at the HOWL!
FESTIVAL, LOW LIFE is produced by East Village based performance/club
collective THE JACKIE FACTORY and its entertaining masterminds CHI CHI
VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL. Their 2013 edition will be a 90 minute free
outdoor spectacle, starring generations of NYC contemporary and
alternative performers and ensembles. From East Village icons to
emerging stars, each will present an homage (in dance, song, striptease,
dramatic reading etc.) to one of the title's BOWERY BOMBSHELLS.
These tributes will span more than a century: East 13th Street resident
and Anarchist EMMA GOLDMAN, writer and John Waters star COOKIE MUELLER,
Brooklyn-born MAE WEST, who began her career in the neighborhood's
vaudeville theaters, Bowery icon and tavern-keeper SLUGGER ANN (mother
of JACKIE CURTIS), La MaMa titaness ELLEN STEWART, Velvet Underground
chanteuse NICO, neo-psychedelic star WENDY WILD, Beat Goddess DIANE DI
PRIMA, artist GREER LANKTON, celebrated lesbian and pioneering decorator
ELSIE DEWOLFE, poet laureate PATTI SMITH and more.
The cast of BOWERY BOMBSHELLS is truly stellar: LOW LIFE and
JACKIE 60 MC PAUL ALEXANDER ("The Ones"), butoh performance ensemble
VANGELINE THEATER, East Village icon JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, VELOCITY
CHYALDD of BADASS BURLESQUE, artist/director ROB ROTH as "CRAIG",
theatrical dance company THE RACHEL KLEIN THEATER, neo-cabaret star
BRIDGET EVERETT, gender-hacking chanteuse NICHOLAS GORHAM with
puppeteers THE SHREDDING WENCH FACTORY (ZAZOO, SATORI and POISON EVE),
actress HEATHER LITTEER and iconic drag duo THE DUELLING BANKHEADS
(CLARK RENDER and DAVID ILKU). Please note: Bill is still in formation through May
20, check this page for updates.
THE JACKIE FACTORY is proud to be participating in this 10th annual
edition of the HOWL FESTIVAL, free every year in TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK.
LOW LIFE was inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures
and Snares of Old New York". Past editions have lauded East Village and
Lower East Side movements and archetypes including 1980's drag pioneers,
the Bowery as birthplace to vaudeville and burlesque, Beat Girls, and
the Warhol era Flaming Creatures. Past show participants have included
JOEY ARIAS, JULIE ATLAS MUZ, ROBERT LA FOSSE, DEAN JOHNSON, SHERRY VINE,
DIRTY MARTINI, BASIL TWIST, BRANDON OLSON, THE NYC SCHOOL OF BURLESQUE and VOLTAIRE.
Photo above: VELOCITY CHYALDD as MAE WEST, photo by L. GABRIELLE PENABAZ for SEX CRIMES CABARET.
THE JACKIE FACTORY is
the NYC based nightclub arts collective founded by husband and wife team CHI CHI
VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL in 1990. Most famous for the 450 themed editions of
its decade-long party JACKIE 60, venue MOTHER, and annual Stevie Nicks
extravaganza NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES, THE FACTORY also creates large-scale
spectacles in New York and cities nationwide and worldwide, including LOW LIFE @