PRELUDE TO A HOWL
One door closes, and another opens, indeed. With so many seminal East Village boites closed of late, it seemed a particularly delightful proposition when FEVA (the Federation of East Village Artists) invited THE JACKIE FACTORY to create a brand-new festival of nightclub performance this summer. LOW LIFE, our latest spectacle, will debut on September 8 as one of the anchor events of the HOWL FESTIVAL 2007, outdoors and free in Tompkins Square Park. First news on LOW LIFE @ HOWL and recommended July events follows, and there are always many more on THE MOTHERBOARDS. We hope you are taking a moment to enjoy the all-too-short pleasures of the season, and big welcome to all those who have subscribed since our last newsletter.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8
THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENTS
LOW LIFE @ HOWL
CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF BRILLIANT BOWERY PERFORMANCE
EARLY EVENING 5-7 PM
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK
JACKIE FACTORY producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL create a brand-new spectacle to crown the 2007 edition of the HOWL! FESTIVAL, presented by FEVA (the Federation of East Village Artists). This year's fourth edition will include several new additions to HOWL, and we're excited to be one of them. LOW LIFE, named for the LUC SANTE book, showcases The East Village - and especially, The Bowery - as the birthplace of Nightclub Performance traditions from Vaudeville to Neo-Burlesque.
Expect period star turns from ROBERT LA FOSSE and his BROADWAY B'HOYZ, MICHAEL T, VANGELINE THEATER, DUELLING BANKHEADS, JESSICA RABBIT DOMINATION, DEAN JOHNSON, EPIPHANY, JACKIE 60 MCs HATTIE HATHAWAY and PAUL ALEXANDER, chorine choreography by JULIE ATLAS MUZ, SWEETIE as BOSS TWEED and many more. Like Jackie Factory epic NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES, LOW LIFE was also born of a single JACKIE 60 theme - LOW LIFE - THE DIVES OF OLD NEW YORK, circa 1997. The Jackie Crew will have lots more news of the HOWL in the weeks to come. But we couldn't resist sharing our excitement as we begin work on LOW LIFE.
The Howl! Festival was named in honor of the groundbreaking poem by ALLEN GINSBERG and began in 2002. HOWL celebrates the East Village and Lower East Side's role as a preeminent locus of culture, with signature events like the group reading of HOWL on Friday 9/8 and ART AROUND THE PARK. Centered in Tompkins Square Park, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors bringing to the clubs, galleries, parks, streets, and theaters of Manhattan's Lower East Side an explosion of dance, film, food, music, performance, painting, poetry, sculpture, and theater. Luminaries like JIM JARMUSCH, NAN GOLDIN, MOBY, BOY GEORGE, STEVE BUSCEMI, STEVE EARLE, KAREN FINLEY, LUIS GUZMAN, LOU REED, ED SANDERS and SUZANNE VEGA draw the festival's crowds but its real stars are the hardworking independent artists and writers who continue to invigorate the neighborhood with their inconoclastic spirit.
To avoid the inevitable emails on the subject - there is no WIGSTOCK this year as part of HOWL (like in 2002-5), as LADY BUNNY and CO. are enjoying the other pleasures of Summer! We are honored to be inheriting Wigstock's HOWL FESTIVAL slot, and hope the clacks of high-heeled size 14 pumps will guide us on our way!
THURSDAY JULY 19
UNISEX SALON @ THE DELANCEY
168 DELANCEY (between Attorney and Clinton)
From 10 PM
$10, $5 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Off Season isn't a curse at this artsy, campy weekly where Johnny spins most Thursdays. Produced by JAMES COPPOLA, the night provides a stage and a platform for several of New York's most singular and talented New Kids - including MC and Artiste ACID BETTY, Broadway baby EPIPHANY, Fiercely Fat GLENN MARLA, SIR SABRINA and TRINA ROSE. UNISEX is an inexpensive and fun night out complete with this season's de rigeur accessory - a smoking roof!
SATURDAY JULY 21
!BADASS! BURLESQUE PRESENTS
the 2nd Annual !BadAss!BUSH BASH
BOWERY POETRY CLUB
308 Bowery @ Bleeker
Midnight - 4 AM, $15 cover
One of our favorite monthlies presents the baddest BUSH BASH you'll ever see in a non election year. SCOTTY THE BLUE BUNNY hosts the following pissed off patriotic pin-ups expressing their political outrage the !BadAss! way - THE WORLD FAMOUS *BOB*, DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA, MISH VA DE VIL, PEEKABOO POINTE, ROSE WOOD, BUNNY LOVE, DOTTIE LUX, PINK SNOW, TIGGER, DEITY and AMMO.
Other delights - hometown muggle-free crowd, DJ and PRODUCER VELOCITY CHYALDD and VJ Val Killmore on the decks, Groove smackin REGGIE WATTS loud, luscious & live, and Mr. LES MOONSHINE at the bar. The affair runs til 4am, and expect to see a good turnout of Motherfolk for this always-festive night.
FRIDAY JULY 27
IS IT ALL OVER MY FACE DISCO JAG WITH DJ JOHNNY DYNELL
GARY 49 @ MR. BLACK
77 BLEECKER STREET @ BWAY
Johnny pulls out the stops with rare vinyl nuggets from the Disco vaults, and brand-new loops and beats for the latest in his wildly popular DISCO JAG series at MR. BLACK. If you still haven't been to GARY 49, we really urge a visit - its one of the great (though wildly packed) nights in Gotham at present. Get totally silly and messy at this old-school Friday night hosted by THE TRINITY and featuring the fantabulous CONNIE GIRL FLEMING at the door. Come early to avoid the door lines and don't forget your poppers for this truly fun night out!
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Photos/images from top: * HOUSE OF DOMINATION perform in the original LOW LIFE (photo by MASHALA) * ALLEN GINSBERG and CHI CHI VALENTI in
1992 at A VERY JACKIE CHRISTMAS (photo by TINA PAUL) - 9/8 * BUSH BASH flyer and BADASS producer VELOCITY CHALDD - 7/21 *
DJ JOHNNY DYNELL, photo by JESSICA BLACK