Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond in “Arts and Crafts”

Posted by The G on March 8, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Sandra Bernhard and Justin Bond

Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond

When the incomparable talents of Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond join forces, you know whatever they’ve got cooking up is going to be great.  This was definitely the case when I saw a reading of their new musical comedy “Arts and Crafts” at Joe’s Pub on March 7, 2011.  I cannot remember a time recently where I’ve laughed so much and each progressive scene kept making me laugh harder. The all star ensemble of “Arts and Crafts”features lyrics by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters (who is currently on tour) and a cast that includes the amazing talents of Cole Escola, Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender and Amber Martin.

Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender, Amber Martin

Anthony Holds, Jeremy Gender, Amber Martin

I’m not going to lie, I snipped the synopsis off the press release.  I have to admit, I was laughing so hard, at times I couldn’t even hear what was being said. So here’s what “Arts and Crafts” is about:  Bernhard and Bond play country cousins whose lives have led them in very different directions. One went from being a rock chick to born again motherhood in the Midwest and the other from small town gay to urban art world sophisticate. When the two meet up again at a family wedding they set off on a journey rediscovering their authentic selves and learning that ideology doesn’t mean much when stacked up against art love and really good acid.

Cole Escola

Cole Escola

In between hilarious dialogue and insane situations, the cast broke out into song which included original songs as well as covers of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen” as well as Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”  It’s unclear what the touring schedule for “Arts and Crafts” is going to be, but I recommend seeing it.

At the afterparty, I spotted Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, director John Cameron Mitchell, singer Jay Brannan, singer/performer Bridget Everett and DJ Jon Jon Battles.  I had the chance to talk to most everyone after the show and unanimously everyone back stage was buzzing about what a triumph “Arts and Crafts” is.  Pictures from my encounters with Sandra Bernhard and Justin Vivian Bond will be coming soon, so for now enjoy another picture of Sandra and Justin as well as an afterparty photo featuring Jay Brannan, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and Jon Jon Battles, after the jump.

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The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz joins Our Hit Parade

Posted by The G on January 28, 2010 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

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Neil Medlyn and Bridget Everett - Our Hit Parade

Another reason to love New York is for nights like January 27, 2010 where at Joe’s Pub, you can see a show like “Our Hit Parade.” Creators Neal Medlyn and Bridget Everett have put on this monthly show where they reinterpret songs that you all know and love.  Tonight’s theme was the top ten songs in the United States.  The songs are dramatically altered from their original versions and you are guaranteed to leave the Pub clutching your stomach from laughing so hard.  They were joined with a little help from their all-star friends such as Cole Escola (of Jeffery and Cole’s Casserole), Kenny Mellman, Amber Martin, PJ Deboy and the Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz (Aka Ad-Rock).

See some more pix after the jump.

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Foreign Affairs – A Cabaret for the 21st Century

Posted by The G on November 5, 2009 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Isengart!

Isengart!

You know you’re in for a special treat when New York legend Lee Chappell throws a party.  Foreign Affairs – A Cabaret for the 21st Century, is musical candy for the eyes and the ears.  Hosted by the fabulous Isengart and Lady Rizo, this show features some of the most talented performers this decade has seen.  Tonight’s show was a tribute to Lee Chappell, who was celebrating his birthday.  The packed house was treated to over 2 hours of performances by Lady Rizo, Isengart, Corey Tut, Julie Atlas Muz and Amber Martin, just to name a few.  Each week at the cabaret you can expect surprise performers from Joey Arias to Alan Cumming.

Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo

Tonight’s show featured Isengart singing the Beatles’ “Rocky Racoon” and The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” two of my favorite songs, so you know I was going wild.  It only got better as Lady Rizo sang Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” and Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man.”  Burlesque legend Julie Atlas Muz did a striptease for the begging crowd and served the birthday boy cake in the sexiest way possible.  Amber Martin sang the hell out of Janis Joplin’s “Turtle Blues” and I know Janis was looking in on our party smiling (and toasting us with her bottle of Southern Comfort) wherever she is.

Amber Martin

Amber Martin

The final performance of Foreign Affairs at the Night Hotel will be December 2, 2009 before it moves to its new location in Downtown Manhattan in 2010.  When dates and venues are available, you’ll hear about it here.  What a night! And many happy returns, Lee!

See some more pictures from Foreign Affairs, some NSFCMP (not safe for closed minded people) pictures of Julie Atlas Muz as well as my encounters with Isengart and Amber Martin after the jump.

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Our Hit Parade – Michael Jackson Tribute

Posted by The G on July 30, 2009 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Tonight at Joe’s Pub in New York’s East Village, all of our favorite stars got together for Our Hit Parade to perform a tribute concert to our dearly departed Michael Jackson.  Grade A performers Lady Rizo, Murray Hill, Amber Martin, Neal Medlyn, Bridget Everett and of course, Alan Cumming were all on stage to perform renditions of their favorite Michael Jackson songs.

Lady Rizo performs "Beat It"

Lady Rizo performs "Beat It"

Alan Cumming performs "You Are Not Alone" and "Smile"

Alan Cumming performs "You Are Not Alone" and "Smile"

Amber Martin performs "Wanna Be Startin' Something"

Amber Martin performs "Wanna Be Startin' Something"

Neal Medlyn perfomrs "Black or White"

Neal Medlyn perfomrs "Black or White"

Bridget Everett and Murray Hill

Bridget Everett and Murray Hill

The grand finale - "We Are The World"

The grand finale - "We Are The World"

Sha-mon!

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