Photos by G.
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
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.
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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Photos by G.
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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Justin Bond - Pink Slip - Out Now
What can be said about the ultra-fabulous Justin Bond? The diva performed a sold out show at New York City’s Highline Ballroom tonight, and let me just tell you, girlfriend worked it!
Justin has released a new EP called Pink Slip and this was the release party and she definitely released herself all over the audience. Jeffery and Cole (pictured below) of Jeffery and Cole Casserole, the new hit show on Logo, introduced the show to get the night off to a great start.
Jeffery and Cole
Our Lady J (pictured below) even sang a song or two.
Our Lady J
Enjoy one last picture I took of the fabulous Justin Bond, before going to his site and checking out his fabulousness.
Warning: The pictures that follow might make you horny.
Jeffery and Cole with Mouse Ears. All photos by G.
They are cute. They have a huge fan base on YouTube. They have a hit show on Logo. Now, Jeffery Self and Cole Escola are doing a 3-week only gig at Dixon Place called “Jeffery and Cole Make It Bigger!” This laugh a minute show centers on our two heroes (or heroines) in their quest from obscurity to Hollywood. Can they get past their humble beginnings of giving out hand jobs for $5 and make themselves stars or will they just become residents on the boulevard of broken dreams? You’ll have to see the show to find out. I guarantee you’ll have a gay-old time doing so! You can purchase your tickets here. There are two more performances left: July 23 and 30 at 10 pm.
Enjoy some more pictures of the funny and talented Jeffery and Cole. Not only was the show great, but they were more than happy to take their clothes off numerous times in the performance. A little nudity goes a long way.
Cole Escola by G.
Jeffery Self by G
Check out their TV show Jeffery and Cole Casserole on Logo every Friday night. Watch the first episode here. You can’t go wrong with a gay guy named Jeffery, even if he chooses to spell his name differently.