Happy Birthday, Sandra Bernhard

Posted by The G on June 6, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

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Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Happy birthday to actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard who celebrates a birthday today.  She’s not going to party too hard because she’ll be performing at The Town Hall in New York on June 8, 2011.  Her “I Love Being Me Don’t You?” show is set to be an all-star extravaganza featuring guest appearances from Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright.  You can get tickets on Ticketmaster.  Happy birthday Sandra!

An Encounter with Sandra Bernhard

Posted by The G on March 11, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Sandra Bernhard and Geoffrey Dicker

Sandra Bernhard and G

The other night, I saw Sandra Bernhard at a special reading of her new play (co-written by Justin Vivian Bond) “Arts and Crafts.”  I attended the afterparty and got a chance to meet Sandra Bernhard.  The play is hilarious and I am really glad I got the chance to tell her so.  I also asked Sandra to sign a photo I took of her performing “Tits on the Radio” live with Scissor Sisters and she was very cool about it.  Thanks again Sandra and good luck on your fantastic project “Arts and Crafts.”

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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More Scissor Sisters Photos!

Posted by The G on March 20, 2010 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Jake Shears and Baby Daddy of Scissor Sisters.

My inbox has been flooded with requests for more Scissor Sisters photos, instead of the preferred method of leaving comments on this site, but never fear, I am happy to comply.  And now… more Scissor Sisters photos.  These are all from March 17, 2010.  You can read about this fantastic night here.

See some more Scissory goodness and Jake deliciousness after the jump.

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Scissor Sisters at the Bowery Ballroom (Night 1)

Posted by The G on March 18, 2010 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

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Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters.

Words cannot express how much I love the Scissor Sisters.  Their live shows are guaranteed to make you get sweaty, shake your money maker and admire the gorgeousness of Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Baby Daddy and of course, Del Marquis.  On March 17, 2010 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the Sisters made their 2010 live debut performing a handful of tracks from their upcoming 3rd album (which will be released in July).  The star-studded crowd featured Alan Cumming, Lou Reed (of the Velvet Underground), Amanda Lepore and Sandra Bernhard, who guested on stage during the song “Tits on the Radio.” If there’s enough interest, I’ll post videos I took of the new tracks.  I captured the first verse and chorus of each song, but the soundsystem at the venue was VERY loud, so the audio might not be so great.  If you are dying to know what the new tracks sounded like, all of them were fast and are sure to be club hits as soon as their new album is unleashed this summer.  In addition to playing hits like “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” “Laura,” and their infamous disco cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” the band played new tracks such as “Running Out,” “Night Life,” “Harder,” “Whole New Way,” “Any Which Way,” “Night Work,” “Something Like This,” “Numb” and “Invisible Lights.”  See a LOT more pictures of the band, Sandra Bernhard, Lou Reed, Amanda Lepore and the set list after the jump.

Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters.

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