Wigstock 2003; Coming Home Again

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Events , Reviews

“Late one night in the spring of ’84 a drunken group of friends, seeking more diversions, closed the Pyramid Club and traipsed over to Tompkins Square Park, six-packs in tow. Brian Butterick, Michael “Kitty” Ullman, Wendy Wild, The “Lady” Bunny and a few members of the Fleshtones were horsing around in the bandshell when someone (no one remembers who, it’s all such a blur) came up with the idea of putting on a show – a day-long drag festival – and calling it Wigstock. It was Bunny who was foolhardy […]

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Yolanda

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Music

The Alien Love Child In 1982 a young hippie musician named Roger Anthony Mapes came to NYC from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Armed with a recording contract [with the Chrysalis Records label] he energy was racing and his spirits high. Twelve years later, burned out and tired, with no artistic or personal direction, he retreated to Vermont to join the Radical Fairies — an organic organization that celebrates god/goddess and mother of Earth. It was there, in a communal lifestyle that Yolanda was born. In his own words, “I found a […]

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Kiki & Herb; Coup de Theatre

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

“Herb wasn’t just retarded, he was a gay jew-tard”, she explains, “in an era before it was trendy.” Downtown at the Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce Street) singer, writer, actor, and entertainer Justin Bond stars with Kenny Mellman in an off-Broadway play called “Kiki & Herb; Coup de Theatre.” It makes you laugh, cry and think. Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman are brilliant, playing a lounge act duo well into their senior years that reminisce about their 15-minutes of fame. They pal’d around with Princess Grace, and then struggled with […]

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Kiki & Herb Interviewed

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews

Kiki & Herb is a cabaret act wriiten by Justin Vivian Bond, and performed by Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman. There have been different shows written around the two characters, some which have been performed all over the world to rave reviews.  After attending a performance of Kiki & Herb: coup de theatre (read review) at the off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, I caught up with the stars in the lounge of their dressing room for an interview. It was a quiet space, if you don’t count the […]

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Eddie Izzard is Sexie!

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

Eddie Izzard is Sexie! The sounds of Tom Jones are pumping through the City Center theater in New York City as graphic images appear on a large screen at the back of the stage. In the closing image we get the sensation that we are traveling through a worm–hole — a term used in many science fiction films to describe a sort of vortex or portal, to get you from one place in space to another quickly. Perhaps it’s a Sci-Fi rabbit hole, but either way I sensed we were about […]

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