"Our live events bring out a mix of individual bravery, group participation, hilarity, surprise and all-around general chaos," says Rollman. "We've seen everything from an onstage wedding proposal to the world's tallest carrot cake to 12 women standing on top of a man rolled up in a carpet." http://urdb.org/
MICHELLE SHOCKED w/ special guests THE SWEATER SET
Sundays, May 29, June 12 & 19 at 7:00 PM; $27 per show; $66 combo ticket for all 3 shows
May 29 Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Texas Campfire Tapes
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a solo performance of the complete collection of songs from The Texas Campfire Tapes; from 5 a.m. in Amsterdam through The Secret to a Long Life (is knowing when it's time to go) in sequence and taking requests for additional bonus track material from the 2003 reissue of the legendary album. A brief segment to follow will focus on advocacy of arts education in public schools. For the finale, a short preview of songs from the current work in progress, Indelible Women.
June 12 Roadworks 2011 New York City
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a spontaneous, improvised set list of requests from the audience drawn from Michelle's entire 13-album catalog. Come and try to stump the band with obscure requests rarely played live. A brief segment to follow will focus on advocacy of arts education in public schools.For a finale, a preview will be presented of songs and narrative from the current work in progress, Indelible Women
June 19 Indelible Women
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a presentation from the current work in progress, Indelible Women. While in residency in New York, Michelle will be collaborating with directors and writers and actors in hopes of developing the material into a theatrical choreopoem and will be showcasing the results of the effort in this final show. If it falls flat, she promises to sing Anchorage instead!
JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND
Sundays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 9:30 PM; $25
Recently described as "A bar of gold in the new depression" by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and was named one of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was listed by Time Out London as one of England's 50 Funniest People. His debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009. In 2008, he won rave reviews for his GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village and then went on to tour the UK with stops in Manchester, England as part of the It's Queer Up North Arts Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at London's Soho Theatre. Also in 2008, Justin appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title role of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies. In 2007, he premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the classic Carpenter's album Close To You performed in its entirety as part of Joe's Pub in the Park in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia. He regularly Emcees the performance series Weimar New York which has played in such varied locations as the SFMOMA, The Speigeltent, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York.
As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Justin has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and starred in successful runs on Broadway and off-Broadway. Kiki and Herb have released two cds, Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall and a DVD Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory.
Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus, Charles Hermann-Wurmfeld's Fancy's Persuasion as well as Imaginary Heroes and Jon Moritsugu's Mod Fuck Explosion. In 2006 Bond completed his MA Scenography at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. Justin credits his career as a queer performer to Kate Bornstein who cast him as Herculine Barbin in her ground-breaking play Hidden: A Gender in 1991.
Monday, June 20 at 9:30 PM; $12
Paul Brill's compositions for numerous award-winning films, TV series, and several acclaimed CDs of original and innovative songwriting prove that youthful adventures as an herbal smokes salesman, street performer, valet, corporate errand boy, and a marine biology instructor can serve the creative spirit well. He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his film work and recently collaborated with Rock legends U2, composing and producing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic hit, "Walk On," which will be featured in the upcoming HBO film, Burma Soldier. Brill brings his 10-piece band back to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of a new single, "Sunny Guy," and will feature guest performances from Elizabeth and the Catapult, Sonya Kitchell, Lauren Balthrop, Amber Rubarth and many others. http://www.paulbrill.com/