Announcing a Brand New Show! “The Drift” from Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Hello Friends,

I’m excited to announce the premier of a new show I’ve been working on with Scott Wittman and Matt Ray.  The Drift will premier next week at Joe’s Pub and will run for SIX SHOWS ONLY. It’s freshly written and I’m really excited to introduce a new original song called “Wild Card”.  Along my new song I’ll be introducing a bunch of new versions of truly beautiful songs written by Billy Strayhorn, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell plus a few other surprise favorites. Most of these songs are songs I’ve never performed before and I’ve got a great band lined up to help me THROW. THIS. SHIT. DOWN!!! I’m really jazzed about this one.

The Drift! photo by Liz Liguori

The Drift! photo by Liz Liguori

 

The Drift is inspired, in part, by this quote from Tennessee Wiliam’s novella The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone which I read in my dressing room at The Classic Stage Company while working on the Brecht play I did over the winter:

Going into a room and drifting out of a room because there was no real purpose in going in, nor any more purpose in going back out again.  That was the drift.  The drift was everything that you did without having a reason.  But where was a reason for anything at all.  Oh, you could invent a reason, and some were plausible.  Some were plausible enough for being accepted the way a polite excuse is accepted for convenience or social policy.  But there had been nothing.”

I was feeling bored, uninspired and depressed. So I came home and began to look through notes and ideas I had been collecting for years and years: snippets of books, favorite quotations, poems, unfinished lyrics… I let my mind drift from one glittering bread crumb I’d left for myself to another until I’d written this show. I’m bringing a stack of books from which I, and several of the other songwriters, have taken inspiration. I can’t wait for you to see which books I’m going to bring, and I’m hoping you’ll be able to see this show which I think is beautiful, poetic and strong!

 

Love,

Vivian

The Drift at Joe’s Pub

7pm March 13, 14, 27, 28

9:30pm April 10, 11

Love Is Crazy in Paris

Love Is Crazy In Paris

 

Last wednesday I took my final bow in The Classic Stage Company’s Production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s a Man in which I played “The Widow Begbick”. I had accepted the role for many reasons, not the least of which being that I was excited to be cast as a woman as opposed to a drag queen or a a man playing a woman or even playing a trans woman.  Within the first few rehearsals I learned that was not necessarily the case but because my soon to be wonderful friend Ching Valdes-Aran who is cis woman was cast as I man I went with the “non-traditional casting angle” and I must say I was treated with complete respect regarding my gender identity by the entire cast and crew throughout. Since I first hearing Judy Collins’ recording of Pirate Jenny I’ve been interested in the music of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill as well as the “personnage étrange” of Lotte Lenya so to be asked to be in a Brecht play was thrilling and the thrill was made even greater knowing that A Man’s A Man is one of Brecht’s early works and is rarely produced. This play also marked the first appearance of Leokadja Begbick aka The Widow Begbick who eventually went on to become one of Brecht’s stock characters in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and eventually Mother Courage.  PLUS, and this is a big plus, Duncan Sheik was writing the music and to put it clearly and succinctly, I am a fan! So I went for it and in the process -a very long, taxing, and underpaid process- I had the privilege of working with some really wonderful, dedicated, talented and fine actors. I hadn’t done a 7 show week since Kiki and Herb were on Broadway but fortunately the theater is only a few blocks from my  house and, since we’re in a polar vortex, what else would I really want to leave the house for? I am so happy I did it and even more thrilled to have done it now that it’s over!!!!

 

Backstage the final Night of A Man's a Man

Backstage the final Night of A Man’s a Man

 

The reason I left the show Wednesday night -several nights before closing- is because I before being cast in the role I was already scheduled to fly to what Kay Thompson’s fictional little girl Eloise called, “Paris France, France!” to give a Valentine’s concert at the Théâtre National De Chaillot called Love is Crazy or L’Amour Fou. It was one of the greatest weekends of my life and that’s why I feel compelled to write all this down and share it with you.

 

FULL MOON MADNESS!

 

FRIDAY

 

I travelled with a marvelous group of musicians; Matt Ray came along to Musical Direct and play piano, Claudia Chopek who is a brilliant violinist, and the lovely Nath Ann Carrera rounded out the group with his guitar. We also had Matt’s lover Mark with us because they needed a little romantic get away as Mark just go back from three months on tour and what better city could there be for a little romance?.

 

Upon landing in Paris we were met by our beloved hosts/producers/friends Mathieu Bonicel and Guillain Roussel of La Poursuite, who I was introduced to by Jay Brannon, one of my “Shortbus” co-stars, several years ago.  They have been instrumental in presenting me in France ever since.  The first few times I was there I played in what is essentially a cave near Place de Republique called Les Sentiers Des Halles -which I loved. But this time I was to play  at the Théâtre National De Chaillot in conjunction with Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Kabaret Warszawski. Quite a step up! In June I went to the premiere of Kabaret Warszawski in Warsaw because part of it was based on Shortbus and part was taken from my memoir Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels. It blew my mind the first time I saw it. Obviously, because it was partly inspired by my deeply personal story and history I was emotionally overwhelmed and could hardly be expected to take an objective perspective on it when I first saw it, but this time I was a bit more relaxed and the production had really settled into itself and the sold-out crowd went wild at the end of the four and a half hour long production. I was also very honored to be brought onstage for the final bow with Krzysztof  and the cast. Krzysztof Warlikowski is a genius and so is his entire company including the entire scenographic team. I pray that BAM will bring the production to New York at some point so everyone here can see it. IT IS ASTONISHING!

 

Jacek Poniedziałek (front) and cast members of Kabaret Warszawski

Jacek Poniedziałek (front) and cast members of Kabaret Warszawski

Afterwards we went out for drinks with the cast and I got to spend some time with the other “Justin Vivian Bond”Jacek Poniedzialek who I love and adore as much for his brilliant performance and for translating my book into Polish for it’s release in Poland as for his charm and good looks. This trans lady is flattered to be portrayed by such a gorgeous man. Go figure!!!

 

When I got back to my hotel there were some goodies awaiting me from Chanel that my friend Jerry Stafford had arranged to have sent over so I began playing dress up in the middle of the night because I wasn’t sure what I was going to wear for the concert. I settled on a pair of killer heels and when I say “killer” I mean the stilettos are like nails and could literally kill somebody. After prancing around the hotel for awhile I crashed.

 

Chanelegance!

Chanelegance!

 

SATURDAY

 

The next morning i got up and called the Hotel Georges V and made a reservation for lunch with the golden enchantress Catherine Baba! She’d been trying to get me to come to a party the night before but I wanted to be in good shape for my concert so I resisted her tantalizing texts. When I arrived at the Georges V she was resplendent in a full length Lanvin gown, a turban and Valentino sunglasses. As I had suspected, it had turned into a long night. We gossiped over Bloody Mary’s and cheeseburgers before she presented me with an exquisite beaded and leather Roberto Cavalli caftan to wear for the concert. Then we checked out the spa and pool because she felt like having a swim but it was not as enticing as we had hoped so we went shopping for lingerie on the Avenue Montaigne instead. It was all so decadent and extraordinary but I figure, if only it were possible, everyone should be able to have lunch at the Georges V and go shopping on the Avenue Montaigne at least ONCE in their life and this was MY DAY!!!

 

Baba!

Baba!

Then I ran to the Chailot for soundcheck. While there I learned that not only was the show sold out but they had added extra tables because the demand was so great. I wasn’t nervous so much as I was completely focused on the the pleasure I expected to have and give while singing the songs I had chosen for this audience on this occasion. I wanted to sing my favorite songs so I started with as smoky ballad to get everyone settled, Angel Eyes, which I first learned from a jazz book I bought as a teenager and later heard sung by Julie London. Then we got our WITCH ON! I was in front with my band behind me and behind them was the Eiffel Tower backed by the Full Moon!  The stars were aligned and we cast a powerful spell. I don’t know exactly what all I said during my set but I know that during our version of  Sinnerman when I sang “I went to the Devil, he was waiting, and I cried POWER!!!!” the Eiffel Tower lit up in sparkles at just the right moment and the audience GAGGED! I only learned this afterwards because I was facing the crowd not the moon. When it was over we were given three standing ovations and brought back for several encores. It was beyond anything I’ve experienced since the first sold-out Kiki and Herb show at Carnegie Hall!

 

Magie Noire.  Le Théâtre national de Chaillot!

Magie Noire. Le Théâtre national de Chaillot!

I am so thankful to Les Subsistences, who brought me to France in November which made it possible for me to meet with the wonderful Didier and Nathalie at the Chaillot and more gratitude goes to Karolina Ochab from the Nowy Theatre for her help and to everyone else whose machinations made the evening possible. Also I’d like to thank all the wonderful people who posted the great photographs: Vincent Gagliostro, @isatagada, and Matthieu Bonicel.

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After the show the Chaillot threw us a lovely cocktail party and then Catherine Baba hosted the band and a few of our friends at a little bar in the Hotel Mathis after which we went to a dance party where some cute, crazy-eyed boy talked to me until I couldn’t take it anymore and I went home happy and exhausted.

 

Sunday

 

Claudia had to fly back to New York on Sunday morning and Matt and Mark went off for vegan lunch so Nath Ann and I met our friends Quinn Cox and Stella Starsky the world famous astrologers, who also present the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown at Cafe Camille in the Marais for a delicious lunch before I had to run to meet Jerry Stafford for the matinee of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.

 

I’ve turned into some kind of Opera lover this year. I’ve seen Einstein on the Beach and Anna Nicole at BAM, Two Boys and Die Fledermaus at the Met, Sergey Taneyev’s The Orestaia at Bard’s Summerscape, and Elektra and La Fanciulla del West at The Paris Opera.

 

I fully expected to sleep though half of it but it was so much fun and it was visually stunning because the sets by Raimund Bauer were full-blown kitsch fabulousness.  I was LIVING throughout the entire 3 hours!

 

The Act ll set for Fanciulla de West. Note the glowing eyes of the deer!

The Act ll set for Fanciulla de West. Note the glowing eyes of the deer!


After the opera Jerry suggested we “go round for tea at Marianne’s” by which he meant, “Let’s go for tea at the left bank apartment of Marianne Faithfull.”

 

GULP!

 

In 1979, when I had just turned sixteen, I was on my way to work at The Dairy Queen in my parent’s 1976 Buick Regal when “Broken English” came on the radio and I got work work late because I couldn’t stop driving until it was over. At that moment I knew there was a whole world out there I knew nothing about and I had to explore. Everything changed in that moment.

I’ve met Marianne before in dressing rooms, at parties and when we did a reading together in London but I’d never just really sat and talked with her so I was beyond excited and, quite frankly, nervous. I was nervous for no reason. She greated us at the door dressed in black cashmere and patent leather Roger Vivier flats. She made us tea with TONS of honey because she’s no longer smoking or using so “the only thing we can do it take our tea with LOTS of honey”! We sat at her table and she was everything you would hope for: funny, and bawdy, and smart. She gossiped with Jerry, we talked about family and how being an artist impacts that, about making a living as a singer, she allowed me to look at a scrapbook with pictures of her mother who has been a dancer in Berlin during the Weimar era but who had her work permit revoked which made it impossible for her to work effectively ending her career so she was forded to flee to Austria and became a part of the resistance during World War ll. Marianne is currently hard at work writing a new record so she read us some poems and lyrics she’s been writing recently. I nearly died. Imagine: I was sitting two feet away from Marianne and she was reading me her latest poems. I don’t think anything could be more amazing. I still can’t believe it. I’m so mazed at how many of my idols I have meet and none of them have been disappointing. Even as I sit here in my apartment and think about it, I’m stunned. I will love Jerry forever. I would have anyway but… Wow!

Weirdly, this has been my lapel pin since the New Years Super Moon. Meow!

Weirdly, this has been my lapel pin since the New Years Super Moon. Meow!

 

Katerina Jebb’s portrait of Tori Amos

After we said goodbye Marianne Jerry took me to the apartment of the artist Katerina Jebb who I had met after my concert. Katerina gave us fairy cakes and tea and I got to see some of her beautiful work. I can never remember anyone’s name which kind of makes me an idiot because I meet people and I have no idea who they are or what they do until they tell me. It turns out I’ve been a fan of Katerina for years. I imagine most of my friends would know her best for the amazing work she did with Tori Amos’ from The Choirgirl Hotel.  She’s amazing!

 

Sadly, I coulnd’t stay long because by now it was getting late and I had to meet the gang for dinner at Cafe Vivienne to say our goodbyes.

 

After all of that I could hardly sleep Sunday night because there was so much to process! Monday we got on the plane at Charles DeGualle bound for JFK and during the flight I finished reading Janet Mock’s incredibly important book Redefining Realness -which just became a New York Times Bestseller!!! CONGRATULATIONS JANET!!!

 

Go Janet!!!

Go Janet!!!

This morning I woke up in my own bed to the insistent sound of the cat meowing for food. The magic caftan and the Chanel stilettos have gone back to their respective Ateliers and my own clothes are unpacked and put in the drawers. Upon rising I went into the kitchen, Iooked in the cupboard and realized the cat sitter had opened up the last bit of cat food last night so what else could I do? I bundled myself up and trundled off into the polar vortex to buy Pearl her Fancy Feast. Everything is back to normal. It’s the cat’s world and I’m just liViing in it. Lucky me!


photo-5 Next up? I begin a residency at Joe’s Pub March 13th in The Drift, a new show I’m working on with Scott Wittman inspired by Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.  More on that later!

Friends and Family Discount for A Man’s A Man

Happy New Year!

Mx Bond here. I just wanted to quickly let you know I’m in a great production of Bertolt Brecht’s “A Man’s A Man” at The Classic Stage Company and we start previews January 10th. It’s going to be great. There are some amazing songs by the Tony Award winning superstar Duncan Sheik and Brian Kulick is directing and the cast is fantastic.

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Here is a friends and family discount code for those of you who would like to come:

Code     MXBOND

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/929575/prm/MXBOND

 

The show is GOING TO BE GREAT and I’m proud of the work we’re doing -It’s going to be an outstanding production of a rarely staged work and I think it’s got really important things to say which are still tremendously relevant.

So Get your tickets today because the discount is only good during previews (January 10-30)

I hope to see you there.

Love,

Vivian

 

Happy Holidays From Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Happy Holidays Friend,

It’s my one day off until Christmas so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people in my life who have attended my shows and concerts over the past year, read my blog posts, laughed at The Drunk News or listened to my records. I feel so blessed to be able to continue to create work and am so thankful you are willing to go with me in so many directions and to encourage and support me in all my whimsical tranifestations.

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I also wanted to let you know about a few things that are about to happen.

First of all, I’ll be performing on the Solstice in New Hope, Pennsylvania this coming weekend at the newly opened Rrazz Room.

I’m really excited there is a new cabaret venue in my beloved Bucks County and that my first performance there will be on The Winter Solstice!

Snow Angel -Solstice Show at The Rrazz Room, New Hope December 20, 21

Snow Angel -Solstice Show at The Rrazz Room, New Hope December 20, 21

If you missed Snow Angel last year or were unable to get tickets to my sold-out Holiday shows at Joe’s Pub (sorry I’m only able to do two this year) then why not book a room in New Hope and come out to Pennsylvania and celebrate the solstice with us!!! I’m predicting a rollicking good time!

Secondly, I am happy to announce that I’ve recently joined the board of PS 122 -not because I’m a big money donor, but because I’m a dedicated artist who is really grateful for the amazing work PS 122 has presented over the years AND because I really feel their continued presence is mighty important to the East Village and the performance world AT LARGE!!!

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Currently PS 122 is “in exile” as the building on First Avenue is being turned into an amazing 21st Century venue which means PS 122 is presenting work wherever we can.  In January PS 122 is presenting COIL 2014 and there is some amazing programming you should really check out.

THIS IS MY REQUEST. If you have a bit of extra cash lying around I think it would be a great thing if you would donate something to the end of the year campaign for PS 122.

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Because of the difficulty of running an organization and presenting shows in borrowed venues it’s important to keep the coffers full until we can get back into our home space.

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PLEASE! make an end-of-year donation to PS 122!

 

PLEASE DONATE TO THE PS 122 End of Year Campaign!!! So far we’ve gotten 45k of our 120k goal. We’ve got a bit of way to go but with your help we’ll make it!

 

ALSO, I’m excited to tell you that I’m in an amazing show!!!!!

 

BERTOLT BRECHT’S A MAN’S A MAN, directed by The Classic Stage Company’s Artistic Director Brian Kulick, with original songs by Tony Award winning writer Duncan Sheik begins previews January 10th and is scheduled to open January 30th. I play the widow Begbick. It’s exciting for me because I’ve always wanted to be cast in a Brecht play and it seems my patience has been rewarded because in this piece The Widow Begbick is the only main character who is female. I never wanted to play Mack the Knife, if you know what I mean -and I think that you do! YAY!!!

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Every day of rehearsal is a joy, the cast is fantastic and I’m having a really wonderful time rehearsing with these great actors:

Jason Babinsky (Polly Baker), Bill Buell (Jeraiah Jip),Gibson Frazier (Galy Gay), Martin Moran (Uriah Shelley), Steven Skybell (Jesse Mahoney), Stephen Spinella (Bloody Five), Ching Valdes-Aran (Mr. Wang) and Allan K. Washington (Ensemble)

A MAN’S A MAN will perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets start at $60 and are available starting Thursday, December 12 at 12pm at classicstage.org, by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111, or at the CSC Box Office at 136 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues.

FINALLY!!!

Carol Channing and I are in our Barbie Golf Cart (okay, it's the Pink Panther) and heading towards Town Hall January 20th!!!

Carol Channing and I are in our Barbie Golf Cart (okay, it’s the Pink Panther) and heading towards Town Hall January 20th!!!

On my day off -MONDAY JANUARY 20th, I will be reuniting with my dear friend CAROL CHANNING!!!!!!!!!!!! at Town Hall.

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Carol and I had such an amazing time together on stage at The Ice Palace in Cherry Grove this past summer as part of Daniel Nardicio’s ICON Series that we’ve decided to to it again at TOWN HALL! I love Carol and am honored to be a part of the 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF HELLO DOLLY!  I’m bringing my band and a bushel of raspberries and we’re going to PARTY with CAROL CHANNING!  I hope YOU can join us.

 

Have a blessed Solstice, a safe and celebratory New Years Eve! And, last but not least, a Merry Christmas to all my Christians and consumerist shopping junkies!  Buy me something!!!

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Much Love,

Mx Bond

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie and V!

I’m writing to let you know that this Saturday I will be opening for and singing a duet with Melanie -that’s right, MELANIE!!! at The Cutting Room in NYC

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if you know me at all you know I have loved Melanie’s music very deeply for most of my life and I’ve covered many of her songs including my version of her song “Leftover Wine” with Thomas Bartlett on Silver Wells and the Kiki & Herb cover of Tonight’s the Kind of Night on our Carnegie Hall CD and our Christmas album “Do You Hear What We Hear?“.

 

Melanie tops my personal fave singer/songwriter list that includes Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull and many others amazing women, so you can imagine what a thrill it is for me to share the stage with someone who means so much to me. I hope you’ll be in town this weekend to come and see Melanie and I at The Cutting Room. I saw Melanie play at BAM last year and she was phenomenal as usual. She’s in great voice and this promises to me a legendary evening.

If you haven’t heard Melanie’s latest CD Ever Since You Never Heard of Me check it out. I LOVE this record. It’s so good for road trips!

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I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

The record below was the first Melanie record I ever heard and it taught me what kind of singer I wanted to be. Thank you Melanie! See you Saturday!!!

Love,

Mx Bond

 

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The Return of Mx America

Hi Darling One,

I’m writing to let you know that tomorrow night is the beginning of my return engagement as Mx America at Joe’s Pub. After playing around the country I’m happy to bring the show back to NYC for SIX SHOWS ONLY over the next three weekends -Sept. 20, 21, 27. 28 Oct. 4,5. Tomorrow and Saturday are nearly sold out so GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW because, I’m happy to report, the show is a HIT! -we sold out in the Spring strictly  on word of mouth and we’re going to do it again! (p.s. I just love selling out without having been reviewed.  Are my grass roots showing? if so, thank YOU!).

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BTW, if you’re free tomorrow night after the show my friends Josh Wood and Sammy Jo are starting a new Friday night party called Basura! (I have no idea what that name is conjuring but I live for Basia -who doesn’t want to be “Drunk On Love”?)  AND I’m honored to be able to say they’ve decided to celebrate the opening of Mx America to launch their new soirée. The party will be held at The Atlas Social Club, 753 9th Ave in the HK. (That’s Hell’s Kitchen. I remember hopscotching over rats to get to my friend’s apartments there in the 80′s but times have changed, now you have to hopscotch over Twinkies!)

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So please BOOK NOW for Mx America.

 

Also, signed prints of this gorgeous David Kimelman photo will be available for purchase at the show. I think he’s super talented, don’t you?

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A Throwback Thursday Gift from Kenny Mellman and Justin Vivian Bond

Hi friends!

Kenny and I aka Kiki ad Herb recently found two sets we did at Flamingo East in the late 90 and Kenny has put them up on youtube.

In Kenny’s words:

For Throwback Thursday Mx Justin Vivian Bond and I have two amazing treats. Here is the full early show from May 1999 of Kiki and Herb Live at Flamingo East. Then the next post will be most of the late show. We think they were filmed by Gina Garan who Justin hears laughing in the background. We recommend for the true experience to start pouring yourselves Canadian Clubs and Gingers at the beginning of the early show. The Late show will make a lot more sense! Enjoy!!!

And here we are at the Late Show. Flamingo East May 1999:

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THe first half of this blog report is basically to tell you about a wondrous event I’m going to be a part of next weekend. The second is about something far more serious. I hope you’ll take the time to read both!

Next Saturday night (August 24th) I’m going to be performing with one of the greatest entertainers of all time CAROL CHANNING!!!!

"Jazz Baby" Carol Channing in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'.

“Jazz Baby” Carol Channing in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.

The two of us will be together for ONE NIGHT ONLY! at the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Fire Island. Carol Channing -aside from being an AMERICAN SHOW BUSINESS ICON- is still brilliant, glamorous funny and all at the shockingly tender age of 92! I’m bringing my band, under the leadership of the extremely talented and lovely Lance Horne, to kick off the evening and then Carol is going to come out and sit down with me for a good old show-biz girlfriend GAB-FEST!!!!  I am beyond excited!!!

Carol Channing and I will be at The Ice Palace in Cherry Grove August 24th! Artwork by Glen Hanson

Carol Channing and I will be at The Ice Palace in Cherry Grove August 24th! Artwork by Glen Hanson

 

There are a few tickets left so BUY THEM NOW!

A big thank you to Daniel Nardicio and his ICON Series for bringing the two of us together.

 

MORE IMPORTANTLY!!!

 

I’m sure you know that our Queer family in Russia are under increasingly serious and violent attack by the forces of fascism.   Led by Vladimir Putin and The Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill Russia has made it illegal to be gay and you are subject to arrest for merely saying so. “Gay Propaganda” such as saying, “I’m gay” or “I’m trans” means you are a threat to the children or Russia and can be arrested. This is sickening.

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The International Olympics Committee has said that anyone who is overtly political at the Olympiad will be disqualified, ineligible to compete and ejected from the games. Olympians are not allowed free speech. This is disgusting and shameful! Who sponsors this bullshit? Look into it.

Read more from the Huffington Post and The Gay Star News:

“Gay Star News asked the IOC what they thought about plans for athletes to wear rainbow pins or hold hands during the opening and closing ceremonies. They also asked if the IOC would provide a safe space — or Pride House — for LGBT athletes, spectators, dignitaries and others during the Games, to celebrate gay sport and community, as has been done in previous years. The IOC’s spokesperson replied, “[T]he IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter (Rule 50) which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive political or religious demonstration. This rule has been in place for many years and applied when necessary.” Indeed, Rule 50 of the IOC’s charter states, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

So instead of actually standing up for LGBT athletes, the IOC is essentially siding with Russia and issuing a warning to lesbian and gay athletes. The IOC has made it clear that they have a double standard when it comes to accepting all athletes. The Pride House in Vancouver was historic in that it provided a safe space for LGBT athletes from around the world. The IOC clearly didn’t see this as a violation of Rule 50 a few years ago, but it seems as though athletes must now be forced to step back into the closet for the 2014 Winter Olympics.”

In other words Gay Olympians and their partners will not be acknowledged or accommodated or protected by the IOC in this year’s Olympics.

Thanks.

And this is just the reporting on what may happen to visiting athletes.

THE QUEERS OF RUSSIA ARE IN THE THROES OF CONSTANT, ON-GOING LIFE-THREATENING DANGER!

I woke up the other day after having a dream about queers who were in let’s say “Internment Camps” because calling them concentration camps seems to upset the ostriches. I realized there is really a potential for this to be happening and all I could do was freak out, read and follow the example of my friend Casey Legler on their Tumblr Page “Edward Merton Casey” and use my voice and my art to draw attention to these facts and show my love and solidarity with my oppressed international family of beautiful, innocent, loving Queers. So I recorded a new installment of THE DRUNK NEWS! Hopefully, it will make you laugh while you think about what’s happening…

 

Click below:

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Click the above photo to watch “The Drunk News! Putin is the New Kitty Litter”

Here’s the link to the tumblr page of Edward Merton Casey. It’s inspiring!

http://edwardmertoncasey.tumblr.com/

WIth LOVE and HOPE for peace, health, prosperity and justice for the queers of Russia and Greece.

Mx Justin Vivian Bond

 

 

Lovelace, Steinem and Crisp

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Last night I went to the premiere of Lovelace -an amazing and extremely intense movie about Linda Lovelace who starred in the classic porn film ‘Deep Throat’. The performances by Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, and Peter Sarsgaard were phenomenal as was the direction by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and the soundtrack by Stephen Trask of Hedwig and the Angry Inch fame. Afterwards at the party I met Gloria Steinem. I’d met her once before when I was in college at Adelphi University when I went to hear her speak with a wonderful, beautiful, young feminist woman I was dating. She wouldn’t have remembered us but we were, of course, blown away.

Also, in the late nineties Ms Steinem came to see Kiki and Herb at Flamingo East, a bar we performed in regularly on Second Avenue. Coincidentally, she came on the same night as Quentin Crisp! I didn’t get the opportunity to speak with her that night but can you imagine what it was like to look out and see Gloria Steinem to my right and Quentin Crisp to my left -sitting across the room from each other and watching ME? I nearly died!  These were two of the most courageous people I could ever think of. Trailblazers who made my life possible. How could I have even been on that stage spouting off the way I did if they hadn’t been making the waves for me to ride in on? Gloria Steinem and Quentin Crisp. Wow! I’m pretty sure that’s the night my brain exploded and I don’t think I’ve ever fully recovered.

ElaineGoycoolea2 DownloadedFileSadly Quentin is no longer with us, but last night I met Gloria Steinem for the first time -again. I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to approach her if I was alone. Thankfully my friend Casey Legler, an artist with balls and charm, had the courage to say hello and strike up a conversation. After a few minutes I busted in, said hello as well, and stood there quietly, tongue-tied, and in awe. And as I listened to Ms Steinem talk about Linda Lovelace and her grim story of sexual and emotional abuse I was really blown away as I thought about how much she and so many other fearless feminists of her generation have done for all of us over the years by raising our consciousness about women’s issues and struggles. I realized how grateful I am to them for showing us how to articulate our positions and empowering us to do so, and by being there to listen to us and offer help and guidance. Standing next to this iconic woman I was struck by what amazing reserves of inner strength she must have. I’ve lived a very privileged life. Yes I’ve been through some difficult times and so have most of people I’ve known and loved. But can you imagine how many unimaginable first-hand stories of degradation, pain and suffering she’s listened to from the multitudes of women she’s met over the years? All the stories of injustice, violence, and hardship that she has heard and shouldered? She knows so much, has witnessed so much, and has been there with empathy, compassion, courage and grace. It’s shocking to me that the struggle continues and that today there are so many men and even some women who haven’t figured out what Gloria knows, which is that until we are all treated fairly and equally we are quite simply losing the game of life.

 

We’ve got to continue to prioritize the battle to win equality and freedom for all. I love Gloria Steinem and I hope to be as amazing as she is someday. Don’t you? I just had to say that.

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Sing Me the Songs TODAY!!!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that TODAY is the release date of Sing Me The Songs a new recording celebrating the works of Kate McGarrigle. I’m so honored to be singing The Work Song -the song from which the title of the CD and the documentary film (screening this week at BAM).

Singing The Work Song in Sing Me the Songs -a new film and CD in celebration of the life and work of Kate McGarrigle.

Singing The Work Song in Sing Me the Songs -a new film and CD in celebration of the life and work of Kate McGarrigle.

Sing Me the Songs is being released by Nonesuch Records and was produced by the brilliant Joe Boyd who produced some of my favorite records of all time! I’m truly delighted to be on a record with my loves Rufus and Martha Wainwright along with several of my idols -Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Anna McGarrigle, Linda Thompson and many wonderful, dear friends.

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This is a beautiful double CD which comes with a lovely insert with many rare and wonderful photos of Kate, the family and the tribute concert at Town Hall.

With Kate in Montauk 2008

With Kate in Montauk 2008

Kate was very kind to me as well as being a real wild broad. I loved her so much and got a real kick out of her sly and evil sense of humor. I am so grateful for the times I was able to spend with her in Montauk, Montreal, New York and London as well as the many hours spent alone listening to her haunting and powerful voice. The last words Kate said to me we, “Happy New Year Witch!” When I ran into her and a very pregnant Martha in a bookstore on Samhain shortly before she got really sick. “Happy New Year, Witch!”

 

I hope you will enjoy this stunning collection of songs which highlight the talents of one of the greatest songwriters, of our time.

Love,
Mx Bond

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