The Great American Supperclub – Copacabana

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Reviews

It was 5:00 AM and Jerry Lewis just walked into Reubens on Madison & 59th St., his arms filled with the early edition of the NY Mirror and his hat turned backwards portraying the hapless paperboy. He proceeds to sell them table-by- table. He then returned the papers that were unsold and any money collected to an excited paperboy. On this night, as on most nights, the crowd was a who’s who of the New York City nightclub circuit as remembered & told to me by Harriet Weber Wright. “Sometimes […]

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Lisa Jackson – I’m AOK

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , On Stage , Reviews

Lisa Jackson – I’m OK, the new EP by Lisa performed at CBGBs. As she stood upon the stage — her band vamping in the background — Lisa Jackson paid homage to all the great performers that stood on this stage before her. She spoke of legends and pioneers. The crowd reacted with cheers as she momentarily stepped back. The band began to build the energy as she lunged forward exclaiming, “and I am humble, yet unafraid!” The delivery was powerful and effective. When watching an athlete you can always tell […]

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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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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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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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