HOWL! FESTIVAL AND THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENT
LOW LIFE 5: FLAMING QUEENS
SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2011
5-7 PM - WE START AND END ON TIME!
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, NYC
On June 5, 2011, JACKIE FACTORY producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL will present their fifth annual LOW LIFE to crown the 2011 HOWL! FESTIVAL. LOW LIFE is the free and fabulous Sunday evening climax to HOWL! - a two hour spectacular inspired by East Village decades past. This year's LOW LIFE 5: FLAMING QUEENS celebrates the East Village (and its pivotal nightclubs and boites) as the birthplace of brilliant Gay, Trans and Lesbian performers and performance genres for over a century. LOW LIFE 5: FLAMING QUEENS pays homage to movements and moments including KLAUS NOMI's gender-smashing operatics, the mid-century 82 CLUB and its lavish shows, the protest performance art of ACT UP and GRAN FURY, Tompkins Square's own WIGSTOCK and the notorious 19th century Bleecker Street Tranny Bar THE SLIDE.
This hour and a half show features multiple dance companies, vocal and musical performances, burlesque and drag renderings and of course - brilliant lip synch! The bill includes showstopping trans songstress SADE PENDAVIS (Paris is Burning), WIGSTOCK and SQUEEZEBOX supernova MISSTRESS FORMIKA, HOWL! resident butoh company VANGELINE THEATER, Low Life chorines the PIXIE HARLOTS (costumed by MACHINE DAZZLE), former MISS BOYBAR HRH PRINCESS DIANDRA, Neue dance/performance ensemble the RACHEL KLEIN THEATER, BLACKLIPS PERFORMANCE CULT icon FLLOYD with Pyramid eminence HATTIE HATHAWAY, chanteuse HEATHER LITTEER and the Low Life debuts of Bowery Boylesque star GO-GO HARDER, futurist trio EN SUBTITLES, fab dragstress MARGOH! CHANNING and Tango artistes CON ARTIST and ALLA SORKIN. LOW LIFE MC PAUL ALEXANDER (of THE ONES and JACKIE 60) will join SADE PENDAVIS and voguers from the HOUSE OF XTRAVAGANZA to debut the new 21 century Voguing Anthem BRING IT! from new Jackie Factory music label ENDLESS NIGHT MUSIC.
LOW LIFE events were inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York" and are produced by local performance collective THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC. The annual LOW LIFE extravaganzas at HOWL! continue a body of work born at the seminal Meat Market nightclub JACKIE 60 in 1997, with past editions in London, Minneapolis and of course, the HOWL! FESTIVAL since 2007. For the show's producers, East Village residents for over two decades, this annual spectacular is a Valentine to the neighborhood's past, present and future stars.
Image: Poster features ALEXIS DEL LAGO at WIGSTOCK 1987, courtesy QUEENMOTHER.TV