One story that downtown cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond likes to tell involves Bond’s seven-year-old self singing The Carpenters’ “Superstar” at school during show-and-tell from behind the classroom TV set. Fast forward to the present and the performance artist and transgender trailblazer has finally transformed this lifelong passion for The Carpenters into a gorgeous full-length show. For this special evening in The Appel Room, Mx Bond explores the extensive catalog of gender outlaw and body dysmorphia poster-girl Karen Carpenter, bringing a thoughtful new context to the troubled life of the ’70s icon. Experiencing the Carpenters’ classic American pop songs through the prism of a pioneering performance artist illuminates the artistry of both and shines a light on a tantalizing new corner of the American Songbook.
“Caustic wit, witchy charisma and subversive queer wisdom have made Bond one of New York’s essential performers: part transgender den mother, part cultural assassin, part offhand Cassandra.”– Time Out New York
“The shape-shifting chanteuse of the downtown cabaret scene…droll, pensive and filled with zingers teetering between funny and ferocious.”– New York Times
Thursday, February 15 at 8:30 pm The Appel Room
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.