Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Legends of the Lower East Side: Joey Arias, Basil Twist, Psychotica (Featuring Patrick Briggs) and Lavinia Co-op
HOWL ! ARTS PROJECT 2009:
45 Bleecker Street Theater
(NE Corner of Lafayette at Mulberry Street)
(By subway: #6 train to Bleecker Street Station)
Wednesday Sept 16, 10pm
Legends of the Lower East Side:
Joey Arias, Basil Twist, Psychotica (Featuring Patrick Briggs) and Lavinia Co-op.
Delirious, Devine and Divalicious. Pure seduction by downtown icons, who paved the way for the performance renaissance of the EV/LES.
Admission: $10 to benefit the HOWL ! HELP Fund.
Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/79362
Cash only tickets available at the door from 8pm to showtime.
From the 1970's on, each of the performers featured this evening paved the way for today's incredible performance renaissance on the Lower East Side, and each is still presenting valid, thought-provoking work today.
From his performances with Klaus Nomi, backing David Bowie on 'Saturday Night Live' and the seminal, grand-scale 'Mermaids On Heroin,' to his Billy Holiday-isms, 'Zoo-manity' in Las Vegas, and the triumphantly spectacular 'Arias With A Twist,' Joey Arias has written the book on how to retain one's integrity and crediblity while crossing over into the (somewhat) mainstream flow of Popular Culture.
With a score of interweaving influences, Basil Twist has taken the ancient art of puppetry into whole new realms as evidenced by his work on Shakespeare-In-the-Park's 'Hamlet', his collaboration with Joey Arias in 'Arias With A Twist,' as well as Broadway's upcoming 'The Addams Family" musical.
His soaring signature vocals have highlighted the oeuvre of the indy Pop/metal bands he has been in. Tonight, 'Psychotica' takes Patrick Briggs well-beyond the 21st century with his quirky, hook-laden, and stellar songwriting.
A charter member of the legendary performance troupe, Bloo-lips, and whose one-person monthly, 'Chez Lavinia' has been packin' them in at the East Village's Brit-Pub, Telephone, Lavinia Co-op hosts the evening' festivities with his own colorful brand of Music Hall, slapstick, and tongue-in-cheek Vaudeville.
Photo credits: Top to Bottom, Joey Arias, Basil Twist, Lavinia Co-op by Johnny Dynell, courtesy the artists. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright the artists.