HOWL ARTS PRESENTS THE JACKIE FACTORY'S
The much missed JACKIE FACTORY spectacular LOW LIFE returns this holiday season for its eighth edition, newly at the iconic PYRAMID CLUB on Avenue A. Presented by East Village Arts instigator HOWL ARTS, LOW LIFE 8 imagines the holidays in a century of East Village/Bowery dives and clubs from MCGURK'S SUICIDE HALL to THE PYRAMID itself.
Producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL promise a star-studded bill spanning generations and performance cults: Pyramid performance icon JOHN KELLY, Queens of Burlesque DIRTY MARTINI and CASSANDRA ROSEBEETLE saluting Bowery Vaudeville and vipers, drag icon SHERRY VINE, choreographer/dancer DANIELLE MARIE FUSCO creating the title number, butoh stars VANGELINE THEATER salute KLAUS NOMI in "Method Go-Go", thesbian showgirl HEATHER LITTEER, rising EV performance star BOBBIE and Dark Diva POISON EVE imagining TANYA RANSOM as NINA HAGEN. JACKIE MC PAUL ALEXANDER will preside with Valenti, and Pyramid/Jackie DJ JOHNNY DYNELL spins between show sets and for a Jackie 60 style dance party afterwards.
THE JACKIE FACTORY created LOW LIFE in 2007 as the closing show for the annual HOWL! FESTIVAL in Tompkins Square Park. Inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York" these Big Stage extravaganzas at HOWL! FESTIVAL (2007-2013) continued a body of work born at the seminal Meat Market nightclub JACKIE 60 @ MOTHER in 1997. For this indoor revamp, two show sets will celebrate THE BOWERY haunts of 1880s to the Roaring Twenties (Act One 10 PM) and THE EAST VILLAGE EIGHTIES/Pyramid Club (Act Two 11:30 PM).
The time travel quotient will be high - in some cases a performer will be recreating a moment that actually happened on the same stage three decades earlier! Veteran visitors will experience a Pyramid Club that is hauntingly familiar - virtually uchanged from the 1980s and STILL cash only - but with new bathrooms and excellent sound. For the show's producers Valenti and Dynell, East Village residents for three decades, this holiday spectacular is a true present to and by the neighborhood's past, present and future stars.
25% of door proceeds will benefit HOWL HELP, the East Village wing of the ACTOR'S FUND.
SHOW TICKETS $15 till 12/2, $20 after
Image: ACT ONE LOWLIFE 8 performer CASSANDRA ROSEBEETLE, photo by JAMES A RIDLEY
THE JACKIE FACTORY is the NYC based nightclub arts collective founded by husband and wife team CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL in 1990. Most famous for the 450 themed editions of its decade-long party JACKIE 60, venue MOTHER, and annual Stevie Nicks extravaganza NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES, THE FACTORY also creates large-scale spectacles in New York and cities nationwide and worldwide, including LOW LIFE.