The 20th Annual HOT! Fest continues at Dixon Place this weekend with MaDHaTters CabArEt’s: Give ‘em Fiya!, “New York City’s most talented ruckus causing queers of color bring you a night of drag, dance, song and burlesque,” tonight at 9:30p. In the Lounge at Dixon Place tonight there will be plenty of comedic performances hosted by ‘Molly “Equality” Dykeman’s Comedy Extravaganza!’
Ellie Covan, founder and executive director of Dixon Place, in front of their new home at 161A Chrystie St.
I stopped by Dixon Place recently to check in with founder and executive director Ellie Covan as she was preparing for the 20th Annual HOT! Festival. An exultant LGBT theatrical extravaganza, the festival runs through August 6th and features over 40 different shows.
Looking at the treasure trove of photos and old programs that cover the walls in the Dixon Place Lounge, I was reminded that the company, itself, is celebrating 25 years of championing new and experimental work in the heart of lower Manhattan. It’s clear that what started out as a small literary salon in Covan’s living room on East 1st Street has become an essential creative space for artists from all walks of life.
Our friends at Dixon Place are kicking off their 20th Annual HOT! Festival this Friday with an opening night party hosted by Anti-Diva, also known as Liz Liguori and Jessie Mann. The festival, declared “New York’s Best Gay Theater Fest” by The Village Voice, is also known as “a pioneering festival of queer performance and culture – and the oldest, continually running festival of its kind in the world.”
Comedienne, author, media maven and LGBT activist Kate Clinton will be at Dixon Place with her latest one-woman show, Lady HaHa, for a three-night-only engagement starting tomorrow. The multi-faceted performer (and Huffington Post contributor) celebrated her 25th Anniversary of performing with a 50-city It’s Come To This! tour in 2006 and replaced Dick Cavett on Broadway as the Narrator of The Rocky Horror Show in 2001. Benefit performance Friday night – $200/$100, $30, $25 tickets Saturday and Sunday // 8pm Fri. and Sat., 6pm on Sunday // 161A Chrystie Street.