Ari Gold Brings His Multi Media Musical to Dixon Place

Sir Ari Gold.

Our friend Sir Ari Gold (the LES popstar and activist we profiled here) is working on a little something he calls an “Autobiographical Homotheatrical Multi-Media Musical.” The work in progress, titled The Reel Ari Gold, will be presented at Dixon Place as a staged reading tonight at 7:30pm.  Ari will host the reading and will play 11 different characters, to boot.

Dixon Place writes: The Reel Ari Gold is an electro-pop musical memoir that opens in The Bronx, circa 1980’s, travelling below-the borschbelt into the Catskills and ultimately landing in the vibrant and historic Lower East Side. Chronicling a career spanning three decades, beginning with an auspicious debut on the legendary Joe Franklin Show, this pop singing superhero comes out and comes of age with an eclectic but stellar group of mentors like Diana Ross, Uncle Moishe & the Mitzva Men and Jem & the Holograms, culminating in a battle for visibility, justice and ‘The Real.’ The Reel Ari Gold is a true-life, behind-the-musical adventure of identity, sex, show-business, religion, family and love.

Dixon Place // 161A Chrystie Street // $12 // 7:30pm // Go here for tickets.

Ari Gold: Bus Driver Called Cops On Our Hand-Holding

Ari Gold by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis, photo copyright of

Grand Street resident, gay activist and pop star Ari Gold and his partner were ordered to the back of a bus for holding hands this weekend, and when the pair refused, the bus driver called a N.Y. state trooper.

Gold, who lives in the Hillman Houses and was profiled in The Lo-Down in December, announced the incident on Facebook, and it was picked up by Michael Musto in his Village Voice column on Sunday. The Advocate followed up with a story today:

Gold said “we were both listening to Whitney Houston on an iPod double jack and loving her love songs,” and holding hands, when the driver pulled over to tell us to “stop sitting in the front.” Gold said no, “and that’s when the driver called the state trooper.”

Ari Gold Headlines Pride Month Launch Party Tomorrow

We checked in with pop star and activist (and local resident) Sir Ari Gold, who is getting ready to headline the NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on Orchard Street tomorrow afternoon.  The street party will include live music from Isle of Klezbos, Josh Zuckerman, Tongue in Public and more. Not to mention the big Lady Gaga Look Alike Contest. Winners will receive over $500 worth of prizes. Here’s what Ari had to say about the event:

Pride Goes East Announces Gay Pride Launch Party

Sir Ari Gold, who will headline the NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on June 4 - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Pride Goes East, a partnership of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) and Fourth Arts Block (FAB) will host an outdoor NYC Gay Pride Month Launch Party on Saturday, June 4, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Orchard Street (between East Houston and Stanton St.) Street party festivities will include the highly anticipated Lady Gaga Look Alike Contest and a great lineup of live musical performances, with local resident and superstar Sir Ari Gold headlining.

TLD Interview: Popstar & Activist Ari Gold

Ari Gold - by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for

What does a talented R&B star/gay icon/political activist like Sir Ari Gold have to do with the Lower East Side?  It turns out he has some serious L.E.S. roots – and has lived in the Hillman Houses, in Coop Village on Grand Street, for the last 12 years. I sat down with him recently to discuss his career, as well as his ongoing relationship with the neighborhood:

TLD - So, your history with the L.E.S. goes back a ways?

AG – I grew up in the Bronx but we would come here to visit pretty much every Sunday to visit my Bubbie.  And we would go shopping on Orchard Street, which I hated.

Grand Street’s Got Talent

A variety of top notch performers were featured in the Lower East Side Talent Showcase last Sunday, reminding us that the neighborhood is bursting with talent. Director/Producer Neal Young put together a stunning lineup of acts at the Abrons Arts Center, in celebration of Seward Park Cooperative’s 50th Anniversary.