Rain rain go away cause it’s HOT! at Dixon Place. That would be the Hot! Festival—kicking off tonight with the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show. Dixon’s annual queer “theater, music, dance, literature and homoeroticism for the whole family” festival that has been showcasing the work of the proudest and outest queers, lesbian, gays and otherwise for 22 years now.
Summer is here and so are the summer festivals. This week two of them kick off on the LES: the undergroundzero festival begins on Friday the 29th, and Dixon Place’s HOT Festival revs up on Sunday, July 1st.
Created originally as an annual guest artist festival at Collective: Unconscious in 2007, the month-long undergroundzero festival has evolved into a “resident coalition of established independent theater companies producing in New York City,” including the Living Theater, which will act as this year’s host.
The 20th Annual HOT! Festival at Dixon Place continues this weekend with San Francisco comedienne Marga Gomez‘s solo show, Marga Gomez is Not Getting Any Younger. The piece, a coming of age story that “begins in a dairy cow’s boudoir in the Bronx and leads to a murder in a Forever 21 department store,” runs tonight and tomorrow night at 9:30p. She is following the boys in James Scruggs’ Tickets to Manhood, a Mondo Cané! Commission that ends it’s run this weekend.
$15 // Friday and Saturday Night shows at 7:30p and 9:30pm // 161A Chrystie Street.
You can see the complete schedule for the HOT! Festival and purchase tickets here. The Lo-Down is Local Media Sponsor. We’ll have more coverage throughout the festival run.
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.
Known as “everybody’s favorite schizophrenic nut ball,” Dynasty Handbag (AKA Jibz Cameron) is back at the HOT! Festival this weekend with her show, Vertititgo, at Dixon Place. The show is her first full-length piece, described as an “explosion of noir inspired mind melting performance art.” Papermag has a nice interview with her here and the Village Voice’s Michael Musto speaks with her here. $10 (adv.), $15 (door) // Fri. & Sat., July 16,17,23, & 24 // 7:30 P.M. // 161 Chrystie Street
If you are staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend, be sure to catch some of our music picks before the fireworks – and here are a few more ways to have fun (and stay cool!):
Director Tim Burton’s debut feature, Peewee’s Big Adventure is the Midnight Movie at the Sunshine Cinema. It will play at midnight July 2nd, 3rd and 4th this weekend. All tickets $9.99 // 143 E. Houston Street.
Dixon Place has announced the line-up for their 19th annual Hot! Festival. Dubbed “The Best Gay Theater Festival in New York” by The Village Voice, the schedule packs in 60 Shows over 6 weeks, with over 150 LGBTQ artists presenting theatre, dance, music, literature, and performance art. For the full line-up visit the Hot! Festival website here. June 26th – August 7th // All shows $10 // 161 Chrystie St.
The New Museum is hosting a free BLOCK PARTY on Sunday from noon to 7pm at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Broome St. between Chrystie and Forsyth. Enjoy a range of artist- and educator-led interactive projects, programs, and live performances related to the neighborhood and New Museum, and join the Block Party Parade in a "raucous processional marching along the Bowery to the New Museum". Participants receive a complementary guest pass to visit the New Museum on the day of the event.
The HOT! Festival continues this weekend with:
Salome – A Veiled Threat at The Living Theatre on Clinton St. An evening of multi media cabaret style performance exploring the myth of Salome
through the use of theater, dance, live music, film, puppetry and
burlesque (all served up by a "gaggle of trannies").
New music by John Kelly and Carol Lipnik performed as a work-in-progress with interactive video footage inspired by Baroque paintings at Dixon Place on Sunday at 9pm.
Director Gadi Harel will be on hand for the midnight movie premiere of Deadgirl at the Sunshine Cinema on Friday and Saturday.
Hero", starring local editor, author and performer Yori Yanover has been extended.
The show, which is performed at Broadway Comedy Club, has added the following dates: Sundays, July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 5 p.m. Cameo apperances: Meshuganeh Comedy, Thursdays, Aug. 6 & 27 @ 10 p.m.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff