Dixon Place Hosts Annual HOT! Festival Launch Party

Image via Dixon Place

Image via Dixon Place

Embrace the heat this pride month with Dixon Place’s Annual Hot! Festival opening night party on July 5th. “An evening of queer fellowship” hosted by critically acclaimed cabaret artist Dandy Darkly and comedic performer Reno, the opening night will feature HOT! Fest show previews, cocktail specials and festival passes for all HOT! artists. The event is in 161A Chrystie St. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m., bar opens at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Monstah Black's HYPERBOLIC! (The Last Spectacle) via Dixon Place

Monstah Black’s HYPERBOLIC! (The Last Spectacle) via Dixon Place

The 25 year old celebration commemorates LGBTQ culture in several different art forms–from theater, music, circus arts, literature, dance and visual art. One of the events is award winning multi-disciplinary performing artist and educator Monstah Black’s dance/theater/music/fashion show entitled HYPERBOLIC! (The Last Spectacle). Imagining the last party on earth, HYPERBOLIC! is an arresting “…musical noir evening pretty-glam gore, oozes sensual debauchery, greed, disgust, mistrust & laughter.” The show premiers on July 8th at 7:30 p.m. and runs through July 23rd. Visit the event page for more information.

Hot! will heat up and sizzle the summer months from July 5th to August 13th. For more information on the festival, visit the website.

Weekend Arts & Entertainment

Yanover_w._Cup_retouched_2h Local author, editor (Grand Street News), comedian and provocateur Yori Yanover is expanding his repertoire to include a one-man show, Biodegradable Hero, this Sunday and next, at the Broadway Comedy Club.  The show "delves into the darkest depths of his Jewish consciousness and comes up with surprisingly original and funny impressions of war, peace, and yes, pain."

Dixon Place performance space continues it's summer HOT! Festival NYC with performances all weekend, including underground fave Penny Arcade's  LES Biography Project (via ABC No Rio) tonight and her show "Old Queen", each Saturday night in July. For full listings visit the festival site here.


 Giant Robot (9th St. between 1st and A) is hosting Dime Bag 3, curated by artists Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, in which over 200 artists in a variety of disciplines have been invited to create artworks specifically
designed to be exhibited in 3-inch plastic bags: dime bags. Each artist
was sent one of the symbolic baggies and asked to fill it in any way
they wished.  One of the artists included in the show is Valeriya Volkova, an artist and illustrator who sent us a link to her intriguing paintings and illustrations. 

If you are an artist living on the LES or working on a project related to the LES, please let us know!