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.

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.