[72] Also on display was a music video of the Bond composition, American Wedding.[73]. Since Otomo spoke little English and could not understand what Bond was saying, he watched the recording engineer through the glass and "when I see he laugh, I play something funny. Mx Justin Vivian Bond will be the Grand Marshal, aka Grand Marsha, of the 2017 OutHudson Parade. ", "Potpourri of Pearls Releases 'Sochi' Featuring Justin Vivian Bond", "Justin Vivian Bond: The Fall of the House of Whimsy", "Gina Garan and Justin Vivian Bond talk about 'Susie Says' and the Art of Collaboration", "Justin Bond is quarantining with darling Auntie Glam", "How the new Sandman audio drama cast Dream, Death, Desire, and Despair", "57 Champions of Queer Feminism, All Name-Dropped in One Impossibly Catchy Song", "Swan Songs as a Duo Plan Life's Second Act", "2006–2007 Tony Nominations Announced; Spring Awakening Garners 11 Noms", "The Singer's Name Is Mx. Document—What’s your most inspiring season upstate? Justin—I love summer more than just about anything. "[15] Bond later sported a pair of Horne earrings as a souvenir. Document—What is the first place you can’t wait to take friends? In November, Bond announced a performance to benefit the Ali Forney Center for LGBT youth in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [57] Bond has appeared with Carol Channing, Tilda Swinton, and Chocolate Genius, Inc., among others. The title apparently references the creative energy arising from self-acceptance, and is "all about honoring your nature, and nature itself. John F. 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[78], "In contrast with the furious, blowsy, manic DuRane," wrote Maria Bustillos of Out Magazine, "Bond is gentle, disciplined, observant, and beautifully mannered; a student of the theater, a serious and subtle conversationalist and raconteur. Document—What do you consider to be Hudson Valley required reading? [20], Bond moved to New York City in 1994, in the midst of crackdown on queer clubs by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani. "[33], Kiki and Herb met with more critical acclaim with each successive appearance and developed a cult following. It was here that Bond turned androgyny into a professional asset, developing an identity as a queer performer and activist. [23] In 1994, Bond appeared on film for the first time, as Amphetamine in John Moritsugu's Mod Fuck Explosion, and again the following year in Fanci's Persuasion. [6] The young Bond idolized "more icy people" like Joan Didion, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, Vivien Leigh, and Grace Kelly,[7] keeping scrapbooks of Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. Justin Vivian Bond’s first great act was the immortal Kiki DuRane, a songstress of the old school—drunk, world-weary, perpetually in thrall to an old-world glamor. Justin Vivian Bond… "[25] Kiki's equally-damaged accompanist Herb, played by pianist Kenny Mellman, made up the other half of the duo, billed as Kiki and Herb. Leacock knew Jenny Lumet, a granddaughter of Lena Horne, and managed to get Bond backstage to meet Horne, who appeared "icy, intimidating, beautiful and talented – everything I hoped to be one day. … Justin—I love to take them to my favorite swimming holes, but I’m not listing them here. [14] Bond appeared in the 2017 Music Box Theatre performance of the Tales of the City musical, with score by Shears. Declared a “cabaret messiah” by Time Out/London, Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City.As a performer, both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades, winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a … Pink Slip was recorded at Le Poisson Rouge and Bond hoped income from the EP would help fund the recording of an album. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. Color Oliver Eid. On September 25, 2012, Bond hosted a special edition of Weimar as a fundraiser for the reelection of U.S. President, Barack Obama. Styling and film interview by Shawn Lakin. Space. 414 Likes, 25 Comments - Mx Justin Vivian Bond (@mxviv) on Instagram: “The Goddess has taken her place in Heaven. Near Hudson, the performer slows down to a trot. Justin is a very male-identified name, and I wanted something that would balance it. The duo traveled repeatedly to London, where Bond continued to work on an MA in scenography at Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design when not performing. [11] Consequently, Bond grew up feeling "invisible", resenting the younger sister who "got everything I wanted. Bond received a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for the memoir, Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels. (Photo Kyle Kupres) In an essay accompanying the exhibit “69 Witch Eyes,” Justin Vivian Bond, who uses the pronouns they/them, asks a pertinent question for life during the pandemic: “How do we care for others during times when we … [43] This was followed by a return to Carnegie Hall for a one-night show on December 12, 2007, billed as Kiki and Herb: The Second Coming – A Christmas Concert. "[61] Backups included Matt Ray on piano, Claudia Chopek on violin, and Nath Ann Carrera on guitar. "I always liked Jackie," Bond said, "because Jackie wasn't willing to say, 'I am a woman trapped in a man's body,' she'd say, 'I'm trans, I'm not a man. “I’ve got great friends here who are now family, and I’ve got family moving here,” they say. Prior to retiring Kiki in 2008, Bond already was touring nationally and abroad, appearing in film, and recording under the name of Justin Bond. [76], During the 2020 pandemic quarantine Bond performed weekly House of Whimsy livestream concerts as Auntie Glam. Now, Ostertag reflected, "Justin is a star. "[67] In May of that year, Bond appeared with various artists in "A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle," at New York City's Town Hall, to commemorate the passing of the Wainwrights' mother, who had succumbed to cancer the previous year. My home is both an art project and a part of my practice. Bruni observes that "on top of all of the other odd aspects of its evolution, "Shortbus" represented a reunion and collaboration of fringe artists [like Bond] moving closer to the mainstream. [50] Bond put the songs together as a set list for a show, only later deciding to go into the studio with Bartlett. I have friends of all ages with different ethnicities, gender identities, educational, and economic backgrounds. [21] The duo played a number of gigs, both in and out of character; three years after attending Pride for the first time, Bond was hosting the show at the end of the parade. 2,366 Likes, 97 Comments - Mx Justin Vivian Bond (@mxviv) on Instagram: “This is turning out to be a very rough week. In spite of their retirement, Kiki and Herb appeared on a list of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers in Time Out New York in 2008. https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/04/25/stonewall-50-cabaret-night March 20, 2019. "[64], Jake Shears, lead singer of Scissor Sisters, has cited the Kiki and Herb Christmas Show as inspiration. More performances are scheduled for London in February 2015. “It’s home.”. In 2011, Bond stated that "we are going to celebrate our birthdays together this year. [60] Bond left the show early to go abroad, premiering sold-out shows of Love is Crazy in Paris and New York. Where Mx. I'm Jackie.' With the assistance of a twenty-something Berkeley drop-out named Kenny Mellman, Bond created the award-nominated lounge act Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living around the persona of actress and singer Julie London. Bond already appeared on two tracks ("Not Your Girl" and "The Man In The Blue Slip") on Ostertag's 1995 album, "Fear No Love", sharing co-lead vocals duties with Mike Patton. I love them and am grateful to have them here watching after me and eating all the mosquitos. In December 2015 an EP also called Christmas Spells was released including 3 songs (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Remember (Christmas) and Christmas Spells). [35] They performed extensively, namely in London's Soho Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Hall and New York's The Knitting Factory and Carnegie Hall, as well as a host of other venues worldwide. "All our friends were dying of AIDS, and it was a way to get out all our rage," said Mellman. Bond is a well known singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist and actor. Kiki and her musical collaborator, Herb , made it all the way to the bright lights of Broadway and a 2007 Tony nomination, a defining moment for downtown culture. Bond's first album came about unexpectedly, as the result of an improvised concert with experimental, electronic sound artist Bob Ostertag and a Japanese turntablist from the Tokyo noise underground, Otomo Yoshihide, at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall in 1997. [58], Bond starred as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Jukebox Jackie as part of the 50th anniversary season of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club between May and June 2012. The Grand Marsha title honors Marsha P. Johnson, the transwoman of color who threw the first brick during The Stonewall Riots in June of 1969. "[17] Seated at the "Queen's Table" in the corner, Bond absorbed a variety of perspectives from all corners of the LGBT community, attending Gay Pride for the first time in 1989. "[41] Ironically, Bond was by then moving away from the stage act after more than a decade, having almost come to resent the "very intrusive" presence of Kiki and the demands associated with playing this "very dark" role. "[20] In fact, the experience unleashed a reservoir of creative energy. Justin Vivian Bond explores dreams of stardom, otherness, and strategies of escaping tweenage small-town boredom. In 2008, Bond participated in a Christmas show at the Knitting Factory that included Rufus Wainwright, members of Wainwright's family, Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, and performance artist Laurie Anderson. Justin—I’m happy to report that my group of friends here is even more diverse than in the city. [70] Ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Bond appeared in a video by Brooklyn-based Potpourri of Pearls, protesting Russian mistreatment of LGBT persons. [8] Listening to the family's eight-track tapes in the back seat of a white, Buick Skylark on road trips, Bond preferred a recording of Billy Vaughn and their orchestra because "it sounded like a movie soundtrack" for an imaginary film in which Bond, wearing high heels, played the leading role. Editor Austin Bailey. In 2006, Bond appeared in the film Shortbus, as part of cast that included Sook-Yin Lee, PJ DeBoy, and Paul Dawson. [39] One critic noted that onstage they are "Alive with a capital A, with all the human vitality and fallibility that that implies. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. In August 2012, Bond officiated at Rufus Wainwright's Long Island wedding. "[49], Bond's new show, Mx America, was slated to open in Australia in February 2013.[59]. [19] At some point, Bond adopted the stage name of Justin, later explaining that there were few fates worse than becoming an old, gay man named Chip.[17]. "[79], Bond has decided to clarify an identity as a trans-person, explaining that "for me to claim to be either a man or a woman, feels like a lie. [71], In July 2009 Bond made an appearance on the Logo TV comedy series Jeffery & Cole Casserole, playing a Catholic nun who serves as the principal of the show's all-girl Catholic school. "Justin Vivian Bond to Star in Brecht's 'A Man's A Man. London shows included Where Are We Now?, Kiki & Herb: There's a Stranger in the Manger, and Kiki & Herb Mount The President, the latter performed aboard HMS President in the River Thames. Justin Vivian Bond (born May 9, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Justin Vivian Bond* - Dendrophile at Discogs. Justin Vivian Bond Would Like to Sell You a Bag. In 2004, Bond and Mellman did a cameo in the Sony Pictures release Imaginary Heroes, with script by Dan Harris. In 2008, the GLAAD-nominated show Lustre premiered at PS122 in the East Village to rave reviews before touring the UK with stops in London and Manchester as part of the It's Queer Up North Arts Festival. promoting the new album. "[51], In June 2006, Bond appeared with David Hoyle in a one-off entitled When David Met Justin at London's Bush Hall. When I was young, they were really the only trans people to which I had been exposed. In 1957 Kiki and Herb released their first LP "The Hazy Days of Kiki" to universal indifference. After an eight-year hiatus, Kiki and Herb (performed by Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman) make their boozy, triumphant return, and not a moment too … The "spectral" photographs reflected mostly unoccupied interiors of the loft, while the paintings, portraits and self-portraits, have been described as "light, aerie images," whose subjects fade in and out. Justin Vivian Bond: I'm 'Like A Pride Flag Walking Down The Street Every Day' A star of New York's queer performance scene, Bond sings, acts, writes and advocates. Which, by the way, was the last line of the show. Mx Justin Vivian Bond shared a post on Instagram: “You guys, my head's doing that light thing again. Photo Assistant Annabelle Snoxall. [45] In a 2011 interview with The Guardian, Bond quipped that Kiki DuRane, if not actually deceased, was at least "in a nursing home in New Jersey."[28]. "[20], Bond was namechecked in the 1999 Le Tigre song "Hot Topic".[81]. Bond "was not sure he could really pull off playing a girl," according to Bornstein, and feared the censure of "his gay male friends. "[32] Bond has said that "I think that the reason people liked Kiki so much is that she had just about everything wrong with her. Justin Vivian Bond’s first great act was the immortal Kiki DuRane, a songstress of the old school—drunk, world-weary, perpetually in thrall to an old-world glamor. Described as "the best cabaret artist of their generation" and a "tornado of art and activism," Bond first achieved prominence under the pseudonym of Kiki DuRane in the stage duo Kiki and Herb, an act born out of a collaboration with long-time co-star Kenny Mellman. Yes, I’m the goth in the chambeige mini-van. The two-part show included a trademark cabaret performance of holiday tunes, showcasing an original composition, Could Baby Jesus in His Manger Foresee the Hate Sprung From That Night? Returning to Maryland, Bond found roles in regional dinner theaters, often doubling as a server. Inspired by the Marianne Faithfull song, “ Love More or Less,” Justin Vivian Bond’s latest show is a musical and personal journey that asks, “How do we qualify the depth of intimacy when it’s mostly experienced with strangers?” “If personal touch only comes from sex apps, personal trainers, manicurists, and an occasional hug, is it love more or less?” The day President Joe Biden was sworn in, the White House website was updated to allow visitors to specify what pronouns they use. I’m happy to report that they, too, are reading that traffic circle for filth! As a child Bond preferred lipstick and Barbies to masculine-coded items and also entered into relationships with boys. Post-Kiki, Bond continued to move freely between San Francisco and New York, frequently traveling to London and less frequently, to Australia. Justin—I’m a different person from room to room, minute to minute, second by second. "[46] The album was ultimately released under the Seeland label in 1999 as PantyChrist, with a European, promotional tour. "[42] Locked into a stage act consisting of one other person, it appears that Bond had also begun to feel socially constrained. "[30] The New York Times has dubbed Kiki "the town's most endearingly unhinged chanteuse,"[31] comparing Bond favorably to more conventional performers for whom "the point is never the prettiness of the voice. "[29] Journalist John Russell saw in Kiki "an icon to rival Hedwig. — Part of the fictional biography for Kiki and Herb. Justin Bond: Christmas Spells opened in December 2010 at Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. In December 2008, Bond appeared at London's Southbank Centre as Sinderella, in the original musical written by Martyn Jacques of the British cult trio Tiger Lillies. 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