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ARCHIVED: A Happening For…You

Tsunami.

Bus Accident.

War.

Hunger.

Poverty.

Good, now that that’s out of the way, let’s have some fun! “The MENSA of variety shows” is back.  This will be quite a happening and we all hope you will attend to share in the magic combination of complimentary absinthe, comedy and more dangerous movement than plate tectonics can shake a continent at.  Yes, there will be a hula hooper, a wonderful human with wild hair, a Goddess, a madam, a trumpet, a bass and surprise performances that promise to thrill and delight.

Featuring the music of Chet Baker, Julie London, Tom Waits, Rilo Kiley and original live music and language arts by Reggie Watts.  Attendance prizes will be drawn.  And no, we weren’t kidding about the complimentary absinthe.  It’s local, artisinal, small batch and made with home grown ingredients.  And it’s appropriately called “Meadow of Love”.

Entry for the evening is $11 and supports the participating performers.  Bios and further information about our cast can be found here.

Join us in the “Meadow of Love” on Sunday, March 27th at Ella. Doors at 8:30pm

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My World Premiere

Hello, world.  It’s me, Kiki.  The one who parodies our popular culture, doesn’t watch television or listen to commercial radio.  I don’t buy InTouch Weekly (but will peek during a pedicure if the NY Times crossword puzzle isn’t nearby) and certainly didn’t mean to make a fuss.  Really.  However I think it’s funny that all this time I fought the label of “burlesque performer” because I already thought that, to describe my work, it is not an entirely accurate pigeon hole.  And here I am making the tabloid news because I am honest-to-God withdrawing from it and moving on to what most of my mentors and close creative genius friends have suggested all along: a one woman show.  To be honest, the concept doesn’t quite grab me.  People might think it is stand up.  And let’s face it, going to see stand up in New York these days, much like many things in this ever-evolving new New York, is just not what it used to be. That just isn’t going to work.

So instead, and based on the uncensored concept that made the Sunday Show such an underground-cum-public success, I am going to reconnect with my unique style of entertaining the public through topical, somewhat controversial performances and observational humor  through a new “One-ish Woman Show”.  I am always inspired by how the way I see the world translates, with the help of spectacle performances, to and before an interested audience.  It’s medicine in a sick and twisted world.  And you’ll see real burlesque (but not from me – the adorable outfits will be staying on from now on!) Admittance will not be selective but instead, limited.

The new year will bring, as usual, more unexpected performance art than you can shake a dollar at.  And speaking of, I’m still not going to charge $1000 to see it (ah-hem, you know you are, venue I’m referring to).   The type of art that people can afford and relate to is what I want to continue to provide in 2011.  I have a fire lit beneath me, and it’s burning off my garter belt.

Perezhilton.com neglected to mention that The Sunday Show had a residency at The Slipper Room on Orchard Street in New York City before it closed.  We are doing the anniversary show at Ella because construction on the new theater is pending.  I, of course, would love to bring something back to the space that James and Camille Habacker created to delight audiences and give performers a space to work out their concepts.  We’ll see how things progress.

 

Isn’t this what everyone dreams of? We’re the stars of our own made-for-TV movie.
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Final Sunday Show At The Slipper Room: Videos and Thanks

For the Sunday Show’s temporary finale last night at The Slipper Room (the venue closes for renovations June 12th) host Kiki Valentine does not survive a routine surgery and instead ends up in purgatory with Satan (Joe Pepitone).  It was a great show.

The dedication of the performers since the beginning is reflected in the immense amount of support and love we receive from each and every one of you.  For example, here is Michelle St. Darling in the first half of the Finale show performing beautifully to “Flight of the Bumblebee” despite receiving a terrible concussion only two days earlier.  This is the type of allegiance that is appreciated beyond words.  Again, thank you.

This will be the third venue change for The Sunday Show until The Slipper Room returns in its charming and newly minted form.  Since our humble beginnings,  glittering in the darkest basements of the Lower East Side and upwards to the legendary stage of The Slipper Room,  unexpected change has allowed us opportunities to develop on an underground level into a completely unique live, interactive and uncensored show.  We keep the concept fresh: each monthly show –  thematically, cast-wise and elementally –  is completely unique and never repeated.  And we appreciate the support of those who have seen only one show, as well as those who have devoutly followed our collaborations.  We are delighted to reveal that the next show – date TBA – will contain even more of the allure, camaraderie, humor, talent, variety and surprises one might expect from The Sunday Show.  However in a new, larger space (and especially one with higher ceilings) we will be able to develop even more conceptually rich, collaborative pieces to keep you on the edge of your seat without breaking the bank.

If you’re interested in being notified of the next show, or in receiving a copy of the last show on DVD,  please contact sundayshownyc at gmail dot com.

Back to last night: In the second half of the show Juliet Jeske –  breaking out of her character, Princess Sunshine, for the first time on stage – sings a heartfelt surprise song to Kiki which moved many in attendance to tears.  Later in the clip, we see the entire May cast as they join Juliet in singing.  Amidst other surprises, the show in its entirety delivered a fantastic experience for the ensemble and audience members alike.   What we started in 2008 will continue to grow through Summer 2010 – and beyond – as we do our best to support uncensored expression of, sustainability for and the continuation of these unique collaborations between extraordinary performance artists living in and visiting New York City.

We’re taking the opportunity to relocate as a chance to make an even bigger and more spectacular show.  We hope you will join us for the next incarnation of Sunday night.

Thank you.

ARCHIVED: Private Mansion THE PLAYERS Opens Doors For SPRING SPECTACULAR – And Kiki’s Birthday!

Landmarked NYC Jewel THE PLAYERS Opens to Public for “Spring Spectacular”

Performances by  Martha Wainwright, Jolie Holland

and NYC’s “It” Artists Highlight the Event

New York, NY – April 29, 2010 – The historical landmark The Players of Gramercy Park opens its private doors to the public for SPRING SPECTACULAR, a night of elegance harkening the rich history of Manhattan’s legendary entertainers with a Kennedy-era flair.  This star-studded evening will feature big band, swing dancing, burlesque and jazz while bringing together a staggering array of talent demonstrating the city’s diversity.  The event will be held Friday, May 7th at 8pm.  Guests are encouraged to dress in swing, beatnik or  modern mid-century attire (a la Mad Men).

This rare occasion celebrates the spring season through an evening of the exuberant entertainment of yesteryear with a modern, independent edge. Special guests include vocalist Martha Wainwright performing a selection from her album “Martha Wainwright Sings Piaf” in addition to the “velvet voice” of Jolie Holland, the independent artist who counts none other than Tom Waits as one of her biggest fans.  Accompaniment  for the night’s performances as well as live jazz and swing provided by the acclaimed JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band along with tap-dancing sensation DeWitt Fleming Jr. (called “an amazement” by The NY Times) and singer Champian Fulton (who The New Yorker touts as having a “galvanizing voice”). Singer Shien Lee (of Dances of Vice) will perform with pianist Bryan Reeder in the club’s Sergent Room.

The cabaret atmosphere reaches crescendo as some of the best burlesque dancers in NYC step on to the stage to delight and entice: winner of the 2009 Golden Pastie Award for “Most Sensual Performer in Burlesque” Peekaboo Pointe, Miss Coney Island Ekaterina, and, in band breaks, 1920s tap sensation The Minsky Sisters.

The entire evening is presented by Midnight Follies and hosted by James Habacker, illustrious owner of downtown’s The Slipper Room and with Kiki Valentine, actress and producer of NYC’s only uncensored variety show, The Sunday Show. Valentine explains, “The Players has an incredible history and energy…to open the doors to the public and create a happening like this seems to wake the spirits of Frank Sinatra and Sarah Bernhardt. It’s like they’re giving us their blessing. Plus, they always loved a good party.” The event is also celebrating Valentine’s birthday.

 

The legendary Players, boasting Twain himself in its luminary roster along with Nobel-prize-winners Eugene O’Neill, Ernest Hemingway and numerous others, is a social club founded by the famed 19th century Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth. The Players’ history-steeped home is a magnificent Victorian mansion with dozens of paintings, marble fireplaces, and a wrought iron balcony overlooking Gramercy, the only remaining private park in Manhattan.

Friday, May 7th, 8pm-1am

Complimentary cocktails from 8 to 9pm

The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South

$20 w/RSVP, $25 at the door

$15 for members

RSVP at midnightfollies@gmail.com