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Howl! Arts Presents: Jackie Factory’s Low Life 8
December 4 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Low Life 8: Fairytale of New York at the Pyramid
The much-missed Jackie Factory spectacular Low Life returns this holiday season for its eighth edition, newly at the iconic Pyramid Club on Avenue A. Presented by East Village Arts instigator Howl! Arts, Low Life 8 imagines the holidays in a century of East Village/Bowery dives and clubs, from McGurk’s Suicide Hall to the Pyramid itself.
Producers Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell promise a star-studded bill spanning generations and performance cults: Pyramid and Jackie 60 eminence Hattie Hathaway aka Brian Butterick, butoh stars Vangeline Theater as Klaus Nomi and company, queens of burlesque Dirty Martini and Cassandra Rosebeetle saluting Bowery vaudeville and vipers, drag icon Sherry Vine, choreographer/dancer Danielle Marie Fusco creating the title number, thesbian Heather Litteer, rising EV performance star Bobbie, dark diva Poison Eve imagining Tanya Ransom as Nina Hagen, and more. Jackie MC Paul Alexander will preside with Valenti, and Pyramid/Jackie DJ Johnny Dynell spins between show sets and for a Jackie 60-style dance party afterwards.
The Jackie Factory created Low Life in 2007 as the closing show for the annual Howl! Festival in Tompkins Square Park. Inspired by the seminal Luc Sante book Low Life: The Lures and Snares of Old New York, these big stage extravaganzas at Howl! Festival (2007-2013) continued a body of work born at the seminal Meatpacking District nightclub Jackie 60 @ Mother in 1997. For this indoor revamp, two show sets will celebrate the Bowery haunts from the 1880s to the Roaring Twenties (Act One, 9:30 PM) and The East Village Eighties/Pyramid Club (Act Two, 11:30 PM).
The time travel quotient will be high—in some cases a performer will be recreating a moment that actually happened on the same stage three decades earlier! Veteran visitors will experience a Pyramid Club that is hauntingly familiar—virtually unchanged from the 1980s and still cash only—but with new bathrooms and excellent sound. For the show’s producers Valenti and Dynell, East Village residents for three decades, this holiday spectacular is a true present to and by the neighborhood’s past, present and future stars.
25% of door proceeds will benefit Howl! HELP (Howl! Emergency Life Project), a safety net for artists that provides emergency financial assistance and social service support in partnership with The Actors Fund.
101 Avenue A, NYC
Doors open at 8:30 PM, show starts at 9:30 PM
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door
Tickets from dance party only (starts at midnight): $10
Buy tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3899390