[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. Bond remembers this as a period of significant personal growth, both creative and political. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. The show ran Off-Broadway at the Company's theater on 13th Street in Manhattan's East Village, with Bond playing the part of Leokadia Begbick, a role originated by Brecht's wife, Helene Weigel. Discover the full Birkenstock 1774 collaboration series here. [38] The mockumentaries entitled Kiki and Herb on the Rocks (2005) and Kiki and Herb Reloaded (2005) followed the pair to London and around the UK, respectively, featuring the composer Philip Glass, among others. A turning point occurred when Kate Bornstein cast Bond in her new play, Hidden: A Gender, using the life of the French, intersex person Herculine Barbin as an autobiographical device. "[20], Bond was namechecked in the 1999 Le Tigre song "Hot Topic".[81]. 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"I knew that if I kept doing Kiki I wouldn't have the energy to focus on what I really wanted to do," Bond explains, "which was write and perform as myself. [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. Editor Austin Bailey. Werque! "[33], Kiki and Herb met with more critical acclaim with each successive appearance and developed a cult following. An Evening With Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac", "GOOD NEWS! Justin Vivian Bond… — Part of the fictional biography for Kiki and Herb. [68], Identifying as a queer performer infused Bond's art with an activist ethos from the beginning. Wanting to get something out quickly and not sure how to do it, Bond released a five track EP Pink Slip in June 2009 featuring four original songs ("The New Depression," "May Queen," "The Puppet Song," "Michael in Blue") and a cover of Radiohead's "Arpeggi/Weird Fishes". Prior to retiring Kiki in 2008, Bond already was touring nationally and abroad, appearing in film, and recording under the name of Justin Bond. "[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. They toured twice in the U.S., including the 2007 'Year of Magical Drinking Tour.'[37]. "[28] Eschewing gender reassignment surgery, Bond explained that "I like my penis, and I am keeping it, but I am creating a transbody—a physical record on my body and a medical record that I am a transgendered person. I'm not a woman. Bond received a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for the memoir, Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels. The letter was read by Bond and enacted by the drag troupe Pixie Harlots. For cabaret’s most glamorous punk rocker, there’s rarely a spare moment. 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. Revelation Films released the concert DVD in November 2009 under the title A Not So Silent Night (Kate & Anna McGarrigle/Rufus & Martha Wainwright). "Justin Vivian Bond Makes Broadway History with, "A Not So Silent Night (Kate & Anna McGarrigle/Rufus & Martha Wainwright) [DVD]", "More! "[49] According to Bond, the project originated as a revival of one of Jackie's "crazy, amphetamine-fueled" plays, but Bond (and director Scott Wittman) "couldn't really make sense of them" and turned to reportage instead. [24], Bond is best known for originating the role of washed-up lounge singer Kiki DuRane, "an alcoholic battle-axe with a throat full of razor-blades. In 1957 Kiki and Herb released their first LP "The Hazy Days of Kiki" to universal indifference. One journalist commented that this expressed "in just one scene that heightened sense of simultaneous hope and despair in post–9/11 downtown New York City. [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. Described in one place as "tragically hip,"[27] the inspiration arose "out of my own trauma regarding AIDS and so many people dying,"[28] according to Bond. We invited the performer to give us a whistle-stop tour of life in the Valley. "Justin Vivian Bond to Star in Brecht's 'A Man's A Man. "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. 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. Document—Have you noticed a difference in your dreams since living upstate? 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. The title apparently references the creative energy arising from self-acceptance, and is "all about honoring your nature, and nature itself. Make your day by following Mx Justin Vivian Bond on instagram @mxviv. (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 … imdb | youtube | facebook | instagram | twitter. 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. He didn't like being Vivian. Yes, I’m the goth in the chambeige mini-van. A DVD was released in 2013. "[13] Meanwhile, Bond was taking voice lessons and singing in church and in the local community theater, appearing in shows like Brigadoon, Kiss Me, Kate, and The Sound of Music, and channeling comedian Gilda Radner for schoolmates. "[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. Bond and Mitchell had been frequenting the same Greenwich Village hangouts for about ten years by that time, including the Cow Girl Hall of Fame on Hudson, where Bond had been perfecting the role of Kiki. 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. Justin—My friends all laugh at me because I tool around in my mini-van, Vantasia, listening to The Cure all the time. The first steps on this journey led through the Castro District, the vibrant, queer neighborhood mostly concentrated on Castro Street between Market and 19th in San Francisco. Befriend me and find out the secrets! [60] Bond left the show early to go abroad, premiering sold-out shows of Love is Crazy in Paris and New York. What songs remind you of the Hudson Valley? Their show Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway ran for five weeks in 2006, and was nominated for a 2007 Tony for Special Theatrical Event. "[22] Nevertheless, the act continued to evolve, generating a mythical backstory as the entertainers became "fixtures at downtown New York venues like Flamingo East, P.S. In December 2014, Bond's wide range and appeal, as well as the personal struggles that have informed all of Bond's work, were once more on display in Star of Light! [citation needed], 2011 saw the opening of The Fall of the House of Whimsy exhibition at Participant, Inc., an alternative, Manhattan gallery that hosted an installation of "artifacts, media, and ephemera" from Bond's nearby loft (then slated for demolition) including original Bond photographs and watercolors. So I think I'm gonna make it. More performances are scheduled for London in February 2015. 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 … Mx Justin Vivian Bond will be the Grand Marshal, aka Grand Marsha, of the 2017 OutHudson Parade. The period that followed differed largely in terms of the originality and variety of material as Bond experimented with new endeavors. Justin Vivian Bond Will Host Auntie Glam's Happy Hour Today Justin Vivian Bond explores dreams of stardom, otherness, and strategies of escaping tweenage small-town boredom. Hours. "[29] Journalist John Russell saw in Kiki "an icon to rival Hedwig. Meanwhile, Adelphi advised Bond to become more "butch" to earn a living in soap operas. 122, and Fez. “It’s hard to survive in the city if you’re not going at full gallop.”, After several years curating performers for the Bard summer season at Spiegeltent, Bond found a home to call their own in—“a very artsy place”—and now splits the year between city and country. One critic found in it "a surprisingly upbeat holiday show full of sad stories and songs" both eclectic and smartly executed, noting "a psychedelic intensity to Bond's voice reminiscent of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane. Color Oliver Eid. At the behest of the record label Asphodel, an album was recorded in this location and in studio at Toast, with additional tracks and musicians added later. Bond's solo career as a singer, emcee, cabaret artist, and actor, grew up alongside Kiki and Herb, and ultimately outlived them. "[49] Bond used Kickstarter to finance the release of a second album, Silver Wells, in 2012. More! [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. [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]. Although it failed commercially, Ostertag viewed it from an artistic standpoint as "one of my most successful projects. Bond "was not sure he could really pull off playing a girl," according to Bornstein, and feared the censure of "his gay male friends. [14] The newly minted freshman saw Simon and Garfunkel in concert in Central Park, but it was visiting Carnegie Hall for the first time to see Judy Collins that invoked the realization that "I had escaped my hometown and was finally beginning to live the life I'd dreamed of. [66] Bond has appeared in concert with Rufus Wainwright's sister, Martha Wainwright, whom Bond calls a "Taurean sister." "[64], Jake Shears, lead singer of Scissor Sisters, has cited the Kiki and Herb Christmas Show as inspiration. Justin Vivian Bond (born May 9, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor. Within a personal netherworld of ambiguous gender and sexuality, Bond had begun to construct an identity as a performer. . “I’ve got great friends here who are now family, and I’ve got family moving here,” they say. By Tim … You are About to help Tranifest a DREAM!!! Bond, who prefers they/them/their as gender pronouns, has a house near Hudson, 20 miles upriver from Bard, where they escape New York City each summer. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Justin Vivian Bond* - Dendrophile at Discogs. Bond has hosted the Weimer New York variety show since its inception in 2007. Generations of Love Through the Non-Binary Eyes of Tweeny V -Mx Justin “Chipra” Bond In their latest residency at Joe’s Pub Mx. “In the city, you’re in restaurants or clubs, always somewhere doing things—here you actually get to spend quiet time together, and I think it gets a little deeper.” As a result, Bond finds opportunity to recharge and nurture relationships. From early on, Bond longed "to sing, be amusing, and wear fabulous outfits" like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and Cher. "[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. On September 25, 2012, Bond hosted a special edition of Weimar as a fundraiser for the reelection of U.S. President, Barack Obama. Document—Describe your upstate community? [28] In the movie, directed by fellow Radical Faerie John Cameron Mitchell, Bond played the mistress of ceremonies at the eponymous avant-garde salon Shortbus, singing the Scott Matthew number, "In the End," to the music of the Hungry March Band. As part of Birkenstock’s 1774 collaboration series, Document Journal meets 10 creatives making the Hudson Valley a kingdom of their own. Justin Vivian Bond (born May 9, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor. This was the time of Kiki and Herb, the legendary cabaret duo act created by Bond and Kenny Mellman. "All our friends were dying of AIDS, and it was a way to get out all our rage," said Mellman. With a musical voice self-described as "kind of woody and full with a lot of vibration,"[3] Bond is a Tony-nominated (2007) performer who has received GLAAD (2000), Obie (2001), Bessie (2004), Ethyl (2007), and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2012) awards. Other guests on the record were Fred Frith and Lynn Breedlove. [48] The first, Dendrophile (2011), contained a mix of original compositions and covers modeled on a type of "early-'70s folk-pop variety album"[48] in the spirit of Judy Collins, featuring a duet with English singer-songwriter Beth Orton. "[15] Bond later sported a pair of Horne earrings as a souvenir. Justin Vivian Bond is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor. My identity falls somewhere in the middle and is constantly shifting. "[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. Their stage act was captured on video in Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory (2007). This was followed by a theatrical adaptation of a short story by a Bond pal, the artist and gender-theorist Kate Bornstein. Kiki and Herb met in the Eerie Childrens Institute in Western Pennsylvania in 1934. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. Bond’s use of ‘v’ as a pronoun is also intended to be a reference to v’s middle name, Vivian. [49] Later that year, Bond opened the new holiday show, Snow Angel, with Amber Martin on vocals, NathAnn Carrera on guitar, and Brett Every on piano. 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? You can take the girl out of black, but you can’t take the black out of the girl. Justin—On the local Facebook page people have plenty to say about the ridiculous traffic circle they put in by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge—or as I like to call it, the STOP traffic circle. The album features covers of songs made famous by Ronee Blakley, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Mark Eitzel, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, among others, and has been described as "intimate" and "confessional" in tone. “Justin is a very male-identified name, and I wanted something that would balance it. The pair briefly reunited in 2016, but today Bond tends to focus on solo outings, including annual cabaret stints at the Spiegeltent, the fabulous 1920s pavilion, all louche velvet furnishings and Weimar vibes, that sits at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. "[62], Writing for The New York Times, Frank Bruni noted that Mitchell had relied heavily on friends in casting the film, and that Bond was no exception. 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 a different person from room to room, minute to minute, second by second. promoting the new album. "[42] Locked into a stage act consisting of one other person, it appears that Bond had also begun to feel socially constrained. Styling and film interview by Shawn Lakin. A quote from Bond relates that "I worked in many bars where the police would just come and shut us down and throw us all out on the street at two or three in the morning. 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. In my perfect world, we would all go on vacation in January and upon our return it would be the middle of April. "I've always been really interested in Jackie, Holly Woodlawn, and Candy Darling," Bond recounted in an interview at the time, "because they, along with Renee Richards and Christine Jorgensen, were the first famous trans people. In the early 1990s, Justin Vivian Bond lived in San Francisco, and would soon move to New York where we were both part of the cohort living through the darkest times of the AIDS epidemic, changing all of us forever. This work led to a brief stint as assistant to the maitre d' of the Roof Terrace Restaurant in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where Bond witnessed a memorable performance by Ella Fitzgerald. In 2004, Bond and Mellman did a cameo in the Sony Pictures release Imaginary Heroes, with script by Dan Harris. in place of Ms./Mr. In addition, Bond has labored tirelessly in support of queer causes and organizations and has been numbered "amongst New York City's most beloved performers . 39.8k Followers, 3,885 Following, 6,241 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Mx Justin Vivian Bond (@mxviv) "[20] In fact, the experience unleashed a reservoir of creative energy. Acknowledging that "a lot of trans-kids get kicked out of their homes," Bond mused "I didn't until I was 51. More! “There’s room to hang out, have barbecues, spend time at each other’s houses,” says Bond. Document—How does your sense of community differ from when you live in a city? I love them and am grateful to have them here watching after me and eating all the mosquitos. Production Liana Blum and Patch Ward. [22] In 1993, Bond hosted the first San Francisco Drag King Contest at the DNA Lounge with Elvis Herselvis. I’m happy to report that they, too, are reading that traffic circle for filth! By Steff Yotk a. Justin Bond: Christmas Spells opened in December 2010 at Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. "[15] Bond went to London to study theater in the summer of 1984, befriending fellow student Victoria Leacock, daughter of the filmmaker, Richard Leacock. My home is both an art project and a part of my practice. "[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. Returning to Maryland, Bond found roles in regional dinner theaters, often doubling as a server. 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. Complete your Justin Vivian Bond* collection. . I have friends of all ages with different ethnicities, gender identities, educational, and economic backgrounds. [39] One critic noted that onstage they are "Alive with a capital A, with all the human vitality and fallibility that that implies. A Witchy Healing Protocol brought to all solitary practitioners on the Winter Solstice by The House of Whimsy. As for Vivian, that's my self-given middle name. 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. I’m very lucky that way. “It’s home.”. Where Mx. In 2012, Bond announced the creation of a signature fragrance by Ralf Schwieger, a "trans-scent" for all genders called The Afternoon of a Faun after the French poem and modernist ballet of the same name, and issued under the French label Etat libre d'Orange. 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). [75], In the summer of 2014, Bond curated and emceed a cabaret season at the Spiegeltent at the Bard SummerScape Festival in the Hudson Valley, NY. 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