The Castro Theatre
Castro and Market Streets
San Francisco, CA 94114
8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
Supporting Acts: with Special Guest Veronica Klaus JOEY ARIAS
A fixture of New York City's vibrant downtown performance scene for 30-plus years, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon. Most recently Joey headlined Central Park SummerStage and played Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Antony-curated Meltodwn Festival. He also stars in Z Chromosome, a short film directed by Manfred (Thierry) Mugler which opened the 18th Annual Chéries-Chéris Festival this past October in Paris. Arias' relationship with San Francisco spans many decades and includes many appearances at Trannyshack, Tingel Tangel Club and his unforgettable star turn as Joan Crawford in "Christmas With The Crawfords," a role he later reprised in New York productions of the show. Arias lived and worked with legendary musician Klaus Nomi until Nomi's death in 1983. However, he long ago stepped out of Nomi's shadow to gain fame in his own right as a performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist. From outrageous performances at seminal New York nightclubs Jackie 60 and Squeezebox to the now-legendary nights at Bar d'O where he held court with Raven-O and Sherry Vine, Arias has distinguished himself with scandalous wit, sleek style and an extraordinary voice... evocative of Billie Holiday yet uniquely his own. "Strange Fruit," Arias's tribute to Lady Day ran for a year at the Astor Place Theater in New York and received a glowing notice from John Lahr in the New Yorker. Arias originated the role of the Mistress of Seduction in Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas spectacular Zumanity, for which he co-wrote 2 songs. After 6 years in that role, Arias returned to New York with a splash as the star of Arias With a Twist, a show he co-created with master puppeteer Basil Twist. The show was a critical and commercial hit (Ben Brantley memorably began his New York Times review of the show, "Eat your heart out, Madonna!") and extended repeatedly for a total of 8 months at HERE Arts Center. Arias With A Twist has been subsequently presented in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Paris and returned to New York for another critically acclaimed, encore 8-week run at Abrons Arts Center in Fall 2011. The "Arias With A Twist" docu-fantasy premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and had it's US premiere at the 2011 TriBeca Film Festival. In 2010 Arias returned to New York City with his first full-length concerts in over a decade. Joey Arias in Concert - featuring new jazz luminary Ben Allison and a band comprised of some of NYC's best musicians - played to sold-out houses for two weeks at Abrons Arts Center. A scaled down version of the show opened the Spiegeltent at Bard SummerScape in 2011. Arias has performed worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Freedom Theatre in London and on a transatlantic world tour into the cabaret clubs of Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Canada and England. Film credits include: Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock - The Movie, Flawless and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Television credits include the infamous Saturday Night Live episode with David Bowie and Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium (Cinemax), Elvira's MTV Halloween Special, HBOs Dragtime, HBO's Real Sex and Gayer Than Gay on VH1, along with numerous appearances on a wide variety of talk shows and programs. Arias' discography includes: Arias on Holiday, Strange Fruit, Jazzo Lozo, God Shave the Queen and live recordings of StarLust in Berlin, Arias with a Twist and Bar D'o in New York.
$28 & $38 General / $75 VIP