with MC: Kayvon Zand, DJ Honey Dijon, DJ Templar, John Kelly, Joey Arias: Basic Black & This Ambitious Orchestra
Sat December 22nd, 2012
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 11:00PM
Show Time: 11:00PM
Event Ticket: $25
Day of Show: $35
THE SAINT AT LARGE
In association with THIRSTY GIRL PRODUCTIONS
and BENJAMIN ICKIES present
A NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS PARTY
(Halloween Makes A Comeback)
Music by: DJs HONEY DIJON
and SEAN TEMPLAR (opening)
The Deviant Kayvon Zand as MC
The terrible Sandy Claws blew through New York, stealing Halloween in the dead of night. But the residents of Halloween Town have struck back, occupying Christmas Town to run their own Noel from Hell.
A once wholesome neighborhood with candy-cane striped street posts and cotton candy colored signs, Christmas Town has been vandalized by skeletal reindeer and zombie elves preparing for their depraved version of Yuletide.
Performances by: JOEY ARIAS, JOHN KELLY, LEE CHAPPELL, DAVID SLONE, JOHN PRESNELL, ERICA MANICI and
BENJAMIN ICKIES accompanied by THIS AMBITIOUS ORCHESTRA
Burlesque by BOO BOO DARLIN & AURORA BLACK
Go-Go and surprises provided by THE LOVE SHOW & The Puppeteers’ Cooperative
with Choreography by ALLISON JONES (The Metropolitan Opera) and costumes by ABIGAIL RIST
Decor by ANDIE OLIVE and Biodidactic Design
Kayvon’s photo by Karl Giant
*First 50 GA tickets bought online receive a free David Barton gift card*
This is a general admission, standing event.
A Nightmare Before X-Mas Party: Halloween Makes a Comeback
MC: Kayvon Zand
A provocateur in self-imagined couture and a pompadour, Kayvon Zand brings sexuality and satire back to a performance scene that needs it.
A rabble rouser with a healthy dark side to match his eyebrows, Zand made waves when his Disgraceland show of raunchy rituals got him banned from New York’s Highline Ballroom in 2010. When the club instructed him to trim the show’s fake blood and fire effects, Zand responded in the only sensible way possible—he added some heavy duty sex acts! As the censorship battle became a story, Zand earned a place at the forefront of Gotham’s self-created bad boys and arty attention grabbers.
Making a scene was nothing new to Kayvon Zand. Growing up the son of Iranian doctors in Wilmington, North Carolina, he always found a catharsis in music and playacting while knowing his place was somewhere way outside the Bible Belt. He eventually bolted for Europe, where modeling proved less than fulfilling, and New York, where he finally found a home within the self-expression-obsessed club kid revival and outrageous performance arena.
“I felt this warm sense of community, where I was accepted,” Zand remembers–especially when the spotlight hit. After playing Kino 41, the Times Square club night hosted by notorious promoters Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny, he appeared at rock haunts like Don Hill’s and Arlene’s Grocery and even became friends with drag star RuPaul, who promptly cast him in his 2007 Starrbooty movie, a raucous blaxploitation spoof. (“I played the terrorist,” Zand laughs. “Not to be typecast or anything!”)
The next year, Zand started terrorizing audiences with Disgraceland, which he says is like “if Marilyn Manson was pregnant with Elvis Presley. There’s a glossy kind of fun appeal and showmanship to it. It’s very s/m and fetish based, but it’s so much more macabre than Goth. It’s like a Tim Burton film with a life of its own, and it’s very fashion forward.”
And the irrepressible artist is taking things even more forward than that. With new management and publicity behind him, he’s preparing to transform one more time, this time with a completely different aesthetic. “Last year’s show was blood, but this year it’ll be black diamonds,” he promises. “I want to capture the feeling of ‘80s dance music—that rawness, that edge.
“Last year I scared the s–t out of everybody. This year I want to make everyone dance and f–k!”
By Michael Musto
photo credit: Karl Giant
DJ Honey Dijon
Every Sunday night, DJ Honey Dijon delivers her own special blend of music to a capacity crowd at the Hiro Ballroom (Maritime Hotel) on Chelsea’s lower West side. It’s a standing appointment for Miss Dijon – her weekly residency is one of few in NYC’s electronic dance music scene. With the neighborhood lining up to get in and being pushed out the door at close, it’s a guarantee they’ll be back week after week for those addictive beats.
Based in New York, Miss Honey’s recent gigs for such clients as Visionare, Hermés, Chloé, the CFDA Awards, Loewe, Narcisco Rodrigues and other global tastemakers are making her one of the most sought after DJs for top fashion calendar events.
Drawing from a wide repertoire of musical styles, Honey regularly fills big room venues with residencies in New York (Hiro Ballroom), Montréal (Stereo), San Francisco, Scotland, and Southeast Asia. As a gifted and experienced DJ, Honey knows how to manipulate any crowd. Whether she is easing them into a trancey vibe with the dark sounds of techno, or lifting them up with pumping house, she knows how to rock a party.
John Kelly is an artist who works in performance and visual art. Originally trained as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre, the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, and Charles Weidman, he also studied painting and drawing with Larry Rivers and Barbara Pearlman at Parsons School of Design, and traditional painting techniques with Hannah Barrett at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School. He trained in Decroux corporeal mime at the Theatre d’lAnge Fou in Paris, trapeze and tite-wire with the Pickle Family Circus in San Francisco, and voice with Peter Elkus at the Academia Musicale Ottorino Respighi in Assisi, Italy.
His relationship to the mirror began in the dance studio, and evolved to the making of self-portraits: drawing, painting, photography, and video.
Joey Arias: Basic Black
Joey Arias – vocals / Brandon Seabrook – guitar / Allison Miller – drums / TBA – bass