LEAVING THE 21ST CENTURY
HOWL! FESTIVAL AND THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENT
HOWLUCINATION ’08: “LOW LIFE CITY”
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7
5-7 PM, FREE ADMISSION
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, NYC
CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF BRILLIANT BOWERY PERFORMANCE
On September 7, JACKIE FACTORY producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL will present their second annual HOWLUCINATION to crown this year’s HOWL! FESTIVAL. HOWLUCINATION is a new spectacle created by the JACKIE FACTORY each year as an evening event for HOWL!. The new LOW LIFE CITY follows on the heels of their first HOWLUCINATION at HOWL! – last year’s scandalous LOW LIFE. LOW LIFE CITY is a two hour theatrical showcasing the East Village – and especially, The Bowery, in a lavishly costumed production starring dozens of downtown’s finest. A time-travelling, bawdy and witty cavalcade of talent, this show is not recommended for children!
This year’s superb cast is now complete – MCs PAUL ALEXANDER (of “The Ones”) and HATTIE HATHAWAY, Bowery Belle DEBBIE HARRY, icon JOEY ARIAS with master puppeteer BASIL TWIST, burlesque supernovas DIRTY MARTINI, MISS DELIRIUM TREMENS and JONNY PORKPIE and NASTY CANASTA of PINCHBOTTOM BURLESQUE, GOON SQUAD featuring MISS GUY, drag divinity SWEETIE, butoh ensemble VANGELINE THEATER, WORLD FAMOUS *BOB*, LOGO song star ADAM JOSEPH as The Irish Tenor, slapstick duo DUELLING BANKHEADS, sister act ACID BETTY and EPIPHANY, sensationalist AMBER RAY, Bay Area artiste FAUXNIQUE, BLACKLIPS eminence POISON EVE, members of THE PIXIE HARLOTS, and New Bowery treasures TRINA ROSE, HEATHER LITTEER aka JESSICA RABBIT DOMINATION and TIGGER!
For pictures from last years edition visit LOW LIFE @ HOWL 2007 on FLICKR HOWLUCINATION ’08: LOW LIFE CITY was inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book “LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York.” It continues a body of work born at JACKIE 60 a decade ago, with past editions in London, Minneapolis and of course, last year’s HOWL! For the show’s producers, East Village residents for over two decades, this annual show is a Valentine to the neighborhood’s past, present and future stars. Dress Up and join us in the park! Wear NYC demimonde evening glamour (1860-2010), Gangs of New York, Victorian/Edwardian rags, newsboy caps, B’hoy for Butch Women, corsets and vintage lingerie, Bowery Belle ringlets, Opium Den loungewear, Vampyre of Gotham, black parasols, Bowery Twink, velvet, 19th century Clownwear, Top Hats or Bowery Punk.
THE HOWL! FESTIVAL was named in honor of the groundbreaking poem by ALLEN GINSBERG and began in 2002. HOWL celebrates the East Village and Lower East Side’s role as a preeminent locus of culture, with signature events like the group reading of HOWL and ART AROUND THE PARK. Centered in Tompkins Square Park, the festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors bringing to the clubs, galleries, parks, streets, and theaters of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.