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Mx. Justin Vivian Bond Hosts Weimar New York for Obama: Grassroots Fundraising Event & Rally in Support of Obama for America

A Glamorous Grassroots Fundraising Event
& Rally in Support of Obama for America

Hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
Music Directed by Lance Horne
Featuring Alan Cumming, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett & More!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 8:30 p.m., Abrons Arts Center


“Earl Dax’s Weimar New York slices cabaret with cutting edge performance.” – Time Out New York

“Keeping the Weimar-era spirit of cultural resistance alive.” – Village Voice

Tony-nominated cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond hosts what is sure to be the most outrageous and wildly entertaining presidential campaign fundraiser in recent memory… a special edition of the acclaimed theatrical cabaret Weimar New York in support of re-electing Barak Obama!  Presented by independent curator Earl Dax, photographer David Kimelman and dubbed Weimar New York for Obama this benefit performance celebrates the president’s unprecedented commitment to the LGBT community and features a star-studded cast culled from the worlds of cabaret, Broadway, downtown performance, burlesque and vaudeville.

Music directed by Emmy-winning composer Lance Horne the show features confirmed performances by Alan CummingJoey AriasBridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Theo Bleckmann, Curtis EllerDirty Martini, Tigger!, Machine Dazzle, “Angel of the Subway” Rosateresa Castro-Vargas,Tammy Faye Starlite as Nico,  and the Pixie Harlots.  Additional artists TBA.  Weimar New York for Obama raises money directly for the president’s reelection campaign – not a Political Action Committee or “Super PAC” – and provides a platform to educate, energize and engage an audience of LGBT professionals, artists, activists and allies that are uniquely positioned to support the president.

General admission and VIP ticketing levels are available.  VIP ticket holders enjoy reserved premium seating and a complimentary champagne reception with cast members courtesy of the Bubble Lounge.  A cash bar will be available before and after the show courtesy of Eastern Bloc, with “celebrity” bartenders from Eastern Bloc’s staple events including My Chiffon is Wet and Good Times.

Campaign workers will be on-site to enroll interested attendees to lend their support to the president’s reelection effort in critical ways, including the recruitment of volunteers for voter registration, phone banking and knocking on doors in swing states.

WEIMAR NEW YORK for OBAMA takes place one night only on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:30 pm at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002.

General admission is a $45 direct contribution to the Obama campaign; VIP level is a $95 contribution and includes reserved, premium seating and a champagne reception provided by the Bubble Lounge.  Full details available at http://www.weimarnewyork.com/

Additional Benefit Information:
Benefit committee members include leading music and cultural curator Bill BraginEmmanuelle Chiche (Bubble Lounge); Patrick Duffy (OUT Hotel); voice coach to the stars, Barbara Maier Gustern; club promoter and fashion icon, LadyFag; actor/writer/director John Cameron Mitchell; Eric Schmalenberger (House of YES); Shanta Thake (Joe’s Pub); Chi Chi Valenti (Mother, Jackie 60) and Carleigh Welsh (Independent producer & consultant).

Marketing and PR support provided by the karpel group.  Lighting design by Liz Liguori.

More about Weimar New York
Since 2006, Weimar New York has developed a loyal following in NYC and beyond with presentations at Joe’s Pub, Spiegeltent at Pier 17, Cooper Square Hotel, SummerScape at Bard College – where the show recently enjoyed its third sold-out year; and at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SF MoMA) and LA Art Weekend (at Hollywood hot spot The Green Door), where special editions of the show have been presented amidst the landscape of contemporary art.

In addition to Mx Justin Vivian Bond, who has served as a frequent emcee for the show, past hosts have included Joey Arias, Meow Meow, Ana Matronic of theScissor Sisters, Wigstock doyenne Lady Bunny, YouTube drag sensation Sherry Vine, Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke and Dusty Limits, recipient of the 2012 London Cabaret Award for “Best Host/Compere.”

Weimar New York has been featured in NYC’s leading publications including the New Yorker, New York TimesVillage VoiceNew York magazine and Time Out New York.

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