Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond: Dendrophile


Acclaimed by The New Yorker as an “artful, gender-bending, truth-telling illusionist,”
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and a live band featuring Thomas Bartlett (piano), Jack Petruzelli (guitar), Brad Albetta (bass), and David Berger (percussion), perform songs from the artist’s first solo CD, Dendrophile. Celebrating a love of nature that goes beyond a simple walk in the woods, Bond wrote most of the original songs while straddling a moss-covered log on a mountain in Tennessee. Mx. Bond’s original songs are complemented by singular interpretations of works by Nina Simone, Karen Carpenter, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

A spellbinding performer, Mx. Bond spins a magical web that threads together many artistic passions and influences—from early '70s folk-pop to protest songs to jazz standards—influenced by such icons as Marianne Faithfull, Judy Collins, Phoebe Snow, Harry Nilsson, Emrnylou Harris, Sandy Denny and Odetta.

Sex, gender and sexuality are foremost themes of Dendrophile, and are an important part of Bond's preoccupation with nature. Bond is particularly interested in queer, and more specifically transgendered identity, embraced through a mixed-gender new name, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, and the replacement of gender-specific pronouns with the more expansive “V”.

Recording is just one part of an interdisciplinary career for which Mx. Bond has garnered Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Awards, and a Tony Award nomination. V was named one of the Top 40 Favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and listed as one of England's 50 Funniest People by Time Out London. As one-half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, V toured the world, headlining Carnegie Hall twice, and performing at The Sydney Opera House and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Mx. Bond also starred in the Tony-nominated Broadway show Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway and in the Off-Broadway Coup de Theatre

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Tues 4.12.11 8:30 pm $25 $25
Wed 4.13.11 8:30 pm$25$25

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M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff