Erin Markey, Joseph Keckler and Kenny Mellman Set for Holiday Benefit at Dixon Place Tonight
THE DIXON PLACE NON-DENOMINATIONAL, NON-SECTARIAN, NON-PARTISAN, NON-OFFENSIVE HOLIDAY SPECTACLE! is set for tonight, December 5 at 6:30pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002. Call 212 219-0736 or visit dixonplace.org for more information. All tickets - $75.
Featuring Joseph Keckler and Erin Markey and accompanied by Kenny Mellman. Join the Dixon Place Board and Staff as we celebrate the holiday season with fabulous stories and songs from two of our most beloved performers, as well as signature dishes from our favorite local restaurants!
Schedule: 6:30-7:30pm delicious food, full cash bar; 7:30-9pm performances; 9-10pm artist reception and dessert.
JOSEPH KECKLER is a singer, writer, musician, and visual artist. His songs and stories are dreamlike and often humorous. Joseph's shows have been seen at Dixon Place (2013 Commission I am an Opera), South by Southwest, New Museum, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Afterglow Festival, and many other venues. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, a 2012 Franklin Furnace Grant, and a 2012 Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts.
Erin Markey creates comedic performances and original music. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (PS122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey (San Francisco Film Society),Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center) and currently, the recurring Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman (Public Theater). She was a featured artist in the critically acclaimed Our Hit Parade (Joe's Pub) and has shown work at New Museum, Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM), Under The Radar, 54 Below, Ars Nova and received NYFA's 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant. As an actress, Markey is a company member of Obie-winning Half Straddle, performed with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and starred in Tennessee Williams' Green Eyes, receiving Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance. She is currently an artist in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange working on a surrealist musical comedy - A Ride on The Irish Creme.
Kenny Mellman was one half (with Justin V Bond) of the Tony nominated and Obie and Bessie winning act Kiki and Herb. Active from 1992 to 2008, Kiki and Herb was critically and popularly embraced for their mix of political fervor, punk rock extremity, outrageous humor and heartfelt passion. Concurrently, His show Kenny Mellman is Grace Jones toured Australia and the UK and his one man musical about gay bashing and homophobia, Say Sea Boy You Sissy Boy? playEd Dixon Place. He also co-wrote, with Bridget Everett and Michael Patrick King the show At Least It's Pink and with Ms. Everett and Neal Medlyn created Our Hit Parade, a downtown NY deconstruction of the pop charts which ran for 4 years at Joe's Pub and was one of TimeOutNY's top ten cabaret shows three years running. Mr. Mellman is now in The Julie Ruin, the new band fronted by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. They have released their critically acclaimed debut album Run Fast and are touring the country.