Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
Last year, the New Yorker crowned this singer and performance artist as "the best cabaret artist of this generation." But anyone who saw Bond perform as one half of the painfully hilarious septuagenarian lounge lizard duo Kiki and Herb at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival in 2006 already knew that. The two are among the most memorable acts to grace the festival's 10-year run–which is perhaps no surprise, given their Broadway show garnered a Tony nomination.
The gender-bending Bond–who has been described as a cross between Lily Tomlin, Andy Rooney, and Cher–has since gone solo, appearing in the movie Shortbus and writing the memoir Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, in addition to creating a series of solo shows. For this PICA-presented holiday concert titled, no doubt ironically, Snow Angel, the sharp-witted Bond will interweave holiday-ish songs from the singer's critically acclaimed records with biting and outrageously funny stories reexamining the classic holiday tales. Don't expect your mother's Hallmark Christmas Carol; this will be queer Christmas sacrilege of the highest order. Can we get a halo!