It's no OpSail 2000, but Dixon Place hosts its own floating phenomenon with The Big Boat Extravaganza July 31 aboard the Yankee Clipper, docked in the Hudson at Pier 25. The crew on this ship show will feature some of the artists that participated in Hot! A Celebration of Queer Culture earlier in the month and other special guests including:
Timothy "Speed" Levitch - poet-performer and author of new guidebook "Speed's New York: A Guide to Life"
Utopia Roaming - (Eat Out: A Lesbian Dinner Theater Extravaganza and Carnival Extravaganza: From the Waist Up and Down) the lesbian puppet theatre troupe, led by Jess Dobkin
The Backdoor Boys - the all-girl drag king parody of the Backstreet Boys
Forward - the dance theatre company, headed by Eric Dunlap and Holly Daggers, that uses electronic music and dance Mitton - a magician-comic
Nancy Giles - a comic performer
and an animated short by Kate Huh Lambert, creator of "Rebel Fux!"
The event that closes out the Hot! festival, begins with a 6 PM dinner. Performances begin at 8PM and following the shows at 10PM there will be a dance party.
For tickets to board the Big Boat, priced at $35, $50, and $100, or for more info, call the Dixon Place box office, 309 East 26 St, at (212) 532-1546 x112. Also visit Dixon Place on the internet at http://www.dixonplace.org.
Officially, Gay Pride Month is June, but at Dixon Place in New York City, July is the perfect climate for HOT! The Annual Celebration of Queer Culture. The festival of lesbian and gay theatre, music, dance, poetry, fiction, and performance art will run in Manhattan from July 5-30. On July 31, they will close out this year’s gala with The Big Boat Extravaganza on the Yankee Ferry Boat in Tribeca.
HOT! contained a plethora of works by 55 queer artists curated by Ellie Covan, who founded Dixon Place in 1986 -- in her living room. The works represent a wide range of artists by Covan, who tells Playbill On Line she was “looking for diversity; not only in ethnicity, but also in content... that’s the most important thing.”
-- by Ernio Hernandez