In 1967, Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Sabrina produced a legendary drag pageant at The Town Hall. It was documented in the film, "The Queen," which was selected for Cannes Film Festival in 1968 and came to be regarded as a landmark of queer culture.
Flawless Sabrina produced their first drag show in 1959 and many more for decades to follow. Over the years Flawless served as mother and mentor to hundreds of artists and musicians, and countless more people who visited them in their salon/home on the upper east side.
On November 18, 2017 Flawless Sabrina passed away at age 78.
Fifty years after the release of "The Queen," The Town Hall and the children of Flawless Mother Sabrina celebrate their legacy. Featuring a screening of the film, followed by musical tributes by Taylor Mac, Justin Vivian Bond, The House of Labeija and more, we pay homage to a New York City icon, mentor and mother.
Since the late 1980s, multifaceted Linda Simpson has soared as as a nightlife hostess, playwright, media maven (including publisher of the gay zine My Comrade), and game-show hostess (Bingo!) Her acclaimed documentary project, The Drag Explosion, features her photos of NYC’s drag subculture of the 1980s and ‘90s. The New York Times calls her “A worldly wit… A kind of mother superior of the New York drag scene,” while Paper hails her as “The thinking woman’s drag queen.”
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011). Films include John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (2006), Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), Fanci's Persuasion (1995), After Louie (2016). Television credits include Difficult People, (2017), High Maintenance, (2016) and The Get Down, (2016).
Solo exhibitions of JVB's watercolors, sculptural installations and live art have been presented by The New Museum as part of the exhibition titled Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (NYC, 2017), Participant, Inc. (NYC, 2011, 2016), Art Market Provincetown (2014), and Vitrine (London, 2015).
Albums include Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.
Poison Eve: Creator. Destroyer. Shredder and petty thief. Boylesque, draglesque, performance art and puppeteer. A rare carnivorous night-blooming lily - flaunting neither falsies nor realies, this downtown stalwart has been featured in Blacklips Performance Cult, the Jackie 60 factory, and such spaces as the Wild Project, PS122, HERE, St. Ann's Warehouse, the Guggenheim, and (remarkably) both The Cock and The Hole!
Touted by PAPER Magazine as being a “Walking Circus of Creativity” Mr. Olson is indeed at least a three ring affair, as exemplified in New Stage Theatre’s winter 2017 production of What Elsas Knew In a Peril, which he wrote, starred in, and designed the costumes for. New Stage tapped his talents most recently for the US premiere of Nobel prize winning playwright Elfriede Jelinik’s “Rechnitz” . Other NST productions he's been in are “Rules”, “Night”, “Electronic City”. “Jollification/Mortification” and “Hypnotique”. Art World denizens and may recognize Olson from the canons of Tony Oursler,( “Imponderable”: at the MOMA among others) Tabboo! (The Glue Factory @ Howl!, The Nightingale @ Participant, Finokio @ the Gene Frankel) and Ellen Cantor (Pinochet Porn). Along with the late Philly Abe and Penny Arcade, he played Lily the the in Todd Verow film "This Side of Heaven" Downtown Disco bunnies surely recognize him as the Ed McMahon to Nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch’s Johnny Carson, most recently at the McKittrick hotel in Bartschland Follies and in the documentary film: Susanne Bartsch: On Top. Collaborations with Chris Tanner at LaMama Include Etiquette of Death with Everett Quinton, Up! Up! and More Up!, and Ravaged by Romance. At HERE!, Holly's Folly, another collaboration with Tanner, served as the launch pad for the drag career of Taylor Mac, the two of whom he also performed with in Karen Finley's meditation on 911 "Make Love".
Across the pond, Olson performs with the English performance art sensation Jonny Woo, returning in October to be a part of his annual UnRoyal Variety Show. He attributes the Kaleidascopic nature of the uncharted career path he continues to forge for himself, largely to the mentorship and tutelage of this evenings honoree, Flawless Sabrina, with whom he had the honor of creating two shows at Dixon place with (A Catwalk Thought and FUCKIFIKNOW!) as well as a brief stint on Mother Flawless's couch between other living arrangements.
DJ Sammy Jo
In 1998 DJ Sammy Jo began his career at Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti's groundbreaking nightclub MOTHER. Soon he was DJ’ing all over downtown NY- with residencies at such infamous places as The Cock, The Slide and Mr. Black- and in 2004 Scissor Sisters' frontman Jake Shears invited Sammy Jo to be the tour DJ for the band which had just begun its meteoric rise. Sammy has spent the last 13 years DJ’ing everywhere around the world both on tour with Scissor Sisters as well as club gigs on his own.
Portion of the proceeds benefits Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Donation level examples:
For $1,000 you’ll help keep 1 homeless youth off of the streets for one month.
$500 helps to cover 1 full week of outreach, which places a team of staff on the streets handing out blankets, food and helping to connect youths to AFC’s drop in center.
$250 helps to cover 1 full week of meals for 10 homeless young people offering three nutritious meals a day including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
$100 helps to provide toiletries (tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo) and socks, underwear and undershirts for 20 homeless young people.
$50 helps to cover the cost of outreach supplies for one week including snack bars, personal hygiene supplies and safe sex supplies.
Screening of The Queen courtesy of www.thequeen1968firstlegaldvd.com