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Justin Vivian Bond: Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living

September 18, 19, 25, 26, October 2, 3, 4

Joe's Pub


Doors at 8:30PM
Show at 9PM

Dixie McCall's Patterns for Living kicks off a yearlong retrospective, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Mx Justin Vivian Bond’s prolific and trailblazing career as a performing artist. This presentation, a revival of v’s cabaret, debut features accompaniment by Thomas Bartlett. Mx Bond and longtime collaborator Kenny Mellman brought Dixie, their first official collaboration, to the (pink) spotlight on September 9, 1990 at Athens By Night, a hole-in-the-wall Greek restaurant in San Francisco. The show laid the groundwork for what became the pair’s legendary signature act “Kiki and Herb,” and ultimately created the blueprint of every Mx Justin Vivian Bond show to date.

Dixie was conceived from Mx Justin Vivian Bond’s obsession with the 1950s sultry glamour of Julie London, who played Nurse Dixie McCall in the 1970s TV show Emergency. As Mx Bond and Mellman got their bearings playing the San Francisco circuit, they studied the work of great cabaret artists. They wanted to take a seemingly exhausted genre and make it new and fresh for their generation and community of young queerdos, outcasts and activists. But at the same time, many of their friends were sick and dying of AIDS-related complications so they wanted to make a show that was an escape – something that was fun, upbeat and life affirming.