Low Life 3: Viper Mad at Howl! 2009
HOWL! FESTIVAL AND THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENTED
LOW LIFE 3: VIPER MAD
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2009
5-7 PM, FREE ADMISSION
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, NYC
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REEFER MADNESS IN THE PARK!

On September 6, JACKIE FACTORY producers CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL presented their third annual LOW LIFE to crown the 2009 HOWL! FESTIVAL. LOW LIFE is a "Howlucination" created by the JACKIE FACTORY as an evening climax for HOWL! - a two hour theatrical showcasing the East Village - and especially, The Bowery, in a lavishly costumed production starring dozens of downtown's finest.

This year's edition - LOW LIFE 3: VIPER MAD - was inspired by the early 20th century "viper" culture shared by downtown (and Harlem) jazzmen and hipsters, the opium dens of nearby Chinatown and other Olde New York drug cultures. The show featured two MCs - PAUL ALEXANDER (of "The Ones" and JACKIE 60) with EMPRESS CHI CHI VALENTI, the show's co-producer. The splendid cast included burlesque Goddess DIRTY MARTINI, choreographer JULIE ATLAS MUZ and the PIXIE HARLOTS in "REEFER MADNESS", New Bowery crooner ADAM DUGAS, butoh ensemble VANGELINE THEATER (who reprised their "Butoh Brothel" for this special edition), period visionaries JONNY PORKPIE and NASTY CANASTA with PINCHBOTTOM BURLESQUE, international Dragstar SHERRY VINE of East Village based THEATRE COUTURE, THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF BURLESQUE choreographed by founder JO BOOBS WELDON, nightclub eminence HATTIE HATHAWAY, sensationalist AMBER RAY, trans songstress ERICKATOURE AVIANCE, reefer striptease by MISS MELODY SWEETS, vocal stylings of MR. PATTY BRUCE, and Viper Vamps DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA, LEGS MALONE and HEATHER LITTEER aka JESSICA RABBIT DOMINATION.

The LOW LIFE events were inspired by the seminal LUC SANTE book "LOW LIFE: The Lures and Snares of Old New York." The annual LOW LIFE extravaganzas at HOWL! continue a body of work born at JACKIE 60 over a decade ago, with past editions in London, Minneapolis and of course, the 2007 and 2008 HOWL! Festivals. For the show's producers, East Village residents for over two decades, this annual show is a Valentine to the neighborhood's past, present and future stars.

More on HOWL! Festival events at the East Village Howler (Blog)
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