Mx Justin Vivian Bond (aka “V”) performs a new multimedia production for free at USC.
Mx. America: A Performance by Justin Vivian BondUniversity of Southern California (3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089) Map it Free
World-renowned writer, singer, painter and performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond (aka “V”) has been described as a “fixture of the New York City avant-garde” (Huffington Post). In Mx America, V explores “ways of seeing and being seen” as a patriot, a gender non-conformist and a cabaret artist. This new production incorporates video, spoken word and songs from Bond’s critically acclaimed records Dendrophile and Silver Wells, plus a few cheap jokes V bought off a drunk queen in San Francisco. As the singular finalist in this pageant, Mx Bond expects to be judged in such categories as presentation, economic status, mental health, family values and talent, all while creating an elegantly formidable evening of beauty and delight.
Author of the Lambda Literary Award–winning memoir Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb: Alive On Broadway and appeared in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La MaMa E.T.C.’s 50th anniversary season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender and touring with the performance troupe Big Art Group. Mx Bond is a recipient of an Ethyl Eichelberger Award, a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie. Bond has played at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, BAM, REDCAT and countless others.