The Swedish Housewife Presents
John Kelly in "Paved Paradise:Redux" The songs of Joni Mitchell
An untraditional pre holiday outing of song and humor with the sublime John Kelly, this event was selected by Steve Wiecking as one of 15 for his article Fall Arts " The Art Of Politics" in Seattle Metropolitan.
Ever since he appeared as Joni Mitchell at the very first Wigstock in the Fabulous 80's, John Kelly has cast a spell of illusion that has continued to captivate audiences, including the subject matter herself, Joni Mitchell the poet, painter and singer. In this loving homage John Kelly the award winning and extremely gifted performance artist inhabits the persona of Joni in a very intimate 90 minute journey through song and reflections on life.
About "Paved Paradise:Redux"
"I felt like I was Huck Finn attending his own funeral or Jimmy Stewart in that movie where the angel walks him back through his life. I was braced for a lampooning, and I didn't expect to be so touched," - Joni Mitchell
" John Kelly morphs into Joni Mitchell- and it's no drag" - Steve Wiecking
“...it feels as if there's really only one word for the way Kelly plays with a famous, complicated persona and with our own ideas of the person behind that mask. It's genius”.- Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe
"Mysterious tightrope-walking fabulousness" David Frankel - Artforum
''There's drag, and then there's transformation through spiritual osmosis, and that's what John Kelly accomplishes with this tribute to the queen of the singer-songwriters. Every blue note, every toss of the golden mane captures Ms. (Joni) Mitchell's singular aura and communicates why a man like Mr. Kelly would fetishize her persona rather than playing just another variation on Joan Crawford. Magnificent.” - Ann Powers, The New York Times
John's on going journey as a performing and visual artist began in the 80's in NYC ,and has spanned the spectrum from Bar Rooms to Broadway and the world. He has created more than 30 performance works which have been performed in Italy, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Slovenia, Paris and Scotland in venues as varied as, The Anvil, The Pyramid Club, The Kitchen, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, American Repertory Theater, PS 1, The Warhol Museum, The Belasco Theater, The Whitney Biennial, Dance Theater Workshop, Central Park Summer Stage, The Sundance Theatre Lab, La MaMa, Performance Space 122, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. John Kelly's first appearance in Seattle was in a co production by The Swedish Housewife and On The Boards in 1992.
Event: John Kelly in "Paved Paradise:Redux" The songs of Joni Mitchell
Venue: The Triple Door, 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Time: door at 5:30PM, show at 7:30PM
Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. Rated R (17+)
Ticket Contact: 206-838-4333, http://www.tripledoor.com/tickets.
Official Website: http://www.tripledoor.net/event.aspx?eid=3263&venue=mainstage
Added by The Swedish Housewife on November 21, 2008