To anyone who loves the sound of jazz, the name Strange Fruit probably conjures an image of Billie Holiday spot-lit on a dark stage, singing of injustice visited on those whose only crime was to be different. Now, on October 12th, cabaret artist Joey Arias and pianist Eliot Douglass once again continue the legacy with their own show at the Triple Door: a tribute to Ms. Holiday and all those who still fight to be heard.
Anyone fortunate enough to catch Strange Fruit last year knows it\’s not something to miss, and for those who haven\’t, now\’s your chance. Arias channels Lady Day in his music and throws in a liberal helping of bawdiness to make the show a night to remember.
Joey Arias is a talented and world famous performer whose voice has awed audiences from New York to Berlin. His list of credits is too long to list in its entirety, but some of the highlights include: five years as The Mistress of Seduction with Zumanity: the Sultry Side of Cirque de Soleil; numerous appearances in the New York underground scene; a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award in 2009; and a new documentary, Arias With a Twist, based on his 2008 show of the same name.
Strange Fruit is being produced by Paula the Swedish Housewife, the creative force behind such burlesque shows as Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Season of the Witch, and most recently, House of Thee Unholy #4. Paula\’s name attached to a show has always meant that the audience can look forward to a good time, and Strange Fruit looks to continue that tradition.
Whether one is a member of the LGBT community or not, the beauty of Arias\’ voice is impossible to deny. Combined with the sexy and playful nature of cabaret, Strange Fruit makes a proud addition to Seattle\’s line up of bizarre and unique shows. The show is one night only at 7:30pm, so be sure to get tickets here before they run out.
There is also a special deal for those going to the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Arias\’ documentary Arias With a Twist is playing there, and anyone planning to see both can get $7 off their tickets for the film and Strange Fruit by calling the Triple Door at 206.838.4333 or going in to the box office in person.
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