News: Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming, 10/27
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Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming
Proceeds from this intimate and frank conversation benefit wild project’s mission and programming
This weekend, wild project will host Linda Simpson in Conversation with Alan Cumming, one of the absolute favorites of this site's editors. The event takes place on Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 PM at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Tickets are $20 - $50 and will benefit the Wild Project’s mission and programming. Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thewildproject.com.
The event promises a "frank and intimate conversation between two of downtown’s iconic performers, Alan Cumming and Linda Simpson. These two legends of New York City nightlife dish on the creativity, grit, and spirit that keeps the East Village a vital creative incubator."
Cumming is a Tony Award winner, has hosted the Tonys and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so; he has a soap called Cumming In A Bar, and a bar called Club Cumming; he made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls; he has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice) the EmCee in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie – oh, and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of The Good Wife, for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award nominations; he is the author of five books, including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir; he played the first ever gay leading role on a U.S. network drama, CBS’s Instinct. and he appeared on Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, topless in Playgirl and naked on the cover of his second album.
He has received over forty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, three honorary doctorates, both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LGBTQIA equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.
He has sung in concert halls across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall and Billboard said of his last concert tour, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, ‘he’s an icon to behold – he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologize.”
As for Linda Simpson, since the 1980s, this multi-faceted drag queen has shined as a nightlife personality, media maven, performer, game-show hostess (Bingo!) and drag documentarian (The Drag Explosion). Known for her witty demeanor and unique blend of sass and class, she enthusiastically embraces the role she was born to play—a reigning queen!
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