Tingel Tangel Club 6-Year Anniversary (SF)


Veronica Klaus, Ethel Merman, Basil Twist, Uni & Her Ukele, Kitty Von Quim, Matty Crosland (of the Pixie Harlots), Production Design ★ WOLFPACK

Wed, April 16, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$12 adv - $15 dos

This event is 18 and over

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

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Marga Gomez
Marga Gomez
MARGA GOMEZ was hailed as “Astonishing” by Armistead Maupin and “Amazing” by Robin Williams. She is a triple winner of the San Francisco Best Comedian award. Gomez has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Comedy Central and PBS. Gomez is also a GLAAD award winning writer/performer of ten solo plays. Her latest solo play “Lovebirds” just completed a 12 week engagement at the Marsh San Francisco and will be presented next at New York's La Mama Theater and at The Santa Cruz Fringe Festival in June. She is also a 2014 Artist in Residence at Brava Theater, San Francisco.
Justin Sayre
Justin Sayre
JUSTIN SAYRE was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said “Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a comedian, Sayre is regular guest at Homo-Comicus at the Gotham Comedy Club and contributing writer to Murray Hill’s ShowBiz on MTVX. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. Sayre’s play,The Click of the Lock, was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and debuted at The Cherry Lane Theatre starring Randy Harrison. Sayre is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Flavorwire, as well offering playful and witty love advice at The Date Report. He is currently writing a young adult novel which will be released by Penguin Books in the summer of 2015.
Veronica Klaus
Veronica Klaus
Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
Big hair, big voice and rock n rol's biggest hits. The Broadway Diva belts 'em out, along with Le Greguar on guitar, Killer Naughton on bass and Boom Boom Bow Wow on drums. Ain't no Cole Porter here, honey. Check it out!
Basil Twist
Basil Twist
"No theatre artist in New York is showing more poetic force or technical skill than the puppeteer Basil Twist.
- The New Yorker

Director, Scenographer, Puppetry artist

A native of San Francisco, Basil Twist is a third generation puppeteer now living in New York. He is the sole American to graduate from the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France. Basil’s work was first spotlighted in New York by “The Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry” with his award winning “The Araneidae Show”. Coupled with the subsequent critically praised and multiple award winning “Symphonie Fantastique”, Twist was revealed as a singular artist of unlimited imagination. “Symphonie” has since toured internationally and throughout the United States.

Highlights of Twist’s subsequent work have included “Petrushka” (commissioned by Lincoln Center) and “Dogugaeshi” (The Japan Society), "Behind the Lid" (Silver Whale Gallery) with the legendary Lee Nagrin and “Arias with a Twist” (HERE) co-created with nightlife icon Joey Arias. His productions have toured throughout the world.

On Broadway he created and staged the puppetry in “The Addams Family” for which he won a Drama Desk Award and staged the puppetry for the beloved "Pee-Wee Herman Show". He made his debut at the Comedie Francaise as designer and co-director of "A Streetcar named Desire" with Lee Breuer. Basil’s work is deeply musical in nature. He has conceived and directed two successful operas, Ottorini Respighi’s “La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco” with the Gotham Chamber Opera at the Lincoln Center and Spoleto USA Festivals, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for the Houston and Atlanta Operas. "Master peters Puppet Show" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has adapted his “Petrushka to concert hall staging with full orchestra for the Fort Worth and Phoenix Symphonies. His maverick "Rite of Spring" – a ballet without dancers made its world premiere this spring at Memorial Hall commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts.

Addtional collaborative work has included: In dance, Darkness and Light with Pilobolus and “Wonderboy” with The Joe Goode Dance Company. In drama, Paula Vogel's play “The Long Christmas Ride Home” (including directing and designing the West Coast Premiere at The Magic Theatre), “Red Beads”, “Peter and Wendy”, puppetry for the Oskar Eustis-directed “Hamlet” for New York’s Shakespeare in the Park and Des Macunuff's "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" at the La Jolla Playhouse

Basil has taught at leading Universities such as Duke, New York University and Brown and as a guest lecturer of the US State Dept in Russia. He has received an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, five UNIMA Awards, two Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, a Henry Hewes Award, a Guggenheim, a USA Artists fellowship and was most recently awarded a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 2012 Washington D.C. hosted a retrospective of his work, Twist Fest D.C. He is the director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York. His new site-specific commission for the La Jolla Playhouse will make its world premiere on a beach in San Diego on October 3rd as a part of their WOW Festival.
Uni & Her Ukele
Uni & Her Ukele
Uni is Heather Marie Ellison.

Uni and her Ukelele began it’s life in 2004 as an outlet for an already accomplished singer to self publish and perform original work independently.

Since that time Uni has released three full albums, numerous E.P’s, collaborations and a covers album ranging from lo -fi indie pop to melodic strings to rock. Uni’s sound has been described as eclectic, infectious pop and not your usual Ukulele fare.

Recipient of the SF Weekly Music Award, Uni has toured all over the USA and Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and has been the subject of celebrated festival Documentary ”The Mighty Uke”

Often described as the love child of Rainbow Brite and Mr. T, Uni is possessed of the uncanny ability to stare wanly out the window and simultaneously kick you in the balls…. Ding!

Heather Marie Ellison began singing in nightclubs in a country band at the age of fifteen (grandpa chaperoned). Then later, during the Swing resurgence of the 90′s, sang in a Northern California swing band by the name of The Savoy Swingers.

She caught the eye of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnny Otis and was soon back up singing in the Johnny Otis R&B Revue, opening up for such legendary artists as Koko Taylor, Tower of Power, The Four Tops, Ray Charles and James Brown.

So confident was Johnny Otis of Ms Ellison’s potential, he produced a solo album with her entitled Heather Marie With The Johnny Otis Band, Got My Mojo Workin’

During the early 2000′s Heather Marie worked at all three locations of legendary independent record store Amoeba Music before hanging up her name tag to tour the world as Uni and Her Ukelele.

From 2007 to 2008, Heather hosted the wildly popular San Francisco variety night “Club Unicornbread”. In a similar vein, being a big fan of Christmas, Heather Marie has brought international acts such as Caga Tio and The Yule Logs to the bay area for six consecutive years with the most craptacular Christmas show in San Francisco Christmas Is The Best in collaboration with Dr Trucker and “friends”.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, she will be releasing her fourth full length album Lover’s Cliché in April 2012.

Having accomplished the impossible task of making New Zealanders Oil Wrestle, making cocktail hats for the rich and famous and making it through Canadian Customs, the future is wide open for Heather Marie as she travels the globe dancing with friends, eating increasingly exotic foods and writing music. New projects are on the horizon for the betterment of us all.
Kitty Von Quim
Kitty Von Quim
She's got aspirations of being David Bowie's third wife:

Kitty Von Quim exploded on the Bay Area burlesque scene nearly four years ago. Quintessentially cute and equally mischievous, she's been described as "something out of a John Waters movie."

Kitty Von Quim was born on the bayous of Louisiana, but traded zydeco for punk rock and glam gods in the passenger seat of her dad's broke down Dodge van.

She has performed all over the Bay Area as well as New York, Portland and L.A. as a solo artist and as a core member of Rubenesque Burlesque.

She's definitely no fat kid in the corner.
Matty Crosland (of the Pixie Harlots)
Matty Crosland (of the Pixie Harlots)
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103