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10Dec/20

TAYLOR MAC’S HOLIDAY SAUCE . . . PANDEMIC!

Taylor Mac’s annual “Holiday Sauce” celebration goes virtual this year (photo courtesy of Pomegranate Arts)

Who: Taylor Mac, Colin Brooks, Viva DeConcini, Antoine Drye, Greg Glassman, J. Walter Hawkes, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn, Gary Wang, Thornetta Davis, Stephanie Christi’an, Tigger! Ferguson, Dusty Childers, Sister Rosemary Chicken, sidhe degreene, Romeo-Jay Jacinto, Glenn Marla, Travis Santell Rowland (Qween), Timothy White Eagle
What: Virtual edition of annual seasonal celebration
Where: Multiple venues through Holiday Sauce website
When: Saturday, December 12, pay-what-you-can, 2:00, 7:00, 10:00 (also available on demand through January 3)
Why: Taylor Mac isn’t about to let something like a lockdown keep him from celebrating the Christmas season as only judy, Mac’s preferred gender pronoun, can. On December 12, Mac will be hosting three “Holiday Sauce . . . Pandemic!” livestreamed parties, at 2:00, 7:00, and 10:00, featuring a fabulous cast of performers where just about anything can happen. This virtual vaudeville, an online edition of the event Mac has been holding around the country since 2017, features special guests Thornetta Davis, Stephanie Christi’an, and Tigger! Ferguson and cameos by Dusty Childers, Sister Rosemary Chicken, sidhe degreene, Romeo-Jay Jacinto, Glenn Marla, Travis Santell Rowland (Qween), and Timothy White Eagle. The festivities are directed by Jeremy Lydic, designed by Machine Dazzle and Anastasia Durasova, and photographed by Rob Kolodny.

Mac, who has written and/or performed in such works as Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Hir, The Lily’s Revenge, and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, will be highlighting songs from judy’s new album, Holiday Sauce, which includes covers of Graham Nash’s “Cathedral,” the Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” (paired with “Carol of the Bells”) and “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (with “Little Drummer Boy”), and Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids,” such seasonal favorites as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Silent Night,” and the new tune “Christmas with Grandma,” which doesn’t go well for the old lady. Ticket prices vary from pay-what-you-can to $25 for the livestreams and $10 to watch it on demand through January 3. Each institution presenting the fifty-minute show is dedicating it to a local elder of the queer community; Mac has dedicated Holiday Sauce to judy’s drag mother, Mother Flawless Sabrina. As Mac explains in the album’s liner notes, “I declare this holiday season, and all future ones, a celebration of drag mothers. That’s the world I want to live in. And if you don’t have a drag mama . . . the spirit of Mother Flawless Sabrina is out there for the loving.” In addition, Mac will be receiving the International Ibsen Award, the first American to have that honor.

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