Courtney Act, Christmas, and CAKE by Edwin Pabon!

I had the pleasure of performing with fellow Australian and Drag Race alumni, Courtney Act over this past weekend, in her Christmas extravaganza, “‘Twas the G’Day Before Christmas” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Serving as her “Sexy Santa,” I was stripped by Miss Act, before singing my decidedly un-Christmassy version of William Bolcom’s “Song of Black Max,” accompanied by the incredibly talented Lance Horne at the piano.  Check out Courtney’s wonderful new Christmas single “Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man,” with Willam and Alaska Thunderfuck on iTunes.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

In other news, my electro-cabaret, “NOVA NOIR,” returns to the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel December 10, 10:30PM, exploring my neo-Weimar, electropop catalogue, and showcasing my new mash-up of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It” (first seen last month at The Meeting at Joe’s Pub). The Manderley Bar is located at 542 West 27th street, and the show is free of charge!

 

Tuesday, December 9th sees the opening of “CAKE,” a new photographic exhibition by Edwin Pabon, housed at NYC’s G Lounge. I’m delighted to be included in the show, along with behinds belonging to Will Wilkle, Seth Fornea, and Matthew Camp, among many glorious others. I’m also featured on the official merchandise for the show, in the form of the fantastic t-shirts Mr. Pabon created with Ben Copperwheat, available at the opening of the exhibition (6-9PM//G Lounge//255 W 19th St.), and later in a limited edition collection online at http://www.edwinpabonphotography.com. Follow Edwin on Instagram for more fantastic images at @mrgagger, and click through for his enchanting Tumblr.

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon's "CAKE" at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon’s “CAKE” at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir” live at the Manderley Bar, Dec 10!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on December 10, at 10:30PM, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir November 5 & December 10, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

 

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

 

 

Kim Smith live at Duane Park, NYC, October 14!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Noir

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at Duane Park NYC on October 14, at 7:00PM, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Call 212-732-5555, or click here to make reservations!

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir October 14, 7:00PM at Duane Park NYC (308 Bowery — between Bleecker and Houston). Three course dinner and show, $45.

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Modelling for John MacConnell & Menelik Puryear/Hard Cider NY

Kim recently had the pleasure of sitting for two amazing New York-based artists.

Kim Smith by John MacConnell, 2014. www.johnmacconnell.com

Kim Smith by John MacConnell, 2014. http://www.johnmacconnell.com

John MacConnell is an artist and graphic designer known for his beautiful studies of the male form, working primarily in watercolour and ball-point pen. Visit www.johnmacconnell.com to view his works, and to purchase pieces, including items Kim has modelled for. Follow John on Instagram for an up-to-the-minute account of his sexy catalogue: @johnmacconnell.

Kim Smith by Menelik Puryear for Hard Cider NY, 2014

Kim Smith by Menelik Puryear for Hard Cider NY, 2014

Kim was photographed in his home by the incredible Menelik Puryear for “Hard Cider NY.” Check out @hardciderny for more fantastic images in this series, and Menelik’s own Instagram account (@mr_puryear) for the rest of his stunning body of work. Email hardciderny@gmail.com for prints.

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir,” live at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2 — with special guest star, Karen Kohler!

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography, 2014.

Kim Smith returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Wednesday, April 2nd with “Nova Noir.”

$10 advance online sale, or $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, programme at 7:30.
Le Poisson Rouge — 158 Bleeker Street, NYC

Award-winning Australian cabaret performer, Kim Smith, charts a dark and whimsical path through a neo-Weimar pop-fantasia of genre-bending pop and peculiar period treasures with “Nova Noir.”  Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920′s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.

Karen Kohler

Master of the European Songbook, Karen Kohler.

Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies  (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), and his rogue band of marauding musicians, and features a special guest performance by cabaret legend, KAREN KOHLER!

 

Listen to our studio recording of “Padam” below, and click through to purchase $10 advance online sale tickets!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City 

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir at the Manderley Bar, Jan 20!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013. Image by RAM Imagery.

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on January 20, at 10:30PM in a free concert, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir January 20, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith: Nova Noir, live at the Gallery at LPR, Dec 12!

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Thursday, December 12, The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC — Doors open at 7, Programme at 7:30 — $10 advance tickets (CLICK HERE), $15 at the door.

Nova Noir will feature very special guest artist, Justin Sayre (Curator and Host of “The Meeting), reading an enchanted Christmas tale, in this, our December edition of the programme!

My own electropop originals (available here on iTunes) receive a decadent 1920′s treatment at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies and our rogue band of marauding musicians (including Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls!)  in NOVA NOIR an evening of dark, disfigured pop and peculiar period treasures.

Nova Noir re-imagines works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others, and incorporates electropop gems from my debut album, “Nova.”

Copies of Nova and my cabaret EP, The Tease, will be available for purchase after the show. Nova is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, worldwide.

Listen below to Edith Piaf’s classic, “Padam” as transformed by myself and Benjamin Ickies, in our ’90′s trip-hop studio recording:

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“(Smith) embodies all that is unique about this art form — it would be a challenge to look away from him. There isn’t an extraneous gesture, expression, word or note. He has chiseled away everything that is unimportant to get down to a precise core. This is cabaret at its best and most interesting!”

Arthur Frank, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City