Kim David Smith Nominated for 2015 Helpmann Award!

I’m extremely proud and humbled to be nominated for a 2015 Helpmann Award! Nominated alongside cabaret legends David Campbell and Camille O’Sullivan in the Best Cabaret Performer category, I’m excited to salute my dear friends Chris Durling, Trevor Ashley, and Jenny Rivera for their nominations (Supporting Role in a Musical/Performer in an Opera), and also my idol and Australian icon, Kylie Minogue!

The Helpmann Awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann and to commemorate his memory and achievements, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia (LPA) to recognise, celebrate and promote Australia’s live performance industry, similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.

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Kim David Smith in Out Magazine / “The Art of Looking”

I’m very excited to be featured in the Out Magazine arts section this month, along with a slideshow of works by amazing artists and photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past 12 months:

“The Many Mediums of Kim David Smith”
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Including works by Lucas Ferrier, John MacConnell, Jordan Mejias, Rick Day, and many others, Out makes mention of my recent portrait sitting with the inimitable art collector and sensualist Charles Leslie, for “The Art of Looking,” a fabulous retrospective coffee table book showcasing the incredible collection of gay art (and art by gay artists) housed and celebrated by Leslie.
Also mentioned is the “Jealous” music video from my 2013 album, Nova. Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming summer release, Supernova — a fabulous remix edition of Nova, to be accompanied by a brand new music video by brothers Kyle and Brendan Ranson-Walsh!

Follow me on Instagram / Twitter: @kimdavidsmith, or on Tumblr!

Night of a Thousand Judys, the Neue Galerie, and Shanghai Mermaid!

I’m very excited to announce the following performance dates:

On Saturday, May 30th I’ll be performing my neo-Weimar, Marlene-Minogue mashups for Shanghai Mermaid, a divinely decadent soirée and salon held at the Downtown Association (60 Pine Street, NYC) from 10PM ’till late.  Click through for tickets and more information.

10985862_10152824605022116_574342741983739163_nMonday, June 1st sees my return to The International Order of Sodomites’ annual fundraising/pride gala for the Ali Forney Centre: “Night of a Thousand Judys!”

I’ll join a glittering cavalcade of downtown stars and music-makers in celebrating the life and music of Judy Garland, while raising funds for homeless LGBT youth —  the evening is very nearly sold out, so hurry on over to the Kaufmann Centre Website for tickets, and more information!  I’ve prepared an especially original arrangement of one of my most beloved Judy songs, and cannot wait to share it with all assembled!  Night of a Thousand Judys: Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th St.), 6:30 PM Pre-VIP Cocktail Reception. Showtime at 8 PM.

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim David Smith by RAM Imagery

Lastly, on June 9th I’ll be representing my cabaret home-away-from-home, New York’s Neue Galerie, for the 2015 Museum Mile Festival with a free outdoor concert on the Galerie steps! Join me and my cabaret band as we explore my catalogue of genre-mashing originals and glittering Weimar-era fare, featuring re-imagined works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, Edith Piaf, Hans Eisler and myriad unexpected others. The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street and 5th), and the programme commences at 6PM. See you there!

Kim David Smith live at the Neue Galerie, May 14

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim David Smith by RAM Imagery

I’m extremely excited to return to Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie on Thursday, May 14th with an eclectic, Neo-Weimar program, featuring re-imagined works by Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, Friedrich Hollaender, Madonna, Hans Eisler, and Jem and the Holograms, among numerous, glittering others (with accompaniment by Benjamin Ickies on piano, accordion and synth).

Located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, and housed in a former Vanderbilt mansion, the Neue Galerie is home to Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” and serves as New York City’s premier venue for German and Austrian art.

Performance is at 9PM, preceded by a prix-fixe dinner at 7PM. Combined cost is $110 (dinner $65, performance $45; purchased together). Please call 212-628-6200 (ext. 485) for tickets, or visit neuegalerie.org/programs/cabaret.

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive”

The Wall Street Journal

Kim David Smith in Sparkle & Circulate and Out Magazine

I had the pleasure of sitting down with my intensely talented friend and orator, Justin Sayre, for his podcast “Sparkle & Circulate.” Serving as an online supplement to Justin’s wonderful work with “The Meeting” (a monthly meeting for the New York chapter of the  International Order of Sodomites), “Sparkle and Circulate” affords an intimate interview setting, in which I talk about my husband (and our ten wonderful years together), my music, posing naked for artists, and naturally, my religious affinity for Kylie Minogue.

Click through to listen and subscribe to “Sparkle & Circulate.”

Out Magazine recently published a preview of new works by my friend, designer John Brinegar, for his upcoming show “I Would Never Wear That.” I’ve included several amazing pieces by John in my Instagram feed, and the below image appeared in Out Magazine, in which I’m sporting one of John’s phenomenal cowls.

Kim David Smith in John Brinegar knitwear, for "I Would Never Wear That."

Kim David Smith in John Brinegar knitwear, for “I Would Never Wear That.”

Below is a video from 2014’s Julie Andrews-themed edition of The Meeting, in which I mash-up Mary Poppins’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” with Missy Elliott’s “Work It” (loosely titled Mary HipHoppins):

Follow John Brinegar on Instagram: @knitboy1

Follow Justin Sayre on Twitter: justinsayreCHM

Kim David Smith Photographed by Erik Carter for Homotography

I recently had the pleasure of working with the talented Erik Carter on a collection of images for his Nocturne series. Nocturne focusses on themes of late-night hunger and utilizes the lighting and backdrop of the subject’s own home — Erik and I had a great time shooting, and I’m really excited to share the results of en evening well-spent.

Homotography.com has exclusively debuted the full photo set — click through and check out Erik’s wonderful work, and follow Erik (@erik_carter) and the Nocturne series (@nocturne_series) on Instagram.

Kim David Smith by Erik Carter for Nocturne, 2015.

Kim David Smith by Erik Carter for Nocturne, 2015.

Kim David Smith live at the Manderley Bar, NYC, Feb. 3

Kim David Smith by Rick Day

Kim David Smith by Rick Day

Kim David Smith’s “Nova Noir” will take the stage at The Manderley Bar, NYC (February 3 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 his electro-cabaret band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures (in German, Japanese, French and English), incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim David Smith/Nova Noir February 3, 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