Kim David Smith’s “Stargazing” at Joe’s Pub, October 8!

I’m very excited to announce my brand new cabaret project, “Stargazing,” a genre-mashing, disco-cabaret fantasia premiering at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre (425 Lafayette Street, New York), October 8, 9:30 PM.

Kim David Smith // Stargazing. Photo by RAM Imagery, artwork by Zealot.

Kim David Smith // Stargazing. Photo by RAM Imagery, artwork by Zealot.

Directed by Michael Rader (Cirque du Soleil), Stargazing is an intimately electronic reimagining of musical constellations formed from stars old and new, including Kurt Weill, Kylie Minogue, Friedrich Hollaender, Sia, Edith Piaf, Madonna, ME, and Marlene Dietrich.

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City

Along with repertoire spanning the 1920’s through to today, my own pop originals will be represented, with selections performed from my electropop albums “Nova” and “Supernova” (Ninthwave Records), and cabaret EP “The Tease.” 

$16 cover. Please call (212) 967.7555 or visit www.joespub.com for reservations. 

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

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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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 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 sings Eartha Kitt, January 11, (le) Poisson Rouge!

Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?I am very busily and excitedly putting together a sexy little show inspired by “the most exciting woman in the world,” as a collaboration with  American Lyric Theater in support of their new chamber opera “Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?”

Acting as entrée to American Lyric Theater’s exciting presentation, my Eartha-inspired cabaret features new arrangements of classics from the Kitt catalogue, helmed and performed my myself, and the talented Mr. Benjamin Ickies (piano, accordion, synth).

$15, (le) Poisson Rouge, NYC, at 6PM, January 11 — Click through for tickets HERE!

“Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me?” is a new one-act opera by composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith and librettist David Johnston, based on Johnston’s one-act comic monodrama about a mysterious – and unlikely – murder suspect. A tour de force love story and mad scene all in one, join us as we dive into the heart and mind of a man with a singular showbiz obsession as he shares his bizarre confession concerning the fate of a hot young art world star.

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