Monday, July 30, 2012

STANDING OVATION in L.A. !!! MY SHOW WAS ALIVE!

I sent out a promo on Facebook about my new visual show "HISTORY REPEATING."
I played in downtown L.A. (July 27) and I had a full house! I was very nervous before the show but I think it wound up going well. I got a standing ovation. :)  People in L.A do not give standing o's that easily.

I worked hard with Tim Hicks on the editing. Tim was able to bring my show to a whole new visual level. I loved the visuals for Amy Winehouse, Elvis, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Sonny & Cher, Fashionista and so much more... The videos did not distract, they enhanced my show. I felt the show was more beautiful - more alive.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"HISTORY REPEATING" AN AUDIO / VISUAL EVENT

Yesterday I had my first rehearsal for my show "HISTORY REPEATING." 
I am so exhilarated by the guys I hired who will handle the VIDEO VISUALS on stage.
We have put together a special video tribute to Amy Winehouse. We will also be including other video visuals as well including my "Marilyn Years" "Judy Garland" "Bette Davis" "Liza" "Cher" and more...

This show is ONE NIGHT ONLY.  
SHOW DATE:  Fri. JULY 27, 2012 / 9p

BAR FEDORA located inside FIRST & HOPE American Bistro Restaurant is very nice and intimate. Dinner / Show packages are available in the restaurant or you can just come into the cabaret for Tapas / Drinks & Show.

The link for tickets/ info:

DIRECTIONS: It's really easy.
Santa Monica Blvd. East take Right onto 101 South 3.5 mi
- Exit Temple St. (Disney Hall Exit) go 0.3 mi
- Continue straight ... you'll cross N. Hope St. go about 800 ft
- Right on 1st St.
- Then a Left.
- Then a Left into Valet garage. 
- Elevator 1 flight up.
- Step out onto the Plaza.
First & Hope Restaurant / Bar Fedora will be on your right in the corner of the Plaza.
FYI: There is an ATM machine conveniently located outside before entering.





Performing Artists (Click on Artist for Reviews and Previews)

  • When: Friday 07/27/12 9:00 PM (Doors open at 08:30 PM)
  • Show Type: Music
  • $20 food or drink minimum (waived with the platinum dinner package)
    Showroom Seating at 8:30pm

Description: New York City Award Winning Recording & Tribute Artist brings to life some of the most legendary voices of all time:
Cher, Streisand, Elvis, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bette Davis, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline, Mae West and more!
A multi-media event with special video presentations.
Jimmy James is a rare and unique talent with his own brand of shows blending Music, Comedy, Drama & Tributes to great American icons.
His vocal prowess astounds audiences everywhere. As a Voice Impressionist, his vocals are spot-on. As a Recording artist he has enjoyed his own original Top 10 BILLBOARDHit: FASHIONISTA from the full length original album JAMESTOWN available on iTunes and Amazon.
WINNER - of The New York City M.A.C. AWARD (Manhattan Assoc. of Cabaret & Club performers).
WINNER - of The New York Backstage Bistro Award
WINNER - of The New York Glammy Award
WINNER - of The Provincetown Lifetime Achievement Award

Jimmy James has been featured on: CNN, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, E!, Joan Rivers, RuPaul, VH1, Sally, Geraldo, Donahue, Maury and more...

"Cabaret holds a special place for people like Jimmy James...uncanny" - Don HeckmanL.A. Times

HEARING IS BELIEVING!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My show just got booked for ONE NIGHT ONLY July 27 / 9pm at BAR FEDORA inside FIRST & HOPE RESTAURANT in downtown Los Angeles.

I'm doing my full show. Multi-media and all. It's a beautiful room and seats 70 people. I've made an appearance in this room before and I really liked it.

It's located across the street from Disney Hall - on the side in a plaza.

$20 Tickets / $20 food-drink minimum / $8. Valet
Dinner packages available (in the restaurant)
Cocktails & snacks (inside the cabaret room)

This is going to be a fun show.

http://barfedora.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=79477

Monday, July 9, 2012

I'M IN 2 NEW BOOKS THIS YEAR!

TWO BOOKS! Have come out this year with photos of me from my Marilyn Years. Rare photos.

The first book -  FRAMED Greg Gorman.
This is a beautiful book containing remarkable photographs by Greg Gorman who has shot the
l.a. Eyeworks ad campaign for over 20 years. The shot of me as Marilyn Monroe was done in 1991. It ran only ONE time for the 20 year anniversary of INTERVIEW MAGAZINE with Ziggy Marley on the cover. After that publication the Marilyn Monroe estate lawyers (Roger Richmond) threatened l.a. Eyworks with a lawsuit and no ads were run of me after that. The lawyers owned the rights to her image and likeness. Roger Richmond got me on the phone somehow and I yelled at him for trying to extort money out of me by trying to procure a percentage of ALL of my earnings from ALL of my shows. He eventually relented but I was forever damaged after that. I realized doing the Marilyn thing was going to be very limited for me. Why should I kill myself working so hard to create something so beautiful if all I'm ever going to see are these shysters trying to take my money? They could put her name on all kinds of crap but me doing a beautiful tribute to her was not ok. I knew then I was going to do the MM thing for a few more years and let it go. Who needs the shitty aggravation - the homophobia (at that time), the greed, the closed mindedness, the pitfalls of not being yourself and making your own statement.

 I knew I needed to make plans for MYSELF - MY OWN IMAGE, MY OWN NAME, MY OWN MUSIC - and I would need to OWN it. I retired from performing as Marilyn in 1997. No regrets. NONE. I was completely done. 17 years of doing MM was enough.

The Second book - dr.a.g - Christopher Logan.
Interesting the letters refer to the Elizabethan era in Shakespeare's time when men played the part of women or girls and the script's abbreviation means: "Dressed as girl" (dr.a.g.).
The book contains many many photos of drag performers. Some rare photos of me as Marilyn are in there as well... in fact it's really cool, I have a 4 page spread as well as a photo in the back cover.