Saturday, September 27, 2008

Olivia Loves Puppets

That sounds like a new idea someone should run with! The infamous creator of Olivia (The Pig), the cutie pie Ian Falconer and bubbly young friends enjoy a grope from Joey post show. As Joey would say there's more nipple play where that came from...

Date Night

Totally honored that Phil and Jennifer Stanton, otherwise known as Scout's mom and dad, would spend their date night with Arias with a Twist. We have been big fans of Phil and Blue Man Group since the LaMaMa days. My little brother even interned with the show at Astor Place way back when Phil was still performing. (That certainly changed his adolescent mind in ways my mom and dad are still experiencing! Ha!) Phil please send the whole blue men family to visit Joey, we would love to welcome everyone! Maybe we should be the company Christmas Party--now thats a good idea!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Halloween and The 35th Annual Village Halloween Parade! Pictured with Twist and Arias is Jeanne Flemming, THE Halloween Goddess. Go find out more about the Parade and this years theme GHOST. The Parade starts at the front door of HERE. We will offer two special performances on all Hallows Eve, so come watch the old and new puppets line-up around HERE have some complimentary cocktails in the cafe (or bring other party favors of your liking) and then come enjoy the hallucinogenic effects of Arias with a Twist at 9pm and midnite! Get your tickets now- these houses will be rockin!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Twisted Vines

Pictured with Vine and Arias, Lynne Twist, the beautiful, beneficent, vivacous- grand dame of the Twist clan joined us again in New York last nite for her second visit to the show. She has been in ecuador for a year, now returning to San Francisco- the most divine city on earth. We love San Francisco and are happy because Lynne can come back again and again to the show now that she is state side, she has to catch up with Sherry who has been to the show at least half a dozen times- we love her too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Marc's Gang

Thank you Marc Balet - (a total Arias with a Twist repeat offender!) for bringing such a fantastic group of peeps to the show, including the legendary Bruce Weber and Nan Bush- we bow to them both. Thanks for being HERE.


Check out the TONY issue on the stands this week, which names our own Basil Twist a New York Hero, which of course we have known for decades!


Welcome Guggenheim trustee John and guest. Basil is truly honored to be a fellow and to have you at The Dorothy B. Williams Theatre on the occasion of this 10th Anniversary production. Your support of course supports all of Basil's artistic endeavors. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We love USA

The truly philanthropic and super cool ladies from United States Artists, Katharine DeShaw and Amada Cruz visited the show Wednesday. Basil was fortunate to be one of the inaugural receipients of The United States Artists fund. Go check out all the amazing work that this original organization does for American artists. GO USA!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Sexy "Arias with a Twist" Fans Rufus Wainwright, and Jake Shears of The Scissor Sisters bask in the afterglow with Joey- a very sizzling Ménage à trois . The super hot performance on Saturday nite marked Jake's 5th time to the show! Keep coming back, we love you! Arias with a Twist needs you!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Flotilla DeBarge our Midnite DJ!

Flotilla mixes fun music, giveaways and FREE COCKTAILS, pre-show every saturday nite starting at 10:30pm until the show starts at Midnite! Tickets for the midnite shows are $25! Come and get a great seat for a great price.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Compromising position

What is Billy, party promoter to the stars doing to Joey?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vintage Vinyl and MaKi

Devoted fan MaKi with Joey and autographed vintage vinyl Album Arias, a treasure trove of classics. The vinyl is available at the show of course but also online at MaKi is one of a kind, she is our fan and you cant have her!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Get me to the Church on time!

This is our most awesome sound designer Greg Duffin and his soon to be wife Sarah. She is wonderful, just arrived to the United States and wedding bells will ring in a few weeks in Kansas City - October 11th to be exact. Congratulations and welcome Sarah to the puppet family. Cheers!

We love New York

We had an uproarious, super wonderful audience for our show on Sept. 11th. Amazing New Yorkers who gave us multiple standing ovations. Thank you!! Come back, we want to see you again...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ditch your Entourage

Before the New York premiere of the star studded "The Women", gorgeous Debi Mazar ditches her LA boys and makes the MUST SEE STOP IN NEW YORK to Arias with a Twist. Visiting Joey backstage with the incredible Danilo after the show, these three are sizzling hot...

WELCOME Fauxnique

The incredible Fauxnique was in town this week to perform at The Howl Festival's Low Life, pictured above with Twist backstage in Thompson Square Park. She and Twist are mutual pals of the fabulous Mr. David in San Francisco, who has created amazing puppet couture for many of Twist's original productions over the years. Backstage after the show, Fauxnique and three very cute boys pay homage to the goddess, Ms. Arias.

Check out the LOVE

There is so much LOVE going around about Arias With a Twist, and here is your next installment, straight to the vein... John Topping's review of the show in Stage and Cinema.

Mr Topping feels that it is possibly the best show he's seen in his life!

"How good is it? Let’s see. The best show I’ve seen this year? Yes. The best show I’ve ever seen in my life? Maybe. Among the 10 best theatrical experiences I’ve ever had? Definitely. "

He's in love with the puppets and really seems to GET THEM. He understands that puppetry is EXPANSIVE and fantastic:

"This is comparatively more traditional puppetry, including human figures being manipulated with strings from above. But by no means is it confined to the string variety. To officially be deemed puppetry, it merely requires that something inanimate be brought to life by human agency."

and he dotes on the fact that this is "living and breathing" theater:

"There’s never any question that what you’re seeing are puppets. You see the strings, you see the poles, you catch glimpses of the puppeteers dressed head to toe in black. But it’s more than a puppet show and it’s more than a drag show. It is an explosion of imagination, doled out in gigantic portions of fun. "

And finally he lets you all know that

"it is not merely a good idea to go. You must."

READ the FULL review

Monday, September 8, 2008

Joey and Basil love low life

Highlights from our performance at The Howl Festival in Thompson Square Park as a part of Low Life. Go and looksy on YOU TUBE

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Big Top Joey

The totally magical Danny Elfman and his guest Jennifer came to visit Joey last week. Danny and Joey last worked together on Big Top Pee Wee, where Joey was the incredible "Shim", the half man, half woman! Danny is a long standing puppet fan, having composed the music for Erik Sanko's marionette play, "The Fortune Teller" in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre, which was a hit two seasons ago presented by our Dream Music Puppetry Program. Great to see you Danny and Jennifer!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Aunt Wendy

The gorgeous Wendy Sadler, one of Dorothy's daughters flew into New York for the second time to see Arias and of course her favorite nephew Basil. She is one of the hippest ladies you could ever want to meet and a rad yoga teacher as well. She is amazing! Come back Wendy and bring the rest of the Chicago contingency with you!! Come on you Chicago-ites, you know who you are--get here to see this hot show in Dorothy's theatre!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


The Voluptuous red head on Joey's left is Lady Miss Kier, of the group Dee-Lite and her mom on his right.
Go check out her website and where you can see her live

Couture Council Salutes Isabelle Toledo

Joey performed at The Rainbow Room for The Couture Council Award Luncheon honoring the wonderful fashion designer Isabelle Toledo. Oliver Dalzell performed with "Toots" from the Dream Music Orchestra on top of the Baby Grand. Arias pictured with the style guru Andre Leon Talley.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Outsider Artist Joey Coleman gets inside Arias

Visionary painter Joe Coleman and his buxom friends join Joey post show. Go see Joe's trippy story telling:

Monday, September 1, 2008

Black Card Backstage

This is a portrait backstage at Arias with a Twist. Joey prepares at his dressing room vanity as featured on the new Black Card Campaign in the U.K.

Giddee Up Cowboy

Joey saddles up to the most handsome cowboy anyone could ever want, the singular Mr. John Compton. John has been working with Basil Twist in his studio for the past 7 years and is a dedicated part of the Arias with a Twist family!