In between the songs, Bannon-as-Klaus tells a moving narrative of his life as a young, queer German gifted with a soprano vocal range, who moved to Manhattan in the 1980’s with a generation of youth inspired by Warhol’s Factory. Klaus Nomi did the impossible: struck NYC speechless with his latex costumes, clown makeup and angelic voice. Now, on his comeback tour from outer space, Klaus tells the tale of his brush with fame and all-too-young death as one of the first celebrity victims of the AIDS epidemic. Known as the weirdo’s weirdo, starving artist Klaus was famous for trading his homemade pastries in exchange for studio time and rehearsal space to create music that became inspiration for artists like David Bowie and Joey Arias.
Devin Bannon brings to life historical TV interviews of the actual Klaus Sperber, while reimagining the musical acts of his rock alter ego Nomi in nine soaring numbers.
Ground Spiced Lamb with Pomegranate Molasses and a Tart Cherry Chutney. (v) Fatayer be Sabanekh Chopped Spinach, Onions, Pine Nuts
The Fatayer Triangle Pie
Inspired by the Lebanese Hand Pie
(v) Candied Butternut Bacon
Savory Sweet Potato Pie Upside Down, Round and Round
With Five Spice Candied Bacon & Pecans
Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie to the Sky
A Pyramid of Duchess Potatoes filled with Braised Short Rib and House Made Wasabi Peas. (v) A Pyramid of Duchess Potatoes filled with Braised Winter Vegetables, Shiitakes, and House Made Wasabi Peas
Lime Pies Don't Lies
Klaus Nomi’s own recipe for Lime Pie
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