Sandra Bernhard

What Sandra Bernhard does best is being herself—hence the new album and touring show, I Love Being Me, Don't You? She has a gift for self-awareness, which allows her both to wallow in celebrity culture yet roll her eyes—and lash her tongue—at its excesses. And she has no patience for a certain gay-icon-come-lately. "She's very concerned for her gays," says Bernhard of Lady Gaga. "'How are my gays? My little monsters? Are my gays okay?' Fuck the gays. We've got disposable income, fabulous taste, gorgeous homes, great restaurants. What about the straights and their Tevas? The gays are fine." I Love Being Me also finds Bernhard ruminating on everything from Angelina Jolie to Grindr, but it really is a music album; and she's in better singing voice than ever. Backed by a four-piece band, she's still using her eclectic musical taste in ways that enhance her often wistful, comic storytelling in surprising ways. In L.A. earlier this month, she managed to work in Neil Sedaka's cheesy 1975 chart-topper "Laughter in the Rain," Bruce Springsteen's "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" and a legitimately roof-raising rendition of the Carol Channing standard "Before the Parade Passes By" from, yes, Hello, Dolly! The songs may change, but you should prepare yourself for a performer at the top of her game who lets nothing pass her by. STEVE WIECKING

June 21-23, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., 2012

 
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