Monday, February 23, 2009
a) I loved his performance in "The Wrestler"
b) I wanted to see this type of speech at the Oscars.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Mike Plante suggests and I agree!
I'm so psyched for Bruce Connor!
Two great shows are coming on the next two Mondays at REDCAT in downtown
O'ER THE LAND
Deborah Stratman's new feature takes us into the wild wild world of,
well, America - exploring battle reinactments, RVs, gun shows (the kind
where you can shoot something and it will blow up) and the incredible
story of an airman who parachuted from his plane only to get caught in a
thunderstorm for 45 minutes. Stratman's tone and camera is controlled
yet playful, with beautiful imagery and far more humor than you would
expect. What the hell is going on in this country? The freaking wild
west never ended.
Mon 2.23.09 8:30 pm
BRUCE CONNER'S EXPLOSIVE CINEMA: A TRIBUTE, PART 2
Bruce Conner was one of the first to rework found film footage into new
short films, but that's not what makes him one of the greatest. His
movies examine politics and celebrity, sex and violence, using images
you may recognize but with his notable hand in the mix. Although he was
adored by academics and the art world, Conner was not interested in
making everyone happy. He made films because he had something to say.
Sadly, he passed away last year.
Surveying the filmmaker's work over a 50-year span, the program includes
Movie (1958, 12 min.), Marilyn Times Five (1973, 14 min.), Permian
(1969, 4 min.), Mea Culpa (1981, 4 min.), Looking for Mushrooms (1967,
min.), Looking for Mushrooms (1996 version, 15 min.), Report (1967, 13
min.), Television Assassination (1995, 14 min.), Take the 5:10 to
(1977, 5 min.),
Valse Triste (1977, 5 min.) and - the caveat - Bruce's last film, the
gorgeous Easter Morning (2008, 10 min., DV).
In person: Dennis Hopper, longtime Conner friend and co-conspirator, and
guest of honor Jean Conner
Mon 3.02.09 8:30 pm
Monday, February 16, 2009
A few weeks ago I met this gentleman Brett Berk at North Hill Exhibitions in Chinatown. We must have met before since he was a regular at the Crow bar and I was a bartender there for years, where I was told on more than one occasion that "I was the prettiest drag queen there." Not sure if that's a compliment as a woman but I'll take it.
Anyway, back to Brett, he has a new book coming out, called The Gay Uncle's Guide to Parenting, I just ordered mine online - since Jean-Pierre and I are known as the cool Aunt and Uncle, I think we should study up a bit. Cool Aunts are not nearly as important to a child's artistic endevors as the Gay Uncle, I know my Gunc was crucial to mine. Still, I'll do what I can.
But when I went to Brett's website I found a link to his Gay car column: Stick Shift he writes for Vanity Fair. I love it! You can vote here on where the Masserati Quattroporte Sport Gts is gay or straight. I grew up around cars, my dad owned a leasing company and we drove tons of different cars every week.
I loved naming the cars. Sometimes I would argue with my brothers and my boyfriend about which cars were boys and which were girls. I drove a TR7 in the 80s that still had an 8-track player. But, I called HER Trixie, much to the chagrin of my boyfriend who wanted to call HIM Kitt. But now after reading all of the Stick Shift columns I will never name a car again without considering both its sex and sexuality.
Also, you should read this article about the Octuplets. This article is the most accurate piece I've read of all the Octupulets frenzy: Enjoy. Octuplets are Gross
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Me listening to Director James Gray and Actress Vinessa Shaw at the screening - Joaquin never made it from the red carpet to the theatre.
Joaquin Phoenix says "Bye-Good" to the press.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
When I was a teenager, I started taking tickets at the US Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, after the screenings, I would ask the filmmakers to give me a list of the films they loved and thought I needed to see!
I remember taking this list to the local video store and the clerks would look at me blankly, like I had made up the list of film titles on the paper. I'd have to drive 14 hours to San Francisco to find some of the films.
Later I moved to New York City and I lived on 7th Street between B & C. I found Kim's Video, the second day I lived in NYC. It was like paradise and only one block from my house. I lived at Kim's, I would go in there at least once a day and often more. I went through thousands of videos in their collection.
So when I read this article in the New York Times, I almost cried.
I love that the collection has found a home and I really love that the city of Salemi decided that the way to renew their town was to put the artists in charge and to put on a Never-Ending film festival!
I love love love this line: "promoting “culture as an everyday thing, something you consume every day,” ...an effort to give artists political power."
I might need to move to Salemi now. "Salemi is the future, New York is the past"
Saturday, February 7, 2009
in New York City and sadly they have no gay culture there, so who wants
to come with?
~The 30th anniversary of a gay male counterculture exploration~
Opens- February 28th-
Antebellum, known as the only fetish art gallery in the world, continues
it's tradition of including the previously excluded cultural movements
with a group of artworks presented for and by RADICAL FAERIES.
In the summer of 1979, a group of gay men met somewhere in the Arizona
desert. Frustrated with the limitations of urban environments,
gay men of all ages & backgrounds began exploration of themselves and
their sexuality in more organic forms. A post-Stonewall movement was
created. Various fractions of Radical Faeries continue to this day.
2009 marks the 30th anniversary of this unique group. This exhibition
explores the movement's roots and perhaps where it is going in the
A HISTORY OF RADICAL FAERIES:
The Faeries trace the origin of their movement's name to a "Spiritual
Conference for Radical Faeries" called in 1979 by Harry Hay, John
Burnside, Don Kilhefner, and Mitch Walker in Benson, Arizona.
RADICAL FAERIE OPENS ON FERURAY, 28th- 2009.
Special performance by
Exhibit runs through APRIL 1ST, 2009
$10 COVER- $5 WITH COSTUME- NUDISTS FREE!
I just had to update a recent note I posted on my facebook - because I left out two huge influences on me - Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson - who got married in last year, the same year Jean-Pierre and I got married - coincidence? I don't think so.
That's the strange thing about influences that you don't know personally... I am aware that Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson don't really care about me but they have improved me 100% with their art. I used to listen to Lou Reed for hours and hours, sometimes the same album (mostly "Berlin" and "Transformer"- but all of them really and Laurie Anderson's "Big Science") over and over.
I used to live in NYC in the Lower East side. It wasn't an altogether happy time for me, but productive and transformative. I saw Lou Reed and John Cale's opera Songs for Drella and loved it - one song in particular "Work". I had the lyrics printed up above my computer.
So, having just watched Berlin again, I printed up the lyrics to Work and posted them above my computer. Thanks Lou and Laurie.
He said I was lazy, I said I was young
He said, "How many songs did you write?"
I'd written zero, I'd lied and said, "Ten."
"You won't be young forever
You should have written fifteen"
It's work, the most important thing is work
It's work, the most important thing is work
According to Wordle.net - this is what my month of umemployment looks like.
It's nice to be part of a movement - this whole unemployment thing is really growing! Thousands of people everyday, we just need a leader to figure out what we are going to say with all this free time and no money!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I just found this photo from the AFI Beatty show! Pras came out in a Warren Beaty rubber mask. What???
The best part was watching everyone "dancing" to Ghetto Superstar and one lone b-girl down on the floor (I was up in the cheap seats) raising her hand in the air like she just don't care.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
One of the highlights of my life was meeting Bruce Connor at Cinevegas!
Go check this out! I love love love Bruce Connor!
FILM AT REDCAT PRESENTS
Bruce Conner’s Explosive Cinema:
Mon Mar 2 | 8:30 pm
Jack H. Skirball Series $9 [students and MOCA members $7, CalArts $5]
Influential maestro of found footage Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was often described as the father of MTV-style editing. His reply: "Don't blame me!" An artist of explosive intensity and enigmatic allure, Conner displayed a legendary mastery of assemblage, drawing, collage and film. At once voluptuous and razor-edged, Conner’s compact, cinematic bombs are an inspired mix of heartfelt meditation and tragicomic political satire.
Surveying the filmmaker’s work over a 50-year span, the program includes A MOVIE, MARILYN TIMES FIVE, PERMIAN STRATA (to be confirmed), MEA CULPA, LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS, LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (1996 version), REPORT, TELEVISION ASSASSINATION, TAKE THE 5:10 TO DREAMLAND, VALSE TRISTE and EASTER MORNING.
In person: Dennis Hopper, longtime Conner friend and co-conspirator, and guest of honor Jean Conner.
REDCAT is located in downtown Los Angeles at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St., inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Tickets may be purchased by calling 213.237.2800 or at www.redcat.org< or in person at the REDCAT Box Office on the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets
(30 minutes free parking with validation). Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat |noon-6 pm and two hours prior to curtain.