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Friday, April 11, 2014

GOETTER DER PEST


Was sent screener copies ages ago and finally watched the first season of which I gather is a new HBO series called Looking that focuses on a trio of gay friends sharing a flat in tired San Francisco. Being that I have been living in Berlin since 2006 I am not so well versed on American pop culture references or knowledgeable of the latest TV shows or pop songs. Hellzoppin I don’t even own a TV. My donated lap top is now working again after a crash scare,but I still don’t possess internet access at my flat. So after watching Looking my verdict is that the only believable or fascinating character is  Doris played by an engaging actress with the unfortunate name of Lauren Weedman. The leads:  the cute but dull Jonathan Groff, handsome and buff Murray Bartlett and icky bearded Frankie J. Alvarez don’t do anything for me. Some of the secondary characters played by adoreable British actor Russell Tovey, who I remember from the film The History Boys, the lovesexy latino Raul Castillo, Andrew Law, an underused but always brilliant Ann Magnusen and TV veterano Scott Bakula (harshly photographed to resemble the puppet Madame of Wayland Flowers & Madame fame)seemed a little bit better developed. Looking is connected to the English director Andrew Haigh who directed the film Weekend which a lot of fagula’s seem to love that I saw and didn’t care that much for. Mr.Haigh worked as part of the Oscar winning editing team on the film Black Hawk Down so he must be friends with my A-list Hollywood editor pal Billy Rich who I’ve known since filming Hustler White back in 1995. Maybe thats why they sent me a copy of the show.
Little Alex of Macedonia had a sweet intimate dinner party the other evening at the Bergmann Strasse Mehringdamn flat he is subletting from his Chocolate Grinder colleague Tim Shenkle. The food was delicious and the guests included the handsome choreographer Adam Linder and the delightful and personable young black dancer Justin Kennedy from the Island of St. Croix, who now lives in Berlin and has been performing at the Sophiensale.
My old LA pal from the days of Michelle Lamy's Le Deux Cafe and Cafe Des Artistes the Hollywood costume designer Michael Kaplan will be coming to Berlin from London where he is working on the latest Star Wars film.  Michael is a top notch film wardrobe designer who has worked on such big budget fare as Blade Runner, Flashdance, Fight Club and the Star Trek re-boot.  I recommended that he hire Little Alex as an assistant when he comes to town next week for some costume research and inspiration noodling.
Been loving reading Octavia Butler’s novel Lilith’s Brood that Dr. Jennifer Doyle bought me as a birthday present. The book is actually three novels in one and really kinky featuring an alien race who have a third gender called The Ooloi who work some sexual seduction neural stimulating and consciousness sharing power that I wish I could somehow finagle.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU



Received a cute little note from the gorgeous young Turkish/Kurdish film programmer and cultural theorist Nazli Kilerci who is so wildly creative and involved in a lot of interesting projects including a new pop up restaurant that will emerge this Saturday April 12th. I recently went to an intimate dinner party as Nazli’s home and the food was beyond ms. gorgeous. See below for info and make sure to check it out before its completely booked :

we are cooking this Saturday in this little restaurant tischlein deck dich! you can confirm directly to the mail@tddblog.com.  many kisses,

your naz 

TDD Ristorante 4a - Samstag 12/o4/2o14, 2o Uhr
Platz der Luftbrücke / Tempelhofer Damm 2
1.Stock
121o1 Berlin

Hi TDD Fans, Freunde & Begleitung.

Yüksel und Max servieren. DvB aka Bernie spielt Schallplatten. Claudius unter anderem mit Basil Smash an der Bar.

Naz und Bärbel kochen! Noch Fragen?

Ihr Menu: Vorneweg Oliven Olives ahead Wildkräuter Salat & Spinat Schafskäse Börek
Wild Herbs Salad & Spinach Sheep Cheese Börek Paprika / Zucchini / Tomaten gefüllt mit Reis / Pinienkernen / Rosinen Stuffed Pepper / Zucchini / Tomatos with Rice / Pignolia / Raisin oder / or Paprika / Zucchini / Tomaten gefüllt mit Neumarkter Rinderhack Stuffed Pepper / Zucchini / Tomatos with minced Neumarkter Beef Tahini / Joghurt / Olivenöl
Tahini / Joghurt / Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dattelkuchen / Orangen Karamelsauce
Date Cake / Orange Caramel Sauce
Café Café
20 e

Reservierung mit dem Vermerk vegetarisch - falls erwünscht - bitte unter / Please R.S.V.P. / mail@tddblog.com / www.tddblog.com

Monday, April 07, 2014

ZULETZT BEFREIT MICH DOCH DER TOD

Uli Ziemons one of Europes handsomest men hosted a festive intimate dinner party at his Skalitzer Strasse abode Saturday evening where theorist Nanna Heidenreich did the cooking and baking. Ms. Heidenreich is a gourmand’s gourmand and besides being lovely and super smart is one of Berlin’s sexiest cultural thinkers. Here is her description of the menu she prepared with tender loving care and stylish gusto:

a chestnut-fennel-celeriac soup with pastis (and arctic thyme!) followed by egg noodles, homemade ketjap manis (sweet soy sauce), fried tofu, ginger, two types of mushrooms (kräuterseitling- king oyster mushroom), spring (green)onions, cilantro - bärlauch (bear's garlic, wood garlic, wild garlic). Desert: a bay leaf infused orange tea cake with a cointreau Glaze and a shot of laphroig.

After dinner we had a bit of a plattenspieler from Mr. Ziemons impressive record collection plus wild dancing to Rick James, the Isaac Hayes soundtrack to his American International film Truck Turner and the Shaft in Africa record--Are You Man Enough-Big and Bad Enough? Herr Ziemons’s book on George Kuchar- Aufzeichnungen eines Storm Squatters -The Weather Diaries will be out at the end of June. Here is a link:
http://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2685-8/aufzeichnungen-eines-storm-squatters

The next morning I had a Sunday bruncheon at the famous table of La Susanne Sachsse. The healthy meal consisted of risotto, beat salad and a trauben spritzer. After brunch Marcuse Siegel treated us to Macrobiotic icecream down the street from their eastside compound and then we took a ho stroll to Friedrickshain Park to watch the hunky half naked young beach volleyball players frolic tournament style---what humpy delightful hairy eyeball candy. Its so wonderful having Susi the fearless leader of kollective CHEAP and Marcuse Siegel back in Berlin after they were in New York City working for six long weeks including projects with the famous Douglas Crimp and the marvelous Troyano Sisters-Ela and Carmelita Tropicana. Susi and I will collaborate on our first American CHEAP project for the Performa Biennale in 2015 a performative installation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute which I am really excited about.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

MITTEN IM MALESTREAM



Went to the glorious birthday celebration of the Arsenal’s Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus at the Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant in Kreuzberg off of the canal between Hallesches Tor and Mockenbrucke. The Empress was looking very lovely and royal wearing a stylish ensemble fitting the most powerful woman in all of Europe. The celebutante guest list included power couple--film historian Marcuse Siegel and Susanne Sachsse of Kollective CHEAP, Daniel Hendrickson the Scandinavian Muzlim translator to the shtars, delicious beauty Dorothee Wenner, member of the Berlinale’s Forum section selection committee and filmmaker suprema, Heidi Schluptmann and Carolla Graumann of KinoThek Asta Nielsen Frankfurt am Main, the effervescent Nanna Heidenreich, Stefan Landorf, documentary filmmaker who was a medical docter before he studied film, Monika Rinck the famous German poet, Landgraf Joerg Heitmann, one of Kino Arsenal’s biggest supporters who is a filmmaker/sailing enthusiast and Anne Quirynen video artist, professor in Potsdam and neighbour to Empress Stefanie. I love the food at the Blue Nile which is one of the more unique restaurants in Berlin.
Friday afternoon I was taken to luncheon at a scrumptious Indian boite in Winterfeldt Platz by David Evans Frantz the head curator of Los Angeles’ One Institute National Gay&Lesbian Archive and Patrick Mansfield the collections manager of The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War an institution based in Culver City that I had never heard of. It was nice spending time with two handsome young men with large penises who have devoted themselves exclusively to serving the Vagimule Doll and took the pilgrimage to Berlin whiffing up some of the ladies majick. Its an easy rule for kids to follow these days--seek out Ms.Davis for all the answers to the universe and you will find happiness and success in all your worldly endeavors. For more info on One Inst and Wende Museum see links below:

one.usc.edu
onearchives.org
www.wendemuseum.org

Thursday, April 03, 2014

CIRCUMAMBULATING BALL OF DUNG


O I forgot to mention that I am a part of this years Whitney Biennial as a film I performed in a few years ago She Gone Rogue by my lovely little art daughter ZacKery Drucker is getting its East Coast premiere at the Whitney Museum of Art. See below for the details and check it out if you are in the tri-state area:

DEAR FRIENDS, Friends of Friends, Lovers of Friends, and Friends of the Family,

Rhys and I have combined our mailing lists for ONE TIME ONLY to tell you about the various projects we have been toiling away on, tirelessly and effortlessly, Together.

If you, or someone you know, will be in New York City, please consider attending the Whitney Museum, Wednesday - Sunday, where you will find a plethora of possibilities:

Our film SHE GONE ROGUE is screening in the Lobby Gallery for the next 2 weeks (April 2nd to April 13th). The film is looped and plays every 30 minutes. This is She Gone Rogue's East Coast premiere and stars Flawless Sabrina, Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Zackary's very own biological parents.

http://whitney.org/Events/ZackaryDruckerAndRhysErnstSheGoneRogue

YOU'LL LOVE IT - This Friday Evening, April 4th at 7pm, we are doing a LIVE TELEVISION SHOW in the Lower Lobby, with special guests Flawless Sabrina, Kate Bornstein, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, as well as community advocate organizations FIERCE and TransJustice - Audre Lorde Project. This is open to the public and requires no reservation or tickets:

http://whitney.org/Events/ZackaryDruckerAndRhysErnstWorkshop

Mother Flawless Sabrina Reads You: Oracle, shaman, reader of Tarot and Light, is doing Tarot readings by appointment. We plan to extend this event for as long as there is interest and folks scheduling sessions.

Here is a short preview of what you may experience:

http://whitney.org/WatchAndListen/Exhibitions?play_id=926

Please follow this link to book an appointment, we are adding appointments as demand necessitates:

http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/ZackaRhys/FlawlessTarot

RELATIONSHIP at the Whitney

Up through the end of MAY, please find on the 3rd floor of the museum, a new photo series RELATIONSHIP, 2008 - 2013, that documents… well, you get the idea.

http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial/ZackaryDruckerAndRhysErnst

Here's a link to two articles in which we discuss the work:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/fashion/the-growing-transgender-presence-in-pop-culture.html?_r=0

http://artillerymag.com/zackary-drucker-and-rhys-ernst/

LOS ANGELES - please know that the series is coming your way in September! Wash-up and BE READY, we're coming for you ; )

TRANSPARENT

LASTLY, please take a look at the critically-acclaimed Amazon pilot "Transparent" that we consulted on. It's free to watch and free to love:

http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-HD/dp/B00I3MNF6S

Please keep a look-out for us in the news, and on your radio and television sets, as we are rather ubiquitous and over-exposed as of late. We won't tell you yet what's coming next for the sole purpose of surprising you instead. We are excited and doing it all FOR YOU. Seriously, un-seriously, and with Love and Solidarity,

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

AND NOW ON TUMBLR:

http://zackarhys.tumblr.com/

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I am now part of the 21st Century as my boss at Arsenal Inst fur Film und Videokunst Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus took me for a delicious belated birthday dinner at the fab Italian restaurant Centolire on Leipziger Strasse and presented me with a smart I-phone that is sleek and streamline and so powerful it feels as if the handy can fly me to the moon and back. Of course I’m going to have to get a tutorial on how to use the phone, as I am very limited when it comes to technological advances. During dinner the Empress and I were having a girlish hoot of a time laughing, gossiping and trading womanly secrets and if you want to know if we were talking about YOU, of course we were!
The owner of Centolire is a personable Italian fellow around 50 years old named Moreno Caruso.  Because I was with Empress Stefanie Mr. Caruso naturally thought I was some big whig film celebutante so he gave us star treatment and complimentary champagne.  Seniore Caruso use to live in Los Angeles from 1981-1987 and worked at the famed restaurant Emilio’s on Melrose Avenue and Highland just off of the Melrose Shopping Strip and adjacent to Hancock Park. LA 1981-87.  . . ah those were my Coming of the Night salad years of youth.
 If you go to Centolire I highly recommend the Ravioli with Ricota & spinat. Lecker , smacker!