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Thursday, October 18, 2018

NUSSBAUM FURNIERT ODER ECHTER SCHIEFERSTEIN



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The Vagimule doll officially began her 2 year seminar/labzone at work master HEAD  Geneva Haute e’cole d’art et design, the very open art university in Switzerland.

The young French curator Olga Rozenblum who was in New York City in 2015 and saw the CHEAP production of The Magic Flute an Opera in Six Steps felt that having Ms. Davis in Switzerland working with their students in a similar vein that she worked along with Susanne Sachsse at New York University and The New School would be utterly divine.

Ms. Davis was still quite knackered from her appearances in Copenhagen workshopping at the Royal Danish Academy of Art & Design and her teaching, performances and exhibitions back in the States.

The French section of Switzerland which includes Geneva is quite cutesy. Ms. Davis didn`t know what to expect as she heard a lot of different things from people. Our heroines accomodations provided by Hotel Adriatica in the Quartier Champel were quite luxe. The hotel manager who looks like Adolphe Menjou was very nice and accommodating to the Vagimule doll. There is also a young man who works at the hotel who is quite fetching. This man is usually floating about between the breakfast room and front desk in the morning hours.

Ms. Davis´ students were all sweet and are working in interesting modes of production.
She was met at the aeroport by Work Master HEAD Coordinator, Jonas Hermenjat who is young, handsome and very masculine. Ms. Davis didn’t expect such an interest by the students for her lab zone.  Jonas was very helpful making her transition at the school complete.

The art school is part of a larger University which has moved to new digs in the suburbs near the airport. The art school will also move in two years time. The current location features some grand imposing structures that give the place the air of an old Swiss Finishing School. The Lady Ms. Davis finds that very appropriate as some of her exercises were inspired from the 1941 Robert Z. Leonard film Ziegfeld Girl that feature etiquette, poise and comportment. Leave it to Mme Arman de Caillavet to properly Lana Turner a new crop of art students on the rise.

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The other day Ms Davis ran into baby diaper Joel Gibb’s ex boyfriend Enrico Dallman. She hasn´t seen Enrico in years and he looked really good with his lean, tight muscular body. He still works as a physical therapist in a Nollendorfplatz doctor`s office. Ms. D. had just been eating dinner at the Zza Zza Gabor Burger Palast when she bumped into Enrico and his sweet colleague Dieter. Enrico seems to have put his acting career plans on hold, which is a shame as he has the perfect movie marquee face and matinee idol moniker.

A grand meeting with Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of the Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst, Gerrit Woltemarth, and Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson took placed at the Empress’ Wrangle Kiez compound. The group were tackling some long range planning for their new site specific performative film series Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome which has become the talk of the town.

A lot of wonderous ideas came plopping out of all that lovesexy collective brainage. Later in the evening they were joined by prima ballerina Trixie Cordua Schönherr and Uli Ziemons who all toasted the Vagimule Doll's winning that most talked about Queer/Art Prize.

When Ms. Davis was emailed that she won the award she ignored them thinking it was some kind of new fangled Nigerian internet scam. The award is quite new. 2018 is only the second year, last year’s winner was Catherine Opie.

Those of you who will be in the Pacific Northwest you only have till Saturday October 20th to see the Vaginal Davis exhibition An Invitation to the Dance at Adams& Ollman Gallery in Portland Oregon. If you can´t go tell all your PNW friends to buy the limited edition etchings on mirrored glass before they are all gone.  Most of the paintings on exhibit have sold out.







Tuesday, October 02, 2018

GESUND LEBEN



Achtsamkeit

Was invited almost two years ago to come and give a lecture and workshop at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen. So with absolutely no time for recovery from being on the Theft Coast I was off to Denmark.

The curator Cecilie Schmidt is a Phd fellow in Theater and Performance Studies. My trip was also hosted by Curriculum an independent public school of performance art, which presents lectures of important figures of international performance art. Invited are researchers and practitioners: physically involved co-authors of the herstory of the performance art genre, which is based on the crisis of the subject; a genre that oscillate between performing and visual arts, unfolds in the grey zone between the black box and the white cube. Public lectures are held at various institutions: in the art gallery, at the university, at the academy and in the theatre. Curriculum is supported by the Danish Arts Council, Goethe Institut Kopenhagen in collaboration with Tarnby Tory 7.

My accomodations were provided by Guldsmeden Axel Hotel near the central train station in the red light district. The hotel breakfast was most excellent and the staff were congenial and helpful. On the day that a photographer came to take my picture for the Danish daily Dagbladet Information a Taz like newspaper the entire hotel staff seemed to jump into buzz mode to make sure that the international celebrity was being properly taken care of.

At my artist talk it was SRO with my former Malmo Art Academy student C. Maria Norman in attendance with her entourage that included photographers Rasmus Raphaelle and Johan Lundin, the young beautiful journalist Pauline Bendsen who interviewed me after the talk told me there were a lot of Danish celebs in the audience including film director Lars von Trier, actors Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldov from Game of Thrones, singer Lukas Graham, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. I had gotten an email from my old pal Viggo Mortensen who is Danish that he would be in Copenhagen and would attend, but I didn’t see him. You’re probably wondering how a Lord of the Rings movie star is connected to Vaginal Davis. Well Viggo use to be married to my dear friend Exene Cervenka of the LA punk band X, and they have a child together named Henry who is grown up now.

The Framing the Freakazoid Workshop I conducted was held in the suburbs at this very interesting mid century space called Tarnby Torv. One of the participants in my workshop the young curator and former fashion model Lotte would come every morning to my hotel and fetch me and take me to the space. Thank god for Lotte, without her I would never have found the place. Lotte is an independent curator who got her start working with Berlin’s SAVVY Contemporary before it moved to its current location as part of the silent green Kulturquartier compound.

I am also in debt to Andreas Liebmann who runs the Tarnby Torv space. Somehow my needs for the workshop weren’t communicated in advance but Andreas valiantly came to my rescue.

Taking part in the workshop was a very interesting and brilliant group of students and working artists that included Daniel Molholt, Meleat Fredickson, Ida Bogedal Jorgensen, Jurgen Calesen aka: Miss Fish, David Winfield Norman, Mulia Cecachal, Manon Siv, and Eira Frojdl.

Special thankx to my London gallerist Dan Gunn, The Love Camel aka Andrea Novarin, Cecilie, Amalia Kasakove for getting me from the aeroport to the hotel and to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and the gorgeous and personable Miss Lotte.

Here is more information on upcoming events at Tarnby Torv:

Tarnby Torv Festival Program 2018

Wednesday November 14th

Opening Ritual – Andreas Liebmann

InElipses – DuquesnayLavrennikov and Crew

Wish You Were Here – Jon Hoff

Thursday Novemember 15th

Debate – Wouter Hillaert and guests

Friday November 16th

E.E. in Tarnby – Boaz Barkan, Nicolai Dahl-Hamilton, Andreas Liebmann, Dorthea Boyi and Tarnby citizens

Saturday November 17th

Teenage panel – Tarnby Teenagers

Philosophy for Kids – Rudi Gomez de Mello, Manon Siv Duquesnay and Tarnby kids

Children performance

Flying Tarnby – Pneuma Szov

Party Volumes – Karin Bergman, June Lysjo and Lukas Racky

Sunday November 18th

Tarnby Spiser – Refugees Invite for Lunch

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When I was still in Los Angeles I received a sweet emug message from the great ECO Sexual team of Annie Sprinkles and Beth Stephens. Annie and Beth are two of my most favourite people in the world.  Besides being sexy and charming they are really committed to making permanent change to our planet for the better. Their latest project is a film called Water Makes Us Wet which is an Eco Sexual Adventure. The film screened in Los Angeles right after I left town, but it will be going on the road so make sure to see it when it comes to your town and support Annie and Beth who are the hardest working artists in the cosmos. For more information when the film is in your area go to these web sites: watermakesuswet.org and juno films.com which is the film’s distributor.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

APROPOS EROTIK


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After glorious successes in the Pacific Northwest the Vagimule Doll had to go back to her hometown to deal with the recent tragic death of her nephew Brian Keith Taylor.  Being in Los Angeles was very much butterscotch bittersweet for the diva.

Her oldest sister Gracie Lee Taylor named the nephew after the Hollywood actor Brian Keith who was mainly known for the 1961 Disney film The Parent Trap that starred Hayley Mills, and the TV sitcom Family Affair (1966-1971) about a confirmed bachelor forced to take care of his nephew and nieces after the death of their parents.  The series also featured drug overdose victim Anissa Jones as Buffy, and British actor Sebastian Cabot as the uncle characters bear daddy lover pretending to be his valet/butler.

Spending time with her la familia was beyond baroque depressing for our fragile starina.  I know its difficult for anyone to imagine that Ms. Davis even has a family.  Sometimes she feels like a hatched egg from the primordial ooze of the La Brea Tar Pits.

Being back in Los Angeleeze was at times very difficult for our Alexandre Dumas Lady of the Camilias as everyone in the city is either rich and clueless living in a guilded bubble foam, or poor and ragged.  Ms. Davis’ sister Teresa Ray is so stressed out from her job at the County of Los Angeles’s Housing Authority that large clumps of her hair are falling out.  She resembles a sad little rescue doggie with the mange. 

No one in the USA can afford to retire and so that is the case with Ms. Davis’ sister who turns 67 in December.  Being handicapped Ms. Davis' sister is just content that she has a job, and a rent controlled apartment in Hollywood where she has lived for over 40 years.  Ms. Davis’ niece Terri Lynn Johnson, her husband and five children were gentrified out of the LA basin and live in the icky high desert town of Victorville which made national news lately because of a machette weilding robber.  Terri Lynn works the gig economy as an Über driver along with a myriad of other very low wage paying jobs.  The homeless problem in El Lay is out of control with tented encampments dotted all over the landscape.  They keep building cheaply made fugxury apartments all over the city which exasperates the situation.

Hector Martinez surprised his beloved doll with an impromptu soiree featuring a whose who of Los Angeles high society that included beautiful Michele “Meesh” Mills who just won an Emmy Award for her work on the reality TV series RuPaul's Drag Race.  Meesh and Ms. Davis go way back with each other having collaborated on many important projects.  In the early aughts Meesh was the guardian of the gate flapper dapper at Ms. Davis’ heritage performance space/speakeasy Bricktops at the Parlourclub.  Also at the gathering was former LA Weekly managing editor Miss Kateri Butler, Jamie Stewart &Angela Seo of XiuXiu, young lovesexy black artist Elliot Reed who is part of the new breed of Los Angeles performance artists making an international David Hockney Splash, gifted novelist and painter Lisa Teasley, tattooed love god Ron Athey, Skot Armstrong and his hot lover James Tallon of Science Holiday Kollektiv and the Museum of Fun, Andrew Gould aka: Audre Beardsley the former manager of the Parlour Club now working with the One Institute Archive at USC, who dragged his spiritual wifette to In&Out Burgers in Hollywood for lunch and late night snack of taco’s Verdi at the famous Mexican food stand next to the Santa Monica &Vermont Avenue Subway Station, enchanting Kimberly Kim Nisgore who use to be the head bartender at the Parlour Club who nows hosts LA’s hottest new club Day Goth, inter media opera schtar Julianna Snapper, gorgeous sculptress Karen Lofgren aka Debra Kara Hunger with muscular and handsome beau Colby, Alice Bag and her big dicked husband Jailbait Greg Velasquez, Glen Meadmore, one of Ms. Davis' dearest and oldest girlfriends. Hector’s adoreable spouse Ericla Pierce and their next door neighbor Charlie Carver who appeared in the Broadway revival of Boys in the Band as the Hustler Cowboy.  

With family commitments Ms. Davis wasn’t able to spend time with any olde friends, but her Papa Athey who get’s up at the crack of dawn like Ms. Davis managed to kidnapped her at gunpoint and make one of his famous cuntry breakfasts of champion misfits that included Lisa Teasley and young visiting artist from Greece Hermes Pittakos.   Big Daddy Ron also treated his living doll to one of his sublime bodyworks, which helped Ms. Davis with her post performance/jet lag stress and menapausa.

This trip to LA was the first time since moving to Berlin in 2005 that Ms. Davis came to Los Ang without performing and only to visit.  She was flown to the Pacific Northwest by her amazing gallerist Amy Adams of Adams&Ollman along with PICA and PNAC so they arranged her return trip back to Europe through LA proper so she could properly attend to her grieving and forlorn family members.

The Vaginale Davista would like to Thank Ms. Amy Adams and the staff, friends and supporters of Adams&Ollman Gallery, Hector & Ericla for their generosity in allowing her to stay at their spacious guest cottage at Plato del Lago in the Edendale section of hillside Silverlake.  Hector also took Ms. D. to the “Bu” as  in Malibu, where she was able to cool down from the awful hot weather in the Los Angeles basin and be at the beach to give the amazing broadshouldered, big footed surfer boys her unconditional John Wayne Gacy style hairy eyeball. 

Also thugular thanx and big sloppy wet kissyz  to Hector for taking his living dollpart to the Farmers Market on Fairfax for fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls, Hector’s amazing parents the San Martine’s of Southgate who cooked her a fab and authentic from scratch Mexican dinner,  MarLou DeLuna and her husband Hal Marinus who took her for breakfast at the Pacific Dining Car her favorite LA eatery and Kimberly Kim of North Korea and her mother for the lovely flowers and home made split pea soup.

Next stop for Lady Hyacinth:  A performative lecture at The Danish Royal Akademy of Art and workshop in Copenhagen.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

AUSGEQUETSCHT


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The Vagimule Doll was feeling very Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the mighty Pacific Northwest taking part in the Time Based Art Festival (TBA) at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with my west coast gallerist Amy Adams of Adams & Ollman solo show of my new painting series An Invitation to the Dance which runs until October 20th.   As part of the exhibition at Adams & Ollman I created a mural and an etched mirror piece called Marge & Gower Champion which is an abstracted portrait of the famed classic Hollywood dance duo in a limited edition of 20.

Also sponsoring my visit:  Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MFA in Visual Studies Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and the Portland Museum of Art where I am part of the group show Between – We Construct Marvels curated by the vivacious Libby Werbel.

Hector Martinez flew in from Los Angeles to assist his living doll.  Hector was in white boy heaven spending a lot of time at the gym oogling the humpy lumbersexuals.  Accomodations were provided by the cute and stylish AC Hotel in Downtown Portland which has a very good breakfast.  With the Vagimule its all about the food and Amy & Company took her out to some very exciting eateries. 

Helping Ms. Davis with her mural was the gifted young artists Allynn Carpenter (PNCA Alumnus) Lauren Prado (PNCA 2nd year) and Payton Barronian (PNCA 1st year). The mural assistants were organized by Peter Simensky.

Ms. Davis performative lecture at PICA was SRO with over 500 people in attendance.  The list of whose who is endless but included:  Matt Groening, Carrie Brownstein, Sam Elliott, k.d. lang, Rainn Wilson, Claire Coffee, Chris Thile,  Kristan Kennedy, PICA Artistic Director, Roya Amirsoleymani, Curator of Visual Art, Libby Werbel of the Portland Museum of Modern Art, Spencer Byrne-Seres the PICA Exhibitions Director, Victoria Frey PICA Executive Director, Sara Krajewski the contemporary art curator at Portland Museum of Art, Courtney Dailey PICA board member, famed photographer and curator Paige Powell who took Ms. Davis to luncheon at the marvelous Maurice Café that is around the corner from Adams& Ollman.  Ms. Powell and Ms. Davis have many shared acquaintances and she took photos of the diva for Gusher Magazine.
Also seen:  Lisa Jarrett professor at Portland State University, Amy Adams, Rose Dickson, Andrea Lounibos, Tim Blue with his fabulous and famous sister Robin, Kitty Diggens and her hot beau Slayer, actors Jannis Niewohner, Richie Merrit of the new film White Boy Rick, Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols and comic Matt Rife.

At the opening at Adams&Ollman:  Denise Mullen the former President of Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) who gave Ms. Davis a beautiful gold necklace, Tim Blue and sister Robin with Slayer, Peter Simensky PNCA Chair of MFA Visual Studies, Victor Platt who bought a piece from the exhibit, Jeffry Mitchell artist, Mack McFarland PNCA Curator and Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Paige Powell with Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Joanna Bloom the artist and co-founder of Ash Street Project, Thomas Orr of Ash Street Project, Portland art schtars Ivan Carmona, Ellen Lesperance, Jacqueline Bebb, Pepper Pepper, Libby Werbel, Jessica Jackson-Hutchins, Storm Tharp, Gary Robbins owner of Container Corps Publishing and Printing Press, Manu Torres, florist and life partner of Mr. Robbins.  Ms Davis also met David Arrow the famed lighting designer, producer of opera and ballet who brought with him Albert Shepard who had worked on more then 50 TV and films including Mandingo, the movie I showed a clip from during my lecture, and the 1976 film Norman, Is That You? Starring Redd Fox, Pearl Bailey, Michael Warren and Tamara Dobson.  Mr. Shepard is now retired but worked in film from 1961-1988 as was one of the few black members of the Directors Guild of America.  He and Mr. Arrow were very charming older gentlemen.

Also at the opening were a bunch of students of PNCA including Matt Perez, Brittany Winsor and Payton Barronian who Ms. Davis had studio visits with.

Ms. Davis was interviewed in Portland by Mathias Rosenzweig of V Magazine and the delightful  Emily Prado who besides being a young journalista also is the creator of the wonderful zine Women of Color in Punk Rock.





Sunday, September 09, 2018

WISSEN ZUM SCHLUSS


WIN & IMPRESSUM

Did I forget to tell you that I saw a screening of the Jon M. Cho film Crazy Hung Asians that stars rapper/comic Awkwafina, the heiress apparent to Margaret Cho?
The film would have been more interesting if the sexy male actors were shown dry humping and doing the puppy chow on each other.  There is certainly a need for all-Asian starring Hollywood films.   While this programmer was colourful and fast paced, it was also a bit twee.  Hearing Grace Chang on the soundtrack was certainly a high point along with a very attractive cast.

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A little excerpt from Mary Magdelene a novel by Vaginal Davis:

Nellent Forbrush, “Nelly” for short was all up in Dinah Shore arms about the French Lieutenant’s wo-Man chomping on her bit n apple.  He was 34 years old and very tall breathing life back into her with his CPR style suck phace.  The only thing she didn’t like about him was that he vaped.  She wanted to taste the natural Frenchy flavours and Gallic odours and not  his nicotine confectory.
Nelly also happened upon a giant North Eastern Italiano.  A competitive swimmer with a perfect streamlined moderne body beautiful and peterfication like a filled Cream soda bottle.  He was all mushroom headed wonder with massive gonads floating to the surface Run Silent, Run Deep freaky styly.  Nelly won him over with her detached throat nodgules, that were bringing him to the point of whoregasm before she decreased pressure and deflated him with one soulful slurry.  Miss Nelly wasn’t fully aware of her hidden talents or skillz.  All her life she took scant notice of hearthy charms and wool worth on the open marketa. 
The Italian hare could have easily impregnated any other girl, but fortunately for our heroine nothing could ever be planted in her barren womba.
The next day Ms. Forbrush traipsed in passions plurry with a thyroid eyed Ugandan hunchback with Plessy vs Ferguson liver lips.  He was passing through Prussia on his way to a wedding in Brussels Belgium.  He was fun and fancy free making her feel desired, but it was a  pillowlipped Columbian Cartel solicitor with a receding hairline who really gave her the girlish gnut she was craving.  He dragged her around the bedroom lifting her up high in the air and thumping her hard onto the floor.
His crotch was in her face, his feet were stomping on her.  She was wrapped around his torso, he was strumming her with Eddie Van Halen licks.  One of her legs he put over the dresser and the other down by the kitchen sink.  His kisses were carnivorous chomps drawing blood. 
He looked so harmless. She didn’t expect a man of his dimunitive stature to be so strong and tank like.
Between the biceps on his toes, and the rest of his ironclad musculature she fared pretty much like an Ostrich feather lost in his Mighty Joe Young arms.
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Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome’s Borscht Belt Modalities evening at the Prinzessinnengarten am Moritzplatz was a sterling success.  The screening of Jumping Nite at the Garden of Eden by Michal Goldman 1988 and Granpa Sam 2001 left the publicum in a joyous summer nite mood. 

Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson was the overseer of our Nebesh Off, and made the delish pickles that everyone was munching on.  In the audience were some very beautiful Nebeshy boys which bolstered our musical soundtrack provided by The Glorious Barry Sisters. 

Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus welcomed everyone with open arms, and the Arsenal membership drive was certainly increased a thousand fold. 

Our guardian at the gate the lovely Salome Gersch was the perfect first person that everyone sees at the kasse.  Salome will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the month to continue her studies in France and write her Masters thesis. 

So happy we have the Red Baron Gerrit Woltemath Gottfried von Cramm as our sexy patrician Production Coordinator.  Gerrit takes care of every little thing for us brilliantly with his wonderful attention to detail.

The Prinzessinen Garten staff of Werner & Dennis, Mixologists Vivi & Ine at the bar also contributed greatly to the standout evening. Arsenal’s senior projectionist Bodo Pagels did a marvelous job with the 16mm projecting of Jumpin’ Night, a print that hasn´t been screened in over 26 years.

The celebutants in attendance:
teen star Aaron Hilmer (Das schönste Mädchen der Welt), Michaela (Ela) Wünsch of BBooks Kollektiv, Markus Ruff of Arsenal Leiter Archive außer sich, Uli Ziemons of Forum Expanded, Mariam Frick of Panorama Section of the Berlinale, Anke Hahn of Deutche Kinemathek, Natalie Knoll of Berlinale Forum, Popo Fan the juicy and stylish Chinese filmmaker, activist and critic with DJane Bianca Kruk  and sound designer Manuela  Schinina, tall,  hunky Luca Jacob Borkowsky head of Piranha Film/Womex Films, Monilola Ilupeju the beautiful Nigerian recent NYU grad who was the top student of my ex student artist Jonathan Berger, Kreuzberg local Senol Senturk, makeup and hair god Christian Fritzenwanker, Katharina Bischoff the Original Sin Production Coordinator, Discoteca Flaming Star’s Cristina & Wolfgang with their hot Madrid posse including Cristina’s radiant Biology professor best friend, hot young queer student Charlotte Peters of FU, Piero Bellomo, Claire Molloy Assistant Curator at Martin Gropius Bau, and former Goethe Universitaet curatorial studies student, sweet Verena Kittel of Liste Art Fair Basel, art schtars Wu Tsang &  Boychild, installation artist Raphaela Vogel, Deutsche Welle  and Bloomberg News journalista Michael Scaturro, Joel Gibb the baby diaper of Canada’s Hidden Cameras, Fearless Leader of CHEAP  Susanne Sachsse with film historian Marc Siegel aka: Marcuse Siegelstein, who is also in the film Granpa Sam which is a loving tribute to his famed photographer grandfather Sam Siegel, Linda Winkler of silent green, artists Clarissa Thieme and Nicolas Pittarides visiting from London, Magda Magdy, Stephan Ahrens of Zeughauskino, Michelle Ty and Johanna Rothe, Clarisse Mehring, David Schöler and actress Diane Kruger.

The Day before I was the DJane for the Christeene Concert at Berghain.  Christeene has become a huge superschtar in a very short time.  Her Cajun party rap mix performance style blends nicely with moments of timely introspection.  My mothers family are from Louisiana so I am quite familiar with the nuance of the Christeene persona, and its brilliantine!  She is both slick and polished, and not slick or polished, and that’s what makes things flow so effortlessly on stage.  Christeene is a post modern teene idol and has been collaborating with photographer and video artist Matt Lambert and the very cute Simon Kaiser.   
I also adore her Bob Fosse/Twyla Tharp back up dancers who are extroidinarily sexxxxy with boundless psychic TV energy. 

Opening up for Christeene was the divine Michele Lamy the muse and lifepartner of designer Rick Owens.  Michele has been making new music with her daughter Scarlette Rouge and will be performing at the next Frieze Art Fair in London.  Michele’s performance at Berghain was spellbinding.  Joining her on stage was Boychild and the two played off of each other to perfection.  Michele is in her 70s but is so youthful, so vibrant that she is the epitome of the ageless wonder.  Michele reminded me that I’ve known her since 1979 when she had the West Hollywood store Too Soon To Know on Santa Monica Blvd. 
Wasn’t expecting to see Rick  Owens at Berghain, but he came from Paris and it was quite joyous to reunite with him and the high fashion comrades he brought with him.  I haven’t seen Rick since last year in Paris when I modeled for his new collection, the photos of which became part of his big retrospective Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman at the Triennale di Milano.
In the audience at Berghain was actor Neil Patrick Harris dancing wildly, Shaggy haired artist Jonathan Meese, International DJane Honey Dijon, Richard Gabriel and girlfriend Lillian, with muscular medical student roommate Hermann, Daniel Hendrickson & Piero Bellomo, makeup artiste Akira Knightly with French fashion pals, and super model Max, scholar Marcuse Siegelstein with gorgeous diva Susanne Sachsse of CHEAP, Zeitkratzer percussionist Maurice De Martin, artist Tanja Schwarz, Wolfgang from Discoteca Flaming Star and sizzling Madrid gang of 4our, Felix Knoke of Der Spiegel, Liz Rosenfeld & Sam Icklow,  beauty artists Wu Tsang and Elly Clarke, and sexy young Frankfurt curator Jose’ Segebre.

Special thanks to Berghains amazing chef who created the most scrumptious dinner for us and Krischan Makswitat & Grinni Stangner who were so lovely in accommodating the Vagimule doll.

Literary Figurine:  To whoever is out there in the world wide web firmament.  Ms. Davis would love to get her hands on a copy of the book One Drop:  A True Story of Family, Race, and Secrets by Bliss Broyard.




Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DAS IST DRIN


Klatsch & Tratsch

For those of you visiting Berlina Royale as summer comes to an end, there are a few must see eventas taking place that I highly recommend.
The first happens Saturday September 1st 7-10pm which is the opening and book launch of Elektro-Drucker at Kotti-Shop.  On hand will be Elektrik-Kaffee:  cake, tea & Plattenauflegen by the artists & DJ MFX of ReBoot FM.  Kotti-Shop is at Adalberstr 4 Berlin 10999
www.kotti-shop.net

One of my brilliant Weissensee Art Akademy ex students Annette Knol, a feminist leader if ever there was one, has been part of the Kotti Shop Familia since 2008 despite forays to New York City and other parts known and unknown.  

Annette along with Ursula Doebereiner, Katharina Schmidt have created a fab new artist book AUTO BODIES #1 AT Extrapool with Knust Press.

Elektro-Drucker is a publication and exhibition of work made with the help of machines, guidelines, rules and tools with various levels of precision and definition applied by the five contributing artists: Doebereiner, Knol, Schmidt, Dirk Krecker, and Thomas Rehnert.
That ultimate teene idol to the world Christeene is performing in concert at the world famous Berghain Club in East Berlin.  If you are not familiar with Christeene just let me tell you that she is based in Texas and in a few short years has turned into a global phenom!  She is literally one of the kind of girls you read about in those damn high fallutin New Wave magazines.

Do  yourself a big favour and check her show out at Berghain September 5th starting early at 8pm.  It’s a music concert evening not a techno throbathon so those of you who don’t like going out on school nights can take delight in that.

I first became aware of Christeene through my good friend the Paris based fashion designing kingpin Rick Owens, who called me up almost a decade a go and told me that his pal needed someplace to perform in Berlin.  He sent me some videos and I immediately agreed that the place for her was Pork run by the late Tennessee Brian Claflin and writer Travis Jeppesson at Ficken 3000.  Well of course the Berliners loved her, and now she is being embraced by galaxinas near and far. 

Her opening act is none other then the legendary muse, life &work partner of Rick Owens and divinity known throughout the world as Michele Lamy or HUN Atila.  

I have known Michele since 1980, and she is a walking tenundra, and a to-tal original dreamcake.  She has always performed, but has been getting a lot of attention of late with her varied art and music collaborations.  Lamy is also a prizewinning boxer and oversees a multitude of projects under the banner Lamyland, which is the only theme park I would ever want to venture in. 

Under Owenscorp, Rick handles the tailored mens and womenswear while Michele purveys the luxe furniture and homewear.  What she will do at Berghain is anyone’s guess, but its guaranteed to be memorable.  The Vagimule doll will join in on the antics DJaning in her humble erratic style playing music no one wants to hear of course.

The next evening Thursday Sept 6th at the site specific location of the Prinzessinnengarten-Berlin Kreuzberg am Moritzplatz my performative film event Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome will take place with the theme Borscht Belt Modalities with a screening of the 16mm film A Jumpin Night in the Garden of Eden 1988 directed by Michal Goldman which is a zany and insightful musical docu on all things Klezmer.  

Also screening is a short video film Granpa Sam 2001 I directed with Marc Siegel about the famed celebrity photographer Sam Siegel who is the grandfather of CHEAP Kollektiv’s Marc Siegel aka: Marcuse Siegelstein.  The short subject features fotos from Sam Siegel’s ouvre as an award winning press agent and photographer of Hollywood, Broadway and the Catskills Circuit.  
Be prepared to have a Nebish-off so come ready to Kavetch and Schlepp through the nite with some spirited fun,  and humorous surprises.
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That handsome hunk of a British sex god Andrew Gould came through Berlin awhile back and everywhere he went men were trying to kidnap him, and get him inside their boudoiric clutches.  An English accent coupled with a humoungous penis isn’t anything to sneeze at.

Was invited to a delicious midnight supper at the famous table of Susanne Sachsse that included Canadian film director Bruce “Judy” LaBruce, John David Washington the handsome bubble butt actor son of Denzel Washington and star of Spike Lee’s engaging new film Black Klansman, and his bromantic partner Henry Golding the hunky hunk British TV presenter and breakout matinee idol of the new movie Crazy Rich Asians.  Word has it on the streets of SoHo that the very photogenic Euroasian Mr. Golding will be featured in LaBruce’s next film Twincest.  I am not one to gossip so you know you didn't hear it from me.

The guest of honor at the din din was the gorgeous and stylish New York diva Viva Ruiz of Thank God For Abortion project who along with La Sachsse stars in Judy’s hit film The Missandrists.  A glorious time was had by all up into the wee morning hours.

With the recent death of superstar Aretha Franklin I started musing that she should have  had a major film career after her appearance in 1980s Blues Brothers movie.  I remember at the time there was talk that she was going to star in a Bessie Smith biopic.  Lame ass Hollywood.

Barbara Harris who also died was one of my favorite character actresses.  I adored her in Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot, the original Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster, Stanley Donen’s MovieMovie and singing “It Don’t Worry Me in Robert Altman’s Nashville.

I am in a very sad state of affairs as my nephew Brian Keith Taylor also died age 49 last week.  Brian had a massive heart attack.  He and his older brother Mark Denning Taylor inherited a heart abnormality from their deadbeat dad.  Both of my nephews died the same age, ten years apart.  Brian was strange as a baby, and toddler.  He always had a worried expression on his face looking sad and forelorn.  Maybe that’s why he wound up joining the military.  That and there are few options for work in the USA for working class black men.

My happiest memories with him was taking him on long excursions through the city discovering new parks and playgrounds in different areas of town.  I would also take him to the observation decks of the tallest skyscrapers in Downtown Los Angeles and I would spend hours reading to him Frank L. Baum's Oz books in the childrens section of the beautiful Downtown Library.  I pretty much raised him from the time I was in Primary School to High School.  I will never forget running into some of my classmates in middle school,and they asked me why my nephew called me Mommy.  I explained that  whoever was taking care of him at the moment became Mommy as my oldest sister Gracie Lee Taylor was always working three or four low wage jobs and was never around much as he was growing up.  During summer and holiday breaks I was Mommy #1.
My nephew married young to a woman who was a good time Sally named Dion and had a son named Jonathan and a daughter named Jazmin.  All of his children took after me and were quite studius doing well in school.  Jonathan followed me to University and is now working as a Chemical Engineer.  Jazmin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and teaches Music Theory at a prestigious music academy. 

Brian Keith’s two youngest children from his second wife Jamie are 16 and 13 and are A students on the Dean’s List of their prep school in Lancaster.   The childrens mother Jamie grew up in Washington State to a racist family who disowned her after she married my nephew.
Jamie was hoping my nephew would be more fun and spontaneous like the Black rappers she idolized.  My nephew was very rigid, controlling and conservative.  He loved housework and did the majority of the cooking, cleaning and childcare.   Brian was also a bit of a fussbudget and neatnick.  Even as an adolescent his room was spotless, and he made his bed with military procision.  In the Army he was a beloved cook. 

Both my nephew and niece had to move out of LA County as they couldn´t afford it anymore. The cost of living in Southern California is astronomical!  My niece who I can’t believe is 40 years old now, lives in the high desert with her husband and five children.

Luckily my nephew didn’t have any more children with his last wife Annabella.  Poor Annabella he married just a few years ago in Manilla is the younger sister of his Filipina Step Grandmother.  Now that my nephew is dead she is left without a social security number, greencard, official papers or documents to stay in the country.

My immediate family is drastically shrinking, and pangs of mortality is making me very depressed.  Thank goddess for therapy.