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Friday, April 13, 2018

THE PENSION GRILLPARZER

The Pension Grillparzer
My first time in Oslo, Norway the home of my Pedro, Muriel & Esther bass player Dean Opseth.
Had a lovely time. The weather was a bit chilly but very sunny and bright.
Invited to Norway by Troll Krem and the Munch Museum/Munchmuseat on the Move.
Thank god I was able to bring Love Camel aka: Andrea Novarin as my assistant. They put us in a comfy hotel across from the main train station.
Sweet and cuddly Tor Erik Boe of Troll Krem and his cute beau fetched us from the International Aeroport and took us to a swank dinner at a delicious boite where we were served a 9 course meal of local favourites.
Met the stylish and sophisticated Natalie Hope O'Donnell of the Munch Museum, event producer extroidinaire and pretty party girl Benedicte Bolling, Seth Bogart of Gravy Train and Hunx and His Punx fame. Seth brought with him a copy of Alice Bag's new CD Blueprint for me. Seth is also one of the stars of Alice's rock video that also features Kathleen Hanna and Shirley Manson. The video is a remake of the Lilly Tomlin/Jane Fonda/Dolly Pardon feminist treatise 9to5 set to Alice's song 77. Seth is a bonafide sex stud. With a bubble butt you can build a dream on and a rocket crotch of good n' plenty to match. When Seth was a teenager he use to write me fan letters that included his art work and zine writing. It wasn't till Oslo that we have finally met in the fleshy flesh. Now he is a super duper international music, art and sexyline schtarino of the highest order. During his performance he had the entire audience all wrapped up in the very house of his booty and titten politic. I love his hit song “Men Must Die”, a sentiment I greatly approve of. At the end of his set he had two roid raging Chippendale lite strippers who were ill-er then ill as his backup dancers. Geniustrata.
The other performer on the bill was the sensational Jibz Cameron as Dynasty Handbag. I've known Ms. Cameron for a long time as she was one of the many gifted children of the late Professor Jose E. Munoz of NYU's Performance Studies Department. If you have never seen her you owe it to yourself to check this amazing lady out. She is the performance art equivalent of writers Radcliffe Hall and Patricia Highsmith having fornicated and produced a lesbiana love child. Dynasty Handbag is alchemy of the highest order. The last time I saw her perform was at my installation talk show VD is Speaking From the Diaphragm at PS 122 in New York in 2010. Dynasty Handbag rocks like no one else on the planet!

For Oslo we performed in the site specific location of Ivars Kro(Ivars Inn) a dive discoteca in the Greenland city center district. This area is the last to be gentrified and is Oslo's Kreuzberg with lots of sexy immigrants on parade. The performance evening started with a Talk Show artsy fartsy version of The View with Tor Erik as Barbara Walters.
I wasn't expecting such a huge audience of people from all walks of life and ages. After a short intermission the publicum moved to another section of the large niteclub where I began the evening festivities singing my old major label release “My Pussy is a Cactus” where I sprinkled in some Adorno and George Bataille text. I also pulled out of my arsenal the Tom Cruise Loves Women video that I made with Billy Miller of Straight to Hell fame. I couldn't believe that such old material still can enchant an audience. Does any of the young people of today even know who Tom Cruise is? Thank god a lot of people my age and older came out to see me from all parts of Scandinavia. Got to see my brilliantine former Malmo Art Academy students Stine Omar and Ihra Lill who are now huge international stars. Stine is even a supermodel on the Paris runway. Her band Easter with Max Boss is on hiatus at the moment.
Also while in Norway I got to do a photo shoot with the famous Oslo based photographer Fin Serck-Hanssen. Mr. Serck-Hanssen lives in an elegant country compound surrounded by chickens and Bambi's frolicking in his backyard which is a giant forrest woodland.
Special thankx again to Bendicte, Tor Eric, Natalie, Frode, Christian, Kyrre, Kaeto, and Sanna for making my time in Oslo so swell.
Before going to Norway I did a workshop in Vienna at the famous Schule Friedl Kubelka fuer unabhaengigen Film. My students were smart, sexy and super talented and did things in the exercises that no other students have performed. Also managing not to get arrested or injured.
I didn't expect such a huge audience for my intro lecture. Afterward Phillip Fleischmann the schools very young, dreamy Dean of Students took me for a comfort meal at Wratschko Gastwirthschaft along with Salvatori who use to work with Ali and Tobias of Gelitin at the Kunst Akademie in Linz.
All my love and kissyz to Phillip, Magdelene, and my juicy hot students. Ms. Davis Loves you!!!!

Before going off to Vienna the BabyDiaper Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras invited me as his plus one to the Easter Fetisch Party SNAX at Lab/Berghain. This was my second year attending with Baby Diaper Joel. Once again there were giant peterfications on display. I even met a sweet blondine lad who I wound up hanging with, and his lovesexy gaysian pal. Like me they got a kick out of voyeuring the sex gods in attendance in various stages of debauchery.

Before we went to SNAX we went to a little shindig at the Kreuzberg home of the delightlfully sweet musician Colin Self. Colin was hosting some American pals which included a few Chicago natives who are very good friends with Mark “Ears” Frietas of HomoCore Chicago and Spectra-Sonic Record Label that produced my PME CD The White To Be Angry.

Monday, March 26, 2018

DENEN MAN VERGIBT

Denen man vergibt
So sorry dear blogina faithful for being missing in fraction but I was on the first leg of tour with the CHEAP/XiuXiu concert installation project Original Sin.
OS premiered late last year at silent green Kulturquartier. Our first tour stop was Duesseldorf so I had to relearn the songs and text plus the configuration of the piece would be vastly different at the FFT Kammerspiel Theater. The last time I was in Duesseldorf was seven years ago touring with Communist Bigamist. This trip my accomodations were exactly the same at Hotel Rubin on Corneliusstrasse. I like Hotel Rubin. Its an olde fashion gast haus where you receive a real key, and not an awful modern hotel keycard.
We had a nice large audience that included art shtars Katharina Sieverding and her husband Klaus Mettig, Eva Birckenstock who will be bringing us to Art Basel and even “Easy Target” Heiko Pfost of Impulse Festival. Heiko has managed to rangle himself a very goodlooking young Polish lover. Hurray for him.
The recent death of Matt Dike of Delicious Vinyl fame has put me in a minor debilitating funk. I first met Matt when he was the DJ of the famous underground groove club Nairobi Room at the Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant on 3rd Street and Crescent Heights in Los Angeles. I was going through my dandy baby dyke period wearing pristine vintage mohair suits from the early 1960s. My mode of dressing, and my snazzy skills on the dance floor caught Matt's immediate attention, and he was very sweet and flirtateous with me back then.
In the early 1980s I compartmentalized my various personas and Matt met me in the dapper guise of Kayle Hilliard a name I used for my prose and poetry. Later when Matt saw me as Vaginal Davis he was very turned off.
La grande diva Ms.Vaginal Davis is not everybodies cup of chamomile tea. I was very young then and searching for love, while living high on an exhalted hobby horse. Matt was extroidinarily beautiful with pale transcluscent skin, almondine shaped eyes and lips of vermillion. I was smitten with Matt Dike.
Matt hung out with a group of very sexy stylish black boys from UCLA and USC who were regulars at Nairobi Room when it was at the Red Sea and later when it moved to the bigger space of the Park Plaza Hotel aka: The Elks Lodge. My scrawny girlish figure certainly couldn't compete with the hunks that were in Matt's regular orbit, and I was resentful and jealous. When Matt was doing the club Power Tools I was in a Bad Fashion Show presentation mounted by Beulah Love and photographer Albert Sanchez, and performed at the club with the band Gore Gore Girls. Matt even came to check out the Afro Sisters after we were in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine. Too bad he saw one of our worst shows. When Matt was working with Tone Loc the rapper, he contacted me to be in the video for the song Funky Cold Medina. I declined so he cast the late Sean DeLear instead.
The last two times I saw Matt, the first was in the early 1990s at an opening at the famed Ace Gallery on Wilshire Blvd's Miracle Mile. I was dressed very similar to the way he first met me wearing a vintage suit and at first he was very sweet and playful.  I was attending the opening with my friend Doug Gordon who was the art director of Tokyo Journal. Doug also designed the covers of two of my Fertile La Toyah Jackson zines. I think Matt thought that Doug and I were an item because he started teasing me, and so I gave it back to him even harder and then he plopped his business card in my wine glass and I flicked some of the wine into his face.
In 2002 after I came back to Los Angeles from touring with Margaret Cho I saw him at Circus of Hooks Bookstore in Silverlake at the Junction. I didn't recognize him at first. He looked like Robert Redford in the 1970s film Jeremiah Johnson with long straggly hair and a Grizzly Adams mountain man beard.  While in the bookstore I noticed him looking at me with a tenderness. Later I found out through some friends that he was a recluse living in his big Edendale house on the top of a hill in Echo Park plus some other disturbing information I won't go into.
In reading one of his obits in Variety I found out that he grew up as a Jehovah's Witness which explains a lot about some of his behavior towards me over the years. My family has connections to the Jehovah's Witness religion as well, but I embraced my religious fundamentalism and used it in my art practise. Matt didn't have such an outlet, and looking back I wish I had been more forgiving of Matt Dike. Who knows under the right circumstances we could have been the great loves of each others life. If not that at least cherished and endearing friends. Once again my rigid stubborn nature messed things up between us.
Goodbye Matt I can honestly say I loved you, and you will always be the man that got away.

Love Camel aka Andrea Novarin has been in Berlina for a month where he is investigating a possible move from London where he has lived for over 20 years. Camel was not featuring the recent Brexit vote and who can blame him? Its was nice having the crazed packaderm in the capital city. Every Doll needs a Camel.
The Camel and I were invited to a very delicious formal dinner party at the stylish Freidrichshain compound  of my lovesexy former Geissen student Christoph Bovermann and his sizzling hot lover J.P.
Young Christoph lives in a charming flat and has a great position with the European Film Academy. His boyfriend JP is a student at the Film School in Potsdam.
I was also treated to kafe und kuchen by sexy young Michael Scaturro at Zimt und Sucker a delightful Turkish cafe on the Hauptstrasse in Schoneberg. Michael is a well regarded journalist and TV presenter who has worked for Deutche Welle and Bloomberg News.
He has been based in London and Brussels, but has always kept Berlin as his main residency. Michael burned out on the full-time corporate journalista grind and is now freelancing, and experiencing a better quality of life back in Berlina.
One of my brilliant exWeissensee students Anne Duk Hee Jordan has been commissioned by the Beaufort Art Triennial by the Sea in Ostend Belgium to present her sculpture piece I Travelled 1.8 Million Years to Be With You. For more info go to https://www.beaufort 2018.be/

Got a nice little missive from Hotsy Totsy Papa Ron Athey . According to Ron the Faultline Bar in East Hollywood hosted an olde school theme night bringing back the legend of the notorious The Stud Pub. It was an authentic biker/cowboy/black&white men together at last event that was packed and fun drenched.
Daddy Ron ran into Marvina at the party. Marvina is the famed dinge queens delight of Los Angeles who was one of the hot stars of my film The White To Be Angry. I utterly adore Marvina. He is probably the sweetest man you will ever meet in this life or the next.
For the fundraiser Spicy Beef Curtains I turned Marvina into a human chocolate ice cream sundae and sacrificed him to the publicum. Marvina was placed butt naked on a table and covered in ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, candy and whipped cream. We auctioned off parts of his body to the audience to lick and suck. Within a nanosecond he was licked completely nude left with a throbbing erection and dilated nipples. He told me that the sensation of so many hungry mouths on his entire beautiful black muscular body was quite the turn on.  I am very jealous of Marvina as he gets the kind of sexual attention from men and companionship that has always eluded The Doll.

Marvina's dayjob is Special FX Designer for Hollywood movies like the recent Black Panther. I am not a big fan of action movies or special effects riden comic book films. To me its like watching a very loud, jarring cartoon, and I am sorry to say that these multi-million dollar effects don't look real at all to me. I prefer olde school matte paintings and stop motion.
Watched Black Panther with Love Camel at the IMAX theater in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. It was my first time seeing a commercial film in IMAX. I have to admit that seeing a movie at LA's Cinerama Dome is much better then IMAX.
Getting back to the Black Panther movie. To me it scored high as a spectacle of sorts. Watching it I kept thinking I was seeing a hightech remake of Alex Haley's TV mini series Roots, but with less white people. The black cast was very attractive and appealing especially Ms. Lupita Nyongo.
I like Forest Whittaker, but in this role he seemed flat channeling his past performance as Idi Amin. Angela Bassett looked amazing, but her African accent sounded more like a holdover from Stella Getting Her Groove On in Jamaica. The all-female Proaetorian Guards were my favorite bit of schtick.

Love Camel sent me some rare items from his personal collection including some episodes of the famed Playhouse 90 TV show from the 1950s. Jack Palance looked erie and plastic as The Last Tycoon in an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald posthumous novel which featured Keenan Wynn and very young, girlish Lee Remick.
Looking majorly gorgeous as a humpy barefoot bandit and sloppy murderer was Tab Hunter in the resplendid true life teleplay that featured a lucky Geraldine Page as Tab's older schoolmarmish love interest. The most interesting of the Playhouse 90 dramas in Camel's collection was a surreal take on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness featuring a sexy half naked and histrionic Roddy McDowell, a liver lipped Boris Karloff and a mesmerizing young earthy Eartha Kitt. Fascinating.
I get sick of hearing commentators rave on about quality TV in the cable era. That is so ridiculous. The only time there was any true quality to the telly was in its early days in the 1950s with their live broadcasts.
CONGRATS to my incredible West Coast gallerist Amy Adams of Adams and Ollman and Dan Gunn of Dan Gunn Berlin.  They sold a whopping amount of my latest make-up painting series Forever Amber at the recent Independent Art Fair in NYC.  Not only that but they scoured the four corners of the known universe to find copies of my old rare video films from the 1980s and had them digitalized.  There is no way I could have ever done that.  Also kudos to my child of high high art Jonathan Berger who is responsible for introducing me to not only Amy and Dan but also my fab New York City gallerists Ben & Risa of Invisible-Exports Gallery on the lower east side.
The next few months will be intense for me so you there may be some holes in this blogina as i tackle several projects at once including painting a new series for Art Basel, performing at the Munch Museum in Oslo, teaching a workshop at the Independent Film School in Vienna, searching for an appropriate site specific location for the premiera of Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome, and more touring with Original Sin.



Thursday, March 01, 2018

VERTIKEL DENKEN


Vertikel Denken
The first major event of the Berlinale season always starts with the beauteous Forum Expanded exhibition at Akademie Der Kuenste at Hansaplatz in the Tiergarten. This year the mood was very mega Maya Deren with the theme “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself”.
I saw lots of new, bright sexy faces which of course is the best way for any major eventa to begin, don't you agree?
Forum Expanded founder, Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus was beaming during her wonderful, humorous intro and this year her curatorial unit consisted of handsome manchild Ulrich Ziemons,Khaled Abdulwahed, Maha Maamoun. Nicole Wolf(Think Film No. 6), Antonia Alampi, and Pia Chakravert-Wuerthwein (SAVVY Contemporary).
Ute Holl also gave a spirited talk on the Film Theory of Maya Deren. This years title coming from a Deren notes about Marxism from 1947.
In the upstairs exhibition hall the perfect start to the proceedings was Extended Sea by Nesrine Khodr with a 2 channel video installation where the artist endurance swims back and forth in a lap pool. The Mediterranean Sea is the perfect background for 12 hours. 
With Berlin suffering from frigid Arctic temps and a ring of 1918 enfluenza in the air, the lush tranquil Beirut coast was the perfect place to sit and meditate. I spent many joyous hours contemplating my haggy life, and the pitfalls inherent in wintery Berlina.
I also enjoyed Laura Horelli's Namibia Today, Cafe Togo by Musquiqui Chihying & Gregor Kasper and The Otolith Group's The Third Part of the Third Measure featuring music and text by the militant minimalist, avant garde black composer Julius Eastman. In the Forum Expanded Magazine I adored reading Bonaventure Ndikung's “I Love to Love,Oh Pleasant Love-The Marvel of Julius Eastman.

New York artist Shelly Silver's two cute films one black & white and one in color are part of an ongoing vinegar syndrome experiment. Like every year the amazing Angela Anderson heads the exhibition design and technical coordination with her crack crew that includes Masha Nehis, Alexia Apolinario, Catherina Barich, Catalina Fernandez, Josephine Freiberg, Richard Gabriel, Laure Gilquin, Noam Gorbat, Mareike Hornof, Kofi Mahama, Dafne Narvaez, Janna Nehls, Michail Papoutsis, Juliana Piquero, Thais Ribeiro Jibaja, Neda Saeedi,Coral Short, Isabel Spengler, Willem van den Hoek,Ute Waldhausen, Michaela Werner, Katrin Winkler, and Alessandro Zannini. Bravo heros!

Went to see the film Ruekenwind von vorn by Philipp Eichholtz part of Perspective Deutsches Kino a section of the festival I never visit. I take that back I did see a horrid movie starring cute German actor Max Reimelt as a gay policeman in this section a few years ago. The reason I saw this film was because my godchild Richard Gabriel's ex girlfriend Victoria Schultz is the star, and is quite the young actress. Vicky photographs gorgeously, and is a most appealing film ingenue. Her co-star is the attractive, husky actor Daniel Zillmann of theVolksbuhner.

The Competition film Eva directed by Benoit Jacquot I only wanted to see because of its stars Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel. Joseph Losey directed a much better version of this story in 1962 starring the late great Jeanne Moreau. The lovely Mr. Ulliel has wonderful cheekbones and a bubble butt to build a dream on, but in person is rather dimunitive, and small boned.  I can't imagine him jumping on top of me and getting me preggers.
Rupert Everett's The Happy Prince was all Oscar but nothing Wilde. I am a sucker for anything OW but can't recommend this opus. The documentary Generation Wealth in Panorama Section had only one amusing bit featuring some wealthy Chinese learning how to eat a banana elegantly.
Had a nice time at the yearly Salzgeber Reception at Prinzessinnenstr where I ran into Wilhelm Hein, and his art photographer girlfriend Annette Frick. So good to see that Wilhelm has gotten his color back after a long illness. At 77 years old he has a very youthful drive and spirit. Annette's career just keeps exploding with a big group exhibition called Mess With Your Values that opens March 2, 7pm at NBK Gallery. Also chittle chatted with lovesexy Christian Weber of Sissy Magazine, “it boy” Jan Kunemond of Universitaet Hildesheim, proper butch Manuela Kay, Tat Ort TV star Zazie De Paris, Susanne Sachsse, Zach Blas and Ruth Schonegger.
My date for the party being that humpy Muzlim jihadist Daniel Hendrickson.
Fearless Leader Susanne Sachsse of CHEAP and Zach Blas who expertly directed the fab La Sachsse as Ayn Rand in the hilarious Forum Expanded short film Contra Internet -Jubilee 2033 screened as part of Program 5. Mr. Blas is one supper smoldering young cineaste you will be hearing a lot more about. He is already quite famous in certain quarters. Zach scored a recent hit at the Transmediale Festival. Zachariah as I like to call him, is a professor in London at Goldsmith College so that makes him a colleague to the wonderful Nicole Wolf. Also part of Program 5 was We Live in Silence, Chapters: 1-7 by Kudzanai Chiurai which featured quite a lively tableaux vivante Last Supper scene.
In Program Four I was quite surprised to see footage of Downtown Los Angeles movie palaces on North Broadway as part of the film In the Ruins of Baalbeck Studios which revolves around the biggest production studio in the Arab world and its archive. Optimism by Deborah Stratman involving darkened winter and gold extraction hit a little too close to home with this Berlinale being the coldest I can remember in over ten years of being a part of the festival. I was constantly fighting getting sick or dealing with gout, and swollen knee and feet tissues. Yes Vaginal Davis turned 457 on Feb 20th. I am one old biatch.  Wikipedia has me listed as being born on Feb 23, 1969 which is wrong, wrong, wrong!  My actual date of birth is Feb 20th and as far as the year of my birth that is incorrect as well and I will just leave it at that.  
Was surprised to find out that Nanette Fabray died age 97.  Her one big film role was in the 1953 Vicente Minnelli musical The Bandwagon that stars Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse.  Ms. Fabray was incredible in the ensemble number "Thats Entertainment" "Triplets" and her solo "Louisiana Hayride". She also was featured in the TV sitcom One Day at a Time in the late 1970s.  Her niece is actress Shelley Fabares who uses the original spelling of the family last name.  Nanette changed the spelling as it was too confusing to stupid Americans.
Getting back to Former Expanded Jan Peter Hammer's Dug involving the discovery of a 6,500 year old Early Bronze Age settlement in Bulgaria was another highlight of Program Four. I think it was a good idea to have the programs be a little shorter this year. But of course there were some big events like Margaret Honda's 6144 x 1024 which in my estimation encapsulates everything that Forum Expanded is about.
The Forum's Casanova Gene by Luise Donschen had some nice moments especially with an interview with a biologist and the cavorting of finches. I didn't really need to see Hollywood actor John Malkovich, but I did appreciate the goofy ending with a lanky kid doing an ill interpretive dance to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights.
Had an enjoyable time at the special Forum Expanded concert at silent green Kulturquartier featuring Invisible Hands the Cairo based band of American/Lebanese musician Alan Bishop(Sun City Girls). Mr. Bishop is quite a character on stage and sings in an off kilter Leonard Cohenesque fashion. Favorite moment was the SatanLuciferBeelzebug speaking in tongues section. My only complaint being that Bishop and his bandmates performed on stage wearing sunglasses and street clothing which is one of my alltime pet peeves.
So happy I was able to attend Think Film Congress No. 6 Archival Installations. Empress Stefanie and Nicole Wolf gave a juicy spirited intro and set the mood perfectly. The first panel, Unpacking Histories: Film Archives and Their Consequences which featured the marvelous Christy Best and Esther Jemila Chukwuma(Jos) cutie pie Vinzenz Hediger of the Goethe Univeritaet and Didi Cheeka of Lagos.
The Worker Leaves the Archive...Documents, Material & Commentary But No Film discussing the 1943 censored and lost Egyptian film by Ahmed Kamal Mursi. Because I was Djaning the Forum Party in the evening I had to leave at lunch time to go home and take a disco nap so i missed Tremors, Repairs and Ruptured Naratives: Post Earthquake Film Archives in Mexico and Japan with Viviana Garcia Besne of the Performencia Voluntaria Film Archive, Tepotzlan and Ayumi Hata of 311 Documentary Film Archive, Yamagata.
At the party Daniel Hendrickson who got to witness most of Think Film Congress No. 6 gave me a little recap of what I missed including Qamra: Queer Archive and Visual Jurisprudence featuring T. Jayashree of Bangalore and Siddharth Narrain (Delhi) with everyone's favorite facilitator gorgeous Nanna Heidenreich.
The Forum Party was fun but the icy cold weather made getting to and leaving a little tiresome with all the layering one has to do to avoid frostbite. Let no part of the body be exposed. My former Weissensee student Christophe DeRohan Chabot came escorting her royal highness Prinzessin Gloria von Thurn und Taxis who only stayed for a little while, but it was nutty seeing the Punk Rock Princess who i use to hang with in LA, NYC and in Europe back in the 1980s along with her faggot husband Prince Johan.
Joining me behind the wheels of steel again this year was Djane Olga Damnitz who is always a delight. When i spun the song Cool Places by Sparks that features Jane Wiedlin of The GoGo's, I noticed Quincy Jones and Nastassia Kinski's model daughter Kenya Kinski Jones dancing frantically 80s new wave style with her actor beau Will Peltz. I use to dance the same way with Kenya's mom at The Odyssey and The Mirror-Go-Round in Hollywood in the early 1980s. Brandon Thomas Lee the son of Pamela Anderson & rocker Tommy “Pencil Dick” Lee and his boyfriend Fionn Whitehead dry humped in a corner near the DJ booth as Roberto Rossellini the son of Isabella, snapped photos of the frisky lads. Famed German directress Monica Treut who I heard later won a Teddy Award wanted a selfie with me as I unsuccessfully mixed Laura Nyro into Aaliyah. Well what can I say? The Ms. Davis doll is unequivacally the world's worse Djane. See you next year!



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UMA MULHER VIEJA



Uma Mulher Vieja
When I first received an invite late last year to come to Porto, Portugal and perform at the World Famous Groove Ball, I was immediately intrigued, but was afraid that with my hyperdrive schedule of visual art exhibitions I would not be able to add another commitment to an otherwise packed calendaria.  
So glad I did some re-arranging and was able to go to Porto, and take part in this marvelous grass roots queer mega event.
First of all the weather was bright and sunny, not balmy, but certainly better then dreary icy cold Berlin in February. Picking me up at the aeroport was Groove Ball architects the major miss gorgeous Inez Pando and debonair Master Igor. I was starving so they took me for local grub where i stuffed myself silly with the tastiest of regional comfort food. You should have seen my baby bump!
My fab accomodations at The Hotel Miradouro on Rue de Alegria, 598 an art deco compound situated high on a hill overlooking the entire city with breathless views. I love old hotels where you get an actual key, and not a key card for your suite. My bedroom was simple and charming with furniture from the 1920s that included an old style radio counsel. Even the TV monitor was deliciously ancient, and not one of those icky flat screen monstrocities. The best part was the bathroom that had the most elegant tile, and a giant tub that was meant to hold enormous women like myself, plus any loo with a bidet gets my extra sensory special Vagimule safeguard seal of approval. I was so content in my regal eagle's nest down in the depths of the 11th floor that I didn't mind the loud generic techno music thumping up from a niteclub across the street.
Since I don't own a television set, and don't have internet access at home, the only time I am able to watch mindless TV is when I stay in hotels, and in Portugal the content is original language with untertitles.
At a mind altering bruncheon of vegan specialties at Mafalda's the restaurant in the Matosinhos Market owned by Ms. Pando and her sister Mafalda, I met the rest of the crew which consists of lovesexxy glamour girl /supermodel/Djane Simone Francisco who along with Master Igor and Lady Inez are the masterminds behind the Groove Ball Collective.
Joining us for brunch was opera singing sensation and diva extroidinaire the enchanting Symone De La' Dragma one of Europa's most divine hostesses, who is also a learned scholar when it comes to classical Hollywood, Broadway showtunes and disco royalty. Special guest host and DJ from London the delightful JayJay Revlon was also on hand. Master Igor took me for a little sightseeing adventure where I got to see their rushing river, and pristine oceanfront, which reminded me in parts of Malibu and Laguna's Porno Beach. Even got a glimpse of a broadshouldered surfer dude version of Sulka.
I was surprised to see lots of tall men in Porto. A few years ago when I was invited to Queer Lisboa I noticed that the majority of Portuguese men in Lisbon were on the dimunitive side, so it was refreshing to see a sprightly gaggle of dark, tall, swarthy types floating about. Didn't get to chow down chupa style on any revenously hugo destados, but a girl can't have everything I guess.
On the night of my performance I was picked up from my hotel and taken to Maus Habitos which is a giant community center that features art galleries, restaurants and the nightclub where Groove Ball takes place. At the restaurant I ate another fantastic meal. I was told that Porto is a food haven, and it lived up to that reputation. I tried to take a disco nap as I wasn't going to hit the stage until 2:30am but I was just too nervous and anxious to get any sleep.
I got my start in clubs in the late 1970s, and early 1980s, but in the last 20 years or so when I perform its more in art galleries, art spaces and museums where showtime is usually late afternoon or no later then 8pm. I miss the spontaneity of a club environment.
My performance was very messy, and halfway through I lost my voice. My Rick Owens couture gown had the photographers in a tizzy, so i looked good for an elderly lady, and that is half the battle.
A statuesque, handsome curator from Lisbon approached me after the performance and asked me about the Horkheimer and Bataille text that I sprinkled within my song “My Pussy is a Cactus”. So i guess someone was paying attention. He also was interested in having me perform at an art event he is curating along with the legendary band The Raincoats.
Groove Ball and their lovely house children have created a scene that other larger cities could learn from. I think Porto is on the forefront of a brand new exciting movement, and soon everyone will be moving there the way people started moving to Berlin in the early aughts.
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Just heard that the singer Vic Damone died. I adored him. Back in the 1950s he was married to Italian actress Pier Angeli and in the 80s he was married to black actress Diahann Carroll. He even made a few films at MGM including Young, Rich & Pretty with Jane Powell and Danielle Darrieux, Hit the Deck starring Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Ann Miller, Athena with Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds and muscleman Steve Reeves which was way ahead of its time with an original story about health and fitness including veganism.
Getting back to Berlin and the freezing cold weather I went to see a pop-up exhibition in Mitte near the Berliner Ensemble by my Offenbach am Main students. The event was filled with some excellent video work and short format performances which really rockt! So proud of my students from Offenbach. They are superstars!
They will also be part of an exhibit at the MMK Museum in Frankfurt.
One of my other Offenbach students Brenda Lien who had her first film in the Berlinale last year is part of an exhibition that opens Thursday Feb 15th 7pm at CLB Berlin Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz at Prinzenstrasse 84.2 in Kreuzberg. The exhibit runs till Feb 24th.



Monday, February 05, 2018

VOLLE PUNKTZAHL


Volle punktzahl
With having to paint 50 new pieces for exhibition in New York City I completely forgot to report on Original Sin.  Original Sin is the CHEAP Kollektiv collaboration with XiuXiu that premiered in December of last year at silent green KulturQuartier. Every night of the production was sold out and greeted to thunderous universal acclaim. OS is the second time CHEAP has worked with Jamie Stewart of XiuXiu who wrote the music for our 2015 re-interpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute called MAGIC FLUTE-An Opera in Six Steps. 
With OS the starting off point is Fearless Leader of CHEAP Susanne Sachsse's famous grandmother Luise Brand.  OS is presented in a non linear fashion as a concert/installation. La Sachsse stars and directs OS. I perform as one of the many manifestations of the grandmother. The piece also features Jamie Stewart and his beautiful and talented wife Angela Seo, along with Marcuse Siegelstein, Richard Gabriel and Senol Senturk who along with Jonathan Berger did the production and set design completely transforming the kupula of the silent green.  Jackie Shemish the lighting designer of Magic Flute also brought his stellar talents to this group effort.
The star studded publicum at the performances included: Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Tom Holert founder of Harum Forocki Inst and writer for Art Forum and Texte Zur Kunst, with Claudia Honegger the children's book editor. Tom and Claudia are one of Berlin's sexiest power couples. Kathrin Tidemann, artistic director of FFT Dusseldorf who has been a longstanding CHEAP admirer. Ruth Schonegger and her actress/director girlfriend Miriam and Noam Gorbat. Ruth & Noam were also part of the OS production team supervising the video portion of the piece. Deutsch It girl Clarissa Mehring who is related to Ms. Davis from the German side of the family, Salome Gersche &Nadja of Arsenal Experimental, dreamy scholar Nanna Heidenreich and her delicious gal pal Fine, Philipp Albers the famed journalist and jury member of the Berlin Arts Funding Body, film ingenue Victoria Schultz, artists A.L. Steiner, Phil Collins, whose Cologne Art Academy students contributed to the video portion of OS. Aykan Safoglu who is on the board of the Schwules Museum, Stephan Genne and Cidem of bbooks, Toby Ashraf, Piero Bellomo of La Collezione, Stefi Albert, Sharon Smith of Gob Squad, Eike Wittrock and Stefanie Wenner.  Coming all the way from London to see OS Martin Hargreaves with cutie pie Francesco, Assaf Hochman, Sophia and Dan of plan b, Michael Dutte the Konig of Wilmersdorf, Ida Mueller and Vegard Venge with company members Robert Faber & Ilaria, Camilo Del Valle Lattanzio aka: Camilo of the Valley, of Columbia who is one of Berlin's hunkiest and smartest sex champions, Mara Mills of NYU, Ashley Hans Scheirl and Tina Jacob Lena Knebel, Mason Leaver Yapp KW curator, art shtar Yael Bartana and her artist girlfriend Saskia, Juliana Rebentisch who just won a prestigious philosophy prize with artist Ely Clark, everyone's favorite sexy smarty the beauteous Ms. Hannah Hurtzig of Mobile Academy with the drummer of the German avant garde ensemble Zeitkratzer, hungthrob Jan Kunemond, artists Mark Tereite, Pola Seiverding, Christophe Gurke, Michael Stipe of REM with his mega hot French photographer lover Thomas Dozel, dashing Dean Sameshima, Berlin trans legend and German TV star Zazie De Paris, Koen Klaerhout, Michel Belague, Jorg & Tina of silent green, Pauline Curnier Jardia, Prima Ballerina Trixie Schonherr aka: Beatrice Cordua, Ulrich Ziemons of the Berlinale's Forum Expanded who is also Europe's most handsome man with his life partner the brainy ginger curator Anja Lueckenkemper. The Frankfurt School Gang: Rembert Hueser, Verena Mund, Kerim Dogruel& Kalani Michell with beau Benno Herz of the band Oktalog, Sophie Bunge of Suhrkamp Press, Gina Doria, Stephen Ahrens of Zeughaus Kino, kJohnny Blue and goddess Emelia, award winning filmmakers Merle Kroeger and Phillip Scheffner, the artist/filmmaker Shelly Silver, and Madeleine Barnstorff of Oberhausen Programming Committee.
After coming back from Offenbach am Main teaching a bevy of super smart young artists the Vagimule doll didn't have time to fart, as she immediately had to jump on stage for a performative conversation No One Leaves Delilah-A (W)rap on Riots with curator Natasha Ginwala at Acud Macht Neu (Studio). This was part of the larger art congress and exhibition Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future. A last minute addition to the performative conversation at Acud was Josh Kun who is in Berlin as an American Academy Fellow. Josh is one smoldering dorky Jewish boy, that Ms. Davis has lusted after for centuries. Josh use to be a professor at UC Riverside but is now teaching at USC. Josh is the ultimate mover and shaker, was even a guest on NPRs Fresh Air with Terrie Gross a few years back and I believe he is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. It was a lovely packed audience of a crowd that you normally don't see in Berlin mixed with older and younger people and larger sprinkling of colored folks then is the norm for artsy fartsy events in Berlina proper. I had invited the wonderful young Afro Brazilian student Leo Lina who studies with Hito Steyerl and Ming Wong at UdK and he brought a juicy gaggle of young kids with him. It was great to see in the audience Angela Anderson, Djane Olga Damnitz, Angela Melitoupolous, Susanne Sachsse, Marcuse Siegelstein, Richard Gabriel, patrician curator Beau Rutland and my super hot Berlin gallerist Dan Gunn.
One of my fav 1990s children has to be Scotland Zeif. I first met Scottland when I was hosting the Sunday afternoon punk rock beer bust and olde English T-dance Club Sucker at the Garage in Silverlake. Scottland at the time was a mere weenage troubador and FIT who approached me for a gig at my club. I booked him and he was an immediate singing sensation with his joyous ode to film star Sigourney Weaver. A few years later when Scottland was a college freshman he fronted a performance group with two other young beauties that performed at my Bricktops at the Parlourclub. The Parlour's owner Lenny Young was so smitten with the boys, that he flirted with them all night pouring them stiff drinks even though they were a few years shy of the legal age limit to embibe. Lenny usually was quite the stickler when it came to following rules as he was a closet conservative but his one weakness was young attractive caucasoids.
I hadn't seen or heard from Scottland in a few years.  He now lives in New York City with a look-a-like husband.  But out of the blue he sends me a copy of a book he co-wrote called The Joey Boots Chronicles. I didn't know anything about Joey Boots, so i just started reading and couldn't stop. Its only about 200 pages. Mr. Boots was one of the gonzo contributors to the popular Howard Stern cosmos. Talk about a world I wasn't familiar with. The life of Joey Boots is quite startling. The best part is his life as a teenage hustler/petty criminal and his stint in the army during the Balkan Wars. Certainly a fascinating read that I can honestly recommend.

Monday, January 15, 2018

AKTIONSHOSE: GENITALPANIK



Aktionshose: Genitalpanik

Hallowed apology for not writing on this very blogina for what seems like an eternity, but my ancient PC laptop finally went kaput and because I am under a severe deadline of painting 50 new works for my upcoming exhibition in NewYorika I haven't had anytime to breath, let alone write.

Yestickle! Through my juicy Berlin and west coast gallerists Dan Gunn and Amy Adams of Adams & Ollmann I will be creating major lesbiana representation at the next Nada Art Fair in New York City.

The Vagimule doll also has to finally take care of her dental woes, get a flu shot, prep for teaching a block seminar at the Kunst Universitaet Offenbach am Main and performance in Porto, Portugal. No rest for the perpetually Debbie Allen swayback in Alan Parker's 1980 film Fame, featuring the late great Gene Anthony Ray and his wickedly munchable bubble buttkin.

Friday evening it was SRO at silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin, Wedding with the last Rising Stars, Falling Stars. After a decade the series comes to an end. What better ending then with the first mixed raced trans supershtar Miss Mae West in her last Paramount Picture Every Day's a Holiday. This film was fitting as Mae plays an unapologetic criminal outsider and suffragette city whose favorite pastime is making fools of fugly men in power.

Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus brilliantly previewed our new upcoming series Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome by passing around and letting the publicum get a poppers whiff of a film cannister infected with Vinegar Syndrome. The new series will take place probably in May and will happen at site specific locations as well as Kino Arsenal and silent green on occasion. Everyone is talking about Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome and wondering just what we mean by it. Well you just have to be patient motherfuckers is all I have to say on the subject.

The cream de la crema of Berlin society were in attendance Friday evening paying their respects. Here is just a partial list of who was seen and heard:

Volker Bruch the very dimunitive, but pretty eyed German actor who stars in the Tom Tykwer mini series Babylon Berlin with fellow thespians Harris Dickinson, the nubile male ingenue of the indie film Beach Rats with his mufa beau Kofe Siriboe the flawless model and actor in the Oprah Winfrey/Ava DuVernay Black soap opera project Queen Sugar,adoreable Yannick Spiess, handsome and hunky Ulrich Ziemons of Forum Expanded with his ladylove supercurator Anja Lückenkemper, the wonderful children of the night: Salome Gersch, Toby Ashraf, Katrin Lang, and pretty boy David Schoeler,Mojisola Adebayo, playwright, director, actor, and producer with girlfriend the divine scholar Nichole Wolf, amazing NYC experimental filmmaker Shelly Silver, Johanna Schaffer, Professor for visual communication in Kassel, gorgeous and talented baby dyke artist Angela Anderson with Djane extroidinaire Olga Damnitz, Empress Stefanie's sister Connie with her soccer star daughter Ada,
Curator Emma Haugh, Sword of Ali Zülfukar Cetin and friend / colleague Jule ülfu/ (smart film scholar working on race in mainstream film) stylish artist Meggie Schneider, Markus Ruff the Arsenal archive expert,avante garde theater director and design star Ida Müller with her glam production manager Pamela,artiste Michael Dute, König von Wilmersdorf with cute San Fran friend Little Marc,Ema Kelso, Mara Mills and Heather Love's smart beautiful daughter, Sarah (student from Uni Weimar) with Matt (young artist from LA, living in Berlin) Gallerist Dan Gunn who represents Ms. Davis in Berlin, plus sexy curator Natasha Ginwala, everyone's living dream Nanna Heidenreich and gal pal Fine Freiberg,Stefan Ehrans of Zeughaus Kino,Charlotte (energetic young FU student who's a new regular at CHEAP events)Clarisse Mehring one of Ms. Davis' German relatives, humpy lovers JP and Christoph Bovermann of the European Film Academy, Jörg/Tina/ Hannah from silent green, Clarissa Thieme renowned CHEAP Klub beauty formerly of Podewil. Visual artist Jaro Straub, installation artist Chris Felix Hahn,  fearless leader of CHEAP Kollektiv Susanne Sachsse with film scholar Marcuse Siegelstein, Peruvian curator on DAAD scholarship Florencia Portocarrero, and Maria Matzke (co-curator of Light Movement experimental film series).



Saturday, November 25, 2017

SCHERBEN BRINGEN GLUECK



Scherben bringen Glueck

Yes my darling darlings the year of 2017 is almost at a close and for the past two weeks I have been singing over and over again the Tin Pan Alley song “Meloncholy Baby”.

Its grey and bleaker then usual in Berlina as I have been in rehearsal with the new CHEAP Kollektiv project Original Sin that premieres Dec 8th at silent green Kulturquartier in Wedding.

I like to dwell only on positivity like famed cult star The Goddess Bunny, who never lets anything get her down. Its been difficult though with one of my dear friends the sweet and talented Ms. Lauren Pine in the hospital after getting run over by a trash truck on her bicycle in Manhattan. Lauren is the ultimate perenial teen angel and such a giving and lovely lady. After years working in the fashion industry as a model, muse and stylist with the likesis of Thierry Mugler, and being the right hand gal of Patricia Field. She gave up the world of glamour and went back to school in the 1990s and became a dedicated registered nurse. Her pals kidded her with the moniker Nurse Pain. I feel so fortunate to having known this beautiful lady since the mid 1980s. During my recent pit stop in New York I had a fab time with Miss Lauren, Glenn Belverio and The Lobster Lady, Rebecca Goyette hanging out for hours at the East Village diner Remedy on Houston Street. I want to send Miss Lauren all my love and kissyz and I know she will make a speedy recovery returning to care for all her patients, plus New York and international familia of devoted friends.

I still can’t get over the recent passing of David Pendleton. David was a much beloved film scholar and film programmer who worked for ten years at the Harvard Film Archive. Before that he was with UCLA’s Melnitz Film and Television Archive. He also performed internationally in the two singing sensations created by actor, director, impressario-- and bon vivante Mark Simon --The Boyfriend and Leave it to Jane that performed regularly at my performance space in Hollywood Bricktops at the Parlour Club. David was such a sweetie pie and when he performed on stage he really cleaned up nicely. The other evening CHEAP kollektive did a salute to David called CHEAP Mourning on our regular radio program CHEAP Funk on Reboot FM out of the Haus de Kulturen des Welt.

Grab a listen with this link:

http://reboot.fm/2017/11/18/cheap-funk-14/

Another death that happened recently that has brought a tear to my eye was that of icon Mother Flawless Sabrina of the 1968 documentary The Queen. Mother Flawless had worked on many projects with my daughter ZacKary Drucker and she was an inspiration to millions as a true freakazoid and bonafide kooky personality. Flawless starred along with Holly Woodlawn and myself in ZacKary’s award winning film She Gone Rogue. Flawless was born the same year as my late oldest sister Gracie Lee Taylor and reminded me a lot of my nutty sister, who in the 1960s and 1970s was a major fag hag and worked as the PBX operator for Rock Hudson. She even attended his infamous Beauty Parties at his home that featured some of the most handsome, well endowed men in Hollywood of the early 1970s. The only women at these parties being Nancy Walker, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day and Rock’s black housekeeper and cook.

So many deaths in 2017 and the year still has a month to go. Here is just a partial list:

Della Reece the singer and actress who starred on the TV series Chico and the Man and the long running TV drama Touched By An Angel. Whenever I was in a hotel in the States I would watch Angel and it never failed to move me even if it was a little corny with Della and Roma Downey Jr. as spirit creatures sent to earth to make supernatural intervention. The third angel was a man, but I didn’t find him very interesting. Ms. Reece is quite the natural acting talent. Her abilities also stem from being a fantastic interpreter of songs in the American canon. I got to see her once when my Afro Sister Clitoris Turner(Mark Maxwell) treated me for my birthday to her show at the Cinegrill at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. She was backed by a fine jazz trio. And I thought I sweated on stage. Ms. Reece was perspiring rivers and streams and had a cute system that I have tried to copy. She would place on the piano about 30 hankerchiefs to help her wipe the sweat away.

One little known tidbit about Della Reece is that she is the first African American woman to host her own TV show. I will always regret giving away my album of hers from the 1950s as a gift to Johnny Noxema and Rex Boy of Bimbox Magazine.

Other 2017 passings: Adam West of TV’s Batman, age 88, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, age 69, Roger Moore 89 the cheesiest of the actors who played James Bond. I much preferred him in TV’s The Saint. Michael Parks of Then Came Bronson, Chuck Berry, John Hurt who played Quentin Crisp in the Naked Civil Servant and also in the movie Alien, Harry Dean Stanton, 91 of Alien and Paris Texas, film director Jonathan Demme, 73 who came on to me at the premiere of his Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense, comedian Don Rickles, 90, Churck Barris of The Gong Show, Mary Tyler Moore who I adored in her long running TV sitcom named after her. Mary Tyler Moore was very much like my sister Gloria Jean. Miguel Ferrer who was the actor son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. Too bad he didn’t get his mothers looks. Country singer Mel Tillis the Coca Cola Cowboy, David Cassidy of The Partridge Family. When I was young I never liked The Partridge Family being more of a fan of The Brady Bunch and Nanny and the Professor but Love Camel gifted me a box set of the series and I rediscovered it and I adore the show and the songs. I didn’t remember that the show tackled some issues in that 70s liberal way, but one episode set in the hood was really good that featured Richard Pryor and I had completely forgotten about it though I am sure I watched it when it first aired as Friday in Los Angeles in the 1970s on ABC was devoted to Brady Bunch, Patridge Family, Nanny, Odd Couple, Room 222 and Love American Style. I’d better stop now as I am completely dating myself. Tom Petty, 66, Monty Hall 96 of Let’s Make a Deal TV Game Show, Grant Hart of the band Husker Du who I met a long time ago in LA in the 1980s when the band played at that Sunset Starlight Ballroom and Rollerink at Sunset and Western. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audio Slave who came to my Club Sucker at the Garage a few times in the 90s and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park who came to Bricktops at the Parlour Club. Linkin Park’s touring company was Bill Silva Productions during the same time when they worked with Margaret Cho and I was her opening act in the early Aughts. Both Cornell and Bennington committed suicide.

George Romero of Night of the Living Dead fame and my fav his vampire film Martin, sexy Nelson Ellis of the vampire TV show True Blood who was the best thing on that program, him and that cute little muscle puppyAustralian actor whose name escapes me now. Walter Becker of Steely Dan. I liked Steely Dan though the two leaders of the band I found insufferable. Glen Campbell, June Foray 99 the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel one of my fav cartoons as a child and Jerry Lewis 91 whose films I hated when I young, but now I have complete respect and appreciation for. Though I still think Dean Martin was the bigger talent of the two.

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Had a nice reunion with my two lovely children of high art Wu Tsang and Boychild at the Schwartzer Cafe on Kant Str in Wilmersdorf. Wu will be the artist in residency at the Martin Gropius Bau Museum for a year which should be really exciting as she has some great ideals to shake that place up a bit now that they are under new leadership. Wu and I are both featured in the big group exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum.

Thank you so much my precious Wu for treating your mama to a fab breakfast and it was lovely catching up.