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Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday was a very busy day for the doll. Not only was she filming video sections of the new Bruce La Bruce stage piece The Bad Breast on the streets of East Germany, but later the same evening she was the special guest of German novelist Thomas Meineke and his Plattenspieler at HAU 2. Besides writing novels, the handsome, barrelchested Mr. Meineke is a music fanatic and radio disc jockey. Our tag teaming record playing and discussion spanned the decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s with my ending our set with the Glasgow girl band Strawberry Switchblade. There was some Jayne County, Sylvester, Purse, Mae West, Dolly Parton and Glen Meadmore thrown into the mix. Mr. Meineke is a huge Glen Meadmore fan which was a very pleasant surprise. In all it was a nice free flowing evening of music and frivolity with a little bit of the performative shaking up the format. Seen in the audience: film historian Marc Siegel and beautiful actress girlfriend Susanne Sachsse, musical wunderkind kJohnny Blue and girly friend Nadine of Neu Kölln. The Arsenal gang of Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Nanna Heidenreich, Olga Damnitz, Uli Ziemons & Nadja Talmi, Norweigan artist Eline McGeorge, Goor Zankl of the KW, Evan Dando of the Lemonheads, young blondine journalist Felix Knoke of Der Spiegel, Brazillian performance artist Nando with Lisa Schmidt of The Bad Breast, Anna Multer, Meike Harmsen & beau, cutie pie Swedish video artist Gunsi Holstrom and Molly Crabapple of New York´s Dr. Sketchy´s Anti Art School.
Sunday was the 2 year anniversary of Rising Stars, Falling Stars with a rare screening of the Louise Brooks film Prix de Beaute from 1929. The film looked incredible, but performing live on clavier was the remarkable Eunice Martin who was literally on fire doing double duty interpretation as this print shown had no untertitles. We were actually showing the dubbed sound version, minus the sound. To explain: this film was originally shot as a silent but because it was made at that weird point between silent and sound, a bad quicky dubbed sound version was released on its initial theatrical run in 1930. Nevertheless with the great Eunice Martin´s masterful musical touch everyone could understand what was going on, and then some. The hoity polloi in the crowd included: The Arsenal Gang Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Nanna Heidenreich, Olga Damnitz, Uli Ziemons, Nadja Talmi, The Chocolate Grinder Film Kollective of Little Alex, Tasty Tim, Julian Minet Radlmeier, Mourning Becomes Electra! and assorted posse members, Assaf Hochman, John Heys, scholar Tavia Nyongo and pal Michael, art photogs Annette Frick and Elly Clark with gal pal, Ela of bb books, Ali Clark and girlfriend, Lara the famous Latvian art historian, Agnese Luse from Center for Contemporary Art in Latvia, prima ballerina Beatrice Cordua, Marc Siegel, transgender starlet Kaey, Evan Dando with Evan Rachel Wood the ex girlfriend of rock star Marilyn Manson and the star of the new Woody Allen film Whatever Works. Ms. Wood is doing research on Louise Brooks as she is going to play her in a new biopic.