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Saturday, March 30, 2013


Le Science Shoppe on Passover Satyr Thursday had a line around the Brutalist Power Station ten minutes before opening hour. Ms. Yanna Vlautin was number eight in line. She surveyed the crowd who were all bundled up for the Spring frost, and she wasn't impressed by the grim ungainly faces. During garderobe check Yanna could see that it was the usual Berlin trailmix of sex lizards, slugs and warthogs bursting out of their shells. Yes it was a bit more cosmopolitan on this evening, but nothing to keep ones Prussian granny's big white Nina Blanchard panties in a bunch. During holiday seasonings Le Science Shop opens all its dusky corners and is more labyrinthian pleather then usual which is nice I guess. But the techNo! muzak was louder and more drudgier, sometimes with soaring decibles meant to Gabriel's horn an ear drum or two.
Why is it that the fugliest hedgehogs love putting on a Copa style floorshow? Various ill couplings of growling, grunty drug deluze adaisials felating each other while coon shouting at the bar. Not to mention the usual suspect tortoise shell stomachs and fecal cara wastings. And what is it with the soccer gear eh? the kneehigh sport socks, cleats, leather pouches, and fannypacks filled to the brim with sexaccessories like crisco dispensers, poppers,and other whatnots. Why do these fagulas need so much accoutremont? O and shant we forget the steroid contingent complete with bulging thyroid eyed backup singers, frog veins, crust and lumpy ruddy members bundled in a cock ring or two.

Recognized several specimen from passovers past, like the cautious Afro German with the lean body, severe male pattern baldness, fat flaccid peterfication and the face of a Negroid Granpa Walton. Also spied the Sunday nite gold chain wearing Rosie Grier looking regular from the St. Marks Spa and Utility Consortium. He is certainly one cool character-very no drama Obama and like our heroine  Yanna P. Vlautin seems to be mainly a voyeur. The few other coloreds in the joint all seem to be snow queens, who mainly just bide their time until they find the appropriate dinge queen.There was no brother2brother action to be sure. I was fascinated by this giantessa who I nicknamed Nivea of Nambibia. 
I had never seen her before so she must have come to Berlin on a sex holiday believing the hedonist hype. This nervous Nelly was blacker then the ace of spades, and bony thin.  
O I have to mention that black & white men together couple who walk the floor like Click&Clack the Tappert Bros of CarTalk. They look like interracial twins and seem cojoined.  They spent the majority of the evening at the bar scowling at everyone, especially Ms. Vlautin whose olde colleague Rip Fluestein knew the Pepper in the Salt which figures because Fluestein is also a major admirer of dinge in all its permutations.  
On this particular visit to the Le Science Shoppe the husky Sea Shanty balladeer wasn't working the door as gatekeeper and Yanna's sweet catatonic pal Fennel wasn't doing coat check. In the past when Fennel is at the door he would always comp Yanna, but giving Le Science Shop credit its relatively inexpensive with a six euro cover charge and two drink minimum.  Madame Vlautin is a tea toddler so only drank bitter lemon.

Did Ms. Vlautin get some hotsy totsy? Well she played with a few of the less repulsive men, but no one was riotiously flavouring her. The place was packed which can be nice in theory, but it also prevents the lumbars from focusing on anyone or anything flitting abouting looking for something bigger and better. Ms. Vlautin did have sweet encounter with a Mishima doppelganger who she has seen around for years especially Monday nite two4one at HeatherThom's. He isn't a radiant youth, but has a sexy occidentalness to him. This gayasian has never given Ms.Vlautin the time of day before, but suddenly showed an interest and quite slowly and shyly made his move and they wound up having their little romantic moment, before Mishima floated away giggling. A little bit later in the evening Ms.Vlautin was nursed by two skinny Swabians who managed in tandem to give the lady her proverbial gnut, afterward Ms.V sat on a mangled chaise lounge with one of the men and had a civilized conversation. As usual in these situations after the witching hour it starts to thin out, and that was Ms. V's  Q that it was time to vamoose to them thar hills.

Had a lovely breakfast at Mokalola with Manuel Schubert of FilmHighlights Radio Magazine. Mr. Schubert is my closest neighbor having moved to Schoeneberg from the wilds of Brandenberg a few months ago. If you get the chance please check out his recent interviewed with Canadian auteur Judy LaBruce for DeBug Magazine. DeBug is a specialty journal that Felix Knoke of Tenderloin is the editor of.Just received this missive from the lovely, brilliantly talented and extremely sexxxy Alex Jovanovich of New York City, one of five acres most exciting young artists. He has an upcoming exhibition in Chicago so I want all my cornfed midwestern followers to rush and see it when it opens April 7th. You won't regret it.

Dear Friends:

I hope this message finds all of you better than well.

If you're in town, please come and see my show "Some Poor Girls" at ADDS DONNA in Chicago, which opens Sunday, April 7!

Alex | 4223 W. Lake, Chicago IL, 60624 | open Sundays 1 - 4 & by appointment

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


RSFS-WMHM was gog and magog last Sunday at Arsenal Inst für Film und Video Kunst with a dynamic crowd braving the Arctic chills for a blast of exotica via Cairo and the screening of the 1950 Egyptian film classic Zeynab. Joining Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Nanna Heidenreich, Susanne Sachsse, DJane Olga Damnitz and the masterful Scandinavian Muslim Daniel Hendrickson on clavier was film historian suprema Marc Siegel who gave this report on the after screening wine reception:
Seen at Kino 2 the dashing Tarik El-Ariss, a professor from University of Texas, Austin, who is also on the board of the interesting art space in Beirut Ashkal Alwan where Mattias Lilienthal is teaching this year. El-Ariss has a nice sparkle in his eyes and he has a stash of fabulous Egyptian films from the late 70s with drag queens and prostitutes that he'd love to share with CHEAP sometime. He'll be in Berlin until July. The very sweet Mr. El-Ariss is a friend of my old pal Peter Limbrick. Also on hand was Juan (Nazli Kalerci´s friend, the cute Spanish teacher at Instituto Cervantes) with a hot tall big footed german colleague (in case you missed him)Erika Richter(pioneer DDR Dramaturg who worked at DEFA is also a writer on Egyptian Film History and is a longtime friend of the Arsenal)Nadja Talmi(Haus of World Cultures junior curator)young Polsky/German filmmaker Marcin Malaszak with a mustache and a bevvy of big haired girls,DAAD recipient Marie Losier.Manuela Schinina aka Sexxy DJane Bianca Kruk,a bunch of unknown Egypt fans and scholars of Arabic cinema relishing the rare opportunity to see an example from the golden age….
Plus Niloofer from Iran via Pune, India, Berlin legend Zazie de Paris who will be the subject of an upcoming documentary film of her fabulous exploits, Cecile Tollu-Polasky of The Forum, hot Jewish writer Nathan Englander with fellow Jewish thrombone Jonathan Safron Foer, French hungster Louis-Do DeLencquesaing, Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon with stylist Leslie Fremar.

Was sent this emug about other Egyptian cinema eventas:

Although we are still lacking certain funding to actually pull thorugh, but i have approached some and hoe we will be able. we are adding an exhibition on classic egyptian cinema, but if no funds, we will cancel this ambitious idea.
AfricAvenir Windhoek: Week of Classic Egyptian Films in Windhoek, 22-27 July 2013

Egypt was the first country in Africa and the Middle East to establish a film-industry. Film screenings took place as early as 1896 when the works by the Lumière Brothers were presented in Alexandria and Cairo. Still under foreign rule, Egypt was the only colony in which the production of news-reels and short-films by the local population was possible. First reports about productions date back to 1909.

Within its monthly film series “African Perspectives” AfricAvenir has in the past and will in the future continue to screen high quality Egyptian cinema to the Namibian public. Due to the outstanding and rich cinema heritage and history of Egypt, AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Egyptian Embassy, the Egyptian Film Centre and the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, has decided to dedicate a full week of screenings to Classic Egyptian films. In 2013 the week, which will hopefully become an annual event, will focus on films from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s.
An exhibition on Egyptian film directors will accompany the film week.

22.July 2013, 19h15, Goethe-Centre Windhoek -  Opening Film
Cairo Station, 1958
Director: Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1958, 86 min, fiction

Cairo Station is the venue for a blazingly passionate drama about Kenaoui, a lame newspaper vendor, played by Chahine, and his unrequited desire for Hanouma (Hind Rostom), the Bardotesque lemonade seller. Swept away by his obsessive desire, Kinawi kidnaps the object of his passion, with terrible consequences. Chahine received international recognition when this masterpiece of sexuality, repression, madness and violence among society's marginalized played at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Golden Bear in 1958.
“A jewel of a film” Samir Hachem, The Hollywood Reporter
23 July 2013, 19h15, Goethe-Centre Windhoek – Egyptian National Day, Revolution Day
A man in our House, 1961
Director: Henry Barakat, Egypt, 1961, 93 min, fiction, starring Omar Sharif

A Man in Our House features a prominent political message concerning nationalism and patriotism and glorifies the Egyptian resistance to British colonialism. Using the 1952 Free Officers led revolt against King Farouk as the context, Ibrahim, played by Omar Sharif, a brave young man, hurls himself against the unjust government, assassinates the Prime Minister, and has to go into hiding in the house of ambivalently supportive citizens. His presence endangers the whole family, particularly since they are not as partisan as he is. The father has to make difficult decisions about how much can be risked, and is pulled out of his a-political stance by his son and daughter, the maternal feelings of his wife for the young man, and her empathy with the likely worries of his mother.

The screen play was written by Abdel Qoddous, a well known opposition journalist of the era, and much called-upon screen writer.
Film Clip:

24 July 2013, 19h15, Goethe-Centre Windhoek
The Night of Counting the Years - The Mummy, 1969
Director: Chadi Abdel Salam, Egypt, 1969, 100 min, fiction

Recognized as one of the greatest Egyptian films ever made, The Night of Counting the Years a.k.a. The Mummy is the most important Egyptian historical art-film. Based on a true story and inspired by the famous discovery of the hiding place in the Valley of the Kings of royal mummies from several dynasties, the film is centered on the quest for identity of a young Egyptian. Set in 1881, on the eve of British colonial rule, an Upper Egyptian clan had been robbing a cache of mummies near the village of Qurna, and selling the artifacts on the black market. After a conflict within the clan, the young clan members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

25 July 2013, 19h15, Goethe-Centre Windhoek
Between Heaven and Earth, 1960
Director: Salah Abu Seif, Egypt 1960, 100 min, fiction

When released the film was considered an artistic adventure fearlessly undertaken by director Salah Abu Seif. Working brilliantly within its limitations of time and place, Between Heaven and Earth, from a screenplay co-written by Naguib Mahfouz, is a triumph of modern cinema. In the blasting heat of a Friday afternoon in Cairo, a group of people representing the whole of Egyptian society find themselves trapped in an elevator for 12 hours. The characters – among them a movie star, a thief, a madman, a cook and a pregnant woman - are archetypes that represent the different strata and classes of Egyptian society in the 1950s – classes that are still very much in place in Egypt today. This fact alone points to the timelessness of a film that was first shown more than 50 years ago. Between Heaven and Earth remains a remarkable triumph of modern cinema.

26. July 2013, 19h15, Goethe-Centre Windhoek
Chased by the Dogs/The thief and the dogs, 1962
Director: Kamal El Sheikh, Egypt, 1962, 130 min, fiction

After four years in prison, the young thief Said Mahran is released and seeks revenge against those who betrayed him. His wife and most trusted henchman, who conspired to turn him into the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him.

This felicitous combination of film noir and social commentary, about an ex-con bent on vengeance, builds to a terrific cat-and-mouse finale. Director El Sheikh and cinematographer Kamal Karim use carefully composed lighting and a range of camera techniques to create a wonderfully moody atmosphere. Made a little more than a decade after the 1952 Egyptian revolution, The Thief and the Dogs presents a world that challenges moral judgments—after all, the protagonists are a thief and a prostitute.

The film is based on the novel The Thief and the Dogs by literature Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Mahfouz was inspired by the life of the famous Egyptian thief Mahmoud Amin Soliman.

27. July 2013, 19h00, Goethe-Centre Windhoek Closing Film
M Empire, 1972
Director: Hussein Kamal, Egypt, 1972, 113 min, fiction

Based on Ihsan Abdel Quddous’ book and adapted for the screen by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, M Empire is one of the most loved Egyptian films. On the surface it is an enjoyable family drama, but below the surface it is a political call for liberalism and democracy during Sadat’s era. The film opens with a young Mona convincing her parents of her right to choose the man she’ll marry. It closes with a similar sentiment; her children ultimately want to demonstrate their democratic right.

The film hints on the ideal way Egyptian society should and could be. The family represents the country and highlights the crucial leader’s (or mother’s in this case) role of a multitasked educator. Without her, the family will fall apart and she’s the only one to assess her children’s capabilities and needs. At the same time, her leadership can expand outside the house’s borders. ‘Empire M’ advocates pro-democratic views.

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