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Friday, April 11, 2014


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

Thursday, April 10, 2014


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

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

your naz 

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

Hi TDD Fans, Freunde & Begleitung.

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

Naz und Bärbel kochen! Noch Fragen?

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

Reservierung mit dem Vermerk vegetarisch - falls erwünscht - bitte unter / Please R.S.V.P. / /

Monday, April 07, 2014


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

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

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

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