Monday, June 16, 2014
Was at my local bibliotech (library)on the Haupt Strasse and was looking through the various German periodicals and on the cover of Emma Magazine was Hans Broich the cute 23 year old son of German actor Martin Wuttke and actress/photographer Margarita Broich. The headline was something about prostitution and I thought oh is Hans coming out of the closet as a male prostitute or sex worker---- that’s fascinating. But upon closer inspection it seems that young Hans who I’ve known since he was a child and came to LA in the late 90s with his parents who were in the Berliner Ensemble at the time doing a production of Arturo Ui is actually an anti-prostitution activist with his French girlfriend Berenice. I find that problematic.
Billy Miller of Straight to Hell Magazine-The Manhattan Review of Unnatural Acts took me to dinner at this cute little Iranian Restaurant where I had a scrumptious vegetarian dish. Billy is staying at the chich Jannowitz Bruecke/Koepenicker Strasse Penthouse Loft of Exile Gallery’s Christian Siekmeier who will be moving his gallery space to New York’s Lower East Side. Christian brought Billy out to Berlin to co-curate a special contemporary extemporaneous exhibition Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski. The hysterical Mr. Miller is one of my favourite people in the entire world and at the loft he gave me a nice private tour of the over 60 artist works in this nutters exhibition plus plenty of time for all the hottest not fit for print gossip of the international art world which if I blabbed would destroy many promising careers.
Was very sad to hear about the recent death of Baby Brian Tennessee Claflin the mastermind behind the wild oldestyle EastVillage Sunday latenite party space Pork @Ficken3000. Brian also went by the name of Prix in his alter ego of hostess at Pork. I first met Brian Tennessee at the old sex lizard leather bar Scheune@ NollendorkyPlatz - Motzstrasse 25 back in 2006 as he was grilling a French piss pig with questions about Nazi Germany. I interrupted him explaining that the man is Gallic not German and only in his 60s so not old enough to have been a part of National Socialism. I was immediately taken by Brian who I later found out grew up a Mormen ,has travelled extensively around the world and was an out and proud sex worker/activist having been in his youth the hustler boyfriend of A-list Hollywood directors Gus Van Sant and Brian Singer of the X-Men franchise. Anna Muelter of the Hebbel Theatre once showed me a video documentation of a movement performance Brian did at HAU that was riveting. Larry Bob Roberts of Holy Tit Clamps and Now Queer Explosion just sent me a link to a lovely written online obituary of Brian Tennessee by Berlin DJ and musician Snax aka: Paul Bonomo. Club Pork under the guidance of Brian Tennessee Claflin and his team of collaborateurs that included over the years writer Travis Jeppesson, designer Mario Dzurila and artist Master Patrick was one of the only clubs in Berlin other then Chantals House of Shame with a true hedonistic shamelessly sleezy anythinggoes vibe.
Now that the summer holiday season is here those of you visiting Berlin may be interested in checking out some happenings with the team of La Moustache:
La Moustache presents:
Double Record Release Show with Jenn Kelly + You're Only Massive
Thursday June 19 @ Schokoladen
Jenn Kelly presents her new EP "Fervent"
You're Only Massive present "Midi Grrrl"!
Ackerstraße 169, U Rosenthaler Platz
entrance: 5-55€, doors 7pm, show 8pm
10pm DJ team Cyborg vs. Moustache
is a shapeshifter, music-maker, writer, performer from Philly/NYC/Berlin based in Oakland, CA who began touring solo in 2010 after performing in the Berlin-based anti-folk band Space Rainbows. Jenn’s been described as a post-punk cross between Kristin Hersh and Lou Reed—with a delivery that is fierce, direct, and lyrically provocative.
YOU'RE ONLY MASSIVE is an electronic/experimental band, formed in 2007 in Waterford, Ireland. The band has experienced significant growth since its inception with a set of two turntables and a microphone, while retaining a strong commitment to core values. Since 2008 they have been based in Berlin, Germany.
As a male fronted feminist synth duo, You’re Only Massive deviates from the norms of gender binaries in electronic music, with both members producing, playing instruments and contributing vocals.
The name “You’re Only Massive” is taken from a common phrase heard in the south of Ireland. “It’s something your aunty might say to you, just as you are heading out the door. It’s a compliment, not just that you are beautiful but that you are ready for the world!”
And this little announcement from the cosmos of Antonia Baehr/Werner Hirsch:
Dear friends, liebe Freund_innen,
The book launch ABECEDARIUM BESTIARIUM is finally on the doormat here in Berlin! The framed etchings will be given to their authors afterwards and there will be champagne, signing books, and a sneak-preview of the collaborative video-film INSIDE THE TIGER. There will also be a conversation with Franz Anton Cramer and myself (in german).
Please pass the word!
I'm so happy it is finally happening and I send you many greetings,
Antonia the Baehr and Werner the Hirsch
BUCHPRÄSENTATION „ABECEDARIUM BESTIARIUM–PORTRAITS OF AFFINITIES IN ANIMAL METAPHORS“ UND SNEAK-PREVIEW „INSIDE THE TIGER“
18.06.2014 18 UHR Studio 11, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT), Uferstudios, Uferstraße 23, 13357 Berlin U8 Pankstraße U9 Nauener Platz S-Bahn Gesundbrunnen
Die Veröffentlichung des Buchs „Abecedarium Bestiarium – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors“ von Antonia Baehr und Freund_innen wird gefeiert. Gastgeber ist das HZT, an dem die Künstlerinnen Antonia Baehr, Steffi Weismann und Isabell Spengler, die auch Beiträge zum Buch gestaltet haben, im Sommersemester Lehraufträge wahrnehmen. Die Vorstellung des Buches findet zeitgleich zu ihrem Workshop am HZT statt, ist aber thematisch eigenständig. Ein Gespräch zwischen Antonia Baehr und Franz Anton Cramer gibt Einblicke in den Zusammenhang von choreographischer Arbeit und Dokumentation, über Scores, Partituren und Verschiebungen von Autorschaft. Anschließend werden Exemplare des Buches signiert. Auch werden die originalen Titelblattradierungen und -zeichnungen der Illustrationen ausgestellt.
Im Anschluss gibt es eine Sneak-Preview des 2014 entstandenen Films „Inside the Tiger“ von Steffi Weismann, Isabell Spengler, Georg Klein, Sigrid Keil und Antonia Baehr. „Inside the Tiger“ ist eine Dokumentation des „Tasmanian Tiger Immersive Self-Therapy Program (TTIST)“, in dem TeilnehmerInnen die Möglichkeit erhalten ein Kostüm anzuziehen und so zum 1936 ausgestorbenen Tasmanischen Tiger zu werden. Das Filmprojekt ist inspiriert durch Steffi Weismanns Partitur "T is for Tasmanian Tiger", geschrieben für Antonia Baehrs Stück „Abecedarium Bestiarium“.
Veranstaltung in deutscher Sprache.
ABECEDARIUM BESTIARIUM – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors
by Antonia Baehr & Friends
Artists: Antonia Baehr, Frédéric Bigot (electroniCat), Pauline Boudry, Valérie Castan, Lucile Desamory, Sabine Ercklentz, Dodo Heidenreich, Lucy McKenzie , Christian Kesten, Itamar Lerner, Andrea Neumann, Stefan Pente, Josefine Reisch, Catriona Shaw, Isabell Spengler, Stefﬁ Weismann, William Wheeler, Ida Wilde (Keren Ida Nathan), Alison Yip
Texts: A. S. Bruckstein Çoruh, Bettina Knaup
Photo gallery: Anja Weber
Aditional photographs: Angela Anderson
Editing: Lindy Annis, Pirkko Husemann
Translations: Daniel Hendrickson, Charles Penwarden, Catriona Shaw, William Wheeler
Copy editing: Ann-Kathrin Reimers, Daniel Hendrickson
Production: Alexandra Wellensiek
Graphic design: Jocelyne Fracheboud
Publishers: far° festival des arts vivants & make up productions (2014)
Hardcover; 144 pages
Distribution: books on the move, http://www.booksonthemove.eu/
Had gone to the Arsenal awhile back with my kollektiv CHEAP cohorts Susanne Sachsse, Marcuse Siegelstein, Daniel Hendrickson the Scandinavian Muzlim jihadist with his beau Piero Belhomo to see the pre code Hollywood comedy of manners film Dinner at Eight directed by faggots faggot George Cukor and produced by David O Selznick, which of course I’ve seen a million times, but never get tired of viewing the magnificent performances of Marie Dressler, Billie Burke, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, Wallace Berry and May Robson in the film’s best performance as a grifty maid.