Rising Stars, Falling Stars-We Must Have Music was packed Sunday, May 17th with a spirited crowd of multigenerationals eager to experience the glamour of Gena Rowlands and her director husband John Cassavettes in their most rare of rarely screened films Opening Night from 1977 that also features Hollywood golden era star Joan Blondell and cameos by Peter Falk and director Peter Bogdanovich. Of course Ms. Rowlands is radiant as all heck. I hadn't seen the film in a coons age and had forgotten a lot of the plotline, but it seems that the recent Oscar nominated film Birdman starring Michael Keaton is a complete copycat of Opening Night. Since Opening Night is almost forty years old I guess the Birdman filmmakers were hoping no one would remember Opening Night, as it wasn't exactly a huge hit at the time of its non release. It reminds me how Beyonce basically stole the beat of one of her hits from the 1930s song 42nd Street.
Seen schmoozing amoung the throngs during the RSFS after screening vino reception: video artists Renate Lorenz & Pauline Beaudry with the fabulous international scholar and lesbian dreamgirl Antke Engel, Syrian/Turkish academic shtar Zulfuker Cetin,tyro male supermodel Sean O'Pry with American indie director Greg Araki, Norweigan theatre genius Vegard Venge performing helicopters with his giant phallus to the delight of a Latvian accapella group who are big fans of Ms. Davis and even serenaded her and RSFS guests with a folk ditty that sounded like a Gregorian chant. Other notables included Trixie Schonherr aka: Beatrice Cordua with a lovely lady and fellow prima ballerina from her dancing salad years of the 1970s, muscular Markus Ruff gearing up for the Visionary Archive Festival that starts tonight, along with everyones favorite handsome man Uli Ziemons,the lovely Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, gorgeous Susanne Sachsse, film historian Marcuse Siegelstein, costume and stage design great Ida Muller, Ann-Katrin the new Arsenal press intern,and power top Daniel Hendrickson the Scandinavian Muzlim jihadist. Next month Sunday June 28th RSFS will present the Mexican film Redes 1936 directed by Emilio Gomez Muriel and Fred Zinneman.
That olde smelly tante Vagimule Davis received quite a lot of good press and attention from The New York Times and other publications for her solo installation Flirtation Walk(The Ho Stroll) that was displayed at the Rod Bianco Gallery of Oslo Norways booth at the recent Nada Art Fair at Basketball City. It seems that my having a tiny doorway into the exhibition really put people in a state. Many thanks to Tim Smith and Company from Rod Bianco and my child of high art Jonathan Berger who took care of every little thing as I couldnt be in New York having been booked by this private art foundation in Amsterdam over a year and a half ago. It was actually my first time being invited to the Netherlands and I was fortunate to experience near perfect weather conditions. Amsterdam is a little jewell of a city with a lot of fresh faced, rosy cheeked humpy boys parading around in short-shorts. Was fortunate that my darling dear friend, supporter and webmaster Larry-Bob Roberts of Holy Tit Clamps Fame and his husband The Hot Tommy Netzband were having their 6th honeymoon celebration in Holland and were my constant companions during my free time in the township. I was put in a spacious compound in the old towne section of the city on Egelantiersstraat. The apartment had a gigantic terrace and five rooms so there was plenty of room for Larry & Tommy who live in San Francisco's Hayes Valley to enjoy their romantic privacy and keep the doll company. Larry has a great job working for the San Francisco Public Defenders office and Tommy provides tech support for non profits as well as being an entrepeneur running his own successful part-time business Haunted Haight as an official ghost hunter and leader in the paranormal community. www.hauntedhaight.com
Tommy is also a five star vegan gourmand so he was constantly cooking the most delicious brunches and din dins that kept this woman very happy and content. We also ate at some cute restaurants Kam Wa House a Chinese place that has been charming locals and tourist since 1961, Perla a divine boite with a gracious staff and Cafe Lavinia on Kerstraaet that was extremely charming. I'd like to give shoutouts to interdisciplinary artist Rachael House who makes Feminist Disco Candies and various Feminist Pinatas where you can smash the patriarchy,the monarchy and hetero normativity---Brava Heroine!!!