Thursday January 17th Wu Tsang will present the documentary Wildness at an 7:30pm screening at the Culver Center for the Arts (downtown Riverside), and for a 2:00pm afternoon artist’s talk […]
Be inspired to create, to celebrate and to keep telling your stories! A little encouragement can go a long way. Some times all it takes is one festival to screen your film, one person to tell you how much your work meant to them to motivate you to keep on creating. And while the nymph of inspiration may flit in and out of our lives, the artists we are showcasing work tirelessly even when that elusive sprite is no where to be found. These filmmakers pour over dailies, spend long nights editing, and toss and turn at night wondering what they’ll do if they don’t meet their Kickstarter goals. And sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and crawl into a hole and never come out…This is DIY filmmaking. This is why we need festivals. This is why we need awards.
My lovely friend Anya de Montigny will be leading the workshop “Queering Tantra” at the Pleasure Chest store in Hollywood. Her classes are always fun, sexy and incredibly informative. Don’t miss […]
The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is seeking films for our fourth annual film festival. We will be screening many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more! We also welcome work by allies who are showcasing “transgenderqueer” themes in their work.
A NIGHT OF TRANS-ANARCHISM: a night of performance art by and film by transgender artists featuring: Talia Bettcher, Pony Lee Estrange, Metahuman, aka Kalil Cohen, Micha Cardenas, Deb Simone, Allison Wyper, Natalie Rosen and Leon Wu.
I’ve spent so much time and energy publicizing, distributing, and writing about the artwork of those I admire but I often pull this self defeatist stunt where I only tell people about my readings a day or two before hand. That way, if the person says they can’t come, it’s not because they don’t care but because they were too busy, and I can save myself from the humiliation of rejection. Fortunately I’ve come to realize this this misguided little selfdefense mechanism no longer serves me.
A friend of mine (for whom I had just organized a reading) confided in me that there was a time at which she only organized shows & readings for others. She told me that night as we sat drinking Hefeweizen in trendy brewery in Oakland that I had “done my time” as an arts programmer and challenged me to start focusing on my own work. Her words were very inspring particularly because she is my favorite writers on contemporary feminist theory and that she didn’t write her first book (which is pretty much required reading for anyone with any interest in feminist studies and contemporary queer theory) until she was in her forties.
LA Queer Posada is celebrated in Silver Lake to commemorate the area as a historically gay and Latino neighborhood, at a time when many markers of that history are vanishing. “This year in particular we call attention to the closing of Le Barcito, formerly The Black Cat, a landmark gay bar that launched The Advocate out of pre-Stonewall protests against LAPD raids,” says Mama Pancha. “Not only had Le Barcito become a sort of sanctuary for the gay Latino community, but they also hosted the previous two Queer Posadas and tons of other queer life rituals.”
I’ll be reading at homo-centric this Thursday. Internet stalking is for lazy people! Come on out and show me you’re really committed to your unhealthy obsession!
Sunday, October 2nd 2011 at 12:45p on the Storytelling and Readings Stage
I’ll be reading at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday October 2nd as part of the diversity reading on the Homo-Centric stage. Hank Henderson’s vision was to get six different writers who represent each of the LGBTIQ letters in our beautiful queer alphabet.
Hank pulled out a little pad of paper, scrawling my name down under the mish mash of notes in the cluttered little booklet. “How do you identify?” He asked me flatly. This is a common question in post modern identity politicking circles:
“Squeeze me in under ‘B’ for ‘bisexual’ or ‘Q’ for queer!” I smiled but he seemed slightly perturbed.
“Pick one. It doesn’t mean you’re not both but for the purpose of this reading Puh-lease! Just pick one!” he said sounding more queenie than usual.
“Okay!” I squealed! “‘B’ for ‘bisexual!’” I responded smiling brightly.
I’ve really been feeling the love for the bisexies lately and I feel excited and proud to rep the bisexy love at the West Hollywood Book Fair. Also reading will be:
Bonnie S. Kaplan
Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal
This workshop is facilitated by Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand, members of Electronic Disturbance Theater.
Participants will create wearable electronics using the lilypad arduino, sensors, and sound. The workshop will consist of three days including performance, Puredata (Pd-extended) and open source electronics. Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cárdenas will share their experiences developing perfor…mance art using these tools. Participants will work towards developing a performance piece of their own/collaboration, and will have an opportunity for performing at the end of the workshop, if they choose to do so. To develop the performances the workshop will entail performance exercises inspired by Theater of the Oppressed, La Pocha Nostra and physical improvisation.