January 28, 2007 |
To describe a performance by Ron Athey is, at least in part, to sensationalize it. Double-headed dildos, "castration" by tuck with surgical staples, a crown of steel thorns, suspension by hooks through the back, a baseball bat. Blood flows. But a sacredness infuses. Ritual. Exorcism. Taboo. Transcendence. The body invaded. The body politic. AIDS, homophobia, addiction. Religious fanaticism, identity, oppression. Scenes from a harsh life. Pain as transformation, as a way to an altered state.
April 10, 2003
I had to laugh out loud at the juxtaposition of the two stories about current clubs ("No Backing Into Nacional," by Maria Elena Fernandez, and "In Days Gone By," by Adam Bregman, April 3). Here's the contempt of the manager of Paladar toward his clientele, who try to enter this monument to "hipness" through a show of creative punk-rock imagination, thereby circumventing the obligatory groveling to get in to spend their money. They are being denied the chance to stand around posing and giving lots of money to people who refer to them as vermin.
November 29, 2007 |
Fusion, Outfest's program of films about LGBTQ people of color and the only festival of its kind, pulls in audiences like no other: Think queer theorists, questioning teenagers, the next generation's Vaginal Davis and, 5of course, your usual entertainment industry professionals. The diverse crowd is a reflection of what's on the screen.
July 24, 1998 |
"Babes," a canny group show at Mark Moore Gallery, features the work of six artists, each of whom playfully deconstructs the so-called feminine mystique. They present us with images of women whose physical attributes are as excessive as they are patently artificial.
July 2, 2002 |
Conjure a picture of a famous writer of years past, and chances are that image would include a glass of inebriant--scotch, usually--close at the writer's hand. So what could be more natural than a book reading at a bar? At the Parlour Club in West Hollywood on Sunday night, listeners perched on bar stools and sipped candy-colored martinis as local author Lisa Teasley read from her new collection of short stories, "Glow in the Dark."
May 20, 2004 |
Teasley finds inspiration in Laurel Canyon. There's "country vibe, that hippie, free-spirit vibe" there, Teasley says, a setting that nurtured Joni Mitchell, the Doors, Frank Zappa and a number of other artists. The place has also worked its way into her debut novel, "Dive," the followup to her well-reviewed 2002 collection of stories, "Glow in the Dark." Her Laurel Canyon home is where Teasley spends much of her weekends, cooking and enjoying her lush backyard.