Dirty Looks Is Going on a West Coast Tour!!!

Dirty Looks presents:
CHARLES ATLAS!
-filmmaker in attendance-
Wednesday, January 25, 8-10 PM
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
$7 Suggested Donation

Program
Son of Sam and Delilah, video, 27min., 1991
Butcher’s Vogue, video, 5min., 1990
Staten Island Sex Cult, video, 10 min. (excerpt), 1999
Instant Fame! Donald, video, 5min., 2005
Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, video, 6min., 1992-1999
The Draglinquents, video, 7min., 1990
I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy (from Turning), video, 4min., 2012
Dirty Looks, a monthly platform for queer experimental film and video, presents an evening of video work by Charles Atlas. With a career that spans 30-years, Atlas is one of the world’s most stalwart and vibrant videogrpahers of queer cultures and contemporary dance. This program will host a premiere of material from Turning, a feature-length collaboration between Atlas and Antony Hegarty, on the eve of the Museum of Modern Art commissioned Antony and the Johnsons’ Swanlights performance at Radio City Music Hall. Turning will receive its premiere in early 2012. Atlas will also be featured in the upcoming 2012 Whitney Biennial. With special performances from Leigh Bowery, Antony, and Carlos Morales (via Atlas’ rarely screened porn film, Staten Island Sex Cult), the works in this program cover more than twenty years of portraiture and collaboration at the vanguard of queer artistic practice.

“New York City 1988. Raging homophobia. A killer on the loose. Disco dancing till dawn. Performers struggle to survive. Delilah seduces Samson in song. Gender illusionists go shopping. Samson and Delilah, 1991.”

DIRTY LOOKS ROADSHOW

San Francisco//

//Thursday, Feb 9, 7PM Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts @ CCA, 1111 8th Street, Timken Hall. Screening selections from the FEMALE TROUBLE program and a conversation with Margaret Tedesco. Free.

//Friday, Feb 10, 8PM City of Lost Souls a trans punk muscial by Rosa Von Praunheim @ Artists’ Television Access, 922 Valencia Street. $6

//Sunday, February 12, 2PM FEMALE TROUBLE, a Genderfuck Program @ YBCA 701 Mission Street (at 3rd), as part of the series Bros Before Hos: Masculinity and its Discontents, featuring film and video by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Müller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. $8

Los Angeles//

Tuesday, Feb 14, 7PM Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs @ The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Featuring works by Cecilia Dougherty, Deanna Erdmann, Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Mariah Garnett, Jonesy, Dani Leventhal, Charles Ludlam, Narcissister, Luther Price and Michael Robinson. Free admission, cash bar.

Thursday, Feb 16, 8PM FEMALE TROUBLE, a Genderfuck Program @ Human Resources 410 Cottage Home Street, featuring film and video by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Müller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. Rick Castro, Zackary Drucker and Narcissister in attendance! $8 suggested donation.

Portland//

//Thursday, February 23, 8PM FEMALE TROUBLE, a Genderfuck Program @ Grand Detour 640 SE Stark Street, featuring film and video by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Müller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. Sliding scale $3 – 6.

The Legend of Leigh Bowery (Film by Charles Atlas)

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2010-Death and Re-Birth at the end of the Century’s first Decade

In my entire 27 years of living there has not been another year that has been as equally challenging  and rewarding as 2010.  Aside from moving around from job to job and struggling to find creative inspiration, I have also watched as my and all of my friend’s lives have been challenged in similar fashions.  The romantic DNA of 2010 has been the most tangled and complicated I’ve borne witness to.  The relationships of those closest to me were all set upon by a cosmic clouding these last 12 months that has made consistent engagement and a tracking of time close to impossible.  It is the general census of most of those around me that this year has been hard to re-cap in terms of things that happened outside of ourselves.  While we all seem to remember where we were when shit hit the fan and where the revelations our collective and individual healing processes have brought forth started to take place, we find it harder remembering when certain movies, albums, songs, art openings, theatrical events and other artistic and/or public happenings went down.  This is detrimental to creating an end of the year list that’s in any way comprehensive because unlike other years where art events serve as touchstones to my emotional life, this year that logic was reversed.

The main thing I will say in 2010’s favor is that it is by far the most present I have felt in a long while.  While I don’t wish any sort of overarching hardships for me or for any of my favorite people in the universe, the timing of the events this year that resulted in a psychic domino effect beginning at the start of summer and trailing us all right up into the holidays, has fused us all closer together as a unit than I had ever formerly thought possible.  In the background of our crisises and at the forefront of our celebrations, here is some of what we were listening to.

My ten most re occurring favorites of 2010 in ascending order:

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:::2011 IS HERE:::LOVE IS THE ONLY LAW:::

It’s a bit of a shock to file away everything that happened this past year into memories.  But it’s official, 2010 is dead. Truly life is zooming out and 2010 showed me over and over just how small my position in the grand spectacle we call reality. This past year I made the move from the West Coast to NYC and was fortunate to get to do quite a bit of traveling: Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Paris, Woodstock, and ended it in Miami partying with all the legendary Club Kids at Susanne Bartsch’s extraordinary NYE extravaganza.

My year began focused on getting my play “Life on Mars: The James Bidgood Story” off the ground, but after I showed it at Poet’s Theater in SF last February, my life came apart in Los Angeles and I had to hit the road toward uncertainty. Looking back on the year, I’m able to see all the beautiful times that sprouted in a year that was heavily coated with pain, sorrow, loss and heartache. Unfortunately my anxiety level was at an all time high all year long, and looking back I’m acutely aware that I never seemed to fully be present, I was constantly worried about what was going to happen next and afraid my life would again come undone. It’s impossible to live fixated on worry or anxiety or whatever… So for 2011 I want to try to give up worrying about tomorrow, embrace the present and spray paint my visions gold.

2010 really proved individuals must accept change and be able to adapt to the changes life constantly evolves toward. 21st Century literacy is no longer limited to the ability to read and write. Now the literate person must also be able to adapt and constantly be able to learn and unlearn in order to relearn. Unlearning/relearning and change are difficult concepts because they inherent a sense of loss and me being an emotional person, I grieve each and every ending.

Here are a bunch of pictures of the NYE party my friends The Zand Collective and I rang in 2011 at:

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Happy Thanksgiving Everybody: Here’s some stuff we’re thankful for…

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!! We hope you have a great holiday and you have our interweb psychic love to cling to if you are all alone and feeling dreadful about your loneliness. One of the many Minor Progression favorite’s – Marissa Nadler – could use a bit of your holiday cheer to help her get her next album off the ground. She sent us this video for you all to watch so you can get a glimpse of where she’s at and what she’s working on. Check it out.

Also, here is a brand new gory sexy video of hers!

And now, back to Thanksgiving…. here’s a few photo’s of some Minor Progression folks at the Macy Day Parade!

And on a personal note, Antony and the Johnsons wrote this FUCKING BEAUTIFUL song called GHOST… it’s apart of his new book/album entitled SWANLIGHTS… he was writing this as my chapbook GHOSTS was coming to fruition.. one of the poems in it is in psychic conversation with him.. synergetic realness and collective unconscious love.. Oh and a couple of the poems from GHOSTS are in the upcoming 10th anniversary issue of SHAMPOO… CHECK THEM OUT and this AMAZING VIDEO:::

Now please, enjoy the holiday and make sure it doesn’t go something like this…

NEW ALBUM OUT: M. LAMAR “THE BLACK DEATH”

Fans of Diamanda Galas, Nina Simone, Antony and the Johnsons need to make sure they’re aware of M. Lamar. I’ve been a fan of M. Lamar for a few years now and have watched Lamar evolve from a sex symbol to a deeply provocative singer songwriter. A few months ago he played a show at my old place in Oakland; Ariel Goldberg and Debutante shared the bill. His intricate grotesque lyrics and his Klaus Nomi esq delivery demands your time. His new album “The Black Death” has just been recorded; he has been kind enough to give us an interview and a few MP3’s to check out. Watch his website for future updates. Continue reading

SXSW DAY 3 (QUESTION: COULD AUSTIN HAVE BEEN MORE INTOXICATED? ANSWER: SEE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY) THURSDAY THE 19TH

Words by Popejohnpaul12 and Brokenbrooklyn

Pictures by Brokenbrooklyn

We started at Urban Outfitters (Which is totally like, our favorite store ever!!) near University of Texas at Austin for the free party they were throwing that afternoon. The first band we to play was Crystal Stilts who I guess are okay; if a) you are looking for Velvet Underground/ Suicide esq background music for a heroin induced orgy, b) you listen to aesthetic choices and atmosphere in your pop songs more than melody and lyrics or c) you like kind of boring music. It’s not that they are a bad band, they are totally inoffensive and fine, but there is nothing innovative here and no real sense of urgency or showmanship to make up for that.

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Oblio, in loving memory of Anna Nicole Smith

With a touchingly strong voice and an emotional deliverance similar to a break-up from somebody who still loves you but isn’t completely heart-broken, Oblio caught my notice with the song ‘Anna Nicole Smith.’ Somewhere in between electro, trip-hop and pop, it reminds me of something a really sexy, dark featured girl would strip to in a movie in which she later goes on to kill people. If you want to check him out live, he’s playing for free at The Stud in SF this Sunday, 10 pm (along with Shaw and the Shaws and myself, Samuelroy, as openers). Continue reading