315 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Oct 13 2014
Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy: A Review Of Jessica Mitrani's TRAVELING LADY Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

It's not every day that I'm invited to the U.S. stage debut of a Pedro Almodovar superstar, so how could I refuse when offered the chance to see Traveling Lady, a multi-media presentation by Colombian visual artist/director Jessica Mitrani and Spanish film icon Rossy de Palma? Answer: I couldn't, and I didn't.

IMG_9348De Palma & Mitrani, post-partum

After initially bobbling the invite for me plus-one (sorry, Nathaniel!), I showed up fresh from a full day at New York Comic Con and a quick visit with Don Bachardy to find a long line outside FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55. E. 59th). A passer-by seemed nonplused when I told her we were waiting for a show. “A theatrical performance???” she sputtered. It was as if she knew what was in store for us; we didn't, however, so I went in thinking we were seeing a play while my companion Jason though it would be a movie. We were both kinda right.

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Rossy-de-PalmaWith “Kika” herself!

A part of FIAF's Crossing the Line 2014 series, Traveling Lady turned out to be a singular experience. I wish I had seen it both nights it played to get a firmer grasp on it, but I did divine its staunchly feminist roots, using as a jumping-off point the 19th-Century travels of journalist Nellie Bly. The show made use of a booming female voice-over, outstandingly dazzling projections, a somewhat goofy, talking, 8-foot dress with no body in it (voiced with an insinuating authority by Joan Juliet Buck), original music and all-too-brief appearances by de Palma in the flesh, lip-synching to her pre-recorded recitations.

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De Palma plays more than Bly; it quickly becomes obvious she is embodying various female archetypes. In so doing, she only had to appear briefly, allowing her unique visage to do all the talking. She merely had to stand there in order to give the show a twisted depth. Her presence is so arresting it was shocking later to meet her and see that she herself isn't 8 feet tall.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb0796ee37970d-550wiThe show lagged when it became too esoteric for its own good, but I felt was saved from being a parody of NYC performance art excess thanks to its tongue-in-cheek humor. While it's true enough that some of its odder visuals would have baffled the real Bly (who once feigned insanity in order to explore the depravity of early insane asylums), I felt the show's broad send-up of branding and marketing were spot-on and LOL hilarious. I was also very taken with the show's tangential embrace of passages from the writings of Gertrude Stein (Ida: A Novel), which gave perfect voice to some of Mitrani's visuals.

Ida Gerrtrude Stien

All in all, Mitrani and de Palma's collaboration seemed a match made in heaven.

Afterward, we were invited to a champagne toast, at which de Palma was mobbed and a child was given a birthday cake. When I met her and congratulated her on the show, de Palma rasped in her wonderful way, “Wasn't it great???” and enthusiastically posed for photos.

 
Oct 11 2014
Drawn To Him: Meeting Don Bachardy @ His HOLLYWOOD Book-Signing Comments (0)

Don BachardyDon at his book-signing

BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF HOLLYWOOD: **** out of ****

Last night, I was thrilled to have a chance to meet Don Bachardy, 80, who met the late, great English novelist Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904—January 4, 1986) as a teenager and Pagan-Love-Songsbecame his life partner. For 30 years, the men were together, and over time Bachardy established his own identity (no easy feat when you're perceived as the boy-toy of a genius) as a gifted portraitist.

I actually knew about Bachardy before delving into Isherwood; I bought Pagan Love Songs from Alyson or a similar publisher while in college, and was enchanted by the dreamy illustration of “Naked Poet” (and porn actor and writer and...) Gavin Geoffrey Dillard on the cover. I wrote him a fan note and we corresponded for a few years.

Don-Bachardy-Matthew-RettenmundMatt & Don

Don-BachardyBachardy signing for his fans

Don-Bachardy-artI would've offered to draw some of the attendees naked, myself.

Parker-Stevenson-Don-BachardyParker Stevenson (L) & Ryan O'Neal (R) by Bachardy

The illustration had been by Bachardy.

DonchrisIsherwood and Bachardy by Dillard, 1985

Hollywood-featuredNow, Bachardy's entire oeuvre of Hollywood portraits—Kate Hepburn? Of course! Parker Stevenson? Why not? David Hedison, Teri Garr, Natalie Schafer? The more the merrier!—has been collected in the posh tome Hollywood (Glitterati Incorporated, $75). It's a stunning document of his life's work.

Bachardy was deligthful in person, immediately asking me to come see him in Santa Monica. I'm there next week, maybe I should take him up on that! Years ago, an associate of him suggested he might like to draw me nude, but I never figured out if that was a come-on from a friend or a real offer. And I could also never figure out who on earth would want to see me nude.

I was also pleased to meet his associate Richard Sassin, a former actor and charming man who told me that he and Bachardy had recently watched In the Cool of the Day (1963), which is apparently a must-see, can't-believe-how-bad-it-is Jane Fonda film in which her hair was unnaturally dark. Bachardy drew her portrait (it was on display at the signing) for it. I told Sassin that as a movie, it sounds like it made a good portrait—he agreed.

Chris&doThe most famous portrait of Don (L) & Chris (R). See my take on the film Chris & Don here.

I'll keep you posted on that front, but until then, check out the lovely book here.

 
Oct 09 2014
Need To Know: Tricked Out + The Shirt Off His Quarterback + Such A Tees + Divorce Sucks + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMean Girls bear Daniel Franzese spoofs Sam Smith.

*widget boy cultureShirtless QB? A-OK by me!

*widget boy cultureLucian remix of Alanis Morissette's “Forgive Me Love”.

*widget boy cultureDebbie Harry's T-shirts, in her own words.

*widget boy cultureGayle King's “word soup”: “I'm gay.”

*widget boy cultureWife says Stephen Collins would've blown a male son.

*widget boy cultureTyra Banks rages against homophobic model.

*widget boy cultureGay rabbi protocol.

*widget boy cultureDemocrat Clay Aiken claims “Republaiken” support.

*widget boy cultureHappy pre-Halloween from horror short The Door:

 
Oct 06 2014
You Had Me At HELL, NO: The Return Of The Courts Autograph Show Comments (0)
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Yet another trip to Burbank for an autograph show, but this time it was for the return of the Courts. The Courts created The Hollywood Show in 1991, then sold to the current owner, signing a non- Joan-Crawfordcompete clause that was in effect for a number of years. When the period was up, they decided to come back and compete in the market again. The results were mixed—they knocked down some big names (Dyan Cannon, Katherine Helmond), but they weren't able to promote the show properly (or these shows are dying even faster than genuine stars are) so it was sparsely attended.

Still, I had a good time seeing the people I came to see, finding Danny Pintauro from Who's the Boss? advertising himself as a horny vers sex maniac on Grindr and arguing over one photo op in particular as if I were Ron Galella and the subject were Jackie O. (I'm not, she's not; the title refers to this encounter.)

Here are my impressions of the stars I met...

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Oct 03 2014
Need To Know: LiLo Blow + Tight End + Made For A Man (But I Like It, Too) + The Goldwyn Standard + White Mischief + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureRaven-Symoné subtly shades ex-roomie Lindsay Lohan.

*widget boy cultureOne of the best butts on any football player. Ever.

*widget boy cultureWomen love gay male porn?

*widget boy cultureTeresa & Joe Giudice will serve prison time. Yay!

*widget boy culturePHWOAR!: Ben Cohen's 2015 calendar cover revealed.

*widget boy cultureNew York Times also loved Tail! Spin!

*widget boy cultureDisgusting rationale behind lesbian moms' suit over black sperm donor.

Scott-foley-800Tony Goldwyn's having a go at Scott Foley. I want a go at Tony Goldwyn!

*widget boy cultureHollywood is a dog-eat-dog town!

*widget boy culturePresident Obama tweaks FOX News over healthcare.

*widget boy cultureHIV traced to the Congo in the '20s.

*widget boy cultureIf you like the Artist Often Known as Prince, click here now.

*widget boy cultureRandy Quaid and his wife are lunatics.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, hear Megan Mulally's advice on what NOT to wear...

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Sep 25 2014
In The Name Of Love: A Review Of PRIDE Comments (0)

PridePride is a rare gay film that isn't about sex and romantic entanglements.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **** out of ****

Writer Stephen Beresford and director Matthew Warchus (1999's Simpatico with Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone) have crafted the perfect '80s gay movie in 2014's Pride, which tells the feel-good-'n'-Socialist story of Great Britain's striking miners of the summer of '84 and the unlikely alliance between them and a group of gay activists.

Mark-Ashton-PrideThe late Mark Ashton (L) and Ben Schnetzer (R), who ably brings him to life in Pride

In 1984, with miners on strike and being starved out by heartless right-wing PM Margaret Thatcher (her face in the film begs for boos), a grassroots group calling itself LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) decides to align itself with the cause of the miners, recognizing fellow underdogs. Their efforts are met with some resistance from the workers, who don't look too kindly on perverts and fairies, but they are ultimately welcomed and open minds even as they work to collect donations.

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Sep 24 2014
Need To Know: FASHION POLICEwoman + We Dropped A Bomb On You, Baby + Coming Out In Office + He's A Vision + TRANSPARENT Motives + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKathy Griffin is taking over for Joan Rivers after all.

*widget boy cultureSyrian bombing campaign disrupted imminent terrorist attacks—U.S. Mr-Brainwash

*widget boy cultureGet Mr. Brainwashed!

*widget boy cultureHe looks awesome in his underwear.

*widget boy cultureState senator is gay: Get over it!

*widget boy culture3 attackers to be charged in Philly gay-bashing.

*widget boy cultureAaron Carter gives up the ghost on Hilary Duff.

*widget boy cultureHow is this psychic drag queen's name not Crystal Balls???

*widget boy cultureJustice Ginsburg blames Justice Kennedy for abortion restrictions.

*widget boy cultureDOUBLE SHOT: Susan Sarandon & Jake Shears pic-with in L.A.:

Susan Sarandon Jake ShearsJake & Susan were nabbed by my pals John & Matthew!

*widget boy cultureKen Burns scrubs gayness from The Roosevelts. JOan Crawford

*widget boy cultureDamiana Garcia's motives are Transparent.

*widget boy cultureBarbra Streisand makes history at #1.

*widget boy cultureNew Madonna music said to be “wicked.”

*widget boy cultureI'm at 200 backers!!! Debbie-Harry

*widget boy cultureJoan Crawford last seen in public 40 years ago this week.

*widget boy cultureFacebook will purge all drag queens' profiles w/o birth names.

*widget boy culture40 (!) years of Blondie.

*widget boy culture100 (!) orgasms a day = a nightmare.

*widget boy cultureSee-through is a matter of taste, but even the tabloids liked Gaga's turban.

GagaEvita meets Sunset Boulevard meets TITS! 

 
Sep 22 2014
The Reviews Are In: 10 Vintage, Personal Takes On NYC Theater Comments (0)

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Made a fun find at the Broadway Flea Market yesterday—a stack of old Playbills from some guy (I assume) who seems to have seen every show on the boards from the '60s until at least two years ago. What makes his collection special is he jotted down his reviews on the covers...and at times they're hilariously malevolent, if not also downright wrong. The original Chicago? Hated it. Torch Song Trilogy? Too much mugging and the fat fag with a gravel voice never could be believed.

Check them out below (all of the below is quoted from his writing)—some of them are priceless...

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