Professional attention-seeker and onstage ranter Michelle Shocked has announced she will return to San Francisco to play a free concert on Sunday, June 30th — the closing night of S.F. Pride festivities. Adding to the already bizzarre and controversial setup, Shocked's concert will coincide with a press blitz/egotrip coordinated across the SF Examiner and SF Weekly.
While many, including ourselves, hoped Shocked's dubious relevance would fade once her tour was cancelled and the retweets died out, the alt-folk singer thrust herself back into limelight late last week. She took to Twitter on Friday to announce the free concert, the SF Weekly exclusive, a treasured spot in the 2013 Pride Guide spread and a forthcoming opinion piece in the Examiner.
Is this really necessary? Does anyone care if she tries to explain herself? Especially at Gay Pride? Especially in San Francisco, the gayest city that ever gay-gayed? I really look forward to NOT reading her interview in the SF Weekly.
Vera Johnson, the owner of the Village Green Perennial Nursery, contacted me about having a platform to express her feelings about Friday's show.
Do you regret having Michelle Shocked play? Yes, I regret that after talking with Michelle that I did not take some time to separate myself from the situation and think it through. I did not have enough facts. After the show was cancelled, it dropped off my radar and I went on with my own life. Michelle showed up at my business, during work hours and persuaded me to allow her play here and answer people's questions. Under no circumstances did I intend to imply that I support bigotry or hatred. I apologize deeply to anyone that this has offended.
Do you stand by your decision to have her perform? NO. I think speaking to her would have been enough and should have been enough. But it happened, and I can't change it. It's a hard lesson that I can use to learn from. I understand the frustration that is out there about this situation. I am frustrated too. I can only speak my truth and learn from my misjudgement. That is truly what this is, a misjudgement that I own. From a place of honesty, I seek forgiveness from those who were hurt as I also work through forgiving myself.
Holy Ho-Mo! 'Mo-Wave totaled 33 bands, over three days, plus theater and a visual art show (which you can still see, through May 4th.) My head is still spinning. Here are some photos of the mostly musical highlights at Chop Suey. It was an incredible and inspirational weekend, to say the least...
Highlight #1: Rachel from the Need's drumming. Holy wow.
Highlight #2: This leather bikini pouch thingie, ala Ononos
Garrett Vance is a name you should know, respect, and grapple to your heart. First of all, WHOA. Can he ever wear a beard! And secondly, you've probably already stumbled across him more than once, even if you were quite unaware of it. NOT ONLY does he appear in the band Secret Shoppers (swoon!) and the brand-new band Night Cadet (double swoon! All moody and Portishead-y, I just love them), but you've also seen his handsome hairy mug marrying a filthy goat on the cover of this here tree-murdering rag for our marriage-equality edition last November.
Mr. Vance cornered me at Pony and chewed my little ear off in excited tones about 'Mo-Wave, the new queer music and arts festival, while it was still in its wee early planning stages several months ago. The event seeks to aggressively remedy "the vapid and self-deprecating gay culture that's televised and marketed." (I'm paraphrasing.) Garrett gushes, "Seattle finally has their first comprehensive queer arts festival! Secret Shoppers has played Portland's version, and it's great to have our own." The several-night, several-venue event kicks off tonight, and bounces us between PONY and CHOP SUEY. Pony will have some top-drawer DJing starting at 5 p.m., including Shenanigans and DJ K-Kost, but the lion's share happens at Chop Suey with MC Queen Mookie, DJ Bmorefree, our friends Amateur Youth, My Parade (an "all people of color dance punk band"!), Glitterbang, Ononos, the Need, and, of course, MORE! This is a very good thing. Pony, 5 pm, free, 21+; Chop Suey, 6 pm, $15 adv/$18 DOS, 21+.
I shall waste not breath nor ink nor trees nor time nor the labors of even the teeniest suffering little brain cell left screaming in my skull trying to explain Dina Martina, to describe her, or convey her aspect, demeanor, or shtick in any way—at this strange juncture, you either Dina or you Don't. (And if you Don't? POSH! TISH! Away! I will have none of thee!) I am merely here to sound the clarion cry—Dina is back, with a rare and brand-new spring show, and that motherfucker starts tonight. Re-bar, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+.
We are so busy this weekend! (Start chugging that Gatorade now, lady, or your liver is gonna petrify.) I think it's a nice idea to ease our way into it early with something calmer and lower-octane than we're generally accustomed to: How about a lovely book reading? How charming! How pointy-headed! How sexishly booky! A little literary prefunk to titillate our fagbrainz, starring a lovely new transplant from San Francisco who I'm just dying for you to meet: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of such winsome titles as Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? and Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Mattilda is a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing purple fabulous, and tonight she will read from her newest work, The End of San Francisco, which they are calling "part memoir, part elegy." Mattilda is a thrilling addition to our queer little pond. I can't wait! (Neither can you!) Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 pm, free, all ages.
Michelle Shocked, known for living up to her surname, cleared out San Francisco club Yoshi’s last night, and shut down the venue, after she went on an anti-gay tirade, which she summed up by saying, ”You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’
“She said she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry,” tweeted one audience member.
Hiya, folks. Meander's Kitchen will not be hosting Michelle Shocked for her April 26th performance in Seattle due to her homophobic performance in San Francisco last night, during which she actually said "God Hates Fags". I'll post more about this later. But no. Just, no.
What was born as a protest against police harassment two-ish years ago has become a booze-and-lust-fueled adventure in perversion. Delicious! And Nark Magazine, the producer of the event, has invited special guest Willam from RuPaul's Drag Race to host-slash-perform. Haute Toddy from San Francisco will man the decks (as 'twere), and DJ Nark himself has promised to spank your bottom if you're naughty. And you are. Seattle Eagle, 10 pm, $10, 21+.
Two veterans of the fertile East Village Art Scene of the 1980's, Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman, share the stage for the first time since they both appeared at seminal New York venues like Club 57, Mudd Club and CBGBs.
Borrowed from the title of a Klaus Nomi song, "Lightning Strikes" marks the first collaboration between Arias and Hoffman - both of whom were close friends and collaborators of the late German counter-tenor. Nomi and Arias famously backed up David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979 and the two were close friends up until the time of Nomi's death.
by Kelly O
on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM
...When police asked 24-year-old Allen Blair Casey if the cause of the plate attack was because his boyfriend was listening to Morissette's music, Casey replied, "That's all that motherfucker listens to."
Alleged dinner plate wielding face smasher, Allen Casey
The upcoming Mo Wave Music and Arts Festival may have just gotten a whole lot more New Yorker-y! Living legend Joey Arias will be in Seattle, and one of Mo Wave venues is possibly set to host the official Joey Arias after-party.
How has YouTube not put the smackdown on those BARE BOOOOOOBIES at the 3:54 mark?! Not that I *want* them to, but I've been kicked off of YouTube twice, on lesser boob violations. I guess YouTube is less strict, as long as it's straight—no homo? Actor Ray Winstone even puts said bare boobie IN HIS MOUTH at 4:09 mark.
Reading about how Nu Sensae and Gaytheist have made OUT Magazine's 'Year In Queer Aggro' music list reminds me—are you getting excited, yet, about the 1st Annual, first-ever, Seattle Mo-Wave Festival? Whaaaaaaaat?! You don't know about it? It's happening April 12-14, at Chop Suey, Pony, Wildrose, and the Cockpit. Look at the frickin' lineup!
The Need (Reunion!) / Team Dresch / Gayethist / Big Dipper / Double Duchess / Magic Mouth / Shearing Pinx / Dick Binge / Ononos / Redwood Plan / Wishbeard / Glitterbang / Jenn Ghetto's S / My Parade / Erik Blood / Pony Time / Night Cadet / Eighteen Individual Eyes / Betsy Olson / Sundries / Adé
Tonight, in the second installment of TUCK at Chop Suey, you can not only can basque in the glamour-glow of host BenDeLaCreme—alongside Ade, Aleksa Manila, Jackie Hell, Mama Tits, Robbie Turner, and fly girls MicKiki—you also get to dance with New Orleans Booty God, Vockah Redu:
I hear there's an advice booth THAT REALLY WORKS (!), and just like last time (see photos), a chance to get a fabulous makeover by Miss Jackie Hell.
Photo by DJ Clam-Master J
Pretty baby: Jackie Hell makeover magic
Giiirl, what are you waiting for? There's outfits to prepare! Purchase tickets here. $10/ $8 in drag. Arrive before 10:30 and have your name entered in a raffle to win $100 cash. More info here!
by Kelly O
on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Can this girl work it? You better believe it!
A Drag Queen “Work-It” Shop by Jerick Hoffer Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 11 am - 4 pm Balagan Theatre 1524 Harvard Ave. Seattle, WA 98122, ages 16+
$5 administrative fee, includes 2 comp. tickets to preview performances of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Moore Theatre. Reservations taken by Sarah Loritz, STG Community Programs Manager at 206.467.5510 ext. 1171.
The "Work-It" Shop Jerick Hoffer, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Season V of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will conduct a drag queen workshop. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group and Balagan Theatre, this class will teach developing students the art of Drag/Female Impersonation from internal process, character development, and movement to makeup analysis and consultation. Students are asked to provide their own makeup.
There have been serious developments. These developments are shrouded thickly in mystery, conjecture, and terrible lies. (Mostly terrible lies—as usual.) The question: After roughly 20 zillion years there, WHY has Bacon Strip left Re-bar forever? What's the motive? What was the damn point? Was it Re-bar's roaming phantoms? The phantom smell? Was there some sort of "falling-out-of-bed," as 'twere? Bad blood? Moody blues? And who precisely is ditching whom for presumably greener pastures in this deal, if anyone is indeed ditching anyone at all, anyway? WHY, for the love of sweet holey-handed Jesus's lemon-scented urinal cakes, I ask you, WHY?! Nobody's talking. A mystery.
Some conjecture (i.e., "lies"): Jinkx Monsoon put a curse on it. Owner Carla Schricker is turning it into a Marriott. Sylvia has drag-queen dementia. (Caused by tight wigs.) They just can't get Dina Martina off the stage. THE FUCKING MAYANS AGAIN. All of the above.
The point: Bacon Strip is happening at Chop Suey now. Reactions to this rather serious move have ranged from "Huh?" to "I don't know what the fuck you're even talking about" to "OH SHIT! Please just kill me and end the pain," while some have noted Chop Suey's dreadful flow pattern and extra, extra ice cubes. (I have no idea what anyone is taking about, of course, but SOME people...)