Wednesday, March 30, 2005

To Do List: LA Performing Arts

There's a lot of good theater going on this weekend, including some fabulous things I don't want to miss. I have a feeling there will be some complicated schedule where I try to do it all! What's a girl to do? Here are some of the highlights:

Just this Weekend:
Phranc at Highways - fabulously butch folksinger celebrating the 20th Anniversary re-release of her major album, Folksinger. Here Be Lesbians.

The New Theatre For Now festival at the Kirk Douglas theater is in its second week, and has some great shows. The performances I'd love to see, given infinte time and money (well, a pass to all shows is only $20, so I guess infinite money isn't necessary) include
- Gaytino by Dan Guerrero at 8pm tonight (Wednesday, March 30, 8pm)
- Merchant on Venice by Shishir Kurup, a reworking of Shakespeare's play set in the South Asian community in LA (Friday, April 1, 8pm)
- LAUSD written and performed by Sandra Tsing Loh, who I LOVE on KPCC. (Saturday, April 2, 5pm)
- With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit? written and performed by Carmelita Tropicana. This is a must see and I absolutely will be there! I adore Carmelita Tropicana and I saw her perform an exerpt from a piece about Elian Gonzales several years ago. I can't wait!

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2pm. They're doing a program celebrating their 20th Season which includes reviving old works as well as performing new ones. They have student rush tix available 2 hours prior to the performance for $10. Yay!

Drag Nuns in Tinseltown a documentary about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Los Angeles, is showing at 7:30pm on Sunday as a benefit for Highways.

- Electricidad by Luis Alfaro at the Mark Taper Forum
- Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words at the Ahmanson (opens April 8)
- Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at the Ark Theatre - campy and fabulous!
Movies! I still want to see Bride and Prejudice, Beauty Shop, and Sin City!

Monday, March 28, 2005

Like a Virgin

What to say in one's very first public blog post? Well, hello, I guess. And that I would be much delighted to hear from anyone out there with opinions or responses to anything I say. I'm mostly doing this to create a public persona for myself and to explore the sexy, creative, loudmouthed sides of myself. In my everyday life, I'm an unassuming theater student in Los Angeles interesed in queer performance and nostalgia, which involves much more psychoanalytic jargon than cool sexy performance. But here, I want to talk about performances I see, the things I read for fun, and in general things that turn me on. Let's start with an expanded list of my interests, so you can get to know me better:

alison bechdel, bdsm, bois, books, butch/femme, butches, carmelita tropicana, cherrie moraga, comics, corsets, critical theory, cultural studies, dangerous angels, drag, drag kings, drag queens, dtwof, dykes, eddie izzard, edna st. vincent millay, fantasy, feminism, femme drag, femmes fatales, film noir, film theory, francesca lia block, ftms, gender, genderqueer, gender studies, gertrude stein, gloves, graphic novels, handcuffs, highways performance space, holly hughes, joe orton, la, leather, lesbians, lgbt issues, lingerie, los angeles, michael cunningham, michelle tea, musicals, neil gaiman, nerds, pat califia, peggy shaw, performance art, queer theory, queer women, queers, science fiction, s/m, san francisco, sex, sexperts, split britches, susie bright, terry pratchett, the city of angels, the hours, the sandman, theater, tom stoppard, tristan taormino, vinyl, virginia woolf, vixens, women, women's studies

If you want to talk about any of these things, feel free to let me know.