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Our drag messes Peg Zilla and Monster have re-located to Melbourne. They are so far down under but they’re still up in the WilderMess. Check out the video that they shot on a day off from rehab.
On Saturday, Mary Messhausen and myself saw Pearls Over Shanghai, the reproduction of the musical by The Cockettes. The updated version is brought back to the stage 40 years after its debut by The Thrillpeddlers in collaboration with some of the original Cockettes members.
It was great to see original composer Richard “œScrumbly” Koldewyn on the piano and original Cockette Rumi Missabu reprising his role as the evil Madame Gin Sling (photo below). It is such a fun and exciting show, including an opium induced scene played in the dark. Our favourite song is “Apples and Won Ton” sung by Lili Frustrata.
Pearls Over Shanghai is playing in San Francisco until August 1st.
The Thrillpeddlers are currently also playing Hot Greeks, which was the only other scripted book musical by The Cockettes. Now I wish I had seen this one too.
One of the highlights of the Live Film! Jack Smith! festival of the arsenal cinema in Berlin was seeing and meeting legendary underground superstar Mario Montez, who had not appeared in public for 30 years. Mario started his career with the Jack Smith films Flaming Creatures (as Dolores Flores) and Normal Love before becoming one of he first Warhol superstars.
With Jack Smith, he shared a fascination of 1950’s/60’s gay camp icon Maria Montez, who became the source of inspiration for Mario’s drag name.
The next few photos have images from Mario Montez’ scrapbook projected in the backdrop. The first two are Maria Montez movie posters.
There is a rare screening of Viola Klein’s movie Raw. Doc Nancy, Toffi and myself play Hortense, Phyllis and Susan, who live in a self-supporting environment, far away from their former stage, the Vanity Ballroom.
Get tickets for this program Friday, May 15th, 7:45pm.
After that, you should just stay at Cinecycle for a screening of The Beaver Trilogy.
Then, take a cab to The Beaver for the afterparty. Mary Messhausen is hosting, Fay Slift is performing with M+M, Will Munro and Alex W are djing. You don’t want to miss that.
Mary and myself have been asked to come up with a project for Pride Toronto. It looks like we’re going to provide nasty entertainment in the afternoon of Saturday, June 27. Today, we’ve sent in our biography:
Mary Messhausen and produzentin were found wandering hand-in-hand
through the woods by a travelling circus troupe at the age of 4.
Raised by the Bearded Lady, these girls learned their tricks by
hustling and bustling from the outskirts of St. John’s to the inner
harbour of Victoria.
Mary and produzentin, 19 and 20 respectively, currently reside in
And on the same evening, it is PrideNuts at The Beaver. Can you spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R ?
Look closely at the picture above and get some make up tips from Candy. And watch the trailer to the upcoming documentary about Ms Darling, including a short interview clip with John Waters.
She was baptized James Lawrence Slattery in 1944 but reinvented herself as Candy Darling in the late 1960s after leaving suburban Long Island for the streets of the West Village, a place in the back room at Max”™s Kansas City and a role as muse.
She hung out with artists like Andy Warhol and crossed paths with musicians like David Bowie. The filmmaker Paul Morrissey put her in two of his movies. Lou Reed wrote the Velvet Underground song “œCandy Says” with her in mind and included a verse about her in his “œWalk on the Wild Side.”
It was as a teenager in the summer of 1966 that Mr. Newton first met Candy Darling, a self-styled transgender glamour girl. (…) The two soon became friends and roommates, living together in Manhattan and Brooklyn until 1974, when she died of Hodgkin”™s lymphoma at 29.
(…) In 1997 his remembrance of his friend, “œMy Face for the World to See,” was published. And more recently he began working with others on a documentary, “œBeautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar,” which he said was scheduled to be shown in theaters and broadcast on the Sundance Channel near the end of this year.
Earlier: Candy Darling Quotes
My second Dame Edna post in a week, who knew?
“I have had a little cosmetic surgery. I had some crow’s feet added to my eyes because people said that I looked too young.”
“Does the ageing process worry me? Yes, it will do, when I start to age. Meanwhile, it worries me in other people because I have to keep repeating myself, talk louder and help them out of their chairs. And in my mother’s case purÃ©e her meals.
I invented diets and my most successful one is my famous “All Cake Diet”, exclusively of yummy cakes finally inducing nausea and projectile vomiting which is nature’s most effective weight-loss programme.”
Start the new year with the spectacular limited edition Dame Edna Mac Cosmetics line. There’s lots of mauve and sparkles. Don’t sleep on it.