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.
Photo by David Allen
I spent the last few days chillaxing in Budapest. There are two main things to do here: eating cake and resting at a spa. Some of the thermal baths date back to the Turkish period. Like the KirÃ¡ly, which comes with extra gay gayness to clean out every orifice.
When I leave Budapest tomorrow evening, I guess I will be just as tender as a big, fat piece of warm butter. Melting away and ready to party. Fasten your seat belts.
Dear Readers, sorry for the long break.
Toffi and your humble hostess were on a whirlwind of a trip to Las Vegas and I needed more time to recover than I thought. Anyways, here is a quick preview of what’s to come. As always: the bags are full, full, full.
I vistited Beppu, the hot spring capital of Japan, in 2002. The whole city is basically running on hot steam. Nine of the hot springs are also known as Hells, which offer unlimited tourist fun.
Now today, eons after my visit, I received an e-mail from Beppu, letting me know that the Beppu city administration has installed a webcam. So cute:
We are very pleased to inform you that you can now observe hot springs steam. (…) We hope that you enjoy the scenery of Beppu-Kannawa Onsen, from time to time, through the Live -Camera available 24 hours a day.
Want to go back right now!
I’m basically overdosed on Gaudi.
Please send all your broken colorful tiles to my attention and I’ll prepare a turtle world out of them that will rival the Sagrada Familia but gayer. It shall be called “Gay Guell Tortuga (Gay)”. It shall take 77 years to be completed but it will not be finished ever. Think of it as an objet.
The turtle world will provide happiness to all people and will open everyday at 9 am. But the best pictures can be taken before 8 am, before the tourist busses arrive.
The merchandise shop will be open 24 h. The customers will be served free water.
Turtle World (Rendering 1)
Bearcelona: The Gaudi Years
German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe
Reading the daily newspaper Que the day after Spain won the Euro 2008 in front of the entrance to Sagrada Familia
More on flickr
Aus dem Top 10 Reisefüher Barcelona, unter Schwulen- und Lesbentreffs, #2:
Dietrich Gay Teatro Cafe
Dieser trendige Schwulen-Club verfügt sogar über einen eigenen Garten. Zuweilen treten in den goldfarbenen Interieurs zu House-Musik oder Garagen-Rock Drag Queens, Tänzer und Akrobaten auf.
As if the snow in Toronto wasn’t enough, I’m in Sault Ste. Marie until Friday. I’ve learned it’s somewhere in northern Ontario. I guess to make sure that everyone knows how to pronounce “Sault”, the city is also called Soo by them peoples.
I’ve put a couple of pictures on flickr.