Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of Tease-O-Rama- America's only weekend-long convention dedicated to the foxy, fabulous and all-round over-the-top world of burlesque! Two days and three nights of wild and wicked burlesque mania and go-go action! Witness the on stage antics of the most bodacious burlesque bombshells and the most far-out go-go girls Planet Earth has to offer! We have searched far and wide-from the sultry bayous of New Orleans to the mean streets of New York City to the anything-goes cabarets of the United Kingdom and back to the good old San Francisco Bay to bring you the most talented, tantalizing, tease-o-licious ladies performing burlesque today! Not to mention a star-studded cast of the best vaudevillians, comedians, world-class DJs, bands, entertainers and other weird and wonderful acts walking the stages of the world today!

Lucha Va Voom Halloween is coming.

RESFEST is an annual, global festival dedicated to showcasing innovative film, music, art, design and technology. Designed to support and inspire emerging talent, the festival kicks off each fall in the United States, and then journeys worldwide to over a dozen cities across six continents, building a global network of creators and audiences. The festival has supported breaking new talent, hosted visionary filmmakers, and pushed boundaries to rethink the visual language of cinema.
Since its founding in 1996, RESFEST has been both an artistic and technological pioneer. RESFEST was the world's first global event to champion desktop tools designed to empower the independent creator. Since then, the festival has evolved in response to the convergence of film, music, design, fashion and art. RESFEST is now the home for an even wider international cultural movement being created by the collision of creative disciplines.

The past week in Los Angeles RESFEST featured Michel Goundry - Michel Gondry's early precision with geometric concepts and his roots as a post-art school Parisian rock drummer are not the only factors setting the world-renowned visual innovator apart. Indeed, Gondry's ongoing collaborations with Bj?rk and The White Stripes succinctly suggest his seemingly inexhaustible well of visually and conceptually profound ideas and his understanding of what it takes to harness the visual medium to attain maximum impact. Never before seen special effects - both wildly inventive in-camera creations and the groundbreaking digital techniques created in tandem with his younger brother Olivier "Twist" - have also come to be synonymous with any new Gondry video clip. Gondry's inspired projects invariably involve one part science and one part punk rock DIY, which has, unsurprisingly, earned the director a place in the upper echelon of not only music video creators, but also in advertising and, increasingly, feature film. This retrospective presents Gondry's earliest videos created for his own band, Oui Oui, tests revealing the director's prescient explorations of seminal effects (such as the "frozen moment"), groundbreaking commercials and, of course, a smorgasbord of music video magic, including Gondry's latest for The White Stripes' "The Hardest Button to Button."
You can check out the six videos Michel directed on the latest Bjork Volumen DVD.

SHOWstudio is a fashion broadcasting initiative that invites leading creatives from the fields of art, fashion and design to collaborate on new work and transmit live events online. Bj?rk will answer your questions in a live interview this October.

Cinespia presents Shadow of a Doubt
Saturday, October 11th, 2003 at 7:30 P.M. $10, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower
No reservation necessary. Tickets sold at gate. Gates open at 6:30 pm.

From City Hall, Tweed Courthouse, and Gracie Mansion; to a cutting-edge art gallery made out of shipping containers, an ultra-modern fashion photo studio in a former gas station, and the state-of-the-art studios of Thirteen, the public will be able to explore more than 80 fascinating sites, free of charge, during the city's most extensive celebration of architecture and design.The first annual openhousenewyork will engage the public in New York's rich architectural, urban and historical development by providing access to a diverse array of architectural, engineering and design achievements.

Parents are cautioned as they enter the back gallery of the Metropolitan Museum's new exhibition, "The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839-1855," Sept. 23, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004. Among the stunning assembly of 175 portraits of painters, Scenes of the Seine and other early daguerreotypes are several 150-year-old nudes and a few historic pornographic images, including a daguerreotype of a pair of Sapphic lovers and the first known erotic daguerreotype of a black woman (both from the collection of the Getty Museum). What's more, an antique 3-D stereo viewer displays a Reclining Nude (ca. 1854) from the Met's own collection (acquired last year from Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro) that didn't make it into the exhibition catalogue. This classic image, which is hand-tinted with green and orange wash, shows a young woman in striped stockings, lying back on a divan with her skirts hiked high, engaging in the familiar solitary pastime.

Taiwan premier Yu Shyi-kun has provided the "east wind" that Taichung mayor Jason Hu was waiting for -- commitment that he plans to allocate $150 million from the national budget towards the $190 million cost of a branch of the Guggenheim Museum in Taichung City, according to a report in the Taipei Times. The Guggenheim recently said it would support the project if Taichung could pay for it. The design by deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, unveiled this summer, features moveable sections that pivot and raise up and down on rails.

The remake of one of my favorite horror flicks is coming 10/17 � The Texas Chainsaw Massacre !

I�ll have the Hot Ice CD player please�

Hot ticket for next month is "Black Belt," Oct 15, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, for which star curator Christine Y. Kim has assembled works by 19 contemporary artists reflecting a fascination with Bruce Lee, Kung Fu and Eastern martial arts imagery. With this pop material as a starting point, the curator says, "the artists in 'Black Belt' explore the continuum of cultural exchanges between Eastern tradition and philosophy and the evolution of polyethnic and transcultural American culture and identity." Artists in the show include Mark Bradford, Sanford Biggers, Iona Rozeal Brown, Patty Chang, Y. David Chung, David Diao, Sean Duffy, Ellen Gallagher, Rico Gatson, Luis Gispert, David Hammons, David Huffman, Arthur Jafa, Michael Joo, Glenn Kaino, Clarence Lin, Kori Newkirk, Paul Pfeiffer, Cynthia Wiggins and Roy Williams. A 100-page, illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore opens its new $20-million, 61,000-square-foot Brown Center for Digital Art & Design on Oct. 17, 2003. Named for patrons Eddie and Sylvia Brown, the crystalline, white-glass-sheathed structure is designed by architect Charles Brickbauer with the firm of Ziger/Snead LLP. The new center includes a 60-foot-high atrium, a 550-seat hall and studios and classrooms for undergrad students in experimental animation, interactive media and video, as well as for new MFA programs in photography, digital arts and in graphic design, the last headed by Cooper-Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary
Oct. 12, 2003-Sept. 13, 2004
Installation art from the collection, including works by Vito Acconci, John Bock, Dan Flavin, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Gabriel Orozco, Allan Sekula, Diana Thater and Doug Wheeler.

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