A new film about Burning Man – Dust & Illusions, which has its first public screening tomorrow night at CELLspace in a benefit for the fire arts collective Flaming Lotus Girls – revives questions about whether the rapidly growing event has missed an opportunity to transform itself from the best party on the planet into an important and enduring sociopolitical movement. Read more »
Crude Reflections opens with pastoral scenes of a rainforest lagoon and the looming roots of a giant ceiba tree. Indigenous Ecuadorians are dancing in an open-air hall and traveling by canoe down tributaries of the Amazon River. A placid stretch of water seems threatened by nothing more than a puffy white thunderhead.
Part of what makes Project Runway so good is that it loves its clever queers. By no means is the show light on standard-issue drama, but one thing its producers and editors don't abide is bullshit fabulousness comedy routines. They love their bitchy overcompensators (Christian) and their angelic peacekeepers (Danny V.) and their hyperbaric chambermaids (Austin Scarlett, and Malan Breton from Taiwan) and their everything-but-the-sodomy queens (Vincent Libretti), but they would not put up with a Carson Kressley. Read more »
LOCAL ARTISTS Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna TITLE Photos of El Mexican’t and The Shame-man THE STORY Chicano performance artist Gómez-Peña’s and Native American conceptual artist Luna’s ongoing project The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t challenges stereotypes, assumptions, and lazy thinking about race and culture. Read more »
One-armed bandit: Machine Girl's Asami lost an arm in her battle against a shady ninja family, but that doesn't mean you should stand in the way of her quest for vengeance (witness the poor slob in the rear).
Ho boy, are you ready for the nightmares? That's practically guaranteed this weekend as the Another Hole in the Head fest closes out with its final mow-down. Read more »
It's official, I've gone bi. Bi-coastally Fringe that is. The 18th annual Montreal Fringe Festival has begun, and I'm here to play my role. Like the San Francisco Fringe, of which I'm also a part, the Montreal Fringe offers an eclectic array of unjuried theatrical performances, from dance to drama, acrobatics to absurdities, spoken word to shadow puppetry. Read more »
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 The Lost Coast (Gabriel Fleming, US, 2008) Writer-director Fleming recorded location sound for Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2006), and all that time spent in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains must have rubbed off on him. Read more »