Thursday, July 28, 2011

5 Days of Fun

I have some fun, busy days in front of me!

Today I'm going to be on a panel (with Matt, my friend Izzy and I'm not sure who else) regarding LGBTQIA issues for a UMKC class. The topics we're going to cover are:
  • cultural shifts to acceptance
  • 'outing' in the work place
  • hidden sexism that exists as homophobia
  • 'gay' as the in joke
  • bullying/suicide issue
  • how bi-sexuals are viewed within the community
  • gender identity vs. sexual orientation
  • challenges that face gender non-conforming or transgender students
so it should be an interesting conversation.

Tomorrow I'll be playing hostess to Matt's teenage half-sisters (who I just met Tuesday), showing them around Westport. They're really sweet and smart so I'm looking forward to that.

Can you tell they're related?

Friday evening and Saturday, I'll also be helping out as ticket-taker for the Cathouse Cabaret (which I also did last weekend).

It's a playful, sexy show with Cathy Barnett emceeing and lots of audience participation.

Cathy Barnett

Everyone who walked out last weekend had only good things to say about the show. I think the dancing is fantastic, and there are a lot of fun, differently-styled numbers to enjoy.

You can buy tickets online or at the door (from me). The cabaret is in an old speak-easy above the Morning Glory Antique shop. It's such a fun space :)

Day 357 of my self-portrait project
was taken @ Morning Glory Antiques

Then, Sunday is the finale of my 365 self-portrait project! Remember, you're invited to dress up and come help me. The more people who show up at Union Station the more fun this will be to stage, so I hop you take some time out of your weekend to drop by!

But, if you do have to miss it, you can hear all about it Monday on KCUR's Central Standard with Jabulani Leffall. I'll be on sometime between 9:45-10:30am (they're not sure yet if they'll put me at the front or the end of the show).

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 Music Videos with Robots

Probably because I've been reading Gunslinger Girl, a manga set in Italy about injured girls who have their bodies (minus the brain) replaced with cybernetic parts & then are brainwashed and trained to be assassins, I've had robots and how people imaginatively interact with them on the brain lately.

So here's 10 music videos featuring robots.... ROBOTS!!!!!!

::makes fake robot noises::

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger

LCD Sound System - Home

Flight of the Conchords - Robots

Bjork - All Is Full of Love

Janelle Monae - Many Moons

Dresden Dolls - Coin Operated Boy
You'll have to click through for this one since they disabled embedding.

Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

James Kochalka Superstar - Robot vs. Monkey

Pete Miser - Scent of a Robot

Liam Lynch - Scent of a Robot

Liam Kyle Sullivan - Shoes
Granted, you have to wait a while to see the robot in this one.. but it's there!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vintage Summer Fun

It's hot and Matt has the day off so I feel like playing, not blogging. Therefore, I will leave you with some pics of ladies having summer fun from back in the day. I've collected these from places across the interwebs, so sorry I can't give exact credit cause I don't recall...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Help Me Complete My 365 Self-Portrait Project!

Day 348
Day 348 of my 365 self-portrait project

The response to my 365 self-portrait project continues to amaze me. It's wonderfully surprising to have people come up to me and gush about how they love it, how it's inspired them. It's heart-warming and occasionally tear-inducing and it made me want to end my project with an invitation to come take part in my last self-portrait!

My artsy friends and I have been putting out heads together for the past several weeks, trying to come up with an inter-active celebration of sorts for my 365th day of the project. We finally came up with an idea that I think will be SO MUCH FUN!

Day 339
Day 339 of my 365 self-portrait project

The idea is to create a zany sort of Where's Waldo? effect for my last self-portrait. I'm hoping to get 20-30 people to dress up in their favorite costume (or to cosplay like me - because that would crack me up) and to join me at Union Station on July 31st at 5 PM (so mark your calendar).

That day, I'll give y'all a brief overview, then we'll arrange the camera and participants and start shooting! In the finished photograph, I hope to be visible, but only after a brief search through the rest of the crowd!

What do you think? Would you like to join me in celebrating my final day of this project, creating a unique image, and being silly in public?

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Whimsical Recycled Necklaces

I made good on my threat promise off-hand remark to make some necklaces after Tuesday's inspiration, and re-used some random bits and bobs that I've collected or that have been given to me since people know I like to re-use and re-purpose things.

First, I made the biggest, craziest necklace I've ever created. I used part of my broken fairy wings, feathers from an earring that fell apart, pieces of random jewelry bits I'd been given, a ribbon and button I had, and the wooden pieces of a broken windchime that Matt brought me from his job.
(Click either image to see the full size)

To make this, I ripped apart my fairy wings, separating the top from the bottom. Then I bent the top wings toward each other until they met at the top. I hand sewed them together, then sewed the ribbon on top of that. Next, I used thread to wrap the white feather to the bottom of the wings (which looked ugly before it was covered), and tied the windchime pieces and jewelry bits to it. Then I sewed the feather to the button and both of them to the wing. Finally, I painted the silver accents on the leaves.

This one is so long that it hangs down to my belly button when I wear it! Come to this Saturday's Create Your Own Reality event if you want to see me wearing it IRL.

The second necklace I made was far less complex. For this one I used pieces of a different broken wind chime (also from Matt), another feather from the earring-that-was, a wooden bead, and finally, the plastic Jesus on a cross from a rosary my friend Ramses gave me.

This was very easy to make! All I did was tie the pieces of the wind chime together, adding the feather and the cross before I did. Then I finished it off by tying on the wooden bead to one end and making a loop for it to go into on the other.

(For those of you wondering why I put Jesus on my necklace when I'm openly not Christian - it's cause I think Jesus is awesome. Any man who is a gentle-spoken philosopher/revolutionary who hangs out with sex workers and other social pariahs is my idea of a good guy.)

I had so much fun making these that I think I might try to make some more this weekend, since I have both a Create Your Own Reality event (Saturday) and a KC Crafters Society event (Sunday) to go to! If you have a creative itch you've been wanting to scratch, then you should definitely make time to go to one or both of these!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Style Inspiration: "The Pirate" and Recyclable Fashion

Image via JGDB

Went with my friend Isidoro to the downtown branch of the KC Public Library last night to see The Pirate, a Judy Garland/Gene Kelly musical.

Image via DVD Beaver

I think I've mentioned before that some of my biggest style inspirations are old movies, and the costuming on The Pirate was certainly interesting!

Image via DVD Beaver

I loved all the headgear worn by the townsfolk, the ladies especially.

Image via IMDB

Judy Garland wore an array of fabulous hats and veils, while most of the other women wore fantastically arranged head scarfs.

It inspired me to wear a head scarf of my own today, in a way I've never worn one before. But this definitely won't be my last time doing so!

Day 346 (today) of my 365 self-portrait project
(P.S. I made the necklace I'm wearing)

It's so effortless and fun to have the end of it just gently brushing my shoulder as I turn my head.

Another place I've found some wonderful and unusual fashion inspiration recently is the Advanced Style blog, created by photographer Ari Seth Cohen, who, according to his bio, "[roams] the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks." He posts images, videos and advice from geriatric fashionistas, and I have found it utterly fascinating!

For instance, today I watched two videos about a thrifter/jewelry-maker, Debra Rapoport, who likes "recyclable fashion." She's giving a class at the New York Museum of Arts and Design about making handbags soon, and if her jewelry is any indication, she's got some amazing tricks up her sleeves!

(Click here to see embedded video)

You can watch the other video, in which she's thrift store shopping, at Advanced Style.

I like how Debra makes huge, sculptural necklaces, and might just make one or two myself now that she's got me thinking of it... I did make a big necklace recently-ish based on an online tutorial with a galaxy image on it that I totally adore.

Day 272
Day 272 of my 365 self-portrait project

And before that I made a large necklace that was almost wreath-like...

So it's probably time for me to make something new and interesting to wear round my neck. Don't you think?

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Collage Collaboration

My friend, artist & poet Bob Savino and I have been getting together occasionally for the past several months and making collages together.

It's been a new experience for both of us because Bob had never collaged before, and I had never done so with someone else.

The last time we got together (besides this morning), Bob pitched an idea to keep our collaboration going beyond the collages: he wanted us to write ekphrasis poems in response to the collages we've been making.

What's more, he wanted me to start. So, I started writing something in response to the collage we made together that day:

And after I was done, I sent my half to Bob and within a few days he had completed the poem and sent it back to me:


Face the mountain with a smile extend hennaed hands
to receive the lotus blooms that skeleton tarsals offer

Paradise dances on pollen dust and you sneeze
Not all sacred acts are serious

Between the mountain and the flower
electricity twines across the sky

like the web of some cosmic spider

like the web of some cosmic spider

my soul threads itself through everything I see
Mannequin faces staring beneath their stylish hats

lightning crackling from outstretched fingertips
hydras rollicking! the skeleton of an inhuman hand

I'll never stop taking the lotus wormhole to Paradise
Look all my tiny fish are swimming toward the light

I think it's pretty amazing what we came up with! I'll be interested to see how our collaboration continues to develop.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Our 4th Anniversary

Photo by Michael Forester

Matt and I celebrated our 4th anniversary yesterday!

It's still awesome & amazing to me how well we're able to get along. Each time we hit a wall, as it were, in our relationship, and I wonder how on earth we're going to make it through, we somehow do, usually fumbling, and I find the wall was just a dam holding back our river of love. Sorry to be sappy, I can't explain it any better than that. XP

I'm so blessed to be with someone who helps me, has so much in common with me, understands me, plays with me, and wants nothing but good for me. BEST RELATIONSHIP EVAR!

Thanks, baby.

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