L.A. Opera’s recent Mod Night at the Opera event on June 5th outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was a valiant effort on the part of the marketing and PR departments to attract a wider audience to the opera. Although there were only five Vespas and two Lambretta’s on view on the plaza, the stunning motobikes and their knowledgeable owners provided a nice addition to the standard operatically informative talks that take place inside prior to the performance.
Experimental dancers at Show Box LA are hoping to raise money to help keep their work going. We had no idea that they were in such a bummer situation so, please, if you are a fan of Los Angeles dance, give them a little love.
Sharon Needles has had a bigger influence on culture than we think. Gay and straight and queer alike, anyone with a ghoulish hint to them felt the faux-not-faux goth influence of the RuPaul’s Drag Race season four winner on their world. The performer didn’t necessarily originate this point of view in drag but she did clarify it and personify what it could be. As she said in an episode, “I am the future of drag.” and she clearly was and still is based on what we saw at Saturday’s Dragula at Faultline.
We’d heard of the event from seeing a poster for it in Los Feliz, one that featured a gangly cartoon ladyboy who was like a sexy Dr. Frank-N-Furter or even the ghost of Joan Crawford. With a clever name like “Dragula,” our interest for high camp was grabbed and we decided to try it out since good, unique drag is hard to come by in Los Angeles. We’d also been meaning to test the waters of Faultline to see if they were as dirty as we’d heard.
Cult show Mortified is coming to LA next week on June 19 at Hollywood’s King King. We’ve heard raves about this and we think you really, really need to go to this. We should be there!
June 14 for one night only is LOTUS EATERS EP, a play of sorts that is about the foibles of human contact. It features music by Reggie Watts with vocal work by Neil Gaiman, Marin Ireland, and Reed Birney. It’s a majorly multi-media piece and you will not want to miss it.