Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Boobs, fire, I think I want another latte

Been in Phoenix a week now... The desert hasn't swallowed me whole yet.

My survival plan is that my supreme whiteness will reflect enough sunlight to terrorize any scorpions or coyotes who get to "fillin' tha touch" as Mr. Banks says in 'All Ya Know.'

Several nights ago was First Friday here. The scene for First Friday in Philly is good, but the scene here is much better. However the visual art in Philly is better on the whole. I saw a couple pieces that were decent but for the most part it seemed like the gallery owners were incredibly competent at all the elements of running a gallery except, you know. Curating a decent show.

That said, I encountered one of the most unusual performance artists I've ever met. (And I went to Bard so, that's saying something.) His name is Barry Schwartz. He plays with electricity... 500,000+ volts... and dry ice. Giant metal armatures. Contact mics that translate the dry ice grating into intense ear pain the likes of which might make Blixe envious. You better believe there's going to be an Alterati article with that in there... so, I'm keeping that under my hat. Though alas I don't have a portable mp3 player or DV cam yet so all I have is still photos and my shoddy memory. I had a frenetic tour guide named joey and got myself fairly hung over from cheap wine and bummed cigarettes. I talked to what seemed like hundreds of people and can't recall any of their names.

On Saturday I filmed the Scandalesque burlesque troop at the Paper Heart. Ok, ok, I've been saying to all the burlesque people "I don't want to touch burlesque on Alterati." Fuck it, you guys win. The phenomenon is worth bringing up. Burlesque, roller derby, fire spinning. (Sometimes all together, too.) I'll do it all, if the content falls on my lap and people seem to want it. But as for the roots of these reincarnations- What gives girls? Just curious. I have a theory brewing but I'm open to input.

I'll edit a shortened version and put that up there probably sometime in May, along with a shitload of other content I don't have the time or inclination to talk about right now.

Finally, I got up Submission Guidelines for Alterati. If you're interested in running something with us, check it out.

No comments:

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...