The Genius Of Paul Frees

I like spooky all year ’round. Don’t you? No? Halloween only? – OK, so click back in October. For the rest of us, here’s a little Paul Frees behind the scenes.

The Haunted Mansion – The Genius Of Paul Frees

A collection of out-takes and unused narration from the original Haunted Mansion, providing a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of Paul Frees. The voice of Marc Davis can be heard in the background, as he and X. Atencio direct the recording sessions.

 

 

 

Basil Twist’s “Symphonie Fantastique” is Required Theater

It’s back after twenty years! Symphonie Fantastique is a theatrical abstraction to the music of Berlioz using all underwater puppetry. Sounds interesting? Well it’s not interesting, it’s enthralling. It’s transportation. It’s theater in the form of food for your mind, vitamins for your spirit and a happy pill for your soul. If you have not yet experienced it there are only two words I have for you.

YOU MUST.

It is only playing for a short while longer. Fly here if you have to. It’s that good. If you are an artist of any kind you will find a renewed enthusiasm in creating. If you are a dancer you will want to move in a new way. If you are a garbage truck driver who quit school in Jr, High, you will “freakin’ love this shit!” Honestly – this is very powerful abstraction that sends your mind to a place where nobody else’s can go. It’s personal. Warning : If you are an overly emotional lover of beauty itself like me – THERE WILL BE SILENT TEARS.

Please go and see Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist. It’s as good as Mummenschanz on Broadway. OKAY! There it is! I said it!

It really is.

GET TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION HERE

 

Parker’s New Book

Calm down, calm down now. Look, I’m just as excited about this as you are but I’m not about to spill this beer and I mean coffee all over my barely alive keyboard.

Yes, the rumors are true – Parker Posey has a new book out and I’m sure it’s genius. If you want to read about it you can do that HERE.

As many of you might know, Parker is somebody I am proud to call friend and let me tell you privately, she is good at being a friend. She doesn’t bug you but will always answer an email or a phone call. She’s a great date and pretends to love anything you might bring her. I think that’s classy. “Oh my god! A little ceramic…is it ceramic?… a little…it’s so… I love it. Thank you! How are you?”

Ok so – New Book – “You’re On An Airplane”

I haven’t read it yet so I won’t try to review it but I’m guessing by the title that it’s a bunch of suggestions for improv scenes? Right? Maybe like, “You’re on an airplane and a terrorist has just slit the pilot’s throat…” GO! -you feel me?

No? well….it could be.

It could also be a re-telling of all the times you passed out and the first things you remember hearing after you woke up? Maybe? No? Anybody? No?

Ok, so after I read it I will have a better understanding of what it is about and I will let you know. I’m excited about it because it doesn’t look too long. Right? Plus really long books are super heavy to carry around so you leave them at home and you never read them because there’s TV at home, obviously, why should you?  Hey don’t act like you don’t know exactly what I”m talking about, Mr. “An Understanding of Sophocles” at The Beach. OK? Let’s keep it real here.

Now, there are two things that I would like to point out about Parker Posey’s new book that I have not read.

A. – Yes, that IS a leather turban.

And 2 –

Black Manicure – like ink from a type-writer ribbon.I get it.

Author, black manicure, probably using pens all the time – pretty smart, kid!!

Having worked in the past very intensely on a NYT best-seller (12 weeks, bitches) by a little lady with the last name of Sedaris , I can tell you that this book feels like a winner to my experienced touch, I mean…the cover does. To me, it looks like a hit. I of course, have not read this book but I have managed to write a post about it and drop two famous actress names in the process. See how I did that? That, my friend, is called creating entirely
“content free media.” Look around, it’s very popular, you’ll find it “on TV every night between All My Children and Jeopardy!!”  Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you knew – that was from Paris Is Burning – not Pose. Don’t get me started with Pose. No hunney – I love Posey not Pose. I’m just gonna park it right here with Pose.

Making The Boys – This Documentary Is Amazing.

Find it online. Findout all about the boys, the times, the struggles, and the brand newness of it. Vintage Fire Island super eights alert! Mart’s star studded memories were makin’ me say, “whaaaaa?” quite a bit…luckily I was alone. It’s truly inspiring and smart. I’m only about eight years late with watching this one – good thing it’s timeless.  Have you seen it? If not I really think you should. Sal Mineo hits the screen in a bathing suit for a hot second to boot = Essential doc watching.

GAG Wants YOU!

GAG wants YOU to spray paint your clothes with our stencils and then WEAR THEM at The March with us!

Join your fellow GAGGERS tomorrow, June 23rd, for our ANNUAL SPRAY PARTY at Lucky Bar (168 Avenue B between 10th & 11th Streets) from 1:00pm – 5:00pm! Bring a t-shirt, jacket, messenger bag, hat, bra or jockstrap to spray paint the Gays Against Guns logo onto, and have fun huffing paint with your GAG family. The family that huffs together stays together!

Then the NEXT DAY, Sunday, June 24th, is the PRIDE MARCH! There’s been a LOT of contention around the organization of The March this year. Not least of which comes from Heritage of Pride limiting each contingent to 200 participants. They’re issuing wristbands, and asking folks to show the wristband to access the holding area, from which we’ll be stepping off to join the March. Because of this provision, GAG decided to ask as many of us as possible to participate as Human Beings (the folks dressed in all white, each of whom represents someone who lost their life to gun violence). Our *goal* number is 104 Human Beings, because that’s the average number of people who die from a gunshot every day in The United States. At this time we have 75 people confirmed and over 30 who’ve signed up but haven’t replied to our confirmation text / email. So, if you’re definitely interested in being an HB but haven’t signed up yet, PLEASE email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com

If you want to march with us, but are NOT interested in being an HB, you have a few options. We’re looking for a some more marshals, and a few more HB wranglers (people who’d make sure the HB’s are fine, have water if needed, and don’t get approached by other marchers). If you’re interested in helping out in those ways, please also email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com. You’ll be asked to wear all black so as to distinguish yourself from the HB’s. The OTHER option is slightly more complicated. We definitely want as many people to march with us as possible, and we encourage you to join us, even if you don’t have a wristband. We were told that some of the Resistance contingents would be arriving with fewer than 200 people, and that the Heritage of Pride volunteers who will be staffing the entrance to our staging area, which is 17th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, would make allowances for that fact. (IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE : you MUST approach this area from the WEST side of the avenue. There will NOT be an opportunity to cross the avenue at 17th Street, or probably anywhere near there). It is, however, crucial to know that we don’t have any assurances from HOP that people without wristbands will be allowed into our staging area. This is one of the many, many issues that some individuals, as well as the group The Reclaim Pride Coalition, have been upset with Heritage of Pride about. To voice your anger and/or concerns, attend the Reclaim Pride Coalition meeting tomorrow (Saturday 6/23) morning at The Center (208 W 13th Street in Manhattan) from 11:00am – 2:00pm and make yourself heard.

So, we’d love to see you all there, but be forewarned that there’s a possibility that it will include an argument at the gate. There will be GAG members at 17th St & 7th Ave at all times, so please reach out to them if you’re experiencing difficulty entering the staging area. This is OUR March, and we do NOT want ANYONE to be kept from participating in it.

Gays Against Guns had our very first public appearance at The Pride March in 2016. It was only a few short days after the Pulse shooting, and our emotions were raw and on display. We could never have imagined that GAG would not only survive, but flourish into a national organization, with new chapters springing up often. We’ve introduced direct action and civil disobedience into the vernacular for the Gun Violence Prevention movement, and we’ve charted a course for new groups, such as March For Our Lives, by showing them that the time for polite conversation around the topic of gun violence has past. We’re so VERY proud of the work that we’ve done, and the accomplishments that we’ve made. And we owe it all to you : our membership. YOU ARE GAG! JOIN US AT THE MARCH AND CLAIM YOUR SPACE!!!

For more info about GAG, visit : www.gaysagainstguns.net