Saturday, October 29, 2011


We'll meet again
Older & wiser-
Souls aligning
And allowing the water to be correctly fahrenheit-ed.
Swimming inspired,
Rolling in the sand at our hips-
Pacific waves laughing at us entwined.

to work hard for-
who brings out the best-
that hasn't forgotten about l-o-v-e...
because I remember it feeling different.

Clamoring for sophistication
Black and white checked reality
With an R&B soundtrack
Like The Isley Brothers
Or Reverend Al Green

At Long Last (like Cole Porter)-
Love merely dabbed behind the ears won't do.
Dotted on wrists is but a sample-
I'm here for real-
Doing what I must
Insuring there is happiness on the horizon-
Fragranced fog and
Mountains of music in which to run and hide and seek.

You will fade without proper care.
It's already begun.
Do what you must-
But if there is a karmic love experience that exists,
like singers of great songs describe-
Like the naive bliss of Marvin Gaye-
Like the heart & soul-roll of Isaac Hayes-
Like the unrepentant apple-cide of John Lennon,
That is a punch in the face.

The kick in the teeth-
Like life's got ya down-
The real world beauty that allows the sun shines to halo-
Outlining your freckled whisp-ed visage,
Your voodoo witchcraft and tribal muse-
Surrounded and cut off like an island mynx.

Like a ballerina
In a chiming box-
Satin-covered, mirrored-wood-
Like delicate perfection.
Like a yellow flower dancing in a cool waft
on a grassy hill bunkered in bloom.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

in the studio with k.g. superstar

Big things are happening in the land of! I've been working on finishing up my first volume of poetry (tentative release Jan 2012), and had the chance to collaborate with producer K.G. Superstar. For those keeping track, K.G. and I met at The King-King back in '08 and began working together almost immediately on a variety of projects and live performances. It's been a minute since we've done anything, so it was pretty cool being in the studio with Mr. Superstar behind the board.

<-K.G. & myself are always at The Floor. Watch this space, follow me on facebook & twitter or check out my new tumblr page to keep apprised of what's going on. These recordings promise to present poetry in some new ways with some great accompaniments and creative input from some special guests.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Floor 43 : Project Share Love

The Floor 43 was a treasure trove of talent and good vibes, the air inside was crisp and clean and a nice kick off to a Hollywood Autumn. Buried deep within the grime of the nefarious city, The Floor 43 celebrated love, life - and with the participation of Gabriella Murillo and Shannon Berry (Project Share Love) - helping others. 

Project Share Love's Gabriella Murillo and Shannon Berry
This is the spirit of Sa-Ca. This is the spirit of The Floor. 

Walter Davis M.D. 

K.G., Asa and me

Trying to catch some of K.G.'s "nerd boy"swag

Getin' down with Ca-Wa-Sa

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vintage Trouble : The Documentary

Vintage Trouble had the foresight to make a documentary about their staggeringly successful trip overseas. I was asked to participate in this project, so keep an eye opened for details coming soon!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

EASTSIDE LOVE : Robert Vargas, Red Zebra & Eastside Luv

 I have much love for the East side.

Despite my allegiance to Santa Monica and all points West, there's no denying the amazing things that are happening other places. Eastside Luv, the Boyle Hgts watering hole that is the coolest, most un-pretentious hang in town is my favorite spot. A couple of friends of mine do a burlesque show there, and about once a month they do something called Morrissey-oke.

Outside ESL with Carolina and Liinda

Caro and Liinda outside of Vargas' mural at ESL

Robert Vargas is bigger than ever.
In a convergence I am fond of, Mr. Vargas has combined his own sizable talents with some generous real estate - the wall on the outside of Eastside Luv.

A couple of Saturdays ago, the day began with Robert Vargas walking from downtown, crossing the First Street Bridge into Boyle Heights, accompanied by musicians, and creative luminaries from the downtown art scene in a symbolic reversal of his own personal journey from East to West (America).

Vargas explains "So much has been made about the crossing of the bridges from East to West in search of opportunity, my walk from West to East is signifying the change of that perception."

Vargas: “More than merely just hanging up work, it’s important to me to include and engage the neighborhood so that they too feel they are apart of the creative process. I was born at White Memorial just behind here. I view this show as a homecoming.” He added : “Willie has done an amazing job with Eastside Luv. It’s an integral part of the rebirth of this historic corridor and I am pleased to contribute.

Robert Vargas' Red Zebra (ABOVE/Below) celebrates art and life and diversity and creativity and the creative themselves, combining live music and a DJ fueled dance floor with live painting, life drawing stations with professional models, dancing girls, a full fashion show in a club atmosphere at a beautiful downtown location.
This particular fashion show featured upscale latex from Black Licorish.

Tonight's Red Zebra attendees reveled in the collective energy generated by so much creativity in one room. Shout out to princessFrank, Taryn, Rick (Tasha Taylor's bassist) and the party host Robert Vargas!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Royal/T Gallery Opening : East Village West

Having recently been able to watch photographer Austin Young in action [9/19/11 - Young Nudes On The Beach], I went to the East Village West opening at the Royal/T. Austin's California New Wave collection was on display, and Austin himself was taking photos of attendees willing to get a "new wave" makeover. Austin's group (including Andrew, Taryn, Squeaky and Fade-Dra) applied make-up and avant garde couture to a host of excitable folks of spanned generations; those who partied at this saudade known as Club 57 and those NOW who worship this era even though it would be a solid decade or two before they took their first breath of life. 

The main part of the exhibit was curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf; a collection of art from New York City’s neo-Dada 1980s art movement. (fyi-the exhibit runs until January 10, 2012).
A mix of ephemera included collections as diverse as monster movies, hip-hop culture, Klaus Nomi, Marilyn's tombstone, club flyers, space age 3D animation, burlesque and fashion.  As colorful as the exhibit was, the opening night crowd was appropriately adorned. Princess Poppycock was in attendance. And if you came looking drab, Austin's crew could new-wave-itize you. ("New Wave makeovers featured electric airbrushing and credit card blush! Make-up provided by MAC.")
see slide show below

The music of this era was played, mixing the new wave "rock" with the funky music that is the heartbeat of 80s NYC. Due to the appearance of tracks by ESG, Bow Wow Wow, Klaus Nomi, The Chakachas, Blondie, The Jimmy Castor Bunch and many more, I consider it essential listening.
Check it out here [Club 57 Mix]

Artists include Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Kitty Brophy, Bruno Schmidt, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson and Vincent Gallo.
<-click image at left to enlarge INVITE.

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