Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Live From New York.....!

I just read that Gabby Sibide will be hosting SNL! Woohooo! I have yet to see Precious cause I haven't been wanting to feel totally depressed - March is bad enough as is. However, I've been really into the fact that Gabby seems to be the total opposite of her character - she is a firecracker! For instance take this awesome video where she says she'd "hit that" about Gerard Butler. Then she says it to his face,,,,then she seems to try to propose a three way with him and Billy Bush, the host. I love it. And I love that Gerard is a totally respectable dude about the whole thing. Almost makes me want to forgive that traumatic experience that was The Ugly Truth. Anyhow, Gabourey Sibide is capable of making shows like Jimmy Kimmel entertaining so I bet she can rock it on SNL.

ALSO have ya'll heard about The Women Of Comedy SNL Special. Betty White is joining up with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon. And then they're all gonna come over my house for an awesome sleepover party. Ok well in my dreams - but the SNL Special part is real.

Here's a clip from Parks and Recreation, which is really coming into its own in the second season. Here Poehler's character tries to take the blame for someone who got shot on a hunting trip.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Anna Halprin

This is a new trailer for a documentary about modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. Some of the archival footage looks really awesome!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

History (And Drinking) Are Bound To Repeat Themselves

Anything that combines history, drinking, and minor celebrities is right up my alley. Thankfully Drunk History is a new web series on Funny or Die that manages to bring together those three things for some very inebriated and disorganized re-telling of great tales from history.

Here's Jen Kirkman telling the story of Oney Judge one of George Washington's slaves. Jen has just downed a bottle and a half of wine and Washington is played by Danny McBride.

And here's the preview for the new HBO Drunk History special. Don Cheadle does Fredrick Douglas and Will Farrell is Abraham Lincoln.

Madame X

Clip from the film Madame X by Ulrike Ottinger in 1978.

Great Bellies

When I saw the below Alina Szapocznikow sculpture in a magazine today I immediately thought "oh shit its almost bathing suit season". I'm pretty sure the late Polish artist and Holocaust survivor did not have that on her mind when she made these "Great Bellies" sculptures. Yet, there is something along that wavelength going on when you think about the amount of dis-embodied lady parts you see around for purposes of selling something or turning someone on. Yet, I feel like in March everyone feels more like one of these bellies than a sexy boob or leg.

Ultimate Costume Change

If you ever want to waste half a lifetime on youtube fall into the rabbit hole that is Halima Boland (referred to on some sites as Halema Poland or Bolnd?). Halima is a Kuwaiti journalist and all around personality that I found out about from a friend who grew up in Kuwait. I'm having a hard time figuring out more about her since the internet is leading me in fruitless circles with the name confusion.

Apparently she drew a lot of inspiration from this Egyptian woman Sherihan. My favorite part of this video of her is at the two minute point.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Eileen Agar

Aside from being one of the most prominent women of the surrealist movement Eileen Agar is also one of my overall favorite artists. Born in 1899 she was not only a painter but worked in photo, collage, and sculpture. From reading a lot about the surrealist women I find it interesting that they were always pretty accepted in their own circles and time period. Many of them showed as widely as the men and were included in all the big group surrealist shows. Agar partied and talked art with Eluard, Breton, and Picasso. Yet, as time progressed the history books are the ones that forgot the women surrealist painters, not their contemporaries.

Onion NewsFlash!

Here's some recent helpful news from the Onion!

Economic tips from a stalker....

Stalker Financial Expert Offers Recession Tips Just For Woman He Follows

Nations Girlfriends New Economic Plans Involve "Moving In Together"
hahaahaaa,,,, so 2009. I love that the nation's boyfriends recommend "just buying normal soap"

Nation's Girlfriends Unveil New Economic Plan: 'Let's Move In Together'

Oh Biden!
I love how they make fun of him. Biden is so inappropriate and for some reason I love it!

Biden Criticized For Appearing In Hennessy Ads

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Artist Is Present

I haven't gotten up to MOMA to see the Marina Abramovic show yet, but I have been getting a laugh out of the "6 o'clock news" portrayal of whats going on up there. Watch the video below for their take on it. "There's naked chicks at MOMA dude!" .
Anyhow, I'm a little bummed that the original piece that Abramovic performed with her partner Ulay has been re-enacted with two female performers. I always thought one of the most interesting things about that piece was that visitors had the choice of figuring out if they would rather face a naked man or a naked woman while squeezing through the door frame.

Update: I went and saw the show and there actually was a guy and a girl performer in the door ... so maybe it was just that one day that it was a girl and girl thing. Anyhow, its pretty impossible to get through the doorway without touching penis. But of course a good time was had by all. Check out the show!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Face Masks in DIS Magazine

Check out the face mask paintings I made for DIS Magazine over at their new site.
Some of my other favorite posts they have up are the Diskea shoot, the This Feels Right shoot, and the Global Denim Community, to name just a few.

Study: Median Wealth for Single Black Women: $100, Single Hispanic Women: $120, Single White Women: $41,000

The Insight Center for Community Economic Development released a report on the gender wealth gap to mark International Women’s Day. The report found nearly half of all single black and Hispanic women have zero or negative wealth, meaning their debts exceed all of their assets. The median wealth for single black women is only $100; for single Hispanic women, $120. This compares to just over $41,000 for single white women.

I know this sounds totally crazy, but watch the below Democracy Now video and they explain it a little more. Since its tax season I'd like to point out that this is one of the reasons the concept of a "progressive tax systems" exists.

Study: Median Wealth for Single Black Women: $100, Single Hispanic Women: $120, Single White Women: $41,000

Saturday, March 13, 2010

La Baker

Josephine Baker really knew how to cut a rug. Though I guess it was a lot easier to go all out in France than the U.S. in her time. Her dance moves are pretty epic, occasionally reminding me more of art school dance parties than black and white flapper movies. There's plenty you can read up on about the racial overtones of her costuming and dancing, while some see it as degrading there is also a lot to be said for the work that Josephine did to advance Civil Rights in the US, assist in the French Resistance, integrate American concert halls, and her role as the first African American to star in a major motion picture. Oh and she had a pet cheetah named Chiquita which is just cool. Mostly though, I love these old movies of her dancing cause she looks like she's having so much fun. She's not really adhering to any sort of formal dance but just being herself and everyone seems to get caught up in that attitude and love her for her own style.

Its hard to watch this one and not wanna get up and dance with her.

The Famous Banana Dance. Josephine is on the stage at the Folies Bergere wearing a banana skirt that was designed and made by Jean Cocteau. Oh and the stage set is pretty cool too.

Josephine in Princess Tam Tam (1935). Hey nobody puts Baby in the corner!

From a documentary...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

She'll Cut A Bitch

Netflix has been telling me that my main movie preference is "suspense thrillers with a strong female lead". So here's to you Neftlix. And I guess heres to all the movies Tarantino wish he made.

Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill

They Call Her One Eye - Feat. Christina Lindberg

Switchblade Sisters

House - this movie is amazing!

Skyscraper- Feat. Anna Nicole Smith. Why have I not seen this !

Barb Wire - Feat. Pam Anderson

The Long Kiss Goodnight- Feat. Geena Davis . This is highly recommended.

Femme Fatale- I just netflixed this recently. De Palma's high/low mix is awesome!