Pacific Standard Time: “Pacific Standard Time,” the Getty-funded series of exhibitions throughout LA county, draws together tons of museums, private galleries, homes and commercial spaces in a crazy, semi-random celebration of creativity. There’s literally no way you’ll get to all of the featured exhibits, but Angelenos should try and swing through a handful this week…
BUS STOP, the 1956 film starring Marilyn Monroe, is one of those frustrating dramas at the mercy of a woman who’s strong and independent at one moment and a doormat the next. Like Shakespeare’s Kate in “Taming of the Shrew” or even Helena in “All’s Well That Ends Well,” Monroe’s Cherie, a singer in a saloon, wafts between falling blindly into lust with Bo, a traveling rodeo rider from Montana and then later screaming at him across a crowded bar room “I hate you and I despise you!” after he treats her like one of the cattle he ropes, only to later follow him home to his ranch in Montana, a beaming bride to be.
Article: There's A Lot of Hate in Your Love
(THERE’S A LOT OF HATE IN YOUR LOVE) FAIRYTAIL PUNK -PART 1 THE GIRL WITH THE HORSE IN HER HAIR from THE COUNTESS on Vimeo. I have spotlighted the gorgeous and haunting song “Not Waving But Drowning” by my former West Village tenant Alex Zapak before. Alex, known as The Countess, is a rock and…
Article: Marilyn Monroe's turkey recipe
A couple weeks ago The New York Times reviewed a new book detailing Marilyn Monroe’s life through collected letters and other artifacts of her life, which included this extensive turkey stuffing recipe written on a letterhead from an insurance company. The Times took the recipe for a “laborious” test drive with the following pleasing result:…
Article: Amanda Lepore channels Monroe
Amanda Lepore is the world’s most famous transsexual. And she’s proud of it. When you call Mandy’s cell phone and get her voicemail she coos that she has a “fully functioning vagina.” No. Seriously. She does.
Article: Good bye, Tony Curtis
When I was a little girl I swooned over Tony Curtis as The Great Leslie in THE GREAT RACE, the 1965 screwball comedy costarring Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon as competitors in a turn-of-the-century car race from New York to Paris. Older now, I appreciate Jack Lemmon’s contribution to the film more. Actually, he steals the show with one of the best comedic performances of his career, but to a young girl a pretty face and a soft voice somehow makes more of a lasting impact. Curtis had a chance to show his comic abilities six years earlier in SOME LIKE IT HOT, another screwball he starred in opposite Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Here, Curtis got to play dress-up as both a woman and as a Cary Grant-inspired millionaire bachelor (see clip above).
Article: Post-Pop in St. Louis
I am loving Andy Magee’s artwork. A friend sent me a link to a show he’s doing in St. Louis at the Mad Art Gallery. The first image I saw, a take on Warhol’s Marilyn, is made entirely of sweetener packets. Equal, Splenda and Sweet & Low turned into art? Sugary sweet!
Article: Naked Levi Johnston Is Not Alone
Sarah Palin’s worst nightmare, Levi Johnston, just did his Playgirl shoot, flaunting some of his body parts as unselfconsciously as he tried to show the world the flaws in Palin’s family values. The ex of Palin’s daughter Bristol, Levi’s the one who earlier this year carried out a p.r. campaign labeling Palin a hypocrite and an opportunist who stepped down as Alaska Governor partly because she could make more cash on the lecture circuit.
And where does Levi go from there? Making more cash on the nude magazine circuit! Tacky? Maybe, but it was an inevitable step on the road to reality shows and Seth Rogen movies. And Levi will be thrilled to know that the history of celebrity nudity and semi-nudity reveals that he’s in really good company.
Article: Madonna as a Warholian prototype
Madonna was friends with Andy Warhol. He and Keith Haring gave her a collaborative painting for her wedding to Sean Penn in 1985. But, due most likely to Warhol’s untimely death, the pop princess was never one of his portrait subjects. Until now. In an homage to Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, and her own iconic status…