Friday, April 24, 2009

Pix Fix

Back in February, I ask SeanieBlue, "Why go back to Iceland so soon?" "More chasing of the Aurora Borealis- I know I can get a better pix," he says. He then apologizes for neglecting the badTV website, and not posting any vids on les tubes. I tell him it's okay, because I know he is getting ready for a badTV sponsored showing of many of his favorite photographs at the Barnes and Noble.

I will plan a trip to chase the Aurora Borealis next winter. Are you in?
Click the pic to left to Sean's description of the a Aurora Borealis dance, and it should convince you to go. The video, "Night Light" was edited and produced by David Snider's Photography Channel.)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Part-Time Goddess Margie Perez is my Full-Time Pal

click on pic to see video of Margie speaking at the 2008 DNC

Pride rules for my pal Margie Perez. She moved to New Orleans in 2004 to pursue her dream in music and lost everything but her spirit in Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, some of the songs she wrote were lost, but you can still see some of them on youtube on her channel oohbabylala. I uploaded some songs she sang at her farewell DC party. (I sing back up vox) In the video above, where she appeared on Monday onstage as a speaker at the DNC in Denver, Margie speaks about her experience with Hurricane Katrina. It's amazing to look at the mainstream mediums and see your friends taking over the world, but that's what is happening. Friends on bestseller lists, friends pulling the strings in politics, friends buying factories and throwing the robber barons out. And then friends like Margie, kicking ass on the national stage, beyond performance, telling you directly what dickheads politicians can be. Some friends I am afraid I cannot brag about, but when it comes to Margie Perez, I'm gonna blow my horn loud and clear: Chick is my pal, always has been, always will be. Yay, Margie!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Importance of Being Existentially Earnest

Why perform? Where does the urge come from- especially when Myers Briggs says you are an Introverted Extrovert- or was that an Extroverted Introvert. Is it all about being an existential exhibitionist? Who cares. I think, therefore I act.

foto by Matt Neufeld

Saturday, July 19, 2008

One Wedding from a Funeral

Yes, my pal Sherry and Scott met at a mutual friend's funeral. Don't worry, the first date wasn't at the wake. I filmed their beautiful wedding this weekend in Eerie, Pennsylvania.

Rip Paul Gabriel Schuncke, Jr.

If ever caught in a rip tide, this is what you do.
If caught in a rip tide of love, remember to go with the current, never fight it. okay, I know that was sappy. But maybe you learned something about rip currents?

The difference between going with a rip tide, and going with the rip tide of love is, if you manage to survive the riptide and make it to land safely, you still have a 50/ 50 chance of drowning in a rip tide of love. just kidding!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cool Slacking

foto by Jim "kimo" West
So... I've been slacking on my bloggy blog, and on my utoob vids, but I've been having a great time with friends. I got to hang out with my pal Jim "Kimo" West when he came to town to play with Weird Al at the Warner Theatre. (Jim has been playing guitar with Weird Al since 1985.) Jim is an original composer of slack key guitar, and he has his own unique style, so he is in a class all to himself. So he is a good slacker. Check out Jim's website and Jim's youtube channel. Click on the image to see my fav video of Jim's.

Smells like Weird Al's Best Cheerleaders

foto by David Snider
A few years back RavenMustang and I performed as Goth Cheerleaders for the Weird Al Show. Although I've been a cheerleader for their "Smells like Nirvana" number on two occasions, I never got to see the show. I finally had the chance on July 12th and I was blown away not only by the parodies, but by the band, and the original homage songs they do. (Click on the pic for the tour schedule this summer.) On July 12th, Weird Al and the band, did a show/interview at XM Satellite radio. He played a great original called, "Close But no Cigar" During the question and answer period, I went up to the mic and asked if the song was inspired by Monica Lewinsky. Ba dumb pump! Then I asked my real question; How do they avoid being sued when they do a parody song? Apparently he always asks the Artist for permission. It probably doesn't hurt that Weird Al has been on the same label with a lot of the Artists he parodies. I suppose I should have asked some of the artists before I did my parodies... Nah! I'd love to be sued by Britney or the Pussycat Dolls. ;-)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The BadTV Interviews Begin

This is Roland Verity, who plays candidate Obama in my videos on Youtube (and CNN), and he is a poet, in whose poetry the Moon is always smiling. He's the subject of our first BadTV Intervyou, talking about race and riot in the world around us.

Appropriate post for May 1, no? A day of revolt!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Can't stop thinking about..

.. my friend and first subscriber, Peter. He was the first youtuber to suggest collaboration. We exchanged many emails and spoke on the phone several times about ideas. He was busy working as a body guard, and last I spoke to him, he said sorry for disappearing, but he wouldn't be around youtube much because of work. One of my last comments to his page was, U alive? His sister wrote me to let me know he died suddenly in November. She said, "don't worry about the comment, he'd probably think it was funny and he'd be smiling as he always was." Rest in peace my young and very funny friend, GothMovieMan. Check out bitch slap, my favorite video of Peter's.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nicaragua Baby & Charlie Chaplin in Nicaragua

From Blue's trip to Nicaragua with the publisher Moses Hawk:

Did you ever kill any Contras? The question is problematic. I have seen a picture of Luis, young, looking like a handsome Guevara, in the campo with guns propped behind him, and hand to hand battle and explosives and landmines have been a reality for him for most of his lifetime, but here is what Luis answers:

"One night we were showing Chaplin to some villagers when word came that the Contras were coming into the valley, and I had to pack up the projector and the Chaplin and get out toward the riverbed to escape, and it was very close call, but me and Chaplin made it out."

What would the Contras have done with the Charlie Chaplin movies?

"Destroyed them!"

I shake my head. Why wasn't Reagan, that fabulous actor, on TV talking about how important it was to stop the villagers from watching Charlie Chaplin on a Saturday night? Could he have fooled his people with this mission, too?

Click on Seanie Blue's pic above, for a great story.

SandieBlack does CNN

I had seen a few parodies on YouTube of the milkshake bowling scene by Daniel Day Lewis, where he won an Oscar for overacting and a limp in the film, "There Will Be Blood." I admit, I wanted to do my own version, but thought, I can't do it unless I can have my own take on it. On April Fool's day, when Hillary challenged Obama to "get out of the gutter" and "bowl for delegates" even quipping that she would spot him two frames, the light went off in my brain. I would be dressed like Hillary, do the but Daniel Day Lewis bowling scene with Obama, played by my pal Roland Verity. I'd call it,
"There Will Be Hillary - Bowling for Delegates." YouTube featured the video on their news and politics page on April 3rd, and on April 7th and 8th, CNN aired part of my clip in a piece by Jeanne Moos called, "Hillary bowls - badly."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Renaissance Gurl in the World

Angela Gegg, from Belize, is an Artist, Poet, Author, and Force of Nature. I am always inspired by a strong woman who does not recoil when giving voice to a passionate engaging spirit. Known as Proshka on YouTube, Angela is quickly developing an ardent and loyal fan base. You know that anyone who owns 7 dogs is awesome!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

SandieBlack does Jay Leno

I got a call from a Tonight Show Producer in September of 2007 about using part of my Strange Faces clip in a bit they regularly do called, Pump Cast. I of course agreed to it and signed my dignity away to the Jay Leno's team. She called later to inform me it was shot and that the writers loved it. Just when they were going to air it, I got preempted by an angry chihuahua. Who can blame them, an angry bitch is way more interesting than this bitch! But then, the writer's strike happened, there would be no way they would use my clip until it was resolved. The strike finally resolved and luckily, the writers didn't forget about this crazy woman. I got the call on March 13th letting me know my clip would air on Friday, March 14, 2008, right after Leno's monologue.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Lyin' Tamer

photo courtesy of Janine
I took a unique class with Janine Driver, the lyin' tamer. A class about body language and deception detection. She had each of us go up and tell a story based on lies -- whoever the class believed was telling the truth would win the T shirt, "Liar." Guess who lied best. ;-O

(pic from badtvdotcom channel, "Last Tango" @ 4 min-52 seconds)

Check out her website, and sign up for one of her classes, you'll learn a lot about other people's body language, and about yourself. I have taken three acting classes in my life, and her class was the best. (This is the case even though her class is not billed as an acting class -- per se.)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Just Published

My badtv partner SeanieBlue is putting up a pre-publication version of his multimedia project, "God Died in Hiroshima," which is about a lot of things, but not about God or Hiroshima. It is, however, about bombs and existence. Steal it if you can, or check out the lo rez preview at in the bookstore. The book, I am proud to say, will be a badTV publication.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Chasing Aurora

Sitting in a trendy restaurant in a trendy neighborhood in Beverly Hills, I am asked What Next in capital letters, and between chews of arugula and avocado I carefully pronounce "Aurora Borealis" and the trendy conversation at the neighboring table stops dead. Ears pricked, our neighbors listen for the next small bomb: "Shooting" or "Filming," and of course one of these is next out of my mouth between chews of the $13 salad. I used to say to people that nothing is sexier than a movie, usually when I was raising somebody else's money to shoot mine. But the Aurora is its own beautiful siren, loaded with adventure and mystery. Shooting the Aurora Borealis is sexy, squared.

Part of its attraction must be that it cannot be completely captured. Its movements will be blurred, its textures smeared, and its colors muted or tinted neon lime, if any camera is involved. Chasing the Aurora is a guaranteed frustration or total loss, as all good love affairs should be. And come to think of it love affairs are almost impossible to catch on film, too. Gaudy, cheap cheesecake is usually Hollywood's offer when it comes to true sensuality, as witnessed by love scene embarrassments from everyone from Kim Basinger to Nicole Kidman. Blooming lust is hard to frame, whether in the sky or in your heart, and the looming sense of failure in trotting with camera into its shadows is a primary motive in my chase of the Borealis. I will not get lucky, no matter how fully I fall.

-- from Seanie Blue's "Chasing the Aurora Borealis: A Trip to the End of the World," with photos by Blue, including the one above.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Patch Adams with his Pants down

Patch Gesundheit Adams takes a bite outta calves.  The picture I took of Patch  reciting a poem with his pants down to newlyweds Beto and V. was priceless, but unfortunately it didn't come out.  This one will do!  I hope I can interview this vigorousman (gentleman) for the memechannel someday...   
Did you ever see the film Patch Adams?  Robin Williams is good, but as the song says, ain't nothing like the real thing baby.

Monday, December 31, 2007

To a Bella Year

One of the most amazing things about 2007 was the re-discovery of AishaBella. (please subscribe on youtube!) She is quintessentially gifted; a writer, photographer, singer, comedienne, dancer, and beauty! And, Time is on her side, she's only 18.. I know that 2008 will be even Bella!
I remind her, being talented and gifted is not enough. Are you hungry? That is the question.
Check out aisha-bella's blog!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Goodbye My PinkFlamenco

Here is a link to my pal Miguel Perez website He wrote a bloggy blog about the life and death of my artistic baby and dream the pink flamenco. Some day she will be resurrected. In the pic above, Miguelito plays the guitar while I hammer in the background to provide contra tiempo for dancer Ginette's ferocious footwork. Fyi, they used to call me Ms. Contratiempo -cuz I'll never miss a contra rhythm.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Pushing Buttons in the Studio with Keny G

I told AishaBella about my concept for a parody of the famous song by the Pussycat Dolls called, "Buttons." She laughs at my concept and the following day calls me on the phone to sing me the song parody she has written overnight. Aisha is in her last year of high school, but two weeks with her has taught me a thing or two. Her rendition is excellent, and it really needs no changes or editing, but we end up making changes together because the music video that is already in my head requires some explanations. A few days later, we are filming the music video, even before going into the studio to sing the song. She has memorized the words, I haven't, so of course she is the lead Pussycat. Click on image for viddy.

On Friday night, we went into Keny's studio. We filmed our singing, we took pix. Aisha even pushed some of the Pro Tool engineering buttons while Keny laid down a few vocal tracks. I can't wait to edit this mo fo.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

My BadTV partner is a F'in genius

Seanie Blue doesn't think his new website is ready to link to, but I do. Hope he won't mind my linky link.

He can do everything and anything he sets his mind to: poetry, fiction, prose, cinema, editorials; writes contracts like a lawyer, reports on anything -- even coal mining regulation. He takes amazing photographs and turn them into works of art; made poetic films with million dollar reviews (sans the million bux budget); can draw like Picasso but design for 21st century technology, can write great songs when he has never studied music, and even sings with feeling. He has motivated and inspired more people to follow their dreams than anyone else I know. My life would not be what it is without him. He is my brother, my best friend, my creative partner . . . in every aspect of what helps me make my life full.

One charismatic motherfucka, too.

But check out this little letter written to a friend about the drag of needing to read and the pain of wanting to write: Butterfly Ballet. This is the sort of essay he throws away without thinking twice about it. It makes me crazy! (crazier than usual ;-)