Monday, December 21, 2009

Free Xperimental theater class starts again January 4

Every Monday starting again January 4: Our Free Experimental Theater class!


@ Franson Hall, 1539 East Howard Street, Pasadena, CA 91104 Franson Hall is Building C on this Map:




Sunday, December 13, 2009

Update! Events coming up- Mon., Tue., and on...

Monday, December 14:


See map way down below.


Tuesday, December 15:


Marfa And Ne-af @ Club Dingaling
1941 Hyperion Av
Los Angeles 90027
10pm. Free.

www.myspace.com/marfaandne-af


And every Monday starting again December 21: Our Free Experimental Theater class!


@ Franson Hall, 1539 East Howard Street, Pasadena, CA 91104 Franson Hall is Building C on this Map:




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

All immediate upcoming events!

This Saturday, December 12:



Monday, December 14:



See map way down below.

Tuesday, December 15:
Marfa And Ne-af @ Club Dingaling
1941 Hyperion Av
Los Angeles 90027
10pm. Free.



www.myspace.com/marfaandne-af

And every Monday starting again December 21:

Our Free Experimental Theater class!



@ Franson Hall, 1539 East Howard Street, Pasadena, CA 91104

Franson Hall is Building C on this Map:


Spread Eagle this Saturday

Btw, I'm in 2 of the videos screening at Spread Eagle this Saturday. Voice and/or image-wise, I am.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Our cat is a genius.

Our cat Buddy opened a drawer, pulled out my man Geoff's necktie, closed the drawer, and peed directly on the tie and nowhere else.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

End the global gag rule, save America & the world

Full reproductive healthcare is key to ameliorating world poverty &, by extension, international political stability & the growth of new markets. This is a win-win for everyone!

For more info & to sign a petition to Congress, go to Pathfinder International.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The House That Hung Sarah Palin

...does the darnedest Halloween decorations every year. Some details:

Not sure who the female is... Michele Bachman? Anyone?


And... On the guy on the left it says "Citizen Elder."



I don't know what it means, but I like it.
These pics are from my phone, but I'll try to get some better ones. Maybe.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Undies

When you're married, it's bad to even think about leaving your dirty underpants out for some other party to sniff.

Nu recipe: EZ black bean soup

Fill a soup bowl 2/3 or so full with Trader Joe's Latin Style Back Bean Soup.

Add:
--about 1/2 can black beans
--combination of green salsa, super-hot salsa, + pico de gallo to taste (I used leftovers from El Huarache in Highland Park)

Heat in on the stovetop or in the microwave to taste, but it works fine cold. Especially if you like cooking the lazy way, like me.

Ta-da.

Serves 1. Can easily be adjusted to serve more peeps.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Slasher Jinks!

Click here to see a new video of my Geoff and me slashering out for the forthcoming movie Write A Book About It.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fresh Oct. 17 PDX Show Info 4 Your Tainment


---------------- Bulletin Message -----------------

From: Leslie Q.

Date: 9/28/2009 8:23:38 PM

Subject: Come to my fabulous birthday par-tay on Oct. 17th!!!!!!




Disjecta Hosts

The Art of Noize

MUSIC..............

Curated by Leslie Q



Saturday, October 17th 2009 / 6pm to Midnight / 21+

Entrance Fee - $6 @ 6 pm, $7 @ 7pm, $8 @ 8 pm...you get the picture



Portland-..blooded, punk rock chanteuse Leslie Q has returned to her roots. Recently back on her home turf after a decade in LA, the musician, performance artist and experimental diva brings a taste of the vibrant SoCal noize scene to NoPo for an evening of eclectic sights and sounds not likely to be replicated anytime soon. High art, fashion, music and love! Does it get better than this?



Music:



6pm...Karen Army / www.myspace.com/fake_modern

(Majora Records/Menlo Park Recordings.....solo dance noise pop aerobic work out and art...Portland)




7pm...Rat Bastard / www.myspace.com/laundryroomsquelchers



(TO LIVE and SHAVE in L.A. and Laundry Room Squelchers performance and film....Miami)




8pm......Oscillator / www.myspace.com/osci11ator



(Ben Wolcott of TO LIVE and SHAVE in L.A. plays the oscillator and shows recent artwork....LA)




9pm....Marfa and Neaf / www.myspace.com/marfaandne-af



(model/actress quirk rock from LA)




10pm..... Rubber O Cement / www.myspace.com/rubber0cement



(Astronauts from SF)




11pm..... Sister Mantos / www.myspace.com/sistermantos



(Queer tribal disco from LA)




Visual Art:



LA punk photos 1980-85 by Vincent Ramirez / www.morphisstudios.com/photos-3.htm



Aluminum Micro/Macro art by Ben Wolcott



Films:



by HARD PLACE / www.hardplacemusic.com / www.myspace.com/hardplace



(Bizarre film shorts by LA pop fashion duo)



More about the Artists:



Rat Bastard



Rat Bastard is unquestionably one of the most ubiquitous presences in the Miami music scene. And he has been for well over two decades. When Rat's not fronting conflagrations such as Laundry Room Squelchers or Scraping Teeth, he's heading up The International Noise Conference or touring with To Live and Shave in L.A.



The Miami-based madman’s nebulous Squelchers unit is one of the most unpredictable outfits in all of noise’s underbelly. A founding member of the despicable To Live and Shave in LA, Mr. Bastard (Frank Falestra to Mom) has been cracking heads, bursting eardrums, and causing structural damage in shitty clubs for decades, most recently with his sprawling International Noise Conference, which touts: "No droning, no mixing boards, no laptops." Expect a burly man with black-rimmed glasses and beanie (Rat Bastard) hurling a static-spewing amplifier into the faces and chests of audience members.



Rat Bastard is known to hundreds of people, from fans of his band Laundry Room Squelchers to those involved in the annual International Noise Conference (INC) he's thrown in Miami since 2004.



Scraping Teeth one of Rat’s many projects has the ignominious distinction of being Spin’s worst band in America 1993.



John Hood, a Miami writer who did some time with the Swans, may have summed up Rat perfectly: "Completely unyielding, which in a world of sheer compromise is no small feat."



Sister Mantos: Blind Love



SISTER MANTOS (LA) - Coming to you hot off the LA scene that is centered around it’s much talked about, critically acclaimed venue the smell this young artist conjures up some of the most instantly listenable psychedelic electronica. Fused all together with ferocious sense of sugar coated accessibility and you have intelligent, thinking man’s dance music of the most mouth watering order. A Sister Mantos performance is an attack on all the senses. Videos accompany each song and serious dance moves are unleashed throughout. It is a self contained psychedelic experience. File under; Experimental Dance, Improvisational.. House, New Pop, Psychedelic Electro or Religious Experience...http://www.myspace.com/sistermantos



If Giorgio Moroder called Donna Summer right now, her ringtone would probably be Sister Mantos’ "SHPSHFTER." Since she’s hypothetically on the phone anyway, maybe Summer should call Sister Mantos to get her career back on track? I mean, Mantos sound like they could have written "I Feel Love."
LA performer Oscar Miguel Santos, the lead member of Sister Mantos, is an energetic lad spreading gobs of love over every stage he wears a weird costume on. Their myspace page says that Sister Mantos will play anywhere the vibes are positive: "venues, DIY, queer situations, house parties, squats, galleries, festivals, your kitchen…" Santos’ personal energy has his bewitching blend of house music playing kamikaze shows on LA street corners or humping walls in dark warehouses. Internet evidence suggests that Santos can make fun out of any situation, whether the PA can handle his bass or not. Which is refreshing, since entertainment skills do not always accompany brilliant electro beatmakers. Just ask a really boring electronic act like The Sight Below, recently booked at Le Poisson Rouge!
In an interview with Young Creature, Santos says that he wants to create music to fill up a club, as well as headphone music that a listener can take anywhere, to take Santos’ trip to different locations. Additionally, Santos says he often performs without his glasses on, so sometimes he doesn’t realize what he’s doing. Well, I say if you dance blind for music, you are music. -- Thomas Wilk



Rubber O Cement



Rubber-..O-Cement, a seven-..foot-tall squishy-headed thing-beast that plays a bass made from...I don't know what. Aluminum siding, maybe. And I think there's a castle on-stage that rattles around and makes noise as well.
Rubber 0 Cement are, depending on your definitions, Avant metal, a la Black Dice or Wolf Eyes, the latter of whom they tour with, or Musique Concrete, following in the traditions of 'found noise' artists such as Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Certainly their music is a sound collage of this ilk, although it is less 'Revolution No.9', more, to quote the name of their record label, 'Brutal Sound Effects' .
Their full sound of electronic feedback, echo and whine puts them in the bracket of Noise or Drone according to some, but the band themselves would have other ways of describing their noise, such as "cheap fibronitrogen, and expensive biliary sludge" - the band seldom mention anything outside of the chemical or synthetic. To further this modernist dystopia they dress as giant mutated robots.
Their only overt instrument onstage, other than a giant computer they claim is made of cardboard, is a seven foot "bass javelin" which is played by an aforementioned robot by being swung round, hitting and scraping anything in its path. Their love of found noise seems to extend beyond, er, noise. Some of their CDs are released in comic books "to make them attractive to the younger audience", they say. But these are not specially commissioned comics, they are old D.C. comics that they found in a skip. There is one person on OkCupid, a dating website, who lists Rubber 0 Cement as a favourite band. Rubber 0 Cement's first full length DVD, "Butyl RNA World, Solid City State, and Ratar Toilet Seat Cover" is out now.

Rubber O Cement was a spin-off of Bay Area avant-gardists Caroliner (aka Caroliner Rainbow), whose severely warped Americana bore a faint resemblance to the severely warped electronic noise of its offspring. Normally a trio led by enigmatic Caroliner frontman Grux (who founded the group during Caroliner's late-'90s hiatus), Rubber O Cement was most noted for its surreal stage shows, in which the bandmembers used cardboard, foam, and tin foil to dress up as robots and monsters, and cavorted around the stage in front of a large cardboard computer. Set against this backdrop, their equally oddball music relied chiefly on vintage analog synths, low-budget effects, and skronky noise guitar. Rubber O Cement shared Caroliner's penchant for found-object packaging; their debut album, 2002's High Speed Electronic Cardboard, was released in a limited edition by the Toyo label and packaged in an envelope stuffed inside different individual issues of Clive Barker's Hellraiser comic book.. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide



Marfa & Ne-af



Marfa And Ne-af are/is a Los Angeles-based group who play irritate-o electronic noise-pop. The music is heavily influenced by things like doorbells, movies, children's songs, and cartoons.



Vocalist/songwriter/drummer Maren M-Ron works as an actress and model, and is a former member of The Peppermints and AntiQuark. Multi-..instrumentalist.. Geoffrey Long works as a producer and recording engineer, and is a former member of Mr + Mrs Tribute To Ugliness. Both Maren + Geoffrey also now play in LA supergroup I Cant Read. And sometimes Mr. Don Bolles of Fancy Space People and The Germs plays in Marfa And Ne-af, too. And another sometimes-..person who is sometimes a person in Marfa And Ne-af is Jorge who is also Core Ogg: The Coal Man.



Marfa And Ne-af have already played in interesting places like "France" (in Europe, we are told), "Italy" (also in Europe), Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the western "US," and have shared the stage with artists like 2Up, Nora Keyes, Indian Jewelry, An Albatross, the Chromatics, Arrington De Dionyso & Cat Lamb, and Replicock. Those are artists or "bands."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

40 Days For Choice-- in action with me... + you?

Ok, so Geoff (my man!) and I clinic-escorted today in LA, + it was pretty low-key on our shift. The main idea is for nice people to be there for patients when they're coming into and leaving from the clinics. There was only 1 protester at the clinic where we were today, + he didn't try anything-- he just stood there on the sidewalk, looking like he was praying.

Anyway, if you want to volunteer to defend a women's clinic near you, see the 40 Days For Choice Facebook page for more info.

Love to you all, my pups.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Act local- Join me in defending women's clinics- 40 Days For Choice

Doing it in LA this week... I'll post more info when I've had some sleep & I'm more fluffy. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

PDX October 17

We (Marfa And Ne-af) will be playing at Disjecta in Portland, OR on October 17. Get ready 'n' shit.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dodging bullets

I just found out that an area (Filipinotown) where we once helped run a venue-- The White Slave Trade-- is  part of an area called Westlake, + it turns out that Westlake has an extremely high murder rate! Or, at least, it comes up A LOT on The Homicide Report, the LA Times' blog that records every death by homicide in LA County. Yikes.

We actually moved out of that space after some Gs had a gun battle outside our front door one night during a show. So it's not like we were totally in the dark about it...

Now we're getting ready to reopen our venue and our new recording studio in Glassell Park-- a nice part of Glassell Park! We've been over to the space several times at all times of day and night, and have never seen Gs hanging out anywhere nearby. Lots of darling little old Mexican grandpas watering the hell out of their plants, though. :)

I'll keep you posted, my dears.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Organ Donation, Yes!

I have just been reading an article in the July 27 issue of The New Yorker called "The Kindest Cut." (You can't tell me you read it all in a timely fuckin' fashion!) It's about stranger-to-stranger kidney donation. And I'm FURIOUS! Por que? Well, a huge part of the article centers on people who openly discourage and are hostile toward people who show willingness to donate their organs to strangers. Aaaaagh!
I can understand someone not wanting a close family member/"loved one" to donate, cause, you know, it's risky. Not super-risky-- they're doing a lot of these operations laparoscopically nowadays-- but it is major surgery, of course, and what if you need it someday, or... But discouraging someone you don't love from donating? This really pisses me off.
If those people had ANY idea of how bad the need is for organs, they'd be supportive. Or maybe they wouldn't; maybe they're just assholes. I understand it's a complicated issue, but if an adult "of sound mind" decides to donate, people shouldn't treat them like there's something wrong with them! Grr...
I can't explain here all the ins and outs of this... you should just try to find the article and read it if you're interested.
And...


Click here to get more info on how to become an organ donor.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Monkey Poo and More

Oh, yeah, so some stuff to report from Wednesday...

Geoff (husband) + I went to Gabe (best friend)'s house, hung out w/ him + Caretaker Neil (also a best friend).

At 1 point, I described my eye color as "Monkey Poo." And Gabe said he wanted to call Neil's "Rotting Genital Holes." Wouldn't that make a good makeup color?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Modeling for free IF-- & ONLY IF--


Here's my new testing policy. Just throwing this out there if anyone's up to the challenge. :)


TESTING? For the most part, No. In general, I take paid work or extremely wonderful opportunities (tearsheets? international fame? or...?) only. But I am always looking to make EXTRAORDINARY IMAGES. I mean REALLY EXTRAORDINARY. Life-changing. History-making. Museum-worthy. Never done before. If you want to work with me + think we can make something extraordinary, please contact me.


You can see a bunch of my photos here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bird in the Trash

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So deep in debt, she chops up all of her credit cards (well, maybe not all of them!) and in fact reduces them to a fine-ish powder. Bravely, she lines up this powder in one big line on a magazine cover (using her remaining credit card to shepherd the powder into a line) and snorts it through a straw. This is painful, though not as painful as cutting the cards up. But like getting a tooth pulled or doing any kind of exercise, she knows the pain is for the greater good.


Late that night, though, she wakes up in a sweaty panic, feeling as though she has committed a murder and the victim’s heart is pounding from beneath the floor. The last time she felt this way, she had just realized she had thrown a perfectly fine pet bird in the trash. Now, one thought glows in her dark mind-- I have only one credit card!

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(Fiction , my dears.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thousands of lesbian ones are abandoned every day on the road by their owners.

So... I love free translations. Makes my foreign myspace spam so much more, well...

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Ah yes this is the vacation, ah yes you are at the beach or to the sea or to the creek or in the office or with big mom... But this is not a reason to forget that of the thousands of lesbian ones are abandoned every day on the road by their owners.

Lesbian to that one had said I like you my love my baby my bichon my female one of love, my milky louve, my fairy handbell, my mushroom my tartouflette my flying quail my dear choute my blue angel sugar sugar baby my chantilly. And nevertheless. A bend of alarming growth shows that the lesbian ones are more and more abandoned in summer, especially on the A3bis in the middle of the cagnard.

React and be united while coming to meet lesbian abandoned others, AS YOU THIS ETE, if this not the was been last, if this not the will be been next, if this is not your better girlfriend, your aunt your mother or your own sister.

And buy starting now for only 14 Euros instead of 18, your place and the one of your friends, for the spectacle of Océanerosemarie, the invisible lesbian one, that racommodera the hearts and will bring together the rouflaquettes and will put back salt in the butter of the épinards and will obliterate the tears to transform them in laugh bursting eternal crystal of crystalline stalactiques of fire of ice of solar light of love!

Océanerosemarie, the invisible lesbian on vacation (not on the A3 encore I reassure you), getting ready for his hilarious and thundering return (as they say in the bios of One Woman Show) from September 17 to the "ramp fires", 2 streets Saulnier 75009.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

On Blonds

I realized recently I have quite a prejudice against blonds, + I'm probably not alone. This might seem Clarence Thomasesque coming from me (see picture), but the objects of my weird feelings are natural blonds... which I ain't.

I know it's bad to be prejudiced against people for something that's not their fault. But I'm trying to recognize my prejudice and maybe flip it around like a little ball or potato for a while.
I'm sure you understand.
But just so you know, this still means I'm prejudiced against "my own people"-- sortof. I'm partly German + Scandinavian, so really... well, I'll say it: I tend to think of natural blonds as way more likely to be dopey or douchey. There's no good reason for me to think this way.
I'll try to get better soon.

On a totally different subject, my band Marfa And Ne-af will play at Club Ding a ling at Hyperion Tavern this Tuesday. We're playing with a KICKASS band called Garbaj Kaetz. And it's FREE. Starts at 10pm.

1941 Hyperion Bl
LA CA 90026

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Beware of blonds?

Must write about my phobia of blond people soon. I will explain...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Movie review! Aaah'm steamed!

My review of Sidney Lumet's Family Business for Netflix. So aggravated about it, I couldn't wait for them to post this. So you see it here first, you lucky people, plants, + animals.

Aargh!

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Why on Earth was this classified as comedy?? Aside from how low this movie could make you feel-- especially when you're expecting some laughs!-- there are A LOT of problems with Family Business. The way it's written (doesn't seem like they knew how to adapt the story for the screen), the pacing (excruciating), the editing (see pacing-- were the editors asleep??), the music (sappy, innapropriate, jarring, manipulative)... it's hard to know where to start. And aside from how poorly it was made (given the incredible talent involved-- what a waste!), it just plain made me angry. We the viewers are supposed to feel sorry for some really despicable characters, while Dustin Hoffman's character (and the best performance of any here) is given short shrift. Other than Hoffman, this movie has a few very real-feeling scenes going for it... and one very charming old bearded Irish man. Maybe they should show this is in film-criticism classes-- it'd give the students plenty to chew on.

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Say Yes More (But Do Some Other Things Maybe Only Once)

Until I figure out some less-stupid way to do this, I'll direct you to my current (??) blog on myspace. If anyone has kind, helpful suggestions on how to do this in a less-stupid way, send 'em here. Like maybe I should start posting "real" blog posts here + sticking links to this blog on my myspace??

Ooo, ooo! You might (also) want to follow me on Twitter.