Responding to a question on Twitter asking her how she felt about Trump selecting Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Nancy Sinatra responded, “Just remember the first line of the song.”
Lyric FYI: “And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain”
Nancy’s Twitter HERE
VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.
Co-founder and first President, Don Durrell, donated the collection in 1993. It includes over eighty Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an AIDS Special, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.
READ MORE HERE.
STONEWALL GAZETTE: This is historically important archival footage of activist Alan Hicox, from a segment produced for Gayblevision in 1983. Hicox died on Sept 26, 1984; he was only 21 years of age. Gayblevision was Canada’s first gay TV show and was produced in Vancouver. In this footage, Hicox shares his experience with AIDS and talks about how he is helping to educate the public. FULL 4:44 VERSION HERE. Video @ XTRA
above “Prozac Pill” by Karen Shapiro, 2016, Raku ceramic. 4 1/2 in diameter, 11.4 cm diameter
available for $500. US HERE
ELLE MAG: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds–who died on December 27 and December 28, respectively–had a memorial service today in Hollywood Hills. Carrie, who chose to be cremated, had some of her ashes buried with her mother. The rest were carried in a Prozac pill-shaped urn by Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher.
— Cher (@thecherness) January 6, 2017
“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill. She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie [Lourd, Fisher’s daughter] and I felt it was where she’d want to be. We couldn’t find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, and so that’s how you do it.” – Todd Fisher
photo above: chalxharn
Mario by Dick Mitchell for Summer Diary
LOOK AT THIS GUY… What a beauty! It’s like Chris Evans and Al Parker had a total dreamboat love child.
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SISSYDUDE LOVES: DUSTI’S DIVINELY DIRTY DUDENHEIMERS/ SUPER HOT HAIRY MEN/ PHOTOS by DUSTI CUNNINGHAM
“OH MY, IT’S FRUITCAKE WEATHER”… A SISSYDUDE TRADITION: TRUMAN CAPOTE’S A CHRISTMAS MEMORY starring GERALDINE PAGE & DONNIE MELVIN (1966)
Geraldine Page gives a legendary performance in Truman Capote’s autobiographical short story about a young boys friendship with his elderly child-like cousin. A story of love, loss, and loneliness is a Holiday tradition that will warm your heart, and break it a little as well.
Wikipedia: “A Christmas Memory” was adapted for television for ABC Stage 67 by Truman Capote and Eleanor Perry. The production starred Geraldine Page and Donnie Melvin, and Truman Capote was the narrator. Both the teleplay and the program’s star, Geraldine Page, won Emmy Awards. The production also won the coveted Peabody Award.
Just bought this lovely pic @ Historic Images.
ALL THE CLOTHES AND HARNESS BY WOO YEAH
A few more shots of Álan (and other hot images) from his Tumblr i2406, after the jump…
I’ve been following QUEERRILLA’S tumblr for years… he’s a hot young bearded fellow with an eye for sexy dudes and pop culture weirdness. Sound familiar? So here he is as “My New Boyfriend!” Check him out and his AWESOME new art works… you will fall in LOVE!
I bet he smells REALLY GOOD.
HOMEGROWN: Along Kolkata’s Hooghly River, there dwells a constant sweet fragrance owed to Malik Ghat – a large wholesale flower market that attracts more than 2,000 sellers each day. While most foreign photographers travelling to Kolkata are attracted by its picturesque sunsets, or obsessed with capturing ‘poverty porn’ of sorts, Danish photographer Ken Hermann’s approach was a little different.
Having first visited Malik Ghat as a tourist, he fell in love, and knew he had to go back as a photographer. The vibrant colours of Malik Ghat’s various flowers usually make for a beautifully composed picture, if a seemingly obvious one, but Hermann was more interested in the people behind them. Men and women dedicating their lives to selling fresh flowers captivated Hermann, and inspired him to create a series of unique portraits that bring into focus the faces behind the petals, not to mention how varied each one of their petals really are. READ THE REST HERE @ HOMEGROWN
“If you want to take pictures in India, people tend to just stand up and look proud and strong. It’s very different from the Western world because if you take pictures here, people tend to smile,” shared Hermann. Hermann’s website HERE See the whole FLOWER MAN photo series HERE.
… AND WE’LL ESCAPE THE DARKNESS, WE WON’T BE SEARCHING ANYMORE… THERE’S GOT TO BE A MORNING AFTER MEGA-POST!!!
Sometimes I get obsessed/ inspired about someone (or a group of people) and I can’t stop searching for info on them. Recently I’ve had my Hockney LOVE (re-reading 1976’s Hockney by Hockney) resurface and with it, Hockney’s friends- muse Celia Birtwell and “maybe Hockney’s lover” and Celia’s husband and creative partner Ossie Clark. Birtwell popped up recently in 2015 when she collaborated with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino’s beautiful pre-fall 2015 collection. So here you go. Come join my new obsession! I’ve got Julia Watt’s 2003 book ‘Ossie Clark 1965-1974’, The Ossie Clark Diaries & Birtwell’s 2011 picture book coming in the mail, so I’ll be busy reading and observing images through now and into 2017. Probably share more images as well. Don’t worry… hairy assholes will be coming soon!
Wikipedia: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is a painting by the British artist David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts the fashion designer Ossie Clark and the textile designer Celia Birtwell shortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Clark’s best man. Hockney and Clark had been friends since the early 1960s. One of their cats sits on Ossie’s knee (the cat in the painting was not in fact Percy — this was the name of one of their other cats — but Hockney thought Percy made a better title than Blanche, the cat he painted). The work is in acrylic on canvas, and measures 2170 x 3084mm in its frame. The painting featured in the final 10 of the Greatest Painting in Britain Vote in 2005, the only work by a living artist to do so. The painting is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.
INDEPENDENT UK: In the painting, Birtwell wears a dress co-designed by her and her husband. Theirs was one of fashion’s most volatile but successful marriages. Success is an odd word to use, given that the couple divorced in 1974, and Clark and his business were declared bankrupt in the early 1980s. But their professional and personal partnership defined the 1960s and 70s, forming a blueprint for contemporary British fashion. That blueprint comprises spectacular shows, painstakingly constructed clothes, a global influence on other designers and, paradoxically, creative abundance shackled by financial reality. Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell represented its first cresting wave – one that inevitably came crashing down. Read the rest HERE.
Hockney drew on both The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck and A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth in the symbolism and composition of the painting. A copy of Hockney’s own interpretation of A Rake’s Progress is seen on the wall. The positions of the two figures are reversed from the Arnolfini Portrait with the conclusion that Birtwell is the assertive partner. The lilies next to Birtwell, a symbol of female purity are also associated with depictions of the Annunciation (at the time of the portrait Birtwell was pregnant). The cat on Clark’s lap is a symbol of infidelity and envy. In this case, Clark continued to have affairs which contributed to the breakdown of the marriage in 1974.
Author Judith Watt comments: “Celia collaborated with Ossie. This was a joint effort. People say that she was his muse, which indeed she was, but their work absolutely went hand in hand. It was her designs that he used to create his. I think it’s unfair that she not be given that voice”
Ossie was noted, from this period on, for buying six new record albums a week, all from the newest and most popular recording artists. His love of music and art were legendary amongst Ossie’s friends. Also at this time Ossie began to take hard drugs more recreationally with friend and business partner Alice Pollock. “This is when his character began to change” says longtime friend Lady Henrietta Rous.