"When I was in high school and living in Long Island, I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live. Watching him, for me, was a life-changing experience," Armisen told the audience. "David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using,
"Lazarus" is clearly Bowie's epitaph, his final prophetic performance on this mortal coil...
Look up here / I'm in heaven I've got scars that can't be seen I've got drama that can't be stolen Everybody knows me now...
The coins on his eyes, the pallor of his skin, his frail body wrapped in a fashionalbe shroud.
Now before we get into lookin’ at each one of these babies, I’m just going to say in advance that you need each and e’ery one of these flicks in your collection immediately if you are as big a fan of outrageous, over-the-top, flat-out fun-as-hell drive-in flicks as yours cruelly is.
Frankie embarks on a budding relationship with Todd (Matthew Risch), a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief.
We have an exclusive clip from Test, which makes its debut on DVD today. Watch as Frankie takes to the stage for an empowering solo routine in a scene you'll remember long after you see it.
The captivating dance sequences were especially
Here’s an arresting point of intrigue into the miasma of historical reexaminations of the AIDS onslaught—the fear and trepidation associated with the initial development of the test used to detect infection. Would the government use it to quarantine, as a way to cordon off the diseased before they could spread the virus among others? Would it be information employers could get a hold of? The endless anxieties that resulted from something as simple as confirmation were boundless, and so, Chris Mason Johnson’s sophomore film, Test, manages to gain a unique perspective in this examination of knowing one’s status and the implementation of safe sex. Cineastes may compare its anxious final act to Agnes Varda’s New Wave classic, Cleo From 5 to 7, though Johnson’s film doesn’t quite grapple with its protagonist
In the first episode, the ladies have to pair up to shoot commercials for Ru’s new Glamazon cosmetic line, and naturally, the teams are chosen based on potential for drama, so we get Bianca and Trinity, Joslyn and Courtney, BenDelaCreme and Darienne, and Laganja and Adore. At least one of these Queens is not happy about her pairing.
In the second episode, the Queens have to perform a standup routine for an older audience. One of them is heckled off the stage.
Let’s take a look at how each Queen did in both episodes.
Adore Delano – She was paired up with Laganza for the makeup challenge, and while they were given the win, I think Adore was the stronger of the two,
Some sources say Nomi (adopted as a stage name as an anagram of "omni") was "classically trained" (though that could just mean piano lessons); Kurt Loder, writing for MTV, calls him "a true, if untrained, countertenor." (A countertenor is basically a male alto.) He did, in his youth, work as an usher at the German Opera in West Berlin, and informally sang there for an audience of his fellow workers.
Amidst a sea of shiny latex and heroin we find Margaret, a bi-sexual alternative model trying to build her career. She is often confronted by snarky modeling rival Jimmy who is played by the same actress as Margaret, just in drag. (This gets really weird later in the film when Jimmy and Margaret have sex.) Margaret lives in a small apartment with her girlfriend Adrien,
Sometimes the reference is obvious, at other times it may surprise you to find exactly how David Bowie inspired this character. The following list is just eight examples of how David Bowie is everywhere and you cannot escape him. Although why would you even want to?
8. David Bowie – Venture Bros
Venture Bros doesn’t even try and hide its Bowie influence; instead it goes all-out and has the mysterious character previously known only as “The Sovereign” revealed to be David Bowie himself. Bowie
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After Igor Stravinsky, it's a bit of a cliche to think of contemporary composition as making the most of the etymological truism that the roots of the verb "to compose" come from the Latin "componere" meaning "to put together" – ie that you're not creating anything new as a composer, merely creating new combinations of sounds, of things, of ideas, that already exist. But Austrian, er, composer Olga Neuwirth (whose recent viola concerto Remnants of Songs ... An Amphigory will have its first British performance at the Proms on 13 August) perhaps more than any other musician of her generation (she was born in 1968) really does take that principle as her starting point.
What does that mean for how her music sounds?
The show centers on self-serving super-scientist Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture and his sons Hank and Dean, naïve Hardy Boys wannabes stuck in a permanent state of clean-cut curiosity. But they're just a small slice of a massive ensemble cast that includes some of the most original gay characters we've seen in years.
Without further ado, here are six super gay things about The Venture Brothers.
1. Shore Leave
Shore Leave is a nautical-themed hero who once belonged to a team of G.I. Joe-style agents modeled after the Village People. Presently, he's a member of Sphinx, a secret organization that hunts down unlicensed supervillains.
Musician Klaus Nomi never became a household name, but as Snagfilms' 'The Nomi Song' shows, his otherworldly live performances and rock-disco-opera hybrid inspired a legion of classic musicians, including David Bowie whom Nomi backed up during Bowie's appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
Andrew Horn's award-winning documentary is part concert footage, part interview and part bizarre sci-fi film in line with Nomi's cosmic fixations. As Nomi's music and live performances -- replete with heavy make-up, bizarre hairstyles and multiple costumes -- began to earn him critical acclaim, the singer became the first prominent musician to be killed by AIDS in 1983. 'The Nomi Song' celebrates a truly unique musical figure.
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Adam Lambert performs at the Nokia Theatre on the first night of his New York stint
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New York — Adam Lambert brought the drama, the voice to a sold-out two-night stint at New York City's Nokia Theatre, stopping in Times Square on his Glam Nation Tour. Lambert aimed for spectacle with video screens, backup dancers and extravagant costumes and makeup. But as cool as the lasers were, all the bells and whistles were no match for the glam-pop star's vocal fireworks, which were in top-notch condition on his Tuesday and Wednesday dates. His pitch-perfect pipes proved to be the real star of the show.
Pulling liberally from his debut For Your Entertainment, the singer whipped concertgoers into a frenzy during uptempo numbers like the fan fave "Strut,
This euphoric documentary explores the dynamic creative relationship between Arias and Twist, but it also takes us on a tour of downtown New York's club, art, fashion, and performance scene starting in the late '70s, a time when these worlds were in constant dialogue, constantly inspiring each other. Director Bobby Sheehan has unearthed never-before-seen footage from the era of Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Keith Haring,
This doc about his short career and early death from a mysterious disease we now know is AIDs has fantastic footage of him performing live, shots of the East Village as it was then and now, and, of course, tales from
The "Idol" rocker wrote, "Thank you to those who appreciate and understand that the album cover is deliberately campy. It's an homage to the past. It Is ridiculous. For those that don't get it: oh well. Glad to have gotten your attention." He closed with, "Androgyny. Rock n roll."
He's right. The androgynous look and science-fiction influence were both very much a part of the glam rock movement in the '70s, even spilling into the early '80s with New York City-based artist (and personal fave) Klaus Nomi. Lambert's makeup on the For Your Entertainment cover seems more of a throwback to '80s glam rock,
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