Lisa Jackson – I’m AOK

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Music , On Stage , Reviews

Lisa Jackson – I’m OK, the new EP by Lisa performed at CBGBs. As she stood upon the stage — her band vamping in the background — Lisa Jackson paid homage to all the great performers that stood on this stage before her. She spoke of legends and pioneers. The crowd reacted with cheers as she momentarily stepped back. The band began to build the energy as she lunged forward exclaiming, “and I am humble, yet unafraid!” The delivery was powerful and effective. When watching an athlete you can always tell […]

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Truth, Fact or Opinion?

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: In Search Of

As air feeds an inferno, so too does innuendo breed a feeding frenzy of speculation. And, as we would gaze upon a fire, we can’t help but be drawn to the sensationalism of good gossip. Facts? Who needs facts when you have a feeding frenzy? The dangerous thing about speculation however, is that like the fire it too spreads quickly and sometimes out of control. The saga takes on a life of its own and opinions are influenced solely by passion; but in the absence of truth. Sometimes it can […]

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Wigstock 2003; Coming Home Again

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Events , Reviews

“Late one night in the spring of ’84 a drunken group of friends, seeking more diversions, closed the Pyramid Club and traipsed over to Tompkins Square Park, six-packs in tow. Brian Butterick, Michael “Kitty” Ullman, Wendy Wild, The “Lady” Bunny and a few members of the Fleshtones were horsing around in the bandshell when someone (no one remembers who, it’s all such a blur) came up with the idea of putting on a show – a day-long drag festival – and calling it Wigstock. It was Bunny who was foolhardy […]

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Posted By Brie Austin In Category: Interviews , Music

The Alien Love Child In 1982 a young hippie musician named Roger Anthony Mapes came to NYC from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Armed with a recording contract [with the Chrysalis Records label] he energy was racing and his spirits high. Twelve years later, burned out and tired, with no artistic or personal direction, he retreated to Vermont to join the Radical Fairies — an organic organization that celebrates god/goddess and mother of Earth. It was there, in a communal lifestyle that Yolanda was born. In his own words, “I found a […]

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Kiki & Herb; Coup de Theatre

Posted By Brie Austin In Category: On Stage , Reviews

“Herb wasn’t just retarded, he was a gay jew-tard”, she explains, “in an era before it was trendy.” Downtown at the Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce Street) singer, writer, actor, and entertainer Justin Bond stars with Kenny Mellman in an off-Broadway play called “Kiki & Herb; Coup de Theatre.” It makes you laugh, cry and think. Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman are brilliant, playing a lounge act duo well into their senior years that reminisce about their 15-minutes of fame. They pal’d around with Princess Grace, and then struggled with […]

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