G meets Ann Magnuson

Posted by The G on April 28, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Ann Magnuson and G.

At the premiere for Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy (which is amazing), I met the extremely talented performance artist Ann Magnuson.  She has done it all!  From managing the New York nightlife hot spot Club 57 to acting in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Making Mr. Right, The Hunger, appearing on countless TV shows including Anything But Love (one of my favorites) to singing in bands such as Bongwater, doing cabaret performances and the woman can portray characters on a Lily Tomlin scale of hilarity.  I bow down to her greatness.  She was extremely nice and I’d like to thank her for sharing a moment with me.  Is that artist Kenny Scharf in the background of the picture?  Of course it is!  Thanks again Ann!

G Meets Artist Kenny Scharf

Posted by The G on April 26, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Artist Kenny Scharf and G.

The other night, at the premiere for Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy (a wonderful film), I met artist Kenny Scharf!  As I am a big fan of his work, I was very happy to be in his presence for a brief encounter.  His work is surreal and infuses pop culture and fine art. He was a central figure in New York’s golden art scene in the 1980s along with Keith Haring.  He was super nice and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him both for bringing his wonderful gift to the world and for being supercool!

Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy – The G Review

Posted by The G on April 23, 2010 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

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Basil Twist and Joey Arias on the red carpet at the premiere of "Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasty"

On April 23, 2010 puppeteer Basil Twist and drag legend Joey Arias attended the premiere of their film “Arias With A Twist: The Docufantasy,” as part of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival.  The film showcases the wonderful worlds of Basil Twist and Joey Arias and in the center of it all is footage from their hugely successful show Arias With A Twist, which had sold-out runs in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Paris in 2008-2009.  I saw the show 5 times when it was in New York and was truly one of the most innovative and original shows I’ve ever seen.  Coming from a person who goes out 3 to 5 times a week, that’s saying a lot!  In Arias with a Twist, Joey Arias sings renditions of songs by Led Zeppelin (Kashmir), The Beatles (Within You Without You and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds) and Billie Holiday (You’ve Changed) and flawlessly, I might add, mingled with interactions with some of the most intricate puppetry that has ever graced the stage.  The Docufantasy also has footage of Basil Twist when he lived in France becoming one of the greatest puppet-masters in the world plus some of the other shows he has worked on (and they were all amazing!), clips of Joey Arias performing with Klaus Nomi and David Bowie (TVC15 for the Bowie die-hards reading this) and testimonials by legendary performers such as Raven O, Sherry Vine, Elvira, Ann Magnuson, artist Kenny Scharf and designer Thierry Mugler and many of them were in the audience tonight.  My favorite line in the movie was when Joey Arias was talking about his days in Las Vegas working on the Cirque DuSoleil show Zumanity. Arias won the prestigious award for “Diva of the Strip,” to which Joey replied, “That award should have gone to Celine Dion.  She’s a diva. I am a goddess.”  Truer words have never been spoken. This film has not been picked up by a distributor yet, so to all the movie moguls reading this blog – I’ve just presented you with a golden opportunity.  The world deserves to see this wonderful film!

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