Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Performance series at University of California, Berkeley
Recorded April 4, 2003.
This is one of the most jam packed nights of this underground series we did for two years on the university. This night included the world famous photographer Eric Kroll doing a shoot with a beautiful nude model (she ended up whipping me!), a mad naked woman keening, a guy who looked a lot like Extreme Elvis who I got to sing IN THE GHETTO with a trance band (including Lena the Jaw Harp Queen) backing him as most of the "audience" danced nude erotically playfully together. What a night!
Watch the entire performance here: https://vimeo.com/25264473
Posted by Michael LaBash at 9:20 AM
Russell Shuttleworth's "Sexuality and Illness in Disability" online class
University of Sydney, Australia
Recorded via Skype, June 4, 2008.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 9:19 AM
Monday, May 4, 2015
Recorded April 30, 2015.
Kayla came knocking at our door one week ago, carrying her infant baby and asked, "What is going on with this house?! What are you guys about?!" She told us she was a journalist. We invited her in and ending up talking for 40 minutes, showing her some of the house and telling her some of our stories. She asked if she could come back with her camera and interview us. She left with a copy of Frankly Speaking and urls to our websites.
Kayla came over yesterday for what was supposed to be a 35-40 minute video interview and ended up being here for 2 hours! She's great. She did her homework. She spent eight hours watching videos, reading Frank's writings, exploring the websites and being blown away by Frank & our lives. She asked good, deep questions. She's inspired. She moved here from Fresno when she got a large grant to go to CCA, but dropped out when she experienced the combine at work, stifling the art, discouraging or not "getting" the visions of the students. So now she just DOES the art, her "journalism" which is really about creating community.
Here is Kayla's Future Of Minds Youtube channel: http://youtube.com/channel/UCuRdtofYeVW20WF2XnjATxA
Posted by Michael LaBash at 11:09 AM
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Recorded September 4, 1997.
In 1997 Frank was contacted by Russell Shuttleworth, a then University of California, Berkeley, graduate student, working on his Master’s Thesis, which was a research study to help understand how men with moderate to severe cerebral palsy experience and interpret their search for intimacy and sexual relationships in the face of significant social and cultural barriers or as Frank called it, "The Sexual Practices of Bay Area Men with Cerebral Palsy"!!! He wanted to interview Frank for this thesis. That interview quickly segued into 12 years of him interviewing Frank about Frank's life. Meanwhile, Frank encouraged Russell to live his dreams which resulted in Russell aka Dr. Gruve, djing a show on our LUVeR internet radio station for years and playing the harmonica in Frank's Cherotic All-Star Band for many years. They did 88 interviews in all, even continuing via Skype when Russell moved to Australia to teach there. Russell is now a Medical Anthropologist PhD and a member of the faculty at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria Australia. We have the first twelve of these sessions on videotape. We are in the process of transcribing and editing all of the interviews into a book that Frank named "How to Handle an Anthropologist".
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:02 AM
Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Wild Cat Studio, Berkeley, California.
This was the kind of night that at first it looked like nothing would happen. But then it turned out that a guy in the audience was a butoh dancer. So he and I did a long surreal slow naked dance together. This erotically enlivened the whole tribal body into direct explicit participation! You never know!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:01 AM
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