Wednesday, April 1, 2015
This is a hidden treasure we just dug out of the very bottom box of oldest tapes!
It was something Frank edited together when we were trying to get booked to perform at spaces to show them what we had done.
It starts out with our classic singing of the Sonny & Cher song "Somebody" from the Berkeley Square show in 1988. Then it goes into the Cave segment of the ritual performance "Inner Traveling" that we did at the Northwest Artists Workshop in Portland in 1989. The next segments are from "Journey to Lila" when we performed it for 2 weekend nights at EZTV in Los Angeles. One of the segments from this performance features Carlos chanting Frank's writings in one of the last performances Carlos did with us. Frank had him playing the Dying Man, wearing a sign around his neck "I HAVE AIDS". Frank believed in type casting. Although not seen in these segments, at the beginning of this performance Frank had people individually led into a small tent at the beginning of the performance where nude Carlos with his I HAVE AIDS sign around his neck would talk to them about how dying is not something to be feared and is not something that is painful in and of itself.
The final performance included in these segments is the performance ritual Wrapping/Rocking that we did at The Sixth Sense Gallery in N.Y.C. in 1987 that was featured in the film MONDO NEW YORK. Veronica Vera rocked with Frank while Annie Sprinkle and Sabina wrapped them and I read Frank's poem.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:35 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
July 1986, Walden School, Berkeley, California
Frank & Jonathan “King Lear” with Suzanna and Mary
We met Jonathan when he answered one of our CALLBOARD ads. CALLBOARD is a straight Bay Area theater listing publication that we would sometimes list in.
Our ad read:
Cutting Edge Productions is casting for males & females for THE EDGE, a company of experimental theatre and performance art.
Jonathan had moved to San Francisco from the mid-west with his wife and was scheduled to study at ACT (American Conservatory Theater) in the fall and had been looking for something to do for the summer and signed on to work with Frank as part of Frank’s weekly workshop in Performance that we did at a local private kids’ school in a space we rented.
We met Suzanna when she attended one of our first “Wrapping/Rocking” performances at The Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco in 1986. She worked with Frank for a few years.
Mary was living with us at this point. She had been working with Frank since the 1970s and had been part of the Outrageous Beauty Revue.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 11:56 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
These are the instructions that Frank gave Erika for this ritual:
A DANCE RITUAL
Lower the lights.
Squat in the center of the room, holding yourself very tightly, rocking, fully dressed, maintaining boundaries, making whatever sounds, all tight, all “self-contained.”
When you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes…let yourself expand into the room, while still squatting and rocking. Relax.
Let yourself expand into me when you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes…and take me into you when you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes…all the while squatting and rocking.
When you are ready, move around the room, making deep sounds within a relaxed freedom. Slowly remove your clothes… when you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes. Let yourself expand outside of the studio, taking everything into you.
When you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes…dance with me, drawing everything in the room into the rapture state of our combine being, making deep sounds within a relaxed freedom.
When you are ready…it doesn’t matter how long this takes…sit on me and rock/rub our combined being into a rapture state, making deep sounds within a relaxed freedom. Remain in this state.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:40 PM
FRANK MOORE’S CHEROTIC ALL STAR BAND
at Burnt Ramen, 111 Espee Ave, Richmond, California
Saturday, January 27, 2001, 8pm, $5
Tragedy (ex members of His Hero is Gone), Corpse Fucks Corpse, Fluff Grrl, and Dead and Gone
From Frank to the e-salon, Monday, January 29, 2001:
We here have been fighting the Kimo’s virus for the last two weeks … I got it from Fluff Grrl’s Bob at the Kimo’s gig. That is why the esalon has been so quiet. The only thing I did during that time is the Shaman’s Den and a poetry reading at Café International … the show has to go on!
In fact, I didn’t feel completely better until Bob kissed my cock (… or was it when I felt Barb up … or when Linda tansexually writhed on me?) on stage Friday at John the Baker’s Burnt Ramen … go figure! Awesome 10-person band … Bob, Barney and Goeff/Kristen from Fluff Grrl, Barb, John, Gio, Teresa, Linda and me … and Anne, Bob’s wife, whom I drafted into the band after I heard her sing during Fluff Grrl’s set before ours. We took the wall of sound to a new level. People even clapped after the set … a rarity at a “punk club”!
I have to say Burn Ramen is about the best club I have played at! It’s pure underground! And the dogs running everywhere are a nice touch!
I am so much better that I took on a new age “anti-racist” racist last night!
The Cherotic All-Star Band:
John the Baker
Geoff Rowland (Fluff Grrl Bass player)
Barney (Fluff Grrl Theremin)
Ann Krist (Bob’s wife)
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:39 PM
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