Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Recorded June 25, 2006
... around 8 p.m., the formal entertainment shock treatment started. First Jesse Beagle read her “Nude” poem for me. Then Kaye read a poem. Then Steve and I did a Zen/Zappa duet together... Steve playing his stand-up bass while I did vocals. Then the All-Star Jam faded in when Bob Madigan, Ann Madigan, Chris Cortese, Barney, Adam, Erika, Linda, Kirk Lumpkin, and Russell (a.k.a., Dr. Gruve) joined us to shift the joint into a surreal trance. Then our 13 year-old rocker neighbor, Adam, and his mom fled when Bob stripped and blew up a he-sex doll! A night to remember all of your life. And I for one will!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:04 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Russell Shuttleworth’s Human Sexuality Studies: Critical Perspectives in Disability and Sexuality, S.F. State University
Recorded May 11, 2006 in Berkeley, California.
Frank was the guest at this online session for Russell Shuttleworth’s "Human Sexuality Studies: Critical Perspectives in Disability and Sexuality" that he taught at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Posted by Michael LaBash at 10:22 AM
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Recorded October 17, 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 9:51 AM
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Recorded February 20, 1986 at Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley.
Frank originally wrote the play to have something to do with a guy, Gary, who would direct it. He wrote it as a prose poem.
From Frank’s diary, January 1, 1986:
Gary and I held auditions for our project. The actor who we picked does have good instincts … but we are worried about her limits in depth and insight. We have dropped the nude scenes because of her. But still she is having problems being as vulnerable as we need her to be for the piece.
From Out Of Isolation: A History of the Video, Thursday, September 19, 1996:
Anyway, when we were ready to cast the play, the director just chose an actress from the very first audition because he didn’t think we could get what we needed, so he settled...even though I told him when I direct I usually spend months finding the willing person for a part. But he was the director. The actress made it very clear from the start she wouldn’t do nudity. So the director threw out the nudity, not realizing that the nudity was not the real problem. The woman had a hard time even touching me! But the kicker was the actress saw the play as the nurse getting JIM out of the institution and into “the real world”. She kept making Jim look out a window to motivate him. I finally suggested to the director that he should tell her there ain’t no window. She totally freaked out and wrote us a Dear John letter. At that point he gave up on the project.
(This is a video of one of the rehearsals with this actress.)
It took me a year after that to cast it. Linda Sibio had been in several of my ritual performances in Los Angeles ... and she is a great performance artist in her own right. When I couldn’t find anybody in the San Francisco bay area, I asked her. She is very picky about what she enters into, but once she commits, she will do anything. We went down to L.A. for a week to shoot it. I had planned the first day to rehearse the whole piece ... but when we were on the mat ... without my board or Linda Mac ... Linda Sibio just took off her clothes and eroplayed with me for two hours ... and of course I’m flexible! Afterwards she said it was what she needed to get into the space/role. So we just shot the piece straight through each day for four days. I just spent a half hour before each day’s shooting going over with her the needed changes. The rest was improv.
Here is final edited video with Linda Sibio: https://vimeo.com/24667293
Text from original poster:
LITTLE SHOP OF PASSIONS
free series of live performances
supported by a grant from
The National Endowment for the Arts
7 p.m. at Rm. 125 Dwinelle, U.C. Berkeley, 1986
Frank Moore is internationally known for his mischievous avant-garde performances which at first appear childishly simple, but which devilishly suck the audience into a surreal and sensual underground where even serious can become silly without taboos to spoil their fun. Each piece is designed to goose your mind and morality … among other things.
Thursday, February 20
Out of Isolation – A passion play, directed by Gary Thomsen, about two special people unlocking each other from their prisons. A dance of melting communication, an opera of noises.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:47 PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Recorded May 21, 1999
Open mic poetry reading with Teresa Cochran on flute, Plate (Reuben Vinal) on guitar, Takayuki Nakano on drums, Corey on keyboards, Linda & Frank .
Posted by Michael LaBash at 11:46 AM
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