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
Al's Bar in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, January 30, 1998
THE CHEROTIC ALL STARS were next. Ki-lin on guitar, Lob on bass, Barb and Corey on keyboards. Me in my rock star role belting out songs. Besides the band, I had a tape of the songs playing ... sort of audio subtitles. Cher (Linda) in a topless fake leopard hot non-covering play suit and wide open fringe leather vest joined me for THE BEAT GOES ON. (That act has transmuted since Sonny's death.) Then Heidi ... dressed only in ribbons, a little blue scarf, and a black see-through net top ... appeared on stage, dancing very sexy, rubbing me as I tried to focus on singing. In the middle of this, a woman from the audience (nope, she wasn't a plant) got on stage to join in the dancing and to sign the songs for any deaf people in the audience! Heidi and the signer left the stage. But the signer came back to sign my pleas and threats to the heartless and trashy RUBY (mini-skirted Linda) in the Kenny Roger's song. Lob and the two women left the stage while I did MIND GAMES. But he joined back in on MAGIC IS AFOOT, the last song.
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:38 PM
Al's Bar in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, January 30, 1998
So it was time for the jam! Most of the audience was gone. The floor was flooded with newspaper, chairs piled in front of the stage. I first collared the would-be artist and had him dismantle his sculpture. Then I had everyone who had stayed move close to the stage. THE CASIOTONES merged with THE CHEROTIC ALL-STARS. I loved vocally jamming with this huge band. But I will break down and get a head-mike before the next gig so I can dance while singing. We all jammed with Linda (this time clad only in a black see-through dress) as she read my poetry. Unfortunately the vibes weren't right to do the planned erotic ritual ... maybe next time!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:37 PM
Recorded December 5, 1992.
Another forgotten gem!
This is one of two benefits for Berkeley-based CAL-ACT (Californians Against Censorship) that we performed in in 1992.
The first one was at the Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theater on June 14, 1992 where Frank danced erotically nude on stage with Nina Hartley. Unfortunately we were not able to document that one for legal reasons!
At this one while Frank sang along with Queen's song, "I Want it All" and Beasts of Bourbon's "Lonesome Bones" nude Mikee and Tina (Frank's student at the time) danced erotically together while covering each other in glitter, chocolate and whipped cream, and almost nude me (Linda) stalked the audience with my monster, nude Alexi, who was on all fours, until we found our victim who was devoured by Alexi while she laid on the floor next to Frank in the strobe lights. (The "Meat Act" from the OBR days!) It ends with the victim being resurrected and we all stand together and sing Sonny and Cher's "Somebody" (You've got to have somebody!!)
From the poster:
CAL-ACT (Californians Against Censorship Together) will hold a benefit on December 5, at 8 PM at the Humanist Fellowship Hall, 411 28th Street, Oakland, California. At this “Uncensored Evening With …” The performers include Stoney Burke, street comedian and political commentator; Bobby Lilly, Chairperson of CAL-ACT; Mark Pritchard, performance artist and editor of Frighten the Horses; Carol Queen, writer and performer; Frank Moore, controversial Bay Area performance artist known for his erotic ritualistic performances; Richard Pacheco, writer and former adult actor; Marcy Steiner, writer and editor of ON OUR BACKS; and SHAR associate editor of ON OUR BACKS and San Francisco’s Hottest Femme dancer.
The readings and performances at this event are sexually explicit and Not Politically Correct!
Posted by Michael LaBash at 12:36 PM
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