At the end of the Summer of Love in 1967, there was a mock funeral to signal the end. Fifty years later we have the end of one of L.A.'s iconic goth clubs, the Monte Cristo. Today they unplug the neon, strip the furnishings, and shutter the doors — but on Saturday, April 15, they partied like it was the end of the world. Hopefully Monte Cristo will find a new home soon (a little birdie told us One Eye Jack is currently available), but until then we can look at these photos and remember the decades of fun we had playing Gother Than Thou at Monte Cristo.
In 1990, Madonna was the biggest female pop star in the world — and her most controversial tour would make her male backup dancers icons for gay pride.
Just off the 10 freeway, in a blighted, heavily industrial part of downtown, there exists a growing paradise in disguise as a nondescript warehouse. The Galactic Garden was on display Tuesday night for a fund-raising party; the goal is to make the Galactic Garden a nightly affair in a 36-foot geodesic dome. The dome will serve as a fully interactive collaboration of the psychedelic arts — live music, dance, theater, burlesque and circus arts — while still holding community activities and parties sponsored by independent vendors.
The Garden's creator, Faeryn Rose, has the potential to create something truly unique in an area of the city that could use some rejuvenation. The outside patio served as a relaxing vendor space, while a stage inside the warehouse hosted a mix of live music, circus, burlesque and various performance arts. Revelers could even grab one of Mondo Med's THC-laced lattes outside.
The stage was a feast for the eyes, featuring a mix of blacklight and projections along with set pieces. It opened with producer-singer Kelleia performing alternative electronica, then moved to more circus acts by Shakti Circus with neo-burlesque (including aerial) by the Rebel Angels. It was the cure for the average Tuesday night.
All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa
The performers of the Hollywood Jane Revue has proven themselves to be masters when it comes to themed burlesque. The revue takes the classic performance cycle format and integrates a new concept for the performers to play out onstage. At Burlyquest on Tuesday, the troupe flexed its creative muscle in terms of routine conception, song pairing and flexibility in tone.
The show opened with musical parody duo Library Bards turning modern pop hits into nerd anthems; for instance, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" became "PokeBall." But the show that followed served up more obscure '80s fantasy. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were obvious inclusions, but the surprise was in seeing sendups of Highlander and Legend (an underrated Ridley Scott classic). Even Artax's horrific death scene from The Neverending Story made it into the mix.
The troupe demonstrated a new level of maturity, taking on Tolkien with one performer as Smeagol and producer Blanche Bourgeois as Smaug, performing a fiery fan routine. Two different interpretations from one writer's catalog, both handled expertly.
All photos by Daniel Sliwa
The WEDIDIT crew held a sold-out show March 16 at the Fonda Theater, with all proceeds benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. Artists RL Grime, Baauer, Shlohmo, Jerome LOL and the rest of The WEDIDIT Crew kept the crowd dancing through the night while the ACLU was on hand providing pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to all.
All photos by Brian Feinzimer.
The longtime Angeleno has spent the past year on one of his most ambitious and unusual projects — working with the provocative Russian-American choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and American Ballet Theatre in creating the otherworldly costumes and set design for Whipped Cream, a new production of a 1924 Richard Strauss ballet.