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The Devil's Erotic Cabaret: Kembra Pfahler's Full Nude World AIDS Day Event at The Lash (NSFW)


The one and only Kembra PfahlerThe one and only Kembra Pfahler, mastermind of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Kembra performed her legendary fully nude, demonic cabaret act/performance art piece.; Credit: Gustavo Turner

Last night at The Lash—Downtown's most unique den of dark musical perversion—the folks at popular start-of-the-week party night Mustache Mondays curated “A Ritual in Commemoration of World AIDS Day” (December 1st). The evening culminated in a performance by the one and only Kembra Pfahler, the Los Angeles-raised performance artist who gained worldwide notoriety in the art and punk worlds as the mastermind of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Kembra (and a similarly styled dancer/stage helper) performed her legendary fully nude, demonic cabaret act/performance art piece highlighting “Availabilism,” her philosophy of making art and performance with everything available to you. The event also featured a digital slideshow called “Radiant Presence,” a series of images from the largest database of works by artists living with HIV/AIDS or who died from the epidemic, the Visual AIDS archive. All photos by Gustavo Turner.