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JULY 2006

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Warhol star Penny Arcade will be holding auditions for dancers for her upcoming show - the 15th anniversary performance (and West Coast premiere) of Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! at Outfest in L.A. Penny says: "We need dynamic, self expressive, high energy, sexy without being manipulative, men, women and others - erotic floor skills and pole work a plus." The auditions will be held on July 8, 2006, with the actual performances at the Redcat in downtown L.A. on July 12th - 15th.

Audition Details:

Saturday July 8th
Doors open at 11:30
Audition at NOON
ALL Welcome..questions

616 Moulton Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(downtown in the Brewery Arts Complex)

Plenty of free parking!!!
Closest subway is Union Station then a 5 minute/$5 cab ride

Performance Details :

July 12th - 15th at 8:30pm
Tickets: General $20; Members $16
Closing Night: General $30; Outfest Members $26
with after-party hosted by Nao Bustamante and Matt Johnston.
Tickets: 213.480.7065 or

REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater
at Walt Disney Concert Hall
631 W. 2nd St., downtown LA

Penny Arcade's website is at

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75+ men are needed - especially if they speak French or German - for a work that the Wooster Group will be presenting at MOMA in New York. If you are interested in participating you should contact Cynthia at the Wooster Group (

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A special screening of more than 80 minutes of Andy Warhol's Screen Tests will be shown at the Whitney Museum in New York on Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 7:00 pm. and will include the rarely shown Screen Tests of Ed Hood, Penelope Palmer (Ivy Nicholson's daughter), Harry Smith and David Murray in addition to Ann Buchanan, Ivy Nicholson, Susan Sontag, Chuck Wein, Beverly Grant, Taylor Mead and others. The films will be introduced by the world's foremost authority on Warhol's films, Callie Angell, who will also remain after the screening for signings of her book, Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Volume One. Callie's book clears up a lot of the misinformation out there about Warhol and his films and is based on more than ten years of research.

Seating is limited for this this event. Tickets at $8 (or $6 for students, members and senior citizens) are available from the Whitney Museum's Admissions desk or online at:

For inquiries about reservations, call (212) 570-7715, or email

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John McHale

John McHale in Malta at the end of WWII
(Photo copyright John McHale (Jr.))

I have added to this site this month an interview with the son of John McHale. McHale was part of the Independent Group in the UK during the 1950s and one of the artists participating in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1956. Reyner Banham referred to McHale as the "father of pop" in the catalogue that accompanied an exhibition of McHale's works at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York in 1984.

The interview is at:

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ultra violet

The poster for Ultra Violet's opera

Ultra Violet is currently working on an opera based on her autobiography Famous for Fifteen Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol. Ultra (aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne) commissioned John Stirling Walker to write the libretto and David Conte to compose the music. Although most of the score is yet to be written, Walker was quoted in the June issue of Art News as saying the the opera will be made up of eight scenes or "impressions" from Ultra's life. According to Conte, "We're groping our way toward finding the exact musical container that it's going to be held in." Presumably whatever musical container they do find as a result of their groping will contain scenes dealing with Ultra's friendship with Salvador Dali who she characterizes as "funnier than Mr. Bean" in the same issue of Art News.

Ultra Violet:

"By now I am under Andy's spell. After all, I left France deliberately to break with family and tradition. I've had my turn with Graham, with Dali, with many others. Andy is up my alley... I am suddenly wild about Andy. In a low tungsten key, he is amusing, even thrilling. I must seduce him... We both step out onto the narrow metal platform of the fire escape. I grab Andy. He moans. His body is cool and it seems to become colder and colder by the instant. I say, 'Andy, let's make love.' I reach for him, but he wriggles out of my embrace. When I move closer and try to clasp him to me, he stiffens and resists. He moans loudly. A passerby lifts up his head and screams, seeing us suspended in the air, wrestling on the perforated metal platform... Back in the loft, we are both shaken by this non-seduction scene. I push my hair back into place. Andy's hair is in disarray. I don't mean to stare as he adjusts it, but I am unable to pull my eyes away when I see a snap, a metallic snap embedded in the front part of his skull. He snaps his hair into place."
(from Famous for 15 Minutes, pp. 14-15)

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One of Andy Warhol's many wigs was recently sold for $10,800 at Christie's auction of entertainment memorabilia - considerably higher than its pre-auction estimate of $4,000 - $6,000. A pair of paint splattered shoes worn by Warhol went for $7,800 and a paint brush used by the artist earned $3,840. A trench coat owned by Warhol remained unsold.

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cinema 16

At last - an officially sanctioned Warhol film on a commercial DVD. Hopefully, it's a harbinger of things to come. Warhol's 4.4 minute Screen Test, "Helmet," appears on the latest compilation of the Cinema 16 series which also includes early work by Todd Solondz, Gus Van Sant, George Lucas and D.A. Pennebaker. Details on the distributor's web site at

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