Wigstock 2005, Part Two: Offstage

August 29, 2005

At Wigstock there is no line dividing the performers and the audience. It is all a show; everyone is both a performer and an observer, an artist and a work of art. The personal is the political. Fantasy is made flesh. Dreams are made visible.

Heads up! Posted by Picasa

Glamour at twilight Posted by Picasa

Her roots are showing! Posted by Picasa

Read all about it Posted by Picasa

Blues in the night Posted by Picasa

Lara Flynn Boy? Posted by Picasa

Smiling Posted by Picasa

Superhero Posted by Picasa

Doris Dazed? Posted by Picasa

Blowing a kiss Posted by Picasa

It ain’t easy being queen Posted by Picasa

Redhead Posted by Picasa

Orange you glad you saw us? Posted by Picasa

Blue lips Posted by Picasa

Red boa Posted by Picasa

Wigstock 2005, Part One: On Stage

August 28, 2005

The Wigstock festival is an homage to excess and over-the-topness. Inspired by a night of clubbing about 20 years ago, the festival has evolved into a more-or-less annual summertime celebration of drag, art and good, dirty fun.

Lady Bunny in blue Posted by Picasa

Lady Bunny in a geometric print Posted by Picasa

Lady Miss Keir and a prisoner of war Posted by Picasa

The glamorous Candis Cayne Posted by Picasa

Jimmy James is Bette Davis.  Posted by Picasa

Mr. Murray Hill Posted by Picasa

Linda Simpson singing  Posted by Picasa

Jackie 60’s version of Les Mis Posted by Picasa

More Mis-ery Posted by Picasa

Jackie 60’s Les Mis Posted by Picasa

Lady Bunny in black and white Posted by Picasa

John Kelly as Joni Mitchell: “By the time we got to Wigstock …” Posted by Picasa

  • Wigstock
  • Lady Bunny
  • Mr. Murray Hill
  • Jimmy James
  • Candis Cayne
  • Lady Miss Kier
  • Linda Simpson
  • John Kelly

  • HOWLing in Tompkins Square

    August 26, 2005

    Allen Ginsberg’s Howl is now 50 years old. When Lawrence Ferlinghetti published and tried to distribute the epic poem, it was seized by U.S. Customs authorities as obscene. The courts eventually found that the poem (laden with words that still have the power to shock) was not obscene, but the headline-making trial brought Ginsberg fame, notoriety and a permanent place in the pantheon of hipsters.

    In honor of Ginsberg’s contributions to “the countercultural heritage of the East Village/Lower East Side”, The Federation of East Village Artists named their annual arts festival the HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts. This year, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the third annual Howl Festival is hosting a celebration of the poem.

    From the official festival listing:
    Tompkins Square Park – FREE
    FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2005, 6:00 PM
    50th Anniversary of the HOWL! Poem
    The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Festival celebrates the spirit of the renowned poet, world traveler, spiritual seeker, founding-member of the Beats, champion of human and civil rights, photographer, songwriter, community activist, teacher, and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Featuring Anne Waldman, Antler, John S. Hall, and Ed Sanders; HOWL will be read in seven languages and 16 voices.

    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked …

    Ed Sanders reading an excerpt from Howl! Posted by Picasa

    Reading Howl from a copy of Beat Voices Posted by Picasa

    Anne Waldman reading: “Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch!”nbsp;Posted by Picasa

    Antler reading Howl in a Walt Whitman t-shirt Posted by Picasa

    Reading Howl  Posted by Picasa

    Singing Footnote to Howl: “Everyman’s an angel!” Posted by Picasa

    John Hall reading a portion of Howl Posted by Picasa

    Playing music inspired by Howl Posted by Picasa

  • The Federation of East Village Artists
  • Howl Festival
  • Howl
  • Footnote to Howl
  • Wikipedia entry for Howl
  • New York Times Book Review special section on Allen Ginsberg
  • Literary History entry for Allen Ginsberg
  • The Beat Page entry for Allen Ginsberg
  • Interview with Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Howl’s 45th anniversary
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti Speaks on Howl and Banned Books (click the link under his photo)
  • Ed Sanders
  • Anne Waldman
  • John S. Hall
  • Steven Van Zandt

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