SUNDAY: David Bowie Worship Band to Put on a Blasphemous Sparkly Spectacle

 

These guys have been stenciling the Mission in anticipation of their big show, and now they’re ready to grace Public Works with a giant, beautifully cultish celebration of all things Bowie:

Experience David Bowie’s love this Sunday, 2/26 at Public Works featuring a special service from the Mission’s own Bowie worship band The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual.  After a year in the making based out of a garage on Florida and 25th, we’re ready to share with our neighborhood a musical, theatrical, sparkly spectacle of a show that tap dances the line between religion and revelry, beatitude and blasphemy, rock show, and revival.

And here’s what they they sound like covering Ziggy Stardust:

If that’s not enough to get you in the door, they’re promising $3 “Stardust shooters” (??? !!!) until 10pm and $3 beers all night.

Tickets are only $5 if you get ’em early, so head over to Eventbrite and slap down your credit card.

 

 

 

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The Church of Man-Love

An outtake from the iconic Ziggy photoshoot
An outtake from the iconic Ziggy photoshoot
Love the pic of David Bowie in his underwear. Where did you get it from? Thought I’d seen just about every Bowie pic ever so this is a new one – can’t miss a potential new bowie hunting ground!!!
The swimsuit picture? I don’t recall. It was quite some time ago that I came upon it. I do not know what the original source is, but it regularly makes the rounds among the fans.
Hi! How are you doing? I was wondering if you have any book suggestions about Bowie? I read one of those 33 1/3 books about Bowie’s Low and I really enjoy studying his work. Do you know of any books along those lines that would give a professional, technical view of Bowie’s records? I really don’t like those bios that are all gossip. Do you have any suggestions? Love your blog! ❤ ❤
No, sorry. I haven not read any Bowie books. Ask around, I know that there are others who have read pretty much everything available.
What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Possibly my all-time favorite Ziggy-era photo
Possibly my all-time favorite Ziggy-era photo
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Confession: I like men in drag

 


 Joanthan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine

The other night, I watched the movie Velvet Goldmine again and it got me thinking about how much I like an androgynous man.  Velvet Goldmine hearkens back to the days of Glam Rock and features hot men like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale in make up. Ironically, Eddie Izzard is one of the few stars in the movie not wearing make up.
I began to notice men in the 1970′s, when rock stars like David Bowie, Marc Bolan and the New York Dolls were popular. It was the days of men with long hair, glitter eye shadow and tarty lipstick wearing flashy clothes and it made a big impression on me. These men with their blatant gender bending were so much sexier than the average Jock type to me. They were rebelling against the traditional male uniform. They were bravely flouting convention in an in your face way that was hard for me to resist. You see, I also have a rebellious spirit and a keen fashion sense and I related to these men, who I saw as so much more manly than the Jocks or the Suits. These men were breaking new ground, they were leaders. They were the new Alpha Male in all of their peacock feathered splendor.

Marc Bolan of T Rex                                                     The New York Dolls

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Then there was Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror pictures show licking his shiny red lips with a naughty, mischievous glint in his eye and singing “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure”. It didn’t matter that he was into both women and men, in fact that was a large part of the lure for me. He was unabashedly crashing through sexual boundaries.



Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Since those days there have been very few examples of in your face male androgyny. In the 1980′s, Prince filled that role. At once, both masculine, feminine and oozing sex from every pore, Prince was my fantasy in those days.


Prince, from the Lovesexy Album cover

In the 1990′s Marilyn Manson took androgyny to a much darker and more Gothic place with his flawlessly painted face and very masculine voice. he merged male and female into one hot package.


Marilyn Manson

Currently, the most famous example is the aforementioned Eddie Izzard who has been quoted as saying, ”Women wear what they want and so do I”. That attitude is irresistible to me.


Eddie Izzard, in all his glory.

Androgyny isn’t just dressing in drag. It’s a mindset. It’s a lifestyle. It’s sexy as hell.

 

 

 

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Hooked to the Silver Screen

 


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David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)I got knocked flat by a nasty flu bug that has kept me in bed all week. I’m still on the mend and not fully recovered but I wanted to post a quick update and compile some links to a few things of possible interest.

First up, here’s a couple of links to my latest posts at The Movie Morlocks. The first is for an interview I did with local artist Nicolas Caesar who will be appearing on Creepy KOFY Movie Time tonight at 11PM, February 19th. Creepy KOFY Movie Time is a local Northern California TV program that airs every Saturday night on KOFY TV20 or CABLE13 and they play classic horror films as well as cult favorites. Nicolas will be chatting about the Herschell Gordon Lewis’ movie Color Me Blood Red (1965) on this week’s show along with the program’s regular hosts Balrok and No Name.
– My KOFY Break with Nicolas Caesar @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

This week I almost didn’t post anything at The Movie Morlocks but at the last minute I managed to (roughly) finish a little something that I had been working on for weeks called “Life On Mars” that borrows it’s title from one of my favorite David Bowie songs. It’s a personal post that takes a look back at my earliest attempts to write film reviews for my school newspaper. If you want to know what films I was watching and writing about at age 14 you can find a couple examples I scanned from old school newspapers. I had planned on writing more in-depth on the topic but I couldn’t find any other issues of my school newspaper to scan and I was getting a little too self-reflective for my own good. I didn’t want to bore Movie Morlock readers with my self-indulgent trip down memory lane so I tried to make my post as brief as possible. Unfortunately my fever didn’t help matters much and I’m sure I rambled a bit more than I had intended. But movies have always been an important part of my life and it’s fun to look back at my early reviews and remember how I started seeing films differently at age 14.
– Life On Mars @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

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Martin Kosleck and Rondo Hatton in House of Horrors (1946)The Rondo Awards were announced this week and although Cinebeats wasn’t nominated for anything this year, a few of my favorite bloggers were including Stacie Ponder of Final Girl, Pierre Fournier of Frankensteinia, August Ragone of The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla, Curt Purcell of Groovy Age of Horror and the esteemed Tim Lucas of Video Watchblog who also has lots of other nominations for various projects he’s worked on including his magazine Video Watchdog. If you do vote this year please consider their fine contributions to the blogosphere.
– The Rondo Hatton Awards

In other news, the For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon started on Valentine’s Day, February 14th and runs until February 21st. Some of my fellow Morlocks expressed interest in participating so they took up the gauntlet for TCM. I’ve linked to a couple of their contributions below and posted a great video clip for the blogathon compiled by another one of my favorite bloggers, Greg of Cinema Styles. If I wasn’t feeling like death was at my door I might pull something together myself but please give these other posts a look.
– For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon: THE STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog
– For the Love of Film (Noir) Blog-A-Thon: The Sound of Fury (1950) & TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

 

 

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David Bowie expected at Whitney Houston ’s funeral


David Bowie is expected to come out of hiding to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral today.
It has been a long time since anyone saw the Thin White Duke, so it will be a special moment to see him pay his respects to Whitney. His wife Iman is expected to be with him.
Amongst the other guests are: Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Elton John, David Furnish, Bill Cosby, Brandy and her brother Ray-J, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

 

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David Bowie Retrospective at MAD in NYC

 


I recently took time to see the David Bowie: Artist exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) while in New York City on Thursday. The retrospective features several videos spanning Bowie’s entire career, live shows, his acting prowess and a look at his artistic roots and influences. The museum also screened a documentary on the singer/producer and offered younger fans a chance to catch him in “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” Bowie’s first starring role.

While at the sixth-floor exhibit, there were fans of all ages paying homage to one of the 20th century’s most dynamic and diverse artistic talents. While the early 80s videos brought back some memories, it was good to see his videos from the 1990s which were rarely seen in the U.S. Still, when looking back at Bowie’s early work, his pioneering video effects that may seem primitive to the digital age producers of today actually brought to life the idea of adding visual artistry to the music video — a strategy quickly adapted by select producers in the US and UK and eventually led to the golden age of music videos.

Overall, the exhibit is both enjoyable and intriguing as it gives the viewer a real look into Bowie’s full history and background as an artist and showcases his talents in everything from cabaret to painting to mime to cool suits.

The David Bowie: Artist exhibit will be at the Museum or Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle, NYC) through July 15th. Information on the event and admission can be found on the MAD website.

 

 

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