I have a few upcoming events happening. On May 30th is the finale performance that I am apart of with Gage Boone and Marc Arthur. Then on June 3rd I’m reading at the Army of Lovers festival. Details below:
Co-presented by the National Queer Arts Festival, Sex Worker Fest, Army of Lovers and the Center for Sex and Culture.
Hosted by Kirk Read
Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission Street near 11th
Tickets are $10-20 sliding scale, no one turned away
Advance tickets encouraged: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/66814
More info: armyoflovers.org and kirkread.com
More Sex Worker Fest events! Check out http://www.sexworkerfest.com
WEDNESDAY JUNE 3
Peggy L’eggs aka Matthew Simmons
Matt Walker aka Elliott Skellington
THURSDAY JUNE 4
Daniel Allen Cox
Army of Lovers is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and the Horizons Foundation.
Okay, so what you first need to understand is that I, tarnation1, am actually Samuelroy. And I, Samuelroy, have my first actual release coming out on Ascension Records and Publication. It is called Pi11 Bits, and you can get it online Friday or at this show!
But what is more important to me right now, is this short clip from what might be the best documentary I’ve ever seen; Naked Fame. This is what I feel like right now!!! If only I looked a bit more like this…
I have admired Talya Epstein’s work since I was first exposed to it back in Boston. Talya was a student of the Boston Conservatory‘s dance department while I was enrolled as a theater major there. We quickly became friends due to our similar interests and common feelings of social unrest. Though she grew up in New England and I grew up clear on the other side of the country, our quick disenchantment with the city of our residency became a basis for our bond and we learned to rely on each other for support, inspiration and a balancing of sanity. Now that we both live in New York City, very little has changed in terms of our relationship towards one another. The city we are in is a different one and our problems with it differ from those of Boston, but our friendship and communication in relationship to all things art and life (life and art?) still come from the same place, even if they now they have grown into something larger and rarer.
Talya as an artist and Talya as a person are obviously two different things, though Talya comes closer than anyone I have ever met to merging both beings as one. There is no hypocrisy that flows from the art she makes into the life that she lives. Some things are more exaggerated, stranger or more whimsical in her work as an artist, but these are factors that are not unusual in terms of art vs. life.
Talya’s newest work, showgame, which premiers this Thursday and Friday at “The Tank” in Manhattan is unquestionably her best work yet. Having the privilege of seeing her process grow over the years and watching showgame progress over the course of its evolution have been some of the more satisfying artistic indulgences of my life, though I must make it clear I do not simply say this because Talya is my friend. From the very beginning of her time in my life, Talya has been an original. I have yet to meet anyone who thinks as outside of the box as Talya does, and this quality is seen more and more clearly through the work that she makes. showgame, is no exception.