After a Fashion
Witty Style Avatar seeks travel daddy. Or mami. Enquire within.
Not bad art, but the art of Bad JohnPaul (www.badjohnpaul.com) was on display at the Madison last Friday night. JohnPaul's infectious energy and undeniable charisma have made him the talk of the town. His new book, Bad JohnPaul, has caused quite a stir, as did his delightful Filthy Gorgeous party featuring his art. The photos – reminiscent of Helmut Newton (think The Eyes of Laura Mars) and David LaChapelle as seen through the lens of Weegee – feature gorgeous bodies, blood everywhere, degradation and domination, and many other fabulously distasteful effects. Bad JohnPaul's art is certainly not for everyone, but as JohnPaul himself says, "Attacks on my work and personal life are just a sign I'm doing something right. Bring it on bitches; I'm ready!"
I love that there's a website, MissTravel (www.misstravel.com), where rich people who don't like to travel alone can find attractive younger companions who would just love to travel for free. Don't smirk. I'm sure this is a respectable operation bringing consensual parties together for mutual ... something. I mean, if I had it in my budget to travel and hire young, attractive escorts to accompany me, would I do it? Well, if there is implied sex, probably not – but if we're just talking about a gorgeous, smartly dressed companion to wear on your arm like a new bangle and exchange witty bon mots, well, yes, I'd do it. But with all due respect, why would I take an attractive stranger when I have my pick of dozens of interesting, attractive friends that I already know well? (Hiring anyone for anything is simply not in my budget at all.) Too bad there's not a website for rich people looking for a wicked, aging companion who can be quite forgetful, but tells hilarious stories when he can remember the end of them. I'm accepting all offers.
The Play's the Thing
Had a lovely chat with my old friend, Austin's gay playwright Allan Baker, who is on a bit of a roll with five productions so far this year – including plays in Salem, Mass., and Los Angeles in July. His wonderful stories have also been hits at Pride festivals: New York City in 2009, Austin in 2010, and Dallas in 2011. Check out www.abbyproductions.com to read all his plays, including his latest, Dex & Abby, which, I understand, is a sweet, funny, and moving play about a gay couple and their two dogs ... with the dogs to be played by human actors.
I'm looking forward to Masque: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a By Mojo production that promises glamour, mystery, and intrigue in the form of a masked ball this Friday, May 19, in a palatial 12,000-square-foot estate overlooking the lake. Cocktail attire and masks required. Search for it on Facebook for details... Also on Friday, May 19, Forklift Danceworks, a nonprofit dance company connecting nontraditional dancers with the community, are having a fundraiser: Studio 54klift, a nod to the wilder days at a legendary nightclub. Held at the East Side Stages, 3000 E. Cesar Chavez. Details at www.forkliftdanceworks.org. And don't forget the West Austin Studio Tour (www.westaustinstudiotour.com) featuring such studios as Gallery Black Lagoon, Kosmos Arte Studio, and the fabulous Sugar Factory, among others.
One Shirt = One Week
Texas-based clothing collection Noah (www.noahapparel.com) has noble international intentions. With every shirt sold, it provides a week of education to a child in sub-Saharan Africa. Noah just released the summer line, consisting of six shirts and two cut-and-sew pieces – manufactured mostly in Austin and Dallas. Its mission is a simple one – to give hope. So help Noah to help others, and order a shirt. Or two. Or five.