John Oliver just did an amazingly on target segment on the fashion industry. Pointing out that 98% of our clothing is made overseas, and often using child labor, he made a strong statement against sweatshops and our out-of-control need for cheap clothing.
Check out Sweatshop Boogie’s lyrics for commentary on “fashion is a deadly weapon in the wrong hands.” (photo: the Sweatshop Boogie team)
Sweatshop Boogie is going solo. To United Solo, that is – the world’s largest solo theatre festival, currently celebrating its 6th season. Tickets are available now for my performance on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pm. Mark your calendars and get your tickets – it’s going to be a wild musically comic adventure!
Last November, I was interviewed by the lovely Aki Higuchi in Tokyo for Japanese television. In the interview, besides discussing my career, she asked what advice I had for young people. I advised to “fight hard for what brings you pleasure and hopefully gives other people pleasure and help.” (And I’m living proof that I practice what I preach!)
Currently shooting videos of three songs with the Ideal Orkestra for Sweatshop Boogie, an in-progress project exploring themes connected to the power of fashion throughout the ages. The songs, Sweatshop Boogie Theme, What’s Going to Be in Your Go Bag? and King of Kicks all feature the brilliant costumes of Ute Bekaia. (That’s me in over-the-top silver splendor). Stay tuned for more information on Sweatshop Boogie, coming soon to a stage near you!
Opening night of our month-long Open Studio event had a huge turnout.
Approximately 80 people came to Ideal Glass to look at my work over the last fifteen years in Cuba. We had a guest Conguero who played as I sang some improvised verses to Guantanamera and some other latin tunes. Girshel Javakhishvili held forth on the piano as I introduced the people who help make the show possible such as my curator, Berta Jottar, who found so many great pictures I’d taken but overlooked, Marie Van Eersel who produced the show, Bob Coulter who photoshopped and printed the photographs, Jessie Stead, editor of the porn passages and many of the other video montages, and Uta Bekaia, editor and master of inspirations. Thanks to all who came by and please send any gallery people who might be interested in the work and writers who might write about it. See you in Havana in May at the Biennale!