The Cell Life

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Project, Travel


Inspired by the uber coolness of the new Whitney, I took another few photos to add to my Cell Life portfolio:  just me, my cell phone, my travels.

China: Through the Looking Glass

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Project

Got to view the Met’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit before the crowds. Amazingly imaginative and inspiring! Check out my Facebook page for the Through the Looking Glass album (and special thanks to Dina Pinos for inviting me and Ayaka May Komatsu to the press opening!)

Sweatshop in Full Boogie Swing

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Music, Project

Going Solo

We’re shooting more Sweatshop Boogie today! Check out the video I posted on Facebook – as we prepare for a super creative day in the studio. You might also want to head over to the Ideal Glass Channel on YouTube to view other videos produced by the Ideal Glass team!

Sweatshop Expose

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Music, Project


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)

Going Solo

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Music, Project


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!

Listen Up!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Project, Travel


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!)

A Poet in New York

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Project


So honored to have my poem “Linda West” chosen for the Audience Choice poem at The Poet in New York 38 at the Bowery Poetry Club. Be sure and check out this amazing forum for poetry and performance!

Sweatshop Boogie…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Project

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!


Soy Americano Con Alma Cubano

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Project

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!


LA Gig Jan 28th @ M Bar

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Music

New songs, rants, poems, some of my Hollywood song cycle. Holding my hands to the ‘LA fires’ still burning for some West Coast warmth. Come for DINNER AT 7PM or SHOW AT 8PM!

at M BAR
1253 N. Vine, LA CA 90038

Musical Director / Cengiz Yaltkaya

Door open 7PM / Show time 8PM
Food $10 minimum
RSVP at 323.856.0036