Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on February 22, 2010
10th Annual Night of Cultural Resistance:
We Shall Not Be Moved
Friday, February 26th 6pm-10pm
UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center
(near Bancroft & Telegraph)
With the 10th anniversary of our Night of Cultural Resistance, we remember the struggle endured by the third world Liberation Front and their fight to secure our right to exist and thrive on this campus. In the face of budget cuts that overwhelmingly threaten underrepresented minority communities, we gather for this year’s NoCR to make it known that WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED. As we celebrate and experience our Night of Cultural Resistance with music, dance, art, poetry and prose from our various cultures, religions, identities, and intersectionalities, we claim the existence of a space that allows our differing worlds to come together as one within the haven of our very own Multicultural Community Center. NoCR is not only a celebration, but a declaration of our solidarity and resistance. We will plant the roots of our resistance and raise our voices like branches far into the skies and into the night. Join us in this year’s Night of Cultural Resistance.
With performances by:
DJ Jose Arias
Berkerkeley B-Boys and Girls
Lil Miss Hot Mess
Night of Cultural Resistance (NoCR) Alums and more!
Food Vendors!: Fried Bread (from UCB Native American Recruitment & Retention Center) and Tamales (Lucha)
Brought to you by: The Multicultural Community Center and Multicultural Student Development offices (APASD, NAAC, CLSD, Cross-Cultural Student Development, and AASD)
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on February 14, 2010
Today I went to the OutLoud listening party which was great! And, as much as I loved hearing the radio pieces from their Intergenerational Storytelling Project, the part that really killed me was at the end when we got to hear Holly Near back-to-back with Lady Gaga. Broke my heart into a thousand tiny pieces.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on February 12, 2010
Okay, okay, okay — I’ll stop talking about the Bat Mitzvah soon enough. But today I have exciting news: Harvey Fierstein sent me a Bat Mitzvah card!
The backstory is that I sent him an invitation since I knew he was in town doing Fiddler on the Roof at the Golden Gate Theatre. I thought, if I can’t get Fran Drescher, I might as well have Harvey! I was a little last-minute about it, and I sent two, but one got returned to sender. But lo and behold!
Who knows (and who cares) if it was him or an assistant or whatever. File this under hilarious. Also, looks like the photo was taken by his brother Ronald (thanks internet research).
One question: would it be too much to ask for a Mazel Tov?!?
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on February 10, 2010
Now that my Bat Mitzvah’s over, I guess I need to find something new to blog about. Hmm…
I actually had this link saved as a draft, but never got to write a post about it, so here’s a quick hit: The Under The Influence: Masters of the Universe Tribute Art Show.
Wow. This may be the dorkiest post I’ve ever done. But as a kid I had two toy obsessions: My Little Pony and He-Man. I’m not kidding — sometimes I played with the together. This may explain things.
Anyway, just wanted to share some highlights from their online catalog that I think are absolutely genius:
Johnny Sampson, “Cosmo Skeletor,” screenprint on archival paper
Based on the hottest photo ever, obvi.
Interestingly, many of these are by women, but very few deal with the not-so-subtle queerness going on in He-Man. I don’t really feel like getting into any feminist or queer critiques right now, but seriously, y’all, tell me some of this isn’t genius.
More after the jump.
Posted by Lil Miss Hot Mess on February 9, 2010
Wow. I’m sitting here listening to my new Bette Midler ‘Live at Last’ album in my new teal sequin dress (I didn’t ask for presents, but I wouldn’t say no!) and still feeling ecstatic.
My Bat Mitzvah went off without a hitch: no rain, my gluegun lasted just long enough to make the cake (a Hanukkah-like miracle), and there was a line down the block! I literally had the time of my life and I’m grateful to everyone for dressing up gorgeous, dancing the Horah, and helping me live out this perverted dream!
Seriously, I feel like I’ve made it — not as a star or anything, but as a person in the kind of world I want to live in. And I’ve already heard such overwhelmingly positive feedback — who knows, maybe Lil Miss will throw more parties in her new-found womanhood? (But for now she’s going to sleep for days.)
And the best part: we raised $1500 for the US Social Forum! (If you want to learn/give more, click here.)
Also, while I’m doing thank-yous, let me name all the people I didn’t get to name last night:
PERFORMERS: Sandra O. Noshidi’n't (my sister and co-hostess), Monistat, Mona G. Hawd, Anna Conda, Starr69, Dean Disaster, Vivvyanne ForeverMORE!, and Jupiter!
GO GO GOYS: Sweetcheeks, David, Ryan, Ellie, Julie
DJs: 510’s Finest, Mylo Pony, Pink Lightning
DOOR & COAT CHECK VOLUNTEERS: Ivan, Brittney (with special thanks for the cake!), Louisa, Sarah (with special thanks for my hair piece!), Ed, Sepi, Cary, Devon, Rachel, Val, Bobby
BAT MITZVAH BOYS: Alex, Marc, Maziar, Sergio
ALL AROUND AMAZING VOLUNTEERS: Jerry Lee, Ed, Ainsley, and Philip
THE BLUE MACAW: Barbara, Josette, and all of the bartenders and other staff!
And the part of the toast I forgot: “Here’s to a world based on love and justice… And where everyone can dress like Lady Gaga if and when we want to!”
Lil Miss Hot Mess
Photos after the jump…