Archive for September, 2009

Erase Errata = WhiteTightRight

Posted in Brontez, Courtney Trouble, Don't Bomb The Moon, Erase Errata, Fabulosa Fest, Homo A Go Go, Team Dresch, WhiteTightRight, younger lovers on September 25, 2009 by browndowncrown

BDC is ready to party with Erase Errata this weekend! EE has always been one of our favorite bands ever since we were baby gayz in Olympia, WA jamming to their music in stinky punk houses. In addition to their performance at the Don’t Bomb the Moon Fest this Saturday in SF, lead singer Jenny Hoyston will be a part of a panel of folks the night before at El Rio for Funtime (including BDC’s favorite porn princess, Courtney Trouble and Bacon Wrapped Icon Brontez from Gravy Train!!! and The Younger Lovers). Wow — very sexy! BDC was so excited we asked Jenny Hoyston to answer some WhiteTightRight questions for us about EE, playing with Team Dresch, Fabulosa Fest and pervy bacon wrapping.

BDC: Tell us about the Erase Errata reunion! How was it playing again at Homo a Go Go? What can we look forward to for EE’s near future?
Erase Errata plays several shows each year. They are usually “fly-ins” to events like EuroPride or college shows so we’ve been out of the San Francisco radar for the last few years. It felt great getting together and playing for the hometown crowd during HAGG. We just finished Pacific Northwest dates with Team Dresch and began a recording new material with Christina Files in her Portland studio. We don’t feel pressure to finish the recording in any time frame. Erase Errata is an ongoing project amid our busy lives.

On Saturday EE is playing the ‘Don’t Bomb the Moon’ event and i have heard you talk publicly about this before. Why is this important to you? What can we expect to happen at this event?
JH: Jarrett Mitchell, who founded don’tbombthemoon.com, planned this free concert/demonstration in San Francisco to follow up on other demos he’s done in Louisville, KY, Chicago, Portland, etc. There will be lots of bands playing from 4pm on and Jarrett’s amazing anti-lunar bombing art will be on display (and for sale) at the event. It will be the place to be this Saturday.

BDC: This year I attended Fabulosa Fest! How did you get involved with organizing it and will it be happening again next year?
JH: Fabulosa Fest will be happening again mid July 2010. We tripled our numbers this year and have some really big names lined up for next year’s festival so we are looking for a new property to hold it on. The swimming situation is obviously important in our locale search since everyone loves to stay cool in the water between performances. I got involved in planning Fabulosa with my partners (El Rio owner) Dawn Huston and Judea Eden because I love planning fundraisers and concerts but was getting bored just doing shows in bars and clubs. It is so nice to create queer feminist space and the participants have brought the most amazing energy to the event every year. I’m so proud.

BDC: How do you like living in Portland? What’s the music scene like there and any Portland bands u recommend listening to?
JH: I like it up here. I can afford to live in a house, which is such a change for me from Bay Area warehouse squatting. I come down to San Francisco every other month so I still feel in touch with music and art there. I’ve put on shows here for Lovers and Forsorcerers and a few other bands but I honestly don’t go out to shows as much as I used to.

BDC: Tell me about the event at El Rio on Friday. Will you be performing?
JH: Friday at El Rio there will be a live talk show. The hilarious host will be interviewing Kaia Wilson and I together about going to the Jerry Jeff Walker concert the previous night. Kaia and I will be performing a Jerry Jeff Walker song together during the interview. Courtney from NoFauxxx.com and Brontez from GravyTrain!!!/Younger Lovers are the other guests. It should be wild!

BDC: What was it like playing with Team Dresch!!
JH: Playing with Team Dresch was an honor. Their music means so much to me. I completely retreated into it when I was younger. I stood beside the stage during both of the shows we did together and sang along – I know every word. the Portland show was a little more wild and fun. I took my shirt off during “Remember Who You Are” and a few others followed suit.

BDC: Most importantly — if you could wrap any musician in bacon, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
JH: Ugh! You are obviously a complete pervert! I would not personally wrap anyone in bacon. I just barfed reading this. Oh, here it comes again…

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BDC hearts La Chica Boom

Posted in BrownDownCrown, Kaleidoscope, La Chica Boom on September 23, 2009 by browndowncrown

La Chica Boom

La Chica Boom

The first time we met La Chica Boom she fisted a piñata in a full dominatrix outfit and BDC knew we were in love with her. She is a Bay Area performance artist who is so brown she holds the title Ms Gay Latina 2005 AND 2006 (hey La Chica Boom can you help BDC get that title for 2010?)! She is also the founder of Kaleidoscope, the Third
Annual People of Color Cabaret
happening in San Francisco on September 26th!

The lineup looks gaymazing this year and there are even pre show workshops on September 25th and 26th!! Great Brown Minds must think alike because the same day BDC was going to get a hold of La Chica Boom for an interview she contacted us!

BDC: Are you BrownDownCrown?
LCB: Yes, I am BrownDownCrown, because I am La Chica Boom and am hella brown, down and I certainly wear a Swarvosky covered crown! I’ve been working actively in queer communities of color being “brown and down” for about 10 years now. I’ve been organizing with communities of color to destabilize the white heteropatriarchy by day and by night I seduce audiences with my witty ethnic drag and burlesque performance. I am from the El Paso/Juarez border and have been weaving my cultural, political and sexual identity through alternative dance, theatre, performance art, burlesque, clowning and street performance across North America. In the past I’ve worked with a broad range of movements including the prison abolition, anti-rape, domestic violence, and reproductive justice movements with an emphasis on queer and sex worker of color issues.

BDC: Tell me about yr upcoming show and workshops! Can anyone attend?
LCB: Upcoming Show: Have you gone to the website www.kaleidoscopecabaret.com, it is beautiful! It has a video of the past year’s show and the bios/pics of all performers this year. The show is open to everyone! It’s first of its kind in burlesque, in that the show, Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual People of Color Cabaret show-cases performers of color. I bring down men, women, and transgender performers from all over the country each year to showcase a broad range of performances that include drag, burlesque, song, and aerial art and they promise to be erotic, sexy, and witty.

BDC: What can we expect to see at the show?
LCB: This year Toni Elling will be joining us. She is 84 years old now and hella amazing! We will honor her for paving the way for burlesque performers of color today, she is one of burlesque living legends.

There will also be workshops taught by all the pros in the show! Some are FREE! Join us September 25th and 26th from 10am-4p at the Mission Cultural Center for an array of pre-show workshops. Explore your understanding of desire and take one of many classes: The art of BIG burlesque, Masculinity in the world of Burlesque, POC burlesque history, Exotification and Race Representation, Saucy Choreography, Burlesque on a Budget, How do I look?: Drag/stage make-up application, Pasty-making, tassle-twirling, Oh My!, Glove Removal, and other tricks of the trade from the pros.

BDC: What is one of the highlights you are looking forward to seeing?
LCB:I am looking forward to seeing Orchid Mei work her special fans, she is definitely one my favorite classic performers! I am also looking forward to seeing all kinda poc’s in the crowd! I love looking at at their faces while they watch the show. Major satisfaction!

BDC: What will you be performing at the show?
LCB: I will probably be jacking off on tacos with Tapatio! Because I am a Tortillera (mexican slang for queer or lesbian woman) fo sho!

BDC: Why is it important to have an all poc burlesque show?
LCB: It’s important to have a POC show because although burlesque is an amazing art, it has traditionally used our bodies as exotic props and our images for profit. The show is about the politics of a people of color performance movement, about how performers of color redefine and shape our liberation through striptease and cabaret arts. The show is a platform for us to reclaim our images, our racialized sexualities, and to challenged cooptation and the appropriation of our bodies and images. I hope that the show will cast some light on the knowledge, actions, and transformations that pertain to performance, race-sex positivity, and politicize and enrich the neo-burlesque movement.

BDC: If you could wrap any performance artist in bacon — who would it be and why?
LCB:If I could wrap any artist in bacon it would definitely have to be Jesusa Rodriguez, queer Mexican performance artist. Because she’d probably take that bacon and shove it up her ass and then make it a really compelling performance art piece!

Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual National People of Color Cabaret

Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual National People of Color Cabaret


The show will take place at the historic Brava Theater on 2781 – 24th Street in San Francisco on September 26, 2009. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm, buy your tickets at the door for $25 in cash or in advance for $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com
Fore more information on La Chica Boom visit www.lachicaboom.com

GOSSIP makes BDC want to eat Fried Chicken

Posted in beth ditto, BrownDownCrownTV, chris sutton, fried chicken, gossip, rocktober, truffle shuffle on September 22, 2009 by browndowncrown

The Gossip recently performed live on the Jools Holland show (guess its some cool show in Europe?) and it made us love them SO much more. And this is why:

1.) they are now performing with bassist Chris Sutton who has been in so many bands we can’t list them all but we like him best in C.O.C.O. and Dub Narcotic Sound System.
2.) Hannah’s pompadour is so big it reaches the sky
3.) Beth’s first outfit in the clip below is hella gay rainbow peacock meets Colonel Sanders and if thats not punk high fashion I don’t know what is. BDC likes anything that reminds us of fried chicken.
4.) their music inspires us to truffle shuffles all the way to Popeyes!

Dear Gossip — BrownDownCrown can’t wait for you to come back to San Francisco in Rocktober… won’t you please let us buy you some Chubby Hubby and do an interview for BDCTV?? love, BrownDownCrown

In Search of Fried Soda

Posted in craigslist, fried soda on September 16, 2009 by browndowncrown

BDC is excited to announce the theme of our next TV show — FRIED SODA!!! Yes, people, it does exist, and tho we have gotten a few leads we are still looking for someone here in SF who can make it for us. What’s the best way to find something you need? Craigslist of course!

click here to respond to our fancy Craigslist post or just read it here:

in search of fried soda – mw4m – 29 (san frandisco)

Date: 2009-09-16, 3:37PM PDT
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We are two San Francisco artists with an online tv show — BrownDownCrownTV — and the theme of our next show is FRIED SODA. If you or someone you know can make us fried soda we will interview you, befriend you and eat it on camera! There is no financial compensation for this — just the love of fame, glory, food and hanging out with fun gay people. That’s why we have a tv show! Any leads on where we can find fried soda in the city would be most helpful. We are totally serious.

more about us:

BrownDownCrownTV hopes to take over the world bringing the brown love to the far reaches of the earth and beyond. We have a blog — browndowncrown.com, and a tv show — browndowncrownTV that documents the trials and tribulations of all kinds of SF issues including things wrapped in bacon, things u can stuff and daddy punk celebrity sightings like Bob Mould. The TV show is hosted by Jenna Riot, a pop princess who makes electro dance beats alongside her co host, Devon Devine, an all around big sexy bearded man who identifies with the skater betty lifestyle and animal planet. They bring to the frontlines their hella mixed ethnic ideas and have coined the househould phrase, “I’m brown, I’m down, and I wear a crown.” don’t worry if that phrase doesn’t quite feel comfortable to you — you can also be WhiteTightRight like Roseanne and Sleater-Kinney!

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Fried Soda Balls

Fried Soda Balls

Never Gonna Get It

Posted in The Fire This Time on September 16, 2009 by browndowncrown

BDC is SO excited to see this documentary, The Fire This Time. Its about time we bashed back — tho this is a testament to the consequences of defending yrself. Check out the website for a great synopsis of the events that unfolded, why this case is important and links to the articles written at the time that basically criminalized these young women based on their race and sexuality. This JUST happened in August of 2006 and some of these women are STILL serving their sentence — its a dirty dirty shame that I even have to post a blog about it or see a documentary about it or that we even live these experiences as brown people every day in our own ways as we move through our cities and streets.