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An artist that we have come to admire not only for his art but also for his political thinking is Oroc Coro. One of the more interesting queer artists working today we first came upon his work on the site Queer Artists. QA can be found HERE. Many queer artists working today are doing some really out of sight paintings and drawing of the male nude in all sorts of poses and actions, others continue to challenge the notion of traditionally female work, (some good stuff is happening in that department too) and sometimes to our delight conversations on art, politics, queer art, gay art, what is it and what it isn’t. (Is a person a gay artist if he paints landscapes?) Sometimes certain artists stand out, artists that bring a something that has been lacking in all the other art on view. Real deal queer art, art that passes by just another hard cock, or a cute nice young man. (nothing wrong with that as we need more full frontal male nudity.)

It is among all the queer art that Oroc Coro stands out. Creating situations with not only his drawing but his body he brings us from here to there. He brings us by challenging us to see, to listen, to feel. We do not always understand where we are going, but know that we are seeing queer art of these times. We know his work captures us. We know we can’t get it out of our mind and we know we will not forget it too soon. This is why we love this work and this artist. Oroc Coro A Queer Artist for these times and times to come.

To view more of Oroc Coro’s work go to HERE.  To connect on facebook go to Here.

With Oroc’s permission we show some of his work here. To say the least we are thrilled. All works are Charcoal on paper except of course when he appears with the work. In this exhibition let the art and the artist speak. Let us take the time to listen. Scratch your head if you must but listen.

Copyright © 2018 OROCORO – All Rights Reserved.

When I talk to myself. 54″ X 40″ 2013

Dripping Delight Fantastic 89″ X 80″ 2016

I Still Believe 52″ X 40″ X 18″ 2016

I Ain’t Nothing But A Hooker. 42″ X 30″ 2011 (more…)

With the renewed interest in the history of the Ct. Transgender Movement we are going to publish essays, articles, and ourstories on this site. Some of these essays are ones we have published before and some will be new essays. This site along with Jerimarie Liesegang will began to publish a first person narrative on the history of the Ct. Transgender Movement and the possibility of an exhibition on this continuing struggle next year.  We publish today for those of you who do not have the book, Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire, published by AK Press, a chapter written by Jerimarie Liesegang the mother of the Ct. Transgender Movement an a long time fighter for peace, justice and liberation.

Tyranny of the State and Trans Liberation

By Jerimarie Liesegang

“STAR is a Revolutionary Group. We believe in picking up the gun and starting a revolution if necessary. Our main goal is to see ‘gay’ people liberated and free” —Marsha P. Johnson, “Rapping with a Street Transvestite Revolutionary”[1]

“Trans Liberation is the phrase that has come to refer to all those who blur or bridge the boundary of the sex or gender expression they were assigned at birth: cross-dressers, transsexuals, intersex people, Two Spirits, bearded females, masculine females and feminine males, drag kings and drag queens. Trans Liberation is a call to action for all those who care about civil rights and creating a just and equitable society” —Leslie Feinberg, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue[2]

Anarchists (should) understand the importance in opposing the regulation of sexual and gender behavior by governments and other allied forces such as the church and capitalism. In fact there has been a long history of anarchism as a movement and a philosophy recognizing and embracing the pivotal importance of sexual and gender liberation. Within this history there has been a prominent role of queer anarchist sex radicals who kept this significant engagement at the forefront of the anarchist movement and philosophy. Yet despite the pioneering anarchist sex radicals at the turn of the century and those during the heyday of the (gay, feminist, black) liberation movements of the sixties and seventies, there has been an increasing trend by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) liberation movement toward embracing the government and its role in regulating sexual and gender behavior. And this current “liberation” movement has worked in complicity with the state simply to broaden and reform the definitions and social norms of sex and gender, as well as focus on the assimilation of LGBT within the State through marriage reform, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and by enacting laws that seek to entrench and empower the police and incarceration system through increased funding and engagement through hate crime legislation. And so we see a liberation movement that moved from a focus on fighting the state and its associated systems of corrupt police, politics, and social norms to a liberation model complicit with a state and its allied power structures that makes no excuse regarding its control, regulation, definition of, and legal boundaries regarding, sexual behavior and gender identity and expression.

This chapter details the historical roots of sex and gender radicals within the anarchist movement as well as within other allied liberation movements. From this historical perspective, we can reexamine the state of the LGBT liberation movement, and attempt to solidify and redefine a trans liberation movement outside the current so-called LGBT liberation movement. The aim of this chapter is to reconsider Trans liberation within the contexts of the current social, economic, and political environments within primarily the United States, though given the penetration of a global LGBT movement led by marriage advocates, it can also be viewed from a global lens. In this process, it is hoped to reveal that the core of the trans existence and persona is radical and anarchistic, if not insurrectionary, in its embodiment—such that pure liberation of sex and gender will not come through complicit reform within the state but rather through rejecting the state and its many social constructs. (more…)

Trans Lifeline Benefit at Chez Est

Hosted by Mia E Z’Lay and Chez Est

Sunday November 25, 2018 4pm to 11pm

458 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford Ct.

There will be no entry fee! We will have a show every hour starting at 5pm. We have so many amazing entertainers who are donating their time and art. All money made from the shows will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
Mia E Z’Lay and Layne Alexander Gianakos will be running the event at Chez Est

If you are interested in donating and can not make it please message Mia or Layne. If you want to perform message us asap!

Please share with your friends and family!

Facebook Page HERE. 


Crossing the street to see an art show can and may be dangerous. Going all over town, via shuttle, walking from venue to the next is not usually our idea of entertaining ourselves or guests who are visiting us for the weekend. But how can one who is now in this day and age mildly interested in art in this area not check out some of hundreds of artists, dozens of studios, galleries and other creative places if only to see what type of natural habitat these artists produce their art in. Been in all types of places in our long-life time stretching back to our coming of age in NYC in the mid- 1960s when all heaven began breaking loose in the world of art and artists questioned the very idea of art, what could be art, how could be art and what can we do in the name of art. Could the sloshing of water in our boot really be as grand as a symphony? Were we the conductor or the player? Could making a giant salad and having fun while getting our fill be filling? What about lines so high in the sky that no one could see them let along admire their beauty? Challenge, and change and challenge and change everything. Once back in the day when we were full of it, we wrote “Jump up create a space, go back down space erased.”

Keeping up with art all these years causes one to arrive in a place that has little room for fake. Has little room for reinventing the wheel, going around and around doing the same old thing and calling it by another name. Looking over the glossy program book we found the names of a few people in the area who make art that we may be interested in checking out and a few natural habitats that we wanted to see, if only to see what Hartford has to offer for artist space. Can we keep a straight face while viewing these places, side eyeing the studio all the while trying to go ahhh over the art works that hold very little interest for us? Do we on such a beautiful Sunday really want to join with the thousands of annual visitors and go about  looking at stuff, much of it ho-hum, the same old hum over and over or would we rather do something else? Maybe enjoy the Autumn colors? The colors are quite beautiful this year.

How far would be want to travel to see what we can see? Olga interest was piqued when she read about a artist way down at the Colt Gateway who did a “mixture of functional and non-functional ceramic ware.” “I just love non-functional ceramic ware,” said Olga, “just something to look at like a vase full of holes.” You know that it is a pretty good idea, just the vase, a vase that doesn’t hold water, just the vase as a work of art, full of holes. “Yeah,” said Bessy Marie, “I’ve seen so many non-functional pieces in my life I would rather go home and eat meatloaf.” Just look at the little pictures in the program book, over and over art, same old, same old, he is working in the impressionist school, she in pastels, beeswax, Hippie Hats, turned and carved wood. Wearable handmade jewelry, mixed media, Whimsical designs in metal, Abstract art 1, 2, 3, 4 everyone loves colorful abstract art and last but not least imaginative, surrealist, psychedelic and dreamlike paintings. Spin the great wheel of art history, pick a time any time do some art. “I graduated from art school and this is what I learned to do.” Smooth, clean, glossy and pretty. Since we are not in the market for anything for over the sofa, (we don’t even have one) don’t wear jewelry, and our home can’t hold another Knick knack or other object of art we passed up many a open door. Poking her head into a door way Olga added, “Here look at the very least we’ll see how talented Mary is because she can paint a cow.” Not that there is anything wrong with painting a cow as then I can have a painting of a cow in my apartment rather than chickens in the kitchen.  My goodness is my head swirling, tu m’ ennuies! is about all I can say.

the small writing says, “We must take the World as it is to be allowed our Work and intent.”

Photo Marc Burns

I will scratch my head on that line. Perhaps one of the artist who is more enlightened on its meaning can tell us sometime. I for one refuse to take the world as it is even if I have to give up my work but never my intent of making justice for all and liberation from the powers that be a number one priority. Maybe I just don’t understand it, the saying that is.

So, what do you like? Crossing the street looking both ways, walking slow so not to slip on wet leaves, or stumble on the cracks and upheaved chucks of concrete, avoiding a mud bath for our shoes wondering what the big black van was, hoping it wasn’t that small city music group who blasts out their sounds and causes many to block their ears, and visiting a show that we knew would move us from one place to the next. No time to be bored. You can bet $10.00 on us that we were not bored, interested to say the least. Very interested in this open Open Studio greenhouse weekend gallery. Light and airy. A show called Terraria/Novel Objectives at Knox Inc just a short walk across the street, not much to lose if we find ourselves bored almost to death we can go home asking ourselves why and take a nap.  Very interested in this piece called Bowls. My first question on entering the show was who piled the dirt? Well according to Marc Burns it was two gentlemen name Etani and Juan Perez who ran the skip loader. A helping hand to pile gives the artist a break so she won’t have to stand there and shovel, shovel full, after shovel full of dirt to make a mound. Not that there still in some situations isn’t a  need for shoveling if only to build up your muscles, if fuel is scarce or there isn’t a skip loader available to artist or farmer, ditch digger, or someone like we said in the olden day, was trying to dig their way to China on the other side of the world. (Tried that once but gave up after 8 mins.) The question of who drove the skip loader and if they were included as artists in the Bowls piece or not was lively causing me to write these little lines, “Who drove the Skip Loader and piled the dirt, Without him who did, the piece wouldn’t work.” We suppose here we could debate this idea for the longest time and are well aware of how it has been debated over and over through-out art history, just who gets the credit that require workers to help do the work? Shouldn’t they get a hurrah also? My god by now we should have pushed the artist off the pedestal and push the dam pedestal over? A short tit for tat came about concerning if the two who drove the skip loader and piled the dirt should or should not be given full billing with the artists who created the work?

Juan on the Skip Loader

But “Who Drove The Car?”

(a little art history)

“Way back in 1953 Robert Rauschenberg directed John Cage to drive his car in a straight line over twenty sheets of paper that Rauschenberg had glued together and laid out on the road near his studio. The front tires left a faint impression while the rear tires that had passed- through a pool of paint that Rauschenberg had poured in the street deposited a black tread mark that stretches along the length of the paper. Automobile Tire Print challenges the traditional understanding of art and authorship and presented a whole new definition of what it meant to be an artist. Was Cage here just a printer like one operating a printing press or was he also an artist in full partnership with Rauschenberg, without him there would have been no piece. Many other examples in art history could be sited here but why bother? We are not in the business of trying to convince folks to like or conform to our way of thinking. Who cares if the revolution is far from over and our side seems to not be wining.

The Show.

Artists in Terraria/Novel Objectives included Marc Burns, Rebecca Wasilwski, Matt Dondero, Angel Pena, Audrey Ryan, Adam Viens, Jason Werner some a no show according to one of the artists who was rearranging some heavy rocks bending over and causing a woman viewing the action to ask if he was a plumber. No telling who is going to show up at an art show.

 

Bowls: Rebecca Wasilewski, Marc Burns, Angel Pena, Etani and Juan Perez. (In the bottom left is Angel Pena’s 4 Stacked bags of Fast Setting Quickrete Mix) (more…)

Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City Dec 5th to Dec 16th!
Public · Hosted by Bread and Puppet Theater and Theater for the New City

Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Theater for the New City for it’s annual December residency!

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave, New York, New York 10003
Show Map

Tickets · On Sale November 1 at 12 PM
theaterforthenewcity.net

Dec 5th- Dec 9th: The Or Else Opera – Eisler/Brecht

A paper maché puppet opera, punctuated by melting ice drops under a starry sky made of garlic. The composer Hanns Eisler, a major Brecht collaborator, fled the Nazis, joined the Berliner Ensemble and now enters the 21st century’s humanity, it’s giant fears and overcrowded spirit, at the moment of re-occurring fascism. In musical collaboration with The Pi Ensemble.

Dec 13th- Dec 16th: The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a large-scale puppet spectacle that explains and teaches riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with the help of state of the art paper-maché weaponry and the appropriate riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “Tigers roar, apes drum their chests, horses neigh, and celestial grasshoppers teach ICE agents the basics steps of grasshopper rebellion dancing. A paradise investigation team analyses the earthling’s relationship to paradise, while major representatives of Mother Earth attend a festive Puerto Rican dance of liberation from natural and political disaster.”

*Bread and aioli to be served following all shows! & The Cheap Art Emporium will be open for your perusal.

tickets available at http://theaterforthenewcity.net

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact joe.yes.yes@gmail.com for more info if you are interested in volunteering. For more information go to HERE.

“You know.” said Olga, “not to sound corny here or like some greeting card, but indeed sometimes life does get in the way.” When one has to work for their own daily bread there is no time for play unless of course one has a job that includes playing. Once away back in the day I had a job that all I had to do was every once in awhile lift my head up and say “Goodnight.” and that was only for three people. Once they got out of my way I could do anything I wanted. Just lock the door and play, play, play. So for eight hours, sometimes eight long hours I played. Never invited anyone in to play with me as that was against the rules and there were cameras everywhere. Sure as shit Old CG would look at the camera’s every morning. Probably got off watching me play.

Well Bessy had a vacation all planned and Olga had no time off since this was a new job, no playing allowed, in this job, they watch us like hawks watching for their dinner, nosey that’s their name Mr. and Miss Nosey watching the cameras, make one false move, if they like you they will call you on the phone, if not announce for all to hear on the radio what you are doing that is against the rules. You know that power thing. Even all though not one of them have any right to power they have it by hook or by crook and now they wield it like tyrants. Petty tyrants as a matter of fact. Little pinching bugs of the first order.

Go Bessy Marie Go!

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Pick a spot, Bessy Marie, any spot and Bessy Marie chose Brattleboro Vermont. Not far away, just a bit over 3 hours, the lay over in Springfield is what gets to one, making all passengers in the Business Class irritable “a fucking 45 mins”, old Joe said, “is just too long to be hanging around in Springfield waiting for another train to come along the track that we need.” Yes folks getting to Vermont is on one track and nothing had better be coming down the track going the other way. “Good thing I don’t have a connection to make,” white hair with heavy perfume yelled out in the air. Nobody is listening, and everyone cares, as no one not Bessy Marie or anyone else riding the train, would want to be derailed and end up in gully, now that would be a delay.

 

Bessy Marie had reserved a room at the Latchis Hotel in downtown, a Art Deco place built in 1938 by the Latchis family as a testament to the life and work of Demetrius P. Latchis, the building was billed as “a town within a town — all under one roof” because of the multiple shops contained within. Situated in Brattleboro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Brattleboro Common right on Main Street for anyone who doesn’t have a car its a dream come true. Here is my review of the Latchis Hotel in downtown Brattleboro.

The Latchis Hotel

by Bessy Marie

First I must thank Olga for “finding” this hotel. I would be hard pressed to come up with much to complain about here. If anything ever was worthy of being called the cat’s pajama’s it is this Art Deco Style Hotel. I spent three nights as if a small bug in an elegant clutch purse. The lobby floors and furnishings, the glittery check-in desk area giving the absolute feeling of time travel to the late 1930’s were wonderful. The staff were all helpful and courteous. The bed room was very nice with two large windows to look out to Main and Flat Street. The intergrity of the 1930’s is maintained by the choices for furniture and a mirror framed in simple wood. Very clean but old fixtures in the bathroom and very good hot water in the shower. The bed was not at all lumpy, old or smelly as some have complained in reviews nor was there any loud noise outside in the street after dark. How happy I was to find 3 full boxes of tissue, one on each night stand and one in the bathroom. (most of the modern hotels have those thin boxes inserted in the bathroom wall that always run out in no time. Tissue in each room may sound like a minor point but it is really quite appreciated as usually in other hotels I have found that the tissue runs out after a short time. The hotel does allow dogs to stay over night. The room is specially cleaned after each stay. The policy allows one pet, 220lbs and the fee is $40.00 per night. For myself and some other folks who suffer from animal allergies we can only hope that the hotel does specially clean the rooms after each pet stay. Barking is not permitted I hope and that the pet must leave the hotel when its family goes out.

I must say that I have never stayed in a hotel where the front desk closes down at 10:00pm. No check in after that hour. All hotel guests are give keys, yes real keys to the front doors so if they arrive back at the hotel after ten they can let themselves in. There is an emergency number to call if anything happens after 10:00pm.

A real special part of this is the hotel is connected to the Latchis Theater an absolute jewel of a place and the crowing jewel of the Latchis experience. The Zodiac signs on the ceiling, the murals of Greek goddesses and gods, the elegant entry areas all added to the time travel experience. Yes indeed I am a bug in an Art Deco clutch purse; wearing the cat’s pajama’s so giddy that I’ve mixed up the metaphors. Bessy gives the Latchis Theater and Hotel FIVE BIG STARS and hope that this wonderful place goes on for another eighty years.

The wonderful Latchis Hotel in downtown Brattleboro

Part of the Art Deco Lobby

In March 2003, the Brattleboro Arts Initiative, in partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont, purchased the Latchis Memorial Building which included the four screen Latchis Theater, the 60-room hotel, a ballroom and various other businesses.

Next door is the Latchis Theater a treat all in itself. Went to see a Star is Born staring Lady Gaga. Well the theater is stunning.

OUT for a Walk

Walking is best when one is visiting a new town. Well its good anytime, not only for health reasons but for all the things one can see in a few city blocks, or out in the woods. A small sampler of what I saw while walking around the town. (more…)