PART II : LINDA GERARD & DJ DAY

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Our friend, fashion idol and philosophical guru Linda Gerard serenades devoted fans every Monday night at Sissy Bingo at Ace Palm Springs — a storied songstress of Broadway and Follies fame, she also peppers random lunches and dinners at King’s Highway with show-stopping belters, raising her bejeweled hands to the sky as she slays the final notes of Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart to thundering applause, having, each time, gained a couple dozen new groupies.

Recently, we were shaken by the news that Linda is in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. She was diagnosed earlier this year and is currently in the process of treatment and recovery. We love her dearly and would bend over backward to help and support her. This Monday, join us and her massive posse of friends, family and fans in the Commune for a festival of positivity, love and posse-rallying, with DJ Day, Alf Alpha, Giselle Woo, JP Houston and others. Donations at the door enter you to a raffle with damn good prizes, and proceeds from drinks go toward Linda and all rooms booked for that night at Ace with code FABULOUS are not only 25% off but go toward Linda’s support fund as well. See more about the event on our calendar.

Find here part two of three chapters of DJ Day’s interview with Linda about life, love and Lawrence Welk. DJ Day’s ridiculously great new record Land of 1000 Chances is up on our shop, as is Linda’s Fabulous Selections — which we released recently — and, you guessed it, proceeds from her record and our Sissy Bingo shirt go toward Linda as well.

Read on, show the love and stay tuned for chapter three, forthcoming soon.

Talk about the Rose Tattoo time…

What happened was, when my girlfriend broke up with me in ‘87, I needed a new beginning. I bought the Rose Tattoo in ‘88.

This was in West Hollywood and obviously huge at the time. I mean, Barry Manilow?

They all came. They all came to the Rose Tattoo and it was very, very exciting.

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We really love Reading Frenzy in Portland. It’s where we first read Doris and Burn Collector and everything by sts and got vintage postcards to send to our penpals before email shrunk our brains. RF lost their lease a few months ago and they’re looking for a new space. Hopefully you can kick down a little coin to help them make it happen — viva la real books!


Our dear friend and idol Linda Gerard is currently in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. We are throwing a benefit with some friends to pitch in next Monday night, March 25 at Ace Palm Springs — if you’re within an eight hour radius, you will definitely not regret coming. Proceeds from the bar, rooms and her record Fabulous Selections will go to show Linda the love and support she has from here to the moon from her fans and family. You can also buy her record on our shop to show your support. Here’s a note from Linda to you:
TO MY ACE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS,
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE ACE VERY SOON. I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO RID MY BODY OF THE M0NSTERS INSIDE ME AND ONCE AGAIN JOIN YOU IN KING’S HIGHWAY, OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO, THE AMIGO ROOM OR WHEREVER YOU ARE AT THE ACE… I WILL WEAR MY GIANT GLASSES, SING LOTS OF SONGS AND EVEN PLAY SOME FUCKING BINGO ON MONDAY NIGHTS. I HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU ON THE 25TH. AND AGAIN THANK YOU. THIS WILL BE A CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US.
OODLES OF LOVE AND HUGS,
LINDA

We love you too, Linda.

Photo of Linda in the Commune by Max Wanger

Our dear friend and idol Linda Gerard is currently in the process of kicking cancer’s ass. We are throwing a benefit with some friends to pitch in next Monday night, March 25 at Ace Palm Springs — if you’re within an eight hour radius, you will definitely not regret coming. Proceeds from the bar, rooms and her record Fabulous Selections will go to show Linda the love and support she has from here to the moon from her fans and family. You can also buy her record on our shop to show your support. Here’s a note from Linda to you:

TO MY ACE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO RETURNING TO THE ACE VERY SOON. I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO RID MY BODY OF THE M0NSTERS INSIDE ME AND ONCE AGAIN JOIN YOU IN KING’S HIGHWAY, OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO, THE AMIGO ROOM OR WHEREVER YOU ARE AT THE ACE… I WILL WEAR MY GIANT GLASSES, SING LOTS OF SONGS AND EVEN PLAY SOME FUCKING BINGO ON MONDAY NIGHTS. I HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU ON THE 25TH. AND AGAIN THANK YOU. THIS WILL BE A CELEBRATION FOR ALL OF US.

OODLES OF LOVE AND HUGS,

LINDA

We love you too, Linda.


Photo of Linda in the Commune by Max Wanger


In 1970, President Richard Nixon was scheduled at an American Legion convention in Portland, Oregon, in order to promote the continuation of the Vietnam War. A Portland-based anti-Vietnam War group, called the People’s Army Jamboree, planned a series of demonstrations to be held at the same time as the convention. Law enforcement, expecting massive numbers of protesters on both sides, were concerned about large-scale violence—an FBI report estimated a potential crowd of 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 anti-war protestors, and suggested that the result could be worse than the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
In order to keep the peace, Republican Oregon Governor Tom McCall made an agreement with representatives of local anti-war factions to permit a rock festival to be held in a state park at the same time as Nixon’s scheduled visit, and to turn a blind eye toward behavior that had been widespread at the Woodstock Festival, like nudity and use of marijuana. McCall has been heard to remark that by making this agreement—less than three months before the upcoming November vote, in which he was running for re-election—he had “committed political suicide.” The festival was often called “The Governor’s Pot Party” by many Oregonians. McCall won re-election that November, defeating opponent Robert W. Straub handily.
- Mike Meacham, barefooted attendee of Vortex I
Our neighbor in Portland, the Dill Pickle Club —- Oregon’s most esteemed grassroots cultural history crew — is creating a comic about this strange and hardly believable tale of a Republican Governor, a bunch of hippies and the complicated sculpting of Oregon’s liberal reputation. The comic will be distributed for free at Tom McCall’s 100th birthday party in Portland this spring — help make it happen on their Kickstarter.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon was scheduled at an American Legion convention in Portland, Oregon, in order to promote the continuation of the Vietnam War. A Portland-based anti-Vietnam War group, called the People’s Army Jamboree, planned a series of demonstrations to be held at the same time as the convention. Law enforcement, expecting massive numbers of protesters on both sides, were concerned about large-scale violence—an FBI report estimated a potential crowd of 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 anti-war protestors, and suggested that the result could be worse than the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In order to keep the peace, Republican Oregon Governor Tom McCall made an agreement with representatives of local anti-war factions to permit a rock festival to be held in a state park at the same time as Nixon’s scheduled visit, and to turn a blind eye toward behavior that had been widespread at the Woodstock Festival, like nudity and use of marijuana. McCall has been heard to remark that by making this agreement—less than three months before the upcoming November vote, in which he was running for re-election—he had “committed political suicide.” The festival was often called “The Governor’s Pot Party” by many Oregonians. McCall won re-election that November, defeating opponent Robert W. Straub handily.

- Mike Meacham, barefooted attendee of Vortex I


Our neighbor in Portland, the Dill Pickle Club —- Oregon’s most esteemed grassroots cultural history crew — is creating a comic about this strange and hardly believable tale of a Republican Governor, a bunch of hippies and the complicated sculpting of Oregon’s liberal reputation. The comic will be distributed for free at Tom McCall’s 100th birthday party in Portland this spring — help make it happen on their Kickstarter.


Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.









All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.

Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.

All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.


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Roy Hudgins was an extraordinary person from Delhi, Louisiana. Our friend Aubree Bernier-Clarke, of Portlandia and Where the Wild Things Are, is making a documentary about this gender outlaw, songwriter (see Fig. 1), musician and individual of mysterious origin. She and her team have five days to raise money to finish the film — chip in if you can so we can all behold the resulting glory. Read all about it.

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Roy Hudgins was an extraordinary person from Delhi, Louisiana. Our friend Aubree Bernier-Clarke, of Portlandia and Where the Wild Things Are, is making a documentary about this gender outlaw, songwriter (see Fig. 1), musician and individual of mysterious origin. She and her team have five days to raise money to finish the film — chip in if you can so we can all behold the resulting glory. Read all about it.


Sonic Trace is the brainchild of radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes — working with the LocaLore Initiative, she and her team are gathering stories from Latin American communities in and around Los Angeles in public (noisy) places about their experiences coming to, going from, staying in and returning to the US. They sent a call out to designers to pitch a portable sound booth and the winners, La Burbuja, have been working with Mat-ter to build this shiny, hypnotic orb pictured above — an illustration Mat-ter made of the booth at Plaza Mexico in LA. They have 48 hours to finish raising money for the project on Kickstarter so give them some strong love. We’re captivated, and very excited to see what’s on the horizon for this team.

Sonic Trace is the brainchild of radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes — working with the LocaLore Initiative, she and her team are gathering stories from Latin American communities in and around Los Angeles in public (noisy) places about their experiences coming to, going from, staying in and returning to the US. They sent a call out to designers to pitch a portable sound booth and the winners, La Burbuja, have been working with Mat-ter to build this shiny, hypnotic orb pictured above — an illustration Mat-ter made of the booth at Plaza Mexico in LA. They have 48 hours to finish raising money for the project on Kickstarter so give them some strong love. We’re captivated, and very excited to see what’s on the horizon for this team.


Questlove performs live with Black Thought (both of The Roots) tonight at Ace Hotel New York for the MTV Staying Alive silent auction to raise funds for HIV awareness. Get tickest at the door — 8 to 11pm.

Questlove performs live with Black Thought (both of The Roots) tonight at Ace Hotel New York for the MTV Staying Alive silent auction to raise funds for HIV awareness. Get tickest at the door — 8 to 11pm.


INTERVIEW : SARAH VOWELL

Sarah Vowell is a New York Times best-selling author and cultural troublemaker we have a great deal of respect for. Ms. Vowell is also board president for 826NYC — a non-profit in Brooklyn supporting the writing lives of kids. We’re hosting a party on October 24 at Ace Hotel New York with 826NYC that celebrates superhero outfits designed and created by Opening Ceremony, Jack Spade, Christian Joy and others. Get tickets here.

We asked Sarah more about 826, and about herself.

You’ve been called a “social observer,” an author, essayist and commentator. You’ve also written six books and innumerable essays, and have done voice-over for the animated film, The Incredibles. If you had to find someone to do your job for you, what’s a short list of requirements you would post on Craigslist for potential candidates?

Writing about history for people who do not care about history, i.e., Americans, requires the patience to sift through the occasionally action-packed yet mostly tedious paper trail of the long dead. And I do mean paper trail — there’s a lot of paging through moldy old books and newspapers and sitting in archives reading crumbling letters written in a cursive so frilly and outmoded and impenetrable you find yourself momentarily charmed by demonic imperialists who have the courtesy to buy a new-fangled gadget called a typewriter. Also, what is Craigslist?

What do you love about 826NYC, and how do you feel about being the board president?

I love our space: the tongue-in-cheek professionalism of our storefront, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., and the homey tutoring center itself, reached through a secret door in the bookcase of the superhero store. It started out as this empty room without a floor and now the walls are covered with student artwork and movie posters from our students’ films. Walk in there on any given day and the place is alive with the most lovable and curious gaggle of students being looked after (and listened to) by the hardest working, most caring and good-natured staff and volunteers.

Are you going to wear superhero gear to the fashion show at Ace Hotel?

I’ll be dressed as my altar ego, a rumpled and grim middle-aged writer.

It’s a predictable question, but — if you could have one superpower for real, what would you pick?

I would love to have the power of time travel. Not to live in the past as I am a woman and the descendant of peasants and dispossessed Indians but it would sure make fact-checking my books a lot easier.



Photo by George Fok


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