London’s Rio Cinema is an institution of boozy, Art Deco and inexpensive cinema-going. But it’s on its last leg, and needs your help. Viva la Sunday matinee.

London’s Rio Cinema is an institution of boozy, Art Deco and inexpensive cinema-going. But it’s on its last leg, and needs your help. Viva la Sunday matinee.


The team at LODOWN Magazine in Berlin are resurrecting an old prototype for an electric car from the 70s, the Electro Lotus E-Spirit. Their project is remarkable and inspiring. Check it out and support their Kickstarter.
LODOWN also just announced a new app — you can download it for free.

The team at LODOWN Magazine in Berlin are resurrecting an old prototype for an electric car from the 70s, the Electro Lotus E-Spirit. Their project is remarkable and inspiring. Check it out and support their Kickstarter.

LODOWN also just announced a new app — you can download it for free.


BALTIMORE : ARABBER MURAL PROJECT

Gaia is a right-on dude who’s working with Mata Ruda, LNY and Nanook on this important mural project in Baltimore in support of the local arabber community. This project builds off of the mural produced by Gaia last fall for the arabbers on Fremont Avenue and will serve as a segue into transforming the yard into historic preservation site.

Arabbing as a practice began in the 19th century in Baltimore when easy access to stables and the shipyards of the inner harbor made selling fruit with horse drawn carriages an attainable entrepreneurial enterprise for African Americans in Baltimore. During the war effort and after WWII arabbing became an almost entirely African American trade. Competition from supermarkets and restrictions from modern zoning laws have endangered this heritage. Today there are only a couple sites left that serve as arabbing stables, with the Fremont Avenue location being one of the most prominent in the city. Today, arabbing serves as a viable living for a handful of men and their families whilst also serving a variety of communities including neighborhoods that do not have easy access to produce and whole foods.

Mata Ruda, Gaia, Nanook and LNY will use the story and experience of Baltimore’s fruit sellers to produce murals that will span the entirety of inside and exterior of the Fremont stables. The paintings are apart of a larger plan that will be implemented on behalf of the Arabber Preservation Society in the near future to make the site into a visitor center and provide the necessary renovations to the preexisting stable.

Kick down if you can to help them realize this project.


Mark Horvath — aka @hardlynormal — is using his followings on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to empower homeless men and women across America to share their experiences in the first person. His website, InvisiblePeople.tv, challenges stereotypes, sparks dialogue, and is growing a movement committed to ending homelessness, right now.

On any given night, nearly 633,782 people in the United States experience homelessness — over 60,000 of them veterans. And the average age of a homeless person in the United States is only nine years old. When we met Mark, we would never have believed that ending homelessness is achievable — but he has convinced us, as he has thousands of others, that it is.

Head to the @home campaign on indiegogo to help Mark and his team out with some coin for their new documentary on homelessness in the US. Their goal is to use film, social media, and a smartphone game to amplify Mark’s work — turning apathy into action, making the homeless men and women in your community visible, and inspiring more and more people to take action to solve homelessness in their own backyards.


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


Today marks the two year anniversary of Japan’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, March 11, 2011. Areas hardest hit are still struggling to repair, rebuild and heal. Remember our human family in Japan and reach out to help. You can donate directly to The Real Medicine Foundation, or pick up a shirt by Kenzo Minami on our shop — 100% of proceeds go to support and relief efforts. Kenzo says this about the shirt’s message:
"It is about ‘Re:’ in terms of ‘Reply’ — our reply to the tsunami and our response to Japan (which is this charity itself and collectively to help the world and give on a larger scale). Also, Japan will need a lot of ‘Re____’ from now on: ‘Rebuild,’ ‘Restart,’ ‘Reboot,’ ‘Recharge’ and more."

Today marks the two year anniversary of Japan’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, March 11, 2011. Areas hardest hit are still struggling to repair, rebuild and heal. Remember our human family in Japan and reach out to help. You can donate directly to The Real Medicine Foundation, or pick up a shirt by Kenzo Minami on our shop — 100% of proceeds go to support and relief efforts. Kenzo says this about the shirt’s message:

"It is about ‘Re:’ in terms of ‘Reply’ — our reply to the tsunami and our response to Japan (which is this charity itself and collectively to help the world and give on a larger scale). Also, Japan will need a lot of ‘Re____’ from now on: ‘Rebuild,’ ‘Restart,’ ‘Reboot,’ ‘Recharge’ and more."


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.


Evan, 10 years old, saves up his allowance all year and donates it en totale to City Kitties, a shelterless rescue collective for stray cats in West Philadelphia. We do, we do like your cursive, Evan.

Evan, 10 years old, saves up his allowance all year and donates it en totale to City Kitties, a shelterless rescue collective for stray cats in West Philadelphia. We do, we do like your cursive, Evan.


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