A packed, generous house at Glad Day Books made for a night of spirit lifting & reassurance for my friend Kyle Andrews & his dog Duke, after the destruction of their apartment by fire. Everyone was effected by this show of support by strangers for strangers, as it was the first time some of the performers had met Kyle, as well being the first time I’d met some of the performers.
I kept the talent lineup simple, even turning down some who had volunteered to perform. Too many performers makes for a less focused show, I thought. I’d rather four great songs by a great band than four great songs by four different performers. Plus less time getting people on & off stage.
All the performers respected my request not to do cover versions of Disco Inferno, Light my Fire, Burning Down The House, You Started a Fire, Ashes to Ashes or any songs by Arcade Fire.
Allen Rex started & ended the show with his rocking, folk, queer and energetic songs. Duke made his stage debut with tricks only dog can do, then Kyle read some poetry about recovering from the fire. Renee’s rewriting of pop songs was hilarious, sharp & well sung, too. NorthStar were sweet, emotive in their two sets. Their take on Sugar Sugar gave me chills (you know who can pour his sweetness all over me anytime 🙂 ) Arelen Paculan wowed us with a couple of great songs but had to scoot to another gig, leaving us wanting more.
Cate McKim kicked off the second set with her direct from the heart a cappella songs – After the Gold Rush gave us all chills. NorthStar did another couple of excellent songs. Paul Bellini arrived to do Yoko proud. Allen Rex wrapped the show on a high note. Many left wishing they were ‘skinny white boys.’
Spoken word performances were good too: Lizzie Violet give a different kind of chill, as did DS Campbell with a section of his twitter feed zombie novel. I reached into the raunchy bag to some of my pieces to make sure there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.
cleaning out sale
The raffles were a great success. Letting people pick the prizes they were interested in meant that the six-packs of gay porn went to good homes. It was curious to note that the ‘mature man’ porn pack had a handful of tickets whereas the six-pack of twink porn had the most number of tickets. Gift cards for Fresh Burger, Cara Foods, Glad Day all proved to be popular.
Money was raised but more importantly sprits were raised. It was powerful to see diverse strangers come together to support someone in their struggle, and do so gladly and happily. Pics of the event Fun at out of the fire
one of the pieces I read – WP sometimes does weird things to line breaks 😦
What I Did For Sex
let him think I was falling in love
pretended to be drunk
said I’ve never done anything like this before
walked endless blocks at 3 a.m. in pouring rain
flew from one coast to the other
said yes when I meant to say maybe
said maybe when I meant to say no
said no till the first kiss
didn’t shower for three days as requested
lied about my age
agreed to let him take pictures
pretended to be straight
watched a direct to dvd Steven Segal comedy
‘wading pool paratroopers 2’
pretended to believe he was straight l
istened to music I hated – Diana Krall
wore knee high athletic socks
apologized when it wasn’t my fault
watched hetero porn with him –
spoke tres mauvais French
let him take my socks off with his teeth
ignored the kitty litter underfoot
put my feet in his face
took showers together
exclaimed it’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen
let the dog stay in the room
stood in smokey bars for endless hours
let him think I wasn’t falling in love
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