K whattup. So I'm still effin' working on my summer blog. I know, SHOCKER. But this summer was soooooooo good. I don't wanna miss anything. Photos must be collected. Fuck, everyone's Burning Man photos are all coming back now and it's driving me nuts. I'm making the solemn oath - CP WILL BE AT THE BURN NEXT YEAR. So help me sass. In super cute outfits, on a pink fucking bike. That's just how it's gonna be. The end.
It's been a bit of an emotional week, not gonna lie. Why is it that whenever that happens I feel the urgent need to consume MASS quantities of mood-altering drugs??? SUCH a smart move. Especially for the come-down. Yeah, NO. But hell, it was Dollhouse's last party ever before the dismantling begins next week. Complete obliteration was just sorrrrt of called for. Open bar for like 30, 70 at its peak??? COME ON.
It's really fucking blurry. All I can really remember are those smiling faces. Love everywhere. Cherry in half a leotard. Carpet in the booth. The mad hatter on the wall. Stolen kisses. A stuffed leopard. Red and black tiles til daylight. And then we just.. left.
Fuck. I'm crying now. AGAIN. Fucking drugs. Shut up I'm a raver, ok? My heart feels so BIG this week. I love. And I love. And that's all I can say.
K I have to go pretty quick here so I thought I'd just try to think of all the artists we were lucky enough to see on the stage and the decks. SO many beautiful shows, so much inspiration and straight-up heart-lifting awesomeness. Turns out it's a pretty long list actually. I'm sure I forgot a bunch of people and I swear I didn't do it on purpose. Lemme know who on my Tweet Dock k? Check it, them's our peeps yo:
Application (Audio & DJ)
Big Toe’s HiFi
Glitchy & Scratchy
Here Be Monsters
J F Killah
Lynx & Janover
Mat The Alien
Satellite Space Disco Orchestra
Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society
Tarran the Tailor
Wood n’ Soo
... & of course, Sweet Soul Burlesque.
... & of course, Sweet Soul Burlesque.
Guess that's all folks.
Top hats n' slip mats,
Photo: Voodoo Bill, 2008, 42 West 8th.
(here's the note I wrote a little while ago about the DH closing down)
First and foremost: to all Dollhouse supporters, and especially to everyone that filled out a survey: THANK YOU. We had 976 responses, and 727 thoughtful, well-written blurbs about the impact that the Dollhouse has made in people’s lives over the years. These responses REALLY helped us paint a picture of what our community is all about, who we are, and why we are in need of alternative venues. This information was invaluable, irrefutable and for the first time, very frank. It made quite an impression on the City.
That said, we cannot refute their point that the Dollhouse is essentially a converted warehouse -- with no ventilation, limited washrooms and serious sound constraints (being on the border of a residential zone). These problems have always existed and they will never go away. And to be honest, in the past year a new problem has come up as well – as our community grows stronger and stronger, the space has slowly but surely become too small for most of the events being held there.
So this is both the end of an era, and a new beginning. The City is starting to understand that if they do not help us to build venues and create licenses that suit our needs, said venues are going to pop up anyway, under the licensing radar and not necessarily abiding to noise and building codes. So they are doing something completely unprecedented – if we agree to move into a bigger, more suitable space away from residential zoning, they have promised to work with us to ensure that we are pre-approved for noise, assembly and enough licenses to sustain the space for weekday use by artists.
THIS IS AMAZING. And we are of course looking forward to sharing this accomplishment by using the space to host a wide array of crews, events and performances, as always. But -- it does mean saying goodbye to 42 West 8th Ave. Therefore we will be planning a Dollhouse Open House and a few other opportunities for us to get together this month; and then moving out at the end of September.
Sweet Soul will definitely be a part of the new space, continuing to use it as their rehearsal headquarters and throwing their signature events. We’re looking forward to having them host the 5th anniversary of their infamous Blue Party in our new home.
We’d like to mention that if you’re looking for some next level underground events this month, the 10th Annual New Forms Festival will be hosting 3 nights of mind-blowing music & art:
NFF 10 Opening and SWARM Afterparty http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6848753899&v=app_2344061033#!/event.php?eid=140637479301146&ref=ts
SLUGABED - BLUE DAISY - ILLUM SPHERE - NASTY NASTY – MICHAEL RED & KRISTA LOMAX w/ CALAMALKAhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=105037542885475&ref=ts
OMAR S - JASON LEV - SCOTT http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125981497446395
For more information on the ground-breaking New Forms Festival, please visit http:// http://ten.newformsfestival.com/
All events will be held at the W2 (Storyeum) while Open Studios undergoes renovations (they will reopen in a few months).
We’ll keep you posted on the status of the new HQ (btw, if anyone knows of a 3500 – 5000 sq. foot space in a non-residential zone with for lease, let us know, we’re open to looking at everything we can). In the meantime, keep those outfits safe. You’ll need ‘em.
Much love, sass n’ gratitude to all that continue to be a part of all of this. Without you, it’d just be an empty warehouse.
Cherry, Cara, Joe, Jon, Willis & CP