On March 15, I was thrilled to be attending the official party to celebrate the DVD release of John Cameron Mitchell's (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) acclaimed, erotic film, Shortbus. The movie, one of my favorites, is quirky, hilarious and unflinchingly honest, and emerged as one of the sensations of this year's Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. John promised the DVD release gala would be "Loads" of Fun, and considering the Loads that were released in the Shortbus movie, I had no doubt that this would be one very exciting release party! And it certainly was!
Other guests and performers included Jay Brannon, Justin Bond, Scott Matthew, Penny Arcade, Bradford Scobie as Dr. Donut and Holcombe Waller who came in from Portland and stopped by to sing a few songs in advance from his show at Joe's Pub. The event was part of the Unisex Salon night at The Delancey on the Lower East Side presented by James Coppola and Earl Dax. Everyone was wishing Earl a fond Farewell since he is leaving the Salon for another exciting project. I ran into lots of comrades like Lady Maria, T Boy, Acid Betty, Hot Tay, Kelvin, Sharyn Jackson (editor of Go NYC magazine), Sequinette and go go goddess Glenn Marla. The hottest act of the evening was, of course, the fiery, flaming performance of Modern Gypsy, where Michael Dirt, assisted by the lovely Trina Rose, spits fire and juggles, twirls and spins ropes and other objects that are set on fire! The amazing act has to been seen to be believed. It all takes place in the pool of a turned-off water fountain on the roof-top deck. It's a magical pagan-esque blending of the elements for sure!
Photos: John Cameron Mithcell and Lady Clover Honey, Clover with Jay Brannon from Shortbus, Lady Maria and Lady Clover Honey with Michael Dirt and Trina Rose of Modern Gypsy, Sharyn Jackson (Go NYC), James Coppola and Lady Clover Honey.