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Showing posts with label Adrian Ryan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adrian Ryan. Show all posts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

(OUTscene AMERICA): INTER-view: What a Sissy....A Revealing Moment with 'Man at Bath's' Francois Sagat, Finally on DVD!

From Porn to Film Star?
by Adrian Ryan

So I says to Francois Sagat, I says, “Francois! I understand that this is probably the most obvious question in the universe and that you’ve been asked it over and over and over again, but! Do you plan to embrace your porn career as you move forward into mainstream films, or play it down?”

And Francois Sagat says? “I don’t want to do mainstream films. I like porn.”

Well. Okeedokee then. (And with his deep French accent and his pouty French lips, the word "porn" sound like “prawn”. Adorable.)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

(OUTscene TV) CLASSIC: Adrian Ryan's Wild chat (From 2010) with Cabaret Legend, Joey Arias!

(L to R) Benzler, MK, Arias, Ryan
Joey Arias is a New York City based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist.

Upon the death of his dear friend  (from AIDS) and artistic collaborator, Joey became executor to the Klaus Nomi (Sperber) estate. A tribute to his friend is held in Berlin every year. A film on the life he shared with Klaus is currently in the works.

Arias is also notable for his portrayal of Joan Crawford in New York productions of Christmas with the Crawfords, an original holiday spoof of Christina Crawford's book Mommie Dearest.

Joey was (One) of the subjects of the Documentary, "Arias with a Twist" (The other is Puppeter, Basil Twist) that played at the 2010 SLGFF. Adrian Ryan got the EXCLUSIVE, but got a wild conversation on tape! Enjoy!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

(OUTscene TV) CLASSIC: Adrian Ryan Flirts with Florent at SLGFF 2010!

FLORENT MORELLET made an appearance at the 2010 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for a screening of the Documentary, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market. Florent is the the subject of the film.  Florent became a legend in the NY Arts and Gay scene, just when they needed him the most. Later, Adrian Ryan caught up to Florent at The Lobby Bar in Seattle for the after-party. The mood was cozy and oh, so French


Friday, June 10, 2011

OUTscene America: (INTER-view) Adrian Ryan 's Exclusive with "It Gets Better" Co-Creator, Terry Miller!

Photo/Kevin Kauer
by Adrian Ryan
OUTscene Special

Terry Miller is one of the most influential gay men in America—whether you recognize his name or not.

If you do, you probably know Terry as the long-silent, long-term HICBIA (Husband in Canada, Boyfriend in America) of Dan Savage, the famous Sex Advice columnist/cum powerhouse politico who has been recently described, quite aptly, as “Captain Gay.”

But the astonishing success of the It Get’s Better Project—which basically began with a video of Terry recounting his own High School horrors— has thrust Terry firmly into the spotlight…and the pages of gay history. Terry and Dan have not only set new standards of tolerance for gay and lesbian youth with the It Gets Better Project, they have incited a gay-rights revolution to perhaps rival the social effects of Stonewall –the full force of which will not be felt for years. Below, Terry and I discuss the genesis of It Gets Better Project, returning to his High School for the first time, and life on the road with Dan.

Monday, June 6, 2011

OUTscene: (SIFF INTER-view) What a Sissy....A Revealing Moment with Francois Sagat!

by Adrian Ryan
OUTscene Special

So I says to Francois Sagat, I says, “Francois! I understand that this is probably the most obvious question in the universe and that you’ve been asked it over and over and over again, but! Do you plan to embrace your porn career as you move forward into mainstream films, or play it down?”

And Francois Sagat says? “I don’t want to do mainstream films. I like porn.”

Well. Okeedokee then. (And with his deep French accent and his pouty French lips, the word "porn" sound like “prawn”. Adorable.)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

OUTscene America: (Exclusive INTER-view) Adrian Ryan's Wild chat with Cabaret Legend, Joey Arias!

Do know who Joey Arias is? If you know NY, Performance art, David Bowie then you know who he is. The name sounded familiar and was eager to meet this Cabaret Legend.

Joey Arias is a New York City based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist.

Monday, May 16, 2011

OUTscene (INTER-view) Joan as Police Woman, Your Favorite Musician (Whom You’ve Probably Never Heard of Yet) Talks Love, Space, and Jeff Buckley!

by Adrian Ryan
OUTscene Special

Joan Wasser—lead singer and songwriter for Joan as Police Woman --is one of your favorite musicians, even if you don’t realize it yet.


Joan a prolific artist, to say the least. You've heard her--most likely many, many times. She’s been an integral part of the Scissor Sisters and Antony and the Johnsons (squeal!) since the beginning. She was dating and collaborating with Jeff Buckley when he tragically drowned in 1997, and she produced an album with his band mates after the fact. (It was sad, deep, and never released.) She’s played with Rufus Wainright, Elton John, Lou Reid, and more…her talents have lead to famous collaborations which have lead to devastating cred in the indie music universe. Her new album, “The Deep Field”, was released this month.

Friday, October 22, 2010

OUTscene: (SLGFF) Adrian Ryan French Kisses Florent!

FLORENT MORELLET made an appearance at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival this past Monday for a screening of the Documentary, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market. Florent is the the subject of the film. Adrian and MK sat in the same row with Florent at the screening and the film is a fitting tribute to a passionate man who became a legend in the NY Arts and Gay scene, just when they needed him the most. Later, Adrian Ryan caught up to Florent at The Lobby Bar in Seattle for the after-party. The mood was cozy and oh, so French!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OUTscene: (SLGFF) Adrian Ryan's Wild chat with Cabaret Legend, Joey Arias!

Do know who Joey Arias is? If you know NY, Performance art, David Bowie then you know who he is. The name sounded familiar and was eager to meet this Cabaret Legend.

Joey Arias is a New York City based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist.

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was six when he moved with his family to Los Angeles. After singing with the rock band "Purlie" on Capitol Records and a stint with famed improvisational group the Groundlings, he moved to New York City as a teenager and eventually got a job at the Fiorucci designer clothing store. He and other store staff were known to first ever perform live (dance & model clothes) in the shop window's. While working at the store he became friends with alternative icon Klaus Nomi, singing backup to David Bowie and designing sets and costumes. While in New York he also performed with a band called Strange Party which recorded and performed in various night clubs.

Arias, who is openly gay,gradually became involved in the burgeoning 1980s New York performance art scene, appearing regularly at Club 57 and other downtown venues. During these years he also began crafting a successful career in cabaret, based on his talent for channeling the vocal style and mannerisms of the legendary Billie Holiday. He has since recorded several albums and pursued an international nightclub career.

Upon the death of his dear friend and artistic collaborator, Joey became executor to the Klaus Nomi (Sperber) estate. A tribute to his friend is held in Berlin every year. A film on the life he shared with Klaus is currently in the works.

Arias is also notable for his portrayal of Joan Crawford in New York productions of Christmas with the Crawfords, an original holiday spoof of Christina Crawford's book Mommie Dearest. The San Francisco based production premiered Off-Broadway at the Grove Street Playhouse in 2000 starring Arias as Joan. Arias also starred in a 2001 revival of the play at the Chelsea Playhouse.

Joey is (One) of the subjects of the Documentary, "Arias with a Twist" (The other is Puppeter, Basil Twist) that played this past Saturday at SLGFF. I sent OUTscene Special, Adrian Ryan to chat, but got a wild conversation on tape! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

OUTscene: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! The Coz-Bay: 'Get Off My Lawn, Mr. Ryan!'


By Adrian Ryan
OUTscene Special

"Look out! Yes, sir! There's a stranger on the phone!" is what Bill Cosby says to me when he answers the phone.

Bang! Total instant Cosby.

"What school did you come out of?" He begins interviewing me. He brings up college right off the mark. The man is all college. He's obsessed with college. Obsessed!

He got his doctorate in education in 1976 with his quite wordy dissertation "An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning." (Dang.) He speaks constantly at universities across the country. He donated $20 million to a college once! His university jerseys outnumber his sweaters. I rest my case.

Mr. Cosby has developed quite a reputation for his rambling codgerisms as he's always railing, they say, against the evils of the hiphops and the swearwords. (You kids get off my lawn!) I wondered exactly what he'd say if I answered, "College? Why, I dropped out of junior high to suck pecker for money, Mr. Coz-bay!"

But no. Heaven help the poor fool who says "pecker" to Mr. Coz-bay.

And that's another thing. His agent (who is also Tom Brokaw's agent, weirdly) told me, "He prefers to be called 'Mr. Cosby.' Please don't call him 'Bill.'" I guess my plan to call him "Aunt Betty" was out of the question. One must respect The Cosby!

"The University of Montana, Mr. Cosby!" I say. He is satisfied. We talk about college for a while. It is boring. I change the subject. I ask him where he is right this second and what he's doing there.

"Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Not to be confused with Mississippi! I was born here! Nineteenthirtyseven!"

I knew that. Wikipedia. "You have a birthday coming up, Mr. Cosby!" I say. Next month. July 12 or something.

'Yes, sir! Lookin' at SEVENTY-THREE! Please HOLD THE PHONE!"

Ha! "Hold the phone!" Codger.

As I, um, hold the phone, the weirdness sinks in: The man I am holding for was the lovable, goofy, rambling force who "Hey-hey-heyed!" his way into every crook and fiber of my childhood. Pudding Pops! The Electric Company! (I own the DVD set!) Fat Albert! (Every Saturday!) A relentless one-hour comedy screed that ran day and night on HBO for 20 schmazillion years that I watched until it burned Cosby-shaped holes into my eyeballs! (It was a standup routine about his family that eventually led to The Cosby Show, which eventually led to bellyaching Rudy with the soap in her eye.) The first black man to star as a lead in a television program! Jazz musician! Television doctor! Real-life PhD! Big-money philanthropist! LEONARD PART 6!

"So!" says Leonard Part 6 when he comes back on the line after a second or two. "This morning, we are going to, um, bury our basketball coach. He was 90 years old. A black man! We called him 'Sarge'! And we were ages 14, 15, 16, 17."

Yes, Bill Cosby was sitting at his kitchen table when I called, writing a eulogy for his boyhood mentor. This was off the chain. It was exactly like getting sucked face-first into the teevee and dropped smack into an episode of The Cosby Show. It was surrealer. Surrealist.

Fade in: Late morning. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable (or, "Cliff") is sitting at the kitchen table, writing the eulogy for a beloved hero, his old basketball coach, whom he is burying within the hour. He is wearing an expensive sweater. (Occasionally, he distractedly sucks on a Pudding Pop—LOGO TO THE CAMERA!) Suddenly! He is interrupted by Vanessa, who bursts through the kitchen door with her impossible, physics-defying trapezoidal hair. She is followed by Rudy, who's belly- aching because she has soap in her eye (and rapidly evaporating cuteness and acting skills), then by Lisa Bonet, who's sassy and a slut, then comes Theo, who does whatever Theo does. (At the moment, Mrs. Clair Huxtable, bless her, is holed up in her downtown mahogany-and-leather-bound-book-rich office, being a smug, very educated, African-American female lawyer in the '80s and is far too busy to burst through the kitchen door just now. She will burst through the kitchen door later, when she has something smug, wise, and rather superior to say.) Mr. Cosby reacts politely, hilariously, annoyed. As expected. Then, the phone rings...

But not really. He was just interrupted by Adrian Ryan, with whom he had a 7:00 a.m. (PDT) interview scheduled. We were supposed to talk about his show at Benaroya Hall on the 20th. There would be no trapezoidal hair in this episode.

"And I am busy here writing because they want me to say something at the service, and what's interesting about this... and not just because I'm... well... you know, this legend in show business... but it's because 'the guys,' our guys, will be there, to carry him out, and put him into the hearse, for his final ride..."

And then I realize something. The "they" that Mr. Coz-bay is talking about, these "the guys," had to be, in fact, the old Cosby gang (if you will). The characters who populated Cosby's Fat Albert universe were culled from his boyhood friends. In short: The Cosby Kids were off to bury their old coach. Do-do-do-do.
"And what's interesting about this..."

And here we go! The Cosby monologues. He thinks out loud, like an old professor. Some things he says are very funny; some are very sad. He's emotional. He seems to choke up a little at moments. (So do I.) He talks about Sarge, the plan to bury him out of Corinthian Baptist Church, how the church is just seven doors down from his mother's old house—the church where his grandfather sang as a choirboy. He says that Sarge was a good man who gave back to these boys, his "guys," when he could have been doing something else. He talks about Fat Albert and duplicitous wars, and he quotes directly from his dissertation! He gives me advice on raising my niece. He asks me if I smoke.

Cosby does much to cultivate his codger image. He tells me a hilarious story about recently scolding his very adult daughter when his excited grandson almost said "shit" to him on the phone. (And you thought Jesus had strict folks.) The Cosby song hasn't really changed: Children and education and his family and the integrity of all three—these are the basis of his humor and his outlook and his life. And no smut talk!

But Bill (I mean "Mr. Cosby!") keeps coming back to the moment "when they close the coffin." Because that coffin doesn't close just on a man, but on a whole type of man, he's trying to tell me. It was very Angels in America. I wonder if he knew that. I didn't ask.
At last, a brief break. "Please HOLD THE PHONE!"

"Well, Mr. Adrian Ryan! I have to go now! Thank you very much for calling. I'll see you in Seattle on the 20th! The show is going to be hilarious. Good-bye!"

Click.

Mr. Coz-bay will be playing Benaroya Hall (TONIGHT) June 20, Father's Day, brought to you by the Seattle Symphony. The show has been playing in major cities everywhere, to rave reviews and sold-out crowds. It is called, um, An Evening with Bill Cosby. What else?

Now get off my lawn!

This story was also printed in Seattle's The Stranger
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