I’m delighted to tell you a bit about one of our featured performers for this Sunday’s service on GENDER: the wonderful Kristine Haruna Lee is a playwright, director, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of the theater company harunalee. Her upcoming show Drunkfish Oceanrant will premiere early fall, as well as her Dixon Place artist residency and commission piece War Lesbian in winter. MFA Playwriting at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. BFA NYU Tisch. Kristine will be performing a monolog from her upcoming show, Drunkfish Oceanrant. harunalee.com
Monthly Archives: March, 2014
Secret City Love Potion
by Mike Anderson
- 1.5 oz Passion Fruit Juice (Ceres makes a good version you can get at Whole Foods or World Market)
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Jalapeno Infused Agave Nectar * to taste.
- 1/4 oz Pomegranate Grenadine** or Pomegranate Whip Cream***
- Sprinkle smoked sea salt
Combine passion fruit, lime, and agave nectar in glass. Drizzle in grenadine or whip cream then sprinkle in salt. Enjoy!
Optional: Add 2 oz Rum, Tequila, or Mezcal
*To make the nectar, slice a jalapeno or two in half and remove seeds. Put them in a jar of agave nectar. Let sit for 24 hours then remove jalapenos.
** Homemade Grenadine is equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice.
*** To make the pomegranate whip cream, add 1 part pomegranate juice to 2 parts heavy cream. Either use your Isi whipping cannister, or beat it in a stand mixer til stiff peaks form.
wow! we had an AMAZING day in Los Angeles yesterday, celebrating PASSION. a packed house, slammin band, fabulous guest artists and a beautiful celebration of art and community. we’re going to post some video and pics from the service in the upcoming days. in the meantime there’s this great image our friend molly bryant took of me in my opening outfit – as someone said, it was sort of like dame edna meets truman capote meets tina turner – I’ll take it!
Our musical guests this Sunday for our celebration of PASSION is Kera Armendariz who fronts Kera and the Lesbians who lovingly refer to their music as ‘bipolar folk.’ As a performer, Kera’s passion is tangible, at times bringing the crowd to tears, but most consistently keeping a dancing crowd completely enraptured, hanging onto every word her very expressive being has to sing. She brings heaps of charm to the set, with her joking between songs and her Elvis-like dance moves, it’s obvious that she lives for this. Kera has performed with a diverse list of acts including Devendra Banhart, Best Coast, and Crystal Castles.
Moti’s tango training began informally with his study of martial arts almost three decades ago His interest in movement brought him into contact with a variety of styles. This experimentation with physical art forms led him, eventually, to dance. After getting a taste of many types he discovered Argentine tango. Using tango as a vehicle for artistic expression, Moti has developed into a successful tango performer, promoter, and teacher locally and internationally. His dancing style is dynamic, experimental, and innovative. It abounds with creativity, continually involving new forms of expression.
As a migrant from the Washington DC tri state area, Ayona’s first experience with partner dancing wasn’t until 2011, when she was exposed to LA’s mixed Salsa on the streets of the Santa Monica promenade. She then eagerly began exploring the other Latin dances including Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha before the mystery and intrigue of Argentine Tango piqued her curiosity.
Wanting to expand her dance repertoire and dive deeper into the passion of Tango, she began training under Moti Buchboot, a master in his own right with over 20 years of Tango training. Her modern jazz background, coupled with her long lines and natural grace, made her a natural; and under his tutelage quickly exceled. Soon thereafter, Moti took her under his wing as his protégé and they became dance partners.