Penny Arcade sprung out of New York City’s “Playhouse of the Ridiculous,” which had close ties to her mentor Jaimie Andrews and the director John Vaccaro. Andy Warhol was impressed by her high energy and quick whit, and casted her in Paul Morrissey’s “Women In Revolt.” Recently, Penny has toured the world twice for her production “BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!,” and creates art that show her political/housing/pirate radio/independent art/AIDS activism.
Bambi Lake is the performance artist that reestablishes your faith in Art. She extends her stage presence into her everyday life. She will change your life because she uses knowledge from the past to be combative in the future. Bambi Lake is unsinkable and immortal. Watch out world because she is coming back strong.
This article originally appeared in Issue#2 of TEENAGE NEWS. It is written by Madeline Bocaro and can also be found on her blog.
The transitional period between decades is always highly charged with the excitement of things to come, and nostalgia for an era coming to an end. The 1970’s had their final burst of energy with Punk rock, but by 1979, the New Wave was already upon us. Simmering beneath the deliberate crudeness, realism and rage of Punk was a brightly coloured, cosmetic, futuristic fantasy world. The movement’s forerunners were fans of British Glam rock, especially of David Bowie, and had an ironic affection for the danceability of Disco, hoping to replace it with a more whimsical, eccentric and sardonic genre. It was time for some fun. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was back in town!
Rumi Missabu is a legend known around the San Francisco streets as a former member of the Cockettes, a glitter-clad, hippie, drag queen troupe. In the 21st century, he has gained notoriety for his various theater performances around the world. Now is a busy time for Rumi Missabu, he is organizing performances in New York City, rehearsing for his Pearls Over Shanghai production at the Hypnodrome, and starring in his very own documentary, Ruminations. At 65 years old, Rumi is certainly not slowing down.
This interview was conducted at Billy Bowers’ San Francisco apartment. Billy is best remembered for designing costumes for Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, the Cockettes, and countless others. Rumi Missabu’s dear friend welcomed TEENAGE NEWS for an enlightening conversation in his cozy apartment. Bowers’ walls were covered with his own, original designs: collages of glitter, vibrant feathers, leather bulges, as well as his famous, whimsically embroidered jackets. We discussed life for Missabu in the seventies, his everlasting love of performing, and the importance of valuing human connection along the way.