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Posted By Sandra Alland

Well, last night's show went well... Kabarett at the Voodoo Rooms was sold out again! It was all a bit posh for me -- most of the space was pre-booked for tables of diners, so that anyone coming only to see the show had to stand at the way-too-crowded back. The dining thing also made me feel a little like I was performing on a cruise ship... but we met some wonderful musicians, and burlesque and circus folk, and the lovely T was there filming us. That made Zorras feel loved. Also, we did our new piece, Head Games, which makes me pee my pants laughing. So all in all a good time...

In other news, I just finished reading Virginie Despentes' Baise-Moi (Rape Me). I think the book is even harsher than the film in some ways. I like that there's more about the two main characters before they meet in the book; it gives more depth (or a different kind of depth). In all, it's a tour de force about how violence begets violence, and about women's capacity for violence (a subject that is certainly still taboo despite talk of "equality"). I don't recommend it for the faint of heart, but this book raises many fascinating questions, especially about how we perceive and accept violence from men, and about how we ignore brutality (until it is presented as coming from the supposedly gentler sex).

Speaking of violence, a woman was recently blinded, kidnapped and raped for 7 hours in a pre-built den in the bushes of a park I used to walk through often (the Dalry-Gorgie tunnel). The woman managed to persuade her attackers to let her go at 10pm. She was abducted at 3 in the afternoon, behind a Lidl supermarket, with many people passing by. No place is ever safe, but there is a specific horror to Edinburgh, and I'm not sure how much longer I can stand to be here. Two young men, 20 and 26 years old, planned the attack in advance and felt confident enough to carry it out in broad daylight. They have now been arrested, but of course with very little media attention... Edinburgh has a tourist repuation to uphold. And people with money don't walk anyway...

There is a Reclaim the Night march for International Women's Day on 8th March at 6:45 pm at Festival Square on Lothian Road. But in Edinburgh we also have to Reclaim the Day...

 


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Sunday's inaugural Cachín, Cachán, Cachunga! was a success! Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out to support us, and to the other artists for their divine work. See you for the next instalment 29 March at The Street!

Coming up this week for Zorras...
Kabarett at Voodoo Rooms, Friday 27 February. 19a West Register Street, Edinburgh. Cost: £6.
Doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. Zorras will be performing along with a host of other exciting musicians, poets, burlesque artists and circus performers (more info at www.myspace.com/zorrasmyspace). The last few versions of this show have been sold out, so if you're nervous -- advance tix are at www.seetickets.com or email itsy.kabarett@rock.com if you’d like to reserve to pay in person.

Hope to see you there!

xoxo


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Come check out the first installment of this new monthly queer night of music, poetry, film, fashion and dance. This Sunday 22 Feb. at 8:30pm. Featuring Zorras, Ania Urbanowska, Skye 'Skyetshooki' Scarlett and Lily & Martin. Dancing and general debauchery after. At The Street, 2 Picardy Place (corner of Broughton Street), Edinburgh. Suggested donation £5/£4 (but we won't turn anyone away).

In other news, there is a weird little review of Blissful Times in The Danforth Review.I really dig that my book is called "The Groundhog Day of poetry volumes." I love that film! Although the review isn't very indepth, I thought this was a cool observation, and it made me realize just how obsessed I am with the concept of failure and trying things over, dear me. I once accidentally wrote a play that was a bit like Groundhog Day, or The Sure Thing, called Seeing Each Other. It was a blind date that kept getting rewound and started anew. Hmmm...

xox


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

The launch of Maricón at Zine-o-rama was ridiculously successful, and I also sold a bunch of my books. Thanks to all those generous friends and strangers who visited Zorras. And congratulations to The Forest for a great week of Don't DIY Alone. Last night's bike-powered film screening was a lovely end to a superb week. 

Also, if you haven't checked out the Biz'art Shop at The Forest yet, do! It's full of zines and chapbooks and art and crafts, and you can also get a haircut and vodka for a tenner.

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Posted By Sandra Alland

"There's no reason why a society consisting of rational beings capable of empathizing with each other, complete and having no natural reason to compete, should have a government, laws or leaders." - Valerie Solanas, SCUM

I just read SCUM Manifesto for the first time, and have to say Solanas is quite brilliant. She's sublimely talented at the difficult art of irony, and sometimes she's also really funny,

In other news, BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson has apologized for recently calling Prime Minister Gordon Brown a "one-eyed Scottish idiot." Disability groups were rightly upset about the comment, and there has been much media coverage of complaints from those with disabilties. And now that being Scottish is officially considered a Disability, maybe I can get compensation! But seriously, I find it fascinating that no one mentioned the racial slur of an Enlgish commentator callilng someone a "Scottish idiot." The one-eyed part was crap too, but am I the only one who noticed that "Scottish idiot" sounded like a term that came out of Clarkson's mouth pretty often? And why did all the papers leave out the word "Scottish" when quoting him?

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Posted By Sandra Alland

Zorras are playing at Museum of London Thursday, February 5th at 6pm. More info here: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/EventsExhibitions/Events/LateMoL.htm

In other news, Zorras have completed the first edition of their new chapbook/zine-like entitiy, Maricón. Hand-painted and handmade from recycled materials. Featuring work by me and Y. Josephine. Only 30 copies in existence. Get yours for only £4! Email zorras@blissfultimes.ca, or Edinburghers can come to Zine-o-rama this Sunday, February 8th at the Forest Cafe, between 10am and 6pm, to buy one live!

xo


 

 

 
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