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Tonight is the last Cachín Cachán Cachunga for a while, and should be a good one! Zorras are playing, and also launching Issue 2 of their zine-like-entity, Maricon. Hand-painted by Y. Josephine, and featuring poetry by Josephine and me. Only 50 in existence! 






Also featuring poetry, dance and film art by Karen Miranda Augustine, Sophie Mayer, Evi Tsiligaridou, and Lily. The Street, 2 Picardy Place, 8:30pm. Only 2 pounds!


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My friend Spirit Synott dances sooooooooooooooo good!

And Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei are tremendous, despite the slightly cheesy music!

And I'm obsessed with beatboxing lately... check these out!

And to change it up a bit -- a beatboxing girl!

And the hottest guy right now, from France -- Joseph Poolpo!

And the beatboxing FLAUTIST!


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Zorras got reviewed! Glasgow’s Lock Up Your Daughters magazine says of our January Forest gig: “The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange...Y. Josephine's vocals and percussion really shine and embody the set with the kind of soul spoken word frequently lacks.” Sigh, someone I don’t know compared me to Miranda July. I can die now.

The multimedia queer event, Cachín Cachán Cachunga, went great at The Street on Sunday… some highlights were Teodora Vlad’s documentary about being queer in Romania, and songbird Steven Smith playing with his band The Stigs. I screened my video Slippery for the first time, too, which was great because I wasn’t the only one who thought it was funny…. On 31 May, Zorras launch issue two of their zine Maricón, and the usual Cachín team will be joined by Canadian visual artist Karen Miranda Augustine, Greek filmmaker Evi Tsiligaridou, and London poet Sophie Mayer.

In other news, yesterday I caught the exhibition that's part of a 6-month-long LGBTI programme at the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art. GoMA has a yearly social justice project, Sh[OUT], featuring shows, artist talks, residencies, publications & loads of stellar community outreach. The current show, which is just the beginning of this year's project, has works by Nan Goldin, Della Grace Volcano, Robert Mapplethorpe and many others (including locals). My favourite part was Our Vivid Stories, a cracking collection of digital shorts made by LGBTI youth in Glasgow. Free!

Some media have criticized the show’s “pornographic” content and “the wasting of tax-payers money” (reminiscent of negative publicity of Canada’s Banff Centre gay show in the 80s), which shows homophobia is alive and well in Scotland (also saw comments in the visitor’s area like, “Where is the straight show? Why do you have to throw it in our face?” and “Why ruin such a beautiful building with such crap?”). But the show is excellent (and could even use some pornographic content, in my opinion!), and the majority of feedback from the public (including many young visitors) is overwhelmingly positive. Yay GoMA! This is the biggest public project on queer, intersex and trans issues, ever in Scotland!


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Tomorrow night, Forest Publications launches my first short story collection, Here's To Wang. Starts 8:30, I'm on around 9:30. Zorras will do a few pieces too. It's free & you can bring your own booze to The Forest. My book is £2!

The next Cachín Cachán Cachunga is Sunday 26 April at 9pm at The Street (2 Picardy Pl). Featuring Zorras, Teodora Vlad, Steven Smith, and Lily. Entry by donation--you'll get to see films, music, poetry-music fusion weirdness, dance and performance poetry!

Also, Edinburgh is more queer-friendly than you might think!




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Sunday 29 March, 8:30pm, The Street, 2 Picardy Place, corner of Broughton Street, Edinburgh
Cost: £5 suggested donation
(but we won't turn anyone away)
A new monthly queer night of music, poetry, film and dance. Featuring Zorras, Ania Urbanowska, Lily, Skye Skarlett and Raise Your Hem. Dancing and general debauchery after.

Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight!!


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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 The last few versions of this show have been sold out, so if you're nervous -- advance tix are at or email if you’d like to reserve to pay in person.

Hope to see you there!


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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...


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Something to cheer up the winter blahs...

Every Sunday night at 7:30pm at The Street (corner of Broughton St), Lily teaches queer salsa  for only £5 per class, and she's great! Free dancing and hanging out after 8:30pm. A new performance night soon to follow, featuring Zorras, Lily and Ania!




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