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DISPATCH AUTUMN 2006
Since my last dispatch appeared in the last Dispatch so much has happened here at the ToFF House that it boggles the imagination!
PETER BERLIN VISITS
First off, we had the Peter Berlin as a houseguest. He was here
because the documentary about him, “That Man, Peter Berlin”
was getting a showing at the Egyptian Theatre, arranged by the good
folks of Outfest and ToFF was the official sponsor (or something,
those kind of details don’t really register for me).
Hot on the heels of this spectacular occasion we careened
head first into Tom’s Bar (my first time, so I was trying
to absorb everything), a fundraiser held at the Faultline saloon. We
commandeered the sizable parking lot and built a stage, put up booths
to accommodate artists such as Hector Silva, Miguel Angel Reyes, Sergio
Kardenas... wildly beautiful men with magnificent talents.
No sooner had I recovered from that excellent adventure
then the first ever “ToFF House After Dark” —
which I conceived and hosted — was launched. I’d put together
a bunch of film clips from movies prior to 1985 that dealt with gay
representations and particular themes. The thread this time out was
“Dire Consequences” — essentially how homos were “dispatched”
in almost every depiction. I was lucky that my friend Stan is not only
a wonderful editor but also willing to help out on this project.
TOM OF FINLAND: ROUGH AT WESTERN PROJECT
I found myself at the opening of Tom of Finland:
Rough, a retrospective of Tom’s sketches and preliminary
drawings held at the lovely Western Project Gallery in Culver City.
Exquisitely put together by the stunning owner of the space, Cliff Benjamin,
this was one powerful exhibition.
SALON AT SPACE
So I extracted myself from human contact — as much as possible, there’s always a wealth of activity here at the ToFF House — and concentrated on creating three new drawings for something called Salon at Space.
It was a local event with fellow artists Ivy Bottini, Jay Jorgensen and Miguel Angel Reyes also hanging work at this fun, funky, bohemian theater called Michael Kearn’s Space at Fountain’s End. Yes, quite a mouthful. It turned out to be a charming, delightful, friendly evening and was attended by some remarkably colorful people. I fell in love at least a half dozen times and I thought that my new pieces looked very striking in the ambient surroundings.
WEST HOLLYWOOD - LOS ANGELES WEEKEND
We’re involved in huge, elaborate jamborees like
Tom’s Bar and more intimate affairs like this “Salon”
thing. There’s even a fundraiser down Palm Springs, California
way on November 12th that I’ve gotta check out. On the go, on
a roll, on a mission.
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“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!" — Tom of Finland