Archive for ‘All Eyes On’

July 15, 2011

The Company of Men by Blake Little: Book

by Accidental Bear

 www.companyofmenbook.com

Take Henry Rollin’s word for it , or I will unleash him on you like a hurricane . This is what he had to say :



About Blake Little

Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to capture, with an honest intimacy, the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients.

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July 7, 2011

Catching Up with the Decorated Artist/ Actor/ Model Trevor Wayne| Q&A

by Accidental Bear

You may recognize Trevor Wayne from when he first landed in LA from Chicago and quickly got swiped up by hot-shot networks wanting him for TV pilots including “a role on “ER”. After that TV pilots seemed to be the thing. He has acted along side Fran Drescher and Roseanna Arquette on shows. Enrique Iglesias, Pink, and others in various music videos. His venture into the web came from director John Roecker (“Live Freaky, Die Freaky”, and “Heart Like A Hand Grenade”: The Green Day documentary) in a series called “Sevengali”, acting along side Tim Armstrong (of the band Rancid). Trevor’s latest role is in Bruce LaBruce’s film “L.A.Zombie”. A few other projects are in the works.”

   

Lately he has been fastidiously putting together 8 uncensored pinup postcards along with the mag that started it Pinups! The mag won’t be reprinted and many of the pics, including Clive Barker’s photos, won’t make it to the postcard series. On August 5th Trevor will be having an opening reception party at The Coffee Table in Silverlake to celebrate his artwork being hung there for the month. For those of you that won’t be able to make it in person, check out how to get prints here: http://trevorwayne.bigcartel.c​om/. Feature above are 4 prints that are available. LOVE!

Q & A: First Date Questions

Accidental Bear: Where did you grow up?

Trevor Wayne: I grew up all over the midwest.. from blueberry farms in Michigan,, to
farms in Indiana and Chicago.

A B: Were you a wild teenager or a book-worm?

Trevor: I was a nerd: video games and comic books. Not much else to do in the country!

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July 6, 2011

Adult Actor Conner Habib Writes a Powerful Story: Want to See What’s Behind His Eyes?

by Accidental Bear

I think I may be alone here, but even as a view porn I day-dream. I dissect the actors awkward dialogue and fore play scenes. I wonder if they are into “it” or desperate for money. I wonder what their family life might be like or if they have a partner. I wonder what their partner may think of their chosen career. Living in the gay capital of the world, San Francisco, I have gotten to know, in a non-biblical sense, a handful of men with thriving adult careers. I have alway been delighted  to find the most creative, ambitious, warm-hearted and compassionate beings with an articulate voice and strong point of views. It just so happens they are well oiled machines and gifted in front of the camera as well.

Local resident Conner Habib has just that voice I speak of, with words powerful as a wind storm and a soul with depth as large as the grand Canyon. I had the pleasure of reading a new entry on Connor’s blog and feel it is my duty to share with you. This store titled “If you ever did write anything about me, I’d want it to be about love” is powerful recollection of a story that has no doubt shaped the being of who he is today. Enjoy and brace yourself.

“If you ever did write anything about me, I’d want it to be about love”

by Conner Habib

There’s no way to begin this story where it started, so I’ll tell you its end first.

It ends with a night when a man – just barely a man, mostly a boy, full of jokes and laughter and passionate opinions – held me down on the thick black asphalt of the parking lot by my neck.
It ends with him driving his knee into my stomach, bursting parts of my intestines and telling me he should kill me. When I stood up, he punched me in the side and broke my rib.
We said we were in love.

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July 6, 2011

Scooter LaForge Releases EXCLUSIVE line for PATRICIA FIELD

by Accidental Bear

If you are going to do it , do it right, Scooter LaForge has the passion and drive throughout his work that I long for it when I am in its absence. Scooter has coupled up with the dynamic Patricia Field and team to create  unique wearable art and will be available exclusively at the famed Bowery Street boutique and online at www.patriciafield.com. Scooter,  work it out! Two snaps up and a figure eight.

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July 6, 2011

Two Jasperjohns: White Pants Episode Finale: Is Blood Really Thicker than water?

by Accidental Bear

Is blood really thicker than water and what about Mega- Syphilis? In this final episode of White Pants, the  Two Jasperjohns put “bear love” and “brother love” to the ultimate test.

 

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July 2, 2011

Feeding the Gays: Scooter LaForge is Where It’s At, Where you at?

by Accidental Bear

scooterstream:

302 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4066

Open Mon-Thu 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm

June 30, 2011

Accidental B. Gets a Piece of Johnny Evil the Vocalist for Le Panique Before EP Release Party on 7/2 | SF CA

by Accidental Bear

Johnny Evil Vocalist for Le Panique

I plucked lead singer Johnny Evil out of his warp speed as he and his band Le Panique prepare for thier EP release party this Saturday at the cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, CA. I applied a head lock and started to ask questions. This may sound rough, but in preparation for interview I blasted Le Panique through my house (and building) to set the mood. A minute into the first song, my heart beat rose and I was amped and bumping into furniture as if in a flashback to my mosh pit days. Johnny seems to be living and breathing his musical passion. On his plate he runs a live show booking/production company called Evil Live Productions, plays 13 different instruments and involved as Artist Manager/Site Administrator for music site Thrillcall.com

Le Panique  has been tagged as dance and punk at the same and I had to have this explained or I threatened Evil with a wedgy. Johnny Evil says, “We take the energy and aggression of punk and mix it in with beats and grooves you can dance your ass off to.” Come see for yourself and  I’ll buy you a free glass of water.

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EP release show for Le Panique is at Cafe du Nord Saturday July 2nd

Accidental Bear: Here are some of my first date questions for you. How do your pronounce Le Panique? 

Johnny Evil: It’s a french translation of “The Panic”. So: Lay Pan-eek

A B: How long has the band been together and how did all come to meet?

J. Evil: We’ve only been a band for about 6 months, I met Devin, the bass player and main composer, through Craigslist. Craigstlist: not just for anonymous sex! Our drummer, Marlene, was in my previous band, Box Squad before we disbanded.

A B: What are some of your musical influences past and present?

J. Evil: The Misfits, first and foremost. AFI, Alexisonfire, A Day To Remember, I Set My Friends On Fire, and a lot of thrash metal. I was a total metalhead as a kid.

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June 30, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day: Luke Warda from Berlin, Germany

by Accidental Bear

 

Cotton candy brain licker.
Splinter wonderland.

DESIGN:
http://folioport.tumblr.com/

PICS:
http://iwantahistoryoflooking.tumblr.com/

HOMO:
http://homoglitch.tumblr.com/

DJ / VJ:
http://partywardy.tumblr.com/
http://vimeo.com/partywardy/

June 24, 2011

All Eyes on Adam Boehmer: Major Crush of the Right Now (Beard Alert)

by Accidental Bear

 

An avid jazz dancer for over a decade, Adam invokes the spirit within.  He is often sought after as an entertaining instructor and performer, or sometimes just to show up; his positive energy is relentless.

As a teacher, he presents an honest and fresh perspective on dance and boils down advanced concepts into graspable, concrete information. He believes that a good instructor is one-part dancer, one-part comedian and one-part poetAs a competitor and performer, he brings a jovial and effervescent feel to the floor. Confident in Jazz Dance as a path to one’s overall individualism, Adam stresses the break-down of preconceived notions concerning style, culture, and gender roles in dance.  www.adamboehmer.com

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June 24, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day : Artist Parker Tilghman

by Accidental Bear

 

June 10, 2011

Why we published “Dawn of a new gay” BY: THE GRID

by Accidental Bear

We Homosexuals and friends of homosexuals are all ears.

BY: THE GRID
About two months ago, Paul Aguirre-Livingston, a 24-year-old writer and blogger, approached The Grid with an idea for a personal essay about what it’s like to be part of the first group of gay men to come of age in Toronto in the era of legalized gay marriage. He had coined a term—the Post-Mo—to describe himself and the extended group of men he socializes with in downtown Toronto.

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June 10, 2011

All Eyes on David Quantic Photography: Hell On Wheels Roller Skating

by Accidental Bear
 David Quantic recently caught worlds colliding, leather meets disco at the roller rink. This once every billionth galaxy event was called the Hell On Wheels Roller Skating Party at Moonlight Roller Rink in Glendale, Wed 3/24. It was part of LA’s leather week.

Hell On Wheels Roller Skating Party

   

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June 6, 2011

Singer, Song Writer Eric Himan Tells Me Why “You First” | Interview with Accidental Bear

by Accidental Bear
Look what I caught in my dream catcher, Eric Himan. While watching his stellar performance at the El Rio here in San Francisco last month I got pulled into a story he told during his introduction for his new song “You First”. He puts into words something that I have scratch my head over before but was not able to but into a coherent sentence. I have  followed Eric’s career blossom for years now and always impressed by his laid back (charming) demeanor and how approachable he is, no pretension. He breathes passion into his music and gives you an inside look at his personal thoughts. I say, Eric “Thanks for sharing!” I catch up with Eric and cover a large variety of topics; puppies, pride, tornadoes, new album, secrets and being happily partnered. Happy reading, thanks for taking the time to play with us here at Accidental Bear Eric.
 “I started writing music and lyrics because I felt that no one was telling my story with their music. I have had the opportunity to speak my thoughts and I think that is the most vulnerable thing in life you can do. You can tell people what you like and don’t like but when you let them into how you think and why, you share yourself in a major way. I am lucky to be a part of many friendships and can’t wait to see what is next in store.” – Eric Himan

Q & A:

A B: Ok, let’s start with a warm up question. What does pride mean to you? You can attach gay to the front of it or just leave it alone as all-encompassing pride.

Eric Himan: To me, Pride (gay or otherwise) is about celebrating being a part of a community. In a way, I feel it is a gift to have a commonality with a group of people like the LGBT community. Pride celebrations are a way to show the numbers that are out there to those who didn’t think there were that many of us:).

A B: You are coming back from a break? What did you keep yourself busy with on our down time? Day dreaming? Wii, writing a novel, eating potato chips?

Eric: I did have some downtime but I am a one man army when it comes to my career, so that time was spent booking, doing publicity, working radio, and filming parts for a music video (for “Dust”!). When I am not doing all that, I like to sleep and spend time with my 4-year-old doggie, Duncan, and my brand new puppy, 6 month old, Buster. Potato Chips are my weakness though.

A B: Are you constantly writing songs in your head unintentionally? 

Eric: I am. I feel my best songwriting happens when I am not trying to write or push myself into writing. Those are the moments I run to the piano/computer/pen and paper to get it out of my head. 

A B: You are just wrapping up your tour with Namoli Brennet. What was a highlight of the tour or something unbelievable that happened, good or bad?

Eric: The highlight was definitely being able to share the stage with my friend, Namoli. I am such an admirer of hers and getting to sing and play with her every night of the tour was a treat. The hardest part was being away from my family when the tornadoes came through Tulsa and I wasn’t there with my family. I am def not a fan of living in Tulsa because of the tornadoes, but not knowing how they were doing during it, scared me.

A B:  I am very interested in your, “You First” song and the message that backs it. As one that may step back and prays someone else goes first. It is really point of view I have never heard discussed. Tell me about the concept behind You First

Eric: I wrote You First on an airplane Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. I was flying to Tucson to finish recording my new cd with Namoli (whose studio is in Tucson) and it was the week after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a Safeway not too far from where we were going to record. I was also listening to Arlo Guthrie on a CD talk about his father, the amazing Woody Guthrie. He said, “there is a price to be paid for being a leader”. I felt all these things come together and decided right then and there on the plane to spill it out. The message was to say that when you stand up to make you voice heard, you also make yourself a target. Many times, we tend to stay on the sideline waiting for some leader to stand up when we possess that power ourselves. I make myself a target, but sometimes standing up for what you believe is more important.

A B: What does your summer looks like? Playing any festivals that I should drive a 1,000 miles or so to see?

Eric: I am all over the place (right now I am writing this from Kitchener, Ontario up in Canada where I play Kitchener’s tri-Pride tomorrow). I will be in Columbus, OH, Albuquerque, NM, the Outer Banks, NC, then in July over to the northeast with shows in PA, NYC, and MA. August has me in Chicago for North Halsted Market Days. Booking some dates also in the midwest then too. If you were to drive, I would head to the Chicago show. I will have a four piece rock band with me ready to make some noise on the streets of Chi-town.

A B: On your new album you have brought in the mastering talents of Chris Bellman (Ani DiFranco, Alanis Morissette, Elton John). You totally hold your own in that group. Have you worked with Chris Bellman in the past? 

Eric: This was the first time working with Chris and he did an amazing job. He has mastered many of my favorite, influential albums and having him work on my disc, was extra special.  

A B:  What would your response be if someone called you a sex symbol?

Eric: I def. appreciate the compliment when it comes up but I honestly don’t know what to do with that. I never seek out that kind of attention and sometimes surprised when it comes up.  I think if I thought about it too much, I would get even shyer than I can be already. 

A B: As a kid did you have positive role models? How do they differ from your role models of today?

Eric: I think my role models growing up were a lot of strong women. I lost my mother at a very young age and I think that might have something to do with that. Positive role models growing up were women like Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin, and Janis Joplin. As I’ve gotten older my role models have become my grandmother Grace, my partner, and my close friends. I’ve learned so much from those surrounding me.  I am lucky to have them in my life to take after:).

A B: You are happily partnered and 2 dogs (right?) Your thoughts on gay marriage, gay adoption and the term civil union opposed to married.

Eric: I am very happily partnered and definitely want the full benefits of marriage (including a proper wedding!). Gay adoption has to be the biggest hot button for me because I can’t understand why some children are denied parents who will love them and want them. Civil unions are a great start, but if we are going to start the conversation of gay marriage, let’s not just talk about it during election years.

A B: Anybody you would love to share the stage with or record with?

Eric: There are SOOO many people I would love to record with/share the stage. There is something about Natalie Merchant and her music that makes me want to nominate her first! Of course, Ani DiFranco, Beth Hart, and Sia would be fun to work with.

A B: So, gay pride month is just around the corner. Will you be parading around the streets wrapped in nothing but a gay flag?

Eric: I am a tad bit more subtle than that.ha. I am happy to represent my brand of music at the festivals.

A B: Tell, me where you hope this next album takes you?

Eric: I hope this next album opens up more opportunities for me to tour to places I haven’t played yet, building up the audiences I already (and thankfully!) have in many cities, travel to Europe to tour, and have a chance to fulfill my dream of working with those I admire (which I already have done working with Namoli).

A B: Tell me (us) an Eric Himan original secret or confession.

Eric: I wanted to go to puppetry school and be an actor when I was younger. I always had an interest in doing them but never the right time to try.

A B: In the next year what should we expect from you?

Eric: You should expect to hear some of the songs from the new CD on the radio, in TV, and movies. I will also be releasing a live DVD from my Tulsa CD Release Party concert (with a string quartet!!). 

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June 2, 2011

All Eyes On Logan Lynn an American Songwriter, Composer, Singer & LGBT Activist from Portland, Oregon| Q&A

by Accidental Bear

While hiking through a creek the other day I lifted up a rock and found a gem. Ok, no that’s a story, I just really enjoy analogies. Nonetheless, the gem that was brought to my attention is singer-song-writer-ginger-beard-acitivist Logan Lynn. When I found him, it just happens, he is on a little hiatus, charging up for whatever the future holds.
Logan Lynn is an American songwriter, composer and singer from Portland, Oregon.
Lynn is most commonly classified as an artist in the pop, electronic, techno and dance genres and has released four studio albums, one mixtape and five EP’s. Videos of Lynn’s singles have been featured on Logo, MTV, VH1 and Spike.

“If the Land of Misfit Toys elected a team of cultural ambassadors, Logan Lynn would be its poet laureate. In Portland’s pulsating music scene, he occupies a singular position- an emo prophet with a penchant for electronic beats, preaching the Good Word to drug-damaged crybabies.” loganlynnmusic.com

Q & A:

A B: I read that you are coming back from a break you took to work full-time for LGBTQ equal rights at Portland’s Q Center? Are you back in the swing of things musically?

Logan Lynn: I’m still on hiatus from playing shows. It’s been a year since I announced I was taking the break and I still feel like I’m in break mode with the touring or whatever. I really just quit doing the parts I was hating. I was surrounded by a bunch of people who I needed to get away from and the only way I could think to do it was to sink the boat. Looking back (and reading the press around this time last year) I probably could have taken a less public, less dramatic approach…but at the time I was fed up with the whole thing. At the end of the day, it worked. I got rid of all the parts that were making me insane and released that last record “I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday” myself. I’ve been making videos and releasing singles on my own schedule without anyone telling me what I need to do musically or how to do it…and without anyone telling me what I should or shouldn’t look like. It’s lovely, actually. I work full-time still with Q Center and am going to keep doing that for now. I’m happy for the 1st time in a really long time so I figure I had better not fuck it all up by changing the course. It’s been hard to turn things down lately, though. I won’t lie and say that there are not parts that I miss. I’ve been working on new songs this whole time, too…so there hasn’t been much of a break with that part at all.

A B: What is going on with the Portland Q Center these days? I see you have an upcoming event on June 17th. “Hip to be Q”

Logan Lynn: Yeah! That’s the Portland Pride kick-off party I’m throwing for Q Center and is the 2nd edition of my queer concert series there. I’ve been bringing national queer acts into the center for these really intimate shows this year. I like the idea that people can party for a good cause around good queer music. It’s a new kind of activism…the super loud, fun, sparkly kind.

A B: In the last few days there has been numerous report about the two men attacked on the Hawthorn Bridge. What is the buzz around town?

Logan Lynn: I’m kind-of on the frontline at Q Center in the aftermath of these types of community events and tragedies. People turn to Q Center for support and they look to us for what the collective “we” are supposed to do next. It’s time for people to wake up and help others when they are in need. This is not the kind of thing that should be happening anywhere. These were people we know. I think the very real feeling of “This could happen to me and my boyfriend” spread like wildfire throughout the city and our allies came out in droves for the “Hands Across Hawthorne” event we just threw this past weekend. There were thousands of people there. It was really touching.

A B: Tell me about “Hands Across Hawthorne” Rally Against Violence (2011)? The photographs were powerful.

Logan Lynn: It was amazing to see the nearly 5,000 people come out to hold hands at the scene of where the

"Hands Across Hawthorne" Rally Against Violence (2011) Photo by Jonny Shultz

attacks had taken place. There were people for miles. It was hard not to cry just at the sheer magnitude of people who were willing to stand out in the freezing cold rainy weather on a bridge to hold hands with one another and send the message to these men who attacked our friends that we are not afraid, that we will not stand for this in our city. It was beyond exhilarating.

A B: It seems like activism and music many times goes hand in hand. Does your music contain a lot of political content?

Logan Lynn: No. My music is always about love. The pursuit, the loss, the memory of said lost love…Not because I try for it to be, though. That’s just what has come out so far. I think if I ever tried to be political it would come out all jacked up and I would feel embarrassed for myself. I’m political in my life in that I work and give to things I feel strongly about. I am active in my citizenship but I leave songs like that to bands that aren’t so self-involved.

A B: Is the local Portland queer music scene flourishing?

Logan Lynn: Yes. The queer music scene here (and the music scene in Portland in general) is flourishing. Local queer bands like Gossip have basically taken over the world. What happened to me in 2007 is happening to all of my friends. Everybody’s famous here now. It’s like LA in that way.

A B: Do you have a fan club for your red beard? Beard fan clubs are out there, really.

Logan Lynn: Uh-Oh…

A B: What are your thoughts on the rapture we just survived?

Logan Lynn: Worst. Rapture. Ever.

A B: Does music and religion mix? Your thoughts on religion in a nut shell.

Logan Lynn: Fuck religion. Jesus can sit on it.

A B: How do you think your hometown Portland, Oregon is doing compared to the rest of the US with the acceptance of the LGBT community?

Logan Lynn: In general I think we are a very progressive town. That doesn’t mean we aren’t still susceptible to violence and bigotry. We have a long way still to go for ourselves and we have the opportunity to lead the way for other folks around the country (and world, for that matter). Change takes time. We’re still working on it…

A B: If there were something you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

Logan Lynn: I wish people still bought records.

A B: Do you have a release of “I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday” that is slated for 2011 where 100% of the profits go to benefit Portland’s Q Center coming up?

Logan Lynn: That already happened last year. It was released August 31st, 2010 as a fundraiser for Q Center. It’s available in the store on my website here: http://loganlynnmusic.com/music/

A B: Where can we expect to see you in the next 12 months?

Logan Lynn: On Logo again here shortly. My new video is premiering sometime later this month. The rest is going to unfold however it decides to unfold. I have a day job, dog and boyfriend. Life is simple and good. I’ve gone inward for the time being.

After literally MONTHS of re-edits my “new” video has FINALLY passed MTV Standards & Practices. We will be on the air by July 4th it looks like…but it also looks like GIANT black bars and censored scenes have rendered the thing unrecognizable. – Logan

Contact info:
+ LOGAN LYNN ON FACEBOOK
+ LOGAN LYNN ON TWITTER
loganlynnmusic.com

May 27, 2011

Chloe “I like toast” Sevigny gives an Exclusive Interview to Accidental Bear For Your Pleasure

by Accidental Bear


As I approached my conversation with Chloe I thought of it like a secret mission, being dropped from a helicopter onto an untouched island in search of yet found orchids. If I were to name an orchid, it would be called Chloe and it would smell of lavender and a mist of sage. I also sharpened my interviewing tools and studied the dictionary, afraid that I might not be able to understand the complex, advanced and evolved language that rolls off her tongue like butter. Chloe was gracious to any of the questions I tossed at her and I left no rock unturned.

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