Cuckoo for Coco
by Roberto Friedman
Oh Daniel Day-Lewis, what a madcap spoofer you are! When you won the Best Actor prize at the Oscars last Sunday night, you said that originally, you had been slated to play Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, while Meryl Streep was first choice for Lincoln. It was one of the few moments of real wit in a generally witless affair. And you know both actors could have pulled it off.
In the category of "never nominated for an Academy Award, because the Oscars are so goddamn straight," we have: Best Supporting Actress for Miss Coco Peru, for the 1999 picture Trick, featuring her legendary movie-stealing line, "You ever get cum in your eyes? It burrrrrns!" Well, get out the ointment and shout "Hallelujah!" cuz Miss Coco (aka Clinton Leupp) is going to be burning down the house at ye olde Castro Theatre on Saturday, April 6, in her spanking new smash-hit full-length show She's Got Balls. The evening of ballsy comic heat will be brought to us by impresario Marc Huestis, who produced last year's sold-out April Fools with Miss Coco Peru at the Victoria Theatre. The new show recently played in LA, where it was standing room only every night, and marks Coco's solo debut at our own poodle palace, the Castro. Also on offer: a special matinee screening of Trick featuring a compilation of Coco's hot new Internet shorts, and a Coco Peru Look-Alike Contest judged by the diva herself (bring your own cum!). Call (415) 863-0611, ask for the Burning Cum discount – ain't this a classy item? – and get $5 off the ticket price.
Photo: Matthew Millman
Had we but world enough, dear reader, and time – and editorial space – we'd bring you full-length descriptions of all our artscapades last week, which included (1) the Architecture + Design Forum 's reception for the exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect, at SFMOMA; (2) the screening of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel at the Castro Theatre; (3) conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier offering Debussy , R. Strauss and Mendelssohn with the San Francisco Symphony; and (4) cabaret artist Benn Bacot essaying Abbey Lincoln songs at the Savanna Jazz Club. Just a few notes follow about all of the above:
Re: 1. We got to hang with some old-school bohemians at the A+D Forum party, and so felt part of a vanishing world. Let's face it, the latest app is not going to save us all from the dwindling hell we inhabit. But about the exhibition: Woods was a visionary architect whose work, mostly unbuilt, continues to be a big influence on contemporary architects and artists. To us, his vision looks like a mix of deconstructivist architecture (like that of, say, Zaha Hadid), revolutionary spatial conception (like that of, say, Etienne-Louis Boullee), and Blade Runner or 2001-style sci-fi urbanscape. If you're at all interested in where buildings might one day go, this exhibition is worth a look-see (through June 2).
Re: 2. Damn, fashionista Joy Bianchi makes a good interviewer (onstage, in her post-screening Q&A with director Lisa Vreeland ), but apparently she was given no time management from the producers for her tete-a-tete with LV. We learned a lot from this, our second viewing of the DV documentary, and even wondered if we should start rouging our ears. Mostly, we sat in awe of the senior Vreeland's fierce will and editorial vision, and we loved how she went toe-to-toe with her publishers at Vogue and Harper's Bazaar . It's never too late to learn from a role model.
Re: 3. We'll let this issue's review do the talking, but we'll just add here that there's nothing in the world like the sound of a symphony orchestra, even in reduced forces, when it's in the hands of a conductor who knows the score. We're rarely disappointed by an evening spent in Davies Hall, and last weekend's concert hit the spot.
Re: 4. Bacot, aka "The Bass of the Bay," and the Bacot Quartet presented For the Love of Abbey, a musical tribute to great American songstress Abbey Lincoln , at the Savanna, deep in the heart of the Mission. Per Bacot: "Abbey Lincoln was one of the first African American female singers to lend her voice to the Civil Rights movement, in 1957. She was one of the first African American women to wear an Afro." Unusually for a "chirp," Lincoln was a singer songwriter, writing her own material when the music she was singing didn't fit the message she wanted to project. Backed by a swinging jazz quartet, Bacot was totally committed to these songs. "The Music Is the Magic," and the spell was cast.
Finally, a Correction: In our Feb. 21 review of the Hamburg Ballet 's performance of Nijinsky , the orchestra was misidentified as the Hamburg Ballet orchestra. It was in fact the San Francisco Ballet orchestra under the direction of the Hamburg Ballet orchestra's principal conductor, Simon Hewett . The B.A.R. regrets the error.