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tour recap 3!

Posted in tour diary on 01.24.2009 by ethanawhite

after a 7 hour drive from phoenix marked by 3 hours of super-emotional democracy now! podcasts, about 2 hours of jane fonda recalling her childhood (20 hours left!) and almost hitting a dog somewhere in new mexico (terrifying!), latham and i rolled into albuquerque, where the highway overpasses are a coral-y orange with blue highlights. this place is cute, for sure–reads a lot more “southwest” than phoenix, for sure!

we stopped by the guild cinema, dropped off our mini-DV tapes with kief, the owner/operator, then wandered into this strange salon/gift shop/cafe/sandwich shop, hoping to get a beer and some wifi. place was totally dead, and the staff was totally weird. after sitting down with our bevs, we realized there was NO internet, even though they’d told us they had it. OH WELL. we did get to hang out in a little alcove separated by beaded curtains, along with an entire wall of novelty greeting cards. hooray.

we were basically waiting for sarah from basement films to get out of class; the screening wasn’t until 9:45, so pre-show dinner was in order. we ended up making burritos and a salad at sarah’s house, which was a fabulous idea; homemade food has NOT been a consistent occurence on this here trip, and it really hit the spot.

then it was time for the screening! check this out:

were on the marquee!

we're on the marquee!

sarah also made a really cool poster for the screening:

no gelato, yes queer videos

no gelato, yes queer videos

the guild is a really cool, small independent movie house; if you’re ever in albuquerque, i highly recommend checking it out. i mean, look at this popcorn guy!

wheeeee! butter!

wheeeee! butter!

latham programming

latham "programming" (and also clearly humoring me)

then, a very nice crowd strolled in; we got written up in the local weekly, which always helps. here they are!

very comfy crowd at the guild

very enthusiastic folks, with some good questions. they also very very kindly dropped a generous amount of money into our donation bucket (which for some reason we didn’t bring along with us). our NPR-style pleas for gas money must be just desperate enough–either that or people really do like the program!

or perhaps everyone loves badly drawn pacman ghosts.

or perhaps everyone loves badly drawn pacman ghosts.

after the screening we downed a couple of growlers worth of beer with our host sarah and her boyfriend ben; we really can’t thank the two of them enough for the food, drink and great conversation. our stay in albuquerque was definitely brief, but truly fantastic! here’s a sneaky snapshot i took of the two of them at breakfast this morning:

sarah + ben

right after this picture was taken, latham and i hopped in the car and drove for 13 fucking hours. we listened to a bit more of jane fonda’s autobiography, a fair amount of barbara ehrenreich (we picked up “nickel and dimed” way back in portland, as well as a collection of essays at the phoenix public library), some democracy now, some radiolab… basically anything to make the time go by quicker as things turned from relatively scenic west texas landscape to pitch-black tunnel-esque we-are-in-the-middle-of-fucking-nowhere night driving. around dusk, i got pulled over doing 90 mph in an 80 zone, outside of fort stockton, tx. fortunately, the cop let me off with a warning. the fear of getting pulled over again, coupled with the 65 mph nighttime speed limit (aka LAME SHIT), seriously slowed us down, making for some of the most taxing driving of the trip so far (seriously, it’s a tossup between that and the slushy mountain snowstorm in west montana/idaho–yes, today was that bad).

so anyway, we made it to austin, having only slightly lost our minds. i dropped latham off at his friend jordan’s house, and made my way to meet up with ivan, who helped us organize tomorrow’s screening. i’m crashing with a friend of his, heyd, who has a lovely home, a sweet old dog, and a nice bottle of whiskey. not to mention more homemade food ready and waiting for me! really, the people who are helping us out along the way on this trek are just too fabulous. they run the whole spectrum of old friends to new acquaintences, but they’ve been uniformly generous and helpful and kind and and and…

and, it’s 3:30 in the morning, i was in a car all day, and i had a fair amount of whiskey this evening, so i should probably just call it a night. tomorrow is lookin’ to be really, really great–ivan and the folks at the austin gay and lesbian international film festival have done a lot of promotion, people are excited about the screening, and latham and i are DJing afterwards at the cockpit! yeah!


echo park crowd

echo park crowd

as lisa from the echo park film center kind of brilliantly put it when she sent me the pic: “Matt had a shaky hand that night but it definitely adds to the mysterious Channeling vibe!” indeed it does! thanks to lisa and matt both!


tour recap #2!

Posted in tour diary on 01.21.2009 by ethanawhite

whew! it’s been kind of a crazy few days in CHANNELING-land. the pace of the tour picks up significantly from here on out–we have a show either every day or every other day over the last two weeks of this journey.

but first! let’s go backward! to last friday!


the show at ATA on the 16th was packed! after the disappointment that was our benefit night at the Stud earlier in the week, it was really great to have so many people come out. in fact, there were so many people that my dinky little digital camera couldn’t get everyone in a single photo, so here are right/left views of the crowd:

left side...

left side...

...right side

...right side

it was really amazing to see so many friends and acquaintances come out–latham and i both know a fair amount of people in san francisco (go figure)–and just as satisfying to see lots of people we didn’t know. it was also great to have math bass and dylan mira, who together form EMR and whose piece somethings gonna soon holds down the mid-point of the program, at the screening.

even more spectacular was the AWESOME ouija board cake that latham’s friend maya made for us; the crowd devoured it so fast that i didn’t even get to try it! (latham did, at least). maya works at the cake gallery; be sure to check them out if you’re in the bay area and need an erotic cake. i can attest to the fact that they have many varieties of chocolate genitalia.

strangely, we got zero questions after the show. perhaps everyone was too stuffed with cake.

the ouija board cake, in all its glory

the ouija board cake, in all its glory

hmm, do people love cake?

hmm, do people love cake?

i also have to thank my hosts kathleen and will; they’re old friends from way back in my boston years who put me up in their tiny new apartment and unleashed the torrent of cuteness known as HUD upon me during my stay (the cat lady in me has been sorely deprived during this trip).



hud in my face!

hud in my face!


we rolled into LA only a few hours before our screening at the echo park film center, long enough to drop off our stuff at our host ashland’s house, decompress from that long, tedious SF-to-LA drive, and grab a bite to eat. unfortunately i don’t have a picture of the crowd from this show; one of the EPFC staff took a photo during his intro and i thought it best not to overload the crowd of about 20 folks with too many flashes before the screening even started! i’ve emailed him to try to get that for us, though. the screening was well-received, and again there were quite a few familiar faces in the crowd! the Q+A was pretty lively, which was nice; overall on this tour, people seem to be very intrigued by the idea of “queer spirits” and there have been some good questions about how certain piece relate (or don’t) to the theme of the program.

afterwards we grabbed absolutely delicious tacos from the “taco zone” truck that parks nearby, then headed out to hear ashland DJ at a bar in some industrial area south of downtown. ashland is one of the organizers of wildness, a queer night that happens in LA every tuesday; we’re totally bummed that we had to move on without getting a chance to check it out!

sunday was an off day; we grabbed some breakfast at a cuban bakery in silverlake (i think?) and hit up a rooftop pool, which was nice but sadly, freezing cold, even with the gorgeous weather LA was having. i was feeling a bit under the weather, so i camped out in ashland’s apartment while he and latham rode on mulholland drive and went to a video exhibit at the LACE gallery. i got some much-needed rest and had a nice video chat with a special someone back in chicago. then we met up with a bunch of ex-chicagoans at merkato, an ethiopian restaurant that requires some patience but is pretty worth it (i’ve been there twice now and it’s pretty damn satisfying). the attached store was selling bottled water with pictures of the obama family as labels! somehow, we walked out of there without buying one. no, i don’t know why, and yes, it may be my biggest regret about this tour thus far.

on monday we had a power lunch with kyle from the london gay and lesbian film festival (i’ve always wanted to have a power lunch). that’s right! CHANNELING will be screening as part of this years london gay and lesbian film festival at the british film institute. consider this an unofficial announcement: we should have more details soon. latham and i are suuuuper excited about this, as you might imagine. anyway, we had a great chat with her about all sorts of things–cities near and far, car culture, curating and making video art, the amazingness of the video data bank, chicago-based radical social movements. then loaded up on supplies at trader joe’s and hopped the car to drive to…


we knew this was gonna be real hit-and-run; we don’t know a lot of people in san diego, and we knew we’d need to get on the road early to phoenix the day, due to losing an hour when we crossed back into mountain time. after finding last-minute accomodations with an old acquaintance, we did a little internet-nerding out while said acquaintence’s friends smoked large quantities of pot around us.

fortunately the agitprop gallery (the don’t have a web presence–not that i’ve found, anyway) was close by. we met up with the folks who run the gallery, david white and his partner megan, and the organizer the screening, lily chen (david and lily are both grad students in the UC San Diego’s Visual Arts department). agitprop is a cool little space, very underground–they had some cute handmade chairs and stools from what looked like scrap plywood, and the space is also used as studio space for various folks. after some setting up, a pretty good crowd of 25+ folks rolled in. not bad for a monday in san diego! we had a great q+a afterwards too. many thanks to agitprop, lily, and the UCSD Visual Arts department for making it possible for us to come to san diego. alas, there are no pictures from san diego because my camera evidently chews up batteries like candy. sorry!

after the show we popped over to the whistle stop for a drink and encountered a really intense trivia night, run by a dude who was straight out of clerks who was wearing a legend of zelda NES cartridge on a gold chain and including categories like “science fiction planets” and an audio category about NES musical themes. it’s too bad we had all committed to a one-beer night; i think we would’ve placed at least (the other categories weren’t quite so nerdy, honest!)


the drive from san diego from phoenix was probably the best so far: really beautiful mountains passes full of bright pink boulders, fantastic desert landscapes which were suspiciously devoid of cacti until we got well into arizona, and a glimpse of the US/mexico border, complete with intense border control checkpoints, fences, floodlights, trucks, barriers, etc etc etc. (we’ll get more of the latter in texas, i think). we even stopped in a gas station to listen to obama’s inaugural speech; we needed to pump gas, but neither of us wanted to get out of the car and miss any of it.

anyway, we made decent time, and arrived in phoenix with time to clean up at my friend roya’s apartment and get some vegetarian chinese at one of those guru-places with all the spiritual info and stuff. fried “fish” wrapped in seaweed and drenched in ginger sauce. YES.

then we made our way over to soul invictus, met up with steve weiss from no festival required, who arranged the show for us, and did some tech set-up (the stereo separation on our last piece (tell me why): the epistemology of disco sometimes makes things tricky). anyway, a crowd of about 18 people bailed on whatever inauguration party they were invited to and were in attendance, and we had yet another interesting q+a, which i found extra fun because latham and i got to stand on a black-and-white tiled stage (it’s the little things, at this point). i also have to extend a special thanks to the folks who came out for this show for contributing to our donation jar in addition to paying admission–they basically gave us enough for a tank of gas, which is fabulous because money is TIGHT, as you might imagine. still no pictures; i totally forgot to get batteries. SAD.

after the screening, latham, myself, roya, her co-worker chloe, and chloe’s boyfriend matt walked down the way to the bikini lounge (are you catching a pattern here? drinks are always in order after a screening!). there was an extremely talkative DJ (as in, he had a microphone) playing records to a pretty crowded room of folks. i missed his name, but he ended up playing some pretty solid electro-boogie and old school hiphop, so his indulgent booth-persona can be forgiven.

today is another off-day; latham and i slept-in big time, and roya took a half-day off of work to hang out and show us some stuff in phoenix. we got some pretty fabulous coffee at lux, had some mexican at filiberto’s (i could live in the south/west just for the food, omg), and popped over the phoenix public library, which is a really nice building for a public library–think contemporary art museum–and although the wifi didn’t work, latham had a stroke of genius and found the audiobook version of JANE FONDA’s autobiography, “my life so far.” it’s 22 hours long, people. we are SO SET for the rest of this trip. we’re almost done with barbara ehrenreich’s “nickel and dimed,” which we got in portland.  and sure, it’s taken us a while to get through that, but that shit can’t hold a candle to JANE FONDA.

more updates soon! i promise to get some effing batteries too.

channeling in kansas city!

Posted in announcements, tour diary on 01.15.2009 by ethanawhite

well, the Stud was a dud. i would love to regale you with fabulous stories and hot pictures of what went down last night, but alas, nothing of the sort occured. but no worries. the screening at ATA tomorrow night is looking pretty promising, we’ve been getting good press in the papers, and hey, it’s san francisco! record high temperatures all this week; it’s been absolutely gorgeous thus far, and clearly there’s no shortage of things to do. i’ve already made my pilgrimage to amoeba and picked up a bounty of sylvester records and $1.99 party jams. now it’s time to get out of this coffee shop and wander around the mission, stuff myself with tacos and get something fabulous from tartine. YES!

one quick announcement: CHANNELING is coming to kansas city! that’s right, we’ve added one more show to the end of this already extensive journey. here are the details:

January 30th [Friday] / KANSAS CITY, MO
8pm @
UCP’s La Esquina
1000 West 25th St.
$3-6 sliding scale donation
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DIVA show! san frandisco! + updated show info!

Posted in announcements, tour diary on 01.14.2009 by ethanawhite

we made it into san francisco last night! very happy to be here, seeing old friends and enjoying AMAZING weather (record highs!). we finally have updated info for our albuquerque and austin shows–check the link to the right.

also, rumor has it that we’ll be adding a show in kansas city on the 30th and–get ready–a show across the pond this spring. OMG! details coming soon…

san francisco folks! don’t forget that we’re DJing tonight!

January 14th [Wednesday] / SAN FRANCISCO
FRUITBASKET DJs @ The Stud // benefit party for the CHANNELING tour
399 9th St // 9pm – 2am // $3

monday night’s show at DIVA in eugene went great! we had a fantastic turnout and it was lovely to chat with the folks who run the space–truly a fabulous place to have a screening. thanks to everyone at DIVA, our host josh faught, and josh’s students, who turned out in force!

thats our host josh facing the camera!

that's our host josh facing the camera!

and heres the the lovely crowd!

and here's the the lovely crowd!

tour recap!

Posted in tour diary on 01.12.2009 by ethanawhite

hi folks!

sorry i haven’t been able to post very regularly thus far on the tour–a whole lot of things have transpired that have kept me from having the time and/or patience. the short version is that after two monster days of driving westward, from minneapolis toward seattle, we got stuck in ellensburg, washington, due to all the floods/mudslides/avalanches that were happening in that area, and missed our show at the northwest film forum in seattle.

before i get to all that, let me go back to the beginning.


we pulled into st. paul, where we were staying with our kind and gracious host ira yonemura, about two hours before showtime. after grabbing a bite at the wedge co-op, we trekked over to the art of this gallery for the screening. the screening was organized dan and eric of the revolting queers, a twin-cities based collective, and their crew turned out in force! we had 35+ people turn out on a frigid sunday night–amazing! here’s a photo of the crowd (there were more folks crammed in along the edges), some revolting queers zines, and our host ira with latham:

the crowd in minneapolis

revolting zines

revolting zines

ira + latham

ira + latham

big thanks to everyone who came out, the great people who run art of this, and the revolting queers! and since it coincided nicely with the last piece in the program, (tell me why): the epistemology of disco, don’t forget to check out the minneapolis queer dance party PEGASUS on the 16th of this month–the theme is DISCO HEAT! sounds awesome.


the next morning we jumped in our nifty rental car and sped out across the great northern plains, crossing north dakota and making it to miles city, montana, after about 12 hours of driving. the next day, we made great time across montana before getting slowed down in the western mountain ranges that cross into idaho. heavy snow, slushy roads, and winding mountain passes at night made for a pretty hairy four hours, all of which led us to call it quits for the night in spokane, washington, figuring we’d get up the next day and slog through the last five or six hours to seattle.

little did we know that that very snowstorm would close all three of the east-west mountain passes, flood I-5 (the main route between seattle and portland), and close off every feasible alternate route. no, we thought we’d hang out in ellensburg, fork over the cash for an extra night at a local motel, and all would be right in the morning.

you should be able to guess by now that we were pretty damn wrong. i thought i’d found an alternate route that involved driving southwest, to portland, then up I-5 to the point where the floods had closed it, then around through some smaller state highways, so we jumped into the car, drove a good six hours to get around and entire mountain range, basically, only to be turned back some 15 miles into our supposed alternate route (yes, we did ignore the repeated offical broadcasts that said there was no detour).

see, all along the way we thought shit was totally going to work out because we saw about a dozen rainbows as we sped along the columbia river. i mean, what else could you want to signal that we were on the right path?

double rainbow on the columbia river!

double rainbow on the columbia river!

anyway, the end result of this was that we missed our seattle screening at the northwest film forum. fortunately, we had sent them a DVD ahead of time, so the show went on without us. by all accounts, it was well-loved by the friendly people who made it out that night.

latham and i drove back to portland and began frantically calling everyone we knew who might be able offer us a place to stay. the wonderful megan holmes, who we’d been in contact with about trying to get a show in portland (and whom we’d never met in person, might i add) saved the day and offered to let us crash at her place. we grabbed a beer at a very interesting gay sports bar, dropped off our stuff at megan’s, munched on some tasty vegan food at bye and bye, and prayed to every queer spirit we knew that the highway would open so we could at least make it up to seattle to hang out the next day, as planned.

lo and behold, whatever we did worked. before taking off for seattle, we had brunch with vanessa renwick at vita cafe. it was really fabulous to get to hang out with one of our artists, and might i add that vita’s “country breakfast” is possibly the ideal combination of delicious marginally-healthy vegetarian breakfast foods. chicago brunch spots, take note.

alas, this is not the car we are driving. tragic.

alas, this is not the car we are driving. tragic.

so after a pit stop at reading frenzy and powell’s books (both pretty awesome), we drove up to seattle to visit the fabulous former chicagoan ben de la creme. ben was to host a brand-new burlesque show on saturday night called FABULUXE at sonya’s, so we absolutely had to make the trip up. it was, of course, a delightful evening that ended up with very memorable late-night pizza excursion. unless i am drastically mistaken, fabuluxe will be occuring monthly, so if you’re in seattle, do yourself a favor. and hey, thanks to the wonderfulness of “ChrisB in SEA” and flickr, you can check out some pictures from the show!

this is what happens on tour when you stop to drink....

this is what happens on tour when you stop to drink.... sit around and take pictures across the table. sit around and take pictures across the table.

latham + ben de la creme

latham + ben de la creme


yesterday evening we left lovely seattle and the still-sodden washington state for eugene, oregon, for our host and university of oregon prof josh faught‘s comfy abode, and our next screening. latham presented his work in josh’s very interesting queer theory class this morning [course title withheld due to copyright concerns, wink wink], and we’re about to head over to DIVA for tonight’s screening. we’re only a couple hours away, so barring some sort of insane flash flood, it looks like we’ll make this one! if you’re in the area, we’ll see you there.

tomorrow we head to san francisco! check out this great recommendation in SF weekly!