March 15, 2006
mercury is still retrograde.
Kelsey is NOT in the neil Simon play, "THE SUNSHINE BOYS" at The Majestic Theater.

She has shockingly jumped ship mid-show causing scandal and gossip galore and is now in, "THE BOYS NEXT DOOR" also conveniently located at The Majestic Theater.

TRANSLATION: I totally screwed up the name of the play and am now trying to fix that without actually accepting blame.

For this reason, if no other, we must all go see Kelsey sweetly play Sheila in the real play, "The Boys Next Door".

DISCLAIMER: We all still admire Neil Simon and no harm is meant. But he is out of the picture in the actual boys next door play as he did not write it - hence his *removal* from the promo pic.


~and since I am sending out a correction/redaction/apologaction I thought I would add in the press release for a show opening in NYC tomorrow at the Museum of Sex at which my dear old pal Jerry Weinstein is the guru/publicist/communicationist. Some of you may remember Jerry from when he came to visit 2 years ago for the big Stone Soup Concrete New Years Eve bash. He was the smiley guy who wore the fab maroon velvet pants. so read on --->

You New Yorkers on this list, you --- you just go to this exhibit and tell all your pals and say hi to Jerry for me.

OPENING TOMORROW - Peeping, Probing & Porn: Four Centuries of Graphic Sex in Japan
On Display at the Museum of Sex

IMAGE: #14126_b
Attributed to Eisen
ca. 1800
Woodblock print book
Museum of Sex Collection

Opening March 16, 2006 at the Museum of Sex, Peeping, Probing & Porn: Four Centuries of Graphic Sex in Japan shatters a long-standing myth – that erotica, as a genre, began in the West.

During the Edo period, (1630-1868) before Japan was opened to the West, it supported a flourishing trade in erotic imagery, called Shunga or "spring pictures." Edo, now Tokyo, was the epicenter of commerce, offering its population of bachelors gainful employment by day and the fantasy of the Yoshiwara, the licensed brothel district, by night.

Unlike the rarified works made for the affluent, Shunga's woodblock prints were mass-produced and often unsigned, thus circumventing government censorship. According to John Vollmer, Director of Curatorial and Exhibition Programs, "In this way Shunga was liminal. It was disposable rather than precious. It didn't officially exist."

Shunga was the "dirty little secret" – the black sheep of Ukiyo-e, admired by European collectors including Degas and Manet. Shunga in particular is cited as having influenced French Post Impressionist painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. While it maintained the rigorous aesthetic standards of Ukiyo-e, it departed in subject matter from the cultural Official Story.Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack observes that "By re- contextualizing the more familiar icons of Japanese printmaking within the larger body of more overt pornographic work to which they belong, this exhibition reveals the erotic iconography of Edo period prints and offer a rare glimpse at long sequestered prints."

Shunga treated sexuality with candor and humor. While its European counterparts were content to capture courtship and the cigarette after, lovers were rendered in flagrante delicto. For the Japanese viewers, the prints had both a pragmatic and a sensual dimension: Brothel guides were designed for the well-born, but they chiefly served as a masturbatory aide for the yeoman with an empty purse. The art on offer wasn't the best –but it got the job done. There were even games of amusement made out of woodblock prints (imagine a courtesan's vagina as the landscape for arcade Skeeball).

Today's Japanese Manga – graphic novels, cartoons and comic books - and anime bear a direct lineage to Shunga. Voyeurism, masturbation, and some of their more scandalous themes - rape, over-exaggerated sex organs, sex with aliens, are first evinced in the work of Shunga artisans. Contemporary Yaoi – "boy's love" – frankly depicting homosexuality and the glorification of the beautiful boy -- also had its precedent in Shunga. For that matter, so did the money shot.
The Museum of Sex is proud to offer this rare glimpse of over one hundred objects from its permanent collection, including scrolls, woodblock prints, seminal examples of Manga such as The Rose of Versailles, and cutting edge anime.

The Academy Award winning Memoirs of a Geisha is doing a brisk business at cinemas. Additionally, the tome upon which it is based continues to sell well at bookstores. Those who wish to delve further will find the show evocative, if not downright scandalous.

About the Museum of Sex
The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. It is committed to open discourse and exchange and to offering the public outstanding scholarship in its exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Since opening its doors in 2002, the Museum has produced eight original exhibitions and two online interactive Web projects.

The Museum of Sex is located at 233 Fifth Avenue @ 27th Street, New York, NY 10016. We are open 7 days a week: Sunday-Friday 11am-6:30pm; Saturday 11am-8pm.

Admission is $14.50; $13.50 seniors/students. Please visit for more information, and to retrieve a coupon for $5 admission discount. Visitors under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Spring 2006 Sessions
Painting Workshop with Barbara Johnson

Ten Week Workshop designed for previous workshop artists to explore individual projects, or new artists to be guided through a structured study of representational painting techniques including drawing principles for rendering form and atmosphere, color mixing in oil, evaluating color temperature, glazing techniques, and studying the intricacies of reflected light. The mediums of drawing (pencil & charcoal), oil painting and dry pastel will be the only materials used in this workshop. The drawing and oil painting materials list for the workshop will be provided upon registration. Early registration is suggested as class size is limited. The session fee of $450 is due by March 27.

Classes are held at the Paragon Arts and Industries Building at 150 Pleasant St. in Easthampton Second Floor Room 232/234

This is a test. What do these items have in common?

HINT: the third image is the famous nun bun which I saw when last in Nashville and which has since been stolen! Click here for the USA TODAY story on the theft of the nun bun.
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