The First Annual Queerly Festival Celebrates Pride Week With Von Gutenberg Regulars

5e27d1048af41ed5f34c897f8cdf3f07831ee941[1]As you would expect, here at Von Gutenberg we certainly champion free expression of any point of view (if that p.o.v. condones freedom for all). Even the quickest perusal of our lifestyle events (see the latest in issue #9) or a regular read of this blog you’ll see we have supported plenty an artistic or cultural expression. Be thee working and living in the LGBT community, or be thee involved in fetish/alternative/kink couture design, modeling or performing, you know V.G. will not only support but continue to report on all the good works our family of friends are into. The Queerly Festival, produced by The Horse Trade Theatre Group of NYC, is one such grouping of events Von Gutenberg is behind, celebrating as it does Pride Week, NYC.
What’s even more interesting about this week of theatre pieces is that the show “Song, Word and Deed,” happening on 6/26, 8pm at the Kraine Theatre location is being directed and emcee-d by our very own editor-in-chief, Ralph Greco, Jr (Ralph has also written two pieces for the show.) The hour plus will also feature one of our past writers, Tom Kennedy, as well as techno music maven Madam Marvelous performing a song (read issue #9 to learn more about the provocative M.M.)

It’s going to be quite the Von Gutenberg family affair.

The first annual Queerly Festival, which runs 6/25-7/3 at both Horse Trade Theatre locations-the Kraine Theatre at 85 W. 4th in the village, NYC and UNDER St. Marks, at 94 St. Mark’s Place from 6/25-to-7/3, is presented a wide range of shows. Ralph’s is a variety hour of readings, one short one act and song, while there are other shows in the full week of the program that includes drag cabaret, Karaoke and lots more.
There is bound to be more than one show to tickle your naughty sensibilitieswill prove to a chock-full celebration of LGBT culture running between and , and one we are sure you do not want to miss.44e9994c7d0ec01202dd8c170028dd94_750x600[1]

You Are In For ‘A Tricky Treat’ At The Fantasia International Film Festival

A TRICKY TREAT final poster WEBFrom Cannes to Canada Patricia Chica’s new horror comedy short A Tricky Treat is making great big strides. Patricia is very good friends and a close working colleque with our feature male model in our movie-themed issue #9, The Richard, so we are keeping close tabs on her and the success of A Tricky Treat to be sure. We have just gotten word that A Tricky Treat will see its world premier at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

“Fantasia is one of my favorite film festivals, and now that I live in Los Angeles, it is a great honour for me to return to my hometown Montreal to premiere A Tricky Treat,” says Chica about this latest honor for her film.

A.T.T. tells the story of a man, played by Leonard Waldner, held hostage by a very strange family whose fate rests in the hands of two kids. The family is played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, and newcomer Marco Reilly.

From this festival A Tricky Treat will go on to play at Scream Queen Film Fest in Tokyo, RIP Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, and the 21st San Giò Verona Video Festival in Italy, with certainly more festival screenings will be announced soon.

 A Tricky Treat is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the Gruesome Twosome by popular online cinema blog, The Movie Guys. Shot in Los Angeles earlier this year, the film is executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), and produced by Patricia Chica (Montreal), Grace Santos (Los Angeles), as well as Byron A. Martin (Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Patricia Chica and her crew will be present for the premier as they were in Cannes and we wish them continued success.

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Madam Marvelous in issue #9…and beyond.

FullSizeRender (3)As any fan or even passing perusal-er of the Von Gutenberg oeuvre is well aware, we are as much interested in wildly imaginative sexy pictures of models wearing latex as we are the contributions from various writers, illustrators, designers and just about anybody else who works in our lifestyle community. As you will see in reading our latest issue (#9) once again we present both a Midori and M. Christian essay, feature arresting images from one of our favorite painters, Fang Ling Lee and report on events and book/music releases we think fit in well with our theme.

One of the artists we feature in issue #9 is Madam Marvelous (real name Yolanda Dunderdale), a provocative songwriter/singer/ performer (find her here: http://www.madammarvelous.com/) from the NYC area. We initially connected with the lady about her breakout first single, “Broom Bitch” released on the independent techno label Subwoofer Records. That single was a smash bestseller for Subwoofer, played from New York to Italy to Spain to Amsterdam (and more) and now Subwoofer is releasing “Destruction” by Drzneday feat. Madam Marvelous. With remixes by Mr. Gemini and Sinawi this track is sure to be another runaway smash.

We so love reporting on the upwardly mobile career moves of our Von Gutenberg family members. Time and again we get a Facebook prompt from a model running clear across the globe for a new shoot or one of the many designers we have feature lands a gig outfitting some huge celebrity. And it has been our good fortune (or maybe just the fact that we make such deep connections with the people we work with) that no matter where their work happens to take them, they always have time to appear in a new issue of Von Gutenberg, and send us their good news so we can tell you about it.

We couldn’t be happier for Madam Marvelous’ continued success and wish her all the best with this latest release.

Go here to purchase “Destruction”: http://classic.beatport.com/release/destruction-feat-madam-marvelous/1544155

 

 

Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair & Bruce Jenner

bruce-april27Furthering our opining about covers…it seems none other than Annie Leibovitz, photographer of the stars and a star herself, has been slated to snap Bruce Jenner transformed for the cover of Vanity Fair. As we have all recently seen the ex Olympiad, Kardashian step-dad still as a man (even with the longer hair, fingers nails and post specific surgeries) this ‘coming-out’ of Jenner will most likely prove the high fashion/celebrity reveal of the year.

When you have shot such iconic covers like a pregnant Demi Moore, or a Whoopi Goldberg in a milk bath you do get the plum assignments to be sure.

What exact summer issue this sure-to-be-controversial cover will be for, is not yet certain. What exactly will one see of ‘Her’ as Bruce Jenner called his female self in his Diana Sawyer interview, no one knows. Will there be an extensive interview with Jenner as well the couture culture magazine, this has all yet to be declared by V.F. What is known though is that the timely Leibovitz shoot and whatever Vanity Fair runs coincides perfectly with Jenner’s new reality ‘docu-series.’

This 8-episode show will supposedly be focused on Jenner’s cosmetic concerns through his transformations, as it will his social life and his golf game, something he/she is and will be continuing to be serious about. How this all measures up in the modern exploit-reality-voyeurism cable T.V. culture, or if Jenner’s show, being about the subject it is, will make a dent in helping the mainstream understand the transgendered (as Jenner has said it hopes it does,) will no doubt be bandied about by all who even give the show a passing viewing.

For now what is assured is that Leibovitz and Vanity Fair will make quite a splash on what might just be the most talked about cover on a high fashion (or any) magazine this year.

Covered: JLo, Tess Holliday and our own Sabina Kelley

VG9-mag CVR1[2]Surely we are familiar with magazine covers of beautiful models (just see Sabina Kelley on our new Von Gutenberg issue #9.) These days women-and men-make the cover of a magazine for a multitude of reasons; for their beauty, their celebrity, for some present controversy they might be mining for the obligatory 15 minutes of fame. And sometimes what’s on the cover of a magazine, whether that magazine is a high couture fashion magazine or a weekly light entertainment publication, gets more press and is often even more interesting then what’s between the magazine’s pages for that issue.

Of course, this isn’t the case with V.G. #9!

Here’s two examples of covers that caught not just the eye but the blog ‘o scribble of many (this blogger included) this week.

In what seems a trend of late, another ‘larger’ size lady has made news posing for a magazine. This week we see Tess Holliday, a size 22 model, landing her first cover; she will appear on the front of the June 1st issue of People. Boasting 707, 000 Instagram followers, signed with MILK, already having worked for Torrid and Benefit, this plus-size model is certainly a popula…of a decidedly bigger size then is usually seen.

Continuing to stun (though God knows it’s not unusual with someone with this kind of world-wide visibility to keep themselves in shape) Jennifer Lopez is shocking the world once again, this time on the cover of the ‘best body issue’ of Us Weekly. Much is being made of the swimsuit JLo’s wears on this cover, showing as it does “reverse cleavage” coming as it does right after Lopez showed off copious “underboob” in her Charbel Zoe gown at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards last week.jlo-us-weekly-thatgrapejuice-600x814

Will we see more plus size women on the covers of magazine? We will be lucky enough to possibly catch “side boob” next time from JLo…have you ever seen a better background then the Las Vegas desert on our Sabina Kelley cover? Who can say. But somebody out there has probably got you covered.

Allison Williams Is Just So Two-Faced

allison-williams-geschminkt-ungeschminkt-instagramEven a seemingly anti-celebrity campaign, though led by celebrities, begun almost as a backlash against the cultural addiction we seem to have with selfies and Instagram, will grow into an Instagram phenomena all its own trying to mock itself. Allison Williams of “Girls” fame, just posted a selfie of herself in what has been called a “Two-Face Style.” The actress made-up one side of her face, while she left the other untouched, giving us half of what seems to be the latest in celebrity chic, the bare-faced pic…for reasons only Williams could know.

Last month super dooper model Heidi Klum took to her Instagram account to record her progression of getting ready for a shoot. She went from a bare canvas face, her unadorned high cheekbone-d mug, to completely tricked-out with make-up and a halo of teased hair. Again…why? As with lots of what we can do across the net these days, does the bare-faced craze fall into that ‘because we can, we should’ category?heidi-klum-before

Three years ago The Children In Need charity raised lots of money and awareness through this trend in their “BearFaced” campaign. Female celebs posed for before and after pics, the bare-faced one featuring a mini bear paw print on the celeb’s cheek…giving the campaign its name. A good cause…certainly. A craze for empowering women…who knows? A trend that gets twisted, overdone and leads to two-faced pics…you be the judge.

Surely we all have a voyeuristic streak in us. Certainly it’s nice to recognize that the mega rich/beautiful/popular are as flawed as you and I. But we want these people we adore and try to emulate to be flawless, to present the image they work hard to maintain; this is exactly why we make them celebrities. In the end, these bare-faced pics show us what we already know…but try to avoid about ourselves all the time by reveling in the lie that is celebrity.

 

Bruce Jenner, Whiplr and What We All Truly Want

Bruce-Jenner-Diane-Sawyer-Interview-490x316As should be evident to anyone who even has an inkling of modern-day happenings, there is a chasm of difference between what some people believe is the ‘right way’ to interact in society and the way real people live their lives in the here-and-now. With the recent Bruce Jenner reveal/interview with Diane Sawyer we certainly come to see that plenty of men are living or want to live as a woman, lots of women (those born women) identify as a man, and there are a whole bunch of folks who define themselves as transgender. It’s a great big world out there of people wanting simply to live their lives as peacefully and fulfilled as possible. Who’s to say really what’s right and what’s wrong for what’s in each individual’s heart.

A social network app like Whiplr is aware of the many possible desires and differences in the world. Created to link a global population of like-minded folks that the mainstream might label “kinky”, the men and women who come to Whiplr do so looking for one another-be it through chat (video and text), photos and every other which way-sensing that what they are looking for in their intimate encounters, or simply through their socializing, might fall far afield of what an eHarmony might be able to offer…but still be something they need and find legitimate.

This legitimatizing of one’s deepest feelings sits at the root of what Bruce Jenner is looking for as well as what lots of people want when they log-onto a social portal where they might very well be spending lots of time. And to log-on mobile, which is what an app like Whiplr is all about, is what anyone, from the slightly alternative-minded to the most mainstream dater needs most in this consistently updating landscape where hopefully Bruce Jenner’s plight may one day not make news at all.

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Mary Doyle Keefe, ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Dies

il_fullxfull.508201205_1gbw-smallerWhen someone says ‘iconic model’ our minds may jump to a Cindy Crawford, a Kate Moss even the recently retired Gisele Bündchen (who we reported on just recently.) But we do well to remember that not all women modeling do so for fashion and in some cases they’re pictures do reach iconic status for reasons well beyond showing off their latest Instagram vacation pic or a super-neat Twiggy-like style change. Such was the case with Mary Doyle Keefe.

Keefe’s is certainly not a quickly recognized name (nor would her everyday picture ever be), but in U.S. history she looms large for her modeling…and only for one moment in time actually. Mary Doyle Keefe posed for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster painted by the American painter/illustrator Norman Rockwell, in 1943.

Keefe was raised in Arlington, Vermont, Rockwell lived in West Arlington, and the two met when Keefe was working as an operator. Rockwell created what would become one of the best recognized Saturday Evening Post covers ever from pictures his friend/photographer Gene Pelham took of the then 19 year-old Keefe, who was paid $5 each of two mornings she sat for Pelham and Rockwell. The Rosie shot was at the time and still is recognized as one of the most important visual ‘rally cries’ for the World War 11, recognizing American woman flooding into the work place to help with the war effort.

In real life Keefe was a small lady, not the beefed-up, big-armed Rosie who appears in the painting sporting a rivet gun with her feet resting on a copy of “Mein Kampf.” Such is the case of artistic license.Mary-Doyle-Keefe-Rosie

Keefe, who graduated from Temple University, worked as a dental hygienist and was married for 55 years, died Tuesday at the age of 92. The “Rosie the Riveter” painting is part of the Art In A Days Work permanent collection at Arkansas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

Golf Digest and Lexi Thompson Feel Some Heat

masl23-lexi-coverAnd here we all thought the world of fashion only ever sees such modeling controversies: Golf Digest has just revealed a topless Lexi Thompson on its May issue cover that is seeing lots of heat.

Twenty year old Thompson is fronting the “Fitness and Power” issue of GD, holding a towel perfectly placed round her neck and draped down her front, while wearing a blue golf glove and black yoga pants. To say she looks every bit the stunning confident athlete would be an understatement. But many are voicing negative opinion over a woman displayed this way on this magazine.

Golf Digests’ editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde responded to the vociferous backlash:

“We’ve come a long way from a year ago when the LPGA condemned our choice of Paulina Gretzky (and Holly Sonders in 2013) as the cover images for Golf Digest’s annual fitness issue. Mea culpa, ladies. You can have stunning beauty and the highest level of golf performance at the same time, as demonstrated this year by Lexi, Stacy Lewis, Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Wie.”

Tarde also made it a point to remind his critics that Golf Digest featured Rory McIlroy in nothing but a kilt, but the prevailing opposing opinion about this is that the woman who appear on the magazine-the afore mention Gretzky, Sonders and Wie-have shown quite a bit more skin than their male contemporaries.268A215F00000578-2989838-image-a-16_1426084808569

Often with the latex fashion models we employ we’ve come face-to-face with the conundrum of what to show and when in our pages and on our site. Given that a number of fantasy wardrobes not only reveal copious amounts of bump, curve and dent of both our fetching male and female models, and many an ‘adult’ clothing accessory is created with the expressed implication to reveal more than a smidgen of skin, we work hard at Von Gutenberg to keep as much to the imagination as we can in our high-end couture reportage and photo essays. It’s is a high wire act indeed knowing what to conceal with what to reveal as we attempt to show out best, brightest and often sexiest.

We march ever onward doing what we feel best for us as Golf Digest seems to be doing for their magazine. As for the lady in question here, Thompson tweeted pictures of her cover under a #GirlPower hashtag.

 

 

Fun Sexy Couture Stories

Sometimes there is just too much good stuff going on in the world of lifestyle, couture and sexiness not to fill-up one big blog with a few stories.

A Lingerie Jail Break

safe_imageThey say clothes make the man…but sometimes they fuel a prison break as well. In a Brazilian jail last week three women dressed in the outfits you see here (not exactly latex but certainly close to some of the couture we sell here) entered the lock-down promising the guards of Nova Mutum prison an orgy. The women seduced the guards to take them down to the guards’ sleeping barracks, where the ladies then slipped their companions spiked whiskey that soon left the guards unconscious and very soon relieved of their clothes, keys to cells and handcuffed. The women then proceeded to free 28 inmates.

Miley Cyrus On…Then Off

Hanna Montana has certainly grown-up in everyone’s estimation to the tongue totting Miley Cyrus of video, stage and twerking. One of the videos she used on her Bangerz Tour, titled “Tongue Tied,” was entered in the NYC Porn Festival happening at the end of February. Well at least it was submitted as the beginning of the week. It now seems Miley’s people have retracted the submission which shows Miley in fishnets, tied to a chair with a strip of black tape across her breasts.

It doesn’t seem that Cyrus is balking at being shown so bare, in a decidedly bondage-influenced ‘wardrobe,’ but according to the film festival’s organizer, the word ‘porn’ being used in the title of the event is what gave the Cyrus camp cold feet.miley-cyrus-enters-nyc-porn-festival-with-a-short-film-0

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover controversey

Not that bikini-clad models walking beaches and languidly showing their curves in an infamous yearly issue of a famous sport’s magazine doesn’t garner enough attention and derision each and every year. This year’s 2015’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has got lots of people weighing in over its cover alone! It seems 24 year old model Hannah Davis is just showing too much of herself for public decency.

Hannah is being criticized for pulling her bikini bottom just too low down her front (you judge for yourself, see the picture to the right). One should note though, that it’s this issue that features the first-ever plus-sized model (Ashley Graham) in a S.I. issue. hannah-davis-swimsuit-cover-reveal-2015