Ya Cant Take the Cuntry Outa These Gals Gaby
Bila-Gunther and Vagina Jones are two good
reasons to check out the Berlin scene. Bila-Gunther, originally
from Romania, arrived in Berlin via Melbourne where she
would regularly perform her poetry in laundromats, beauty
parlors, elevators, trams. Her chapbook Validate and Travel
is about the latter. Vagina Jones got here by way of Seattle,
and has nefarious ties to the Church of the Subgenius
(yes, the very same J.R. Bob Dobbs guy that
crazed San Francisco in the mid-1980s, a sort of Devival
of it), and Les Voix Vulgaires (Natural Progression,
Spoot Music, CD 2002). In Berlin she often performs with
her band, Noisy Pink Vagina, and is much admired for her
fashion sense and her pussy poetry.
In early March, as The Sugar Babes Paramedics,
Bila-Gunther and Jones gave a performance that included
erotic candy-making and other real live cooking
on stage! as well as poems and candy diet tips.
Czech writer Simon Safranek also took part in this very
special evening. At the end of May they were at it again
with Die Liebe ist ein Seltsame -- Spiel #2
at the Tivoli in Prenzlauerberg (Berlin-east). This time
Bila-Gunther performed with poets Jessica Falzoi and Helen
Prince, Vagina Jones played accordion and, dig this, old
Brit rocker, Nikki Sudden and musical guests
were there as well (ha! eat your heart out, PS!).
In early June Bila-Gunther performs at Pragues
Alchemy reading. I cant wait. Get info on her chapbook
and her spoken word CD Off The Main from her Web site
or by inquiring of Lady Gaby at Dorfdisco. Hopefully Vagina
Jones will grace Prague with her presence soon as well.