Tuesday 29 Mar 11
Here is a vid I made about the upcoming Scottish election...
Alan's debut album, I Bought A Blue Car Today
Alan's blog in Russian!!
Here is a vid I made about the upcoming Scottish election...
I have decided to share my wardrobe malfunctions with you from time to time...
Last night I saw the best show I have ever seen on Broadway, The Book of Mormon!! It somehow manages to be dirty, satirical, offensive yet traditional and quaint at the same time. It mocks faith but at the same time states a very good case for it. It is touching, hilarious and endlessly inventive and beautifully performed and totally brilliant and I can't wait to go back!
Here's a behind the scenes from the latest batch of Masterpiece Mystery...
I just saw a really amazing film Bill Cunningham New York, about the New York Times fashion and social life photographer. He is a really amazing man, so immersed in his work and without any interest in the celebrity detritus that the fashion world engenders. I have seen him out and about for years, and actually the very first time that myself and my now husband Grant were photographed together was by him for the New York Times. At one point in the film he receives a great honour in Paris and says 'He who seeks beauty shall find it' and I think that is such an admirable and sensible mantra to live your life by. Right now for example, I have beauty lying at my feet. The walk home from the cinema in the snow (yes, NYC is wintry again) was full of beauty.
And talking of beauty, let's raise a glass to the lovely Liz Taylor who died today. A few weeks ago she was honored at the AmFar gala in NYC. She was too sick to attend but I was reminded about how she really founded the HIV/AIDS movement as we know it in this country by being the first celebrity to speak out and start raising cash for research and care. I met her once at a birthday party for Carrie Fisher. I was early, for once, and Liz arrived next. Carrie was running around doing last minute hostess things so I was entrusted with, as she put it 'flanking the legend'. We had a good old chat. She had recently fallen, another in a litany of ailments and accidents she seemed plagued with throughout her life, and she described to me how her maid had moved a chair and she sat down at the table thinking it was still there and then fell to the ground. 'Was there a lot of pain?' I asked. Her other-worldy, beautiful violet eyes widened. 'Pain?', she said. 'You have never seen such a black ass!' 'Oh, Elizabeth', I retorted. 'I bet I have'. I still remember her cackle.
Photo by Steve Vaccariello
Here's a little video from the Center Dinner I attended the other evening.
I am in Palm Springs. I did a show here last night with Michael Feinstein at the Macallum Theatre, which was very fun. And I met Suzanne Somers and Jack Jones!! I am loving my little sojourn in the sun. About to go and swim OUTSIDE!!
Here's some more scoop on me and The Runaway. I apologise to all of you falling off your bikes at the sight of me in drag on billboards across the UK. What can be done? And after that is a little vid I made about my week of traversing the u s of a...
It took a Smurfs movie for me to have my first ever on screen bondage scene.
I have been busy. Tonight I attended the NYC screening of the new movie Jane Eyre (left), which I thought was amazing and thoroughly recommend.
On Monday night I hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision (IGLHRC) Courage awards in New York City. IGLHRC is an amazing organisation that works for human rights' advocacy for the LGBT community all over the world, and in countries like Uganda where gay people are literally being murdered for just being gay. It was a really inspiring thing to see two young women from Mongolia receive an award for their struggle and perseverance to have their LGBT center officially recognised (and rather bizarre for them to say they saw me on The L Word!)
Sometimes I think it is easy to think of the fight we have in the US for equality as something rather abstract. We are fighting for legislation, we are fighting for a change in perception, for protection. Elsewhere gay people are fighting to not be killed for just being who they are. It made me feel renewed with vigor and a sense of purpose about what the fight really is about.
This past weekend I had a theatrical feast: the stunning Geoffrey Rush in Diary of a Madman at BAM, The Three Sisters at the Classic Stage Company and my Good Wife boss Chris Noth in That Championship Season at its Broadway opening. Here I am arriving at the latter. I just love that going gray doesn't mean having to suit up, don't you? Last night I went to see my friend Stephen Hoggett's production of Beautiful Burnout at St Anne's Warehouse in Dumbo. I exhort you to see this show. It is a stunning mix of boxing, dance, movement and narrative, and truly Scottish. I saw it in Edinburgh at last year's festival and I loved it even more here.
Here is a video about the work of IGLHRC, and then a little video about the event I am performing at in Boston on April 9th.
I am feeling very good. I had a surprise day off which was nice. I am working on a personal film project with my dear friend Ned that is going really well and is also very theraputic at the same time. I am also writing a sort of memoir thing. I normally hate the way that autobiographies and memoirs start with 'I was born in..' and 'my great-grand-parents were...'. I mean, who cares? And also can't you just let us find out that sort of stuff on the way to finding out more about the real reason we wanted to read this book in the first place, i.e. you?!
So I am not doing that. I recently read Tennessee Williams' memoir, which is very rambly and stream of conciousnessy and, frankly, a little too far the other way. I love the dreaminess and drugginess of his later plays (I saw The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore the other day), but I sort of like a bit more structure when it comes to his life. Anyway, I am calling what I am writing a book of memoiries.
I did a photo shoot with my old friend Steve Vacciarello last week and he sent me the results today. This is one of the shots that I really like, and it is kind of how I am feeling right now.
Yes, that is me aka Desrae, coming to a TV screen near you, if you live in the UK that is.