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FACE PAINT ILLUSIONIST JAMES KUHN ON HALLOWEEN, ART, & GOD.

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2009 09:00am | Post a Comment

Forget MySpace and check out MyFace, or, rather, the art that gifted face paint artist/illusionist James Kuhn does, displayed on both his Flickr page and his Face Paint In Motion YouTube channel. The self-described James Kuhn"Artist, Face paint illusionist, Drag Queen, Performance Artist, and full time Christian" has been uploading videos of his face paint art, such as the Rocky Horror "Sweet Transvestite" themed clip above which he posted two days ago, or the brilliant Golden Girls clip (below) that he produced and uploaded six months ago.

Ever the perfectionist, Kuhn said of the Golden Girls piece at the time, "I planned on painting Sophia on my forehead! but ran out of room... I need a bigger head! I am not too happy with this one, I should have searched for better pics to use as my models. The ones I pulled up were too small and Bea was in black and white. I should not try such a big project on a weeknight! Better for Saturdays when I can play all day long and am usually more rested. I gotta get some new glasses too."

On the Three Oaks, Michigan artist's YouTube channel, which is subtitled BibleArtWork, Kuhn has an impressive 234 different videos of various face paint illusions uploaded, usually with a cool accompanying soundtrack, ranging from Bettie Page Pin Up Girl to Miss Piggy & Kermit to Dracula and many, many more.

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R.I.P. BEA ARTHUR!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 25, 2009 02:06pm | Post a Comment

Sex and the City: The Movie!

Posted by Miss Ess, June 4, 2008 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Brad and I both saw the Sex and the City movie this weekend! After years of waiting on baited breath, we both agree that the movie is fabulous in every way, shape and form. Our discussion is extremely SPOILER FILLED, so if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to go in without knowing key plot details, skip reading for now. The conversation that follows is more for those who have experienced the movie already-- we want to celebrate the film's arrival and dish about it a bit.


Miss Ess: I think of Sex and the City overall as a fluffy and fun treat, so the movie really lived up to that description for me. I liken the series to reading a trashy gal magazine like Glamour-- there's fashion, there's men, there's life advice! It all comes in a slightly cheesy and ultimately fantastical package. Sure it's all a fantasy, but it's fun to be swept away sometimes and that's what the show always provided for me. The movie was more of the same and it felt so good to have the ladies back in action! I appreciated the way the film was like a bunch of episodes condensed into one enjoyable whirlwind of Manolos and cobblestone. What did you think of the movie?

Brad: I really enjoyed the movie so much as I was watching it, but I really love it now even more since I have had a day to think about it. I really got obsessed with the show and always thought the episodes were too short. They always left me wanting more. The stories felt rushed sometimes -- but with the movie you could really settle in for a long fun story. The actresses were all fantastic and seemed to just pick up right where they left off. It really made me realize how great the show was, and also the fact that there will probably never be one just like it. It sort of made me wish I could go back and see a whole new movie the next week. Much of it was sort of predictable but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. It was the perfect mix of tragedy and comic relief that made the show so great. The show was always sort of unbelievable and a great big fantasy but at the same time totally believable and realistic. I need to go watch the whole series again now. I need more Sex and the City!

Miss Ess: Me too, me too! That's what I thought as I walked out...can we get more episodes please? Another movie would be nice too, but that will take a while to make.  The fact that Carrie gets to try on wedding dresses for Vogue is like a dream come true for her and I loved seeing all those gowns-- probably the best part of the film for me. My favorite was the Oscar De La Renta one with all the intricate beading. It was pretty much like the one Jenna Bush just wore at her wedding. Michael Patrick King, who wrote the movie, seemed to know and acknowledge just what we as viewers wanted to see: not only Carrie's relationship with Big (seemingly) moving forward, but also as much fashion as possible throughout the process!

One of my other favorite parts was Charlotte and her determination to bitch out Mr. Big.  When they finally met face to face on the street, I thought it was hilarious! What was your favorite part?

Brad: It is obvious they made the movie for us....the Sex and the City TV show fans. The movie is not really made for somebody who has not watched the show, which seems to be what some of the criticism is aimed at. But that works out fine for us. It is nice to be sort of rewarded for being a loyal fan. This is also what I am hoping the new X-Files movie will do. My favorite part of the movie was probably the trip to Mexico...even if it was really just filmed in Malibu. I love when movies take you on a trip with them. This part also has one of the most depressing scenes in the movie, but also has one of the funniest scenes, sort of like the show: the perfect combo of humor and sadness. I also really liked the scenes of Samantha in Los Angeles. It was fun to see her out of her element.

ME: I want to live in Samantha's house in Malibu, with the waves crashing right up against it! That was too fab. There was so much eye candy through the whole film. Speaking of Mexico, I loved all their outfits during that section of the film, especially Carrie's rainbow colored butterfly wing-patterned dress. I think you are right as well about the sad scenes there. I was happy that the film was willing to go to a depressed, dark place -- probably Carrie's lowest low -- and that it wasn't all puppy dogs and ice cream. Same goes for Miranda's bumpy story line, which was realistic and also shocking.  The characters all seemed to have grown, even Samantha, and the writer's inclusion of that growth impressed me, cause he could have easily merely picked up where they left off. The growth brought more depth to characters we already thought we knew maybe even too much about. What was your favorite outfit?

Brad: My favorite outfit in the movie would have to be Samantha covered in Sushi for Valentine's day! I am also really a sucker for holidays in movies. I don't know why but I love the holidays and I love seeing characters dealing with the stress and fun of different holidays in TV shows and movies. And this movie covered them all: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, and even Samantha's 50th Birthday! The New Year's Eve stuff in the movie also made up some of my other favorite scenes. Carrie going to Miranda's house was maybe predictable, but I still loved it.

Are we being too nice to this movie?? There has got be something wrong with it, right? What did you think was missing from the movie...or what would you have like to seen in the movie?

The only problem I had was maybe the stuff with Carrie's assistant. I thought Jennifer Hudson did what she could with the script, but I really thought her character could have been written a bit better and maybe more interesting.


ME: Wow, you are a total mind reader, cause I was just going to bring her up. I thought she nailed it as well as she could. I wasn't sure what to think when I heard the news that she would be joining the cast, just cause the only thing I've seen her in is Dreamgirls, but she blended in pretty well and she and Carrie's relationship felt pretty realistic. You're right that she was somewhat underwritten, but I guess she almost had to be to make room for the other ladies! I thought the Vuitton bag Carrie gave her was hideous! And it is too bad that they got rid of her by sending her off to St. Louis, cause they could make a spin off with her and three gals lookin' for love in the city! Like SATC the next generation!

If I had to pick on something in the movie, it would definitely be the whole Love keychain plot. I rolled my eyes but overall I was willing to ignore the cheese because I was so swept up in the film.

I think Michael Patrick King did a great job of covering plot points as well as moments that he knew we as fans would like to see-- Carrie prepping for a huge wedding, Charlotte with her daughter, Samantha's 50th birthday, Carrie's old apartment...I can't really think of anything I wish he'd included that he didn't! I know that scene of Carrie trying on her old clothes before she packs them may have seemed gratuitous to those who hadn't watched the show or maybe to straight men in the audience, but that was another moment that I adored in the film!

I guess I would say, if anything, more Anthony Marantino [Mario Cantone]!

Did anything fall flat for you?

Brad: It would have been fun to see some other characters. I would have loved to see something with John Corbett "Aidan," or Blair Underwood. And we could always use some more Amy Sedaris. But the movie couldn't have really been any longer, so I guess they did what they could. I can't really find any other problems!

ME: Yeah, you're right-- I saw John Corbett on E! the other day and he was saying he really wanted to be involved too. Who wouldn't? I loved Blair Underwood on SATC! Good call. Maybe if they make another movie they can squeeze em in, and Amy Sedaris too. They did kinda leave the door open for another movie, with Steve and Miranda on semi-shakey ground and Samantha single again. I heard it might happen, so we will have to wait and see.

My last question is what did your boyfriend think of the movie? Since Curt went to a special screening, did he get to meet Stanford Blatch [Willie Garson]?

Mine actually went with me voluntarily! I think he has seen so many episodes of the show because its been on in our apartment often enough, so even he was curious to see what had happened to the ladies! He liked it too, but was noticeably a bit bored by the last half hour. His criticism is that he thinks the show is one big push for consumption, which I understand and agree with, but heck, sometimes it feels good to revel in the beauty of a gorgeous gown...and it is true that the ultimate message of the film and the series as well is that money can't buy us love OR friendship. It just helps the ladies look more fabulous along the way.


Brad: Curt liked it as well, but he was not too impressed with Willie Garson. I guess someone asked him if he was gay in real life. He claims to not be, which is fine, but he got really angry for people wanting to know. Of course they want to know! It is funny that the character who happens to be gay in real life is Cynthia Nixon. I love it. Miranda is actually probably the character I identify with the most. She just seems like a Taurus -- a bit obsessive compulsive, independent, and stubborn. The show is sort of like a younger Golden Girls, I just sort of realized. Maybe this is why I love it so much. In 20 years they can make another movie and it can be just like the Golden Girls. Can you imagine the Sex and the City girls living in Miami? I of course identify most with the Bea Arthur character [Dorothy] on the Golden Girls. I guess she is the most similar to Miranda.Samantha is obviously Blanche. Charlotte is for sure the Rose character. That leaves Sophia as the Carrie character...those two don't really match up so well. But all the other characters are kind of perfectly matched. What character do you see yourself as most?? On both Sex and the City and Golden Girls!?

ME: You are hilarious. The other day when I was watching Golden Girls I actually was thinking the same things, about which gal was which. As far as who I identify with, on Golden Girls I always loved Rose the most. I am definitely a bit too gullible, but I am not THAT gullible! It would be a cross between her and Dorothy, which is funny because I feel like a cross between Charlotte and Miranda on SATC, although hopefully I am not as hyper-conservative as Charlotte and I am not as cold as Miranda. Charlotte is a bit traditional in a world of untraditional people, kinda like me, and Miranda is a realist, which I think I am most of the time. It's a fun question to answer. And yes, I can totally see them in Miami and I am crossing my fingers that the day will come when we see that series!

The Employee Interview Part XV: Brad Schelden

Posted by Miss Ess, January 11, 2008 12:40pm | Post a Comment
Brad
7ish years of Employment
Rock Buyer


This is a special farewell installment of The Employee Interview.  Don't worry-- you are not going to lose Brad's insightful blogs, it's just that we, the SF store, are losing him to the LA store this week.  Just like in baseball, he's been recruited for their team and will be moving next week. It will be quite a loss for those of us up here in SF to suffer.  Brad, we salute you!  It won't be the same without you.  But at least we will probably still get to watch the Oscars together. (If they happen-- agh what an awards show season!)

ME: What was the first concert you remember going to?

BS: Depeche Mode...Even though my seats were so far away I could barely see them it was one of the highlights of my life. It was just exciting to see that all these other people actually liked the same band as me.

I loved that feeling when I first started going to shows.  I was thinking, "Who ARE all these people?"  I've actually met so many people who work here who were at shows I was also at in the late 90s/early 2000s!  I love it.  That's how I knew Amoeba was my home.  So who was the first artist that really got you into music and why?

I am sure it was probably Morrissey and The Smiths. He was for sure the first person I was obsessed with, other than maybe Michael Jackson or Cyndi Lauper. Morrissey was the first artist where I was actually reading all the liner notes and buying all the magazines with him in it. It was fantastic as a young kid to listen to music and lyrics that you could completely relate to even though they were coming out of a man from a totally different world and reality.

Tell me about the first Oscars you remember watching.

My family watched them every year and I would always make a ballot for us to fill out. I remember making a ballot on a typewriter with corrective tape to fix my mistakes. I was really excited when we got our first computer so I could type it up on there. I was really obsessed from the first time I watched them. I just always loved movies and even though I had not seen half the movies back when I was still 9 years old I still wanted to know who was going to win Best Art Direction and Best Screenplay.

God, that is so adorable! I was the same, but I never made the ballots for some reason-- I used ballots from the Pink Section of the Chronicle or wherever.  Why did we care who won best screenplay when we were 9?  All I know is that I was totally hooked too.  What is it about the Oscars that is so compelling to you? 

I don't even know why I became so obsessed with them. But I am for sure not alone. It is just fun to see the actors as themselves even though I guess they are still scripted and acting for the camera.

Yeah, I love watching the acceptance speeches and seeing who comes unglued.  Who is, in your opinion, the most enjoyable Oscar red carpet interviewer?  I still kinda miss Joan and Melissa, even though Joan's got a few screws loose.

I really love when people like Kathy Griffin or the cast of MadTV try to freak out the stars with weird questions. I absolutely hate most of the people they have on the red carpet these days. I did like it when Roger Ebert was talking to people before the show one year. It is nice when the stars actually like and respect the people asking the questions because then they sort of know what they are talking about.

What about Isaac Mizrahi grabbing Scarlett Johanssen's boob about 3 years ago?  That was cringeworthy!  I just like someone who knows what they are talking about and (important) who they are talking to.  I actually  think Guiliana DiPandi has a good combo of humorous and factoid type questions.  Now, another obsession we share:  How did your enjoyment of Love Boat  begin?

I have long been a big fan of the hour long episode of television. This show was great because it was sort of meaningless and completely unimportant but totally fascinating to me at the same time. I loved all the guests stars even though I didn't really know who half of them were when the show as originally on. It will be fun to go back once it comes out on DVD and to watch the shows with a different perspective. I really wanted to work on a cruise ship for a while because of this show.

Yes, I am waiting with baited breath for those DVDs!  What is your favorite season of Golden Girls and why?  Which girl is your favorite?

The first season is really weird. Sort of like on Roseanne, you can tell that the cast is just getting to know each other and really still getting to know their character. You can actually tell that they are reading jokes. I think Season 2 is really where it all starts to work. Dorothy (Bea Arthur) is of course my favorite.They really gave her some great lines. My favorite episode is hard to figure out...but  maybe the episode where they get mistaken for prostitutes and put into jail and when Blanche gives Rose's stuffed animal away to a girl scout played by Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley.

That Jenny Lewis popped up everywhere in the 80s.  I always liked Rose.  When I would watch when I was little I felt sorry for her because everyone made fun of her and I thought she was pretty.  Please tell me about when/how you got into Twin Peaks and your viewing experience when it originally aired.

I really liked this show when it was first on when I was in High School. I watched it whenever I got the chance but my full obsession did not start until College when Bravo showed an episode every night. I watched it almost every night and then had the VHS Box Set and watched it about once a year. I just got the fantastic new DVD set but I am waiting until I move back to Hollywood to break into it. The show really is amazing and I am not sure there will ever be anything like it ever again.

Tell me about how you found Amoeba and how you got hired and what you did here initially.

Everybody knew about Amoeba and I had wanted to work here since the Haight St. store first opened. But my boyfriend at the time got a job here so we didn't really want to work together. I had heard rumors about a Hollywood store but when I knew for sure it was opening up I got in contact with Karen and applied for that store. I was friends with Kara [another LA employee] and I think maybe she helped me get the job or at least talked me into it. I have been up at the Haight St. store for almost 5 years now but now I am going back to Hollywood again. I guess I just like to move every 5 years or so.

Now let's have some San Fran nostalgia questions:

What is your favorite place to see a live show?

So many...but Bimbo's is at the top of the list along with the Great American Music Hall. I do like the Palace of Fine Arts a lot as well. But mostly just because of where it is. The venue itself is just sort or boring like a lecture hall on the inside. But I did meet my boyfriend at a Magnetic Fields show there, so it is pretty special. And I did see Paul Reubens there.

What is your favorite theater to see a movie at?

I do love the Castro and have seen some great movies there. Love the Bridge as well, mostly because of Midnight Mass memories. I like the Lumiere because it is right by my house and it is so small and cute and they show great movies there. I did like the Regency Theater that is now where the Regency Ballroom is. That theater was really amazing looking inside. The Clay is also great and The Vogue. I am also a bit in love with the new Sundance Kabuki that they just redid. I love The Grand Lake in Oakland but don't get out there much. And the Embarcadero is sort of special in my heart as well. I have spent a lot of time there and sort of love that is all dead and quiet around there at night.

You are quite the theater connoisseur.  I knew that would be a good question for you, although I think you named every single theater in the near vicinity!  What has been the best show you have seen while living here in SF?

Probably Sigur Ros at the Paramount in Oakland. I also saw some really great shows at Bottom of the Hill over the years. At the Drive-In was pretty awesome at the Bottom of the Hill. Murder City Devils at Cafe Du Nord. The Cure at the Fillmore.

And finally, how could live so close to Bob's but not like donuts!?

It is weird but I just don't like donuts.

That is completely beyond me.  I'm sure it helped keep you skinny though!  What are you looking forward to about LA/LA Amoeba? (Pinkberry/More star sightings!)

I am looking forward to the warm nights in L.A.  I am a bit sick of the cold weather right now but I will not be looking forward to the summer. I may have to come back to San Francisco during the summer. I do love that store down there a bunch. I love both stores for different reasons. But it will be nice to see all the people that I worked with down there when the store first opened.

What will you miss about SF Amoeba/SF in general? You are such a fixture here.

I will miss the weirdos of San Francisco. But Hollywood for sure has its share of weirdos. I will miss living in a city that does not revolve around cars. I am going to miss my friends in the city and at the store but L.A. is really not that far away. San Francisco is really fun to visit as well.

I doubt you will miss the weirdos once you are off Haight St! Care to talk a little about your own personal Oscar picks for this year?  What has been your favorite movie so far this year?  Favorite acting performances?

I still have not seen There Will Be Blood yet, but I am pretty sure I am going to love it. No Country For Old Men was amazing and still might be my favorite of the year. But I was blown away by I'm Not There. I really did love the Grindhouse movies a lot as well. Both Planet Terror and Death Proof were some of my favorites. Anything with Josh Brolin in it this year was my favorite. But I did also really like Goonies when I was younger. So maybe there is a pattern here.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

I have many but Silence of the Lambs is still close to the top. The ExorcistAlien. Carrie. Escape from New York. The Muppet Movie! Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. My two favorite movies are actually probably Heathers and Tootsie. I don't really know why but I love Tootsie. I seriously watch it whenever I am a bit sad and it really cheers me up.

My mom is obsessed with Tootsie and it's one of the few movies (besides The Muppet Movie!) I was allowed to watch as a kid.  Who is your favorite director?

John Waters of course. Also John Carpenter, David Lynch, Todd Haynes, David Cronenberg.

John Waters is brilliant. I think Todd Haynes is one of the best of the younger generation for sure.  Maybe someday he will be named at the Oscars!  I doubt John ever will though.  Well, actually, with his career who knows!  I guess I would never count him out.  That would rule. What is your favorite thing about working at Amoeba?

I love being surrounded by a bunch of music nerds that love music and movies as much as I do. I really learn something new here every single day.

Thank you for your time!  I'll miss you.

welcome to my blog!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 30, 2007 03:41pm | Post a Comment
Hello everybody and welcome to my new blog for Amoeba! I am sure your number will multiply and there will be thousands of you reading this in a couple of weeks. I will mostly be discussing music and new releases on this blog, but I will also be talking a lot about all my favorite tv shows being released on DVD. All of the seasons of Golden Girls are now on dvd -- I will find some way to talk about them. You know there has got to be an amazing box set including all the seasons in some amazing palm tree packaging! I will be talking about the new albums that are getting me excited and the old albums that I discover. Every Tuesday I will talk about everything relevant to me that is coming out that week in both music and dvd. And most weeks I will be talking about Morrissey or one of my other obsessions.

 I just got my tix yesterday to see him in Denver, and I am of course very excited! I might get some more tix for a few other shows. I just might have to. He is finally making his way to visit his fans in the states and doing a real tour after releasing two albums with no u.s. tour. I already made the trip down to Pasadena last month to go see him and the show was awesome! You can't really understand how great he is live until you actually see him with thousands of other crazy Morrissey fans. It really is life altering. Ok, thanks for reading...it's gonna be a lot of fun...I promise...Brad