Vp Issue 7: “'What’s YOUR Platform?' To be a performance artist"

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Vp Issue 7: “'What’s YOUR Platform?' To be a performance artist"

Americans have the future of our nation in our hands right now. I pray on my knees, facing the rising sun and with all my heart — that the least selfish path will prevail.

Why is it so important for musicians to get involved and to be active in their community?

EZ: Because we’re artists and as artists we are supposed to be the conscience of the culture.

AZ: It is not important. It is imperative.

AP: Music can communicate in ways that speech cannot. Like Emma Goldman replied when someone said that her dancing was too frivolous for an anarchist, “If I cannot dance, I want no part of your revolution.”

How will BETTY be involved in this year’s election? Will you be performing at any major demonstrations?

EZ: As many as it takes to make sure Bush isn’t re-elected.

AZ: We are doing benefit performances of BETTY RULES in Chicago for organizations including Planned Parenthood, Voters for Choice, Equality Illinois, Lesbian Community Cancer Project, V-Day, and Democratic Candidates for House, Senate, and the White House.

AP: Yes. We will be turning up everywhere. We’ll be updating our website at hellobetty.com/concerts with our appearances.

What advice would you give to young women trying to break into the music industry?

EZ: Have rich parents and just keep doing it, if your blood burns for it.

AZ: Follow your dream — no matter what. And always cultivate a wide circle of rich friends and lovers.

AP: If it’s your passion, simply doing it will be success enough. If you never lose sight of that, you can have the confidence, inner happiness and huge fucking eggs it takes to keep going in such a difficult field. BETTY RULES at The Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago, Illinois Watch for BETTY in The L Word next season www.bettyrules.com

Ms. Fagnet: Poppi Kramer

Everything is fodder for comic Poppi Kramer’s standup routine —from her daily conversations with her mother to The View (her bucking chicken version of Star Jones is a must-see), to the change she drops on the floor during our interview. After going to grad school for acting, Kramer fell into doing standup after a lifetime of declaring that she’d never try it. On one fateful trip to New York, she met the owner of The Duplex and has been bartending and performing at the piano bar ever since. Kramer also performs around New York City at swanky midtown gay