Here I am, after a great absence, struggling to put into words the myriad of things that have happened since my last newsletter. Suffice to say, I am very much alive and well as I joyfully continue my crusade to bring a touch of Love !n” Laughter to lives of others. I have continued [...]
CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE NOIR AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE-BANGKOK NOIR
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once again in the guise of bespoke noir poet, I cross the threshold of the scene of many a literary crime, the Foriegn Correspondents Club in the noir heart of Bangkok. The venue is celebrating the book launch of, Bangkok Noir. Christopher G. Moore greets [...]
A WRITER’S PERSPECTIVE ON DISNEY’S GRAND THEFT AUTO I am a screenwriter and playwright in England with my latest work, ´It Started With A Touch´, a family drama, to be staged at the Barons Court Theatre in London on the 5th to the 18th September 2011, following a successful short run at the New Wimbledon [...]
DARK CABARET-BOOK LAUNCH
The book launch for the Nouvelle Vague inspired photo-cinema book, Dark Cabaret, was celebrated at the Warp Studio in Bangkok. The venue is a converted warehouse hard by the Sheraton Riverside on the shores of the Chao Phraya river. It is situated in a cosy warren of art galleries, [...]
Boaz Zippor, celebrated Bangkok photographer and promoter of the arts greets me at the entrance to his art studio and private gallery. It is located in a multi level house, the patio grounds have been converted into a bar, the ground floor and upper tier house an eclectic collection of paintings, collages and photographs conceived [...]
The Thailand premiere of Carmen conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul, was performed with spoken dialogue in French, as was conceived by the composer Bizet. The venue was the Thailand Cultural Center. At the ticket queue I encounter film actor Krystal Vee, she is the star of The Lazarus Papers directed by Jeremiah Hundley, and has just [...]
A NIGHT OF BUTOH, POETRY AND ART- BOKA GALLERY
By Antonio Pineda
Boaz Zippor greets me at the entrance to Boka Gallery in the Saphan-Kwai area of Bangkok. He lights up a cigarette, as he greets his guests and discourses at length on painting and photography.
“My photographic art in this exhibition is as raw [...]
Mark Ebner Six Degrees of Paris Hilton
SIX DEGREES OF PARIS HILTON AUTHOR MARK EBNER BOOK REVIEW BY ANTONIO PINEDA
I met author-journalist Mark Ebner in Bangkok in the wake of the David Carradine affair. He is a graduate of Bard College. Mark was once addicted to drugs and alcohol, but is now teetotal. [...]
CARLOS SANTANA-MASON RUFFNER THE BLUES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Il y ya un temp, once upon a time, back in the halcyon days of the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, my childhood mates and I organized the Straight Theatre, an old cinema recrafted into a psychedelic ballroom. The Dead, James Cotton, John [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA AND ALEC CHRISTIE
Baseline, an independent film shot on location in London, will have its world premiere on Tuesday 29th June at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London’s West End.
Directed by Brendon O’Loughlin, it is a visceral underworld crime drama set among the warring factions [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Boy George affects a spectacular entrance in the foyer of the Sheraton Hotel, hard by the Pratmnak hill in Pattaya, overlooking the cozy cove next to the Royal Cliff Hotel. The Boy is resplendent in makeup, lipstick and a pink hat on which a glam Jolly Roger flies embedded in rhinestones. [...]
THE HAPPY HOOKER XAVIERA HOLLANDER MUSE AND SEXOLOGIST BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The airplane soars high above the Amsterdamned, as the Voodoo Chile downs a vodka tonic. High above the clouds I fly, no mercy for the Philistines quoth the Superfly. Le revanche du le Voodoo Chile, as I clear customs at Schipol and board the [...]
The Beat Culture is now receiving its due as a major American art movement. The halcyon days of the Haight- Ashbury live in the pages of history, my childhood mates and I founded the Straight Theatre . The Beat Poet Michael McClure lived on Downey St. We premiered his theatre piece, The Blossom, with [...]
A Magickal Evening of Poetry and Music
8pm Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Please join Antonio Pineda, author of “The Magick Papers,” in the Clubhouse as he reads from his new collection of poetry, “Poets at the Gates of Dawn.”
He’ll be accompanied by the chilled beat electronic sounds of DJ Darryl spinning a [...]
CHAMPAGNE X- THAI FILM GODDESS BY ANTONIO PINEDA Peter Rnic, character actor extraordinaire, waits for me in front of the Kings Table. Peter is conspiring to put Sawadee Pattaya Tv on the map. The Amsterdam Connection, Ron and Donovan, cameramen on the shoot hover about waiting for the arrival of Champagne X. The Dutch Connection and [...]
Jim Belushi: Steal my show!
by Joel Gershon
In town for the Bangkok International Film Festival, the sitcom star shares his impressions of Thailand’s food, football access and bootleg DVDs
Jim Belushi on the red carpet at Thursday night’s opening for the Bangkok International Film Festival
Actor Jim Belushi recently arrived in Thailand to [...]
THE ROLLING STONE CONNECTION AS TOLD BY NICHOLAS WEDGWOOD EVANS AS TOLD TO ANTONIO PINEDA
The story all began back in the halcyon days of the British Invasion, in London at a bar, The Last Resort. It was situated on the Fulham Road, opposite Warwick Road, in SW3 hard by Saint Johns Wood. Nick Evans [...]
CAMERON DIAZ – MAN, WOMAN, FILM THE MOTION PICTURE PRODUCED, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CAMERON PEARSON BY ANTONIO PINEDA – PHOTOGRAPH OF CAMERON DIAZ BY HENRI FALCONE
Pearson and Diaz
Producer, actor, director Cameron Pearson invites me inside his well appointed penthouse in a trendy area of Bangkok. In 1999 he shot Man Woman [...]
Juan Antonio – Flamenco
JUAN ANTONIO DE LOS REYES-FLAMENCO AMBASSADOR BY ANTONIO PINEDA
I met Juan Antonio De Los Reyes in Madrid. He was the only other dancer in the dance studio at El Amor De Dios with long hair. He was a hippie during the dictatorship of Genarilissimo Franco which took a lot [...]
CHARACTER ACTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
AFTERMATH – DAVID CARRADINE MORGUE PIX BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread. I stride across the opulent lobby of the Swissotel Nailert Park, take the lift to the 5th floor, where investigative journalist Mark Ebner admits me to his suite. He has had dinner with Dr. Pornthip, the famous Thai [...]
Winters talked with Chuck and Tiffany, the agents for Carradine. The actor was lined up for work years in advance. People of a certain social class always have the obligatory gold Rolex watch, diamond ring and gold chain plus the mandatory roll of mad money in their billfold. No mention was made of this by police. David produces the wild card from the deck. He contends that a katoey, ie a ladyboy or transexual, could have easily possessed the strength to murder Carradine. Katoeys are part and parcel of the Bangkok scene. They blend into the fabric of the demimonde. They are often indistinguishable from the real deal. [...]
I am a blogger on the scene in Bangkok at the hotel where Carradine died and am blogging about this on http://magickpapers.com/blog
ICON OF AN AMERICAN FILM DYNASTY BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The announcer for the BBC breaks the story on TV. David Carradine was found dead in the Swiss Hotel on Soi Nailert. The film [...]
David Carradine dies in Bangkok
David Carradine, died in Bangkok on Wednesday, was a sly, devilish, and at times downright freaky, movie presence who, when he appeared onscreen, automatically made matters twice as interesting.
Carradine’s dramatic skills were recognized by such directors as Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, and Hal Ashby who cast him in, [...]
DIRECTED BY LAB KY MO BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Lab Ky Mo, director of Monks and Mamasans, strides impatiently and peers into the camera lense as he awaits the set up for the next shot. The venue is the Peppermint a-go-go bar. Comely damsels are on stage, as the featryred actor Brendan Mackey prepares for his [...]
CONFESSIONS OF A DAY PLAYER PART 2 DARK BRIDGES DIRECTED BY MARCELO VON SCHWARTZ
The Furama Hotel is the venue for the shoot for Dark Bridges, directed by Marcelo Von Schwartz. It is a boutique hotel situated next to the prestigios Siam Society in Bangkok. Attired in the guise of bespoke poet , I join [...]
from the organizers of BarCamp Bangkok
We still have a lot to do because we are making this Barcamp a truly awesome Barcamp. We need people to jump in and make things happen.
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2009 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Bug and Bee Coffee House, Silom Road at Saladaeng Station Map to [...]
Just a quick note to let you know that Barcamp Bangkok 3 dates have been announced.
Barcamp Bangkok 3 will be held on May 23-24, 2009 at Sripatum University.
We will have more details and open registration shortly. We will send another announcement when registration is open.
For more details on why Barcamp Bangkok 3 [...]
STRIPTEASE AS AN ART FORM BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once upon a time in America, the striptease was elevated to an art form. Ecydiasts were trained in classical ballet. Their acts were superbly choreographed and contained elements of the theatre. Unlike the lap dancers of todaywho perform buck naked and leave little to the imagination, the [...]
Attended barcamp Bangkok. As I entered faculty of engineering an arrow pointed to barcamp and undeneath were the words “geeks this way” I registered got a t-shirt . As always, my topic got 3 votes so i was not invited to speak . Lunch was bangup . The evening roadhouse greek party was good fun [...]
received from Richard Rubacher BANGKOK, Thailand (Wireless Flash FlashNews) – Oprah and a Thai hooker have much more in common than people think. According to Richard Rubacher, who’s penning a book tentatively titled The Nirvana Tickle, both ladies have mastered the art of reaching ultimate nirvana, or happiness.
Rubacher has been studying people who have [...]
Are You Ready for Barcamp Bangkok 2?
This is a reminder that Barcamp Bangkok 2 is coming up this Saturday and Sunday August 30th and 31st.
Register for this event and hear the author of this blog talk about “Blogging the Film and Nightlife Scene in Bangkok”
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LE SALON DES TANGO BY ANTONIO PINEDA
The motorcycle taxi whips down soi 49, winds past Samitivej Hospital and deposits me at the entrance to a small sub-soi. A plaque against a wall marks the residence of His Excellency Don Felipe Frydman, Argentine Ambassador to Thailand. Felipe greets me at the door, a mirror by [...]
Synopsis Inyaki Andoni Goigochea comes to Madrid to seek his fortune. The young Basque is rounded up by corrupt Spanish police in a sting operation.He is tortured by rogue police who specialize in ripping off drugs dealers as a lucrative entreprise. In prison Inyaki is radicalized by ETA. On his release he tracks his torturers [...]
The death of the Spanish dictator Generalissimo Franco in 1975 ushered in extreme changes in society. The political compass swung from extreme right to left, and from the ashes of fascism emerged the phoenix of a new art movement, La Movida Madrilena.
This glorious epoch intrioduced new faces and injected modern values in Spain. The [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
I lord it up at the wrap party producer Raine Grady hosts at Ali Baba a hip venue in Pattaya. The shoot by award winning British director Lab Ky Mo has gone down a storm. Locations varied from the fashionable Peppermint A-Go Go to the Orchid Massage Parlour and the sexed up [...]
Tony on flickr on SaffronSicko’s photostream.
HIGH ART AND UNDERGROUND BANGKOK RADIO www.ubradio.net BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Once again it is time to resume the guise of bespoke poet. I suss out my vestuary designed by my bespoke tailor in Bangkok Lucky Ricky. Black silk suit and shirt are complemented by blue tie. I am back in black, bespoke spake Zarathustra. quoth [...]
I am honored to announce that I have been invited to attend the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival on June 27 to launch my own documentary produced by John Patrick Patti, and directed by Robert Dunlap: “Xaviera Hollander – the Happy Hooker, Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary”. From July 29th to August 1st this documentary will [...]
XAVIERA HOLLANDER THE HAPPY HOOKER BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Last summer i was invited to read from my novel in progress by Mila Jansen at the Hemp Bar in Amsterdam. I crashed at the crib of my dear friend Michael Burke on the Johannes Verhuylstraat, not far from Leidseplein, in the heart of the city. Xaviera [...]
BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Bangkok author Richard Rubacher and I roll off the BTS train at Siam Station and wend our way to La Scala, venue for the Bangkok International Film Festival. We go to a desk where Umberto, a charming bloke from the Italian Embassy, issues us VIP passes. La Scala is a marvelous piece [...]
THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Beware the dog days of summer when good and evil are kissing cousins sky bright with the winged horse of thunder the honeysuckle beckons and threatens
She resides in the genetic lacunae drinks in the bars of Hollywood Boulevard wild pagan fecundity her animae glassy filaments of brain evoke a communard
UBRADIO.NET–UNDERGROUND MUSIQUE ELECTRONIQUE DJ AMNESTY ROCKS THE HOUSE BY ANTONIO PINEDA
I contract a motorcycle taxi outside the Grace Hotel in Bangkok to take me to Khao San Road, the Bohemian sector of town. The motorcycle rages and swerves through traffic, it is a sultry eve , the rainclouds above dark, thunder booms signalling the [...]
TANGO, TANGOING, POEMS AND ART ILLUSTRATIONS AND POEMS OF MONG LAN WRITTEN BY ANTONIO PINEDA
Born in Saigon Mong Lan fled Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. She recieved her Mater of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. She was the recipient of a Wallace E Stegner Fellowshipfor [...]
Antonio may be attending DrupalCamp which will be held on Saturday May 24, 2008 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
10:00 – Registration, Post topics 10:45 – Set Agenda 11:00 – Start! 13:00 – Lunch 14:00 – Afternoon Sessions 17:00 – Wrap Up Session 18:00 – Leave Building
There will also be an almost-all-day “Intro to Drupal” [...]
OCEAN FANTASIES AND DREAMS BY ANTONIO PINEDA
F-Stop gallery in Bangkok was the venue for an exhibit of underwater photo imagery by Alex Wu. A totally unique art form creates new sensations via a lense by combining water and modern imagery tecniques. Alex was born in Singapore, educated in Toronto and Vancouver and resides in [...]
The Coronation of King Naresuan
By Antonio Pineda
Dawn flowers over the trees and bushes of the old military base in Kanchanaburi, site of the shoot for the motion picture King Naresuan 3. The minivan rumbles through the grounds, occupied by five gorgeous Thai actresses [...]
This video by magickpapers blogmeister is getting thousands of hits on google, it features Casey Mckinnon, Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Pierzina, and Leah Culver. Stars of bloggerdom now rock stars.