Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Draculacon in Windber on Sat, and last min gig in Pgh Fri!

Hey kids, as I write this I am getting ready to head to NYC, my agents
at UGLY NY got me a wonderful shoot with a photographer named Tony
Notarbernadino at the Chelsea Hotel for a coffee table book he is
planning of portraits of people, I am pretty excited about it.

I can't stay long however, as I have a last minute gig I want to warn you
about, Friday, from 5-7:30 pm I will playing with Mike Murray at the
Backstage Bar at the CLO Cabaret, off of Katz Plaza , located at 655
Penn Ave, downtown, Pittsburgh. Hope you can make it, it's also
Gallery Crawl I do believe, but I am not sure, I heard they were going
to do it, then they didn't have the $$ to do it, then I heard someone
gave them the $$ to do it... so I don't know how the inner workings of
giant funding and non profits work, I just know I am singing, and I
hope you are there, free, no cover, light menu, delicious cocktails,
be there....

Then Saturday I am headed to Draculacon in Windber, PA! I am so
excited about this I cannot tell you, David J of Bauhaus will be
there, I was a massive Love and Rockets fan as a child, and still am,
so this is really a thrill for me, I am singing and emceeing, so for
more details and info where to stay visit :

Gotta go, have to pack, always leave it til last min and have a hair
appt in 3 hours, so be well and I shall hopefully see you soon!


Friday, April 17, 2009

Hey kids,

Just a quick note to send you the link, I have a new video of one of
my new tunes online, let me know what you think!

Also a reminder I am singing at the Backstage Bar tomorrow from 5-7:30
with Mike Murray and Tony DePaolis, hope to see you there!

And next Saturday..... I vant to drink your Bloodweiser......
Draculacon is happeneing in Windber and I am the Mistress of
Saturday, April 25, 2009
2:00pm - 9:30pm
The Arcadia Theater
1418 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA

A Delightful Day of Dracula Con Speakers featuring:
$10 at door, includes night performances as well (see below for event
2 PM - 5 PM
(in the beautiful Arcadia Theater, downtown center of Windber)

(VFW next to the Arcadia Theatre, downtown center of Windber)
Free! Please come down and donate your blood!
9 AM - 2 PM

The Harris Funeral Home will be bringing their fabulous motorcycle
hearse, to be parked out front the Arcadia for the day!

Host and emcee:

Event organizer:
BLAIR MURPHY, filmmaker of Jugular Wine, owner of the Grand Midway Hotel, and your host for Dracula Con, speaks on Count Dracula, Bram Stoker, and this event.

"Mondo Bizarro Real Vampire Tales!"
Author of the underground classic Vampires Among Us, the fan book The
Complete Vampire Companion, and the authoritative The Encyclopedia of
Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters.

Deliciously-creepy fine artist of Inky Dreadfuls.

"The Space of Desire and the Hammer Dracula Films"
Catherine S Cox, PhD, teaches in the Humanities Division at the
University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown campus, specializing in biblical and
medieval literature and gender studies. She's published two books,
"Gender and Language in Chaucer" (1997) and "The Judaic Other in Dante, the Gawain
Poet, and Chaucer" (2005), and is currently working on a third, on ethical
dilemmas framed by contiguous religious traditions.

Tim and John Frick (the Brothers Frick) have long been fascinated by
the Man in Black legend. They first began investigating MIB cases in
2002. In 2005 they were asked to portray the Men in Black for a Travel
channel documentary (Weird Travels Creepy Creatures). Since then they
have appeared on a Sci-fi documentary as the MIB and filmed with the
Biography channel for a show that has yet to be released. They have
also portrayed the MIB at various parties and conventions, and have
appeared as MIB every year since 2005 at the Mothman festival in Point
Pleasant, WV.

"Magic and the Paranormal Influence within the Vampire Myth"
Voxx is listed in the national best-selling book, "America's Top 100 Psychics," where she is featured as the world's youngest and most accurate Psychic.

"Early Hollywood, light and shadow, and the films Dracula and Nosferatu"
Silent film professor Bill Eggert says the reason he loves silent film so much is because the work transforms us to a world that seems underwater, full of magic and unique haunting beauty. Having spoken at several other Grand Midway events, Bill is a familiar good friend to the local scene as well as a filmmaker himself.

Dinner Break
5 PM - 6:30 PM

DRACULA FEST NIGHT... Continuation!
Note: If you paid for the first portion, you do not have to pay for this.
The $10 covers day and night, no discounts will be given for just the night portion.
(Arcadia Theater)
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


"Children of the night! What sweet music they make!"

Next, as if all that wasn't enough, the legendary David J, of the seminal goth band Bauhaus and later Love and Rockets, and underground legend Damien Youth, lead performer for decade of Anne Rice Halloween parties, along with Pittsburgh's very own classical violinist Paul
Dvorchak, join forces to make history one night only performing a slow deconstructed acoustic version of the classic all-time goth masterpiece Bela Lugosi's Dead! It just doesn't get much cooler than this...

"The climax of the night: A screening of the classic silent film
NOSFERATU set to live music by Devil Music Ensemble"
The Devil Music Ensemble, formed in Boston in 1999, is comprised of Brendon Wood on guitars, lap steel, and synthesizer; Jonah Rapino on electric violin, vibraphone, and synthesizer; and Tim Nylander on drums, percussion and synthesizer.

will be there!
The Southwestern Pennsylvania League of Apparition
Technologists is a professional team dedicated to aiding those
tormented by apparitions and the paranormal.

Finally, the folks who run the famed Pittsburgh Comic Con will be here showing off their goods for sale. Their store, Comics World, is actually located in downtown Windber, and will be staying open late to accommodate all vampiric DraculaCon guests!

DRACULA FEST is a scholastic, history-oriented day and night of entertainment. Some of the material being of the vampire mythos will be mature. This is a serious event, not appropriate for children younger than 17 years of age. Costumes are naturally welcomed for the day.

WINDBER, PA is located next to Johnstown, PA, about an hour and a half
East of Pittsburgh.

This event is growing. The times are apt to shift a tad as more ghouls and friendly fiends have begun to crawl from their crypts to join us as well... As J. Gordon Melton used to say, "We hope to blow your coffin lids off." Please check back in with this web site for further details.

Local Housing if needed:
Richland Inn
1540 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 814-269-3366
rates $51.00

Holiday Inn Express
1440 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 814-266-8789
rates $94.00

Hope to see you there!!!

Lastly, it has occurred to me in my personal grief over the loss of my friend Tom, I forgot that I was remiss in my last email by not mentioning that we as a city have been in mourning for 2 weeks now for the fallen men who swore to protect us. There is nothing I can say that has not already been said, we lost three good men who deserved better than to go out at the hands of a lunatic. I just hope we as a city can be deserving of people like that, I think it will be hard to
live up to how good they were but we owe it to them and their families to try and be the people who could deserve the protection of people like that. Rest in peace Officers Sciullo , Kelly, and Mayhle. You left us far too soon. Thank you for your sacrifice, may we be worthy of your untimely passing.

May the universe and all her mercy bless you and your families, we don't know how long we may or may not have, so tell the ones you love that you love them today and don't wait for tomorrow.

Yours til you can't stand it anymore,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

the Angel of Death didn't miss all of us...

So I hope you had a lovely Pesach or Easter or Beltane or whatever it is you personally celebrate, me, I do it all..... I like colored eggs with haroses with bitter herbs, but I don't think they eat much at Beltane, I think eating is not really not the primary focus of that particular may not have even happened just yet, I think it might be just around the corner, I need to check my Pagan/ Judeo-Christian datebook..... that said I hope you all had a wonderful time. I know I did, I went to dinner and sacrilegiously enjoyed the ham and the eggs and I even made a new taste treat called "White Trash" which is comprised of chex mix , pretzels, peanuts and chow mein noodles mixed up with white chocolate morsels. I forgot the m and m's and the mini marshmallows, but it was still a gastronomical circus for all to share.

And as usual I digress.... I hope you are available this Saturday? I am singing at the Backstage Bar (at Katz Plaza and CLO Cabaret space, katy corner from the Benedum downtown, Pittsburgh) at 655 Penn Ave. The show is from 5 - 7:30 pm and it is FREE FREE FREE! Also playing downtown that night is Rent, so make a night of it and check us out before the show! Joining me will be Mike Murray on keys and Tony DePaolis on bass. Stop in for some music and have a cocktail....
For more info you can call the host desk: 412-325-6769

Earlier that day at about 3, I will be singing a few songs at the tree planting we are holding in honor of the memory of my dear and very missed friend, Jay Bernard. He was an incredible artist, and community activist. His store Jay Design still sells the best soap I have ever used. We will be celebrating his life with the planting of a tree at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville at 2:45 pm. I will sing a couple songs before I need to run downtown, I loved Jay very much and the tree will be a living tribute to his wild and very flowery spirit.

While I don't like to dwell overly much on the passing of my friends, when you lose one it just hurts, especially when they leave before any of us were ready to say good bye. Jay Bernard was one such man, and another was Tom Kennedy, who left us this past Sunday. While I was sitting down to a lovely ham and ravioli dinner in Bethel Park with Tommy Amoeba's wonderful family, my friend Tom Kennedy was taken from us on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, a rip tide pulled him under and when his friend Mike pulled him to shore, was unable to be revived. I
don't want to think so much about how he left us as who he was and the art he made. I would like you to check out his art and say a little something to whomever you pray to , he was a good man and I will miss him so very much.

Here is a picture I took while riding his Green Dream Machine, we are looking at his roommate Dana Albany's sculpture, The Bone Tree.

His blog

A tribute on Laughingsquid

His project for Dino Demolition Derby

Pictures by my cousin Jon Alloway

We will miss him and the art he didn't get to make for a long time. Please get to know who he was. He was such a good friend and supporter of me and my music, and please pray for his family, he is survived by his wife, 2 brothers and his mother.

Love and light, remember, we are not promised tomorrow so live the shit out of today, Mandee

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Really I am a skinny republican...

April Fools!

Ok, now that's over, I should state that I consider today a holy day, one spent best in meditation and plans for the future. The art of the fool is sacred and if no one gives you reason to question reality than what's the point? But tomorrow we were made to party.....

Allow me to remind you I am singing at Pegasus Lounge tomorrow Thursday April 2, 2009 at 10 pm, joining me will be dancer Maria Hamer of Boheme Dance Studios & Zafira Dance Co. Also, I am so pleased to announce the debut performance of one of Pittsburgh's young queens my
friend Gabriella! Do come out and celebrate with us!

Pegasus Lounge
818 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh , downtown, 18+ with ID , $3

And for your viewing pleasure, my attempt to sing in Turkish last Sunday night with Nick Ragheb's band , Kirik Hava. We opened up for Eastern Blok, it was a pretty cool show. I promise to memorize all the words the next time I do this, in fact, I should just learn Turkish (I had a Turkish man tattooed on my arm years ago...) Speaking of which, have you checked out the new Istanbul Grill location? Coshkun's got a lunch counter downtown right next to Dominion Towers on Liberty. Super tasty dude, and the food's good too of course (ba da ching! APRIL
FOOLS!!! - slap knee here) seriously, the food is really yummy ..... I think Kirik Hava is playing his Shadyside/East Liberty location across from Giant Eagle Market District on April 10, mayhap I shall see you there?

Til then check it on the youtube n'at!

And here is a lovely photo of me that my friend Cindi Steuber's boyfriend Mario Schirripa took of me at the Boheme Center for Dance student recital last week!