look What I found!

We all know what happens when we don’t check our email or our blog mail. Today I finally decided to check my MYSPACE and look at what I found..an email from Mary Jordan the film distorter…..I have posted it in it’s entirety…but I will copy it here as well. I think I will respond to it line by line or should I say defamation by defamation.This was posted on my website Mary Jordan said… Jack Smith NEVER appointed you at the end of his life. He never even mentioned your name. the only reason you got to his bedside is because you had a car. From Penny: Mary Jordan..How would you know? Even Mark Russell of Performance Space 122 wrote in the catalog of The New Museum’s EAST VILLAGE USA show how my lighting designer Lori E Seid and I made a bed ON MY STAGE for Jack in my August 1989 show so that Jack could see the show and be there as he didnt want to be alone in his apartment when I was caring for him. Jack died in September of 1989 when you were in high school or most likely boarding school far from the East Village. You came out of the ether in 2002 sent by Jack’s deathbed enemy Irving Rosenthal. You lied to me about your credentials as a film maker saying you had made several films on human rights and since I am a feminist as well as someone who wanted the best for Jack Smith I recommended you to Jim Hoberman, strongly suggesting that you would be a good person to make a film about Jack (non one else had EVER asked, and while I intended to someday make a documentary on Jack , I was happy to help you make one…

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Q&A re Jack Smith

I will be happy to answer all your questions on Jack smith. I am usually known for my cooperation. I only have issues when people get me stoned before an interview and then spring questions on me from events that occured 15 years before and then make my confusion about dates and who , what where into a kind of proof that I am lying, which was what occured in my distressful interview with Mary Jordan when I had been told in advance that I would be asked questions about Jack Smith’s work and philosophy and instead I was asked why I didn’t call Jack’s sister and tell her Jack had Aids and was in the hospital as if that was my decision to make when Jack was 57 years old, completely sane and self directed and was emphatic about making his own decisions Anyway up until I brought up if he wanted anyone notified like family for instance, he never spoke abut his sister and only then said he hated her, didn’t want to be in touch with her and that they had been estranged for years. I am sorry to be this blunt. I spent years NOT talking about what Jack said about his sister whike he was in the hospital and testories he told about her and her husbands cruelty towards him. The unfortunate thing in a case like this is that there will always be real investigtions and press reports that will have to revealthe real story of Jack, his death and what has happened since. That aside, I know everything about what was in Jack’s apartment sine I had been taking care of him hands on before he went into the hospital and he was very specific about what he did with his work…and what…

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Gay Pride.The Kevin Aviance Story

On friday I spoke to Kevin Aviance and we booked his flight to LA to appear at Outfest 06 with me. Tonight I just visited him in Beth Israel Hospital two blocks from where he was jumped and beaten by several boys hours after I had spoken to him friday night. Kevin and I were excited that he would be dancing in the 15 year show anniversery of Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! Earlier that day I had been on the phone with Freeze , my dance captain for the revival of B!D!F!W! for OUTFEST 06’s Platinum Series. Freeze had recommended Kevin when it turned out that James ‘Tigger” ferguson , couldn’t get the time off from his rehersal for a Shakespeare show he was doing later this summer. “Kevin Aviance?” I said.”Kevin Aviance?? “Do you think he would want to do it?” I asked doubtfully. Frankly , after how the downtown art scene has changed over the past 15 years, I am used to much less accomplished performers with far less experience than the 15 years Kevin has been at it, being insulted and arrogant if you suggested having them appear in a show they are not the star of.Of course in a Penny Arcade show..If you are a star..you shine! because as people ought to know..that what makes a real star! I myself have always continued to work with anyone whose work interested me, but more and more the rampant careerism of downtown had led to performers who because they don’t realize that there is actually NOWHERE to get to with their careerism, out and out steal other performers material, leave the names of people who influenced their work out of their resumes and other actions that frankly make my skin crawl. I had become a bit jaded , thinking that someone…

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The New East Village

I just recieved a call telling me that kevin Aviance, the great performer and singer was attacked last night coming out o fa club in the East Village, jumped by 4 men.

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When the Roosters come home to Roost

People continue to ask me what is occurring with Jack Smith’s work, which has been under threat for four years since one of the strangest sagas of my life began.It started as the cab pulled up in front of my building in 2002. I was returning from the most harrowing tour of my life with a group of young women who were all with the exception of Scarlet Harlot ,Leslie Bull ,Carol Leigh and myself under age 30. It was the Sex Workers Art Show Tour . This idea like the idea of ‘gay role models’ fills me with distrust and a kind of embarrassment. I mean, why not have The Plumbers Art Show Tour? It makes as much sense. but as we know SEX SELLS SOAP. At the time however I decided to give the ringleader of Sex Worker Arts Show , Tara the benefit of the doubt in the face of my complete bitter paranoia which is based on repeatedly being fucked over by women my entire life…I had been booked on to the Sex Worker Art Show Tour without being asked if I wanted to go , if I was available for the dates etc AND booked across country in 30 cities by this Tara who parades as Annie Oakley ( managing to hide her identity publicly while outing everyone else) At the time I thought itwas simply a mistake, that she had been excited about having me on the tour and simply didn’t know (????) that you have to book someone BEFORE you book the gig. Later I realized , she just used my name to book her tour, since she couldn’t book anything on the strength of her own NON-Performance skills. At the end of the 30 city tour which turned out to be an…

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The Pajama Game

Just got home after my first gig at Parkside Lounge. Here in the studio..reggae plays softly in the background Francesco our guest from Rome, now a dear friend and a great painter is hard at work painting..he usually paints all night every day..see his work at www.homepage.mac.com/francescomasci. Tonight I could hardly leave the house..after 4 and 1/2 hours of sleep last night I headed up to Mt Sinai to see Dr Alvin Tierstein..the pulmonary grand master as I try to get to cured from the cure I was on for Hepatitis C. Tierstein has a Sarcodosis Clinic and research study on this elusive auto imune disease. People who know me well..ie who see in person know that I have had a Sarcoidosis like symptoms at the end of my Hepatitis protocol. Dry cough, shortness of breath on exertion. last year this time I was doing 4 to 5 days a week of 1 1/2 hours of aerobics…today I could step up and down on a box for 3 minutes!!! The technician put me on oxygen!! Apparently the oxygen in my blood was going DOWN with excercise…tonight before my performance the great voice teacher (and singer) Barbara Meirer rightfully said she sensed that I wasn’t letting go of carbon monoxide….yes!Barbara and I met at Debbie Harry’s party for Blondie’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame as the great Chryssie Hynde refers to it,and instantly were ‘reunited’ as if we have been friends for decades… the same night I met Josh Kilmer Purcell , one of my newest ‘real ‘friends ..check out his book the whimsical and earnest “I am not myself these Days” www.iamnotmyselfthesedays.com Anyway…I wasn’t in the mood to go out, much less perform, much less leave my bed…I slept for three hours and then woke up…

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Today is the first day of the rest of your..huh?

Hello!!! Today is June 6th 2006 or as 50 percent of America likes to call it 666the mark of the devil..there are born again Christians all over America wondering if today is the day they get pulled out of their cars on the freeway and up into the arms of Jesus. Truly, even for me, a glittered in the lame’ Zen-Buddhist-Sufi- Kali-Karma-Franciscan-Carmelite’ it feels like the end days..or as I find myself frequently asking..”Will it never end?” Just a glance at the news and I want to head for a secluded strip of rainforest or mediteranian mountain strong hold.Which I am going to do anyway at the end of July. get me out of this country, it is like a car without a driver.Plus , in NY me and alot of people can’t breathe between some as yet un-named pollution, higher than ever allergins and with apparently no city planning…we have a building per block going up or being torn down..the air fetid with dust, dried rat juice and different enviormental hazards. meanwhile many of you ask me about the Jack Smith case..it keeps fullfiling Jack’s fears..that hippie munchkin Irving Rosenthal of the legendery Kaliflower San Francisco SSI comune that was the nesting ground of Cockettes and others who were influenced by the brilliant but disturbed Rosenthal.It was Rosenthal who gave us Mary Jordan, the supposed film maker who has brough the world her version of Jack Smith’s life. I refuse to see it until it is in open release..I can’t deal with seeing her in person..not that I have ever recognised her, she morphs constantly but I hear she’s blonde like me these days..her emails to me “I have found no proof in my research that you ever knew Jack Smith” or her phone calls “Look you love Jack…

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Enron Twins Go To Jail..There’s Hope!

First of all thanks to Liberation Iannillo who is my communications mentor!!! for creating my blog site as well as my MySpace place and my new website pennyarcade.tv find him at www.iannillo.com I find it very auspicious that I start my blog on the day the evil ENRON TWINS are sentenced to prison for decades…their perfidy signaled the complete collapse of ethics in the United States. I will be so excited on September 11th the day of their sentencing…I will be in Italy but I will be rejoicing with human beings everywhere!!! Well, I have to check with Liberation for how I’m doing!!lovePenny Lay, Skilling Convicted in Enron TrialBy KRISTEN HAYS, AP HOUSTON (May 25) — Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history.The Enron VerdictsA jury has decided on charges that Enron’s top executives hid fraud from investors and enriched themselves illegally.

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