It’s beginning to look a lot like a Dirty Looks Christmas.
Los Angeles’ premier queerdo film org hosted their third annual Holiday Bazaar last Friday night at East Hollywood’s indoor-outdoor gay leather bar, Faultline, and it one-upped last year’s fete at every turn.
Inside, queer vendors filled the walls and barstools with soaps, ceramics, tees and sex toys—all the stocking stuffers you could possibly pine for. Wacky Wacko was on hand with their new Divine collaboration, along with stained glass by Harpal Sodhi, ceramics by Aimee Goguen, handmade soaps by Sven Soapright, vintage queer literature from Everlasting Family Secret, “wreoths” by Peppré Ann, and wares by Lambe Culo, which held down the political fort with FUCK ICE tees, prints, and handmade dog collars.
The cheeky sampling was rounded out by additional goods supplied by Machine, L.A.G. Vintage, Semiotext(e), Oak NYC, Homo AF, and the Pleasure Chest. And just in case you still didn’t find what you were looking for, a harnessed Santa Claus from theTom of Finland Foundation was on hand lending his lap to all your naughtiest wish list items.
Outside, the crowd lapped up an appearance by RuPaul’s Drag Race oddball Tammie Brown, who decked the halls with gonzo holiday numbers like “Coal In Your Stocking” and “Candy Cane Kisses.” Up next was iconic Chloe Sevigny impersonator Drew Droege, who read from a “ChrEEStmaSS LEEst” scrawled on the back of a SAG/AFTRA residuals check and asked dear Saint Nick for “an agitated arctic fox wearing festive nipple adornments by Carolina Herrera, the dismissal and dissolution of Lena Dunham, and a new year filled with legendary children, women in command, the president in prison, and dirty dirty looks.”
Closing out the performances was LA-based trans punk outfit Trap Girl, whose lead singer Drew Arriola-Sands wields serious star power that’s equal parts Ronnie Spector, Jayne County, and Tally Brown. A DJ set by Neon Music followed, putting the icing on a seriously lurid Christmas season.
The event capped off a wild year for Dirty Looks, which pulled off a 24-hour porn theatre, a 31-day city-spanning arts festival, retrospectives for artists Chris E. Vargas, Zackary Drucker, and The Cockettes, and a 16mm screening of New York telenovela Latin Boys Go To Hell, starring photographer Mike Ruiz.
The collective is hitting the road this winter for an epic university tour in celebration of its eighth anniversary and the launch of founder Bradford Nordeen’s forthcoming podcast Memorabilia, so it looks like Christmas will keep on giving well into 2019!