Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hi All in we do these fancy newsletters with lots of info and pictures and it finally occurred to us that maybe this is the same sort of stuff that our blog readers who aren't on our e-mail list might want to read...ALL TRUTH! NO LIES!!! and love love love!!
Believe what you want.


Welcome back 2 school ya foolz!


At the end of August we gathered together to break bread and drink wine for our yearly Dirt Palace Summit. The biggest change that is coming is implentation of an OVERLORD system where each member of the collective undertakes visualization and planning for making different parts of our space better, faster, stronger. Divisions include Printshop Overlord, Woodshop Overlord, Capitalism Overlord, Library Overlord, Internet Take-Over Overlord, Public Overlord, Window Overlord, and General Beauty Overlord.

Sounds naaaasty if you ask me!


Also at the end of August we had Franny Choi and Richard E. Bump appear for another installment of Sweltering Shelves.

"Franny Choi is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer and youth arts mentor. She has been a finalist in both the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her play Mask Dances was produced at Rites and Reason Theater in 2011, and her literary work has appeared in Fringe Magazine, The Java Monkey Speaks Anthology, Issues Magazine, and the College Hill Independent."

"REB (Richard E. Bump) is a zinester, publisher, prisoner-activist and filmmaker. In publication since 1992, his seminal queer zine, Fanorama, has been referred to as the "grand-daddy of the queer zine scene. REB has been shooting Super-8 film since 1994.

Post-event commments included such nice words as,
"wow. what a great evening of art and camaraderie. many thanks for the invite and the sweet sweaty vibe. it felt like showing home movies in a big communal living room full of family and friends."
-Richard Bump.


The Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery has received a project grant through Rhode Island State Council of the Arts!

Thanks RISCA! 

Stay tuned next month to see photos of our August and September Installation Artists Kimi Rich and Joseph Skorupa!


We're artists! We're artists with an exhibition and performance in THE BIG APPLE!

Please join us for The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace performance, sale and exhibition.

Performance: Xander, Pippi, Olivia, J.R. and friends will be performing Thursday, September 27th at Soho20 Gallery in Chelsea. Show starts at 7pm!

The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace is a multi-media performance that explores constructing and performing femininities through a series of vignettes framed by the explicit explanations of Madame Von Malt Liqueur, our narrator whose narrative is drunk on all of the love in the air and full of repetition and lies. Madame Von Malt Liqueur knows that every story is a story of survival and that in order to make sense, a story must have at least a beginning. The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace has at least five beginnings; each presenting a navigation of contemporary womanhood that draw on personal experience as a point of departure to present diverse femininities that are not a reaction to or imitation of male power. Combining traditional storytelling, aggressive magic realism, surrealism, awkward realism, and utilizing puppetry, video, song, ritual, objects and dance The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace is a mystical look at what femininity might be -- fluid, constructed, individual and sometimes a little wasted.

Sale: Also on Thursday the 27th, the people of the palace will be selling zines, apparel, prints and much much more!

Exhibition: The DP will be filling Soho20 with prints, sculptures, paintings, comics, puppets, drawings and videos. Come to NYC and see what we've been working on!

UPDATES >>-----------> DP @ SOHO 20


When J.R. Uretsky isn't carving pumpkins for the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack O'Lantern Spectacular she is performing Women I've Known, Biblically: The Book of Santa at S M U T N I G H T!

THIS Thursday, September 6, 2012 @ 7:30 pm @ Empire Black Box Theater

xx Erotic Readings and Performances xx

Stories, Comedy, Poetry, Puppets, Music, Sex Advice, and a Sensual Raffle.

J.R. Uretsky
Dr. Jennifer Slutsky aka Dr. OMG
Serena JVE
Bart Thompson
Lady Cub
zines by Cathy G. Johnson
...and more.

Resources provided by the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.

Ages 18+, $5 suggested donation.

...And stick around afterwards for an erotic film screening: Frank Difficult presents "Adults Only" film screening with live performance at 10 PM, $3:

What?! Lady Cub the-2-piece-rap-band-featuring-J.R.-and-Kristen-in-Darth-Vader-masks is performing their hit single Jesus Christ Pussy Slayer ?!

A must see! I'm so there! There's a video!


Pippi is developing a new set of drawings and prints this fall around the concept of "the witch who's nose is a tree" and "the swirling boars"; and is collaborating on a performance with musician Rebecca Mitchell for the Dirt Palace's upcoming SOHO20 show.  She is also back in the studio with Nine Orifices to continue work on their upcoming album.
Xander is perfecting the art of stretching out these perfect late summer days, while being excited about the impending bustle of the Autumn. The list of stuff that she managed to get done this summer includes finally finishing  part one of "Big Al's T-Shirt Collection Re-direction" Here's a little bit about the project and a link:

"My uncle AJ had a legendary T-Shirt Collection. When he moved he had to downsize it considerably...As we all know, moving (especially when you're a er.."collector") is a crazy time and  when I visited him during his move he was packing his shirts up to take to the rag man...a fate that the "collector" in me could not stand to see happen...This movie is the beginning of my effort to document ALL of the ones that came my way, while getting the shirts out of my basement and into the world!  Shot at Foo Fest 2011,  Soundtrack by ZZPot. See how many familiar faces you can find!  Some of the shirts are also super rad and weird...I think worthy of a glossy coffee table book, but that's not really my if you know people who publish such things or how to make things like that happen tell me your secrets!!"

(click through for the video!)

Xander is also busy daydreaming and scheming with her partner/collaborator Ric Royer. They're working on a show that will be performed at the Blackbox in late October. It's called "FĂȘte of Mistakes: the 14th Annual Sublimated Side-Show of Everyday Brutality and Sweets" and stars a cast of delicious taunting zeppoles. Trick or Treat!! They also have a guest room that this summer housed their first "friendtern". Here's the deal with that: A friendternship is more than just an internship. It is an opportunity - part residency, part internship - to work for and to work at at two different arts spaces in Providence: 95 Empire and the Dirt Palace. A friendternship offers up to one month of free housing in Providence, with opportunities throughout your stay to work on and present your visual and/or performance work at one or both of these venues. Your weekly internship time, 20 hours total, will be divided up between these two spaces, working under the artistic director of 95 Empire and as a Studio Assistant to Xander Marro e-mail if you want more info.  

Muffy has had butts on the brain.

She is thrilled by the outpouring of submissions received for the forthcoming debut issue of her publication all about butts: ASSBACKWARDS.

Submissions for Issue #2 are eagerly welcomed.  Send writing and images to: or via post ASSBACKWARDS c/o Muffy Brandt 14 Olneyville Sq Providence, RI 02909.  Feel free to contact with any questions regarding submissions.

She's made an Etsy store that will carry all butt themed merchandise, the funds from which will cover printing costs, like a ghetto Kickstarter:

And an ASSBACKWARDS facebook page:

Muffy has been hard at work silk screening new items for her Etsy shop and for store orders to Iowa, Oregon, and Tokyo.  She's waiting on a huge order of leggings to arrive so she can dye and print new designs and popular favorites.  Enter coupon code DIRTPALACE at checkout for FREE SHIPPING! For Providence she'll do free delivery too, just put your phone number in the note to seller and she'll arrange a drop off.

On September 6th Muffy is please to be joining the inimitable Ric Royer to Mc SMUT NIGHT on Thursday, September 6, 2012. 7:30 pm at Empire Black Box Theatre (95 Empire St, Providence) Do come.

Muff is working on new pieces to put in the Dirt Palace art show Soho 20 in Chelsa NYC later this month and excited to be reading as part of JR Uretsky's performance on Setember 27th in the gallery.  Also she is please to be a part of R.K Project's final Providence show, MICRO-EUTOPIA. The exhibition will open on Friday, September 20, and run until Saturday, November 10th.

In short, Muffy seldom even makes it downstairs. Sorry she hasn't been anywhere.  Lets hang out.

Muffy is psyched to have Chip King, Providence's most missed presence modeling her metal head occultist shirt


MiChElLe ChRzAnOwSkI NOW Vol. 23 debut this month! Bogus CD and Hogwash DVD combo!

***Comics! (for "Render," an Internet obsession zine)

***Posters! (for FMLY in Los Angeles)

***Talking! (at Ladyfest in Providence, Saturday, Sept 22nd >>---->
come play draw games with me for a comics workshop)

***Ice Cream! (4 love, baby)


In addition to performing along with the rest of the DP at SOHO20, Olivia will be tabling at The Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD on September 15th and 16th. They're sharing the table with Cathy G Johnson and Eel Choy. They'll have the new edition of Tiny Bangs #1, published by Roby Newton/Sinistra del Diabolo, plus some exciting new things... Come say hayyyyy

Olivia has also had their grubby hands in a bunch of other projects, including the album art for Eldritch's album Forest Kingdom, a scummy gay Sailor Moon fanzine, illustrations for JR Urestky's book "Women I Have Known, Biblically", and a sexy gross-out cover for the second issue of Royce Icon's anthology, Odium Comix, drawn in tandem with Meg Powers. Crazy times!
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