And speaking of current events not to miss -- vintage fan, photographer extraordinaire and all-around swell guy Rick Castro will be speaking at the One National Gay and Lesbian Archives in downtown Los Angeles this Sunday. Here's the official announcement --
ONE Culture Series: Rick Castro "The Perfect Gentleman"
Rick Castro has been in the forefront of counterculture art, fetish photography and independent film for over 25 years, all-the-while working and creating in his hometown of Los Angeles. Join Rick for a trip down memory lane, (1986 thru 2010) indulge in his images, vision and ideas about fetish, subculture and how they are defining 21st century culture. A perfect way to kick off LA leather week 2011. Rick is an independent filmmaker, photographer and curator. His work has been published in artist editions, exhibitions and institutions worldwide. Castro's works are in the permanent collections of The Alfred Kinsey Institute and The Tom Of Finland Foundation. His photography has been featured in Art in America, Flaunt, Attitude UK, DNA and Tetu magazines. He was the west coast editor for Studio Magazines, (Blue, Black & White) Australia from 2001 till 2007. Castro co-wrote and co-directed the iconic film Hustler White with Bruce La Bruce in 1996. Rick also directed the infamous doco called PLUSHIES & FURRIES, for MTV in 2001. He has created two books of his photography. Castro, (1991) and 13 Years of Bondage, (2004). Castro has lectured about his work at NYU, UCLA, UCSB, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamont Station, and 18th Street Arts Complex. On November 11th, 2005, Rick founded ANTEBELLUM gallery in Hollywood. Rick considers Antebellum the only fetish art gallery in America, and perhaps the world.
Rick Castro lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Date: March 20, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (Downtown LA)
909 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007
Cross Streets: West Adams Blvd. / Figueroa Street
Admission: There is a suggested $5.00 donation, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Sorry I can't be there, Rick -- but I hope to see you soon!