Vaginal Davis’s Speaking From the Diaphragm at PS 122 starring Carole Pope, Pierrot, Bruce Benderson, Gio Black Peter & moi. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio

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Above: The irrepressible Vaginal Davis, lesbian rock icon Carole Pope & knitwear designer Pierrot

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last night I (along with a stellar cast of other NY personalities) was a guest on Vaginal Davis's talk-show-as-performance art piece, "Speaking from the Diaphragm" at PS 122 in New York. (The show runs through May 27 with a plethora of special guests.) It was an hallucinogenic experience that mixed elements of the Mike Douglas & Dinah Shore shows with raunchy East Village polymorphous perversity. Vag was invited to do the show as a recipient of Ethyl Eichenlberger Award. She is the first non-New Yorker to win the award.

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Hanging out before the show: Author Bruce Benderson, me & artists Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny

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Pierrot (right) coaches his model Emma Brady during rehearsal.

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Vaginal warms up her diaphragm before the audience arrives.

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Vag & her co-host, Carmelita Tropicana (my neighbor) assess one of the Chat Roulette Dancers. I thought he looked like Brad in the Rocky Horror Show.

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Another luscious Chat Roulette Dancer

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Vaginal & Carmelita perform Vag's Billboard Top 10 hit "My Pussy is a Cactus."

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Carmelita is feeling it!

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The Chat Roulette Dancers writhed ecstatically amongst the audience members.

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Bruce Benderson & I getting chatted up by Ms. Davis. I showed a clip from my 1994 video "Glennda & Bruce Do Times Square" and Bruce discussed his next future-sex literary project. Photo: Scott Neary 

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I took a photo of the audience during my interview. My friends Nancy & Christine are in the 2nd row.

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Pierrot shares his subversive knitting theories with the audience.

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Pierrot's "Atomic" sweater was a hit. Lookout for Pierrot's Spring 2011 Collection to be unveiled this September.

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Vag & singer Carole Pope discuss Carole's upcoming tour dates & her memoir, "Anti Diva."

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The scantily clad dancers supplied Vaginal with endless vodka-cranberry refreshments…

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…and refreshing analingus sessions.

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Jennifer Doyle joined us via Skype to discuss her book "Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire."

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Gio Black Peter & Brian Kenny whipped the audience into an erotic frenzy.

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All of the show's guests were treated to dessert at the end of the show. Yummy!

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Carole Pope couldn't resist a lick of coochie cream.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Glenn Belverio

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