Hell’s Kitchen Radio #315: Barbie Stole My Donut

September 14, 12pm

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What was your favorite childhood toy? I used to love my Space 1999 spaceship. Loved it! I loved it more than the Star Wars toys I accumulated, probably because I really didn’t care so much for the Star Wars franchise. I know, I know, shoot him now! I was more of a Trekkie. Did anyone own a Barbie? Did you own more than one? Did you own a Ken? Did you make them swap clothing? Did you have them make out? Did you take them apart and turn them into grotesqueries? My guest Monday night is all about turning Barbie and her friends into works of contemporary art.

Julie Anderson has curated “Altered Barbie” since 2003, hosting many multi-media artists who use Barbie as their muse, their canvas, their medium. We take the first hour and talk to her and singer Ethel Merman (who is performing at the opening reception this Saturday night) about the history of the event, the history of Barbie, legal issues and great art experiences.

I’m planning on attending the opening reception this Saturday night and I strongly urge you to come down and have a great night. It’s absolutely worth every second, and you can walk out with some great art!

The gallery is located at Back to the Picture, 934 Valencia Street in San Francisco

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM

The remainder of the night focuses on recent live acquisitions that I’m excited to share with you.



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In The Flesh: Pink Floyd
This Year’s Kisses: Billie Holiday + Lester Young
Buckets of Rain: Bob Dylan

Stormy Monday: Allman Brothers
I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Delaney, Bonnie and Friends

Interview with Julie Anderson and Ethel Merman of Altered Barbie

Barbie Girl: Aqua
Million Dollar Babies/I Love the Dead/Million Dollar Babies: Alice Cooper (June 4, 1980 El Paso)

Stinkfoot: Frank Zappa and the Mother’s of Invention (November 9, 1974 Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA)
Into the Groovy: Sonic Youth

You Know You Know: Mahavishnu Orchestra (April 21, 1972 Music Hall, Cleveland, OH)

Lusitanos: Weather Report (May 4, 1975 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA)Dancing in the Streets: Grateful Dead (January 3, 1970 Fillmore East, NYC)

This here is the very first Barbie commercial from 1959. It’s also the very first mass marketed toy to kids. Check it out, and thanks to Ethel Merman for sharing this with us on the show.

Altered Barbie on A Season in Hell, Monday Night 8-10PM

October 21, 10pm

Julie Anderson, curator for the Altered Barbie Exhibition will be John Hell’s guest on A Season in Hell, Monday night at 8pm.

Julie will be bringing along with her members of Junko and the Gypsy Brass Band, who will perform live in the Radio Valencia studios.

Info for the exhibition is below.

The 10th Annual San Francisco AlteredBarbie Exhibition

Shotwell 50, San Francisco, CA 94103
10/24/2012 – 11/18/2012

Julie Andersen
Altered Barbie 2012 Curator/ Event Producer
16 Flood Ave., SF CA 94131

Junko and the Gypsy Brass Band: The project “Gyspy Punk Opera” will launch on Oct 26th (Fri) at the AlteredBarbie Show. Gypsy Punk Opera is a music story with a message of nuclear nuclear power & the war industry today.

Music by Cyclub+East Bay Brass Band

Butoh by Hiroko Tamano with Earthchild

The Ethel Merman Experience! The Broadway diva with the big voice and big hair returns to the Altered Barbie closing night party! With Eddie James on bass and Boom Boom Bow Wow on drums: a new sound, new songs and lots of new energy! Let’s party!

Tuan Tran

Tuan Tran Couture – 
Tuan Tran will be the featured fashion designer at the closing of the “2012 Altered Barbie” show November 16, 2012  at 7:30.

He will be showcasing a variety of his innovative, and stunning designs. The designs included the wide spectrum of his collections. Torn and woven repurposed cloth, recycled telephone wire and hand painted garments with a variety of themes. Tuan’s sophisticated and stunning designs bring couture fashion made from re- purposed materials to a new level!

“Life cannot be taken too seriously.  Fun, enjoyment and thought are what I hope to bring in each of my pieces.” , “Green can be beautiful”.


Gregangelo / Velocity Circus:

This year Gregangelo & Velocity Circus present Barbie and Ken living statues at the opening Artistist Reception October 26, 2012

Barbie ala Gaultier Couture Sensual & Ken who proudly wears his vascular system on his sleeve – aka The Anatomy of Ken

Gregangelo is the founding and artistic director of Velocity Arts and Entertainment and Velocity Circus. A genuine San Francisco native, Gregangelo was born, raised, educated and established his professional world headquarters in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the California College of the Arts and has over three decades of extensive training and performing experience in visual arts, dance, music, circus arts, costume and theatrical production design.

Altered Barbie on A Season in Hell tonight, 8-10PM

October 24, 10am

Join John Hell tonight on A Season in Hell, 8-10PM, for Julie Anderson the curator of Altered Barbie. now in its 9th glorious and bedazzled year. We’ll be talking about how Barbie changed Julie’s life and the lives of millions. This is not your mom’s Barbie Doll. Check out the website for more info. Lot’s of entertaining events coming up this week.

A Season in Hell, with John Hell, every Monday, 8-10PM on Radio Valencia.