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Presenting At My First Academic Conference!

I can not believe I just wrote that headline! Honestly, not a sentence I ever imagined I would utter in my lifetime – that I would be showing my work at an academic conference. Ever! But it is true! After nearly 4 months of very hard work, I am happy to announce that my animated short – A Star Named Carson – is ready to debut at Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference at John Cabot University in Rome! I am super happy with the video too! Relief!
Being the daughter of a University Librarian, I grew up around books. The Ballad of The Sad Cafe was my first grown up book. I think I was 12 when my mom brought it home for me to read. I fell in love with her writing style. The characters were strange yet relatable. Very relatable. Shortly after I read it. Mama brought home a copy of Dr Virginia Carr’s biography on Carson. As soon as I read the first line, my mind was blown.
It opens up with a young Carson and best friend going to the fair to see the midway sideshow. As a kid the fair was my favorite time of year as well. I lived for it. Of course the sideshow had nearly died out by the 70s, but my dad had lots of books. In fact after years of my daily handling of his copy of We Who Are Not As Others – the binding disintegrated and was just a pile of loose papers. It wasn’t just being born & raised in the same town, and the love of the fair and similar young obsessions, but being an oddball in a Deep South Bible Belt Town. Where people laughed at you for not falling in line. I hated growing up there, it was stifling and lonely. But as a 12 year old young person, reading her biography, it was almost like a lifeline to me. I thought “Look, she grew up here and managed to leave and do great things with her life, I can do it too!” It saved me.

I never imagined one day I would be animating her life story! Incredible! It’s come full circle. I am planning on releasing it online sometime in fall, as well as a digital music download, with remixes. Yes I did music! After a 7 year break – I’m back! Woo! Well I better get packing! Mamma and I leave in the morning! I jokingly told her “Hey, maybe this will be my new thing, doing the academic circuit, then I’ll be awarded an honorary doctorate in AWESOMENESS! Ha! More soon! oxo gd

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Spiritland Radio Mix

Had an absolute blast Weds night playing records at Spiritland with the gorgeous Simone Marie! Life has been a real struggle for all of us lately. What a treat it was to take a break from the madness and be able to hear great music on such an amazing system with so many good friends and new friends too – that’s what life is all about – connecting to each other how ever we can. And sound is a powerful medium to bring us together. We all must take time to enjoy the good things! Here is a mix of the night! 4 and half hours of killer sounds! Mind the technical difficulties! Lots of Love! oxo GD

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Countdown to Spiritland!

London Friends and Comrades! In less than 2 weeks time I shall be playing records on the BEST SOUND SYSTEM ON EARTH at the incredible Spiritland! I can NOT wait! Been buying loads of new/old/rare tunes for your listening pleasure. I’m even having my records professionally cleaned – It’s that heavy! And what a treat it will be for our ears. Even Vanity Fair gave them a write up – wow!

Also joining me on the decks for an hour or 2 is the amazing, gorgeous bass playing, rock and roll powerhouse Simone Marie of Primal Scream and Soho Radio! Click the pic to hear her bad ass radio show! It’s gonna be a killer night, the system is so heavy, there will be loads aural pleasures to experience!
Check out the video below of their set up. OMG – I’m not worthy Garth! Ha! Again the event is Weds, Feb 1st, from 8pm – 1am. And it’s Totally Free!!! Spiritland 9 – 10 Stable Street, N1C 4AB – See You there! oxo GD
CHECK OUT MEGA THIS SYSTEM!!!!!

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BREAKING – Grande Dame to DJ On the BEST SOUND SYSTEM IN THE WORLD!

Ladies and Germs! Very VERY STOKED to announce I will be spinning records at Spiritland Weds Feb 1st! They only have the BEST sound system in THE WORLD! It’s totally custom made and built specially for them and serious audiophiles!!! You can read about them in this New York Times article. My dad would be so proud as he was a hifi dealer when I was a kid. Wow! The world is going to shit, but life just keeps getting BETTER & BETTER for me! Guess now is time I do a new DJ mix! Ha! Ok hope to see some Eclectic/ Electric Crazyland Lovers there! Totally free too! OMG! I’m not worthy Garth! Ha! Info here. Ok see ya there! More soon! oxo GD

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GRANDE DAME NEW YEARS EVE DJ SET!

STINGZ FAM! I will be doing the last hour DJ set at The Outrageous Decadence NYE Ball at The Masonic Hall. The theme is – Outrageous Decadence Gets Eurotrashed – a celebration of all things Europe and homage to the cult TV Show – since Britian will soon leave the EU. Expect lots of fun, fancy dress, flowing libations, cabaret, comedy, hi jinx, bangin tunes and trippy visuals – all in the amazing iconic Masonic Hall of St Leonards! And all the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Hastings Supports Refugees Charity – sweet or what? I am so excited to participate, as I heard their events are LEDGE!!! So click the pic or here for tickets. They are £15. Or you can purchase them at Substance on Robertson Street. This will sell out FYI, so don’t wait! See you there with bells on! Woo! oxo GD

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My VOODOO Sale at Fee Fee La Fou

Having a special sale on my original piece – My Voodoo On You – you can grab it for a limited time only for £1250! Savings of £250! Woo! Inspired by track 7 from the Grande Dame Album- Hand Painted Silk Screen with 24CT Gold Leaf Overlay Mounted on Wood in Gilded Frame 26″ x 30″ 1 of 1. Sale ends soon so click pic or here for deets! Hoppy Halidays! oxo GD

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Grande Dame Mini Prints!

Been meaning to put these mini prints up for ages. I made them last year. They are all bijoux versions of original works of mine. At the mo I have 4 different giclee prints available – My Voodoo On You, Almost & Maybes, Chicken Man & His Muscles Made My Stomach Flutter. Each are printed on Photorag 308 GSM Paper – 2 and 1/2″ x 3 and 1/2″. Unframed come in red Chinese Good Fortune envelopes for £5 each. Framed finish is £20, buy all 4 framed and save £5. They make perfect stocking stuffers! Click pix or here for deets. oxo GD
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