Kurt and Courtney's Daughter Reportedly Engaged... And Her Fiance Looks Like Teen Spirit

The L.A. band the Rambles is barely known even within the city's club scene, but the group just got a whole lot more interesting to a lot more people. In fact, Yahoo! searches on the band's name, in combination with the name of singer/guitarist Isaiah Silva, surged 543% over the weekend.

There's a reason for that: Word has gotten out that Silva is apparently engaged to Frances Bean Cobain — the most obsessed-about daughter of rock royalty since Lisa Marie Presley.

But while Lisa Marie married a singer arguably as legendary as her pa when she wed Michael Jackson, the 19-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has hooked up with a musician whose band has only a few thousand YouTube views to its name.

That could change, as the reported betrothal thrusts Silva, 26, much more into the spotlight — not least of all because of a much remarked-upon resemblance to Kurt Cobain, at least from a certain floppy-banged angle.

The engagement hasn't been officially announced or confirmed by the couple, who've been photographed together at least as far back as the Coachella Festival of April 2010.

But the OC Weekly gleaned the information from the couple's own loose lips, as found on their respective social-media accounts. (At least, the newspaper is pretty sure that the Facebook pseudonym "Frances Rachel Leigh Cook" belongs to Cobain, and the intimate photos posted on that account's page seemed to prove it. Likewise for "Isaiah David Berkowitz-Cusack," believed to be Silva's account. Neither nom de plume shows up in Facebook search results now, though.) Celebrity weeklies People and In Touch Weekly both chimed in with anonymous sources confirming the engagement.

"Getting to spend the rest of my life loving my best friend makes me the luckiest woman in the world," the Facebooker believed to be Frances Bean posted back in September.

This month, Silva (or "Berkowitz-Cusack,") was more explicit, referring to his "fiance." When a commenter called the rocker "dreamy," he responded, "Haha I do what I can. And by do what I can, I mean not shower and steal cloths (sic) from my fiance and the good will."

Silva won't have to steal from Good Will collection boxes indefinitely, if a wedding comes to pass. Frances Bean inherited a multi-million-dollar trust when she turned 18 last year. Just this month, real estate columnists revealed that she'd spent $1,825,000 buying a home in L.A.'s Runyon Canyon designed in 1930 by architect Carls Jules Weyl.

Naturally, the words "love nest" were not far behind, now that In Touch claims Silva has moved into the vintage house with Cobain.

The falling bangs — and Silva's penchant for changing his hair color to purple and back — have had Nirvana fans rumbling and grumbling about whether Frances Bean gravitated toward a look-alike of her dad, who committed suicide when she was 20 months old. (Yes, that's a factoid guaranteed to make even young people feel old.)

There's certainly not much musical resemblance. The Rambles' YouTube videos and MySpace sound recordings suggest a band that's in touch with its power-pop roots or folk-rock leanings but hasn't spent an inordinate amount of time absorbing the lessons of Nevermind.

Check out their most recently released video, for the song "I Just Wanna Sleep With You." No one will mistake it for a homage to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." If anything, it harks back to the earliest, goofiest MTV videos of the '80s, with the trio dressed in caveman costumes and interacting with a claymation dinosaur as well as some comely cavegirls. It's more Tommy Tutone than Incesticide. And let's hope that "I don't really want to fall in love, 'cause I just want to sleep with you" chorus isn't anything personal

Meanwhile, don't be surprised if you see the Rambles show up eventually on The Late Show. The Rambles' MySpace page lists their label as C.E. Music, an imprint started up by Worldwide Pants, David Letterman's production company.

The unpretentiousness of the Rambles' sound extends to their genre self-description on their Facebook page: "party rock." They also list humble Placentia, California as their hometown, and, as "influences," such decidedly not-ready-for-Sub-Pop groups as Counting Crows and Phantom Planet. A status update on their page this week noted that Silva was "gonna be Scott Bakula again for Halloween."

What does Frances Bean's notoriously persnickety and indie-conscious mom think of her daughter's choice? It's anyone's guess. Courtney Love has been uncharacteristically reticent on the subject on her Twitter account — in stark contrast to last year, when Love was addressing dozens of anguished tweets to her estranged daughter. As you may remember, not only was Frances Bean not talking to her mother following her emancipation, but a restraining order was in place.

On Saturday, Love did extol Frances Bean in a tweet addressed to... Oprah. Answering a Twitter query Winfrey had thrown out asking "What would you like to frame as 'beautiful' in your life?," Courtney answered, "My incredibly gorgeous, talented, brilliant n impelling (sic) daughter, god how I love you so much Bean."

In August, a series of grungy/glam photo shoots Frances Bean did were publicly revealed, with the rock scion showing off her tattoos and letting a cigarette dangle out of her deeply painted lips in luscious black-and-white images.

Reached for comment at the time by the New York Observer, Love said, "I didn't know she had that many tattoos! We don't talk but we email, so I didn't know about the new ones she'd gotten. When she first got that Jeff Buckley thing" — Frances Bean has Grace lyrics tattooed on her forearm — "I was, like, she knows I went out on a date with him, right?... And I didn't know about the smoking — wonder where she gets that from!"

Unless a lot has changed since August, it seems unlikely that Courtney has been offered a chance to meet her possible future son-in-law. But if Frances Bean can work up whatever it would take to introduce her new guy to Mom, this is a feel-good remake of the J.Lo/Jane Fonda vehicle Monster-in-Law just waiting to happen.

Parites—and Baroness`s birthday—this weekend

The debut of my neo Victorian latex fashions, in"Tales of Latex Time Travel"at Dorian's Parlor was a great success, as you can see from this photo and video. I'll post more photos soon but wanted to give you a tempting tease!

My birthday is coming up soon (Halloween, in case you didn't know) and I'm planning a weekend of festivities. I'm hoping not only for your presence, but also your presents! I do need some time to get my outfit together, so my first night of parties this weekend will be...

Saturday, October 29th: SMack!, NYC's Premiere Multimedia Fetish Play Party's annual Fetish Ball "THE XXXORCIST". This year's debauchery includes a Kreepy Kostume Kontest, Great dance music, performances, a dungeon play space, and myself (The Baroness) conveniently having a wonderful time and available for receiving gifts. Dress code for the evening includes: Latex, Naughty Nuns, Sexxxy Sisters, Perverted Priests, Demoness, DevilGirls, Possessed Popes, Warped & Kinky fetish Leather, PVC/Vinyl, Corsetry, Armor, or any Halloween Costume. 432 6th Ave (between 9th/10 streets) New York City 9pm-4am Advance tickets & more info: http://SMack-Fetish. com

Sunday, October 30th I will be drinking champagne, receiving friends, and opening presents from 8-10pm at Flute Gramercy: 40 East 20th Street, (between Park and Broadway). There may even be cake! I do hope you'll come and raise a glass! If you're unsure as to the perfect gift for a person such as myself, I have a few helpful suggestions: sparkly costume jewelry, growers' champagne, fabulous fashion books (or gift certificates for them), and for the truly well-heeled I'm in love with Louis Vuitton's newest high heeled rubber boots in either white or black in size 9.

Monday, October 31st, Halloween, and my birthday!!!!!!!!!! After the Halloween parade I'll be at Ghost Light! for a seated theatrical event in three acts with a full bar and absinthe lounge ( I'll be there for the 11:00 and midnight sets). The evening's entertainment includes Amber Ray, Jessica Rabbit domination, the Dueling Bankheads, and many more! Music is provided by the fabulous Johnny Dynell and visuals by Rob Roth. Brought to you by legendary Chi Chi Valenti, The Jackie Factory, (Jackie 60. Night of 1000 Stevies) and Editrix Abby (Click + D rag, Burning Man)

All proceeds go to The Howl Emergency Life Project: an actors benefit fund for those whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word. Tickets are $15 and buying them in advance is highly recommended. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St. Marks place, NYC and the event runs from 9pm-2am. For the full events schedule visit www.mothernyc.com/ghostlight

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Dita Von Teese Is A Better Driver Than You

If you’ve never seen a beautiful woman in designer clothes and 4-inch heels drive a vintage car through the Hollywood Hills, you’re really missing out.

Dita Von Teese could give lessons on how to do it right. She recently drove me to the top of Griffith Park in her 1931 Packard. It was a sweltering day in L.A. The lady didn’t break a sweat.

“The 1930s were the most elegant years for cars,” Von Teese, 39, told me in her throaty drawl. “The Packard is notoriously the kind of car that gangsters drove: They were fast, they were slick, they were cool.”

The burlesque icon has quite a history with classic cars. She bought her first one decades ago and gradually traded up, accumulating increasingly valuable cars as her knowledge grew. Now she owns three: A 1946 Ford convertible, a 1953 Cadillac, and that French Blue Packard.

Each car has its own personality. The Packard is sleek and powerful, the emerald Cadillac a bit of a bombshell–it was driven by Marilyn Monroe–and the convertible pure glamour. (“It makes you smile,” Von Teese says about the burgundy droptop.)

Key to owning such particular vehicles is understanding their differences enough to know whether or not they’ll work in a lasting relationship. It’s a little like dating.

“It’s a tricky thing, learning what the right car for you is,” Von Teese says. “When you drive a vintage car it’s very personal. I’ve had a lot of vintage cars that I didn’t get along with very well, and I ended up saying this isn’t the car for me.”

A certain Jaguar that will remain nameless presented a particular challenge a few years back. It didn’t last long.

Sometimes finding the right car is the least of Von Teese’s worries. Los Angeles itself can be difficult for vintage aficionados: Inattentive drivers, endless construction and crippling traffic all pose threats. Also, jerks.

“People don’t understand that these cars don’t stop the same way new cars do,” the Detroit native says. “It’s not that the braking systems are bad, it’s just that it’s a lot heavier than a modern car, so it’s really hard to drive in this city, especially when people are grouchy and in a hurry.”

Von Teese usually sticks to driving her older cars to ballet class and the grocery store. She doesn’t drive in the winter. It also helps that she has the perfect attitude for cruising, which she learned from past boyfriends and lovers who taught her to appreciate the cars.

“You can’t be in a hurry when you drive these cars,” she says. “They’re meant to be driven and enjoyed.” (She does tote scripts on her daily drives, though, just in case she ends up with some rather unexpected free time beside the road.)

In fact, Von Teese is a big proponent of vintage culture in general. She once adhered to the rule that everything she’d wear on a given day–from shoes and hats to stockings and lingerie–had to be from the same year, say, 1947. These days she’s less strict in her sartorial specifications but no less devoted to the idea that vintage goods carry more significance than something brand-new. She doesn’t find herself drawn to any modern cars–they just don’t have the character.

“I like having old things around me because there’s a certain artfulness and craftsmanship that isn’t possible now,” she says. “There was a time when everything was made with a certain aesthetic for beauty and art, and there are a lot of modern things that that’s not important to the people designing them.”

The great thing about her obsession, she says, is it doesn’t cost a lot of money. Of course it can cost a lot–vintage cars require special attention to maintain and drive, and models from Bentley or Duesenberg cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But it’s also possible to get good deals at auction, as Von Teese has done with her stable.

The key is committing to doing the research and then having the patience to wait until you find the perfect fit. Who knows? It could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

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Occupy Long Beach, CA - Oct. 15th 2011 - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


Occupy Wall Street expands to Occupy Long Beach, CA

October 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact - occupylongbeach@gmail.com; mollymarina@gmail.com, 562-277-6600; lee@leesalazar.com.

LONG BEACH, Oct. 13 // In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and inspired by the events going on around the world, citizens of Long Beach and surrounding cities are getting together to permanently Occupy Long Beach.

On Saturday, Oct 15, the Occupy Long Beach movement will peacefully assemble, march and begin to occupy Lincoln Park. The first planned event will be a rally at 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a march to The World Trade Center and Long Beach City Hall. Meet us at Lincoln Park, on Pacific Ave. between 1st and Broadway.

About the movement, local organizer Tamarra Phillips says, “We are a grass roots, local movement in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street... we are the 99%.”

Jai Hudson adds, “It is compassion and unity to the fullest... and we’re all coming together. I’m real proud of Strong Beach right now.”

In protest of political and economic injustice, and to promote human rights, civil liberties, and democracy, the group will maintain a significant presence in Long Beach. Everyone is also encouraged to share and exchange ideas with the group. General Assembly starts in the park at 6PM nightly.

For further information visit http://www.facebook.com/OccupyLongBeach , http://www.occupylbc.org/, or http://twitter.com/OccupyLongBeach

Jim Morrison's alleged son facing life in prison

A man who says he is the son of Jim Morrison, the late front man for the band the Doors, is facing charges of robbery and ramming a police car during a chase last year in Ontario.

Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and restraints on his wrists and ankles, Clifford Marston Morrison sat in the jury box of a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom on Friday, waiting for his case to be called.

With his shoulder-length hair, strong brow and scruffy red beard and moustache, Clifford Morrison catches attention.

A search of the Internet shows Cliff Morrison has done interviews and made appearances as the late rock star's son. Online talkgroups argue the issue.

Lead prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Dinah Touny has heard the

Clifford Marston Morrison, 42, sits in West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga Friday morning as he awaits a mental competency hearing for a robbery he is charged with in Ontario on January 4, 2010 when police reportedly needed to tazer him 27 times. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)
rumors. But she said her office takes no official position on the matter.

"We have no knowledge as to whether he is, or is not, Jim Morrison's son," Touny said after the court proceedings.

Lennie Lorraine Widen, who identified herself at the courthouse as Morrison's mother, says her son was given a DNA test in 1992. Al Taylor, a former producer and public relations man for Cliff Morrison, claims the estate of Jim Morrison got the results and didn't challenge them.

"The family has never denied it," Taylor said.

Either way, Morrison's purported lineage would likely have little bearing, if any, on his case in West Valley Superior Court.

"He's facing life (in state prison)," Touny said. "He's a third-striker."

Ontario police say Morrison, 42, held up a gas station in the 2200 block of South Haven Avenue on Jan. 4, 2010. He led officers on a car chase that traversed the city, continued onto the 10 Freeway and ended on South Euclid Avenue, according to Sgt. David McBride.

Officers had to conduct two manuevers, which spin the vehicle to get it to stop, say prosecutors. Morrison also tried to ram the vehicle into an officer, Touny said.

While taking him into custody, police used a Taser several times.

Prosecutors charged Morrison with three felony counts - robbery, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon - and a misdemeanor count of obstructing or resisting arrest.

McBride said Morrison listed his occupation as musician when he was booked into jail.

Morrison's supporters say he's had trouble with alcohol and drugs, but he wouldn't commit the crimes he's accused of.

"He's got a great heart, and he tries to help everybody he can help," Widen said. "Yet, he fights his own demons."

Prosecutors say they want to get Morrison's case moving through the courts.

Defense attorney Angelyn Gates filed two motions to suppress evidence from the vehicle stop and the infield lineup. The court will hear those motions on Oct. 28.

Gates also received court records that she subpoenad from San Antonio Community Hospital. Judge Michael A. Sachs asked the lawyers if a resolution to the case was possible.

"We have had some discussion for a resolution," Gates said. Offers and counter-offers go back and forth, she said.

we have lost another burlesque legend: BABY CANDY CARAMELO

Lili VonSchtupp wrote:
And Satans Angel feelthe same!!!!
We lost another legend today. The Worlds Biggest Showgirl, Miss Candy Caramelo has passed away. I had the pleasure of taking a class with her at Exotic World. My heart hurts for those of you never had the chance to meet her. Candy was vibrant, funny and so professional. I learned so much in that class. I've said a million times ladies, spend time with these legends while you can. You are walking the shoes they broke in for you!

Candy, the burlesque world has lost a bug feathery bawdy star today and you will be greatly missed!

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The World's Biggest Showgirl
Early Years

Born in Key West, Florida of Spanish and Cuban descent, Dulce Maria Garcia started performing early, starring in green bean radio commercials at age four. At the age of seven she appeared in soap operas, on radio, television and on stage.

At the age of thirteen she danced in the chorus of the Leon Miller production for Royal American Shows which headlined Sally Rand the famous fan dancer.

Candy Caramelo was encouraged to become a burlesque performer herself; however, her Catholic background was an obstacle. Her producer explained to her that the Sistine Chapel and other religious venues around the world contained images of nude angels and that nudity can be artistic if it is done in good taste.

Candy Caramelo performed as a flamenco dancer at the "1965 World's Fair" in New York. She was billed as "The Latin from Manhattan" and followed in the same circuit as Lili St. Cyr.

She starred in "The French Revue" at "Casa Loma" as part of the "1967 World's Fair" in Montreal. In Halifax she appeared at the "Lobster Trap" and in Toronto at the "Victory Burlesque Theatre".

The following year, after the release of the popular movie, she adopted the name "Rosemary's Baby, the girl with the little devil in her". She also starred at the reopening of the "Mayfair", the biggest burlesque theatre in New York after a ban had been lifted on burlesque.

She then became "Candy Baby". Once, when ticket sales were slow for a Nashville show, Candy donned a flesh-colored g-string and breast-brushing wig and rode a horse - as Lady Godiva, of course - through downtown streets. She was arrested, but there wasn't an empty seat in the house for the next show.

Painted portraits burlesque dancers featuring Candy Carmello, Candy Baby, by Dennis Cardiff:  Portrait painter of burlesque dancers, striptease dancers, strippers, show girls, pin-ups and nudes.

Candy Is No Baby Anymore

As "Candy Caramelo", with a cast of forty-five beautiful girls she headlined at "Club Tropigala" in the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami. She has performed in Montreal at the "El Mocambo" in New York at the "Gaiety Burlesque Theatre" and "Radio City Music Hall" and in Paris at "Les Folies Bergere" and the "Moulin Rouge". She has also performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, China, Japan, Hawaii and Australia.

Other accomplishments include acting in Spanish movies and performing on Radio Caracas, Univision Telemundo, and Mexico Televisa. She appeared as a guest performer on the "Joe E. Brown Show", "Roseanne" with Roseanne Barr and the "Late Show with David Letterman". Candy holds the Guinness Record as the "World's Biggest Showgirl", standing six feet tall and weighing 300 pounds. She has since lost 130 pounds.

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