Wednesday, September 14, 2005

six degrees of six-foot albino

A quick update on the legendary nature of Ducky The Six-Foot Albino: After Stephanie discovered that Heather and I happened to know this character she randomly encountered in a NoHo bar, she decided to ask everyone she met, “Do you know a six-foot albino named Ducky?” Just to see.

She just reported to me that she was having dinner with a director friend the other day who responded, “Are you kidding me?”

Steph thought he meant, “Why are you asking me such a bizarre question?” But when Steph assured him that she was not kidding, he said, “Of course I know Ducky—I’ve known him since we were 16. Anyone who was in the LA goth scene in the ‘90s knows Ducky.”

I was not in said scene, and neither was Steph, but I like just knowing that I sort of know someone who was famous in such a scene. I’ve always had subcultural aspirations, but I also want people to like me, which prevents me from being a true rebel. Plus the flip side of subculture is often schtickiness, which I try to avoid. It’s a fine line between being distinctive and being a parody of yourself. Or so I tell myself when settling in for a night of Friends and frozen yogurt.

Anyway, speaking of subcultures, Stephanie is going to be in a theatrical LARP this weekend. LARP stands for Live Action Role Play; it’s sort of like Dungeons and Dragons for people who want to go beyond Tolkien-esque imagery. Everyone is given a character, a goal and a set of skills, which they play out against semi-imagined backdrops, such as “zombie roller derby.” Wackiness ensues.

I participated in one of the LARPs she and her friends staged in college. The theme was “plantation.” Her friends are not very PC. It really wasn’t as bad as it sounds, but I don’t think I would be successful in convincing anyone of that, so I’m not going to try. Better to check out Steph and her fellow crazy, funny thespian friends in Friday's LARP, which they’re doing for an audience—attention whores that they are—a sort of play/happening/geekfest/improv game/anarchic party.

  • Mr. Mojito's Voodoo Review, co-starring Luis Reyes' funkironic band Jacaranda * Sept. 16th, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (game ends at 11 p.m.; after that it's all party) * Club Fais Do Do, 5257 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 * $25 ($20 for the poor, $15 for the really poor, $10 for children under 12 and free for designated drivers who bring lots of people)

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