Sharon Needles performed at Trannyshack in Los Angeles on August 31, and it was a punk experience that took her "scary" image to new levels. Dressed in a studded pink leather jacket with a leopard print fur swath on the back panel, Needles paced the stage in front of a television with a "white noise" playing until she beat it with a bat. Although the crowd seemed to be eating it up, the video posted on YouTube of the Friday performance does at points oscillate between abuse and praise--which seems about right.
In a spoken word piece, Needles rants: "You can love TV; TV will never love you...I don't want to work for money, I want to work for me./ Fame is a grownup lie. Fame is a grownup fairytale. "
At one point Needles even references her recent profile, "The Devil and Miss Needles," in the September issue of Out, the one in which she was quoted as saying: "I thought fame was going to feel good, like drugs. I thought I'd be consistently creating adrenaline and serotonin. And I thought that since I had a chance, I was going to be the punkest bitch on the block. I am not. I am the beacon of hope. I am the standard for getting over whatever you have to get over and becoming an adult."
All this talk about fame, from a performer who made her name in Pittsburgh (Andy Warhol's hometown), is turning into some fascinating performance art. We just wonder where it's all going to lead.