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March 7, 2023

I recently had the honor of filming the queer drag collective Switch n’ Play as they performed their “Vamp!” show in the Atrium at Lincoln Center.

This incredibly talented group has come a long way from their origins in the back room at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn. Here’s the one and only Sasha Velour doing, well… you’ll see.

Watch the whole Switch n’ Play collection here!


March 3, 2023

One morning, ten years ago, a group of daring, loud-mouthed volunteers gathered on a Brooklyn subway platform with my country-singing alter ego, Uncle Leon, to make this video.

Our inspiration: The first-ever Couch by Couchwest festival, an all-virtual alternative to South by Southwest in which musicians were encouraged to record themselves at home and share it online, using the then-novel app Twitter as a platform. In retrospect, it was an idea that was exactly 7 years ahead of its time. Unfortunately the “festival” only lasted another year before fizzling out with what appeared to be a classic case of “too big too fast” syndrome. But it was a lot of fun while it lasted, and for many of us, it was the most public exposure we’d ever received.

On a personal level, this video was also the moment when I realized that I might actually like making movies more than performing. And the rest, as they say, is internet history.

If you have some sick desire to hear more music by Uncle Leon, you can still find all of it on the Uncle Leon and the Alibis Bandcamp page


March 2, 2023

These days, we take the “Mockumentary” genre for granted. But in 1984, when Rob Reiner’s “This is Spinal Tap” was released, the idea was still brand-new. And many a gullible young rocker left the theater wondering, “Could this possibly be a real band?”

In many ways, the world wasn’t quite ready for “Spinal Tap” when it came out. But musicians—and the people who put up with them—understood. And through the miracle of VHS and cable TV, the film soon grew a cult following. Now, nearly 40 years later, it’s hard to walk into a Guitar Center without hearing an “Eleven” comment, or watch an aging bar band without hearing the inevitable “Hello Cleveland!” It’s the movie that launched a thousand musician jokes—as well as the brilliant and fertile improv-mockumentary career of Christopher Guest and company.

If you know this film, please join us on Tuesday, March 28 at Minnie’s Bar for a communal celebration of what Kurt Cobain called “the only rock movie worth watching”. If you’ve never seen it before, here’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about, and find out, finally, why your older musician friends crack up every time someone mentions Stonehenge.

PLUS! A collection of vintage metal-themed trailers, and a special LIVE performance by Switch n’ Play veteran and 2017 Drag King of the Year Vigor Mortis!


February 2, 2023

So Valentine’s Day didn’t go the way you’d hoped it would? Come shake off those impossible expectations and fake-holiday blues in the back room of Minnie’s Bar, where the theme is “killer romance”. We’ll be celebrating love at its purest and bloodiest with a half-hour collection of vintage movie trailers devoted to couples who steal, murder, and otherwise behave badly together.

And as our feature attraction, we’ll be screening THE 1970 true-crime romance “THE HONEYMOON KILLERS”, based on the real story of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, the notorious “lonely hearts killers” who seduced lonely women via romantic personal ads, then robbed them of their fortunes—and more!

Come for the intriguing story and beautiful new-wave noir cinematography. Stay for the inimitable Shirley Stoler, an underground-theater darling (and criminally underutilized film actor) who, in this rare starring role, steals every scene as the ever-jealous, terminally grumpy Martha Beck—a woman so ruthless that, upon discovering the she’s been swindled by a lothario con-artist, she locks up her own mother up and begs to be let in on the scheme.

That’s only the beginning of what these two twisted, hopeless romantics get into together. Bring a date, crack open a box of slightly past-date Valentine’s candy, and revel in the fact that—no matter how bad your romantic life may be going—at least you haven’t killed anybody.

(We hope.)

And if that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, we’ll be opening the show with a (literally) heart-wrenching performance by the one and only Desiree De Sade.

This is not one to be missed!

Attack of the 50-Foot Movie presents
plus LIVE burlesque by Desiree De Sade

Minnie’s Bar
885 4th Ave. in Brooklyn


December 20, 2022

When it comes to clunky, low-budget 1960s fun, few directors dominated the drive-ins as well as Herschell Gordon Lewis. Labeled “the King of Schlock”, “the Godfather of Gore”, and “the Sultan of Splatter”, Lewis pushed the ever-swelling envelope of sexuality, violence, and bad taste throughout most of the 1960s.

1968’s She-Devils on Wheels is the story of The Man-Eaters, a brightly-dressed gang of lusty female motorcycle enthusiasts who—when they’re not busy dropping lesbian innuendos or organizing hilariously tame orgies with their stable of kept men—wreak havoc on the local town, while battling the violent advances of rival male gangs.

Join us on Tuesday, January 31st for a celebration of this weird, wild, woman-centric gem. (More info here.)

PLUS! Special LIVE burlesque performance by Regal Mortis!

Attack of the 50-Foot Movie presents
“She-Devils on Wheels”

plus LIVE BURLESQUE by Regal Mortis

Minnie’s Bar
885 4th Ave. in Brooklyn


WARNING: This movie, while cartoonish, contains suggested offscreen rape and gory violence.


December 1, 2022

If you weren’t at Minnie’s Bar on November 29, all we can say is, you missed it.  

In perhaps our most meta moment yet, my monthly movie event Attack of the 50-Foot Movie celebrated its one-year Minnie’s anniversary by screening the 1958 sci-fi classic that gave us our name: “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman”. And to open the festivities, we had a larger-than-life 50-Foot Woman-themed drag performance by the one and only Miss Malice!

There will be no Attack of the 50-Foot Movie event in December.

However, on Friday, December 16, we’ll be joining forces with the infamous Last Chance Dancers for Pain and Pleasure: A Burlesque Tribute to Judas Priest at Brooklyn’s wildest heavy metal bar, Lucky 13 Saloon. I’ll be there to open the evening with an encore screening the legendary 1986 documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”. Tickets are $20 and available here.

Get yours now! If you think this event won’t sell out, you’ve got another thing comin’…

Attack of the 50-Foot Movie will return to Minnie’s Bar on January 31st, 2023. Check back soon for more details.

In the meantime, here’s a pretty picture of Miss Malice for you to marvel at.

Happy New Year!


October 29, 2022

It has officially been one whole year since my monthly film-screening party Attack of the 50-Foot Movie took residence at Minnie’s Bar.

To celebrate, we’ll be screening the 1958 sci-fi classic that gave us our name: “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”.

Plus: Get ready for a larger-than-life LIVE drag performance by the one and only Miss Malice!

Attack of the 50-Foot Movie presents
plus LIVE drag by Miss Malice

Minnie’s Bar
885 4th Ave. in Brooklyn






September 30, 2022

Dear Friends and Movie Fans,

I am very sad to announce that, due to an unexpected emergency, our October 25th screening of “Evil Dead 2” has been CANCELLED. There will be no Attack of the 50-Foot Movie event in October.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Our next event will be Tuesday, November 29th. Please check back soon for more details.



September 14, 2022

Big thanks to everyone who made it to Minnie’s Bar for our ultra-rare screening of the 1980 roller boogie docudrama “Get Rollin'”.

If you were unable to make it, you can find the full movie here. I can’t guarantee how long this link will be functional, so I recommend you download the video ASAP.

Also, congratulations to our burlesque performer, Maggie McMuffin, who, despite just winning the title of Miss Coney Island 2023, was still cool enough to show up and perform for us.

And a very special thank-you goes out to the world’s greatest movie nerd: Mike White of the legendary cinema podcast The Projection Booth. Without him, I never would have heard about this movie, let alone owned a copy. Check out his “Get Rollin'” episode, featuring guest commentary by Yours Truly.

Come back to Minnie’s Bar on Tuesday, October 25th for our special Halloween screening of Evil Dead 2. More details coming soon!


August 16, 2022

Join us Tuesday, August 30th at Minnie’s Bar in Brooklyn for a special presentation featuring two classic short documentaries from the Underground VHS era: “The Wild World of Hasil Adkins” and “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”.

Both these movies, in their own way, capture specific, fringe musical moments that would otherwise have never been documented. They both also happen to be funny as hell.

PLUS! There will be LIVE BURLESQUE by New York City’s own Venatrix!

It’s all part of my free monthly Attack of the 50-Foot Movie event.
More info here