I’ll be heading to Aruba soon with Animal Balance to volunteer at a massive spay/neuter clinic.
If you’d like to help you can donate here: http://animalbalance.net/ 🙂
Hello Everyone! How are you??
Thank you for following me online. I appreciate all the love and kindness you shower upon me! Here’s a little update on my 2015. It was awfully exciting.
Midway through 2015, the new MUSICAL, “Head Over Heels”, opened to great reviews and strong audience support at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The musical uses the music of the Go-Go’s, but the story is based on ARCADIA, a book written by a contemporary of Shakespeare named Phillip Sydney. It is a really fun tale with lots of twists and turns, gender-bending and romance. It was so fun to sit next to Charlotte watching the play when we all went up to see it. We were clutching hands like schoolgirls! It was also really nice to see Kathy. We couldn’t be prouder of the show and now it is being groomed to go to NEW YORK CITY! I hope when it open there that you will all go see it.
As for me: I moved to Hilo, Hawaii in August of 2015. This is my amazing view from my backyard.
Once I settled in to my new home in Hawaii I quickly learned that local humane societies and law enforcement agencies are inundated by reports of island dogs leading bleak lives, on chains 24/7, incarcerated in tiny kennels, and forced to endlessly breed, creating a massive overpopulation problem.
This type of animal abuse creates dangerous dogs, which are a safety hazard and a huge public expense. Humane societies are euthanizing at alarming rates. Stories of mistreated dogs in Hawaii have become more and more common. It was clearly NOT the Paradise I thought I was going to be living in.
At first I was really upset and depressed, and scared because it was a HUGE endeavor moving to this island, so far away. Then, I decided I had to take a stand and use my creativity to work with all my might to help pets any way I could. It was the moral thing and the right thing to do.
I started fostering dogs and cats. Then I organized a fundraiser to benefit a local animal rescue group, Aloha Ilio Rescue. Our little party ended up raising $5000, 100% of which went directly to the animals!
Next I wrote a program to be presented at elementary schools called Dogs Are Ohana! (“ohana” means “family”). It is a 45 minute show with three acts.
In Act One, we teach the keiki (kids) the stories of Ancient Hawaii, when dogs were revered and treated honorably. Act Two we show kids that there are other, better ways to keep dogs instead of living on chains or in tiny kennels, and also point out (in a cute funny way) the problems with not spaying/neutering your dog. Act Three is a dog tricks performance, starring a famous dog trainer and her cute talented dogs.
The kids learn that there is SO MUCH MORE that a dog can be, if you treat him right! We plan to start performing this show at elementary schools around the island starting in the Spring.
The next thing I did was befriend a local state Senator, Russell Ruderman, and ask him for help in reforming the anti-cruelty laws in Hawaii, which are practically non-existent and certainly not enforced.
I am happy to say, we now have several bills that will be presented to the Senate at the end of this month. These bills will strengthen our currently weak laws, and help create a new era of more humane treatment of our dogs in this Aloha State.
I don’t know if they will pass, but I will not give up! The one bill I think has a pretty good chance is the bill to end the EATING of DOGS. I know there are many who think the eating of any animal is wrong, but, as our spiritual companions, I feel like we need to at least start with DOGS! It just isn’t right to eat the one species on this planet that willingly aligns itself with humans!
Living with me I’ve got four “permanent” pets, all seniors. These are my dogs, Geordie (black Greyhound) and Malcolm (Chinese Crested)
These are my cats, Gummy Bear (Siamese) and Frank (don’t know what he is, but he has a raccoon tail!)…I had to lure Frank out from under the guest bed (where he lives) w a can of food!
Below are my latest two foster dogs. As of January they are both now in fabulous forever homes! First photo is me w Little Red Dog.
Her new forever home has a ten year old boy who is very kind and very smart. He re-named her Kaylee and is already teaching her tricks. PS Yes, I do have blue hair.
Sammy the sweet Pittie was chained 24/7, living on lava rocks w nothing to eat or drink.
You an see in the photo that he was severely under weight and almost dead when he was rescued.
Sam was in a vet hospital for two weeks and then I got him. He went from 30 pounds to 70 pounds while I had him. He is now in his forever home and is treated like the prince he is. If I never do anything else, I am so proud of saving this wonderful guy.
I have always been very passionate about animals and how they are treated but my moving to Hawaii and working with Aloha Ilio Rescue has reignited my passion for direct action.
Also – last week the Hawaii Island Humane Society hosted (along with the Animal Balance MASH team) a free spay/neuters for our community at the Kea’au shelter. Thanks to all these great volunteers for all the hard work. It was a lot of work but we spay/neutered 331 animals!!
To raise funds for animals I am using a large portion of the proceeds from my online shop (which sells autographed items and various items from my stage wardrobe to my personal closet) to help fund various animal rescue efforts here on the island. You can check out what’s for sale HERE.
2015 was a year of massive change and introspection. Moving to Hawaii on my own, as a single gal, was exciting but scary. And as you now know from the above, it changed my whole life!
Coming up in 2016: I am looking forward to flying to Oahu to testify on behalf of the anti-cruelty Senate bills I created. I’ll be visiting the island of Aruba in April to volunteer at a massive spay/neuter campaign there. And in August, the Go-Go’s will heading out for our final, farewell tour. Dates have not been annouced yet but watch the Go-Go’s FB page for updates. I hope all of you will come out!
This farewell tour looks like it’s for realsies. (And, no, we have never done a farewell tour before. We had one scheduled for 2010, but cancelled it when I fell off a cliff and destroyed my knee!). It is with mixed feelings that we embark on our last adventure together. What an incredible ride we have had. I hope you will continue to follow all of us on our future endeavors. I can’t thank you enough for your support of the band and my solo work over all these FIVE decades!
My biggest hope these days is that my adventures of helping animals will inspire you to get out there and do something, no matter how small. It all starts with one act of kindness!
Check out #7!!! 🙂
Jane has all kinds of autographed items in her official store.
Jane talks about the Go-Go’s early days, writing music and changes in today’s music business with DJ Dank and Maria Konner in Part 1 of her interview on Under the Golden GateLIVE! from Kink.com.
Jane talks about her comic book series and now musical Lady Robotika and making people happy with her music.
Jane talks with Maria Konner and DJ Dank about being a proud member of the BDSM community and her tour of the Kink.com facility.
Jane Wiedlin performs “Thirteen Men” while accompanied by Maria Konner on piano.
Hi all you Holiday people!
Well, finally 2014 is done. What a long strange year it’s been. I had lots of fun things happen, and lots of not-so-fun things too.
On the bright side, I performed quite a few weddings, each of them beautiful and joyful. I love doing weddings and always end up making new friends. By the way, if you are planning on getting married, you should use me as your officiant! (marriedbyjane.com)
The Go-Go’s did their annual tour this Summer. It was a short one but I still enjoyed myself. Over the years I’ve really fallen in love with the little seaside towns that dot the Eastern coast of the US. They are so charming and such fun to run around and explore! This year was no exception. Being a California girl born in Wisconsin, I find the East Coast glamorous and exotic. Thank you to everyone who came out to see us, especially those of you who come every year and make our shows feel more like family reunions than concerts! You are appreciated.
The band had the honor and privilege of writing songs with the amazing Linda Perry. What a great experience! She is so talented, it is kind of intimidating, but I put on my brave face and went into the experience ready to contribute and have fun. Both of these things I did! I have no idea what will become of the songs we wrote. More will be revealed, and I am trying to just have faith in the Universe on this one.
I worked really hard this year on the musical I have written, LADY ROBOTIKA: THE SPACE OPERA. This is not to be confused with the musical being made that uses the Go-Go’s music, HEAD OVER HEELS. While I am super stoked about the HEAD OVER HEELS musical, LADY ROBOTIKA is my baby because I wrote the whole script myself, and wrote or co-wrote every song! It’s a sci-fi comedy, and is very Girl Power and entertaining.
I organized several staged readings of the show to get audience feedback and then spent the rest of the year doing re-writes. The re-write process never ends, but at the beginning of December, I sent the script and songs out to various people who I hope may help me get this thing on the stage! I am looking for producers, donors, investors and a director and want to have it playing in San Francisco in August of 2015! I am learning a lot and I love doing something slightly different and new from my beloved band. Speaking of the band, Charlotte is a co-writer on several of the songs, so you KNOW the music is great!
In the Spring I bought a small piece of property on the Big Island of Hawaii with the intention of retiring there. I’ve been obsessed with Hawaii since the 80s, and especially the Big Island. It’s so…BIG, and so diverse. I love the volcanos…More on that in a bit.
The not-so-great things that happened…
I got Shingles. Yuck. They were on my face and head, and I thought it was spider bites until I saw a commercial for Shingles, and the actress in the ad looked like me!! Glad I saw that because I was able to immediately get on the medication which shortens the duration of the illness. I’m still waiting for my face to fully heal. Shingles are gross and painful! Don’t mess around if you suspect you have them; get to your doctor right away!
My identity got stolen! I started getting calls from credit card companies congratulating me on my new card. Hmmm, fishy. I only ever have ONE credit card because I’m always paranoid I will misplace my wallet and not be able to remember what cards I have! One card keeps my life simple, especially since I took over doing my own bookkeeping a few years back. Anyway, I quickly cottoned on that mischief was afoot, and joined Lifelock. They were helpful, but I still spent about a month on the phone, all day, every day, talking to credit card companies and credit bureaus and banks. What a mess!!! Strangely enough, even though Identity Theft happens millions of times a year, they actually CAUGHT the person! A lady detective in Los Angeles called me last week to tell me they arrested some people and one of them had a credit card in my name on her! Wow, what are the odds???
I split up with my boyfriend of seven years. I am heartbroken that we couldn’t make it work (my plan was that this was my last relationship; I was going for the long haul). Right now I am just being single. I am surrounded by the love of my dogs, family and good friends, so I am not lonely. It does feel strange though.
Just one week after escrow closed on my little piece of paradise in Hawaii, a new lava flow started that was headed straight for my place. This is still going on and is incredibly nerve-wracking. Even if my place doesn’t get inundated by lava, most likely the lava is going to cross the only highway that provides ingress/egress to the area, and thousands of people will be stranded by the flow. This means it will take more than 3 hours to access such services as hospitals, gas, the airport, shops, etc. This is a huge disaster, not just for me, but for the ten thousand people in the district. It’s hard to overstate the stress this is causing. It is a slow-moving disaster, and there isn’t anything I can do about it except wait to see what happens: where the lava decides to go and when. There is also no way of knowing how long this flow will continue. Lava tends to start and stop, and re-cover itself over and over, getting wider, longer and taller each time it does. Many of the flows on the island are nearly 100 feet high! I am doing my best to be philosophical about this, and patient too. Neither of these things are my strong suit!
I will leave you with this thought: Wouldn’t it be great if we all set our intentions for 2015 to be more compassionate, to help more and hurt less, to strive to be the best kindest people we can, and to be the people who ACT, not complain? That is what I am going for!
Much love to you all,
Why not get in the mood by downloading my holiday song HERE.
Back in Aug I had the pleasure of presiding over the wedding of Josh & Scott! One of the brilliant side effects of doing this Married By Jane officiant thing is the new “family members” I gain. I’ve fallen in love with each and every couple I’ve wed, so my circle of beloved ones just keeps growing.
Thank you everyone who has placed their trust in me for their special day!
Reverend Sister Go-Go (aka Jane Wiedlin) marries Neil & Dan. If you’d like Jane to officiate your wedding please visit marriedbyjane.com for more info.
We are excited to announce the formation of a new San Francisco-based theatrical production company: ROBOTIK PASSIONS PRODUCTIONS.
Our first live production is a sci-fi musical, written by multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter JANE WIEDLIN. Filled with infectious pop/rock songs, this musical is the ultimate homage to vintage science fiction: it’s sexy, kitschy, and full of heart! The book and music are written, and we’re now looking for financial backers and a theater to call home.
We are in the process of casting our two lead players, Kate and Jasper.
KATE is a female rocker in her thirties, small, very pretty, pixie-ish, with a lot of sass and charisma. Singing ability is a MUST, a bit of dancing talent a PLUS, and the ability to play guitar would be great!
JASPER is a male rocker, in his thirties, slender, cheeky grin, strong, sardonic, with a smoldering heat below the surface. Think a young George Harrison. Singing ability is A MUST, a bit of dancing talent a PLUS, and ability to play at least rudimentary guitar (or ability to REALLY fake it!).
Casting will run from Feb.17, 2014 to Feb. 25, 2014.
This is not a fully paid gig YET (there will be a stipend), and the time commitment will be fairly minimal this year, but we will be performing a mini preview show (under 15 minutes) in May of 2014 and our first six week run will take place in March 2015. Leads must be able to commit to the show February, March, and April of 2015.
Please contact producer Danny Tatosian at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, to submit your headshot/resume, or to get involved.
We visit Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s and her dressmaker, Miss Louise, to see Jane’s spaceship captain outfit in-progress.
Then, YBCA curators Joël Tan, Betti-Sue Hertz, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph discuss the connections between Project Nunway and the Dissident Futures exhibition at YBCA. More info at http://ybca.org/project-nunway
Project Nunway is a fashion fundraiser where Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are paired with designers to create looks made from recycled or repurposed materials.
This weekend, local author Neil McGarry and his partner Daniel Ravipinto were married in Delaware after 10 years together. Here, McGarry shares a few words about his special day:
Daniel Ravipinto and I were married in Woodshaven Kruse Park in Claymont, Del., on Sat., Oct. 12, at 11 a.m., by none other than Go-Go’s guitarist and songwriter Jane Wiedlin. We then high-tailed it back to the William Way Community Center to party. Said party included Ms. Wiedlin performing such hits as “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation” and a great cover of the Beach Boys’ song, “God Only Knows.”
If you’d like Jane to officiate your wedding visit www.MarriedByJane.com for more information.
If you want to listen to more froSTed you can download the full album Cold via iTunes HERE. Enjoy. 😉.
froSTed @ California State University Fullerton
froSTed @ No Life Record Store
froSTed @ Tower Records
A few years ago Jane jumped on stage to play We Got The Beat with The Ga-Ga’s… Enjoy! 🙂
Cat Fights and Shoulder Pads Productions presents two NEW Three’s Company episodes live! 3 weeks only! Fridays & Saturdays Jan. 25 – Feb 9. Two shows per night 7&9 PM. Doors open 20 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is limited.
Three’s Company, the run-away hit sitcom starring John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, changed the airwaves forever with their racy subject matter, sexual innuendos and over-the-top physical comedy.
Now you can witness two of the early and beloved episodes live, starring Mike Finn, D’Arcy Drollinger, Laurie Bushman and Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s. With Matthew Martin and Sara Moore as the Ropers. Directed by Cindy Goldfield. Tickets and information are available HERE.
Well, 2012 was quite a year wasn’t it? I was lucky enough to get to do quite a few shows with my beloved Go-Go’s. Touring is tiring but is also about the most fun a person can have…legally. haha.
I performed some wonderful marriage ceremonies. I love officiating weddings; I always end up making new friends with the greatest people! Visit Married by Jane for more info.
I bought a fixer-upper cabin in Mendocino County, about the prettiest place on Earth, and spent 8 months remodeling it. I am an obsessed amateur decorator, and love nothing better than fixing up houses. (That’s why I move house every couple of years!) Anyway, it is so so great to have our lovely little San Francisco house and now an incredible weekend country cottage to visit. I feel truly blessed.
Some of you may remember that my big sister Meg has been living with us in our place in San Francisco. Well she fell in love in 2012 and in December moved in with her new boyfriend! I’m so happy for her, but I really miss having her with us at home.
One of my darling furkids, Angus, passed away. It was heartbreaking. He was only six years old and I miss him every day. My other three dogs Geordie, Peanut and Malcolm are doing fine and the house is much quieter with just 3 dogs.
I spent Thanksgiving in JAPAN with my boyfriend Travis and friend Xander. We had THE BEST TIME! Xander is a real Japanophile and showed us some truly amazing places. We had fun in Tokyo but it wasn’t till we explored the countryside that I realized what a truly diverse and beautiful country Japan is.
In January of 2012 I performed as Janet Wood in a live stage show of the 70’s sitcom Three’s Company. That went so well that we are doing it again in 2013 in January and February. San Francisco is a great city for small theater and I’m really enjoying being part of that kooky community. You can get tickets for the show HERE.
For my birthday, Travis took me up in a small plane and we flew to our cabin, getting to see the land from above. Then on the flight back we flew over the Golden Gate Bridge, which was having a mad fireworks display to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. That’s a cool thing to see: fireworks from ABOVE!
The movie I acted in and was music supervisor on: Doggie B (also known as Doggie Boogie) was released and is doing well. If you have kids you should check it out; you can rent it from Redbox and On Demand.
Giants won the World Series and the whole city went crazy!!! EVEN ME!!!! haha
EXCITING NEWS! We just opened a new section of my official online shop at janewiedlin.com called Jane’s Closet where we will be selling clothing and accessories worn by moi. New stuff will be added every week and you may recognize some of the stuff from stage or TV. Lots of cute things to collect or wear! And a portion of the proceeds will go to my favorite cause, animal rescue. Thanks in advance for checking it out!
There was too much sadness and violence in the world in 2012. I hope in 2013 we can move towards a more evolved way of being.
I wish you all health and happiness.