Message from Jane!

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.

screen-capture-2On 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.

screen-capture-3The 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.

LR-Space-Opera-COVER-546x1024I 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.

10547519_10152557530357943_9184399948406775700_nJust 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,
Jane

Scott & Josh

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!

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ROBOTIK PASSIONS PRODUCTIONS

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 dannytatosian@gmail.com for more info, to submit your headshot/resume, or to get involved.

Project Nunway

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.

GAY WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS!

GAY WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto

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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.

Jane and Love Charisse

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Jane will be playing a show with Love Charisse on Easter Sunday at 2pm in Dolores Park in San Francisco. More info HERE.
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Charisse is a new artist who just finished recording her album in Jane’s studio, with her beau Travis Kasperbauer as producer.  Jane co-wrote a song for the record with Charisse and they sang it as a duet.  The song is called “At The End”.
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Jane says “Charisse is the most talented young artist I have EVER worked with, and I think people are going to love her and her music.” 

Three’s Company

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.

Update from Jane!

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.

It makes me so happy that people still come out to see us and still have such a good time. The band even sold out the Hollywood Bowl, 30 years AFTER we sold it out the first time! Wow!

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.
Love,
Jane

It’s Ok To Do Stuff video

Check out Jane singing in the video for It’s Ok To Do Stuff from the album It’s OK to Do Stuff, songs that didn’t make it into Free To Be You and Me, now just $3.99 on iTunes. Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital With apologies to Marlo Thomas

MIXNYC – Jane Wiedlin auction

 

Bid on Jane’s camera HERE!

Jane took photographs on a disposable 35mm camera and signed the camera especially for this auction.  You are bidding on the signed camera — when you win it, you can develop the film in the camera and see Jane’s photographs!  This is a unique opportunity to own the original creative work of your favorite star.

Jane included a list of everything she shot, written in her own handwriting and signed (see photo).  This comes with the camera.  There are 27 exposures on the film.

This auction benefits MIX: The New York Queer Experimental Film Festival.  For 25 years MIX has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema.  For more information, visit www.mixnyc.org.

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

–one unprocessed disposable Fuji camera [27 exposures], autographed

ABOUT US: 

MIX NYC is a 25-year-old 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose board members board & staff are volunteers.  Our signature event, the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, took place in November 2012; the dates for MIX NYC 2013 will be announced soon. In 2006 we launched a free summer media-training program for disadvantaged queer youth, and a film preservation program to save essential queer films from being lost to future generations. Throughout the year we host free community screenings in greater New York City. MIX also produces the ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), which is documenting the history of AIDS activism.   

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to MIX projects & events.