21.3. LARRY GALLERY #2 KATJA-INGA BALDOWSKI: THE CUDDLE TOY MASSACRE LOVE SHOW

Katja-Inga Baldowski performas as “Tulipa Goldsmith” at Larry on March 21, 2015 at 10 p.m.

Larry Gallery, 131 Chausseestrasse, Berlin-Mitte, March 21, 2015, 10 p.m.

BERLIN – A muse to cult filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, Hamburg performance artist Katja-Inga Baldowski creates a conceptual burlesque performance that leaves the pasties in the dust. Instead of your typical seduction with thigh-highs, the artist brings on teddy bears and fake blood into an unlikely performance. Standing in the front window gallery of Larry Gallery, much like a scene from Hamburg’s red light district, S. Pauli, the performance is a critical comment on consumption.

The remains of the performance will stay in the gallery for the week thereafter. Baldowski’s performance is followed by a DJ set by DJ Nik Voir aka musician and artist Nicole Dargé who spins wave 1980s, 70s rock, post punk and other wicked tunes until the wee hours.

About Katja-Inga Baldowski

Costume designer and artist Katja-Inga Baldowski lives in Hamburg. Her ideas draw from the stories behind grand costumes and the lives they have lived. Her performances, under the name “Tulipa” include a backwards striptease and an avant-garde burlesque. “I don’t do the thing with feathers,” she says. “My show irritates.”

She played the role of the figure skater in a short film by acclaimed cult filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, which was featured last year at The Hole NYC in Brooklyn, which was written about in The New York Times. Baldowski was recently interviewed in Missy Magazine, where she was quoted saying was quoted saying how much she loves movie stars like Rita Hayworth and that the Fake Fur Cuddle Toy Coat she made is a statement against animal suffering. Upcoming next, she is working on a dildo collection inspired by her favourite 1980s toys.

About Larry Berlin

As rent goes up and as the upscale district of Mitte is quickly gentrifying, one local venue keeps it authentic: LARRY Club Berlin. LARRY Club Berlin opened on September 28, 2013 as a retro bar. A small bar with two rooms, it has its trademark pink lights and is filled with vintage slot machines. From new wave to glam rock, this is where you can come and hear Money For Nothing by Dire Straits by Berlin DJs include DJ Nick Sleazy and Julia Cesar.

The name Larry is a homage to bar owner Rebecca Brodsky’s father who always used to tell her “Häng mal nicht den Larry raus” (literally translated as “Don’t hang out the Larry,” which means “Don’t show off”). He was always telling Rebecca to not show off in public, but LARRY is a grand statement to always show off.

On the walls, there are eight slot machines from 1965-1980, including Rotamint German slot machines and a Roulomint Zero, all of which take 10 Pfennig coins. Anyone can play the 1977 Bobby Orr pinball machine, named after the famous Canadian hockey player, which is free of charge.