November 2, 2013, Temescal Art Center, Oakland

Saturday night’s Musical Dance Jam Celebration for Frank Moore was an amazing and wonderful opportunity to gather people together who knew and loved Frank, and really to continue that feeling of intimacy, depth and wide open possibilities that was Frank’s life work, and that now lives on in all of us.  It was really so much like many of Frank’s performances at the Temescal Art Center, his performance home for the last 4+ years.  We were always amazed at the wide range of people that would attend those performances, and it was really in keeping with the way Frank was with everyone in his life.  He loved and was loved by so many different kinds of people, from so many different walks of life.  So we had everyone from labor activists, micro-radio revolutionaries, neighbors from the block, long-time students and ex-students, friends from the SF punk scene, photographers, fans and attendees of Frank’s performances young and old, and even some young Greek musicians travelling through who just heard about Frank and this event, and wanted to join the jam!  Not to mention Frank’s ENT doctor and friend of three decades, Rich and physical therapist and friend for just as long, Francine.

Linda, Erika and Megan went around the room, which quickly filled, asking everyone how they knew Frank and what he meant to them ... the responses were powerful, deep and funny!  Frank’s impact was deeply felt.  It seemed also a way for all of these different people in Frank’s life to experience firsthand the impact Frank made on such a wide range of people, and through so many different avenues ... Frank’s internet station, LUVeR, his performances, his running for President in 2008, his live music jams in punk clubs, his trips to the doctor and hospital stays, etc.!  We were really happy that the spirit of Frank’s performance and life flowed on seamlessly into this celebration.

And of course then there was the music jam and dance!  The music really started with Tomek and Kene-J (aka Frank’s “Son”) laying down a beautiful deep track of music throughout the entire night as people talked about Frank.  And after Kene-J said some words of his own about Frank, Linda asked him to do two songs, the first a rap that we had not heard before, which seemed to be about or inspired by Frank, and the second a recent favorite, “To Be Free”, which Kene-J said was inspired by his experiences of Frank’s performances, and which we first heard at the August 2012 “Risk For Deep Love” performance.  We felt Kene-J’s deep love for Frank in these songs.  At some point, the Greeks joined Tomek and Kene-J in this ongoing jam.  And after Erika read Annie Sprinkle’s audience-participation message for Frank, in which Annie had everyone in the room doing a short eroplay ritual tickling each other’s arms, the dance jam began!

It was a beautiful erotic jam of melting bodies and rhythmic soft waves of music ... Almost everyone picked up an instrument to join the jam and play along as Linda, Erika and Megan took off each other’s clothes and danced nude erotically as slides of the history of Frank’s performances projected on their bodies. Some of the others in the audience also took off their clothes.  And after an erotic tickling session, the three went and “got” the audience, holding and rocking each person in the room.  This amazing jam then segued into a sing-a-long led by Captain Fred, a long time friend and collaborator from the micro-radio movement.  He passed out the lyrics to “With A Little Help from My Friends”, and the whole room sang it together, backed up by the musicians.  It was a great way to “end” the night, although of course as Kene-J pointed out earlier when everyone clapped for his performances, “Frank always said ‘No clapping’!”  ... because clapping is as if something has ended, and Frank always talked about how the performances don’t really “end”.  We all feel that here.

Theremin Barney of Fluff Grrl, who was there with Annie and Mike, said at one point that he felt that Bob Madigan and Frank created “environments” ... they created around them a space in which people could come together and be together in ways that were outside of the normal, and that didn’t seem possible without them, and that he missed this so much with Bob’s passing, and now Frank.  But as the night went on, and so many people asked for the performances and Frank’s work to continue, it was even more clear that there really isn’t an end ... that Frank’s work continues in us.  This was a confirmation of what we have already felt.  As Frank told Linda a few days before he died, kicking all of our asses to enjoy everything, even the idea of him dying ...“We have an amazing life, and it will just continue!”


A response from our neighbor after attending Frank’s Party:

Laurie, a neighbor from our block, said she just loved the celebration for Frank last night.  She said she feels like she really got who Frank was.  Even though she has known of Frank, having lived in the neighborhood for years, and has seen “Deep Core Magic” and “Frank Moore’s Unlimited Possibilities” on Berkeley Public Access, she felt like this was the first time she really got an experience of who Frank was from hearing everyone talk about him.  She said that what she got from what people were saying about Frank was that Frank was a “reflector”, that he would really see who people were and he would give that back to them, and give them what they needed.  She referred, as one example, to something that Theremin Barney said about how he was an introvert, but around Frank, he got to be an extrovert!  “I guess that’s what a Shaman does,”  she said.  She was struck by the variety of people who were saying this about Frank, and struck by how much Frank gave to people.

Laurie was also talking about how she really felt like Frank’s death was not an end at all, that it was a beginning ... she said she felt Frank’s heart in Linda, how Frank was in Linda and in all of us.  She said that everything about Frank was in Linda, and in all of us, all of the history, etc., was in Linda’s and all of our bodies.  She felt like it was a beginning for her, really knowing Frank now for the first time, and for us too.  She loved Annie’s ritual/message for Frank.  She paired up with Francine, Frank’s long time physical therapist, for this tickling ritual.  She was asking about the word, “eroplay”, and she really got it, really liked that.  She also really felt how much we all were together, and how much we embodied Frank.




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Read all the amazing things people have said about frank after he died

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Iconic Bay Area performance artist Frank Moore dies; tribute planned in Oakland

SF Examiner, October 21, 2013

Vince Echavaria


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R.I.P. Frank Moore June 25th 1946 – October 14th 2013: American Hero, Revolutionary Artist, Wounded Healer & Great LUVeR ❤

By Dr. Susan Block, October 14, 2013


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“We Misfits Are Still Needed”:

A Performance Conversation
with Frank Moore

By Audrey Rubinstein, October 15, 2013


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Farewell to quadriplegic performance artist Frank Moore

Stephen Taylor


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E’ morto Frank Moore – Il poeta sciamano



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Listen to Barb Golden's tribute to Frank on KPFA, December 6, 2013

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Read "Wide-Open"
the last poem that Frank wrote


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Black Angel "The Wild Life"
A tribute to Frank Moore and Marianne Faithful

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Listen to a special Radical Perspectives on Berkeley Liberation Radio with Gerald Smith, Corey Nicholl, Alexi Malenky and Erika Shaver-Nelson


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