Welcome to the Insta-hood: @msfemfatale_2.0!

This week I interview instagram account: @msfemfatale_2.0

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

” Well the name is Heather May and I’m an Artist & Writer.  I have a background in Journalism and Esthetics (Make Up/Skin Care).  I live with a chronic illness which affects my day to day and has altered my once super busy corporate life.   However through my challenges, I am able to work on my true passion, art and writing.   Plus they are pain/therapy coping mechanisms.  I have my really bad days and I’ve used my online platforms as an authentic place of safety and freedom- to just be me.   I have a blog I’m getting back into msfemfatale.com where I share musings and hopefully soon to be more written stories.  I’ve started a podcast this last year, that has allowed me to connect with some amazing individuals and form many new friendships and experiences.

I guess it makes me feel like a bad bitch gangster 🤣 (that’s my sarcasm funny) 

Things I’m into:  I love horror, pop culture, photography, helping people, aesthetically pleasing things, music, movies, animals, bohemian concepts, science, magical things, organic/holistic health, nature, science, and soul experiences- list really goes on. Things I like:  cult classics like twin peaks, and so on, retro nostalgia, anime, and flowers, crystals, baths (water is very grounding for me), sound therapies, and butterflies. I’m a dreamer, lover, and dog mom through and through. I do have my cynical moments and carry a very witty sense of humor.

 I’d say aside from my eyes, it’s one of my best traits.  I’ve had some deep trauma in my life and many trauma survivors, kind of develop a bit of a sensitive yet harder side, that allows us to be unapologetically real. “

2. What is Atomic Blonde Podcast?

” I started this podcast about a year ago.  I spent my early adult years touring with and dating several well known musicians.  I thought it would be fun to talk about those experiences, but in reality it developed into so much more than that.  
The name Atomic Blonde came from a mixture of ideas, but my best description would be a mix of Bob Marley’s Redemption song which talks about that Atomic Energy and mixing that with the flamboyant blonde personality I harbor, you get Atomic Blonde.   

My show has grown so much and not only do I share random past stories, the podcast has turned into a platform for me to be really authentic and talk about things I’m dealing with in life and the realness of others experiences.  Each week I have on a guest that I find interesting, or a friend, or a circled connection, and we talk about life, truths, music, zodiac stuff, and the list goes on. There is never a dull moment, and the pop quiz portion is so much fun!  My ultimate goal with my podcast is to help others through the sharing of experiences, and that empowers me, also in my own mental health/physical journey.    I like a variety and my show definitely packs a sizzle but a good one for the heart. Readers can listen on Spotify or Apple – just search Atomic Blonde Podcast and come on over to my party!  Everyone is welcome ❤️Sometimes I take short time breaks due to life or health things, but I always keep the atomic going!  Working on some new guest line ups as we speak. “

3. Can you talk a little about your youtube channel?

“I don’t really have an active YouTube channel I promote, but you can find some of my rap beats over there.  I’d rather promote my blog msfemfatale.com or my Instagram where I’m most active in the social media sphere @msfemfatale_

4. What is a hidden talent that you have that many people don’t know?

“Oh my goodness, I’m not quite sure… I guess sometimes, I wish I had superpowers and if I did, I’d want to fly or somehow save the world.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

I own a store where you can order merchandise I design, in the form of tees and bags called The Ghoulbie Shop: theghoulbieshop.com

I have been putting a collection of my poetry together for sometime, and I hope to have it published in its own book, by the end of the year. 
I am taking custom Art Commissions always and you can contact me through my social channels for that as well as my Instagram art page @hmayartz 

If you like to learn more information about Heather May the following link is below:


thank you so much for the interview!!!

Until Next time!

So I was thinking…….

as the end of summer is nearby I had a couple of random thoughts these last couple of months. I have been thinking about writing a children’s book. I have a couple of ideas bouncing in my head and want to collaborate with an illustrator.

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @littlehalien !

This week I interviewed @littlehalien :

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:
Selfie from René Magritte exhibition at SFMOMA

“My name is Hayley Richardson and I have lived in Denver, CO for 11 years. I grew up in San Francisco and the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and lived in New Mexico for my high school and college years (plus a few extra). I came to Denver to pursue a masters degree in art history and museum studies, and because I fell in love with the amazing art and music scenes here. Art is my big passion in life – I am especially fond of American counterculture art of the 1950s-1970s and Mesoamerican art. I’ve worked in galleries and museums since I was 15 and I have been Director of The Dikeou Collection in Denver for 6 years.

Sorting and organizing collage materials

Aside from my job, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, collage/drawing/painting/photo and video editing, cooking (especially New Mexican cuisine. . . green chile on everything!), going to concerts and clubs when I can though I can’t hang like I used to (veteran raver kid), exploring second-hand shops/antique malls/thrift stores/flea markets, and attempting to re-work research papers for publication (not going well lol). Big nature and animal lover, too.”

2. How did you come up with your Instagram name?

“The name Halien was bestowed upon me by my 4th grade teacher. I had just moved to LA and was the “weirdo from San Francisco” who insisted on reading ridiculous stories I had written about the class getting abducted by aliens, complete with chalkboard illustrations. I resurrected the name as my username for New Mexico rave message boards and it has stuck ever since, both online and IRL.”

3. Can you talk a little about the museum you work for?

Momoyo Torimitsu, “Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable,” 2000; Vik Muniz, “Milan (Last Supper),” 1998

“The Dikeou Collection is a private collection of contemporary art that is free and open to the public. The collection is comprised of about 40 international artists (and growing), and was founded by brother and sister Denver-natives Pany and Devon Dikeou. The collection is located on the 5th floor of a historic building, and is a winding sprawl of office suites that we converted into exhibition spaces. The artwork spans all genres and media, from painting and photography, to video and interactive sculpture. Devon Dikeou is the curator of the collection, and she is also an artist and the founder/editor/publisher of NYC-based art publication zingmagazine. Most of the artists represented in the collection have had their work published in zingmagazine, and Devon’s artwork is exhibited in the collection, so the intersections between collecting, publishing, and art practice is the conceptual foundation of the collection as an exhibition.”

Detail of Devon Dikeou “Not Quite Mrs. De Menil’s Liquor Closet,” 1991 ongoing, taken at “Mid-Career Smear” opening reception. Photo credit: From the Hip Photography

People frequently ask how often we change exhibitions and the answer is never. . . we don’t rotate, we expand. So not only do we have the main location downtown, we also have a pop-up gallery in a former record shop on Colfax Ave by the capitol. However, in March 2019 we closed for one year to de-install the collection for Devon Dikeou’s retrospective exhibition “Mid-Career Smear,” which opened in February 2020. We had to temporarily close again due to Covid, but the exhibition has re-opened and will be on view at The Dikeou Collection until February 2023. The original Dikeou Collection artwork/exhibition (plus new acquisitions), will come back on view sometime in 2024.

Custom sunglasses workshop at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax with a view of some of the vinyl archive

We have a very active programming/events calendar with a literary series, film screenings, family art workshops, artist talks, tours, an internship program, a jazz concert series, and DJ events. (Currently working to rebuild the events calendar in a Covid-world). In addition to the art collection, I also oversee an extensive vinyl archive of 15,000+ LPs, 45s, and 10”, an in-office library, film, and article archive, and a large collection of vintage fashion.”

9 of the 33 racks from the fashion archive in a custom cedar paneled room (prior to being covered in muslin garment bags)

4. What made you want to become a museum director?

“I actually wanted to be a curator more than a director. In addition to my love of art, I developed a passion for collecting at a young age. My room was always full of treasures on display, but things got serious when I discovered Beanie Babies in 1995 (yes, I was one of those people). I closely followed the market trends, filled binders and notebooks with handwritten checklists and variant spec sheets, subscribed and wrote to all the collectors magazines, made friends with the shop owners I liked, and got a little competitive about it sometimes. “

My best friend gifted me these awesome Teenie Beanie Baby international bears from McDonalds

“These habits transferred to other things I collected like prints, magazines, art books, vinyl toys, and music as I got older. I didn’t even know what a curator was until I was about 14 and my dad suggested combining my art knowledge and collecting skills into a curatorial career. After college someone told me I needed to work for a private collector, and all I could think was, “Yeah right, that could never happen in a million years.” Now I am director of one of the strongest private contemporary art collections in the country. . .wild!”

5. What has been your favorite movie you have watched this summer and why?

“Sadly I am out of touch with movies right now so I don’t really have a favorite for the summer. I’ve watched a lot of documentaries and docu-series, though. I’ve watched all of the “Dark Side” series on Vice, “This is Pop” on Netflix, “Icon: Music Through the Lens” on PBS, and “In Search of Darkness” and “Crystal Lake Memories” on Shudder. “The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story” on Hulu was very well done. “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage” left me bothered in a lot of ways, but it led me to look up videos of the performances and those have been fun to revisit. I grew up watching documentaries about my parents’ generation, and now that we are 2 decades into the 21st century, the 1980s and 1990s are prime for documentary retrospective analysis. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and since that’s my generation, it’s interesting to look back at the world that shaped me. I haven’t been to a movie theater yet since they’ve reopened, but I would really like to see “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”

If you would like to learn more about Hayley. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @littlehalien

Twitter: @littleHalien

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Dikeou Collection Website: https://dikeoucollection.org/

Dikeou Collection Instagram: @dikeoucollection

A Sultry Summer: the movie version!

Hello everyone!!! With the end of summer coming around the corner I decided to talk about three movies that was on my to watch list. Most of them are older movies but I feel represent the feeling of summer.

Body Heat ( 1981) directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner:

Set in Florida during the hottest months of the year. Kathleen Turner plays a married woman name Mary Ann Simpson (aka Matty) who meets a lawyer named Ned Racine. Things become especially sultry between the two when they start an affair and began plotting to kill Matty’s husband. But things start to twist and turn when Ned realizes he signed up for something he wasn’t prepared for with Matty.

I remember I had to watch this movie for a class I took in college and never thought about it again until the Criterion Collection included in it’s neo film collection. I just re-watched it a couple of days ago and I appreciate it a lot more because it reminds me of the older neo classics.

Fun Fact about the movie: Christopher Reeve was offer the role of Ned Racine but turned it down because he believed that he couldn’t do the personality trait of a lawyer justice.

Body Double (1984) directed by Brian De Palma. Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith and Gregg Henry.

This movie was on my to watch list for a good decade but for some reason I kept putting it off until this June. It stars Craig Wasson who plays Jake. He is a struggling actor who decides to house sit for an other actor’s house for a couple of weeks. He notices his neighbor across the street has a unique nightly ritual that she performs and he starts to have an infatuation that leads into chaos.

I ended up watching this movie twice because I was totally smitten with the Pino Donaggio soundtrack! One personal favorite is the song called “Telescope”

Fun Fact about the movie:

Melanie Griffith said that the role of Holly lead her to get the role of Working Girl (1988) directed by Mike Nichols:

Manhunter (1986) directed by Michael Mann. Starring Ton Noonan, William Peterson, and Joan Allen:

William Grahman is a retired FBI Profiler but comes back for last case. He has to track down a crazy serial killer named “the tooth fairy” while consulting an other serial killer that he locked up.

Fun Fact about this movie: this soundtrack was on heavy rotation on my June music playlist.

What movies are you watching during the end of the summer? Comment below!

Until next time.

Sources, Youtube and IMDB.com

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @hollywoodk_!

Hello and welcome to this week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood! This week I interviewed @hollywoodk_

  1. Tell me a little about yourself: ” I’m a born and raised New Yorker, but I also used to spend a lot of time on the west coast with my Grandmother in Long Beach California.”

2.  What made you get into making movies?

“Well I always loved watching action and horror movies since I was a child, renting from Blockbuster and watching movie marathons on TV. But what got me interested in being a part of creating films was watching my mother. My mom worked in the TV/Film industry in the 90’s and early 00’s and she was my first example of seeing someone actually being a part of the process of creating the things I saw on the big screen. As I grew more and more interested in film I was given a Sony Camcorder on my 12th birthday. I then convinced some of my friends who had realistic airsoft guns to make a black and white mafia movie with me, we all got our church suits and did our best rendition of Reservoir Dogs (we were all like 12). After that I just caught the filmmakers bug, I continued to learn new things and perfect my craft and now I’m here.”

3.  Can you talk a bit about your short that is coming out in August?

“My short that’s being premiered on 247films.tv through the 2021 Hip Hop Film Festival is called “A Bittersweet Picture”. The film is about a young frustrated actor trying to break into Hollywood but is pulled between what he deems necessary for success and the ideals of his militant conspiracy theorist father. I came up with the script idea a few years ago, when it seemed like the curtain was being pulled on what goes on behind the scenes in the film industry, it’s not as glamorous as we all thought growing up and I wanted to create something that mirrored that. The film is very much inspired by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive with a touch of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. “

4. If you had to make a summer movie list 2021 to watch:  What would be your top four movies on that list and why?

” I can’t lie, I haven’t seen a brand new movie in a while but I can recommend a few older ones I’ve checked out. With the latest one being “The Lighthouse” a great atmospheric psychological horror movie, even a little funny at times too. “Uncut Gems” was another good kind of crime/drama film, it reminded me of “Bad Lieutenant” with Harvey Keitel (Damn the Nicholas Cage remake) which is another one of my favorite movies. Also “Bad Trip” by Eric Andre was hilarious, and I loved the way they made a narrative out of a prank movie.”

Bad Lieutenant

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“Yes I do, I’m also working on my merchandise that’s inspired by the Underground Film scene coming soon. Fashion is just as important in a film then anything, a lot of the classics that we remember we never forget what they were wearing Spike Lee and his jordans in “Do The Right Thing” Bruce Lee with his yellow jumpsuit in “Game of Death” and the classic suits in “Reservoir Dogs”. I wanted to make a clothing line that was a love letter to the underground film scene.”

If you like more information on Kenny Allen. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @hollywoodk_

youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KennyAllenFilms