Beyond the Hedges | Summer 2019 | TOM House

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1965, Graphite on paper,  ©1965-2019 Tom of Finland Foundation

An Acoustic Series

Beyond the Hedges is an acoustic series that invites everyone into the magical home of Tom of Finland. Tom spent his final years, here, at TOM House, welcuming all who came…through the gates at 1421 Laveta Terrace.

Tom was an avid music lover, blues, classical, rock and more.

Beyond the Hedges bridges one of Tom’s loves and invites folks to learn about his legacy and the work that Tom of Finland Foundation does.

A monthly music series the last Sunday of every month

30th June – Shamir 
For June we invite Shamir: A true chameleon of music. His first release was steeped in dance, and his latest music is a stunningly beautiful take on pop music and flipping it on its head through lo-fi production.


2:00p – Ian Sweet
3:00p – Shamir
4:30p – Mike ETC
5:30p – Shannon

28th July – Hand Habits
For July we invite Hand Habits, Kera and the Lesbians and Night Shop. Meg Duffy arguably released one of the most beautiful albums of 2019. Their album contemplates the fragility of human relationships through self-discovery. Their music evokes waves of warm intimacy, inviting a dreamlike interpretation of Americana.


3:30p – Justin Sullivan (Night Shop)
4:30p – KERA (Kera & the Lesbians)
5:30p – Hand Habits

DJ Bongwater will spin intermittently throughout the afternoon.

25th August – Kate Berlant

For August we invite comedian Kate Berlant. We could make the case that Berlant is one of comedy’s finest. Berlant’s show explores our personalities or language patterns are themselves performances. Berlant’s act is hard to describe, but avant-garde/ plannedimprov/ experimental /digressive /ranty /silly /stream-of-consciousness... Plus we have the beacon of bi-sexuality on the bill, Ms Margaret Cho. Cho is a groundbreaking force of nature advocating for queer rights and visibility in the asian community.

Anyway, just trust us and come.

3:15p – Beth Stelling
4:30p – Margaret Cho
5:30p – Kate Berlant & Casey Jane Ellison
Seth Bogart will spin intermittently throughout the afternoon. 


29th September – Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors)

Finally we are excited to bring Dave Longstreth long time front man of the Dirty Projectors to the stage to close out our series. Dave will be performing alongside with Tim Presley of White Fence.

2:00 – 3:00p Marilyn DJ
3:00 – 3:30p ReReDuce
3:30 – 4:00p Marilyn DJ
4:00 – 4:30p Julius Smack
4:30 – 5:00p Marilyn DJ
5:00 – 5:30p Tim Presely (White Fence)
5:30 – 6:00p Marilyn DJ
6:00 – 7:00p David Longstreth


“Gay is Good”


Sundays, 2p


“Hippie Dick!” | 27th June | TOM House

In the early 1990s, Gene Barnes / Portia Manson unveiled Hippie Dick! onto the world. Hippie Dick! was a Xeroxed porn zine that sought to radicalize the tired label “hippie” by mythologizing it within the faerie scene. With literary contributions and occult collages, Hippie Dick! echoed the DIY publishing craze and communal sensibility at Evergreen State College in Olympia, where Barnes was a student. There, he produced various short works of film and video, inspired by his loins, by Kenneth Anger and by his recent HIV positive test results. After graduating, Barnes moved to San Francisco where he built a micro-publishing empire, alternating between print issues of Hippie Dick! and producing made-to-order hardcore hippie porn. Barnes died in 1995, “another boy genius who’s fucking gone,” sang Kathleen Hanna of Gene’s passing on Bikini Kill’s Reject All American LP.


Dirty Looks will reproduce Hippie Dick! volume 1 for the first 100 attendees of the event and Kelly Marie Martin (aka Keroscene), publisher of thorn and executor of Barnes’ estate, will give a multi-media presentation on the zine and its legacy in advance of the screening.

Mercury Rising, super8 on digital video, 20min., 1990
Like Nothing Else (promo for Herd of Turtles), super8 on digital video, 3:40min., 1990
AIDS 101, video, 23:23min., 1989
Thank Gay I’m God, super8 on digital video, 5:30min., 1989/90

Hippie Dick! The Movie selections with by a DJ set by Mike ETC

Courtesy of Dirty Looks. Photos by Bradford Nordeen.

Though Barnes may be gone, his legacy is alive and kicking. Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video, and performance, and the Tom of Finland Foundation will be celebrating Hippie Dick! with a night of multimedia presentations, film screenings, and a party featuring a DJ set by Mike ETC and selections from Hippie Dick! the movie. – Hannah Jackson, Flaunt

Hippie Dick Issue #1 (Courtesy Kelly Marie Martin)

Films range from the experimental Super 8 art film Mercury Rising (1990)an attempt to complete Kenneth Anger’s Rising trilogy, to the 1990 documentary AIDS 101, to selections from the porn film Hippie Dick! The Movie. – Matt Stromberg, HyperAllergic

$12 at the door (includes Hippie Dick! vol. 1 edition)
Thursday, 7pm