Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012 with Guest Judges Dave Navarro, Traci Lords & Alexis Arquette, Hosted by Comedian Brian Posehn

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012

On Friday, March 30, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present Natalia Fabia’s Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012 at Dragonfly Bar in Hollywood. See the new Miss Hooker get crowned!!


With Comedian Guest Host, Brian Posehn
Judges Traci Lords & Dave Navarro
Friday, March 30, 2012
9pm-12am

Dragonfly Bar 6510
Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

On Friday, March 30, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present Natalia Fabia’s Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012 at Dragonfly Bar in Hollywood. Following the scintillating success of Fabia’s 2008 pageant, the event celebrates the artist’s concept that “everyone is a hooker,” and like “a sparkle on steroids,” the upcoming pageant promises to be more electrifying than ever before.

Defined as “someone who sells one’s talents and abilities, talent, or name for money,” Fabia notes “a hooker to me means a rad, strong, talented, tough, colorful, independent, stylish, and beautiful woman.” The pageant is Fabia’s platform to highlight real women in Hollywood’s music and art scene with a part burlesque performance and part improvised event that applauds beauty, brains and brawn.

Based on the original pageant competition format, the night will feature three main categories – with an emphasis on each contestant’s unusual talents as they tussle for the title of Miss Hooker 2012. Fabia adds, “Real pageants now focus on looks, bathing suit category and popularity, not even airing the talent competition on TV. These hookers happen to be beautiful, but they are also highly talented and creative. The pageant will showcase that and more, while being amusing and funny!”
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Evening Gown: Each contestant’s trademark sassy style will be on display as they cruise down the aisle, runway style, in custom dresses.

Talent: Hidden talents, unique skills and clever tricks will steal the show, which can range from hula-hooping and breathing fire to a rare comedy ventriloquist dummy performance.

Interview: Three contestants will face the final challenge — a question and answer session that will test and titillate.

Joined by comedian host Brian Posehn (Sarah Silverman show, Just shoot Me, HBO's Mr Show….) and a surprise ensemble of celebrity judges, Miss One Dolla No Holla, the winner of Miss Hooker 2008 will return to perform a special musical number for the crowning of Miss Hooker 2012. The event will also feature custom opening number costumes by Los Angeles designer Jessica Louise, creative production by Vanessa Burgundy and prizes from Hairroin Salon, Bonsoir Bella Bikinis and TUK shoes.

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012 takes place Friday, March 30 at Dragonfly Bar. The event will be followed by “Hookers” a group exhibition curated by Natalia Fabia, opening Saturday, March 31 at Corey Helford Gallery.

Natalia Fabia
Natalia Fabia’s paintings are the signature of LA’s “new progressive” women of the 21st century. Like the independent working class of women who emerged from the Industrial Revolution or the liberated “Flappers” of the 1920’s, Natalia’s women are unabashed, aggressive and confident as she documents their influence on the lifestyle of an enrapt world. Irreverently calling them “hookers” – she uses the term like men use “dude” - she is fueled and fascinated by their color, their sparkles, their sultriness and their strength.

Natalia Fabia is of Polish descent and was raised in Southern California where she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Fabia, a traditional oil painter, inspired by artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and John Singer Sargent, ornate interiors, wild animals, voyeurism, and punk rock, Fabia also produced the first known Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant and her jewelry line Hookerfeathers adorns celebrities and fans alike. Her work has also been featured in numerous galleries and museums worldwide. She has been featured in LA Weekly’s 2010 People Issue, Art Ltd., Angeleno, Juxtapoz, Inked and New York Arts magazine as well as appeared on Miami Ink, KNBC News, Fox 11 News, and was interviewed by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1. For more information about the artist, please visit www.nataliafabia.com.

Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Corey Helford Gallery exhibits a diverse collection of Contemporary artists influenced by to- day’s pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art. Artists include Josh Agle (Shag), Ray Caesar, D*Face, Chloe Early, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Kukula, Lola, The London Police, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Michael Mararian, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Risk, Amy Sol, Martin Wittfooth, and Nick Walker. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers,” which was co-curat- ed by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion,” an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerg- ing and noted American artists. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.

Guest Judges Dave Navarro

Check out Dave's site at
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Traci Lords

Traci Lords exploded on the scene in 1986 via a tabloid TV feeding frenzy. Reporters had a field day with the notorious teenager who had left behind an abusive home and landed on the pages of Penthouse Magazine. America was fascinated with the eighteen-year old sexpot who reportedly had starred in dozens of hardcore porn movies and dared seek a legitimate acting career. People laughed but Lords marched boldly on. "The past is the past" she said, "and I'm done with all that." She enrolled in the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and was soon cast in her first feature film, Roger Corman's sci-fi cult hit, "Not Of This Earth." A review in the Los Angeles Times cut to the chase: "The answer is yes, she can act!" Faint praise indeed but Stephen J. Cannell was impressed enough to cast her opposite Kevin Spacey in his critically acclaimed television show "Wiseguy." Lords held her own and the industry began to take notice.

A series of guest starring appearances on such popular television shows as "Nash Bridges," "Tales From The Crypt" and "Married With Children" followed. But it was John Waters' "Cry Baby" that elevated her to the level of an actress to be reckoned with. She was cast opposite Johnny Depp and once again demonstrated a flair for comedy. But her past continued to cost her roles. A multi-tasking fiercely driven young woman, Lords refused to be dismissed. " I worked too hard for fifteen minutes of fame," she said. "I'm gonna need at least double that" and then she broadened her net and took it.

While working on shows like "Roseanne" and "Melrose Place," Lords' musical aspirations lead her into a parallel career as a singer/songwriter. She made her recording debut as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers' "Little Baby Nothing" and then went on to record her debut solo album "1000 Fires" for Radioactive/MCA Records. The Juno Reactor-produced first single, "Control" proved a smash hit reaching a peak of #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Shortly thereafter, it was chosen for the soundtrack of the film "Mortal Combat" which ultimately earned Traci her first double platinum album. Her second single, "Fallen Angel" piqued the interest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Dave Navarro whom Lords convinced to remix the track. Their version was dubbed "The Honeymoon Stitch Mix" and the critics and fans ate it up.

Once again, Lords defied the odds and opportunity came calling. She was invited to perform "Fallen Angel" in the film "Virtuosity" starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Then the latex wearing club kid set up camp where few women were welcome…the male dominated DJ circuit. With her lip gloss in hand she hit the road redefining the role of DJ and rocked the house for Perry Farrell's late night Lollapalooza crowds. Farrell later said: "I remember Traci Lords making electronic music and spinning records long before Madonna ever got the idea. Traci was always way ahead of her time."

In the blink of an eye, she was off again, challenging Wesley Snipes to throw down in the massively successful sci fi/horror/action movie "Blade." Lords shone in her role as the badass vampire "Raquel," and "Blade" took a big bite out of the competition claiming the number one movie in America title. While the sexy bloodsucker hypnotized audiences all across the world, Lords delighted in killing them softly. Around that time, she was cast as a serial killer in NBC's series "Profiler." When her character was caught and killed at the end of the season she went on to executive produce her next film, "Extramarital" which whetted her appetite for more work behind the camera.

But the spotlight beckoned once again and Lords won Best Actress at the US Comedy Arts festival for her portrayal of a Wisconsin brewery worker in the Miramax/Dimension film "Chump Change".

Lords "Take all prisoners and feed them… cause you may need them later" attitude endeared her to many. "Kind, sassy, self-deprecating, hard working, completely down to earth and she bakes a wicked chocolate cake!" said "First Wave" producer Chris Brancato in an interview. Brancato cast her as the ballsy leader of a militia force known as the "Raven Nation" in the Francis Ford Coppolla produced sci-fi series. Lords relocated to Vancouver, Canada and spent a year battling aliens. Lords' addition to the cast boosted the show's ratings over 20% and contributed to the fledgling SciFi Channel's success. "It was a very important time in my life. I was by myself in Canada. No friends, family…no one really. It forced me to stop for a minute and really think about who I am."

And thought she did.

Then she wrote it all down. HarperCollins published her autobiography "Traci Lords Underneath It All." Publisher's Weekly raved: "Frank, opinionated, intelligent and drenched in emotion, the rare celebrity memoir that will have readers cheering Lords on as they speed through its gritty big-souled pages." She toured the United States promoting her memoir appearing on such shows as "Oprah", "Biography" and "Larry King Live." The book has gone on to become a best seller in Japan, Sweden, and Serbia. She followed it all up by writing /directing her first short film, "Sweet Pea" for the Fox Searchlab. She then rediscovered her singing voice recording "Sunshine" "What Cha Gonna Do" and "You Burn Inside Of Me." The songs were featured in the hit series "Joan Of Arcadia" and can be found on cdbaby.com

Her unique voice can be heard today in many forums, from animation ( "The Chosen One" ) to video games ("True Crime New York City," for which she took Best Supporting Actress at the Spike Video Game Awards.)

In the summer of 2007, Traci was featured in the Lifetime movie "Point Of Entry" and starred opposite Bill Pullman and Taryn Manning in Matthew Wilder's "Your Name Here."

By summer's end, Lords was gearing up for a brand new journey, that of motherhood. Later that fall, Traci and husband Jeffery welcomed a baby boy whom they named Gunnar.

2008 has kept Traci busy. Delighted by motherhood but tempted with an outrageous opportunity, she went back to work only months after the birth of her son. Lords jumped at the chance to work with filmmaker Kevin Smith. "I had no intention of going back to work so soon but I read the script and couldn't stop laughing," Lords said in a recent interview. "My character ‘Bubbles' is a real hoot with a special skill," she teased. The film, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" hits theatres on October 31.

Coming in 2009, watch for the comedy "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" which is based on Tucker Max's outrageous best-selling novel.

Lords resides in Southern California with her husband, son and Siamese cat.

Alexis Arquette

Check her out at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Arquette

Hosted by Comedian Brian Posehn

Comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn has most recently been seen on Comedy Central's popular show, "The Sarah Silverman Program" and on tour as one of the original members of the "Comedians of Comedy".

Besides writing and performing on HBO's acclaimed "Mr. Show", he has appeared in sitcoms such as "Just Shoot Me", "Seinfeld", "NewsRadio", "Everybody Loves Raymond", and "Friends".

Brian has also appeared in several movies, including Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", "Sex Drive" and "Surfs Up".

In 2006 he released his first graphic novel, "The Last Christmas", and a comedy album: "Live in Nerd Rage".

His music video for "Metal By Numbers" has been viewed over two million times on You Tube and My Space.

He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and was a crowd favorite at the recent Bob Saget Roast on Comedy Central.

In 2008 he headlined the comedy stages at the popular music festivals, Download, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. He also played a man with a prolapsed rectum on "Californication".

In 2009 Brian wrote an episode of "The Sarah Silverman Program" and wrote the story for a "Metalocalypse' episode. He also made an appearance in the Judd Apatow film "Funny People". He also directed a video for the hilarious hair metal band, Steel Panther.

In 2010 he continues to tour, is releasing a new album called "Fart and Wiener Jokes" and a new video for "More Metal Than You", and was recently featured on the Golden Gods Awards performing his new song with his all-star metal band. Posehn is currently working on a new comic book ("Science Projects").

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Friday, March 30 · 9:00 PM at Dragonfly