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Emilio A. Cubeiro
-Chronology-

(1947-2001: New York City-Burlington)
South of your border 1988
 "South Of Your Border" play - 1988.


A chronological overview of the life and work of Emilio Cubeiro, who during 1986-1990 worked with Lydia Lunch.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


July/August 1968
US NY,Staten Island

Note: United States Court of Appeals records of 1970 show a case in which Emilio and (his brother) Meliton Cubeiro are interrogated in a case of counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes [i.e. paper money]. Emilio showed an "unwillingness to testify" [in the case]. Not enterily sure whether this is the same Emilio Cubeiro as the poet covered on this web page, but very likely. See Justia.com US Law for the full records of the case.


Basement Theater 03-Apr-74

05/06-Apr-74
US NY,New York City,Basement Theater TOSOS
(poetry reading)

Setlist: Reading labeled as "Yes: I'm Living On".

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Note:The first gay theater company in New York City, TOSOS (The Other Side Of Silence), was founded by Doric Wilson, along with Billy Blackwell, Peter de Valle and John Mc Spadden. On a shoestring budget they set up shop @ the Basement Theater on Church Street in downtown Manhattan. Besides musicals and theater, the programs at TOSOS ranged widely from readings by poets, exhibitions of art and photography to the notorious Manhole parties and cabaret nights.


1974
US DC,Washington,Georgetown University,WGTB FM radio
The Friends Program

Setlist: Emilio is by interviewed by David Aiken/ I Forgot How To Write (poem)/ Kiss My Ass (poem/music)/ The Revolution Aint Over (poem).

Note: The Friends radio program ran from early 1973 to the autumn of 1982 in metropolitan Washington DC. It became one of the longest running radio programs for a bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgendered audience in the nation. Friends radio program was a subject of much controversy at WGTB-FM (90.1) where it began. In the early 70s, WGTB, the radio station of Georgetown University became the broadcast voice of Washington DC's counter-culture, anti-establishment youth. Emilio's poems can be heard @ Rainbowhistory.


May 1974
His poems "This is called a whole lot of shits been said about those faggot not really blue blues again" and "A journey to the east" are published in the first issue "Mouth Of The Dragon", one of the first gay poetry magazines.


12-Sep-74
US NY,New York City,Theater for the New City

Info: Premiere of "La Bellilote", a play by Emilio Cubeiro and Chris Kapp.

Note: Crystal Field and George Bartenieff founded Theater for the New City in March 1971 with Theo Barnes and Lawrence Kornfeld. In the same year they moved to a former seaman's hotel at 113 Jane Street, in a run-down area of the West Village by the Hudson river. It quickly became one of New York City's leading Off-Off-Broadway theaters, known for radical political plays and community commitment. Chris Kapp later became actress and director of La MaMa's Coffeehouse Chronicles.


26/29-Sep-74
US NY,New York City,Theater for the New City

Info: Further performances of "La Bellilote", a play by Emilio Cubeiro and Chris Kapp.


New York City 11-Oct-74

11-Oct-74
US NY,New York City,CBGB's
(poetry reading)

Ad: Microfilm image from Soho Weekly.


CBGBs 22-May-75

22/25-May-75
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
(as Emilio Cubeiro & Edwins Hot little Band)
[with The Demons]

Setlist: Performance combining poetry, rhythm and music.

Note: Edwin (Kapinos) wrote the music for the musical "The Importance Of Being Barnest", directed by Paulita Sedgewick and premiering @ the Nighthouse on August 1974. Edwin died on December 1985 at the age of 36 years.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice 26-May-75.


June 1975
His poem "Yes, I'm Living On" is published in "Angels Of The Lyre" (Panjandrum Press/Gay Sunshine Press).


Mother's 12/14-Sep-75

12/14-Sep-75
US NY,New York City,Mother's @ 267 West 23rd Street
(as Emilio Cubeiro & Edwins Hot little Band)

Setlist: Performance combining poetry, rhythm and music.

Ad: Scan of ad.


New York City 7/9-Nov-75

7/9-Nov-75
US NY,New York City,Mother's @ 267 West 23rd Street
(as Emilio Cubeiro & Edwins Hot little Band)
[with Rosie Ross]

Setlist: Performance combining poetry, rhythm and music.

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Roseanne Ross used to be in the Stillettoes with Debbie Harry until July 1974.


18-Mar-76
US NY,New York City,Theater for the New City

Info: Performance by Emilio Cubeiro and Edwin Kapinos & the Freek band.

Note: Freek band most likely had Kieran Liscoe as a member.


16/18-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,Theater for the New City

Info: "Beauty Kills, or the Bil Bike Story" a play by Emilio Cubeiro, music and lyrics by Marie D'Antoni December. Directed by Chris Knapp.


Spring 1977
His poem "So Long Saigon" is published in "Orgasms of light: the Gay sunshine anthology".


Hot Lunch - line-up (New York: April 1977 - September 1978):
Emilio Cubeiro (vocals,lyrics)/ Peter Sheene (guitar)/ Freddy Billion (bass)/ Stan A. Lee (synthesiers) and Paul Davis Lobel (drums)

CBGBs 26-Apr-77

26-Apr-77
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with Suicide, China]

Note: China were a pre-cursor to Mars.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice 25-Apr-77.


CBGBs 24/25-May-77

24/25-May-77
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with Uncle Sun, The Werewolves]

Ad: Scan of ad. Alternative scan from Village Voice.


CBGBs 21-Dec-77

21-Dec-77
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
(Special show after midnight)

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice.


CBGBs 01-Feb-78

01-Feb-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with Romantic Noise]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice .


CBGBs 11-Mar-78

11-Mar-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with Sic F*cks]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice.


CBGBs 2nd Ave 01-Apr-78

01-Apr-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs 2nd Avenue Theater
Best of the new, new wave festival
[with Sick F*cks, Erasers and The Cramps]

Note:Tom Carson (in the "Riffs" section of the Village Voice of 10-Apr-78) described Hot Lunch's performance as follows: "[Hot Lunch] combine Doors-style rhetoric with Tuff Darts's brutalized, cynical posturing, and don't bring a shred of originality or feeling to either". He described the Cramps show as "uterly sterile".

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice. Scan of another ad .


CBGBs 27-May-78

27/28-May-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with 2 Timers, Kongress (Sunday only)]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice.


Irving Plaza 23-Jun-78

23-Jun-78
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with The Accidents,..]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice 26-Jun-78.


CBGBs 26-Jul-78

26-Jul-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with The Plasmatics]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice 24-Jul-78.


CBGBs 26-Aug-78

26-Aug-78
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with The Nuns]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice.


1978
US NY,New York City,Sandragon studio,recording of Hot Lunch's "Dizzy/Celebrate The Criminal" single (Assassin Records).Engineered by Michael Ewing.


September 1978
US Release of Hot Lunch's "Dizzy/Celebrate The Criminal" single (Assassin Records HL 515, pressing of 200 copies).


12/14-Sep-78
US MA,Boston,Cantone's
(From NYC, Assassin Records Presents...Hot Lunch)


CBGBs 07-Mar-79

07-Mar-79
US NY,New York City,CBGBs
[with Quincy]

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice.


1979-1983
Emilio disappears from the scene for many years, except for a role in "Johnny Stompanato" a 1980 play by John Albano, and a small role in Amos Poe's 1981 film "Subway Riders" where he's seen as The Poet reciting his poem "Poems Of Madness" (scan taken from flyer of film).


13-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Theater for the New City,The Charles Stanley Theater hall

Info: Emilio stars in "Johnny Stompanato" a play by John Albano. By 1977 the Theater for the New City had moved to a former Tabernacle Baptist church at 156 2nd Avenue, near East 10th Street.


Galas 13-Sep-83

13-Sep-83
US NY,New York City,Ridiculous Theatrical Company

Info: Premiere of "Galas" , a play by Charles Ludlam.

Note: Emilio Cubeiro stars as Giovanni Baptista Mercanteggini. The Ridiculous Theatrical Company was founded by Charles Ludlam in 1967. It transcended transvestite, drag, and gay theatre. From 1978 the company took up a permanent residence at a former Greek theater on 1 Sheridan Square. Ludlam was diagnosed with AIDS in March 1987. He died in May 1987 at the age of 44 of pneumonia as a complication of AIDS. Review of the show New York Times by Frank Rich.

Photo: Credit Anita Feldman-Shevett. (L-R Julian Craggs, Bill Vehr, Everett Quinton, Charles Ludlam and Emilio Cubeiro).


1984-1985
Emilio disappears from the scene for a few years.


Fingered Mar/Apr-86

Mar/Apr-86
US CA,Los Angeles,Topanga Canyon,starring in "Fingered", a film by Richard Kern

Info: The story of a phone sex worker (Lydia Lunch) who's seen talking on the phone to Joey (Emilio Cubeiro), one of her customers. Next, she invites another one ([Lydia's ex-boyfriend] Marty Nation) and they drive up to the sleaze-ball's house (in a Charles Manson type environment). After that they pick up a hitchhiker (Lung Leg) and abuse her. Also featuring Pete Haskel. Music by Lydia Lunch, Norman Westberg [Swans] and J.G. Thirlwell [Foetus]. Written by Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern. Produced and directed by Richard Kern. Screened at the Berlin film festival on 23/24-Feb-88.

Photo: Screenshot from movie.


1986
US NY,New York City,Industrial Strength studios,recording spoken word tracks which would later end up on the "Death Of An Asshole" album on Lydia Lunch's Widowspeak label.


12-Dec-86
US NY,New York City,The Kitchen
(with Emilio Cubeiro)

Note: "The Uncensored Lydia Lunch: a discource on sex, money, politics and the American way of life". Emilio Cubeiro joins Lydia in "Mr Officer, Sir!".


Mondo New York

1987
US NY,New York City,starring in "Mondo, New York", a film by Harvey Nikolai Keith

Info: A young woman (Shannah Laumeister) wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings that represent the "underground" areas of the city. She sees stand up comedy in Central Park, a prostitution auction, a voodoo ceremony, a S&M club, and a number of performance artists. A tongue-in-cheek glimpse at New York's underground. Appearances by a.o. Joe Coleman, Emilio Cubeiro, Karen Finley, Phoebe Legere, Ann Magnuson and Lydia Lunch.

Poster: Photo of poster.


South of your border

1987
US NY,New York City,New Theater (on 62 East 4th Street)
"South Of Your Border"

Info: Rehearsals for 6 months, with Bradly Field [Teenage Jesus & the Jerks] doing assistent managerial stuff, Peter Shore [Unsane] taking care of the special effects, Richard Phillips set design, lights by David Adams and music by Jim G. Thirlwell.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from "Incriminating Evidence" book.


South of your border 06/17-Jan-88

06/17-Jan-88
US NY,New York City,New Theater (on 62 East 4th Street)
"South Of Your Border"

Info: Live performances of the play written, directed and starring Lydia Lunch and Emilio Cubeiro. An experimental exploration into the cause and effect of the many faces of oppression. A play in 6 scenes. Scene 1: set 3 days ago in a Latin country. Lydia is (hands tied overhead) being interrogated by Captain Leonardo (Emilio) at the end she's raped; scene 2: set 7 days ago at the Internatonal Theatre of Poetry and Pain (East 14th street, NYC). Lydia is a dominatrix (with black wig and black leather trench coat), Emilio is her client; scene 3: set now at the basement of the Pentagon. Lydia is being interrogated by a US Captain Leonard (Emilio); scene 4: set in Summer 1967 in Rochester. Lydia aged 8 is sleeping when her dad Lenny (Emilio) crawls in bed with her; scene 5: set 8 days ago. Both Lydia and Lenny (Emilio) are seperately in therapy with Dr. Finley (voice of Karen Finley) about the child abuse; scene 6: Lydia is crucified naked on an X-shaped 13ft. black leather cross, 'blood' is flowing from her wounds. Her client (Leonardo/Leonard/Lenny) comes in and strips naked smearing 'blood' from Lydia all over him. Next he kneels and Lydia anoints him with her urine cleansing him of his guilt."It's All Desert Now" is played on tape.

Photos: Taken from private video.

Note: Premiered on January 6th. Wednesdays-Sundays. Performed 10 times. Text available in Lydia's"Incriminating Evidence" book.


1988
US NY,New York City,Harold Dessau Studios,recording spoken word tracks which would later end up on the "Death Of An Asshole" album on Lydia Lunch's Widowspeak label.


1989
US NY,New York City, Emilio Cubeiro is diagnozed with AIDS.


Silence is Death 1989

May-1989
US NY,New York City,appears in Rosa von Praumheims documentary film "Silence = Death"/"Schweigen = Tod". The film centers on the response of some New York City's artist to the AIDS epidemic. The interviewed include East Village artist David Wojnarowicz, poet Allen Ginsberg, artists Keith Haring, Peter Kunz, Bern Boyle, Emilio Cubeiro and many others.. Emilio is filmed in his apartment.

Photo: Screen capture from film.


15-17-Jun-89
US NY,New York City,Harmony Theater
Emilio Cubeiro directs Annie Sprinkle's one woman play, "Post Porn Modernist Show".

Note: The Harmony Theater (formerly the Melody Burlesque), located on a side street in the village (Times Square, on 48th and Broadway), was a venue for strippers.


1989
US NY,New York City,acts as Detective Stan Cox in Chuck Vincent's erotic movie "Enrapture(d)". Also starring (porn star) Ona Zee. Chuck Vincent died at age 51 of AIDS complications on September 23, 1991 in Key West, Florida.


07-Nov-89
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[with Lydia Lunch]

Note: Spoken word.


17/23-Jan-90
US NY,New York City,The Kitchen
Emilio Cubeiro directs Annie Sprinkle's one woman play, "Post Porn Modernist Show".


25-May-90
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[with Josh Lazie and Lydia Lunch]


Smell Of Guilt

08-Jun-90
US NY,New York City,Bessie Schonberg Theatre
Dance Theater Workshop
"Smell Of Guilt"

Info: A play written, directed and performed by Lydia Lunch and Emilio Cubeiro. Lydia plays an ex-employee from a local boys school infirmary. Emilio plays a Father, priest ex-communicated from St. Stanislaw's. Confessing their sins to each other.

Photos: Credit Dona Ann McAdams.

Note: Performance part of the "Decade Show Workshop" series. The Bessie Schonberg Theatre was located on 219 West 19th Street. Filmed by Mark Robison and released on VHS video (Widowspeak 2001) and also available online from archive.org .


1990
ES Emilio briefly moves to Barcelona and records "I'm Fucking Innocent" with Raeo [which has Mark Cunningham, of Mars, as member].


Knitting Factory July 1993

15-Jul-93
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[1st show @ 9PM with Emilio Cubeiro, Johnny Lanz and Sick]

15-Jul-93
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[2nd show @ 11PM with Emilio Cubeiro, Johnny Lanz and Sick]

16-Jul-93
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[1st show @ 9PM with Emilio Cubeiro, Johnny Lanz and Russel Gonzaga]

16-Jul-93
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
[2nd show @ 11PM with Emilio Cubeiro, Johnny Lanz and Russel Gonzaga]

Photo: Credit Gene T.
From l-r: Sadie Mae [Harry Crews], Johnny Lanz, Lydia Lunch, Sick, Emilio Cubeiro and Russel Gonzaga.

Note: The International Theater of Poetry and Pain. Excerpts from Lydia Lunch's 2 shows on the 16th are available on the "Malicious Intent" VHS video (Film Threat 1994). Taped music by Jim G.Thirlwell.


1998
His erotic crime piece, "The Stench Of Stella Ricci" is included in "Noirotica 2 -Pulp Friction", a collection edited by Thomas S. Roche.


29-Apr-98
US CA,San Francisco,Bayfront Theater, Emilio Cubeiro directs Annie Sprinkle's "Herstory of Porn: Reel to Real", a solo performance and film diary that traces her 30 year evolution through the Sexual Revolution. The performance also ran @ the East Village (NY) performance space PS 122 from 14-Oct-98 till 01-Nov-98 and was also performed in Dallas (TX) at the MAC on 19-Aug-99.


On June 23, 2001 Emilio dies at the age of 54 of complications due to Hepatitis C. Cremated in Burlington (VT). (Craftsbury -Town Report). In the 90's Emilio had moved to Vermont from New York where he had been living at 32 East 2nd Street, #9 NY 10003 (from the Directory of American Poets book), literally around the corner from CBGB's.



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