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Not too long ago, Ms. Balk launched her line of handmade candles which come in a box wax sealed with “the ring that I wear around my neck every day which my father made for me.” The candles come in three sizes and a selection of six scents and are available from the store at Fairuza.com.
Neil Gaiman recently posted of dining with Fairuza, opining that it is “Very fitting that this fire spirit will bring the wick to your flame.”
Photo of Ru with photographer Allan Amato from Gaiman’s post.
Splash page from Mr. Amato’s own site:
On Jan. 14 Fairuza (tweeting on the subject here) will be showing some of her art as part of a group show of evidently horse-themed work at Melissa Morgan Fine Art 73-040 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA. Some of Balk’s artwork (presumably for this show) can be found on the site on this page
I have to say, seeing Fairuza enter the social networks and opening her own, proper website has been fantastic. Finally, we get a glimpse into her life and what she’s up to, and not only that, we can even communicate with her about it, and her with us. The days of having a staff of people answer hand-written letters is long past, and just shooting off a question or comment to on Facebook or Twitter is the new reality.
That said, Fairuza is, perhaps, a sentimentalist. You’ll know that I ordered the limited edition copy of her new single a few weeks back, but what you may not know is that the printing is running a bit late (Ru admitted to being a bit of a perfectionist). So what does Ru do? Tweet it? Blog it? No, she sent me a beautiful, hand-written letter in an equally beautiful, hand-sealed envelope.
The envelope first came in another, bigger and more anonymous white envelope, postmarked in California.
In the letter, Fairuza thanked me for ordering her record and expressed her wish to sometime get to visit the home country of Ingmar Bergman (the famous Swedish director). She also thanked me for supporting her work and her artistic endeavors. I hereby thank her for being such a thoughtful and caring person to send personal letters to fans in this manner, when she no doubt has tons of important stuff to do already (I also made sure to thank her on Twitter), and I’m absolutely certain if she only had the addresses, she’d thank everyone in this community for continually supporting her.
If you haven’t already, go check out Fairuza’s new single, “Stormwinds”. It’s available on iTunes or Amazon for next-to-nothing. Or, you can do as I’ve done, and order a limited edition signed copy of the single from Fairuza.com.
I’ve listened to the song a few times today, and I can tell you it’s absolutely fantastic. Ru’s characteristic voice softly floating above a layer of deep, deep bass and muted drums perfectly match her strong, almost visual lyrics. I could describe it all day, but it’s ultimately useless. Just listen to it yourselves, that’s what music is for.
The long wait is over. Even though many of us fondly remember the old fairuza.com, not many will object to the new use of the old domain. Fairuza Balk previously acquired the domain name and promised to use it to host her own, official website, filled with pictures, information and even music from her own band, Armed Love Militia.
Now that the site is open, it promises a more steady stream of information and content surrounding our favorite indie star, and anyone who’s been following her Twitter stream can’t escape noticing how much she has enjoyed the work.
Now, don’t let me stall you any longer. Go explore Fairuza.com right now!
According to posts from Ms. Balk on Facebook this is the name of her band whose single, she says, is being “being mixed as we speak”, will be “not what folks expect” (after the joy of her track on the Humboldt County soundtrack, I’m rather hoping she goes straight at psychobilly) and will be available on her official site when it launches
U P D A T E: Fairuza.com is now live and it’s shop includes a preorder offer for the Armed Love Militia single “Stormwinds”. It is described as “a limited edition art piece, and will eventually be part of a complete album concept.” The run is 500 pieces signed and numbered by Ru herself. So if you want one, don’t hesitate long. A digital download is promised “at a later date.”
On April 13th Fairuza announced on her My Space blog that she has struck a deal to attain ownership of long-standing fansite Fairuza.com, making it her official website. The site is currently down for a redesign to serve this purpose but promises to be back up soon.
Werner and Lena Herzog’s book Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans was released this week. The book is divided almost equally between set photographs (three of Balk) taken by Lena Herzog and the shooting script “by Billy Finkelstein, reworked by Herzog.”
Product page at Amazon
On June 4 Balk will be at the Playboy Mansion hosting the fourth Marijuana Policy Project party. The evening will include a “live fire and glow performance”…or at least people will walk away in the frame of mind to believe they saw whatever it is to which that refers.
Tickets range from $800 to $900 dollars and are available through the link above.
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Another convention appearance added to the itinerary, this time at “the southwest’s premiere horror convention”, Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. The event runs from May 1st to the 3rd and also features Tobe Hooper, Alice Cooper, Linda Blair, Barbara Steele, Karen Black, Lena Heady, Thomas Dekker, William Forsythe and David F. Friedman.