This weekend passed in Salzburg at our 5-star luxury hotel (rhymes with lol "facher" lol) -- resting under soft down comforters and nibbling on slices of sacher torte -- found us curiously flipping through the awesome Austrian television channels, sampling the assorted randomness of the current Österreich trends. Aside from all of the dubbed crappy American action movies from the 80s, entertaining commercials and dramas, we found a live broadcast of The 15th Annual Life Ball, streamed direct from Vienna. The Life Ball (warning: YouTube link with sound) is Europe’s largest annual HIV/AIDS charity, which materializes as a star-studded gigantic party organized to raise money and awareness for the admirable cause.
After suffering through the spectacle of Richie Rich's Heatherette nightmarish take on fairytales and fables, and the hostess screaming through assorted interviews with Heatherette Muse Amanda Lepore and (slowly-becoming-Amanda-Lepore-Clone) Jenna Jameson, we switched back to something a bit more sedate (mind you, this was after our super-cleansing spa treatments reduced us to baby-soft skin and matching vibes). However, if we had only known that our own Natalie Dessay had made an appearance, maybe we would have endured the live stream.
In the picture above, our favorite French soprano parties with British designer Vivianne Westwood while dressed as a pirate. Arrrggg! We can’t imagine any soprano as kewl as Natalie to make an appearance at the hotness that is The Life Ball.