Alvin Orloff played a major role in the Popstitutes, an influential San Francisco
queer performance group and punk band founded in 1986 by Michael Collins ("Diet
Popstitute"), Brad Kellogg ("Bad Popstitute"), and Orloff ("Remix von Popstitute").
He was also important in Playstitute, a production company that brought
genderbending and avant-garde plays and musicals to established theatrical spaces in
San Francisco, and Klubstitute, a long-running weekly club that featured underground
queer performance in a variety of genres. Orloff also served as an impresario and DJ
at Baby Judy's, a queer dance club held weekly in San Francisco's Mission District
from 1994 to 1996. Michael Joseph Collins, aka Diet Popstitute, was a performance
artist, musician, theater producer, and club entrepreneur. Born in 1958, he died in
1995 at the age of 37. In the late 70s, Diet moved to San Francisco and became known
in the Punk Rock scene. He wrote poetry, which later developed into his song lyrics.
In 1986, he co-founded the musical and queer performance art group The Popstitutues
with Alvin Orloff, aka Remix von Popstitute, and Brad Kellogg, aka Bad Popstitute.
Stage shows featured choreographed dances, costumes, and props, and promoted The
Popstitutes belief in sexual liberation and self expression. While such shows were
message-driven comedy, The Popstitutes musical style was impossible to categorize.
In 1990, The Popstitues opened Klubstitute, a floating queer oriented nightclub and
cabaret. Diet kept the tone of the club playful and yet avant garde, as the M.C. and
booker. Because of Diet's generosity in allowing anyone to perform, Klubstitute
became known as a breeding ground for new talent, as well as a space in which anyone
of any sexual orientation could go to have some fun. In 1992, Diet founded
Playstitute, a queer oriented theater production company. He died in 1995 of AIDS.
Orloff, aka Remix, inherited Diet's unpublished scripts, lyrics, performance notes,
and personal notebooks, which are included in the collection. Remaining active in
San Francisco's cultural life, Remix has since published three novels, 'I Married an
Earthling' (2000), 'Gutterboys' (2004), and 'Why Aren't You Smiling?' (2011) through
Manic D Press.