PRINT January 2001

Susan Kandel

I’M JUST WILD ABOUT MILENA MUZQUIZ AND Martiniano Lopez Crozet, the brains behind the casually absurdist, morphologically ambiguous entity that is Los Super Elegantes. Consider the Elegantes a theatrical extravaganza-cum-lifestyle, encompassing videos, CDs, backyard concerts—even studio visits, which are virtually indistinguishable from their super-freaky live performances (he’s in recovery from a Rudolph Valentino addiction; she does a Silverlake housewife like nobody’s business). What’s the proper follow-up to “Violé Moi,” their cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me” intoned like a hymn, in French? Perhaps an evening with the strangely mesmerizing “Angie” and “Eric,” in what feels like a sitcom without the punch lines. Something gets lost in translation every time, and that’s the point.

Milena (originally from Tijuana) and Martiniano (from Buenos Aires) met in San Francisco in 1992, when both

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