1235 posts categorized "Arts-Entertainment"

October 19, 2016

Melania Trump Blames Everyone But Donald

Once again so fabulous she must be rigged. Laura Benanti returns as Melania. (Note: she will appear at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Saturday, October 29, and will be joined by Potomac Fever of her dear late Uncle Robert's Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.)

October 16, 2016

SNL cold open: presidential town hall debate

Kate McKinnon is the star of this.

September 27, 2016

Recreating the debate using Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head

Scandals: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Once again, John Oliver is brilliant and hilarious.

September 23, 2016

Between Two Ferns with Hillary Clinton

Very funny. But of course this is not the first time Hillary's appeared on TV with a clown. Remember the Benghazi hearing? There was a whole carful.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 19, 2016

FALL ARTS 2016: ‘Looking’ for a good book?

Church 'accidentally' shows gay film In & Out instead of Pixar film Inside Out

NASA Did Not Just Change Your Zodiac Sign

(The constellation Ophiuchus, courtesy Wikiwand)

Glamour Magazine has set off a kerfuffle with a story confusing astrology with astronomy.

I got into amateur astronomy as a teenager, and have long known that the astrological sign dates did not match where the sun is during the course of the year. Saturn right now is in Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, who sticks his foot in between Scorpius and Sagittarius.

But astrology has nothing to do with science, at least not modern science. It is a mystical system. If you really believe that the actual position of a particular planet in the sky has any effect on your life, it is not coming from a rational place. The non-rational (as distinct from irrational) has its place. I'm interested in stars with earth-like planets because they might harbor life.

As for constellations, they are just a convention, though an ancient one. We could make up our own if we wanted. I think the real universe is vastly more interesting than the mystical one. Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees with me, as did my late astronomer friend Frank Kameny. We were all born at different times of year: Tyson on October 5, Kameny on May 21, and I on March 30. As to its meaning, I invoke Edmund from King Lear:

"This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing."

September 16, 2016

Streisand and Wilson: 'Loving You' from Passion

A break from the news: The shattering song that helped Donna Murphy win her Tony in 1994, from Sondheim's Passion, reimagined as a duet for Barbra Streisand and Patrick Wilson.

September 15, 2016

Movie trailer: 'The Pass'

'The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened'

Finally, a recording of my favorite Sondheim song of the past two decades, from Road Show. It's one of the collaborations from Streisand's new album, Encore. She and Alec Baldwin have fun with this.

September 12, 2016

Streisand rips Trump with Broadway classic at LGBT fundraiser

In case any Barbra fans missed it, here's Babs with her Trump parody version of "Send In the Clowns."

Why no major Martin Luther King artifacts will be at the new African American history museum

One of the saddest legacies of the civil rights era is that Dr. King's children have never recovered from the awful day in 1968 when their daddy was taken from them. They have fought not only with his closest friends and associates, like Harry Belafonte and Andrew Young, but with each other. One can only pray for them to find peace and grace.

September 07, 2016

Freddie Mercury has asteroid named after him for 70th birthday

The question is, is Freddie's asteroid heading for a cataclysmic collision with the earth? Don't blame him. Just act as if #NothingReallyMatters

September 06, 2016

"Don't wear white after Labor Day!"

August 31, 2016

Chris Brown was arrested after an hourslong standoff at his Los Angeles home

This violent sexist and homophobe may have a prison sentence in his near future.

August 30, 2016

Who wants to build this ornate tower?


This proposed 102-story rental apartment tower by Mark Foster Gage Architects is not moving forward on the intended West 57th Street site. But the ornate design would certainly make the Manhattan Skyline more interesting.


Family Feud contestant shows the power of being out

'Southside' film explores budding romance

I loved this movie.

Out author appears at new D.C. book shop

Frank Ocean's new album Blonde debuts at number 1

Anti-gay Rick Perry to compete on Dancing With the Stars

I guess Rick Perry has been jealous of Tom DeLay for years.

August 26, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar Says His Version of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Would Have Had More Gay Sex

No doubt.

August 24, 2016

The Past and Present of #NateParker

My latest opinion piece has the tagline: "Rape, racial justice, and rehabilitation are on Hollywood's doorstep."

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 23, 2016

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Expected to Debut at No. 1 on Billboard Chart

Trailer: Indie Drama ‘Moonlight’ Looks at What It’s Like to Grow Up Black and Gay in America

Colbert mocks Trump’s black outreach: You’re already on fire so shoot yourself in the head

August 17, 2016

"Your tiny foot is cold"

Silence your mockery. The man is a poet. He was enacting Puccini's beloved aria, "Che gelido piedino," from La Bohème. See video below, though in that production they perversely insisted on changing "foot" to "hand."

August 12, 2016

"Moonlight" promises an intimate look at being black and gay in America

There will be a new TV show starring a gay superhero

July 30, 2016

Meet Tyler Clinton

Some gratuitous beefcake for a Sunday afternoon.

July 28, 2016

Artistry that restores us at a dark time

One of the great film noirs is The Night of the Hunter from 1955, starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish. This reading by director Charles Laughton features some of the film's hauntingly beautiful cinematography and music as the children flee down the river. I needed a break from current affairs yesterday, and this artistry from a dark film was restorative. Evil can be overcome.

Wikipedia writes:

The Night of the Hunter was not a success with either audiences or critics at its initial release, and Laughton never directed another film. Nevertheless, the film has found a wider audience over the years, and Mitchum's performance, in particular, has been praised.

The film was shot in black and white in the styles and motifs of German Expressionism (bizarre shadows, stylized dialogue, distorted perspectives, surrealistic sets, odd camera angles) to create a simplified and disturbing mood that reflects the sinister character of Powell, the nightmarish fears of the children, and the sweetness of their savior Rachel.

July 20, 2016

Animated gay dads to make Nickelodeon debut this week

Trump's Walk of Fame star gets a tiny border wall

(Hat tip to our friend Josh Riley, who comments, "Exquisite shade.")

She would not, could not, with a goat

The Tina Fey of 2016 has emerged, and it is our best girl, @LauraBenanti. Now I have something to look forward to during the rest of this campaign. Brava, Laura. You nailed it. My favorite moment is her squinting at the teleprompter.

July 15, 2016

JJ Abrams on George Takei's 'preposterous' reaction to Sulu being gay in new Star trek flick

June 27, 2016

Mike Huckabee pays $25,500 for using Eye of the Tiger at Kim Davis rally

Powerful speech by Jesse Williams at BET Awards

This video has gone viral. A tough and wise speech.