1189 posts categorized "Arts-Entertainment"

May 26, 2016

Isn't it rich?

Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:

Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?

May 25, 2016

Time magazine's rainbow cover sparks outrage

This article quotes one objection to the Time cover:

“Dear @time this is a gay pride flag, not a trans pride flag. This is erasure and a failure of basic due diligence,” one person tweeted.

Erasure? Really? The cover of Time Magazine is the opposite of erasure, whether you like the illustration or not. According to Wikipedia, "Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuals, organizations and communities." The cover design is a striking graphic inspired by the far better known rainbow flag, which our enemies certainly regard as including the T even if you don't. This is the sort of fake controversy that causes people whose support we need to roll their eyes and turn away.

May 24, 2016

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus holds no grudge - wants fired DJ reinstated

Everyone seems to be kissing and making up after an embarrassing goof at a Padres game.

LBJ and Walter Jenkins

Top LBJ aide Walter Jenkins was arrested in October 1964 for sex with a man in a YMCA bathroom in Washington. Above is a scene in the movie All the Way referencing it, in which President Johnson makes a dig at FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Below is a recording of Johnson talking by phone to his wife Lady Bird about the scandal, which occurred a few weeks before the 1964 election. The conversation starts about 45 seconds into the tape. (Hat tip: Mark Thompson)

May 13, 2016

‘Dancing with the Stars’ makes show history with first same-sex dance

This is much ado about little, if you ask me. But take a look.

Azealia Banks kicked off Twitter after homophobic and racist attack against Zayn Malik

Her act is getting old.

May 09, 2016

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington superb in 35th anniversary concert

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington writes:

Standing ovations last night for Carmina 35! Thank you to New York City Master Chorale, Gallim Dance and everyone who came out to help us celebrate our 35th anniversary!

It was a wonderful evening at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. The Gay Men's Chorus has never been better, with a vigorous performance of "Carmina Burana" as the centerpiece. Former director Bruce Trinkley's confident direction of his exquisite and challenging arrangement of "The Boy Next Door" from the 80s was a treat. Music Director Thea Kano, Executive Director Chase Maggiano, and the whole talented ensemble have done us proud. It was great seeing chorus founder Marsha Pearson honored, and the award to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality was a timely reminder of the broader movement the chorus is connected to. Kudos to all involved.

(Full disclosure: I am a co-founder of the chorus, and therefore may be a bit biased.)

May 08, 2016

Empire: Things Heat Up Between Jamal Lyon and D-Major

The steamy scene above from Empire has upset homophobes. NewNowNext reports in the story below.

May 04, 2016

Marvel’s top directors want LGBT superheroes to save the day

Joan Rivers' daughter donates mom's rainbow coat to raise money for LGBTI cause

Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner ends with the n-word

I watched on C-SPAN. Wilmore certainly didn't care whom he offended. A friend says the transcript reads more funny than it came across live. I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed many of Wilmore's bits in the past.

April 27, 2016

My running mate - Mrs. Danvers

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If Ted Cruz can announce a running mate, so can I.

My running mate will be Mrs. Danvers. She is loyal to a fault, meticulous, and can talk people into jumping out of windows. This latter skill will be invaluable in my administration. She promises she will not set the place on fire unless she is seriously disappointed. You wouldn't want to disappoint her, would you?

Fiorina accepts Cruz's running mate offer, sings to his daughters

Gay Men's Chorus of LA pays moving tribute to Prince at Voice Awards

April 26, 2016

Miss M weighs in on Lemonade

She's still got it.

April 25, 2016

Frank Ocean: Prince helped me come to terms with my sexuality

April 24, 2016

Happy belated deathday, Will!

I duly observed the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death yesterday by reading some Shakespeare, but I wasn't in a blogging mood. This piece is interesting. More from the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library here.

April 21, 2016

Is the Mona Lisa actually based on Leonardo Da Vinci's gay lover?

Get over it, Mona.

April 18, 2016

Trailer: The Birth of a Nation (new film on Nat Turner rebellion)

Can't wait to see this.

April 09, 2016

All the President's Men at 40

Michael Cavna reports for WaPo:

CARL BERNSTEIN has a favorite shot — a powerful, wordless visual within a film rippling with verbiage. It is the moment when everything elevates as metaphor.

It is, Bernstein says, “the Library of Congress shot.”

The film is “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s classic journalism procedural, which today celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release. And the shot in question begins with a tight overhead of The Washington Post’s Watergate reporters, Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), as they painstakingly thumb through thousands of the library’s circulation file cards.

The vantage point “progresses from floor/desk-level to the rotunda of the library,” Bernstein tells me. “The shot, and the scene itself, as the overwhelming number of card-files are brought to the reporters — they got a bit more than they bargained for in all their cleverness — brilliantly illustrates both the monumental and granular challenges of real reporting, as well as the context of what is going on at the time in our own [Woodward and Bernstein’s] situation at that juncture.”

Below, the matchless Jason Robards as WaPo editor Ben Bradlee.

April 08, 2016

Bruce Springsteen cancels concert in N.C. over anti-LGBT law

The Boss has spoken.

April 07, 2016

Funny Or Die Takes On Mississippi [VIDEO]

"The Daily Show" offers must-see takedown of "The Trans Panic Epidemic'"

April 05, 2016

Unpacking the gay subtext of Robin, the Boy Wonder

Glen Weldon at Slate does some unpacking. Very amusing.

March 30, 2016

'Seek McCartney' becomes 1st gay love film to screen

March 23, 2016

Georgia threatened w/ boycott by Disney and Marvel over religious freedom bill

March 18, 2016

The battle over D.C. nightlife noise continues

DC nightlife is being targeted as a handful of people persist in demanding that a thriving urban center be turned into a quiet suburb. Abigail Nichols and Mark Lee face off! (Though, alas, not directly.) WUSA9 reports.

March 17, 2016

Getting your Irish up

Gratuitous beefcake, St. Patrick's Day edition. Erin Go Bragh!

March 14, 2016

Xena reboot plans to 'fully explore' explicit lesbian relationship

Good for them.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Goes 'Viral' With White House Freestyle with President Obama

March 13, 2016

Rewriting the origins of the gay choral movement

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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus posted this yesterday with the following explanation:

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus was fortunate enough to perform for the students of The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. After the concert, our very own Marcus Saitschenko shared some beautiful words about the origin of the gay choral movement, words made more poignant by recent current events. Thank you, Marcus. #philagmc #WhyWeSing #ItGetsBetter #ShareOurHistory

That statement is very nice, but it is not exactly true. The gay choral movement was started before AIDS hit. SFGMC's first public performance, for example, was the night Moscone and Milk were killed.

I was a co-founder of one of the groups inspired by the San Francisco chorus's national tour, which roughly coincided with the first news reports of AIDS but was planned beforehand and took place before the reality of the disease had sunk in for most of us. I remember our early discussions in the summer of 1981. We were motivated by pride and memories of our college glee clubs.

The DC gay community did not feel under siege at the time; we were recognized as a voting bloc and were pursuing our goal of equality. We still had much to do, but were already included in the DC Human Rights Act. Of course in the years that followed, the gay choral movement rose to the challenge of the epidemic and created powerful music that chronicled our experience and helped galvanize us. I remember how moved I was later in the decade by SFGMC's beautiful contribution to the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Rising to the struggle helped give our music new meaning. But the origins of the choral movement preceded that.

February 29, 2016

Tracy Morgan, Whoopie Goldberg, others parody Oscars whiteness

I don't know why this is backwards, but what the hell.

Kate McKinnon Does Her Best Cate Blanchett in Carol Parody

Wanda Sykes and Jane Lynch make appearances in this parody. It was tough being a lesbian in the 1950s.

February 27, 2016

"I'm Mrs. Han Solo and I'm an alcoholic"

Lest you take the Oscars too seriously (and like many I intend only to watch Chris Rock's monologue), take a gander at this brilliant bit by Carrie Fisher from an AFI tribute to George Lucas a few years back. Clearly she is no mere princess, she is a goddess. A second-generation screen goddess doesn't come along often. I howled.

February 24, 2016

The Daily Show Talks To Bankrupt 'Starbucks Semen' Pastor, And The LGBT Group Bidding For His Church

Just watch.

Stephen Sondheim's Road Show at Signature Theatre thru March 13

Stephen Sondheim's Road Show is playing at Signature Theatre through March 13.

February 23, 2016

Why "The Danish Girl" matters

February 17, 2016

Ziegfeld’s-Secrets building to be sold to developer

As we wrote in GLAA's 2015 policy brief:

The planned soccer stadium at Buzzard Point will likely displace a gay-related establishment, Ziegfeld's/Secrets at 1824 Half Street SW, which features adult entertainment and faces virtual impossibility in relocating without action by the Council and Mayor. We ruefully recall the club relocation bill of 2007, whose passage occasioned a round of mutual congratulations on the Council dais after it was amended into virtual uselessness. We hope that a suitable cosmopolitanism will overcome NIMBYism in that body, and that a solution may be found to serve the gay market and prevent the extinction of this legitimate class of entertainment.

To be clear, it is not the stadium itself, but related development, that will displace Ziegfeld's/Secrets. When Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro asked me if the District should help the club relocate, I replied, "The District should help. It is ridiculous and sad that a cosmopolitan city like DC should face the loss of its adult entertainment because of hysterical bluenoses who cannot stop minding other people’s business."

February 16, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Delivers Politically Charged Performance at Grammys

A highlight of the 2016 Grammy Awards broadcast.

"Boycott Beyoncé" rally was a bust after haters failed to get in formation