1245 posts categorized "Arts-Entertainment"

December 04, 2016

Trump in an emergency: pulling a Homer

Unlike B.H. Obama and H.R. Clinton, Donald Trump has not done his homework. I am waiting for him to pull a Homer. I prefer not to give him that chance. But I am just one small voice.

November 19, 2016

Oscar Wilde, a Refugee of His Time

Ellen DeGeneres to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

@TheRealONeals is the Most Profane Show on TV, Anti-Gay Conservative Group Says

WATCH: Mike Pence Went to See Hamilton on Broadway and Got Booed

"TV producers, stop portraying bisexuals as villains"

This reminds me of watching plays and movies over the years and noting that characters with deformities almost always represented evil. A person with a hunchback was never just a person with a hunchback. This is a cheap device that should be overcome.

November 13, 2016

Amid loss, a stirring "Hallelujah"

Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the cold open of Saturday Night Live on November 12.

This was the most beautiful moment on SNL in a long time, possibly since Steve Martin's tribute to Gilda Radner after her death. It was followed by Dave Chappelle as guest host with a sharp monologue whose closing line made me proud to be from the same town. Our national challenge will summon everything we've got, but we will get through this together.

Dave Chappelle's SNL monologue

This is one of the most brilliant stand-up routines I have seen in a long time. After all these years Chappelle had the same relaxed tone, the same flawless timing, the same sly subversiveness, the ability to nail the truth and mine humor out of the most controversial material.

Chappelle's bit on the Pulse nightclub massacre leaves me in awe (please watch before reacting). His passing reminiscence of his school days in Washington "dreaming of nights like this" was quite touching, and his final message to Trump was devastating. He conveys a similar combination of vulnerability and authenticity as Richard Pryor, whose ability to connect using personal material verged on the miraculous.

This is important beyond entertainment because we need sharp voices who can cut through the mountains of cynical crap that have been fed to us by the likes of Kellyanne Conway. Dave nailed this the way Kate McKinnon did with her cold open by singing Leonard Cohen. Both provided spiritual nourishment that we will need for what is coming. (PS: Dave's Roosevelt reference was to Teddy Roosevelt inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner, which provoked a huge backlash.)

November 06, 2016

SNL cold open: one last smooch with Hillary and Donald

It turns out that Trump can kiss an FBI agent, Vladimir Putin, and a Klan member on live TV and it still isn't deemed newsworthy. Alec and Kate turn in one last funny bit before the election.

October 30, 2016

Moonlight: stellar in every respect

Yesterday I saw Barry Jenkins's film Moonlight, based on the play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It is stellar in every respect, from the screenplay and cinematography to the score and the acting. This is a Best Picture contender. Perhaps the most amazing performance among the excellent cast is by Alex R. Hibbert, who plays 9-year-old Chiron in the first section. He conveys a great deal with very little dialog. This is a movie that calls for multiple viewings.

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

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(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?

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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.

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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."