1178 posts categorized "Arts-Entertainment"

April 27, 2016

My running mate - Mrs. Danvers


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


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

February 12, 2016

Rijksmuseum flashmob

The most stunning flash mob I've ever seen: The Rijksmuseum stages a recreation of Rembrandt's "Night Watch" (the nation's artistic pride, the culmination of the museum tour right after the Vermeers) at a shopping mall in Breda. This was done in 2013 to promote the museum's reopening after a ten-year renovation.

February 08, 2016

Beyoncé gets political with "Formation"

Lots of buzz about this one. Vox story below.

Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50

The latest entry in an annual ritual.

February 07, 2016

"Lost in the Stars" comes to Washington National Opera

On Sunday evening I watched the tech rehearsal of the first act of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's "Lost in the Stars," based on Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country." The opera was presented at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2012. As then, the Washington National Opera production features Eric Owens as Stephen Kumalo, and the same creative team.

This opera only runs from Feb. 12 through Feb. 20. The singing and staging of this powerful work about South Africa under Apartheid are first rate.

February 03, 2016

The Crisis Mag says listen to Susan Sarandon because she won an Oscar

Actress Susan Sarandon slammed Hillary's record on gay rights. She overlooked her launch of a global LGBT initiative in December 2011 as Secretary of State in Geneva:

More on Hillary's accomplishments.

February 02, 2016

Nick Jonas denies gay-baiting: 'I have nothing to prove'

Work it while you've got it, honey.

January 31, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to a science emergency

Dr. Tyson gets into a smackdown with rapper B.o.B, who thinks the earth is flat. Very amusing.

January 28, 2016

Seed of the Glittering Republic: exclusion in the movie industry

My latest column looks at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Links to several movie trailers and other related articles embedded.

January 27, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets into a rap battle over whether the earth is flat

This is fun.

Be afraid -- very afraid! There's now a gay Donald Trump erotic novel

Read at your own risk.

Gay artist makes portrait of Donald Trump out of GOP candidate's own bigoted comments