1049 posts categorized "Arts-Entertainment"

June 30, 2015

Colbert reads from SCOTUS dissents

June 26, 2015

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings National Anthem after SCOTUS ruling

I am so proud today to be a co-founder of this chorus. Thanks, guys.

June 25, 2015

The Gayest 36 Hours You Can Possibly Have in New York

Comic Book Fans Adamant That Human Torch Be Played By Actor Whose Body Actually Engulfed In Flames

Michael B. Jordan came to many people's attention with his Oscar-worthy performance in "Fruitvale Station." The fan complaints about his casting as the Human Torch are silly and racist.

June 24, 2015

June 28 - Sir Derek and Sirina are NYC Pride grand marshals

That these two are among the most distinguished actors working in our language makes this almost surreal, in the happiest possible way. Kiss kiss.

June 22, 2015

Justice Kagan's Spider-Man opinion

Meanwhile, near Red Square

Feel free to send us your Wilde-style quips.

Dear Kennedy Center, take down those treasonous banners!

Hey, folks, why not ask the Kennedy Center to remove all treasonous banners from its Hall of States?

I'm just trying to start some trouble.

June 19, 2015

Jeffrey Tambor HATES Frozen Bananas

Please stop sending Jeffrey Tambor frozen bananas.

June 16, 2015

A fun night at Chef's Best

Savada-Stevenson table Chefs Best 2015

The 25th anniversary Chef's Best was held Monday evening at the Marriott Marquis. I was a guest of my friends Alan Savada and Will Stevenson. Here's a picture of our table. The whole thing was a bit chaotic, but was a lot of fun and we had some wonderful food. One highlight was a small plate of cookies from pastry chef Peter Brett. Also the lobster mac and cheese, but I forget who that was from. And there was a tasty shrimp and corn salad, and the most incredible deviled eggs, and....

The event was a fundraiser for Food & Friends, which is expanding to serve people with diabetes.

June 15, 2015

We have a winner!


We've done the drawing from the entries submitted at GLAA's booth at the Capital Pride Festival, and the prize winner is local activist Joseph Martin of Petworth, who serves on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C. He will receive the Bruce Weber art photography book, The Chop Suey Club, which was donated anonymously. Joe's "apology" was for "bad make-up and not coming out before 6 years old."

Check out the "apology" ideas we provided at our booth.

For more on our theme for this year's pride booth, see this GLAA Forum post. I also wrote about the right wing's habit of blaming LGBT folk for all manner of ills in a Blade column last month titled, "Backlash, Bullies, and Victory Blindness."

Thanks to all who participated. We may post some of the other "apologies" once we've had a chance to go through them all. Thanks also to those who volunteered at our booth.

On a more serious note, check out our Pride Update 2015, titled "The To-Do List." And enjoy the rest of Pride Month.

Hoosier Hospitality

Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard served as grand marshal in his city's gay pride parade on Saturday. Hoosiers are still smarting from the damage done by Gov. Mike Pence.

#RachelDolezal plagiarized 19th century artist

June 14, 2015

June 14 - Your chance to win at GLAA's Pride booth!



We're having a little fun this year at GLAA's booth at the Capital Pride Festival. Our theme involves a picnic basket, Toto, and gay tornados. Stop by and sign up for our email announcement list, and you'll be entered for a drawing. The prize is a rare, mint-condition art photography book by Bruce Weber, The Chop Suey Club, valued at $300. There is no cost or obligation.

June 13, 2015

Under arrest for excessive hotness


Wilson Cruz at the Capital Pride Parade, surrounded by members of the Metropolitan Police Department's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit.

June 12, 2015

Pride, Pride, and More Pride

R.I.P. Christopher Lee

When an actor is still making hit movies into his nineties, that's longevity. Christopher Lee was a marvelous entertainer. In this old photo, he is playing chess with fellow horror movie legend Vincent Price. Rest in peace.

June 05, 2015

Your chance to win!



We're having a little fun this year at GLAA's booth at the Capital Pride Festival. Our theme involves a picnic basket, Toto, and gay tornados. Stop by and sign up for our email announcement list, and you'll be entered for a drawing. The prize is a rare, mint-condition art photography book by Bruce Weber, The Chop Suey Club, valued at $300. There is no cost or obligation.

May 29, 2015

June 17-21 - AFI DOCS film festival

The AFI DOCS Documentary Festival will take place June 17-21. Check out the LGBT-related films here. For more information, see www.afidocs.com, Facebook, and Twitter handle @afidocs.

Riley Curry grabs the spotlight

Two-year-old Riley Curry is rivaling her MVP dad for watchability. She is also rivaling Marshawn Lynch in postgame press conference antics. The question is, who is going to play her--Key or Peele? I suppose some sports reporters are annoyed by Steph bringing her with him, but she creates a lot more viewer interest. And I'm sure that annoys them more, bringing a bunch of giggling tourists into their hallowed athletic precincts. I think it's a brilliant move on Steph's part.

May 28, 2015

Tyrone Emanuel – "NoBody Gotta Know"

Watching this luscious creature is a good deal pleasanter than many other ways I have spent three and a half minutes. Incidentally, Tyrone, I agree that nobody gotta know.

May 24, 2015

Rowling cheers Ireland, invokes Dumbledore

You could smell the fear at #Eurovision2015

I don't really care about the Eurovision singing contest, but I thought the tweet below was funny. Apparently, people were so determined to keep Russia from winning that a homophobic Swede won.

May 23, 2015

Can it be true? Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins?


News this wonderful can hardly be credited. But there it is. The divine Miss Streep will helm a biopic of the gloriously awful diva Florence Foster Jenkins, with Hugh Grant co-starring.

I cannot wait.

An air for thee, my fairy-circled isle

At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.

May 22, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel: Capitol Police potty training

May 20, 2015

Revolutionary love

Madonna managed to stir up a controversy with this pic. People would be much less upset if these lovely men were slaughtering each other. Go ahead, kiss him.

May 13, 2015

'Wait, Henry, I can't find Dorothy!'

Now how could I share this pic without also sharing the classic movie scene below? Not only do the special effects still hold up (no, that was not a real twister), but notice the concern for animal welfare. Uncle Henry lets the horses out of the barn ahead of the storm, and of course Dorothy is more concerned about Toto's safety than her own. We've seen this a hundred times, yet it still grabs us. And at the end, Technicolor!

May 12, 2015

Record-breaking art

May 09, 2015

Nathan Lane, dead inside for Dave

Nathan Lane, accompanied by composer Marc Shaiman, sings a tribute to retiring Late Night host Dave Letterman.

May 06, 2015

U2 performs on NY subway

I already had the sense that the metro musicians, or buskers, or whatever you call them, were better in New York than in D.C. Now they're rubbing our faces in it.

April 26, 2015

Obama kills at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Once again, President Obama outshone the professional comedian. My favorite line:

I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man. He's not just a great vice president, he is a great friend. We've gotten so close, in some places in Indiana they won't serve us pizza anymore.

April 23, 2015

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington members to perform in Cuba

Great news. Proud of these guys.

April 15, 2015

Larry Kramer's latest: 'debasing and vile'

Mattachine Society of Washington President Charles Francis writes of this NYT book review:

The deification of Larry Kramer continues. His latest novel is no history: it is in fact a debasing and vile telling of American history through an obsession of his: the word "shit" beginning in the "penis of America", Florida, with Florida monkeys and the "anus of America", the Everglades. I am not making this up. This is not Annette Gordon-Reed uncovering with meticulous research the "Hemingses of Monticello". Kramer says, "tough shit" in the novel if you ask questions or want more.

Yes. Here is my Nov. 2011 column on Kramer.

April 01, 2015

Trevor Noah: Live at the Apollo

Trevor Noah, the young South African comedian chosen as Jon Stewart's successor as host of the Daily Show, has stirred some controversy due to his past material. Here he talks about race in South Africa and in America. Not the safest of subjects, but he is smart and has a facility for voices. His black Hitler is quite good.

March 26, 2015

Norman Scribner dies at 79


WaPo reports:

Norman O. Scribner, founder and artistic director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, one of the region’s preeminent symphonic choirs, died March 22 at his home in the District. He was 79.

The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Matthew Scribner.

The late Washington Post music critic Paul Hume once called Mr. Scribner “one of Washington’s finest musicians and one of the most gifted choral conductors in the country.”

Rest in peace, Norman. I sang under him for a while in the 1980s, which enabled me to experience some great music and musicians from the stage. At one point we were doing a Russian piece, possibly Boris Godunov (Washington's symphonic choruses sang many Russian pieces during Mstislav Rostropovich's tenure at the National Symphony), and they had scores in Cyrillic for the purists, one of whom was a ferocious Zionist who told me that Democracy was inimical to Israel's interests. I haven't seen Binyamin since then (I'm kidding, Bibi Netanyahu as far as I know never sang with Choral Arts). Anyway, Norman was a big guy and could be intimidating, but was a pleasure to work with.

In 1986, when I was promoting the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's first concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (featuring guest soloist Maureen Forrester in the Brahms Alto Rhapsody), Norman graciously lent us the Choral Arts Society's mailing list. I remember him telling me that the flyer we mailed "struck all the grace notes."

Once in the 1990s, the Gay Men's Chorus sang Norman's setting of the "Ode to St. Cecilia," the patron saint of vocal music. Jim Holloway, GMCW's director at the time, was often a rehearsal accompanist for Norman, and they struck up a musical friendship. So after several weeks of rehearsing, Norman joined us at the dress rehearsal for a run-through. He was delightful as always. But I remember teasing him during a break by saying that a line from the text, which (regarding St. Cecilia) mentioned "her sacred organ's praise" (meaning she sang), came out "her sacred organ sprays" if we didn't enunciate clearly. He reacted with mock horror. Choristers find ways of amusing themselves during long rehearsals.

(Postscript: the ferocious Zionist I mentioned might have been from what was then called the Oratorio Society, which I also sang with in the 80s. It's hard to keep my symphonic choruses straight, especially since they joined forces for large works. The guy was bearded, and had the look of a deranged prophet. He was a good singer.)

(Photo by Neshan Naltchayan/Courtesy of Choral Arts Society of Washington)

Go to a revolution and cure your writer's block

Salman Rushdie delightfully recounts how he cured his writer's block in 1986 by going to a revolution. The punchline is great even though you can see it coming a mile off.

March 23, 2015

A Cruz I'd rather look at

Jon Stewart on Schock, Netanyahu, and Hart

In case you missed it.

Imagine Ted Cruz winning