December 04, 2013
Rule that holiday party in one of these stunners! My gal pal Idil Vice makes these lovely, clever tops on sale now on her website. Accessories too, and a wide variety of influences from sex symbols to the Grateful Dead and the Beastie Boys! IDILVICE
I LOVE THE ONION!
FASCINATING INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR MICHEL GONDRY
I love the commercial free, liberal news that DemocracyNow.org provides on NYC's CUNY channel Mon-Fri at 6:30PM and 1AM.. You can stream it as well from their site, but take your time--it's fairly long. In this segment, Amy is simply delighted by her interviewee, the french director who has made an animated film about Naom Chomsky. Michel is the epitome of a charming frenchman--he must not be from Paris! It gave me great pleasure to see the always informative and normally serious beaming during this spirited discussion. She's a national treasure and so is Michel! The clip includes the trailer for the film Why Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? You may remember Michel for his Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind with Kate Winslet which won him an Oscar.
NEW HARVEY FIERSTEIN DRAG-THEMED PLAY
This looks interesting: Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Directed by Joe Mantello, Sets World Premiere Dates at MTC "Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein's world premiere play Casa Valentina will be part be a part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2013-14 season. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, the play will begin previews on April 1, 2014 and open on April 23 at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casa Valentina marks Fierstein's first play in almost 30 years. Based on actual events, Casa Valentina is set in the 1960s and tells the tale of men who went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, and something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster." MORE: BROADWAY.COM
JOEY ARIA AND KLAUS NOMI DANCING IN FIORUCCI WINDOW IN MAYBE 1980?
I also noticed John Sex in the crowd. One commenter mentioned that they saw Howard Stern outside in the background.
MAME VERSUS MAME
Only Mike Diamond and Miss Matinga would spend 7 minutes educating the kids on such a gay ye olde show biz crisis? Dilemma? Dare I say Controversy? Whatever you want to call it. This is what gays discussed back in the day discussed before they were #teamalyssa versus #teamcoco, etc. I happen to adore both versions and have often been crucified for liking the Lucille Ball vehicle--despite her croaky singing.
December 02, 2013
SEX, LIES AND HIV
Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime PROPUBLICA: Nick Rhoades was clerking at a Family Video store in Waverly, Iowa, one summer afternoon in 2008 when three armed detectives appeared, escorted him to a local hospital and ordered nurses to draw his blood. A dozen miles away, his mother and stepfather looked on as local sheriff’s deputies searched their home for drugs — not illegal drugs, but lifesaving prescription medications. Lab results and a bottle of pills found in the Rhoades’ refrigerator confirmed the detectives’ suspicions: Nick Rhoades was HIV-positive. Almost a year later, in a Black Hawk County courtroom, Judge Bradley Harris peered down at Rhoades from his bench. “One thing that makes this case difficult is you don’t look like our usual criminals,” Harris said. “Often times for the court it is easy to tell when someone is dangerous. They pull the gun. They have done an armed robbery. But you created a situation that was just as dangerous as anyone who did that.” Nick Rhoades was sentenced to 25 years in prison for having sex without disclosing his HIV status — even though he used a condom, was taking medication to suppress the virus, and didn’t actually transmit HIV. At least 35 states have laws that specifically criminalize exposing another person to HIV — whether or not the virus is actually transmitted. In 29 states, it’s a felony. HIV is singled out. While some states have laws that specifically punish exposure to tuberculosis, syphilis or “venereal diseases,” HIV exposure is almost always punished more severely. Laws against HIV exposure sometimes criminalize acts that can’t transmit HIV. For example, some laws punish people with HIV for spitting on and scratching other people, even though the CDC says the virus cannot be transmitted in those ways. Law enforcement and public health, which have traditionally been kept separate, now overlap. In several states, prosecutors have forced health officials to hand over medical records, such as HIV test results. The judge meted out Rhoades’ sentence: 25 years in prison. His crime: having sex without first disclosing he had HIV. MORE: PROPUBLICA
Congrats to Billy Porter and Harvey Fierstein! That's one way to shut up a controversy in an easy and fun way--go muthaf#cking shopping! Okay, gurl? Despite the show's wholesome themes of cooperation, tolerance and friendship, Twitter and Facebook quickly lit up with Americans decrying the performance of the musical's flashy finale "Raise You Up/Just Be" as unwholesome and unfit for the holiday parade broadcast. Rather than be cowed by the controversy, however, the show's Tony-winning star Billy Porter and some of his cast mates marched over to Macy's the day after their performance in the parade and proceeded to do some Black Friday shopping. The kicker? Almost all of the male actors were outfitted in their sky-high stiletto boots and Porter was in full drag. “You have to start a dialogue,” the musical’s co-creator Harvey Fierstein told Page Six while shopping with the show's actors. “And you can’t have a dialogue unless someone says something first. It takes actual work to open up [people’s] minds.” MORE: HUFFPO AND HERE'S THE CHEAPEST PREVIEW OF THE SHOW, IN CASE YOU'RE THINKING OF GOING!
December 01, 2013
A THOUGHT FOR WORLD AIDS DAY
It's World AIDS Day and I have a question. If we're engaging in safe sex to prevent HIV transmission, then why do so many people get tested so often? Doesn't that imply that frequent testers aren't having safe sex? When your last test said negative, wouldn't you want to preserve that negative status? I know that they say testing is important because early detection helps the efficiency of treatment. But if we were actually having safe sex and not transmitting HIV, we wouldn't have any virus that required treatment. Just a thought.
GAGA PERFORMS FASHION WITH RUPAUL ON THE MUPPETS
Here's video of Lady Gaga and RuPaul performing her new song Fashion on The Muppets. I'm not really a Gaga fan, but this new song is appealing. It doesn't feature as many of the dark, industrial synths she's known for so the song actually has a lilt to it instead of that heavy, disturbed sound. It even has a piano intro, nice chords, cute medium tempo and a bass line. It's musical! Cute idea to use Ru to do a little runway because I can't imagine how Gaga can walk too much in those massive heels. She does dance in them, though, which I give her credit for. Maybe she didn't want Ru to dwarf her, cuz Miss RuPaul is taller than most drags, much less women. I guess a cynic could say that one of the song's hooks, "looking good and feeling fine" is reminiscent of RuPaul's release of a few years ago "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous". But if I knew nothing of Gaga's history, the accusations of plagiarism, the trying too hard with the outfits to the point where her outrageousness overpowers the quality of her music as it did on her last album and I'd just heard this song without knowing who it was, I'd like it. Maybe it's not artpop, any high concept or whatever, but a pleasant song. And while I roll my eyes at many of her looks, this one is so wacky that I have to give her points. It isn't flattering on her at all, but it is nutty. And eccentric pop stars are better than dull ones. Not every one should look like Taylor Swift!
DISCO TEA DANCE AT THE MONSTER TONIGHT!
Musique, Santa Esmerelda, Jocelyn Brown, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Rick James, Karen Young, Phyllis Hyman, TSOP, Melba Moore, Martha Wash, Lorraine Johnson, Viola Wills, Loleatta Holloway, Odyssey, First Choice, David Naughton, Dan Hartman, Rose Royce, Ami Stewart, Bonnie Pointer, Change, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, Foxy, Chic, Kelly Marie and France Jolie. If you like dancing to these artists, stop by The Monster tonight from 6-10 tonight.) Or the first Sunday of every month. The debut week last month was a blast! MORE: NEXTMAGAZINE
November 30, 2013
BACK FROM OZ!
THANKSGIVING'S GRIMMER ORIGINS
"Thanksgiving means many things to many people. To the average American, it is a time of giving thanks for what we have. A time of watching football, getting ready to spend obscene amounts of money on Black Friday “sales”: camping out for a new television set that we didn’t need. To Native Americans it is often about being insulted by pop-American history, a time of betrayal and a reminder of the centuries-long genocide that took place after indigenous North Americans saved the collective ass of colonists. For others it is simply about a day or two off of work, school, and Star Wars or Godfather marathons on cable. But for the historical settlers at Jamestown, from 1609 to 1610, when the holiday was already in practice, this was a time of murder and cannibalism." MORE: POLITICALBLINDSPOT
November 29, 2013
PLEASE SIGN IF YOU AGREE!
This petition is something else, but I signed it. How insane is it that a war-weary nation is asked to sign a petition urging a likely candidate for future president urging her to weigh in favorably on peaceful negotiations with Iran? Negotiations set in motion by the very administration she just left. Hillary was one of the many snakes in Congress who showed extremely poor judgement in agreeing with George W. Bush and voting to attack Iraq--for absolutely no reason. At least Obama distinguished himself in the Senate by voting against that war. Now he's attempting to negotiate with Iran and a prominent group like moveon.org feels the need to press Hillary and get her position on record. The people don't war, yet we have to beg our representatives and likely future representatives for peace. TO do what we want as opposed to what they're going to do anyway. That's very tragic. "Most prominent Democratic politicians have not praised the deal" indicates how far the Democrats have become hawks just like the Republicans. Is Hillary's game plan for winning the White House positioning herself as further to the right than Obama? Then why not just run as a Republican if you're gonna act like one? MOVEON.ORG: "This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that the United States and Iran are not at war. I'm thankful that President Obama fulfilled his campaign promise to aggressively pursue diplomacy with Iran, making sure that all peaceful means are exhausted to reassure the international community that Iran will never try to build a nuclear weapon. I'm thankful that Secretary of State John Kerry put his reputation on the line to work aggressively to get a deal. I'm thankful that those efforts have been successful in producing an interim deal that opens the way to a comprehensive agreement, due not only to the work and commitment of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, but to the Iranian people for electing a new leadership determined to try to improve relations with the West. And I'm thankful to all the Americans who worked to elect President Obama on a platform of pursuing diplomacy. Predictably, Republican warmongers like Lindsey Graham are attacking the deal. Unfortunately, with some noteworthy exceptions like California Senator Dianne Feinstein, most prominent Democratic politicians have not praised the deal, even though polls show the American people back the deal overwhelmingly. Perhaps some of these Democratic politicians are more concerned about retaining the campaign contributions of warmonger interest groups like AIPAC than they are in representing the opinions and interests of the majority of Americans. In particular, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been quiet. This is odd, because when there was a possibility that the U.S. would bomb Syria, Hillary wasn't shy to endorse the bombing. If Hillary would endorse the deal now, it would make a major contribution to peace. Lindsey Graham can complain all he wants, but in order to undermine President Obama's diplomacy with Iran, the warmongers need to recruit key Democrats to their side, like New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If Hillary endorses the deal, the political space for right-wing Democrats to undermine the deal will close. Urge former Secretary of State Clinton to endorse the deal with Iran by signing our petition:" SIGN: MOVEON.ORG
IT'S ALL RIGHT THERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT
Hey, America! It's First Lady Michelle Obama and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner made from organic vegetables that we grew ourselves in the White House's garden. I hope you all tried to eat healthier, too, because healthier eating is my personal platform. Even though most of the country can't even find foods that aren't genetically modified any more. And my husband appointed a former Monsanto big-wig Michael Taylor to a senior position at the FDA, in a disgraceful fox-guarding-the-hen-house scenario. Working in tandem with Monsanto, the government has almost succeeded preventing the need to label which foods contain what. It's a good thing that most of you are more concerned about my bangs than being forced to eat Frankenfoods. But look on the bright side--the economy is so pitiful that most of you couldn't afford organic vegetables if they were available in your area and properly labelled. Another broken campaign promise in which corporations win out over average people brought to you by my husband. SEATTLEORGANICRESTAURANTS.COM