Veteran journalist (and OUTloud contributor) Mark Segal’s And Then I Danced: Traveling The Road To LGBT Equality (Open Lens/Akashic Books, $29.95) is an interesting opportunity to walk through the life of someone who really has been there and was part of making history happen. As I was reading this fascinating and enlightening book I found myself wanting to get involved in making a difference to the things that matter to me. Come on, women – it is time we stand up for ourselves! I am a big fan of memoirs that are an opportunity to learn and gain new perspectives on events, and this book does just that.
Regardless of what you think of Phil Collins (and let’s be honest, he probably doesn’t care what you think), there’s no denying the impact he has made on contemporary music. His time as a drummer with prog-rock legends Genesis as well as jazz fusion act Brand X established him as an ace musician. When he took Peter Gabriel’s place as lead vocalist for Genesis in the late 1970s, Collins was integral in expanding the band’s audience, transitioning the group from one with a cult following to one with chart-topping success.
When we last saw Captain America (in his own movie), he was battling his best friend Bucky and the government in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When we last saw the Avengers, they were taking on another alien menace that was set on destroying mankind while destroying yet another city and themselves in the process. The residual effects of these storylines are brought to bear in the latest Marvel Studios action flick Captain America: Civil War.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. (GMCW), is adding a little Latin flair to Washington society this month in celebration of its spring gala on Saturday, May 14th at the Mayflower Hotel. Entitled “Havana Nights,” the Cuban-themed affair is GMCW’s annual black-tie fundraiser. Hosted by NBC4-TV’s Wendy Reiger, patrons will also enjoy the music of special guest performer Cheyenne Jackson.
James Magruder is a busy man. In addition to teaching at Swarthmore College, Magruder’s 21st century output has included his 2009 debut novel Sugarless and the 2014 linked short story collection Let Me See It. His sexy and funny new novel, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016), takes readers back to 1983 on the campus of Yale University. The Helen Hadley Hall of the title is the dormitory that is site of a series of escapades, sexual and social, hilarious and heartbreaking, and all observed and reported by none other than the ghost of Helen Hadley herself. A playwright whose works have been performed on and off-Broadway and around the globe, Magruder was good enough to answer some interview questions after returning to the States following a trip to Italy.
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