Although it is set almost 30 years ago, Dallas Buyers Club (Universal/Focus) is a gut-wrenching reminder of how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go. Sadly, the same evils that existed in the mid-1980s, especially the greed and indifference of the pharmaceutical industry, still exist today.
Based on the true story of the late Ron Woodruff (portrayed on screen by Matthew McConaughey in a Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance), a sexually promiscuous hetero trailer-court denizen, who receives an unexpected HIV diagnosis during a hospitalization following a work-related accident. Racist, homophobic, and an all-around unpleasant guy, Ron’s vitriolic response to his HIV status doesn’t surprise attending physicians Sevard (out actor Denis O’Hare) and Saks (Jennifer Garner).
We’ll never know if King Arthur, his subjects, and rivals actually behaved as they did on the stage of Toby’s, the Dinner Theatre of Columbia, but if they had, it would have been one uproarious era. In the musical theatre’s version of the 1975 film Monty Python’s Spamalot (with a number of differences from the film), director Mark Minnick and his cast and crew offers up one hilarious, laugh-a-second production to the delight of the audience.
The book and lyrics were by Eric Idle who also composed the music with John Du Prez. Mike Nichols directed the original Broadway production of Spamalot in 2005 garnering three Tony Awards including Best Musical among 14 nominations. It ran for over 1,500 performances, and the show has been seen in over a dozen countries.
When you think about it, it wasn’t all that surprising that Gary Numan has toured with Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails, most recently during the summer of 2013. First of all, both men have a fondness for kohl and dark eyeliner. Secondly, their musical styles have a chilly, manufactured, atmospheric similarities. Third, both men take personal and creative eccentricity to new and exciting levels.
Midwestern writer (and Wisconsin native) Glenway Wescott, who counted Monroe Wheeler as a lover and Paul Cadmus and George Platt Lynes among his social circle, has been dead for more than 25 years. “A Visit to Priapus,” one of his more homoerotic works of short fiction, remained unpublished until after his death. In A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories (University of Wisconsin Press, $26.95), edited and with an introduction by Wescott biographer Jerry Rosco (and a foreword by Wendy Moffatt), the titular story, as well as nine more stories and two essays, have been collected together under one cover for the first time.
First and foremost we here at Baltimore Outloud want to wish Ada Buffet a speedy recovery. We sure do miss her, and all the work she does (because this column is hard to do….)
First let’s say a big congratulations to the new Miss Queen of Hearts 2014, Chastity Vain. I also want to give a big shout-out to Ashlee Bannks and her cast of great entertainers; we heard The Lodge was rocking last Friday night.
Talking about The Lodge... this Friday night they’re having a Comedy Hour with Danny Rolando along with a Dance Night with DJ Joey-O. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. Now if that’s not your thing you can’t go wrong with their Saturday night All 80s All Night Long!!! Plus there will be a Flashdance (sweatshirt off-the-shoulder, sweatband, and works) and Risky Business (boxers/briefs, dress shirt, glasses, socks), costume contest at 11:45 p.m.
Gay writer Tim Federle knows that readers come in all ages. For his two Young Adult novels, Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate (both from Simon & Schuster), Federle has created one of the more endearing fictional characters in recent memory. Titular character Nate will keep you in stitches as he navigates his way out of his dull, dead end hometown, onto a Broadway stage and towards his first kiss. For somewhat older readers, Federle serves up Tequila Mockingbird (Running Press), consisting of cocktails with literary themes. I spoke with Tim about his books in early 2014.
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