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Friday, September 02, 2016

As I started reading Boystown Season 5 by Jake Biondi I was wondering if my love and obsession with this series could grow? After I read the book 2nd time in a week, I have now placed this series in my binge watching/reading hall of fame. Boystown joins Friday Night Lights, Sex and the City, Gray’s Anatomy, The Golden Girls and The West Wing as a mental escape and party for my mind. It is the perfect read over and over series, not only because the pure power and sexiness of the characters is so easy to picture, but because what happens next is always better than you expected. While reading the dramatic twists, turns and hot sex of Season 5 I asked myself several times who would go batshit crazy next and was never disappointed, I always thought something was off Jacqueline but damn she is scandalous!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

President Barack Obama has just designated the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the nation’s first national monument to LGBTQ rights. As you know, The Stonewall Uprising is largely regarded as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ movement for civil rights. And our Pride celebrations grew out of that movement.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Center Stage boasts an exciting season this year with four featured plays and numerous auxiliary-performance offerings. First off is Christopher Hampton’s classic tale of love and betrayal, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (November 26th to December 23rd).

Out on Screen

Out on Screen

Movie reviews, Cinema and DVD

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sully distorts a story we already know

If you were born sometime after 2009, you probably have some awareness of the event that became known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles were just taking off from LaGuardia Airport when their plane was struck by a flock of birds. Not an unusual incident, but this one was unprecedented when both engines were taken out of commission. The pilots remained calm and the flight attendants did their jobs, but with total engine failure there was no time to get to any runway in New York or New Jersey. Sully’s only option was to attempt a landing on the Hudson River. And he did so successfully (luckily it was the early part of January so boat traffic was virtually non-existent), saving all 155 souls on the plane. It was a remarkable story, Sully became a new American hero, and he’s used that experience to advocate for better safety measures for airplanes.



Celebrity Interviews

Friday, September 02, 2016

An Interview With Gay Filmmaker Ira Sachs

When all is said and done, 2016 may be remembered as a year of some of the best independent films in recent memory. Movies such as Indignation, Captain Fantastic, The Lobster and Love & Friendship are garnering rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The same holds true for Little Men (Magnolia), the latest from gay filmmaker Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep the Lights On). The third installment in Sachs’ New York trilogy, the titular Little Men are Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri), a pair of pre-high-schoolers who become close friends under stressful circumstances in Brooklyn. As the strained relationship between Theo’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) and Tony’s mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) edges closer to the brink we observe the impact that it has on the boys. I spoke with Sachs about the film and more in early August.


Music reviews

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Twenty years after the original, four-person line-up of The Monkees released its final album, and four years after Davy Jones died, remaining members Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork have regrouped for Good Times! (Rhino). Produced by Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne fame), who also contributed a couple of tracks, the album has the kind of hipster glow to it that helped artists such as Glen Campbell, Mavis Staples, Johnny Cash, Bobby Womack, and Loretta Lynn, gain renewed credibility among a whole new generation of fans. It also helps that new songs written for the disc by Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer), Andy Partridge (of XTC), Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie), and a collaboration by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis), and Paul Weller (of The Jam and The Style Council) make up the bulk of the material. Additionally, there are new songs by Nesmith, Dolenz, and Tork, as well as new recordings of tunes by songwriters who played a role in The Monkees’ success, including Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, (Harry) Nilsson, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Of course, all of these details wouldn’t matter in the least if the music wasn’t any good. Yes, it’s good, especially “You Bring The Summer,” “Me & Magdalena,” “She Makes Me Laugh,” “Whatever’s Right” and “Birth of an Accidental Hipster.”


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