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!
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.
On the heels of the critically acclaimed The Wild Party, the Iron Crow Theatre is bringing a “Science Fiction / Double Feature” to the stage as The Rocky Horror Show causes audiences to shiver in antici ... pation. Running at the Motor House (120 West North Avenue, Baltimore) from Thursday, October 27th – to Monday, October 31st, the cult classic follows the story of sweethearts Brad and Janet who encounter the wildly seductive world of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Along the way they find a creepy butler, a devious maid and the delightfully muscular creation, Rocky.
It’s difficult to review a film that comes with as much baggage as The Birth of a Nation does, but we are here to discuss the merits of the film and not the character of the star, writer and director Nate Parker. You can find plenty of discussion about his past elsewhere and decide for yourself where he fits on a scale from Roman Polanski to Woody Allen.
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.
Known far and wide for putting her money where her mouth is, versatile and enduring Tony Award-winning diva Cyndi Lauper is one of the most outspoken supporters of the LGBT community. Before we became aware of that, it was her singing voice and distinctive fashion sense that initially caught our eye. After forays into pop, dance music, standards and the blues, Lauper, who had us going gaga long before Lady Gaga, lends her remarkable vocal range to a set of country numbers on Detour (Sire). Joined by a stellar array of country legends, including Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, Lauper leaves her “unusual” mark on a series of mid-20th century country classics, including Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love,” and Patsy Cline’s “Walking after Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.” To her credit, Lauper knows when to utilize country’s trademark catch in the throat (something that has served her well over the years) on heartbreakers such as “Misty Blue,” “The End of the World,” and “Begging To You.” Duets with a yodeling Jewel (“I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”) and Alison Krauss (“Hard Candy Christmas”) are also standouts.
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