September 01, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
The documentary, by director Joe Cardona in association with the Miami Herald Media Company, was recognized for “great technical execution, good variety of material sources, clear, in-depth interviews.”
The Day It Snowed In Miami which has been broadcast nationally on PBS and screened at South Florida theaters, covers the political battle lines in Miami in 1977 when gays sought approval of a then controversial human rights law. Singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant led the opposition.
The Aurora Awards recognize excellence in film and video in international competitions
August 31, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Marriage, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
From Lori Lynch, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach:
The Palace is proud to be hosting a fundraising TDance, this Friday August 29th, 7pm - 10pm for the LGBT Visitor Center's upcoming PINK FLAMINGO AWARDS! With music by DJ ZEHNO and Hosted by the incredible TP LORDS who will be announcing the finalists in each category!
The finalists voting polls will be open SO YOU CAN START VOTING LIVE AT THE PALACE! And... patrons can purchase "PINK FLAMINGO COCKTAILS" with 100% of the proceeds from every PFC going to the LGBT Visitor Center. Please join us and raise a glass (and funds) for our community!
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
L. Lamar Wilson's headline performance Saturday at the Reading Queer festival in Miami Beach will tell his personal story through music and poetry.
"I have a book of poems called Sacrilegion," said Wilson, originally of Marianna in Florida's Panhandle. "It's a book about language of the Bible and the music of the church I grew up in, the Missionary Baptist Church."
Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) is "a complex book because it's dealing with three things," said Wilson, a copy editor at the Charlotte Observer (a Miami Herald sister paper) and doctoral student at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
"It's about coming of age in the era of AIDS," said Wilson, who won the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series.
"I say that with intention. When you are growing up with this thing that kills people, who are like what you are discovering you are … it impacts the way that you think about what it means to be a queer body. It’s not something to embrace, to be joyful about."
Sacrilegion's second pillar is about race upheaval, Wilson said.
"The aftermath of Jim Crow violence in my hometown of Marianna, Florida," he said."With that kind of violence happening to young black bodies. My book is exploring the violence that is pervasive or institutional in these small towns."
Wilson will read his poem, Resurrection Sunday, about the real-life lynching in 1934 of Claude Neal.
Sacrilegion is also about body image, said Wilson, whose left arm and hand were damaged at birth.
"Growing up with this physical difference, Erb’s palsy, and coming into his own, realizing he is queer and finding the kind of acceptance in a culture that’s obsessed with the perfect chiseled body," Wilson says in the third person.
He later adds a fourth pillar: "What it means to embrace being decidedly rural & Southern in metro cities -- for me, Milwaukee, Chicago, D.C., Atlanta -- when that means you'll be mistaken as slothful and simple-minded. Sacrilegion complicates that narrative," he says in a text message. "It also blurs the lines between English, Spanish, & other Native languages that inform it. I am multiethnically black; my ancestors were master & slave, Mascogo & possibly Latino."
L. Lamar Wilson performs with Carl DuPont (an assistant professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte), bass-baritone Lloyd Reshard Jr. & tenor Kunya Rowley from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. 2000 Convention Center Dr. Free (suggested donation of $20).
From Robert Rosenberg, director of Coral Gables Art Cinema:
NATHAN LANE RETURNS FOR ENCORES OF “THE NANCE” SAT 8/30 TO MON 9/1 AT THE GABLES CINEMA
The hit Broadway play starring two-time Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane, The Nance, returns to the Gables Cinema for encore presentations on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 30 to September 1 at 1:00 pm each day. In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles (a gay man in his personal life) playing a headliner called "the nance," a stereotypically camp gay man and master of comic double entendre - usually played by a straight man, and his fellow performers. At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. When the mayor of New York tries to end burlesque, Chauncey must fight in court for his freedom of expression. Performances are captured live and presented in high quality 2K Digital Cinema Projection that brings Broadway to the Gables. Tickets are $20 and under and are available in advance through the Cinema’s website www.gablescinema.com and in person at the box office during regular screening hours. The Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across from Books & Books, in downtown Coral Gables.
August 29, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Film, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)
TMZ reports that Joan Rivers is in critical condition after she stopped breathing Thursday during throat surgery in New York.
We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating.
It's unclear if doctors were able to restart the comic's heart.
Above is a 2009 video interview I did with Rivers just before she appeared at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Here’s the People page interview that accompanied it:
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
``Someone told me -- and I hate the term -- stars have very distinct voices. You know Cher, immediately. You knowLiza, immediately,'' says Rivers, who performs Wednesday night in Miami. ``When I was a little girl, I picked up the phone and someone said, `Little boy, put your mother on.' I almost died. Now,Chastity Bono would have loved that!''
Johnny Carson put Rivers on the map, booking her on The Tonight Showin 1965. Two decades later, she became his permanent guest host.
When Rivers learned she wouldn't succeed Carson at NBC, she signed in 1986 with the new Fox network, to become its first late-night talk host -- and directly compete with him.
Carson stopped speaking to her.
``He was not a nice man,'' Rivers says. ``I called him and he hung up on me. He kept a feud going for 16 years. You suddenly saw why Johnny got to be Johnny.''
Rivers' talk show lasted six months. And she's blunt about the man whodid replace Carson, Jay Leno, calling his comedy ``boring.''
``I like Leno because once I watch the show, I won't be able to handle heavy machinery for a couple of hours. I never watch it,'' Rivers says. ``A Leno punch line is like seeing Aretha Franklin coming at you on the beach. You can see it a long way off.''
Brooklyn-born Rivers, 76, still lives in New York, though she's on the road about two weeks a month. When in town, she performs Wednesdays in a 97-seat Hell's Kitchen nightclub.
Over the summer, Rivers taped two episodes in Miami Beach of her TV Land reality series, How'd You Get So Rich?, in which she visits the fancy homes of wealthy celebrities.
She says she'll go anywhere for the show. ``If there's a really rich Eskimo, I'm there. `Now that's what I call an igloo!' ''
Rivers says she's never jealous of the rich celebs.
``Everybody made it on their own. I love people like that,'' she says. ``I hate people that say, `I can't do it.' `I came from a broken home.' `My father was a drunk.'
``I love what I do, that's why I don't consider it work. Everybody says, `When are you going to retire?' I say to do what? Tell jokes to the mailman?''
Rivers says her New York penthouse on East 62nd Street off Fifth Avenue is still for sale. Asking price: $25 million.
``For $30 [million], you get the furniture. For $35 [million], I will work for you for a year. For $40 [million], you get me to perform once a week in your living room.''
Ellen is hopping mad about never being invited on "Chelsea Lately"--but is it because she's a lesbian? Watch Handler and DeGeneres' shower fight!
Kristin Chenoweth Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign
Emmy and Tony Award winner cites her Christian faith in video supporting marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples
WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released a video ad featuring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth for the group’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. In the video, Chenoweth states, “The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married. I truly believe it’s that simple.” The video can be viewed online at hrc.org/marriageequality.
“We are incredibly grateful to Kristin Chenoweth for lending her legendary voice to the fight for marriage equality nationwide,” said Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Charles Joughin. “Like Kristin, a majority of Americans already support marriage for gay and lesbian couples. And thanks to her and countless others across the country, it’s only a matter of time before a state border no longer dictates your ability to marry the person you love.”
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, screen and an accomplished singing career. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Chenoweth has explored numerous and diverse roles for film and television, including “Pushing Daisies,” for which she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, “The West Wing,” and “Glee,” which earned her Emmy and People’s Choice Award nominations.
Chenoweth has completed production on the Universal film “The Boy Next Door,” alongside Jennifer Lopez, “Opposite Sex,” an indie teen drama entitled “Hard Sell” and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendents,” in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. This fall, Chenoweth will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival, featuring classic Broadway hits, music from around the country and theatre performances. The festival will include her own concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” where she will perform a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The concert will be released as a live CD and DVD in November. And in early 2015, she will return to Broadway, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 20-week limited engagement of “On the Twentieth Century.”
This is the sixth video released for the re-launch of HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Video campaign. Previous releases include videos from Anthony Bourdain, Colbie Caillat, Tony Hawk, Susan Sarandon and Demi Lovato.
Same-sex couples can legally marry in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, while 31 states have a law or constitutional amendment restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman. However, polling continues to show Americans moving inexorably in the direction of supporting equality for same-sex couples, and there are over 70 court cases across the country challenging bans on marriage equality.
Nationally, Gallup puts support for marriage equality at 55 percent – an astonishing 15 points increase from just 5 years ago – with other polls showing support at even higher margins. And support for same-sex marriage rights continues to grow in virtually every demographic group. According to ABC News / Washington Post, 77 percent of adults under age 30 favor marriage equality. 40 percent of Republicans – an all-time high and jump of 16 points in under two years – now support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the number of Catholics supporting marriage has grown to 62 percent, according to the New York Times. These numbers continue to grow, with no indication that support will slow down.
HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign seeks to advance marriage equality nationwide and provide up-to-the-minute information for lawmakers, legal experts, media, and grassroots supporters. Following the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 last year, new marriage equality battles are underway in the courts, at the ballot and in public education campaigns. The campaign’s video series will draw from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders speaking out in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples nationwide. For more information on the campaign or to see the videos, visit http://americansformarriageequality.org.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Disney Blu-ray has released several high-definition catalog titles ranging from 1940s animated classics like The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad narrated by Bing Crosby and Basil Rathbone to 1971's Bedknobs and Broomsticks starring Angela Lansbury.
Ichabod and Mr. Toad (made in 1949 and the inspiration for Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) runs 68 minutes and comes paired with Disney's Fun and Fancy Free, a 1947 collection of short subjects including Mickey and the Beanstalk, which marked the final time Walt Disney himself voiced the famous mouse. ($37)
Both films look and sound great. Hidden away on the Blu-ray as a bonus feature is the 1941 Disney feature The Reluctant Dragon, a black-and-white and color film that mixed live action and animation. The live action sequences star Robert Benchley, a popular New Yorker humorist at the time who later became known as grandfather of Jaws author Peter Benchley.
The Reluctant Dragon is set at Walt Disney Studios and offers a unique glimpse at how the company produced such films as Bambi and Dumbo.
By the late 1960s, Walt Disney was dead and several post-Mary Poppins films were already in preparation. Among the better known: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which utilized many of the Mary Poppins creators, including songwriters Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, screenwriters Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi and director Robert Stevenson. The Lansbury film even co-starred Poppins' David Tomlinson, who in the 1964 Julie Andrews classic played the children's father, Mr. Banks.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks isn't quite in Poppins' league, but actually is quite entertaining and a bit darker than the earlier movie. It is set in 1940's England during the London Blitz in World War II, and the villains are Nazis.
Bedknobs ran nearly 2 1/2 hours hours when it originally premiered in 1971, but Disney quickly shorted the film to 117 minutes for its general release. That's the version most people remember, but nearly 20 years ago the studio restored much of the edited footage for home video. The film's new Blu-ray contains the shorter general release version, along with the edited footage as bonus material.
Disney Blu-ray has also released Tarzan (1999), Hercules (1997) and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004). Each retails for $30 and all films (except the Ichabod and Mr. Toad/Fun and Fancy Free package) include digital copies.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Silvia Ros, a lesbian photographer from Miami Shores, has officially become part of American history: The Smithsonian in Washington has acquired 86 of her freelance images to be displayed with the national museum's growing LGBT collection.
“It’s fantastic,” said Ros, who with Anne Swanson, her partner of 10 years, will attend a Smithsonian reception Tuesday morning at the National Museum of American History.
“It was really important for me that these prints go into the Smithsonian for history,” Ros said. “But it was more important for me that I document these people who are fighting, and the reasons they have found themselves in this position to do so.”
“This fight was personal for me,” said Ros, 44, who has been on her own since age 17.
“Growing up in a conservative Cuban household, once my family found out I was gay, they threw me out of the house. They blamed me for turning my younger brother gay. That was not true. He was pretty gay to start with,” Ros said. “When they threw me out and told people why I wasn’t at home anymore, they told people I was on drugs. To them, that was better.”
Smithsonian curators learned of Ros through a friend of hers who works at the museum, she said.
Ros carefully cataloged her photos before sending to the museum. “I gave them really formal captions that they were happy to have, so it wasn't just a photo, there was a story attached.”
Said the Smithsonian in a statement: “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a long tradition of documenting the full breadth of the American experience and what it means to be an American. The LGBT narrative is an important part of that American story, and the Smithsonian has been documenting and collecting related objects for many years.”
Along with Ros’ photos, the museum has recently acquired a tennis racquet from transgender player Renee Richards, materials from the TV comedy Will and Grace (on NBC from 1998-2006) and diplomatic passports from former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand David Huebner and his spouse, Duane McWaine.
The bulk of Ros’ photos were taken in Washington at the National Equality March in October 2009.
Among the LGBT activists she has captured for posterity:
• Janice Langbehn, who inspired the federal government to revise hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples after her partner, Lisa Pond, died in 2007 at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
• Felipe and Juan Sousa-Rodriguez, LGBT immigration activists from Miami fighting for passage of the DREAM Act.
• Walker Burttschell, a gay Miami Beach man discharged from the Marines in 2003, who seven years later shook Barack Obama's hand moments after the president signed repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.'
“I think it’s awesome. It’s amazing for her,” Burttschell said Sunday, adding that his photo depicts “a really pivotal moment in LGBT history.”
“It really started public discourse on the issue,” he said. “It made it easier to talk about marriage equality and equality in the workplace.”
Ros said she hopes that through her work future generations of LGBT people will know how they achieved equality. “As rapidly as these things are changing, I want to make sure we don’t forget or lose the history of this movement.”
August 17, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Florida, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)