“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh
so mellow.” – The Fantasticks
New York’s theater scene is anything but slow and mellow this fall, as the season gears up with some innovative new productions that have us on the edge of our seats. Here are the Broadway Blog’s top picks for the month.
MCC Theater and the Lucille Lortel
121 Christopher Street, NYC
Opening night: September 9
Maldivian, police acting on a tip, arrested two men, aged 56 and 27, in their shared private home on Saturday under suspicions of “homosexual activity,” signaling renewed efforts to crack down on gay couples.
The Dhaandhoo couple will likely face severe punishments in the Islamic country, where “homosexual activity” is punishable by death under Sharia law provisions.
According to Gay Star News, other potentialities could include deportation, house arrest, whippings, and incarceration for up to six years. In light of the arrest, LGBT tourists are not advised to visit the tropical nation.
Moscow’s cultural committee has taken away funding from Moscow Premiere—an LGBT film festival that was set to take place September 4-7. The reasoning from the committee: Russia’s “difficult economic situation.” Though the anti-gay propaganda laws weren’t cited, the cultural committee seemed to have enough funding to replace Moscow Premiere with the Youth Festival of Life Affirming Films. This would have been the festival’s 13th year.
The only remaining gay and lesbian film festival is the Side by Side International Film Festival that takes place in St. Petersburg.
China, known for its heavy censorship, is about to make history by allowing a gay movie to be shown at theaters across the country. The movie, Seek McCartney, stars singer Han Geng and French-actor Jérémie Elkaïm and follows their very close friendship and potential romance. The film, a collaboration between China and France, took over a year to be approved by Chinese censors.
Director Wang Chao said that it was ‘a small step for the regulator and a big step for filmmakers.’
Singapore is lifting their longstanding ban on travelers with HIV from entering the country. The Lion City made the decision on April 1, but it was made public on Monday. Persons visiting with HIV, though, will be limited in their stay to three months.
“Given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease…The policy on the repatriation and permanent blacklisting of HIV positive foreigners was recommended in the late 1980s when the disease was new, fatal and no effective treatment was available,” a health ministry spokesperson said.
The United States ended their ban on HIV positive travelers just in 2010, while 20 others still have a ban.
Two men (Adrian Coria and Juan Segui) turned heads at a performance in Buenos Aires when they decided to perform a jaw-dropping dance to Moulin Rouge. The two, who showed off their routine outside of a restaurant, demonstrated the Argentine dance to “El Tango De Roxanne.”
Watch after the jump…
The ACLU filed two motions with a Kentucky district court to hold Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis accountable for her continuing refusal to issue marriage licenses to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.
The motions ask the court to hold Davis in contempt of court for failing to comply with its previous ruling and to clarify that Davis must issue marriage licenses to everybody, not just the four named couples in the case. The court set a contempt hearing for this Thursday, at which Davis will be required to answer to the judge for her violation of the order and could face steep fines.
“It is unfortunate that we’ve been compelled to take further action today to ensure that the people of Rowan County can obtain the marriage licenses they’re entitled to receive from their County Clerk’s office. The law is clear and the courts have spoken. The duty of public officials is to enforce the law, not place themselves above it,” said Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union:
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne’s newest drama about a trans/intersex woman who risked everything to travel to Germany in 1930 to have a sex change, has received its first trailer. The Danish Girl received heavy criticism for not casting a transgender actress and instead choosing Redmayne. But critics who have already seen the film are saying his performance is deserving of an Oscar nomination.
The film is based on the a novel by David Ebershoff.
Catch the film on November 27.
Irish chef Noel McMeel, 47, was certain of his choice of career since early childhood: “I’ve always wanted to be a chef. Even as a child I was dabbling in the kitchen. We lived on a farm and I took care of the garden and also had a pet cow that I milked myself every day. I couldn’t wait for the milk to settle so that I could skim the thick cream from the top and prepare a treat for my family.” The McMeel family farm was in Moneypenny, near Toomebridge in County Antrim not far from Belfast. After attending a local culinary school McMeel set out to gain varied experiences in as many kitchens as possible, first working for several Belfast restaurants.
In 1988 McMeel won a scholarship to attend Johnson and Wales University’s culinary school, which in turn catapulted him to jobs with such to celebrity chefs as the late Jean Louis Palladin at the Watergate in Washington DC, and a brief stint at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court declined a petition from Kentucky’s Rowan County clerk Kim Davis for an emergency stay on a court order requiring her to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to all eligible applicants, including same-sex couples. But as of this morning, Davis continues to defy the court by failing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Crowds gathered today chanting, “Do your job!” but Davis continued to justify her actions by saying that she is prepared to face the consequences of refusing to do her job, but “I’m willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgment.”
The real question is, if she is refusing to do her job, why aren’t the higher-ups in Kentucky government willing to fire this prejudice, law-breaking bigot?