Hidden for decades, pixilated “computer art” by Andy Warhol has surfaced when an Andy Warhol Museum employee decided to find out what was on a floppy disk in the museum’s archives in Pittsburg. According to WaPo: “The pieces, which include the above Campbell’s soup can, a portrait of singer Debbie Harry, and a pixilated take on Botticelli’s Venus, were commissioned by the long-defunct PC company Commodore International to show off the ‘graphic art capabilities’ of its Amiga computer.”
Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler reviews the latest work by Harvey Fierstein.
“When you make the two one… and when you make the MALE AND THE
FEMALE INTO A SINGLE ONE—then shall you enter the Kingdom.”
- The gospel of Thomas, Transvestia Magazine
Casa Valentina, a new play by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein that opened tonight on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is not perfect. But as the audience learns by going down the rabbit hole with a little-known group of men ensconced in a bungalow colony in the Catskills circa 1962, life is not perfect. It does not always look the way we want it to. And those who have the fortitude (some may call it courage while others may view it as cowardly) can discover an alternate life… a cryptic duality that exists in fantasy but is realized through a crinoline skirt or a padded bra. This is the world of The Chevalier d’Eon—a secluded enclave operated by husband and wife proprietors George, otherwise known as Valentina (Patrick Page), and Rita (Mare Winningham).
“I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age” Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend photographer Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Foster, who was widely recognized as a lesbian, finally came out in 2013 Golden Globe acceptance speech. She was widely criticized for her flippancy toward the importance of coming out in Hollywood. True to form, Foster and her publicist refused to comment on the wedding.
Openly gay Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins landed himself on Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list and even scored one of the inside covers. Robert Redford, Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay athlete, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra are the others to claim an inside cover, while Beyonce graces the magazine’s cover. The inside feature about the NBA player was written by Chelsea Clinton: “Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height,” wrote Clinton. “The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.”
To update our recent post on the shocking proposed anti-gay bill in Brunei, a small island country in Southeast Asia, the bill has been delayed. The new law falls under Islamic criminal codes, and it would punish gay sex acts and homosexuality in general by such brutal punishments as stoning to death, public floggings, and severing of limbs.
Towleroad reports that Brunei’s Islamic Legal Unit cites “unavoidable circumstances” for the delay, and the blog suggests that specific reasons may be related to Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (above), the bill’s main proponent, and specifically his recent trip to Singapore. While there have been recent instances of high-profile groups boycotting The Dorchester Collection of Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan, it remains unclear if these actions have had any effect on the legislation’s delay.
This week’s Throwback Thursday belongs to the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino’s new retro-themed rooftop PICNIC. Be on the lookout on tomorrow April 24th for two gals and a guy roaming around Downtown Las Vegas clad in retro summer ensembles. We’re hoping this includes short shorts and roller skates…for the guy, of course. They’ll be handing out complimentary passes to the rooftop and asking you to #FollowMeToPICNIC.
I once had the fortune of sitting next to someone on an airline that couldn’t stop sniffling and sneezing. “Oh a cold?” I asked. “No airplanes always give me the worst allergies,” she said. Luckily, this sort of scenario is unlikely to happen aboard Swiss International Air Lines who will introduced a number of new ground and inflight products from the beginning of May onwards. SWISS has teamed up with the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) to offer its guests an even more individualized service product that is particularly geared to travelers with allergies. These innovations will include new alternative food and drinks, including a lactose-free version of their popular Swiss chocolate bar, which is offered on all flights.
The airline is also making allergy-friendly modifications to its cabins. First and Business Class passengers will now be offered pillows stuffed with synthetic materials as an alternative to the down-filled version. Decorative flowers and air fresheners that might cause nose and throat irritations will not be used, and the on-board toilets will now feature soaps that are particularly gentle on the skin. “We have seen a steady increase over the past few years in our customers’ need for an air travel environment that pays due regard to any allergic conditions,” explains Frank Maier, Swiss International Air Lines Head of Product & Services. “So we’ve been working with ECARF to provide a concrete response to these demands and make everyone’s air travel experience as pleasant and problem-free as possible.”
Entering is simple, all it takes is a social media account and an internet connection. Post your “favorite Norway photos” to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, taking care to use the hashtag #DREAMOFNORWAY. Then share the photos with your friends, and ask them to vote for your photos. One will win. The tickets are economy class on Norwegian Airlines, from any one of five airports: New York JFK, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles or San Francisco Oakland. Prize includes six nights in a double room at select Historic Hotels. Enter here using the #DREAMOFNORWAY tab under Visit Norway’s cover photo.
I’m sitting in the basement of a Mexican restaurant. Upstairs, the rumble of families munching on enchiladas smothered in refried beans and sipping head-sized margaritas under red neon lights is only slightly audible. A door at the top of the wooden stairs closes, and a crowd of mostly gay men and their girlfriends sits in this underground theater. I’m completely in love with this so-not-typical Los Angeles vibe. Cosmos are replaced by Coronas, and the unpretentious crowd sits quietly for a performance at the Cavern Club Theater (920 Hyperion Ave. Tel: 323-662-4255. www.cavernclubtheater.com) below the family-owned Casita del Campo restaurant. The wood beams creak above with the movement of the upstairs patrons as the show, Little House on the Prairie-Oke (or after the threat of a lawsuit Almond Grove! That Pioneer Karaoke Musical Formerly Known as Something Else), begins with an Ingalls breakdown dance. The crowd expresses sheer joy at the ridiculousness of the entire situation. When Drew Droedge, most famous for impersonating Chloë Sevigny on YouTube, takes the stage as the obnoxiously over-the-top Nellie Oleson my face beams as red as the lights upstairs. He must have noticed just how much I was enjoying it, because he pulls me on stage for a finale dance party. When the show closes, the cast eagerly meets the audience over beers, and I’m floored by this sliver of underground gay culture.
A Russian nationalist Member of Parliament has introduced legislation that will make fingerprinting mandatory for Russian people with “dangerous diseases,” including HIV. The fingerprinting information would then be collected and compiled in a national database.
The politician’s reasoning for the legislation has several points. Firstly, he cites the fact that “infected people change their names and disappear from the state system.” This new law would make such a thing impossible. He also says the law would help to expedite crime-fighting and “reduce bureaucratic red tape.”
Many are predicting the bill will pass, though it is not without opposition. A fellow Member of Parliament was quoted as saying: “It is one thing when you fingerprint the arriving migrants and completely different when you fingerprint our own law abiding citizens.”