Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Celebrates New Venue, 25 years with a Showcase of Literary Women
This year, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will take place in a brand-new venue, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will kick off its 25th year on October 3. During the nine-day festival, organizers have dedicated the night of the 9th to celebrating and showcasing literary women. Beginning at 6:30 the festival will showcase Regarding Susan Sontag and Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.
Watch the two trailers and read the synopses after the jump…
by Lawrence Ferber
The official hotel of London Fashion Week (www.londonfashionweek.co.uk), every February and September, with its enviable location just steps from Green Park, Edwardian Hotels’ The May Fair (Stratton Street. Tel: +44-20-7769-8202.www.themayfairhotel.co.uk) balances contemporary boutique chic, with media savvy and homey comfort. The 404 rooms and suites are vibrant and stylish, yet cozy, decked out in textured, colorful fabrics and carpeting: the rooms’ schemes range from Moulin Rouge red and gold to ultramodern olive green. In-house comforts are plentiful: iPads, iPod stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property boasts a gorgeous, cinematic spa, (it’s straight out of a James Bond film), farm-to-table May Fair Kitchen restaurant, craft cocktail-driven May Fair Bar (winner of the Guardian’s Best Hotel Bar in London Award), meeting spaces, and even, a Screening Room, a plush, state-of-the-art 201-seat cinema.
It has been 50 long years since Barbra Streisand last made an appearance on the The Tonight Show. It took Jimmy Fallon’s quirky humor and hands-on approach to comedy to get the legendary singer back on the show—and we suspect that the late-night show’s offer of devoting the whole hour to the Yentl-star may have also played an important part. During one particularly fun moment, Streisand and Jimmy Fallon sang a medley of duets off of the singer’s upcoming album “Partners.” Fallon sings the parts of Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton, and Michael Buble, and the result is surprising good.
Watch after the jump…
In a groundbreaking new report titled The Export of Hate, HRC Foundation exposes some of the most vitriolic American activists promoting anti-LGBT bigotry abroad that shows that there is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of gay and lesbian people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.
Active in multiple nations across five continents, the individuals profiled in the report are only some of the Americans dedicated to this shared global mission. The report details their connections and associations, nations in which they’re active, publicly available information about their resources, and examples of their hateful rhetoric.
Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris, and Jack W. Batman will be bringing Tony- and Grammy Award–nominee Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, to the New York Stage for a one-night-only performance on October 6th at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony- and Emmy Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece this theater experience is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.
Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available here. Tickets start at $40 with premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, starting at $500.
Contributor Jim Gladstone chats with the gender bending theatrical force, Charles Busch.
“I alternately feel like Marlene Dietrich at the end of her career and an old animal act,” quips actor and playwright Charles Busch about the nightclub tour—his first in several years—that brings him to Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco on September 25 and 26.
“I don’t like being a downer, but I’m not sure if the majority of young gay people are interested in old Hollywood history or cabaret. That’s not really a new thing though,” says Bush, who turned 60 last month. “In the ‘70s, when I was in my 20s and fascinated with old studio system movies, most of my friends were caught up in disco, more into Donna Summer than Bette Davis. But I’ve always sort of modeled my career on the old female movie stars—I think I’ve cultivated a sense of mystique and emotional remove.”
Busch will discuss that career—which runs the gamut from being nominated for a Tony Award for penning The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, playing a convict in the television prison drama Oz, and creating and starring in the cult off-Broadway hit “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”—two nights before his Feinstein’s run in a live interview at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, where his camp-tastic play Die, Mommie, Die! will have its Bay Area premiere the following week.
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This week, Marriott has unveiled a healthy vending machine that’s set to revolutionize those late-night cravings. Say goodbye to settling on empty calories that won’t even fill you up and get ready to snack on handcrafted salads, sandwiches, and snacks freshly made every day using local ingredients. The working prototype debuts in the lobby of the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, offering travelers healthy food options available all day and night during their journey. The innovation was inspired by Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year old college student, who answered the call to join Marriott Hotels in co-creating the future of travel as part of its Travel Brilliantly campaign. In looking to bring Anjana’s idea to life, Marriott Hotels reached out to Chicago start-up Farmer’s Fridge, which has taken an innovative approach to making healthy, delicious food easier to access. The company’s kiosk, one of 12 in the Chicago area, will be located in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare for the next five months for testing with guests. Items curated and prepared daily by Farmer’s Fridge will be offered for sale in distinctive packaging, ranging in price from $3 to $12 dollars and include, a Detox Salad, Greek yogurt and berries, and lemon pepper chicken.
It’s early November, so the leaves have only just changed color, creating a fluttering sea of crisp reds, oranges, and golds across the quiet hilly terrain of central Virginia. Outside the airport terminal, I’m greeted with a genial smile, a charming southern accent, and a seductive box filled with sticky sweet donuts, deep-fried and sugar-glazed. My tour guide, and acting chauffeur, Caroline Gibson welcomes me to her pictorial hometown of Richmond, a quaint, but urban cityscape tucked into the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
“The leaves have changed just in time for you!” she says, narrating the scenic drive to the city center while I munch on the delectable welcome gift and gaze out of the window. The vibrant foliage gleaming beneath the full glaze of an afternoon sun transfixes my eyes. As a Louisiana-bred southerner turned New York City urbanite, it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve seen natural vegetation, and while I am here to attend the 26th annual Virginia Film Festival hosted in nearby Charlottesville, I am in awe of the natural beauty that exists in this part of the country.
An English band from Torbay, The Simmertones, has been given a blessing from the one-and-only Doris Day to use her vocals in their latest single “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps.” The single from the ska band is created as though the lead singer, Glyn Wilcox, and Doris Day were actually performing the song together. The band actually approached Day, who is famous for her prolific film career, including hits like The Pajama Game, Romance on the High Seas, and Pillow Talk, and requested her permission to use a sampling from the song. Doris quickly gave permission along with Sony Music, and the single has received praise from Day fans, as well as listeners throughout the world who have been downloading the hit.
To buy the single, click here. Enjoy!
Watch the music video after the jump…
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