Jan 21st, 2013 | 1 Comment
My ears aren’t shutting down but this site is going on hiatus.
Apologies to my faithful readers and to artists who have sent me discs or participated in interviews. While a source of pride, this site has been a labor of love and generosity of time can only go so far.
I continue as a contributor to the Times Union in Albany, NY and will cross-post occasional stories that are relevant to this site. A new pursuit is modern...
poets and writersDec 31st, 2012 | No Comments
I sat down
inside a pause in time
In a still pool
a formidable ring,
where bright stars
crashed into the twelve black,
from Ode to Walt Whitman and Other Poems, Translated by Carlos Bauer (1988 City Lights Books)
Dec 24th, 2012 | No Comments
Hello again This is your overhead operator
I am the big message at the end of your beep
If I plug you in will you return my call?
Call me Old Man Puck Call me Peter Panic
Call me what you will but call for dear life
I offer any number of far out connections
As an unlisted long-distance metaphysician
I service a direct line to outer spaces
but I’m a down-to-earth sugeon when it comes to the heart
My goal is to...
poets and writersDec 17th, 2012 | No Comments
“How could you have corrupted
a nice boy like that? my father
asked me out of your hearing
when for Thanksgiving I brought you
home. It was easy — I drew
on your already having been
corrupted by a dream, which
after meeting you that night at
Chaps I helped you realize.
I only failed in not being
able to draw corruption
out for good. Instead, we became
friends — with a similar dream.
Or is it — corrupt, I mean?...
poets and writersDec 10th, 2012 | No Comments
When I was a kid in summer camp,
around 13teen & one night I lay asleep
in bungalow bed with 13teen other boys,
when in comes one of the camp councilors
who is nice fellow that likes ya, comeing to
my bed, sits down & starts to say: now you
will be leaving soon back to Flushing & I may never see you
again — but if theres ever aneything I
can do to help ya let me know, my farther is
a lawyer & I live at such...
chamber music, classical, Gay ComposersDec 7th, 2012 | No Comments
Scott Pender is a Washington DC-based composer and occasional contributor to this site. His chamber piece “In the Time Before” was just released on Navona Records.
“Post-minimalist” is an entirely accurate description for the piece. As Scott explains in his program note, he was inspired to sit down and write it after hearing Steve Reich’s Double Sextet in a performance by the Bang on a Can...
dance, filmDec 5th, 2012 | No Comments
Small town boy comes to big city. Discovers his talents, discovers himself. Has difficult phone calls back home. It’s a familiar but sturdy set-up for a film. Yet rather than being a boxer, the young man is a dancer.
The film is “Five Dances” by Alan Brown, whose previous efforts include “Private Romeo,” a gay retelling of “Romeo & Juliet.” The star is Ryan Steele and...
poets and writersDec 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
Peter died in a paper tiara
cut from a book of princess paper dolls;
he loved royalty, sashes
and jewels. I don’t know,
he said, when he woke in the hospice,
I was watching the Bette Davis film festival
on Channel 57 and then —
At the wake, the tension broke
when someone guessed
the casket closed because
he was in there in a big wig
and heels, and someone said,
You know he’s always late,
he probably isn’t...
Broadway, caba, Capital Region, gay singer/songwriters, GLTB performersDec 2nd, 2012 | 2 Comments
Stunning talent, a likable personality and lots of embarrassing but hilarious personal anecdotes were packed into Alan Cumming’s cabaret show Sunday night at Club Helsinki in Hudson (12/2/12).
Though he’s gone on to triumph in television and film, it was a Broadway role — the emcee in “Cabaret” — that made Cumming famous. He offered one selection from that show, “Mein Herr.” Otherwise,...
comedy, filmmakersNov 29th, 2012 | No Comments
Hold on to your Santa hat. John Waters is coming to town.
Like a St. Nic for the adult set, the filmmaker, author and raconteur arrives with a sleigh full of nostalgic, smutty fun. It’s all done up as “A John Waters Christmas,” a touring show presented on Sunday night at The Egg (12/2, Albany NY). (See full schedule below.)
“You could call it my obsession, having the right kind of Christmas,” says Waters. “But...