Tuesday, July 22, 2008

See these if you can! Sordid Lives / Bare / Zero Hour

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) 'Sordid Lives: The Series' begins on LOGO TV. The movie Sordid Lives was fantastic and I expect the show to be too.

Del Shores is also the author of the play 'Southern Baptist Sissies' which I saw first in Los Angeles (thank you, Michael) and then when it was done here at South Puget Sound Community College, but I heard about the movie 'Sordid Lives' long before that from our friend Dan in Seattle (thank you, Dan!)

Read Small-town tale ‘Sordid Lives’ comes to TV
NEW YORK – On “Sordid Lives: The Series,” the colorful folk in a certain Texas town are back in action after having won an avid following with the 1996 play and 2000 movie of the same name.

More info: Sordid Lives on Logo TV
and Del Shores.


This Thursday night we are going to Seattle to see 'Bare' which is playing in Seattle until July 26th.
... a gripping, provocative pop opera about students during their senior year in a private Catholic preparatory academy and their struggles with first love, sexuality, drugs, parents, and religion. A cross between Rent and Dead Poet's Society, bare tells of the relationship among a group of friends, including the secret lives of altar boy Peter and his roommate, the popular Jason.
The Seattle premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical is performed by enormously talented students aged 17-20 who won their roles in a vigorous competition for 13 exclusive spots in ArtsWest's award-winning Musical Theater Apprentice Program.
Book by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo
Music by Damon Intrabartolo
Lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Directed by Christopher Zinovitch and Nick DeSantis
Musical Direction by Jackie Koreski

For more information on bare, visit www.barethemusical.com
Tickets: $15 (Under 25? Only $10!)
Call 206-938-0339
Online at www.artswest.org


And for those of you lucky to be anywhere near Coral Springs, Florida ...

ZERO HOUR with Jim Brochu has been extended to August 10th at the Broward Stage Door Theatre.

I'm not close enough to see it there but hope to some day.

Read what Steve Schalchlin wrote about it Zero Hour Breaking Box Office Records...In The Off-Season!.

Find out more at Zero Hour
The Broward Stage Door Theatre.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Another seizure

I know some of my friends read this blog for my health updates.

I had another seizure yesterday at about noon and the medics came when Alec called and a firetruck arrived and then three medic/firepersons checked me and helped me walk to the car and Alec drove me to the emergency room, nurses helped me into a wheelchair and into the emergency room. I got home about 6pm. Catherine cooked us dinner. Thank you! I do remember that, but not a whole lot else. Now my brain cells are slightly scrambled but not as much as sometimes. They called my neueologist and he increased my seizure med.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

TAG Jesse Helms

AIDS activists put a giant condom on the home of Senator Jesse Helms in 1991.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fascism Anyone? by Laurence W. Britt

Beyond the visual, even a cursory study of these fascist and protofascist regimes reveals the absolutely striking convergence of their modus operandi. This, of course, is not a revelation to the informed political observer, but it is sometimes useful in the interests of perspective to restate obvious facts and in so doing shed needed light on current circumstances.

For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia.
and ...
Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power.
and ... Britt's list*
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

5. Rampant sexism.

6. A controlled mass media.

7. Obsession with national security.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.

9. Power of corporations protected.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

14. Fraudulent elections.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.
*Britt's list - I edited the descriptions out. They are chillingly - but not surprisingly - familiar. Please go to the article to read them.

Do Please read the whole article: Fascism Anyone?
by Laurence W. Britt
in Council for Secular Humanism's Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 2 - Spring, 2003.

Any questions?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

'And Daddy Makes Three' is delightful.

On This American Life, Chicago's Public Radio, available online through their free podcast and heard on more than 500 public radio stations around the USA and seen as a television show on Showtime.

And Daddy Makes Three
Six-year-old DJ has two dads, Dan Savage and Terry Miller. DJ is being raised by two gay men, but he has a preschooler's understanding of what gay means. Which is to say, he doesn't understand it at all. Though he does oppose gay marriage. Dan, the author of the syndicated column and book Savage Love, tells the story. His latest book is Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America.
Listen to this American Life Episode 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge which originally aired 07.22.2005.

Click on 'Full Episode' to listen online. Act Two: 'And Daddy Makes Three' is 11 minutes long and starts at 18:02 of this podcast. There are several places where music might make you think it is over. Be sure to listen to the whole.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

CodePINK: What's more appalling than $165 billion?

This nation was born out of a longing for freedom from domination by the British empire. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all warned that the invasion and occupation of other lands would turn America into precisely the sort of occupying force they had rebelled against. "If there be one principle more deeply written than any other in the mind of every American," said Thomas Jefferson in 1791, "it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest."

Our founding fathers who fought against empire and foreign entanglements would be horrified that right before leaving for the July 4 break, Congress passed the largest funding bill ever--$165 billion--for the continued occupation of Iraq. They would also be horrified that instead of applying the diplomatic lessons of North Korea to the case of Iran, Congress and the Administration seem hell-bent on dragging us into another war.

Take a moment to read the appalling language of House Resolution 362.
And check out CODEPINK July 4th- Peace is Patriotic.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sordid Lives: The Series!

Sordid Lives:The Series is starting on Logo July 23, 2008.
If you get the Logo station, put this one on your calendar!

The movie Sordid Lives is great. It was created by Del Shores who also did the play "Southern Baptist Sissies" which I saw in Los Angeles thanks to our friend Michael.

Southern Baptist Sissies was done at South Puget Sound Community College in November 2005.

Watch Sordid Lives the TV Series Promo:

and watch Olivia Newton-John Singing Her New Song From Sordid Lives The Series:

See more information at Sordid Lives on MySpace.