Thank goodness Swati didn’t accept that scholarship offered by Julliard to study trombone. Riding her 12-string like it’s a mad bronco, this out Lilith Fair alum also delivers profound and profane lyrics the likes of which we haven’t heard since DiFranco pitched her first musical fit. Available April 3 from Mood Indigo Entertainment (www.moodindigoentertainment.com). — Review: Nancy Ford
Archive for April, 2007
Out musician Lorin Sklamberg and his band-mates The Klezmatics are not the first musicians to put a modern spin on the work of the late Woody Guthrie. Billy Bragg and Wilco beat them to the punch by a few years. The Klezmatics are, however, the only Klezmer band officially sanctioned to put some of Guthrie’s lyrics to music. Thus we have Wonder Wheel (JMG), a marvelous “new” collaboration between Guthrie and The Klezmatics, which received a Grammy Award in February 2007 in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category. On an afternoon when he had a sick child at home, Sklamberg was kind enough to spare a few minutes to discuss the recording and the work of Woody Guthrie. In photo (l-r): Frank London, Lisa Gutkin, Boo Reiners (this multi-instrumentalist is not a Klezmatic band member, but is featured on Wonder Wheel), Lorin
Corporate sponsorship: It’s the way of the future. Imagine how much more secure our troops would feel as they cattle-prod freedom on its march through the Middle East if they had the proper gear to protect life and limb. Kevlar vests not available within the constraints of the Department of Defense’s budget, they say?
She’s a one (wo)man movie-making band. Recognized as a resident of the top tier of GLBT cinema’s most prolific contributors, Su Friedrich began writing and directing her own films in 1978, as well as acting as cinematographer, sound recorder, and editor.
From time to time when I’ve had the opportunity to comment on new DVD releases for this publication, it has been suggested that I consider the readership and skew my words accordingly–that is, find some sort of gay angle in regard to the products at hand. This is fairly easy if I’m commenting on, say, Hollywood Go-Go Boys in Action, and probably easier still if I’m carrying on rapturously about, say, Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story, but a bit problematic when I have to search for gay significance in, say, a Robert Mitchum “Signature Collection.”
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR. No need to rub your eyes or book a room with Britney at Promises—those really are dragons and flying acrobats cavorting in downtown Houston. Not the by-product of too many limoncellos, as Danny DeVito might say, the vision is simply part of Houston International Festival, which this year focuses on China.
If you are living with HIV/AIDS, there are things you can do to help yourself stay healthy. I’ve seen with my own eyes the impact lifestyle choices can have upon HIV disease progression. While they are anecdotal and not scientific, my observations focus on two very close friends (both gay men who were infected through sex) and the ways in which their behaviors and attitudes influenced their health.
Democrats are now in charge of Congress, having gotten there in part with the support of millions of dollars from national gay organizations and about 75 percent of gay voters. Gays are, indeed, perennially the third most loyal voting bloc for Democrats (behind blacks and Jews). Now, it’s fair to ask, what are gay Americans going to get in return? How are we to gauge the progress made in the next two years? Below is a scorecard.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is no better evidence of that tenet than the current administration. The problem for the Bush administration is that after years of its having had a free pass, the Democrats now control the Senate and the Congress, and with that, the power of the subpoena and the ability to investigate allegations of corruption.
When I travel, I often tour historic districts, sometimes visiting historic homes to get a glimpse of the past. One of my favorite local drives is along Heights Boulevard. With its beautiful, grand Victorian homes and Craftsman bungalows, the boulevard reminds us of a different era. Drivers in Charleston (where my mother lives), Savannah, San Antonio, or Philadelphia could tour for hours looking at magnificent homes and buildings, many more than 100 years old. Sadly, Heights is a relatively short drive in Houston. Hundreds of Victorian mansions and 19th-century buildings that once graced Houston now only exist in the pages of history books.