k.d. lang talks about her new CD—her first all—original recording since 2000—her former flame, and her new love…but not much.
Archive for March, 2008
NEW PARTNERS Local attorneys Mitchell Katine and John Nechman recently announced the formation of their new law firm, Katine & Nechman, LLP.
Calling all women, age 40 and older, who are interested in playing softball: Join the HAS-BIANS Yahoo group, which posts information regarding a new recreational women’s softball group for the “mature” set. Details: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/HAS-BIANS/.
Spotlight: Weekend Warriors
For the party-minded, Easter weekend every year means a marathon of revels that are massive in size and powerfully effective in raising funds for the fight against AIDS and other GLBT causes. First comes Jungle (left, photo from the 2007 event), a weekend of circuit parties hosted by Bayou City Boys Club. The Jungle dance-fests raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations, which this year includes Bering Omega Community Services. Over the past 15 years, BCBC has raked in more than $840,000 for the cause.
Randy Slovacek, 44, has had a long theater career. With a start in acting in high school and college, Slovacek went on to perform and choreograph on Broadway and with touring companies of 42nd Street, Chicago, Cats, A Chorus Line, and many others. He has worked with accomplished stage powers like Carol Channing and is currently one of the most in-demand choreographers in the country. Once the Hello, Dolly! tour wraps up, he will be finishing his own musical and working on a new show titled Ethel Merman’s Broadway.
Kevin Sessums grew up in Forest, Mississippi. In the ’60s, the town’s population was about 3,500, and discrimination was the norm. Sessums talked to OutSmart about his book (which details his young life in the small town), the “N” word, and Sidney Poitier. He had recently returned to Forest to do a story for Parade magazine on the effects of immigration on a face of a little town. It was the most time he had spent there since he was 17 years old.
Now that he’s out, this queer Husker Du alum says his work is “much stronger.” This fine new, rockin’ album proves it, regardless of sexuality, especially with “Stupid Now.” You can catch him at Antone’s in Austin on March 20 if you’re up for a road trip. ANTI-Records (www.bobmould.com).
— Review: Nancy Ford
Stephin Merritt is not one to sit still for long. Between the release of his new Magnetic Fields disc, the fittingly titled Distortion (Nonesuch) and the previous one (“i”) , he put out both his Showtunes disc and one by another of his numerous bands, The Gothic Archies. During that time, the openly gay Merritt also seems to have been listening to his share of Jesus & Mary Chain, because that’s what Distortion most resembles. Of course, it’s the crunchy and distorted J&MC guitar sound as synthesized through The Magnetic Fields. How else could you get the surf rock of “Three-Way,” the stinging slap of the Beach Boys antithesis “California Girls,” the modern drinking song “Too Drunk to Dream,” and the potentially controversial “The Nun’s Litany”? The feedback feast is made more potent because of Merritt’s trademark wordplay.