Like the minstrels and bards of the Renaissance, musician Adam Tendler wandered through America for a year before alighting (almost by accident) as the newest enfant terrible on Houston’s diverse music scene. A map on his wall denotes a circuitous journey that attests to this 26-year-old’s wanderlust and a transnational musical exploration by an unsettled self and soul.
Archive for August, 2008
TOP AGENT David Lorms, an agent with Farmers Insurance, has been inducted into the Farmers’ “Topper Club” of the company’s top sales producers. Lorms was also recognized by Farmers for outstanding sales achievements in 2007.
SPRY GOES DIGITAL One of the challenges facing the folks at Montrose Counseling Center’s GLBT seniors program, SPRY, is simply finding those seniors. Hoping to bridge that gap, the center has announced SPRY’s new website. Created by Becky Holmes, the new website features SPRY’s social calendar and senior-focused videos. MCC’s drop-in center on the first floor is open every Thursday from 1–3 p.m. for GLBT seniors age 60 and older, serving up coffee and opportunities to socialize with one another. SPRY is also currently requesting the donation of board games and playing cards for its clients. Details: www. spryhouston.org.
You know the type. They’re those guys, clad in leather caps and harnesses (sometimes, little else) whose pictures the Fundies flaunt when warning about the perils of homosexuality. Mean, nasty, and society crumbling-looking, aren’t they?
You may not want to read this book straight through. The unrelenting death and disease is more than painful, and its origin as a collection of magazine columns shows in its repetitiveness. At the same time, the stories are important for our collective memory. There was a time when the gay community felt attacked by an invisible assailant, and Holleran (a fine writer — reason enough to own this book) records how that went, as it went. Poignant, angry, fearful, beautiful. — Review: Neil Ellis Orts
Adolescence is hard. First, your face erupts like Mt. Aetna, making it impossible to be suave and James Bondish. Your hormones start acting like the Incredible Hulk, and for a reason you can’t comprehend, being near somebody who used to have cooties becomes as important as breathing. Your voice changes, your body morphs, your brain mushes, and getting to First Base will never have the same meaning again.
For the rest of the summer, you may find yourself missing the glamorousity of Pride weekend. To relive the joy of the parade without all the sweat and beads, you’ll want to check out this divine mix. With jams such as “Hot Stuff” and “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” by Paula Abdul, it’ll help you resurrect your inner glitter. Centaur Music (centaurmusic.com). More: www.gaydays.com. — Review: David Goldberg
Joy Division is one of those bands that never completely disappeared from our collective radar. That remains true nearly 30 years after the dissolution of the groundbreaking and still influential band from Manchester, England. The 2007 biopic Control probably played a roll in the increased interest in the band, and the single disc compilation, The Best of Joy Division (Rhino/London), should also have an impact. As you might have guessed, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is included here alongside fan faves such as “Digital,” “Disorder,” “Transmission,” “Dead Souls,” “She’s Lost Control,” “These Days,” and “Isolation,” among others, sung by the late Ian Curtis in his distinctive baritone, backed up by the band that would eventually morph into the equally significant New Order.
Three weeks ago, Sandy Stewart and I met for dinner. Stewart is Stevie Nicks’ go-to songwriter when Nicks is looking for something beyond her usual angel-and-black-chiffon oeuvre. Stewart’s penned the Nicks solo hits “If Anyone Falls” and the Natalie Maines duet “Too Far from Texas,” as well as the Fleetwood Mac smash “Seven Wonders.” Naturally, our conversation turns to music. Stewart asks if I’ve heard of Jason and deMarco.