The Joe Goode Performance Group has been making in novative dance for over 20 years. Goode was at the fore front of choreographers who used text with their move ment to create interdisciplinary narratives and has been awarded with many honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, most recently, the United States Artists Glover Fellowship. The Society for the Performing Arts is bringing the JGPG to the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater on March 6, when Houstonians can see Goode’s most recent work, Wonderboy, and a revival of an older piece Maverick Strain.
Archive for March, 2009
“A kiss is just a kiss,” sang Dooley Wilson in Casablanca, but in reality, isn’t it more? That’s the premise of award-winning playwright Diane Son’s Stop Kiss, the off-Broadway play from 1999 that won both an Obie and a Media Award from GLAAD. This month Rice University’s Theatre Department presents the play of violent gay bashing and humorous blossoming love.
If visions of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn gaily dashing about Rome on a Vespa aren’t enough to make you consider a scooter, think about this: two-wheeling will save you money, and it just may help save the planet.
Even before Wall Street began its meltdown and the credit crunch came to our doorsteps, analysts were predicting auto sales this year of a little more than 12 million vehicles.That is the lowest level of auto sales since the 1980s. According to Business Week , through August of 2008, auto sales were off more than 11 percent from 2007 levels. They have not recovered in any way and, in fact, continue to spiral downward each month. There are a number of factors which are converging as automakers try to decide how to pitch the newest wares, and we, the consumers, must decide whether to jump into the game or stay home and ponder our future. Because of the bad news and obvious reluctance to spend our hard-earned money, consumers are scared. Gas prices look good today hovering around $1.90, but are likely to climb back above $4 a gallon next summer.
On At Last (Telarc), Callaway just may get her wish “to help the world fall in love.” Fueled by “the power of music,” the “eclectic and very personal” selection of material on the album includes a reading of “Over the Rainbow” that reveals new tints in the oft-performed standard. There’s an interesting Joni Mitchell connection to be found on the disc as well. Callaway covers “Comes Love,” which Mitchell recorded on her Both Sides Now disc, and follows it with a genuinely original reading of Mitchell’s “Carey.” She also does a heartbreaking rendition of the Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac gem “Landslide,” and both Callaway originals “Save a Place for Me” and “Finding Beauty” fit perfectly with the other material. The album is especially significant in that its release is timed with Callaway’s willingness to speak openly about being a member of the GLBT community. We spoke, fittingly enough, shortly before Valentine’s Day.
Business is bad for newly single ladies-apparel salesman, Wolfgang Zenker. On top of that, his son has just fallen in love with his competitor in this uproarious flick Variety calls a “clever comedy.” Directed by Ingo Rasper. German, with English subtitles. March 17. Ariztical Entertainment (ariztical.com). – by Nancy Ford
Friendlier Skies. Ft. Worth-based American Airlines has named Betty Young to the position of director of diverse segment marketing. Young is tasked with focusing on enhancing services, support, and outreach to GLBT, African-American, Hispanic, and women customers, as well as other diverse populations. A 19-year American Airlines veteran, Young served the past five years as co-manager of American Airlines Rainbow TeAAm, which is recognized as the first GLBT national marketing group at a Fortune 100 company.
Black Artful Dodger Masked Brawl Blazer ($168), Kenneth Cole Black Slacks ($68) from Macy’s. 2009 BMW 328 CIC, courtesy of Advantage BMW.
Michael Emerson (Lost) co-stars in this poignant comedy focusing on a single mom’s hope that her young son soon drops his cheerleader’s pom-poms to take his place on the wrestling squad. A favorite of audiences at Seattle, San Diego, New York City, and North Carolina gay film festivals. Directed by James Vasquez (29th and Gay). March 24. Wolfe Video (wolfevideo.com). – by Nancy Ford
Gay zombies in Berlin — what’s not to love? Expect this freak fest from avant director Bruce LaBruce (Skin Flick, Super 8 1/2 ) to achieve cult film status. Katharina Klewinghaus and newcomer Jey Crisfar star in this 2008 Best Picture winner of Milan’s International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Strand Releasing Home Entertainment (strandreleasing.com). – by Nancy Ford