President Obama addressed thousands of supporters and the nation in his final public address on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Barack and Michelle Obama are likely to be remembered by me as my favorite President and First Lady.
While Obama’s list of accomplishments are impressive, what I’ll always remember and thank Obama for is the acknowledgement and inclusion of the LGBTQ community in their vision of America.
Thank You President and Mrs. Obama.
Tonight is opening night for Trans Scripts Part I: The Women at the A.R.T. in Cambridge. The production shall run for the duration of the I.D. Festival, which celebrates the diverse experiences of the trans community.
Tickets for I.D. Festival are currently on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA; Tues – Sun, noon – 5PM) and) or OBERON (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA; 1 hour before curtain), or online at americanrepertorytheater.org/id-festival.
Alison Young and the Swinging Steaks (Sunday, January 22 at 8PM) Alison comes to The OBERON for one night only to perform a mix of original country songs and covers of contemporary favorites. Buy Tickets
Becca Blackwell (Monday, January 23 at 7:30PM) Transactivist performer and downtown New York theater star Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm is a fiercely vulnerable solo piece that details the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender. Buy Tickets
Peacock Rebellion (Friday, January 27 at 8PM) is an SF Bay Area -based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers who make sassy sexy art to help build a culture of social justice. Performances are from the Rebellion’s Brouhaha Stand-Up Comedy graduates. Buy Tickets
Our Lady J (Saturday, January 28 at 7:30PM) Hot on the heels of writing on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV show Transparent, Our Lady J comes to OBERON to paint the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating celebration of well-known pop songs, re-imagined through gospel. Buy Tickets
NIC Kay (Sunday, January 29 at 8PM) lil BLK is an experimental solo performance by NIC Kay. Influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows. lil BLK is a story about a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer, and activist. The story plays out through a series of biographical moments that are equal parts narrative and dream. Buy Tickets
A.R.T. of Human Rights (Monday, January 30 at 7:30PM) Embark on an exploration through the documentary-musical My Prairie Home, in which indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and musician. Tim McCarthy will then moderate a discussion with Rae and performance artist NIC Kay about accessibility, process, creation, and the challenges ahead for trans and queer artists. Free – RSVP
The Moth (Tuesday, January 31 at 8PM) The Moth StorySLAMs are growing in popularity, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have multiple shows each month. The Moth is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme – Tuesday, January 31’s theme will be Gender. On Sale at 3PM Tuesday 1/24
Kit Yan (Friday, February 3 at 8PM) Queer Heartache is an award-winning solo slam poetry theatre show by Kit Yan that explores his identity as transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, or wanted to tell someone your gender is none of their business, this show is for you. Buy Tickets
Calpernia Addams (Saturday, February 4 at 7PM) As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Calpernia has toured the US and Europe playing original acoustic music, most recently opening for indie superstar Patrick Wolf in London, Ukraine, Germany and more across two continents. Buy Tickets
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Congratulations to Octavia Spencer who was named the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year 2017. She not only starred in one of my favorite movies The Help, but her pie scene in that movie is perhaps among my favorites ever. That movie earned her a well deserved 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award just to name a few. Past recipients of the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year include: Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Dame Helen Mirren and most recently Kerry Washington.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest theater organization in the country. Every year, the group honors a man and a woman who’ve made significant contributions to the entertainment world then, they roast the winners and host a parade in Harvard Square. Spencer will come to Harvard on January 26, 2017 to pick up her well deserved award.
Despite using San Francisco’s skyline to promote their findings, San Francisco barely cracks the Top 20 based on The Advocate’s pointless metrics to create this joke of a list.
I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy unscientific “Best of” lists and have been known to include many of them on this blog, but The Advocate’s annual list of “Queerest Cities” in America is a waste of time. Using random metrics like tour dates from a gay duo and number of gay rodeos as criteria to create their list makes me wonder why even bother?
In their latest ranking New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago don’t even make their list of 25 cities. Never mind the fact that arguably the gay capital of the US, San Francisco (which is also the skyline they use to promote the list) ranks 17th yet Irvine, CA is ranked 10th and Miami ranks 16th with St. Petersburg (a.k.a. retirement capital of the east coast) is ranked 3rd.
Perhaps the oddest finding is ranking Jersey City, NJ as America’s Queerest City. What’s the point Advocate? Are you just trying to keep your journalists busy?
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This week I’m featuring my cousin, Matt Albiani. Matt is a successful fashion photographer as well as an entrepreneur who started Mate Gallery. Most of his photos on IG are of Montauk where he spends his summer, NYC where he lives and his photo shoots and travels. As you might guess, his account features some beautiful photos and I think is really worth checking out.
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Each Wednesday morning I post a photograph and ask readers to offer a funny caption. Hopefully the caption below inspires you to share a few of your own.