A little known fact about your’s truly is that I spent most of my 20s seeing local bands play rather than dancing at clubs. One of those local musicians who I really loved was / is Juliana Hatfield. She had brief brush with mainstream success with songs like Universal Heartbeat and Spin the Bottle, but the quirky rocker from Boston was always more at home under the radar.
Last year I saw her for the first time in years and she still sounds great. At the ACLU benefit here in Boston Juliana performed her song Short Fingered Man, a song about a certain someone living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days.
So when I heard a track from her forthcoming Olivia Newton-John tribute album on Kenneth in the (212), I instantly started playing her cover A Little More Love. The CD won’t be available until April 13th but you can pre-order it on Amazon, here: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John.
What is old is new again; first it was announced that Will & Grace would return to NBC then ABC said it was bringing back its popular show Roseanne. Now Netflix has revived the Bravo TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but this time with a new cast and in a new city.
Moving from the more politically progressive northeast this new cast will be based in Atlanta and roam Dixie. The new Fab Five includes Bobby Berk as the show’s design expert; Karamo Brown will be the cast’s cultural attache (so to speak); Antoni Porowski will manage all things related to food and wine; Jonathan Van Ness is responsible for personal grooming; and Tan France will lead the charge in the fashion department.
The Netflix teaser that dropped earlier this week opens with the lines, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.” I’m not sure I really agree with that but you get the gist of this light-hearted formulaic series that will try to make America a little more accepting (and hopefully more polite) – one makeover at a time.
Check’em out on Netflix here: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Much thanks to Matt over at boyculture blog for sharing this in a post last week. I thought it was a fitting final post for 2017. I love the mashup of music shared by DJs From Mars in this great video.
Take a listen and enjoy.
“All the Things I Really Like to Do Are Either Illegal, Immoral, or Fattening.”
Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. I had never heard of him until I stumbled upon a brief post with the quote above on The Wow Report.
I am dying to use this at a cocktail party so please don’t steal my thunder if you see me out. That goes doubly to my friend Robert who is better known as Etiquetteer, who I have no doubt knows all about Mr. Woollcott.
Against the backdrop of allegations from women ranging from Hollywood to the US Congress and virtually everywhere in between, sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace in particular has galvanized women (and men) to speak up this year in a way I’ve not seen since the Clarence Thomas hearings in the early 1990s.
Harvey Weinstein, US Rep John Conyers, US Sen Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, President Trump and more have all been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment as have many others, and TIME’s decision to talk about this is genius. By shining the spotlight on a topic that is more often whispered about, I hope this encourages more people to step forward, and share their story.
Let me put this year’s TIME Person of the Year cover in perspective….
“I moved on her like a bitch… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald J. Trump
Who knows. Perhaps TIME Magazine really did reach out (as Donald Trump claimed last week) about an interview for this year’s Person of the Year cover. He’s an excellent example of why / how sexual harassment exists and is excused.
You can read the full article on TIME at The Silence Breakers.
Guess what I’ll be watching tonight at 9PM ET on NBC?
InTouch Weekly is reporting that former First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star in the reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace, set to premiere this fall. They write:
“Former first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the show,” the insider reveals. “The details are still being worked out, but supposedly Michelle is up for anything, as long as it doesn’t cross the line too much.”
To that I have to say, cross the line Michelle, cross the line. You will certainly be a welcome site for me. If you want to learn more you can read the original report on InTouch Weekly’s website here.