Archive for February, 2009

Ticket Giveaway: 3/14 – Varla Jean Merman at the Kentucky Center

February 28, 2009
Image credit: The Kentucky Center

Image credit: The Kentucky Center

Are you ready for some hot tranny fierceness? Well, The Kentucky Center, who have and continue to host excellent queer-related events, is proud to present the marvelous drag impresario Varla Jean Merman at the Bomhard Theater. If you watch TV at all, you’ve probably come across Varla (aka Jeffrey Roberson) and his kitschy, rambunctious performances.  Varla Jean Merman has become a Hollywood starlet, appearing on Project Runway, All My Children, MTV, E! and has taken his act all over the world, including London’s infamous SoHo district and the Sydney Opera House. Yes Louisville, you are in for a special treat.

But some big news — for the first time ever, we are also doing a TICKET GIVEAWAY for the show. There will be several drawings, one here and one on Queer Louisville’s Twitter. If you would like to enter, please email your name, mailing address and email to queerlouisville@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 4th (short notice, I know, but now you know!).

Varla’s only in town for one night only and then he’s gone, honey! Don’t miss out on this incredible show!

WHEN:
Friday, March 13th
8 P.M.

WHERE:
Bomhard Theater
The Kentucky Center
501 West Main Street

HOW MUCH:
$22.50 – $27.50
Note: The Kentucky Center will also sell $10 day-of-show tickets through Arts Rush. Tickets depend on availability.

Buy tickets online

Reminder: Kentuckians Value Fairness TOMORROW in Frankfort

February 24, 2009

We’re skipping the Music Tuesdays post to talk about one the most important days of the year for the GLBTQ community in the Bluegrass State and how you can be a part of it.

Kentuckians Value Fairness Day takes place tomorrow in Frankfort, culminating a statewide event for equal rights. Gay advocate and progressive groups around the region will be speaking with legislators and rallying in the rotunda for a state law that will prevent discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender. They’ll also be speaking out against the nasty SB 68 that has received a lot of coverage.

The following information is provided by the Fairness Campaign, who will be carpooling from Louisville at 7 a.m. Please call (502) 893-0788 for further details. If you are completely new to lobbying, feel free to meet up with the folks from Fairness! Here’s their schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Meeting and Lobby Training in Capitol Annex 111
9 a.m.-Noon: Meet with Legislators
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Rally in Rotunda

There will be countless other groups there, including the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky, University of Louisville’s Common Ground, University of Kentucky Gay-Straight Alliance,  all gathering for the major rally at 12:30 p.m. If you are able to come, use vacation time or can carpool, please do it! Your presence will not only show legislators how much you care about this issue, but present a collective and public affirmation that discrimination should not be part of Kentucky’s legacy.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, February 25
All Day, starting at 8 a.m.

WHERE:
Capitol Building
700 Capitol Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601-3410

DIRECTIONS TO FRANKFORT:

Louisville: Take 1-64 to exit number 53-B to Highway 127 (Northbound) Drive North on 127 to intersection of 127 and 676 (the East-West Connector). Turn Right on Rt 676. Go down the hill. At the stoplight at the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Rt 420. (If you cross over the KY River you’ve gone to far.) Follow Rt 420 as it runs parallel to the Kentucky River. Parking Garage will be on your left.

Lexington: Take either 1-64 or U.S. 60 to Frankfort. From 1-64, take exit 58 and turn right onto US 60. Follow U.S. 60 past the East-West Connector, also called Rt 676. Stay on US 60 as it bends sharply to the left and becomes East Main Street. Follow this road towards downtown Frankfort.

Cincinnati: Merge onto 1-71 S (crossing into Kentucky). Continue until 1-71 S becomes 1-75 S. Merge onto the 1-64 W via Exit 118. Make a right on US-127 N Exit, exit number 53-B toward Frankfort. Turn right onto US-60/Louisville Road and make a right onto Lafayette Dr. Make a left onto Shelby St. and then turn right onto W State St.

Going Out: Gay Comedy Night at Comedy Caravan

February 24, 2009

Need a laugh but are tired of tasteless comics using gays as their punchline? At the end of hump day, you may want to stop by Comedy Caravan, who just happens to be hosting Gay Comedy Night.

Brandon Fullen and Mitzi Hampton will be the emcees, with special guests Teresa McCammon and the firecracking Ms. Hurricane Summers from The Connection. If you’re interested, RSVP via Facebook.

WHEN:
Wednesday, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

WHERE:
Comedy Caravan

HOW MUCH:
$5

Oscar Roundup: Milk, Penelope Cruz, The Dark Knight and Slumdog win big

February 23, 2009

Ok, so everyone probably knows at this point that Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner last night, taking home the coveted Best Picture, Best Director for Danny Boyle and six other awards. But there were several profound moments sprinkled throughout the broadcast, including a couple directed to the gay community.

The show kicked off with a number by effervescent host Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway (I didn’t know she could sing), highlighting the nominees for Best Picture. Hugh, Zack Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried from Mama Mia! and Beyonce would follow later follow up with a dazzling throwback to classic Broadway (“The Musical is back!”) which was one of the brighter parts of the show.

The Best Supporting Actor and Actress wins had some great moments too. A truly humbling one was when The Dark Knight won, as Heath Ledger was recognized posthumously. His father, mother and sister graciously accepted the award on behalf of Ledger’s three-year-old daughter. Penelope Cruz’s acceptance speech was also touching as the Spanish actress won for Woody Allen’s Vicki Cristina Barcelona, which is ripe with lesbian and bisexual themes.

For those of who loved Milk, you may have probably shed a tear or two when Dustin Lance Black won for Best Original Screenplay.  Black’s acceptance speech could easily be argued as the most inpsiring moment of the night as he spoke about his experiences directed to gay youth, telling them that they are truly beautiful creatures and promising them equal rights, which received thunderous applause. I highly encourage you to watch the clip below, as I can’t really describe in words how timely and sincere it was.

My other favorite moment was when Sean Penn won for Best Actor, which I didn’t realize until my sister had told me and I screamed. Penn’s speech was just as inspiring for gays, albeit funnier (“commie, homo-lovin’ sons of bitches!”) and he gave a shoutout to Mickey Rourke, the favorite to win.

I think it’s safe to say this year’s Oscars were gayer than last. Personally, I think Hugh did a great job and the Oscars still kept its glitter and glam, despite the woes of the economy. Like everyone else, I will also probably run to the theater and see Slumdog.

Call, call, call!

February 18, 2009

I posted about Senate Bill 68 (the ugly bill proposed by State Senator Gary Tapp that would prevent gays and unmarried couples from adopting) and House Bill 48 (the good bill that would allow “unmarried couples” to file for domestic violence protection orders) but now the ball is in your court.

E-mailing your legislators is great, but calling is an effective way of reaching out to them. If you’re human, you’ve probably canned e-mails unconsciously or forget about them. The people at the capitol are busy folks and most of the time e-mails are funneled through secretaries who work with several legislators at a time.

For SB 68, find your senator here and call their extension at the capitol annex. Leave your name, address and a message about how SB 68 would advance a discriminatory legacy for the Bluegrass and completely devastate Kentucky’s foster care system and families, also adding to the state’s budget problems.

For HB 48, you can visit the same page and look for your representative, but call the weekday hotline at (800) 372-7181 and ask for Rep. Kelly Flood, a member of the House Judiciary Committee. Let her know your concern about victims of physical and verbal abuse who aren’t able to get protections because they’re not married or happen to be gay.

Whatever you do call. Not only will you get your social justice groove on, but it’s easy! What are you waiting for?

Music Tuesdays: Omnikron, Sam Sparro, Morrissey

February 17, 2009

—> Omnikron is apparently the best new French Electrohiphop band, according to Perez Hilton. Like Perez or love him, you will probably agree after checking out their MySpace. I posted a video they made in 2008, but my French skills are lacking. I think it means, “Take a photo with me” but don’t hold me to that.

—> Out musician Sam Sparro made his debut in the U.S. (finally) last Monday on Last Call with Carson Daily. The Brit has been topping the charts for a while there and it’s about time he get his due on this side of the Atlantic. The clip is available at Arjan Writes, but you can see an earlier performance of his hit “Black and Gold” below:

—> Fellow Briton Morrissey’s new album “Years of Refusal” came out today. In typical post-Smiths style, it’s pretty somber and fairly decent according to recent reviews. Check out a video of his hit single, “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris”:

Politics: Two gay-related state bills and Kentuckians Value Fairness Day

February 16, 2009

We have two bills affecting the GLBTQ community in Kentucky; one’s good and one’s straight-up ugly, but you can get involved in both.

equalityLet’s start with the bad. Senate Bill 68, proposed by state senator Gary Tapp from Shelbyville seeks to remove adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. The bill is horribly similar to a measure passed in Arkansas last November that prohibited gays from adopting. Fairness Campaign dubbed the bill “Kids Lose Homes, Kentuckians Lose Millions Act” and points out its highly-deceptive wording, which eliminates foster care or adoption by individuals “cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky.” You can find your state senator by clicking here and call-in and express your disapproval of the bill. When talking with them, don’t be afraid to tell them why the bill is bad for Kentucky; mention that the measure will not only write  discrimination into state law but add an unnecessary burden to Kentucky’s budget woes, as the state will have to supplement millions for foster care. You can also watch the bill’s progress online (registration required).

House Bill 48 on the other hand would grant protections for gay and lesbian citizens in Kentucky. The bill, if approved, will amend KRS 403.720 to “include dating partners among the class of persons allowed to obtain domestic violence protective orders” and also amend KRS 431.005 to “reference the definition of ‘unmarried couple’ in KRS 403.720.” The HB 48 Action Group is asking people to call-in to Frankfort and encourage support of the bill. Starting tomorrow, you can dial 1-800-372-7181 Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Ask to speak with Kelly Flood, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and ally for fairness.

These bills lead up to one of the most important days of the year for political awareness and action: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day. On February 25th, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky and a host of other GLBTQ and progressive organizations around the state will head to Frankfort for the entire day, rallying in the capitol building rotunda and speaking with local and state leaders for a bill prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender. There will be more info about this later in the week, but you can details about the event here.

If you’ve never done anything political in your life, this is the perfect opportunity. You may go to Frankfort intimidated and skeptical about whether or not your local legislators actually care about gay issues, but you’ll leave the capitol energized and empowered with a feeling that you have, in your own way, made a difference. I cannot stress enough that many of them are very supportive of equal rights and are always interested in what their constituents have to say. If you have a personal story about discrimination or know someone who has been a victim, we need your voice! You won’t be alone, so join us!

Whirlwind.

February 15, 2009

Hey all. I’ve been trying to keep up with the flurry of activity from my other blog, 37 Languages. For those of you who don’t know, I was recently interviewed by The World about the entire project and featured on their national broadcast. I’ve been going through comments, updates and questions surrounding the project.

We should be back on a normal schedule soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Going Out: Thursday, 2/12: EroARTicism at Design Gallery + Afterparty at Prime Lounge

February 11, 2009

Want to spice up your Thursday night routine?

eroarticismWell, do we have a show for you. Literally. Design Gallery will be having an opening for its EroARTicisim exhibit, with works by local artist Starvin’ Artist aimed to appeal to your sensual desires.

I know what you’re thinking: Maplethorpe! But before you brush this off as a free pass for public pornography, the show may challenge your own notions of beauty, attraction and their relationship to the cultural impressions exported to us from society. In other words, there will be pretty things to look at that will make you think.

A leather model will also be present, adding to the bacchanalian theme. So, uh, yeah, this show is NOT for kids. Please leave your little brother or sister at home. After the show, Prime Lounge is throwing an afterparty featuring the lovely DJ Syimone and will also have a drawing for one of the works featured in the show.

WHEN:
Thursday, 8-10 P.M., Afterparty 10 P.M.-close

WHERE:
Design Gallery
1228 Highland Avenue

Prime Lounge
104 W. Main St.

Music Tuesdays: Rihanna, Grammys, Lily Allen, Daniel Merriweather

February 10, 2009

—> The Chris Brown-Rihanna tragedy just appears to be getting worse. For those who don’t know, Brown is accused of physically assaulting her, leaving the R&B crooner with bruises described as “horrific” by TMZ and teethmarks. Brown has already been suspended by Doublemint Gum and the Got Milk? campaign. Whatever happens in all of this, we are hoping the best for Rihanna.

—> Grammy update! Well, a small one. Coldplay won some awards and so did Robert Plant and Allison Kraus. Adele, the London songbird, scored for Best New Artist, crushing the Jonas Brothers’ hopes of winning an award.  Also Radiohead did an amazing performance of “15 Step” from their In Rainbows LP. The video of the performance is unavailable, but here is a clip:

Jennifer Hudson won a Grammy and poured her heart out on the stage, marking a steady return to the public eye since the murder of her mother, brother and nephew. I think it’s safe to say she deserved the award.

—> Lily Allen’s song “The Fear” is number one on the U.K. charts for the second week in a row. See the lighthearted, quirky video below:

—> Finally, R&B singer Daniel Merriweather’s “Change” is also circulating the blogosphere, with heavy rotation in the U.K. This adorable Aussie can SANG like I don’t know what. If you don’t believe me, this might convince you: