Monthly Archives: April 2003

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Just Talking About This With A Friend The Other Day

The lost language of camp

Older gay men often used shared cultural references as a way of discretely identifying other gay men. With increasing sexual openness, will younger men need the cultural passwords of their predecessors?

By Christopher Harrity

An exclusive posted April 29, 2003


“Forty is the new 30,” my friend and coworker Nick snapped at me when I caught him chatting up the 20-year-old intern at our office.

“Well, then, that would make you only 15 years older than he is, rather than the actual 25 you are,” I replied. Read More

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Can We Talk?

Joan Rivers: Broke and Alone … in L.A.

(Canon Theater, Beverly Hills280 seats;$50 top) Clear Channel Entertainment
and Canon Theatricals present a comedy concert in one act, written and
performed by Joan Rivers. With Henry Phillips and Jondo. Opened and reviewed
April 23, 2003; closed April 26. Running time, 90 MIN.



This bare-bones evening of comical diatribe could give credence to the
show’s title that this venerable queen of insults is indeed broke and alone
in L.A. After brief, underwhelming opening-act turns by singer/comedian
Henry Phillips and the a capella doo-wop quartet Jondo, Joan Rivers
immediately takes umbrage at the show’s lack of production values by walking
to the extremities of the stage and disappearing into the shadows on either
side. “You notice the follow spot,” she asks? “There is none,” she shouts,
projecting the full weight of her well-honed sense of indignity. Noting that
she has recently played a lot of less-than-stellar venues around the
country, she states, “I am the Willy Loman of comics.” Read More

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Monday, April 28, 2003

Bette on The Honorary Committee: Harlem Lost and Found

( BW)(NY-JPMORGAN/MCNY) Harlem Lost and Found On View at the Museum of the City of New York May 3, 2003 – January 4, 2004
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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 28, 2003–JPMorgan Chase:

Largest group of Madam C. J. Walker and A’Lelia Walker materials ever to be exhibited in New York

Exhibition Honorary Committee in formation
SMAK Design & Projects to design the exhibition

Press Preview: Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m


The Museum’s main floor south exhibition galleries will be filled with rich evocations of Harlem’s past as well as documents of the area’s bright future when Harlem Lost and Found opens on May 3. The exhibition will trace the architectural history of Harlem from pre-Revolutionary times to World War I, as it emerged from farmland and suburb to thriving metropolis on the eve of its explosion into world consciousness as the “Cultural Capital of Black America.” Inspired by the book of the same title by architectural historian and Harlem resident Michael Henry Adams, who serves as the exhibition’s guest curator, Harlem Lost and Found features images from the Museum’s rich collections and arresting color photographs of contemporary Harlem by Paul Rocheleau. Furniture, sculpture, costumes, tableware, and ephemera that belonged to Harlem residents ranging from Alexander Hamilton to Madam C. J. Walker evoke the real-life, everyday Harlem. The exhibition pays tribute to the past while it also celebrates Harlem’s ongoing revival and those who cherish its architectural heritages. Read More

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Bette Catchs Ex-Harlette’s Show This Past Weekend

Melissa Manchester, Paul Williams sing out
By Frederick M. Winship
From the Life & Mind Desk
Published 4/22/2003 10:58 AM


NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) — Singer-songwriters are abundant in the popular music field, but rarely do two of them team up for a cabaret engagement as Melissa Manchester and Paul Williams have done at Feinstein’s at the Regency.

In a show titled “Songs and Stories,” to run at Feinsgtein’s through Saturday, Manchester and Williams bring their special magic to a program of 15 songs they have written over the years to words by a number of lyricists, including Barbra Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Carole Bayer Sager, Kenny Ascher and Roger Nichols. Read More

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Thoughts and Drinks On “American Idol”

American Idol: The search for one-hit wonders
Sean C. Hayes, Satirist, The Arbiter
April 28, 2003


American Idol, like MTV’s The Real World invites the same criticisms from everybody. With The Real World it’s, “If they were in the real world, they’d have to have jobs to pay for that high-rent apartment.”

I always defended that. I mean if you had seven roommates, two or three to a room, I bet you could afford to upgrade your living situation too.

With American Idol, it’s blah, blah, blah “manufactured pop acts,” “can’t play instruments,” etc. Read More

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Sunday, April 27, 2003

Updates 04-27-03

Greetings Bettelings!!!!


Well this week Ms. M got honored again and this time it was from Frito Lay…HEY, what you say? If you missed the article it’s titled: Bette Honored By “Organic Style” Magazine…it’s in the daily news section….in the magazine there was a typo…they said she was 48, but she’s turning 58….I say, leave it…she looks better than ever…

There have been spottings…like at the Annie Lennox concert at the Apollo and Bacharach’s music on Broadway, “The Look of Love”…so the girl is busy!!! Read More

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Friday, April 25, 2003

An Enduring Rose

An Enduring Rose
Spotlighting the women who’ve played the pushy stage mother in ‘Gypsy’
By Blake Green
Staff Writer
April 27, 2003


Rose is “one of the few really great roles in musical theater,” Arthur Laurents said of the character who sits squarely at the center of “Gypsy,” the musical being revived — yet again — on Broadway.

Having written the show’s libretto, the outspoken 85-year-old Laurents is hardly objective, but his views come edged with a ton of history. Each of the women who’ve played the role has passed under his scrutiny, including Bernadette Peters, the current actress taking her “Rose’s Turn” — the musical’s powerful finale number — at the Shubert Theatre. Read More

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Where Is The World? Good Question

By Paul Harris Columnist (Canada)


( – In 1985, the tune, “We are the world,” was riding high in the charts. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and recorded live when the singers gathered at the 1985 American Music Awards ceremony. It included such popular and legendary performers as Jackson and Ritchie, Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, and some thirty-five others. The recording was made as an American answer to an earlier British effort, “Band-Aid,” and both were aimed at raising funds and awareness to ease atrocious living conditions in Africa. Later follow-ups by other groups carried on the process, as did similar efforts in other countries, including mine. Read More

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Howdy Australia: Contest lights up the Town Hall, old chum

The Sydney Morning Herald.
By Joel Gibson
April 25 2003


Wanted: one good home for vibrant, established Sydney cabaret scene. Well-trained, loyal, talented stray needs roof over head, well-stocked bar.

The 2003 Sydney Cabaret Convention was launched at the W Hotel on Wednesday, a stone’s throw from the Tilbury Hotel, where cabaret once lived, and just a bit removed from the site of the former Sebel Townhouse, where it often used to stay.

The signs suggested it might have found the home it wants, if only for four nights in May. Read More

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San Francisco International Film Festival


Before a sold-out crowd Wednesday night, Dustin Hoffman transformed himself into Ed Sullivan as surely as he once did into Tootsie. Hoffman turned the San Francisco International Film Festival’s award banquet into a variety show with himself as master of ceremonies.

First he got Tom Waits — there to present Hoffman with an acting award — to play the piano and sing “Waltzing Matilda.” Then he pulled Lily Tomlin — doing the presenting honors for director Robert Altman — onstage to do her Ernestine, the telephone operator, bit. Surprise guest Robin Williams was next, Read More

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