Broadway Friday

- Spider-Man lead Natalie Mendoza is permanently leaving the accident-plagued show, citing continuing dizziness from a concussion suffered during the first preview. In other incidents, one actor broke both his wrists, another broke both his ankles. Mendoza’s replacement has not been announced. The show continues in previews towards a February 7th official opening.

- Tony nominee John Leguizamo’s new solo show, Ghetto Klown, begins previews at the Lyceum on February 21st for a 12-week limited run.

- Andrew Lloyd Weber will launch a U.S. reality show search for the lead in his stateside production of The Wizard Of Oz. His West End production opens in February with added numbers by Weber and his longtime collaborator Tim Rice.

- Women On The Verge will close three weeks early this Sunday.

-Well-known Manhattan cabaret performer David Gurland died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Wednesday. Gurland, a frequent performer at The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama, is survived by his partner Rob Maitner.

- Billy Crudup and Raul Esparza will star in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s stage comedy, Arcadia, which begins a limited run on February 25th.

- The creators of South Park come to Broadway on March 24th with their musical look at the founding of the Mormon Church, The Book Of Mormon.

- Sunday’s blizzard did a number on Broadway attendance, with even tickets for the eternally sold out Wicked coming available at the last minute. Still, a number of houses did record-breaking business for the holiday week.

- Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Les Miz) will star with the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus at their gala fundraiser on February 28th.

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Join HRC and Other DADT Repeal Advocates for a DC Rally on Friday

HRC is proud to join SLDN and other “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal advocates on Friday as we call upon the Senate and the President to remain in session and in Washington until the National Defense Authorization Act is passed – which includes the repeal of DADT. The Senate is scheduled to break for holiday vacation; we can’t let them leave. 

If you support repeal, please join us outside the Senate this Friday. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, ‘If not now, when?’

While the clock is ticking for action on repeal of DADT this year, time remains for the Senate to act. The U.S. Senate owes it to the military to bring up and pass the National Defense Authorization Act along with repeal before year’s end.  Let’s take a stand. Let’s demand that senators not go home until their work is done.

WHEN: Friday, December 10th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Constitution Ave. & Delaware Ave. at Upper Senate Park (Near U.S. Capitol), Washington, DC
Closest Metro: Union Station (Red Line). Nearby: Capitol South (Blue/Orange), Judiciary Square (Red).
Click here for a map.

Can’t join us at the rally? Take action by calling your senators and spread the word to your friends!


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Black Friday – who is out in that hot mess?

The TV and radio commercials have been blasting non-stop since I got out of the hospital, and it’s finally here – Black Friday. The American retailers are crossing their fingers hoping those of us who are still employed have disposable dollars left to hit the stores at 3AM, or click their mice to start buying for the holidays.

Kate and I switched over to online shopping years ago, since we both hate navigating crowds and parking lots with maniacs trying to “be first.” She did say that back in the day, she and her dad used to go for “the experience” — I’m not sure what “the experience” is, since the whole thing is a big mind game. The whole point of Black Friday is that these stores get you inside by luring you to buy whatever items are deeply discounted, hoping you’ll toss impulse buys that aren’t fire sales into your cart.

Given the economy is still sucktastic in many parts of the country, it will be interesting to see how well local stores do, and whether e-tailers fare worse or better than predicted.

What I can say so far is the Gmail account that I keep just for online purchases is loaded with e-blasts about things being 30%, 40% even 50% off for this weekend, usually by the use of online coupon codes given in the email.

(BTW, my Amazon wish list is up to date, Tim, so you can’t say I didn’t think of something to get me, little brother…)

Q of the Day – are you a Black Friday offline shopper? What time did you go and what was the scene like?
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Watch: Black Friday Stampede at Target

Target

Greed turns to terror in Buffalo, NY. You knew this clip was coming, and it certainly may not be the only place it happened last night.. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Black Friday Remembrance

When most hear the term Black Friday, many think of this being the semi-official first shopping day of the holiday season. For me, Black Friday has a second meaning…a year ago Black Friday, my friend Christine died by suicide.

I can’t help but think about bipolar conditions and Kelly Moyer’s message on how to treat our peers in community. And, of course, I can’t help thinking of the importance of family.

If there is a hereafter — a heaven for kind, loving, and thoughtful souls — I’m sure Christine is there.

She’s in my thoughts today, and my thoughts for her are warm remembrances.

May she rest ever peacefully.

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Further reading:

* Ms. Magazine Blog: I Remember Christine Daniels on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Related:

* Pam’s House Blend tag: Christine Daniels
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Friday night political video: The New Freshman Class of Extremist Senators

People for the American Way gives us a primer on the nutbags, yahoos and fringe tools who have some how convinced enough voters that they deserve to have the power to pass legislation affecting millions. Meet The New Freshman Class of Extremist Senators. Learn more about them in the Rogue’s Gallery.

In PFAW’s latest video after the 2010 elections, we introduce the new class of extremist Senators that will arrive in Washington in January.


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Broadway Friday

- Openly gay Broadway star Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu) is suing Twitter to force them to disclose the identity of a user who claimed that Thomas was given crabs by a cast member of Avenue Q. Thomas said in court papers: “I do not suffer from, nor have I ever suffered from a sexually transmitted disease.” Twitter has never been forced to identify an anonymous user.

- In The Heights star Janet Dacal opens this April in a new musical “inspired by” Alice In Wonderland. Also cast is openly gay singer/dancer Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys). Music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll And Hyde).

- Openly gay actor T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) and Patrick Stewart opened last night in the revival of David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre, which first ran on Broadway in 1977. One early review isn’t so great.

- The Professional Bull Riders Association will hold a competition in the middle of Times Square today at 1pm. The specially-built arena is supposed be “one city block” in size. Free and open to the public.

- Openly gay Tony winner David Hyde Pierce opened last night in the revival of David Hirson’s 1971 flop La Bete to decidedly mixed reviews.

- Four major musicals are opening on Broadway this fall without the usual out-of-town tryouts due to the cost. One result – terrible scenery glitches for Women On The Verge have resulted in show stoppages and apologies from the stage.

- Bette Midler so loves the musical version of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert that she has become one of its producers. The show made its North American debut in Toronto this week and lands on Broadway in the spring.

- The Real Housewives of New York‘s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is reportedly talking to casting directors from Chicago and La Cage Aux Folles about joining their shows. Money can’t buy you class, as her “song” goes.

- Broadway Speaks Out founder Marti Gould Cummings opens a new weekly Broadway revue at the Upper East Side’s Evolve Bar this Tuesday. First to appear are Next To Normal’s Emma Hunton and Stonewall Sensation winner Erik Sisco. Showtime 10:30pm.

- Tony winner Betty Buckley (Cats) has released a new nine-track album titled Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road. Buckley, who has been cast as Anna Madrigal in the musical version of Tales Of The City, plays Manhattan’s Town Hall tomorrow night as part of their Broadway Cabaret Festival. Get tickets here.

VIDEO: Meet the door girl of La Cage Aux Folles.

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JMG Reader Meet-Up: 8PM Friday, October 8th At The Castro’s Edge Bar

We decided on the Edge because it’s not too loud and shouldn’t be too crowded with others at that hour. Plus, I heart dive bars. This is your chance to meet the JMG reader behind that sexy avatar. Hope to meet lots of you there!

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Friday This & That: Open Thread

It’s an open thread! Pleeeeease feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread… Emoticon: Autumn Sandeen, snarkily shifting her eyes right-to-left-to-right

Image: Bookworm Bob, the cartoon 'sockpuppet' of Autumn Sandeen'sSo, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post.

Victoria Colonist‘s How should schools handle transgender kids?:

…Although mental-health experts disagree on whether people should make such a dramatic transition at a young age, children as young as 5 are doing it. They’re changing their names, insisting on a new pronoun and altering their appearance with new clothes and hairstyles.

As a result, school districts are having to make some controversial changes.

What should schools do about restrooms and locker rooms? How do they make sure everybody uses the correct pronouns? How should teachers explain the situation to curious classmates?

It’s hard to know how many people are transgender, an umbrella term that includes those whose biological sex doesn’t match their internal sense of masculinity or femininity. Nobody tracks statistics, and many transgender people prefer to keep information private.

The American Psychological Association estimates that about 1 in 10,000 males will transition to female, with or without sexual-reassignment surgery. About 1 in 30,000 females will. The National Center for Transgender Equality thinks the number is 0.25 per cent to 1 per cent of the population…

Transyouth are people. What school districts should do is accommodate transyouth as they would accommodate the needs of members of any other minority groupmember. Period.

Palm Center‘s Press release: Experts Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is Now at an Impasse; Presidential Leadership with DOJ or a Moratorium Can End this Mess:

Release Date: September 24, 2010

Press Contact: Cathy Renna, cathy@rennacommunications.com, 917-757-6123; Christopher Neff, christopherneff@gmail.com, 202-372-7227

Santa Barbara, Calif. (September 24, 2010) – Today the Palm Center released a statement in response to the filing by the Department of Justice in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, which requested limiting the scope and staying the enactment of any future injunction against “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the case. [Note: the filing did not specifically address the issue of an appeal to the case. That appeal will depend upon the final injunction decision by Judge Phillips].

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is now at an impasse that only the President can resolve,” stated Palm Center Deputy Executive Director Christopher Neff. He added, “It is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing a new set of challenges and a new landscape for the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.” Congress is in a stalemate, legal wrangling continues, and discriminatory discharges are still happening. The President has the power to end this discriminatory mess by either not appealing Judge Phillips’ forthcoming decision or by issuing a stop-loss executive order to place a moratorium on these discharges.”

Legal Co-Director Law Professor Diane Mazur responded to the Department of Justice’s filing stating, “The government’s position on the injunction is so narrow as to make the ruling nearly meaningless, which may be the point. The Department of Justice appears to be daring gay and lesbian service members to identify themselves to qualify for individual protection, with no guarantee of equality waiting for them on the other side.” She also noted that many of the government’s arguments are not new. “Judge Phillips has already ruled that there is no evidence the policy is good for the military, and no evidence that implementation of open service would be difficult. It makes no sense to require gay service members to challenge the policy one at a time.”

In addition, a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton is also expected shortly on whether to re-instate former Air Force Major Margaret Witt, who was discharged under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

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The Palm Center is a research institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center’s research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public. For more information see www.palmcenter.org

Los Angeles TimesThree current and former Bell officials freed on bail; five remain behind bars:

Five current and former Bell city officials remained behind bars Thursday — two days after they were charged with public corruption.

Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo was released on 0,000 bail, and Councilman Luis Artiga was released on 0,000 bail. Former Councilman George Cole was also out on bail as of Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail database

Former City Administrator Robert Rizzo; his former assistant, Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilman George Mirabal and former Councilman Victor Bello remained behind bars.

On Thursday, a judge reduced Rizzo’s bail from .2 million to million…

Emoticon: Angry Rant Ugh. And California is supposed to good about not having too much civic corruption in its municipalities. Emoticon: Head banging against a wall

San Francisco Chronicle‘s Dog poop has bright side: Powering Mass. park lamp:

It stinks and it’s a hazard to walkers everywhere, but it turns out dog poop has a bright side.

Dog poop is lighting a lantern at a Cambridge dog park as part of a months long project that its creator, artist Matthew Mazzotta, hopes will get people thinking about not wasting waste.

The “Park Spark” poop converter is actually two steel, 500-gallon oil tanks painted a golden yellow, connected by diagonal black piping and attached to an old gaslight-style street lantern at the Pacific Street Park.

After the dogs do their business, signs on the tanks instruct owners to use biodegradable bags supplied on site to pick up the poop and deposit it into the left tank…

Okay, green energy of a kind that seems pretty darn useful. Emoticon: Dog

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: Business Week‘s Mr. Hope and Change Can Feel No One’s Pain: Margaret Carlson:

We don’t get many do-overs in life. President Barack Obama got one on Monday, a chance to correct the impression that he can’t identify with Joe and Josephine Six Pack except when telling them to eat their spinach and not be upset that the bankers who got us into this mess are dining on caviar.

Image: Wiener World, a restaurant in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Link To Pam's House Blend Tag 'Wieners'His opening came in the form of a long, compelling question from Velma Hart at a town hall meeting at the Newseum in Washington. As an exemplar of the middle class, sitting at the kitchen table at the end of the month asking why it’s going so wrong, you couldn’t do better than Hart.

A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Hart is married to a facilities manager and lives in suburban Maryland. With two daughters in private school, one about to go to college, she told the president she’s afraid of having to revert to serving hot dogs and beans, the universal symbol of scrimping. The room was with her.

Bill Clinton would have been feeling Velma’s pain at “Hello.” He would undoubtedly have gone overboard, biting too hard on his lower lip. But too much empathy is better than treating a plea from the heart as a request to the professor for a make-up exam.

This time, Invader Zim’s coaxing of “The weenie tempts you!” doesn’t appear to apply. The experience of the American Dream seems to be a fading thing. Emoticon: Blank face

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

And again, please feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread because…it’s an open thread! Woo-hoo! Emoticon: Dancing happy face character
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90% of LGBT students harassed; similar percentage of Americans care more about Friday night’s game

New report:

The 2009 survey of 7,261 middle and high school students found that at school nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation. Nearly a third of LGBT students skipped at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.

STUDY: 9 OF 10 LGBT STUDENTS FACE HARASSMENT AT SCHOOL [GLSEN via Towle]

New sadly factual supporting evidence:

Same old negligence:

“We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,” Focus on the Family education expert Candi Cushman told the Post. Cushman worried over the public school system’s portrayal of same-sex partnerships as normal and voiced concerns that Christian viewpoints would be interpreted as bigotry.

Focus on the Family: Anti-bullying efforts push LGBT agenda [Edge]




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