What’s Shakin’ – Wolfman at Wortham, Vampires on Pacific St.

The Wolfman1. If you got your hard-core Halloween partying out of the way this weekend, why not curl up under the stars (and a blanket) for the 1941 horror classic “The Wolfman,” at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Herman Park. Show starts at 7:30 pm. In this version the Wolfman (Lon Chaney Jr.) has an estranged father, frequents antique stores, caries an ornate walking stick for no particular reason and (of course) engages in nocturnal behavior of a hairy and bestial sort. Sounds like some of my friends. Admission is free, but prime spots on the lawn fill up quickly so arrive early.

2. If you didn’t get your hard-core partying out of the way then you’ll be glad to know that the clubs of Pacific street are still going strong. JR’s Bar‘s “Anytheme Goes” party (808 Pacific) and Meteor‘s “True Blood” festivities (2306 Genesee) continue tonight with a costume contests at 11 pm, while South Beach‘s “Twilight” fete (810 Pacific) waits till midnight for its contest . Cash prizes are up for grabs at all three for best costume, best couple or group and most outrageous costume.

3. Broadway World reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D – NY, plans to introduce the Senate companion to the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” introduced by Rep. Pete Stark, D – CA, last May. The bill would remove barriers to otherwise qualified LGBT parents servings as foster parents or adopting. “By removing all barriers for LGBT families to serve as foster parents, New York City has increased its foster parent pool by nearly 26,000 prospective parents,” said Gillibrand. This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families.” So far only three of Texas’ thirty-two congressional representatives, including Houston’s own Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, have signed on as cosponsors.


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Queer playwright Kisa Jackson opens ‘After the Rain’ tonight

Gay in the burbs

Kisa Jackson opens her play After the Rain the Sun Will Shine tonight in Garland. Garland isn’t a hotbed for LGBT anything making Jackson’s show even more exciting. The show is about eight friends who put their boundaries to the test when a whole lot of bad factors start creeping in. So much so, they have resolve it all in group therapy. The show plays for this one night only, so don’t miss out.

DEETS: Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. 7 p.m. $20 advance, $25 door. 214-874-5915. Myspace.com/Kisa.Jackson.

—  Rich Lopez

Classical Open Mic tonight at Buzzbrews

Dust off that violin and resin those strings

Bringing classical music back to the people, founded by musicians Michael Jackson (not that one) and Kristen Center, Classical Open Mic strive to perform their works in unconventional places. Like a 24-hour diner. Taking the classic out of typical venues, they work to get it closer to everyday people and encourage interaction and participation. Plus, you can have a sandwich to go with it. Sweet!

DEETS: Buzzbrews, 4334 Lemmon Ave. 7 p.m. Free. ClassicalOpenMic.com

—  Rich Lopez

Bishop Harry Jackson Begs CPAC: Don’t Throw Us Hate Groups Under The Bus

Joe. My. God.

—  David Taffet

Video: The limits of far-right religious tolerance w/ Victoria Jackson


Good As You

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MUSIC NEWS: Ciara, Michael Jackson, Diddy-Dirty Money, Kandi, Keri Hilson

GuestbloggerMODERN TONIC

Modern Tonic — a free daily email delivering gay-approved pop culture gems before they get co-opted by everyone else — presents a weekly music update here on Towleroad.


We're taking time off to bask in the holidays, so here's the last Modern Tonic column for 2010 until after — to quote last week’s 30 Rock — New Queer's Eve.
CiaraOn the evidence of her fourth release, the Basic Instinct that Ciara named her album after is a carnal one indeed. Produced by the singer with her A&R agent Mark Pitts and writing/production duo Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, Basic Instinct knows how to get a party started with the low riding title track "Basic Instinct (U Got Me)," all screeching synths and window-rumbling bass. From there we get the Ludacris-assisted "Ride" (go on, just guess what he wants to ride) and the ass-shaking "Gimmie Dat." She gets experimental on the primal, ambient showpieces "Yeah I Know" and "You Can Get It," which sound like what the xx might do if they became club crawlers. And "Wants for Dinner" — a reggaeton skank punctuated with piano flourishes — is about a whole 'nother basic instinct, which we'd tell you all about except, well, our mouth is full.
MJ Grumblings about the first posthumous Michael Jackson release, titled MichaelThat's not really Michael singing! He wouldn't have wanted these unfinished tracks released! — strike us as churlish. Sure, we approached these 10 tracks with trepidation — before he was sainted, Jackson was on a creative downward slide that he was attempting to triage. So here's the news: Michael is no Thriller, but it's no Invincible, either. There are some good-time grooves here — especially the graceful "Hollywood Tonight," the self-aware "Breaking News" and the disco-kissed "Behind the Mask." He also rocks hard on the crunchy "(I Can’t Make It) Another Day," with the help of Lenny Kravitz. Considering that the songs were basically work tapes and demos, producer Rodney Jerkins has done a superlative job of culling the wheat from the chaff. And though Jackson was a hardcore perfectionist, it’s good to hear the spontaneity in his voice. Chances are he would have re-recorded all of these vocals and, considering his output that last 20 years, chances are he would have ruined them.
LasttrainIt's been so long since Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Sean Combs/Sean John/Diddy/Diddy-Dirty Money put out music, we forget that he wasn't just an actor, producer and fashionista. His last album came out only four years ago, but it's been easy to forget his musical output. So Diddy-Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris is both a re-introduction and renewal for the Grammy® winner. With help from singers Dawn Richard (Danity Kane) and Kalenna Harper — who put the 'dirty' in Dirty Money — Diddy fashions a concept album about chasing the woman of his dreams across Europe. The hip-hop beats are infused with European electro: Grime gets greasy on "Yeah Yeah You Would," with Diddy-Dirty Money dropping soul bombs while Grace Jones adds her steely European hauteur. "Ass On the Floor" (video at link; lyrics NSFW) — with Swizz Beatz (aka Mr. Alicia Keys) — brings Motown to Ibiza. And "Yesterday" polishes the dark underpinnings of dubstep until it’s shiny enough for radio play.

Towleroad December 14, 2010 by moderntonic.com


Image RoadMEN, the band featuring Le Tigre's JD Samson, have announced US and European spring tour dates in support of their debut album Talk About Body (out February 1; album cover art at right).

RoadRobyn has launched an "Interactive Beat Machine" with sound parts from her track "We Dance To The Beat" with accompanying video images for users to create their own song/video. Also, the singer performed at Norway's Nobel Peace Prize event on Saturday.

RoadNME now taking votes for album cover of the year.

RoadSwedish singer Lykke Li on heartbreak and unhappiness and how they've informed her sophomore album, due out next year.

RoadCitiGroup to take control of EMI by Christmas?
AIRoadAn impressive roster of music producers — including Alex da Kid, Tricky Stewart and Darkchild — is mentoring auditioning contestants for this season's American Idol.

RoadRecord labels target, and shutter, music blogs that host leaked tracks.


Kandi If you’re diabetic you might want to stay away from Kandi’s Kandi Koated — 12 R&B gems (with three interludes) about one sweet, sweet love. (Out today.) Stream Tom Stephan's remix of "Leave U" in our player above.

If you look up 'prolific' in the dictionary, you'll probably see a picture of Ryan Adams, who with his band the Cardinals releases the rock solid III/IV double album today. It’s his 13th since 2000.
Soundtrack geeks — and you know who are you — December 21st is your lucky day. The classical music imprimatur Varese Sarabande releases 20th Century Fox: 75 Years of Great Film Music.
KeriGrrll power gets a makeover on Keri Hilson's sophomore release No Boys Allowed, featuring the loping single "Pretty Girl Rock" and the promiscuity anthem "One Night Stand" (Out December 21.) Stream the remix of "Pretty Girl Rock," featuring Kanye West, in our player above.

Also out today:  Crystal Bowersox — Farmer's Daughter; R. Kelly — Love Letter; Tank — Now or Never; Leona Lewis — The Labyrinth Tour: Live from the O2 (CD/DVD); Shriekback — Life in the Loading Bay

Out December 21: Duran Duran — All You Need Is Now; Jamie Foxx — Best Night of My Life; Keyshia Cole — Calling All Hearts; Avant — The Letter


Fujiya & Miyagi — "Yo-Yo"
In an old vaudeville theater, a yo-yo specialist faces off with stiff competition from a hula hoop girl, a bodybuilder and a ventriloquist. This gently insinuating electronic track is from the Brighton quartet’s forthcoming Ventriloquizzing.

Carte Blanche feat. Kid Sister — "Do! Do! Do!"
Carte Blanche is Riton and DJ Mehdi, and with rap artist Kid Sister they offer this goofy clip wherein a graphic artist’s bootylicious creation escapes her Mac for frolicking and butt-shaking good times.

Fenech-Soler — "Demons"
This frenetic dance track from the U.K. foursome gets a ghostly, slo-mo clip with lots of mood lighting, fog and close-ups of bodies in freefall.

SHOWstudio — "Tribute to Alexander McQueen"
Photographer Nick Knight and Björk — in dissonant orchestral mode — collaborate on this artsy, celestial tribute to the late fashion icon, featuring couture creations that’d be sure to bring the "Wow Factor" to Project Runway judges. 

Towleroad News #gay

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News: Janet Jackson, Pink Locker Room, Space, Mark Twain

 road Former GLAAD president Neil Giuliano will now head the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Jg  road Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Kimmel have fun belting out “Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin Song.”

 road Sarah Palin's book publisher is suing Gawker because it claims that "the reprinting of pages from Governor Palin's book without permission constitutes a blatant infringement of copyright."

 road More hate: Anti-gay message spray-painted on Illinois school involved in "Straight Pride" T-shirts controversy.

 road Is decking out the opponent's locker room at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium entirely in pink a homophic act? The school's former coach who initially chose the color says: “Frankly, the only color paint we could find at the stadium was pink."

 road Thousands march for marriage equality in Melbourne.

 road Wesley Snipes won't be starring in any movies over the next three years.

Moon  road New cool pictures from space released tis week, thanks to NASA.

 road Daniel Day-Lewis to portray Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg film written by Tony Kushner.

 road More excerpts have been released from a new book that claims John Travolta has frequented gay saunas for decades.

 road The bad news for Lindsay Lohan just keeps coming: she's been canned from another job.

 road Control: Janet Jackson wants you to help pick the 35 cities she'll hit on her next world tour.

 road A 500,000 word autobiography about Mark Twain seems to be the book to get this season. If you can find it.


Towleroad News #gay

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News: Justin Timberlake, Hawaii, Sharron Angle, Michael Jackson

 road Storm chaser Matt Hughes dies mysteriously, but not while on the job.

Ustin  road What's the best way to try and sell a Justin Timberlake movie? Make sure he's shirtless throughout most of the trailer.

 road Sharron Angle isn't done with politicals just yet.

 road Bill Maher thinks last weekend's rally to "Restore Sanity" in DC needed more depth: "If you're going to have a rally… you might as well make it about something."

 road Like Rachel Maddow, Vermont Senator Bernie Sander is outraged over Keith Olbermann's suspension: "This is a real threat to political discourse in America and will have a chilling impact on every commentator for MSNBC."

 road Good post-election day news from Hawaii: "After Tuesday's election, civil unions picked up at least one vote in the Senate and lost a vote in the House, which is still four more votes than the 26 needed for a bill to pass, according to Equality Hawaii, which advocates for the legislation."

 road Sounds like this guy has seen the movie Psycho one too many times.

Michaeljackson  road A new Michael Jackson album will be released just in time for Christmas. Listen to a sample of the first single here.

 road Prince Harry is not afraid to show off his pink.

 road Huey Lewis "flattered" that he was responsible for helping someone realize his own sexuality.

 road According to a recent poll by The Salt Lake Tribune "55 percent of LDS respondents said it’s possible to change same-sex attractions, compared with 20 percent of non-LDS respondents. The LDS Church teaches that having same-sex attractions isn’t sinful, but acting on those attractions is."

 road How can anything Sarah Palin does be considered "non-political?"

Towleroad News #gay

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News: Cheyenne Jackson, GLAAD, Cancer, Jersey Shore

 road Students in Wisonsin rally around woman who was punched in the face for wearing a "Legalize Gay" t-shirt.

Cj  road Cheyenne Jackson and his partner of 10 years, Monte Lapka, secretly became domestic partners in NYC over the summer: "We wanted to get as married as we could. I think we were filling in some forms for wills or insurance, and I just thought, Let's just make this as legal as we can."

 road That bigoted billboard that depicted President Obama as a terrorist, a gangster, a Mexican bandit, and a gay man has finally been taken down.

 road James Cameron and Angelina Jolie rumored to bring their version of Cleopatra to the big screen.

 road Two minutes of the some of the best laughs you'll have all day, thanks to Christine O'Donnell and Bill Maher.

 road Even president Obama thinks that O'Donnell poses a real threat this election season.

 road GLAAD not happy with Vince Vaughn's recent defense of the homophobic joke in his new movie: "Vince is right. Comedy does bring us together, unless one of us is the punchline. Then it pushes us apart.”

 road A gay Atlanta man has given us what he thinks is the liberal version of the Tea Party: The Coffee Party USA.

Tunnel   road After billion and 35 miles of digging, the world's largest tunnel opens in Switzerland.

 road Gavin Newson wanst to be more than just the "Gay Marriage mayor."

 road The Jersey Shore castmates absolutely loved being mocked on South Park.

 road Alexander Skarsgard steps out in denim.

 road Scientist claims that cancer is a modern affliction: "The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation."

 road Nick Cannon on Chelsea Handler: "Angry ugly whitetrash."

 road Prince will welcome you 2 America this December.

Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

In case you want some comic relief: Dan Choi to debate ‘Bishop’ Harry Jackson on live TV

Let’s see…we have in one corner a patriot fighting for equality, and in the other corner, a carpetbagging tool of color for Family Research Council head Tony Perkins.

Tonight at 10PM ET, you can surf over to the WTTG Fox 5 (DC) web site for the evening broadcast to see the face off.

Charletan Jackson will hit the mat hard.


* AC 360: Dan Choi takes on anti-gay automaton Elaine Donnelly
Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

—  John Wright