“Houston, We Have a Problem” tonight at Avant Garden

Judy Garlow

Judy Garlow, director of the short comedy Connect

As excited as I am about the Sundance Theater opening and Houston, once again, becoming a two art-house city it’s important to remember that real independent films rarely, if ever, make it to the big chain art houses. If you, like me, enjoy the gamble of watching truly indie film (with the inherent risk of watching utter dreck or divine transience) you’ll want want to check out Houston, We Have a Problem tonight at Avant Garden (411 Westhiemer) starting at 9 pm.

Tonight’s monthly film festival includes the usual mix of shorts, documentaries and trailers and the opportunity to talk with their creators. Scheduled films include Max Xandaux May by Rachel Estrada, Connect by Judy Garlow and a sneak peak at Mike James’ new thriller Jes’us.

There’s no charge for the event and Avant Garden is featuring $2 drink specials for attendees.

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Bill Maher gays it up (even more than usual) on HBO’s ‘Real Time’ this Friday

It’s no secret I think Bill Maher is a dangerous (in a good way) comedian, and love that he says what a lot of people feel uncomfortable giving words to (like on particular word he called Sarah Palin at the Winspear earlier this year). He’s proven over and over what a great gay ally he is, and he does so again this week with a roundtable lineup that includes openly gay newsfolk Rachel Maddow and Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan, of course, is famously conservative, but he’s also intellectual honest and very pro-gay. Should be a good discussion.

The new episode airs live on Friday at 9 p.m. on HBO, with replays all week (including one at 10 p.m.).

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Glee Blaine Is Gonna Get All Bi With Rachel, Apparently

Is Glee even worth watching anymore? We get to hear all the songs, see all the performances, and know all the plot points before the shows even air. Like this one about Darren Criss' Blaine experimenting, or whatever, with bisexuality (to see if it's real)? We now know the object of his affection will be Lea Michele's Rachel. Sometimes I think creator Ryan Murphy just leaks these tidbits to the press to "product test" them in one giant online focus group.

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NBC’s next Ross(anna) & Rachel?

NBC has picked up a half-hour pilot called I Hate That I Love You, revolving around a lesbian couple.

NBC picks up a lesbian romantic comedy [After Ellen]

Should the lady-loving concept boost ratings for the perpetually troubled net, we hear execs might continue the theme and become the Pea_ _ _ _ network (“cock” optional).

Good As You

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Rachel Maddow: DADT Is The President’s Victory


Interviewed on MSNBC this afternoon were former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant David Hall, who was ousted from the military under DADT in 2002, and the network's talk show host Rachel Maddow.

Said Maddow: "Politically, the thing to not lose touch with here is that this is the President's victory. This is something about which the President took a lot of criticism, a lot of abuse, a lot of skepticism from his otherwise most loyal supporters. He continually insisted that this was possible that it would get done."


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Saturday Open Thread…miscellany plus Rachel on KO, and a grave injustice for Oscar Grant

It’s an open thread, chat away…here are some things I’ve been Facebooking and Tweeting about since yesterday:

The benign:

* I finally finished paying off my Subaru Outback! (Yes it’s a stereotypical lesbian household – both of us have Subarus)

* WTF happened to Fall in the Triangle? @durhamncalert “FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM EST SUNDAY.” http://s3z.us/cm.htm. The Good News: we broke out the flannel sheets…nice and toasty. The Bad News: the furbabies got me out of bed to feed them. Brrr.

The hardcore:

* Lesbian ‘Corrective Rape’ Victim has her day in Court.

This is the face of South African lesbian who was beaten and raped for five hours by a man who told her he wanted to “turn her into a woman”.  This is the face of a warrior who despite all odds, trauma, and police victimization, found her way to Court today by public transportation, to testify against her brutal attacker, who remained free on bail  to in essence board the same bus. The Police were simply not willing to give this young woman a ride to the Court. A spokesperson for Millicent Gaika contacted us back in April and we have been shedding light on the plight of Lesbian “corrective rape” in South Africa ever since.  Today was Millicent Gaika’s day in court.

* Cop Johannes Mehserle receives 2 years w/credit for time served for shooting Oscar Grant, an unarmed, subdued man, at point blank range. (San Francisco Bay View) The judge tossed out gun enhancement charge.

Today we had a gross miscarriage of justice. Judge Robert Perry threw out the gun enhancement clause that could have added 10 years and then gave Johannes Mehserle a sentence of two years with credit for 292 days for time served. Football star Plexico Burris did more time shooting himself than Mehserle. Michael Vick did more time [for dog fighting] than Mehserle.

* Rachel Maddow on the suspension of Keith Olbermann. “On cable news and cable not-news”:

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Rachel learns Alaska Teabagger Joe Miller is a classic right-wing homophobe

Yeah, forget all the talk that teabagger candidates care solely about fiscal issues. Joe Miller, the GOP/Teabagger in Alaska, conveyed his strong anti-gay views to Rachel Maddow yesterday.

Also, as posted on AMERICAblog, we also learned that Miller violated ethics policy at his old job, lied about it, then had to admit he lied.


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Brad Goreski, Rachel Zoe Call it Quits 

BRAD GORESKI X390 (TERRY RICHARDSON) | ADVOCATE.COMWhen The Rachel Zoe Project returns for season three, it will be minus bowtie-clad gay assistant Brad Goreski. The 33-year-old stylist tells People Magazine he and Zoe have parted ways — amicably.
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Watch: Rachel Maddow Trashes Log Cabin, Talks DADT Ruling Appeal


Rachel Maddow discusses the honors bestowed on Senators John Cornyn and Pete Sessions by the Log Cabin Republicans, and then speaks with The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld about what's expected in the LCR DADT case from Obama's Justice Department today.


Also, more on the Cornyn/Sessions honors here.

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Rachel Maddow breaks it down

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Rachel Maddow reacts to the Senate vote to not even debate the Defense authorization bill. Later, on her show, she had video of Joe Biden telling her the reason the Obama Administration continued to allow servicemen to be kicked out of the military for being in violation of DADT was it was part of a compromise with Republicans to ensure they would vote with them on the Defense authorization bill. Time for that Executive “Stop Loss” Order, President Obama, or a harsh statement from your Attorney General Holder that the unconstitutional policy will not be defended in court. This kind of compromising with the enemy is making Obama a laughing stock or proving he doesn’t believe in the change he supposedly espoused. Continuously compromising with the other side in bad faith makes no sense whatsoever. The only sensible response from the Obama Administration is to hit back hard and show he is no longer willing to play games with Republican enemies, or he is in danger of permanently losing his young progressive base over the continued perceived weakness and sideshow.

For a group of people who pride themselves from learning from the mistakes of the Clinton Administration, maybe they should look into the not so recent past and ask themselves if they want to go out like the Carter Administration? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Carter but part of the reason he lost his second term was perception he didn’t know how to work effectively with congress. This kind of political circus doesn’t help Obama’s reputation with anyone.


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