Express Yourself!

So enjoyed Express Yourself‘s 25th Anniversary Performance last week at Boston’s Boch Center-Wang Theatre. . . Blue Man Group, Stomp, Amanda Mena from America’s Got Talent, 300+ young people representing various programs of The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and this extraordinary poem from poet Regie Gibson. Emerson said (paraphrase):  In a world bent on […]

Dare to Dream: A brief history of Eurovision

My first memories of the Eurovision Song Contest come from 2005. . . In an empty bar in provincial Kalmar, Sweden, an immigrant proprietor keeps the lights on for two surprised and delighted Americans rooting for the dramatic Maltan despite the sexy Greek racking up votes. I don’t think I’d ever been so bewildered or […]

O Come, O Queer: Immanu’el: God with q(U)eer(s)

Week 3: We are the Champions And Mary said,I’m bursting with God-news;    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.God took one good look at me, and look what happened—    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!What God has done for me will never be forgotten,    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.His […]

A Thoroughly Modern Beefsteak Banquet

According to Wikipedia: Beefsteak banquets originated among the working class of New York City in the mid-1800s as celebratory meals or “testimonials”. The meal would generally be set up by an organization wishing to laud or raise money for politicians, newly promoted friends, or celebrities. Early beefsteaks were held in a relaxed, men-only atmosphere, with diners sitting […]