49 posts categorized "CHICAGO"

Oct 04 2014
I Yam Because We Are—A Review Of KAREN FINLEY: WRITTEN IN SAND Comments (0)

Karen-FinleyFinley is a dazzling stage presence who's still got a lot to say—and that voice with which to say it.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

The last time I saw Karen Finley on stage was around 1990 in Chicago, at the height of her notoriety as one of the NEA Four—artists whose grants were voided when right-wingers decided to make an issue of their work's sexual and political content. I recall her being smeared in chocolate pudding, among other things. It was a heady time for edgy performers—I saw Finley, Annie Sprinkle (my first cervix sighting!) and Lypsinka the same year—but there must be something in the air, because I just saw two of those three again in 2014.

KarenFinley-sand-300x175Finley is performing Karen Finley: Written in Sand at Baruch Performing Arts Center every Thursday through October 23. The show is a 90-minute, stripped down collection of her AIDS-related work, consisting of Finley and a musical accompanist. I have to say that while it begins with a characteristically out-there series of vignettes (and ends with an amazing tribute to the black sheep of the world), the show quickly becomes irresistibly, uncomfortably, movingly intimate; she's able to summon up vivid visions of the many friends she's lost to AIDS with sometimes sad, sometimes sly in-jokes and the verbal shorthand that exists between all friends.

Just hearing her unique speech in person was exciting to me—this is, after all, the woman who commanded us all to drop our ghetto blasters:

Karen at 1:39, 2:27, etc.

I found her works challenging and raw, even as Finley herself—she would emerge from in character every so often to wink at us and reassure us, or to charmingly play off any rough transitions—came across as endearingly open and flat-out funny.

Bonus of seeing Karen Finley in 2014 instead of 1990? Jesse Helms is dead.

Keep reading for some classic Finley works...

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Sep 18 2014
Chicago...Isn't That Where Oprah Lives? Comments (0)

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When I was in Chicago to promote Encyclopedia Madonnica in 1995, I met Jae-Ha Kim at the Chicago Sun-Times, which resulted in this lavish coverage—a two-page spread in the gigantic newspaper. She was a doll, and we have remained in touch off and on ever since.

Check out my Kickstarter and help a brother write a follow-up!

Second half of this piece is after the jump...

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Sep 03 2014
Need To Know: Blood & Sand + Flying Off The Handle + Joltin' Joe + Closet Spaces + Blake McIver Is Bangin' + Crack Addiction + Big Bother + MORE! Comments (0)

Sotloff-VideoAnother reason ISIL needs to be destroyed.

*widget boy cultureISIL beheads American journalist Steven Sotloff.

*widget boy cultureBolivia and Israel are officially on a break.

*widget boy cultureI don't like reclining airline passengers either but grow the fuck up.

*widget boy cultureI want to be Sofia Vergara's vagina.

*widget boy cultureWhere all the hot MSMs vacation...Chicago???

*widget boy cultureNow Groot joins Jennifer Lawrence on list of celebs violated by iCloud.

*widget boy cultureMcKayla Maroney's argument vs. sites posting her nudes: She was jailbait.

*widget boy cultureFashion Police is on a two-week hold. That's...optimistic!

*widget boy cultureBlake McIver introduces Nancy Sinatra to Ariana Grande: 

*widget boy cultureRaja is officially more sickening than salmonella.

*widget boy cultureNestle makes bank while California dries up.

*widget boy cultureBeloved LGBT activist Andrew Cray succumbs to cancer.

*widget boy cultureIllinois seems poised to elect an out of touch rich tool as governor.

*widget boy cultureCuba Gooding Jr. is all cracked out!

*widget boy cultureClassic links to Robin Williams here and here.

*widget boy cultureAdele leaks.

*widget boy cultureMurderous Russian mobster takes issue with where your penis goes.

*widget boy cultureBRAID DAY: Texas Native American kindergartener sent home for long hair.

*widget boy cultureKeanu Reeves is 50 and looks like this.

*widget boy cultureWhy everyone seems to hate Frankie Grande.

Frankie-GrandeHe's so nice in real life! (I'm not watching the show.)

 
Aug 10 2014
LGBT Party: Steve Grand & Aaron Carter Heat Up Chicago's Market Days Comments (0)

Steve-GrandArmed to the teeth. Photo by Twitter's @jecjrintx

Steve Grand, who seems to be hitting his already amazing arms ever-so-slightly harder these days, had another triumphant set at Chicago's Market Days this weekend, playing to an uncomfortably packed yet still happy (know that feeling?) crowd.

Aaron-CarterCarter Country! Photo by Tom Legan

Also at Market Days, former teen popstar Aaron Carter gave what my tipster called a great, energetic performance, thanking his gay-boy fans and even changing the word girl to boy in one tune.

Will try to post some video later; check back tomorrow.

 
Jun 28 2014
Need To Know: Schedule A PLAY/DATE + Guys & Dolly Parton + Male-Model Wet Dreams + BIG BROTHER's Big Butt + Mass Gay Wedding + MORE! Comments (0)

PlayDateLooking forward to this Play/Date!

*widget boy culture$20 tickets to Play/Date in NYC with discount code: PRIDE Sean-O-Pry

*widget boy cultureMatthew Mitcham sings Dolly Parton!

*widget boy cultureSean O'Pry is a boxing-themed wet dream.

*widget boy cultureLaBeouf wasted in Times Square prior to Cabaret arrest.

*widget boy cultureKellan Lutz is bursting with muscles.

*widget boy cultureBig Brother's Cody Calafiore shows off his hot buns.

*widget boy culture100+ gay couples get married in Toronto. Kaylan Morgan by Michael Freeby-3

*widget boy cultureKaylan Morgan's got some hot laigs.

*widget boy cultureShark off Fire Island cruising boats.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay Illinois candidate Bruce Rauner is Gay Pride target.

*widget boy cultureGay state senator marries in Colorado for spite. (And love!)

*widget boy cultureNovak Djokovic shows off in his snug boxer-briefs. 

Novak-undiesMy buddy, my buddy...

 
Jun 14 2014
Signs Of The Times: Does Power Trump Taste? Comments (0)

Donald Trump

Chicagoans and others with taste are trying hard to get Donald Trump's gross surname removed from his new structure. Even the mayor finds it “architecturally tasteless.”

Good luck trying to curb that ego.

 
Jun 09 2014
Cousin It Comments (0)

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“Tranny” can certainly be used as hate speech, as ably demonstrated by countless gay men who were so incensed by criticism of RuPaul that they responded not by arguing the opposite side but by spewing anti-trans words and thoughts all over the Internet...that'll teach 'em.

But this latest brouhaha involving Dan Savage at my alma mater is a sick joke; a trans person who prefers to be called “it” is dictating sensitivity to Dan Savage?

It can go fuck itself.

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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#100

TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

#99

A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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#98

POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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OBAMA-DADTA good sign

IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

#97

OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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