Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gay Halloween Costume Idea

If you are a procrastinator and haven not decided on a Halloween costume yet, here's a good last minute idea. It will save you time from digging around in the back of your closet.

For Halloween, go as a gay guy, and then just keep being gay forever!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Giants: Castoffs, Misfits and World Series Champions

My husband is a major Giants baseball fan. He has had season tickets for years.. ever since the new San Francisco stadium opened. During this post-season, he is having a time of his life as the team makes the game truly exciting. The sports page describe there tension filled games as "torture." The Giants weren't suppose to make the playoffs or the World Series. Many of the top players were recently pick-up in trades or brought up from the minors and are not that well known. Here is a quick look at some of the Giants' players.

Aaron Roland and Andres Torres congratulate each other

Andres Torres with his tongue out having licked the competition.

Relief pitcher Brian "Fear the Beard" Wilson receives a ball from catcher Buster Posey

Brian "Fear the Beard" Wilson with his roommate in the harness, Pat "The Machine" Burrell doing a remote interview for a sports talk show. Check out "Kenneth in the (212)" blog for the video and more pics.

Pat "The Machine" Burrell working out when he was a Phillies player

Pat Burrell

A pensive Posey

Couple shots of catcher Buster Posey

Cody Ross tangled in arms

Jonathan Sanchez and his Dad

Jonathan Sanchez

Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria

Another Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria doing jazz hands

"Shotgun" Matt Cain

Pablo "The Panda" Sandoval and Travis Ishikawa hug

Travis Ishikawa

Freddy Sanchez all dirty

Freddy Sanchez sandwiched between Juan Uribe and Aubrey "rally thong" Huff

Tim "The Freak" Lincecum throws hard

Tim Lincecum shirtless with short hair

Madison Bumgarner with former Giants catcher Bengie Molina

Monday, October 11, 2010

National Coming Out Day

October 11 is National Coming Out Day. Today’s entry is about a movie that deals with this subject in a very spiritual, organic way. It is also an unusually tender ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside. It is called “Undertow” or “Contracorriente”.
"Undertow" begins with Miguel, a village fisherman, about to become a father. However, it turns out he has been having a "down-low" love affair with an artist and outsider, Santiago. When Santiago drowns suddenly, he returns from the dead to ask Miguel to find his body and bury it according to the village rituals so he can be at peace. For Miguel, to fulfill Santiago's wishes means he would have to admit to the relationship to his pregnant wife and the townspeople. But failing to do so would sentence him to eternal limbo.
This film resonated for E and I because it deals with coming out after being married to someone of the same sex. This story deals with coming to terms and discovering your authentic self. It grapples with the effects of what the truth could mean to relationships and the response/condemnation of the village/society. Ultimately it tackles the question of what it means to truly love someone and let them go.
We saw the film a couple weeks ago in San Francisco. It is now playing in Los Angeles. Go see it, and help it gain enough attention for other cities & venues to want it. Or make a note to look for it when it comes out on DVD.
Undertow (Contracorriente)
2009, Peruvian with English subtitles, 100 minutes
DIRECTOR: Javier Fuentes-León
STARS: Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona, Cristian Mercado


Friday, October 08, 2010

October Theatre

There is some great theatre playing around the San Francisco Bay Area.

On stage at ACT in San Francisco is Bill Irwin’s take on Molière’s “Scapin”. He is reunited with Geoff Hoyle and other early Pickle Family Circus performers as well as A.C.T. regulars. See why the New York Times describes Irwin “a love child of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, and Danny Kaye." Plays through Oct. 23rd.

Earlier this week we saw the controversial musical “Jerry Springer: The Opera”. The SF theatre company ‘Ray of Light Theatre’ is presenting it at the Victoria Theatre on 16th St. It is not often that a show surprises us as much as this one. For a non-Equity cast, it was amazingly professional. It is blessed with a cast of over 40, all who had opera quality voices. As the story progresses into Hell (very Faustian), the singing raises the roof to the heavens. It is shocking, obscene, over-the-top funny and has to be seen and heard to be believed. But hurry, it only plays through Oct. 16th.

One of the major theatrical excitements this fall is the trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays” by Tarell Alvin McCraney. A different theatre company is doing each play. Part One, “In the Red and Brown Water” started at the Marin Theatre Company. Their last performance is Oct 10. The Magic Theatre is presenting part two, “The Brothers Size” through Oct 17th. Part three, “Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet” starts at ACT on Oct 29 through Nov. 21.

Our local company, TheatreWorks, is presenting “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts. It is playing through Oct 31. Letts is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “August: Osage County”. This new play is a story of a former '60s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Chicago and his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu options. This is one of the best productions we've seen this year in the Bay Area.

At San Francisco Playhouse, they are presenting the west coast premiere of “Sunset Limited” by Cormac McCarthy (novels: “The Road”, “No Country for Old Men”). A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where they debate the meaning of human suffering, the existence of God, and the propriety of White's attempted suicide.. On stage through Nov 6.

For an unusual San Francisco treat, don’t miss “Pearls Over Shanghai”. Thrillpeddlers celebrate the 40th anniversary of the gender-bending theatrical troupe The Cockettes with this psychedelic musical inspired by sin-soaked Old Shanghai and Busby Berkeley movie musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Plays weekends through December 19.

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin is at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in “Compulsion” by Rinne Groff. It is a play that tells the lightly fictionalized story of an obsessive writer's determination to bring “The Diary of Anne Frank” to the stage—no matter what. The character is inspired by a real journalist and screenwriter who helped publicize the existence of the diary, and who came to believe that the chance to adapt it for the stage had been stolen from him. Plays through Oct. 31st.

Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins” is being done at New Conservatory Theatre Center through Oct 24. It is a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s. 15 year-old Horace Poore is trying to make sense of the tumultuous social/historical events surrounding him. His sexual awakening is hastened by images of Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz and former Miss America/orange juice promoter/anti-gay crusader Anita Bryant. Pushing him along are his idiosyncratic parental units, a draft-dodging brother, and a very dreamy gym teacher.
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