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aGLIFF: Drifting Flowers

Good Lord, I love a good lesbian audience. While the boys were seeing Before I Forget (Jacques Nolot, 2007), I snuck in with the ladies to see Drifting Flowers (Zero Chou, 2007), and good thing, too! Three inter-generational story lines are built around a core of characters living in Taiwan. From the precocious May to her blind lounge singer mommy and her 'drogy lover Diego, the characters in Drifting Flowers are memorable and sympathetic. Perhaps the most interesting storyline is that of aged and Alzheimer-stricken Lily and her former "beard" Yen, who she believes to be her long-time lover Ocean. Lily and Yen need one another, even though their relationship is based on a mistaken identity. Strangely, Lily and Yen find a way to honor those sham marriage vows they took long ago. Yet another tearjerker from aGLIFF. Read More | Comment »

Homo Happs 5:40PM Sun. Sep. 7, 2008, Andy Campbell

Girls on Film!

Whether you are catching tonight's Foodies' sponsored aGLIFF film, Drifting Flowers 8pm tonight at the Alamo downtown or not, you still have time to hit Buzio's, the club upstairs from the Copa, 217 Congress. Foodies is throwing the Girls on Film afterparty, promising drinks, a DJ, dancing, and a den to get your flirt on. And it's all free. If you don't know what a Foodie is, email Kitty at: beatsagogo@aol.com. Read More | Comment »

Keep Austin Queer 6:45PM Sat. Sep. 6, 2008, Kate X Messer

aGLIFF: Like a Virgin on the Runway in Trinidad

If there is one sure thing it's this: aGLIFF this year kicks ass. I've gone to one or two screenings in years past, but I'll be darned if I don't feel like a kid in a candy store this year. There are so many tremendous films – and very few of the typical gay cinema fare – boy/girl coming out of the closet, or even worse, the perfect bodied-gay/lesbian extended sex scenes. Now, don't get me wrong, I like sex scenes, sometimes I wish that the gay and lesbian community didn't feel like there was one appropriate body-type and ethnicity to have sex with (i.e. muscular and white). Let's start with Thursday's program. Read More | Comment »

Homo Happs 5:55PM Sat. Sep. 6, 2008, Andy Campbell

Heart Feels F***ed Over by GOP

Whose doesn't after this week? Oh, yeah, not just mine. Not just yours, but Ann & Nancy Wilson's. See, the GOP is playing their song. The song that made Heart – the Wilson sisters' band from Seattle – superstars, and the song that ironically was launched way back in their 70s heyday by Columbia Records after a lawsuit with their original record company, Mushroom, which used specific images of the sisters in a certain context without their permission. Well, guess what? Apparently, the GOP never asked the Wilson sister's permission to use "Barracuda" (Little Queen, 1977, Columbia Records) as an image booster for their vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin (whose nickname in high school was apparently Sarah "Barracuda"). The Wilson sisters are pissed. They had originally asked their music not be used. But it was used again, so the sisters and their publishing concerns sent the McCain campaign a cease-and-desist letter. The song was originally written as a "scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women… There's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there," according to Nancy's statement to Entertainment Weekly: "I think it's completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely fucked over." Read More | Comment »

GP Crush of the Week 4:38PM Fri. Sep. 5, 2008, Kate X Messer

aGLIFF: Up With Dead People!

Edge of Heaven (Faith Akin, 2007) was the perfect choice for an opening night film at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. It showcased some of the strengths of this year's award-winning program – a strong international representation paired with powerful characters and storylines that aren't in the slightest derivative. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Edge of Heaven won best screenplay, and deservedly so. The film plays out the connections (both real and missed) between an ensemble of Turkish and German citizens: A revolutionary, a university student, a prostitute, a bookstore owner. Each turns to another for comfort, security, love – and sometimes find their needs left unfulfilled. The "gay connection" was not the focus of the film, which was, quite honestly, refreshing. Instead, the relationship that develops between the young Turkish revolutionary, Ayten (Nurgul Yesilcay) and her university student girlfriend, Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska) is but one of many complicated and provocative relationships. Read More | Comment »

Homo Happs 2:50PM Fri. Sep. 5, 2008, Andy Campbell

Hand Jive

In this week's issue (print edition, News, p.22) Patty Ruland interviews the attorneys of a man accused of making a pass – a gay pass – at a 16-year old, for which he is now being threatened with felony imprisonment. Attorney Leonard Martinez told the Chronicle he believes that prosecution of the accused is derived from "apparently anti-gay sentiment." Martinez has placed a motion to "quash the indictment" before Williamson County District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield. If the motion fails, the case goes to court Mon., Sept. 6. Read More | Comment »

Poop Chute 1:35PM Thu. Sep. 4, 2008, Kate X Messer

Gay-bee Elephant Walk

The Log Cabin Republicans have set up shop in Minneapolis-St. Paul in hopes of influencing their party on gay issues, especially same-sex marriage. The group's national communications director, Scott Tucker said, "It's important for the Republican Party to be inclusive on this issue, because we are at risk of being on the wrong side of history." In a curious quest for planks… any planks… a plank…? a toothpick…?, the group has already endorsed the Repub's McCain-Palin ticket before knowing much about how the vice-presidential nominee-to-be stands on these issues. Seems like they took their cue from McCain on that one. Read More | 2 Comments »

Everything's Political 11:59AM Wed. Sep. 3, 2008, Kate X Messer

aGLIFF Kicks Off Tonight!

It is time! The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival is finally here again! This year, the festival turns 21 (which means they are full-grown and can drink legally), and the programmers and director have put together an incredible program of films (96 films! 18 countries! Oscar-nominated and Cannes Award-winning films!) representing the diversity of LGBTQI filmmaking today. Folks, this is ridiculous, and whether you are LGBTQI or something else altogether these films promise to be amazing. All screenings are at the Alamo Ritz and begin on Wednesday. Below the jump: my dream schedule. Read More | 1 Comment »

Happenings 8:56PM Tue. Sep. 2, 2008, Andy Campbell

Syllabi-Sexual

Welcome back to school, queers! It's going to be a great year (hurricane season not withstanding). For the queers at Texas State University (my place of employment), just south of Austin in San Marcos there's a Diversity Bar-B-LGBTQue (cute, ain't it?) at Sewell Park on September 10, 5-9 PM. There will be noshing, game-playing (volleyball, horseshoe), and a "slammin' DJ" Don't miss this inclusive event! The Bar-B-LGBTQue is put on by Lambda of Texas State, a student-run organization. You can friend them on Facebook or Myspace. Read More | Comment »

Allied Peeps 7:39PM Tue. Sep. 2, 2008, Andy Campbell

Hey, We're Part of the Big 4!

Abortion. Guns. Immigration.
And teh Gays. In his acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Barack Obama stuck a preemptive straight pin in the rhetorical chest puffery surrounding four touchy, sucker-punch issues. At least… I guess… Read More | 1 Comment »

Everything's Political 11:38PM Thu. Aug. 28, 2008, Kate X Messer

Cue the Lights; Cue the Music

As a gay man, I love event planning. Choosing fabrics, colors, table settings, and music. I wonder who lucked out as the contractor for the 2008 DNC? It had to have been someone with a degree in psychology. The video and still backgrounds, color, and music all change based on the theme and speaker. During a speech about the military, the lights turn red and blue. During President Bill Clinton's speech yesterday evening, the lights would go bright during applause then slowly dissolve back to a dim. The music is performed by a live band that sits at stage left. The entire event was planned with incredible detail. Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 4:41PM Thu. Aug. 28, 2008, Steve Rivas

What Kind of Reception Is This?

Hillary delegates from around the country were invited to a reception at the Colorado Convention Center with Senator Clinton. Those who were interesting in attending filled out a short form on the Internet and then printed a ticket online. I had my ticket. You never know when it will be the last time you'll get to see the senator up close. When I arrived at the convention center Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 2:22PM Thu. Aug. 28, 2008, Steve Rivas

Why, He's Not Even Wearing Loafers

We love when other sections of the Chronicle seem gayer than ours. It really takes a load off. To wit: This week's cover is a glorious portrait of Stuart Moulton, the man (and apparently toenails) behind Austin Cabaret Theatre. As we say in our Gay Place listing for Stuart's blog: "What's gayer than a cabaret? Not much." Well, maybe that "French Tuxedo" pedicure he's sporting on the cover. Read More | 1 Comment »

Keep Austin Queer 1:25PM Thu. Aug. 28, 2008, Kate X Messer

Unicorn Addendum

I have no restraint. Just found out that on September 13, Sotheby's (UK) will be auctioning off a slew of new works by Damien Hirst, He-of-the-pickled-shark-fame. One of the works: A DEAD UNICORN! Damien! How could you? Read More | Comment »

Made Us Go "Hmmmmm" 10:54PM Wed. Aug. 27, 2008, Andy Campbell

Del Martin, 1921-2008

Giant among dykes, founder of the Daughters of Bilitis, subject of the 2003 documentary No Secret Anymore, and gay marriage activist Del Martin has passed away in San Francisco today. Del is survived by her beloved Phyllis Lyons. The couple, together for over a half a century, was the first to wed the day gay marriage became legal in California this past June. Read More | 1 Comment »

In Loving Memory 4:14PM Wed. Aug. 27, 2008, Kate X Messer

Finally, a Roll Call Vote

Boyd Richie announced a change to the Roll Call Vote process at this morning's Delegate Breakfast. After receiving our delegate credentials, we were directed to a small room in the west wing of the host hotel. Inside the room we presented our delegate credential and ID, then placed our president preference (Obama, Clinton, or Abstain) and signed our name. This was our official vote. The list will be copied and published then delivered to the Pepsi Center via a shuttle bus around 12:30pm. Mr. Richie stated that officials staying at other hotels would still have the opportunity to vote later today. Chairman Richie was upset both visibility and emotionally when some delegates asked Read More | Comment »

Everything's Political 1:33PM Wed. Aug. 27, 2008, Steve Rivas

If You Leave, You Can't Get Back In

When you first walk into the Pepsi Center and look at the stage, it completely overwhelms. Fiberoptic stars twinkle on a black backdrop on either side of the stage. From the floor to the rafters, lights and video screens make you seem like you're at a U2 concert. In between guest speakers, the video screens pan across the venue to capture people dancing to soul and gospel music (and maybe a couple of disco songs every once in a while). I'm not exactly sure what you see on television, but I can tell you what you didn't see yesterday on the floor of the convention. Read More | 1 Comment »

Everything's Political 12:55PM Wed. Aug. 27, 2008, Steve Rivas

Democrats Have the Donkey... We Have the Unicorn

I've been thinking a lot about unicorns lately. A lot. Mostly because the live coverage of the DNC has been so very… lacking. Sample of live coverage: Anchor One: What's happening now, Anchor Two?
Anchor Two: It looks like everyone is turning around for a moment of silence.
Anchor One: Is there any particular significance for this moment of silence?
Anchor Two: I don't know, but it sure is special. Illuminating. Naturally my thoughts turn elsewhere… Read More | 1 Comment »

Celebrate Me Homo 7:30AM Wed. Aug. 27, 2008, Andy Campbell

You Can't Tear Down the Master's House With the Master's Tool

If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now. Hillary Clinton told not only her supporters, not only PUMA, not only the DNC, not only the DNCC, not only those who would use her name in vain, but she told the whole world: It's time to unite against the last eight years and to vote for Obama. And a vote for McCain would only usher in four more:
With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.
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GP Crush of the Week 10:18PM Tue. Aug. 26, 2008, Kate X Messer

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