Saturday, January 19, 2019

Love Is Another Country


Coin & Ghost in Association with Vs. Theatre Company Present 
The World Premiere of Lisa Marie Rollins’
Love Is Another Country
Sophocles’ Classic Antigone, Black Women's Bodies & Incarceration
At Vs. Theatre in Los Angeles
February 1 – March 2, 2019

Coin & Ghost in association with Vs. Theatre Company present the World premiere of Love Is Another Country, a radical reimagining of Sophocles’s Antigone at Vs. Theatre in Los Angeles from Friday, February 1 through Saturday, March 2, 2019. The third production of Coin & Ghost’s inaugural season, Love Is Another Country is a new play written by the prolific Bay Area theatre artist Lisa Marie Rollinsand her first full-length work to be produced in Los Angeles. Directed by Kendall Johnson, the production brings together the ancient tale of Antigone Vswith the deaths of innumerable black men and women at the hands of police. Part ritual, part rage, part collective ask to the audience, the play follows three women of the Chapman family as they navigate living as black women in a country that claims to love them. For more information, please visit https://coinandghost.org/liac.
Dee Dee Stephens
Photo:
Zachary Reeve Davidson 
Love Is Another Country opens on Friday, February 1st and runs throughout Black History Month for five weekends with the last performance on Saturday, March 2, 2019. There will usually* be three or four performances depending on the weekend. For the first three weekends (2/1 – 2/17), shows will run most Fridays* and all three Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. For the last two weekends (2/21 – 3/2), performances will also happen on Thursday nights at 8:00pm. For the final weekend (2/28 – 3/2) there is no Sunday matinee. Vs. Theatre is located at 5453 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323-739-4411). There are three tiers of ticket prices: VIP tickets at $30 (first three rows; includes a drink), $25 for general admission and Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) for the back row. As with all Coin & Ghost (C&G) productions, opening weekend will be entirely PWYC.

* The theater will be dark on Friday 2/15 due to two of the producers getting married! Everyone involved will be attending :-).

The play, written in collaboration with Coin & Ghost, emerged as a radical re-imagining of Sophocles’ Antigone, in response to two cultural stimuli: the systemic deaths of black people as a result of police terror, and the generational impact of incarceration on black women. In Love Is Another Country, a cast of four explores these themes unflinchingly and without apology. Crafted through devised theatre techniques drawn from the lived experiences of the cast, as well as those of Rollins herself, it features an ensemble cast of diasporic black women who bring to life this vital storytelling and hold the space for collective healing for the community. The cast includes Amaka Izuchi (Jordan), Celia Mandela (Nene), Tyree Marshall (Ethel May), and Dee Dee Stephens (Gonee)

Love Is Another Country https://coinandghost.org/liac

Friday, January 18, 2019

Film Buff Friday: Band vs Brand



The state of the union address for the music industry -

BAND VS BRAND
 coming to DVD and Digital Formats on February 12th


A documentary examining the current state of the music business and on how "the brand" of a rock group has more power than the band members


World premiere on Wednesday, January 23rd at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove just prior to the the annual The Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala


BAND VS BRAND, a feature-length documentary film directed by Bob Nalbandian (Director of the Inside Metal series), focuses on the current state of the music business and on how "the brand" of a rock group these days has more power than the band members themselves. It features interviews from several top industry executives and musicians of today, including David Ellefson of the Grammy Award-winning band Megadeth, Jack Russell from Jack Russell's Great White, Nik Turner and Nicky Garrett from Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Dave Lombardo from Suicidal Tendencies and formerly with Slayer, Marc Ferrari from Keel, Frank DiMino from Angel, Mike Varney from Shrapnel Records, Pat Gesualdo from The Hall of Heavy Metal History, manager Adam Parsons (Uriah Heep, Saxon, Europe, Thin Lizzy/BSR), guitarist/songwriter Jean Beauvoir (Plasmatics, Little Steven) and many others. 

The film will make its screening premiere on Wednesday, January 23rd at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove just prior to the the annual The Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala. Tickets for the awards gala are $30 each with the movie premiere open to the general public, free of charge.  For advance tickets or information on the Awards Gala, please visit: www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Michael's Musings

#TBT: I Wanna Be A Cowboy
Michael Shinafelt
That time I had a fantasy about being a member of the Village People. Want me to ride you like a cowboy? After all isn't the Wild, Wild, West the state of the union???

Buckle up it's going to be a humpy ride!

When your special guy says he has Beyonce's booty, what do you do???.

I do what my Bluetooth tells me

This is my life, this is my jam

Had a delightful time with Quinn Robinson @ Akbar last night. What happens there, is like a unicorn

Andy Samberg reacts to being called a sex symbol - well here's mine: Someone actually said that?! If that person is you, seek help!

FYI - I was on Brooklyn 99 once

Total Bellas = Total Entertain Me 

R.I.P. Carol Channing aka "Dolly"

Someday I'm gonna wish your ass into the corn field



A Haiku - I'll leave you empty/Spent, and aching. All your glorious evidence/Held safely behind/The vault of my lips/And aren't you happy 

Suddenly I have an uncontrollable urge to - "Yes" it's time to play Name That Urge 

Name it after me, I'm sure you already have. If not let's talk

Royal Baby Buggy Bumpers

Blah, Blah, Blah

Things that are best raw 

On that provocative note, you know where to find me at:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hump Day & Chill

Oh Yoni, You're So Fine!
Yoni Baker
Today I am really feeling myself in a Hump Day & Chill kind of way. Thus I surfed over to Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things and to what did my wandering eyes did appear but a sizzling feature of model Yoni Baker shot by Cooks Photography baring it all for our perusal.

"Yes" there's something about Yoni, I could stare at his magnificent naked body all day. I can't explain why one has a strong chemical reaction to some guys more than others. But Yoni bridles me in and makes me want to submit to my Hump Day & Chill desires.

He is the perfect anecdote to the rainy Wednesday we are having in Los Angeles. I know I have gotten my minions all worked up about Mr. Baker so get to it, have a Hump & Chill frenzy by clicking on the NSFW link below.

Make it feel like the first time...ya know like a virgin -

Mic Drop!

Behold the glorious Yoni!
https://favoritehunks.blogspot.com/2019/01/classically-contemporary-baker-model-by.html

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I Can't Stand The Rain

Let's Get Soaken Wet! Not!
Anne Hathaway
"I feel it, It's coming, Rain" - Madonna

Well the rainy season in Los Angeles is here and frankly as my byline states - "I can't stand the rain"

As a Washington State native it rained quite a lot, but that was common and it was manageable. Not so much when you live in Los Angeles. Even the littlest amount of the wet stuff can wreak havoc. People slip and slide in their cars, mudslides occur from the fires of the summer and boy do the drainage systems suck here. Thus the water gets quite saturated and streets and sidewalks are freakishly populated with mini lakes and rivers.

Bear witness to Anne Hathaway keeping it dry and real out and about in LA, yet somehow, unlike most individuals I know, she manages to look quite chic. I guess that's why she's a star and we aren't, or something like that.

The moral of today's post? Never make fun of Angelenos when they complain about the rain. Honestly it's the equivalent of a snow storm here. 

I can't wait for this sh!t to end!

Got rain? Oh yes you do, here it is on Wikipedia -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain  

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Motivation

Just Be
Jon Hamm
Yesterday I did something that I haven't in a long time,meditate. With a little bit of a cough and the sniffles I decided it was OK to take some down time and do the minimal things that I needed to without being anxious. "Yes" I cleared my head of all thoughts of what I "should be" doing and just was.

It was one of the best days ever! When you feel anxious, stuck in a rut or just plain over things, take a mental vacation. It takes strong discipline to do it, but if everyday could be like, not to mention feel like yesterday I would be on cloud nine, ten, eleven...

Thus meditation is Monday Motivation - I leave you with this now iconic image of Jon Hamm doing just that in the series finale of one of my favorite shows ever Mad Men. If you recall Hamm's character, Don Draper came up with the iconic Coke jingle during this zen moment....I'd like to teach the world to sing, indeed....

Now get to it, meditate peeps, Namaste!

Meditation on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Sinema: Waterworld

I actually went to the premiere of this at The Chinese Theater in Hollywood...
The most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, Waterworld has thrilled audiences through the years with its awe-inspiring action scenes, gargantuan maritime sets and ground-breaking special effects. A definitive post-apocalypse blockbuster, Waterworld stars Kevin Costner (The Untouchables) as The Mariner - a mutant trader, adrift in a dystopian future where Earth is submerged under water and humankind struggles to survive on boats and in ramshackle floating cities. The Mariner becomes embroiled with the Smokers, a gang of pirates who, led by villainous leader Deacon (Dennis Hopper, Blue Velvet), are seeking Enola (Tina Majorino, Napoleon Dynamite), a girl with a map to the mythical realm of "Dryland" tattooed on her back. Famous for both its epic scale and the controversy that swirled around its production, Waterworld is a key cult film of the 1990s, and an essential entry into the subgenre of ecologically-minded blockbusters. Presented here in an exclusive new restoration, in three different cuts, and with a wealth of extra material, this high-water mark of high-concept Hollywood can now be enjoyed as never before.

Bonus Materials

  • New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative by Arrow Films, presenting the film in three cuts
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 stereo audio options
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Six collector's postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, archival articles and original reviews
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the original theatrical cut
  • Maelstrom: The Odyssey of Waterworld, an all-new, feature-length making-of documentary including extensive cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes footage
  • Original archival featurette capturing the film's production
  • Global Warnings, film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically aware Hollywood blockbusters
  • Production and promotional stills gallery
  • Visual effects stills gallery
  • Original trailers and TV spots
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended US TV cut, which runs over 40 minutes longer than the theatrical cut
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the extended European 'Ulysses' cut, which includes censored shots and dialogue

Press Quotes

To say that this is a massive Blu-ray release, one that will surely give long-time fans reason to celebrate, is an understatement if ever there was one. Arrow Video's presentation exceeds all of my expectations and blows any home video release of the film completely out of the water. Highly recommended!
     —The Digital Bits

Order Here - https://mvdb2b.com/b2b/s/AV181 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Just Because...A Star Is Acknowledged

Hugging It Out
l-r
Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott & Lady Gaga
Just Because, it gave me all the feels, Just Because, hand print ceremonies are fun! & Just Because Sam Elliott is one hot Daddy - "Yep" you guessed it, it's this group hug moment from Sam's hand print ceremony at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Sam has had a long and steady career in Hollywood appearing in such films a Mask, The Big Lebowski & one of my personal favorites Lifeguard - Why you ask? Ummmmmm, Sam portrays a Lifeguard, meaning he is in swim trunks pretty much the whole movie. There that's why!

Thus being that he is great in a the supporting role of Bradley Cooper's older brother in one of the biggest films of the year A Star Is Born he was invited to make his prints immortal at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood along with other legends such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean & Elizabeth Taylor and many others.

"Yes" it is an "it's about time" moment for this veteran actor and a well deserved one.

Check out all the hand prints at the Chinese on Wikipedia at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grauman%27s_Chinese_Theatre_handprint_ceremonie

Friday, January 11, 2019

Directed By Margaret Cho

"Pretty Special"
Selene Luna
Photo:
Albert Sanchez
Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center Presents

SELENE LUNA:
PRETTY SPECIAL

WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE LITTLE PERSON STAND-UP COMEDY SPECIAL

Written and Performed by
SELENE LUNA

Directed by
MARGARET CHO
Special Appearance by
Margaret Cho

Additional Material by 
John Stapleton and Jackie Beat

FEBRUARY 2, 2019 AT 7 PM
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Village at Ed Gould Plaza
Renberg Theatre

Selene Luna: Pretty Special is a new one-hour stand-up comedy show featuring Luna’s original, biting and heartfelt perspective on being a little person, an atheist who’s afraid of ghosts and being married to a “normal-sized” man. This long-awaited show will be filmed live and will be the first-ever female little person stand-up comedy special.

Selene Luna: Pretty Special is conceived by long-time collaborators Selene Luna and John Stapleton, performed by Selene Luna, directed by Margaret Cho, written by Selene Luna, with additional material by John Stapleton and Jackie Beat.

Selene Luna: Pretty Special will be performed ONE NIGHT ONLY Saturday, February 2 at 7 pm at The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre. Tickets ($20) are now available ahttps://selene-luna-pretty-special.eventbrite.com.  Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s programs for homeless youth.

Selene Luna: Pretty Special is a tragically funny standup comedy special showcasing Luna’s sharp-witted outspoken style that is bracingly honest and demystifies stereotypes against people with disabilities. Called “a polished spitfire” by The New York Times, Selene Luna shines a spotlight on the little woman who keeps going despite the cards this BIG world has stacked against her. Luna interweaves the polarizing political and social climate with a funny and inspiring message, from her being blessed by local neighborhood homeless, to her terrifying near-death experience while having sex on memory foam, to illegal immigration.
Weeeeeeeeee!!!
Selene Luna
Photo:
Shawn Smith
When asked about the entertainment industry’s exploitation of portraying little people as leprechauns, elves, fantasy creatures, Selene says, “As much as I begrudge some gigs I’ve had to do for survival, playing a Christmas elf can actually be a pretty good gig.  I’d rather be an overpaid holiday clown than look for a straight job.”

After several national tours as MARGARET CHO’s opening act, Selene is thrilled her fellow comic cohort is directing her special. Margaret on working with Selene: “She has been a part of my life in many different capacities, but she is awesome, she is hilarious, she’s beautiful and as an entertainer, she’s so incredibly diverse, you know, culturally.  She’s a little person, she’s so unique, she’s so amazingly adept at bringing her perspective to the stage.”

Selene Luna, fresh off her role as the voice of Tía Rosita in Disney-Pixar’s Academy Award & Golden Globe Awards' Winner COCOis an established presence in Hollywood with multiple roles in movies and TV shows such as Celebrity Wife Swap, Lionsgate’s My Bloody Valentine 3D, and Margaret Cho’s The Cho Show, the disabled Mexican-American actress has also broken ground as a featured burlesque dancer in five national tours of the undisputed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese.  Luna’s most celebrated stand-up comedy credit has been opening for several of Margaret Cho’s national tours. Last year, Luna, successfully produced,DON'T LAUGH AT US! A "Special" Comedians Comedy Special, the first-ever standup comedy show featuring an all-disabled line-up.
- more –
This little spitfire will be telling it like it is in Pretty Special ‘cause let’s face it, she’s pretty special.
Visit:    https://seleneluna.com 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Michael's Musings

Join My Army
Michael Shinafelt
In what has got to be one of the most WTF weeks ever, I am here to enlist you to join my Army. From the random and weird Golden Globe ceremony to the dangerous random and weird rantings of a spoiled brat would be POS dictator B!tch Baby.

My Army is truth, care come along?

Lady Gaga won Best Actress from The National Board of Review - she will not be ignored HFPA!

The rantings of a lunatic, Donald Trump (I can't call him President, I didn't vote for this F#cking Sh!t) was shot down in the ratings by Nancy Pelosi - Bang, Bang MotherF@ker!

It's not like I can put the weenie back in the bottle

Start by telling me the earliest memory of your middle finger

FYI - I have had four boyfriends and Satan has hated them all

Instead of watching that POS bitch about his waaaaaaaaalll, I viewed Lindsay Lohan's Becah Club on MTV - a train wreck in many of the ways that you'd expect. Threat to the safety and well being of others...zero!!!

I'm a little bit Buddhist, I'm also a lot Rock-N-Roll

King Slut

D-List Euro Socialites - discuss


Giving Zero F#cks
Sarah Paulson & James McAvoy
Sarah Paulson is giving you everything you need today in this shot from the Glass premiere (with James McAvoy) in London.

Note to self: Why the Hell is R. Kelly not locked up???

What's a nice whore like you doing in Arizona?

Sometimes you feel like a twunt, sometimes you don't

Today is the mysterious anniversary of the day I buried my last F#ck 

Bury your last F#ck with me at -
https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/MShinafelt  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hump Day & Chill

I'm Sailing Away...
Gene Carter
When I was a young impressionable gay boy I remember being fascinated, no make that fixated on Playgirl Magazine. For the uninitiated Playgirl was a magazine featuring articles like Playboy, but unlike Playboy the nude photo spreads were of men, not women, showing the Full Monty.

I used to wonder about the guys who posed for those spreads. Who they really were and how they felt about the whole thing. Much to my delight while surfing Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things I came across quite a few follow-up interviews with former Playgirl models who have bared it all for the world to enjoy.

One interview in particular caught my interest, I think it had a lot to do with the model being straight as many models for Playgirl were gay men. It is from a layout done in 1975 with a then nineteen year old Gene Carter.

Gene did the chat with Tye in January of 2011 - it is a fascinating piece on a man in his 50's looking back on getting naked for an international magazine

So it's time for a retro Hump Day & Chill minions, click on the link below and get to it!

https://favoritehunks.blogspot.com/2011/01/1975.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

She Won't Be Ignored! Glenn Close

Shock & Awe
Glenn Close & Lady Gaga
While I have no issue with Glenn Close winning the Golden Globe for The Wife, it was needless to say quite the surprise. Let's face it the whole show was one random all over the place affair. Not your usual Globe ceremony, I mean the worst reviewed film in the Best Motion Picture Drama category, Bohemian Rhapsody won.  

It was truly surprising that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not crown Lady Gaga for her Movie Star making turn in A Star Is Born. She had the momentum and the film scored with audiences.

This being stated the win has sparked some entertaining memes & such, some of which I will share with you right here, right now. Of course Glenn Close uttering her famous line "I'm not going to be ignored, Dan" as Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction is among them...Enjoy! 






Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Motivation

One Mississippi
Matthew McConaughey
After the WTF event last night known as the Golden Globes I needed something "So Extra" for my Monday Motivation.

Thus I hereby bring unto you Matthew McConaughey jumping rope. "Yes" that's correct, jumping rope, it's not just something children do on the playground. In fact it's F#cking hard!

How do I know? My spin instructor @ Gold's Gym Hollywood for some reason known only to her makes me do it in class. Honestly you will burn more calories and tone up really quick doing what you thought was a lark as a kid. Trust as an adult you realize how hard it truly is and feel the burn.

Me? I am determined to master the art of the rope, I am like the little engine that could that's how hardcore I am pushing to get my jump rope macho on.

What's your Monday Motivation bitches?

"Birdie, birdie in the sky, Why'd ya do that in my eye? 
Birdie, birdie in the sky, Gee, I'm glad that cows don't fly"


Got rope? Well here are some songs to skip to -
https://buyjumpropes.net/resources/jump-rope-rhymes-songs-buyjumpropesnet/