Archive for February, 2012

PEACE Out, Prop 8!!!

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Patrick Fromuth No Comments

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect,
other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gay men and lesbians in California.”

Proposition 8 is struck down in California! Sad that the appeals process means that there is no actual change as of yet, but things are moving in a direction towards equality! 

‎”By withdrawing the availability of the recognized designation of ‘marriage,’ Proposition 8 enacts nothing more or less than a judgment about the worth and dignity of gays and lesbians as a class. Just as a desire to harm cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest, neither can a more basic disapproval of a class of people. The issue is whether the majority may use the power of the State to enforce these views on the whole society through a law that abridges minority individuals’ rights. It may not.” — United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

To read more check out the New York times article about the court ruling: HERE

Prop 8 out on the curb on February 8th: Kismet.

 

Anthem Off

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by Patrick Fromuth 1 Comment

The National Anthem is at the very core of our American patriotism. I know that I judge performers (especially during the Super Bowl, which is peculiarly fused with patriotism) for their rendition and choices for Liberty’s beloved song. Some people go WAY too far – *COUGH*Christina*COUGH* while others sing it plain and simple. For me, I like keeping it true blue with a couple of vocal pyrotechnics to match the accompanying red, white and blue fireworks. Here is this year’s Super Bowl National Anthem and the other versions that I adore.

Kelly: XLVII

Does Clarkson’s Measure up to the other Greats?! Who are your favorites? This is my line up. 

Whitney: XXV
In my opinion Whitney’s Star Spangled Banner has no equal

She brought the house – and Nation – down with her jaw-dropping rendition. Her pacing and restraint leave you begging for the power she delivers a hundred fold at the end.  For once in my life I am able to watch a HUGE Diva do it up right. From her outfit, to her ease, and heartfelt, honest emotion. You can tell that she was not doing this for herself, for her career, but for the soldiers and their families that were affected by the war. This is the true definition of a TRUE DIVA. Sharing EVERYTHING she had; selflessly giving it her all for the people…not for herself. This performance is considered one of the best TV moments in American history. I agree. I still get chills (even after doing my research and watching all of the versions and more to put up this blog. From gathering herself for the important this honor and undertaking in the beginning, to her welcoming wave, all the way to her final triumphant gestures on “Brave” Whitney Houston is an American Diva in its Purest form. Take note. 

Beyonce: XXXVIII - Note 1:22…I Die.

J-Hud: XLIII

Mariah: XXXVI – 1:36?! Sure.

Faith Hill: XXXIV

Christina: XLV - Wait for the end…Missy THROWS. Down.

God Bless America

Spend the night at…………. Jackson Heights 3AM

Posted on: February 4th, 2012 by Marken Greenwood No Comments

So, you’re sick of the city and you need to take a little vacay, but you have work tomorrow and about 30 bucks to spend.  Perfect.  Take a trip to the Queens Theatre this weekend to walk the boardwalk, discover an unknown landmark, and see an awesome piece of homegrown theatre.

I will admit this is a bit of a plug, but it isn’t shameless I swear!  I made the trip out to see the show because my good friend Alex Kip plays Sam, a rookie cop working all night in the madcap world of after-hours Queens.  I went with my friend Liz from California on her last night in New York.  We were both blown away by the quality of the performances showcased by the snappy wit and surprising emotion of the script.

The format of the play compares to the movie “Crash” which characterized LA through a series of intertwining, charged vignettes.   However, there are a couple of distinct differences here besides the location.  These scenes contain a lot more humor and were written by seven different playwrights working together to represent the distinct voices of the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world.

If that doesn’t sound interesting enough, the walk to the theatre should clinch it.  You debark from the 7 train at Willets Point (where you’d go to see the Mets) and instead of taking the free shuttle to the theatre (which you can take back after of the show), you walk along the boardwalk towards the old World’s Fair Grounds (don’t you wish we still had that?  swore…).  Soon you’ll get to the most amazing landmark EVER!  Not kidding, it’s pretty damn cool.  I don’t want to tell you what it is, but here’s a hint.

Oh, and stop for some yummy Thai in Sunnyside on your way.  It’ll still fit within you’re $30 budget.  Everything’s so cheap in Queens, it feels like a third world country.  So, just be adventurous, make a night of it and go see “Jackson Heights 3AM!”

Tonight!
Saturday, 8:00pm or Sunday 3:00pm

Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave South
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

Tickets – $18 (Free for Equity Members)