Sunday, August 9, 2015

SENSE8 Renewed for a Second Season

Today I was thrilled to find out the Netflix original series, Sense8, has been renewed for a second season.

When you jump to this post on the blog, you can read my review of Sense8. I love the series. My review is the most Twitter-engaged blog post I've made to date.



Be sure to follow the series on Twitter for updates from the cast and creators.

Friday, July 24, 2015

SK and Calla Cover Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Twitter is amazing.

That's how I met SK. I really enjoy the cover he and Calla (aka Brandon Calladine) do together of Sam Smith's smash hit, "Stay With Me."



This video was shot while SK was visiting Calla in Perth, Australia. Be sure to follow SK and Calla on Twitter.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

David Guetta on the Cover of the California Golden Bear Issue of 360 Magazine

Volume 22 of 360 Magazine is now available at Magzter and Blurb!

Known as the California Golden Bear issue, it features David Guetta, Hilary Duff, Bastille, Clean Bandit, Mr. Probz, Bebe Rexha, Kidnap Kid, Disclosure, the World of Speed motorsports museum, and much more.



In this issue, David Guetta discusses the effect house music has had on his career and life, his upcoming release on his label, Jack Back Records, and why he is working with Yoko Ono on the UNICEF campaign #IMAGINE.

The official video to his song, "Hey Mama," features Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FEARLESS: PORTRAITS OF LGBT STUDENT ATHLETES by Jeff Sheng

Now available here for $39.50 is Jeff Sheng's hardcover photo book, FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes.


From 2003 to 2015, Sheng photographed 202 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school and college athletes in the United States and Canada. He says he began this book as a self-exploration of his identity as a closeted high school athlete in the 1990's. Accompanying many of the images are intimate essays written by the out athletes.

The afterword is by retired professional NBA basketball player, Jason Collins.

The 316-page book offers eight covers to choose from. Be sure to visit fearlessbookstore.com to see them all, read excerpts by the athletes, and purchase this book.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SUPERGIRL

If you're a fan of this blog, you know I love female leads in film and television. I can't get enough, especially after the departure of Buffy and Veronica Mars, so you know this trailer for CBS's new series, Supergirl, made my day.

I'm looking forward to watching Melissa Benoist bring alive Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El–and Calista Flockhart play her tough-as-nails boss.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SENSE8 Review

I'd seen the preview for Netflix's 12-part Sense8 and, intrigued, began watching it June 5, 2015, when all 12 episodes dropped at once.



Created and written by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix franchise) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), it stars Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Jamie Clayton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith and Tina Desai, as 8 people in different parts of the world whose lives are transformed when they begin to share their consciousness with one another.

Sense8 is a paranormal, erotic thriller. As noted by critics, the story begins slowly, mysteriously and isn't quick to reveal itself. But when the 12th episode ended, I was absolutely stunned. Sense8 has a huge cast spanning the globe. It is beautifully shot. It is the most glorious television show I've ever seen.

4 of the 8 people who together become "a cluster" are male, the other 4 female. They are straight, gay, transsexual and, maybe even, bisexual. The women are equally strong and important as the men. There are even wonderful shout-outs to Diana Prince and Nancy Drew. (One thrilling episode is titled "W.W.N. Double D?" or "What Would Nancy Drew Do?") The 8 main characters are connected on a profoundly emotional level–Imagine if you and someone else suddenly knew and felt everything the other had experienced and was experiencing during your entire lives. Yes, I mean everything.

A Nancy Drew moment occurs at Atlas Cafe, near where I work.

There are stereotypes–a Mexican film action hero living a soap-operatic double life; a righteous South Korean martial-arts champion; a world-class computer hacker living in San Francisco–but these stereotypes are adroitly upended, as the emotional lives of the characters are explored in rich detail to reveal each individual as wholly unique.

When the sinister consequences of the cluster become clear, it is also evident that each of the 8 is important for being uniquely themselves, for it is the strengths and knowledge each has accumulated over their individual life journey that now protect and enhance the lives of the others in the cluster.

I won't reveal plot points–It's a thriller, after all, so the action sequences are enthralling!–but I will note a moment that beautifully sums up Sense8: One of the 8 becomes lost in the annual, massive festival celebrating a god. A child takes their hand and says, "Come. This way. Come," leading the way through the jubilant crowd to a statue of the god. The child then shows the way inside and up into the statue's papier-mâché head so that the main character can peer through its eyeholes to see the revelry as the god's statue sees: unfolding forever is the interconnected, unstoppable, glorious magnificence of life.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Jean Cocteau at Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art from May 16 to July 26, 2015

As I note in this post on the blog, Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete is my all-time favorite film. So, it must be no surprise I was thrilled to find out several drawings by Cocteau are on exhibit at Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art from May 16 to July 26, 2015.



Some are pornographic in nature.

All are exquisite.

"Untitled" pencil on vellum, ca.1950's

"Essais pour l'affiche du Festival de Musique de Menton, 1956"

"Je me souviens de l'avenir." Venise 1956
"Venise 1956 II"1956

Lithograph includes Portrait of Jean Cocteau by Picasso dated 1916

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fifth Harmony on the Cover of the Black Wolf Issue of 360 Magazine

Volume 21 of 360 Magazine is now available at Magzter and Blurb!

Known as the Black Wolf issue, it features Fifth Harmony, Cody Simpson, The Janoskians, Neena Patel Williams, Lus Sahagun's "Escombros," Jason Dussault, and much more.


Fifth Harmony is Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Hamilton and Ally Brooke Hernandez.  Ally Brooke Hernandez discusses their hit debut album, Reflection, what it was like to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, the 5H girls' philanthropic work, life on tour, and what's next for the 5H girls.

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Just Breathe" by Pearl Jam at Live At Austin City Limits

Pearl Jam performs "Just Breathe," which is the second single from their album, Backspacer, live at Austin City Limits in 2009.


It's one of my favorite songs sung by Eddie Vedder.

"Just Breathe" is available on iTunes, Amazon, and in the Pearl Jam shop.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Steve Grand's debut album, ALL AMERICAN BOY

Independent artist and openly gay singer-songwriter Steve Grand released his debut album, All American Boy, on March 29, 2014.



The album topped out at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, No. 27 on Top Album Sales and No. 3 on Independent Albums. It continues to sell well.

The video to the single, "Time," was released to coincide with the album release.



When you jump to this post on the blog, you can read about his record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. And when you go here, you can see his self-funded music video, "All American Boy," which went viral.