January 26th, 2014

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Charles "Chinese" Gordon (January 28, 1833 – January 26, 1885)

Major-General Charles George Gordon, CB (28 January 1833 – 26 January 1885), also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator. In his foreign outposts Gordon surrounded himself with attractive male locals as servants and companions. Back in England he pursued more domestic interests with Lord Arthur Hamilton.

He saw action in the Crimean War as an officer in the British army, but he made his military reputation in China, where he was placed in command of the "Ever Victorious Army," a force of Chinese soldiers led by European officers. In the early 1860s, Gordon and his men were instrumental in putting down the Taiping Rebellion, regularly defeating much larger forces. For these accomplishments, he was given the nickname "Chinese" Gordon and honors from both the Emperor of China and the British.

He entered the service of the Khedive in 1873 (with British government approval) and later became the Governor-General of the Sudan, where he did much to suppress revolts and the slave trade. Exhausted, he resigned and returned to Europe in 1880.

Then a serious revolt broke out in the Sudan, led by a Muslim reformer and self-proclaimed Mahdi, Muhammad Ahmad. Gordon was sent to Khartoum with instructions to secure the evacuation of loyal soldiers and civilians, and depart with them. After evacuating about 2,500 British civilians he retained a smaller group of soldiers and non-military men. As an ardent Christian evangelist he was determined to stand up to the Mahdi, his Muslim nemesis. In the build up to battle the two leaders corresponded attempting to convert the other to their respective faiths, but neither would comply. Besieged by the Mahdi's forces, Gordon organized a city-wide defense lasting almost a year that gained him the admiration of the British public, though not the government, which had not wished to become involved (as Gordon had known before setting out). Only when public pressure to act had become too great was a relief force reluctantly sent. It arrived two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been beheaded.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_George_Gordon

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Frank Santo (October 3, 1943 - January 26, 1992)

Frank Santo (October 3, 1943, Brooklyn, New York - January 26, 1992, New York, New York) held positions at the Church of Our Lady of Peace in Brooklyn and the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Manhattan before becoming director of music in 1981 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles in New York, a position he held until his death in 1992. He was an active member of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving on its executive board at the time of his death, and was a longtime member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. (P: Photo: courtesy Rev. William A. Greenlawn)

Although he was very ill with AIDS by April 1990 when the historic Casavant organ at Holy Apostles was destroyed in a fire, Santo headed the committee to find a new organ for the restored church, and was instrumental in the decision to sign a contract with Rosales Organ Builders for a 32-stop mechanical-action organ.

He composed numerous sacred choral pieces, including many short antiphons, hymn descants and other liturgical items, anthems and motets. David Hurd, the present Music Director at Holy Apostles, has written that "his music is modern and demanding, both of singers and hearers, and gives great presence to the liturgy." Among Santo's extended works are a Passion According to St. John and the Three Tenebrae Responsoria, written in 1985 and dedicated "to all those who have died of AIDS." That year marked the beginning of a tradition he established at Holy Apostles of holding a Tenebrae service each year on Holy Wednesday, in memory of AIDS victims. The 1992 Tenebrae service at the Church of the Holy Apostles was dedicated to Santo's memory.

The following remarks are drawn from a sermon given by the Reverend William A. Greenlaw, Rector of Holy Apostles, at a memorial service for Santo held in February 1992 at St. Luke in the Fields in New York:

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Source: www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/santo.html

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Catherine O’Brien & Glenda Griswold

Peas 'N' Pod was established in 1996 by business partners Catherine O'Brien and Glenda Griswold. Both have extensive backgrounds in the catering business and have served the needs of many discerning clients.

Catherine O'Brien received her formal chef's training and earned her Culinary Degree with high honors from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. Some of Catherine's 25 years of experience include Executive Chef of the University Club in Baltimore, Maryland, Chef Garde Manger at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida and Corporate Catering Chef for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Glenda Griswold brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to Peas ‘n Pod. Her credentials include In-House Catering Director at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and General Manager of several fine dining establishments along the eastern seaboard. Her experience includes professional interior design, and her elegant sense of style is evident in every Peas ‘n Pod engagement.

TerraCotta Wine Bistro is a smart casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This unique Santa Fe restaurant features globally -inspired food, wine and beer, utilizing local and regional foods. The ambiance is inviting, informal, up-beat, and just plain fun – great for intimate or large gatherings. Best of all, we are moderately priced.

TerraCotta is the inspiration of Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold. Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold have often been encouraged by their many catering customers to open a restaurant so that more people could enjoy their unique style of food and presentation. In true Santa Fe tradition, the ‘stars aligned’ and the timing, location and concept for TerraCotta Wine Bistro all came together. Given their collective and successful 75 years in the food service business, along with their passion for traveling around the world enjoying interesting foods, good local wines and fun people, this bistro emerged as a natural progression.


Peas 'N' Pod, a catering business, was established in 1996 by business partners Catherine O'Brien and Glenda Griswold. Both have extensive backgrounds in the catering business and have served the needs of many discerning clients. Their new venture, TerraCotta Wine Bistro, is a smart moderately priced casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

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Source: www.cateringsantafe.com/aboutpnp.htm & terracottawinebistro.com/about-terracotta/

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Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 - January 26, 1996)

Harold Brodkey, born Aaron Roy Weintraub (October 25, 1930 born in Staunton, Illinois – January 26, 1996 Manhattan) was an American writer, and novelist.

Brodkey was raised in University City, Missouri outside St. Louis. After graduating from Harvard University in 1952, Brodkey began his writing career by contributing short stories to The New Yorker and other magazines. His stories have won him two first-place O. Henry Awards. In 1993 Brodkey announced in The New Yorker that he had contracted AIDS. He later wrote This Wild Darkness about his battle with the disease. At the time of his death in 1996, he was living in New York City with his wife, novelist Ellen Brodkey (née Ellen Schwamm). When marrying, Harold Brodkey practically denied his past, and with that Charile Yordy, who was his in-live lover until 1975, and who later died of AIDS as well, and Doug Gruenau, his lover until 1980 (and for a period in a menages a trois with Charlie, they were all living together in a big West Side apartment), who moved out Harold's life to find a new serious partner. Doug Gruenau, who taught biology in a private school, is also the author of a photographic book, Bison: Distant Thunder (1995) and some of his photos appear in Garden, by the Garden Society of New York City (1977) (http://www.douglasgruenauphotography.com/)

Brodkey is most famous for his long-awaited novel A Party of Animals, which was eventually published (perhaps only in part) as The Runaway Soul (1991).

He died of complication of AIDS.

Brodkey's career began promisingly with the short story collection First Love and Other Sorrows, which received widespread critical praise at the time of its 1958 publication. Soon thereafter, in 1964, Brodkey signed a book contract with Random House for his first novel, titled A Party of Animals (it was also referred to as The Animal Corner). The unfinished novel was subsequently resold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1970, and later to Knopf in 1979. During this period, Brodkey published a number of stories, most of them in the New Yorker, that dealt with a set of recurring characters—the evidently autobiographical Wiley Silenowicz and his adoptive family—and which were announced as fragments of the novel. His editor at Knopf, Gordon Lish, called the novel in progress "the one necessary American narrative work of this century." Literary critic Harold Bloom declared "If he's ever able to solve his publishing problems, he'll be seen as one of the great writers of his day."

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Brodkey

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Lance Mulcahy & Desmond Heeley

Lance Mulcahy (April 17, 1931, Sydney, Australia - January 26, 1995, New York, New York) was a Broadway and Musical Theatre composer and a Composer-in-Residence with Center Stage Theater of Baltimore. His archives are with Desmond Heeley, his companion, and they are pledged to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. (P: Desmond Heeley)

Among his musicals, Keystone was inspired by silent film and provided an inspiration for Jerry Herman's contemporaneous and more successful Mack & Mabel.

His musical Shakespeare's Cabaret, one of three works based on the Bard, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1981.

Desmond Heeley has designed settings and costumes for famous companies and institutions worldwide. His legendary work has been lauded at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, England's National Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, the Vienna State Opera, Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theater and La Scala, Milan, designing for such renowned names as Lord Laurence Olivier, playwright Tom Stoppard, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vivien Leigh, Kiri Te Kanawa, Margot Fonteyn, Beverly Sills and Gian Carlo Menotti. For Tiffany & Co., Desmond Heeley has designed Christmas tableaux and a series of memorable windows starring great queens and empresses throughout history. He was professor of design at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU and has taught and lectured on stage and costume design at universities in the United States, Canada and England. He is the inaugural recipient of the Theatre Development Fund's prestigious Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. Desmond Heeley's acclaimed association with Brian Bedford at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre includes productions of Titus Andronicus, Amadeus and the comedy London Assurance. He won the 2011 Tony Awards for Costume Design of The Importance of Being Earnest.



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Source: www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/mulcahy.html

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Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944)

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interests; she is the founder of "Critical Resistance", an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.

Her research interests are in feminism, African American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan's request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. She was tried and acquitted of suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers' August 1970 abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County, California. She was twice a candidate for Vice President on the Communist Party USA ticket during the 1980s.

She came out as a lesbian in a 1997 interview in Out magazine. She has written a number of books, including an autobiography, Women, Race and Class, and Women, Culture and Politics.



Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Davis

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David Carter

David Carter is a freelance writer and editor who lives in New York City's Greenwich Village.

David Carter presents information indicating that the Mafia owners of the Stonewall and the manager were blackmailing wealthier customers, particularly those who worked in the Financial District. They appeared to be making more money from extortion than they were from liquor sales in the bar. Carter deduces that when the police were unable to receive kickbacks from blackmail and the theft of negotiable bonds (facilitated by pressuring gay Wall Street customers), they decided to close the Stonewall Inn permanently.

David Carter, in his article “What made Stonewall different,” explained that even though there were several uprisings before Stonewall, the reason why Stonewall was so historical was because thousands of people were involved, the riot lasted a long time (six days), it was the first to get major media coverage, and it sparked the formation of many gay’s rights groups.

The riots spawned from a bar raid became a literal example of gays and lesbians fighting back, and a symbolic call to arms for many people. Historian David Carter remarks in his book about the Stonewall riots that the bar itself was a complex business that represented a community center, an opportunity for the Mafia to blackmail its own customers, a home, and a place of "exploitation and degradation". The true legacy of the Stonewall riots, Carter insists, is the "ongoing struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality".

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots

Further Readings:

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Media Tie-In, New Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312671938
ASIN: B006TQV46I
Amazon: Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
Amazon Kindle: Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution

"Riveting...Not only the definitive examination of the riots but an absorbing history of pre-Stonewall America, and how the oppression and pent-up rage of those years finally ignited on a hot New York night." - Boston Globe

In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, Stonewall brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events.

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It Happened Today: January 26

Alfred Lynch & James Culliford: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3977779.html

Alfred Lynch was an actor on stage, film and television. Around 1953 he attended theatre acting evening classes, at which he met his life partner, James Culliford. Jimmy Culliford suffered a stroke in 1972, after which he and Alfie moved from London to Brighton, where, until Jimmy's death in 2002, Alfie put aside his career to look after him. It was the central relationship of Alfie's life. Despite little adventures, which included a fling with Nureyev, it was to Jimmy that he always returned.

Andrea Bramhall (born January 26, 1979): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4154443.html

A Stockport native Andrea Bramhall took her life in her hands and crossed the great N/S divide and now lives in Norfolk with her partner, their 2 border collies, and 2 and 1/2 cats (one isn’t sure if she wants to be theirs anymore as the lady down the street feeds her Whiskas rather than whatever is on offer at the supermarket, like they do!). Andrea spends her time running their campsite and hostel, and scribbling down stories. Ladyfish won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Debut, 2nd place.

Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3434105.html

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, & author. She emerged as a nationally prominent activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. She came out as a lesbian in a 1997 interview in Out magazine. She has written a number of books, including an autobiography, Women, Race and Class, and Women, Culture and Politics.

Catherine O’Brien & Glenda Griswold: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4153642.html

Peas 'N' Pod, a catering business, was established in 1996 by business partners Catherine O'Brien and Glenda Griswold. Both have extensive backgrounds in the catering business and have served the needs of many discerning clients. Their new venture, TerraCotta Wine Bistro, is a smart moderately priced casual food and wine restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a charming 19th century adobe building near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Charles "Chinese" Gordon (January 28, 1833 – January 26, 1885): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3434304.html

Major-General Charles George Gordon, CB (1833 – 1885), also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator. In his foreign outposts Gordon surrounded himself with attractive male locals as servants and companions. Back in England he pursued more domestic interests with Lord Arthur Hamilton. The manner of his death is uncertain but it was romanticized in a popular painting by George William Joy - General Gordon's Last Stand (1885)

David Carter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4154865.html

David Carter is a freelance writer who lives in NYC's Greenwich Village. In Stonewall, Carter presents information indicating that the Mafia owners of the Stonewall and the manager were blackmailing wealthier customers, particularly those who worked in the Financial District. "Riveting...Not only the definitive examination of the riots but an absorbing history of pre-Stonewall America, and how the oppression and pent-up rage of those years finally ignited on a hot New York night." - Boston Globe

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3434514.html

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, television host and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi. They became engaged when DeGeneres proposed with a 3-carat diamond ring. They were married at their Beverly Hills home on 16 August 2008 (during the brief window wherein same-sex marriage was legal in California), witnessed by their mothers and 19 other guests.

Fernand Legros & Real Lessard: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3541056.html

Fernand Legros (1931 - 1983) was an art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory. In the 50s Legros and de Hory traveled all over the US and sold De Hory's paintings to galleries. Legros kept most of the profits without telling De Hory. Legros also befriended French-Canadian Real Lessard and they began an uneven relationship. Legros occasionally accused Lessard of infidelity, although he himself slept with other men. Legros died of throat cancer.

Frank Santo (October 3, 1943 - January 26, 1992): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4153515.html

Frank Santo held positions at the Church of Our Lady of Peace in Brooklyn and the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Manhattan before becoming director of music in 1981 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles in New York, a position he held until his death in 1992. He was an active member of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving on its executive board at the time of his death, and was a longtime member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.

Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 - January 26, 1996): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3433591.html

Harold Brodkey, born Aaron Roy Weintraub (October 25, 1930 – January 26, 1996 Manhattan) was an American writer, and novelist. Brodkey's career began promisingly with the short story collection First Love and Other Sorrows, which received widespread critical praise at the time of its 1958 publication. Brodkey is most famous for his long-awaited novel A Party of Animals, which was eventually published (perhaps only in part) as The Runaway Soul (1991). He died of complication of AIDS.

Lance Mulcahy & Desmond Heeley: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4153891.html

Lance Mulcahy (April 17, 1931 - January 26, 1995) was a Broadway and Musical Theatre composer and a Composer-in-Residence with Center Stage Theater of Baltimore. His archives are with Desmond Heeley, his companion, and they are pledged to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Desmond Heeley has designed settings and costumes for famous companies and institutions worldwide. He won the 2011 Tony Awards for Costume Design of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Cholodenko: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4154120.html

Wendy Melvoin is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Prince as part of his backing band The Revolution, and for her collaboration with Lisa Coleman as one half of the duo Wendy & Lisa. She is in a relationship with musician Lisa Cholodenko, met in 2002. Cholodenko gave birth to their son, Calder, by way of an anonymous sperm donor. Melvoin and Coleman were awarded with an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title in 2010 for their theme to Nurse Jackie.

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Mr Right and Mr Wrong by Grigory Ryzhakov

There are various reasons why I enjoyed this cute novels: it reminded me a lot of The Bridget Jones diaries, and I admit, I was a fan of that series; it was quite romantic, up until the unexpected happily ever after; and there was Kurt, the gay best friend of Chloe, always giving the right advice to his girl friend, arriving even to test the potential boyfriends to be sure they are not gays. Of course it wasn’t strange that between Trish, her other best girl friend, and Kurt, Chloe wasn’t hiding a preference for Kurt. Now, the story wasn’t about Kurt, even if he has an important role in the plot, and I’m all to suggest the author to write also Kurt’s story.

Chloe is managing her life as post-graduate student and two men, Terrence and Blake, both of them met the same day, after a long period of abstinence; of course, no one with their sane head will suggest her to ditch one man in favor of the other, not before testing them as possible Mr Right; Terrence is kind, well-behaved and with a steady job in financial services; Blake is cute, energetic and works part-time as DJ… the choice is obvious, isn’t it? You do remember Bridget Jones’s lesson, don’t you? Colin Firt is always the right choice… or not?

The tone of the novel was light, the mood funny but not extremely sexy: this isn’t at all an erotic romance, it was more a romantic comedy. Good choice to spend a few hours without tragedy and with a smile on your face.

Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1490417044
ISBN-13: 978-1490417042
Amazon: Mr Right and Mr Wrong (a romantic comedy)
Amazon Kindle: Mr Right and Mr Wrong (a romantic comedy)

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