February 24th, 2014

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Jennie Livingston (born February 24, 1962)

Jennie Livingston (born February 24, 1962) is an American director best known for the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning.

Livingston was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Los Angeles where she attended Beverly Hills High School. She graduated from Yale University in 1983, where she studied photography, drawing, and painting with a minor in English Literature. Livingston is the niece of the late film director Alan J. Pakula, who initially warned her away from film directing, but later proved encouraging. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Livingston's documentary about a New York gay and transgender Black and Latino ball culture won the 1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and was a key film both in the emerging American independent film movement and in the nascent New Queer Cinema. Paris is Burning was one of Miramax Films' earliest successes, and helped pave the way for a current crop of commercially successful documentary films. It was one of the best films of 1991 according to The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and NPR; New York Magazine, in its 2008 40th anniversary edition, called it one of the most influential cultural works to come out of New York City in 40 years.

Two of Livingston's short films, "Hotheads" and "Who's the Top?," explore queer topics: Hotheads, a 1993 documentary created through the AIDS research-friendly Red Hot Organization, explores two comedians' responses to violence against women: cartoonist Diane Dimassa, and writer/performer Reno. Hotheads was shown on MTV and KQED and released on Polygram Video as part of Red Hot's "No Alternative" compilation.

Who's the Top?, Livingston's first dramatic film, a 22 minute long short film, premiered at Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, and stars Marin Hinkle, Shelly Mars, and Steve Buscemi. The film, a lesbian sex comedy with musical numbers, also features 24 Broadway dancers choreographed by Broadway choreographer John Carrafa in the manner of Busby Berkeley. The film screened at over 150 film festivals on nearly every continent, including theatrical runs at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.


Jennie Livingston, director of "Paris Is Burning" and the new film "Who's The Top?" with Laura Teodosio, producer of "Top," at Outfest in June of 2005. Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

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

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John Wilson (1928 - February 24, 1992)

John Wilson (1928 - February 24, 1992) was a Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Teacher, Composer, Pianist, Actor. He had a Degree in music and languages from Pomona College. He studied dance in New York with Katherine Dunham and at The Juilliard School, and Eurhythmics Training at the Dalcroze Institute, Geneva. He was a Founding member of The Joffrey Ballet (1956-1964) and Member of Harkness Ballet (1964-?). He and Brunilda Ruiz had one daughter, Mhari. (Picture: THE JOFFREY BALLET: Clockwise from top, Glen Tetley, Dianne Consoer, Gerald Arpino (dancer and co-founder), Brunilda Ruiz, Robert Joffrey (co-founder), John Wilson and, center, Beatrice Tompkins were originals)

John Wilson performed, created and taught dance and music, and directed theater and opera productions.

He studied the Dada Surrealist movement and its influences on contemporary theater, and founded the New York-based company DaDaNewYork in 1986. He presented lecture demonstrations on Dada theater across the U.S. in 1990 and 1991. Wilson also presented Dadaist performances at Vassar College, at Dixon Place, Performance Space 122 and the Knitting Factory in New York, and in theaters in France and Germany.

He performed with his own dance group and with the companies of Joyce Trisler, Pearl Lang, Anna Sokolow and Valerie Bettis, the Juilliard Dance Theater and Kei Takei's Moving Earth company, and worked as an actor with Jean Erdman's Theater of the Open Eye.

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Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/music/catalogue/wilson.html

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Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990)

Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Extremely popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor of what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage personality. (Picture: Johnnie Ray in 1969, as best man at Judy Garland's wedding, by Allan Warren)

In a 1986 interview Ray recalled, "I've screwed my way around the world eight times over, minimum. That's sex. "Love" is another giant word. I've scared off my share of nice guys. Anyway, nice guys don't gravitate to guys like me, guys who're famous."

The publication, British Hit Singles & Albums, noted that Ray was "a sensation in the 1950s, the heart-wrenching vocal delivery of the 'Cry Guy' ... influenced many acts including Elvis and was the prime target for teen hysteria in the pre-Presley days".

John Alvin Ray was born in Dallas, Oregon, spending part of his childhood on a farm, lived in Dallas, Polk County, Oregon, with parents Elmer and Hazel Ray and older sister Elma Ray, and attended grade school there, eventually moving to Portland, Oregon, where he attended high school. Ray was not of Native American origin: it was rumored that his great-grandmother was a full-blooded Blackfoot Indian, but in a response to a reporter questioning his heritage in 1952, Ray, puzzled, looked down at his shoes and said "Blackfoot". His great-grandfather was Oregon pioneer George Kirby Gay of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England.

He became deaf in his right ear at age 13 after an accident during a Boy Scout "blanket toss," a variation of the trampoline. (Ray later performed wearing a hearing aid. Surgery performed in New York in 1958 left him almost completely deaf in both ears, although hearing aids helped his condition.)

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Kim Baldwin (born February 24)

Kim Baldwin has published twelve novels and six short stories with Bold Strokes Books. Her latest release is Demons are Forever, the fifth book in the Elite Operatives Series. Next up is The Gemini Deception (March 2013). Her work has been translated into Dutch, Russian, and Spanish, and she narrated an audiobook version of her novel Breaking the Ice, available from dogearaudio.com

Dying to Live won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award, a 2012 Golden Crown Literary Society Award, and a Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award. Breaking the Ice won a 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award, the Silver Medal in the Romance Category, and First Place, Contemporary Fiction in the 2011 Rainbow Awards for Excellence, awarded by the GLBT Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.It also won a 2010 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award. Missing Lynx was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, won a 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society Award, two 2011 Lesbian Fiction Reader's Choice Awards, and Honorable Mention in the 2010 GLBT Rainbow Awards. Thief of Always won a 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society Award and two 2010 Lesbian Fiction Readers' Choice Awards.Three other novels have won Lesbian Fiction Readers' Choice Awards, six have been finalists for Golden Crown Literary Society Awards, and one was voted second Favorite International Fiction Book by Dutch readers. Kim is also a 2008 recipient of an Alice B. Readers Appreciation Award for her body of work.

After 20 years as a network news journalist, she returned to her home state of Michigan to live in a cabin in the woods, but she keeps her passport and camera handy to hit the road whenever possible.

Further Readings:

The Gemini Deception (The Elite Operatives) by Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou
Series: The Elite Operatives
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (April 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602828679
ISBN-13: 978-1602828674
Amazon: The Gemini Deception (The Elite Operatives)
Amazon Kindle: The Gemini Deception (The Elite Operatives)

Agent Harper “Shield” Kennedy’s specialty within the Elite Operatives Organization is security, although she’s long lost any gratification from babysitting most VIPs. However, her new assignment—to safeguard the U.S. president—will prove to be the biggest challenge of her career. Shield’s mission to protect the first female chief executive is complicated by threats to her own life when she begins to question the president’s orders.

Loner Ryden Wagner is content with her life as a florist until she becomes a pawn in a political deception involving the highest office in the land. Trapped in a dangerous game where one false move could cost Ryden her life, she has to rely solely on the president’s new bodyguard.

As an attraction between the two women grows, so does the urgency for answers, but will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

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Malcolm Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990)

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes.

Forbes was born in Brooklyn, on August 19, 1919, the son of Adelaide (Stevenson) and Scottish-born financial journalist and author B. C. Forbes. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School and Princeton University.

After dabbling in politics, including service in the New Jersey Senate from 1951 to 1957 and candidacy for Governor of New Jersey, he committed to the magazine full-time by 1957, three years after his father's death. After the death of his brother Bruce Charles Forbes in 1964, he acquired sole control of the company.

The magazine grew steadily under his leadership, and he diversified into real estate sales and other ventures. One of his last projects was the magazine Egg, which chronicled New York's nightlife. (The title had nothing to do with Forbes's famous Fabergé egg collection.)

Malcolm Forbes had a lavish lifestyle, his private Capitalist Tool Boeing 727 trijet, ever larger Highlander yachts, huge art collection, substantial collection of Harley-Davidson motorbikes, his French Chateau (near Bayeux, Normandy, in Balleroy), his collections of special shape hot air balloons and historical documents, as well as his opulent birthday parties. Additionally in the mid-1960s he was a fixture at NYC's famous Cat Club on Wednesday nights, supporting local musical talents.

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It Happened Today: February 24

Ashley MacIsaac & Andrew Stokes: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4220604.html

Ashley MacIsaac is a Canadian professional fiddler from Cape Breton Island. He has received three Juno Awards: for Best New Solo Artist, for Best Instrumental Artist, and for Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo. His Hi™ How Are You Today? was a double-platinum selling. MacIsaac published an autobiography, Fiddling with Disaster in 2003. In 2007, MacIsaac married his current husband, Andrew Stokes. They got married in the early hours of Sunday morning on stage during an East Coast Music Awards.

Jaymi Hensley & Olly Marmon: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4220728.html

Jaymi Hensley was one of the three original members of Triple J. Hensley is openly gay and has been in a relationship with Olly Marmon for four years. He proposed to Marmon back in 2010 and will be getting married in December 2014 "I spoke to Louis Walsh about this and he said, ‘put it this way, both of my big boy bands had a gay member in them.’ So he said it fits the formula quite well! Every boy band has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Jennie Livingston (born February 24, 1962): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3475128.html

Jennie Livingston is an American director best known for the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Livingston's documentary about a New York gay and transgender Black and Latino ball culture won the 1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and was a key film both in the emerging American independent film movement and in the nascent New Queer Cinema. Paris is Burning was one of Miramax Films' earliest successes, and helped pave the way for a current crop of commercially successful documentary films.

John Wilson (1928 - February 24, 1992): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3474741.html

John Wilson (1928 - February 24, 1992) was a Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Teacher, Composer, Pianist, Actor. He had a Degree in music and languages from Pomona College. He studied dance in New York with Katherine Dunham and at The Juilliard School, and Eurhythmics Training at the Dalcroze Institute, Geneva. He was a Founding member of The Joffrey Ballet (1956-1964) and Member of Harkness Ballet (1964). He and Brunilda Ruiz, fellow dancer at The Joffrey Ballet, had one daughter, Mhari.

Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3475321.html

Johnnie Ray was an American singer and songwriter. Very popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor of what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage personality. In a 1986 interview Ray recalled, "I've screwed my way around the world eight times over, minimum. That's sex. "Love" is another giant word. I've scared off my share of nice guys. Anyway, nice guys don't gravitate to guys like me, guys who're famous"

Judith Butler & Wendy Brown: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3081562.html

Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist philosopher, who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics. She is a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley. Butler currently lives with her partner, the political scientist Wendy Brown, and their son. Brown followed Butler when she joined U.C. Berkeley in 1993. They lecture together and co-authored essays.

Kim Baldwin (born February 24): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4221061.html

Kim Baldwin has published 12 novels and 6 short stories with Bold Strokes Books. Her latest release is Demons are Forever, the 5 book in the Elite Operatives Series. Next is The Gemini Deception. She narrated an audiobook version of her novel Breaking the Ice. After 20 years as a network news journalist, she returned to her home state of Michigan to live in a cabin in the woods, but she keeps her passport and camera handy to hit the road whenever possible.

Malcolm Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3475513.html

Malcolm Forbes was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father and today run by his son. Forbes died in 1990 of a heart attack, at his home in Far Hills, NJ. In March 1990, soon after his death, OutWeek magazine published a story with the cover headline "The Secret Gay Life of Malcolm Forbes," by Michelangelo Signorile, which outed Forbes as a gay man. Signorile was critical of the media for helping Forbes publicize many aspects of his life while keeping his homosexuality a secret.

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Best Gay Paranormal / Horror: Midnight in Berlin by J.L. Merrow

This was a strange mix, deep horror and humoristic satire, sometime you didn’t know if laughing out loud or cringing in fear. For sure the comedy streak for which this author is well known is again present in this novel.

It was interesting the “stranger” setting, Berlin, Germany, instead of the usual UK. Considering the plot development, I think the author needed a place with a recent political upturn, and, yes, maybe the right folklore to give an additional layer to the story.

The plot, the twists, were the principal elements of the story, more than the love story between Leon and Christoph, but, even if secondary to the plot, I really enjoyed their relationship, Leon was this mix of cute and harsh angle, and Christoph was like the best brooding heroes of the gothic novels from the past.

I’m not sure if the author will like to revisit some of the supporting characters, but she gave them enough deepness to have at least 3 or 4 possible developments.

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609288904
ISBN-13: 978-1609288907
Amazon: Midnight in Berlin
Amazon Kindle: Midnight in Berlin



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