February 26th, 2014

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Fred Palmisano (October 3, 1945 - February 26, 1990)

Fred ("Freddie") J. Palmisano (October 3, 1945, Gretna, Louisiana - February 26, 1990, New Orleans, Louisiana) was a Composer, Musical Director, Pianist, Vocalist.

Studied piano at University of Southeastern Louisiana and drama at University of New Orleans

Fred Palmisano created songs and scores for nearly every show in the era now known as "The Golden Age of Children's Corner" at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans.

He started playing the piano at age six. While still in elementary school he played for school functions, and as a West Jefferson High School student became the first musical director of the NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department) Theater in Gallier Hall. After graduation Palmisano attended the University of Southeastern Louisiana as a piano major for two years before serving in the Navy, during which time he organized a little theater in Morocco and helped produce a production of Showboat in Scotland. After his discharge he studied drama at the University of New Orleans for two years.

Palmisano wrote and composed his first successful show for children, Rapunzel, at the Gallery Circle Theater in 1969. Writing with Sharon O'Brien, and later with Ricky Graham, he then composed a series of musical entertainments directed by Luis Barroso and presented in Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré's Children's Corner. These were mini-musicals that appealed to adults as well as children. One of the shows, Rumpelstiltskin, was taped by WYES-TV as a local television special in 1978.

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

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Josephine Wiggs (born February 26, 1965)

Josephine Miranda Cordelia Susan Wiggs (born 26 February 1965, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England) is an indie/alternative rock musician, noted for her work with the bands The Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, and Dusty Trails. She was romantically linked to Kate Schellenbach. During their relationship they appeared on the cover of The Advocate, a national LGBT magazine published in the United States. They formed the short-lived band Ladies Who Lunch, and Schellenbach played drums on Luscious Jackson's side-project, Kostars, which Wiggs recorded and co-produced. (Picture: Dusty Trails, Josephine Wiggs (Breeders) and Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson))

Wiggs studied Philosophy at the University of London, earning a BA degree, and going on to get a MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Sussex. She studied cello for ten years. She joined The Perfect Disaster in 1988 as bass guitarist, playing on the albums Asylum Road, (1988) Up (1989) and Heaven Scent (1990) before leaving to form The Breeders with Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly.

In 1988, Wiggs met Kim Deal when Perfect Disaster supported the Pixies in at Brixton Academy and The Town and Country Club, in London. In December 1989, Deal, Wiggs, and Slint drummer Britt Walford, rehearsed together for a week at Wiggs's house in Bedfordshire, rehearsing for further week with Tanya Donelly in London, before driving to Edinburgh to record the album Pod, with Steve Albini.

The Breeders next release was the Safari EP in 1992. Wiggs was living in Brighton, and Deal came to visit during time off from the Pixies. They worked on the song Safari, and then recorded it in London with Spacemen3 drummer Jon Mattock, a friend of Wiggs' since the days when the Perfect Disaster and Spacemen3 had played shows together.


Josephine Wiggs is an indie/alternative rock musician, noted for her work with the bands The Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, and Dusty Trails. She was romantically linked to Kate Schellenbach. During their relationship they appeared on the cover of The Advocate, a national LGBT magazine published in the United States. They formed the short-lived band Ladies Who Lunch, and Schellenbach played drums on Luscious Jackson's side-project, Kostars, which Wiggs recorded and co-produced.

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

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Mitch Ryder (born February 26, 1945)

William S. Levise, Jr (born 26 February 1945), known better by his stage name Mitch Ryder, is an American musician who has recorded more than two dozen albums during more than four decades. In 1978 Ryder came out and released the overtly gay solo album How I Spent My Vacation.

Ryder is noted for his gruff, wailing singing style and his dynamic stage performances. He was influenced by his father, a musician. As a teenager, Ryder sang backup with a Black soul-music group known as the Peps, but racial animosities interfered with his continued presence in the group.

Ryder formed his first band (Tempest) when he was in high school, and the group gained some notoriety playing at a Detroit soul music club called The Village. Ryder next appeared fronting a band named Billy Lee & The Rivieras, which had limited success until they met the songwriter / record producer, Bob Crewe. Crewe renamed the group Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and they recorded several hit records for his DynoVoice Records and New Voice labels in the mid to late 1960s, most notably "Devil with a Blue Dress On", their highest-charting single at #4, as well as "Sock It to Me-Baby!", a #6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Take a Ride!", which reached #10 in 1965.

Since the early 1970s, Ryder's musical endeavors have not met with the same success that they did before. Ryder's participation with the Detroit Wheels ended just as the counterculture was becoming dominant in 1968. During 1968, Trumpeters Mike Thuroff and John Stefan were hired to tour with his horn section and band. Mike Thuroff and John Stefan also recorded the trumpet parts of Mitch's song, "Ring My Bell." This song was not permitted to be played by radio in many states due to its sexual innuendos. Mitch had one hit single from that period, a cover version of "What Now, My Love," but no other success like his work with the Wheels. His last successful ensemble release was Mitch Ryder's Detroit in 1971, which featured the drummer from the original Detroit Wheels, Johnny (Johnny Bee) Badjanek and named the new band Detroit. For the album Ryder changed from his earlier soul music-influenced style to a guitar-dominated hard rock sound more in keeping with the styles of the early 1970s.

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

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Steven Blier & James S. Russell

Steven Blier, artistic director and cofounder of the New York Festival of Song, lives with a form of muscular dystrophy, and James S. Russell and him are learning to adapt. This couple met and spent the next 15 years together (as of 2013).

The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) presents an annual series of concerts in New York City dedicated to the art of song, classical, modern and popular. In addition, this organization commissions new works and recordings, including the Grammy Award winning recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles (Koch), and the Grammy nominated recording of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen (1997, New World Records).

The festival was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett.

For the 100th anniversary of the Juilliard School in January 2006, NYFOS collaborated on a program featuring "100 Years of Juilliard Composers in Song".

In 2007, NYFOS released a live-recording CD entitled Spanish Love Songs (Bridge), featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Joseph Kaiser, performing with Blier and Barrett at Caramoor. The program was recorded live just before Lieberson's death in 2006.

In December 2008, Bridge Records released an original cast recording of Bastianello / Lucrezia, featuring soprano Lisa Vroman, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Paul Appleby, baritone Patrick Mason and bass Matt Boehler, with pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. With a score by John Musto and a libretto by Mark Campbell, Bastianello is a family fable of love and folly based on a poignant Italian folk tale. In March 2008, it had its World Premiere, along with William Bolcom's comic piece Lucrezia (a version of Machiavelli′s La Mandragola, libretto also by Mark Campbell) at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, commissioned and presented by the New York Festival of Song.


Photography by Eric Ogden
Steven Blier, cofounder of the NY Festival of Song, lives with a form of muscular dystrophy, and James S. Russell and him are learning to adapt. "I derive a lot of animal comfort from being with Jim. I like being near him. There’s just this great sense of home with him. It’s the kind of thing that no one can match-make for you, because it’s so deep. But now, after being married, when I hold Jimmy, I have this feeling of, This is my husband, not just some guy I have slept with for 15 years."


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Source: www.out.com/out-exclusives/love-issue/2013/01/31/home-him-steven-blier-james-s-russell

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It Happened Today: February 26

Fred Palmisano (October 3, 1945 - February 26, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3478102.html

Fred Palmisano created songs and scores for nearly every show in the era now known as "The Golden Age of Children's Corner" at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans. Palmisano ended his career with two Le Petit Theatre productions for which he was arranger, composer and keyboard accompanist: Silver Scream, a 30-song revue, and Cinderella Batistella, a New Orleans version of the fairy tale. His last public appearance was the December 17, 1989 performance of Cinderella Battistella at Le Petit Theatre.

Greg Rikaart & Robert Sudduth: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4223150.html

Greg Rikaart is an American actor, currently on the cast of the soap opera The Young and the Restless, playing Kevin Fisher since July 2003. In June 2013, Rikaart revealed that he is in a committed relationship with writer Robert Sudduth. Rikaart posted a photograph of himself with his boyfriend, with the caption "Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless", in response to the 2013 United States Supreme Court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage equality.

Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3478564.html

Lily Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. Jane Wagner (born February 26, 1935) is an American writer, director and producer. Wagner is best known as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator and life partner. Tomlin met her partner Jane Wagner in March 1971. After watching an after school special written by Wagner, Tomlin invited her to Los Angeles to collaborate on a comedy album. They married on New Year's Eve 2013 after 42 years together.

Josephine Wiggs (born February 26, 1965): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3479040.html

Josephine Wiggs is an indie/alternative rock musician, noted for her work with the bands The Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, and Dusty Trails. She was romantically linked to Kate Schellenbach. During their relationship they appeared on the cover of The Advocate, a national LGBT magazine published in the United States. They formed the short-lived band Ladies Who Lunch, and Schellenbach played drums on Luscious Jackson's side-project, Kostars, which Wiggs recorded and co-produced.

Mitch Ryder (born February 26, 1945): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3479501.html

Mitch Ryder (born 26 February 1945) is an American musician who has recorded more than two dozen albums during more than four decades. In 1978 Ryder came out and released the overtly gay solo album How I Spent My Vacation. On February 14, 2012 Ryder released "The Promise", his first US release in almost 30 years. Ryder currently resides in South Lyon, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He continues to tour and perform in the United States and Europe.

Robert Westfield (born February 26, 1972): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4223895.html

Robert Westfield received his degree in theater and English from Columbia University. As a playwright, he was the writer-in-residence for the Working Group. Suspension is a dazzling, remarkably original dark comedy about a young New Yorker's failed attempts to isolate himself in a city that won't take solitude for an answer. Equal parts noir, French farce, and homage to NYC, is a surprisingly heartfelt novel about learning to live in a world where nearly everything is decided behind our backs.

Steven Blier & James S. Russell: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4223632.html

Steven Blier, cofounder of the NY Festival of Song, lives with a form of muscular dystrophy, and James S. Russell and him are learning to adapt. "I derive a lot of animal comfort from being with Jim. I like being near him. There’s just this great sense of home with him. It’s the kind of thing that no one can match-make for you, because it’s so deep. But now, after being married, when I hold Jimmy, I have this feeling of, This is my husband, not just some guy I have slept with for 15 years."


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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Pick Up the Pieces

Gay Contemporary Romance
Pick Up the Pieces by Tinnean
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985158
ISBN-13: 978-1627985154
Amazon: Pick Up the Pieces (The Light in Your Eyes)
Amazon Kindle: Pick Up the Pieces (The Light in Your Eyes)

The Light in Your Eyes: Book One

A Spy vs Spook Novel

Fifteen-year-old Theo Bascopolis longs for the man of his dreams. But his dreams are dashed when his conservative Greek father discovers Theo is gay and throws him out. Hopeless, he falls in with Fast Franky, a pimp who seduces Theo with the nickname “Sweetcheeks,” but abuses him and wants Theo to hustle. A bloody fight with Franky forces Sweetcheeks to run. Winding up in Washington, DC, he meets a group of rent boys who take care of each other. While he may not have the man of his dreams, Theo finally has a home and family of his own making.

When the boys take in mysterious tenant Mark Vincent, he seems a solid protector, until one of Sweetcheeks’s boys suffers a savage beating in his name. Vincent visits the boy in the hospital and introduces his equally enigmatic trainee, William Matheson. The instant attraction blindsides Sweetcheeks. In spite of knowing love isn’t for rent boys, Sweetcheeks hopes Matheson sees beyond the body he’s offered to so many. But Matheson has secrets of his own, and both will have to tear down their walls to find enduring love.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
110$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
225$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 855$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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