As he gets ready to release his new album this summer, out actor and singer Cheyenne Jackson released a new video for the acoustic version of his single “Drive.” Jackson is also getting ready to join the cast of the upcoming Liberace film – Behind the Candleabra – starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
We have no doubt that this child (he can’t be more than four or five years old) had any idea about what he was singing in his Indiana Church. But with the help of a homophobic preacher and frenzied church goers who are hooting and hollering, the young child managed to belt out an incredibly hateful tune, “Ain’t No Homos Going to Make it to Heaven.”
This season, Adam Lambert’s new album Trespassing debuted on Billboard’s top 200 chart. The album features a heavy mix of dance songs and ballads, including what’s already become an LGBT equality anthem, “Outlaws of Love,” just in time for Pride. He recently released a video for his latest single “Never Close Our Eyes,” making a statement about being watched and, we’re guessing, his own feelings about being in the spotlight.
“Negative’s relative and critics are minimal,” raps Y-Love – also known at Yitz Jordan – a Hassidic hip-hop artist who taps into a mix of English, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin in his rhymes. The 34-year-old from East Baltimore has enjoyed a unique experience growing up with a Puerto Rican mother and Ethiopian father. He eventually converted to Judaism, a religion that has fueled many of his lyrics for the past few years.
He’s recently released a new single, “Focus on the Flair.” But this week he also has another message for the world: “I’m gay.”
“I’ve never been conflicted about my sexuality,” Jordan tells Out. “Any conflicts that have come up in my life have come up because of other people’s homophobia. I’ve always known when to be in the closet and when not to.”
The musician admits that current events have dictated his decision to come clean about his personal life. “I want mine to be the last generation of LGBT Americans that remembers what a closet is,” he says in a press statement. “I want kids in 20 years to sit annoyed through LGBT history class to learn about that long ago time ‘when gay people used to have to lie,’ much like segregation is a far-off time to many of today’s middle-class black youth.”
Check out his latest video (yep, that’s him in drag):
Ricky Martin and the cast of Broadway’s Evita were on The View yesterday to talk about the Andrew Lloyd Webber revival and to give a sample performance of one of our favorites – “And the Money Kept Rolling In.”
We love us some Ricky “La Vida Loca” Martin, but we’re not sure he can stand up to Mandy Patinkin (who originated the role of Che on Broadway) or even Antonio Banderas (who played opposite of Madonna in the film version). What do you think?
MANNA hosts a “Meals That Matter” tailgate party (5 p.m.) on 23rd and Ranstead with members of the Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop. A full menu will be offered, along with a Chopped-style cook-off with the pros. All proceeds benefit MANNA.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride‘s family reunion (6 p.m) is at the Crowne Plaza on City Avenue with Power 99 personality Muthaknows. Special guests also include Akil Patterson, an openly gay wrestler, comedian Sam “Sampson” McCormick and the new Mr. and Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride with an award for the most LGBT-friendly politician of the year. The Evolution Ball follows (7:30 p.m.).
Martha Graham Cracker, the queen of Philadelphia cabaret, brings her campy cultural commentary to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this week (April 27) during Art After 5 on the Great Stair Hall. We talked to Martha about the show, her new Twitter account (@TheMarthaMan) and her very unique take on fine art.
In preparing for your show this Friday at the art museum, have you been channeling any fine art influences?
Well, van Gogh is in the next room - poor guy. I've been thinking about him. His painting "Rain" is devastating and so moving. Perhaps for the show he'll lend us some of his melancholy, some of his manic joy and his rough brushstrokes.
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Joseph Buches celebrates PGMC's 30th anniversary season (courtesy of PGMC)
For the past 30 years, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) has been making music with meaning. And for the latest concert (March 30 at 8 p.m. and March 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), the chorus premieres a new piece called “Metamorphosis” during “Changes: In Good Time” as part of the anniversary season. Written by Robert Seeley and Robert Espindola, the music explores life through a song cycle – revealing unique experiences of the gay community. It’s the first time the music is being performed in Philadelphia.
Joseph Buches, PGMC’s artistic director, talked to us about how the original music reflects the chorus during the past three decades – and how this season pays tribute to stories within the LGBT community.
How does “Changes” reflect PGMC’s 30th anniversary?
We sing about our lives. We tell our stories. We keep alive our history, both the good and the bad – the joy of coming out and the pain of oppression. The story of this performance is one of growth – the trip from birth to acceptance of our true selves. It is a journey we all have taken, although some of us went through some of the steps quicker than others!
What can we learn from the new work?
We tell this story for the young lesbians and gays just starting out on their journeys. We tell this story for all of our straight friends so that they can see just how similar we all are. And we tell this story to remember it, for it is in our past that we find our future.
Can you give us an example of how “Metamorphosis” reflects this anniversary season?
In the words of “Metamorphosis” composer Robert Espindola, “We sing for the voices yet unheard in some far distant time. We sing for the voices echoing still of our sisters and brothers left behind. Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand, our history is kept alive. So sing with us, our song of joy, the legacy of our lives.” This concert is symbolic of all the changes that the PGMC has been through over the past 30 years.
Saga: The Rock Opera is looking for a few good singers and actors. Written by Philly’s own Erik Ransom, the show is holding auditions at the Plays & Players Theater (4 p.m.) through the weekend in time for the June 27th opening. Please send resumes and headshots to email@example.com in advance.