January 19, 2001 |
Washington, D.C., won't have Clinton to kick around on Inauguration Day--Kate Clinton, that is. The comedian (no relation to Bill), whose biting political commentary resounds from stages across the country to the news desks at CNN, will kick off her 20th year in show biz at the Long Beach Center Theatre on Saturday, coincidentally coinciding with festivities in the nation's capital. "It was either come to Long Beach or get some bail money together and go to D.C.
July 18, 1993 |
Funny woman Kate Clinton sits in the neo-Victorian lobby of the famed Algonquin Hotel, the ghost of Dorothy Parker hovering nearby, and holds forth on Plumbing and Social Transformation. "Every civil rights movement has a bathroom moment," she says. "The women's movement had its bathroom moment, when we couldn't pass the Equal Rights Amendment because (people were afraid that) we'd have to have same-sex bathrooms. In the black civil rights movement, you couldn't share drinking fountains.
June 16, 1995 |
It's been 14 years since Kate Clinton left her job teaching high-school English in upstate New York for a career as a stand-up comedian. But that doesn't mean she's stopped acting like a teacher. "If somebody is not paying attention in the audience," she noted with a chuckle, "I've been known to turn to the person and say, 'Would you like to share what you were talking about?' You fall back into those really annoying habits."
March 15, 1992 |
I REMEMBER MY OWN EPIPHANOUS REALIZATION THAT I WOULD PROBABLY NEVER BE A SOLID citizen of Lesbian Nation. It was in the early '80s, in a heavily guarded wooded compound in rural Pennsylvania, at a women's music festival. Perhaps it was even a wimmin's or womyn's or womb-moon's festival--all these alternatives to wo-MAN were taken seriously at the time.
October 10, 1994
Other cultural events celebrating National Coming Out Day in the greater Los Angeles area include: Theater: "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me," written and performed by Dan Butler at Theater Geo, 1229 N. Highland Ave., (213) 466-1767, special performance tonight at 8, $10. Performance art: Sue Ellen Case in lecture-performance, "Performing Lesbian in the Age of Technology," Kinsey Hall Room 288, UCLA, Tuesday, 4 p.m., no admission charge.
November 27, 1992 |
The new WNYC-produced gay and lesbian variety show, "In the Life" (at 11:30 tonight on KCET-TV Channel 28), is a case of good news and bad news. It's a good sign that, just as publicly funded work by gays and lesbians is seemingly being targeted once again by Bush Administration arts officials, a PBS affiliate is hatching a show that celebrates gayness--and even more crucially, that fellow affiliates such as KCET are carrying it.