March 13, 2014 |
If the gay-themed "Tennessee Queer" came out 20 years ago - or was at least a more deftly made film - perhaps it wouldn't seem so desperately past its sell-by date. But this unevenly acted yuckfest, which is as unsubtle as its title, has all the pizazz of a bad sitcom episode. When Jason Potts (Christian Walker), a New York City librarian living in domestic bliss with his idyllic boyfriend (Jerre Dye), is summoned back to his native Smyth, Tenn., under false pretenses (long story)
March 6, 2014 |
Some of the Republican Party's most conservative activists will converge on the outskirts of Washington on Thursday for a three-day gathering that will serve as a chance to take the measure of potential contenders in a 2016 presidential contest with no clear front-runner. The annual meeting known as CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - occurs as Republicans are fractured policywise and yet poised to potentially control both houses of Congress if current trends continue through the November election.
March 5, 2014 |
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday. The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
March 4, 2014 |
New Orleans parades and celebrations have been going on since mid-February as a run-up to the final fabulous blowout of Mardi Gras on Tuesday (today). Parade krewes, as the organizing bodies are called, will start at 6 a.m. PST (8 a.m. CST) in the city with the Krewe of Zulu, followed by the Krewe of Rex and other groups that will keep the beads flowing into the evening. Nine parades are planned for Tuesday in and around New Orleans. (If you don't get the whole street parade thing, check out Hugh Laurie at the Krewe of Bacchus parade on Sunday.)
March 1, 2014 |
In Arizona, corporate presure might have helped persuade Gov. Jan Brewer this week to veto legislation derided as anti-gay. Now in Boston, this weekend, political pressure appears to be reopening a door for gays to one of the major events in the city, the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Gay rights groups haven't been invited to march in the annual parade in South Boston since 1993, and the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of organizers to keep openly gay marchers out. But new Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said this week that he would boycott the March 16 parade, in keeping with the tradition of his predecessor.
February 12, 2014 |
Ten people have been charged in a massive stampede that killed 21 people at Germany's Love Parade electronic-music festival in 2010. Four city workers and six private event organizers face a range of charges from bodily harm in involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, they could face up to five years in jail. A reported 500,000 people attended the festival in Duisberg. The venue, a former rail yard, was equipped to handle only 250,000. City prosecutor Horst Bien said that the event's failings, including a single entry point that was too narrow, were evident from the beginning, and that the city should not have issued a permit for the event.