Section 3: Community Catie Curtis and Gregory Douglass to appear at CSPS
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Acclaimed LGBT musical artists Catie Curtis and Gregory Douglass will appear at CSPS, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. “I’ve always been out,” Curtis said in a recent interview. “On my debut album on EMI I had a song called “Radical” that was pretty out. It’s never made sense to me not to be out.” Catie has developed a dedicated local following through her CSPS appearances. Her reputation as one of the best singer-songwriters in the country has followed her through nine critically acclaimed recordings. With her tenth project, Hello Stranger, released this August, she rewards loyal fans and draws in new listeners with a record that puts a fresh spin on some of her best-loved songs, as well as a few handpicked classics. With the help of her Nashville-based record label, Compass Records, Catie selected some of Nashville’s best musicians to feature on fiddle, mandolin, banjo and acoustic guitar. From the first time Catie picked up a guitar—an instrument given to her gratis by a neighbor whose only request was that she learn how to play—the native of rural southern Maine has used music as a sort of sonic superglue to bring people together. She brought that to the fore on her 1995 debut Truth From Lies, a disc on
which she tangled with heartache. She ramped it up further on her 1997 followup, which was named Album of the Year at the Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards. OUT Magazine raved that opener Gregory Douglass has “Rufus Wainwright’s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake’s accessible soulfulness… Welcome to your new favorite singersongwriter.” With seven critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt, the 27year old Vermont native is a master of
grassroots promotion, slowly building his reputation through intimate house concerts and direct fan support. Will Ackerman, Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, said Gregory “is simply the most remarkable new talent I’ve heard in a decade. A brilliant, intelligent songwriter with an expressive and versatile voice...” Tickets for the show are $17 in advance and $21 at the door. For more info: 319-364-1580 or www.legionarts.org. Advance tickets: www.iowatix.com.
“There are too many (gay people) in the world who don’t worry about referendum battles, they worry about their lives. They worry about being murdered on the streets or murdered officially in the prisons, with or without judicial sanction. There are too many people in the world who don’t have the privileges that we have, and if by my election and the media coverage and the dialogue around that, we can change one person’s life in one of those countries, it would make everything worth it.” — Houston’s new lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, speaking to supporters in Houston on Jan. 3.
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Published on Feb 1, 2010
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