In a domestic partnership or civil union? See "Planning Your Financial Future", page 5!
CHALLENGE The Newsletter of the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County â€“ Serving New Jerseyâ€™s GLBTI Communities Since 1972
Volume 37, Issue 2, March 2011
by Mickey Suiter That middle word in our name has made a lot of people nervous over the years. It sounds so political, so radical. Even the open-minded, progressive Unitarians were concerned with the word when we started and preferred to call us the Gay Awareness Alliance for the first couple of years. So where did the name come from and what does it mean? And is the name appropriate for an organization like ours?
the name. In the 1970's in New Jersey we had GAA of New Jersey in Bergen County, GAA of Hudson County, GAA of Essex and Union Counties, and GAA of Sussex County. The founders of GAAMC had been active in some of those organizations so it was natural for us to use the name for the new group in Morristown. In spite of the name, we were never political radicals. The four founders of GAAMC were pretty representative of the activism of our organization over the years. Jeff and Jennie were more like community activists, wanting to create a safe space for those just coming out and a place for LGBT people to meet and support one another. John was a social activist, living his life completely out, changing people's perceptions one at a time through personal contact. I was the politically interested one, although I knew that few people shared my interest, so I spent more time and energy working on the community and social aspects of our organization. One could argue that all human interaction is political. That when we host a picnic, publish the Pride Guide, hold a game night, or watch a movie together, we are building community, supporting each other, and so laying the groundwork for social change. It's not a coincidence that in the past dozen or so years, as more and more of us have felt comfortable enough to come out in our personal lives, public opinion polls have shown a seismic shift in public perceptions of our community and support for our rights. Activism is not just marching in the streets, attending rallies, and lobbying. It is also sharing one's story with others in a group discussion, making a cheesecake for a social, or writing an article for Challenge. Every little step we each take to support our community, to make our world a better place, to help others, is an act of activism. So while our name sounds radical, it is not, and it is very fitting. We are all activists in our own way. Most of the people who have complained about the word over the years were activists themselves. What kind of activist are you?
Actually, the name is an historic one. The first organization that started in New York after Stonewall was the Gay Liberation Front. I use the word organization loosely, as they were a very radical organization whose members opposed structure and were supportive of all liberation movements. In late 1969, some GLF members who wanted to focus on one issue, gay rights, broke off and formed the Gay Activists Alliance. GAA became the lead LGBT organization in New York for the next decade. It was well-known among the few people who were out at the time and many organizations that sprung up in other parts of the country took
Inside Challenge Challenge Information.... ................................ page 2 GAAMC Events.............................................. page 2 Recycling Fundraiser Update ............................ page 2 The Bulletin Board......................................... page 3 Poems: Shadows II; Existence........................... page 3 Gleanings: Queer news from around the world .... page 4 Planning Your Financial Future ......................... page 5 Calendar ..................................................... page 6 This Month's Contributors................................ page 8 Circle of Friends Opens Scholarship Application Process..................................................... page 9 Mr. President, Washington and Franklin Thank You .... page 9 Dancing to Architecture music reviews.............. page 10 Good Eats! recipes....................................... page 11 GAAMC Congratulates.................................... page 13 GAAMC Membership & Contact Information ......... page 15
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GAAMC Events Every Monday OpenTalk Discussion Group This is a regular weekly discussion group, open to all. Moderators: Kerry Dinkin (March 7); Elias Scultori (March 14, 21, 28). 7:00, Library First Monday of the Month
Editor .....................Allen Neuner Assistant Editor ............. Bill Stella Advertising Manager ............. open Circulation Manager ............. open List Manager ................ Sue Harris
Mature Men's Discussion Group This is a monthly discussion group geared to men age 45 and above. Moderator: Marty Grifone. Discussion topics: March 7, "Appreciating Family and Friends"; April 4, "Planning a Good Vacation". 7:00, Terrace Room
The deadline for all articles, inserts, and advertisements is the fifteenth of the previous month. All submissions must be provided as electronic files. E-mail submissions to Challenge @ GAAMC.org.
March 7: Music and Sex – What’s the Connection? "If music be the food of love," quoth Shakespeare, "play on!" (ahem!) Tonight GAAMC will take up the topic in our program to start Sex Month with a bang. What’s on your playlist? What always gets your motor running? Be prepared to share. Open your mind, and the rest will follow... March 14: Noted author and "Astrologer to the Stars" Ray Sette will be joining us to talk about the sexy side of sun signs. He will also have copies of his latest book, Twelve Dimensions for the Human Potential, and he will have a Sharpie for autographing, so make sure you get your copy!
Ad Rates Single issue: Full page, $125.00; Half page, $85.00; Quarter page, $45.00; Business card, $25.00. For multi-issue rates, contact the Editor at Challenge @ GAAMC.org. GAAMC members may place one free classified ad per month, of no more than 200 characters in length. Change of Address Please let us know your new address! All address changes should be sent to the List Manager at ChangeAddress @ GAAMC.org. Challenge is © 2010-2011 by the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation. All rights reserved. All articles reflect the views of the original contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of GAAMC, its officers, or executive board. All copyrights revert to the original contributors upon publication. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the contributor. All articles, contributions, and advertisements are printed at the discretion of the Editor and/or GAAMC Executive Board.
March 21: Join us for the latest installment of the GAAMC Festival of Film where we feature a movie about the eternal question of the hookup – WHERE? NOTE: The film begins at 7:00 pm and there will be a discussion to follow. Looking forward to an evening of romance! March 28: Sex Month comes to a thrilling climax with our discussion of how to make passionate contact safer while keeping it sexy. Our friends from Hyacinth will join us to add something special to the conversation every pair (or more?) of partners should have. Coming Next Month! April 4: One of the biggest arguments against LGBTI families is our faithlessness, according to our enemies. Tonight, special guests from the Episcopalian LGBT organization Integrity will spearhead a most interesting discussion on where faith and LGBTI people intersect. April 11: Professor Peter Economiou is the author of a study on sexuality. Mark your calendars – he’s got a lot of information to share from his ground-breaking research!
Recycling Fundraiser Update Spring cleaning can last past spring this year! Do you have any old cell phones, smart phones, or PDAs — or their batteries — lying around the house? How about those old toner cartridges from your printer? Bring them to GAAMC any Monday night and deposit them in the box at the Info Table. GAAMC has contracted with a recycling operation to turn those unwanted phones and toner cartridges into cash — and we're going to use that cash to purchase a new couch for the library at MUF! So dig through your closets, look inside your desk drawers, check under the sofa cushions, and bring your unwanted cell phones and toner cartridges to GAAMC! Just remember to look for the recycling box at the Info Table each Monday night!
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The Bulletin Board Alternate Thursdays is a social/support discussion group for lesbians which meets on the second Thursday of every month at the First Lutheran Church of Montclair, 153 Park Street, Montclair from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. For information, contact Kerry at 973-325-6809 or at kjdinkin @ comcast.net. Jersey City's Chillfest Film Series continues its sixth season at LITM in Jersey City on March 13th at 4 pm with a viewing of the picture Howl. As poet Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustration in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. Starring James Franco as Ginsberg, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jon Hamm. For more information, or to order tickets, go to www.chillfest.org.
This year, Legends will be held at the Jersey City Hyatt Regency hotel, located right on the Hudson River, offering sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The date this year is June 25th - the day before Gay Pride in New York City! The event includes a red carpet entrance by the waterfront, with paparazzi photos for every guest; cocktail hour with smorgasbord; the legendary Legends banquet and stage show; an after-party dance; and an open bar throughout the evening. For more information, go to www.GardenStateEqualityorg.
SHADOWS II by Tony Puma
My shadow disappears under a new moon, only to re-appear under artificial light, taunting me in a momentary circular dance. New Jersey Buddies is celebrating 25 years of service to the community at a gala event, "The Reality of Hope"! The event will be held March 18th at 7 pm at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly. For more information, go to www.njbuddies.org, or call 201-489-2900. The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus plays its part to combat bullying and teen suicide by hosting It Gets Better: A Journey of Courage in Song at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 2nd, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park. The event starts with a no-admission-charge information exchange, where statewide organizations which deal with GLBT youth and young adults will be available to provide information and make connections. The concert itself starts at 8:00 pm; tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; $5 student tickets are available at the door only. For more information, go to www.njgmc.org, or contact Doug Worthington at douglas.worthington @ bms.com, or by phone at 609-781-0410. Former GAAMC board member Paul Greenberg announces that this year's AIDS Walkathon, being held May 15th, will be his eighteenth! Since eighteen is chai (life) in Hebrew, Paul is asking for donations given in multiples of 18. Paul, who will be walking again as a Star-Walker for Macy's team, has set a personal goal for himself of raising $2000 this year. The Walkathon, which takes place in Central Park, benefits the Gay Men's Health Crisis and tri-state service organizations. To donate online, go to Aidswalk.net; or you can donate by sending a check (made out to AWNY) to Paul at 185 English Place, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Each year, Garden State Equality's Legends dinner is a dazzling night of Hollywood, Broadway, and political stars.
My shadow in full moon is soft and comforting, a companion on my nocturnal journeys. In the sun my shadow is stark and ominous a dimensional figure in high relief, leading or following me constantly until I seek refuge in shade. I create you, my erstwhile companion, to befriend me, but you ignore my plea. I am only left with dreams of your presence.
by Dina Romano Rivers and trees, swaying of breeze Ponds glazed with moss, taking the loss Grasp at the sky, life passes by Kiss many lips, guide many trips Sing many hymns, chop rotten limbs Don’t be a sap, flush all the crap Rotten fruit, make lots of loot Remember to smile…the journey takes a while
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Queer news from around the world Pentagon officials have devised a plan to train and prepare the armed forces for the end of a ban on openly gay troops. They described a period of training and preparation that will take place before openly gay and lesbian troops will be allowed to serve, insisting officials will work quickly to implement the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Spousal benefits are not an issue, officials said, because the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the military from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. Meanwhile, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the government must continue to defend "don't ask, don't tell" in federal court even though the Pentagon is preparing to dismantle the policy. The court refused to suspend its consideration of a government appeal of a case won by the Log Cabin Republicans, in which a federal district judge found the policy is unconstitutional. (Washington Post; ABC News) Federal District Judge Claudia Wilken has rejected a Justice Department request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by married gay and lesbian couples who were prevented from purchasing long-term care insurance for their spouses. Wilken said prohibitions affecting same-sex couples contained in the Defense of Marriage Act and the Internal Revenue Code "do not bear a rational relationship to a legitimate government interest." (San Jose Mercury News) The Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled a policy forbidding discrimination against LGBT Americans in federal housing programs. "These are critically important reforms given that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remain particularly vulnerable in seeking or retaining housing due to widespread bias," said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. (Washington Independent) The California Supreme Court will decide on the question, posed by a federal appeals court, of whether opponents of Proposition 8 have legal standing to appeal a federal district court decision which found the ballot measure unconstitutional. The Court's decision on the question of standing is not expected to be issued before September. (Christian Science Monitor) The Iowa Senate, in a procedural vote, refused to move forward on a constitutional amendment that would have required the state to recognize only unions between a man and a woman. The 26 to 24 party-line vote follows an earlier promise by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal to refuse to consider any bill that would reverse marriage equality. (Des Moines Register) A bill that would have established civil unions in Wyoming was narrowly defeated in committee, failing by a vote of 5 to 4. Opponents complained the measure would open the door to marriage rights for same-sex couples. Meanwhile, a bill that would refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states is working its way through the state legislature. (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne); Star-Tribune (Casper)) Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed a civil unions bill into law. State Rep. Greg Harris, the openly gay lawmaker
who championed the law, said the public is beginning to understand the difference between religious marriage and the government's role in civil marriage, a distinction he says is important in the drive for partnership rights for same-sex couples. (Christian Science Monitor) The Hawaii Legislature passed a measure that would allow all couples â€” same- or opposite-sex â€” to enter into a civil union with all the rights, privileges and protections of traditional marriage. Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) has promised to sign the bill, which is substantively similar to a bill passed last year but vetoed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle (R), who opposed the bill saying it was same-sex marriage by another name. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser; Reuters) An Indiana House panel voted 8 to 4 in favor of a constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples, but the measure has years worth of legislative and electoral hurdles to clear before it could go into effect. "I now have to explain to my daughter why the leaders of Indiana want to place intolerance at the top of their legislative agenda instead of investing in her future," said Dr. Cynthia Conley, an assistant professor of social work at Ball State University, who testified at a hearing on the amendment. (Indianapolis Star) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said he wants the Legislature to bring up and pass a marriage equality bill before the end of its session in June. Meanwhile, state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) said he would take the unusual step of letting that chamber's only openly gay member, Sen. Tom Duane (D), manage such a bill. Duane's office welcomed Skelos' comments and reiterated it would take strong support from Cuomo to get the bill passed. (Advocate.com; New York Times) The Maryland Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7 to 4 to send a bill legalizing same-sex marriages to the full Senate. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate, although a lengthy and emotional debate is expected. Should the bill be passed, it moves on to the state House of Representatives, long thought to be the more liberal of the two houses. (Washington Post) Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage filled the biggest room at the New Hampshire Statehouse as lawmakers heard testimony on two bills that would repeal a 2009 law allowing gays and lesbians to wed. Sponsors of the bills have asked the House Judiciary Committee to hold off on the bills until next year, so lawmakers can focus on fiscal issues. Meanwhile, a new poll of New Hampshire adults finds nearly two-thirds oppose ending marriage equality in the state. The poll of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition found more intense views among those who want to keep the law compared to those who want to repeal it. (Boston.com; The Telegraph (Nashua)) Washington state Senator Ed Murray (D), who is openly gay, introduced a bill extending full marriage equality to gay and lesbian state citizens. His openly gay colleague in (continued on next page)
March 2011 CHALLENGE Page 5 the House, Representative Jim Moeller (D), introduced a companion bill the following day. (GayPolitics.com)
Planning Your Financial Future
Colorado state Senator Pat Steadman (D) and state Representative Mark Ferrandino (D), both openly gay, introduced bills that would establish civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. The Senate bill is expected to pass, but supporters say they aren't sure the bill will come to a vote on the floor of the Republican-controlled House. (Denver Post)
Domestic partners and married individuals often have similar goals, but domestic partners face unique challenges when planning for their financial future. It is critical to have a good financial plan, especially when considering Social Security, Medicare, and tax preparation.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) issued an executive order banning discrimination against transgender workers in state government. The move is seen by advocates as a first step toward passing statewide legislation. (Boston.com) A Utah Senate committee voted down a bill that would have allowed second-parent adoptions by gays and lesbians. Opponents contended the bill was a "slippery slope" that could lead to gays and lesbians marrying. (Salt Lake Tribune) The Virginia House of Delegates Rules Committee defeated a bill which would have banned gays from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard. During debate prior to the vote, Delegates expressed concerns about management problems if there were different standards for the Guard than the US armed forces, and about potential loss of federal funds for the Guard, if the bill were passed. Meanwhile, a bill prohibiting state government discrimination based on sexual orientation was killed in a House of Delegates subcommittee after being passed by the Senate. (Richmond Times-Dispatch; LezGetReal.com) Lawyers representing the state of Arizona are defending a decision by the state Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer to cut benefits offered to the same-sex partners of state employees. A judge blocked the move last July, saying the action was unconstitutional. The cut amounts to less than 1% of state spending on employee benefits. (Arizona Republic (Phoenix)) A lesbian living in South Dakota who married her partner in Iowa and took her partner's last name has been told she cannot change her name on a state-issued driver's license because South Dakota does not recognize same-sex unions. "This is an emerging issue for states that have passed these constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage," said Robert Doody, executive director of the South Dakota American Civil Liberties Union. (Argus Leader (Sioux Falls)) Idaho State Senator Curt McKenzie (R), chairman of the State Affairs Committee, doesn't plan to schedule hearings on a bill banning workplace and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. McKenzie told the press there's not enough support among conservative lawmakers to move the bill forward. (KHQ-TV (Spokane, WA)) According to US Census figures, Jacksonville, FL has America's highest concentration of gays and lesbians raising children, and a far more diverse LGBT community than the stereotypes of the gay community would suggest. Black and Latino same-sex couples are raising kids at double the rate of their white counterparts. (New York Times) (continued on page 13)
by Kevin P. Suszko, CPA, PC
Here are a few basic ideas that can help guide you financially: Create a Financial Plan: Make sure you and your partner have a will! Create a legal property agreement, addressing division of assets in the event of death or separation. Review beneficiary designations for your life insurance, disability insurance, pension, and 401k and IRA accounts. Appoint your partner as your healthcare proxy, allowing medical decisions to be made on your behalf in the event of your incapacity. Note your partner on a HIPAA form, allowing your partner to access your medical information. Designate each other Power of Attorney using a Durable Power of Attorney, or if you choose, create a Springing Power of Attorney, which would only be valid in the event of your incapacity. Trusts are especially critical for non married partners; consider creating one. Ask Specific Money Questions: Do you have a joint bank account to cover household costs? If you have a mortgage, each of you should deposit 100% of the monthly mortgage payment to the joint account. Pay the mortgage from the joint account. Use the overage to pay other joint expenses. This allows flexibility in claiming mortgage and tax deductions for tax planning. This concept might not be feasible if you have a very large mortgage. Do you have enough life insurance to cover the loss of your income in the event of your death? Review each otherâ€™s benefits provided through your employers. Today, more and more employers provide domestic partner benefits, and you can plan to maximize benefits and avoid double coverage. Plan for your Future: Periodically â€” at least annually â€” review your life goals, including when and where you would like to retire, and compare your goals against your current plan. If you do not have a plan, create one. Include short term and long term goals. Review portfolios and asset mixes, and rebalance as needed. There are many professionals who can assist you in this process. They can be paid hourly, or on a commission basis. If you do use a professional, understand how you are paying for the services rendered. With a good plan, and competent advisors, you can ensure a better financial future.
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March 2011 Calendar
Recurring Contact Information
* Hackensack Peer Support Groups: 800-508-7577; www.njbuddies.org † Pride Center, Highland Park: 732-846-2232; www.pridecenter.org ‡ Hudson Pride Connections Center: 201-963-4779; HudsonPride.org λ LGBT Center Rainbow Lounge, Princeton: www.princeton.edu/lgbt ♦ Jersey Shore Q-Spot, Asbury Park: www.jsqspot.org Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - HIV testing, Asbury Park; 800-9470020 9:00 am to 11:00 am - The Daily Grind coffeehouse, Princetonλ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - HiTOPS Health Center, Princeton; www.hitops.org; 609-683-5155 x 211 Every Monday 7:00 pm - GAAMC, Morristown (see page 2) 10:30 am - The Wellness Community, Newark; 973-5650300; info @ hyacinth.org 7:00 pm - Bowling, Union; merenl @ comcast.net 7:30 pm - S.E.L.F. HIV Men’s support group, Hackensack* 7:30 pm - New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus choir practice, Princeton; 609-396-7774; www.njgmc.org 7:30 pm - Overeaters Anonymous, Pride Center† 7:30 pm - Stitch n B*tch, Pride Center† 8:00 pm - Bowling, Green Brook; 732-388-3548; qcrollers @ aol.com Every Tuesday 12:30 pm - The Wellness Community, Newark; 973-5650300; info @ hyacinth.org 3:00 pm - Youth Connect, Jersey City‡ 4:00 pm - Treatment Adherence Support Group, Jersey City; 201-432-1134; info @ hyacinth.org 7:30 pm - Tuesday Night Lesbian Connection, Bound Brook; 908-791-3764 7:30 pm - Men’s HIV support group, Asbury Park; 732-7755084; apstillpoz @ yahoo.com 7:30 pm - Positive Yoga, Hackensack* 8:45 pm - Bowling, Belleville; 973-256-5936; NJGLB @ aol.com 9:00 pm - Bowling, Jersey City; 201-933-6028; JoeyNJ @ aol.com 9:15 pm - Bowling, Edison; 732-548-4550; cnjgbl @ yahoo.com
Every Wednesday 10:30 am - The Wellness Community, Jersey City; 201-4321134; info @ hyacinth.org 2:00 pm - "Generation Q", WRSU 88.7 FM; wrsu.org 3:00 pm - Youth Connect, Jersey City‡ 6:00 pm - Positive People peer support group, Hackensack* 7:30 pm - Men’s Living Out group, Pride Center; njwarrior @ aol.com† 7:30 pm - Gay Men’s Coming Out group, Pride Center; njwarrior @ aol.com† Every Thursday 3:30 pm - Youth Connect, Jersey City‡ 6:00 pm - Pride Thursdays, Hard Grove Cafe Bar, Jersey City; jclgo.org 6:00 pm - Our Youth weekly support group, Jersey City; www.myspace.com/our_youth 6:30 pm - Double Jeopardy peer support group, Hackensack* 6:30 pm - Living Beyond HIV Men's peer support groups, Jersey City‡ 7:00 pm - C.R.A.V.E., Jersey City‡ 7:00 pm - Sexual Assault Survivor Support, Princeton; www.hitops.org 7:30 pm - Rainbows on Cleveland Street, Orange; 973-2565936; rbowsoncleveland @ aol.com 7:30 pm - Writers group, Pride Center† Every Friday 3:00 pm - Youth Connect, Jersey City‡ Every Sunday 10:30 am - MCC of Christ the Liberator, North Brunswick; 732-846-8227; mccliberator @ excite.com Noon - St. Francis of Assisi Church, Glen Ridge; 973-7317765; stfrancisnj.org 2:30 pm - Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church, Newark; 973-621-2100
01 Tue 4:00 pm - HIV Testing & Needle Exchange, Jersey City‡ 6:00 pm - Gay Pride Business Network, New Brunswick; www.gpbn.net 7:00 pm - ComeOUT & Play, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Quesdays, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 7:30 pm - LGBT Fellowship, Belleville; 973-751-0616
7:30 pm - Coffee Night, Edison; njlgh.onefireplace.com
02 Wed 6:00 pm - North Jersey Prime Timers' monthly meetup, Little Falls; www.meetup.com/North-Jersey-Primetimers/ 8:00 pm - Movie, Trembling Before G-d, Princetonλ
05 Sat Noon - Health Fair, Newark (see Bulletin Board, pg. 3) 2:30 pm - First and Third for GLBTI youth, Princeton; 609683-5155; www.HiTOPS.org
03 Thu 7:00 pm - Lecture, "Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Desire", Princetonλ
06 Sun 4:00 pm - Dignity Metro NJ Mass, Maplewood; 973-8574040; Dignitymetronj @ msn.com
04 Fri 7:00 pm - Positive Women peer support group, Hackensack* 7:00 pm - Under the Rainbow, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Karaoke Party, Pride Center†
March 2011 CHALLENGE Page 7 06 Sun 6:30 pm - Gay Men’s Opera Club; 732-249-9034; hagol @ msn.com 07 Mon 7:00 pm - Support Group for Lesbians with Cancer, New Brunswick; 732-235-6781; slirzero AT umdnj.edu 7:00 pm - Lesbian Hot Topics, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 08 Tue 7:30 pm - Bisexual Social Support Group, Pride Center† 7:30 pm - PCNJ Board of Trustees meeting, Pride Center† 8:00 pm - Lesbians and Gay Men of New Brunswick, Pride Center† 09 Wed 6:00 pm - Gay Pride Business Network, Asbury Park; www.gpbn.net 7:30 pm - TGLCA monthly meeting, Trenton; 609-396-9788; tglca @ aol.com 9:00 pm - Dine with Pride, Metuchen ; jennifer.horsey @ cit.com 10 Thu 4:30 pm - Lecture, "The Right to Apear: An Arendtian Perspective on the Politics of the Street", Princetonλ 6:30 pm - Volunteer orientation, Jersey City‡ 7:00 pm - Qspot Book Club, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 7:30 pm - PFLAG of North Jersey, South Orange; 908-7897489; pflagwaver @ aol.com 7:30 pm - Alternate Thursdays, Montclair; kjdinkin @ comcast.net
7:30 pm - Lesbian Alliance of Princeton; 609-924-8174; Loisj @ msn.com 7:30 pm - PFLAG of Hunterdon County, Flemington; 908752-1370; pflaghc @ yahoo.com 8:00 pm - PFLAG of Bergen County, Paramus; 201-2870318; www.bergenpflag.org 8:00 pm - NJ Women, Secaucus; info @ njwomen.org 16 Wed 7:30 pm - United in Grace discussion/support group, Jersey City; 201-946-0650; greg.perez @ comcast.net 8:00 pm - Havurah board meeting, Edison; njlgh.onefireplace.com 17 Thu 7:00 pm - GAAMC board meeting, Morristown; all GAAMC members are invited to attend. 7:00 pm - Hudson Pride 2011 Festival meeting, Jersey City‡ 7:00 pm - GLSEN Training, Pride Center† 7:30 pm - NJ Women Coming Out Support Group, Pride Center† 7:30 pm - PFLAG of Northwest NJ, Sparta; 973-729-9909
11 Fri 7:30 pm - Educational Forum: Spanish Culture, Pride Center†
18 Fri 7:00 pm - Positive Women peer support group, Hackensack* 7:00 pm - NJ Furries Art Workshop, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - NJ Buddies 25th Anniversary Party, Tenafly (see Bulletin Board, p. 3) 7:30 pm - Support Group for Parents of LGBTIQ Youth/ Young Adults, Pride Center† 7:30 pm - Dignity New Brunswick social; 732-968-9263; dignitynb @ earthlink.net 8:00 pm - Out of the Box open mic night, The Cave, 19-21 Second Avenue, Highland Park (sign-up begins 7:30) 9:00 pm - DJ Chiono Dance Party, Pride Center†
12 Sat 1:00 pm - Youth Drop-In, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Movie Social, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Mardi Gras 2011, Hoboken‡ 7:30 pm - Dignity New Brunswick gay Catholic liturgy; 732968-9263; dignitynb @ earthlink.net 8:00 pm - NJ Havurah 20th Anniversary Party, Edison; www.njhav.org
19 Sat 2:30 pm - First and Third for GLBTI youth, Princeton; 609683-5155; www.HiTOPS.org 7:00 pm - Rainbow Bowling, Bradley Beach; 732-774-4540 7:00 pm - NJ Gay Film Society & Potluck Dinner Club, location TBA; gayfilms @ bigfoot.com 7:00 pm - OA Games Night, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf, Pride Center†
13 Sun 4:00 pm - Chillfest, Jersey City (see Bulletin Board, pg. 3) 6:00 pm - Gay Men’s Classical Song Club, Kingston; pbrown02 @ worldnet.att.net
20 Sun 4:00 pm - Dignity Metro NJ Mass, Maplewood; 973-8374040; Dignitymetronj @ msn.com 4:00 pm - TrueSelves trans support group, Pride Center† 4:30 pm - Torah Queeries, Pride Center†
14 Mon 6:00 pm - Shopping at Barnes & Noble, Woodland Park; www.meetup.com/North-Jersey-Primetimers/ 7:00 pm - Youth Initiative Teenager's Meetings, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 7:30 pm - PFLAG of Morris County, Mendham; 973-7275288; pflag.morris @ verizon.net 7:30 pm - PFLAG, Princeton; 609-663-5155; www.pflagprinceton.org 15 Tue 4:00 pm - HIV Testing & Needle Exchange, Jersey City‡ 7:00 pm - Movie Night, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 7:00 pm - ComeOUT & Play, Pride Center†
21 Mon 7:00 pm - Support Group for Lesbians with Cancer, New Brunswick; 732-235-6781; slirzero @ umdnj.edu 7:00 pm - Lesbian Hot Topics, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 8:00 pm - LGBT Activist Forum, Pride Center† 22 Tue 3:00 pm - Health Center Drop-In, Princetonλ 7:00 pm - The Addams Family, New York; www.meetup.com/North-Jersey-Primetimers/ 8:00 pm - Lesbians and Gay Men of New Brunswick, Pride Center†
Page 8 CHALLENGE March 2011 23 Wed 6:00 pm - Gay Pride Business Network, Asbury Park; www.gpbn.net 6:30 pm - Dinner discussion, "LGBT & Religious, Questioning, or Seeking", Princetonλ 25 Fri 7:00 pm - Rock Hero, Pride Center† 6:00 pm - Karaoke Night, Kearny; www.meetup.com/North-Jersey-Primetimers/ 8:00 pm - Shabbat service; www.njhav.org 26 Sat 1:00 pm - Youth Drop-In, Pride Center† 2:00 pm - Youth Support Group, Pride Center† 7:00 pm - Gay Bowling, Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park; 732776-6160 7:00 pm - Games Night & Dessert Party, Pride Center† 27 Sun 1:00 pm - Rainbow Book Group, Jersey City‡ 4:00 pm - North Jersey Primetimers social, Franklin; www.meetup.com/North-Jersey-Primetimers/ 28 Mon 7:00 pm - Funny Bingo, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦ 8:30 pm - Meditation Group, Pride Center† 30 Wed 6:00 pm - Queering the Color Line Family Dinner, Princetonλ 31 Thu 4:30 pm - Discussion, "Visualizing Queer Genealogies", Princetonλ 7:00 pm - Gay Men's Hot Topics, Jersey Shore Q-Spot♦
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This Month's Contributors Charlie Murphy (Good Eats!, p. 11) is a past President of GAAMC and currently serves as the head of the Social Committee. Tony Puma (p. 3): A career in sales/marketing/advertising and public relations influences my poetry style: less abstract and more to-the-point. Degrees from New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. A member of various poetry groups including Italian-American Writers Association, Red Wheel Barrow Poets, Paulinskill Poetry Project, Poets House (NYC), South Mountain Poets, and Hudson Valley Poets-on-the-Loose. A view of life through the prism of poetry; seeing, hearing, and feeling, trying to capture emotions and relate them via words. Dina Romano (p. 3) has a background in Art Direction/ Graphic Design/Production/Printing & Manufacturing. She is a fine artist and painting is her true passion. She also enjoys writing poetry. Mark Segal (p. 9) is the publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. He is the nation's most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media, having recently received the 2010 Columnist of the Year Award from the 2,000-member Suburban Newspapers of America. He can be reached at mark @ epgn.com. Bill Realman Stella writes Dancing to Architecture (p. 10) because writing about music is like that. He hosted the eclectic pop music show Highest Common Denominator in his mind for twenty years before getting it on the radio for six, and will host it again. Bill has been collecting music since age 4, when for each song he'd hear on the radio, he'd ask his mom, "Do they have a record?" Making a record good enough to play on the radio remains a small miracle after all these years. If you'd like Bill to write, DJ, or promote for you, get in touch. Comments and suggestions also welcome. Please send your correspondences to bearealman @ gmail.com. Kevin Suszko, CPA, PC, (Planning Your Financial Future, p. 5) is an accountant, financial planner, and tax preparer with particular expertise in the field of LGBT financial planning. He can be reached at KPSCPA @ gmail.com. (See ad, left)
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Circle of Friends Opens Scholarship Application Process The “Circle of Friends” Awards Committee will be awarding a minimum of $6000 for post high school education (college, community college, trade school, etc.) to deserving students from the Greater Newark Area based on their contributions to community development in Greater Newark. The “Circle of Friends” Awards honors the life and contributions of three people whose activities and commitment have assisted others. Please review all criteria for the three awards before applying.
Mr. President, Washington and Franklin Thank You by Mark Segal
When President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he might have felt the ghosts of Founding Fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin smiling over his shoulder. They might have even whispered in his ear, "It's about time."
Criteria for the “Circle of Friends” Awards honoring the contributions of Angel Claudio (two awards, minimum of $500 each) will be: a GPA of 2.5 or better; active involvement in a major aspect of fashion, i.e. designing, modeling, coordination of fashion events, major officer in a student/community fashion organization or business; and active involvement in community oriented activities. Special consideration will be given to those who are engaged in HIV/AIDS and/or health care issues facing their community.
History clearly recalls that the Revolutionary Army was a rag-tag band of men with little to no military training. We fumbled through the beginning of the war of independence with lack of training, conduct and organization. Washington knew that, without help, the Colonies would lose. Since Washington himself was the best this nation had, he looked to Europe for someone who could bring order to the troops. To that end, Washington wrote the Colonies' representative in Paris at the time, Franklin, to see what he could find.
Criteria for the “Circle of Friends” Awards honoring the contributions of JanHerman Veenker (four awards, total of $4000, minimum of $1000 each) will be: a GPA of 3.0 or better; and active involvement in exemplary work in HIV/ AIDS social justice, diversity, and human dignity efforts. Special consideration will be given to those who are engaged in HIV/AIDS and/or health care issues facing their community and the global aspects of HIV/AIDS, especially in Africa.
Franklin learned of a Prussian military genius, Lt. Gen. Friederich von Steuben, who'd had a string of successes with numerous armies across Europe. There was one problem: Various kingdoms of Europe had asked von Steuben to depart because of his "affections for members of his own sex." And while Franklin was interviewing him, the situation became somewhat hectic as members of the French clergy decided to make a crusade and drum him out of France.
Criteria for the “Circle of Friends” Awards honoring the contributions of Dean James Credle (2 awards, minimum of $500 each) will be: a GPA of 2.5 or better; and active involvement in community oriented efforts to assist those in need (veterans and their dependents, people with disabilities, HIV/AIDS and health care, social justice, human dignity, and diversity). Special consideration will be given to those who are engaged in working with the LGBTIQ community and other perceived barriers that divide us.
Franklin had a choice here, and he decided von Steuben's expertise was more important than his sexual orientation. He and another colony representative, Silas Deane, acted quickly before the clergy could deport von Stuben and sent him to the Colonies to serve with Washington.
Each candidate must submit a statement in approximately 250 words (two typewritten double-spaced pages) regarding his/her activities and explain why he/she should receive an award based on the categories listed (Angel Claudio Award, JanHerman Veenker Award, or the Dean James Credle Award). In addition, each candidate must submit letters of recommendation from two people: a professor or advisor, and a community activist with whom he/she works. All application materials must be sent to “Circle of Friends”, c/o Dean James Credle, 51 Clifton Avenue, Suite C-2101, Newark, New Jersey 07104 and received no later than Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:00pm. Candidates must save the date of Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:00pm-11:00pm when the awards will be announced at our annual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will be part of a fund raising dinner dance, paying special tribute to Peggie Miller and NMB Models, to be held aboard the Queen of Hearts, Pier 40, West Houston Street at the Hudson River.
Once the lieutenant was here, Washington was concerned about von Steuben's lack of English, so he appointed two of his officers who spoke French to work as translators. One of those officers was Alexander Hamilton and the other was his close friend Henry Laurens. Some historians claim the two were lovers — but that's another column. Washington and Franklin's trust in von Steuben was realized as he taught the troops the essentials of military drills, tactics and disciplines, including how to effectively use a bayonet and organizing a military camp. He authored the "Revolutionary War Drill Manual," which became the standard drill manual until the War of 1812, and served as Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the Revolutionary War. He was part of Washington's inner circle, and a major factor in the victory of the Colonies. And that, my friends, is why gay history is important. And a fun read. (This article was originally printed in the Philadelphia Gay News in early January 2011.)
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Dancing to Architecture
Music reviews & news with a Queer ear by Bill Realman Stella Dear Readers: The rush is ON! Hand-fulls, arm-fulls, ear-fulls and head-fulls of albums come out almost every day it seems, vying for attention. Y'all should drop by or drop me a line: I could show your auditory receptors a damn good time. Anticipation grows daily for the new album by
Q Christine Martucci ~ Sin And Redemption .
Martucci's follow-up to the award-winning Christine Martucci Band album I'm All In is coming soon. In fact, it arrives this month, supported by several live local performances, most important of all:
The Sin & Redemption CD Release Show
March 19, 7:30—10:30pm The Stone Pony Ocean Ave. Asbury Park, NJ with special guests The Banjo Boyz Doors open at 7:30 pm Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door All ages admitted, 21 to drink. Or, as Christine puts it: "Less than a month away!!!!! Stone Pony!!! March 19th!!! Time to party!!!" You haven’t gotten your tickets yet? No problem! You can get them right from the Stone Pony website StonePonyOnline.com or call Martucci's agent Gina at 201-675-6514. Show up the night BEFORE the show for a special meet and greet at The Watermark, also on Ocean Ave in Asbury Park, NJ. That gets started around 8pm, Friday, March 18th, 2011 On the previous weekend, Saturday, March 12, Christine will perform as Janis Joplin, part of the "Summer Of Love" Show at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
Q The Wavos ~ Wave Crazed
From the electronic edges of the last 30 years of pop music, from Our Daughters Wedding's indelible blink-and-you-missed-it Dance Rock hit "Lawnchairs (Are Everywhere)" to The Privates in the 1980s to Wavo Gordon Smith's Outmusic-recognized band Rubberlegs — just to name a few! — the bandmembers of The Wavos have burned up floorboards and burned out synthesizer circuits for energetic music aficionados for a very long time. It only took me about a year to catch up with the "Rocktronic Dance-Pop" of The Wavos' album Wave Crazed. It arrived in March of 2010; I took notice at last only last month. (What's that cliche about trying to catch a wave? That must explain it, yeah…) Top Tracks: I am unreasonably, inexplicably obsessed with "Aerobic Commuting," but I'll try to explain: Have you ever tried to get anywhere on time in The Big City? Ever try to walk across midtown Manhattan during rush hour? I spent a good chunk of the mid-80s commuting to Manhattan for volunteer work, and it was then that I came up with the
strategy to Walk Where People Aren't—that is, to be conciously aware of empty spaces between people and slip as quickly as possible into the space between busily moving persons, to get as quickly as possible through the crowds of midtown. Meanwhile, all around me everyday commuters were keeping pace and keeping time to their particular rhythms. But if one felt inspired enough by those rhythms to want to write a song about it, you should skip the previous prose and jump directly to "Aerobic Commuting," whose lyrics are concrete poetry — start to finish — and featuring perhaps the best Apparently About to Go Off The Rails Melody since Devo's take on "Satisfaction" (and, like Devo, the Wavos stay on track, no surprise.) The Fun Surprise!: The track is introduced by a distant-sounding snippet of "Lawnchairs" playing behind ambient lock-locking and step-descending noises, an aural picture of an Aerobic Commuter leaving their apartment, locking up, dashing down the stairs, and going out the front entrance and onto the sidewalk, all while wearing headphones to listen to propulsive tunes. Smooth and bouncy "I Will Show You Mine" is a gleeful body-bender; "Tribe Girl" twistily messes with the "So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" riff and "I Must Be Crazy"—simply a hit song in need of a fan base— are also good, "Rocktronic Dance-Pop" fun. To hear the entire seven-song EP at The Wavos' home website, click on "Music" and then on "Original Songs." Or just click here; they await you. Surf on over. If you enjoy trolling YouTube for videos of bands old and new, The Wavos offer a treasure trove of fun. Videos for many songs on Wave Crazed are at the "jagosmusic" channel, and ancient (in pop music terms) video of The Privates, too, has been unearthed for your entertainment. In fact, my comments, made in-real-time as I watched The Privates' "You Got Me Breaking Apart" for the first time, were: Do you still own the rights to re-release / rerecord The Privates' songs? omigod — is that… Uncle Floyd!? AAAAAGH! OF COURSE! The...wall of pictures is unmistakable, and — just then! — the sound of Floyd and company yelling Yay at the end is equally so. <Big Warm Silly Grin> It was a thrill to see video I may have first seen thirty years ago from the Uncle Floyd Show—and haven't seen since. If you don't know about Uncle Floyd and his show, look it up: I was a fan of his in the early 80s. And, to answer my own question: Yes of course they still own the rights, because the previously mentioned "I Must Be Crazy" is another of The Privates' songs. Wave Crazed is New Wavy gravy, with licks still lick-able, and tricks still trick-able. Nostalgia is NOT a required condiment to enjoy these Wavos.
The Go! Team ~ Rolling Blackouts
Relentless energy, like an onslaught of the hippest hip-hop Brit cheerleaders you ever did see, the third album from Electro/Rock/Hip Hop/ Garage studio construction The Go! Team make frantic, distracted-seeming sounds with a keen focus on high-energy and a good time — no, a great time. (continued on page 12)
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by Chef Charlie Murphy For Saint Patrick's Day, these tasty treats would be enough to tempt the snakes back into Ireland!
Corned Beef and Cabbage 1 3-pound corned beef brisket, uncooked, in brine 16 cups cold water 2 bay leaves 2 teaspoons black peppercorns 4 whole allspice berries 2 whole cloves 1/2 large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges 8 new potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), halved Freshly ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the corned beef in a colander; rinse well under cold running water. Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid. Add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncover, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven. Braise about 3 hours and 45 minutes until very tender. Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platte. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with mustard or horseradish sauce.
Horseradish Sauce 3/4 cup mayonnaise 3/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons jarred grated horseradish (with liquid) 1/2 teaspoon granted lemon zest 2 teaspoons kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, lemon zest, and salt. Season generously with pepper to taste. Refrigerate the horseradish sauce for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Irish Soda Bread 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 6 tablespoons solid shortening 2/3 cup raisins, brown, golden, or combination of both 2 teaspoons caraway seeds 1 cup buttermilk Preheat over to 375 degrees. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar. Using a pastry blender or fingertips, work the shortening into the flour mixture until the consistency is the same as that of small peas. Stir in the raisins and caraway seeds and mix to distribute evenly. Gradually stir in the buttermilk, 1/4 cup at a time, using only enough to allow the dough to come together. Knead the dough for 1 to 2 minutes. Shape the dough into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an X on the top and over the sides of the loaf. Bake for 45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack before serving.
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Q Sacha Sacket WATCH: The latest new songs from The Viscera Project
Barring the extremely unlikely possibility that they'd let me do such a remix, my dream for this track is almost as ambitious as it must be for its creators: So many competing hooks, rhythms, and grooves jockey for attention that there are more than enough treats to pick from. Any remix master worth his or her salt (found on the forthcoming EP single) can toss streams of juicy bits aside and still have plenty left to conjure tasty, glorious, fierce, perhaps even transcendent and, yes, utterly danceable classics. One easily imagines a dozen versions of "Born This Way") that could sound very different from each other without adding a single new instrument, yet share extraordinary strength of character. Just Cut The Crap, already! And that doesn't even count the inevitable competing cover versions, and the ballad interpretations, the mash-up with "We Got The Beat "and the swarm of gay chorus arrangements. Oh, Gaga, your message is supreme, but <sigh> Why must you overwhelm us with your fierceness (and underwhelm us with your fierce mess)?
… are the same songs as last month, I'm sorry to say. The Viscera Project's weekly schedule has apparently hit a snag. (That's whatcha get fer committing to report on a project without authorization or inside information.) Meanwhile, every one of the three dozen beautiful songs released so far are still there, including these (accompanied by some of the equally beautiful, iconic photo-illustrations Sacha Sacket provides for every song): (a) "Start Again," starting the new year off b with Nicole Atkins ~ Mondo Amore another winner, and Mondo Amore is an artistic breakthrough. (b) "Interstate," a new fan-favorite (based on Long a New Jersey-based local legend, Atkins expands her musithe web comments) a noisy, fantasy road trip of cal vocabulary way beyond fan-expectations for another set of a track. Jersey Girl bar-band classic Rock. Mondo Amore has less in comIf you haven't already, visit sachasacket mon with Atkins' Pat Benatar/Melissa Etheridge-wannabe past, and .bandcamp.com, where you can play every more in common with Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne's fixations single song from Viscera on-demand. on stripping the veneer off Contemporary Country and Country Or visit Sacket's finely designed web home, Rock to reveal a gripping, blatant modern Alternative Country. SachaSacket.com (naturally), and listen to a Fresh from her vocal turn on David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim's Here stream of some of his favorites, including Lies Love last year, Atkins sounds as if that experience encouraged (c) the tough-as-nails "Used," and (d) "Runc her to take off in new directions, laying bold, inspired ideas out ning Away" —a decisive, violin-infested, cellobefore us in the styles of entitled female solo stars, incorporating driven escape theme (both from Hermitage, new recording tech to free her to find her own inventions. Sacket's 2009 release), Top Tracks: "This Is For Love" doesn't stop with an athletic, teetering (e) "Caroline"'s Roxy Music / Brian Eno / nearly over-the-top strings section, a vibrant almost-desperate steel Leonard Cohen vibe, (f) the kinetic dystopia of guitar, and the chills inducing lyric: "I wanna talk a new language, where "The Outsider," (g) the romance of fading our names will belong." Romance soon meets maturity under a Vegas memories in "Spanish Carnival Ride," and the moon, a lush setting where (h) gentle, dignified strength before stood Western desert, of "Sunday Scream." CORRECTION where, by singing "I wanna Your support of indeLast month, in my review of walk some new country," pendent musicians is an d Q Drew Paralic ~ Roll With It, Baby there now grows the sheer essential part of their exhilaration of putting it all I misquoted a lyric within "How Bill's Heart Sings." success, on the line for a new Country The correct lyric is: specifically Mr. Sacket Western style. (I can dream, "Lovers strolling arm-in-arm / in mine there's no one there." (and Ms. Martucci, and can't I?) I regret the error. The Wavos, and the rest "My Baby Don't Lie" evokes of the indies you'll read a 1930s roots record, from about here). Contrarily, a its lo-fi sonic quality to its lack of support drives their inability to stay Bessie Smith-worthy lyric. afloat. If you like the songs, show it by pur"Vultures" sizes up its prey at a safe distance then swoops and e chasing a recording for your collection (Click power-dives tight to target, right onto the field of competition, like a those links!), or by going to a concert. banshee. It is track number one on Mondo Amore, and announces AtFollow as new songs are posted weekly at kins presence in the big leagues with a scope an elegance that recalls sachasacket.bandcamp.com a great lost Led Zeppelin track for a never-completed Physical Grafitti follow-up, but with a guest vocal by the likes of Roseanne Cash. Q Lady Gaga ~ "Born This Way" And "Cry Cry Cry" is a hit, the catchy-as-herpes catchiest track of this season. Won't SOMEONE with power put this record on a TV I wish I could get my hands on a copy of the drama's final act montage?, or on the podcasts and music streams original multi-track recordings of "Born This that play modern pop, or on the frikkin' radio?! Go, now! Go listen, Way," strip out all of the same-old thumpgo deny its imminent hit status. Then blog this track to your beats and about half of the remaining layers of friends, folks, post it to Facebook and Last. fm and wherever— just tracks, stir, and serve. A great song is hidden in f [oof] there [ow! Get that stuff out of my ear!] give IN, already, to giving an artist over 30 their first hit. (In another break with tradition, the website is named somewhere, [Coming through! Watch your http://mondoamore.nicoleatkins.com/. Be sure to click on "Crew" step!] if only choices were not made to toss to learn about Atkins great band The Black Sea.) every option possible into the same mix.
March 2011 CHALLENGE Page 13 Dolorean ~ The Unfazed
One of the prettier albums in recent memory, Dolorean haven't always specialized in sheer beauty, so this is quite a departure from less tonally-centered, noisier prior projects of theirs. Occupying a sonic space similar to middle period Grateful Dead, Dolorean decorates with effects such as droopy echoes of pedal steel guitar and blips of cool electric bells. Top Tracks: Title track "The Unfazed" sets the tone with fine lyrics, and sets an unwavering line down between all unfazing daily mundane doings and, on the other side, the one most important, in all ways fazing person in one's life. "Thinskinned" is a marvel of sung, dramatic narration. It doesn't scan into any discernible poetic meter, but compelling fiddling, unexpected chord change shifts, and a commitment to the central metaphor of the lyric makes for a masterful four minutes. It shouldn't work, but it sure does. On "Fool's Gold Ring," with its attention-clutching line: "I watched my heart collapse in another's grasp," the refrain at first is "It's just a fool's coin toss;" the second goaround, as if in recognition of an unhappy history, it is "Even fools have needs;" and on the third, the alchemy by which the story demands "It's just a Fool's Gold Ring" to be sung is a dark judgement under that shiny, unworthy surface. In "Sweet Boy," an uncertain ambiguity leads from "I lied when we met / It was an honest mistake / I said I could wait for your past to fade away / I had no idea what I was talking about" to "We tried on a love whose hem needed to be sewn. We promised ourselves it was just room to grow." Taken together with the one-line refrain "Hey, what a Sweet Boy you made for yourself," but for a late-appearing pronoun, this is another of those songs that, as a gay man, I filter through a gay context. The meaning I've surmised works no less lyrically.
Drive-By Truckers ~ Go-Go Boots
…is no The Big To-Do, last year's often-brilliant DBT album. This one is said to belong to the same set of sessions. But even DBT isn't exempt from one of my pet peeves: instruments and vocals too out of tune, and untuned to each other. One might muddle through the entire lazilyintonated first half of Go-Go Boots before winding up relieved by the relatively gentle push-back of "Assholes" (ironically enough). Go-Go Boots is often satisfied to be a traditional Country album in a contemporary New American language—and that's fine. Other tracks tend to DBT's recurrent themes of hard workers making their dysfunctional way through dysfunctional family, lives and times, and asking out loud what replaces that which was lost. By being sing song-y and repetitive, "The Thanksgiving Filter" nearly attempts to rival Robert Earl Keene's "Merry Christmas From The Family" as a silly account of disappearing traditions, but is marred by more off-pitch laziness. "Pulaski" treats its native-born protagonist with so much disillusionment one might guess the American Dream seeker is an immigrant. But "Mercy Buckets" puts a button on Boots, and rekindles my love of the Truckers' decent characters in tough situations: "I will bring you buckets of mercy / and hold your hand when you're crossing the street." I reckon that one's for their kids who, like the boy in Big To-Do's concluding track "Eyes Like Glue," are growing up. Just like their mamas and papas, the littlest ones are facing their fears.
Architecture In Helsinki ~ "Contact High" ~ Moment Bends
The first new track in years from AIH is a guilty pleasure, a departure for a band I typically think of as synonymous with "deliriously quirky." Neither delirious nor very unconventional, "Contact High" is very like a Prince record, recorded on a minimalist budget. That's likable enough to want to hear more, and the full album arrives stateside May 3. But don't wait to hear "Contact High" now, at the band's homepage.
tUnE-yArDs ~ W H O K I L L
…is also on its way. Readers of this column last year know how much I love the music released into the wild—er, to the public—by the musical identity known as tUnE-yArDs. Here's news about the tUnEs: "Hello tUnE-yArDs-ers, "The BBC played a new tUnE-yArDs song on the radio, and somebody made a recording of it just like in the old days. It got passed around a lot on the internet, but I think you should have the real one. "Go to www.tune-yards.com and you can sign up on the mailing list to get a free MP3 of "Bizness" (yep, just one 'z'). Or you can just listen over and over again on the website. The album will be released April 19." "Bizness" as you might expect is a dance party ready celebration, underpinned by 70s funk elements, spattered with kalimba-like vocal melodies, spackled with Township-style brass, and spangled with shimmery textures brought to a spinning climax. Tour dates include 20th May at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, and 21st May at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dancing To Architecture® contents © 2011 Bill Stella.™, ® & © items included in the column for review purposes are ™, ® & © their respective owners.
(continued from page 5) Transgender people in the United States are subject to intolerance and discrimination in nearly every aspect of their lives, a survey finds. More than a quarter report having lost a job because of their transgender status, and 41% say they've attempted suicide. The survey was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. (Associated Press) Canada's House of Commons passed a bill to add protection under the Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code for those who have changed gender or are in transition. The bill (C389) was introduced by New Democrat Party MP Bill Siksay of British Columbia. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will face opposition from Conservative Party members who control that house. (CBC) David Kato, a spokesman for an LGBT rights organization in Uganda, was found murdered at his Kampala home this week. Kato was involved in a suit against a tabloid paper that had published pictures of people it said were homosexuals under the headline, "Hang Them!" The killing was condemned in statements issued by the White House and the State Department. Ugandan police said that Nsubuga Enock, who had been staying with Kato after Kato bailed him out of prison, had confessed to murdering Kato after a "personal disagreement". Kato's driver was also arrested in connection with the murder. (BoxTurtleBulletin.com; Reuters) Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan woman who sought asylum in Britain because she feared anti-gay persecution in her home country, was granted a last-minute reprieve and taken off a Kampala-bound flight at Heathrow Airport in London. Namigadde's request to stay in Britain had been denied, and officials will decide whether her case was handled properly. (New York Times) Target officials said the company's experiences during the 2010 election cycle were a factor in deciding to create a policy committee to oversee the company's political activities. The company's contribution to a group supporting an anti-gay gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota brought condemnation from LGBT groups. (Washington Blade) Facebook users in civil unions or domestic partnerships will now be able to choose those relationship states on their personal profiles. "By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media," wrote Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which worked with Facebook to implement the change. (CNN)
GAAMC Congratulates… New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah on their 20th anniversary New Jersey Buddies on their 25th anniversary Philadelphia Gay News on its 35th anniversary
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI ~ MOMENT BENDS ~ album cover ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI ~ "CONTACT HIGH" ~ single art
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GAY ACTIVIST ALLIANCE IN MORRIS COUNTY
Officers President.................................................. Mickey Suiter ....................................... President @ GAAMC.org VP Community Services........................................... Open.............................................. Info @ GAAMC.org VP Operations...................................................... Open Secretary .................................................. Gordon Sauer ....................................... Secretary @ GAAMC.org Treasurer ................................................... Andy Skurna....................................... Treasurer @ GAAMC.org Trustees Kerry Dinkin, Marty Grifone, Claire Pompei, Mitch Rubin, Ed Schell, Bill Realman Stella, Alexa Vasios Trustees Emeriti Sue Harris, Sherri Rase, Robin Schneider, Mark Wydner Committee Chairs Activism................................................... Gordon Sauer ........................................ Activism @ GAAMC.org Archives....................................................Mickey Suiter ........................................ Archives @ GAAMC.org Discussion Group Resources............................ Gordon Sauer ..................................... Discussions @ GAAMC.org Fundraising................................................. Andy Skurna..................................... Fundraising @ GAAMC.org Information..................................................Mitch Rubin..................................... FreeLibrary @ GAAMC.org Member Services/Front Desk........................... Allen Neuner Membership ................................................ Andy Skurna................................... Memberships @ GAAMC.org Pride Guide................................................. Andy Skurna......................................PrideGuide @ GAAMC.org Programs..................................................... Sherri Rase........................................ Programs @ GAAMC.org Public Relations............................................. Sherri Rase.............................................. Info @ GAAMC.org Socials................................................... Charlie Murphy........................................... Socials @ GAAMC.org Speakers Bureau........................................... Chris Selitto................................ SpeakersBureau @ GAAMC.org Volunteerism.................................................Sherri Rase....................................... Volunteer @ GAAMC.org Webmaster (inc. Facebook, Issuu, Yahoo!) ............ Andy Skurna..................................... Webmaster @ GAAMC.org GAAMC, the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County, has served New Jerseyâ€™s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and intersexed community since 1972. GAAMC is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organization that provides social, educational, and outreach programs. GAAMC also offers opportunities for individuals to become politically active on issues related to the GLBTI community. Our intent is to maintain a positive, healthy, respectful, and supportive environment in a safe space. Meetings are held every Monday evening at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ (near the Morris Museum). Discussion groups meet from 7:00 to 8:00. The evening's program starts at 8:00 pm. Refreshments are available. For program information, call our information line or check our homepage (see below). Members and non-members are always welcome. Annual membership dues are: Regular, $40/single, $70/couple; Students/Seniors, $30/single, $60/couple. Those looking to help out at GAAMC can contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Sherri Rase, at Volunteer @ GAAMC.org. How to reach GAAMC Mail: PO Box 137, Convent Station, NJ 07961 Telephone: 973-285-1595 E-Mail: info @ gaamc.org Home page: http://www.gaamc.org Mail List: http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/gaamc