A look at how I've been diverting myself lately.
READ: Contested Will by James Shapiro [an entertaining and insightful history of the Shakespeare authorship controversy].
COMING UP: Ben Jonson, Alastair Brotchie.
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE NIGHT PICKS:
THEME: Notorious Women.
KITO'S SELECTION: Evita (dir. Parker, 1996) [they shouldn't have gone the sung-through route for the movie].
MINE: Marie Antoinette (Coppola, 2006) [it's inert. I guess that's part of the point, but still].
SAW: "Program/Suffer/Abstain/Deprogram" @ President's Gallery at Harold Washington College [I had a hard time understanding the concept of this group show, which has something to do, according to curator Bert Stabler, with the Stoics and their philosophy of "positive refusal." If you say so, Bert].
My day job, Chicago history, dogs, Kito, Pride, Istanbul, books, musicals, the Palins, attractive men, television, summer, my family, faith, the presidential election, prisons.
DEPARTED CHICAGO GAY BARS THAT HAVE ACHIEVED LEGENDARY STATUS:
1. The Manhole [because of its name and naughty dance floor].
2. Madrigal's [because of the rumored prostitution].
3. The Eagle [because of IML goings-ons].
4. Voltaire [just kidding; I'm the only one who misses it].
ONE YEAR AGO: "I have become a reverse bulimic."
TWO YEARS AGO: "O, Chowder, forgive me. I was young and afraid."
THREE YEARS AGO: "How did people live before air conditioners? No wonder they never smiled in photographs and were racist."
FOUR YEARS AGO: "WOMEN ONLY PLEASE!"
Happy Pride, y'all.