By Jeff Walsh
Let's address the obvious straight away. Evelyn Evelyn, the conjoined twin sister singing duo that played San Francisco this weekend, aren't lesbians, or gay, or trans, which may raise the flag of why I'd be reviewing their show for a gay youth site.
I find this sort of thinking to miss the mark entirely. Growing up as conjoined sisters gives them a unique take on life, sure, but it still shines the same light on all of the same issues we see here on a regular basis: difference, adversity, trying to fit in, and trying to pull away from a gift that you were given at birth. For the Neville sisters, it's one another; for everyone else, your sexuality.
As they sing in the bridge to their namesake song: "I never asked for this! I never wanted this! All that I want is some time to myself!" Sound familiar?
With that out of the way, seeing the sisters in their reluctant spotlight at the Great American Music Hall on Sunday night was inspiring. Even with the adoration from the crowd, the sisters always seemed timid and uncomfortable being center stage. In the darkness, they told the tale of their horrible upbringing through an inventive use of shadow puppets, giving us a peek at the tragedy that hangs just underneath the surface of their songs.
By Jeff Walsh
When you watch a movie called "The Big Gay Musical," you know what you signed up for. The only question is, will it deliver? Thankfully, this movie gives you all the laughs, songs, hot guys, and camp that you expect going in.
The movie centers on two actors playing Adam and Steve in an Off-Broadway musical. It has a queeny God, hot muscular angels, and a lot of campy dialogue with double entendres, like this one from their time in the Garden of Eden:
Adam: Last night, you figured out how to pull the skin back! It's so much better that way.
Steve: I know! Now, I really like bananas!
So, yeah, that's the kind of show to expect.
Offstage, the guy who plays Adam is sorting out how he feels about dating, monogamy, and hookups, whereas the actor playing Steve isn't out to his highly-religious parents, who are coming to opening night. With a few other characters and the slutty angels in the show, it ends up being just campy enough, just sexy enough, and with just enough heart to make it fun to watch.
By Jeff Walsh
When I first saw the program for Girlfriend, a new musical based on Matthew Sweet's 1991 album of the same name, I was surprised to only see two names on the cast list. I knew the show was about two teenaged boys who fall in love, but where would the drama come from? It just seemed a tall order to have no outside pressures or voices.
Watching the beginning of the show, though, made me think of a lot of the journals I see here on Oasis on a regular basis, and then I immediately remembered that gay teens don't need external forces to create drama. You can do enough damage on your own.
Girlfriend obviously takes place in the recent past, as the popular student Mike gives the nerdier gay boy Will a mix tape of songs he likes. Like, a literal cassette tape (You can see what one looks like here). Will, of course tries to figure out why this boy, who has all but ignored him for years, is now giving him cassettes and wanting to talk on the phone right before graduation. The mix tape becomes the soundtrack of their relationship, the songs they sing alone and together, and the way they can let their feelings come to the surface in ways they don't when they're just awkwardly talking.
Tonight I had the incredible pleasure of hearing this woman read from her work.
Her poetry is oddly linguistically empowering. It made me wish I could be a poet (like her). At the same time, it made me think that I could be one, too. This is not to denigrate her craftsmanship or talent. It's just been a long time since I've heard words that sought to involve me in such a way.
Read on for a fun-filled, albeit frostbitten. day!
American Idol :
is the lamest show I have ever seen. Vote off the ugly and the bad voice, and in with the pretty with awesome voice.
Very fair competetive talent with multitasking jogging with various of contestests. In the end most will win, cuz its fair.
I can't wait until I get to go to college next year. Maybe then I will actually be able to come out to people because my parents and relatives will never find out. I just wish I could be the person that I truly am. Everyone keeps saying that living in Vermont and being homosexual must be a dream. Isn't all that it is cracked up to be. I don't know how the civil union thing got passed. Barely anyone is accepting of those that are different. But when I grow up and if I still live in Vermont I will be able to get a civil union easily. Maybe there is a plus to living in Vermont.
Lol...I have "Tasha L/S Rachael" on my hand and "You're a naugthy girl. Go to my room." on my other. Chris asked why I had Rachael on my hand, and I said that was my g/f's name, and he went "You're a lesbian?" He said it out loud, and I laughed. I told him I was bisexual, and he asked if he could watch me and my girlfriend, lol...
Jonathan was feeling on me yesterday in tutoring, hehe..
Me and Danielle were making fun of Kenny all day. (What is surpising is we were enemies like a month ago.)
I guess this is the start of my weblog. The reason I started here is because this seems to be the perfect place where I can actually write truthfully, without having to cover up the fact that I'm gay/bi/straight-curious, whatever the hell I am. As you can see I don't even know. I plan on updating often so stop by once in a while to see what I have to say.