HOUSTON VOICE • APRIL 28, 2000
A GUIDE FOR YOUR LEISURE TIME
stop in ne
says gay fans tan relate to her
. they'll have the chante lo do
forms in Houston, her Itrsr Texas
Comedienne Sandra Bernhard is,
surprisingly, a modest person who
doesn't relish celebrity
status. But her new found
mellowness doesn't affect her
on stage raunch.
by EARL DITTMAN
What do you call a woman who is an actress,
stand-up comedienne, novelist, recording artist,
feminist, gay and a single mom?
\ Critics have labeled her "brilliant and one of a
kind"; some members of the gay community proclaim her their patron saint; legions of devoted
fans simply call her "divine."
But Sandra Bernhard, the woman and the per-
jm former, is much more than all that.
/Her obvious talents aside, she's an incredibly
intelligent, funny, sweet-natured and surprisingly
modest lady who is fearless in her quest to speak out on
the world's injustices. But don't say that to her face,
because she'll set you straight in a New York minute.
"I'm just a loud, big-mouthed broad with an attitude and
you're making me sound like Mother Teresa," the multi-talented performer said jokingly from her home in the Big Apple. "Do
you want to know what to call me? How about a woman who has
been given some really great chances to have herself heard through
entertaining people? Because that's all I really am, and I'm going to
keep doing it until people get tired of me and tell me to shut-up."
There's little chance of that any time soon. As her upcoming one-
woman show in Houston will show, her fans haven't had their fill yet.
"I haven't been to Texas in about six years; I'm glad that
people haven't forgotten me," she said with a laugh. "1 really
have to say that 1 love Texas and the South. I think it is kinda
true about what they say about the hospitality of the South.
I've always felt that people go out of their way to make you
feel at home down there."
Bernhard is one performer who doesn't buy into the notion
that Southerners are culturally-challenged hillbillies.
"In fact, I think people from the South are probably more
aware and more into the arts than a lot of the culture vultures
from LA. or New York," Bernhard said. "When people want to
5- Continued on Page 19
More than two-dozen gay Grammys
were doled out to gay artists
Monday during ceremonies that
called attention to the growing
influence of queer-tinged music
by MARK J. HUISMAN
NEW YORK—In his program letter to the 4th Annual
Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards, which were held
here on Monday, GLAMA co-founder and executive director Michael Mitchell urged fans to "be brave and explore
new territory" by purchasing some new music.
By supporting the work of artists both familiar and new,
and for rewarding work in more categories than ever, the
2000 GLAMAs were indeed brave, even if they occasionally treaded in familiar awards show territory.
The show overcame early snafus—including traffic gridlock caused by President Clinton's motorcade, who was in
town for a fund-raiser, missing awards and technical glitches—but was hampered with no-show nominees. Of 26
GLAMAs awarded, eight winners skipped the ceremony.
Absentees included Suzanne Westenhoefer, Melissa
Etheridge, Lee Lessack and The Butchies. It was particularly disappointing that four of the eight GLAMAs in new categories were not picked up: Gretchen Lee of Curve
Magazine (Music Reporting/Criticism), Susan Morabito
(DJ), Indigo Girls and John Reynolds (Producer of the Year)
and Hentges and Jude O'Nym (Song of the Year).
The most graceful, elegant moments undoubtedly belonged
to the classical and choral winners, including Classical
Performance GLAMA winner Theresa Bogard ("Alleluia In A
Form of Toccata"; Music of Louise Talma; CR1).
"I'm from Ijramine, Wyoming," said the clearly choked-up
Bogard, who teaches at the University of Wyoming. "And if I
can be out and you can be out, we should all be able to be out."
5- Continued on Page 17