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Transcript One Community! One Voice!@ IVIARCH 14TH 1997 - ISSUE ass Gav Group Presses For Human Cloning by Curt Morrison The Clone Rights United Front (CRUF), a group of gay acl1vists, 1s pressmg for more research on human cloning. The group was formed last week by Randolfe Wicker after reports were released lo the media on the successful cloning of a lamb from an adult sheep. The group of approx1ma1ely 15 members held a demon· sira11on m Greenwich Village last Saturday Al issue IS proposed legisla11on that would make the act of cloning a felony m the state of New York W1rker told USA Today last week that the group was fighting for research and the pro­tection of an individuals' reproductive nghts. "I realize my clone would be my 1dent1cal twm, and my 1den1tcal twm has a nght to be born," Wicker 1old the newspaper. According to the report, Ann Norhtrop, a columnist for LGNY (a gay and lesbian news weekly m lhc lhg Apple), says the issue 1s of interest to the community for scv· eral reasons. ''In a llme when we re afraid that discov­ «"ry of a acen('tK baMs (for t-omC"s~-Xuahty) would lend to people abortmg us. cloning would be a way of surviving, ' Northrop told USA Today. "llus has the potcnllal of givmg women complete control m•er reproduction .a stun­ning poss1b1h1y that could, earned 10 its log- 1cal extreme, chmmate men altogether," said Northrop. Since the issue is rela11vely new 10 the community, there is no clear consensus on the matter. President Clinton has md1ca1ed he would take steps to ensure that human cloning ts not conducted in the Unued States. According 10 Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Kim M11ls, 1he gay and lesbian communny is d1vefl>e and the group believes there are many varying opinions on the sub­ject w1th1n the community. The organiza­tion has not yet taken a pos1t1on on human cloning. The subiect matter has become heavy fod­der on the Internet accord1ng9to Jack Nichols, Web site editor of gaytoday.bad­puppy. com In fact the Web s11e has a forum devoted to the subject. Nichols indicated there 1s no consensus in favor of human cloning, albeit 11 is leaning ioward that d1rect1on, he says. "It's new to nll of us. It's hkc Jumpmg m the air mto l'haos If we don'1 close our minds, I'm sure we'll land safely," Nichols informed. Entertainment Review The Greeks Is a sweeping two-part saga of love, murder, revenge and rescue drawn from the great classi­cal stories ol the Trojan War and Iha Fall of the House ol Atreus. See review by Oavld Richardson on page 19. Crazy for You star Bob Walton, dis­cusses his career In an Interview with Jon Anthony. The zany musi­cal of Gershwin songs is currently playing at the Music Hall. See Inter· view/review on page 18. FBI warns Groups Targeted Bv Hate Crimes: Bomber Mav Strike Again Atlanta (AP) • The FHI has warned mmonty commun1t1rs and other groups that have been 1arge1t·d by hate crimes that the person responsible for bombing an abortion chnic and a gay nightclub may likely strike again "I don't think we have evidence that the person 1s going to stnkc again, we're JUSt being cau11ous," FBI spokesman Jay Spadafore said today The Fill 1old Georgia lawmakers about the warning ,JSI week, The Atlanta Joumal­C. onstttuuon reported today. "We've been attempting to do 11 m a 'ow. key fashion," Spadafore said. "The goal is 10 be prudent and v1gtlant "1thout creating alarm or a pamc • The agents offered congressional leaders no ronclus1ve theories as to why Atlanta was targeted, although they suggested the city's m1erna1ional exposure from the I 996 Olympics was one poss1b1h1y, the newspaper reported Agents said they have not ruled out that the recent explosions were tied to last sum­mer's bombm~ al Olympic Centennial Park, which killed one person and miured more than I 00 others. !'he FBl's briefing was conducted at the request of Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga. S<veral other members of the Georgia dele­gation and staff members attended Agents said their forensic work IS movtng slowly They told the congrcss1onal lead<rl> that the bombs used in all of the e~plostons were constructed of widely available rnaten­als, mak.:ig mdmdual components difficult to lracc Near Mishap at Local Eatery I A motorist lost control of their vehi­cle earlier this week during heavy rainfall. The Incident occured as a result of the weather and startled many patrons ol Ruggles restaurant In Montrose when the vehlcle slid within Inches of the restaurant's atri­um. The unidentified driver was transported to a local hospital. At press time, details concerning lnJurles or damage were unavallabla. Ballet -with a Bite Million Dollar Dracula Premieres in Houston Rich Arenschieldt "I rouldfeel IM soft, shtvmng toudt of the Lps <>n tht SUf"T·SCMh>'t !J:tn of my threat, and the hard dents of two sharp tttth, just touchzr.g and pausing there. I doStd my qes rn a languorous tnlasy and waited - waited wilh a brating htart .• •· Dracula, Bram Stoker In celebration of the centenary of Bram Stokers monumental victonan goth1c tale, Houston Ballet has decided 10 unearth Dracula m a completely new. full length pro­duction. W11h choreography by longtime An1st1c Director Ben Stevenson, music of romanttc Franz Liszt and production design by Thomas Boyd, this Dracula prom1SCS to be a visual spectacle. Can a choreographer best known for the fluffier side of ballet switch from nutcrad:ers to a nocturnal nemesis nvalmg Frankenstein? According to Scan Kt'Jy, Houston Balk! Pnncipal dancer, "lbere IS a !01 of new movement m Dracula - a lot of mteres11ng work both for the soloists and the 'Bndes of Dracula,' composed of the women corp(ses) de ballet" Ben Slevenson's idl"a for this work has been gcrmmallng for over ten years. \\'hen asked to create a work for the Amcncan Ballet Theater and star dancer Kenn ~!cKenz1e Stevenson t:nmediately thought of the 'Vampyr' "Kcvm was so tall •nd ele­gant, perfect for the pan • As a <.horcogra­pher he has histoncally used dancers as muses, bke Balanachine, has often anted works with speafic danceTS m rmd Though blood thirsty, Stevenson s Dracula IS also a "sensual anstocrat with tmpeccable manners," (perhaps this means that you receive a 'mighty morphm power rangers Band-Aid after your Jugular 1mpal­mcnt). ThtS ghoul is qwte sensual - m cer· tam versions of the storv Dracula is merely a bloodseekcr. Stevenson has anted a being that has a lustful atttaC110n to tus charaeters usually the most beaut ful w-,men his dead­ly dentures can entrap "He has charm, he's a count, handsome, courtly and t 1ngu ng to women, Stevenson recounts, perhaps reflecting his own slightly pohte Bnush sen· sib1li1y. This legend is npe for ballcttc characters - v11lams, priests. heroes. and inn~nt, lube· some women abound In add1t1on to Dracula, other pnnctpal male role of Fredenck, See BALLET page 19 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR In The Spirit of Mardi Gras by Bruce Reeves &II Captain Olympus XXV!l On Behalf of mysdf and the Krewe of Olympus Ball, I would hkc to take this opporturuty to thank all of our guests for attending the Olympus XXVII - Pnde and Prriud1cc to January. f • by Lee Davis Court's New Titles! At PR Ball 3 on Saturday, March 8, the Royal, Sovcmgn and Impcnal Court of the Single Star of Houston, Inc. (RSICSS) announced the hnc for Reign Xm. Emperor and Empress XII Jim Halbert and Ruby Stone started with the presentation of S 10,850 to last year's bcncfiaanes. Colt 45s1 Way to go RSICSS and the community• (f.r) Lexy, Anita, Jere/ & Sean. The nail btung m anuapauon bad come to an end with the fol10W1ng title announce­ments from Emperor & Empress XIII Jere! McN<il & Anna MaM: Rema Xlll Tiffany Swanger; Don Xlll Larry Spnggs; Baron & Baroness XIII CJ. Brooks & JJ Topaz; Viscount & Viscountess XIII John Dye & Frankie Lee Love, Count & Countess Xlll Ron Walters & Ginger Snapp Sugarbaker, Marquis & Marqucssa XII! Marlene Beago & Ba:rbara Seville; Duke & Duchess XIII XaV1cr Luna & Day-Leigh Edwards; Grand Duke & Grand Duchess XIII J.J. Pecov1ch & Our guests donated more money on the floor thts year than m any prevtous ball. As such, we will be donating a total of $9,000 to our chanucs • Omega House and Steven's House Thank you again for helping us to make our commumty a better place and for mak­ing Pnde and Preiud1ce a fantastic success T T T T T T T T T n Jackie Thorne; Kmg Father & Queen Mother XIII Buddy Thompson & Barbara Walker Lee Love; Imperial Pnnce & Pnnccss XIII Michael Jones & Jennifer Ellsworth; and Impcnal Pnnce Royalc & Pnncess Royalc XIII Scan Carter & Lexy Bowen Jere! & Anita aMounced the benefictary for Reign XII! as The Loving Arms Foundation Impcnal Pnnccss Royale Xll Vanna While Lee Love announced the Omega House as the beneficiary for PR Ball 3 with a whoppmg total of $4,000. Best w1Shes to Reign XIII as you have some very large shoes to fill m the next year! New Ms. Gulf Coast Congratulations to Houston's own Tiffany Swanger as she and Cheryl Wilcox lied and both won The Ms. Gulf Coast Leather Contest '97. Held at the Venture-N, owner Jim Roberts showed everyone a great time over the fun-filled weekend We all look forward to some umque leather outfits this year, Tiffany' S.S. Aubergine Docks! Soiree Aubergine closed thetr ·97 fund raising events with a boot-scootm' party at the Brazos River Bottom on Sunday, March 9 Bnan Munson was announced as the lucky ticket holder for the Raffle Grand Pnzc--a tnp for two to Pans (yes, France, not Texas) Congratulations, Brian! Entertamment was provided by the all­fcmalc country western band "Cowboy's Nightmare". A up of our hat to Soiree's Chairman, Rusty Mueller on a ;ob well done• r EDITORIAL By J.C. Michelak Recent events have confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt the necesSlly for our commumty to focus on passing Hate Cnmes legislation The recem bombmg of a gay and lesbian club m Atlanta IS the latest attroaty that our community has had to endure. Pnor to the bombing, we have seen many of our fnends and loved ones suffer through heinous acts of violence solely because they were gay, or even perceived to be gay. For years, we have seen hate cnmes on the nsc. Now, 11 is time for us to act. Next weekend, The March in March will convene m our state- capitol. The March 1s being hdd to support the Texas Hate Cnme Bill It IS 1mperattve that we as a communi­ty show our strength in numbers. Pohtictans from both sides of the aiSlc will be watch mg to determine the strength of the gay vote. While our community has always been vocal on issues affecting gays and lesbians, we have not always demonstrated our strength at the polls. Imagine the outcome of the Hate Cnmc legislauon, tf II IS evident that we do noi have a coal11Jon that the pollll· cians can count on for support in their next election. We, as a community, cannot afford to be apathetic The Texas Hate Cnme Bill should be our number one pnonty as a com­mumty. Perpetrators must know that acts of cnmc based on a ptrsons' ethnicity, sexual oncntauon or any other basis will not be tol­erated. No 1nd1V1dual or group should have to fear for their hves because of their ongin whether 1t be cultural or sexual. Frankly, we should not even be havmg th1S debate Aru of violence, 1rrcspc~uve of the reasomng, should not be tolerated by our government. Indeed, tt 1s one of the government's pnma­ry respons1btl1tcs to protect Jts citizenry The Houston Voice urges Houston's gay and lesbian communuy to ;oin their fellow community members statewide m this very important march. The March in March ts from Noon to 4 pm March 23, 1997 m Austin, TX The March begins at the Palmer Auduonum and concludes at the State Capitol The following day, Monday March 24, will be Lobby Day. Agam, com­muruty mvolvcmcnt m lobbying the leg15la­ture on this paramount issue is encouraged. Get a mammogram. You owe it to yourself. Call 1-800-ACS 2345 for information about mammograms. 'AMERICAN ~CANCER ~SOCIETY HOU S T O N VOI CE P A G E 2 In This Issue Regional News pages 4 & 5 Religion pages 23 & 24 National News pages 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Global News page 12 Rainbow Reader page 16 Ans & Entenainment pages 15, 17, 18 & 19 Columnists Plain Speaking · page 8 Righteous Indignation . page 9 Life with AIDS · page 25 And TTiere You Have It - page 16 Service Directorv pages 26 & 27 Horoscope page 25 Health/Spons pages 20, 21, & 22 Scene and Heard page 28 Out in Houston page 29 communitv Calendar page 30 Communitv Directorv page 32 Classilieds pages 31 & 32 Personals page 35 NIA RCH !HOUSTON VOl~E lone Community! One Voice!.1 ISSUE 855 IVIARCH 1 4TH, 1 997 E>tabloshed 1974 as the Montrose Star, reestablished 1980 as the Ho~ton Montrose St.lr, Changed name to The Houston Vooce., 1991 11eorporating the New Orleans Crescent Crty Star, Reestabt1sfled as the tiouston Voice by Thomas Nelson m 1993 811 Westhemtr, Suite 105 Houston. 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PAN I~ SEARED VENISON BACKSTRAP WITH ~ \ SPINACH PECANS, CABBAGE AND A ·!>--.~~_,-- PORT WINE GLAZE. WOW! £ale Night Dining, Fri 6 Sal 'lill 4 am AK AW WEE 2181 RICHMOND AT GREENBRIAR • 713-522-7737 • FAX 522-2519 Looking for great albums ... vinyl albums ... vinyl albums with lot's of great dance music from days gone by ... Looking for great buys on books - including the kind you used to hide under your bed - well, we went under your bed and .... it was pretty scary ... Looking for a great selection of videos, magazines, greeting cards and pride wear .... LOOK NO FURTHER! LOBO It's not what you'd think and everything you'd want! .• .-1.. ... . -. • LOBO BOOK SHOP 3939-S Montrose 713-522-5156 MM#W.MIK--WM.M§ !" •••• P A G E REGIONAL Houston Ballet Slated To Host Fundraiser For Milam House The Houston Ballet is plannmg to host a Spnng fundraiser benefitmg Milam House/ AIDS Housmg Houston m coniunc­tion with its upcoming production Dracula! The Houston Ballet IS stagmg the World pre· m1er production of Dracula! under the stew· ardsh1p of Artistic Director Ben Stevenson m honor of the I OOth Anniversary of the first pubhcat1on of Bram Stoker"s novel by the same name. (See Cover Story). ... ... ... The Milam House fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 23, 1997 at 2 pm The afier­noon includes a performance of Dracula' at the Brown Theatre at the Wortham and a wme and cheese reception m the Founder's Lounge at the Wortham with members of the Houston Ballet Company 1mmed1ately following the performance. Seating for 1he event is hm1ted and reservations are required Cost for the evenl IS S60 For more 1nformat1on call George Jone at 522- 2240 log Cabinnexas Announces Fundraiser Log Cabm Republicans of Texas (LCR· T). the state's largest organ1zat1on of Republican gays and lesbians, will hold a spec1al fundraiser on Saturday, March 22 dunng the weekend of the Gay Pnde March Against Hate Cnmes The event will be hrld at the home of Mr Joe Cloud. a leader in lhe Ausun gay commuruty for equal nghts. The event IS expected to draw members and supporters from around lhe state, who will be in town that weekend for the March Agamst Hate Cnmes the fo1low1ng day, and for Lobby Day that Monday Proceeds from the fundra1ser will benefi1 lhe Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, a statewide orgamz.a­uon 1hat advocates equal nghts for gays and lesbians an the Texas Republican Party. The group has active chapters in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Tickets for the event are $20. lnd1v1duals may also donate at the Host level, which IS $100. At11re IS casual. For complete mfor­mat1on abou1 lhe event, call Ronnie Bounds at 512-371-3585. Three Tenors Concen canceled The ••Three Tenors" concert scheduled for 1his Sunday, March 16, 1997 has been can· celed The concert featuring Luciano Pavorot11, Placido Domingo and Jo•c Carreras was to have been 1he World Tour Grande Finale. The concert has been post· poned indefim1ely 10 purportedly ov<rhaul the sound system. The concert was to take place al lhe AstrOdome. (L·R! Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Conductor James Levme and Luciano Pavarotti. T1cke1holders should contact T1cketmasttr for mfonnauon concerning a refund. The concert IS supposed to be re­scheduled, howrver, ticket sales did nol mee! upec1a11oru and 11 IS doubtful whether n will be re-scheduled anytime soon Communitv Center launches Founders Club The Houston Lesbian anti Gay Community Cnter'• Board of D1rce!c>rs 1s 'aunchmg a F undcr's Club wnh ·~e goal of ral!:ng $3.000 to secure an mmal sue for the proposed Center The Oib will be made up of md1V1du:tls and groups that donate $250 or more 10 the Center effort ,,.We are offenng Houstomans a chance to be a part of h1Story by helpmg us make 1h1S 4 MAR C H community cen1er happen," said Bnan J Tognottie, Pres1den1 of the Board "Wc"ve accomplished a lot m 1he las1 few months, estabhshmg a web sue and talking to a wide vanety of organizations regarding the com· mumty's needs. We are now ready to find a space and begm offenng services." The Center w1ll offer meeting rooms for other organ1zat1ons and mamtam bulletm boards for organ1zat1ons to post notices. Add1t1onally, the Center goals are to work in conJuncuon with other orgamzauons to co· sponsor ac11v1t1es such as community forums, cultural act1v1t1cs and social mixers that bnng 1he commumly together lnd1v1duals or groups interested m bemg a part of the Center or seeking add1t1onal information can call (713) 867-7094 Date Set For Second Annual Gala Benefiting Montrose Clinic The Fnends of Montrose Chmc have announced the date for this years "Hals Off 10 Broadway" fundra1sing benefit for Montrose Clime This years event, its sec­ond, combined w11h "A Roast of Honorary Chair, Dr Scou Sawyer" will be held at the Edwin Hornberger Center in the Texas Medical Center on Sunday, June 8, 1997. The event includes a cocktail hour, silent auction and entertainment provided by the Todd Vullo Tno followed by dinner and Broadway.style entcrtamment featuring Houston le~nds Jerry Allwood and Sharon Montgomery as well as Keith Caldwell, Clay Howell, Keira O'Keefe, Terry Pierce, Juliana Walhen and Ralph Sikes. Dance music pro· v1ded by Scou Clertner will conclude the evening. Underwnter and md1vidual tickets arc available for both events or for "Hats Off" only_ For more information, contact 1he Chntc"s development office al (713) 520· 2000. Blockbuster Music and IRTS Host !Eschenbach __ Signing Hous1on Symphony Orchestra Music Director Chnstoph Eschenbach will be sign. mg copies of tht· symphony's new CO release of all -Schubert music on Koch International Classics The classics were recorded al Jones Hall for 1he Performing Arts tn 1996. HSO Music D1rector Chnstoph Eschenbach The newly released disc contains 1he Schubert/ Beno Rcndenng as well as the Schubert/ Joachim Symphony in C Maior, Grand Duo The Houston Symphony regu· Jarly includes 1hc works of Franz Schubert m &heir repertoire. Indeed, the orcheslra will feature Schubert's Symphony No 4, Tragic and the Ma.'IS m A.Oa1, No.5 along w11h 1he Hous1on symphony Chorus m observance of the 200th Anniversary of Schubert's birth The concerts take place March 22 1hrouK1> 24 Pnor releases by Eschenbach and 1he HSO have received cr1t1cal acclaim and worldwide rccognition The s1gnmg wtll 1ake place at l!lo<·kbUSlcr MuStc at Shepherd and Highway ~9 Refreshmt"!lts will be served al the evenl which takes place from J 30 1o 3 p m The event is co-sporsored by Blockbuster and KRTS Radio. For more mformat1on, c.111 KRTS at (713) 921 5787 Gavlapalooza Benefit for Q-Patrol Hits Houston Gaylapalooza, the biggest gay corned) event cver. is coming lo Houston for tv.o mghls only March 24 &25. The evcnl fca· tures such prominent comedy stars as Stun Kennedy, Kevin Maye, Bob Smllh and "1 4 T H 1 a s 7 REGIONAL Georgia Ragsdale. Kennedy and Maye are the co-stars of 'The Gay Comedy Jam" which has sold-out over 150 shows making It the most success~ fut all gay stand-up comedy act ever to tour the US and Canada. In add1t10n, the duo has appeared on HBO's Comedy Channel Smith made history in 1995 as the first openly gay comic to have his own HBO Special and appear on The Tomght Show with Jay Leno. Ragsdale, who resembles Jackie 0, is considered to be one of the most talented comedians in the world. She has appeared on HBO and PBS The show will benefit Houston's Q·Patrol, a c111zens watch group that has detoured hate cnmes m the Montrose area for over 15 years The cveut takes place at Laff Stop, 1952A West Gray at 8 p.m. both mghts. For tickets or mformat1on, call Q·Patrol at (713) 528-SAFE or the Laff Stop at (713) 524· 2333. Zydeco Bash Benefits Children With AIDS The first annual Zydeco Jam Festival, a Lou1S1ana style gala, will hit Houston this Saturday, March 15 at the Baytown Fairgrounds. The festival showcases Beau Jocque & the Zydeco High Rollers, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, Boo Zoo ChavlS & the Magic Sounds and Geno Odafose, each playmg thc1r own blend of Zydeco Sponsored by KCOH Radio, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loving Arms Foundauon, Houston's only child care facil· ,ty focused on the needs of servmg children infected with HIV I AIDS. Momes will be used for vehicle maintenance, in house tram· mg and education matenals, according to 1he group. For more mformation, call Audrey Kennerson Gauama at The Loving Arms Fliund.Hion at (713) ';26-8798 Prom Night Benefit For HATCH To Be Held Al lovenlnn The Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (HATCH) will be hostmg their annual Prom Night fundraiser June 21, 1997 at the Lovett Inn. The gala event is open to the pubhc Prom Night allows gay and lesbian youth 10 eOJOY a special event otherwise denied them because of their sexual onentat1on and provides the organizatJon a maJOr portion of thc1r annual fundmg. Sponsor.;h1p for this event IS available on three levels lnd1v1dual sponsorships are SI 00, Business sponsorships arc $250 and underwntcr sponsorships are $500 For morr information concerning this Summer event, contact Tom Staley at (713) 522-2052. MCC Otters Chemical Dependency Program The Montrose Counschng Center (MCC) IS ofTcnng a Chemical Dependency Program "1argeted toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communny." Licensed by the state of Texas, the outpatient treat· ment program offers a combination of cdu· cation, therapy and counseltng in a safe environment. Accordmg to MCC, the rates are afford· able and grant sponsorship IS available. Part1c1pants will attend group sessions five mghts per week and a hm1ted number of md1vidual counseling sess10ns For more information, contact Tom Stram, LMSW· ACP at (713) 529-0037 Briefs Tickets are sull available for this years Houston AmFAR. Together for Medical Research 111, the th1rd annual benefit for AIDS research slated to be held at the Arena Theatre March 22, 1997 The evemng fea· turcs Grammy-Award Winner Tony Bennett and special guests Farrah Fawcett and Betty White (Golden G1rls) "ThlS 1s a real and tangible disease to all of our lives and 1f we all jom together, there is hope," said event chair Maxine Messmger. For mformauon, call (713) 524-0555 .. A new gay orgamza· t1on is on the honzon. Gay, Racially Equal, And Together (GREAT) Southwest, an umbrella orgamzauon from the now defunct Men of All Colors Together (MACT), will become an oflic1al chapter of the Nauonal Association of Black & White Men Together (NABWMT). A reformation process of the Houston, Austin and San Antomo MACT chapters 1s being planned Ounng the intenm, GREAT Southwest will serve all three c111es for those iruerested m bet.·oming members. For more information, call l-800·NA4-llWMT ProJe<'t LEAP (Learning Fmpowcrment, Advocacy. Part1c1pauon) will celebrate its' first com· mencement ceremony March 29, 1997 at the Park Plaza Profrsswnal Building at 6 p.m The..• orwrn1z.1Lon focuses on 1m;rc..•as1ng the..· clfcct1veness, empowerment and part1c1pa· t1on of persons who want to become com­munity champions and play key roles on planning councils, advisory and review com­mittees for groups responsible for the assess­ment and provmon of HIV-rtlated service needs in the Houston arra For more mfor­mat1on, call (71.1) 62.1-6796 Scnptwnters/ Houston, a nonprofit orgamzallon of Houston-area wntcrs, has announced its seventh annual compettt1on for I 0 mmute playlets for Its Ten by Ten production at Mam Street Theatre m Rice University Village. The deadhne for entnes IS Apnl 5 and the 10 wmnmg playwnghls will be paid. For add1t1onal mformauon, call (713) 707· 5194 "YES, THERE IS LIFE AFTER BREAST CANCER. 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As a pioneer in HIV rela1ed wellness she has presented this semi­nar to thousands of individuals across lhe country and around the world Her work, has bttn descnbed by 1he San Francisco Sentinel, as "one of the most valuable guides for developing strategies for sumving AIDS - an ind1Spensable tool for people attempting to maintain optimal health despite HTV Illness." Dr Lands' talk w11J present concrete scientific information that 1s a rational foundation for an integrat­ed survival program This approach is focused on healthy, symptom free survival and immune system damage prevention Concurrently, II also seeks to prevent, to the greatest extent possible, side affects and other systematic damage caused by medica­tions used in the treatmenl of HIV Dr Lands frequently shares information w11h the most advanced HIV spec1ahsts Pe. All Inventory Must Go! Furniture and Fixtures! 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Dr. Lands has a tremendous following nation­wide - this free forum will provide an inter· eSling perspective on HIV and complemen­tary treatments. For add111onal information, please call the Center for AIDS at 713-527-8219 or Body Positive Houston/Hous1on at 713-524-2374 Spamsh speakers may contact AVES at 713· 626-283 7 Those ind1V1duals with special neeeds should notify Sara Steen at the Center for AIDS by 5 OOl'M on Marrh 17, 1997 We're got to Ile out Ile Easter Sunday! All nardeoods (Pel supplies & Food• will be sold: 65% Discount + 5% Discount tor cash 10 am • 6 pm Monday thru saturday • t • 4 pm Sunday G IVI ARCH 1 4 T H 1 a e " What happens if I take less than the amount of medication my doctor prescribed ? If I skip a dose, can I take two doses to make up for it? Could the rash I've developed be a side effect of my medication ? I'm on vacation and forgot one of my prescriptions - what do I do now? Will the side effects I'm experiencing go away in time ? 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His latest form of thrnt­PY IS three novdlas Oess than a novel) call«! • Arbnsas" (if you. hke myself, wonder on the name rt comes from a quote attnbuted to Oscar Wtlde near the end of hlS own life cut short by scandal). The controversy, for those who might have slept through 1993, was that LeaV1tt, m "While England Sleeps", took an episode from Spender's early autob10graphy, "World W1th10 World", and 10 fictionalizing 11, he turned the stOry into what Spender call«! pornography by adding sexual scenes not 10 the onginal. In the Un1t<d Sllltes thlS would be a hard case to h11ga1e. but in Spender's England he had a "moral nght" to protect hlS worlc from such adaptations. For those interest«!, the episode mvolved an affa1r between Spender and a young man, with the latter rushing off to fight 10 Spain when Spender marn<d a woman A!; even Spender's autobiography illUSlrat<d the marnage did OOl stand 10 hlS way of haV1ng other affallS with men, including one particular nsing Slllr of American htrntry cm:les. In any case, LeaV!tt's book was trash«!, liter­ally, by the BntJsh publisher and not repnnt<d by his Amencan publ1Sher. He later transferred to another Amencan pubhshrng house wluch pur· chued the paperback <d1t1on with partS rcwnt- NATIONAL NE VV S Task Force Names New Media Director ten to sansfy Spender's sensib1htles The aged Spender has smce died All of thlS is important to rehash in hght of "Arkansas", made up of three even shorter nov· els. The first. "The Term Paper Art1St", was bought by Esquire mag;umc but then not pul>­hsh< d •fter its publ1Sher deem«! u "mappropn­ate", apparently because of the sexual content which was ennrely homosexual 1n nature. "The Term Paper ArtlSI" IS, 1n fact, Leav1n's fia1onahzcd account of his reaction to the earli­er controversy. So much so that the mam "fic­tional" character is called "David Leavitt" Whereas the real lcaV!tt fled, with h1S lover, to Rome, the fictional Leavitt retreated to his father's place m Los Angeles from whence he end«! his wnter's block, rnduced by conflict, by wnung term papers for cute straight collegians m return for acts of fellano Perversely. leaVltt nOl<d in an mterV!ew that •it 1s so common to wntc autobt0graph1cal fie· hon m which your own cxpenencc is thmly dis­guised I thought 1t could be very mtcrestmg to do the opposite with a story where even a tiny amount of research into my hfc would prove 11 did not happen. and make 11 seem hkc u did hap­pen and thereby tum the conventions 1ns1dc out• This mtCf'Vlcw, givmg due attnbut1on. was with Cclesunc Bohlen of the New York Times It IS also possible that LeaVltt dwells on the sexual content as a response to Spender's strong objections earlier on the same grounds. Sex IS a pnnoplc tool rn all three stones and, as much as UaVlll might ob)<ct lo the appellation, these arc gay plots The middle story is "The Wooden Anniversary" and al\er a few pages the reader dLSCOYcrs that the narrator is a woman and as such never seems more than an observer. to the events being told In fact, the only character 10 thts story who takes on any dimens1ons is the one gay man who, like the fictional Leavitt car­her, seeks sex and/or love among straight men. The final story, "Saturn Street", relates the loneliness of a gay man who has lost hlS lover His desperation is expressed in adult Vldcos and phone sex which leaVltt sees as the phght of the urban gay man It 1s a world in which, as LeaVltt concludes, "you can have the illusion of inn ma. cy, the illusion of human contact, the Illusion of an erotic experience Wlthout ever haVJng 10 leave your bed, and of course the Internet - and Vlr!U· al sex · IS the ultimate because you don't even have to havt a voice.• Ulumately, whatever moral lessons LeaV!tt attempts to draw from hlS dcvas!lltlng literary controversy such arc poorly served m these three stones Hopefully, however, this book allows LeaV1tt to break from the wntcr's bloclc he implies follow«! his Spender battle and the apparent CV1dence of thlS is the promlSC of his next novel, "The Page Turner", the story of a child-prodigy p1an1St whose successful adult career leads to a relauonsh1p with an adonng fan . Leav1tt's lover, by the way, IS a mus1oan, prodigy or nOI MISCCllaneous t1db1ts· James Watson, the co­d1scovercr of DNA, supports the idea that women should terminate pregnancies 1f they find out that thc1r children might grow up gay The London Timdl followed this with an inter­view with Quentin Crisp of "Naked CIVIi Servant" and lavender ha1r fame, as in full agree­ment. Cnsp, who descnbed his own life as very unhappy and '"absurd'", said he now '"avoids'" gay people. HIS Amencan publisher might want to kttp that m mmd when they release his latest book later thlS spnng Speakmg of "Naked C1v1l Servant," It appear«! with several other books on a list sup­phed by Ca11fom1a Assembly member Carole M1gden, a lesbian for those who did not know, lo Vice President Albert Gore, at his request in order to learn more of the gay and lesbian expe­nence. Fortunately, the l1St also included "The Celluloid Closet", "Before Stonewall" "Angels in Amenca" and •A Boy's Own Story" Finally, amongst my favontc reading. the New Yorlc Times ob1tuanes, was notice of the death of C. V Wedgewood, the English h1stonan C.V was Dame Cicely Veronica W<dgewood of the famous potter family and daughter of Sir Ralph, former head of the Bntish Railways Dame Veronica was a spcoahst m seventeenth· century English history and was a contemporary of another noted English h1Storian, AL. Rowse, whose lifetime of scholarly works culminated m h1S now classic "Homosexuahty in History" wluch, of course, 1nclud<d h1> own A5 noted m the Times, Dame Veronica was sumved by her companion Jaquchnc llope­Wallacc with whom she had hved for nearly 70 years. English h1<tonans do 1t with such style Perhaps Quentrn Cnsp should read more history T T T T T T T T T Washmgton, DC Kerry Lobel, Executive DtrtCtor of the National Gay and lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), announced the appomtmrnt of Mark F Johnson as M<dia Director Johnson JOms the staff of the Tusk Force al\cr o three-month national search to fill the poS1t1on. EXPAND THE ATTA Pnor to corrung lo NGLTF Johnson was a Media Spcc!ahSI with the Democratic Nat.anal Committee (DNC) where he worked pnmanly on outreach lo the gay and lesbian m<dia and also on pubhc relations ctforts aimed at the lesbian and gay commu· mty. Johnson was also the News Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alhancc Against Defamation (GLAAD). In that pos1t1on, he managed the organization's news office and served as Us chief news spokesperson and media strategist. Before taking the posu10n 1n New York. Johnson worked for eight years m the lobbying department of the Amencan Association of Retired Persons (AARP) m Washington, D.C. Al AARP, Johnson focused on age and employment dJscnm1nation tSSues, national service, campaign finance reform and other issues He also worked with the national media to help d1SSCtninate the Association's legtslatrve message. Before commg to AARP, he worked as a reporter and covered Congress and federal agencies for "Tax Notes," a weekly tax and busmess pubhca· t1on based m Arlmgton. V1rgin1a. Johnson also worked 1n the Washington Bureau of The New York Times. For the paSI ten yean Johnson has had an active freelance wntrng career and has wnt­ten for several gay pubhcauons throughout the country mcludmg the Washmgton Blade, Windy City Times, Southern Voice. Chicago's Outlines, and the Baltimore Gay Pa~. HIS monthly column, Out ThlS Way, wluch focuses on polmcal and media 1SSUes, has regularly appeared m Kick magazme. and he has also wntten a Washmgton-based column for SBC magazine ''NGLTF 1s a good fit for me," said Johnson "The Task Force has a vtty bnght future and so much stttngth 10 contnbute at tlus cnucal time in our movemrnt's lustory. I'm vtty excited about working on these issues m Washington and I'm glad 10 be w1lll an orga· mzanon that bas a proven commitment to mal<ing a difference • HOUSTON VOICE P A G E ONHIV a IVIAACH '1 4 T H ., a a 7 RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION by Leslie Ramsay News of the dnve-by-shoohng death of the gangster rap star Notonous B.I G. reminded me of one of the reasons why I permanantly lcrt the music business - stress Advisory stickers was born. The record indus­try voluntanly placed wammg labels on prod· ucts that rontamcd obJect1onable lyncs. Subsequently, with the warmng system m place, record companies began to recruit more controversial arnsts Imtialy they attempted to sell "clean" or "radio ready" versions of rap music s1dc-by-s1dc the •nasty" version . The •nasty• version out sold the "clean• version m my accounts by 100 to I Hence, the record companies learned very quickly that "nasty" sells alty of the teenage fans The local music scene IS httered with musical groups that were nstng very quickly tn the race to the top of the gang­ster rap heap. Drugs, alcohol and run-ms with the Jaw have cut short the maionty of thru careers The lifestyle that IS depicted by this type of music IS one long hazy maniuana clouded vtolent orgy Occas1ona!Jy, the must· cians that try and hve their lyncs are soon bvtng m pnson For far too many years, I worked for music d1Stnbutors that sold gangster rap by the truck· load to retail cha.ms nat1onw1dc. At first, I loved my JOb. I stood firm, dally, against the mass merchants •do not cany• hsts. Several cha.ms 1mplcmentcd whatever Jimmy Swaggart preached against on Sunday to the "DNC" hst on Monday. I would go out to the stores and attempt to defend each artist that was added to the list. I would some how con· vmcc the store managers that this was a free speech issue. I so profoundly beheved in the freedom of all speech that I actually equated the banning of the 2 Live Crew release, "Nasty As They Wanna Be", to the banning of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" • My sworn enc· mies were Jimmy Swaggart and Tipper Gore. The gangster rap genre was born out of thtS censored, suckered enV1T0nment It wasn't until the PMRC sruck their noses mto the music business did thlS type of music become mainstream mass popular culrutt. Thank you very much, Mrs. Al Gore. Warner Brothers Rea>rds has been talr.en to court over the lyrical content of several of their releases They realized too late that the httle advtsory mcker would not protect them from legal defense and court fees. The poss1b1hty of government regul.anon may have pushed them mto rclca:oing Ice-T from his contract. HlS song, "Cop Killer", brought a flood of neganve press to Warner Brothers. The song never really sold unttl the record label attempted to pull 11 from the shelves Tipper Gore organized the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) to create what was reported to be a quas1-ccnsorsh1p board Billboard magazine wrote reams of articles about how Tipper Gore came home to find her daughter listening to an "ob5<%nc" Pnn~ song She was supposedly surpnscd that her daughter could walk mto a record store a buy such "obscene" and "ob;ccttonablc" music. In my vtcw, I was surpnscd thal Mrs. Gore was not supcrv1Sing her daughters purchases herself, Now that I have been out of the music busi­ness for awhile, I have been rcn«tlng upon what thlS prohferatton and glonficat10n of gay· bashing, woman hatmg. drug add1c1ed, rarut, cnmmal hate speech has created m our soetety. Milhons of Americans arc hstemng to music that encourages not only the behaviors 1 mcn­tloned before but also the killing of pohce offi­cers. The children and adults that hsten to thts music day m and day out arc gettmg a skewed vtSton of soetety. ThtS music amplifies all of what IS wrong with our soetety and pulli tt to a snappy drum beat. Currently, there IS a turf war raging amongst the gangster rappers. Apparently. there are only so many ways to remix "K1lhng Mc Softly. • The police arc mil mvcsr1ganng while the news media 1s reporting, that the lulhng of B1gg1e Smallz, a k.a Notonous B.IG , was in retahallon for the dnve-by-shoottng of 2Pac. In the shOO!lng of Biggie, there were 200 w1mess­es I wonder how many wiU tesofy against the shooter? As a result of the pubhc1ty surrounding the PMRC, the widespread use of the Parental The Houston Press recently ran a cover story about a local "remix" artist and his fan base. The maionty of the arncle surrounded drug usage, dnvtng under the mfluence and the loy· 2Pac has risen from the dead as a sam1 to many teens. If you ask any lud on the corner 1f 2Pac 1s really dead you may gd the answer, "No" In hfe, he was reported to be extremely 1p/Viramune· <n vira ine>CQJ The first of a new class of antiretroviral agents Unique mechanism of action: a non·nucleoside reverse transcrlptase inhibitor • Acts at a different site than nucleoside analogues • Synergy shown In vitro· wtth ZDV. ddl. d4T. and 3TC • No cross-resistance shown In vitro• wtth nucleoslde analogues Unique advcrttages for combination class therapy • In a study of 151 treatment-naive patients receMng VIRAMUNE"'+ZDV+ddl or ZDV+ddl m VIRAMUNE"+ZDV. significantly more patients on VIRAMUNE• triple therapy hod HIV RNA levels below the irnit of detection ofter 24 weeks. The clinical sigrificonce of this IS unknown. PERCENT OF PATIENTS WITH HIV RNA LEVEIS BELOW ~L OF DETECTION (400 COPIES/Ml) 75% VlRAMUNE•+ZDV+ddl j 46% ZDV+ddl 0% VIRAMUNE•+zov Mean CD4+ eel counts remonoo sigificcrltty above oose:re n the VIRAMUNE"•+zov+ddl gQl.P and the ZDV+ddl group There was no s1gnfficort differ9"1Ce between 1hese arms. • Sustained (48 weeks) Immunologic and wologic Improvements otso seen in nucleoside-expenenced potents • ndlcoted for use In combination with nucleoside analogues for the treatment of HIV-infected adults who have experienced cUnical ond/or immunologic detenorotion. This ildicotion Is based on onaJysls of changes in surrogate endpoints 1n studies of up to 48 weeks duration At present there ore no resutts from controlled cinicol trials evol\loling the effect of VIRAMUNE" wilh nucleoside analogues on !he ciinlcal progression of HJV-1 infection. such as !he Incidence of opportunistic. infections or survtvol. • VIRAMUN~ n combination with protease Inhibitors is not recommended un~~ cl'inlcol data ore ovonoble •Generally well·torerated-most commonly reported adverse events were rash. fever. nausea. and headache • Severe and life-threatening skin reactions hove occurred in potlents treated with VIRAMUNP, Including stevens·Johnson syndrome. VIRAMUNE• must be discontinued In patients developing a severe rash or a rash accompanied by constitutional symptoms such as fever, br!Sferlng, oral lesions, con· junclivitis, swelling, muscle or joint aches. or general malaise. Simple one-tablet, twice-daily dosing' ·~ bei->" a.rscepllJily or ttV 1o nevt~ aict rtllitlC or ltv~ ri l'Unall ta not been-..c!. tRecorr: 11E>Od9d dole one ,;xi mg tablet Q-d. b mi 14 days; trll!f1 ono 200 mg toblet ~ j 'No leOOt\ po11od sholJd be ..ea >BC lJl9 '°' De<> b.rd to lessen the frequency of !Oii\ 8rlel tlG't "' esatlilQ l'tlormatlon on ~page ~ ' - • ,. ,,......, "'w f•>!: \ . . . .. . . . 'J-. .--;;... ·' 'w"i...;' . • , ' .... " ' ,_,.." t:-.. :... .) ~.~.;,, . • • . . ,,,. -.. ,J '· ~· ...... ,. l ':'-,>... .t.l,,.1,,.; _,,:,....','. ~ It. ~ ' 11 • . ( ~ , .. ' . , HOUSTON VOICE P A C3 E a M A R C H hot tempered .... d vtvlent A friend of mtne that toured with lum in the very beginrung of his career informed me that he had to stop 2Pac from doing some really srup1d thmgs that would have ended his career, tf not his life, many years before a buUet m Las Vegas finally dtd. I asked my friend 1f he thought 2Pac was wonhy of all of thlS hero worship? He Just laughed and cussed The record tndustry is in the bu>mess of cre­abng mega-h11>. They focus on the short term '"one bu wonders.. The deal to make a quick buck off of a catchy rune is valued over the amst development contract The gangster rap genre 1s pnmed for thlS type of envtronment Killing off the rompebtton IS becorrung a way of hfe. Once a gang banger, always a gang banger .. ? NOTE: In response to Plain Speakmg's rrqucst last week for further information mto the laws that have passed tbat have either abnd!l"d or eltminated the first and second amendment prottcbons of the- l."Onstttunon for some Amencans - I offer the followmg com­mon examplN The Handgun Violence Protectton Act of I 993 (the Brady Bill) and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy of the military. For further 1nforma11on please see the web srte at www.fac mg_ If you have ttme, the wh1tehousc web site at www.wh1tehousc.gov also proVldes cx-cas1onat press releases on btlls that the Presidcnt has signed By the way, my words arc my own I fear blind hber.ilism most of all T T T T T T T T T NATIONAL NE\/\/S Cher, Tracv Ullman Added to GlAAD Media Event GLAAD will ktCk off its three-city Media Awards rn Los Angeles March 16. F111ecn hundred people will gather at the Century Plaza Hotel for the star-studded event, wrth such spcctal guests as Ellen DeGencres, Gma Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Gregory Peck, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Mttchell Anderson, Cher, Adam Arkin, Valene Benmelh, Tracey Ullman, Ed McMahon and many more Awards presented at the event will include: Outstanding Film (Wide Release). Outstanding Telev1S1on Comedy Senes, Outstandmg Telev1s1on Drama Senes, Outstanding TeleV11S1on-lndrv1dual Episode, Outstandmg Music Single, Outstanding Los Angeles Theattr Production and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. For more mfor­mat1on contact Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (Publtc Relations) at (3 IO) 274-7800. PSU Recognizes Anti-Gav Group State College, Pa (AP) • An anu-gay sru· dent group won reco1:mtton at Penn State Uruverstty, after an appeals board decided 11 would not break the msurutton's d1scrimma­tton codes. "Most people thlnk that !he school does not want us to C'XtSt, but I dtd rveryth1ng by tbe book, and they basically had no choice," said Dann Loccannt, 27, who founded STRAIGHT m N~mber and has about 50 members STRAIGHT, which stands for Students Remforc:mg Adherence lo General Heterosexual Trad1tton. was derued nocogru­tton by a student coun and Loccariru enVJ­sroned a coun fight The board's reversal of a student coun rulmg, announced Thursday before spnng break. satd STRAIGHT didn't dtSCnmmate m sel<ctmg members and ga'" no Sign tt would d1scnrrunate ~d on sexual onenta­tion. Recogn111an means !hat STRAI GITT can use a Penn State letterhead and meet i: uru­vers1ty buildings· and will have to adrrut les­bians and gays as members. 1 4 T H 1 a a 7 Senate Growth Rep. Chnstopher Shays, a Connecticut Republican, announced today that he will be a lead co-sponsor of the Employment Non-D1scnmma11on Act (ENDA), a bill to outlaw JOb dascnmmation based on sexual onentat1on. "Gammg Shays as a lead co-sponsor adds to the growing body of proof that the ENDA 1s a moderate, mainstream piece of legislauon,• said Winnie Stachelberg, HRCs legislative director "We are gratified to see so many members of Congress recog­mz1ng that gay men and lesbians deserve basic JOb fairness.• The Human Rights Campaign began ask­mg members of Congress m 1993 to include sexual onentauon m their non-dt.SCnmma­tton policies. At the dose of the 104th Congress. 307 members reponed that they had tnstttuted such policies m their oflices- 241 m the House and 66 tn the Senate. The pany breakdown m the House was 73 Republicans and 168 Democrats/ Independents, and m the Senate. 24 Repubhcans and 42 Democrats The only Texas notable from these figurrs was Kay Badey Hutchts0n LAMBDA literarv Award Marc Adams' The Preacher's Son has taken hts place alongside 'our other finalists vymg for the Lambda Ltter.iry A ward for Best Spmtuahty Book. The book chronicles Adams ltfe growmg up gay as the son of a f~ndamentahst Bapllst m1ruster m rural Pennsylvania where he endured a childhood of physical, emouonal and spmtual abuse He went on to attend, by choice, Jerry Falwell's L1beny University where he also was employed for 3-112 years m the student recruumg/umversuy relattons depanment. His book an1culately reveals hfe at L1beny and the struggle to conform to the standards for whtch he would have been a martyr. Award rectp1ents will be announced at a gala banquet m Chicago on Fnday, May 30, 1997 New Grants Awarded The Lesbian Health Fund of the Gay & Lesbian Medical AssOCiallon has awarded S26,464 m grant money to finance prom1s­mg new health res<'arch proiects across the country. Awardees are selected for the excellence of thetr proiect's design, their expenmct- 1n r~arch and the s1gmficance of the project to the lesbian community. The awards are given without regard to the reapient's sexual onenta.oon The recipients include Sandra S. Butler of the School of Social Work at the University of Mame, Ann Pollinger Haas, PhD, of the Depanment of Health Services at Lehman College, 01fford J Rosen, MD, of the Mame Center for Osteoporosts and Yannick Durand, PhD m Brooklyn. After Midnight Actor Brad DaVIS (Midnight Express), who died of AIDS m 1991, struggled for years with the quesllon of whether to "come out" as an HIV-pos11Jve actor m Hollywood. Actor Brad Davis. But as one of the industry's most popular and attractive leading men, Davts bcheved hts career wouldn't recover from a pubhc announcement. Instead, he secretly wrole an intensely personal account of hts life m Hollywood and struggle with AIDS. fin- NATIONAL NEVVS tshed after DavlS' death by hts wife, Susan Bluestein Davts. Their book, to be publ1Shed later this month, 1s excerpted exclusively m POZ's Apnl ed111on After M1dmght tells how Davis, who learned he was HIV-pos111ve at the height of his mov1e and telev1s1on career, shpped into the AIDS treatment underground, wllh assumed names and !iiecret docton' VISllS. Bluestein also discusses her husband's off. camera hfe; hlS extravagant use of drugs and affa1n with famous women; the rumon of his homosexuahty, his devotion to this wife and young daughter, and his involvement with AIDS treatment act1V1sts who urged him to come out as HIV-posiuve. lifestyle and you can, too. For more mfor­mauon call 1-800-201-2890, extension 'Hope for Change.'" The commercial has also run repeatedly on KARE-TV, the local NBC affiliate who reponed they were verbally or phySK-al• ly attacked m the Detrou area becau<r of their sexual preference increased 29% last year. The number of fake bomb threats m Atlanta has soared over the past year dur­ing January 1996, pohce recorded 17 phony bomb threats, followed by 11 m February Tius year, there were 53 m January and 59 m February, pohce said .The U.S Army 1s scrambhng for recruits m the face of increased discharges under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" pohcy. They are lowering recruttmg standards and mcreasmg tts adver· usmg budget from $12 mllhon to $44 m1l­hon ... ln Suffolk (New York) Family Court, Judge Wilham Kent allowed two lesbians to cross-adopt each othe"'' daughte"'. "This ts the first cross-adoption m the U.S by two lesbians whose children are half·mters, •said Domm1c Barbara, the women's lawyer. .According to the Lambda Legal Defense and Educauon Fund (LLDEF), a new congressional rtpon from the General Accounting Office reveals that at least 1,049 Jaws addressing manta! status deny brnefits, nghts and privileges to same.oSex couples "'Six months after voling for the Defense of Marriage Act, Congress Just now 1s checking out what civil marnage means under federal J,1w, • said Evan Wolfson, marriage prOJCCt director for LLDEF. Conference on AIDS UglVAds In Mmneapol1S/St Paul, a so-called "ex­gay" m1rustry LS running commerc.1als on two local network affiliates dunng lesbian, gay and AIDS-sens111ve programming. Dunng ABCs "Happy B1nhday Elizabeth" & the eplSOde of "Roseanne" when Bev introduced her new girlfnend, KSTP-TV atred a commercial telling lesbians & gay men that they could become straight. The sponsor, Outpost, Inc ts a local "ex-gay" ministry, and the ad's voict---over states. "If you are gay or lesbian and don't want to be, there's hope for change Many have left the AIDS Action Foundation is co-sponsor~ mg four one-day dialogues across the coun­try- the first of which will be held March 26 in M1am1, Flonda The other co-sponso"' are AIDS Service Orgamzat1on Network, Alliance for the Agmg, Flonda AIDS Action Council, Mothe"'' Voices South Florida, South Flonda Hospual & Healthcare Assoc1a11on, and Tampa AIDS Network. The Conference begms at 9am at Pan Amencan Hospual. 5959 Nonhwest 7th St. in Miami Briefs The Nauonal Gay & Lesbian Task Force announced the appointment of Mark F. Johnson as Media D1rec1or Johnson Joins the staff of the Task Force after a three­month search to fill the pos1t1on .A needle. exchange program will be shut down m Wilhmanuc, Connecucut on Marrh 21 State health officials cued poor communny support for the program, which was created to slow the spread of A IDS .. A gay rights group m Detroit said the numb(r of gays /,tt/ Viramune <nevirapine>o;o ........... ~~~~"rs~~~Wfnia::;:~-=c: llltRlCfWDl MS llXA.Tl:W IS BASED CW ANALYSIS Cf ~ II $lJIAOCaAlf E10C:NTS ,. STllllS Cf .. 10 48 WID.S Ol.Ml100 AT ""500 OOI! ARUO RESU.lS fAOU COOl111i!D CU0 ~ lfUM..S lVNJlA~ M EffiCJ Cf VIRMl.N• WITH Nll1EOSltE MWX:.tfS (Ill nt QJNICAI. -~.C f HY- lltC10l SlOl M 'It: 1NlOOa Cf IJ'l'Cflltf<Srx: NtCIOIS (11 llll­THE Dtf!ATICll Cf lf"liim ffOI ,,....TRC')Yr.!M. MRN'Y w:t IE t.H1TEO M..JtMTION t1 MT\. Rrn1CM1W. 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LAW PROtlBITS D&SPlHS NG 'WITHOUT PRE$CAIPT~ --=··--... ··•§ •••••• P A G E ., a l'V'IAFICH 1 4 T H .., e a 7 r · I' California Bar Bans 'Straight' Kiss San Francisco (AP) - A city comm1ss1on has repnmanded a popular Market Street gay bar for a pohcy that bans heterosexual couples from kissing The Caf<, in the cuy's predominantly gay Castro D1stnct, violated non-d1scnmina1ion laws by CJCCtmg a man and woman last August and invoking a "no straight make­out" policy, according to Cynthia Goldstein of the Human Rights CommisS1on After The Cafe failed to retract us pohcy, Goldstein asked the comm1ss1on to issue a "directo~s finding" against the bar on Feb. 23. The bar faces no penalty, but is on record m San Francisco as having commuted d1scnm1- nat1on 1 ' I was trying to be sensitive to the needs of my customers," bar manager Morgan Gorrono told the San Francisco Examiner on Saturday. ..My main complaint from customers 1s there are too many straight people here." Gorrono said he has since changed the pohcy and now bans heavy kissing by people of all sexual oncntauons The kissing dispute started when Damon Jacobs, a fnend of the couple, complained to the cuy after the couple was thrown out of The Cafe last summer, The couple was "kissing pretty deeply," Jacobs said. "The bartender went up to them and said something hke 'This is a gay bar What you're doing is very offensive to people here. I'd hke 10 ask you to leave for your own safe­ty-"' Moments later, Jacobs, who is gay, and the couple were thrown out by the bouncer. Another fnend al«> was forced to leave. "I was appalled that this was happening to my mends in this community," Jacobs satd "It's very disappointing to me that our businesses arc being such poor role models." Gorrono said the man and woman were eiected mainly because they were drunk; they began kissing and blocking the bar only after being refused dnnks, he said. "It was­n't rrally a straight issue h was a dn nk1ng issue," he said But the Human Rights Comm1Ssion took a closer look at the incident after Gorrono wrote 10 the Bay Area Reporter, a local gay newspaper Gorrono's Sept 19 letter defend­ed his banender's decision to eject the cou· pie.· "She (the bartender) told them a lot of gay people find u offenS1ve when straight people come into a gay bar and start to make out," Gorrono wrote. "It's like throwmg water m our face ." "As for The Cafe changing our policy on straight people making out, this will not change," he wrote. "They will still be asked not to, once. If they don't hke u, they can leave. Th1$ 1s a gay bar and they are the guests of our communuy. '' Said Goldstein "Whether they were drunk or not drunk was not really the issue. (Gorrono) stated there was a pohcy that treated people of a different sexual onenta- 11on differently." Gorrono maintains that The Cafe wel· comes everyone. But m recent years, he said, more straight people have frequented the bar, causing complamts from some gay cus· tome rs. "People feel the Castro is being invaded," he said "But we don't care about straight people (coming to the bar) as long as they don't flaunt 11. Some of Gorrono's customers agreed with a ban on straight k1ssmg. ''When we can get married, they can kiss m our bars,'' said Patnck Wagner, a Castro resident Sipping a beer on the bar's outdoor deck on Saturday. '"There are several hun· dred bars where straights can go kISs. So. out of respect for our community, I think they should refrain from kissing here!' But Maurice Hams, a patron at a nearby bar, sa1d any ban on sexual expression would mar the Ca!'>tro's tradition of embrac· mg all hfctylcs. "Anyone can kiss around here," said Harns, who 1s bisexual. N You can be any· thing you want tn the Castro. The Castro IS a ll about tolc;rance " T T T T T T T T T FBI Denies Reports ol Bomb links Atlanta (A P) • Federal officials denied reports that mvc!>llgators have linked the Centennial Olympic Park bombing and later attacks on an abon1on chnic and a gay nightclub in Atlanta News reports Fnday said investigators found s1m1lant1es m the three bombings, and that there may be a "fuzzy" video image of the Olympic bomber ''We don't have the Sliver bullet," FBI spokesman Jay Spadafore said of the video­tape report As for links in the bombings, Spadafore said u's not possible to conclude that any of the devices were made by the same person or persons. "We're not being disingenuous," Spadafore said "We have strong S1m1lanties among the devices and differences as well. If we had a signatu re and knew it was the same guy, the d ifferences wouldn't matter ... Time magazme's onhne news service, CH· mg unidentified sources, reported that the FBI determined the devices in all three bombings bore the same "signatures" An unusual metal was used m compo-­nents of all three sets of devices. the Time soun:cs said One source also ~aid the timers and copper wmng m the fusmg mechanisms were the same CBS News reported that metallurgical tests at the Department of Energy's Nauonal Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn , on debns from the Olympic bombing showed "a S1m1lanty" wuh fragments from the other bombings. Previous news accounts have hnked the wmng, 11mmg devices. and dynamite u~d m two Jan. 16 bombings at an abon1on chmc m suburban Atlanta wuh those used m the Feb. 21 bombing at a gay nightclub Investigators, howt'ver, say th('y have not completed forensic testing on evidence taken from those attacks. CBS also noted that black powder was used tn the Olympic attack and dynamite tn the other two CBS also reported that mvesugators examining photographs and video taken m Centennial Park on the night of the July 27 bombing have denved images of SIX people they'd hkc to qursuon, One of the images 1s "enhanced to the point of bemg v1nually unrecogmzablc," but the other five pictures are expected to be released at an FBI news confe~nce next week, CBS reported All SIX people were near the blast sue and two were descnbed as carrying backpacks. The Olympic park bomb was hidden 1ns1de a m1htary-style backpack when It exploded, klihng one person and iniunng more than 100. Time's onhne service also reported that the FBI has a fuzzy image of a person who may have planted the bomb on a videotape. Spadafore said he knew of no suspect image, fuzzy or otherw1$e T T T T T T T T T Join other HIV+ single gay men for• we km Ar' o 1 spectacular Red Rock country. 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PWA HOLIDAY CHARITIES P A G E GLOBAL NEWS French Anornev: Drop Blood Case by Nicolas Marmie Pans (AP) • France's top prosccutor rec­ommended today that charges be dropped agamst a former pnme minister and two oth· crs 10 the contam10at1on of I ,JOO French hemophiliacs with A!DS-tamted blood producll m 1985 The rccommcndatton by the chief prose­cutor, based on what he called lack of ev1· dencc, means it 1s almost certain thC' three former of!iciab will not be brought to tnal. Former Pnme M1n1ster Laurent Fabius, former Social Affairs Mmister Georgma Dufou and formrr Heahh M1mster Edmond Herve, all members of the 1984-1986 Socialist government, had been charged with "comphcny 10 po1sonmg," which car· ries a maximum 30·year prison sentenct. The charges came amid a scandal that shook confidence m France's public heahh system and helped bnng down the SOC1ahst govcmmem m 1993 The scandal broke m 1990 with revel•· lions that five years earlier, health officials used blood supplies known to be contami­nated with the AIDS virus, rather than pur­chase U.S. technology to treat or test the blood A French test was bemg developed at 1he umc. About 1,300 hemophiliacs became infect-ed with the virus, and more than 500 have died Four high-ranking health officials have since been convicted, and two have been Jailed Fabius, Dufozx and Herve were charged m 1994, after two yt"ars of pressure from vie· llms' families. Smee then, a special court had been examining the evidence Fabius and his former colleagues claim 1hey never knowingly approved the use of tamted blood Today, the chief prosecutor of France's highest court ol appeal, Jean·Franco1S Burgehn, informed the Republics Court of Justice there was 1nsuffietcnt evidence to put the three on tnal. The speual court 1s the only forum empowered to prosecute officials for cnmes committed whtlc in office. In theory, the court could go ahead with a tnal, but the body, created in 1993, has never gone against the rccommendat1on of the chief prosecutor. Burgelm said that while he was asking that cnminal charges be dropped, "the polit· 1cal responsab1hty of the mm1Sters should be exammed." But he added. "Cnmmal responS1b1lity, on the other hand, as not established for the ministers." T T T T T T T T T M.D. With AIDS Denies Misconduct London (AP) • A Zambian-born gynecol· ogist who reportedly has performed invasive procedures on hundreds of patients despite bemg HIV-positive demed Monday he was guilty of profesS1onal misconduct. But a lawyer for the mamed dOCJor, iden­tified m weekend press reports as Patrick Ngosa, told a professional d1sc1phnary hear· mg that he admitted havmg a 19-monih sex· ual rclat10nsh1p from May 1994 with anoth· rr woman who told h1n7i she was HIY·poSI· uve. According to nrws reports; 1t was thts woman, idenuficd only as Mrs A, who firs! reported the doctor to the heahh authont1es. Ngosa, who has three children, also accep1ed he had not taken adequate steps to check hlS own HIV status after Mrs A told ham of her illness. The Z1mbabwe~tratned doctor was not present at Monday's heanng by the General Medical Council, which has 1he power to prevent him from practicmg if 1t finds he put off havmg tests knowing he likely had the virus. There have been several recent cases of HlV-poS111ve doctors from Afnca, or who have laved m Africa, workmg m Bnllsh hos­pitals. The Ngosa case has provoked renewed demands for compulsory AIDS tests. Currently, medical personnel only have to report to authonlles 1f they find out they are HIV-posauve. Health officaals in two south England counttes. Gloucestershire and Essex, said their staffs have spent two weeks check.mg the records of 50,000 women who might have been treated by Ngosa, who has been working in the country smce 1991 They have drawn up a list of cases where he had taken part in procedures such as Caesarean births and hysterectomies and set up help Imes Officials said Monday they believe that I, 752 of the women may have been exposcd to a very slight nsk of contracting HIV. Davtcs, Ngosa'1 lawyer, said he,h.lJ lxcn prepared to attend the hearing. but pulled out after his 1dent1ty became known. "There may be a very good reason why he is scared to attend today. He was scared for himself and he was scarod for has family," she said Pomung to the packed press gallery. she added, "Wuch hunt would not be too high a term to descnbc what has happened thlS weekend." She asked for the case to be adiourned to a later date But Rosalind Foster, a lawyer for the General Medacal Council, said the case must go on m the public interest. "The armety IS that lhlS doctor may have practiced elsewhere," she said, adding authonues only recently d1Scovered that Ngosa had worked at four Bnt1Sh hospitals. rather than three "His failure to attend •.. this morning speaks for uself," Foster said. The case continues this week. Japan AIDS Scandal Trial Begins by Seth Sutel Tokyo (AP) . Tesl!fying m the first of scv· eral tnals m a widespread AIDS scandal, a formrr doctor denied charges today that his negligence caused the death of a hemophilia pauent who got the AIDS virus through untreated blood Takesh1 Abe, a professor and former vice president of Te1kyo University, told the Tokyo D1Stnct Court that he did not know at the lllne that using untreated blood producll was dangerous. Abe servtd as head of a Health and Welfare Mm1Stry panel on AIDS m 198.1 and 1984 and pers1Stently opposed quick appmval for safe heat-treated blood products bemg used in other nations. Prosecutors suspect that Abe may have refused to agree to importing treated blood products because: of Ins close relations with Japanese pharmaa:uucal companies, which wrrc working on their own vors1ons of the products. The heat 1rcatments weren't approwd unttl 1 2 rvlARCH 1985. About 2,000 Japanese, mostly hemo­ph1hacs, conlracted the AIDS virus from lhe untreated produru. About 400 have died La1rr this month, separate tnals will begin for former Health and Welfare Ministry olfa· c1al Akihito Matsumura and three former presadenls of Green Cross Corp., the lop sup­plier of the blood products. The scandal has appalled a nation where malpracllce suits arc- rare and has led to more calls for bureaucratic reform The government and five pharmaceutical firms have reached an out-of-court scttlrmcnt with the patienis and their fam1hes who had sued for damages Although susp1c1ons against Abe are w1de­rangmg, the formal charges involve only a Single case in the summer of 1985 when a hemophiliac pauent trea1ed at Te1kyo University became infected with the AIDS virus. He later developed AIDS and died m 1991 If convicted on the charges of causing death by professional negligence, Abe could be sentena:d to up to five years m pnson. 1 4 T H 1 a a 7 J!JJ;J !Ji 1199 JJJJJJ Sunday March 16 • 3 pm• Benefit to offset funeral expenses for Walter Carter benefits LVL Holiday Charities •-·m··::·1·1mt:Jl.l.!•-1:D-1•U•m•s:1 1m-m- ••-r::-·••-••--:1E1- p A -~ e 1 ~~ ~"' ""' A A c H 1 4 T H 1 a a "MU...STIC MOTION, VICTOR. FO~ Ot-1.T ATTH€ S wtMMINc; O LYMPIC T RIALS HOU> t-t1S l!.REAnt ~eR.WATeR. FOR. MORE ntAN TW6NTY S6CONPS. 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Holcombe at oreanbrlar 713-185-9878 9!itch Yeah, just ask Lucy! 2517 Ralph St. at Westhelmer (713} 527-9071 • Happy Hour 7am - 9pm Weekdays • S 1.50 Well 4-7 Saturday • $1.50 Vodka 7am - 6pm •Mug Club 7am - 1 Opm • $3.75 Pitchers & $1 .75 Mugs --=··----·•§ ----· PAGE 14 T l'V'I ARCH 14TH 1997 LITERARY REVIEW by David Richardson The first quesuon you must ask your<elf before picking up the book Arkansas by DaVJd Lcavtlt IS "Can I CnJOY a book wtlh unhkcablc characters?" If you can answer yes to this question, then by all means pick 11 up. Many readers of gay fiction are already fam1har wtlh the stones of Mr Leavtlt whose novels Family Dancing and The Lost Language of Cranes have become staples in contemporary gay fiction. Hts last book enti­tled Whtie England Sleeps created such a stir that 11 was pulled from many bookstores due to content In hts latest offenng Arkansas we are treated to three novellas within one book. The first one, The Term Paper Artist, con­cerns a wntcr who comes home to stay w1t.h his family for a lime after a recent book he wrote causes a scandal and he 1s sued While he is home he 1s introduced to an under­graduate student for whom he feels an infat­uation. Putting his literary talents to work, he wntes a term paper for the lad in exchange for sex Herc 1s where I was first put to the test becau<e being a former college student as well as a wntcr of sorts, I found thIS character to be reprehensible. Nonethell-ss1 a story 1s a story. The character begins bartcnng with many college students in the same vein and at the end has felt nei­ther remorse or rctnbuuon for his actions The second story takes place in the Italian countryside of Tuscanny where Nathan and Ceha, characters familiar to Tt"aders of Mr Leavltls other short stones. have an awk­ward reunion after a five year penod to cele­brate Cehas' wedding anniversary to a hus­band who ts largely absent throughout the story. Here too, we have a character (Nathan) who has no qualms about sleeping with someone clses amour, even when the consequences are tragic for aU concerned. The third story 1n the book ts the best in lhlS readers eyes Saturn Street ts the tale of a d1Ssaffcctcd screcnwntcr in Los Angeles who takes on a JOb as a volunteer, dclivenng lunches to homebound AIDS patients only to find that he falls 1n love with one of them. Their relationship 1s never consumated how­ever, and the ending IS both touching and poignant Another book that I have to menuon this week ts Travels With Lisbeth by Lars Etghncr. Whtie not a new book, ti was passed on to me by a freind who assured me I would hkc ti. In actuality, I dtd The story concerns a man who has spent three years on the road and in the streets hving as a homeless person, with his one constant com· pamon being his pct dog Lisbeth Mr. Etghcners' story gives readers a fresh per­specuve on the struggles of people who hve m the streets, but does so with a keen sense of wit that 1s so sly that m some cases It almost passes you by. I wouldn't pass by this book 1f you can obtain a copy as u makes for a fun read T T T T T T T T T THEATR E NOTES by David Richardson It certainly is an mteresung season for the· atre! When the curtain nses, even if it's late (and stop hissing at Faye Dunaway already, ghost say boo, not pohte theatre goers) there is a d1vers1ty abound that is refreshing_ For example, here are JUSt a few of the treats in store for ticket buyers at lhts time of year· First off take a walk down memory lane when Mam Street Theatre presents Schoolhouse Rock Live' Billed as a childrens show, 11 still carnes camp value for anyone who saw the cartoon versions back in the 70's. This show runs through March 23rd Tickets (713) 524-6706. Jackie 0 1s making several appearances m town this month which is pretty 1mprcss1ve for someone who is not breathing. Houston Grand Opera presents Jackie 0 March 14th- 16th at the Wortham Center Tickets· (713) 227-ARTS. She will also be appeanng at Theatre LaB dunng their production of First Ladies Sutic, a musical that includes Eleanor, Bess, Mamie and Lady Bird Johnson Can Hilary be far behind? Tickets (713) 868-7516 7516. Vampire lovers will go bats over the world premiere of Ben Stevenson's new ballet Dracula March 13th-23rd at the Wortham Center Tickets. (713) 227-ARTS. Wt1h the dead being resurrected ti seems only fining that the Country Playhouse will revive the old warhorse Death of a Salesman March 14th-Apnl 5th Tickets (713) 467-4497. If you arc crazy about George Gershwin, or even 1f you arc Just plain crazy, the Music Hall ts the place to be March 7th-23rd when TUTS pre;ents Crazy For You. Tickets (713) 622-TUTS Look for local favonte Mozelle Felder who will be in the cast of Vieux Carre. This show 1s about Tennessee Williams life m New Orleans and IS said to be as steamy as a ntghl in the Quarter So take the nearest streetcar to the New Heights Theatre March 12th-Apnl 12th. Tickets (713) 869-8927. Everything is ~lauve when vmting wHh Uncle Vanya in the Chckov classic at the Mam Srrcct Theatre March 6th-April 6th. Tickets (713) 524-6706. Actors Theatre bnngs us lhe scalhingly funny comedy Rrturn Engagements playing March 21s,t·May 4th. ThIS IS btlled as a story of three couples and the tangled lives they hve. Park your car and help celebrate the 40th season of Theatre Southwest as they present Statons Garage March 7th-Apnl 5th. There 1s a warning that gunshots and profanity occur dunng this productton. Perhaps I should preface my reviews with that state· ment •• well Tickets (713) 728-5178. For those Wlth a da1rl.. to~ on the stage instead of JUSt watching n, the Ensemble Theatre 1s holding auditions for a murder mystery comedy called Who Killed Hazel Panon' Aud111ons will be held April 26th from 12 to 4 PM. If this show IS anything ltkc their recent producuon of Jar The Floor, ti should be htlarious so keep your eyes open for ti. The Ensemble ts also seeking an ass1S­tant for their Artistic Director. Interested parties in either the audition or the position should contact Eiieen J. Moms at (713) 520- 0055. 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No, not Ellen. 0 K , here goes. the Easter Bunny IS gay! I can sec you looking at me like I am crazy. but I tell you n's true Think about this for a moment· while most rabbits arc best known for making other rabbus, thlS Easter Bunny character spends his days hop ping about making colorful wow:n straw bas kets tilled with treats while m pastels. So the way I figure 11, he's either gay or he IS Manha Stewart Have I made a pomt here? And n's about that name Peter Cottontatl Whose tail was he caught m IS what I want 10 know' I am snll kind of waffling on the issue of the 1mportan~e of rabbits m the first place. I mean, tf they were such a big deal why hasn~ Andrew Lloyd Webber made a musical about them yet? Actually, I'd better not give him any ideas. I for one would be temticd to find a large rabbit leaping around my hving room, although after seemg that really scary photo of the Mayor of New York 1n drai: recently, I guess I can survwc a lot more than I thought. I guess by now you have figured out that thlS weeks column 1s about Easter, which 1s JUSt around the corner_ Religious connota~ ttons aside, there are a few things about this holiday that I iusl don't understand First off, what m the hell is the deal with Marshmallow Peeps anyways? For those of you unfamiliar with this pan1cular ruhnary treat, it has a au ty sugar cc-aung over some "hue substance that resembles old ures m tcx· ~re and cons tcncy and can pass through the human body without ever bcmg digested and they are only put out dunng Easter hohdays. Oh, and did I mention that they arc shaped hke baby bmls' Call me old fashioned, but I can't remember the last t me I had an un<.."Ontrollablc urge to chmb a tree and devour some helpless baby btrds nght out i:f the nest Can you? My fncnds at PETA would ne>n forgive me Sucking with the candy SUbJcct for a mmutc, 1 know that speak g against Jellybean• would be un bsol~te blasphemy but they really have gone a btt too far wit\! those gourmet navored ones Most ch1ldrc:1 have little use for a 1cllybcan that taste hke roasted duck cooked an a light wine sauce with JUSt a hint of basil I did try 10 get into the sptnt of the hoh· day when the Easter stuff began to appear m the supermarket$ so that would have been about November I guess I even dyed some eggs. How could I have known that you were supposed to boil the damned things first? My mecc IS still trying to scrub the yoke out of her dress. And speaking of clothes for a mmute Ladies, nothing personal but take my advice and don't do the bonnet thing" this year. Allow me to remind you that you are not Judy Garland, or even Judy Tenuta for that matter. Let me put 1t to you another way. You have been walking around all )car long with a perfectly lovely hairstyle, so JUSt because tt's Easter Sunday docs not meao that you should feel the need to put a pl•te of rutabagas and dned nowerS on your head. Resist thlS temptation at all cost Many people already have something ndtcu· lous looking abovt· their necks. In most cases u is thcu own heads. but that's another story. Many rehg1ous hohdays' ongtn> can be traced back to umes of great suffenng, so I guess that's why we have to go VISll our rcla· 11ves at the hohdays. We are iust keeping the tradu1on of suffcnng alive Having to choose b<-tween being walled up inside a cave \Vlth a huge stone blocking the door or going to v1sn my Aun't Hermcc with her h1dl'ous str14 ated glazed hohday ham . these are tough deC1s1ons. Always bemg one to 'ook at the pracucal side of 1h1rgs, here's a httlc I p for you When you llave everyone over for the big Easter Egg ht.ill, tc• the 'htldren that instead of lookmg for eggs, thry shou Id be looking for all the things you have lost at your home 1n the p.1st year. Imagine their squeals of dehght as they unearth such trca· surcs as three sets of car keys, a couple cf losmg •Ottcry Lckcts, and a suck of gum sull in tts fotl wrapper. You can~ buy happiness hke that' Just make sure they don't come across your Swedish Erollca colkeuon or you arc gomg to havl'! a lot of cxpl:u ... mg ' do. In all scnowne (11kc I know the mean­ing of the word) 1 woi.:'d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Easter .And, there you have 111 RAINBO\N READ E R Everyone knows Thomas Jtfferson was a founding father who authored the Dctlaration of Independence But who wa$ Thomas Jefferson to the people he worked wuh, lived wuh and owned' Robena Grimes explores thll aspect of one of Amcnca's hIStonal heroes m her book My Thomas My Thomas IS wntten from the per· spccuvc or Manha Jcffcnon, who marned 1bomas Jefferson m r'te early '700s, bore btm seven children (three of whom hvcd) and died before he reached the legendary status with whtch hlSlory would mark him My Thomas 1s taken from actual lclttrs written by Martha to her husband, and frum sumvmg excerpts of a JOUmal she kept dunng thelf mar­nagc h details slavery, women's nghts, medical care, and the Amcncan Rcvohtuon from the clay to clay pcrspcc!tve of someone who was hvmg ,, Mulha IS outsp0kcn for a woman or her clay and years (she IS only m her twcnllcs), yet 11 IS through her outspokencss that we learn the things hLStory books wtll never tdl us. For mstance, a popular topic of debate to the t 700's was whether or not women had souls. Sla~s lt was automaucally assumed, did not, not even the ones fathered by the mastcn of the house, • proCtJce which was tommon and gencr· ally accepted Martha docs not •cccpt tt howcv· er, and r.lks often of how one reason she loves her Thomas so much IS because he would never do somcthmg hkc that (a fae1 which hlSlory would later dISprOvc m the pcnon of a slave namrd Sally Hcmmtnp. who, strangely enough, wu M.lrtha's own half stster) Martha also mststs throughout the book that she and her hus­band truly want lo set the slaves free. but cannot m good conscience because u would be too hard for them to Im without being "cared for" ThIS IS said even U the borroa of slavery IJC dJScusscd openly by Mutha who ends all of these frank, brutal accounts wuh a rauonaliuuon that she •nd her husband ncvn beat, rape. torture or oth­erwis. c molest any of their slaves. a.nd, as to the other plantation owners (mdud1ng Martha's own ., a IVIARCH father and brothcn m law) wdl she and her hus­band have no control over lhar and thus cannOI speak to 1t Unfortunately a.s this Knt1ment against 10JUS- 11ce 1s mirrored all too often m our own society today, u becomes easy to sec how u could b«ome pervasive rnough to allow a C1V1l1zcd" SOCtctY 10 enslave an enure race of people for hundreds of years Even onore homfymg than Martha's dcscnp­llons of slavery however, arc hv dcscnpttons r the medical care rccc:tVCd by herself and others Bleeding pauents 1s common pracuce and used •o cure tverythmg from tubcrculostS lo the common .. old. In one p.trt1cularly hideous .segment of ha Journal Manha dcscnbcs tn detail a fnend's mastectomy, a pro­cedure which involved the woman bemg stnppcd, hdd down on a table by four men and, after hav· mg a spoon thrust m her mouth 10 stop her screammg, had her breast cut off and her breast· bone scraped. No pam killer was given her, as the only pam killer ava1lablc m those umcs was rum. and It wasn't considered proper for ladies to dnnk spmts. Ch1ldb1rth, mtanwh1lc, 1s always a gamble, and It ts not unusual for both mother and child to be lost m the process It ts also not unusual for people of M.trtha 's age to be widowed, or on tbetr second or third mamagc Thomas Jefferson m fact, IS M.lrtha'ssccond husband At one point m her iournal she coyly notes that she was mor· ned at 17, a mother at 18 (a chdd she later lost 10 1llness), .i.nd a widow at nineteen. She also notes tha1 her waiting pcnod of two ytars bcfol'C' t.akmg ano1her husband Wd'I mo~t unusual, .tS the maJOr4 1ty of women in her cm."Um!i.lJ.nce rcmamed as soon as possible Wntten 1n tho language of the umes My Thomas IS mterc:ung. <nhghtenmg. and frightcn­mg all at once Roberto Gnmcs hu done an ucellcnt Job of tymg together the p1cc01 of this forga1tcn woman's hfe, and through hC"r we gei to know Thomas Jefferson as hr- truly was rather than as history tells us hc was. T T T T T T T T T ., 4 T H ., a a 7 ENTERTAINMENT Etheridge and lang Join Ellen by Jennifer Bowles To help Ellen Morgan, the quirky charac­ter played by Ellen DeGeneres, make that h1stoncal leap, the actress gets a httle help from her fnends: Actress Laura Dern, talk· show host Oprah Winfrey and openly les­bian singers Melissa Etheridge and k.d. Jang will appear m the long-anttcipatcd, one-hour episode, scheduled to air on Disney-owned ABC on Apnl 30 While several shows such as 0 Roseanne" and "Mad About You" have featured homo· sexual characters, Ellen Morgan will be the fi"t openly gay lead in a pnme-llme show "There 1s an mcredtblc amount of care going into this. that tt's done nght and done well," satd executive producer Dava Savel .. We realize there's a lot on our shoulders htrc.• In the episode, half of which was taped Fnday night, Dern plays a lesbian who comes into town with an old college fnend of Morgan - Morgan finds she's more auracted to Dem's character than to her male fnend, said Mark Dnscoll, another executive pro­ducer Winfrey plays yet another of Morgan's therapists. Dunng >ecnes taped last Fnday night, a very nervous Morgan declares that she 1s gay and confesses her attractton to Dem's char­acter, said David Tomb, a member of the audience who heads a gay and lesbian orga­mzauon of United Airlines employees. Her declarauon, made: m an airport, 1s accidentally earned over a public address system, he said "My fnend and I were very choked up at that moment, ' said Tomb 'It was u very C'mOt1onal moment for us as gay people, panly because we could 1den11fy with her character Why is 11 so difficult, why can't we JUS! come out and say who we art:'" Members of DeGeneres' staff who watched werr m tears Aflerwards, Dt·Gcncn·s hu~ed them. Then she walked over to a woman and said, "Tm free," Tomb said He said he did not know the woman's 1dent11y. The idea was leaked to the media last September Smee then, there have been sev· eral on-air quips by Morgan and off-air JOkes by DeGeneres that she may be "Lebanese" or that the show will add a new guy charac­ter named Les Bian. In one episode, Morgan told her divorcing parents: "What if I said something shocking to you. Like my whole hfe has been a he and I'm really left-hand­ed." Ethendge will perform a song dunng the opening title sequence, and lang, with whom DeGeneres shared a pasS1onate public kiss at an event last weekend, w11l appear as a singer-waitress ma bookstore The plan for the senes, now m 1ts fourth season, has already generated some expect· ed cnt1c1sm from conservatives, something not lost on the producers, ABC and Disney "It was really important to Ellen to reveal II in such a way that everybody, including middle Amenca, was on board," Savel said "That everybody saw her angst, everybody saw what she was going to go through, and that by the end, you're rooting for her" Savel and Dnscoll wrote the episode, along wnh DeGeneres and consulting pro· ducers Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark. Dnscoll said the idea for the episode was first menuonrd by DcGeneres in June. "We all met in the summer and Ellen pitched this idea and wt· toasted It with champagne," he said. After many d1scuss1ons wnh the network and "Ellen's" production company, Walt Disney Telcv1s10n, on how the commg·out episode would be handled and where later episod., would go, ABC chief Robert !ger gave his approval ••1t's never going to become the lesbian dating show," Dnscoll said "l thmk a lot of people are nervous about that Ellen Morgan ha!'o. always hdd problems datmg anyway and that will certainly conllnue •• HSO and Eschenbach Conclude European Tour by Jon Anthony .. The last week was very intense," intoned Houston Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Conductor-in Residence Stephen Stein. "Tins has been a very .og1stically well laid out tour. If there was something you would wish to change about the schedulr of the tour 1s that the most physically grueling part of thC' tour 1$ not at the beginning when peo· pie are refreshed but at the end when we've been on the road for 2 1/2 weeks," opined Stem "We have had five nights of concerts in a row m five different cu1es which involved a tram tnp or bus nde every day. Nonetheless, everyone involved continued to play with enormously high standards." The Orchestra played in the Phliharmorme last Tuesday to overwhelm· 1ng response The concert hall 1s the very famous home of the great legendary Berlin Phdharmon1c "h was ac.1ually quite mter· esnng m more ways than one: said Stem. •we were suppose to rehearse m the hall from (>· 30 p m. to 7 pm. and perform the concert at 7 30 p.m. We amvcd on tune and the Berlin l'h1lharmomc was still on stage rehearsing. They did not finish on time for us to rehear.;e. So, the concert started 15 mmutt·s late Although, some in the audi­ence were a lntle d1Sturbed about that, tt was a spectacular success and we have the reviews to prove II AccorJ1-.g to Stc.·m, some "·ultural difft-r~ rnces were c'carly evident Some of the Ger'tlan mus1c1ans who stayed to watch the HSO rehearse were surpnsed and amused lhat the HSO rcirarsed with a clock on the stage "TheJJ fehearsals end when the work IS don(', however, tn Ao:nerca, Amencan pro-fess10nal urchestr mus1c1ans are union mus1ctans and thty end when the umon contract stipulates that the rehea"al shall end and not a second latrr or there JS over­time penalties The Bcrlm Philharmoruc rehearsed 20 mmutes more than ume had allottrd because they needrd to and wanted to. It's a very different kind of work ethic It was vc:ry very mterestmg," explained Stein "Their method IS vastly different,• he con­tends "1 thmk their method is certainly bet­ter but 1t calls for thv:;e m charge not to abuse that system Theirs is a system of honor and pnv1lege. Many of the cities m which we we~ traveling have mcred1ble pubhc transportation systC'.'ms for which you nde on what's called the honor system You can get on wnhout pay mg anything. because they trust you to pay whether you are a three year old child or an 80 year old woman Their system trusts that management and conductors an: not gomg to abuse the system and that everyone " going to work togrthcr to a common cause I personally happen to thmk ifs healthier I don't thmk any conductor would disagree," mtoned Stem Stem descnbed the twenty four hours spent in Berlin ao ·r~scmatmg•, because, he says, n is such an "ekctnc" cnv. A cny m trans1t10n "The eastrrn side, whllc still cll'arly not the same as the Wl'stcrn side, has made grc,tt stndcs, smce the last ume I was there four )'l',1rs ugo," S"...itcd Stem. "It ·s a C"'uch. more umficd L-Ountry" ill' VIVldly remembered a tnp where be drove from llerlm to Hamburg back m 1992 The mmute you left West Berhn, 11 was hke you stepped back fifty year> and 11 wasn't unt:. you got t former Western Ger'tlany that you felt back :i the 90's," "'fleeted Soo STEIN page 18 --=···---·•§ ···-- P A G £ BYOB • 864·2977 .UXS WulUftcton A'ftDae, Hou.ton, TX 77007 Come On In!! to dimb! We offer chmbmi: tnp> m Wv nin1 biking in France. hikmg in th(, Alps • .tnd mu~h more. Call for frre ratalog of acth·e •awtions for gay men .tnd k"bians. ALYSON ADVENIURESwc 2923 Main Houston 713-522-0000 Noon Open to 7pm 7 Days a Week ALL WELL, BEER & WINE S2 NEVER A COVER CHARGE! FRIDAY, March 14 ~El ~ 9 pm till??? Guest Bartenders on the Top NLA: Houston SUNDAY, March 16 • 5 pm till??? 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The greatest improvement to the restora- 1100 of The Return of the Jedi 1s the sound When this film was onginally made, THX sound bad not been mvented The ongmal DOLBY sound, wlule excellent at the lime, can no longer comprte wuh todays technol ogy Academy Award-w~·mmg sound designer Ben Bunt, who suprrvtsed the sound for the onginal film took on the same duties for the Spretal Edtnons. Burn and his team completely re-mixed the surround sounds, addmg new material to provide enhanced spatial effects throughout the films. "Spa=htps will now be heard gomg over your head." Burn says. "We also added real­ly low frequencies that will shake you dunng explosion scenes and spaceship pass-bys." Indeed, ti feels hke the entire theater shakes dunng these sequences Smee the r·m bas been digitally re-mas­tered, the vtSual "feel" of the movie has been improved as well or course :isl seeing this fit m a !heater "feels" much better than watchmg u on TV The y,sual effects are cnsprr, and comi:y a better sense of reality. Unfonu~ate1', a lot of !he creatures m some segments sun have that "rubber toy• look The movie has incorporated three major add1llons to the scnpt The additions are nice, but the only one that actually improves the film is the celebration sequence at the end of the movie. It really helps convey a sense of closure that was missing from the onginal. llus is important since the next set Pnncess Leta (Came Fisher) plays capf!ve to Jabba the Hutt 111 RETURN OF THE JEDI SPECIAL EDITION of Sw Wars films wtL be prequels, takmg place pnor the current tnlogy Smee it will be a couple of years before the prequels come out, "1ake an effort to see all three cf the Star Wars films m the theater. These•••• films can only be fully appreetat· ed on !he big screen They simply lose too much of their impact on TV T T T T T T T T T Braeswoo~ Atri~m Elegant • Mid-Rise Living 'I • • • Co\ERED PARKI c. • FRH (<\BLE •Co TROUI •Co ( IER<;f SE Rv IC f A((I'>C, Bt.;llDI (, .\11,/D (,ATE'> • 8,000 SQ. Fr ArrRil \1./B1c. SCREI'\i TV • Acnc,c, ro HW'Y. 59 MID BELTIVAY 8 8800 S. Braeswood i. QA~ l i _,._V) HOUSTO N V O I CE P A G E STEIN/1rom page 17 Stem. 'The dnvc now, m 1997, from Berlin to Hamburg was much much more homoge­nous. You did not sense that kmd of drastic socio-economic crash at all The country has mad enorrnous stndes. That 1s fascmat­ing," said Stem "Hamburg was a very important concert for the HSO because Eschenbach grew up m Hamburg and it's a very important place m his music life and as a young mus1c1an," informed Stem And, It 1s taking on new meanmg because he IS gomg to become the new music director of the North German Radio Orchestra based m Hamburg. As a result, the show sold out. as did all the other etlles. "There was a sprcial electnc1ty m the air because 1heir n~ music director was appranng wilh his current orchestra," Stem stated proudly. The oty holds meanmg to Stem as well because m 1982, he had a short apprent1ce­sh1p at the Hamburg State Opera. He remembers the experience in detail, one he labels "fantastic" "Learning about the world of Oprra and conducting Opera m a company that does 20-25 performances a year To be a part of that for JUSt one month was phenomenal." enthused Stem •so the city for me, as well as for Chnstoph, has some very strong scnll· ments." The reviews of HSO's tour have been exceUent. The tour has bern a resounding success beyond anyone's comprchen~1on . Houston audiences should be proud to have such a highly respected symphony orchestra lead by a world renowned music director whose status in the mdustry 1s legendary Not to mention, a Conductor-m-Res1dencc HSO ConductormRes1dence Stephen Stem. who has had a tremendous impact on gener­ating mtercst among our you1h for the appreoauon and sanctity of the musical art forrn T T T T T T T T T Gershwin a labor ot love tor Crazv For You Star by Jon Anthory Crazy For You, currently m perforrnancrs at the Music Hall, stars veteran stage and te!CV1S1on actor Bob Walton The Houston Voice caught up with Walton on his day off to talk to the benCY.'lknt actor about the pro­duellon and his upcummg endeavors. Walton. who went to college with dtrec1or and choreographer Alan Coats, 1s a veteran of four Broadway productions Show Boat. Ci1y of Angtls, A funny T/11ng llappentd on tk Way to tht Forum and, most recently, Once Upcn a MalttSS with Sarah Jessica Parker. which he is scheduled to return to after his stmt 1n Crazy For You He 1s also scheduled to star m a production of Th• Musu:Man. Walton has apprared on the small screen as well. To date, he has guest starred on N.whart, Eumhowu and Luiz and other s1tu­a11on comedies, a forrn of the medium he 1s not averse too. Indeed. he would hke to make a foray mto televts1on, however, he truly enioys hve theatre "When I moved to L.A , I did a few guest spots on several situation comedies. Nothmg spectacular If you had an allergy attack, you probably would have missed me. A httle more than a sneeze," JOkes Walton. He mformed that when he moved his family out to L.A from New York, he was tounng tn A Funny Thmg Hapf"ntd on 1ht Way 10 lht Forum with Mickey Rooney and 1m11ally offers for guest spots were good "l thmk TV has always been of mterest to me, espec1ally the sitcom arena, but 1t tS a tough market." Bob Walton and Cathy Wydner m a scene from "Crazy for You·. Walton said the tlmmg was not nght when he was m L.A due to orcumstance. "There were stnkes and other things that made 1t tough for newcomers, so I started domg more theater," said Walton Hts wife then encouraged him to move the family back to New York where theater opportuni· ttcs are more enticing A degree'd maior uf musical theater, Walton docs not beheve 11 opens door; " You can't hke knock on doors and say See CRAZY page XX your Houston voi rtisinl! into eree J St. Patrick's 1 a "'1 A A C H "1 4 T H 1 a a 7 ARTS & ENTERTAINIVIENT The Allev Theatre Makes Historv With lavish New Production by DaV1d Richardson The ltfe of a General in ancient Greece was never an easy one. Sacnficmg children to the Gods, conquenng foreign territones, pillaging, womanizing, and overall burst of mayhem get kind of t1nng after a while. Take, for example, the story of Agamemnon and the fall of the House of Atreus The Alley Theatre has done iust that in their epic production of The Greeks, com­bining stones by Eunp1des, Aeschylus and Sophocles to creatr a massive tale rich m history. mythology and drama. Mounting a production of this magmtude was an amb1- t10us proiect, but the Alley has pulled 1t off with aplomb, dlVlding the tale of the Greeks into two parts, the first being The War and The Murders and the second dealing with the Gods The first part begins with a group of women telling stones of old I have to go on record at this pomt and say that every ume I s<c Bettye Fitzpatrick in a role at the Alley, she astounds me with her versatllity and tal­ent. but I digress The action moves on to the Greek camp at Aulis. Agamemnon, the General of The Greeks has agrerd to rescue his brother Menelaus' wife Helen from the Troians. He organizes an Army on the shores of Auhs, but the Goddess Artemis dcmands the sacn­ficc of the Generals daughter Iphigenia in BALLET/tram page 1 betrothed to Svetlana. provides the neces. sary male bravura part. Carlos 'alf' Acosta, seen as the incredible 'Chosen One' m the recent Rite of Spnng wrU nc doubt serve as a formidable adversary to the Pnnce of Darkness. In true traditional form, much of the ac lion wifl be c amed by the eighteen talented women of the company. They will provide much of the movement, and Stevenson's choreography w1f/ highlight their classical and dramatic abtl1bes. Though the dancing will be recognizable to the audience, having seen several of this choreographers previous works, thlS produc­tion promises add1t1onal delights for eyes and ears Musically, arranger John Lanchberry, (collaborator for Houston's production of Peer Gynt and most no1ably, the ballet cult film The Turning Point), has combined numerous works of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt for this production. Liszt's romantic, goth1c sens1b11t1tes are a natural musical choice to accompany th1S ballet. Much of his compos1uonal out put 1s based on dark themes, The Mephisto Waltzes, (four of them) the famous Totentanz for piano and orchestra based on the ancient 'Day of Wrath' hymn tune, and his last orchestral tone poem, From Cradle to Grave, were all inspired by the macabre. Liszt, regarded as the father of modem piano playing was also one of the most bizarre composers of thc late nmetccnth century. His music moves through various key signatures many umes wuhin a single work This amorphous quality lends usclf to a producuon hkc Dracula, full of characters known for their own bat·like metamophe­ses Preliminary glimpses of the set and cos­tume design suggest that this production will be a beauuful bite to swallow Set designer Thomas Boyd and costume dcs1gn­cr Judanna Lynn, both of whom collaborat­ed on the Don Quixote seen here recently, reunite for this world prtm1crc The story comprises three scenes, Dracula's crypt, the village square and last­ly, the Dark One's boudoir Both designers wanted to give the 1mpress1on of timeless­ness, foreboding and opprcso1on. Instead of the typical 'happy peasant dance' (complete with tho.., hornblc nowcr garlands that look so fake and cheesy), thesc folks dance as 1f they live in the shadow of Dracula's castle, fearful and smothered by the evil lurking above. Darkncss reigns through much of the production and 1s conveyed by the sets, order to ensure a successful JOurney Despite the frantic pleas of his wife Clytemnestra, Agamemnon lulls his daugh- 1cr and sets sail for Troy. James Black is perfectly cast as the swag­gering General He takes command of the stage as well as his troops. Elizabeth Helfin does iust1ce (and dispenses u) m the role of Clytemnestra. Unforiunatcly, Debra E1Senstadt to be a bit too placid as Iphigenia After finding out that her father has betrayed her and she 1s to be sacnficed, her noncha· lance would make one think <he had only been asked to be on a serving line at a Sunday School picnic. The play then moves on to the story of Achllies which takes place at a Greek encampment at Troy_ Accolades are in order to costume designer Susan Tsu for her inno-­vat1ve work Achilles looked rathcr hke a Samurai and Theus, a sea nymph was a sparkling beJt-wclled bu of gossamer. Also to Jean Arbeiter as the actress who played Theus for pre<ennng the character wuh a balleuc grace which was captivating Alier Achilles comes the woeful tale of the Troian Women. This group of high born women are taken back to Greece as captives It should be mentioned at thlS point that while most of the music played through the production was pleasant to hsten to, there was a particular song m this prece which was so cacaphonous and unmelcxhc that It Count Dracula, seen from behind, created by Costume Designer Judanna Lynn's reder· mgs for Houston Ballers world premiere of Dracula. lighting and costumes The choreography may be good, and the music powerful, however, the costumes arc exqu1s1te. Judanna Lynn's designs evoke all that 1s nch and cvtl about this tale. Dunng an unscheduled romp through Houston Ballet's wardrobe department (along with wardrobe mistress Pat Padilla) 1t was appar­ent to me that the stuff that 1hese dancers will be wcanng 1s spectacular From the sheer 'bndal gowns' to the detailed gold tnm of Dracula's cape, ("We've stitched our fin­gers om" says the weary Ms Padilla), much of this ballet will comr to life through thread and cloth Expectauons and hype arc high for Dracula·· after its premiere here, the compa· ny takes the production to Los Angeles this summer, where opcnmg night there 1s already sold out. Even as a co-production (th•nkfully) with the P1mburgh Ballet Theater. our share of the pncc tag 1s still high Though the company is in better fiscal shape than in years past, a great deal is at stake (no pun intended) here A significant financial and artistic investment has ht-en made 10 this new production Houston Ballet dancers can do anything a choreographer demands of them - hopeful­ly this trio of creator, costumer and set designer will allow them to descend to nrw depths of onginality and ultimate evil Dracula runs (or more appropnately, n1es) through March 23rd Tickets arc avail­able by callmg 713-227-ARTS T T T T T T T T T HOUSTON VOIC E P A G E The sea nymph thet1s (Jean Arbeiter) expresses her love and concern for her waanor son Achilles, The Greek 1s a sweep· mg two.part saga of love, murder, revenge and rescue drawn from the great classical stones of the Tro1an War and the Fan of the House of Atreus. was as lamentable and trag1c as the fall of Troy itself. Would that a large wooden horse have rolled over the orchestra at thlS pomt, I would not have gneved Following a bnef mtenn1ssion we are introduced to the story of Hecuba, the fallen queen of Troy who enacts a tc-nble ven­gance on the king of Thrace who murdered her sor Jacquclmc Knapp &''" Hecuba a GENUINE O R G RED KAMEL OR G NA S: d1gn1ty and nob1hty that shines through even when she is held captive and made a slave. Also chewing up the scenery here was Corliss Preston as a mad, frent1c, and yet prophetic Cassandra. daughter of Hecuba The final talc m part onc of The Greeks concerns Agamemnon who has returned vtctonous from Troy with Cassandra, who"' he has taken as a mistress. Clytemnestra has planned a very SpcC!al homecommg for her rhliandenng husband, and m the true style of Greek drama she enacts her revenge by murdenng him When Clytemnestra appears (post murder) drenched in blood I was momentanlv reminded of Sissy Spaceks' prom night m the film Carne I half expected to sec Piper Laune rush m from the wmgs brand1Shmg a bible and screechmg about dirty pillows ThlS did not happen, but the murder did hclp f
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