24 posts categorized "JUDY GARLAND"

Aug 15 2014
Retrosexual Comments (0)


If you like retro signage and cool photos as much as I do, check out Retrologist, and start with this interesting entry on a strange survivor of the 9/11 WTC collapse: An intact newspaper from 1969 announcing the death of Judy Garland.

Aug 14 2014
Judy, Judy, Judy! Comments (0)


Judy Garland never got to write her memoirs (imagine what she'd have said!), but Randy L. Schmidt has helpfully done the next best thing in gathering all of her most important and interesting interviews and encounters from throughout her short life.

Judy Garland on Judy Garland (A Cappella/Chicago Review Press, $28.95) is an invaluable collection of first-person information on Garland, including exhaustive transcriptions of interviews.

The first exchange I saw upon opening the volume:

Judy-Garland-Gypsy-Rose-LeeGypsy Rose Lee: “I was just telling Judy Garland that I wish she wouldn't diet so much and get so thin. Not that you don't look wonderful on television, but even when you put on a little weight, your legs stay lean.”

Judy Garland: “Yes, well, I just demand that they stay lean. They have to get around so much. They're a moving target.”

Gypsy Rose Lee: “You have wonderful legs!”

Judy Garland: “Yes, well, they're straight. I think that's the thing. [Laughs] They're just legs, you know!”

That's like saying this is just a book!

Jul 10 2014
Judy, Judy, Judy: Joey Luft Remembers Mama Comments (0)


From July 11 through July 13, Joey Luft (b. March 29, 1955) is appearing at an evening of songs and stories dedicated to and all about his late mom, Judy Garland (June 10, 1922—June 22, 1969).

If you didn't know he could sing, he can't—the show will include re-mastered Judy performances and a Q&A from Luft.

Judy-Joey-LornaOne story he previewed for the L.A. Times involves watching, of all things, a hockey game with his mom and his sister Lorna Luft (b. November 21, 1952) in bed one day:

“My mom was kind of tired and she looked kind of frustrated.' I said, 'How do you feel?' She looks at us, walks over to the TV and she goes, 'How do I feel? See that hockey game? You know the puck? That's how I feel.' And she walks off. Then we started laughing.”

Um, it's not that funny!

Sounds like a can't-miss presentation, whether it turns out to be touching, fun, moving or just plain odd.

Jun 10 2014
Happy Birthday To Judy Garland Comments (0)

Judy Garland

Feb 25 2014
Need To Know: Take Me Out Of The Closet, Playing Defense vs. Gays, Fingering JTT, I Wanna Be Luft By You + MORE! Comments (0)

Matt-KaplonMatt's teammates said his coming out brought them together.

*widget boy cultureVia Sticky (Work Unfriendly): Baseballer Matt Kaplon just came out to his teammates. FebChris Salvatore2

*widget boy cultureChris Salvatore launching undies line.

*widget boy cultureLobbyists want to ban out players from the NFL.

*widget boy cultureJustin Timberlake disarms finger-giving fan.

*widget boy cultureDaniel Radcliffe is your mane man.

*widget boy cultureJudy Garland's kids to help celebrate Wizard of Oz @ 75!

*widget boy cultureAlec Baldwin continues to campaign for Douche of the World.

*widget boy cultureRep. John Dingell (D-Michigan) retiring after 60 (!) years.

*widget boy cultureTyga, Lil' Wayne and Nicki Minaj together in one place, at last.

*widget boy cultureFrozen longest-running soundtrack at #1 since Titanic.

*widget boy cultureKenneth in the (212) on StonewallLive tonight.

*widget boy cultureDON'T have a cow.

*widget boy cultureMadonna vs. AIDS hysteria in 1985 (tell me you've seen this?), Blondie in 1979:

Sep 30 2013
The Wind Beneath Our Miss Things Comments (0)

Metrosource's "definitive" list of gay icons from its October/November 2013 ish is pretty objectionable (as are all such lists). I think the Top 5 is pretty good, but things get steadily dicier as it moves along.

Thoughts on placement and on who's missing/should be missing?

Sep 16 2013
Need To Know: Rape As A Gay Cure, Bloody Nonsense, Nonagenarian Nuptials, Let Freedom AIDS Ring + MORE Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureKim Freire by Eber Figuiera is the attractive version of Harry Styles.

*widget boy cultureAbuses of gay men in Russia continue unabated. Add rape to the list.

*widget boy cultureYou still can't give blood if you're a man who has sex with men. Taejahn

*widget boy cultureHe's more shredded than Fawn Hall's workload.

*widget boy cultureMale WWII & Vietnam vets marry at veterans' home.

*widget boy cultureSICKENING: Cops shoot bystanders during stand-off with disturbed man. (I walked past this last night!)

*widget boy culturePat Robertson's "AIDS ring" video lives on.

*widget boy cultureChildren suspended from school until they prove to be HIV-negative. But do they wear AIDS rings?

*widget boy cultureWill Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland be safe?

*widget boy cultureMartha Coakley to run for governor in Massachusetts.

*widget boy cultureWhat it means to be a gay icon today, and does Katy Perry count?

*widget boy cultureMilk producer doing transgender TV series.

*widget boy cultureJake Gyllenhaal "hugely complimented" by gay rumors, but loves "tits and ass."

Aug 27 2013
We Are Divo: A Review Of SCOTT NEVINS LIVE Comments (0)

Scott Nevins, that flashy boy from Flushing who abandoned NYC for Los Angeles (traitor!), was back in town with a new stand-up show at the Metropolitan Room, and he was not taking NO for an answer. He wanted me to come, and he wanted me to pay. This was a foreign concept to me. How did one do it...pay...for a show? (In reality, I do it all the time, but I'm definitely spoiled when it comes to shows I intend to review.)

Scott-Nevins-4As a kid, Scott says he shit glitter when he discovered a "Dorothy" from The Wizard of Oz doll.

ScottNevinsLiveNYC2ce5fdWell, I believe in supporting theater, and in supporting talent, and let me tell you, dropping $20 on Scott Nevins is a can't-lose proposition and sounds fun even if no stage is around. His NYC comeback show was sharp, charming and as funny as he is ripped. It's cruel that someone with such prominent abs should be able to incite so many belly laughs, but Nevins, with a combo of scatological humor, family gossip, celebrity dish and self-targeted barbs about his own vanity and love life, does just that.

As funny as his other material was (in particular his tales of growing up in a drunken Irish Catholic family), I was partial to his celebrity observations, as in the shit the little spy noticed while he was working with people like Lisa Vanderpump (or was that "Vandercunt?"), Lorna Luft (a good pal of his now), Carol Channing (he's one of her favorite people once she figures out who the hell he is) and others. In the same way his wit captures their idiosyncrasies, his beautiful singing voice captures Judy Garland—he ended his raucous set by singing relatively contemporary songs like "What's Love Got to Do With It?", "Last Dance," "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" and "Like a Virgin" as Garland, the last of which I recorded and posted above with his kind permission.

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