Lucky There Isn’t Another Place I owned a small laundromat called “The Laundromat” on Fire Island. Carol walked in with musty sheets and towels from her share house. I quoted her $48.50 (this was in 1976). “I’m from the Bronx,” she said. “I don’t pay $48.50 for laundry. I’m going to the other place.” She left in a huff, returning only an hour later, all disheveled, hot and annoyed. “There is no other place,” she said. “I know,” I replied, “but I couldn’t tell you because I know you wouldn’t have believed me.” And that’s how I met my dear wife of 43 years. — Rick Kushner A Dream, Long Deferred I was 7 or 8 when I first felt attracted to other girls. I dreamed of falling in love with a woman. But I belonged to an evangelical church and didn’t think it was possible. I married a man at 25, hoping it would be enough. But dreams do not easily die. When I met Liz, 24 years of marriage and three children later, my soul awakened. Now, at the age of 64, I am genuinely … [Read more...] about Tiny Love Stories: ‘Everyone Knew but Him’
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Review: ‘Stranger Love’ Reflects the L.A. Philharmonic at Its Finest
The composer Dylan Mattingly’s cheeks turned red, and he held a hand up to his eyes, as he began to cry late Saturday night during the bows for the world premiere of his opera “Stranger Love.” It was an understandably emotional moment. “Stranger Love,” created with Thomas Bartscherer, had been in development for over a decade and performed piecemeal, but was now being presented in its entirety at Walt Disney Concert Hall, by the perhaps the only orchestra that could do it: the Los Angeles Philharmonic. That’s because “Stranger Love” is a six-hour, durational opera, an earnest exercise in deep feeling that takes sensations and stretches them from the personal to the cosmic, and goes big in a time when contemporary music tends to go small. It requires the kind of pipe-dream planning that many institutions shy away from, but that has been characteristic of the Philharmonic. Characteristic in large part thanks to the work of Chad Smith, the orchestra’s chief executive and one of … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Stranger Love’ Reflects the L.A. Philharmonic at Its Finest
A Great Equestrian Fell From a Horse. Can He Get Back Up?
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — “Does this remind you of something?” the teenager shouted to her parents, who were watching from their farmhouse’s back porch. “You guys were usually the ones running next to us!” As part of a riding lesson, she was sprinting alongside a pony with a giggling girl in the saddle. It was the kind of lesson her parents, Kevin and Dianna Babington, had given her and her sister years before. The parents smiled at the memory. Now, their 14-year-old daughter was the one leading that brown pony around the ring. The Babingtons know not to take such moments for granted. Until last August, Kevin Babington, an Olympian, was having a remarkable career as a rider for hire in the equestrian sport of show jumping, in which horses leap fences set up over a winding course. Babington, 51, would take clients’ horses and increase their value — sometimes into the millions — by riding them to top finishes. Last July, he swept the top three places at a Grand Prix event on … [Read more...] about A Great Equestrian Fell From a Horse. Can He Get Back Up?
Watch This Communist-Loving American College Student Sing China’s Praises [VIDEO]
A U.S. college student has become a star in China for his professed love of communism and Chinese leadership. Dylan Austin Walker, a 21-year-old student at Beijing Language and Culture University and a Communist Party USA member, has been trotted out regularly in recent weeks to sing the praises — both literally and figuratively — of the Communist Party of China, reports the Shanghaiist. “He’s one of my favorite leaders,” Walker told China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency recently, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who secured new levels of power at a major political gathering last month. “I think in the whole world, he is the strongest leader we have right now.” During Chinese National Day last month, the young man sang the song “Chinese Dream, My Dream,” a big musical number about Xi’s grand vision for “the great revival of the Chinese nation,” on the television show “Sing It Out Loud for China.” WATCH: ( Starts at 46:33 ) Walker bought a copy of … [Read more...] about Watch This Communist-Loving American College Student Sing China’s Praises [VIDEO]
Hayley Kiyoko Refused to Let Hollywood Reject Her Queer Love Story
It’s been eight years since Hayley Kiyoko ’s breakthrough hit “ Girls Like Girls ” became a modern queer anthem, bolstered by bluntly sung lyrics (“Girls like girls like boys do/Nothing new”) and a touching music video that the singer directed herself. Since then, she’s steadily risen through the pop ranks with two studio albums, a slew of glossy synth-pop singles, and more cinematic, self-directed videos that have only gotten more ambitious in scale. But the impact of “Girls Like Girls” hasn’t diminished a bit, thanks to its intimate, authentic portrayal of a teen friendship-turned-romance: a story so resonant that Kiyoko’s fans responded by lovingly dubbing her “Lesbian Jesus.” Now, the 32-year-old has expanded her five-minute “Girls Like Girls” video from 2015 into a young adult novel of the same name. For Kiyoko, it presented the opportunity to take the two central characters from the video, Coley and Sonya, and flesh their stories out in a way that mirrors her own life … [Read more...] about Hayley Kiyoko Refused to Let Hollywood Reject Her Queer Love Story
WATCH – Raccoons Throw Party in Backyard Pool: ‘They Are Loving Life’
A trio of furry raccoons were spotted living their best life Friday in Huntington Beach, California. When Jimmy Sena heard his dog, Hank, making noise just before 6:00 a.m., he peeked outside and saw a raccoon hanging on the wall in his back yard, WDTN reported Saturday. He did not think much of it, so he went back to bed. However, the dog got louder and Sena recalled that he looked outside again and saw three raccoons standing at the edge of his pool. The fluffy group was either playing or fighting, but he could not tell which. Then one of the raccoons fell into the water and his friends jumped in after him. Sena filmed the party animals swimming for approximately two minutes, and they appeared to be having a grand time in the water. “What are they doing? They’re just swimming,” someone behind the camera says as the creatures paddle around. The animals do not appear to be in distress as they enjoy the cool water. At one point, one of the raccoons appears to notice he … [Read more...] about WATCH – Raccoons Throw Party in Backyard Pool: ‘They Are Loving Life’