Stranger and Savage

I love Dan Savage. I’m so glad he is in this world.

His paper, Seattle’s The Stranger is a really rad and inviting paper and, of course, you can read it on line.

I am mourning the death of the print newspapers in the news this week.

The Rocky Mountain News and maybe the San Francisco Chronicle. Changes.

Does this mean that the online switch is nowhere as an alternative?

Over at the Stranger there is a fine article on Antony Hergarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Antony was on Fresh Air in early February. I have been listening to him for a few years. I read a review, possibly in MOJO and knew I had to check him out. He’s ethereal and at the same time wears the cloak of the corporeal in such an uplifting way. His theater is classic and stunning.

Fascinated as I am with the places inbetween strict definitions of gender roles, Antony is my cup of tea.

image from the BBC.

Also a review of  rapper Kool Keith who passed through town. Go check him out on youtube.

The reviewer felt the show was a let down. Keith is a madly imaginative person. He creates intriguing worlds and personae.  Unfortunately, he didn’t  bring the theatrical elements of his imaginative world to the stage. It’s not easy to do. It takes a whole other commitment and talent.

Not everyone is Bowie or Antony.

I believe with some help and more money (not a good time for elaborate stage  design but call maybe he could call Mick Jagger for advice) Kool Keith could put on the show people expect. Maybe he’s trying to cut back on expectations and be himself.

Audiences often prefer the fantasy of the other.

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