Hedwig and the Angry Inch: escaping the dungeon of gender, Hart House and rock n roll
"Who thought this beautiful space would be in this old dungeon?" quips Hedwig as she comments on the admittedly Gothic environs of the Hart House Theatre. One-liners? This Hedwig has hundreds of them and James King which he fires off with the precision of a seasoned drag queen.
Drew Rowsome- MGT Stage - Sep 24
The Seat Next to the King: gay interracial sex is more powerful than fear
There are few things more gratifying than a specifically political play that is also wildly entertaining. Add two actors at the top of their game and The Seat Next to the King is a must see
Drew Rowsome- MGT Stage - Sep 23
BACK2SCHOOL: Gender, Sexuality and Support
Going back to school can be an exciting time for students, yet for others a source of anxiety. Youth who fall under the LGBTQ rainbow are prone to abuse and bullying at a far greater rate than their heterosexual counterparts.
Raymond Helkio - Rays Anatomy- Sep 24
Volta: the magic of the circus thrives With Volta, Cirque du Soleil continues their quest to push the frontiers...
MGT STAGE Drew Rowsome
How To Get An A . . . While Giving A Little A
Are you having a hard time this semester?
Deeper DIAH Rolyn Chambers
Nuit Blanche: Resistance, Revolution & Drag!
Ray's Anatomy Raymond Helkio
YOUTH: Here's How To Turn Your Straight and Cisgender Peers Into Allies
Ray's Anatomy Raymond Helkio
The AAA Girls: a drag dream team
BELLINI's 8 1/2 Paul Bellini
The ULCC model comes to Canada with Flair
and Canadian Jetlines
HOT TOCIS Drew Rowsome
Circus Awesomeus -- Not So Awesomean
effeminate gay man who sings with a foul-mouthed redneck gay puppet
TIDBITS Sky Gilbert
Antonio FaFrado: MGT's cover photographer
likes it natural and naked
SPOTLIGHT Drew Rowsome
Not So Good a Gay Man Frank M Robinson's Astounding journey from sci-fi to Playboy to Harvey Milk
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Dance as a Factory Michael Caldwell and Louis Laberge-Côté are partners in life, and in dance
Bellini's 8 1/2 Paul Bellini
Reset Fashion Event The demise of Toronto Fashion Week
DEEPER DISH Rolyn Chambers
Salvador Dali Gala at Hazelton Lanes I've always appreciated the works or Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali
The Lesbian Online Dating Scene in Toronto modern technology has allowed the lonely hearts overcome obstacle...
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and Alyssa MGT Exclusive
It's that I can not necessarily say that I disagree with body shaming. In fact, I think a little of it is a good thing...
BELLINI's 8 1/2
Recipes From Your Favourite Drag Queens Andre Gardens is a cooking show combining drag, food and conversation
Kitchen Tidbits: The Ten Minute Key Lime Pie The ultimate dessert: sweet, sour, soft, crunchy.
Fallible historical fallacies We are literally moving into a world that completely lacks context.
WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival see some brilliant films for cheap
Snowbird Advisor we want a place which is "gay-friendly
Hot Topic Jill Wykes
TIFFmania Films that look promising aren't, films that don't appeal are hits
HOT TOPIC Drew Rowsome
Atomic blonde...Oh Dear I wish I could be as terribly modern as everyone else and say that it's a step in the right direction
MOVING PICTURES Sky Gilbert
Hot Clowns VI: It, Ellen Degeneres, and combatting coulrophobia
HOT TOPIC Drew Rowsome
To sleep, perchance to... Ever been raped in your sleep?
My Body Is Yours:
Michael V Smith reveals all.
And then some more.
BY DREW ROWSOME
I wish I could remember which publicist originally prodded me to read Michael V Smith's novel Progress. It was in context of promoting the book launch they were hosting and, being the diligent and thorough (OCD) person that I am, I read the copy they provided. Progress is a wonderfully subversive tale wrapped in an elegant Canadian Gothic veneer. There are many unexpected twists and a truly emotional finale. It is a great book.
Progress is a serious novel and Smith's notorious drag alter-ego, Miss Cookie LaWhore, was emphatically not going to be in attendance. But that didn't mean I couldn't visit her website where, buried in the glitter and glamorously sexual photos, was a quite compelling essay, "Visibility."
The essay details how Smith's fear of his body and gayness lead him to become a sexual exhibitionist as chronicled in his zine Cruising and a wildly explicit newspaper column. Smith/Miss LaWhore writes.
Circulating a magazine with my erect dick in it was, in part, an attempt to demystify my sexual body. I wanted to expose it to purge my fear of being seen. I wanted to make my erection familiar to address our culture’s fear of sex. See me. I’m aroused. Big deal.
My Body Is Yours takes "Visibility" and amps it up, explodes it, and then fuses it with a confessional memoir. It is unsettling, arousing and gorgeously written. And, like Progress, nothing is ever as it seems: two distinct strands weave through the book and unite only near the end in a few succinct paragraphs that describe a blow job that kicks in the heart.
There is a lot of explicit, and vividly rendered, gay sex in My Body Is Yours and, like any recovery or discovery memoir, the descent into depravity is more compelling than the inevitable self-help slog to redemption. Fortunately Smith is a skillful writer and mostly avoids bogging down in Dr Phil territory. Smith has traveled a good portion of the genderqueer spectrum and recounts it in an unflinching, brutally, beautifully honest manner.
There are many unexpected twists and a truly emotional finale. It is a great book.
My Body Is Yours is launched in Toronto with two, 7 and 9pm, "shows" hosted by Miss Cookie LaWhore on Fri, May 1 at Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. videofag.com And a reading at 2pm on Sun, May 3 at Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St. gladdaybookshop.com arsenalpulp.com