Had a great line-up for November and word must have spread. Standing room only at Covo on Sunday night. Thanks to all the comics, our DJ (The Legendary Chris Washington), and the staff at Covo Trattoria. Also, thanks to supporter Harlem Bespoke. Check out their site of events, history and architecture in Harlem. We’ll be back on Sunday, Jan 29th 2012 – see you then!
A great article about the show on InsideOut Cap Cod. They give a great review of the show. We have our final week starting Wednesday evening at 9pm. We have Frank DeCaro, Mimi Gonzalez, Jennie McNulty, and Joe MacDougall. Come out and enjoy!
Here is the link to the review: InsideOut Cape Cod
We are launching banner ads! The one above I created and went all old school animated Gif. We begin Closet Cases on August 25th this Thursday! Come out and have fun. Begins at 9pm at The Vixen.
August 25th 9pm
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August 26th 9pm
August 27th 9pm
August 28th 9pm
August 31st 9pm
Sept 1st 9pm
Sept 2nd 9pm
Sept 3rd 9pm
Sept 4th 9pm
So I head up to Ptown this weekend to distribute these awesome postcards for Closet Cases. We have an amazing lineup this year. Which includes Frank DeCaro, Kevin Allison, Mimi Gonzalez, Poppy Champlin, and Jennie McNulty. They are joined by other great comedians telling their coming out stories on stage. I host and produce this event, but the creator of the show is Shawn Hollenbach. How magical is Shawn? Find out. He will be in the lineup from August 25th-August 28th. You’ll see him on Commercial Street bouncing like a pixie handing out these wonderful cards with his amazing logo (last year it unofficially won Ptown’s best show logo award!).
We are sponsored by Human Rights Campaign again this year, which gives a generous gift card to a member of the audience who wants to come up on stage and be interviewed by me about their coming out story.
Fun for all! Hope to see you up there this year.
A great surprise at my family reunion yesterday in Warsaw Virginia. My Aunt Jane gave my brother and I an old photograph of my father (on the left) with his Brother, my Uncle Bunt. The location of the photo is unknown (pre geotagging) but my Aunt guesses it is around 1940. My father would have been 30 years old at the time and his younger brother would have been around 21 or 22 and in the Coast Guard.
The picture still lives in an old frame. I snapped a photo of it from my IPhone and plan to scan it later. And although it looks like I put a Hipstamatic filter to it, it was already colorized the way you see it now. I guess back then color photography treatment rendered some pretty cool effects. Kind of funny to think we now build technology on our most advanced devices to mimic this bygone look.
My father was always a snappy dresser. And of course no one would be seen without a cigarette in those days. I don’t know if my father would wear a bow tie on just any occasion, so I think this photo could have been taken during Thanksgiving or Christmas. My father is wearing what seems like a wool overcoat and his brother is in uniform on leave from his Coast Guard duties.
I used to see more of a resemblance to my brother in older photos of my father. But now I see a lot of me. Although I am not as close to a great dresser as my father was in his day.
Another great treat was able to visit my father’s birthplace and farmhouse in nearby Emmerton, VA. My father was born in 1910 in this home pictured below. My Half Brother Fran has owned the farmhouse, called Miskell Hall, since my father passed in 1987. Getting on in years himself, he is planning to sell it and the vast amounts of farmland. Yesterday may have been the last time we could see it.
When my brother Tim and I were younger, our family would go to the farmhouse every July and celebrate family reunions there. It was a great place. As a small child running through fields of endless corn stalks you felt you were on another planet. We have fond memories of that place. I had always remembered an amazing watercolor painting of Miskell Hall and in fact, during our drive down from Baltimore yesterday I asked my brother what he thought happened to it. We thought it got lost or given away after my father died or perhaps Fran had it in some storage locker. To our surprise when the current tenant of the house welcomed us in, there it was hanging front and center in the living room. (last photo below)
The tenant explained that when she moved in, the watercolor painting was left and she has hung it in the living room ever since. When we said we remembered the watercolor fondly, she offered it to us. We declined and my cousin Lou who was with us assured it’s safety if the farmhouse was sold.
I feel so fortunate on this Father’s Day to have been given so many memories and enjoyed them with family.