John Esther

Antigone Rising in the Time of Marriage Equality in the USA

Antigone Rising

A CRACK IS A CRACK AND THE PEOPLE FIGHT BACK   While June is considered this country’s LGBT Pride Month and October is considered LGBT History Month, this March may have been the month that set the tone for this country’s official stance on marriage equality once and for all. Not only was California’s Prop.…

Desert Dessert

Havana Brown

Getting The Dinah Down (under) with Havana Brown   When T.S. Eliot opened his magnum opus, “Wasteland,” with the words, “April is the Cruelest month” he had no idea how false his words would ring decades later when thousands of women from many parts of the world would come to Palm Springs, California for the…

Meet Madame Brightside

Laurie Rubin

At least once or twice a lifetime people care to know if you dream in color or not. But for Laurie Rubin, it is a question she gets on numerous occasions. A renowned mezzo-soprano who grew up in a nice Jewish family in a nice Los Angeles suburb – only to move eastward all the…

October 2012 Issue

October 2012 Issue

    At least once or twice a lifetime people care to know if you dream in color or not. But for Laurie Rubin, it is a question she gets on numerous occasions. A renowned mezzo-soprano who grew up in a nice Jewish family in a nice Los Angeles suburb – only to move eastward…

Prey for Rock ‘n’ Roll

Kiyomi McCloskey

Hunter Valentine’s Kiyomi McCloskey and Laura Petracca Collide and Conquer A rock and roll band with lesbian members, Hunter Valentine is a smooth and snarling quartet creating catchy songs reminiscent of The Smiths, Radiohead and Kate Bush’s less experimental efforts. Formed in a bar over beer and whisky in Toronto, Canada, 2004, the band consists…

September 2012 Issue

September 2012 Issue

A rock and roll band with lesbian members, Hunter Valentine is a smooth and snarling quartet creating catchy songs reminiscent of The Smiths, Radiohead and Kate Bush’s less experimental efforts. Formed in a bar over beer and whiskey in Toronto, Canada, 2004, the band consists of Kiyomi McCloskey on vocals and lead guitar, Laura Petracca…

The Two of Us

Hanan Kattan and Shamim Sarif

An interview with filmmakers Hanan Kattan and Shamim Sarif When you spend as much time with someone as Shamim Sarif and Hanan Kattan do, you better be in love, real love. These two work, play, live, love and raise two boys together. Sarif writes award-winning novels and writes and directs such films as I Can’t…

August 2012 Issue

August 2012 Issue

    When you spend as much time with someone as Shamim Sarif and Hanan Kattan do, you better be in love, real love. These two work, play, live, love and raise two boys together. Sarif writes award-winning novels and writes and directs such films as I Can’t Think Straight , The World Unseen and…