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"Guys and Dolls" w/ Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Sunday, October 12
4pm doors; 5pm stage show with Broadway performers singing songs from the film; 5:30pm movie
$10 online/$15 at the box office (opens at 2pm); $5 for children under 12

The monthly series of "Classic NYC Movies at the Palace" hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda continues with the 1955 musical extravaganza, starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine.

Lin's guests during the pre-show will include an all-star selection of Broadway performers performing a mini concert of the movie's greatest hits. The lineup includes:

  • Eden Espinosa (Rent, Wicked)

  • Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet)

  • Christopher Jackson (In The Heights, Holler If Ya Hear Me)

  • Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me, The Bridges Of Madison County)

  • Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years, Bullets Over Broadway)
  • all accompanied by Tony-Winner Alex Lacamoire on piano.

The plot, as described by IMdb: "All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: "Fugue for Tinhorns," "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"."

The movie is 152 minutes and will be shown on Blu-Ray in English with Spanish subtitles.

Don't forget to make arrangements for dinner before or after the show!

The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street
It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.
Parking garages on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.

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In Defense of Romance Novels or Imma Read What I Want

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by Elyse

I realize I don’t have to defend romance novels to this crowd. You’re either at Smart Bitches because you already enjoy the genre or you got here by mistake and are deeply confused (welcome to the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery, we have mantitty. And also cookies). I am feeling all the rage though, and need to vent.

Every now and again there are some super shitastic articles posted about why adults should be ashamed to read YA or romance or magazines or what have you. Every time it brings back all my romance novel put-down PTSD.

I can’t tell you the number of times people have questioned my taste in reading. For some reason people think it’s totally okay to be super crappy about my choice in books -- “Oh my God, why are you reading that?” -- but would consider making a similar comment about my choice in clothes too rude to say to my face.

These are the things people have said to me about reading romance novels:

"But you're too smart for books like that."

"Why would you want to waste your time reading trash when there are so many good books out there."

"Romance novels are just smut/trash/girl porn"

"You're wasting your degree by not reading serious fiction."

So here we go.

My name is Elyse. I have a BA in literature. I am a feminist. I have achieved professional success in a male-dominated industry. I am married. I sometimes eat cookies for breakfast. I read romance novels almost to the exclusion of all other books.

I am an adult and I do not need anyone to tell me what I should or should not be reading.

That should end the argument right there. I don’t need anyone’s opinion or judgment on my reading tastes (other than “Oh, I really like that author, too” or “I didn’t care for that book in particular”). But since I will continue to get comments on airplanes and trains and sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, here are some of my responses.

1.      “But you’re a feminist!”

You bet I am. People who believe there is something anti-feminist about romance novels clearly have never read one or lack some serious reasoning skills. This is a genre primarily written for women by women. And, yes, romance novels are a fantasy, an escape (some of the time). So why the ever loving shit would a bunch of women write a fantasy about being oppressed/ mistreated/ unempowered for other women? That makes about as much sense as writing children’s books titled Fluffy the Bunny Gets Run Over by the Lawn Mower or How Many Kitties Did the Shelter Euthanize This Year?

Romance novels, even the Old Skool rapey ones (although more problematic), were about women exercising choice. At their heart they are about women finding emotional and sexual fulfillment with a partner of their choice. For how much of human history has this actually been denied to women? In how many places is it still denied?

When my great-grandmother wanted to marry my great-grandfather she actually had to wait for him to be able to afford to buy her from the people who owned her “contract” (i.e. her person) as a domestic servant. This was in the United States, by the way. Three generations ago.

We are re-writing history with romance novels. Historicals create a narrative where a woman is empowered to choose her spouse or partner, where she consents to and enjoys sex. We are exploring history from the female viewpoint and creating fiction that is inclusive to women. In romance novels women are not silent; they are celebrated.


2.      “Why don’t you read good/serious literature?”

What does that even mean?

I have a BA in literature. I’ve been a reader my entire life. I can tell you that a book being widely accepted as ‘intellectually challenging’ doesn’t make it so. It also doesn’t make it good. Wanna know a secret? I hate every book by Virginia Woolf, and I’ve read them all. Yup, she’s a smart, female author who had significant influence. She says some interesting things. I hated it. I hated Mrs. Dalloway and I really, really hated The Waves. I was okay with A Room of One’s Own, but only because it was less awful than everything else I read.

I’m sure I’ll get some responses to this like “Well, you just didn’t understand her.” Nope, I actually did understand her just fine. I passed that course with flying colors. I just couldn’t enjoy her writing style even a little bit.

Other supposedly great authors I hate: James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller and Charles Dickens. I can read them. I can understand them. I’m not going to enjoy them.

Why? Because reading, like everything else, is subjective and a matter of taste. People may widely agree that these are great authors and they write great books, but there is actually nothing inherently good about them.

T-Rex Toy People who hate Charles Dickens are not wrong. People who love Twilight are not wrong. YOU CAN’T BE FUCKNIG WRONG WHEN YOU READ. Unless you completely miss the text and say something like "Great Expectations was about a Tyrannosaurus Rex eating a bi-plane," but even then, if you can support your thesis, you can probably get away with it.

I wrote an honor’s thesis on Moby Dick. I spent an entire semester on The Dick, and really enjoyed it. I read classic Southern American literature for enjoyment. I don’t think any of those books are more valuable than my romance novels. I am not smarter for having read Moby Dick. It didn’t bump my IQ or make me a more thoughtful person. I would argue that reading in general—of any genre—did that.

Also a lot of “serious” literature is primarily written by and about men. That’s changing if you look at contemporary literary fiction (I hate using that label, but I’m not sure what else to call it). Just like pretty much everyone else, I like it when my fiction is representative of me and my experience. I like reading about women who aren’t being treated like total shit.

I remember finishing Tess D’Ubervilles and the fucking RAGE, man. Or Madame Bovary. Or basically 75% of what I had to read in high school. College was a little better because we delved more into contemporary literature, but in my experience, romance novels and mysteries offer the most empowered, engaged women in contemporary fiction.

Also “serious” fiction tends to be depressing. I don’t want to be depressed. Fuck that.

People who worry about only reading serious literature, in my opinion, are just afraid of the world thinking they are dumb. If you love Faulkner, get down with your bad self. If you read it because of judgment, well, then that’s pretty dumb, isn’t it? I’m only going to get to read so many books in my lifetime. I’d rather they be something I enjoy.


3.      “But romance novels are trashy!”

This really means “romance novels depict women enjoying sex.” The fact that women enjoying sex is perceived as being “trashy” is THE WHOLE FUCKING PROBLEM.

It is 2014 and if a book contains graphic depictions of women enjoying sex, then it is scandalous. Let’s all just think about that for a minute.

I need another fucking cookie.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what I read. It doesn’t even matter that I do read, quite frankly. What matters is that we live in a world where fiction aimed directly at women is perceived as garbage. That doesn’t say anything at all about me, it says a lot about what needs to change.

So, what put-downs have you received? Have you had to defend your love of romances? (And would you like a cookie? We have plenty.)  

Categories: General Bitching, Ranty McRant

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Blind Items Revealed- Kindness

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March 16, 2014

This foreign born B list mostly television actor is best known for an internationally famous long term role that is bigger than the actors who play it. Anyway, our actor has been filming a movie in a very small town and has made it a point to spend every second possible that he is not working interacting with the people of the town. He could seriously run for mayor at this point. There is not just one specific act of kindness but he just makes himself available for photos and autographs and talking about acting and the show he was on and the movie and has never denied a request by anyone in town.

David Tennant
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Ultimate Ham Ham ResQte!

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A mobile home caught fire last Friday in Lacey, Washington. The firefighters rescued Oreo, Madonna, and three babies. The team was able to save all but one :( of the hamsters, says Komo News.com. (They had to refer to their “Pet Emergency Pocket Guides.”)


From Susan H.

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Cute or Sad?, Hammy!, ResQte
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California Just Enacted America’s First “Yes Means Yes” Affirmative Consent Law - YES. 1,000 TIMES YES.




Today just got exponentially better: according to The New York Times, California Governor Jerry Brown signed our nation’s first ever “Active Consent Bill” yesterday, a landmark law that will enforce “yes means yes” legislature at state universities and universities where students are eligible for state grants. According to the new Bill, consent is now recognized as “an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity”–silence or a lack of objection do not qualify as consent.

As was the case earlier this month when we wrote about Kansas City’s potential anti-catcalling legislature, California’s landmark ruling is bittersweet–while I’m overjoyed that the State is setting such a positive precedent for the rest of the country, it’s of course disappointing that our species would even need legislature to remind us that, for example, incapacitated silence is not the same thing as a “yes.” As an example of the need for legislature addressing rape culture, similar rulings passed recently by universities (but not reinforced by the state) have met with resistance; Rush Limbaugh even objected to Ohio State University’s consent law by claiming the legislature “takes all the romance out of everything.” Well, Well eat my shorts, you sentimental asshole. Today is a good day.

California lawmakers passed the bill last month, but it wasn’t enacted until the Governor gave it his signature yesterday. In addition to combatting on-campus sexual assault by emphasizing the correct definition of consent, the new legislature also states that victims who report sexual assault will not be punished for under-age drinking; all applicable universities are also now required to offer on-campus advocates for victims and to teach incoming students about sexual assault and consent.

In the words of sex education vlogger Laci Green, “Your move, America.”

(via The Wire, image via Laci Green on Twitter)

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Powerful Words: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Douglass Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy There are words and phrases from what one reads that stick with you throughout your entire life. From the moment you read them they inspired or changed you. As a teen, the now clichéd “Carpe Diem, Seize the Day” from the film Dead Poet’s Society was life changing, but it was reading that always struck to the core of my heart when it came to shaping who I was as both a person and as a writer of the fantastical.

No one was as pivotal to who I became in both respects than Douglas Adams. My first exposure was to the PBS import of the BBC television series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Immediately I HAD TO HAVE the books and made my mother take me to buy what was then just the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. I still have the broken spined, falling apart hardcover, coated in dried green slime from a toy accident years ago. Then I consumed the radio plays on cassette, and bought the annotated transcripts to read along with.

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Life. Don’t talk to me about life.
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