Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cruelty Comes In Many Forms

Sorry, I am going to borrow from Margaret Cho again, but this posting deserves the time.

Starving Dog in Art Exhibit

I got forwarded this email and I was absolutely horrified. I cannot believe it. It makes me so upset I can't even deal.

Subject: Boycott Guillermo Vargas at the Biennial Centroamericana Honduras 2008

In 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, tied him to a rope in an art gallery, and starved him to death.

For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition have watched emotionless the shameful 'masterpiece' based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died.

Does it look like art to you?

But this is not all… the prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008.


It's free of charge, there is no need to register, and it will only take 1 minute to save the life of an innocent creature.

Thank you for your time.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Thank you...

I found this piece from Margaret Cho's blog to be a nice short read for the beginning of the week as we try to tackle the world and leave the weekend behind us...

Follow Your Dreams

I'm having an amazing time on my Beautiful tour, with killer back to back shows this week in Portland and Phoenix, and I was thinking back on how all this got started.

When I was a kid, my family was one of the first on my block to have a VCR. It had wood on it and stuff! Remember when electronics would be encased in wood?! That was really weird. Like they were trying to disguise it as furniture. It was a huge machine, and would open up its big metal mouth so you could insert a tape. We rented movies at this cheap video store two blocks from my house, and my favorite movie to watch was Richard Pryor's "Live on the Sunset Strip." He was so amazingly funny to me, even though I didn't fully understand all the jokes because they were mostly about sex and drugs and I had yet to experience those things. The other film that completely changed my world was Eddie Murphy's "Delirous." As a standup, Eddie Murphy was my ultimate hero. I laughed at that show so much I almost got sick. The "Ice Cream" bit was my favorite. I wanted to be like him. I knew that I was going to be a standup comic. That was going to be my life, and I didn't care about anything else.

I think that we all have the potential to be anything we want to be, and I am living proof of that. I was just a kid, and yet I was able to make my dreams come true and I continue to do so every day. If you love something, I think you have to just do it. Don't worry about what people will say. Follow your dreams, because there is a reason why you have them. They are the path to your destiny.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Springtime fun

One of the reasons I love this season so much has to do with the concerts that start popping up at this time of year. Oh yes, I love concerts and I love traveling to see them. While I might have skipped the "Panic At The Disco" show, I have plenty coming.
Having seen the queen of comedy twice already, I will be be seeing Margaret Cho once again. While I may not meet her again, this show should be awesome since Kelly will be touring with her. If any of you missed my last posting of Kelly, here is her video that she is most known.

I also get to see Death Cab For Cutie which I am really excited. Their songs are legendary to me and their show should be a good one.

And finally in June I get to see a good number of bands supporting a good cause. The "Human Rights Campaign: True Colors Tour" will be passing through Oklahoma and I have tickets. I cannot wait for this extravaganza.

Hopefully see you soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring is Here

So it has been a minute since I've made a post. Well I've been kinda busy. Work is been kicking in high gear with all the catering parties, benefit events, prom parties, and the hetero ritual of celebrating the birth of babies and the officiation of two people in love.
I've also been taking in the beautiful weather as of late, not so much today. Last weekend I was able to hit the Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly the Omniplex). Doug and I had both heard that the Museum had been revamped and had characteristics. It did, but it also had quite a few exhibits that we remembered from our youths, mine being a little further back than his, that were in need of repair. What we did fine amazing was their star exhibit, "Our Body: The Universe Within." I do not have the proper words for the exhibit, but it was amazing and sometimes nauseating, but well worth the 25.00 each. I definitely encourage everyone to check it out before it leaves in early May.
Since we were in the location we, more so me, decided to go ahead and hit the Zoo. Not a wise decision since it was a Saturday. Absence of children is one of the reasons I work in a higher end restaurant. Well, I went from high end to freaking Chucky Cheese. Besides the rugrats, the Zoo did have some really nice new exhibits, including the "Oklahoma Exhibit" featuring all wildlife and plants in Okiehoma. Worth the seven dollars, but go near the end of the day. Doug and I saw much more of the animals as the human ones disappeared. Much more relaxing and peaceful.
On a different day we also hit the Myriad Botanical Gardens which is celebrating being open 20 years. They have a tropical themed exhibit to go along with some recent renovations. It is beautiful. Actually here are some pics I took to help you visualize.

Doug hates pictures so all the ones I got of him were side profiles and that was the only one I caught him laughing. It was nice to get to hang out with someone that can appreciate nature and the outdoors as much as I do. That is not a trait you find in many gay men. More so, he was able to tell me various names and species of plants and birds since he has an interest in them. You want me to shut up, teach me something.
Besides our outside explorations we visited sushi bars, wine bars, movies, coffee shops, and the bars. So all in all it is no surprise I got a little under the weather by the time his four day visit ended on Tues. Well, that and crazy allergies. That and work have kept me busy. And I nearly spent six hundred dollars this week on furniture and art for my bedroom. It looks damn good though. I could right more, but I gotta eat some food and head to work. Get outside and enjoy some green!