Arts & Culture

Straight Brazilian stars have an intimate moment on stage

BRAZIL - Two of Brazil’s biggest straight male actors locked lips on stage at last week’s GQ Man of the Year Awards in Sao Paulo.

Bruno Gagliasso (Joia Rara, As Brasileiras ) and João Vicente de Castro (Back door, Papo De Segunda) apparently wanted to show people that being “macho” is not about being homophobic or hateful.

Start the season right with San Diego Gay Men's Chorus' "Jingle"

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and there is no better way to start than with the music of the season.

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) has been delighting audiences for 30 years with their festive winter spectaculars and this year is no different.

You can expect to tap your toes and sing along as they present “Jingle,” a yule tide celebration of song and voices which will fill your spirit and relax those last-minute shopping nerves.

Watch the moving lesbian storyline that got cut from 'Love Actually'

In the voice-over that opens the now classic rom-com "Love Actually," Hugh Grant waxes poetic about what it means to love in our current age.

"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around," he narrates, as lovers and families reunite in the arrival hall of London's Heathrow airport. 

THEATER REVIEW: "Meet Me In St. Louis"

“Meet Me In St. Louis” is remembered mostly for Judy Garland’s star turn in the 1944 blockbuster MGM film. The show, (with a book by Hugh Wheeler and music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane) moved to the Broadway stage in 1989, where it was nominated for four Tonys.

Welk Resorts Theatre presents “Meet Me In St. Louis” through Jan. 2016 at their Escondido location.

“Meet Me” takes us back to the turn of the American 20th century, a much slower time without cars or computers but with the promise of mechanization and capital-P Progress.


Playwright Annie Baker cherishes silences and likes alienated characters. In the first play of her “Shirley, Vermont” trilogy (“Body Awareness”), the topic is body image (and women know how alienating that can be); the second (“Circle Mirror Transformation”) is about a group of people in a community acting class who need to get in touch with their real natures.

The last in the “Shirley” series – “The Aliens” – plays through Dec. 12 at ion theatre in Hillcrest.

THEATER REVIEW: "The Oldest Boy"

What would you say if two Tibetan monks showed up on your doorstep, told you your two-year-old son had been selected as the next Lama, and asked to take him to India for training?

An intercultural couple known only as Mother (Amanda Sitton) and Father (Napoleon Tavale) are faced with this decision in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy,” playing through Dec. 6 at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Sam Woodhouse directs.


Theater has been provoking outrage for centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century, a new young Polish writer named Sholem Asch held a reading for his new Yiddish play “God Of Vengeance,” which features the Jewish proprietor of a brothel and his daughter (who scandalizes her dad by falling in love with one of his prostitutes). At that reading, one horrified man says “I refuse to read this garbage;” another participant advises the playwright to burn the play.

"Modern Family" actor comes out on Twitter

“Modern Family” star Reid Ewing has casually come out as gay via Twitter this morning.

The actor is best known for playing Haley's (Sarah Hyland) on-again, off-again boyfriend Dylan on the hit sitcom, now in its sixth season.

THEATER REVIEW: "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence"

“I don’t think I understand what you mean, but I’d like to. Can you give me a nudge in the right direction?”

This is a line heard several times in Madeleine George’s time-jumping “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, a meditation on the sometimes maddening nexus between technology and humans.

You may say it to yourself a time or two in the course of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play expertly directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, on the boards through Dec. 6 at Moxie Theatre.

THEATER REVIEW: "The Heir Apparent"

Let’s see, a rich but miserly old geezer surrounded by poverty-stricken and/or grasping relatives and others who want some of his dough. Hmm. Is there a story, opera, or maybe a play here?

You betcha, kemosabe.

The theatrical master of the comedic genre for a plot like this was Molière. The contemporary master of “translaptations” of Molièreand others of that ilk is playwright David Ives (who has already “redone” Molière’s “Le Misanthrope” as “The School For Lies”).