By Gregg Shapiro
Photo: Jürgen Pruning Productions
With “The Misandrists” (Cartilage Films), gay filmmaker Bruce La Bruce moves away from the accessibility of 2013 “Gerontophilia” and returns to the graphic sexuality and violence of earlier films such as “L.A. Zombie” and “Otto; or, Up with Dead People”. “The Misandrists” is unmistakably a Bruce La Bruce movie; landing somewhere between Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and “The Beguiled” (if it had been directed by John Waters instead of Sofia Coppola).
Set in 1999 at a girls’ school “somewhere in Ger(wo)many”, “The Misandrists” opens with classmates and comrades Isolde (trans actress Kita Updike) and Hilde (Olivia Kundisch), sharing affections and romping through a field on the campus grounds. Injured Volker (Til Schindler), a male thief on the run from the police, emerges from the woods and asks them for help. Breaking every imaginable rule, Isolde and Hilde sneak Volker onto the property and lock him away in the basement.
In another part of the building, two other female students are watching gay porn. It’s a combination of aversion therapy and training for the lesbian porn film they have been assigned to make in the separatist stronghold in which they live and receive training in the cause of Female Liberation under the guidance of Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse).
The Female Liberation Army, which grew out of lesbian love, plans to take men out of the equation altogether in the name of Womancipation. Big Mother’s young charges, “at the height of robustness and vitality for the task ahead”, all came to the “halfway house for troubled girls” for various reasons. Many were sexually abused, others dabbled in drugs and lives of crime. A couple of them have mysterious pasts, but before long we learn all that we need to know about them.
Even though Big Mother doesn’t approve of it, jealousy abounds on campus. This kind of tension results in a series of revelations, including secrets about gender identity, a spy in the house of love, and of course, the presence of a wounded man in the basement. Once Volker’s involuntary (and explicit) gender reassignment surgery is complete and the FLA’s lesbian orgy porn flick “Pornutopia” is complete, the revolution begins with a screening in a movie theater with an unwitting audience of hostages.
La Bruce doesn’t necessarily break any new ground here. The setting and even the story are worn out and tired. The presence of a trans character (and actor) does give the movie an immediate and timely feel, but it takes more than that to keep an audience in its seats.
Remember, Miss Andrist is not the name of a man-hating drag queen. Rating: C
By Gregg Shapiro
All hail Liz Phair! Kicking the male-dominated Chicago rock scene in its tender nuts with her steel-toe boots, Phair’s 1993 debut album Exile in Guyville didn’t mince words when it came to the battle of the sexes. It was a bruising felt round the world, as dudes and bros moved to cover their privates. Twenty-five years later, the 18 songs on that album, as well as those on the preceding Girlysound home demo tapes, still sound fresh and ring true. The restored triple disc set Girly-Sound to Guyville (Matador), a provocative musical history lesson if there ever was one, is a potent reminder of female resilience in these #metoo days. With Exile, and songs such as “Fuck and Run”, “Dance of the Seven Veils”, “Stratford-On-Guy”, “Flower” and “Divorce Song”, Phair essentially left Madonna in the dust while planting the seeds for Alanis Morissette. Regardless of what you think of Phair’s later output (2003’s eponymous disc, we’re talking to you!), nothing compares to this masterwork.
It’s no exaggeration to say that when Gomez released its debut album in 1998, it didn’t sound like anything else. Newly reissued in an expanded four-disc 20th anniversary edition box set, Bring It On (Virgin), still doesn’t have any comparable recordings to match its unusual sonics. A big factor is the shared vocal duties by Ben Ottewell and Ian Ball. Ottewell’s vocals in particular, alternately warm and ragged, provide the songs with a bluesy soul that is hard to match. This is best exemplified in “Make No Sound”. Songs such as “78 Stone Wobble”, “Whippin’ Picadilly”, “Get Miles”, “Tijuana Lady”, the twangy “Free To Run” and the jazzy “Bubble Gum Years” also provide Gomez with its distinguishing edge. In addition to a 2018 remaster of the original album, the box set includes a disc of remastered single B-sides, a record company demo tape, 4-track recordings, live recordings and more.
Avoiding membership in the so-called “27 Club” by three years, Andy Gibb was yet another tragic loss in the pantheon of gone-too-soon pop music deaths. The Very Best of Andy Gibb (Capitol/UMe) is not the first compilation of the hits of the most attractive of the brothers Gibb, but it is the first time one has been tied to an anniversary (the 30th) of his passing. In addition to his looks (have those been mentioned yet?), Gibb could sing as well as his older siblings and he also co-wrote his notable number one singles “Shadow Dancing” and “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water”. Not surprisingly, his other big hits included here were written (or co-written) by brother Barry and include “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, “An Everlasting Love”, “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”, and the Olivia Newton-John duet “I Can’t Help It”.
Back when it was a quartet known for its sassy harmonies, En Vogue owned the early `90s. En Vogue’s first two albums Born to Sing and Funky Divas contained a string of dazzling hit singles including “Lies”, “Hold On”, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, “Free your Mind” and a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s Sparkle tune “Giving Him Something He Can Feel”. They even teamed up with female rap outfit Salt-N-Pepa for “Whatta Man”. This was also at a time when music videos still held sway and En Vogue took full advantage of the medium. The departure of Dawn Robinson changed the group’s fortunes as they added and removed members. En Vogue returns with the delicious Electric Café (eOne), its first album in 14 (!) years, with an incarnation featuring Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett. Sounding very au courant, En Vogue returns to form with outstanding numbers including “Blue Skies”, “Déjà Vu”, “Reach 4 Me”, “Life”, “Love The Way”, “Have a Seat” (featuring Snoop Dogg) and the title cut.
Like En Vogue, Matthew Sweet has a storied past in music. Sweet released a couple of albums for a couple of different labels in the eighties that weren’t met with much fanfare. Everything changed with the 1991 release of his breakthrough album Girlfriend. From the vintage Tuesday Weld pic on the cover to the album’s irresistible string of hit singles including the title tune, “Divine Intervention” and “I’ve Been Waiting”. Sweet maintained the momentum throughout the 1990s. Beginning in 2006, he teamed up with Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles fame) for a series of Under the Covers album on which they performed renditions of songs from the `60s, `70s and `80s. In 2017, Sweet returned with the solo recording Tomorrow Forever, and has followed it up with Tomorrow’s Daughter (Honeycomb Hideout), both of which sound as strong as the best of Sweet’s earlier work. Standout tracks on Tomorrow’s Daughter include “Ever After”, “I Belong To You”, “Lady Frankenstein”, and “Now Was The Future.”
Formerly known as the Grammy Award-winning Les Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, the renamed female choir The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices teams up with Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard for its first new studio album in two (!) decades, BooCheeMish (Prophecy). It’s a successful pairing, with the incredible voices of the choir members complementing Gerrard’s distinctive wail. Merging the Middle Ages with a contemporary approach, the songs on BooCheeMish, including “Rano Ranila”, “Mani Yanni”, “Yove”, “Unison”, “Tropnitsa” and “Shandai Ya”, have an unexpected immediacy and go a long way in eliminating any language barriers.
Georgia Equality’s 14th Annual Evening for Equality
This is Georgia Equality’s most significant annual fundraising event, dinner reception, and presentation of the Equality Awards that are given to individuals that best exemplify the organization’s mission to advance fairness, safety, and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and allies throughout the state.
The 2018 Equality Award Honorees are inspirational people who exemplify courage, compassion and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in Georgia.
This year’s honorees include Officer Eric King who serves as an LGBT Liaison in the Atlanta Police Department, Dr. Melanie Thompson, Primary Investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, 10-year-old Bennett Stone who is a community activist, and Gracie Bonds Staples, AJC journalist and GLAAD Media Award recipient.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit georgiaequality.org.
The What, When, and Where
What: Georgia Equality’s 14th Annual Evening for Equality
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Host & VIP Reception at 6:00 PM
General Tickets admitted at 7:00 PM
Dinner program begins at 7:30 PM
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
One may see parades of people walking to the Piedmont Park Visitors Center on Saturday evening June 16 sporting a variety of hats: wacky, super cool, fun and fabulous. They will be attending the 11th annual Wacky Hat Party, a fundraiser to benefit For the Kid in All of Us. Peach talked to David Scott, the original creator of the event, about fun and fundraising in style.
Tell us a little about the background for the Wacky Hat Party?
Similar to the way that For the Kids’ Toy Party began years ago in an in-town home, the Hat Party started as a private home event approximately 11 years ago. Beginning this year, it will be a premier fundraising event expecting hundreds of guests – and promises to be an over the top spectacular party!
What are some of the spectacular elements of the party from previous years?
People began to flock to the party even before it was a fundraiser not only because of the electrifying music, fancy dancing, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres, but live mermaids in the pool, Spiderman climbing from the roof, Vegas girls wearing champagne-filled flutes in their skirts, and front-yard trees that reached out and scared the guests. Hats have included Ferris wheels, personally-designed lamp shades, live plants, and mannequin heads.
This year the party is hosted by For the Kid in All of Us – tell us about that?
I decided that I wanted the hat party to benefit a very worthy cause, so I asked For the Kid to adopt and host it at Piedmont Park, as I am now serving as one of the lead volunteers.
What can people expect from the party this year?
The party will as always be a spectacular affair. One can expect amusing entertainment, delicious hors-d’oeuvres, the fabulous sounds of Deejay Jay McCracken (Kraax) – and, of course, hats better than ever!
It’s a Wacky Hat Party – what’s required to attend?
Naturally, you must wear a hat – preferably as creative, wacky, cool, or fabulous as possible. Or just your favorite hat. There is a minimum $10 donation to For the Kid to be paid at the door (cash, check or CC) or online at www.forthekid.org, which provides you with a party entrance pass, two drink tickets, and hors-d’oeuvres. If you donate $25 or more at the door, you get a VIP entrance pass, which gives you an open bar, hors-d’oeuvres, and a gift bag.
The Wacky Hat Party
Saturday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Piedmont Park Visitors Center (overlooking Clara Meer dock near 12th St. gate at Piedmont Park, Atlanta)
Anton is a 1st generation Atlanta native from S.W.A.T.S, which in his own words means ‘Southwest Atlanta Too Strong.’ Anton is not your typical ATL native because he stands out more than he fits in. He loves music and cars, and when he’s not driving fast, he’s getting his life to someone’s music. He’s a Failure Analysis Engineer during the week and an adventurer on the weekends – out there simply living his best life! Connect with him on Insta @hearddaname.
Time to dance like the boys of summer!
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo
AV AV AV – Sake Drop
Jaded feat. Ashnikko – Pancake
Childish Gambino – This Is America
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Kenny Chesney – Get Along
Selena Gomez – Back To You
Thalia & Natti Natasha – No Me Acuerdo
Marshmello – Summer
Sun’s out, guns out. Days are longer. People are generally in a better mood. We have five holiday day(s) in the next six months. No winter coats, scarfs or gloves. After hot yoga, you don’t risk pneumonia when running to the car after being in a sweat box. There is no better time than NOW to book a vacation with the most important person in your life – YOU.
As we head into vacation season, I am recommending that you don’t even think about it, just book a trip for yourself and go. Don’t ask anyone about their opinion, don’t announce it on social media, and don’t talk yourself out of it. Like Nike tells us, Just Do It.
Take a step back from all the hustle and bustle of the political landscape. Take a break from screaming kids or a pet that is demanding attention. Go online, use points, use a companion pass, create a Go Fund Me Page or whatever you need to do; book the trip, book the lodging accommodations and don’t fret over the cost. This is a trip that you can’t afford not to take.
Re-charging one’s batteries is very important. Making sure that you have emotional energy, physical energy and mental energy to friends and family, can only happen when your cup runneth over. What’s in the cup is for you, what’s running over is for them. Got it. Taking time for yourself is the key to being available for others. The alone time gives you the time you need to focus on YOUR needs, YOUR wants, YOUR desires and ultimately in silence asking yourself: “Am I living the life I want ?”
You can only really answer this question when you take dedicated time out of your day to really ponder upon what that means. Does it mean am I living my best life? Am I following my destiny? Have I considered being single? Is my mate growing with me? Am I settling for a life of mediocrity? Am I trying hard enough? When was the last time I laughed so hard I cried? Am I being kind? Is my life making an impact on others in a positive way? These questions should surface as you carve out this alone time for yourself, in addition to carving out time to respond to them.
Taking a trip by yourself gives you time to create and adhere to your own agenda. Taking a vacation alone forces you to check off one of your bucket list items and do something you have feared doing, maybe because of judgment from others. You can cut corners if you like, you can go ultra-pricey on stuff if you want, you can even just arrive and stay at the first bread & breakfast that catches your eye.
The only criteria I am going to place on this Vacation-of-One Plan is that you silence that inner voice detailing every reason you can’t do this. I am not even going to give the negative thoughts article space by mentioning a few. We shall only invite positive vibes in our planning and ultimate vacation destination. It has been too long since we put our needs first. And you may be thinking “well, actually isn’t a vacation alone a want?”, and I will 100% disagree with you; being alone and being able to strategically think about lives next steps, securing and thinking through a solid and workable Plan B, is indeed a NEED.
So go ahead, throw caution to the wind, go someplace you have seen on Instagram and thought ‘wow, that’s beautiful.’ Read the book, meet new people, have a threesome, turn your phone off for 24 hours, write in your journal, start a blog, take in new sights, create new memories, and feel alive in the present moment of your trip.
I know a few of you are balking at the idea of an alone vacation because you are married, partnered or dating exclusively. Here’s a helpful hint that will prove to be a win/win for all parties involved. Book YOUR solo vacation such that you still vacation together, but “your” part of the vacation is slated to be a few days before or a few days after – viola, problem solved.
By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Things are heating up in Atlanta, and it’s the perfect time to cool down with a favorite treat: ice cream! Luckily, Atlanta offers several really excellent ice cream shops that will spoil your taste buds while cooling you down.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
With their bright flavors and creamy finish, Jeni’s ice cream has Atlantans flocking to one of the four little scoop shops around town.
Queen of Cream
You’ll find this cozy coffee shop on Highland Avenue that also serves the most delish ice cream that is 100% made from scratch.
Morelli’s Ice Cream
Foodies will love this place which serves untraditional but ever so tasty flavors like rosemary olive oil and ginger lavender to name a few of their incredible treats.
King of Pops
Atlanta-based King of Pops and their tasty, handmade popsicles are literally everywhere across the city from pop-up shops to supermarket freezers. The flavors vary from classic staples to more exotic and Southern influences.
The rich, creamy gelato is combined with the decadent flavors of the South – like bourbon, pecan praline, and piecrust. You can visit the Ponce City Market location or go online to buy the cool treats by the pint.
Paolo’s is a piece of Italy in the middle of VaHi – all flavors are made by Paolo himself after an authentic Italian recipe. And he also makes a dog-friendly gelato so both you and your four-legged friend can cool down in the heat.
Another Atlanta staple is the Zesto’s, and we recommend the drive-thru on Piedmont for classic soft-serve ice cream made the old-fashioned way with real cream and traditional flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.
By Branden Lee
It seems like everyone has been breaking up lately, and although it can feel like the end of the world, it isn’t. Breakups hurt. Loss feels real. We mourn. We also come out of it on the other side. We all go through these stages, but never lose hope that you’ll find the strength to love again.
The damage occurs. The breakup happens. Your love is gone. You’re left wondering why. How could this have happened? How could we go from so in love and planning a future, to enemies or feeling like strangers?
It takes time for the feeling of loss to really set in. Your partner is gone. No one to share a bed with. No one to go on dates with. Every part of your house is full of memories of them. Loneliness is seeping in. The desire to text your ex, and try to get back together is strong and a struggle to resist. Grief is the most dangerous stage of a breakup because it’s the easiest place to get sucked back into a relationship that deep down, you may know, you’re better without.
The healing process begins. You start to feel normal again without your ex. You get back into old hobbies and interests you were once neglecting. Reconnecting with friends, you may not have had much time for while coupled up. Content is where you start to find yourself again and feel normal without your old love.
It happens. You will crave human contact, affection, desire, sex. Slut phases occur. It’s time to put yourself back out there and go on as many dates and have as many hookups as possible. It’s natural to want to feel desired and wanted.
When you finally have a new crush, is when you start to truly know you’ll love again. When a new crush gets you excited, fills you with hope, and possibilities of new love, you are almost fully over your ex. Imagining the possibilities with someone else and knowing your ex isn’t the only one for you is a powerful feeling.
Branden Lee is a writer and actor living in Atlanta. Follow Branden on Instagram and Twitter @Brandeness. Watch Branden on his YouTube channel SexxxPerTease.