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‘Crock of Gold: …..Shane MacGowan’ – Irish cinemas Dec 4

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The much-anticipated new film by Julien Temple, ‘Crock Of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan’, is set to open in Irish cinemas from December 4.

The theatrical release will kick off with a special cinema event on the night of December 4, when audiences will be treated to exclusive, never-seen-before footage from MacGowan’s 60th birthday concert, including performances from MacGowan and friends, including Bono, Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, and Sharon Shannon. Continue Reading »

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UK: [Online] Lost Horizon is back! First acts announced for December season

Blondish – Image: Courtesy of Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon is back. The world’s largest virtual reality music and arts venue has revealed its first season of huge virtual events, due to take place throughout December 2020, in the immersive world of Sansar.

The sprawling Lost Horizon multiverse, created by the team behind Glastonbury’s legendary Shangri-La, reopens with a series of virtual events, promising all of Lost Horizon’s surprise magic, including wild dance-floors, secret headliners, and hidden wormholes.

Lost Horizon is the closest experience to being at a real-life club, concert or festival, whilst still in your living room. Lost Horizon can now be accessed from any computer, tablet or phone – you don’t need special VR goggles, just the internet – and you can explore the entire venue in an interactive way, together with your friends. Continue Reading »

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US: CHG – 7th annual ‘Art Collector Starter Kit’ group show

Corey Helford Gallery: Art Collector Starter Kit VII

Annual Group Exhibition

L to R: ‘One Day’ by Hikari Shimoda, ‘Controlled Burn’ by Josie Morway, and ‘Serenity of Mind’ by Miho Hirano

ON VIEW

Until January 9, 2021

On Saturday, November 14, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery proudly presented their seventh annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show, featuring new 12” x 12” works, from artists spanning across the globe, displayed throughout the Main Gallery. To premiere the show, CHG hosted a virtual opening.

Smaller, more affordable new works, by artists that everyone loves, was the inciting idea behind CHG’s popular annual show, when it launched in 2013. Since then, the exhibition has been met with huge crowds and great enthusiasm. The show is back for its seventh installment, ACSK VII, and is bigger than ever, featuring top artists in the New Contemporary art scene.

For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

The artist line-up for the Art Collector Starter Kit VII group show includes: Continue Reading »

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Behind The Kiki: The Making of ‘Hey Qween’

‘Dedicated to the memory of an angel, Lady Red Couture’

New Documentary shows the personal side of creating queer content, and the friendship that fuelled it.

Known as ‘the gayest talk show of all time’, Hey Qween has been the premiere show for LGBTQ stars to tell their story for 8 seasons. Hosted by Jonny McGovern and Lady Red Couture, the show began on Youtube, and has played on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and internationally on OUTTV.

Tragically, Lady Red Couture, a trans drag veteran, unexpectedly passed away this past August. The outpouring of Love from around the world was overwhelming, with Lady Red trending on Twitter tree and written up in the New York Times.

In 2018, cameras were allowed to film behind the scenes of the making of the Hey Qween and Hot T Holiday specials, this footage had never been before seen.

Jonny McGovern, in his grieving process for Lady Red, rediscovered this footage, which showed so much of the process of making the show, the fun, the struggle, the glamour, and especially showcased Lady Red’s unstoppable spirit, that he knew he had to complete the project.

This intimate, behind the scenes documentary, shows what it takes to make Hey Qween, how it started, and the love and friendship that fuelled it. Dedicated to the memory of an angel, Lady Red Couture.

‘BEHIND THE KIKI: THE MAKING OF HEY QWEEN’ DOCUMENTARY

Filmed by Peter Ney

Featuring Executive Producers

Jonny McGovern

Lady Red Couture

Eddie Danger

Laganja Estranja

Teddy Margas

Matt Valdez

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Irish Film: ‘Here Are The Young Men’ – 2021 cinema release

The Irish coming-of-age drama, Here Are The Young Men, is set for a theatrical release in Ireland, UK, and North America next year.  

Set in 2003, the film catalogs the last Summer of three Dublin teens – aimless Matthew (Chapman), his charismatic yet deranged friend, Kearney (Cole) and their precocious friend, Rez (Walsh-Peelo) – as they embark on an epic binge, to celebrate a future without limits. But when they witness a catastrophic accident, the incident sends them spiralling. Continue Reading »

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Trans pioneer and travel writer Jan Morris dies aged 94

Jan Morris during an interview with Reuters in New York, February 27, 2008 – Image: REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)

British travel writer and transgender pioneer, Jan Morris, who as a journalist broke the 1953 news of Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest, has died at the age of 94.

“This morning at 11.40 at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl, on the Llyn, the author and traveller Jan Morris began her greatest journey. She leaves behind on the shore her life-long partner, Elizabeth,” her son, Twm Morys, said in a statement on Friday. Continue Reading »

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US: Appeals court voids sth Florida bans on conversion therapy for children

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(Reuters) – A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down laws in south Florida, that prohibited therapists from offering so-called conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In a 2-1 decision, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the laws in Boca Raton and Palm Beach county were unconstitutional content-based restrictions on speech, that violated the First Amendment. Continue Reading »

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Poland: Belgian regions close office over rule of law, anti-LGBT+ discrimination

Palace of Culture and Science is illuminated in rainbow colours for the LGBT community during International Day of Tolerance in Warsaw, Poland, November 16, 2020 – Image: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

(Reuters) – The Belgian regions of Brussels and Wallonia closed their office of representation in Warsaw on Friday, over what they say is the Polish government’s threat to judicial and media independence, and anti-gay discrimination.

The office, which represents the regions in fields such as culture, sport, tourism and scientific exchange, has seven staff, and will be closed for an unspecified time, the Walloon region and the Walloon-Brussels federation said in a statement. Continue Reading »

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US: Starbucks barista who declined to wear PRIDE T-shirt sues over firing

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(Reuters) – A former Starbucks Corp barista in New Jersey sued the coffee chain on Thursday, claiming she was fired illegally because she did not want to wear a PRIDE T-shirt, which she said conflicted with her religious beliefs.

Betsy Fresse said her August 2019 dismissal from a Glen Ridge, New Jersey store, near her Newark home, for allegedly violating Starbucks’ ‘core values’ amounted to illegal religious discrimination under federal civil rights law.

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Film Review & Trailer: Hillbilly Elegy

Directed by: Ron Howard – Starring: Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, Owen Asztalos

Streaming on Netflix from September 20th

Based on the biographical book of the same name by JD Vance, this is the story of three generations of a family from Middleton, Ohio, told through the eyes of the author – the first member of his family to strike out of poverty and make good. Basso plays the protagonist, who tries to help his drug-addicted mother, Bev (Adams) while putting himself through college. He is often supported during his mother’s instabilities by his, Mawmaw (Close) Bev’s mother. Continue Reading »