Have a nice day and bon appetit, my delicious donuts and muffins and donuts and yes, even the keto danishes! I’m writing to you today with a donut in one hand and my optimism in the other to tell you about all the freshly frozen treats and cultural goodies that await you on the other side of the flickering screen you’re reading this on. , here in the future, where this screen can also offer you a whole world of delights. Read on to find out what delicious and nutritious queer and cross-cultural satieties await you in the weeks to come.
Is it musical? Jude Taylor
As February drags on and saps my queer spirit with every dip below zero, I really needed a warm, witty gay musical with catchy numbers full of double meanings. If that’s you too, I have good news: from February 17 to 18, you can stream the world premiere of Jude Taylor Is it musical?, a tender and fateful snapshot of gay London in the late 1930s before it was (again) forced underground. I first met Taylor as a student 10 years ago with lots of ideas and hats, so it’s a real treat to see this delightful premiere.
Dayna Danger at McGill University
Multidisciplinary queer genius Dayna Danger is McGill University’s Indigenous Mellon Artist-in-Residence for 2022. She creates and considers art and ways of art, including traditional, contemporary, and what happens when they are merged or mated to create something both old and new. Danger, who has done photo, video, time and craft (and probably other things I haven’t had a chance to see yet) will be giving his first artist-in-residence talk on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. ET (registration is required), and I for one am very happy to hear their thoughts on all of this. It’s true that artist talks aren’t always the most compelling (some artists are much better at doing things than talking about them), but I think if you read this interview you’ll agree that we’re not in danger (rimshot) of this here.
The Fabulous Show with Fay & Fluffy
Anyone who’s ever been to Drag Storytime will agree that it’s delicious. (As is my lifelong practice, I set aside thoughts of homophobes and trans antagonists who hate drag queens and/or believe that being around gay people makes kids gay.) The better news is, thanks to Family Jr.,The Fabulous Show with Fay & FluffyThe soft and stimulating atmosphere of will be available for all children across Canada starting this Sunday, February 20 at 7 p.m. ET! They will read books, talk with the children, sing songs and have fabulous adventures to share with you, which you can watch from the comfort of your sofa. As a veteran of Fay & Fluffy, let me say that even if you’re old, grumpy, childless, and definitely not the audience imagined for this show, a bit of joy without competition or shadow might even take your hair off.
Please Miss: Stunning Penis Ripping Job by Grace Lavery
Often brilliant and often disturbing, Grace Lavery abandoned the respectability project (as well as gender conventions, gender respect and linear time) to make Please Miss: Stunning Penis Ripping Job. Where sometimes I eat whole books and then I have to go back to see them closer while I digest, I read please miss into bite-size pieces that I could chew in order to savor the moments of language and concepts it offers without being distracted by the wild, almost alien overarching story(s). Like a hug with wandering hands (consensual) or a meal with scented mousse and crickets for dessert, please miss expands the concept of memory in a challenging yet exciting way, if you’re prepared for it. Put on your big kid dress and dive into it.
Black & Blue by Karinda Dobbins
Dry and observational comedian Karinda Dobbins has just released a new album, Black & Blue, aiming for pets, hiking in black, tiny houses, and even lesbian weddings (well, especially those that take place in the woods). Dobbins had me laughing for a good hour as he described a variety of situations I found myself in, and also some I certainly didn’t encounter (my Uber driver never proudly pointed to Martin Luther Blvd. King Jr. taking me to my hotel lest I notably miss White Portland’s soaring nod to black history, for example, but I’ve certainly been to weddings where obscure feminist writers of the 19th century were quoted at length). Dobbins is having a little fun without being mean, and honestly, I hope a tour brings her closer next year.
ICYMI: It’s revolting ! : Queer Strategies to Resist AssimilationMattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This morning I read the newsletter from our friends at Come As You Are to find out whether or not when people with g-spots squirt it’s at least a little mixed with urine, and who in the world cares one way or another (put on a towel and go, folks!). The enthusiastic exhortation sent me back in time before there were respectable gays in designer polo shirts, when we were all just an undifferentiated mass of filthy queers in the eyes of the cops and the government. It made me look back on Sycamore’s delicious and still relevant edited collection It’s revolting ! : Queer Strategies to Resist Assimilation, jam-packed with writings from people who had long since given up on being good, even in 2004.
And that, my delicious dandies, fops and fruits, is the summary of this session of queer and trans cultural delights. May your cakes rise and your feet stay dry and your only falls be in love; may any leaks or drips brought on by the coming thaw be delightful and non-destructive, and may you lay down a towel first. As always, if you do something new and weird, email me at [email protected] or DM me on Twitter – I love hearing from you.
VSCORRECTION : A previous version of this story misspelled Karinda Dobbins’ name.