Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Claridad Queer o LGBT (En Rojo)



Como muchos sabrán, el suplemento En Rojo del semanario puertorriqueño Claridad del 24 al 30 de junio de 2010 estuvo dedicado al tema de lo LGBT o queer en Puerto Rico.

Ya quitaron los artículos, aquí están los enlaces. Les recomiendo que descarguen los artículos, cuentos y poemas como PDF ya que Claridad no mantiene estos enlaces de manera permanente.

* Alida Millán Ferrer, "Convivir" (mensaje de la editora de En Rojo)

* Jorge Irizarry, "Somos parte del escenario" (mensaje del editor de este En Rojo)



* Lilliana Ramos Collado, "¿Arte queer? Ahora lo ves… ¡y ahora también lo ves!"



* Rubén Ríos Avila, "La lucha LHBTT: de las identidades a las ciudadanías"



* Salvador Vidal Ortiz, "Sebastián y su corporealidad" (entrevista con Sebastián Colón)



* Mickey Negrón, "Testimonio: El año que viene vuelvo a marchar y me llevo un casco"



* Rafah Acevedo, "NO tolero a los gays"



* Jorge Irizarry, "Durmiendo con el enemigo"



* Ángel Antonio Ruiz, "Transqüiar: el vacío de la identidad absoluta y la reafirmación de la existencia"

* Mercedes Garriga, "Nietzche y la deconstrucción de la moralidad"



* Luis Negrón, "Mucho más de lo que se piensa: Nuevo cine queer puertorriqueño"



* Luis Negrón, "Por Guayama" (cuento)



* Aixa Ardín, "Me gusta cuando el pan"

* Rubén Rolando Solla, "Puro teatro"

* Rubén Rolando Solla, "Calambre"

Como sabrán, el número también produjo debates feroces. Aquí un ejemplo:

* Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, "El EnRojo Queer, y las dificultades del apalabramiento"

* Lilliana Ramos Collado, "EnRojo Queer: Las inclusiones y las exclusiones siempre son políticas"

* Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia, "Volver sobre lo negativo"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

¡Qué Viva África! (con Shakira y Freshlyground)



Lola took a little moment today to watch Shakira and Freshlyground performing "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)," the official song of the 2010 World Cup, which is being held in South Africa. It is a very moving song and they perform it very well, although it is a little disappointing to realize that the song opens with a military metaphor (which they soon forget). Please also enjoy the live recording at the FIFA Celebration Concert!

¡Hoy Lola se conmovió mucho al oír "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)", la canción de la Copa Mundial 2010 interpretada por Shakira y Freshlyground! (Eso antes de que se diera cuenta de que es una metáfora militar que se invoca al principio, aunque por suerte se abandona pronto.) La copa se celebra en Sur África este año por primera vez. ¡Disfruten de la versión en vivo también!

These are the lyrics:

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the frontline
Everyone's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isn't over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Oh oh...

Tsamina mina
Zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Listen to your god
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Dont wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their Expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up Oh oh...
When you get down
Get up eh eh...

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Shakira Waka Waka lyrics found on http://www.directlyrics.com.com/shakira-waka-waka-lyrics.html

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets! (featuring Sarah Vaughan)



You're absolutely right that Lola's gonna get whatever she wants!

Lola's divine friend Katie sent her this fabulous rendition by Gypsy Somerset (Jenna McDaniel) of the classic "Whatever Lola Wants" as sung by the oh so fabulous diva Sarah Vaughan. (Jenna is lip syncing Vaughan.) The song is from the 1955 musical play Damn Yankees and also appeared in the film made from the play. It is based on the infamous and delightful Lola Montez.

Gypsy Somerset's black and white version (with a bleached out performer) is a little unusual (almost ghostly!) and made Lola want to see more of the real Sarah Vaughan. In this clip, "Sassy" (Vaughan) sings "Perdido" (a fascinatingly bizarre Mexican-themed song that sounds a lot like Carmen Miranda's "Paducah" from Busby Berkeley's The Gang's All Here), engaging in her own little bit of tropicalization:



Next is a very nice video with clips of Vaughan singing "Sometimes I'm Happy," "They All Laughed," and a most wonderful rendition of "Maria" from West Side Story (Lola just loves how Sarah glistens from perspiration while singing "Maria" and also manages to look absolutely regal!):



Finally, here's an interesting tango trance remix by Gotan Project & Sarah Vaughan:



Enjoy!

Eternally yours,

The Divine Lola von Miramar

Friday, June 25, 2010

Literatura LGBT puertorriqueña (Los Otros Cuerpos)



Queridas amigas:

Las invito a que disfruten de este video blog en el que Lola von Miramar habla sobre la pionera antología puertorriqueña LGBT Los Otros Cuerpos (2007) y lee pasajes de los importantísimos escritores Manuel Ramos Otero (1948-1990) y Rane Arroyo (1954-2010).



Please join Lola von Miramar as she talks about the pioneering Puerto Rican LGBT anthology Los Otros Cuerpos (2007) and reads passages by the very important writers Manuel Ramos Otero (1948-1990) and Rane Arroyo (1954-2010). VIDEO IN SPANISH.

¡Ojalá que les guste! Hope you enjoy it!

La antología se consigue en la Librería Isla de Río Piedras y aquí.

Con el cariño de siempre y deseándoles muy feliz Gay Pride en Nueva York y Chicago,

Su servidora Lola von Miramar

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

VIDEO: Chuchi the Clown Es Cosa Mala!


Chuchi the Clown is the extraordinary creation of the very talented and multifaceted Charlie Vázquez, who is the author of the recently published novel Contraband and who also maintains a very informative blog. Charlie also hosts the PANIC sex-radical literary reading series every month at Nowhere, one of New York City’s funkiest gay bars! Check Chuchi out!

In Creo que "ese" es bien...tu sabe..., Charlie channels his paranoid exiled Cuban grandfather, who is convinced that everyone is a communist and working for the FBI. He screams at his friend Beba, who seems to be hard of hearing, and talks about how the local French in the neighborhood and the Guardian Angels are all communists. He then curses having picked up the phone. Or something like that!

In a previous video (El Dali Lama) Chuchi rambles on about the Dalai Lama and Jesus, claiming that the latter really looks very Spanish and thus must be Latino!



Bravo for Charlie Vázquez!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

VIDEO: Yay for Ricky Martin! Lola loves him!



People en Español dedicated its July 2010 cover to Ricky Martin and his beautiful boys Valentino and Matteo. (Full article here.)

La revista People en Español le dedicó su portada de julio de 2010 a Ricky Martin y a sus bellos hijos Valentino y Matteo. (Ver artículo aquí.)

¡Lola está fascinada con Ricky Martin! Pero eso no es una sorpresa...

Hope you enjoy mi video blog!!!!

Los adora,

Lola von Miramar de Martin

Behind the Scenes with Lola!



Filmmaking is fun! And exhausting! But Lola loves it!

El domingo participé en el rodaje de un video en Chicago, con mis amigas Saltina (Fausto Fernós) y Daphne Dumont (Marc Felion) del Feast of Fun. ¡Hicimos tostones (que en Colombia se llaman patacones)! Aquí comparto algunas de mis experiencias. ¡Estén atentas al lanzamiento de nuestro video "How to Make Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)" esta semana!

Las adora,

Lola von Miramar

Lola, L-O-L-A Lola, Lo Lo Lo Lo Lola! (The Kinks)



My fabulous friend La Sandrella just send me this wonderful song which captures my spirit in oh so many ways. Hope you enjoy it!

Yours always,

La Lola von Miramar!

Lola-The Kinks-Original Lyrics:

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes like cherry cola c.o.l.a. cola

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice
she said Lola L.o.l.a. Lola
La La La La Lola

Verse 2:

Well, I'm not the world's most physical guy,
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
oh my Lola, la-la la-la Lola
Well, I'm not dumb, but I can't understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
oh my Lola, la-la la-la Lola
La-la la-la Lola

Well we drank champagne and danced all night
under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knees
said little boy, won't you come home with me ?

Verse 3:

Well, I'm not the world's most passionate guy,
But when I looked in her eyes, well, I almost fell for my Lola
la-la la-la Lola,
La-la la-la Lola
Lola, la-la la-la Lola
la-la la-la Lola

I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I felt to the floor,
I got down on my knees
well I looked at her and she at me.

Verse 4:

That's the way, that I want it to stay
And I always wanted it to be that way for my Lola
la-la la-la Lola,
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls,
It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world except for Lola
la-la la-la Lola

Well, I left home just a week before
and I'd never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
Said good boy gonna make you a man !"

Verse 5:

Well, I'm not the world's most muscular man,
But I know what I am I'm glad I'm a man and so is Lola
la-la la-la Lola,

Lola, la-la la-la Lo-la, la-la la-la Lo-la, Lola, la-la la-la Lo-la, (repeat and fade )

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Tostones Teaser with Lola


Lola von Miramar and her dear friends Saltina (Fausto Fernós) and Daphne Dumont (Marc Felion) of the Feast of Fun podcast teach you how to make tostones! (Short video teaser, also includes coverage of the Chicago Puerto Rican Day Parade!)

Speaking of parades, here are some images of Lola's friend Larry in Chicago!


(With Fausto and Marc)


(With Ramón Rivera-Servera)

Lola von Miramar vs. Saltina: Who's the Best Lady Vera Parker?


The hilarious Fausto Fernós of the Feast of Fun podcast challenges Lola von Miramar to an impersonation challenge: who can do a better version of the incarcerated Chicago drag queen Lady Vera Parker???? May the best queen win!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lola Teaches You How to Say "Hello!" in Spanish!


¡Vivo y en directo desde Chicago, Illinois! Una pequeña clase de español para nuestras buenas amigas. ¡Muchas gracias a Fausto Fernós del Feast of Fun!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

¡Lola, Rubia de América!

video

A sign of things to come!

Video by Christian Hale, hair by Charo of 32nd St (NYC).

Your eternally devoted,

Lola von Miramar!