crisp night walks, lavender and honey, early mornings, late nights, soft beds and chairs and couches and pillows, silky hair, midnight swims, shooting stars, rooftop picnics, purple and violet and navy
they’re that couple that you know is hella intimidating but you don’t get it until you see them in a serious scenario, very light and lovey in public, romantic and cheesy, closet cuddlers, art gallery dates, the occasional butt pinch in public, super close like they’re stuck like glue
black coffee, smoke and cashmere, late mornings, silk sheets, rose petals, braids, steamy rendezvous, balcony talks, fire-side snuggles, maroon and ash and carnation
that powerful and deadly beautiful pairing, bickers like an old married couple, hella discreet PDA, ass slaps and wandering hands, steamy and utterly romantic, draped snuggles, cute and personalized dates, the first to leave a party for some reason or another
hot chocolate, vanilla and citrus and roses, stays in bed all day, canopy bed, soft hands, knit blankets, sunset walks, long hugs and cuddles, sky blue and white and silver
cute nicknames, very distant in public, minus the hand holding, HORNY DOGS, the most gorgeous couple you could ever see like, they’re models without trying, dances in the middle of anywhere, cliche to the core, so cute
herbal tea, peonies and rain and garden air, love sunrises, nest of pillows, delicate/calloused, quilts and picnics, butterfly kisses, soft pink and bronze and orange
a pairing like the sweet little bab and big sometimes scary tol, Elain is in charge most of the time, SO LOVING IT HURTS, flower crowns #sorrynotsorry, hugs and piggyback rides, tippy-toe pecks
Documentation of a collaborative performance by altersociety and myself, during Contemporary Art Month, at the 1906 Gallery.
“Nothing overtly political” is a performance piece that makes Queerness in San Antonio visible; out of the closet and into the gallery. For myself and other Queers of color across the gender spectrum, the subtle act of applying makeup or dawning the clothing we please makes our identity conspicuous within time and space. For the LGBT community, such agency over personal wellbeing and identity can be double-edged sword. On the one hand, “coming out of the closet” is an empowering and important milestone in a person’s life. Glitter, clothing, etc. foster a self-confidence and comfort that is guaranteed to those who take a hetero-performance to life. “Nothing Overtly Political” is a public intervention, making it plain that I exist
5 Reasons To Watch The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail On Comedy Central
In the back of a comic book shop in Los Angeles, a small chamber, resembling a glorified storage closet, acts as a gallery space by day. However, every Wednesday night it hosts the best comedy show in Los Angeles. The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail, hosted by comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, and produced by the always effervescent Emily V Gordon, will be taking the leap from the stage to television. Starting tonight July 23rd, comedy fans from all around the world will be able to bare witness to the laughs, the surprises and intimacy of it all.
My girlfriend and I have been attending The Meltdown regularly since late 2012 and I do feel a sense of pride in seeing its growing success. Everyone involved works their butt off, with plenty of sweat (It is the back of a comic book shop after all and it gets really hot). Assembling a devoted crowd every week, the venue is now burgeoning at the seams. After Comedy Central ordered a full season of the show I wondered if the experience would translate to mainstream television. I’m delighted to say it does indeed and I give you five reasons why you should tune in and check it out.
1. The diversity of comedians is astounding.
From Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman’s comedy duo shenanigans, to parody god Weird Al dropping in, to Steve Agee’s stoner recollections, to Maria Bamford’s razor-sharp insight, to Reggie Watts’s playful musical musings, there is a comedian for everyone. Each roster is stacked with cutting-edge entertainers that always subvert your expectations and keep you roaring with laughter. Maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two.
2. The hosts are charming as hell.
Comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray are humorous in their own right, but together they bounce off the stage like two old roommates, endearing us with their antics and repartee. You’ll delight in each one taking stabs at the other, volleying back and forth like two tennis players, but always in the spirit of keeping the audience captivated and entertained.
3. It’s shot like no other stand-up performance.
During the tapings, I was dumbfounded by the amount of cameras filming the show. There were GoPros, camera operators sitting in the audience, in the back, outside and more. All of these sources combined with a deft and fluid editing style create a truly cozy and genuine experience perfectly translating the real life feeling of being there.
4. The green room reveals comedic insights.
Each week during the live show I always wonder what the comedians do while waiting in the green room. Often the crowd will get tiny glimpses, like when comedian Todd Glass will heckle the hosts for fun or when Meltdown spirit animal and comedian Ed Salazar takes his shirt off on request. Now, with the tv show, moments backstage are inserted into the program, blurring the lines between where the green room ends and the stage begins.
5. The crowd gets involved.
Learning that The Meltdown is only thirty minutes an episode I was worried that audiences at home wouldn’t get the full experience of the live show. Half the fun is seeing Jonah, Kumail, and the other comedians jump into bizarre and funny conversations with the crowd. These interactions can provide organic seeds to later bits and often become fun running jokes throughout the night. I’m glad to learn this element of the live show remains intact. It’s one of the many ways this show is unique.
The first episode is currently on Amazon so take a peek if you can’t wait! The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail premieres tonight on Comedy Central Wednesday July 23rd at 12:30am.
I’ve obviously been following the remarks Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem made regarding why young women aren’t supporting Hillary Clinton — Albright because “women who don’t help other women deserve a place in hell,” and Steinem because “young girls go with the boys.” Both arguments, I think, are inappropriate, and overly caustic. I think that they do far more harm to Hillary Clinton than good.
At 33, I understand why they’re angry, however. And I also understand why young women in their early 20s just don’t get where that anger comes from. I was raised in a house run by a woman who told me I could do literally anything I wanted, despite my gender, and had role models of grandmothers who supported their families, including financially, entirely alone.
I definitely graduated from college thinking that because I was smart, and hard-working, I would be given all the same opportunities as men. I was not intimidated by men, and saw no reason to be, given that I did better than most of the ones I knew in school.
The myth that I was equal was dispelled as soon as I started interviewing for jobs. Even though I had an Ivy League degree, the jobs I was offered were secretarial. My first job involved sitting in a closet at an art gallery answering phones. One day, a man visiting the gallery approached me. He told me that he had noticed what a great job I did, and might have a job opportunity for me. I was 22. At the time, I assumed he could see that my intelligence was wasted sitting in a booth looking pretty. He told me he was the owner of a hedge fund. He gave me a number to call. When I called, I expected for him to offer me a job as a beginning analyst — a starting position, but one that had room for growth. But no, the job he offered me was to be his assistant. He told me that along with a competitive salary, he would give me a free gym membership.