Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Belize Rights Groups Launch Legal Challenge Against Section 53

A January report about UNIBAM’s challenge to Section 53 of the Belize criminal code:

Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

The challenge states that the statute violates several sections of the Belize Constitution. Read the details of the suit here.

On to the video though. The speakers are excellent but the host, poor thing, needs to get to GLAAD pronto. “Homosexual agenda?” All she is missing is “This anchor was brought to you by (insert misinformation spewing homophobic church group here)”   superimposed at the bottom of the screen.

February 28, 2012

5th Annual Pink Shirt Day Against Bullying

February 29th marks the 5th year since two Nova Scotia students distributed fifty pink shirts to their classmates to show solidarity for a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. To celebrate and raise awareness kids in British Colombia, Canada  staged a flash mob at the Provincial Legislature.

 

More detailed article on Pink Shirt Day on ACTUP.org

February 28, 2012

City of Samba – Carnaval 2011 in Rio

Via Towleroad

An awesome tilt shift time-lapse of Carnaval 2011 in Rio de Janeiro by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli. Never seen anything quite like it. Gorgeous.

February 27, 2012

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – The Piano Guys.

Glad I’m not the one hauling around the Yamaha piano but it is beautiful as always.

According to their Youtube description:

Story behind the song:
Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson were booked for a Piano Guys show in Hawaii. How could we resist filming our next video in the land of Aloha — beautiful beaches, green mountains, and fresh pineapple?? We went to our Founders and Facebook fans to ask what song they wanted us to play there. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the nearly-unanimous response. But you know how we are … we couldn’t “just” do this tune by itself…so in the studio we found a made-in-heaven matchup in the timeless melody from the Shaker Hymn “Simple Gifts” written in the 1800’s (also used by Aaron Copland in his Ballet “Appalachian Spring”). We feel it’s an especially appropriate mash-up because of our profound love and respect for the Hawaiian culture — a people who are so good at finding happiness in simplicity. As you probably could hear we borrowed a lot of ideas from Iz’s version which has become the stuff of legend.

Getting a piano onto a sandy beach and then onto a big hill in a famous ranch within the SAME day (we only had 8 hours to film) was no small feat. The only thing harder would be to be predict Hawaiian weather, which ended up being our biggest challenge.

We had a little extra help on this one. Steven Sharp Nelson’s mother, Lynne Sanders Nelson — a main source of his inspiration for pursuing music — passed away early in life from the effects of a brain tumor. She was an incredibly-gifted musician and taught Steven to play music passionately rather than just playing “notes” on a page. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was one of her favorite songs. We finished this arrangement on what would have been her 70th birthday. Somehow she helped.

Thank you so much to the Kualoa Ranch who bent over backwards last-minute for us and provided us such a beautiful place to shoot. Visit their site at http://www.kualoa.com — when you visit Hawaii be sure to stop by and take a tour — its where dozens of huge blockbluster movies/tv shows have been filmed.

This song is dedicated to
Lynne Sanders Nelson, The Hill Family, J. Mueller, & the people of Hawaii

Filming locations:
Beach Scene:
Pounders Beach, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii
Finale:
Kualoa Ranch, North Shore, Oahu Hawaii (This is the place to go for sightseeing on Oahu!)
Toll Free: (800) 231-7321
Tour Desk: (808) 237-7321
http://www.kualoa.com

Credits:
Over the Rainbow music written by Harold E. Arlen in 1939 for the movie “Wizard of Oz” — originally performed by Judy Garland
Published by EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.
Inspired, in part, by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s cover
Simple Gifts written by Joseph Brackett in 1848
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Video produced by Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart
Piano: Jon Schmidt
Electric/Acoustic Cellos: Steven Sharp Nelson
Vocals: Al van der Beek
Percussion: Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek

 

February 25, 2012

New Kylie Upload – On a Night Like This

Okay, I will admit I am am totally obsessed with the music of  Kylie Minogue  but seriously – look at this video. She is all kinds of brilliant.

February 25, 2012

K2K On Stage On Carnival Tuesday – Video

The beautiful Carnival Band I played with in Port  of Spain, Trinidad  – K2K – which debuted this year. It was beautiful being in the band but even prettier looking  at it through a spectator’s eyes. I am in the video too – hint – look for a green costume worn by a guy with no rhythm.

February 24, 2012

It Gets Worse (for Bullies)

A soldier  says it gets better in a major and very affirming way.

February 23, 2012

New Bullying Documentary Premiers Soon

Original video link via gay.net

This soon to be released documentary looks excellent and I am sure it will be a deeply emotional experience.

According to their Facebook page:

Bully is coming to a theatre near you on March 30. 2012 Bully: This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people in the U.S. experience. Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this bullying crisis. Following five kids and families over the course of a school year, the film confronts bullying’s most tragic outcomes, including the stories of two families who’ve lost children to suicide and a mother who waits to learn the fate of her 14 –year-old daughter, incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With rare access to the Sioux City Community School District, the film also gives an intimate glimpse into school busses, classrooms, cafeterias and even principles offices, offering insight into the often-cruel world of children, as teachers, administrators and parents struggle to find answers. While the stories examine the dire consequences of bullying, they also give testimony to the courage and strength of the victims of bullying and seek to inspire real changes in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children, and in society as a whole. Through the power of these stories, Bully aims to be a catalyst for change and to turn the tide on an epidemic of violence that has touched every community in the United States—and far beyond.

February 22, 2012

K2K Carnival Tuesday

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K2K Carnival Tuesday, a set on Flickr.

Our say in the sun in full costume.

February 21, 2012

K2K Carnival – Monday Mas

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K2K Carnival, a set on Flickr.

First time I have played in Carnival since Peter Minshall ( a decade ago) and K2K was worth the wait. Incredible vibe, beautiful costumes and that was just Monday the real band and costumes come tomorrow.