By Johnny Trlica
REVIEW: It could be compared to the Las Vegas Legends show. Or maybe a live version of Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood wax museum. Let’s just call it what my friend Mychal called it: “ An over-priced straight drag show.”
“ Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra: The Concert That Never Was” shouldn’t have been. Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo, performing together as the singers they most admire for more than 10 years, brought their show to a half empty Stafford Centre on February 17.
Both performers sound amazingly like the original and even have their mannerisms down pat but I left the arena feeling as if I was missing something. Could it be,—oh, I don’t know—that it just wasn’t them. No one can do Babs the way Streisand can do Babs and Sinatra is, well, dead.
The rapport between the two icons is genuine and electric, but Owens’ Streisand came across as egotistical and, at times, childish. Their banter took a nasty turn towards then end of the show as the duo was preparing to sing “ New York, New York” . Sinatra said, “ Where’s Liza when you need her?” to which Streisand replied, “ Rehab.” That quip brought a noticeable groan from the small crowd.
The show just didn’t live up to expectations but overall it was an enjoyable evening. Nevertheless, I’ll credit part of that to my best friend Mychal, who acted as only a good friend does: he paid attention, clapped at all of the appropriate things, laughed at the lame jokes and never complained about having to endure a performance that wouldn’t have been missed had it never been imagined.
Here’s what we’ve been reading in Houston Rainbow Herald.com.
Meet the police chief
The Houston GLBT Political Caucus held a LGBTQ Community Meet and Greet with the Houston Police Department Chief on February 13. F Bar hosted the event.
HPD Chief Art Acevedo fielded questions and listened to comments from those in attendance. He was well received by the crowd of approximately 200.
Chief Acevedo said he and the department are committed to building relationships within Houston communities. He spoke about how he helped a transgender Austin officer transition and become an accepted and respected member of that department while he served there.
Before leaving, Chief Acevedo visited with several attendees and posed for pictures.
Texas: We’ll Discriminate if We Want To
The third time may be the charm and also the grand finale. Super Bowl LI was the third time the Bayou City hosted a Super Bowl, and may be the last if the Texas Legislature pushes through a proposed “ bathroom bill.”
The NFL took a strong stance against proposed legislation that would prevent transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, saying the bill could potentially keep the state from hosting future Super Bowls, reports Huffington Post.
“ If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said just days after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI.
“ The NFL embraces inclusiveness,” McCarthy said. “ We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”
The Texas legislation―known officially as the Texas Privacy Act, or SB6―was introduced in January by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and co-sponsored by 14 Republican legislator, and is similar to a law passed last year in North Carolina.
Despite ominous financial losses for the Lone Star state, our leadership is undeterred. “ The NFL is walking on thin ice right here,” Abbott told conservative radio host Glenn Beck. “ The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.
“ For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott continued. “ We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”
‘The powers of the President to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned’
OPINION: If that headline does not frighten you, what will? In true dictatorial, fascist fashion, the senior adviser to the President, Stephen Miller, showed how determined Donald Trump and his entire administration are to seize power from the American people when he appeared recently on CBS’s Face the Nation.
Just let that sink in for a while. As Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers,said, “ The only way that could have been more frightening would be if he had yelled it—in German.”
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