The pioneering gay political comedy duo of Romanovsky and Phillips talk about their career and celebrate 30 years since their first performance on Fresh Fruit Thursday, April 19 at 7pm with hosts Dixie Treichel and John Townsend.
Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips, an openly gay folk duo, pioneered the queer music comedy movement starting in 1982 in San Francisco at the Valencia Rose Café where they performed during breaks for Gay Comedy Open Mike Night, sharing the stage with many other performers destined for success including Lea Delaria and Marga Gomez. They are known mostly for their political satire but their work contains serious songs as well. Romanovsky & Phillips have won numerous awards including two Cable Car Awards, a GLAMA, three ASCAP Special Awards and the Heritage Award from OutMusic. They have toured extensively and performed at two National Marches on Washington. Currently they are not performing together. Paul has decided to pursue a career outside of the music industry while Ron continues to record and perform mostly around Santa Fe, NM with his band. Ron's newest recording, Turn Up the Fun!, was released in 2008. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of R&P's first musical appearance on February 8, 1982, the book 1 Out Of 10 Therapists: The Poetry of Romanovsky & Phillips
Lyrics has just been released by Brian D Gryphon of Digital Gryphon Publishing.
Tina Cotterman, BECAUSE Conference Entertainment Coordinator and dancer
The BECAUSE Conference is an annual event for bisexuals, queers, non-monosexuals, the bi-curious or questioning, and all allies, regardless of sexual or gender identity. "Empowerment Through Community" is the 2012 theme as BECAUSE will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
BECAUSE 2012, Metropolitan State University
April 20-22, 2012
Carlyle Brown, playwright, actor
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been ... by Carlyle Brown, directed by Noël Raymond
The year is 1953 in the Harlem apartment of Negro writer Langston Hughes. Exposed, guilt-ridden and fearful of the coming day he confesses how he intends to answer Sen. Joseph McCarthy's accusations on being a Communist. He implores his readers not to abandon him no matter what they read or hear.
Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio
May 04 - May 20, 2012
Gerry Giourard, Choreographer, co-curator
Three queer Minnesota performers, David DeBlieck, Gerry Girouard and Dennis Yelkin are curating an evening of queer performance and dance.
April 27th and April 28th at 7:30pm