Join Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit Thursday, February 20th from 7pm to 8pm
Guests: Rob Ainsley and Nhojj (pictured right)
Rob Ainsley, Head of Music, MN Opera
The Dream of Valentino
Dominick Argento, music and Charles Nolte, libretto
A sultry young dancer is transformed from an unknown immigrant into a silent film sensation. His stardom blazes across the silver screen but is quickly consumed by the same forces that ignited it. Seduction and scandal swirl in Dominick Argento’s tango-tinged opera about 1920's film star Rudolph Valentino, an artist discovered and destroyed by Hollywood.
Nhojj is a Caribbean born, openly gay, award-winning singer/songwriter currently based in New York. He has been expressing his sexuality through his music for almost a decade. On his new CD, “Made to Love Him - Celebrating Love". Nhojj performs same-sex renditions of classic love songs spanning 10 decades.
“We’re bombarded with messages that tell us we are not normal. I need ways to combat these sometimes subtle, but no less damaging attacks on my identity. Songs have always been a powerful champion for change. I am very grateful to be living in a time when “Made To Love Him” could be released and even celebrated”. Nhojj
The the album highlights a small group that smoothly blends jazz, r & b, and reggae and features standards written by such greats as George and Ira Gershwin, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Harold Arlen and E.Y Harburg, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Billy Joel, India.Arie and Nhojj himself.
Ticket giveaway winner- Rodney
Salvation Army, Directed by Abdellah Taïa, Area Premiere
The coming-of-age story of a gay man in Morocco based on director Abdellah Taïa’s autobiographical novel. Sparse in dialogue and shot by the talented Agnès Godard. The film challenges prevailing victim narratives, instead offering a meditation on both Moroccan society and queerness. Taïa’s story demands not pity but respect. 2013, Morocco, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 81 minutes.
Judy Garland, B52s, Angela Motter, Tori Fixx, Josie Cotton, Ochi, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Scott Free, Gaye Adegbalola, Candye Kane, Lou Reed, DDC, Sandy Rapp, Romanovsky & Phillips, RuPaul