2/20/2014 Fresh Fruit

 

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.

Minnesota Opera, March 1, 6, 8, 9, 2014

 

Nhojj, singer/songwriter

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

Walker Cinema, March 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The screening is part of A Riff on the Rif: In the Spirit of the Cinematheque Tangier March programs

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.

Playlist Tracks: 
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 - Fresh Fruit Third Thursday Theme
Album: collage by Dixie Treichel; Label: Self Release
Nhojj - Love
Album: Loving Your Male Body; Label: Black Angel Records
Nhojj - Music
Album: Soul Comfort; Label: Black Angel Records
Nhojj - Peace and Blessings
Album: Soul Comfort; Label: Black Angel Records
Tracy Chapman - Something to See
Album: Our Bright Future; Label: Atlantic
Gaye Adegbalola - Prove It On Me Blues
Album: Neo-Classic Blues; Label: Hot Toddy Music
Toshi Reagon - Something You Know
Album: There and Back Again; Label: Self Release
Rob Ainsley - Head of Music, MN Opera
Topics: The Dream of Valentino
Nhojj - Singer/songwriter
Topics: New CD, Made to Love Him-Celebrating Love