Arts and Entertainment

Art with Heart

published: September, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Art, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Toronto’s Casey House announces Art With Heart, its annual contemporary art auction and reception on October 6, 2015, raising essential funds so that it can provide inspired HIV/AIDS care

Art with Heart

(left) Artist: Stephen Andrews ? 2014 watercolour crayon on mylar 36″ x 24″ Courtesy of: Paul Petro Contemporary Art Donated by: The Artist Toronto’s Casey House with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group announces Art With Heart, the annual contemporary art auction and reception on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 taking place at The Carlu (444 Yonge Stree, Toronto), raising essential funds for the organization’s yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives. Tickets for the event are on sale now at ww

PositiveLite.com interviewee Paul Thorn now has a radio show

published: September, 25, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

After more than 30 years of HIV/AIDS, Britain is to have its first radio show devoted entirely to the virus, and it’s called HIV Happy Hour.

PositiveLite.com interviewee Paul Thorn now has a radio show

Paul Thorn, presenter and founder of HIV Happy Hour.  Swns.com / SWNS.com  This article by Patrick Strudwick first appeared on Buzzfeed here.  The magazine-style programme, in the mould of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, will mix serious health-related discussions with lifestyle features, music, expert guests, and phone-ins for HIV-positive people. Having secured funding for the project for the next year, HIV Happy Hour will broadcast its first show on 1 October and will run weekly on Radio

The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist: A Fresh Look at Gay Men and HIV

published: September, 24, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

New Canadian anthology explores shift in gay male sex lives influenced by recent medical advances in HIV treatment.

The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist: A Fresh Look at Gay Men and HIV

VANCOUVER, Canada - September, 2015 Ethica Press has published the first volume of Annals of Gay Sexuality 2015: The Contemporary HIV Zeitgeist. This deliberately provocative new journal is a direct response to significant changes in sexual practices among gay men in light of recent gains in HIV prevention and management. This inaugural edition of AGS contributes to the investigation of sexual cultures among gay men using an arts-based perspective and methodology. Co-editors (former Positiv

HIV Movies through new eyes - “Rent” falls just a little short

published: September, 15, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 2005 movie version of the Broadway musical “Rent” which features HIV positive characters barely getting by in New York City

HIV Movies through new eyes -  “Rent” falls just a little short

Please let me start by admitting right off the top that though I love music and spend as much time as I can in its presence, I don’t care much for musicals. My friend Bob knows this so he’s asked me to review another one. “There’s a lot in there if you listen and look for it,” he told me. So OK, here goes. Rent is a musical drama based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which was in turn based on the opera La Boheme which premiered in 1896. The film was directed by Chris Col

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

published: September, 07, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha reviews Straight Outta Compton, the current release about the rap group NWA that includes an HIV angle

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

I do not profess to be a film critic. I will focus on how HIV was represented in the film Straight Outta Compton through the lens of a woman living with HIV.  Straight Outta Compton was produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube who grew up in Compton, a city south of Los Angeles where many rappers grew up. It had a reputation for violence, gangs, hip hop and the place where rap music originated. As the film demonstrates, and contrary to mainstream beliefs, rap music is a social commentary reflectin

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

published: September, 04, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive side, a visual representation of celebrating ten years of living with HIV

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

This article first appeared in the Positive Side, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of my HIV diagnosis, I have come to realize that in the wonderful world of HIV, society is increasingly divided into two: HIV-negative people and us, the HIV-positive ones! I don’t mean to sound “negaphobic”; quite the opposite—I’m a firm believer in embracing our negative brothers and sisters. But sometimes HIV-negative people can lack a sense

Back when a drag number was a signature

published: August, 31, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra (or before that, Ebony) on the early days of his drag career

Back when a drag number was a signature

I want to take you back to Tampa, Florida in the year 1987. It’s a hot August Monday night. The place is a popular gay bar known as Rene’s Lounge on Kennedy Boulevard. Rene’s was the home of many Miss Florida pageant winners. Some of the top female impersonators got their start at Rene’s, and Monday nights were amateur night hosted by a future Miss Florida, Lakesha Lucky. That stage was graced by the likes of such legends as Tiffany Arieagus, Tiffani Middlesex, Peter Fernandez, Mahoga

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

published: August, 24, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Movies, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Television, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to New York poz guy Charles Sanchez, producer, writer and star of Merce, a TV web series that’s been compared to "Seinfeld with HIV".

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

"Merce, is about a middle aged, HIV+ guy living in NYC, and it's a musical comedy! And here's the subversive part: it's not sad and no one dies. As an HIV+ man, I've been starving for a story about HIV that isn't sad. The show is bright, colorful, campy and fun. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long, and each has an original musical number. The goal of the show is to present a fresh idea of what a person with HIV looks like, and to add some humor into the conversation about HIV. After all

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

published: August, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Shazia Islam on Tim Bartsch who will be performing songs from his rock opera Southern Time at the Musideum in Toronto on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. accompanying himself on cello and piano, with excerpts from his story

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

photo credit www.butterstudios.ca. Tim Bartsch has joined the ranks of other survivors and thrivers living with HIV in Toronto, Canada after driving across the country in spring 2015 from Vancouver. Toronto is not new to Bartsch, who has made the same move two previous times within a span of eight years.  Bartsch said, after his close call with death due to AIDS-related opportunistic infections that started during his second stay in T.O. back in 2009, he felt he had a new lease on life and

HIV Movies through new eyes - Philadelphia: "important any way you look at it"

published: August, 17, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 1993 movie that stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer under attack from his employer while fighting the ravages of AIDS

HIV Movies through new eyes -  Philadelphia:

When Bob told me he wanted me to review Philadelphia next in PositiveLite.com's “HIV Movies through New Eyes” series I swallowed hard. What on earth could I possibly say about this iconic movie? I mentioned none of this to Bob, of course, so here I sit, film freshly watched and I’m still very much under its spell and… WHAT can I possibly say about this iconic movie? Well, I can say this: Philadelphia is an extremely influential film about HIV, AIDS, homosexuality and the conflation of

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

published: July, 15, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

We asked newly diagnosed Peterborough, Ontario man Robert W. Olver to review some of the movies which reflect our history. In the first of a series, he looks at Zero Patience, a remarkable made-in-Canada AIDS musical from 1993

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

My friend Bob recommended this movie to me the other day. “It’s called Zero Patience”, he told me. “It’s a musical comedy about HIV/AIDS.  It debunks the Patient Zero myth and it’s got lots of funny bits. See what you think.” A musical comedy about Patient Zero? How could they even pull that off? I approached with a few misgivings (love music, don’t much care for musicals) but Bob’s description had my curiosity piqued and besides, he’s got pretty good taste, has Bob, so

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

published: July, 09, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with the latest hits and misses from the club scene.

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

In the words of Maroon 5's latest single"This Summer Is Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf#%ker!"  . . .With all the horrible news stories of Black Churches burning in the U.S., Caitlyn Jenner's every move becomes daily headlines, Jon Stewart's last days on "The Daily Show" are quickly approaching and idiots like Robin Thicke and Donald Trump not knowing when to keep their pie holes shut….it's only July and I'm frightened for August.  There's plenty of new music and remixes being dropped every wee

My week in LA (Waiting for my close-up pt. two)

published: June, 29, 2015 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Television, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our NYC guy Positively Dating has been in Los Angeles pitching TV ideas, including one based on his Positively Dating column here. How California cool is that?

My week in LA (Waiting for my close-up pt. two)

I may be a stereotypical cynical New Yorker, but I think the people in LA are a little too nice. Even the crazy homeless people looked like they lived off of organic kale smoothies and pure sunshine.  It freaked me out. Wait, let me back up a bit…  When I started my blog, one of the first things I wrote about was how there are very few depictions of people living with HIV from this century on TV or film. Things are changing, like the Eddie on Looking, but mainly if we see anyone on TV or

Precious

published: June, 10, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Women, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA poz guy Kengi features Precious A. Jackson, a women living with HIV who has written a book about her journey, “a raw, uncensored look into her life - and Precious leaves nothing off the table.”

Precious

Sharing stories As a photographer I’m always on the hunt for amazing people to photograph and share their stories of triumph, success and even those stories of sadness and defeat. And as an activist I’m always encouraging people living with HIV to live their best life and to share their story in their own words., no matter how sad, heartbreaking, thrilling or exciting that story may be. I think sometimes the only stories often put in front of us are the pretty and polished stories. But I

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

published: May, 29, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra with another batch of hot - and not so hot - club tracks

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

We are getting closer and closer to (Toronto) Pride and I believe that we are in for a great summer for Dance Music. The latest trend is that 80s Dance sound; many DJ/Producers are reaching back into the crates and remixing many of the classics. Unfortunately, a lot of those DJ/Producers are arrogant enough to think that their name should be first instead of the artists who made the songs hits in the first place.  I was doing a search for Donna Summer tracks and came across "Love To Love You

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