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Bob Leahy reviews the epic Luminato production of One Thousand and One Nights in Toronto

published: June, 13, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

At over six hours long, is this show one (literally) huge pain in the ass or the exciting theatrical event of the summer that Luminato promised? Turns out it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Bob Leahy reviews the epic Luminato production of One Thousand and One Nights in Toronto

I reviewed three shows here from Luminato last year, Toronto's premiere summer arts festival. I went rather gaga about them all.  So I was thrilled to be reviewing Luminato's 2011 flagship production One Thousand and One Nights. Word was that this was the biggest show Luminato had ever commissioned with a huge cast and creative crew, several years in the making from wunderkind creator/director Tim Supple. The raw material for the show is from a source we are all at least vaguely familiar

Chris Crocker and Homophobia within the gay community

published: June, 07, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the internet phenomenon’s latest foray in to gender politics. Do “masculine gays” hate “feminine gays”? Crocker says yes.

Chris Crocker and Homophobia within the gay community

Everybody knows Chris Crocker, right? He’s the young man who became famous - or infamous – for the Leave Britney Alone video which has had a mind-blowing 38.8 million views on YouTube, and attracted over 500,00 comments. That video has spawned numerous parodies and has in effect become a cultural landmark. There has also been much debate as to whether he’s just acting in the Britney video or not. Could this be performance art, for instance?  That argument is bolstered by that f

Heroes Week; Walking with giants

published: June, 03, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I'm returned from four days at the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) AGM and Forum for People Living with HIV in Ottawa, Ontario. This is what I'm thinking.

I could talk about the topics that were hot at the conference - HIV and aging of course (the new black), criminalization, funding.  They all come immediately to mind - but instead I'm going to talk first about the people.We use - I use- the term "HIV community" a LOT, on the assumption that everyone knows what  it means.  That's probably not the case so I'll explain: it’s a quite unique collection of people united by HIV. It’s people living with HIV, of course, and their car

Three out of four ain't bad.

published: May, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has given enthusiastic nods to three consecutive Toronto’s queer theatre HQ Buddies in Bad Times shows. And then along came Tightrope.

Three out of four ain't bad.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  I didn't like Tightrope.  Judging from the thinnest applause I've heard in months, nor did many in the capacity opening night audience for this world premiere event.  The subject matter is interesting, for sure. I for one am fascinated by how the arts process the epidemic, good or bad, and how that attention changes over time. This one is a memorial to those fellow HIVers who lost the battle, a cry for remembrance and a commen

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

published: May, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

.Last week's news about new research showing a 96% reductiion in HIV transmission in sero-discordant straight couples was BIG. But where does this leave MSM?

Whats in it for MSM? ART as a way of reducing HIV transmission.

At 11am last Thursday results of a large scale clinical trial were released from Washington DC which crackled like wildfire through the internet.   Twitter lit up. PositiveLite went to press just minutes later carrying the news that good evidence had finally been produced that ART reduced transmission rates in mixed status heterosexual couples by 96%. This essentially backed the findings of the Swiss Study which, for reasons way too complicated to recite here had been discounted

Share and Share Alike: Numbers and Neuropathy

published: May, 20, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy returns from his latest doctors visit in a sharing mood - and Sean Strub of POZ comments.

Share and Share Alike: Numbers and Neuropathy

When I was a poz newbie back in the 90’s, I remember being much impressed by the launching of POZ magazine. A glossy news magazine for HIVers? It seemed very radical. That was in 1994 and of course it’s being going strong ever since. One of the features of those early editions which fascinated me was its founder Sean Strub publishing his latest lab results in each issue*. The numbers which he was sharing were not good, I remember, and reflected the kind of downward spiral that many of

What Lies Ahead? Stay tuned.

published: May, 17, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

This post brings you up to date on stories you can expect from Bob Leahy in the coming months.

What Lies Ahead?  Stay tuned.

First, lets talk about coverage of key conferences. Brian, lucky man, has scored a trip to Rome for the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) . He will of course be reporting directly from Rome – I believe he wants to focus on treatment issues, in particular the latest on when the thorny issue of when to start treatment.   That trip of course makes my plans for the summer look considerably less glamorous. However, there is a fair chan

How Gay is your iPhone?

published: May, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy checks out three iPhone apps that promise a lot, but do they ring his bell?

How Gay is your iPhone?

In this first batch of reviews - there’s more to come – of apps for gay guys, I’m avoiding the wealth of dating and hook-up apps out there. That perhaps omits the most popular gay apps available but - well, I don’t do dating or hook-ups anymore. But there are plenty more apps aimed at the gay market that are available at Apple’s iTunes store. If you want to learn more, go there and search “gay.” In any event, here are three apps that caught my eye, which turned out to be a m

Sex ed for beginners

published: May, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Going beyond the birds and the bees; Bob Leahy stumbles on a video which documents one parent’s nightmare. From telling a kid about frogs in ponds to dogs mating, internet porn and what gay couples do in bed, it’s all here. And it’s hilarious.

Sex ed for beginners

Perhaps because I got absolutely no sex education whatsoever – they didn’t teach it in school in my day and may parents opted out  (thank god) – the video below appeals to me a lot. I hope you like it too. I’m not sure how true the story being recounted is. There are parts of it – like the venture into the subject  of internet porn – that just seem too outlandish to be real – but it doesn’t really matter. For those who don’t know her, btw, Julia

Agokwe - a tale of two-spirited romance on the rez

published: May, 08, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Buddies in Bad Times latest offering gets four thumbs up from Bob Leahy

Agokwe - a tale of two-spirited romance on the rez

Why four?  Because myself and my partner both loved it. First you need to know this show has a stellar past. Winner of six Dora (Toronto Theatre) awards when it first appeared at Buddies in their 2008-9 season, it has since toured to great acclaim, including a stop off at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, before returning in triumph this month to Buddies, where it all began. And it began as a product of Buddies Queer Youth Program, following an open-mike performance by its then unh

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