Dear Jody

By Jody Valley Support until the end Q: I am so distraught, I don't know if I can stand it. I just found out my best friend has incurable cancer. He was told today he [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Opinions|

Ask The Debt Free Diva

By Dee Dee Sung Q. I'm determined to get my finances on track this year and would welcome a few pointers on where to start. There's so much information out there that it becomes confusing. [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Opinions|

Last rights

By Mubarak Dahir In the video, Laurel Hester is shown bald from her cancer treatments. She is wearing a simple black shirt with a silver necklace dangling around her neck, and she is seated on [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Opinions|

Art & Around for the period Feb. 2-11

Art, Historical & Science Museums: Cranbrook Art Museum "Shoot the Family," contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life. Feb. 4-March 26. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 1-877-462-7262. Detroit Historical [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Concert Connections

This Week: Patti Labelle & Friends Fri. 2/3/06 Masonic Temple, Detroit Aimee Mann Sat. 2/4/06 Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor Smokey Robinson Sat. 2/4/06 Music Hall Center, Detroit Little Richard Sun. 2/5/06 Music Hall Center, Detroit [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Theater Events for the period Feb. 2-11

Professional Theater/Opera: Bad Dates How one woman copes with that bizarre social ritual between men and women. BoarsHead Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Feb. 12. $21-$33. 517-484-7805. Blast A celebration of movement and music born [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Book Marks

By Richard Labonte The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate Portraits of the Bohemian Era By Edward Field. University of Wisconsin Press, 296 pages, $29.95 hardcover Live in one place for 60 [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls

Review: 'Guest Artist' It's the truth: Powerful premiere at PRTC By Donald V. Calamia Wow! That was my initial reaction after reading a draft of Jeff Daniel's newest play, "Guest Artist," his tenth original work [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Now Playing

Just Out End of the Spear Missionary Nate Saint (Chad Allen) goes to South America to work with, evangelize, and tame the violent Waodani tribe. They're a fervently warring bunch, and for his efforts he [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Puzzle Clues

Adopt Instead Across 1 State, to Renee Vivien 5 Orgasm, e.g. 10 "Show Boat" rank 14 Like sex for one 15 Sample some buns, e.g. 16 Trojan Horse, e.g. 17 With 31-Across, result of too [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Q Scopes

By Jack Fertig Trust your instincts, Aries! The Jupiter-Neptune square of late January continues until April 6. That opens us to philosophical mysteries and intuitive knowledge. It also invites ill-considered experiments with drugs, and codependent [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

The gloves are off

Creative writing students are often told, "Write what you know." So when Aimee Mann, one of pop music's most literary songwriters, released a concept album telling the story of a drug-addicted boxer, it struck the [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Review: ‘Bad Dates’

Charming actress, killer shoes at the BoarsHead If there's one universal truth that all men and women equally share, it's that at some point in our lives, all of us have been on at least [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Curtain Calls ONLINE

Review: 'Monday Nights @ Planet Ant' Jam at the Ant on Monday nights It has long been a tradition in the world of theater to leave Monday nights "dark." That is, to have one night [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Hear Me OUT

B In the Mix Britney Spears (Jive) Remember when people used to say that Britney Spears was the next Madonna? In 2005, Madonna's "Confessions On A Dance Floor" proved that, in fact, Madonna is the [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

So happy together

Do you believe in love at first sight? Rachel doesn't - not until the day of her wedding at least. Unfortunately, the person on the other end of this discovery isn't the man waiting in [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Freedom, to Mary

by John Polly Yes, she's had drama. Born in the Bronx and raised in the projects of Yonkers, New York, she's fought for everything she's had. And all the while, as Mary J. Blige battled [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Entertainment|

Marriage News from Around the Country

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Lawmaker plans equal marriage bill MONTPELIER, Vt. - A Burlington lawmaker introduced a bill to expand marriage to same-sex couples. Same-sex Vermont couples currently are able to enter into civil [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

SHe Said Feb. 2, 2005

"No child in Michigan should have to be the victim of a schoolyard bully, and no child should have their learning disrupted by a child who's unruly. That is why, tonight, I am urging this [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Affirmations exceeds capital campaign goal

By BTL Staff FERNDALE - With less than two years of public fundraising, Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center has successfully reached and surpassed its $5.3 million capital and endowment goal to build a new [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Senate confirms Alito to Supreme Court

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman WASHINGTON - Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. became the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice on Jan. 31, confirmed with one of the most partisan victories in modern history after a fierce battle [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:20:40-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Affirmations to host Mind-Body-Spirit fair

FERNDALE - Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center will step into the New Age on March 11. That day, the LGBT community center plans to host its first Mind-Body-Spirit Fair, complete with Yogis, aroma-and-massage therapists, [...]

By |2018-01-15T21:02:28-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Michigan Pride holds 2006 logo contest

LANSING - Calling all queer, LGBT and allied artists, graphic designers and otherwise creative individuals! Michigan Pride is seeking help to create the look and feel of the 2006 statewide events at the state Capitol [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:17:28-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Black gays ask clergy for tolerance

By The Associated Press ATLANTA, Jan. 21 - Churches have an obligation to help end the "poisoned atmosphere" surrounding the acceptance of gay men and lesbians, the Rev. Al Sharpton said at a weekend summit [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

CARE hires Gardner to help pass child protection law

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman ANN ARBOR - The Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality has hired Penny Gardner, former program director for Michigan Equality, as its community organizer. Gardner has been hired to mobilize constituents in [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:00:58-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

EMU committee pushes for trans protections

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman YPSILANTI - According to the Jan. 23 edition of the Eastern Echo, the Student Affairs Committee of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has approved a position paper urging that [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:04:40-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Gay in the NFL

Esera Tuaolo struck fear into the hearts of every opposing National Football League quarterback. As one of the best defensive nose tackles in the NFL, it was his job to attack the quarterbacks, and he [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

University expels gay student

by The Associated Press SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - A former John Brown University student said he was expelled from the school where his parents work after the administration raised questions about his homosexuality and imposed [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Coretta Scott King dies

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman ATLANTA - Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died. She was 78. [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Safe School Law aims to protect all children

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman LANSING - On Jan. 25, state Representative Glenn Anderson introduced a bill that, if adopted, will make Michigan schools safer for all of the children who attend them. "Matt's Safe School [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Triangle welcomes LGBT fans on Super Sunday

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN DETROIT - If thoughts of your partner sprawled in a lounge chair screaming advice to football players on TV, beer can in hand, has frazzled your nerves this week, the Triangle Foundation [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

National Briefs

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman Justice Three sentenced in Araujo murder HAYWARD, Calif. - Michael Magidson, 25, and Jose Merel, 26, were sentenced to the mandatory terms of 15 years-to-life for second-degree murder on Jan. [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:48:52-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

Gay couple not a ‘family’ in Warren

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman WARREN - On Jan. 23, the Detroit News reported that a gay couple has been refused family membership by the Warren Community Center. Mark Jeason and his partner, Martin Murdick, have [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|News|

The NFL’s super-sized closet

The Super Bowl is the world's largest sporting event, with billions of TV viewers, hundreds of millions of dollars in promotions and events and the attention of the world on the two teams who will [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:37:17-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|

Community Connections

Get connected! Non-profit organizations are encouraged to send listings of ongoing events to Community Connections via email at, fax at 248-615-7018 or postal mail: 20793 Farmington Rd., Ste. 25, Farmington, MI 48336. FORTY WORD [...]

By |2006-02-02T09:00:00-05:00February 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|