Charles Alexander

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Jon Strand: Dots! Exclamation points! Smiles!

By | 2018-07-25T13:38:31+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

For those with an obsession for counting things there are 10,000 alphabet letters in this review of pointillist artist Jon Strand’s exhibition: Oracles, Temples and Waves ... and a dragon named Raoul. But 10,000 is a piddling word count to be sure, compared to Strand’s creative dot, dot, dot detailing over nearly 50 years of painting and fascinated viewer acclaim in some 29 exhibitions of his art — including an onset exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1971 (the DIA currently owns two of his pieces). Now, his work is scheduled to be shown from Aug. 3 through 24, at the Wayne State University Arts Gallery.

Parting Glances: Any Gay Name but Mine

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:16+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

To diddle an old saying: You can't judge a gay author or his book by its — or by his — cover. Case in point: the groundbreaking 1951 sociological expose, "The Homosexual in America." Gay nom de plume: Donald Webster Cory — a pen name name gleaned from Andre Gide's 1924 gay novel "Corydon," later published in America in 1950. Real name: Edward Sagarin. Outed dramatically 24 closeted years later.

Parting Glances: In Cass Park with Bobby Burns

By | 2018-07-11T15:45:17+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Detroit's imposing, massive, block-wide Masonic Temple was built in 1922 — cornerstone-dated 5022 — following the Hebraic custom of noting esoteric history. At one time in the 1960s every major dance company in the world, classical musician, orchestra and performer appeared there; many brought to the city by famed impresario Sol Hurok.

Parting Glances. A Slogan Come True Big Time!

By | 2018-06-07T09:00:18+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.

Pride Rainbow

By | 2018-06-06T16:19:41+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

some with caution some with confidence some seeking rainbow courage (now!) all join hands and promenade: black, white yellow, red stripes and stars unfolding our marching drums our music, yes play it proud (so out [...]

Parting Glances: Ys Beyond my Wildest Dreams

By | 2018-05-29T15:37:32+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Long, long before The Village People made "Y.M.C.A." the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian skater Brian Boitano, the Young Mens Christian Associations played an important role, second only to bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune persuasions (“You show me your triune, I’ll show you my try-unity. Let’s shower in unison. One with the others”).

Parting Glances: Keys! Wallet! iPhone! (Amen.)

By | 2018-03-14T13:52:21+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

After five years of faithful, heavy-duty service the battery in my expensive gift Shinola wrist watch expired. I should have known it was going to happen, because, for the past several weeks, its second hand hesitated, stopping completely for milli-seconds, before lunging forward by five-minute notches at a time. In spite of this, its time was impeccably accurate, so I ignored the warning signal.

Pages Past Tense #1

By | 2017-10-31T23:08:12+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Parting Glances I keep on my laptop desk a corner of chalky red brick. It's all that's left of Cassboro Apartments, 444 Peterboro, Detroit. I found this memento among broken boards, shattered glass of the [...]

Blue brainiacs by default

By | 2018-01-16T07:53:20+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

In a triangle whose sides are 23,145,789 yards, 5,642,732 yards and 54,965 yards, how many cubicle one-eighths of an inch exist? Good cocktail question for a lull in your yuletide party. Pass the mistletoe, Mary. [...]

Parting Glances: Porn Sunday, X-Men?

By | 2018-01-16T00:12:22+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

I irreverently begin this PG Mary-go-round with a caveat of charity, sprinkled with a modicum of glee. Charity for hypocritical factotums of the religious right who rarely extend that most Christian of virtues to others. [...]

Parting Glances: Book pages (Pt. 18)

By | 2018-01-16T00:05:41+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinions|

Going to New York City in mid-July was a mistake. Temperature was in the 90s. Air conditioning was limited to offices and entertainment venues. Ten minutes onto the pavements, we perspired from our ducktail-combed heads [...]