Downtown Sacramento Will Come Alive With Summer EventsDowntown Concerts

The countdown to summer has begun and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) has announced its summer events schedule for Cesar Chavez Plaza with the return of the weekly Certified Farmers’ Markets and Friday Night Concerts in the Park in May.

The DSP will also introduce two new events this year including I Heart Art, a weekly craft market featuring local artists and Music Mondays, a lunchtime concert series.

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Allison Moorer Talks About Her New Album CrowsCrows

Nearly 12 years ago, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer made an unforgettable introduction with her contribution of the thoughtful ballad, “A Soft Place to Fall,” to the soundtrack of the Robert Redford-directed drama, The Horse Whisperer, which later earned her an Academy Award nomination.

On her new album, Crows, she hints at a hidden optimism that sometimes is ignored or forgotten: “I gotta turn you away so I can keep this hope alive/You’re tapping on the window but I won’t let you inside/Maybe you’ll give up and find somebody else tonight/I draw the curtains, say a prayer and turn out the light.”

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A socialist? A Muslim? The Anti-Christ? What the “Wingnuts” Think About President ObamaWingnuts

A new book, Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America by John Avlon describes the large numbers of Americans who hold extreme views of President Obama. But how many “wingnuts” are out there and what do they really think? A new Harris Poll seeks to measure how many people are involved and what they believe.

The poll finds that 40% of adults believe Obama is a socialist. More than 30% think he wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns and that he is a Muslim. More than 25% believe he wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a world government, has done many things that are unconstitutional, that he resents America’s heritage, and that he does what Wall Street tells him to do (not bad for a socialist).

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The History of Gay Porn is Bigger Than LifeBigger Than Life

Reviewed by Lawrence Helman

Attempting to write a history of gay porn seems like a task worthy of an astute cultural historian/sexual anthropologist, or possibly a task undertaken by a crazed porn-watching wordsmith with a burgeoning collection of VHS cassettes and DVD’s, or perhaps a bit of both.

Author & sexual critic Jeffrey Escoffier has taken on this gay sexual Goliath of a topic in his new tome, Bigger than Life - The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore.

Written with clarity, well researched footnotes and insight, Bigger than Life navigates the history of the beginnings of gay porn with late 1940’s inimitable films such as Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks (1947), and examines the homoerotic nature of early, lesser-known Andy Warhol films including Kiss, Blow Job, and Couch.

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Report Reveals Efforts to Find the Right Message for Marriage EqualityFreedom to Marry

Analysis from 75 research studies on getting the right message out on same-sex marriage has been released in a new report by the Let California Ring coalition, a public education campaign on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The report, Moving Marriage Forward, is based on studies that were conducted in California and across the country. Freedom to Marry, a member of the Let California Ring coalition, compiled and analyzed the studies. The Let California Ring coalition is hosted by Equality California Institute.

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