Diego León goes into greater detail than Vera Stark, mainly because the form of a novel, especially one in five acts, allows more room than a play that has only two. Diego changes his identity in every "act," and sometimes his name, too, as he transforms from a village boy in Michoacán to the grandson of a wealthy notary in the city of Morelia to a starving aspiring actor in Hollywood to a studio exec's boy toy to a minor movie star.
"Diego's impulse is to follow his dream," says Espinoza. "He's morally ambiguous. He's willing to do anything."
Many of you have reached out already following an ugly rant given by Michelle Shocked at her show in San Francisco last night. After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it's clear that this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on. The May 5th performance at SPACE has been cancelled and refunds will be issued at point of purchase.
Maybe that's the answer, he thinks; the immediacy of the act might reawaken him to himself. The surgeon uses the Internet to find random sex. (The arrangement is a perfect fit for his personality: practical, anonymous . . . ) He visits the apartment of his match, a physically fit man a few years his junior. Nothing comes of it. The younger man takes offense that the surgeon had introduced himself with a years-old picture, which promised a skinnier, more fashionable, and happier-looking man.
"Do It. [ed. note: You know. It.] For Chicago."
"Hey Interesting People, get a room already. And then put a crib in it."
"Interesting People Make Interesting People."
As far as sex in marketing is concerned, this isn't particularly hot stuff, even by the standards of public radio, or for that matter by the standards of the Times. When the campaign launched, the media response was, if not positive, at least titillated for no good reason; but on the social media, where 'BEZ is also aiming the campaign, responses seemed a little more vituperative, and not just from single people and homosexuals.
Tomorrow night at 6 PM the Italian Cultural Institute offers a gentle reminder of Ozpetek's existence by screening his 2001 drama The Ignorant Fairies, which was originally released here as His Secret Life. The movie follows a widow after she discovers her doctor husband has been carrying on an affair with another man. The screening is free, but reservations are encouraged. You can reserve a spot here.
HELLO is sponsored by the Night Ministry, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and the Lakeview Action Coalition. The Broadway Youth Center, operated by the Howard Brown Health Center and various partners, houses a variety of medical and social services and support groups.
Three years ago Mayor Daley dropped by the HELLO art show and spent a lot more time there than anyone expected him to. As a result, some city money was freed up from the $1.1 billion raised by the new parking meter contract to help pay for a pilot project, the Crib—it's an overnight shelter in the basement of the Lakeview Lutheran Church on Addison just east of Wrigley Field. The Crib is still open, October through April—there's never been enough money to keep it going year-round.