Peter Cincotti - East of Angel Town (Warner Music) ***
At the moment Peter Cincotti (born 1983 in New York City) isn’t very well-known in our country, but that will probably change soon because of his album “East of Angel Town.” It is already the fourth album of this 24-year-old musical virtuoso.
The first time I had something to do with Peter Cincotti was a few years ago in a small pub in Amsterdam. Towards closing time they always played markedly good jazz music and upon inquiry it appeared to be by one Peter Cincotti.
Dear Northern Neighbors,
This week I saw some fragments from the well-known Dutch television show “Boer zoekt vrouw” (Farmer Looking For A Wife), which is probably not unfamiliar to you, unless you’re living on a completely different celestial body. We in Flanders also know this program, in which anchor woman Dina Tersago as a real hoyden with unbelievable enthusiasm tries to get a farmer off the streets, not an easy task to be sure.
Fashion, luxury and men... they seem to get closer and closer together. It’s a fact that men’s fashion has grown explosively in size over the past couple of years. “The male consumer has so much to choose from nowadays that he’s willing to pay much more for quality. He prefers large Italians labels,” states Raffaello Napoleone (head of the Pitti Uomo men’s fair in Florence).
A proposed ban on munching magic mushrooms might stop Amsterdam's psychedelic swirl of rainbows, but aside from some pointed press about conservatives' narrowing policies toward immigration and religion (i.e., Muslims), the Netherlands still maintains an inclusive love affair with all flavors of minorities, sexual or otherwise. Meanwhile, a new Museum of Bags and Purses -- the world's first -- ups the city's already fashionable and cutting-edge ante.
Dutch Gay Activist, Benno Premsela, Honored With Expositions And Biography
Eleven years after his death, Dutch gay activist, Benno Premsela, will be spotlighted with several exhibitions and a biography.
On February 15 the exposition “Show Yourself; Benno Premsela 1920-1997" was opened in Amsterdam’s City Archives, 32 Vijzelstraat, where it can be visited until April 27.
To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See http://www.pinkpoint.org
“You’re a horrid person.” With this sentence the woman in the hospital finished. During my job as a male nurse, once again I hadn’t complied with the “urgent” request for a tranquilizer from a patient. I do know that, for certain people, I’m not a pleasant person indeed, but to consider myself as horrid is a little bit too extreme in my opinion.
D66 (Democrats) wants to adapt the non-discrimination legislation to sharpen the ban on discrimination of gays. At this moment discrimination of gays is possible under certain circumstances. Member of parliament Boris van der Ham presents a proposal to ban this loophole. Under the current legislation it is possible to discriminate gays in the education system. Although discrimination on the basis of homosexuality itself is illegal, specific circumstances make it possible for religious schools to refuse gays from teaching positions. Van der Ham: “This means that personnel in these schools are allowed to be gay as long as they keep this fact a secret, which is of course ridiculous; a very twisted construction.”
The parliament has asked the Dutch government to take measures so that gays can’t be refused at or sent away from schools or institutes with a religious background. PvdA (Social Democrats), SP (Socialists), VVD (Liberals), GroenLinks (Greens) and D66 (Democrats) have responded to the threat of the European Commission to take The Netherlands to the Judicial Court of Luxembourg if it refuses to sharpen the non-discrimination legislation. GroenLinks member Dibi asked for an explanation from the responsible ministers Plasterk (Education, Culture and Science) and Ter Horst (Internal Affairs) on the request of the Commission.
Sexy gay rap artist Qboy will return to Amsterdam to DJ at the hottest new party in town - underwear party (Z)onderbroek. The London-based hip-hop singer, described by BBC as “confident, cocky, cute, clever, witty, unique and entertaining,” will be playing along with DJ TDM (Cockring, Joystick) at the March 8th party in Club La on the Kerkstraat. Coming from the somewhat homophobic world of rap, Qboy has become one of the leading faces emerging from a new wave in British music, “providing the younger generation with a much-needed positive role model and breaking down stereotypes of hip-hop in the gay media.”