music

  • Popular DJ Comes Out as Bisexual

    Felix Jaehn has announced that he is bisexual.

  • Porn Pulse: Marc Jacobs Busted For Hosting Orgy

    Marc Jacobs, the famed fashion designer, evidently enjoys the company of men.

  • Pride Wind Ensemble Performs Music of LGBT Composers

    From time to time, the Pride Wind Ensemble, South Florida’s LGBT and allies concert band, has performed the works of gay and lesbian composers. On Saturday, June 10 at the Broward Center, the ensemble will present, “Celebration!,” a concert of works exclusively by LGBT composers.

  • Publicist: British Singer George Michael Dead At 53

    (AP) George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Speaks Out Against Homophobic, Racist Fans

    Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme called out racists and homophobes in a new documentary.

  • Rappers Cardi B and Offset Under Fire For Homophobic Remarks

    Rapper Cardi B and her fiance Offset, a member of the rap group Migos, are fighting back against criticisms over seemingly homophobic lyrics.

  • Reaching the LGBTQ Community through Music-Based Addiction Treatment

    The LGBTQ community is having a moment. We're not talking about RuPaul's Emmy Award win or the forthcoming 50th anniversary of Stonewall and World Pride in New York City next June. It's the darker side of the rainbow flag: addiction.

    Studies have shown that substance abuse in the queer community may lie somewhere between a staggering 20 to 30 percent — substantially higher than the general population (9 percent). 

    Acknowledging, understanding and treating addiction may, at first, appear complex. Few can deny that stressors within the LGBTQ community such as employment and housing discrimination, health care, and strained personal relationships may all contribute to the compulsive use of drugs and alcohol. Recovery Unplugged's Chief Strategy Officer Paul Pellinger has another perspective. 

    "The underlying issues are all the same. We recognize that drugs and alcohol are a symptom of the problem," says Pellinger, who draws from over 25 years of experience in the recovery community. "And if that's true, universal core issues like poor self-image, low self-esteem, distorted perceptions and negative behaviors need to be addressed. Treatments generally focus on abstinence but may not deal with other issues like anxiety or depression. And who wants to be clean but miserable?"

     

    We're Not Terminally Unique

    It's possible to be fabulous and not be the only one who's fabulous. LGBTQ people often struggle to come to terms with their identities (whether that be sexual orientation, gender, or a personal identification that might not sync with typical cisgender roles), but the feelings associated with these struggles represent an emotional need and universal truths.

    "The secret to any good treatment center is the milieu of the clients, it increases the therapeutic community," says Pellinger of Recovery Unplugged's philosophy of inclusion and respect. "That's why we've seen such success rates within the LGBTQ community. There is no stigma here. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect. And the music reinforces unconditional love."

     

    What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Of all the drugs permeating through the LGBTQ community in recent years, crystal meth is hitting gay men hard. A recent report by DrugAbuse.com indicated that gay men are combining meth with sedatives for "speedballing," and its use has propelled the occurrence of unprotected sex and higher risk for HIV transmission, especially when "slamming" (taking the drug intravenously). 

    "Users chase the euphoria and exhilaration but the issue is the rebound effect," warns Pellinger. "The depression and anxiety of that crash that goes lower than the baseline from where somewhere started are really tough. Plus, meth is cut with a lot of chemicals that assault the nervous system." 

    Recovery Unplugged understands the danger of meth addiction and offers a recovery process that includes individual therapy, group therapy, counseling, and aftercare to avoid a relapse. Within this course of treatment, music actually becomes a recovery trigger.

     

    Feel the Beat

    Recovery Unplugged offers all of the resources of a traditional treatment center, but its integration of music as medicine creates an even more effective recovery experience. Music makes an impact in three important ways:

    Physiological — Music appeals to the same pleasure centers in the brain that drugs do, thus increasing endorphins, dopamine and serotonin levels. All of this makes recovery more of a pay-off then getting high, which increases chances at long-term recovery.

    Everyone has a favorite song, no matter how much one is struggling. Music with heavy bass is felt more than it's heard. This vibration, produced through bass guitars or sound bowls, literally penetrates the body and can provide temporary relief from symptoms associated with withdrawal. 

    Psychological — Music is a form of meditation. At Recovery Unplugged, the music experience begins during the pre-assessment and ends with the discharge plan. Everyone has a favorite song and upon pick up or arrival the client's favorite song is playing, which immediately establishes rapport, trust and validation. 

    Upon discharge clients are given earbuds and an MP3 player with songs specifically identified in their treatment plan, which Recovery Unplugged refers to as musical prescriptions. This combination gives clients an anchor to the various perceptions, skill sets and behaviors needed for long-term recovery.

    Spirituality — Music is the only form of communication that connects to the soul, where long-lasting changes occur that are needed for long-term recovery. As a result, clients feel a sense of hope, optimism, motivation and faith. Everyone loves music so it's something that the clients already want to do even though 85 percent of clients are not musicians.

    "Music in our group and individual sessions helps the client unlock some of the dormant feelings and underlying issues that they're experiencing," explains clinical director Ian Jackson. "Some clients have trouble expressing themselves when they first come into treatment. Sometimes lyrics from a song allow them to express themselves freely. We can even take that song and send it to a family member. When they hear it, they might recognize that they never really knew what a loved one was going through at that time in their life."

    Part of this experience takes place in the Recovery Unplugged studio, where clients have the opportunity to write and record their own songs. Both healing and empowering, the music becomes an integral part of sober living. 

  • Rentboy Raid Slammed

    More LGBT groups, human rights organizations and sex worker rights groups condemn the raid

  • Review: “The Full Monty” - Hubba, Hubba

    The premise of “The Full Monty”— not unlike so many other Broadway shows — is a bit of a stretch.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of April 23 - 29, 2014

    Hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen arrive in South Florida today for Humana Fleet Week Port Everglades. The festivities kick off Monday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Credit: U.S. Navy

     

    Thursday, 4/24

    Film

    Movie Night at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, features Robert Mamoulian’s gender-bending classic, “Queen Christina,” the pre-Hayes Code film starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Garbo, who was both bisexual and Swedish, lends her trademark “ambiguous sexuality, tragic aloofness and boyish playfulness” to her performance as the eccentric, cross-dressing monarch. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Gather early for refreshments and stick around for discussion afterwards. Information at Stonewall-Museum.org.

    Friday, 4/25

    Theater

    The House Theatre of Chicago (“Death and Harry Houdini”) brings its latest imaginative production, “Rose and the Rime,” to the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre as part of the center’s Theatre Up Close series. When the town of Radio Falls, Mich., is trapped in perpetual winter for a generation, it’s up to the only remaining youth, a young girl named Rose, to break the curse of the Rime witch. But, the residents learn to be careful what they wish for. Through Sunday, May 18. For tickets and show times, go to ArshtCenter.org.

    Saturday, 4/26

    Music

    Lorna Luft returns to South Florida tonight at 8 p.m. for an intimate interview, audience Q&A and live performance at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Not only will Luft shed some light on her relationship with her mother, the iconic Judy Garland, she’ll discuss her own career and perform some of the songs that have made the women in her family famous. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the door for “Up Close & Personal with Lorna Luft & Scott Nevins.” For tickets, go to SunshineCathedral.org.

    Sunday, 4/27

    Poetry & Prose

    Arts at St. John’s presents “Writing Women’s Voices,” a program of diverse readings—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoirs—from the Women’s Writers Group, today at 2 p.m. at St. John’s on the Lake church, 4760 Pine Tree in Miami Beach. The program will include readings by Irene Sperber, “Have You Ever Been Crestone(d);” Ginger Vela, “Street Songs; and project director Carol Hoffman-Guzman, “Coño Means ‘I Love You’.” Other featured writers include Cassandra Buery, Rossie Cortes, Rosalind Merrit and Dena Stewart. The program is free. For more information, go to ArtsAtStJohns.com.

    Monday, 4/28

    Event

    Hey, sailor! It’s Human Fleet Week Port Everglades and hundreds of sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are arriving today for a week of liberty in South Florida. They’ll be participating in a wide variety of community service projects, as well as recreational and professional activities. The festivities kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with the All Hands on Deck Welcoming Party at the Seminole Paradise Shoppes in Hollywood. The public is invited to welcome our men and women in uniform. For a schedule of Fleet Week Port Everglades events, go to BrowardNavyDaysInc.org.

    Tuesday, 4/29

    Film

    One of our favorite “bisexual” actors, hunky Brit Tom Hardy (“Star Trek: Nemesis,” “Dark Knight Rises”), will be appearing live in a special video uplink at the Classic Gateway tonight before the screening of his new film, “Locke.” The thriller, which takes place over the course of a car ride, is a riveting exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of Hardy’s character, a seemingly successful, content construction manager and family man. For show times and tickets, go to TheGatewayTheatre.com.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of April 30 - May 6, 2014

    Katie Postotnik, Steven Grant Douglas and Robby Haltiwanger star in the stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film, “Ghost The Musical,” currently playing at the Broward Center.  Credit: Joan Marcus
  • SFGN Nites for the Week of August 6 - 12, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of December 17 - 23, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of January 28 - February 3, 2015

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of July 16 - 22, 2014

    Thursday, 7/17

    Books

    Miami Beach writer David Leddick introduces his new book, “I’m Not for Everyone. Neither Are You,” tonight at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives Wilton Manors Gallery, 2157 Wilton Dr. An effervescent octogenarian author, playright and performer, Leddick asserts himself a role as everyone’s favorite gay life coach in this smart, savvy and hilarious new book. Discover your signal inner style and apply it to your personal and professional relationships with Leddick’s unapologetic approach. Reading and book signing begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to StonewallNationalMuseum.org.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of July 9 - 15, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of June 11 - 17, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of June 25 - July 1, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of June 4 - 10, 2014

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of March 11 - 17, 2015