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In this episode all of the Pfeffermans, other than Shelly, showed the stress of being a dysfunctional Pfefferman. Maura tried to make-up with Davina and failed; so, to atone she becomes a volunteer in the Trevor Project. Sarah continued to wander looking for something to do that was bigger than herself. Josh became manic about exercise and his career before staring what looked like a breakdown. Ali continued with her commitment phobia with Syd. As for Shelly, she and Buzzy made a remarkable couple and she gained permission to do whatever she pleased.
I have a transvestite pass
But, first there was a flashback to Rose and Gittel in Berlin in 1933 and the continued effort by their mother to get them to America and out of Berlin. Rose and Gittel presented their mother with the money for the visas so they could immigrate. While looking at Gittel in her dress mom responded,
“Woowee! Woowee! Ring the bell. The queen is home. You walked over here like this and nobody beat the fuck out of you. You don’t think that a little meshuga.”
Geittel sought to reassure her mother. “I’m fine. I have a transvestite pass. No one can arrest me. I am protected by the city. It actually says that I’m not meshuga.” ( A brief note: transvestite was the term used by Hirschfeld)
This exchange was a sign of the progressive nature of Berlin when Hitler rose to power in 1933. Still beaten down by the debt and destruction of World War I, plus the Great Depression, Berlin had become a center for modern art and progressive attitudes, what the Nazis called debauched and unGerman. You know things like folks being openly gay and jazz music. To be brief they were the family values party that promised to return Germany to glory.
As against this, the city of Berlin issued protection for transgender folks, thanks to Magnus Hirschfeld the founder of the Institute for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Though that did not stop mom from asking, who Magnus was, “is he your gay lover?” Gittel encouraged her to get out more and appreciate what a great city Berlin was. She declined because it had so many “Germans living in it.” She followed this up by trying to get Rose to stay home for the night so that she could teach her how to use the turnstiles at the U-Bahn (public transit). Her problem with the turnstiles was that she kept hearing that they broke women’s pelvises.
How Gittel's ring got to America
Rose and Gittel left. They next appeared at a party at the Institute complete with bar, piano, singer and clothed orgy pile. Gittel’s ring that Josh would use twice as an engagement ring was on a chain around her neck. Gittel gave it to Rose, who returned home to be given a guilt trip by mom, who could be in the gutter being eaten by maggots sort of thing and Rose wouldn’t care. After Rose left to rejoin Gittel mom took the ring and the chain along with the other jewelry in the apartment and placed it in molds into which she poured chocolate. Mom was still preparing to leave and the Nazis let Jews leave during this time, but they strictly limited the wealth they could take with them, thus mom was smuggling out the jewelry disguised as blocks of chocolate.
What is this, a circus?
Rose and Gittel were again at Magnus’s Institute. Yet, another evening of partying was going on, but this time there was a skit where Adam appeared, laid down, and Gittel popped up as Eve made from Adam’s rib. About this time mom came in. She had the visas and it was time to pack and get out of Germany. The fly in the ointment was that Gittel’s visa read Gershon, a name that she had rejected. She announced she was not leaving Magnus. Mom demanded to see Magnus.
From behind a door Rose and Gittel listened as mom asked what Magnus had done “to my boy?”
Magnus corrected her, “she goes by Gittel.”
Mom exploded, “what is this a circus? A sex circus? A zoo for fucking? Are you starting a religion?”
Magnus confidently replied that she was in his library, next to his museum and underneath his medical clinic. “I believe in science, the truth, reason and progress.” He concluded rather grandly, “this is the future.” (A statement that was chockful of irony.)
With that mom gave Gershon’s visa to Magnus to hold until he changed his mind. On her way out mom added to Gittel, "if you’re going to be a girl, cover your tits. Shameful!”
Josh pukes and goes off
Josh played a very small role in this episode as we saw him throwing himself literally in to a cross-fit class that led to him puking. He then went with the girls of Fussy Puss to buy a van to tour in so that they could get as far away from Los Angles as possible. After browbeating the salesman, Josh bought a van and he and one of the Fussy Puss girls headed out. He quickly flew in to a road rage yelling at all the drivers around him and claiming they were blocking him in so that he could not go as he wanted to. Finally, he pulled off to the side of the road and walked to the front of the van where he bent over at the waist and seemed on the verge of a mental breakdown.
The Trevor Project
Maura attempted to atone for and make-up with Davina by becoming a volunteer through the LGBT Center. She declined to become involved in “the queer meals on wheels” program due to her bad cooking, but did brighten up at the mention of the Trevor Project to aid suicidal people because she was good at “butting in,” though she expressed doubts about the “graveyard shift.” Her ignorance and age provided no barrier to being unfeeling and callous. As Maura was to learn, suicide was and is a major problem in the trans community.
While there to volunteer, Maura noticed Davina in a Yoga class. Once the class was over, she attempted to get Davina’s attention and make-up with her by saying that she was volunteering and that she did wanted to be friends. Davina cut her off short and left. Even as Maura said “you want me to move out?” and “I’m trying to change.” Davina curtly replied, “volunteering twice a week does not make you Mother Teresa.” And, as was Maura’s norm she sought to divert the criticism from herself by noting that Mother Teresa “was not a nice person.”
You're such a good mom
Maura next appeared with Shea practicing to become a Trevor volunteer. While playing the role of a caller, Shea said “I just feel like no one understands me.” Muara was beginning to realize that this might be harder than she thought because she would “have to prevent them from harming themselves.” (Suicide is a major problem in the trans community. One study found the percentage of trans people who attempt suicide at 41% vs. a little over 1% for the population at large. All too often the story of a teenage transperson committing suicide makes the news.) Shea then shared her suicidal feelings in high school and on into college. And that she still had “my days “ of feeling that it was “easier not to be here.” Maura was stunned at how intimate Shea’s discussion of suicide was. For once Maura really rose to the occasion as she said, “you call me. Really call me….I’ll come over and tell you how fantastic you are….and what a fucked up world this would be without you.” Shea hugged her and said, “you’re such a good mom.” And Maura was.
Polyamory freaks me out
Ali and Syd walked down a path discussing Yom Kipper when Syd intruded with “OK, I don’t want to start a thing but…polyamory freaks me out.” Ali objected that that was not the correct word and that their relationship was not about other people, “it’s about you and me” and how Ali wanted to be free to become herself and not be committed. Syd replied that how big a deal was it to commit for a month, “a whole month? A day, an hour? Like what’s going to happen in an hour?” Ali complained that she did not want to feel locked up and “why burden ourselves with expectations?” Syd insisted that what they had was not a burden for her and that “I cannot do this.” Syd announced she would not be going to the music festival.
Leslie has disdain for the aging female body
Ali dropped by Leslie’s house to leave her essay seeking admission to Leslie’s program at UCLA. Leslie appeared with Bella on her arm. Bella was the about 20 year old who was Leslie’s current lover. The witness to Ali’s interaction with Leslie was another older woman who lived nearby and was preparing veggies there because her stove was broken. She explained that Leslie had disdain for the ageing female body and that as Leslie got older, her lovers stayed the same age.
This distressed Ali. She might be too old for Leslie. Soon, she brought this up while walking to Shelly’s condo with Sarah. “I’m too old for her.” She preferred “excommunicated Mormons.” And now that Syd was not going to the festival with her, Ali was begging Sarah to go with her.
Sarah and Ali arrived at Shelly’s condo, which had been totally redecorated to look like “Key West.” Buzzy had semi-moved in. He had bought a grill and a margarita maker; much to Shelly’s delight. Buzzy was out grilling enormous steaks, while Shelly made drinks. Josh would not be coming because he was “still depressed.” The steaks were discussed, as Shelly said, “Buzzy loves his meat.” She then leaned into to tell her daughters that, “I love his meat.” When the “bloody steaks” were served there was a brand on them that read “Buzzy’s Meat.” He had gotten the branding iron from Sky Mall.
Shelly triumphantly announced that she had been elected president of the condo board, but guess what? She did not like it, so she quit because Buzzy said, “you need to do what you want to in this life. Not what you think you should. Just quit.” Now they were off on an Alaskan cruise that had a wonderful buffet and “it’s all for free.” Shelly had found her perfect mate. Anything she wanted to do was right and life was full of free things. Nevermind, that the cost of the buffet was included in the fare for the cruise, to her like life it was free.
There's a bidet
Sarah and Ali had to excuse themselves to the restroom, which they entered while trying not to burst out laughing. Once in they saw remarkable changes. It was so clean. There were real plants. There was a bidet. Sarah announced that it was “puppy love.” But, she had to use the bidet and promptly proceeded to do so. Ali suddenly realized that a piece of artwork she had done was gone and left to find out where it was.
I gave it all to Hadasa
Ali wanted to know what Shelly had done with her artwork. To which Shelly said, “what artwork?” Ali began to list off her artwork. Shelly happily responded that “Buzzy says, if you hold an item in your hand and it doesn’t give you joy, then you should get rid of it.” So, she gave it all to Hadasa. Next, they went into the garage that had been cleaned out. Ali was horrified. Even the painting she had done of her mother holding a symbolic baby had been tossed because as Shelly said, “that painting did not give me joy.”
Ali and Sarah went to Hadasa in search of the missing treasures, but had no luck. Ali did persuade Sarah to go to the music festival with her because Sarah confessed she needed “to start doing something bigger than myself.” Ali volunteered, “like a really big music festival; in a really big woods; with really big vaginas.”
Idyllwind Wimmin's Music Festival
Ali and Sarah were exploring the tent they had purchased for the festival when Maura entered the room in an excited mood. She had gotten back her childhood photos that had been regendered. Now she could leaf through her past and see herself as she had always felt. Sarah wished that Moppa could have always lived as a woman. Ah, the sweetness of acceptance, as Maura replied, “I’d be shaking my tits in the wilderness with my daughters.”
In the next scene, Moppa and her two daughters were headed to the festival and singing along to the Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine.” Just three women joyfully and liberated headed for the Idyllwild Wimmin’s Music Festival.” Where new and unexpected adventures awaited them.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.