commented on Teatro ZinZanni's Sanitized Queerness
As someone who worked at TZ for 5 years (until about a year ago) I can tell you that you're inclination that the show is catered toward middle-class suburbanites is spot on. And, in fact, you'll find those same people running the place (not the performers or the staff, but the higher ups who've run it since the late nineties). Read: Old white people.
That said, they also do some more risque stuff for their late-night one-offs, which are hit-and-miss in quality, but often edgier with a younger, more local crowd. And, as I mentioned above, the staff and the performers are a bunch of queer and queer-friendly weirdos (myself previously included).
You gotta remember, this is old-school dinner theatre and no one under 30 (besides bachelorettes) is really going to get excited about sitting in a dark room for three hours for something that isn't Star Wars or a teen drama, especially when that something will cost each person around $200 all said and done (minimum). You've gotta rely on the baby boomers to come out for the special birthdays and anniversaries, they've got the savings accounts and credit cards to spare.
May 18, 2016
commented on Is Portland Berning?
The lead in the popular vote has been debunked since it doesn't count caucus votes. Also, no one has made a good argument for why he should drop out, so thanks for your long-winded article, but it's not happening.
May 4, 2016
commented on Donald Trump Wins Indiana, Will Be GOP Nominee
I just love how even The Stranger simply slaps up a picture of Trump to get clicks instead of maybe writing a thoughtful piece about why it's important Bernie (who won 70% of our vote, remember?) stay in the race and fight for progressive values. But no, just one dismissive sentence writing off an entire movement of people who are supposed to switch to Clinton at the drop of a hat because we're told to.
But oh yeah, Trump, better get back to talking about him now...
Apr 17, 2016
commented on A Neighborhood Group Was Mapping Where Homeless People Live—Until I Asked Them About It
What a backlash. The Stranger needs to get its shit together lately. Just like one side shouldn't lump homeless people together as a bunch of lazy drug addicts, the other side shouldn't lump them together as a bunch of down-on-their luck, hardworking people who just need a leg up. Neither is correct. There are bad homeless people and good homeless people.