• RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE SEASON 11: New Queens, New Perspectives

    RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE SEASON 11: New Queens, New Perspectives

    by joel martens Well folks, here we are again! It’s time once again for another season of fabulous queens, amazing costumes, some divisive dressing-downs, cut-throat performances and some crazy conversations for season eleven of RuPaul’s Drag Race!  The queen of drag Mama Ru is famously kind, but famously truthful, offering advice that is razor sharp, […]

  • GIANT LITTLE ONES: Love Without Labels

    GIANT LITTLE ONES: Love Without Labels

    A Conversation with Director Keith Behrman ~by joel martens ~ There’s a new breed of film showing up on the silver screen. They’re stories that involve LGBTQ people, and yet as in real life, that is only a part of their story. Tired tropes that paint homosexuality with the brush of victimization and derision are […]

  • PAUL RICHMOND

    PAUL RICHMOND

    ON THE COVER Artist Spotlilght: A Life On Canvas ~ by joel martens ~ Paul Richmond grew up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio called Grove City, a small, conservative community filled with as he described, “Some wonderfully loving and eccentric people sprinkled throughout.” He moved to California two and a half years ago to […]

  • MAPPLETHORPE

    MAPPLETHORPE

    A LIFE IN CONTRAST Documenting a Legacy with Director Ondi Timoner ~ by joel martens ~ To say Robert Mapplethorpe was provocative is an understatement. Great cutting-edge artists often are, because they challenge social norms. For those of us who remember his work, early career, and the surrounding controversies around his photography, that reality isn’t […]

  • Baritone STEVEN LABRIE: Singing Out in 'Three Decembers'

    Baritone STEVEN LABRIE: Singing Out in ‘Three Decembers’

    ~ by joel martens ~ Lyric baritone Steven LaBrie grew up in Dallas, Texas. You wouldn’t know it now, but this tall, shall we say, dashing man with movie star looks and a voice noted for its beautiful timbre, expressive tone and dramatic presence, was once bullied as a child for being different. Like so […]

SAN DIEGO

Angels In America: The Great Work Begins... Again

Angels In America: The Great Work Begins… Again

[ 0 ] March 12, 2019

by tom andrew – Tony Kushner’s Angels In America gets its first production in California since its 2018 revival in London starring Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. That same year, the National Theatre’s production landed on Broadway with most of the original cast. Both the London and then Broadway […]

¡SOMOS! CINE LGBTQ+ Showcasing Diversity and Movies For All!

¡SOMOS! CINE LGBTQ+ Showcasing Diversity and Movies For All!

[ 0 ] March 9, 2019

by chris carpenter – Since the Spanish word somos means “all” in English, it seems a fitting new title for the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s LGBTQ showcase is ¡Somos! Cine Lgbtq+. Now in its 26th year, the San Diego Latino Film Festival showcase formerly known as CineGay annually screens more than 160 films from […]

ALADDIN'S CLINTON GREENSPAN: Life On A Flying Carpet

ALADDIN’S CLINTON GREENSPAN: Life On A Flying Carpet

[ 0 ] February 28, 2019

by lisa lipsey – For those who missed the classic tale in book and film formats, Aladdin, “The diamond in the rough,” is a street beggar who falls in love with a princess, encounters the Genie of the Lamp and gets to make three wishes. He has his share of troubles of course, but he […]

LOS ANGELES

BORN TO WIN: Pageant  Masters Reborn at Celebration Theatre

BORN TO WIN: Pageant Masters Reborn at Celebration Theatre

[ 0 ] March 9, 2019

by tom andrew – Founded by Charles Rowland, the multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre has been bringing LGBTQ-themed material to Los Angeles patrons since its inception in 1982. The theatre was and is now helmed by Executive Director Michael C. Kricfalusi and Co-Artistic Directors, Michael Matthews and Michael A. Sheppard. This February, Celebration opened the show […]

BETTER BROTHERS L.A. TRUTH AWARDS: Rewarding Authenticity

BETTER BROTHERS L.A. TRUTH AWARDS: Rewarding Authenticity

[ 0 ] March 5, 2019

by korie houston – From voguing legend Willi Ninja, to Stonewall trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and to the work of acclaimed writer James Baldwin, black queer influencers have been central to the accomplishments the LGBTQ community enjoys today. Black History Month may have ended, but the relevancy of black and queer individuals as a […]

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, HELLO CRUMBLE CATERING

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, HELLO CRUMBLE CATERING

[ 1 ] February 15, 2019

Chef Wayne Elias, Chris Diamond, Elton John: A Legacy of Love, Food and Fundraising ~ by joel martens ~ When it comes to mouth-watering, inspired cuisine there are two names that rise to the top as the premier culinary purveyors for Hollywood’s A-list celebrities and celebrity parties: Chef Wayne Elias and partner Chris Diamond, owners […]

ORANGE COUNTY

ALADDIN'S CLINTON GREENSPAN: Life On A Flying Carpet

ALADDIN’S CLINTON GREENSPAN: Life On A Flying Carpet

[ 0 ] February 28, 2019

by lisa lipsey – For those who missed the classic tale in book and film formats, Aladdin, “The diamond in the rough,” is a street beggar who falls in love with a princess, encounters the Genie of the Lamp and gets to make three wishes. He has his share of troubles of course, but he […]

RHEA BUTCHER: Raising Fun and Funds For The LGBT Center OC

RHEA BUTCHER: Raising Fun and Funds For The LGBT Center OC

[ 0 ] February 12, 2019

by tony reverditto – The mission of the LGBT Center OC is to  “advocate on behalf of the Orange County Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer/Questioning communities and provide services that ensure its well-being and positive identity.” They have been doing this by supporting every segment of the LGBTQ population of Orange County since 1971. […]

SHE ROCKS! Terri Nunn and Berlin

SHE ROCKS! Terri Nunn and Berlin

[ 0 ] February 5, 2019

by lisa lipsey From my perspective, Friedrich Nietzsche’s most simple statement is his most prudent, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” As I sat down to interview Terri Nunn from Berlin and kind of freaking out in the recesses of my brain, I paused and silently thanked my childhood friend, Taylor Singletree.  In […]

LONG BEACH

Relive the ‘80s with the Long Beach Symphony REWIND Pops! Concert

Relive the ‘80s with the Long Beach Symphony REWIND Pops! Concert

[ 0 ] March 12, 2019

Ah, the ‘80s: Reagonomics, the fall of the Berlin Wall, blue mascara and yellow eyeshadow, shoulder pads in everything (the thicker the better), Harrison Ford, Madonna’s Material Girl and myriad other icons still part of our lives today. On Saturday, March 23, in the Pacific Ballroom of Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.), the […]

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach’s Black & White Ball:  Celebrating A Legacy of Service

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach’s Black & White Ball: Celebrating A Legacy of Service

[ 0 ] March 11, 2019

by tony reverditto – It’s that time again! The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is hosting the elegant Black and White Ball at the beautiful Pacific Ballroom in the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center! One of the most sought-after charity events in the city, the Black & White Ball offers guests an evening of […]

SHE ROCKS! Terri Nunn and Berlin

SHE ROCKS! Terri Nunn and Berlin

[ 0 ] February 5, 2019

by lisa lipsey From my perspective, Friedrich Nietzsche’s most simple statement is his most prudent, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” As I sat down to interview Terri Nunn from Berlin and kind of freaking out in the recesses of my brain, I paused and silently thanked my childhood friend, Taylor Singletree.  In […]

PALM SPRINGS

Millions of Moments of Pride with Cathedral City LGBT Days: An Oasis of Fun

Millions of Moments of Pride with Cathedral City LGBT Days: An Oasis of Fun

[ 0 ] March 11, 2019

by tim parks – For the past five years, Cathedral City LGBT Days has been making its presence known in the desert. It’s a gay oasis of fun to satiate the thirst of participants, emerging from the confines of winter and needing to drink up some sun-soaked days. On Friday, March 29, people can do […]

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS: Out of The Ashes

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS: Out of The Ashes

[ 0 ] March 5, 2019

by lisa lipsey – In the early 1970s, the French Quarter of New Orleans was home to The Upstairs Lounge, a known safe haven for the gay community. Similar to a speakeasy, you rang a doorbell announced your name and the bartender would let you come upstairs. It was a place to sing, drink, dance […]

ON STAGE! In Greater Palm Springs - February Edition

ON STAGE! In Greater Palm Springs – February Edition

[ 0 ] February 12, 2019

WORKING: A MUSICAL The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical celebrating the unsung heroes who keep this county running. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book by the same name, the play praises the decency and dignity of America’s working class: from the hardworking […]

NATIONAL

Celine Dion and NUNUNU Launch New Kid’s Gender-Neutral Clothing Brand

Celine Dion and NUNUNU Launch New Kid’s Gender-Neutral Clothing Brand

[ 0 ] November 13, 2018

    CELINUNUNU unites two forces by one voice: fashion has the power to shape people’s minds. The brand breaks stereotypes and inspires children to be free and find their own individuality through clothes. Iconic vocalist Celine Dion and fashion designers Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg, co-founders of the global children’s fashion brand NUNUNU, have partnered to create CELINUNUNU. This […]

'A Star is Born' Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200

‘A Star is Born’ Soundtrack Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200

[ 0 ] October 15, 2018

  The official motion picture soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Pictures’ A Star Is Born has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 231,000 in equivalent album consumption units. Released via Interscope Records, the album makes this Lady Gaga’s fifth consecutive #1 album and puts her in […]

RAGE REVIEWS: There Is Nothing Like a Dame

RAGE REVIEWS: There Is Nothing Like a Dame

[ 0 ] September 22, 2018

by chris carpenter –  Who wouldn’t want to sit down for a drink with British acting legends Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins?  Well, you have your chance with the delightful, intimate Tea With the Dames, opening this weekend in NYC and next Friday in LA.  And let me just say that […]

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