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Jan 15 2017
6-PACK — The Trump Of Hollywood + MOONLIGHT Raises Hopes + D.B. Cooper Demystified + Masseur Sobs Confession + Tiny Inauguration? + Red-Hot Tim Matheson! Comments (0)

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WIDGETJon Peters breaks his silence to admit he voted for Trump after being a lifelong Democrat because Trump is “brilliant.”

WIDGETBlack gay artist's level of hope raised by the success of Moonlight.

WIDGETNew info may help unearth who D.B. Cooper really was.

160712-db-cooper-jsw-308p_e5d203d5796893e80e2dec38e3d65349.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Sketches of the man who said his name was D.B. Cooper

WIDGETManhattan masseur admits he choked former Escuelita owner to death — but says it happened during consensual kinky sexplay.

WIDGETProtest of Trump shaping up to be 3X as large as celebration of Trump.

WIDGETTim Matheson's hotness through the years.

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Jan 14 2017
NYC Is About To Get Its Very Own GOLDEN GIRLS-Themed Café Comments (0)

If you're in the mood for cheesecake, I know just the place, a place you'll to go many, many times.

Michael J. LaRue (no relation), a longtime friend of the late Rue McClanahan's, is the mastermind behind Rue La Rue Café, which will soon open in Washington Heights, an area of NYC. 

The place will be littered with imagery from the show, culled from McClanahan's personal collection.

See you there whenever they open! (Soon, they promise.)

 
Jan 13 2017
6-PACK — And I Am Telling You, She IS Going + Gorgeous Steve Harvey Talks About Unattractive Asian Men + Madonna Has Now Absorbed Camille Paglia, Making Her Redundant + Biopic Besties + Hooked On Drug Costs + RIP Mr. EXORCIST! Comments (0)

WIDGETJennifer Holliday (aw, man), Jon Voight, 3 Doors Down and conservative Democrat Toby Keith will play Trump's inauguration. Jennifer's rationale:

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WIDGETSteve Harvey unironically grotesquely mocks the attractiveness of all Asian men to all white and all black women. Lewis Tan's reply:

WIDGETMadonna and Marilyn Minter will discuss feminism, Trump and other controversial topics at the Brooklyn Museum January 19.

WIDGETBest biopic transformers.

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WIDGETHere are the Democratic senators who voted with Republicans to keep drug costs sky-high. Booker!!!

WIDGETLord Snowdon dies @ 86. William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist novel, screenplay dies @ 89:

 
6-PACK — Ben Wrong Before + Paul Ryan Glibly Tells Cancer Survivor He Won't Miss ACA + Thiel Looks Forward To Trump Corruption + Gandy's Dandy + Caitlyn Live + Patient Zero Evidence! Comments (0)

WIDGETABOVE: Smarmy Ben Carson can't assure Sen. Warren he won't help make Trump richer in his proposed job as HUD director.

WIDGETBELOW: Former Republican who got cancer and suddenly loved Obamacare is told by Paul Ryan repealing ACA is better off dead.

WIDGETGay Paypal tycoon Peter Thiel defends Trump against scandals, saying Obama's 8 corruption-free years were boring. Please, bore me!

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WIDGETCheck out Mario Testino's barely-there-towel series on Instagram series; it just landed a new, nude David Gandy.

WIDGETHere's your chance to buy Jennifer Finney Boylan's book ... and introduce a cream pie to Caitlyn's inauguration-going face.

 

WIDGETStudy concludes what we have surmised for some time: There was no Patient Zero for AIDS outbreak. Also, see above on the FDA blood-donor ban.

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Jan 09 2017
New York Scene: Dragged Comments (0)

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I think the above is my favorite of a series of iPhone photos I snapped of a green-wigged drag goddess dashing off to work on Sunday afternoon.

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6-PACK — Standing O For HRC + Trump's Nominees Are Human Garbage ... How's That For Unity? + State Dept. Sorry For Decades Of Anti-LGBTQ Witch Hunts + Thigh-Ay-Ay! + A Busch League Of Their Own! Comments (0)

WIDGETRaucous standing O for the Clintons at the final perf of The Color Purple on Broadway.

WIDGETTrump's nominees to major positions are blowing off the standard vetting process, refusing to file forms. Senate leader Mitch McConnell shrugs.

WIDGETTrump's national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized her book. Politico now finds she plagiarized her PhD dissertation. Flunky, indeed.

WIDGETJohn Kerry's State Dept. issues formal apology for decades of mistreatment of LGBTQ people. Powerful, and a last gasp of sanity.

WIDGETMajor thigh revealed by hairy dude in kilt. 

WIDGETCharles Busch on whether Madonna could become another Joan Crawford — in film!

A3b070e0633c401a680765f377f2e339No idea who made this, but it's everywhere on the Internet and it floors me that so many people think it's real, and proof Madonna ripped off Joan.

 
Absolutely No Regrets: A Review Of PIAF!: THE SHOW Comments (0)

15826462_10154649452396001_8707316754049986677_nImages of Piaf were projected onto the walls of the performance hall as Carrere sang. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund; other images by G. Marsalla)

I spent Friday evening listening to Edith Piaf sing at Carnegie Hall in the '50s. 

Actually, the event was Piaf! The Show, we were in the Fifties in NYC and the singer was Anne Carrere, but close Please-credit-photo-by-g-marsalla_27637841531_oenough — Carrere hauntingly summons Piaf's vocal stylings so beautifully it has been said she possesses the legend's instrument at her peak. In a warm, witty rendering of all the songs Piaf made famous, Carrere's challenge was to inhabit Piaf's unique style while giving us flashes of her own personality.

She succeeded.

Act I consisted of early Piaf, 16 French numbers performed with gusto by Carrere and her tight band. Carrere looked the part enough to create an illusion but not enough to appear to be a caricature. The crowd was eating from the palm of her hand, so delighted were they to be hearing songs in what was likely the native language of more than a few.

After an intermission, Carrere & Co. returned for 12 more tunes, these more modern and among Piaf's signature hits. With each number the crowd grew more enthusiastic, awaiting the inevitable arrival of “La Vie en Rose” and “Non, Je ne Regrette Rien.” Carrere performed cheekily, leaving the stage to flirt with audience members, some of whom were all to eager to flirt back. (When she approached a woman, the attendee stood and shook her breasts, which earned her a skip.)

The only less than perfect part of the evening was when a creepy guy overeagerly volunteered to dance with Carrere onstage. Even seated, his body movements were disturbingly suggestive, threatening to kill the buzz of an incredibly emotional and faultlessly classy evening for Carrere, who was debuting at Carnegie Hall 60 years after Piaf's famed gig there. Her own respect for Piaf and her charm as a newcomer to the world stage won out.

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Wayward audience members aside, the evening was magical, driven by Carrere's indefatigable growl and her sweetness in admitting to us how much it meant for her to be able to bring us those songs in that place in that context.

For us, too, and for any big fan of Piaf; this is a show that can't be missed. Let it pass you by and you will regret it.

Piaf!: The Show has about 400 upcoming shows scheduled through 2019 in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Info here.

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More On The Murder Of Escuelita's Big Ben Comments (0)

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More details are emerging about the murder of Savyon “Big Ben” Zabar in NYC last week. Zabar, the former owner of the late, great gay club Escuelita.

While early reports suggested cops were seeking his masseur (WPIX's original written piece used the nonsensical phrase “male masseuse” over and over; its video report uses the correct masseur, but laughably notes the masseur also may have been a “gentleman caller,” which isn't even a euphemism for hustler, it just means someone is a suitor ... I kept thinking of The Glass Menagerie!), new info suggests they may also be looking at two robbers who took cash from Zabar and were caught on video months ago — men against whom Zabar declined to file charges.

The video from WPIX shows one neighbor calling Ben “gentle,” with another busybody neighbor going OFF on him.

I'm actually sympathetic to the busybody in that it would appear, even from chatting with some of Ben's friends, that he had plenty of very shady dealings, but it's hard to stomach hearing this guy sounding so triumphant that Ben got killed, especially since part of the man's reasoning is that “he always hung out with the worst of the worst, from tattoos to weird haircuts to pants down to here — things you don't want in your building.”

Guess I'd be more upset that they were mobsters, thugs and drug addicts than worrying about their fashion sense.

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