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Friday, July 30, 2010

Deeper Dish with Charlie David


One of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures is the gay supernatural soap opera, Dante's Cove, which first began airing on here! in 2005. I didn't always understand what was going on in the confusing storyline of witchcraft, but since there were always a lot of hunky naked men making out, it didn't bother me that much. The series also introduced me to Charlie David, whose role as the sweet and sexy Toby gained him many new fans - including myself.

Born Charles David Lubiniecke in Saskatchewan, Canada, the openly gay actor has certainly been keeping busy. In addition to appearing in such movies as A Four Letter Word (2007) and Kiss the Bride (2008), he wrote the screenplay and starred in the film, Mulligans (2008), which was produced by his own production company, Border2Border Entertainment Inc. Charlie has hosted for E! Television, NBC, here! and OUTtv, and since 2005, he's been a host of Bump!, the world's first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle series that currently airs on LOGO. He also co-owns an artist management company in Canada, CTM International Enterprises Inc., and in 2005, he was named by Out magazine as one of their "Out 100" for outstanding contributions to LGBT Arts and Culture. Last year the talented guy had his first two novels, Mulligans (based on his film) and Boy Midflight, published by Palari Publishing, and now he's just written a new book called Shadowlands. I am so delighted to have Charlie here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.

Dish of the Day #455: Vote for your Favorite


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The winner of last week's contest was #447 with 33.1% of the 160 votes cast. Coming in second was #450 with 25%, followed by #446 (22.5%), #448 (12.5%) and #449 (6.9%).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dish of the Day #454: I Like Men Week


This week I'm simply featuring some of my favorite men. No connecting theme - except that they're all easy on the eyes.

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning on Friday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chicago Theater: Have a Mojito and Go See 'The League of Awesome'


The two guys sitting near us the other night seemed to be enjoying The Factory Theater's new play, The League of Awesome - but I think the fact that they were drinking beer helped a lot with their vocal appreciation of the show. Now I don't mean that in a snarky way because there's nothing wrong with a few cocktails to put one more in the mood for wacky humor, which is what The League of Awesome has in abundance.

Created by Corri Feuerstein and Sara Sevigny in their Factory writing debut and directed by Matt Engle, The League of Awesome tells the gripping tale of a group of superheroines called - you guessed it - The League of Awesome (in a nod to DC Comics' The Justice League of America), who love their liquor almost as much as they enjoy fighting crime. So having their audience members imbibe in a few Buds or PBRs during the show seems only fitting since the characters on stage are doing the same. The LOA's fearless leader is The Beacon (played by Feuerstein), and her team consists of Cat Scratch, Rumble and the delightful mojito-loving Sylvia (played by Sevigny). They must stop The SorrowMaker, a dastardly villain who is able to inflict sadness upon everyone in order to achieve his evil schemes. That's pretty much the basic plot - and although there is a lot of silly fun to be had in this comic book spoof, some of the jokes did fall flat for me.  I never did understand why the narrator was a homeless man, and I also kept wishing that the police commissioner's obnoxious deputy would be punched in the face by one of the ladies to shut him up.

Dish of the Day #453: I Like Men Week


This week I'm simply featuring some of my favorite men. No connecting theme - except that they're all easy on the eyes.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Broadway Bound: Patti LuPone & Sherie Rene Scott are 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'


I love Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pedro Almodóvar's 1988 comedy starring Antonio Banderas. And I'm looking forward to seeing the new musical version that is scheduled to open on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on November 4 (previews begin October 2). Some of the impressive stars in the cast were announced yesterday:

Sherie Rene Scott as Pepa, a voice-over actress
Brian Stokes Mitchell as her philandering boyfriend, Iván
Patti LuPone as Iván's mentally insane wife, Lucia
Nikki Graff Lanzarone as Marisa, the fiancée of Iván and Lucia's son, Carlos
de'Adre Aziza as Paulina, a lawyer
Mary Beth Peil as a concierge
And Danny Burstein as a mambo-loving taxi driver

The roles of Carlos (played by Banderas in the film) and Candela, Pepa's unstable best friend, have not been cast yet. The musical features a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and it will be directed by Bartlett Sher, who won a 2008 Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway revival of South Pacific. I do find it interesting that LuPone and Mitchell will be working together this year after all since he withdrew (due to a scheduling conflict) from next month's Ravinia production of Annie Get Your Gun, in which he was to play Frank Butler to her Annie Oakley. Although I'm sure Mitchell will be great in Women, I have to wonder if Banderas was ever considered for the role of Iván. Hopefully this new musical version will be as delightful as the cinematic one (whose trailer you can watch below).

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be H.R. Pufnstuf


Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television or film, and the first person who sends me the correct answers wins the highly coveted Auntie Mame Award.

Please send your answers for this week's questions to deepdishdrama@aol.com or via a private Facebook message at www.facebook.com/marcharshbarger (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

Since I haven't featured any Saturday morning TV shows on Tuesday Trivia before, I'm making this the theme for the month of July. Today's trivia is all about the 1969-71 TV series, H.R. Pufnstuf:

1) Before appearing as 11-year-old Jimmy on H.R. Pufnstuf, actor Jack Wild received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in what 1968 movie musical?

2) What was the name of Jimmy's friend, a talking golden flute?

3) Who rode on the Vroom Broom?

4) The character of "Judy Frog" was based on what legendary singer?

5) What was H.R. Pufnstuf's official job title on Living Island?

Last week Eddie Finan answered the following questions correctly about the series, Lidsville:

1) Who played evil magician Horatio J. HooDoo? And what popular 1970s game show did he later appear on as a regular panelist? Charles Nelson Reilly, Match Game

2) What kind of hat/headgear was the character "Rah-Rah"? A football helmet

3) Before he played the lead character of Mark on Lidsville, actor Butch Patrick played the son on what 1964-66 TV sitcom? The Munsters

4) What actor did Tex the cowboy hat sound like? John Wayne

5) What kind of hat/headgear was the character "Mother Wheels"? A motorcycle helmet

Dish of the Day #452: I Like Men Week


This week I'm simply featuring some of my favorite men. No connecting theme - except that they're all easy on the eyes.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mad about the Men: More Slap Than Tickle


It's so nice to have Don Draper back again. I've missed him - along with the rest of the Mad Men gang. Almost a year has passed in the AMC series, which began its fourth season last night. It's now Thanksgiving 1964 - and the ad agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has moved into its snazzy new office space. There have been some other interesting changes since we last saw everyone, which I will comment on in my review of "Public Relations", the 40th episode of the drama:

Favorite character: Since it was a good Don episode, I have to go with the brooding, evasive hunk who lost an important client because he didn't mention them - or much of anything - in his "Who is Don Draper?" interview with the magazine, Advertising Age. However, after allowing his hot temper to flare up over another client, our Mr. Draper got his mojo back as he then chatted up the Wall Street Journal with a big smile and a drink.

Gayest character: Since Sal is no longer around (I miss him!), I'm naming the Jantzen swimwear client Bob as this week's closeted homosexual. I definitely got a gay vibe from this guy, whose prudish company frowned upon bikinis.

Celebrity Birthday Dinner Party #1: Who are you inviting?



Occasionally on Deep Dish's Facebook Page I've asked readers the following question: What three of these past/present celebrities (whose birthdays are this week) would you invite to your dinner party? And people always seem to enjoy choosing their favorites, so I've decided to make this a new weekly feature here on the Dish. You can vote for your three celebrities below - and please feel free to leave a comment to explain your selections.

Last week Kristin Chenoweth was the #1 invited guest, followed by The Golden Girls' Estelle Getty. Natalie Wood and Rufus Wainwright tied for third place.

Dish of the Day #451: I Like Men Week


This week I'm simply featuring some of my favorite men. No connecting theme - except that they're all easy on the eyes.

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning on Friday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll. Today's Dish is Rick D'Agostino.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Web Series Worth Watching #1: Steven Hill vs. Chico's Angels




In order to keep current with all my favorite web series, beginning today I'm going to be featuring the latest episodes every week here on the Dish. This week I'm catching up with five groovy series, but I can only choose one for my Web Series of the Week award, which goes to . . .

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dish of the Day #450: Vote for your Favorite


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The winner of last week's wet body contest was #443 with 30.5% of the 154 votes cast. Coming in second was #441 with 21.4%, followed by #442 (19.5%), #445 (16.2%) and #444 (12.3%).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dish of the Day #449: Buck Naked Week


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Groovy Reader of the Month: Matt Cameron


As a way to thank my readers for their support, I feature a new guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for July is the groovy Matt Cameron of Brooklyn, New York. I know it's a little early to be choosing someone, but since Matt's new album, the long haul, is being released today, I decided it was the perfect time to blog about him.

The handsome and talented Mr. Cameron is a musician with his own experimental electro-acoustic band, eating alone, and this year he's been releasing a new song every day in a unique project called "365 days of eating alone". I recommend that you check out the long haul, which is now available on Amazon, iTunes and cdbaby, and if you're in New York City tomorrow night (July 22), you can meet Matt at the album's listening party at The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) from 7 to 9 pm. For further information about Matt and his music, go to www.alwayseatingalone.com. And, finally, I must congratulate him and his partner, We Love Soaps' Damon L. Jacobs, on their recent sixth anniversary.

Now I've asked Matt to get Deeper with us here on the Dish by answering a few questions about his music and, of course, pop culture:

Dish of the Day #448: Buck Naked Week


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chicago Theater: Five Reasons to See Bailiwick Chicago's 'AIDA'




I must confess that I've never been a big fan of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical, AIDA, about a love triangle set in ancient Egypt.  The show had a pre-Broadway tryout here in Chicago back in 1999, but despite a talented cast that included Heather Headley, Adam Pascal and Sherie René Scott, the one thing I remember most about it is a set mishap with a suspended "tomb" during its run that slightly injured both Headley and Pascal. The musical was an odd combination of campy satire and serious romance that never quite gelled for me, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see Bailiwick Chicago's new production last week. But I'm very happy to report that I enjoyed AIDA much more the second time around - and here are my five reasons to check it out:

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be 'Lidsville'


Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television or film, and the first person who sends me the correct answers wins the highly coveted Auntie Mame Award.

Please send your answers for this week's questions to deepdishdrama@aol.com or via a private Facebook message at www.facebook.com/marcharshbarger (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

Since I haven't featured any Saturday morning TV shows on Tuesday Trivia before, I'm making this the theme for the month of July. Today's trivia is all about the 1971-72 TV series, Lidsville:

1) Who played evil magician Horatio J. HooDoo? And what popular 1970s game show did he later appear on as a regular panelist?

2) What kind of hat/headgear was the character "Rah-Rah"?

3) Before he played the lead character of Mark on Lidsville, actor Butch Patrick played the son on what 1964-66 TV sitcom?

4) What actor did Tex the cowboy hat sound like?

5) What kind of hat/headgear was the character "Mother Wheels"?

Last week Jonz V. Stoneroad answered the following questions correctly about the cartoon, Scooby-Doo!:

1) What character wore glasses? Velma

2) What was the name of the van that everyone drove around in? The Mystery Machine

3) What were the dog treats called that both Scooby and Shaggy enjoyed eating? Scooby Snacks

4) What pop music duo appeared as themselves in the 1972 episode, "The Secret of Shark Island"? Sonny & Cher

5) What actress and comedienne (who starred in three Bob Hope films of the 1960s) played herself in a 1972 episode? Phyllis Diller

Deeper Dish with Justin Utley


Justin Utley has come a long way since he first started playing the piano at age seven. Raised as a Mormon in Salt Lake City, the openly gay singer-songwriter began his music career performing to mostly religious and faith-based audiences in the late '90s and earning numerous awards such as "Best Singer and Songwriter" by Salt Lake City Weekly. He was a featured performer at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics, and his theater credits include a seven-month run as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as the lead in the 2005 Utah premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. During this time, Justin also embraced his sexuality after two years of conversion therapy in a church-sanctioned ex-gay program - which he discovered doesn't work.

In November 2005, Justin released Runaway, his first nationally distributed CD, and the following year he left Utah and his Mormon faith behind and began a new life in New York City. These days you can find the handsome and talented guy singing at gay rights fundraisers and pride events, and he recently released "Stand For Something", a digital single available on iTunes and Amazon.com with all proceeds going toward local and national equality non-profit efforts. I am so delighted to have Justin here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.

Dish of the Day #447: Buck Naked Week


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Dish of the Day #446: Buck Naked Week


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Friday, July 16, 2010

16 Groovy Cats in Pop Culture History


I haven't written much about my two cats here on Deep Dish, but they both have pop culture connections - Shubert was named after the now renamed Shubert Theatre in Chicago, while our Mr. Grant was obviously christened after Mary Richards' boss. Sadly, Shubert passed away yesterday at the age of eight, and we will dearly miss him. Now I don't want to get all maudlin and depressing, but I felt the need to honor Shubert in some way here on the Dish. Since he was a very groovy cat, I decided to make a list to celebrate my favorite cool cats in pop culture history. So here they are in chronological order:

Dish of the Day #445: Vote for your Favorite


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Last week's patriotic contest was the most popular one ever with 353 votes - and the big winner was #440 with 68.6%. Coming in far behind in second place was #437 with 18.4%, followed by #439 (7.4%), #438 (3.7%) and #436 (2.0%).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Groovy Music: Andrea Marcovicci at Davenport's in Chicago


Let me state right up front that Andrea Marcovicci has great legs. She also knows how to put together a marvelous cabaret show filled with fascinating stories, a delightful sense of humor and, of course, beautiful music. And through this Sunday (July 18), us Chicagoans are very lucky to have her performing If I Were A Bell - The Songs of Frank Loesser at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret. It's an evening of fabulous entertainment that I highly recommend everyone run - don't walk - to see.

Marcovicci sure does her research. She knows absolutely everything about Mr. Loesser, who wrote the Broadway musicals, Guys & Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as many familiar tunes like "Heart & Soul" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside". And what this talented lady does so remarkably well in her show is sharing such information with her audience. The entire life story of the composer is given to us in bits and pieces over the course of 90 minutes - but one never feels like it's a boring history lesson. Marcovicci would make a terrific schoolteacher because she's able to perfectly balance educating with entertaining - and it helps to have a hilarious sense of humor that keeps everyone in stitches. She's a very funny gal. I especially enjoyed her catty comments about Anthony Perkins (the Psycho actor starred in Loesser's only flop musical, Greenwillow), actress and figure skater Sonja Henie, and Mel Gibson (who was not responsible for the bruise on her arm). And her personal story about attempting to make her first confession in 40 years at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral sent the room into a fit of giggles.

Dish of the Day #444: Let's Get Wet Week


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dish of the Day #443: Let's Get Wet Week


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Web Series of the Week: The Cavanaughs



I apologize for not blogging about any web series last week, but with a three-day trip to visit family followed by house guests and a block party, my time was quite limited. However, life is back to normal this week, so I'm able to feature a promising new web soap called The Cavanaughs. Created by Adrian Morales, this continuing story follows a group of friends in Los Angeles who are all involved in a TV sitcom called The Cavanaughs. It's an intriguing show-within-a-show concept, but the first six episodes have mainly been about introducing the characters and their relationships:

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Scooby-Doo!


Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television or film, and the first person who sends me the correct answers wins the highly coveted Auntie Mame Award.

Please send your answers for this week's questions to deepdishdrama@aol.com or via a private Facebook message at www.facebook.com/marcharshbarger (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

Since I haven't featured any Saturday morning TV shows on Tuesday Trivia before, I'm making this the theme for the month of July. Today's trivia is all about the cartoon, Scooby-Doo!:

1) What character wore glasses?

2) What was the name of the van that everyone drove around in?

3) What were the dog treats called that both Scooby and Shaggy enjoyed eating?

4) What pop music duo appeared as themselves in the 1972 episode, "The Secret of Shark Island"?

5) What actress and comedienne (who starred in three Bob Hope films of the 1960s) played herself in a 1972 episode?

Last week David Hawkins answered the following questions correctly about the 1970-72 CBS cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats:

1) What Pussycat played the guitar? Josie

2) What did Melody play in the band? The drums

3) What were the names of Alexander's scheming sister and her cat? Alexandra, Sebastian

4) What future "angel" provided the singing voice for Melody? Cheryl Ladd

5) Where did Josie and the gang travel to in September 1972? Outer space

Dish of the Day #442: Let's Get Wet Week


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Deeper Dish with Andrea Marcovicci


Andrea Marcovicci has an infectious laugh and a terrific sense of humor. I found the actress and cabaret singer a total joy to chat with on the phone a few days ago - so warm and friendly just like she is in concert. I've been lucky enough to see her onstage twice - back in 1998 in a cabaret evening with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and on Thanksgiving night 1993 in the Broadway play, Any Given Day. Of course, she was just as wonderful singing the Great American Songbook as she was acting opposite Sada Thompson (Family) and Justin Kirk (Weeds).

However, I first became a fan of Marcovicci because she was such a fabulous bitch - which I definitely mean as a compliment. In 1985 the actress starred as Gloria Berrenger on the short-lived nighttime soap opera, Berrenger's, about a rich family who ran a New York department store. Gloria was the "Alexis" of the show as she schemed to hold on to her husband who was having an affair. It was a delightfully addictive drama that, unfortunately, was canceled after only 11 episodes - but Marcovicci did gain at least one new fan from her memorable performance.

Dish of the Day #441: Let's Get Wet Week


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

And the Emmy Award goes to . . .


The 62nd Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Sunday, August 29, and earlier today the nominations were announced. Below is a list of the major categories with my predictions in pink, and, of course, I'll be sure to check back in after the telecast with a review.

COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office
30 Rock

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Baldwin continues to be great, but I'd like to see someone new win - and Morrison is so cute and talented)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (if the delightful Poehler doesn't win, I hope it goes to Falco)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara

Dish of the Day #440: Vote for your Favorite


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Last week's winner was #433 with 38.3%. Coming in second was #435 with 23.4%, followed by #432 (14.9%), #431 (12.8%) and #434 (10.6%).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dish of the Day #439: Red, White & Blue Week


In honor of the Fourth of July, I'm featuring patriotic Dishes this week, and beginning on Thursday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Tory George, and the photographer is Gary Gonzalez, founder of NorCalBodz Photography/NCB Model Management. To see more of Gary's pics, go to www.NorCalBodz.com.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Josie and the Pussycats


Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television or film, and the first person who sends me the correct answers wins the highly coveted Auntie Mame Award.

Please send your answers for this week's questions to deepdishdrama@aol.com or via a private Facebook message at www.facebook.com/marcharshbarger (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

Since I haven't featured any Saturday morning TV shows on Tuesday Trivia before, I'm making this the theme for the month of July. Today's trivia is all about the 1970-72 CBS cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats:

1) What Pussycat played the guitar?

2) What did Melody play in the band?

3) What were the names of Alexander's scheming sister and her cat?

4) What future "angel" provided the singing voice for Melody?

5) Where did Josie and the gang travel to in September 1972?

Last week Michael Henline answered the following questions correctly about TV's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman:

1) What were the names of Mary's husband and daughter? Tom and Heather

2) Who played Mary's best friend and neighbor, Loretta? And on what HBO series does she now have a supporting role? Mary Kay Place, Big Love

3) In what town and state did the series take place? Fernwood, Ohio

4) Who was the "Fernwood Flasher"? Mary's grandfather

5) On whose daytime talk show did Loretta make a memorable appearance? Dinah Shore's

Dish of the Day #438: Red, White & Blue Week


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Monday, July 5, 2010

DVD Dish: Rhoda Morgenstern's Third Season



Tomorrow Shout! Factory releases a 4-disc box set of the third season of Rhoda, in which she and her TV series go through a period of transition. After two years of wedded bliss to the hairy-chested Joe Gerard, the producers of the sitcom decided to break up the couple and make Rhoda a single lady once again. Apparently it was too difficult for the writers to come up with interesting stories about a happily married heroine, so a painful separation and divorce was the only solution. However, it's not easy to watch some of the early episodes of the third season as Rhoda is obviously depressed over her failing marriage. But as the series continues and Rhoda gets on with her life, she becomes happier, which makes for a much more entertaining viewing experience. In fact, I actually prefer Ms. Morgenstern without a husband - like her old friend, Mary Richards. Although Rhoda's first season wedding episode is a classic, she should never have married Joe, which was a big mistake. But forcing us to watch this couple split up was an even bigger mistake. They should've just written Joe off the show and began the third season after their divorce, so Rhoda would have been ready to move on.

Dish of the Day #437: Red, White & Blue Week


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dish of the Day #436: Red, White & Blue Week


In honor of the Fourth of July, I'm featuring patriotic Dishes this week. Today through Thursday a new Dish of the Day will be featured, and beginning on Thursday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Groovy Music: The Divalicious Ann Hampton Callaway at Chicago's Mayne Stage


I still miss Toulouse, the intimate cabaret bar in Chicago where I was fortunate enough to see Julie Wilson, Karen Akers, Lee Lessack and many others perform back in the '90s. However, there was one lovely and talented lady whom I saw more than anyone else, and her name is - you guessed it - the divine Ann Hampton Callaway. I remember sitting in that cozy little room on Lincoln Park West with a few friends, listening to this groovy gal croon a few tunes as she sat at the piano - and usually her father, the late John Callaway, was in the audience, so he would easily be persuaded to join his daughter for a song or two. It was always a fun and memorable evening whenever we would go see Ms. Callaway in concert.

Fast forward 10+ years to last night watching Callaway at the new Mayne Stage in Chicago - it seemed like old times with a familiar friend. The Mayne Stage theater/cabaret space is much larger than Toulouse with 299 seats, but it still has an intimate feeling. However, I think the singer herself had a lot to do with making all of us in the audience feel like we were hanging out in her living room. She's such a personable performer who really connects with her adoring public through back-and-forth banter and amusing stories. Callaway doesn't just stand up there on the stage, smiling at everyone as she sings one song after another. She engages you with her candid conversation - as a potential "Diva of America" should. That's the important position that she's running for - and she's even written a catchy song as part of her campaign called "It's Hip to Be Happy". Judging from her fabulous performance last night, I think the lady has already captured the title.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Web Series of the Week: Tired Old Queen at the Movies



For this week's web series, I thought it was time to pay another visit to my favorite film buff, Tired Old Queen at the Movies (aka the fabulous Steve Hayes), who reviews a different classic flick every week on YouTube. This groovy guy knows his cinematic history, so if you love movies, I recommend that you become a subscriber of his YouTube Channel. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And if you want to learn more about Mr. Hayes, check out my Deeper Dish interviews with him from August 2009 and May 2010.

Deeper Dish with Steve Callahan and Matthew Montgomery


Don't they make a cute couple? I've featured both of these talented actors here on the Dish before, admiring Steve as the hunky beefcake on the web soap opera, WeHo, and praising Matt's excellent performance in the film, Pornography: A Thriller. I didn't know that they were real-life partners until recently when I read about them starring together in the new independent drama, Role/Play, written and directed by Rob Williams. So I thought it would be fun to do a joint interview with Steve and Matt, and judging from their answers to my questions, they would make a great comedy team reminiscent of Abbott & Costello - a gay and much sexier Abbott & Costello, of course.

Both actors have appeared in previous films by Mr. Williams - Steve in Make the Yuletide Gay and Matt in Long-Term Relationship and Back Soon. Other movie credits for Steve include East Side Story, Nine Lives and Pornography: A Thriller, while Matt has starred in Gone, But Not Forgotten, Socket and Redwoods. They also continue to act together onstage as part of the international tour of Terrence McNally's play, Corpus Christi, and Matt, who has his own production company, Proteus Pictures, is currently developing his first feature film, Sticke Figures, which he has written. Steve and Matt are obviously two very busy guys, so I'm thrilled that they were able to take some time to be here on the Dish to discuss their careers and their relationship as well as answer a few pop culture questions.

Paul Vonderlin wins the Battle of the Beefcake


After five rounds of voting, only one man was left standing out of the original 32 Playgirl hunks - Paul Vonderlin (November 1977), who beat Derrick DeShá (October 1994) 64% to 35% to claim the Battle of the Beefcake crown. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Dish of the Day #435: Vote for your Favorite


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day will be featured, and beginning today you can vote for your favorite Dish this week in the sidebar poll.



Last week's contest was very popular with 142 votes cast, and the winning couple was #427 with 31%. Coming in second was #428 with 23.2%, followed by #430 (16.9%), #426 (14.8%) and #429 (14.1%).

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Groovy Reader of the Month: Michael Lehet


As a way to thank my readers for their support, I feature a new groovy guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for June is the fabulous Michael Lehet of Chicago, Illinois. He's an avid blogger, photographer and videographer who writes What's a boy to do? for ChicagoNow.com, in which he recommends fun and interesting things to do in the Windy City. He also contributes a weekly column to ChicagoPride.com called You've Got a Busy Weekend that highlights exciting happenings in the LGBT community.

However, Michael's hilarious sense of humor is most prevalent in his YouTube videos (check out a few of them below) as well as his Facebook status updates. An hour ago he asked his friends, "What's it mean when the lady at Dunkin' Donuts slips you an extra munchkin?", which, of course, has prompted many diverse answers. And I especially enjoyed a recent comment about his "Out in the Park" day at Six Flags: "It reminded me a lot of sex - 60 minutes of foreplay (waiting in line) followed by 60 seconds of sex (the ride) followed by a whole lotta 'Is that it? I want more.' Wash, Rinse, Repeat!" He's a funny guy who makes me laugh, and I'm delighted to feature him here on my blog.

Dish of the Day #434: I Love a Parade


This week I'm featuring a few photos I took at Chicago's Pride Parade. Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning on Friday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.