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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dish of the Day #619: Where the Boys Are Week


This week the Dishes are enjoying their "Spring Break".

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Groovy Gay Comics: Archie's Pal Kevin Keller Gets His Own Book


I just want to give BIG KUDOS to Archie Comics for giving their openly gay character, Kevin Keller, his very own book. Last September Kevin made his Riverdale debut in an issue of Veronica (click here to read my previous post), and now he will be "the star" of his own four-issue series, beginning on June 14 when #1 hits the stands. According to a recent New York Post article, storylines will deal with bullying and Kevin's coming out to his parents. And if the title does well, it just might lead to an ongoing series for Mr. Keller. Finally, all I can say is that comic books have certainly come a long way since I bought my very first one over 40 years ago (12 cents for The Flintstones - and I still own it).

RuPaul's Drag Race #10: Hairy High and Low



I will miss Shangela - unlike Raja, who was thrilled when her nemesis was finally sent packing on this week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. Miss Wadley is a sassy, straight-talking gal who makes me laugh. Her costumes and wigs were not always the best, but she knows how to entertain an audience with her sense of humor (even comedian Wayne Brady is a fan). And the show just won't be as amusing without the "Nancy Drew of Drag" butting heads with the self-absorbed Raja. However, in an odd "let's drag this bitch out" (no pun intended) twist, next week at least two former contestants will be returning to the show as selected by judges Santino, Michelle and Billy B. Please, God, don't let that nasty piece of (Delta) Work come back. And I don't need to see Miss Carmen Carrera again anytime soon. My picks would be Stacy Layne Matthews and Mariah - but if I was one of the remaining four, I would be TOTALLY PISSED OFF. It seems very unfair to give any queen a second chance when Alexis, Manila, Raja and Yara have all worked so hard to stay in the competition. But when you have 16 episodes of drag drama (including a reunion show) to produce, I guess you have to mix things up once in awhile to keep the network happy.

So here are the 4 remaining contestants in order of my preference (last week's rankings are in parentheses) - and I do hope that one of them is ultimately crowned the winner:

Dish of the Day #618: Where the Boys Are Week


This week the Dishes are enjoying their "Spring Break".

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 Ryan Lewis photographed by Allen Zaki.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday: Films of Doris Day



In honor of Doris Day's 89th birthday this Sunday (April 3), here are my 10 favorite films that the actress has appeared in (in order of preference):

1) Pillow Talk (1959)
Day received her only Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for this romantic comedy, which was her first film with Rock Hudson.

Remembering Farley Granger 1925 - 2011



I fondly remember actor Farley Granger, who died on Sunday at age 85, in the Alfred Hitchcock films, Rope (1948) and Strangers on a Train (1951), as well as the daytime soap operas, One Life to Live - for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1977 - and As the World Turns. He also starred on Broadway in the musical, First Impressions, in 1959 and the play, Deathtrap, in 1981.

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



Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television, film or theater, 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 (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

The theme for March has been Razzie Award winners, so today's movie is 1980's Xanadu, which earned six Razzie nominations for Worst Picture, Screenplay, Actor, Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Song and Director (Robert Greenwald, who was the only winner):

1) Who does Olivia duet with on the song, "Suddenly"?

2) What does Sonny paint for a living?

3) What song plays as Danny tries on different outfits in a store?

4) What two decades of music come together during the song, "Dancin'"?

5) What rock group had three Top 20 singles on the movie's soundtrack?

Dish of the Day #617: Where the Boys Are Week


This week the Dishes are enjoying their "Spring Break".

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 Rodrigo Massahud.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Celebrity Birthday Dinner Party #35


The interesting trio of Nathan Fillion, Tennessee Williams and Vicki Lawrence received the most votes out of the 177 cast in last week's contest. Here are the final results:

Nathan Fillion 20
Tennessee Williams 19
Vicki Lawrence 16
Elton John 13
Joan Crawford 12
Stephen Sondheim 12
Reese Witherspoon 10
Matthew Broderick 9
Rosie O'Donnell 9
Diana Ross 7
Jonathan Groff 6
T.R. Knight 6
Gloria Swanson 6
Sarah Jessica Parker 5
Bonnie Bedelia 4
Aretha Franklin 4
Andrew Lloyd Webber 4
Marcia Cross 3
William Shatner 3
Mariah Carey 2
Catherine Keener 2
Chaka Khan 2
Paul Michael Glaser 1
Jennifer Grey 1
Steve McQueen 1

And now here are this week's contenders. So which three of these past/present celebrities (whose birthdays are this week) would you invite to your dinner party? You can vote for your favorites below.

Groovy Music Monday: Barbara Harris is "Gorgeous"


Today's groovy music is provided by actress Barbara Harris, who sings "Oh, to Be a Movie Star" and "Gorgeous" from the 1966 Broadway musical, The Apple Tree. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the show - and in this appearance on the 1967 Tony Awards, she plays a chimney sweep named Ella who dreams of fame and glamour (Larry Blyden plays the Narrator). And if you're not familiar with the fabulous Ms. Harris, click here to read my profile on her.

Dish of the Day #616: Where the Boys Are Week


This week the Dishes are enjoying their "Spring Break".

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 Australian model Toby Barnett.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Web Series Worth Watching: Tired Old Queen Reviews Suddenly, Last Summer



Web Series of the Week: Tired Old Queen at the Movies
This week my favorite film critic, the fabulous Steve Hayes, reviews the 1959 classic melodrama, Suddenly, Last Summer, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. For more TOQ, subscribe to his YouTube Channel or become a fan on Facebook.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Groovy Books: Everything you always wanted to know about The Waltons (but were afraid to ask)



I almost called this post "A Walton in the Windy City" since actress Mary McDonough will be signing autographs here this weekend (March 26 & 27) at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show at the Hilton Rosemont (5550 North River Road). She will also be selling her groovy new book, Lessons From the Mountain: What I Learned From Erin Walton, which is the first memoir from a cast member of the popular TV series. McDonough began playing Erin when she was ten years old, and the role lasted for nine seasons on CBS (1972-81) and seven television movies (including the wonderful pilot film, 1971's The Homecoming: A Christmas Story). And in her book, she takes us behind-the-scenes of The Waltons to share some delightful stories. Here are a few things I learned from "Erin Walton":

Dish of the Day #615: Vote for your Favorite


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



Well, I'm not that surprised that #610 was the BIG winner of last week's poll with an impressive 51.4% of the 109 votes cast. Trailing far behind in second place was #608 with 14.7%, followed by #609 (12.8%), #607 (11.0%) and #606 (10.1%).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Remembering Lanford Wilson and The Hot L Baltimore



One of my favorite playwrights, Lanford Wilson, died today at age 73. He wrote many great plays, including The Madness of Lady Bright (1964) - one of the first to feature a gay protagonist - Balm in Gilead (1965), The Rimers of Eldritch (1967), Talley's Folly (1979) - for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980 - Talley & Son (1985), Burn This (1986), and Fifth of July (1978), which was made into a television film in 1982 starring Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz, Cynthia Nixon and Richard Thomas.

Chicago Theater: Five Reasons to See 'Dixie's Tupperware Party'



Shut the front door, honey, and buy some of my great crap!

Yes, folks, Miss Dixie Longate of Mobile, Alabama, is in Chicago for the next eight weeks to sell us her colorful and creative food storage solutions known as Tupperware (aka "great crap" as she likes to refer to it). You really can't go wrong with a handy plastic product to store your leftovers in. You also can't go wrong with the silly - but informative - Dixie's Tupperware Party, a 90-minute stage show (no intermission) that will definitely put a big ol' smile on your face. Now here are five groovy reasons to attend Miss Dixie's evening of entertainment:

Dish of the Day #614: Spring Cleaning Week


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 David Williams.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Drag Race #9: RuPaul-a-Palooza!


And another "Heather" bites the dust. Miss Carmen "You can't learn to be pretty" Carrera was FINALLY kicked to the curb on this week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race after yet another dismal "lip-sync for your life". This boring queen should have went home last time - but then we would have never heard her "amazing" vocal prowess during this week's main challenge of recording and performing RuPaul's new song, "Superstar". Yikes, my ears are still bleeding! Although none of the girls should give up their drag to become professional singers, Miss Carrera was by far the absolute worst of the group. In the end, being pretty just wasn't enough to keep this gal and her nasty attitude in the game. And the best thing about Carmen's delightful departure is that she was beaten by a "Booger", which was certainly a bitter pill to swallow on her way out the door. It made me smile.

So here are the 5 remaining contestants in order of my preference (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor 1932 - 2011



I really can't imagine a world without Elizabeth Taylor, who died today at age 79. When I think of the words "movie star", a picture of her lovely image immediately comes to mind. She was a STAR who lived a fascinating life of eight marriages, seven husbands (she married Richard Burton twice), four children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Taylor was close friends with Michael Jackson, Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson - and after Hudson's death, she devoted much of her time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She designed her own jewelry and launched three perfumes - Passion, White Diamonds and Black Pearls. The actress appeared on Broadway in The Little Foxes (1981) - for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - and Private Lives (1983) with her ex-husband Richard Burton. And she made over 60 films, winning two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). The lady certainly knew how to live, and I will dearly miss her.

To celebrate the life of Elizabeth Taylor, here are 10 of my favorite film and television appearances of the actress (in chronological order):

Dish of the Day #613: Spring Cleaning Week


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday: Show Tunes of Stephen Sondheim



Since I love making lists, here is a new weekly feature, in which I will share 10 favorite things. First up - in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 81st birthday today - here are my 10 favorite show tunes that he has composed both music and lyrics for (in order of preference):

1) "The Ladies Who Lunch"
The one and only Elaine Stritch sings her signature song from Company (1970) during the 1998 concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, at Carnegie Hall.

Live from Chicago, 'It Gets Better' with Dan Savage and Terry Miller



Unless you've been living under a rock for the last six months - or not reading this blog - I'm sure you have heard all about the It Gets Better project, which was created by author/journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller as a response to the tragic suicides of so many gay teenagers across the country. On September 22, 2010, the couple uploaded a video to YouTube, in which they spoke about how their own lives "got better" after childhood bullying. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been submitted to the It Gets Better Project, and now the two men have put together a book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, which is being released today. It contains expanded essays and new material from more than 100 contributors, including celebrities (Ellen DeGeneres, Jake Shears), politicians (President Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton), writers (Michael Cunningham, David Sedaris), religious leaders, parents, educators, youth just out of high school, and even our favorite Sassy Gay Friend (aka Brian Gallivan). And all proceeds will be donated to LGBT youth charities to help make life better for LGBT youth.

If It's Tuesday, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"


Every Tuesday I post five trivia questions relating to television, film or theater, 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 (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

The theme for March is Razzie Award winners, but today I've decided to feature a movie that didn't win - 1983's Yentl, which earned three Razzie nominations for Worst Actor (Barbra Streisand), Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Musical Score. However, the film was also nominated for three Academy Awards, and it won for Best Original Song Score:

1) What does Yentl do in order to attend a Jewish religious school?

2) In what country does the movie take place?

3) What actor plays Avigdor, whom Yentl falls in love with?

4) What actress plays Hadass, Avigdor's fiancée?

5) Where does Yentl go at the end of the film to lead a freer life?

Last week Tom Ryan answered the following questions correctly about the 1995 film, Showgirls:

1) What "Worst Actress" plays Nomi Malone? And on what 1989-93 Saturday morning TV sitcom did she appear? Elizabeth Berkley, Saved by the Bell

2) In what city does the movie take place? Las Vegas

3) What is Nomi's first job in the movie? Erotic dancer (stripper)

4) What actor plays Cristal's boyfriend Zach who sleeps with Nomi? Kyle MacLachlan

5) What does Nomi do to Cristal in order to become the star of the show? She pushes her down a flight of stairs.

Dish of the Day #612: Spring Cleaning Week


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Celebrity Birthday Dinner Party #34


Glenn Close received the most dinner party invitations in last week's contest, in which 205 votes were cast. Here are the final results:

Glenn Close 36
Vanessa Williams 31
Queen Latifah 26
Rob Lowe 19
Patrick Duffy 17
Holly Hunter 16
Nat King Cole 10
Billy Crystal 10
William Hurt 9
Sutton Foster 8
Lauren Graham 8
Fred Rogers 7
Kurt Russell 7
Erik Estrada 1
Hal Linden 0

And now here are this week's contenders. So which three of these past/present celebrities (whose birthdays are this week) would you invite to your dinner party? You can vote for your favorites below.

Groovy Music Monday: Live from Chicago, it's Tom Goss



Today's music is from singer/songwriter Tom Goss, whom I've featured many times here on the Dish (click here to read my interview with him last year). I wanted to give a shout-out to the exciting things happening in his life right now - a brand new album, Turn It Around, and a ten-week, 50-city Spring Tour that will take him all over the country, including Chicago on Saturday, April 9, at Martyrs' (3855 N. Lincoln). Tom will be sharing the stage with Chicago native Jeffrey Altergott, so if you're looking for a fun and entertaining evening of groovy music, I highly recommend that you check out their show.

Dish of the Day #611: Spring Cleaning Week


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 Tristan Bull.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Web Series Worth Watching: The Return of The Cavanaughs



Web Series of the Week: The Cavanaughs
I'm happy to see this addictive soap return for a second season as it continues its behind-the-scenes tale of a group of friends involved in a TV sitcom. Created by Adrian Morales, the series features a talented ensemble of actors, including the hunky Grant Landry (in the above pic) and the fabulous Ginger Snappz. And in the season opener below, everyone gathers at a bar to commiserate over a few cocktails about all the drama between Maddie and Hope.

To watch the first season of The Cavanaughs, go to www.the-cavanaughs.com or subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Meet the Cast of 'Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City' Musical


Last October I blogged about the workshop production of the new musical based on Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin's beloved series of books. It featured an impressive ensemble of actors, including Reno 911!'s Mary Birdsong and the fabulous Betty Buckley as Anna Madrigal. However, yesterday I received an email about the new production's cast, and sadly Ms. Buckley is not moving forward with the show. But her replacement in the role is the Tony Award-winning actress Judy Kaye, whom I think will be wonderful as the eccentric landlady of 28 Barbary Lane.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q, Shrek), the world premiere production of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City will run May 18 through July 10 at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. The musical features a book by Tony Award–winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and music and lyrics by Jake Shears and John Garden of the glam-rock band Scissor Sisters. To purchase tickets, call 415-749-2228 or order online by clicking here.

And now here is the cast of the show (new actors are listed in pink):

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lost and Found: Groovy Young Actors of the 1980s


Last year a reader (hi, Skeeter!) suggested that I blog about young actors of the 1980s whose feature film careers have since pretty much disappeared. I'm sure there are many who could be added to this list, but here are 10 guys whom I've always wondered, "What ever happened to him?"

Steve Antin, age 52
1980s: This openly gay ex-boyfriend of media mogul David Geffen appeared as "Jessie" in Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" music video (1981), and in the films, The Last American Virgin (1982), The Goonies (1985) and The Accused (1988).

Since the 1980s: He appeared in Without You I'm Nothing (1990), Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992) - which he also wrote - and It's My Party (1996), created the TV series, Young Americans (2000), wrote the screenplays for Gloria (1999) and Chasing Papi (2003), directed Glass House: The Good Mother (2006), was an executive producer of the 2007-08 reality show, Pussycat Dolls Present (his sister Robin Antin is the creator of the pop group), and wrote and directed Burlesque (2010).

Dish of the Day #610: Vote for your Favorite


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning today you can vote for your favorite Dish this week in the sidebar poll. Today's Dish is Josh Monrad photographed by Rick Day.



#603 easily won last week's poll with 38.1% of the 113 votes cast. #601 came in second with 23.0%, followed by #602 (22.1%), #604 (9.7%) and #605 (7.1%).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dish of the Day #609: It Ain't Easy Being Green Week


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week the Dishes are going green.

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, March 16, 2011

Of Glee I Sing: Big Ass Gay Kiss



Best kiss and favorite couple: Blaine and Kurt, of course!

Yowza! I really wasn't expecting Blaine to fall for Kurt so last night's Glee was a very pleasant surprise as he planted his luscious lips on Mr. Hummel's eagerly awaiting mouth. It was a sweet and sexy moment in gay television history, and I am so happy that they are finally a cute couple. Such a delightful display of young love just brings out the hopeful romantic in me. As for the original songs featured in the episode, they were all okay - but one of them I really liked. So here is my review of the series' 38th episode, "Original Song":

RuPaul's Drag Race #8: I'm a Yankee Doodle Drag Queen



I about threw a brick at my television during this week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. There is no way in hell that Carmen "I'm so bored" Carrera beat Yara the Energizer Bunny while lip-syncing for their lives. I was shocked when RuPaul said that Carmen was staying - but at least Yara wasn't kicked to the curb either. However, we all know who really won that lip-sync - and it wasn't the queen kissing the fabulous Johnny Weir (who should be a celebrity judge every week with his delightfully accurate comments).

So here are the 6 contestants - once again - in order of my preference (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

Dish of the Day #608: It Ain't Easy Being Green Week


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week the Dishes are going green.

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 Allen Walker.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Cristal Connors



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

Since I'm currently unable to read messages on Facebook, please send your answers for this week's questions to deepdishdrama@aol.com (DO NOT post your answers on here where everyone can see them or they will be deleted).

The theme for March is Razzie Award winners, and today's movie is 1995's Showgirls, which earned 13 Razzie nominations and won seven (Worst Picture, Actress, Director, Screenplay, New Star, Original Song, Screen Couple):

1) What "Worst Actress" plays Nomi Malone? And on what 1989-93 Saturday morning TV sitcom did she appear?

2) In what city does the movie take place?

3) What is Nomi's first job in the movie?

4) What actor plays Cristal's boyfriend Zach who sleeps with Nomi?

5) What does Nomi do to Cristal in order to become the star of the show?

Dish of the Day #607: It Ain't Easy Being Green Week


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week the Dishes are going green.

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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Celebrity Birthday Dinner Party #33



I would love to attend a dinner party with guests John, Wanda and Liza. The fabulous trio were the most popular celebrities in last week's contest, which received 200 votes. Here are the final results:

John Barrowman 37
Wanda Sykes 30
Liza Minnelli 26
Jon Hamm 20
Aaron Eckhart 16
Lynn Redgrave 16
Dana Delany 13
Aidan Quinn 10
Cyd Charisse 8
William H. Macy 7
Juliette Binoche 6
Barbara Feldon 6
Sharon Stone 5

And now here are this week's contenders. So which three of these past/present celebrities (whose birthdays are this week) would you invite to your dinner party? You can vote for your favorites below.

Groovy Music Monday: Got Milk?



Today's music is from MILK67, the dance music duo of Aaron von Schroeder and Mortimor Brightway from Zurich, Switzerland. The following video of "White Monks", the first single from their upcoming album, Cranky Franky, has definitely got a groovy gay vibe, which might just make you desire a cold glass of milk - or a hot monk - after watching it. For more information on MILK67, go to their website, www.milk67.com.

Dish of the Day #606: It Ain't Easy Being Green Week


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week the Dishes are going green.

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 Bo Roberts photographed by David Vance.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Web Series Worth Watching: Sassy Gay Black Swan



Web Series of the Week: Sassy Gay Friend
I love this latest Sassy video, in which everyone's favorite flamboyant friend (played by the talented Brian Gallivan) gives some helpful advice to psychotic ballerina Nina Sayers from the recent film, The Black Swan. Click here to watch his previous videos. You can also become a fan on Facebook.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

TV Flashback: Those Groovy Gilmore Girls



So I watched the 153rd and final episode of Gilmore Girls last night. The delightful residents of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, threw a surprise graduation party for 22-year-old Rory Gilmore, who got a job as a reporter following Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Meanwhile, her mother, Lorelai, finally kissed and made up with her true love, diner owner Luke Danes. And I must confess that I shed a few tears. But having watched the entire series on DVD over the last three years, I enjoyed spending time with these quirky gals and their extended family and friends. Gilmore Girls was like a deep dish pizza - comfort food for my pop culture-obsessed soul. And this TV series was all about pop culture. I bet you can't name another show that ever mentioned all of the following:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Live from Chicago, it's Alice Ripley



While she's in Chicago with the national tour of the musical, Next to Normal, the Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley will make her Midwest concert debut with a one-night-only performance of Daily Practice: The Acoustic Sessions on Monday, May 2, at 7:30 pm. Presented by Alissa Norby and Lampkin Music Group, the evening will feature music from her new solo acoustic album, Daily Practice: Volume 1, including covers of Bruce Springsteen’s "Thunder Road", U2’s "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" and Alanis Morissette’s "You Oughta Know".

Dish of the Day #605: Vote for your Favorite


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning today you can vote for your favorite Dish this week in the sidebar poll. Today's Dish is Daniel Garofali.



#600 won last week's poll with 28.1% of the 135 votes cast. #599 came in second with 26.7%, followed by #596 (23.7%), #598 (14.8%) and #597 (6.7%).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Deeper Dish with Nick Adams



Nick Adams is one hot and hunky "Broadway Baby". The openly gay 27-year-old actor has been performing on the Great White Way since 2006 when he joined the Broadway cast of the musical, Chicago, as the "Mary Sunshine" standby. Since then he has appeared in The Pirate Queen, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls and as one of the "Cagelles" in the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles. Nick first gained attention for his mighty fine physique during his Chorus Line days, which soon led to a modeling gig with 2(x)ist underwear. The New York Post even hailed him as having "the best abs and biceps on Broadway".

And now this talented young man is starring in his most prominent role to date as one of the lead drag queens - Felicia Jollygoodfellow (Adam) - in the new musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which is currently in previews at Broadway's Palace Theatre. I am so delighted that Nick was able to take a break from his fabulous world of sequins, heels and wigs to be here on the Dish to discuss his career and answer a few pop culture questions.

Dish of the Day #604: We Like to Make Passes at Cute Guys in Glasses


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Of Glee I Sing: A Little "Afternoon Delight" in the Evening



It took me awhile to warm up to last night's episode, but then writer Brad Falchuk gave me one of my favorite Glee moments ever with the amusingly accurate rendition of the Starland Vocal Band's sexually suggestive 1976 hit, "Afternoon Delight". The retro costumes of Emma, Carl, Puck and the rest of the group were perfect, and they sounded great. It made me laugh out loud - and I loved the rest of the show. So here is my review of the series' 37th episode, "Sexy":

Favorite character runner-up: Naya Rivera showed us another side to the bitchy Santana this week as the character realized her true feelings for Brittany. I love Santana, but it was nice to see her be vulnerable for a change.

Favorite character: I have to go with celibacy club advisor and "crazy Pope lady" Emma Pillsbury for choosing "Afternoon Delight" to sing because she believes it's about a dessert made with coconut, pineapple and marshmallow fluff. And she also thinks a "nooner" is when you have dessert in the middle of the day, God love her. Jayma Mays is so good in the role that I wish the writers would let her shine more often.

RuPaul's Drag Race #7: Funny Girls


Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Sashaying Away!

This week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race was thoroughly delightful - especially since the nasty piece of Work named Delta was finally sent packing after an uninspired lip-sync of Donna Summer's "MacArthur Park". Her stand-up comedy routine for the main challenge was the worst of the group - and her final costume made her look like Bette Midler on a really bad day. Six weeks ago when the season began, I was a fan of Miss Work, but her deep insecurities soon brought out her inner bitch. I don't mind the occasional catty comment, but when almost everything out of your mouth is a disparaging remark about a fellow queen, well, that just doesn't cut it with me. Delta needs therapy - LOTS of therapy - to cure her "constant sadness" (as one of the judges accurately said). As a drag queen, I think she's got a great look - and it makes me sad that all three of the "big girls" are no longer in the competition. But it was definitely time for Delta to go. And, of course, she was a classless queen to the bitter end with her last words being about how she was happy that she lost to a "Heather" and not a "Booger". My final words for Miss Work: Honey, YOU are a Booger who desperately needs to deal with her dark side and become a better person.

Now here are the remaining 6 contestants in order of my preference (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

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