EP. 22 Jonathan and Sergey have few laughs with Michael Ian Black

June 23, 2017
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Black-Michael-Ian-14-high-res-e1498010126781.jpeg (2592×3872)Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming third season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.

Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” He’s written two well-received memoirs: “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)”, and “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and seven children’s books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,” “Naked”, “Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I’m Bored.” He also writes book reviews for the New York Times.

Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, “Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop TV.

Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil’ on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious commentary on cable’s “I Love the…” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.

Black’s movie roles include “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”

Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.

Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.

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EP. 21 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with MICHAEL HITCHCOCK

June 16, 2017
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Hitchcock is an Executive Producer and writer on the CW’s critically acclaimed comedy series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” starring Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, co-created by Bloom and Aline Brosh-McKenna.  He was previously a Co-Executive Producer and writer on the multi-award winning series “Glee.”

Hitchcock also currently appears as “Langston Aubrey” in the Netflix original comedy film “Mascots” directed by Christopher Guest.  This is his fifth film for Guest, which include “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “For Your Consideration.”

Hitchcock’s other film acting credits include “Bridesmaids,” “Super 8,”  “Serenity,” “Wild Hogs,” “Smiley Face,” “Pretty Persuasion,”  “Happy, Texas,” “Heartbreakers,” and the upcoming Disney film “Magic Camp.”   Television acting credits include “Veep,” “Nobodies,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”  “Glee,”  “Idiotsitter,” “The New Normal,”  “United States of Tara,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Entourage,” “Party Down,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The League,” “Pushing Daisies,” and “Arrested Development.”

Hitchcock’s additional writing credits include the acclaimed drama “Where the Day Takes You,” “House Arrest, and Disney’s “The Ultimate Christmas Present.”   Hitchcock also performed both writing and producing duties on the long-running Fox latenight comedy series “MAD TV.”   During his tenure at “MAD TV,” the show was nominated three times by the Writers Guild of America for “Outstanding Writing of a Comedy/Variety Series.”

Born in Defiance, Ohio, and later raised in Western Springs, Illinois, Hitchcock graduated from Lyons Township High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2008 Hitchcock was inducted into the Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame.  He is also a proud alumnus of The Groundlings, Los Angeles’ premiere comedy and improvisational troupe.

Hitchcock has performed comedy improvisation at several United States military bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Cuba, Houndras, and Africa with “Stars for Stripes,” a volunteer organization that brings entertainment to deployed troops.   He resides in Los Angeles.

EP. 20 Questions about Sex, Relationships and Fun with Damon L Jacobs asked by Jonathan & Sergey

June 9, 2017
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Do you have Relationship questions?

Do you have Sexually related questions?

Do you want to learn more about PrEP?

Send your questions to The Martini Lounge and we will have our friend and yours Damon L Jacobs answer your questions.

WELCOME! If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years. Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles. The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

EP. 19 Jonathan & Sergey Cross the Sea To Chat with Susan Wokoma

June 2, 2017
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Susan Wokoma – British actress and writer Susan Wokoma is one of the most brilliant and interesting young actors working today. Having already established a diverse and award winning body of work in her short career.

In January, Susan reprised the role of eccentric ‘Cynthia’ in the second series of BAFTA Award winning Chewing Gum for Channel 4. The first series of Chewing Gum, a British television sitcom series set in London, debuted on E4 in October 2015. Written by and starring Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Danielle Walters and Tanya Franks, the show centers on Beyoncé obsessed ‘Tracey Gordon’, a religious, 24-year-old shop assistant, who wants to and learn more about the world.

In October last year, Susan starred in six-part comedic horror series Crazyhead, a new series from Misfits creator Howard Overman. The dark comedy, developed by Urban Myth Films for Channel 4 in association with Netflix, is a funny and gripping programme about friendship, love and facing your demons. It follows an unlikely duo of demon hunters – Susan played ‘Raquel’, opposite Cara Theobold, a self-made demon hunter with a whole lot of baggage and an impressive lack of social skills. The cast also includes Riann Steele, Lewis, Arinze Kene and Tony Curran, and Crazy Face was broadcast on E4 in the UK and was launched on Netflix globally in December.

Also in October, Susan appeared as ‘Megan’, alongside a fantastic young British cast, including Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing and Joe Dempsie, in the melancholic comedy Burn Burn Burn. The independent feature was director Chanya Button’s debut and follows two best friends as they travel across the U.K spreading the ashes of their recently deceased friend. The feature was nominated for the ‘Raindance’ Award at The British Independent Film Awards and was nominated in the category of ‘Best Film’ at the London Film Festival, both in 2015, and won awards from the LOCO Film Festival, Cinema City, Odessa International Film Festival and Umberside Cinema ahead of its UK theatrical release on 28th October. The feature was distributed globally by Netflix later in November.

In April 2014, Susan made her film debut as ‘Amala’ and alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and John Boyega, in Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun. The feature, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, tells the tale of two sisters after they return to Nigeria right before outbreak of the 1960 Nigerian Civil War. In August 2014, Susan took on the role of ‘Della’ in The Inbetweeners 2, the box office friendly sequel of 2011 hit film, The Inbetweeners Movie. Set in Australia, the British comedy revisits the four main characters from the original as they travel to Australia for the ultimate lads’ holiday. The film became the highest grossing British film in the UK in 2014.

In 2006, Susan made her feature film debut as ‘Marie’ in the BAFTA Award-winning fictionalized documentary, That Summer Day. The special follows the lives of six school children on the day of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. Using archived news footage, the programme was created in response to concerns about how London’s children were coping with the events of that day. The programme aired on BBC Two one year later. Susan’s other on-screen credits include ‘Jess Manning’ in the 2015 BAFTA Craft nominated BBC film The Last Hours of Laura K; ‘Lance ‘Corporal Jasmine Jaspers’ in the third season of the BBC Three’s TV series Bluestone 42 in 2015 and, a role in the TV series Uncle, also on BBC Three in the same year. She also played ‘Jessica’ in Crashing, Channel 4’s six-part British comedy, broadcast in January 2016; ‘Doctor Sensible’ in ITV’s Horrible Science; ‘Daisy’ in Hotel Trubble (2011), and ‘Roz’ in Howard Overman’s cult hit series Misfits (2013).

Her theatre work includes productions at the Royal Court, Bush Theatre, Almeida, and The Royal National Theatre. Susan also joined the New York transfers of Phyllida Lloyd’s all female Donmar Warehouse productions of Henry IV and Julius Caesar at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2014.

Susan is currently involved in developing new comedies with Objective, 2LE Media and Lucky Giant, and also writing her own comedy series Fix You as a writer/performer with Cave Bear Productions.

In 2016, Susan won Best Supporting Actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for her performance in the radio adaptation of Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women. She was a member of The National Youth Theatre as a teenager before going on to train at RADA.

EP. 18 Jonathan & Sergey talk to Nico Stagias about “BALLS”

May 26, 2017
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Nico Stagias is a Toronto based filmmaker who has worked as a Director, DOP, Producer and Editor in television for the last 14 years.

His education includes an MFA degree in Film Production at the University
of British Columbia in Directing and an Honour’s BA in Communication Studies at Concordia University. He also studied at San Francisco State University in cinematography and lighting.

Nico has developed and produced two TV series and 2 stand-alone documentaries. These titles include I’m a Stripper, PopPorn, Balls and Studlebrity.

Nico is also an award winning filmmaker. He won the award for Best Artistic Achievement in a short film at the Inside Out Film Festival for “How to Lose a Guy” (2003) and “Recollect” (2004). “How to Lose a Guy” also won Best Audience Choice award at the Oregon Queer Film Festival.

At the 2007 DORA Awards “TimeCode Break” won the award for Best Production. Nico created all the visual elements for this show.

In 2008 he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award as editor for the documentary “Christopher House: Ahead the Curve”.

Nico directed, produced, shot and edited over 20 promotional commercials for Nickelodeon TV. This campaign, which was shot in India, Malaysia and the Philippines, won two Silver ProMax awards for Best Campaign and Best Comedic Campaign.

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EP. 17 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to CEO of Bear World Media, Richard Jones about the Launch of BEAR WORLD TV

May 19, 2017
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Richard is the CEO of Bear World Media, which runs BearWorldMagazine.com and now, launching on May17th, Bear World TV (hosted at REVRY the new LGBT VOD Network).

Richard has worked in insurance in London, where he also co-produced the original ‘SHOUT!’ at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and totally by accident began to event & wedding plan when the UK changed its marriage laws. His first time working in TV was as one half of “Ant and Dick” co-hosting a wedding challenge show on the old Wedding TV Network. He has helped to create Northern Ireland’s LGBT Magazine “Gay NI” as well as launching a dedicated bridal magazine which was short lived but gave him all the knowledge he needed to then form Bear World Magazine.

Bear World TV will be a channel dedicated to all kinds of content, including our own produced shows as well as licensed products from other talented teams and producers that have something that’s either bear or bearish.

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Bear World TV and REVRY Celebrate the Launch of New Bearish TV Channel

New York, NY May 2017 – Bear World Media is excited to be growing their media group by launching a brand new TV channel BEAR WORLD TV. Bear World TV accompanies Bear World Magazine, the world’s largest online magazine aimed at the gay bear community, as being an exciting and informative source of all things ‘bear’ for what is an under-represented segment of the gay community.

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Bear World TV is being hosted on REVRY. REVRY is the first global LGBT digital entertainment service delivering the best in QUEERATED movies, TV shows, digital series, music, and podcasts.

CEO of Bear World Media, Richard Jones, said: “People come in all shapes, sizes and sexual orientations, and our new channel will celebrate all things ‘Bear’, helping people in the community all round the world to feel more included”.

“We are excited to partner with REVRY to bring our new television content to a bigger audience and work with established producers to license their work under our banner, bringing it all to a more global audience. We believe that REVRY offers the best platform for discovering new content and is a natural choice for officially announcing this strategic partnership.”

“Bear World Media has long been a community hub for all things bear-related, so the creation of Bear World TV and subsequent channel on REVRY is a natural continuation of our mission to showcase stories from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and BWM’s mission to provide the very best in bear news, views and content to more people,” Said Ben Mason of REVRY.

Check out Bear World TV – www.bearworldtv.com

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EP. 16 Jonathan & Sergey have a Blast with Tovah Feldshuh

May 12, 2017
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Tovah Feldshuh portrays Mrs. Bunch, Rachel’s domineering mother, on the CW awardwinning musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was recently renewed for a third season. Ms. Feldshuh is widely known for her starring turn as Deanna, the head of Alexandria, on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Prior to that, she recurred on the Starz’ ballet series Flesh and Bone as ballet master Ivana. Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series Holocaust, and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s Law & Order, a role she recently reprised for Chicago Justice. Ms. Feldshuh starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show, Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford, Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs, America Ferrara in Ugly Betty, and in The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, among others.

Ms. Feldshuh recently displayed her theater skills as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning Musical Pippin. Her show, Golda’s Balcony, by William Gibson, became the longestrunning one-woman play in Broadway history, and she also starred in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, and Irena’s Vow. For her work on the New York stage, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Awards.

Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Kissing Jessica Stein (for which she won a Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, Lady in the Water, Just My Luck, Brewster’s Millions, The Blue Iguana, among others. Ms. Feldshuh recently completed filming roles in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Angelica with Janet McTeer, and Jena Malone, Unreachable by Conventional Means, The Life, and the title role in Glinda, a film that centers on a widow of jazz musician reclaiming the joy of life, which was selected as the “Best in Fest” at the 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival.

Ms. Feldshuh, long known for her commitment to social justice causes, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She was awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.

EP.15 Jonathan & Sergey Chat with Jack Plotnick

May 5, 2017
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Jack has built a career as an award-winning actor, director and performance coach. He has performed in countless TV shows, commercials and feature films (103 credits on IMDB). You most likely will recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Grace and Frankie, The Mentalist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love, Rubber, Wrong, and Gods and Monsters.

Jack co-wrote and directed the Sony Pictures feature film, Space Station 76, starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer. He also co-wrote and directed the Broadway musical, Disaster!, to rave reviews (New York Times CRITICS' PICK!)

Jack produced, directed and acted on the Lifetime Television comedy series Lovespring International. And he executive produced and starred in the feature film (and cult hit!) Girls Will Be Girls.
Jack's highly acclaimed acting workshops have become hugely popular in Los Angeles and New York City.

More about Jack - http://jackplotnick.com/

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EP. 14 Questions about Sex, Relationships and Fun with Damon L Jacobs asked by Jonathan & Sergey

April 28, 2017
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Do you have Relationship questions?

Do you have Sexually related questions?

Do you want to learn more about PrEP?

Send your questions to The Martini Lounge and we will have our friend and yours Damon L Jacobs answer your questions.

WELCOME!  If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years.  Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles.  The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

 

 

EP. 13 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to the one and only Alec Mapa

April 21, 2017
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Ellen Degeneres has called him “smart, hilarious and funny.” Variety has said, “Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented.” With uproarious live performances and groundbreaking television roles, actor and comedian Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium.

Currently that medium is television. Alec’s latest comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy premiered on Showtime June 12, 2015. Based on his award-winning solo show, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy hilariously, irreverently chronicles Alec’s journey to fatherhood via foster adoption. TV audiences can also enjoy Alec in his recurring roles on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

Audiences first discovered Alec on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of M. Butterfly. He guest starred on over 40 television series, including Alias, Friends, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue. Alec played network television’s very first gay Asian series regular role on the CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom Half & Half. Alec went on to appear in the ABC hit Ugly Betty and was a frequent guest star on Desperate Housewives. Film audiences howled at Alec as “N’Cream” in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley & Me, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

An accomplished stand-up comedian, Alec’s Wisecrack comedy special premiered on LOGO in 2005 and has since become a cult favorite. His follow-up comedy specials America’s Gaysian Sweetheart and No Fats, Femmes or Asians aired on the Here! And LOGO networks respectively.

Alec was awarded the prestigious Davidson Valentini GLAAD Award for promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. A tireless fundraiser, Alec has toured the country on behalf of The Human Rights Campaign and The Matthew Shepard Foundation earning him the unofficial title of “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart.”

Alec lives in Los Angeles with his husband Jamie and his son Zion.

Check out Alec's website - www.alecmapa.com

 

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EP. 12 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to Brandon Stansell

April 14, 2017
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BRANDON STANSELL is a fresh face onto the Country Music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. SLOW DOWN, co-written with Mylen and the title track off his new EP, is the epicenter of his "California Country" sound with the raw emotion of those first moments in a budding relationship. SLOW DOWN was produced by Nashville-based producer, writer, and guitarist Erik Halbig. Stansell met Erik a few years ago through friend, Ty Herndon, who is featured on the track.

While his casual country sound is appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this crooner of Nashville roots. He is navigating the path of an openly-gay Country Artist. Brandon, while not the first to chart these waters, is one of few people in the industry willing to lay everything out for the listener and the result is an honest, beautiful musical experience.

Director Trent Atkinson, once again, joined his team directing the SLOW DOWN music video and building on the cinematic scope their first collaborative work, DEAR JOHN, which was released in early 2016.

 

Visit his website:  www.brandonstansell.com

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EP. 11 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Glenn Douglas Packard About Himself and New Movie “Pitchfork”

April 7, 2017
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Glenn Douglas Packard was born the eldest of three in Detroit, MI to Roger and Paulette Packard. When Glenn was 5 years old, his father convinced the family to pack up all their belongings and move to a run-down farm in Michigan, where Roger saw a potential future in the dairy business. As Glenn was growing up into adolescence and the farm grew profitable, he began working in the family business in Clare, MI. Eventually, Glenn went on to study Dairy Management at Michigan State University. On one of his vacation trips back home, he suffered a horrible accident with a 4-wheeler. With a compound factor to his right tibia and fibula leg, his doctors insisted the only option was to amputate his leg from the knee down. After months of fighting the infection, which had spread through his entire body, due to the open wound, countless surgeries and a steel rod places in his leg, Glenn had to relearn how to walk. He made a promise to himself that if, and when, he fully recovered, he would do the one thing he had dreamt of all his life; to dance and entertain.

While at 21, where most dancers are already experienced, Glenn was just walking into his first dance class. Within 2 years he was accepted into the scholarship program of the highly acclaimed Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City. Fast forward 10 years later, after being dubbed "Dancing entrepreneur" by The New York Times, Glenn is one of the most sought after dancer/artist directors and choreographers in the city. His multi-dimensional & innovative work made him an international commanding force in the entertainment industry. Providing a wide spectrum of styles, he has been celebrated for casting and choreographing such projects as Whitney Houston's All-Star Gala, featuring powerhouse artists like P!nk, Deborah Cox, & Brian McKnight, and A Miracle On 34th Street, performed at the world famous Madison Square Garden with numerous artists.
Creative control was entrusted to Glenn by The 2001 GLAAD awards, the American Cinema Awards, reinventing the Chippendales show in Vegas along with their USA & world tour, Giants Half Time Show, the New York City Knicks, Miami Heat Dancers, and the Premios Awards working with the biggest artist in Latin Music like Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony, Fanny Lu, Chino Y Nacho.

Along with the Latin market take over, Glenn is also known internationally, working on the King of Morocco's New Year's Eve Gala and in Bollywood for his groundbreaking choreography in the film, "Rhythm." Other films like Little Hercules in 3D, Dancing on the Edge, and feature as one of the top choreographers in the documentary MOVE: The Film.

His music video work is a spectrum of artist like Brooke Hogan "Everything to Me", Daddy Yankee & Price Royce "Ven Conmigo", Timbland "Not All About The Money", Fanny Lu "Ni Loca" & his very own music video "Love Dance" featuring the talent Beu Sisters. Glenn even has his own instructional dance DVD called "Everyone Moves".

Glenn's work had sparked a interest in the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson, and he was asked to be the choreographer for the Television major event, Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration which Glenn worked along side industry greats like Usher, Liza, Destiny Child, Jill Scott, Missy Elliot, Gloria Gaynor, Al Jarreau, Britney Spears, NSync, Mya, Monica, & MJ himself, all artist came together to perform Michael Jackson songs, Michael was reunited with his brothers, the Jackson 5 for the first time in 20 years, & Michael performed for his last time his iconic songs. Glenn was honored with Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography in Television.

As seen on the cover do Dance Spirit Magazine & acknowledged in Dance & Fitness Magazine, Glenn offer classes at NYC Broadway Dance Center, which were booked to capacity with a who's-who of dance. He goes around the world teaching his unique style and life experiences to young dancers inspiring them to be the next generation of talent.

Around the early 2000's, Glenn moved to Florida under the wing of Lou Pearlman, who, at the time, was owner of the Chippendales and creator of the boyband era with NSync, Backstreet Boys, and Otown. Glenn was part of a european boyband called twONEty, through Pearlman's camp, Glenn was introduced to Hulk Hogan's teenaged daughter, Brooke Hogan. The two quickly ignited a friendship with Glenn becoming a mentor for Brooke. Through this mentor/friend role, Glenn was then asked to join Brooke in a VH-1 television docu-series called VH1 Brooke Knows Best. For two seasons he costarred as Brooke's outgoing, gay best friend/roommate.
This open a whole new world to becoming a face in the LGBT entertainment industry, giving lectures for the Bully Academy along with countless radio, tv appearances and covers of LGBT magazines. Quickly becoming "EVERYONE'S GBFF."

Glenn being no stranger to Television had worked on The Rupaul Show, Saturday Night Live, E! True Hollywood Story, Grachi, Miss USA, and HBO. Along with jumping on the pop culture of reality TV, with such shows as VH1 Hogan Knows Best, VH1 Mission Manband, and is the creator, producer, choreographer, and creative director of the E! Network movie event Men Of The Strip.

Glenn is also president of other companies he created such as The Untouchables-Miami elite dance troupe, The Knockouts-a sexy pop burlesque girl group, Boots N Boys-the 1st all-gay male revue, Tattooed Angels-a multi media company & GDP Wear-his trendsetting clothing line.

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EP. 10 Jonathan and Sergey Talk with the One and Only Margaret Cho

March 29, 2017
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credits.jpgMargaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. “It was different than any other place on Earth,” she says. “I grew up and went to grammar school on Haight Street during the ’70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting pot – that’s the least of it. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time.”

Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret’s father a Korean joke book writer. “Books like 1001 Jokes for Public Speakers – real corny stuff,” Cho says. “I guess we’re in the same line of work. But we don’t understand each other that way. I don’t understand why the things he says are funny and the same for him.”

What Margaret did know is that being a kid was hard. Racing toward adulthood as fast as she could to escape the constant bullying she endured, Margaret began writing jokes at 14 and professionally performing at age 16. Getting picked on, and not having a feeling of belonging, is a subject that’s not only near to Margaret’s heart, but something she still feels very deeply despite all of her successes. In that sense, Margaret has gladly and graciously become the “Patron Saint for Outsiders,” speaking for those who are not able to speak for themselves, and encouraging people who can to use their voice to promote change.
Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early twenties, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.” She performed over 300 concerts within two years. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Her groundbreaking, controversial, and short-lived ABC sitcom, All-American Girl (1994) soon followed. Oddly, while chosen because of who she was – a non-conformist Korean American woman with liberal views – the powers-that-be decided they preferred for Margaret to “tone it down” for the show. She soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, this would be a battle she could not win. “For fear of being too “ethnic,” the show got so watered down for television that by the end, it was completely lacking in the essence of what I wanted to accomplish.”

The experience was a traumatic one, bringing up unresolved feelings left over from childhood, and Margaret developed an eating disorder as a response to criticism about her body. She was so obsessive in her goal to try to be what she thought others wanted, that she landed in the hospital with kidney failure. Through out this period of self-abuse, Margaret continued performing to sold-out audiences in comedy clubs, theaters, and college campuses, working to channel her anger in to something more positive.

In 1999, her groundbreaking, off Broadway one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. After her experience with All-American Girl, Margaret wanted to make sure she would only ever have to answer to herself, putting herself in charge of the distribution and sales of her film, which garnered incredible reviews and broke records for ‘Most Money Grossed per Print’. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Maragaret launched Notorious C.H.O., a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Notorious C.H.O., hailed by the New York Times as “Brilliant,” was recorded and released as a feature film. Both films were acquired by Showtime, and produced by Margaret’s production company, a testament to the success of Margaret’s business model.

In March of 2003, Margaret embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution. It was heralded by the Chicago Sun Times as “Her strongest show yet” and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy for Comedy Album of the Year. In 2005, she released Assassin, with The Chicago Tribune stating “(Assassin) packs passion in to each punch.” The concert film premiered in select theatres and on the gay and lesbian premium channel Here! TV.

In 2007, Margaret hit the road with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure, along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls and The Cliks, to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. An entertainment pioneer, Margaret also created and starred in The Sensuous Woman, a live variety show featuring vaudevillian burlesque and comedy, which she took for an extended off-Broadway run in the fall.

Margaret returned to TV in 2008 with the VH1 series, The Cho Show. Describing it as a ‘reality sitcom,’ Margaret said at the time, “It’s the closest I’ve been able to come on television to what I do as a comic.” The Cho Show followed Margaret, her real parents, and her eccentric entourage through a series of bold and outrageous experiences, shaped by Margaret’s ‘anything goes’ brand of stand-up.

The aptly titled Beautiful came next, exploring the good, bad and ugly in beauty, and the marketers who shape our world. The concert premiered in Australia at The Sydney Theater, marking the first time Margaret debuted a tour abroad. While touring through the US, the concert was filmed at the Long Beach theatre, aired as a special on Showtime in 2009, and then released as both a DVD and a book.

choM_Cho_2-18-16_123-credit.jpgIn 2009 Margaret nabbed a starring role in the comedy/drama series Drop Dead Diva, which aired for six seasons on the Lifetime network. Margaret enjoyed not having the sole responsibility for keeping things afloat. “(Drop Dead Diva) was a very fulfilling experience. It let me taking about the things I talk about, like body image, and women feeling good about themselves.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret stepped right up to the plate when asked to do Season 11 of the highly- rated Dancing with the Stars. Paired with pro Louie Van Amstel, Margaret was on the show’s most controversial seasons. Margaret got a very strong reaction to her Rainbow Dancing Dress during a time when the issue of bullying, especially among gay teens, was being heavily covered in the media. “I am very proud to have been able to wear a gay pride dress on a show that is so conservative.”

2010 culminated with another high honor, a second Grammy Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year for Cho Dependent, her incredibly funny collection of music. Featuring collaborations with Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee and more, the album received critical acclaim. The album is funny, but also quite musical, featuring not only her surprisingly strong singing voice, but her skill on the guitar, banjo and dulcimer. “I was inspired to make beautiful music with a comic edge. I took this very seriously, taking vocal and guitar lessons while I was touring.”

Margaret self released Cho Dependent on her own Clownery Records, and was encouraged by the acclaim, since there are only a handful of artists putting out true albums of comedy music – “Weird” Al Yankovic, Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island, to name a few – yet no women. In 2011, Margaret released the live concert film of Cho Dependent, which also had its cable network debut on Showtime. Shot at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, she remained uncensored, with a characteristically no-holds-barred show.

In 2012, Margaret spent whatever free time she had crafting her all new standup show, the uproariously and aptly named MOTHER, which kicked off with both a US and European tour. According to Margaret, “MOTHER offers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.”

Margaret’s creative side moved ahead at full speed with an Emmy nomination for “Best Guest Performance” on Thirty Rock. After the death of her mentor, Robin Williams, overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag #BeRobin was born, as Margaret began setting up shop in different places around San Francisco in an effort to raise money for the Homeless community. “All I do and create a distraction – comedy and music – for several hours and collect goods and donations for people who need them.” The GoFundMe page Margaret set up [at http://GoFundMe.com/BeRobin ] has raised over $20,000.00 in donations.
In 2015, Margaret was one of the hosts of TLC’s All About SEX, a late night call-in talk show with Margaret covering sex toys and alternative sexuality. “I wanted to remove the stigma of women not only buying sex toys, but experimenting with what makes them feel good.”
2015 also brought Margaret back to the stand up stage, where she filmed her Showtime special/DVD psyCHO at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Called “wildly kinetic” by the New York Times, psyCHO “Is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” In keeping with the show’s theme, the artwork, a portrait she commissioned from artist Vincent Castiglia made entirely of her own blood.

There’s no break for Margaret in 2016: The three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee will release her next studio album, American Myth, on April 29th on her Clownery label. The follow up to Cho Dependent, it’s the first collection of new music from Margaret in 6 years. She has already debuted three music videos: “Ron’s Got a DUI” [https://goo.gl/8j3SgH], “Fat Pussy” [https://goo.gl/B6rfER] and the song that set the Internet on its ass (take that, Kardashians), “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist” [https://goo.gl/SMuKhA]. Salon magazine called the song “A new anthem” and UK’s The Guardian reminded anyone who was offended that “Cho is famed for her boldness, her taboo-breaking humour.” Margaret spoke to Billboard about the song saying, “I’m a victim, and now a survivor, of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me.”

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American Myth, made with her longtime collaborator Garrison Starr, also showcases Margaret’s first efforts as a composer. Margaret says the album is “my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate.”

In what is a fitting tribute, Margaret has also been named special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, covering the biggest award shows of 2016. Since Joan Rivers was not only a friend, but also a vocal supporter of Margaret, this has a unique significance. “Although I am not quite a fashionista, I would love to look at it like I am changing it up – Fashion Police: Special Victims Unit. It makes me happiest to spend time with Melissa (Rivers), and when I see her laugh at my jokes, I feel like Joan is smiling.”

And in typical “go-go-go” style, Margaret has signed on to develop a “Highland,” a dramedy for Amazon. The hour long show follows Margaret, who after court-0rdered rehab, gets a chance to start over by moving in with her (dysfunctional) family who run a pot dispensary. Co-created by Margaret and writer Liz Sarnoff (“Deadwood,” “Lost,” “Alcatraz”) Margaret is set to star and executive produce as well.

 

With so much success in her artistic life, Margaret has never turned away from the causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication. She was the recipient of the Victory Fund’s Leadership Award and the first-ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She also received the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California, and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Margaret has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), PFLAG and LA Pride, who gave Margaret a Lifetime Achievement Award for leaving a lasting imprint on the LGBT community.

Through her hard work, Margaret has had the opportunity to be heard, to extend her point of view and become regarded as a true pioneer in her field. She takes none of it for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. People come to see me, or buy my records and/or DVDs because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there. More than anything, that makes me really proud.”

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialmargaretcho

Margaret’s Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcho88

Twitter: http://twitter.com/margaretcho/

Official Website:http://www.margaretcho.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margaret_cho/

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EP. 9 Jonathan & Sergey Talk about Sex With Damon L. Jacobs

March 23, 2017
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“Damon L. Jacobs is a New York-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on love, sexual health, and pleasure. He is also the author of the books RATIONAL RELATING and ABSOLUTELY SHOULD-LESS. He is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work on social media, news print, broadcast appearances, is featured as one of 35 “Leading HIV Activists” by The Advocate Magazine, one of the Twelve “Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2015” by Healthline Magazine, part of the “HIV Heroes” series through Metrosource Magazine, and one of the Ten “Most Captivating Voices of 2014” by HIV Equal.

WELCOME!  If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years.  Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles.  The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

We invite you to listen to past shows with Damon for insight and help. If you do not hear any advice that helps feel free to ask Damon any questions you may have about your sex life or relationship problems then tune in and get the much needed advice.

Send your questions to producer@hotmesssunday.com and put in subject line “Sex Question“.

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A PASSIONATE AFFAIR

2oz Strawberry Schnapps
2oz Cranberry Juice
2oz Orange Juice
10z Club Sod

EP. 8 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Donna Lynne Champlin from CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

March 17, 2017
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OBIE and Drama Desk winner Donna Lynne Champlin graduated with high honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. A Princess Grace Foundation award winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she also received intensive training in Shakespeare and Chekhov at Oxford University on the Advanced Acting Scholarship and The Vira I. Heinz Grant to study abroad. While still in college, she received her Equity card starring as “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz with the celebrated Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Champlin made her New York Debut in 1994 at Carnegie Hall starring as “May” in a concert version of Very Warm for May under the direction of acclaimed conductor John McGlinn. Her Broadway debut in 2000 as “Mary Jane” in James Joyce’s The Dead was quickly followed by another Broadway turn as “Honoria Glossop” in the Alan Ayckbourn/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical By Jeeves in 2001. In 2002, came the opportunity to work with Carol Burnett and Hal Prince in Broadway’s Hollywood Arms – the dramatization of Carol’s biography One More Time, in which Champlin played the iconic comedienne. Critics across the country proclaimed Champlin a “show-stopping star in the making” and described her performance as “brilliant”, “a triumph”, and “a tour de force.”

Next on Broadway, Champlin played “Pirelli” (and the accordion, flute and piano) in the groundbreaking 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd where the press called her both “hilarious” and “superb”. She then joined the Broadway company of Billy Elliot as “Lesley” in 2009 and simultaneously self-produced her solo debut CD “Old Friends” which was voted “One of the Best Ten Albums of 2009” and was hailed by critics as “brilliant”, “a masterpiece” and “breath taking”. She can also be heard on numerous cast albums including See Rock City, Sweeney Todd, By Jeeves, three and My Life With Albertine as well as many voice-overs.

Her film credits include Birdman, A Secret Promise, The Audition, The Dark Half, By Jeeves, and Sweet Surrender. And while her TV credits include The Good Wife, Law And Order, Mother’s Day, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Annual Tony Awards on CBS, The View (guest star), The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Regis and Kelly and Emily Dickinson of the PBS Voices and Visions series, she is perhaps most well known for her work as the caustic “Kim Gifford’ on the hit web-series Submissions Only.

Off Broadway, her performance as “Cora Flood” in the 2009 production of The Dark At The Top of the Stairs at The Transport Group (hailed by the NY press as “perfection”, “brilliant” and “a privilege to watch”), earned her the prestigious OBIE award. DL went on to win the 2013 Drama Desk Award for her performance as “Woman #3” in Working, The Musical at the Prospect Theatre and the NYMF Award for “Outstanding Performance” for not one but three separate productions including as “Jane Austen” in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Other favorite Off-Broadway credits include “Audrey” opposite Oliver Platt’s “Touchstone” in Shakespeare In The Park’s As You Like It and “Sophie” in Master Class opposite Edie Falco at the Broadhurst produced by the Metropolitan Opera.

Champlin also continues to perform her critically acclaimed one-woman show Finishing The Hat in NYC (SRO at Birdland, Ars Nova and The Laurie Beechman Theatres) and across the country while teaching master classes in acting at many prestigious colleges such as CMU, Hartt and NYU. Also of particular importance to Champlin is her fundraising for three of her favorite charitable organizations, BC-EFA, the ALSA and The Actors’ Fund.

In addition to being an actress, Donna Lynne also works as a director, writer, stand-up comedienne, pianist, composer, musical director and choreographer. A free-lance writer for Comedy Central, she is currently working on two books; a humorous non-fiction book inspired by her (mis)adventures in the theatre and the other a ‘how-to of comedy’.

Donna Lynne lives in New York City with her husband, actor Andrew Arrow and her son, Charlie.

 

The Drink for Today:

Crazy Ex Girl 
Friend

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1 shot Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 ozDe Kuyper Razmatazz Schnapps
1 splash pineapples

 

EP. 7 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Gary Lavard Star of RAYE: A New Gay Film About The Cutthroat Male Modeling Industry

March 10, 2017
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini combines yummy flavored vodkas with pineapple juice for an awesome cocktail!

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
1/2 cup Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka
1 cup of pineapple juice
Grenadine
Maraschino cherries
crushed ice (about a cup)

INSTRUCTIONS
Put crushed ice in shaker
Add vodka and pineapple juice to shaker
Shake away
Put a maraschino cherry in the bottom of martini glass
Strain vodka/pineapple mixture into martini glass
Slowly pour a splash of grenadine down the side of the martini glass

 

 

 

 

Gary LaVard has been gracing the entertainment scene with his presence and charm for years. A Detroit native, he currently resides between Atlanta and Los Angeles where he is a model/actor. Gary has been involved with all things entertainment his whole life. While in high school he hosted local hip-hop shows and even contributed music production to the top selling Hip-Hop Documentary (Rap Files, Vol.1 2004) (under the name Cashada). Gary has since then graced the pages of many print publications including Kontrol, KRAVE, Hype Magazine + more and has walked for Atlanta & Washington D.C.’s Fashion Weeks and many notable charity shows such as Toys4Tots and Kids Against Hunger.

Gary LaVard has also been seen in print ads for renowned brands, Gap, The Get Tested Campaign, and most recently the billboard ads for Iridium Clothing Store. Even further divulging into the entertainment realm, Gary has graced television screens in such programs as Scream Queens (FOX), The Walking Dead (AMC) and Nightmare Next Door (ID) just to name a few. He can also be seen on FOX Sports commercials. Due to his impeccable physical stature, his body was used as the body cast for legendary NFL players, Jimmy Johnson and R.C. Owens of the San Francisco 49ers, on display inside the Levi Stadium, in Santa Clara, CA. In 2015, Gary also recreated the legendary John Carlos “Black Power Salute” which can now be seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. In 2016, through hard work and consistency, Gary has landed principal and supporting roles in short, independent and mainstream films and television shows such as Ambivalence, RAYE, Products of the American Ghetto, the highly successful LGBT streaming series, About Him (Season 1), TV One’s “#Murder”, OWN Network’s “Greenleaf”, BET’s “The Quad”, Fast8 & ArtHouse TV’s highly anticipated series, “REDSKIN”. 2017 will be an even bigger year with production starting for About Him Season 2: The Revolution, where Gary returns in his leading role starring an all-star cast. With personal influences from his mother and sister, he has always believed in studying one's craft, faith and hard work and is determined to leave an even bigger mark than he already has.

 

Beautiful Men Strike a Dangerous Pose In "Raye," 

 

A New Film About The Cutthroat Male Modeling Industry
 

 

In Steven L. Coard's latest film, Raye, an African American man moves to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a high fashion supermodel. One night, by chance encounter, Raymond "Raye" Buckley (played by Gary Lavard)  meets model agent Hardie Noon (played by Shawn Singleton).  With  help from Hardie, Raye becomes a modeling sensation, eclipsing his nemesis, America's former top male model, Vester V.  To hold his crown, Raye must learn who he can trust in the dog-eat-dog industry of  high fashion modeling. 
 
"I originally came to NYC to become a model," reveals director Steven L. Coard, who also stars in the film as Vester V.  "I was constantly told I wasn't attractive enough or fit enough or that I didn't have the right proportions.  I would go on endless casting calls only to be left broken inside."
 
He eventually quit modeling.  "I wasn't strong enough to make it in the industry," he admits.  
 
Unfortunately, giving up on his dream would become his biggest life regret.  It would also inspire him to make a film loosely based on his experience but with a happier  outcome.  "I wanted to make a film that was almost a male version of Diana Ross' Mahogany," he says.
 
Coard took his idea to Kaylee Fleckney, a screenwriter he had worked with previously on the film, Heartbreaks and Soulmates.  Together, they wrote the first draft of what would become Raye.   "Kaylee did her magic, editing the script and adding the final details to polish up the story."
 
He chose Gary Lavard, also from Heartbreaks and Soulmates, for the lead role, because, "He is such a talented actor who is always eager to work and make art.  Plus, Gary's easy to look at," he adds with a smile.
 
When it came to casting the other leads, Coard searched for ethnically diverse actors with real body types that would be relatable to viewers watching the film. "I wanted to show that models are not clones and that any body type can be successful in modeling."
 
He saved the role of Vester V for himself because he saw playing a villain as a challenge. "I can play a nice guy all day long but playing a scoundrel is something new for me," he explains.  The hardest part was bringing a likability to the character. "I wanted viewers to love to hate him."
 
Raye is being distributed by Color of Love Production Studios, an award-winning production company founded by Steven L. Coard that specializes in creating stories about the LGBTQ community of color.   The studio especially strives to  focus on unique issues of relevance to the gay African American identity.  Previous films include Heartbreaks and Soulmates and last fall's critically acclaimed romantic comedy, Don't Marry Griff. 
 
Though very different from Griff, Raye does continue some of its major themes.  In both films, men of color are chasing their American dreams.  "And without giving away endings for either, karma turns out to be a beeeotch in both," laughs Coard.
 
Coard wears several hats at Color of Love Production Studios.  He is writer, director, producer, and often-times actor.   "I love it all," he says.  "I love directing and producing because I call the shots and if the project isn't a success, I can only blame myself. I love acting because I can be a part of the cast, making memorable characters like Vester V that may live on through time."
 
Steven L. Coard may have missed out on his supermodel dream but his new aspiration is to create a place where LGBTQ talent of varying disciplines can work together in a supportive environment to create exciting visual projects.   "The Color of Love Production School for Film, Theatre, and Scriptwriting," he announces.   "It sure would make it easier to have a stable of talented actors on hand when casting my next films."
 
Raye is available now at https://colorofloveproduction.com.
 

 

EP. 6 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Greg Gould about His Music

March 3, 2017
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vodka-martini.jpgDRINK OF THE DAY:

DRY VODKA MARTINI

Fill shaker with ice. Fill it halfway. …
Add 2 1/2 ounces Vodka
Add a splash of dry vermouth-The less you add, the drier your martini will be.
Stir or shake
Pour and add a garnish (3 green olives)

 

 

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Australian vocal powerhouse GREG GOULD breathes new life into En Vogue’s classic 90’s hit  DON’T LET GO (LOVE) with a  brand new EP and powerful ROLLERCOASTER OF A MUSIC VIDEO! 

 
Greg Gould’s fresh take, on arguably one of the most iconic song’s of the 90’s, packs a punch with this radio-ready 2017 rework smash. Marking Gould’s first independent release and WOW, he is coming out guns a blazing!Soaring soulful vocals, dancefloor dominating beats – staying at boiling point from start to finish! Produced by Sydney’s DJ Dom de Sousa, Greg brings new flavours + refreshing energy to a song already so well respected. Greg makes it his own and serves an incredible vocal performance that hits you right in the sweet spot! Released in conjunction with his heart-wrenching self-directed short film/music video. This visually confronting collection of true stories brings new depth to the lyrics “Together we can make it right!”

Lifted from his debut EP, Don’t Let Go features 5 brand new tracks including a stripped back version of the Eurovision Winning Anthem “Euphoria”, a live studio session of American Boy, feat. Black Eyed Peas hitmaker Printz Board (Where Is The Love, Don’t Phunk With My Heart) and Greg’s beautifully written + produced original, Today. This impressive body of work sets the bar high with style, charisma and the vulnerability heard in the likes of some of Greg’s biggest influences Adele, Sam Smith or Bruno Mars.

GOULD burst onto the national scene in 2013 as the Runner Up of Australia’s Got Talent, immediately connecting to millions with his powerful rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain. Widely known for his formidable 5-octave vocal range, electrifying live performances, and charismatic stage persona, career highlights include critically acclaimed performances at the Full Moon Festival in NYC, the 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras official party and headlining alongside Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas alumni Printz Board at The Star.

“A provocative vocal force that stayed at boiling point from end to end” – The Music Network
Greg is fast establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier entertainers, definitely one to WATCH in 2017!

Visit Greg’s – http://www.greggould.com.au/

Watch this beautiful Video:

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Jonathan & Sergey talk to Director JARED P. SCOTT of THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

February 27, 2017
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ARED P. SCOTT

WRITER  | DIRECTOR| PRODUCER

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An award-winning writer, director, and producer, Jared’s films include THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES, REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, DISRUPTION, DO THE MATH, SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE, THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF, and MONEY IS MATERIAL, which have aired domestically on IFC, PBS, The Documentary Channel, Pivot and Al-Jazeera America. They have received critical acclaim  at film festivals worldwide including TriBeCa, AFI Docs, and Sundance - and have been broadcast internationally in over 20 territories including Germany (ZDF), Japan (NHK), Austria (ORF), Spain (MultiCanal), Finland (YLE), Denmark (DR1), Israel (Channel 8) , Taiwan (PTS) & The Netherlands (EO).

The films have played digitally on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon.

A seasoned speaker, Jared has delivered keynote addresses at both COP 20 in Peru and COP 21 in Paris about ‘Using Film as a Tool for Social Change’ and has appeared on Huff Post Live, ABC, NBC and Al-Jazeera.

SYNOPSIS

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.
These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to
rethink how we use and produce energy.

As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.

 

EP 5. Jonathan & Sergey Have fun with Kenyth Mogan Singer and Song Writer

February 24, 2017
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Today's Drink on The Martini Lounge is 

The Huckleberry Martini:

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2 oz Huckleberry Vodka.

1/2 oz Triple Sec.

1/2 oz Fresh lemon or lime Juice.

Ice.

 

 

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Kenyth Mogan grew up in a typical All-American home with a typical All-American family in the northeastern corner of Montana. However, he proved that he was not a typical anything when he came out of the closet at the age of fifteen and refused to apologize for it. After graduating from the University of Montana, he traded country for concrete and moved to the fast-paced world of Hollywood. He joined the ranks of LA’s out and proud music scene with the release of his debut EP “Fall Apart” in October 2013. His second single “Unlock Your Heart” garnered worldwide recognition in media outlets like Out.com, DNA Magazine, and the Huffington Post’s Queer Voices. Now he returns with the debut single from his forthcoming EP “It Was Love”, written about the ups and downs of first love.

Listen to New Single:

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Watch Some of Kenyth's awesome youtube videos

https://youtu.be/qGakV9vqnZQ

Tribute to Kenyth’s Grandmother who passed away last August

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga6IGT7JIVc

 

 

Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Gloria Calderon Kellett

February 20, 2017
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Gloria Calderon Kellett is a producer and writer, known for One Day at a Time (2017), How I Met Your Mother (2005) and Drunk History (2013). She has been married to Dave Kellett since February 24, 2001.

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Gloria Calderón Kellett is currently a writer and Supervising producer on the CW series “iZombie.” Before that she was on ABC’s “Mixology”, the Lifetime series “Devious Maids, the CBS series “Rules of Engagement” (2008-2011) and “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-2008) during which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding Script. She is a graduate of the Writer’s Guild Showrunner Training Program and has sold pilots to Fox, ABC Studios, CBS and TVLAND.

Her first short film, “Wounded,” was an official selection in the Geneva Film Festival, the Palm Springs Shorts Fest, the Sedona Film Fest, the Gig Harbor Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival. Her second short, “Very Dirty Things” was an official selection in the LA Comedy Film Festival. And her third short film “BLIND” was an official selection in the NBC/Universal Short Cuts Film Fest, the Napa Valley Film Festival, The San Luis Obispo Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival.

She has written several plays to critical success, including “In Her Shoes” (Hudson Avenue Theatre); “Baggage” (Hudson Avenue Theatre / workshopped at The Mark Taper Forum), “Left Overs” (Odyssey Theatre), “Disconnect” (Elephant Theater), “Skirts & Flirts” (Hudson Mainstage Theatre / Kraine Theatre, NYC), “Bedtime Stories” (National Comedy Theater), “Snapshots” (Pico Playhouse), “Identity Theft” (Elephant Theatre), “Drinking Games” (Pico Playhouse); “Just Friends” (Chalk Rep); “Blind” (Stella Adler Theatre); “Dinner & A Movie” (24 Hour Plays @ Wilshire Ebell) and “The Friend Zone” (Stella Adler Theatre) among many others.

Gloria graduated from Loyola Marymount University and was awarded a Kennedy Center/ACTF Award for her first play, “Plane Strangers” – which also went on to win the Del Rey Players Playwriting Award, and the LMU Playwright of the Year Award. Gloria went on to earn a Masters degree in Theatre from the University of London. Her play, “When Words Are Many,” was a finalist for the London Writers Award. Additionally, her play, “Dance Like No One’s Looking,” won the International Student Playscript Competition, judged and awarded by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. While in London, she worked at the Royal Court Theater and the London International Festival of Theatre.

Since her return to Los Angeles, Gloria has been a founding member of the sketch comedy group And Donkey Makes Five, and has written and performed stand-up comedy at The Improv and The Comedy Store. Her book, Accessories, has been translated into Italian and is published by Small Fish Studios in the U.S. and Cassini Press in Italy. In her free time she teaches and lectures about writing (Loyola Marymount University, University of Miami, Imagen Foundation panelist, CBS Diversity program special guest) and on occasion she acts.

Check out Gloria’s website: www.everythinggloria.com

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EP 4. Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Hal Sparks

February 17, 2017
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Today’s Drink for “The Martini Lounge” Is
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  1. Put ¾ cut lime, 11 large mint leaves, and either the Sprite or Simple Syrup + Club Soda into a glass. Using a muddler muddle the ingredients for about a minute.
  2. Pour ice in and shake or mix well.
  3. Garnish with mint and lime.
  4. Serve immediately.

 

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Hal Sparks currently stars as ‘Donald Davenport’, on the hit Disney XD live-action comedy series “Lab Rats.” Since the show’s premiere in 2012, ‘Lab Rats” has been the network’s most watched program. The show has been added to the Disney Channel’s regular line-up garnering more fans and ratings than ever projected.

Sparks, who was born and raised in Kentucky, began his career in comedy as a member of the famed Second City Troupe in Chicago, where he was named “Funniest Teenager in Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times. It wasn’t long before he was selected as to host E!’s Emmy Award-winning “Talk Soup” which led to his starring role as Michael Novotny on the groundbreaking Showtime series “Queer as Folk” (2000-2005).

Hal’s feature film credits include “The A-List,” “Extract,” “Spiderman 2” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” In addition to TV, Hal’s popular “Politishock” radio program airs weekly on Sirius/XM. In addition to acting Hal tours the country headlining local comedy clubs and performing with his rock band Zero 1.

WEBSITE: halsparks.com

Facebook: /HalSparks

Twitter: @HalSparks

Instagram: @HalSparks

IMDb: http://imdb.to/1P813cK

Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Todd Grinnell from NETFLIX “One Day at a Time”

February 13, 2017
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Todd currently stars on the new Netflix show ONE DAY AT A TIME, a remake of the original Norman Lear sitcom with Rita Moreno and Justina Machado. The show premiered on January 6th to rave reviews (has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes!).

In addition to acting, Todd is one of the co-founders of This Bar Saves Lives, a nutrition bar that uses a one-to-one model to send life-saving aid to malnourished children around the world.

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EP 3. Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Del Shores & Producer Emerson Collins about “A Very Sordid Wedding”

February 10, 2017
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Del Shores – Writer/Director/Producer Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. Shores’ career began with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987. The play has been produced in over 2,500 theatres worldwide. A movie version was released in 1990 starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Judge Reinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D’Angelo. Shores wrote the screenplay and executive produced the film.

Sordid Lives the play opened in 1996, and in 1999 Shores wrote and directed the film version starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant. The film took in nearly two million dollars in its eight theatre limited release and became the longest running film in the history of Palm Springs with a record ninety-six weeks. The movie won six Best Feature and thirteen Audience Awards at film festivals. The DVD has now sold over 300,000 units and the 2014 re-release recently became a top-seller for Wolfe Video.

His play Southern Baptist Sissies followed, with a ten-month, sold-out run in 2000 and 2002. Shores received multiple Best Direction and Best Writing awards, and the play won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Production of the Year. In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Best World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play and five Back Stage West Garland Awards, two NAACP Awards, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation and three LA Weekly Awards. In 2006, Shores revived Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies and The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife in Los Angeles before a successful six city national tour, starring Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan, which played in 1000-1700 seat houses.

Sordid Lives: The Series premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008 starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia and Caroline Rhea. Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes. The series was distributed internationally in syndication in seventeen countries. Shores has written and produced in television including Dharma and Greg and Queer as Folk. He also wrote, directed and produced the Showtime movie The Wilde Girls.

In 2010, Shores’ newest play Yellow opened winning various Los Angeles theatre awards including Best World Premiere, Best Production, Best Direction for Del Shores himself (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Backstage Garland, LA Weekly, Broadway World.) In 2011, Shores wrote, directed and produced the screen adaptation of his play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife entitled Blues For Willadean with the entire original stage cast: Beth Grant, Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey, David Steen and Debby Holiday.

In 2013, Shores directed and produced the film adaptation of his play Southern Baptist Sissies, which played 29 film festivals, winning 15 awards including one for Best Screenplay and nine Audience Awards. The film opened theatrically in twelve cities and is available on Amazon, iTunes and DVD released by Breaking Glass Pictures. Shores has played over 150 cities with his three one-man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions, both available on DVD, and Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality.

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Emerson Collins – Producer/“Billy Joe Dobson” Emerson Collins is an actor, producer and TV personality. Emerson starred for four seasons on BRAVO’s The People’s Couch. He produced and starred in Southern Baptist Sissies and won Best Actor in a Feature Film from the Red Dirt International Film Festival. In 2015, Emerson starred in the regional theatre premiere of the one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” in Palm Springs, winning the Desert Theatre League Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. He reprised the role with the acclaimed Laguna Beach Playhouse in 2016. With Del Shores, Emerson co-hosted “The Del & Emerson Show,” UBN Radio’s number one podcast for two years. Emerson co-produced Sordid Lives: The Series for LOGO and produced the New York City, Los Angeles and Palm Springs premieres of the series in conjunction with The Trevor Project, Cinema Diverse and Outfest.

Emerson produced Blues For Willadean, the independent film adaptation of the NAACP award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Octavia Spencer. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Birmingham SHOUT Film Festival. Emerson joined Del Shores Productions as Vice-President of Development and began as a producer on the revivals three plays running in repertory as A Season of Shores. At the end of the successful eight-month run, he produced the national tour of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. In 2010, Emerson also produced the world premiere production of Del Shores’ Yellow, selected as Critic’s Choice by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Backstage and winner of the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Production. Emerson also directed and produced the DVD live tapings of Del Shores’ one man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions and Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality.

Beard Collins Shores Productions Beard Collins Shores Productions was founded in 2012 by Del Shores, Emerson Collins and Louise H. Beard with a dedicated focus on producing low and ultra-low budget films with a direct route to profitability. The company’s first film project was the hybrid film of Del Shores’ GLAAD Award-winning play Southern Baptist Sissies. The film was crowdsource-financed, raising $140,000 with Indiegogo. Southern Baptist Sissies played 28 film festivals, winning 15 awards including nine Audience Awards. It was released theatrically in independent theaters in twelve cities including Palm Springs, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Detroit, Portland and Los Angeles. The film is now a top-selling DVD for Breaking Glass Pictures and available for streaming and download from Amazon and iTunes.

A Very Sordid Wedding Theatrical World Premiere Sequel to Del Shores’ Hit Play, Movie & TV Series Sordid Lives Reunites All-Star Cast of Iconic Characters to Explore the Acceptance, Conflict and Bigotry Following the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
Two-Week Exclusive Engagement Starts March 10, 2017, at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, Calif., expanding via The Film Collaborative to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and other cities/dates to be announced

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Palm Springs, Calif. – Award-winning writer/director Del Shores (“Blues For Willadean,” “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Queer A Folk”) releases his latest film, A Very Sordid Wedding, the outrageously funny sequel to his play, movie and TV series Sordid Lives. The film brings back an all-star ensemble cast of characters, rooted in the Southern Baptist world of Winters, Texas, in the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage equality ruling where not everyone there is ready to accept it. On March 10, 2017, the film will make its World Premiere and have an exclusive two-week theatrical release at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, where the original film ran for 96 weeks. It will be followed by a national limited theatrical run by The Film Collaborative, expanding to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and other cities and dates to be announced. For ticket information and further updates on the film’s theatrical release, visit http://www.averysordidwedding.com/.

The ensemble cast of 32 actors is led by Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Dale Dickey (Independent Spirit Award winner “Winter’s Bone”), Leslie Jordan (Emmy winner “Will & Grace”) with cast members from the original Sordid Lives film Newell Alexander (“August: Osage County”), Rosemary Alexander, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, Lorna Scott (“Wanted”) and Ann Walker. New additions to the Sordid Lives world include Emerson Collins (“The People’s Couch”), Levi Kreis (Tony winner “Million
Dollar Quartet”), Carole Cook (“Sixteen Candles”), Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”), Aleks Paunovic (“Van Helsing”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit The Floor”) and a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg.

Sordid Lives, Del Shores’ fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996, and ran for 13 sold-out months. It received 13 “Critic’s Choice” honors and 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards. In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film adaption of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant, along with most of the cast from the play. The movie became a cult phenomenon taking in nearly $2 million in its eighttheatre limited release. The movie won six Best Feature and 13 Audience Awards at film festivals. In 2002, Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units. The film was re-released by Wolfe Video in 2014. Sordid Lives: The Series, a 12episode TV series prequel to the Sordid Lives film, premiered on MTV’s LOGO network in 2008. “Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t write me asking me for more Sordid Lives. So many of my LGBTQ fans, of all ages, have come out to their folks by showing them Sordid Lives because the humor helped them share their own story,” explains writer, director and producer Del Shores. “I am excited to bring my characters up to July 2015 where they are hit with the reality of Texas having full equality. I wanted to contrast affirming churches and organizations like Faith In America with the hypocritical bigotry that is still being spewed from pulpits represented by the ‘Anti-Equality Rally’ in the film.”

“With the victory of marriage equality and the resulting backlash disguised as ‘religious freedom’ bills, our film exploring the impact of religious bigotry couldn’t come at a more timely moment in our history,” continues producer and star Emerson Collins. “Hard-fought LGBTQ rights won over the past eight years now hang in the balance with the new presidential administration and conservative state legislatures across the country preparing to target the LGBTQ community.”

As the original film dealt with coming out in a conservative Southern world, A Very Sordid Wedding explores the questions, bigotry and the fallout of what happens when gay marriage comes to communities and families that are not quite ready to accept it. Bigoted “religious freedom,” marriage equality and cultural acceptance are all explored with Del Shores’ trademark approach to using comedy and his much beloved Sordid Lives characters to deal with these important current social issues and the very real process of accepting your family for who they are instead of who you want them to be.

Synopsis: A VERY SORDID WEDDING It’s 2015, seventeen years after Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs and died in Sordid Lives, and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. Sissy Hickey (Dale Dickey) is reading the Bible, cover to cover, trying to make some kind of sense out of what it really says about gay people. Her niece Latrelle Williamson (Bonnie Bedelia) has divorced her husband Wilson (Michael MacRae) who has taken up with a hot young gold digger. Latrelle’s now out and proud gay son Ty (Kirk Geiger) is on his way back to town with his black man and news of their own. Her sister LaVonda (Ann Walker) is still cussin’ and drankin’ and is being blackmailed to sit with the sick and afflicted. LaVonda’s best friend Noleta (Caroline Rhea) meets a hot younger man while visiting her awful mama in the hospital. G.W. (David Steen), sporting new fiberglass legs after Noleta burned his old ones, is still feeling guilty and mourning Peggy. Nearly incoherent barfly Juanita (Sarah Hunley) has moved from her obsession with Vacation Bible School roosters to the royal family while Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill) still bicker at the bar. Tammy Wynette champion Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan) hasn’t been back to Winters since Peggy’s funeral, and he’s working at a tragic little gay bar in  Longview, having added Loretta and Dolly to his new medley act “We Three Queens of Oper-y Are” till a chance meeting with a dangerous criminal forces him out on the run. As the sordid saga continues, an anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at Bubba’s Bar while the Southside Baptist Church is planning an “Anti-Equality Rally” to protest the advancement of same-sex marriage, spearheaded by Vera Lisso (Lorna Scott) and Mrs. Barnes (Sharon Garrison). Both events are to take place on the same night, so the cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks, and a surprise wedding!

Credits Beard Collins Shores Productions presents A VERY SORDID WEDDING In association with Buffalo Gal Pictures Supporting sponsor: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Written and directed by Del Shores Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores Executive Producers: Louise H. Beard, Phyllis Laing, Jeff Beesley, Camelot Theatres, Rozene & Ric Supple  Co-Producers: Donna Mathewson, Anthony Gore, Stuart Howell Bell, Carl Foster Miller & Karl H. Christianson, Craig & Scott Caulfield-Seidner Director of Photography: Paul Suderman Production Designer: Chad Giesbrecht Editor: Donna Matthewson Costume Designer: Sandy Soke Music by Joe Patrick Ward Total running time: 109 minutes

Official Website: http://www.averysordidwedding.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averysordidwedding/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sordidwedding

Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Lina Bradford and Her Collection of Barbies

February 6, 2017
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“IN THE DOLLHOUSE WITH LINA” RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND SEASON THE MAGIC 8 BALL BRINGS BACK YOUTUBE’S WILDEST TALK SHOW STARRING LINA BRADFORD AND HER COLLECTION OF BARBIES

In The Dollhouse With Lina, the rollicking YouTube show hosted by the spirited House Music DJ diva Lina Bradford, returns for its second season this month. In the show, Lina’s quick wit (known as “Linish”…yes, she has her own language) and infectious smile take center stage as she discusses music, fashion and pop culture with her celebrity friends. In season one, her magic 8 ball transported Carson Kressley, Robert Verdi and Bevy Smith (host of “Bevelations” on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy) into the dollhouse. Season Two will welcome guests like Candis Cayne, NY Real Housewife and Home Shopping Network jewelry designer Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Whoopi Goldberg. Each episode is shot in Lina Bradford’s Barbie doll room — she has over 600 pint-sized mannequins — and includes hilarious segments like the fan-favorite “Asian Fortune Cookie Kiki” where celebs play the Origami Paper Game with Lina, answering questions no one else would dare to ask.

“The wonderful part about doing a talk show is I get to be my fun, goofball self while doing the two things I most enjoy: learning more about the interesting personalities I adore and making people happy,” says Lina Bradford from The Dollhouse studios in New York. “What more could I ask for from a job?”

Lina Bradford grew up as an only child in New York City, across the street from Carnegie Hall. Without siblings, she would spend most of her days alone with only her wild imagination to keep her company. “I would put my Barbies in the craziest scenarios,” she remembers. “Whether they were fighting crime, sailing the French Riviera, or running high powered executive meetings in the boardroom, they always did it with glamour and style.”

Lina’s career in entertainment began early. She studied dance for ten and a half years, performing modern ballet, tap and jazz in several companies throughout New York. The moves she learned would become part of her signature style when, twenty years ago, she left the dance stage for the dance floor, spinning records all over New York and Europe. She would become best known for her ten-year run on Fire Island. Lina currently holds a once-a-month residency Party TBS (Throwback Sundays) at NYC’s The Gilded Lily. “I enjoyed a very strong upbringing from very well rounded intelligent Aries women who were all true Rams,” she continues. “They taught me to be confident in who I am.” Lina Bradford is a trans woman but she does not define herself by it. “I’ve never done labels. I’ve only worn them,” she says. People are drawn to Lina because of the essence she projects, one of love and light. “I’m an Aries. I’m optimistic and I love a challenge.”

While In The Dollhouse, Lina enjoys bringing out new sides of her guests that fans don’t normally get a chance to see. With Candis Cayne, she reminisces about growing up together in the legendary nineties New York scene. In her interview with Janet Mock, a transgender rights activist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Redefining Realness”, Lina manages to tap into Mock’s edge-y comedic side. “People tend to think Janet is always very straightforward and serious but in my interview, viewers will witness a wicked sense of humor!”

It’s the reason hoards of viewers tuned into the first season of In The Dollhouse with Lina. The show offers Lina, her guests, and viewers too, a rare chance to revert back to a childhood when shaking the Magic 8 Ball, embracing imagination and playing with dolls was acceptable and encouraged. “My show brings us back to our carefree days… if only for ten or fifteen minutes.”

In The Dollhouse With Lina is free at http://djlina.com.
Follow on Facebook @DJLina.

Bringing Back Memories when the Whole Family Sat Around the Radio for Story Time

January 30, 2017
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“OUTSpoken is excited to bring you back to the past this Sunday with the Old Time Radio Hour featuring guest readers Lance Babbitt and Abby Crawford. With a classic detective mystery, and an old time western, this isn’t a Sunday show you’d want to miss. Join us this Sunday at 88.1 and 92.3 FM at noon for a good ol’ throwback.”.

EP 2. Jonathan & Sergey Talk to Stephen Guarino

January 27, 2017
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TODAYS DRINK

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Carmel Apple Martini the recipe http://www.dekuyperusa.com/recipe/caramel-appletini

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is best know for playing the over-the-top Derrick for 3 seasons on ABC’s Happy Endings as well as his outrageous characters on Rosie O’Donell’s The Big Gay Sketch Show on LOGO. In 2012 he received an unprecedented talent deal with CBS to diversify the network and has subsequently written and directed for the network the last two years. He has produced, written, and is a cast member on the delivered 2014 CBS pilot The Night Crew, an SNL style sketch show. He currently is in the cast of the MTV drama Finding Carter, Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback on HBO and ABC’s Marry Me. Other TV: NBC’s The Gates, CBS’s Right this Way’til Death, Law & Order SVU, The Neighbors, Disney’s Jessie and Sophia the 1st, David E Kelley’s The Wedding Bells. Film: Disney’s Confessions of a Shopaholic, BearCity 1 & 2 (OutFest Award for Best Actor), I Hate Valentine’s Day, and The Clique. He recently won two best guest star awards at the LA Webseries Honors for his roles in LOGO’s EastSiders and Hustling. He stars in season 2 of EastSiders with RuPaul Drag Race star Willam, and has his own comedy show this November on LOGO called The Straight Out Report. His co-created fully-improvised musical The Nuclear Family recently had a sold-out run at the famed LA Groundlings after being Off-Broadway for 6 months. In 2013 he did his 4th Off-Broadway show Around the World in 80 Days and just recently finished the 2008 Broadway musical “Title of Show”…in Kalamazoo Michigan. He has directed Willam Belli and Detox Icunt in the seminal production of ShowGirls The Movie Live on Stage! and SNL’s Emmy nominee Kate McKinnon’s One Woman Sketch Show. He has performed comedy and improv nationwide, is a regular comic for Atlantis Gay Cruise Lines, and is a proud alumni of NYC’s Public Theatre Shakespeare Program and Florida State.

 

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The Big Gay Sketch Show

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I Hate Valentine’s Day

Happy Endings

‘Til Death

Law & Order: SVU

“Sak Comedy Lab” in Orlando

The Groundlings in Los Angeles

Co-starred in The Nuclear Family, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical comedy that debuted in 2005.

EastSiders.

 

Guarino has been openly gay since the age of 15. In 2014 he starred in the episode Snack Attack as Wendy’s father in Jessie (TV series)

 

Jonathan & Sergey talk to Isabella Gomez

January 24, 2017
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Isabella Gomez was born in Medellin, Colombia where she was raised. She grew up an only child surrounded by older kids and adults, making her an outgoing little girl. Isabella loved to be the center of attention from an early age and would make friends wherever she went, from school to waiting rooms. She was always very assertive so when a 6 year old Isabella told her mom that she wanted to act, her parents knew she meant it. Luckily, her mom Eliana had a close friend that was involved in the industry and through him she started dipping her foot in the commercial world in Colombia. She was in love right away, and her vivacious personality at such a young age caught the eye of those around. From there she was booked to be the host of the launching of a government issued program that focused on providing food for kids in need in the state. At the mere age of 6 she hosted a 2 1/2 hour long ceremony all by herself, shocking the audience and those working with her. She continued to host ceremonies and kept working on commercials.
 
When Isabella was 10 her dad Sergio decided to move to the United States in search of a better life. Once in Orlando, Florida she pushed to finally be put in professional classes so she could further pursue her passion, but the language barrier prevented her from being able to go in right away. Determined to train, Isabella worked on learning English and getting rid of her accent. Soon enough, her mom agreed to enroll her in the little acting studio down the street, the Lisa Maile School. She eventually took almost every course available, all the while forming a strong bond with an administrator there, Loretta Rispoli. She would later make a phone call to close friend Traci Danielle, president and owner of Brevard Talent Group, urging her to give this little newcomer a chance. Soon after Isabella had signed with her very first agent, an agent she still has to this day and considers a close friend. Now with Traci’s help Isabella broke into the commercial industry in the United States, working on projects such as Tobacco Free Florida, Friendly’s, Publix, Universal Studios and so on. After working with a couple different coaches she decided to try a new one her mom recommended, Kia RiddickTaylor. This ended up being a match made in Heaven both in a professional sense and a personal one. Isabella found a new home, a new family and a second mom in her studio. Due to the relaxed, open-minded nature of the class and the people in it she was able to finally fully give herself over to her craft with Ms. Kia guiding her every step of the way. It was with her that Isabella believes she began finding who she was as an actress. With a whole new skill set and a boosted confidence Isabella was sent off to audition for her very first character role in a then new Nickelodeon show called Grachi. The process took about 6 months, a time in which the show was renamed Every Witch Way, and she had made it to test deals and was being flown out to Los Angeles for the final audition. It was everything her and her parents had dreamed off, it seemed as if she had made it. Getting the call that she had in fact not been chosen shattered her. However, instead of wanting to quit, it made her want to get booked even more. She flew to LA and met with a few managers, one of them being Doyle Rice, who her dad took an immediate liking to. However, she chose someone else and secured her first manager. Isabella went on to a Theatre Magnet Program in high school and her freshman year she flew out to LA for 7 weeks so she could partake in her first pilot season. After booking a print for Coke and several callbacks for different shows she landed her first character role, Cristina Sandoval on Matador, Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming show. For about the next year she flew back and forth from Florida to California in order to work on the show and attend school and soon after talks of moving to the City of Angels began. She kept auditioning and training and half way through her sophomore year she got cast as one of the leads in The Illusion by Tony Kushner. The show is set up so the leads play 3 different characters throughout the show and she played Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta. She took the challenge head on and after it was over she felt certain she was ready to take the next step in her career.

 

In the summer of 2015 Isabella and her family packed up once again and moved cross-country so she could further pursue her career in acting. Her contract with her previous manager being over, she reconnected with Doyle Rice and signed with him. His style and personality were a much better fit for her and her family, making them more excited and driven than ever. She started training and auditioning again, but she found it difficult to adjust to a new teacher and to being in the room after doing self tapes for so long. The first 6 months of her living there were dry, with just a single callback and an increasing frustration. After the holidays the new year came and Isabella had a long chat with Ms. Kia that reassured her she has the capability to do this. With a new mindset and a new pilot season to focus on she put all her energy and effort into her craft. She booked a little role on Modern Family and continued to audition for other projects and soon after she found herself at a callback standing in front of Norman Lear. He was looking for the daughter in a remake of One Day At a Time, this time with a Cuban-American family. A chemistry read and a few days later she got the call that she had booked the role of Elena Alvarez, who she would play alongside the legendary Rita Moreno as her grandma and the wonderful Justina Machado as her mom. Now the first season is almost done and Isabella has started looking for her next project until the possible season 2 of ODAAT.

Jonathan & Sergey Have a fun Political Day - Theater, Therapy and Political Round Table with Andrew Biviano & Jaclyn Archer

January 20, 2017
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I arrived in Spokane Valley in 1975, at six weeks old. My large, loving, mixed-race family experienced its share of ups and downs and taught me the value of character, compassion, and community. My parents always worked for social justice, as youth leaders, social workers, public defenders, and activists, teaching their six children that we must use our gifts to help others.

My first foray into politics came as a child, after my father was fired from his job simply because he was gay and my mother struggled to support the family as a single mother of six. My family experienced poverty, as well as discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. I helped my dad fight for a law to make discrimination against gay people illegal in the 1980’s. While that effort failed, neither I, nor my dad, would stop fighting for what’s right, because we knew it would happen one day.

But I also experienced the incredible power of community support, and people looking out for me. I had the privilege of receiving scholarships to attend wonderful schools, such as Saint George’s School in Spokane. I recognized what an extraordinary opportunity this was and worked as hard as I could. I graduated in 1993 as valedictorian and was accepted into Yale University, where I earned a degree in clinical child psychology. Most importantly, I met my wife Amy on our second day on campus. We fell in love instantly, married just after graduation, and will soon celebrate our nineteenth anniversary. We have two amazing teenage sons, Alex and Aidan, both students at West Valley High School.

My professional life has been devoted to public service. I began as a case manager, treatment provider, and mentor for juvenile offenders and kids in special education classrooms, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. I served adults with serious mental illness while working at Frontier Behavioral Health. I then went to Gonzaga Law School, as a Thomas More Scholar, so that I could learn the skills necessary to make a systemic difference.

After graduating from GU law at the top of my class in 2006, I worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Spokane and had the honor of representing the United States in a wide array of civil and criminal cases. I learned more about what government can do and found solutions to large challenges. I moved to private practice in 2012, and have zealously and successfully advocated for consumers victimized by corrupt businesses, people trapped in jails and mental hospitals, and workers who have faced discrimination. I have helped hundreds of people recover millions of dollars, and have stopped numerous illegal practices.

Jaclyn Archer for Spokane County Vice-Chair

Jaclyn Archer a senior undergrad student at Eastern Washington University getting a degree in English Literature with a minor in History. She is a journalist and writer. She has contributed to The Black Lens and worked for nearly two school years as a section editor at The Easterner. She has appeared on other KYRS shows (such as Praxis and F Yes!) as the Community Relations Officer for Eastern’s Black Student Union, and a representative of the Multicultural Coalition. She has volunteered with PJALS, WashingtonCAN!, Spokane NOW, and am a member of the Spokane NAACP. Most recently (Saturday) I was elected as the Vice-Chair of Spokane County’s Democratic Central Committee

When Andrew Biviano asked me to run for Vice Chair of the Spokane County Democrats, I was skeptical. I’ve been a registered Democrat from the time I could vote. My allegiance was not born of party loyalty, but a desire to participate in the democratic process by caucusing. I voted for President Obama in 2012, and caucused for Bernie last March, but over the last eight years I have become disillusioned with the Democratic Party.

But, I believe that the people of the Democratic party are genuine and committed to service. If we struggle to bring about a progressive future, it is only because we need to reforge the tools of progress within our political organizations. I do not wish to stand on the outside of this process. I wish to take part, not only as a voter and active citizen, but as Vice Chair of the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee.

What does change look like?

I have often asked ‘What is the purpose of the Democratic Party?’ The answer is simple: To elect Democrats to political office. The more important question is ‘Why?’

If Democrats cannot offer people something more or better than the other guy, we’re just trying to win for the sake of winning. But I believe the party is more than that. The Democratic Party has built itself up appealing to labor, to women, to the Black, the Brown, the queer, the immigrant, the atheist, and the disenfranchised. When we convince them to vote for us, we are making a promise to give them in return what the other guy can’t or won’t deliver: justice, equality, a voice, a consistent ear to their interests, and candidates who will make them a priority.

I envision a Spokane Democratic Party that acts as a service organization, that gets involved with the liberation of its constituency. That means joining hands with the NAACP, with Planned Parenthood, with labor unions, queer organizations, and others who are likely to see their government protection eroded over the next four years.

This means listening to the needs of our constituencies, extending tangible support, and shaping our vision of government into a tool that better serves them, and the greater purpose of social advancement and harmony.

This is the change that must come to the Democratic Party. Spokane needs and deserves a truly progressive voice, and I want to be a part of the team that shapes it.

Why trust me?

Firstly, I’m an outsider. I only care about how best to serve the people of Spokane, and have no previous political conflicts with the potential to sway my judgment.

I am involved. Since I made Spokane my new home nearly four years ago, I have been involved in progressive causes with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS). I have lent my voice to the cause of gender and race pay equality in the City of Spokane, partnering with our local chapter of the National Organization for Women as a leader with Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN!). I have written several articles for The Black Lens, including one that tackled the racist and problematic statements of Interim Police Chief Jim McDevitt. I have interviewed the Mayor’s Office and marched on City Hall. In short, I care, and I put myself on the line on a regular basis, fighting for the kind of community Spokane can be.

I am an innovator. As a student at Eastern Washington University I provided tutorials on journalistic writing that I created myself to introduce new staff writers to the craft. I am currently serving my second year term as Community Relations Officer for the Black Student Union, an office which I have expanded to Community Liaison, thus building a relationship with the local NAACP. I acted as Revitalizing Facilitator for Eastern’s Scary Feminist Club, and I manage the social media and publicity for Eastern’s Multicultural Coalition, which is responsible for expanding the square footage and staffing of the Multicultural Center being built in the new Student Center. I get things done.

Finally, I live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities.

My Perspective

I grew up in a small, rural town in Eastern Washington. College Place, separated by a three-lane road from Walla Walla, has only 8,000 residents, over 90% of whom are devoutly Christian. It was a wonderful upbringing in many respects. What it lacked, however, was an understanding of my complete identity.

At the age of twenty, I walked away from the faith of my childhood for good. It was a difficult decision, one I took several years to reach. But once I left the ideology of my parents and hometown, I was free to discover my identity as a member of the queer community. Over the last several years I have come out to my family, friends, and marriage partner as a bisexual and genderfluid individual. I have also come into my own as an activist who is not only anti-racist, but pro-Black. My membership in the Black, woman-loving, and trans communities gives me a unique first-hand perspective of multiple constituencies the Democratic Party aims to serve. While no one person can ever speak for a whole group, I can offer personal experience and credibility on issues of race, orientation, and gender identity.

EP 1. Jonathan & Sergey talk with Paolo Andino on The Martini Lounge

January 20, 2017
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That's right, the debut of The Martini Lounge! Join Jonathan & Sergey with very special guest, Paolo Andino! Get your Cosmos and kick back for an hour of laughs and drinks and find out what Paolo Andino considers sexy! This is going to be good!

The Drink for the show is a "Cosmopolitan Cocktail"  You probably know how to to make it but here is link - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/221891/cosmopolitan-cocktail/

OUTSpoken Talks with Brandon Stansell and Sabel Samone-Loreca

January 9, 2017
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BRANDON STANSELL is a fresh face onto the Country Music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. SLOW DOWN, co-written with Mylen and the title track off his new EP, is the epicenter of his “California Country” sound with the raw emotion of those first moments in a budding relationship. SLOW DOWN was produced by Nashville-based producer, writer, and guitarist Erik Halbig. Stansell met Erik a few years ago through friend, Ty Herndon, who is featured on the track.

While his casual country sound is appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this crooner of Nashville roots. He is navigating the path of an openly-gay Country Artist. Brandon, while not the first to chart these waters, is one of few people in the industry willing to lay everything out for the listener and the result is an honest, beautiful musical experience.

Director Trent Atkinson, once again, joined his team directing the SLOW DOWN music video and building on the cinematic scope their first collaborative work, DEAR JOHN, which was released in early 2016.

 

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Sabel Samone-Loreca has engaged in HIV prevention and care work for much of her adult life.  Ms. Samone-Loreca is currently a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, holding the SPA 4 Consumer seat.  

University of Florida Keynote Speaker TDOR 2016

Sabel Samone-Loreca was in the Profile of Cover Story for OUT Magazine October 2016

Sabel Samone-Loreca was on the Cover of the 2016 Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,and Transgender Hertigage Month

Sabel Samone-Loreca was Awarded 2015 Queen USA Most Popular Award

Samone-Loreca  was on the Cover of The Fight Magazine Sponsor Los Angeles Pride 2015 ( Prep and Prejudice)

Samone-Loreca is the cover of Friends Community research ( Alexia’s Project ) Healthy Living Positive Living

Samone-Loreca started her career in social services in 2002, when she moved to Los Angeles. In addition to her HIV-focused work, she has been a ceaseless advocate for youth, trans people, and the homeless.  She has worked with a number of agencies during her career, such as Californians Helping Alleviate Medical Problems (C.H.A.M.P), and Central City Hospitality House in San Francisco focusing on the homeless transgender community. She also worked with Minority AIDS Project and Skid Row Housing and Trust as a peer advocate outreaching to the homeless community.  She was a case manager at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, working in the Division of Adolescent Medicine.

In 2004, Samone-Loreca decided to ‘go public’ and became an HIV Stops With Me spokesmodel. HSWM is a multi-component campaign that utilizes HIV positive spokespeople to deliver prevention messages to the community in person and through mass media. HSWM is one of the longest-running and most highly evaluated HIV prevention campaigns in the U.S.  She continued that form of community outreach for 5 years.   She was 1st runner up for the original Quest for the Cover(now APAIT’s Quest Pageant) and she ran again (and won) in 2005. The Quest Pageant encourages the development and advancement of transgender people and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the transgender community. The main goals of Quest are:  to  empower the male-to-female transgender (MTF TG) community with information on HIV transmission and prevention; to provide positive role models and a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among this population; and to train MTF TG advocates and role models on issues of HIV.  Samone-Loreca was a long-time organizer of Trans Unity.  

Samone-Loreca continues to remain a visible, out, HIV-positive trans woman. She has participated in numerous panels and workshops, training both the community and the providers who serve them. She participated in PEP LA (Peers Educating Peers in Los Angeles). She was most recently on the 20/20 Panel Discussion, HIV Past and Present.

 

OUTSpoken Holiday Show for 2016

December 26, 2016
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OUtSpoken's first Holiday show aired onDec 25

OutSpoken -Uncomfortable Conversations: Grief

December 20, 2016
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OUTSpoken is proud to present the next in a series of very important discussions. Uncomfortable Conversations: Grief It is inevitable, at some point everyone will experience grief. It is a guarantee of our humanity. Culturally, we are left to navigate it on our own, we don’t talk about it, we are uncomfortable with it. we simply wish it would leave. Why? How do we learn to cope? What can grief teach us? How can we help each other? Join us as we delve into this very uncomfortable conversation. Grief,

Special Guest to talk with us about the topic of Grief:

DAMON L. JACOBS

He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years.  Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

His approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles.  The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

RANDY WATTS AUTHOR OF “FILLING EMPTY

His  book, Filling Empty, was released October 2016. “It is the book I wish I would have had when my wife passed away six years ago from Leukemia. I wrote it with the intention of helping anyone who is suffering from the pangs of grief due to the loss of a partner, or any loved one. I have attached a general synopsis of the book, as well as a chapter-by-chapter breakdown”.

“I know that there are a great number of people who are grieving, and many of them have no idea of where to turn, and to whom they can reach out to. I have made it my mission to reassure them of these three things: They are not alone, They will be happy again and Their loved ones still linger very near”.
 

Synopsis of  “Filling Empty

Each year approximately 56 million people die, leaving loved ones behind to grieve their loss. So many of these grievers don’t know where to turn to seek the relief, for which they so long. They can be happy again, but they must first learn how to fill their empty hearts.

Having lost my beloved wife at the end of 2010, I understand the pain that’s experienced when a spouse or partner gets carried away by death. Filling Empty is the book I wish I would have had when the grief became practically unbearable.

Stricken with an acute form of Leukemia, Malinda became very ill. I never really believed that she’d die; she was too healthy, and we were way too much in love for her to go anywhere. I moved into the hospital with her so that I could be her support until she recovered and we would finally be able to go home. I even kept a journal, and called it “The Leukemia Chronicles.” My plan was to transform my day-to-day writings into a book and present it to her when she was finally cured of her cancer. I wanted her to know just what occurred while she was in the hospital—often semi-conscious or heavily sedated.

It was about five months from the time that she was initially diagnosed that I began to wonder if she might not overthrow the cancerous curse that plagued her. I began to wonder what I’d do if she really did go away. What path does a man take when his better half is taken from him? I knew that if she died I’d be devastated, but I had no idea of the degree of pain I would soon be experiencing.

Throughout Malinda’s hospital stay, I often told her that if I could, I’d take the pain away from her. It was on December 16th, 2010 that she lost the battle, and I had to keep my promise; it was time for me to take the pain. I hurt so badly. I knew that suicide was not the answer, yet it beckoned me daily. I desperately searched my universe for comfort in any other form—anything that would help me breathe again.

After a great deal of pain, suffering and soul searching, I began to discover how to avoid some of the “land mines” that would suddenly bombard my brain each time I felt like I might be able to go on. I was able to learn how to cope, and eventually I knew that I could go on surviving.  I also knew that it was my responsibility to help others who were passing through the same type of agony.

What I went through doesn’t make me an expert on dealing with grief—it makes me a survivor with a story to tell. A story, in fact, that will be of great help to those who find themselves mourning the loss of a spouse, partner or of anyone they loved.

Filling Empty is a book of hope. It explains how to fill a heart once it’s been emptied. It’s the book that I wish I’d had when Malinda transitioned from body to spirit. It’s a compilation of experiences that I passed through, as well as those of others who have endured the same type of loss. It is also a reminder that our loved ones are still nearby, and how we can recognize and enhance our awareness of their spiritual presence.

In short, this book is about how to fill an empty heart.

Filling Empty is designed to help the reader realize that:

  • They are not alone—many are passing through the same type of pain
  • Their loved ones have not gone far—their spirits linger nearby
  • There really is happiness after loss—the light at the end of the tunnel that seems so absent, will eventually be visible

People won’t stop hurting after reading Filling Empty, but they will know that they are not the only ones passing through the torment that comes with loss. They will realize that if this author was able to withstand the pain and regain happiness, so they will be, also.

 

 

OUTSpoken talks with Jay Kou and Feeling A Month After Election Night

December 15, 2016
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It has been a month since the elections. What are you feeling? Has the shock worn off or are you feeling the same? Happy, sad, scared , mad?  Call in to join the conversation! Tell us your comments and questions on Facebook.

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JAY KUO (writer)
Allegiance is Jay’s fourth full length musical. At Stanford University, he wrote and produced Upwardly Mobile, a story of five friends coming of age. Jay’s second musical, Insignificant Others, played from 2006-08 in San Francisco and earned a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script. His third work, Worlds Apart, performed in concert at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre and in NYC at New World Stages. Allegiance held its World Premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater where it played to sold out audiences and broke that theater’s 77-year ticket sales record. Allegiance won Best New Musical from the San Diego Theater Critics Circle and will open on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in November of 2015. In addition to composing, Jay has produced several shows on Broadway. Jay is also a graduate of the U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law and is an appellate litigator admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. He has co-authored a best selling memoir and currently is Chief Creative Officer at The Social Edge, a digital publishing and social media company that generates one of the largest sources of traffic on the Internet.

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Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new Broadway musical: Allegiance.

Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Legendary performer George Takei — (Star Trek, “Heroes”), who was himself an internee as a child, stars alongside Tony® winner Lea Salonga – (Miss Saigon, Mulan) in this enthralling and epic new musical.

But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.

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Riverstone Stadium 14- Coeur D Alene, ID: Dec 13 at 7:30pm
Northtown Mall 12 – Spokane, WA: Dec 13 at 7:30pm

Click here to see cities and times all over the USA for show locations!

 

 

OUTSpoken Talks with Sean Hemeon

December 5, 2016
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Sean Hemeon is an LA based artist and actor. His work can be seen at haleARTS Space in Santa Monica, California. He is most known for his award winning performance on the acclaimed series Husbands (CW) with Joss Whedon (Avengers), Jane Espenson (Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time), and Jeff Greenstein (Friends, Will and Grace). Originally from Virginia, he started his path with a scholarship for Theater Arts at VCU in Richmond, VA. Shortly after, As the World Turns came around and Hemeon booked his first national role. Since then Hemeon has appeared on hit shows such as True Blood, Criminal Minds, and Rake.

www.seanhemeon.com

TAKE THESE BROKEN WINGS
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67166172/take-these-broken-wings

 

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OUTSpoken After Thanksgiving and AIDS Day Show

November 30, 2016
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OUTSpoken –  World AIDS Day and After Thanksgiving Show

 

Grab Some leftovers, take a break from Holiday shopping specials, and join the Boys of OUTSpoken “After Thanksgiving Show.”

World Aids Day is now on our minds more so than other with the change in political front. Today we Talk with Gaye Weiss and Kaleb Ashby about AIDS, Spokane SAN and World AIDS Day.

 

Camille Bloom

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CAMILLE BLOOM

Seattle-based, Gibson endorsed musician Camille Bloom has performed at premiere venues in eight different countries including Canada, the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, England, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Combining percussive guitar and a voice that can “purr and wail” (Victory Review), “Camille’s music can make even the rain dance.” (Mike Galaxy – Indy Hits promotion). The powerhouse singer/songwriter has been said to sound ”like Ani Difranco dipped in maple syrup”. (Spokane Inlander).

Once a high school teacher, Camille was lured out of her education career by an investor who promised her thirty to fifty thousand dollars if she would leave her job. Camille immediately applied for leave in the district and after successfully negotiating a contract set up a meeting date with the investor to sign all of the paperwork and make it official. Unfortunately, the investor never showed up to sign the contract and was never heard from again. Having already given notice at her job with a year’s sabbatical, Camille had nothing to do but give it her best shot on the road and see where it would lead.

In the last eight years, Camille has had songs licensed for use in twenty one shows on a variety of channels including MTV, E! and Oxygen. Additionally, she has completed over 30 national / international tours and has had her music played on over 40 major and college radio stations throughout the U.S. and Western Europe. She also charted on the European FAR (Freeform American Roots) Charts in 2009 with other music greats Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Iron & Wine. She won the “Best Female Indie Artist” at the Ladylake Music Awards in 2010.

Camille’s last full length release Never Out Of Time was released in 2011 and she enlisted the help of star producer Martin Feveyear, whose production credits include REM, Presidents of the United States, Rosie Thomas and Brandi Carlile. The album and the artist were lauded nationally by Music Connection, The Advocate, M for Musicians and more. Her new EP Big Dreams is scheduled for a November 2013 release.

Known for her incredibly dynamic voice and edgy acoustic rock, Camille’s U.S. touring has included gigs at New York City’s Bitter End, Boston’s Club Passim, Seattle’s Triple Door, Tractor, and Crocodile, Los Angeles’ The Mint and over 150 other rooms spanning the nation. She has shared the stage with numerous acts including Smashmouth, SUGARCULT, Metric, Carbon Leaf, Brandi Carlile, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and many more. The Seattle Gay News calls Camille “A dynamite performer who combines a mix of twisted acoustic funk rock with haunting melodies and soaring vocals.”

In addition to touring full time with club dates and festival appearances, Camille takes time out of her schedule to direct a Rock N Roll camp for kids in Seattle – and she also makes regular stops at youth centers – performing and talking to kids about using positive outlets such as music to cope with life’s struggles.

Camille has gained an avid and adoring fanbase with her high energy and intensely personal show. She loves touring at home and abroad and has booked herself on numerous European tours.

Check out Camille’s website and learn more about her and the tours – www.hotmesssunday.com

OUTSpoken Talks with Becky Morgan – Missouri Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

November 21, 2016
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OUTSpoken Boyz with be talking with Becky Morgan – Missouri Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The national Moms Demand Action website: www.momsdemandaction.org

Our gun safety program called BeSMART: www.BeSMARTforKids.org

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to advocate for stronger laws and policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives. We are a non-partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding common-sense solutions to address our country’s dangerous culture of gun violence, which jeopardizes the safety of our children and families.

America is in a state of crisis: every day, 88 Americans are killed with guns. This violence affects everyone, everywhere – from big cities to small towns to rural communities – and as mothers, we can no longer wait for politics to catch up to the policies we need. We can support the Second Amendment while doing so much more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our communities safer.

That’s why we advocate for the following goals:

1. Close the deadly loopholes in our background check system that allow minors and dangerous people like felons and domestic abusers easy access to guns.

2. Promote gun safety so that America’s children will no longer be exposed to unacceptable levels of risk.

3. Support reasonable limits on where, when and how loaded guns are carried and used in public.

4. Create enforceable laws that address gun trafficking and fraudulent purchasing to keep illegal guns off our streets.

It is time for our government to enact common-sense gun laws supported by 90 percent of the American people: if our elected officials will not protect our children and families, we will find leaders who will. For too long, the conversation about gun violence in America has been controlled by those who stand to profit from easy access to guns. In the meantime, American families continue to be destroyed by gun violence. Mothers have had enough.

Since our inception after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, Moms Demand Action has mobilized mothers across the country to become the largest grassroots movement working to reduce gun violence. Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 3.5 million grassroots supporters

For more information on joining, volunteering, finding a local chapter, or donating, please go to momsdemandaction.org

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OUTSpoken also talks with Austin Head from POSITIVE YOUTH

 

Austin Head has achieved distinction by succeeding in his performance art at every step of development with a mission to bring something unique and innovative to entertainment. Beginning in Phoenix, Arizona, Austin quickly became popular with his song Label Whore which manifested into a four day music video release event drawing 3000+ people to the largest bars in Phoenix. Austin Head has been featured in countless publications and newspapers, heard performing live over the air-waves, and seen performing at the biggest nightclubs in the country.

Austin Head has now relocated to New York City to build upon everything Phoenix has given him. After only a brief time in NYC, Austin Head has now become a bi-coastal entertainer, musician and DJ working along side NYC’s top talent. Upon discovering he is HIV+ Austin began the dating website PositivelyFrisky.com as a safe and confidential place for positive people to meet.

 

 

Short Synopsis:
Positive Youth follows four HIV+ young people to discover the reality of living positive today.

Medium Synopsis:
Uncensored personal stories from North American youth that will forever change your idea of what it means to be HIV+. Alarmed by the continuing dramatic rise of HIV transmission in 13-27 year-olds, this hard hitting documentary discovers why this is happening and how we’re missing the boat in terms of safe sex messaging. Educational and compelling, Positive Youth takes an emotional journey with four young people and the challenges they face while living with HIV.

POSITIVE YOUTH
2012
44 minutes
Canada
HD – delivery available by HDCam, Harddrive or DigiBeta NTSC
Closed Captioning
E&O Insurance obtained

QUOTES:
Whoopi Goldberg (The View) recently stated, “This is a very important documentary, this isn’t over and it’s affecting our youth.”

Sir Elton John has echoed, “By all means, take a look at this film.”

AWARDS:
BEST DOC – Film Out San Diego
BEST SHORT DOC – Scene CNKY Film Festival

Presentations in a Professional Context: Wolfsonian Museum Miami, Concordia University Montreal, Purdue University West Layafette, Brown University Providence, Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Festival di Napoli Italy, Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival, Phoenix Intl. Film Festival, Hong Kong LGBT Film Festival.
Full festival list: http://imdb.to/1dV26t8

OUTSpoken Talks with Morgan Jon Fox and Our Favorite Sex Therapist is Back Damon L. Jacobs

November 16, 2016
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Dekkoo.com Launches First Original Series
from Director Morgan Jon Fox

“Those fragile moments shine in “Feral,” whether it’s a midday swim in a nearby creek or a romantic date in the cypress-strew marshes along the Wolf River. The series is more than a love letter to Memphis, however. Fox set out to tell an authentic queer drama, where queer people have loved and lost not just because they were queer.” –  OUT.com*

(New York, NY) August 9, 2016 –Like HBO’s “Looking” or “Girls,” but set in Memphis, Tennessee. That’s how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes “Feral,” a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts October 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men.

In “Feral,” Fox (who also serves as the series writer and director), weaves a tale of survival as a group of 20-somethings learn about love, loss and friendship while living in the vibrant, artistic queer community of Memphis.

The storyline revolves around the lives of Billy and Daniel, two best friends sharing a comfortably broken in bungalow in the diverse neighborhood of Midtown. It begins when the two are forced to kick out their third roommate, after discovering his heroin addiction.

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“Feral” creator Morgan Jon Fox  •  photo by Breezy Lucia

Known for gritty southern stories about characters on the fringe, Fox describes his protagonists as, “…kids who are left on their own, whether it’s financially, whether it’s identity, or whether their lovers are deceased. Whatever that is, they’re left to their own devices to carve their own way. They’re feral beings.”

While shows like “Looking” and “Girls” may have provided the template, the Middle America Memphis setting and vibe is what sets “Feral,” refreshingly apart from its predecessors. Missing are the stock characters, the hipsters, the clichés that are predictably trotted out in gay dramas large and small. “You won’t see the gay stereotypes you see in shows set on the West or East Coast,” promises Fox.

“Now, my characters have their issues,” Fox explains, “but I didn’t want them to be based in cynicism. I wanted their motives and struggles to be pure and honest in a way that wasn’t just, ‘I’m a spoiled rich person without meaning in my life.'” That the characters are queer is not beside the point–it’s embraced–but it’s not the point, either.

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Jordan Nichols (Billy) and Tristan Andre Parks (Hart) in “Feral”

“Feral” is not only the first TV series in which thousands Middle American LGBT 20-somethings can finally see themselves realistically reflected, but a welcome window through which everyone–gay or straight–can vicariously experience what life is like for the young gay millenials in the American Heartland.

“There are so many stories that are set in New York or L.A., but I feel that we have a story to tell that is uniquely southern,” say Fox. “Memphis is a big city, but because we are in a sense living off the grid, in the Bible Belt, and without the supportive institutions that exist in big coastal cities, we have created our own community, and I think that’s what’s so beautiful about coming up in Memphis.”

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Seth Daniel (Daniel) in “Feral”

“‘Feral’ is about a group of gay kids in their 20s growing up in Memphis, Tennessee–and I am one of those things,” says actor Seth Daniel, who plays Daniel. “It was interesting to take what I experienced growing up in the Mid-South and adapt it to the character. It wasn’t so much that I was playing my character Daniel, as it was that Daniel and I were playing the character together.

What’s striking in “Feral”–and beautifully evident in all of Fox’s projects–is his ability to create endearing scenes of authentically touching–sometimes heartbreaking–intimacy: a quiet embrace in the woods, a twilight conversation on the couch, a softly spoken journal entry.

Fox has directed four feature films including, “Blue Citrus Hearts,” “OMG/HaHaHa” and “This Is What Love In Action Looks Like” – all informed by his painful coming out as a gay man in the conservative south – and has been called one of the originators of the “Memphis Style” of filmmaking known for strong, authentic performances, improvised scripts and tight editing. Filmmaker Magazine named him as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

“Feral” boasts a soundtrack featuring numerous artists from the Memphis area. Headed up by country-punk band Lucero, it also includes songs by the post-punk quartet Nots and on-the-verge breakout musician Julien Baker, whose debut album “Sprained Ankle” was named “one of the best albums of 2015” by The New York Times.

“Feral,” a Dekkoo only original, debuts October 6, 2016.

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“Feral” leads: (l-r) Leah Beth Bolton, Chase Brother,
Seth Daniel, and Jordan Nichols  •  photo by Breezy Lucia

The Boyz talk with the One and Only Sean Maher the Doctor From Firefly

November 7, 2016
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Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as Dr. Simon Tam in Joss Whedon’s feature “Serenity”, the film that was
based on the critically acclaimed series “Firefly.” Maher was born and raised in New York where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
During his dramatic studies, he trained at the Experimental Theatre Wing and Playwright’s Horizons, as well as abroad in London. He moved to Los
Angeles after landing the coveted title role in the FOX drama “Ryan Caufield: Year One.” Additional TV credits include “The Mentalist,”
“Human target,” “The Playboy Club” and “Warehouse 13.”

Sean recently appeared in the Season 2 finale of LOOKING for HBO, directed by Andrew Haigh. Additionally, he was seen recurring as “Mark Scheffer”
(aka “Shrapnel”) on the hit series ARROW for The CW. Other recent credits include the Joss Whedon feature film “Much Ado About Nothing” and the
upcoming indie sci-fi feature “ISRA-88.” He is also the voice of ‘Nightwing’ for the Warner Bros. / DC Comics animated universe.

Maher is a yoga enthusiast and LGBT advocate. He currently lives in Michigan with his partner and their two children.

Boyz talk about Fur Ball, Movie called “Miles” with Director Nathan Adloff and learn about I-735

November 1, 2016
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Nathan made his feature film debut with “Nate & Margaret” (Co-Wrote/Produced/Directed). It sold for worldwide distribution prior to completion. It also received a commendatory review from Roger Ebert.

Nathan acted in Joe Swanberg’s early films and IFC series, “Young American Bodies” and appeared in Frank V. Ross’s “Audrey the Trainwreck”, in addition to making a handful of award-winning short films. He also co-created and directed a TV pilot, “Bad Sides”, which was a finalist in the Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition. His first leading role in the film, “Blackmail Boys”, won various film festival awards and sold for worldwide distribution. His short film “Cock N’ Bull” was selected to screen in the 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, which he also acted in. In 2014, his short “Grown This Way” won a best film award in Outfest’s Fusion Lab.

In April of 2015, Nathan wrapped up directing his second feature film, “Miles”. The story centers around a high school senior who joins the girls volleyball team in hopes of winning a college scholarship after his father’s untimely death. It stars Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Missi Pyle, Tim Boardman, Annie Golden, Yeardley Smith and Stephen Root. In 2016, “Miles” has won Audience Choice Awards at both Outfest and the Sidewalk Film Festival.

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Our 16th Annual FurrBall Auction, Dinner and Dance is going to be at the new Grand Davenport Hotel on Saturday, November 21, 2015- from 6-11pm. This elegant but fun event brings together community and animal lovers to raise funds to help our homeless animals and celebrates the human-animal bond that the Spokane Humane Society has been cultivating in Spokane since 1897.
· Social Hour
· Silent Auction
· Dinner
· Live Auction of Fully Decorated, Themed Christmas Trees
· Two Parades of Adoptable Animals
· Dance to Jazz Northwest

The Spokane Humane Society is a non-profit organization that provides love and a temporary home for unwanted pets that have been surrendered by their owners as well as abandoned animals and strays transferred from other shelters. The average cost of caring for one animal is $468 monthly. This cost includes spaying or neutering, micro-chipping, current vaccinations/medications, food, shelter, and sometimes a toy. We rely solely on community support to help us care for these animals.

Seating is limited. Buy your tickets now – $125 per guest. This event sold out in 2014.
Please call Jennifer Anderson for tickets and more information. 509-467-5235 ext. 212
or purchase online at www.spokanehumanesociety.org

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Stacy Cossey is currently the volunteer Spokane Organizer for WAmend.  She was an active signature gatherer in last year’s campaign and this year is organizing volunteers as well as signature gathering.  She is a member of the Steering Committee and Executive Committee.

Stacy was a Financial Consultant for 27 years at a major Wall Street firm.  It was the  sub-prime crisis that helped her see the game behind Wall Street’s hype which inspired her to get all of her clients out of the market before the 08-09 crash.  Coming to terms with a reality that was significantly different than the story Wall Street has told was personally and professionally profound.

Now she feels political activism and her personal spiritual journey is the best therapy for the world we live in.

Initiative 735 will make Washington the 18th state to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United. — We are a local grassroots movement with no big out-of-state donors.

Initiative 735 doesn’t change the tax code and won’t affect your wallet. It’s about taking a principled stand to take power over elections back from the federal government.

in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v FEC that corporations, unions and special interests can spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. It has led to obscene amounts of money being poured into elections. It’s part of the reason why the amount spent on elections by campaigns and outside groups grew 555% from 1984 to 2014!

Crazy Day Today – We have in Studio Andrew Biviano, We talk about new App called Jack’d, Talk to Podcaster for Seattle Dia Decayo and Brandon Stansell intros his new Song “Slow Down”

October 24, 2016
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Andrew and Family

I arrived in Spokane Valley in 1975, at six weeks old. My large, loving, mixed-race family experienced its share of ups and downs and taught me the value of character, compassion, and community. My parents always worked for social justice, as youth leaders, social workers, public defenders, and activists, teaching their six children that we must use our gifts to help others.

My first foray into politics came as a child, after my father was fired from his job simply because he was gay and my mother struggled to support the family as a single mother of six. My family experienced poverty, as well as discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. I helped my dad fight for a law to make discrimination against gay people illegal in the 1980’s. While that effort failed, neither I, nor my dad, would stop fighting for what’s right, because we knew it would happen one day.

But I also experienced the incredible power of community support, and people looking out for me. I had the privilege of receiving scholarships to attend wonderful schools, such as Saint George’s School in Spokane. I recognized what an extraordinary opportunity this was and worked as hard as I could. I graduated in 1993 as valedictorian and was accepted into Yale University, where I earned a degree in clinical child psychology. Most importantly, I met my wife Amy on our second day on campus. We fell in love instantly, married just after graduation, and will soon celebrate our nineteenth anniversary. We have two amazing teenage sons, Alex and Aidan, both students at West Valley High School.

My professional life has been devoted to public service. I began as a case manager, treatment provider, and mentor for juvenile offenders and kids in special education classrooms, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. I served adults with serious mental illness while working at Frontier Behavioral Health. I then went to Gonzaga Law School, as a Thomas More Scholar, so that I could learn the skills necessary to make a systemic difference.

After graduating from GU law at the top of my class in 2006, I worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Spokane and had the honor of representing the United States in a wide array of civil and criminal cases. I learned more about what government can do and found solutions to large challenges. I moved to private practice in 2012, and have zealously and successfully advocated for consumers victimized by corrupt businesses, people trapped in jails and mental hospitals, and workers who have faced discrimination. I have helped hundreds of people recover millions of dollars, and have stopped numerous illegal practices.

Through it all, I remain a determined optimist. Looking at how much progress we have already made, there is no reason that we can’t overcome today’s challenges. I thank you for caring about this community, and would be honored to work for you as your county commissioner.

His platform/main issue opinions can be found at – www.andrewbiviano.com

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JACK’D URGES GAY MEN TO CUT THE B.S.
LAUNCHES NEW #CHANGETHEGAME CAMPAIGN, CHALLENGING
PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GAY

September 13, 2016 – NEW YORK: Jack’d, a leading gay social app, is
continuing its #ChangeTheGame initiative with an eight-week campaign aimed at
challenging preconceived notions of what it means to be gay. Each week,
the campaign focuses on a new topic of special relevance to the community of
gay men that use Jack’d. Topics include the dangers of labels among gay men,
measuring self esteem, and the importance of activism. The hope is by
encouraging its members to openly discuss these issues and how they
impact their daily lives, Jack’d will empower them to make more meaningful
connections with others who share their views.

The first week’s topic focuses on kindness. “Gay men often have this
stigma that we are bitchy and unkind to one another other, especially on the
apps,” says Russell Horsey, a Marketing and Social Media Specialist at
Jack’d. “We’re asking Jack’d members to share the encounters they’ve
had with people on apps, or explain why they were driven to be act a
certain way to someone else. We’d also like them to discuss the value that
they believe our community places on kindness.”

Kindness is something most parents try to instill in their children at an early age.
The Dalai Lama even says kindness is his religion. We all know – or, at least,
have been told – that when we focus on kindness, our world becomes
kinder and we become kinder. Kindness broadens our perspective. It breeds
tolerance and understanding. It softens our heart, brightens our lives, and makes
people want to be around us. So why does it seem to be lacking in the gay
community – especially on the hook-up apps?

Jack’d’s eight-week #ChangeTheGame campaign launched, September 14.

For more information, visit  –  http://www.jackdapp.com/changethegame

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Dia Decayo was raised in Seattle Washington, she grew up on morning cartoons, fruit loops, and Harry Potter. Her favorite type of music growing up surprisingly was Spice Girls, and Boy Bands. Nothing too different. She began listening to different types of music by the time she hit her teenage years experiencing, indie, experimental, and, garage. She later on started dabbling with instruments like her electric guitar, and electric piano, she still has her guitar to this very day. She was in several different amateur bands but never performed for anyone before, until she performed once in a volunteer after school program. She soon fell in love with music. Later on as time progressed, and music progressed she began to test the limits of electronic keyboard computer music, and Electro dubstep beats, where she was then to take on the name as the Electronic Pop Queen.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Dia Decayo

Dia First Started Her YouTube Channel In June 24, 2015 under the screen name GloomyMoonChild. It is now July 11, 2016 and she has gained over about 2k views! Dia’s first MCN Network that she joined was a network by the name of RECStudios. She then moved on to a larger company by the name of Fullscreen Media. Not knowing what to expect, the friendly twitter responses and fast help for her as a creator was useful. She is now with Fullscreen Media To This Day, Creating, and creating some more. From videos, to music, to clothing graphics, to hosting her own podcast, to writing her own books, you name it, she tries to do it all. She’s just trying to follow her dreams, and have fun along the way.

November 2015: Dia Decayo/Ada Was Signed With A YouTube Network By The Name Of RecStudios under her YouTube alias GloomyMoonChild.

Fan Gift Shop “Dia Gear”: http://shop.spreadshirt.com/GloomyMoonChild
Fashion Line: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/adaeze-anane
YouTube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GloomyMoonChild/

Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redmoongrim
Cosplay Blog: http://www.korneliakiwicosplay.pw/
Cosplay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KorneliaKiwi/
(Incase you where wondering cosplay is when you dress up as a character from a cartoon, movie, comic book, etc. act like the character, at a convention, such as comic con. Or you just pose at a photoshoot.)

Musical Artist Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DiaDecayo
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XuvdzAffawF5rkR8vINlg
Album Release Of My Music CD “Silence”: https://diadecayo.hearnow.com/
Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gmchannel-show/id1128110958?mt=2

Books On iTunes: 1. Farmer Boy: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/smileys-short-story-teen-books/id1128581759?mt=11 2. Mind Machines In Motion:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mind-machines-in-motion/id1132275575?mt=11
books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_seeall_1?rh=k%3Aadaeze+anane%2Ci%3Adigital-text&keywords=adaeze+anane&ie=UTF8&qid=1468682315

Youtube: http://www.gloomymoonchild.space
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/diadecayo
IMDb: http://www.imdb.me/DiaDecayo

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BRANDON STANSELL is a fresh face onto the Country Music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. SLOW DOWN, co-written with Mylen and the title track off his new EP, is the epicenter of his “California Country” sound with the raw emotion of those first moments in a budding relationship. SLOW DOWN was produced by Nashville-based producer, writer, and guitarist Erik Halbig. Stansell met Erik a few years ago through friend, Ty Herndon, who is featured on the track.

While his casual country sound is appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this crooner of Nashville roots. He is navigating the path of an openly-gay Country Artist. Brandon, while not the first to chart these waters, is one of few people in the industry willing to lay everything out for the listener and the result is an honest, beautiful musical experience.

Director Trent Atkinson, once again, joined his team directing the SLOW DOWN music video and building on the cinematic scope their first collaborative work, DEAR JOHN, which was released in early 2016.

 

Visit his website:  www.brandonstansell.com

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Crazy Scary and Funny show - Local Mag Goes International, Scarywood Terrifies the Boyz and Paolo Andino From The Big Gay

October 17, 2016
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A first generation Cuban American Paolo is best known for the two seasons he worked as a regular cast member on Logo’s BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW. Most recently Paolo has been seen on THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON, CRIMINAL MINDS, SCANDAL, JANE THE VIRGIN, THE LAST SHIP, MODERN FAMILY and THE ODD COUPLE. Paolo was also in the award winning indie film CASSANOVA WAS A WOMAN which just received distribution. On stage Paolo has worked all over the country including LA’s The Blank Theatre where he played 44 characters in the one man show SANTALAND DIARIES.

In addition to acting Paolo has a thriving art career and voice over career. His oil and acrylic paintings can be seen at paoloandinoART.com

He has voiced villains and vampires and outlaws in a multitude of video games, commercials and books on tape.

In his spare time Paolo likes to build furniture and work on his industrial modern apartment:)

He holds an MFA in theatre from UMKC and lives in Los Angeles with his dog Kai.

www.paoloandinoART.com
@paoloandinoART
www.fuacatafilms.com

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Wanda Julian-Johnson is publisher and U.S. Editor-in-Chief of breakthrough international luxury life-style and fashion magazine Contessa’s Court that, after only three-years running, can already boast having had Madonna and Lady Gaga on its covers. Fashion having been Wanda’s original passion, her clothing worn by celebrities on red carpets, in fashion magazines, and in music videos, it was only a short step she needed to take to found her own magazine that better lives up to her own standards and expectations than did any of the others available on the marketplace.

February 2016 Cover      October 2015 Mock Cover 

With contributors across the sea to the UK and covers featuring Lady Ga Ga and Madonna and over 250,000 online readers this Spokane based magazine is making a lot of noise.

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Friday Night Oct 14th will haunt the boyz and team of OUTSpoken FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

First ride of the night – Timber Terror (Backwards)

10-9-16 show’s AFTER PARTY

October 13, 2016
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FCC is thrown out the window and the gloves are off!

Talk about Sex, Rocky Horror, and 5 Guys Chillin - What What you have to listen to learn more

October 11, 2016
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WELCOME! If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years. Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles. The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

I can help you explore and change issues related to:

– Diminished sexual desire in long-term relationships
– Jealousy and fear in connections with others
– Grief / loss
– HIV related concerns and issues
– Stress Management
– Job burnout
– Addiction / recovery
– Anger Management
– Depression
– Caretaking fatigue

My office is conveniently located at Madison Square Park (26th/ Broadway) in New York, New York. Late night appointments are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, as well daytime on Saturdays. For more information, please email me at Damon@DamonLJacobs.com or call 347-227-7707

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Book, Music, and Lyrics by RICHARD O’BRIEN

Directed by Lance Babbitt
Music Direction by Henry McNulty

STUDIO THEATRE

Rating: R

Ticket Prices:
All tickets: $25

OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 5, 2016

CURTAIN TIMES

Thursday – Saturday: 7:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00pm (with exception of 10/14 and 10/15)
Sunday 10/16: 2:00pm

Civic is dripping with antici…pation to bring this cult classic to our stage.

One fateful night, Brad and his fiancée, Janet — a wholesome, well-behaved, utterly normal young couple in love — innocently set out to visit an old professor. On the way, a thunderstorm and a flat-tire force them to seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, an alien, transvestite scientist with a manic genius and insatiable libido. The night’s misadventures will cause Brad and Janet to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other, love, and lust. A loving homage to the classic B sci-fi film and horror genres with an irresistible rock’n’roll score, The Rocky Horror Show is a hilarious, wild ride that no audience will soon forget.

Get your Tickets NOW!

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Peter wrote and directed the multi-award winning 5 Guys Chillin’, which played Brighton Fringe Festival, Dublin international Gay Theatre and The Kings Head Theatre in London for 4 months. He recently adapted a gender-swapped version of The Revengers Tragedy (The Rose Playhouse, London)

Other credits include: Signal Failure (Soho Playhouse-Off Broadway 6 week run). Kindness- BBC Radio 4 (Pick of the week- the Independent), Frank Sent Me (Soho Theatre/ The Underbelly/ Theatre 503), Githa (St James Theatre, W/E and York Theatre Royal) Pinocchio (Sutton Theatres), Tom’s Midnight Garden (Orchard Dean: open air production) 6 degree’s (Soho Theatre: Main House, Edward II (The Rose Theatre), Mysterious Skin (Gilded Balloon, The Drill Hall, Teacher’s Club, Dublin), Arden of Faversham (The Rose Theatre), Beautiful Thing (BAC).

Peter is a recipient of the prestigious BBC Carlton Hob’s Award.
He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Other awards:
Winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for best LGBTQ theatre 2016.
Winner of the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award and Best Actor award at Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival 2016.
Winner of Boyz Scene award for best London play (5 Guys Chillin’)

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A graphic, gripping, funny and frank verbatim drama exposing the gay Chem-Sex Chill-Out
scene, direct from its sell-out award winning runs at the King’s Head Theatre and Brighton
Fringe Festival 2015/16, and most recently, the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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“Wanna pair of shorts? Shot of G? Line of Meth?”
From surgeons to students, couples to kink; guys that love it and lost guys longing to be loved.
An original look into a drug-fuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of Chem-Sex, Grindr and
instant gratification.
“It’s beautifully done, bold and it tackles the issues that hit home. Race, HIV, drugs, sex,
love, intimacy, lust and pain…in a very sensitive and even funny way”
- Gay Times
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Created from 5 peoples interviews and informed by over 50 hours of materiel from guys found
through Grindr and other social media, this is an important look at the relatively new scene that
apps have been fundamental in creating. Chem-Sex is considered by the NHS to be a public
health issue, HIV rates in London rising, its time to talk about this.
“As confronting as theatre gets” – British Theatre
Watch trailer – https://vimeo.com/175845730
Watch Trailer 2 – https://vimeo.com/140228123

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OUCH — THE BOYZ TALK WITH L. LESUEUR ABOUT “MOMMIE SMEAREST”

October 4, 2016
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YOU CAN NOT KEEP A MEAN JOAN CRAWFORD DOWN WHEN SHE HAS A WIRE CLOTHES HANGER.

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STELLAR REVIEW FOR JOAN’S BOOK: “…this is one summer read you don’t want to miss. I purchased this book last night and couldn’t put it down. Sleep eventually won out, but not before I finished half of the book. It’s a riveting and hilarious read examining exactly what is wrong with what we currently consider celebrity status. Fame is no longer based on accomplishments or talent, but rather, looks and reality star appeal. (Seriously, if someone can tell me why the Kardashians are famous I’d love to hear it).

Even non-fans of Joan Crawford will get a kick out of this autobiography.”

ORDER YOUR BOOK NOW – WWW.MOMMIESMEAREST.COM

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Hot Messy Day show Changed - We get to meet cast of Chicago and we are talking about Creativity and Vulnerability

September 19, 2016
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Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Ebb and Bob Fosse

The Inland Northwest will be the home to longest-running musical in Broadway history. This classic is a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. The six-time Tony Award and Grammy winner will tackle the roaring twenties with vaudeville flare! Join us for what has been called the most entertaining showbiz production in history.

MEET THE CAST:

imagesAbbey Crawford (Director) is an award-winning vocalist, and Spokane’s only trained cabaret singer. Recently, she has directed Assassins, Boeing Boeing and is gloriously happy to be back for All is Calm, all for The Modern Theatre. Her onstage credits include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and The Witch in Into The Woods for Lake City Playhouse. Most recently, she was seen as Madelaine True in The Wild Party. As always, her favorite role is that of “Mama” to Mason, Amelia & Isaac.

Untitled-5Angela Rose Pierson (Velma) is grateful to be performing and choreographing on the Modern stage once again. Last season, she choreographed The Wild Party and Rock of Ages, which she was also in. Most recently, she choreographed The Music Man for CDA Summer Theatre and played Arista in their production of The Little Mermaid. Angela was previously an instructor at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC and has choreographed all throughout California. Enjoy the show and all that jazz!

 

 

Untitled-6Quinn Vaira (Roxie) could not be more excited to be back on The Modern Theater’s stage. You may have seen Quinn last year as Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” on the CDA stage or Queenie in “The Wild Party” in Spokane. This past year she played Shy in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Arizona Broadway Theatre and was most recently Mary Poppins at The Fort Peck Summer Theatre, opposite her favorite leading man, Andy. She is so grateful for this opportunity, and thanks her family and friends for always believing in her.

 

 

Jerrod-Galles-8Jerrod Galles (Fred Casely/Ensemble) has been itching to get back on The Modern stage since closing Anything Goes! Some of his favorite shows have been Rock of Ages, Nunsense, Avenue Q, Grease, and The Wild Party. Jerrod wants to thank the Modern team involved for creating such a great show and giving us the opportunity to show it to all of you! Special thanks to all the incredible support from my family and friends.

 

 

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Untitled-8Andy Meyers (Amos) is the Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in Montana, and a frequent guest director/actor at Arizona Broadway Theatre, recently being named ‘Best Director of a Musical’ for Broadway World Phoenix Awards. He was previously Managing Director for Performing Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NYC. He has appeared in the national tours of ANNIE and BUS STOP and played Dick in the 35th Anniversary NY Revival of DAMES AT SEA. He a graduate of Wagner College in NYC and holds a Masters from University of Montana. Andy is thrilled to be playing one of his ‘dream roles’ opposite his favorite leading lady, Quinn!

 

Untitled-9Nick Bailey (Ensemble) is a Spokane native and Whitworth alumni. Recent credits include Eddie in The Wild Party and Hertz in Rock of Ages, both with the Modern Theater, Dan in Next to Normal a coproduction between the Modern and Coeur D Alene Summer Theatre and Equus at Stage Left Theater. Nick has previously performed with Spokane Civic Theater, Spokane Opera, Coeur d Alene Summer Theatre, Whitworth University and the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Nick wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued support, but especially his late Mother, who was always his loudest fan.

 

Untitled-10Joshua Fox (Mary Sunshine/Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of another Modern show. Past roles of his include: Bernstein (Dogfight), Featured Ensemble (Anything Goes), and Jimmy Smith (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Joshua would like to thank you for supporting The Modern Theatre and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

 

 

Untitled-11Jessi BeJesi Be (Matron Mama Morton) is thrilled to be playing her dream role as her first on the Modern Spokane stage! A native of Coeur d’Alene, after years of work on and off stage with the Lake City Playhouse (circa 1999), Jesi has been singing and sitting in with bands for the last 10 years locally. Her decade long break from theater ended pleasantly in last season’s production of Rock of Ages in CDA. She wishes to thank her dashing husband for the push to chase this crazy dream and the entire Modern family for the opportunity.

 

 

Untitled-12Nichole Dumoulin (Ensemble) is a theatre artist and educator from the Northwest. She graduated with honors from EWU with a BA in Theatre and since graduation has been acting and teaching in the Spokane area. Some of her favorite roles include Catherine in A View from the Bridge at EWU, Jill Mason in Equus at Stageleft Theater, and Viola in Twelfth Night at The Modern Theater. Her most recent work was as the assistant director and voice coach for The Crucible at SFCC’S Spartan Theatre. She is thrilled to be in this talented cast and greatful to be a part of another Modern production.

 

Untitled-13Alli Talmage (Annie/Ensemble) is delighted to be a part of her dream show! Having graduated from Gonzaga University last May as a theatre major, she would love to thank her peers and professors who continue to support her crazy aspirations. Last seen in The Fox on the Fairway at Spokane Civic Theatre, her last Modern Theatre credits include the It’ll Come to You Workshop Piece and The Wild Party.

 

 

 

Untitled-14Kelsi Blaser (June/Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her first production at The Modern Theatre! She loves to perform, choreograph, stage manage, and assistant direct. Favorite roles include: Amy in “Little Women”, Enid in “The Christmas Schooner”, Mary in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and Lucy in “13! The Musical”. She would like to thank the creative team for giving her the opportunity to jump into such a fun show with a stellar cast!

 

 

 

Untitled-15Cloey Lantrip (Hunyak) is ecstatic to be in her first production here at The Modern Theatre! She is entering her sophomore year at CWU where she is earning her BFA in Musical Theatre. Recent roles include Molly Aster in “Peter and the Starcatcher” at The Warehouse Theatre, and Louise in “Carousel” at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s: Rising Star Project. She thanks her family and friends for all their love and support!

 

 

 

Untitled-16Sarah Dahmen (Ensemble) is honored to return to the Modern after appearing as Dory in “The Ladies Foursome,” Brooke in “Other Dessert Cities,” and Gretchen in “Boeing, Boeing” the last 2 seasons. Other recent credits include CDA Summer Theatre “Lombardi,” “Great Gatsby,” and “On Golden Pond” readers theater productions. She is grateful for her dear friends and loving family and to you for supporting live theater!

 

 

 

Untitled-17CJ Lorentz (Ensemble) is excited to be in another Mondern Theater production after being in the Modern CDA’s Anything Goes! He is currently attending Joel E. ferris High School where he is involved in the music program. His most recent roles have been Donkey in Shrek the Musical with Joel E. Ferris and the Bullfrog in HONK with CYT Spokane. He would love to thank the Modern for giving him an amazing opportunity and thank his friends and family for their love and support.

 

 

Paisley DuPuis (Ensemble) is currently a freshman studying music at North Idaho College. She studies ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical at Northern Dance Academy and Verve Studio 8 along with teaching dance at Verve Studio 8. Paisley is excited to be back on the Modern Stage after being part of the ensemble in last season’s production of Rock of Ages. She would like to thank God, her family and friends for all of their love, encouragement and support through the years.

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Spotlight Rena Strobe and OUTSpoken’s Political Party with REP. MARCUS RICCELLI

September 13, 2016
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Rena Strober (Rita) made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables (Cosette) and went on to perform in numerous show in NY and across the country. She toured with Topol & Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof playing their eldest daughter Tzeitel. Rena also stared opposite Betty Buckley & Peter Scolari in the Off-Broadway comedy White’s Lies. Rena also performed her 1-woman show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls to sold out audiences Off-Broadway. After an illustrious stage career in NY, Rena moved to Los Angeles where she has worked on both the stage & screen. She is a recurring guest star on Disney’s Liv & Maddie, she plays Emily Knowland on Shameless for Showtime and has lent her voice to the Big Bang Theory. On stage she starred opposite French Stewart in Stoneface: The Rise & Fall of Buster Keaton and worked with Jason Alexander on When You’re in Love the Whole World is Jewish. Rena made her movie debut in Waiting in the Wings and couldn’t be happier to have brought Rita to life. Rena also lends her voice to DisneyXD’s Penn Zero, Mattel’s Ever After High and over a dozen video games for Nintendo, and other gaming platforms. When she’s not singing or voicing a 5 year old for a cartoon, Rena teaches voice at the Academy of Music for the blind where she works with blind children ages 4-18 years old. www.renastrober.com
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Synopsis:
Waiting In The Wings: The Musical is a feature film where two entertainers, destined for the big time, are mismatched in a casting office from two very different online contests. Tony, a stripper from New York, is cast in an Off-Broadway musical and needs to trade in his tear-away trunks for tap shoes and tights. Anthony, a naive musical theatre enthusiast from Montana, needs to decide if he can strip all the way down just to stay in town. Hilarity ensues as they realize that “to make it” they’re gonna have to learn some new tricks. Shirley Jones, Sally Struthers, and Lee Meriwether round out this heartwarming homage to Broadway with some delightful cameos.

Waiting in the Wings Trailer:

Making of “Waiting in the Wings”

Awards
BEST FEATURE FILM – Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO)
BEST FEATURE FILM – QFlix Philadelphia
BEST FEATURE FILM (Audience Choice – First Place) – Rhode Island International Film Festival
BEST MUSICAL – Manhattan Film Festival
BEST MUSICAL – Garden State Film Festival (Atlantic City)
FESTIVAL FAVORITE – B’more Q Fest (Baltimore)
FESTIVAL FAVORITE (Audience Choice) – Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival
BEST FIRST TIME FEATURE (Audience Choice) – Film Out: San Diego
BEST CALIFORNIA FEATURE – California Film Awards
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM – Pasadena International Film Festival
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Audience Choice) – Film Out: San Diego
CELEBRATION OF COURAGE AWARD – Out Here Now: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival

WEBSITE LINK: http://www.witwthemusical.com/

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REP. MARCUS RICCELLI

Floor pic 2015Marcus was born and raised in Spokane, graduating from Mead High School (’96) and Gonzaga University (’00). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2007, he received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington.

After graduating from UW, Marcus served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington Director, from 2007 to 2010. He served as Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown from 2010 to 2012. As a state representative, Marcus serves as Vice Chair to the Health Care & Wellness Committee. He also serves on the Capital Budget and Transportation committees, andwas elected by his colleagues to leadership role of Deputy Whip. He is an appointed member of the Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee. Outside his duties with the legislature, Marcus recently served as the Operations Manager for the Northeast Community Center. He is also an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Science and Public Health

Marcus is active in Spokane’s downtown Rotary 21, and he is deeply committed to fostering opportunities for young people in Spokane. He has served as a Big Brother with Big Brothers and Sisters of Spokane, and he is actively involved with the Spokane YMCA Youth Legislature Delegation. He serves on the Spokane advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services, and has served as a City Plan Commissioner.

Marcus believes strongly in building relationships and working across the aisle. He was the 2013 organizer of bi-partisan legislative basketball and co-founder of the bi-partisan under-forty legislative caucus. He lives in Spokane with his wife, Amanda, and their two young children.

Community Involvement:

Chair, Children’s Health One Table
Appointee, Community Economic Revitalization Board
Appointee, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee
Spokane Advisory Board Member, Daybreak Youth Services
Co-Director, Spokane Central YMCA Youth & Government Youth Legislature Program
Rotarian, Spokane Rotary Club 21
Member, Financial Education Public-Private Partnership
Member, Spokane Public Schools Public Affairs Advisory Council
Member, Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Advisory Council
Committee Member, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs Denny Alumni Council

Awards and Honors:

2013 Washington State Housing Finance Association Proud Partner Award
2013 WACOPS House Democrats Legislator of the Year
2013 Associate Students of Washington State University Champion of Higher Education Award
2013 Chase Youth Foundation Champion of Youth Award for Government
2013 Washington Student Association Legislator of the Year
2013 Washington State Young Democrats Half Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Washington State Democrats Warren G. Magnuson Award for Rising Star of the Year
2008 Washington State Presidential Elector casting an electoral vote for the Honorable Barack Obama
2007 Nominated for The Robert H. Pealy Prize for a Degree Project of Outstanding Merit, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

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Sir Ivan: From Bank Board to Top 10 Billboard to Bullying Foe

September 6, 2016
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Banker–turned–singer, reality TV celebrity and social activist Ivan Wilzig has led a life that Hollywood movies are made of. After twenty years of working in his family’s multi-billion dollar commercial banking business and serving on the bank’s Board of Directors, Ivan left the banking world, reinvented himself as recording artist Sir Ivan, and against all odds became a Billboard Magazine Top Ten Recording Artist and philanthropic “superhero” of the LGBT community. His aim is to use his music and influence to demonstrate the importance of acceptance and understanding, especially of those who have been persecuted or who are different.

His Music Career

Since childhood, Ivan had dreams of becoming a pop star. Once his family sold the bank, he couldn’t wait to pursue his love of music. Sir Ivan chose as his first single the iconic John Lennon song “Imagine,” as the lyrics and message closely mirrored his own beliefs of creating a world without violence and hatred, where everyone is welcome and accepted for who they are. The reason these lyrics resonated so strongly with Ivan is because his father was an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor and 59 Jewish family members had been murdered during the Holocaust. The single was signed by Tommy Boy Records, released on September 4, 2001, exactly one week before the horrendous September 11th tragedy, and broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Club Play Chart.
It was the first time a recording artist had converted the slow rock ballad “Imagine” (or any Beatles or John Lennon ballads) into a high energy dance record. In combining techno tracks with hippy lyrics, Sir Ivan had developed a new style he called “Technippy.” Amazingly, thirty years after Lennon’s original release, Sir Ivan had made the song popular again for a new generation.
Inspired by the success of “Imagine”, he decided that all his music would be about universal love, human rights and peace. The 60’s were both the most evolutionary and revolutionary period in history – when civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights were bravely fought for. The fight for these rights is still being waged today and Sir Ivan is leading the battle through his music and his non-profit organization, The Peaceman Foundation, which he created in 2005. Sir Ivan is known as “Peaceman” because he looks like a superhero when performing in a cape with an ornate peace sign centered on the back. He has been spreading his message of positivity, acceptance and goodwill around the world for over fifteen years.
After various degrees of success on the Billboard Charts, Sir Ivan made the Billboard Top Ten Dance Club Songs Chart for the first time with his hit single “Hare Krishna” in 2011, sharing the Top Ten chart with superstar performers Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Sir Ivan’s dream of becoming a pop star had become a reality. Then, with his hit single “Live For Today,” Sir Ivan made two different Top Ten Music Week Magazine Charts in the UK in 2011 and 2012 along with fellow artists Scissor Sisters, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran, Tiesto, and Florence + the Machine. His first original song that he co-wrote the lyrics to, “La La Land,” also made the Top Ten in UK’s Music Week Chart in 2012, joining such artists as David Guetta, Elton John, and Kylie Minogue. In 2015, he launched a new anti-bullying anthem “Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye”, created specifically to address the nation’s teen bullying epidemic and the high suicide rate occurring within the LGBT teenage community, because the LGBT community, like other groups who have been persecuted for being different, were of special interest to him. Featuring Taylor Dayne and produced by Paul Oakenfold, the song, for which Sir Ivan co-wrote the lyrics, landed in the Top Ten in UK’s Music Week Chart in 2015, alongside Rita Ora and Chris Brown. The music video for “Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye” directed by BET/MTV award-winning director Erik White, made a strong impact on the LGBT community.
In 2016, 15 years after Sir Ivan’s original 2001 release of “Imagine,” he remade the song yet again, because the planet has still not learned to live in peace. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in France, Turkey and Belgium, and because of continued violence against LGBT people, Sir Ivan felt it was an appropriate time for yet another generation to listen to Lennon’s optimistic lyrics, which offer hope to all people on the planet and a formula for world peace. This release also honors and pays tribute to the iconic John Lennon, who passed away 35 years ago, on December 8th, 1980.
“Imagine” is the first single off Sir Ivan’s just released full-length EDM (electronic dance music) album called “Peaceman Shines”, which has already been receiving great reviews on the radio and in the clubs. Each of the 10 songs, created by 10 of the world’s best record producers, are all well-known anti-war and peace songs from the 60s and early 70s, except for two original songs, co-written by Sir Ivan, that share the same theme.

Peaceman’s LGBT Support

As mentioned above, Sir Ivan (and his Peaceman Foundation) has been a staunch advocate and ally of the LGBT community for many years, because he supports those who have been persecuted for being different.

Over the last few years, he has given more than a quarter of a million dollars to many LGBT and anti-bullying organizations, including:

⦁ The Trevor Project
⦁ Campus Pride
⦁ GLSEN
⦁ PFLAG
⦁ Born This Way Foundation
⦁ It Gets Better Project
⦁ Love is Louder
⦁ Pacer
⦁ Anti-Defamation League
⦁ Stomp Out Bullying
⦁ Hetrick-Martin Institute
⦁ NYC Anti-Violence Project
⦁ LIGALY
⦁ Safe Schools
Sir Ivan’s single, “Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye”, an anti-bullying anthem, released in 2015, underscores his commitment to support LGBT youth in any way he can, since bullying is far more prevalent among LGBT youth. As part of his desire to help LGBT youth, Sir Ivan also donated $100,000 to 10 anti-bullying organizations in 2015 to support the cause. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of “Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye” were also pledged to organizations that run anti-bullying education and awareness programs.

In addition, in late 2015, Sir Ivan kicked off a transgender awareness campaign, to support transgender people in need. This campaign started with a large donation to the Trevor Project, and continues with a portion of the net proceeds from his 2016 re-release of “Imagine” pledged to the Anti-Violence Project, because transgender women are disproportionately affected by violence. Later in 2016, Sir Ivan and his family, who run the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach, which was started by his mother, the late Naomi Wilzig, will launch the world’s largest virtual transgender visual arts show.

Sir Ivan’s Quirky Fame

Because of his music success, charitable work and fabulous medieval-style Castle in the Hamptons, he has been featured on TV shows all over the world, and is very popular in France and Germany. Stan Lee, the most famous superhero creator of all time, personally selected Sir Ivan to star as a finalist on the NBC Sci Fi Channel hit series called Who Wants to be a Superhero. Sir Ivan has also made featured appearances on VH1’s The Fabulous Life of the Hamptons, Discovery Channel’s Epic Castles and Bravo’s Chef Roble & Co. His movie experience consists of a major part in a full length documentary, King of the Hamptons, and, a minor role in an independent SAG film, called The Gold and the Beautiful.
Sir Ivan is featured in a one-hour documentary film about his life, titled SIR IVAN: “I Am Peaceman”, which is available on Amazon, Google Play and Vimeo. The film is directed by four-time Emmy® award-winning director Jim Brown, who has also done documentaries on Billy Joel, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Currently, Sir Ivan is making his entry into the Hollywood movie business as one of the Executive Producers of Freak Show. Freak Show is an adaptation of James St. James’ bestseller of the same name, with cast members Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Abigail Breslin and more, and is directed by Trudie Styler. Sir Ivan believes that this film, about a brutally beaten high school student who dresses flamboyantly, will significantly and positively change the way straight teenagers view and treat their LGBT counterparts.
Sir Ivan is currently in talks with several major production companies discussing the potential for a reality TV show based on his eccentric lifestyle and passionate quest to change the world.

Visit  Sir Ivan website – www.sirivan.com

ANGELA McCLUSKEY Talks to the boyz and intros a new song

September 1, 2016
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ROXY SESSIONS Available Everywhere on September 9th

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The First Single, YOU & ME to Exclusively Premiere via Brightest Young Things on July 19th

“ANGELA McCLUSKEY !!!  She is a singer/songwriter of pathos, beauty, sadness, tempest,magic, love of life and joy,…..she is the voice of all things” —  Michael Stipe

McCluskey eases emotion and soul out of her most personal obsessional ballads with an effortless cool.” – Alan McGee, Co-Founder of Creation Records

(New York City — July 19, 2016)  The new single from chanteuse Angela McCluskey, You and Me, premiered today exclusively at Brightest Young Things. The complete album entitledThe Roxy Sessions will be released on September 9th via Angela’s own imprint, Bernadette Records.  Recently, Angela was heard on KENDRICK LAMAR’s  Is it Love ; onAZALEA BANKS’ supreme Ice Princess; with BIG GIGANTIC on the smash hit – The Little Things ;with TELEPOPMUSIKon several cuts including the worldwide #1 hit Breathe, and now the ‘featured’ vocalist behind those massive hits is stepping into the light with a new album, The Roxy Sessions.  On this project Angela shares songwriting duties with her producer and collaborator, Kiran Shahani (Bitter:sweet, Supreme Beings of Leisure.) Leading up to the September 9th album release Angela will be ‘Artist in Residence’ at THE ROXY HOTEL in NYC.

Angela McCluskey’s world is orbited by a diverse array of cultural superstars that both influence and inspire her works, disrupters  and collaborators; Morgan Page, Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper (whom Angela’s guested with for years) Paul Oakenfold and Robbie Robertson.

Prior to her solo career, Angela was signed to Geffen Records and toured extensively with her LA band the Wild Colonials, before joining French electronic trio, Telepopmusik with whom she wrote and recorded the world-wide hit Breathe as well asDon’t Look Back, the oft-sampled track most notably by Kendrick Lamar. During this period she caught the ear of legendary music producer Arif Mardin at BLUE NOTE RECORDS, who signed her to a solo deal and was instrumental in developing Angela’s sound and releasing her first solo album The Things We Do,co-written and produced by the inimitable Nathan Larson.  Her dance track, In The Air, with Morgan Page, went to number #1 on the Billboard Dance charts and she collaborated with Electro Swing King, Parov Stelar, on Don’t Believe What They Say andPaul Oakenfold on the dance trackYou Could Be Happy.

Today Brightest Young Things exclusively premieres the retro/electro cut You & Me.  The track was produced by  Kiran Shahani (Bitter:sweet, Supreme Beings of Leisure.) The full length ROXY SESSIONS features a wide range of styles and genres from vintage James Bond themes to surf guitar good vibes to post-modern trip-hop chill outs.  Cuts such as Paris to Hollywood, a bright & breezy carefree intercontinental romance, Hit & Run a trip groove laden gem, Lets Get Lost - a jaunty dance track that will make flappers drop their champagne flutes and hit the dance floor and Electric Sky a cinematic monster of a chill-out track.

The idea for the album was inspired by Time Warp, and event that Angela created, where she picks a decade and recreates a night around that theme. After recording a track for the HBO hit show Boardwalk Empire, Angela was excited to do a night around the ‘20s. It was an enormous success. Angela immediately realized the music appealed to just about every age group. Angela and her producer Kiran penned 10 original songs at the Roxy in 3 weeks.  Using  the roaring ’20s  as inspiration, the pair added a modern beat and fashioned an addictive blend of electro swing that propels listeners to the dance floor in a feel good frenzy.

Of THE ROXY SESSIONS, Angela recalls “In many ways, the theme of the album was inspired by the events surrounding it. It is a record that celebrates coming through it all—the success, the failure, the heartache and despair— and finding yourself being a little less dramatic about love and intent on just enjoying your life and being thankful for what you’ve got— and thats something worth celebrating.”

Many of Angela’s previous works have been chosen for placement in major studio films, hit television shows and high profile national ad campaigns.  Her distinct sound and talent is striking and eminently memorable. Angela’s voice and artistry has appeared in pop culture juggernauts such as: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Nike, American Express, Mercedes, ESPN, MITSUBISHI,Chicos, Fox TV’s Empire and countless  more…

THE ROXY SESSIONS         will be released on September 9th.  Angela and her band will be performing  at the THE ROXY HOTEL  in downtown Manhattan July 27 and through September.

Angela has the voice of an angel…completely commands the room and draws you in…mesmerizing.  She once sat me down and sang to me, and I was instantly in love.” ~Norman Reedus

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Games, Guest and the Dish

September 1, 2016
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