• Amazon's 'Transparent': A Glimpse Inside the Anticipated Trans-Focused Emsemble

    Transparent focuses on Mort as she, at the age of 70, comes out to her adult children as transgender. Her children are played by Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker; they comprise a well-to-do but unmoored Los Angeles family learning to accommodate their father’s profound change. While the premise may be unique, Jeffrey believes the heart of the show is in its depiction of familial struggle. It’s also funny.

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  • Cookie Mueller: An All-New Book Details the Makings of a Gay Icon

    In Cookie Mueller’s short lifetime, the Baltimore native experienced the glamorous highs of being a regular at Studio 54 and spending summers sunning on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, but also the lows of drug addiction, losing friends and loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and eventually succumbing to the disease herself in 1989. 

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  • L.A.'s Subway System: A Look at What's to Come

    To many Angelenos, the most implausible part of Spike Jonze’s futuristic film Her is not watching a man romance his phone, but realizing that the Los Angeles of tomorrow doesn’t sport a single car. People travel by light rail, elevated trains and underground subways. The audience never witnesses the pain of crawling along mid-21st century 405 traffic. 

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  • Gay L.A.'s Top Party Players on the Future of Our City's Nightlife

    To cities like New York, Los Angeles nightlife has always been written off like some red-headed stepchild. With our 2 a.m. bar cutoff and massive urban sprawl, L.A. is perpetually looked down upon as a lesser entity within the global party realm. Angelenos who buy into this myth are simply too out of touch to know any better. 

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  • WeHo’s Food Revolution: How the City Changed California Cuisine

    The other day a friend called to tell me that Petit Trois, a smart-sounding bar-with-food, had opened next to the culinary mini-mecca Trois Mec at Highland and Melrose. You might ask what we have done to deserve not just one but two places by Ludovic “Ludo” Lefebvre, one of France’s and now America’s most prominent chefs. A lot, it turns out.

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  • Meet Ferras, Pop Music's New Queer Voice

    When Ferras released his debut album, Aliens & Rainbows, in 2008, he was a twentysomething solo artist facing an uphill battle in an ever-changing music industry landscape. The track “Hollywood’s Not America” received exposure as part of American Idol’s seventh season, but the record sold slowly, and Ferras seemed to retreat from public view.

    He was anything but idle during this time, co-writing songs with Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and many others and releasing an interim EP in 2010 called Interim – The Time Between. Of course he also continued honing his craft.

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  • 'Space Station 76 Director Jack Plotnick Takes Command of Outfest

    One of Los Angeles' most revered local talents, Jack Plotnick takes command of this year's Outfest with his '70s throwback sci-fi spoof Space Station '76. But before you catch his heartfelt comedy at the LGBT film fest's closing night event, read what he has to say about making the film, currently the project on every local film-lover's lips.

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  • Lisa Vanderpump, Reality TV's Classiest Act, Celebrates a Renewed Bravo Deal and Her New WeHo Hotspot

    Emerging from an annus horriblus—which saw her fellow Housewives turn on her and a slough of lawsuits—reality TV’s classiest act celebrates a new deal with Bravo and the WeHo lounge she hopes will be an upscale HQ for gays 

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  • Ian Ziering Has a Body by Chippendales (And You Can, Too)

    Move over, Steve Sanders. Ian Ziering is officially sexier today—at 50 years old, no less—than he was in the ‘90s. Last year, the Beverly Hills 90210 alum metamorphosed his physique when he joined the Chippendales show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as the production’s guest host. As of this month, Ziering is back in the all-male revue with a body that’s fitter than ever. 

    Of course, fans of camp-tastic sci-fi films will also know Ziering from his Twitter-trending work in the made-for-TV instant cult classic Sharknado, the sequel for which is on its way to viewers. But to get a glimpse of Ziering’s statuesque bod, you’ll have to travel to Vegas for the real thing. The actor’s chiseled torso will be disappointingly absent from Sharknado 2.

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  • Dixie Longate Brings Her Off-Broadway Tupperware Party to the Geffen

    You can never have too much Tupperware, so luckily for us, fast-talking Southern saleswoman Dixie Longate will be peddling her “fantastic plastic crap” here in Los Angeles. Starting July 8, the belle of off-Broadway will be bringing her hit show Dixie’s Tupperware Party to the Geffen Theater. To promote SoCal’s run of the hilarious production, the Alabama trailer park princess dialed us up and gave us a holler.

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