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Through Art's Eye
Photographer Art Gray is honored as 2014 Star of Design
Space really is the final frontier for architectural photographer Art Gray, recipient of the 2014 Stars of Design Award in the Field of Photography from the Pacific Design Center during WestWeek 2014. He joins what the PDC calls the “best-in-class representation of creative iconoclasts” across a range of artistic disciplines—a class that includes the late famed photographer Herb Ritts, for whom Gray once worked. Gray is honored by the award but seems unabashedly humble, more ...
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Peaches Christ and Jinkx Monsoon Return to Grey Gardens
“I’ll talk about the premise, because it’s brilliant,” a singsong voice casually remarks over my recent Skype conversation. I can tell he genuinely believes that. He then pauses briefly and continues.  “The idea with Peaches Christ shows is always that it’s not us playing the characters in the movie—it’s adapted to be paralleled with the drag performers playing the roles. It’s not that we’re playing Big Edie and Little Edie—we’re playing Big Peachy and Little ...
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It's Tune Up Time
Meet the men behind the bulges of the 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Pit Crew
Chances are that every Monday night when you’re not living for the queens, you’re gagging over the Pit Crew. Whether serving up celebratory cocktails after challenges or serving up body during them, RuPaul’s own equivalent of Barker’s Beauties work long and hard for their money. But there’s more than meets the eye candy with this handsome quartet, comprised of Shawn Morales, Miles Davis Moody, Jason J. Carter and Simon Sherry-Wood. They are the unsung and ...
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Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
To most people, Julie Newmar will always be Catwoman, indelibly slinking across TV screens in the original Batman series. But long before Newmar first purred, she was a Tony Award-winning actress and dancer on Broadway, and she’s featured in my book, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater (Oxford University Press). Newmar and I will be chatting about her days on The Great White Way at The Grove’s Barnes & ...
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The Whimsical World of Marco Marco
Marco Morante’s roster of clients is pretty impressive. The L.A.-based designer, working under the name Marco Marco, has outfitted everyone from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to The Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj, for videos, tours and appearances, and he made headlines last year when he held a runway show featuring drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. After 14 years in the business, Morante is now used to dealing with ...
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Fashion Outlaw
Glee's Alex Newell Plays with Androgyny
Photos by Ricky Middlesworth PhotographyAlex Newell is a perfect example of how to be prepared when opportunity comes knocking. A contestant on The Glee Project—in which 12 hopefuls vied for a seven-episode arc on Glee—Newell came in as a runner-up. But that didn’t stop him.  The producers were so taken with Alex that they brought him on Glee for two episodes, which turned into two more, which turned into a recurring permanent role on ...
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Hanky Panky with Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch is the subject of the new documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. The film is a warts-and-all chronicle of her career performing, as well as her personal struggles with alcoholism and diabetes. On the phone from her home in Michigan, Stritch began talking before the first question was even asked. Someone had arrived at the door just as she got on the line.  “You came in with a great explosion of great joy! It ...
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Double the Diva, Double the Love
Pepper MaShay is a legendary dance music diva. Sista Jean is a soulful blues songstress. Despite their differences, these women share one important common denominator—they are both personas of the artist formerly known as Jean McClain.  Best known for her club hit “Dive Into the Pool,” a Queer as Folk theme song released under her MaShay nom de plume, McClain will be showcasing both of her personalities on Feb. 23 for the one-woman show Both ...
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Tommy Defendi is Mr. Los Angeles, the City's Top Male Escort
We all know the world of entertainment loves to honor itself. The movie industry does it with the Oscars. Television, the Emmys. Music, the Grammys. Not to be outdone, the male escorting industry began honoring its stars in 2006 with The Hookies, its own unique awards show that takes place annually in New York City over Black Party Weekend. Produced by Rentboy.com, the people's choice awards are given in 16 categories covering varying aspects of ...
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match
Relationship Expert David Cruz
David Cruz is a yente for the 21st century gay man. For years he has provided insight and empathy to aid SoCal’s LGBT singles in finding romance. Now, the same-sex love guru will be sharing his expertise on the new season of Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker, a reality series where host Patti Stanger matches wealthy singles with compatible potential partners. As Stanger’s first-ever gay assistant, Cruz adds a unique perspective to the show. “The ...
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