Do you have trouble telling a bear from an otter? Let John Waters help.
“The bear community is a community that all gay people know what they are, but no straight people do,” he says. “Bears are middle-aged, overweight gay men, and they like it. They are hairy and they like cubs, which are younger versions. And then there are otters, people who aren’t fat or hairy yet but will be.”
Perhaps the first gay white rapper and break dancer to gain a national following, Cazwell is a born entertainer. With a surprisingly sophisticated sense of humor and apparently not a single shirt in his wardrobe, Cazwell wryly parodies New York club culture with sizzling energy, dazzling moves, and lots of eye candy. His outrageous and sexy music videos, usually featuring barely-clad dancers from the New York club scene, have a tendency to go viral. “Ice Cream Truck,” with such quintessential Cazwell lyrics as, “I’ll show you my drumstick / It will make your eyes gleam,” has scored 3.7 million hits since it debuted three years ago. Other hits include “I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King,” “All Over Your Face,” “Rice and Beans,” and “No Selfie Control.” I spoke with Cazwell, who recently launched the Ice Cream Truck underwear line (Icecreamtruck.bigcartel.com), about his career and more in May 2015.
An Interview With Margaret Cho
If you’ve ever seen any of the movies in Liam Neeson’s Taken series, you know they are as much homage to the vigilante movies of Charles Bronson as they are borderline caricature. However, if you are craving a true spoof, check out Tooken (Elevative), starring Margaret Cho as insidious male villain Brownfinger. Cho, whose Kim Jung Un imitation remains unequaled, channels that hysterical testosterone energy into the vicious Brownfinger whose fascination with dogs and explosives are almost inseparable. Tooken, which bows on VOD and digital download in late May, is a good way to reacquaint yourself with the busy comedian and to hold you over for her return to the stage for The psyCho Tour, hitting the road this spring and continuing throughout the fall. I spoke with Margaret in the spring of 2015 about the movie and more.
Anne Steele wants you to come to the cabaret, old chum. But don’t expect the usual Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, and Cole Porter content in the out artist’s set. Steele is intent on shaking things up in the cabaret scene, as she did with her award-winning show (and accompanying studio album) “Strings Attached.” Her new EP, What’s Mine (Steele Records) expands on that energy with the queer anthem “Don’t Tell Us How To Love,” the irresistible dance track “Without You Tonight” and raucous rocker “Worst I Ever Had.” I spoke with Steele about the new EP and her career in April 2015.
Let’s face it, any mention of Lisa Loeb instantly elicits the reaction of belting out “Yeeeeeaah, I missed you.” Loeb first exploded onto the pop culture radar in 1994, when her debut single turned Billboard hit “Stay (I Missed You)” appeared on the soundtrack to the Gen X movie Reality Bites. Twenty-one years later, the song is still ever-present as are her trademark cat-eye glasses. The song recently made a cameo on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
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