For those of you who do not know, Miss Gay America is the pinnacle of pageantry in female impersonation. Spanning almost five decades and crowning entertainers from every corner of the country, it has proven to be one of the most prestigious LGBT organizations in America. We call it excellence!
Lesbian singer / actress / comedian / writer Lea DeLaria has been challenging our preconceived notions of what an entertainer is for more than 25 (!) years. Queer folks probably knew her first as a raunchy comedian of the highest order (“whack a butt plug,” anyone?) and will also remember her from the gay movie Edge of Seventeen, as well as her show-stopping performance on Broadway in On the Town. Of course, once we heard her sing, we knew exactly what she was born to do. Over the course of her first three musical albums, DeLaria left her distinctively jazzy mark on show-tunes, standards and punk classics. On House of David (Ghostlight / Razor & Tie), DeLaria turns her lez-laser focus on the songs of David Bowie. From the dazzling album cover (a respectful nod to Bowie’s Changesonebowie comp) to her inspired interpretations of “Golden Years,” “Fame,” “Suffragette City” (featuring Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer), the dramatic “Modern Love,” the out of this world “Life on Mars,” and especially the aptly swinging “Boys Keep Swinging” (which deserves to be a hit!), the house that Lea built is sturdy and architecturally interesting.
Upon meeting Fuzz Roark you are immediately drawn to his southern charm and warm personality. Since 2005, the South Carolina native has been the artistic managing director of one of Baltimore’s special gems, Audrey Herman’s Spotlighters Theatre.
BBC America, which is known for hit shows like “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Doctor Who,” the “Graham Norton Show,” and “Orphan Black,” is taking a short walk on the wild side with its new import miniseries “London Spy.” This isn’t a typical James Bondian type of spy show, that’s for sure.
Gay filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, HBO’s Looking) goes straight, so to speak, with his film 45 Years (Sundance Select / IFC Films), based on the short story by David Constantine. Over the course of the week prior to Kate (Charlotte Rampling, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance) and Jeff’s (Tom Courtenay) 45th anniversary party, the couple’s marriage is potentially jeopardized following the arrival of a letter.
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