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Hellboy, Ralph Shortey, Depeche Mode, JJ Abrams, Sean Spicer, Kelly Clarkson: HOT LINKS

SEAN SPICER. “Have you ever seen the president naked?” IRONY. Leaked memo reveals White House attempt to plug leaks. DEFIES COMMON SENSE. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested government jet to take him and Louise Linton on Honeymoon. RALPH SHORTEY. Former GOP Oklahoma state senator sought “boy or bromance” on Craigslist: ‘The investigation of former state Sen. Ralph Shortey uncovered evidence that he posted Craigslist ads several times “attempting to solicit young males for sexual contact,” the FBI reports.’ CALLING ME LIAR? Amber Tamblyn is not finished ripping James Woods to shreds. WHEN MADONNA CALLS. Boy Culture hooks up with Madonna producer Patrick Leonard and “Dear Jessie” at Joe’s Pub in NYC. STAR WARS GAY CHARACTERS. Will JJ Abrams...

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Samantha Bee, Scott Baio, Ellen DeGeneres, Poe Dameron, NOM, NAFTA, Jason Chaffetz: HOT LINKS

NOT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER. Samantha Bee event will be broadcast on Twitter. “The teens who run our social media accounts said we should do this, and honestly, I was about three margaritas in at the time, so I guess it’s happening.” #NotTheWHCD will air April 29 at 10 P.M. on TBS and 11 P.M. ET on Twitter. UNHAPPY DAYS. Erin Moran’s brother goes off on Scott Baio: “A special shout out to Scott Baio. I already went on Twitter about you. I hope it finds you. You and my lil sis had a very very brief fling. She dumped you. 2 reasons. 1. She told me that you were more like a lil girl and not a man. 2. She told me that you were...

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Drop Everything and Get Yourself to the LGBTQ Dance Party at Ivanka Trump’s House

Drop Everything and Get Yourself to the LGBTQ Dance Party at Ivanka Trump’s House Drop everything you are doing this weekend and get yourself to the LGBTQ dance party happening near Ivanka Trump’s house. It was announced this week that Ivanka will have a larger and more official role in her father’s administration. Joining her husband, Jared Kushner, she will be serving as an official government employee as an unpaid adviser. So there is no better time than now to cut a rug and resist on her lawn. The LGBTQ activist group WERK For Peace has announced on Facebook their plans to get down and dirty on Saturday, April 1. The same group took to the streets outside Mike Pence’s home in January. The ...

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Wendy Williams, Chris Pine, Betsy DeVos, Libel Laws, Thirsty Cobra, Arkansas, Victoria Beckham: HOT LINKS

LIBEL LAWS. Trump again threatens the New York Times: “When he ran for president, he suggested that he would “open up” U.S. libel law to make it easier for people to sue news organizations, though experts noted that it would be difficult for him to actually follow through on that threat. Notably, it would require getting around a major Supreme Court precedent on press freedom: The 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan outlined newspapers’ First Amendment protections and established the high bar that plaintiffs must clear to win libel cases against them.” The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws? https://t.co/QIqLgvYLLi — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017 ISIS. Photos purport to ...

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Opera Review: “I Puritani”

Let us now praise Pretty Yende! No, it wasn’t her Met debut, nor is she an unknown quality in the opera world – it’s more like she’s a steadily rising young star. However, she’s not the established performer that Diana Damrau is, so the fact that she truly crushed it when taking over for the ill Damrau as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani stands as a truly news-worthy event. Now, I’ll admit that I hadn’t taken an active interest in 21st Century opera performers until I started covering opera in this blog a few years back. For almost all of the ’00s, I’d take note of a new opera by the likes of Glass, Adès, Dusapin or...

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Hilarious Kellyanne Conway “buy Ivanka’s stuff” memes are blowing up the Internet

Professional liar Kellyanne Conway stepped in it this week when she went on Fox & Friends to encourage Americans to buy Ivanka Trump’s crappy clothes made by poor factory workers in third world countries after Nordstrom announced it would no longer be carrying the First Daughter’s products. “It’s a wonderful line,” Conway touted. “I own some of it. I fully–I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody! You can find it online!” Related: Kellyanne Conway goes on TV to encourage people to “buy Ivanka’s stuff!” On Thursday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz called Conway’s actions “unacceptable” and said he was referring her for an ethics investigation to see whether she broke the law...

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9th Circuit Upholds Suspension of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the suspension of Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban… Here’s the ruling. The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department, representing the Trump administration, could now ask the Supreme Court — which often defers to the president on matters of immigration and national security — to intervene. The Supreme Court, though, remains one justice short, and many see it as ideologically split 4-4. A tie would keep in place whatever the appeals court decides. A Justice Department lawyer, representing the Trump administration, and Washington state’s solicitor general, representing the opposition, made their final pitches to the appeals court Tuesday at a contentious hearing. Both sides faced skeptical questioning, and the panel seemed particularly interested in what evidence Trump relied...

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8 times Jeff Sessions looked legitimately terrified during his swearing in as Attorney General

In his now-trademark alternate reality doom/gloom fashion, President Trump swore in racist and homophobic Jeff Sessions as our nation’s 84th Attorney General, referencing a dark version of the U.S., with Sessions as its savior of justice. And judging by the looks Sessions was giving the President and the audience present at the event, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that if you’d asked him five years ago if he’d ever be the U.S. Attorney General, he’d say no. As LGBTQ Nation reports: His record on civil rights prompted Cory Booker (D, NJ) to become the first sitting Senator in history to testify against a fellow Senator in a nomination hearing. Sessions also has a...

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Theatre Review: “The Encounter”

Theatrical maverick Simon McBurney turns in a performance that has been stunningly filtered and processed, in service of telling a story on the theme of getting past all filters and processing. The story he tells follows Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, as he “goes native” in 1969 among the remote Mayoruna people of Brazil. The Encounter was inspired by Amazon Beaming, a 1991 account of the trip as told to McIntyre’s friend Petru Popescu. McIntyre didn’t speak the Mayorunan language, but somehow learned to communicate with an elder of the tribe through the mysterious “beaming” in the title of Popescu’s book. Every audience member has a hi-fi headset which allows McBurney to speak more intimately to the audience, manipulate his voice electronically, and paint...

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Theatre Review: “Stuffed”

Fat, feminist, funny. In comedian Lisa Lampanelli’s first play Stuffed, it’s that last word that’s key. I’ve worked in feminist theatres, I’ve written for gay publications for a long time, so I can confirm that, just as the title of Susie Orbach’s 1978 landmark book says, Fat Is A Feminist Issue. I’ve seen and worked on many shows that address how fat-shaming is used to oppress women, and how women negotiate their relationships with food and weight. Of all of them, Stuffed is far and away the funniest treatment of this important issue that I’ve ever seen, and that’s a very good thing. Right from the beginning, director Jackson Gay’s staging lets us know that this is...

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Trump SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch ‘Founded’ ‘Fascism Forever Club’ in Prep School

From the “you can’t make this up” department, it appears that Neil Gorsuch claimed to have founded a “Fascism Forever Club “ while at Georgetown Prep, from which he graduated in 1985. Known to be fiercely conservative at Georgetown Prep School, #Gorsuch joked in yearbook he founded and led "Fascism Forever Club" pic.twitter.com/zrZZ53iP4I — Michael J O'Loughlin (@MikeOLoughlin) February 1, 2017 The man who has been nominated to replace the late Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, apparently in more ways than one, included an organization by that name on his yearbook page, declaring himself its founder and president. That he would later be put forth by an administration many have warned has fascist tendencies is one of those coincidences...

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LGBTQ youth summit shut down to avoid clash with Trump

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly shelved plans for an upcoming LGBTQ youth summit, worried how President Trump and his administration would react to the event. An anonymous source tells Talking Points Memo it was “supposed to be a big deal. They had a whole communications team on it, it was going to be on Facebook live. The intention was to plan a 5-year agenda.” Internal department memos obtained by TPM reference a day’s worth of planned events, during which “national leaders” would convene at the CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, GA “to address the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.” According to the source, initial planning for the event began last September, with weekly planning sessions...

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Opera Review: “L’Amour de Loin”

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s much-praised 2000 opera has a darkly shimmering beauty to it, and director Robert Lepage has created a gorgeous production for its Met premiere that leans powerfully into that shimmering quality. Lepage and set designer Michael Curry have draped strip after strip of LED lights across the immense Met stage. With those strips, “lightscape image designer” Lionel Arnould paints constantly shifting washes of color that vary from evocative abstractions to almost realistic representations of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, and suits Saariaho’s music to a “T”. There’s precious little to the plot of L’Amour de loin. Very loosely based on the legend of French troubadour prince Jaufré Rudel (c. 1100-c. 1147), it tells of Jaufré’s idealized love...

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Cabaret Review: Marilyn Maye “By Request”

Ella Fitzgerald once called Marilyn Maye “the greatest white female singer in the world”. That’s no exaggeration; she may be the only singer alive who combines a great vocal instrument with interpretative flair and savoir faire equal to Ella’s own. There are younger singers who might posses more powerful voices but I can think of no other singer who possesses Maye’s combination of interpretive ability, rhythmic verve, and vocal range – at 88, her voice is the envy of singers 40 years her junior. She’s also a “saloon singer”, a singer who has a fantastic rapport with her audience, singing them beloved songs from a startlingly wide variety of genres. These shows at the Metropolitan Room take full advantage of this facet of her talent. Marilyn asks...

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A Dog’s Purpose, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Murphy, Noor Salman, Gregg Sulkin, Sam Smith: HOT LINKS

GOLDEN SHOWERS. Weather forecast for Trump’s inauguration. “The forecast has become more certain that Friday is going to be cloudy, damp and cool for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony and the subsequent parade.” SWEARING IN. He’ll use Lincoln Bible: “After a particularly contentious campaign for president in 2016, Trump’s inauguration committee said the significance of Lincoln and the fiercely divided nation he inherited in 1861 is echoed in what some see as a country working through divisions that are also significantly deep.” AZEALIA BANKS. (Of course) she’d love to perform at Trump’s ‘EPIC’ inauguration. AMERICAN CRIME STORY. Ryan Murphy plans new series on the Monica Lewinsky scandal: “To that end, Murphy and American Crime Story producers Fox 21 ...

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‘I Think Trump Is Very Good on Gay Rights’ and 4 Other Crazy Things Peter Thiel Just Said

‘I Think Trump Is Very Good on Gay Rights’ and 4 Other Crazy Things Peter Thiel Just Said Today, The New York Times ran an unchallenging interview with Peter Thiel—the gay billionaire and PayPal co-founder who supported Trump while bankrupting Gawker. The interview made sure to mention that Thiel was “wearing a gray Zegna suit and sipping white wine in a red leather booth … over a four-hour dinner of duck and chocolate dessert”—barf. When we say that it was “unchallenging,” that isn’t merely shade. Take this bullshit exchange: When I ask him if he can explain to Mr. Trump that climate change is not a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, he offers a Chinese box of an answer: “Does ...

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Cabaret Review: Orfeh and Andy Karl

Big-piped (and married) musical theatre couple Orfeh and Andy Karl aren’t delivering any particular story or message in their current club act at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Pleasantly enough, they simply sing songs that suit their voices – soulful and wild in her case, poppy and tuneful in his (note to Andy, though: the band When in Rome, whose hit “The Promise” you sing so beautifully and tastefully, have absolutely nothing to do with Depeche Mode, as you said they did). They also touch on songs they’ve done in the musical theatre, including the lovely ballad for Andy called “Seeing You” from the upcoming Groundhog Day. They met doing Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and married soon after, but most people associate the two of...

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Theatre Review: “tick, tick…BOOM!”

This pop-rock musical gets most of its pungency from the score’s lively, inventive songs. tick, tick…BOOM! is also haunted by the fact that it’s an autobiographical musical from the late composer of Rent, Jonathan Larson. This gives the existential angst lead character Jonathan feels a particular edge. tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of an ambitious composer anxiously pondering where his career and life are headed as he approaches his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend has found happiness switching from being an unsuccessful actor to a successful marketing exec, but Jonathan is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. The score has tons of innate urgency...

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Megan Mullally All But Guarantees 10 New Episodes of ‘Will & Grace’

Megan Mullally All But Guarantees 10 New Episodes of ‘Will & Grace’ In an interview with Pride Source, Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally (who played the show’s tart-tongued party girl Karen) pretty much guaranteed that we’ll soon see 10 new episodes of the beloved gay sitcom saying, “We’re not rehearsing or anything like that. But there is a very good chance that something is going to materialize… But can’t really talk about it or say anything, because you know how it is.” The cast briefly reunited for a 10-minute scene that premiered before the 2016 Election (below). In the scene, Will lamented Trump’s candidacy while Karen played a racist Trump supporter. Now that Trump has been elected, at least they’...

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Cabaret Review: Judy Collins

No one sings a folk song more beautifully than Judy Collins, and few people sing more beautifully, period. She’s an authentic river of song, in truly golden voice in her seventies. She’ll be talking about a song in passing, and then launch into three or four lines, singing with breathtakingly casual grace and beauty. And then continue with her story “and so I told Leonard Cohen that yes, ‘Suzanne’ is a good song and I’ll be recording it tomorrow…” In tribute to Cohen’s passing she did a medley of his “Bird on a Wire” with one of he own songs – Cohen had encouraged her as a songwriter, which was life-changing for her. When she sings a song in earnest, she’s truly...

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You Won’t Believe This Hilariously Crude ‘Gays For Hillary’ Ad

You Won’t Believe This Hilariously Crude ‘Gays For Hillary’ Ad We’re almost always against reducing people to their genitals, but we’ll make a momentary exception for this hilariously crude Gays for Hillary ad. We gotta give credit to these creative campaigners — they certainly know their target audience. May the best woman win! Unicorn Booty - Unicorn Booty brings you the best news, pop-culture, and opinions on the web!

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Theatre Review: “Oh, Hello”

It’s as if The Odd Couple were written by the darkest comedic writers of the 1970s Saturday Night Live (Michael O’Donoghue springs to mind). In one of many semi-improvised sequences, somebody brings up the subject of a night off on Broadway – called a “dark night” – and one of the characters offers “Yeah, a ‘dark night’ for us means when we start making jokes about strangling hookers.” The character in question is septugenarian George St. Geegland (John Mulaney), a gleefully mean-spirited and perhaps murderous writer, who has been roomates for 40-some years with hapless, shlubby and sometimes childish actor Gil Faizon (Nick Kroll). Oh, Hello is essentially these two oversized, very New York characters granting us an audience for around...

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Keith Olbermann: Trump’s Meltdown Isn’t a Strategy, It’s Psychosis – WATCH 

Keith Olbermann explains that Donald Trump’s latest antics are not part of some concerted campaign strategy but rather are evidence of a kind of psychosis. Said Olbermann, “There have been Trump tweet storms before and Trump rages before and even Trump attacks on other Republicans before but this one has taken on a kind of ‘Mister Smith’s Evil Twin Goes to Washington’ quality. It has gone deeper and deeper into a kind of campaign psychosis and yet it is being treated as if it were some kind of campaign strategy.” RELATED: Scorched Earth: Donald Trump Attacks John McCain, Paul Ryan, and the Rest of the GOP in Latest Tweet Storm But Olbermann has some advice for the Republican nominee: “Get some...

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PICS: Trump Pulling Flags Out His Nose Makes Him 10% More Tolerable

PICS: Trump Pulling Flags Out His Nose Makes Him 10% More Tolerable We’ve long called Donald Trump a clown (and a racist and a human buttplug), and now the clown has developed a magic trick — pulling flags out of his nose. In fact, if he did this in real life, we might actually pay a little more attention to him. But as it is, we just kind of zone-out when he speaks the same way we zone-out during pro-wrestling. Oh well, enjoy these — they’re probably the most interesting thing he’ll pull out of his head until the next debate. Unicorn Booty - Unicorn Booty brings you the best news, pop-culture, and opinions on the web!

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‘Silver Daddy’ Mike Pence Made Randy Rainbow Do a Spit-Take During the VP Debate – WATCH 

Randy Rainbow has served up his take on the first and only Vice-Presidential debate between Tim Kane and Mike Pence–or as Randy calls him, the “ultra conservative silver daddy who says he hates the gays but like most Republican politicians can’t get enough of the big D–Donald Trump.” PREVIOUSLY: Randy Rainbow Makes the First Presidential Debate a Super Braggadocious Musical – WATCH Though the debate only explicitly referred to LGBT issues once–when discussing Vladimir Putin–that doesn’t mean there weren’t moments that caught the attention of LGBT viewers. "I try and spend a little time on my knees every day." Me too, Mike. Me too.#VPDebate pic.twitter.com/1x53cVcu5Q — Benjamin Cook (@benjamin_cook)...

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Cabaret Review: Judy Gold

Out lesbian Judy Gold has a long history as a successful stand-up comedian, and that’s exactly what she’s doing at her current run at Feinstein’s / 54 Below (one hilarious cabaret-mocking musical number to the side). Her material is largely observational and personal, and so there is some overlap with what I’ve seen in more structured shows of hers like 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (a self-explanatory title) or The Judy Show (a sitcom-themed show about being a lesbian mother). The audience was raucous on the night I went, her first night ever performing in a cabaret setting, and Gold seemed to be having the time of her life. This is both an ideal audience for Gold, and by the same...

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Hillary Clinton Shares Powerful Story with Humans of New York About Why You Might Think She’s ‘Cold’

Hillary Clinton sat down to be photographed by the popular Facebook account Humans of New York and got personal about the public perception that she is ‘cold’ and ‘unemotional.’ Clinton opened up about what it was like as young woman attempting to enter the legal world, a world that at the time was not only predominantly male but also hostile to women entering its ranks: “I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to...

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