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The ‘wisdom and hilarity’ of ‘Beau Jest’

By Charlene Baldridge

It’s 1989 Chicago. Miriam and Abe, Sarah Goldman’s parents, are ecstatic. She tells them she’s no longer dating Chris the Gentile (not true) and moreover, she has a nice, new, Jewish boyfriend (not true, either), who’s a surgeon at one of Chicago’s best hospitals.

A successful businesswoman, Sarah’s been on her own for quite some time, and now it appears that Miriam and Abe’s fondest wish for her may come true. They do what all good parents do: They invite themselves to dinner to meet the prospective son-in-law and even take Sarah’s brother, a divorced therapist, with them.

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Yes, they can (and did)

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Marriage equality was a mere pipe dream when Indigo Girls duo Emily Saliers and Amy Ray came out in 1988, coinciding with the release of their eponymous Epic Records debut. There was no groundbreaking television sitcom. Melissa Etheridge wasn’t formally out, and wouldn’t be until 1993, when she released “Yes I Am.”

With regard to popular entertainment, particularly within the music business, Saliers and Ray were at the forefront of the queer rights movement. They won a Grammy and released chart-toppers like “Closer to Fine.” And they refused to let their sexuality get in the way of their success, brazenly being themselves at a time when being a gay public figure was uncommon and even downright scary.

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This little light

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“It was a lot,” Tarell Alvin McCraney said of his oddly coincidental evening recently, when the out playwright attended the premiere of “Moonlight” in Miami, the city where he grew up.

Family he hadn’t met before came out in droves; his brother showed up and longtime friends, too.

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Fortune Theatre presents ‘Liaisons’

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

As readers may know, British playwright Christopher Hampton is renowned for his translations of classic literature for the stage. A case in point is his 1985 translation of Pierre de Laclos’ 1782 epistolary novel, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons),” which is being produced in splendid style by New Fortune Theatre at the Lyceum Space through Jan. 28.

The most astonishing thing about New Fortune’s production, directed by Artistic Director Richard Baird and Kaitlin O’Neal, is its utter lack of mannerism: it is played without affectation in the vital modern English vernacular provided by Hampton.

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Deep Inside Hollywood – Jan. 6, 2017

By Romeo San Vicente

Kate McKinnon already has an Emmy for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” and she’s managed to steal every scene she had in the ensemble comedies “Ghostbusters,” “Masterminds” and now “Office Christmas Party.”

The next step, then, for Kate McKinnon is leading lady. This being McKinnon, however, she will be playing a school lunch lady who is also a witch. Of course.

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Good things come to those who are Megan Mullally

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate

Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who’s making a move to the big screen in “Why Him?” after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013’s “G.B.F.,” and a variety of TV stints.

But when it comes to the small screen, it was the 58-year-old actress’s eight-year role on the groundbreaking late ’90s NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” — as quippy, martini-swigging socialite Karen Walker — that changed Mullally’s life as much as it changed ours.

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’Tis the season to sing at Sycuan

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

SDGMC opens first holiday show in East County

By Tom Felkner

Jesus Eder never dreamed that one day he’d be singing from the main stage at Sycuan Casino.

Growing up in the Philippines before immigrating to the U.S. at age 9, his family started a new life in El Cajon, just miles from the rolling hills of the popular East County landmark.

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Natalie!

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

Natasha Gregson Wagner on Thanksgivings with her mother

By Nick Thomas

With the holiday season now upon us, seasonal movie favorites will soon be inching their way into television schedules. While considered perennial Christmas fare, the opening scenes of “Miracle on 34th Street” actually take place at Thanksgiving with the annual Macy’s parade.

The 1947 movie and Thanksgiving festivities hold special significance for actress Natasha Gregson Wagner.

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