Latest and Greatest: an interview with Becca Mancari

It’s only July, but rest assured that The Greatest Part (Captured Tracks), the breathtaking second album by out singer/songwriter Becca Mancari will not be forgotten when folks assemble their end-of-the-year, best of 2020 albums lists. The Greatest Part, available in a limited edition clear pink vinyl LP version, is a sonic departure from her Americana-laced 2017 debut Good Woman. Working with musician/producer Zac Farro (of Paramore fame), Mancari has created a forward-thinking audio landscape for her deeply personal lyrics, some of which deal with being raised in and surviving a strict religious background. Songs such as “Hunter”, “Stay With Me”, “First Time”, “Like This” and “Tear […]

“Red, White and Griffin: Kathy Griffin Shares a Hell of a Story with Charm City”

Bold. Unyielding. Independent. Relentless. Survivor. These are just a few characteristics of the word patriot. As America prepares to honor Independence Day against the sobering backdrop of a global pandemic and racial injustice, Americans find themselves reflecting on the ideals of what it means to be an American patriot. Many have recently wondered if comedian Kathy Griffin is among the type of courageous patriots that this country needs during these trying times. The lioness of standup has roared back with Baltimore OUTloud and, boy, does she have a Hell of a Story to tell. “Honey, how is anybody doing, right […]

Taylor-made: an interview with Holland Taylor

According to Ryan Murphy, “Casting a television show is like casting a dinner party. It’s like, ‘Well, who do I want to sit next to for the next six months of my life?’” In the case of his new Netflix series Hollywood, premiering on the streaming network on May 1, 2020, he set an amazing table, and seated his guests just so. One such guest is out actress Holland Taylor who plays no-nonsense 1940s movie studio exec Ellen Kincaid. Ellen is someone we can fall in love with immediately; a smart, tough, single career woman who plays a big part […]

“Feeling” good: an interview with Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis is country music royalty. The daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis, Pam has had her own lengthy career as a singer/songwriter with hits including “Maybe It Was Memphis”, “Cleopatra, Queen of Denial”, “Spilled Perfume” and, of course, “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)”. Looking for a Feeling (Stellar Cat), Pam’s 11th studio album and first solo album in more than a dozen years, is the kind of comeback we’ve been waiting for. A compelling combination of modern and traditional country tunes, featuring outstanding originals including the title track, “Burning Star”, “Karma” and “Last Summer’s Wine”, as well […]

Through the “Years”: an interview with Lauren Wood

There are a variety of ways in which you may have encountered the music of out singer/songwriter Lauren Wood over the years. Perhaps it was when she was still going by Ilene Rappaport in the late 1960s band Rebecca and the Sunnybrook Farmers (great name, right?). Maybe it was a few years later when, along with her cousin, the in-demand violist Novi Novog, and bass player Ernie Eremita she was known as Chunky in the trio Chunky, Novi & Ernie. Chances are the way you will recognize Lauren Wood, as she came to be known on her first two solo […]

The whole story: an interview with The Half of It writer/director Alice Wu

In 2004, a few years after Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet and a few years before Awkwafina’s The Farewell, lesbian filmmaker Alice Wu’s acclaimed indie film debut Saving Face introduced audiences to one of our first out queer Asian female characters, Wil (played by Michelle Krusiec). The movie closely examined Wil’s relationship with her very traditional mother played by award-winning actress Joan Chen (The Last Emperor, Twin Peaks). A hit on the festival and art house circuits, Saving Face was also a wonderful introduction to a promising filmmaker. As Wu elucidates in the following interview, much happened between the release […]

Love story: an interview with award-winning actress and singer Linda Lavin

Award-winning theater and television veteran vet Linda Lavin isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Not that we would ever want her to. At almost 83 years of age, Lavin has just released a marvelous new album, Love Notes (Club 44), on which she performs a number of classics from the American songbook, as well as the new Joel Lindsey and Wayne Haun composition “Stars Would Fall”. Additionally, Lavin has been appearing regularly on TV shows such as Mom, The Santa Clarita Diet and Madam Secretary, to mention just a few. She is also scheduled to appear in the new […]

Laughter and Life

Queer comedy keeps getting better and better, especially when it comes to our sisters. From groundbreaking lesbian comedy pioneers such as Kate Clinton, Elvira Kurt, Judy Gold, Karen Williams, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Marga Gomez, and Lea DeLaria to the living legends Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Rosie O’Donnell, and Ellen DeGeneres to the current wave of funny females including Kate McKinnon, Fortune Feimster, Jessica Kirson, Hannah Gadsby, and the subject of this interview, Jen Kober. A natural-born storyteller, Kober has established herself in the realm even winning awards for her work on NPR’s “Snap Judgement.” This also holds true of her comedy […]

Forever Young

If you’ve been dancing in a club any time in the last 20 or so years, chances are very good that you’ve hit the crowded dancefloor to a remix by Grammy Award-winning lesbian DJ and producer Tracy Young. The Mid-Atlantic native and Miami resident has left her distinctive mark on songs by Pet Shop Boys, Cyndi Lauper. P!nk, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Gloria Estefan, Cher, Beyoncé, Demi Lovato, Stevie Nicks, Katy Perry, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, and most significantly, Madonna. In fact, it was a Madonna tune, “I Rise” from 2019’s Madame X, that earned Young her Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical […]

More Than Just a Memory

In the hierarchy of divas, few would disagree that Betty Buckley ranks close to the top. From her Tony Award-winning star turn in the Broadway musical Cats and her recent run in the national tour of the revival of Hello, Dolly, to the countless other musicals in which she’s performed including 1776, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Triumph of Love, and Sunset Boulevard. Not limited to the stage, Buckley has been acting on the big and small screen alike for more than 40 years, beginning with her portrayal of compassionate gym teacher Miss Collins in the Sissy Spacek version of […]