Watermark on the Fringe: PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along

By : Danny Garcia
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As one of the patrons on my ride said, PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along is “the Fringe-iest show she’s done.”

The show is limited to a group of six or seven passengers who, after signing legal waivers, are handed a microphone and board the back of a windowless white SCAREavan that has a bloody shower curtain inside reading “Free Candy.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: ButchQueen

By : Danny Garcia
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You know you’re in store for something loud when you’re offered ear plugs during the pre-show, and that is not a bad thing.

It’s opening night for the washed-up ButchQueen and her band Bad Habits at a grimy bar called The Watering Hole, and they are ready for a wild ride of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ opera coming to NYC in 2018

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Brokeback Mountain” will go from screen to stage in an opera adaptation premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 2018.

According to Broadway.com, the New York City Opera will present the production which will run from May 31-June 4, 2018. Out composer Charles Wuorinen and author Annie Proulx are on board. It will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Psycho Mode

By : Danny Garcia
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Who’d a thunk it? The music of synth band Depeche Mode would so perfectly fit with the story line of Psycho, although sometimes it was more of the music than the lyrics which fit best.

Originally a novel released in 1959, Psycho was made into a hit horror/thriller film in 1960 directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins with Janet Leigh, which this jukebox musical stage adaptation seems to be mostly based on.

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GLAAD report says film studios are still behind in racial diversity, LGBT-inclusion

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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While “Moonlight” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, “Beauty and the Beast” included Disney’s first gay character and “Power Rangers” featured a lesbian superhero in the yellow ranger, Hollywood is far from being completely LGBT-inclusive.

GLAAD released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) and reported that from 125 film releases from major studios, only 23 (18.4 %) films included LGBTQ-identifying characters. 83% of those films had a gay male character. Lesbian characters went from 23% in 2015 to 35% in 2016. Bisexual representation came in at 13%. Transgender representation was merely one character in “Zoolander 2.” The character, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, was used as the punchline to a joke.

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Macy Gray gets stripped down for her Gay Days’ concert at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Macy Gray isn’t your traditional artist. Her unique voice and style has allowed her to perform in many different genres without being fully submerged into one. It is unmistakably her when you hear her vocals on a track whether you are listening to R&B, hip-hop, soul, pop or jazz.

Her style – wild and crazy hair along with a relaxed, casual dress – have left many asking her, in interviews and online, if she is more than just an ally in the LGBTQ alphabet, which she is perfectly fine with.

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Stephen Colbert’s Trump-Putin joke received more than 5,000 complaints

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Stephen Colbert’s sexually explicit gay joke about President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on his May 1 episode of “The Late Show” cracked up his studio audience, but home viewers didn’t find the joke as funny.

Politico reports that the FCC received 5,700 complaints about Colbert’s opening monologue joke calling Trump, “Vladimir Putin’s c-ck holster.” The joke sparked the social media campaign #FireColbert on Twitter.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Gay Jeopardy – the Gayest show on Earth

By : Danny Garcia
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“What is funny gay stereotypes played up to the highest level for our viewing pleasure?”

Gay Jeopardy is a parody on the more straight-laced Jeopardy. Hosted by the boozy old queen, Donald Diamonds (Bob Hay) and emceed by his partner Ricky Rhinestones (Stuart Nichols), the show welcomes the colorful trio: the glittered twink with dreams of stardom Xavier (Cody McNeeley), the fashion diva Aunderay (Domino Thomas) and the ultra-conservative Christian puppet show performer Ella May (Stan Madray).

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Lou Reed’s friends insist ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ wasn’t transphobic

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Canadian university has apologized for playing Lou Reed’s hit song “Walk on the Wild Side” at a campus event because the song has been accused of being transphobic. However, Reed’s friends think the situation is “stupid.”

The student association at the University of Guelph in Ontario posted a since-deleted apology on Facebook for playing the song at a recent event.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Shirley Gnome – Taking it Up The Notch

By : Rick Claggett
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Shirley Gnome, last year’s Patron’s Pick winner, returns with Taking It Up The Notch, her no holds barred one woman cabaret.

After a fun game of pull the string and see what falls out of her vagina, Gnome breaks out into stories and original songs that press the limits of what’s taboo with her inventive blend of comedy and biting social commentary.

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Watermark on the Fringe: #KanderAndEbb

By : Jeremy Williams
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#KanderAndEbb stars the accomplished Ryan G. Hinds, Kander and Ebb super-fan, performing a variety of songs from the Broadway duo that inspired him to be a performer. This is a powerful cabaret.

Between his rendition of songs from The Visit, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chicago, and so on; Hinds regales the audience with tales of befriending the songwriters, as well as legends Liza Minelli and Chita Rivera.

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Watermark on the Fringe: John & Jen

By : Rick Claggett
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John & Jen stars Jon Jimenez and Mikaela Duffy as the title characters in the off-Broadway musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald. The first act chronicles the relationship of two siblings; an introduction of sorts.

The show opens to an obviously strained relationship between the brother and sister, then takes you back to the beginning to walk you through the highs and lows of their collective upbringing. The two form a tight bond until Jen must break her promise to always protect John from their abusive father. It is a funny, heartwarming and emotional look at how two people handle the joys and heartbreaks of family.

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