Not long ago, 2 per cent of the world’s population vanished. Quietly, instantly, with no provocation.
Pharrell Williams’ hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” defined pop music in 2013, but it seems already that this year offers even greater things to come for the eternally youthful 40-year-old. In January, he won four Grammys, including one for producer of the year. He performed his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, although it lost to “Let It Go.” His studio album GIRL dropped on March 3, and he’s adding yet another fashion collaboration — this time with Adidas Originals — to his growing number of partnerships.
Miranda Levy, a self-taught Milwaukee-based fashion designer, has wowed audiences at local fashion events, including shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pritzlaff Building, Flying Car MKE and numerous gala and charity events. She’s held positions as curator for Tenth Street Gallery, adjunct professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and color specialist for Kohl’s. As a prominent member of Milwaukee’s fashion community, Levy’s work has been showcased on the cover of M Magazine and Info Magazine, among others.
Mitch Grassi is one of two openly gay members of Pentatonix, an a cappella group that came to fame on the NBC series “The Sing Off.” Pentatonix has just released “Volume 1,” a six-song EP that includes the group’s cover of Australian singer Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Pentatonix is on a multi-city U.S. tour.
The quirky abortion rom-com Obvious Child is about a single stand-up comedian named Donna (the amazing Jenny Slate), who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Max (Jake Lacy) and decides to have an abortion — on Valentine’s Day.
I am waiting in Malibu, in an over-stuffed flamboyant house: lots of velvet, gold leaf, plumped pillows, chandeliers. It could be Cher’s house but it is in fact the house of a rich Russian person who has rented it out for my interview. Cher lives eight miles away in another Malibu house and in her own gothic glory.
Almost everything about the new gay sitcom From Here On Out is designed to make you laugh. From the clever title (Here TV + Out Magazine are owned by the same conglomerate = From Here On Out, get it?) to the kooky sexual situations in which the characters find themselves. When you’re not laughing, you can gaze dreamily at eight-packed straight (but not narrow), lead actor TJ Hoban. A flawless fitness model, Hoban’s graced the covers of countless muscle mags as well as the International Male and Undergear catalogs.
Why is it OK, and even complimentary, to refer to a man with many sexual conquests as a “stud,” while promiscuous women are labeled “slut”?
Straight filmmaker Lynn Shelton sure likes the gays. Her 2009 comedic feature “Humpday” was about a hetero bromance that went to the next level. Without giving away too much detail, “Your Sister’s Sister” is a film stocked with a variety of revelations. The movie shines a spotlight on strained sibling relationships and complicated friendships. It doesn’t offer easy answers, but it makes you laugh and cry and keeps you guessing.
Leslie Jordan, the diminutive comic actor with the big Southern drawl, entered our consciousness in a big way with his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Beverley Leslie on the sitcom “Will & Grace.” Before that he worked on stage and on the big and small screens in a variety of productions.