Billy Masters • 03-278-15

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 at 7:30am

Billy experiences Schock and awww We’re gonna kick off this column with a story that could give hope to quite a few people around the world. Doctors in Cape Town have performed the first penis transplant. Questions abound. Who is donating his penis? Is there a box I’ll have to check off when I renew [...]

Good Olly!

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 at 7:25am

Pop star Olly Murs talks handsy fans, gay-baiting and sharing a sweater with Sam Smith A veteran of nakedness, Olly Murs was fueling our straight-boy fantasies long before Nick Jonas. Stripping at London’s prestigious G-A-Y club, frequent underwear-only selfies, a leather jacket-clad cover photo in December’s Attitude magazine — we’re as addicted to Murs’ sex appeal [...]

Siam what I am

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 at 7:20am

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s social justice epic ‘The King & I’ still packs a punch ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The next time a hater dismisses the musical format as silly fluff, share this with him: Over the course of just 16 years in the 1940s and ’50s, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced [...]

Billy Masters • 03-13-15

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:35am

Farewell Dirk Shafer, Kelly Osbourne Life has a funny way of putting things into perspective. Last weekend I was down in South Florida attending the Winter Party, an annual fundraiser for the LGTBQ Task Force. While going through my extensive wardrobe, I was bemoaning the fact that I did not lose the 10 pounds I [...]

BOOK REVIEW: Being black on the Great White Way

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:30am

Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way by Stewart F. Lane (Square One Publishers 2015) $40; 288 pp. When William Alexander Brown decided to retire, he knew where he’d do it: in the two-story home he’d purchased in Lower Manhattan. It was 1821 and Brown, a free black man, knew that there were [...]

Expect the unexpected

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:25am

A luxurious Hyundai? A soulful Toyota? Don’t be surprised once you’ve tried the new Genesis and RAV4 CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer What is a luxury car? Cars wearing the three-pointed star, chrome L, four rings, spinning propeller or family crests are obvious indicia. They’ve earned credentials (in some cases, for more than a century). [...]

Parental guidance

Posted on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:20am

New moms Brandi Carlile and Kelly Clarkson: No longer the girls next door Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Now that her major-label days are over, Brandi Carlile can get her hands as dirty as she wants. Indulging entirely in the authenticity of the sound she’s been honing since her second album (2007’s T-Bone Burnett-produced The Story), [...]

Review: ‘Kinky Boots’

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 10:27am

Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ For most lovers of musical theater, the arrival of Kinky Boots at Fair Park Music Hall is one of the signal shows of the season; for gay fans, it’s akin to a visit from the Pope. A six-time Tony Award winner, it tells the story of Charlie (Steven Booth), a straight man whose [...]

Winery primer

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:25am

At last count, there were more than 450 wineries in Napa Valley. Some favorites, both for the quality of wine and the experience of visiting the tasting room and grounds, include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Rutherford: founded in 1900 and set in a stately building offering full tours and tastings. Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga: the owner of [...]

Wine country safari

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 7:20am

Napa Valley is a foodie paradise, but there’s more to it than gastronomy ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer Northern California’s Napa Valley is by no means solely about winery tourism — though admittedly, that’s a huge draw. But in addition you’ll find soothing hot springs spas and smartly furnished B&Bs, scenic opportunities for hiking and [...]