by Jac Kern
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about the punk-themed Met Ball today, but I’m still in awe from last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race season finale and
reunion, where America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned in true pageant style.
It’s easy to confuse the two: both are over-the-top parades of outrageous
fashion, debut ‘dos and bodies squeezed into numerous pairs of Spanx, but only
one event has RuPaul, so I’m focusing on that one.
The spotlight was
on the final three dragsters, Roxxxy Andrews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska, but I
couldn’t take my eyes off Penny Tration, Cincinnati’s own queen supreme who was
voted onto this season by viewers — only to be eliminated in the first episode.via Homorazzi
Like any good
queen, Penny varies up her looks, but I’ve never seen her like this before! E!
put Penny on their worst dressed list,
but any press is good press, right? With a leotard made from the fabric of the
dress she wore when she was eliminated, manic makeup and a tiny tuft of hair on
her big bald head, homegurl looked like a pageant baby Treasure Troll on crack,
and by that I obviously mean she looked amazing.via Homorazzi
Detox, who I
originally pegged as the winner but only made it to the final four, also stole
the show with this incredible black-and-white look. No Photoshop!
And Season 4
winner, Sharon Needles, served up Pee Wee Herman realness in this hot little
In the end, the
camptatstic Jinkx, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” took the
The full trailer
for True Blood’s sixth season is
here. All hail Billith!
This shit is so
far beyond, but I don’t think any amount of supernatural caca could keep me
from indulging in this mess year after year. Season Six premieres June 16.
Ever since the
unveiling of that crazy Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella fest, there have
been rumors of similarly reviving other dead musicians and performers,
including TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. With a TLC reunion on the horizon, the
idea has come up again
but for now we can just settle for this peek at VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. I am not familiar with two of the actresses, but Lil Mama plays Left Eye. I
just can’t right now.
RIP Marge Simpson!
Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s
mother, Margaret, the inspiration for the iconic blue-haired matriarch, has
passed away at age 94. Looking at her obituary,
I learned Groening tucked a bunch of autobiographical bits into The Simpsons. The real Marge was
actually married to a Homer, and had daughters named Maggie and Lisa. Her
maiden name, Wiggum, is used in the show as the resident police chief’s name.
Has anyone else
noticed that Shae from Game of Thrones
kind of looks like Megara, the goddess from Hercules?
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
was basically the playlist of my childhood, I figured the music selections for
The Great Gatsby would be on-point. I was right. Stream the whole soundtrack,
featuring Beyoncé, Andre 3000, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and a heavy coat of flapper Jazz, via NPR.
Miss this week’s Mad Men? Here’s all you need to know:
by Jac Kern
110 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Screen Actors
Guild Awards were Sunday and I didn’t watch that low-budge mess, but here are
if you care. America’s girl crush, Jennifer Lawrence, nabbed an SAGy (?) for
her role in Silver Linings Playbook (I
know I’m late on this, but that movie is just great. Go see it.) After a
JLaw accepted by citing the first job that got her the ubiquitous SAG card: an
MTV My Super Sweet 16 promo.
Via Dlisted:Get More:
Jennifer Lawrence, Movie Trailers, Movies Blog
Local drag queen
Penny Tration (government name: Tony Cody) was selected to be on the fifth
season of RuPaul’s Drag Race via a
Facebook fan vote. The season premiered Monday on Logo and, sadly, our girl was
the first to sashay away. Now, call me biased (because I am), but Penny
deserved at least another week. Having spent time in The SweatShoppe, Penny’s
HQ and studio, I know she’s one of the hardest working queens in the biz. She
makes her own clothing and wigs, does some outstanding makeup work and
looked more like a real curvalicious lady than Serena ChaCha, the other queen up for
elimination this week. When the two were instructed to lip sync for their lives, it was
clear Ms. ChaCha was the winner (damn her splits!). Unfortunately, Penny did
not know the lyrics to “Party in the USA,” so I think we can all just blame
Miley for this tragedy. Penny, we still love ya! Keep doing yo thang.
Adrian Grenier (Vincent
Chase to most but forever the Drive Me
Crazy dude to me) tweeted
big news for Entourage fans this
week: the movie spinoff has been greenlit! Mind you,
Entourage may follow in its sister Sex
and the City’s
footsteps by glossing over anything cool about the series and pooping out a
2-hour douchey bromance, but fans will certainly still flock to theaters to check it
Adapting TV shows
for the big screen
is nothing new — just look at Star Trek.
In Entourage’s case, a successful show on HBO for eight seasons, a movie will
provide one last chance for fans to see Vince and his buddies...and one last
chance to squeeze any last profitability from the series. But what about
adapting shows that weren’t necessarily successful on TV in the long term? Party
Down was an excellent Starz comedy from 2009-2010. Adam Scott, Lizzy
Caplan, Ken Marino and a bunch of other hilarious familiar faces from TV comedy
portrayed a crew of kooky caterers, each episode following them to a different catered event. It got a lot of late-in-show life love from Netflix viewers (because who
watches Starz?!) but was cancelled after two seasons. Ever since, there have
been hopes and rumors of a film version from fans and cast members
alike. While the crossover is still unconfirmed, here’s an awesome faux
trailer, made from clips from the series, with a horror twist:
everyone loves Mrs. Doubtfire, check
out a creepily realistic look at what the family film would look like if it had
taken a dark turn.
If you’re like
most theater kids or women between the ages of 10 and 110, then you can quote Mean Girls and Les Mis like a champ and you will love this.
Tonight is a night
that myself and Lizbeans everywhere have been dreading for some time — the
series finale of 30 Rock. You can
read my full eulogy here, but I have to say while I’m happy the show is going
out while it’s still good (Tina Fey and Alec Bladwin both snagged
aforementioned SAG awards for their performances in the show), I’m really going
to miss my weekly dose of Ms. Bossypants.
From the beginning, 30 Rock has been
a writer’s comedy and I will cherish every quote that has been ingrained in my
brain over the past seven seasons (ex. "Live every week like it's Shark Week." - Tracy Jordan). On this momentous evening, I leave you with these
life lessons from Liz Lemon.
My feelings are
best described by this Claire Danes supercut:
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This week, Cincinnati will see one of our own competing in one of the most fun, outrageous reality competitions on television: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, Logo).
by Jac Kern
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I spent a hefty
number of hours watching Trapped in the Closet this past holiday weekend, thanks to IFC’s
marathon of the R. Kelly Hip Hopera followed by a debut of a new chunk of
chapters. Despite my avid enthusiasm for T
in the C as a teen, I must have lost track of the final few chapters because I totally forgot that by the end of the first two installments, a majority
of the characters (hilarious flowchart here) have likely been exposed to AIDS.
R. Kelly released
18 new chapters last Friday and, in true T
in the C style, few questions were answered and even more now stand. The
quick and dirty: Rosie and Randolph are Pimp Lucius’ parents! R. Kelly played
two new characters: a therapist (who counseled Rufus and Cathy) and a scary
gangster with a fang-like grill named Beeno (for real). Between scenes, the
camera would cut away to interviews with various characters on a talk show (likely setting for the next installment).
There was also a point where Rev. Mosley was shown on a commercial hawking
books — they showed a real, Chicago phone number that connected to a
hilarious recording. Still, no one knows where the hell Chuck is and we never
got any real answers about “the package” they might all have but don't worry — Kelly
has penned a reported 85 additional chapters, some to be released next year,
and look out, Broadway: Trapped is
coming to the stage! "Oh shit!"
marathons of the non-active persuasion, it just wouldn’t be a long weekend
without a good Law and Order marathon
— often with a relevant theme! This summer, I’m pretty sure I saw a Labor Day SVU marathon of episodes featuring women
about to give birth. Ever wondered how all those final court rulings stack up?
Overthinking It (via Buzzfeed) looked into every verdict of the original
series’ 450 court cases over 20 seasons. Check ‘em out!
NEEDS A PREQUEL/SEQUEL/REBOOT NOW, Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man 1-3)
is bringing a fresh take on the classic story of The Wizard of Oz this March. James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs, a Kansas
magician who is whisked away to a magical land where goes onto become the
eponymous wiz. Oz: The Great and Powerful certainly
will be a visual playground for audiences and the storyline — which precedes
both the original book and film — actually seems interesting. Plus, a trio of
top-notch actresses (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams) portraying
young versions of those infamous witches? I'm in. Watch the trailer:
So, if you were
worried there wouldn’t be a good opportunity to drop LSD at a movie this
spring, fear not.
RuPaul’s Drag Race returns for a
fifth season this January and for those missing out on the fabulosity, it’s
basically Logo’s version of American Idol
or America’s Next Top Model, but with
way more prosthetic boobs and junk tucking. Hosted by the baddest queen of all,
RuPaul’s Drag Race pits drag queens
against each other in various challenges to be judged on makeup and hair,
costume design, on-camera performances, musical acts, comedy and much more. The
show is campy, hilarious and, for a show about men dressed up as over-the-top
women, surprisingly real.
If you need any
more reason to tune into the premiere, local entertainer Penny Tration (real name: Tony Cody) has been cast as
a contestant! Penny was voted onto the show as this season’s Facebook fan
favorite, which is pretty major. See the Cincy star at 0:51 in this trailer:
Drag Race Full Episodes, RuPaul,
performs Saturdays at The Cabaret (above Below Zero Lounge) in addition to
several other regular appearances. Check out a show while you can — Penny’s
‘bout to be mad famous.
It is said that as
one star rises, another falls. And after the debut of Lindsay Lohan’s anticipated role in Liz and Dick, it
looks like that train wreck’s career has suffered a fatal blow. “Did somebody say blow?”
What was —
shockingly — supposed to be a serious tribute to Elizabeth Taylor and her
relationship with Richard Burton turned out to be a Lifetime channel disaster.
Then again, what else was anyone expecting from the network that brought us My Stepson, My Lover and She Woke Up Pregnant? Surely, few had
high hopes for Lindsay and everyone else associated with this mess — Liz
Taylor’s shoes are tough to fill, so it was kind of unfair to put a young and
arguably unstable actress in that position. But all poor writing, directing and
casting aside, Lindsay does need to take some of the blame on this one. If
Cooter from True Blood
was able to mask his New Zealand accent
with a mediocre Burton impression, couldn’t Lindsay have at least tried to
out-act her smoker’s voice? And I’m sorry, but no 26-year-old should be able to
play a woman in her 50s more convincingly that a girl her own age. Somebody,
please, fix that face.
If you'd rather read entertaining reactions than actually sit through this piece of crap, Huffington Post
collected a bunch of Liz and Dick tweets you can read here.
actually am rooting for you, so here’s my advice: Why don’t you go back to your
Mean Girls ginge look, take a couple
years off, get your Eat Pray Love on
in India or whatever and come back to us once you’ve “found yourself” or Disney
decides to cast you as Aunt Vicki in their Parent Trap remake. Whichever comes first.
Looking back on a progressive year in the fight for equality
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From federal legislation to local initiatives and activism, Cincinnati's LGBT community has many triumphs to look back on during the past year.
by Jac Kern
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When Shirley Temple sang about the “Good
Ship Lollipop,” she probably wasn’t envisioning a booze cruise of drag queens
(though, you know what they say about the crazy lives of child stars). Tonight,
CNKY Scene and BB Riverboats present Big Ship Lollipop, a sweet late-night
cruise for the local LGBTQ community and friends, complete with drag shows,
DJs, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Boarding begins at 10:30 p.m. and the boat
departs at 11:30, when Penny Tration of The Cabaret and her cast of lovely
ladies will perform on the first deck, while Adonis’ DJ Patrick B spins dance
music on the second floor. The top deck is a VIP area (sold out) with a bar and
killer view. Guests can also enjoy shopping from Pure Romance, a Flashbox photo
booth and raffles supporting CNKY Scene Film Festival and Cincinnati
Pride 2012. Tickets will be available tonight at the dock for $15, which
includes a cash bar and complimentary snacks. Find details here.
Riverfront Park, the new public space at The Banks, hosts its Phase I Grand
Opening tonight. The park is located on Mehring Way between Walnut Street and
Joe Nuxhall Way, and features an event lawn and stage, fountains, a bike trail,
visitor’s center, labrynth and more to come. Smale is sure to be a downtown hub for
locals and visitors alike. The opening event kicks off at 6:15, followed by a free concert, fireworks and kids activities.Go OTR is more than a 5K
Run/Walk — it’s a full event devoted to the historic neighborhood and all the
great people and businesses making it thrive. Saturday’s celebration kicks off
with the race at 10 a.m. and continues with a street festival through 5 p.m.
Vine Street will be closed to traffic, full of local vendors like Christian
Moerlein, A Tavola, Senate, Taste of Belgium and more local eateries. There
will also be live music from Wussy, Shiny & the Spoon, Cincy Brass and
others, a craft market by The City Flea and a fine art show. Online
registration for the 5K has closed, but runners and walkers can still sign up
at 1401 Vine St. until 7:30 p.m. tonight or between 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.Further
proving the explosion of Cincinnati's core, the popular Asian Food Fest has
relocated from the suburbs to The Banks this year. Check out our interview with Bao
Nguyen, the festival's Marketing Director, for a preview of all there
is to taste and see this year. Expect deliciousness from 13 vendors, performances, and more. The Asian Food Fest takes over The Banks
Saturday and Sunday.
Mayday Northside presents its third annual
Brews, ‘Dos and Tattoos shindig Saturday. Don your hottest alt-Americana for an
evening of beers, burlesque and bustin’ moves. The crew will tap a bunch of
craft beers at 4 p.m., dance music commences at 8, followed by performances
from Ohio Knife and Cin City Burlqesue. Get the sizzling details here.
brings DIY extraordinaire Kayte Terry to its Rookwood Pavilion location for a
craft-stravaganza Saturday. Terry hosts this special paper crafting event in
support of her new book Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of
Everyday Paper. Handmade culture has made a major comeback in recent years, and
with the popularity of DIY marketplace Etsy, crafting is cool again. Working with paper can be
expensive and somewhat wasteful, but Terry’s book is full of projects that
utilize old newspapers, magazines, maps, and other paper scraps that would
otherwise end up in the trash — and they look polished and professional. Join
Terry Saturday for tips and tricks on turning trash into Pinterest-approved
Weston Gallery’s annual fundraiser is not your typical cheese-and-wine arts event. This year’s Exhibitionism II is a sexy underground dance party, complete with a lingerie fashion show by
Knickers of Hyde Park, dinner by the bite from the area’s top chefs,
tantalizing cocktails, body painting and more. It’s a don’t-miss event for all
you Cincy socialites and a great opportunity to support one of the city’s
finest art galleries. The party runs 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Weston, located
inside the Aronoff Center.
Way of Ohio and Women Writing for a Change join Grailville for a day of
writing, music and spirituality Sunday. Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will
lead a workshop from 1-4 p.m. in which women will share and reflect on personal
stories and explore creative expression. At 5:30 p.m., Grailville will serve
dinner and Newcomer
will perform a concert at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join in part or all of the
day’s activities, with prices ranging $20-$70. Go here
to register and find a full schedule.
Follow our music blog for all your concert needs and check
out our To Do page for art exhibits, theater shows, festivals and more fun
happening this weekend.