Beth Nielsen Chapman’s CrazyTown

Welcome to CrazyTown! Don’t know where it is? Take a left at the Dairy Queen…yeah, that’s me on the corner in the cow outfit waving a rainbow flag, and it’s just two towns over from Funky Town! Speaking of which, the only style of music Beth Nielsen Chapman doesn’t cover on her new album is…

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Ryan La Sala’s The Honeys

A queer horror book, sign me up! When I got an email from RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut announced they were having a discussion and book signing with Ryan La Sala for his queer-horror book “The Honeys”, I was all over it. The book blurb described The Honeys themselves as a beautiful and terrifying…

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NoSo’s Stay Proud Of Me

In May I discovered NoSo’s music when they opened for Molly Burch at Space Ballroom here in Connecticut. NoSo’s musical style and sound caught my attention, putting them on my radar, and I’ve been looking forward to the release of their new album, Stay Proud Of Me, ever since. Last week, my wait was finally…

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Minnie Driver’s Managing Expectations

A couple weeks ago, Minnie Driver did a discussion and book signing in Madison, CT thanks to R.J. Julia Booksellers. I bought a ticket to the event since I’m a fan of some of Minnie’s movies, I appreciate hearing authors talk about their books and I’m always a sucker for autographed merch. If I wasn’t…

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A Night Of Firsts

For the past two years of this pandemic, things have been pretty routine for me, day-in-and-day-out of work and errands. The most exciting thing every day is what I’m having for dinner…spoiler alert, 9 times out of 10 it’s bean salad, vegan yogurt and a Clif Bar. Finally this week, I had an entire evening…

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Betsey Johnson’s Betsey: A Memoir

Who knew in August 2006 when I agreed to cat sit for my partner’s co-worker’s two cats that my TV-watching and diva-stalking life would be changed forever. I agreed to help Betty and Ernest’s parents (I don’t remember their names) for two reasons #1: I love cats and #2: they had cable and air conditioning,…

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Lisa Loeb’s A Simple Trick To Happiness

Lisa Loeb is the only diva I have stalked in the wild. Picture it, March 1998, it’s the middle of Nowheresville, Connecticut and I’m working the front desk of a car rental agency tucked inside a car dealership. My supervisor’s fiance is the manager of a nearby hotel, when they have someone in need of…

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Kris Angelis’ That Siren, Hope EP

After doing my post about Kris Angelis’ Pieces That Were Stolen EP, I was lucky enough to see her in concert. She’s so hard-core indie that she traveled across the USA in her car to perform in every state. If the Connecticut show was any indication, she didn’t always play the finest of venues. She…

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Sophie B Hawkins’ As I Lay Me Down Deux

I became a Sophie B Hawkins fan back in ’92 when I first heard her song “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” on the radio. Her raspy and gritty vocals over a driving beat had me hooked before the first “damn” left her lips. It would be just over a decade before I would…

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Halloween

In my gay opinion, Halloween is for kids. This year I was thinking back to my childhood and only remember my last Halloween trick or treating. Picture it, Sicily 1942 (sorry, I’ve been watching too much The Golden Girls), more like Meriden, 1984. For those unfamiliar with world-renowned Meriden, back then it was a small…

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