Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

Richard Hatch, the winner of the first season of CBS’s Survivor, has been ordered back to prison for nine months for failing to pay the taxes on his $1 million prize from that show, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

March 13 2011 3:40 PM

John Fallon is an editorial fashion, fine art, landscape, and documentary photographer currently residing in Los Angeles. Having lived and spent time in over 30 countries as a photographer, Fallon presents unique perspectives combining reality and surrealism in his diverse portfolio. His work integrates fashion, nature, travel documentary, celebrity portraiture, and video. His ability to marry thought-provoking imagery with sometimes unusual situations asks viewers to reexamine their boundaries and take a step into the unknown. Fallon's work has been featured in numerous magazines, including Elle, Angeleno, DNA, Frontiers, and BPM.

Fallon is also the founder of Love Bully, a nonprofit organization involved in antibullying efforts and suicide prevention, and the cocreator and designer of the eco-friendly organic apparel line Fuze Organics.

Fallon is currently working on a photo book project showcasing a collection of series from his archive and will be showing his work at international art exhibitions this year.  For more information go to his website:

The Advocate: Why are you a photographer?
John Fallon: Being a photographer was obvious for me at a young age. It was not willed or determined, it just was. Photography inspires me every second of the day. I love to capture moments in time that can never be repeated. I love to tell stories. I feel that photography is a portal for humankind to share thoughts and experiences without imposing them. An image can mean many things and can not tell a lie. My photography is about conveying the things that I see and feel and translating the unspoken emotions to share with others. Sometimes it is about pushing the limits of the boundaries set up by society of what is accepted and beautiful in the mainstream and what is considered not to be. It is sometimes about simplicity and nothing more.

What catches your eye? 

It depends on the day. Anything and everything around me catches my eye — you give me more and I will find more, you give me less and I will still find something.

How do you choose your subjects?
It is a combination of choosing my subjects and my subjects choosing me, usually the latter. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to each of them. I prefer to shoot the odd and the ordinary along with what in popular culture is considered beautiful or ugly. I feel that beauty can be summoned from anything if given the chance. I find it is not about the things you see, but about how you see them.

How do you describe your work?

It is a work in progress, inspired by a combination of environment, emotions, and circumstance induced by what I see and feel in everyday life. Experiences I have that need to be transcribed from a feeling or a vision into the reality of a single picture frame. I find that beauty is not just one thing, but it is everything. I like to cross barriers and explore filth, purity, and vulnerability all at once. I also love the imperfections and perfections of each individual person or object I shoot. My work is constantly changing and shifting and always open to possibility.

Tell us about your process or techniques.

I love colorful imagery and the starkness of the polar opposite. I enjoy making the most out of what I have around me, what tools I have to use, what light there is, or what light I can create to illuminate a subject. I love to mix expired film, self-retrofitted cameras, using both digital and film, with the best of the best and whatever other equipment I have. I love grit and filth mixed with colors and sophistication. I enjoy taking several paths to reach any one destination.

What makes a good photograph to you?
 Subjectively a good photograph has the ability to tell a complete story from start to finish or sometimes leaving the viewer with even more questions and answers. An image that invokes a flood of specific emotions and feelings in the blink of an eye, that long after the mind has forgotten can be awakened and relived with one simple frame. It is about capturing a moment in time that can never be repeated again.

What artists do you take inspiration from and why?
My mother and father have been a huge inspiration to me, as well as my siblings, friends, and love. I am also very inspired by years of travel and diverse cultures I have been fortunate enough to see. I really enjoy what Romania's Carioca Studio is putting out as well. As for specific artists, the list is far too numerous, but a few of my inspirations would have to include the following:  Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Salvador Dalí, Sebastião Salgado, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Herb Ritts, Eugenio Recuenco, Nick Knight, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gustav Klimt, Robert Frank, Annie Leibovitz, and Caravaggio. All of these people inspire me in different ways, making me want to push harder each day to create a visual tapestry of life. Each one of them expanding frontiers of their time and creating beautiful, heartbreaking, and sometimes provocative imagery that leaves me to wonder if there is anything that is not possible.

March 12 2011 4:00 AM


10. FILM: Elektra Luxx
A sequel to Women in Trouble, Sebastian Gutiérrez’s fluffy indie comedy stars Carla Gugino as Elektra Luxx, a retired porn star on the road to reinvention. Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki — TV’s new Wonder Woman — plays Holly Rocket, a dimwitted porn pal with a serious crush on an escort played by Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui. Look for a sensual lap dance dream sequence and a label-shunning confession.


9. TV: Beverly Hills Fabulous
Premiering March 14 on VH1, this hot-messy new reality series revolves around the staff and patrons of the Elgin Charles Salon, an upscale African-American beauty salon in Beverly Hills. While flamboyant owner Elgin Charles — a self-proclaimed “Emperor of Hair” — tries to globalize his hair empire with the help of ex-wife Jackée Harry, make an appointment with gay stylist Sean Cameron, a comically arrogant bleached-blond bitch.


8. THEATER: La Cage aux Folles
After Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer flew the coop, Harvey Fierstein and Jeffrey Tambor took on this Tony-winning revival at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. Because complications from recent hip surgery forced Tambor to bow out after only a dozen performances, Christopher Sieber graciously steps into the role of Georges starting March 11 — and two gay men playing the show’s gay couple makes now the best of times.

March 11 2011 7:05 PM

The notion of a picture speaking a thousand words is not novel. Nor is the idea of posting photography on the Internet. But what I hope to accomplish in this new weekly column is an opportunity to share the art of photography with the audience ... people, places, things, adventures, perspectives.

March 11 2011 1:20 PM

LGBT activists and allies are upset about the iPhone app just released by “ex-gay” group Exodus International.

The app, according to Exodus’s website, is “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders,” and has received a 4+ rating from iPhone maker Apple, meaning it carries “no objectionable content.”

March 10 2011 7:55 PM

For seven seasons Meredith Baxter played mom to Alex, Mallory, Jennifer, and a generation of people who wished they could come home from school to a woman like Elyse Keaton. In the years that followed Family Ties, she carved out a career as the undisputed TV-movie queen, Emmy-nominated for her work as murderess Betty Broderick in Her Final Fury and for playing a lesbian mom in Other Mothers.

But it's her latest role as author, public speaker, and — yes — a lesbian that has endeared the 63-year-old actress to a whole new group of fans. In the 15 months since she came out in The Advocate, in People magazine, and on the Today show, Baxter has given new voice to gay issues and, in the process, found a whole new community of friends she says excites her.

With her new book, Untied, Baxter talks about coming to terms with being gay and why she felt like she was lighting herself on fire when she made her big television announcement. But it’s her frank and often emotional memories of being an abused wife that seem to have gotten the most attention.

Baxter talks to The Advocate about the person who claims he suspected she might be gay long before she did, how she really feels about her ex-husband, and why her partner, Nancy Locke, still brings a smile to her face every day.

The Advocate: You’re on quite the media tour this week.
Meredith Baxter: I know. It feels like it's been me, Charlie Sheen, and Gadhafi. I hope someone else has been in there, because it’s just felt overwhelming, too much exposure.

Well, I think you come across as the most stable of the three, so there’s that.

Well, you know, the bar has been set pretty low. It makes me look good.

It’s been about 15 months since you came out on the Today show. What has been the most rewarding part of the last year and three months for you?
In the most simplistic way, I’d say relaxation. How do I describe this? The image that comes to mind I’m sure wont be helpful at all. You know with Jello, if you’ve ever had squares of Jello, and they’ve been cut up and put in a container, there’s lots of air pockets. Well what came to mind was, all my squares of Jello have settled. I don’t feel like there’s undiscovered pockets in me, stuff I have to explain or be careful of or don’t understand. I have a lot clarity. Won’t it be fun if one day, even Marianne Williamson is saying, “When your Jello settles…” That will become the arbiter of how we feel.

Did anyone ever say to you that they suspected you might be gay before you yourself knew?
Well, if you make the mistake of reading the comments after some of the articles on the Internet, a lot of people have said, “Oh, I knew she was a lesbian.” I love it when people don’t know you at all but they know very clearly what was going on with you. I really wish I could say I had some intuition, that I was more in touch with myself. But the sad truth is I wasn’t. I was a total mystery to myself. The other day I was reading some of the letters women have sent me, saying, “I didn’t know. I did what I was supposed to do. I got married. I was a good girl. That’s what I knew, that’s what my family had shown me. For better or for worse, you get married and you have kids.” So that’s what I did. I didn’t stop to question whether this was right or wrong, I just did it. And I never did anything because it felt like the right thing to do — most things were done in some kind of rebellion or a “fuck you” thing to my parents — but it was not because I felt like I was doing something that was true to me. I had no idea what was true to me. In some sense, I understand. People want to understand it, and if they don’t understand it, they make up their own story and say, “That’s what’s true.”

March 10 2011 4:20 PM

 It’s an irrational fear, but one entrenched among many Americans: Introduce LGBT content into the public school curriculum, and you “promote” homosexuality.

The research, however, shows a different reality. Scholars have found overwhelmingly that an inclusive curriculum reflecting the existence of diverse communities in our pluralistic society benefits everyone and hurts no one. A gay-inclusive curriculum not only helps create a welcoming and supportive environment for all students but has particularly important benefits for gay and gender-nonconforming youth, the children of LGBT parents, and the friends and family of LGBT students in education settings.

These benefits are not speculative. LGBT-related content is already being addressed in an age-appropriate manner throughout the country, and material documenting both the structure and the results of this work is readily available. From an academic perspective, this content often fits within state curriculum frameworks and is aligned with mandatory state standards. From an emotional development perspective, it’s been shown to aid in the personal growth and well-being of gay and gender-nonconforming students, while at the same time fostering collaboration and helping to create a safer campus environment for all students, gay and straight. A laudable goal for any educator, given what we all have seen can happen when gay teens are marginalized and harassed for who they are.

Parents who challenge the inclusion of what they view to be objectionable content in school often raise arguments based on religious or political values, concerns about indoctrination, and the fear that particular material might lead students to experiment with such things as religion, drugs, sex, or weapons. Yet children are never at the mercy of the curriculum. Who might be teaching the content and how it is being presented should not be overlooked.

The controversy over this issue hasn’t dissuaded advocates for change. In 2006, California state senator Sheila Kuehl generated extensive dialogue on these curriculum issues when she introduced a bill that would have added LGBT people to the state Education Code’s list of groups whose accomplishments should be addressed and whose identities should not be denigrated. A modified version of the bill was vetoed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Undeterred, Kuehl introduced a different version, one prohibiting “instruction” or activities in K-12 schools that “promote a discriminatory bias” against people based on protected characteristics such as sexual orientation. The bill was passed and signed into law, and although it didn’t have all the components of the earlier legislation, it was a significant step forward nonetheless.

Now, over the past six months, there’s evidence to suggest we’ve reached a tipping point on the issue. Rhetoric from groups opposed to antibullying initiatives is increasingly viewed as distasteful by the mainstream media and by an American public that recognizes the link between bullying and the large number of reported teen suicides. Harsh comments by 2010 New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino to the effect that he didn’t want young people to be “brainwashed” into thinking that being gay was an “equally valid option” were met with rousing condemnation across the political spectrum and were seen as contributing to his defeat. And most recently, the venerable Southern Poverty Law Center greatly expanded the number of antigay groups, including organizations that essentially oppose any mention of gays and transgender persons in public schools—unless it’s accompanied by condemnation—in its most current listing of hate groups. The inclusion was a scathing and unprecedented denunciation of such organizations by one of the most respected and admired watchdog groups in the country.

March 10 2011 4:00 AM

 Bons mots like those that helped make Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band such a phenomenon when it opened off-Broadway in 1968 fly fast in a new documentary about the play, Making the Boys. Who hasn’t heard/said, “Who do you have to fuck to get a drink around here?” “It’s like Friends without Prozac,” says Carson Kressley, one of the endless array of LGBT luminaries director Crayton Robey lined up to discuss the 43-year-old play about a harrowing birthday party that changes the lives of a group of gay New Yorkers.

March 10 2011 4:00 AM

 Find motivation to get in shape, track your results and eat better with this collection of high-tech fitness helpers.

The $99 Fitbit, which looks like a tie clip from the future, tracks not only how many steps you take each day but also miles traveled and calories burned. It can also monitor your sleep patterns at night, giving you data to help you get a good night’s rest. Simply throw the Fitbit in your pocket or clip it to your waistband, and when you come near the base station, it wirelessly transmits all your stats to the Fitbit software.

March 10 2011 4:00 AM

...The Ali Forney Center. When I worked at a gay bookstore in the ’90s my heart was broken by a beautiful teen who came into the store desperate for help because he’d been thrown out by his parents after coming out to them. I had just moved to New York City and was couch surfing myself.  All I could do was offer him a cup of coffee and a place to rest for a few hours while he tried to figure out what to do next.

March 10 2011 4:00 AM