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.

Glee’s newest heavy hitter — and Chris Colfer’s date to the Golden Globes — responds to Rosie O’Donnell’s recent complaints about her plus-sized character.

February 22 2011 12:20 PM

Rosie O’Donnell and her girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders, known for combining their 10 children into the “Gay-dy Bunch,” have split after a year of dating.

The Huffington Post reported on the recent breakup, citing a report in the New York Post’s Page Six.

February 22 2011 11:50 AM

Media Fooled by Fake Gay Icon Poll

February 22 2011 8:50 AM



10. COMEDY: This Filthy World Goes Hollywood, John Waters

Revered and reviled for films like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living, gay provocateur John Waters brings his wildly popular one-man show — a vaudevillian stand-up lecture on show business, the art world, and his own career — to UCLA Live’s Royce Hall on February 23, hard-targeting Hollywood for Oscars week. The evening will feature emcee Matthew Gray Gubler and musical guest Elvis Perkins.



9. TV: America’s Next Top Model

Last cycle, ex-Hooters waitress Kayla Ferell became the highest placing out lesbian in Top Model history. There's a bisexual Texas native named Sara Longoria on the high fashion-focused sweet 16th cycle, which premieres February 23 on the CW, and you can still count on stylish gay representation by anti-dreckitude judge André Leon Talley, photo shoot director Jay “Mr. Jay” Manuel, and runway coach J. “Miss J” Alexander.



8. CD: Into the Dark Unknown, Holcombe Waller

Reflecting six years of the out Portland-based artist’s wanderings through the Pacific Northwest, this gorgeous chamber-folk album features melancholy first single “Bored of Memory,” which has a sweet gay video. “The Unicorn” was inspired by a hookup with a sexy closet case, and the title track expresses Waller’s frustration with marriage inequality. He celebrates the release with a February 24 concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub.

February 18 2011 3:55 PM

Bravo executive Andy Cohen and British rugby player Ben Cohen teamed up for a message about accepting other people and celebrating differences.

The men, who are not related but joked about their shared last name and brotherly similarities and differences, filmed the spot in the Watch What Happens Live studio over beers.

Watch the video.

February 18 2011 7:20 AM

Dewey Arsee is a San Francisco–based artist who primarily creates high-fired ceramics. Unlike most artwork, Arsee's work is made to be utilitarian, not just in its look but also in its materials and design. Arsee encourages everyday use of his work for two reasons. First, he enjoys the more intimate relationship it establishes with the user. Although he still shows work in fine art venues, Arsee feels the most natural setting for his work is the domestic setting.

The other aspect of functional work Arsee finds intriguing is when different implications of a piece’s meaning become pronounced through its use. Pieces such as “Butt Plate,” “Cookout,” and “Flower Hole Vase” incorporate their various functions as serving plates and vases to a humorous (or uncomfortable) effect.

Obvious comparisons can be made with other functional art of both high and lowbrow culture from Greek vases to Wedgwood china to souvenir tchotchkes. Arsee’s work references sources that are equally diverse, and re-presents them in absurd, bawdy, and sometimes poignant vignettes.

The Advocate: Why are you an artist?
Dewey Arsee: I've always been driven to express myself by creating
images and objects. Although I love pleasing others with my work, I
make it primarily for my own expression and enjoyment. I initially gravitated toward sculpture because I liked the experience of touching the object. That's one reason I became interested in ceramics — it was a very inviting medium which had none of the pretense of preciousness. You really could touch it. You could even eat off of it.

Tell us about your process or techniques.
My work starts with hand-formed objects. I most often begin by throwing on the potter's wheel. Once the form is complete, I apply multiple layers of liquid clay (slip) — sometimes with added colorants — which are then left to harden. I carve through these layers to create line or textural patterns, or to carve the image into relief. After the first (bisque) firing the pieces are glazed and fired again.

How do you choose your subjects?
I’m a rabid consumer of images. My work is the presentation of an alternate universe which I create from this ever-growing stockpile. I generally use images I want to promote or subvert images that I find more problematic or distasteful. I get extreme pleasure from this control. Sometimes it feels like a political act and other times just a mischievous joke. In any case, I let my own enjoyment guide me as to what I focus on and the choices I make during the process.

What makes a good artwork to you?
Although I respect that all work does not need to express positivism or be attractive in order to be meaningful, I do think art should somehow present beauty as the artist sees it. Beauty, of course, should no more be boring than it should be repulsive, and when forced to choose between the two, I'm not sure I'd pick the former. However, I think in making work one should strive to represent all the important qualities in life. For me, that includes complexity, absurdity, humanity, and sensuality — to name a few.

What artists do you take inspiration from and why?
I reference a lot of media in my work, including fine art. Of course, this isn't the same thing as being inspired by it. While I love the work of many artists, I don't think I'm consciously inspired by their particular styles or subjects very often.

The inspiration I get from experiencing great art is the reinforcement that what is most beautiful must always be communicated through a unique voice. I think this is true even though the experience of beauty is shared universally. It’s that respect for the unique voice that inspires me to be true to my own when I create and to hone my voice through the practice of my craft.

February 18 2011 4:00 AM

Lady Gaga appeared on Good Morning America dressed as a latex condom to promote her work for safe sex and HIV/AIDS promotion.

The "Born This Way" singer discussed her new song, her appearance at the Grammy Awards in a giant egg, and her efforts with the MAC Viva Glam campaign, which raises awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS.

GMA host Robin Roberts hailed the condom outfit as "fantastic."

February 17 2011 11:45 AM

Mad Men star John Slattery has contributed the latest video in the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series from the Human Rights Campaign.

“Unfortunately, equal rights don’t happen on their own,” says the
actor known for playing ad agency partner Roger Sterling. “We need to
fight for them.”

February 17 2011 10:35 AM

Former bullying victim Ryan O’Connor opens up about his longtime Oprah obsession and his unsatisfied hunger for hosting opportunities after being booted from Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.

February 16 2011 1:10 PM

The unprecedented pre-release anticipation for Lady Gaga’s latest single “Born This Way” owed as much to its being touted as "the next great gay anthem" as it did to Gaga-mania. When the song, which the superstar claims to have composed in 10 minutes, finally arrived last Friday, some fans rejoiced while others were underwhelmed. But whether you love it or don't quite hate it, let’s give the lady her due. “Born This Way” is one of the few mainstream anthems that unapologetically embraces queerness. Just try to name another chart topper with “transgender” in its lyrics.

For decades we’ve appropriated countless songs as our own, reading gay subtext into vague lyrics, empathizing with the longing in Judy’s “Over the Rainbow,”  the exuberant joy of The Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" or relating to the painful isolation in Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” but few actually wave a flag to flaunt our individualism. Here are a few favorites that do.

13. “Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna, 2000

Some might opt for the icon’s “Express Yourself” or “Vogue,” but with lyrics that insist "don't ever tell me I'll learn, no" we have no choice. This is Madonna at her defiant best.

February 15 2011 3:15 AM