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Telling it like it is

An Interview with Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara’s ninth studio album, “Hey I’m Just Like You” (Warner Records) came to be in a fascinating way. While doing research for their just-released memoir “High School” (MCD/FSG), they discovered previously lost cassette tapes of early songs that they re-recorded for the new album.

Watch that man

An Interview with Ben Mandelker of ‘Watch What Crappens’

Katonah native Ben Mandelker is a funny guy. The Dartmouth College alum moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to be a comedy writer. He’s not the first and he won’t be the last.

Breathtaking

An Interview with Terri Nunn of Berlin

In 1982, when Berlin’s debut album “Pleasure Victim” was re-released by Geffen Records, pop music was in a state of flux. The homophobic and racially motivated 1979 Disco Demolition pushed dance music off the radio paving the way for rock and roll hair bands to take over.

More than 50 shades

An interview with designer Sebastian Grey

The road to Bravo’s “Project Runway” hasn’t been as glamorous as you might think for fan-favorite contestant Sebastian Grey. He gave up a career in Colombia and arrived in the United States where he worked as a housekeeper in a hotel. Something good did come of that; it’s where he met his husband Matthew.

Being Mouse

An Interview with Murray Bartlett of ‘Tales of the City’

Handsome, out, Australian actor Murray Bartlett is the third actor to assume the role of Michael “Mouse” Tolliver [in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City], and he is sensational in the role. He effortlessly brings everything we’ve ever loved about Michael to life in the most vivid and honest way.

Stuck on Sticky

An Interview with Dale Lazarov of Sticky Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have come a long way in recent years. … Putting the graphic sexuality into graphic novels, gay writer Dale Lazarov and his various illustrating collaborators have created a series of homoerotic books that are sure to satisfy readers of all queer stripes.

Girl talk

An interview with Garrison Starr

Singer/songwriter Garrison Starr, a Grammy-nominee for her songwriting work on Margaret Cho’s “American Myth” album, is back in a big way. “Girl I Used to Be,” Starr’s highly-anticipated new album, is scheduled for release later this year.

Magic To Do

An Interview with Gay Illusionist and Actor Michael Carbonaro

Forget Harry Potter! If you aren’t under the spell of gay illusionist Michael Carbonaro then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Maintaining a Tradition

An Interview with gay poet Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is a gay poet. Poets are known for their economy of language. That said, as a storyteller (and one telling his own story with a blend of humor and honesty), Brown has a lot to say.

Hell, yes: an interview Erin McKeown

Queer Singer/Songwriter to Play in Asheville

Since the late 1990s, queer singer/songwriter Erin McKeown has been making a name for herself as a distinguished performer with a rich and pure distinctive vocal style.