Author: Robert Roth

I May Have Seen The Devil

Hamlet, like many of Shakespeare’s works, has seen it’s share of re-imaginings, from Michael Almereyda’s film starring Ethan Hawke, which moves the story to modern-day New York, to Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well, set in 1960’s Tokyo. Alejandro Stepenberg’s I May Have Seen The Devil takes his re-imagining a step further, updating not only the setting, but also the main character. In Stepenberg’s production, the setting is a New England mental asylum in 1946, and Hamlet is a woman. According to him, the year the play is set in was inspired by the play itself. “This came about,”...

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Love Will Keep Us Together: JAKE Talks

by Robert Roth JAKE Talks has a problem. Born from the idea of giving the many, varied voices of the queer community a platform, JAKE Talks has done nothing but grow. Literally. They’ve grown so large, in fact, that they’ve had to leave their former home at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for a roomier venue. That’s a great problem to have. The organization is an important, up and coming contributor to Seattle’s queer arts community. With the challenges of gentrification that Seattle is facing due to it’s rapid growth, JAKE Talks provides one more vital outlet for queer voices that...

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Clowning Around: Jody Kuehner Takes On The World As Cherdonna

If it were possible to put Jody Kuehner in a room with Cherdonna Shinatra, their positive energies would probably compound exponentially to the point of an explosion of rainbows and glitter. I’m sure of it. It’s not possible, of course, because the artist and dancer underneath Cherdonna’s wig and makeup up is none other than Kuehner herself. It’s a relief, then, to see that the wizard behind the curtain, so to speak, is every bit as delightful as her drag counterpart. And, thankfully, far more eloquent. While she’s best known for portraying the wild and kooky drag queen with eye...

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Confessions Of A Stage Manager: Drag Queen Edition

Anyone who’s ever worked gay events will undoubtedly, at some point, work with a drag queen. Some are exceptional, some are awful, and some are just plain weird. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a number of local and nationally known drag queens at various events I’ve managed and/or produced. While this is far from a “tell all,” here’s a list of some of the more well known queens I’ve worked with and what they were like. Adore Delano: I’ve worked with Adore on multiple occasions and found her to be delightful, easy going, and...

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Sinfinite Is Back At Baltic With Sugar Beat

by Robert Roth The winds have changed on Capitol Hill, and are blowing Sinfinite Productions back down Pike to The Baltic Room on Thursday nights. Jimmy and Arden, the boys behind the wildly popular ElectroPop party are back with a new Thursday shindig: Sugar Beat. Hosted by Isaac and Gabriela Scott (who you may remember from Hollaback Thursdays), Sugar Beat is classic Sinfinite good times with all the trappings, featuring fabulous queens, gorgeous gogos, and all the best party people to hang out with. “I can’t even begin to say how proud I am of this amazing team we...

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Better Chris Than Never: Episode 1.3: We Learn To Bend

You may know Chris Lange from the hilariously inappropriate web comic Capitol Hillbillies, featuring his unique take on relationships, sex, and the gaymer lifestyle. Now you can peer into his offbeat mind via his recently launched YouTube channel, Better Chris Than Never. Chris and Stephen take on the fine art of bending, in this week’s continuing tribute to the masterwork follow up to The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra. Warning: this video contains absolutely no...

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Inclusive Gaming: The Quest Continues

by Robert Roth Only the most casual gamers could have avoided the recent furor generated around the issues of inclusiveness in gaming. As developers and publishers struggle to keep up with the changing face of the gamer, along with the fiery pushback from a privileged few, games are slowly, but surely, starting to more accurately reflect the demographics of the people playing them. One strong example of inclusive gaming was cited by Joystiq’s Jessica Condit in her recently published piece, Gaming While Black. Sunset, developed by Belgium based publisher Tale of Tales, features a black, female, heroine in a...

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Seattle is Looking for Murray Bartlett

Murray Bartlett, star of HBO’s Looking, will be invading Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Friday, Jan 9 as he live tweets from local businesses to promote the premiere of his hit show. Fans of Bartlett can catch him at such locations as Gay City, Babeland, Cupcake Royale, Barrio, Atomic Cosmetics, and Tru Love Art Gallery, where he’ll be tweeting as @3DollarBillCine.

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GlamourPuss puts a little goth in your glamour on Black Friday

GlamourPuss, the fun-filled queer, cabaret dance party that debuted this past September returns for a second go around for Black Friday on 11/28 at Pony. GlamourPuss Black Friday is all about glamorous goth, however you see it, whether it’s your finest, all black, Victorian ensemble, your blackest, punk jeans and black eyeliner, or even the red wedding dress Winona Ryder wore in Beetlejuice. Resident DJ Jackson/Human Hybrid (Party Tribe Trolls) will spin all of your party favorites, while your hostess, the ever delightless Princess Charming, will teeter around on top of the bar as she serenades you in her...

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AB Soto: More Than a Man In a Quinceañera Dress

In a post-modern, deconstructionist society that’s supremely concerned with labels and identity, it’s refreshing to see any entertainer who actively works to avoid them. AB Soto is a great example. Born in East LA, but living in New York, he manages to embody the best of both coasts. He’s at once both butch and femme. He’s a dancer, a fashion designer, a musician, and an artist. His music could be called dance pop, hip-hop, or new wave. Sometimes he’s nearly naked, and others he’s performing in a party dress. He’s a performer who defies definition, especially when you ask...

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Putting The Villian Back in Vaudeville

by Robert Roth Long before her masses of adoring gay fans knew of her, Jerek Hoffer, aka Jinkx Monsoon, and her partner in crime, Richard Andriessen, aka Major Scales, were performing their two man show for adoring audiences at Cornish College. Cut to the present and that show, The Vaudevillians, has become an international phenomenon, selling out for months at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theater and touring across the vast expanse of Australia, thanks in large part to Jinkx’s 2013 win on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The premise of the show is simple and genius. Kitty Witless (Hoffer) and Doctor...

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The Lady Is a Tramp: The Truth According to Lady Bunny

It’s a beautiful day outside, as I sit perched in front of my dining room table waiting for a call from musician, promoter, DJ, and drag legend Lady Bunny. This was an interview that I felt appropriately prepared for, but I was still nervous. She is, after all, a legend. Well, as much of a legend as you can be and still be living, I suppose. When my phone eventually rang, though, I was treated to a delightful conversation with a thoughtful, well-spoken leader of the queer community. Lady Bunny will be visiting Seattle in a few weeks for...

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Sing a Song of Sixpence: Patrick-Ian Polk’s Blackbird

The coming out while coming of age story is an integral part of most every gay person’s life experience. As public acceptance of the LGBTQ community has grown over the years, more and more young people are coming out at younger ages. The struggles between homosexuality and religion are long running and deep, though, and have colored the experiences of many in the LGBTQ community, often for the worse. With Blackbird, director Patrick-Ian Polk offers his take on growing up gay in a religious household in a conservative, Southern small town. Polk, along with fellow screenwriter Rikki Beadle Blair,...

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By the Light of the Waxie Moon

I don’t recall the first time I met Marc Kenison, but I’m pretty sure it was at the old Kaladi Brothers coffee shop on Pike, before they moved to their swanky new digs. He’s a quiet man, with an uncanny ability to blend into a crowd of coffee patrons that belies his tall lanky frame and superb trucker ‘stache. Marc is unfailingly sweet, polite, and personable, possessing the demeanor of an elementary school teacher, perhaps. I recall quite well, though, the first time I saw Waxie Moon perform. It was a performance filled with verve and vigor. And boy...

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Jennifer Hale: The Interview with Commander Shepard

I’m not Commander Shepard, but this is my favorite interview on the internet. Unless you’re a video game geek connoisseur, you may not know the name Jennifer Hale. You probably know her work, however, as she’s lent her voice to a plethora of the most popular video games, including Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock: Infinite: Diablo 3, and Mass Effect.

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