Monday, July 14, 2014

On the Rag, Vol. 311

A weekly look at what's making news in the free gay mags:

Get Out! magazine: I'm not exactly sure what a Sand Blast is, but I think I'd like it / Online edition HERE.

Odyssey New York is Addicted to product placement / View HERE.

Next: Singer-songwriter Jay Brannan returns with a new album, an international tour, and a butt still worth singing into / Read HERE.

Metro Weekly (D.C.) counts down the past 20 years of hits, from 1994 to 2014 / Read HERE.

Echo (Phoenix): Despite the heat, the Phoenix Frontrunners and Arizona Gay Volleyball Association continue events outdoors during the summer. Read HERE.

Lavender (Twin Cities): I don't know a gay person who doesn't overindulge his/her pet, so why not a special issue devoted to the furry friends? Read HERE.

Frontiers (L.A.) has really outdone itself with its annual Outfest issue, which has everything you need to know about the venerable film festival and more! Read about cover man Jack Plotnick and his "Space Station 76" HERE.

I was having such a great time in Los Angeles last week that I decided to extend my trip, without even realizing doing so would enable me to attend the opening night gala at Outfest. What a thrill to see James Schamus receive the Outfest Achievement Award -- you may not know him by name, but this straight ally has been responsible for more LGBT and queer-adjacement films than anyone in cinema history -- and to see the premiere of Susanna Fogel's smart and funny "Life Partners." (Fogel, a protege of Schamus, cowrote the film with Joni Lefkowitz, both of whom were adorable onstage.) The film -- which features a brilliant performance by Leighton Meester -- looks at what happens to a friendship when one of the two finally falls in love with someone and isn't around all the time to be codependent BFFs 24 hours a day. 

Afterward, my guest (and former roommate) Paul and I made our way to the after party, where we met up with my friend Greg (in Hollywood) Hernandez, who introduced us to "Crazy Bitches" director Jane Clark (details HERE) ...

I met Facebook friend Michael (right) and his friend Matt ...

And former Disney head Rick Ross put the meat in a blogger sandwich. What a fun night -- and a truly remarkable event. 

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