Dad at the Gay Bar (Ep 251 - Fame/Pete Rush)

Where do you pick up the skills to design the life of your dreams? My guest this week is artist and theatrical designer Pete Rush, who fell in love with drama at an early age and thought he’d be a New York actor until he realized he had an aptitude for stage design. So he crossed over from creating characters on-stage to crafting the world around them. And in the process, he learned how to craft a daring world of art and adventure around himself… often with as little clothing as possible.

Check out Pete on Instagram here. 

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I hope you’ll join me for a laid back livestream chit-chat on Saturday September 21 at 10am pacific! I’ll be hanging out on YouTube to talk with you about the book and movies and music and shows that you’re loving right now. Come share your recommendations, get tips from others, and spend some time basking in a friendly livestream.

Also we are coming up on the end of our Kickstarter campaign for the podcast Queens of Adventure, a comedy storytelling show where Drag Queens play Dungeons & Dragons. We’re raising money to record a dozen hours of new adventures with local drag artists and D&D shows in the midwest, and you can get some gorgeous gay rewards if you back the kickstarter. The campaign ends on Saturday September 14.

Trust it & Thrust it (Ep. 250 - Showgirls & Ellen/Patrick Bristow)

We’re nearing the anniversary of the release of one of my favorite films ever made, Showgirls, which came out on September 22, 1995. So this week we’re heading into the Sewers of Paris vault for a listen back to my 2015 conversation with one of the actors in that movie, Patrick Bristow. He played the terrifying choreographer who hollers THRUST IT at Elizabeth Berkeley. He also played the wigmaster on Seinfeld, Larry David’s dance teacher on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the bubbly Peter on Ellen. He shared some fascinating behind the scenes stories about the making of all those movies and shows, as well as his own revelations about learning to set aside the need to fit in.

And hey, if you’re going to be in Seattle on September 27, I hope you’ll join me for a screening of a new documentary about Showgirls entitled You Don’t Nomi. I appear in the doc as an expert on Showgirls — which I can hardly believe myself — and I’ll be present at the screening to introduce it and answer questions. It’s happening at Northwest Film Forum on September 27.

Also, a quick heads-up that I’ll be doing a very special livestream this Saturday, September 7. A team of drag artists is going to put me into drag, live on camera. Join me along with Arson Nicki, Fraya Love, and Londyn Bradshaw to catch a glimpse of a side of me that nobody, including me, has ever seen. Check the pinned tweet at twitter.com/sewersofparis for a link to the video, and to set a reminder for when we go live. 

And just a reminder that right now we’re running a Kickstarter campaign for Queens of Adventure, a comedy storytelling podcast where Drag Queens play Dungeons & Dragons. We’re raising money to record a dozen hours of new adventures with local drag artists and D&D shows in the midwest, and you can get some gorgeous gay rewards if you back the show. The campaign ends on September 14.

Gay Love Stories (Ep. 249 - The Book of Mormon/Matt Olshefski, The Shirtless Violinist)

When it’s time to start a new life, how do you decide what to shed and what to keep? My guest this week is Matt Olshefski, also known as The Shirtless Violinist. He came to terms with being gay at a silent retreat, but after his family learned the truth he had to endure a hostile home life until he finally climbed out a window with only the things he could carry. These days, he’s gained fame online for music videos featuring gay love stories, but it took a lot of time to rebuild a new life that brought him the joy of creating art with the man he loves.

We'll have that conversation in a moment -- first, I want to let you know about new project I’ve just announced. You’ve probably me talk about my show Queens of Adventure, a comedy storytelling podcast where Drag Queens play Dungeons & Dragons. Well, for the first time ever we’re taking our cast on the road, bringing them to Chicago to record a dozen hours of new adventures with local drag artists and D&D shows in the midwest. There’s a Kickstarter underway to make the trip possible, and if you support the project now you can get some gorgeous nerdy-gay enamel pins, bonus episodes, and even guest on an episode of the show. The campaign ends on September 14.