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Battle of the Network Stars #50: 2007-08 TV Season

10 Groovy Things to Do in August starring Steve Grand

Groovy Guy of the Month: Robert Rodi

The Top 114 Groovy Gay Movies to Watch in 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pride Films and Plays' Some Men is a gay history lesson worth seeing

My favorite scene in Terrence McNally's play, Some Men, takes place in a Greenwich Village piano bar in 1969 as a middle-aged couple, Alex and Joel, enjoy a few show tunes and cocktails. Across the street the Stonewall riots are going on, which has piqued their curiosity - and perhaps they might check out this demonstration on their way home. Then Archie, a transvestite - dressed like a suburban matron with a mouth like a sailor - enters the bar where he is quickly befriended by Joel. I enjoyed getting to know these three characters in Pride Films and Plays' current Chicago premiere of the play - and I could have easily spent more time just listening to their amusing, sad conversations. But Some Men is about many other men as McNally explores our evolving gay history over the past 80+ years. It's an interesting trip worth taking, and co-directors David Zak and Derek Van Barham do a good job with their production of seamlessly moving from a Harlem nightclub in 1932 to a gay bathhouse in 1975 and then to an AIDs hospital ward in 1989. There isn't much of a set for the twelve different locations, but the exceptionally talented cast work wonders with only a few chairs, a small table and a piano.

Dish of the Day: Dishes Worth Repeating

To celebrate the sixth blogoversary of Deep Dish, this week I'm featuring a few favorite Dishes from the past six years.

Today's Dish is Australian rugby player David Williams. He was originally featured as Dish of the Day #210 on August 7, 2009. David was also voted 2009's Dish of the Year.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #50: 2007-08 TV Season

NBC won the 49th Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Kent McCord (Adam-12/NBC)
Phyllis Diller (The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show/NBC)
Hope Lange (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir/NBC)
Edward Mulhare (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir/NBC)
Charles Nelson Reilly (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir/NBC)
Diahann Carroll (Julia/NBC)
Tony Franciosa (The Name of the Game/NBC)
Jack Lord (Hawaii Five-O/CBS)
James MacArthur (Hawaii Five-O/CBS)
Lucie Arnaz (Here's Lucy/CBS)
Lucille Ball (Here's Lucy/CBS)
Ken Berry (Mayberry R.F.D./CBS)
Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show/ABC)
Bobby Sherman (Here Come the Brides/ABC)
Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad/ABC)
Tom Jones (This Is Tom Jones/ABC)

Now on to our 50th battle, which takes us back to the 2007-08 TV season when we welcomed the following 32 stars into our homes:

Dish of the Day: Dishes Worth Repeating

To celebrate the sixth blogoversary of Deep Dish, this week I'm featuring a few favorite Dishes from the past six years.

Today's Dish is Australian Rugby League footballer Kayne Lawton. He was originally featured as Dish of the Day #1040 on November 22, 2012. Kayne was also voted 2012's Dish of the Year.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Groovy Music Showdown #16: 1966

In the 15th Groovy Music Showdown, the following albums from 1977 won and will be moving on to Round 2:

ABBA: The Album
Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
Chicago XI - Chicago
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
I'm in You - Peter Frampton
We Must Believe in Magic - Crystal Gayle
Flowing Rivers - Andy Gibb
Little Queen - Heart
The Stranger - Billy Joel
Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
Simple Dreams - Linda Ronstadt
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
The Spy Who Loved Me soundtrack
I Remember Yesterday - Donna Summer

PLEASE NOTE: The next Groovy Music Showdown will be on Tuesday, September 2.

Now on to our 16th showdown, which takes us back to 1966 when the following 32 albums were released:

RSVP to a special advance Chicago screening of Love Is Strange on August 28

Sony Pictures Classics invites you and a guest to an advance Chicago screening on Thursday, August 28, at 7:00 pm of Love Is Strange, the groundbreaking new film by Ira Sachs starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-term gay couple who lose both a job and their apartment in the wake of their marriage. Already featured on The View, The Tonight Show, and in major magazines like Vanity Fair and OUT, the film is poised to be a breakout commercial success, as well as an important new talking point for audiences, and voters, across the country, letting many see for the first time in film in an intimate way what a real “gay marriage” looks like.

Please join us for this special advance screening on Thursday, August 28, at 7:00 pm. To RSVP, email **Please include Deep Dish as your affiliation when replying.**

SYNOPSIS: After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two gay cops who live downstairs (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez), Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

Directed by 2014 NewFest Visionary Award-winner Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue), Love Is Strange blends the romance of New York City’s streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score to poignantly capture both the lightness and sorrows of this modern-day love story.

In select theaters beginning August 22. Opening in Chicago August 29. Check your local listings. || ||

Groovy Giveaway: Man at Bath on DVD

Courtesy of Canteen Outlaws, the new label from veteran LGBT giant TLA Releasing, this week's Groovy Giveaway is two DVDs of Man at Bath, the debut mainstream performance from adult superstar François Sagat.

Applauded by Indiewire as delivering a "substantive performance", Sagat stars as Emmanuel, a gay hustler living in France with his lover Omar. After a quarrel between the two, Emmanuel is left brokenhearted to fend for himself as Omar makes his way to New York City. Directed by French auteur Christophe Honoré (Ma Mère, Love Songs, Dans Paris, Close to Leo), the film separately follows the two men as their lives diverge, discovering how their heartbreak gives way to fresh outlooks and exciting new sexual encounters.

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, email your name and address to Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, August 21 (CST).

Dish of the Day: Dishes Worth Repeating (and Deep Dish turns 6)

Before we get to today's Dish, I just want to thank all of my groovy readers for their support and feedback since the debut of Deep Dish six years ago today. It's been a fun and fabulous adventure - and I hope you will continue to enjoy spending time with the Dish (and the Dishes).

This week I'm featuring a few favorite Dishes from the past six years.

Today's Dish is Matt by photographer Scott Barnes (click here to see more of Scott's pics). He was originally featured as Dish of the Day #531 on November 15, 2010. Matt was also voted 2010's Dish of the Year.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dish of the Day: Dishes Worth Repeating

To celebrate the sixth blogoversary of Deep Dish tomorrow, this week I'm featuring a few favorite Dishes from the past six years.

Today's Dish is Jason Taub by photographer Michael A. Downs. He was originally featured as Dish of the Day #841 on February 20, 2012.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Web Series Worth Watching: Where the Bears Are returns for a third season

Web Series of the Week: Where the Bears Are
This groovy gay comedy is back for a third hilarious season, and although I would assume (and hope) that all my readers are familiar with this series, here is a brief description of what it's all about: The Golden Girls meets Murder, She Wrote with big, hairy, gay men. So our favorite threesome - roommates Nelson, Reggie and Wood - have returned along with Nelson's hot boyfriend Todd - and in the opening episodes, Wood is hired to shoot a reunion calendar for Chunk Studios where he once worked as a porn star and, of course, someone is soon found dead. This time it's a Chunk Studios cover boy named Cody who is electrocuted in his hot tub, so now we get to sit back and enjoy the show as our Bears try to solve the murder. Guest stars include the always entertaining Drew Droege as Oscar, Wood's biggest fan, and the handsome Geoffrey Kennedy as Buzz, a young male model who likes older men - especially Nelson!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Groovy Movies to See This Fall

Yesterday in the mail I received Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview featuring 88 new films, so here is a list of 10 movies that caught my eye (in order of their release dates):

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deep Dish Pool Party #82

The rules are simple - each week I feature 10 Dishes of the Day and you get to invite your three favorites over for some wet and wild fun at the Deep Dish Pool Party. The five guys who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new Dishes are added to the guest list.

1) Dish #1352: Connor Moxam
Last Week #1, Week 24, 54 invites out of 244

Dish of the Day #1471: Gay Games Week

This week's Dishes are in honor of the 2014 Gay Games being held August 9-16 in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. For more information on the event, visit or follow the Games on Facebook and Twitter.

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Click here to vote for your three favorite Dishes in this week's Deep Dish Pool Party poll.