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Battle of the Network Stars #54: 2014-15 TV Season

Where the Bears Are is worth watching

Check out Chicago's LGBT Film Festival Sept. 18-25

10 Groovy Things to Do in September

Friday, September 19, 2014

Win tickets to see Paloma Faith at Chicago's Park West on October 1



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, today I'm giving away a pair of tickets to see acclaimed U.K. singer-songwriter Paloma Faith LIVE on tour at Chicago's Park West on October 1. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to Paloma’s show PLUS a copy of her brand new album, A Perfect Contradiction, featuring the hit single "Only Love Can Hurt Like This."

A Perfect Contradiction will be available October 7: http://smarturl.it/PF_PC

"A funkier collection of snappy, percussion-led tracks that nod to 70s disco" - The Observer

Paloma Faith Fall 2014 U.S. Tour Dates:
September 26 at NYC's Highline Ballroom
September 27 at Washington D.C.'s U Street Music Hall
September 29 at Cambridge's Middle East Downstairs
October 1 at Chicago's Park West
October 2 at Minneapolis' Triple Rock Social Club
October 4 at San Diego's SOMA
October 5 at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre
October 6 at San Francisco's Slim’s
October 8 at Portland's Wonder Ballroom
October 9 at Seattle's The Crocodile

Tickets available now! http://www.palomafaith.com/en-us/tour

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 22 (CST).

Deep Dish Pool Party #87


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 #531: Matt
Last Week #1, Week 5, 32 invites out of 205



2) Dish #1485
W2, 27 invites


Dish of the Day #1491: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reeling Review #8: See Skanks and Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Since I assume that many of my readers appreciate both musicals and gay porn, here are two documentaries worth seeing on each topic.

Director David McMahon's Skanks follows a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, as they put on a show called Skanks in a One Horse Town, a musical written and directed by a gay man named Billy Ray Brewton. This slice-of-life documentary introduces us to some colorful characters, including gay cast members Chuck Duck (who actually has an uncle named Donald) and Juan Carlos Batlle (whose hilarious "fisting" conversation with his father is worth the price of admission). We also get to know what it's been like for these men to grow up in conservative Birmingham where football and religion reign supreme. As for the musical, it's about three skanks (played by three guys in drag) at Studio 54 in 1978 who get sent back to the Old West of 1878 by a time-traveling disco ball. If that sounds like you're kind of show, then I think you might enjoy spending time with these Skanks.

Dish of the Day #1490: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Matt York.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #54: 2014-15 TV Season


HBO won the 53rd Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Laurie Metcalf (Getting On/HBO)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers/HBO)
Murray Bartlett (Looking/HBO)
Jonathan Groff (Looking/HBO)
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones/CBS)
Margo Martindale (The Millers/CBS)
Allison Janney (Mom/CBS)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Justin Hartley (Revenge/ABC)
Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night/ABC)
James Spader (The Blacklist/NBC)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula/NBC)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Fox)
Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful/Showtime)

Now on to our 54th battle, which features 32 stars of the upcoming 2014-15 TV season:






Dish of the Day #1489: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Landon Conrad.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Groovy Music Showdown #18: 1988


In the 17th Groovy Music Showdown, the following albums from 1978 won and will be moving on to Round 2:

Parallel Lines - Blondie
The Cars
C'est Chic - Chic
Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers
All This and Heaven Too - Andrew Gold
Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
52nd Street - Billy Joel
Nightwatch - Kenny Loggins
Don't Cry Out Loud - Melissa Manchester
Totally Hot - Olivia Newton-John
Energy - Pointer Sisters
Boys in the Trees - Carly Simon
Live and More - Donna Summer
A Taste of Honey
Toto
Cruisin' - Village People

PLEASE NOTE: The next Groovy Music Showdown will be on Tuesday, September 30.

Now on to our 18th showdown, which takes us back to 1988 when the following 32 albums were released:















Reeling Review #7: See Tom at the Farm at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan's fourth feature film, Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme), is one of those psychological thrillers that makes an audience scream, "Don't go in the house!" or "Don't go in the basement!" or - in this case - "Don't go back to the farm, Tom!" But, alas, he does go back in order to continue the movie. People making dumb choices is a familiar and frustrating aspect of most thrillers, but without such unwise decisions, there would be no film to enjoy. Watching folks get themselves in - and hopefully out of scary situations - is all part of the fun.

Another common aspect of many thrillers is the ambiguous final scene that leaves you with more questions than answers. I felt this way after watching the last scene of Tom at the Farm, but it's probably doubtful that a second viewing would have everything suddenly make sense. Psychological thrillers play mind games with their characters as well as with those who sit on the edge of their seat fearfully wondering what will happen next. Again, this is what makes such films entertaining. And although I often found myself quite perplexed by Mr. Dolan's latest movie, I still had a good time during its wild ride.

Groovy Giveaway: Isabel Rose's new album, Trouble in Paradise



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, this week's Groovy Giveaway is three copies of Trouble in Paradise, the new album from sassy, swinging, sexy song stylist Isabel Rose featuring "Reflections" (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Remix) and "Trouble in Paradise."

Already with a movie (Anything But Love, Samuel Goldwyn), a novel (The J.A.P. Chronicles, Doubleday) and a critically acclaimed debut album (Swingin’ from the Hip) under her belt, Isabel Rose is at it again with Trouble In Paradise, a new album that captures all the glamour and kinetic energy of the swingin’ ’60s. Produced by Bob Rock (Michael Buble, Cher, Aerosmith) and mixed by Al Schmitt and Chris Lord Alge, Rose delivers a tour de force of lushly orchestrated and exquisitely crafted tracks.

A vibrant and cheeky entertainer, Rose is described by JazzTimes as going, “stiletto-to-stiletto with Ann-Margret.” Her playful performances combine reinvigorated classic ‘60s tunes, American songbook standards, and sizzling contemporary originals — all tied together by her impeccable comedic timing and distinctive vocal styling.

Available Now!

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 22 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1488: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Chris Rockway.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Reeling Review #6: See Appropriate Behavior and BFFs at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



I like funny ladies who make me laugh. And I was recently introduced to two actresses whose amusing performances in Appropriate Behavior and BFFs are definitely worth seeing.

Dish of the Day #1487: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Jose Parra.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reeling Review #5: See The 10 Year Plan at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Director/writer JC Calciano is the Nora Ephron of gay romantic comedies - and I mean that as a compliment.

Hopefully most of my readers know that Ms. Ephron directed and/or wrote the screenplay of such romantic comedies as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. They were all light and frothy cinematic concoctions about straight couples looking for love and always finding it before the closing credits. Mr. Calciano has taken this winning concept and given it a gay twist in three films so far - Is It Just Me? (2010), eCupid (2011) and now The 10 Year Plan. And instead of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, he features two hot - and frequently shirtless - hunks to fall in love.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Deep Dish Pool Party #86


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 #531: Matt
Last Week #2, Week 4, 38 invites out of 203


Dish of the Day #1486: Forever in Blue Jeans Week


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.