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Friday, July 14, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) EXCLUSIVE: Jake Biondi releases seventh book in his popular BOYSTOWN series!

by MK Scott

'It's finally here and I'm so excited,' author Jake Biondi said of his seventh BOYSTOWN book in a press release, which he released on July 7th. 'The fans' wait is over and they can now discover what happened to their favorite characters whose lives were hanging in the balance at the end of the sixth book.'

The seventh book features a cover created by BOYSTOWN designer Anna Crosswell, who is responsible for the recent redesign of all BOYSTOWN book covers. Featuring the image of a casket, the cover of BOYSTOWN Season Seven teases what readers will find inside its pages.

Biondi recently announced a re-launch of his entire book series with an exciting new look.

'It's going to 'wow' readers from coast to coast,' Biondi said of the series' new design. 'I wanted the BOYSTOWN book covers and all the marketing materials to better represent the drama, excitement, and diversity of the BOYSTOWN series. The new covers hint at the story line twists and turns that readers will find within the books' pages.'

Saturday, July 1, 2017

(OUTview NW) EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: R&B sensation Mya to headline Tacoma Pride Party at Club Silverstone on July 8th!

by MK Scott

If you thought that the Cuff Pride Party with Berlin and Vicci Martinez was great, Club Silverstone in Tacoma has something special planned for their annual Pride Party on Saturday, July 8th. Hosted by The Lady Bunny, the headliner there will be R&B singer and actress, Mya. It was 15 years ago when she collaborated with Missy Elliot and was one of the foursome in the iconic Lady Marmalade remake for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, which was followed by her cameo in the Oscar-winning Chicago as cellmate Mona. I had a chance to chat with by phone last week (June 22).

Saturday, June 24, 2017

(OUTview NW) INTERVIEW: Joey Arias on Pride, Drag and Bowie!

By MK Scott 

Seattle Pridefest on Sunday, June 25th at Seattle Center promises to be a great show to enjoy the
heat from Aleksa Manila to Ms Pak Man and the always fabulous Mary Lambert.

Pridefest has always done well with out of town legends in years past from Jackie Beat to
Amanda Lepore and Lady Bunny. This year brings bon-a-fide legend, Joey Arias to the main stage.
My relationship with Arias goes back to 2010, when she was in town for the screening of 'Arias
with a Twist” at SLGFF. I was elated to chat with her about her return to Seattle.

Friday, June 23, 2017

(OUTview NW) Exclusive Interview:Terri Nunn of Berlin still “Take[s] My Breath Away”!

by MK Scott

You know what Pride weekend means? Another epic street party at the Cuff Complex on Sunday, June 25th. Last year I chatted with disco diva, Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men”) and this year the Cuff has a headliner with the group Berlin headed by a diva (Terri Nunn) that should heat up your summer nights. I had a great opportunity to chat with Terri Nunn by phone last week on June 15th.

Friday, June 9, 2017

(OUTview NW) EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Peaches Christ and Heklina preview '9 to 5 Inches' coming to the Egyptian on June 15!

by MK Scott

Qurb Media Group and Peaches Christ Productions proudly present a SHE-larious drag stage show parody of the hit 1980 cult classic film 9 to 5 starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton.

This side-splitting rendition stars 'RuPaul's Drag Race' superstars PANDORA BOXX and BENDELACREME along with San Francisco drag legends HEKLINA and PEACHES CHRIST!

Watch these roosters become hens before your very eyes and cheer along as the ladies take on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot boss in a drag show overthrow like no other!

Featuring a sensationally talented local cast of Seattle performers including: Mackenzie Miller, Fraya Love, Sparkle Leigh, Strawberry Shartcake, Isabella Extynn, Angel Snowbunny, Visage LaRue, and Tipsy Rose Lee!

Friday, May 5, 2017

(OUTview NW) EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Lady Bunny - The Trans-Jester! appearing at the SIFF Egyptian Theatre May 11!

by MK Scott

Lady Bunny is bringing her acclaimed show The Trans-Jester! to the SIFF Egyptian Cinema next Thursday, May 11. (For details read the press release article in this week's SGN.) I had the opportunity to chat with Lady Bunny, herself, via email this past week about her life, her friendships, her politics and her upcoming show and here is our conversation.

Friday, April 28, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) LGBT NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Anime voice actor Vic Mignogna in attendance at Seattle Sakura-Con sets the record straight: 'I am not the least bit homophobic'!

by MK Scott

Two weeks ago, the weekend of April 14-16, was my second year in a row to attend Sakura-con, the annual Japanese Anime Convention at the Washington State Convention Center. I had no idea what type of story I would write until I met the hunky, blond haired and blue-eyed, voice actor, Vic Mignogna, 54, most known as the voice of Qrow in 'RWBY' and Matt in the 'Digimon Adventure' series, as well as Pok'emon and Final Fantasy (the video game).

Mignogna also stars as Capt. James T. Kirk in the live-action web series, 'Star Trek Continues.'

Sunday, April 23, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) EXCLUSIVE: Ted Allen talks 'Queer Eye,' food and Dining Out for Life!

by MK Scott

The 26th Annual Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru® is a restaurant-based event with a truly scrumptious call to action: Dine at one of the 3,000 participating restaurants in more than 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 27th and that restaurants will donate a generous portion of the day's proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services in their city.

For over 20 years, Lifelong AIDS Alliance has benefited from this annual event and it goes into the same programs that are benefited from the annual AIDS Walk that occurs every September. Here is a chance to support Lifelong's programs by just eating out.

On this day, over 100 restaurants in the Seattle area will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong's vital programs that support people facing serious illness and poverty in our community. For participating restaurants, visit www.diningoutforlife.com or Facebook/DiningOut4Life.

Because of your support, in 2016, Lifelong was able to feed over 1,900 individuals by providing 36,500 bags of groceries and 170,000 nutritious meals to those in need. Dining Out for Life is one of Lifelong's biggest, most important fundraisers of the year and ensures that their food program, Chicken Soup Brigade, can continue to provide their clients with healthy food catered to their specific medical conditions. DOFL also ensures that Lifelong's other life-saving programs, including medical case management, housing, insurance and dental, can continue to support the clients who need it the most.

Reality star and my old friend (of 14 years), Ted Allen ('Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,' 'Chopped') has been one of the spokespeople for Dining Out for Life for over 10 years. I had the chance to chat with Ted by phone last month on March 14th.

Friday, April 7, 2017

PODCAST: (It's FAB w/MK) Striking a Pose with Slam, Ted Allen, and Michael Airington!

Welcome to It's FAB with MK Scott.

This month I have some great chats with some old pals, as well as a new interview with a man I have adored since 1990 as one of Madonna backup dancers on the blond ambition tour and his memorable kiss with a fellow dancer in Truth or Dare, Slam, who was subject in the "Strike a Pose" currently on LOGO and being screened around the country.

I also speak with Ted Allen, one of the fab 6 of Queer Eye for the straight about the 26th annual dining out for life but first, my friend and occasional contributor Ester Goldberg aka Michael Airington on bringing Paul Lynde to Ballys on the Las Vegas strip.

Dining out for life is happening on Thurs, April 27th. Please check out their site for more information. www.diningoutforlife.com and follow on Twitter: @DineOut4Life #DiningOutForLife

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) EXCLUSIVE: Strike a Pose: An interview with Salim 'Slam' Gauwloos!

by MK Scott

The documentary Strike a Pose was a huge fave at Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Twist (the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) last fall and this week returns to the Northwest Film Forum (April 5) before its big premiere on Logo TV on Thursday, April 6 at 9pm ET/PT. The film catches up with seven young male dancers - six gay, one straight - on Madonna's controversial 'Blond Ambition World Tour' in 1990 and her subsequent Truth or Dare documentary, as they unwittingly become icons for Gay rights and sexual freedom. Twenty-five years later, the dancers reveal the truth about life during and after the tour and the significance of their courageous but harrowing journey to, as Madonna sings, 'Express Yourself.' The critically acclaimed documentary, from filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan and the Emmy Award-winning Logo Documentary Films, was an official selection at the 2016 Tribeca, Berlin and Hot Docs film festivals.

One of the most memorable of the dancers is the gorgeous Salim 'Slam' Gauwloos. Born in a small Flemish town by Belgian-Moroccan parents, 'Slam' made an impression in Truth or Dare by kissing fellow dancer Gabriel Trupin - the first Gay kiss ever to be shown in a major movie. It is only recently that he has come to see what both the tour and Truth or Dare have meant to people around the world: 'We helped the world to come out of the closet!' he has said. In the more recent documentary, Strike a Pose, Slam comes out as Poz. Slam chatted with me earlier this week about his journey and as a Muslim with a green card what he thinks of the political climate.

Monday, April 3, 2017

(OUTview NW) INTER-view: Peaches Christ and Bob the Drag Queen present 'Legally Black' at the Egyptian April 6th!

by MK Scott

She's back! and this time the incredible Peaches Christ is bringing Bob the Drag Queen (fresh from the Hater's Roast tour that hit the Moore Theatre last Sunday) for a brand new show, 'Legally Black,' billed as a hilarious all-new live stage show parody of the hit 2001 comedy Legally Blonde that starred Reese Witherspoon as ditzy sorority girl Elle Woods who stole our hearts quicker than you can say 'bend and snap.' This time, the drag queens take over and the theme becomes 'Never judge a queen by her wig color.'

Joining them is Abbey Roads, Mahlae Balenciaga, Mackenzie Miller, Sparkle Leigh, Isabella Extynn, Fraya Love, La Gaviota, Strawberry Shartcake, Kristie Champagne, and Stacey Starstruck.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

(It's FAB: w/ MK Scott) Rise UP with Dustin Lance Black Plus Charles Busch and Nick Verreos!

Welcome to It's FAB with MK Scott. This is an Epic Oscar show with Dustin Lance Black (Milk, Oscar for screenplay) about his new mini-series, 'When We Rise' coming ABC on 2/27 for 4 nights.

Also we have fashion guru and author, Nick Verreos and being red carpet ready and the iconic Charles Busch on his new Cabaret show coming to LA's Rockwell on 3/13 and 14.

 Also we close out our show listen again to Audra Day and Rise up you voices, watch Video Here: https://youtu.be/lwgr_IMeEgA 

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) INTER-view: Screenwriter and director Brian O'Donnell on AKRON, One of the most inventive Gay coming-of-age films ever is finally out on DVD and VOD!

by MK Scott

At the 2015 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival I was thrilled to see a new coming of age film about two Gay college students who are conflicted by a family secret. (This was in my Top 5 of the best films at the 2015 SLGFF.)

What I found was an inventive tale of two Gay lovers with no coming out issues, no health issues or small community conflicts, it is a simple story of two families that dealt with a family tragedy and how it will affect the family now that old wounds resurface.

The film synopsis from the AKRON website reads:
Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny's close-knit family.

Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings and his family's ability to come to terms with the past. AKRON is a sensitive and unique independent film that puts a progressive, Midwestern spin on a classic family drama.

So I was doubly thrilled to have a chance to speak with writer/director, Brian O'Donnell by phone.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

(OUTview NW) Olivia Newton-John presents smaller acoustic concerts in Everett and Tacoma Feb. 16 & 17!

by MK Scott

After a sold-out show at Snoqualmie Casino this past August, Olivia Newton-John returns to the Northwest next week for a smaller acoustic-style show to promote her newest album, Liv On. Joining her for the concerts are her two dear friends, Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman, who appear on the album with her.

The shows will be held on Feb 16th (8-10pm) at the Historic Everett Theatre (2911 Colby Avenue, Everett - http://www.historiceveretttheatre.org/) and on Feb 17th (7:30pm) at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma's Pantages Theater (901 Broadway, Tacoma - http://www.broadwaycenter.org/)

In the following excerpt of an interview I had with Olivia Newton-John last summer, Olivia talks about her newest album, Liv On. (The full interview appeared in the August 19, 2016 edition of the SGN.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

(OUTview AMERICA) EXCLUSIVE INTER-view: NW native and rising star Angus MacLane on theater, animation and Finding Dory!

by MK Scott

I am always in awe of local people who have achieved success. The Pixar film, Finding Dory was a summer hit and it was co-directed by Northwest bred, Angus MacLane.

MacLane and I were raised in Beaverton, Oregon and we both attended Beaverton High School and owe our success to one man, our mentor and drama teacher, James N. Erickson. Other big names came from our theater program as well, including Broadway stars Brooks Ashmanskas and Shoshana Bean, NPR's Ari Shapiro, and Out Magazine writer and actor Jesse Archer.

I reached out to Angus for an interview last summer, and we finally connected just in time for Finding Dory's DVD/VOD release.

Friday, January 6, 2017

(OUTview NW) EXCLUSIVE INTER-view: Peaches Christ and Latrice Royale Previews "Mister Act" coming to the Egyptian Theater on Jan 12 for two performances!

by MK Scott

She's back! and this time the incredible Peaches Christ is bringing Seattle Fave, Latrice Royale (fresh from her scene stealing performance in 'A Drag Queen Christmas' that played the Moore November 28, for a brand new show, 'Mister Act,' billed as a SHE-larious stage show parody of the divinely funny '90s Whoopi Goldberg classic Sister Act. Joining them is another Seattle Fave, Willam Belli, and Abbey Roads, along with lots of local queens and performers including Sylvia O'Stayformore, La Gaviota, Fraya Love, Tipsy Rose Lee, Isabella Extynn, Strawberry Shortcake and Leicester Landon.

Drag superstar and reformed criminal LATRICE is a struggling Reno drag performer who spills the tea after accidentally seeing some seriously shady shit. She finds herself in the rare position of having to go back into the closet to hide - but lucky for us, she finds a whole new way to express her drag habit when she flees to Seattle to impersonate a nun at a struggling skid row church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood ghetto.

It seems SISTER WILLAM has a hidden talent for singing and tucking, but it just needs it to be brought out - her voice, that is! When REVEREND MOTHER CHRIST suggests that 'Sister Mary Latrice' use her 'experience' to direct the failing church choir, she embraces the challenge and eventually makes the parishioners EAT IT! Joined by the giggly SISTER ABBEY ROADS and former choir director SISTER SYLVIA LAZARUS, and many more, their 'Mister Act' becomes a huge hit that knows no bounds - until Ms. Royale's trashy past catches up with her!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

(MK SCOTT) Best of 2016 Plus MK's Favorite Interview(s) of the year!

MK w/ Light at GLAAD
by MK Scott

In 2016,  I got to chat with some Icons (Christ and Judith Light) as well as follow up with some of Faves (Biondi) and Some New Talent (Self, McKelligon and Bagnell) So here are the top 5 based on page views Plus My Favorite Interview(s) of the year.

1) Peaches Christ on "Who's afraid of Bianca Del Rio?"

2) Jake Biondi Previews Boystown Season 5!

3) MK poses with the Stars and gets the Scoop from the Blue Carpet!

4) MK's 'JOINT' Inter-view with the Stars of 'You're Killing Me"

5) MK's Exclusive Chat with Well-Strung's Edmund Bagnell

MK w/ Olivia
Plus My Favorites are always when it is just ME catching up with Pals and meeting new celebs. With My new podcast show, It's FAB, I get to do that.

This year I got to chat with old pals like Angus MacLane, Rob Shuter and Damon Jacobs as well some icons like Dolly Parton and Olivia Newton-John. Here are the Best:

1) The ICON show with Dolly Parton and Tab Hunter!

2) Hopelessly Devoted to Olivia and OITNB!

3) Shared Rooms w/ Bernadette Peters and Director, Rob Williams!

4) Holiday Special with Charlotte Rae and Rising Star, Angus MacLane (Finding Dory)!

5) Celebrating Pride with Martha Wash and Randy Jones!

Friday, December 23, 2016

PODCAST: (It's Fab w/ MK Scott) Holiday Special with Charlotte Rae and Rising Star, Angus MacLane (Finding Dory)!

Welcome to It's FAB with MK Scott. We got 2 great chats, one with a rising star in animation and the Co-Director of the 2016 hit, "Finding Dory". First MK chats with a TV icon, the star of "Different Strokes" and "the Facts of life", the one and only Charlotte Rae (author of The Facts of My Life)! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

(OUTview AMERICA) INTER-view: Author, Jake Biondi previews his 6th Boystown Book, Available NOW!

by MK Scott

BOYSTOWN series author Jake Biondi has revealed the cover of the highly anticipated sixth book of his BOYSTOWN series. BOYSTOWN Season Six will be released on December 16, 2016. The cover for the book, which was designed by photographer James Franklin, features BOYSTOWN model Sean Zevran as well as six other BOYSTOWN boys: JR Bronson, Pablo Hernandez, Eddie Eduardo, Cory Zwierzynski, Jo Franco, and Andy Andranik.

Like the first five books, BOYSTOWN Season 6 will be available at bookstores across the country as well at online at amazon.com, bn.com, and itunes. The series is available in paperback, audio book, and all e-book formats.

Biondi is currently working with television producers Gabe Fiscale and Weston Mueller, who are interested in bringing the BOYSTOWN series to television. Biondi remains optimistic that fans all over the world will soon be able to watch their favorite BOYSTOWN characters in action on television.

I have interviewed Jake for Seasons (Books) 1 to 4 on my blog and Season 5 was discussed in the SGN's Pride 2016 issue (http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews44_26/page28.cfm). I had a chance to catch up with Jake to find out more about Season (Book) 6.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PODCAST (It's FAB): Shared Rooms w/ Bernadette Peters and Director, Rob Williams!

Welcome to It's FAB with MK Scott. We got a 2 great chats, one with the one of favorite Gay indie writers/directors, Rob Williams (Men next door/Role-play/Make the Yuletide Gay) to discuss his new Holiday classic, "Shared Room". But first, the Iconic Bernadette Peters on Sondheim, Mozart in the Jungle and what she thinks of the new administration.

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