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Generational Heat

Christian Taboada discusses his televised ''spring break with senior citizens''

''I didn't think we were going to have to battle with and learn from all these older people,'' says Christian Taboada. ''I didn't know it was spring break with senior citizens.'' That is essentially the basis for the new reality TV series Forever Young. Co-produced by Ashton Kutcher, the show plays up what its voiceover announcer calls the ''ever-expanding chasm between generations [that] threatens to tear a hole in the social fabric.'' Five people under 30 and five people over ... [Read]

Fight Back: 'Vito' on HBO

A documentary as vibrant and argumentative as its subject

Some people are lucky enough to make a small difference in the world they live in. And some people are stubborn, angry and committed enough to make a huge difference in the world we all live in. Vito Russo was the second type, a dynamo of gay activism who cut his teeth in the political world of post-Stonewall New York and went on to write the groundbreaking study of gays and lesbians in film, The Celluloid Closet. That book was ... [Read]

Review: Game Change

Frankenstein Unbound: Get ready to feel more sympathy for Sarah Palin than you expected, even if that glint in her eye is still a scary thing to behold

You know the difference between Sarah Palin and Frankenstein's monster? Neck bolts. Before you think that's a bald-faced insult to Palin – and whether that insult makes you giggle with glee or quiver with rage – think back a bit to the classic movie monster at the center of the metaphor. Frankenstein's creation was a hubristic attempt at victory and glory, a failed endeavor that ended with a sympathetic and synthetic monster deserving of pity and understanding. Of course, in ... [Read]

The Melancholy Sadness

Renée Richards changed the world -- and paid a price

Women's professional tennis has been a hotbed for social change, from the hear-us-roar launch of the women's pro tour in the 1970s to the emergence of openly lesbian tennis stars. Decades later, Martina Navratilova is a beloved figure and the U.S. Tennis Association renamed its flagship New York facility the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But as Renée reminds us, not every story of change had such a fairy-tale ending. {Renee Richards (Photo by ESPN)} Dr. Renée Richards became ... [Read]

Role Model

Sajdah Golde moved from D.C. to Hollywood and found herself in the middle of a reality series

By day, Sajdah Golde is a field organizer with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Vote for Equality initiative, canvassing neighborhoods that voted for California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 in 2008. ''They call it homophobia, as if folks fear gay people,'' says Golde. ''When you think about any other fear, you're taught to face your fears. So if we meet someone who's homophobic, we stand right in front of them and tell them about what life is like to be an ... [Read]

Housewife Commission

Local artist and former bartender Glenn Fry was tapped to be part of Bravo's The Real Housewives of D.C.

Think Michaele Salahi is the only local you'll recognize on Bravo's new Real Housewives of D.C.? The infamous White House party crasher may have gotten all the headlines to date, but she's just one of the show's five housewives. And then there are all the local residents who'll make guest turns. People like Glenn Fry. ''It was a whole-day ordeal just getting the thing set up -- getting the cameras rolling, and microphones and lights,'' says the local artist. Fry ... [Read]

Birch Society

Thoughtful GLBT people craving something deeper than 'Queer Eye' should be heartened by the arrival of 'Birch & Co' on 'here!'

Move over Univision, BET, and Lifetime Television for Women -- we have arrived. While American entertainment has long had gay flavor, the dawn of here! and LOGO bring us two channels dedicated to all things GLBT. (Granted, here! management will point out that they've been around since 2002, but you're excused if you didn't notice.) These two cable and satellite-delivered networks serve up more than the sexy beefcake that drives gay advertising dollars. As a matter of fact, former Human ... [Read]

All Soaped Up

''One Tree Hill'' on WB

As television critics ponder their post-mortems for the 2003-04 season, much attention will be paid to this year's crop of guilty pleasures. Whether it's the O.C., Simple Life or Average Joe, we all secretly harbor shows we're embarrassed to admit we watch. So let me be the first to come out of the closet and rave about the WB's One Tree Hill. A melodramatic, deliciously awful teen soap, One Tree Hill follows in the tradition of Dawson's Creek, that other ... [Read]

Fantastical Voyage

''Wonderfalls'' on Fox

In the same whimsical, refreshing style that made Ally McBeal such a treat for millions of viewers, the Fox network has created its spiritual heir, a delightful new comedy called Wonderfalls. The hour-long series focuses on Jaye Tyler, a disaffected recent college grad, who's moved back home to Niagara Falls, New York, only to end up as a cashier in a cheesy souvenir shop. Bored and directionless, Jaye (played by Caroline Dhavernas) fritters away the hours, waiting desperately for some ... [Read]

Unwittingly Hooked

''Playing it Straight'' on Fox

A former English teacher of mine used to say John Grisham novels were like Doritos. Even though they make you fat and have no nutritional value, once you open the bag, you keep eating, one after the next. Certain reality shows are a lot like that. Fox's latest offering, Playing It Straight, is the latest specimen. The show follows a na´ve Wisconsin girl, the beautiful Jackie, who's whisked away to a Nevada ranch, where she's marooned with 14 handsome suitors. ... [Read]

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