Happy birthday to Grey’s Anatomy’s Jessica Capshaw! The fictitious Dr. Arizona Robbins turns 35 today. Former X-Files special agent Gillian Anderson is also celebrating her 43rd birthday today. I miss you, Scully!
Sixty-one-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Nyad ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage this morning after 29 hours in the water. Strong winds blew Nyad 15 miles off course while she was suffering from asthma, shoulder pain and was vomiting. Nyad told the NY Times, “It was my decision to stop and nobody else’s. I’m deeply grieved and disappointed, but I can hold my head up high. We pictured that moment of me crawling up on that Key West shore. We knew it was my year and my time, even at age 61. It was a fairy tale, but the fairy tale didn’t come true.” Nyad might not have completed her journey but her story has inspired many and I can’t wait to see what Nyad does next.
Glee actress and author Jane Lynch spoke with AARP Magazine about her upcoming memoir, Happy Accidents. When asked about a life revelation, Lynch shared, "When I was getting to know my wife, Lara, we’d take walks in Runyon Canyon and I’d tell her how id used to go out of my way to feel alienated and avoid people. The woman Lara knows today is nothing like that – I’m now so open to connection and intimacy I surprise myself – so she said ‘Why don’t we write these [stories] down?’”
Lynch also spoke about her dream movie role: "To be in a Woody Allen movie … that’s all about me! It would have to be shot someplace cool, with really good coffee – my life revolves around the stuff." I’d watch Lynch’s stuff any day! Happy Accidents, which includes a forward written by my comedy hero, Carol Burnett, will be released on September 13.
Thursday, August 11, out musician Samantha Ronson will be performing at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA. The show starts at 8 p.m. but who knows when Ronson and the band The Undertakers’ late performance will actually begin. Speaking of Ronson, last weekend the dj/singer performed with her new band Chasing The Reds at the Express Rocks Lounge at Lollapalooza. Check out one of the snapshots from the event below.
Congratulations to the lesbian webseries Anyone But Me for accumulating over 10 million online views! If you haven’t seen the popular New York City show starring Rachael Hip-Flores and Nicole Pacent, then you are missing out on some serious (and adorable) chemistry.
On Tuesday, August 23, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson will be at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Foster Theater) for a special Legends Series Program. The rock sisters will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education, questions will be taken from the audience and Heart will perform of a selection of acoustic songs. The free event starts at 7 p.m. and reservations are required. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-8426. Reservations will start at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, August 11. The event will also be streamed live on rockhall.com.
For those of you who like LGBT comedy, on Sunday, August 14 All Access Pass creator Andrea Meyerson is hosting her Nonstop Comedy Flight with comedians Amy Ashton, Michelle Buteau, Shann Carr, me and more! The free show starts at 7 p.m. at the Spitfire Grill in Santa Monica, CA (3300 Airport Ave.)
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And don’t forget “Bunny Alice” played by Leah Renee Cudmore! Alice is a closeted lesbian who is married to a gay man. The bearded couple pools their money and donates it to the Chicago chapter of the LGBT rights group The Mattachine Society. There is nothing sexier than a bunny on a mission!
The Playboy Club premieres September 19 at 10/9c. Will you watch?