Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 9, 2007)

This week Portia de Rossi finally arrived on Nip/Tuck, making her entrance by sneaking in and kissing Joely Richardson on the cheek.

In the episode, which had way more naked Dr. Christian Troy in it than any lesbian can appreciate, Joely’s character, Julia, comes out to both Christian and Sean, explaining that she and Portia’s character, Olivia, are moving in together. (Yes, yes, U-Haul, I get it!)

I even did my duty and watched the show, quickly remembering why I had never fallen for it in the first place: graphic scenes of plastic surgery. Ugh. Thank God Portia got to play some pool, thus demonstrating her lesbionic skill set.

Portia was also the subject of Entertainment Weekly‘s Spotlight section in their Nov. 9 issue, in which she talks about taking on the role of Olivia Lord in Nip/Tuck:

"I had a conversation with Ellen, who was 100 percent behind me playing this role, asking her, ‘What if I get typecast as a lesbian?’ She said, ‘So what?’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, it has to be so what.’"

She also revealed that she’s pitching a sitcom to networks called Butch and Fay, about a man and woman who marry each other in order to preserve their acting careers. I’m assuming this implies that the man and woman are also gay? Let’s hope that writers’ strike resolves itself right away!

Over the next few weeks, things between Portia and Joely’s characters on Nip/Tuck are going to heat up, and believe me when I tell you there’s going to be a twist that is worth waiting for. So get over your squeamishness about surgery, or just cover your eyes when it occurs (I admit it: I did!), because I think this is the year I’m going to become a Nip/Tuck fan.

Sleater-Kinney may be over, but former S-K guitarist Carrie Brownstein is far from leaving music behind. This week she launched her very own music blog, Monitor Mix, as part of NPR’s brand-new music site.

In Carrie’s FAQ about the blog, she explains the purpose of Monitor Mix thusly:

The blog will feature writing and musings on music, but since music is often terrible, the blog will also delve into topics such as film, books, dogs, and television. There will be interviews, video, photos, and podcasts (someday).

It aims to be an entertaining, insightful, and not too serious take on music and culture. I think fellow cynics and curmudgeons will relate and optimists will learn how to tone it down. Feelings of hopefulness will be encouraged but not nurtured.

She’s quick to start off on a quirky note by asking readers: "If you carry a cat around on your shoulder when you go out, or a bird, or a lizard, what music do you listen to?

Or, if you’re not any of those people, ask someone who is."

Uh, gee.

If Carrie’s question leaves you scratching your head, don’t worry — you can just click on over to the many, many hours of procrastination available on NPR’s music site, where you can find such rarities as Lea DeLaria singing from her album Double Standards, concerts from Kaki King and the Indigo Girls, and even take a trip back in time with some old Sleater-Kinney performances.

You also may have noticed that we recently debuted a monthly music column, Sound Check, which will cover live shows, new releases and other music news from the perspective of our Chicago-based contributing writer, Trish Bendix. One gal can’t do it all, though, so help us out! If you know of a hot new lesbian/bi band or musician you think we should cover, drop a note to

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