Mariah Hanson and company have landed yet another big act for the upcoming Dinah Shore Weekend. Dev & The Cataracs (collaborators on "Like a G6") will be joining Chely Wright and “The Freshman Class of Dinah 2011” — Natalia Kills, Luciana, Auburn, Tiffany Dunn, The Beach Girl5 (aka BG5) — in Palm Springs March 30-April 3. For concert and event ticket info, go to dinah.com.
Congratulations to Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward for being recognized by the Writers Guild of America for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media award for their work on Anyone But Me. Ward and Miller are the first winners in this new category.
Here’s the video for the latest episode of Miller and Ward’s latest creation, Bestsellers:
Also at the Writer’s Guild Awards, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet co-hosted the show and performed the little (slightly NSFW) ditty "Write it Gay."
Hmm. Needs more lesbian, and more Sofia Vergara. But then, what doesn’t?
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that two former McDonald’s execs and Oprah’s former personal chef, Art Smith, are joining forces with "Lyfe Kitchen, an acronym for Love Your Food Everyday, to unlock the recipe to successfully selling to the masses." Vegan options for the menu are being developed by Tal Ronnen, who catered Ellen and Portia‘s wedding. According to the Tribune, "Chicago-based Lyfe plans to open its first restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif., late this summer, and a handful of additional Northern California locations are in the works. Within five years, the company is said to be planning as many as 250 restaurants nationally." The paper is comparing Lyfe’s business model to Chipotle (yum) and Panera (meh). Fast-ish vegan and vegetarian food? I’m in!
"Unscreened," four short plays written by some of Hollywood’s hottest female writing talent, includes Life Partners by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz (Joni and Susanna) and is up and running in Los Angeles. According to The Wrap, their play follows "a pair of best girlfriends — one gay, one straight — as they make a pledge never to marry until they both can. When the straight one gets engaged, it sets off a comedic journey through the channels of balancing personal and political life." In more good news, it stars Rachael Taylor (of the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot and Transformers) and Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope, The Riches).
The show runs Monday nights at 8 p.m. now through March 7, 7:30pm at the Zephyr Theater in Hollywood. There’s a suggested donation of $25 per ticket, which you can reserve via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 310-424-5085.
OMG! OMG! “Glee Live! In Concert!,” starring 13 members of the television show’s cast (yes, Naya Rivera and Heather Morris included), will return to North American concert stages this spring!
Was my extreme enthusiasm believable? No? Oh well. Check out the tour dates at gleetour.com.
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) both received donations from a 7-year old boy whose mother challenged him to "improve the world" by giving to the charities of his choice.
When I was his age, I was "donating" to my own "Go to Hollywood and meet Charlie’s Angels and Laverne and Shirley" fund (because they were real people). Kids today!