You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright tells this story to friends: Ages ago, he was going through a rough, lonely, isolated, messy period, and Golden Girls airings always provided comfort for him. (Been there!)
The Meeting is called to order
The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>
Antenna is channel number 166 on my dial, but it's well worth the nosebleed. It's a treasure trove of old TV gems that fills the void left by the re-run channels that have horrifyingly moved up to '80s fare. Antenna resurrects the salty days of the small-screen's most arrestingly iconograph ... More >>
The cookbook displayed in the window of MXYPLYZYK, against a backdrop of hamburger greeting cards and Ritz boxes. Help the Goth, Vamp, or just plain cynic on your list have a very morbid Christmas by picking up a copy of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by radio personality and raconteur Frank ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThe picture you see above shows Sam Simon at work on the mural he's painting for the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. In the photo, Simon, a prolific painter and muralist, is adding detail to the cameo the unicorn wears around its neck. Eventually it will contain the likeness of Bea Arthur ... More >>
Doug Quint handing out a Big Gay cone, way back in 2009 As you might have suspected, Fork in the Road owes a debt to the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck when it comes to selecting the name for this week's pop-up food blog, the Big Gay Food Blog. (In turn, we can't help suspecting that the BGICT's D ... More >>
Say that a thousand times fast
Friday, Friday, Friday: time for five days' worth of moderate nostalgia: Our 10 Best Legal and Sort of Legal Picnic Spots. The Dutch's Naren Young discusses barrel-aging cocktails and stealing pickled ramp juice. Talking with Alex Alejandro of El Parador Café about salsas, customer demogra ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThe soft serve will flow.When the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opens sometime in June, it will be the brick-and-mortar manifestation not only of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but also the way that stars, against all odds, sometimes magically align.
Rebecca MarxBehold, the Bea Arthur.In case today's weather and the plans of various restaurants to spawn outdoor seating didn't convince you, here's yet more evidence that spring finally seems to be upon us: according to its Twitter feed, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is returning to the street ... More >>
One man's search for his funnybone
Is there anything this old broad can't do? The only surviving Golden Girl, 88-year-old Betty will be featured in the Female Force comic-book series available in late November, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) per the request of Betty her ... More >>
Bea you next year..."Ice cream trucks," Doug Quint once told us, "are meant to go away for the winter." So on Oct. 31, he's closing up the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck for the season.
Not only do the Guerrilla Ice Cream guys make excellent ice cream, they know how to juggle, too. Both the sun and the crowds turned out in force for the sixth-annual Vendy Awards, which were held on Saturday on Governors Island. Some twelve hundred people showed up to patronize 18 food truck ... More >>
Donny TsangDoug Quint plies his wares.Yesterday, we spoke with Doug Quint, the endlessly amiable co-proprietor of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Today, our conversation continues, as Quint enlightens us about staying cool, Neil Gaiman's ice cream cone, and his newest Golden Girls-inspired creat ... More >>
I just realized it! TV Land's new hit sit-com is basically a revamp of Golden Girls, but with slightly different age brackets. Watch an episode and you'll soon enough realize that tart-tongued Wendy Malick is basically the modern day Bea Arthur.
She's gone. Rue McClanahan, who so memorably vamped it up as the narcissistic but lovable Southern belle Blanche on Golden Girls, is now in the sit-com land in the sky.
Mary, mother of Broadway
19-year-old Caleb Lacey wanted to be a fireman. He volunteered for the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department in Long Island. He seemed to enjoy the work. Now he stands accused of arson and second-degree murder. Elizabeth Dwoskin has the story. You knew before it dropped there'd be backlash o ... More >>
The late Bea Arthur loved to eat hard boiled eggs with tabasco sauce, according to her Maude daughter Adrienne Barbeau at Bea's gala memorial yesterday. And that's absolutely perfect since Bea was a hard boiled egg with tabasco sauce!
Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>
No, that's not who I had over for dinner last night. It's the wacky duo I saw performing at a downtown nightclub in a saucy act described in my fabulash new column! (CLICK HERE to read all about it.) Once you've recovered your sanity, the column also touches on other not-for-prime-time items ... More >>
Fame, the musical is watered-down, unlike von Trier's Antichrist.
The Venn Diagrams uncommon cabaret
The Golden Girl drops it like it's hot
The downtown kids loved Bea Arthur, who stylishly ripped people a new anus as Maude, continued to do so in different caftans in the perpetually re-running Golden Girls, and even survived the sad movie of Mame. So here comes God'll Getcha For That: A Bea Arthur Tribute at Dixon Place on July 31, fea ... More >>
That very mess is richly described in this week's column [CLICK HERE], along with these other bitter pills to swallow: *A talk show host seems to confuse me with Larry Craig *Golden Girl Rue McClanahan reveals what Bea Arthur called Betty White *Comic Judy Gold makes fun of that deaf Oscar winner ... More >>
2009 will surely go down as the dyingest year in celebrity history, when the only gossip about stars was that they'd suddenly stopped breathing. It's only July, and so far we've already lost the lustrous likes of:
To recall some great theater artists gone this year means looking at why we make theater
The Golden Girls meet Lance Bass
Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>
This eye popping 1991 artwork by John Currin was unearthed by my friend Vodka Stinger in a random google image search of late Golden Girl Beatrice Arthur. I have no idea why Bea's knockers are hanging out in the painting, but I'm glad they never did a similar portrait of Abe Vigoda. If that's not e ... More >>
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Golden Girl Bea Arthur and golden boy Rock Hudson are both gone, but their wit lives on forver in this old TV clip that puts the two of them together for a rousing rendition of "Everybody Today Is Turning On," a rollicking paean to the days when "Amil Nitrate was some guy's name" and someone "push ... More >>
LA Weekly has a great piece about Bea Arthur, who passed away this weekend, and her leg-of-lamb bit, which was part of her Bea Arthur On Broadway: Just Between Friends one-woman show. Although it's a little off topic, we couldn't resist posting this great video of the husky Golden Girl singing "Puff ... More >>
Bea Arthur, who passed this weekend, was best known for her TV work as Maude and as Dorothy on The Golden Girls, for which she won Emmys, but she was also a stage veteran who played Lucy Brown in the famous Theatre De Lys production of The Threepenny Opera -- her booming, wised-up voice can be heard ... More >>
Alan LightNobody could do a slow burn like Bea Arthur, the hilarious comic actress who was the anything but tranquilizin' right-on Maude and later the witheringly sarcastic Dorothy on The Golden Girls. With her wicked wit, Bea pushed envelopes while making audiences think and scream with laughter at ... More >>
The non-dish on Nancy McKeon; the worst recession sale in town.
This week's YouTube treasure is a pop culture horror that bears repeat viewing, and not just to punish yourself for not caring if Hillary beats Obama. A version of the Dreamgirls song "We are a Family" by various NBC stars on a 1986 special to commemorate the network's 60th anniversary, it's a slow ... More >>
When it comes to the abortion issue, TV shows are where they were 30 years ago.
What happens when a mainstream musical meets one of America's most beloved outsiders?