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Margaret Cho discusses new comedy album

Comedian Margaret Cho

Editor's note: This interview was originally published in The Mount Holyoke News and was re-published with permission. To read the original article, click here.

Comedian and Dancing with the Stars  contestant Margaret Cho will be performing at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts on Oct. 28. Her tour, “The Cho Dependent Tour,” will feature songs from her debut album “Cho Dependent” as well as her traditional comedy routine. Cho made some time in her busy schedule to catch up with The Mount Holyoke News.

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Atlanta Queer Literary Fest livestreaming keynote speakers tonight via web

Ana Božičević and Cary Alan Johnson headline this year’s Atlanta Queer Literary Festival

If you can’t make it to tonight’s keynote speakers as part of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, watch and listen to them online as AQLF will broadcast them live via ustream.tv.

Tonight’s lineup includes readings and talks with poet Ana Božičević and Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian, Human Rights Commission.

The webcast will also include a reading of the “Jubilate,” the winning poem by Ed Madden as part of the annual broadside contest.

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Gay frontman of Sigur Rós goes solo

Singer Jonsi

As the front man of groundbreaking Icelandic band Sigur Rós, Jónsi (pronounced Yónsi), provided warmth and an ethereal quality to the band’s already atmospheric and lushly chilly songs.

In fact, it’s hard to imagine what Sigur Rós would sound like absent Jónsi, who is openly gay. However, on “Go” (XL Recordings), Jónsi’s solo debut disc, we get the chance to hear him without his longtime band.

Gay orchestral pop artist Nico Muhly assists Jónsi in giving the album a fresh and original style. Alternately wildly rhythmic and sumptuous, “Go” gives Jónsi room to stretch out in new and exciting directions. His fans would be wise to follow. Now, go!

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Pearl Cleage explores a Southern tradition in ‘Nacirema Society’

Nacirema Society at Alliance Theater

Atlanta native Pearl Cleage’s work has always been embraced and supported by the LGBT community. Now she hopes her new production — “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years,” bowing next week at the Alliance — is met with the same level of enthusiasm.

Described by Cleage as a romantic comedy, “Nacirema” deals with the beloved tradition known as the cotillion, especially popular in the South. As a new group of African-American debutantes gets ready to meet society circa 1964 in Alabama, their strong-willed grandmothers try to take care of their romantic lives. Trouble comes, however, when one debutante decides she wants to forego the life and move to New York to be a writer, and the racial issues of the day stir up.

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The best on Tap

What a great Pride that was! My partner and I exchanged vows at the group commitment ceremony and had our reception at Tap, the chef-driven Gastropub by the same people who own One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks.

I’ve always had congenial, efficient service here. Tap had Pride flags flying outside of their people-watching patio. It’s a mixed scene. The inside has a cool postmodern décor with high ceilings, three levels and a nice view from the third level.

I started with the Buffalo calamari, which is the wing’s gay cousin drizzled with wing sauce and tossed with rich chunks of bleu cheese.  It was followed by the juicy Pub burger seared on a flat top with American cheese and on a crispy English muffin with scratch made fries. The best part was the shot of chocolate shake served with it.