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FOF #2612 - Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots - 05.02.18

FOF #2612 – Chicago’s Weird & Wonderful Secret Spots

As people plan their summer getaways, many folks who enjoy the podcast write to us to ask: “what should I do while I’m in the Windy City?

Joining us to talk about some of Chicago’s hidden gems is writer Jessica Mlinaric whose new book, Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure is now available.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 5 months ago 3
FOF #2540 - Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks - 10.12.17

FOF #2540 – Rainbow Magic at the Belmont Rocks

Although we like to think of our LGBT spots as permanent places that will always be there, the reality is that they come and go.

Today writer and historian Owen Keehnan joins us to talk about the Belmont Rocks, a very public space where LGBT folks hung out in the sun to find community and a little bit of love in the early days of the queer rights movement.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 11 months ago 0
FOF #2529 - Is This Goodbye? - 09.17.17

FOF #2529 – Is This Goodbye?

Chicago has long been the place people come to make something of themselves before moving elsewhere- students, immigrants, and artists all come to the Windy City to work on their craft and when they are ready, they move on, just like Oprah.

Joining us today is comedian Eric Clements to talk about the uproar a “Chicago breakup letter” is causing and why folks are eagerly rushing to defend the city.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 1 year ago 2
FOF #2507 - Underwear that’s Fun to Wear - 07.19.17

FOF #2507 – Underwear that’s Fun to Wear

In the early 80s, designer Calvin Klein used gorgeously muscular men to promote his underwear brand which turned an everyday undergarment into a sexualized fashion accessory that not only changed the way people think about underwear, but also how men look at their own bodies.

Joining us is comedian Carma Nibarger to talk about underpants and how women have managed over the centuries to corral their boobies – from corsets, to bullet bras, to letting it all hang out.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 1 year ago 2
FOF #2506 - When the Reviewer Gets Reviewed - 07.18.17

FOF #2506 – When the Reviewer Gets Reviewed

With the success of Hamilton, theater companies are embracing diversity in stories, plays and casting, but some reviewers aren’t liking it – Chicago Sun Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reportedly said at a panel in 2011 “there are so many plays about race and gender that it’s sickening.”

Today actor Jerome Beck joins us to take a look at the conservative backlash on diversity in theater and the role of theater critics in the age of social media and the internet.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast 1 year ago 1
FOF #2444 - Bootycandy - 01.31.17

FOF #2444 – Bootycandy

From hoo-ha to dingaling, there’s no shortage of words parents use to describe private parts to their kids. For writer director Robert O’Hara, it was “Bootycandy,” and that’s what he titled his play about a young boy who has to learn what it means to grow up gay and black.

Today, Robert O’Hara joins us top chat about his play, “Bootycandy,” the impact of Obama’s presidency, and how it’s Tyler Perry’s world and we are just living in it.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 2 years ago 5
FOF #2443 - Rebels with a Cause - 01.30.17

FOF #2443 – Rebels with a Cause

One of the great challenges we face in bringing about political change is figuring out out how not to get overwhelmed by all the negativity we see in the news and our social media.

Today, comedian Meredith Kachel joins us to take a look at how to best handle the people in your life who are still Trump supporters even after all the demented policy and appointments he’s made in his first week in office.

Posted in: Comedians, Podcast 2 years ago 6
FOF #2442 - Go Honey West - 01.27.17

FOF #2442 – Go Honey West

The film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, ignited a modern style of drag filled with campy, self-deprecating fun and trans inclusivity. It was later turned into a musical which our local Pride Films and Plays is putting it on featuring Honey West, who, as far as we know, is the first trans actor to play the role of Bernadette.

Joining us today is the lovely Honey West, who has been a hit on the cabaret circuit since her debut in her 1990 one-woman show, A Taste of Honey.

Posted in: Actors, Drag & Trans, Interviews, Podcast 2 years ago 0
FOF #2440 - Drugs and Hugs - 01.25.17

FOF #2440 – Drugs and Hugs

The last time we had cosplay drag queen Fox E. Kim on the podcast we had such a fun time talking about drugs, we had to have her back on to talk more on the subject – from flakka to crocodile to carfentanil. What are they, why would you take them and how can they kill you?

The Oscars nominations are in and while they aren’t as white as last year, they are still pretty white overall, but at least one gay themed movie made it into the best picture category.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast 2 years ago 0
FOF #2313 - Latrice Royale Infuses Jazz with Pizazz - 03.25.16

FOF #2313 – Latrice Royale Infuses Jazz with Pizazz

One of the sweetest drag queens to ever come out of RuPaul’s Drag Race is Latrice Royale, who like Dr. Dre is straight out of Compton, or gay out of Compton.

Today, Latrice Royale joins us to talk about her new album “Here’s to Life,” a collection of jazz classics that pays tribute to strong black women in show business like Broadway’s Ruth Brown and jazz icon Shirley Horn.

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Musicians, Podcast 3 years ago 3