Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LOVELIST | May...


Sometimes you just need a mini-trip to recharge, even if for just a couple days!  When two of your long distance friends from the other side of the globe happen to be in San Francisco over the same dates, well that is just a no-brainer. I had such a wonderful vaycay.  And a special Thank You shout out to Patrick for the hospitality and making the weekend possible.  Don't worry I'll be back.  SF is always my go-to getaway!


I finally got to check out the Beauties on Broadway Drag Brunch earlier this month.  It just so happened to be Coko's Birthday show, which made the whole thing that much Extra! Gia, Kaye, Coko and the other queens are the real deal. Complete entertaintment, served on a platter with a side of eggs!  Be sure to check them out if you're in town. Drag Brunch usually happens twice a month at Club 50 West.


This might be the best show on television this year. 
(100% on Rotten Tomatoes y'all!)
I just love it so much. 
Season 2 streaming on Netflix now. 

In all the times I've been to San Francisco, I have yet to check Visit Alcatraz off my list.  This trip I towed along with 'The Aussies' on a boat ride across The Bay to the former Prison Island.  It was creepy, fascinating but also beautiful.  (The gardens are stunning!)  Definitely something you need to see at least one time in your life.


Halloween came early as America's First Drag Super Monster came to Salt Lake City, and including all of the supporting performers- this was start-to-finish one of the best shows I think I've ever seen. The Dragula Season 1 winner could not have been nicer too. I hope she comes back soon!


Lillian, Jacqueline, Titus and the unbreakable Kimmy are back for Season 3 of the she-larious and wacky Netflix original series. The Lemonade spoof is a particular highlight indeed!  Drink it up!

I stumbled on this English electro-pop duo thanks to a Spotify suggestion. I love discovering new bands!  Favorite Tracks include:  I Wanna Be Your Lover, Show Me Love, Control and Kaleidoscope.


It's that time of year again for the world-wide... (okay USA, most of the world)... phenomenon Eurovision to take over your social media feeds.  This was my fourth time tuning in, made easier since Logo started airing the song contest last year.  Kiev, Ukraine played host as Portugal easily ran away with the most votes and the trophy. My favorite countries were Belgium(!!!), Sweden, Austria, Norway, The Netherlands and Greece.  And Portugal was pretty good too. (Even though he came off as a douche after he won.)


Two words: 
Gus Kenworthy.

So you've been hankering for a binge-worthy true life mystery since Making a Murderer- well Netflix might have your next documentary obsession with The Keepers.  The seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.  Who killed Sister Kathy?


Perhaps one of the most moving and powerful Instagram accounts there is.  I've teared up on more than one occasion visiting it. 'The AIDS Memorial Instagram account harnesses the power of technology to remember, reflect, and honor the lives lost to and impacted by AIDS and to create a compelling, real time, interactive bridge to the present for inspiration and motivation to address the challenges confronting today’s effort to end HIV/AIDS once and for all. It is an incredibly powerful reminder of what was lost and the future we’re still working to build, as well as a dynamic virtual extension of the original ideals the physical memorial was founded upon. “I thought Instagram was a perfect way to document the lives of people who have died of AIDS. I just want more people to hear the stories and remember,” says Stuart, the person who started the page." SOURCE  
Visit it HERE.

I've yet to see the Summer Blockbuster on the big screen (...yet!) but the soundtrack has been pumping me up all month long.  Plenty of retro classics from the likes of David Bowie, The Jackson 5, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac and plenty more.  Such a great collection of tunes on this Awesome Mix Vol. 2!


I also discovered up and coming Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid's new EP this month. I love her voice and she's definitely going places.  I clearly have a soft spot for Scandinavian pop stars!  (Hey Robyn, put out a new album won't ya!?) Favorite Tracks include:  Don't Kill My Vibe, Plot Twist and Fake Friends


I've been online friends with Skye for over a decade so I was so excited to finally meet in person, spending a couple days with him and Gerry in San Francisco.  In addition, getting to see and hang out with several of my local buddies, well that was just the cherry with sprinkles, whip cream and chopped nuts on top to a great weekend indeed!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

LOVELIST | April...


I've heard about Mr. Jesse Walker's The Bunny Hop at the Garage for years, but I finally strapped on a pair of rabbit ears and checked it out for myself.  It was so much fun. Great music, food, drinks and so much great people watching, with special appearance by the one and only Easter bunny!  I'll definitely make this a new holiday tradition. 
She's got LEGS for days (and days and days.)  When Season 8 fan favorite Glamazon came to town, of course I was there front row. She killed it and could not have been nicer.  Yas Queen!
When several people told me that NBC's newest sitcom gave them all kinds of Parks and Recreation vibes, I was basically already sold.  A spoof of crime documentaries about the arrest and trial of a beloved poetry professor from a small South Carolina town who is accused of brutally murdering his wife, and the young Northeastern lawyer hired to defend him. The ultimate hilarious Who Dun It.
Yes I hopped on the bandwagon and headed straight to S-Town this month with the rest of ya'll!  This engrossing podcast has been downloaded a record breaking 40 million times(!)  In 2012 horologist John B. McLemore sent an email to the staff of This American Life asking them to investigate an alleged murder in his hometown Woodstock, Alabama. After a year of conversation, Producer Brian Reed traveled to the small town in Alabama to investigate. And that's where this bizarre fascinating tale begins. Listen to them HERE.

I know the we’re only a quarter into the year but I think I’m just gonna call it. K. Flay: Favorite New Artist of 2017!  Literally obsessed and her new album is bloody brilliant.  Favorite Tracks include:  Blood in the Cut, Mean It, Giver and It’s Just A Lot. 
Can we just trade the tangerine clown for Selina Meyer in real life? Pretty please?  HBO's biting and brilliant VEEP is back for it's sixth season, and just in the nick time so we can laugh at what happens in fictional Washington DC, instead of crying about it.

My friend Demetri turned me on to this fantastic duo's new EP this month.  (I really owe him for putting a lot of great music on my radar.)  Keep the recommendations coming!  Favorite Tracks include:  Drinkee, Awoo, Matadora and Déjà Vu Affair
When my 24 Hour Fitness membership ended this month I packed up my running shoes and headed over to Planet Fitness. The price was right.  The amenities are fab.  I'm excited to get the most out of my time there... be it the sweaty cardio benefits or just the hydro massages.
I just started Netflix's awesome new documentary about Design.  Already, I love it.  Abstract gives a look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

All-SSSSSStar 2 queen Alaska recently dropped a new album and it was actually really good fun!  It's perfect for sweating at the gym or painting walls (I did a lot of that this month!)  I can't wait to see her perform live during pride in June too!  Favorite Tracks include:  Slaytina, Race Chaser, Come to Brasil and The T.
They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky... They're the batch of talented queens competing for the title of the World's First Drag Super Monster.  Dragula is an online series on Hey Qween TV.  Watch them HERE.  (And also, major crush on Israel.  You'll know who when you see him.)

Oscar nominated Lion is based on an incredible true story.  Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. He must learn to survive alone, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.  Another best pic nominee crossed off the list. 
Yah, yah.  We know I'm obsessed with all things Drag Race.  We get it.  So, it should come as no surprise that I tune in weekly as Movie Bitches Avaryl and Andrew spill the T and sip the wine (and the occasional Absolut acai berry cocktail) recapping each episode.  Watch them HERE. Cheers!

We all know that I’m not a car guy, so this automobile documentary might come as a surprise to be included on this month’s List.   Top Gears’ James May hosts Cars of the People, a BBC series which look at how the motor vehicle became an everyday part of human life.  Really interesting stuff and entertaining at the same time. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

Thanks to the phenomenal FEUD series that just wrapped up, I was curious to finally check out this original Hollywood classic where the feud between Bette and Joan was born.  Watch it HERE.

Friday, March 31, 2017

LOVELIST | March...


Drastic times call for Drag-tastic measures!  We need Ru and company now more than ever!  It’s hard to believe that this once humble groundbreaking show, (clearly put together on a shoestring budget ... cummon Vaseline lens!) just started it’s 9th season on a new night, on a new network. This year I’ve been attending a viewing party at Club JAM, which has been a fun way to watch a new batch of 13 14 kitty girls battle out for that crown.  Gentlemen start your engines, and may the best woman win!
What’s better that seeing a Ru-Girl perform live... oh how about having two of them join forces for one killer show, that's what!  Laila McQueen and Thorgy Thor mopped the stage and gave the children life.  Plus, my friends and I got the best Meet and Greet photo ever snapped. O-fficially!  And that’s the T.
Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years; Wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Felines roam the city, free, without a human master. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings, others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who has lived in Istanbul has a story about a cat.  We all know I'm a kitty lover, so this beautiful sweet documentary was right up my alley. Two big paws up! 
All is not what it seems in this HBO mini-series set in an idyllic seaside California town, where success, affluence and privilege are slowly but surely undone by secrets, rivalries, deception and murder.  I binged through this entire show in a couple days.  The acting: Superb. (Give them all the Emmys now!)  The cinematography is stunning.  The soundtrack is perfection.  I'm not lying when I say I'm obsessed with Big Little Lies.
 Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme... Beauty and The Beast.
Is it too early to declare a favorite new restaurant of 2017, because I think I might just give that title to the delicious Trestle Tavern.  Nestled in a cozy hide-away in the 15th and 15th district is where you'll find this yummy Gastropub with an East European flair.  I went with a party of eight and sampled every one's entree, and they all earned raves.  I'll definitely be back. Nom nom nom!
It's always important to know our history, and in Dustin Lance Black's ABC Mini-Series When We Rise, he tells that story. (on Network Television no less!)  The LGBT civil-rights movement is chronicled from its turbulent infancy to the present through the experiences of a diverse family of LGBT men and women.  Have your Kleenex ready. 
This album dropped in the last 24-hours of the month, but hey, I've been waiting a good four years for new material from Goldfrapp- so it had to be included on the List!  So far, standout tracks include: Anymore, Become the One, Systemagic and Everything is Never Enough.

FUED: Bette and Joan, from Ryan Murphy (he's created another winner!) tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during their collaboration on the thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.
I discovered Australian-born, London-based singer/song-writer Josef Salvat thanks to a friend's recommendation post on Facebook, and he quickly became my artist of the month.  Favorite Tracks Include: Open Season, Paradise, The Days and his beautiful Diamonds cover.  
This month I caught up on two delightful family films with the Kiddos: Disney's Moana and Dreamworks' Trolls.  It's great to see whether living in a tropical paradise or in an enchanted troll forest, these fun movies entertain, but also promote a positive inspirational message as well.  Mahalo!
When I worked for the hotel, one of my very favorite groups that came to town was for the Salt Lake Tattoo Convention, but this was the first time that I actually spent the day in attendance.  I went with my friend Josh to check out all what all the Bzzzzzzzzz was about; enjoying the creative art, as well as the plentiful eye candy (#ThirstIs)... I even ran into two of my honorary nieces.  The whole thing gave me the itch- it's time to start planning the next addition. Sorry Mom. 
In 20th Century Women, the year is 1979 and a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord decides the best way she can parent her teenage son is to enlist her young tenants- a quirky punk photographer, a mellow handyman and her son's shrewd best friend- to serve as role models in a changing world. Annette Benning deserved a nomination for sure!
Celebrities explore their family trees in this Lisa Kudrow produced-series. In each episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, a star takes a globe-spanning journey of self-discovery to uncover the mysteries of his or her ancestral history. Their familial stories in turn shed light on events in American and world history.  Genealogy and tracing one's roots has always fascinated me, perhaps because I really don't know where I come from, one might assume; but I really enjoy this series. 
Uncle x 4! 
 Welcome to the world beautiful lil' lady.  Wishing you the best life possible.  Love Your Uncle Casey.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LOVELIST | February...


I finally discovered my new favorite show this month when Netflix added the hilarious sitcom Schitt's Creek into it's library. It's been on my radar for two years now, but just never had a way to watch it. (Netflix, truly is the best!)  The series centers on a formerly filthy rich Johnny and Moira Rose and their two kids David and Alexis.  Suddenly finding themselves broke they're forced to live in Schitt's Creek, a small depressing town they once bought as a joke.  Hilarity ensues.

When one of the most widely beloved RuGirls (ever!) comes to your home city, you're there front row as large-and-in-charge, chunky-yet-funky Latrice MF Royale hits the main stage takes you to church!  Let her sop you up!  I just adore her.  Fantastic performer and could not have been nicer. (And I have the post-show, bathroom selfie to prove it!)  EAT IT!


Thank you for being a friend Traveled down the road and back again Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant. And if you through a party Invited everyone you ever knew You would see the biggest gift would be from me And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.  And Thank You Hulu for adding the entire The Golden Girls series to your library collection.  Binge on Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia any time and as much as your 80's loving heart desires. I know I have been!
Ever since Mother Monster dropped in on the Super Bowl this month (literally), it's been all things Gaga around here.  I mean really, that Half Time Show, the best one I've ever seen!  SLAY!  Also reminding me of all my favorite classics songs that consequentially found their way back into my Spotify rotation.  Oh, and guess who got tickets for when she brings her Joanne World Tour to Salt Lake City this December. This lucky little monster, right here. Long live the queen!

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson- brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. -RT


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: The LEGO Batman Movie. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up-RT
Some of my favorite ladies released new ear-candy singles with accompanying eye-candy music videos this month.  And like any good music video should, they did their job to help make me love the respective songs even more.  Check out Katy Perry's Chained to the Rhythm, Lady Gaga's John Wayne, Lana del Rey's Love and Goldfrapp's Anymore.

As Heidi always says, 'One day you're in and the next day you're out.' Well, that may not always be the truth, because I'm still tuning in after all these years. Two of my forever long-standing guilty pleasure shows released new seasons this month.  There's no getting around it, I'll never be breaking up with the Project Runway franchise or MTV's annual The Challenge competition. 

Sheila and Joel, a married couple, are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. When Sheila dies, their lives take a dark turn in Netflix's bloody good fun new original series The Santa Clarita Diet.
My always reliable music recommending friend Demetri turned me on to The New Division this month.  Spotify described them as new wave synth pop with a modern take on 80's inspired sounds. Sounds good to me!  They just released a killer new EP.  Favorite tracks include:  Vicious, Vices, Precision and Pressure (In Decay).


After stumbling upon a bizarre "competitive endurance tickling" video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking-the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier's obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole. -RT  Tickle, Tickle, Tickled...
Because if we don't laugh, we'll cry.  This hilarious meme spread like wildfire on the Internet this month and left me dead.  Great job Internet.  It was UUUGE!

We're all just over here sitting, waiting patiently for the premiere of everyone's favorite Drag Race (Season 9 y'all!), thankfully Mother Ru dropped another album of fun pop tunes to keep us entertained until the next batch of queens walk through those work room doors.  Favorite Tracks include:  Rock It (To The Moon), A Little Bit of Love, Supermodel and House of Love. 

Amy Adams talks to aliens. Andrew Garfield goes to war.  And Casey Affleck has some terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.  This year I set the goal to see all nine Best Picture Oscar Nominated movies. Thanks to Redbox I got to cross three more off the list: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester By The Sea.  By the end of March I'll meet my goal! Going for the gold!