In Memoriam: Tomie dePaola, Author of “Oliver Button Is a Sissy” and Much More

Thomas Anthony “Tomie” dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children’s literature in 2011. https://www.mombian.com/2020/03/30/in-memoriam-tomie-depaola-author-of-oliver-button-is-a-sissy-and-much-more/

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Terrence McNally died on March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL

McNally made his Broadway debut with an adaptation of “The Lady of the Camellias” (1963), which was followed by the original plays “And Things That Go Bump in the Night” (1965), “Morning, Noon and Night” (1968) and an evening of one-acts titled “Bad Habits” (1974).  He is probably best know to audiences (and to opera […]

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Mart Crowley, the Tony-winning playwright of The Boys in the Band dies at 84

A playwright and screenwriter, Crowley is best known for creating the first mainstream portrayal of gay men in Boys in the Band, which is being released later this year as a Netflix film. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198715/mart-crowley-tony-winning-playwright-of-the-boys-in-the-band-is-dead-at-84/ https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/playwright-mart-crowley-boys-in-the-band-dead-84-964742/ You can watch a 2009 Theatre Talk interview with Crowley here: https://tv.cuny.edu/show/theatertalk/PR1010888

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Allee Willis, Hall of Fame songwriter and beloved L.A. eclectic, dead at 72

Willis was inducted last year into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for her decades of work crafting songs that stretched from pop and rock to R&B and soul and were recorded by myriad artists also including Ray Charles, Sister Sledge, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams and Pet Shop Boys. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2019-12-26/allee-willis-obituary-friends-remember-songwriter

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Gay Comic Artist Howard Cruse, Creator of ‘Wendel,’ Dies at 75

Acclaimed gay cartoonist Howard Cruse, whose strip “Wendel” graced the pages of The Advocatein the 1980s, died of cancer November 26 in North Adams, Mass., surrounded by friends and family, his daughter, Kimberly Kolze Venter, announced on Facebook. He was 75. https://www.advocate.com/people/2019/12/03/gay-comic-artist-howard-cruse-creator-wendel-dies-75

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Cooking at the intersection of food and Queer Culture

The end of the year often finds many of us cooking and sharing food. If you are interested in the intersection of food and queer culture, check out these two journals. Jarry “celebrates the meeting of food and queer culture,” according to a piece in the New York Times. Founded in 2015 by Lukas Volger […]

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Puerto Rican Astrologer Walter Mercado Dies at 87

Walter Mercado was known and loved in the US and Latin America for his astrology readings and predictions.  He first became well known in Puerto Rico as an actor and dancer and moved to South Florida in the early 1990s.  There, he joined Univision and began a new career with new fame, delivering horoscopes, always […]

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Long Beach Library named after Billie Jean King

This is a bit of older news, but worth mentioning.  The city of Long Beach California opened a new downtown library and named it after Long Beach native, tennis player, and avid reader and community activist Billie Jean King. https://www.presstelegram.com/2019/09/21/long-beach-makes-it-official-its-the-billie-jean-king-main-library-now/

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