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About Chris Azzopardi

As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. Reach him via his website at and on Twitter (@chrisazzopardi).

Best Albums of 2017

By | 2018-02-01T11:19:32+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Entertainment, Music|

Donald Trump is still tweeting (oh yeah, and somehow still president). Free internet porn could be a bygone luxury thanks to #RIPNetNeutrality. But hey, music in 2017 didn't suck! Read on for the music that [...]

The Kate Clinton Q&A

By | 2017-10-31T23:07:06+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Times like this - election years, when politics are a comedian's punching-bag - were made for Kate Clinton, who has hilariously riffed on 30 years of stupid presidents and right-winged morons. She's at it again [...]

You Can’t Stop the Pete

By | 2017-10-31T17:27:19+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Peter Mel sits with his hands folded at a corner table in his latest restaurant venture. As our camera snaps his picture, a sheepish smile is painted across his face while he nervously half mumbles [...]

The ringleader returns

By | 2017-10-31T17:26:46+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

What would "Circus," Britney Spears' quasi-comeback album, sound like if she was still flashing her vag, yo-yoing in and out of hospitals or attacking paparazzi with umbrellas? Consider this: Amidst it all (see also: custody [...]

‘Shortbus’ rides onto DVD

By | 2018-01-16T02:56:23+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

To say John Cameron Mitchell's look at life in post-9/11 New York is touching doesn't seem erroneous when considering the emotional current the director inflicts over the porn-like hanky panky. There's multi-dexterous hetero sex. A [...]

Sextra on “Shortbus”

By | 2017-10-31T14:21:43+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Erin Markey had sex within a pile of people in "Shortbus," now on DVD. It brought in some extra loot and the former Michigander and her partner didn't even have to rehearse for the role. [...]

‘Listen’ to Leija

By | 2018-01-16T12:48:30+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Jim Leija is stumped. He begins busting out Beyonce's "Listen," explaining it served as a distraction during rehearsals for his solo musical-esque production. But after botching a few lines, he dives into the middle of [...]

Working out the kinks

By | 2017-10-31T14:21:43+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

{BOLD "Work Out" - Bravo 11 p.m. March 20} Call it the curse of G.I. Joe. Underneath that flack jacket, he's got the image every man craves: chiseled abs and biceps that would make Brad [...]

Driving Miss Lampanelli

By | 2018-01-16T17:44:39+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Interview by Chris Azzopardi Few Words From the Writer Some things shock me. Most don't. But, never having endured Lisa Lampanelli-like interviewees (Kathy Griffin came close), her hilariously sexual frankness took the interview up umpteen [...]

Hear Me Out

By | 2017-10-31T14:14:26+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Katharine McPhee "Katharine McPhee" Columnist: C- Editor: Uuugh! (D) Available now McPhee. McDonalds. What's the difference? Well, Mickey D's at least offers a value meal. Meaning, maybe a limp batch of 99-cent fries leaves you [...]

‘Bloom’ blossoms locally

By | 2018-01-15T20:57:29+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

There's a hurdle between childhoodÕs innocence and the rigidity of adulthood we must all jump. "It's a beautiful time," says Stephen Petronio, whose New York-based dance company will premiere their touring engagement locally Feb. 16 [...]

Protesters blast anti-gay coach at MSU

By | 2018-01-16T06:09:18+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

Around 130 protesters scattered through the Breslin Arena to rally against anti-gay Penn State coach Rene Portland as her team played against Michigan State University on Feb. 1. "I thought it was good to go [...]

Busy ‘Boy’

By | 2017-10-31T14:12:13+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Reuben Butchart has worked 10-hour days before, but not like the ones leading up to the release of his sophomore album. As the elements of Butchart's disc, "Golden Boy," melded - the addition of orchestral [...]

Protesters put down Portland

By | 2017-10-31T14:04:48+00:00 October 31st, 2017|News|

ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan women's basketball team won their first Big 10 game of the season against Penn State on Sunday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. But for nearly 300 protesters [...]

The Word of Kreis

By | 2017-10-31T14:04:00+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

cut/ Levi Kreis channels Madonna's "Confessions On a Dance Floor" for a more upbeat offering. cut/ Levi Kreis followed an "ex-gay" regimen before realizing that God doesn't discriminate, he says. INFO BOX ÒThe Gospel According [...]

Musical offers tropical getaway

By | 2017-10-31T14:03:36+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Forget the chilly weather. Throw on some shorts because it's about to heat up at Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak. Stagecrafters presents the beautiful tropical-tinged musical "Once On This Island" from Jan. 12-Feb. 4. The [...]

Fashionably correct

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:25+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

36th Annual Fash Bash Who: Famed designer Elie Tahari will unveil his fall clothing line. Where: On the rooftop of General Motors' new Beaubien Place parking structure in downtown Detroit. When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. [...]

Smokers more prevalent in LGBT community

By | 2018-01-16T01:11:16+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Thirty-two percent of the LGBT community in Michigan smokes, more than the percentage of the general state population, according to a recent survey conducted by Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Ferndale. Affirmations Health [...]

Blair unburied

By | 2018-01-16T02:29:33+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Blair Burying the Evidence 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 1515 Broadway, Detroit It's ironic that Blair's three brothers used to listen to Village People records. After all, he's the gay one, he says. "I hadn't thought [...]

Blige show proves powerful

By | 2018-01-16T04:13:59+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Soul singer Mary J. Blige showed the female-heavy crowd on Sunday at DTE Energy Music Theater that, despite overcoming a troubled past, it's hard to escape it. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul scatted through parts [...]

Personal Fitness 101

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:25+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Got the workout willies? You're not alone. "When you learn proper technique and what you're doing is producing results, you will become very confident at the gym," said certified personal trainer Pete Swiatek, owner of [...]

Burning up

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:25+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Entertainment|

Danielle Bollinger. Friday, Sept. 1. The Necto. Ann Arbor. (734) 994-5436. There's a reason dance crooner Danielle Bollinger flaunts her curvaceous body. It's not to sell records - though it can't hurt either. It's [...]

A man’s best friend

By | 2017-10-31T08:41:37+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Any avid Animal Planet fan would know that former Olympic diver Greg Louganis relishes the company of his dogs: two Jack Russells and a border collie. But some may not know the role they play [...]