Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mariah Hanson Talks The Dinah Palm Springs Turning 30 (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of the legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary and takes place April 1st through April 5th in Palm Springs, California. Since 1990 The Dinah has welcomed millions of lesbian identifying queer women from around the world who make the annual pilgrimage to attend this infamous 5-day event to celebrate, unite, empower and live OutLoud at the largest global all-girl music festival. The festivities include high profile performances by nationally renowned recording artists, massive pool parties with world famed DJs, go-go dancers, red carpet events with celebrity guests, dance parties, meet and greets with your favorite celesbians and so much more. This year performing live at The Dinah will be singer/songwriter Layton Greene, Ally Brooke, Saweetie, Umi, Lion Baby and Yung Baby Take. Also new this year will be two nights of comedy showcases that include Dana Goldberg, Dinah Leffart, Gina Yashere on Thursday night and gay icon John Waters who is creating a special Saturday night show just for the occasion stating, “As a proud ‘lezbro’ who’s never been scared of women smarter than me, I’m happy to be the comic relief in a sea of partying ‘all-girl’ music festival fans. Thanks to The Dinah I will finally be a true outsider!” Additional confirmed performers include SWSH, Sophia Messa, Jozzy, Madison Paige with more TBA. Hosting the events will be Kaycee Clark, Rose Garcia and Mikalah Gordon. DJ’s spinning at The Dinah dance parties are Angie Vee, Val G, Alex D, Tatiana, Miss M, China G, Less Ortiz, Zehno and Reesie Cups. We talked to Mariah about what she hopes to accomplish at this year’s 30th celebration of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Mariah Hanson has continuously utilized The Dinah as a platform to mobilize our LGBTQ community around humanitarian projects and social issues. An exemplary community leader she has single-handedly revolutionized her industry, overturned tradition and raised the bar on female achievement with an event that is entirely produced by women for women. For many, The Dinah has become an annual tradition between friends; for others it is a bucket-list goal or a pilgrimage to our very own mecca that every queer woman should make at least once in her life. OUTTAKE VOICES has been a proud Media Sponsor of The Dinah for the last five years.
For More Info & Tix: theDinah.com

Monday, February 3, 2020

Brian Edward Talks New Play “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor Brian Edward about starring in the world premiere of the new play “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” directed by Spence Whale at the Hamburg Studio of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre at 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA from February 6th through 16th. Quentin Crisp first rose to global notoriety with the publication of his 1968 autobiography “The Naked Civil Servant” detailing his years in London as a nude model and a flagrantly unapologetic homosexual during a time when it was forbidden by law. The book was adapted into a film starring John Hurt in 1975. Crisp then moved to NYC at age 72 living as a resident alien during the 1980s becoming a champion of outsider artists including the likes of Sting and Andy Warhol. He was frequently sought after for late night talk show appearances and empowered audiences with his one-man show expounding his forthright views on current affairs, social manners and personal style. Shortly before his death in 1999 Crisp dictated his final autobiography to author and colleague Phillip Ward. Ward who is also the executor of Quentin Crisp’s estate published the autobiography “The Last Word: An Autobiography” in 2017. (Listen to Ward’s Interview) Brian contacted Ward and out of their conversations the script collaboration developed and Brian was selected to portray Quentin Crisp in this stage premiere. We talked to Brian about what he hopes to accomplish with the theatrical production of “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Brian Edward is a performing and literary artist, director, playwright and an avid scholar of art and film. He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival. He has served as host and emcee for numerous charitable and cultural events including the American Institute of Architecture Design Awards and is the host of ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s arts and culture talk magazine. Currently Brian hopes to take “Quentin Crisp’s Last Word” on tour after the Pittsburgh engagement that runs February 6th through 16th at the Hamburg Studio of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.
For More Info & Tix; crisperanto.org


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Actor Yuval David Talks LGBTQ Equality & More (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with actor/filmmaker Yuval David about his advocacy work dedicating his time to serving various causes and organizations including The Trevor Project, GLAAD, The Kennedy Center, Stand With Us, The Jewish National Fund, A Wider Bridge, The National LGBTQ Task Force and more. Recently he led various workshops and panels at The National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference in Dallas. Yuval stated, “Since my youth I always understood the importance of making this world a better place and helping others. I’ve brought this element into my own work as an actor, host and filmmaker in addition to my efforts in advocacy. I understand how important it is for me and for everyone to use their voices and actions to create change for the greater good. Being at the Creating Change Conference brings me together with so many others who have that same understanding.” As an acclaimed Israeli-American actor, host and filmmaker Yuval understands the larger social ecosystem of the world and how it benefits from the work and the uniquely powerful voice of an artist such as himself and is committed each day to creating work that entertains, inspires and uplifts those around him and around the world. He is especially concerned about the global anti-Semitism crisis which he addresses as a first generation Jewish American whose grandparents were survivors of The Holocaust. We talked to Yuval about what he hopes to accomplish with his work and his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Yuval David’s acting credits include “Madam Secretary” ABC’s popular primetime series, “What Would You Do” as well as countless feature and short films and web series. Yuval effortlessly oscillates between roles, changing personas, seamlessly shifting accents and going from loveable lead to malicious miscreant on a dime, making him one of the busiest working actors in film, TV, theatre and voice overs today. He also creates content about environmental and societal issues, creatively exploring the documentary format and how to have social impact through an artistic film format. He can be seen next on HBO’s TV mini-series, “The Plot Against America,” with Winona Ryder and John Turturro. (Photo Credit: Leslie Hassler)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Monica Roberts Talks Dallas Creating Change Conference (AUDIO)














In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with trans activist Monica Roberts who is being honored at the 32nd Creating Change Conference presented by the National LGBTQ Task Force that takes place at the Sheraton Dallas in Dallas, Texas January 15th through January 19th, 2020. Roberts is a longtime award-winning human rights advocate. She has been advocating for the human rights of transgender people for over 20 years with a focus on the issues affecting Black trans people and will be receiving the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement sponsored by Wild Geese Foundation. This year special focus will address issues facing trans women of color, the work being done to address anti-trans violence and systemic discrimination and moving the movement forward in our work for freedom, justice and liberation. The theme of this year’s Creating Change Conference is “Love, Learning & Liberation” and Rea Carey Task Force Executive Director and Kierra Johnson Deputy Executive Director will host the annual State of the Movement plenary. Though our LGBTQ community and families continue to be under attack by the current administration we know our community is strong, resilient, creative and determined. Since 1988 Creating Change has created networking opportunities and inspiration for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their activist skills. The Creating Change Conference is the foremost political leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. Over 4,000 people from all over the country will attend this five-day program that features over 300 workshops, training sessions, meetings and events. We talked to Monica about what she hopes to accomplish at this year’s Creating Change Conference and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.

Monica Roberts a native of Houston, Texas is the founding editor of the award-winning TransGriot blog. Her writing has appeared at Ebony.com, the Advocate, Black Girl Dangerous and in the 'Unapologetically Trans' monthly column in Houston's OutSmart magazine. Some of the honors that Monica has received are the GLAAD Media Award, the Robert Coles Call of Service Award from Harvard University's Phillips Brooks House Association, the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award, the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award from the Harris County Democratic Party, the IFGE Trinity Award and named to the 2019 OUT100. The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. They are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives.
For More Info & Tix: creatingchange.org




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