Actress Mink Stole talks about late actor Divine, meeting John Waters and her new record

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The Cast of Pink Flamingos. Divine (front row on the left), next to Mink Stole.
Mink Stole got wrapped up in acting when she met avant garde director John Waters in the mid-'60s. But this wasn't just a convenient accident: the East Coaster had a real knack for the B-movie style. Working hard as part of Waters's devoted crew -- dubbed The Dreamlanders -- Stole has now been acting on both stage and screen for more than four decades.

Coming to Denver this Saturday, July 20, as part of the Cinema Q Film Festival, Stole will speak about Divine, her late friend and fellow actor, in conjunction with the screening of the new documentary I Am Divine. In advance of her appearance, Stole spoke with Westword about the first time she met Waters, what it was like to work with Divine and the recent release of her first-ever studio album, Do Re MiNK.

See also:
- Keith Garcia's top five picks for the Cinema Q Film Festival
- Everything I know about real life I learned from John Waters
- John Waters on beer, bathroom reading and his signature mustache

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Travis Mathews on working with James Franco on his new film, Interior. Leather Bar.

Categories: Film and TV, GLBTQ

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When William Friedkin's Cruising was released in 1979, it was met with protests. The movie, starring Al Pacino, follows an undercover cop as he delves into the gay S&M scene looking for a serial killer, and the gay community protested the negative portrayal. Forty minutes of the film were famously cut because of sexually explicit material.

In his newest film, director Travis Mathews (In Their Room and I Want Your Love) collaborated with actor James Franco to use Cruising as a jumping-off point for a many-layered, fascinating movie that pushes boundaries of all sorts. Billed as an attempt to re-create those lost forty minutes, Interior. Leather Bar. is a compelling piece of docufiction that purports to show the behind-the-scenes making of Cruising . The drama focuses on Val Lauren, the real-life actor playing the Al Pacino character and his real-life reservations about his involvement in the sexually explicit film.

In advance of his appearance Friday, July 19, at the Cinema Q Film Festival at the Sie FilmCenter (full disclosure: I work there scooping popcorn), Westword spoke with Mathews about Interior. Leather Bar. , working with James Franco, the unspoken merits of Cruising, and his continuing project of examining gay male intimacy and sexuality.

See also:
- PJ Raval discusses Before You Know It, his new documentary on aging in the LGBTQ community
- Keith Garcia's top five picks for the Cinema Q Film Festival
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Keith Garcia, Denver Film Society


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PJ Raval discusses Before You Know It, his new documentary on aging in the LGBTQ community

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Ty Martin, one of three subjects in the documentary Before You Know It.
In his latest film, Before You Know It, director PJ Raval shares the stories of three older gay men as they navigate the world. A raw and beautiful look into the personal lives of different individuals from across the United States, the documentary explores the senior side of the LGBTQ community, one often left out of the conversation focusing on contemporary queer life and cultural identity.

In advance of the Colorado premiere of Before You Know It as tomorrow night's opening movie of the Cinema Q Film Festival, Raval spoke with Westword about ageism in American society and how he found the subjects for this film.

See also:
- Keith Garcia's top five picks for the Cinema Q Film Festival
- Thanks for coming out, America: Are pop culture and politics on the same queer path?
- Colorado Queer Youth Summit led entirely by its target demographic this year


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Keith Garcia's top five picks for the Cinema Q Film Festival

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Last Summer, one of more than a dozen films playing at this year's Cinema Q Film Festival.
Over the past five years, the Cinema Q Film Festival has grown from a handful of queer-centric films to a full-on weekend showcase of up-and-coming GLBTQ cinema. Keith Garcia, program director for the Sie FilmCenter, which will host the festival this weekend, says the 2013 season has a more diverse range of films -- and a much greater representation of African-American and lesbian work -- than prior years.

During the festival -- which kicks off this Thursday, July 18, and runs through through Sunday, July 21 -- a total of twenty films will be shown. Keep reading for Garcia's profiles of five of his favorites. And for a full lineup of films and ticket information, visit the Sie FilmCenter's website.

See also:
- 100 Colorado Creatives: Keith Garcia, Denver Film Society
- Best of Denver - Best GLBTQ-Spotlighting film festival: Cinema Q
- Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale


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Photos: Denver PrideFest paints the town rainbow-colored

Categories: GLBTQ, Photos

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All photos by Ken Hamblin.
Thousands of people flocked to Civic Center Park over the weekend for the return of Denver's two-day PrideFest party -- and we were there, too. Continue reading for a few of our favorite scenes from the weekend's rainbow-colored festivities, and visit our full PrideFest 2013 slide show for more photos.

See also:
- Slide show: Denver PrideFest 2013
- Slide show: PrideFest 2-13 pre-party at Tracks
- The thirteen best PrideFest 2013 events


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The thirteen best PrideFest 2013 events (both family-friendly and adults-only)

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Emily Driskill
For more photos, visit our PrideFest 2013 slide show.
With the "Focus on the Families" theme setting the tone for this year's PrideFest, there will be celebrations all over the city this weekend. While the official focus of the all-inclusive family fun is The Center's Denver PrideFest 2013, which will be at Civic Center Park this Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, there are many more events around town. Here are some of the best, from fantastic family-oriented gatherings to adults-only throwdowns that will last all night long.

See also:
- Five things NOT to do at Denver PrideFest
- Denver PrideFest 2013 announces headliners Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash
- Taking pride in Pride: Here's what it means to be an ally

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Five things NOT to do at Denver PrideFest

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Denver PrideFest 2013 is this weekend, and there will be music, food, drink, live entertainment and a big-ass parade on Sunday morning. the people-watching opportunities alone are worth the trip downtown and the parking hassles.

But every PrideFest has its perils and pitfalls, and in order not to be named and shamed on Monday morning's Facebook feed, here are five things NOT to do at Denver PrideFest. (This list also applies to every other Pride event, everywhere else, so commit it to your "brain-bow" file.)

See also:
- Denver PrideFest 2013 announces headliners Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash
- PrideFest 2012 weekend: hotter (and more sunburned) than ever
- Taking pride in Pride: Here's what it means to be an ally


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Taking pride in Pride: Here's what it means to be an ally

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Settling in to write about my feelings on this year's Denver PrideFest, I was interrupted by a text message from my friend David, a grown man I lovingly refer to as Liza, my "gay husband." His texts, like his real life persona, are always worth my undivided attention: He thinks like Hillary Clinton, speaks with the conviction of Julia Sugarbaker and does better impressions than Carol Burnett.

The text was a link to an op-ed on dudes who date dudes who look like them -- "Why Do So Many of Us Date Our Clones?" -- along with a note from Liza himself that read, "This is something we have both seen, and I know how much you love reading about gay shit."

He was right -- I love reading about gay shit. I love watching gay shit, immersing myself in gay shit, listening to gay shit and unabashedly supporting gay shit. I have loved gay shit since before I knew what it meant to be an ally, long before I even acknowledged the idea of feminism as a necessary reality. I have a vested interest in gay shit because I think, as humans, we are all entitled to the same shit -- gay, straight and every degree of orientation between.

See also:
- What a wonderful, genderqueer world!
- How To Survive A Plague: An AIDS and GLBTQ activism film primer
- Death of civil unions got you down? Just do what I'm doing, and marry a gay guy


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Kathy Griffin talks Cher, Celine Dion and how straight women get laid

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Giuliano Bekor
For the better part of three decades, Kathy Griffin has been performing standup -- but the two-time Emmy winner may be best known for her television domination. With more than a dozen comedy specials under her belt and multiple TV series with Griffin as the star, the comedian has found success in being herself on screen, using both the reality and talk-show formats to expose all aspects of her personal life. An outspoken ally and LGBTQ activist, she is also known for confronting opponents of equality head-on.

In advance of her appearance this Friday, May 10, at the Buell Theatre, Griffin took time to chat with us about being an ally, petting Celine Dion's hair and what it was like to meet Barbra Streisand for the first time.

See also:
- Lily Tomlin on stand-up, Kristen Wiig and playing Reba McEntire's mother
- Comedy review: Chris Hardwick gets cozy in Kigurumi pajamas at Comedy Works
- Death of the civil unions bill got you down? Just marry a gay guy


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Photos: One Colorado rings in civil unions with the Civil Soiree at McNichols

Categories: GLBTQ, Photos

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All photos by Kyle Huninghake.
One Colorado, the state's most formidable LGBTQ-rights organization, hosted the Civil Soiree at the McNichols Building on the eve of the civil unions bill going into action across the state. Only hours later, many supporters traversed Civic Center and headed to the Wellington Webb Municipal Building to take steps toward their own civil unions licenses. Continue reading for a few highlights from the evening, and visit our full slide show for more photos.

See also:
- Slide show: One Colorado's Civil Soiree
- Civil unions photos: Meet four couples who made it legal last night
- Slide show: Denver's First Civil Unions


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