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Hollywood Legend Bruce Vilanch Comes To Houston

Hollywood Legend Bruce Vilanch Comes To Houston

 

 

(Houston, TX) You might remember him from his frequent appearances on Hollywood Squares, or his near five decades and counting in show business. He is a comedy writing pioneer and he brings that award winning charm right to Houston next week.

His name is Bruce Vilanch. He’s a chubby, and fuzzy fella that can make you roll over and die laughing with just a sentence. He’s the comedy genius behind the Academy Awards, Tony’s, and Emmy’s.

I was a little late calling Bruce  for the interview. My five mines turned into almost twenty-five. “We have our own sense of time” referring to gay time. At least it’s not drag time.  Bruce was sitting in what he described as his West Hollywood “We Ho” man cave, after being on the road, he had finally made it back home.

Bruce heads to Houston this month for a fundraiser to benefit Bunnies on the Bayou. “I use to go see the weeny wagers at JR’s. I would stalk Montrose. They use to have those bars where people would tea bag you, it was very exciting.” He says of his prior visits to Houston. “My family had business there [Houston] when I was a kid, and I was there a lot for that and of course Bette Milder and I have been to Houston a bunch of times, just raining terror on River Oaks.” bruce-vilanch-houston Hollywood Legend Bruce Vilanch Comes To Houston

With Houston in the national news relating to ‘H.E.R.O.’ it was not surprising that one of Hollywood’s most out spoken L.G.B.T. pioneers wouldn’t have anything to say. “ I think she is fabulous, that Annise Parker- I’ve been following her. Named after a spice- I like it”

“Religious bigotry is the last wall to come down, it trumps everything, and TRUMP is the verb right now. He tells About Magazine on the heels of his Houston appearance. “It’s the last thing. All they have, stuff based on myth and religion, and it’s crazy”. “Look at the clerk in Kentucky, it’s just sad. Its’ delusional and crazy.

“Religious bigotry is the last wall to come down, it trumps everything.”

When reasonable people look at it; they will realize its just nuts Bruce explains. Growing up for him was in a different era. He never had to come out and the concept of OUT never really existed. You didn’t declare yourself.

“Declaring yourself was a product of Stonewall, and what was called the ‘Gay Liberation’ that occurred in the 1970’s when the LGBT community decided to make a political statement and become visible. We have everything we have to today because of them.”

“The more we become like them [straight people] the less scary we become to them. Someone said “Did, the Mother ship land and those gays spill out of it?’

“No, we decide to make ourselves known. What I see is the younger generation has grown up in this already and their reaction is ‘What’s the big deal?’ Why are people still carrying on about this?

We are truly aware of the pockets of resistance all around, and Texas being the largest pocket. It’s crazy people acting out, it’s a circus, and it becomes an media frenzy. But in real life, we are seeing acceptance everyday, and this will continue. We are now in the mainstream”.

 

 

 

 

Man Robbed In Montrose Helps Houston Police Track Suspects

Brent MCartt via Facebook
Brent MCartt via Facebook

The quick thinking of a Montrose man and fast response of Houston Police led to the capture of two men accused of aggravated armed robbery in Montrose this past weekend.

Brett McCart was leaving the popular LGBT nightclub “F Bar” late Saturday night on October 3, 2015 when he was approached by two african american men. “The victim was walking to his car when two men approached him, one had a gun.” stated Houston Police Department Spokeswoman Jodi Silva. “The quietly walked up to him, robbed him, and quietly walked away like nothing had happened.”

Phillip Wayne Davis, 34 of Seabrook, Texas, has been charged with Aggravated Armed Robbery and Felon in Possession of a firearm. Phillips has six prior convictions/arrests relating to drugs, and criminal tresspassing.

A second suspect, a juvenile was also arrested and charges were deferred to Harris County Juvenile Courts.

McCart, after being robbed in the 200 block of Drew Street and Aberdeen; ran back to F Bar and notified the Houston Police officers working off duty. According to HPD; McCart’s friend was able to track his stolen phone and HPD was able to quickly locate the suspects.

“Upon tracking the suspects, HPD officers found them in the 600 block of McGowen. The suspects fled in different directions, and the adult suspect tried to ditch the gun under a car.” Silva stated to About Magazine. Both were captured.

 

HOUSTON WHATEVER FEST ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS

Houston Whatever Festival

#HWF2015 Line Up Will Rock EaDo This November!  Houston Whatever Fest, the City’s most eclectic two-day music, comedy and art street festival, announced the schedule of performers for Saturday and Sunday.  The second annual event will take place in the heart of the East End of downtown with over 90 acts performing on 5 stages on November 21 & 22

Individual general admission passes are now available for $35.  Two-day general admission passes start at $55 and VIP weekend passes are also available. To purchase tickets, click here.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

MUSIC

Ghostland Observatory, GWAR, Lil Flip, The Atari’s, The Front Bottoms, Born of Osiris, B L A C K I E, Fat Tony, Battlecross, Family of the Year, Def Perception, Ape Drums, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Vockah Redu, The Smith Street Band, Auto Fellatio Dreams, DJ Damon Allen, DJ Lacey Youngblood, DJ Fredster, Gio Chamba, We Were Wolves, Night Drive, Guilla, Satellite D’Homme, Second Lovers, MNYMS                       

COMEDY

T.J. Miller, Doug Benson/Doug Loves Movies, Ian Abramson, Caleb Synan, Chris Cubas, Billy D. Washington, The Underwear Show, Chris Trew, Mathew Broussard, Andy Huggins, Dusti Rhodes, Andrew Youngblood, Dale Cheesman, Warren Wright, Stephen Brandau, Albert Deleon, Joe Bates, Nia De Bose, Bob Morissey, Justin Blandford, Zach Dickson, Kristen Lindner, Scotty Peterson, Zach Eaton.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22

 MUSIC

Metric, Saint Motel, Heartless Bastards, GZA, Grupo Fantasma, Shock G, Knox Hamilton, Elvis Depressedly, Kaleo, Catch Fever, To Whom It May, The Suspects, Black Kite, birdmagic, Dead To The World, Say Girl Say, The Dead Rabbits, Seldom, Brand New Hearts, Waterparks, Bang Bangz, K Dot, Sunrise And Ammunition

COMEDY

Brooks Wheelan, Ari Shaffir, 7 Minutes In Purgatory, Randy Liedtke, Dan St. Germain, Joe Pettis, Air Sex Show, Chase Durousseau, Bob Biggerstaff, Gabe Bravo, John Nguyen, Ku Egenti, Ashton Womack, Nick Meriwether, Brian Zeiolla, Victor Tran, Reed Becker, Chet Ranger, Zahid Dewji, Barry Laminack, Greg Deal, Rich Williams, Russel Simek 

General admission individual day passes are $35 in advance.  Two-day general admission passes start at $55. VIP Weekend Passes are also available.  Prices increase at the gates.  Click Here to purchase today!  For more information details on performers, festival attractions and more, please visit www.houstonwhateverfest.com

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