Portraits

Anne Byrn, better known as the Cake Mix Doctor, once said, “When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.” If that’s the case, then Michael Lewis and Johnny Columbo, owners of Philly Cupcake, 1132 Chestnut St., must have constant ear-to-ear grins. I took a moment to stop in and chat with the two proprietors and sample their red-velvet cupcake. For professional purposes only ...

The Rev. James St. George is a bit of an anomaly: He’s an openly gay priest with a partner of 14 years. Father James was ordained as a deacon in October 2006 at St. Mary Magdalen in Fairless Hills, and as a priest in May 2007 in Washington, D.C. He was appointed pastor of St. Miriam Church, 475 Norristown Road, Blue Bell, in March 2008.

Our recent record-breaking snowfalls must have really made Tyler Vaughn feel at home. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Vaughn has been through a few rough winters, though he prefers balmy weather. I talked to the ex-Air Force man about life in Philadelphia and what makes him one of Woody’s most popular bartenders.

At a mere 26 years of age, bex* has managed to rack up quite a résumé. A graphic artist, filmmaker, photographer and clothing designer, bex* moved from the Northwest to our fair city five years ago to attend Temple University, with a dual major in film and media arts and visual anthropology and an LGBT studies minor, primarily focusing on multi- and cross-cultural transgender and gender-variant populations and experiences. A 2009 Leeway grant recipient, bex*’s short film, “Meditation on Intelligibility,” will be screened as part of the Change in Motion film program March 17 at The Rotunda, moderated by yours truly. We took a moment to talk with the wunderkind, who says simply, “I like to study people and make movies about them.”

I was tempted to hold off on doing this interview until we got a little closer to Earth Day, but then I figured, if your mother was dying, would you wait until Mother’s Day to help her? I think not.

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