Portraits

“When I was a kid, I was very tiny and scrawny and a grownup asked me, ‘And what are you going to be when you grow up, Henry?’ and I turned to him and said, ‘I’m going to be a character.’” And Augustus Henry Tawyea grew up to do just that. As owner of Heritage House Interiors in Ocean County, N.J., both Tawyea and his partner, David Zambelli, occupy space as characters. I chatted with Tawyea about being openly gay in a small shore village.

In her feature-length documentary “black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent,” Tiona McClodden — Ms. m. — interviews black gay women from various backgrounds about myriad subjects. Ms. m. (which stands for McClodden, but everybody mangles it so she just goes by m.) is a multi-media artist whose mission is to make visible the invisible and humanize her subjects. McClodden began her career apprenticing on music-video sets and as a freelancer working with various production companies and nonprofit organizations. She hopes her work as a filmmaker and visual artist can inspire various communities by affirming their existence in contemporary society. We turned the tables on the filmmaker and asked her a few questions.

Jimmy DePre is 23 going on the ’50s, ’60s and up. The young DePre is a mixmaster who specializes in music that was created before he was born. His love of classic hits has brought him the attention of Philadelphia music icons such as Jerry Blavat, Reenie Kane and Michael DeCero.

If you’re looking to be primped and pampered like a movie star or even a president — George H. W. Bush once personally called down for a massage — Ettore Spa in the Marriott Hotel is the place to go. The spa is run by Gary and Ettore Mastroddi, one of the city’s most famous sets of gay twins. I stopped by to speak to Ettore (aka Eddie) about life as a twin and what’s new in the beauty biz.

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