Arts & Culture

According to the U.S. Census Bureau of Household and Family Statistics in 2000, one-third of lesbian households and one-fifth of gay male households have children. This week, we spoke to Lauren Weil, a board member of New Hopes Celebrates, the annual five-day celebration of the lovely little (gay) resort town just a stone’s throw from Philadelphia. She’s also a lesbian mom in charge of the family events.

I knew this week’s interview was special, but I didn’t know how special until I searched for her name in my pre-interview research. A slew of websites popped up asking, “Who was the mystery woman?” “Where is she now?” and “Whatever happened to Tenika Watson?” This interview should help answer those questions.

A really, really long time ago, before there were shopping malls, strip malls, open-air malls, eBay, Wal-mart, Target, Kmart and the internet, if you wanted to buy a bunch of different things without visiting a ton of different shops, you had to go to a department store.

From a suite at the Mercer Hotel in New York City, out writer/director François Ozon, whose credits include “Swimming Pool” and “8 Women,” exhibits a teasing playfulness when he starts talking about his new film “Potiche,” a fun comedy starring Catherine Deneuve that opens at Ritz theaters today.