Arts & Culture

In 1991, Sally Jesse Raphael broke the mold with her program theme “Breaking the Stereotype: Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.” This was way before “The L Word” lesbian-chic era and about the time the phrase “lipstick lesbian” emerged. At the time, politics dictated that femmes weren’t supposed to get along, but upon meeting Robin Durand, a fellow Taurus and lipstick lesbian, we got along immediately. If you haven’t met Durand, she is a bodacious blonde with a powerhouse of a voice. I’ve been treated once or twice to her tear-the-house-down version of “I Will Survive.” What I didn’t know was that she comes from show biz lineage. A quick Google search of her family taught me that: During the 1950s and ’60s, her father, Tom Durand, was one of the main personalities on the popular radio station WTTM. He was the first voice heard on WTTM back in 1942, saying “testing, testing ...” before the station officially signed on, and he anchored the morning program for many years assisted by his wife Billie. The two were local celebrities for many years.

THEATER August: Osage County Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons stars as Violet Weston, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman dealing with the disappearance of her alcoholic husband and her extended family in this dark comedy, April 27-May 2 at Forrest Theater, 1114 Walnut St.

This week’s interview just happens to be Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2008 — something I didn’t know until halfway through the conversation, but very timely as tomorrow a new Mr. Gay Philadelphia will be crowned. I spoke with Mr. Philly 2008, Johnny Caputo, during Sunday brunch at Q Lounge and Kitchen, which he manages. May I recommend the Santa Fe crabcake sandwich?

Goldfrapp Head First Mute

On its last album, 2008’s “Seventh Tree,” Goldfrapp took listeners on a stylistic detour infusing electro-pop with a heavy dose of psychedelic early-1970s soft rock.

THEATER Alice in Wonderland Media Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, through April 24, 104 E.

You may know that Gloria Casarez was appointed by the mayor to be the director of LGBT Affairs, that she is the former executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, that she sits on the board of the Bread & Roses Community Fund and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Dyke March.

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