Welcome to our fourth issue of QLife Magazine. Thank you to all of our readers for making our first quarter a momentous one!

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Cabaret Chronicles

I have close ties to New York’s cabaret community.  For twenty years, I was a technical director, designing lighting and sound for countless shows in the city’s best nightclubs and cabarets.  From The Duplex, to Judy*s, to the Algonquin Oak Room, I worked with some of the most talented performers imaginable.  These people became my friends - closer than friends, actually; they became family.  In 2009, however, I took a long break from the nightclub scene.

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FAB-ventures to Broadway

Real-life NYC public high school history teacher Sally Schwab is pulling triple stage duty this spring.  She continues her roles as Betty Jean in off-Broadway’s The Marvelous Wonderettes and the female swing in NEWSical the Musical and is now starring in her own show, Adventures in Babysitting.  

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Chick-Fil-A Comes to Las Vegas

We know what you are thinking… but before you start, just know that we were also nervous. It could have gone one of two ways, and we were prepared either way. We will fill you in on the backstory before we get to tell you about the day we met with the new Las Vegas franchise owners.

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Craft - Dinner

One of the nicest aspects of my work as a restaurant critic...beyond eating amazing food, of course, is occasionally striking up friendships with some of the restaurant’s staff members.  Maybe it’s because I’ve worked in food service myself, but I feel a kinship with the people who work hard every night to provide the public with the best possible experience a restaurant can offer.  I enjoy chatting with the hostesses and hosts, the servers, the bussing staff, and the managers.
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Twenty Years of Lips

From one small restaurant in New York’s West Village, Lips has grown into a beloved nationwide chain with five locations in  Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Chicago.  
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Magic Mike Live Ready to Roll

The search is over! Following a nationwide man-hunt, casting for the highly-anticipated production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is now finalized.
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Jaymes Mansfield

26, Milwaukee, WI A campy queen from America’s Dairyland, Jaymes is inspired by Pee Wee Herman, Elvira, and of course her namesake Jayne Mansfield. Jaymes likes to think of herself as the “Swiss Army Knife” of drag - she's a singer, seamstress, actor, dancer… even a puppeteer. Can this quirky kook pull enough strings to become America’s Next Drag Superstar?
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Craft - Lunch

In 2001, Chef Tom Colicchio opened Craft on East 19th Street.  His mission: to provide a fine dining experience using simple, super fresh ingredients, prepared in ways that allowed the food’s natural flavors to be the focus.  Simple food, simply prepared.
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Valentina

25, Echo Park, CA This Latina beauty hails from East Los Angeles, where she has only been doing drag for 10 months. But with a plethora of Latin influences - from telenovelas to the Miss Universe pageant - and an exceedingly polished look, this sassy young queen is a fiery addition to the race, and plans to scorch her competition.
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Community Marketing Survey 2017

There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors—and minds—around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

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Paul Lynde Returns to Las Vegas

Paul returns to Las Vegas in Michael Airington’s one man show “The Paul Lynde Show” where Airington takes the audience on a journey through Lynde’s life and career. From a struggling actor to his iconic role as The Center Square in Hollywood Squares, Airington narrates, sings, dances, and unfolds the complicated life of Paul as Paul.
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Publishers Notes

April is here and that means the sun is starting to reappear across the country. As we were finishing up this issue, we took a short road trip to Los Angeles—our first since the launch of QLife. Russ attended the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton and Garrett scoped out the hot spots around town, including brunch at Hamburger Mary’s (we hear there’s more to this story coming). 
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From Agent to Artist: Susan Surftone

From her FBI years to the time she sent as an NYPD officer working in Harlem, and her prolific career as a surf guitarist, out artist Susan Surftone surely spent her lifetime working with the good old boys!