While it’s nothing but celebrated in WeHo, trying to perform in drag can be a drag in the Middle East. Queerty.com reports that Rhea Litré, one of West Hollywood’s fiercest drag queens, decided to perform without her tight dress and strappy heels when confronted by local authorities in Dubai this past weekend. They threatened to shut down a performance also featuring Andrew Christian models Jonathan Myers, Ryan Moore and Jake Andrews at which Litré was to sing her hit “Let’s Have a KaiKai.” The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, has penalties ranging from jail to execution for various expressions of homosexuality. If you wonder what Litré is like out of drag, take a look at this YouTube video where the charming Joshua Miller shows how quickly he can transform himself into one of WeHo’s bitchiest celebrities.
Celebuzz reports that Courtney Stodden, WeHo’s own Princess Die, was dining at Dan Tana’s Sunday with hubby Doug Hutchison in a leopard minidress (this ain’t a girl who will ever be a cougar!). While we’re aching for an app that would help us steer clear of the Kardashians, we’re also aching for an app that would alert us when Princess Die visits our little burg. We have to admit we love a girl who, at the age of 16, would marry a 51-year-old man and make a career out of it. Now, at 18, she’s as beautiful as ever as Celebuzz shows in this photo gallery. We wonder what she’ll be like when she reaches drinking age!
If you want to know the real story about David Pevsner (and who wouldn’t?) check out the world premiere of “Musical Comedy Whore,” his one-man show that opens Friday (May 17) at the Desert Rose Playhouse in Palm Springs. Pevsner, who Greg in Hollywood describes as “one of the busiest openly gay actors in LA,” has appeared in “Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean,” Scrooge & Marley” and “Role/Play” and did recent guest spots on “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” On Friday you can find out what he was doing while hunched over his laptop in recent months at Grindhouse Cafe. Tickets and more info are available online.
If you’re a techie looking to develop a bestselling mobile app, consider a Kardashian Monitor that would alert us to where the Carcrashians, er, Kardashians, are hanging out so we in WeHo can avoid them.
Entertainmentwise reports that Khloe Kardashian and mother Kris Jenner showed up at the Abbey Thursday night, where a section of the popular North Robertson Boulevard bar and restaurant had been roped off so they could film an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” But, Entertainmentwise reports, the two were so drunk they drove off without getting out of their limo, leaving the Abbey folks steamed. They then headed to Kim Kardashian’s house, where TMZ claims they were tossed out.
It seems Kim Kardashian isn’t the only member of her family with an expanded waistline. The National Enquirer reports that brother Rob also is showing some belly. But at least Kim has pregnancy as an explanation. The Enquirer says Rob, 26, pulled his shirt off in the parking garage of a West Hollywood gym a few weeks ago (24 Hour Fitness? FlyWheel Sports?), whereupon a photographer quickly snapped a picture of his unwanted avoirdupois. The photographer claims Kardashian stole her camera’s memory card and hit her in the face. While no charges have been filed, the Enquirer says the cops are investigating a possible felony robbery charge. Meanwhile, that uh, reputable, source of news says Rob’s mom, Kris Jenner, is looking for the photog, hoping to pay her to back off.
Last Dec. 21, the City of West Hollywood shelled out cash to celebrate the end of the world, as apparently forecast by Mayans, on Larabee Street in the heart of Boystown. Well, the world didn’t end. And the sparse turnout (50 people by some estimates) either indicated that most folks stayed home packing for their journey to Heaven or Hell or couldn’t be bothered.
This year, we’d suggest, the city could add a veneer of authenticity to the event by inviting noted physicist Stephen Hawking instead of the drag queens who were the centerpiece of last year’s street party. Hawking, on a visit to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this past Tuesday (April 9) said he did not think humans would survive another thousand years “without escaping beyond our fragile planet.” If there’s a man who could foretell the end of the world, our bet is on Hawking. Epoch Times reports that Hawking, 71, was visiting Cedars-Sinai to tour a stem cell laboratory focused on trying to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. Hawking was diagnosed with the disease 50 years ago, but went on to develop a stellar reputation for his research on black holes and the origins of the cosmos.
Epoch Times reports that Hawking, who receives around-the-clock care because of his ALS condition, can only communicate by twitching his cheek. He uses a computer mounted to his wheelchair communicate in a robotic monotone.
Cher recently sold her Sierra Towers condo for a reported $5.5 million. Elton John sold his condo because he was afraid his sons Elijah and Zachary might fall off the balcony of the 31-story building on Doheny Road.
But while those two bright stars have disappeared from West Hollywood’s firmament, realtor.com reports that Jim Pohlad has purchased a condo in Sierra Towers. Jim who? Well, dear readers, if you lived in the frozen Midwest you wouldn’t be asking such a question. Pohlad is the owner of the Minnesota Twins. Realtor.com says he spent $3.35 million for the one bedroom condo that he’ll share with Donna, his wife. It measures “only” 1,672 square feet, but has a terrace overlooking Sunset Strip. (If Sarah Palin — remember her? — can see Russia from Alaska, we’re betting the Pohlad’s can see Minnesota from that terrace on Sierra Towers.)
Should West Hollywood, a city that this month is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its cat declawing ban, a city that shows dogs have rights by referring to their owners as “guardians,” a city that banned the sale of dead minks and other furry creatures as clothing, enact a pet burial ordinance?
Our question is inspired by the news that Betty Buckley, the Tony-winning actress and singer, secretly buried her dog, Rags, in the garden of the Chateau Marmont. The Yorkshire terrier’s interment, revealed by the New York Post, took place many years ago. Best Buckley remembers, the poor animal is rotting away under what used to be the big Marlboro Man billboard on Sunset. “We went out to the front, dug the grave . . . sang some hymns, and told Rags stories, and buried her there,” Buckley said.
No tombstone? No memorial? Not even the occasional bunch of flowers? We think Rag, born into riches, deserves more.