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Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower may be the biggest Patti LuPone fan ever. The Evita legend has changed his life in so many ways he put a show together about it. Patti Issues is now one of New York’s longest Off Broadway shows while winning awards and having big names drop in to see it like Alan Cumming, Michael Kors and Patti herself.

He has produced many successful shows over the years including Night of a Thousand Judys and Project Lohan, even a recording of Patti LuPone at Les Mouches.

With a national tour Rimalower is bringing his coming of age story to Chicago for the first time.

Pride talked to him before his arrival at Mary’s Attic.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Ben. How long has your show been running?

BR: (Ben Rimalower) It will be a year this summer. Right now we are officially scheduled through June 29.
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Peaches 2

Musician and performance artist Peaches is at it again and this time she does herself. Originally from Canada the songstress has always been innovative with her tunes from programming and playing her own instruments to gender bending lyrics that are not just in the listener’s ears but in theirs face.

She has worked with artists such as Christina Aguilera and Iggy Pop. Her tracks have been feature on many movies and television shows while the GLAAD Awards have continually recognized her for achievements by nominating her.

Peaches Does Herself, her film project will be featured in the annual CIMM Festival in Chicago where she wrote, directed, and starred in the film. It’s the story of a young woman inspired by a 65-year old stripper who then falls in love with a transgender person on the path to self-discovery.

Nunn went all the way to Berlin, Gemany to chat with her at an Asian restaurant one evening.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Peaches. How did your film Peaches Does Herself come together?

Peaches: There’s a theater in Berlin that does a lot of great productions. The guy that ran the theater for the last ten years, which has changed over now, approached me and wanted me to do a production because he saw how theatrical I was in all of my shows. The first thing that came out of my mouth was Peaches Christ Superstar. He said, “Just do it and what else do you have?” So I thought about it and wanted to give myself some sort of tenth anniversary present. So I decided to take 22 songs and turn it into a narrative. The challenge was to make it a narrative without conversation.
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Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke not only describes the 1985 movie starring Matthew Broderick but also a New Zealand born singer songwriter who also goes by the name Pip. With songs like “Paris Is Burning” and “My Delirium” she started a solo career that wouldn’t quit.

Her latest album is called Anxiety that creating a unique sound that improves with each listen. Nunn talked to her about it and her upcoming appearance at the Bottom Lounge.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Pip. Where did that nickname come from?

Ladyhawke: My name is Phillipa. Pip is short for that like Pipa.

JN: Did Ladyhawke come from the film?
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Natalia Kills

Natalia Kills is the newest English pop princess to burst onto the scene. She has regularly been performing in Chicago as such venues as the Metro, Allstate Theatre and Roscoe’s Tavern on her own as well as supporting such acts as Ke$ha, Robyn and Katy Perry.

Her first full-length album Perfectionist has just been released and she talked to Nunn on the Run about it.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Natalia. It was great meeting you face to face at the Borderline Music signing the other day.

Natalia Kills: Thank you, I loved it. There is nothing quite like meeting people face to face that relate to your music. It makes it all make more sense.

JN: Record stores don’t do signings like that anymore.

NK: Record stores don’t look like that or function like that anymore. If other record stores looked like earthy mom and pop record stores like that one then people would remember how special music really is.

JN: You have been living in the United States for a little while now. You are from England correct?
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Kid Sister

Melisa Young or known to the world as Kid Sister blew up with such singles as “Right Hand Hi” and “Pro Nails” featuring Kanye West off her debut album Ultraviolet. She has deep roots in Chicago and returns the nightlife scene with an appearance in Spin Nightclub this week. She talked new music, nails and the south side Nunn on One. Right Hand Hi

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Kid! You are currently busy working on new music.

Kid Sister: Yes, this is album number two. I am tying up the loose ends and stuff. I am also working on an EP that will proceed the album and another EP with another artist that is top secret so I can’t say anything about it. I am really excited!

JN: You have been working with Scoop Deville.

KS: He is one of the producers on the new album.

JN: Who are some of the other producers?

KS: The list is so long well not as long as the last album. The Neptunes, DJ Mehdi, and XXXChange who did “Control,” maybe Nadastrom, I am not sure.

JN: Guest appearances?
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Meredith Baxter, known for her television series with ABC’s Family and NBC’s Family Ties. She has now become a part of our family by coming out of the closet officially recently. She talked to Nunn on the Run about the experience.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Meredith. I watched you on TV for years. I was fairly small when Family was out. You won an Emmy for it?

Meredith Baxter: No, I didn’t win an Emmy. They sort of misrepresented it but I think they didn’t mean to. I have been nominated three times in the past.

JN: Well, being nominated is great.

MB: Nominated is actually better because those are my peers, the winners are chosen by a committee.
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