Throwback Thursday 65: Meeting Michael Hitchcock

The 65th Throwback Thursday is my October 2014 lunch with the delightful actor/producer/writer/comedian/everything Michael Hitchcock. We met in Los Angeles at Taste On Melrose to discuss his lengthy career; from his start in comedy to working on Glee, and from starring in Christoper Guest movies like Best In Show to…

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours Reopens In Atlanta

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, the Atlanta restaurant owned by Chef Deborah VanTrece, has reopened with certain safety restrictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. Deborah — featured on this site as the 131st stranger — talked to Chowhound recently about the stress involved with trying to keep her eatery afloat amid…

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Throwback Thursday 64: All About Omnism

The 64th Throwback Thursday is from a trip I took to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September 2014. One night there, at the Blue Corn Cafe, I met Jesse and Sarah Smith — a couple who talked about discovering and loving omnism thanks to trying a hallucinogenic drug, meeting otherworldly…

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Farewell Margarita Pracatan

Very sad news with the passing of Cuban singing sensation Margarita Pracatan. Calling her “one of a kind” doesn’t do Margarita justice. She developed a unique style as a performer, winging the notes on her electric keyboard and singing however she wanted regardless of what the song required. If she…

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Throwback Thursday 63: Working For Veterans

The 63rd Throwback Thursday is my August 2014 dinner with Marlene Hall at Eamonn’s fish and chip shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Serving eight years in the Air Force helped develop her passion for helping veterans. She told me about her work with veterans organizations, as well as her other interests…

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Throwback Thursday 62: How To Get To Sesame Street

A new interview is coming Tuesday — although it was done in February, pre-social distancing and stay at home orders. I have that interview and another from February still to post, and am doing so slowly because I don’t know when I’ll dine with a stranger next. Until next week,…

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Thank You Baked Potato

British actor/comedian/writer Matt Lucas is singing his way toward raising £1 million for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and to provide 6,000 meals every day into London hospitals for critical care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s doing so with his quirky song “Thank You Baked Potato,” in which…

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Throwback Thursday 61: Matt Of All Trades

The 61st Throwback Thursday is my July 2014 dinner in New York with Matt Bauman, a man with many pursuits. He’s a busy actor, a realtor, and launched his own website that connects people in the theater industry with coaches and teachers, such as vocal trainers. We talked about all…

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