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ACT UP Protests Human Rights Campaign in NYC and San Fran

NEWS | By EDGE | Jan 29
ACT UP will protest the Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City on January 31, with a solidarity event to be held in San Francisco's Castro.

Heklina and Crew Reinvent Drag -- Again

ENTERTAINMENT | By Andre Torrez | Jan 29
"I have always thought the PC police are way out of line." Heklina writes to me via email about the "T" word that was the source of much criticism last year.

Jim Parsons to Play God in Broadway's 'An Act of God'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mark Kennedy | Jan 29
Jim Parson is going from a scientific nerd in "The Big Bang Theory" to a pretty big religious role - the Almighty.

Bye Bye Bryan Fischer: Hate Group Fires Chief Mouthpiece

NEWS | By Bobby McGuire | Jan 29
Is the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay hate group American Family Association getting soft on hate?

Besties Get A Makeover

NEWS | By Cynthia Laird | Jan 29
Voting for the Bay Area Reporter 's readers' poll starts Thursday (January 29) and this year has seen a makeover in the contest.

Librarians Educate Community on Blood Donation Policy

NEWS | By EDGE | Jan 29
In an effort to educate the library community about the issues regarding blood donations, the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) is sponsoring the discussion panel "Blood Donation: Facts, Fear, and Discrimination," on Feb. 1.

Nova Rockafeller Debuts 'Made in Gold'

ENTERTAINMENT | By EDGE | Jan 29
Nova Rockafeller is taking over the internet again with her debut single, "Made in Gold" via Island Records.

Musicians Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer To Partner with HRC

ENTERTAINMENT | By EDGE | Jan 29
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation announced a partnership with award-winning childrens' musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.

A Foote in Chicago: 'Dividing the Estate'

ENTERTAINMENT | By EDGE | Jan 29
"Dividing the Estate," a 2008-09 Tony Award nominee for Best Original Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role (Hallie Foote), can finally be seen in Chicago in Raven Theatre's production, which began preview performances on Tuesday.

Sedona Yoga Festival: Consciousness in a Sacred Space

HEALTH/FITNESS | By EDGE | Jan 29
The organizers of the Sedona Yoga Festival are more excited than ever to welcome visitors to their third conference.

Study: Chances of Dying in a Car Crash Plunged Over 3 Years

NEWS | By Joan Lowy | Jan 29
The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Shaheen Reintroduces Pro-LGBT Veterans Benefits Bill

NEWS | Jan 29
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has reintroduced legislation to extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live.

Gay Marriage Takes Center Stage at NC Legislature

NEWS | Jan 29
Gay marriage took center stage on Wednesday's first work day at the North Carolina General Assembly as the Senate's top leader pushed for religious exemptions for some court officials from marriage duties.

Idaho Lawmakers Finish Gay Protections Testimony

NEWS | By Kimberlee Kruesi | Jan 29
After finishing three days of testimony, Idaho lawmakers will vote Thursday on legislation that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in the state.

Petty: No Hard Feelings for Sam Smith

NEWS | Jan 29
Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith's Grammy-nominated hit "Stay With Me" and Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down" a musical accident.


News

For Sundance Hits, Theatrical Still Rules Over VOD

NATIONAL | By Lindsey Bahr | Jan 29
After the $40 million digital release of "The Interview," video-on-demand may seem like all the rage. Particularly for independent films, VOD is seen by some as a better pathway to moviegoers than trying to lure them to theaters.


Entertainment

Behind the Scenes of a Penn & Teller Show

CELEBRITIES | Jan 29
Seeing is believing, as the saying goes, but don't try telling that to illusionists Penn & Teller. Since the late 1970s, they have been performing their unique act combining comedy and magic, astonishing and delighting audiences around the world.


Business

Secret Cuban Youth Computer Network Defies Wi-Fi Ban

LEGAL | By Michael Weissenstein | Jan 29
Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world.


Technology

Taking a Test Drive in a 3D-Printed Car

SCIENCE | Jan 28
Taking a test drive in a 3D-printed car It may sound far-fetched, but a driveable vehicle made almost entirely in a 3D printer is in development. The inventors showed it off at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.


Finance

US Average Rate on 30-Year Home Loan 3.63 Percent

REAL ESTATE | Jan 28
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. Here's a look at rates for fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages this week and over the past year.


Cars

Low Gas Prices, Incentives Change Math for Electric Cars

AUTO NEWS | By Dee-Ann Durbin | Jan 27
Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA.


Health/Fitness

Nat'l LGBT Cancer Network Goes 'Behind Closed Drawers' on Anal Cancer

HEALTH | By Winnie McCroy | Jan 28
The National LGBT Cancer Network has launched Behind Closed Drawers, a national campaign to raise funds and awareness for anal cancer prevention.


Nightlife

Tony Nominee John Tartaglia is the cast of 'Buyer & Cellar'

LOCAL EVENTS | By EDGE | Jan 28
George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced that New Jersey native John Tartaglia, from the original Broadway cast of "Avenue Q," will be appearing in New Brunswick as the sole cast member of "Buyer & Cellar."