Actor and Broadway alum Taye Diggs (Rent, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) is getting ready to star as the 6th Hedwig in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the first photos of Diggs as the be-glittered transgender rocker have just been released in People:
Diggs told the magazine:
Hedwig is the role of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to being challenged performance-wise on many levels, as well as being humbled by the musical’s social implications. I also like wearing nail polish.
In other news, if you’ve seen The Overnight, you probably recall a particular series of detailed paintings of butt holes (purely for their impeccable artistry) by Jason Schwartzman’s character. If you were truly wooed by the, er, portraits, you can now write a haiku to enter this contest to win one. Should you not have the time to formulate a haiku that seems like the type of thing that’ll win you a butt hole on a canvas, you may instead want to use your spare moments to read this interview with Mykki Blanco and Lydia Lunch, both of whom have traveled the world and lived the life, and would probably not think twice about wearing these creepy human skin helmets.
In a way, the turtle shell is kind of like a helmet, except that it first evolved on a reptile with broader ribs that then fused and expanded into a shell. But, why lock your ribs into a shell? Scientists are still looking for that answer, but another mystery was cracked today—the origins of the beloved Candy Land board game. Apparently, the game first came into being in the 1950s, when a creative schoolteacher noticed that the kids in the polio ward were lonely and sad, and a cheerful board game could lift their spirits. And who invented the first hand-held telephone? Marty Cooper in 1973, who placed the first wireless call to his chief nemesis in the cellular race, Joel Engel.
Now, with wireless technology, you can film your family with a Go-Pro hidden in a tree while you announce your intentions to run for president (ahem, Bobby Jindal), and then you can upload that video to Facebook all without touching your computer. Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should—although for some people, like these Chinese smugglers, the sky is the limit for what you can do, including trying to sell 100,000 tons of old meat, some of it dating back to the Carter administration. And, back in the US, we have wine labels calling us on on our drinking issues, our mother issues, and our dating issues.