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Bob Newhart bows out of gig with anti-LGBT organization

Bob Newhart, the beloved actor and comedian, quietly announced over social media that he has cancelled his upcoming gig at the Legatus Summit. This follows GLAAD and several LGBT advocates and bloggers, including Lisa Derrick of Firedog Lake, pointing out the harsh anti-LGBT agenda of the organization.

A&E Network places Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on filming hiatus

Following calls from GLAAD, A&E Network has placed Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on an indefinite filming hiatus after he made

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THEATER REVIEW: “Scrooge In Rouge”

You say you’ve seen Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” 50 times and the idea of seeing it again doesn’t exactly make you tingle?

Relax, grab a ticket to Diversionary Theatre’s “Scrooge In Rouge” and prepare for a festive (if a tad raunchy) send-up of that Christmas favorite.

Here’s the setup: A London music hall in the Victorian era has lost 17 of its 20 players to food poisoning after last night’s cast party, so the remaining trio will have to get through the show (and its 23 roles) without them.

GLAAD's What To Watch on Thursday

Tonight catch all new episodes of Project Runway All Stars and White Collar.

What to Watch: Thursday, December 19

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THEATER REVIEW: “Bearded”

A department-store Santa is a star only briefly, but in that time he can make a big impression on the kids who climb onto his lap to tell him what they want.

At CircleCircledotdot, virgin Santa Nick (Michael Nieto) arrives early at Westwield’s Morton Plaza Shopping Centre in hopes of getting some Santa training. Instead, he runs into grumpy elf manager Lynne (Soroya Rowley), who notes “I have the worst f-ing hangover of my life, and my elf name is Flowers,” then waves in the direction of the costume and wishes him luck.

EXHIBIT REVIEW: Connecting with Frida

SAN DIEGO -- “The Complete Frida Kahlo. Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story.” does exactly what the title implies; it tells the story of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s life.

The exhibit, presented by Global Entertainment Properties 1 LLC, features 123 exact replicas of Kahlo’s paintings, each recreated in their original size with original materials and hand-painted—by master artists licensed by her trust—in the same style in which she originally painted them.

GLAAD's What To Watch On Tuesday

Tonight catch all new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Awkward.

What to Watch: Tuesday, December 17

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THEATER REVIEW: “reasons to be pretty”

Playwright Neil LaBute specializes in unlikable people and unhelpful human obsessions, from the men who torment a deaf woman in “In The Company Of Men” to the man in “Fat Pig” afraid to date the plus-sized woman he’s attracted to for fear of ostracism by his male colleagues.

“reasons to be pretty,” last in a trilogy about the obsession with body image (following “The Shape of Things” and “Fat Pig”), plays through Dec. 28 at ion theatre.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Humbug Holiday Spectacular”

Throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the mix (or into a new show) is bound to result in some messy splats onto the ground.

That’s what happens with funnymen Phil Johnson and Omri Schein’s new parody of holiday shows “The Humbug Holiday Spectacular,” on the boards through Dec. 28 at North Coast Repertory Theatre.

All kinds of stuff – some very funny, some unfunny and some of the scratch-your-head variety – are jammed into this nonstop 90-minute musical show with songs by Schein and James Olmstead.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”

What better to put you in a holiday mood than an evening of Irving Berlin songs performed by terrific singers and dancers and a boffo 22-piece orchestra to pull it all together?

San Diego Musical Theatre presents “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” through Dec. 22 at the Birch North Park Theatre. Now in its second incarnation, this show – already scheduled for next year – is quickly becoming a local holiday tradition.

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