Nina West, best known for her fan favorite run on Season 11 of VH1’s Rupaul’s Drag Race where she was voted Miss Congeniality, has relaunched her podcast Dragcast with Nina West with a new celebrity interview focused format. Nina and her co-host Patricia Taylor are speaking to some of the world’s biggest stars from Broadway, TV, Movies and beyond, all from her home while highlighting her guest’s careers, their love of Drag, their support of the LGBTQ community and how they are coping with this crazy isolated situation currently affecting the world. It is Nina’s intention to bring some fun and happiness to those isolated at home while shaking her love of pop culture and the people who create it. 

 

Future episode guests include Patricia Clarkson (Award Winning Actress, HBO’s Sharp Objects), Jared Harris (Award Winning Actor, HBO”s Chernobyl), Anna Kendrick (Oscar Nominee, Pitch Perfect, Trolls World Tour), Kristin Chenoweth ( Broadway’s WICKED original Cast, Pushing Daisies, Album For The Girls OUT NOW), Bobby Moynihan (SNL), Fortune Feimster (Netflix’s Sweet and Salty), Anika Noni Rose (Disney Legend, Princess and The Frog, Dreamgirls) Jackie Tohn (Glow), Charlie Barnett (Netflix’s Russian Doll, Netflix;s YOU), Dan Lund (Walt Disney Animation Special Effects Supervisor Frozen and Frozen 2), Michael J Scott (Genie in Disney on Broadway’s Aladdin). Caissie Levy (Elsa in Disney on Broadway’s FROZEN, Caroline or Change), Jeanna De Waal (Broadway’s Diana) and more.

Episodes can be streamed at Dragcast.net or SPOTIFY or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

 

Cirque du Soleil launched a new digital content hub called CirqueConnect, available at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect.  Moved by a desire to stay connected to its fans, the Cirque du Soleil content hub provides a source of high-quality entertainment for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their homes, as current measures to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) have suspended live viewing experiences across the globe.

 

From The Desk Of Miss Richfield 1981 – I feel like this nasty virus is one big lemon handed to us all — to which I say, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade and find a thirsty trucker, so you can get a ride home. With that in mind, I want to invite all of you to join me for Bingo Bonanza! It’s the best way to connect during these isolating times! This is my interactive show on Facebook Live with songs, comedy, audience interaction, and Bingo.” You can just watch the show, or you can play along by signing up and getting a card at PlayBingoBonanza.com. It’s so much fun, and it also follows all CDC social distancing guidelines! That’s right, you’re staying apart and getting close at the same time! How often can you say that? Bingo with Miss Richfield 1981 is ever Sundays for brunch at 1pm and Thursday’s at 7pm. The best part is its FREE! 

 

Every week, opera lovers can settle in to enjoy a little bit of opera courtesy of Florida Grand Opera’s new online programming, newly designated as FGO GO. Bringing the magic of opera direct to patrons, the company is creating a wealth of content to help opera lovers, families, teachers, and students enjoy all aspects of opera from the safety and comfort at home. 

“We are excited to launch the FGO GO initiative to deliver opera to our audiences at home,” says Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO. “We hope that everyone will come together virtually in a time we cannot gather together and share our love of opera.”

FGO GO launched on April 2, with the first video in a series of recorded concerts featuring the company’s emerging artists performing highlights from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Cimarosa’s El Matrimonio Secreto highlights launch on April 16. Both productions had to be postponed and rescheduled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic causing the closures of the Adrienne Arsht Center, Broward Center, and Miami-Dade County Auditorium where both productions were scheduled to perform. 

Additional programming will include “Singers’ Choice,” which features each emerging artist performing an aria that inspired who they are as an artist. A concert of “Art Song,” written for solo voice and piano, giving participants an intimate view into a composers’ music. These songs bring a melody to famous and obscure texts that compelled the composer to set them to music. Finally, nothing hits closer to home in South Florida than the ever-popular “Zarzuela,” giving viewers tunes of popular Spanish dramas.

Sign-up at FGO.org. There is no cost to join, just enjoy opera wherever you go! 

 

While Creative Male is closed, they want to cheer everyone up, and what better way than some  retail therapy. Therefore they are having a site wide sale on their website with  25% off everything. Check them out at: CreativeMale.com. They are also featuring FREe domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more. 

The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show launched its, “Stay at Home with the Home Show” social media live series with TV’s Alena Capra. The series will continue each Monday (or other dates as announced @FLHomeShows) while everyone in South Florida heeds to the stay-at-home order.

 

Through digital efforts, homeowners and design professionals can learn more about products available to order online. The demos are designed to help give new life to the living space using what is on hand or on a budget. The DIY “recipes” will then be posted on the Home Show blog homeshows.net/blog.

 

The next show will be Monday, April 20th at 7pm on Facebook and 7:30 pm on Instagram (approximate commencement time.), and will be: Dress Up to Dine In: How to create an epic atmosphere around the dinner table. South Florida Interior Designer, Ann Ueno will show you how to style your dining room table. She’ll also share tips on hosting, how to prep and some of her go-to wines and recipes.

 

Future “Stay Home with the Home Show” demos will include: Sara Bendrick of TV’s “I Hate My Yard” and “Lawn & Order”; Julia Alzate, Hispanic TV and lifestyle influencer; and Sandra Diaz-Velasco, Principal Architect of EOLO A&I Design.