FROM C. Fitz
The rise and fall of Jewel’s Catch-One, LA’s first black gay disco In this day and age, where gay marriage is legal, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the US Armed Forces, and gay, lesbian, and transgender characters can be seen all over film and television, it’s easy to forget the battles that were fought to bring about that change. One of the front lines in Los Angeles was Jewel’s Catch-One, a nightclub near the corner of Pico and Crenshaw in South LA. For more than 40 years, it was a haven for gays and lesbians, especially African Americans. A new documentary about Jewel’s Catch-One and its proprietor, Jewel Thais-Williams, is being screened at Outfest this year. Press Play speaks with Jewel and the film’s director, C. Fitz.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”