Nicolita Swimwear 2013 Miami

Sink or Swim: Miami Swim Week 2013

Gentle reader,

Just a couple of days ago, Scott and I braved the scorching temperatures of the San Gabriel Valley and traveled to the lovely village of San Dimas with our friend, the actress and singer Lainie Kazan.  I don’t really know whose idea it was to celebrate her granddaughter’s thirteen birthday at California’s largest water amusement park on a Sunday in mid-July but I’m going to slap them when I find out.  Aside from the wild Raging Waters’ parking and crazy heat, there were the surging crowds that were…well, one can’t accurately say “the unwashed masses” because they spent the afternoon splashing around in millions of gallons of water, but you get the idea.

All That Chaz!


by James Tuttle

Gentle Reader,

This season’s Dancing With the Stars debuted this week with its first new ballroom soundstage in thirteen seasons.  The set is bigger, taller and, as if that wasn’t enough, they have the largest damn disco ball in North America in there.  It’s nice that the folks at ABC are giving them a little extra room but, with the rows of multi-colored LED lights lining every balcony, it looks like a tribute to Show Boat on a tacky Carnival Cruise ship with lighting design by someone who normally does white stretch limos.

Former contestant Gilles Marini. He can dance, too! Photo: F. Goudon from

Scott and I first tuned into this show a few years ago when our wonderful friend Gilles Marini was competing.  He danced brilliantly and breathtakingly and was robbed of that coveted mirror ball trophy by some trick who’d won an Olympic medal or some shit.  He was pretty unknown at the time unless you had watched the first Sex and the City movie, in which his butt should have had it’s own credit, but shaking his groove thing on DWTS got him onto Brothers and Sisters and now his career is looking pretty healthy.