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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
DownCity seems to be getting a lot of press these days! Last week a reality TV star stopped by, and this week it was an icon of the drag world. Hedda Lettuce (also known as Steven Polito) was the special guest at one of DC's after dark events, following the Halloween drag brunch earlier in the day. He has appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, The People's Court, Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, and The Tyra Banks Show. He is also well-known for his stint as a model and client on season 5 of Project Runway, where the many disagreements he had with his designer Suede led the other contestants to nickname any model that is hard to work with a "Hedda Lettuce." Well, he didn't make his name as a performer by being timid...
On Friday, Rhode Island College students and staff got a special treat as Meredith Vieira came back to her home state to talk about her Portuguese heritage. The former Today show co-host and current host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was the featured guest for RIC's Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies conference, which was held in the college's Alger Hall. The East Providence native was born to two first generation Portuguese Americans, and she spoke of her upbringing and reconnecting with her Azorean roots. After her talk, she was presented the Presidential Medal, given to individuals of special distinction within the college community. Always nice to see our homegrown celebrities return for special occasions...
Also, some of horror's biggest names are going to be on hand at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival over Halloween weekend--Tony Moran, who played the original Michael Myers in the Halloween series, and Robert Englund, who created Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Check here for information about showings and tickets. We'll have more details about their visits later in the month...
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