9 • 15 • 2018 ••• I DANCE FOR LIFE!

w/ Hot to Trot filmmaker Gail Freedman & dancers Ernesto Palma, Emily Coles and David Estrada

Dennis goes to the Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills for the L.A. premier of the new documentary about the same-sex ballroom dance scene called "Hot to Trot." Before the lights go down, he chats with the film's director Gail Freedman and two of the primary dancers featured in the film, NY-based Ernesto Palma and San Francisco-based Emily Coles. After the film, Dennis talks with dancer David Estrada who also appears in the film and how the mainstream American ballroom world seems to be going backwards in terms of same-sex partnerships. Other topics that come up in the interviews: on stage mishaps, getting over our own hangups about gender in dance and how this film speaks to this specific moment. (Apologies in advance for the uneven sound...the interviews were conducted in the bustling theater lobby) www.hottotrotfilm.com


w/ Story Worthy podcast host and producer Christine Blackburn

Dennis visits the Los Feliz home of Christine Blackburn the host of the long-running podcast Story Worthy, which features all kinds of diverse interesting people telling stories from their lives. She talks about getting the inspiration for the podcast, why she loves comedians, spinning the podcast into a live stage storytelling game show Story Smash. She talks about the stories that made her laugh, made her cry and the one from July that almost made her faint. She talks about how the doing the podcast has changed her, what she's learned about people, settling vs. not settling and being diagnosed with cancer at 31 and how that changed the course of her life. She also recalls her first impressions of Los Angeles, her days as a flight attendant and all the fun gay guys she'd hang with on her trips, doing standup comedy all over the city and a stint in the Peace Corp that took her to Tonga. Other topics include: her one woman show Surviving the Ride, getting out of Pittsburgh, going to Larry King's house in Beverly Hills and Don Rickles' compound in Malibu, why flight attendants today have it way easier than she did, the greeting card that ended her first marriage and her first job in L.A. where she got to scream at people on Hollywood Boulevard. www.christineblackburn.com