Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 12/31/19 in Art, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, New York, Travel, Westchester

It’s a cold December morning and we’re only about forty minutes from the city, driving north along the winding I-87, but to the east, outside the frosted car window, is a different world: acres of farmland dusted with the first snow of the year, and farther out, a silver, sundrenched lake. Around the bend, we see whitechapel churches surrounded by dry streambeds and frozen sunflower stalks. And way out there, is a solitary farmhouse, small as a thimble, nestled in the snow.

Westchester County is a collection of small towns with big city sophistication. It attracts locals and folks who want the amenities of Manhattan without the rushed chaos of midtown life. And through the years, it’s caught the eye of A-listers like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Richard Gere, and The Clintons.

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By @ 05/22/17 in Gay travel, Monaco

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became two of the most famous LGBT allies in the entertainment world after the release of their hit song, “Same Love,” with Macklemore becoming the first mainstream hip hop artist to discuss LGBT equality rights, earning him a Grammy nomination in the process.

And now our favorite rap duo joins forces with one of our favorite destinations: Monaco. The two will be in concert at the Salle des Etoiles July, 15 for the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuted five years ago with their smash-hit debut, “The Heist.” Their new album, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”, is due out later this year. Tickets for the show are priced at 103,50 € per person.

LGBT-friendly Monaco offers trip-planning information on their site for all travelers; they’ve created a brochure for their LGBT visitors; and joined the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in 2015.

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By @ 12/08/16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

We prefer our cake by the ocean, and our Pride on the beach! Fort Lauderdale Pride is turning forty, which means it’s officially the hot daddy of Pride parades, and celebrating its milestone on the beach for the first time ever.

That’s right, Pride will be celebrated this year on the white sand beaches of the most LGBT-welcoming city on earth. The annual event is on Sunday, February 26th 2017 and for the first time on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Expect tens of thousands to show up for world renowned entertainers, local and national exhibitors, food courts and of course, Lauderdale’s world-class white sand beaches.

The celebration is expanding this year with programming for families and seniors, and adding educational and history exhibits, sporting areas, and even a first-ever Sober Zone. Pride will take place at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South,  adjacent to the B Ocean Hotel & Resort, which just putting the final fabulous touches on a major renovation. For the best experience, stay there or the adjacent (and also recently-renovated) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, and purchase one of the limited VIP passes with front row seating, premium cocktails, and a VIP restroom.


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By @ 11/08/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

tours-cruises-cover-image-i5It’s finally arrived! ManAboutWorld’s first-ever global list of LGBT-friendly tour guides in our exhaustive and indispensable Tours & Cruises issue.  Inside, you’ll find private tour guides, groups tour operators, specialized day trips, packaged tours, cruise info, and even some our favorite app-based guides (for you gay globetrotting millennials.)


Download the ManAboutWorld on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for tablet or smart phone and get the guide for free. For a free three-month subscription to the magazine, click here.

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By @ 10/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

New Orleans’ epic Halloween is the stuff of legend, and it’s not for the novice raver. In fact, after three hard partying days of outrageous costumes, boozy raves and historic streets jam packed with hot gay guys, you may never want to utter the word Halloween again. And while it’s far and away America’s most over-the-top, decadent weekend costume party, it’s also the kind of event that leaves you needing some much needed R&R.

Trust us, when you’re cold and drunk and stumbling down Frenchman in a pair of borrowed stilettos, you’ll be desperate for some sobering food, a foot massage, and a quiet, warm place to just get away from it all. Luckily, we’ve done all the stumbling for you and compiled a list of our favorite ways to recuperate after a weekend of hard Halloweening. Read on for the 5 gayest Halloween hangover cures and download ManAboutWorld’s (FREE!) guide to Halloween for the other 364 days of the year on iOs or Android

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By @ 09/26/16 in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
The early morning sun bathes the karst (rock formation) behind a long-tail boat at Railay West Beach in Krabi, Thailand.

Long-tail boats in Krabi, Thailand.

Did someone say (almost) free tickets?

There’s no better redemption option for using your frequent flyer miles than business and first class seats to Asia. And no better destination than Thailand. And there’s great availability to redeem miles to fly to Thailand from now through April, Thailand’s peak season. Read on for maximizing your miles and read our free Thailand guide for information about this great country. Download the app or the PDF.

Here’s a guide to the best options. All redemption levels are based on one-way travel, and do not include taxes and fees, which can run from $25-800, depending on the carrier and connection points. Note that the credit card and Starwood Preferred Guest program offer the best options, as they allow you to convert your points directly to many of the Asian carriers’ own programs. This is the key to greater availability, especially for coveted seats like the Singapore Airlines Suite, and the Korean Airlines Kosmo Suite 2.0.

If you have DELTA miles

The saver level Skymiles business class award from the US to Asia is 80,000 miles, and Delta does not allow you to use their miles for first class travel on their Skymiles partners. While this lowest level redemption is rarely available on Delta, there’s lots of availability on China Eastern and China Southern. Their new 777 planes offer new lie-flat seats, but the food and service leave much to be desired. Your best option is Korean Air. Unfortunately, Korean saves most of its free award seats for it’s own Skypass members. China Air (the Taiwanese airline) is somewhere between the two – you’ll need to call Delta to book those seats.

If you have UNITED Miles

Star Alliance has the best partner choices to Asia, including Singapore Airlines, ANA (Japan), Asiana thaland 3(Korea) and EVA Airlines (Taiwan). If you can score a business class seat on any of these carriers, go for it – it’s the best 80,000 Mileage Plus miles you’ll ever spend. Unlike American, United allows you to fly to asia over the Pacific or Atlantic, so you can also find very good availability on Turkish Airlines. It’s a little longer over Europe (Singapore flies this way from NYC as well), but Turkish offers an outstanding business class. You’ll sometimes find Lufthansa and Austrian airlines flights to asia as well, and connections with a variety of StarAlliance european carriers, providing lots of options.

First class runs 130,000 miles, but you’ll likely only find it on Air China. If you’re flying their new 777 planes, it’s a great seat, but like the other mainland Chinese airlines, service is not up to par with the other asian carriers. If you’ve got your heart set on a Singapore Airlines Suite, you’re out of luck. They’re only available with Singapore Krisflyer miles.

If you have AMERICAN miles

OneWorld’s Asian partners are limited to Japan Air Lines, Malaysian and Cathay Pacific. Despite routings for Etihad and Qatar, AAdvantage awards only allow trips from the US to Asia over the Pacific. Flights over the Atlantic require two awards. The good news is that Cathay Pacific is among the very best, and AAdvantage members have access to liberal availability in business class at 70,000 miles, and first class at 110,000 miles. You have to call AAdvantage to book Cathay and Japan Air Lines award flights – they’re not bookable at

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By @ 06/10/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

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New Orleans teems with gay boys from all around the country: some come to party, some to meet new friends, and some to fall in love. And while the French Quarter may be crazed with parties and celebrations, the rest of the city swells with love and romance. Our friends at asked us to share some of our favorite romantic places, since there’s no better backdrop for romance than NOLA. Sultry, scenic, and sexy, there’s no city where courtly gestures and couple moments come as naturally or frequently. It’s not as if anyone needs an itinerary for love here, but we want to make sure the logistics don’t get in the way. 

For some artsy, daytime romance, get an early start and head uptown to Morning Call Coffee Stand, an adorable little coffee shop where you and your boyfriend can enjoy authentic beignets and cafe au lait with views overlooking the green and beautiful City Park. Once you’re fueled up, it’s just a quick stroll through the park, around the New Orleans Museum of Art, and into the adjacent Sculpture Garden, a treasure of world class sculptures, each of them landscaped, placed, and named, and the area’s aura brought to life with romantic bridges, hidden groves, massive trees, colorful flower patches, and stunning Iris specimens. (We especially enjoyed the giant Mardi Gras beads in the branches of one tree.) The garden is free and an idyllic landscape to walk hand-in-hand enjoying thought-provoking, engaging works of art. There is no food allowed in the park.

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It could be argued that Bacchanal Wine is the quintessential date spot in all of New Orleans. A local favorite, you’ll see this cute backyard space on the edges of the Bywater on the corner to an industrial canal.  Lit with Christmas lights and warmed with a fire pit, live music, and the chatter of locals, we love the casual romantic vibe. Buy a bottle of wine and take it into the backyard, snag a table (if you can!) order some delicious food, and enjoy a cool New Orleans evening. Simple, classic, romantic. Sometimes it’s the little things.

For something a bit more elegant, treat your beau to a glimpse of old-world New Orleans, where the European influences bring a certain magic and charm. Begin your evening with a romantic dinner at the quaint Cafe Degas, an intimate French country bistro named after the impressionist Edgar Degas who briefly lived nearby. After dinner, take a quick Uber ride up Esplanade Avenue to City Park, where you’ll surprise him with Champagne and a Venetian gondola ride with Nola Gondola through the gorgeous park. Be sure to stop briefly under the bridge to write your names along with the other lovers who have passed through. 

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By @ 04/21/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, Travel
The evening glow of Monaco's Riviera coastline

The evening glow of Monaco’s Riviera coastline

Celebrate your love in Monaco. Download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide to Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel. Monaco is a country of  fairytale romance, the backdrop of so many storybook honeymoons — but never before has it been so possible to make that daydream into a reality.

At the eastern edge of the French Riviera at just 500 acres, this regal, autonomous region packs more opulence, decadence, history and style than most countries many times its size. Of course, Monaco has luxurious, elegant hotels where fantasies of princes on white horses comes true – sometimes literally. Yet, it is easily accessible, and surprisingly affordable — no more expensive than Paris or Rome  — especially with the dollar so strong against the euro.  It’s perfect to celebrate your first big trip, your first days as newlyweds or many years of wedded bliss.

You and your new husband will enjoy a morning hike, or walk by Fontvieille Harbor at night, when the city’s gone quiet, and the lamps and stars glow together. You two can gamble in one of the city’s five casinos, or, after a leisurely breakfast, make your way to the Palace by 11:55 to witness the changing of the guards, and then visit the Monaco Cathedral where Grace Kelly is buried, a few minutes away. Take a romantic quick day-trip to nearby hill town Eze — the cobblestoned streets and sweeping Cote d’Azur views are what inspired Cezanne. And, of course, the gay nightlife of Nice is easily accessible … or … simply stay in town for world-renown performances by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Opéra Monte-Carlo.

Ready for surprisingly affordable luxury, culture and romance in Monaco? Download ManAboutWorld’s FREE guide now.

Photo credit: Jody Sticca

Please note: Visit Monaco is a sponsor of the Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel guide. Read our full disclosure here.


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By @ 04/11/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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The scenic farmland of Emilia Romagna (and one very curious sheep!)

Download our latest issue here and come with us on an Italian road trip like you’ve never experienced. The ManAboutWorld team set out to explore the hidden alleys of Italy’s most authentic city, Bologna, and then we head out on an epic road trip through the world’s greatest food region: Emilia Romagna. Follow us as we meet the (very cute) men who make the parmigiano-reggiano cheese, the aged-vinegar, the wine, the pasta, and the meat that has made Italy a culinary destination for centuries.

Follow us (and our expert team) as we explore Italy’s best kept secret.

Inside this month’s issue, you’ll also find:

— An in-depth, insider’s look at Milan

— New openings in New York, Berlin, Auckland, Fort Lauderdale, and Lisbon!

— The skinny on a few of our favorite  hotels in Boston, Philly, and Washington

You can check out our cool, digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 12/21/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Steve Harvey’s epic gaffe at last night’s Miss Universe contest — where he mistakenly announced Colombia the winner when she was the runner-up (Miss Philippines went home with the crown, after all), got us thinking about Colombia and the Philippines. On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. Nearly 11,000 miles apart from each other, the countries are cultural, culinarily, religiously, economically and aesthetically unique. But if put to the test, would you know the difference?


Could Steve Harvey guess right?

So let’s take a walk in Steve Harvey’s shoes and see what you know about Colombia, the Philippines, and calling winners.

  1. The photo above depicts too typical street scenes from Bogota and Manila. Can you tell which is which?


2. The above photo is of two national dishes: the Bandeja Paisa of Colombia and the Adobo of the Philippines. Can you match the food with country?


3. There’s no place like the Philippines as far as world-class beaches go, but the coastal regions of Colombia are no slouch. Check out the two beaches above and see if you can tell one from the other?


4. We’ll leave you with an easy one. A country’s currency can is often so identifiable — do you know which bills belong to Colombia, and which to the Philippines?



Cheat sheet:

Q1: Top photo is Bogota; Bottom: Manila

Q2: Top: Colombia’s national dish; Bottom: Filipino national dish

Q3: Top: Cartagena beach; Boracay in the Philippines

Q4: Top: Filipino currency; Colombian pesos.

Whatever you do, don’t ask Steve Harvey!

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By @ 12/17/15 in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Gay travel, Myanmar

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If you’re anything like us, your bucket list of places to go never stops growing. It seems every year, a few new places capture your imagination: those photos on Facebook of a remote Caribbean beach or a friend’s trek through Nepal leave your head spinning. The bucket keeps filling, and there’s no end in sight.

Well, we’ve come to make it worse.

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By @ 10/29/15 in Gay travel, Israel, ManAboutWorld, Tel Aviv, Travel
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The stunning Mediterranean coast of Tel Aviv

Drum roll….please! Tel Aviv tops WOW Travel’s list of gayest destinations in the world, which features amazing LGBT-thriving cities like Berlin, London, Sao Paulo, and Toronto.

According to the article, “Right at the heart of the Middle East, lies a city called Tel Aviv. A bubble of sanity in an otherwise difficult and tense area. Tel Aviv, a city blessed with year-round sunshine and white sandy beaches, is one of the most liberal cities in the world. It is the most gay friendly city, not only in the Middle East but in the entire world. This vibrant city is an undisputed queer capital of the Middle East, It offers a 24/7 non-stop activities, all year round great weather, great food, gay beaches and infinite of gay bars and night clubs. Every June Tel Aviv is celebrating the Gay Pride week, week of celebrations and happenings throughout the city with Pride Expo (Gay Culture Fair), LGBT Theater festival, LGBT Film Festival and the famous Pride Parade which is one of the most colorful gay parades in the world.”

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By @ 10/28/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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The colorful row of San Francisco victorians

A new article from USA Today’s Road Warrior Voices blog highlights the new ‘Journey’s function of AirBnb – where for an additional cost your local, insider host will not only put you up for the night, they’ll plan your entire trip, including a Lyft to and from the airport, local hotspots for dining and going out, and some hidden gem sightseeing.

“So basically they’re not going to take you to Fisherman’s Wharf or to see where D.J. Tanner lived,” the article says.

“The service, called Journeys, would allow local hosts to create experiences for Airbnb guests, which are then part of a full package that includes a Lyft from the airport and an Airbnb that has been selected for the participants. The cost of these “handcrafted trips” would also include one meal a day. For the test period in San Francisco, trips are either three or five days and have price tags that range between $500 (for one guest) and $750 (for two).”

Check out the full article here:

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

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By @ 10/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel


It used to be that you’d get all dressed up to go to the airport. The flights had leg room and real food served on dish ware. Nowadays, most flight experiences aren’t quite as classy, and this article seems to think it could be getting worse.  A look into American Airlines and their future of no-frills flying.

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By @ 10/27/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel


A recent New York Times article shined a spotlight on the gay app SCRUFF, outing it for being more than just a hook-up app; in fact, it’s a smart, sophisticated travel tool focusing on community building and safety.

“For gay travelers, a GPS-enabled dating app can prove quite useful when away from home,” the article said. “Land in Miami or Madrid, fire up Scruff or Grindr and, voilà, immediately find a bunch of guys in the area who are available for dates or casual hookups. But with its latest update, soon to be released, Scruff is more fully incorporating travel with the introduction of a feature called Scruff Venture.

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By @ 10/26/15 in Thailand
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Skyline views from a suite inside the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

In 1876, The Oriental opened on the river banks of Siam, becoming the nations first five-star hotel. Throughout the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th, the hotel became a respite from the dirty, chaotic city of Bangkok, a sanctuary for world-renowned writers, many of whom penned their novels in the upstairs suites, the same suites that now bear their names.

It was nearly a century later when The Mandarin Hotel opened in Hong Kong, another five-star affair, and the hotel that would lead to the formation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. In 1985, when The Mandarin of Hong Kong and The Oriental of Bangkok joined forces, the group was forged, and would go on to become one of the world’s most prestigious and decadent hotel brands.

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By @ 10/12/15 in Asia, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
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A sweeping view of the Bagan Temples in Myanmar

We are thrilled and excited to announce our newest adventure, a 10-day excursion to Myanmar and Thailand, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to two of the most spiritual, tumultuous, arresting countries on Earth. And we get to do it with our friends at Belmond, who are among the greatest luxury brands today. The editors here will have a chance to experience Belmond’s luxurious river cruiser through Mandalay Bay, their five-star accommodations —  the Belmond Governor’s Residence in the Dagon Township — and to be part of an ancient civilization.

In the days to come get ready for posts here for how I’m preparing for this trip and then the trip itself. Also check out Instagram and Facebook feeds for photos, thoughts, impressions and recommendations.

We also invite you to comment and post with any questions or comments you may have. Feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your impressions. We are excited about trip and we plan on writing it up in a future issue of the magazine but the more we know what you are interested in, the better and more focused our coverage will be.

We’ll begin our adventure in Bangkok where we’ll stay at the towering Mandarin Oriental overlooking the seemingly endless

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

skyline. After to days of exploring the chaotic, debaucherous and deeply religious city, we’ll depart for Myanmar, where we’ll land first in Yangon and then over to Bagan where we will  board a river cruise through the Mandalay, stopping in small, ancient towns and taking in the historic temples.

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By @ 10/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
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Owner Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm get an early call from Michelin.

The New York Times today released the 2015 Michelin-stars, highlighting the very best in haute cuisine throughout the city. restaurant powerhouses like Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Masa, Jean-Georges, and the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare were among the big winners, retaining their three-star status (the highest honor you can receive.)

The Modern, the sleek restaurant inside the Museum of Modern Art, was boosted from one-star to two, and more the sixty restaurants received one star throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The article said, “The rankings are to be announced Wednesday night at a reception at the Manhattan Classic Car Club. (Michelin is a tire company, after all.) Unlike in past years, Michelin declined to release the ratings to reporters under a news embargo to help them prepare for the announcement. But those grand plans took a detour, as several restaurants, informed of their awards, posted the news on Twitter and other social media. So Michelin agreed to release the news in the afternoon.

The Michelin Guide New York City 2016, which lists nearly 900 restaurants, goes on sale Thursday for $18.99. For the complete”

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By @ 09/25/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
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Human pony play participants ride in carriages through Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco

Folsom Street Fair, the biggest, most legendary leather fetish party in the world is getting ready to takeover San Francisco on Sunday. The annual celebration of leather, fetish and BDSM communities brings hundreds of thousands of people to SoMa. The city is expecting some 400,000 to take over 13 city blocks to “indulge their fetishes, shed their clothes, dance, play and gawk,” according to SFGate.The official Folsom entertainment, which takes place across five stages, will be provided by artists like Ladyhawke, Missing Persons and DJ Vin Soul. But we all know the real show happens in the street.

Now in its 8th year, the street fair takes place on Folsom Street between eighth and 13th streets. For more information about Folsom, visit their website here.

A few tips for first-timers from our friends at SFist: You May See Some Things You Can Not Un-See; You Do Not Have To Wear Leather, Or Be Gay; Leave Dogs And Kids At Home; Do Not Try To Drive Through Town On Sunday; Ask Before Taking Photos (or touching!)

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By @ 09/19/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Richard Grey, our good friend and managing director of the LGBT market for Fort Lauderdale, was recently interviewed by The New York Times about courting transgendered tourists. Grey has pioneered the movement of transgendered travel and his work  is being recognized on a national scale. Read his interview here.

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