Sadly, Rufus Wainwright did not show up for his interview wearing lederhosen.
He does wear a pair in the booklet for his new album, Release the Stars, recorded in Berlin. But on a recent Manhattan afternoon, Wainwright appeared at a Korean vegetarian restaurant dressed in brown trousers, a V-neck sweater and a dark blazer. As he peeled down to a T-shirt, he inadvertently revealed the slightest bulge of a belly -- hence, perhaps, his light meal of seaweed salad, dumplings and a tofu roll, washed down by green tea.
If You Go Rufus Wainwright plays the True Colors concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, at 7 p.m. June 17. $41-$126. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.