Sunday, October 31, 2010

At the Village Halloween Parade

By West Village Bill

More photos of the parade are here.

One Step Ahead of Judgement Day

Halloween, 5th Avenue, photo by the Baad Lamb

A Classic Glimpse

When I paused to get this photo, the Baad Lamb said that this view of the Empire State Building from DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is perhaps one of the most photographed spots in NYC. Nevertheless.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloweenix Madness!

by Charlie Vazquez

This just in from the wild East Village...the refurbished Phoenix, the East Village's premier gay bar, will be presenting a Halloween "freak fest" like only the queers know how to make it happen. DJ ChaotiQueer (aka Kirk Wagner) has informed me that his band Skulk the Hulking, an electro trio (see video below) will be joined by the edgy underground comedy troupe Murder Fist (also see below) for a night of irreverent revelry and more. And plus, there will be a costume contest around midnight and I can't wait to see what the neighborhood creatures will concoct for this! I'll be the scared guy drinking a beer in the dark corner...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Phoenix NYC
447 E 13th St
New York, NY 10009

(212) 477-9979

Doors open at 9pm

"What Is a Gay Book?"

by Maurice Michaane

"What Is a Gay Book?" by David Pratt (Bob the Book)

I recently attended an Alumni event for Hamilton College where I met author and fellow alum, David Pratt. Upon a meaningful conversation, I was intrigued to read his new book, "Bob the Book." Although one might be thrown off by the title, Pratt's work is to the point and sort of reminds me of the movie Trick, where a young gay male is searching for the right "boi". It reads smoothly, but has a lot of allusions not easily picked up by the naked mind!!

The narrative is funny, poignant, lovable, and a great read! I had an instant attraction to the main protagonist, Bob the Book. All walks of life, gay or straight, will instantly connect with Bob and the story he tells. By using a book to talk about life, Pratt transcends the normal everyday boundaries we lock ourselves into. Art does imitate life in this book. As we have seen over the past several weeks, gay teen suicides have been on the rise, and Bob deals with issues of bullying and intimidation. Growing pains, relationships or just life issues in general, Bob deals with an assortment of issues and the book has it all.

According to the publisher "David Pratt, whose new book 'Bob the Book' is an original and fanciful tale of same-sex attraction among books in a bookstore, discusses gay literature inside and out with Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters."

If you would like to know more/meet the author, then attend the Author Discussion/Book Signing with David Pratt:
Wednesday November 03, 2010 7:00 PM
@ Barnes & Nobles - 82nd & Broadway

behind the yellow door

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bear City - See It In NYC thru Thursday

We attended the New York opening of Bear City at The Quad on Friday. (Check the linked schedule of showings because there are afterparties with the cast at different bars throughout the week.) The 9:30 showing was sold out to an extremely appreciative audience. My husband poked me every time I appeared on screen and  I am delighted to report that this is a funny movie containing an unforgettably hilarious three-way-in-a-shower scene that alone will justify the price of admission.  I hope Doug Langway will make more movies. Here are my photos of the evening.

Haunted House Season in NYC: Blood Manor

by Maurice Michaane

Tis the season to enjoy a good haunted house in your neck of the woods. This QNY blogger paid an enjoyable visit to "Blood Manor" at the old Spirit Club in Chelsea (West 27th). I highly recommend this 30mins adventure (recommend getting the RIP tix to save yourself the wait in line).

Went with my partner Michael last night, and it was very packed. Jim Lorenzo, a party promoter in NYC, does an amazing job for the 7th year in a row in setting up this amazing, fun filled haunted house. From live action actors, to a 3D experience, Blood Manor will leave you SCARED!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Final "He's a Rebel" / DJ La Rubia Turns 31!

by Charlie Vázquez

Just in via "cable" from the East Village...

DJ La Rubia (aka Zan Amparan) takes his name from the famous female matador(ess) and for good reason; his audio concoctions of Motown, vintage rock-n-roll, and British Northern soul will swoon and seduce you before going in for the kill. DJ La Rubia turns 31 tonight and he will also stage his final "He's a Rebel" vintage rock party at Nowhere (10PM) before cocooning to reinvent himself yet again. According to his invite/press release (he's also the singer for local queer rock group Little Victory):

"The fun starts at 10 and goes til 4. Late night happy hour is from 1:30 to 2:30. That's half price well cocktails and domestic beers so drink up, Mary."

And see me you will...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Marga Gomez and Mike Albo Team Up for Gotham - 10/28

by Charlie Vázquez

Don’t let the change of season get you down, Queer New York. There’s a fantastic show happening next Thursday at the Gotham Comedy Club—Mike and Marga Make Comedy. These two award-winning, acclaimed performers are teaming up for a night of queer comedy that is sure to make you wet your pants. So bring some extra paper towels and join in on the laughter. I have seen both of these groundbreaking performers do their thing and was left crying in their wake. If you feel like doing something new, this is for you. See you there. Info/tickets here.


How the gays in Jersey do it!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Playwrights Horizons Discount Offer - After the Revolution

Order by November 9 with code ARGR and tickets are only:

·        $40* (reg. $55) for the first week of performances Oct. 21 – Oct. 28

·        $45 (reg. $55) for all performances Oct. 29 – Nov. 28


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*A limited number of $40 discounted tickets will be available for purchase. Subject to availability. Valid only in select rows.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rabbi Breaks With Paladino Over Apology From THE NEW YORK TIMES By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

Well, that didn’t last long.

"The alliance between the Republican Carl P. Paladino and an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn has fallen apart, with the rabbi denouncing Mr. Paladino on Wednesday for his apology over remarks he had made about homosexuality on Sunday.

Rabbi Levin said he was especially upset that Mr. Paladino gave him no notice that he planned to back away from the comments.

“I was in the middle of eating a kosher pastrami sandwich,” Rabbi Levin said. "While I was eating it, they come running and they say, ‘Paladino became gay!’ I said, ‘What?’ And then they showed me the statement. I almost choked on the kosher salami.”

Mr. Paladino, of course, had not become gay, but had announced that he wanted to clarify that he embraced gay rights and opposed discrimination. In explaining his views, Mr. Paladino and his aides noted that he had a gay nephew who worked for the campaign."

He discovered now he has a gay nephew? the Rabbi said. Mazel tov! We’ll make a coming-out party! Yeah right!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

LOGO Looking for HIV+ Athletes

LOGO is looking to find healthy, active & charismatic HIV+ male athletes to star in an upcoming PSA series to coincide with World AIDS Day.  The details are below.

Click the image to enlarge if it is hard to read.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Gay Pride Response to Carl Paladino

by Maurice Michaane

As a former Director of the NYC LGBTQ Pride March (Gay Pride Parade as most people call it) for 2 years, I took New York Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino’s recent comments about the LGBT community personally. Paladino’s comments on “Gay Pride Parades” and Gay people were completely and utterly shameful. More importantly, his incendiary and debasing comments have no place in a society that should value equality for all.

In 2003, I moved to NYC as a newly minted college graduate. That summer I volunteered for the NYC Pride March. Having never been to a gay pride march/parade prior to that, I was somewhat overwhelmed with emotions on my way to the event that day. I wasn’t sure what the experience would be like, how the onlookers would react, would there be any protesters, and would I have fun. I can honestly say, volunteering for a gay pride parade is something every person (gay or straight) should do in their lifetime. First and foremost, I learned that the NYC Pride March is one of the largest LGBTQ civil rights marches in the nation, hence why it is called a “march” and not a parade (until the day there is full equality for all LGBTQ individuals). NYC Pride 2003 was an amazing life experience for me in more ways than I can recount, but most importantly it helped me feel confident as an out and proud gay American. The network of friends I made, the diversity of the community and the millions of spectators of all walks of life were extremely reassuring for a timid 22 year old that just moved to the Big Apple.

welcome to the bronx

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Two Free Tix To See Dar Williams at City Winery

Hey QNYers, we've got two free tix to see Dar Williams at City Winery this Saturday. (Her Friday show is sold out.) Leave a comment by Thursday at noon with an email address if you'd like a chance at the tix.

I saw Dar Williams many moons ago when she opened for Joan Baez in Northampton.

Dar’s eighth studio album, Many Great Companions comes out Oct 12th (Razor & Tie). Disc 1 is an acoustic collection of her classics with musician friends like Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin, Motherlode, and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, who also produced the album.

The bonus disc, Best of Dar Williams, is a musical journey through Dar’s career, following Dar as she transforms from a folk singer just starting out to the seasoned musician she is today.

PS:  Also, she’ll be doing a little intimate performance of a few songs at Housing Works in Soho on Sunday at noon – a little nod to her coffee shop roots!

Update: Don't miss her Friday 12:30PM EST livestream session:

Kiss and Say Goodbye. An entirely different meaning of "tighty-whities"

One of the most inevitable aspects of riding the subways (New York or elsewhere), is the busking for bucks by individuals or groups. Want to "see" a collective, but silent groan? Look around when that loud scratchy voice begins "Ladies and gentlemen, I am not a drug addict, but..." The flip side is the enjoyable site of costumed Mariachi bands, holding hats and guitars as they run from their played-out car to a fresh one, or the flip-fantastic feats of b-boys, head-spinning with feet in the air, perfectly missing poles and people as they perform.
Delightfully unexpected this Saturday, Tony and I were on the way to Greenpoint mid-morning, when over the quiet murmur of the weekend workers on the 1 train came a high sweet voice, accurately sustaining and accenting the first word "I.....had to meet you here today..."
As four aged men shuffled through the car, they stumbled over the words and repeated phrases in the wrong order, but the quality wasn't important, the mid-70s flashback had begun, and the tune stayed with me the rest of the day.
Naturally, I wanted to see those giant collars and big-hair heads, and slow, uniformly precisioned steps and hand movements, but also to hear the breathy, quiet spoken-word confessional intro that sets the premise for the song. And then just had to share it. Enjoy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christine O'Donnell Gay Ad Parody

by Maurice Michaane


My Favorite Block in the City: West 10th Street Between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan

By West Village Bill

My favorite block in the city is one I routinely walk along on the way from my apartment to Union Square: West 10th Street between 5th and 6th avenues. It's my favorite mostly for a simple and shallow reason: It's so beautiful in terms of both architecture and greenery. And it feels like home: It's where I would be living now if I'd actually gotten together with that heart surgeon/gourmet chef with inherited Old Money that I was supposed to have met right after I first moved to the city. :-) Oh, and one more thing: hound-dog fence-post statuary!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Little Night Music 2.0 - A Review

Posted by David
I recently had the pleasure to attend a performance of the current revival of Stephen (can we just canonize him and be done with it?) Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music, performing at the Walter Kerr Theater.  The production originally opened starring Catherine Zeta-Jones along with Angela Lansbury.  These two leading ladies have left the production and their roles are now being assayed by Broadway veterans Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, respectively.

I did not see the production with original cast of Zeta-Jones and Lansbury, so I cannot compare the current incarnation to the previous, and perhaps that is for the best as I would have hated to have that little comparative voice whispering in my head throughout the performance and spoiling my fun.

The Divine Sister

"The Divine Sister" at the Soho Playhouse, September 20, 2010

Posted by Mondschein

Charles Busch returns to the NY stage with his latest effort, leading his mash-up tale of nuns in a Pittsburgh convent. The Divine Sister plumbs the borders of The Sound of Music, Agnes of God, Doubt, Song of Bernadette, and Nunsense wrapped up in a strong dose of Where Angels Go Trouble Follows.

The jokes are broader than the Hudson, and the "broads" are among the widest Mr. Busch has written to date.

The absurd plot, of a convent/school in early 1960s Pittsburgh on financial skids includes a new member, Sister Walburga (Alison Fraser), imported from Germany to help with fund-raising )or does she have a plan of her own??). Mother Superior (Mr. Busch) and her BFF and second in command, Sister Acacius (Julie Halston) have decided to approach the rich Jewish, agnostic widow, Mrs. Levinson (Jennifer Van Dyck) to donate her home to the order until a new school can be built. One problem facing the order is that the postulant Agnes (Amy Rutberg) has a tendency toward miracles, healings and stigmata-ism, bringing unwanted publicity. Like any good catholic story, there are multiple mother-child relationships hidden behind secret adoptions, accented by occasion musical numbers dubbed as badly as any Italian western out there, and a couple of flashback scenes to Mother Superior's previous life as a crime reporter in the 1940s. Plots twist and all is revealed to a comic effect only conceivable by Mr. Busch - a lost book of the bible, the Gospel of Saint Gladys which tells the story of the Jesus' sister Joyce - the titular Divine Sister. Brilliant!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Lennon's 70th Birthday. Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

Early in the morning and the crowd had already begun to swell.
More photos, and video of the crowd singing "I Should Have Known Better", after the break.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant

Is this not the best thing built in New York City in the last 5 years?

Even with all the starchitect-designed luxury condos that sprouted up along the Hudson and East River waterfronts before the crash, this sewage treatment plant on the shore of the (recently superfunded) toxic sludge pool - quaintly called Newtown Creek, is still the most exciting architectural surprise in the city. I have never been inside, but Open House New York weekend approaches, and plans have been made to tour the "digester eggs".
In anticipation, I dug up some photos I took during previous pilgrimages to this Polshek Partnership (now "Ennead") award winning stunner, New York City's largest waste water treatment plant.

From Long Island City looking across the Newtown Creek.
Lots more photos after the jump; Embiggen them all for full screen display and detail.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Joey Arias in Concert this weekend!

Go see Joey Arias in Concert this weekend at the Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, October 8 and 9 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25 and well worth every penny.

I saw Joey's birthday show last Saturday.  I was completely blown away.  Joey's voice is an incredible whiskey soprano.  His band for this show is more than just good--they're on the cutting edge.  The guitarist in particular brought a style that I've never heard before.  When he and Joey start vamping together, trading musical growls and squeaks, you'll marvel at hearing something that sounds genuinely fresh and unique, at least to my ear.  The lighting design, while spare, was interesting and did a good job of showing off the bizarrely fascinating costumes, one of which is entirely unexpected.  And on top of all that, Mx. Arias effortlessly delivers in high heels that look taller than some stilts.

Most of all, Joey knows how to enrapture an audience.  No matter whether the song was upbeat, slow and sad, or just off the wall--I couldn't look away and didn't want it to end.  Newer and younger performers would do well to emulate his classic demeanor while telling stories and interacting with the audience--somehow Joey is self-deprecating with pride, filthy with decorum, catty with love, and vulnerable with grace and strength. 

I became a fan when I saw Arias with a Twist, and now I may become a groupie.  Earl Dax pads his reputation for producing solid events, and Joey Arias and his band deliver one of the most musically innovative concerts I've heard in years.  Don't miss it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gramercy Tavern and Pure Food and Wine

By West Village Bill

I enjoyed memorable dinners this week at two highly sophisticated yet decidedly comfortable restaurants in the vicinity of Union Square: Gramercy Tavern and Pure Food and Wine.

On Sunday, Bob, Jen, Tony, and I had dinner at Gramercy Tavern to celebrate my birthday, which was earlier in September, and Bob's birthday, which is early this month. Last year, when Bob and I both turned 40, I gave him a bottle of 1969 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We said then we'd have to go to a fancy restaurant sometime soon and see whether the bottle of wine had held up as well as us. Or at least me. Ha!

It took us almost a year, but we finally had that dinner, thanks to Jen's initiative. (J&B have young kids, so it was always easier to eat pizza and everyday red wine at their place.) Jen sent an e-mail to Bob and me four weeks ago with the subject "'69 was a very good year": "sept 25 is about in the middle of your birthdays. let's say we go out and drink some 41-year-old wine? invite tony and we'll have a wild and crazy time." Gramercy Tavern has a strict "no wild and crazy time" policy, but we still had a wonderful evening. A day later than that planned date because GT was filled up on that Saturday.