Monday, February 27, 2012

Audition For "A Letter From The Bishop"

If you are in Manhattan March 8-13 and would like to audition for a role in the NYC reading of my play "A Letter From The Bishop" (or if you know someone you think could read a gay priest or bishop,) leave your name and contact info as a comment on this post. I will not publish that comment (it will remain confidential), but I will receive your info and will contact you.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stephen Petronio at the Joyce

Next week, Stephen Petronio, my favorite modern dance choreographer, again collaborates with my favorite classical contemporary composer/arranger/musician/opinionated blogger/adventurous eater, Nico Muhly. Just bought my tickets. And if you've never seen his dance company before, you'd better get yours soon, since it's sure to sell out.

The evening's program includes a world premier "The Architecture of Loss"- with original music by Valgeir Sigurðsson collaborating with Nico Muhly, along with 2002's "City of Twist" billed as "a love letter to New York City in the aftermath of 9/11", featuring music by Laurie Anderson (another of my favorites!). Also, a special treat: the first-ever revival of "Intravenous Lecture" (1970), conceived by contemporary dance legend Steve Paxton and performed by Stephen Petronio. (Steve Paxton is sited by Mr. Petronio as one of his earliest inspirations.)

The Vimeo teaser shows Petronio in the studio working with his dancers on "The Architecture of Loss", with the Sigurðsson music in the background. Watch it full screen.

Stephen Petronio Company and The Architecture of Loss from Blake Martin on Vimeo.

Friday, February 24, 2012

"Is This Love" By Stacey Jackson

Although she doesn’t have any NYC tour dates at the moment, something tells me that some will be added as soon as we get to know Stacey Jackson who has a huge gay following elsewhere. She’s performed at multiple pride parades in many different countries and her gay fans have propelled her up the charts in the UK. She’s been an outspoken LGBT ally and advocate. And younger female pop singers can only wish to look and sound as good as this momma. QNY, ahead of the curve with Stacey Jackson!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

By West Village Bill

On Monday and Tuesday of last week, I caught the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. I've been recording and watching it on TV for years, but work has always prevented me from going in person. This year, the production schedule for the magazine I help edit fell in such a way that I was able to go. Woot!

The show is held over two days, always around Valentine's Day. The first day, the breeds in four groups are judged from the morning into early afternoon, and that night, the Best of Breed winners are judged to determine the group winners. As luck would have it, the two breeds I was most interested in seeing—the basset hound and the Pembroke Welsh corgi—were both being judged in the same ring starting at 8:30 on Monday. My partner and I have a basset named Rudy, and we used to have a corgi named Emme. (I ran a photo of Rudy and Emme on QNY a little over a year ago.) We had to have Emme put to sleep in September at the age of 16 after she lost control of her bladder and bowels.

There were only four bassets in the running for Best of Breed. The one all the way to the left in the photo below was the winner: GCH Fort Merrill Topsfield Yahoo, who's called Yahoo.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Watch My New Play On Livestream

I have written a play about three gay priests and a bishop who is against marriage equality.
The first public reading will be Monday, Feb 13th, 7PM EST. You can watch it here, or you can use this address: I will schedule this post to go live at 6:30PM so you can settle in and endure the introductions, ads etc before we begin. Please login to Livestream to comment during the reading!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


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"Assistance" at Playwrights Horizons, February 9, 2012

Traveling familiar ground, the latest offering at the very consistent Playwrights Horizons is Leslye Headland's Assistance, about the struggling underclass of capitalist serfs, suffering at the hands of an unseen tyrant.  In this case the invisible antagonist is Daniel Weisinger, a highly volatile agent/representative (Barry Diller-like, perhaps?) in an unnamed industry, who wields fear, loathing and admiration from a series of put-upon administrative assistants.  At the top of the play, Vince, a slick and smarmy Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, celebrates the last day of his sentence before stepping up into a coveted "director" role (also undefined).  Following him up the corporate ladder is Nick, a likable Michael Esper, who takes on the part of chief torturer among the cadre of assistants.  Advancement comes at a high price.  Even Vince has to knuckle under to Daniel vagaries in his last moments as servant.

Last day to see Hide/Seek at The Brooklyn Museum of Art

"Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" 

The baadlamb was there, and he partook:

baad lamb edit: I went two different days. My first visit, the show was nearly empty, which allowed me great contemplation and reflexion, the second day a week later was quite stuffed, creating a communal (un)square dance as art lovers of all persuasions do-si-doed their way across the crowded rooms.

Here's hoping everyone has already been to see this, but if not, you must read C-Monster's "Four reasons to go see Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum", then put your coat on and grab your metro card. The museum is open till 6 PM tonight.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Discount Ticket Offer - "Assistance"


Regular run:  February 3-March 11
Tues 7, Wed-Fri at 8, Sat at 2:30 & 8, Sun at 2:30 & 7:30
Additional Monday evening perf February 27 at 7

Order by Feb. 21 and use the code HELPMEBLOG
$40 (reg. $70) for all performances Feb 3-19
$50 (reg. $70) for all other performances Feb 21-Mar 11

Call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 Noon to 8PM daily
In Person: Ticket Central Box Office, 416 W. 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Avenues
30&Under Party February 16 following the performance
All non-member tickets $25.  Use code PARTY.  Proof of age required at door.
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Psycho Therapy

"Psycho Therapy" at Cherry Lane Theatre, February 6, 2012

In its return to regular programming for the 2011-2012 season, Cherry Lane Theatre brings us Frank Strausser's new comedy.  It's a bit fluffy, and could easily have been adapted into an episode of Frasier.  Actually, that might have been a better idea.

In this intermissionless, 90 minute, four-hander, we meet early-middle-aged Lily (Angelica Page), torn between the good-on-paper Philip (Laurence Lau) and the much younger and significantly richer Dorian (Jeffrey Carlson), all during couples therapy with psychologist Nancy (Jan Leslie Harding). Neuroses abound, from Nancy's chocolate fetish, to Lily's inability to choose, to Philip's fear of commitment to Dorian's fear of being alone.

Friday, February 3, 2012

QNY Recommends Amanda Lepore

As always, she's doin' it her way! QNY will be bringing you news about Amanda in the near future.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

united in anger - trailer

a new documentary called United in Anger: A History of ACT UP opens the moma's documentary film festival on february 16th.  click on the link for the film's website for trailer and ticket information.

United in Anger - Link

Author Edmund White Has Had A Stroke

By Tony Adams

Two months after writer Edmund White suffered a stroke, he and his partner Michael carroll talk to me about how that stroke has altered their life. This is my report for I like these two men immensely.
The writers Edmund White and Michael Carroll said, “We have not discussed it. We are not big on discussion. Everything is a tacit discussion.”
Such was their first response to the suggestion that White’s having suffered a stroke might have upset their 17-year partnership, enduring companionship, and deep affection for each other—a mutual devotion that rings clearly between the lines of their description of the medical emergency and its aftermath.

QNY Recommends Adam Tyler

QNY will be bringing you news about Adam Tyler in the near future. Here's his "Like A Drug" video.