The Red Ball New York

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In celebration of World AIDS Day, The NYC Department of Heath is hosting the Red Ball at BPM (516 w 42nd Street) on Monday, December 1st.  The Health Department, in conjunction with the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, will unveil a new report that shows new HIV diagnoses are at an all-time low.

 

From 6pm-11pm, the Health Department will host a free World AIDS Day event to give New Yorkers the opportunity to learn more about HIV/AIDS. Inspired by New York City¹s House Ballroom culture, the Health Department and its community partners will host The RED (Remembering/Empowering/Doing) Ball. This special event will feature a live musical performance by Ana Matronic, DJ Seth Ninja, DJ Sammy Jo, DJ Byrell and Symba, a World AIDS Day themed fashion show, free HIV testing, condoms and HIV prevention/treatment information.

 

On World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS Pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

Evening Event: BPM at The OUT Hotel, 6PM-11PM

Inspired by New York City¹s House Ballroom culture, the Health Department and its community partners will host The RED (Remembering/Empowering/Doing) Ball. This special event will feature a live musical performance by Ana Matronic, a World AIDS Day themed fashion show, free HIV testing, condoms and HIV prevention/treatment information.

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#We Are All Clean HIV Challenge

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THIS IS BRILLIANT!

Could this be the HIV equivalent to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? We think so. The concept is the brainchild of well-known HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth who has partnered with Moovz, the leading global gay social app, to launch the project. It’s genius in its simplicity. We are now a selfie-obsessed culture and Mackenroth urges everyone to take a special selfie for an important cause.

“I was inspired by the use of the word ‘clean’, especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow ‘dirty'”, says Mackenroth. “I thought a PG or PG-13 shower selfie or Vine video would be a fun way that everyone could easily show their support on social media for finding a cure by using the hashtag #weareALLclean when they post their photo with the link. They then nominate 3 other people to participate and hopefully donate to the project as well.”

The goal of the campaign is to raise 1 million dollars to stop the epidemic and help find a cure and the campaign will be ongoing indefinitely. Donate here. All donations received will be donated to Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization fighting on the front lines to end AIDS and homelessness, not just in New York but globally by 2030. The CDC estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in the US living with HIV and over 35 million people around the world.

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“As someone who has been living with HIV for 25 years this is very personal to me.” Mackenroth adds, “There is current urgency for funding as we have new treatments that maintain viral suppression and render HIV-positive individuals virtually non-transmissible. Those same treatments can be given to HIV-negative individuals and protect them from infection. Essentially we already have the tools to stop the epidemic from spreading. Exciting new research is bringing us closer to a real cure for AIDS every day. ”

The campaign will launch within Moovz because of the app’s high user engagement rates and it’s history of successful international LGBT social media campaigns. Mackenroth is known as a social media powerhouse in his own right but he is also enlisting many of his “social media superstar” friends to get the campaign off the ground.

Actor, model, singer and social media stud, Chris Salvatore is igniting the campaign from Los Angeles after joining forces with Moovz as well. “It’s time to erase the stigma and unite as a global community. Regardless of your gender or sexual identity—no matter what age, color, size or shape you are, you should be part of this project! Let’s all be one loud, united voice in support of awareness, education, treatment and research for a cure.” says Salvatore. “And have fun with it. Be funny, sexy or silly. Who doesn’t want to see people in the shower soaping up for a good cause?”

“I truly hope this campaign goes viral—no pun intended.” Mackenroth quips.

The campaign launches between now and World AIDS Day, December 1st and is ongoing until the goal is reached. The hope is that there will be traction in the following weeks so that people know about the campaign on World AIDS Day and change their profile photos to show support.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Take a selfie or Vine video of yourself in the shower.** NO EXPLICIT NUDITY**

2) Post your photo now on Moovz and all social media platforms with the caption “Take HIV Shower Selfie Challenge raise $$ for AIDS cure bit.ly/CUREAIDS #weareALLclean

3) Nominate 3 or more other people to participate!

4) (Optional) DONATE!! Please consider a small donation if you are able. Every penny counts! bit.ly/CUREAIDS

5) On World AIDS Day (or before) : Monday, December 1st, please change all your social media profile pix to your shower selfie photo and spread the word!!

New York Pier 55 Project

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GOTHAMIST has the scoop on Pier 55 this week!

A crumbling old Hudson River pier once used by ocean liners like the Lusitania will be torn down and replaced by a 2.7 acre park on the water featuring rolling hills and an outdoor amphitheater. Mayor de Blasio is expected to reveal further details about the park at a press conference this morning, but the Hudson River Park Trust has revealed that the park will be largely financed by a foundation formed by the billionaire couple Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg.

“New York has always reminded me of Venice, so I am happy the time has come to properly honor its waterways,” Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement. “What better than a park on the city’s western bank to rest, watch a sunset or a performance?” The talented producer Scott Rudin, theater directors George Wolfe and Stephen Daldry, and British theater executive Kate Horton will oversee the performance spaces, with Diller pledging to fund cultural events there for 20 years.

 

Read more and see all the cool pictures!

4 Moons in New York City

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The Mexican LGBT drama Four Moons (Cuatro Lunas) will be playing at The Quad on November 21, 2014  in New York City! (Available on DVD/VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant) December 2, 2014).

 

Directed by Sergio Tovar Velarde, Four Moons stars Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, César Ramos, Gustavo Egelhaaf, Alonso Echánove, and Juan Manuel Berna. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The film tells four different stories about love and self-acceptance: a boy secretly attracted to his male cousin; two college students starting a secret relationship; a couple wasted due to the arrival of another man; and an old man dazzled over a young male prostitute.

4 Moons has won several Film Festival Awards and is a beautiful film!

 

THE GAYS movie by T.S. Slaughter

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Campy, Vulgar and FUN!  The GAYS   have arrived!

Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had.

Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!

 

 

The film is New York City-based T.S. Slaughter’s new gay-themed dark comedy“The Gays” (USA, 2014, 73 minutes). “The Gays” is T.S.’s second feature film, following his campy horror comedy, Skull & Bones (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

The tagline of “The Gays — “The family that gays together, stays together” — sums up Slaughter’s satirical take on television sitcoms and cartoons of past decades based on American nuclear families ranging from the normal to the bizarre. Some other key features of the film:

 

  • “The Gays” is twisted, irreverent, and raunchy, appealing at once to gay men ages 18-80, young urban hipsters, and fans of edgy indie cinema generally.
  • The film’s outlandish Christmas scene positions “The Gays” to become cult classic viewing – and an unusual gift – for the winter holidays.
  • All the music in the film is performed by the filmmakers and their associates——and some of it is brand new.  In fact, the theme song was composed specifically for “The Gays.”
  • Lead actors Chris Tanner (Bob Gay-Paris) and Frank Holliday (Rod Gay) have both been well-known visual artists in New York City since the 70s; moreover, back then they were actually boyfriends – 30 years before reuniting to portray a married couple in “The Gays.”
  • Both Chris Tanner and Eugene the Poogene (He-Suk) are regularly featured performers at New York City’s LaMama Experimental Theater Company.

 

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THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.

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Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.

— T. S. Slaughter

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Christmas with the Crawfords in New York

 

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HOW FABULOUS IS THIS?!

                            Christmas with the Crawfords

STARRING JOEY ARIAS & CHRIS MARCH

ABRONS THEATER

466 GRAND AVE. NEW YORK, NY

GET TICKETS NOW!

David Mixner OH HELL NO

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Legendary civil rights activist and author David Mixner  premiered Oh Hell No!, an evening autobiographical storytelling, in a special one-night-only event last night.   Oh Hell No! will benefit Point Foundation. Amy and Jeff Towers will present the evening, which will be produced by Tim Ranney.

If we’re lucky, the show, which was directed by Stephen Brackett and musically directed by Mat Eisenstein and deserves to be seen by a wide audience, will make it to video and/or broadcast.

Among those taking in the sold-out 90-minute show were Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank Fred Hochberg, DNC treasurer Andy Tobias, Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims, NYC Councilman Corey Johnson, Jane and Joe Clementi – the parents of the late Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, presenters Amy and Jeff Towers, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, political consultant Bob Shrum and Marylouise Oates, photographer Nigel Barker, actor Alan Cumming, Athlete Ally’s Hudson Taylor, political consultant and pundit Hilary Rosen, producer Bruce Cohen, actor Rory O’Malley, Broadway producer Hal Luftig, ESPN contributor LZ Granderson, author and blogger Kenneth Walsh, and actress Judith Light, a board member of the Point Foundation, who offered a gracious, poignant, and humorous introduction.

My Gay Roommate Party @ Eagle

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Tuesday Oct 28th
MY GAY ROOMMATE

will be holding their official Wrap Party starting at 7:30pm at their favorite leather bar, The Eagle NYC.

What a journey it’s been!  With MGR recently surpassing 3,000,000 hits, this past year has been a huge one for our team, and we’re so excited to end this season with a bang!!!  Presenting:  “My Gay Roommate – Partners in Crime

Nick and Ed aren’t coping well with Jack’s (the Cowboy) departure, and the Monster takes drastic action to set them on the right course.  But will he succeed?  At a crossroads in their relationship, the boys have to decide what’s to become of their friendship after the crazy year they’ve spent together. Climaxed with an original song by lyrcist-composer team Carner & Gregor, the season ends in a flourish of love, friendship and ecstatic gayness.

Stop by the Eagle on the 28th!  They will be screening the  final episode, dancing, and making some exciting announcements about the future of the show!

Daddies, music, and drinksies oh my, it’s gonna by gAy+!

Would love to see you there!!

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Twitter: @MrNoamAsh        @carnerandgregor

Facebook:  Facebook.com/MyGayRoommate

Casper Andreas KISS ME KILL ME

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While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend was murdered and he’s the prime suspect.

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style “Who-done-it” set in a little town called West Hollywood.

The fantastic film maker CASPER ANDREAS  is back again! An accomplished filmmaker who got his start in 2003 when he wrote, directed, and produced the short film “Mormor’s Visit” as well as his first feature, the romantic comedy “Slutty Summer” (in which he also stars). In the following years Casper produced and directed another five feature films (three of which he also wrote): “A Four Letter Word” (2007),”Between Love & Goodbye” (2008), “The Big Gay Musical” (2009), “Violet Tendencies” (2010), and “Going Down in LA-LA Land” (2011). Casper co-starred in the last two. Casper has collected multiple awards at film festivals around the world for each of his films.

 

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AN AMAZING CAST has been assembled  for  his new project, KISS ME, KILL ME!  Model / actor  Matthew  Ludwinski, Queer As Folk’s Gale HaroldMichael  Maize   from True Blood,  International Superstar  Willam,  and many more!

 

This movie is a passion project. Every single person both before and behind the camera is involved because we believe in it. We are a small group, with a small film, and we want to make this movie for a small amount of money.

Our risks and challenges will be enormous. Even though that is true of every film production, at every budget, the smaller the budget the greater the challenges. Actors can drop out, locations can become unavailable. Pretty much anything that can go wrong in life can go wrong while making a small movie. But our team has a lot of experience in film production and overcoming the various obstacles that will inevitably arise.

And we have passion!

We believe that passion plus experience will equal a great little movie that will, with your help, come together to truly be something special.

This is going to be a great creative adventure.

With your support, there is no challenge too great or risk to large – and KISS ME, KILL ME will then be coming soon to a theater near you!

They need  $100,000   and  are 1/3  of the way there!

VISIT KICKSTARTER  and read more! 

Model Actor Mark MacKillop ROOM FOURTEEN

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Mark MacKillop is a singer actor dancer. Originally from Vancouver he studied ballet in Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts and spent summers training with the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York, both on full scholarship. After three years dancing with the Atlanta Ballet Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theatre and just finished a year on tour playing Riff with the international production of West Side Story – which leads us to this story about Mark!

Earlier this year, our good friend Michael Cavnaugh, founder of HEROnews.org and HIVhero.org interviews the very talented and handsome Mark MacKillop – the Broadway HERO of the month. Mark talks about his international tour of West Side Story, Broadway Bares, his struggle to become a performer and so much more. This man is an inspiration, smart sexy and a great guy- please check it out here!

From Huffington Post: New York performer Mark MacKillop offers musical theater fans a provocative peek at the offstage life of a working actor in his coffee table book, Rm. XIV.

The new book comprises 80 black-and-white selfies of MacKillop in various stages of undress, shot in various hotel rooms around the world while he was in the midst of an international tour of “West Side Story” last year.

Though the steamy images will no doubt set pulses racing, MacKillop sees Rm. XIV as capturing “physicality, composition, reflection” as opposed to being intentionally scintillating.

“I had just finished a year touring all over Europe and Israel with the international production of West Side Story. During the course of my time abroad i started taking pictures of myself in each hotel room I stayed in. This quickly became a staple of my experience on tour.”

“ Surprisingly traveling around with 30 cast members and a 30 piece orchestra left me feeling incredibly isolated and at times lonely. I used the photos as a way of connecting with friends who I was separated from to give them a unique, intimate look at my life on the road,” MacKillop, who originally hails from Canada, told The Huffington Post. Noting that he shot all of the images on his iPhone with a self-timer app, – which are REALLY  REALLY  GOOD!!  “I definitely wouldn’t call myself a photographer. I would just call myself an artist exploring in various mediums.”

MacKillop, who is openly gay, said the photos also represent a very personal journey, and were partly inspired by Tom of Finland in addition to his own ballet and modern dance training.

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A very successful kickstarter campaign was launched and the book was printed!

(Photo Right : is from one of the MANY fashion shoots Mark has done. Photographer Walter Kurtz Emporio Armani Underwear. See more on Pinterest.)

 

 

Having performed in the 2014 installment of “Broadway Bares,” MacKillop will donate a portion of the proceeds from Rm. XIV to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). In addition, the book will feature an introduction by Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter and a foreword authored by New York artist Robert W. Richards.

You can read more about Rm. XIV here. BUY THE BOOK!

Sneak Peak Video on YouTube

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Twitter @mark_mackillop
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On a side note…..

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OCTOBER  19th!   Please support  this event!   $20 tickets.  Other donations  on Indigo.

The best of both worlds performing together.

Featuring performances from the brightest stars from Broadway and Ballet.

Honoring The Actors Fund, Tony Award Winner, Jerry Mitchell and Ballet Star, Stephen Hanna

A benefit for HERO – HIV Experience Resources Organization.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

42 West, 516 West 42nd Street, NYC

8–10 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

 

Purchase Tickets $20 General Admission – Premium seating $100  – Tables of Ten

 

 

New York Gay Singer Nick Deutsch

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SEXY New York based singer/songwriter Nick Deutsch  releases  the music video for “Run,” the lead single off his EP Crazy Ride. In it, Deutsch chronicles the heartbreak he felt in the lead-up to and aftermath of a relationship breakup with another man.

Deutsch  said in  a blog post on his website about why he felt it was important to come out as member of the LGBTQ community with the video’s release:

I believe that regardless of career, being open is still very much a big deal, although I do appreciate and empathize with the over-arching view that “it’s no longer a big deal to be gay.” Even with Sam Smith sitting tall at the billboard top ten, we are sorely in need of supportive voices to counter the awful statistics and narratives that have historically plagued the LGBTQ community. It feels ridiculous to consider portraying myself as anything but confident with who I am as a gay man, especially within the wider context of the enormous social changes that have occurred.

  Because I’m blessed to be in a position to have a voice, I consider it an honor to be different. The deeply understood reality of this quick, short life has resolved me to live it on my terms and not be ignorant to the reality that most of human suffering is tied to flexible beliefs. I’m not pushing my sexuality in anyone’s face as much as I’m being who I am. I’m not a gay songwriter as much as I’m a songwriter who happens to be gay. In regards to “Run,” I put a male actor in my video because the song was written about one. I fell in love with a boy and got my heart broken, so that’s what you’ll see.

 

WATCH  THE VIDEO

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New York’s Paige Turner

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#WINNING    New York’s  Paige Turner has developed a huge following over the years and now is a fixture in NY’s  Night Life scene.

We first saw her about 3 years ago at the now closed VLADA. Now, she has done so much in the city! Splash, The Ritz, Therapy….Paige is also  host of “So You Think You Can Drag” at New World Stages showcasing the hottest new queens on the scene with celebrity judges that have included Adam Lambert, Charles Busch and Julie Halston.

Sunday  nights at Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen, Paige  continues her popular long “SLURP!” show. She did  the 200th show of her popular Sunday night soiree “Slurp!”

She told EDGE, “Slurp! is the baby that I nurse,” she says. “If you are lucky enough to work full time in drag, you have your one big show. It’s the show that I tell people who have never seen me to go to first. It’s not that I don’t put in the same energy at other shows, it’s just the one where right away you’d get me.”

Paige Turner’s show-stopping seasonal drag competition So You Think You Can Drag dominates the Thursday night midtown scene in the lower floors of the New World Stages on 50th Street every Thursday night @ 11 p.m.

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Hunks and Hounds by Mike Ruiz

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Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, is the organization behind a genius calendar that combines handsome shirtless men with adorable, adoptable doggies.

The 2015 calendar, fittingly called “Hunks and Hounds,” benefits Louie’s Legacy financially and also promotes animal welfare.

“The message of the calendar is that we should all be kind to animals and protect them from harm,” says Mike Ruiz, a celebrity photographer who shot the calendar’s images.

Ruiz is well-known for LGBT advocacy on top of his animal rescue work. And he’s appeared in front of the camera himself for the Show Your Soft Side anti-cruelty campaign, with his much-loved, very spoiled pit bull Oliver, who was adopted in 2012.

“I can’t imagine a life without him,” Ruiz says.

For those wondering one final question: Yes, it is possible that some of the human Hunks and Hounds models are also available.

“As far as I know, and I know a lot, they are all single,” says Ruiz. “I just hope that people enjoy the images, and that they are reminded daily that adopting and loving an animal is the most humane thing a person can do. I hope we sell a million so that Louie’s Legacy can broaden their services to be able to help more dogs find forever homes.”

Order your Hunks and Hounds calendar at Louieslegacy.org and check out more Louie’s Legacy adoptable animals on Facebook.

 

Eternity – The Movie October 17

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EXPERIENCE THE 80’S WITH
MUSICAL COMEDY
ETERNITY: THE MOVIE

 

“Note perfect…Strikes just the right chord.” – Fanboy Planet

“Seriously hard-core tongue in cheek love card to the 1980s.” – Frontiers LA

Get ready to laugh to the max for all of eternity.” – Content Magazine

With a cast of hot newcomers and veteran character actors, VFRPR and Sidecar Productions are bringing Eternity: The Movie to theater screens in all of its 80’s glory beginning October 17th in New York at the AMC Empire 25, October 24th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, with additional markets across North America to follow.

Regrettable fashion, synthesized riffs, and power ballads dominate the 1985 music scene. That’s when Todd Lucas, a young and talented musician, moves to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big. Searching for someone to share his passion for smooth R&B music, Todd meets up with BJ Fairchild, a cocky loner who is convinced his life is more glamorous than it is.

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The two musicians have big dreams but little future until their best friend, Gina Marie, gets them the break of a lifetime. Fate brings them together, love tears them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss redefine their genre. Todd and BJ epitomize the awkwardness of an era while becoming R&B’s most mediocre duo… Eternity.

The film features performances from a mix of rising stars such singer/actor Barrett Crake (Bruno and Earline Go To Vegas), Myko Olivier (TV’s “Castle”), acclaimed vocalist Nikki Leonti (Nikki & Rich, TV’s “Glee”) and cult favorites John Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Real Genius, The Monster Squad), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, TV’s “Cagney and Lacey”) and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Star 80, The Dark Knight), whose role as the duo’s fey store manager Frontiers LA called “worth the price of admission alone”.

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Limo Service – Where ever You Are

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A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

They will find the perfect vehicle for that special occasion. A-List/Midwest Limousine Service has put together special VIP packages for you. Book your personal, premium limousine in over 500 locations worldwide, irrespective of whether you need a limousine in New York, but also Chicago,California, or overseas.

As well as a first-class, customized service, you and your guests will be provided with an experienced and reliable chauffeur for use around the clock. This chauffeur service is able to reliably coordinate a schedule or route change even if at the last minute, thus saving time, and bringing you, the customer, to your destination punctually.

In renting a limousine from us, you open up a world of possibilities. Our special event service will safely transport you and your business partners in luxurious mini-vans and coaches to trade shows, conventions and festivals. For special occasions like weddings or gala dinners, your luxury stretch limousine wedding car is ready for you from the same category. Of course the excellent chauffeur service is also provided to you by the A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

 

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Outstanding vehicles from Lincoln MKT, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Chrysler offer the desired luxury you deserve as a business traveler or celebrity. The A-List/Midwest Limousine Service allows you to experience an uncomplicated but sophisticated way of renting a limousine across the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reservation Phone: 800-729-5110

Gay vs. Straight in West Village

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What is going on in the West Village?

Gay people made that neighborhood what it is, now the non gay people want us out!

From Towelroad  A restaurant in the  West Village, has begun selling a passive-aggressively flavored, “straight” ice cream seemingly in response to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop just down the street. What makes Gallo Nero’s ice cream straighter than other ice creams is unclear, but the patrons of the restaurant are certain of Gallo Nero’s homophobia.

“They have their own way, we have our own way,” a manager who asked to remain anonymous told the Gothamist when asked whether Gallo Nero’s straight ice cream was a social statement. “What’s the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want.”

Gallo Nero, a NYC restaurant down the street from the West Village’s well-known Big Gay Ice Cream shop, has removed a sign from its window advertising ‘Big STRAIGHT Ice Cream’ after it was brought to the neighborhood’s and the internet’s attention.

AMNY reports that the manager at Gallo Nero, which had responded earlier this week to the controversy with the statement “No statement. We are letting New York City speak on our behalf,” is now speaking on the restaurant’s behalf.

Says the manager now: “No, no, no more straight ice cream here. It doesn’t work in the West Village. Gay and proud.”

 

SEVERAL DAYS AGO….On Sunday, September 13th the gay rights group “Night Life Activist,” in association with Boots and Saddle Bar, held a rally to oppose what they call a “gross display of bigotry” from community members that showed up to a CB 2’s hearing on Tuesday, September 9th.

Gay and drag bar Boots and Saddle is being forced to move after 40 years in the same neighborhood due to a rent hike. They are looking to stay within the same neighborhood, which is also home of the gay rights movement: The West Village.

During the hearing for the liquor license transfer for the historical bar, community members voiced their opinions by saying “What about the children walking by,” in reference to exposing children to drag performers. Other remarks included: “We would really like to see you find a home, but we believe this is not the place,” as well as, “I could not think of a worse application for this enclave”. – Why the Hell did you move into a gay neighborhood?  Oh that’s right, we made it fabulous and now you want us out!

At the rally, speakers included Bill Madison: writer and activist. Madison stated, “If it was not for the thousands of gay men who passed away in the 80’s from the AIDS epidemic, you would not have a vacant apartment to create your ‘enclave.'” Frostie Flakes, the drag queen, activist, coordinator, and speaker of the rally demanded through her megaphone, “Being told it’s not okay for a child to see a drag queen is the kind of hate that leads to high suicide and hate crime rates. You’re basically saying it’s not okay to be yourself. We’re here today to send the message that hate and bigotry toward the community that started your enclave will NOT be tolerated!”Onlooker Joseph Guman stated, “The entire city of New York is a grid of streets. Except when you get to The Village. It becomes a tangled web of paths that allow different communities and neighborhoods to come together. Why is there not enough room for you AND our LGBT community?”

After the rally all participants marched around The Village and, specifically, right by the place the desired location for Boots and Saddle Bar, chanting “We were here first,” and “1,2,3,4, bigotry has to hit the door” In response to the very words of the community member, they chanted, “Who’s enclave?! Our enclave!”

HERO Awards Broadway and Ballet

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The best of both worlds performing together.

Featuring performances from the brightest stars from Broadway and Ballet.

A benefit for HERO – HIV Experience Resources Organization.

Honoring The Actors Fund.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

42 West, 516 West 42nd Street, NYC

8–10 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Purchase Tickets $20 General Admission – Premium seating $100  – Tables of Ten

 

The awards are given to those organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community.  The event will screen short tribute videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees and organizations.

Talent participating in Broadway and Ballet will include: Michael Leon Wooley (Broadway – The Plant – Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Music Man, Five Guys Named Moe, the voice of Louis – Walt Disney’s The Princess and the Frog), Stephen Hanna (Broadway – On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle Dancer at New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (Broadway  – All Shook Up, Chicago,” “American in Paris”) ABT, World Ballet Gold Medalist), Patrick Boyd (Me and My Girl, “Grease” and starring in the upcoming movie, “Touch: A Love Story”), Kelly King (“Silver Seagull” Award for best international singer at the Viña Del Mar International Song Festival, top 20 recording artist), Sean Stewart (ABT Ballet), Alina Fay (ABT Ballet alumni), Marty Thomas and The Divas, (Broadway – Wicked, The Secret GardenXanadu),  Russell  Brown, (Irish historian , harpist and Irish dance sensation), and many surprise celebrity guests.

The first HERO Awards Broadway and Ballet will be hosted in order to honor the individuals and collectives that have helped HERO become a valuable resource where those afflicted by HIV/AIDS can find the information and help they need. Our event aims to showcase the brightest in the ballet and Broadway worlds while also screening short tribute videos for the recipients of our HERO awards The awards are given to those individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community. Top talent from the Broadway and ballet worlds, will be in attendance to entertain YOU! There will be five awards presented. The Broadway HERO Award, presented to Jerry Mitchell (on availability), in honor of a Broadway artist who has helped the HIV/AIDS community by promoting awareness.

The Ballet Hero, presented to Ballet Star, Stephen Hanna, who has also gone above and beyond for the community. The HERO Partner Award, presented to The Actor’s Fund, is to acknowledge our partner, who has distinguished itself by assisting those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The Super HERO award, will be given to a corporation that has shown outstanding advocacy for both the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. And a special award given to Stephen Lessard from Orrick who helped us to gain our 501 (3) (c) status.
YOUR HELP:
To produce this event, we need your help. There are many costs associated with putting on an event of this magnitude. Although we have many volunteers, and no one is paid at HERO, we are hoping for your support to help us pay for venue costs and promotion materials including: posters, postcards and donation envelops, press kit production, promotion and PR assistance.  Go to  INDIE GOGO
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:
Although we have been fighting the spread and helping people with HIV/AIDS for more than five years, we have not ever done a national media event to let people know about the resources we offer. In addition to valuable local, national and international resources and tools, we provide a large amount of video content, celebrity support and coverage for many other HIV/AIDS related charities. We also put the latest news regarding HIV/AIDS from the World AIDS Map which is updated weekly under NEWS.

 


 

ABOUT HERO:
HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 2009 by Michael Cavnaugh, former vice president of Event Presentation at Madison Square Garden. HERO helps people find the most pressing, up-to-date information available critical to their heath. HERO’s Websites, HIVhero.org and HEROnews.org, provide local, national and international resources and interactive tools which provide assistance in:
· finding doctors
· getting medication
· mental health counseling
· housing
· financial assistance
· insurance
and much more. We also serve as a portal site providing free content and promoting the services, activities and fundraising efforts of our partner organizations including: Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, The Actors Fund, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The LBGT Center and Housing works.
HERO produces celebrity interviews and event coverage that support the services, activities and events of our partners. These videos are filmed and edited in-house and provided to partner organizations and the media open free of charge. Celebrity interviews discussing safe sex, and healthy living with HIV/AIDS, have been conducted with Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Bomer, Angela Lansbury, Neil Patrick Harris, Bebe Neuwirth, Alley Sheedy, Kelly Ripa, Mary Louise Parker, Alan Cumming ,Chita Rivera and many other.

LYPSINKA Returns! for 8 weeks!

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1 STAR!   3 SHOWS!   8 WEEKS!

 John Epperson’s

Iconic Creation Returns to the New York Stage

For the First Time in Nine Years

To Celebrate Three Decades of the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’

 

With Three Glamorous Productions Running in Rotating Repertory

 Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford

And     John Epperson: Show Trash

 

Previews Begin November 5th, 2014

At The Connelly Theater (220 East Fourth Street, NYC)

 

Strictly-Limited Engagement – Through January 3, 2015 Only

After a 9-year absence, a triple dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson’s iconic creation, will be doled out this Fall when the ‘Goddess of Showbiz’ deigns to grace New York City with her sweeping presence in LYPSINKA! THE TRILOGY.  To celebrate a staggering three decades of glamorous theatrics, three different shows — revivals of the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET and THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD, as well as the New York premiere of JOHN EPPERSON: SHOW TRASH – will run in rotating repertory for a strictly-limited 8-week engagement from November 5th, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015.  The trilogy will take place at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street in Manhattan’s way-too-swept-up East Village . . . a stone’s throw from the Pyramid Club and Tompkins Square Park, where Lypsinka was born.    Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 19th at 10am and will be available at www.tweedtheater.org/lypsinkatrilogy.


 

LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET – Directed by Kevin Malony

Not seen in New York since 2001, this full-length ‘traditional Lypsinka’ concert show is the award-winning revue of Lyp’s greatest bits that has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Sydney to Glasgow. Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern woman’s challenge of being over-blessed with femininity and celebrity.

 

“An artful illusion-spinner!

Lypsinka anatomizes feminine artifice — and its dangers — like no one else.

Finesse is evident in every aspect of the production . . . A fascinating, funny spectacle.”

The New York Times

 


 

THE PASSION OF THE CRAWFORD – Directed by Kevin Malony

The Lyp’s tour de force embodiment of towering screen queen Joan Crawford – featuring a re-enactment of Crawford’s onstage interview from 1973 – is a fantasia of fame and insecurity, grandness and identity. Last presented in New York in 2005, this tribute to Hollywood and ego crisis has since been mounted from San Francisco to Sarasota.

 

“Raises the act of mouthing words and lyrics to an art form.”

Oakland Tribune

 


 

JOHN EPPERSON: SHOW TRASH – Directed by Barry Kleinbort

An autobiographical multi-media pastiche, starring Epperson – unmasked and in street clothes – tinkling the ivories and spinning yarns of Mississippi, Manhattan, and Hollywood. Now making its New York City theatrical premiere, the anecdotal SHOW TRASH reveals the man behind the madness.

 

“In discovering Epperson’s roots, you more fully grasp Lypsinka.  The fusion is complete.

Lypsinka may have the looks and Epperson the soul, but they’ve both got each other: Epsinka.”

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

Sting and Patti LuPone Uprising of Love Sept. 15th

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UPRISING OF LOVE!

September 15, 2014.

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At this unique moment in history, when we are seeing such rapid progress in the fight for equality in the West, we cannot be blind to appalling violations of human rights elsewhere. Today in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria, and elsewhere, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people are facing harassment, abuse, and violence. In some countries, recent laws have deemed homosexuality punishable by death and the situation appears to be getting worse, not better.

THE MISSION:

1.     To raise awareness among the international community of violence, discrimination, and atrocities committed against LGBTI people.

2.     To support LGBTI people and communities in areas where safety and dignity is compromised through funds and solidarity.

3.     To support and collaborate with LGBTI and human rights organizations concerned with these issues.

 

“Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality.” The concert, headlined by Broadway diva Patti Lupone and international superstar Sting, falls strategically around the UN General Assembly and Clinton Gobal Initiative and aims to raise awareness about the unfortunate state of affairs for many LGBTI-identified communities around the world.

Proceeds from the event will go to Fueling the Frontlines, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s 3-year, $20 million global LGBTI rights campaign. Find out more and Get Tickets.

David Mixner OH HELL NO! October 27th

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TOWELROAD REPORTS:

LGBT and civil rights activist, author, storyteller, and Towleroad contributor David Mixner will debut a new one-night only one-man show on October 27 at 7 pm at New World Stages in New York City to benefit The Point Foundation, an organization which assists LGBTQ students in achieving their academic and leadership potential.

Mixner’s new show, Oh Hell No!, will take as its starting point “personal and public details of his headline-grabbing and history-shaping life” and be accompanied musically by Chris Bolan, Megan Osterhaus, and Tim Jerome.

Event chairs for the evening include Alan Cumming, Robert Desiderio, Herb Hamsher, Judith Light, Ken Mehlman, Rob Smith, Jonathan Stoller, Jorge Valencia, and Edie Windsor. For information on tickets, including Premium Seating with special access to the post-performance VIP reception at Glass House Tavern, please contact Drew Rhodes at (212) 512-5785 or drew@pointfoundation.org.

Photo by Nigel Barker.