Category Archives: Movers and Shakers

Jose Rivera JR Does Adele

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NYC-based Puerto Rican-American performing artist and choreographer José Rivera, Jr.​ has released a gorgeous, immersive video cover of Adele’s song “When We Were Young,” directed by Blake Pruitt. In the video, he grapples with his feminine and masculine identities while reflecting on memories of a past lover, seeking to address his own body dysmorphia through physical expression.

Says Rivera, “I create accessible work in a digital, shareable format to inspire change and encourage conversation on how we perceive our physical selves. The response to my live work OF CAKE & VANITY (inspired directly by my dysmorphia) created a dialogue on mental health between friends, family, and me. Seeing live performance is a privilege. Theater and most live performance was not accessible to me as a +60lb overweight gay Latino teen with an abusive, controlling father. Videos on my computer and smartphone were an escape for a physically and emotionally trapped kid. By queering traditional narratives, my work provides visibility for bodies of all backgrounds, ethnicities, shapes, sizes, and identities in an effort to merge them with pop cultural norms i.e. ‘making difference mainstream.'”

WATCH AND LISTEN

Video credits:
Directed & Edited: Blake Pruitt
Choreography: Ali Perkins
Band: Jordan Auber, Percussion Steve Conroy, Bass Albert Goold, Keyboard Max Yassky, Drums
Dancers: Alexa Andres, Andrew Chung, Becca Co, Rebecca Marie Hidalgo, Justin Robert Thomas Smith
Camera: Dan Rodriguez
Mobile Recording: Cesar G | cesargmusic@gmail.com
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JOSÉ RIVERA JR is a Puerto Rican-American multimedia performing artist, director & choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY, merging techniques in music, fashion, technology, visual art, and theater.  NYC: OF CAKE & VANITY: A Musical Painting (The P.I.T. NYC, Dixon Place, SCENESPACE NYC), Dangerous Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho (DP), Emily Dickinson: OUTER SPACE! (Bushwick Starr). BFA, NYU Tisch 2014

Matthew Camp – Getting GO

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How did I miss this?

I stumbled upon this cute little movie by accident this week – it’s a Sexy, innovative gay romance with Tanner Cohen & Matthew Camp!

 

“An affecting drama full of heart and humor, reminiscent of instant classics like Weekend.” — Edge Boston

 

This wonderfully innovative and exceptionally sexy drama has an infectious energy and a completely unique aesthetic as it tells a classic story of lust becoming love — and then some. Super cute Tanner Cohen (Were The World Mine) returns to the big screen as a college boy named Doc who drunkenly cruises a gay go-go boy named Go (super hot Matthew Camp – well known New York night life performer) with the pretense of making a documentary about him.

 

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“As they grow closer, flirtation blurs the line between subject and filmmaker,” the film’s description reads, “until a steamy night together solidifies deeper feelings.”

Though his character “Go” was inspired directly by his dancing alter-ego, Matthew Camp says he’s actually pretty different from what most believe him to be behind closed doors — he’s quite reserved, completely monogamous, an artist, a perfumer, and nothing like what you’d assume a New York City bar star to be.

“What you see in Getting Go is a rough representation of me,” he says. “I mean, I do run around shirtless all the time, Go and I are both not afraid of a lot of things, and we danced in our underwear, so we’re both confident. But I wouldn’t have handled most of the situations in the same way Go did. I’m not as sexual as him… I don’t go on a lot of dates, I’m very reclusive, hanging out at my house. Go-go dancing was very much a job for me and after I’d perform, I’d leave right away rather than hang out at the club.”

Now 30, Camp reveals that he began go-go dancing when he moved to the city at 21 in order to pay his bills. “I’ve never felt I should be embarrassed by go-go dancing,” he says. “It’s not prostitution – which I’m not judgmental about – but I view dancing more as performance. I don’t like opening myself up to people, so with go-go dancing, people get to just see my body, they don’t see what’s going on in my head.”

See more at Queerty.

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Ian Reisner Admits Poor Judgment

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Ian Reisner,

one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly Out NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

Will people forgive him?

more at New York Times

BOYCOTT Out Hotel and Fire Island Pines Project

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WORST  GAY  NEW YORK

Gay men  using Gay Money  to Fund  ANTI  GAY Politics!

  • Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz.

    FROM HRC’s WEBSITE:

    Whether the issue is marriage or protection from discrimination, Sen. Ted Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.


    imagine an America where gays forever stay second class citizens

     


    Marriage: Ted Cruz led the charge to deny Texas couples marriage equality. In the Senate, he has supported a constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government from recognizing marriage equality.
    Discrimination: Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

    Conversion Therapy: Cruz has refused to speak out against “conversion therapy” that coerces minors into “treatment” that can lead to depression and suicide.

    Harmful Rhetoric: Cruz has no problem about using equality as a wedge issue against fellow Republicans – he’s attacked Republicans for appearing in pride parades and suggested that he believes being gay is a “choice.” He even bragged about intervening in a case to stop a civil union.

    Significant Findings on Marriage Equality

    Says marriage is between “one man and one woman”

    Pledged to introduce Federal Constitutional Amendment opposing marriage equality

    Introduced The State Marriage Defense Act (twice) which would cede definition of marriage to states for federal purposes

    Opposed Proposition 8 ruling

    Ran for Senate based on his opposition to marriage equality

    Bragged about intervening to prevent recognition of civil union

    Said people can “vote with their feet” if they don’t like living in a state without marriage equality.

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Humans of New York

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I just love this site – and I am sure you must know of it, but if not, NOW YOU DO!

“Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind, but somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character.

I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. With over eight million followers on social media, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. It has also become a #1 NYT bestselling book.. It’s been quite a ride so far. Feel free to follow along.”

Humans of New York

I would highly recommend the BOOK  as well!

 

 

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!

 

***UPDATE  2015 –  THIS IS  GOING TO HAPPEN! The project has won unanimous approval from the Hudson River Park Trust on Wednesday and is moving forward!  The next step in Pier55’s development is for the developers to apply for permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.

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! 

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.

Paige on Facebook

 

 

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.

Broadway Bares Raises $1.3 Million

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The annual flesh fest BROADWAY BARES this year featured  performances by Alan Cumming, war veteran-turned-underwear model Alex Minsky, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio giving actor James Franco a “full cavity search”, the rock-and-roll themed Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!

 

Playbill reports:

The 75-minute show opened with two dads (Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto) complaining that they had been dragged to a One Direction concert by their daughters and reminiscing about the great old days of rock. Through the magic of Broadway Bares, they were whisked back in time to watch performances inspired by the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Prince, with their memories putting the sex back in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

To date, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million in the fight against AIDS.

 

Gay New York – Lady Bunny Makes Top Drag Queen List

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New Book looks at the history of New York Nightlife…THE FUN: THE SOCIAL PRACTICE OF NIGHTLIFE IN NYC

Surveying the evolving nature of nightlife in New York City,
THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC
is a first-of-its-kind publication, documenting the new forms of
nightlife practitioners to emerge since the turn of the millennium.
Through profiles of over 30 artists, including the royalty of Manhattan
nightlife like Susanne Bartsch and Ladyfag; hybrid forms like Xtapussy
and FCKNLZ; the continuation of minimal wave and goth communities
through Pendu Disco; and the vibrant queer scenes of JUDY, Frankie
Sharp, and My Chiffon is Wet, THE FUN documents the rich
contemporary cultural activity keeping NYC as weird and innovative as
decades past.
Accompanying these profiles are essays by a range of
voices in the nightlife, including artists Rob Roth and Genesis
P-Orridge, curators and critics Claire Bishop and Jake Yuzna, as well as
journalist Michael Musto providing both historical context and
contemporary understanding of nightlife as a vital artistic practice
that has been marginalized by the arts sector for hundreds of years.
THE FUN traces the history of nightlife as it has evolved,
from the explosion of large and small discos throughout the 1970s like
Studio 54, which paved the way for 80s megaclubs; the candy-colored club
kid movement of Michael Alig and the Limelight in the early 90s; the
parallel expansion of the boundary shattering merger of drag,
performance, and music in downtown venues such as the Pyramid Club and
Mother; the rise of Brooklyn as a new focal point in the 2000s with the
emergence of Luxx, Secret Project Robot, Silent Barn and other hybrid
arts/music/nightlife venues; and on into the many vibrant forms found
today.
 (Paperback, 8.5 x 10.33 inches, 336 pages, ISBN:
978-1-57687-659-6, $39.95)
Richie Rich and Traver Rains, aka  Heatherette got to enjoy the club scene as well as celebrity and notoriety. Pop culture loved Heatherette, but so did society princesses. Everyone
from Paris Hilton and Lydia Hearst to the Backstreet Boys, Foxy Brown
and Gwen Stefani was drawn to their taste for sparkly streetwear glam.
“The clothes were attention getting and fun,” Heatherette’s longtime
friend and muse Amanda Lepore remembers. “They had a distinct look,
which at that time — everyone wanted it. David LaChapelle was using it. All the
celebrities wanted it. It was in demand.”   (from Paper Mag).
Since their last show Rains moved to LA to pursue photography
while Rich is set to launching two fashion lines this spring: Rich
& Warr, a mens line, and a womens, Chantilly Rich, with Chantilly
Lace designer, Chantelle Warr. Although busy, Rich still has his eye on
the club scene. “It’s been fun watching the new generation of kids. When
I moved to New York I was ‘the new’ to the old nightlife generation,”
Richie says. “Now it’s fun to see all the new kids coming on the block
and dressing up. I feel like the style is coming back. Who knows, maybe
Heatherette will too.”

Gay New York Nightlife EXPOSED

Well, for better or for worse, New York Gay Nightlife was exposed to the masses this week!

You know those parties and special nights that start up, and the vibe is hip and cool, then after time, once EVERYONE knows about it, it sometimes loses it’s uniqueness. 
So, this past week New York Mag did an article called  A GAY NEW TIME. 

“The city’s gay subculture is experiencing another
nocturnal boomlet, thanks to a post-recession spate of new LGBT bars,
clubs, and parties. Here, a survey of the scene, complete with the
requisite go-go boys, outré drag artists, and low-key lounges for people
who just want to drink. “

Mondays  F#%K It at No Parking“A downtown dance club meets an uptown gay bar” is how promoter Kedwin
Zapata describes this Monday-night party when promoting it via Facebook.
Tuesdays WestGay at Westway have been compared to Studio 54.
Tuesday thru Sunday THE COCK has HAPPY HOUR now. 4-11pm. with go gos!
Wednesday at 11pm  is very  VIP. Les Garçons at Le Baron .  bow-tied young promoter named Michael Fragoso has ushered
dandies-in-the-making, rich architects, and the unemployed artists who
love them into Le Baron’s townhouselike environs.
 

Fridays Penthaus at Copacabana seems to attract young and old, gay and straight. While there’s a dance floor where younger guys let loose to pop music,
the older patrons tend to kick back on the leather banquettes, making
for a pleasantly adult outing.
see more  at  NY  MAG

Amanda Lepore FACELIFT for FORTWO Car

Amanda Lepore is a name synonymous with glamour in nightclubs and burlesque halls around the world.  ‘The most expensive body on Earth,’ as she is known, and unofficial ambassador of New York City’s nightlife scene was catapulted into the spotlight after being discovered by visionary photographer David LaChapelle.

 Breaking into the music scene with ease, Amanda has left a string of hits in her wake – including “My Hair Looks Fierce,” “Cotton Candy,” “Champagne” and her latest offering “Doin’ It My Way.”  Lepore continues winning over new fans every day – her recent appearance in a viral video by photographer/director Marco Ovando lip-synching Marina And The Diamond’s hit song “Primadonna” with friends in the New York City nightlife scene prompted Marina herself to exclaim “Oh my god, I died! I love Amanda Lepore so much.”

 

These days, Amanda is still a jet-setter with an upcoming appearance on Here TV’s new reality show titled Because Of An Earlier Incident, a featured role in Smart Car’s commercial for their Fortwo model airing in a majority of Europe, a stop in Vienna where she wowed crowds at Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser ‘Life Ball’ alongside The Scissor Sisters and as if that weren’t enough, she also served as host for the star-studded GLAAD fundraiser in Manhattan on August 7th.  The new show, Because Of An Earlier Incident, is a reality show shot in a documentary style that highlights NYC’s most intriguing artists as they share their insights, inspiration, creative pursuits, and personal style.  It debuts on September 28th promising to be reminiscent of the early 80’s street culture and portray NYC as a place to “play,” collaborate, and have fun. 

 

Always a hit in the high end fashion world, Amanda served as both muse and actress for Brazilian fashion designer Sergio K’s 2012 Winter Campaign shot by noted American fashion photographer Terry Richardson.  Fans in NYC can also catch her at the Grand Opening of Sephora’s new 45 East 17th Street store on Friday, August 10th from 4-6pm where she will appropriately perform her song “Nails Done” alongside DJ Roxy Cottontail.  With her over-the-top lifestyle more in demand than ever before, Amanda is a star burning brighter every day.

 

For more information and to stay up-to-date on Amanda Lepore, please visit www.peacebisquit.com/artists/amanda-lepore or keep in touch via her social networks at Facebook or Twitter.

Occupy The Disco New York OXD

(OXD), a New York City based movement, was  created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães.

MISSION  OXD:

It was through music and nightlife that gay people in New York City,
for decades, changed concepts, gained supporters, and helped others be
happy with who they are all over the world. Our music re-shaped the mainstream, pushed boundaries, united our community, and made room for the future.

Mainstream music has now adopted much of our sound. Nightclub
promoters and DJs are pushed to only give us that which is familiar,
that which is safe. As such, many members of our community have lost the
ability to question, to experience the unknown. We must uphold our
legacy as cultural leaders in society and continue to evolve.

Our goal is simple: to re-unite the gay community in NYC through
music. To create rich and fun experiences. To dance. To feel free. To
move beyond what’s familiar. To reclaim our role as tastemakers. We want
to go further than what we already know and be surprised with new,
exciting music. And we will work to bring this back.

This is our call: Occupy The Disco.

There are now parties happening in NY which you can find on their blog
see also OCCUPY THE DISCO on FACEBOOK


PLUS , WATCH THE VIDEO by Grammy award-winning producer and DJ David Morales  with former Moloko chanteuse and Irish disco diva, Róisín Murphy. Morales is
famous for his days DJing at Paradise Garage, Stereo and Ministry of
Sound, as well as his remixes of pop songs.

 Creating a veritable “dream team” of sorts, Murphy’s vocals smoothly complement Morales’ robust production. The song’s lyrics (and video)
elicit images of times past; mourning the end of many different “golden
eras”, while leaving it open to the listener to interpret which era is
in question. While we think the original is great, we prefer this remix
as Morales finishes it off with his signature disco beat. 

released on iTunes – and soon a  new CD!

WATCH THE VIDEO

David Drake – My Tawny Valentine

David Drake is  playwright, stage director, actor and author. He is  probably best known as the author and original performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, for which he received a Village Voice Obie Award, a 1994 Drama-Logue Award for “Outstanding Solo Performance.” – But he has done so many things over the span of his career.  – That sexy vision of him, up onstage, shirtless with a leather jacket,  is burned in mind forever!

Now, David, as his alter ego “Tawny Heatherton,” is bringing his new show, “My Tawny Valentine”
to NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre. This show marks the unheralded return
of Tawny Heatherton, a lovably eccentric showbiz survivor and “one hit
wonder” of the disco zeitgeist of the early 1980s. Tawny brings her
singular blonde-swept brand of sunny, funny optimism while recalling
stories of wandering the globe performing her disco “hit,” her
headline-grabbing turn as the unwitting “Pyro Girl of Long Island,” her
short-lived stint as a “Hee-Haw Honey,” and reuniting with her long-lost
aunt Joey Heatherton at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino.

    

“My Tawny Valentine” plays Feb 17, 24, & March 2 at 7:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue).

Tickets are $20 plus a $15 food/drink minimum and can be purchased by calling 212-352-3101 or visit SpinCycleNYC.com..

Our dear friend Adam, from the popular site, Call Me Adam,  caught up with David and interviewed him this week!

Read all about David and the new show!

More  at  David Drake Productions

Dot429.com Networking at SoHo Grand Jan 25th

SOHO Grand

310 West Broadway

 
6:00PM
– 9:00PM

Join dot429 for 429INSPIRED
dot429s signature speaker series.

Cocktails. Conversation & Cause.

Join us as we welcome Brad Carpenter, Producer of Nurse Jackie and

Sex and the City as he tells us what inspires him.

Hosted by Brian Balthazar, Kelvin Chen, Mike Sullivan, Steven Birkeland,
Norbert Beatty, James Norton, Phil Putnam, and Elliot Tomaeno

These monthly installments have successfully brought together pioneering
professionals and inspiring individuals for an evening of cocktails and
connections.

Hosted Blue Angel Vodka bar.

$25 in advance | $35 at the door.  RSVP  ONLINE  

Proceeds to benefit Newfest

CONNECT + ENGAGE + DISCOVER

XL Nightclub at The OUT Hotel – Is Bigger Better?

It’s been a long time since there was a lot of buzz about a nightclub opening!

John
Blair and Beto Sutter join forces with Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio
to bring you New York’s first new gay nightclub in nearly 20 years – XL
Nightclub, Lounge & Cabaret.

512 West 42nd Street, at the OUT NYC Hotel/Resort. 
 OPEN   4pm – 4am!   7 days a week!

XL is situated within THE OUT NYC Urban Resort, an electrifying new
project occupying 70,000 square feet in Hells Kitchen. In addition to
XL, the complex features a 105-room “straightfriendly” boutique hotel, a
glass enclosed atrium & wet zone, a gym & wellness center, lush
outdoor courtyard gardens, a 24/7 café & restaurant and a
business/conference center.

Lots of big things are in the works for  XL.  Thursdays Nightlife personalities

SUSANNE BARSTCH AND KENNY KENNY PRESENT “42nd” –  an ongoing party, Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2nd. Also watch for the return of the Classic Sunday Tea Dance with top Tea Dance DJ’s

Grand Openings are  planned for  XL is   Jan. 27-28th –
and you will need to be a “member” if you want an invite.
 Join them on Facebook for more details.

NEXT Magazine Interviews Michael Cavnaugh of GayLifeNYC.org

Gaylifenyc.org  and HIVHERO.org
are websites for 
HIV Experience Resources Organization  (HERO) – a non-for-profit company
operating in New York State.  It features Entertainment News and On The
Town updates.

It’s also dedicated to helping people getting around, get
through and get over the system that hinders timely assistance for the
newly diagnosed & people living with HIV/AIDS. And it’s dedicated to
entertaining you, and keeping your spirits up where they should
be. HERO is 100 % Volunteer based.

Web series host Michael Cavnaugh really loves chorus boys and the world of entertainment. The
47-year-old creator of GayLifeNYC.org,  promotes HIV/AIDS
awareness through interviews with Broadway and entertainment celebrities. He  picks one chorus
boy each month to feature on his site, someone who has donated their time and energy into helping the AIDS crisis.

NEXT Magazine turn the tables on Michael this week with a little Q&A

GayLifeNYC.org