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Michael Alago Booksigning March 19th

New Yorker Michael Alago
left the music business in the summer of 2003 to concentrate on another lifelong passion—photography.

Working initially with a Polaroid camera, Michael embarked on a series of stark male portraits—a series that continues to this day. 

While these images of friends, models and bodybuilders feature the muscular physique, tattoos, and attitude that define this particular male subset, they also bear Alago’s distinctive stamp of irreverent heat. A collection of his work entitled Rough Gods was published in 2005.

His new book coffee-table book, Brutal Truth: Muscular, Tough Machos , just came out!
 


Michael will do a book signing at Rainbows and Triangles  on 8th ave next Saturday March 19th from 2pm to 5pm..save the date..come on by to say hello and get your book autographed!

Alago has exhibited in New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Montreal, and Toronto, and continues to photograph rough gods wherever he may find them. Are you a rough god? Who knows, you could end up in his next book!

If you fit the bill, Michael invites you to contact him through his website Rough Gods.


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New Book of Beautiful Male Models from Dolce&Gabbana


Everyone Loves
Dolce&Gabbana! 

EVERYONE knows
who Dolce & Gabbana
 is,
unless you have been under
a rock the last 25 years.

They are a premiere Italian luxury fashion house,  started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in Milan, Italy.
It’s a $BILLION empire.


Dolce&Gabbana specialize in luxury items influenced more by designers and is more formal and ‘timeless’, responding to long-term trends rather than seasonal changes. It also sells sunglasses and corrective eyewear, purses, and watches. In  2010,  Madonna  designed a collection of sunglasses for them. They also have a set of fragrances for men and women.

They are also known for their super sexy ads!

Their new book, Dolce & Gabbana Uomini
is due out March 4th.  FOUR POUNDS and 252 pages of sexiness and men!




(Noah Mills, Milan, June 2009)



 

Photographed by Mariano Vivanco


 


 


“It is Mariano’s interpretation of the male body that sets him apart. In capturing its virility and masculinity, his approach is both fresh and new, while also containing echoes of the work of those artists that we love from the past…
Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

 


 


 DOLCE & GABBANA UOMINI, photographed by acclaimed fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco. The book pays homage to the male form, and the contemporary images are inspired by Greek and Roman masculine archetypes: the hero, soldier and sportsman. These photographs showcase the ‘modern’ Adonis as conceived by Dolce & Gabbana and Vivanco, while highlighting the superior design and workmanship of the designers’ garments. 

 


(André Ziehe, Milan, June 2009)


The book features many of the world’s top male models, including Noah Mills, Jesper and Sebastian Lund, Miguel Iglesias, Adam Senn, with a chapter dedicated to Tony Ward, perhaps the most well known male model to date. Also included is a revealing interview
of Vivanco by


Esquire’s Nick Sullivan.








 (Christopher Landon, Sydney, January 2010)


DOLCE & GABBANA UOMINI
celebrates the beauty and vigor of the male body at its most perfect, and presents an ideal which transcends time, trends and cultures.

It will be a must have for anyone interested in fine photography, fashion,
and the beauty of the male form.
 


Their books always sell out and become collectors items! 
(contains full frontal male nudity)


The proceeds from Dolce & Gabbana Uomini
will benefit EUPLOOS (www.linesonline.org ).



 



 

New York Desserts….with Booze

Can I have some
dessert with my booze??


We’ll let the Europeans bicker over who first doused their dessert with booze. Was it the Irish, soaking fruitcake in whiskey? The Italians with their mocha “pick-me-up”, Tiramisù? Or the French, lighting cherries on fire in honour of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee? All we know is that they had the right idea.

People love eating dessert and drinking alcohol. For this reason, many of the city’s top restaurants are making decadent, sweet treats that also have a serious, boozy kick. Here’s a map of 10 liquored-up desserts — some use fine spirits as a flavoring more than anything else, others might actually get you totally  tanked!

See the top 10 winners  at  NY  EATER .

see also  Cooking  with BOOZE !


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New Yorker Randy Rainbow Gets His break on American Idol!



You have  to love the whole Web 2.0 movement. When I grew up, and I am dating myself (gasp!) we didn’t have YouTube, Twitter or even the Internet! The world is an oyster now. Anyone can be their own PR agent and get seen by millions.

Justion Bieber is probably the biggest example.YouTuber discovered by Scooter Braun.  
Look at Waiter Rant !  Waiter blogger gets a 2 book deal and TV show!
Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiter (P.S.)
Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity

Then there was the Twitter Sensation Justin – ShitMyDadSays .
Book deal   Sh*t My Dad Says and TV show.


Unless you have been under a rock the past year , New Yorker gay jew Randy Rainbow has become “the one to watch” over the past 6 months. He posted his breakout video, “Randy Rainbow is Dating Mel Gibson ,” in July, 2010. It received more than 60,000 views in one week. Since then his videos have become somewhat famous!


Subsequent videos include “Randy Rainbow Calls Lindsay Lohan,” “Randy Rainbow Calls Dr. Laura,” “The Morning After Chelsea’s Wedding,”  “Randy Rainbow Kicks It with Kanye West,” and “Randy Rainbow Spends Christmas with Mel Gibson.” Porn star  Brent Corrigan appeared as himself in “Randy Rainbow Makes a Sex Tape (w/Mel Gibson).” Randy’s cat, Mushi Rainbow, also plays a prominent role in his videos.



Now, he does American Idol ! This is the BEST video yet! This guy is so clever! And so funny!

Randy Rainbow is a blogger and quite the  Internet celebrity these days, and based in New York.  Rainbow created his blog, The Randy Rainbow Bloggity BLAHg-BLAHg , to document his theatrical experiences and “kvetch about my day-to-day as a single homo in the city.”

He has been called BRILLIANT, HILARIOUS,  SUPER FUNNY…his mother says he is the Perez Hilton of Broadway!


The BLAHg

YouTube Channel

Facebook

Find out what you have been missing!

Find out what you have been missing!


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Nathan Manske and Michelangelo Signorile at The Center Dec. 10th

The ImFromDriftwood.com 
50-state Story Tour
arrives in NYC!

By the time the IFD crew reaches NYC, they will have visited 36 states in 3 months, collecting and sharing true LGBTQ stories from small towns and big cities all across America.

Listen to stories from ImFromDriftwood.com.
See Video Stories collected from the road.
Hear about the adventure they’ve had along the way.

**Introduction by OutQ radio host Michelangelo Signorile
**Reading by Jay Blotcher


7-8: Drinks and snacks
8-9:30: Reading and Screening

The LGBT Center     208 West 13th St., Room 310

This will also be your first chance to purchase the ImFromDriftwood.com book, a compilation of the best stories from the site.


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Margaret Talbot Takes Stock of the latest Advances and Setbacks in the Fight for Gay Rights

This week Margaret Talbot did a great piece in the New Yorker  called PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

She says, “In the past few weeks, it has been easy to forget that Americans are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians and of their rights to equal citizenship…

…then we had the remarks of Carl Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, who said in a speech before Orthodox Jewish rabbis that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality is “an equally valid and successful option.” Given an opportunity to elaborate on “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show, Paladino described gay-pride parades as “disgusting”; denounced his rival, Andrew Cuomo, for taking his children, aged twelve and fifteen, to the gay-pride parade in New York City; and declared his hostility to same-sex marriage.

You don’t have to argue for any kind of equivalency between, say, the lynching of three gay men and the intemperate remarks of a politician to acknowledge that, in the use of a word like “disgusting,” something ugly and fundamental is being revealed, the id in the ideology.”

She goes on to talk about the gay teen suicides and the more that our acceptance wins—and it is winning—the more angry obstructionism we’ll see from people who still can’t accept it. Clearly, tolerance has hit a few snags, some more serious than others.

MUST READ  at  The New Yorker !

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New York City For Free with The Skint

TWO   underemployed friends
used to tip each other off to cool bargains
and free goodies they’d hear about.
Now  they are shared with the city at  THE  SKINT.

 the skint proves you don’t need to be rich to enjoy the best of the city.

You would think FREE would be hard to find in New York City! As one of the most expensive cities where almost everything seems costly, the Big Apple is anything but cheap. The Skint however undercovers lots of FREE and CHEAP.

Visitors can find listings for free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in NYC. You can opt-in to get the deals by email, texted to you, or twittered.

It’s a great resource for finding bargains – my only complaint is I found it hard to dig through there archives.

                                                                                       Check it out!

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Gay Blogger Nathan Manske Hits The Road with 50 State LGBT Stories Tour

Im From Driftwood.com
and one of The Advocate’s Forty Under 40,

recently announced a 50-state “Story Tour” to collect, publish and broadcast true LGBT stories from across the country.

The IFD team will set out in September on a 4-month tour of the U.S. with the goal of bringing IFD off the computer screen and into America. Along the way, they will meet the many faces of LGBT America, bringing their stories to the world through videos, audio stories and written word.

IFD is an award-winning website that collects true LGBT stories from all over the world–from the smallest towns to the biggest cities–to help gay youth feel not so alone.

Throughout the 50-state tour, IFD will have readings at cafes, bookstores, bars, community centers, college campuses and other venues where they will share stories from IFD and talk about the site and its purpose. Along the way, they will be filming and recording video and audio stories from LGBT people they meet across the country.

Throughout the journey, IFD will have a regular blog page chronicling their adventures. (and possibly we’ll be posting  some things here as well!)  Marquise Lee, IFD’s Video Editor and founder of Crush Deviant Productions will film the journey and make short YouTube videos about their progress. As the Story Tour progresses, they will publish regular video webisodes as well as written updates about their journey.

 

But first…they need your help.

In order to fund the story tour, IFD has launched a fundraising campaign, where they hope to raise $15,000 through small donations and fun incentives (check out their KickStarter page for more details). That won’t be enough money for the entire 4-month Tour but it will be enough to get started. They’re also hoping to make the entire experience as interactive as possible. The IFD team is taking requests of where to visit and even asking people to open up their guestroom or couches.

IFD knows LGBT people are everywhere.
You know LGBT are everywhere.
After this Road Trip, LGBT youth will know it, too.

We have been watching Nathan’s site for over year now, and this guy is going places!
Please help him out and support this project!

Nathan Manske is the creator and editor of the gay, true-stories website I’m From Driftwood. He was recently named one of The Advocate’s Forty Under 40 in 2010 for his work on the groundbreaking blog. Nathan is indeed from Driftwood, Texas, but has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2003. Before creating I’m From Driftwood, he spent 4 years as a full-time copywriter, working first at Hanft Raboy & Partners, then Berlin Cameron & Partners, and has fortunately been able to combine his personal passions with his profession.

His Chemistry.com television commercials raised awareness as well as eyebrows by taking on eHarmony’s discriminatory policies towards gays and lesbians. eHarmony has since changed their policies. He also found a way to actually get paid for being a geek by writing the third X-Men film’s interactive website for 20th Century Fox.  Find him  on Facebook !

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Gay New York 2nd Annual Rainbow Book Fair Saturday March 27th

This weekend  will be  2nd Annual  RAINBOW    BOOK     FAIR
held at The Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY,
The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue,
on the concourse level of the beautiful old B. Altman Building
at 34th Street in Manhattan.

This is the largest LGBT book event in America, and it is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Be a part of the most exciting lgbt book event in the U.S. Join authors, poets, publishers, university presses, and the entire reading and writing community in this diverse spectacular of words, images, and talent. With over 8,000 square feet of exhibitions, events, mingling, and meeting authors and readers like yourself.

Combining author readings, poetry performance, academic panels on the past and future of lgbt literature and publishing, specialized events for genre readers and writers, and something for all of our community, the 2nd Annual Rainbow Book Fair will put the snap and sparkle back into book reading. Meet hundreds of authors and publishers and thousands of readers from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

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Adam Bouska in New York City for NOH8 Campaign Shoots Blogger Zee Bdr

Photographer ADAM BOUSKA

 became a LGBT activist quite by accident. He calls it “accidental activism“. Gosh, he has come a long way in the 6 years we have known him!

We met Adam in 2003.  He was living in the suburbs of Chicago and had just graduated college where he studied Computer Science. Being a photographer myself, I was always on the lookout for fresh new young talent. I met Adam and asked him to pose for me. During the shoot, he confided that Computer Science was not really his passion. And though he was dabbling with modeling, it was the art of photography that really intrigued him.

Shortly afterwords, Adam moved to Southern Californina. We stayed in touch now and then through  MySpace and watched as his young budding career began to blossom.

It didn’t take long and his name was sprouting up everywhere!

In November 2008, Proposition 8 in California happened. California wanted to put a stop to the idea of gay marriage. The defeat of Prop 8 provoked a groundswell of activism within the LGBTQ community and many new political and protest organizations were formed in response to the defeat. It was like Stonewall was happening again!



Adam, his partner Jeff Parshley  and some friends attended the Prop 8 rallies in Los Angeles. Afterwords, they got so emotionally stirred they knew they wanted to do something,  to make some kind of statement. He and a dozen friends went to the store and bought some paints and duct tape, went back to his apartment and shot photos. Using photography as his voice, Adam placed tape over their mouths and painted the now famous NOH8 on their cheeks, and the next day posted their images to MySpace and Facebook, to demonstrate their silent protest. Anyone familiar with Prop 8, have seen his work!




Before he knew it, a dozen more friends wanted to do the same thing . Adam shot more photos and those friends also posted them online. The next month 30 of their friends wanted the same photos! It started to grow exponentially. In the 6 months that followed it exploded and nearly 500 people had been photographed and pictures were flooding the Internet.

Soon celebrities want to join in and show their support. To date, 3,000+ faces have been shot by Adam and his team for the NOH8 Campaign. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more. 

Cindy McCain, wife of former Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was even photographed by Adam, speaking out on behalf of gay marriage rights as part of a popular ongoing photo campaign. “Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn’t matter – marriage equality isn’t a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It’s about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.”
 
The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign. The group just shot their 3rd PSA. There has been talks of  billboards, possible calendar, coffee table books and even a documentary.







Just last month the team shot 500 people in 5 hours in New York City. Among them, were one of our favorite New York City gay bloggers ZEE BDR from Z Reveals!
 
Z knows only too well what fear, hate and silence can breed. Coming from Turkey, he shared his moving story with the guys from I’M FROM DRIFTWOOD.

He was very excited to be photographed by Adam!

Finally!!! I joined to NOH8 campaign. It was time. I’m so proud of being part of this campaign. Photo shoot was very fast. Adam Bouska is a great photographer. He made me feel relaxed. Adam loved my blue flower as soon as he saw. Hello Adam! Join to THE blue flower fan club! I’m so happy to see he was creative with  and turned blue flower into red.

Well! Meghan McCain got her picture!
Of course prominent blogger Z had to have his! –Tee Hee Hee!”

I am still waiting to be a part of your blue flower project, Zee!
Maybe this year sometime!



Adam hopes to tour  more major cities soon, doing more open shoots and spreading the message across the country. “This is much bigger than just  about Prop 8.  And when we win this, when Prop 8 is overturned, and it will be,  we’re not stopping.  It’s about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell….it’s about gay civil rights….it’s about equal rights…it’s about making our silence heard….it’s about the big picture now! And we have only just begun!”  Groups as far away as Germany and  Australia have even started similar campaigns. 

Remember when Gay Pride and National Coming Out  day was just once a year? Thanks to the power of Social Media and the interconnectedness of the Internet these days, we can make a statement about who we are and show the world our messages. “Activism needs to be a part of your DAILY LIFE and your lifestyle. Not just once a year.”


THE NOH8 store online  has t-shirts, bumper stickers, tattoos and my favorite, THE BRACELET! 

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.


Adam Bouska
Adam Bouska MySpace
Adam Bouska FaceBook
http://twitter.com/bouska
NOH8 CAMPAIGN
NOH8 NEWS BLOG


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New Broadway Hottie Ace Young Joins HAIR Cast in New York City


The New York cast may be going to London, but HAIR on Broadway has a hot and sexy new cast!

 
Broadway Hottie and American Idol Finalist Ace Young , American Idol Finalist Diana Degarmo and Canadian Singer Songwriter and Broadway Hottie Kyle Riabko.

GAY LIFE NYC.org has interviews with the new cast!


Founder Mike Cavnaugh
also interviews Project Runway
finalist Chris March
about his book  I Heart Chris March ,
 new shows, and his  dress for Meryle Streep!


Gaylifenyc.org is a non-profit entertainment news and AIDS Health Resources site dedicated to keeping you informed and keeping your spirits up where they should be.



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Broadway Hottie of the Month Tyrick Wiltez Jones at Gay Life NYC.org





Started by New Yorker Mike Cavnaugh just this past November, Gaylifenyc.org is a non-profit AIDS Health Resources website with 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.

“I was diagnosed about 2 years  ago and found the system difficult and cumberson,” explains Mike. “So I wanted to bring together all the  resources  someone would need, under one umbrella. And mix  in  entertainment and  video to provide a fun online experience.”

“It’s really a  one-man show right now!  But I am growing  and  volunteers are  helping.  Jesse Archer  is a great friend and he helps a  lot with many of the interviews. Our  hottie of the month  has been really popular and with the upcoming dance season  we are expanding to include  a  dancer of the month.  I have been talking with a chef who wants to start a healthy cooking  show  for  people  with  living with HIV.”

Last month Nick Adams , (who we can never get enough of, and will make up any reason to run a shirtless photo of him!) was featured on their site and this month we meet Tyrick Wiltez Jones from Finians Rainbow.  Later today an interview will get posted with the gay comedy writer/actor  Bruce Vilanch. 




DO THIS    — The most exciting events not to be missed

SEE THIS   — Arts /Theatre reviews, openings


GET HELP  — Resource pages give you quick links and information on getting assistance, free confidential testing and medical services regardless of your ability to pay.


Mike partnered with  5 New York City  resources to help people diagnosed with HIV. Everything from getting help with medicine and  housing  to food assistance is available.


GayLifeNYC is new, but growing at leaps and bounds. But they need help spreading the word and can always use volunteers.


Help us help others!  We are looking for dedicated people to help with marketing, filming, promotion, on-air talent, interns, lawyers any anyone else who just wants to make a difference.

DONATE– PLEASE CONTACT MIKE AT 646 872-5239

320 west 38th street  Suite 1912     New York, New York  10018
or  email  gaylifenyc @  Yahoo.com


Check out GayLifeNYC on YouTube too!


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DRAMA QUEERS by Frank Anthony Polito


In his debut novel, Band Fags!, award-winning playwright, Frank Anthony Polito, introduced readers to Brad Dayton, the foul-mouthed best friend of goody-two-shoes, Jack Paterno. 
 
After meeting in 7th grade Varsity Band, Jack and Brad became fast friends thanks to their mutual appreciation of New Wave music, Days of our Lives, and TV mega-hunk, Jon-Erik Hexum.  Together, they went through thick and thin navigating the halls of Webb Junior High as “Band Fags” in the Detroit suburb of “Hazeltucky” during the mid-1980s.  But once the boys got to “Hillbilly High,” they discovered that the label held a truth for them both—more so than the average marching band member. 
 
Through sophomore and junior years, Brad did his best to convince Jack to be proud of being gay.  But Jack wanted no part of chasing cute boys and hitting the gay bars on Friday nights after football games.  Instead, he pursued a life of popularity, giving up his position as 1st chair trumpet-player during senior year—and as Brad’s best friend—leaving Brad to all but disappear from Band Fags!




Now with DRAMA QUEERS!, Polito shows readers exactly how Brad spent the nine months from September 1987-May 1988 when he and Jack were estranged. 
 
“A lot of readers contacted me,” says Polito, “expressing an interest in seeing more of Brad Dayton.”  While a sequel to Band Fags! was one way of telling Brad’s story, Polito decided to go back and fill in the blanks.  “I wanted to show Brad going it alone during senior year, finding his way without his best friend at his side.  Just because Jack was no longer there, Brad wasn’t about to lay down and die—not with the world of the Theatre calling!”
 
An actor himself for many years, Polito earned his B.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit before moving to New York City to pursue a career as a professional.  He has since appeared off-Broadway, and on both TV and in Film, including the soap One Life to Live and the film One True Thing with Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger.  
 


In the fall of 2008, Polito landed a featured role in the comedy One Angry Man, starring the legendary Jackie Mason.  Based on the classic drama Twelve Angry Men, Polito played “Iris,” a transsexual juror trying to keep her true identity a secret.  “I’d never done drag before,” Polito admits, “but the experience was a great challenge, and I had a total blast!”  
 
In DRAMA QUEERS! Polito also revisits key scenes between Brad and Jack from Band Fags!—this time told from Brad’s point of view.  “When you write in the first person narrative, you can only show one character’s side of the story,” says Polito. “I thought it would be fun for readers to go back and see what Brad was thinking and feeling during those important moments.” 
 
There are also events in Band Fags! pertaining to Brad’s life that readers only get to hear about: his role as “Doody” in the Drama Club production of Grease, his trip to New York City to audition for the Juilliard School of Drama, his time spent working at a local gay bar.  “Now, in Drama Queers!, readers will actually get to see Brad doing these things, and with whom!”  
 
Part of the reason for fleshing out Brad’s story stems from Polito’s desire to one day see his tale of two friends told onscreen.  Polito received his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2006.  The following year, his stage play Another Day on Willow St was named “Outstanding New Play” by Talkin’ Broadway after premiering at the New York International Fringe Festival. 

“Fingers crossed,” says Polito, “the story of Jack Paterno and Brad Dayton will soon be coming to a big (or small) screen near you!”

Find out more at  Frank Anthony Polito

Connect  on  FaceBook

BOOK  SIGNING – at Barnes & Noble      on     82nd/B’way in Manhattan       on Monday June 1st  @ 7pm…


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Jesse Archer – Jess on the Brink! The Breeders Are Coming!

 



NEW YORK CITY
     is full of great writers and actors!


One of our favorites is JESSE ARCHER.

Jesse Archer grew up in the beaver state of Oregon, which inspired him to get around. He has since lived and worked in Los Angeles, Paris, Buenos Aires, Capetown, and New York City.

Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Jesse traveled the world before landing in New York City. He appeared in the Off-Broadway hit Birdy’s Bachelorette Party and on film in Boy Culture. Jesse also stars in the gay romantic comedy favorites Slutty Summer and A Four Letter Word (which he co-wrote with director Casper Andreas).


Jesse also writes freelance, including a monthly column for Out magazine. His first book will really make you appreciate flush toilets.   You Can Run: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America (Out in the World)  is based on the intrepid two years Jesse spent sparkling through South America.


His recent entry in OUT, really made me laugh. Titled  DIRE STRAIGHTS,  it discusses this new trend of straight people taking over gay bars!

He observes”Are they lost? May I point you in the direction of the nearest Irish Pub? But they are not lost. Straights are here on purpose, flagrantly flaunting their otherness. The best gay dance club in Berlin today is half straight. Even in our own country, drag dens, once regularly raided by police, are now raided by the roiling hotbed of estrogen known as the bachlorette party, full of women armed with penis straws and pecker necklaces.”



“We must draw the line in the glitter,” he adds. “How to defend our formerly unspoiled territory. Curious customers gladly pay admission to see inside P.T. Barnum’s circus sideshow.  The general public has become increasingly fascinated with our community folklore.”

And my partner and I see this all the time, in cities everywhere. Friday and Saturday nights bring out what we like to affectionately call, the bridge and tunnel crowds. The sightseers. The suburbanites. Who want to hang with the gays and get fall-down drunk, and try to lick the muscle boys who have their shirts off. Enough already!  I believe a gaggle of women should not be allowed in gay bars, unless accompanied by at least one gay friend. We know a bar in Chicago that requires each woman, be accompanied by at least one  gay man. No groups of women are allowed.

Like my Mother-in-Law used to always say, “What are you gonna do?!”


Currently Jesse clings to the fringe of Manhattan, at the end of Alphabet City.  Check out his blog and his writings!


 “If you’re not sparkling, what the are you doing?! ”  
        
Jesse on the Brink       Jesse’s Blog         Jesse on MySpace

More of  Jesse Archer at OUT Magazine


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Adaumbelle’s Quest – New York Theatre Blog Ask’s The Burning Questions!

        

Adaumbelle’s Quest was created to ask performers in New York, the everyday burning questions others were too afraid to ask, but secretly wanted to know! Have you ever wondered who Charles Busch is dying to work with? Does Gavin Creel wear boxers or briefs? Who’s the wind beneath Ann Harada’s wings?


Adaumbelle’s Quest was born out of the passion to learn more about people. Here we find the answers to your burning questions by cozying right up to your favorite stars! From Broadway hoofers to comedians and musicians, everyone is opening up on Adaumbelle’s Quest. 

Writer Adam Rothenberg  has interviewed  Cortes Alexander, Jeff Bowen, William F. Brown, Cubby Bernstein, Charles Busch, Carolee Carmello, Jim Caruso, Gavin Creel, Tom D’Angora, Natascia Diaz, Ari Gold, Ann Harada, Francis Jue, Andy Karl, Hedda Lettuce, Wendy Liebman, Mark Price, Billy Porter, Dyllun Von Ritter, Eddie Sarfaty and Robb Sapp.

His site is only a few months old, but growing quickly in popularity.
New posts  every Sunday!
Find him  at Adaumbelles Quest and  Facebook.


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