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Sting and Patti LuPone Uprising of Love Sept. 15th

UPRISING OF LOVE!

September 15, 2014.

#UprisingofLove

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.

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Chris Merchant Gets Naked for Gay Times

Meet Christopher Marchant– a gay violinist living in New York City.

Who knew playing that instrument would result in such huge biceps.

Chris Merchant  of  WELL STRUNG  NYC  makes a

splash in this months issue  of  GT / GAY TIMES!

On sale now at a news stand near you!

One Direction step aside, there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit. The all-male string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York after being workshopped at Ars Nova NYC in February. Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.

Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. Well-Strung’s show is directed and co-written by Donna Drake with arrangements by David Levinson. The quartet was formed by producer/co-writer/manager Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant. Additional arrangements are by Daniel Shevlin, Yair Evnine and Christopher Marchant.

WELL STRUNG NYC     
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Shery Lee Ralph in Mighty Real This Fall!

This INCREDIBLE Show comes back to New York after SOLD OUT runs in NYC, Miami and Washington, D.C..

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL®is a Musical, written by Anthony Wayne and Directed by Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. It tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view.

Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was.The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul.

It’s GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles. Broadway Star Anthony Wayne (Broadway’s “PIPPIN”, “PRISCILLA”, “Anything Goes” [2011]) sings, lives and breathes life as the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER. The show, also, features Broadway’s Anastacia McCleskey (“PRISCILLA”; “HAIR”, “Book Of Mormon”) and Jacqueline B. Arnold (“We Will Rock You”, “PRISCILLA”) as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls.

Taking the reigns as Costume Designer is Celebrity Stylist Kendrell Bowman (Recording Artists K. Michelle, Kanye West, David Banner, Lauriana Mae). Both Wayne & Bowman have stunned the masses with their collaborative Directorial Debut. Together, Wayne and Bowman create a memorable experience that takes the audience through the Essence that is SYLVESTER. They are, also, Lead Producers of the show and make up the team AnthonyKen, LLC.

The entire Creative Team and Additional Cast information will be announced at a later date.

Joining forces with AnthonyKen, LLC. as producing partner is Original Dreamgirl, Sheryl Lee Ralph and The D.I.V.A. Foundation.. With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”, and earning Best Actress noms for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.  Miss Ralph can currently be seen in Showtimes” Ray Donovaning heats up the screen with Jon Voight and also Nickelodeons new hit “Instant Mom” with Tia Mowry.

The D.I.V.A. Foundation (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) is a national not-for-profit 501C (3) charitable organization founded by Sheryl Lee Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS as an original company member of Dreamgirls. The organization focuses on generating resources and coordinating artistic activities to create awareness of and combat HIV/AIDS. The D.I.V.A. Foundation utilizes music and entertainment as a vehicle to inform, educate and erase the stigma attached to this deadly disease.

As we acknowledge National AIDS Awareness Day, I know Sylvester is singing and dancing under that great disco ball in heaven and we prepare to light up Broadway with his music and memory.” Said Ralph

MIGHTY REAL is set to start Previews September 5th, 2014 at the Theatre at St. Clements.

Group Tickets (10+) go on Sale  NOW.

Individual Tickets go on Sale June 2nd, 2014.

Call OVATIONTIX at 866.811.4111 or go to www.FABULOUSSYLVESTER.com

Also, follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @FABSYLVESTER

VIDEO LINKS:

LIVE Exclusive video from Prior Le Poisson Rouge NYC Concert

The “MAKING OF” Video

 

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CHER in Brooklyn May 9th

The tour not to miss in 2014!

CHER Dressed to Kill – with Cyndi Lauper in Brooklyn  May 9th. 2014.

 

More than 40 years of show business success Cher is that rare entertainment industry icon that defies classification. Continually referenced, adored, and examined, she belongs in the exclusive pantheon of performers who have not only outdistanced all of their contemporaries, but have, decade in and decade out, stubbornly navigated the transient whims of public taste and carved a permanent place for themselves in the hearts and minds of cinema, television, music and pop culture enthusiasts everywhere. The new CD is HOT!  The show will be HOTTER!

Tickets and info online!

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WE Bike New York City November 6th

WE Bike NYC is holding their 2nd annual event, WE PARTY featuring live music by Bugs in the Dark and Wise Girl!
WE Bike NYC is a group based in New York City open to all women,
transgender, and gender nonconforming people who enjoy biking (or think
they might). WE Bike NYC aims to break down barriers to cycling by
offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride
scholarships. Through innovative programming on and off the bike and
partnerships with local communities, WE Bike NYC creates a supportive
environment for women, girls, transgender and gender nonconforming
people to get where they want to go.

Wise Girl is led by the powerful vocals of frontwoman Abby Weitz, Wise Girl’s 10-track debut LP entitled You’ll Just Have To Wait
is filled with power chords, driving beats and authentic lyrics ripped
straight from the band’s personal experiences. Check out their latest
single, “So Broken,” HERE.

WE’re having our 2nd
Annual WE PARTY!! Help us continue doing what WE do and offering our
programming free of charge by attending this party/benefit for $15. IT’S
OPEN TO ALL GENDERS and yes, there’s BIKE PARKING thanks to
Transportation Alternatives’ NYC Bike Ambassadors

EVENT INFO

WHO: Wise Girl
WHAT: We Party 2
WHEN: November 6th, 2013
WHERE: The Grand Victory
245 Grand Street/ Brooklyn, NY
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Cazwell explores the Selfie picture taking Phenomenon

  I personally do not take selfies. And I do not understand the people who do. Constantly. 

THE WEEK asked, Why are we so obsessed with selfies and, in particular, the people who take them?

The familiar if dull refrain is that selfies reflect the narcissism
of our age, spurred by the easy sharing capabilities of smartphones and
the cameras they house. Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr provide
potentially far-reaching platforms to broadcast close-ups of our faces,
particularly the ones we deem fit for consumption by others.

Cazwell’s
new track takes aim at all those Instagram over-sharers (you know who
they are) who just can’t stop taking photos of their hot bods.

“It reflects our ever-growing need to be viewed as popular and attractive,” says the gay rapper.

Check out the video directed by up-and-coming Viennese producer Dizzy Bell.

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SCORE Thursday at Bar Tini with Adam Joseph September 12th

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New Yorks MISTER CHASE has a Message for LGBT Russia

MISTER CHASE is an EDM, rocktronic performer based in NY. He has a pulsing
party vibe, mixed with chill sugary pop tones and rock star edge. His
shows are super high energy, an extremely entertaining. He is a visual
performer, backed up by a troupe of sexy, talented dancers, appropriate
for any festival, casino, club, venue or event. Having toured US, UK and
Canada, his show turns every audience member into a believer. MISTER
CHASE is currently recording his second EP which is set to release later
this year.

FOR NOW – he has a message for the gay people of Russia…YOU ARE WONDERFUL!

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Tony Moran brings DESTINATION experience to XL Nightclub

 On Saturday, August 24th, Destination embarks on a
mission to recapture the greatness of the New York City dance floor.


 “I respect
and love all of the Ibiza parties that have been circling the globe with their
events but we are now taking back control of the American dance floor,”
declares Destination founder Tony Moran. “We want everyone to once again
recognize New York City as the party capital of the world!” The high- speed
journey begins at
11pm at NYC’s XL Nightclub (512 W 42nd St) and continues into
the wee morning hours. 

Tony Moran will steer the decks, along with Brazilian dj
Gustavo Scorpio in the early hours with nightlife icon Flava hosting and
special live performances by international superstars Kristine W and Vernessa
Mitchell. A particular highlight of the evening will be the integration of music
videos displayed on a video wall customized by Tony and gigantic DNA
installation by Michael Longo of Sound Factory fame over the dance floor,
seamlessly synched to Tony’s original club mixes. Tickets are available now at
www.xlnightclub.com.

“Destination will be about movement, motion,
evolution, sex and sensuality,” explains Moran, a two-time Grammy nominated
remixer/ producer/singer-songwriter and DJ known for remixing popular songs by
Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna and countless others. “I will use the DJ booth
as my laboratory to build new songs and remixes live.”

Destination will offer fans an elaborate NYC
experience with unique party elements that have never been seen anywhere else
in the world. The most notable will be the introduction of Pioneer Pro DJ
technology on the dancefloor, synching Tony’s original club mixes to video.
“The idea is for the visuals to be more than just dancers, performers and
lights,” explains Moran. “These videos will bring the club classics and future
classics to life.”

This is the reason why Destination is taking place
at XL Nightclub.
The venue offered Moran the freedom to bring in extra massive
sound, including $50,000 enhanced sound system exclusively for the night, turbo
charged with state-of-the-art subwoofers, ultra crisp tweeters, and
individually controlled speakers for Tony to create a true 3D sound experience.
Brand new visual enhancements will fill the club to make the magic happen.
“It’s not about the DJ in the booth anymore”, he continues. “It’s about putting
the spotlight on the dance floor and whisking clubbers on a fantastical
excursion of the senses.”

The evening will include special performances by
club superstars Kristine W and Vernessa Mitchell plus the brilliant,
circuit-favorite Flava performing Tony’s Destination XL Anthem.

Kristine and Tony have collaborated together on
several tracks, most recently hitting #1 on the US Billboard club charts with
“Walk Away”. Miss W has been a staple of the New York City nightlife scene for
over fifteen years. Her first single, “Feel What You Want” debuted in
New York City clubs. “Kristine W’s stronger than ever, and it just made total
sense to showcase her newest and greatest at Destination,” says Moran.

It gives him the opportunity to debut his recently
completed remix of Kristine W’s next single, “So Close To Me” with full length
extended video on the Video Wall. “It’s progressive Kristine W,” he continues.
“My remix reshapes her song for the progressive worldwide movement without
abandoning my circuit roots I am especially proud of it.”

Moran will also debut his brand new Vernessa
Mitchell song. Vernessa Mitchell is a gospel recording artist whose vocal
versatility has been heralded by R&B and House audiences. Her uplifting
house songs have charted seven times on the Billboard Dance charts. Hits
include “This Joy”, “Took My Life” (Billboard Club Play Song of the Year in
2004), and “Accept Me”, besides her timeless NYC anthem “Reap (What You Sow).
Moran is especially excited about the new mix as this marks his first
collaboration with the Grammy-nominated vocalist.

 “I’ve always admired Vernessa,”
he says. “I love the message of her songs and of course, that voice! I had been
reaching out to her for months trying to work with her. Miraculously, things
fell into place and it all came together. I’m so proud of my first song with
her.”


Tony Moran aims to launch Destination to other major cities. “We want to ‘Take
It All The Way’”, he says, slyly referencing another new anthem he wrote that
he will debut at Destination. “We’re building on those great Ibiza parties, but
going beyond the circuit sound and creating unique dance events with more of a
New York City thang.”

In the days prior to the event, Moran is releasing
Tony Moran+Deborah Cooper+Deep Influence, “Planet XL (That’s How We Do)” on
Wednesday, August 21; Tony Moran presents Vernessa Mitchell, “Rise!” on
Thursday, August 22; and Tony Moran’s futuristic progressive take on Tony Moran
& Ultra Naté, “Destination” on Friday, August 23.

NYC nightlife fixtures at all the cool events,
Dougie Meyer, Dina Delicious, Roze Black and Mark Nelson, are hosting the event,
and Moran has invited the singers, producers, djs and entertainment industry
giants to the party.

The event is produced by XL in association with
Sugar House and Continuous Cool.

For more information on DESTINATION visit www.xlnightclub.com.

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Musical Mondays and Cabaret at XL Nightclub

 Last Night, XL Cabaret debuted ‘Monday Musicals,’ which included a
special performance by Tony Award winning
Kinky Boots
star Billy Porter.
I wanted to send you images and a brief recap in hopes you would be able to include it.

Billy arrived with actor
Victor Garber at XL Cabaret around 10pm
and hit the stage not long after in thigh high “kinky” boots (sans
pants). He did a solo live performance that was followed by a contest
with audience members to win 2 tickets to see his Broadway show ‘Kinky
Boots.’
He selected about 7 revelers and judged who had the fiercest walk. Billy was very interactive with the audience and in great spirits. He concluded the night with one additional number.

The Monday Musicals’ (August 19th) will have a special live performance by Broadway’s ‘Lion King’ star
Chondra Profit 

Saturday, September 14th, burlesque star Katrina Darling (Kate Middleton’s cousin) will be performing at XL Cabaret, in a special show dubbed ‘God Save the Queens.’


XL     512 W. 42nd St, NY


Find out what’s happening this week and next month at XL

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XL Nightclub Presents The Orion Experience

THE ORION EXPERIENCE is an interactive musical event in the style of ROCKY HORROR, BARBARELLA and CAPTAIN EO. In-flight amenities include live electro-pop music, wall-to-wall dancing, aerialists and cocktails. Join the crew and dance the night away!
BLASTING OFF AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 1 AT XL NIGHTCLUB (512 W. 42nd St): Thursday 8pm, Saturday 9pm & Sunday 8pm.
Starring: Orion Simprini, Linda Horwatt, Reef Rox
Featuring: Sir Honey Davenport as the Queen of White Lies
Director: Travis Greisler
Choreographer: Misha Shields
Visit TheOrionExperience.com for more info – and use code TOETKG35 for a special $35 discounted ticket. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. 
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New York’s Fabulous Lady Bunny – Take Me Up High

 

SHE’S BACK! And More Fabulous than ever!
Lady Bunny’s self-penned  “Take Me Up High” just debuted at #43 on the Billboard Club/Dance Chart. 
“Wayne Numan of Lybra Records and I have been so thrilled with the
response that we’re already working on a follow-up single. So stay
tuned! And if you like dancing to this kind of music, please request
“Take Me Up High” on the radio, at the club or wherever you listen to
dance music.
WATCH  VIDEO  TAKE ME UP HIGH

Special thanks go to:

Steve Willis for directing the video and creating it’s concept.

Post production by Cody Swanson (editor), Shannon Laskey (graphics), Dustin Wadsworth and Thomas Ramsey (post effects).

The
groovy dancers in the video are Princess Lockerooo in red, C.J.
Quinones looking all sexy in the tank top and Muffinhead Daehniffum in
all white.

Milk Studios in NYC for donating their exquisite space to a zany drag queen and crew!

Bobby Shaw for everything! And all the DJs who have supported us on our intergalactic quest to make the universe dance.

Billy Erb (NYC) for his amazing album cover photo.

My
friend/phenomenal singer Phillip Ramirez for introducing me to
Wayne/Lybra Records and for always encouraging me to sing and write
music.”

 Website: http://www.ladybunny.net
Lybra Records: http://www.lybrarecords.com
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Sting To Play Benefit Concerts for The Public Theater

10 CONCERTS TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC THEATER

SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 9

 

PERFORMING SONGS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM,

THE LAST SHIP, 

FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME


Limited Number Of Free Tickets To Be Offered For Each Concert

100 Sting.com Fan Club Members To Receive Free Tickets

To A Special Birthday Celebration Performance 

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that, for the first
and only time,
Sting will perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, for 10 concerts to benefit The Public Theater in their intimate, 260-seat Anspacher Theater from
September 25 – October 9.
An evening of music and storytelling with one of the world’s most
prolific artists, these performances will offer unique insight into the
creative process of both his new album, to be released
September 24, and his forthcoming
play of the same name, premiering in 2014. All proceeds benefit The Public Theater and are tax deductible.

“Sting is one of the great artists of our time, a brilliant songwriter who is also a model of activist commitment,” said
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The Last Ship
is shaping up to be a masterpiece, both an elegy for and a celebration
of the working class life of the Newcastle shipyards. The Public is
honored to call Sting a friend and thrilled
to be hosting these benefit concerts.”

 

Sting added, “The
Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of
the city’s distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this
material that is, at its core, about the importance of community.”

 

In
the spirit of The Public Theater’s ongoing mission of accessibility, a
limited number of free seats will be distributed the day of each
performance via a lottery system.  Entries will be taken between 5:30
p.m.
and 6:00 p.m. each performance day, with a drawing beginning at 6:00 p.m. (All entrants must be present to win.)

 

Sting
also has a long tradition of hosting special events for members of his
official fan club. In addition to these 10 performances, 100 Sting.com
Fan Club members
will receive free tickets, selected via lottery, to attend a very
special concert in celebration of Sting’s birthday on Wednesday, October 2 at The Public Theater. For details, please visit www.sting.com.

 

American Express ® Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning on Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST through Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. EST at
http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/296
or 212-967-7555.

 

An exclusive pre-sale for Sting.com Fan Club members will begin Saturday, July 13 at 12noon EST and conclude Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Sting.com Fan Club
members must purchase tickets by phone at 212-967-7555.

 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday, July 14 at 10:01 p.m. EST at
http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/296 and beginning Monday, July 15 at 12noon
EST by phone or at the box office.

 

Benefit
ticket prices range from $250-$2,500, with tickets at the top tier to
include VIP seating and a pre-show meet & greet with Sting. Tickets
are tax deductible
for US residents. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

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My Big Gay Camp Talent Show June 24th

A
One-Night-Only Cabaret

Hosted
by Philip Mutz, Ken Urso, and Christian Mansfield

Directed
by Phillip Fazio

 

YouTube
sensation Tyler Marcum will be performing his original interpretive dance
“20/30” to the Dixie Chicks song “Landslide” as part of a one-night-only
cabaret titled My Big Gay ‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show, playing at the Laurie
Beechman Theatre in NYC on Monday, June 24 at 7pm.

Since posting
the mash-up video of his current day 30 year old self dancing in unison with a
video of his 20 year old self, Marcum has raked up almost half a million views
on YouTube. This will be the first time he performs the dance live.

Marcum’s
touching viral dance video can be seen at
http://youtu.be/u2ICgup4GDY.

Marcum’s performance
during New York’s Gay Pride Week will feature him dancing live to his original
choreography in front of video of the same performance from age 20.

 

Kicking off
2013 Gay Pride Week, this cabaret night will feature 10 of New York’s finest
singers, dancers, improvisers, and stand-up comedians all vying for the
audience chosen ‘Best in Camp’ Award.

Joining Marcum
onstage will be Broadway’s Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), singer/actress
Mariand Torres (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Elphaba
Stand By on the First National Tour of Wicked), stand-up comedian Marc
Maietta (Laugh Attack Comedy Festival) and dancer Lawrence Neuhauser
(National Tour of Movin’ Out).

Following the
sold-out run of the new play Gay Camp as part of the 2012 New York
International Fringe Festival and Fringe Encore Series, comedic actors
Christian Mansfield (Broadway Bares; National Tour of 42nd
Street
), Ken Urso, and Philip Mutz (also co-author of Gay Camp) will
reprise their Gay Camp roles as hosts of the cabaret evening.  My
Big Gay ‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show
is directed by Arizona-native Phillip Fazio
(Gay Camp; Arizona premiere of Grey Gardens and August: Osage
County
).

It’s gay;
it’s camp; it’s My Big Gay ‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show!

My Big Gay
‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show

will perform on Monday June 24th at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman
Theatre, downstairs at 407 West 42nd Street, NYC.

 

My Big Gay
‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show

runs 60 minutes with no intermission.

Doors open at
6:15pm.  Show starts at 7pm.

 

Reservations
can be made by calling (212) 695-6909.

Tickets are
$15 (plus a $15 food/drink minimum).

 

For more
information on My Big Gay ‘Gay Camp’ Talent Show,

visit our website at www.gaycamptheplay.com

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CHER to headline this years Dance on the Pier June 30th

Heritage of Pride has confirmed  that iconic
performer Cher will be headlining this year’s 27th annual Dance on the
Pier on Sunday, June 30. Along with Deborah Cox. 


Cher will be performing her brand-new single “Woman’s
World” at the event from her upcoming album set to be released September
24 on Warner Bros Records.

“NYC Pride is thrilled to welcome Cher to the stage of this year’s Dance on the Pier! Her performance
will be one of the most memorable in the history of this world-class
party. Now in its 27th year, the Dance on the Pier continues a proud
tradition of partnering with all-star talent to create a high-quality
event that raises funds to support local LGBT non-profits and New York
City’s annual Pride festivities,” says Chris Frederick, Managing
Director of NYC Pride.

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Queer Songwriters Night June 28th

We are putting on another Queer Songwriter’s night at the Sidewalk Cafe. 



What:

This ain’t no disco. And these queer singer/songwriters certainly aren’t fooling around. 
Unhinged is a periodic music showcase that features a
rotating lineup of NYC’s hottest, underground queer singer/songwriters.
The series allows the queer artists to showcase their unique voices and
sounds in an intimate, acoustic setting. 
The event is produced by queer singer/songwriter James Wilson of The Paisley Fields. 
Who (Performers):

Brett Gleason, Chris Blacker, David Clement, Aaron Pfeiffer 



When:

Friday June 28th, 6:30pm 



Where:

The Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, New York, NY



Cost:

$5 suggested donation
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Shine Out LGBT Music Festival in New York June 21-23

3 days!  3  stages!   The largest LGBT Music Festival!
The Shineout Music Festival is a celebration of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgendered musicians and supporters coming
together with pride and love to celebrate who we are with the
music we create and the support we give to one another.

We are hoping that this 3-day festival is a breakthrough for all
musicians, artists and anyone struggling to find their voice and identity.
With it, we hope to create an annual event that not only provides
unparalleled music and performances but also a community
of artists and individuals bound together with strength and hope celebrating diversity, identity, character and each other.

Be who you are. May you shine!

– Darren Melchiorre & Chris Ryan
Festival founders and producers


Shine Music Festival

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Shanna Sharp Record Release Party April 25th

Shanna Sharp

Often compared to Sara Bareilles and Alanis Morissette, Shanna has been called the
“southern Adele” with her soulful vocals and rich, introspective lyrics. 
Raised in Montgomery, Alabama,
Shanna grew up listening to Sarah McLachlan and Jeff Buckley and
developed an affinity for moving songwriting and vocals. 

 In 1999, Shanna took her shot to live
in New York City with only $200 in her pocket to pursue music and acting. 
Once in NYC, she attended Circle In The Square Theatre School and performed
music gigs at popular venues such as Bowery Electric, Roseland Ballroom, Crash
Mansion and The Bitter End.  She later traveled frequently to Europe to
tour between 2002 and 2007.   Since then,
Shanna has settled back in NYC, has toured
the southeast, and she currently resides in Harlem.  

Shanna has an amazing
new album, Silver Linings Under Grey!! There will be  record release show on April 25th at Rockwood Music Hall- Stage 2.

 Shanna was a member of the plus size pop burlesque group The
Glamazons
who were 2006 season finalists on America’s Got Talent! The starlet regularly performs in the 
raucous west village piano bar scene of downtown NYC. 

Event Details

Who: Shanna Sharp

What: Record Release Party!

When: April 25th, 2013 @ 7PM

Where: Rockwood Stage 2

196 Allen St  New York, NY 10002
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Antigone Rising at New Yorks Mercury Lounge April 12th

I hope everyone grabbed TIME magazine this past with 2 historic gay covers!

Have you heard of NY’s Antigone Rising?? One of the band
members, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, is on the  girl cover of Time
Magazine along with her wife Sarah. The issue features “portraits of the
gay marriage revolution” and boldly declares “Gay marriage already
won.”



Antigone Rising has been an all-female force to be reckoned with in
the country rock world since their debut release in 2005. After more
than a decade of relentless touring and critical acclaim, the band
(Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Nini
Camps) is poised to release a new EP in 2013. The first single is “That Was The Whiskey,” a foot-stomping, rollicking good time co-written by Lori McKenna.

The band is performing on Fri., 4/12 at Mercury Lounge!

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New Yorks Elaine Stritch Farewell Concert at Cafe Carlyle in April

WOW! Four-time Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Grand Dame, Elaine Stritch has announced that she will play her final engagement at Cafe Carlyle this April. 

Her farewell show, titled Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin’ Over and Out,
will play the intimate club April 2 through 6. 
The 88-year-old legendary New York performer is leaving her home in NYC and relocating to a condo in
Michigan, her native state.

Fans nervous that this departure means retirement for Stritch need not worry! The incomparable star told The New York Times,
What actor would ever say they’re done? I loved being on Broadway, but
performing has become exhausting, and I just don’t want to live in New
York anymore… I just don’t have the energy, darling. I’m 88! I don’t
look or always feel it, but I’m 88!
See more  at  Broadway.com
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