Cocktail Music: Boy George

August 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

It’s cliché, but we can honestly say that Boy George is a person who needs no introduction. Given, the pop music icon behind hits like “Karma Chameleon,” the autobiography Take it Like a Man, and the Broadway musical Taboo is looking quite different these days—bearded, lean, and fit from a largely vegetarian diet and running, he’s a man more than Culture Club’s boy. While it’s his first solo album in 18 years, This is What I Do, entails a sophisticated, contemporary effort on which George’s matured, mellifluous voice is front and center.

Check out some songs after the jump…

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Global Cocktail: Regalo Verde at the Bowery Hotel

August 22nd, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Regalo Verde. Image via Bowery Hotel

Regalo Verde. Image via Bowery Hotel

Who doesn’t love a drink with a bit of a kick to it? The Bowery Hotel has crafted a mean, green, jalapeño tequila machine that will, as your dad would say, put a little hair on your chest. Skip the vodka soda this weekend and throw together one of these asskickers. Start the weekend like a man…who drinks top-shelf specialty cocktails, of course.

Ingredients
1 oz Tanteo Jalapeño tequila
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz green chartreuse
3/4 oz lime
1/4 oz agave syrup
3 basil leaves

Combine the ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass and serve.

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New Concept Plane Has Us Singing ‘A Whole New World’

August 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Technicon Design.

Image via Technicon Design.

Upset you don’t have a window view to see the skyline as you touchdown in Paris? Well, if a design-firm Technician Design has their way with the IXION Windowless Jet Concept, you’ll feel like Jasmin riding on Aladdin’s magic carpet, except for the whole wind thing. This new plane will give passengers a 360-degree view with cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior to capture the scenery. It will then project your surroundings on high-res screens on the interior cabin walls and ceiling. Thinking these screens will take up too much energy, the designers hope to use solar panels to power the interior TVs. Without windows, the plans too will be cheaper to produce because it will require less materials. If there is nothing to see out the window besides vast ocean, any scene can be projected. [Mashable]

Hopefully the projection screens won’t distract us from our rom-com marathons.

 

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THEATER BUFF: Erik Altemus of ‘Pippin’

August 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For August, we’re getting back to nature with our man of the month…

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Name: Erik Altemus

Hometown: San Ramon, California

Current Show/Role: Pippin / Lewis (Pippin us)

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The blend of musical theater and circus.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The blend of musical theater and circus.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Playing Kurt in The Sound Of Music with a 105-degree temperature. Thanks to my Mom for the intermittent cold presses and TLC.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: A professional wild food forager!

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Curtain Call, straight up.

The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at: The Men’s Dressing Room at the Music Box Theatre.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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The Lust List: The Boardwalk D8 Folding Bike by Dahon

August 21st, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Boardwalk D8 by Dahon. Image via Dahon

Boardwalk D8 by Dahon. Image via Dahon

Whether it’s a cruise around Central Park or full-day ride through wine country, sometimes a vacation just calls for a little time on two wheels. Sure, there are places to rent bikes (if you’re lucky), but why not bring your own wheels and zip past everyone on those squeaky rentals?

The Boardwalk D8 by Dahon—the best in the biz when it comes to collapsible two-wheelers—folds down to fit easily in a suitcase, and pops back up in an instant (under 15 seconds!) so you can get on the road. It weighs a very manageable 26.1 pounds, and is perfect for that ride around the streets of your favorite European city. Say goodbye to public-transit passes and pricey taxis; you’re on your own schedule now.

The Boardwalk D8 by Dahon, $319 dahon.com

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LGBT Film Festival Reels in the Fall in Portugal

August 21st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Queer Lisboa selecciona O Nylon da Minha Aldeia para Iris Prize. Image via Queer Lisboa

Queer Lisboa selecciona O Nylon da Minha Aldeia para Iris Prize. Image via Queer Lisboa

Queer Lisboa, the only LGBT film festival in Portugal, is taking place from September 19-27. The film festival draws attention to controversial films that offer an alternate outlook on sexual and gender identities. Fulfill your film-buff cravings with a variety of movies competing for prizes, as well as non-competition Queer Art films (portraying the queer art scene), Queer Pop (which is foreign music videos and documentaries), and Hard Nights (films that explore the concept of sexuality). Keep this unique experience in mind as tickets go on sale on September 7. 

Click here for more information. 

 

 

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Celebrate the HRC in Seattle, Washington with Hottie Joe Manganiello from ‘True Blood’

August 21st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via HRC/Facebook

Image via HRC/Facebook

The Human Rights Campaign together with Starbucks, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft are excited to welcome guests to the 15th Annual HRC Seattle Dinner on September 15 at the Sheraton Seattle. Here, the who’s who of the Northwest come to not only celebrate this year’s victories, but also acknowledge the future challenges that the LGBT community will face during the upcoming year. This year True Blood actor Joe Manganiello will take home the Ally Award. 

Click here to get your tickets!

 

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US Supreme Court Says No Gay Marriage in Virginia

August 21st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

The United States Supreme Court granted an emergency request to stay the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision that found Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional, yesterday. Marriages for gay and lesbian couples were set to begin at A.M. today. The Supreme Court’s stay prevents marriages from taking place pending further appeal. The Supreme Court has been asked by the Commonwealth of Virginia to consider the Bostic case in its next term to decide the question of marriage equality. The state filed its petition for writ of certiorari, or request for review on Friday, August 8, 2014. In light of the stay, lawyers for the Bostic plaintiffs intend to file a response in support of the Commonwealth’s petition to urge the Supreme Court to review the Bostic case and resolve the incredibly important question it presents.

“Never before have federal courts across this country so swiftly, convincingly, and unanimously come to the same conclusion on an imperative constitutional question as they have when presented with the issue of marriage equality,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. “The federal court system agrees, the majority of Americans agree, and the President of the United States agrees that it is time this country treats its same-sex couples and their children just the same as all other loving families. We are confident that when the Supreme Court reviews the Bostic case, it too will agree and end the flagrant injustice of segregating Americans based on sexual orientation.” [AFER]

 

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Airlines Get Ready for Baroarbunga-ocalypse as Another Iceland Volcano is Set to Erupt

August 20th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, ICELAND - MAY 12: The volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in Iceland on May 12th 2010, Ash cloud rises into the air wreaking havoc in international flights. Image via J. Helgason

EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, ICELAND – MAY 12: The volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupting in Iceland on May 12th 2010, Ash cloud rises into the air wreaking havoc in international flights. Image via J. Helgason

We all remember the travel hell bestowed upon millions when Iceland’s famously unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull erupted, spewing plumes of ash as far south as Spain. Well, Iceland’s Meteorological Office is hearing rumblings from Iceland’s major stratovolcano, Bárðarbunga, and it is striking fear in airline executives around the globe who lost millions because of 2010′s disruption. A good indicator that an eruption is soon to take place is an earthquake, and the strongest earthquake measured since 1996 was just measured on Monday. Because of this, Icelandic authorities have raised their aviation alert to Orange, which indicates “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.”

We’ll keep you updated!

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World Eats: Culinary Road Trip in Switzerland

August 20th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

I arrive at Zürich International Airport and quickly activate my Swiss Rail Pass (www.swiss-pass.ch), which is my one-stop shop for getting around the country. At only 216 miles wide and 137 miles from north to south, Switzerland is a relatively small footprint to cover, but, because of its neighbors, it offers a portal to a diverse range of culinary influences best experienced by rail tripping. My first stop: Fribourg (www.fribourgregion.ch).

One of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, Fribourg lies in the western region and the city of the same name features The Université de Fribourg (www.unifr.ch), one of the few bilingual universities in all of Europe. The city has a youthful pulse due, in no small part, to Cardinal beer, the local brew created in 1788 that flows at nearly every pub. While the city proper showcases farmers’ markets and the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Nicholas (rue des Chanoines 3. www.stnicolas.ch), I’ve got my eye on a particular café, but not before heading out of town to conquer my first Swiss delicacy: Gruyère cheese.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online. 

 

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