In the world of gay dance parties, Jeffrey Sanker‘s White Party in Palm Springs is the pinnacle; it’s the largest gay dance festival in the world. As Sanker himself puts it, “What began as a gathering for 300 of my closest friends celebrating the rites of spring 25 years ago, has evolved into 30,000 men from across the world coming together and re-defining the meaning of “DESERT HEAT!’”
Indeed. For it’s 25th year, the party is doing it big. While it’s known for propelling smaller acts into stardom, like Lady Gaga and Icona Pop, this year it will be celebrating the legacy of pop star Cyndi Lauper. The theme is especially timely, on April 1, Epic will release a 30th Anniversary celebration of Lauper’s magnum opus album, She’s So Unusual, featuring all-new remixes of old classics. One such remix is featured in a promo for the party. Check out the clip of the boys of the White Party dancing it out to “Time After Time” after the jump… Read more…
Wes Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens today but has already drawn rave reviews; the film has an 86/100 on review aggregator Metacritic. The film boasts an all-star cast and Anderson’s trademark opulent aesthetic—much of the film is set inside the luxurious, titular hotel.
One great hotel deserves another, and after spending some time with The Grand Budapest, why not head to The Bowery Hotel in the L.E.S.? They’re offering a special drink at their Lobby Bar called “Boy with Apple”—the title of a fictional painting featured prominently in the plot of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The cocktail not only captures the Old World feel of The Grand Budapest Hotel but also Anderson’s understated wit. Smart cocktails and smart conversation: what better way to follow-up your evening with this film?
1 1/2 oz. Zubrowka bison grass vodka
3 oz. fresh pressed apple juice
3 dashes of angostura bitters
Mix vodka and apple juice. Add bitters and sprinkle cinnamon. Serve over ice.
What good is sitting alone in your room? (Especially when you’re in South Beach and you could be hanging with top-rated singers, performers, and even burlesque stars.) The Cabaret South Beach, is the newest live music venue and the only cabaret in Miami Beach. Open each night from 7 P.M. Through 3 A.M, the immersive experience starts with the staff—everyone from the bartenders to the servers double as entertainers. Featured acts include singers, musicians, burlesque performers, aerialists, and traditional circus performers.
The concept for the club comes from renowned nightlife empresario and businessman Edison Farrow (famous for his Martini Tuesdays events) who says that the just-opened, French-inspired venue will “…add a missing element to South Beach nightlife.”
The Cabaret is located at 233 12th Street, Miami Beach, and a 2-4-1 Happy Hour happens every night from 7 P.M. through 9 P.M. We’ll see you there!
Queen Elizabeth II has made history with a simple declaration. The royal praised a gay charity for their 40-year history making it the first time the Crown has ever publicly supported the LGBT community. The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard received a comment from the Queen saying: “Best wishes and congratulations to all concerned on this most special anniversary.” Celebrating their anniversary with a big gala event, Queen Elizabeth wasn’t the only one to praise the charity. PM David Cameron said: “Over the 40 years since it was established, the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard has made a real difference day in and day out to the lives of LGB&T people. I would like to pay tribute to the volunteers and staff of the switchboard for their dedication to providing help and support to the LGB&T community and I wish you every success in the future.”
Switchboard is the nation’s oldest operating LGBT organization in the country.
Virginia really is for lovers…now. The Virginia House of Delegates voted, 100 to 0, to strike down an antiquated sodomy ban from the books. The Republican-controlled Senate, unanimously voted to allow the citizens of Virginia to practice anal and oral sex. Previous attempts to repeal the law failed as recently as 2003, but now the legislation will head to Governor Terry McAuliffe who will sign the new legislation.
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While things were looking good in Mississippi when news spread that their bill SB2681 would no longer discriminate against gays, gay-rights organizations are pushing Mississippi legislature to further amend the proposed “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in order to make real their stated desire that the bill not undercut the rights of LGBT people. HRC State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow released the following statement: “We respect and appreciate the lawmakers who listened to our concerns about the broad nature of the initial bill. There can and should be a balance between ensuring that religious liberty is protected without granting a blanket license for anti-LGBT discrimination. While we believe that existing statutes and case law are sufficient to address the protection of religious freedom, if the legislature moves forward on this bill, they have a simple solution for their actions to match their rhetoric. To ensure LGBT people are not targeted for discrimination, we call on legislators to adopt language that explicitly preserves civil rights protections in any effort to protect religious freedom. We encourage lawmakers in other states considering this type of legislation to heed the concerns of businesses, fair-minded religious leaders and civil rights advocates in order to ensure that no group of people is marked for second-class treatment.”
“Nothing came easy to me,” says Stephanie J. Block, who along with Andrew Rannells with be performing with The New York Pops (with musical direction by Steven Reineke) on March 21. The California native now has a handful of Broadway credits under her belt due to her consistently grounded performances and a powerhouse voice that shakes the rafters. “I was a waitress for four months, and I was hideous at it! I’ve supported myself through the arts, sometimes many jobs at a time,” says Block. “I needed to respect and take nothing for granted. It served me well – people can get jaded and over it quickly. But I’m still in awe to be in the position to do the things I love.”
Most theater aficionados perhaps think that Block “burst” onto the scene as Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked, followed by her playing the role on Broadway. But that green witch isn’t the only one with an untold story. Block was living in Los Angeles and doing regional theater when Stephen Schwartz happened to be on the west coast having dinner with colleagues. He was chatting about a new musical in development and was looking for a certain kind of singer with dark features and a big voice. Stephanie’s name was mentioned and within a matter of days Schwartz invited her over to sing a few songs.
Think you can sneak your oversized carry-on onto the plane? Think again if you are flying on United. No longer is the airline going to check your big-ole wheelie bag for free if there isn’t enough overhead compartment room, the airline may send you straight back to the check-in counter to pay. According to an internal newsletter the airline is making sure its employees are aware of a new program that has a “renewed focus on carry-on compliance.” According to Star Tribune: “United says its new approach will ensure that bags are reliably reviewed at the security checkpoint, in addition to the bag checks already done at gates prior to boarding.” What do you think of all this?
Santa Fe, New Mexico has elected the city’s first openly gay mayor on Tuesday when Javier Gonzales won the election beating out two others. The 47-year-old vice president of a real estate firm also chaired the state’s Democratic Party. His win is being widely contributed to the support he received from businesses as well as his grass-roots campaigning, which consisted of over 70 house parties and eight community “conversations.” “This campaign was never about me. It was about us,” he told his supporters alongside his two daughters. “I stand before you humbled. I stand you before standing on the shoulders of people like Mayor Coss and my father and so many who have been before in this position to say that I am ready to accept the responsibility and the honor of being your mayor,” he said.