Global Cocktail: The Homecoming

October 24th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
The Homecoming. Image via Passport

The Homecoming. Image via Passport

Port and pumpkin butter in a cocktail? You bet. Try this recipe for a festive fall drink that will have your party guests trying to figure out how you got so darn creative.

1.5 oz aged rum
1 oz Warre’s Otima 10yr Tawny Port
1 oz lemon juice
2 bar spoons pumpkin butter
1 Maraschino cherry

Preparation:
In a mixing glass, add all ingredients, fill with ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Hawthorne strain into a coup glass; garnish with a Maraschino cherry on a toothpick.

Recipe Courtesy: H. Joseph Ehrmann, Elixir To Go, San Francisco

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Cocktail Music: Bette Midler’s Cover of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’

October 24th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

The legendary Bette Midler is about to release her first studio album in eight years, and the star has released the first song from the album, a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.” The Divine Miss M’s latest will feature songs from female groups that have influenced the Hawaiian-born singer on the album titled It’s the Girls. Be sure to get your copy or download on November 4.

Do you think T-Boz and Chilli are proud?

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Interview: Martha Wash Returns to San Francisco Tonight, It’s Gonna be Raining Men

October 24th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Martha Wash

Image via Martha Wash

It’s hard to believe that when Martha Wash takes the stage backed by a five-piece band at Feinstein’s at the Nikko tonight, it will be her first time performing in her hometown in three decades. “I’m nervous about it,” says the 60-year-old San Francisco native, whose thunderous vocals have been a staple of gay dance culture since she began her career—along with her friend Izora Rhodes—as a backup singer for Sylvester in the mid-1970s, singing at the likes of the Castro Street Fair and the Elephant Walk Bar. “I’m hoping to see a lot of familiar old faces and friends from my school days.”

Wash was in her late teens when she first encountered Sylvester—who died of AIDS in 1988—when he opened for R&B star Billy Preston (now best known for “Get Back” with the Beatles). “Sylvester’s band was cool and he was clearly enjoying himself. I grew up in the church, but even in elementary school there were boys who I think were gay, and in high school, there were gay guys in my classes. So that was no big thing for me. I was used to it.”

“Two years later,” she remembers, “I auditioned for him. I did a gospel song, and he hired me on the spot.” On some of Sylvester’s best known recordings, the mix is such that Sylvester could be considered the back-up, with lead vocalist honors going to Wash and Rhodes—also known as “Two Tons of Fun.” (The pair also recorded the evergreen novelty tune “It’s Raining Men” as The Weather Girls.) Sylvester is now the subject of an off-Broadway musical, Mighty Real in which actress Jacqueline Arnold takes on the role of young Wash. “I haven’t seen it yet,” confesses Wash, “But its pretty weird to have somebody else playing you.”

 

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Gay Travel: Globetrotting Through Toronto, Canada’s World Pride

October 24th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

I’ve just arrived in Toronto, my first time visiting the much-hyped Canadian city, and I begin walking from my hotel to the University of Toronto where a Human Rights Conference is about to kick off as part of this year’s World Pride festivities. My hotel, the Four Seasons Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave. Tel: +1-416-964-0411. www.fourseasons.com), is located in Yorkville and my friends and I are surprised by the enormous amount of area establishments that are demonstrating their gay pride. During my walk along Avenue Road, I spot the Church of the Redeemer’s sign “Welcome the World, Happy Pride,” the Royal Ontario Museum’s massive rainbow banner that shows off their sponsorship of the events, HSBC’s rainbow flags, and the national chain Pizza Pizza’s advertisement for “Slice + Coke + Pride Bag” for $5.99. The city’s glass-heavy architecture reflects the street-level life as well as a near-constant ROYGBIV shimmer that glistens to the street, like the rainbow being cast from “The More You Know” star, and I’m beginning to think Toronto itself reflects a spirited, unique diversity.

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50 Cent, Laverne Cox, Sufjan Stevens to Appear at Cyndi Lauper’s Annual True Colors Benefit

October 24th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook.

Cyndi Lauper’s fourth annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert is shaping up to be even more eclectic than this week’s Turn It Up series, as it was announced that rapper 50 Cent will also perform to benefit homeless LGBT youths. Other headliners include indie-icon Sufjan Stevens, R&B legends Salt-N-Pepa, and controversial country gal Natalie Mains. Taking place at the Beacon Theatre on December 6, Rosie O’Donnell and Laverne Cox with co-host the event.

The addition of 50 Cent, however, comes as a surprise. The singer famously bashed gay people on social media by tweeting “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.” and has also threatened violence over a comment by openly gay blogger Perez Hilton. 50 Cent has been an apology tour for his comments, and it appears he has come full circle with this latest announcement.

Tickets are on sale today. 

 

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Watch: Nick Jonas Plays ‘Guess the Celebrity Bulge’

October 24th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via YouTube

Nick Jonas proved once again that he’s down for pretty much anything, when during a British video interview, the now-solo Jonas brother played a raunchy game titled Guess That Bulge.

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The Lust List: Dina Rata at Andaz Wall Street

October 23rd, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Dina Rata at the Andaz Wall Street. Photo via Andaz.

Dina Rata at the Andaz Wall Street. Photo via Andaz.

It’s always exciting when a hotel revamps its in-house restaurant—especially when the hotel is an old favorite. The Andaz Wall Street has transformed its ground-floor bar and lounge into Dina Rata, a full restaurant and bar serving upscale American bistro cuisine. It might be the closest thing you’ll get to home cooking without leaving the city.

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Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love, and Padma Lakshmi ‘Turn It Up’ for Gay Equality

October 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro


Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com
Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com
Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com

Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com

Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com

Images by Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com

“One, turn it up for change. Two, turn it up for change. Three, turn it up for change,” MC Jack Mizrahi repeated as flawless boys, girls, and everything in between worked a runway at W Union Square to raise money for the HRC. A high-fashion and high-attitude crowd gathered in the ballroom (how appropriate) for a Paris is Burning–style ball where those who competed flipped, sashayed, death dropped, and tumbled down the runway in order to help raise awareness for marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws. They were judged by an eclectic, eccentric, and bizarre panel of judges that included the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Lady Bunny, Legendary Damon, Trace Lysette, and Peter Brant II—we know, we had the same what-a-cast-of-characters face, too.

Lady Fag did her best to work through the sometimes awkwardly paced string of events that unfolded in the over two-hour show that began with a late-start performance from the impeccable Jennifer Hudson. Wearing a black slit dress, she dazzled the crowd with her effortless Siren song, “And I Am Telling You”—we’re surprised gays didn’t come in off the street. The show was broken down by traditional New York ball categories, and a hesitant judging panel didn’t seem to have the heart to be too hard on the contestants. After the second category “Flower Girl,” Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi felt at right on the judging panel when she leaned over into her microphone and said: “I wanted to tell the last contestant to please pack her flats and go.” Courtney Love also seemed to have a unique time sipping cocktails and closely (glasses on) examining the contestants’ outfits, but seemed most surprised when she was confronted by the assemblage of transmen.

Epic battles continued till nearly midnight when the show concluded with an epic walk off between transgender models Isis King and Claudia Charriez. Claudia Charriez beat the America‘s Next Top Model contestant, King, but then ultimately lost to a fierce girl named Tyra who was wearing an impressive body suit with a long white cape.

After the event, an after party was held in W Union Square’s new graffiti-filled basement bar (formerly Underbar, formerly Lilium) called Studio where Lady Bunny DJed to keep the fashionably intoxicated crowd going.

W, HRC, and Jennifer Hudson have set up dates for “Turn It Up For Change” across the country, click here for a full schedule (JHud will be select appearances). 

 

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Art of Travel: Vintage Travel Posters

October 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

Starting in the late 19th-century, long before television and radio advertising, artful posters enticed, if not seduced, consumers to discover far-off places and exotic destinations. While leisure travel endures as one of life’s great aspirations and rewards, its advent and Golden Age were especially delectable. First there were voyages by sea, followed by the steady rise of pleasure excursions by rail and road before and after the WWI era, and then the excitement of the skies after WWII. Ian Fleming captures this early jet-age buzz in his 1959 book Thrilling Cities, that chronicles the Bond author’s visits to 14 “sin infested” destinations around the globe. In 1962, the first 007 film, Dr. No, helped fuel a generation’s lust for exotic travel.

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The Official Airline to Middle Earth, Air New Zealand, Launches Another Epic In-Flight Safety Video

October 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
During the filming an Orc tests out the new premium economy seats. Image via Air New Zealand

During the filming an Orc tests out the new premium economy seats. Image via Air New Zealand

Can Air New Zealand do any wrong when it comes to in-flight safety videos? After all, they were the ones who put fun back into the historically dull safety videos with spots that included a  “naked” video, Betty White, Richard Simmons, and the Hobbit. As part of the company’s three-year partnership with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The video will feature appearances by Director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop Co-Founder Sir Richard Taylor, and cast members (including Elijah Wood) from the films. The video was shot to show off the beauty of the country and used an area in Central Otago as the background. Now that New Zealand was crowned the second most gay-friendly place in the country by Lonely Planet, we’re thinking of hopping on a Fellbeast to revisit the beautiful country.

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