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Global Cocktail: Basil Hayden’s Spring Fling

April 17th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Basil Hayden's Spring Fling

Basil Hayden’s Spring Fling

Summer is so close we can almost taste it, but take a minute to celebrate spring in bloom with Basil Hayden’s® Spring Fling. We love the spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon against the refreshing coconut water, tart pink lemonade, and bubbly ginger ale.

Basil Hayden’s® Spring Fling

1 1/4 part Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 part Coconut Water

1 part Pink Lemonade

1 part Ginger Ale

Method:

1. Add bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice.

2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Cocktail Music: First Listen, Giorgio Moroder & Sia

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

There has been much speculation over the contents of legendary disco-era DJ/producer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album Déjà Vu. This is Moroder’s first album in 30 years, and he was partly inspired by his work with Daft Punk in 2013. While many details about the album have been kept secret, in recent weeks we learned the track list (which features songs by Britney Spears, Kelis, and Kylie Minogue). And today, the Moroder gods granted us our first listen of the title track Déjà Vu featuring Sia.

Check it out after the jump and see the full track list…

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International Gay-Rights Organizations Condemn Malawi’s Proposed Anti-Gay Laws

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi’s President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law creates new forms of legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.  While the law raises the minimum marriage age to 18—a positive move to combat child marriage—it also promotes a policy of exclusion against LGBTI Malawians that would likely translate into discrimination in education, housing, jobs and elsewhere.

Find out exactly what the law would do after the jump…

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Review: Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in ‘Finding Neverland’

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
The cast of "Finding Neverland" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Finding Neverland” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

I must have been about eight-years-old when I jumped off the couch in our family room and fractured my wrist. I was trying to fly and had gallantly tied a bed sheet around my neck in an attempt to soar through the air. Grounded for the season (not by my parents, but by the injury), I set up shop at the kitchen table with my dad’s old dopp kit filled with markers and crayons and a stack of poster board, provided by my mother who I’m sure hoped that a more sedentary expression of my creativity would be the safer route.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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Conservative Group Bans Log Cabin Republicans From Convention

April 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Just when the Log Cabin Republicans thought that this would be the year that the Republican party accepted them, they get banned from a large conference in Denver. Organizers of the Western Conservative Summit, an event held in June, returned the gay conservative group’s $250 registration fee to secure a booth at the three-day summit. That doesn’t mean that members can’t attend the conference to hear GOP hopefuls address the crowd, they just can’t advocate their cause. “We’d love to have them attend the summit and be in the discussion. But we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs,” the president of the Centennial Institute, John Andrews, said. [AP]

 

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ANA Celebrates Beginning of Five-Year Star Wars Partnership with R2D2-Themed Livery

April 16th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap Via Youtube

Screen Cap Via Youtube

Japanese carrier ANA is celebrating this winter’s release of Star Wars by decorating one of their Dreamliner 787-9’s like R2D2. This begins a five-year partnership with the movie franchise that was acquired by Disney. More info is soon to be put on the airline’s devoted Star Wars–themed website.

Today was also the release of the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens due out on Christmas.

Let the force be with you after the jump…

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Alabama’s Religious Freedom Bill to Have Severe Consequences for the State’s Population

April 16th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport.

Gay-right’s organizations are continuing to put pressure on Alabama’s legislature to halt the progress of Indiana-style “religious freedom” bills (H.B. 56)(H.B. 296/S.B. 261) that would allow discrimination in the arenas of marriage recognition and adoption.

With H.B. 56 set receiving its first hearing in a Senate committee yesterday (Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, State House Room 304), fair-minded Alabamians are calling on their elected officials to refuse to send the state down the wrong-headed path that cost Indiana tens of millions of dollars in economic activity and put hundreds of millions more at risk. Condemned by more than 100 major corporations and job-creators—as well as a broad majority of the American people—legislation like H.B. 56 has nothing to do with personal religious practice and everything to do with discrimination.

Find out what kind of damage these three bills could potentially do to the people of Alabama after the jump…

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Watch: How Many WW Points is that James Corden? Jennifer Hudson Sings Host’s Cheeseburger Order

April 16th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

Jennifer Hudson took a carpool to work with The Late Late Show host James Corden, who makes a stop at the local drive-thru.  Hudson hilariously begins to echo the host’s order by singing it. Soon, the American Idol star sings the complete order and talks about her days working at a drive-thru.

The hilarious clip and plenty of side-by-side karaoke after the jump…

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‘Finish Him,’ Mortal Kombat X to Feature First Gay Character

April 16th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via Kotaku

Screen Cap via Kotaku

I remember waiting in line for over an hour to play the original Mortal Kombat at my local arcade, choosing my favorite character Sonya, getting made fun of by my brother, but then ultimately demolishing him (sealing the deal wither her Fatality). We became obsessed with the characters’ backstories when the game became available on Sega Genesis, and were first to see the movie in theaters. Now, the game franchise has released the characters in the latest installment, Mortal Kombat X, and it includes a gay character—my how times have changed.

Kung Jin has been confirmed by the game’s cinematic director, to be the first gay character.

Kotaku explains how the revelation occurs in the game. In a flashback clip: “Raiden says, ‘Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up.’ Later, after the thunder god tries to get Kung Jin to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and become a warrior monk, Kung Jin says, ‘I can’t… They won’t accept..’ Raiden—who knows what the young mortal’s talking about because, well, he’s a god—replies by saying, ‘They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.’

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Theater Buff: Michael Cusumano of ‘An American in Paris’

April 16th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. This month we visit Michael Cusumano, who appears in the new Broadway musical, An American in Paris. Based on the Academy Award-winning film and directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, it’s one of the hottest tickets of the season. Tres bien!

Michael Cusumano (photo: Bill Goulding via The Broadway Blog.)

Michael Cusumano (photo: Bill Goulding via The Broadway Blog.)

Name:
Michael Cusumano

Hometown:
Freeport, New York

What would you do on your ultimate Paris dream date?
If I was to imagine my ultimate Paris dream date I would chose the holiday time of year because I fell in love with the outdoor Christmas market. We would hold hands browsing the cute shops, while of course sipping a mulled wine. Get the grand! Then take a ride on the Ferris wheel, and finish the night being cheesy by going to the top of the Eiffel Tower— standing on top of the world and getting lost in each other’s eyes. (I’m a dreamer if you couldn’t tell!)

Favorite French pastry and where to get in NYC?
I’m not a big pastry fan, but I tell ya, I fell in love with ham and cheese crepes. I ate a bit too many while in Paris. There came a time where I had to force myself to walk another route back to the hotel so I wouldn’t pass my favorite crepe stand. If there’s a good crepe place in New York City, please don’t tell me cause I will be in trouble again. 

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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