Move Over Firemen, New York City’s Cab Drivers are Getting in on the Calendar Action

September 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via NYC Taxi Driver Calendar

Image via NYC Taxi Driver Calendar

The New York City Fire Department has made a charity calendar for over a decade now, but Gotham’s unsung heroes, the taxi drivers, are hoping to get some attention and raise some money with their brand-new 2015 calendar. The more-humorous-than-serious calendar features three men from last year and ten new drivers as they pose doing everything from grabbing a bite to eat to changing a flat. Part of the sales will go to University Settlement, which helps serve more than 30,000 immigrants and working individuals with basic services.

Click here to see more pics and to also purchase your calendar. 

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Weinstein Douses Criticism of ‘Finding Neverland,’ Literally

September 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

FN_Believe_WEB_1In reaction to a piece written by New York Post journalist Michael Riedel criticizing the new musical Finding Neverland, the producers of the show found out that Riedel had not seen the show and had been writing speculatively.

Riedel was invited by producer Harvey Weinstein to come to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and see the show for himself. Weinstein set Riedel a challenge: if less than 80% of the audience did not love the show, Weinstein would do the ALS ice bucket challenge. However if 80 percent or more of the audience loved it, Riedel would have ice dumped on him. The show was surveyed and the results were verified by accounting firm Ernst and Young.

A resounding 96 percent of the audience voted they loved the show and so Riedel, watched by a large crowd that gathered, was elegantly doused by Weinstein.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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Brazil Presidential Candidate Goes on Bigoted Anti-Gay Rant

September 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Flickr

Image via Flickr

A former journalist, now “fringe” candidate running for president of Brazil stole the show at last night’s penultimate presidential debate, but not in a good way. With the election just a week’s away, the country wasn’t talking about the serious contenders political perspectives, but about Levy Felix, a candidate with just 1% of support in polls. The conservative said that gays “need psychological care” and should be kept “well away from [the rest of] us.”

According to the Guardian:

His comments went unremarked upon by the three main candidates – incumbent Dilma Rousseff of the Workers party, former environment minister Marina Silva and Aécio Neves of the pro-business Social Democratic party – though his insults quickly dominated post-debate discussion on social networks.

The incident highlighted the challenge of maintaining fairness in a campaign with seven candidates, four of whom usually poll less than 1% yet are entitled to almost equal prominence in televised debates.

 

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Kelly Clarkson, Elton John: Get all the Details on Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Italian Wedding

September 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via YouTube

Image via YouTube

Longtime couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka married after ten years ago in Italy, and until now the stars have kept mum about the festivities. Harris, sat down with David Letterman to talk about the castle wedding outside of Perugia, Italy and revealed some epic details, including who introduced their first dance  and the entertainment for the evening.

Check it out after the jump

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Icelandair Promotes Free Layovers with Epic Video

September 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screencap via YouTube.

Screencap via YouTube.

For a few years, Icelandair has offered a 48-hour “stopover” in Iceland free of charge for US passengers continuing on to Europe. In a new two-minute video, Icelandair surprises Kat, a photographer from Seattle who is traveling to London, with an epic 48-hour stopover as she embarks on her own surprise journey around Iceland reconnecting with her love of food. Once she recovers from the initial shock of her welcome, Kat is taken on a gastronomical journey. From cooking organic lamb and rye bread in a geothermal hot spring, to picking wild crowberries and brambleberries, to relaxing in a secret geothermal lagoon, Kat has the time of her life and is forever changed by her trip.

From now until the end of the year, Icelandair plans on surprising more people arriving in Keflavik Airport. You can nominate someone by clicking here.

Watch Kat’s video after the jump…

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‘Dressed to Kill’ at the Brooklyn Museum

September 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Christian Louboutin. "Printz," Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn

Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn

One of the most provocative and iconic objects of desire will be explored in the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, on view at The Brooklyn Museum September 10-February 15, 2015. Featuring more than 160 historical and contemporary high heels from the 17th century through the present, the exhibition examines the mystique and transformative power of the elevated shoe and its varied connections to fantasy, power, and identity. The exhibit, divided into six thematic sections, will include pieces by renowned designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Brian Atwood, and, of course, Christian Louboutin.

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Find Your Place at the Table with Lea DeLaria at Ali Forney Center’s Annual Dinner

September 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Ali Forney Center

Image via Ali Forney Center

This October 24, join Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria as she hosts the Ali Forney Center’s annual Fall Gala A Place at the Table. This year’s event will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Ali Forney Center’s work to protect and empower homeless LGBT youths, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Guests are invited to the Lower East Side hotspot Capitale, where a silent auction along with passed hor’douvres, a fabulous dinner (really!), award show, live auction, and finally a VIP after party. The evening consistently welcomes New York’s most generous crowd who all come together to take care of those most vulnerable. Additional celebrity guests to be announced soon.

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UN Human Rights Council Votes To Support Gay Rights

September 26th, 2014 Robert

UN Human Rights Council

This just in from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today applauded the United Nations’ top human rights body for approving a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it an important step forward toward progress for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles—that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of IGLHRC. “This resolution puts the UN on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”

“The council is confirming that LGBT people have universal human rights,” said Stern. “We know, of course, that the struggle is long, and that we will need the Council to focus on the violations we suffer for many years to come. But for now, we celebrate that the majority of States stood with us to declare, unequivocally, that human rights are for everyone, everywhere.”

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Cocktail Music: Mary Lambert Has ‘Secrets’

September 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Mike Ruiz

Image via Mike Ruiz

Mary Lambert, the  featured singer and songwriter of the gay-rights anthem sung by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore “Same Love,” finally has a new single that’s worthy of her talent. The openly lesbian talent has released the song as the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, Heart on My Sleeve.

Check out the adorable video after the jump…

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Get Your Tickets: Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth Star in ‘I Am Harvey Milk’

September 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via I Am Harvey Milk

Image via I Am Harvey Milk

Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris, and Jack W. Batman will be bringing  Tony- and Grammy Award–nominee Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, to the New York Stage for a one-night-only performance on October 6th at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony- and Emmy Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece this theater experience is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.

Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available here. Tickets start at $40 with premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, starting at $500.

 

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