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It was with a sad heart that we said goodbye to ProBar in Atlantic City and its floor-mate Divas Do AC. But just as fast as the curtains closed on that AC stage, another set flung open at Stage 48 in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And while a booze-filled limo didn’t manage to chauffeur all the girls to this new endeavor, ring leader Jason CoZmo (Liza Minelli and Dolly Parton) wrangled Gary Dee (Joan Rivers) to make a brand-new start of it in New York at a new show, Diva Royale. Funnily enough, the show opens with New York, New York, as sung by Liza (who is better at being Liza than even Liza is). “Come on come through, New York, New York,” Minelli ‘belts’ to the crowd. Don’t worry, divas, with a show like this there is no way you won’t make it here.
Located at Stage 48 in the Divine Restaurant and Lounge, the show does it old school with a three-course meal. The intimate room requires reservations, but you’ll jump at the chance to book when you realize that you can get a two three-course meals for $49 and you get a show. (You can spend that much on five Bud Lights at FairyTale Lounge down the street.) Skeptical foodies can relax, as the show serves just-the-kind-I-want-right-now food. No one cares that you followed your truffle mac n’ cheese with a cheesburger in the dark!
Keep reading after the jump…
Categories: Gay Travel, new york city, Nightlife broadway, celia cruz, dinner show, divas, dolly parton, drag show, jason cozmo, liza minelli, luis richards, new york city, stage 48, theater
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An award-winning openly gay journalist was left for dead on W. 54th St. and 7th Ave. during the early hours of January 17. Police say 46-year-old Randy Gener was initially out going to a play opening was returning home to his husband for the night when “He got hit really hard on the head so he suffered traumatic brain injuries,” his husband said. Police believe that it could have been a hate crime, because none of his stuff was taken, including his wallet. The suspect, according to police, is a Hispanic, in his 20s, six-foot tall, and about 160lbs. He apparently fled the scene in a gray four-door Nissan with Mississippi license plates (KAT-397). If you have any information, you can call 800-577-TIPS. If you would like to help further, click here to donate and help Gener cover his medical expenses.
Categories: Hate Crime, NYC beating, Chelsea, gay, gay rights, hate-crime, hell's kitchen, lgbt, midtown, new york city, nypd
LaGuardia Airport. Image via Passport.
The oft-maligned New York City airport LaGuardia is ready to enter the 21st century with a much-needed renovation. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will handle a $3.6 billion project that will see the creation of a new central terminal, open spaces, restaurants, shopping plazas, parking garages, and free Wi-Fi. ”We are going to redevelop those airports the way they should have been redeveloped many, many years ago,” Cuomo said. LaGuardia airport first opened in 1964 to handle visitors arriving in New York to attend the World’s Fair.
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Belgian-born singer Aline Queen was always a performer, but her transition to pop star took many—often naughty—turns. While she was trained classically as a teen, she moved to Paris and soon entered the world of domination and fetishism and became a professional dominatrix. After moving to New York City, she began collaborating with other artists and released her first single “Princess Boy” that’s a club banger with an important message of remaining true to yourself.
Watch the video for “Princess Boy” after the jump…
Categories: Cocktail Music, Music aline queen, cocktail music, Dominatrix, france, Music, new york, new york city, nyc club, paris, princess boy, video
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An estimated 3,500 people rode the New York City subway without pants yesterday for the 13th No Pants Subway Ride. Participants put on their best skimpies and braved the 35-degree weather to convene in Union Square. The New York event has in recent years spread across the globe with over 60 cities participating. You can check out a video of the event after the jump….
Taking place at New York’s 80WSE Gallery, there is a live excavation of unknown photos by legendary photographer Bob Mizer, whose work spans five decades starting in the 1950s. Mizer’s images and films were produced by his company Athletic Model Guild and they were often featured in his publication, Physique Pictorial. He is widely known as a pioneer in erotic male photography, but much of his other work was put aside by Mizer and went unseen until now.
Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…
Categories: Art, New York art show, bob mizer, erotic men, erotic photos, erotica, Exhibits, los angeles, new york, new york city, Tom of Finland
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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and other New York City officials sent a strongly worded letter to the sponsors of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia writing that if they continue their sponsorships they will put their companies in jeopardy by facing “reputational risk.” So why should companies listen to DiNapoli, the city comptroller serves as the sole trustee to a $161 billion public pension fund. In the past he has used his power to persuade companies to de-invest in situations that threaten human rights. According to Times Union: “DiNapoli has in the past used the state Common Retirement Fund’s leverage to press for changes in corporate policy—ranging from divestment from companies that do business with dictatorships to pressing Chevron to do right by plaintiffs in a massive environmental lawsuit in Ecuador. In each case, the Comptroller has argued that doing so is about protecting shareholder value, not promoting a progressive agenda.”
In the letter addressed to AtoS, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, Omega (Swatch), McDonalds, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble, Samsung, and Visa, DiNapoli, NYC Comptroller John Liu, and a coalition of investors “with at total of $327 billion of assets under management” made three major points in their letter:
- Ensure their nondiscrimination policies are strong, inclusive and enforced globally, especially in regard to employees stationed or on location in Russia;
- Call on the leaders of the Russian Federation to rescind the laws that deprive members of Russia’s LGBT community of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, and declare their commitment to equality irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity; and
- Call on the International Olympic Committee to obtain firm and express commitments from the Russian government that ensure the safety and human rights of all athletes and attendees of the Winter Games and visitors to the Games’ venues.
Categories: New York, Olympics, Russia, Sochi, Sports Anti-gay Russian Laws, Boycott Sochi, gay rights, gay Russia, john liu, new york, new york city, new york state, Olympic Games, propaganda, russia, Sochi, sponsorships, tony dinapoli, winter games
Bebe Neuwirth’s “Stories… in New York: Live at 54 Below”
Bebe Neuwirth, the sultry sounding Broadway triple threat dancer /singer/actress, has recently released a live recording of her performance at New York City’s iconic cabaret space, 54 Below.
Stories… in NYC: Live at 54 Below (available as digital download or CD) showcases the unchained power of a true performer who does everything in her body to portray songs with passion and truth. Neuwirth is dynamically accompanied by music director and pianist Scott Cady. The 19 tracks include songs from Broadway as well as standards and contemporary selections.
Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…
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God’s Love We Deliver, the not-for-profit organization that has provided life-sustaining meals to those with serious illnesses throughout New York City since 1985, has outgrown its downtown headquarters and is about to get its first ever expansion. The remodel of the their Soho headquarters is not just a facelift, Emmett Findley, Communications Manager at God’s Love articulated, “This project will allow us to more than double our space so that we can more than double the number of meals we cook and deliver. In addition, the expansion has many other benefits, not least of which is being able to stay in Soho, where we are an important part of the local community and where we welcome nearly 8,000 volunteers annually.”
The prime intention behind the expansion is to increase productivity in meal planning and delivery of meals that are created according to patient’s dietary needs. Findley continues, “The new building will also allow us to enhance our model. We will put in place a fully chilled/frozen meal model for our clients, which will give them much more choice around their deliveries and more control over what they eat and when they eat it.”
Keep reading over at Passport magazine online.
Jean Paul Gaultier, shirred orange velvet dress with cone bust, 1984, France. Museum purchase, P92.8.1.
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk is now open at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City. It is the first exhibit to focus solely on clothing by designers who identify as LGBTQ. Nearly 100 pieces from the 18th-21st centuries are on the floor, showcasing the themes and styles that these designers have contributed to the fashion world.
“This is about honoring the gay and lesbian designers of the past and present,” states Fred Dennis, a curator, on the exhibit’s website. “By acknowledging their contributions to fashion, we want to encourage people to embrace diversity.”
The exhibit continues through January 4, 2014. More photos and details are available via Facebook.