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

September 15th, 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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Charles Busch Takeover: Watch Out, San Francisco

September 15th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Die, Mommie, Die! (J. Conrad Frank, Ali Haas, Devin O’Brien. Photo by Lois Tema via The Broadway Blog.)

Die, Mommie, Die! (J. Conrad Frank, Ali Haas, Devin O’Brien. Photo by Lois Tema via The Broadway Blog.)

Contributor Jim Gladstone chats with the gender bending theatrical force, Charles Busch.

“I alternately feel like Marlene Dietrich at the end of her career and an old animal act,” quips actor and playwright Charles Busch about the nightclub tour—his first in several years—that brings him to Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco on September 25 and 26.

“I don’t like being a downer, but I’m not sure if the majority of young gay people are interested in old Hollywood history or cabaret. That’s not really a new thing though,” says Bush, who turned 60 last month. “In the ‘70s, when I was in my 20s and fascinated with old studio system movies, most of my friends were caught up in disco, more into Donna Summer than Bette Davis. But I’ve always sort of modeled my career on the old female movie stars—I think I’ve cultivated a sense of mystique and emotional remove.”

Busch will discuss that career—which runs the gamut from being nominated for a Tony Award for penning The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, playing a convict in the television prison drama Oz, and creating and starring in the cult off-Broadway hit “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”—two nights before his Feinstein’s run in a live interview at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, where his camp-tastic play Die, Mommie, Die! will have its Bay Area premiere the following week.

 

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

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Got the Health-Food Munchies? Marriott Has Just the Thing

September 15th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
he new machine at the Marriott Chicago O'Hare hotel.. Image via Marriott Hotels

The new machine at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare hotel.. Image via Marriott Hotels

This week, Marriott has unveiled a healthy vending machine that’s set to revolutionize those late-night cravings. Say goodbye to settling on empty calories that won’t even fill you up and get ready to snack on handcrafted salads, sandwiches, and snacks freshly made every day using local ingredients. The working prototype debuts in the lobby of the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, offering travelers healthy food options available all day and night during their journey.  The innovation was inspired by Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year old college student, who answered the call to join Marriott Hotels in co-creating the future of travel as part of its Travel Brilliantly campaign. In looking to bring Anjana’s idea to life, Marriott Hotels reached out to Chicago start-up Farmer’s Fridge, which has taken an innovative approach to making healthy, delicious food easier to access. The company’s kiosk, one of 12 in the Chicago area, will be located in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare for the next five months for testing with guests. Items curated and prepared daily by Farmer’s Fridge will be offered for sale in distinctive packaging, ranging in price from $3 to $12 dollars and include, a Detox Salad, Greek yogurt and berries, and lemon pepper chicken.

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Gay Fall Travel: Hollywood Glamour in Central Virginia

September 15th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Charlottesville Reservoir

Charlottesville Reservoir

It’s early November, so the leaves have only just changed color, creating a fluttering sea of crisp reds, oranges, and golds across the quiet hilly terrain of central Virginia. Outside the airport terminal, I’m greeted with a genial smile, a charming southern accent, and a seductive box filled with sticky sweet donuts, deep-fried and sugar-glazed. My tour guide, and acting chauffeur, Caroline Gibson welcomes me to her pictorial hometown of Richmond, a quaint, but urban cityscape tucked into the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

“The leaves have changed just in time for you!” she says, narrating the scenic drive to the city center while I munch on the delectable welcome gift and gaze out of the window. The vibrant foliage gleaming beneath the full glaze of an afternoon sun transfixes my eyes. As a Louisiana-bred southerner turned New York City urbanite, it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve seen natural vegetation, and while I am here to attend the 26th annual Virginia Film Festival hosted in nearby Charlottesville, I am in awe of the natural beauty that exists in this part of the country.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Cocktail Music: The Simmertones Featuring Doris Day, ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’

September 12th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
“Caprice” (1967) Courtesy of Arwin Productions.

“Caprice” (1967) Courtesy of Arwin Productions.

 

An English band from Torbay, The Simmertones, has been given a blessing from the one-and-only Doris Day to use her vocals in their latest single “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps.” The single from the ska band is created as though the lead singer, Glyn Wilcox, and Doris Day were actually performing the song together. The band actually approached Day, who is famous for her prolific film career, including hits like The Pajama GameRomance on the High Seas, and Pillow Talk, and requested her permission to use a sampling from the song. Doris quickly gave permission along with Sony Music, and the single has received praise from Day fans, as well as listeners throughout the world who have been downloading the hit.

To buy the single, click here. Enjoy!

Watch the music video after the jump…

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Global Cocktail: 2 GINGERS® Negroni

September 12th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
2 GINGERS Negroni. Image via 2 GINGERS.

2 GINGERS Negroni. Image via 2 GINGERS.

The Negroni may traditionally be a gin drink, but hey, it’s Friday and we’re betting you’re in the mood to shake things up a little. Start with a darker base this time—2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey—and your weekend will be off to a perfect start. Bottoms up, lads.

2 GINGERS® Negroni

2 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey

1 part sweet vermouth

1 part Campari® liqueur

METHOD: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir, then strain into a low-ball or rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Celebrating Pride in Las Vegas!

September 12th, 2014 Robert

Las Vegas Pride

By Jim Gladstone

As most of the rest of the country’s Pride festivals faded into summer memories, Las Vegas Pride 2014 roared to life like an MGM lion last weekend. MGM Resorts International—a major sponsor of the city’s annual festivites, represented by an enormous float and hundreds of employees marching Friday night’s parade—invited PASSPORT to check out the celebration.

Here’s the skinny: Where many big cities’ pride parades have become heartfelt but snooze-inducing hours-long affairs, Las Vegas’ is tighter, brighter, and far more eccentrically entertaining—a nighttime blast of day-glo color under streetlights and spotlights in old downtown.

The off-Strip location allows the participants to be the stars, and gives the whole affair a tight-knit community feeling, rather than a sense of being yet another glitzy tourist attraction. There’s a genuine enthusiasm among the participants, onlookers, and grandstand commentators.

The parade began with a sincere memorial statement and moment of silence for Joan Rivers, long a Vegas headliner and LGBT supporter. Some of the loudest cheers of the evening were for the Prime Timers, an older men’s social group, who drag queen and local activist Norma Lee Aman introduced to the crowd as “people whose efforts for so many years are what made an event like this possible.” And the entire parade came to a tear jerking halt when a marcher dropped to one knee to propose to her girlfriend.

Held each year on the weekend following Labor Day, when room rates are at a late summer lull, Las Vegas Pride makes for a terrific swan song to the season. So plan ahead for 2015.

And continue to watch the Global Cocktails blog for news about a EVOLVE, a major new international gay New Year’s Eve celebration, debuting this winter.

Check out our Las Vegas Pride slideshow after the jump….

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Gay Days Disney Anaheim, California to Mix Things Up in October

September 12th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Gay Days.

Image via Gay Days.

“Things get so mixed up in Wonderland,” Alice sighed. That is sort of the motto during Gay Days Disney when the wholesome family theme park gets turned on its head as thousands of GLBT Mickey lovers storm the Magic Kingdom to enjoy each of the parks as well as tons of fairytale parties. Meanwhile, things get a little steamy at the annual Wonderland party, which raises money for the Point Foundation. Don’t be the only one not in Neverland from October 3-5. www.gaydaysanaheim.com

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The Lust List: Soothe On-Demand Massage App

September 11th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Soothe On-Demand Massages. Image via Soothe

Soothe On-Demand Massages. Image via Soothe

Call it a Millennial mindset, but we’re die-hard fans of summoning services via our smartphones. Seamless, Uber, Grindr (kidding!…sort of)—they make life just that much easier. Our newest obsession, however, adds a little more luxury to our arsenal of apps. Soothe is the new on-demand massage service that has us booking top-notch, same-day massages as fast as our thumbs can hammer in our information.

Soothe serves only LA for now, but it is about to expand into Miami, the Bay Area, Phoenix, and New York. Give them 60 minutes advance notice and one of over 300 trained, certified, and insured therapists will be knocking on your door with a bottle of oil and a pair of magic hands. Yes, please.

Choose the gender of your therapist, the type and length of massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, or Couple for 60, 90, or 120 minutes), and pay right on the app. Tip is even included.

Download the Soothe iOS app on the App Store, book online at soothe.com, or call 800.960.7668 (60 min/$99; 90 min/$139; 120 min/$169). Massages available daily from 10 AM through midnight.

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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See Cher’s Dressed to Kill Concert

September 11th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Cher Contest 1

 

It’s as easy as liking Passport on Facebook and clicking here, and you can win two tickets to one of over a dozen shows listed. But don’t wait, the contest ends on Tuesday, September 16th. And  you know, you can’t turn back time on an opportunity like this!

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