150 posts categorized "CHARITY"

Oct 15 2014
Have A TERRIFIC Christmas, Baby! Comments (0)

This is a real thing: Glen Hanson, the talented illustrator and artist, has designed a Liza Minnelli Liza-Minnelli-ornamentholiday ornament that fights HIV. Not literally, but if you buy it, the $ goes to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This is the latest in a series of Broadway Legends, the others being Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon.

Quoth Minnelli:

“I’m simply delighted and so honored to be immortalized with such a wonderfully crafted ornament. I'm especially proud to help support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that has been very dear to my heart for more than two decades.”

I had a nightmare I found Liza hanging from my Christmas tree once, so this brings things full circle with a happy ending!

Buy yours here.

 
Oct 07 2014
MILKing It: A Review Of I AM HARVEY MILK Comments (0)

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **** out of ****

Tonight, I was privileged enough to be invited to attend a one-night-only oratorio (or, as last-minute guest Whoopi Goldberg called it, “oratio”) I Am Harvey Milk, with words and music by Andrew Lippa and starring Lippa as Milk, Noah Marlowe as Young Milk and angel-voiced Kristin Chenoweth as a soprano muse who stands in for several different women in Milk's life.

They were accompanied by the Joel Fram-conducted Orchestra of St. Luke's and The All-Star Broadway Men's Chorus.

Following Goldberg's intro (she referred to us as “family”...) and a more impassioned intro by Milk protégé Cleve Jones, the 60-minute presentation was thoroughly impressive, especially considering how well-mined the subject matter is. It was especially exciting to see and hear on the day the Supreme Court declined to review some lower court decisions, bringing marriage equality to five states immediately and another six in the long run, but this piece would be exciting to see and hear any day or night of the week, at any point in history.

The reason I Am Harvey Milk has a timelessness is that it's about the overall struggle for equality and fairness, even as it uses Milk's personal political odyssey to get at that larger theme. 

I was lulled to light sleep at times by the beauty and sonic purity, but there were plenty of attention-getting highlights, most notably the jumpin' “Enough Is Enough”-inspired “Friday Night in the Castro” (complete with clapping hands and gay boogie), the triumphant “Lavender Pen” (recounting Mayor Moscone's signing of a non-discrimination proclamation) and the searing “Tired of the Silence”, in which the assembled singers exhort every gay person in the world to come out, come out, come out. (Using images that included reluctant, quasi-out Jodie Foster was perhaps a misstep, but damned if they weren't up-to-the-minute enough to include headlines from earlier today!)

Fantastic evening, surrounded by a lot of civic-minded gay people and our supporters, lovers of the arts and some glitterati; but the snazzy ensembles and relentless fitness of the crowd was just fashion, and the music and words were a reminder than being loud and demanding respect never goes out of style.

 
Sep 30 2014
It Take Cojones Comments (0)

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Thomas Burgess, a hot-as-anything rugby player, has had his nuts publicly waxed to help raise awarness and money for cancer research. I personally would rather let cancer rage on than get my balls waxed—I can not imagine the pain—so I cheer him for his strength.

 
Sep 23 2014
Need To Know: Aged Beef + DICK Movie + Come Back, Little COMEBACK + Supreme Court Justice For All + MORE! Comments (0)

ChippendalesTook it off! Took it off!

*widget boy cultureIt's a Chippendales infestation as the strip org turns 35!

*widget boy cultureRick Perry plays the Joan Rivers card against abortion.

*widget boy cultureAre you ready for Dick: The Documentary? Brainwash

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback explained.

*widget boy cultureHoward Stern regular dies @ 39.

*widget boy cultureFor fans of Mr. Brainwash.

*widget boy cultureJustice Kagan officiates at same-sex wedding.

*widget boy cultureLooking hits the Folsom Street Fair.

*widget boy cultureBroadway Flea Market raises over $700K for AIDS.

*widget boy culture“Fuck it—I quit!” anchor explains her actions.

*widget boy cultureAmerican Horror Story: Freakshow cast shots are shudder-inducing.

*widget boy cultureWhen jocks become underwear models.

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Sep 22 2014
Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza: A Trip To The Broadway Flea Market Comments (0)

PackageJudging from the front view, I'd say there was some truth in advertising.

I had fun at today's Broadway Flea Market, where hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised in a single day for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but I did have a particularly nerdy problem that sort of blew me away momentarily.

Splash-Paul-NolanPaul Nolan, of Jesus Christ Superstar and Once fame

I went because (1) You can always find fun stuff to buy, cheap and (2) They always have stars selling autographs and photo ops. This year, the only two stars I wanted were Patrick Wilson and David Hyde Pierce, and both were in the first block, meaning they were signing autographs from 11AM to 11:50AM, then would be posing for photos (you're supposed to pick one or the other...never been a fan of how this is organized).

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Got there early, stood in line, then was told—SURPRISE!—Tony Danza had shown up and would do photos for 50 bucks! So worth it. Never met him, often...thought of...him growing up. Who's the boss? Tony Danza was, more than once, in my gaydreams. So I signed up for all three and they pulled me to get David (at first they said he would only pose with Bebe Neuwirth, whom I've already met, and then when they saw my money slipping away, they locked him in for a single). Took forever because for some reason, they were escorting people up to get their autographs done during the photo period. I kept looking around and saw Andy Mientus and others doing their photo ops, but was resolute I would not miss Patrick or Tony.

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When it came time, no one wanted to say, “Miss Neuwirth, please step out of the picture,” least of all I (has anyone ever said that???), so I got her free.

Splash-Corey-CottGrabbed a pic of Corey Cott and a fellow former Newsies cutie Adam Kaplan

Splash-Neil-StarkenbergMamma Mia! looker Neil Starkenberg

I went back into the line, only to be told Tony had done his very few photos and was done. I freaked out, offering to pay extra, and they confirmed he'd left. I was so mad. I know, I know—focus on getting a job and paying for food, Matt...Tony is around often, Matt—but it was disheartening. I felt like “Angela” almost getting a kiss from “Tony” in an early episode, unaware it wouldn't be consummated for many seasons. So then I said, “Well, when is Patrick doing his?” “Oh, he's done, too.”

I lost it.

DragI was wigging out when told Tony Danza had exited the area.

Losing it inspired the harried volunteers to find it—they charged me double (so much for the free Bebe!), but they got me a dedicated pic with Patrick.

Patrick Wilson is just a handsome creature and a strapping guy. We did our shot and I cooed about Little Children, a stunning film, and then I had to tell him the one Patrick Wilson story I have:

Patrick-Wilson-Matthew-RettenmundA little Hard Candy

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Sep 19 2014
Very Hot Off The Presses Comments (0)

Mark MacKillop

Mark MacKillop's book of sensual, hotel-room selfies, taken while he was on tour, is available for pre-sale now here. It's a damn impressive use of an iPhone, and gives new meaning to the word moneymaker.

Also, he's donating some of his proceeds to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, so there's that.

The copy I bought is signed. I'm hopeful he's dropping by to sign it in is underwear, since he apparently does everything without many clothes:

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ShirtlessMark at the printer...no, really!

Also, he's got a show September 27—28 at the Leslie Lohman (127-B Prince St., NYC) from 12PM to 6PM. I imagine some of his fans will be in trenchcoats with carefully arranged newspapers mid-body, but this is art, you cretins! Save all of that for alone-time.

 
Sep 15 2014
Getting Some PIECE OF WORK Done Comments (0)

Joan-RIvers

A special tribute screening of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work has been organized for this Thursday. This is the only place you'll find Joan's longtime assistants Jocelyn Pickett and Graham Reed. Ricki Stern will conduct the talk back. Great opportunity for those not invited to the funeral to wallow in their grief and probably walk away smiling, perversely.

 
Sep 05 2014
Steve Grand's Three-Way Split Comments (0)

Steve-Grand

Video of Steve Grand's naked Lake Superior dip for ALS and other charities is after the jump...

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