133 posts categorized "CHARITY"

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)

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

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Sep 02 2014
SCRUFF Love: Big Changes Comments (0)

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SCRUFF isn't only about finding someone's mustache to ride—anymore. Founder Johnny Skandros is joined by activist Jack Mackenroth in a video announcement that expands the hook-up app's reach and its purpose...

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Aug 30 2014
Homo Superior: Steve Grand's Body Of Water Comments (0)

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Steve Grand took the ice-bucket challenge to a whole other level, using all of Lake Superior and treating the body of water to his peak physique.

 
Aug 28 2014
Dolly Parton's Wet T-Shirt Contest Comments (0)

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Dolly Parton's ALS ice-bucket challenge is pretty great as is, though seeing it in closeup and in HD would be even more fun. Check her out after the jump...

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Aug 27 2014
Donatella Versace Wants You To Donate To Age/Sex/Location Comments (0)

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Book-ended by boycake, fashion icon Donatella Versace skirts self-parody with her version of the ALS challenge, before ending by urging you to donate to “ASL”...

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