Saturday, December 10, 2016

Broadway: "Gypsy Of The Year 2016" Raises Over $4.4 Million


Broadway Cares shares the good news:

Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition.

Gypsy of the Year , which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised $4,492,636 for Broadway Cares. The grand total was announced Tuesday by Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Jessie Mueller and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz following two incredible days of performances. Erivo, Mueller and Muñoz also presented the awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons.

The company of Hamilton took top honors for best onstage presentation. In “America,” the cast mashed up the music and lyrics of Bob Marley and Lin-Manuel Miranda and the poetry of Langston Hughes into a call for peace and equality in our country. Javier Muñoz and Syndee Winters led the integration of song and word, with the cast channeling the duo’s sentiments into a powerful, striking dance.

The company of The Lion King was runner-up with a moving spoken-word piece giving voice to those marginalized by the current political climate. The piece, written by cast member L. Steven Taylor and choreographed by Ray Mercer, found four isolated actors, and a dancer expressing their words through movement, finding common ground in fighting for each other’s plight. The piece concluded with the performers declaring in unison, “I will never leave you alone.”

This year’s edition of Gypsy of the Year opened with a energetic dance featuring the return of Broadway legends Baayork Lee, Donna McKechnie and Margo Sappington. The dynamic trio recreated their unforgettable “Turkey Lurkey Time,” which they originated in 1968’s Promises, Promises.





Christmas Music: Ruby Lewis "Somewhere In My Memory"


Ruby Lewis, currently starring on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil's first Great White Way extravaganza, Paramour, has released a holiday single cover of John William’s classic “Somewhere in my Memory.”

All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

From Ms. Lewis: “I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with producer David Wise and Engineer Rick Mckee on this project because I’ve always wanted to find a way to lend my voice for a cause. My grandmother and namesake, “Miss Ruby,” has suffered from Dementia and Alzheimer’s for years now, and it’s been my deep desire to do everything I can to help eradicate the disease in my lifetime. I’m hoping the release of this single will move people, as well as raise awareness and make a big step toward a cure.”

The track is now available on iTunes.

Welcome To The Trump Administration

Trailer: RETAKE


Having enjoyed critical success at film festivals across the country, RETAKE, will enjoy a limited Los Angeles theatrical January 6, 2017. The film will be available on Broadcast on Demand January 3, 2017, and DVD and internet VOD January 10, 2017.

The indie LGBT/gay drama follows two broken souls driving to The Grand Canyon by director/writer Nick Corporon stars Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives) and Devon Graye (Dexter).

Watkins stars as a man who is desperately trying to remember his past, and Graye is the prostitute who is trying to leave his behind.

"…captures the simultaneous threat and allure of sex between strangers, as well as the unbridled pleasure that can result from giving yourself so trustingly to someone you don't know.” - The Hollywood Reporter


Synopsis: Jonathan, a devastated middle-aged man who hires a young male hustler to accompany him on a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon. Eager to leave his own life behind, the prostitute soon comes to realize that he’s playing a crucial role in recreating Jonathan’s heartbroken road trip from his past.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Susan "Cindy Brady" Olsen Fired From Radio Gig Over Anti-Gay Slurs



Susan Olsen, famous for playing the precocious  "Cindy Brady" 40 years ago on The Brady Bunch sitcom, got the boot from her Los Angeles talk radio gig after using extremely anti-gay slurs in a Facebook message made public.

Via Gay Star News:

The politically conservative Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on the classic sitcom, was incensed when out actor Leon Acord described as a ‘Trump fanatic’ and called for her to be fired from the radio show in Facebook post. He accused Olsen of spreading misinformation.

She sent him a private message calling him a ‘faggot’ more than once and a ‘pussy’ among other crude insults.
Acord screenshot the messages and made them public.

The station said in a statement on its Facebook page that it had ‘severed ties’ with Olsen but did not use her name in sharing the news.

‘LA Talk Radio takes pride in its close and collaborative relationship with the LGBT community, and will continue to provide a home for those who have hopeful and positive messages of togetherness and tolerance to share with our listeners.’

‘We will not tolerate hateful speech by anyone associated with our radio station and have severed our ties with a host that veered off the direction in which we are going.

‘Thank you for your loyalty and continued support. LA Talk Radio stands for love and community, and we will always support all of our friends around the world.’

News Round-Up: December 9, 2016

I wonder if he trims?

Some news stories you may have missed:

• "Extreme groomers," folks who trim their nether regions more than once a month, might be four times more likely to report having an STI than non-groomers.

• Trump transition team members forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.

• "Alt-right" website Breitbart attempt to rip Kelloggs for canceling advertising backfires as more advertisers cancel their contracts. It couldn't happen to a better website :)

• After seeing his fellow Republican governor, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, get ousted from office over anti-transgender bathroom law, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says his state doesn't need a similar law. See? Folks can learn from the past.

• Congress refuses to reimburse New York City Police Department for the $35 million spent protecting president-elect and family through January 20th inauguration.

• Andy Cohen says "of course" he'd have sex with Justin Bieber. Me? I'd pass.

Trailer: "Spider-Man - Homecoming"


Via Rolling Stone:

Homecoming brings Peter Parker back to high school. The early Spidey suit he wears features web wings, a design only seen in the earliest of Spider-Man comic book appearances. Spider-Man, played by British actor Tom Holland, is shown scaling the Washington Monument, holding a sliced-in-half ferry boat together with his webbing and dealing with basic high school stuff like staring too long at a crush, zoning out in Science class and preparing for homecoming prom.

Robert Downey Jr. is also in the preview, with Tony Stark serving as a mentor for the fledgling superhero. “Don’t do anything I would do. And definitely don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,” Stark tells Parker. “There’s a little gray area in there and that’s where you operate.”

President Obama Orders Investigation Into Election Interference By Russians


From CNN:

President Barack Obama has ordered a full review into 2016 election hacking by the Russians, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said Friday.

"The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders," she said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. "This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing."

Monaco said the administration would be mindful of the consequences of revealing the results of their review publicly.

The review is intended to be done before Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20.

Madonna's "Rebel Heart Tour" On Showtime Tonight


Everyone in the world (or at least those that subscribe to SHOWTIME) gets to take in the full experience of Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour tonight.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Current Situation In Mexico

 

My hubby enjoying the local scenery in Puerto Vallarta at Blue Chairs :)

We love "Diego"...

Travel With The Hubby


This is what it's like traveling with my handsome hubby....

The Late Late Show: Carpool Karaoke With Madonna


US Weekly raves about the "carpool karaoke" episode we've all been waiting for The Late Late Show's James Corden to deliver:

Bitch, she’s Madonna. New York City drivers, beware: The Material Girl does not like to be cut off when she’s driving. The Queen of Pop joined James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show on Wednesday, December 7, and the segment began with their black SUV getting cut off by a Manhattan bus. “Let’s drive up next to the bus. I want to give him what’s what,” Madonna, 58, told the host before calling him a p–sy. “You let people get away with bad behavior, they’re gonna do it again.”

First up came “Vogue,” as the pair began singing and striking poses, including a mile-high leg in the air from the singer. Then she began twerking as “Bitch I’m Madonna” played. Then they discussed whether her children liked her new music, and the Grammy winner admitted that while her four kids “are quite rebellious,” she’s “quite square.” “When I go home, I’m Julie Andrews,” she insisted.

Corden, 38, then changed the subject to men and marriage and asked what it was like hanging out with the late Michael Jackson. “You want me to kiss and tell then, don’t you?” she teased before admitting that she had kissed the King of Pop (with tongue), after getting him to loosen up with a glass of chardonnay. “Baby, I’ve been around,” she said.

Michigan Judge Halts Recount After Two Days: "No Evidence Of Tampering"


Jill Stein's recount of the Michigan presidential vote has been ordered to stop by a federal judge because there's no "evidence of tampering or mistake."

From Detroit Free Press:

In his eight-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said “there is no basis” for him to ignore a state court ruling that said the recount should never had started. He was referring to the Michigan Court of Appeals 3-0 ruling, which said that Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, who requested the recount, never had a shot at winning with her fourth-place finish and 1% of the vote, and therefore was not an aggrieved candidate.

Goldsmith’s ruling also bolstered some arguments that were repeatedly made by the Michigan Republican Party: that there was never any evidence that hacking or fraud occurred at the polls, and that Michigan’s voting system is so secure that not even the “Gremlins, Martians or Russian hackers” could tamper with it. That argument appeared to carry some weight with the judge.

“To date, plaintiffs have not presented evidence of tampering or mistake. Instead, they present speculative claims going to the vulnerability of the voting machinery — but not actual injury,” Goldsmith wrote, adding the potential for fraud is not enough to continue to allow the recount to proceed.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Seen In Mexico


I'm currently in Mexico with the handsome hubby for his birthday celebration.

One bar we were in last night had this sign displayed next to the tip jar.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lady Gaga Visits Ali Forney Center In NYC


Lady Gaga, during a visit to the Ali Forney Center in NYC, says that kindness has been an important component to finding peace in her life.

I have to mention early on here that the work the Ali Forney Center does in NYC is beyond fantastic. Please consider them for your holiday charity dollars.

Via The Today Show:

“I’ve been searching for ways to help myself. And I found that kindness is the best way,” she told TODAY recently while on a visit to Harlem’s Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, to surprise the teens living there.

She’s a superstar singer and passionate activist, but when Lady Gaga meets a trauma survivor, she’s just one of them. “I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So here we are. But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”

According to the Ali Forney Center, 80 percent of the youth there are kicked out of their homes because of their sexuality. The rest run away because of neglect, abuse, rejection, or a combination of those.

“How’s it going? I’m Lady Gaga; it’s nice to see you,” she said to the shocked crowd. Needless to say, the introduction was not necessary. One teen told her, “When family was, like, kind of, like, pushing me away because I’m gay, all I had is you and ‘Born This Way’ album on repeat.”

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