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Thursday, November 30, 2006

It's About the Children:Stockings With Care

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ...

Created by ABC/Touchstone Casting VP Rosalie Joseph and TV producer Tom Fontana (Oz), Stockings with Care "grants the gift wishes of children while preserving the dignity of parents or caregivers," according to press notes. In its fifteenth year, Stockings With Care works with various agencies that help families in crisis. The children make their wish lists. Social workers provide the name, gender, and age of each child. Individual donors, corporations, and a small army of volunteers come together to purchase and wrap the gifts (This year on December 14, 2006) . They are then delivered to the parents so that they can personally present the gifts to their children. Last year 3,000 children woke up to a miracle on Christmas morning. Through Stockings with Care, each child found the gift they had wished for and each parent shared their joy.

Cabaret-Variétés -- your host, Jean Brassard Benefit for Stockings with Care

DECEMBER 6, 2006
The Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 42nd Street @ 9th avenue

6:30pm show: Christmas en Famille!
Adults: $10 + $15 food and drink minimum
Kids under 10 yrs: $5 and NO minimum

9:30pm show: Sassy Christmas
$15 cover + $15 food and drink minimum?

reservations: 212-695-6909

Guest Artists already confirmed:

Helen Russell, Jack Woodbridge, Carol Scudder, Karen Codd, Dave Krueger, Lauren Allison, Simon Fortin, Gentry Leland Claussen Anthony Bez, Karen Kohler, Angie McKnight, Nicole Renaud, Pennie Diamond Quintana, Cindy Boyle, “Sweet” Sue Terry and ......Gal Friday!

More details @:

All proceeds go directly to Stockings With Care

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Men Loving Men: Staying Warm in Canada

According to our Canadian Correspondent:

Tories plan December vote on same-sex marriage,
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 | 9:46 PM ET
CBC News
The Conservatives will follow through with their election promise to revisit same-sex marriage, with debate expected to begin as early as next week.

The government confirmed Tuesday they will begin debate Dec. 6th with a vote planned before the House breaks for the holidays.

The motion is expected to ask MPs to reopen discussion on same-sex marriage, but will not directly challenge the existing legislation. However, it may ask whether parliamentarians wish to repeal or amend the existing law.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said if the House votes against changing the law to allow same-sex marriages, the matter would be settled.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Canada last year when Parliament passed Bill C-38 in response to a series of court rulings that gay people had the right to marry.

During the election campaign, Harper promised to hold a free vote in the House of Commons on whether Parliament should revisit the issue. Following the election, Harper said the vote would be held this fall.

Earlier this month, a group advocating the right to same-sex marriage demanded Harper hold a fall vote on the issue, accusing him of delaying just to appease his political support base.

Laurie Arron, national co-ordinator of Canadians for Equal Marriage, said his group projects that Harper's motion to reopen the debate would lose by a 30- to 40-vote margin.

I think that might be optimistic, although the greater the difference the better, but it will in all likelihood fail since the Bloc, NDP, most Liberals and a few Conservatives will vote against it. It's not a confidence motion so the government won't fall in a minority Parliament. It's an issue that the majority of Canadians feel is over and done with - over 10,000 same sex marriages are estimated to have taken place already and the country still barrels on no worse for them. There is a split between urban/rural and Ontario/Quebec and the rest of the country, but you can't generalise this solely in that way.

Some pundits believe that Harper has received advice, and concurs with it, that opening the question in this way means he can appear to be following up on an election promise without the danger of further alienating both his socially-conservative base and the more liberal urban areas of Ontario and Quebec where he must make further inroads if he hopes to win a majority in the next election. Right now, he is running neck-and-neck with the Liberals and they don't even have a leader at the moment.

All of this, of course, doesn't mean that some future government can't try again; however, it becomes more unlikely if a free vote says leave it alone. Even a future success in changing it would probably lose at a Supreme Court challenge.

Pookie has spoken.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

All My Children: As If

In today's New York Times this 'brief' appeared in the Arts section:

Sex Change Is Planned on All My Children

It has been 18 years since the fictional character Hank Elliot made his debut as the first openly gay male in an American soap opera on As the World Turns. Now it’s time for a different sort of coming out. On All My Children Zarf, a male character to be played by the actor Jeffrey Carlson, will begin making the transition from male to female in a new plot set to begin on Thursday on ABC, The Associated Press reported. According to the soap’s executive producer, Julie Hanan Carruthers, the show was looking for something new and felt that its audience would be interested in a story on the themes of sexuality and gender. The producers consulted with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and also sought out some transgendered people for advice. Damon Romine, a spokesman for the alliance, said he had not seen the show yet but had the sense that All My Children was interested in telling Zarf’s story with dignity. Mr. Romine said that because emotions are so close to the surface in soap operas, this story can show what transgendered people go through. All My Children is ripe for some positive change itself, its audience having slipped to 3.1 million last year from 8.2 million in 1991-92, according to Nielsen Media Research. “After 36 years, you start rehashing,” Ms. Carruthers said. “It’s inevitable. We didn’t want to fall back on the baby-switch story again.”

CoL says:

With a character whose name is unfortunately a rhyme for something unpleasant, ABC Daytime journeys into uncharted terrain. It might be more inviting if Megan McTavish were even capble of writing more mundane characters. It might be more inviting if it didn't stink of a stunt.

The character becomes more aware of his/her true self after kissing a lesbian, so the spoiler goes. There is a major character on this show, by the way, who is a lesbian, although save for one chaste kiss in an airport one would be hard pressed to point out any reasonable facsimile of a sex life for the poor creature, who was raped and impregnated by a psychopath. Bianca is definitely one of the more likable characters on the show, but there isn't much of a life there except as counselor and supporting player. Now it seems she will be the conduit for Zarf's transformation.

We think that Mr. Carlson would be better served auditioning for the remake of the Christine Jorgensen Story. It's already been written and is a real part of the history of the sexual revolution. Perhaps All My Children would be better served if Ms Jorgensen's story were transported to contemporary Pine Valley. It's already been told and nobody could screw it up, unless of course someone tried to dumb it down. Naw, that would never happen in Daytime Drama!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Song of the Week: The Supremes

Yes, Dreamgirls does have some elements in common with the chronos associated with The Supremes, but it is not the fictionalized story of The Supremes. It has a lot to say about Crossover Rhythm 'n' Blues and the history of Popular Music in The United States of the mid-20th century. There is something that Pop Music historians are fond of referring to as the Girl Group Sound, which in reality was much more than that. However one wishes to define that era in American Pop Music, it is definitely something that fell in the wake of not only the so called British Invasion but also in the wake of the ascendancy of Motown and Atlantic Record's eclectic R'n'B. The Dreams represent the story of many a performer who was also the stellar result of production, songwriting and marketing in addition to raw talent. The Supremes and The Dreamettes are very different. Effie is not Florence Ballard, yet, as different as they are, so many parallels can be drawn and the fictionalized version does draw on the similarities no matter how much protest there is.

Before delving into too many intricate details, it will suffice to let you know that The Song of the Week comes from what is arguably the best of the albums recorded by the original Supremes before the group became a vehicle for Diana Ross' stardom. Goin' Down for the Third Time is quite different from what is usually associated with their sound, but it is a rousing piece of music. It might have been more appropriate for a grittier lead vocalist -- perhaps Florence, or even Martha Reeves -- but Ross gives it her all. It is also obviously a recording that uses all three women rather than stand-ins.

It is rather a song that Effie and the Dreams might have given an even better rendition, but that's a forum for another day.

Save me! Save me, save me!
Save me! Save me, save me!

I'm going down, down for the third time
I'm going down, down for the third time
Drowning in tears from my heart that's hurting
Drowning in tears from a love that's uncertain.

I'm lost in a world without love, a sea of emptyness
The love we knew is being washed away
Don't think I can last, my heart is sinking fast.

I'm going down, down for the third time
Trying to hold on to a love that's gone
Drowning in the love that keeps me breathing
Drowning in the fear that my arms you're leaving.

Bring back that love we knew
Darling let me live again
A little tenderness to me start showing
Fill my heart with love till it's overflowing.

I'm going down, down for the third time
Trying to hold on to a love that's gone
I'm going down, down for the third time
So won? you save this heart of mine.

Going down, down for the third time
Going down, down for the third time
I'm like a ship all alone on a raging sea
You got me tossing and a-turning
And I can't get free.

Reach out your hand for me
Darling, save what's left of our love
I'll forgive your lies and alibies
If you'll wipe my crying eyes.

I'm going down, down for the third time
So won't you save this heart of hime
I've loved too long, I love too strong
Now little boy you know you're doing me wrong
Come on and save me
Come on and save me
Come on and save me
I'm going down, down for the third time.

(Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Edward Holland, Jr.)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Penile Code

Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the year he retired from bodybuilding, the classic entertainment periodical After Dark, which for all intents and purposes was for the gay male market, ran a pictorial and an article on the future movie star and politician revealing many of his attributes which appealed, to be certain, to a great many. In these days of Judi Dench waxing on about Daniel Craig, Mr. Galecki's large contribution in The Little Dog Laughed, not to mention, all the attributes inherent in the touring companies of Take Me Out and, of course, the airing of Positively Naked on World AIDS Day, it seems only appropriate to acknowledge an early foray into the penile code by a Republican Governor nonetheless. There are more revealing photos of Arnold than the one that allegedly innocently exposes him in the After Dark pictorial, but these pictures seem to be the gayest, so to speak, and could very well be the most revealing of any current sitting governor in more ways than one.

After flirting disastrously with bashing teachers and nurses as a neo-con Republican Governor in California, Arnold morphed into a Demublican or Republicrat depending on which side of your dictionary you're looking and soared on to re-election in 2006. Many thought he had it in him all along given how much of himself he showed to the general public in the past. He is, as well, after all a movie star married to JFK's niece and, as he said on TV, about as much connected to George W as he is to an Oscar nomination.

From www.rotten.com:
Feb 1977 Arnold Schwarzenegger poses naked in gay magazine After Dark, appearing in 22 photographs shot by Jack Mitchell including the full cover color. The photos selected "combined the very exhibitionist photos for maximum sex appeal to its gay demographic" (Jack Fritscher)

Aug 1977 Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a candid interview to Oui magazine. "On the exploitation of women: If a girl comes on strong and says, 'I really dig your body and I want to fuck the shit out of you,' I just decide whether or not I like her. If I do take her home, I try to make sure I get just as much out of it as she does. The word exploited therefore wouldn't apply..." On getting his knob polished: "We had girls backstage giving head, then all of us went out and I won. It didn't bother me at all; in fact, I went out there feeling like King Kong..." On homosexuality and bodybuilding: "Men shouldn't feel like fags just because they want to have nice-looking bodies. Gay people are fighting the same kind of stereotyping that bodybuilders are: People have certain misconceptions about them just as they do about us. Well, I have absolutely no hang-ups about the fag business."

[At least, he didn't call them 'girlie men.']

Politicians, among other public figures, love 'em or hate 'em, are certainly wont to exploit people to get where they want to go as Arnold amply demonstrates in either the 20th or 21st century. In the near future an original copy of the aforementioned magazine is going to be auctioned on ebay by someone who needs some income while convalescing, a member of the cast of Positively Naked. This BLOG is doing its best to exploit the the exploiter -- so, be on the lookout for further news on this auction.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Saturday Beefcake: Love the Second Time Around

Anything good worth having once is more often than not even better the second time around. Leftovers have much to do with the spice that is life's variety. Last Saturday's salad made a look into one of the options available thatJulee Rosso provides. Once again a variation on one of her recipes makes its way here.

Turkey & Brown Rice Salad

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Orange Juice, 4 tablespoons
White Wine Vinegar, 1 tablespoon
Fresh Basil, Minced
Ground Black Pepper
Zest from 1 Orange
1.5 cup of Cooked Whole Grain Rice (Basmati or Wild Rice is okay or a mixture)
Dried Apricots, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons
[or substitute chopped currants and pine nuts of equal amount]
Cooked Turkey Breast, sliced thinly, 250 grams
4 Fresh Apricots, pitted and cut into thin wedges
Fresh Washed Green Beans, quartered

1. Combine the olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, basil, pepper and orange zest into a small bottle, shake and set aside.
2. Combine the rice and dried apricots, toss well and the pour the dressing over it except for a tablespoon and toss well.
3. Combine the beans and remaining dressing. Coat evenly.
4. Mound the rice on a large platter and arrange the beans around it with the sliced turkey and fresh apricots.

Here are three guys representing the variety of beefcake, one of whom is here as a second helping, the first having been in the Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue and another is a reprise of Jason Stratham's Men's Health cover. These guys seem to be worthy of having more than once, but one would be loathe to describe them as leftovers. Well, who would complain however they were described.

Another Love Affair Continues: Thorsten Kaye

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

General Hospital

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Burgeoning Gay Classic

Here is Frank Rizzo's Review in its entirety from The Hartford Courant

Tony-Winning Take Me Out Puts Gay Ballplayer In The Lineup
Theater Works ,Hartford, CT Oct. 19 through Dec. 3
October 19, 2006
By Frank Rizzo, Courant Staff Writer

In Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out, Darren Lemming, a superstar Major League Baseball player, matter-of-factly announces to the world he is gay.

The moment at the beginning of the play comes not out of trauma, blackmail or shame but as a so-what-let's-get-on-with-the-game attitude that is stunning in its matter-of-factness.

"Don't expect the daily update," says Darren in the play. "I'm just here to play ball."

Is this a likely sports scenario or strictly a feel-good fantasy?

While there are many out gay athletes, professional team sports do not have an out gay male player. Billy Bean of the San Diego Padres in the '90s and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics in the '70s ( who invented the "high five") went public about their homosexuality after they left the game.

Members of the cast ... have a variety of views on how such an announcement would be received in the real world.

"If only more people did come out it would be less of a big deal," says Matthew Montelongo, an out actor who plays Toddy, a fellow ballplayer, in the production. Though Montelongo says homophobia is less tolerated now, he says he feels that it still would be a high-profile event for a professional team athlete to reveal his sexuality, one which would come with a variety of challenges and rewards. "I think there will eventually be out athletes. People want to respect and idolize someone who is a champion and as more come out I think the focus will increasingly be on who can hit a home run and less on whom he is kissing."

"There's a lot more to lose for a star [player] to come out," says Tim Altmeyer, who plays Kippy, Darren's straight and supportive friend. "Sexual boundaries are very well defended in sports. Sports, it seems, is the last bastion, now that politics have gone by the wayside. Maybe more so now."

"With all its machismo, it's the last undiscovered country for sports," says Schuyler Yancey who plays the egotistical superstar who sets the plot in motion with his announcement of being gay. "But I can't foresee it in the near future, sadly."

However, the straight actor says he relates to the character's self-confidence and his ability to find comfort in his differences. "Ever since I was young I knew who I was and eased into it even though there were lot of obstacles being of mixed races growing up in Atlanta," says Yancey, whose parents are African American but whose heritage also include strains of Irish, English, Cherokee, Cree and Creole.

"I was sort of never accepted by either one: black or white when I was very young. The white kids were calling me a nigger, and the black kids were saying I was too light-skinned. So I learned to become comfortable being myself and being by myself. In that way, I can identify with Darren, who may feel being gay is just one more facet of him being different. He was already OK with [being different because of his mixed race]. So it wasn't anything new he had to deal with."

Author Dan Woog of Westport, who writes about gays in sports, says he thinks plays like Take Me Out are "simply part of the culture in which gays in sports are talked about more." Woog points to websites such as outsports.com and gaysports.com, specials on HBO and ESPN, a greater willingness by sports journalists to write about the subject and efforts by teams' front offices to tap into the gay market as positive changes that recognize that athletes - and fans - can come from all kinds of teams.

Woog says he noticed a difference between his first book on the subject, 1998's Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes, and his sequel, 2002's Jocks: Coming Out To Play.

"When that first book came out it was, `Wow. There are gays in sports? Holy mackerel! Who knew?' When the sequel came out there wasn't the `wow' factor. There was the `why' factor. OK, why are these people still closeted?"

But Woog says change should not just be measured in the number of male gay athletes who come out publicly - or don't - but rather the attitudes both subtle and overt by management, team players, sports journalists and fans.

He points to "Gay Days" at stadiums from Chicago to Atlanta and to greater intolerance for anti-gay behavior and remarks both from the front office and players, many of them who have gay friends and relatives.

But still no "out" male player.

"I have always maintained that the first openly gay professional athletes was going to be someone who came up from the ranks and was always openly gay," says Woog, "rather than a quarterback at the end of the Super Bowl saying, `I'm here. I'm queer. I'm going to P-town. There are athletes who are out on their college teams and feel `So what?' I think having an out professional male athlete will come sooner rather than later and the response will depend on who the player is. But I think the response will be far less dramatic than many people imagine and very quickly the sports journalist will move on to the next story."

It's the fear of the unknown, says Woog. "Because no one's done it, nobody really knows what's going to happen. There's the fear of the reaction from the teammates, fear of reaction from fans and coaches and endorsements. But I think any of those fears are overblown and if you're in the closet - as these guys by definition are - you don't see what's in the rest of the house or the world. I think what they may lose in (endorsements) they would gain in other areas. This is 2006. Companies want to stand apart from the crowd. They want to be edgy. So why not associate yourself with somebody who people are talking about, who is seen as bold and courageous and doing something that makes himself apart from the crowd."

Certainly Take Me Out, which is now being produced in regional theaters across the country, is adding to the awareness of gays in mens' sports. But it is also funny, entertaining and provocative (there's locker-room nudity and language). Most memorable perhaps is a gay nerdy character who undergoes a rapturous change of his own when he becomes a smitten baseball fan.

"When I first heard that this was a play about homosexuality and sports I went thinking it was going to be about this poor tormented gay baseball player who's miserable and everyone is mean to," says Nat DeWolf, who plays Mason Marza, the gay accountant who discovers the joy of the sport. "Instead, the leading character comes out in the play's first 10 minutes and in such a nonchalant way. Plus, he's a bit of a jerk."

DeWolf, who is an out actor, grew up in Massachusetts, where sports were not part of his life. "There were no gay role models out there in sports," he says. "But there wasn't anyone anywhere who was `out'. Personally, I was more interested in rumors about gay actors."

DeWolf says "homophobia is how they coach players," he says. "You are told, `Don't throw like a girl.' It's part of it, at least when I was growing up."

It may be different now, says DeWolf, who understudied the role of Mason and eventually played the part on Broadway, and in another production in St. Louis. "These kids [in the audiences] were just beaming and so taken away with the story, he says. "It was great so see young gay kids see such a positive thing."

Others seemed to enjoy the show, too, he said. "The show was a hit in St. Louis," he says, with a smile, "which I've been told is a big baseball town."

Write to Frank Rizzo at Rizzo@Courant.com

Tickets are $35 to $55. Student rush tickets are $10 at show time with valid student ID, subject to availability. Tickets and information: 860-527-7838 or www.theaterworkshartford.org.

How Did Sotheby's Fail

... to sell this Warhol painting of Cristina Aguilera's Mae West imitation?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Positively Naked

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Song of the Week: My One and Only Love

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman gave the world what is clearly a great musical achievement. Here is a critique lifted from Music Direct:

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (1963-IMPULSE)

" ... Hartman's voice is right there and full-throated; again, I've never heard all the subtleties of his vibrato or all the slight accents in his phrasing. Coltrane's saxophone is in the room. Elvin Jones' drums bang and whisper. (Listen to that brush-wooshing! You get every wisp and sizzle.) Even McCoy Tyner's piano, often hooded in Van Gelder sessions, rings clear. Jimmy Garrison's bass may be a little forward, but it sounds like the pick-up amp, not a recording artifact. This is a gorgeous album, gorgeously mastered and essential."

- Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2005, Issue 154

The clarinetist Tony Scott, who trod the same musical path as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, once called the number “Lush Life” “the Mount Everest of Jazz soloists.” Thousands have stood at the foot of the mountain but only a couple of dozen ever made it right to the top. Among these few were the singer Johnny Hartman and the John Coltrane Quartet in March 1963 — not just with that song but with other favorites too. The list extends from “They Say It’s Wonderful” which sounds as though it is clad in black silk, to the lyrical “My One And Only Love,” right up to the light-footed rumba “Autumn Serenade,” here are six true masterpieces which will get right under your skin. Just listen to how relaxed and self-assuredly the crooner’s great voice carries the melody, which is then taken up and continued by John Coltrane on his instrument.

My One And Only Love

Guy Wood; Robert Mellin

The very thought of you makes my heart sing
Like an April breeze on the wings of spring
And you appear in all your splendor
My one and only love

The shadows fall and spread their mystic charms
In the hush of night while you're in my arms
I feel your lips so warm and tender
My one and only love

The touch of your hand is like heaven
A heaven that I've never known
The blush on your cheek whenever I speak
Tells me that you are my own

You fill my eager heart with such desire
Every kiss you give sets my soul on fire
I give myself in sweet surrender
My one and only love

Hearing this music for the first time in San Francisco in the late 70s in that period right before Anita Bryant attacked the gay community and wanted to "Save the Children" in Florida provided warmth and insulation against what was to come down the pike in the form of political persecution, assassination and disease.

A handsome loving man made scrambled eggs and platanos in the morning following a night filled with Mr Hartman's crooning, Mr Coltrane's playing and the man's embrace. It was an event that only enhances the appreciation of this exceptional music. As life progresses and brings with that progress hitherto unknown feelings and experiences, looking back on the person that one once was, affords not only comfort, but new clarity: something to be thankful for in the upcoming national feast of gratitude.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday Beefcake: 'Tis the Season to Gobble

As the countdown toward 2007 continues, many inhabitants of the United States continue on a gastronomical journey that reaches climax on December 25th with a continuing afterglow into the first of January. Too often the fruits of those labours provide a lot of commerce for the weight loss industry in all of its shapes and forms.

Speaking of shapes, forms, gobbling and fruit we provide images of two young men which might help festive gobblers keep their eyes on the prize, so to speak, rather than have those eyes grow bigger than the proverbial tummy. They, of course, caught the eyes in these parts while thumbing through magazines in the local news stand. While thumbing Bernice, CoL's Manhattan correspondent, liked one because she thought he was muscling up bi-sexuals. Not to quibble, but the bi's in the caption were more than likely biceps. 'Tis not quibbling anyway that is today's emphasis, but gobbling.

In keeping with that theme, here is also a variation on one of Julee Rosso's recipes. It requires leftovers, something which all might aspire to have in this the season of gobble and muscled bi's.

Apple-Turkey Salad

1 cup chopped dried cherries
[or cranberries or apricots]
1 tablespoon cointreau
1/2 cup low-fat or non-fat yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat or non-fat ricotta
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
500 grams of cooked turkey
1 cup cored & diced unpeeled red apples
1 cup cored & diced unpeeled green apples
1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb
Sea salt and black pepper

1. Marinate the dried fruit in the cointreau for a half-hour
2. Blend the ricotta, yogurt and mayo until smooth
3. Shred the turkey into a large bowl, add apples, fennel and marinated fruit. Toss well.
4. Add the dressing and toss to coat evenly.
5. Sea Salt and Pepper to taste, cover and keep regrigerated for an hour before serving.

This is good for 6 people or 3 muscled bi-sexuals. All good gobbling.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Tuc Watkins

As if One Life to Live could afford to have another good actor depart, the charming Tuc Watkins takes leave very soon for his home on the West Coast. To his credit, Mr Watkins doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, but that doesn't mean he isn't armed with some serious talent: his ad libs certainly add to a viewer's enjoyment. They don't make 'em much more fetching or more fit than him and NYC's loss will be difficult to replace. While he will be missed by more than a few people here, his poetry in motion will simply be on another coast.

David Vickers, Watkins' character, is a unique creation and there isn't another like it on the Daytime TV map. As Carolyn Hinsey states in today's New York Daily News: "Watkins has been appearing on [One Life to Live] on and off since creating the role ... in 1994. In the interim, he has also worked ... as a series regular on Showtime's Beggars & Choosers from 1997-2001. [Where he played a gay TV executive] He has an open door at [One Life to Live] because his character is the comic foil for the more serious goings-on in Llanview. Indeed, one of his last scenes involved a go-round with six-time Emmy-winner Erika Slezak (Viki) wearing nothing but a frilly ladies' apron.

'I reached for the most masculine article of clothing I could find, and there it was,' he quips.

Watkins adds that 'the time just felt right' to leave again. 'I saw that the end was near for [David's imprisoned brother] Spencer, and a guy like David wouldn't want to stick around and watch that wave just peter out. David felt that he had come to the end of a chapter in Llanview, and when a guy like that comes to the end of a chapter, you gotta go.'

Watkins' immediate plans include plugging the movie The Good Shepherd (with Matt Damon), in which he plays a technical officer, auditioning for new projects, and buying and fixing up old houses in L.A., where he now lives.

'Although I am smart enough to hire someone else to do the electrical,' he says.

Watkins adds that he will keep up with his old pals by watching them at the gym.

'I know that I haven't been paying enough attention to One Life to Live when I look up at the monitor and see that Bob Woods [Bo] has changed his hairstyle,' he says."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ausiello Tells Us

Question: I completely agree that Brothers & Sisters is the best show right now on TV period. Got any scoop?— D.J.

Ausiello: As I reported in the new issue of TV Guide ... a big gay romance is on the horizon for Scotty-free Kevin. I'm not allowed to reveal who his new admirer is, but I can say that it's someone with ties to Kitty, and it's a really fun twist. And this new guy is not the one-night stand Kev picks up in an upcoming episode.

We Already Knew That

Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News says:

Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.

Craig, who makes his Bond debut in Martin Campbell's Casino Royale, has the craggy good looks attributed to him by Fleming in his first novel, which happens to have been "Casino Royale." He is the most athletic, has the hardest edge, and he looks like he could lock his jaws on any of the others and shake them like a martini.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

We Are Everywhere

In the not so distant past an opening article like this in a national entertainment magazine would have been unheard of. It is gratifying to have lived long enough to see it and to have it begin to be something that is matter of fact.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Which One Plays the Dog?

is it Spartacus? (asks Bernice Clifton)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Not About Anyone From CSI

Last night I caught a performance of the recently opened (and very gay) play, The Little Dog Laughed, on Broadway here in glitzy old New York. And it’s pretty darn great. Written by super-cool gay playwright Douglas Carter Beane, the play is a slashingly funny look at Hollywood, closeted actors, how deals are made, and all kinds of fabulously shady showbiz schmoozing. It’s sharp and witty, sexy and fun, and you’ll be laughing throughout. Really.

Here are the basics: Julie White (who you loved on Six Feet Under as the uber-bitchy funeral home magnate Mitzi Dalton Huntley) plays Diane, a Hollywood agent, whose client, Mitch (Tom Everett Scott), is a big, wrangly, handsome, and closeted gay up-and-coming movie star. Mitch gets involved with a hustler, Alex (Johnny Galecki—of Roseanne fame) which threatens to undermine his Hollywood image; meanwhile, Alex’s hipster gal-pal Ellen (Ari Graynor) has issues of her own. That’s just the beginning of the intrigue in this catty, clever and crisply drawn portrait of sex, ambition, love, falsehoods and the importance of a good Cobb Salad in tinseltown.

Thank you, Pookie

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Song of the Week: Flim Flam Man

Everybody's got a little devil in their soul and nothing proved that more than this past election season. You'd think that acting like a parody or caricature of one's self would be on the down swing. Not So. According to Daily Kos:

Reportedly James Dobson has bailed from the attempts to "de-gay" Haggard, and no less than Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition has now admitted that he--and other dominionist leaders--knew about Haggard's affair with Mike Jones for months before it broke the mainstream news but kept it under the rug.

This likely explains why Dobson--after agreeing to be on a "dream team" of "reparation therapists" who would try to de-gay Ted Haggard--rather dramatically bailed from the "dream team" recently claiming time constraints.

There has been speculation in the anti-dominionist community that Dobson may have been afraid that personal scandals of his own might be revealed; if Haggard is admitting that "homosexuality is genetic" (which is much closer to the mainstream view held by most scientists than the dominionist view which insists sexual orientation is a "choice"), it could well be that Dobson does not want to risk a very public failure with Haggard's "de-gaying" and having his name linked to it.

Go here for the rest. Oy!

On another front, there's Democratic strategist and crypt keeper doppelganger James Carville attempting to throw water on the Democratic Party's victory bonfire by calling for Howard Dean to be replaced. It seems Mr. Carville has not been getting enough attention lately so he has to make a good thing bad. The Republican Party's Mr Rove's flim flam is as always expecting the world to believe that the election was not about the war -- to be expected from a man with an undeserved reputation.

Laura Nyro's lyrics tell the story, but the guy in her song at least had some charm.

Flim Flam Man

Hands off the man
The flim flam man
His mind is up his sleeve
And his talk is make believe
Oh lord
The man's a fraud
He's a flim flam man
Hands off the man
The flim flam man
He's the one in the Trojan horse
Making out like he's Santa Claus
Oh lord
The man's a fraud
He's a flim flam man
He's a fox
He's a flim flam man
Everybody wants him
The people and the police
And all the pretty ladies disarm
The beautiful gent
You know he has hardly a cent
He pays his monthly rent
With daily charm
Hands off the man
The flim flam man
His mind is up his sleeve
And his talk is make believe
Oh lord
The man's a fraud
He's a flim flam man
He's so cagey
He's an artist
He's a fox
He's a flim flam man
Don't believe him
He's a flim flam
Ol' road runner

Flim Flam

November 10, 2006 | Issue 42•46

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who stepped down last week after confessing that he purchased methamphetamines and various services from a male prostitute, revealed Wednesday that he was repeatedly molested by an unnamed Republican congressman in the late 1990s. "We would communicate on the Internet and then meet in his Washington office to, I thought, discuss faith-based initiatives," said Haggard in a tearful admission in which he asked for the forgiveness of God and his congregation. "Before long, he had progressed from praying alongside me to having me sit on his lap at his desk, and then to touching me in my bathing-suit area. I trusted the congressman, and he violated that trust." Authorities have not acted on Haggard's allegations, saying that Republicans are often accused of wrongdoings simply because so many of them lead secret gay or criminal lifestyles.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Vitelloni: Saturday Beefcake

According to The Queens' Vernacular (A Gay Lexicon by Bruce Rogers), "chicken" is gay slang for a young male beneath the age of consent. It came to mean almost anyone who even looked young. It's seems appropriate for those who can't vote, but there's a population greatly appreciated by those in the life that hovers between boyhood and manhood. Federico Fellini, late Italian director of note, came to notice with a fine flick in 1953 called I Vitelloni, which translates "the young bulls." It is also a reference to older veal "from an animal that's 18 to 20 months old, and has cut its first two permanent incisors. The meat is deep pink to fairly deep red, firm, and considerably more flavorful than milk-fed veal, though not as flavorful as that from mature animals. In Tuscany many prefer vitellone for grilling." The young men in Fellini's film were pushing 30 and its plot had to with their avoidance of maturity. Be that as it may, the concept of young beef, so to speak, is not lost here with the presentation of a Sicilian veal dish which can easily be adapted for vitellone.

Vitello al Marsala

750 grams of Veal cutlets thinly sliced
Sea Salt, Black Pepper
250 grams of sliced mushrooms
125 grams of Prosciutto, chopped
Virgin Olive Oil
Glass of Marsala Wine

Marsala "wine is characterized by its fairly intense amber color, and its complex aroma that shows hints of strong alcohol flavor." It is from a city in Western Sicily of the same name. Both the wine and the place of its origin have an interesting history.

1. Pound the cutlets thin.
2. Dredge in flour, salt and pepper
3. Saute the mushrooms and ham in the olive oil until tender for five minutes or so, set aside
4. Fry the cutlets in the same skillet, a couple of minutes on each side.
5. Piur in wine, mushrooms and prosciutto. Cook over high heat for three minutes
6. Arrange meat on a platter with the resulting mushroom, ham and wine sauce poured over it.

This is for six people. Perhaps you can invite these guys over to help you devour this great tasting food.

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