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Friday, August 31, 2007

Eventful Fridays

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Gay Thursdays

Rambling on ...

We do know that Reichen is gay and for what it is worth he certainly makes gay worth looking at. Thank you, Reichen.

Other than that there is Senator Craig, who is whether or not he admits it. What's important is this: how many Republicans need to show up on the radar as gay while breaking the law before the public realizes that those in power who persecute their own kind deserve to be brought to task and with elephant guns--not to mention mental midget Tucker Carlson and the fabrication that he has wrought in front of God and everybody. Where is Jon Stewart when you need him? Tucker needs to be bitched slapped yet again and this time not figuratively.

OK, then maybe Wentworth Miller makes ridiculous statements that lead the reader to believe whatever it is that the reader wants to believe. Wentworth does have to live with himself ultimately. It would be gratifying to those who live with their own sexuality on a daily basis if someone of Wentworth's calibre simply said, "Yes, Luke and I have a thing" and then go on. It is not to be, at least for now.

Then there is the sad story in Orlando [where Disney really does have Gay Thursdays] and the marine who killed two men--two Republican operative men--who knew him and were gay--at least50% of them if not both of them. Oh, and then the marine killed himself. It is safe to say these were not people capable of living with themselves.

The tragic happening in Orlando may have deeper and darker implications as it may lead to the revelation that there is a prostitution ring that services the self-loathing and hypocritical who persecute their own. OR it might simply be a homosexual love triangle involving opportunistic self-serving conservative homosexual republicans.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Wednesday Word: Ilene Kristen

Main Entry: able
Pronunciation: 'A-b&l
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): abler /-b(&-)l&r/; ablest /-b(&-)l&st/
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilis apt, from habEre to have -- more at HABIT
1 a : having sufficient power, skill, or resources to accomplish an object b : susceptible to action or treatment
2 : marked by intelligence, knowledge, skill, or competence
- ably /'A-b(&-)lE/ adverb

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Talent: Matt Walton

Matt Walton exists in this universe as one of this web log's favourite people, therefore, last May's post, which he liked very much, is republished along with the most recent head shot on the fan site BGR created for this most talented actor as well the most recent "creative moments" in his work history. What's not to love?

There are also these additions to his resume:

Burn After Reading
Favorite Son
Death in Love

The man is veritably one of the good guys. Be there for the duration.

Matt Walton is one of those journeyman actors that you know you know because he does many commercials--something that is very good for him and not so bad for us. What is very good is that he will be in the new Coen Brothers film soon to be shot here in Gotham the comedy Burn After Reading "about a CIA agent who is currently in the process of writing a book loses the disc containing his only manuscript in this comedic tale of espionage that reunites film making duo Joel and Ethan Coen with Intolerable Cruelty and O, Brother, Where Art Thou? star George Clooney." ~ [Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide]--also starring Frances Dormand, John Malkovitch and Brad Fucking Pitt. It's very easy to be happy for Matt, a very talented actor and an all around good guy. Therefore, be happy.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Extended Weekend

Nothing like spending time on a Sunday late afternoon with one of the stars of the West Village, C.T., over at The Duplex and waking up to perfect weather the very next day. The young man from a recent DNA also helps with the extension. He's probably getting ready for a good morning kiss, so to speak. There are simply so many places where it could go.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Song of the Week

"Good Morning Kiss" was the perfect introduction over two decades ago to Carmen Lundy, excellent jazz vocalist who too often goes unheralded.

Good Morning Kiss was the album that she produced on a label she created back in 1985. Included here is also the perfect "Perfect Strangers" a song often performed by multi-talented Ilene Kristen in her cabaret act. Lundy encouraged Ilene to do it and Kristen does it perfect justice.

"Kiss" does everything it is supposed to about the morning after the night before when two people came together.

"Strangers" makes the perfect segue'--and "Love For Sale" demonstrates Ms Lundy's ability to sell a good song.

Selling a good song is simply celebrating the human experience and making it beautiful just as photographer Jeff Palmer did with these beautiful black and white photos.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Main Course: Stuffed

Actually, this is something appropriate for warm weather in that it is relatively light and the stuffed part has to do with the food and not the tummies of human beings.

Tuna Stuffed Avocados

Avocados, three, stuffed
Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed from one lemon
Egg, hard boiled, quartered
Tuna Fish, grilled, 250 grams
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one tablespoon
Pickle, one small, minced
Parsley for garnish

1. Split the avocados in half. Discard the seeds.
2. Use some of the lemon juice to sprinkle over the avocado halves
3. Combine the egg, tuna, olive oil and pickle in a processor.
4. Process until smooth and season with the remaining lemon juice to taste.
5. Fill the halves with the tuna mixture and garnish with the parsley.

Saturday Beefcake: Primo Piatto

Variation on Pasta alla Sarda

Rigatoni, 500 grams
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one half cup
Summer Squash or Zucchini, 500 grams, trimmed and cut into thin discs
Fresh Parsley, one half cup, minced
Eggs, three, hard boiled, finely chopped
Coarse Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper

1. Saute the garlic in the oil in a large skillet, when the aroma of its cookin gfills the room, add the squash and stir gently
2. After three minutes add one quarter cup of the parsley and remove from heat.
3. Stir in the eggs. Salt. Pepper.
4. Toss with al dente rigatoni.
5. Serve garnished with the remaining parsley.

Also in keeping with the taste and textures around here, find something hearty and tasty.

Saturday Beefcake: Simply Appetizing

Mushrooms with Cashew Stuffing

Mushrooms, four fresh (stems removed)
Goat Cheese, two, one inch cubes
Cashew Nuts, eight, raw
Scallion, with three inches or so of the green top
Heavy Cream, one tablespoon
Nutmeg, grated, one pinch
Chili Powder, one pinch

1. Finely chop the nuts, cheese and scallion
2. Stir in heavy cream and spices
3. Stuff the mushroom caps and chill.

Once again we've gone to Yvonne Tarr for this
simple appetizer. Pondering the beauty of a
lovely mushroom cap as well as a creamy mixture
for stuffing is what Saturday Beefcake is all about.

For something else somewhat creamy yet with sustenance one should shop for imported mozzarella di bufala for the recipe.

Mozzarella all'Erbette

Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala, 500 grams, sliced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, about one quarter cup
Fresh Parsley, one tablespoon chopped
Anchovy Fillets, mashed
Asiago Cheese, one tablespoon grated
Capers, one tablespoon chopped
Fresh Oregano, chopped

1. Arrange layers of mozzarella on an appropriate serving dish in one layer.
2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
3. Drizzle the mixture over the mozzarella slices. Chill for an hour.
4. Serve at room temperature with good Italian bread.

This recipe requires a good eye and good judgment, something else Saturday Beefcake is all about.

If mozzarella is in the room, a tomato is usually not too far away. Also in keeping with this feature's penchant for stuffing now and then, here is a variation on Yvonne Tarr's recipe for:

Tomato and Raisin Stuffed Onions

Onion, large
Unsalted Butter, one teaspoon
Organic Raw Sugar [or Stevia] one half teaspoon
Sultana Raisins or Currants, one teaspoon
Nutmeg, grated, one pinch
Coarse Salt, one pinch
Wheat germ, one teaspoon
Preheated oven 350F

1. Scoop out center of the onion, reserve.
2. Place the onion in boiling water for about five minutes. Remove. Drain.
3. Saute the center in the butter until transparent
4. Chop the tomato and add it with the raisins/currants and spices. Add to the sauteed onion.
5. Cook over low heat until fairly thick. Stir in the wheat germ.
6. Fill the scooped out onion with the mixture.
7. Bake for twenty minutes.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Eventful Friday: Visionaries

Entertainment AIDS Alliance (EAA)
Invites you to celebrate 10 years of Visionaries

Visionary Honors 2007
Richard Foos, CEO of Shout! Factory

“I want to be remembered as a good guy who tried to do his best for himself, his family, his friends and the world,” Foos said.

Vicki Greenleaf, President of Greenleaf & Associates
Ron Sanders, President of Warner Home Video
Aid for AIDS, West Hollywood, CA
at the
Four Seasons Hotel
300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, 90048
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Cocktail Reception 6:00 p.m.
Presentation of Honors 7:15 p.m.
Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Business Attire
DONATION: $400 per person or $4,000 for table of 10
Make check payable to Entertainment AIDS Alliance and send to:
Entertainment AIDS Alliance, 7985 Santa Monica Blvd., #109-491, Los Angeles, CA 90046
RSVP to (323) 874-6497 or contact@entertainmentAIDSalliance.org
If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation,
please indicate “Donation Only” on check.
EAA Honorees will be highlighted in the commemorative program distributed tt the EAA Visionary Dinner and in the September 30th issue of Home Media Magazine. Proceeds benefit EAA. Please reserve ad space by August 30, Materials Due: September 6.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

As the Gay Thursdays Turn

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Wednesday Word: Actor

1 : one that acts : DOER
2 a : one who represents a character in a dramatic production b : a theatrical performer c : one who behaves as if acting a part
3 : one that takes part in any affair
- ac·tor·ish /-t&-rish/ adjective
- ac·tor·ly /-t&r-lE/ adjective

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Tuesday Talent: Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams' was one of the first fan sites to which BGR Design (at Column of Life's request) applied its magic touch and it's no wonder, because the man epitomizes what being ruggedly handsome means. He will soon reappear on One Life to Liveas Ron Walsh (probably mid-October) and also this fall he will be making a guest appearance on Cashmere Mafia. The following is on the introductory page to the fansite

"People who know Timothy Adams have only good things to say about him much to his fans' delight. While much of their delight does come from his exceptional looks, he has an important quality for his livelihood, both modeling and acting, in that he seems to transform and adapt himself into whatever the scene calls for. He does so with a unique combination of subtlety and expansiveness.

As perfect as he may sometimes seem, Timothy has a welcoming quality. He doesn't ride up on a white charger in dazzling white armour, although that’s not a bad image at all. He is everyman.

Timothy can manifest himself as a next door neighbour, a brother, a lover, a lifeguard, a fireman or a ruthless businessman among many other possibilities which seem to have roots inside of him. He has brought much delight to his many fans as Casey on Sunset Beach, Ron Walsh on One Life to Live and as Chris on Rescue Me."

Monday, August 20, 2007

Extended Weekend: We're the Lucky Ones

From the beginning of the postmodern homosexual era, men in uniform, especially policemen have populated homoerotic fantasies. There is, of course, the apparent contradiction inherent in these fantasies. It is those contradictions that give life to the excellent story "Forever Blue" from Cold Case, which was re-broadcast last evening; hence, the weekend extension.

"If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost." (Michel Foucault)

Jimmy and Coop from "Forever Blue", Luke and Noah from As the World Turns, Ennis and Jack from Brokeback Mountain and the uninformed and ultimately victimized women in their fictional lives could well descry the considerable cost of living in the almighty closet or its shadow.

Coop's declaration, "We're the lucky ones," which became his dying declaration to Jimmy is the ultimate reality. Carpe Amorem goes beyond the sexual fantasy imbuing it with a different kind of passion. True evil is not allowing people to love. Homosexuality should not be the sum total of the landscape, it should simply be part of the landscape and allowed to flourish like the rest of it.

Dylan's "My Back Pages" was a fitting finale to what The Next Hurrah calls landmark gay television. CBS treated its viewers to two this weekend starting with Luke and Noah on Friday afternoon. The storytelling is on a par with the best of gay cinema and the performances were profound enough to earn the above praise. The lyric speaks to the wisdom of time, "I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now."

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Song of the Week: Open Arms

"Open Arms"
(S. Perry and J. Cain)

Lying beside you
Here in the dark
Feeling your heart with mine
Softly you whisper
You're so sincere
How could our love be so blind
We sailed on together
We drifted apart
And here you are
By my side

So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you'll see
What your love means to me
Open arms

Living without you
Living alone
This empty house seems so cold
Wanting to hold you
Wanting you near
How much I wanted you home

But now that you've come back
Turned night into day
I need you to stay

So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you'll see
What your love means to me
Open arms

While not exactly a wedding song, this duet performed to perfection by two "out" performers Brian Lane Green and Lee Lessak brings home the idea of two men being romantic with one another. More often than not in almost everyone's mind marriage has to do with the culmination of romance, although that's not exactly what it is.

In the meantime news from the current Advocate 08/18-20/07:

Prominent N.J. legislator voices support for marriage equality

The idea of moving beyond civil unions to provide full marriage rights to same-sex couples in New Jersey is gaining traction. A prominent New Jersey legislator who had not previously supported full marriage rights is now asking, "Why not gay marriage?"

Sen. Raymond Lesniak posted an entry on a New Jersey blog Thursday that concluded, "Allowing gay couples to marry is not going to repair the fabric of society, but it's not going to tear it apart either. To paraphrase John Lennon, let's give love a chance. We might just find it works."

The post came on the heels of a Garden State Equality poll that found 63% of people in New Jersey said they "would be fine" if the state legislature decided to grant gay couples full marriage rights because civil unions had failed to provide full equality under the law.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said Lesniak is among a "handful of the most powerful politicians in New Jersey" and called the news "spectacular." (The Advocate)

in related news the hypocrite of the year award goes to Fred Thompson:

Fred Thompson urges marriage amendment, August 17, 2007:

The GOP's Fred Thompson may have yet to officially announce his presidential candidacy, but that didn't stop him from saying that a constitutional marriage amendment could "cure" the disparity between states' laws on same-sex marriage.
In an Iowa interview with CNN's John King, Thompson intimated that rather than leaving marriage up to individual states, he would use the bully pulpit as president to push for a federal marriage amendment -- an initiative that has dismal prospects at best as long as at least one of the chambers of Congress stays in Democratic hands.

King: "Would you, a President Fred Thompson, actively push a presidential amendment banning gay marriage?"

Thompson: "Yes, yes, I think that with regard to gay marriage you have a full-faith-and-credit issue. I don't think one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage, or allowing gay marriage, and have another state be required to follow along, under full faith and credit. There's some exceptions and exemptions for that.

"Hasn't happened yet, but I think a federal court very well likely will go in that direction, and a constitutional amendment would cure that."(The Advocate)

The denizens of the good state of Tennessee and especially those in Nashville know that Thompson's private life makes Bill Clinton look like a choir boy. The holier than thou republicans will stay home in droves once they get wind of it.

Why don't people realize that heterosexuals have destroyed the sanctity of marriage: 50% of theirs end in divorce and the statistics of incest, child and spousal abuse are through the roof. Maybe they shouldn't get married.

In the meantime from the north country come these excerpts from a report in www.365gay.com
Scott Brison made history Saturday by becoming the first MP to marry his same-sex partner since gay marriage was legally recognized two years ago.
The Liberal politician wed his partner Maxime St. Pierre at a ceremony in a small white church near Brison's country home in Cheverie.
Brison is the second high-profile politician this summer to marry their same-sex partner.

A few weeks ago, George Smitherman, Ontario's first openly gay cabinet minister, wed his partner Christopher Peloso at a lodge near Sudbury, Ont.
Brison publicly acknowledged he is gay in 2002 and became Canada's first openly gay cabinet minister in 2004 after he crossed the floor of the Commons to join the Liberals.

But he's always closely guarded his private life, saying once that he is ``not a gay politician, but a politician who happens to be gay.''
Brison crossed to the Liberals in 2003 before a highly divisive debate on the same-sex marriage bill in June 2005 that saw more than two dozen Liberals join with the Conservative Opposition in voting against the legislation.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Beefcake: Summertime Dessert

Well, some of our Canadian readers expressed unhappiness that the meal was without dessert and because the last post did mention sweet penetration, it was decided that something sweet for the end of the evening was appropriate. Yvonne Tarr is the inspiration once again for this one--light and simple, although not exactly what she presecribed.

Honeydew Melon, halved and seeded
Strawberries, two cups, washed, hulled and halved
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Lemon Juice

1. Sweeten the strawberries
2. Spritz them with the citrus juices
3. Place them in the hollowed out centers of the melon halves where the seeds used to be.
4. Serve cold.

This tastes all the sweeter in the company of young men. How sweet it is.

Saturday Beefcake: Main Course

On the side, there is a variation of Yvonne Tarr's Broccoli Amandine utilizing cooked broccolini, i.e. broccoli di rape instead of everyday broccoli.

Broccolini Amandine

Broccoli di Rape, cooked
Scallions, using about three inches of the green tops, chopped
Blanched Almonds, cut into slivers, about a tablespoon
Unsalted Butter, one and half tablespoons

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the broccolini
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue until the vegetables reach the desired consistency.

Lo Sgombro Colle Cipolle

Onions, about 500 grams, Bermuda finely sliced
Mackerel, two large filleted
Dry White Wine, one cup
White Wine vinegar, one cup
Juniper Berries, ten crushed
Kosher or Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Fresh Thyme, two sprigs
Bay Leaves, three
Preheated oven 350F

1. Spread out half the onion slices on a large, oven proof dish--large enough to hold the fillets in a single layer which are placed on top and then cover the fish with the remaining onion slices
2. Put the wine, vinegar and juniper berries in a bowl. Salt. Pepper. Mix.
3. Pour the mixture over the fish and onions.
4. Tuck the herbs here and there under the onion
5. Bake for about fifteen minutes and leave to cool.

6. Chill for at least twenty-four hours.
7. Serve at room temperature-takes about two hours after removing from refrigeration.

This is a classic sweet and sour room temperature piatto estivo from Liguria, a region celebrated often in these posts. This dish should be served no sooner than the day after it is prepared according to Anna Del Conte's Gastronomy of Italy. "This is so that the onion can become sweeter in the wine and the vinegar marinade, and to allow the flavour of the sauce to penetrate the fish." Good things are all about being worthy of patience, especially when sweet penetration is involved.