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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Music: The Bobby's & the Shore--Every Night is Saturday Night

"Splish Splash" was a huge hit for Bobby Darin in 1958 and to see him perform it at Wildwood, New Jersey's Starlight Ballroom was the thrill of a 10 year old's life. Over fifty years later, it remains so. In honuor of a very beautiful older sister, her very cool boyfriend at the time and Wildwood, New Jersey, here is Mr. Darin making his "Splash" somewhere beyond the sea along with the other Bobby (Roberto Luigi Ridarelli) singing about those days at the shore that meant a lot.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

One more Beefcake for the Road

A Saturday Beefcake Gallery from Scott Barnes

Here's Your Main Beefcake Course

It's not panzanella, but no doubt there's some comfort to be found there.

Beefcake Lunch: Italian Comfort

Panzanella is great Italian comfort food having its origins in Toscana. It's a warm weather bread salad, using leftover bread. Tuscan bread has no salt and the salad uses its blandness to soak up all the textures and rich flavours. The April issue of Eating Light is featuring a great version using ciabatta, presented by the fetching Jim Denevan of Outstanding in the Field. Outstanding indeed.

"A self-taught chef and artist, Jim Denevan draws inspiration from the earth to create sensual works of fleeting beauty—culinary installations in sunny farmlands across America and large-scale art pieces on the wave-swept sands of coastal beaches."

Here are two sites to learn more about Mr. Denevan. Food. Art

Having a Bright Beefcake Morning

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Might

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gay Thursday: Colton Ford

The subject of Naked Fame, Christopher Long's “intelligent and appealing documentary” which tells how Colton Ford, “wildly successful gay adult film star leaves porn behind to pursue his dream: music.” If that weren’t enough, he is now part of the stunning cast of here! TV’s The Lair as Sheriff Trout. He has generously agreed to come spend time at Love Out Loud New York with good friend and co-star David Moretti. What is most striking about this formidable and multi-talented man’s modus operandi is his ability to achieve his goals flying in the face of conventional wisdom. Long time fans know that there is nothing at all conventional about the man and given his history it is a boon to POZ and AIDS Walk New York that he is doing his part for awareness and fund-raising.

Find out more about him here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Word: Prohibition

A great place on the Upper West Side at 503 Columbus Avenue . NYC 10024 . 212.579.3100.

You've heard it here before: this is a very inviting and comfortable locale, i.e. Prohibition, where every night of the week something is going on. When the music isn't live in the early evening, the speakers give forth with recognizable oldies that keep the customers at their tables and at the bar. The staff friendly and accomodating, most notably Christian, Tristan, Eva, Jennifer, Desiree, Adi, Annie, Natalie, Kristen. Management knows how to hire good people, really good people.

In warm weather there is outside seating. The key word is comfort and it seems that the two working owner/partners Rich and Ian do their best to make it so.

The menu also serves up comfort food, such as fried calamari, chicken fingers, tuna tacos, wild mushroom ravioli, vegetable dumplings, mini-burgers, mini-pizzas and quesadillas that can be enjoyed at the bar and at tables. There is a full menu that can be perused at their website www.prohibition.net

From the New York Times: "The Music Cooks and the Food Sings: But I already know from my neighborhood that a chef and a belter can peacefully coexist. Prohibition, on Columbus Avenue, has live performances every night but food so consistently fresh that I go there just to eat, before the young crowd throngs the dark room and the bands take the stage. It’s the right menu for a certain mood, when you want little plates with lots of flavor (Portobello napoleons, duck nachos and jazzy pizzas) and not much commitment or cash required."

From New York Magazine: "Prohibition typifies the Upper West Side bar scene. It's spacious and funky but not overly hip. It's popular but rarely packed. The waitstaff is young, beautiful andunpretentious. The cool décor features lamps made out of out of skinny lightbulbs suspended in wine bottles. In the front bar area, live bands perform on a tiny stage: Every night features a different musical act, from groovy funk to jazz. If you'd rather focus on your date (or your martini—try one of the many house-made varieties), head to the back room, where you can also dine on surprisingly good New American cuisine."—Shana Liebman

It's an open, warm, down to earth and welcoming locale in a great neighbourhood. Addiction sets in quickly. It's a perfect place to be held hostage by really nice people.

Main Entry: 1wel·come
Pronunciation: \ˈwel-kəm\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): wel·comed; wel·com·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun
Date: before 12th century
1 : to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
2 : to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of
— wel·com·er noun

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Tristan Colton

Tristan Colton has been living and working as a professional actor in and around New York City since 1998, when he moved from Houston, TX to attend the prestigious acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At Purchase, Tristan underwent four years of some of the best classical acting training in the country, studying voice, speech, movement, stage combat, improv, and clowning, as well as acting training with some of the country’s top teachers. Go here for more.

It's about time to acknowledge once again up and coming actor, Tristan, one of the talented workers at Prohibition.

Monday, March 23, 2009

It's A Meloni Monday: More eBay

POZ's 4th annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud will take place Wednesday May 13, 2009 at Prohibition in New York, NY. Look for many local celebrities to be in attendance.

Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni – there are few who are more generous– has once again stepped up to help us raise funds. He will graciously sign this photograph to the specifications of the winning bidder. He will sign whatever you want to. Half the funds will go directly to GMHC from eBay and the other half will become part of the POZ team's effort for AIDS Walk New York: to help with Love Out Loud and the team's collected funds.

This magazine is a collector's item from the era when Meloni was burning up the airwaves on OZ. It is in used condition. This is a must have item of memorabilia.

Go here to bid. Go here to donate directly.

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine provides the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status, inspiring and empowering in readership. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. POZ offers exclusive Web-only content including a summary of daily national and international AIDS news, daily treatment news and special reports on a wide variety of cultural, social, political and medical topics.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Song: La Via Gluck

Verdelle Smith was one of those talented singers who came and went in the 60s having a minor hit with an English version of Adriano Celentano's "Il Ragazoo della Via Gluck" called "Tar & Cement." Finding a collection of recordings is a very rewarding experience for the avid collector. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ending Our Broadcast Day Beefcake

We do our patriotic best

Good Stuff: Beefcake Main Course

Saturday Beefcake: Men With Balls

Saturday Beefcake & Kimberly's Won Tons

Kimberly Roots is appreciated in these parts as a very important member of the Fourth Estate [look it up]. Her boyfriend is a prince of a man. Someday they will be married. Ms. Roots is always very mindful of being healthy and she passed this great recipe on to Column.

Cooking spray
Olive oil, two teaspoons
Green Cabbage, shredded, [or cole slaw mix: shredded green cabbage and carrots] one and a half cups
Carrot, shredded, one half cups
Garlic cloves, two, minced
Scallions, two, minced, divided
Soy sauce, low-sodium, one quarter cup plus two teaspoons
Wonton wrappers, twenty-four
Sesame oil, one teaspoon
Oven at 350F

1.Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Add cabbage, carrots, garlic and one minced scallion.
4. Sauté until cabbage wilts, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in two teaspoons of soy sauce.
5. Place wonton wrappers on a flat surface.
6. Drop vegetable mixture by teaspoonfuls onto center of each wrapper.
7. Moisten edges of wrapper with wet fingers, fold over one corner to make a triangle and press sides together to seal.
8. Transfer filled wrappers to prepared baking sheet and coat surface with cooking spray.
9. Bake until wontons are golden brown, about fifteen minutes.
10. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining one quarter cup of soy sauce, remaining minced scallion and sesame oil. Mix well and serve with wontons.
11. Yields four wontons and 1 tablespoon of dipping sauce per serving.

And accompanying this recipe are pics of someone else who is ever mindful of good health, Jessie Pavelka, late of Diet Tribe. Kimberly appreciates being in good company.

Good Morning, Beefcake

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Friday Night Might: More Love Out Loud 2009

New York City native Jake Silbermann was raised in an artistic family and always had an interest in performing. In 2007, he landed a day player role on Guiding Light; later that year, he was cast as Luke’s long-awaited love interest Noah on As The World Turns . Almost immediately, Silbermann was embraced by fans clamoring for an openly gay couple and [they] became a favorite pair. In fact, they were so popular, all of their scenes were put on YouTube. The pair's popularity continues to soar, as they're constantly voted Favorite Couple in Digest's online polls. Jake's contribution to their on screen chemistry speaks volumes about the acting talent of one so young. In this day and age it still needs a bit of chutzpah to play a gay role. It is getting better because of the likes of Jake Silbermann, who has graciously agreed to become part of Love Out Loud 2009. Visit here.

[Pictured Jake and Van Hansis in a poignant moment at last year's Daytime Emmys with Ellen Degeneres]

Friday Night Might: Gary Petonke & The Denver Principles Project

Go here to find out what it's all about.

The Vernal Equinox

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gay Thursday: Life Is A Cabaret

Requiescat in Pace, Natasha. Natasha, who worked tirelessly for a cure for AIDS. Natasha, the offspring of a gay man. Natasha, who performed in Cabaret, a work from a gay man, Christopher Isherwood and alongside a gay man, Alan Cumming, who had this to say about this classy lady:

I, like everyone, am totally devastated by the sudden death of Natasha Richardson. The term 'life force' seems trite but that is what she was: a woman who powered through life and fascinated everyone she encountered. I have been thinking about the times I spent with her since I heard the news of her tragic accident, and the strongest memory I have is of her laughter, her unmistakeable throaty laugh. I think that's a great way to remember someone.

She was a brilliant actress. I will never forget her Blanche Dubois. It was almost too much, too real and raw. Liam and the boys and her whole family have lost an amazing woman. We all have. Goodbye, darling.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Word: Michael Tomasetti

Main Entry: mo·ti·va·tion
Pronunciation: \ˌmō-tə-ˈvā-shən\
Function: noun
Date: 1873
1 a: the act or process of motivating b: the condition of being motivated
2: a motivating force, stimulus, or influence : incentive , drive
— mo·ti·va·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
— mo·ti·va·tion·al·ly adverb

Mark Twain had this to say about people like Michael Tomasetti: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. small minded people always try to do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can be great, which just about sums up what this denizen of Pleasant Valley is all about. Yes, he really does live in a place called Pleasant Valley. How could it not be with such a population? His work as an actor and a model takes him to more than a few major hubs in the United States: New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Phoenix. He has been featured here before. His response to become part of Love Out Loud on May 13th at Prohibition was immediate and affirmative. This is a person who is self-described as someone who wants to bring people together. He considers himself a team player and now he's part of ours. It's hoped that his presence will be motivational. Come say hello.