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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Sort of ...


Next Week I will be participating in the United States Conference on AIDS in Orlando, FL. My participation there focuses on reaching out to HIV/AIDS activists and finding out what is going on throughout the network in gathering data, education and treatment. It has been a gratifying and illuminating experience in the past and I expect nothing less this time around.

I am here because I dodged a bullet that a majority of my gay male contemporaries, some of whom I loved much. It is why I walk and why I continue to promote events and fundraisers. Why I continue to pester. It is my part in the ongoing drama of a devastation that should have never happened.


A colleague from POZ pointed out this short story from the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times where there are often soap opera-unrequited love type stories. He was “struck by this particular article, for reasons that are abundantly clear. Quite moving without being schmaltzy.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/fashion/29Love.html?pagewanted=1&emc=eta1

It gives a human perspective on what can be so easily and summarily dismissed.

Love Out Loud West takes place on October 14, 2010 at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood. It is a launch party and my team’s fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. There will be celebrities in attendance to meet and greet fans. $25.00 is the suggested donation. If you care to pay in advance, you can do so via PayPal. (giovitaco-at-aim.com)


If you simply want to make a direct donation to the team’s efforts here’s how.

Visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Copy and paste the following into your browser:
http://aidswalklosangeles2010.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=427581&u=427581-258943720&e=3672411133



Did you know...
- Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV?
- Half of those infected with HIV are under the age of 24?
- 25% of those infected with HIV do not know it?

Even though there has been a lot of publicity about drug treatments which are prolonging some people's lives, they don't work for everyone and there is still no cure in sight. Moreover, young people are still getting infected at alarmingly high rates.


Giovanni Vitacolonna
212.938.2045


This means a lot to me.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Music: Michael Clay's Love Out Loud


New York, New York (August 9, 2010)—We are pleased to announce the fourth annual fundraiser and launch party AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Love Out Loud West, on Thursday October 14, 2010 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm

This year David Moretti of The Lair and Finding Mr. Wright will be our host. He will be joined by his castmate Matt Montgomery, Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Brian Gaskill (All My Children, Broken Hearts Club) Les Brandt (Another World, The Resolve) -- look for many others to come on board.

The entertainment industry has lent overwhelming support through their efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. POZ events seem to get bigger and brighter every year. Be on the look out for more celebrities to come on board. The official website will be updated as the event gets closer.

Visit here: http://www.pozevent.com/events.html

Where: East/West Lounge 8851 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA
When: Thursday, October 14, 2010 5:30 to 9:00 pm


How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com

All Proceeds go to AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Media Sponsor POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website (poz.com) provide 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.com 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. For more information, please visit poz.com.


– CONTACT: Giovanni Vitacolonna (gio at poz.com) 212.938.2045


The theme song is here.

Michael Clay's signature song at one time was the incomparable Love Out Loud a paean to loving as one's nature dictates. It arrived at the very end of the set starting out unassumingly with an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. It was that part of the show where everyone in the band had the opportunity for self expression. It was cathartic and exhilarating.



I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins, & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud

Michael Clay and his band featuring percussionist and producer Merel Bregante opened the first fund-raiser back in May, 2006. He continues to grace this annual event with his song which provides an essential theme for the good intentions here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Your Sunday Studs: Jeremy Jackson and Jake Pavelka





Jeremy Dunn Jackson (born October 16, 1980 in Newport Beach, California) is an American actor/singer. He is most widely known for his role as Hobie Buchannon on the popular television show Baywatch. [Wikipedia entry]

Jeremy has a MySpace page.

Sensitive "bachelor" Jake Pavelka needs no introduction. It is enough that he looks good.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Goodnight Beefcake with Michael Tomasetti


Funny thing, every time an angel appeared to someone in the Bible, the first thing he'd say was, "Fear not." ... I guess they were pretty spectacular.

Gilbert Morris, The Angels of Bastogne

It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.

William Blake, A Vision of the Last Judgment

Saturday Beefcake Foreplay with Claudio Castagnoli




Saturday Beefcake

Michael Tomasetti

Scott Herman

Getting Ready For Sunday Brunch Beefcake



Savory Muffins with Goat Cheese and Tomato Jam

Adapted from a recipe by Neil Kleinberg
(Clinton Street Baking Company, NYC) via JBF

This recipe yields butter-colored muffins with a very tender crumb. Neil Kleinberg served the mini-muffins as an hors d’oeuvre when he cooked at the Beard House. We tried them in a regular-size muffin tin, and enjoyed them with soup. The tomato “jam” can keep several weeks in the refrigerator.



Muffins:

4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg
1 1/4 cups half-and-half or whole milk
2 cups all-purpose flour (whole wheat?)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste



Tomato Jam:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3/4 cup chopped onion
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
4 cups coarsely chopped plum tomatoes, seeded and peeled
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons minced scallions
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese


Method:
Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter and flour the muffin tins. Combine the melted butter, egg, and cream in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until combined. Do not overmix. Fill the muffin cups about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges with no crumbs sticking to it.



To make the tomato jam, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and sauté the garlic, onion, red pepper, and rosemary in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan until soft but not brown. Add the tomatoes and cook down over medium-low heat until the tomatoes have given up most of their water and turned a deep orangey-red, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season to taste. This will make much more than you need for the muffins, but it’s so delicious, you’ll be happy to have the extra around.



Serve the muffins warm, garnished with tomato jam, minced scallions, and crumbled goat cheese

Italian Beefcake: Alex Marte

Your Saturday Beefcake Afternoon Pick Me Up







That will get you through to cocktails

Saturday Beefcake Summer Lunch



Gemelli Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil

This comes from Michael White via JBF: Although Michael White’s soulful, flavorful interpretations of Italian cuisine indicate otherwise, he is not an Italian native who absorbed generations of recipes at birth. He is, in fact, a Midwesterner who spent the majority of his childhood days in Beloit, Wisconsin playing football and swimming competitively. At the time, cooking was simply an enjoyable family pastime and an escape from the biting winter. Go here for more about Marea and Chef White.



Ingredients:

Vinaigrette
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 eggs, hard-boiled, finely chopped

Salad
1 pound gemelli, cooked al dente, rinsed to prevent sticking
6 ounces pecorino, shaved
3 mixed heirloom tomatoes
1 small bunch of basil, leaves torn
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:
Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. If necessary, add more vinegar to adjust the acidity.



Salad: Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss together with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.



We have increased the Mediterranean flavor of this recipe with pics of Nikos Giannios and Daniel Garofali. Bask in the Mediterranean lights.

Beefcake's Greatest Hits: Your Favourites








Jessie Pavelka among them ... Leo Giamani sandwiched between Alex Marte. Now there's an Italian main course, if ever there was one!

Good Morning Beefcake Lovers!







time to face the weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Feature: Alicia Minshew

Alicia Minshew fearlessly took over the role of Kendall Hart, child born of rape, daughter to the seemingly eternal Erica Kane. She has made the role her own much to the benefit of faithful All My Children viewers and fans. Kendall has one of those personas that defies category and for that very reason keeps us tuning in. All that panache comes from somewhere inside La Minshew who works unfailingly to bring Mrs. Slater (Kendall) to light. There are few harder working actors than the flawless beauty who will grace our fundraiser with her presence making it an evening surely to be remembered. Come out to East/West in West Hollywood on October 14 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for Love Out Loud West, launch party for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Contact: 212.938.2045



Alicia is not new to this. She and husband Rich Herschenfeld have been mainstays for Love Out Loud New York since 2006. That's why we love them!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gay Thursday II: Thom Bierdz


Gay actor/activist Thom Bierdz returns to his role as Phillip Chancellor III on the iconic daytime soap The Young & The Restless. Between one-take scenes, he dishes about equal rights, family tragedy and whether Phillip will finally find love


By: Duane Booth
About Canada's Gay Life Magazine go here for more.

Gay Thursday: Mason Wyler

Mason Wyler, a gay porn star, recently revealed on his blog that he is HIV positive. That fact alone is enough to elicit my sympathy, but it's the circumstances of his disclosure that disturb me the most...


Oriol Gutierrez of POZ magazine has more to say here at POZ.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Wednesday Word: The Man Who Invented Lee Majors



There's a Datalounge thread all abuzz about The University of Kentucky, Lee Majors and Rock Hudson. If true, oh to have been a fly on that wall[s]! Experiencing the young Mr. Majors in The Big Valley was magnificent fodder for adolescent hormonal terrain. In researching this legend, there was an interesting entry on a UK site dedicated to Lee Majors. See below and go here. And now appearing in the role of Henry Willson, Rock Hudson.

The thread starts out with this: ... The Thin Thirty, by Shannon Ragland, chronicles Hudson's involvement in a 1962 sex scandal at the University of Kentucky involving the football team. Ragland writes that Jim Barnett, a wrestling promoter, engaged in prostitution with members of the team, and that Hudson was one of Barnett's customers. [source: Wikipedia]

Lee Majors was a chaffeur for Jim Barnett, by the way.

Two review blurbs from Amazon.com on The Thin Thirty

If I hadn't lived through the University of Kentucky s shameful Thin Thirty Days, I would swear that a new book, The Thin Thirty, is a work of fiction. But you couldn't make up what a Louisville author, Shannon Ragland, has written about the shameful period when Charlie Bradshaw coached UK and so brutalized the UK football players that all but 30 quit the team. Shortly after Bradshaw returned to Lexington to coach his alma mater, I had a conversation with him in front of the Wildcat Bowling Lanes next to Memorial Coliseum. He said that Dr. Ralph Angelucci, the team physician and a member of the UK trustees, told him that the first thing the coach had to do was run off the gays, including actor Rock Hudson, who were dating some of the football players. You read that right. Ragland has done thorough research. I told him that his book could be a good textbook for use by colleges. It should be required for football players planning to be coaches. --Earl Cox - Louisville Voice Tribune

Southeastern Conference football, exploitation of players, game fixing and a gay sex scandal involving a legendary pro wrestling promoter and a Hollywood film icon. How's that for a tease? And it's just the tip of the iceberg in one of the best books on college football to come down the pike in quite some time. Shannon Ragland's, The Thin Thirty, is a disturbing yet fascinating look at the 1962 University of Kentucky football team and its first-year coach Charlie Bradshaw, a Bear Bryant disciple, whose team was thinned from 88 to 30 players by his brutal conditioning tactics. --Mike Mooneyham, Charleston (SC) Post & Courier






Rock Hudson & Lee Majors
Globe Magazine, October 1, 1985

Rock Hudson put Lee Majors on the road to fame and fortune, but as the superstar lay dying, his protégé was nowhere to be seen. Rock discovered Lee in a backwater Kentucky town 23 years ago, persuaded him to go to Hollywood and went out of his way to introduce him to agents and producers. But as the AIDS-stricken actor fought for life, Majors was not among the string of celebrities - including Liz Taylor, Roddy McDowall and Nancy Walker - who were rushing to his bedside.

Paul Bloch, Majors' publicist, is on record as denying that his client and Rock even knew each other. Recently, confronted with undeniable photographic evidence of the mysterious friendship, he issued on behalf of Majors, a terse "no comment".

Yet, observers of the Hollywood scene in the 1960s told GLOBE that the friendship between Rock and Majors was widely known. Another source says frankly, that Rock considered Majors to be his protégé. However, he adds: "I had the impression that the feeling was not mutual."

The insider continues: "Rock insisted Lee dye his hair blond to make him look more like the macho surfer type - an image Rock thought was most popular with the studio executives. Lee used to come to parties at Rock's house shortly before he landed the part in The Big Valley in 1965, but he always seemed uncomfortable, especially if Rock was bragging about what a big star Lee would someday become. "This guy is going to go places and will be a romantic leading man someday," Rock once predicted during a small house party. Lee would blush and go off and stand alone either at the bar or out by the pool. You could tell Rock's constant stream of compliments about Lee's looks bothered him."

One veteran Tinseltown reporter saw the picture of Rock that Majors kept in his bedroom while working on The Big Valley, his first TV break. When she asked him why it was there, he said: "I admire him."

One source says that Lee quietly kept in touch with Rock until he really made it big in The Six Million Dollar Man. He and his first wife divorced shortly after he arrived in Hollywood and he went on to marry Farrah Fawcett. "His star was shining a lot brighter than Rock's, and frankly Lee was really too busy with his career and his marriage to Farrah to need Rock as a mentor for anything," the insider explains. "Rock would mention that he heard from Lee from time to time, but I sensed that they were no longer what you would call close friends after Lee hit it big." He adds, "Rock almost felt it was his duty to the acting world to make certain there were enough handsome, young leading men types around to fill his own shoes, I guess."

The source hints that Rock, whose gay lifestyle was then a secret, thought of himself as a Svengali to handsome, young actors like Lee. Rock first met Majors, who was then known as [Harvey] Lee Yeary, in 1962 when Lee was playing football at Eastern Kentucky State College in Richmond, Kentucky. Rock astonished Majors' adoptive parents by driving up to their house in nearby Middlesboro one day for a visit, and he willingly posed for pictures with Majors and his bride. Sources who knew Majors then have revealed that Rock persuaded him to launch an acting career by enrolling at the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky. He also urged Majors and Kathy to pack up and move to Hollywood - a decision that spelled the end of their brief marriage. Kathy filed for divorce shortly after and returned to Kentucky with their son.

"Rock loved football and always said that there were many good-looking college and professional football players around that they should get into acting before some injury would mess up their faces or bodies," the Hollywood source says.

"Rock was also a friend of former pro football player Roman Gabriel, and he tried to push him into acting, but Roman just couldn't cut it," he says. "Roman wasn't into acting and I think he made one film, thanks to Rock, which was just plain awful.
"Rock had better luck with Lee and always considered himself a close friend. He told me once that he was the one who got Lee his first contract with Universal Studios.
Young actors like Lee and others looked up to Rock because he was such an established star and definitely had influence in the business. He would try and give Lee and others guidance on how to defend themselves and to know when they were being abused professionally. "They will try and work you 'till you drop if you let them," I recall him saying more than once."

But when Rock dropped, a victim of the bizarre [sic] Hollywood lifestyle the former Lee Yeary was not there to help him.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Terrell Tilford

He "believes that if we don't actually engage in constructive conversation and debate, then we will continue to be a people troubled by fear, resentment, bias & other intolerable acts ... actions that will further foster a divide among people who truly want to progress." [from his facebook page]

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Music: The World Is Falling Down Hold My Hand



Recorded in New York, New York in February 1990. (Thank You, Singers and Saints Blog)

Personnel: Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Alain Jean-Marie (piano); Charlie Haden (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).



"Have we been waiting for something like this since Billie, then Dinah passed on--i.e. groovy, in-the-tradition jazz singing that actually means something? Heir apparent Betty Carter is on an ego trip, Cassandra Wilson is too arty... and so on. Abbey Lincoln's trip is something else again (perhaps Parisian) as she poignantly introduces "How High The Moon" in broken French and triumphantly ends the set with Francis Lai's "Live For Life." In between, Lincoln contributes good original lyrics from the point of view of a still-feminine quasi-bag lady--"social secretary" she calls it--an adept witness to hard times past and present. Lincoln gets excellent arrangements from Ron Carter and accompaniment from ubiqitous bassist Charlie Haden and legendary altoist Jackie McLean." (Joe Sarno) @320



A very fond yet sad farewell to Sister Abbey who died August 14, 2010 -- this was posted last January. She was unique. There will never be another. Listen here.