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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Talent: What would you do if you were king for a day


Be thoroughly entertained by a wonderful host and performer

Brother, Brother! King for a Day

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Music

Hey, you know what comes next!

http://www.love-out-loud.com/events.html




Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been layin back a long time

But I love you like no other

Oh, brother of mine

I've been watching everything you do

And I've been wishing only good for you

All you've got to do is just want it to

And it's gonna - it's gonna come to you

Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been hangin' on a long time

But I love you like no other

Oh, brother of mine

You have always been so good to me

And though you didn't always talk to me

There wasn't much my lovin' eyes could not see

and I don't believe you need all your misery

Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been hangin' on a long time

You know I love you like no other

Oh, brother, brother, brother



World AIDS show at Comix NY Come see and hear a lot of exceptional talent

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Brother, Brother! King for a Day with the New York Vagabonds



This amazing vocal group will enhance Monday's King for a Day!



Artists & Musicians Come Together For An Evening of Song At Comix

New York, NY (November 2, 2010) – On November 29th, artists and musicians will unite for a special evening to benefit Lifebeat at Comix. Performers, including Lala Brooks, Ann Hampton Callaway, Grayce Coviello, Colton Ford, Missy Keene, Stewart Lewis, Gregory Nalbone, John Pagano, Mighty Kate, Michael Kevin Walsh, Barbara Porteus, MarTina Vidmar, Julie Waldman-Stiel and Liz Callaway will offer their interpretations of the songs of Carole King. The inspiration for this event, which will be hosted by actor/director Matt Walton and feature musical direction by Jimmy Horan, comes from Ms. King’s song “Brother, Brother” from her 1971 album Music. The song was her heartfelt response to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” and is still relevant today.

The evening aims to raise awareness of World AIDS Day. First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day (WAD) occurs each December 1st and has served to raise awareness about the epidemic, honor those who have died, focus attention on issues that are key to a successful response, and inspire positive action.

“We are grateful to all the artists and individuals who are donating their time and talents to what—we’re sure—is going to be an outstanding event. Music has the power to heal and inspire and you’ll see that at Brother, Brother,” said Ben Wymer, Interim Executive Director at Lifebeat.

Sponsors for the evening include: Comix, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Duplex and Platinum Salon

For a complete listing of artists and bios at: http://www.love-out-loud.com/events.html

For more information about Brother, Brother: King for a Day, please contact Ben Wymer: bwymer@lifebeat.org

For more information about COMIX, please contact Elizabeth Rosenthal Traub: elizabeth@ejmediagroup.com.

About LIFEBEAT

Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community.
Lifebeat relies on a small but dedicated staff and an active Board of Directors to carry out our mission, as well as a wonderful group of volunteers and a network of national AIDS service organizations (ASO’s) to educate young people through our outreach efforts.

About COMIX

Opened in September 2006 in Manhattan's booming Meatpacking District, Comix has quickly defined itself as the premier comedy club in New York City. Comix is Zagat’s highest rated comedy venue, was dubbed “one of the top six clubs in the country” by the Hollywood Reporter and has also been named the top headliner club in New York City by both GrandLife and Digital City.
In addition to outstanding comedy shows, Comix is also the ideal venue to enjoy great drinks, food and private events with options for every taste and budget. Our distinctive menu and VIP dinner packages will delight even the most discriminating diner, so come on an empty stomach and enjoy a meal with your laughs.


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Your Sunday Stud: James Ellis



Yet again inspired by DNA we post James Ellis as your Sunday Stud. This classic Aryan prince has graced this site more than once. No complaints here.




This is our favorite image of James ...

"Well I graduated from Fairfield High School (Falcons) in 1999. I then went on to graduate from Indiana State University in the spring of 2005 with a 3.5 G.P.A and degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Physical Education. However, I have also done some work to get my NASM certification to be a personal trainer. I am Alpha Tau Omega Alum. I was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ for about three years, and was also a member ISU Cheer Team for two years. After graduating I moved to San Diego in the summer of 2005, in pursuit of my lifelong dream to be a model. I spent a little over two years there and moved off to Hollywood to work full time as a Model and to seek my newly found passion, acting. Living in Hollywood for about a year and a half has shown me how much hard work and dedication it takes to make it as a successful model and actor. But, it really seems to be coming together and I can't express how awesome it is to see it all unraveling day by day as the dreams become reality." [from Model Mayhem]

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Goodnight Beefcake: What's Easy For Two Is So Hard for One

Saturday Beefcake Foreplay



Pensive Beefcake


Saturday Beefcake Garnished Al Dente



Saturday Beefcake Afternoon Delight



Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Peppers, 6, peeled and seeded
Leek, one cleaned, medium size
Butter, unsalted, 4 tablespoons
Garlic, 3 cloves, thinly sliced
Broth, one litre, vegetable or chicken
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Balsamic Vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Chives, for garnish






1. Dave Lieberman calls for roasting peppers on the stove top -- an old fashioned way that most immigrant families from Southern Italy are very familiar with. There are some commercial varieties available and Dave tells us that the way to get hold of the real magilla is to see if there are remnants of the blackened skin on the peppers.
2. Make sure the leek is washed and void of the sand that hides therein. After cutting off the tough tops make a lengthwise cut from top to bottom, going halfway in and then run cold water over it, while rubbing inside [it is very warm in here] a bit and washing the dirt away.




3. Cut the leek into 1/2 strips. The butter should be melted in a large, heavy kettle and then, Dave says, "sweat the leeks for a few minutes until they soften and lighten." and then add the garlic and cook for a few minutes.
5. Add the peppers and broth. Salt and pepper to taste. The peppers should be covered and if the broth doesn't do the trick, add some water.
6. Crank up the heat, bring it all to a boil and then lower the heat to simmering.
Add the vinegar, stir often and skim a stray pepper skin that may have eluded the process and floats to the top.
7. Cooking takes about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool.
When cool, puree the soup in blender. Make sure it is cool. Dave warns about a "blender explosion" if it's not an immersion blender.
8. So, to feed your guests, you'll need to reheat this, of course. Lieberman serves it with crostini topped with goat cheese floating above it and garnished with chiv



A column staple, this is a little something to warm up your wintery afternoons. A touch of summer in late autumn.

Saturday Beefcake Redux: What to do With Those Lovely Chestnuts


This is a Cape May, New Jersey recipe. The chestnut wine sauce is the creation of Neil Elsohn, now at Gertrude’s in Ventnor.

And one of your favorites from last year, it seems.



Turkey Cutlets, about a kilo or two pounds
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse Salt
Black Pepper
Dried Chestnuts, quarter pound, soaked
Butter, unsalted, two tablespoons
Mushrooms, minced, two ounces
Dry Red Wine, one quarter cup
Cognac, two tablespoons
Flat Leaf Parsley, one sprig, minced



1. Grill the cutlets after coating them in olive oil. Once thoroughly cooked, set them aside.
2. Boil the chestnuts until soft.
3. Purée the chestnuts with about one quarter cup of the cooking water.
4. Simmer the mushrooms in the butter for about three minutes.
5. Add purée, wine, cognac and parsley. Simmer for about five minutes. Stir often.
6. Serve over the cutlets.
7. Variations: add a bit of cream to the simmered mixture, and/or a touch of nutmeg. Substitute fresh oregano for the parsley.



Phil Hunter is the model who no doubt has a lovely bunch of chestnuts. You can find out more about him here.

Saturday Beefcake: Something Savory on the Side


Leek Bread Pudding

"Just as custards work well in the savory portion of the meal, although they’re more often served as a dessert, so do bread puddings. This one is a great complement to meat dishes, but you could also top it with oven-roasted tomatoes and serve it as a vegetarian meal."

Ad Hoc at Home (Artisan, 2009) Thomas Keller

12 servings as a side dish, 6 to 8 as a main course




2 cups 1/2-inch thick slices leeks (white and light green parts only)
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Freshly ground black pepper
12 cups 1-inch cubes brioche (without crust)
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
3 large eggs
3 cups whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup shredded Emmentaler cheese
Preheat the oven to 350°F.




Put the leek rounds in a large bowl of tepid water and swish so that any dirt falls to the bottom of the bowl. Set a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, lift the leeks from the water, drain, and add them to the pan. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. As the leeks begin to soften, lower the heat to medium-low. The leeks will release liquid. Stir in the butter to emulsify, and season with pepper to taste. Cover the pan with a parchment lid (a piece of parchment paper cut the same circumference as the pan, with a hole cut out of the middle) and cook, stirring every 10 minutes, until the leeks are very soft, 30 to 35 minutes. If at any point the butter breaks or looks oily, stir in about a tablespoon of water to re-emulsify the sauce. Remove and discard the parchment lid.




Meanwhile, spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through, until dry and pale gold. Transfer to a large bowl. Leave the oven on.

Add the leeks to the bread and toss well, then add the chives and thyme.




Lightly whisk the eggs in another large bowl. Whisk in the milk, cream, a generous pinch of salt, pepper to taste, and a pinch of nutmeg.

Get Your Saturday Beefcake On!





Good Morning, Saturday Beefcake Lovers!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Your Post Thanksgiving Friday Feature



'Tis that time of year when many inhabitants of the United States of America start that long journey until after January 1st into overindulgence. The task begins now with Halloween with its tricked treats and ends with the New Year with its tricks and the call for designated drivers.
In between there should be much dieting, while placing emphasis on the treadmills and related accessories. Easier said than done.

It is that very reason that John Antorino's image graces today's entry. He is a man who obviously knows how to handle the temptations of overindulgence while at the same time exemplifying what one might be better choosing to indulge in, so to speak.

The recipe choice is very appropriate for the time of year and very much an exceptional suggestion for indulging either over or under.



Scaloppine di Tacchino



Seasoned Flour
(sea salt & ground pepper)
2 Eggs, large beaten with milk
2 Cups Fresh beadcrumbs
3 Cups finely chopped pecans
Turkey scallops, 750 grams, pounded
Granny Smith, cored, sliced thinly
Sweet Butter 3 tablespoons
Light Olive Oil or Almond Oil, 3 tblsp
Orange Juice, 1 cup, fresh
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, 3 shots
Chicken Broth, about 1 cup
Cornstarch, 1 tsp
Parsley and Orange Rind

1. Mix bread crumbs with the pecans
2. Dredge the turkey in resulting mixture, dip in eggs, then coat again with mixture
3. In a large skillet saute' the apple in butter and oil (1/2 teaspoon each) until somewhat crispy, just a couple of minutes. Then transfer to a platter. Cover it.
4. Cook the turkey in batches in the same skillet over moderate heat with the remaining oil and butter until firm, i.e. a couple of minutes on each side then transfer to the plate with the apple slices.
5. Wipe out the skillet, add the orange juice and half the liqueur and boil until half reduction.
6. Add the broth and do the same.
7. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with the remaining liqueur and then add to the sauce, salt, pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
8. Arrange turkey and apple slices on 6 plates, spoon sauce over the turkey, garnish.

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Salad

Light Olive Oil, about 3 ounces
Sweet Potatoes, about 500 grams cut into one inch pieces
Sweet Butter, about 3 tablespoons
Orange Liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fresh Juice: lemon, lime or orange, c. 1 tablespoon
Cooked Chestnuts, halved, about 250 grams
Ginger root, minced, about 2 teaspoons
Raspberry vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Garlic, minced, one clove
Orange rind, grated: about teaspoons
Radicchio, arugula and endive leaves
Scallions, two, minced
Crisp bacon -- cut into very small pieces or soy substitute, about 125 grams

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet. Therein saute the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste until golden. Remove and drain.
3. Melt the butter in a baking dish over moderate heat, add liqueur, juice, potatoes, chestnuts, ginger, and salt & pepper to paste.
4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, basting occasionally.
5. In a bowl whisk vinegar, garlic, orange rind -- salt & pepper, adding remaining oil in a stream, whisking until all is combined well.
6. Add potatoes and chestnuts to a bowl while still warm and toss.
7. Line 6 plates with the greens, divide the potato mixture among them, garnish with the scallions and bacon or its substitute.

It would seem that these recipes call for you to invite five other people over to partake of this wonderful repast. If you truly want to indulge, invite one or two less over or simply invite someone like Mr Antorino over ... and over again.


Visit his site. Also visit this site for a chance to give back and become aware.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Word: Giving Thanks


“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”
~Nathaniel Brandon


Important people for King for a Day

Hair and Makeup: Patrick Donovan and Henry de la Paz of Platinum Salon
Art and Dessign: Michael Halliday and Steve Morrison

Special Thanks: Matthew and Alecia Walton, Scott Reading of Graphic Communications, and Tony DeCicco of The Duplex

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Generous Folk


Lifebeat is an organization that mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise HIV awareness and to provide support to the AIDS community. Lifebeat has carved out a unique niche by effectively using the power of music to reach young people. Through their Outreach programs, Lifebeat reaches hundreds of thousands of at-risk youth with the message of HIV prevention and education. As a beneficiary of this event we will be helping support their fight against HIV/AIDS in America. King for a Day will be a memorable and moving evening with host, actor/director Matt Walton and the musical direction of James Horan. It is inspired by the music of Carole King, especially “Brother, Brother” from her 1971 album Music. The song was her heartfelt response to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” and is still relevant today.




Donna Albanese De Cicco
Lala Brooks
Ann Hampton Callaway
Liz Callaway
Grayce Coviello
Chris Dilley
Jeffrey Fiorello
Colton Ford
Tina Kaye
Missy Keene
Stewart Lewis
Ken Lundie
Gregory Nalbone
The New York Vagabonds
John Pagano
Barbara Porteus
Mighty Kate
Barbara Porteus
Jillian Schochet
MarTina Vidmar
Julie Waldman-Stiel
Michael Kevin Walsh
Murray Weinstock




Producers: Ben Wymer of Lifebeat and Giovanni Vitacolonna of Smart+Strong
Associate Producer: Matt Walton


http://www.love-out-loud.com/events.html

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Music: Carole King's "Brother, Brother" with the Isleys ...




Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been layin back a long time

But I love you like no other

Oh, brother of mine

I've been watching everything you do

And I've been wishing only good for you

All you've got to do is just want it to

And it's gonna - it's gonna come to you

Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been hangin' on a long time

But I love you like no other

Oh, brother of mine

You have always been so good to me

And though you didn't always talk to me

There wasn't much my lovin' eyes could not see

and I don't believe you need all your misery

Oh, brother, brother, brother

I know you've been hangin' on a long time

You know I love you like no other

Oh, brother, brother, brother



World AIDS show at Comix NY Come see and hear a lot of exceptional talent.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Your Sunday Stud: Gregory Nalbone

A mainstay on the New YOrk scene Gregory Nalbone has been singing his heart out all over Manhattan recently. His devoted fans have populated sold out performances at The Duplex and The Laurie Beechman Theater. The move to New York City in 1991 from New Jersey when he was paying his bills by bartending and dancing turned out to be great exposure for him—literally—his image was requested by many a topnotch photographer. A serious student of both acting and voice it proved to be a great boon for him and New York was the beneficiary! His modeling career has brought him into contact with the best among photographers among them the late Bill Costa, Antoine Verglas, Thomas Synnamon, Reed Massengill and Steven Meisel. His prolific modeling experience has brought Gregory into the pages of Italian Vogue, Men's Health, Exercise for Men Only, Manner Aktuell, Details, Playboy, Glamour and Dreamboys among others. This generous man will be on hand on Monday November 29th at Comix for AIDS Day awareness benefitting Lifebeat. Expect the unexpected. Nalbone is a man whose focus is on bringing out the best in himself, we are the beneficiaries of his integrity.