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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Feature: Adam Sank

And now, upcoming shows to which I'm looking forward:

First and foremost, next Saturday, Oct. 1, I will be returning to my hometown of Summit, NJ to host "Lodge Laughter" at the Elks Lodge for the third time. This event always sells out, and there are only a few tickets left. If you'd like to attend, mail your checks in today. Details here.

I'll be at Broadway Comedy Club on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8PM to perform in Sheba Mason's show. Sheba is the estranged (and very wacky) daughter of legendary comic Jackie Mason, and her show is always a hoot.

You can catch me at my old stomping ground, Therapy Lounge, on two consecutive Sundays -- Oct. 9 and 16 -- headlining and hosting, respectively. This free show starts at 10PM and is always jam-packed.

On Monday, Oct. 10, I'll be doing a set at Harriet Halloway's monthly Waiting to Inhale show at Gotham Comedy Club.

And finally, on Saturday, Nov. 5, I'll be back in Summit serving as host and auctioneer at the Good News Gala celebrating the 125th anniversary of the town's YMCA. (Because who better than a gay Jew to host the anniversary of a Christian organization?)

Ticket information and details for all these shows are available at my website, as are all upcoming gigs. (I update the page constantly.)

That's all for now. Thank you again for your continued love and support, and I wish everyone a fantastic fall!


Adam Sank



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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gay Thursday: Romance over 6 decades

Harold Eliot Leeds and Wheaton Galentine
The house where Carrie Bradshaw lived, supposedly on the Upper East Side but actually at 66 Perry Street in the West Village, still draws a steady stream of "Sex and the City" fans. They snap photos of the row house, which was built in 1866, as if to partake in the fictional life of a New York writer and the foibles of her quest for lasting romance.

But a real New York romance played out at the house next door, No. 64, whose plainer facade served as Carrie’s building for the first three seasons of the show, said Tim Gunn, the fashion executive who lived in an apartment there for 16 years. It lasted almost six decades, linking two men from their first meeting at the Rockefeller Center skating rink during World War II until one of them, Harold Eliot Leeds, an architect and professor of interior design at Pratt, died in 2002.

Read the full story at The New York Times

This brings to an end the vintage series that began in October 2010. On the second post of the series, I explained: "For the next while - until I run out of photos - Gay Thursdays is going to have a vintage look. It will be mainly couples (often with a military flavour), but not always. Sometimes the photos will not be the best quality, but I think they are still worth seeing. Are the men gay? There is no way to tell, but each photo expresses an affection that we all, gay and straight, should be unafraid to learn from. Each photo has a story known only to the men in it, but I'm sure you can imagine your own."

As it turned out it wasn't just photos, but some articles, including one on the male prostitutes of 1890's New York, and samples of some gay photographers' work: Gedney, Glover and Lynes. Hopefully the series provided not only a look at the affection between men but also a glimpse into life before Stonewall and gay liberation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Know Your Status

Did you know that 1 in 5 HIV positive men who have sex with men don’t even know their status? Today is National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day. Get tested, get educated and get involved. AIDS isn’t over

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Monday Muse: Robin Strasser

The Imperial Court of New York
A Night of Cabaret
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & LifeBeat

Honorary Chairperson: Robin Strasser – "Dorian" from One Life to Live

New York, NY, September 26, 2011 – The Imperial Court of New York today announced that they will be hosting a night of cabaret honoring One Life to Live and All My Children with performances from some of the daytime stars from those shows as well as performances from Broadway, Primetime & the Imperial Court of New York. The event takes place on Friday, November 4th at 8pm.

Daytime Meets the Nighttime, benefitting the Jan Hus Neighborhood Church and Lifebeat, Music Fights HIV, will be more than just a dazzling display of regal glamour and amazing, show stopping songs, it is an opportunity to celebrate two wonderful organizations who serve their communities with resilience.

Many special guests and performers will make this an evening to remember.
Emperor XX Vanity Society & Empress XXV Pepperica Swirl will kick off the night welcoming all to a magical night of song. The evening will feature live performances from the Imperial Court as well as Broadway star Chad Ryan, Drag superstar Epiphany Get Paid and many more announcements to come.

The fundraiser will take place on the Upper East Side at:

The Jan Hus Theater, 351 E. 74th St.

Showtime is 8pm with doors open at 7pm.

$50 (front seating)
$35 (rear seating)
$25 (standing room only)(limited availability)

$50 includes Meet & Greet with the Stars prior to the show.
An additional $20 at the door for Meet & Greet if $50 ticket is not purchased in advance.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.icny.org Tickets may be purchased at the door upon availability.

This year’s Honorary Chair: Robin Strasser
Contact: Gary Cosgrove

The event is sponsored by: Google, Absolut Vodka, Coca-Cola, Miller/Coors, TD Bank, Bioscrip Pharmacies, Next Magazine, jetBlue Airways

The Imperial Court of New York, a 501(c)3 corporation, is New York's most regal fundraising organization serving the LGBT Community for the past 22 years. Part of a proud tradition, the Court has raised over a million dollars for charitable organizations including: ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) LIFEbeat (Music Fights HIV), Children's Hope Foundation, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Bailey House, amFar's Treatment Register, Body Positive, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others. www.icny.org

For additional information and photos please contact: Gary Cosgrove: 201-486-0626 or at emperorxny@icny.org


The Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House is located on the Upper East side of Manhattan and is home to the Jan Hus Playhouse Theater. This church was built in 1877 and gets its name from the great Czech Religious reformer Jan Hus, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and was later burned at the stake as a heretic in 1415. His teachings greatly influenced the Protestant Movement for years to come. The church served as a central hub for a large Czech Community, in the neighborhood then known as “Little Bohemia”, that totaled thirty or forty thousand in the late 1900’s.

From 1960 thru 1970, the 150 seat theater served as the home to LOOM (Light Opera of Manhattan), which was an Off-Broadway repertory theater company founded by William Mount-Burke and employed comedian Raymond Allen and choreographer Jerry Gotham. They performed the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and many European & American operettas.

Today, Jan Hus Church practices progressive thinking and is committed to encouraging and welcoming the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in its congregation and within the church’s hierarchy. They are also active in social outreach, serving as a place of spiritual inspiration, worship and a beacon of hope to the community it serves. Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, the current pastor of Jan Hus is very proud of the church’s community programs which include a senior center, preschool, homeless outreach program, public cafeteria, AA meeting hall and theater.


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 (ASOs) to educate young people through our outreach efforts.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Your Sunday Sermon Comes From Thomas Roberts

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts condemned some members of the audience at the recent Republican debate for booing an openly gay soldier.

The crowd at Thursday's debate provided yet another controversial moment when some people booed a video of a soldier asking about the candidates' policy on the Don't Ask Don't Tell law. Roberts called the moment "strange," and noted that none of the candidates or anyone in the audience praised the soldier for his service.

He also criticized the GOP hopefuls for not denouncing the boos. One of the candidates, Rick Santorum, later claimed not to have heard them. But Roberts did not like Santorum referring to the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers as "social experimentation."

"I get out of all of these things that many of these candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had no women voting, slavery was cool," he said.

Roberts has previously said that Michele Bachmann would "extinguish" gay people.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Beefcake Calling It A Night

Saturday Beefcake Foreplay

Saturday Beefcake Main Meal: Stuff It

Stuffed Breast of Veal
James Beard Cookbook (1959)

Ask the butcher to cut a pocket in the large end of the meat.

5 to 6 pounds breast of veal
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup ground ham
1 cup liverwurst
3 tablespoons cream or milk
1 1/2 cup dry bread
1 teaspoon thyme
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons whiskey
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt to taste
Strips of bacon or salt pork
Preheat oven to 375º

Sauté the onion and garlic in hot butter. Add the ground ham and mix thoroughly. In another bowl mash the liverwurst and thin it with a little cream or milk. Combine the ham mixture with the liverwurst, dry breadcrumbs, thyme, beaten eggs, whiskey, parsley, and salt. Stuff the breast of veal with this mixture, put a layer or two of foil over the opening and fasten it to the meat on both sides with metal skewers.

Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan, and top it with strips of bacon or salt pork. Cook in oven, allowing 25 minutes per pound of the stuffed weight. Or put a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the roast, but do not let it touch the bone, and roast until the thermometer registers 165°. Serve this special dish with glazed onions and baked potatoes dressed with sour cream, crumbled bacon and chopped parsley.

If served cold, change the stuffing and substitute 1 1/2 cups of ground veal for the ham and add 1 cup of ground pork. Reduce the bread crumbs to 1/2 cup.

Your Saturday Beefcake Appetizer Buffet

Your Saturday Beefcake Afternoon Pick Me Up

Café Brûlot
from Brian Landry
of Galatoire’s Restaurant
New Orleans

2 oranges
1 lemon
12 cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 ounces brandy
2 ounces orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
6 cups of brewed French roast coffee, kept hotMethod:
Carefully use a vegetable peeler to carve the peel from one orange in a continuous coil. Stud the orange peel with the cloves. Thread one end of the coil through the tines of a fork and set aside.

Peel the lemon and cut the peel into 1/4-inch twists. Repeat with the other orange. In a small saucepot over low heat, combine the lemon and orange peels, cinnamon sticks, brandy, and orange liqueur. Heat the ingredients for 3 to 5 minutes. When the mixture is warm, pour it into a brûlot bowl or a stainless steel bowl with a flat bottom. Scoop up some of the mixture in a ladle. Light a match and hold it to the ladle, igniting the liqueur.

Using your other hand, carefully pick up the fork holding the clove-studded orange peel coil and hold it over the bowl. Slowly lower the ignited ladle and pour the flaming liqueur over the orange coil. The flame will spiral down the coil and ignite the contents of the bowl. Set aside the fork. Slowly pour in the coffee while stirring with the ladle to extinguish the flame. Ladle small amounts of the aromatic coffee–liqueur mixture into demitasse cups.

Saturday Beefcake Lunch

Southwest Vegetable Quesadillas

from Hannah Lawrence

13 cans garbanzo beans
1 1/2 cup lemon juice
9 tablespoons garlic
5 teaspoons cumin
4 bunches cilantro, chopped
5 large yellow onions, diced
10 teaspoons drained black beans
10 teaspoons corn
10 teaspoons chopped red pepper
10 teaspoons chopped green pepper
5 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons black pepper
60 10-inch wraps
5 cans salsa

In a blender or food processor, combine garbanzo beans, 1 cup of the lemon juice, garlic, and cumin to make the hummus.

Combine the cilantro, onions, remaining 1/2 cup of lemon juice, black beans, corn, red and green peppers, salt, and pepper.

Spread a layer of hummus over the entire wrap. Cover half of the wrap with black bean mixture. Fold wrap in half. Cook on grill or flat top until the wrap is crispy. Cut into wedges. Garnish with salsa.

Your Midmorning Get Up Already Beefcake

Good Morning from Saturday Beefcake

Friday, September 23, 2011

Equinox Beefcake Redux

What Happens at the Equinox?

Equinox Means "Equal Night"

Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." The Sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are, therefore, about equal in length all over the world during the equinoces. The autumnal equinox will occur September 22 at 11:09 P.M. EDT. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern.
Reasons for the Seasons:
These brief but monumental moments owe their significance to the 23.4 degree tilt of the Earth's axis. Because of the tilt, we receive the Sun's rays most directly in the summer. In the winter, when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons.

Mabon is very much like Thanksgiving. Most of the crops have been reaped and abundance is more noticeable than ever! Mabon is the time when we reap the fruits of our labor and lessons, both crops and experiences. It is a time of joy, to celebrate that which is passing (for why should we mourn the beauty of the year or dwindling sunlight?), looking joyously at the experience the year has shared with us. And it is a time to gaze into the bright future. We are reminded once again of the cyclic universe; endings are merely new beginnings.