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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Songs: More Dusty

This bears more discussion This we'll do on the Monday Muse.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Goodnight, Sweet Beefcake

Knights, if not in white satin, in the sweetest of contexts. Golden Slumbers, Dear Hearts ...

Beefcake Afternoon Delight

Main Entry: 1snack
Pronunciation: \ˈsnak\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English snak bite, from snaken to bite, perhaps from Middle Dutch snacken to snap at — more at snatch
Date: 1757
: a light meal : food eaten between regular meals ; also : food suitable for snacking

Saturday Beefcake: A Work in Progress

This recipe was created in the high tech kitchen of Column of Life this week. It was done two evenings in a row, because the first concoction was excellent even the next day at lunch. Dark meat chicken is a rather practical meat in that there's no need for extraneous fat, healthy or otherwise. If you get some excellent thighs from your local polleria, then you're off to a good start.

Pollo alla Birra di Giovanni

Chicken Thighs, six, skinless
Newcastle Brown Ale, twelve fluid ounces (355 ml)
Red Onion, one medium, thin slices
Garlic Cloves, four, whole, peeled
Lemon Rind, from an entire lemon
Basil, dried, to taste
Coarse Salt, to taste.
Broccoli di Rape, one bunch, about 500 grams (one pound, ends removed, ready (mondati)

1. Brown the thighs in a deep sauce pan. Turning them from time to time.
2. Salt to taste. Oh, what the hell, throw some black pepper in there.
3. Add the garlic and lemon. Toss the pan to get the ingredients distributed evenly.
4. Add the basil. Toss and distribute.
5. Then add the beer. Turn the heat up and bring to a brief boil. Then simmer.
6. At this point the recipe can go in one of two directions, both delicious. You can cook it down to a sauce or you can reduce it even further making the resulting sauce thicker and richer. The onion caramelizes quite nicely in the Newcastle. You could also remove the thighs at this point.
7. If you're going the sauce route, throw the broccoli on top of the mixture and cover. The greens pick up an almost sweet counterpoint to their natural bitterness. Cooking them to personal level of tenderness. When you've finished, remove the rind.
8. The difference in time for the two versions varies from twenty to thirty minutes.
9. The sauce version would be perfect for rice or pasta perhaps adding some peas.

It makes for a batch of delicious thighs.

Good Morning, Sweet Beefcake

There is more than one way to get those positive endorphins going ...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Might: Jill O'Hara

These are the days for the Bacharach to the Future alumni. This just came today from the wonderful Jill O'Hara [pictured here with Bruce Kimmel]

Tony Nominee Jill O'Hara Performs Selections From Her CD 6/3 At Barnes & Noble

[BWW News Desk]

Praised by Backstage for "one of those rare voices with a soothing, almost hypnotic quality," award winning vocalist and actress Jill O'Hara, the Tony nominee from the Broadway musical Promises, Promises, will be performing selections from her first CD release in fifteen years Alone Together. The performance will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm at Barnes & Noble/Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street in Manhattan. Providing accompaniment for Jill will be one of the industry's most sought after pianist Bill Mays, who has worked who has worked with legendary artists Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau and Anita O'Day. For further information call (212) 595-6859 or visit www.bn.com.

Becoming the toast of Broadway by the time she was 21 years old, in rapid succession, she starred in three hit musicals. She has the distinction of originating the female lead in the very first Public Theater production of Hair (that performance is now preserved on the original cast album CD) before going on to co-star with Joel Grey in the Tony Award winning musical George M!. But it was playing opposite Jerry Orbach in the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises, that immortalized her.

Jill introduced the Bacharach/David pop classics "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "Knowing When To Leave" and "Whoever You Are, I Love You." O'Hara went on to win a Tony nomination, the Theater World Award and New Jersey Journal Award for Best Actress In A Musical, while the cast album earned a Grammy Award. O'Hara also introduced another pop standard "Good Morning Starshine" in the premiere, original off-Broadway performance of the groundbreaking musical Hair
O'Hara is celebrating the release of her new CD Alone Together. Her first release in fifteen years, the CD is an eclectic collection of standards and more contemporary material from Randy Newman and Amanda McBroom. Backed by some of the top jazz musicians around including pianist/arranger Bill Mays, Grammy winner Byron Olson, who served as arranger, conductor and songwriter, bass player.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gay Thursday: Ted Detwiler

Ted Detwiler, one of the stars of Sordid Lives had this to say today on his facebook post:

"come hear me sing...I'm playing one of the leads...It's a staged reading of the cult film classic... The First Nudie Musical...two-night only event will take place on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 at the NoHo Arts Center. Early reservations are advised (seating is limited) and can be made by e-mailing nudiemusical@gmail.com or calling 323 599-7343..."

The movie features a series of farcical lewd musical numbers in the style of classical Hollywood musical comedies including: "Orgasm", "Lesbian Butch Dyke", and "Dancing Dildos." The movie has low-budget feel, with a "musical-within-a-movie" theme in the tradition of Singin' in the Rain but with satirical sexual humor. An early staple of Cinemax, it has become somewhat of a cult classic since its initial release and was released on DVD in 2001. It was one of several farcical musical-comedy collaborations between Kimmel (who also co-starred in the movie) and Williams, along with Naked Space (originally titled Spaceship) in 1981. [wikipedia]

More on Bruce Kimmel, Creative Force behind Nudie Musical

The First Nudie Musical, a new musical based on the hit cult film from the 1970s comes to the stage in a two-night only staged reading as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals. The First Nudie Musical came out on film in 1976 to much critical acclaim. It became an instant cult film and it was one of the first films to hit cable TV, where it was hugely successful for many years. Unlike most of the recent film to stage adaptations, Nudie started life as a film musical, so adapting it for the stage seemed to be a natural.

The First Nudie Musical has a book by Bruce Kimmel and David Wechter, and music and lyrics by Bruce Kimmel (Kimmel wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film, along with Cindy Williams, Stephen Nathan, and Diana Canova). In addition to the songs from the film, there are eleven new numbers. The staged reading will be directed by Bruce Kimmel, with choreography by Adam Cates. Cason Murphy is producing. This free two-night only event will take place on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 at the NoHo Arts Center.

Early reservations are advised (seating is limited) and can be made by e-mailing nudiemusical@gmail.com or calling 323 599-7343.

For more information on the LA Festival of New American Musicals please visit www.lafestival.org

The NoHo Arts Center is at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Wednesday Word: Save Sex

Sexy Summer Benefit for AIDS Service Center NYC to Feature Vivid Girl Savanna Samson,
Drag Legend Flotilla DeBarge, Singer Reina, Stars Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Anderson and Margaret Cho

Safer Sex In The City
the sizzling annual benefit for AIDS Service Center NYC

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 6:30pm-10:00pm
VIP Champagne Lounge and performances, hosted by Broadway diva Flotilla DeBarge

WHERE: Duvet, 45 West 21 Street (bet. 5th – 6th Avenues), www.duvetny.com

Join celebrity host NYC drag legend Flotilla DeBarge, Vivid Girl Savanna Samson,
dance-pop singer Reina, superstar DJ Vic Latino, and many more special guests for the summer’s sexiest fundraiser, promoting safer sex in the age of AIDS.

Cynthia Nixon, Pamela Anderson, Joy Behar, Margaret Cho, Linda Eder, Ellie Krieger, Robert LaFosse, & Gloria Ruben have joined forces with ASC as part of this year’s benefit committee.

NYC’s Museum of Sex will showcase a curated sampler of the museum’s renowned collection on human sexuality. Fun-filled, uninhibited presentations will spotlight ASC’s innovative safer-sex education and HIV risk reduction programs. Guests can bid on fabulous silent auction items.

TICKETS: General Tickets: $100
VIP Tickets: $250
“Buy-A-Bed” Level: $2,500 (6 VIPs, Champagne Lounge & Exclusive Celebrity Experience)

Tickets at www.safersexinthecity.org. Must be over 21 to attend


AIDS Service Center NYC (ASC) is a community based non-profit at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS and the effort to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to HIV prevention, services, and treatment. ASC fulfills its mission of helping many, one by one by providing culturally relevant, tailored programs that help NYC’s most vulnerable individuals and families to maintain the highest quality of life and health in the face of HIV/AIDS. For more information about AIDS Service Center NYC visit www.ascnyc.org.

Contacts: Alexandra Boardley

Anne West-Church, MPH
212-645-0875, x373

Pronunciation: \ˈsāf\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): saf·er; saf·est
Etymology: Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French salf, sauf, from Latin salvus safe, healthy; akin to Latin solidus solid, Greek holos whole, safe, Sanskrit sarva entire
Date: 14th century
1: free from harm or risk : unhurt
2 a: secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss b: successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out
3: affording safety or security from danger, risk, or difficulty
4obsolete of mental or moral faculties : healthy, sound
5 a: not threatening danger : harmless b: unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction
6 a: not likely to take risks : cautious b: trustworthy, reliable
— safe or safe·ly adverb
— safe·ness noun

[Turkish Wrestlers]

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Thom Bierdz

Welcome Home, Uncle Langley ...

In one of the best-guarded top-secret soap opera returns and story lines in history, gay actor Thom Bierdz returned in a stunner of a cliffhanger this past Friday [May 15th] on The Young and the Restless as a character referred to as “Langley” -- but is he actually the real Phillip Chancellor III back from the dead? ....

Bierdz has gone from triumph to tragedy and back again. He has a very successful career as a prolific painter and writer. Shortly after Bierdz left Y&R in 1989 to pursue a film career, his younger brother, Troy, who has paranoid schizophrenia, beat their mother to death with a baseball bat. A decade later, his older brother, Craig, committed suicide. His family's tragic past -- and Bierdz's journey to forgiveness -- was chronicled in his best-selling memoir, Forgiving Troy.
[from Michael Fairman's exclusive on Advocate.com]

Thom is a unique individual who is sensitive and multi-talented. It's very good that this is happening to this out gay actor and even better for the genre.

Also: [Chris Engen responds to the rumours about his departure.]

Monday, May 25, 2009


Death is a fact of life and it comes to everyone. War brings death but it is not inevitable. Today's remembrance is for the fallen.

While there have been such things as righteous wars of self-defense there is no such thing as a good war.

There can be on the other hand a peaceful death and it is the best anyone can hope for. It's been said that fear of death is tantamount to fear of living and living necessitates being surrounded by loving friends and relatives. The sadness of those left behind has no equal and it forever changes their lives. A creative life full of dear people enables final peace for the departed and in some way eventually for the intimates within that life. Grieving is that process that helps the living to go on after the departure of a loved one even without any revelation as to the meaning of life. It is part of embracing what is.

Death by war necessitates fear and turmoil. Support of the soldiers means that we want them to come home to their loving friends and relatives. We want their good intentions to protect them. We hope that there will never again be unknown soldiers and that the final peace will be as such for everyone.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pop Arias: Sunday Songs

Our Dusty rounds out this week's trio of songs with "Losing You" -- written for her by her brother. Pino Donaggio's original Italian version of her biggest hit starts it off. In between is Gene Pitney demonstrating a true pop aria, something La Springfield defined.

Losing You (Tom Springfield / Clive Westlake)

How many tears do you cry
If love should break your heart in two?
How many tears will I cry
Now that I know I'm losing you?

I can't stop wanting you
And no matter what you do
You're still a part of me
Even though I'm losing you

How many years will go by
Before my heart begins to mend?
Waiting and wondering why
I never thought our love could end

I try forgetting you
But you're still here on my mind
It would take a miracle
But someday maybe I'll find

That I'm in the loving arms of someone
That I'll know, know he's the someone
Who will kiss all the heartache away
And come that day
I won't mind losing you

Yes, I try forgettin' you
But you're still here on my mind
It would take, yeah, a miracle
But someday maybe I'll find

That I'm in the loving arms of someone
That I'll know, know he's the someone
Who will kiss all the heartache away
And when he comes to me that day
I won't mind losing you,
I won't mind losing you,
I won't mind losing you

A master of the “pop aria” with amazing stage presence, she was tremendously influential in bringing American soul music to Britain and Europe. [from WICN]

Fellow web logger The Fearless Reader provides a wonderful assessment of Randall's book.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Summer Night Beefcake Kiss

Well, it's the unofficial start of the season. Might as well celebrate ...

Beefcake Grillin' with Jason Morgan

The American penchant for grilling and barbecue begins in earnest this weekend. We here at Beefcake Headquarters are wont to satisfy that urge with a non-beef patty made of ground turkey. It's the good folks at Eating Well who encourage us to do so and here is one of their healthy versions of something to throw on the grill.

No doubt Jason Morgan knows all about health and keeping it lean. It's the why and wherefore of the many invitations he more than likely receives to a healthy repast.

Beefcake Brunch

Interesting how frittate have become so chic and it was just something Mamma whipped up in the kitchen in a matter of minutes. Well, in less than a half hour. The skill of making one is acquired and to get both sides done without using a broiler is very artistic, so perhaps it can be considered chic. Here from an Eating Well supplement is a swell version that anyone can do. Italian Americans always did heavenly things with potatoes and eggs, usually adding sweet peppers to the mix and often, sweet sausage. This one does come from Eating Well and is quite tasty even if you forget about the sweet sausage. All the nutrient information is right there.

Jonathan Ansimos is pictured here as part of the Brunch Bunch.

He's here to remind us of any ingredients we may have forgotten.

Midmorning Beefcake Heat Wave with Parker Cote

Parker is well known for transforming himself from a skinny teen into what you see here. The temperature is definitely rising.

Rise And Shine Beefcake

With Bruno Spinelli and Jordan Santelli. Wasn't that refreshing?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Might III: David Moretti & Colton Ford

Friday Might II: Lifebeat & Vanessa Williams

An intimate evening with the fabulous Vanessa Williams!

LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS

and Chip Duckett invite you to join

Vanessa Williams
at a special listening party for her new album
The Real Thing
available June 2

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 8:30 to 11:00PM

150 Varick St

Complimentary cocktails courtesy of Domaine de Canton

Limited advance tickets $20 available at LIFEbeat.org or by calling 212.352.3101.

Ask for the Vanessa Williams Red Carpet Event.

Tickets $25 at the door if available.
Must be 21+ to attend. Proper ID required.

Your admission is a donation to LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS.

Check out www.VanessaWilliams.com and www.ConcordMusicGroup.com!