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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday Word: Greg Vaughan and AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Main Entry: 2charm
Function: verb
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction
2 : to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3 : to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music)
intransitive verb
1 : to practice magic and enchantment
2 : to have the effect of a charm : fascinate

From Soap Opera Digest: Greg Vaughan, a self-proclaimed mama's boy, was born and raised in Dallas. While in high school, he began modeling to raise a few bucks. Upon graduation, however, a top modeling agency in Milan came calling, and Vaughan headed to the runways of Italy. There, he booked a campaign for legendary designer Giorgio Armani. That was soon followed with work on the Gianni Versace Versus campaign and jobs on high-profile campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. After three years abroad ... Vaughan moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Almost immediately, he was signed by an agent and landed several TV guest appearances before snagging a regular role on the Aaron Spelling prime-time sudser Malibu Shores. Shortly thereafter, Vaughan went on to a recurring role on Beverly Hills 90210 and then starred on Charmed for one season. Daytime came knocking in 2002 …
General Hospital's Lucky Spencer cut quite the figure looking like Greg Vaughan who has played the character the longest from 2003 until now. Is it the cleft chin? Is it the unique hue of his eyes? Greg Vaughan who is thus blessed is not the first man to capture the imagination with exceptional looks yet it is not only that vision that keeps his many fans smitten, but it is his innate ability as well that has kept them tuned in to the roles he plays. Those fans who have met him will readily tell you that he is also blessed with obvious warmth and sincerity. He is bringing all of that to H-Wood on Octber 15th for POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Visit here.

Greg's Unofficial Fan Site.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Thom Bierdz

The beauty of Thom Bierdz is that he has evolved from a TV teen heartthrob into a consummate artist. The journey has taken him beyond tragedy and into a new life as an award winning author and a recipient of the Thalians' "Key to the Light" award.

What this says about him is that he is a survivor and a survivor is exactly what this event calls for. On his coming out of the closet: "I'm no hero here because I did not come out when my career was going strong and I could have made an impact. I came out when my career was at its lowest and I did it for sanity -- my sanity in order to make my world mesh with the 'real' world, I had to find equilibrium. I had to find my truth and stand for all that I am. And a big part of me is being gay. I've have always been more comfortable in the gay world." Well, Thom is back on The Young and The Restless in a landmark return. He may not be a hero in his own mind, but this brave and gentle soul's life has evolved into one that can inspire. We're glad that Thom will be joining the POZ team at H-Wood on October 15th.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Musing: Brandon Barash

Brandon Barash is armed with a certain kind of panache that could not but give bright life to one of General Hospital's many bad boys, Johnny Zacchara. Brandon fell in love with acting while still in high school and this love for his craft has blessed us with his presence on television from The Gilmore Girls to 24, NCIS and now General Hospital. His dedication to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is well known and indicates a dedicated and kind individual. He has actually found time for POZ's efforts to raise funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. This is his second year in a row that he will be with the event. Many will be looking foward to his appearance in the company of co-star Lisa LoCicero. His fans will get the chance to greet the disarmingly charming Mr. Barash at Hollywood's H-Wood. Go here to get details about the event.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Songs and Love Out for Brandon and Nadia

This native of Eugene, Oregon is also a native of the very intuitive and creative sign of Pisces who admits to having a crazy imagination since childhood. Still he didn’t seriously consider acting until much later. Instead, he played sports in high school and earned small scholarships to several colleges for track. However, upon graduating he opted to forsake higher education in favor of heading to New York when a modeling agency offered him work in the fashion industry. Although it paid the bills, Beemer felt unfulfilled by the strike-a-pose scene and began taking acting. His legions of fans are very happy that he did. No sooner did he leave the hour glass town of Salem on Days of Our Lives than he landed on The Bold & The Beautiful. Bold and beautiful indeed! Having this talented young man with us for the second year in a row will make it more than memorable, a landmark evening with a good man for a good cause.

Visit his official site here!

The strikingly beautiful Nadia Bjorlin has mighty fine references from a couple of might fine people: Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days) has seen firsthand the closeness of the Bjorlin family. Darbo attended a family get-together, and was amazed by the talent in the house. "They are absolutely incredible people who have graciously taken us into their family. There's a lot of love there." Adds Kevin Spirtas, who played Craig on Days: "Nadia knows where she's at and where she's headed. She has great inner strength...I think she has a big future if she chooses to keep doing it. She has quite a gift." Love Out Loud West has the good fortune of having this extraordianry person with us on October 15, at H.Wood in Hollywood. While Nadia was ranked # 3 on TV Guide's list of Soaps' Sexiest Women, it certainly isn't her biggest claim to fame. She keeps busy by guest appearances and working on film in addition to her role on Days of Our Lives. She has a crystal clear soprano singing voice, she won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition in New York City. She has now lent us her voice for the second year in a row. We are proud to have this exceptional young woman with us once more!

Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com

Visit her official site.

You are listening to Moodswing and "Spiritual High (State of Independence)" on the main site. Beautiful music and beautiful people for inspiration.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Beefcake Night To Remember

Early to bed and early to rise, so to speak.

Your Saturday Evening Beefcake Repast

This is a main course you are bound to remember!

Saturday Beefcake Lunch: Rib Stickin' Maccheroni

This is a re-worked version of a recipe found on the internet. This is what you need to carb up for a vigorous workout or a day when a lot of sexual activity is scheduled. This is also a great recipe for the cooler days that are bound to come.

Rigatoni, one pound/500 grams, cooked al dente
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, three quarter cup
Garlic, twelve cloves
Fresh Basil, small bunch, chopped,
Red Onion, one medium, sliced and caramelized
Potatoes, six medium, cooked and cubed
Sea Salt, one teaspoon
Ground Black Pepper, one teaspoon
Butter, unsalted,
Broccoli or Broccoli di Rape, and/or Cauliflower, steamed, one pound
Asiago Cheese, one cup
Rosemary, Fresh Sprigs

1. In a heavy skillet heat oil and add halved cloves of garlic Saute until golden.
2. Add onion
3. Add potatoes and vegetables and toss gently.
4. Pour sauce over pasta, add pepper, parmesan cheese and work through with a bit of the butter.
5. Rosemary for garnish

Enhancing this hearty dish are pics of young Joshua Stevenson

Good Morning Beefcake: Howdy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Might: Lisa LoCicero

If there is anyone who can carry off the ominous character of Olivia Falconeri it is the formidable actress Lisa LoCicero. The natural beauty has been on screens big and small for the last fifteen years. She has been on three ABC Daytime Serials. Seems at least in this case the Alphabet Network is taking advantage of a good thing. The Michigan native is once again part of the AIDS Walk Los Angeles launch party sponsored by POZ magazine.

About.com has this to say: Beautiful, sexy, but tough, Lisa LoCicero started in daytime as Jocelyn Roberts Brown on Loving in its final season, and then stayed with the character when the show was spun off as The City. When The City ended in 1997, she moved into film (The Family Man, Rush Hour 2) and television roles... In 2001, after [the birth of her son] she took a small break, doing voice overs. From 2004-2007, she played the role of Maria Storm in the series Reno 911! In 2004, she also appeared on One Life to Live as Sonia Toledo Santi. In the fall of 2008, LoCicero again entered daytime as Olivia Falconeri, Kate Howard's cousin, on General Hospital, and has proven to be immensely popular with the fans.

She is definitely immensely popular with those fans who support the fight against HIV/AIDS. We look forward to seeing her.

Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gay Thursday: James Franco

First there was this--link

Then there was this:

"The first kiss of the movie was out on Haight Street, with, like, 200 people watching, outside. I'm sure in the end it will be a really cool shot, but it starts close and then it takes maybe a minute. That's a long time on film with everybody watching, and, like, a fake moustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn't help but thinking, 'Oh, my God, I'm kissing Spicoli.'" James Franco in GQ

Then there was this--link

Perhaps this is enough to make him an honorary member of our choir

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Wednesday Word from Sean Strub, Housing Works and Sherri Lewis

Main Entry: ac·tiv·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈak-ti-ˌvi-zəm\
Function: noun
Date: 1915
: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue

727 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20005 (877)- ENDAIDS info@campaigntoendaids.org

Equality To End AIDS
October 10, 2009

HIV/AIDS Rally and Vigil

“Young LGBT people attending the National Equality March need to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS,” says Cleve Jones

HIV-positive speakers and performers to be featured, notably Sherri Lewis

Media Contact: Diana Scholl; 917.402.2576/D.Scholl@housingworks.org

Organizer Contact: Christine Campbell; 202.409.9786/Campbell@housingworks.org
As tens of thousands of LGBT Americans and their allies converge on Washington next month to march for equal rights, they also will remind the nation and the LGBT community that the AIDS epidemic is not over as well as remember the more than half a million Americans who have died from the disease.

The Equality to End AIDS rally and vigil will take place Saturday, October 10, 2009 the day before the massive Equality March.

Equality To End AIDS will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on the Ellipse, in front of the White House, and feature an inspiring roster of speakers and performers (most of whom are HIV-positive), culminating in a candlelight vigil.
“The weekend is about achieving full equality for LGBT Americans.

We need to use that political power to remind the country that the AIDS epidemic continues. A great many young people will attend the march; we need them to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Cleve Jones, the founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and one of the National Equality March organizers.

Gay and bisexual men are now 50 times more likely to acquire HIV than any other demographic. Among young gay men, HIV infections increased an astonishing 12% each year from 2001 to 2006; the only demographic group to see an increase in infections during that period. Even though treatments have extended life for many people with HIV, recent research indicates that, on average, people with HIV live 21 years less than their HIV-negative counterparts.

“Many of our most energized LGBT activists are too young to remember the devastating impact AIDS has had on the gay community. We must re-engage the larger LGBT community in AIDS activism,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, which is the fiscal sponsor of the rally and vigil. “Ending the HIV pandemic is an issue of justice that must be their fight as well.”

Speakers and entertainers at the rally will include:
singer/actress Sherri Lewis
Broadway actress and former Miss America Kate Shindle,
Members of the Diva League and Inner Light Ministries Choir,
Rev. Kenneth Glasgow,
San Francisco Human Rights Commission Chairperson Cecilia Chung,
Shawn Decker’s Synthetic Division,
Poet Brandon Plain,
Gospel Rap artist Desencé, singer/songwriter
Dudley Saunders,
POZ Magazine founder Sean Strub,
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Bishop Rainey Cheeks.
Many of the speakers and performers are people living with HIV.

Who: The Campaign to End AIDS in collaboration with Housing Works, Broadway Cares, Westminster Presbyterian Church, More Light Presbyterians, AIDS Action; The Afiya Center, D.C. Fights Back, SisterLove, Southern AIDS Coalition, Positive Advocacy Caucus, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) , Bailey House, Health GAP, National AIDS Housing Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church, Inner Light Ministries, AIDS Action in Mississippi (AAIM), Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition (CARC), NYCAIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), Lifebeat, Cable Positive, Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

What: Equality to End AIDS HIV/AIDS Rally and Vigil at National Equality March.
Where:The Ellipse (by the White House) 17th Street NW & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC
When:October 10,2009 5:30 to 8:30pm

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Talent Redux: Mark Lawson

From Soaps.com

For those who didn't know, prior to his role on One Life to Live, Mark's acting career started off with appearances on Cold Case in 2005 then his film debut in Breakdown, as Damon Hart in 2006, so he's been fortunate to dabble in a little bit of everything… film, Primetime and Daytime. "I just love to work. I look at all opportunities as a chance to try to do good work and to walk in someone else's shoes. That being said, I have never really done a proper feature (Breakdown was a short film I did for a friend and I was only in for two seconds) so I don't have much experience there. I have to say though, starting with Cold Case, I have always loved television, as a different actor's medium because of the longevity it potentially offers the actor and the character. You can go so far and start to almost live a double life as your character. I love getting that deep. I'll get back to you after a film or two and see if things have changed!"

Mark Lawson has been featured here on Tuesday Talent as a member of ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which is a very long title, but they've been doing it for five years and the last one was not without its moments. BethAnn Bonner reprised her excellent Bacharach to the Future performance of "Waiting for Charlie to Come Home" followed by what was for many the surprise of the evening, Mark Lawson's rendition of "Anthem" from Chess. Lawson's upper torso on One Life to Live is legendary. It is, therefore, easy to ignore other talents therein. Hence, when his beautiful voice blessed the audience with this beautiful piece, the reaction was palpable. One of his co-stars, Farah Fath had this to say in a recent interview: "He is really intense, and I like to work with actors who take their work seriously. He is a true actor’s actor. He gets in there and finds the rawest place he can go. He does not care if it’s a big scene or small scene. He is committed. Mark was on contract from the beginning, but that does not really mean anything. I think they were really impressed with him, and he works really hard, does his homework, and I respect that." Lawson has fans in other cast members, among them Ilene Kristen who is no slouch in recognizing true talent.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Musing: The Autumnal Equinox

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.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Songs: Right On with The Supremes

This is a 2007 from Fullundie on Blogspot:

"Up the Ladder to the Roof" opens the album with enticing voices and Frank Wilson's underappreciated first-class production. Right On is a textbook on how to come back from the brink of disaster. The Supremes achieved something the Doors, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Creedence Clearwater, the Guess Who, and so many others could not, go Top Ten and survive the loss of the star who the world recognized and assumed was the key element of their success. Even more stunning is that they did it two months before Diana Ross would go Top 20 with her first solo hit. Jean Terrell brought a terrific voice and new emotion to a group that would rack up eight Top 40 hits without Diana Ross. This is not your Holland-Dozier-Holland Supremes; Wilson creates a sublime stereo mix for the debut single, a wonderful-to-this-day headphone mix with sounds swirling left and right. The follow-up single, "Everybody's Got the Right to Love," went Top 25 with its politically correct theme and clever R&B pop flavors. It gives Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong a chance to use their voices to interact with Jean Terrell, creating a true group sound. A new team, a united front. Where producer Wilson would give the girls cover tunes to sing on the follow-up -- which came eight months after this debut -- they experiment with all sorts of styles on Right On. Among its generous selection of 12 titles, "I Got Hurt" gives a nod to the Honeycombs, "Baby Baby" seems to be a response to Diana's vocal work on "Where Did Our Love Go," and the Supremes take on the sounds of Dionne Warwick with "Then I Met You" ... "Bill, When Are You Coming Back" is the Fifth Dimension meets Martha & the Vandellas by way of Laura Nyro. This is Frank Wilson and the Supremes having fun, and Right On holds up today as a solid pop album that is both adult contemporary and girl group pop. "But I Love You More" ends side one, a powerful composition co-written by producer Wilson, performed with enthusiasm by the Supremes. They would rack up four hits in 1970, double the tally by Diana Ross, and between 1971 and 1976 an additional four Top 40 titles. Eight hit singles is a major accomplishment for any recording act, more so for one that endured after the departure of a superstar.

Column has posted three great cuts on the main site-- "You Move Me," "Then We Can Try It Again" and "Wait A Minute Before You Leave Me." It may be the Andantes providing some powerful back up, but it's all Jean Terrell on the lead and quite Supreme. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Saturday Beefcake:Night Time is the Right Time

Bound to take the edge off and bring you some sweet rest.

Beefcake Main Course

More like a three course meal with JP Calderon for starters, followed up with Matt Stone and young David.

Beefcake's Greatest Hit

In spite of Column of Life's plush surroundings, there are no in house photographers. Today's recipes are in house recipes and photography is "gleaend" fomr the internet. We are serving up timely favourites.

This first course has evolved over the years and its current version is a big hit. Every Italo-Americano household has experienced maccheroni with tuna. It is one of the staples of the Friday evening meal. It's simple and to the point. Reinventing it is very satisfying.

Pasta al Tonno alla Giano

Garlic, two cloves, chopped
Onion, one small red, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tuna, about a cup (imported Italian tonno in olive oil is good, or a portion of a grilled steak)
Anchovy Paste, one tablespoon
Grape Tomatoes, cut in half, one cup
Roasted Peppers, chopped, one cup
Tomato Puree (or even a hearty tomato soup), half cup
Roasted Pepper puree, half cup
Whole Grain Pasta, 500 grams or one pound

1. There is a short cut that you can take regarding the purees. You can use Pacific Roasted Pepper and Tomato soup. You be the judge.
2. As far as whole gran pasta is concerned, if some brands are too dense, use Barilla Plus and Misura's whole grain cooks up nicely to an al dente texture. Just follow the box directions when cooking.
3. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil, when they've reached an aromatic state, add the tuna.
4. Quickly saute the tuna making sure it is coated with the olive oil and then add an ounce and a half of grappa, or enough to reach all the tuna and cook it down to evaporation.
5. Stir in anchovy paste to taste and ad capers (thoroughly drained)
6. Add chopped grape tomatoes. Add chopped roasted peppers.
7. Thyme and Basil to taste, either dry or fresh.
8. Now add the soup and/or purees and stir.
9. Cook for about twenty minutes or until it reaches density.
10. Add the pasta when it is cooked.

This should be enough to get your guests into ecstatic throes. Something like le petit mort. Relax, it's an analogy.

Patate Americane Fortunate

(Lucky Sweet Potatoes)

Sweet Potatoes, four medium
Apple, one medium, peeled and sliced
Onion, small red, sliced
Garlic, four cloves, squashed
Orange Juice, fresh from three medium sized oranges
Broccoli di Rape, one medium sized bunch
Olive Oil
Sweet Pepper, one, red, yellow or orange
Baby Carrots, about a cup
Sausage or Chicken (one pound or 500 grams)
Oven preheated to 375F

This is a dish that can be a main course or a side course. It's hearty winter fare. While there are other many things that can warm the cockles (whatever those are) of the heart, this can warm you all over. And it is relatively heart wise especially if you forego pork sausage.

1. This recipe works best, if it is well attended once it hits the oven.
2. It is in its optimum state when each of the elements are cooked separately before being brought together.
3. Boil the carrots in 3/4 of the orange juice. set aside.
4. in the meantime, bake the peeled and sliced sweet potatoes in olive oil, spritzed with the rest of the orange juice. Add the thyme and nutmeg.
5. Steam the broccoli di rape. Set aside.
6. Saute the apple and onion slices in garlic and olive oil.
7. Slice the sweet bell pepper in long strips.
8. Bake everything in shallow baking dish in olive oil, except the broccoli, which is added right at the end.
9. Stir often while baking.
10. To turn this into a main dish, add sausage, cooked in vinegar and water to the mix--or dark meat chicken.

Enjoy, your favourite dessert afterwords.

Wake Up for Your Weekly Beefcake

Angels of the Morning

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Might: Papa G and Love Out Loud

Go here to donate directly to the team.

Fund-Raiser for 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles


New York, New York (July 14, 2009)—POZ is pleased to announce the date of the Third annual fundraiser for the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Love Out Loud West, on Thursday October 15, 2009 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at H-Wood in Hollywood.

Special guests scheduled to appear include actress Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Straight Girl in a Queer World, Divas Simply Singing) , Anne Walker (Sordid Lives), Stacy Haiduk (The Young & the Restless), Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Eileen Davidson (The Young and
The Restless
), Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives and Charlie Wilson’s War), Sean Kanan (The Young and The Restless), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), David Moretti (The Lair), designer Andrew Christian and singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination).

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: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 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

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@poz.com) 212.938.2045