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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Having A Tardy Party This Halloween

This is literally a come as you are party. No costume necessary except the one Mother Nature gave you.

Main Course Beefcake: Italian Times Two ...

... Francesco Curá

From imdb:

Born in New York City, Francesco spent much of his youth traveling between the US and Europe. He grew up performing in plays written, directed, and produced by his father. At the age of 14, he and his family moved back to Italy where he enrolled in a well-respected Art Institute. Francesco has a degree in Art Education. He is a graphic designer. He worked as a model in Milan [no surprise there], but soon realized fashion would not interest him. In response, he dramatically transformed his appearance with punkish hairstyles, goth clothes, grunge attitudes, etc. Fortunately, this phase was documented in photographs and can be seen on his official website. Go here. He made yet another transition, training as an opera singer for two years, revealing a four-octave range. After rigorous training, daily sessions, and rehearsals, he decided to move back to New York. While living on the Upper East Side he trained at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for over two years. Francesco stayed busy working in theater productions and independent films. Francesco now calls Los Angeles home and is still having a Ball!

In these parts, there's nothing wrong with having two Italian meals in one day.

As matter of fact, Francesco is one of those repasts one can enjoy all day long!

Beefcake Suppli al Telefono: Beefcake Lunch

Last week we presented a modernized version of arancini, Sicilian rice balls, the classic version of which has saffron and peas. Last week's version was a bit more akin to suppli al telefono, Roman rice balls.

From Mario Martinoli via Cathy Thomas, here is a good version with some modification.

Risotto Made With Meat Ragu** [whole grain rice, if possible], cooled
Mozzarella* one half pound cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Eggs, three
Salt and Pepper
Breadcrumbs, two cups fresh
For frying: Olive Oil/Canola oil mixture

*Best not to use fresh mozzarella. Use the mozzarella that is often used atop pizza.
** It's not necessary that it be leftover risotto. Whole grain cooked rice mixed with marinara is also very good.


1. Form risotto into three-inch long elongated balls.
2. Insert a mozzarella cube in the middle of each and pull risotto over to cover hole or add a little more risotto to cover.
3.If risotto has been refrigerated, set aside to come to room temperature.
4. Place eggs in shallow pan. Lightly beat with salt and pepper.
5. Place breadcrumbs in a separate shallow bowl.
6. Roll each sphere in egg wash to cover, then in breadcrumbs to cover.
7. Much better to coat the spheres in flour and then egg wash and then coat in breadcrumbs
8. Place 1 1/2-inches of oil in large, deep skillet to medium-high heat (between 290 and 310 degrees).
9. Gently place about four to six suppli in hot oil.
10. Cook, turning once, to brown on all sides.
11. Drain on paper towels.

Biggest difference between suppli and arancini seems to be the shape. The cheese tends to be associated with the Roman suppli, the telefono part comes from the vision of the cheese stretching out like telephone lines when you put it in your mouth.

The Best to You This Beefcake Morning

Not certain ...

That any of these ...

delcious morsels are Danish ...

Consider this your breakfast buffet anyway. Grand Slam Indeed.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Might: Art & AIDS

presented by GMHC and Leslie Lohman

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gay Thursday and After Dark Magazine

When is a gay magazine a gay magazine? From wikipedia:

Although not described as a "gay magazine", After Dark regularly covered topics of interest to the gay community. Cal Culver, better known as the gay porn star Casey Donovan, appeared on the cover of the December 1972 issue.[16] The February 1975 issue included a photographic portfolio of the gay porn star Peter Berlin.[17]

The May 1979 issue included a feature article on the G.G. Barnum Room, a New York City alternative nightclub catering to a gay and transvestite clientele. The feature article included information about the evolution / genesis of the club and the makeup of its then-current customers. The feature also contained a tandem piece on rollerskating disco, "Boogie on Wheels".[18]

The magazine publishers acknowledged the magazine's appeal to the gay community, noting that the magazine "had gotten a following in the homosexual community seven or eight years before any of the current homosexual magazines came on the market."[19]

Erotic content
The magazine, intentionally or not, provided a level of homoeroticism by regularly using images of nude or partially nude men for its cover and article illustrations. Although some illustrations of partially-clad or nude women were included at times, males comprised the majority of the subjects. Some of the illustrations related directly to the subject of the article, but others seemed to be used just for their nudity or partial nudity.

A feature article in the February 1977 issue, "Musclebound for Glory", contained photos of bodybuilders, thus relating the illustrations directly to the topic of the article. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the cover model for that issue and several photographs of him were used as illustrations in the article. In two photographs, he appears in the nude; one photograph shows part of his penis. The feature is an in-depth look at bodybuilding as "one of the most fascinating (and least explored) subcultures in America.".[20] Illustrated with pictures of barely-clothed bodybuilders, the article, intentionally or not, evokes homoeroticism.

One photograph in that issue that seems to use gratuitous nudity is one of actor Paul Charles, performing the role of "Mark" on Broadway in the musical A Chorus Line. The illustration is one of several for an article about current events on Broadway, and consists of a narrative text as well as photographs of performers with brief summaries of their productions in the captions of the photos.[21] Charles is photographed nude with a fur coat strategically draped over one shoulder that just covers his groin.

Pretend it's August 1982. How else you would know that the guy in those underwear ads happened to be Jack Scalia

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday Word: Jan Michael Vincent

fall in love - begin to experience feelings of love towards;
fall - pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind; "fall into a trap"; "Fall in love" ...

Florence, Italy was quite a favola, even in the early 80s. Living on via Gino Capponi within walking distance of the exhibition of the newly discovered Bronzi di Riace, the ancient bronze statues of naked Greek sailors off the coast of Calabria. They gave new meaning to Magna Graecia. There was nothing more amusing than to visit the statues and watch nuns giving them a major inspection.

It seemed only natural that they be displayed temporarily in Florence (and Rome) before taking their permanent residence in Calabria.

Frequenting Le Giubbe Rosse on a daily basis also provided more than a little amusement and once in a while there were visions that gave the Bronzi some competition. Le Giubbe, a bar and caffe at the time was a place where every type of individual gathered and on some nights one could find the heart’s desire. There were certainly other opportunities for the heart’s desire back then and there.

Later on that Summer of 1981, The Winds of War blew into Florence with the opportunity for temporary work unloading trucks on the location. Being bi-lingual turned the opportunity into six weeks of working with The Art Department, Property Masters and Wardrobe.

Amid linguistic mayhem on the set there came Jan Michael Vincent.

His alleged reputation as a gay basher preceded him. Enlisted to help him linguistically and otherwise, brought about the opportunity to confront him on that reputation which stemmed for the rumour that he ruined The Frontrunner’s chances to be produced as a film. He didn’t miss a beat with his response as nothing was farther from the truth.

Needless to say that anyone who knew anything at all about Hollywood’s attitude toward a major motion picture of a gay nature in the 1970s even with the participation of Paul Newman, also knew that even under the best of circumstances a gay love story was not going to be made.

Jan’s response was that he and Newman did not get along. Period. As far as whether or not the book made it to the screen had nothing do with his ability to veto a production.

Working feverishly on a mini-series in a variety of capacities, while experiencing the duality of a man, possessive of beauty that rivaled the ancient Greeks, off hours was a life changing experience.

There were two Jans: one a private, sensitive and loving man, the other, a wild player. In some ways both were equally loveable.

It’s been rumoured that he is in the Deep South--Mississippi perhaps. His personal battles have been well chronicled.

After being temporarily displayed in Italy during Winds, Jan went on to do Airwolf and thereafter experiencing some gut wrenching and life changing experiences on his own.

In the late summer of 1981, he was bigger than life and at the same time warm and intimate. He was escorted around Florence and caused a minor stir at Le Giubbe Rosse and Tabasco. There was more than something minor going on in one heart’s desire.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Jan Michael Vincent

Pretend it's 1978 and you're reading the national "entertainment" magazine and here is the cover story on the hottest heartthrob, gay and otherwise, Jan Michael Vincent.

Word on the street back in the day was that Jan's homophobia killed the chances of a big screen version of The Front Runner. As sophisticated as we all pretended to be back then, we were sure enough naifs. This wonderful spread in a thinly veiled gay magazine should have flown right in the face of that. More about Jan's alleged homophobia tomorrow. Jan, where are you?

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Monday Muse: Jesse Luttrell and Monday Melange

"We love to stare into the gorgeous eyes of cabaret cutie Jesse Luttrell. The fact that this lovechild of Liza and Liberace is emceeing a night of Broadway standards and heart-melting torch songs at this East Side bar/restaurant is icing on the cake. 9pm–midnight; free" (Next magazine)

Come to Ernesto's cozy, affordable, and delicious restaurant/bar and start your week off with a frothy mix of cabaret entertainment, good wine, and good friends (even the ones you haven't met yet!) Every night at 9pm this midtown east staple turns from an elegant french bistro to an after dinner cabaret soirée featuring some of new york brightest cabaret talent.

$14.95 cabaret prix fix menu (until 10:30)

$7.00 well drinks

947 2nd Ave (50th)
9pm - Midnight

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Songs: Clouds of Qualm Burst into Sunshine

To accompany cuts from K.D. Lang's capolavoro, Ingenue, is a plug for the very generous Doyle, who provided POZ 's Love Out Loud with a gorgeous centerpiece, the ultimate recipient of which was Touriya Haoud, taken to her by her husband Greg Vaughan.

My Flower Guy's website is undergoing some renovations. In the meantime, if you really want to feel like Miss Chatelaine give Doyle a call or send him an e-mail.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Main Course Saturday Beefcake: Hittin' the Sauce

Recently on Top Chef, there appeared a sauce for a winning dish. It was used for beef. We are in a sense, using it here for beef. It is presented with modifications. It is a mighty spicy sauce and should be used with something hearty.

Here are the ingredients:

Plum Tomatoes, six
Whole Star Anise, two
Cardamom, eight pods crushed
Fennel Seeds, one teaspoon
Garlic, one head
Ginger, one knob
Rice Wine Vinegar, one half cup
Crystallized Fructose, one half cup
Sambal, one teaspoon*
Turkey Bacon, two or three strips, in quarter inch pieces
Chicken Stock, one quart
Shallots, two, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
Cooking oil: Olive and/or Canola

Here's what you need to do:

1. Sweat tomatoes with spices, ginger, garlic, and shallots in oil.
2. Add turkey bacon and cook until caramelized.
3. Deglaze with vinegar and add fructose.
4. Add sambal and chicken stock.
5.3 Simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Take off heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve.

*To kearn more about sambal, go here.

If the memory serves well, this was for a skirt steak recipe.

It is our good fortune that these young men are not wearing skirts.

Beef, indeed. While, not exactly giving head ...

Saturday Beefcake Lunch: Arancini

Whole Grain Rice one and a half cups
Scallions four, divided
Garlic, two cloves, minced
Eggs, two large, lightly beaten
Flat Leaf Parsley, one half cup, chopped
Pecorino Cheese, one third cup, grated
Whole Grain Breadcrumbs, two cups
Bocconcini di Bufala Mozzarella, sixteen
Marinara Sauce, homemade or commercial of choice [see below]
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oven pre-heated 425F

1. Combine rice, one scallion, garlic and three and a half cups water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer one hour or until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is soft and slightly sticky.
2. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl, and cool.
3. Remove scallion, and discard.
4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Chop remaining scallions finely. Fold eggs, parsley, cheese and scallions into rice.
6. Spread breadcrumbs on large plate.
7. Place one quarter cup rice mixture in palm of hand. Shape into tangerine-sized ball around one mozzarella ball. Roll in breadcrumbs, and place on prepared baking sheet.
8. Repeat with remaining rice, mozzarella and breadcrumbs.
9. Drizzle arancini with olive oil, and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until outsides are crisp and browned.
10. Warm marinara sauce, and ladle into bottom of large serving dish. Place arancini on top of sauce and garnish with parsley.

Michael Chiarello’s Marinara Sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons
Onion, medium, finely chopped
Fresh Italian Parsley, two tablespoons, chopped
Garlic clove, finely chopped
Progresso Crushed Tomatoes with added puree, one twenty-eight ounce can
Fresh Basil Sprig with leaves removed
Sea Salt, one teaspoon
(Pinch baking soda or a carrot, if desired)

1. In a three quart nonreactive saucepan, heat two tablespoons oil over medium heat.
2. Add onion; cook about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
3. Stir in parsley and garlic; cook about thirty seconds or until fragrant.
4. Stir in tomatoes, basil stem and salt. Simmer uncovered twenty five minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
5. If sauce tastes too acidic, add pinch of baking soda and cook five minutes longer.
6. If sauce needs touch of sweetness, add a carrot stick and cook 5 minutes longer.
7. Remove basil stem before serving.

Eh, who else but somebody named Vince should enjoy this updated Sicilian classic with you!

Facing the Day Beefcake

If you're going to put a face on the day, there are few nicer than Romanian born model John Paul Matteuci ...

ci fac, bărbat?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Might: Lexi Ainsworth, Alexandra Danielle Ainsworth

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Lexi Ainsworth, pictured above with co-stars, Brandon Barash and Lisa LoCicero, comes from a father who is a dentist and a mother who is a teacher. she is definitely armed with a brilliant smile and natural intelligence. She more than likely achieved those on her own. While attending an acting boot camp in Los Angeles she caught the attention of an agency who sent her out on her first national commercial audition which she subsequently shot for Barbie. After other commercials and industrials she acquired the roles of Caroline in the AFI short film Caroline Crossing and Grace Budd, the child lead in the independent film The Gray Man. She has also co-starred in the NBC television series Medical Investigation with Kelly Williams and had the recurring role of Tille on WB's Gilmore Girls. Most recently she won the role of Molly in Universal's Feature film Wild Child where she plays Emma Roberts' little sister. Nowadays she appears on the small screen as General Hospital's Kristina, the offspring of two of the show's more powerful characters. Lexi lived up to her great reputation when she unexpectedly came to POZ's fundraising event last week in Hollywood. This young lady who holds much promise lit up the evening.

She was there to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles. There is still time to make a donation, click beneath the banner above.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gay Thursday: Jai Rodriguez

David Moretti never lets you down. He said he would bring a surprise to Love Out Loud on October 15th at H.Wood and the surprise was ... Jai Rodriguez. Native New Yorker Rodriguez has many talents and puts them all to good use. He is part of the cast of the very current indie gay film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay, premiering this very evening in Los Angeles he co-stars with John Lloyd Young.

His imdb bio tells us: Jai is a talented actor, singer and dancer who most recently starred in the lead role of Zanna in the off-Broadway musical hit Zanna, Don't! Jai joined the production after a long stint on Broadway as Angel in the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Jai is also a fixture among the hip NYC social set, regularly performing his solo act in the newest and hottest nightspots. On Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003), Jai uses all aspects of his professional training and skills as a performer plus his social charisma to coach straight subjects on everything from mixing 'n mingling in a social setting, to conversation skills, and to being at ease on the dance floor. Jai got into singing because when he was younger, he sang in a black gospel choir at church. He then got into acting by acting in school plays quite often.

He is very engaging in person and we were very happy to have him on hand. Here is a clip of a duet with fellow out actor, Cheyenne Jackson from two years ago.

Here he is with Taylor from Days of Our Lives.

Visit his official site.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday Word: Angels

There are angels in Los Angeles who are not on the baseball diamond. One of them is Greg Vaughan. Here is a personally autographed item he provided to help us with funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Go here to bid.

There were also other angels who helped us with a lovely event at H.Wood. Gratitude goes out to Amy Beard, Michelle Butler, Karla and Paul Goden. Much thanks to Debbie Morris of the General Hospital Fan Club and Debby O'Connor of YourNumberOneFan.com who helped promote it.

Donations are still possible. Go here to our team page.

Main Entry: an·gel
Pronunciation: \ˈān-jəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English engel & Anglo-French angele; both from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos, literally, messenger
Date: before 12th century
1 a : a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence; especially : one in the lowest rank in the celestial hierarchy b plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
2 : an attendant spirit or guardian
3 : a usually white-robed winged figure of human form in fine art
4 : messenger, harbinger
5 : a person like an angel (as in looks or behavior)
6 Christian Science : inspiration from God
7 : one (as a backer of a theatrical venture) who aids or supports with money or influence

— an·gel·ic or an·gel·i·cal: adjective

— an·gel·i·cal·ly: adverb

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Out Loud in Hollywood II

Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live)
Sherri Lewis ( Divas Simply Singing)
Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives)
Amanda Baker (All My Children)
Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital)
Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives)
Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives and Charlie Wilson’s War),
Brandon Beemer (The Bold and The Beautiful)
Thom Bierdz (The Young and the Restless)
Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless)
David Moretti (The Lair)
Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!)
Greg Vaughan (General Hospital)
Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Brandon Barash (General Hospital)
Lisa LoCicero (General Hospital)
Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital)
singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination).

The gracious support of these wonderful people to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness help make POZ events seem to get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth), Michael Fairman (Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. POZ is very gratified. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful. In the following days, be on the look out for some interesting auctions to pop up on line, especially one including the autographed poster from the event.