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Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Might: More Scott Herman

In the July 2010 issue of Exercise For Men Only is the one and only Scott Herman who shared these pics with his Facebook friends.

Scott will be at Love Out Loud on May 12th. Here is a link to Scott Herman Fitness on YouTube. Visit Scott Herman Fitness online.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gay Thursday: Michael Lowry

Well, it goes without saying that one does not have to be a gay man to be appreciated by gay men. Mr. Lowry became the subject of Gay Thursday when the entire Column of Life staff went into ecstatic frenzy when they found out that he was going to attend Love Out Loud. He is a man of many talents. He earned a dual degree in zoology and biology from Oregon State University.
In 2006-2007 attended UCLA Center For Prehospital Care. He occasionally works as a certified EMT in the respected Central Park Medical Unit. If that weren't enough, in addition to acting he plays guitar in the successful NYC ACDC tribute band Done Dirt Cheap.

Back when Liza Colby wanted Dr. Jake Martin to father her child on All My Children, there was no discussion regarding the wherefore. At the time the character inhabited the fetching frame of Michael Lowry. Every womb bearing individual would certainly have made the same choice. As a matter of fact many non-womb bearing types would have paid for the honor to attempt that conception as evidenced by today's reaction. One Life to Live upped their studly quotient with the addition of Mr. Lowry as Ross Rayburn, Elijah Clark's (Matt Walton) brother. He brought passion to his scenes with Kassie DePaiva and much adversarial chemistry with Florencia Lozano. Making Ross Elijah's brother was inspiring and now the brothers' portrayers will be reunited for POZ's AIDS Walk New York fundraiser--even more reason for merriment in these parts. Michael Lowry has been featured on Column of Life more than once. Go here to see what we said.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Wednesday Word: Scott Herman

“I believe that a man is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with” is Scott Herman’s personal credo. An accomplished fitness expert, instructor, model and entrepreneur, Scott Herman constantly finds himself surrounded by not only success but new opportunities.

At the young age of fourteen, Scott applied for his first job at Gold's Gym in Methuen, Massachusetts. By the age of fifteen he was performing gym maintenance, running the front desk, and selling memberships. When Gold's Gym was relocated to a new 65,000 sq. ft. facility, Scott was promoted to a manager's position. At eighteen he became a personal trainer and has been training men and women from the ages of twelve to eighty-three ever since.

Before moving to Brooklyn to appear on The Real World, Scott not only managed the fitness department and sales department for "Answer Is Fitness" located in North Attleboro, MA, but he also developed and ran a highly successful DJ company called "Galaxy DJ's".

Scott's acting/modeling career really started to take off his senior year of college after he entered and won the Men's Health "Iron Abs" contest in November 2007. He then began making a series of personal appearances and began traveling to New York City for castings and other events, and the more he became acquainted with the city, the more his interest in becoming a professional actor grew. In December 2007, Scott sent his audition tape into The Real World: Brooklyn and was selected from a pool of approximately 50,000 to 70,000 applicants. He moved into the Real World house six months later and, now that filming is over, has decided to stay in Manhattan. He is excited to continue taking acting classes, go on auditions, and pursue his new career. Right in the middle of all that, Mr. Herman is coming down to New York City to participate in POZ’s Love Out Loud for AIDS Walk New York on May 12th. Scott will be on hand to greet his many well-deserved fans. They will find the real deal. Be sure to visit Scott on YouTube and his official site.

From the Urban Dictionary:

1. real-deal
Real = True, exact, no fault, no fake, thrust worthy, clear, absolute etc.

Deal = contact, transaction, barter, exchange etc.

Real Deal = what you are getting is excellent in the above ways

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Matt Walton, A Small Price for Somethin' So Good Lookin'

It is no secret that Matt Walton is one of the favorite people around here. Not only has he become a major heartthrob on One Life to Live as Elijah Clark, but he has created a new stir via his very entertaining advertisements for Old Navy.

Visit his official website. It's no surprise that many are drawn to him, because his handsome stature is really only indicative of a good man with a great heart who works very hard. This great heart has motivated him to be part of Love Out Loud on May 12th at Prohibition to greet his many fans who will be supporting POZ's effort for AIDS Walk New York.

If you can't make it ... here are tee-shirts with the event logo and you can make a donation here.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Music: Junior Walker

One of Motown's hitmakers who did not get the same kind of spotlight his contemporaries did:

Junior Walker was bom Autry DeWalt, Jr., in Blytheville, Arkansas, on June 14, 1931, though Motown always stated that he was born in 1942. As a teenager living in South Bend, Indiana, Walker received his first saxophone from an uncle. Inspired by the jump blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues bands of the 1950s and the playing style of Earl Bostie, who straddled the line between jazz and R&B, Walker took to the instrument right away, apprenticing with his high school band and various Midwest groups. While in his mid-teens, Walker formed his first instrumental band, the Jumping Jacks, adopting the moniker "Junior Walker" after a childhood nickname. Before long, Walker achieved a prominent reputation by playing gigs at local jazz and R&B clubs. Hoping to broaden his name throughout the Midwest, he subsequently moved to St. Louis, Missouri, then in the late-1950s to Battle Creek, Michigan.

Upon relocating to Battle Creek, Walker assembled the All Stars: James Graves on drums, Willie Woods on guitar, and Vic Thomas on keyboards. According to Woods, the group earned their confident name when an enthusiastic fan jumped to his feet during a show and shouted, "These guys are all stars," as quoted by David Shepardson in the Detroit News. Walker, in particular, always won over a crowd. "Junior Walker played until he dropped—and then some," recalled John Collis in Rock: The Rough Guide, and Kim Weston, a member of several Motown revues in the 1960s, remembered Walker as "an extraordinary saxophonist," and a tireless performer. "We were at the Fox Theatre [in Detroit] and Junior was playing his horn with his eyes closed and fell into the pit," Weston told Shepardson. "Of course, everyone was stunned, but he stuck his horn back in his mouth and he came out of the pit almost without losing a beat." Go here for more.

On the site, you'll hear first off his biggest hit, "What Does It Take ..." and two rockers that show you what a real saxophone sounds like.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Your Sunday Stud: JP Calderon

From his Facebook page:

John Paul "J.P." Calderon (born September 5, 1975 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.) is a professional volleyball player, model and reality television participant. He first appeared on television as a contestant on the controversial racially segregated Survivor: Cook Islands, the 13th season of the CBS reality show. Later, he returned to television by appearing on several episodes to date of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, and as part of his experience there he made an appearance in the February 2007 cover story in Instinct magazine.

Calderon grew up in Marina del Rey, California and attended California State University, Long Beach, where he played for the school's nationally-ranked men's volleyball team. He graduated with a degree in speech communication in 2000.

Calderon was an assistant coach for the Long Beach State University women's volleyball team for five years. He began his professional volleyball career in 2004 and became a nationally ranked Association of Volleyball Professionals player.

On Survivor: Cook Islands, Calderon started off as one of five members of the Hispanic "Aitutaki" tribe. After the tribes were merged on day eight he became a member of the "Rarotonga" tribe. Calderon was the fourth cast member voted off in a 7/2 split.

In 2007, Calderon joined the cast of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Stating that he had for a long time wished to model, Calderon came to an open casting call held in the first episode of season 2. He was called back in episode 2 and signed to the agency. In episode three, Calderon was approached to appear on the cover of Instinct magazine, a magazine that requires that its male cover models be openly gay. Calderon came out as gay on the cover of the February 2007 issue, including the cover, a photo spread, feature story and interview. "All of my fears, everything that I was scared of ... it was the complete the opposite,” he said. “It’s been great. All of my friends, the volleyball world, absolutely everybody has been supportive. No one has shut me out."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thanks and Goodnight Beefcake Lovers

While the sun has set, we do know where it shines -- on Jerry East.

Having A Fine Saturday Beefcake Evening

...with Dave Nelson

neither Ozzie nor Harriet had anything to do with this one

Saturday Beefcake: Blito, Your Piece de Resistance

Saturday Beefcake: Gnocchi With Morels

From The James Beard Foundation:

Gnocchi with Morels and Spring English Peas
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

Yield:6 servings

2 pounds russet potatoes
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cup English peas
24 morels
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 pound butter, cut into half-inch cubes
Canola oil, to coat pan
3 tablespoons chicken stock
Champagne vinegar, to taste
2 tablespoons morel butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pea shoots (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350º F.

Bake the potatoes for 1 hour, or until they are completely cooked and the flesh is dry.
Split the potatoes, scoop out the flesh, and press it through a potato ricer. Place the hot potato flesh on a board or counter. Make a well in the center.
Place a layer of about 1/2 cup flour in the well, add the egg yolks, then add about 1/2cup more flour and 1 tablespoon salt.
Use a dough scraper to mix the potatoes into the flour and eggs. This process should be done quickly (15 to 30 seconds), as overworking the dough will make the gnocchi heavy and sticky. Add more flour as necessary.
The resulting dough should be homogeneous and barely sticky on the outside. Shape the dough into a ball.

Roll the ball of dough lightly in flour. Pull off a section of the dough and roll it by hand on a lightly floured surface into a rope about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and, using your hand, roll each piece into a ball. Then roll the balls on a gnocchi paddle or over the back of a fork to create an oval shape with indentations. Test one gnocchi by placing it in a large pot of rapidly boiling lightly salted water. It is cooked as soon as it floats to the surface. Taste for seasoning and texture and add salt to the dough if necessary, or add a bit more flour if the gnocchi seems mushy. Continue forming the remaining gnocchi, placing them on a lightly floured tray until ready to cook.

Place the gnocchi in the boiling water. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove them as they rise to the surface. Place the cooked gnocchi into a bowl of ice water. Once they have cooled (about 2 minutes) drain them briefly on paper towels or a kitchen sheet. Lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Store in the pan in the refrigerator if they will be used shortly (up to a day), or place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, they can be stored in well-sealed plastic bags and kept frozen for several weeks; cook them while they are still frozen.

To prepare the peas, blanch the peas in a large pot with lots of salted water, about 2 minutes. When cooked, plunge into ice water.

To prepare the morels, clean the mushrooms by submerging them in a large bowl with cold water several times. Repeat process with new water until the water remains clear. Lay mushrooms out on a drying rack for thirty minutes, or until dry.

In a medium saucepan bring the water to a simmer. Over low heat, gradually whisk in the butter one cube at a time to make a beurre monté. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste, and add the morels. All of the morels should be submerged in the beurre monté. Cook on low heat for approximately 20 minutes or until the morels are tender all the way through. Remove morels with a slotted spoon and place on a rack to drain. Set aside about 3 tablespoons of beurre monté. The remaining butter can be used when cooking vegetables and is great for dressing pasta.

In a large sauté pan or skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat only until fragrant. Pour off the excess oil, leaving only enough to coat the pan. Toss in the gnocchi and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Add the chicken stock and morel-scented butter and let it simmer for a minute. Add the English peas and morels and reduce to a sauce-like consistency, about a minute. Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.

AIDS Walk New York Donation

Go here.

Well. Wake Up Already Saturday Beefcake

If Simon Howard can't help you get up -- you have no blood.

Your Saturday Beefcake Good Morning Kiss

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Might: Sean Strub

One of the best-known AIDS activists in the country, Sean Strub delivered the keynote speech at the Campaign to End AIDS’ 5th Anniversary event this week in Washington, D.C. Strub gave a fiery call for today’s activists to tap into the power of the Denver Principles, the 1983 document that Strub calls the “Magna Carta” of health-related self-empowerment.

The speech also details Strub’s plan to create a Denver Principles Empowerment Index to be available online that will hold AIDS groups accountable for their involvement of the people they serve. Go here for all of it.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gay Thursday: Gay Softball World Series SUED: Bisexual Men Claim Discrimination

What would Billy Bean say?

SEATTLE — Three bisexual men from the San Francisco area have filed a lawsuit claiming they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series in the Seattle area two years ago.

The Seattle Times reports that the men filed the federal complaint Tuesday against the softball tournament's organizer, the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance. It alleges that after another team complained, the alliance ruled the three men were "nongay," and took away the team's second-place finish.

An attorney for the alliance says the three plaintiffs were not discriminated against illegally and the alliance is a private organization that can determine its membership.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com (via HuffingtonPost)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Wednesday Word: Florencia Lozano--que linda!

Florencia Lozano was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She received her BA from Brown University, and moved to New York City to earn her MFA at NYU. Florencia's many theater credits include Yerma, Antigone, Hamlet, Widescreen Version of the World and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Florencia Lozano landed the role of tough-as-nails attorney Téa Delgado in December 1996 on the daytime drama One Life to Live, and first aired on January 27, 1997. The character became one of the show’s more popular creations,and earned Lozano a loyal following.” I so appreciate that love coming at me," she said. "The response to Téa still overwhelms me." During her first tenure on One Life to Live, Lozano was in an Off Broadway play called Lick in June 1999; from August to September 2000, she appeared in Love’s Labor Lost, a Shakespearean play produced out of Berkeley in Orinda, CA. In addition to her popularity with soap opera fans, Lozano was named one of "Daytime's Hardest Working Women" by About.com and titled one of soap opera's "Most Beautiful Women" by magazine Soap Opera Update. Florencia is a trained dancer, whose talents range from ballet to jazz, modern and flamenco. She currently resides in New York City.

It is the show’s good fortune that this talented and beautiful lady returned to One Life to Live in 2008. It is POZ’s good fortune that she will be on hand to meet and greet her fans for the AIDS Walk New York fundraiser on May 12th.

linda [leen’-do, dah]
adjective1. Neat, handsome (hombre), pretty (bonito), fine, genteel.
2. Complete, perfect.
3. Nice (precioso), lovely; fine (excelente).
•De lo lindo -> perfectly, wonderfully•Un lindo carro -> a lovely caradverb4. Nicely, well, marvellously. (Latin American) (m)
•Baila lindo -> she dances beautifully

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Jesse Luttrell

"We love to stare into the gorgeous eyes of cabaret cutie Jesse Luttrell... this lovechild of Liza and Liberace" (Next magazine)

At Trattoria Dopo Teatro last Saturday Jesse wowed the crowd with an impromptu "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" during open mic. In Jesse's hands it is more of a tribute to Judy at Carnegie Hall than it is to Dixie. Here is a tribute to Jesse's show Bawdy at The Triad:

Luttrell cuts an impressive figure on the stage, with his legs, which reach from here to Montreal, clad in black fishnet stockings and red garters. He is an affable but mischievous host and is at his best when he struts through the crowd, improvising witty banter with the audience…

While New York, even in hard times, promotes itself as a family-friendly theme park, it’s nice to know that a few blocks north, Bawdy packs in an appreciative audience. Bawdy is a most welcome and diverting theatrical event that deserves a long life in our fair city.

Click here for more.

Jesse says: Don't miss our big First Anniversary Show MAY 1, 2010 with special guests The Parodivas and Molly Pope.

Tickets are now on sale http://www.bawdyshow.com/


Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Music: Dee Dee Sharp

Dee Dee’s best work at Cameo-Parkway was not of the top ten and rarely the top 40 but the woman can sing the grapes off the wallpaper. Like her contemporary Darlene Love, Ms. Sharp might have reached heights worthy of her talent had all the elements been set in motion. Furnished with gospel infused vocal talents her voice burns brightly on more than one noteworthy song from that era. One is a collaboration with her one time spouse Kenny Gamble, “I Really Love You,” another is a knock down version of “To Know Him Is To Love Him.” "Never Pick A Pretty Boy" has a melody from an Italian folk song. While “Mashed Potatoes,” “Do the Bird” and “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)” are fun and cute, the true woman therein rocked out on subsequent less successful outings. In relatively recent PBS specials it is apparent that Ms. Sharp continues to sing sublimely. She’ll take you right back to Church.

Eventually, billed as Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, on Philadelphia International Records in the mid 70s the listening public was treated to outstanding interpretations of “I’m Not In Love” and “Ooh Child” among others. If only the two albums she recorded there were to become available.

from PhillySoulClassics.com
Dee Dee Sharp hit the biggest with her first record for the Cameo/Parkway label, a blessing that pigeonholed the Philly songstress as a teenybopper forever to be identified with her number one smash from 1962, “Mashed Potatoes Time.” Living in Philadelphia, the home of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand helped her career; she appeared on the syndicated teen dance show many times from 1962 to 1981. The first black female teen idol, Sharp also became a fixture on Clark’s Caravan of Stars tours, and a familiar face in the popular 16 Magazine.

Born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945, she played piano from an early age, and directed choirs at her grandfather’s and other churches in Philadelphia. After her mother suffered debilitating injuries from a car accident when LaRue was only 13, she gained a job as a background singer and developed the skills to work on sessions by Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Jackie Wilson, and Chubby Checker.

Lady luck helped when her vocals were added to Chubby Checker’s “Slow Twistin’” (1962) making it a duet. Her first solo session was scheduled the next day — the “Mashed Potatoes Time” session — and at 17, Dione LaRue was became an overnight sensation. Producers Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe didn’t like LaRue’s name so they created Dee Dee Sharp, since everyone called her D and she sang in D sharp.

Smaller hits followed: “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes),” “Ride,” “Do the Bird,” “Wild,” “Willyam, Willyam,” “Never Pick a Pretty Boy,” and “I Really Love You” in 1965 — Sharp’s first R&B record. None sold like her first, but the young singer did all right. She appeared on American Bandstand to promote every release; Cameo promoted her as pop so she didn’t see much of the chitlin’ circuit; the label also sent her to modeling and charm school.

Sharp and Checker hooked up and recorded an album together entitled Down to Earth, one of nine LPs that Cameo issued on Sharp (all with blinding colorful colors). Languishing record sales prompted her exit from Cameo to Atco/Atlantic Records. The Atco deal materialized partly because the label was trying to snag her soon-to-be husband Kenny Gamble to produce records, and used Sharp as bait. Three singles appeared (from 1966-1968) including a duet with Ben E. King (”Whatcha Gonna Do About It“). The tracks, done mostly in Memphis, were harder than the Cameo sides, but the promotion wasn’t there. Displeased at Atco’s efforts, Sharp, Gamble, and Leon Huff started Gamble Records in 1967, which issued three Dee Dee Sharp singles. Two more appeared on Gamble & Huff’s TSOP label, including the LP Happy ‘Bout the Whole Thing. She then signed with Philadelphia International (PIR) — as Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble – for five singles and “Conquer the World Together,” a duet with Bunny Sigler (as David Siqler).

Sharp also collaborated (uncredited) on many of the songs on Gamble Records, but by the time her second PIR album came out, she had begun divorce proceedings, finalized by 1980. A new earthier, sophisticated, foxy Sharp emerged after the Cameo recordings but nothing happened. While Checker made a career cutting dance hits and became an international superstar, Sharp’s career lacked the horsepower, though she maintained good visibility via television, tours, concerts, and club dates that took her around the world. Besides her many television spots, she appeared in films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Don’t Knock the Twist, Hairspray, Sister Act, and Troop Beverly Hills. A beauty, Sharp remarried (to Bill Witherspoon) and has been linked romantically with Gene Chandler, Muhammad Ali, and David Ruffin. Sharp enjoyed a fruitful career, despite minimal chart action after 1966. And except for some racial incidents in the South experienced by many African-American performers in the era, she emerged unscathed, un-addicted, and unscarred.

by Andrew Hamilton

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Your Sunday Stud: Aaron Savvy

From his Facebook profile:

A big thank you to all my fans and support network that has greatly helped me succeed in the prior months. I appreciate the continued support and thank each of you that have supported me in my endeavors.

I grew up in Washington State and lived there nearly my whole life. I now live in Los Angeles, California where I pursue my endeavors in the entertainment and modeling industry! As my dreams are in the works, I use this time to inspire people wanting a healthier lifestyle by offering personal training services in person to people living in the Hollywood area, and also offering online fitness consulting to people around the world. If you are interested in my training services and reaching fitness and health goals, please visit my website at www.AaronSavvy.com. My training is centered around “old school” techniques with focus on resistance training (free weights/machines), coordination, stabilization, agility, cardio and stretching. A true trainer listens to his clients and their unique needs!

My past involvement include: Fighting for three years on FX's televised series "Toughman", serving on a mission for two years to reach out to people in need, working with youth and at risk youth, some who have been abused in “YES” programs and other programs, played in and alternative rock band, a disc jockey for major radio stations, marketing for major companies and even hideous sales work in my younger years. When the alternative rock band fell apart, I branched off and did my own music, techno rock and wrote and recorded many of my own songs. I have written and co-produced with legendary lead guitarist "Roger Fisher" from the band "Heart".

I’m currently working on producing a reality show to be televised on one of our major networks! Stay tuned for more information.

With the hundreds of messages I receive from people from all walks of life, I say this to you; keep your sprits high! Life can certainly bring its twists and turns to each of us. When it does creep into your life, take it and learn from it. Everything happens for a reason, reasons that you may be blind to nor see until down the road. Then and only then, may you see the reason. If you don’t already volunteer your time to a great organization to help better your community, I strongly encourage everyone to take the time to do this.

Again, thank you for your support.

In closing, I greatly appreciate each and every one of my fans and the continued, never ending support they give me. It’s from this support that helps me accomplish my goals within the entertainment and modeling industry. Without support from you, I cannot succeed. I truly enjoy meeting and talking with people from all walks of life.