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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gay Thursday: Del Shores


(Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2012) Del Shores Productions is pleased to announce that Del Shores is launching his new stand-up tour - Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality. – with two shows on June 2nd at New York’s legendary Don’t Tell Mama.

The Southern-loved writer/director/producer and most recently added stand-up comedian just filmed his last national tour Del Shores: Sordid Confessions at The Rose Room in Dallas, Texas and his first one-man show Del Shores: My Sordid Life was just released by Breaking Glass Pictures, so “it’s time for a new one,” according to Shores.

Del Shores, creator of the cult franchise Sordid Lives is touring his hilarious new standup show!

This is Shores’ third national tour and in Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality. he will share more sordid stories about his Texas family, read letters he's written to the haters (including Newt and Kirk Cameron), act out scenes from your favorite reality shows (including Hoarders, The Kardashians and The Housewives of Beverly Hills) and yes, he will address his new, unexpected, single life.

"Del says what most people think. He has no censor -- on or offstage. Audiences love him because of his ‘bless-their-hearts' Texas charm," explains Caroline Rhea. "Look, I've had a rough few months, okay. I'm bitter and mean and don't give a shit, so no telling what I'll say this time!" Shores warns.

Del Shores is a writer, director, producer, activist and comic. His career took off with the 1987 play Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got The Will?) and the subsequent 1990 film. He is best known for his 1996 play Sordid Lives which became a film in 1999 and later gave birth to an acclaimed 2008 TV series for Logo. His other plays include Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and mostly recently Yellow, which won Shores the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best World Premiere and Best Production. Shores also just completed the film Blues for Willadean based on his play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey, David Steen, Debby Holiday and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. His stage work has garnered countless other awards including GLAAD Media Award, NAACP Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Back Stage West Garland Award, Ovation Award, Drama-Logue Award and LA Weekly Award (including their 2006 Career Achievement Award). Shores has also written for TV shows including Queer As Folk, Dharma and Greg and Ned and Stacey. In 2006 he was given a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. He is the father of two daughters, Rebecca and Caroline.

Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality
. will be presented Saturday June 2 at 6PM and 8:30PM. Tickets are $20 and there is a two drink minimum. Don’t Tell Mama is a “cash at the door” club, but reservations are strongly suggested by visiting: donttellmamanyc.com.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Word: Il Palazzo

With Mina singing to boot ...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial 2012: Right to Life

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 a righteous war 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 27, 2012

Your Sunday Stud: Tim Horn

A sneak peak at four photographs of mine that will be shown at Queer Gaze @ The Gallery 13. I'm also the curator of the show and it is a great privilege to be hanging such incredibly rich and diverse works by Lola Flash, Mark Leydorf, Jon Nalley, Marjorie Conn, James Hanlon, Marie Havens, Richard Hatter, Candace Jahn, Billy Mecca, Natty Moon, Kate Okeson, Erik Patton, Larry Porter, Howard Steiman, Mike Teters and Alan Barnett Design and Photography. The opening reception is set for June 2nd, from 6:00 to 10:00, at The Gallery 13 (658 Cookman Avenue, Suite 5, Asbury Park). Stop by and show some love on the eve of Jersey Pride.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ending Our Saturday Beefcake Broadcast Day

For all you lovers out there

Saturday Beefcake Foreplay

Saturday Beefcake Main Course

We continue our fascination ...

Saturday Beefcake at the Gym

Saturday Beefcake: Gnocchi

[gnòc-co] s.m. (pl. -chi)

1 (spec. pl.) Ciascuno dei pezzettini di pasta fatta in genere con farina, patate lesse e sale, che si mangiano bolliti e conditi con sugo, pesto o altro || gnocchi alla romana, fatti con semolino, latte, uova, burro e gratinati

2 estens. Grumo, coagulo; pop. bernoccolo, protuberanza

3 fig. fam. (f. -ca) Persona sciocca, babbeo
• dim. gnocchetto

Gnocchi ai Fiocchi d'Avena

(Oatmeal Gnocchi)

Potatoes (and/or sweet potatoes)
Cumin seeds
Sunflower oil
Sea Salt

1. Boil the unpeeled potatoes in salted water. Strain and let them cool, then peel and mash them in a bowl.
2. Mix the potatoes with a little bit of water, oatmeal, cumin seeds, and salt to taste. Mix the ingredients well to form a dense paste.
3. Divide the paste into 2cm-long (1 inch-long) pieces.

4. Add them to a pot of boiling water . As they float to the top, remove the cooked gnocchi with a strainer and place into a bowl.
4. Separately, peal and slice the onion into rings. Next place them in a covered pan with a little bit of sunflower oil and water. Cook on a moderate flame until it has a golden color.
5. Chop the basil.
6. Finally, garnish the gnocchi with the browned onions and chopped basil.

We found this here: http://www.macrocosmo.com ~ we are forever fascinated by different versions of gnocchi. Gnocchi tend to be eaten in cooler weather. However, they are always comforting and this specific recipe seems healthy to boot.

Rocco DiSpirito: Saturday Beefcake First Course Recipe

No Boil Mushroom Lasagna Recipe

from Now Eat This! Diet Rocco DiSpirito

Years ago, after she came to Hollywood and became an international film star, Sophia Loren gave the media her most sultry pose one day and reportedly said, “All you see, I owe to pasta.” Americans now know what Italians and others have known for centuries: Pasta is cheap, chic, and healthy. I don’t like diets that give you scheduled feedings of birdseed, so, my friends, thank you for coming back to the pasta fold. This recipe uses no- boil noodles. Mushrooms and no-boil lasagna noodles were made for each other. Because mushrooms release a lot of water during cooking, they essentially steam the noodles, thereby cooking them.

(makes 4 servings)

Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese, such as Sargento
½ cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh fl at-leaf parsley
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces (about 8 sheets) no-boil whole wheat lasagna noodles, such as Dalallo 10 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
4 ounces white button mushrooms
½ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat the inside of an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, add the ricotta, basil, parsley, and ¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano. Mix with a spoon until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
3. Line the bottom of the prepared baking pan with two lasagna sheets. Top with ½ cup of the cheese mixture. Using the back of a spoon, spread the mixture so that the noodles are covered. Top with a layer of mushrooms. Repeat the procedure two more times. On the last layer, place two lasagna sheets on top of the mushrooms. Spread a layer of the remaining cheese mixture on top. Scatter the mozzarella and remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.
4. Cover tightly with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
5. Raise the temperature of the oven to 425°F, and bake for another 15 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Per serving: 388 calories, 15 g fat, 34 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 3 g fiber, 510 mg sodium, 10 PointsPlus

Saturday Beefcake Lunch: Zucchini Saltimbocca

Zucchini, six medium, one kilo/two pounds
Sea Salt
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Prosciutto, eight thin slices
Sage, fresh leaves from one bunch
Fontina cheese, thin slices, five ounces
Eggs, two
Italian Style Bread Crumbs, Progresso, three quarter cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, four tablespoons
Flat Leaf Parsley, four and a half teaspoons finely chopped
Parmigiano, two tablespoons freshly grated
Lemon, one, cut into wedges

1. Cut zucchini lengthwise into thin one quarter inch (or so) thick slices to make sixteen slices. Place slices in pairs on paper towels; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
2. Arrange prosciutto slices on half of the zucchini slices so none hangs over edges.
3. Place two sage leaves on top. Place cheese slices over sage so none hangs over edges.
4. Place remaining zucchini slices on top of each stack. Cover with paper towels; press firmly to extract moisture and firm the zucchini.
5. In shallow bowl or pie plate, beat eggs slightly with fork. In another shallow bowl or pie plate, mix bread crumbs, additional salt and pepper. Holding zucchini stack firmly with both hands, dip each stack into eggs, then roll in bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.
6. In twelve inch skillet, heat two tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat.
7. Add about half of the zucchini stacks; cook about two minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet to plate; keep warm. Repeat with remaining zucchini stacks, adding more oil by tablespoons, if needed.
8. To hot skillet, add remaining sage leaves; cook briefly until crisp. Arrange several crisped leaves on top of each saltimbocca. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese; serve with lemon wedges.

Saltimbocca means leaps into the mouth.

Your Midmorning Beefcake Dip

Good Morning from Saturday Beefcake

Sleep Tight, Baby! The milk man's on his way ...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Walking the Walk

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Right to Life

Sunday, May 20, 2012

AIDS Walk New York: 20 MAY 2012


2 entries found.

patchworkpatchwork quilt

Main Entry: patch·work

Pronunciation: \ˈpach-ˌwərk\

Function: noun

Usage: often attributive

Date: 1692

1: something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts : hodgepodge

2: pieces of cloth of various colors and shapes sewn together to form a covering; also : something resembling such a covering


Most of you have been nudged and cajoled by me about POZ’s project for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud VII. The task is twofold for me: to raise funds for The Walk and to bring people out to Prohibition for our gathering.

My donor page is here should you feel inclined to make a donation. I have been a star walker for years and have no intention of relinquishing the title.

The event is chronicled on www.love-out-loud.com and that’s where we announce the local celebrities who have lent their names to help promote. There is a lot of satisfaction in being a one man band with a twofold purpose. I am one who remains after so many have gone. This is my homage to my friends who are no longer with me—to have a party in their honour. Every year at this time, I think of them especially.



One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk New York is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last two years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.

Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:

Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Go here to see a blog posted for POZ re: Tim

Read about the POZ Army here.

Read about the AIDS quilt in its entirety coming to Washington DC for the first time in many years here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012