I realize I haven't posted in over a week, and that's thanks to my lack of time, so in order to keep my promise to write daily I give you this: I have nothing to say except that I'm starting to like the fall. The weather is invigorating, the changing of the trees is beautiful, and sweaters help hide my marriage poundage.
This is a bit late in posting but...I'm honored to have been chosen as a Sexy Gay Blogger of the Day. The day was Wednesday October 18 -- a day that will live in infamy.
P.S. I wrote the author an e-mail explaining that I have been blogging since 2002, not 2006. That was back when I had to explain to people what blogging was...right Jonno? (BTW if you don't know who Jonno is, I may be so bold as to call him the founding father of blogging...)
P.P.S. If you think it's a bit much for me to point out my "sexy dubbing", might I suggest you refer to the title of this blog.
I had a wonderful weekend in Biloxi, Mississippi spinning the wedding reception of two uber-talented people: David Cook and Shayna Steele.
You may or not remember me talking about Shaynain the past, but if you have not I'd like to just tell you what an amazing talent she is. I urge you to go to her myspace profile and listen to her music namely the song What R We Giving. Her now-husband is pianist/writer/producer/arranger David Cook who has played/recorded with many (one of his most "recognizable" gigs he had was touring with N*Sync). He also has his own music which you can hear on his myspace page. They're like the Wonder Twins and their power is talent. "Shape of a Diva" "Form of a pianist!" (Eww...I just hear that out loud.)
Anyway, these two had so much love and friendship around them on their wedding day that it was hard to stop smiling. Their families are amazing, their friends are supportive and I'm so happy that I was part all of it.
CONGRATULATIONS again, Shayna and David. You two rock.
I was unsure if Johnny Depp was the best choice to play the title character in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (directed by Tim Burton) but I went with it. Today, however, it has been announced that the director's wife Helena Bonham-Carterhas been cast opposite Johnny as Mrs. Lovett. This. Is. WRONG!!! On Broadway the part was immortalized by Angela Lansbury in the late '70s, revisited by Beth Fowler in a scaled down version in the late '80s, then rediscovered by Patti LuPone this past year. And now Helena Bonham-Carter??? I can assure you that the only thing she'll do correctly is the accent.
Tim, the casting of your wife is obvious and shallow. Just how many women did you see for that particular part?
My guess is one.
P.S. Sorry I'm so bitter, it's just that it's one of, if not my favorite, musical.
Have you ever lost track of friends who you grew up with/went to school with? I have and am very curious to know what happened to them. Therefore I am posting a list of names here (and where they lived when I knew them) to call out to those who may either read this or know where these people are. Hey, it's worth a shot, right?
Artie Shaw (from Bridgeport CT)
Holly Thomas & Edward "Yubba" Thomas (Fairfield, CT),
Julie Smith (Fairfield, CT)
Chris Clune (Fairfield, CT)
Kate "Kaysha" Dwyer (Fairfield, CT)
Mark Coyan (Costa Mesa, CA)
Cheryl Huggins (Costa Mesa, CA)
EllenBuckley (Costa Mesa, CA)
Ponzer Berkman (Costa Mesa, CA)
and Jonathan T. Hemby (New Orleans, LA)
Just putting out into the universe, kids, and letting the universe do it's part.
DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE: 824
UPDATE: I have found all of these people except for Artie Shaw (from Bridgeport CT), Holly Thomas & Edward "Yubba" Thomas (Fairfield, CT), and Ellen Buckley.Anyone seen them??
1. I saw The Queen this weekend. It was fab, Helen Mirren was amazing, I wept for Diana.
My "Who Cares" Review: Go see it if not just for Helen Mirren alone.
2. I watched 4 DVDs on Saturday: X-Men 3, A Prairie Home Companion, Hard Candy, and Imitation of Life . Mutants are hot (see: Wolverine, Colossus, Mystique, Phoenix, etc.), Garrison Keillor is boring but Altman actors aren't, torturing pedophiles is fun, and why do fags always cry when they watch Lana Turner films?
My "Who Cares" Review: (X-Men 3) So-so. And too many rockin' mutants either die or are turned human. (Prairie...) Huh? What? I was asleep...sorry. (Hard Candy) Very intense, well-written, and brilliantly acted. Ellen Page is an amazing talent. (Imitation of Life) Loved, loved, loved. Not only was Sandra Dee rockin', but I'm now a huge Juanita Moore fan.
3. I just bought an iPod mixer (the iDJ2) to make my life that much easier when I spin future jobs. To think I'll only need to bring this baby and my iPod to jobs makes my shoulders and back sigh in relief.
My "Who Cares" Review: Dunno yet...I get it on Friday. Check back next week.
* I'm gonna haul my butt down to Daniel and Sweetie's Cornhole County party weekly. Last night was a whole lotta fun and I hope it becomes a Wednesday night institution in NYC. The venue (Otto's Shrunken Head) was kitschy perfection, the staff rocks, and the vibe was light and smile-inducing. Where else can you sing country karaoke with a few drag queens playing tambourine behind you?
Please join Lavinia Draper and myself TONIGHT as we celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary for The Lavinia Draper Lunacy Hour at Therapy. There's gonna be surprise guests, lotsa laughs, and a performance by yours truly.
If you've never seen this woman perform you are missing genius -- and I don't use that word lightly. She gives cabaret singing a new, hysterical edge which has to be seen to really appreciate. Trust me, you won't soon forget her.
Therapy (348 W. 52nd St. btw. 8th/9th) Tues. Oct. 11, 2006 Show starts promptly at 11pm
Tormented. Why is it I always want to squeeze her??
P.S. This is totally unrelated but Gwen Stefani's new song "Wind It Up" is playing in the music room (which is right next to my desk) and it is SLAMMIN'! It mixes electronica with "Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound Of Music with a back beat of marching band drums. MUST. HAVE. THIS. SONG. NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Hang on...now there's another Gwen song playing ("Candyland"). Methinks the powers-that-be are listening a few of the tracks from her upcoming album. They sound great, so far...
Shortbus gets reviewed in The New York Times and it's excellent. I'm very excited for John and hope the movie gets some major awards this year. He's too talented to not be recognized for his work... (or for his work on Hedwig, for that matter.)
Madonna adopts a 1 year-old boy in Malawi, Africa today. She has also given $3 million on "programs to support orphans" and will give an additional $1 million to a documentary about the children of Malawi's plight.
It's nice to hear good things in the news, isn't it?
P.S. I'm available for manny services if you need, Mrs. Richie.
UPDATE: Liz Rosenberg just killed the story and denied the claim. "I can confirm Madonna is in Malawi on a private visit. She is building an orphanage and child care center and is involved in other initiatives geared toward helping children orphaned by Aids thru the Raising Malawi organization. She has not adopted a baby despite reports that she has."
Who's worse? Rep. Mark Foley or House Speaker Dennis Hastert?
Mr. Foley has set back gays about 20 years by blaming his homosexuality-hence-his-actions on his being molested as a child. Yeah...that's why you're gay, Mark. And now he's in rehab for alchohol abuse and "mental issues"??
Mr. Hastert knew what was going on with Rep. Foley and "deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away." This man knew what was going on -- that young men were being sexually harrased -- and decided not to say anything. Why? And now he's denying he knew anything even though he was and is in charge of all the pages.