Picture it: Los Alamitos, CA. 1988. I am standing on a stage with 23 other seniors. 12 males. 12 females. I am dressed in a brown polyester tux with cream colored ruffled tuxedo shirt adorned with gold sequins. Fortunately this is a costume - not really the look I am working. This ugly-ass costume gets ripped off me (thanks to well placed Velcro) and underneath I have on a pair of white Levis and a short-sleeve blue sweatshirt top. I am singing "Do You Love Me?(Now That I Can Dance)", one of the hit songs off the soundtrack to the hit movie Dirty Dancing, with the same 23. We are rehearsing for the "Young Americans National Show Choir Invitational" where we will be representing the state of California as the best Show Choir in the state. We will also be competing. We are all considered ringers. This is all true.
Flash forward to New York, NY. 2008. I am sitting on my couch with my dog. I am dressed in A&F sweatpants and a Marc Jacobs t-shirt. This is the look I'm working - I call it "relaxation after work". I am watching TV. On the television is a new competition show called Dance Wars: Bruno vs Carrie Ann. It, too, is a show choir competition. It is disguised, however, as a dance competition with dancers who sings. They are all considered ringers. This makes me vomit in my mouth a little bit.
Wow! Who knew that 20 years later being in a show choir would be so chic? Yes, I realize this show is not supposed to be a show choir competition, but it is. They wear horrible costumes, dance half-ass to bad choreography and sing the most vanilla arrangements of songs that should be sung with flavor. If that's not a show choir, then what is it? Hmmm? Well, we can start by admitting it's not chic. Am I wrong?
All that being said, I wish Zach and Phillip were in my Show Choir when I was in High School. Especially Zach. I might have come out earlier.
I am very, very, VERY saddened by the news that Heath Ledger has died today.
From The New York Times: "At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building, at
421 Broome Street in SoHo, for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the
police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who
then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered,
the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr.
Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed, with pills scattered around his
body. They shook him, but he did not respond. They immediately called
He was an amazing actor and was just beginning to really show the world what he was capable of. From what I'd read and heard about him, he was also a genuinely kind, caring person. Such a huge loss to not only the entertainment community, but to those who knew him.
He did the gay community me as a gay man proud by giving such an honest performance as a man coming to terms with his homosexuality in Brokeback Mountain, and for that I once again applaud him.
A few years ago I wrote about a game that my friends and I play where we mash-up 2 movie titles together to create a whole new film. Here are some new ones that my roomate Ray, his boyfriend Alan and I came up with:
Xanadu The Right Thing,Shakespeare In Love Actually,The Good, The Bad News Bears & The Ugly,The Last Lion King of Scotland,Little MerMaid In Manhattan, The Neverending Toy Story, Dirty Harry and The Hendersons, The Pretty Women, and The Fabulous Baker Boys On The Side
Shallow Halloween, Earth Girls Are Easy Rider, Mean Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, How Stella Got Her Groove Back To The Future, and Velvet Gold Minority Report
While You Were Sleeping In Seattle, While You Were Sleeping With The Enemy, Beauty & The Beastmaster, and The Toy Story of Us.
1. Do they only go to the Meat Packing District to eat/drink/etc.? Caitlin eats breakfast at One (which is next door to The Gansevoort Hotel). Later that night, Zoe and her hot husband go for an engagement celebration at some unknown bar in MePa and get out of their cab directly across the street from One (in fact you can see both the restaurant and the hotel in the background). The next day, Juliet eats lunch at Wallse (which is more in the West Village, but REAL close to MePa) and leaves a message for her husband while is having adulterous hotel sex 7 short blocks away at, you guessed it, The Gansevoort. That evening, Mia takes a client for some after-hours food at Florent. The next morning, Juliet's husband is spotted by Zoe who just happens to be in a cab making it's way through MePa. Perhaps she's on her way to the new Apple Store on 14th. Unfortch, her car is driving the wrong way down a one way street (Greenwich St.).
2. Doesn't all this dialogue (and story lines) feel a little been-there-done-that? I'm not seeing anything fresh here... These women want to be cutting edge but they need to step up their game.
3. Lucy Liu is the only one who gets fierce clothes? What's that about?? Even the women on The L Word dress with a bit more flare. Come on, Pat Fields, sock it to us. (I will say that Lucy Liu does look flawless, however.)
If you know who Mel Cheren was, you might wanna see this. To say that he was legendary would be understating it. For immediate release:
"Please join us at a Memorial Service honoring and celebrating the life and
achievements of Mel Cheren. The Service will be held on the evening of
Thursday, January 17th at Saint Peter’s Church* in New York City between 7pm and
9pm, doors will open at 6:30pm. To help remember Mel, there will be a
blessing by Rabbi Cohen, performances by WestEnd recording artist Marty Thomas
who will perform “I Was Born this Way,” Tanya Gardner and Dawn Tallman who will
perform “Save a Place on the Dance Floor,” as well as testimonials by friends,
family members, and leaders in the music industry.
Church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets,
entrance on 54th between Lexington and Third.
A reception will be held
immediately following the Service at Mel’s place, the Colonial House Inn located
at 318 West 22nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues (website: http://www.colonialhouseinn.com ).
Colonial House Inn was not only Mel’s residence but is also an award winning
bed and breakfast operating for over 20 years. The reception will be held in the
lobby which houses some of Mel’s original artwork as well as The 24 Hours for
Life Gallery. A gallery Mel dedicated to the late artist, Keith Haring, who
designed the logo for 24 Hours for Life, an AIDS charity Mel founded and fiscal
sponsor for LIFEbeat.
Donations in Mel’s honor can be made to GMHC, 119
West 24th Street , New York, New York 10011; The LGBT Community Center at 208
West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011; or LIFEbeat, 630 9th Avenue Suite
1010 New York, New York 10036.
Mel’s book, “My Life and the Paradise
Garage” and other West-End and Paradise Garage memorabilia will be available for
purchase, the proceeds to go to the three named organizations.
*Same church where Larry Levan’s memorial was held