Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
As an unexpected surprise, we ran into friends John Carrozza and Doug Prinzivalli who produced the film Socket.
They were in attendance with their friend Peter, who some of you may know as Artemisboy.
Peter comments on the blog from time to time and he's a big Wonder Woman fan, so it was neat to finally meet him.
Steve was also very kind to dish out some $$ and buy me a souvenir T-shirt. I mean, really, when will you EVER have the opportunity to get one?
Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet her (thus destroying this year's Christmas photo postcard) but the show was fun, the music was great (all standards, cabaret style), she looked amazing, and she even did a little Wonder Woman tribute.
Oh, and she did a little scatting. Yeah. Nothing better than seeing a giant white woman scat on stage. Genius!
We couldn't have asked for a better night.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
In Thousand Oaks. I know, we might as well be driving to Tarzana, but it's a small price to pay to see her live.
I wonder if I should dig out my Lynda Carter "Portrait" album for her to autograph... Depending on the time tomorrow before we leave, I just might, but i don't want to be lugging it into the theater.
Anyway, there are many things I hope to come from this event.
I hope she rocks out like in the picture above.
I also hope many celebs come to see her perform-- like Florence Henderson did when Lynda sang in Hollywood.
I also hope we can get a fast meet and greet with Lynda. I've interviewed her twice but never met her in person. It could be a really fun night (even though we're driving to Thousand Oaks).
And yes, you can judge us for our gayness. We don't care. We know you're just jealous.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You can buy them at ThinkGeek!
And don't forget about our "Roslin for President" bumper stickers and T-shirts. You can choose from different shirt styles, fits, and prices.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We did this random thing with Absolut vodka to help the environment. Basically, if we bought an Absolut drink they donated $$ to a green-friendly cause. Well, we're all about Absolut Mandarin drinks (and the environment) so it was a win-win. Here we were taking a pic supporting the cause.
After that, we hooked up with our friend Robert from NY. He reps writers-- um, like me-- and handsome / smart writers like Frank Spinelli, MD.
Frank wrote The Advocate Guide to Gay Men's Health and Wellness, which is a great book that's both informative and entertaining. Seriously, this is a great read, and if you get a chance to hear him speak you should.
Friday, April 18, 2008
The Snow White bird feeder comes in the shape of the wishing well.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Once again, we missed the pulse. But at least you can read about Byron and Juan's good time here.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Read about Ollie.
Read Disney's official obituary for Ollie, which covers his career.
Read Cartoon Brew from Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi (some of you animation and translated anime fans may recognize their names) who are posting updates, including words from Brad Bird and John Canemaker. Great animation site all around.
Monday, April 14, 2008
10 Notes Total
6 thanking me for coming/complimenting the presentation
4 Thanking me for my hotness
1 of those 4 included a phone number
1 other note told me to call but didn't leave a number.
There were more students present, so I'm thinking that basically a little less than half of the class didn't give a damn what I was talking about. I knew I should've worn looser pants.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Another group of bright, wonderful students. It was also great to see a mix, with straight guys and girls, lesbians, gay boys and all ages.
Ahh, to be young, gay and in college again. I don't normally have issues with getting older but being here was so energizing. I kind of wish I could experience some of it all over again (And by "some" I don't mean dealing with money issues, boy issues, and my ability to be passive-aggressive. I only want the good stuff.)
The students also gave me a gift... a Starbucks mug with notes inside it. I'm very curious to see what they wrote. Steve and I will read them at dinner tonight when I return to LA. Woo hoo!
I'll post any fun/funny/juicy/exciting notes on the blog next week!
Here I am talking about how High School Musical was the gayest movie ever with "undercover gay" coding. Yes, I'm talking about Ryan Evans, the drama queen.
I also included some bits from the TV Land Special, Tickled Pink, bunch of YouTube clips (including Alonso Duralde's sizzle reel for his book, 101 Must See Movies for Gay Men) and more.
Here are some other photos...
The class isn't happening next year, but hopefully when it resumes in two they'll have me back. I can't wait!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
These two kids, Rashell & Aaron, are ballroom dancers and were featured on last night's episode of Dancing with the Stars. They were lovely and won something. I don't know what because I was writing in the other room.
Anyway, as the two were being spotlighted Steve yelled, "Honey! You have to see this!" So I quickly tossed aside my keyboard and dashed into the other room.
Turns out, little Rashell collects snowglobes, and to prove it they showed her collection...
Through this bad, blurry TV image we could make out the following:
#1 - Steve's Princess Snowglobe
#2 - Steve's Beauty & The Beast globe
#3 - Steve's Tinkerbell globe from the Tink's Garden collection.
AND THEN, to make the episode even better, Kylie Minogue came on again to talk about her previous performance on the show. Which means Steve and Kylie were in an episode of something together! Kind of.
Whatever. We were very excited.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Steve got a cell phone! He hates them-- actually, he hates all technology-- so this was a big deal. He's very successfully avoided them over the years. He even uses pay phones now and then, which is only odd because he's horrified of germs and getting sick.
But with me working and not always being easily reachable, this was a necessity. I feel much better knowing he has one.
So on Saturday we showed it off at friend Anthony's wonderful birthday party.
Friend Michele and I cooked a big Greek-ish feast for everyone: mediterranean spiced chicken, hummus, eggplant and red pepper dip, fetuccini in a roasted red pepper feta sauce, grilled veggies in lemon garlic and olive oil, salad, and numerous other nibbly things I'm no doubt forgetting.
Here's the dinner party crew, with Steve texting on his new cell phone and not paying attention to anyone because that's what people do once they have cell phones.
Here's Anthony, who got a super cool gift for his baby daughter. Anthony loves Gary Coleman. His wife (I suspect) does not-- or at least not when it comes to her daughter donning Gary in public. I think this will be the only time someone in the family wears this shirt.
Anthony also loves Kentucky Fried Chicken, and last December Steve and I spotted this record album pinned to a restaurant wall. We quickly raced home and purchased a copy on eBay.
At our friend Anthony's birthday party on Saturday night, friend Frank excitedly told us he had followed a car around the block a couple times until he could snap a picture of the guy's license plate. Here it is... Let's get closer...
LA is not a huge city, and Frank and his wife don't live near us, so how random is that? AND how random is it that they would know it was important enough to follow some stranger until you could get a good enough picture to share with people in your life?
Only a wise and true friend would know this.
So now I'm thinking everyone should be on "Cher God Watch." You snap the pic, send it in. If you can get the driver with the disco ball hanging from his rearview mirror, you'll get a prize. Not sure what it is yet, but you'll get something...
Let the games begin!
Friday, April 04, 2008
What did we love in particular? Scotty had brand new remixes of Leona Lewis and Madonna's "4 Minutes." Scott has some connections/producing partners at Warner Music and this was the first time these tunes had been played in a club, which was very exciting.
There was quite an ecclectic mix of Hollywood types out that night, including some celebs whose names I won't mention. (Emmy winners, stars from theater, film and secret agent TV shows, etc.)
So who WILL I talk about?
We hung out with various people, including Rick Rifle, who some of you may know as a designer from Trading Spaces. Rick is going to be on the new season of HGTV's Designing for the Sexes. Here he is with Extreme Home Makeover editor, Wil Hernandez, and drunk versions of us.
Rick is super fun, and we can't wait to see his take on this show when it premieres next year.
Friend, actor, and voice actor on the animated Rick and Steve show, Wilson Cruz, was also there looking stunning between new friend Wil and Steve. I mean, seriously, this dude has come a long way from being Rickie on My So Called Life.
As always, Wilson was surrounded by hot guys. Here he is with his friend (who's a buddy of Scotty's) along with super DJ Scotty K.
Speaking of muscles, former porn star (really?) Trevor Knight was also there. This is not a picture of him from the club-- it's from his website-- but I was too shy to snap a pic of Steve and I with him at the club.
He was very lovely.
Another lovely treat was seeing director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, Bringin' Down The House). I've known Adam for years-- when we were both younger and he was choreographing movies like Boogie Knights-- so it was lovely hanging out with him for a bit and catching up.
Here Scotty is with numerous important people, including singer Debby Holiday. Scotty has remixed many of Debby's club hits (she's really an amazing singer and we love her). If you have a chance to see her perform at an event you should do it. This lady knows how to get a room moving!
Lots of big plans and promotions for upcoming Funktion events. One, which I can't give too many details on, involves Madonna's upcoming album release (April 29).
All I'm going to say is that if they offer the contest I've heard about, Steve's going to whip out some martial arts madness and kick everyone back while I use my newfound Cirque du Soliel skills to swing down from the rafters and steal the "prize" away from everyone in the club.
Seriously. It's going to be that amazing.
Weekend is here. More fun to come...
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
This year Mondo Homo was not required reading, though I'm told some students from the class have picked it up. Likewise, they won't be watching the special Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink. That means I'll be going through some of the material from the TV and movie chapters of the book with bits from the TV Land docu.
Perhaps I'll even do my best Wonder Woman impersonation-- or at least show it on the TV.
Sadly, Steve is caught up in a lot of stuff at work (you have heard about Disney possibly buying back The Disney Stores, right????) so he can't attend. And with our Portland trip we really can't afford another weekend out of town. So I'm flying up Thursday, spending the day in Sacramento, then flying back Friday night.
If you're one of the students from last year and want to swing by, contact Professor Johnnie Terry. If anyone else is interested, email me and I'll find out what the situation is. I'm scheduled for Friday, April 11th, and I think the class starts at 8:30am.
Oh, and I'm not exclusive. I'm a lecture whore. Anyone hosting a GBLT thing who wants me to come, let me know.