Just spreading some end-of-year music around. I call this my...
Yes, there are about 50 songs. I got a little addicted to ProjectPlaylist. :)
Enjoy it! And have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and an abundant 2008!
Just spreading some end-of-year music around. I call this my...
My pal David (bartender at Akbar) is posting a webisodic series he made to YouTube.
It's a melodramatic, gay soap opera. Hilarious stuff. Or at least something to enjoy while the strike is on. Hey, maybe ABC should put it one after they run out of new Desperate Housewives!
His YouTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/homewreckerhouseboy
Here's the preview vid:
Janet Harvey and I were covering House of Diehl's STYLE WARS: Style Battle Championship LA for Going.com
It was an awesomely cool event where 8 designers competed against each other in 5 minute real-time design challenges and runway walk-offs. (Sort of like an MC battle.)
The styles very "couture, impossible to wear" designs, and one of the judges was Jody Watley who is still incredibly beautiful. (You can read more about it here.)
At one point, in reference to the design pictured below, we had the following exchange:
Me: Hey doesn't that look like something out of Dune?
Janet: Like a Bene Gesserit?
Janet: Wow, did we just totally nerd up a fashion event?
"A gay gamer wrote in and tipped us off to what happened when he decided to come out to his fellow online players during a recent game of Halo 3 by using the gamertag "xxxGayBoyxxx". He recorded the video (audio NSFW).
"xxxGayBoyxxx writes, on his YouTube page: 'Other than maybe a quick 'hello' to the chat room or a request to 'veto', I didn't ever say anything first or taunt anyone. What was said by these players was initiated by them with no provocation on my part. The vast majority of the times I wouldn't even respond back so the audio would be clear.'"
Art Crawl X starts tonight and goes on through this weekend here in Los Angeles. A couple of weeks ago I went and checked out the new Solid Gallery One which just opened on Silver Lake Blvd. Tonight marks their first show and opening reception for a new collection of solo works by Ryan Graeff. Check out my visit:
And that's just the start of my art crawling tonight. I'll be checking out the following events in the order listed:
America Ferrera, Michael Urie, Becki Newton, Parminder Nagra, Linka Cardellini, Zachary Quinto, Jack Coleman, Sara Ramirez and many others ham it up to benefit Local AIDS Charities at the 2nd Annual Hot In Hollywood event.
The amazing Michael Medico began Hot In Hollywood as a project when he was a participant in the Self-Expression and Leadership Program. My friend Wonder Bright who was also one of the founders invited me.
The project has been embraced by the community and taken on a life of it's own. It was a truly inspriring evening.
Here's a shot of America Ferrera, tassles on her bustier and all, as well as the HiH dancers.
The new Annie Lennox single "SING" featuring Madonna and a host of other female artists has leaked. Here is the link.
And here is the video from her upcoming single "Dark Road."
Both songs are from her upcoming album Songs of Mass Destruction which is on my "must-buy" list. Actually, it is my "must-buy list. Don't know what it is about Lennox, but she just gets me every time.
The Results are announced and Elliott, Mr. Take-a-Hike LA is the winner.
As part of last year's grand prize package Mr. Gay LA '06, Jimmy Waters, received an illustration I did of himself as a superhero. And here's a clip of him saying goodbye.
Mr. Gay Estonia gets friendly with the locals. Me and Tony after the show.
Ross Mar and a friend. We were cheering on our pal Daniel Miagany.
Dennis Hensley and some of the contestants during the show. Me, Steven Blank from PinkMafiaRadio.com and Daniel after the show.
What if you video-blogged Comic-Con without actually having Comic-Con in any of the videos?
Tim Fish and I set out to do that. The result: 2 clips that feature some of the highlights of Con itself, and 10 clips that feature me and Tim hanging out in hotels, talking about guys, mulling over which party to go. It's a bizarre, behind-the-scenes look at Comic-Con International.
The shit above is Anderson Gabrych posing with his favorite thing at Comic-Con.
I have to highlight this one, because it was so immediately popular once I uploaded it. My friend Joanne, a producer and development exec, always joins us for Con and at The Big Gay Dinner. Hanging out with her at Comic-Con is one of my favorite things, and several of the following video-blogs feature hijinks in her hotel room.
Tim and I ponder sleeping arrangements. And a clip with my favorite bits of the Conventions and Roger Klorese of Prism Comics talks about gay comics.
Tim and I discuss "The Comic-Con Dress." Later we ponder what to do with our evening.
We discuss which party to go to and long-haired guys. Tim in his underwear!
Joanne joins us at Baja Fresh. An incident with the champagne.
Joanne makes a confession and we talk size comparisons. A fond fairwell Comic-Con.
And here's a bonus clip of Joanne and I discussing the bedding at The Westin vs. the decor at The Sofia Hotel. Riveting!
I spent last Wednesday through Sunday down at Comic-Con International. I'm amazed at how huge it is now. Saturday was sold out in advance, and Friday sold out during the event itself. The WB was handing out these huge bags that one fan wore on Sunday:
As usual I stayed with my friends Brian (who is now a viral video star due to "It's all because the gays are getting married...") and Tim Fish, artist and writer of Cavalcade of Boys. I just uploaded 72 pictures to my photostream, and here are some highlights:
Chandler from LuckyLegendary as The Midnighter. Two amazing Masters of the Universe costumes, Lockjaw and Evil-Lyn.
The Iron Man prototype armor from the upcoming movie! Some guy in gold speedos. Don't ask.
Jose Villarrubia, Marc Andreyko and I at The Big Gay Dinner - Year 5. Me and Jabba the Hutt.
Please check out all the rest of the photos from Comic-Con here.
I started this out five years ago at Comic-Con as a small get-together with some other gay comics industry folks and our friends, both queer and straight. The name was just my ironic nod to South Park.
I think it's a testament to the unity and enthusiasm of the people that come, that it has lived into that name, and become a large, inclusive, and just all-out fun event that folks look forward to every year. I'm honored that the community embraced it.
More from Hard Heroes 4 at MJ's! In the clip above I asked everyone, "Which superhero they would like to be... and which superhero they would like to do?" Aquaman seemed like a surprisingly popular choice. Who knew?
The clip features lots of awesome guys including Trevor Wayne, Ian O'Phelan, Tobias Trost, Sean Platter, David LeBarron, Justin Hall, Steve MacIsaac, Ken Knox, the folks from Lucky Legendary and The LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!
Ted Abenheim and Eddie "Sister Erotica" Hibbs put together this benefit for Being Alive LA with help from the LA Sisters and a host of sponsors. I was there as one of the featured artists with the Prism Comics contingent.
There are pics and another video in my previous post. I'll post more photographs and another clip soon. (Busy getting ready for Comic-Con!)
The above clip features Leawyn and Justice from LuckyLegendary telling me their superhero fantasy. On Sunday we were at MJ's for Hard Heroes 4, a benefit for Being Alive LA, where I was one of the featured artists. (Thanks to Ted Abenheim of Prism for asking me and organizing it.)
More clips and pictures from the event coming soon. So check back!
Gearing up for Comic-Con, I'm involved in two hugely fun events this weekend. So if your weekend can take this much action from both ends (Friday and Sunday) I invite you to come along!
On Friday Rick Castro and I are throwing the Feed Your Fetish Barbecue at the Antebellum Gallery. It's the closing celebration for the Toonfetish exhibit that is up right now. I promise it will be a sizzling summer soirée. We're screening "Kizuna" the first gay anime (yaoi), and Joe Phillips' adult cartoons "Stonewall & Riot" and "House of Morecock!" Suds 'n wieners will be served. (Click the image above left for details.)
On Sunday I'm one of the featured artists at the Hard Heroes party that Instigator Magazine is putting on at MJ's as a benefit for Being Alive LA. I went to the last HH party, and these are tons of fun. Lots of hotties in spandex... if that's your thing. And really, who isn't in to that?! (Click the image above right for details.)
Two clips of legendary blues and gospel singer Linda Hopkins surprising the local Silver Lake patrons of The Other Side piano bar with an impromptu jam session accompanied by Sonji Kimmons. I had to stopped by Other Side after some art openings and before heading over to Akbar just in time to catch this golden moment. She sang "Down Home Blues" and "Everyday I Have the Blues."
Each collection at S B London builds on the one before. Here's a clip of the artist and industrial designer Stacie London sharing her thoughts on it. Also a shot of Stacie and friends at the opening reception for "REALization" the exhibit of industrial art currently running.
If you watched the clip, yes Shelayna did make it there after all. There she is with me and Lesley, and there's a shot of the forms from the new collection. The piece in the background is from "TRANSformation," the previous series.
[Check out more in my Art Opening photoset on Flickr.]