Homeward Bound, L.G Comes Home

A Country-dance pop album, a height defying Super bowl performance, an A-list Hollywood film in the making and a Netflix Original; what do these items have in common?

A person named Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, A.K.A Lady Gaga. She may not be flawless but she has calculated her artistry with such precision that it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch her career in all of its trans-formative glory. Starting from a dynamically radical concert at a dive bar in Fort Lauderdale on April 08, 2009 to a sold-out Mets stadium in New York City on August 25, 2017.

 

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Back in 2009, I distinctly remember my friend asking me if I’d like to watch this person by the name of Lady Gaga (a New York based artist) for $20 dollars. To which my response was, why would I pay to watch a Drag show? Needless to say I had no idea what I was about to experience let alone personally discover. Hesitantly, I went expecting to stand in the back of this bandbox venue sweating as I eye the emergency exits for a speedy departure. Upon entering, a series of avant-garde videos of LG are projected unto a screen as she pays homage to Andy Warhol and self-titles herself Candy Warhol in search for “The Fame.”

 

 

Over time LG has not only created musical performances and catchy songs (Bad Romance, Speechless and Million Reasons) but has managed to take the fashion world by storm with her creative collaborations’ and has helped LGBTQ Homeless youth gain access to support and safety in creating the Born This Way Foundation. The only prisons that exist are the ones we put ourselves in and she has managed to breakout from every cell with unparalleled gumption & a diamond heart.

 

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In recalling last weeks moments at her Joanne World Tour in New York City, 40,000 fans from around the globe united and danced to L.G’s album Joanne. Filled with prismatic rainbow pianos, hydrolytic lifts and diamond encrusted outfits new and old fans alike are left joyously dancing back home.

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The Not So Distant Future

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The fifth installment in the popular and extremely successful X-Men franchise knocks it out of the park. I had to privilege of attending the global premier of X-Men: Days of Future Past this week on May 10th, 2014. Director Bryan Singer definitely steps up his A game with an A-list cast of stars; Possibly the largest assortment of A-list actors ever to join forces on the big screen. So big in fact your going to want to see it in I-max 3D. The movie sets the stage in the not so distant future where a few of the remaining X-Men have to join together to travel back in time, in order to change an event that will lead to the decimation of the human race. Merging two timelines from the initial X-Men movies with The story of X-Men: Future Class. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat while tantalizing your visual senses with some pretty nifty fight scenes that are both innovative and fun to watch. My favorite scene in the film would have to be the display of quicksilver’s powers when going against a group of governmental mercenaries in attempts to break into the pentagon. The quirkiness of Evan Peter’s character in using his super fast reflexes to save the day is not only hysterical but also very stylized in stop motion 3D effects. This blockbuster film does not solely rely on the special effects to carry the content of the film but is heavily reinforced by the genuinely talented actors that bring depth to the characters from the ever-popular comic book series. The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender Nicolas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Sy and Josh Helman. The film will not only show the impact of our decisions today but will also test the will of mankind in attempts to unite to protect an unknown future. This is a definite must see and by far the best X-Men movie created to date, Way to go Bryan Singer!

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Violet looks to cure the soul

 

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The journeys we take in life are varied, usually unexpected and sometimes chock full of surprises. Venturing forth into the unknown, placing one foot in front of the other without the assurance that one is heading in the right direction can be a daunting and paralyzing feeling. All we have in life is the faith and confidence in ourselves to provide reassurance in the decision and direction we choose to take in life. This is also the story of Violet, written by Brian Crawley and currently playing on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater. Violet is the story of a girl who was horribly disfigured at a young age and has lived her life in solidarity and solace with her Father. Longing to be beautiful, touched and happy she packs her bags, prays for a miracle and heads East on a Greyhound bus in hopes of finding a healer that can cure her disfigurement. She throws herself into the harshness of society fearlessly with no abandon in a manner that can only be described as inspiring. The role of Violet is played by Tony winner Sutton Foster, laying all insecurities down on center stage while making herself vulnerable with performances that will make you cry, laugh and root for her. The strength and power of her voice that accompanies her soft image, edifies Fosters role in the Broadway community making her an American staple, which can only be described as powerful, strong, and gentle. I could not think of a better person suited for the role of Violet. Being a softy at heart, I walked into this production with high hopes and I was very content with the results. It’s a great story that leaves the message to live life fearlessly while having faith in the unknown. Paired with a talented cast including Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry alongside a live band on stage, Violet is an empowering story that will show that the best cure for the soul is love.

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What lays Under the Skin

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As the quiet nothingness fills the theater with an eerie and haunting silence, one is shown a full close up of the mesmerizingly beautiful Scarlett Johansson in the new film Under the Skin, which will capture your attention from the very first scene. The film and story is taken on and directed by Jonathan Glazer whom is known for his other films such as Birth and Sexy Beast. He presents the story of a young and mysterious women’s journey throughout Scotland while searching for the understanding of humanity. This search paves the way for a spellbinding and thought provoking hour and forty five minutes, which will explore the themes of sexual desire, regret, guilt and manipulation. Walking into the multiplex I must confess, I was not very well informed on its story or subject matter. I just knew that Scarlett Johansson stared in the Sci-Fi film and I will admit that I have a HUGE Grush (Gay Crush) for Miss Johansson. Aside from her strong and career changing performance, the picture is paired with beautiful cinematography which Glazer has meticulously put together frame by frame as he constructs his masterpiece. Every piece of the film tells a story in which will guide you through a journey of human exploration that will provide nourishment to all the senses, while making you question every action the main character chooses to partake in. Imagine watching a film so raw, imaginative and philosophically deep that will bring forth a series of questions such as, what is humanity? What consists of being human? And what motivates one to selfishly attain power when it comes to the detriment of another person? The growth one will encounter as these questions and answers build upon each other, is an artistic and unique experience that is visually put together by Glazer’s vision. Scarlett provides her body as a blank canvas to portray these questions showcasing her ability and versatility as an actress. Whether you’re a Sci-Fi aficionado or just a ScarJo follower this film will leave you content and asking the question what’s under YOUR skin?

Watch the Trailer for Under the Skin!

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One Final Applause

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The lights fade, the confetti has fallen and the static from the speakers buzz with the low hum of Lady Gaga’s song G.U.Y closing down the legendary Roseland Ballroom on April 7, 2014. This will also be the last show the historic venue will host before being torn down and turned into a 42-story apartment complex in the midtown section of New York City. Songstress Lady Gaga had the honor to pull the plug on the ballroom while demarcating the longest residency an artist has had at the venue. Playing 7 shows within the span of two weeks during the twilight hours of the venues life, and I have to say it was a party of EPIC proportions. From the moment Mother monster steps unto the stage wearing fishnet stockings, underwear and heels that would make a drag queen cry she commands the audience and owns the stage with a fierce dominance edifying her talent as a live artist. Taking on a set list of songs from her catalogue of hits including Bad Romance, Just Dance, Born This way, Poker Face and her latest Applause. She gives the venue the send off it properly deserves. While interacting with the audience and expressing her sorrow for the venues last curtain call. She managed to bring the party to a slow dance while performing a broken down version of You and I and her teary eyed ballad Dope. Aside from her recent projects and backlash from the public eye, when Gaga takes the stage she is home in the warm embrace of her fans while highlighting that she is a truly talented artist and live performer. This is the Gaga I Love, Appreciate and Celebrate. She makes any one attending her show feel empowered and inspired to be creative and ultimately comfortable to just be who they are. That’s a gift all in its own, the ability to make other people feel. All her shows were sold out to capacity (3200 people to be exact) giving a chance for New Yorkers to say their final farewell to the walls that have hosted legends such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Fiona Apple. Also home to special events such as Hillary Clinton’s birthday, Gay circuit parties, and Ella Fitzgerald’s band Chick Webb. It saddens me to say farewell for the hardest thing in life is to say goodbye, who would have thought four walls and a sturdy dance floor could have so much to say, if they could speak.

For more information on Lady Gaga’s projects and a list of tour dates CLICK HERE

Hedwig Rocks Broadway

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We are all on a quest to discover the origin of love, the quest may be long and tedious but John Cameron Mitchell makes that expedition a bit easier by showcasing an intelligent and extremely innovative production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco theater on Broadway. The show follows a German man who was born on the wrong side of the wall in East Berlin, under the oppression of the communist party while confused by his own sexual identity. All he wished for was to be liberated and freed so that he may participate in a world where love was possible. The lead role played by the very talented Neil Patrick Harris takes you on a journey where anything IS possible. The ability to dream, want, love while sacrificing ones social pretenses and gender to find fulfillment in living a life where one can be who they chose to be. Paired along with a live rock n roll band, Hedwig will usher you along a tale of oppression, self discovery and hope while making you laugh so hard that you won’t be able to get up out of your seat. In walking into the Belasco Theater, I must admit that I had never seen the successful cult film in which the show is based off of. I only knew that it was a Rock N Roll show featuring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. Given the little knowledge I had, I found myself stunned at the innovative way director Michael Mayer chose to tell you this unique and fascinating story. While making you laugh and cry as Hedwig bares all on the stage transcending beyond the fourth wall captivating audiences with a story everyone can relate too. Whether one looks for acceptance by wearing a wig, changing their outfit, or their gender we all just want to love and be loved in return. This is a definite must see and I predict a Major player in the Tony awards this 2014 season!

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Glowing at the Globes 2013

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Movies and television provide us a ticket to a vast world where anything is possible… even peeing next to James Marsden! Yes readers, I have had another encounter with the famous and fabulous in a Hollywood men’s room. You may recall my recent restroom run-in with Adam Levine at the 2012 Golden Globes and now a year later here I was washing up next to the Cyclops himself at one of the entertainment industry’s biggest nights, the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

It started with a 7am wake-up call in my Vegas hotel room. Having just had a couple nights sleep from my night of partying in Sin City (No details what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas), all I wanted in the world was to shut my eyes and go back to sleep, but when the caller on the other end of the phone reminded me it was Sunday, January 13th, I shot out of bed. So much to do! I had to get my hair done, grab my swankiest suit, and rent a car to race across the desert to LA. I made it to the Beverly Hilton just in the nick of time to hit the red carpet, where there was no shortage of beauty and champagne as the sun started to set on the Hollywood Hills.

I stood in my designated area as Ryan Seacrest, ushered by with a huge team of people to start his red carpet Pre-show. Over the next hour, I gawked at one A-lister after another: Julianne Moore, Mario Lopez, Adele and so many more. Most just whisked by right but a few stars stopped and chatted with us. I had the pleasure to ask Jennifer Lawrence “How does it feel to be distinguished as one of Hollywood’s newest and most talented actress?” She nervously chuckled and thanked me for the compliment, then responded with “I just do what I love.” And now I love her even more.

Soon, I made my way inside the theater, where Tina Fey and Amy Poehler came out to start off the show. Between their one-line zingers and hilarious commentary, no one could keep a straight face. My favorite joke of the night was “Quentin Tarantino is the star of all my sexual nightmares.” Later in the night, I cheered as my new BFF (whether she knows it or not) Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. Full of happiness and one too many cocktails, I made my way to the men’s room, where I mentioned before I had the honor of using the urinal next to the gorgeous James Marsden (and no readers, I didn’t peek). I washed my hands, and returned to my seat just in time to watch the Best Picture award go to Argo!

Now it was the time for my favorite part of the night, the after parties. First stop, the NBC after-party where the Saturdays preformed live, I got to meet Kate Hudson, Helena Bonham Carter and Hugh Jackman. After that, I reached a sugar high bliss after engorging myself at the decadent Godiva chocolate table. I ended my night at the Weinstein party where I got to meet Ben Affleck (still glowing from his best director win). Vanessa Williams and the cast of GIRLS rubbing elbows with the best in Hollywood was an incredible start for 2013. Sure glad the Mayans were wrong about their predictions for 2012 and the sky didn’t really fall.

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Glowing at the globes 2013

Golden Globes 2012

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The champagne is flowing, the red carpet is steamed, and everyone is ready to catch a glimpse of the who’s who at the 2012 golden globes…. Including ME! Yes, I had the privilege of attending this year’s Golden Globes. The prestige of the ceremony was great, but it’s absolutely nothing compared to the awe I experienced rubbing elbows with the rich and fabulous at the various after parties. Imagine it, celebrities everywhere. Kim Kardashian at one table having a drink with Idina Menzel, George Clooney snapping a photo with Madonna, all of them enjoying the great music, the open bar, and some of the most FANTASTIC food on Earth. Hollywood’s crème de la crème are here, and they are starving! You see an awards show is much like a glamorous but very stressful six hours of non-stop work with no food in sight. From the moment you step out of your limo and onto the red carpet the nation’s eyes are on your every move. You can’t be caught on camera munching on a steak. So when these parties start, everyone runs to the food stations like a pack of starving orphans, and in the middle of all this madness, was a very hungry Sarah Michelle Gellar. I had overheard her say she needed a table and couldn’t find a vacant one in sight. This was my chance to help out my childhood idol. Buffy herself needed somewhere to sit, and I could be the one to help! I immediately sprang into action grabbed a security guard, and presented myself as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s assistant. I demanded he get her a table ASAP. The security guard quickly moved people along out of a nearby table, so she and her guests could occupy it. I told her the good news to SMG and she thanked me with a huge elated smile, and a hug. I thought the night couldn’t get any better, and then I made a pitstop in the restroom. As I headed towards a stall, the door swung open and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine stepped out right in front of me! In my head I quickly ran through a series bathroom-appropriate conversation starters, and what do I come up with? “Hey Adam, my friends say I’ve got the moves like Jagger too!” he looked perplexed while I just smiled, and eventually he laughed and asked, “oh really?” Wow, I thought, I may have just come across as the biggest dork alive, but I just made Adam Levine laugh! Man, I LOVE award show season!

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Music’s Biggest Night, Grammys 2012

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The Grammy Awards, it’s the music industry’s biggest night of the year, filled with crazy outfits, amazing performances, and memorable moments that will live on in history, and I got to be a part of it! I stood on the famous red carpet and witnessed stars rolling in. Lady Gaga draped in a black fish net veil with her long black talon-like fingernails wrapped around her ominous gold scepter. She floated by with a presence reminiscent of Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin, while Adele, breezed by, with a British flair, and a quirky laugh that filled the air. Just hours before sweeping the awards and bringing the entire 20,000 person audience at Staples Center to their feet, with her comeback performance of Rolling in the Deep. From my seat at the show, just one row behind Paris Hilton, I cheered while Katy Perry debuted her new song, Part of Me and Nicki Minaj bewildered the crowd with her elaborate theatrical number, and I wept silently while a heavy sadness filled the theater during Jennifer Hudson’s AMAZING tribute performance to the late, great Whitney Houston. All of this was such a thrill, but the real excitement began after the show. I first ran into the Dancing on My Own singer Robyn, who confessed to be packing her own snacks for the Grammy Awards. “I brought these from home,” she told me, showing off her zip-lock baggy full of peanuts. I wanted to talk to her about her snacking habits, but I had to race to my hotel, change out of my suit, and head over to the House of Blues for an EPIC after party that included the first ever live performance of Rhianna and Calvin Harris’s hit song We Found Love along with incredible sets from Sebastian Ingrosso and Deadmau5, who showed off his new LED mau5 head. An hour or so into the party, I smooth talked my way into the VIP section, where I again ran into Paris Hilton and her beau Afrojack. She actually remembered me from sitting behind her during the show, and invited me to sit and party at her table!! This was by far the highlight of my night. I spent hours chatting and laughing with Paris and her crew. I learned so much about her. Despite her reputation for being a vacant party girl, she proved to be really nice and a blast to hang out with. I felt like she was just one of my friends from back home in Florida. All in all, the Grammys were amazing, now I can¹t wait to see whom I get to meet for my next Name Droppers column.

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