One Final Applause

LY Lady Gaga Roseland Marquee

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.

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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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Aspen Gay Ski Week

I can’t think of a better way to spend the week than skiing down a gorgeous snowcapped mountain surrounded by gay men and women from around the world. Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, 11,000 feet in the air, Aspen, Colorado has always been known for its freshly powdered ski runs, designer boutique stores and the million dollar mountain top mansions overlooking majestic landscapes. Aspen is also the home to the nation’s largest and longest running Gay Ski Week.

Celebrating its 36th year, Gay Ski Week brings in thousands of visitors from all over the world, looking to enjoy the world-class skiing and luxurious accommodations by day, and crazy dance parties into the wee hours of the night. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s ski week and I must say, it was an unforgettable adventure. In my last column I wrote about the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. This adventure began the very next morning, when my friends and I jumped on a plane from LA and headed straight to beautiful Denver, Colorado. From Denver, it’s a three-hour drive to Aspen, but that did faze us. The sights on this drive were so incredible. The snow-covered mountains and rows and rows of evergreen trees all looked to be straight out of a Christmas card.

Once we arrived in Aspen, we couldn’t wait to hit the slopes. I’d love to tell you that I was an immediate natural skier, but sadly that would be a lie. Skiing is so much more athletic than you’d think, and I embarrassingly fell to the ground time and time again. I’m sure it looked hilarious and my pride took a hit, but I survived. After a couple hours, my ski suit was covered in snow and I was in serious need of a drink. Luckily, there are bars everywhere! After our skiing adventure, we went to the host hotel, where every afternoon after the ski slopes close they host a huge hot tub party sponsored by Svedka and Bud Light. Drinks were served, live DJ’s spun and they even had a free swag room with everything from caps, beanies, Iphone cases and bottle openers, which were all free to attendees. It was a hoarder’s dream, come true. But the real focus of the party was the hot tubs! Now you may be wondering who in their right mind would get into an itsy bitsy gay bathing suit in 8 degree weather, but with about 500 beautiful people lounging in hot tubs, jam packed with hot bodies and good music, everyone manages to stay pretty warm. The hot tub party made a great way to start the week off by mingling, while making new friends and forming fun ski groups for the days to come.

After every hot tub party there’s a different nightly fundraising event for the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian fund. These events range from mountaintop dance parties, hockey games and comedy shows starring big name comedians like Drew Carey and Brandon Walsh. My Favorite event was on the final night, after a week of skiing some amazing runs and making a ton of new friends it was time to throw on our bathing suits one more time and end the week with an all out indoor dance pool party that included open bar, catered food, water slides, and even a lazy river. Whether you consider yourself a pro skier or a beginner, whether you enjoy fine dining and indulgent shops or just want to make some great memories with your friends, Aspen Gay Ski Week has something for everyone. Put this event in your calendars now. You’ll thank me for it!

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Aspen Gay Ski Week

Splish Splash the Boy’s are in Mickeys Bath

Splish, splash there’s boys in Mickey’s bath. Summer is officially in full swing, and what better way to get the party started than dancing the night away in happiest place on earth, Disney World! Gay Days 2012 was a blast! I had the pleasure of staying at the wonderland host hotel Lake Buena Vista Palace. The festivities all began with a “Pool Party” that Mother Nature forced into one of the hotel’s ballrooms, located right near the front desk, so as guests checked in, they were greeted by pulsing beats, dancing drag queens, and occasional sing-alongs to “Call Me Maybe”. Soon after, my friends all arrived and we headed out to Typhoon Lagoon for their One Magical Night dance party. Imagine it, a huge water park blasting dance music, filled to the brim with crazy inebriated gay men swooshing down waterslides, and dancing through the lazy river until two in the morning! But have no fear readers, the adventures did not end at two, it was just time for the next party. The host hotel put up “The Tunnel Party” from midnight until 7 am for all those late night partygoers, such as myself. There’s nothing like leaving a giant circuit party in time to watch the sun come up. There was just enough time for a couple hours sleep, before waking up to the “whomp whomp whomp” sound of bass bursting thru my balcony door, letting me know it’s time for my friends and I to get up, throw on our tiniest bathing suits, and head down to the Pool Party for a day of sun, more dancing, and making lots of new friends. Good thing I came prepared with my favorite chap stick BEEcause to keep my lips hydrated.

One of my favorite parts of Gay Days is meeting people from all over the world. I met people from Germany, Argentina, Australia, and the UK, everyone gathers around the pool for an all-day party in the Florida sunshine. We spent a couple hours at the pool party, before making our way to the Magic Kingdom, where a sea of people in red shirts (part of Gay Days tradition is to go to the Magic Kingdom dressed in red to let the world know you are gay) Those Brazilian tour groups didn’t know what hit ‘em. A few hours and a short nap later, we were off to the world famous Parliament Hose to check out Chaka Khan live! The club set up a huge foam pit, 3 dance floors, and a plethora of vendor booths to buy all kinds of gay-themed trinkets such as underwear, riding crops, and of course 3D porn. There’s no other place in the world where you can hear Chaka Kahn belting “I Feel For You” while you and your friends are dancing in a foam pit wearing your newly purchased leather harness. It was a surreal and almost overwhelming experience. Sunday was the day I had to call it quits because I was officially partied out. I spent my remaining hours on property laying out by the pool and enjoying the company of my friends reflecting on the wild hot weekend I’d just (barely) lived through. Gays Days definitely has something for everyone. If you haven’t experienced it first hand, try to put it on your calendar for next year, and don’t forget to pack your red shirt. Next event for me will be NYC pride! Can’t wait to see what shenanigans I will find myself in this time.

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Splish Splash boys in Mickeys Bath