Wednesday, December 31, 2008
December 15, was time for Jim Caruso's Cast Party! It was so much fun to add a little of my special kind of glitz and glamour to the famous party held at the legendary Birdland Jazz Nighclub! I loved meeting Paul Shaffer, the band leader from Late Night with David Letterman! Paul is also a songwriter and he treated us to hit song he wrote, It's Raining Men, recorded by the Weather Girls! I also love meeting the cast members from Altar Boys, Off-Broadway Musical hit again! Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
One of the most highly-anticipated and best attended Holiday season parties in New York City is Alan Roskoff‘s annual Yuletide bash. Alan is a civil rights advocate and is president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. This year, his soiree took place at a Chelsea NYC party loft and wound up turning into a hilarious parody of My Big Fat Gay Wedding! In a satirical performance, nuptial vows were exchanged by impersonations of same sex “lovebirds” – openly Lesbian City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who were both dressed in Drag. Each wore lace and flowing wedding gowns as our host Roskoff presided over the ceremony in sacred bishop’s garb. “Quinn” vowed to continue to “love, cherish and obey” the “Mayor.” The performance was held to underscore the massive disappointment in Quinn’s support of Bloomberg’s altering of term-limit laws that have been approved twice by voters, an action that has been criticized as un-democratic and disrespectful of the voting citizenry. Roskoff sent a serious message but presided over a festive ceremony nonetheless!! There was a three-tier wedding cake and, in the faux wedding, I was a bride’s maid and entrepreneur Scott Talbolt was best man. “
I was thrilled and honored to be a performer in another special concert performance in recognition of World AIDS Day benefiting the Our Youth organization, serving LGBTQ youth in Jersey City. Drag and Recording artists gave a wonderful performance to raise funds and to send the recognize the concerns and problems faced by Queer youth. I was honored to be included in a show with other Drag Queen performers like Lartiza Dumont, Britney Houston, Sugga Pie Koko, Tiana Sheridan, Vanessa Valtre and Recording Artists like Lovari, Bry'nt, Lori Michaels and many others.
The event, called "AIDS is a Drag, Wrap it Up!" took place on December 6 at Our Youth Center in Jersey City and included a delicious dinner in addition to the show!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
[Photos: Keith Harring Poster / Empire State Building in red / Lady Clover Honey / LCH with Sunday Boy / Lady Clover Honey / Lady Clover Honey with Pedro Angel Serrano / Jed Ryan, LCH and Pedro Angel Serrano]