Saturday, January 31, 2009

Between Love & Goodbye Premiere

Between Love & Goodbye, the hit dramatic film by Casper Andreas had its New York City Premiere screening at Chelsea Clearview Cinema! The gala premier was fantastic and the after-party was held at XES Lounge. I was happy to have a cameo in the film and to meet up again with the main stars who showed up including Simon Miller, Justin Tensen, Jane Elliott, Rob Harmon, Mitch Lyon and others!

[Photos: Casper Andreas and Simon Miller / Lovari, Casper and Clover / Clover / Brandon Phillips, Clover and Tass]


Silver Anniversary of Dance 208

On Saturday 1/24, NYC celebrated the Silver Anniversary of The Center Dance (now known as Dance:208). It was 25 years of NYC Gay history...and twirling...and spinning...and fierce Drag... Manager & host Joe Fiore welcomed us as we listened to the three legendary DJs Bobby Viteritti, Carlos Sanchez & Ted Snowdon. It was an incredibly diverse crowd of over 300 dancers. Joe calls it, The Center's house party ("...and you're all invited!"). Two veteran volunteers (who still help out!) were honored: Robert Brightman with 25 years and Emily Verna with 19 years of service. Members of the Imperial Court of NY made announcements along with Center honchos Robert Woodworth, Orie Urami, Julia Noel Goldman and others. As the former & current dance committee chairs (including the first from 1984 Tom Verley) and volunteers, made it to the stage and blew out the candles on the anniversary cake to great applause...there was not a dry eye in the house. Over the year Dance:208 has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Center, and has always been a volunteer-run organization supported by the in the current atmosphere of community activism, this was a true milestone. The interviews were filmed for Out at The Center, seen on cable TV. SEEN: Joe Fiore, Rollerena, Lovari, David Aviles, Ector Simpson, Danny Brook, Rocco, DJ Reed McGowan, DJ Jerel Black, Jeff Eason, Pete Lau, Dustin Fitzharris, Krishna Stone, Phil Ventura, DJ Lenny Fontana, Brent Nicholson Earle, Dan Estella, Joe Mattera and others.

[Photos: Clover Honey with Lovari / with Rocco / posing / with Rollerina]

BINGO Between Love & Goodbye

It was time for another monthly Center BINGO, the most exciting and fabulous BINGO game in New York City. I enjoy being the hostess and number-caller and this month my guest host was Casper Andreas and two actors from his latest hit film, Between Love & Goodbye. I am also thrilled to have a small part in the film, and as a MAN! Yes, it was a stretch, and I always said you shouldn't limit yourself to one Gender! Actress Jane Elliott made an appearance and actor Justin Tensen, one of the two leads in the Gay dramatic love story. Justin is Hetero but I asked him about how he plays Gay characters in and Between Love & GoodbyeQueer As Folk. "Just my good-looks and charm gets me cast as Gay!" he said. I then announced that he was the first Straight guy to ever handle my balls! My - BINGO balls, that is!

[Photos: Clover Honey with Casper Andreas / Clover Honey with go-go models Mel and Tass]

Nextworks at Club H

There was a fun networking party called Next Works hosted by Next Magazine and The Men Event on Thursday, January 22 at the first class health club Club H Fitness. The party featured gift bags and an open bar sponsored by V2 Vodka, one of the smoothest Vodkas I ever had! I also loved the gorgeous bartenders! I had a marvelous time with then and the gorgeous and talented Recoding Artist Lovari, Next Magazine Editor Brian Moylan, Hugh Hysell of Men Event and Broadway Insider, Brandon Phillips from DishMiss, Anu, my girlfriend Cleo, and many others.

HX Mixer

You gotta Work it! It's all about connections and what better way to make them than at HX Mixers! We had a great time at January HX mixer at Barrage on January 29. The place was hopping with, as they said, hundreds of Polished professionals and the upwardly mobile all clamoring for connections. The DJ was David Serrano and the event was hosted by Derrik Todd. We had a blast with all our friends at HX including editor John Russell, Stephen Schulman, Gary Lacinski, Cat Hecht, recording artist Lovari and many others!

[Photos: HX editor John Russell snuggling abreast Clover Honey / Lovari and Clover Honey.]

Fresh Fruit PlayHouse

The Fresh Fruit Festival held its monthly showcase of unusually fruity acts called the Fresh Fruit PlayHouse at the famous East-Village hot-spot, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, renowned for its Poetry Slams. It took place on January 14 and was a mix of Gay, Straight, Lesbian, Drag Queen, Drag King performers. The show hosted by yours truly included Drag Diva Appolonia Cruz, Drag King Stefan Royce, Sean and the Urban Spiritual band, Jasmine of Animus, Barnacle Bill, J. Michael Reeds and many others! Downtown has really rocked in the fruit juice that night!!

Photos: Appolonia Cruz and Clover Honey; Clove Honey and Lovari; Clover Honey and Jose from Bravo TV's America's Top Chef; Barnacle Bill, Clover Honey, Sean, Appolonia Cruz, Stefan Royce, Amy, Jasmine

Sexahol Review

It was time for another installment of the monthly cabaret series that celebrates sex, alcohol, and the earthly pleasures of life, Evan Laurence's Sexahol Review. Evan rounded up a superb cast or crazy cabaret, burlesque and drag performers and comedians and I was thrilled to be included. The decadent event took place on January 21 at the legendary Cabaret Showroom at Don't Tell Mama on restaurant row in Manhattan's theater district.