Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quentin Crisp in Tribeca Film Festival

I just love walking the red carpets and the carpet at the annual Tribeca Film Festival was most magnificent! I thoroughly enjoyed the premiere of An Englishman in New York, screened at one of the world's most prestigious institutions for the art of filmmaking, the Tribeca Film Festival. I am honored to have a role in the film, a biopic about the last years of the life of the legendary Quentin Crisp. I remember being at parties with the real Quentin and I have a photo of us together in 1998. I walked the red carpet with my gorgeous friend, recording artist/actor Lovari, who was also in the film with me. We mingled and were reunited with others in the film including John Hurt, who plays Crisp with an amazing likeness. We also met Cynthia Nixon, from Sex and the City, who played downtown performance artist Penny Arcade in An Englishman in New York. I played a Drag Queen in the film, they always seem to cast me in roles like that!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Studio 54 and Rollerina

The 70s came alive as Dance 208, the longest running LGBT dance party in New York City re-created the legendary hotspot Studio 54 as we celebrated the birthday of legendary Drag Diva Rollerina on April 25. Rollerina is a dear friend and has been fabulous Drag personality since the 1970s roller skating around Studio 54 and Greenwich Village, paving the way for Drag Queens today. She is considered to be the Fairy Drag Godmother to all NYC Drag Queen performers! I was honored to be hosting an event celebrating her marvel. Designer David Avieles recreated Art from Studio 54 including the infamous “Man in the Moon with a Cocaine Spoon”. DJ Ted Snowdon played music that was played back then and go go boys Ken and Greg dressed in sexy retro leatherman emsembles. Over 500 people packed the place and we all Shook our Grove Thangs! Among those seen were, Joe Fiore, Joe La Mattina and Fernando, Ed Getty, Larry Lala, Darlana Stevens, Austin Pendleton, Torez, Peter Lau, Rowan Foley, Andrew Jonas, Jamie, Fannie Fondue, Pauline Park, Angela Mercy, Krishna Stone, Brent Nicholson Earle, Ron Lester, Darryl Branch, Mark Schulte, Recording Artist Lovari, Out FM's Pedro Angle Serrano, Bruce Michael Gilbert, Sue Senna and Jamie Lloyd from SWISH (Straight Women in Support of Homos) and Danny Brook.

Friday, April 24, 2009


I absolutely love hosting the monthly BINGO games at The LGBT Center of New York City. This last evening had a huge crowd of over 300 folks hoping to get their hands on the Jackpot prize. I did my best ball-pulling! I dressed as a retro 1980s new wave rock diva, since my special guest was Rollerina, the legendary Diva from the 1970s! I always loved and admired her and had a blast hosting the Bingo with her. She told us all about the good old days and how crazy and different it was back then. Rollerina was one of the first Drag celebrities of New York City, regularly seen roller skating about Central Park, Greenwich Village and the renowned dance floor of Studio 54. We all had so much fun with her stories about how exciting Gay city life was in the 70s. There was no Internet and cell phones, but there was sex, drugs, rock & roll - AND fabulous Drag!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fresh Fruit Festival Award Winner

I am thrilled an honored to receive a coveted Fruitie Award. It's actually a Fresh Fruit Festival Award honoring the best of the annual Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City. Fresh Fruit Fest is in its seventh year and is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender contributions to the arts and culture. I was given the award to curating and producing a fantastic visual Art Gallery show featuring images of Drag Performers and Transgender People and those who express Gender in non-traditional ways. It was held at the prestigious Leslie Lohman Art Gallery in SoHo, NYC's renowned art district. The opening night premiere party was the largest that the gallery ever had with lots of celebrities attending and was written up in Art News and The Village Voice. Others honored with a Fruite were Out New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez and Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman of the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Gallery and Foundation. The Fruitie Awards gala was held at the famous Playwrights Horizon theater in the Broadway theater district

Photos: Physique Model Tass and Clover Honey; Clover Honey, Jed Ryan and Samara Riviaria; Council Member Rosie Mendez Clover Honey and Jed Ryan; Barnicle Bill, Clover Honey, Lovari.