Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fresh Fruit Awards ("The Fruities")

I was thrilled and honored to host the 13th annual Fresh Fruit Awards gala, more affectionately known as The Fruities on April 13th with MC Frank Cala at the legendary Bowery Poetry Club at 308 Bowery, New York City.   The Festival is presented by All Out Arts is a non-profit dedicated to "Fighting Prejudice through the Arts." Our mission is to support LGBT arts & artists in all walks of life, and the ongoing Fresh Fruit Festivals are the prime expression of that mission. This is the 13th annual Awards Show honoring performers in the last Fresh Fruit Festival, along with Community activists and supporters. Awards were presented in a variety of performing and visual arts categories, including Theatre, Film, Dance, and Music in a gala ceremony with entertainment from the various categories.  I loved seeing dear friend Dirk McCall getting the prestigious Harry Weider Award for Community Service.  Had a wonderful time with festival founder Carol Polcovar, NYC Council Member Danny Dromm, cabaret diva Teresa Fischer, Jonathan Pearson, Joseph Trefler, Ryan Michael Haase, Nick Curto, Hal Rainbow, Jeff Leeds, Keith Taylor, executive director Louis Lopardi, artistic director Liz Thaler and many others. 

NYC Easter Parade

Like the classic song goes, in my Easter Bonnet, with all the frills upon it, i felt like the grandest Lady in the Easter Parade!  We were "all in clover" as we strutted our stuff in the annual New York City Easter Parade on famous Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, showing off our fabulous Easter outfits.  It is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday of rebirth, renewal and spring-time. The festive and glamorous event took place on Easter Sunday on April 5, 2015. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Get Out! Magazine Expo Pics

There are fabulous pictures of me at The LGBT Expo at The Javitz Center included in the latest issue of Get Out! magazine, New York City's premiere journal and news-source for LGBT nightlife and entertainment.  I was a performer and a co-hostess/MC of the talent main-stage at the gala event held on February 28th and March 1st.  The images were captured by renowned nightlife / paparazzi photographer Jason Russo of Hey Mr. Jason Photography. They are on page 18 and 19 in the March 11, 2015 issue#203 of Get Out!. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Original LGBT Expo

I had a wonderful time as a performer and a co-hostess/MC of the talent Main-stage at The Original LGBT Expo at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City on March 1st.  I hosted the stage with my sister divas Peppermint, Carmella Cann and Rob B as "Tina."  There was a special appearance by Briah Bettencourt of MTV's Real World hit reality tv series and there was such amazing talent performing including Out recording artists Lovari, Josh Zuckerman, Aaron Paul, Tym Moss, David Eric, Infinite, Shorty Roc along with legendary erotica icon Robin Byrd, Playgirl advice columnist Robbyne Kaamil, plus-size girl group The Glamzons and so much more!  Thousands packed the huge convention hall where hundreds of exhibitor booths featuring media, business, community, social, dating, arts, health, support and other valuable information was available.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Chasing Dreams

I had a wonderful time being an actress and playing a character named Sassy Sue who was a cheap hooker in 1980s Times Square in New York City.  Although the area is now cleaned up, back in the day, Times Square was a notorious seedy, decadent, dangerous, red-light district known for prostitution and drug dealing.  The play is called "Chasing Dreams" and was created by playwright and SAG actor Keith Taylor.  Keith also played a run-away lost youth who found himself living in a cheap hotel and hustling to survive.  Other actors in the reading were Elroy Martinez Jr., who played a youth and Dylan Carusona who played a demented cop. The event took place at Champion Studios at 257 West 39th Street in New York City.  Playing a cheap hooker was certainly a stretch for me!     

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ice Kings & Queens

I love to celebrate the seasons and I can't think of a better way to honor Winter than to become a glistening Ice Queen at a fantastic fashion make-up gala at a famous Manhattan Penthouse.  Models, fashionistas, cosmetic industry and media celebrities came out to play in the cold at the Ice Kings & Queens Fashion Makeup showcase by Twani Michelle of Dramatization Make-up design and team.  The event towered high in the sky at the renowned Sky Room penthouse at 330 West 40th Street in the Times Square area of New York City on January 20th.   Had a wintry blast as we were all decked out in shinning, frosty, crystal makeup and fashions.  Loved chilling out with my dear model friends Thomas Cole, Ricky Jarman, Chris Jehnert, Charles, Danielle, Gina Marie and others. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday at Rockefeller - Saks Fifth Avenue

The Yuletide Holiday Season in New York City would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent Christmas Tree and decorations at Rockefeller Center and seeing the glitter-glam window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue department store.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Decked OUT Holiday

I had the most merry time at the official after-party celebrating the annual concert at the legendary Birdland jazz club Daniel Reichard's Decked Out Holiday Party.  The after-party took place at the Midtown Manhattan/Hell's Kitchen nightclub called Atlas Social Club at 735 Ninth Avenue.  Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys, Midtown Men, Forbidden Broadway, Candide) gave a wonderful performance backed by a seven piece band. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Frozen Fruit at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

I was so thrilled and honored to be part of the performance of the annual Holiday soiree of the Fresh Fruit Festival called Frozen Fruits.  The event was held on December 10th at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a cultural icon on New York City's Lower East Side/East Village since 1973.  The Nuyorican presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip hop and visual art from established as well as rising artists from every background.  The Fresh Fruit Festival, now in its 12th year, is a celebration of LGBT arts and culture. I wished everyone a Drag Queen Christmas filled with tinsel, glitter and bows and there was food, drink, music, performance, poetry and laughter to light up the season.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Sweaters and Toys at Townhouse

What a fantastic, festive time I had at the annaul Boy Toy Dive and Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at the renowned hotspot called The Townhouse on Midtown Manhattan's East side at 236 East 58th Street on December 3rd.  The party was sponsored by The Men Event, a Gay social and business networking company and everyone donated toys to make a child's Christmas bright as we showed off some crazy but cozy sweaters.  My woolen blouse was bejeweled and beaded as I belted out "Santa Baby" and other seasonal songs while music director/entertanier Eliot Paul played the grand piano in the elegant lounge.  Famous Event/Media photographer Rick Stockwell took everyone's pic as we partied the night away.

Glamazons at Empire Hotel Penthouse

I had such an amazing time with my dear friends in the plus-size girl group The Glamazons as we celebrated the official release of their latest music video Movie Star!  The gala was hosted by actor, promoter and heartthrob Keith Collins at the ultra glamorous Empire Hotel Rooftop Penthouse club called Level R at 44 West 63rd Street in New York City on December 4th.  Movie Star, written by Michaelangelo Sosnowitz and produced by Lemon Shark Productions, is the newest, is the newest single from The Glamazons and was released to rave reviews.  The much anticipated official music video was directed by A.J. Mattioli with Mattioli Productions.  I had a bast with Emma Craig and Tina Jenson of The Glamazons, producer/TV personality Tony Sawicki (Urban Animals), producer A.J. Mattioli, Editor/Publisher Evron "Mello" Andrews (Full Blossom magazine), model Michele Hilton, Jonathan Santos and many others.