, July 28th, 2014
From the inimitable Reduced Shakespeare Company comes a no-holds-barred survey of sports that covers all the bases (even ones you never heard of ), and goes the distance while moving the goalposts so many times all you can do is roll with the punches. Martin and Tichenor hit it out of the park with a full-court press slam-dunk winner. Don’t miss The Complete World of Sports http://glynnhouse.com/events.
The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.
, July 28th, 2014
150 people gathered to attend an LGBTI pride event in a public park in Russia, despite being told by Russian authorities they should hold the event at a landfill site. The event was held yesterday (26 July) at the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, a public park where federal law decrees such an event was allowed to be held.
The pride rally was organized by gay rights group Ravnopraviye (Equality), even though they were banned from marching, because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
The group had previously applied for a permit from city authorities to hold a pride march but were flatly refused.
By Liam Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Other Gay Travel Events
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, July 28th, 2014
The New Hampshire Music Festival presents a series of intimate musical experiences performed by members of the Festival Orchestra. Don’t miss a delightful evening of Chamber Music http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#august_2014.
Stay at the romanticGlynn House Inn during your New Hampshire winter getaway and experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Don’t leave your four-footed canine pal at home. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.
, July 28th, 2014
No matter where you live, it’s worth visiting New York City at least once a year if only to be able to talk about the newest restaurants and hottest food trends from experience. It really makes no difference whether you long for New York street food or prefer to chase down Michelin stars. Though classic New York staples like bagels as big as your head and dollar-a-slice pizza are here to stay, much of the flavor of New York comes from the rotating cast of characters who are constantly reinventing the city’s cuisine. The choices here highlight some of the city’s most exciting and creative chefs, as well as the meticulously prepared dishes served by the world’s most venerable restaurateurs.
Beauty & Essex
The sign for Beauty & Essex hangs high above an entrance that blends better with the rough facades of mini-marts than those of the modern boutiques that surround it on the Lower East Side. Opening the door, I still wasn’t sure I was in the right place–instead of the restaurant I expected, I was standing in a vintage pawn shop. A few tentative steps forward, and the cashier waved me over to an unmarked door that opened into the lively bar and dining room of Beauty & Essex, an upscale lounge/restaurant/club with a growing reputation as a place to see and be seen.
Its rise in popularity might be partly due to this truth: Beauty & Essex is on a short list of places where you can confidently seek out both a superb dinner and a classy fling in the same, exquisite evening. The clientele is a celebratory bunch, a mix of trendy people in their late-20s to uptown sophisticates looking for the next big thing. Managers play matchmaker by encouraging patrons to mingle on the second-floor lounge for cocktails. Walking through the bar, the mood it set by dark decor and low lighting running down either side and into the dining room. High ceilings topped by a glass roof lend an air of infinity to a city so cramped. The aesthetic is smoothed by round wooden tables and curved leather booths.
By Amy Nordrum and Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine | New York Gay Travel Resources
, July 28th, 2014
Sacramento’s Theatre scene is so, so gay. And it’s not just because we have our very own gay theatre company. Many of the theatres in the area have put on gay-themed productions of late. And their non-LGBT stuff is usually pretty good too.
Here’s a rundown of the theatres you might want to check out when you’re in town.
The Closet Door Theatre Company
First there was the Lambda Players. When we moved to the Sacramento area in 2003, there was a gay theatre company called the Lambda Players. They put on a regular series of plays every year, and though they were sometimes a little amateur, we really loved having a gay theatre here. But after several location changes, the company closed down in 2011.
Our friend Rich stepped into the gap a couple years back and started up the Closet Door Theatre Company, and they now put on 3-4 shows a year. The company doesn’t yet have its own space – check their website for locations. Past productions include “The Normal Heart”, “The Little Dog Laughed”, and “The Last Sunday in June”. If you’re in town during their season, come support this great little gay theatre company.
We’ll also run down some of the other great independent theatres in the area, along with a brief explanation of why we think each one is a little light in the loafers.
B Street Theatre
2711 B Street
Hands-down one of the best local small theatres – B Street is planning to build a beautiful new facility much closer to the beating heart of midtown, breaking ground later this year after almost a decade of fundraising. They have three series, and their B3 series often features edgier plays with social commentary.
Why It’s Gay: They’ve done several gay-themed plays, including “The Little Dog Laughed”; handsome young actor Jason Kuykendall (sadly straight) has appeared sans clothing (or mostly so) in several productions, and regular Kurt Johnson lent his time to the local reading of “8″, the play.
2215 J Street
The Capital Stage is a great one-theatre venue on J. Street, not far from the gay bars at 20th and K. The theater often showcases plays with social commentary.
Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Maple and Vine”, the subversive tale of a mixed-race NYC couple who flees the Big Apple to lve in a town that is a throwback to the 50′s, or at least the period as reimagined with nostalgia. The play features a strong gay subplot.
New Helvetia Theatre
1028 R Street
Located on the stretch of R Street that’s been labeled “up-and-coming” as an artist colony with a fun and funky vibe, the New Helvetia boasts a recently renovated space and really good cookies.
Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Sings From an Unmade Bed”, a one-man show (with accompanying three-piece band) that consists solely of songs about gay love and loss. Actor Connor Mickiewicz played the role, at times brash and funny, at times breathtakingly vulnerable. We sat next to his grandfather at the play, and it was beautiful to see how proud the man was of his grandson.
Runaway Stage Productions
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
2791 24th St, Sacramento
This theatre company just came to our attention this last week. They use two venues – one at Sierra 2 (an adult continuing education venue just south of Downtown), and one across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.
Why It’s Gay: The company is currently performing “Nunsense: A Men”, an all-male version of the popular play “Nunsense” (the original one). A bunch of men dressed up as nuns? How much gayer can you get? And funny, too!
So check out the thriving Sacramento theatre scene the next time you’re in town – chance are there will be something gay!
, July 26th, 2014
August is looking very gay in Philadelphia with the fourth annual GayFest! – a festival of LGBT theater presented by Quince Productions. This year’s festival, August 5-23 at various theaters in Philadelphia, is bigger than ever: you can check out three special events, four mainstage plays, and five one-night stands (of the theatrical variety, that is!).
GayFest! opens with a two-night performance (August 5-6) of Head Over Heels. New York-based dance company The Bang Group returns to open GayFest! after their triumphant appearance at GayFest! 2012 with “Misters and Sisters.” Their new show, in typically hilarious Bang Group fashion, presents an amalgam of influences from gay culture and street dance to MGM musicals.
Week 2 sees a special one-night only benefit for GayFest! and Equality PA: Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays a series of short plays by famous playwrights on the subject of same-sex marriage.
Week 3′s special event is the international hit show Confessions of a Mormon Boy Steven Fales’ one-man, which has wowed audiences from off-Broadway to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. Before The Book of Mormon there was a Mormon Boy!
By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport | Philadelphia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events
Photo: You Know My Name
, July 26th, 2014
Another German city celebrated Gay Pride with gusto this weekend. Munich’s 34th Pride celebration, Christopher Street Day (CSD), took place from 12-20 July, finishing with the main pride march held last Saturday.
Munich CDS is the third largest in Germany after Berlin and Cologne, with an average attendance between 8-10,000.
The first celebration of CDS in Munich took place on 28 June 1980.
Full Story at Pink News | Germany Gay Travel Resources
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, July 26th, 2014
Clearly, Disney World offers a travel experience that you can’t exactly replicate anywhere else. From its signature rides to its extravagant parades and fireworks, no other amusement park does it quite like Disney. Its unique offerings go well beyond that, however. Here are some unique things that you never thought you’d find at an amusement park.
1. Central Florida’s only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant
Believe it or not, you can dine at a AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in the middle of a theme park resort. A huge departure from the usual theme park restaurant, the super upscale Victoria & Albert’s offers a rotating menu and a posh chef’s table, from which you can observe the inner workings of the kitchen. Of course, all the fanciness comes at a price. A prix fixe dinner starts at $135 per guest.
2. A ride with motion sickness bags
Can your stomach handle going to infinity and beyond? The sensation of being weightless during Epcot’s Mission: SPACE has caused some unlucky passengers to experience a bit of queasiness during their trek to “Mars.” This resulted in the addition of motion-sickness bags to the ride, making it the first ever attraction to do so. There are also two versions of the ride: the orange is the more intense experience, and the green is a bit tamer.
By Christine Dayao – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Central Florida Gay Travel Resources
, July 25th, 2014
My fabulous, Cuban landlords had warned me not to go to Santiago de Cuba — and I should have listened. Well, I actually did. I scrapped it off my list of places to visit before flying to Havana. Instead of going to Santiago, I changed my itinerary to Vinales. However, as I started my way from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad and to Santa Clara, I changed my plan in a fickle of mind. I thought, Santiago de Cuba was nearer to go from Camaguey than going back to Havana and then to Vinales. I’d have lost a day if I had done it.
My arrival at the bus station in Santiago didn’t start as planned. I arrived at midnight and I expected that the owner of the casa where I’d be staying would be there when I disembarked. I waited for 30 minutes and, unfortunately, nobody came to meet me.
I finally surrendered myself to one of the five touts whose job is to convince tourists to stay in the casa that gives them a commission. But, before I got into the hired taxi, I negotiated the price first ($20/night) and never budged whenever they tried to go higher than that. And maybe, because of my stubbornness, they brought me to a terrible casa. Oh well, so much for budget backpacking.
By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | Cuba Gay Travel Resources
, July 25th, 2014
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