Friday, December 3, 2010

Two of Our Favorite People: Jelly Bean and Greyson's Dad



In the Green Room at Comix!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The New York Vagabonds King for a Day



This amazing vocal group will enhance Monday's King for a Day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks


“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”
~Nathaniel Brandon


Important people for King for a Day

Hair: Patrick Donovan of Platinum Salon
Art and Design: Michael Halliday and Steve Morrison

Special Thanks: Matthew and Alecia Walton, Scott Reading of Graphic Communications, and Tony DeCicco of The Duplex

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lovin' Mighty Kate

"When Katy Pfaffl became Mighty Kate, it was presumably to skirt the trouble of repeating her consonant-heavy name to everyone she met. But heroic connotations of her pseudonym are no accident -- there is something genuinely superhuman in her constant swapping between violin, piano and guitar, not to mention the towers of sound she builds in her songs” [Daoud Tyler-Ameen, WNYC ] Mighty Kate is known for dazzling audiences with her engaging and endearing performances where she switches back and forth between piano, guitar and violin. Her accessibility and appeal rest in her great ability to mix classic and contemporary styles. With a voice that can both comfort and command, she captivates her audience with extraordinarily well-crafted songs. A firm supporter of Lifebeat’s Heart & Voices program, the backbone of which continues to be drawn from New York City’s hardworking grass roots music scene. The willingness of this diverse pool of performers to generously give of their time and talent is what makes this program possible. It was a natural progression for Mighty Kate to offer her time and talent to this night.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Love out Loud for James Horan

James (Jimmy) Horan is all about the music. He has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers) and New Jersey theater venues (Paper Mill Playhouse) for over three decades. Jim has composed music and lyrics for three original theater pieces, most notably Chopin and Sand about the love affair between the great composer and the notorious writer. Holiday is based on the award winning Philip Barry play, which starred Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn on film. Jim is currently developing the book and score for Esquires, a satirical dark comedy based on his decade of experiences as a practicing attorney. Jim has performed as a singer and accompanist at leading New York City venues such as Danny's Skylight, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn, and The Stonewall. His vocal and instrumental arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral gospel and pop concerts on both the East and West coast, and by the Washington DC gay men's chorus. Jim is thrilled to be involved in supporting this important cause, while, at the same time, celebrating one of his idols of American popular music, Carole King. He is fond of his Italian heritage; he is, therefore, our musical maestro from whom all creativity flows.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lovin' Jillian


We are honored that Jillian Schochet is joining an already multi-talented team. Jillian has been performing in the tri state area as well as around the country and world since the age of 6. She has performed in such prestigious venues as The Papermill Playhouse, Madison Square Garden, The Seven Angels Theater and most recently appeared this summer as the vocal swing for 80's pop star Deborah Gibson in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the MGM Grand Casino. Other favorite theater credits include Into The Woods, Brigadoon, Flashback: A Trip Through the 60's, Jane Eyre, and Smokey Joe's Café. In addition Jillian has participated in many recordings, voiceovers, cabarets, and anually performs the National Anthem for the NY Knicks. Jillian was also given the honor of "Most Promising Actress of NJ" by theater critic Peter Filicia of the Star Ledger. This important cause moves forward with the addition of youth and exuberance in the person of this talented young lady.

Lovin' Michael Kevin Walsh Out Loud

Michael Kevin Walsh, (pianist, singer, actor, recording engineer, coach), is the creator and proprietor of The Smooth Spot digital recording studio in New York City and leads The Smooth Spot Jazz Trio. He enjoys hosting musical soirees, as well as providing musical entertainment for private functions, benefit concerts, night clubs, cruise ships and resorts. In the musical theatre, Michael has performed numerous leading roles including Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate, and Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises. Currently, he can be seen tinkling the ivories, singing and harmonizing with the staff and guest singers weekly at Sam’s Restaurant, the oldest theatre bar in NYC. Michael has entertained at upscale venues throughout the country and Europe including The Grandhotel Giessbach in Switzerland and The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. In NYC, he has performed at The 21 Club, The Firebird Café, The Carnegie Club, Swing 46, Blue Fin, Chicago Blues, The Bitter End, The Triad and Merchant’s. For more information, log onto www.thesmoothspot.com. We are thrilled to have this handsome, talented man for Ms. King’s tribute and Lifebeat fundraiser. He didn’t miss a beat when asked to be a par t of this grand ensemble.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The New York Vagabonds Love Out Loud



This fantastic vocal group will be performing at King for a Day, the World AIDS Day Carole King tribute. Get your tickets here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Love Out Loud for Missy Keene


Missy Keene is no stranger to the cabaret scene, having inaugurated Feinstein’s at Loews Regency’s popular Monday night series with her sold-out show Timeless. Trained at The Juilliard School, Missy’s other cabaret shows include appearances at Don’t Tell Mama’s, Backstage at Dopo Teatro, among many others. Missy Keane brings an innocent, but provocative, style to some of the great music of the past. Missy's style, looks and voice are reminescent of a very young Doris Day, especially her purring rendition of "Teach Me Tonight".Her take on "What'll I do", sung a capella, is an audience favorite. She is a dazzler, curvy, young and fresh, an incredible reminder of what Doris must have been like in her early live performances. but with a much saucier sexy style. Missy is particularly proud of her musical participation in numerous events commemorating the heroes and victims of 9/11. In her daytime hours, she is Director, Market Strategy for KPMG, LLP, one of the largest global professional services firms. When she's not singing or working, Missy can be found skiing with her family or sailing competitively in National Championship Regattas. Her first CD, Christmas Wishes, was released in December 2009 with proceeds going to The Wounded Warriors Project. She is currently working with her musical director, Ken Lundie, on a new CD to be released in conjunction with Missy’s return performance at Feinstein’s early 2011. We are proud to have Missy as part of the terrific line up for King For A Day. Get your tickets here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lovin' Ann Hampton Callaway--Out Loud

Ann Hampton Callaway is an insatiable creative spirit. Ann fondly remembers the first song she made up at the age of three. But it wasn't until she first heard Carole King's Tapestry that she decided to devote herself to songwriting. As a champion of the great American Songbook, she has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer and rhe only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few. Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry and has performed twice in Berlin's famed Philharmonie Hall by special invitation.It is only natural that Ann become part of this sure-to-be grand tribute to Carole King for Lifebeat.

Lovin' Liz Callaway

Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway is one of the top singer-actresses appearing on Broadway today. Audiences have seen her on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along, Baby, Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look of Love, and Cats, where she played the role of Grizabella for five years. She has also starred in numerous off-Broadway shows,as well as the internationally acclaimed Sibling Revelry with her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway.

Her numerous film and television credits include the singing voice of Anastasia in the award-winning animated film, Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Liz is also an accomplished studio singer, and can be heard on more than 35 recordings, including her three solo albums. Her extensive concert career includes appearances at New York ’s Carnegie Hall, in London, China, France, Iceland, Estonia, and just about every major city in the United States. Visit the Liz Callaway Website. King for A Day enjoys the extremely good fortune of having her perform on this World AIDS Day tribute.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Loving Donna Albanese De Cicco Out Loud

Donna Albanese De Cicco is moved by the opportunity to participate in this special event. Some of Donna’s most memorable regional credits include: Brunnhilde in Das Barbecu, Vicki in The Full Monty, Miss Mary Jane in Big River, Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos, Doatsy Mae in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sr. Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Miss Ritter in She Loves Me, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris and Jerry’s Girls. Tour: Miss Sylvia in The People Garden. Donna is a featured soloist with Jersey Dreamers and owner of the popular NYC club, The Duplex. We are blessed to have this enthusiastic performer with us and know that her wonderful spirit will spread the news for Lifebeat!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lovin' MarTina Vidmar Out Loud

MarTina Vidmar’s voice is just only part of it. She is one of those people whose vitality and charisma keep you focused on what she is doing on stage. She is an integral part of the New York cabaret and theater scene. Her versions of familiar material will make you forget where they came from, because she makes them all hers. When she found out about our fundraiser she volunteered to help out in any way. It was easy to say yes to her, because she is just “one of those people.” She is everything that is good about the New York scene and she is definitely one of those people one wants around.

More Love for Stewart Lewis


Hey Big Apple Peeps! and beyond:

A note to remind you of the second Out in the Round songwriter series I am hosting upstairs at The Stonewall Inn. the first one was a huge success, it was a dream come true for me...thanks to all who came!




Out in the Round
Thursday November 4, 2010 7pm
Stonewall Inn (upstairs)
53 Christopher St. New York City
w/ Tom Goss, Brandon Anderson, and comedian Joanne Filan!


Lovin' Grayce Coviello Out Loud

An accomplished, expressive Cabaret performer Grayce Coviello has had the good fortune to appear on the stages of The Duplex, Danny’s Skylight Room, Upstairs at Roses Turn, The Encore and Don’t Tell Mama with top New York City musicians: Rick Jensen, Jim Horan, Regan Ryzuk, and Rio Clemente. From theaters to nightclubs, Grayce Coviello is brash, bouncy, & bluesy! Heralding her show State of Grayce at the Encore, critic Roy Sander proclaimed “Grayce Coviello sings with so much authority, passion, energy, heart and intelligence that it would take a thesaurus full of superlatives to do her justice. And what a voice!” A veteran regional theater performer her credits include leading roles in Leader of The Pack, Guys & Dolls, Grease, Godspell, Pippin, Sordid Lives and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. We are delighted that Grayce is lending her voice to promote Lifebeat’s efforts in their fundraiser Brother, Brother! King for a Day!

Lovin' Jeffrey Fiorello Out Loud

Jeffrey Fiorello has worked in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, as an actor, singer and director. Theatrical (performance) credits include: Jekyll and Hyde, Pippin, A Man of No Importance, Smokey Joes Café, Blood Brothers,Rent, Into the Woods, and A Chorus Line. Jeffrey has also performed Cabaret throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Directing credits include: Triumph of Love, Nine, The Light in the Piazza, and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2011, Jeffrey will be directing productions of Gypsy and Grey Gardens in New Jersey. Brother, Brother! King for A Day, we are honored to have this versatile and very talented man on board to support Lifebeat. It is an embarrassment of riches.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lovin' Julie Waldman-Stiel Out Loud


Julie Waldman-Stiel left her native Sunny California home to pursue a theater career in New York City. Not long thereafter she arrived she was cast in the National Tour of Cats as if New York wanted America to see her. Other National tours soon followed, including Fiddler on the Roof with Topol. and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Michael Crawford. She performed off-Broadway in the original musical Suds covering all three female roles! She has performed her one woman show on cruise ships and performed as a featured entertainer at Tokyo Disneyland. Regional productions: Triumph of Love, The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson, Little Women, I Do, I Do, City of Angels and Into the Woods. A friend referred to her as a professional sweetheart and the real deal. We like real deals, especially when they are generous with their time and talent. Come out to Comix New York City to see the real deal and support a great organization like Lifebeat!

Lovin' Tina Kaye Out Loud


Tina Kaye could not be more honored to support such a worthy cause and is thrilled to be in the company of such amazing talent. And speaking of talent, after having just closed a very successful run of Chicago staring as Velma Kelly, we are so fortunate that Tina Kaye is able to join us for Brother, Brother! King for a Day. A top NJ Musical Theater performer known for her sultry voice & sexy character roles, Tina's theatrical credits include: Triumph of Love, Nine, Rent, Little Women , Into the Woods, Noises Off , The Scarlet Pimpernel, Children of Eden, Cats, Aida , Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease as Rizzo, and West Side Story as both Maria and Anita on separate occasions. She would like to dedicate this performance to her cousin Ralph who she knows is watching down from above—smiling.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lovin' Chris Dilley Out Loud

Chris Dilley is a New York-based singer, actor, songwriter, vocal arranger and vocal instructor. He is best known to many as Trampolina with The Kinsey Sicks, with whom he performed these past nine years throughout the US and the world. The performances included a Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway run at Studio 54 and an extended run in Las Vegas. Chris has performed in several Broadway concerts, and has performed critically acclaimed solo concerts throughout North America (one of which ran in rep with Patti Lupone). Chris is currently working on his first fully produced recording of original songs. In addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Sacred Center Gospel Choir in New York City, Chris shares his talent by teaching private voice and a group vocal workshop called, Power Breathing For Singers. For more about Chris, check out his site to learn more about this handsome and talented man. You will get to hear him on November 29 as part of the musical experience called King for A Day.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lovin' Barbara Porteus Out Loud

Barbara Porteus is the quintessential cabaret performer who can give you precisely what you came for from Stephen Sondheim to Johnny Mercer while ading her personal touch providing her listeners with something unique. She has performed in such shows as The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying with Donald O'Connor and Side by Side by Sondheim. She has opened for Sid Caesar, Ben Vereen, Petula Clark and many others. Her extensive and impressive résumé also includes performing and touring with Eddy Arnold and Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings. Barbara has stepped up more than once for a good cause and her musical presence brings to us a performer of the highest calibre. A touch of class for King for a Day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lovin' Sherri Lewis Out Loud


"The tale of how Sherri has come to a place in her life where she can help women living with HIV seems one part VH1: Behind the Music, another part Ripley's Believe It or Not! From her California home, she shares her many-layered saga, hoping that it will inspire—and protect." (Kellee Terrell) Go here to read more. It was only natural for Sherri to join us and she readily accepted when asked. Sherri Lewis is an inspiration as an AIDS Activist in Hollywood having come up from the trenches. She is the kind of person that shows that getting and staying well is what this struggle is all about. She has moved forward by virtue of living a life that looks back only to help learn what the future is all about. Not to mention that this is one talented woman who can sing and emote with the best of them. She is coming all the way from sunny California to grace us with her very appropriate presence in a very important event.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lovin' Stewart Lewis Out Loud



Stewart Lewis began his career in the living room of his parents home, when at a mere age of five he was thrown a tambourine. His parents moonlighted in a bluegrass band and there was always four part harmony around the fire among sleeping labradors.
Attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, a few years later, Stewart directed plays and starred in the main stage production of Pippin. At the time, his band Acoustic Junction was becoming a college jam band phenomenon, opening for Blues Traveler and The Band among others. After graduating, Stewart left the band to pursue acting in New York. After a short stint on CBS’s Guiding Light, Stewart decided to move back to Colorado and pursue a solo singer-songwriting career. After the release of his first recording Faces in the Crowd, Stewart’s soulful blend of pop and folk was featured on Ghost Whisperer, MTV's Laguna Beach, Joan of Arcadia, Dawson's Creek, Biggest Loser, and Firehouse Dog. He has shared the stage with Grammy winner Shawn Colvin and indie stalwart Ani Difranco. Stewart was the very first artist signed to the Here! TV Network and Regent Entertainment's new music venture, Here! Tunes, where the CD, In Formation was released. He is also the author of the semi-autobiographical novel Rockstarlet, and Relative Stranger (praised by Augusten Burroughs) both from Alyson Books. No wonder Neil Plakcy at GayWired referred to the fetching Mr. Lewis as a triple threat. If threats be the food of admiration, threaten us, please. It was a reference to his three major talents as a singer/songwriter/novelist. No doubt there are more threats coming. He is part of the WCBS radio family, doing thrice-weekly reports on “City Life” in Manhattan and the five boroughs.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lovin' John Pagano

John Pagano never disappoints. His name is familiar to many fans of Burt Bacharach as a featured vocalist with Burt ’s orchestra. John has generously offered once again to grace a New York stage for HIV/AIDS awareness. The great American songbook is too rarely approached with the unique blend of honesty, inventiveness, and reverence that John Pagano accords it on his [recording] Pure Imagination. From conception to execution, Pure Imagination is a refreshing, even daring journey, encompassing twelve timeless, classic songs – setting well-known standards alongside more unexpected, revealing selections. Pagano is quick to note that Pure Imagination was approached as a genuine creative release. “I wasn’t trying to follow guidelines,” he explains. “For years I’ve dealt with record companies telling me what to do. This CD is the sound of me making the decisions myself, experiencing the freedom of being able to be creative without someone else calling the shots.” Of course, his name was one of the first considered for King for A Day, because in past events and fundraisers John’s was a sound appreciated by audience and performers alike. When he sang “A Song for You” flawlessly at Love Out Loud West in 2009, one could hear a pin drop. His will be a performance not to be missed.

Lovin' Matt Walton

Actor/Director/Producer Matt Walton puts his heart and soul into everything he does whether he is playing a heart throb turned villain on a daytime serial, acting in feature films, producing independent films, directing comedy shorts or making memorable commercial spots. He, therefore, makes quite an impression. When asked to host Brother, Brother! King for A Day, there was no hesitation on his part and we are proud to have him with us. It's no surprise that many are drawn to him, because his handsome stature is indicative of a good man with a great heart who works very hard. Matt is definitely one of the good guys with a strong creative streak. Back in 2008, he sang his heart out at Bacharach to the Future. He is back again doing his turn for HIV/AIDS awareness for King for A Day.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lovin' Colton Ford Out Loud




The subject of Naked Fame, Christopher Long's “intelligent and appealing documentary” which tells how Colton Ford, “wildly successful gay adult film star leaves porn behind to pursue his dream: music.” If that weren’t enough, he is now part of the stunning cast of here! TV’s The Lair as Sheriff Trout. He has generously agreed to perform at Brother, Brother! King for A Day a World AIDS Day concert and tribute to Carole King’s music. What is most striking about this formidable and multi-talented man’s modus operandi is his ability to achieve his goals flying in the face of conventional wisdom. Long time fans know that there is nothing at all conventional about the man and given his history it is a boon to Lifebeat that he is doing his part for awareness and fund-raising on their behalf.



Find out more about him here.

Lovin' Gregory Nalbone Out Loud

Gregory Nalbone has been singing his heart out all over Manhattan. His devoted fans have populated sold out performances at The Duplex and The Laurie Beechman Theater. The move to New York City in 1991 from New Jersey when he was paying his bills by bartending and dancing turned out to be great exposure for him—literally—his image was requested by many a topnotch photographer. A serious student of both acting and voice proved to be a great boon for him and New York was the beneficiary! His modeling career has brought him into contact with the best among photographers among them the late Bill Costa, Antoine Verglas, Thomas Synnamon, Reed Massengill and Steven Meisel. His prolific modeling experience has brought Gregory into the pages of Italian Vogue, Men's Health, Exercise for Men Only, Manner Aktuell, Details, Playboy, Glamour and Dreamboys among others. This generous man will be on hand on Monday November 29th at Comix for AIDS Day awareness benefitting Lifebeat.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Love Out Loud for LaLa Brooks

LaLa Brooks is one of the featured singers on Brother, Brother! King for A Day, a World AIDS Day concert to be held at Comix on November 29, 2010. Stay tuned ...in the meantime, our Miss Brooks will be singing at BB King's!



LaLa Brooks of The Crystals & Paula Valstein
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 West 42nd Street, New York
212.997.4144

October 20, 2010 7:30PM


Doors open @ 6PM $15 Advance $17 Day of Show

* General admission seated show - First come, first seated
.




Dolores "LaLa" Brooks was a member of the legendary girl group The Crystals and is best known as the lead vocalist on their hits "Then He Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron."
Brooks was the second youngest of 11 children, born to a full-blooded Native American mother and an African-American father. She once told an interview of her mother and laughed, "I knew she was different when she couldn't comb my hair. She told me to ask a neighbor to do it. I have my father's kinky hair."

Brooks first displayed her talent by singing gospel music in church. At age seven, she took part in her siblings' gospel group called the Little Gospel Tears, where they sang in Brooklyn. While attending PS 73, she was discovered in an after-school program by Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew and her mother, who invited her to join The Crystals as a replacement for a departing member. Brooks accepted this invitation.



After leaving the Crystals, she married jazz musician Leo Morris (also known as Idris Muhammad) in 1966; the union brought two sons and two daughters. Shortly thereafter, she converted to Islam with him, going under the name Sakinah Muhammad. She then helped him write and record his material over the years. In 1968, she appeared in the original Broadway production of the musical Hair, where she performed the song "Aquarius." She would later appear in the Broadway show Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. She also toured with and recorded for various artists (such as the Neville Brothers, Bobby Womack and Isaac Hayes), made short appearances in films, and contributed songs to different movie soundtracks (including the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem). In 1971, she reunited with Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Mary Thomas, and Barbara Alston as The Crystals and toured and performed in rock-&-roll revival shows. Their touring lasted until 1973 when the members decided to devote their time to their families.

In 1983, she and her family moved to London, England where she and Morris continued their careers in music. In 1990, they moved to Vienna, Austria where she continued singing and writing songs with Morris and also hosted a local radio show; they lived in Vienna until 1997. Andrew Edge sang backing vocals her on her BMG (Austria) CD LaLa Brooks & Friends in 1994.[1] In 1999, she and Morris separated but have remained on good terms since then. Brooks moved back to the United States at the turn of the century and currently resides in New York City.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Harm Reduction

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Main Entry: mem·o·ra·ble
Pronunciation: \ˈmem-rə-bəl, ˈmə-mə-rə-, ˈme-mər-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin memorabilis, from memorare to remind, mention, from memor mindful
Date: 15th century
: worth remembering : notable

Go here for a donation to AIDS Walk Los Angeles.






Hello,

One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last three years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.


Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:




Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Thank you for your help thoughout the years.







Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Giovanni and AIDS Walk


Next Week I will be participating in the United States Conference on AIDS in Orlando, FL. My participation there focuses on reaching out to HIV/AIDS activists and finding out what is going on throughout the network in gathering data, education and treatment. It has been a gratifying and illuminating experience in the past and I expect nothing less this time around.

I am here because I dodged a bullet that a majority of my gay male contemporaries, some of whom I loved much. It is why I walk and why I continue to promote events and fundraisers. Why I continue to pester. It is my part in the ongoing drama of a devastation that should have never happened.


A colleague from POZ pointed out this short story from the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times where there are often soap opera-unrequited love type stories. He was “struck by this particular article, for reasons that are abundantly clear. Quite moving without being schmaltzy.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/fashion/29Love.html?pagewanted=1&emc=eta1

It gives a human perspective on what can be so easily and summarily dismissed.

Love Out Loud West takes place on October 14, 2010 at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood. It is a launch party and my team’s fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. There will be celebrities in attendance to meet and greet fans. $25.00 is the suggested donation. If you care to pay in advance, you can do so via PayPal. (giovitaco-at-aim.com)


If you simply want to make a direct donation to the team’s efforts here’s how.

Visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Copy and paste the following into your browser:
http://aidswalklosangeles2010.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=427581&u=427581-258943720&e=3672411133



Did you know...
- Every 9 ½ minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV?
- Half of those infected with HIV are under the age of 24?
- 25% of those infected with HIV do not know it?

Even though there has been a lot of publicity about drug treatments which are prolonging some people's lives, they don't work for everyone and there is still no cure in sight. Moreover, young people are still getting infected at alarmingly high rates.


Giovanni Vitacolonna
212.938.2045


This means a lot to me.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Alicia Minshew

Alicia Minshew fearlessly took over the role of Kendall Hart, child born of rape, daughter to the seemingly eternal Erica Kane. She has made the role her own much to the benefit of faithful All My Children viewers and fans. Kendall has one of those personas that defies category and for that very reason keeps us tuning in. All that panache comes from somewhere inside La Minshew who works unfailingly to bring Mrs. Slater (Kendall) to light. There are few harder working actors than the flawless beauty who will grace our fundraiser with her presence making it an evening surely to be remembered. Come out to East/West in West Hollywood on October 14 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm for Love Out Loud West, launch party for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Contact: 212.938.2045



Alicia is not new to this. She and husband Rich Herschenfeld have been mainstays for Love Out Loud New York since 2006. That's why we love them!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Love Out Loud for Matt Montgomery


"A lot of actors come into this industry and they do a gay film here or there and either they themselves or through the advice of other people, decide that they don't want to continue playing other gay characters because they're afraid of being typecast. I felt the complete opposite," he said. "I felt a huge sense of loyalty to these filmmakers and to the viewers watching these movies. If I spent the rest of my life only doing movies in the independent film industry, at least it's part of something that's progressive and part of something that's at the frontier of movement and change."
"It was never my plan to stay in or leave the gay independent film industry," he added. "It was just omething that kind of happened. But I kept working and what started to happen is it started to open other doors for me in general."
Born in Houston and raised Corpus Christi, Matthew thought his television was filled with tiny people and he wpndered how he could get into the set. It was then that his artist father explained to him what acting was.
"I never wanted to do anything else," he said.

More from Greg Hernandez on Matt
Montgomery right here.




from Jessica Pena’s mini-biography:

Matthew Montgomery, Houston born, raised Corpus Christi, Texas, Actor, Producer, Artist.

With an artist father as a role model Matthew Montgomery was immersed in the art world at a very young age. As his surroundings consisted of his father's gallery as well as his father's friends who were made up of other artists, filmmakers, writers and actors, inspiration was not hard to come by. As a child he was known to put on elaborate puppet shows as well as skits and in depth reenactments of movies and cartoons. With a step-mother who possessed a fascination with classic Hollywood films, Hepburn, Brando, Stewart, and Gable were household fixtures to his upbringing.

Here is Matt's site.

It is very exciting news for Love Out Loud West that we now have the co-stars of Finding Mr. Wright on board.



Love Out Loud, a launch party and fundraiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles will take place on October 14, 2010 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at East/West Lounge 8851 Santa Monica Blvd ($25.00 suggested donation) David "Mr Wright" Moretti is your host.

Finding Mr. Wright on Facebook.