Thursday, March 26, 2009

Love Out Loud for Colton Ford

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 come spend time at Love Out Loud New York with good friend and co-star David Moretti. 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 POZ and AIDS Walk New York that he is doing his part for awareness and fund-raising.

Find out more about him here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Love Out Loud for Prohibition

A great place on the Upper West Side at 503 Columbus Avenue . NYC 10024 . 212.579.3100.

You've heard it from us before: this is a very inviting and comfortable locale, i.e. Prohibition, where every night of the week something is going on. When the music isn't live in the early evening, the speakers give forth with recognizable oldies that keep the customers at their tables and at the bar. The staff friendly and accomodating, most notably Christian, Tristan, Eva, Jennifer, Desiree, Adi, Annie, Natalie, Kristen. Management knows how to hire good people, really good people.

In warm weather there is outside seating. The key word is comfort and it seems that the two working owner/partners Rich and Ian do their best to make it so.

The menu also serves up comfort food, such as fried calamari, chicken fingers, tuna tacos, wild mushroom ravioli, vegetable dumplings, mini-burgers, mini-pizzas and quesadillas that can be enjoyed at the bar and at tables. There is a full menu that can be perused at their website

From the New York Times: "The Music Cooks and the Food Sings: But I already know from my neighborhood that a chef and a belter can peacefully coexist. Prohibition, on Columbus Avenue, has live performances every night but food so consistently fresh that I go there just to eat, before the young crowd throngs the dark room and the bands take the stage. It’s the right menu for a certain mood, when you want little plates with lots of flavor (Portobello napoleons, duck nachos and jazzy pizzas) and not much commitment or cash required."

From New York Magazine: "Prohibition typifies the Upper West Side bar scene. It's spacious and funky but not overly hip. It's popular but rarely packed. The waitstaff is young, beautiful andunpretentious. The cool décor features lamps made out of out of skinny lightbulbs suspended in wine bottles. In the front bar area, live bands perform on a tiny stage: Every night features a different musical act, from groovy funk to jazz. If you'd rather focus on your date (or your martini—try one of the many house-made varieties), head to the back room, where you can also dine on surprisingly good New American cuisine."—Shana Liebman

It's an open, warm, down to earth and welcoming locale in a great neighbourhood. Addiction sets in quickly. It's a perfect place to be held hostage by really nice people.

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Inflected Form(s): wel·comed; wel·com·ing
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Date: before 12th century
1 : to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
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Monday, March 23, 2009

More Meloni Love

POZ's 4th annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk New York, Love Out Loud will take place Wednesday May 13, 2009 at Prohibition in New York, NY. Look for many local celebrities to be in attendance.

Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni – there are few who are more generous– has once again stepped up to help us raise funds. He will graciously sign this photograph to the specifications of the winning bidder. He will sign whatever you want to. Half the funds will go directly to GMHC from eBay and the other half will become part of the POZ team's effort for AIDS Walk New York: to help with Love Out Loud and the team's collected funds.

This magazine is a collector's item from the era when Meloni was burning up the airwaves on OZ. It is in used condition. This is a must have item of memorabilia.

Go here to bid. Go here to donate directly.

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine provides the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status, inspiring and empowering in readership. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. POZ offers exclusive Web-only content including a summary of daily national and international AIDS news, daily treatment news and special reports on a wide variety of cultural, social, political and medical topics.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Love Out Loud for Jake Silbermann.

New York City native Jake Silbermann was raised in an artistic family and always had an interest in performing. In 2007, he landed a day player role on Guiding Light; later that year, he was cast as Luke’s long-awaited love interest Noah on As The World Turns . Almost immediately, Silbermann was embraced by fans clamoring for an openly gay couple and [they] became a favorite pair. In fact, they were so popular, all of their scenes were put on YouTube. The pair's popularity continues to soar, as they're constantly voted Favorite Couple in Digest's online polls. Jake's contribution to their on screen chemistry speaks volumes about the acting talent of one so young. In this day and age it still needs a bit of chutzpah to play a gay role. It is getting better because of the likes of Jake Silbermann, who has graciously agreed to become part of Love Out Loud 2009.

Love Out Loud for As the World Turns

The up side of being a gay male teenager in the 1960s is that there were excellent books written by the likes of Gore Vidal and James Baldwin in existence for over a decade and were accessible as paperbacks, although they were hidden under pillows and read only in extreme privacy.

However, had there been the opportunity to enjoy what today's teenagers have the opportunity to enjoy on As The World Turns one might have been secure and honest in the expression of one's sexual identity. That is the true beauty of the roles played by Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann.

These videos have a life on YouTube. Luke and Noah were given life by the good people at Procter and Gamble. Who would have thought? OK, well, Baldwin or Vidal did not write their scenarios--still it's simply a matter of seeing a reflection and in some small way having that reflection celebrated. It is not exactly a fountain of youth or a rejuvenating elixir, but it does afford the opportunity to look back on one's adolescent self and love him.

[This is a re-post from Column of Life web log from 5 June 2008. It's re-posted because today we were informed that Jake Silbermann will be attending Love Out Loud]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Love Out Loud for Michael Tomasetti

Mark Twain had this to say about people like Michael Tomasetti: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. small minded people always try to do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can be great, which just about sums up what this denizen of Pleasant Valley is all about. Yes, he really does live in a place called Pleasant Valley. How could it not be with such a population? His work as an actor and a model takes him to more than a few major hubs in the United States: New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Phoenix. He has been featured here before. His response to become part of Love Out Loud on May 13th at Prohibition was immediate and affirmative. This is a person who is self-described as someone who wants to bring people together. He considers himself a team player and now he's part of ours. It's hoped that his presence will be motivational. Come say hello.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Bit of History: Love Out Loud

The first Love Out Loud took place at Prohibition in 2006 due to the generosity of Rich Herschenfeld and Ian Duke in affording the opportunity. It stands to reason, given that the locale itself was part of the inspiration. In 2004 Kamar de los Reyes held a benefit for Gabriel Project and packed the place, which also stands to reason, given that Daytime fans are very loyal.

Having experienced the AIDS crisis from the very beginning made it a life changing experience. Another source of inspiration, the We All Have Aids Campaign which launched on World AIDS day December 1, 2005 brings the perfect attitude into an arena where combat has taken place for over two decades.

In the movie Spartacus when all the rebellious slaves were captured and the Roman overseers wanted to punish their leader it was asked who among them was Spartacus. All of them declared themselves to be Spartacus in solidarity with their charismatic leader. “I Am Spartacus” has come to mean “I identify with you.” A similar moment in the movie In & Out met with better consequences when the students declared their solidarity with their gay teacher by declaring themselves to be gay.

It’s what the New York AIDS Walk is all about, viz. declaring solidarity with the HIV-positive population. The logical progression is for a company like Smart + Strong to have a presence there.

Fund-raising can be accessed via a team identified as a corporate entity, if you will, and/or individuals using their personal resources to do so. There is strength in numbers. A team with a strong identity can utilize events and other fund raising opportunities so easily accessible here in NYC.

In 2005 with the help of Chris Meloni's participation in eBay auctions it was easy to raise funds as an individual. It seemed a natural progression as a member of the POZ family to raise the bar as far as fund-raising was concerned. When it happened it was gratifying. Ilene Kristen was the very first to step up and when Thorsten Kaye came on board the event started to take shape because his loyal fans stepped up to give it life.

Michael Clay of Austin, TX helped provide the theme. Michael could tell you many a tale of his close friends from his Nashville years and more than one has inspired his original material. They were years full of creativity and connecting personalities. The list seems endless and certainly memorable.

Michael Clay’s signature song at one time was the incomparable "Love Out Loud," a paean to loving as one’s nature dictates. It arrived at the very end of the set starting out unassumingly with an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. It was that part of the show where everyone in the band had the opportunity for self expression. It was cathartic and exhilarating.

I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud

It became the theme of the event. Michael came up with his band and filled Prohibition with a joyous noise along with Ilene Kristen. In 2007, Ken Lundie became part of the musical tapestry. John Kouri and Tremors became the band of the hour, so to speak, with Ilene Kristen, Barbara Porteus and Mr. Lundie once again. In 2008, there were even more celebrities in attendance with CBS shows coming on board with Marj Dusay taking stage to address the attendees. It has become an Upper West Side tradition. This year the musical experience will achieve new heights with the addition of John Pagano who graced Bacharach to the Future.

This year there will be the usual suspects along with stars from here! TV and Broadway. There is also a Love Out Loud West. Los Angeles, a tough nut to crack, provided a memorable evening at East/West Lounge for AIDS Walk Los Angeleslast October. Sherri Lewis, Ted Detwiler, Kristoff St. John, Patrika Darbo and, of course, Ilene Kristen were there among a large crowd of celebrities who came out to support the cause.

By now, you know where it is. If you can't make it out there is a donation page for the POZ Team and, of course, the Meloni auctions are taking place. Like this one

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Redux: Love Out Loud for David Moretti

David Moretti does indeed look like an Italian movie star as someone once opined. Perhaps it’s because his surname comes from Italy. Wherever his origins are, the man seems to be doing all the right things. He is the star of here! TV's The Lair and the purveyor of his own web log on From his website: [he likes] the idea of being part of the new movement in gay television. "I'm proud to be part of a show that is entertaining our culture. Gay heroes and villains are a concept not often explored and here! should be commended for being the first network to make it happen." Since debuting on The Lair, Moretti has also appeared as a guest star on Dante's Cove.
He admits to being happier now than ever before. "I have the best of both worlds. I get to step outside of myself and play different characters on the set each day and then when I head home, I actually respect the person I see in the mirror." Speaking of respect, he has earned some in these parts. He attended POZ's West Coast fund-raiser last October and now he will be on hand for Love Out Loud New York on May 13th. Ganzo! Gaiardo! Bono!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Love Out Loud for John Bolton

John Bolton recently completed a run of over 500 performances as the villainous drama critic in Kander and Ebb’s Curtains where he also played the starring role of Lt. Frank Cioffi during David Hyde Pierce’s vacation. Also on Broadway: original cast of the Tony Award-winning musicals Spamalot (often performing the role of King Arthur), Contact and Titanic, and in the hit revivals of Damn Yankees and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (as Finch opposite Sarah Jessica Parker). He was featured in the acclaimed New York benefit concerts of Chess, Funny Girl, Busker Alley and the Grammy-nominated Dreamgirls.

You may have caught him as District Attorney John Summerhill on ABC’s All My Children, in many Broadway-related appearances on all of the major network talk and morning shows. You can also find him on the airwaves as part of Gossip Girl. On World AIDS Day 2008 John became part of Bacharach to the Future and those in attendance got to appreciate the great and energetic talent that is John Bolton.

One of the beauties of Love Out Loud on 13 May 2009 is that you can greet this exceptionally generous and more than likable man.

503 Columbus (at 84th)
5:30 to 9:00 PM

Monday, March 9, 2009

Update for Love Out Loud

When Alex Rybeck, musical director for POZ's Bacharach to the Future, found out that John Pagano was coming out for this year's fund-raiser at Prohibition on May 13th and was asked to accompany this talented singer, his response was, "In a heartbeat." Therefore, look for a Bacharch to the Future reunion of sorts. There is no doubt that this duo will serve up a musical memory.

Go here to read about his great CD

John Pagano is a name familiar to many fans of Burt Bacharach as the male vocalist with Burt’s band. On his new CD, Pure Imagination, Pagano steps out on his own with a collection of classic songs in the timeless style of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Chet Baker. Backed by a 40-piece orchestra, Pagano lends his vocal talents to 12 songs including “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Night and Day,” “Time After Time,” “Call Me Irresponsible” and the title track, written by Bricusse-Newley as the main theme for the film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

Of special interest to Bacharach fans, Pure Imagination includes two tracks produced by Bacharach and featuring Bacharach himself on piano–”Any Day Now” and “This Guy’s In Love With You.” Pagano also performs Bacharach’s classic “Wives and Lovers” on the CD. For more information about John and Pure Imagination, visit or [source:]

Love Out Loud takes place on 13 May 2009 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. $30.00 donation. Send your reservation request to There are a limited amount of table seatings.

503 Columbus Ave [near 84th]

Friday, March 6, 2009