Saturday, June 27, 2009

Love Out Loud Once More for Ted Detwiler

Del Shores has pointed out to the fans of Sordid Lives that Ted Detwiler starred in his Southern Baptist Sissies, before he became Jacob on the series. Fans of Ted and the series need to let TPTB know that there is much to be gained in keeping the fetching Mr. Detwiler on our radar.

Go here to help save the very entertaining Sordid Lives. Geez Louise, it's original gay programming! Hello?!

Anyone who grew up on a surf board and turned professional at the tender age of 16 is worthy of attention. There are more than enough reasons to pay attention to this fine young gentleman who turned to theatre after an ankle injury. It was Ted Detwiler’s and Del Shores’ mutual good fortune that they both were working on the situation comedy Ned & Stacy where they met. Their friendship and collaboration has led to our good fortune in enjoyable art with both Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. He has starred in numerous musicals and plays. TV credits include Crossing Jordan, Sliders and Hyperion Bay. His film credits include: Must Love Dogs, The Ring 2, After Sunset, Chasers and Blood Money.

It was fortuitous when Ted joined Bacharach to the Future. Here is his performance on You Tube.

Much good fortune to go around. The man can sing and by the way, here's his reel:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Love Out Loud for ABC Soaps in Depth

for the great spread they gave the POZ magazine fund-raiser at Prohibition. There is lots of ABC news in addition to the wonderful photos from Steven Bergman in the July 13th edition on news stands Monday June 29--this coming Monday! There's a great pic of Thorsten Kaye with Dab the AIDS Bear, named in the caption as our unofficial mascot.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Loving Ilene Kristen, Director!

Doreen Montalvo
(In the Heights)
Monday, August 3, 2009
The Triad
158 W. 72nd St
$20 (two drink minimum)
212.868.4444 (
212.362.2590 (

"I've Just Got to Sing My Song"
Piano: Gillian Berkowitz
Directed by Ilene Kristen

Monday, June 15, 2009

Loving Rob Thomas and Lifebeat

Join Rob Thomas and LIFEbeat to celebrate the release of Cradlesong

Atlantic Records, LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS and Chip Duckett
invite you to join
for a special party celebrating his new album
Complimentary cocktails courtesy of
Domaine de Canton
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The North Cabana
at The Maritime Hotel

88 Ninth Avenue
(at 17th St)
Limited advance tickets $20 available.
>> Click here for tickets! <<

$25 at the door if available.

Your admission is a donation to

LIFEbeat - The Music Industry Fights AIDS.
21 & Over. Proper ID Required.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Mike Salinari Steps Up

Good friend Mike Salinari, a mainstay in the West Village and The Grove is having a fund-raiser for GMHC:

On Sunday July 19th, 2009 Richard Parisi and myself will be organizing a benefit supporting the GMHC.
The purpose of this benefit is to raise awareness of the GMHC and their longstanding commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The afternoon fundraiser will include live entertainment, along with auctions and 50/50 raffles.

It has been many years since Cherry Grove has done a benefit for this cause and with your support we will be successful.
If you should have any questions or would like to participate, and/or donate please contact myself: or

Thank you.
Mike Salinari
& Rich Parisi

[Mike hugging Nick at last month's Love Out Loud at Prohibition]

Cherry's On the Bay
158 Bayview Walk
Cherry Grove, NY 11782
Getting here by:
Ferry ->
Train ->
Phone: (631) 597-7859

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Loving Matt Walton

Mr. Walton has been a good friend to POZ, donating his time to do a PSA for the Denver Principles Project, participating in Bacharach to the Future and being part of Love Out Loud on more than one occasion. What's not to love?

After spending the spring developing Keith Reddin's newest play Human Error at City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Matt Walton returned home to welcome the crew of DIY network’s Man Caves with Jason Cameron as they built him a Mad Men style office and library. Look for the episode to air sometime this fall

Currently Matt can be seen as attorney Elijah Kent on ABC TV’s One Life to Live.

Later this year Matt will direct his first feature film for Shake the Tree Productions My:)Face, a wacky romantic comedy about the perils of social networking,

Meanwhile check the man out on the web as The Onion 's Sports guru Tim Devannon.

NCAA Expands March Madness To Include 4,096 Teams

Matt's naturally wicked sense of humor propels him on more than one original short at Take a look at Mad Libs

Monday, June 8, 2009

See You in the Quad: Sex Positive

Sex Positive explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M- hustler-turned-AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe sex has never been aptly credited. Berkowitz emerged from the epicenter of the epidemic as a community leader, demanding a solution to the problem before anyone else would pay attention. However, it was not Berkowitz' voice alone that sparked contention.

Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, a controversial virologist and AIDS doctor, postulated that AIDS was more complicated than just a new virus. With Sonnabend's theory in tow, Berkowitz fought, alongside beloved activist and musician Michael Callen, for safer sex practices without giving up on sex altogether.

Sex Positive explores the explicit bravery of this unrecognized triumvirate, and their dire quest to save lives in the midst of unwavering dissent. Now destitute and alone, Mr. Berkowitz tells his story to a world who never wanted to listen.

Through the eyes of Mr. Berkowitz, the audience is made witness to a graphic testimony of sex, death, and betrayal, while placing the invention of ‘safe sex’ in a fresh and compelling context.

June 12, 2009 both Richard Berkowitz and film maker Daryl Wein will be in attendance.

34 West 13th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 255-8800 schedule
(212) 255-2243 office
(212) 255-2247 fax
Admission: $11.00 Adults

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Love Out Loud for Thorsten Kaye

[with Dab the AIDS Bear]

Thorsten Kaye is one of the important elements in helping us get Love Out Loud off to a running start, because he has generously taken the time to come by to greet his many fans. The handsome, talented actor is no slouch in the sensitive and creative realm either. He is showcasing his second book of poetry on July 25, 2009 in Hoboken, NJ at Trinity. There is more information available on his official website. It promises to be a great occasion if the last one was any indication.

Should you want to buy copy for you and yours. Go here. It's a PayPal link.

A Solid Wheel of Colored Ribbons.
A collection of poignant, humorous, and wise poems composed by Thorsten Kaye and charmingly illustrated by his friend Tami Evans Foster for children of all ages. Description: Hardback with dust jacket. Size: 8.5" by 11", 48 pp., illustrated in full color. Printed in U.S.A.

[Thorsten, Cha Cha & Dab]

Love Out Loud for Tremors: Seismographic.

Tremors and their lead singer, John Kouri, a mainstay at Prohibition, are much appreciated by clientele and management alike. This New York based cover band has been playing music together for over a decade. A five piece ensemble maintaining a wide ranging repertoire, Tremors have one of the most extensive 70's, 80's and 90's song lists you will ever see and thoroughly enjoy hearing. With band members whose musicianship is of the highest level, the group has performed at venues ranging from small local pubs, to the Algonquin Hotel, to large festivals. John himself has been open and generous with the POZ team in the past lending us equipment. They've played for POZ's fundraiser two years in a row. Last night at Prohibition the venue filled to capacity was incessantly rocked. George Michael sounded just fine in their hands. "Freedom" indeed.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Love Out Loud for Alicia Minshew

All My Children– Episode: 9996 aired on November 6, 2008 autographed by the entire cast. The Divine Miss M, Alicia Minshew did the footwork on this one to help us out with the funds for this event and there's still work to do! The winning bid will also get a t-shirt commemorating the event.

Here's the item on eBay

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Love Out Loud for Ilene Kristen and Roger Newcomb

POZevent angel, Ilene Kristen is in a film produced and promoted by We Love Soaps, Roger Newcomb, also a very good friend to our events. Roger sent this over today. It's Gay Thursday over at Column of Life, but, it's very appropriate here as well given that Roger and Ilene step up to help out always. Seems as if this film has something to say. Relevancy, ah, sweet relevancy.

Forbes March will be playing a gay character, Mason, on As The World Turns starting in July. But this isn't his first gay role. He played Matt Malone in the Loger, Inc. film, Manhattanites, which is now available on DVD at the official site

Matt is an up and coming gay singer in New York City, who has signed with TM Productions and who gets involved with the very closeted head of Family Focus Magazine, Blake Whitney. Blake just happens to be dating Matt's entertainment attorney, Marilyn Marsden, played by the sensational Ilene Kristen. Matt's life becomes even more tangled: the head of TM Productions is Blake's somewhat homophobic brother, Charlie. He's also dealing with a tenuous relationship with his own brother, Todd, who has always been his parent's favorite. He wants the world to know about his love for Blake, but Blake's closeted life as head of Family Focus, and the complications that might face his career, have kept him silent. When Marilyn finally discovers the affair, all hell breaks loose, and Matt is left to try to hold on to his career and his man.

Here Forbes is reading through the script before filming an intense confrontation scene with Marilyn.

More Love Out Loud for Ted Detwiler

Last World AIDS Day at New World Stages, Ted Detwiler of Sordid Lives made quite an impression singing Burt Bacharach's "Promise Her Anything." Once again he has teamed up with Bruce Kimmel for a staged reading of Kimmel's musical creation.

The movie features a series of farcical lewd musical numbers in the style of classical Hollywood musical comedies including: "Orgasm", "Lesbian Butch Dyke", and "Dancing Dildos." The movie has low-budget feel, with a "musical-within-a-movie" theme in the tradition of Singin' in the Rain but with satirical sexual humor. An early staple of Cinemax, it has become somewhat of a cult classic since its initial release and was released on DVD in 2001. It was one of several farcical musical-comedy collaborations between Kimmel (who also co-starred in the movie) and Williams, along with Naked Space (originally titled Spaceship) in 1981. [wikipedia]

More on Bruce Kimmel, Creative Force behind Nudie Musical

The First Nudie Musical, a new musical based on the hit cult film from the 1970s comes to the stage in a two-night only staged reading as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New Musicals. The First Nudie Musical came out on film in 1976 to much critical acclaim. It became an instant cult film and it was one of the first films to hit cable TV, where it was hugely successful for many years. Unlike most of the recent film to stage adaptations, Nudie started life as a film musical, so adapting it for the stage seemed to be a natural.

The First Nudie Musical has a book by Bruce Kimmel and David Wechter, and music and lyrics by Bruce Kimmel (Kimmel wrote, co-directed, and starred in the film, along with Cindy Williams, Stephen Nathan, and Diana Canova). In addition to the songs from the film, there are eleven new numbers. The staged reading will be directed by Bruce Kimmel, with choreography by Adam Cates. Cason Murphy is producing. This free two-night only event will take place on June 15 and 16 at 7:30 at the NoHo Arts Center.
Early reservations are advised (seating is limited) and can be made by e-mailing or calling 323 599-7343.

For more information on the LA Festival of New American Musicals please visit

The NoHo Arts Center is at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601