Friday, October 23, 2009

Alexandra Danielle Ainsworth

[pictured here with Taylor Spreitler on the right]

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Lexi Ainsworth comes from a father who is a dentist and a mother who is a teacher. She is definitely armed with a brilliant smile and natural intelligence. She more than likely achieved those on her own. While attending an acting boot camp in Los Angeles she caught the attention of an agency who sent her out on her first national commercial audition which she subsequently shot for Barbie. After other commercials and industrials she acquired the roles of Caroline in the AFI short film Caroline Crossing and Grace Budd, the child lead in the independent film The Gray Man. She has also co-starred in the NBC television series Medical Investigation with Kelly Williams and had the recurring role of Tille on WB's Gilmore Girls. Most recently she won the role of Molly in Universal's Feature film Wild Child where she plays Emma Roberts' little sister. Nowadays she appears on the small screen as General Hospital's Kristina, the offspring of two of the show's more powerful characters. Lexi lived up to her great reputation when she unexpectedly came to POZ's fundraising event last week in Hollywood. This young lady who holds much promise lit up the evening.

This young lady's support for AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a reminder that there is still time to donate. Click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jai Rodriguez, A Wonderful Surprise

David Moretti never lets you down. He said he would bring a surprise to Love Out Loud on October 15th at H.Wood and the surprise was ... Jai Rodriguez. Native New Yorker Rodriguez has many talents and puts them all to good use. He is part of the cast of the very current indie gay film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay, premiering this very evening in Los Angeles. he co-stars with John Lloyd Young.

His imdb bio tells us: Jai is a talented actor, singer and dancer who most recently starred in the lead role of Zanna in the off-Broadway musical hit Zanna, Don't! Jai joined the production after a long stint on Broadway as Angel in the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Jai is also a fixture among the hip NYC social set, regularly performing his solo act in the newest and hottest nightspots. On Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003), Jai uses all aspects of his professional training and skills as a performer plus his social charisma to coach straight subjects on everything from mixing 'n mingling in a social setting, to conversation skills, and to being at ease on the dance floor. Jai got into singing because when he was younger, he sang in a black gospel choir at church. He then got into acting by acting in school plays quite often.

He is very engaging in person and we were very happy to have him on hand. Here is a clip of a duet with fellow out actor, Cheyenne Jackson from two years ago.

Here he is with Taylor from Days of Our Lives.

Visit his official site.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Angels in Los Angeles

There are angels in Los Angeles who are not on the baseball diamond. One of them is Greg Vaughan. Here is a personally autographed item he provided to help us with funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Go here to bid.

There were also other angels who helped us with a lovely event at H.Wood. Gratitude goes out to Amy Beard, Michelle Butler, Karla and Paul Goden. Much thanks to Debbie Morris of the General Hospital Fan Club and Debby O'Connor of who helped promote it.

Donations are still possible. Go here to our team page.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Out Loud in Hollywood

Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live)
Sherri Lewis ( Divas Simply Singing)
Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives)
Amanda Baker (All My Children)
Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital)
Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives)
Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives and Charlie Wilson’s War),
Brandon Beemer (The Bold and The Beautiful)
Thom Bierdz (The Young and the Restless)
Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless)
David Moretti (The Lair)
Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!)
Greg Vaughan (General Hospital)
Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Brandon Barash (General Hospital)
Lisa LoCicero (General Hospital)
Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital)
singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination).
The gracious support of these wonderful people to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness help make POZ events seem to get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth), Michael Fairman (Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. POZ is very gratified. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful. In the following days, be on the look out for some interesting auctions to pop up on line, especially one including the autographed poster from the event.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Love Out Loud for Adam Grimes

We heard from Adam today that he and Carrie Southworth will be at the fund-raiser this evening at H.Wood, What follows is our post from last year when Adam came on board as a star of GH's Nightshift. "The Generous Mr. Grimes:

Function: adjective
1 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation … Synonyms bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free, freehanded, liberal, munificent, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing

Adam Grimes took up acting because he was inspired by his high school drama teacher. It is now this Vermont native’s turn to do the inspiring and inspire he does as General Hospital: Night Shift's Doctor Kyle Julian. He is a member of the long-form comedy group, Supermodel, as well as an alumnus of 10 West Improvisational Theater indicating that this is a rising talent with range and versatility. Add generous to his many attributes, because it didn’t take much for him to agree to be part of Love Out Loud West's "Soaps in the City" on October 16th at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood.
Jack Myers, who also posts on the Huffington Post, had more than one encouraging word bout Adam’s current place of work:

“The stories of these characters may not be ground-breaking, but they are totally engaging, some in a fun and relaxed way, others on a level of surprising emotional connection. The same holds for the many different patients who move through the hospital in every episode, often touching the lives of the doctors and nurses with whom they interact. For example, tonight’s episode further explores the difficult relationship between brothers Leo and Kyle when they become caught up in a conflict between a young woman seeking to honor the wishes of her dying partner and the partner’s homophobic parents.

I’ll close with another line I’m surprised to find myself writing: Night Shift is such a pleasant surprise that I wish SOAPnet would run it one night a week all year long! It has made Port Charles fun again.” Read all of it here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

You Know Who Your Friends Are: Ilene Kristen and Thom Bierdz

Well, here we are on the threshold of the third Love Out Loud in Los Angeles. It looks like this may be the best of the three. What makes it even better is that exceptional folks who were at the first are now here for the third. Both Thom Bierdz and Ilene Kristen are returning. Both are burning up the small screen these days on The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live. Both performances these days are quite memorable for both high drama in one case and terrific comedic timing in another. Ilene will also be performing at The Acme the following Saturday. Check out the flyer below.

Marc Benno's song sung by Rita Coolidge is playing on the Column of Life player. Here we have videos by both the author and Rita of recent vintage where she explains the meaning of the title. The song is posted in honor of both Thom and Ilene.

Live your life however you want to.
Do whatever you want to and you'll never die.
You can do whatever you want to do,
Whatever you want to do, you can try.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
keeps on a rolling on.
keeps on a rolling on.

Life just lasts a second,
You don't have time to reckon
Things that people say and do.
Try to find your secrets,
Death is just a sequence
to be one day going through.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
keeps on a rolling on.
keeps on a rolling on.

You can love and you can live forever.
You can live forever if you love.
Yeah, just be a giver and help the poor deliver
Something less for something more.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
It keeps on a rolling on.
Just keeps on a rolling on.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Greg Vaughan and Exceptional Beauty

A great opportunity presents itself in Hollywood on Thursday October 15, 2009 at H.Wood at POZ's fund-raiser and launch party for AIDS Walk Los Angeles with the appearance of fan favourite Greg Vaughan, of late of General Hospital as Lucky Spencer. It's a double treat because he will be accompanied by Touriya Haoud, his exceptionally beautiful wife. Greg himself is no stranger to the adjective. Click here to visit an unofficial site in his honour.

Just for fun, here's Soaps in Depth's feature on Mr. Vaughan from last December. The folks who come to visit and greet Mr. Vaughan will also be experiencing some good fortune in his presence.

There are fond hopes that some of that good fortune will reach AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Here's the donor page.

Here's the event page.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AIDS Walk Los Angeles and Love Out Loud for Timothy Scott


One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk Los Angeles is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last two 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.

Click on the AIDS Walk Banner at the top of this page or just go to the donation page. Thank you for your help thoughout the years.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Love Out loud for Matt Borlenghi

Actor Matteo "Matt" Borlenghi, spent some of his childhood in Italy, a dual US-Italian citizen, the very talented man was born in Los Angeles, California. Matt studied his craft at a variety of schools including Lee Strasberg Institute, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Tracy Roberts Actors Studio. Borlenghi is no stranger to daytime drama series having starred in All My Children as Brian Bodine opposite Kelly Ripa's Hayley, on The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives. He has recently been cast in ABC’s stalwart, General Hospital. He has had numerable guest appearances on television, notably as Russ Francis on The Jeff Foxworthy Show. His film roles include the Nick Cassavetes film Alpha Dog and the independent film Bloody Mary. His own new creation is the independent film Jack Rio in collaboration with director Gregori J. Martin. He will be joining Love Out Loud at H-Wood on October 15th with one of the producers of that film Sean Kanan. Come meet the exceptional Matt Borlenghi as he donates his valuable time to a good cause.

Visit his official site.

Visit Love Out Loud.