Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nicholas Rodriguez Loves Out Loud

Whoever paraphrased Will Rogers and said, “I never met a Texan I didn’t like” must have known Nicholas Rodriguez. We Love Soaps and POZ are very proud to announce that actor and singer Nicholas Rodriguez will be joining Love Out Loud again on May 11 at Prohibition. Part of One Life to Live's landmark gay story line, Rodriguez was known to Broadway musical lovers from his roles in Tarzan, and Almost Heaven.

When the talented, handsome Texan came to television land he played Nick Chavez on One Life to Live, Mr. Rodriguez had this to say: "I'm just so grateful to be working with people like Brett and Scott, and Tuc Watkins has been a really big help. Everybody's just so cool. They're such pros…If we can put that in American homes, people who may not know another gay person, people that live outside of New York and California, if they can like us as real people, then we're really making a difference... It's real, deep love and issues that we're dealing with…Being an artist, I have people I look up to who have been out and proud in the community, and it's not like I've ever not been out, but I've never really mixed it with my work. So here I am finding myself playing a gay activist, and in real life, I could do so much more in my personal life… It's just making me realize I can do so much more good with it." Here’s the rest of the interview at AfterElton's Gays of Our Lives. Rodriguez just completed a run as Curly in Oklahoma! down in Washington, DC. Last November he was interviewed again by AfterElton, check it out.

Come on out to meet and greet the really, really nice and multi-talented Nicholas Rodriguez.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stewart Lewis Does Love Out Loud

For the second year in a row we are proud to announce that Stewart Lewis will be part of the proceedings on May 11th at Prohibition. There is a new interview at

Stewart Lewis’s soulful blend of pop and folk has been featured on many TV shows, including Ghost Whisperer, Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, and MTV’s Laguna Beach, as well as the feature films A Four Letter Word, Just Friends, and Firehouse Dog . His magnetic stage presence and quirky storytelling have earned him spots opening for Shawn Colvin, Patty Larkin, Josh Ritter, Sheryl Crow, and Ani Difranco to name a few. For more information, visit

Go here for the rest of the interview.

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.

As Stewart is wont to remind us: Music is such a gift, and it really does make the world go round.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Laughin' Out Loud at Love Out Loud

Adam Sank is a very funny fellow and a charmer. When appearing with Stewart Lewis at The Stonewall Inn, Adam was laugh out loud funny. Therefore, asking him to help out as a host for Love Out Loud VI was a no-brainer. We all like a dose of sensitivity with our humor. He is the perfect choice and it didn’t take him very long at all to decide to help out.

Adam Sank is one of the most recognized openly gay stand-up comics in the country, having been featured on Season Six of NBC's Last Comic Standing, in which he advanced to the New York showcase. He has also appeared on truTV's "Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest Criminals," Vh-1's Best Week Ever and Here-TV's Hot Gay Comics, along with multiple appearances Sirius-XM OutQ Radio.

On the East Coast, Adam has performed at all the major New York comedy clubs and has headlined in Fire Island, NY (The Ice Palace at Cherry Grove) the Poconos, PA (Rainbow Mountain Resort and GNI Retreat), Cape May, NJ (Cabanas on the Beach and Martini Beach) and Rehoboth Beach, DE (The Blue Moon). From 2006 to 2007, he hosted Adam Sank's Gay Bash, a monthly showcase, at Caroline's on Broadway and later Comix comedy club. And for three years, Adam was the host and producer of the wildly successful Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour at New York's Therapy lounge. Adam currently hosts That Sank Show every Wednesday night at New York's Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge.

On the West Coast, Adam's comedy has been featured at Thank Gays It's Friday at West Hollywood's Laugh Factory, Gays R Us at the Hollywood Improv and Rainbow Comedy Night at Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, along with headlining spots at San Diego's Madhouse Comedy Club and Ocean Beach Comedy at Winston's.

The proceedings just got better with the addition of our laugh out loud host on Wednesday May 11, 2011 at Prohibition 5:30 to 9 for POZ and We Love Soaps’ fundraiser for AIDS Walk New York: Love Out Loud VI.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Talent: Our Sister Ilene

It's that time again to make people aware that the largest AIDS fund-raising event in the world is going take place in the city that many people consider to be the capital of the world. New York can afford the opportunity not only for formidable events like the New York AIDS Walk but also to become friends with exceptional people, one of whom is the multi-talented Ilene Kristen (Grease,Ryan's Hope,One Life to Live) who is generous to a fault and was the first to volunteer her presence and musical talent for Love Out Loud the annual fund-raiser promoted by POZ magazine at Prohibition. This year it's taking place as usual on the Wednesday prior to the walk on May 11, 2011 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Prohibition at 84th & Columbus. The idea, of course, is to get fans to come meet their favourite celebs and donate to the team effort. Ilene has been part of every Love Out Loud. The woman's generosity and kindness is without bounds. When Ilene becomes your friend, your life gets better.

Ilene's shows are full of reminiscences in which she relates to her audience as if they were in her living room. She herself says so. Nonetheless her music is sultry, smooth and funky at one and the same time. Still this smoothness wraps itself around complex and sensitive lyrics in her original material. "Hold on to the earth with your own two hands and never say goodbye" are the lyrics she wrote in response to The World Trade Center tragedy and the loss of her good friend Nancy Addison from Ryan's Hope. The song is the memorable and poignant, "Flesh and Blood."

She has lost many friends to AIDS and is very much impacted by the disease which has now ravaged the world for over twenty five years. It's no wonder that this vibrant, diminutive powerhouse is always eager to lend a hand, clearly one of the most generous spirits alive. To know her is to love her.

One of the many people who love her is quintessential musician, Murray Weinstock. Come hear the sound of creativity that night.