Sunday, November 6, 2011

New York Angels

We can only be said to be alive in those moments

when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thank you to everyone who made Friday Night's Daytime meets the Nighttime special

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lori Michaels Loves Out Loud

Since her coming out in March 2006, Lori Michaels has taken Me & The Girls from coast to coast to the biggest pride festivals, club shows, music festivals, appearances and benefits all over the country. She has been non-stop with her Live Out Loud Pride Tour which kicked off at Dinah Shore Weekend in April 2008. Michaels grew up in the small town of Fairview, New Jersey. Her professional training began in her youth at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She later graduated from New York University with a pre-law degree. She is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Reach Out, Inc. and is an honorary board member of the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation.

Michaels' efforts with her charitable organization remain the heart (and soul) of all that she does. She is an entertainer and an activist for causes she truly cares about. With numerous awards and accolades, hundreds of events, most of which she organized and helped produce herself, a celebratory PSA promoting 20 years of "eaching out and events on Lori's upcoming calendar. She shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. She keeps solid commitments to programs and projects such as: HERO (Help Everyone Reach Out) raising awareness & funds for breast cancer), ANGEL (Awakening New Generations Enhancing Lives)an initiative promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention), Dance for Health, and OUT Proud! promoting equal rights for all, helping in the opposition of human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For Lovin' Out Loud: Lea DeLaria

Ben Brantley of the New York Times describes Lea as, "Every inch a star." Lea DeLaria, who already enjoyed a career as a Broadway singer and stand-up comedian, made her recording debut in 2000. Lea was confirmed as one of the best jazz singers of our time.

The first openly gay comic to appear on national television in the United States (Arsenio Hall in 1993 and from this point forward she has toured the world with her one-of-a-kind blend of cool jazz and in your face comedy. Ms. DeLaria's work in television is as unique as it is varied. She has created strange characters for daytime soaps (One Life to Live ), Primetime (Will & Grace, Friends and Matlock ) The small screen gave way to the big screen, lea has played parts in major motion pictures (The First Wives Club) but more often leads in independents like Edge of Seventeen, for which her version of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" won a 1999 GLAMA Award for Best Jazz Performance. In Fat Rose and Squeaky she played the title role along side Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher and four time Emmy winner Cicely Tyson. As a result of numerous musical comedy turns, Ms. DeLaria's singing career blossomed. She toured night clubs and concert halls. It was at one of these that Lea was spotted by Warner Jazz and signed the deal. Her very first record Play It Cool was named Album of the Year by the London Times, with the single “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” remaining at #1 on Jazz radio in the U.S. for 2 months. Lea has toured most of the large Jazz Festivals including London, New York City JVC, and Montreux, culminating in her appearance as the featured vocalist of The 50TH Anniversary of The Newport Jazz Festival Tour. Fresh from a British tour the multi-talented DeLaria is gracing us with those many talents. Don’t miss this!