In this GaySocialites.com Information Update, we’ll reveal some of the nominees for the 2012 Glam Awards (also known as the Glammy Awards).
All of the 2012 Glam nominees will be announced on Thursday at XL Nightclub in Manhattan.
Ban trans fat… seems to be anti-democratic, but ok. Ban smoking in public… again, seems more like a dictatorship, but ok. Now, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is banning the sale of drinks above 16 ounces in New York City. That’s crossing the line.
Starting in March, New York City eateries and bodegas that sell drinks larger than that size will have their health department score lowered simply by doing so. This means theaters, restaurants and delis will have to drop these items from the menu or be branded a scarlet letter by the City of New York.
Everyone who knows me knows that I can rarely be seen without a large beverage in my hand. Some people joke that these big drinks are my signature. Others say they represent my security blanket. In all reality, I’m just thirsty.
I’ve been a supporter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg for many years, and I believe he has the fundamentals of a good leader. However, with ridiculous bans like this one on the size of beverage we consume, I have to question if he might just be a little power hungry. As he completes his unprecedented third term, something he has only been able to do after pushing a measure allowing him to do so, I have to wonder if Mayor Mike has just gone mad or is just pushing the envelope to see how much power he has.
Bloomberg says he decided to ban drinks larger than 16 ounces to help fight obesity. I’m calling shenanigans! After March 1st, New Yorkers will still be able to march into the movie theatre and get a pop corn the size of an average Manhattan apartment and huge boxes of candy, but we can’t get a large drink. We’ll still be able to roll into McDonald’s and Super Size it, but our drinks will still be less than 16 ounces. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to address the food before tackling the beverages?
If he wants to make me believe that he really cares about fat kids, then Bloomy needs to tackle some of the bigger problems facing our city. I can’t count the number of kids who have been shot in this city over the past year without using a calculator. Couldn’t the time spent fighting the demons that lie within big gulps have been spent more wisely? The answer is really not debatable.
I’m a grown man, and if I choose to drink a 32 ounce sweet tea then its my right. Not to say that I don’t support it, but New York is considering the legalization of marijuana. This means I’ll soon be able to legally purchase a dime bag, but not a large sweet tea from McDonalds. Something just doesn’t add up.
As Granny Winters used to say, what is this world coming to?!#
Brad Hoylman won and overwhelming victory in Thursdays primary to replace Tom Duane as the only openly gay man in the New York State Senate. Hoylman was handpicked by Duane to take his seat which represents Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side and parts of the East Village as he retires from office.
Hoylman won nearly 70 percent of the vote beating out two other candidates. One of which was Tommy Greco, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen gay bar called the Ritz.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Hoylman told supporters during his victory speech.
In addition to his endorsement from Sen. Duane, Hoylman also got the backing of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick , The New York Times, GaySocialites.com and a long list of politicians and publications. Since there is no Republican candidate, November’s General Election is simply a formality.
I’ve been aware of folk and pop singer Judy Collins since I was a little kid listening to my big sisters albums – Judy’s hit versions of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now” and “The Circle Game” have a solid place in my musical memory (though I’d heard both first sung by Native American singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie – Sis had even more of Buffy’s records).
What a treat then, to see Collins, a truly dynamic performer, in an intimate setting like the Cafe Carlyle. She’s an authentic river of song, in truly golden voice. She’ll be talking about a song in passing, and then launch into three or four lines, singing with breathtakingly casual grace and beauty.
When she sings a song in earnest, she’s truly arresting, imbuing each line with subtle style, implying stories behind stories. She’s known as one of the best interpretive artists in pop music, and in this act she brilliantly illuminates songs ranging from traditional folk and Bob Dylan to Anthony Newley and Sondheim and even a touching song of her own about her late mother.
In the current show, she’s mostly interested in tracing the broad outlines of her career, with an emphasis on her early folk days in Greenwich Village. Interestingly, the song person that made her want to be a folk-singer wasn’t another folk-singer, but big band singer Jo Stafford singing the traditional Scottish ballad “Barbara Allen” (which Collins stirringly interprets).
The stories she tells are truly entertaining, varying from the touchingly personal to the hilariously bawdy. She recently published a memoir, and if what she tells here is any indication, it’s probably loads of fun. Collins’s spectacular, undiminished talent always gives me one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had in cabaret.
For tickets, click here.
For more reviews and interviews by Jonathan Warman, see dramaqueennyc.com.