Out Astoria Karaoke Mixer tonight at Albatross (and a few other upcoming items!)

tonight we’ll be returning to our old standby in the neighborhood…the place we all went to at the oddest hours because…well it was the only show in town back then…now we have lavish, castle, even hell gate social still for the pioneers who like their crowds more mixed and fabulous…well we never forget our roots and tonight we’ll pay homage to the one who was the only game to play – especially on friday nights when all the musical theatre boys and their friends and fans would pack into Albatross for a night of singing that typically bordered on the surreal!

TONIGHT – FEB 27 – OUT ASTORIA KARAOKE MIXER AT ALBATROSS – 7PM TO LATE – FREE
36-19 24 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-204-9045
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=63138646966

Come out to sing, come out to meet your friends and gaybors…come and see the paint job they did on the interior of Albatross if you haven’t been there in that long…a new coat of paint, a fabulous karaoke host, the new Out Astoria membership additions (yes we’re over 650 members now…when the hell did that happen!?)…it’s going to be a fabulous night!

http://www.albatrossbar.com/

Karaoke will be starting at 8pm so come early and scope out your song and your spot on the wait list to sing…with Vanessa Valtre hosting and Jocelyn plying everyone with drink specials from 7pm till the cows come home you’ll be glad you’re in your neighborhood as you stagger home in the wee hours of morning!

ALSO THIS WEEKEND:

Don’t forget to come out to Lavish on Saturday nights for their always evolving drag-tagular performances by Mimi Imfurst and her stable of talent for the new schedule at Lavish!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60083984877

join her facebook group and keep yourself informed about all that’s going on there each weekend!

SUN – MAR 1 – OUT ASTORIA MARCHES IN THE ST PATRICK’S DAY FOR ALL PARADE – 1PM TO 4PM – FREE
Skillman Avenue & 43 Street, Sunnyside, NY – chap@outastoria.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=56813421611

As I’m sure most of you have already heard us talking about the all-inclusive-everyone-is-welcome-st-patrick’s-day parade held in Queens every year by our own Out Astorian, Brendan Fay…his St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade has been the pride of the borough for several years and Out Astoria will once again be marching under our own banner!

http://www.stpatsforall.com/

Our Technical Director Chap Day has volunteer to orchestrate and organize Out Astoria’s marching in the parade – a good 30 some people have already signed up but of course since this is an all inclusive parade…we’re always ready to welcome more people who want to march with our group in the parade. If you want to march with Out Astoria just email Chap at:

chap@outastoria.com

and let him know you’ll be meeting up with the rest of us at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street between 12:30 and 1:00 pm this coming Sunday in Sunnyside for the start of the parade. (make sure you check the weather report before leaving the house – even the start of march can be temperature-iffy) And feel free to bring any friends you want to bring along…remember…it’s all about inclusiveness!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

WED – MAR 11 – OUT ASTORIA MARCH DINNER AT THAI PAVILION – 7PM
37-10 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-777-5546
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=50720962053

We try to get to Thai Pavilion at least once a year – this is the site of one of Out Astoria’s first official dinners and they first time yours truly helped the guys invite more boys to the event!

You’ll love the food here – while some who are nitpicky foodies will say it’s not authentic enough for their overdeveloped palates – I don’t think it really CAN be considered authentic Thai food unless you’re actually in Thailand, you know? And yes i know it’s not exactly a “vegan” option (i’m working on it, trust me) this is probably one of the more vegetarian friendly places we’ve been to in months – they’re very particular about their vegetarian dishes!

http://www.thaipavilionny.com/

The only Thai food place I like more than Pavilion is up near my digs on Ditmars and only has enough seating for 20 people at most – unlike Thai Pavilion where they can seat our group of 30+ and still have room for more people! So if you haven’t RSVPed, let us know if you’re coming…we’ll save a seat for you!

FRI – MAR 20 – OUT ASTORIA MIXER AT EITHER LAVISH OR QUEENS CASTLE – 7PM TO LATE

We’re still working on this with Mimi – much as we love having Lavish as our standard mixer location – most of you haven’t seen the fabulous digs of Queens Castle yet and since they’re run by the same people – we though we might have the mixer here…however with Friday nights being designated “girls only” night (aka bi and lesbian friends) we have to be sure the girls will be okay with letting the boys in their club house for at least a few hours that night!

I’ll let you know when it’s all confirmed!

COMING UP IN MAY:

FRI – MAY 17 – OUT ASTORIA / AIDS WALK NYC – CENTRAL PARK – 8AM TO 5PM – REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=63881378435
Central Park, NYC – Questions to: astoriagaydinner@gmail.com

OUT Astoria is forming a Team to participate in the 2009 AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 17. AIDS Walk New York is a time for meaningful camaraderie; a great reason for friends and family groups to get together, a way to show support for those fighting HIV/AIDS, and a chance to walk in memory of loved ones.

Below you will find the link and instructions to register for the team. RSVP’ing on the facebook evite WILL NOT register you for the event. You MUST follow the link/instructions below. If you have any questions regarding registration or fundraising please feel free to email Out Astoria Secretary, Rob Zukowski at astoriagaydinner@gmail.com

1. Go to http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/

2. On the left hand side of the page, click on Register To walk.

3. Select the Join a Team option.

4. When the page refreshes, click the down arrow next to Please select a Team.

5. Scroll down and select OUT Astoria – 3182 (once you click the down arrow, type the letter “O” to go through the last quicker)

6. Click on Continue.

7. Fill out the online form. Once you have registered you can customize your AIDS Walk Page, fund raise online and more.

IN CLOSING:

Remember – we’re on Facebook now and if you’re not already friends with the Out Astoria profile you should friend us!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1169807844

And once you’re friends with us, if you’re not already a member of the Out Astoria facebook group you should join that too!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6026204257

And of course, don’t forget – we’re also on Why Leave Astoria?! – I went to a round table discussion they were having and these people are a hoot – even if you’re not gay you can get a lot from poking around their site – there’s tons of stuff going on locally that even my jaded ass didn’t know about! (Including a Trivia Tournament that Out Astoria has a team involved with these days – you can ask me if you want to know more about that!)
http://www.whyleaveastoria.com/group/outastoria

okay i guess that’s all for now!

see you at the ‘Tross tonight…bring an umbrella (there may be showers on and off tonight)!

–jonathan(blue)

Mixer tonight at Lavish and new nights at Queens Castle!

Mimi Imfurst has been working her fabulous butt off with the owners of Lavish…so along with our mixer this weekend we present you with some new options too!

TONIGHT – FRI – FEB 20 – OUT ASTORIA FEBRUARY MIXER AT LAVISH LOUNGE – 7PM TO 10PM (AND LATER) – FREE
34-01 36 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-361-0022
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58730610954

Astoria’s largest gathering of out Greeks and gays…all the local boys and girls together in one place each month to say hello to all their friends and gaybors!

http://www.lavishloungeny.com/

Obviously we’ll be offering our usual 2-4-1 drink specials but now they open at 7pm so they’re only doing them until 11pm – which is the official end of our event, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to stick around later. However along with the usual 2-4-1 drinks special you’ll also be happy to hear we have a $3 cosmo special for happy hour on Friday too!

See the Feb. 20th mixer is the start of the new Lavish Lounge schedule – with new performances – new go go boys – and of course, new DJs! Since our own Kevin will be unable to participate this weekend Mimi’s managed to get us the lovely Aaron Elvis to fill in tonight…if you haven’t heard him before I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

I’m always there right at 7pm – come and say hi before the place gets too packed to find me! :)

And if you haven’t already – head on over to the Lavish Lounge facebook group to join up and keep yourself in the loop with all the new stuff Mimi Imfurst has planned for the coming months!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60083984877

If you haven’t been to a mixer yet – make sure you get to this one! If attendance keeps going up like it has been we’re going to have to start an RSVP line for crowd control and move all the furniture out of the front room! :)

but also tonight…

TONIGHT – FRI- FEB 20 – GIRLS NIGHT AT QUEENS CASTLE WITH DJ TRISH SWEET – 7PM TO LATE – NO COVER
Queens Castle is on the corner of 36th Avenue and 33rd Street – it’s just a block away from Lavish (Same owners) – you can’t miss it, it’s the castle-looking building :)

Mimi’s put together a night just for the girls who like girls – with DJ Trish Sweet – they’re gonna give you all 2-4-1 drinks until midnight poured by Sondra herself – I got to check out this venue a few weeks back and I’m rather excited to see how things shape up there in the next few months – especially with…

TOMORROW – SAT – FEB 21 – UNDERWEAR PARTY AT QUEENS CASTLE – Come talk to Mimi and I about this tonight ;) She’s getting a special guest DJ and a new gaggle of go gos to go along with the 2-4-1 drinks until midnight!

TOMORROW – SAT – FEB 21 – DJ COREY TUT AT LAVISH LOUNGE – 2-4-1 drinks till 11pm with the fabulous corey tut who hasn’t had a problem keeping a room moving since i first met him back in the days of dirty daniel parties.

AND upcoming we have a special treat for all you karaoke fans of the old guard:

FRI – FEB 27 – OUT ASTORIA HAPPY HOUR KARAOKE AT ALBATROSS – 7PM TO 10PM – FREE
36-19 24 Avenue, Astoria, NY718-204-9045
http://www.albatrossbar.com/

Keep an eye out for the facebook evite for this tomorrow – but put in on your calendar now – we’re gonna start the karaoke early for you early birds….with some drink specials the likes of which you have never seen.

and of course in closing:

Remember – we’re on Facebook now and if you’re not already friends with the Out Astoria profile you should friend us!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1169807844

And once you’re friends with us, if you’re not already a member of the Out Astoria facebook group you should join that too!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6026204257

And of course, don’t forget – we’re also on Why Leave Astoria?! – I went to a round table discussion they were having and these people are a hoot – even if you’re not gay you can get a lot from poking around their site – there’s tons of stuff going on locally that even my jaded ass didn’t know about!
http://www.whyleaveastoria.com/group/outastoria

that’s it for me today…see you at lavish!

–jonathan(blue)