Late September Out Astoria Happenings!

Here we all are in the final days of indian summer – turning over slowly to the slight chill in the air of the coming winter – but before you take your jacket out of storage, come on out and celebrate your favorite hangouts in your own little neighborhood!

Friday, September 24
Out Astoria Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge – 8PM-11PM (and later) – $5
40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

The Mix boys and girls are hosting us again for a little Out Astoria indian summer send-off! As usual, for $5 the first hour (8pm to 9pm) we’ll be doing an open bar for well drinks/etc – but don’t be shy about asking for some of Zuzie’s amazing foodstuffs if you need a little nibble!

So come out Friday night and enjoy what will probably be a fantastically fair weather evening in the neighborhood!

Speaking of Zuzie’s
Did you hear they’re participating in Queens Restaurant Week? From Monday – Thursday, September 20-23 and 27-30 Zuzie’s is offering a three course meal for two for just $25! And as if that weren’t enough, they’re also one of the few venues allowing children under 7 to eat for free!

Tuesday, October 5
Bronx Community Pride Center Bachelor Auction at Escuelita – 7PM-9:30PM – $10/$15
301 West 39 Street, New York, NY – 718-292-4368 for tix and info.

Most of you know Out Astoria President, Dirk McCall – well recently he’s taken on the role of Executive Director of the Bronx Community Pride Center in our sister borough – and though we’re bummed about him not being able to spend as much time with Out Astoria we’re just so proud of our guy taking charge of the little pride house that could! So of course we wanted to let you all know about his first big fundraiser happening the first week of October at Escuelita Night Club!

The Bronx Community Pride Center & Louie G present The Bachelor Auction, where 14 of NYC’s most eligible bachelors will be auctioned off for a date, if you are the winning bidder! All donations and funds raised go to Bronx Pride and are tax-deductible! You’ll be helping to support the youth services programs of the Bronx Pride Center and help us serve at-risk youth and operate our HIV prevention programs.
The evening will be hosed by Logan Hardcore with special performances buy Vivika Westwood, Chanel International, and many other of local personalities! Admission is 18+ $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling Demetrius McCord, BCPC Director of Development at 718-292-4368.

Julius Caesar at The Secret Theatre – 3PM & 8PM – $18
44-02 23 Street, Long Island City, NY – 718-392-0722

Pick up your baseball bat, sharpen your butterfly knife, shine up your brass knuckles, and choose a side as The Queens Players explore this classic story of politics, power, and betrayal. The third installment of director Richard Mazda’s gangland Shakespeare series brings you into the center of Rome, where civil strife and political infighting have ripped apart the very fabric of the fragile democracy. Resources are scarce, battle lines are drawn, and even those with the noblest intentions can’t escape without blood on their hands. This production’s environmental style makes use of the multiple performance spaces at The Secret Theatre, carrying the audience through the play’s desolate, battle scarred world. It is a Julius Caesar that is not just seen, but experienced, with an immediacy that is in keeping with Shakespeare’s timeless drama!

Just head over to the Secret Theatre’s Ticket Calendar and choose your performance and don’t forget to pick up a few inexpensive beers at the box office before the performance (and a few more at intermission)…Shakespeare was meant to be enjoyed with some beer!

Out Astoria August 2010 Newsletter, Vol 1

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

August Brunch at Sweet Afton, Sun 22 Aug, 1:30pm-3:30pm
30-09 34th Street Sweet Afton’s Website

For August we’re trying a new place for Brunch. Sweet Afton came highly recommended, and everything on the Brunch Menu is $10 or LESS!! Please keep the RSVP up to date so that we know how many to expect. RSVP on Facebook

A Note from John Paul Detty, Membership Chair
Now that Out Astoria has grown as an organization, its cofounders Dirk McCall and Brent Gallenberger are preparing to announce a new sponsor membership program that will enable those who want to get more involved in Out Astoria to enjoy voting privileges in the organization’s affairs, sponsor member discounts, and other opportunities. Look for more information to come in the following weeks.

Other Notices of Interest

Re( MiX) Grand Re-Opening Party, Sat 7 Aug, 7pm on – 40-17 30th Ave
Mix’s Twitter Page
Come Celebrate the Grand Opening of Zuzies @ Mix with Chef and Owner Susan Burdian and Enjoy the Grand Reopening of the new and improved Mix Cafe & Lounge. Hosted by: Sunday Morning Mimosa Open Bar & Food from 7PM till 10PM with cash bar following with Performances by; Rosa & The Ultratight

For More Information, or to RSVP look at their Facebook Invite HERE

The Gospel According to Candy at Duplex Lounge, Sat 7 Aug, 7:30pm-8:30pm
61 Christopher St, Manhattan
Astoria’s very own Candy Samples is back at The Duplex, with some gospel and original tunes. Folks are in for a treat with new material from her upcoming CD, “Sample That!” — come ‘on down for a down home evening!
$10 admission / 2 drink minimum

For More Information, or to RSVP look at their Facebook Invite HERE

Aristophanes’ “The Birds” by 9Thirty Theatre Company, 10-15 Aug & 17-21 Aug
Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30th Street
9Thirty Theatre Company’s Website

The Birds is set in a landfill/crow’s nest, and inhabited by half-puppet half-man trash art creations, our protagonist’s seeks fortune with a plan that hinges on Man’s “out of sight out of mind,” mentality. The old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” rings true and he prevails by defeating his enemies with their own greed.

Performed by: Freddie Bennett, Patrick Bonck, Matthew Jellison, Nicole Hodges*, Kim Ramirez, & Eric Sutton*
*Appearing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association Equity Approved Showcase
With Lighting Design and Stage Management by Michael Beyrouti, Costume Design by Dana Dobreva, Puppetry by Lillian Clements, Composition by James Stewart, and Set Design by: Aaron Gonzalez
Directed by: Aaron Gonzalez
Composed by: James Stewart
Preview: August 8th
Runs: August 10th-15th & 17th- 21st
Showtimes: @ 8PM | Sat. matinee @ 3PM | Sunday @ 7PM
Admission: $15 (advance) $18 (general), $12 (students and seniors with valid ID)
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
TEL 866.811.4111