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

Out Astoria Dinner at Five Napkin Burger Tonight (and Mixer on Friday!)

Hope you’re all managing to keep yourselves cool for what appears to be a record-setting-sweltering July! Hopefully things will be cycling down for the end of the month into the hazy days of August, but there’s no promise of that, sadly.

Of course tonight’s dinner is in the sleek, new, and comfortably air-conditioned Five Napkin Burger recently opened in Astoria!

35-01 36 Street, Astoria, NY 11106

Come join Out Astoria for their July dinner at Astoria’s newest restaurant scene and enjoy some amazing food with old friends and new faces! We’ve got room for at least 20 people so make sure you RSVP and get there close to 7pm!

I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced a little preview of the goodies at 5NB, but our friends at Why Leave Astoria have plugged out a few of the highlights from that awesome preview! (My personal favorite were the Deep Fried Pickles & Pastrami starter!) However the overall high scoring burger appeared to be (surprisingly enough) the Italian Turkey Burger! Though nobody was complaining about the Lamb Kofta Burger or 5 Napkin Veggie Burger either! But worry not, the menu is hardly limited to mere burgers; they’ve got some great salads, sushi rolls, even fish and chips for the less daring of us…you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

So when you get there tonight, just tell the greeter you’re with the Out Astoria group and they’ll direct you over to our area. If you’ve got any questions, just let me know!

also coming up this weekend, we’ve got:

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY

Another opportunity to beat the July heat this Friday at Out Astoria’s July Mixer at Mix! If you’ve been before, you know how it pays to get there on time, but if this is your first time; for just $5 cover at the door you’ll get one hour of free drinks (well drinks and beer/wine only of course) from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, but stick around later on for music and antics with everyone for the rest of the evening into the wee hours of the morning (as usual)!

Lately we’ve been talking with Mix Manager Michael, and if we’re lucky, Mix’s new in-house food purveyor Zusie’s will be providing noms for the hungrier mixer attendees this Friday too! They only just had their soft opening on the 19th but before you know it they’ll be cranking out brunch, lunch, and dinner for everyone in the neighborhood!

So come for the drinks, stay for the friendly chit-chat, but maybe stick around for a snack with Zusie!

Also happening this weekend:

Out Astoria member Shaun Fletcher has a photography exhibit currently up at our favorite wine tasting venue Astoria Wine & Spirits!

Astoria Park, Astoria, NY

The biggest Astoria Music & Arts event of the year! on Saturday, July 24 over 30 bands and DJs on 4 different stages are taking over Astoria Park and remaking it into a musical wonderland! There will be art, there will be glorious, glorious summer weather, there will be live music all day long into the evening, and all your friends and neighbors will be there (the young and attractive, the old and hip, and everything in between).

The full schedule of bands and DJs are listed on the facebook event page, in case you’re wondering who’s playing when and on what stage.

Also, the Green Bus Tour will be making runs from McCarren Park in Williamsburg to Astoria Park for this event (in case you have any Brooklyn-ite friends who are jealous you get this huge event in your backyard)!

42-38 9 Street, Long Island City, NY

A spectacular night to raise money for the 9thirty Theatre Company, one of the country’s first Eco Theatres and Tri-State Birds, the main clinic helping animals in the Gulf of Mexico. The event goal is to raise $15,000 so come out and support a meaningful cause and a local arts organization!

Tickets are limited but can still be purchased at Ovation Tickets!

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY

Astoria’s new “night out” for the ladies. Kiki’s home is Mix Cafe & Lounge and has a different theme each Tuesday night! Join the facebook group to get the lowdown on upcoming events!

See you at dinner!

Out Astoria Pride Fundraiser for Ali Forney Center’s St Andrews Place Shelter

Kick off Gay Pride weekend with Out Astoria by joining us on Friday, June 25 at 8pm at Astoria Brewhouse (2850 31st Street and 30th Ave) for our monthly mixer. We have reserved Astoria Brewhouse's private upstairs entertainment space for the event!

The cover this time will be $10 and here's why:

In honor of Pride 2010, Out Astoria is doing something a little different this mixer. As we celebrate all that is great about the gay experience, it’s important to also remember that, for many younger members of our community, the act of coming out often means rejection from their families. It is estimated that about 40% of homeless youth in New York City are LGBT. Many were thrown out of their homes by their parents when they came out as lesbian, gay, or transgender; they often live on the streets rather than face harassment and abuse in the homeless shelter system.

The Ali Forney Center (AFC)—the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth—operates an emergency shelter for homeless LGBT youth in the basement of an Episcopal church here in Astoria. Out Astoria will donate all proceeds from the door to the AFC shelter in Astoria. In addition, we will have a donation box at the door and encourage attendees to bring along items to donate to the shelter—donations such as non-perishable food items for the pantry (e.g., pasta, rice, canned goods) and personal items for the residents themselves (e.g., deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent).

Out Astoria has established an ongoing relationship with the shelter. If you wish to learn how to volunteer your time or to donate food, sundries, clothing, linens (sheets, pillows, etc.), house wares, books, DVDs, or other items, please send a message to with “AFC shelter” in the subject line.

So come join us on June 25 as we celebrate Pride in honor of the Stonewall generation and help some members of the next LG.

Out Astoria April 2010 Newsletter, Vol 1

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

April Dinner at Thai Pavilion, Wed 14 Apr, 7pm-9pm – 37-10 30th AvenueThai Pavillion’s Website

Celebrate Spring with Out Astoria at our April Dinner! The weather is getting hotter and so are our events. Come to Thai Pavillion on Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm for a dinner as spicy as you can handle. As always, please be accurate with your RSVP so we can be accurate with our reservation!

RSVP on Facebook

April Mixer at MiX Cafe, Fri 16 Apr, 8pm-11pm – 40-17 30th AvenueMiX’s Website

We return to MiX Cafe and Lounge for a fun night of hearty drinking, great schmoozing, and hot Astorians.

Details will be laid out in the Facebook Event.

Out Astoria Wine Tasting at Astoria Wine and Spirits, Thu 22 Apr, 7pm-9pm – 34-12 BroadwayAstoria Wine and Spirits’ Yelp Page

Sample FREE WINE at Astoria Wine & Spirits, a local favorite where you can always count on excellent advice on choosing just the right bottle of vino.

RSVP on Facebook

April Brunch at Bareburger, Sun 25 Apr, 1:30pm-3:30pm – 33-21 31st AvenueBareburger’s Website

If you like organic foods, you’ll love Bareburger! This is not your Pappy’s burgers either–there are tons of choices of meat (Elk, Bison, Ostrich, Veggie) as well as choices of buns (Whole Grain… even Wraps!).

This is a sure pleaser for a great Out Astoria Brunch. Facebook Invite forthcoming.

Other Notices of Interest

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Mixer at Friends Tavern, Thur 15 Apr 6:30pm-8:30pm – 78-11 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights Friends Tavern Website Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee Website

The Committee that organizes Queens Pride invites you to join them for a mixer at Friends Tavern. Come meet the committee members, join the fun of organizing Queens Pride, and make a difference! Queens Pride Parade and Festival is the first week in June, and is held in Jackson Heights. Out Astoria will be looking for volunteers on that day.

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

Queens Red Cross Casino Night at Queens College Ballroom, Fri 23 Apr 7pm-11pm – 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing Official Site

Join for a fundraiser benefiting the American Red Cross in Greater NY – Queens Area Office.

What’s Included: Casino Games, entertainment by Beat2Beat NY, hors d’oeuvres, parking, play money, amazing prizes

Prizes include 4 night stay in Orlando 4 star condo with 5bedrooms/5.5bath/private pool as well as fitness center, game room, putting green, and more on the property.
Large screen TV, golf outing, weekend stays in Montauk, Yankees and Mets tickets, spa/restaurant and shopping certificates and more
Where: Queens College Ballroom, Student Union Bldg, 4th Fl

Advance tickets $35/At the door $45.
Parking in Student Union Parking corner of Kissena and Melbourne
Cash bar, must be 21 and over to enter

To purchase tickets, contact Ashma at (718) 558-0053 ext. 107
email or go to

Get 2-4-1 Admission to Noguchi Museum,3338 10th St, 1 Mar – 31 May 2010 Noguchi Museum Website

With the enclosed Museum Discovery Pass, you can get this discount admission to Noguchi Museum as well as the American Folk Museum, Asia Society Museum, The Jacque Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Rubin Museum of Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Thanks to Matt Haugen for the tip!

Download the pass HERE