Out Astoria October Happenings!

It’s another full month for Out Astoria in October – so lets get right down to it, shall we?

It’s been a while since our last visit to Astoria’s one and only MexiQ!

MexiQ takes the immense popularity of barbecue joints in New York combined with New Yorkers’ intense love of Mexican cuisine, and features barbecue favorites with a Mexican accent.  That’s only the kitchen part; the draught part is as equally intense:  48 taps line the back bar, each one holding an artisanal style beer that has been chosen specifically and constantly rotated to match the food, the ever diverse seasons, and of course their neighbors taste buds.

Come join Out Astoria for our October Dinner – if beer isn’t your thing, you can always try one of their perfectly made margaritas (or anything else from their fully stocked bar).

We’re mixing it up again at MiX Astoria this October for a little pre-Halloween fun with your friends and gaybors!  As usual, the 8-9 open well bar is only $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Join us for some autumnal antics with Out Astorian, Scott Emrich working the music for us this evening!  With an open bar with your local gays and a full evening of shenanigans, you’ll have plenty to talk about over brunch the next day!

If you’re not a member yet, why not join now?


Come join us for the October Non-Fiction Edition of the Out Astoria Book Club where we’ll discuss Mark Kurlansky‘s chatty, free-wheeling history of New York City told from the humble perspective of the once copious, eagerly consumed, now decimated eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginicas).

The Big Oyster:  History on the Half Shell digresses all over the place and sparkles!

It’s available in paperback, kindle, and there’s even an audio edition if you want to go that route.

If you’re on Good Reads too, feel free to join up with our group on there - you’ll always know which book we’re discussing next!

The location for the meeting is not listed here b/c only dues-paying Out Astoria Members are allowed to participate in this activity.  If you’re not already a member, why not become one now?

You’ll also be able to get to vote/run in the Out Astoria Elections for the Steering Committee positions that will be open at the end of this calendar year!  If you have any questions about that feel free to email the OA Elections Committee here.

Come out in full Halloween regalia for a fun night of freakish fundraising!  A $20 cover gets each attendee a raffle ticket and access to a two hour open bar with all proceeds going to The Trevor Project!

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Come hang out, dance the night away, enjoy a few cocktails, some candy…Stick around for chances to win Katy Perry tickets, an iPad, iPod and much much more all in support of an amazing cause!

and lest we forget…SAVE THE DATE:

FRI – DEC 16 – OUT ASTORIA’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY – 8PM – more details to follow so keep an eye out for it!

See you at dinner!

Out Astoria September Events

Now that the hurricane is over and we’re all starting to get back to the normal swing of things, we can give you the run-down of Out Astoria September Events!


30-09 34 Street, Astoria, NY - 718-777-2570

Join us tonight for a fantastic dinner at Sweet Afton!  We’ll be enjoying great company in the picturesque back patio (but in case of any rogue thunderstorms tonight, we’ll take refuge in the spacious interior).

Sweet Afton is mostly known for being the happy hour location of many – and all their fantastic reviews in various citywide mags, papers, and blogs have helped establish it as such – but most people don’t even know about their famous mac & cheese, or their Sweet Afton Burger, not to mention the fantastic fried pickles beloved by many of their regular patrons!  Their menu is modestly priced and we’re sure you’ll find something for your taste, but please make sure you accurately RSVP so we can tell the manager how many seats we’ll need tonight!


40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY - 347-642-4840

As we bid summer 2011 a fond adieu, you can come raise a class with the rest of your Queerstorians at our September Mixer at Mix Lounge!  It’ll be a night of new friends and not-so-new friends.  We’re offering an open well bar from 8-9pm with a $5 for OA Sponsor Members and $10 for non-members.  Come for the open bar, stay for the late shenanigans that always play out later on!


Email us here about the Event.  Email us here with questions about OA Membership.

This month the Out Astoria Book Club will be meeting to discuss E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View.  We’ve decided to go a more classical route this month and there’s also the added benefit of this book being free for most (if not all) e-readers (as well as being easily found at any used book store).  You might even find a copy at Seaborne’s Book Store on Broadway in Astoria if you happen to be walking by!  So come to the meeting and bring some wine/beer and/or maybe a snack to share with the group and talk about Forster’s loving tribute to a British society we don’t much see anymore…propriety notwithstanding.  For those of you already participating – we wanted to let you know we’ve set up our Out Astoria Group Page at GoodReads.com - so make sure you sign up and join the group and keep up with everything everyone is saying about the next book we’ll be reading!

The location for the meeting is not listed here b/c only dues-paying Out Astoria Sponsor Members are allowed to participate in this activity.  If you’re not already a member, why not become one now?

You’ll also be able to get to vote/run in the Out Astoria Elections for the Steering Committee positions that will be open at the end of this calendar year!  If you have any questions about that feel free to email the OA Elections Committee here.

See you at dinner!

New Year, New Steering Committee!

First off, thank you! 2010 was an amazing year for Out Astoria and 2011 is already off to a great start.  We owe a lot of our progress to our awesome members. Your participation is a huge part of what makes OA such a success. So thanks!

Now, the news. Out Astoria’s new Steering Committee convened on Sunday, January 23rd to elect officers to oversee Out Astoria’s administrative and operational duties. The new officers are:

  • President: Brent Gallenberger
  • Vice President: Jonathan Blue
  • Treasurer: Courtney Joseph
  • Secretary: Chap Day
  • Events Director: Ben Rubinstein
  • Communications Director: Michael Murphy
  • Business Outreach Director: Rian Brooks
  • Membership Director: Dan Fingerman

This first-ever election for Out Astoria earned us a little attention too: a mention in the New York Daily News!

OA's first election earned a mention in the NY Daily News!

Our final transition to a member-governed organization caps-off an exciting year of growth and evolution. Our organization grew rapidly in 2010 and the successful creation of our Sponsor Membership program has brought our ability to benefit our community to a whole new level.

OA also gained attention last year for our fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ali Forney Center’s Emergency Shelter in Astoria for LGBTQ Homeless Youth. The shelter was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti in June 2010. Out Astoria channeled the outpouring of support in our community to benefit the shelter with a fundraiser. Nearly $1,000 was raised and OA continues to support the shelter with volunteer work from our members. Contact Brent Gallenberger at president@outastoria.com if you want to help the shelter.

This year, Out Astoria is organizing our first-ever AIDS Walk team! Dan Fingerman spearheaded this new effort and we’re really glad he got us involved. To join Out Astoria’s AIDS Walk team follow this link. For more information, check out the AIDS Walk website here.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events and activities. Our new Events Director, Ben Rubinstein, is cooking up awesome ideas and we’re all looking forward to some great events. But, as always, OA welcomes input from our members. Feel free to email Ben at events@outastoria.com and share your ideas or suggestions.

At the closing of the year…

We here at Out Astoria hope you all had a safe and fun holiday season (and that you managed to avoid being snowbound at any of the major airports that shut down during the last blizzard of 2010).  We also wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Out Astoria Holiday Party and made it one of the most memorable ones yet!  We can’t wait to see what the new Steering Committee can come up with for 2011!

There’s only a few days left to 2010, and though we’ve all had our highs and lows during it, most of us seem to be glad the end is in sight!

Before we list a few of the local happenings for the NYE weekend and later on in the month of January 2011, we just wanted to remind those of you who registered as sponsor members, if you haven’t already paid your dues via paypal or in person at the last two mixers you can still pay on-line here.  Remember, if your dues are unpaid by January 10th, the Steering Committee Election information will not be sent to you.  You can always check your paypal history to see if you’ve sent in your payment.

Keep an eye out for a message early in 2011 regarding the election timeline for January!

Now, on we go to this weekend and beyond:


40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

Join the hot bar staff and manager Michael as Mix Cafe + Lounge presents Burlesque!  A new show featuring some amazing performance by Broadway star Ralph Meiztler and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Travis Morin and The Who’s Tommy star Briana Davis! Special dance performances by Jenny Foxx and Dante Puleio as well as the the anticipated return of Mix Diva Bianca!

Zuzies will be offering a pre-fixe dinner for $30 per person including appetizer, entree, dessert, cocktail and a glass of champagne!  Dinner is served until 10:00 PM, so make sure you get a spot before the crowds show up for the big countdown at midnight!

With drink specials all night long and the mandatory champagne toast at midnight this is sure to be your “no cover” local party this weekend!


31-18 Broadway Store #E, Astoria, NY – 718-777-2829

One of our favorite small room eateries in Astoria is offering several seatings for a special New Years Eve Menu this Friday evening!  With seating options as early as 5:00 PM or as late as 9:30 PM you’re more than likely going to be able to find a few fabulous feeding options at Mundo!

Along with an appetizer platter that’s vegetarian friendly, you’ll have a choice of a few entrées that are sure to impress–and don’t forget, couples get a complimentary bottle of champagne at midnight!

Coming up in January 2011, so hold the dates in your calendar:



But you certainly don’t want to miss:


25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY – 718-228-7599

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee are hosting the annual Winter Pride dinner and dance to recognize and thank those who have contributed to the LGBT movement in Queens.  This year’s honorees are:

Fran Rolan of Heritage of Pride

Pedro Julio Serrano of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The evening starts out with cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by a formal dinner, dessert, and dancing till 12:00 AM!  Your $95 ($100 at the door) entrance fee covers everything including the rather extensive open bar they arrange for this party every year!  If you’re interested in purchasing a table of 10 seats that will set you back $900.  If you like, when you purchase your tickets you can request to be seated with the other Out Astoria attendees!

Purchase your tickets here or download the mail-in form here.

If you have any questions about the event or are interesting in becoming a sponsor or want to purchase ad space in the event program just contact QLGPC at 718-228-7599.

Have a safe and fabulous New Years Eve!

–Jonathan Blue

Secretary, Out Astoria