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 December Newsletter, Volume 1

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

Dinner at JJ’s Asian Fusion, 9 Dec, 7pm-9pm – 37-05 31st AvenueJJ’s Asian Fusion Website

This will be our first time at JJ’s Asian Fusion, but probably not your last. As you can see by their website’s menu there is a wide variety of Asian fusion cuisine to choose from. Please let us know if you are able to come or not, as there is limited seating. We ask that you please only RSVP Yes if you are really coming, so that we do not have to turn down others only to the people who said they were coming not show up.

RSVP on Facebook

Holiday Party at Lavish Lounge, 18 Dec, 8pm-11pm – 34-04 36th Avenue – $10 – Lavish Website

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, or nothing at all, you’re sure to enjoy our annual Holiday Party. There will be a buffet, drink specials, gogos serving food, and surprises all night.

RSVP on Facebook

Other Notices of Interest

Candy Samples’ Sample This!

Astoria’s podcasting drag queen, Candy Samples has just released her first musical CD entitled Sample This! The 5-song EP contains her unique original tunes (co-penned by fellow Astorians Alan Parker and Jesse Sklar) such as “Green Bean Casserole”, “Boy Crazy” — a hit at this year’s Queens Pride and “Slow Dance”, the poignant ballad that debuted in Astoria at the Athens Park Marriage Equality Rally.

Astoria audiences will remember Candy from her days at Albatross Bar as the original hostess of Friday Night Karaoke and more recently her summer with Lavish Lounge. Her podcast, The Candy Show, is in its third year as a free download on iTunes. She frequently interviews local Astorians and keeps us all ‘in the know’, with her political, entertainment and fashion reports.

Sample This! is available on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon and is a great deal this holiday season — under $5 for the digital download.

Candy is a gal who shows no signs of slowing down and we are proud to have her as a member of the Out Astoria community. Sample This! will definitely satisfy YOUR sweet tooth! www.samplemycandy.com

Candy, Alan, and Jesse are all members of Out Astoria!

St. Andrew’s Center Appeal for Holidays

St. Andrew’s Center is a new shelter program partnership between the Ali Forney Center (AFC) and the Episcopal Community Services of Long Island (ECS). ECS and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island put over $200K into renovating the space to enable AFC to offer safe and dignified shelter at the site. The opening ceremony will celebrate the kindness and generosity that ECS and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island have shown to the LGBT community through this gesture, as well as AFC’s accomplishments in protecting and serving homeless LGBT youth.

It officially opened on 21 November on 31st Ave and 46th St, and for the holidays there are 16 residents.

It is a particularly difficult time for the teen residents at the center, perhaps the most marginalized of all the homeless. In a season often associated with family it is easy to see why young people would have feelings stirred up. The Center is asking for gift cards in only ten and twenty dollar denominations to McDonald’s, Target and CVS only. They want to limit gifts to these three places so teen jealousy does not appear. These gift cards will give these teens some buying power that they do not usually experience. Please send out an email to your family and friends asking for help as well.

Gift cards can be sent to Michael Meaney c/o Zion Episcopal Church 243-01 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY 11363. It would be best if donations could be received early, before December 15th, so we know what we have to work with.

Additionally, training is available at through the Ali Forney Center for those who may be interested in volunteering with these LGBT youth at the Center.

Lavish Lounge Announces New Weekly Line-Up

Lavish Lounge contacted Out Astoria and asked that we share their new line-up. You can join their mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/lavishloungenyc.