The Pride of Astoria!

Hi everyone!

 
As we’re now approaching the hotbed of June’s Pride activities, I wanted to personally invite you to an event we’re hosting together with the rest of the NYC area pride organizations to formally kick off the month, but also to benefit a local gay youth charity that is near and dear to all of us Astorians.
 
On Thursday, May 30, The Garden at Studio Square NYC will be hosting our 3rd annual Pre-Pride Party starting at 6:00 PM.  This year’s event is a fund-raiser for The Ali Forney Center (specifically the Ali Forney Emergency Shelter in Astoria) and is sure to out-do previous years!  Out Astoria has partnered with our sister organizations throughout the NYC metropolitan area, including Queens Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Pride Alliance of Long Island, and of course NYC Pride to bring you this amazing event!  If you’re not on Facebook you can find the evite to the event here on Meetup.com - feel free to invite anyone you like to this event.  Everyone is welcome!
 
This year we will be celebrating the pending legalization of Marriage Equality by the U.S. Supreme Court and continuing to show our support for the LGBT community by donating 100% of door and floor contributions to The Ali Forney Center! 
We all know what a brutal place New York City can be for homeless LGBT youth and tragically many young lives have been destroyed.  At The Ali Forney Center they are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them in safe, home-like environments.  Many of our Out Astoria members are personally involved with the Ali Forney Center’s Emergency Shelter in Astoria – volunteering and helping out whenever they can.  We’ve seen first-hand the hard work AFC is doing to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive, but they can’t do it alone.  We your help and the support of the broader community we can help make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth.
Much like last year, this party is guaranteed to be an empowering as well as fun-filled event.  Admission is free, but donations are suggested.  For donations of $10 or more, patrons will receive 1 complimentary drink!  NYC political figures and leaders in the LGBT community will be there in support.  Sponsors Radeberger and Absolut will provide drink specials all night and Kung Fu Karaoke will be rocking the music for Live Rock N Roll karaoke on the Garden stage.  And no event in Astoria would be complete without a special performance by Queens’ own “Haus of Mimosa.”
If you’re unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the Ali Forney Center via our donation drive website here.  Anything you can give will help!
See you all at the party!
-Jonathan
President
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pre pride party may 30

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?

TUES – OCT 25 – OUT ASTORIA OCTOBER BOOK CLUB MEETING – 7:30PM


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 July 22 Fundraising Mixer for Astoria’s AFC!

Join us on Friday, July 22, for Out Astoria’s July mixer and second annual AFC shelter fundraiser at Mix, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Admission to this month’s mixer  is $10 for Out Astoria Members and $15 for nonmembers. The price of admission includes an open bar from 8:00 to 9:00 on well drinks and beer. All proceeds from this mixer will go to the Ali Forney Center’s emergency shelter in Astoria for homeless LGBT youth. This shelter has operated in Astoria for almost two years now, providing a safe, home-like environment for 15 young people who are in the process of getting their lives back together after living on the street. Most of AFC’s clients wound up homeless when rejected by their families for being gay.

Out Astoria has developed a special relationship with the shelter over the past year and a half, especially as part of our effort to give back to our community. Our members raised over $800 for the shelter at last summer’s mixer/fundraiser; many Out Astoria members also volunteer at the shelter; and all the drivers who pick up weekly food donations to the shelter from Astoria CSA are Out Astoria members.

We will also accept donations of food, clothing, and personal grooming items at the front door of the mixer. Go to our website to view a list of items that the shelter accepts for donation.

We will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the name Out Astoria. Originally begun in early 2006 as the Astoria gay dinner group, by July 2006 we had grown into and adopted the name of Out Astoria.

If you are unable to attend this mixer, but still wish to make a donation of items or learn how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Out Astoria President, Brent Gallenberger.  If you wish to make a donation directly to the Ali Forney Center, click here.

Out Astoria is Having a Busy July!

Not only this week, but all through the month of July we’ve got activity after activity for all you Out Astorians out there!

This week is particularly busy:

TUES, JULY 12 – OUT ASTORIA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

We wanted to let you all know the that the steering committee would be meeting this week and if you have any suggestions as to what you’d like us to discuss or review just send an email to me, the Vice President, and I’ll make sure it gets on our agenda for the meeting!

WEDS, JULY 13 – MOVIE NIGHT AT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK – 7PM – FREE!
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema is a tradition of summer in the neighborhood…and this year is no different!

Come out and sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, or bring your own food & drink and picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city! Enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large-format screen–all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

Join your Out Astoria friends and gay-bors on the grass of the park for this week’s screening of the 1960s Czechoslovakian comedy “Who Wants To Kill Jessie?” – Pre-screening performances begin at 7PM – Film begins at sunset – and of course it’s FREE to all!

We will, of course, let you all know where in the park the Out Astoria Group will be setting up their blankets for the screening (prior to the evening event). We’ll also keep a close eye on the the weather forecasts and give everyone plenty of notice should the rain force us to cancel/change the event.

WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE
CZECH REPUBLIC
1966, 91 mins. Directed by Václav Vorlícek. A scientist (Dana Medricka) invents a machine that allows her to view a sleeping person’s dreams in this wacky 1960s comedy from Czechoslovakia. But when she tries it out on her husband (Jiri Sovak), she discovers he’s dreaming about the hot heroine of the comic strip “Who Wants to Kill Jessie?” Worse yet, Jessie (Olga Schoberova) soon comes crashing into their lives for real – throwing them into a cartoon world of good guys and bad guys. (Not Rated)

We’ll send an email out to all event RSVPs that will let you know where abouts in the park you can expect to find the group, so make sure you check your inbox before you head over to the park!

THURS, JULY 14 – OA JULY DINNER AT LOCALE – 7PM
33-02 34th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

Sophisticated. Refined. Swanky.

While you may or may not be any of the above, there’s nothing wrong with faking it for an evening.

Please join us at Locale on July 14th, at 7:00 PM. We have the entire lounge area reserved for our exclusive dining pleasure, and it can seat 20 quite comfortably for dinner. Scintillating repartee and divine noshing are sure to ensue.

Because of the limited seating, please RSVP accurately.

See you there!

JULY 18, 19, 21, 23 – THE AUSTERITY OF HOPE – $15 OA DISCOUNTED TICKETS!
THE BARROW GROUP THEATRE

Dan Fingerman’s new play THE AUSTERITY OF HOPE will debut at the 9th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival next week.  Set in Astoria, Queens against the 2008 presidential victory of Barack Obama – THE AUSTERITY OF HOPE – centers on Simon and his group of friends as they struggle with the complex issues of their young lives: love, sex, relationships, sexual identity, career choices, financial stability, monogamy and the future…and what it holds for them and the ones they love.

NEXT Magazine recently wrote “If you loved RENT, you’ll love THE AUSTERITY OF HOPE and The Advocate listed it as one of this week’s “Top 10 Entertainment Highlights.”

The Austerity of Hope

Cast Members

In recognition of the playwrights work on the steering committee of Out Astoria, the producers have agreed to offer a very limited amount of discounted tickets to Out Astoria members for the performance on Tuesday, July 19th at 8:45PM and the performance on Thursday, July 21st at 9PM.  Tickets are normally $19.80 if ordered through Smart Tix, however these tickets are $15.  This is a savings of approximately 25%.

To order these tickets please email austerityofhope.groupsales@gmail.com with your name and the amount of tickets you’d like to purchase.  You will then be sent an invoice via Paypal, after which you will get a confirmation email. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, July 19th at 11:59PM.

Additionally, the cast will be visiting MIX Café + Lounge, one of the many Astoria institutions featured in the show, on Friday, July 15th for a special event.  MIX Café + Lounge will be offering an open bar from 9PM to 10PM for $15, a portion of which will be donated to the production.

For more information about the show visit: www.facebook.com/austerityofhope

To order tickets to other performances visit: www.smarttix.com

And a few other upcoming July events you’re going to want to put in your calendar soon:

FRI, JULY 22 – OUT ASTORIA’S JULY FUNDRAISING MIXER FOR THE ASTORIA ALI FORNEY CENTER
Keep an eye out for the upcoming evite and information for Out Astoria’s July Fundraising Mixer to benefit the Astoria Ali Forney Center – we’ll also let you know what supplies the shelter is in need of should you have any clothing or supplies you would also like to donate.

TUES, JULY 26 – METROPOLITAN OPERA NIGHT AT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
This year the Metropolitan Opera brings their NYC parks concert to our own backyard – the Socrates Sculpture Park will be hosting their July concert – free for anyone to attend – so bring a blanket and we’ll let you know where we’re sitting.

WED, JULY 27 – OUT ASTORIA’S JULY BOOK CLUB MEETING
This month we’ll be reading Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games (already being made into a major motion picture).  You must be a dues-paying Out Astoria Member to join the book club, but if you’re already a member and would like to be notified when the next meeting will take place, just drop them an email!

That’s all for now!  See you at one of the events this week!

OA April Mixer & AIDS Walk Fundraiser Tonight!

TONIGHT – APRIL 22 - OA APRIL MIXER & AIDS WALK FUNDRAISER AT MIX ASTORIA – 8PM – $10/$15

40-17 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY  11103 – 347-642-4840

Drinking and donating…we know you can win at both!

This evening’s mixer is our annual AIDS Walk fundraiser for the Out Astoria AIDS Walk Team – Entry is $10 for OA Sponsor Members and $15 for Non-Members – with an open well bar from 8-9PM during which raffle tickets will be sold by a few of our congenial steering committee members.  We have some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses and a few others from all over the city!  The drawing will take place at 10:00 PM – you must be present to claim your prize!  ALL door and raffle proceeds will go directly to AIDS Walk New York via the Out Astoria AIDS Walk Team!

Just a few of the raffle prizes include:

$150 gift certificate to Inside Astoria
$100 gift certificate to Mix Cafe + Lounge
Dinner for two at Sweet Afton
Two tickets to APAC’s The Human Comedy
A ModHero comic book inspired art print
$50 gift certificate to SITE
A Rob Zukowski Photography Package
Not to mention several other NYC shows, a cast-signed poster from The Book of Mormon, some salacious DVD packages provided by Lucas Entertainment, and more!  Raffle tickets will be sold at 1 ticket for $2 – 3 tickets for $5 – and the length of your arm for $15!

Please remember, tonight is all about a great charity near and dear to us all!  If you can’t make it, please consider making a contribution to the Out Astoria AIDS Walk Team directly…we’ll thank you for it!  Also, if you’re interested in walking with the Out Astoria AIDS Walk Team on Sunday, May 15 - sign up for our team!

See you all tonight!