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:


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!


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.

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!

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!


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:

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.

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.

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!

Out Astoria February 2010 Newsletter

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

A Note from Out Astoria President Dirk McCall

In the last few months, Out Astoria has undergone some significant re-organization and we want to keep you posted and invite your increased participation and input.

First, we have elected a new board – Out Astoria Co-founders Dirk McCall and Brent Gallenberger have been elected President and Vice President respectively. Joining them on the Executive Committee are Paul Nichols as Secretary and Courtney Joseph as Treasurer. Rounding out the board are five committee chairs and three at-large board members, Michael Mallon as Business Outreach Chair, Michael Murphy as Events Chair, John Paul Detty as Membership Chair and Chap James Day as Communications Chair with Sean Leous, Jesse Normand and Jonathan Blue as at large members.

We are meeting regularly as a board to overhaul our event programming, have unveiled our new logo (designed by our very own Michael Murphy) and will be launching our new website later this Spring.

We will be moving over to a membership based organization in early May with a discount program and other offers for members, as well as instituting membership voting on board positions. We welcome people to step forward to serve on committees and give us feedback.

Our first game night held on February 21, was a huge success and our mentor-ship program will be launched in April. We are holding our first wine-tasting next month and are scheduling a bowling night for May. We hope you will get involved and help spread the word – Out Astoria means community and it will become what our membership puts into it. Help us thrive!

–Dirk McCall, President

Brunch at Locale Cafe & Bar, Sunday, 28 Feb, 1:30pm – 33-02 34th AveLocale’s Website (Music)

Bid a fond (or not-so-fond) farewell to February with every gay’s favorite Sunday pastime: brunch! The Out Astoria Monthly Brunch is going back to Locale Café this month.

RSVP on Facebook

Out Astoria marches in St Pats For All Parade, Sunday 7 Mar, 1pm – Skillman Ave and 43rd St St Pat’s For All Website

If you didn’t know, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan excludes GLBT folks from participating in their parade. In reaction to this hatred, Out Astoria’s own Brendan Fay started up St Pat’s For All as an alternative inclusive parade in 2000. Out Astoria has marched in this parade in the last two years, and will be doing so again this year. A Facebook Invitation will be forthcoming shortly.

If you are interested in marching, please email us at info@outastoria.com

March Dinner at El Sitio de Astoria, Wednesday 10 Mar, 7pm – 35-55 31st Street Yelp Page for El Sitio

If you like Cuban food, have we got a treat for you! El Sitio has great portions, great prices, and some of the best Cuban food in Astoria. Come to this, and you’ll be in for a real treat. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook when the invitation goes out.

March Mixer at Sissy McGinty’s with Why Leave Astoria, Friday 19 Mar, 8pm-11pm – 25-67 Steinway Street Sissy McGinty’s Website (Music)

For the Luck of the Irish, we’re joining Why Leave Astoria at Sissy McGinty’s. Sissy’s is a favorite of many of the Out Astoria folks who call this place their regular hang out. We are also very happy to be joining with Why Leave Astoria folks. Look forward to the Invitation through Facebook in the coming weeks with details about the specials!

March Brunch at Mundo Cafe, 28 Mar, 1:30pm – 31-18 Broadway (Ent on 32nd St) Mundo’s Website (Music)

Out Astoria returns to one of the hottest gay owned places for brunch, featuring Turkish and Argentinian Food. People swear by their Red Sonja lentil appetizers! This is a real treat. Mundo is one place you will find great food that will have you coming back again and again. Look forward to a Facebook invitation as the time nears.

Other Notices of Interest

WLA Lost in Astoria, 23 Feb, 8pm – Studio Square, 35-33 36th St

Hey LOST fans! Our friends at Why Leave Astoria?! are hosting their weekly Lost in Astoria Party at Studio Square tomorrow night. There’ll be drink specials, a Lost trivia contest, and more!

RSVP via Facebook Here

St Pat’s For All Concert, 2 Mar, 6pm – Irish Arts Center 553 W 51st St NY NY

Reception & food from 6pm
Concert at 7pm

Poetry, dance, song, jigs, reels- raffles! Malachy McCourt, Keltic Dream dancers, Niall O Leary school of dance, Haitian Percussionist band, Michael Patrick McDonald, from Ireland – Brian Fleming & Gwen Frinn, Kenny Lockwood…

Info: Brendan 718-721-2780 or Kathleen 718-898-8140
Limited number of seats! (100)

For tickets ($50 donation) “More if you can-less if you can’t”
make checks out to : ST PAT’S FOR ALL
mark memo: CONCERT
send to St Pat’s For All 22-22 28th Street, Astoria, NY 11105

On Facebook Here

Envisioning a Greener Western Queens – Astoria, 27 Mar, 9:30am-4:00pm – Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Quinn Building, 4th Fl

Come for a lively day of visioning for a more sustainable and green future in Sunnyside, Astoria, Woodside & Long Island City — Help guide funding that will be used for tree planting and other environmental projects in Western Queens communities affected by the info@northstarfund.org or 212-620-9110.

Who Should Attend: Residents of the areas affected by the 2006 Con Edison power outages: Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, and Woodside.

Background: Following the July 2006 Con Edison power outage, Western Queens Power for the People organized residents of Western Queens to hold Con Edison accountable for the effects of the outage. This organizing helped bring about a $63 million dollar joint proposal that prevented Con Edison from passing on the cost of the power outage to consumers and required Con Edison to reimburse people who lost power. About $7.9 million will be used for tree planting and other greening projects in the affected neighborhoods over the next three years. North Star Fund is the Project Administrator, and is working with Western Queens Power for the People to ensure effective, strategic and timely grants for a greener Western Queens.

Western Queens Power for the People
North Star Fund