A Few Local November Happenings!

Some of you have already seen the letter from our co-founders we sent out yesterday – but if you haven’t already, take a moment to read about how far we’ve come in just a few short years (not to mention our snazzy new website set up for us by Marc Stutzel).  It’s also the first part of or sponsor membership drive for the end of 2010 going into 2011 with the election of a new steering committee to head up our lovely little 501(c)3 in the next few years!  If you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved with Out Astoria, this is the official opportunity!

St. Joan at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City – OA Discount for remaining performances!

4402 23 Street, Long Island City, NY  11101 – 718-392-0722

This is, of course, the George Bernard Shaw play about the most notable warrior saint in the Christian calendar!  Given his spectacular reputation as a freethinker and assassin of sacred cows, many feared that Shaw would satirize Joan or portray her as a fraud.  Instead, without romanticizing her as a victim or tragic heroine, he paints her as a human being of unparalleled vision, courage, confidence, and imagination.  Rarely produced, due to the large number of male principal roles and complexity of the female lead, this Queens Players production will feature a full cast of 24!

The powers that be at the Secret Theatre have again given Out Astoria a bit of a discount for the remaining performances – November 5-13 – just head to the on-line box office and pick the performance you want and just enter the promotional code of “outastoria” and you can get $15 tickets!

MilkMilkLemonade at The Astoria Performing Arts Center – only 7 performances left!

30-44 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY (inside the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Auditorium) – 718-706-5750

Sorry to say that the opening week discount they offered Out Astoria has expired, but if you haven’t managed to get in to see this show yet, you’re missing out on one of the best shows APAC has brought to our neighborhood!  There are still tickets left to the final 7 performances!  Just take a look at what Time Out New York thought!

Emory is an effeminate 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his chain smoking Nanna and his only friend, a depressed chicken about to be processed.  Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the bow down the road with a penchant for burning things.  But Emory and Elliot have a relationship – just not one Nanna would expect or approve of.  With absurd, poignant dialog, and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.

8 – The Mormon Proposition Screening at The Long Island City Library – Sat. Nov. 6 – 3-6pm – FREE

37-44 21 Street, Long Island City, NY – 718-752-3700

QLGPC (Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee) arranged this free public screening of The Mormon Porposition:  Equality for Some at the Long Island City Public Library this Saturday afternoon!

The film exposes the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.  The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophet’s call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it.

If you can’t make the screening this Saturday, QLGPC is hosting another screening in Jackson Heights 0n Saturday, November 20 from 3-6pm.

Weds., November 10 - Porno Bingo Fundraiser for Bronx Community Pride Center – FREE (but you’ll have to buy your bingo cards!)

8 Christopher Street, New York, NY – 212-929-9291

Since our former Out Astoria President, Dirk McCall left to helm the Bronx Community Pride Center, we’ve still managed to keep in touch and though we know this event isn’t Astoria-specific, we know how much fun Porno Bingo can be at Pieces and every cent raised at this event will be going back to the Bronx with Dirk to help run the Pride House!  So come out and join the legendary Will Clark as he features the Bronx Community Pride Center at this Porno Bingo night at Pieces – they’ll be joined by the lovely and amazing Appolonia Cruz and Tyra Allure Ross, as well as Mr. Metrocub himself, Heriberto Oquendo!

You’ll have to buy your bingo cards each round but each round you’ll have the opportunity to win porno-rific prizes brought to you by Will Clark’s industry connections!

Here’s a few other upcoming Out Astoria events you can put in your calendar now – expect an evite and more specific information via email soon!

Sunday, November 14 – Out Astoria Game Night at Walz-Astoria – 4-7pm

Tuesday, November 16 – Out Astoria Dinner – 7-9pm

Friday, November 19 – Out Astoria Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge – 8-11pm – $5 from 8-9pm – FREE with OA Membership (and yes you can register and pay your dues at the door too)!

So remember to keep an eye out for more information about these events soon!

And don’t forget to turn back your clocks Saturday night!

–Jonathan Blue

Secretary, Out Astoria

Out Astoria October Happenings!

The temperature is starting to drop at night, the heat is kicking on our buildings in the morning, and pretty soon we’ll all be wearing coats to go anywhere outside our apartments and unpacking all the sweaters and hoodies we locked up for the warm weather months. Welcome to full-on autumn!

WED – OCT 20 – OA OCTOBER DINNER AT ZUZIES – 7PM-9PM – $25 prix-fixe

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY (inside Mix Cafe & Lounge) – 718-406-9600


We’re going to try something a little different for dinner this month and we think you’ll be happy with the change!

The fabulous people who run Zuzies inside Mix Cafe & Lounge have agreed to put together a little prix fixe dinner offer for Out Astoria attendees: For $25 (not including tax/tip) you can get an appetizer, entrée, dessert and one drink!

We know that even though the recession is officially over, we’re all still feeling the pinch–and we thought that some of our members might be more inclined to come out for a group dinner if you knew there was a set deal to work into your weekly meal budget. :)

Of course if you’re keeping things light for yourself, you’re also free to order a la cart from Zuzies scrumptious full menu!

See you at dinner! And please, try to RSVP ahead of time and let us know if you’re coming – we want to make sure we have enough tables reserved!


WED – OCT 20 – SITE’S HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY – 5PM-9PM – FREE

Stop by before or after our dinner and join proprietress Mackenzi Farquer for a night of Holiday Preview Shopping at SITE! Take hope a little something for yourself, snap up some early holiday gifts, or buy that special something you’ve been saving up for – all at 20% off this evening only!

Wine, refreshments (like the amazing cupcakes from Creme Bakery here in Astoria) and music will be served for your shopping pleasure!

FRI – OCT 29 – OA HALLOWEEN PARTY AT SISSY MCGINTY’S – 8PM-11PM – $5

Out Astoria is throwing a Halloween bash for the gayborhood!

Come to Sissy McGinty’s on Friday, October 29th! Your $5 cover at the door gets you an hour of FREE well rum and vodka cocktails as well as three draft beers: Bud Lite, Goose Island IPA, and Jaw Jacker Pumpkin Ale. There will be drink specials after 9pm and the fun will continue until late in the night!

AND, because inequality is scary, Out Astoria will donate all proceeds from this event to Marriage Equality New York. Founded in 1998, MENY is the oldest organization in the state of New York to advocate full and equal marriage for same-sex couples. For more information, check out their website.

The cover is only $5 but we are happy to accept additional donations to MENY–checks should be made out to Marriage Equality New York.

Costumes are not required, but feel free to dress up, because afterwards there’s always:


FRI – OCT 29 – MIX CAFE + LOUNGE’S MONSTER BALL – 11PM-4:30AM – FREE!

The first anniversary of the wildly popular gathering they put together last year – this year, the powers at Mix Cafe & Lounge have combined the event with costumes and Halloween – as if any of you really needed a reason to dress up other than the name of the event itself!

There will be a costume competition, drink specials, a Lady Gaga ticket giveaway along with some horror flicks and a live performance by the Haus of Mimosa of course! All of this starts at 11pm and goes into the wee hours of morning!

But we’re not all about drinking and dining this month:

THURS/FRI/SAT – OCT 28/29/30 – OPENING WEEKEND FOR APAC’S MILK MILK LEMONADE – 8PM/2PM – $12

The Astoria Performing Arts Center people have chosen the incredibly well received play by Joshua Conkel, MilkMilkLemonade, to close out their 2010 season with a hilarious bang! Adam Feldman of Time Out New York has already made his plans to come out to our lovely neighborhood to check out this play he was so sorry he missed the first time around! Just check out Helen Shaw’s original review for the show last year – if that doesn’t pique your interest try this review – or just keep in mind that this show is not for kids – anyone under 16 will not be admitted!

Of course we’ve arranged an Out Astoria discount for you all – instead of $18 you can get $12 tickets! However this discount is good ONLY for the first week of performances:


Just head over to the ticket window, choose which performance you want to see, then enter the discount code of OUTASTORIA to get the discounted price. And when you check out, please consider donating $5 or so depending on what you can manage – the arts have been taking a beating in the past year and we all love to support our local purveyors of fantastic theatre, right?

Obviously if you can’t get to the show those first four performances – tickets are only $18 for the rest of the run – and they have shows Thursday through Saturday until November 13 (assuming they won’t need to extend the run if the tickets sell out as fast as we’re all expecting – so make sure you take advantage of the discount as soon as possible!

If you’re keen to try a new place to eat/drink before or after the show – why not try Sweet Afton, Vesta, or Bare Burger?

COMING UP IN NOVEMBER:

THURS – NOV 18 – THE AUTUMN BALL BENEFITING THE TREVOR PROJECT AT STUDIO SQUARE – 8PM-12AM – $50

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. For more information, visit their website!

Help us raise money for this important cause. A night full of great music supplied by DJ Ody Roc, open bar, raffle prizes, food and dancing in one of Studio Square‘s private party rooms! Tickets are $50 with $20 from each ticket going directly to The Trevor Project.

Out Astoria is helping to promote this party for a great cause! For tickets or information please email Scott at semrich29@yahoo.com or call (917) 656-7218 for more details.


Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our first ever Out Astoria Membership Drive – and the unveiling of our brand new website with 100% more centralized information! If you’re interesting in volunteering or helping out at any Out Astoria events or even have an event suggestion, please don’t hesitated to contact us at info@outastoria.com and let us know about it!

Well that’s all for now, see you at dinner this Wednesday!

March on Washington Bus Fundraiser, Monday 28 Sep 2009, 8pm-11pm

Where: Albatross (36-19 24th Ave)

Brandon Brock has asked us to send this out. We were so hyped, we decided to co-sponsor the Fundraiser! Note, there will be a Raffle now too, details below!

Facebook Invite
Online Donations: www.firstgiving.com/brandonbrock

The deadline to raise the $1800 for a bus is Tuesday, September 29th. Let’s spread this and get it covered and make a presence.

Please read this message from Brandon Brock, I think it says it best:

“Brandon, what is this about a fundraiser?”
I love my neighborhood. I’m attending the National Equality March in DC but I’ve noticed that few of my neighbors are going to DC to march. I’m fundraising to secure an entire 57-seat bus to send Western Queens residents to the March and back for free, leaving from Astoria. With the bus secure through your donation, we’ll be able to send 57 people to the DC March with MENY for free.

Don’t forget the “Help send Astoria to the Gay March on Washington!” fundraiser tomorrow at the Albatross Bar at 24th ave and 37th st in Astoria. We’ll be there from 8-11. Please come and bring your friends if possible.

I’ll be accepting cash donations at the fundraising event along with any First Giving donations.

Thanks to your help of generous donations, I’ve managed to raise $345.00 so far for the FREE Astoria National Equality March bus fundraiser.

Once I’ve reached the $1,800 goal, we’ll be able to send 57 more people to the March for FREE.

There will be a raffle for:

  • a $50 drink tab at Albatross Bar
  • or a deluxe Headshot/Portrait Print Package by local Astoria resident Rob Zukowski of www.eyespyimaging.com (a $145 value!)

Raffle tickets are $50 each. Tickets will be drawn at random at 10:15.

The National Equality March will be amazing and I hope you can go (maybe on our free Astoria bus?), but if you can’t attend please consider a donation to help me reach the goal a bit easier.

And don’t forget to tell all your friends about this effort. www.firstgiving.com/brandonbrock

A HUGE thanks to my friends, my family and the generous strangers who’ve helped this fundraiser along the way.

With much love, appreciation and hope for equality,

Brandon Brock
brandon@meny.us