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 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!

TONIGHT – SEPT 8 – OA DINNER AT SWEET AFTON – 7PM

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!

FRI – SEPT 16 – OA MIXER AT MIX LOUNGE – 8PM – $5/10

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!

TUES – SEPT 27 – OA BOOK CLUB MEETING – 7:30PM – FREE FOR OA MEMBERS

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!

OA November Events!

So we’re not quite sure how it happened, but the coming week is chock-full of Out Astoria events/activities!  So clear your calendar and come to all of them or pick an event you haven’t yet tried, like our second-ever OA Game Night!

Of course we need to plug the Out Astoria Sponsor membership again here – even if you haven’t read the letter from our founders we sent out a few weeks back, we’re still running our sponsor membership drive (leading up to sponsor members getting into the next mixer for free, and receiving discounted admission to our holiday party in December).  Also, in a few days our acting President will be circulating information about election to the Out Astoria Steering Committee–how to submit your name for candidacy, dates/deadlines prior to and during the election, etc.  Keep an eye out for it in the next few days – but remember, only Out Astoria Sponsor Members will be allowed to run/vote on the Steering Committee!

You’ll be able to sign up for membership at all three Out Astoria events listed below!

SUN – NOV 14 - Out Astoria Game Night at Waltz Astoria – 4-9PM – FREE!

24-14 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY – 718-956-8742

Game Night is Back!

Join your fellow gay gamers at Waltz-Astoria this Sunday at 4PM for Out Astoria’s second-ever game night!  We’ll have a fun selection of games to choose from and a good group of Astoria gays to play with!  If you can’t make it at 4pm just come by later on – we’ll be swapping out teams and games at regular intervals too!

Waltz-Astoria is a unique performance space and artistic-minded wine/desert bar located on Ditmars Boulevard.  They have a lot of great snacks and drinks for us to enjoy while we play!

WED – NOV 17 - Out Astoria November Dinner at MexiQ – 7-9PM

37-11 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 718-626-0333

With the weather turning cold, what better way to warm up than joining your gaybor’s at one of Astoria’s hottest new places?  Join us for Out Astoria’s November dinner at MexiQ!  To mark the occasion, MexiQ is extending its happy hour until 9pm just for those who attend our dinner!

Why Leave Astoria calls MexiQ “smokin’ delicious” with a menu that’s moderately priced and with $5 margaritas, $3 for half liters of beer, and other beer specials all night, even those on “liquid diets” will want to join us for this dinner.  MexiQ will also offer a free pitcher of margaritas for each table, but make sure you’re seated by 7:15 PM before they’re all gone!

FRI – NOV 19 - Out Astoria November Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge – 8-11PM – $5/FREE for Sponsor Members!

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

After this mixer, for a lot of us, we’ll be scattering to the four winds to meet up with our biological families to behave nicely for a time, and then start arguments over the gravy and stuffing.  So before we head out, come over to Out Astoria’s November/Pre-Turkey Mixer at Mix Cafe + Lounge and spend some quality time with your chosen family in the big bad city!

$5 cover at the door will get you an hour (8-9PM) open bar (well drinks/beer/wine) but even if you’re running late from work that evening, make sure you swing by, there’s always a fun contingent of our people still hanging out there until late!

For those who have already registered for an Out Astoria Sponsor Membership – you will not be charged for this mixer!  Just let us know at the door that you registered and we’ll give you your membership card!  Or, just take a moment to register your membership now!  You can pay the $10 yearly dues via paypal or in person at the mixer when you collect your membership card!

Have a great weekend!  If we don’t see you at all of the events, we’ll at least catch you at one of them!

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!

November 2009 News Letter, Volume 2

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

Mixer at Lavish Lounge, 27 Nov, 8pm-11pm – 34-04 36th Avenue – FREE – Lavish Website

Out Astoria returns to Lavish Lounge for the late November mixer. 2-4-1 cocktails. Lavish is doing some changes – walls are gone, DJs are moved, and there is a new stage for the go-go boys.

RSVP on Facebook

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.

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SAVE THE DATE
Out in Astoria Holiday Party, 18 Dec, 8pm-11pm – TBA

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, or nothing at all, you’re sure to enjoy our annual Holiday Party. We are reviewing suggestions and offers for a venue, and will announce it shortly. Regardless, SAVE THE DATE!

Other Events of Interest

Ali Forney Center and the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island LGBT Shelter Opening in Astoria, 23 Nov 2009, 6:30pm, 4609 31st Ave

The Ali Forney Center would like to invite you to an opening ceremony to celebrate the launch of their newest shelter at the Church of St. Andrew’s in Astoria, Queens (4609 31st Ave.) on Monday November 23rd at 6:30pm.

This new shelter program is a partnership between 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. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

“Carmen’s Place”, Documentary Screening at Queens International Film Festival 13 Nov 2009, 1:30pm at Holiday Inn Manhattan View, 39-05 29th St

“Carmen’s Place is an intimate portrayal of life at a transgender friendly shelter for teenagers run by an Episcopal priest in Astoria, NY. For many of the residents, life at Carmen’s Place is the first real home they’ve ever experienced. Through spiritual guidance, community building and his philosophy of radical acceptance, Father Braxton teaches residents how to become self-sufficient adults who accept themselves and their gender identities.

More details available at the Documentary’s Website.