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!


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!


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!


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 April Mixer & AIDS Walk Fundraiser Tonight!


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!


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