Tag Archives: NYC

Scenes from NYC Marriage Equality Day!

18 Aug

July 23, 2011. Marriage equality in New York. NYC same sex couples flocked to the City Clerks office at obscenely early hours, and were getting married all day!

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. Best Dressed.

Love defeated hate. Check it.

 

Watch a video of the day my friend put together here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifzO3MTNOK4

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Chinatown with Travel Writer Sarah Enelow

15 Jul

Just when I thought I knew Chinatown NYC, travel writer Sarah Enelow took me to a store that gave me palpitations. Need bubble tea straws in bulk? Cast iron mini teapot in a light teal or lavender? Miracle Candy? New Kam Man on Canal Street in NYC has all that, plus a fine selection of loose teas, lunch boxes for sushi, gorgeous and inexpensive tableware, and picnic baskets designed to carry the aforementioned teapots and two cups!

The food selection is amazing, especially when you don’t know what a lot of it is. I bought a few cute looking thangs. The Miracle Candy did not change my life, but is really cool and chewy with surprise gummies that pop out.

Before I lost it at New Kam Man we had a sassy Malaysian  lunch on the cheap at  Jaya, you can read Sarah’s review on NFT here.  She told me about her travels in Russia as a grad student, and her Fulbright in Argentina. Que Impressive! She’s very modest, so I wouldn’t stop asking her questions. I’m like ummmm you’re cool I wanna hear more! “You’ve been to red Square? What did the people wear? Were you scared? Was it expensive? How the hell did you get around with that wacky alphabet?” To shut me up Sarah bought me some sweet mini cakes from a cart. So cute! Now it’s time for a mind-blowing slideshow of super cuteness and Asian awesomeness.

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Interview with Steve Balderson director of fab new indie movie The Casserole Club

3 Jun

Super real deal  indie director Steve Balderson was ever so kind to have an email interview with me. I can’t thank him enough. A few years ago I wondered “where has all the indie gone?” and found the answer in Steve’s movies and his production ideals.

His newest movie,  The Casserole Club makes its world premiere as the “Centerpiece Screening” at VisionFest ’11. Held at the Tribeca Cinema, Friday June 24th at 9:30 PM. Q&A after with cast! You can buy tickets here.

The website for The Casserole Club is super retrotastic filled with recipes for casseroles and proper drinks, fabulous photos, as well as more info about the film.

First the trailer, then we dish.

Q: I still am trying to get over your last film, STUCK! which I saw at the Boston Underground Film Festival. I happened to be in town, read about your film, and got a ticket immediately. Could you tell me about your new film, the fantastically titled The Casserole Club? I’ve of course already got my ticket for it.

A: I love that you’re still trying to “get over” STUCK! Wait until you see THE CASSEROLE CLUB. You’ll be totally wrecked for years! (Laughs) THE CASSEROLE CLUB is my take on irresponsibility, selfish people, damaged relationships, and history, all set in the perfect 1969 California suburbia.

Q: I see you are working with the delicious Jane Wiedlin, the sever so hot Pleasant Gehman, and Starina Johnson who was just awesome as main character Daisy in your last film STUCK!

A: Yes, I love working with the same people. It’s also really fun to see them playing different types of characters. Jane did double duty on this one. She was my Girl Friday, my right-hand man. She did everything from helping with the script, to art design, deal with the cast, and she even made the best damn salad bar buffet one night for the whole cast and crew! I couldn’t have done it without her.

Q: Jane is really more than just a sexy Go-Go! You have a talented cast, besides your usual ladies. There are some actors like Daniela Sea from The L Word and actors who have been on Criminal Minds. Segue into… there is a former Backstreet Boy in your movie! I’m sorry, he has a name and it is Kevin Scott Richardson. Did you seek him out? What’s the story? Has it caused any stirs or to-do’s? Are you sick of this question?

A: (Laughing), Not sick of it at all. Kevin and (co-producer and actor) Garrett Swan knew each other, and when I was casting, Garrett suggested I look at him. He had great reviews performing in Chicago on Broadway, so I thought I’d give him a try. This would be his film debut. I’m so thankful I cast him. Kevin is brilliant in the film and he was great to work with!

Q: I remember in the Q&A for Stuck! Mink Stole mentioned how they each decorated their own prison cells. Anything similar to that kind of participation in The Casserole Club?

A: Yes! On our first day, to have the cast get to know each other, I separated the men and the women. Since this movie deals with five couples, who are also good friends, it would naturally – in real life circa 1969 – be made up of the husbands sitting in the den, or by the pool, sipping scotch and having cigars, and the wives would be in the kitchen prepping dinner, gossiping, etc. So on day one, I had the guys all go to the liquor store and buy booze, then come back and take all the labels off and replace them with period 1969 labels. Meanwhile, I had the women get together and each bake a casserole dish – which we would later use as part of the meal they would be actually eating in the scene. Another thing we did was all live together in the same house. Everyone slept there, and worked there, and it was great! Everyone got to know each other really quickly. Which actually translates on screen. The performances are much stronger I think, because of the way we made the movie.

Q: Who did the costuming, hair and makeup? I am already having heart palpitations from the movie poster!

A: I selected certain outfits that I wanted for some people, but everyone really took care of themselves and did their own wardrobe – under my supervision of course. Some people did their own make-up and then we had Make Up and Hair artists Kelsey Bodine and Linda Sammut. Doing period costume, hair and make-up was a challenge. But it came across perfectly delicious!

Q: Where was it shot? How long did it take?

A: In the Palm Springs, California area in September 2010 for 14 days.

Q: I understand it was shot on video, did you edit, and on what system?

A: I did the editing on Final Cut. I had a great editing consultant, Stephen Eckleberry who helped me amazingly

Q: You are a director who is truly indie. That word has lost its meaning over the years but you are one of the directors bringing it back. Could you speak a little about that? How do you “work it?”

A: I have a manifesto that is about six pages long (or maybe longer) that really explains the answer to your question. But since you can’t print the whole thing (unless you wanted to), let’s just say that I believe it’s best for me to be independent and have the freedom to make the projects I want to make, when, where, and how I want. And in the process, I’ve figured out how to make a million-dollar product for next to nothing.

Tammy Faye talked to me about dollar stores

14 May

So once I emailed Tammy Faye and she wrote back, the next day! Tammy Faye Messner was an amazing human being and is not a pop culture joke. Don’t bash her. I love her. May she rest in peace. I am not religious, FYI. I also got a voice mail from her once because of an amazing friend but I can’t even talk about that right now.  I am still all worked up from this unearthing. There will be more Tammy posts. I am going to try and heed her advice. Scroll on down for the emails.

> From: Tammyfayetalk@aol.com

> Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 10:02:47 EDT
> Subject: Re: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To:
> Dearest Kelly,
>
> Thank you for writing me!  I laughed when you said  that about the Dollar
> Store!  I have bought some wonderful things there…sometimes I find lipstick, eyelashes or even thank you cards at our Dollar Store here in Charlotte!!  Ha!
> And you can’t go wrong with a good resale shop!  ALL my clothes are from
> resale, Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, ALL of them!!
>
> Please tell your mother that I covet her prayers and will be happy to have
> her read my book too.  I just love your spirit, Kelly and pray that you WILL
> make it in NY.  You can do anything if you stay  focused and think of others above yourself.
>
> All my love,
> Tammy Faye
>
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 14:44:15 -0700 (PDT)
> From:
> Subject: YOU ARE FABULOUS TAMMY!
> To: tammy@tammyfaye.com
>
> Hello Ms. Messner,
>
>   My name is Kelly, and write to you out of necessity after watching yet again “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” I just stopped for a moment and went to your
website, and read your chemo message. You are a strong and powerful woman. People everywhere are wishing you all the best, including me!
A little about me. I am 25, struggling to “make it”  in New York City. Not as an actor, or anything likehat. Just as a person who makes others happy and  has some money left over for fun at the dollar stores! I do have both of your books, and once even payed homage to you in a costume contest – I won $100! I was in college and needed it – thanks!
Anyway, I have never written to a celebrity but you seem so sincere and I wanted to let you know that you are completely and utterly fabulous – and I never use that word lightly. Your jewelery is so cool, and I plan on using some of the tips from your book.
You can beat this cancer! My mom is praying for you too!
>
> HUGS,

Michael Musto’s Village Voice 25th Anniversary Celebration

5 Mar

Awesome party at 230 Fifth, fit for a Queen. Hello?! Joan Rivers hosting. FAB. Poor Musto, everyone hounding him. Particularly me. I chatted with some very nice people, who happen to be some of my NYC heroes: Lynn Yeager and Mr. Mickey!!!!! Ms. Yeager pointed out Musto’s mother to me, she was so cute! I also enjoyed my hug with Sahara Davenport, and super loved my chat with one of my long time favorite “tv personalities” in the world Robert Verdi. He is a gem. It was so lovely, and quite major to be approached by Oprah’s stylist of 8 years, Luke Destin. He looked marv, and was super sweet and sassy. Award winning Tommy Femia as Judy Garland singing with Musto nearly killed me. Aunt Barabara yelled in my face “Don’t you know who I am? The top-selling Tupperware salesperson in America!” I liked it so much we took a photo together. I don’t know who came first, her or Dixie Longate, or if like pre ancient man they evolved in different locales at the same time – but I love me some Aunt Barbara.  Lady Clover Honey camped it up. Vodka Stinger and Talulah DeBayous sang in looks that gave me a golden glow, and lyrics that touched my dopamine receptors. I was so floored I only captured the fantastic ending on video.

The room was filled with genuinely cool and GASP nice people who were there to celebrate Musto; a few party crashers and those who wanted to be seen. There were many who totally deserved to be seen, and fawned over which I did. By “fawned” I mean yelling “Work Bitch” and taking great  pictures, then chatting a bit. The very severely amazing and super charming Jonte Moaning, designer KOOan, and the beautiful and currently starring on Rupaul’s Drag Race Sahara Davenport were true artists in their appearance.Manilla was stunning. They just sat back, and the cameras came to them. I passed Kenny Kenny on the stairs and gasped aloud at his veil, and complete look. I am glad to have encountered  Contessa Stuto. I basically yelled “I love your look” and took her pic then stumbled away to find a private area of the roof. I am way into her site right now. Gazelle who I madly took photos of on the stairs, and is so worthy of pictures covered the party on her supah cool site . Let’s not forget, one of NYC’s foremost innovative and entertaining Drag Queens Mimi Imfurst was also there! There were so many Queens I didn’t get to meet.   Mucho sites and blogs covered the party, just search it!  Here’s a few random ones – Paper Magazine Gawker, NY POST, Broadwayworld.com, my new site,  freaking Italian Vogue, NBC, and  Travalanche – who happens to be a former coworker of mine at a job that we thankfully both no longer work at.  Oh yeah Ronnie Spector was there so check out Musto’s coverage to get all the important folks, and of course his opinion of the event. I can only talk of the people with whom I interacted. My version of  an interview with a few of them to come… someday. xo!