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Archive for October, 2011

Bruce Vilanch Helps Judge GO-GO DANCER APPRECIATION DAY

Sunday, October 30th, 2011


Hundreds Turn Out to Appreciate Go-Go Dancers


City’s first ever official Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day draws hundreds to Boystown. A special street party with go-go dancer competitions wows the crowd.


  • By James F. Mills

  • October 30, 2011

    GO-GO DANCER APPRECIATION DAY

    Actor/TV host Marcellas Reynolds (left), actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch and Mayor John Duran served as judges.  Credit: James F. Mills




Go-go dancers were out in force Saturday night, and hundreds of residents brought out their dollar bills to show appreciation.

Boystown was buzzing about go-go boys as West Hollywood observed its first ever official Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day, a pre-Halloween party designed to give locals an extra reason to party.

Several Santa Monica Boulevard businesses set up special platforms for go-go dancers, while Larrabee Street was blocked off for a Go-Go Fest Street Party, featuring several go-go dancer competitions.

Crowds of people dropped by the Go-Go Fest to observe the goings on and to tip the dancers. Some were there throughout the evening, others only stayed a few minutes before moving on to restaurants and clubs.

“Everyday is go-go dancer appreciation day at my house,” said actor/comedian Bruce Vilanch. “That other people are moved to celebrate it just warms my heart.”

City councilman John D’Amico, who came up with the idea for Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day, was pleased by the turnout.

“Everything is exactly the way it’s supposed to be. There’s hundreds of people here having a great time and that’s what I hoped for,” said D’Amico.

Larry Block, owner of the Block Party clothing store, agreed. “This is West Hollywood at its best,” said Block, who set up a platform in front of his store and offered free underwear to anyone willing to dance for 15 minutes.

Competition

Some people took Block up on the offer, others were too embarrassed, saying they didn’t have the physique to dance in public. Still others opted to dance on the platforms set up inside the Go-Go Fest area. One man said he had never danced before, but made $100 in 10 minutes.

One the main stage of the Go-Go Fest, some of those dilettantes got up the nerve to compete in the official Amateur competition. Meanwhile professional go-go dancers competed in five categories – Hottest Jock, Best Bootie, Twink, Best Package and Muscle Stud.

Vilanch, Mayor John Duran and actor/TV host Marcellas Reynolds served as the official judges for the competition. But after the first few rounds of competitions, host Scotty B just let the crowds decide the winners.

Those winners then competed for a $1,000 prize and the title of Mr. West Hollywood Go-Go. By the end of the evening, Micky’s and Eleven nightclub dancer Andrew, dressed as a construction worker, took home the title.

The audience was wowed by a choreographed show, “Evolution of Go-Go,” featuring a dozen dancers doing different moves to snippets of dance hits from the 60s to today.

Between each competition, DJ Paulo Ramirez kept the music going to the delight of the crowd.

“This is what a street party should be,” said Alex Johnson. “Great music, hot men and no cover to get in.”

While Go-Go Day was intended to bring more people to town, there was no noticeable increase in standard Saturday night foot traffic in Boystown.

As for increased business in the area, that may not have happened either. While Block said more people were stopping into his store, he “didn’t know if it was translating into extra sales.”

Nonetheless, D’Amico was optimistic about Go-Go Day becoming an annual event.

“This is just the first year. I’m sure as time goes by, next year’s will be even bigger,” said D’Amico. “I’ve already had a couple of people approach me about being sponsors next year.”

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About this column: From Boys Town to Plummer Park, the Sunset Strip or Melrose Avenue—this column brings you some of the interesting and unique snapshops that make us proud to call Weho our home.

3 honored at ‘Center Stage’

Friday, October 28th, 2011

3 honored at  ’Center Stage

Lisa Houston, CEO of FIND Food Bank, and Allan Murdoch and James Eastin, two of the original founders of the Golden Rainbow

Center-SAGE, will be honored at “Center Stage: Out for Good” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277
N. Avenida Caballeros.

The benefit will feature entertainment from disco legend Thelma Houston and comedian and Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch.

A silent auction and reception will precede the awards. Tickets are $100.

Information: (760) 416-7790


WEHO Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day …

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Business Wire
PRESS RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2011, 7:44 p.m. EDT
City of West Hollywood to Celebrate Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)—The City of West Hollywood in conjunction with Eleven, Revolver and Micky’s nightclubs will host the first ever Go-Go Dancer Appreciate Day by holding a Go-Go Festival and Street Party on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Larrabee Street near Santa Monica Boulevard between Eleven and Micky’s. Several other West Hollywood area businesses will also participate in Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day by holding special in-store events.

The Go-Go Festival and Street Party will offer guests a visual array of Go-Go dancers, choreographed performances of the Evolution of Go-Go; DJ Paulo Ramirez; and contests with prizes for Go-Go participants. The contests will be open to the public for any wannabe Go-Go dancers along with professional Go-Go dancers and will include categories such as Hottest Jock, Best Bootie, Twink, Best Package, Muscle Stud, and Amateur Go-Go Boy. To enter the contest, visit www.wehogogofest.com . A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be offered and celebrity judges include Bruce Vilanch, Leslie Jordan and Mayor John J. Duran. In addition, Eleven will host a choreographed show called “Evolution of Go-Go.”

The City of West Hollywood has a long history of being on the cutting edge of new artistic and musical endeavors. The Whisky A Go-Go, the first live music venue and the only surviving one to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opened its doors in 1964 and soon after launched a trend that would ultimately become the norm in clubs all over the world by suspending cages with Go-Go dancers from the ceiling of the club.

In the mid-1960s and the 1970s, the Sunset Strip became a major center for the counterculture as Go-Go dancers did their thing at the Whisky and other clubs along the Strip. In 1968, the first Groovy Guy contest was started as a marketing tool for the then newly-formed Advocate magazine and as a way to unite the Los Angeles gay community. By 1970, the contest had become so famous that The Advocate featured a Groovy Guy float in the first gay pride parade down Hollywood Boulevard and that summer’s contest was held at Ciro’s Restaurant (now The Comedy Store). The Groovy Guy contest ran in one form or another through 1991.

By the early 1970’s both the female and male Go-Go dancing phenomenon was part of West Hollywood culture and dancers have been appreciated on stages big and small at clubs across the City ever since.

Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day will consist of the City working in conjunction with local businesses to stage an amateur Go-Go dancer competition on Larrabee Street north of Santa Monica Boulevard. Clubs along the Sunset Strip will also participate and businesses Citywide will be hold special events and offerings on Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day.

For more information, please contact Michelle Rex, Deputy to Councilmember John D’Amico at (323) 848-6460 or mrex@weho.org. For Twitter, please follow #wehogogo.

SOURCE: City of West Hollywood

For City of West Hollywood
Michelle Rex
Deputy to Councilmember John D’Amico
(323) 848-6460
mrex@weho.org

Bruce Begins Filming “Hotel Arthritis” For J-Star Pictures

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Hotel Arthritis (2012)

SUMMARY:

Somebody is killing old people. The weapon of choice: a secret. They are being offed by a masked killer who stalks the halls of the small retirement community in which they live. The story opens with a terrifying murder, creating space on the waiting list for Rose to move in. Upon Rose’s arrival, she is taken on a tour of the grounds by the quirky, offbeat manager: Dale. The odd and brightly colored characters continue to pop up as Fanny, her Jewish gossiping neighbor, introduces Rose to “the gang.” The routine of daily life is all stirred up at the moment. People are disappearing, chaos is erupting, there’s talk of a ghost, and to top things off, there’s an STD outbreak! As terror rises throughout the building, the fear of who’s next and who the killer may be, continues to grow. We find ourselves in the game of “Whodunit?” Is it Desperella: the ground’s custodial manager? Is it Kitty: the sexy activities director? Or Zeke: her punk rock boyfriend? Maybe it’s one of the elder folks suffering from dementia or seeking some sort of revenge… Full of laughs and full of scares – you’ll be on the edge of your seat from the moment you enter the world of Lake View Retirement Home: The place where people come to live… until they die!

CAST:

Rose: Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island)
Dale: John Tartaglia (the Tony nominated lead from Avenue Q on Broadway)
Vivian: Lee Meriwether (Catwoman from the 1960’s Batman)
Giovanni: David Proval (Richie Aprile from The Sopranos)
Fanny: Camille Saviola (Mama from Chicago on Broadway and Turtle’s Mom on Entourage)
Kitty: Jacqui Holland (My Best Friend’s Girl, Desperate Housewives)
Rachel: Kiersten Warren (Alex from Saved by the Bell: The College Years)
Hodge: Martin Kove (John Kreese from The Karate Kid I, II, III)
Captain: Jerry Douglas (John Abbott from The Young and the Restless)
Tyrone: Shawn Harrison (Waldo from Family Matters)
Wang: Takayo Fischer (Memoirs of a Geisha, Moneyball)
Mr. Atkins: Robert Towers (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Masters of the Universe)
Desperella: Muffy Bolding (Gingerdead Man series)
Lateesha: Dele Ogundiran (Ugly Betty)
Bruce: Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares)
Norman: Rip Taylor (enough said!)
AND MORE!

Directed by Jason Lockhart

Produced by Michael J. Roth, Jacqui Holland, Joey Stafura, Katrina Herlong & John Mancini

Bruce Vilanch Interviews The Purrrfect Ms. Julie Newmar

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

canyon-news
ON THE INDUSTRY
Bruce Vilanch And Julie Newmar Rock!
By Tommy Garrett
Oct 23, 2011 – 8:27:30 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Bruce Vilanch interviewed Tony and Golden Globe winning actress, Julie Newmar, about her purrrrrrfect little “how to” book to place on the bedside table entitled “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth.”

Bruce Vilanch, Interviewer?
Clearly, the don’t miss opportunity was the rage in Hollywood! The hysterically brilliant, Bruce Vilanch conducted a Q&A with the ever statuesque Julie Newmar on Saturday, Oct 15, at Santa Monica Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA) as part of their “Meet the Author” program. Julie signed countless copies of her new book, “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth” after what was, without a doubt be a great Q&A.

There seems to be a lot of buzz in the media about the upcoming reincarnation of the latest Catwoman, by Anne Hathaway in “Dark Knight Rises,” and “Batman” reemerges on TV (Hub Network) for a new generation, which has made this an ideal time for the original Catwoman, Ms. Julie Newmar, to release her new book “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth.” And it’s not only a great book, it is a must read for every American and everyone around the world who is looking for advice from one of the world’s geniuses, Ms. Julie Newmar.

A woman of great genetic stock, her father was a Chicago Bears football player and her mother a star of the 1920 Follies. Beauty, brains and a fantastic sense of humor, Julie Newmar is perhaps best known world wide for her role as the sultry Cat-woman on the hit series “Batman” or on stage for her original roles of Stupefyin Jones in Lil Abner and Vera in “Silk Stockings,” not to mention her Tony Award winning performance as Katrin Sveg in “The Marriage-Go-Round.” A contract with 20th Century Fox led to roles in films such as the classic MGM musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Making the transition to TV, Julie appeared in Rod Serling’s science fiction series the “Twilight Zone” in 1963, playing Miss Devlin (devil). As physical perfection, Julie was ideal to play Rhoda the Robot in “My Living Doll,” as well as iconic characters such series as “Star Trek,” “Get Smart,” “Bewitched,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Hart to Hart,” “According to Jim,” and, of course, how many women’s names grace the title of a hit movie – “Too Wong Fu, Julie Newmar,” a film from Stephen Spielberg’s company.

Ms. Julie Newmar Is Purrrfect!

Currently, Ms. Newmar has several books in the works, but the first to hit the shelves will be “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth” (www.julienewmar.com) and features the wit and wisdom of Ms. Julie Newmar, to be followed by “+:First Fantasy” (www.julienewmarwrites.com). “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth” is a book in which you read a phrase and paused…read another phrase and take a breath… read more and then cry a little. A compilation of wonderful tid-bits of information, inspirational thoughts, and practical advice for daily living that Julie has collected and experienced over her lifetime, and she is sharing with the reader. Julie was trying to create that perfect little “how to” book to place on the bedside table – the one that would empower others to be the very best I can be.

As most all individuals do, we searched for role models who defined the vision of what we would like to one day be and we set our minds on emulating them. The tall, statuesque, graceful and powerful woman, Julie Newmar, inspired many. Not only in physical appearance, but as an entrepreneur in LA real-estate and inventor, developing “Nudemar” panty-hose. In 2009, the Smithsonian Institute inducted her famous and the original Cat-Woman suit into its permanent Entertainment Exhibit collection making her one of the nine Legendary Ladies of Stage and Screen to be included (list available upon request).

Pearls of wisdom from “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth” includes Tall girls, don’t slump. Think of how many short guys out there would love to have your offspring. Stand up for them” and Forgive yourself first. You’ll have reserves when you want others to forgive you.


Event : An Evening with Bruce Vilanch Date: Sat, Apr 21, 2012, 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

AN EVENING WITH BRUCE VILANCH



One of the funniest men alive, Bruce Vilanch is best known for his standard spot on Hollywood Squares and his starring role as Edna Turnblad in the Broadway and San Francisco productions of Hairspray, the Musical. TV audiences have been laughing for years at Bruce’s writing for award shows like the Academy Awards ®, comedy specials including Comic Relief and numerous Bette Midler performances.

Standard: Members $40 | Public $45
Premium: Members $50 | Public $55

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012

Starts at: 8:00 pm

Our community partners are the LGBT Alliance of the Jewish Community Federation and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav

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