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A clever idea for a holiday flash mob!
Some of the men of GMCLA take to the underground to spread some holiday cheer with subway carols! WATCH
Lisa Vanderpump, Giggy and White Party Palm Springs founder Jeffrey Sanker have teamed up to present “Get Giggy Tuesdays” at PUMP Restaurant & Bar.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 patrons will be able to enjoy complimentary sumptuous appetizers & delicious special priced cocktails such as the Pumpoplitan Martini, Pumpagranite Margarita and PUMP’s delectable LVP Sangria.
Bravo & Dancing with The Stars personality Giggy Vanderpump will also be making an appearance and he has created a special cocktail for the night that’s “paw”licious.
It’s where all the boys will be on Tuesday nights for “selfies” with Giggy who commented in his usually wry manner. “My mistress (Lisa) WOOF! WOOF! and I have been working extra hard to make Tuesday’s the sexiest and most glamorous night in town… just like me. So be sure to stop by and Get Giggy with it!”
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – On Tuesday May 13th, restaurateur and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump (pictured above with husband Ken Todd and “Giggy”) opened the gates of PUMP Restaurant–Bar-Lounge-Garden at an exclusive private opening.
Celebrity guests such as Real Housewives stars Joyce Giraud, Carlton Gebbia, her good friend Lance Bass, Flipping Out star Jenni Pulos along with WeHo socialite Bobby Trendy, TV stars Ross Mathews & Jai Rodriguez and the Mayor of West Hollywood, John D’Amico, were transported to Lisa’s “enchanted garden” where they mingled, enjoyed scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks like the “Pumptini” all served by PUMP’s stunning staff.
WeHo’s newest hotspot at the very gay corner of Robertson & Santa Monica Blvd is now taking reservations for dinner seating with weekend brunches coming soon.
Call (310) 657-7867 (P-U-M-P)
Open table: http://www.opentable.com/pump-lounge
Address: 8948 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Photos by Phil Lobel/Lobeline Communications –
GAY PRIDE IS COMING! Over the next 6 months, gay prides will be happening coast to coast!
PHOENIX PRIDE April 5-6, 2014
MIAMI PRIDE April 11-13
TOKYO PRIDE April 27rh
SAO PAULO PRIDE May 4th, 2014 – the BIGGEST in the WORLD
NEW JERSEY PRIDE June 1st, 2014
LOS ANGELES PRIDE June 6th-8th
MILWAUKEE WI Pride June 6th-8th
CAPITAL PRIDE DC June 6th-8th
DETROIT PRIDE June 7th-8th
HONOLULU PRIDE June 7th
PHILADELPHIA PRIDE June 8th
BOSTON PRIDE June 8th-16th
KEY WEST PRIDE June 11th-15th 2014
NASHVILLE PRIDE June 12th-14th
SITGES SPAIN PRIDE June 12th-16th
PITTSBURGH PRIDE June 14th-15th
BERLIN PRIDE June 14th-15th
OSLO PRIDE June 20th-29th
HOUSTON GAY PRIDE June 20th-29th
TORONTO PRIDE June 20th-29th – BIGGEST in NORTH AMERICA!
PLUS in 2014, Toronto will actually be WORLD PRIDE with even BIGGER crowds
RHODE ISLAND / PROVIDENCE PRIDE June 21st
NEW YORK CITY PRIDE June 24th-29th
TAMPA FL PRIDE June 27th-29th
PARIS PRIDE June 28th
LONDON PRIDE June 28th
MINNEAPOLIS PRIDE June 28th-29th
CHICAGO PRIDE FEST June 21st – 22nd
(they are trying to fill in the days in between to make a full week of pride)
CHICAGO PRIDE June 29th
SEATTLE GAY PRIDE June 29th
MADRID PRIDE July 2nd-6th
COLOGNE GERMANY PRIDE July 6th
SAN DIEGO PRIDE July 18th-20th
STOCKHOLM PRIDE July 28th – Aug. 2nd
MONTREAL PRIDE July July 28th-Aug. 3rd
AMSTERDAM PRIDE August 1st-3rd – with floats on the canal!
ANTWERP PRIDE August 4th-11th
REYKJAVIK PRIDE August 5th-10th
CHICAGO MARKET DAYS – August 9th-10th (not really pride – but a big party!)
OTTAWA PRIDE August 15th-24th
PRAGUE PRIDE August 11th-17th
COPENHAGEN PRIDE August 26th-31st
ATLANTA PRIDE August 27th-Sept. 1st
SOUTHERN DECADENCE – August 27th-September 1 (not really pride – but a big party)
LAS VEGAS PRIDE September 2nd-8th
AUSTIN TX PRIDE September 20th
DALLAS PRIDE September 21st
MAUI HAWAII October 4th-5th
GAY PRIDE is a time of celebration and with that, usually comes some drinking. MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER AS WELL! Keep yourself hydrated! You don’t want to go to the hospital with your boa and go go shorts on! (poor guy!)
Pick a party – any party!
Mondrian are back, every Wednesday throughout the summer, from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Patrons will also enjoy the new art installation in Skybar created by local artist ThankYouX.
Throughout the summer
The Rooftop at The London West Hollywood
hosts Wednesdays at Sunset,
where guests can take in the panoramic views while enjoying specialty
priced cocktails and a light bites menu from the culinary team of Gordon
Ramsay. Summer also brings the relocation of Gordon Ramsay to the
rooftop with lunch and dinner being served alfresco.
Live @ Sunset Marquis, the hotel’s very popular acoustic music series, begins on June 28
shows between June and September featuring all-new, up and coming
artists. Shows will take place at the villa pool with music beginning
at 7 p.m. and concluding at 9:30 p.m.
Desert Nights at
The Standard on Sunset Boulevard, a weekly event curated and hosted by KCRW DJ Valida, is held every Wednesday at the Cactus Lounge from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Standard will also host
pool parties every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer (with special host A Club Called Rhonda on July 4th and Labor Day).
Heard @ Andaz,
the hotel’s summer DJ series, is held Saturdays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
at the rooftop pool and sundeck, a great escape from the city fourteen
floors below. This series is only open to
hotel guests, providing a great excuse to stay and relax by booking a
room at the Andaz West Hollywood. Also open to hotel guests this summer
is a daily
rooftop happy hour with a featured drink at 50% off. And everyone is welcome to
WINEdown Wednesdays, when all bottles of wine are 50% off in RH Restaurant, every Wednesday, all day.
Visit West Hollywood for more info and hotel deals!
Chef Josette LeBlond is founder and President of
Normandie Pate Inc. In 1985, Normandie started out as the first
manufacturer of fine French pates and sausages in Los Angeles.
the Normandie label can be seen not only on pates but on bakery goods
for airlines, grocery chains and restaurants in California and Nevada.
Josette’s perseverance and hard-working ethic have brought her key
accounts such as Disneyland Hotels, The Biltmore, Macy’s, and grocery
chains like Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and Pavillions. Hotel restaurants
in the Marriott, Hyatt and Ritz Carlton also enjoy her fine pates and
baked goods. Award-winning restaurants, like Joan’s on Third in Los
Angeles, utilize Normandie’s baguettes as the star component of their
In 2011, Chef Josette expanded the Normandie brand to Farmers Market
at Third and Fairfax. Normandie Farmers Market serves breads,
croissants, pastries, cakes and pies. In 2012 Chef Josette opened a
restaurant in her Normandie Bakery calling it
Josette’s Bistro, and serving authentic French bistro cuisine at affordable prices.
Chef Josette is Looking for Server bilingual French, Spanish English for bakery, at the farmers market at Fairfax ( part time, evening) 5pm-9pm
if you are interested.
No phone calls, please.
This is an exciting opportunity to work for this amazing company!
dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles
as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary
experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity
to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe lunch and dinner
menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.
I first saw the Atherton Twins in Cirque du Soliels Varekai around 2003. I knew they stayed with the show, a number of years. And while in California last week, discovered they are now in Cirque show called IRIS!
Andrew and Kevin were born in the UK, but now live in Los Angeles, California.
were members of the Great Britain gymnastics team until their
retirement from competition at the age of twenty-four years old.
2000 Andrew and Kevin joined the world renowned Cirque du Soleil to
develop and create an aerial straps number for their touring show Varekai. They went on to perform 3,034 shows with Varekai. Never missing a single performance.
Andrew and Kevin left Varekai in August 2010 to begin working on IRIS. A new resident show created by Cirque du Soleil, exclusively performing at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production – created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles – offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images.
IRIS explores the different techniques of cinema, as it evolves from black and white to colour in a world of shadows and light. The story unfolds as our two young heroes venture through a universe that brings to life a succession of cinematic genres, reawakening the limitless potential of this art form.
Join acclaimed Choreographer/Director Philippe Decouflé and Oscar-nominated Composer Danny Elfman on this fantastic voyage, breathtakingly unfurled with 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 160,000 watts of sound.
The are some gorgeous images of the guys on their site!
Look under Promotional 1 & 2, headings.
LA’s WEST HOLLYWOOD has decided it will permanently
keep this year’s Pride month rainbow crosswalks.
The walks span San Vicente
Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard, and was voted by the West Hollywood City
Council earlier this week to keep them on permanently. Initially after Gay Pride month, the bricks were to be restored the to their original red color,
but they have proved so popular, they will now be a permanent part of
the popular LGBT destination of the city, in the heart of WeHo Boystown.
reported that Councilmember John Duran said the crosswalks, as well as
the rainbow flags along Santa Monica Boulevard, are important for the
soul of the city. He said while locals may take such things for granted,
visitors do not. “[The crosswalks] are critical to the tourists and
young gay and lesbian people and not-so-young gay and lesbian people who
are passing through … They cannot believe that they actually see a
municipality where the rainbow colors are on display all year long. It
tells them it is a sanctuary. It tells them there is a safe place in
America where the LGBT community is celebrated,” he said.
so I don’t know about this app……is it an invasion of privacy?
A new iPhone tool from “Million Dollar Listing’s” Josh Flagg includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area celebrity homes.
The Huffington Post got the scoop on this in May, and was quickly followed KEN WILLIAMS (of SDGLN) interview with Josh that was published on May 25.
Hollywood stars, take note: There’s now an easier way for gawkers and stalkers to figure out where you live.
Josh Flagg, the real estate agent made famous by Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, has launched an iPhone app that includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area properties associated with celebrities. The app, called Star Maps, differentiates itself from its traditional paper brethren by using the phone’s GPS function to direct users to properties they’d like to see.
The stargazing gawkers reportedly add lots of $$$ to the Los Angeles’ tourism business. It is estimated millions of dollars in revenue annually are made off this sector. Competition is tough. Starline Tours and newer fly-by-night tour and map purveyors are all competing.
“It is cutthroat out there,” notes Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “They yell at each other; they yell at tourists.
The app is 99 cents. = Create your own customized guided tour to see the homes of your favorite
Hollywood stars. Josh Flagg, star of Bravo’s hit TV series “Million
Dollar Listing,” takes the star maps sold on Los Angeles street corners
and brings them to your iPhone. Star Maps includes an extensive database
of stars’ homes, top-notch GPS technology, and tons of interesting
facts and photos. All information is backed by years of public records,
which guarantees that all the information is accurate. Search by name – or most popular. More names added soon!
Yes, most LGBT travelers know West Hollywood is the focal point of gay and lesbian life in the greater Los Angeles area. WeHo offers great clubs, restaurants and boutiques, making it a bona fide queer mecca.
What’s the one thing you won’t find in this metropolitan gayborhood? The beach. If you’re not interested in going on an expedition through the concrete jungle, head west to Santa Monica. Very fab, very gay.
Santa Monica is known for its laid-back atmosphere, world class hotels and beautiful beach area. What gay tourists might not realize is that there are several activities geared toward LGBT travelers. First and foremost you must find a great hotel located close to the beach. Loews Santa Monica is a luxurious, gay-friendly property that hosts same-sex commitment ceremonies on-site.
After you’ve checked in, strip down, throw on your bathing suit and head to the beach. Less than two miles from Santa Monica you’ll find the most well-known gay beach in the Los Angeles area, Will Rogers Beach in Pacific Palisades. Admittedly, Will Rogers is a little disappointing compared to Black’s in San Diego and other gay beaches. It’s a small, nondescript area but fine if you want to get a tan or play a game of volleyball with some bronzed hotties. Getting to the beach can be a pain if you’re driving, so your best bet is to rent a bike from one of the beachfront shops and get a little exercise before you tan. When you’re tired of hanging out in the sand, take part in an outdoor yoga class. The point is to take advantage of the sunshine, the biggest draw for out-of-towners.
Feeling a bit peckish after a long day at the beach? Head to Ocean Street, Third Street Promenade or Mid-City for a fantastic meal. Whether you’re looking for a great steakhouse, sushi or amazing Thai, there’s a venue for every taste and preference. Seafood lovers will definitely want to experience The Lobster located next to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The surf and turf is just as incredible as the view.
I’m not a huge fan of tourist traps but even I must admit the Santa Monica Pier is fabulous! Once you get past the gaudiness of the amusement park, you’ll find that the Heal the Bay Aquarium is phenomenal and the street performers are a sight each visitor must experience at least once. What sets the Pier apart from other over the top iconic landmarks is the breathtaking view of the ocean.
Looking for LGBT nightlife in the Santa Monica area? You could drive to West Hollywood. It’s only 10 miles away but depending on traffic it might take an hour to get there. The hassle is definitely worth it but if you’re looking for something more low-key, consider a short trip into neighboring Venice. The city is a haven for artists, surfers and anyone who enjoys the wafting scent of Marijuana on every corner. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the heart and soul of the Venice community, lined with coffee shops, eclectic boutiques and restaurants serving exotic cuisine. This is also where you’ll find the area’s only gay bar, Rooster Fish.
For more than three decades Rooster Fish has been the only game in town for the gay and lesbian Westside. When you first walk in, you feel like you’re in a straight college bar, not a beach city gay bar. It’s a small venue with two rooms but it’s a popular spot that attracts a wide variety of patrons, straight, gay, male and female.
Rooster Fish offers a great Domestic Bliss Happy Hour all week long with drink specials starting at just $3.50 from 5-7pm. There’s also an outdoor patio BBQ each Sunday from 1-6pm, where burgers and hot dogs are served.
If you’re in the Venice area at the beginning of the Month, check out First Friday. This is an incredible event where a slew of restaurants, galleries and boutiques stay open until 10pm, allowing locals and tourists to meet shop owners in a festive setting.
Santa Monica, Venice and the rest of the communities located on the Westside of Los Angeles offer gay visitors a vibe that can’t be found in any other area. This beachfront area attracts Hollywood celebrities, college students, artists, executives and musicians. Whether you live in Minneapolis or Downtown Los Angeles, you instantly feel like you’re on vacation when you arrive in town.
So what’s the most important thing each and every visitor must do in Santa Monica, gay or straight? Nothing! Whether you’re hanging out on the beach, lounging by a hotel pool or sipping espresso on a café patio, take time to rest, relax and soak up the sun. Just make sure you tweet lots of pictures to make your friends jealous.
New Winner of 3 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is ON THE MOST ‘TOP 10’ LISTS OF ANY MUSICAL THIS SEASON!
With George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber. George Hamilton is everything Hollywood we know and love—dashing, debonair, and full of tenacity as Georges. The talented Tony Nominated Christopher Sieber played Georges on Broadway, opposite Harvey Fierstein. Now he plays the role of Albin/Zaza.
They are joined on stage by Billy Harringtan
Tighe as Jean-Michel, Bernard Burak Sheredy as M. Renaud/M. Dindon,
Cathy Newman as Mme. Dindon/ Mme. Renaud, Jeigh Madjus as Jacob, Gay
Marshall as Jacqueline, Allison Blair McDowell as Anne, Dale Hensley as
Francis, Ashley Kate Adams as Colette, Danny Vaccaro as Tabarro, Matt
Anctil as Angelique, Mark Roland as Hanna, Donald Shorter, Jr. as
Chantal, Trevor Downey as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle, Terry Lavell
as Mercedes, Todd Thurston as Male Ensemble (waiter), SuEllen Estey as
Female Ensemble Adult, Todd Lattimore as Male Swing, Christophe
Caballero as Male Swing and Rylyn Juliano as Female Swing.
LA CAGE tells the story of Georges, the
owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner
Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son
brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair,
the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! LA CAGE
is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay
together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to
With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a
dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE
is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new
version shows you why!
The national tour launched this past October in Des Moines, IA. We saw the show in Chicago , this past week. It runs through Jan. 1st then off to
St Louis Jan 3-15th.
Washington DC Jan 17-Feb 12th
West Palm Beach, FL Feb 14-19th
Tampa, FL Feb 21st-26th
Naples, FL Feb 28th-March 4th
Wilmington, DE March 6th-11th
Pittsburgh, PA March 13th-18th
Memphis, TN March 20th-25th
Dallas, TX April 10th-22nd
Houston, TX April 24th-May 6th
San Antonio, TX May 8th-13th
Tempe, AZ May 15th-20th
Charlotte, NC May 29th-June 3rd
Orlando, FL June 5th-June 10th
Ft. Lauderdale, FL June 12th – June 24th
Los Angeles, CA July 10th-July 22nd
Costa Mesa, CA July 24th-Aug 5th
MORE DATES AND CITIES To Be Announced! GET TICKETS ONLINE NOW!
Millions of people come to Rockafeller Center and New York City at Christmas!
The tree, usually a Norway spruce 75 to 90 feet (23 to 27 m) tall, has been put up every year since 1931.
The decorated Christmas tree remains lit at Rockefeller Center until the week after
New Year’s Day, when it is removed and recycled for a variety of uses.
In 2007, the tree went “green,” employing LED lights. After being taken down,
the tree was used to furnish lumber for Habitat for Humanity house construction.
Union Sqaure, San Francisco – above.
Macy’s Great Tree. Usually about 85 foot with thousands of lites!
Above – Further south in California, you have THE GROVE in Los Angeles
Shopping, dining, choreographed fountains – it’s magic in the Grove!
Then there is the Hollywood Christmas Parade during December, and Disneyland in Anaheim
is our course all done up for the holidays, complete with a nightly snowfall!
Below – West Hollywood. Perhaps the gayest city in the world?
It is said that more than 33% of it’s population identify with being LGBT!
That a lot of gays!
And at the epicenter is THE ABBEY -BEST GAY BAR IN THE WORLD,
as voted recently by TripOut Gay Travel Awards & Logo.
Best Gay Cities!
Out & About Tours is launching the first and only gay bus tour in the Hollywood area that reveals, in an entertaining way, the culturally rich, vital and often hidden gay history in the city of Los Angeles and its relevance to our present-day gay experience. It is meant to enlighten, educate and entertain!
Leaving from the ONE Archives LGBT Gallery and Museum in West Hollywood, it passes 100 points of interest as the double-decker bus winds through Hollywood and Los Angeles, “blowing the dust off over a century of closeted stars, underground bars and gay rights battle scars.”
Owner Jim Anzide says, “”Doing the research for this tour has opened my heart and mind in ways I can’t begin to articulate,” said Anzide.
“Knowing that people have lost their lives, loved ones, homes, and careers so that I can do something as simple as go to a bar in West Hollywood and dance with my friends, walk hand-in-hand with someone of the same sex or live with the person I love is overwhelming. I felt ungrateful through my ignorance. I knew that I had to be part of educating and empowering my generation and future generations of LGBT people in the best way I know how – through entertainment.”
The official launch is this week! Out & About operates every Saturday and Sunday and alternating Fridays.
Tours run from 1 p.m. and ends at approximately 4 p.m. The $75 ticket includes a full day of fun and education as well as drinks and food available gratis at key stops. Must be 21 or older.
Hop on board, grab a cocktail and hang on to your wigs!
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