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to the airwaves, that is.
Pan American Airways, the giant airline that virtually defined air travel from 1927 until its demise in 1991, will get a “Mad Men”-like treatment on a TV show set to debut on ABC in the fall. The “Pan Am” show, which is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. on Sundays and stars Christina Ricci, will follow the lives of stewardesses circa 1963 and their bouts with “passion, jealousy and espionage” at 30,000 feet, according to the show’s Facebook page.
Drama aside, it likely will be the glamour of the golden age of air travel and those snug blue Pan Am uniforms that will seduce viewers to tune in — again, taking a page from AMC’s “Mad Men’s” fashion-driven portrayal of Madison Avenue in the same period.
Back then, stewardesses generally couldn’t be married or have children and had to meet strict weight standards.
full story at LA Times.
25 years ago, I was selling ad space for a small regional gay rag. It was so hard trying to convince straight businesses, the value and power of the gay dollar.
Fast foward, Corporate America has finally figured out Gay business is big business, and gay travel is even bigger business. Comcast Spotlight acknowledged that fact when they launched the Gay Travel On Demand Channel Oct. 14. Subscribers can now click onto tourism videos featuring Gay Chicago and Gay Friendly Halifax.
Canada is a prime destination for gay travel and the LGBT travel market is so desirable to Canadian businesses that FlyNovaScotia.com not only sponsored a travel video on behalf of its capital city of Halifax ( 2006 population: 372,679 ) but it also sponsored the Gay Chicago video, which opens and closes with an ad driving viewers to the province’s tourism Web site.
The unfortunate part is you have to have Comcast. “The goal is to create an On Demand gay travel guide on Comcast that is populated with dozens of gay travel videos for our customers to peruse at will,” said NGLCC member and Comcast Spotlight integrated marketing manager, Nancy Newman. “The platform is free and available 24/7 to all 16 million Comcast digital subscribers.”
“I want the Gay Travel Channel to exist throughout the nation,” she says. “We want to see a dozen, two dozen, videos up there from Gay Chicago to Gay-friendly Thailand. My favorite line is ‘crawl, walk, run’—we’re crawling right now, but we’ll getting there.”
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Bump! is the world’s first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle television series. It is unique and international in scope. In each episode Bump! presents a new gay-friendly destination in a stylish and upbeat format.
Bump! travels the globe in search of fascinating gay human-interest stories. From gay tourism hotspots like Miami and London, to urban centres such as Montreal and Los Angeles, Bump! focuses its lens on gay and lesbian communities around the globe.
Finding a gay and lesbian-friendly travel destination doesn’t mean having to focus on the well-known gay villages or tourism hotspots in urban centres anymore.
Charlie David, (from Dante’s Cove) Canadian co-host of the American TV series “Bump,” has found gay and lesbian-centric getaways in remote corners of the world as travel companies and governments cater to the culture.
“What I’m finding more and more and what we’re discovering through the series is gay and lesbian life around the world is becoming less and less ghetto-ized, which is fantastic,” David, who hails from Yorkton, Sask., said in a phone interview.
“I don’t mean ghetto in kind of a derogatory type of term, just, you know, a group of people living together. They were developed out of being kind of safe havens for people in many ways, and now it’s not as much needed.”
“Bump,” which kicks off its third season on Outtv in Canada this week, takes viewers to places and events that are of interest to the LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual – traveller.
David has been with the show since Season 2 and has journeyed to dozens of cities, some of which are hidden-gem vacation spots for LGBT tourists. Examples include a little fishing village in Brazil called Paraty, a ski resort in Telluride, Colo., and Calgary – one of David’s favourites.
“Oh my gosh, I loved Calgary … OK, I like cowboys,” David, who is openly gay himself, laughed over the line from Los Angeles.
“But Calgary for me, I guess, being from Saskatchewan originally, it’s very similar. It feels like home. But they are so friendly there. It is such a friendly city and we showcased the gay rodeo while we were there and to see the sportsmanship of those guys and gals out there riding the bulls and doing all their rodeo contests, it was crazy.”
That’s not to say the series doesn’t highlight the more popular gay neighbourhoods and events like splashy pride parades. It’s just that while there, David and his camera crew also seek out spots that are relevant to LGBT culture but not heavily promoted.
“I think the best example is when we did Paris, I didn’t go and do a piece on the Eiffel Tower,” said David, whose co-host is lesbian playwright Shannon McDonough.
“So pieces that I did there were a tour of Musee d’Orsay from a homosexual perspective in terms of which artists might have been gay or had that influence or through the art . . . Or a tour of Le Marais, which is almost like Church Street in Toronto, that type of thing.”
With travel corporations creating gay and lesbian cruises, resorts and hotels, “it’s more difficult to, in some ways, find some of those extremely gay-centric or gay-only type of neighbourhoods and places,” said David.
“Buenos Aires was an amazing example of that, as well as throughout Scandinavia,” he said.
“There, it’s not like you’ll have a Church Street (in Toronto) or a Davie Village in Vancouver or that type of thing. There are establishments that are either gay or lesbian-friendly, or gay-owned or lesbian-owned, throughout the whole city and it’s not so much of, like, ‘Oh, this is the only place that’s safe for us,’ which I think is a huge statement because that would not have been the scenario 20 years ago.”
Government sponsorship is also helping, he said.
“There are places in Greenland that are really strongly advocating, you know, ‘Hey, gay and lesbian tourists, come visit here. We’re an open city, we’re an open place, you can come dog sledding, you can have a completely different experience,’ and that’s awesome,” said David.
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More gay celebrity news today…The two magical masters of the impossible confirmed the date for their comeback show, as they left this week for a Royal tribute at the world famous London Palladium.
Siegfried & Roy have set the firm date for their magic comeback. Saturday Feb. 28, 2009 at the Keep Memory Alive gala to be held at the Bellagio as a Power of Love fundraiser for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute.
Thousands of fans worldwide have waited for this highly anticipated one-time only comeback performance. Siegfried commented: “It really is exciting and emotional for us. We have already been into our warehouse planning for the event. We are so excited to perform again for this one magical moment. It will be phenomenal and unforgettable. The magic is back ”
It will be the first time they have performed since Oct. 3, 2003 after the tiger accident that sent Roy to hospital where he “died” three times on the operating table from massive blood loss and brain damage. He has defied doctors since with his amazing recovery.
Siegfried & Roy have also agreed to host a VIP “Meet & Greet” party after their performance in front of 1,800 guests expected to fly in from around the world. Their one night performance — with tickets for a front-row table of 12 going for $75,000 — will never be repeated and is guaranteed to make show-business history. It will be taped for later HD-TV distribution worldwide with the proceeds also going to the charity.
Their starchef friend Wolfgang Puck will dazzle with a special dinner working alongside fellow chef extraordinaire Todd English and the Jean-Philippe Patisserie will serve amazing dessert selections. It’s also believed that Cirque founder Guy Laliberte has agreed to help produce the evening’s entertainment spectacle with cast members from his different Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip.
Their visit to London this week is for Sunday’s concert for members of the British Royal Family at the prestigious variety theater in the British capital. The legendary duo will not perform although they will be onstage for presentations from other world magicians paying homage. Siegfried tells me they will go onto Germany to meet with medical experts checking up on Roy’s ongoing treatment and progress and then they will spend a few vacation days in Paris.
WATCH SIEGFRIED AND ROY SPEECH AT LONDON PALLADIUM!
Never Stop Designing Your Life!
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While this is not a gay movie, it is a travel movie, and thought it may be of interest for anyone considering travel to South America.
First Look Studios’ THE ART OF TRAVEL was just released on DVD this month. Directed by Thomas Wheaton, it stars Christopher Masterson from Malcolm in the Middle. He takes the journey of a lifetime in a quest to find both freedom and himself, at the age of 19.
Leaving his fiancee standing at the alter, who just had an affair with his best friend, he takes off for Nicaragua. He experiences the wonders of South America and ends up with a ragtag bunch of explorers as they embark on a 100-mile journey through the Darien Gap, the undeveloped jungle that separates Panama and Colombia. – Talk about roughing it!
Winner of 5 film festival awards, The Art of Travel combines lush photography with a winning story about choosing a different road. Adventure. Freedom. Journey. Following your heart, and not your head, without being over-the-top philosophically.
Brian Orndorf from Collider said, “For some, traveling is defined as movement from location to location in as little time as possible. For others, traveling is merely the first step toward greater self-exploration, where adventures can teach and motivate the soul to higher plains of consciousness. “The Art of Travel” is an indie film that explores the very nature of wanderlust, and how it informs character and transforms life. It’s filled with familiar dramatic footprints, but “Art” remains something worthwhile and unexpectedly delicate.”
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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization.
BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis.
By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States.
Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.
Jerry Mitchell, Tony award-winning choreographer, was amazed at the tremendous attention his nearly naked body garnered in Tommy Tune’s production of The Will Rogers Follies in 1990.
He quickly capitalized on this fascination with exposed skin to raise funds for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) organization.
Over the next 18 years, this “ah-ha” moment grew into the annual tradition that is Broadway Bares—an event where the most beautiful bodies of New York City’s theater community take it all off and do what they do best—strut their stuff!
Backstage Pass: Broadway Bares is a titillating photographic chronicle of how one bright young man in a loincloth, dancing atop a giant drum on a Broadway stage, began one of the Great White Way’s most worthy and exciting traditions!
The book features sizzling behind-the-scene photos, performance shots, and stunning studio stills of men and women from the Broadway stage who have been a part of this spectacular burlesque event over the years.
It includes as little text as costumes worn in the show, but the history is succinctly outlined and mentions the names of the A-list celebrities who have proudly participated in the proceedings, including Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, David Hyde Pierce, and Nathan Lane.
Seven thousand attended the two shows in 2007 and the event has raised nearly five million dollars to date. Proceeds from the sales of Backstage Pass will go to benefit BC/EFA.
Jerry Mitchell is the creator and Executive Producer of this annual charitable event. Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most acclaimed choreographers, responsible for the original productions of Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Full Monty, as well as the Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award. His choreography is featured in films such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Scent of a Woman, and In & Out. Most recently, he directed and choreographed the Broadway smash hit Legally Blonde, and is presently the co-host of Bravo’s Step It Up and Dance television series. This is SERIOUS, MUST-SEE DANCE!
The show originally played here in New York in June and the beautiful hard-cover collection immediately followed. Signed copies of the book are available from Broadway Cares for $70, regular copies are $55, and Amazon still has a few Backstage Pass: Broadway Bares left at $34. Also at their store online, you can pick up Auction items, programs, DVDs, clothing and all kinds of keepsakes that will help raise money for the cause!
For their eighteenth year, producer Jerry Mitchell and director Denis Jones (both of whom were shirtless by the end of the evening) chose an Alice in Wonderland theme. In general, Bares is an exercise in self-loathing: Broadway dancers have the kinds of bodies that only cover models for Maxim and Men’s Health should possess. But nestled in between countless exposed buttocks and bedazzled pasties were a satisfying number of hilarious celebrity cameos (not even including George Wendt, who was in the audience). Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin took the stage as Cheshire cats, and The Little Dog Laughed Tony winner Julie White appeared as the Mock Turtle. “Hey Caterpillar,” she cried, kicking off a line we are definitely going to use the next time we run into our high-school nemesis.
All royalties from Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
All images © Backstage Pass by Jerry Mitchell,
Universe Publishing, 2008
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