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Stonewall and The Church of The Beloved Disciple

By Beauregard Houston-Montgomery
Saturday, 6/20/2009 11:02 AM
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I knew little of the Stonewall Rebellion and even less of The Church of The Beloved Disciple when I took up residence in Greenwich Village in 1970. Just turning 18, I arrived completely void of self-esteem, if not yet depleted of youthful exuberance. Always blatantly true to my queer nature, I was branded early on as "a problem child" (a reputation I strive to maintain). My innately androgynous behavior absolutely horrified my already conflicted parents, who had conceived me to reinforce their somewhat shaky image as the ideal heterosexual couple. My complete refusal to do so landed me a small monetary allowance in exchange for staying as far away as possible from their Midwest suburban home.

I came to New York City (as opposed to innately homophobic Hollywood) instinctively knowing that there were others here who also saw nothing wrong with their sexual preference, and lived their lives openly- and with ... Read More


Take Your Shirt Off And Cry; Nancy Balbirer Did

By Nicole Brydson
Thursday, 6/18/2009 12:28 PM
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Nancy Balbirer was wearing flip-flops when she walked by Bergdorf Goodman on a hot summer day in 2003 and happened upon a serene Yoko Ono. 

“I never would have imagined my reaction to meeting Yoko Ono would be thus: ‘OH MY GOD YOKO ONO! I LOVE YOU!” the author recounted recently.  “And I threw my arms around her.”

Ms. Balbirer, 43, was sitting at a table in the Chelsea Market, discussing her new book, Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences, published recently by Bloomsbury.   The title refers to how David Mamet – once the author’s acting teacher at NYU – categorized the roles in which women are cast in Hollywood.

“If you had said, “If you ever met Yoko Ono, how would you respond?’ I certainly never would have said I would have thrown my arms around her. I just had this,” she trailed off ... Read More


OUR MAN IN CANNES - DAY 4

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 6/1/2009 11:06 AM
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The only thing better than a party on a private yacht at the Cannes Film Festival is another party on a private yacht at the Cannes Film Festival. While it would be impossible to top the evening I had at Paul Allen's Friday, I was invited to be Yanou Collart's date on Michele and Larry Herbert's yacht My Colors last night. Larry Herbert is the creator of the Pantone color spectrum, the standard used to classify anything from paint to fruit. Despite the boat's relatively smaller scale, the decks were radiant as people perused the vessels' triple tiered exterior.

Michele's elegant gown was adorned with swirls of color from the entire spectrum and seemed to dance about on the soft green silk like light shimmers on a mermaid's tail. The perfect hostess, Michele is a social chemist, mixing science and celebrity into a perfect blend.

When I arrived at the ramp, ... Read More


OUR MAN IN CANNES - DAY 3

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 6/1/2009 10:59 AM
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Movie stars may shine at Cannes but, last night, it was the celebrities of genetic research who shimmered aboard Paul Allen's private yacht. Allen's 414 ft. vessel was once the largest in the world but now has been surpassed by 10 enterprising minds of even greater progress. Yet it floated among the others in the Cannes harbor as the statue of liberty does Manhattan: Incomparable.Before heading to the yacht, a brief ceremony for Dr. James D. Watson was held at the Office of the Mayor of Cannes, Bernard Brochand. Watson, Nobel Laureate and former director ofthe Cold Spring Harbor Lab on Long Island, was given a medal by the mayor for his accomplishments and to recognize the lab's efforts in the fight against genetic disease. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to join the mayor for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the great hall. Among ... Read More


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