Singer/Songwriter Justin Utley will make a special apprearance at the GLBT Expo!
Get a signed copy of Justin's cover feature in Connextions Magazine, along with a photo of you and Justin!
When: March 9, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: GLBT Expo, NYC
Connextions Magazine Booth, #317
As an 'OUT' ex-mormon, and survivor of ex-gay therapy, Justin speaks candidly about his life and experiences through his inspiring storytelling and powerful, entertaining music.
Headliner and featured performer at Pride Festivals worldwide, including Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
- Featured on CNN’s "Faces Of Faith" news segment and cover story of CNN’s LGBT Weekly Magazine.
- New album "Nothing This Real" released at a sold-out media showcase in New York City, with an online broadcast of over 12,000 viewers.
- Nominated by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts for four OUTMusic Awards, including song and artist of the year.
- Winner "Best Folk/Country Song of the Year".
- Recipient of the Inspirational Award by the FBI’s LGBT Division.
- Registered as an official speaker of Campus Pride.
- Composed theme song for the Emmy Award winning movie "Shadow of Light".
- Featured performer at the 2002 Winter Olympics. www.justinutley.com
Original GLBT Expo
Saturday March 9, 2013 & Sunday March 10, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
38th & 11th Aves, New York City, NY. 10014
#1 in Attendance #1 in Exhibitors
#1 Advertising & Promotion
2013 is the 20th anniversary and a huge milestone for the GLBT Community. For the past 20 years, the EXPO has helped to present the finest products & services available to the GLBT consumer. Starting in 1993, the EXPO has generated over $80,000,000 of dollars spent within the Greater Tri-State area. This includes the GLBT friendly companies from every industry, both large and small, Fortune 1000 and Gay-owned companies. They have all discovered the GLBT Community is affluent, brand-loyal, well educated and business minded. It is the truest of definition of "THE PERFECT NICHE MARKET".
Connextions Magazine will be there for the 3rd year in a row. We hope you stop by and connect with us!
For more information about the Expo, click to: http://www.originalglbtexpo.com/
or call 800-243-9774
To see photos from our past experiences at the Expo, click here
National comic, I’Wante, the Diamond of Comedy proudly announces the release of his new musical comedy album Fifty Shades of Gay on December 11, 2012
Known for delivering a unique style of comedy through songs which mock the urban lifestyle and popular culture, I’Wante launched Fifty Shades of Gay
to unite all communities through laughter. The album addresses several political and social issues, as well as relationships with a humorous spin. I’Wante will host a Release Party on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 for Fifty Shades of Gay.
Desire Bar & Grill, 45 West 8th Street, NY, NY, 10011. All are invited and this is a free event. For more information please visit: http://diamondofcomedy.eventbrite.com
.“I am having fun making people laugh, while creating a distinctive path in comedy to entertain, influence, inspire, and educate future leaders,” said I’Wante, the Diamond of Comedy.
Born in Thomasville, North Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, I’Wante has been performing stand up for six years in the U.S. and several other countries. He is the host and creator of The IWante Show
), an internet variety talk show. Fifty Shades of Gay will be available for purchase on December 11, 2012 via: http://diamondofcomedy.com/. Two singles from the album may also be purchased via: http://iwante.bandcamp.com/track/obama-can-you-help-me
To have I’Wante perform at your venue or for more information, please contact Color of Love Production, LLC, Tel:347-423-1722 or email Colorofloveproduction@gmail.com
XL Nightclub, NYC
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 - 10:00 pm
dot429 and StartOut invite you to celebrate the season with an evening of cocktails and conversation.
Enjoy a silent auction, two-for-one cocktail specials and complimentary access to XL Nightclub all night long.
Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/Xvh96a
Suggested $10 donation benefiting StartOut
Hosted by: Elliot Tomaeno, Jennifer Brown, Jason Dorn, Juan Ortiz, Kelvin Chen, Merryn Johns, Montgomery Frazier, Nithan Narendra, Patrick Grosso, Sasha Seven, Shelly Straub, Steph Watts
StartOut is an organization which strives to educate, to inspire and to support entrepreneurs. They also work to foster LGBT leadership in the business community. XL Nightclub
512 W. 42nd St., New York, New York 10036
BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE'S SECOND ANNUAL GAY PRIDE CONCERT Available on the Web for Free!
Broadway Sings for Pride’s Second Annual Gay Pride Concert can be seen free of charge on Facebook and YouTube. Co-produced by Neal B of www.NealB.tv
, Jim Lahti, in association with Artists Proof Productions, the concert event featured over thirty performers including celebrities, activists and Broadway’s best talent. Broadway Sings wants to share these amazing performances and spread the word of equality!
Musical numbers showcased Broadway and pop songs, and special guests shared stories of LGBT pride. Among some of the talent: Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars), Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef), Anthony Fedorov (American Idol Finalist & Rent at New World Stages), ), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), and Eric Millegan (Bones).
The concert benefitted the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City and Broadway Sings for Pride.
The full concert can be viewed below or visit:
• Broadway Sings for Pride on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/broadway.pride
) or search: Broadway SingsFor Pride
• YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/nealbtv
Broadway Sings For Pride is a non-for-profit organization, which brings together Broadway talent & celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Please also visit our website at: www.BwayPride.org
. Filmed on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Mainstage Theater in New York City.
Jim Lahti - musical director/arranger, pianist
John Benthal - acoustic and electric guitar
David Silliman - percussion
Ritt Henn - bass guitar Track List
1. Introduction by Thomas Krever, Hetrick-Martin Institute Executive Director
2. Opening Medley - Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s The Fantasticks) & The Company
3. It Gets Better - The Company (including the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble)
4. Big Wings- Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q)
5. A Special Message from Mike Ruiz (Celebrity Photographer and A-List New York) & Laverne Cox (VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy)
6. Are You There?- Anthony Lee Medina (Spring Awakening National Tour, The Capeman at The Public) & Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour)
7. It's Our Time- Athena Reich (Recording Artist) & Garry Novikoff (A Normal Life)
8. A Special Message from Mr. Gay World USA Tennessee Vincent Leggett & Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte
9. Beautiful- Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour) featuring Mary Lahti & Rebecca Larkin
10. Never Over- Anthony Fedorov (American Idol & Rent at New World Stages)
11. The Prayer - Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical) & Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour)
12. A Special Message from Neal Bennington, Founder & Co-Producer
13. Hold Me In Your Arms- Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys)
14. A Special Message from Phillip P. Keene (The Closer) & Christina Bennett Lind (All My Children)
15. Luke & Nate- What’s The Benefit inc.
16. Jump! Shout! Boogie!- Eric Millegan (Bones) featuring Rebecca Larkin, Mary Lahti & Theresa Fowler
17. A Special Message from The Imperial Court of New York & AJ Mattioli
18. The Wizard and I- Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act)
19. I Am Changing- Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical)
20. A Special Message from Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef)
21. Special Rights- Mary Lahti (Three Sisters), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour), Aaron J. Libby (APAC's The Human Comedy), & Adam Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour)
22. A Special Message from James Neiley (OUT 100 honoree & Activist)
23. Special Medley- Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera)
24. A Special Message from Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars)
25. Sing - The Company (including the Tada! Resident Youth Ensemble)
26. Finale: Make Our Garden Grow- The Company Broadway Sings for Pride Company includes:
Dani Atkinson (America's Got Talent), Guto Bittencourt (Original Brazilian cast of Les Miserables), Chris Brick (Seussical National Tour), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour), Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act), Andre'
Jordan (Shrek The Musical), Kyle Kleiboeker (Hairspray National Tour), Mary Lahti (Three Sisters), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s The Fantasticks), Aaron J. Libby (APAC's The Human Comedy), Rebecca McBee (Junie B. Jones National Tour), Anthony Lee Medina (Spring Awakening National Tour, The Capeman at The Public), Eric Millegan (Bones), Michael Munoz (Naked Boys Singing), James Neiley (OUT 100 honoree & Activist), Christine Nolan (Hair), Garry Novikoff (A Normal Life) , Athena Reich (Recording Artist), Matthew Riordan (Signature Theatre’s Trouble), Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ
Superstar National Tour), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Adam Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour), Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical), What's The Benefit? inc. and TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble
See a clip of the concert:
Join dot429 & Wells Fargo for a Women's Focused Networking Event
Where: SOHO Grand Hotel, NYC
When: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6pm
Amelia Abdullahsani, Sarah Bernett, Lori Cheek, Winka Dubbledam, Merryn Johns, Kimberly Light, Lori Michaels, Susan Miller, Lana Rosenzweig, Amy Starr, Shelly Straub, and Sam Taylor.
Click here for tickets & information:http://dot429.com/events/the-salon-series-part-3-new-york
On June 22 and 23, legendary filmmaker John Waters will present his comedy show at City Winery in NYC
Legendary filmmaker John Waters (“Pink Flamingos” "Hairspray” "Serial Mom”) performs a very developed one-man show at festivals, universities, and clubs across the world and has since the 1970’s. In it, he details his groundbreaking career in a rapid-fire stand-up comedy format (akin to high-brow comics and monologists such as Spalding Gray, Janeane Garofalo, and Margaret Cho) plus conducts a Q & A afterwards.
The show has played to sold-out audiences in New York, Copenhagen, London, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Tucson, Washington (DC), Sydney (Australia), Indianapolis, and beyond.
Bar Stools, Reserved Tables & VIP Seating $45.00 - $60.00
What is City Winery?
Community, creativity and culture... A vibrant, interactive space in New York where folks can not only make wine, but also meet friends new and old while indulging their passion for quality food, music, art and life. To all who enter, L'Chaim.
For more info about the show or City Winery, click here.
Warhol Flowers XIII, Chromogenic Print, executed 1964, printed 2010
Of all the influences in Andy Warhol's work, Salvador Dali proved the greatest.
The Spanish surrealist made an indelible mark on Warhol when he shared his secret formula for fame:
1. a well-crafted persona, 2. an entourage, and 3. a record for your every move. To Dali, uniqueness, popularity, and immortality together defined success. It was this formula that later made Warhol an exception to the rule. Warhol proved it isn’t who you know
but who you are
that matters. Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy
brings into focus the unique cast of players surrounding Andy Warhol during his rise to fame in mid-century New York, while hinting at the complexity of relations between the artists and the iconoclasts who made them.
The collection boasts original never-before-seen photographs of Robert Indiana for his "Die and Eat" series and "Love" painting, and a stunning studio series of Ultra Violet in the nude, all eloquently retold for the exhibition's companion documentary. And that's just the beginning. Kennedy recalls his early days at The Factory, Warhol's midtown studio that served as the backdrop for
projects with Taylor Mead, Lou Reed and others. It was by the building's south side fire escape where he captured Warhol as he held an unraveled acetate scroll of Marilyn Monroe against a brilliant specter of sunlight.
The Miami-based KIWI Arts Group delivers a stunning vision of Kennedy's work, further articulating how Pop art would bring New Realism forward as a lasting mode of counterculture. The collection reinstates, however subtly, the movement’s original critique of American values by using commercialism, civil rights and sexuality to shape mainstream art discourse. View the collection in SoHo through May 29. Before They Were Famous
April 19—May 29
KIWI Arts Group
109 Norfolk Street, NYC
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Title: Warhol Filming “Taylor Mead’s Ass” Suite I-IV Location: The Factory, New York City Medium: Silver Gelatin Fiber Print Edition: 60 with 7 Artist Proofs Size: 16 x 20 inches (suite of 4) Executed: 1964 Printed: 2010 Copyright: William John Kennedy
EXHIBITION OFFERS RARE GLIMPSE OF ANDY WARHOL AND ROBERT INDIANA “BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS”
Recently Discovered Images by Photographer William John Kennedy To Make New York City Debut
NEW YORK, NY (March 19, 2012) – Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy, presented by Miami’s KIWI Arts Group, will debut in New York City on April 19 and, concurrently, in Indianapolis on April 27, 2012. The exhibition features recently unveiled images of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana from the photographer’s personal archives, which laid in storage for nearly 50 years. Before They Were Famous will be on view April 19–May 29 at Site/109 on Norfolk Street in New York City--just blocks from where some of these historic images were taken --and, from April 27–May 31 as a collaboration between ModernMasters Fine Art and the Conrad Indianapolis in Indiana, Robert Indiana’s native state and a recurrent theme in his work.
"William John Kennedy’s newly discovered photographs reveal a side of Warhol not often seen,” says Eric Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. “He surrounds himself with his imagery, becoming an integral part of the environment and forever linking himself with the image at hand. The photographs are both engaging and rare, and they most definitely depict the artist at
a pivotal moment, just before his career exploded."
At Pop Art's pivotal moment in 1963, American photographer William John Kennedy instinctively identified Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana as the rising art stars, capturing them with what ultimately became two of the world's most iconic images—Andy's
Marilyn and Indiana's LOVE. Kennedy’s relationship with them began when Indiana invited him to document the groundbreaking
Americans 1963 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which included a blue-chip roster of artists such as Rosenquist, Oldenburg and Lichtenstein, as well as the young Indiana and Warhol.
The Kennedy collection of silver gelatin and chromogenic photographs, solely published by KIWI Arts Group, reveals some of the only known images of the artists with their original works. After decades in storage, the pristine negatives are now being used to produce these historic images at Duggal— the same famous NY lab that processed the original negatives. This collection has traveled
to select cities over the past 14 months; the New York City premiere marks the realization of a lifelong dream for the 81-year-old Kennedy and an important milestone for this exhibition.
Full Circle: Before They Were Famous, the 2010 short documentary that chronicles the journey of Kennedy’s images as they were made public, will be screened in both New York and Indianapolis. Featuring a candid Robert Indiana in his Vinalhaven studio, along with Warhol superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead, among others, the film provides rare and humorous insights into the worlds of Warhol and Indiana during the emergence of the Pop Art movement. Site/109 is located at 109 Norfolk Street between Rivington and Delancey Streets.
Before They Were Famous will be open from April 19 - May 29, with a public reception slated for April 22 from 5-8PM. Exhibition hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-6PM daily; open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more
information, please visit www.site109.com.
The Conrad Indianapolis is located at 50 West Washington Street. Presented by ModernMasters Fine Art and the Conrad Hotels, in association with publisher KIWI Arts Group, the exhibit features more than 50 rare photographs of Warhol and Indiana and will be on view from April 27 - May 31. For more information, please visit www.modernmastersfab.com or www.conradindianapolis.com.
For a schedule of screenings, book signings, guided tours and special events, please visit www.kiwiartsgroup.com
ABOUT THE ARTIST
William John Kennedy, a long-time resident of Miami Beach, studied at Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute. After working in the 1950s as an assistant and studio manager for renowned Vogue fashion photographer Clifford Coffin, Kennedy enjoyed a rewarding career as a top freelance editorial photographer in New York City. His work appeared in publications such as LIFE Magazine and Sports Illustrated. In the commercial arena he created national and international campaigns for corporate clients including Avon, GE, IBM, RJR Nabisco, American Express, and Xerox. Throughout his professional life, Kennedy has continued his passion for fine art photography and developed a full body of work.
ABOUT KIWI ARTS GROUP
KIWI Arts Group is a fine art publishing house that transcends the traditional artist-gallery relationship with unique vision and skill. Its mission is to identify talent, create and disseminate multimedia documentation that articulately reveals the artist’s proper historical context, and successfully manage all aspects of marketing and sales on an international scale. For more information, please call 305-200-3047or visit www.kiwiartsgroup.com.
The 19th Annual Original GLBT Expo was held on March 17th & 18th, 2012. Packed with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, the event was a success!
A message from the RDP Group:
"On behalf of the RDP Group, we want to thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors and valued attendees that participated in the 19th Original GLBT Expo."
Here are some interesting facts about this year's Expo.
23,451 people attended from 29 States and 18 Counties-this was the largest crowd in the 19 years running
The Original GLBT Expo is ranked by Crain's Business as one of the largest events held in New York City
The highest percentage age range that attended was 23-35 years old
53% of attendees were male
67% had some college to post graduate
Average income was $50,000 to $75,000
Over 60% are considering to buy a car and/or house in the next 12 months
The 2012 Gay Economic impact by the Expo exceeded $10,000,000 for New York City
Connextions Magazine highlights some of the entertainment, exhibitors and special guests:
Passion Parties is the premier sensual products, party plan company in the United States and Canada. For more than a decade, our Passion Consultants have been enhancing the sexual relationships of our clients with sensual products designed to promote intimacy and communication between couples.
Dawn Martinez, Executive Director of Passion Parties By Dawn, believes that education is the key to a successful sexual relationship. Dawn specializes in home parties and confidential consultations on the phone or in person.
Mr Gay World USA exhibited to promote the new reality series TV show "The Next American Gay."
The Mr. Gay World USA organization is working with all 12 finalists in this year's competition speaking at schools and colleges around the country about becoming socially active on issues such as marriage equality and anti-bullying.
Alyson Adventures offers award-winning adventure travel and active vacations for gay men, lesbians, and friends, in many parts of the world. We think there's no better way to travel than with a small, friendly group enjoying outdoor activities together.
Experience areas of Grand Canyon that are only found from the water, explore side canyons that hide emerald pools, hidden waterfalls, beautiful flowers and plants, and wildlife that is just as laid back as you are. Relax and enjoy sleeping under the endless tapestry of stars, eating delicious meals, and letting life on the Colorado River become part of who you are. Grand Canyon Expeditions rafting tours create memories that last a lifetime.
Alyson Adventures, together with Grand Canyon Expeditions Company promoted adventure travel and raffled off a fantastic river rafting trip in Las Vegas!
Zachary Moses, Marketing Director for Alyson Adventures, offers worldwide travel... with a gay flair!
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. exhibited to promote their New York City, Hoboken and Jersey City accommodations, which include: the westin jersey city newport hotel, westin new york at times square, manhattan at times square hotel, w hoboken, w new york times square, w new york downtown, w new york union square, w new york, sheraton new york hotel, the st. regis new york, the new york helmsley hotel.
Angela Pandolfi, Catering Sales Manager is eager to share what the Starwood line of Hotels & Resorts can do to make your special day unforgettable!
Founded by Andrew Jonas, Felipe Hernandez & Lance Gaylord, Cheer New York (Cheer NY), an all-volunteer non-profit adult cheerleading squad, made up of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Straight allies (LGBTS), has been serving the NY-NJ area since 2002 by inspiring hope and encouragement in audiences wherever we perform and raising money for people with challenging conditions and life-threatening illnesses through its “Cheer for Life” fund. Cheer NY began as a twelve-member club sport that combined cheers, gymnastics, dance and extreme acrobatic stunts at local events and performances, but in just a short decade, Cheer NY has evolved into something extraordinary: a New York-based philanthropic organization with a worldwide fan base!
Cheer NY ... Reaching new heights with love, spirit, strength and understanding. Cheer Loud... Cheer Proud!
After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in December 2004, Jen Roberts, Pastry Chef & Owner, started handcrafting cakes & chocolates for friends, family & coworkers, and Sweet Element was born! Based out of East Orange, New Jersey, the 1,000 sf commercial kitchen offers free tastings, such as the delicious choices offered at the Expo!
NYC up & out!
Gay Pride happens everyday in NYC with new and exciting events popping up daily, this website is specifically designed to provide the GLBT community with a convenient way to receive information about events and activities that are entertaining or useful or relevant to the diversity of the gay community in New York.
Dvorah Stoll, Publisher, says "Always be UP on all that's OUT!
Beverly May, Founder & CEO, introduces MiniDates. The first service to arrange real in-person dates for you- with the exact people you want to meet- exactly when and where you're free! We send you low-key dates by text or email. Just accept & meet!
Beverly states "Chemistry can't be judged online. Try Meeting."
Interested to see who else joined the party at the 19th Original GLBT Expo?
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