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THE DAGGER: ALTERNATIVE QUEER ARTS PROGRAMMING

In Art, Being Gay, Dating, Gay Celebrity, Gay NYC, Music, Relationships, reviews, sex, television on March 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

What exactly is “The Dagger?”

Click here for the trailer!

The Dagger is a Queer experimental platform that allows Queer multimedia art projects to evolve and take lives of their own. Regularly scheduled programming will feature short films with musical composition and art direction by none other than Charlie Demos, and videography by the talented I.R. Marin.

See Charlie Demos being interviewed with QUEERAI.

To many, and more to come, The Dagger represents “determination to become courageously close to one’s enemy.” This new program will certainly give the GLBTQ community an alternative platform to experience experimental artistic multimedia.

The Dagger is a crucial “weapon” for GLBTQ people everywhere; it strikes a note toward balancing our representation in the media.

Click here for more on Charlie Demos.

Here it is again … THE DAGGER: EXPERIMENTAL QUEER PROGRAMMING.

Here is MNN.org.

The Dagger will be premiering on public access on March 25, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. – MNN 2 channel 56.

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Boy Butter

In Being Gay, Dating, Gay Business, Gay NYC, Relationships, reviews, sex on November 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

Eyal Feldman knows the true meaning of “jiffy lube”


The staff at Boy Butter was kind enough the send over a wonderful variety packet of Boy Butter products; and well, it was our job to use it and abuse it, and review it for our wonderful readers.

Boy Butter in the News!

Here’s the lowdown on what kinds of Boy Butter was sent to Equal4all:

Boy Butter Original

This oil-based lubricant was the first of its kind. The yellow packaging is quite recognizable and when first applied to the right area(s), we felt right at home. The Boy Butter Original had a light scent and was light and creamy-as a matter of fact, almost too light to the touch. It was a good thing that when finished, the lubricant washed right off as if nothing happened at all.

Boy Butter H2O

A condom was used for this product and all that really has to be said is that both lubricant and condom held-up to the test. This Boy Butter H2O came out clear … no pun intended.

Boy Butter Warming Lubricant

To be honest, this kind of lubricant was our favourite one of all. It wasn’t clear, which is OK, but when applied, it was like the Fourth of July down under if you catch our drift. After rubbed-in completely, the warming sensation took over and the overall experience was most pleasurable. We highly recommend the Boy Butter Warming Lubricant.

Note: Boy Butter Lubricants and the website recommend taking part in safe sex at all times. Eyal Feldman is a mastermind, truly getting to the heart of personal lubrication for all to enjoy.

Purchase your piece of heaven today!

Have you ever tried Boy Butter? Let us know how you enjoyed it!

Summer Shades

In Art, Being Gay, Clothing, Clubs, decor, Gay Celebrity, Night Out, NYC, reviews on April 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Sunglasses are meant to protect the eyes, plain and simple. But have you ever wondered when they became so popular and an emblem of one’s status symbol? After some digging around the internet, I found out that it wasn’t until the 1920’s, when movie stars and starlets sported specs on red carpets and to movie premiers that the sunglass movement really took off.

The above mentioned makes 100% sense … even in today’s celebrity-obsessed society, we turn to Hollywood for the latest trends in fashion, music, and the like. With that being said, I always look forward to the changing of one season to another to see what styles are going to be most popular in the upcoming months.

After making contact with international headquarters of major fashion labels, calling the UK, and doing some other personal research of my own, I can now present to you a list of men’s sunglasses that are bound to fly off the shelves this summer. I hope your credit card is paid off and you have some checks coming in because you won’t want to miss out on these select styles.

Ed Hardy- The Director of Key Accounts has promised that the following models this year are customer favorites: EHS040, EHS041, EHS043, and EHS044. These sunglasses range anywhere from $190.00 – $260.00; that may sound a little steep in this economy, but a good, sturdy pair of sunglasses can last a lifetime. The Director personally stated, “We are also launching Affliction Sunwear next month, which will really bring men’s sunglasses to a new level.”

Ray-Ban- According to several internet sources, the Ray-Ban RB 3194 62 is the company’s next most prized possession. These have G15 XLT lenses for ultimate ultra violet protection, which is very important now that we’re smack dab in the midst of global warming and all. The frames seem quite light weight which is good for travel purposes. The new Ray-Bans start off at about $125.00.

Sports Sunglasses- For the sport-loving, rugged type, the X Loop X63 Sunglasses Wrap Style UV400 is going to be the summer’s hot ticket item. With a shatterproof polycarbonate frame, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, and a 30 day money-back guarantee, I’m sure you can afford the $13.00-$14.00. This specific style can also be purchased over the internet.

Top Man- Any of the current sunglasses on the Top Man website are in style and will be throughout the summer months. May I suggest such names as Black Wrap, Navy Plastic Wrap, and Black Clubman Sunglasses? These styles range from around $24.00-$60.00. Also, if you find yourself in SOHO, New York City, stop in and try some shades on at that location (478 Broadway (between Grand St & Broome St)); it’ll be an adventure, I promise that much.

Personally, I like to stay within budget while shopping around for the perfect seasonal sunglasses but sometimes it’s hard not to splurge. You just might see me picking-up a pair of Ed Hardy’s or even the Sports Sunglasses for my surfing adventures. Either way, I better be the talk of the town … no questions asked.

Edited and written by J. Federico

Nutrition: You are what you Eat and Finding the Inner you through Food

In Being Gay, recipes, reviews on February 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

 

You are what you eat. This notion has been around for many decades; yet as people we have not grabbed hold of this idea and carry it out in our lives. Quite literally, this quote means that what you put in your body will directly or indirectly affect your being. From a less literal state, you are what you eat is describing the effect of the quality of food we eat on our mental and physical health.

In 1923, the Bridgeport Telegraph produced an article titled “United Meet Markets,” written by Dr. Victor Hugo Lindlahr. This article is the first instance of the line “you are what you eat,” in modern times. “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”  The fact that this information was available and mainstream over 80 years ago is mind-blowing. People knew the harm of consuming lower quality foods, yet convenience fueled the rise of frozen meals and fast food in the American diet. I strongly believe that this quote is so much more than 5 simple words strung together.

Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are at their highest rates ever and are among of the leading causes of death for Americans.  So here’s the deal, let’s stop this food epidemic before it can possibly get any worse. Let’s go back to our roots and eat homegrown food using simple techniques and conditioning our palates and our bodies.

Change all starts with you. Reading into what you eat at this point in your life will help you realize who you are. If you can appreciate the quality of food that you put into your body, you will be appreciating your body and ultimately be able to respect yourself more.

Balancing your life will be the key to success in leading a new healthy lifestyle. Dieting is the enemy. There is a reason why dieting contains the word DIE: depriving your body and mind will only set yourself up for failure. The key to a new healthy lifestyle is understanding your limitations and how food reacts with your body.  If you need to lose weight, you need to start with realistic weight loss goals. Depending on your weight and the amount of exercise you are willing to do, you should plan on a 1-2 pound weight loss per week.

If you are going to take this thought seriously, you need to sit down and examine what you eat and how you exercise. Are you eating nutritionally rounded meals? Are you exercising at least 30 minutes a day? Are you performing the right routines? Sitting down, making a list, and organizing will definitely help you in the long run. If you can wrap your mind around the idea of changing your diet and fitting a workout routine into your weekly schedule, you will be able to realize your goal and be more likely to stick to it. Take it one day at a time, and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!

Find the inner you through food. Whether you have a passion for cooking or for eating, loving food is in our nature. What we need to learn is to respect the food we eat – not move towards fast or convenient but for health conscious and delicious. YES! Healthy food can be delicious. Stepping outside the box and trying different foods will greatly help you with your healthy lifestyle upgrade. Try healthy takes on classic dishes. Expand your shopping list! Go to the local market and pick out several fruits and vegetables you have never eaten or that you would never purchase.

Next go an aisle over and pick up a package of lean meat such as pork or chicken. Now continue on through the market and pick out some starches: brown rice, pearl barley, and quinoa are some great examples of whole grain alternatives to your normal starch accompaniments. With a little patience and a positive attitude you can make changes in your lifestyle that will greatly affect your overall quality of life.

Food for thought:

  • Evaluate your diet! Get a journal: write daily entries about what you are eating, and you will be able to recognize what needs to change and what you can improve upon. Forcing yourself to write everything down will keep you accountable for your own actions, and if you aren’t eating well, you’ll have no one else to blame but yourself.
  • Calculating your caloric intake. It only takes a small amount of time, and it’s crucial to changing your eating habits. If you can figure out the amount of calories you should be eating daily, you can learn to change these numbers to work for the amount of exercise you are doing and the amount of weight you want to lose.

  • Proper hydration! Properly hydrating you body is a very important step to personal nutrition.  You should be drinking 64 ounces of water a day. This seems like a lot, but it’s only 8 glasses a day! Spacing the consumption throughout the day will help with sticking to it.

Be conscious of what you are doing to your body!

Easy Healthy Recipes…

Here are some really simple, but healthy recipes. Using flavorful ingredients will keep things interesting while still eating well.

Pan-seared Chicken Breast with Pico De Gallo and Red Rice

Spiced Chicken:

4 boneless chicken breast
1 ½  T cumin
2 T chili powder
1 T cayenne
2 T olive oil

  1. Measure out your spices and cover your chicken breasts with them. Massage the spices into the meat with a T of salt and ½ t of pepper. Heat a sauté pan and add 1 T of oil to the pan. Once the pan is very hot, add your chicken breasts and sear them on both sides. Move them to the oven to finish either on a sheet pan or in your sauté pan if it is oven-safe.

Pico De Gallo:

1 ea white onion
6 ea plum tomatoes
1 ea jalapeno
2 cloves garlic
1 lime, juiced
2 T cilantro, chopped finely

  1. Small dice your onion and tomatoes. Mince your jalapeno and your garlic cloves.  Juice your lime and finely chop your cilantro. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.

Red Rice:

2 cups brown rice
1 chipotle, minced
1 onion, minced
5 cups chicken stock

  1. Mince your onion and add it to a saucepot with 1 T of oil. Cook until translucent. Add your rice and let it parch in the oil. After about a minute add your minced chipotle and your stock. Next add 2 T of salt. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes.
  •  This recipe is great because it’s high on flavor but is also balanced with a protein, whole grain, and vegetable component.

 Vegetable Curry with Quinoa and Cacik

Cacik:

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 lemon, juiced
1 T olive oil
1 small cucumber, seeded
1 clove garlic
1 T cumin
1 T salt
½ T pepper

  1. Take your cucumber and seed it, next small dice it. Mince your garlic and add all ingredients to a bowl. Stir thoroughly to combine. Serve on the side as a cooling accompaniment.

Vegetable Curry:

1 large eggplant
1 red bell pepper
2 yellow onions
6 cloves garlic
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
2 cubenelle peppers
2 T tomato paste
4 T Garam Masala, good quality or prepared yourself
2 T olive oil

  1. Dice the eggplant, peppers, squash, and onions and mince the garlic. Sauté the onion, peppers, and garlic till tender. Remove and set aside. Turn heat to high and brown eggplant and squash. Stir quickly as not to burn.  Add tomato paste and stir around to combine, add garam masala and all vegetables back to pot and turn to low. Add a ½ cup of water and stir to combine, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Finish with salt and pepper.

Quinoa:

2 cups quinoa
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
4 cups vegetable stock

  1. Mince your onion and garlic and add it to a saucepot with 1 T of oil. Cook for 2 minutes on low heat. Add your vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Once at a rapid boil add your quinoa. Once the liquid comes back to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes. Check the quinoa closer to the end of it’s cooking time, if it needs to go longer let it. Once it’s finished cooking it should be tender and springy. Fluff with a fork and serve like rice.
  2. Serve your vegetable curry on top of your quinoa with your cacik on the side. This dish is impressive and simple. Filled with vegetables, whole grains, and healthy bacteria from the yogurt; this dish is also very healthy.

Hopefully I have been able to inspire you to move towards a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about what you should or shouldn’t be doing, email me at Equal4allchef@yahoo.com! I’d love to answer your questions.

Sean Gallagher

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Top 10 Scariest Halloween Movies

In holidays, Night Out, reviews on October 27, 2009 at 3:40 am

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Halloween was never a holiday that I liked too much, even as a kid. However, I happen to have a special place in my heart for scary movies. So, instead of dressing up in some expensive and elaborate costume, me and my friends buy a ton of Halloween candy, rent a few scary movies, and stay up real late getting freaked out. Here are my top 10 favorite Halloween movies picks:

10. Seven

The Saw series wouldn’t even exist without the creation of this intense psychological drama starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The two A-Listers star as detectives that play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a psychopath who plans to kill seven people, one for each of the seven deadly sins.

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9. Poltergeist

In this creepy supernatural flick, a family is visited by ghosts who tear up the family’s home. Hey, they all can’t be as friendly as Casper.

8. The Shining

In this adaptation of the gripping Stephen King novel, Jack Nicholson stars as a hotel caretaker who comes in contact with the ghost of a former hotel custodian (who killed his wife and two daughters). To put it lightly, shit goes down.

the blair witch project

7. The Blair Witch Project

This film follows a group of students who journey into vast woods for a school project about a fabled witch became an instant cult classic when it was released back in 1999. The movie isn’t all that scary, but it will, in fact, make you a nervous wreck.

6. Paranormal Activity

In this low-budget supernatural rollercoaster, a couple who hears bumps in the night decides to purchase a camera and record the demonic festivities while they are asleep. Let’s just say it’s more than just a bump.

nightmare on elm street

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

This movie scared the bejesus out of me as a child. It follows the story of the residents of a quaint little town who are being haunted by a pedophile that was burned to death by the town’s parental figures. He has claws and swallows a young Johnny Depp by way of his bed. Enough said. Check out the trailer for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, coming to theaters in 2010.

4. The Ring

Naomi Watts stars in this in this horror gem about the investigation of a killer videotape. “You’re gonna die in seven days…”Eek!

sixth sense

3. The Sixth Sense

A young and creepy Haley Joel Osment made the phrase “I see dead people” famous in this 1999 thriller about, you guessed it, a child who can see dead people. He pursues the help of Bruce Willis, who plays a child psychologist. This is the movie that contains the perfect twist ending.

2. Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis plays a schoolgirl stalked by a maniacal killer in what is considered the most memorable horror movie ever made. The school scene in the beginning is an all-time favorite of mine.

And last but not least…

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1. The Strangers

This nerve-racking ride of a movie starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman deserves its spot at number one. The story follows a young, distraught couple stalked, terrorized, and tortured by three masked killers. The tension in this movie can be cut with a spoon … or even a plastic spork. Watch this film in the dark and get back to me.

Happy Haunting!

-Matt Scotto

Answer us this: What’s YOUR favorite scary movie?

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Zombies: Crawl Baby, Crawl

In Art, Clothing, Clubs, decor, holidays, Hollywood, Literature, Night Out, NYC, reviews, television on October 22, 2009 at 4:27 am

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On September 30th, 2009, I died … and then walked the streets of Manhattan. So did approximately six hundred other people. It was my very first “zombie crawl,” but certainly not my last. What is a zombie crawl? The term hasn’t quite reached Webster’s yet, so I will do my best to define it for you here. ZOMBIE CRAWL: (n or v) a gathering of civilians who are at the very least just a tiny bit insane, who dress up like the undead in varying degrees of intensity, and who walk like a zombie through the streets of unsuspecting cities to celebrate their love of horror, corn syrup, and creatures who eat human flesh.

This particular zombie crawl was a promotion for the new horror comedy Zombieland that came out in theaters October 2nd. Although the event wasn’t rigidly coordinated, there was a  general plan to meet at The Mean Fiddler bar on 47th street, then “crawl” (or plod, drag, and/or cavort in true zombie style) through Times Square to the AMC theater. The costumes were amazing. Some were relatively low key (fake blood and old band tee shirts) while others were off the charts fantastic (bridal gowns and pretend festering ‘sore’ wounds). Everyone was having a great time and people were very friendly! Some really got into their roles: growling, leaping at bystanders with cameras, screaming, spitting fake blood out onto the sidewalk, etc. The lot of us shuffled through the streets with no cares for details of the living; citizens and cars meant nothing to us! We were dead! The angry honking of cab drivers was drowned out by hundreds of horror-movie nerds grunting like the undead and laughing our asses off. By 10:00pm the AMC Theater in Times Square was filled to the brim with costumed zombie fans waiting for their sneak preview tickets to Zombieland.

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Fans of the television cartoon series Family Guy and any old school 1980’s John Cusack teen movie will love Zombieland. Aside from an exorbitant amount of fake blood, latex flesh, and awkward-boy-meets-smokin’-hot-but-laid-back-chick sexual tension, there are hilarious cut away scenes and a charming voice over by the lead character. It is not to be taken seriously for a second. Zombie fanatics who enjoyed Peter Jackson’s movie Braindead! (also known as Dead Alive!, 1992) should enjoy Zombieland for its absurdity and unassuming vibe. While it doesn’t have the indie flick feel of a low budget horror, it carries the same gory ridiculousness that only the slightly twisted can appreciate.

zombieland scene

Zombie crawls and films like Zombieland present an obvious question: why zombies? It’s hard to say. Their popularity could be attributed to a few factors, really: For one, they’re still human, and therefore the closest thing to a “realistic” monster we’ve got. Government testing and strange diseases in questionable water supplies could actually be just a few unruly laboratory experiments away from creating the insane, flesh-eating societies.

They are controlled by their id, which makes them more animal than human, but more human than monster. We as a society are taught that living solely by the id is wrong. Zombies don’t have that restraint; they don’t need it. All they need is a juicy brain to snack on. They travel in packs and look for food – you can’t get more “id” than that. The mob mentality of zombies isn’t so different from the mob mentality of humans. In fact, the minor differences between mobs of either party is just how much firepower you need to stop them.

creepy zombies

Zombies represent a side of humanity we don’t want to think about, but are morbidly fascinated by. Zombies want one thing, and they want it bad. They need to sustain themselves on others (oh wait, we do that) and they’ll do anything they want to do so (oh wait, we do that, too). They’ll punch, tear, and bite their way to the top. Oh, wait … in a way, everyone is a zombie. No wonder we like them so much.

Taking part in the NYC zombie crawl was one of the most interesting experiences I’ve had thus far. I met a lot of great people, got to scare a number of innocent bystanders, and, my favorite part: got to get into costume. There was something exhilarating about walking through the streets of NYC on a Wednesday night with a fake bullet hole in my temple, a ripped undershirt, and tattered jeans. The stares from “the living” made my undead heart skip a beat. Complete strangers complimented me, but were also deeply disturbed by the throng of us. It was a beautiful thing. It was a new world, a bold maneuver, and just plain fun.

zombie attack

There are a number of other zombie crawls happening in the month of October. For those interested, check out Doug Sakmann’s site here. Doug is the ring leader of a number of zombie shenanigans in the NY/NJ/PA area. I’m already planning my next outing. Zombie fans, get moving … grab some cheap fake blood, smear some black eye shadow under your eyes, and tear a hole in your pants. Life is short, so go sink your teeth into somebody.

-Criss McKenzie, member of the undead society

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Taking Woodstock

In Art, Being Gay, Clothing, concerts, Dating, decor, Hollywood, Music, Night Out, Relationships, reviews, sex on October 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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It seemed everywhere you looked this August there was a mention of Woodstock. The 40th anniversary of the festival brought back a lot of memories, most noticeably with the release of Taking Woodstock, the newest movie from the Oscar winning director Ang Lee.

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Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) is the focal point of the story. He unselfishly puts his own life on hold to help his parents avoid the foreclosure of their rundown motel. After being denied loans by several banks, he hears about a music festival that had been cancelled in a nearby town. Thinking the festival would bring in a lot of fast cash for his parents, he schedules it in his town with the help of his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy). At this point, the crowds start to roll in, bringing with them plenty of money and drugs, giving Elliot the freedom he always craved, so he could finally become who he really is.

Taking Woodstock is a fun, crazy, coming of age story, and the cast was terrific. Martin plays his character really well; he is awkward and careful … just how you would be if you had never truly been yourself around the people closest to you. Emile Hirsch, who played a troubled Vietnam veteran, was able to convey the psychological pain that many veterans faced after the war, yet still be funny and endearing. Liev Schreiber, who played a cross-dressing bodyguard, stole the movie for me. Not only did he have some of the best lines in the movie, but you looked forward to the time when he was on screen.

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If you are looking for a movie about Woodstock that has some clips or reenactments of the performers, this movie isn’t for you. Instead, Woodstock takes a back seat in this film so that it can properly tell Elliot’s story. You do catch a few glimpses of the festival though. In one amazing shot where Elliot takes acid, he climbs to the top of a hill to look over the swaying crowd. Slowly, the crowd starts to evaporate and turn into a wave that you would see in the ocean. This shot was truly magical and made the movie worth seeing!

Overall: B+

-Lindsay Dahlstrom

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