Europride: "Puff"

I loved this. I just couldn't resist.

2nd Annual Tavern of Creativity- Spring Fever

Many of you already know Cathy Delaleu but for those who don't, you can check out her blog here. Cathy is a celebrated poet whose style is both intelligent and sensual. Those of you who know me, know I live for some Cathy. lol Anyway she is having her second annual Tavern of Creativity. All creative people are asked to participate. This is an opportunity for aspiring poets, musicians, and artists to share their craft. Here is the info:

Location: Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
When: Sunday, June 21, 5:00PM
Phone: 212-545-4163

Let the rhythm flow with spring fever at our fingertips. Come and enjoy this unique event you won't want to miss. Poets, artists and musicians uniting in one special space to create magic.

Poetry reading starts at 6pm sharp. Two open mics will be selected from the audience.

Your $5 donations will get you a raffle ticket for a chance to win some cool artsy prizes.

This event starts at 5pm and ends at 9:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

Ailey at BAM

Last time there were tickets beginning at $20 to see the Alvin Ailey dance group, some people were mad at me for not telling them. So here you go.

One Week Only June 9-14
Tickets start at $20

Following last year's triumphant season at BAM, Ailey returns to Brooklyn with tow new programs.

Program A
"Best of Ailey"
and Hymn
June 9 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.
June 13 at 2p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Program B
Classic Ailey
Blues Suite (with live music),
Anniversary Highlights,
and Revelations
June 10 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.
June 14 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets

Rooftop Films

Last Friday I went to an event called the Rooftop Films and can't go on enough about it. They hold mini film festivals weekly through the summer on the tops of roofs. It sounds hokey but being outside on the top of a building where you are able to see downtown, the bridges, etc was really cool.

They usually start off with a band and then begin to show the films. The films are typically shorts and more of the independent film style. So if you are looking for X-Men, well, you probably won't enjoy yourself. But if you enjoy movies such as the Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, etc, then you'll probably enjoy these films.

They only have a limited amount of seats so you must get there early if you want one but it is all good if you don't. People bring comforters, blankets, and picnic while they are there. We are talking close to 2000 people where I was in Chinatown. They had three screens to help accommodate everyone and there really wasn't a bad seat in the house.

Below are some pics from their website. Of course I forgot my camera. LOL

RIP Darrell Simmons

This past Monday one of my neighborhood friends was strangled to death in his apartment. They evidently had been arguing when Leonardo Novoa decided to end the life of Darrell. Darrell who was one of those people that always brought a smile to your face was also one of the most giving people I've met. He will truly be missed.

AIDS Walk/Church Anniversary

First as a reminder, please see my post about the Creative Challenge and "Gay = Sin" video.

As some of you may recall, I am walking in the AIDS Walk this Sunday. I am almost at my goal of $250 with $200 raised to date. I am hoping that readers of this blog may contribute what they have to help me reach my goal. This can be any dollar amount and you can even sponsor anonymously. To sponsor on-line, just go to this website:

Again, thanks.

Church Anniversary

For those who aren't doing anything Sunday, stop by my church for our 3rd Anniversary. We are an inclusive church and it is a come as you are so there is not excuse. LOL

"Gay = Sin" By Matthew Brown

Creative Challenge

First I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me, so far, for the NYC AIDS Walk. If you would like more information about it, see my previous post.

Creative Challenge:
Well, there have been a couple of requests for me to restart the creative challenge. Hopefully, those people will continue to submit entries (hint, hint).

Anyway, for those who are not aware of how this works this is how it goes. I give a subject for the challenge. For this challenge it is "AIDS" which is based on my walk this month. You then can create ANYTHING that relates to that subject. You can do a video piece, picture, narrative, poem, song, blog entry,... ANYTHING. You then email it to me (image, link to video, or link to blog, etc) to tyw at by 5/30/2009. And yes you can put your watermark or credentials on your piece. I will create a special blog entry with everyone's submissions. This is not a contest so ALL skill levels are welcomed. This is just an exercise to keep our creative juices flowing.

Topic: AIDS (this can be awareness, prevention, etc)
Deadline: 5/30/2009
Send To: tyw @