6/16/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: June 17 through June 23, 2019

Summer is finally here! Yes Friday June 21 is the summer solstice; the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Its New York Dance Week Festival so people are shaking up the entire five boroughs. And films honoring ballet and opera icons share greatest and on Broadway we learn about the Secret Life of Bees. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

6/17/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar clip (1995). Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) impress regional judges in competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles. 
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6/11/19 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels by Todrick

Nails, Hair, Hips, Heel by singer, songwriter, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTuber Todrick Hall
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6/10/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING PRIDE: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (1994): When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

Opera Atop a Bus: Felicia (Guy Pearce) performs opera atop the bus, and then later shares a darkly humorous childhood story with Tick (Hugo Weaving).

 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – Opera Atop a Bus Scene

The guys get an Aboriginal Man (Alan Dargin) in on their campfire performance of “I Will Survive.

 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – I Will Survive Scene

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Ping-Pong: The drag show at the bar gets upstaged by a raunchy ping-pong performance from Cynthia (Julia Cortez).

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – Ping-Pong Scene

6/9/19 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: June 9 Through June 16, 2019

Sunny days just makes New Yorkers even more festive. We have a dance tribute in Queens, a film on an Opera icon and Jumping Jack Flash in New Jersey. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

6/7/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort

Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, the iconic masterwork choreographed by Roland Petit featuring Nicolas Le Riche and Marie-Agnès Gillot as Death.

With a libretto by Jean Cocteau and choreography by Roland Petit, the 1946 ballet Le Jeune Homme et la Mort is a highly theatrical mix of post-war existentialism and chic. It has an explosive star part for a male dancer, all soaring jumps and writhing gymnastics, and a vampish figure of death. This rendition set in 2005 for the Paris Opera is a very sensual interpretation probably staged by Petit who died in 2010. 

Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort

6/6/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good (Soul Train 1974)

Rufus was an American funk band from Chicago, Illinois best known for launching the career of lead singer Chaka Khan. They had several hits throughout their career, including “Tell Me Something Good”, “Sweet Thing”, and “Ain’t Nobody”.
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