It’s officially the start of the Holiday season, at least in my calendar that is, and what better way to officially kick it off than a musical dedicated to Christmas?! Alasdair and I went to check out the opening night performance of White Christmas – The Musical at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver and it was fantastic! Both the renovated theatre and the musical and its performers are a sight not to be missed!! The show is being presented by the Artsclub Theatre Company and is running from December 8 through January 2, 2011.

I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about the show or the original Paramount Pictures film; however, it didn’t take me long to be swept up in the glory of the musical. The opening scene takes place in 1944 in the middle of World War II focusing on two lieutenants, Bob Wallace played by Jeffrey Victor, and Phil Davis played by Todd Talbot, in the army serving in the 151st command (or something along those lines – I’m going off memory here folks). The story quickly progresses through the end of the war and jumps to 1954, ten years later, with both men now performing in a duo song and dance troop that’s taking the US (and the Ed Sullivan Show) by storm. The men are introduced to a set of singing sisters, The Hanes Sisters that quickly enrapture their attention and hearts. The storyline carries the four protagonists to Vermont for a performance at a small inn on Christmas. The magic that unfolds with a few surprise twists of fate along the way is the quintessential platform for this heartwarming musical.

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STR8 Against H8 Sexy 2011 Calendar

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!

Yesterday, I told you about the FCK H8 Campaign, where people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are banding together to FCK H8. Buy wearing one of their tee shirts (for only 13 bucks), you can send a clear message to your community as to which side of the H8 fence you stand on.

Well, with a new year just around the corner, lucky for us there’s also a sexy calendar (only 10 bucks) to go along with the campaign: It’s STR8 AGAINST H8. Twelve straight guys strip down and get oiled up and make a statement that they are standing up against hate. No matter what the date, there will be absolutely no hate tolerated with this calendar on your wall.

Check out the hot hot hot behind the scenes look at the calendar photo shoot after the jump…

At 19, Adele delivered one of the best debut CDs in 2009. “Chasing Pavements” is still one of my favorite songs and it’s tracks like that which earned the British singer/songwriter the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2009. A little older and wiser, she’s back with a brand new album, “21“, set to hit stores in January in the UK and February in North America. Like her debut record, the album title represents the age at which she wrote most of the songs.

The lead single “Rolling In The Deep” is an amazing track. Adele herself describes it as a “dark bluesy gospel disco tune.” I couldn’t agree any more. I’d even go further and call it a fusion of soul, pop, R&B with a dash of indie for flavoring. If the rest of the album is anything like “Rolling In The Deep”, I’m certain she’ll avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

Deep was released in November, but the music video just premiered this week. Just like the powerful track, the imagery found in the clip is one of strong images of female strength. There’s no plot, just artistic and abstract visuals with Adele interlaced with a female warrior performing contemporary dance. For most of the video, Adele belts out the song while scenes of destruction occur all around her. Sam Brown who’s worked with The Foo Fighters and Jay-Z directed the clip.

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FCK H8 And Look Good Doing It

In: Patrick, Totally GAY!

I LOVE this campaign. It’s real. It’s blunt. And kids, who are the future, are getting involved and standing up to say “FCK H8!” The message is clear. So, where do kids learn to hate?

  • 1. At School: 9 out of every 10 queer children are bullied, beaten, and bashed
  • 2. Church: Jesus loves little children…just not the f*cking gay ones?!
  • 3. Parents: Kids rejected by their parents are 8 times more likely to f*cking try to kill themselves
  • 4. Legislation: Your anti-gay votes help slit their throats

Get your own T-Shirt at In fact, get some as gifts for Christmas! They’re only $13 and they help to fund queer counseling and teen suicide prevention. Former Pussycat Doll, Jessica Sutta stands up str8 against hate in the video below, along with people of all different ages, sizes, genders, and sexuality. It’s f*cking awesome.

Watch the f*cking video after the jump…

Earlier this year, the porn industry shut down when “Patient Zeta” tested positive for HIV. Now, this porn star has come forward to speak out. His name: Derrick Burts, who did straight porn films under the name Cameron Reid and gay porn films as Derek Chambers.

Burts is claiming that the he must have contracted the virus while doing oral scenes as Derek Chambers, since the only sex he had in his private life was with his girlfriend (who is also in porn and tested negative for HIV). But this all seems fishy…

The Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, the organization that does mandatory testing for the straight porn industry and tracks HIV transmission, concluded that the virus he contracted would have happened in a non-professional setting, as all of the people he had sex with on set tested negative. Hmm. listen to him talk about the test results and his new views on the porn industry below.

Video after the jump…

DWTS Argentina Gets Down And Dirty

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Tyrell

Wow! Talk about leaving it all on the floor. Argentina’s version of Dancing With The Stars, Dance For A Dream got a little X-Rated this week when couple Silvina Escudero and Nicolás Scillama took the term Dirty Dancing to a whole new level.

The office storyline seems cute and innocent enough, but then, it all goes down hill when the female CEO takes her pony tail out and whips her hair around. This is followed by Nicolás ripping of Silvina’s skirt to reveal the most scandalous of see through thongs. Some choreography ensues but suddenly, Silvina is on all fours and Nicolás is miming doing her doggie style. WHAT!?

Fast forward to Silvina in just her bra and panties and she tears off Nicolás’ jumpsuit to reveal him in only black boxer briefs. A bit of sexual choreography continues to bring them behind the desk, where he whips off her bra, leans her down on one of the desks and well… you’ll just have to watch for yourself.

Check out the X-Rated NSFW performance after the jump…

“Glee” aired their first ever Christmas-themed episode last night and while it did nothing for season-long story arcs, it was a cute episode. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but a new episode is better than no episode. Personally, I think the episode was purely written for the sole purpose of pimping out Glee’s Christmas album. Hey, I would too. Those Gleeks will buy anything remotely associated with the show.

A Very Glee Christmas” pretty much revolved around Sue Sylvester being the Grinch of McKinley High. She rigged the faculty Secret Santa so that she would score all the gifts. For someone smart enough to switch the name canister, you’d think she would’ve thought of a better drop-off point. Eventually the Grinch grows a heart shows off her Christmas spirit.

Artie determined to keep Brittany believing in Santa Claus, pulls off a miracle himself, thanks to Coach Beiste. What are the chances we’ll see Artie using his new “walking toy” in future episodes. Probably nil to never. Rachel and Finn’s breakup also took center stage, with Finn officially ending things. I forgot how desperate and clingy Rachel used to be back in the day. Hopefully Rae Rae gets out of this funk soon.

watch this week’s performances after the jump

Concert Review: The Temper Trap

In: Dan, Music

Last night (December 7th) The Temper Trap took to the stage at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and it was a show not to be missed! I have to say I was pretty giddy with excitement that I was finally going to see this troop live. I took it all in with Alasdair and our good friend Jason and his boyfriend.

The band is most noted for their original smash hit, Sweet Disposition, off their debut studio album Conditions released in 2009. Needless to say, this was the highlight of the show for me as the crowd simply lost their mind when the first few chords were strung. The momentum of the crowd and the reverberation as the audience echoed the song back at the band was mesmerizing. These specific moments in time are the main reason I love going to concerts and live shows. The collective agreement of love mustered forth from an adoring audience is invigorating, and somehow reminds me that as often as we fight among ourselves, there are still moments that can truly unite us as human beings.

Most people reading this are probably scratching their head wondering if and where they may have heard The Temper Trap’s music. The most mainstream inclusion is on the soundtrack and as part of the teaser trailer’s for the film, (500) Days of Summer. If you haven’t seen that movie either, then you need to break out of your sheltered bubble, as both the movie and the band are phenomenal!

view a video after the jump

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