Call for Photography: Gallery 13′s QUEER GAZE Exhibition – Opening June 2, 2012

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Gallery 13 teams up with curator Tim Horn inviting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minorities to showcase their professional or amateur photography.

Coinciding with Jersey Pride Weekend in! Asbury Park, this June 2012 exhibition will feature a diversity of styles, techniques and themes representing our intimate and personal views of each other, our supporters and detractors and the worlds we inhabit.

$20 entry fee for up to 4 images | Deadline is May 28, 2012. | Please contact Tim Horn at for more information.

The Gallery 13 | 658 Cookman Avenue, Suite 5 in! Asbury Park

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Asbury Park Film Initiative & The ShowRoom present 2nd ANNUAL ‘Best of NEWFEST’ LGBT Cinema 4.21 – 4.22 in! Asbury Park

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Lost and Found

From Helen Pike’s History & Heritage Journal:

The recent news of an August 2011 theft of the decorative copper panels that graced Convention Hall’s retail bays left me dismayed. The city’s unique architecture has always been an important example of what attracts  visitors to this part of the state, many of us with cameras. I photographed the fanciful ones that had been restored early on, and included one example in my 2005 book for Rutgers University Press, Asbury Park’s Glory Days: The Story of an American Resort.

The Historical Society is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that may help determine the whereabouts of these 30 rectangular panes whose estimated value is $100,000.  They had been removed as part of the on-going restoration work of the aging entertainment complex that went up on the Boardwalk 83 years ago.

Will we ever find out what happened to them? And, can even one still be found?

Only time will tell.

Finding anything of value takes time. Family genealogist Tom Scott of Rochester, NY, spent quite a number of years searching for the final whereabouts of his great uncle and Convention Hall’s first organist, G. Howard Scott. Tom had only hope left by the time he contacted me. Two History & Heritage posts ago I wrote about Tom’s search. Then I e-mailed people I thought might be able to help, including musician and owner of Clayton Press, Dave Rouszel, and  Beth Woolley, the graphic artist who owns Peaceable Kingdom Memorials in Neptune City.

You may recall that last year Dave published our popular Asbury Park: Where Music Lives  anthology that included Gladstone Trott’s ode to ConHall’s theater organ. Dave put me in contact with someone who informed me that G. Howard also played the Grand Avenue Methodist Church organ.

Beth tracked down his bronze marker in the Masonic section of Monmouth Memorial Park in Neptune and took the accompanying photo. She also supplied Tom with leads for finding out more about his great uncle’s military service.

Many thanks to both of you. Your love of history coupled with your civic desire to make sure  Asbury Park’s overlooked traditions aren’t lost forever  make working with you an enjoyable avocation.

The other person who had only hope left was George Scott, G. Howard’s son and high school alum who years ago had moved to Florida. George also had a computer and, like many of us, occasionally plugged his family name into search engines to see what might come up.

When this post showed up, he sent me e-mail.

In the middle of all the hoopla that was the Garden State Film Festival, we talked. Quite a story there so you can count on another installment! And then I reunited him with his second cousin!

Here’s the latest update from Tom: “When I contacted you, I was hoping to find someone that may have some information on my great uncle G. Howard Scott. I never expected to actually be united with his son George. We have been working together, combining our resources to create a Wikipedia page to honor his father and his successful career. I also look forward to helping George create a website.”

In an era in which we are tempted to wring our hands in despair, I found myself cheered by this journey of lost and found and of the respectful collaboration that is preserving this piece of the city’s rich history.






Double Header of FUN @ ASBURY LANES this Saturday April 7 … GAY BOWLING & the CRUSH+SWELL Pop-Up MIXER!!!

CRUSH, the hot & sexy all girl party … collides this Saturday April 7th with SWELL … the steamy & wild all boy party at Asbury Lanes!

It’s a Double Header of FUN!!!

Start the night early beginning @ 7pm with GAY BOWLING & DJ JACK THE RIPPER!


PLAN TO STAY LATE for the SWELL+ CRUSH EASTER BASKET Gay Bowling Afterparty!!!

That’s right…it’s a MIXER party….they’re going all out for this spring fling and are gonna fill your EASTER BASKET (’cause it’s the night before the easter and they’re up to no good!).   Join the gang at The Lanes for a night full of fun and hijinx! Smokin hot dancers from NYC!   The glamorous CHANTEL CURTIS performs live!

Girl dancers…yup. Boy dancers…yup. 2 DJ’s….yup. And, if you wanna get your last Gay Bowling on…well you can do that to….just get there early, bowling will be from 7pm-9pm….and then the party starts.

And not one but two of AP’s best Djs: Mick Hale and djValues!!

Gay bowling starts the fun early then SWELL hits the floor at 9, So mark your calendars and don’t miss it!

Midnight EASTER EGG HUNT…You will love what they’re putting in their baskets!!!

SWELL LOVES YOU!! *18 to play, & 21 to party – *proper ID a must.

$10…all night long


Out in! by Billy Mecca, Beachcruiser Media

Exploring Identity & Views on Homosexuality – OUTER BANKS and SAM Premiere @ Garden State Film Festival 3/24

The Garden State Film Festival kicks off in! Asbury Park tomorrow, Thursday March 22 … four days of almost 200 screenings, promising something for everyone from mysteries and comedies, family fare and documentaries.  Asbury Park will buzz with the excitement of the GSFF’s Tenth Anniversary punctuated with parties, concerts, Q&A’s and forums, with celebrities and other noted guests including Ed Asner and a special Saturday night screening and performance by original Sugarhill Gang members Wonder Mike & Master Gee!!!

I just had a look thru the massive schedule of films and found two powerful LGBTQ themed short films I’d like to highlight for you to check out .  Both will be showing together this Saturday night, March 24th beginning at 9pm @ Synaxis - 660 Cookman Avenue. (Tickets here)

Outer Banks

World Premiere of a Short Documentary by director Sean Robinson &  produced by Paul Warner, exploring ultra-conservative Christian views on homosexuality within a small town family.


East Coast Premiere of a Narrative Short from director Sal Bardo

After being bullied and beaten at school for dressing like a boy, Sam escapes into the fields surrounding her house. When she can’t find her way out, she’s forced to spend the night there, slipping into a strange fantasy world where she must confront her identity and choose between who she is and who society thinks she should be.

For a full listing of all GSFF films and events, download the 2012 Garden State Film Festival Listings at a Glance Guide here

See you at the movies!!!

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Movies, Music, Memoirs: Telling Your Story

From Helen Pike’s History & Heritage Journal:

I’ve recently embraced a saying: Home is where your story begins.  How you define home is up to you. After all, it’s your experience. But if, like so many of us, your sense of belonging is tied to Asbury Park, then chances are good you’ve got stories to spare.

Most of mine are associated with a variety of coming-of-age experiences, from my first merry-go-round ride on the Casino’s carousel (meant I was tall enough to s-t-r-e-t-c-h for the brass ring) to my first drive on The Circuit with my newly printed license  (the only advantage to being born in the summer) to my first job out of college (at the Asbury Park Press when it was still in the Downtown).

Most of my stories are told in print. Some are told as podcasts, which is a great way to share an experience with folks who can’t attend a public reading.  A  few are found on what I like to call digital celluloid, but that I know is video. And, as last year’s musical heritage festival rolled out, many were told with and about music.

Next week I’m excited to be involved in all three forms, beginning with the annual Garden State Film Festival. I’m returning for a second year to teach during the educational component of this long-running Asbury Park tradition thanks to Linda Krebs who directs the Shore Gifted & Talented Program.  I’ll be asking middle-school students to tell a story using the city’s history, some of its more colorful characters, and, of course, its iconic architecture. This year we’ve got  a new vantage point because the venue we’re using is McLoone’s Supper Club on the top of the 5th Avenue Pavilion!

But I’m not stopping there. I’m also bringing along musician and Nashville songwriter Kevin John Allen who will talk about how he made a music video of his thought-provoking song 99 Weeks. We’ll also show the students the pop-up video (a/k/a: behind the scenes) of the song Feels Like Today by Rascal Flatts which was shot entirely in Asbury Park. I’m hoping for a third from Raritan Riviera raconteur Jon Caspi. We’ll see.

Next up is a Saturday morning rendez-vous with filmmakers and art house cinema czar and czarina  Mike Sodano and Nancy Sabino of The ShowRoom. They’re working on a project and I’m reviewing my film lectures and all things Walter Reade for this one! I’ve promised to keep mum about the rest of this work-in-progress except to say it’s scheduled for a summer release.

Then there’s the appointment with budding media mogul Dan Peragrine of the Daniel A. Peragrine Entertainment Company. I’ve literally watched Daniel come of age along with the Internet. We’re meeting up at the Stephen Crane House Museum on Fourth Avenue for a radio interview using Garage Band on Apple’s Mac.  Pretty cool. As soon as I learn the url for when this audio turns into a podcast I’ll let you know.

The rest of that afternoon I’m spending with those who are using memoir to tell their stories. I’m pretty excited about the submissions I’ve received so far, including the request to blurb an anthology of recollections from those who have strolled the boards longer than any of us.

Lots of storytelling going on in March.

What’s yours?






AP GAY BOWLING presents the ‎RAINBOW PROJECT: A Fundraiser @ ASBURY LANES – Saturday MARCH 17

This month’s Asbury Park Gay Bowling event on Saturday March 17th at 7pm will be a St. Patty’s Day fundraiser for the “Rainbow Project”, sponsored by the Historical Society of Asbury Park.

The “Rainbow Project” is an effort to raise funds to restore the “Rainbow Room” sign salvaged from the old Albion Hotel before it was torn down. The goal is to have this old neon beauty restored and hung at the Asbury Park train station in time for the NJ (Asbury) Pride celebration this June. What a great tribute this will be to Asbury Park’s rich LGBT history! A history that has added so much to what Asbury Park is today. Every visitor to Asbury will be greeted by this glowing piece of Asbury’s legacy.

Admission will be $15 and will include (as always) shoe and ball rental, as many games as you can bowl from 7 to 10pm, a St. Patty’s Day themed all you can eat, great DJ music, door prizes (YES THEY ARE BACK!), hourly 50/50′s and best of all YOU… our great Asbury Park community!

Show your support for this great cause and “come meet old friends or make some new ones”. DJ Jack the Ripper will be spinning the best records ever & your MC & host for the evening will be our fabulous AP Gay Bowling organizer Michael Delia!

Doors open at 7pm
Lounging, eating & drinking all night long
$15 for the benefit
18 and up to party on
21 and up to have drinks in the lounge

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David Hoffman & GEORGIE’S Bar present …”The Return of DJ RELENTLESS” … ONE NIGHT ONLY MARCH 13th

David Hoffman and Georgie’s Bar are proud to present “The Return of DJ Relentless” to Asbury Park FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY this Tuesday March 13th from 10 PM to close. It promises to be a night of dancing and some of New Jersey’s hottest Go Go Boys at 11 PM, plus as a bonus,  the ETC Boutique’s Underwear & Swim Suit Fashion show. You won’t want to miss the sounds of DJ Relentless … direct from Toronto, Canada!  CD’s and DVD’s will be available.

The evening starts with the Pool League Tournament at 7:30 PM  -  RELENTLESS hits the decks at 10 PM  - The Boys come out to dance for you at 11 PM @ Asbury Park’s best Gay Tuesday Night Party in! Asbury Park!

GEORGIE’S BAR | 812 Fifth Avenue @ the Railroad Tracks in! Asbury Park

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NYC Gay Men’s Chorus presents BIG GAY SING 4 @ The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel – SUNDAY 3/11

BIG GAY SING is back!!!

Bigger, gayer…and with more fabulous sing-a-long fun than ever before!!!

Join the guys from the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus for this special one show only free preview event (pay-what-you-can) as they put the polish on BGS4, which premieres in Manhattan on March 16/17. NYCGMC will be joined by special guest Fredi Walker-Browne (RENT’s original Joanne)!!!


THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM @ The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | 1401 Ocean Avenue in! Asbury Park NJ

NYCGMC is an auditioned chorus and an inclusive and diverse community of over 200 gay men in NYC. Through singing passionately to a professional standard in a wide variety of styles and contexts, NYCGMC advocates social change to its friends and family and to various audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Learn More

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More Aisles, More Art House Options in Asbury Park

The options became more plentiful as the Asbury Park Planning Board approved the plans for the expansion of The ShowRoom, voted the #1 Independent Cinema last year.

The theater got the nod on the marquee, signage, exterior lighting and facade! This is huge. According to co-owner Nancy Sabino: “We can now proceed with all the necessary construction to really change the face of Cookman Avenue on the famed ArtsBlock!”

This week at The ShowRoom: Chico and Rita, Albert Nobbs.

Coming March 9th: We Need to Talk About Kevin