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Project SleazeWay: Now with Tricks!

 

Project SleazeWay: Now with Tricks!
Project SleazeWay, Sleaze Ball’s costume parade took another turn down the runway to showcase the creative talents of us gays. This year it was all about ensemble casts, and athleticism and displaying that competitive attitude.
Host Rhys Bobridge strutted his stuff in a box and socks ice hockey combo not fit for SYTYCD. When you know you are going to face off in the ring with Rhys you better bring. And bring it they did.
My heart was rooting for Team Randy. These co-eds cheered their way into our hearts. I mean lycra and muscles never fail to entertain when combined. Then they pulled their tricks. Pyramids. Flips. OMG. Pleasure. I caught up with the so sexy Miss Mandy Trashy from the Team Randy Cheer Squad. We made our own little cheer camp out outside the Hordern as we communed cheerleader-to-cheerleader about the appropriate use of spirit fingers. She said the team had worked long and hard on their tricks and their made a unilateral decision that they be names Team Trashy. There was I just thinkin’ Oswald did it all.
Lola Del Arté gave us her best Penelope Pitstop wacky races driving. She was worse from wear later in the night and slipped a clutch.
The strong men and women showed us their chest presses. We had hunter on horseback chasing little foxes. A Madonna inspired entrants were the gang from esteem project who gave us a tradition Sleaze fetish faire of pony boys and girls. They brought and endless stream of players into the ring all bound together in little slither of black rubber and leather. With bits between their teeth they pranced through the stormy night. everywhere you looked you found one of these kids.
Even boys in simple footy shorts didn’t fail to entertain. The boys pulled out the raunchiest ring side strip you could expect in the game ball shrivelling weather. The audience willing to brave the rain each got their own personal police guard and at times, I wondered if I had walked into some sort of law enforcement Crufts show. For the canine lover this must have been a treat!  Me? I’m more a pussy girl.
Janome head Coach, Chelsea Bun and gaybaret boy Trevor Ashley anchored the judging panel. I so wanted to hear more from the judges ‘cause Project Runway Australia runner up  William Lazootin has me completely intrigued by his accent. The pelvis bumping crazy commentary of Rhys and Naomi didn’t really leave much space for others. They were king and queen of the ring.
OK. So, the rain kept the entrants down to a ten. But quite frankly, who has an attention span longer than that?

Project SleazeWay, Sleaze Ball’s costume parade took another turn down the runway to showcase the creative talents of us gays. This year it was all about ensemble casts, and athleticism and displaying that competitive attitude.

 

Host Rhys Bobridge strutted his stuff in a box and socks ice hockey combo not fit for SYTYCD. When you know you are going to face off in the ring with Rhys you better bring. And bring it they did.

 

My heart was rooting for Team Randy. These co-eds cheered their way into our hearts. I mean lycra and muscles never fail to entertain when combined. Then they pulled their tricks. Pyramids. Flips. OMG. Pleasure. I caught up with the so sexy Miss Mandy Trashy from the Team Randy Cheer Squad. We made our own little cheer camp out outside the Hordern as we communed cheerleader-to-cheerleader about the appropriate use of spirit fingers. She said the team had worked long and hard on their tricks and their made a unilateral decision that they be names Team Trashy. There was I just thinkin’ Oswald did it all.

 

Lola Del Arté gave us her best Penelope Pitstop wacky races driving. She was worse from wear later in the night and slipped a clutch.

 

The strong men and women showed us their chest presses. We had hunter on horseback chasing little foxes. A Madonna inspired entrants were the gang from esteem project who gave us a tradition Sleaze fetish faire of pony boys and girls. They brought and endless stream of players into the ring all bound together in little slither of black rubber and leather. With bits between their teeth they pranced through the stormy night. everywhere you looked you found one of these kids.

 

Even boys in simple footy shorts didn’t fail to entertain. The boys pulled out the raunchiest ring side strip you could expect in the game ball shrivelling weather. The audience willing to brave the rain each got their own personal police guard and at times, I wondered if I had walked into some sort of law enforcement Crufts show. For the canine lover this must have been a treat!  Me? I’m more a pussy girl.

 

Janome head Coach, Chelsea Bun and gaybaret boy Trevor Ashley anchored the judging panel. I so wanted to hear more from the judges ‘cause Project Runway Australia runner up  William Lazootin has me completely intrigued by his accent. The pelvis bumping crazy commentary of Rhys and Naomi didn’t really leave much space for others. They were king and queen of the ring.

 

OK. So, the rain kept the entrants down to a ten. But quite frankly, who has an attention span longer than that?

 

You can view the photos from Project Sleazeway and SleazeBall here

 

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Summer Gay Day 2008

In it's second year - Summer Gay Day has had to battle against massive festivals, Like Global Gathering held on the same weekend - and the team obviously downsized accordingly to cater for a smaller boutique crowd. Unfortunately with the weather added into the equation - the crowd was incredibly small - but very friendly and very fun.

Most people got sniffed by the police dogs at LEAST five times whilst outside the venue - to then not only have them come inside and further sniff the crowds... one would think that the poor police didn't hit their quota for drug busts outside to justify the expense of the operation that they ventured inside - which is rare for these types of events... having said that - the police on duty were lovely folk and obviously just there to do their job - but realistically - for the crowd size, the presence was just ridiculous - glad to see tax payers dollars are being so wisely spent!

Aside form the doggies and the police, the crowd got going to the ever glamorous Kate Monroe, who as a local - shone above all the imported DJ's and "names" on the bill... its a hard ask to consistently deliver a killer line up - but when one is currently spoiled for choice with the five million festivals out there - you would think the GLBTI promoters would raise above the norm and deliver something exceptional... what do you think? is it the promoters or is it the fact that the gay community is so blase about events that no one could ever deliver a value for ticket price event? I personally would love to hear your thoughts.... (put em down below in the comments section)

From a production stand point - the footprint was smaller than last year, and lots of folk didn't rock up so it was patchy and sparse as far as punters go - but for an outdoor dance party its still a cute and novel concept. If the team can keep on doing it (financially) - i hope there are more summer gay days to come and that y'all go out and have fun there - cos it is something unique on our calendar, and something everyone complains does not exist... well it does - it might rain on yo ass, but at least you will have a ball (or two)!

Check out our photo galleries from the event in our galleries

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Deborah Cox Live at Krash Nightclub NYC

We caught up with one of our favourites, Deborah Cox, whilst in NYC doing a PA at hot club, Krash... the diva took to the stage and belted out a string of hits that everyone across the globe totally loves... from Nobody's Sposed To Be Here to her new hits off of the upcoming album "The Promise" - it was a live and intimate set that you could only see in New York City.

Krash Nightclub were the gracious hosts, and the club pulled out all the stops - including very flirtatious and friendly door people, security and bar folk... all in all it was a great night out...

But instead of reviewing it in a completely biased way (it was awesome) you can check it out for yourself below in our very shaky video presentation (you will have to excuse me for the bouncy footage, but I was excited like a school girl at her prom!)





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REVIEW: Sleaze Ball 2008 The Villains Lair

What a night - right from the early start, you knew the frocked up and fabulous crowd would make this night a pure delight.

Over 5,000 punters swished into the Hordern Pavillion for Australia' leading costume party... the theme of Villains Lair was definitely taken on board with vampires, 4,000 Heath Ledger Clowns (with one particularly stunning Joker "nurse") the other 1,000 didn't dress up at all - keeping in step with tshirts and jeans (me included, but hey - i was working!) or did the usual leather harness vibe that permeates dance parties (even from non leather folk!). Mixing in with scenic that set the mood, you were transported into a cyber-tronic lair of seediness and sexiness, flanked by four gender bending statues and banks of LED screens.

The volunteers, staff and producers made sure that everything ran smoothly for both guests and media - the one thing we missed this year was the massage people - as after a while of dancing around and taking photos - boy did we need a rub down!

The entertainment kicked off with a super-villain show featuring drag queens, Mitzi Macintosh and Tora Hymen. Although it was a cute number - the intro voiceover (which also did the DJ intro/outros all night) was far too over produced to the point you could not understand it, and was actually painful to listen too. The direction of the number was sloppy and all over the shop - you didn't know really where to focus during the number, and with several leads - it meant that most people lost the point of the show - but for plain colour and movement - it was fabulous.

The show went straight into The Potbelleez set, where they started out with their two big hits, with hands in the air - and then it was a blur of green and black after that... but thats Sleaze Ball... darker, dirtier and hazier than most events.

For most of the night the music inside was a complete let down - at times it sounded like the DJ had just decided to play loops from their GarageBand library. It was disappointing - as dark sexy music does not have to be dull - soulless or monotonous!

The Forecourt presented a bit more of a dynamic sound - with a bit more anthemic hands in the air music - with our favorites, Jake Kilby and Luke Leal being the standouts of the night... reading the crowds perfectly - to the point that people were still dancing through the downpour in the wee hours of the morning, and their sets had a great mix of deep, dark and anthemic - the perfect rollercoaster ride you expect at a Sleaze Ball.

The other item I was at odds with was the countdown clock on the screens... maybe 10 minutes before a show or other happening you could pop up the clock - to let people know somethings about to go down - but seeing it all night was kind of depressing - knowing you only had 3 hours and 15 minutes left to have fun. I would have preferred to see imagery from films and other content that would showcase the great villains of popular culture... maybe even using the scene from Superman where he flys fast around the world to change time - when Daylight savings kicked in - now that would have been cool!

The closing show starred Demi from So You Think You Can Dance, and although a great dance performance, I am not sure how it was placed for the closing number of the show. I would have loved to have seen this at 4am instead of the "bears" rubbing themselves with what looked like mud... with a more "up" number - or singer delivering a kick ass "thanks for coming" show to send punters on their way home.

All in all, Sleaze Ball can be classed as a success.

Check out photos form Sleaze Ball in our Photo Galleries.
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DIVA 2008

It was Drag's night of night's with a select crowd cramming into the Paddington Town Hall for a night of fun, frocks and fabulousness... The Red Carpet was only "slightly" rained hailed out and the crowd was full of names, fames and those that adore them.

Guidetogay.com was there to catch all the arrival action on video - and our ever trusty photograper, Marky grabbed some hot to trot exclusive shows shots too - which you can check out in the galleries.

The winners on the night included:


DIVA Rising Star – Natasha Knowles
Hall Of Fame and Entertainer Of The Year – Mitzi MacIntosh
Bitch Of The Year – Tora Hymen
Female Performer Of The Year – Shauna Jensen
ACON Queen Of Hearts – Maxi Shield
Belle Of The Ball – Courtney Act
Outstanding Achievement By An Individual – Colleen Windsor

 

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