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A Queens’ Museum in Great Britain

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There is more than one Queen in England.

And soon their histories will find national representation.

Queer Britain is working to establish the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum.  With an anticipated opening in 2021, the brick- and-mortar museum will host permanent and temporary exhibits, with an innovative digital presence.  It will feature objects and records from the worlds of art, fashion, film, literature, TV, theatre, news, music, diaries, letters, photographs and legal records.

According to London Mayor Sadiq Kahn, “As Mayor, it’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBTQ+ people feel valued, happy and safe – this sends a clear message to the world that London is a beacon of diversity.”

Queer Britain hopes its museum extends beyond celebrating  modern-day gay London and creates historical context.   As its website further explains, “Many young people now have a strong sense of freedom about identity, but not how these were formed or the lives of those who came before them. A healthy plant needs deep roots.”

For more information, visit QueerBritain.org.uk.

QueerBritainIMAGES COURTESY OF BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE / (CC) LSE / NAPOLEON SARONY / JANE MCCORMICK SMITH / BEX WADE / ROBERT TAYLOR (via Queer Britain)
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Mexico City’s Ravishing Renaissance

Big and gritty and complex and glamorous, Mexico City defies categorization. El Distrito Federal or DF, as the city is commonly called, is far more nuanced than many of the country’s famous resort towns, where the tourism bubble stays easily intact.

Here, you are in it; it’s real life in a real, big city. This is where people work, live, eat… and, yes, party. Spending a few days among DF’s 20 million people, you’ll discover a vibrant culture, delicious food, a hoppin’ gay scene, and a colorful whirlwind of unexpected surprises…

*Read my full article published in EDGE by clicking on the photo below:

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IQ in The New York Times: Soviet Architecture in Berlin

Eager to distance themselves from their imperialist past and embody the new ideals of the Soviet state, the architects of Communist Russia created avant-garde structures with a social purpose.  Through July 9, the exhibition “Building the Revolution:  Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau  in Berlin combines vintage photographs, period artwork and current images to explore the Constructivist movement that rose out of the Russian Revolution.

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times, by clicking on the picture below:

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NYC: Dance Under the Influence

New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is once again celebrating the marriage of visual art and dance with the 2nd season of “Dance Under the Influence.”

MAD explores the point at which craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today.  Now, “Dance Under the Influence” is highlighting the artistry behind movement.

“MAD is a very hands-on museum. One reason why it wanted to do this series is because I would be presenting real live dancers and choreographers, who would be able to explain their process after the performance,” explains Valerie Gladstone, guest-curator of the series.

This season’s audiences can expect a diverse program including flamenco, tap, ballet, Indian classical dance, and postmodern contemporary dance—each with post-performance discussions.

Get your tickets early: this season’s first installment sold out both nights.  The next “Dance Under the Influence” performance on March 30 and 31 at 7:30pm will feature Ailey II, Jonah Bokaer, Holley Farmer, Jared Grimes and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, among others. Tickets are $20 ($12 for MAD members and students).

For more information and to purchase tickets visit madmuseum.org

(Image courtesy of Stephen Petronio, photographed by Sarah Silver)

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IQ on Proud FM: Washington, D.C.

Ivan Quintanilla is the featured travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM Radio “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

Click on the link below to hear Ivan and the boys talk about gay travel to Washington, D.C.:

Washington DC travel segment (4 min.)

And for more information, check out the Washington, D.C. Tourism website at Washington.org

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Valencia Celebrates Las Fallas

The festivities are already under way for Valencia’s biggest street party, Las Fallas.  This festival to honor St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, consumes Valencia from March 15 to 19, attracting more visitors than any other event.

Every March the city erupts into the concert of gunpowder known as mascletàs.    During this time, the city proudly presents its fallas: gigantic, building-high, papier-mâché sculptures satirizing politicians, celebrities and local customs.  The non-stop partying, parades and fireworks, climax at midnight on the 19th, with the public burning of all the papier-mâché participants stationed throughout the city, except for one small ninot chosen by popular vote (a life-sized figure sitting at the base of one of the colossal fallas).  The spared sculpture will then join his brothers and sisters dating as far back as 1934, at their current safe haven, the Museo Fallero.

To learn more, visit the Valencia Tourism Website and read my full article published in The Washington Post.

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IQ in The New York Times: Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

In Amsterdam, which claims to have the greatest number of museums per square mile in the world, few topics are left unexplored. There is a museum that delves into sex, another on war (or at least the Dutch resistance), and a museum dedicated, of course, to marijuana. Last fall, a museum opened with a focus on another topic that rarefied institutions generally avoid: tattoos.

Founded by the Dutch tattoo artist Henk  Schiffmacher, the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is dedicated to the art, history and preservation of tattoo culture. Occupying 21,000 square feet of two beautifully restored 19th-century buildings, the collection is a wide-ranging one that documents the history of tattooing, from the prehistoric era to the present day…

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times, by clicking on the picture below:

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IQ on Toronto’s Proud FM: London

London, England

Ivan Quintanilla is the featured travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM Radio “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

In this segment, IQ talks about exciting reasons to travel to London in 2012.

Click below to listen to the interview:

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François Sagat is a Master in NYC

François Sagat wants to teach you a lesson.

The gay porn star will bring his tattooed scalp and bulging muscle(s) to a Master Class and film series at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).  On Saturday, November 19, Another Man: A Master Class with François Sagat promises to reveal “the method behind the man… from his personal career experiences to his approaches and process in tackling roles.”

The weekend will also feature the U.S. Premiere of Sagat: The Documentary, a behind the scenes look at the “Titan” man’s career (link contains adult content).  Additionally, the series will screen Man at Bath, Homme Au Bain and LA Zombie, two films starring Sagat, with the actor on hand for post-show discussions.

Eager to learn?  Click here for tickets and more information.

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NY: The Corning Museum of Glass

Window with Hudson River Landscape by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1905)

It holds your orange juice, flower arrangement, and favorite fruit; it provides a viewing portal between the inside and outside worlds; and it serves as the screen on which you are viewing this website.  Glass is involved in almost every aspect of your daily life, yet how often is it the focus of your attention?

Welcome to Corning, New York.  Within a region known primarily for its topography and winemaking, sits the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass.  The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Finger Lakes Wine Country, showcases 35 centuries of glassmaking history by displaying 45,000 objects, ranging from ancient masterpieces to works by contemporary artists.  If glass is involved, you’ll probably see it here.

Fern Green Tower by Dale Chihuly

At the museum you can view the glass sculpture of an Egyptian king dating back to 1450 B.C., Art Nouveau vases by Mr. Tiffany himself, stained glass by Frank Lloyd Wright, and works by contemporary glass superstar, Dale Chihuly. But beyond the extensive—and very beautiful—collection, the museum is also a place to create.

On our recent visit to the Finger Lakes Wine Country, Matt and I decided to put our lips and lungs to the test, and blow our own little glass masterpiece.  At the “Make Your Own Glass” workshop you collaborate with a glass artist (who I must admit does most of the hard work) to create a pumpkin in the fall, a holiday ornament in December or some other small glass sculpture year-round.

You pick your shape and colors, don protective eyewear, and—voila—15 minutes later you’ve created a one-of-a-kind souvenir. (And they’ll even ship it to you!)

Are we America’s Next Glassblowing Superstars?  You be the judge.

The Artist (Matt) Prepares

The Artist Blows

Our creations

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