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Harlem’s The Maysles Cinema screens Before You Know It tonight

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Tonight at 7:00pm!

A Gay Pride Month Special

Hosted by Harlem Sage and Harlem Pride

Not to be missed!

Before You Know It

PJ Raval, 2013, 110 min.

The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie-whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Dennis is a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s who begins exploring his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women’s clothing under the name “Dee.” Ty is an impassioned LGBT activist who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage passes in New York. Robert “The Mouth” is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution comes under threat. Born before the Civil Rights era, these men have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes, from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation, to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Queer Nation, to gay marriage and Lady Gaga, and have lived to become part of an unprecedented “out” elder generation. Before focuses on the lives of these three gay seniors, but reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal. An affirmation of life and human resilience told with a refreshing humor and candor, Before confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.

Q&A with director PJ Raval and subject Ty Martin.

Read an interview with Ty about tonight’s event from www.Harlemfocus.com.

Lido – Make The Yuletide Gay!

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A Gay-borhood Mixer at Lido’s Monday, December 9th from 9 pm to Midnight.  Stop by and get your Holiday cheer on!  See below for all the details.

*Come join us for Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar’s second annual “Make the Yuletide Gay” LGBT Holiday Mixer. Bring some holiday cheer with you as we celebrate the season with good friends, old and new.
The party starts at 9pm, but feel free to come earlier if you would like to sit down for some dinner before the mingling begins.
Lido is also participating in the Harlem Park2Park Holiday Drive, which is accepting donations of coats, hats, gloves, and unopened toys for the Women’s Urban Retreat shetler and quilts and throws for the elderly for City Meals on Wheels.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd. @ 117th Street

Last Sunday’s Debut of Jadore Jado in Harlem

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We stopped by the first night of Jadore Jado Sunday’s at Jado Sushi this past weekend.  It was a nice sized crowd for this new weekly LGBT party.  We arrived with friends around 9:30 pm but unfortunately had to leave early.  HarlemCondoLife looks forward to stopping by again sometime soon.

Nobu (the owner of Jado and The Winery in Harlem) was making the rounds and was a gracious host.  The DJ was good and spinning great paradise garage style feel good soulful house.

Jadore Jado Sundays

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Jadore Jado Sundays – Starting July 7th at Jado Sushi

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Recently the owner and general manager of Jado Sushi reached out to HarlemCondoLife about a new event they will be hosting.  To celebrate the diversity of the community and their 1-year anniversary, Jado Sushi will launch a new weekly social party for the LGBT community called J’adore Jado Sundays starting on Sunday, July 7th, 2013.  We are always happy to hear and encourage  businesses that get involved with their neighborhood and community.

This casual party offers the Harlem LGBT community a place to socialize, meet and have fun in the sexy, urban atmosphere that Jado Sushi is known for.  At 9 pm, Jado will switch gear to party mode as a live DJ begins to play music.  In addition to the regular bar drinks, a selection of special cocktails will be served.  Jado’s signature appetizers and sushi rolls will also be available to order.  See our previous menu review here.  Try their glazed short ribs or Jado chicken appetizers along with the sushi rolls, delicious!

The soon-to-open new sidewalk cafe will offer an additional open-air lounge.  Yes, you heard right!  Jado will join their neighbors Lido, Bier International, Harlem Food Bar, Harlem Tavern etc, with sidewalk dining in Harlem.

Jado Sushi, the first and only premier sushi restaurant in Harlem, opened on July 25th 2012.  We were at their soft opening, grand opening and since then have been back for dinner too many times to count.  The food is consistently good, the servers are friendly and efficient.  If there are any problems the General Manager (Juan) and Owner (Nobu), are right on point to correct them.  At Jado you can expect authentic sushi and Latin inspired dishes in the beautifully designed setting where celebrities like DJ Sway, Danny Glover and Tamara Tunie have been sighted.  Harry Belafonte, named as one of three grand marshals for NYC Pride March 2013, also frequents the restaurant.  As we have stated before, Jado Sushi is the sister-store of The Winery, the popular wine store on 116th Street just off FDB.  Both places we have posted frequently about here on our blog.

Mark your calendars and show support on July 7th for the first Jadore Jado Sunday!

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Jado Sushi
2118 8th Ave (between 114 & 115 St)
(212) 866-2118

Quote: Martin Luther King Jr – On equality

Harlem has always been a sanctuary for the different.  This continues today as yet another wave of LGBT immigrants join those already settled in Harlem.  Harlem is a place with a rich history of advocating for freedoms of all kind for everyone.  Based on a principle stated simply and forcefully by Martin Luther King Jr.  A phrase worth remembering as we live through the United States Supreme Court grappling with the momentous question of whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.  The outcome of which will be of interest to many in our village of Harlem and their families and friends, in Harlem and beyond.   View the latest here.

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A right delayed is a right denied.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Breaking News – NY Approves Marriage For Same Sex Couples – Happy Harlem Pride!


By HarlemGuy

A few weeks ago we reported on Harlem Pride events taking place this weekend during New York’s Gay Pride celebration.

Little did we know that there would be an additional reason to celebrate.

Tonight in a historic vote the NY State Senate has approved marriage for same sex couples, which represents a tremendous opportunity.  New York Becomes the Seventh U.S. Jurisdiction to Allow Gay and Lesbian Couples to Marry.

The energy around this has been building in the last few months, culminating in this evening’s historic achievement in civil and human rights history.

  • In recent months  dozens of New Yorkers – everyday people and celebrities alike – recorded video testimonials in support of marriage equality in New York.

  • On June 24th President Obama said “I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country.”
  • And later, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the vote a “historic triumph for equality and freedom.”

“In recent weeks, I have had many conversations with our state Senators. I emphasized that not only is marriage equality consistent with bedrock American principles, but it is also consistent with bedrock Republican Party principles of liberty and freedom — and the Republicans who stood up today for those principles will long be remembered for their courage, foresight, and wisdom. In fact, 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, I believe they will look back at this vote as one of their finest, proudest moments.” 

The part I liked the most about Cuomo’s speech was his focus on the word “equality”.  No doubt this will resonate deeply with all Americans.

And as I wrap up this post I find myself humming Kool & The Gang’s CELEBRATE.

Happy Harlem Pride.

EVENT REMINDER: Come Celebrate (Gay) Pride In Harlem (aka Harlem Pride) June 24-25-26

Credit: New York Daily News

By HarlemGuy

| EVENT REMINDER |

Come to Harlem the weekend of June 24-26 to celebrate Pride Harlem-Style. The weekend-long celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.

The event has spurned some controversy.  However Harlem Pride President Carmen Neely has a vision.

“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.”  Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children. “I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”

It’ a perfect event for tourists visiting NYC this Summer to spend some time in the sun uptown.

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See Living in Color during Harlem Pride month

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By HarlemCondoLife
June is Pride Month. Let me be more clear, it is Harlem Pride Month and that’s when there are an array of special events dedicated to the LGBT community. One event opened this past weekend hosted by the Casa Frela Gallery called Living in Color, a unique exhibition and performance installation celebrating both Harlem Pride and the pride of LGBT artists of color throughout New York City.

Living in Color features an exhibition of photography, acrylic paintings, ink drawings, mixed-media, water colors, collages and even a toy theater. The exhibit opened on June 11 and will run daily from noon to 4 p.m. through June 30.

General viewing of the exhibit is free. On June 18, the performances are ticketed. It is $15 general admission and $20 for artists wishing to illustrate female and male live models during a two-hour drawing session. Check for updates on the Casa Frela Gallery website.

A portion of the proceeds from the performances and from the sale of the exhibited art will be donated to charities that support educational opportunities for communities of color and/or provide therapeutic support for LGBT youth of color.

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Come Celebrate (Gay) Pride In Harlem (aka Harlem Pride) June 24-25-26

Credit: New York Daily News

By HarlemGuy

Come to Harlem the weekend of June 24-26 to celebrate Pride Harlem-Style. The weekend-long celebration includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.

The event has spurned some controversy.  However Harlem Pride President Carmen Neely has a vision.

“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.”  Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children. “I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”

It’ a perfect event for tourists visiting NYC this Summer to spend some time in the sun uptown.

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