Author Archives: JonPaul
If there’s a pickier traveler than the Gay Globe Trekker it might be the Material Girl. So I took it as a good sign she’d stayed at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires—twice: once filming Evita, and again on the Sticky & Sweet tour. And just like Madge, the property has gotten a few lifts and tucks over time. But unlike the diva, the hotel’s out and proud about the most recent massive facelift that’s sure to shake things up in the city’s tony Recoleta neighborhood.
They had me at the pink couch. Cliché for a gay boy, but true. Buenos Aires’ new Alvear Art Hotel, opened in May 2013, is elegantly decorated in a comfortably sophisticated style—think Eva Peron by way of Park Avenue. And oh, that couch in the lobby. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to judge hotels not on the hip-urban-cool-hot-list-hipness-factor and more on the “would I want to live here” quotient. In the case of the Alvear Art Hotel, sister property to the city’s storied Alvear Palace, the answer is a definite “yes.”
Typically a trip to a pier on the Lower East Side of Manhattan would not count as a gay globe trekker excursion, but this outing promised actress Alyssa Milano, various contestants from Project Runway, and something labeled “Electrobatique.” All to help launch the U.S. expansion of Nestlé Waters Resource Natural Spring Water…the thing about Resource I find impressive is that it’s made from 50% recycled product…Compare that to other bottled water from major companies that average out at about only 5% recycled product. So definitely add Resource to your consideration list.
If you read no further here’s my take: pick up this biography for an insightful examination of a lost literary hero who wrote a seminal book about life in World War II—including gay life. Yep, we’re talking WW2. Not quite the Tom Hanks scrubbed clean greatest generation kind of stuff. And although Burns is no sympathetic character, Margolick makes clear that he’s worth remembering as part of our gay literary history that’s slipping away. Happy Gay Pride Month.
Ever since I fell in love with the sassy puppets along Avenue Q, all it takes is the whisper that a furry hand sock might make an appearance in a show for me to get over my reservations about a production and reserve a seat. And so it was with the musical F#%king Up Everything with music, lyrics and book by David Eric Davis with Sam Forman as an additional book writer, currently running at the Elektra Theatre in New York’s Times Scare.
If I had a nickle for every time someone asked me, “How can I be your assistant and stow away in your bags on your next trip?” then, well, I would have amassed enough coinage to have launched Jauntaroo–a vacation matchmaker site–that happens to be searching for a “Chief World Explorer.”