Hearsay: October 2009 Archives

Racing on 17th Street in Very High Heels

Posted by Hearsay
October 28, 2009 6:57 PM |
Chia Obama.jpg

In the grand scope of things, Hearsay realizes that the annual 17th Street High Heel Race, March & Demolition Derby pales in comparison to the signing of the Hate Crimes Bill into law by President Barak "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!" Obama, yet Hearsay must report on what it knows best and, well, what it knows best has little to do with politics and a lot more to do with feeling for lumps in the crotches of other men. And Hearsay must report that last night's High Heel Race along the 17th Street corridor was one of the biggest ever. And it went off without so much as a hitch (or a clasp, if you happen to be carrying a clutch), all the more impressive considering the changes made to this year's event. JR.'s Bar & Grill's manager Dave "Super Mario" Perruzza, the festive madman behind the logistics of the annual run in women's wear, reported that inverting the race's starting and finish lines worked like a wet dream. And so, a new and improved tradition is born.

There were the usual suspects cavorting along the street prior to the 9 p.m. race, all playing to the massive crowds. Hearsay was particularly struck by the gargantuan "let's play dress-up" effort undertaken by the DC Cowboys. These guys who already look good as guys also look pretty darn good as gals. And gals with individualized sashes to boot! Maybe the boys should incorporate a few feathers into their rawhide act and rename themselves the DC Plowboys. (Hearsay doesn't know exactly what that means -- it just wanted to write the word Plowboys.)

HHR 2009 Running.jpg

Those who partook in the costumed ritual ran the gamut from wildly overblown and insanely elaborate to simple yet sophisticated to plop on a store bought wig and smear on some of mother's cheap lipstick. Hearsay was amazed by the overall ingenuity on hand, super-duperly so by the "We're Good With Glue Guns" trio who concocted elaborate get-ups honoring Cats, Wicked and that show that brings the sun out in us all, Annie. (But, alas, no Sondheim!) Hearsay could be wrong about this but the always-popular Princess Di and her entourage of protectors appeared to be no shows. Perhaps Di was disguised as someone else? But who might that be? Hearsay was infinitely amused by the amusing crew who called themselves Cash for Clunkers and sported hubcaps for hats. Finally, every year people dress up as Batman and Robin, but this year, Batman was toting a Robin not comprised of flesh and blood, but one made of plastic and filled with hot (or at least warmish) air. Yes it was an adult services Robin. Hearsay wanted to tell Robin to shut his tauntingly gaping mouth but quickly realized that would defeat the entire purpose and so made a quick deposit instead.

Daniel Blah.jpg

Despite the inclement weather, the race was jam-packed with hopefuls. And the winner was... disqualified. Seems that the pink-wigged gent crossed the line in his stocking feet (Hearsay has foto finish proof, courtesy Metro Weekly photographer Ward "Cleaver" Morrison). The young man, whose name was never revealed to Hearsay, claimed to have lost his heels long the way. The event's de facto hostess, Lena "Short 'N Sassy" Lett said "Sorry, buddy, but it's called a high heel race for a reason. Anyone can run without heels and cross the finish line first." Which left a startled (and very ecstatic) first runner-up to be named the official winner of this year's race. He's a cute bearded cub boy named Daniel "Blah Blah" Blah, and he wore a fetching turquoise dress and svelte silver heels but no girlish wig (he lost his hairpiece along the route, but there's no regulation about crossing the finish line wigless -- it's not called a Big Wig Race, after all). So congratulations Mr. Blah, if that indeed your real name, there's definitely nothing blah about your super-human abilities in pumps. Enjoy your new logo-festooned orange shirt.

More photographs coming soon to Metroweekly.com and in tomorrow's print edition.

Watch Metro Weekly's 2009 High Heel Race video below or click here.


This is the Dawning of the Age of Perruzza

Posted by Hearsay
October 8, 2009 9:27 PM |
CREEL Headshot.jpg

You may wonder: Will Gavin “I Got Life” Creel perform “Going to DC” at the HRC National Dinner this Saturday, Oct. 10? Well, he should! With the trumpets blaring and the choir singing at song’s end, it’s the perfect number to rouse the crowd -- not to mention the cast of Glee. Maybe even the President would be amused.

Not familiar with the tune? Well, take a listen to it now. Creel, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s current revival of Hair, included the tune on his self-released debut album a few years ago.

“Dave, sent me a ticket. I got a ticket. Thanks for the ticket, Dave,” Creel sings in the ska-esque tune. Just who is this Dave he sings about? Why, it’s none other than Dave “Final Fantasy” Perruzza, of JR.’s fame.

I met Dave on the R Family Vacations cruise the first year of the cruise, in 2004, I believe it was,” Creel tells Hearsay. “We just hit it off and he’s been a friend ever since. He had won a bunch of free Acela tickets at an auction. He was like, ‘Come down and visit.’ I was on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles . I wanted to get out of the city.” Creel left immediately after a Sunday matinee. “I literally ran out the stage door and went down to Penn Station, took an Acela train and spent Sunday night and Monday night and then came back Tuesday for my show.”

All thanks to Perruzza, D.C.’s very own Broadway ambassador!


If You Smoke, You're Obviously Gay

Posted by Hearsay
October 5, 2009 10:37 PM |

Or is that the other way around?... Hey, Hearsay knows! Let's ask Mark "The Original Marlboro Man" Lee!...


New Anti-Smoking Ads Warn Teens 'It's Gay To Smoke'


Swine Flu hits Backstreet Boy Brian Litrell

Posted by Hearsay
October 5, 2009 5:08 PM |

For those of you who care about such things, Hearsay just got the following press release. Hearsay wishes Brian "Teen Wolf" Litrell a speedy recovery.

BACKSTREET BOYS' BRIAN LITRELL DIAGNOSED WITH SWINE FLU

GROUP CANCELS CBS EARLY SHOW PERFORMANCE & HARD ROCK CAFÉ NYC PINKTOBER SIGNING

OTHER THREE MEMBERS AND TRAVELING PARTY TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The Backstreet Boys are sad to announce they have cancelled today's NYC PINKTOBER Hard Rock Café signing due to member, Brian Litrell having been diagnosed with the Swine Flu. The other 3 members, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean have seen a doctor and are not showing any symptoms. As a preventive measure, the doctor has prescribed Tamiflu to the group and their touring party, who had just returned to the states from Tokyo.

This unfortunate occurrence will also result in the cancelling of the group's CBS Early Show performance tomorrow, Tuesday October 6th. BSB was scheduled to perform their new single "Straight Through My Heart." The intimate performance at PC Richards (downtown) has also been cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.

"We were really looking forward to spending time with our closest fans and friends in NYC and take part of PINKTOBER, an unbelievable and important program" Litrell says. "I hope we can come back soon and do everything we can to help."

The Backstreet Boys are in New York in support of their new album THIS IS US, out tomorrow, October 6th on Jive Records. The rest of the band's promotional schedule for this week has not been determined. Details to come.

Perhaps a new song can come out of this experience? "I Want My Tamiflu That Way."

Madonna and Lady Gaga's SNL Surprise!

Posted by Hearsay
October 4, 2009 8:48 AM |

For those of you who missed last night's SNL -- and really, given the quality of the humor these days, there's no reason to watch other than to see which castmember will next let loose an F-Bomb -- there was a surprise treat: a catfight between Madonna and Lady Gaga on the Deep House Dish segment. Mildly amusing, and a good way to start your Sunday morning, along with a sip of your Starbucks Instant Coffee.