Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"The Whole Magical Experience"

Johnny shopping at one of his fav stores 
in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, on Saturday. 
He performed Saturday night at Sun Valley on Ice 
for quite a VIP crowd. Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“I love vintage shopping at Déjà Vu in Ketchum! 
Chanel sailor pants? Bonjour! @ Déjà Vu.” 
See more of Johnny at the Déjà Vu boutique 
in previous years here.

So one of these years—possibly even this one—I am going to make the 3,462-mile round trip (this is not a made-up number) from Chicago to Sun Valley to see Johnny skate in this slice of Idaho paradise. Every fan I know who has done so has come away deliriously happy from the experience—the setting is gorgeous; the atmosphere casual, with multiple opportunities for autographs and pics; and the show itself is always beautifully done.

Alas, it was not yet my turn last weekend to experience this annual summer ritual, but fortunately for us, the lovely Anastasia Pryanikova was there, and has provided not only exclusive pics and vids today, but also her eyewitness account for the rest of us who spent the days in less dazzling pursuits (I’ve been following the news, much of it sad beyond words, whilst editing a book about childhood sexual abuse. You? Yeah. Sigh).

So if you’re as desperately in need of a tiny bit of sparkle as I am, here’s just the thing, with very special thanks to Ana.

Exclusive photos and videos © Anastasia Pryanikova.

Sun Valley: 

by guest blogger Anastasia Pryanikova

Part 1: Practice

Flowers for Johnny from Ana. 
Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Thank you for the gorgeous flowers Anastasia! 
Спасибо! @ Sun Valley Lodge”

The stars were shining brightly up above and on the ice in Sun Valley. Not many ice shows can boast a gorgeous setting of mountain silhouettes under the night skies.

But the whole magical experience of Sun Valley starts much earlier—during the practice. This is one of the reasons I love the venue so much. You can sit in the sun and watch the skaters’ practice.

Johnny arrived about half an hour before the pros’ practice time, strolling by the bleachers into the skating house to get ready while the previous session was ending and the Zamboni started resurfacing the ice....

Johnny was strong, beautiful, and extremely focused on the ice, in his black practice gear that shows off his muscular body so well. His jumps were powerful and gorgeous! And Sun Valley’s high altitude (nearly 6,000 feet above sea level) makes it all so much tougher—but you wouldn’t know it from watching him.

Practice clips! 
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(Note from Binky—This very brief clip
is my favorite of all:
 Johnny’s stunning triple axel.)
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Part 2: Show Time!

While Ana was getting ready to enjoy 
an evening of skating under the stars, 
so was the show’s headliner. 
Vid tweeted by Johnny: 
“Show time...”
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Tweeted by Johnny: 
“Drag special...”
This kills me.
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The show started at dusk around 9:45 pm, and as soon as the doors opened at 8 pm, people began taking their seats and wrapping themselves in blankets. It is so easy to forget how temperatures drop in Sun Valley at nightfall.

This year, as we were entering the outdoor rink, we got a nice piece of memorabilia: limited edition cards with photos of Johnny.

 Pic of the cards tweeted by Johnny: 
“My first sunvalley trading card!”

Our side of the bleachers was pretty much packed. And the whole dining area in front of the rink, as well as a few extra rows of seats upfront, was reserved for the attendees of the Allen & Co. annual Sun Valley Conference that brings together major VIPs in business and politics, from Bill Gates to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, for a week of socializing and deal-making. 

But Sun Valley on Ice was all about dazzling.

Johnny performed his Swan Prince program first. It was exquisite and flawless. He gracefully glided under the moon, and the music, lights, and the whole scenery around added their own magic.

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In contrast to the subtle magnificence of Swan Lake, Born This Way took the audience on a fun, loud, and fiery ride. Can there be more sparkle?! I am so happy I finally got to see his costume extravaganza dancing and shimmering in the lights! It was amazing to witness how all age groups in the audience just loved the program and were cheering him on so enthusiastically.

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Part 3: Meet-n-Greet

After the show, skaters lingered at the rink to greet their fans. A special table was set up just for Johnny at the edge of the rink while people were lining up for hugs, photos, and autographs. A flashlight and a pen with a yellow flower were brought out to assist in the process.

Johnny was cordial and funny. He even gave photo tips on how to elongate someone in a picture: hold the camera up and take the photo from a higher angle.

As Johnny was busy signing the autographs and chatting with his fans, two men—chefs from the hotel restaurant—showed up and were bashfully peeking around the line. They said they had enjoyed the show and just wanted to see Johnny before quickly heading back to the kitchen.  

Photo tweeted by @1000Fights: 
“Johnny Weir signing autographs 
after the Sun Valley Ice Show. 
@sunvalley @JohnnyGWeir 
Sooooo nice!”

Photo tweeted by @alainaboltonnn: 
“I just met @JohnnyGWeir 
#lovehim #favoriteperson”

And finally: 
Ana’s photo with Johnny!

From Dita Von Teese’s mom, 
a devout Johnny fan!

If you have a chance to go and see Johnny’s second performance in Sun Valley on August 31, do it! It is an unforgettable experience that will make you want to return there again and again...
—Anastasia Pryanikova

Bonus Round: 
LA Story

So Johnny’s in LA for a few days, 
looking amazing, having fun with friends, 
and making some fans very happy by posing for pics...

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“I always manage to have a sunny perspective 
in LA. @ American Rag Company”

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Mother ship. @louboutinworld 
@ Christian Louboutin”

Photo tweeted by Paris Childers: 
“Happy LA birthday bitch @johnnygweir.” 

Photo tweeted by Michael Kuluva 
(creative director of Tumbler and Tipsy
at NYFW earlier this year): 
“Out with Diana and @JohnnyGWeir 
having a few cocktails & a stretching session! 
Loves it!!! Xoxo-MK #hermes #Birkin”

Photo tweeted by Michael: 
“With Diana and @johnnyGWeir 
out on the town!! :-)) xoxox-MK”

Photo tweeted by @Indiaferrah 
(gorgeous contestant from Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race): 
“Me with @johnnygweir :)) so sweet!!!! 
Thank you for the pic babydoll!!”

Photo Instagrammed by @aleebabee: 
The fabulous Shangela is on Johnny’s right!

Photo tweeted by @aleebabee: 
“@JohnnyGWeir & I!! :)

Photo tweeted by @RaieSonski: 
Tonight was incredible. I ♥ Johnny Weir”

Photo Instagrammed by @edwardgornik. 
Eddie is a professional skater who has 
often performed in Sun Valley, including in their 
special “Battle of the Blades contests!

Photo tweeted by Paris: 
“#westcoastdinglelife #calilove”

UPDATE!! More LA pics! 

Photo tweeted by Shangela: 
“Had a fun time running into @JohnnyGWeir 
this week in LA! Halleloo amigo :) 
C ya again soon!!”

Tweeted by @LeeStobby: “Meeting @JohnnyGWeir 
last night at @TheAbbeyWeHo 
was the highlight of my mom’s day: 
@MelissaWhitney :)

Tweeted by composer/producer @RevoLucian, 
who worked with Johnny on his single “Dirty Love“: 
“’Dirty Love’ reunion with @johnnygweir!”

And one more from Michael Kuluva: 
“Super great to catch up with my friend 
@JohnnyGWeir last night for dinner 
& cocktails! I loves him!!”

Bonus vids from the Fantasy on Ice broadcast!! 
Johnny’s Born This Way performance. 
(Sadly, his Swan Lake was not included 
in the broadcast.)
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Closing group number. 
Johnny appears beginning at about 02:45.
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Bonus fan art!! New Twitter 
profile picture by @fukunbo.

Photo tweeted by @fukunbo.

Photo tweeted by @MDCXVIII: 
“Because Sharknado
Johnny is not pleased...”

Very special thanks to 
Anastasia Pryanikova
for the exclusive pics, vids, 
and commentary!

Johnny’s newest post for his US Olympic Committee Team USA blog is up (including this pic of Johnny and Miki Ando from Johnny’s Instagram): “Performing in Japan”! IDK how on earth the man even found time to write this, but it’s a lovely tribute to his Japanese fans and the joy he finds in skating for them. 

The very best part: In what I’m pretty sure is a Team USA first, Johnny writes “my husband” no less than four times throughout the post. 

Love. It. #loveislove #marriage equality #LGBT 

(The only thing that would have made the post even more perfect: a photo of Johnny and Victor. But here’s one below. )

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

REMINDER: Happy Birthday to the Husbands! Please join us in our month-long fan project: Fans are contributing to the newly established Johnny & Victor Weir-Voronov Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ Youth, administered by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, throughout the month of July! The DVLF is the nonprofit organization who recently honored Johnny as their 2013 National Hero.

The Facebook fan group, Show Johnny Weir the Love, has also announced that for the month of July only, all proceeds from the Team Weir-Voronov fan store will be donated to the scholarship fund. So please treat yourself to some Team Weir-Voronov goodies and support Johnny and Victor in helping young people achieve their dreams!

You also can leave a happy birthday message for the husbands throughout the month here!

ICYMI in all the Japan excitement: 
Queer Montreal released two videos and an article 
about Johnny last week!
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Accompanying wonderful article 
on the Tourisme Montreal blog:
“You can see on his face that the joy of skating 
is something found in his DNA...”
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Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

updated calendars, in case you missed out on buying yours 
in January! The new 12-month version runs from 
July 2013 to June 2014, while the 18-month version takes you 
from July 2013 all the way to December 2014.

A number of Johnny’s auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you’re in luck: It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

Patti has posted a message 
on Johnny’s Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2013 Nationals 
and what lies ahead for next season. 
Please go read it now!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka 
to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
“Buy my single,’Dirty Love’ via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!”

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny’s website,
or just click the “Buy” button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny’s website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

1 comment:

aaaack said...

Great to see Johnny getting a little sunlight that should help set his biological clock at least back to North American time.

Thank you for capturing all these photos and video, Anastasia. Beautiful triple axel.

Here's remembering that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have both donated generously to Washington United for Marriage to support marriage equality. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/bill-gates-steve-ballmer-microsoft-marriage-washington_n_1644532.html Between that and Gates' donations to education and funding mosquito research, I forgive them for my too many close encounters with the Blue Screens of Death (spiking my blood pressure).