Friday, May 23, 2014

Rise Like a Phoenix

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

More photos from this 
exquisite series below!

Yes!! Summer touring is upon us! 
Johnny heads to Japan in less than a month for the first
Fantasy on Ice tour performances plus 
“Together on Ice” with Yuzu! Then, get ready:
the Weibocalypse of Artistry on Ice happens in July and
August. Please see Johnny’s official website for all 
his performance dates this summer!

Dear Johnny, 
we believe in you, 
we support you, and 
we love you always.

Note: Candles last only 48 hours, so please visit often 
to keep the love and light shining...

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Here it is: the Johnny news you need now!

(1) A fantastic announcement from Artistry on Ice, courtesy of lovely Chinese Panda Haohewuyin:

Artistry On Ice 2014 declares that @JohnnyGWeir will perform a new number called “When Love Fades Away” with Zhao. @JohnnyGWeir will be YuJi (the king’s lover), and Zhao Hongbo will be BaWang (the king). “When the Love Fades Away” is the theme song in movie “Farewell My Concubine.”


The announcement also got a writeup on China Ice, which says (very very roughly translated):

Since the inaugural 2010 [Artistry on Ice] show, Johnny Weir has always come every summer and met fans in China as promised. This year he will be paired with a mystery guest [Binky’s note: it’s rumored that the other candidate to be his partner is Zhang Hao] for an interpretation of the classic theme song “When Love Fades Away” from the film Farewell My Concubine. This bold new performance may become one of Johnny Weir’s future landmark programs.

BRB dying.

Then booking travel to China... (hello, Haohewuyin!).

(2) In addition to his upcoming episode of Hollywood Game Night (airing Thursday, July 17!), Johnny also has signed on to appear in season 2 of Sundance TV’s outstanding reality show, “Dream School,” which is just incredibly awesome. The new season is slated to premiere this fall, and Johnny will participate as an instructor for Physical Education and Communications.

BRB recovering from PTSD at the very mention of “PE” class. Later I’ll be spending my evening in the richness of imagining how different junior and senior high school might have been had Johnny been my PE teacher.

(3) Johnny’s Falls Church News-Press column is back! He tweeted Monday:

YES! Johnny, we’ve missed your column very much! So happy you’re writing again, and so looking forward to reading your thoughtful essays soon!

And now, a brief but breathtaking new picspam series from the vault. 

These were taken at a dress rehearsal as Johnny did a run-through of his Ave Maria program. He’s wearing his second “Phoenix” costume in an extraordinarily dark rink; the clumps of people watching him are mostly obscured except in one photo below, in which bright camera flashes and lighted phone screens are visible. 

Despite the continuous stream of jarring paparazzi-esque moments, Johnny filters it all out.

He remains intensely focused only on what he’s doing. 

Much of his life has been lived in the glare of an often heavily biased and sometimes unwanted spotlight—contrary to a popular stereotype of him as a “media whore.” 

Through it all, he has answered only to himself, and has sought to live a life of deep personal integrity, true to himself. 

He has had tremendous ups and downs both professionally and personally, as his fans know.

Yet again and again, like a phoenix, he rises up and soars to even greater heights...

These may take a moment to load, but are well worth the wait. Please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Some of these are huge and hauntingly detailed. 

Exclusive photos © David Ingogly.

Adversity is like a strong wind. 
It tears away from us 
all but the things that cannot be torn, 
so that we see ourselves as we really are. 

— Arthur Golden

Expect to have hope rekindled. 
Expect your prayers to be answered
in wondrous ways. 
The dry seasons in life do not last. 
The spring rains will come again. 

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Bonus pics!! My favs from Instagram and Twitter this week. 
Via Johnny: “Got to wish a bunch of young skaters 
from The Pond FSC good luck before their tests today!”

Via @danidove14: “Met one of my idols today!!!! 
#selfie #olympian”

UPDATE! Via @jacoblfitzpatrick: “Today I met 
@johnnygweir !!!! He was so nice!!!! His skating is amazing!” 

UPDATE! Via @lawgirl215: “Thanks so much Johnny Weir! 
You were a sweetheart! The kids were so 
excited and appreciative!”

Via @k_liz11: “Uh uh I kinda just met Johnny Weir 
#ily #olympian #johnnyweir #skater #lgbtqplus #lgbtq #lgbt 
#holyshit #fangirling #fangirl #mylife” 
Please do check out her other two adorable posts 
here and here about this momentous encounter, of which she writes: 

BTW Johnny’s been working out A LOT 
to prepare for his summer tours. 
Via his Instagram today: “Slaying. @ The Studio”

And also today: Via Carolanne Leone, owner of The Studio, 
who has worked with Johnny previously as a trainer 
and choreographer: “More than just feathers. @JohnnyGWeir” 
Please do check Johnny’s Instagram 
for more workout pics...

Via Johnny: “I love my boy. ❤️ 
#Тёма #japanesechin”

And my absolute favorite photo of the day / 
week / month / year thus far. Via Johnny: “Watching birds
 out the window with Тёма. #japanesechin”

Johnny and Tara’s brilliant commentary 
segment from Late Night With Seth Meyers!
Video link.
Watch their interview with Seth here.

Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!

On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!

ICYMI: Johnny plans to discuss his personal difficulties just once, 
in an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. 
The three-part interview is available at these links:

UPDATE: In response to a rash of erroneous reports in the media, 
Johnny spoke briefly with Access Hollywood again
to set the record straight.

Also on the blog:
“Favorite Fairytale”
Beautiful Johnny being happy on the ice. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Cure for the Uncommon Cold”
Gorgeous sun-drenched Johnny picspam, 
for those of us who prefer our winter 
a little less... wintry. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Random Tuesday Roundup, Or: Is It Summer Yet?”
More Sun Valley
 since because Chiberia. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Because It’s Glorious.”
A look back at Johnny’s first national title 
and his thoughts on Nationals, accompanied by 
20+ exquisite black-and-white portraits.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Frost Giant.”
25+ exclusive pics of Johnny
performing Army of Me.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

All of Him Is My Treasure.”
Fans react to Johnny’s graceful exit 
from competitive skating.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Practice Is Perfect”
25+ exclusive photos of Johnny’s 
Sun Valley rehearsal.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Dear Johnny...”
Selected black-and-white photos of Johnny’s 
hauntingly beautiful Schindler’s List debut.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

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! 

A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich 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!

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.

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 a
nytime 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


WheresMyKoppy said...

Thank you so much for all the great photos, and for keeping us up to day on what Johnny is up to. What would we do without you?? I love those photos of Johnny with Tema, and the ones with the kids and others who are always so happy to meet him. He really should be a daddy some day!

WheresMyKoppy said...

Thank you so much for all the great photos, and for keeping us up to day on what Johnny is up to. What would we do without you?? I love those photos of Johnny with Tema, and the ones with the kids and others who are always so happy to meet him. He really should be a daddy some day!