Friday, August 29, 2014

"To Stand in a Ray of Sunlight"

Sun-drenched Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley.
Please click twice for beautiful full-size image.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

25+ new all-exclusive photos 
from Sun Valley below!!

Plus: NEW exclusive video!
And still more to come!

Get your tickets ASAP!! Johnny will be performing
in An Evening With Champions, hosted 
at Harvard University’s Bright Hockey Center 
in Boston, MA, September 19 and 20! 
This annual charity show is a fundraiser for 
the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 
Yes, VIP tickets are available, which include 
admission to a meet-n-greet with the skaters. 
East Coast fans: don’t miss this one! 
Show and ticket info here.

Premiering in October!! 
Johnny stars in To Russia With Love
a new documentary about LGBT athletes, 
portions of which were filmed in secret during his time 
in Sochi as an NBC figure skating commentator. 
He also is an executive producer for the film, 
a project of Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions.
More info here and on the EPIX website.

Just announced!

Via Johnny’s Instagram: 
“I’m so excited to be a part of @plushenkoofficial presentation and world tour of ‘Snow King’! 
It’s the first day and already so special. 
#Repost from @rudkovskayaofficial 
@ Ice Arena UTC ‘Navagorsk’”

This is AMAZING. 
Please watch for more details coming soon!

Via Yana Rudkovskaya’s Instagram: 
Работают ребята.... Создаем шедевральную сказку для всей семьи.. 
Work guys .... Create a masterpiece tale for the whole family .. 
@johnnygweir @plushenkoofficial @irina_sluslu 

Video clip from the photo shoot in Moscow!! 
Via photographer Vladimir Shirokov.

UPDATE!! One more look at the cast, 
via @galapurga.

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.

Yes, apparently Johnny’s in Russia! And he seems really happy about that, and I’m so happy for him to be somewhere that speaks so deeply to his soul and offers him joy and respite.

Meanwhile, let’s recap the week with some fabulous photos before we launch into the first of multiple sets of Sun Valley rehearsal picspam to which I see your eyes being drawn already....

He spent the past week in the Bay Area, and on Wednesday evening hosted a charity event at a private estate for the San Francisco 49ers Academy, which resulted in one of his best Instagram vids ever. Which is saying something, because as we all know his Instagram vids are to die for.

So here he is, a vision in white, at his emcee gig for the 49ers Academy:

Via Tanika Patel, Johnny’s makeup artist 
for the event, who notes: 
“He’s so sweet! And girl can he siiiing!”
(Note: Evidence of said singing ability below...)

Via Drew Altizer Photography: 
Johnny with Cameron Silver.

Via Cameron Silver: “Johnny Be Goode 
@johnnygweir #atherton #yardsale @decadesinc 
#cameronsilver #candidcameron”

Via @amysyang: “You never know 
who you will run into in our sleepy town 
of Atherton...#johnnyweir”

Via @heath_hoop: “Loving evening with the 
fabulous @JohnnyGWeir at Cocktails & Couture 
benefitting the @49ersAcademy!”

Via @yeonjiw: “Had the pleasure and amazing opportunity 
of touching up @johnnygweir’s makeup today 
for the 49er’s Academy Charity Fashion show 
at a private home in Atherton, CA! 
Such a sweet and beautiful person!!!

Via @claudinegossett: “Ok... Confession time. 
I’m a big Johnny Weir fan! Photo: @hoomantv”

Via Cocktails & Couture’s Facebook.

Via Cocktails & Couture’s Facebook.

Via @SprayTanKelly: “Supporting the @49ersAcademy! 
@kymbee @DTBrownSF @JohnnyGWeir 
#49ers #cocktailsandcouture”

Via Cocktails & Couture’s Facebook.

Via Cocktails & Couture’s Facebook: 
“Olympic and fashion sensation, Johnny Weir, 
fashion emcee, out-fabuloused all of us!”

Via @EmyMackShoes: “@JohnnyGWeir as emcee 
for @CC_Peninsula fashion show benefiting 
the @49ersAcademy. #runway #EmyMack”

Via @nanfusco: “And then this happened... 
MC Johnny Weir rocks a fab white bustle 
at #cocktailsandcouture fashion event.”

Via Cocktails & Couture’s Facebook.

Aaaand the video. Via Johnny: 
“How I prepare for work. 
#Beyoncé Jacket by DLeet Taiwan.”
He is just the best.

Sun Valley Rehearsal.
Part 1 of a Series.

Johnny at rehearsal is one of the best parts of seeing him perform live. The Sun Valley experience is especially unique, because the atmosphere is so casual. Near the rink is an outdoor eating area with an amazing buffet, and surrounding the rink are basic metal bleacher seats. Rehearsal usually begins about noon-ish, after public skating. So as people wander around the gorgeous grounds or bring the kids down for something to eat, champion skaters begin taking the ice without fanfare—suddenly they’re just there, doing extraordinary things in the middle of an ordinary Idaho afternoon. 

And nearly always last to appear is Johnny. 

He usually stops to chat first for a few minutes with the other show skaters, but even then the whispers immediately start to ripple through the people dotting the bleachers and on up into the buffet area: “OMG! Isn’t that Johnny Weir....?”

Yes. Yes, it is.

As you’ll see, Johnny is mostly very serious throughout rehearsal, very focused, very intense. The following photoset is from just the first seven minutes of his practice, beginning with his entrance and ending at the standard line of demarcation: the moment he’s warmed up enough to start peeling off layers. 

And even just those first few minutes are simply beautiful.

Please click any photo twice for the full-size image. Nearly all of these are huge and exquisitely detailed. They may take a moment to load, but, as always, are well worth the wait.

He’s here! Chatting with Sun Valley regulars 
Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre.

The hushed buzz has already spread 
through the resort, with guests claiming the bleachers 
and bringing almost as much intensity 
to watching him as he brings to his practice. 

Love the peplum-esque effect created 
by the tank underneath his jacket. 
[Yes, Johnny, thanks to you, 
I know what a peplum is. :)]

Stopping to chat for a moment 
with another Sun Valley regular, Ashley Clark.

Back out onto the ice.

Aaaand... yes....

... the moment has arrived...

...he’s already too warm, 
and off comes the jacket to reveal...

...a loose-fitting black tank. 

Once again, back out onto the ice... 

...under the dazzling Sun Valley sun.
To be continued....

Bonus videos!! Johnny at rehearsal, 
courtesy of Anastasia Pryanikova.
Video link.

New from Artistry on Ice!! 
Johnny’s performance with Zhang Hao 
from Shanghai, with subtitles of the lyrics 
to “When Love Is Gone.” 
Very special thanks to Haohewuyin 
for taking the time to do this for all of us, 
and to Elena Vasileva for uploading to YouTube!
Video link.

Via Johnny: 
“Through all sadness and disgust, 
we find a moment to stand in a ray of sunlight, 
and feel peaceful.”

Dearest Johnny, 
you are that ray of sunlight for so many,
touching people’s hearts and souls everywhere you go...

Everytime see you on the ice, 
you’re still that cute boy from 2008 in Japan 
with lovely bangs, long hair 
and a giant cross shining on your chest, 
making any atheist believe in god in a second 
and the people who have lost faith in love for a long time 
regain the feeling of love at first sight. 
Time passes. 
Somethings never change.

Everytime see you on the ice, 
you’re still the forever fallen angel 
from 2010 in vancouver. 
The intensive emotions running in your blood, 
your hair and the tip of your fingers 
fill the ice with your laughes and tears. 
You are the most beautiful prince 
with the flower ring on your head. 
You are the champion. 
I’m not a christian. 
Next time you pray, 
thank him for giving you 
to all of us.

— @stiletto2012, on Johnny’s Instagram
here and here

Exclusive Sun Valley photos © David Ingogly.

ICYMI: Human.”
The US debut of Johnny’s stunning 
and hauntingly beautiful new program.
Selected exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive HD video.

Be Gorgeous Without Your Pants.”
50+ Artistry on Ice pics plus all-new videos, 
including Beijing and Guangzhou
press conferences!

Magic Becomes Art...
60+ spectacular pics from Shanghai,
including the most beautiful 
“Concubine” series yet.

Stunning fan art by 
@glace_icywaterdri on Weibo. 

Beautiful mega-picspam from 
the Guangzhou livestream.

Photo art detail from an exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Bollywood in Beijing and Other Stories.
All the picspam one could possibly want 
of Johnny’s performance to Nagada Sang Dhol 
at the Beijing premiere of Artistry on Ice.

Photo © Maria Ma.

Love Is In Your Eyes.
Gorgeous photos of Johnny as the King’s Consort 
and partner Zhang Hao as the King in 
their stunning performance inspired by
“Farewell My Concubine,” from the opening show 
of the Artistry on Ice tour.  

Forbidden Love: The King’s Consort.
First look at Johnny and partner Zhang Hao
in their premiere performance inspired by
“Farewell My Concubine.”  

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.
Please, please click here 
for stunning full-size image.

The Weibocalypse Is Nigh.
Thursday rehearsal pics plus coverage 
of the Beijing press conference!
Please click here for beautiful full-size image, 
and roll around in the picspam here.
Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Surrounded By So Much Love.
Wednesday rehearsal pics plus fan meeting pics!
Not all of the rehearsal was quite this serious, though.... 
Please click for beautiful full-size image,
and enjoy all the endless picspam here

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:
“Rise Like a Phoenix”
An exquisite black-and-white series 
of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

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! 

Watch bonus clips 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 2014 Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

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