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This contest is now over…The winner of this week’s contest is Jim H. Congratulations Jim! Be sure to tune in next week for “Win It Wednesdays” because you never know, the winner just might be you! This week we are going to try something different: “Win It Wednesdays.” With the summer heat here, it’s time to give you something to help you get through the midweek crunch.

Today, one reader, at random, will win a copy of the Broadway cast recording “Million Dollar Quartet.” The winner will be announced at 5pm!

Here is your question:

If you could have any 4 musicians in a jam session, who would you chose?

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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” will be on vacation from June 24-June 29…I hope you all have a wonderful few days, but get ready because new posts and “Free Stuff Friday” will be resuming next week! Thank you for your continued support!

-Adam 🙂

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Best known to the world as “Screech” from “Saved By The Bell,” I had the fortunate experience of being able to interview Dustin Diamond on June 4, 2010 when I attended the Off-Broadway hit show, “The Awesome 80s Prom.” During the interview, Dustin was humorous with his jokes, personable in how he talked with me, and kind in his manner. In addition to “Saved By The Bell,” Dustin has appeared on such game and reality shows as “The Weakest Link,” “Celebrity Boxing 2,” Celebrity Fit Club,” and “Professional Wrestling.” He starred in the 2003 film “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” and is a frequent commenter on TruTV’s “The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest….” Dustin is also an accomplished Stand-Up Comedian performing around the country, with a quick-wit and good stage-presence. Most recently, Dustin wrote the book “Behind The Bell” about his days on “Saved By The Bell.” For some good 80s music and a fun night out with your friends, head on down to Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in NYC and dance the night away with Dustin and the rest of “The Awesome 80s Prom” cast. Catch Dustin in “The Awesome 80s Prom” through August 28.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I really just fell into it. I got into the business at 8 years old and at 8 years old you are not really forming opinions of “Who do I want to be when I perform” so I can’t really say anyone inspired me.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There’s a few…Gary Oldman because I think he is one of the greatest character actors there is, Rowan Aktinson because he is a brilliant comedian, Ben Elton or Richard Curtis both British writers for comedy and I like British humor, and Mike Patton as far as music, I think he’s a genius.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I was never one of those people who felt they could control their dreams, I was always just along for the ride.  My dreams are always awkward, but if I had a choice, I would want a dream that makes sense and I want to be able to remember my dreams when you wake up because there are some really awesome things that happen in dreams that you never get to capture anytime after.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? For comedy, it was George Carlin, but early George Carlin. He was such a pioneer. My hero for character acting is Gary Oldman. My inspiration for music is Mike Patton, but there are a lot of others too.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? None that are G rated…just kidding. I’m double jointed and can flex my thumb back. You know how people can move their head and not their body, well I can move my body side to side while keeping my head still. I have perfect pitch too. I can’t play the piano or sheet music, but if I hear a note, I can isolate it on a scale. I can identify where they fit on the scale, even though I’ve had no formal music training. I also retain a lot of useless information which I can recall later, but it never comes in handy for “Jeopardy.” It’s never the stuff I actually know. I’m more like “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” or “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” There are questions in the $50,000 range or the million dollar question I can answer every week.

6. Favorite TV Show? “Blackadder” a British TV Show.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I don’t know. I don’t really worry about it too much. My metabolism isn’t as perfect as it was when I was 20, but it’s not let me down yet.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers all the time. I wore briefs briefly 🙂

9. Favorite website? TASVideos, Speed Demos Archive, or Speedruns. I like video games and these websites are where people will play through old games flawlessly, you know without dying. For example someone played “Super Mario Brothers” in about five minutes flat. They went through it all the way just running and jumping without killing an enemy. They ran through it continuously by holding down the right button and just pressing the jump button when needed. I could never get through some of these old games so I can go back now and watch them which is pretty cool.

10. He-man or She-ra? He-man because that was the era and She-ra was not around yet. I had all the He-man toys like Castle Greyskull, Panther, Battlecat, etc…

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Oooh…Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Indiana Jones was pretty cool too.

12. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve read about yourself and where did you read it? I read all kinds of weird things about me on the internet. There was one website that said I died in New Zealand. There was another one that I was supposedly on the back of a motorbike with Mark-Paul (who played “Zack”) and we were beheaded during an earthquake, a freeway collapse.  There have been a lot of “I died” websites which is really strange and kind of morbid. There are also hundreds of fake websites, Myspace pages, Facebook pages, all claiming to be me.  People go to these sites and ask questions and then the sites respond in horrible ways claiming to be me which is terrible because those sites are not me…

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This weekend mark’s the launch of Paul Focazio’s 35th Birthday! I normally don’t highlight birthdays here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest” but this is breaking news because this year’s birthday is going to be one of the biggest of the century…everyone who’s anyone will be making an appearance at this shin dig. The details have been kept very hush, hush except for those few lucky ones privy enough to be making an actual appearance! If you thought those Housewives knew how to party, you ain’t seen nothing yet until you’ve been to a Paul Focazio soiree! Yours truly, will be making an actual appearance, so get ready for the photos and all the juicy details to be posted next week!

What makes Paul so noteworthy and amazing is that he’s one of the most loyal, kind, and giving people I know. We’ve been friends for a long time and it’s been the ride of a lifetime! I feel so privileged to be making an appearance at this very special occasion and can’t wait to report on the who’s who of who was there. Fasten those seat belts because the details to follow are going to rock your world…

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As promised, here are pictures from the bash of the century…anyone who’s anyone was photographed for the world to see….the bash took place at the famous Mexican restaurant La Superica in Sag Harbor (about 30 minutes beyond the Hamptons). The drinks poured like a fountain, the food spread like a fine butter, and the laughs just kept on coming…so, so glad I was able to be there for the fun!

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This contest is now over…Congratulations to Mike on winning 2 tickets to “Falling For Eve.” So tune in next week because you never know, the winner just might be you…

This week’s “Free Stuff Friday” is being sponsored by the new Off-Broadway show “Falling For Eve.” One lucky reader, at random, will win a pair of tickets to see this new musical which starts July 6 at the York Theatre! To win, answer this question: If you could go back in time and change Broadway history, how would you change it? Winner will be announced at 5pm today!

“Falling For Eve” stars fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Adam Kantor (“Rent”), along with Jose Llana (“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Jennifer Blood (“Susan and God”), Krystal Joy Brown (“Hair”), Nehal Joshi (“Les Miserables”), and Sasha Sloan (“Ragtime”). According to press notes, “Falling For Eve” offers a second look at the world’s first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn’t. How exactly they’ll get together to create the human race is anybody’s guess. Falling for Eve is a fresh and unconventional retelling of the most famous romance of all time, filled with unexpected twists and turns as Eve and Adam realize that “paradise” may not be a place after all!

For those of you who do not win, you can take advantage of this discount ticket offer and enter code HHCEVE!

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Showmanship, stage presence, wit, and a booming personality are just some of the words I would use to describe Michael Feinstein performing in his new act “Cool Swing” at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Michael has made a career out of preserving the great American Songbook and thank goodness for him. With a voice and style as crisp and pure as the country air, Michael can take any song, make it his own while keeping the intentions behind the songwriters original concept. In between songs, Michael knows how to engage an audience with his quick wit and heartfelt stories about the composers and musicians who inspired him.

If you’ve never seen Michael live on stage, this would be a good time do so. He’s performing at Feinstein’s at the Regency through June 19. Click here for tickets! (Interview posting soon…)

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Come help support a very worthy organization, The Ali Forney Center, while  enjoying an evening of gay variety at “The Meeting” with special guest stars Jeffrey Self & Cole Escola (Logo TV’s “Jeffrey and Cole Casserole”), Bridget Everett (“At Least It’s Pink,” “We’ve Got Tonight”), Erin Markey (“Puppy Love: A Striper’s Tail”), Molly Pope (“The Diva-lution of Molly Pope,” “Our Hit Parade”). Monday, June 21 at 10pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge (185 Bleecker Street, NYC).

“The Meeting” is a monthly gay variety show looking at politics, sexual and otherwise, social news, music, skits, and other important life-changing information hosted by Justin Sayre.

This special edition is a benfit for The Ali Forney Center, dedicated to providing shelter & guidence to GLBT youth who have no where to go because their families have turned their backs on them for being gay. Many of the youth who have benefited from the center’s services have now been able to thrive & succeed, from graduating college to getting an internship at CNN. The Ali Forney Center has so much to offer, but have turn hundreds away because all of their beds are occupied. If you are looking to help a truly wonderful organization, consider donating to the Ali Forney Center & help them continue to help the youth of today.

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