Category Archives: Shirtless Male Celebrities

Hunk of the Day: Zachary Gordin

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The costumes are usually spectacular, the staging is often splendid, and the talent is unsurpassed, but I’m still not the biggest fan of opera. That said, I might be swayed should the Hunk of the Day honoree Zachary Gordin be part of the production. His rich voice is about the only thing that surpasses his practically-perfect body, sculpted into opera jock form. But don’t take my mumblings for anything, read through the long list of accomplishments as furnished on his website:

Zachary Gordin is renowned for bringing masterful singing and strong physicality to a wide variety of roles: from baroque heroes, to contemporary works written specifically for him. For his performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe at the Olympic Music Festival, the Seattle Times hailed him as “a singer already capable of some arresting musical insights. The occasional big effects were commanding and intense without ever descending into coarseness, and the delicacy and tonal allure he brought to the cycle’s preponderance of quiet songs were deeply impressive.” Recent operatic performances include Joseph De Rocher – the convict – in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with Dayton Opera, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte as a guest artist with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Visalia Opera Company, Escamillo in Carmen with Diablo Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Lyric Opera, Silvio in Pagliacci and Monterone in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and El Cantaor in La vida breve with West Bay Opera, Germont in La Traviata with West Bay Opera and Center Stage Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with North Bay Opera and Center Stage Opera, and many others.

Equally at home as a soloist on the concert stage, Gordin has performed Monteverdi’s Magnificat with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Duruflé’s Requiem with the Valley Concert Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat with the Dominican Winifred Baker Chorale, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat and Psalm 92with the San Francisco Choral Society, Bach’s Cantata #82 “Ich habe genug” and Mozart’s Coronation Masswith the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G with San Francisco City Chorus, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Women Sing, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Center Stage Opera Orchestra. Upcoming performances include:  Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Shreveport Opera.

Gordin has been in high demand as a guest artist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, where has sung Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Verdi’s Otello, Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, “A Night at the Opera”, as well as Orff’s Carmina Burana, for which Maestro Michael Morgan writes “Zachary Gordin is the ideal baritone for Carmina Burana. In addition to having a very full, powerful baritone, this is the best singing of the high, sensual music that I have ever heard. This is as good a rendering of those solos as one is ever likely to encounter.” As Carmina Burana has become a signature piece, over the past few seasons he has reprised this demanding role in performances with the YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Choral Society, Pacific Shores Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Clara Chorale, the Choral Project, the UC Berkeley Choruses, and others. Recent premieres of works written for him have included “Constant Fever” by Sheli Nan, The Myth of Kurva by Loretta Notareschi, and “A Nation Announcing Itself” by Clint Borzoni for the Sacramento Pride Gala “Courage to Stand”.

Gordin’s talent has been recognized as a winner of prestigious vocal competitions, including: the Pacific Musical Society Competition, East Bay Opera League Vocal Competition, Bellini International Voice Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize Baroque Music Competition. He was the recipient of the Irene Patti Swartz Encouragement Award for the Florida Grand Opera National Voice Competition, and Grantee of the Vocal Arts Foundation in San Francisco.  He was also World Finalist for the Academia at Teatro alla Scala, Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the youngest candidate selected for the ORFEO 2000 World Competition of International Finalists hosted by Hannover Staatsoper. In addition to his performance calendar, Gordin maintains an active schedule training singers, and presenting workshops and master classes for opera companies and universities throughout the US.

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Hunk of the Day: Jake Shears, Shorn Again

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Certain Hunks are so multi-faceted and sumptuously-gifted that one post as Hunk of the Day is not enough. Jake Shears is one of those illustrious gentleman, whose talent and skills are matched only by a body borne from hard work and dedication. His work as singer and song-writer has gone rather underappreciated – every single Scissor Sisters album has been genius – but those of us who know and adore him don’t mind that the collective masses have not yet caught on. More for the refined of us. His first Hunk of the Day feature showcased him a few years ago – this one shows you how far he has come.

Though it was released a few years ago, I’m newly-infatuated with their latest (last?) ‘Magic Hour’ album. ‘Inevitable’ is the theme for summer…

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Hunk of the Day: David Henrie

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Anyone born after Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ was released is way too young for my taste, but millions would disagree, so here’s your Hunk of the Day, youngster David Henrie. What he may lack in years he more than makes up for in multi-hyphenates: actor, television writer, director and producer – this guy does it all. Maybe all is not lost on the youth. Here’s to the next generation of hunks.

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Hunk of the Day: Nick Tortorella

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A Hunk by any other name… is Nico Tortorella. Since it’s the one and same Nick Tortorella, this is officially his second Hunk of the Day honor, which makes him prime beefcake in these parts. His first Hunk of the Day feature sizzled, but this one absolutely burns, with photos from a calendar he did. More Hunks should do calendars like this. We all need to keep track of the days… and months.

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Midnight Bonus: Sergey Lazarev

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While not an official Hunk of the Day (those slots have been filled for yesterday and today), this collection of photos of Sergey Lazarev are just a bonus for the loyal among you who have visited tonight. Mr. Lazarev, recent competitor on Eurovision, is currently embroiled in a minor controversy for some soft-porn pics from his past. Yawn. Who isn’t…?

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Hunk of the Day: Zayn Malik

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It’s been a while since I was into any boybands (a sigh is elicited with fond memories of the Backstreet Boys and ’NSync) and at this point I’m really too uninterested to get into that sort of thing. That said, there will always be teenyboppers who are seeking the next group of guys on which to crush and obsess, so for the new generation I give you Hunk of the Day Zayn Malik, who was, until relatively recently, a member of One Direction. I believe he’s going solo next, and with a girlfriend like Gigi Hadid, what use does he have for boyband obligations anyway? I enjoyed his recent splash at the Met Gala (he took the ‘Manus x Machina’ theme to bold heights, something I always appreciate, especially because most of the men play it safe in boring tuxedoes). Of course, there’s probably something more compelling about Zayn Malik shirtless, so those photos follow.

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Broadway Men Baring Their Bodies

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Broadway is gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year. Not the Tony nominations, but the Broadway Bares benefit. That’s when all the spectacularly-fit specimens doff their clothes for an evening of racy fun to benefit Broadway Cares. In joyful anticipation of this, we should have a few Broadway Hunks coming up in the next few weeks, but first, a look back at some memorable triple-threats who have been named Hunk of the Day. (I won’t rule out a repeat either, especially if you ask nicely.)

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Hunk of the Day: Ray Quinn

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English actor, singer and dancer Ray Quinn occupies the Hunk of the Day spotlight, thanks to his pumped up pecs following his ‘X Factor’ splash. I love seeing transformations, especially when such hard work is clearly involved. Notice I said I loved seeing them. Doing it all is a totally different story, and it’s not mine.

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Assorted Shirtlessness for Sat.

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Attention has shifted to the gardens, which means this blog is going on autopilot for certain busy days. (I filled twelve large lawn bags  yesterday, dug the base out for a mini grill patio, and cleaned about a third of the yard – as of this writing my body is barely able to make these keystrokes.) No rest for the wicked, or for the strokers, so here you go: a Saturday collection of shirtless male celebrities.

For the feature photo, I give you none other than Jake Bass, because it’s always been about the bass (no treble). He’s bringing booty back in a bodacious and bad-ass way. Not unlike the guy seen below: Donnie Rust – the Naked Busker.

Double the dose of handsomeness, this pair of photos belongs to Chris Mears. Swim swim sugar.

Now for another threesome: Brandon Rubendall, Brock O’Hurn, and Nick Jonas.

Finally, another twofer, with this double punch of Harry Judd.

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The Beauty of Pratt Pratt Pratt

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Chris Pratt has been a Hunk of the Day here before, but rather than honoring him with a second (and largely redundant) honor, here is a post that simply celebrates his beauty, both for the outside, and what is within. But as Levar Burton in ‘Reading Rainbow’ once proclaimed, “You don’t have to take my word for it.” In fact, you don’t need to take any words at all ~ it’s all here, in the pictures.

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Hunk of the Day: Cody Saintgnue

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Born in the heart of America – Dayton, Ohio – the Hunk of the Day is none other than Cody Saintgnue. A successful model and actor, Mr. Saintgnue is perhaps best known for his work on MTV’s popular ‘Teen Wolf’ series. I must admit to being wholly ignorant of that show (though I have some not-so-fond memories of the ‘Teen Wolf’ movie starring Michael J. Fox way back in the 80′s, but that gives away a generation gap I’d rather pretend is not in existence. At any rate, enjoy the current crop of heart-throbs.

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Hunk of the Day: Billy Reilich, a.k.a. Nick

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Perhaps best known for his stint as Ellen’s sexy and oft-shirtless ‘Nick the Gardener’, this is Billy Reilich, now named the Hunk of the Day. Mr. Reilich has come a long way since those green-thumb days of working out Ms. Ellen’s land, as can be seen in the progression of shots below. That last one is living proof that hard work pays off. (I just don’t have it in me to begin that journey.)

 

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Hunk of the Day: Joaquín Ferreira

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He’s made a big (and I mean big) splash online recently with clips and GIFs of his full-frontal stage display, but none of those are fit for this non-full-frontal site (despite what a certain tricky April 1st post may have you believe). Instead, I give you this virgin Hunk of the Day feature of Joaquín Ferreira.

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First-Time Full-Frontal Friday

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 This site has long hinted at the big reveal of full frontal male nudity. Previously, I’ve veered away from even an artful penis pic because full-frontal nakedness is too much of a distraction. Then there’s the post-full-frontal hangover that comes from having seen it all and realizing that we’re all basically the same human stuff underneath it all. Of course that doesn’t quell the desire to see what everyone’s packing, so here are some reveals for some full-frontal Friday fun. The only question is who has been brave enough to let it all hang out…

Let’s take a look at the hottest contenders, the classic guys from whom everyone wants a gratuitous cock-shot. We begin with none other than David Beckham, who’s teased his ass for the longest time. Will he be the one to turn around today?

Or maybe it’s Ben Cohen, who is a fan favorite in these parts. How low does his manscaping go?

With a dirty new video making the rounds, maybe Nick Jonas finally gives a full-frontal glimpse at the goods, as he hinted at in all his gay-baiting of late.

Finally, after many fakes and false leads, perhaps Zac Efron is the mega-hunk who will pull down his Speedo and shake his money-maker (well, both of them) for the very first full-frontal Friday this blog has ever seen…

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Nick Jonas. He seems brave and cocky enough to do it.

Who do you think will be the first?

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Without much further ado, the very first man to go full-frontal on ALANILAGAN.com is…

 

 

 

 

A fool.

 

Happy April 1st!

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Hunk of the Day: Jason Derulo, Nude Again

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Sweaty R&B sensation Jason Derulo already got buck naked for his first Hunk of the Day crowning way back in February 2014, but he more than deserves a second honor thanks to a steamy new music video (fittingly titled ‘Naked’) in which he goes nude again. I’m sure everyone’s eyes will be glued to the bottom of the screen to see just how low Mr. Derulo will go. Dibs for what got left on the cutting room floor. This is a case of cropping as infuriating tease, something we know quite a lot about on this racy but never vulgar blog. The hint of cock will always be greater than a glimpse of the whole schlong.

As for Mr. Derulo and his naked ass, it’s a definite bid for immortality in these butt-baring parts.

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