So much to talk about! Let’s just dive right into all the latest amazingness, shall we? Thanks to an enormous stockpile of Weibo treasures, there’s more than can be covered in one catch-up post, so here are my fav need-to-know-now highlights.
This is a thing that is happening THIS FRIDAY, JULY 31, at the Lancaster Barnstormers minor-league baseball game in Johnny’s hometown area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and if you are anywhere near this at all, clearly YOU MUST GO GET ONE OF THESE:
Could I love this more? I think not. I also love the writeup from Lancaster Online, the local newspaper. Excerpts:
Two sports figures with local ties are being immortalized with bobblehead dolls [I love this phrase] to be given out during Lancaster Barnstormers baseball games this month. …
Olympic figure skater and NBC skating and fashion commentator Johnny Weir, who spent his early years in Quarryville, will be honored Friday, July 31.
The bobbleheads will be available to the first 1,000 fans who enter the stadium.
Johnny Weir will be at the stadium on the 31st. Tony DeMarco, the Barnstormers’ vice president of fan experience, said he hopes Weir will throw out the first pitch of the game against the Somerset Patriots. The theme of the evening will be Christmas in July.
Weir is a three-time U.S. national champion in men’s figure skating. He skated in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics (finishing fifth and sixth, respectively) and won a bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.
He and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski were skating commentators for NBC at the 2014 Olympics, and have been named the lead figure skating broadcast team for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.
At the game July 31, partial ticket proceeds will go toward A Week Away, a local organization that funds respite weeks for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families. DeMarco said Christmas activities for the evening are still being finalized.
He said videos featuring highlights of Weir’s career will be shown during the game.
DeMarco said the local bobbleheads have been very popular and are often all given away within the first 15 minutes after the gates open at Barnstormers games.
So if you are at all able to get there, GO! It’s not every day one gets to watch Johnny pitch a baseball AND take home his immortal likeness as a bobblehead. Get those tickets now here!
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) July 27, 2015
Yay!! An Evening With Champions was an amazing show last year that resulted in six glorious picspam posts with shots like these:
Relive all the beauty and happy meet-n-greet moments here:
Because It’s Monday. Evening With Champions rehearsal photos featuring Johnny and Kimmie Meissner.
Dragon. Johnny in the show’s opening number, for which he wore the beautiful dragon costume given to him for his 30th birthday by his Chinese Pandas.
Beautiful Human. Johnny’s “Human” performance from the Friday night show.
#FBF Picspam… and Flowers. Photo series from the Friday night VIP meet-n-greet.
42 Seconds. Johnny’s “Human” performance from the Saturday night show, part 1.
Champion. Johnny’s “Human” performance from the Saturday night show, part 2, plus Saturday’s VIP meet-n-greet.
And there’s video!
Here Johnny appears in the opening group number, which starts at about 03:56. He is introduced at about 07:46.
His unbelievably beautiful “Human” from the Saturday night show.
And from backstage, the must-see “34 Questions With Johnny Weir.”
Tickets for EWC go on sale TOMORROW, though sponsorship packages, which include tickets to the post-show VIP meet-n-greet, are available for purchase now. It’s not often that Johnny performs in the US, so if you can’t make it to Sun Valley next weekend, don’t miss the chance to see him in Boston!
Well, actually this fabulous collection of yet more Artistry on Ice stuff is mostly Taipei. But the video from Beijing at the end of this section is my favorite thing today, so it gets the headline.
First, let’s enjoy all-new picspam from the ever-amazing Joveta Leo. These are from multiple tour cities; photos without the Weibo watermark are new exclusive pics from Joveta available only on the blog, for which we thank her profusely. ♥
SECOND OPENING NUMBER
Rehearsal vids from Taipei (in HD!).
Johnny’s Empress, also from Taipei, and also HD.
And my favorite: Johnny with his beloved Pandas after the Beijing show.
BONUS STUFF ICYMI
At last: video of Johnny from the Fragrance Foundation event, at which he presented two awards.
Condoms are pretty important, Mr. Baldwin, so, yeah, wrap it up. [audience cracks up]
So there’s an old saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So hence . . . [leaves podium to model his outfit for the audience, to cheers and applause]
So the first award tonight honors the first impression a fragrance can make: the packaging. [Makes hand gestures to suggest another kind of packaging…] Packaging draws us in and makes us—yeah, laugh. [audience laughs with him] Packaging draws us in and makes us want to learn more about the magical elixir inside. The Packaging of the Year finalists were selected based on artistic vision and design excellence.
[Automated nominee announcement suddenly drowns him out]
That wasn’t supposed to happen!
[Nominee announcement drones on to the finish]
Siri just terrified me and totally cut me off. I had one more line! [laughs]
The envelope please!
Yeah. So. The winner of the Fragrance Foundation Award for Packaging of the Year in the Men’s category is Intoxicated, by Killian.
[Suggestively] So men aren’t the only ones with a nice package…
The finalists of Packaging of the Year, Women’s, are:
[Automated nominee announcer does her thing]
The envelope please, sir.
So the winner of the Fragrance Foundation Award for Packaging of the Year—that’s the last time I’m going to say “packaging,”… packaging, packaging [audience roars in delight at the repetition]—Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs, Coty!
My other fav vid of the week, which we’ve probably all seen already but can’t stop watching: Johnny explores new career options with the help of beauty bear Eric Alt.
Fun Times today with our new receptionist in our #hohokus #ericAltSalon @johnnyGWeir get ready he is a bit snippy on the phone lol. #ericAlt #SaddleRiver #WoodRidge #johnnyWeir #montvale #woodCliffLake #ParkRidge #alpine. #ridgewoodNJ #instagood #instafunny #undercoverBoss #BergenCounty #BergencountySalon #salon #hairSalon #njSalon #topSalon
[In thick New Jersey accent] “Hello, thank you for calling Eric Alt Salon. This is Johnny. I’m the new receptionist, and I don’t care what you have to say . . . So when would you like to come in? . . . Sorry, we’re booked until December.”
And finally: vacation moment from Johnny’s Weibo. His caption: “Having such a fun time in Bali but missing the ice so much!”