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ALL H E F I L NIGHT

2013 F O S S E: CLA M A F F O

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11 Nightlife hall of fame class of 2013 The sophomore class of our Nightlife Hall of Fame features six of the people who’ve been making the party happen in gay New York for decades. The scene just wouldn’t be the same without them!

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The Week in Photos Commentary: Despite what you might think, drag queens actually don’t mind sharing the spotlight. Getting Personal with Mila Jam What’s Next Now: Brick New York Commentary: Grindr be damned—gettin’ cruisy in public is still totally fun. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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Calendar of Events Nightlife: Don’t believe those retirement rumors you’ve heard about Junior Vasquez— at 64, he’s not ready to slow down yet. Brief Encounter: Out comedian Jordan Pease gets us belly laughing. Bars + Clubs Map Quoted: Our Lady J on her unlikely love of gospel music. When I Knew: Old school G.I. Joes helped boyesquer Go-Go Harder realize he wanted male companionship. D.I.Y.: Whenitcomestobeinganightlifepromoter, it’s best to take all the advice you can get.

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The Right Track The Whole Package: We’re not drinking Russian vodka, so we rounded up five homo-friendly non-Russian brands to try. Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Bottoms Up Double Take

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Business Directory Fire Island Ferry Schedules

PUBLISHER DAVID MOYAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ALEX ERIKSON

ON THE COVER AND ON THIS PAGE: The Nightlife Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Michael McGrail, Bill Coleman, Sherry Vine, Susanne Bartsch and Michael Musto shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Kevin Thomas Garcia (KTGNYC.com). Hair and makeup: Joe Hubrich (JoeHubrich.com). Susane Bartsch’s makeup: Deney Adam. Susanne Bartsch’s hair: Raquel Martuscelli at Mark Garrison. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FRANK CONWAY, MARC CUENCO, WIL FISHER, DUSTIN FITZHARRIS, JAMESON FITZPATRICK, DAVID HURST, JUSTIN LOCKWOOD,

ART DIRECTOR CHARLIE PIAZZA ASSOCIATE EDITORS WILL PULOS, JOHN RUSSELL COPY EDITOR JENNIFER CHAFE DINING EDITOR PETER SHERWOOD MUSIC EDITOR KEO NOZARI STAFF WRITER LAWRENCE FERBER ADVERTISING DIRECTOR DON ROBINDER

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in Getting What’s Gay 4 Week P. 6 Personal P. 7 Next Now P. 8 D.D. Photos Bonnie McKee drops by Marquee • Natascha Bessez performs at Ascension • New York celebrates Black Pride

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Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY KAREEM MCJAGGER

SISTER or SOLO? For New York drag queeNs, decidiNg whether to partNer up or go it aloNe caN be diFFicult.

he drag scene in New York has some of the most iconic and sought-after names in the business. With so many “girls” jumping into the ring, the city’s barflies have their choice of drag performances on any night of the week. But what happens when big names and big egos find themselves sharing the spotlight (and the dressing room) for a show? While solo drag shows seem to be the standard in New York, they are the exception rather than the rule in other regions of the U.S. and around the world. Bob Pontarelli, owner of Industry and Barracuda, which both feature popular solo and duo drag performances several nights per week, credits the local solo phenomenon to the high concentration of talent.“New York has, hands down, the smartest, most creative drag queens in the world. New York queens are the only I’ve ever seen that can hold a room on their own for 90 minutes. True performers, many with theatrical backgrounds.” But don’t think NewYork doesn’t have some great ensamble performances, too. XL Nightclub’s Hot Mess Revue’s cast has drawn large Friday night crowds for nearly two years. Lady Bunny shared the formula for success she and Bianca del Rio used when casting the show: “We picked

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CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY @ THE ICE PALACE Two-timeTony Award-winner Chita Rivera performs songs from her lengthy career in Cherry Grove as part of Daniel Nardicio’s 2013 Icon Series.The Broadway legend performed excerpts from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, The Rink and more at the special concert.

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Overheard:

“We just want everyone to know that there’s somebody that looks like you, that’s living that life, that’s walking down that road.” —DJ KI at last weekend’s Skin Out: The Rebirth of Black Pride on Jacob Riis Beach

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Mila Jam

WITH HER NEW SONG “Master of the Universe”trans singer and performer Mila Jam is hoping to give people the courage to realize their greatest potential. “It’s about claiming ownership of your place in this world to be able to reach beyond the universe,”says Jam. “We have the power to manifest greatness.” The powerful new track, which got a splashy music video premiere this past Monday at The Cutting Room, joins Jam’s growing collection of original dance tracks including “Warrior” and “Walk.” Jam, who also hosts a weekly live music show at Industry on Tuesdays, says that she’s hoping to lead by example with the video. “The concept was to simply showcase my world as a queen-like, masterful woman leading the people of the Jam world.”

“The reality is that most New York venues don’t have the budget for group shows.” right. “The biggest challenges are loneliness and not having someone save your ass on stage when you fall. The biggest advantage is not having someone steal from your purse,” she laughs about working solo. Sherry Vine, however, is performance versatile. Over the course of her career, she’s starred in a number of weekly shows by herself and partnered with other queens as well.“I love both!”she declares. “I always have a blast working with Joey Arias and Jackie Beat. And Peppermint is a hoot to be onstage with!” She admits that for her collaborations, she’s had to dial down her inner control freak. She’s learned that flexibility and compromise are key to success. Audiences enjoy watching two or more queens with the right timing and chemistry who can play off of each other well, but more often than not, Sherry Vine says, the venue’s bottom line is the prohibitive factor when it comes to duos and ensembles. “The reality is that most New York venues don’t have a budget for group shows so the solo act will always be a staple!” N

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CHOOSE ONE: FALL ALBUM RELEASE

Lady Gaga

Katy Perry

Beyoncé

Miley Cyrus

Honestly, I’d like to hear something from Lady Perry or Beyoncé Cyrus!

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Oprah

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President Obama

Mayor Bloomberg

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queens who had great acts on their own, but who could also do back-up in ensemble numbers.” Seems simple enough, but big talents often come with big personalities and conflicts are bound to arise. “I now see why bands often break up,” Bunny jokes. “Sometimes we just get sick of the one who is always late or has an attitude, the one who doesn’t remember the words—Sugga Pie—or choreography—me. And with every performer, there are egos and conflicting opinions.” On the other side of the spectrum are the drag shows that star single ladies. Hedda Lettuce, who refers to co-hosting as “a fine balancing act,” prefers to be billed solo unless the chemistry is just

ING PERSONAL T T E

Hilary Clinton

YEP. Who are your biggest musical influences? Brandy, Nikka Costa, India Arie, Michael and Janet Jackson What’s your favorite club or party in New York? Honestly, I miss Big Top at Carnival with Amanda Lepore, Kenny Kenny and Joey Isreal.

What was the experience filming the music video like? Filming “Masters of the Universe” was the most challenging, nerve-wracking pregnancy! This baby had so much love and support behind her but even with all of that as a parent you never know if the child will soar. But after witnessing her birth, I’m assured TheJamFam and I have raised her well and we are absolutely thrilled! If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be? [The] MTA. Enough said. What’s your favorite bar or restaurant in New York? Industry bar Is there a trend you wish would die? Yes. Every New York nightlife persons default answer to the quintessential question, “How you been?” “Busy! Yeah, just so busy!!!”

Musical Mayhem:

The Broadway shows represented at Monday Musicals by live performers during its first month at XL Nightclub. Kinky Boots

The Lion King

The Book of Mormon

Newsies

>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW BRICK NEW YORK trainerWill Lanier insists that the main thing that keeps people coming back to CrossFit is the sense of community that the workout classes create. “[There’s] a sense of community and camaraderie you feel while finishing the end of a hard workout,”says Lanier. “Community is the cornerstone of Brick New York. On the surface it’s barbells, sweat and physical exertion, but deep down you keep coming back because of the community and the camaraderie and the friends you find here at Brick New York.” In addition to the workout spaces, the gym has 20 yards of turf, over 160 feet of pull-up rigs, a pro shop and a smoothie bar. For those curious about taking classes at the new facility, Brick offers free introductory classes every Saturday at 11:45am. —WIll Pulos

PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

ONE OF THE BIGGEST FITNESS trends to catch on in the last couple of years has been the intense strength and conditioning program known as CrossFit. You’ve probably heard about the workout from friends, co-workers or some dude with a perfect body on Fire Island, and now there’s a brand new place in Chelsea where you can give it a try yourself. Brick New York (257 W 17th St., BrickNewYork.com) opened earlier this month. It’s a two-story, 13,000 square foot space dedicated to the CrossFit regimen and its mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics and weight lifting. Hour-long classes at the gym focus on workouts combining movements like rowing, weightlifting, jumping rope, sprinting and lifting weights that promise to get you into model shape in no time. If all that boot camp talk sounds intimidating, out

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Comment of the Week:

“You can’t blame an individual for what he is attracted to.” —Nick Therrien via Facebook on last week’s commentary on physical expectations in the bear community

BY SEBASTIAN SHARP

THE GREAT OUTDOORS stop limitiNg Your bedroom activitiY to the bedroom.

s the tall, dark-haired museum employee led me past the security guard and into the Discovery Times Square Exposition Center, I did my best to appear like I was a serious Egyptologist or visiting rare artifacts appraiser. Anything to make it seem more justified that I was walking into the building without paying. The show at the time was a traveling King Tut exhibition and I walked briskly through the front hall thinking things like, “Well, I hope all those organ jars are in one piece” and “Swear to god if that mummy’s unwrapped by the time I get in there.” I’d just met the guy I was following on Grindr. He worked in the control room at the midtown tourist trap and promised there was a side room where we could hook up without being bothered. I’m not generally someone who quickly agrees to an anonymous hook-ups, but I’d found the idea of getting intimate a few feet from The Living Image of Amun a little too enticing to turn down. We walked past a series of ancient corpses and Midwestern tourists until we reached a door in a fake wall that didn’t quite reach the roof. For the next twenty minutes, I prayed to the Sun God that none of the families a few feet away heard us over their self-guided audio tours. Even though the interaction itself left a little something to be desired (the pyramids went up faster) the overall thrill of the experience made it one of the best Sundays I think I’ve ever had in the dead of winter. As I stepped out of the control room and walked past the hieroglyphadorned walls back to the entrance, I had an extra spring in my serious archaeologist step. If I’d entered as Arthur Evans, I left as whoever played Rachel Weisz in a porn parody of The Mummy. With the decline of cruising and the rise of hook-up apps, it seems like more and more sexual interactions are taking

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

AUGUST 23, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did the WWE detain Lady Gaga at Heathrow for using a fake Grindr profile to collect dick pics? Read on...

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The International Olympic Committee plans to enforce its longstanding rule baring “political, religious or racial”protests at the 2014 sochi olYmPics.

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Transiting through London’s HeathrowAirportlastweekend, David Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald— whofirstbrokethestoryontheNSA’s mass surveillance programs—was detained for nine hours under Britain’s 2000Terrorism Act.

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As of September 3, the Pentagon will finally extend benefits to married samesex service members, even allowing themtimeofftogetmarriedinstates where gay marriage is legal if they live in a state where it’s not legal.

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profits to help gay Russian refugees seeking asylum from their country’s persecution.

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The collective Future Femme say they were able to gather more than 10 dick pics a day via fake gRiNDR and Scruff profiles for an upcoming Bushwick exhibition.

Chris Christie put the kibosh on gay conversion therapy for minors in New Jersey this week, signing into law a bill that bans the discredited practice for anyone under 18. WWEstarsincluding JohN ceNa, Triple H and Shawn Michael have all come out in support of fresh-out-the-closet pro wrestler DaRReN YoUNg.

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Lady Gaga thinks Perez Hiltonisstalkingher.Meanwhile,Gaga’s littlemonsters are apparently sending the gossip blogger death threats viaTwitter.

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New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote last week about the anxiety he feels holding his partner’s hand on the street after the recent wave of anti-gay violence.

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Did we all enjoy last Sun-

Newly launched gay porn companyBoysTownStudios will donate 100% of its

place in boring old apartments. The choice is always “host” or “travel,” but maybe more of us need to start choosing“other.” It may be increasingly difficult to find defenders of the semi-public hook-up these days, but that doesn’t mean we should let naysayers limit our sexual experiences. I mean, isn’t that basically what every Rihanna song is about? A year later, I was on a trip with a

Blood? Thought so!

non-profit to Peru when a fellow volunteer and I wandered off a trail at Machu Picchu. The ancient, forested Incan shrine was covered in fog that morning, but still full of people admiring the gorgeous ruins. To cut a long story short, we found an adequately abundant tree to stand behind and got down to business. I think I hit my head on a temple. I don’t remember how it was, but that’s the point: it doesn’t matter. N

Happy Birthday Madge:

Gay bars around New York threw the queen of pop a slew of parties for her 55th birthday last Friday. A look at her evolving look: Early 1980’s

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ASCENSION BEACH PARTY @ FIRE ISLAND PINES BEACH Natascha Bessez (center, with dancers) poses after making an apperance at the annual Ascension Beach Party in the Pines. Bessez performed her dance track“Clarity”at the event along with her new single,“Heal.” See p.56 for more photos.

Q THURSDAYS @ MARQUEE “American Girl”Bonnie McKee parties at the 27th Street hotspot after performing her new single for Susanne Bartsch and BrandonVoss’Thursday night bash.

BLACK PRIDE KICKOFF PARTY @ ESCUELITA Promoter NathanWilliams (left, with Miesa) celebrates the launch of last weekend’s NYC Black Pride 2013 festivities at the Midtown club. See p.57 for more photos. AUGUST 23, 2013 9

FIRE ISLAND PINES BEACH & ESCUELITA PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY; TERMINAL 5 & MARQUEE PHOTOS: SANTIAGO FELIPE

THE LATEX BALL @ TERMINAL 5 Members of the ball community work the runway at the annual fundraiser for GMHC, which was“Controversy”themed this year.

THE NIGHTLIFE

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY kEviN ThOmaS garCia WE’VE NEVER CONDUCTED an official study, but based

on our experience, the average gay nightlife career is pretty short. Whether that hot guy behind the bar was working for tips in between desk jobs, or the cute go-go boy who came and went before you even knew his name was just having fun in his spare time, there’s something to be said for the people who stick around in this scene. The gay New York nightlife personalities whose names you know—the DJs, drag queens, promoters, performers and bar owners who make nightlife in this

great city happen seven days a week—pour their hearts and souls into your good time. It can be a draining experience, but for those who enjoy it, working in gay nightlife can be absolutely magical. And the people who have spent the better part of their adult lives committed to this city’s gay scene deserve to be recognized. That’s why last year we inducted the inaugural class into our Nightlife Hall of Fame. This year, Industry, Barracuda and Elmo owner Bob Pontarelli, Splash owner Brian Landeche, drag legend Lady Bunny, master of Saturday night John Blair,

DJ Fred Pierce, and the Monster’s late owner Joe Scialo are joined by the second class of nightlife heavy hitters, each of whom has been active in the scene for at least 15 years, and, with their creative spirit, strong leadership and unwavering dedication to a damn good time, has left an indelible mark on gay life in New York. SelectingthesophomoreclassinTheNightlifeHall ofFamewasnoeasierthanthefirst:therearedozensof eligiblepeoplewhowelookforwardtoinductinginthe years to come. Until then, help us celebrate the people on the following pages. And party on! N

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Michael Musto BY LAWRENCE FERBER

the seasoNeD gossiP colUmNist has chRoNicleD NeW YoRK’s Nightlife sceNe, closeteD qUeeRs aND otheRWise, aND foUND a vibRaNt life-afteR-the VOICE.

siNce the eaRlY ’80s, Michael Musto has written about New York’s nightlife scene and its legends—queer and otherwise— for The Village Voice and other publications. Now, he finds himself on the other side of the equation, as we profile this 2013 inductee to Next Magazine’s Nightlife Hall of Fame. “I am honored, humbled, grateful, blessed, and deep down feel, ‘I freakin’ deserve it!’” he chimes. Musto has certainly put in his time: he’s braved endless snooty doormen and clueless PR interns, spent countless nights (and early mornings) at the sorts of cray-cray parties Stefan jokingly described on SNL, donned drag and completely doffed his wardrobe for outrageous photo spreads and posters, served as judge/panelist/pundit/cameo for TV shows, films, and events of every stripe and shared accounts of New York’s most iconic nightclubs, individuals and nightlife eras since before most of the boys going out today were in their diapers. In fact, Musto says that some of his career’s most important stories were those that chronicled the shifting nightlife scenes of the 1980s and ’90s. “In 1987, I wrote ‘The Death of Downtown,’ about how the lavishly faux-bohemian scene of ’80s nightlife imploded fromtoomuchhype,”heshares.“Alongcamethe‘clubkids’tobreathe new life intoclubbing[atvenues like LimelightandTunnel], but they also sucked the last breath out of it. In 1996, I was at the forefront of breaking the murder of drug dealer Angel Melendez by promoter Michael Alig…a story that rocked nightlife and made it very uncool tocarryalunchboxforalong,longtime.Sincethen,I’vebeenaround to report the ups and downs as nightlife battles oppression and community boards and still manages to keep standing and swinging.” Alig’s sordidtalewaschronicledinthe1998documentaryParty Monster—in which Musto appears—and the 2003 feature of the same name starring Musto, Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Natasha Lyonne, Marilyn Manson and Chloë Sevigny, among others. After attending Columbia University as an English Lit major, Musto decided to pursue a life in gossip. “We were studying The Odyssey and The Iliad and all the Greek classics,” he recalls, “but my mind was on Cher and still is.” His Village Voice column, “La Dolce Musto,” debuted in 1984. The 2007 book La Dolce Musto: Writings by The World’s Most OutrageousColumnist compiled many highlights from those years, including columns in which he outed a then-closeted Rosie O’Donnell and recounted the horror of AIDS’decimation of the gay community. Of other milestone stories he penned over his career, Musto numerates: “I wrote about the return of sex to clubland after the initial shock of AIDS. The ascendance of RuPaul as a drag star for the ages. The predominance of Susanne Bartsch as a party queen with a refreshing taste for a mixed crowd. Every night out is a different story, and I’ve been there in the trenches to report on every

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moment of it. The fact that I don’t drink or do drugs, and also do facial scrubs first thing in the morning, really helps my clarity.” Musto admits that his avoidance of alcohol is due to antiseizure medication he’s taken for over a decade: no hypocrite, he is as refreshingly open about his own life as anything he’s written about the lives of others. And years before Internet bloggers like Perez Hilton scrutinized and snarkily exposed closeted celebrities’ sexuality, Musto was doing it. His sporadic “blind item” columns, dishing dirt on celebrities with only hints to their identities, proved a favorite (although probably not for those he referenced). In mid-May of this year, Musto fell victim to the layoffs that have claimed the Voice’s best-known and religiously followed writers and staff members. There was an outpouring of surprise, shock and outrage by readers, and a bevy of celebrities expressed their support for Musto. Happily, a number of job offers also quickly followed. His current gigs include Out.com’s weekly “Musto! The Musical!” column, and Gawker’s “Next Question with Michael Musto.” “I’ve also been freelancing for The NewYorkPost, WMagazine, TheBlot.com, Scene, Manhattan Magazine, and lots more,”he adds. In retrospect, one could regard his being let go as a mitzvah, a kindness. Asked how he looks back on the situation, Musto acknowledges as much. “I was so devoted to that place for so long,” he says,“and was not about to leave on my own, but once they laid me off, I was amazed at how many doors opened. I spent three whole days thanking people who were messaging me their support, and in the process, the outpouring made me majorly newsworthy again. So my advice to everyone is to get fired! It’s amazing!” As for how nightlife has transitioned since its superclub days? Have doors opened when the likes of Tunnel, Roxy and others were literally shut by Hizzoner Giuliani? The past two mayors have both done their darndest to neuter club life, and sex is readily available via hookup apps and websites, so bars aren’t as necessary as they used to be. Yet Musto feels that every night of the week can be filled with fun parties thanks to the efforts of enterprising, niche-serving promoters. “Monday is for 40-something theater queens, Tuesday is for 20-something otters, Thursday is for ageless drag queens, and so on,”he shares.“Bartsch has four parties a week and apparently is starting a fifth one...Justin Luke and Alan Picus have their finger on the twink market, Brandon Voss and John Blair keep turning it out, Daniel Nardicio brings a welcome touch of sex appeal to the proceedings, and Frankie Sharp has injected scruffy hipsterism and a sort of European nonchalance to the fun at Westgay. With these people at the wheel, the nightlife will always be a gratifying place to go.” And, no doubt, to continue to write about. N

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“I’m not the analytical type. I don’t really sit and plan. I have an instinct and I follow my instinct. I get excited if something feels right.” —Susanne Bartsch 14 AUGUST 23, 2013

Susanne Bartsch BY JOHN RUSSELL

the fabUloUs qUeeN of avaNt gaRDe NeW YoRK Nightlife has beeN DRessiNg UP aND goiNg oUt siNce the eaRlY ‘80s—aND still believes Nightlife is gooD foR the soUl. sUsaNNe baRtsch is flittiNg about the club room at The Soho Grand, a mini whirlwind of gauzy black tulle. It’s 10pm and this is just the first of the two parties she hosts everyTuesday night. “Can I get you a drink?” she asks the evening’s performer, Bridget Everett. The buxom singer asks for a chardonnay, her signature tipple, but Bartsch produces a coupe brimming with champagne. Because, you know, what else would anyone drink, darling? “At the end of the day I’m just a cocktail waitress,”Bartsch says with a self-depreciating laugh as she pops olives into her mouth, waiting for more drinks for her other guests. “I love the tiger you’ve wrapped yourself in tonight!” she tells DJ Johnny Dynell who is in fact celebrating his birthday in a splashy leopard print suit. Compared to her other, more riotous parties—On Top at The Standard Hotel’s Le Bain, Q Thursdays née Catwalk at Marquee, Vandam at Greenhouse—her early evening soirée at The Soho Grand is an intimate affair. Boldfaced names of the nightlife oeuvre, like photographer Jeremy Kost, Jackie 60 doyenne Chi Chi Valenti and David Barton, from whom Bartsch has been separated since 2010, are scattered about the cozy, speakeasy-esque lounge, clustered in little groups chatting with each other. There are also cute young boys, party veterans and hotel guests—willowy models and their impeccably suited dates. It’s a mix of young and old, gay and straight, notable and obscure, and Bartsch moves effortlessly, ceaselessly through it, never stopping, in perpetual motion, dancing, chatting, introducing people. It’s a dance she’s done for decades now, one she was seemingly born to do. If Susanne Bartsch were a character on, say, Absolutely Fabulous, you’d never believe someone like her could actually exist in the real world doing what she does, raising a child and actually making a living. But there she is later the same week in the doorway of the Chelsea Hotel apartment where she’s lived since first coming to New York in 1981, at once larger than life and a slender slip of a thing in a black lace body stocking and satin corset. “Is it ok that the tits are showing?” she asks. Bartsch is not a woman who is scared of a little raunch. “Suzanne was the first person to recruit strippers and sex-workers and integrate them into a trendy club scene alongside people like Sister Dimension and Leigh Bowery,” recalls author and Barneys creative ambassador-at-large Simon Doonan. “She was an early advocate of porno-chic. So the parties always had this louche loopy feel—like a Russ Meyer movie.” “I’m not the analytical type,” Bartsch says. “I don’t really sit and plan. I have an instinct and I follow my instinct. I get excited if something feels right.” That instinct lead her to NewYork in the early ’80s, but her start was in fashion rather than nightlife. Her boutique on West Broadway specialized in avant garde designers like John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery. She got her first

taste of what it was like to create an event that brought people together in 1983, with her fashion happening New London in New York. It wasn’t long before Bartsch realized that her customers needed someplace to wear the cutting edge designs she was selling. So in 1986, she started a weekly party just downstairs from her own apartment in the Chelsea Hotel. Minus a decade-long hiatus to raise her son with Barton, Bartsch has been partying ever since. From the beginning, Bartsch’s fashion background has informed her parties. Outlandish and sometimes bizarre outfits have become a trademark of her events.“Like Halloween, her parties have always been a self-fulfilling good time,”says Dynell, who has worked with Bartsch since 1986.“People think that the party will be crazy with people dressed outrageously and because so many people expect that it actually happens.” “It’s an art,”she insists.“Doing looks, it’s an energy thing. It makes you feel good, people look at you. It inspires people, and then maybe they’ll do a look.” She’s not saying everyone has to go out in a look, though. Some people, she readily admits, wouldn’t be comfortable. But they can look. “I like that side of it also.” Her parties are not just for people who want to be the art, they’re also for people who want to see the art as well—which probably accounts for the wide variety of people she attracts. In a nightlife culture that is more and more divided along increasingly specific subcultural lines, Bartsch’s parties are a chaotic petri dish of sexualities and identities.“The whole labeling thing, it gets on my nerves!” Still, she’s aware that she has a special appeal for the gay nightlife community.“I really affiliate myself with that world,”she says.“I love the fun that they have. I think they have a lot more fun than heteros! The gays know how to have fun, and it inspires me!” It’s nearing midnight, and Bartsch is heading out to Greenhouse. I’ve watched her have her hair and make-up done, transforming into the queen of the night two generations of club kids have come to love. It’s a process everyone will get to see when she launches her latest party this week, the monthly metamorphosisthemed Shhh!!! at The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. It seems like the perfect setting for Bartsch. As Vandam doorman Makus Kelle says,“She’s created sort of an art form of nightlife. She’s so much about the experience, and it’s not limited to the music or the people. It’s really an immersive experience of art.” Suddenly it occurs to me to ask her what she thinks makes nightlife so important. “I think it’s important to get out of yourself. It’s important for people to unite. It’s important to feel the energy that you find in a club, at an event where people are together and the music’s playing—you can’t buy it. I think it’s really important for your soul. You go to dinner with a friend—that’s another great thing. But, it’s a little bit planned. But a party, you don’t quite know—it’s an adventure!” N

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Sherry Vine BY WILL PULOS

the DRag PoWeRhoUse has maDe millioNs laUgh With heR RisqUé PaRoDies—aND she’s aimiNg foR a millioN moRe.

it’s a cool sUmmeR Night and Sherry Vine is standing next to the bar in a skin-tight black dress. She doesn’t order a drink from the buff bartenders at Industry; she’s too busy laughing with the group of young men surrounding her. Minutes later, when the lights in the bar dim and Sherry meanders out onto the bare stage for her weekly show, an attractive man in grey brings her a single whisky cocktail on a silver tray. She thanks him; flips back some of the long blonde hair framing her face and begins performing a series of songs about double penetration, prostitution, blowjobs, rimming and Joe Manganiello. “They’re pretty cheap and crass,”Vine says of her parodies of popular songs and the accompanying boundarypushing music videos that have made her a name as a drag performer.“I used to do some that weren’t dirty, but people did not respond well. They want me to be dirty and funny.” Ever since her YouTube parody of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” went viral in 2008, New York’s shameless queen of the dirty lyric has been familiar to people across the country. There’s her declarative “These Lips” ode to oral sex, set to “Starships”by Nicki Minaj; her“Grindr Queen”disco track that throws shade at the dating app addicts among us to the tune of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”; last year she even filmed a 3D music video about the joys of well-endowed men to the melody of Katy Perry’s “Peacock” (to be fair, that one wasn’t much of a leap). “When I started posting parody videos to YouTube around 2008 there were only like two people performing drag doing videos—Jackie Beat and Mila Jam,”says Vine.“Jackie was getting booked all over and I was like,‘I need to get on that YouTube bandwagon!’” But for her many fans in New York, Vine is much more than an impressive online presence. Since moving to New York from Los Angeles in 1992, she’s been entertaining crowds at bars and events all over town with a signature mix of impressive live singing, witty original lyrics and a fearless propensity to “go there.” “We’ve worked together pretty much non-stop all these years,”says Bob Pontarelli, the owner of Barracuda and Industry who first started bookingVine to perform at his EastVillage dive Crowbar in the ’90s.“She’s the consummate professional. Hysterically funny, completely original, always evolving, with a total awareness of what nightlife is about…She’s totally ironic, a brilliant writer with perfecttiming and a theaterbackground. She stays so current it’s kind of jaw dropping.” In fact, that theater background is a result of what Vine had originally planned for her life. Growing up in a suburb of Baltimore as Keith Levy, the future drag star spent a childhood

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dreaming of becoming an actor and appearing in films. It wasn’t until attending graduate school at USC that Levy decided to put on a wig and develop the character Sherry Vine. Part of her inspiration to initially do drag,Vine says, was the edgy performance art scene in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood in the early ’90s and performers likeVaginal Davis. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s my thing,’”Vine recalls.“It was performance art and the drag wasn’t pretty. Very anti-West Hollywood.” Vine then moved to New York and became immersed in the thriving downtown drag scene. Soon, she was performing with Mistress Formika and Candis Cayne in Theater Couture shows, appearing regularly at the weekly party Jackie 60 and singing live at SqueezeBox. Her big break came when she got a chance to perform at Linda Simpson’s show Channel 69 at the Pyramid Club in the East Village. “I begged her to let me do a show,” says Vine. “I did something very theatrical with this other queen named Ebony Jett called Lower East Side Lesbian Jungle Fever. She was a black queen; I was a rock-and-roll white chick. We [would be] fighting each other and then fall in love. After that it was like, ‘Boom!’people wanted me to perform all the time.” In the early aughts, fed up by the aggressive antinightlife policies of the Giuliani era and presented with opportunities abroad, Vine moved to Berlin for five years and made a name for herself in the European drag scene honing her live singing skills. Returning to New York in 2005, she started up her weekly shows at Barracuda and Therapy, and soon partnered with director Francis Legge for her popular song parodies. The view count on the videos now hovers in the millions. Many of her fellow queens are quick to reference Vine’s searing wit and eye on the future as factors in her success over the years. “Sherry’s very original, and that Broadway voice!” says long-time friend and performance partner Joey Arias. “We have performed together all over the world and it’s been nothing but a joy,” says Raven O, whom Vine affectionately refers to as her drag mother.“When she started out I was very impressed with how focused and talented she was.” For her latest venture, Vine has branched out into the world of television with an old-fashioned comedy and variety show called She’s Living for This on HereTV. The show is a mixture of music, interviews and comedy skits, and production is currently underway for the third season. In addition, Vine and Legge are working on raising funds for a full-length spy caper film, and the drag diva’s trying her hand at writing and producing more original dance music. “My act has definitely evolved,”says Vine.“ I’m not scared to try new things or flop. You have to take that risk.” N

“She’s totally ironic, a brilliant writer with perfect timing and a theater background. She stays so current it’s kind of jaw dropping.” —Bob Pontarelli on Sherry Vine

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"It’s one of the few things that brings me pure joy, is to be able to be some sort of conduit to bringing people a good time." —Bill Coleman 18 AUGUST 23, 2013

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Bill Coleman

fRom JoURNalist to PRoDUceR to DJ, the seasoNeD mUsic sPecialist has beeN taKiNg NeW YoRK Nightlife bY stoRm siNce the late ’80s.

these DaYs, most PeoPle who know Bill Coleman are familiar with both his DJ sets and his music production company, Peace Bisquit. Founded in 1990, Peace Bisquit grew out of his desire to work with a then-unknown dance group called Deee-Lite. Then a little song called “Groove Is in the Heart” exploded and helped launch Coleman’s career in production. It also allowed him to work with a wide range of different performers, many of whom are well acquainted with a scene with which Coleman has been a part of since the mid-’80s: gay NewYork nightlife. But Coleman, who moved to the Lower East Side after graduating college in 1986 and now resides in Brooklyn, actually cut his musical teeth in a lowly entry level job at Billboard Magazine. “Believe it or not I was making $13,000 a year—which was not a lot, but I didn’t know any better to ask for more, I was just so excited. I was like, ‘Oh my god I’m going to be working at Billboard!’—and I worked in the chart department initially,” Coleman recalls fondly. “The title I had—I think I still have one of these business cards—was the territorial rights project coordinator, which effectively meant that whenever a song went on a chart, I would have to track down all the writing and publishing information and enter it into a database.” The unglamorous days of filing and number crunching paid off, though. Within six months of starting at Billboard, Nancy Erlich, who at that time was the singles review editor, saw a special spark in the young music aficionado and gave him an opportunity to review some of the singles that crossed her desk. Shortly thereafter, Coleman also took on the dance music editor duties.“It was kind of shocking, but also I’d been channeling this my whole life,” he says. “So a part of me thought, ‘Yeah!’ It was totally destiny for me to work there.” Intelligence oozes from Coleman effortlessly and music— and DJing, which he began exploring in high school—has always been the medium through which he most naturally expresses it. He says that it was his love of music that allowed him to so easily transition from writing about it to producing it. “We met Bill in the East Village in the ’80s,”recalls World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato, one half of the team behind RuPaul’s Drag Race.“At the time he was writing about music at Billboard and just like he does now, had his finger on the pulse of all things musical and groovy!” From DJing parties all over New York to creating the soundtrack for films like Party Girl, music has always been the glue between the many projects Coleman has taken on.“Even with all the various things I’ve done throughout my career it always has been with a very DJ sensibility or mentality,”he notes.“[He’s] my favorite collaborator,” gushes Party Girl director Daisy von Scherler Mayer. “His ideas always surprise me. He isn’t afraid to be bold.” Andit’s thatboldspiritthathelpedhimgetbehindtheDJbooth

at some of gay NewYork’s most legendary night spots. FromTheTunnel to Limelight to Sound Factory to more contemporary places like Cielo,TheCockandRockbar,ColemanhasDJ-edallovergayNewYork. “It never gets old,”he declares emphatically.“It’s one of the few things that brings me pure joy, is to be able to be some sort of conduit to bringing people a good time, energy, joy,” he continues. “It makes me feel great when someone comes up to me and says, ‘Oh my god, I had a great night tonight!’ Or a go-go dancer says,‘Your beats were awesome,’or random folks come up.” He’s able to recognize the unique nature of his experience. “I appreciate being able to, one, be able to be here still doing this and, two—I don’t want this to come across as being too broad—but it’s kind of like being a music shaman, having had access to so much music and so much artistry,” Coleman says. “That is rare.” If he’s got a bone to pick with boys these days, it’s that they tend to dismiss people who aren’t young and beautiful. “You know, someone could say,‘Oh Bill, he’s so old. He’s over the hill.’But then meanwhile, they’re dancing to a Cazwell song that I co-produced and they don’t even know it.”It’s that attitude that’s helped further the long trajectory of his career. “There’s always a different way into the arena. I don’t necessarily have to be in front— these are ideas that may stem from me that other people on our roster are taking out into the world.” Askhimhisfavoriteplacetospinand,evertheprofessional,he’s likely to give a diplomatically vague answer. But there is one party that he recalls specifically, Phab, that he says hasn’t gotten the credit it deserves. “Phab was the first gay hip-hop party,” he remembers. “Rob Fernandez…he used to do a lot of stuff at Sound Factory,”Coleman recalls. “He was really the one to do the first hip-hop party for gays.Whenfolksarekindofrewritinghistorytheytendtoforgetthat.” As rose-colored ’90s nostalgia continues to rage, Coleman brings an especially unique perspective on those oft-pined-for years of New York nightlife. “I’m definitely not one of these people that waxes poetic about the past. Or is like, “remember back when we were [young],” he affirms. “That’s totally not my vibe. I’m like, today’s the day. Let’s make it happen today.”And as much fun as early-90s New York nightlife was, it was also a really scare time. “People were dying. Friends died. No joke.” As today’s scene shifts, Coleman has an equally evenhanded viewpoint. Dance floors, he says, have been a place of solace since the days of the flapper. What we’re doing today may look and feel different than that era, but at our core we’re just people looking to be our truest selves in a place that’s a whole lot of fun. “This isn’t necessarily a new concept. We’re not reinventing the wheel here, people,” he says, the smile on his face evident in his voice. “People have generally found…clubs as a place to let their hair down, be who they want to be, love who they want to love.” N

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Michael McGrail BY ALEX ERIKSON

chelsea maY be iN a PeRioD of tRaNsitioN, bUt foR the oWNeR of g loUNge, thiNgs have NeveR looKeD betteR.

these DaYs, the chelsea boY phenomenon that swept gay New York in the ’90s may be all but over. As the bars and clubs that helped define the gay scene of that time decamp for Hell’s Kitchen or close, and the gays that populated the neighborhood are priced out by rising rents and the gentrification that, in an ironic twist, they helped begin, many are lamenting the loss of a thriving gayborhood. But while gay nightlife fixtures like Splash and Rawhide may be nothing but memories, bars like Michael McGrail’s G Lounge are keeping the neighborhood’s gay roots alive. Opened in 1997 during the height of the Chelsea Boy craze, G Lounge was an immediate hit.There were lines around the block for the first months after the bar’s opening. McGrail, who opened G Lounge with several business partners and has owned restaurants in the city, as well as Here Lounge inWest Hollywood, notes that the bar’s design—withlargewindows inthefront andaclean, openlayout on the inside—was a departure from the dark, dingy gay bars of years past.“There are a couple of things that I think helped in creatingGLounge,”McGrailsays.“IthelpedmehavinganIrishfather,who loves people, and loves the‘occasional’drink,”he chuckles. Another thing that helped shape the feel he wanted to achieve with G, he says, was his first experience at a gay bar in his hometown, Yonkers, just north of the city. “When I turned legal age, there was only one gay bar…that I knew of,”he recalls. “I got up the courage to go in there one night, and then I turned around and ran right out. It was dark, and it smelled like stale beer, cigarettes and god knows what else.” G Lounge, he resolved, would be different. “I wanted a bar where I could feel proud and comfortable. And I think we succeeded in [creating] that.” McGrailwasalsoexcitedtoopenagaybarownedbygays.“We, as gay men, wanted to create something new, a cocktail lounge that was clean and open and comfortable,” he says. “And we felt that Chelsea was the right neighborhood because of the gay presence.” As gays flee for more affordable neighborhoods, though, McGrail says that his bar has managed to remain a fixture in the neighborhood for several reasons. “Having a good product,” he says is essential. “We still serve our cocktails in real glassware.” A personable, friendly staff is as important as ever. “Our staff loves what they do—we have very little turnover.”And of course,“Great music from DJs that feel the love from the people.” Like any place that’s been open a long time, occasionally difficult decisions need to be made. In 2011, McGrail and his partners decided that they needed to start charging a cover—and some of their regulars weren’t happy about it. “We did charge a cover very briefly,”he recalls,“but that came with your first drink.” Why the need for a cover, when G had always been a laid-back cocktail lounge and not a large dance club? “We found that there were a lot of people who would just come and hang out but

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“We, as gay men, wanted to create something new, a cocktail lounge that was clean, and open and comfortable.” —Michael McGrail wouldn’t drink. After all, this is a bar, so charging a cover was an experiment that we thought might help remedy that.” Mostrecently,GLoungepartedwayswiththeirlongtimemanagers and promoters Mark Lander and Franco Diluzio, two guys whom McGrail says are like family, and whom he was sad to see go. In the mean time, G has seen a couple new parties start up—Go Tuesdays, with Nathan Hale Williams, and Gruff on Wednesday nights. After Labor Day, the traditional start to the fall party season, expect the party roster to continue to fill out.“Change is good,”says McGrail.“And in this case, well, I’ll let you see for yourself!”Also, in a continued effort to highlight the diverse talents of our community, McGrail hints at a large-scale art project to keep your eye out for that is set to debut around the end of August or early September. While many guys who partied in the pre-smartphone days of the mid‘90s lament the current online hookup culture and the perceived ways that it has changed nightlife in New York, McGrail actually sees things as turning the corner. “For quick hook-ups they’ve had an effect,”he declares,“but I think that’s tapering off. And that’s because, while hook-up sites can satisfy an immediate need for sex, connecting with someone is mostly about chemistry—and that’s something you just can’t tell online.” Though the era of the 24/7 gay mega club may be waning—in Chelsea at least—McGrail is optimistic about the future.“I don’t think the Internet will ever replace gay bars for social interaction,” he says. “The economy is up. It’s down. But Nightlife is built on the energy of the people’s thirst for excitement.” N

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Peter Rauhofer BY ALEX ERIKSON

the late, gReat DJ, PRoDUceR aND RemiXeR is goNe too sooN—bUt NeveR foRgotteN. “it Was KiND of a shocK,” Peter Rauhofer’s close friend and booking manager Angelo Russo, says of the discovery of Rauhofer’s massive brain tumor in March of this year. “He actually had not called me for a couple of days and he was not returning my calls,” shares Russo, who’d known the world-famous circuit DJ, producer and remixer since he began an internship at Rauhofer’s production company Star 69 in 2001. “This was in the first week of March. And for he and I not to speak for more than a day was unheard of. Unless we were fighting, which, you know, we had plenty of fights, but if we were on pretty normal terms we would speak four or five times a day.” After two days, Russo decided something was wrong and took action. “I said, ‘I think we have to get 911 to break the door down,’ because no one else had heard from him either.”When they got inside Rauhofer’s apartment they found him on the floor.“He was conscious, but not really. And that was the beginning of the end.” That’s when they found the brain tumor that, two short months later, took his life. “It was really too late. It really was.” There may have been symptoms, he says, but Rauhofer’s workaholic nature likely led him to ignore warning signs.“I’ve been struggling and trying to remember whether or not he complained tomeaboutheadaches.He’d complainaboutcertainthings,butthen as soon as he was feeling better, he was on the next plane, he was in the studio over night and it was work, work, work. If he wasn’t feeling well he’d just sleep it off and then it was right back to work.”

“I remember getting the demo for ‘Appreciate Me’ [by Amuka],” Russo recalls. “He played it one night at the Roxy. The track itself wasn’t very good, but the hook was really amazing. Me and Anthony Martinez, who also worked with us at the time, ran up to him and were like, ‘You gotta do this! You have to do a mix and release this.’”Rauhofer wasn’t sure if he wanted to work with the track, though. He tended toward selectivity when remixing.“We convinced him, so he flew out to Vienna and he was in Vienna less than a 24 hours and he called the office and I told him what was going on and he played me the mix of “Appreciate Me” that you hear now, which he did in like four hours, and I was like, ‘Wow, Peter! It’s amazing!’” Those were the things, Russo says, that made Rauhofer so unique. “When he did his mix of ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera. Just great memories.” For Rauhofer, fame and fortune were irrelevant. “Everything he believed in was about quality, quality artists,”Nasseri remembers fondly. “We did these Work! parties every other month almost always at a loss,” Nasseri, who worked closely with Rauhofer on the parties, confesses.“A lot of DJs fall off, but he always stayed relevant. The guy cared about quality on every level.” It’s a sentiment that Russo agrees with. “I think what set him apart was that he was less concerned with becoming a celebrity and more concerned with music. For him it was always about music.” When he fell ill, Rauhofer had been working on pulling to-

“A lot of DJs fall off, but he always stayed relevant. The guy cared about quality on every level." —Nima Nasseri on Peter Rauhofer On May 7, Rauhofer lost his short battle with the debilitating cancer, just eight days after his 48th birthday. “It’s unfortunate,” Nima Nasseri, also a close friend of Rauhofer’s says, “but, honestly, he was happy and he was doing his thing and he lived his life. He had achieved everything he wanted to achieve. He said himself that he’d done everything he’d wanted to do.” Rauhofer’s achievements were extensive. Born inVienna, Austria, he spun weekly at the Roxy during its heyday, and was known for his aptly-named“Work!”circuit parties as well as for spinning at other popular circuit parties. He was also a premiere remixer and producer, with hit remixes of tracks like Madonna’s “Nothing Really Matters”and“American Life,”Janet Jackson’s “Throb”and“Just a LittleWhile,”and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—just to name a few.

gether his annual New York Pride party.“The last thing I spoke to him about was that he wanted to make this Pride [party amazing],” Nasseri says. “That’s where all of his energy was. It’s really unfortunate because he was really planning this party and he’d gotten everything together.” Despite Rauhofer’s enormous absence, the Pride party, which morphed into a kind of memorial service for the beloved DJ, was one for the ages. “It was a great party,” Russo reminisces. “A couple people teared up when they were speaking to me so it was really—I left at about six. I couldn’t take it anymore. It was too emotional for me.” It was a testament to his love of New York, his adopted home. “He was a true New Yorker at heart,” Russo asserts. “There was nowhere else in the world where he wanted to live.” N

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the us open kicks off august 26 bringing andy murray and Novak djokovic’s burgeoning rivalry to New York. then on august 30, a different kind of love takes over as the electric Zoo Festival heats up with sets by some of electronic music’s biggest names.

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ident DJ Johnny Dynell. And the Hell’s Kitchen boys can’t get enough of the second floor’s “Suite” drag revue. Reserve a VIP table and you’ll have your very own gorgeous bottle boy at your beck and call. 11pm; free.

WESTGAY Pavilion Nightclub, Pavilion Nightclub, 37 Fire Island Blvd (@ Harbor Pk), pavilionfireisland.com. Frankie Sharp finally brings his signature party to the Pines. Along with Westgay regulars like Xander Gaines, William Francis, The Meatballs and Juliana Huxtable, he’s bringing out resident DJs Nita Aviance and Jonjon Battles as well as special guest Michael Magnan. Plus, House of Ladosha performs. 11pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission.

PIGGY BEAR The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. The Eagle’s monthly bear bash enters the swimsuit portion of summer with furry guys showing off their tan lines and pelts. Robert Valin hosts as DJ Damian Cote spins. Bud and Bud Light pitchers are $15 and you can check your clothes down to your trunks. 10pm; free.

PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. The Copacabana belongs to the boys on Friday nights. The dance floor at Alan Picus and Justin Luke’s scorching party is always packed thanks to res-

PHOENIX FRIDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First/Second Aves), phoenixbarnyc.com. Hell’s Kitchen does the East Village at Michael Cohen’s exponentially popular Friday night fete. the dance floor will definitely be packed with gay

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trendsetters, nightlife notables and fashion insiders. 10pm; free. SEX TAPE The Cherry Grove Community House, 180 Bayview Wk (@ Holly Wk), Cherry Grove, artsprojectcherrygrove.org. Sabel Scities, Levonia Jenkins and Joe Thompson join Greg Scarnici in this wickedly funny show. 10pm; $25 for APCG members/$30 general admission. SUMMER SHARE HK Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. What does Daddy want for his birthday? How about $5 Planter’s Punch, $2 jello shots and all the cute boys in Hell’s Kitchen? That’s what Franco DiLuzio is getting. Co-hosts Mark Lander and Bootsie LeFaris are gonna make this the best birthday ever! 10pm; free.

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unior Vasquez seems worried about the rumors that his upcoming birthday event at Pink Elephant on August 24 will be his final DJ gig. “People think I’m retiring, quitting, sick, this, that and the other,” he says. “No. It’s not that at all. I’m trying to just stay out of the rumor mill and the guessing games.” He’s been trying to lay low lately, he says, “Just for my own personal reasons.”Afteranalmostweeklyrunatpopular party The Underground at Lot 19 in January and February, this year the 64year-oldDJhasbeenlargelyabsentfrom the nightlife scene he helped to shape for three decades. He reemerged from hisself-imposedseclusionforaNewYork Pride party at Amnesia with Johnny Vicious and Hex Hector back in June, and now he’s back for one of his legendary birthday parties. So what has Vasquez been doing lately, if not spinning his legendary sets?“I’ve been mending,”he says. He’s spent the better part of this year mourning the loss of his boyfriend of eight years. The man Vasquez calls the love of his life took his own life on New Year’s Day. “I’ve been trying to get through the grief.” The loss brought on a period of intense contemplation. Vasquez says he’s been thinking about what his next step should be in the music industry. He’d like to make another album. He’s also trying to figure out how he can give to a new generation of DJs who have been inspired by his work. “I’m stepping back to see what I can contribute in the future.” But it was the loss of another internationally renowned DJ that seems to have spurred Vasquez out of his selfimposed hibernation. He describes his relationship with the late Peter Rauhofer as similar to Bette Davis and

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Joan Crawford’s infamous rivalry. Yet he was not unaffected by Rauhofer’s sudden death from brain cancer this spring.“After Peter passed away, I said, ‘You know what? It seems like it’s the only way that us DJs end up. And I don’t want it to come to that.” The party on August 24, it seems, is his way of showing the world—or at least New York nightlife—that Junior Vasquez is still alive and kicking.“I have to do this birthday,”he explains.“I wasn’t going to, but I’m trying to bring it back to—not so much a holiday. It was always a big to-do, my birthdays. But I’m trying to make it more intimate. All those birthdays all those years—I’m the one giving the gift.” Hearing him talk, it becomes clear that all the time and energy he has devoted to the dance floor have taken a toll. “I’m giving everything. I think very few people know exactly what comes from me, because that’s how I speak: through music.” Yet at the same time he feels genuinely guilty that he can’t be out there spinning every Saturday night anymore. “My fans want me to be the tweaked-out DJ up in the booth turning them.”But, he says, you can’t fight Mother Nature and the ravages of Father Time.“It happens in life. I get certain aches and pains and I have to take care of myself. It’s not that I don’t want to do it.” Vasquez credits Michael Theriault of Twitch Productions for motivating him to do this weekend’s birthday party. “I probably would not have had this one,” he admits.“It’s an odd year, 64.”

“It has been a bit of a dream come true to work with Junior,” Theriault confesses.“I grew up to his music. That man did things with music that were amazing to say the very least. And for those of us on that dance floor he was a god.” The DJ lineup at Pink Elephant alsoincludesTomStephanandVasquez’s protégé, Serving Ovahness. “Junior was the first DJ I ever experienced in New YorkCity,”Ovahnesssays.“Hisdancefloor was where I discovered that I wanted to create and deliver music.” “Some of the best times of my life were on the dance floor with Junior [spinning],”Theriault reflects.“And if you never experienced it, then I will say you really missed out on something truly magical.” According to Vasquez, you may not have missed outcompletely.“Ihavetoo much passion. I speak in music; everyone knows that.” —John Russell

Junior Vasquez DJing at The Underground at Lot 19

Junior: The Birthday Event at Pink Elephant, 40 W Eighth St (btwn Washington Square W/Sixth Ave), August 24 at 10pm; cover varies. Visit twitch-productions.com for more info.

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WEEK SIX DEGREES OF JUNIOR WHEN YOU’VE REMIXED AS MANY SUPERSTARS AS JUNIOR VASQUEZ, EVERYONE’S CONNECTED. DOLLY PARTON “Peace Train” wrote “I Will Always Love You” with... WHITNEY HOUSTON “Million Dollar Bill”

on VH1 Divas Live ‘99 with...

CHER “One by One” in Burlesque with... CHRISTINA AGUILERA “Ain’t No Other Man” onstage at MTV VMAs with... BRITNEY SPEARS “If U Seek Amy” who kissed... MADONNA “Human Nature” who recorded “4 Minutes” with... JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE “Rock Your Body”

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lock up Your soNs! out comediaN aNd author JordaN pease is doiNg staNdup iN New York.

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InmymindI’mlike,absolutelynot!Butthen I’mlike,whynot?BecauseI’minTexas.What else am I gonna do? Hos in different area codes. I’m a rock star. No, I honestly haven’t gotten laid since Bush was president. [Ed. Note: Pease would have been about 16 when Bush was in the White House!] I’m dating my career hardcore right now.” WHY YOU CAN’T HAVE A ONE-NIGHT-STAND IN L.A.? “You’re like, shit, I have to bring my car, my toothbrush, a bag. In NewYork you just kind of get up in Flatbush, like, shit, I just made a giant mistake.You get on a subway, grab a bagel, you get home and put it all in your subconscious before anyone even knows.”

everywhere. There’s WeHo Confidential, which is like the gay gossip column. Then there’s The Dirty, which I’ve been on a million times.They literally just stalk random people. I got really drunk in San Francisco once and since then I’m on The Dirty all the time. There was a brawl at Q Bar— which is this really fun dance bar in San Francisco—and four days later my friend emailed me this link that was like,‘Jordan Pease, author and comedian and his family went out and got in trouble!’ It was hysterical.” GAYBY’S FIRST GAY BIBLE “When I was growing up gay, I would see Next Magazine and I’d be like, can I look at it without my mom knowing I’m gay? And then I just stopped caring and brought it to high school with me. It was like my lit-

tle gay bible. By the time I was 17, I’d already trolled every gay bar you can possibly think of.” MAKING BREEDERS LAUGH “I perform mostly for heterosexual or mixed audiences. Out of the three years that I’ve been doing stand-up, I wanna say that I’ve done, like, maybe four or five allgay shows. I know friends in L.A. who only do gay audiences and I just saw how fast their careers were stunted because they don’t have material for other audiences. As a gay man, naturally, I can appeal to a gay audience. I have jokes about being gay that only gay men will understand. So when I do gay shows, I use that material. But there’s not nearly as many all-gay shows as there are random heterosexual or urban shows. It raises your appeal.”

A BOY IN EVERY PORT… DIRTY BOY BUT NOT REALLY “Mostofmydatesare,like,notdates.They’re “In L.A. it’s like there’s fake paparazzi like,oh,I’llmeet somebody after Jordan Pease performs at Stand Up NYC, 236 W 78th St (btwn Broadway/Amsterdam Ave), August 24 at 5pm; $10. Visit thejordanpease.com for more info. acomedyshow.

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t 22, Jordan Pease has already written an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir, Accidentally Okay, inspired by a soul-searching trip to Northern Italy he took when he was just 21. These days, rather than dancing, doing shrooms and finding himself in the Italian countryside, he’s touring the U.S. as a stand-up comic and is in New York for a string of shows. We caught the out L.A. transplant—he’s originally from New Jersey—between meetings with VH1 reps and dates with his new crush to chat about the perils of being a gay-abouttown in a homo metropolis, and his long history with Next Magazine. —JR

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH CAROL CHANNING AND JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. Neo-cabaret chanteuse Justin Vivian Bond performs live before welcoming the legendary Carol Channing to the stage for an intimate conversation. It’s like Inside the Actor’s Studio meets The Muppet Show—all courtesy of Daniel Nardicio’s Icon Series. 8pm; $70 general admission/$80 VIP.

DESTINATION XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Tony Moran (right) brings you the New York premiere of his immersive nightclub experience, Destination. Brazil’s DJ Gustavo Scorpio joins Moran on the decks while Kristine W and Vernessa Mitchell perform live. Plus, special installation art and décor by Michael Longo and Flava. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 before 1am/$15 general admission. VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), stage48.com. Ric Sena, John Blair, Beto Sutter and the BoiParty crew sure know how to live! Weekly guest DJs bring the beats to the boys on the dance floor at Viva! Saturdays. 11pm; $15–$20.

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SEA TEA Pier 78, 455 12th Ave (@ 34th St), seatea.com. Be sure to bring your balls to this week’s Sea Tea, because host Jeff Kagan’s sports-themed cruise is sure to attract some sexy athletes. Plus, legendary Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano provides beats that will take you back to the disco era. 6pm–10pm; $25 in advance/$30 general admission. FIRE ISLAND OPERA FESTIVAL High Tea Deck & Pavilion Nightclub, 37 Fire Island Blvd (@ Harbor Pk), fireislandopera.org. It’s your last chance to catch the two enchanting shows at this year’s Fire Island Opera Festival. At noon, catch Cardiff Singer of the World-winner Jamie Barton in the 18-minute Julia Child recipe Bon Appetit up on the High Tea Deck. Then at 2pm, the festival’s main event, L’arbre Enchenté takes over the Pavilion. Noon and 2pm; $45–$75. SKY HIGH Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (btwn 11th Ave/West Sd Hwy),

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BEEFCAKE NYC Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Where’s the beef, you ask? Why, at Rockbar, duh! Join Chris Reed to celebrate the first anniversary of this beefy party. The big boys dance it up to DJ Kurt Jo’s big beats as hunky go-gos get their grind on. 9pm; $5.

hudsonterracenyc.com. After taking Ascension Weekend off, Sky High is back with DJ Jason Drazen. Hosts Antonio Cedeno, Sasha Seven, Franco DiLuzio, Mark Linder, Erica Gabriel and Josephine Halle B celebrate their triumphant return with special performances and an open bar until 9pm. 8pm; free. JAMES ROBERTS CAN’T AFFORD 54 BELOW The Duplex, 61 Christopher St (@ Seventh Ave), theduplex.com. They may not want him uptown, but the crowd in the Village can’t wait for James Roberts’ one-man cabaret show. Offering candid coming-of-age tales along with songs by The Beatles, Amy Winehouse and Alanis Morissette, Roberts’ solo debut is just too hot for 54 Below. 9:30pm; $5 in advance/$10 general admission (plus 2 drink minimum). HOUSE OF LOVE Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Love is in the air as Mimi Imfurst spins up a frothy ’90s-inspired concoction for tea. Early birds get

totally awesome drink specials til 9pm as Mimi pumps out the old-school hits of her youth. 7pm– midnight; free. KILL THE KEG Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Sugarland opens early on summer Sundays for the return of its back patio. The keg is tapped out back and $10 gets you unlimited Bud Light refills til it runs dry. Plus, this week Elizabeth James and Ruby Roo host a special MTV VMA viewing party starting at 9pm. 6pm–10pm; free. THE SECOND ANNUAL BUFFY MUSICAL SING ALONG Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vladabar.com. Sing along with the Gay Geeks of New York as they celebrate their second anniversary. Miz Jade hosts live performances of the songs from Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s famous musical episode. Plus: Buffy trivia! All proceeds go directly to The Trevor Project. 5pm–9pm; $10.

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SUNDAY AUGUST 25

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“QUOTED”

—Our Lady J plays Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), August 25 at 9:30pm; $20 (plus $12 drink minimum). Visit ourladyj.com for more info.

PHOTO: AUSTIN YOUNG

“Religion held my attention when I was a kid in church, but it lost me as a young adult with its misogyny and homophobia,” says OUr LadY J. “I never lost my love for gospel music, so I decided to write my own kind of gospel music sans the religious dogma.” The trans singer-songwriter has just unleashed more of that music onto the world with the release last Tuesday of her debut full-length album, Picture of a Man. To celebrate, she’ll play a special album release show here in New York at Joe’s Pub on August 25. Lady J considers her brand of “post-religious gospel” spiritual, if not in the traditional sense. “I’ve always been interested in the supernatural,” she says. “Spiritual music simply acknowledges the unknown, and I think that’s important for any community’s creative and artistic merit.” And while many queer and trans people might be distrustful of gospel music, given its association with antigay religious doctrine, Our Lady J just shrugs that one off. “I’m distrustful of lots of things, but I try not to let that keep me from connecting.” If there’s one thing gay men in particular worship with exceptional zeal, it’s beauty, which Our Lady J describes as “an unacknowledged modern deity.” But you have to wonder whether that preoccupation with beauty isn’t a bit dangerous. “I don’t really want to say what we should or should not worship,” she counters. “I’m saying we do worship beauty, therefore it lives as a modern deity. God doesn’t exist unless you believe in it, yes? Regarding exclusionary beauty—that’s not really beauty, is it? Beauty is a quality that gives us pleasure, and reaching for unrealistic standards isn’t pleasurable for anyone.”

MONDAY AUGUST 26 DRAFT MONDAYS Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Get your gym hardened little butt over to the original Boxers on Monday evenings for $6 draft beer specials. The game will be on the TVs and the bar will be packed with laid back sporty boys. Cheers, guys! 9pm; free. MUGSHOT MONDAYS The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. The Eagle kicks off your week with a hell of a drink special to cool you down in the dog days of summer. Do some time at Mugshot Mondays

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where $6 gets you a well shot and a mug of domestic draft beer to chase it with. 10pm; free. SCOTT NEVINS LIVE Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), metropolitanroom.com. Scott Nevins returns to New York for one-night-only and he’s bringing tons of juicy Hollywood dish with him. Don’t miss his homo comedy romp. 9pm; $20 (plus 2 drink minimum). HOT FRUIT Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Brooklyn mover-and-

shaker David John Sokolowski presents another epic night of drag and performance art. DJ Econ spins existential house, with midnight performances by Xena Stanislavovna Semjonova, Dani Lamorte and Steaphon Valentine. 10pm; free. F#&K IT MONDAYS No Parking, 4168 Broadway (btwn 176th/177th St), 212-923-8700. Don’t stress about the work week. Say “f#&k it” and head uptown for some deep, dark jungle courtesy of DJ Nesto. Drinks are 2-for-1 til midnight, but host Kedwin makes sure the go-gos keep going all night long! 9pm; free.

SUmmEr 2013 FErrY SChEdULE:

ThE piNES

June 28 - September 8

^ BOATS WILL STOP AT THE PINES AND CHERRY GROVE MONDAYS (EXCEPT SEPTEMBER 2, SEE BELOw) leaves saYville: 5:45AM*, 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 7:30PM, 8:30PM leaves the PiNes: 6:10AM*, 7:25AM, 8:45AM^, 10AM Every 2hrs till: 8PM, 9PM * WILL NOT RUN SEPT 2/WILL RUN SEPT 3 TUESDAYS, wEDNESDAYS & ThURSDAYS (EXCEPT JULY 3 & 4) leaves saYville: 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 7:30PM Thursdays only: 8:30PM, 10:15PM^ leaves the PiNes: 7:25AM, 8:45AM^, 10AM Every 2hrs till: 8PM Thursdays only: 9PM, 10:40PM^ FRIDAYS (EXCEPT JULY 5) & JULY 3 leaves saYville: 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 3:30PM Every 1hr till: 6:30PM, 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, 8:30PM, 9:30PM, 10:30PM, MIDNIGHT leaves the PiNes: 7:25AM, 8:45AM^,10AM Every 2hrs till: 4:00PM Every 1hr till: 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, 8:30PM, 9PM, 10PM, 11PM, 12:30AM SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, JULY 4, JULY 5 & SEPTEMBER 2 leaves saYville: 8AM, 9:20AM Every 1hr till: 1:20PM, 2:15PM Every 1hr till: 9:15PM 10:30PM leaves the PiNes: 8:30AM, 9:45AM Every 1hr till: 9:45PM, 11PM

SUmmEr 2013 FErrY SChEdULE:

ChErrY grOvE June 28 - September 8

^ BOATS WILL STOP AT THE PINES AND CHERRY GROVE MONDAYS (EXCEPT SEPTEMBER 2, SEE BELOw) leave saYville: 5:45AM*, 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 7:30PM, 8:30PM leave gRove: 6:10AM*, 7:25AM, 8:25AM^, 10AM Every 2hrs till: 8PM, 9PM * WILL NOT RUN SEPT 2/WILL RUN SEPT 3 TUESDAYS, wEDNESDAYS & ThURSDAYS (EXCEPT JULY 3 & 4) leave saYville: 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 7:30PM Thursdays only: 8:30PM, 10:15PM^ leave gRove: 7:25AM, 8:25AM^, 10AM Every 2hrs till: 8PM Thursdays only: 9PM, 11PM^ FRIDAYS & JULY 3 leave saYville: 7AM, 8AM^, 9:30AM Every 2hrs till: 3:30PM Every 1hr till: 10:30PM, 12:15AM leave gRove: 7:25AM, 8:25AM^,10AM Every 2hrs till: 4PM Every 1hr till: 11PM, 12:40AM SATURDAYS, JULY 4 & SEPTEMBER 1 leave saYville: 8AM, 9:20AM Every 1hr till: 1:20PM, 2:15PM Every 1hr till: 9:15PM, 11PM, 12:30AM, 1:30AM leave gRove:8:30AM, 9:45AMEvery 1hr till:9:45pm, 11:30PM, 1AM, 2AM SUNDAYS & SEPTEMBER 2 leave saYville: 8AM, 9:20AM Every 1hr till: 1:20PM, 2:15PM Every 1hr till: 9:15PM 11PM leave gRove:8:30AM, 9:45AMEvery 1hr till:9:45PM, 11:30PM

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TUESDAY AUGUST 27

GAY COLLEGE TUESDAYS XL 18+ Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Dougie Meyer and Steve Sidewalk have taken their popular college night uptown. Barely legal campus cuties party hard to pop hits at this 18-and-up party. For those of us old enough to indulge, drinks are half price til midnight. And don’t miss Dougie’s hot body contest! 10pm; cover varies.

WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn St/West Side Hwy), Washington westwaynyc.com. Porn stud go-go boys work the runway as nightlife’s glitterati hit it hard at Frankie Sharp’s Tuesday night party. DJs Jonjon Battles and Nita Aviance throw down the beats for party pros. Be sure to turn a look, because fierce doesn’t even begin to describe this crowd. 10pm; $10.

SUPPER CLUB Pounds & Ounces, 160 Eighth Ave (@ 18th St), poundsandouncesnyc.com. This gorgeous Chelsea restaurant comes alive on Tuesday nights. Joey Israel presents old-school supper club entertainment with the divine Miss Sherry Vine singing live jazz and standards along with special weekly guest stars. Call 646-4498150 for dinner reservations. 9pm; free. OPEN MIC TUESDAYS The Townhouse, 236 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), townhouseny.com. Super showman Michael Ferreri provides accompaniment on the piano at The Townhouse’s weekly open mic competition. The winner takes home $100, and with your fate in the hands of the audience, be sure to bring a whole bunch of cheering friends. 10pm– 11:30pm; free.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28 NEW

SHHH!!! (A METAMORPHOSIS) The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch has transformed nightlife (see p.TKTK), but at the launch of her new monthly party, she will be transformed! With a cast of nightlife changelings and chimeras like Brandon Olson, Gage of the Boone, One Half Nelson, Erickatoure Aviance, Leo Gugu and others partying to the sounds of DJs Colby B and W. Jeremy, chances are you’ll be transformed too. 11pm; free. THE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), willclarkworld.com. Will Clark and co. toast the

THURSDAY NEW

KILLER QUEEN Bedlam, 40 Ave C (btwn Third/Fourth Sts), bedlamnyc.com. Listen up queens, Chris Ryan and AudioFuzz.com are bringin’ the noise at this new alt-rock infused party. DJ Miss Guy will be dishing out a riotous soundtrack of dance rock, electro and glam classics. Rock out on the dance floor with hosts Darian Darling, Rowell Adrian and Jovan. Should be killer! 10pm; free.

end of summer and the final Porno Bingo of the season. Don’t miss this special edition of the weekly charity bingo show, with special guests and prizes. Clark is taking September off, so this is your last chance to play til October 2. 9pm– 11pm; free. THE MEETING 54 Below, 254 W 54th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), themeetingshow.com. Justin Sayre hosts the latest edition of his acclaimed monthly variety show, now in its fourth season. Join The International Order of Sodomites and their special guests for an evening that never disappoints. 9:30pm; $25 ($25 drink minimum).

STAR SEARCH Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8673. The search is on for Eighth Avenue’s finest queens. Tina Burner hosts this weekly drag competition where you’re likely to see anything from glitzy pageantry and spot-on lip syncing to the hottest of hot messes. May the best wig win! 11pm; free. CHELSEA CLASSICS Chelsea Cinema, 260 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), bowtiecinemas.com. Hedda Lettuce is gonna live forever! Well, maybe not, but it’ll feel like it tonight when the Queen of Green hosts the Chelsea Classics screening of the original 1980s art school musical Fame. 7pm; $7.50.

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DRINK N’ DRAW This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. Geeks Out joins forces with TNT’s weekly Drink N’ Draw for an evening of mutant mayhem. Three spandex-clad models will strike curious poses for you to sketch at this XMen-themed event. Plus, the drinks are cheap enough that by the end of the night you’ll think you’re Picasso—or maybe just Jim Lee. 7pm– 9pm; free.

ANGER MANAGEMENT Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. Who says you have to hold your temper? Mimi Imfurst and Pixie Aventura are letting the anger out onstage at Therapy. After this show, you’ll have plenty to tell your shrink on Thursday. 11pm; free. HUMPDAY KARAOKE Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Nicholas Park host’s Xes’ Wednesday night karaoke show with DJ Jay Brancato to get you over the midweek hump. Pick your favorite song out of a selection of hundreds and humpday will suddenly feel a whole lot better. 9pm; free.

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express yourself!

Q THURSDAYS Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), fvevents.com. Get ready for more glam than you can possibly stand at this weekly party that redefines the word fabulous. Nightlife titans Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss come together with the BoiParty crew to create an amalgamation of club kid excess and Hell’s Kitchen cuteness. 11pm; reduced cover with RSVP/$10 general admission.

WEEK ERIC HIMAN The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St Thompson/LaGuardia Sts), (btwn erichiman.com. Out singer-songwriter Eric Himan takes the stage tonight with backup singers the Soultré Singers. Catch the sexy Tulsa-based artist performing old favorites and songs from his most recent release, Gracefully. 9:30pm; $10.

DINNER WITH DIVAS Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com. Forget dancing with the stars and try dinner with them.

Jesse Volt hosts this Vegas style celebrity impersonation show. New York’s drag divas take on the most famous faces in the world for your entertainment. 9pm; $12. TWISTED THURSDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. DJ Javier pumps up the Top 40 and rock classics that will get you all twisted every Thursday night at Posh. Grab a free slider from 123 Burger Shot Beer at 11pm to soak up all the drinks, then get right back to the dance floor. 9pm; free. MY CHIFFON IS WET Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. DJ Paisley Dalton and host Leo GuGu are gonna give it to you, hunty, yes! Allow us to paint a picture for you: fierce queens vogueing and snapping fans left and right as the beats pump. The bar may be called Eastern Bloc, but on Thursdays, the iron curtain is all chiffon. 10pm; free.

THURSDAY AUGUST 29

WhEN i kNEW

WEEK

Go-GO HARDER FOR GO-GO HARDER, the boylesque performer and Cocky Boys exclusive model who performs regularly at Therapy’s Testosterone male revue, it was a little plastic guy that made him realize he was into dudes. —Testosterone at Therapy 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), Thursdays at 11pm; free. Visit therapy-nyc.com for more info.

“I THINK I CAN CREDIT my awakening to a doll—err, ‘action figure.’ Way before my parents could ever afford one of these pricier action figures, my brother and I would play with older, discarded versions once belonging to my father and uncles on my grandparents’ farm. I was especially inseparable from this one relatively tall, dark and plastic guy with a butch scar running part way down his face. I just remember being a shy, six-year-old, sitting in a field of wheat and not so shyly undressing a somber-faced action figure and wondering why I couldn’t pry off his vintage underwear. It was very coming-of-age meets Children of the Corn. And I honestly really wasn’t that interested in making him ‘do’ the other action men in their mini-platoon either. Instead, I think I really just clicked with the idea of having a male companion. And, of course, wanting to see his goods.”

PHOTO: MIKE WEBB

FRIDAY AUGUST 30 D WORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. Long lost D World host Will Wikle returns to the Grove! Strut your stuff down the underwear red carpet on your way to Daniel Nardicio’s infamous underwear party. 11pm; $10 with password/$15 general admission. SNAPSHOT EVR, 54 W 39th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), vossnyc.com. Brandon Voss

teams up with Marco Ovando and Amanda Lepore for his newest party. Join the nightlife titans for this picture perfect shindig with a live photo shoot and performances curated by Muffinhead. 11pm; free. DANE TERRY Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts), dixonplace.org. “A lot of my songs and pieces have queer people in them and deal with the darkness specific to queer life,” says Dane Terry. Catch the out singer-song-

writer live tonight as he plays his surreal and darkly humorous musical vignettes. 7pm–8:30pm; $5. IT’S FUCKIN’ FRIDAY Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ Tenth Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. This is where the magic happens. Joey Israel and Cazwell put the F in Fairytail, while all the fairies put their tails in this party! Porno go-gos do their sexy thing on the bar as you enjoy cocktails and free shots courtesy of the hotties behind the bar. 10pm; free.

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FRIDAY AUGUST 30

HOW TO: BE A PARTY PROMOTER

WEEK

d.i.Y.

tips For aspiriNg proFessioNal partiers From gaY New York’s movers aNd shakers. Robert Valin & DJ Damian

very year, hundreds of party boys come to New York with dreams of nightlife celebrity, immunity to the velvet rope and unlimited drink tickets. They look at the guys with the guest lists and think, I could pour booze down the throats of 75 of my closest friends! I could get 100 or so people from Facebook to come out on a Wednesday night! How hard can that be? They want to be party promoters, but most of them don’t realize how much work party promoting really is. So to steer those impressionable young minds in the right direction, we got a few of the biggest names in gay nightlife to divulge some of the secrets of their success. —JR

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Ladyfag & Desi Santiago

SURE YOU CAN WERK, HONEY. 1 BUT DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT

YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT GOING 2 TO MAKE A FORTUNE

“Promoting, for me, at least, is more of a passion than it is a way of making a living,” says The Urban Bear’s Robert Valin.“I tend to promote to help fill a void in the city’s nightlife for the bear community. I do it because it’s fun, not because it’s going to pay the rent.”

OVER EXTEND YOURSELF 3 “IDON’T think people shouldn’t work that many parties a week,” says Ladyfag. “It���s

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Jonathan Nish, Justin Luke & Alan Picus

like building a house of playing cards: If you build too high they all collapse.” Nardicio has similar advice: “[New York] doesn’t need more parties, it needs better, more original events. So, instead of doing multiple parties, how about one fucking great event a week?”

Daniel Nardicio & DJ Joe Gauthreaux

are our stars, our icons and our celebrities. Treat them accordingly.” “Don’t take advantage of them,” Justin Luke advises. “Maintain a professional, respectful relationship. They are a part of your team—you all need to work together.”

GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING 4 “So many times after a party [a club] 6 Chris Ryan: “It’s one of the best MASS TEXTING: PRO OR CON?

owner would come to me and say, ‘By the way, you’ll need to pay for security staff’ or the DJ or whatever,” Valin says. “Make sure to look at the overall picture and that your ass is covered.”

DEALING WITH GO-GOS, 5 DJS AND DRAG QUEENS

“All go-go boys have daddy issues and usually an oral fixation, so I work really well with them,” Nardicio jokes. Sharp, on the other hand is more reverential: “These

forms of promotion besides word of mouth, but you have to be careful. Do not make a habit out of doing it weekly.” Joe Fiore: “I tend to only occasionally do mass text messages, and usually the day of the event so people are reminded. Justin Luke:“I’m all for them—if the recipient has knowingly signed up for them.” Ladyfag:“Never!” Frankie Sharp:“Gross.”

YOU’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER 7 “Don’t look at other party promoters as your competition,” advises Valin. “Rather, learn from what they are doing and support them. You never know if you may want to join forces in the future.” “Don’t be a hater!” Sharp agrees. “We’re building a community and maintaining its garden. Perpetuate the love!”

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MAYBE YOU DON’T ACTUALLY

“I learned on the job as it should be,” says Nardicio.“They don’t have school for promoters.”The same strategy seems to have worked for Frankie Sharp: “I liked not having a mentor, and doing things my way. Approaching this industry in a completely different way than how everyone else does it really worked for me.”

For more info on where to see these pros in action, visit nextmagazine.com.

PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY

TAKES TO REALLY WORK? The number one misconception about nightlife promotion is that it’s all one big kiki. “I always tell people: ‘You think my life is dancing on tabletops with celebrities! It’s work!” insists Daniel Nardicio. “People think that promoters have an amazing, carefree, all-day, all-night party job,” BoiParty.com’s Justin Luke explains.“The truth is, if you actually behave that way, you’ll never succeed. The truly successful promoters work their asses off every day, every night. It’s a 24/7 on-call job. It’s real work if you do it right!” Frankie Sharp agrees. “Even when I am not working, I’m working. I’m on the phone, sending emails, texts, Facebook messages, texting dancers, texting talent, sound checks, booking flights, calming egos, scoping new venues, meetings after meetings, blah blah blah. It’s nonstop.”

Chris Ryan & Jesse

SATURDAY

WE PARTY AIRLINES Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), wepartyairlines.com. Masterbeat teams up with Brandon Voss to bring the epic Madrid-based party to New York. DJs Manuel de Diego, Susan Morabito and Brett Henrichsen transform Hammerstein Ballroom into the most bangin’ airline terminal ever with their circuit-ready beats. 10pm–6am; $85 general admission/$100–$150 VIP. JACKIE BEAT: THESE HIPS ARE MADE FOR WORKING The Laurie Beechman The-

AUGUST 31 atre, 407 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), spincyclenyc.com. Jackie Beat is back and as bitter as ever. After a much publicized double hip replacement this spring, the drag diva is back on her feet and back in New York for the first of two wickedly funny nights. Her hips don’t lie: Jackie is ready to werk! 7:30pm and 10pm; $22 (plus $15 drink minimum). DOUBLE HEADED DISCO Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. DJ Jeff Jackson and co.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1

HABIBI Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. Join New York’s sexy gay Arab men for another sultry night of Habibi. DJ Iz spins one of his final sets welcoming first-time guest DJ Samy to bring you modern Arabic pop and dance tracks. 9pm; $5 before 10pm/$10 before 11pm/$12 general admission. 1999 Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Indulge your ’90s nostalgia and party like it’s 1999 at Industry. Grab a cocktail and get a second free until 9pm as DJ Scott Jones spins the hits of your

youth. Ace of Base, Spice Girls—he’s got ’em all! And at 11pm Kizha A. Carr performs. 8pm; free. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch’s long-running Sunday night soirée brings out a new generation of club kids. DJ Johnny Dynell spins epic dance mixes in the glittering main room where nightlife royalty like Amanda Lepore hold court. Meanwhile, on the leafy lower level, Michael Magnan, Will Automagic and guest DJs keep the underground club kids moving. 10pm; free.

WEEK stage their annual rebellion again disco. Get ready for ’70s and ’80s rock, punk and metal, because at this eighth annual edition of Double Headed Disco, disco sucks! 10pm; free. BLOOM The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Bloom is hotter than usual this week. DJs Fauzi and Flavar hit you up with a whole lotta soca reggae and dance hall at the annual Carnival Day Fete. Plus, part of the proceeds go to Bloom’s Jamaica Children School Clothing Drive. 4pm–midnight; $5.

BEER BLAST Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. It’s Sunday and the game is on. Catch all the athletic action on Gym’s big screens as you kick back with $3 beers all afternoon. 1pm–9pm; free. METRO BBQ Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Join the cute bearded and tattooed boys of Brooklyn as they chow down on free burgers and hot dogs in Metro’s lovely backyard. Bud and Bud Light pitchers are just $8. 5pm; free.

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The right Track is katy perry’s “roar” Louder Than gaga’s “applause”? By Keo Nozari ut your paws up! Two of pop music’s premier princesses are making noise—and their singles dropped just one day apart. Pop conspiracy theorists wonder if team Gaga—who’s single was originally scheduled to be released a week later—was attempting to muffle Perry’s “Roar” by declaring a “pop emergency” when the song “leaked,” forcing her to move her single release up. Others suggest the whole thing was a devilish scheme by both teams to drive competition and single sales through the roof. At press time it was speculated that both singles may surpass sales of 400,000—despite mixed reviews and some out-there PR on Gaga’s end. But which single will ultimately triumph? We examine.

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LadY gaga’S “appLaUSE”

A self-indulgent dance track paired with a bizarre group of art videos including Gaga running naked through a forest because Marina Abramovic told her to.

SOUNdS LikE:

A standard Euro-house-pop track from the last three years with NuWave ‘80s singer Lene Lovich singing the verses.

kaTY pErrY’S “rOar”

An up-lifting teen pop track paired with some humorous videos of Perry burning her “California Gurls” blue wig and attending a funeral for her “Teenage Dream.”

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

ChOiCE LYriC:

“One second I’m a Koons fan/then suddenly the Koons is me”

“I went from zero to my own hero”

BEST BiT:

Catchy pre-chrous “I live for the applause-plause”

Extending the end of her “Roar” into a chanty “Ro-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah”!

ThEmE:

Co-dependency and self-obsession: “Me! Me! Me! I need you to clap for me! Me! Me!”

Self empowerment: you too can speak your mind and “Roar!”

LYriC vidEO drama:

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It had Drag Race star Detox fuming on Twitter: none of the queens “agreed” to be in the video.

Cute emoticon lyric video accused of being stolen from Dillon Francis’ video “Messages.”

prOdUCErS/WriTErS:

Gaga and DJ White Shadow (a.k.a. Paul Blair) who co-wrote and coproduced most of Born This Way.

Perry and Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Cirkut, co-writers/producers of the lion’s share of her hits including “Teenage Dream”.

#1 hiTS ON prEviOUS aLBUm:

Born This Way: One Number 1 Billboard Hot 100.

Teenage Dream: Five Number 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (tying Michael Jackson’s record).

NON-aLBUm rELaTEd dUET LEak:

Cher (now her frenemy)

John Mayer (her boyfriend)

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At every drama club and drag show

At every high school, college and pro sporting event

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Self-indulgent pop? Yes. Art? No. “Applause” and all of its ridiculously overblown hype leaves us sorely disappointed. But this is a track that tends to grow on you, so maybe ask us in a week?

This track is a lateral move for Perry. And that’s not necessarily a criticism. We were expecting a big change in musical direction, but this works too. “Roar” fits nicely into her catalog along side “Firework” and “E.T.”

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WE ALL KNOW WHICH VODKAS WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DRINKING THESE DAYS. SO WHAT SHOULD YOU BE SERVING INSTEAD?

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s has been a much belabored topic of conversation in gay New York, President Vladimir Putin and his harem-o’-homophobes in Moscow declared public displays of homosexuality illegal in Russia, going so far as to threaten out athletes with imprisonment at the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. Needless to say, this hasn’t gone over too well. Among other things, a boycott of all Russian vodka is sweeping the States, and is a PR dream come true for our spirituous allies from non-Russian locales. Absolut and Smirnoff, Swedish and British respectively, are the standard for gay-friendly vodkas, but here are five others that, pardon the pun, are worth a shot.

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Ketel One - The Netherlands For Carl Nolet, Jr., Executive Vice President of Nolet Spirits USA, the distiller that makes Ketel One, it’s personal: “My brother-in-law is gay,” he says. “It’s a community that is personally very close to my heart.” An HRC supporter and GLAAD sponsor, Nolet himself was a presenter at the GLAAD Media Awards last April. Try and find something about this wheat-based vodka, or the country it is from, that isn’t gay-friendly. “Ketel One was built on the principle of having the courage to do what is right and the conviction to never compromise your integrity. We’re proud to share these values with the LGBT community,” Nolet says.

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Hamptoms Vodka - USA The name alone should be a big country-of-origin hint with this one. “We have worked with the gay community in the past, and we believe in total equality for all people on this planet, detesting any and all forms of discrimination,” says Hamptons Spirit Co. president Ronné Bonder, who named his award-winning vodka, the only one made from 100 percent yellow corn, after some very tony digs in Westhampton. Quadruple filtered and using pure spring water that is itself double filtered for good measure, über-classy Hamptons blew the lid off the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2006 by nabbing the double gold, and has been the darling of Wine Enthusiast (which gives Hamptons Vodka a near-perfect score of 92) and The Spirits Journal ever since.

I Spirit - Italy “We absolutely support the pursuit of fair, just treatment of the international gay community,” says Marco Fantinel, one of the co-creators of this Italian vodka.“I Spirit has a double meaning. The ‘I’ stands for ‘Italian,’ but also for ‘independence’ of thought and action. The gay community fights for equal rights and equal treatment, for a world in which every person is free to live his or her life, independently and without interference, and we support that goal.” Their wines get the lion’s

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share of publicity, but I Spirit proves Italy can pump out a top-shelf vodka with the best of them.

Fair - France True fact: any colorless, odorless spirit can qualify as a vodka so long as the alcohol content is over 30 percent. Another true fact: You can make it from just about anything. “Fair is the first vodka made from organic quinoa,” explains Alexandre Koiransky, founder of Fair Spirits. The name is more apropos than you think—this is also the first Fair Trade-certified spirit on the planet. Actual production is in the Cognac region of France, while Koiransky and master distiller Philip Laclie work in equal partnership with farmers in Bolivia for the best quinoa grown. Allez la France!

Blue Ice - USA In homo-friendly American fashion, Blue Ice Vodka actually went and created a whole new drink, the “American Mule,” to bump off the Moscow Mule, ‘Murica style. Let the cocktail Cold War commence. “A fantastic cocktail with an American twist,” 21st Century Spirits’ Thomas Gibson smugly says of his new concoction. “We support the gay community; Blue Ice partnered with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Association to be the official vodka for their Simply diVine benefit over the last two years,” Gibson happily points out. Take that, you tight-assed Bolsheviks. N

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bryce pinkham, colin donnell and lucas Near-verbrugghe in Love’s Labour’s Lost

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love’s labour’s lost By David Hurst n August 6, the indispensable Mabel Mercer Foundation presented an evening celebrating the golden era of New York cabaret as part of Urban Stages’ Summer Series. Hosted by noted author James Gavin, The Blue Angel performance honored the legendary nightclub that was the height of sophistication. The show got off to a rollicking start with jazz pianist/singer Alex Leonard, who had composed a new song for the evening, “Intimate Nights,” to honor Gavin’s terrific book, Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret. Its snazzy tune and delicious lyrics perfectly encapsulated Leonard’s breezy delivery and obvious passion for the American Songbook. Next up was the lovely and talented Joanne Tatham, whose smooth, swinging style matched her sultry voice. A highlight of Tatham’s set was her beautiful rendition of “Places That Belong to You,” the theme from Barbra Streisand’s The Prince of Tides, which—somewhat unbelievably—I can’t recall ever hearing in a cabaret show before. It’s a haunting song and Tatham sang it with simplicity and understatement—exactly the treatment it deserves. Following Tatham was the evening’s comic relief in the form of actor, comedian and writer Taylor Negron, a quirky performer who is very likely a lot smarter and more subversive than his initial impression belies. Negron, with his sidekick Logan Heftel on guitar (and Leonard lending a hand at the keyboard), offered up some comic ditties that were equally ridiculous and hilarious. But bringing the evening to a close was headliner Karen Wyman, a spectacular singer who’s just now reemerging after a self-imposed absence of

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more than two decades. Wyman burst onto the scene in the late ’60s as a mere teenager, appearing on The Dean Martin Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. But even though she had a voice that marked her a successor to the likes of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and the recently departed Eydie Gorme, she ultimately came to the party too late, so she left the business to marry and raise her kids in New Jersey. Well, cream still rises to the top and even in 2013 Wyman sounds like a million bucks. Singing “Where or When,” “Always” and one of her signature songs, “Why Can’t I Walk Away,” it’s thrilling to report that Wyman is back—and she’s better than ever. There’s plenty of heart in Lee J. Kaplan’s autobiographical one-man show, Bully. But Kaplan, like many actors who write shows to star in, falls prey to a self-indulgence that eclipses his subject matter and dilutes his impact. Kaplan’s biggest enemy is his own over-caffeinated performance, which starts out at a fever pitch and has nowhere to go. Kaplan, who is straight, was bullied as a child and performing Bully—inspired by his sixth-grade journal—no doubt provides a catharsis for him that’s therapeutic. But he isn’t able to make his story anything more than what it is—his story. That’s a shame because the potential is there for Bully to step outside itself and be far more powerful than it is. Like a silly college variety show you laugh at in spite of yourself, the recent Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Delacorte was a bit of a mess, but delicious fun all the same. What a shame it had such a short run. Ingeniously directed but clumsily adapted by Alex Timbers with tuneful though heavily borrowed songs by Michael Friedman (the same team who gave us the critically acclaimed yet financially disastrous Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), this Love’s Labour’s Lost succeeded in large part due to its wonderfully talented cast. It was great seeing Colin Donnell (Anything Goes) back on a stage and even better to hear him sing again. Lovely Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones) has come into her own as a savvy ingénue with as much substance as style. Donnell, Murin and the rest of the cast threw themselves into Timbers and Friedman’s craziness with zest and abandon. It didn’t really matter that much if the show didn’t make any sense. N

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION martin Freeman, paddy considine, simon pegg, Nick Frost and eddie marsan in The World’s End

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The World’s End Time Investment: 108 min. Return on Investment: 75 min. here is so much I admire about The World’s End (Focus Features), the latest film from director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who previously collaborated on Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. After all this summer’s sloppy action films, it was so refreshing to watch the tight, clever and expertly crafted The World’s End play out. The film, for the most part, is quick to get to its meat and sets up great bits that redeem themselves throughout. The acting is strong and Wright delivers ingenious visuals that feel wholly original and exciting. So why did I still feel disappointed by it? Long before its unrewarding epilogue, we lose the heart that made the boys’ earlier works so brilliantly refreshing. That heart is there in the film’s first half, where middle-aged drug addict Gary King convinces his high school mates to reunite for a bar crawl they never finished as teens. The characters are well drawn and complicated, seemingly more ambitious than in their previous films, and there is some really wonderful stuff about the dangers of holding onto the past. And it doesn’t go off track once the boys realize their hometown has been taken over by body-snatching aliens and it’s up to them to save the world. But it’s as if Wright, Pegg and Frost got so excited by their (albeit great) fembots-meetWestworld villains (and largest budget yet) that they forgot the most interesting part of their films was always the characters and their relationships to one another. —Benjamin Solomon

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Time Investment: 96 min. Return on Investment: 80 min. here are two sides at odds with each other in the new film Short Term 12 (Cinedigm), the big winner at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. One is director Destin Daniel Cretton’s attempts to illustrate the inadequacies of the penniless American foster care system and pay tribute to the unsung heros who look after the kids no one else wants. The other is Cretton’s desire to make an “All-American indie,” with its too-clever dialogue, mumbling bearded protagonists and color-saturated images. The first works beautifully, providing a look into the world of a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers, not unlike the one where Cretton himself worked after graduating from college. Brie Larson stars as the center’s driven—

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almost obsessed—supervisor Grace, who uses her intense job as a means to escape her own demons. It’s a great role, and Larson shines with the right balance of hard and sweet. You love these kids because Grace loves thems and her passion for giving them a real shot a life makes you want to walk out of the theater and go volunteer at a shelter. But Cretton muddles these wonderful moments with his attempt at plot, giving Grace a loving co-worker and secret boyfriend (played by an unrecognizable John Gallagher Jr., who does his best with the role). But these aspects of the film end up distracting us from the parts of the movie we actually care about. Cretton fares better with his teenage characters, particularly the angst ridden Marcus (Keith Stanfield), whose fears about his encroaching life outside the facility hang over him like a cloud of doom. —BS

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riding the rails Set a course for adventure as Next Magazine goes in search of the spirit of travel.

Kalamata olives and fruity olive oil or the thinly sliced Turkish cured beef with wonhether you’re headed out of town derful fresh oranges and a pomegranateto Fire Island, Province Town or balsamic drizzle. In the heart of Penn Station, some other gay beach on the main concourse next destination this summer— to McDonald’s, Tracks or just in the mood Raw Bar & Grill (Penn for a train-themed Station LIRR Conevening meal—we course, Seventh wanted to know Ave, 212-244where to get our 6350, TracksBarfoodie fix. Grill.com) is a Sharing surprisingly atplates and seritractive pub with ous cocktails in really great, fresh the “dining car” at oysters. The Orient Express friendly, largely Irish (325 W 11th St, 212staff is well qualified to 691-8845, OrientExpour the “best pint of pressNYC.com) fills one Orient Express Guinness in town,” which with the allure of exotic train goes very nicely with the varying list travel from yesteryear as the swinging sounds of Ellington, Porter and of regional oysters such as salty Nootka the Gershwins float over the sound sys- Sounds from Vancouver and creamy Raptem. The signature drink list summons up pahannocks from Virginia. The lobster ravitales of espionage, suspense and murder oli with tarragon butter sauce should not be at the hands of Agatha Christie and James missed—and is even worth missing a train Bond, with a cognac-laced “Leopold,” gin- for. Check out the fish and chips too, unless based “The Agatha” and burbon-filled “La you just want to grab a Filet-O-Fish across Gare” as blinding evidence. The staff may the concourse (we recommend the former). Italian eatery Lugo Caffe (1 Penn serve with simmering indifference, but try the tarama plate of rich red roe with briny Plaza, 212-760-2700, LugoCaffe.com) is a

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good pit stop for wherever you’re going next. There is a decided plunge just a stone’s throw away via T.G.I. Friday’s and Payless Shoes beckoning the raucous, hurried bunch of travelers—but inside it’s delicious, enveloped by a diorama of iconic shots from Fellini’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita. Housemade mozzarella is amazing with a field of yellow and red vine-fresh tomatoes and a shower of extra virgin olive oil over scorched peppers, purple olives, tongue-y folds of sopressata and invigorating, aromatic basil fronds. Pastas and stunning meatballs in tangy pomodoro sauce are also well worth the trip. If you can handle battling past the boisterous commuters at the bar, pull up to Pennsylvania 6 (132 W 31st St, 212727-3666, Pennsylvania6NYC.com) for a delightful experience in the dining room proper. There’s an extensive beer list, but it’s quite easy to slide into a civilized Orange Blossom cocktail with rosemary-orange-infused vodka and white cranberry juice or the bouncy Spring Margarita with Milagro reposado tequila and a mash-up of strawberries, rhubarb and mint. Blue Crab Mac & Cheese is the just the ticket here, robed in fontina cream sauce. Duck Lyonnaise, thick bone-in pork chops and poached lobster get to the meat of the matter. N

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Bottom’s Up! Eschew any sort of snobbery and lunge instead into

this libation at Casimir & Co!

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Monsieur Du Snob Directions: 1. Combine ingredients in a Boston mixer and shake. 2. Pour into a coup or over ice in a rocks glass. 3. Top with soda and enjoy!

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SUIT UP Adrian Carrasco in Power Play

By Manuel Hung & Rod Steely

power play Lucas, 1-888-562-9125, LucasEntertainment.com hen these nine power players get out of their business suits, they become movers and shakers. Literally.

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ROD: Fernando Torres is all business in his European suit speaking Spanish. He invites Adriano Carrasco over for a meeting and a blowjob. I love the way Latin men do business! These two dark studs look so much alike, even with matching tattoos, it’s like Torres is fucking himself. Hot! MANUEL: The sexual tension between Carrasco (a Cuban Madrileño) and Torres (Chileano) is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. But I say leave it uncut, like everything else here! ROD: Spanish ass is the hottest. There isn’t a bum bum in the bunch! When Matthew Mason presents his perfect culo to Car-

rasco to eat, I thought: ¡buen provecho! MANUEL: As if I hadn’t had my fill of thick, uncut brown dick, here comes Gio Cruz, a rough-around-the-edges Latino top whose sex appeal is even greater when he’s in a suit and wearing a wedding ring. I loved how much Cruz obviously loves hole. ROD: Lucas’ favorite new trick of “fuck, rim and fuck again” is used twice, most noticeably with Toby Dutch and Maikel Cash, and I must say—it scares me! It takes a lot more trust than I have in anybody’s butt. MANUEL: By now, I’m used to Paddy O’Brian’s almost farcically Cockney accent, so I was able to focus on how this verbal top worked Esteban Del Toro’s luscious Argentinean lips and hole without feeling the urge to break out into “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”

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High Drive/Spunkstar, Spunkstar.com et these seven “sweet, tender and semen-addicted” twinks come wreck your hole.

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ROD: Then there’s Narton Trinity (20). Excuse me, but who has a name like “Narton Trinity?” MANUEL: Trinity looks like he walked straight out of Deliverance. Angel tempts him with a 21-year-old’s version of a striptease, which is 99 parts strip, one part tease—so basically, undressing. ROD: Spunkstar gets points for diversity. Devon (20) and his long, curved black schlong are a nice change from lanky white twinks like Jimmy (20) and Joey (22). MANUEL: Devon was my favorite. This young black newbie is beautiful, fit, hung and comes twice. The only other cutie was Kevin (19), who took Joey’s gentle topping like a man. Joey has a Justin Bieber hairstyle that makes him look more like Sandy Duncan, and a huge tool between his legs that could definitely put someone’s eye out.

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