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WHAT IS GENVOYA®? GENVOYA is a 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older. It can either be used in people who are starting HIV-1 treatment and have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements. These include having an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/mL) for 6 months or more on their current HIV-1 treatment. GENVOYA combines 4 medicines into 1 pill taken once a day with food. GENVOYA is a complete HIV-1 treatment and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines. GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must keep taking GENVOYA. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.


What is the most important information I should know about GENVOYA? GENVOYA may cause serious side effects: • Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Serious liver problems. The liver may become large and fatty. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice), dark “teacolored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain. • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking GENVOYA for a long time. In some cases, lactic acidosis and serious liver problems have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. GENVOYA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and stop taking GENVOYA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking GENVOYA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

Who should not take GENVOYA? Do not take GENVOYA if you take: • Certain prescription medicines for other conditions. It is important to ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about

medicines that should not be taken with GENVOYA. Do not start a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. • The herbal supplement St. John’s wort. • Any other medicines to treat HIV-1 infection.

What are the other possible side effects of GENVOYA? Serious side effects of GENVOYA may also include: • Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines. • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking GENVOYA. • Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. If you develop new or worse kidney problems, they may tell you to stop taking GENVOYA. • Bone problems, such as bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking GENVOYA? • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. • All the medicines you take, including prescription and overthe-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect how GENVOYA works. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe to take GENVOYA with all of your other medicines. • If you take antacids. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after you take GENVOYA. • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if GENVOYA can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking GENVOYA. • If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see Important Facts about GENVOYA including important warnings on the following page.

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IMPORTANT FACTS This is only a brief summary of important information about GENVOYA and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and your treatment.



Genvoya® may cause serious side effects, including:

GENVOYA can cause serious side effects, including:

• Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: feeling very weak or tired, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold (especially in your arms and legs), feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain. • Worsening of Hepatitis B (HBV) infection. GENVOYA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking GENVOYA. Do not stop taking GENVOYA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking GENVOYA for a long time.

• Those in the “Most Important Information About GENVOYA” section. • Changes in body fat. • Changes in your immune system. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems.

The most common side effect of GENVOYA is nausea. These are not all the possible side effects of GENVOYA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking GENVOYA. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with GENVOYA.

BEFORE TAKING GENVOYA Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical condition.


• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

• GENVOYA is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age and older who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. GENVOYA can also be used to replace current HIV-1 medicines for some people who have an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/mL of virus in their blood), and have been on the same HIV-1 medicines for at least 6 months and have never failed HIV-1 treatment, and whose healthcare provider determines that they meet certain other requirements. • GENVOYA does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. Ask your healthcare provider about how to prevent passing HIV-1 to others.

Do NOT take GENVOYA if you: • Take a medicine that contains: alfuzosin (Uroxatral®), carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®), cisapride (Propulsid®, Propulsid Quicksolv®), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45®, Migranal®), ergotamine (Cafergot®, Migergot®, Ergostat®, Medihaler Ergotamine®, Wigraine®, Wigrettes®), lovastatin (Advicor®, Altoprev®, Mevacor®), methylergonovine (Ergotrate®, Methergine®), midazolam (when taken by mouth), phenobarbital (Luminal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®), pimozide (Orap®), rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifamate®, Rifater®, Rimactane®), sildenafil when used for lung problems (Revatio®), simvastatin (Simcor®, Vytorin®, Zocor®), or triazolam (Halcion®). • Take the herbal supplement St. John’s wort. • Take any other HIV-1 medicines at the same time.

• Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with GENVOYA.

HOW TO TAKE GENVOYA • GENVOYA is a complete one pill, once a day HIV-1 medicine. • Take GENVOYA with food.

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about GENVOYA. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more. • Go to or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit for program information.

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More Than Homophobia? New facts suggest there was more to the murder of gay L.A. resident Amir Issa than a crime of homophobic passion

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t seemed like a pretty clear-cut case of homophobic family abuse when police arrested Shehada Issa for the murder of his gay son last week, but new details and social media posts have since hinted at a much more complex situation. Shehada was arrested March 29 when he was found with the body of his 29-year-old son, Amir Issa, who had been shot twice with a shotgun. The body of Rabihah Issa, his wife and Amir’s mother, was found within the house, and police reported that the condition of the body suggested she’d been dead “for a while.” Shehada confessed to killing his son, and he was charged on April 1. He does not currently face charges for the murder of his wife, as that death is still under investigation. Prosecutors were quick to argue that homophobia had motivated the murder of Amir, however. “The murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that status and the victim’s association with a person and a group of that status,” prosecutors said in a statement. They added Shehada had allegedly threatened to kill his son in the past if he were to come out. The picture now looks less transparent, however, and it’s clear that Amir had a troubled past. Police had previously been called to the house by his parents, who alleged he had vandalized it. He’d moved back onto the property sometime within the last two years and was resisting their efforts to sell it. A neighbor, Francisco Gonzalez Jr., told the LA Times Shehada had alleged that his son had a drug problem. “It’s just my son acting crazy again,” the father told him once when he found him standing outside the house. “It’s the drugs. I called the cops, so I’m just waiting for them. I’m just going to wait here.” The LA Times dug even deeper and found court records for an Amir Issa, whose parents lived in L.A., convicted in San Diego of assault with a deadly weapon in 2010. He’d slashed his boyfriend across the face with a knife and was sentenced first to treatment at a state mental hospital and then to three years’ probation with further mental health treatment. Police would not confirm if the convicted person in that

case was the same Amir Issa. Reports at the time listed his age as 33 or 34, while the Amir Issa of the current case has been reported to be 29, so it remains possible the cases are unrelated and purely coincidental. The young Issa’s Facebook profile hints at deeper familial conflict as well. Less than two weeks before his death, he wrote that he felt his family were “literally controlling me in my sleep,” and that “it feels like they tell people to rape and molest me and make it seem like I enjoy that.” He asked people to “help rid this world of the demons that attack me.” He also repeatedly shared a video from January 2014 in which he appears to ask his parents if they’ve ever tried anal sex. “That’s not appropriate for a child to ask his parents,” Rabihah Issa says to the camera, while his father calls him a “pervert” and says, “None of your relatives want to have anything to do with you.” The case is complicated by the death of Rabihah, who LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said was “stabbed numerous times.” Asked whether Amir might have killed his own mother, Lopez said, “That’s something that detectives will investigate.” For the moment, we still don’t know the entirety of what went on within the Issa household, though it seems clear there’s more to it than the simple homophobic attack the prosecutors’ report seems to paint it to be, and mental illness and drug problems both seem to have played their part in the incident. “He was a good guy. The son was a bad guy,” neighbor Joel Muñoz said. “I’m so sorry for the old man.” —Dominic Preston

“Some things are more important than a rock show, and this fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them.” Bruce Springsteen canceled his band’s April 10 concert in Greensboro, N.C., due to the state’s passing of the HB2 “bathroom bill”—in solidarity with trans residents

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Brief Summary of Patient Information about ODEFSEY ODEFSEY (oh-DEF-see) (emtricitabine, rilpivirine and tenofovir alafenamide) tablets Important: Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with ODEFSEY. There may be new information about ODEFSEY. This information is only a summary and does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is the most important information I should know about ODEFSEY? ODEFSEY can cause serious side effects, including: • Build-up of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Lactic acidosis may happen in some people who take ODEFSEY or similar medicines. Lactic acidosis is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Lactic acidosis can be hard to identify early, because the symptoms could seem like symptoms of other health problems. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms which could be signs of lactic acidosis: – feel very weak or tired – have unusual (not normal) muscle pain – have trouble breathing – have stomach pain with nausea or vomiting – feel cold, especially in your arms and legs – feel dizzy or lightheaded – have a fast or irregular heartbeat • Severe liver problems. Severe liver problems may happen in people who take ODEFSEY. In some cases, these liver problems can lead to death. Your liver may become large and you may develop fat in your liver. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms of liver problems: – your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice) – dark “tea-colored” urine – light-colored bowel movements (stools) – loss of appetite – nausea – pain, aching, or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking ODEFSEY or a similar medicine for a long time. • Worsening of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. ODEFSEY is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and take ODEFSEY, your HBV may get worse (flare-up) if you stop taking ODEFSEY. A “flare-up” is when your HBV infection suddenly returns in a worse way than before. – Do not run out of ODEFSEY. Refill your prescription or talk to your healthcare provider before your ODEFSEY is all gone. – Do not stop taking ODEFSEY without first talking to your healthcare provider. – If you stop taking ODEFSEY, your healthcare provider will need to check your health often and do blood tests regularly for several months to check your HBV infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any new or unusual symptoms you may have after you stop taking ODEFSEY.



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What is ODEFSEY? ODEFSEY is a prescription medicine that is used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years of age and older: • who have not received HIV-1 medicines in the past and have an amount of HIV-1 in their blood (“viral load”) that is no more than 100,000 copies/mL, or • to replace their current HIV-1 medicines in people who have been on the same HIV-1 medicines for at least 6 months, have a viral load that is less than 50 copies/mL, and have never failed past HIV-1 treatment. It is not known if ODEFSEY is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age or who weigh less than 77 lb (35 kg). When used to treat HIV-1 infection, ODEFSEY may help: • Reduce the amount of HIV-1 in your blood. This is called “viral load”. • Increase the number of CD4+ (T) cells in your blood that help fight off other infections. Reducing the amount of HIV-1 and increasing the CD4+ (T) cells in your blood may help improve your immune system. This may reduce your risk of death or getting infections that can happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections). ODEFSEY does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses. Ask your healthcare provider about how to prevent passing HIV-1 to others. Do not share or re-use needles, injection equipment, or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them. Do not have sex without protection. Always practice safer sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.

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Do not take ODEFSEY if you also take a medicine that contains: • carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro ®, Tegretol®, Tegretol-XR®, Teril®) • dexamethasone (Ozurdex®, Maxidex®, Decadron®, BaycadronTM) • dexlansoprazole (Dexilant®) • esomeprazole (Nexium®, Vimovo ®) • lansoprazole (Prevacid®) • omeprazole (Prilosec ®, Zegerid®) • oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®) • pantoprazole sodium (Protonix®) • phenobarbital (Luminal®) • phenytoin (Dilantin®, Dilantin-125 ®, Phenytek®) • rabeprazole (Aciphex®) • rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifamate®, Rifater®, Rimactane®) • rifapentine (Priftin®) • the herb St. John’s wort or a product that contains St. John’s wort

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it. ODEFSEY is taken by itself (not with other HIV-1 medicines) to treat HIV-1 infection. Take ODEFSEY 1 time each day with a meal. Do not change your dose or stop taking ODEFSEY without first talking with your healthcare provider. Stay under a healthcare provider’s care when taking ODEFSEY. Do not miss a dose of ODEFSEY. If you take too much ODEFSEY, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. When your ODEFSEY supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to ODEFSEY and become harder to treat.

What are the possible side effects of ODEFSEY? ODEFSEY may cause serious side effects, including: • See “What is the most important information I should know about ODEFSEY?” • Severe skin rash and allergic reactions. Skin rash is a common side effect of ODEFSEY. Rash can be serious. Call your healthcare provider right away if you get a rash. In some cases, rash and allergic reaction may need to be treated in a hospital. If you get a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop taking ODEFSEY and call your healthcare provider right away: – fever – skin blisters – mouth sores – redness or swelling of the eyes (conjunctivitis) – swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat – trouble breathing or swallowing – pain on the right side of the stomach (abdominal) area – dark “tea-colored” urine

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Homophobic Legislation Sweeps the South

Not to be outdone by North Carolina, which enacted a law last month that prohibits local governments from enacting LGBT non-discrimination measures, Mississippi’s GOP Gov. Phil Bryant signed a “religious freedom” bill April 5 that lets businesses refuse service to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright has also introduced a bill that would forbid people from using a public or school bathroom not corresponding to their biological birth gender, and a similar “bathroom bill” was introduced in Tennessee, along with a measure allowing counselors to turn away LGBTs based on religious beliefs. These measures have sparked outcries from prominent businesses nationwide, boycott threats and general outrage from LGBTs and allies. Such pressure forced Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a religious freedom bill last month.


A Law School by Any Other Name ...

Few jurists have left as long and wide a mark on American jurisprudence as late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Accordingly, Arlington Virginia’s George Mason School of Law’s administration felt compelled to rename that institution the Antonin Scalia School of Law. They backed away from that moniker days later, not because of objections by numerous professors (who, in an open letter, called the renaming “an affront”). Instead, it was an issue of uncomfortably resonant acronyms—ASS Law, or perhaps ASSoL—which lit up social media. The school will henceforth be known as the Antonin Scalia Law School. The name change netted the school $30 million in new donations, including $10 million from the Koch Foundation.


Over 50s Account for 1 in 6 HIV Diagnoses

Nearly 17% of new HIV diagnoses were among patients 50 or older in 2014, the CDC reports, a rate up 15.4% over 2005 but a bit down from 2013. The group’s makeup largely corresponds to that of people diagnosed in younger groups—mostly gay men, mostly minority, with some intravenous drug users and straight men and women. Health care providers don’t routinely test older patients for HIV, which means the infection has often progressed further than in younger patients before diagnosis. The numbers might have increased because ED drugs allow older men to remain sexually active longer, and because older women not needing birth control might be having unprotected sex. ACRIA, an HIV advocacy group, is now sponsoring an education campaign called “Age Is Not a Condom.”





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For eight decades, appearing on the Wheaties box has been an emblem of top notch sports or athletic achievement. Beginning in May and continuing through the summer, out four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, 56, will finally grace the front of the iconic orange box. Louganis believes General Mills passed him over when he won his medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics because of rumors he was gay. The champion diver came out in connection with the ‘94 Gay Games. Louganis scored his box after an online petition garnered more than 40,000 signatures. “It’s so iconic,” Louganis said. “Everybody looks at the Wheaties box, and it’s such an honor.” He’s joined by swimmer Janet Evans and hurdler Edwin Moses in the latest set of box covers, which features athletes passed over at the height of their careers.


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Judge Plants Seed for Nationwide Gay Adoption

A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that state’s gay adoption ban, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage nationally. “The majority opinion foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and ‘rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage,’” Judge Daniel P. Jordan III wrote. “The majority of the United States Supreme Court dictates the law of the land, and lower courts are bound to follow it. In this case, that means [Mississippi’s adoption ban] violates the Equal Protection Clause.” Plaintiffs are same-sex couples seeking adoptions, either privately or through foster care. If the preliminary injunction becomes a final judgment, Judge Jordan’s ruling will apply only in Mississippi but could have national precedential effect.



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First Poz-to-Poz Organ Transplants

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University have successfully transplanted the liver and kidneys of an HIV-positive donor into two other poz patients. The transplants are the first to result from the 2013 enactment of the federal HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which repealed a 25-year ban on organ donation by poz people. The surgeries followed a six-year battle waged by one of the surgeons who performed the transplants.“It wasn’t a medical issue,” Associate Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology Dorry L. Segev said. “It was entirely legal.” Both patients are reportedly doing well, and doctors hope the surgeries’ publicity will increase awareness that poz people can now donate organs.

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JACKSON, MS (AP) – A Mississippi hospitality group says it’s starting a campaign to promote inclusion after backlash over an incoming state law that says government workers, religious groups and private businesses can cite religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people. M i ke C a s h io n , d i r e c to r o f th e Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, said Thursday that the group will distribute decals with the slogan



“Everyone’s Welcome Here,” also promoting the message on the internet. He says the campaign reacts to Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 1523, which becomes law July 1. Cashion also says the bill “created a level of controversy” that affects Mississippi’s image. Gov. Bryant says the bill reinforces the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion. However, critics say it could lead to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay people.

“I get some people who are really gross and make rape jokes about me. It’s fucked up. That’s why I can’t read too much anymore because I don’t need to be seeing that shit.” Openly gay Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander talks to NME about online trolling and avoiding social media


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GMCLA’s fifth annual awards will honor leaders who use their voice for social change and equality. This year’s honorees include Abbe Land and Subhi Nahas; Pauley Perrette and Ross Mathews will host; and Paula Abdul, Alex Newell and Daniel Franzese are among the night’s special guests .



The Pasadena Playhouse’s annual fundraiser and red carpet gala event, a 1960s-inspired soirée set on the playhouse’s proscenium, will honor Jane Fonda and record producer Richard Perry. The evening takes its setting and locale from current production Casa Valentina.



This Point Foundation event, held at WeHo’s Bar10, is an opportunity to meet Point Scholars and alumni and hear their stories while networking with like-minded young professionals.



The renowned singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist will explore her extraordinary friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whom she met when she was only 20 on the streets of Brooklyn. The event coincides with The Getty’s current Mapplethorpe exhibit.

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NEW TACOS Last issue we raved about new outdoor mall Platform that recently popped up in Culver City. Get your fix of homemade flour tortilla tacos at Loqui, a new Mexican spot hailing from San Francisco.

NEW LEATHER Detroit brand Shinola opened its latest outlet on Abbot Kinney last week. Few brands can do classic watches, bicycles, leather bags and apparel, and this place does them all well.

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The Perfect Fit IT’S A NEW ERA of menswear. Brands like Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Warehouse are on the outs. Tailored Brands, which owns both, has said it will shut down around 250 stores this year after steep declines in sales. But that’s not because men have stopped wearing suits; it’s because the market is currently flooded with innovative concepts and business models that allow guys to get the custom-fitted suit of their dreams in record time, and inexpensively so. Case in point: BookATailor. Founded back in 2012, it has seen a surge in men availing themselves of Jacomo Hakim’s

brain product. (Head to for more info and to check out the 2016 lookbook.) BookATailor sends out a fleet of Smart Cars to the country’s most business-populated areas—Wall Street, Brickell, Beverly Hills—where custom measurements are taken on the spot. After using its Uber-like app, a mobile tailor will come to you, measure you for shirts and suits (keeping you from driving to a showroom) and shoots your info to Thailand, with delivery made to your home or office within a month. That’s what we call a smart suit. —Tom Paul Jones

HOW TO SAVE A DOG Award-winning filmmaker JD Disalvatore (Shelter, Elena Undone) was diagnosed with stage IV cancer four years ago, but that hasn’t slowed down her activism or filmmaking. Now combining both endeavors, she’s dedicating her time and talents to the movement to make Los Angeles a no-kill city (meaning no more euthanizing for space), and is making a documentary about the fight called How to Save a Dog. “I think it’s not hard for us to imagine what it’s like to be lonely or unwanted,” says Disalvatore. In addition to the feature doc, 20-30 educational videos will be made for social media to educate and engage those interested in making our nation “no-kill.” They’ll be directed by award-winning filmmakers and will cover various subject matters. Head to to contribute to the Indiegogo campaign for How to Save a Dog. —T.P.J. 22


NEW BOOZE DTLA bar Honeycut has refreshed its craft cocktail bar, called The Deep End. Open Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it’s basically a glow-in-the-dark room straight out of Tron.

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5 Things You Should Know About ‘Boy Club’

(Below) The pastry case and salads of AMMO; (right, from top) lamb tagine at Belvedere, the patio at Little Beast, inside LocoL

Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick— of the newly unveiled, locally produced zine—fills us in 1. It explores a post-gay world “With the legalization of gay marriage and primetime shows like ABC’s The Real O’Neals, the gay culture bubble is bursting our lovely juices onto the faces of every American. We’re no longer a niche people. Yes, we LGBTQ people still have lots of equality obstacles to overcome—but it’s time to think more broadly about what makes us special.” 2. It’s made by he and his partner “Literally, we did everything but print it. I’m a producer and writer, and Bobby is a creative director by trade. He handled the branding, layout and 95% of the photography for the issue; I did all the writing; we collaborated on the photo styling; and we self-funded the entire issue.” 3. Each issue will have a theme “Our first issue is all about ‘fresh’ things. We’ve got cocktail ideas, short fiction, bear art, aromatic candles, phallic cactuses and your soon-to-be favorite recipe, ‘Gay Ass Quiche.’ In the future we’re hitting topics ranging from family to sports to boners.”

Foodstuffs New restaurants, new chefs and new menus are popping up around the city, and here are four of our newfound favorites AMMO

Mid-City Long before you saw the words ‘organic’ and ‘sustainable’ on the menus of every local restaurant under the sun, there was AMMO, where for 20 years founder Amy Sweeney fed the entertainment industry at her always-packed Highland Avenue spot. With her new Melrose location, though—which opened its doors last month— she’s ‘returning to her roots,’ opting for a minimalist boutique storefront that deals only in take-out, delivery and catering. What hasn’t changed are the healthy but delicious offerings of her kitchen, now helmed by Mike Garber. AMMO favorites like Alexander’s Brown Rice and the famous turkey meatloaf are still here, along with fresh, colorful salads, sandwiches and sides. 24



Beverly Hills Following a four-month bout of renovations and total facelift, this fine dining spot inside The Peninsula Beverly Hills opened its doors once more back in January with a reimagined menu by David Codney. Focused on both California-sourced ingredients (some from the hotel’s own rooftop garden) and wild seafood, The Belvedere’s new focus is on Mediterranean-inspired dishes—like a whole branzino with lemon and anise; a grass-fed lamb stew, served in a tagine pot with golden raisin couscous and cucumber yogurt; and, as a side dish, to-die-for stewed tomatoes with olive oil, thyme and a delectable bread crumb top layer. The new cocktails, too, are heavenly. peninsula. com/beverlyhills


Eagle Rock This romantic East Side restaurant’s owner Sean Lowenthal recently promoted Chile-born Jose A. Perez to executive chef, resulting in a new direction for the menu but a sustained commitment to sourcing most ingredients from leading SoCal farms, ranches and mills. Beer lovers will be happy to find local breweries’ concoctions as well. Housed in a Craftsman bungalow, you’ll want to ask for a seat on the intimate patio when you indulge in these modern American dishes for dinner—small plates like a duck liver mousse, trout crudo and Yukon gnocchi; mains ranging from a Little Beast Burger (with red onion bacon jam) to poultry and seafood standouts. Chocolate fiends will lose sleep over the pudding with sea salt.


Watts More than a restaurant, chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson intend LocoL to be a movement. The mission isn’t a simple one: to transform the idea of ‘fast food’ while also bringing superaffordable and healthy eats to underserved neighborhoods, hopefully with country-wide expansion. Burgers here, dubbed “burgs,” go for only $4, accompanied by fried chicken and barbecued turkey sandwiches, noodle bowls, a damn good chili, chicken and vegetable nuggets (“nugs”) and $1 sides like rice, slaw and cooked greens. To retain a low price point, most meat dishes are supplemented with grains, tofu and seawood, something that doesn’t sacrifice flavor or texture. These guys are onto something. —S.H.

4. There will be probing of history’s gay annals “One thing we want to accomplish with BOY CLUB is to log homo history, to share and remind our readers of our rich gay lineage. In our first issue, we spoke with chef Laurent Quenioux about his experience being gay in the kitchen during the AIDS epidemic. We’re also ending each issue with cheeky looks at vintage gay porn. And we’re supporting our LGBTQ family with a feature called QCC—Queer Creatives Collection—which serves as a directory of products made by people like us.” 5. Boys just want to have fun “That’s the core of the magazine: fun. We want to create something that makes you laugh and smile and have a good time; a celebration of people who think like us. Gay media was bumming us out with how redundant and sad it was. We’re going to change that.”

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he clock is officially ticking. As the sun begins to shine brighter and the weather gets warmer, L.A. queens begin to open their eyes to the bitter truth: swimsuit season is coming like a freight train. The fear and whining begin. Widespread panic erupts at the gym. Even the true meatheads leave the weightroom to dust off the StairMaster and begin stepping in agony. There is gnashing of teeth. Sweat everywhere. The cardio area is at capacity. Meal plans pop up everywhere. Trainers like myself let out a mwahahaha, and our schedules and bank accounts fill up. Group fitness classes swell. Salads are found in every hand. Then, it finally happens: The first Facebook pool party invite comes in. You face the most groundbreaking and heartwrenching question of the year: “Am I ready?!” Let me spare you the dramatic months of prep with some powerful methods to get your stomach flatter and your muscles popping, just in time for drinks by the pool. I’ve asked some of L.A.’s top fitness pros for their tips on getting swimsuit-ready in a flash. Before we get into theirs, though, here’s mine: If these tips are OK’d by your physician, do them exactly as recommended. Don’t get creative. And

remember, the best results come from sacrifice, focus and a clear, unobstructed direction. When you make excuses and toy with things, it just delays results. Stay on the narrow path—at least temporarily—and you will stand before that pool (which you’ll likely never even get into) with pride and confidence. 1. GUNNAR PETERSON, @gunnarfitness

Schedule your workouts. “Start lifting weights now! Prioritize your gym workouts over everything else ... except your kids.”

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Train smart. ”Don’t waste all your time on the treadmill. Execute high-rep, compound movements like deadlifts, pull-ups and squats. These burn more calories and fat.”

4. BOJAN MLADENOVIC, @crunchweho Try a liquid diet. “Periodic juicing gives your digestive tract a rest, helping you process food better and look tighter. Your body will rejuvenate and regenerate. Many juices are packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that will help you burn fat. I suggest subbing one meal out with a juice or doing only juice a few days before getting into your swimsuit.” 5. MATT CONRAD, @MattConrad07 Monitor your carb intake. “Frontload carbs so most of them are in the morning. This helps give you energy for the day. Then reduce them throughout the day, so none are at night. This will allow the body to burn fat at night rather than store it. Plus, your stomach will look flatter in the morning!”

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Cut alcohol. “We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there aren’t really any loopholes here. Alcohol bloats. Try this for two to three weeks before that swimsuit vacation or beach getaway.”

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Testosterone Trouble What's a man to do when his hormone levels begin to spiral downward? Here's what you need to know about testosterone, including natural alternatives By Jim Larkins


estosterone is more than just a simple hormone. It’s our physiological framework, the fuel that drives our erotic urges and a great part of what essentially makes us men. By definition, it’s a steroid hormone from the androgen group, found in mammals, birds and other vertebrates. In men, it’s a major player in the development of reproductive tissues, like testes and the prostate. It also promotes secondary sexual characteristics—things like increased bone mass, muscle mass and body hair growth. From infancy to adolescence, an everincreasing torrent of testosterone continues to produce male characteristics. Then, just when we think we can take testosterone levels for granted, we reach adulthood and our hormone levels begin to slowly spiral downward. Hurdles on Hormonal Highway When men reach a mid-life juncture, they discover that the hormonal highway takes a serious turn south, resulting in such plagues of aging as hair loss and a growing gut. As if the natural loss of testosterone weren’t bad enough, your manhood meter can go even further in the red due to hormonal hurdles like stress. The stressed out nine-to-fiver might dis-


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cover that after spending a day in the workplace, his testosterone is plummeting toward a crash landing. Since the waning of sexual appetite is a byproduct of this decrease, he can find himself in a cycle of frustration and even more stress. Ironically, one bedroom activity can seriously impact another when it comes to testosterone levels. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea lower testosterone levels, which in turn can mean a minimal interest in sex. Hormonal Hullabaloo Some men, in an effort to retain a functional level of testosterone, take supplements. The merits of hormone replacement have long since been a topic of debate among the medical community, but turning to these hormonal helpers could be a necessary evil for the mid-life male, and according to some medical professionals, it’s not a bad idea. “Today, testosterone therapy is arguably the single most controversial medical topic,” says Malcolm Carruthers, MD, a medical consultant to the Center for Men’s Health in London. “The consequences of this politicization are substantial, as physicians and the public have both been taught to fear testosterone

therapy, despite its great therapeutic value and very reasonable profile.” Before getting caught up in the pros and cons of hormonal treatment, it might be a good idea to explore natural solutions like weightlifting and natural supplements. Pumping iron—while focusing on big muscles in the arms, chest, shoulders and back—is helpful, but a guy can experience the greatest testosterone increases through leg workouts, like squats. Another natural alternative is found in herbal remedies like avena sativa, a popular staple of sex-enhancing formulas. In one study, 20 men who took 300 milligrams a day of green oat straw experienced a 54% increase in the frequency of sexual activity. It’s also worth noting that, unlike avena sativa, herbs like saw palmetto, which can help alleviate an enlarged prostate, can actually decrease testosterone production. In the end, losing weight and getting better sleep can be all that’s needed to raise testosterone levels, especially for older men experiencing andropause, the male equivalent to menopause. The most attractive form of testosterone replacement therapy, though, is simply to have more sex. That’s a prescription anyone should be able to live with.

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Results will vary, as everybody is different. With that said, if you’re working out 4-6 days each week and “religious” with healthy eating, I like to say three months. You’ll have more energy, a decrease in body fat and an increase in muscle.

The fastest way to increase your metabolism is to eat every three hours. These meals or snacks should be small but rich with healthy ingredients. Drinking a minimum of 3.5 liters of water throughout the day will keep your metabolism active. Working out for no less than 45 minutes a day will assist with calorie burn.

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For help determining whether you should speak with a professional, answer these four easy questions By Dr. Greg Cason


ays can put it down—alcohol, that is. Most studies have found that 20-25% of gay men and lesbians are heavy alcohol users, compared with 3-10% of heteros. Some argue the rate is going down in younger populations but attribute the switch to less-caloric pills and powders. (Not exactly a promotion.) Nonetheless, booze is still number one in the gay community. Denial is a bitch, and most people who have alcohol problems either don’t realize it or refuse to admit it, even to themselves. A DUI, loss of job or relationship or even liver failure can still have people pointing to everything but their bestie, firewater. Luckily, there are some brief screening tools to help you know if you need to talk about your problems with someone other than your bartender. The most famous screener of all is the CAGE questionnaire. It’s a four-question quiz where you only need to answer “yes” to two questions to pass! Well, here, passing is really failing, as it means you may have a drinking problem. Reflect on your lifetime of drinking and answer away: C: Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? A: Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? G: Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? E: Eye opener—have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover? Did you answer yes to at least two? If so, you probably need to talk with an expert. If you answered “yes” to only one of the questions, let’s just hope it wasn’t E (the eye opener). A “yes” to the Eye Opener question means probable alcohol dependence, as you’re probably going through morning withdrawal, thus the need for a wake-up drink. And if you can’t make it through four questions without needing a refill, fear not. A Boston Medical Center study appearing in the 2009 Journal of General Internal Medicine found that another question accurately identifies unhealthy alcohol use. For men: “How many times in the past year



have you had five or more drinks in a day?“ For women: “How many times in the past year have you had four or more drinks in a day?“ There is no specific cut-off, but frankly, if you are doing this one or more times per week, we need to talk. Five drinks isn’t that difficult to do in a 24-hour period. How many times have you found yourself finishing a bottle of wine, a six-pack of beer, a half-pint of hard liquor or one 10-ounce martini at The Abbey? Is that you? It’s a lot of us. I, for one, have enjoyed my share of Abbey martinis, and I am quite partial to good tequila. Luckily, even if we do answer “yes” to these screens, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re a boozer, a user or a loser. Still, we don’t want to slip into denial mode either. If this is you, think twice about how much you are putting down. I could scare any gay man by disclosing all the calories in alcohol: 100-150 for a bottle of beer, 125 for a glass of wine and 100 for a shot. OK, there I said it. For the record, a six-pack of beer is between 600-900 calories, a bottle of wine is 600-625 calories and a half-pint of hard liquor is around 500. I don’t know the caloric count of an Abbey 10-ounce martini, but I do know the average martini is 2.25 ounces, which is about 125-150 calories. The “Big Gulp” of martinis at The Abbey has over four times that amount, which brings the count to 500-600 calories! This is the first time I’ve done that estimate, and let’s just say it’s also the first time I hoped The Abbey watered down their martinis. Calorie counts aside, it’s not bad to go out and have fun drinking with your buddies now and then, but if you find it becoming a pattern and you answer in the affirmative to the screens above, maybe it’s time to talk to a pro.

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1. PUT DOWN THE PACK Spoiler alert: Smoking is bad for your health! As if it weren’t bad enough on your heart, lungs and teeth, a Harvard School of Public Health study says smoking increases your body’s levels of the hormones that trigger hair loss. 2. BREAK OUT THE BLOW-DRYER When you towel-dry your hair, you could be doing more harm than good, damaging your hair and causing it to snap in its wet (weakened) state. When you don’t have time to let your hair dry naturally, use a blow-dryer, which is itself a great way to add volume to your luscious locks. 3. STAY OUT OF THE SUN Yep, your hair can get sunburned. As you might imagine, prolonged exposure to the sun can turn your hair brittle and can even cause your hair to go from ‘growth mode’ to ‘shed mode.’ Combat the sun by sporting a hat when you know you’ll be outdoors. 4. DON’T GET CREATIVE There’s never any excuse for a combover. Ever. Don’t be one of those guys who tries to get crafty with a cut to hide a lack of hair on top. Instead, opt for a shorter shearing, which is often more flattering. Besides, it’s better to draw attention to that handsome face! 5. USE A THICKENING SHAMPOO Duh, right? But beware: While there are plenty of shampoos on the market that claim to thicken your mane, there’s only one ingredient proven to actually work—ketoconazole. Find a great wash with that ingredient and use it 2-3 times per week. (Anymore than that may result in super dry hair.) —Tom Paul Jones




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The TBS comedy—in which Rashida Jones stars as an earnest LAPD detective— stages a panel to discuss the hijinks of the first season and tease thoughts about Season 2.


■ Fri. | April 15 IT’S JUST SEX Secret Rose Theatre




This award-winning play tells the story of three married couples who get together for an evening of cocktails and conversation, but boundaries are broken and fantasies come to life when an unexpected partner-swap takes place. Through June 5. ■ Fri. | April 15 IRON MAIDEN The Forum

The British heavy metal rockers, fronted by Bruce Dickinson, bring their world tour to one of L.A.’s finest venues, sure to treat the audience with hits like “Run to the Hills” and “Number of the Beast.” ■ Through May 1 A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER Ahmanson Theatre

This Tony-winning musical tells the story of Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey), a distant heir to a family fortune who tries to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. ■ Fri. | April 15 THE JUNGLE BOOK El Capitan Theatre

A special engagement of Jon Favreau’s all-new, live-action film includes a performance by The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band performing classic Sherman Brothers music live onstage before the movie. Through May 1. ■ Fri. | April 15 COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Precision, power, passion— and the occasional pop song—blur the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance in this genre-bending performance choreographed by program founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.

Exploring Identity Through Art

The LGBT Center’s CineArte is a festival dedicated to the city’s Latin@ community and culture By Stephan Horbelt

O ■ Fri. | April 15 2WENTY 7EVEN: JANIS, JIMI & THE DOORS El Portal Theatre

In this re-creation of three of the most iconic rock stars in history, the stories of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison are told, all of whom had their lives cut short at 27 between 1969-71. Through April 17. ■ Sat. | April 16 MY MAÑANA COMES The Fountain Theatre

The minimum wage crisis and rights of undocumented workers are at the center of this new play about four busboys working in the kitchen of an upscale restaurant. When a pay cut threatens their dreams for a better life, they face off with management and each other. Through June 26.

are photographers Rick Castro, Jamie Blair and riginally known as the Latina/o Queer and Miguel Reyes, as well as painters Erica Arts & Film Festival, for its upcoming Friend, Martin Matamoros and Hector Silva. third installment later this month, the “Add some local merchants, food vendors, a showcasing of LGBTQ, two-spirited, Latin@, bar, a DJ and dancing under the stars in The Chican@ and Indigenous identities through film Village courtyard each night, and what you’ll and visual art has undergone a name change. experience at CineArte is a celebration for Now known as CineArte, the weekend of festivieveryone of all ages.“ ties will take place at the L.A. LGBT Center’s Ed Still, film will play a big part of the event, Gould Plaza in Hollywood. and the Cuba-set Viva—about a young Havana “There are many film festivals in Los hairdresser who dreams of becoming a drag Angeles, but only a fraction of them—such performer—is this year’s centerpiece screening. as Outfest’s wonderful Fusion program—are “This film has everything you expect from specifically for people of color,“ says Jon a queer Latin@ film,“ says CineArte Imparato, The Center’s Director of Program Director Karla Legaspy— Cultural Arts. “CineArte showcases “music, love, drama and cinematic the vision and voices of artists who CINEARTE The Village at magic. The hilarious Kay Sedia don’t receive the recognition they Ed Gould Plaza of the famed trio Chico’s Angels deserve. Considering the large April 22-24 will be the opening performance Latina/o population and influence for the feature film screening. You in L.A., the creation of CineArte cinearte don’t want to miss it!“ was inevitable.“ The topic of diversity in film is still The queer festival is yet another fresh in the minds of many after a coninstance of the L.A. LGBT Center servtroversial Academy Awards season. “The flip ing its community—specifically the Latina/o side of that conversation is the lack of LGBTQ queer artistic community—playwrights, actors filmmakers of color,“ says Imparato. “There and visual artists—whom the event’s proceeds are very few people who are out filmmakers will also benefit via the Center’s youth services. in Hollywood, and considering the rich stories Unlike the city’s plethora of annual film we have to tell about the LGBTQ communities festivals—of which there are easily more than of color, it’s criminal that queer filmmakers of 50—CineArte is so much more. “The CineArte color are left in the dark.“ exhibit, located at Advocate & Gochis Galleries More than anything, CineArte is an opporin Ed Gould Plaza, will feature photography, tunity to shine much-needed light on these paintings, drawings and mixed media from stories. Though films are meant to be watched some of the most creative queer Latina/o local in the dark, lives should not be lived there. artists,“ says Imparato. Among those exhibiting APRIL 27, 2016


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AUTOCON LOS ANGELES L.A. Convention Center April 23 Tennessee Williams

■ Through April 16 LUKE AUSTIN: SOFT INSTANT Jason Vass Gallery

Based in L.A., Australianborn photographer Luke Austin features new work in his first solo exhibition in the city. Known for his intimate male nude portraits, the exhibition showcases 14 portraits of friends shot at his home.

■ Sat. | April 16 UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE ’80S Cinefamily

The two-month retrospective of iconic indie cinema comes to a close with screenings of Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, with an appearance by director Penelope Spheeris. ■ Through April 17 SUMMER AND SMOKE Actors Co-op Theatre

■ Sat. | April 16 VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM Precinct

A story of love and survival from celebrated American playwright Tennessee Williams, this drama follows the shy, fluttery Miss Alma, hopelessly in love with the town doctor’s son.

The famed play by Charles Busch comes to life onstage, starring RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kelly Mantle and Brad Griffith. It’s running Saturdays and Sundays through May 22.



START YOUR ENGINES Unlike most car shows, AutoCon L.A. revs up a younger crowd, emphasizing the creativity of auto enthusiasts


hen it comes to the state of the automotive industry as we know it, the future is now. Or at least the future is later this month, when AutoCon Los Angeles, one of the city’s most popular car shows, will see debuts of exclusive vehicle builds, product launches and news announcements take place on the floor of the L.A. Convention Center. A one-day-only affair taking place on Saturday, April 23, for AutoCon the convention center will once again open its doors to the city’s passionate auto enthusiasts. Unlike most auto shows, which aim to feature the latest creations and concept cars of bigname manufacturers, AutoCon is meant for those who are more interested in show vehicles. Many will be on-site (and registration for your own vehicle can be found on AutoCon’s site), from race-inspired vehicles and custom hot rods to widebodied monsters. In addition to the convention’s obvious steel, glass and rubber main attractions, AutoCon Los Angeles also features entertainment, because let’s be honest—scoping out your next ride (or your dream ride) is all that much better when you have a DJ blasting the latest house track in your ear holes. —S.H.

QUEEN KONG | PRECINCT Photos by Jeremy Lucido


FRESH FRIDAYS | FLAMING SADDLES Photos by Jason King Photography



ould Earth Day be more important than in our present times, when rising oceans and the temperature increases of climate change have proven to be more and more legitimate concerns? Thought up by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970, it wasn’t until 2009 that the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day. Today it’s celebrated by well over 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries, and there’s no denying that L.A. does it right, offering a ton of conservation and nature-centric events, expos and celebrations. Earth Day L.A. Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP host a day-long event on Friday to show local residents how to live clean and go green. Tour the park’s sustainable landscaping, do some yoga, learn about composting and enjoy recycled art projects.

Earth Day at The Aquarium of the Pacific Learn what you can do to help the planet at the aquarium’s annual weekend of Earth-friendly fun. There will be hands-on demonstrations throughout, and you’ll get $10 off adult admission when you bring an eWaste item (any battery-operated item, like a cell phone or computer monitor). Wild for the Planet at L.A. Zoo Events for families and youngsters will take place over the course of five consecutive weekends—Saturday, April 23 through May 22—spotlighting the zoo’s conservation efforts and what people can do to protect and preserve Planet Earth. Hyde Park Boulevard Community Cleanup Looking for a great volunteer opportunity for Earth Day? On Saturday, California Greenworks—a nonprofit environmental organization seeking to improve L.A. through environmental awareness and education programs—is putting together a group to clean up and beautify one of the city’s most illegally dumped neighborhoods and plant trees. To join, email info@ or call Mike Meador at (323) 298-5700. Earth Day Whale Watch Join the American Cetacean Society—the oldest nonprofit dedicated to protecting whale, dolphins and their habitats—as the Orange County chapter hosts its fourth annual sunset whale watch on Sunday, funds from which help support their programs. —S.H. APRIL 27, 2016


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CUB SCOUT | EAGLE L.A. Photos by Rolling-Blackouts

■ Sun. | April 17 FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS Center Theatre Group

Set during the Civil War, a slave named Hero is offered freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. For what could be an empty promise, Hero must decide about leaving the people he loves. Through May 15.

■ Sun. | April 17 GRIN AND BARRETT Rockwell Table & Stage

Broadway star Barrett Foa has a problem: After spouting tech geekery on NCIS: Los Angeles for seven seasons, he craves the laughter and applause of a live audience. It’s an evening of pride, desperation and showoffsmanship in a one-man cabaret.

■ Mon. | April 18 SAVAGES El Rey Theatre

The London-based post-punk band brings their intense brand of noise rock stateside for a performance delivered like a punch in the face.

■ Wed. | April 20 CHEECH & CHONG: 420 CELEBRATION The Novo by Microsoft

If you’re a fan of the ganj—and the popular comedy duo’s irreverent, satirical, counterculture, no-holds-barred comedy—there’s no place you’d rather be.

■ Through April 17 DREAMGIRLS La Mirada Theatre

This story of an up-andcoming ’60s girl group follows the trials and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. It’s unforgettable hits will be performed. lamiradatheatre. com ■ Thu. | April 21 HAMMER CONVERSATIONS Hammer Museum

■ Mon. | April 18 POBRECITO QUEER NIGHT Chavito

“Sad little Latin boy, why are you crying?” El Chavo may be closed Mondays, but the people behind the revamp of the legendary Mexican bar are opening its doors for a weekly night welcoming the city’s LGBTQ community, with $6 margs and a $6 beer-and-shot combo.


In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, two leading scholars discuss arguments concerning how his works should be printed and performed. ■ Thu. | April 21 TOUCH THURSDAYS The Abbey

As the gay weekend starts on Thursday, Frontiers Media presents a night of dancing, drinking and all-around rabble-rousing before the weekend gets fully underway. Join us as we people-watch some of the city’s sexiest men and women ... and maybe ogle a go-go dancer or two.

EATINGOUT ■ Fri. | April 22 FRESH FRIDAYS Flaming Saddles

■ Sat. | April 23 RUSTY PIPES Precinct

This long-running party by Jeffrey Sanker and Paul Nicholls recently returned to its West Hollywood roots, and each week it’s a sure bet for finding sexy guys, stiff drinks and pulse-pounding music, now with a country music tinge.

It’s a monthly all-’80s party at your favorite DTLA gay bar that’s a bit more Less Than Zero than Fast Times at Ridgmont High ... with a few sexy go-go dancers thrown in for good measure. ■ Sun. | April 24 ILLUMINAUGHTY Revolver

The secret is out every Sunday night, as DirtyBurty’s own naughty dancers writhe on a box for your pleasure, with a soundtrack provided by DJs Barbeau, David Banjela and Johnny Jewel. $2 “sacrifice shots” all night long. ■ Sat. | April 23 DRAGULA Faultline

The Boulet Brothers’ monthly bacchanal of drag, filth, leather and glamour returns to the bar where it all started. Don’t miss Hollywood’s dirtiest dance party, where kooky costumes and sexy style make for the East Side’s best people-watching. ■ Sat. | April 23 PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP The Broad Stage

Come Dine With Us


mouthwatering dish, while the beet soup t only seems fitting. Now that L’Ermitage beats borscht thanks to the fact that it’s Beverly Hills has officially been rebranded made from yellow heirloom beets and a Viceroy hotel, it should have a new rescomes with a goat cheese foam, a gentle taurant as well. And like the hotel, the novel hint of saffron and baby basil for freshness. Avec Nous feels fresh yet familiar. Among the mains, the sea scallops are Executive chef Olivier Quignon hails succulent and plump, served over a bright from the Normandy town of Beauvais, and green bed of mashed broccoli with crunchy his résumé includes stints at Paris landblack squid-ink crisps. The dusting of turmarks including the Hôtel de Crillon and the meric chermoula gives the stellar dish just Hôtel du Louvre, as well as Daniel Boulud’s the right touch of the exotic. New York institutions Daniel and Bar Boulud, Another element here that hearkens where he impressed us most recently. to a bygone era of continental dining are His cuisine at Avec Nous displays an Avec Nous’ two dishes prepared tableside. obvious mastery of French classics, but just There’s a massive côte de boeuf served as clear an affinity for the flavors of the with bibb lettuce and roasted shallots, but rest of the Mediterranean coast, including more interesting is the whole oven-roasted Spain and Morocco, not to mention a healthy cauliflower with Indian-inspired vadouvan respect for fresh California produce. curry, subtle marcona almonds, a slightly Before you get to the menu, you’ll be sweet golden raisin purée tempted by the cocktail list, and parsley, all divvied up which includes classics like and served expertly as india French 75 (with a hit of vidual portions. absinthe for extra kick), or At this point, another cart an old-fashioned-like Toronto is wheeled to the table with with rye whiskey and Fernet a panoply of palate-cleansStrong, cooled by an enoring pastries by Sugarfina, mous ice cube and served in including bonbons filled with a gold-rimmed highball glass. Kir Royale cordial. There are That is, if you don’t partake Avec Nous cheeses on hand in case you from the house champagne 9291 Burton Way Beverly Hills want to indulge in a shared cart, which features a few (310) 860-8660 plate that might include familfamiliar bottles over ice as iar hits like Fourme d’Ambert well as some surprises, like a and Crottin de Chavignol, but sparkling Alsatian white. $$$$$ if room is scarce, go straight It’s best you go with a for the desserts. group so you can indulge in Atmosphere The amaretto floating nibbles, like the marinated Beverly Hills dining meets St. Tropez casual island is a modern take on the olives and the housemade classic île flottante, a fluffy charcuterie degustation, but Standout Dishes white wisp of egg white floatkeep the order of Burgundy Foie gras, cauliflower, scallops, floating island ing on a sea of crème anglaise snails—swimming in persilwith crushed almonds as a lade butter in a cast iron dish— Drinks to yourself. (And don’t be Toronto, Cocktail Avec Nous garnish. A particularly architectural chocolate-caramel afraid to ask for extra bread for Hours millefeuille is like the delidipping.) The grilled Hudson 6:30 a.m.–2: 30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. daily cious pâtisserie version of Valley foie gras served over Provence’s famous Pont du paper-thin rounds of locally Reservations Gard. —Eric Rosen grown orange is a simple but Recommended


■ Through June 10 WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP The Whitefire Theatre

Known as one of the world’s best Afro-Latin percussionists, this Grammynominated band takes the stage for an evening of guaguancó, timba, R&B, gospel and flamenco grooves.

This one-woman musical was created by award-winning writers and composers, inspired by true events in the creators’ lives. Deedee O’Malley stars as the quirky Rita Donatella, on a quest to land a role in a Depp film. johnnydepp.

■ Sat. | April 23 EYES WITHOUT A FACE Beachwood Café

■ Through Sept. 12 FACTORY OF THE SUN MOCA

The Saturday night dinner-and-a-movie series showcases classic foreign films from around the world. On this night, guests will enjoy the 1962 French drama.

It’s the U.S. premiere of Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation, in which he looks at the unprecedented global flow of data and the prevalence of surveillance.

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Rooftop Cinema Club


This Rooftop Is On Fire BACK TO BAKER STREET IT’S BEEN TOO LONG since legions of Cumbersnatches were blessed with new episodes of the BBC series Sherlock—barring that 90-minute, alternate universe-set Victorian ghost story ”The Abominable Bride” that aired in January—but it’s official: after more than two years, Season 4 is in the works. The show’s co-creator, writer and EP Mark Gatiss (who also portrays one of our favorite characters, Mycroft Holmes, brother to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock) told the world through Twitter on April 6, ”We’re back. The game is on.” What will arch-nemesis Moriarty have in store for our favorite eccentric sleuth? We don’t know for sure, though Gatiss has said about the new season to Entertainment Weekly, ”The repercussions ... are far-reaching. It’s very big stuff.” —Tom Paul Jones

Hollywood’s upscale option for screenings under the stars, Rooftop Cinema Club, lures Angelenos seeking an alternative to impersonal, overpriced multiplexes


s Rooftop Cinema Club founder Gerry Cottle Jr. will tell you, his idea for the wildly popular outdoor venue came out of a circus. Born into a circus family (his father owned one), he loved to entertain. But the circus wasn’t where he wanted to remain, so he did the opposite of the norm—he ran away from the circus, went to London and eventually became an event planner, until he finally quit his job with a great idea. Starting in 2011 in London, the success of Rooftop Film Club (now Rooftop Cinema Club) has surpassed all expectations. The event became the UK’s most prominent outdoor cinema, has had great success in New York City, and—as of last year—has become a staple in L.A., high on the rooftop of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. “It’s evolved to the point where we see ourselves as completely different from all the other outdoor cinemas,” Cottle says passionately. “From the moment you get on the roof, you have these amazing views. Then it’s about themed cocktails, street food and really great service. That’s something we pride ourselves on. It’s grown out of the APRIL 27, 2016








Opens April 15 // Andrew Rossi’s fascinating portrait of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly gala uses the fundraising event as a contemplation on the role of fashion in the world of art while launching, in 2015, what became the most attended fashion exhibition in the museum’s history: China: Through the Looking Glass. Yet while the yearly gala itself is star-studded and the stuff of dreams (look, it’s George Clooney and Rihanna!), its behind-the-scenes logistics, conceptualizing and plotting show the elevated drudge work it takes to turn an invitation into an event. With high-profile tour guides such as Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton, the show’s curator, you get both the day-to-day nuts and bolts as well as a necessary history lesson. And the clothes aren’t too shabby, either. —Dan Loughry

Opens April 15 // Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, Green Room is an effective thriller that puts the screws to both its characters and the audience. When a travelling punk rock band beelines from a disastrous gig to an impromptu booking in a bucolic area outside Portland, their fortunes turn from bad to worse when they realize the audience are white supremacists. Opening their set with a middle-finger gesture—they play Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”—they’re soon fighting for their lives after stumbling across a fresh corpse. Saulnier, who gave us the intense Blue Ruin in 2013, is a masterful director; the violence here is jarring (as it should be), the cast spot on and the film a case study in how to handle genre flicks without condescension. —D.L.

Opens April 22 // This marvelous documentary, a profound appreciation of David Hockney, reveals the gay artist’s life and work in myriad ways, showcasing and emphasizing the painter’s way of seeing. He looks at sexuality in his erotic paintings of surfers; he dresses flamboyantly to attract looks; and he makes Polaroid collages to widen perspectives. Everything he creates, however, is filled with emotion. Director Randall Wright captures Hockney through a collage of quotes by the artist, anecdotes by friends—including Don Bachardy—and outstanding archival footage and photographs. What emerges is a penetrating examination of the impish artist at work and play. Wright understands how Hockney exists in spaces, be it the canvases he paints or the real landscapes he inhabits; from his claustrophobic but supportive childhood home in the UK to being a gay man in the bohemia of 1960s London and New York; or a resident in Los Angeles, where he found success. Hockney is a remarkable, three-dimensional portrait of a singular queer talent. —Gary M. Kramer 40 FRONTIERSMEDIA.COM


stale multiplexes where you go for a film, but the rest of it is pretty rubbish, right? You speak to somebody who doesn’t really want to serve you a hot dog. You get a ticket out of a machine. People get here an hour and a half before the film. They eat, they drink, they have a good laugh. We wanted to bring a bit of that community experience back.” But don’t think Rooftop Cinema Club is like the city’s other outdoor screenings. There’s no lugging of chairs and picnic baskets into a queue, then schlepping them into a park. Rooftop Cinema Club has chairs already set up; there’s street food available and a fully stocked bar; Rooftop popcorn and candy; blankets Cinema if it’s cold; free ponchos on Club the rare occasion that it’s wet out; and rather than disturb the Premium outdoor neighbors, Rooftop Cinema film screenings held on the roof Club employs the use of headof the Ricardo phones for sound. Plus, the Montalbán Theatre events aren’t overly crowded, in Hollywood so the entire night feels like an exclusive event with amazing Pulp Fiction city views. Sat., April 16 The films Cottle Jr. and his Star Wars: The team select run the gamut from Force Awakens classics to more recent selecSun., April 17 tions, but they try to keep the choices fun. And if you miss American Psycho Wed., April 20 one of your favorites, chances are that same film will play Top Gun again sometime in the next Fri., April 22 few months. Films like Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Straight Outta Heathers Sun., April 24 Compton, The Goonies—even Star Wars: The Force Awakens— Room are on the current lineup. Mon., April 25 “We have a great relationship with the studios,“ Cottle Clueless Jr. says. “I think film studios Tue., April 26 are finally seeing the benefits Find the entire RCC of pop-up cinema. We’re a calendar online at serious offering to filmgoers. We use great quality projection and great sound, so the studios look at us now as an alternative to the multiplex and to a normal cinema.” With a venue opening in Chicago in June and yet another in New York, clearly Rooftop Cinema Club is making its mark. But how does Cottle Jr. think he can top what he’s already done? “I’d love to show a film first. Like Top Gun 2,“ he says. “Imagine Maverick doing a fly-by. Surely that’s got to be better than a red carpet at a cinema. Tom Cruise, you know where I am. Give me a call.“ —Kevin Taft

The Q&A: Jeffery Self

Drag Teen, the multihyphenate’s exciting foray into the world of YA novel-writing, is available April 26 by Scholastic



Provincetown, Massacusetts, has long been home to a thriving LGBTQ fine arts scene, and one of its early precursors— way back in the ’20s—was lesbian artist Edith Lake Wilkinson. You’ve likely never heard of her, and that’s not so surprising; in 1924 she was committed to an insane asylum, her worldly possessions— including her art: paintings, woodblock prints, charcoal sketches— packed and shipped off to a distant relative. But as the film Packed in a Trunk documents, Edith's great-niece, Jane Anderson (an Emmy-winner herself), grew up inspired by the contents of those trunks, painting and drawing under the influence of her aunt's gorgeous, light-infused work. Jane made it her goal to get Edith's work back into the public eye, and the documentary (released April 28 on DVD/VOD by Wolfe Video) follows her and her spouse Tess as they attempt to uncover answers about Edith and return her colorful life's work to Cape Cod, where it can be recognized for the significant contribution it is. —T.P.J.

Sing Me a Sonnet Rufus Wainwright marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with a new album based on The Bard’s famed sonnets—featuring a motley crew of guest stars


t was announced back in February of this year: the new release by baroque pop artist Rufus Wainwright, titled Take All My Loves: Nine Shakespeare Sonnets, would feature the talents of several other artists in addition to the openly gay performer, from the dulcet tones of Florence Welch and his sister Martha Wainwright to the spoken word prowess of actresses (and known friends) Helena Bonham Carter and Carrie Fisher. Inspired by a project Wainwright undertook back in 2009 before his Songs for Lulu record saw release, Take All My Loves (available April 22) sets several of The Bard’s most well-known sonnets to music. The result is at once grandiose and grounded, and features the same lushness and cinematic qualities of his Want One and Want Two albums—not surprising since Wainwright worked once again with those albums’ producer, Marius de Vries. June 16 and 17 will see Wainwright pay tribute to yet another late icon, albeit one of the 20th century and one of a bit more import for gay audiences—Judy Garland. Ten years (almost to the day) after he stepped onto New York’s Carnegie Hall stage and re-enacted her famous April 23, 1961, concert at the same venue, Wainwright will once again perform Garland’s live double-album in full. It’s a show that L.A. audiences may remember, too, as Wainwright brought it to the Hollywood Bowl on a summer night in 2006. —Stephan Horbelt

Q: What’s the onesentence summary of your novel Drag Teen? A: It’s a story about a boy finding his truest self through lots and lots of wigs. Q: Tell me about what inspired you to write a young adult novel, and this one in particular. A: I’ve always been a fan of the YA medium and find that it celebrates diversity in a way more progressive way than most other mediums. I think that’s probably because younger audiences have a broader and more open point of view on the world. And I find the art form of drag so glamorously honest in the way it subverts gender and beauty, which is a theme that we need more of in the world. Combining coming-of-age and that empowering performance style excited me. Q: I love that the book’s protagonist is comfortable in his gayness. This isn’t a ‘coming out’ story. Is that a reflection of today’s youth? A: Absolutely. We

have plenty of great coming out stories already. While I think that’s an important story to tell, I look past that and at the idea of “OK, I’m fine with being gay... but I’m not fine with being myself.” Q: Were you an avid reader as a ‘young adult’ yourself? A: Yes. I have been an especially huge fan of David Levithan for many years. Then cut to this book and he was my editor, which made the whole thing very magical and cool. Q: You’ve worked in so many mediums, what’s next for you? Anymore novel writing? A: I’m writing a new YA novel that I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about yet, and I have a TV project happening this summer. The other thing I’m excited about is this new show, Search Party, out on TBS this summer. I’m acting in it, off and on, throughout this first season. We’re shooting it at the moment and it’s been so much fun.








Clockwise from left: Peter Dinklage with Conleth Hill, Kit Harrington, Alfie Allen with Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright




or the sixth year in a row, springtime means winter for fans of Game of Thrones, the highestbudget softcore series in the history of television. Winter has been coming for a while now, but because the TV show Five questions we hope get has finally caught up to George R. R. Martin’s answered in Season 6 of HBO’s books, we’ve entered festival of swords and sex weird, wild territory. The show’s sixth season preBy Drew Mackie mieres this month, and while we wait, we thought we’d wildly speculate about which of our burning questions might get answered. Spoilers potentially abound, but if you haven’t heard the rumor about Jon Snow, we’d love to know where in Westeros you’ve been hiding.

Looking for a 24-year-old dark comedy about vanity and immortality that stars multiple Oscar-winners and effortlessly stands the test of time? Look no further than Death Becomes Her, which sees its Blu-ray release on April 26. Robert Zemeckis outdid himself in this special effects-laden flick (groundbreaking at the time), but our question is, can a film be considered a “cult classic” when every gay man the world over knows when to shout “Ernest, you pushed me down the stairs” at the screen? —S.H.


What’s the deal with the Night’s King and Jon? Yeah, we’re past the speculation about whether the show will breathe life back into Jon Snow (Kit Harington). It’s going to happen. It has to. Snow’s story is too central to the overarching plot to abandon now. But here’s a Jon Snow plot point we are more interested in: Does the Night’s King (the regal ice dude Snow battled) seem unusually interested in Snow? Maybe connected? We’re hoping these new episodes explore whether there’s a connection between him and the late Jon Snow. What if he’s the one who brings Jon back to life? Will Tyrion finally get the power he’s been lacking? Though clever, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has yet to wield power outright in the way many of his

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associates have. But if Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is stuck hanging out in the wop wops with the Dothraki, would that make Tyrion the pro tem ruler of Meereen? He’s her second-in-command, and this could be his stepping stone to greater power. Will Sansa avenge the Starks? As far as Sansa (Sophie Turner) knows, her family has been wiped out. While the Sansa of previous seasons was more object than agent, the show’s fifth season gave her more to do than stand around bemoaning her sad fate. This is a good trend, and we’re hoping she lands on her feet—figuratively but also literally, given how we last left her jumping apparently to her doom. How will the Tyrell siblings get out of this one? As season 5 wound down, focus shifted away from Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and her brother, everyone’s favorite gay knight, Loras (Finn Jones). They’re still in jail, however, awaiting trial for perjury and buggery, respectively. These two are our favorite non-Stark siblings, and we really want to see them escape and work together to make Cersei (Lena Headey) as miserable as possible. Will we care about Bran again? Bran who? Oh, the Stark who took the entire fifth season off and whom we last left to hang out with magic forest creatures. Aside from the related absence of his pack animal Hodor (Kristian Nairn), we didn’t miss Bran the Backpack (Isaac Hempstead Wright) all that much, so if he’s being reintegrated into the plot, he’d better come back as a fully magic-powered superhero. Let’s see what forest magic can do. Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 on HBO



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The New Romantic pioneers return with their first new album in eight years, The Lexicon of Love Part 2, a spiritual sequel to 1981 debut The Lexicon of Love


Tom Bailey returns to the pop world after a 20-year absence with new single “Come So Far,” about the Syrian refugee crisis, available digitally and on 7”


No stranger to the allure of yesteryear, she dusts off her kitchy New Wave beehive and releases a brand-new covers album called Pop Deluxe

THE BLOW MONKEYS Not content with the revival of his iconic band The Blow Monkeys, frontman Dr. Robert has resurrected his solo career. Out There will be in stores this May. —D.R.





The funniest sitcom in recent history to tackle the subject of bunker rape, Tina Fey’s pinot noir-drenched sitcom picks up where it left off, but with major changes. Most exciting, Titus Andromedon will get a love interest! Conversely, Jane Krakowski’s Jacqueline becomes single. As for Kimmy? She’s still unbreakable. (Friday, April 15, Netflix)


A mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, forcing authorities to quarantine the city. This new Outbreak-esque drama follows the stories of those stuck inside the city as they fight for their lives and search for a cure. Fingers crossed for a Real Housewives of Atlanta/Containment crossover. (Tuesday, April 19, The CW)




Hulu’s breakout comedy returns with Tyler Labine helping ghosts by doing their bidding and tying up their loose ends. If I were a ghost, I’d follow Labine around as well. Season 3 adds Kal Penn to the cast as a stoner/entrepreneur. (Wednesday, April 20, Hulu)


Season four returns on the defensive. After years of tackling criticism that she doesn’t physically fit the Hollywood mold, she focuses on her newfound overexposure. She’ll also be tackling Game of Thrones and, yeah, there’ll probably be a sketch about how she thinks she’s not pretty enough for TV. (Thursday, April 21, Comedy Central)





Small Hands

Big Knives

Trips to the Emergency Room

Inedible Appetizers

One of the most underrated comedians of our time, Patton Oswalt, returns with a new hour-long stand-up special. It’s said to be his most upbeat special yet, with far-reaching topics like hopelessness, defeat and misery. Can’t wait! (Friday, April 22, Netflix)


Chopped Jr. Season 2, April 26, Food Network

All good things must come to an end, as must Mike & Molly. After six years on the air, CBS unceremoniously pulled the plug on Melissa McCarthy’s sitcom, burying the show on Monday nights to air its final eps back-to-back—the last chance for fans to see the chubby lovebirds in action before they go to that big screening room in the sky. (Monday, April 25, CBS) APRIL 27, 2016






A look at L.A. after dark

the home bar is where the heart is | get amped up with our party mixes | local legends name their nightlife icons | 12 spots for a latenight bite | 3 bars off the beaten path By Stephan Horbelt, Dan Loughry & Patrick Rosenquist

FIREWaTER FAvORITES “MY BOYFRIEND AND I work way too much, and in the eight years we’ve been together, we took one amazing vacation to Tulum,” says Garrett McKechnie, who opened DTLA’s Bar Mattachine. “It lives in our memories as the greatest place ever. There’s a genius and perfect little outdoor restaurant in the jungle there called Hartwood. Reminiscent of a warm tropical night, this drink is inspired by our experience dining there.”

The Hartwood 2 oz. Mezcal .75 oz. fresh lime juice .75 oz. demerara sugar 1 oz. fresh-pressed pineapple juice Shake with a large block of ice Strain over a block of ice and top with a swirl of Angostura bitters Drink!

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For that nonpareil cocktail that ends up changing your life, don’t ask the ‘tender to serve it to you at the bar—ask for it in his living room By Patrick Rosenquist


fter you’ve gotten dressed, snagged an Uber, overpaid for too many cocktails and spent the night dealing with the din of an overcrowded bar, you might think to yourself—why even go out? The obvious answer is: that’s boring! Sitting at home with a bottle of Maker’s Mark may be easier on your stress levels and wallet, but it’s a pretty lonesome and depressing way to kill a night. But what if you didn’t have to leave your house to enjoy great cocktails with friends? What if you just opened up your own home bar? Recently, a group of Angelenos has taken their love of liquor to the next level by fashioning fullfledged bars inside their own homes. Their speakeasies range in style from something you might mistake for a Silver Lake hot spot to homier, looser affairs. It’s the natural extension of the home pop-up restaurant craze, like West Hollywood’s BRK or Asian comfort food supper club Starry Kitchen. Most of the locals fashioning home bars are already involved in the cocktail business—they’re either bartenders by trade or work with liquor in some other fashion—and they’re using their own home bars to experiment with new drinks or let friends try some of their favorite concoctions.

Here’s How It’s Done

Rachel Mae Furman runs Smoke & Honey out of her Los Feliz apartment, and the spot has become 46 FRONTIERSMEDIA.COM

something of a benchmark for similar ventures. The retro-chic décor and dizzying variety of whiskies has all the trappings of a fashionable dive. The lifestyle blogger told Los Angeles magazine last year that the key to a good bar is attention to detail. “Good drinks are just one small part of it. There has to be good lighting, good music and then something to talk about,” she says. Smoke and Honey is mainly for friends and events, so snagging a seat can be a challenge. El Tigre Magnifico, located in a Glendale apartment complex, actually advertises for new patrons through an Instagram account (@eltigrecocktails). Cary Daniels and Matt Blackburn, the roommates who operate the venture, usually hold a contest of some sort (such as writing a poem) and choose a few folks to experience their creation. The pair even print out menus for their guests, with options like the Secret Handshake (Rye, Green Tea Chai, Bitters, Citrus Zest) or the Rocketman (Tequila, Cucumber, Rocket, Lime, Simple Syrup and White Truffle Sea Salt). The options are adventurous, to say the least; Blackburn is a professional bartender eager to try new drinks. Eagle Rock’s Sly Bar was built as a temple to all things geek. The name is a reference to the TV show Firefly, and the bar is littered with sci-fi trinkets like Colonel Tigh’s flask. Operators Chuck Taggart and Wesley Moore are very interested in the history of

L.A. Area Home Bars Barage

Mid-City @bartendologizm (Twitter)

Cooper Koi

Studio City @DoctorByDay (Twitter)

Smoke and Honey

Los Feliz @rachelmaefurman (Insta)

El Tigre Magnifico

Glendale @eltigrecocktails (Insta) @ETMcocktails (Twitter)





“WE HAVE SO MANY good cocktails on our new menu at The Abbey,” says bartender Alessio Tringali. “I’m a tequila drinker, and I love the ‘East L.A.’ cocktail, which is made with Cazadores Reposado, mint, lime, fresh cucumber juice and agave nectar. It’s light, refreshing and served in a coupe, which is fun. It’s the perfect Sunday Funday cocktail for tequila drinkers. I also really like the heat from our Jalapeño Lime Margarita, which is made with our own exclusive tequila, barrel-aged for us by Patron.”





When your regular weekend bar crawl starts to seem more like a chore, it’s time to switch things up, and these 3 local bars are just the place to do it For Cocktails: Artesia Bar

With the impending May closure of Venice gay bar Roosterfish looming over L.A. residents who will fondly remember the beachfront bar, LGBTQers will need to drive a little further south to the South Bay. Artesia Bar is the only gay bar between Venice and Long Beach, and for locals and visitors alike, it offers up drag shows, karaoke, go-go boys, happy hour (‘til 9 p.m.) and never a cover. Check it out on a Monday for its Drag Race screening party, bring a group for “Gayme Night” on Wednesdays (pool, trivia, beer pong) or prepare to really let loose at “Forbidden Fridays,” the bar’s self-appointed boys’ night. 1995 Artesia Blvd., Redondo cocktails and have a particularly keen enthusiasm for obscure aperitifs and bitters.

Now It’s Your Turn

So, want to start your own home bar? First things first: like every establishment listed here, you can’t charge for drinks, unless you enjoy dealing with the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Some, like El Tigre Magnifico, leave out tip baskets for imbibers and count on generosity. Most, though, aren’t in it for the money—it’s a fun venture where you can meet some new friends. What about supplies? Bar Keeper is a great place for the necessary hardware and trinkets, with a special focus on hard-to-locate spirits and bitters. (Sly Bar’s Moore works at Bar Keeper, too, located at 3910 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.) As for décor, that’s the great thing about building your own bar: it can be anything you want. Some go for a polished look, while others, like Bar Rescue regular Joseph Brooke’s Barage, keep it simple; it’s just a bar in a garage. Locating some great vinyl stools or the perfect highball glasses is easy—eBay or Craigslist are popular sources, and checking out bars that have gone kaput is a good way to snag supplies at a reasonable price. What can you do with a home bar? The obvious answer is entertain. Everyone can throw a great dinner party, but how about throwing a great whiskey tasting? Gather some friends (or strangers), pour some drinks and relax. You’ll be happy you skipped the Uber.

For a Tallboy of Beer

It’s been less than a year since DTLA became a real hotbed of L.A.’s LGBT nightlife, but way before the neighborhood’s ‘New Pink Triangle’ (as we dubbed it last August) began to draw out gays from across the city, The New Jalisco Bar was keeping things no-frills in a part of town that sees more upscale dining spots and coffee shops pop up weekly. The Historic Core dive bar—which celebrated its three-year anniversary earlier this month and which draws a mostly local, fun-loving Latin@ crowd—is a go-to for cheap drinks (bring cash) and drag performances. 245 S. Main St., DTLA

For Polynesian Specialties

Tiny East Side spot Tiki Ti scared us all last May when it announced an “indefinite closure,” but we thank the Tiki gods that the decades-old bar (it celebrates 55 years on April 28!) is back and better than ever. Well, technically it’s closed right now for Spring Break, but it will reopen on April 20! First timers: According to the bar’s website, Ray’s Mistake is its most popular drink; The Stealth is the strongest. Personally, we’re a fan of the Scorpion. Oh, and nonsmokers (and many smokers, too, most likely) will be happy to hear that lighting up is no longer allowed inside. You’ll have to take your habit to the sidewalk outside. 4427 Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz —S.H. APRIL 27, 2016


Spend Cash Before the Sun Comes Up

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For Tokyo Treasures

How to describe the Tokyo Japanese Outlet ...? Come sift through a treasure chest of goodies from the land that brought us sushi and Sanrio. Great for gifts, you’ll find everything from housewares to candy. 2109 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A. Open ‘til: 11 p.m., midnight on Fri-Sat

Carney’s, 800 Degrees, Roscoe’s



At 800 Degrees, which just opened its two-story Hollywood location last week, you can fully customize a Neapolitan pizza that takes mere minutes inside the restaurant’s wood-fire oven. 10889 Lindbrook Dr., Westwood Open ‘til: 2 a.m.

It’s a Fairfax District landmark that after all these years still serves up old-school Jewish deli favorites, and Canter’s is always a packed house, anytime of night. Bonus points for spotting Rodney Bingenheimer, Mayor of the Sunset Strip. 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Mid-City Open ‘til: 24 hours

A Customized Pizza

A Hot Dog (Served in a Rail Car)

Pastrami on rye

Surely you already knew that our city’s famed music haven Amoeba is open late, but maybe you forgot. Great for killing time before heading into the Cineramadome or for a latenight bout of dropping down some plastic, the aisles of music, movies, vintage tees and posters are endless. 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. Open ‘til: 11 p.m., 10 p.m. on Sundays

A slice of homemade pie

Its location in the middle of the Sunset Strip doesn’t make it the easiest spot to get to unless you’re already up in Crazytown, but chili cheese dog fans know Carney’s is worth it. 8351 W. Sunset Blvd., WeHo Open ‘til: Midnight, 3 a.m. on weekends

We’re not sure you can call Brite Spot a greasy spoon with all its Vegan options—maybe a ‘hipster spoon’? The dessert case here is particularly enticing. 1918 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park Open ‘til: Midnight, 3 a.m. on weekends

The World’s Best Brownie Sundae

Spicy Korean diner eats

A regular landing spot for L.A. residents who take up residence in the adjacent Hollywood Hills, The 101 Coffee Shop is the epitome of ‘retro cool,’ and its waffle brownie, topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce, is heavenly. 6145 Franklin Ave., Hlywd Hills Open ‘til: 3 a.m.

Think of BCD Tofu House like the Korean version of a never-closing Denny’s, but instead of pancakes, you come here for steaming hot pots of tofu stew, kim chi and a tiny little fried mackerel. 3575 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown Open ‘til: 24 hours

A Boozy Milkshake

Spaghetti and meatballs

A swanky spot inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 25° was a progenitor of L.A.’s build-a-burger craze, though it’s a notch or two above the others. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd Open ‘til: 24 hours

Those who have never stepped into Jones might think it’s a bar (which, sure, it is), but it’s also an old-schoolreminiscent Italian spot that serves up classic dishes. 7205 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo Open ‘til: 2 a.m.

Chicken and Waffles

Steak and Eggs

You can never go wrong with a two-piece, side of waffles at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, unless you’re really hungry, in which case you should order a side of mac ‘n’ cheese, too. 5006 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City Open ‘til: midnight, 2 a.m. on weekends

DTLA’s famed all-night spot, where the door literally doesn’t have a lock, The Original Pantry Cafe will cook you up the perfect steak and eggs at any time of night. Just bring cash. 877 S. Figueroa St., DTLA Open ‘til: 24 hours

French Toast (Served by a Hipster)


Popular retro diner Fred 62 has been around for nearly two decades, serving breakfast eats, an assortment of deep-fried appetizers (like the popular mac ‘n’ cheese balls) and a ‘pot pie of the day.’ 1850 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz Open ‘til: 24 hours

When you want BBQ in the Valley, go to Boneyard Bistro, where the late-night menu includes burgers and tons of unhealthy but delicious apps, like the “Bacon Building Blocks.” 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks Open ‘til: Midnight Sun-Thu, 1 a.m. on weekends —S.H.


For Vintage Vinyl

For the Latest Hipster Zine

Did seeing Batman v. Superman unleash the inner nerd that hasn’t bought a comic in decades? Scratch that itch at one of the city’s most popular comic book emporiums, Secret Headquarters, where you can also pick up graphic novels and zines from indie publishers. 3817 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake Open ‘til: 9 p.m., 7 p.m. on Sundays

For a Book Club Selection

A last remaining vestiges of a Los Angeles neighborhood bookstore, Skylight Books is, like, 10 times cooler than a Barnes & Noble. Sure, you can find a best seller, but don’t pass up the indie stuff by local artists and authors. 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz Open ‘til: 10 p.m.


We asked some of L.A.’s contemporary nightlife legends to name a personal icon of the after-dark world Raja

Boulet Brothers

Drag superstar; winner, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3; host of Fashion Photo RuView

Nightlife-promoting duo behind Queen Kong at Precinct and traveling party Dragula

The early ‘90s were the backdrop of my coming-out, and one of the deities that mapped New York as the capital of creative nightlife freedom was Susanne Bartsch. She introduced me unknowingly to other characters and idols, like Mathu Andersen, Zaldy, RuPaul and so many other celebutantes. I’m not close to her. Perhaps she wouldn’t remember my name if I saw her again. The pervert in me wants her to always ignore me and make me work harder to befriend her. I lived in a time when you had to work hard and show yourself to earn a nod or glance. Never look in my eyes, Susanne. I am undeserving!

As one of the creators of the legendary party Squeezebox, Michael Schmidt pioneered and helped cultivate an ambisexual, punk rock movement in New York City during the ‘90s. Every Friday night, an army of pretty boys, drag queens, cool celebrities and rough rockers converged at Don Hill’s in Tribeca and nearly blew the roof off the place. The sexual energy and ‘no holds barred’ attitude made it a playground in debaucherous punk rock heaven.There was nothing like it.

Paul Nicholls

One of the earliest personas I saw was Jimmy James. I was like, “whoa, fuck.” It was Provincetown in the ‘90s, and there was Jimmy James, looking like Marilyn Monroe was back—an amazing performer. He was in Provincetown,New York, did Studio One here in WeHo, and last year when my nieces (ages 4 and 3) were obsessed with the song “Fashionista,” my sister told me and I was like, “Wait! What? That’s Jimmy Fucking James. I know him!

Local promoter behind Fresh Fridays at Flaming Saddles and the traveling Stripper Circus Perhaps the most famous gay club door host ever, Alan T, the “Darling of South Beach Nightlife,” is a legend. He’s made a lasting impression on so many, and his unique voice (usually heard through a megaphone at the door) has been sampled on dozens of club hits, including the recent “Turn It,” where he says the word “legendary” as only a true legend can! You can catch him ‘working’ the door Memorial Day Weekend at Matinée Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Sanker The “High Priest of Gay Parties” and founder of White Party Palm Springs I’ll never forget working for Steve Rubell back in the days of Studio 54 in New York City. While he may not have been the best role model, he knew how to throw amazing parties and make every guest feel special. We had a lot of great times, and I learned many great lessons that I still use today. Two things in particular he told me: “The one thing you own in life is your name,” and “Always show up for your own party.”

Billy Francesca Promoter of long-running L.A. party Dance Bitch, host of Has#ing It Out with Billy Francesca

Josh Peace Local DJ, producer and the promoter behind L.A.’s popular Mustache Mondays party As a young kid obsessed with house music and nightlife culture, I fell in love with DeeeLite and lead singer Lady Miss Kier when I first saw them on MTV in 1990. From her gorgeous lyrics and vocal prowess to her wonderfully colorful and highly chic style, her messages of love and togetherness really spoke to the young queer in me and gave me a deee-licious glimpse into the club scene of early ‘90s New York. From top: Michael Schmidt, Susanne Bartsch, Steve Rubell, Alan T, Jimmy James, Lady Miss Kier

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FIREWaTER FAvORITES THE NEXT TIME you’re hosting a get-together at your digs—over the holidays, for a birthday, next Saturday night—try this delicious party punch out on your guests. There isn’t a recipe per se, as different folks like different intensities when it comes to cocktails. (I always say, if it doesn’t burn a bit, it’s too weak.) The punch itself is a combination of rum, pineapple juice, simple syrup and lime juice. Once you get the proportions to your liking, chill it in the fridge. Before your guests arrive, strain it into a punch bowl and add a block of “fruity ice”— that’d be a block of ice in which you’ve frozen some raspberries, strawberries, whatever you like—and chilled champagne. Give it a gentle stir (don’t kill the bubbles!) and add lime wheels. As your “fruity ice” melts, it’ll release berries into the punch, which makes for a great presentation when you serve it in small rocks glasses. —S.H.








626 Night Market

ASIA KNOWS THE NIGHT When it comes to carousing after-dark, four local spots take their cues from night markets of the Far East, where food brings people together and live entertainment brings them even closer 626 Night Market

This summer will mark the fifth year of the largest Asian-themed open-air bazaar in the country, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The weekend-long event (July 2-4, July 22-24, Aug. 5-7, Sept. 2-4) is packed with food—from grilled kebabs to the quirkiest of vehicles for Sriracha—merchandise and art for sale, crafts, games and live music. A showcase for local restaurants, entrepreneurs and artists, it’s a must for your nightlife bucket list.

OC Night Market

Three exciting weekends (May 13-15, June 17-19, Aug. 26-28) are planned for the OC installment’s third year, begun after the Arcadia edition saw


such success. Just as with the 626 Night Market, these weekend-long events are packed with food, art, tons of merch for sale and live entertainment.

Night + Market

Completely unrelated to the 626 and OC Night Markets, local Angeleno Kris Yenbamroong opened Night + Market on the Sunset Strip years ago, a paean to Thai street food that saw nothing but stellar reviews, with Jonathan Gold referring to it as “groovier than I had expected it to be.” Here lies authentic Thai dishes, using every part of the pig (to be blunt), served along with Mekong whiskey, beer, wine and cocktails. Opt for a rice

dish, a noodle dish or a fried pig tail—whatever you try, it’ll be delicious. 9041 Sunset Blvd., WeHo,

Night + Market Song

The Silver Lake incarnation of Yenbamroong’s restaurant (“Song” is Thai for “two”) extends his mission statement, “aharn glam lao,” which translates to “We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends.” And who can argue with that? You’ll find the same delicious Thai dishes here—snacks, salads, curries and stir-fries—plus beer and wine. 3322 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, —S.H.



A Sex & Culture Tour of BERLIN Exploring one of Europe’s most notoriously bleak cities, from its haunting museums and friendly cafés to seedy bars and sex clubs By Jeff Leavell

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Get to know Berlin


o say they fuck a lot in Berlin is an understatement. They seriously fuck a lot in Berlin. Alex and I were on our honeymoon. We would be traveling from Berlin to Paris to Barcelona, ending in Madrid. Our boyfriend, Jon, wasn’t able to attend. He had recently started a new job. We had taken a one-bedroom apartment in Berlin’s immigrant-heavy Neukolln, right on Sonenallee—a street full of Arabic and donair and falafel, where women in hijabs wandered the streets and shops with children in tow, laughing and gossiping, their words foreign and exotic; strangely poetic. Syrian men sat in cafés drinking dark coffee from small white cups, playing chess and watching soccer games, smoking. This is November 2015, right at the beginning of the refugee “crisis.” Alex and I were warned to be careful in our neighborhood. Warned of intolerance of and violence toward gays. Someone told us a story of a gay man being beaten by a group of immigrant boys. The news was full of apocalyptic predictions—end of a way of life, terrorism, fear and xenophobia. Despite all this, a lot of cafés and restaurants had signs that said “Refugees Welcome.” I felt completely at home in Neukolln, in our highceilinged, old-world-charmed one-bedroom apartment with a cat named Spike and a small balcony looking down onto the street. I felt safe on those streets, and maybe that was crazy—I was a gay Jew wandering the Muslim-heavy streets of Neukolln, Berlin, when Europe was in the middle of a Syrian refugee situation. But the thing about Syrian refugees is they are just people. As simple as that sounds, it’s the truth. Some are good, some are bad. I live in a country where armed white Christian men walk into schools and shoot little kids. The world is nuanced. Rarely is anything black or white. We decided, on our first day in Berlin, to go to the Topography of Terror museum. I wanted to get some of the heavier “Jewish stuff” out of the way. I knew I couldn’t ignore Germany’s history, but I didn’t want to get too caught up in it. In some ways, though, history is inescapable in Berlin. The city is weighed down by


its past. In other ways, the free, young, liberalness of the city—the art and the adventure of it, the sheer audacity of a city steeped in such darkness burning so bright—amazed me. Before heading to the museum, we had breakfast at Zimt & Mehl, a local café on a canal in Neukolln. Alex ordered chili con carne because it was the only thing on the menu he recognized. I ordered something I thought was eggs. It was an omelette with a smoky ham, along with a bag of pastries and bread. The guy behind the counter was young and friendly and super sexy. He spoke a little English. When we told him we were from L.A., he yelled, “Hollywood!” We ate breakfast there every day. I liked sitting on the canal, under the gloomy canopy of clouds. The Topography of Terror museum is on the site where the Nazi headquarters for the SS and the Gestapo were. The Berlin Wall, once separating West from East, runs along the border. I am not religious. I like to say I am Jewish by default, but I find it hard to even watch movies about the Holocaust. I’ve never seen Schindler’s List. Sophie’s Choice almost destroyed me. The divide between my world and that world of pain and despair, where humans can treat other humans in such dark and terrifying ways, feels too big too me. Too incomprehensible. But standing there, in the Topography of Terror, the history of that nightmare displayed before me, I couldn’t help but cry. It startled both Alex and I. I had to go to the bathroom. I hid out for a few minutes, in one of the stalls, scouring Scruff for hot German boys. I woofed a sexy bearded man named Hanno, and then went back upstairs. At Berlin Wall crossing point Checkpoint Charlie, the guard/actor asked where we were from. When we told him the USA, he started chanting, “Obama! Obama!” and did a strange, slightly sexy dance. Then Hanno woofed us back. We made plans to meet that night at a bear bar called Woof in Schoeneberg. We ate dinner at a mostly gay restaurant in Schoenberg called Rastatte, having spaetzle and beef goulash. The food was amazing; German comfort at its best.

The 8th borough of Berlin, it’s a mix of immigrants and hipsters, 24-hour donair and upscale cafés. A little edgier than the rest of Berlin, but with an authentic urban feel.


A museum named after the crossing point between east and west Berlin, it keeps a tally of the deaths and attempts—some successful— to cross the wall and escape East Berlin.


The neighborhood Bowie called home during his Berlin years, it’s an urban oasis of parks, open-air markets and plazas. Art galleries, gay bars (leather, fisting, bears, twinks) and upscale fashion stores combine the essence of old Berlin with modernity.


A small, popular, mostly gay restaurant in Schoeneberg. Perfectly located and open late to be enjoyed before or during a night out. The beef goulash and spaetzle is out of this world.


Located in famous nightclub Berghain, to call it a sex club doesn’t do it justice. The club(s) are part of the old East Berlin industrial power station. There’s a dark, edgy feel to the experience, but once inside it’s welcoming and friendly, and all fetishes are catered to.


Located in trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood, it’s the spot for a Berlin brunch, not fancy but lowkey and friendly. If you want to feel like a local, this is the place to be. It’s a buffet-style brunch with Turkish and Middle Eastern food, plus eggs and crêpes and nutella. Afterward you can stroll along the canals and outdoor markets that line the waterway on the weekends.


e arrived at Woof an hour before we were supposed to meet Hanno. It was early for Berlin, around 10 p.m., and the bar was only moderately busy. There was a dark backroom where guys were already starting to get busy. Alex and I walked through, stopping for a moment as one youngish looking guy was on his knees, surrounded by three large men— each resembling Santa Claus, with big bellies and beards—standing around him, dicks out. The bartender was a sexy muscle bear who spoke excellent English and bought us drinks because “We love Americans!” He even showed us pictures of his ass. When I asked if I could see the real thing, he pulled his pants down and let me play with it a little. That guy was awesome. We met another American—an opera singer who was in Berlin while on tour. One of the things I love about traveling is the strange way you make sudden, lasting friends, especially with other Americans—people whom if we’d met them in L.A. we might not be friends with them or have even been to the same places. There’s a camaraderie among travelers that can happen. I wondered, for a while, if we were going to make out with our new friend the opera singer, but that didn’t happen. It should have. I have a feeling it could have. The bartender told us about Laboratory, a sex party/bar that did two-for-one drinks on Friday nights.

(Left) Topography of Terror Museum; (right) Berlin at night; (below, from top) Berghain, Café Morgenland, WOOF Berlin

Alex and I pictured Slammer—a sex club back home in Silver Lake—with a bar, and weren’t sure we really wanted to go, but we were in a strange city 6,000 miles from home and were looking for all the sexy adventures we could find. When Hanno showed up, there was an immediate connection. Another thing I love about travel: you get to be the person you want to be but can’t always be at home. You get to explore new aspects of who you might be; you don’t have to censor yourself in the same ways. The rules change, because suddenly you aren’t confined to the expectations of others—how they see you, what they know of you. Suddenly you are in a world that has never seen you before, so you get to be whoever you want. Alex and Hanno and I made out in the middle of the bar. I played with both their dicks through their pants. Rarely do I come across a guy who has a dick as big as my husband’s. I had that kind of nervous excitement that was more familiar to my 18-year-old self than my 47-year-old self. I suddenly couldn’t wait to go home and get fucked. The three of us—Alex, Jon and myself—aren’t open exactly. We share a kind of monogamy that works well for us. Jon knew that part of this trip, our honeymoon, was going to be sex-filled. He wanted to hear all the stories, to be as included as possible so he had something to fantasize about. So as Hanno and Alex and I made our way back to our apartment, I sent Jon texts telling him everything that had happened and everything that was going to happen.


t’s nice when an experience is as hot as you’d hoped it would be. I still felt the throbbing from the two of them the next day, as Alex and I walked around The Jewish Museum, stunned into silence inside the exhibit Shalechet (Fallen Leaves in the Memory Void). Shalechet is a large stone open room, and over 10,000 howling faces cut into heavy circular iron plates litter the floor. You are forced to walk over them, the grinding cries of the metal echoing in the room. Like walking over frozen, crying faces. The feeling inside that room was isolating; a kind of despairing loneliness. It was existential. I still don’t know exactly what was revealed to me inside Shalechet, but it continues to resonate. That night we went to Laboratory. It’s in the basement of the famous club Berghain. Nothing can prepare an American for the kind of decadent abandonment that occurs inside that vast, endless space. There was a freedom to it devoid of guilt or morality; thousands of men came together to fuck in all the ways men like to fuck—piss, bareback, condoms, fisting, slings—every variation imaginable

seemed to occur, and yet it occurred with respect and dignity. A kind of innocence that I can’t put my finger on. Rejection felt polite and friendly. People smiled at you. The hierarchies I am used to in L.A. didn’t seem to exist. When you enter, you pay 13 Euro. You are given a large black garbage bag that you put your clothes and valuables in. You return the bag, and a burly man writes a number on your tricep. This is your account. All your drinks will be billed to this account. You settle up when you leave. Every dollar you spend on drinks is subtracted from your 13 Euro balance, so it’s worth drinking at least that much in drinks. Alex and I got lost inside those mazes. We gave into that world. Again, we could be whoever we wanted. I could be the dirtiest bottom or the most relentless top. (I’m a big fan of versatility.) No one held me to rules or to any kind of defining category. I was free to be what I wanted, when I wanted. I was free to allow my preferences to change. We didn’t split up. We never do. I like to watch Alex fuck other guys. He likes to watch me get fucked or fuck, though I suspect he mostly likes to watch me get fucked. It’s part of the fun. It means we are engaged with each other. It means that even when we are with someone else, we are still sharing the experience, together. It’s our form of monogamy. The next day we went to brunch at Café Morgenland in Kreuzberg and then went shopping at an open market along one of the many canals. The weather was warm. Everyone was out. Young Berliners set up picnics with wine and cheese and sandwiches along the sidewalk. Alex and I stopped for an espresso at a café. We sat outside and FaceTimed with Jon. We walked him around the market, showing him our Berlin. We told him stories of Laboratory, focusing on the sexy Venuzuelan we both fucked, and the crazy British guy with the amazing dick who Alex shared me with. For a moment, things got quiet. It was strange not having Jon with us. We missed him. Alex and I walked back through the market, holding hands, buying gifts for our mothers and friends back home. I think I fell madly in love with him again on that day. With both of them. The light in Berlin was amazing; shadowed and golden. Fallen leaves collected on the streets. A rain began to fall, but no one seemed to notice or care. Next issue: Our Poly Honeymoon, Part 2: Paris Interrupted, when Jeff’s and Alex’s culinary, cultural and sexual tour of the city is interrupted by last November’s terrorist attacks Jeff Leavell is a writer living in Hollywood with his husband and boyfriend, their three cats and dog Paco. Find him online at APRIL 27, 2016


By Patrick Rosenquist




Move over, ladies. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it’s time to celebrate men’s fashion. Three hundred prim, playful and punk rock years of it


(Opposite page) Coat and vest, France, 1800; (this page) punk jacket, United States, 1978-83


lot of early reactions have commented on the structure of the exhibit; the back-and-forth,” says Sharon Takeda, the senior curator of costumes and textiles at LACMA. She’s referring to the museum’s new exhibit, Reigning Men, a comprehensive review of men’s fashion over the last 300 years. Instead of laying out the exhibit as a strict chronological history, clothes were paired together in order to show the ongoing dialogue of fashion—Dandies informed the flower power era, while the DIY spirit of punk is reflected in the world of 19th century clothing. Takeda and Kaye Spilker, her co-curator, have spent the last five years putting together one of the largest reviews of men’s

fashion in history. “Women’s clothing gets a lot of the attention, and I think that’s for a lot of reasons. Women’s garments are usually better taken care of, we look back at trends in women’s fashion more thoroughly, and maybe we think that men were dressed by their women so their choices aren’t as consequential,” says Spilker. “But we have such a huge assortment.” The exhibit, on display through Aug. 21, came about when Takeda and Spilker were organizing a previous show, 2007’s Fashioning Fashion, an exploration of European men’s, women’s and children’s trends from the 18th to early 20th centuries. “We were putting together the show and realized we had a APRIL 27, 2016


Style Through the Centuries (Top row from top left) At-home robe (Banyan), England, c. 1880, and slipper, probably China for the European market, c. 1870; smoking jacket, United States, 1890s; Johnson Hartig for Libertine Fall/Winter 2009-10 (Middle) Johnson Hartig for Libertine Fall/Winter 2012-13 Jeremy Scott for Adidas Spring/ Summer 2013; Jeremy Scott for Adidas Fall/Winter 2013-14 (Bottom) Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2014; Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2013; Kean Etro for Etro Fall/Winter 2014-15

great amount of men’s clothing on hand,” says Takeda. “In this time period, we had a thorough idea of how men’s fashion has changed, and we thought, ’Wow, it’s really raining men!’” The pun highlights both the playfulness and novelty of this show. Fashion retrospectives tend to focus on women, leaving behind a large swath of history. Men’s fashion also highlights trends not visible in women’s clothing, making apparent the different means wealth has manifested over the years. The change between simple clothing and ostentatious showings of wealth highlights how Western society has understood prosperity—as Spilker puts it, “In the 19th century, the idea of a ’good man’ meant you owned a very well-tailored but simple suit. Earlier than that, gold adornments were a better sign.” Men’s fashion, like women’s, has gone through periods of revolution and reassessment. Because the show isn’t presented chronologically, different influences and trends are highlighted throughout the centuries, showing the diversity and limitations of men’s fashion. Psychedelic and otherworldly outfits from the 1960s are paired with Dandy getups, highlighting the way cut, form and color have been interpreted and restructured throughout the years. Mid-century pieces—unusually subdued in approach—are paired with simple outfits from the 1800s. The bricolage of our current period, with its focus on self-expression, is contrasted with the trends it has consumed from other periods, showing how men have understood fashion as a means of displaying personality and social status. 56


Putting together Reigning Men took nearly a half-decade, and the chronologically agnostic approach meant it was easier for the curators to include smaller trends and build meaning from their existing collection. As Spilker puts it, “We were able to highlight ideas and didn’t have to think about creating a strict history. We were more interested in trends.” Still, there were pieces that proved difficult to find; despite its outsized presence in the Californian and national imagination, very few Zoot suits exist today. “Other museums told us the same thing: finding a Zoot suit is very, very hard,” says Takeda. The search began in 2000, with a show highlighting California history, and it took a decade to find a suitable piece. “We actually found it at auction, but it wasn’t labeled a Zoot suit. Of course, we knew what it actually was, so we bid on it,” she says. Both curators hope the show speaks to a large audience. While we think of men’s fashion as being more or less constant in form and presentation, Takeda and Spilker think we are at a point where men are more open to new ideas when it comes to clothing themselves. “There’s more focus on self-expression and individuality,” says Takeda. “I think that’s because men are dressing themselves instead of relying on their wives.” Spilker agrees, adding that there’s an unusual amount of diversity in men’s clothing these days. “Men are willing to experiment and stand out,” she says. “It’s been a trend in the last few decades. But I hope younger audiences walk through the exhibit and realize something: there’s absolutely nothing new in fashion. Everything has been done.”


(Opposite page) Kean Etro for Etro Fall/Winter 2014-15

APRIL 27, 2016




From left: Mario Falcone, Kevin Spacey, Gabriele Esposito, Wentworth Miller, Greg Louganis, Johnathon Schaech


We Need to Talk About Kevin We recently told you all about sexy Italian dancer Roberto Bolle—and showed you every inch of him in a hot nude video. This week, Kevin Spacey appeared on Italian television ogling scantily clad male dancers. For reasons we are not completely clear on, Spacey was a guest judge on the Italian TV show Amici di 58


A Prison Breakdown Wentworth Miller recently spoke out about a meme showing him shirtless in his Prison Break prime next to a photo of him a few years later, significantly heavier. The meme annoyed him because at the time of his weight gain, he spiraled downhill mentally and was suicidal. He says, “In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to.” Why, oh why, didn’t he choose sex? If he’d chosen sex and alcohol, maybe I could’ve had a chance. While I don’t wish him pain, it’s hard to have too much sympathy for someone who gained weight after a large part of his success came from showing off his once-hot body. As it turns out, this meme had two positive ramifications for Miller: it reminded him those tough days were behind him, and it showed him smiling. He was happy. Well, of course he was; he’d probably just eaten! Louganis Makes the Box After years of campaigns, General Mills has announced that Greg Louganis will, at long last, adorn the Wheaties box starting in May. “Back in ‘95, I wasn’t expecting to live very long because we thought of HIV/AIDS as a death sentence,” says the Olympian. “So to be here today, now 56, the box means so much more to me than it would have then, because I feel like I’m being embraced as a whole person, not just for my athletic achievement.” A Vote For ‘Valentina’ As this column went to press, I attended Pasadena

Playhouse’s West Coast premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, a show I’ve wanted to see since it debuted on Broadway in 2014. The story is ostensibly about a group of heterosexual city men (circa 1962) who go to a resort in the Catskills on weekends to live and dress as women. While the circumstances are somewhat based on fact, that’s really not what the play is about. It’s really a story about being true to yourself and standing up to injustice—even if it’s not targeted directly at you. The cast was quite good, but the show was ably stolen by Valerie Mahaffey, who never disappoints. While this production just closed, the play is provocative enough to warrant seeing should you ever get the chance. Ask Billy: More Mario? Our question comes from Gavin in London: “Big fan, Billy. I love your dirt about scads of people I’ve never heard of, but they’re definitely worth looking up. What do you know about Mario Falcone? He’s big here in England. Word has it he’s posed with his kit off. Any truth to that? Look into him.” Falcone is a 28-year-old actor who used to be on the semi-scripted reality show The Only Way Is Essex. He left the show last year, though some claim he was really fired after a video leaked showing him snorting cocaine. And that’s the difference between the UK and the US: here, such a video would be a career boost! Over the past year, he’s been lying low professionally. But something personal has popped up—his sizable penis. Why he took the fully aroused selfie is unknown, but it’s certainly worth seeing on my site. When Falcone could get a job with Falcon, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Even if you are reading this column in print, do check out the extended version, the site that’s never shy about showing off. If you’ve got a question for me, send an e-mail to Billy@, and I promise to get back to you before someone makes a gay porn called “The Artful Todger”! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.


Kiss and Tell People often forget that Ellen DeGeneres spent a season as an American Idol judge. Here’s something else people forget: at one point she was romantically linked with sexy actor Johnathon Schaech. Before he burst onto the big screen in How to Make an American Quilt, he spent a few years squiring the comedienne on the red carpet. In a recent interview, he revealed it was all a ruse (quelle surprise). “My manager and her manager were the same,” he says. “So my manager came and asked me to walk down the red carpet with her and hold her hand and make sure that I took care of her as if we were out together. ... We just played a little, just made sure people saw pictures. It was all about the pictures.”

Maria De Filippi. Apparently some of the “amici” were a group of sexy guys, led by Gabriele Esposito, a very hot 18-year-old dancer from Naples. While the guys were taking off their clothes and fondling their nether regions to Britney Spears’ “Get Naked (I Got a Plan),” the camera knowingly cut away to a close-up on Spacey, taking it all in—figuratively, of course. I’ll post the (really HOT) video on my site.


Matinee Idols With the American Idol finale, we’ve come to the end of an era. It’s interesting to see the progress of gay rights and visibility in America over the course of the show’s history. Prior to appearing on Season 1, Jim Verraros was an openly gay singer. Allegedly he was told by producers to delete all references to his homosexuality from his online journal. RJ Helton was also a first season contestant who was gay (though not out). Season 2 had Clay Aiken—again, not openly gay. We made some headway with Season 7 and Adam Lambert—openly gay in life, but not out on the show. In fact, we didn’t see an openly gay contestant in the top 10 until 2010 with MK Nobilette (she finished in 10th place). Interestingly, many American Idol contestants have found success after the show ended by playing to gay audiences at Pride festivals and circuit parties. Say what you will about the show, but it offers an interesting snapshot of an era of change, and perhaps it helped that change along.

APRIL 27, 2016


PALM SPRINGS Michael Childers with Lucie Arnaz and Christine Andreas; (below) Hunter Ryan Herdlicka with Marilyn Maye


Legends of the Great White Way pay tribute to the master himself, Stephen Sondheim, as part of Michael Childers’ annual desert benefit By Billy Masters





fter 10 years of producing my Broadway charity concerts for Jewish Family Service of the Desert, I finally get a chance to honor my favorite theater composer, Stephen Sondheim,” says Michael Childers, whose ninth annual One Night Only benefit will be held later this month at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre with the theme Sondheim in Love. Childers is best known for his groundbreaking photographic and philanthropic work. “The show’s emphasis is the romantic motifs of his beautiful songs about relationships, and the joy and the agony of them.” When it came to signing a director, Lucie Arnaz was a perfect fit. “I was delighted to be asked to direct this event because I have been a performer in several of Michael’s shows, and I know what fun they are, and it’s Sondheim,” says Arnaz. “For an actor, there’s nothing more rewarding than to chew on a meal of Sondheim lyrics and melodies. They are so smart, so witty.” While an accomplished performer, you may not immediately think of Arnaz as a director. “I am enjoying directing every now and then,” she says. “I’m an organizer, and I like solving problems. Plus, I’ve been putting my own concerts together for a couple decades now and understand the process of finding an arc and the right balance of songs in an evening of material like this. When I am just the performer, I’m always looking at what could have been done better by the people in charge, so I might as well step up and put my money where my mouth is!” Front and center in a concert like this are those unmistakable Sondheim melodies. The music is in good hands with the incomparable John McDaniel leading the show. “It’s so thrilling to be able to arrange and orchestrate Sondheim’s greatest and most complicated love songs and to play with such an extraordinary group of artists who are being flown in from far and wide,” McDaniel says. “I’ll have a fantastic orchestra with winds, brass and strings, so it should be a glorious night all around!” Some of the cast have a close connection to Sondheim,

including Millicent Martin (Side by Side by Sondheim on Broadway and Follies in London’s West End), Brent Barrett (West Side Story on Broadway), Liz Callaway (Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway, Follies with the New York Philharmonic), Patrick Cassidy (Assassins original cast), Howard McGillin (Follies with the New York Philharmonic, Bounce original cast), and Teri Ralston (Company and A Little Night Music on Broadway). Nancy Dussault has worked with Sondheim for decades. “I’ve known Stephen since the ‘60s. I did the readings for Company and worked with him on Side by Side by Sondheim. And then I was brought into the original production of Into the Woods. It’s always a joy to perform his work. On one hand, it’s incredibly difficult and sophisticated material. On the other, it’s simple because it’s all there for you—the form, the language, the emotion, the situation. Brilliant.” Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is one of the youngest performers in this year’s concert, and he made his Broadway debut in the recent revival of A Little Night Music opposite Catherine ZetaJones and Angela Lansbury. He then closed the show alongside their replacements, Sondheim specialists Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. So, what is it that makes Sondheim so special? “It’s hard to put into words,” he says. “I believe that Stephen Sondheim is one of the most gifted artists our world has ever known—a modern-day Shakespeare. To sing his melodies and words is really a privilege.” Then there’s 88-year-old legendary singer Marilyn Maye, who stole the show at Sondheim’s 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. When asked what attracts her to Sondheim, she’s pretty direct: “He’s part of the great American songbook along with word masters like Cole Porter and Johnnie Mercer. I find his stories pertinent, interesting and always surprising in lyric and melody. It’s incredibly rewarding to the talented people who can learn it and perform it!”

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Thu. | April 28 DINING OUT FOR LIFE Palm Springs restaurants

Long time Joan Rivers celebrity impersonator Joe Posa brings his The Bitch is Back show back to town. Performances through April 16 at 7 p.m.

More than 50 local eateries donate a portion of their proceeds from the day to Desert AIDS Project.

Sat. | April 16 SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY Desert Rose Playhouse

Javier Rivera’s touching and humorous one-man show about growing up gay on a small Caribbean island.

Fri. | May 6 HOT RODEO A.C. Dysart Equestrian Center

Annual gay rodeo offers a weekend full of ridings and roping competitions, plus dances, parties and more.

Tue. | April 19 TRIVIA CONTEST Hunters Nightclub

Put all that useless information cluttering your brain to good use. Trivia nights are every Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. Wed. | April 20 AGNES OF GOD Annenberg Theater

Coyote StageWorks’ production of the John Pielmeier drama about a pregnant nun, running through May 1.

VILLAGE PEOPLE O’Donnell Golf Course April 30

MACHO, MACHO MEN “IT’S FUN TO STAY AT THE YMCA” and it’s fun to go to O’Donnell Golf Course for the annual Evening Under the Stars gala on Saturday, April 30. This year’s headliners are the world-renowned “Kings of Disco,” Village People. Formed in 1977, Village People capitalized on the popularity of disco in gay clubs, but they quickly went mainstream with hits like “Macho Man,” “YMCA,” In the Navy” and “Go West.” The group has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. “With Village People performing, Evening Under the Stars will be a fantastic dance party, but the event is much more than that,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program, which puts on the eagerly anticipated soirée. “It’s an opportunity for AAP to raise funds to help us accomplish our mission of providing nutritional support to our at-risk clients who suffer from HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.” —James F. Mills APRIL 27, 2016



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