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CHARLIE’S

KITCHEN

BY CHARLIE NYEREYEGONA

CHARLIE’S CHEF & FOOD BUSINESS OF THE MONTH The Alcove, 51–55 Brunswick Street East, Hove, BN3 1AU 01273 770002, www.alcovehove.co.uk Those of you who know the Medicine Chest in the back streets of Brunswick are probably aware that in the last month it has evolved as the new fabulous Alcove, a French Gastro Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, which according to those in the know, is the definite place to be! My partner Alan and I celebrated five years together at the Alcove and from beginning to end it was a fabulous experience. We started off our evening with a delicious cocktail, East Meets West, containing such delights as saké, chilli water and lychee liquor and continued on with a mouth-watering three course gourmet menu including: pan seared local king scallops with a saffron mousseline; 21 day matured British beef fillet medallion with a wild mushroom sabayon and a mango and ginger parfait with toffee pear sauce and Amaretto biscotti complemented by an intercourse of Champagne and strawberry granite. Divine! In addition the service was excellent!

Who inspires you Sebastien? The old school, Paul Boucuse, Joel Robuchon... fantastic chefs, always evolving. I take traditional French basics at the heart of all French inspired cuisine and put my own twist on it. What are your favourite dishes on the menu? S: I am very proud of my broiled monkfish with crayfish, tarragon, beurre blanc and sun blushed tomato and baby spinach risotto. Some fishmongers will only fillet it and are afraid to cut it and shape it. This is what I do! (I had had it as my main at dinner and it was sublime!) So what else is on the menu at the Alcove? Mireille: We have just started our Moules et Frites night (mussels and chips, very delicious and very traditionally French) on a Wednesday; £14.95 plus a glass of wine or beer and a fabulous live band. On Tuesdays we are planning Cocktail Master classes with our mixologist, Dre and on Thursdays, Wine Master classes with our Sommelier, James; also at £14.95. Great value, I think. Our venue can also be hired in its entirety with a tailor-made menu or we can provide a special dinner for two in the snug or a canapé party in the bar. We want to emphasise that we are completely flexible and open to all suggestions! That is our point of difference. We have also applied for permission to hold civil ceremonies. Who is in the kitchen with you? S: I like to keep control and make sure that everything that goes out of my kitchen is to my high quality and standard. I do a lot of the prep myself but I have a great team that help me to produce the finished product!

I was so impressed that I decided to go behind the scenes and talk to Chef Sebastien Dupire and his lovely wife Mireille, co-owners of the business. How do you describe your style of cooking? Sebastien: French/British Contemporary How do you differentiate yourselves from other French style restaurants around you? S: We are all about creating a fantastic experience based on what specific customers want. We want everyone that comes to us for whatever occasion to be pampered. Almost everything from bread to terrines, foie gras, and pastry is made in house with my personal stamp on it. I am out to produce a quality, highly finished product. What is your role in the business Mireille? (Laughs) Everything besides the cooking! The organisation, administration, liaison, event planning, booking... plus bringing up a five-year-old and a two-year-old! I used to be in recruitment, so I have the gift of the gab. We work well as a team, our skills complement each other and we have a great relationship and a lot of fun! How did you start out in cooking? S: I grew up in a food family and so was interested in food from about the age of 5! I went to a renowned culinary school in France and specialised in pastry. I have 25 years experience in the business in 5 star establishments as far away as Alexandria in Egypt. Closer to home I was Head Chef at the L'Epicurean, two Rosette restaurant in Brighton, and before we opened the Medicine Chest, I was Executive Chef at the Mercure Hotel at Gatwick Airport.

Christmas is on its way, so what can we expect? M: We are offering a Christmas menu from November 29–January 12; £29 for 3 courses; £32 with a Kir Cassis; £35 with a Kir Cassis and 3 Citrus and Vodka Granite. Starters include: homemade beetroot and horseradish Scottish salmon gravadlax; mains: roast turkey breast with lemon and thyme stuffing and a vegetarian option of chestnut and leek stuffed brick pastry parcel with a tomato and caraway coulis; desserts: Christmas pudding baked alaska. The menu is designed for eight people or more but we are flexible! There is also a £10 food and drink voucher redeemable in January/February for the organiser of each party. I chatted to Sebastien and Mireille for over an hour and the time flew by. They are a delightful couple, focused on providing Brighton & Hove with a total bespoke experience from cocktails to wines to fabulous food and music. They are mega busy already so obviously their philosophy and hard work is already paying off. I thoroughly recommend a visit. You may even be able to persuade them to open for lunch for you! Happy Festive Season. Have a great one!


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COME DINE

WITH MORHAM BY MORHAM WHITE This year has seen more restaurant closures than openings. Clearly, this is a sign of the times. Most notably around Palmeira Square, with The Artisan, which was only opened when I reviewed last year is already closed and now an Italian, all within 12 months. Harry’s, nearby is to become No.41, the Meadow is now another Bank steak and ribs outlet (64 Western Road, Hove), akin to the Old Bank in Kemptown. Meanwhile life goes on with breakfasts at The Hub (118 Church Road); steaks in the Rock N Roller (95 Western Road, Brighton); the occasional French delight at L’Eglise (196 Church Road, Hove); Sunday lunches oscillate between my local The Crescent (6 Clifton Hill, Brighton), The A Bar (11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton), with the return of Alex, and my country escape, a revamped Wickwoods Country Club (Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne) where the Sunday carvery is keenly priced and a table in the landscaped garden, a positive delight. The Hub, is currently my brekker of choice, with jumbo full English, and for me the child’s portion (one egg, one rasher, one sausage, beans, mushroom, fresh toms and a round of granary toast) at £5.50. Coffees are excellent and extra toast with marmalade really hits the spot, along with some cheery repartee from the girls doing the tables. Revamped kid on the block, The Diner (11-13 Montefiore Road, Hove) provides a bright, cheery setting, smiley service and £15 for two full English with toast and nice mug of coffee. The Rock N Roller, opposite Waitrose, is one of my stalwarts to grab a bite, with cheery service and steaks of consistent quality. A bottle of Merlot, steak or ribs with fries, and a simple raspberry sorbet completely hits the spot. On a recent family outing to the A Bar with Alex on door patrol, we were parked with a window seat for five. The Sunday roast menu offers large, medium and small portions. Starters, then a hearty roast and fearfully stodgy puddings did us all in, accompanied by bottles of House wine coming in at under a tenner, again £20 a head more than covered the bill. Service was particularly attentive and much enjoyed.

The Sunday alternative is the Wickwoods Country Club carvery. With an impressive revamp they’ve found their market, as the car parks are rammed and though there’s plenty of room indoors and out the other week the earliest table I could book was 3pm (last orders 4pm). There are usually three roasts (beef/pork/turkey) and boiled spuds, peas, carrots, broccoli and a wicked cauli’ cheese. Starters and puddings also available. My two courses with a large wine spritzer and coffee comes in a smidgeon over £20, well worth the trip. I recently escaped to the country for a family celebration at Gravetye Manor, (Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex). The stately stone building with beautiful gardens surrounded by woodland is pure escapism, so drinks in the garden, weather permitting, are a must! We had a room to ourselves to contain the banter and high spirits, with decorated table and personalised menu. The four courses, augmented by a cheese platter and birthday cake were quite superb. The wine list was viewed online prior to arrival and is vast, so time to choose at home was well worthwhile. I secured a homemade pot of jam for each household as a momento and left by taxi in a daze, possibly at the size of the bill for which real saving is a must! I’m sure there’ll be deals over the coming weeks, but one trick I learnt, if the run up to Christmas is too much and the prices unrealistic, try booking an outing in January. Venues will be really keen to see you in the quiet of the New Year. Have a Festive Xmas and Happy Outings for the coming season and the New Year.


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The chapel has its own entrance and reception area, with Osborne & Little wallpaper and beautiful quality soft seating and antique furniture. There is also a library available for pre-partnership interviews with the registrar.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL Same-sex wedding in a church? You can in Eastbourne! Have you ever watched one of those Hollywood films where the bride walks down the aisle surrounded by flowers and secretly hoped that one day it would be your turn? For the first time ever you can have exactly that. In March 2012, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) granted a civil partnership registration to All Saints Chapel in Eastbourne.

ceiling. It’s closer to a mini cathedral but still has that warm and special feeling when you walk in. Both your civil partnership and the postceremony party and wedding breakfast can be hosted at All Saints Chapel. By the clever use of lighting and a high quality professional BOSE sound system the chapel can be transformed into a funky evening venue. To add to the occasion you can either use the existing bar facility or an optic bar can be brought in to give your party that club feeling. The choice is yours.

For legal reasons it is listed as Darley Hall on the ESCC website. All Saints is the only chapel of its type to gain a registration anywhere in England. It offers as close as you can get to a church wedding in England. It’s half an hour from Brighton and with its many hotels and great beach front it is one of Sussex’s best kept secrets. All Saints Chapel is one of the most beautiful in the country. Built in 1874, the Chapel is a Grade II* listed French gothic revival building with a Belgian Altar, German stained glass windows, a unique Font, marble columns and high vaulted

The head chef was trained in London by Antony Worrall Thompson and Gordon Ramsey and is able to come up with some very inventive and unique wedding breakfasts to suit the theme of your wedding. After booking, you will be invited to a menu and wine tasting session to mull over your menu choice and design. The team uses beautiful platinum crockery to compliment the image of your event. The owners also own a nearby restaurant!

The couple who run All Saints Chapel, Mark and Carrie Bird, have two roles: the first is to make your dream come true by listening to your requirements and by taking the stress of organising your day away from you; the second role is breath life back into the chapel again.

The chapel’s in-house wedding planner can take the stress away from the organisation of the event and produce invitations, table plans, place-cards, table designs and themed decorations of your choice. In addition, All Saints Chapel has its own (optional) in-house florist, Ros, who can guide you through the seasonal choices available to you for button holes, bouquets, centrepieces and room décor. A civil partnership in All Saints Chapel will also mean a huge choice of glamorous photographic locations for yourselves and your guests. Next to the beach, Helen Gardens and All Saints Park, the chapel is also set within beautifully manicured lawns with rose bushes, French lavender and with a backdrop which is most akin to a castle! It is also one mile away from The Grand Hotel which is the UK’s only seafront 5 star hotel.

INFO To discuss your requirements or book a viewing please call Mark on: 01323 732 362 or email: mark@allsaintschapel.co.uk or view: www.allsaintschapel.co.uk All Saints Chapel, Darley Road, Eastbourne BN20 7PE List of venues registered for civil partnerships: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/registra tion/registeramarriage/wherecanigetmarrie d/eastbournevenues/default.htm


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BRIGHTON’S ANGLICAN CHURCHES ENGAGE WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY Father David Clues, Vicar of St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton, and Dr Keith Sharpe, Chair of Changing Attitude Sussex, together outline a new proposal from the Brighton Deanery Synod On a sunny day, the view from the pier presents Brighton in all its glory: its larger than life appeal, its historic significance and its cosmopolitan inclusiveness. The shoreline is humanly populated with the teeming masses, colourful and diverse, orthodox and eccentric, joyous and energetic. The skyline is punctuated not only by architectural monuments to play, pleasure and profit, but also by the spires, towers and imposing edifices of some of the nation’s most cherished churches. The original builders of these magnificent ecclesiastical structures intended them to inspire a sense of majesty and awe, reflecting the beauty and truth they believed to be inherent in the Christian religion. Unfortunately this is not how it seems to most people now, and particularly to the large LGBT community of Brighton. For LGBT people the Anglican Church appears at best acquiescent, and at worst complicit in an increasingly reactionary, persecutory and ostracising offensive against hard-won human and equal rights achieved in recent decades. After its laudable role in the postwar campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the 1960s, the Anglican Church hierarchy has systematically opposed every advance in the liberation, equalisation and affirmation of LGBT people ever since. For many it has literally become Enemy Number One. And yet, actually, the reality in the pews of the Anglican churches in Brighton is very different. Despite the best efforts of national church leaders, through intemperate and visceral outbursts, to compromise the patient engagement and dedicated ministry of local clergy and parishes with the LGBT community, there is ample evidence that local Anglican Christian communities are at ease with the human diversity of their context and feel compelled by conviction to welcome and affirm all God’s children, regardless of all distinctions and selfexpression. Amongst many examples of evidence to substantiate this claim there is the recent Changing Attitude Sussex survey of Anglican

There is currently a proposal being discussed by the Brighton Anglican churches to establish a specific post entirely dedicated to working with the LGBT community in our city. This would be an ordained priest who would be available full-time for the community and also for the churches, in order to help them understand LGBT people better and so be in a position better to provide for real needs.

churches which found an overwhelming commitment to full inclusion (this can be seen at www.changingattitudesussex.com).

Some of you may remember the groundbreaking work done by the much loved late Father Marcus Riggs in the 1980s in performing exactly this kind of ‘bridging’ role between the churches and the HIV/AIDS community. If it can be secured this post would operate in a similar way.

Faith is not everyone’s stick of rock, but there are many within the LGBT community who would want to be confident that they can participate fully in the Church and that their contribution to Christian life is as valued and necessary as everyone elses. Equally, the Anglican churches in Brighton would want to dissociate themselves from the language, behaviour and practices of those claiming to speak as ‘Christians’ but who seek to exclude particular categories of people and who fail to understand the distinctive needs and experiences of LGBT people.

As Dr Jeffrey John argued at a recent Changing Attitude meeting, the real Gospel message is at its core one of love and radical inclusivity. All of Jesus’ friends were people regarded by Jewish society as socially unacceptable, outcast and despised. Some church leaders seem to forget this, and they have difficulty remembering that Jesus’ harshest words were reserved for the piously self-righteous, ‘woe to you scribes and pharisees’. We believe that the direction of travel of our city’s local Anglican churches is towards exactly the kind of radical inclusivity Jesus lived out.

“The Anglican churches in Brighton would want to dissociate themselves from the language, behaviour and practices of those claiming to speak as ‘Christians’ but who seek to exclude particular categories of people”


miles away I’m sure it is! Wherever the food comes from the chef does an excellent job. I suggest booking a table in the bar which is the most interesting room, although the Court Room and the Snug are very pleasant. On a good day you can eat and drink outside in the garden or the yard. I’ll leave the full restaurant review to my expert colleague who needs to visit soon, though suffice to say we love The Ram and Firle itself is wonderful. We have often said that maybe it would be a great place to live, but it’s just a tad out of our price range apart from the fact that properties never come on the market, and as it’s all owned by the Firle Estate they probably never will.

VIEW OF NEWHAVEN FROM BEACON

Sussex has some of the loveliest walks in the country and is dead easy to get to with the added advantage of many decent pubs along the way. Boxing Day is, or was, one of the most traditional days to take a walk. We have two or three favourites: Seaford Head to the Golden Galleon in the Cuckmere Valley, High and Over on the road from Seaford to Alfriston, with probably one of the most beautiful views in Sussex. Best of all, in our opinion, is Firle Beacon, which at 217m is one of the highest points in the county. It’s part of the South Downs Way and now, of course, part of the South Downs National Park. Just four or so miles from Lewes is the 500-year-old village of Firle, a classic Sussex village. In the language of travel brochures Firle is nestled in the heart of the South

We’ve been walking this stretch of the South Downs Way for many years and have always ended up at The Ram, which was once a real old fashioned pub serving some of the best local beers (Harvey’s since you ask) and some good pub grub and now must be one of the

most popular gastro pubs in the area. It’s packed to the hilt most weekends with good reason, simple word of mouth has ensured its success. Under new management this place has gone from strength to strength. It’s now essential to book a table for lunch at weekends, that’s how popular it has become. The secret of its success is, for me, the true atmosphere of an old country pub. The young and attractive staff are very friendly, and even if they haven’t seen you for months greet you like an old friend. On a glorious early autumn Sunday the place was packed; muddy wellies, wet dogs and children are everywhere. This being rural Sussex most of the cars are top of the range and the children are extremely well behaved. The food is excellent; they say it’s as local as it can be, and with a large Tesco only four

FIRLE PLACE

Downs, protected by the Beacon, with a variety of cottages, many covered in flint, a community hall and wide-range of local events and fairs. Firle is a thriving rural community in one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom. The heart of this lovely village is, of course, the pub, The Ram. there. The building is an imposing 18C house which in part dates from the Tudor period. It’s open to the public throughout the summer and is well worth a visit. Firle also has, they say, the oldest cricket ground in the world. True or not it hardly matters, it’s ancient, and the annual village fete and regular equestrian events held on the estate make it a very popular venue.

There are so many other villages dotted around Sussex it’s impossible to list them all, but Wilmington, Selmeston, Ripe, Alfriston, Fulking and Alciston all deserve mention. And, of course they all have excellent hostelries, now mostly serving the modern version of pub grub. Some are quite pricey but most will do a decent pie and pint after a bracing walk, whether it’s a mile or ten, and it’s always worthwhile, just think of the health benefits. Have a great Christmas.

INFO http://www.raminn.co.uk/ http://www.firle.com/ http://www.countryfile.com

FIRLE STORES

Christmas means too much food and drink and so it should, but we all know that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So whilst we acknowledge that we really should do some exercise, do we actually need to join a gym when all we need to do is to walk more? The gym culture has taken quite a strong hold on us, which is fine if you want a ripped six pack, but many of us don’t so let’s get out and walk off some of that excess food. It seems very odd that just by walking you can burn an average of 150 calories an hour and walking on a regular basis will result in generally improving your health. Enough of the commercial, it’s obvious that exercise is a good thing and walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways.

THE RAM

FIRLE BEACON

A WALK IN THE PARK Roger Wheeler explores some Sussex sights

The village owes its existence to the Gage family who arrived in 1463 and built the first Firle Place. Since then it has been the home of the family, and now the 8th Viscount Gage lives


GSCENE 29 Cosmopolitan UK is the only magazine that has featured the site in an article about coming out. I approached the majority of the ‘straight’ men’s magazines in the UK to run a feature on coming out to mates but I have heard absolutely nothing. Being gay and coming out are still huge taboos in mainstream straight media which needs to change as my straight male friends were amazing and supportive when I came out to them.

R U COMING OUT? Wayne David, the founder of the website that shares coming out stories, chats to Craig Hanlon-Smith Having developed an initial reticence to leap into the world of online social networking (I still don’t have a Facebook account), the acquisition of a smartphone forced my hand and I quickly developed a mild obsession with Twitter. One of the first tweets that caught my attention was not an individual but a series of posts by website RUcomingout.com. Intrigued by its regular posts on the coming out process I also started to follow its founder Wayne David. Although not from Brighton I ran into Wayne on a south coast evening out and, possibly convincing us both that Twitter is a perfectly legal way to stalk a man, approached him to let him know I was following his project. We agreed there and then to have a further longer discussion on the project. I began by asking Wayne how the project came about and what his aims are for the project... I was working with a young male in my role as a youth worker, he knew he was gay but was petrified of coming out. He had so many questions about the coming out process as well as life as an ‘out’ man in general. I did my best to support and reassure him but then the idea came about sharing other coming out stories. I asked a few friends to write theirs down and I gave them to him. He found them really interesting and useful and that is when the idea for the website came to me. I know that the website won’t make coming out easy but as long as it can provide reassurance to those who need it, then my aim will have been met. As the project first came to my attention on Twitter, how might online social networking positively develop opportunities for the gay community? Without Twitter the project and website would never have been born. It was when

tweeting from my personal account that I first began to receive coming out stories from friends and other followers. I think that one of the more positive characteristics of social networks is that it is so much easier to learn about amazing projects that are happening around the world. I’ve networked with some truly inspiring people over the past seven months, all of which have given me the drive and motivation to work even harder on my own project. I’m amazed at how well the concept of RUcomingout has been received since its inception back in March 2012. The website has had over 100,000 page views already which to be honest is beyond my comprehension. I always knew that there was a real need for a site like it but I never really thought about the number of people who would find it so useful and interesting. The international reception has also surprised me; the site has been accessed from all over the world and some weeks the hits from the US are higher than from the UK. The support from the gay media in the UK and US especially has been amazing which just goes to prove how supportive the gay community can be. Not only does it encourage more people to visit the site, it also showcases the website to other LGBT campaigners and supporters who may not have heard of it. I’m disappointed in the lack of interest from the straight media.

Much of the gay-orientated online networking has traditionally been focused around dating; Gaydar, ManHunt, Squirt and more recently Grndr. What is your perception of these access points to the gay community and is there a danger that these websites could hinder the coming out process to someone such as the young guy you mentioned earlier? I think these sites are great for people to be able to talk to others in similar situations without having to necessarily ‘out’ themselves publicly. Of course there is a darker and sometimes risky side to the internet and so it is important to balance those virtual relationships with real, physical interactions. I do think there is a space for online dating for gay and straight people but I would always suggest that this would be safer, healthier and more enjoyable once someone has come out and can be true to themselves as well as those they go on to meet. How do you see the RUcomingout project developing and how can Gscene readers get involved? The main focus of the website is the real life coming out stories that people write, submit and share. I’m always in need of more stories and without them the site would grind to a halt. If any readers would like to find out more about submitting their own coming out story they can look at the criteria on the site. We also run a features section so any ideas for a feature or if someone wants to write themselves I would love to hear from them. I would love for the project to continue to grow, to receive a constant stream of coming out stories and to help people who really need the advice, support and inspiration during their own coming out process. You can follow RUcomingout on Twitter and of course at the main site rucomingout.com. Stories can be submitted via the site at rucomingout.com/stories or you can email Wayne direct at: wayne@rucomingout.com

“Being gay and coming out are still huge taboos in mainstream straight media which needs to change as my straight male friends were amazing and supportive when I came out to them”


30 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM A-BAR

DECEMBER

LISTINGS

A-BAR

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) is the HONEY HUSH World AIDS Day Fundraiser with DJ Lonesome M & guests play r&b/rock & roll/rockabilly on vinyl at 9pm, wear red, shots from £2, £1 entry donated to local LGBT charities.  XMAS: Fri (21) is Maisie Trollette’s XMAS CABARET Special at 10pm, pre-club shots from £2.  Mon (24) is XMAS EVE PARTY with free entry.  Tue (25), open 8pm.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NYE PARTY with free entry till 2am.  Tue (1) Jan open noon.  REGULARS: Wed & Thur are cocktail nights from 9pm; buy one get the other half price.  Thur is QUIZ NIGHT with a special menu during the quiz from 8pm.  Fri (7) is cabaret with Trudi Styles & The Pianoman at 10pm.  Fri & Sat is Pre-Club with drink promos, including shots from £2.  FOOD: Mon–Wed, Fri & Sat noon–7pm; Thur noon–10pm; Sunday roasts served noon–5pm. Richard and Sam are now cooking in the kitchen full time.  DRINK DEALS: Mon–Fri bottle house red or white wine £9; double up on your spirits (Smirnoff, Bells, Gordons Gin & Morgan’s Spice) for an extra £1.50, all day every day; Mon–Thur 5–9pm selected pints, single spirits & splash £2.50.  OPEN: Sun–Thur 11am–midnight & late bar till 2am; Fri & Sat noon–2am.  A-Bar offers unrivalled sea view, large heated smoking terrace and all big sport events. Sauna closed.  www.amsterdam.co.uk

SATURDAY 1  A-BAR Honey Hush World AIDS Day Special: wear red, r&b/rockabilly night, DJs Lonesome M & guests, £1 entry donated to local LGBT charities 9pm; food noon-7pm; open noon  AQUARIUM live DJ; open noon  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ Fifilicious 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Bedford Weekender; open noon  BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex 3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS World AIDS Day: free hot drinks all day for those attending the Memorial Service; open noon  CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: allmale DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat World AIDS Day Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon: DJ Tony B, dresscode: wear red 9.30pm; open 1pm  ENVY Come to Daddy World AIDS Day Special: fundraising for Sussex Beacon, everybody welcome 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Sat: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJs 7pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Misty Lee & guests 4.30pm; guest host karaoke 6pm; Sissy & Kemp Kevin’s Sat Night Sin Bin: karaoke, tunes & games 9pm; open noon

 REGENCY TAVERN food noon-6pm; open 11am  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous World AIDS Day Fundraiser for THT: host Stephanie Starlet & go-go boys, 2 floors, DJs, door money to THT 10.30pm  SUBLINE Rouge World AIDS Day Fundraiser for THT: DJs 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 6pm  ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm; open 11am SUNDAY 2  A-BAR Sun lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM live entertainment 3pm; open noon  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Sun roasts 12.305pm; Piano Bingo 5pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Grant Knowles 8pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash 5pm; Sun roasts & selected menu noon-till gone; open noon  CHARLES ST cabaret: Rose Garden 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate & roll over jackpot 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sun Roast noon-late; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon; open 1pm  FUN FAIR CLUB BodyShakers: tea dance with DJs Steven Geller, Steve B & guests 6pm  FUNKYFISH BAR opens noon  LEGENDS BAR 20th Birthday & WAD party: cabaret: Lizzy Drip, Lady Imelda & DJ Claire Fuller + more! 3.30pm; open 11am

 MARINE TAVERN open 1pm  POISON IVY Mimbo’s Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Penny 6pm; Tammy Twinkle 9.30pm; karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Sun roast noon-5pm; Jerome’s Piano Bar 1.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E, underwear party 9pm  ZONE cabaret: Dave Lynn 8.30pm; open 11am MONDAY 3  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Quiz with Liz 8.30pm; DJ Picadilly till midnight; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon; open 3pm  ENVY Studio 150: NUS night 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Win My Wonga 9.30pm; food 12-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon

BRIGHTON SAUNA

 POISON IVY guest host karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Mon Madness Karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  ZONE Manic Mon 7pm; open 11am TUESDAY 4  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged: DJ Alpha & hostess AJ 8pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Lee 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tue Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open 12  POISON IVY Bar 150 & Misty Lee’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon

 XMAS: Thur (20) is the THT XMAS CHARITY PARTY with cabaret, stripper, buffet & mince pies, raffle & licensed bar at 6pm, £5 of your entry fee will go to THT, and there will be no concessions all day, £15 for everyone.  Tue (25) is XMAS DAY TURKEY LUNCH for £4.90 served noon–4pm, register online or via email to avoid disappointment.  Xmas opening: 11am–11pm Xmas Day & Boxing Day; open 10am as normal on Thur (27).  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE PARTY with DJs, mood lighting and free glass of fizz at midnight from 8pm–4am; sauna opens 10am.  REGULARS: Wed (5) is BEARS NIGHT for bears, cubs and their admirers; drink offers, club music at 7pm. Wed (12) is NAKED DAY all day, no towels to be worn. Wed (26) is NAKED NIGHT, no towels to be worn, at 7pm. Wed (19) is mandatory UNDERWEAR NIGHT, thongs, briefs, speedos, at 7pm.  DRINK DEALS: The Brighton Sauna now runs a licensed bar 7 days a week; Sun–Thur 11–1am and Fri & Sat 11–2am.  OPEN: For opening hours and listings visit: www.thebrightonsauna.com


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PICS FROM BEDFORD TAVERN

BEDFORD TAVERN

 XMAS: Sat (22) is SPICE’S XMAS EXTRAVAGANZA at 9pm.  Mon (24) is XMAS EVE PARTY at 8.30pm, bar opens noon.  Tue (25) Xmas Day opens noon–3pm.  Wed (26) is BOXING DAY BLOW-OUT from 3pm–midnight.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE UNIFORM PARTY at 8.30pm; dress to impress, free entry.  REGULARS: Wed is the BUZZ TOURNAMENT, a fast paced game show style quiz night at 8.30pm.  Fri is KRAZY KAMIKAZE KARAOKE at 8pm.  Sunday is PIANO BINGO at 5pm.  FOOD: Home-cooked Sunday roasts served 12.30–5pm.  OPEN: daily from noon–late.  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Piano Bar 8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Trick & Picadilly Boy 10.30pm  ZONE U Say We Play 7.30pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 5  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Midweek Mash-Up: DJ Lee Harris 10pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Buzz Tournament 8.30pm; open noon  BRIGHTON SAUNA Bears Night: bears, cubs & their admirers, licensed bar 7pm  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Sandy Crack’s Big Balls Bingo 9.30pm; food 12-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Candi’s Capers’ karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Backlash: retro night 9pm  ZONE Sofa So Good: board games, Wii, films & more 7pm; open 11am THURSDAY 6  A-BAR food noon-10pm; Quiz: special food menu 8pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm-Up: DJ Kelly L 9pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open noon  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Cash Quiz Night 9pm; food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon

 CHARLES ST Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thur Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon; open 3pm  ENVY Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Misty Lee’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2012: host Pasty Cline, cash/boozy prizes 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Music Comedy Night 8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room: presents Lucy Spraggan! @ 11pm, DJs over 2 floors 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE Rachel’s Thrifty Thur: karaoke, videos & Wii 8pm; open 11am FRIDAY 7  A-BAR cabaret: Trudi & The Pianoman 10pm; Pre-Club; food noon-7pm; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Night Live with LaRue: 2 floor party with Lady La Rue, then DJ Peter Castle in the club 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJs Simon Blanch/Grant Knowles 10pm; karaoke bar cabaret: Lequisha Jonz midnight; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fruity Fri Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm  112 CHURCH ST Santa Patrol Xmas Party with host Mysterry 8pm; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon


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PICS FROM THE BULLDOG + CAMELFORD ARMS

DECEMBER

LISTINGS

BULLDOG

 FUNKYFISH CLUB Thank Funk It’s Fri 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Friday Night Live with LaRue: 2 floor party with Lady La Rue, promo boys, free champers for early birds, free bottle of champers for birthdays 9pm; DJ Peter Castle in club 11pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: DJ Kamp Kevin & karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm; Jerome’s Singalong-a-Caroling: festive tunes, carol sheets provided 8pm; open 11am  REVENGE X Factor Fridays: see the 4th place contestant live on stage, guaranteed meet & greet 10.30pm  SUBLINE Bear Ball: DJ Screwpulous & dancing bears 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE cabaret: Stone & Street 9.30pm; open 11am SATURDAY 8  A-BAR food noon-7pm; Pre-Club Music; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ Fifilicious 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Bedford Weekender; open noon  BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex 3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-7pm; open noon

 CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: allmale DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST Bear Patrol Bring & Buy Sale: all proceeds to Sussex Beacon noon  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm; open 1pm  ENVY Girls Next Door: DJ Dulcie Danger & all-girl line-up 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Sat: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJs 7pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS The QA Xmas Cracker Cabaret Show: Sissy Sucks, Candi Rell, Pasty Cline, Brenda Snap & Marina Port 4.30pm; guest host karaoke 6pm; Sissy & Kemp Kevin’s Sat Night Sin Bin: karaoke, tunes & games 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-6pm; open 11am  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: host Stephanie Starlet, go-go boys & DJs Alex Baker, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B & special guests 10.30pm  SUBLINE Santa Patrol Weekend: Naughty Santa in aid of Sussex Beacon 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 6pm  ZONE cabaret: Tammy Twinkle 9.30pm; open 11am SUNDAY 9  A-BAR Sun lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm

 BAR REVENGE Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Sun roasts noon-5pm; Piano Bingo 5pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Grant Knowles 8pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Sun roasts & selected menu noon-till gone; Santa Bear Patrol Bash in aid of Sussex Beacon; open noon  CHARLES ST cabaret: Nan (Karen Dalton) 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate

& roll over jackpot 8.30pm; Sunday lunch noon-7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sunday Roast noon-late; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy; open 1pm  FUN FAIR CLUB BodyShakers: tea dance with DJs Steven Geller, Steve B & guests 6pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Sandra 3.15pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open 1pm  POISON IVY Mimbo’s Karaoke; open 11am

NEW MANAGERS MARK & JAY

 XMAS: Mon (24) is DJ Marcia’s JINGLE BELL ROCK at 10pm; karaoke is upstairs at 10pm. Happy hours extended: 3–7pm & 10pm–midnight.  Tue (25) Xmas Day opening noon–3pm & 7pm–late.  Wed (26) is Boxing Day RED LIGHT RUSH with DJ Marcia, £1.50 drinks when featured artist plays 8pm–midnight, and DJ Grant Knowles (tbc) midnight–5am.  NYE: The NEW YEAR’S 42 HOUR NON-STOP PARTY starts Mon (31) with DJ Marcia at 9pm & Grant Knowles (tbc) at 2–6am in the main bar; karaoke is in the top bar at 10pm, party poppers, hats, blowers & London fireworks on screen. Happy hour: 11pmmidnight.  Closes Wed (2) Jan at 5am.  REGULARS: 1.50 FRI CABARET is in the karaoke bar at midnight: Laquisha Jonz (7), Trudi Styles & Pianoman (14), Sandra (21) and Davina Sparkle (28); DJs Simon Blanch/Grant Knowles are downstairs at 10pm.  Sat is with DJ V John at 10pm, DJ Lil Alex at 3am, and KARAOKE upstairs at 10pm.  Sun is with DJ Grant Knowles at 8pm.  Mon is DJ Marcia’s GLITTER BALL with 70s/80s tunes at 9pm.  Tue is with DJ Lee at 10pm.  Wed is RED LIGHT RUSH with DJ Marcia at 9pm. Thur is Release with DJ Grant Knowles at 10pm.  DRINK DEALS: Mon & Tue 3–7pm & 11pm–midnight; Wed 3–7pm & 9pm–1am, when drinks £1.50 when music vid plays; Thur 3–7pm & 9pm–midnight; Fri 3–7pm & all drinks £1.50 10pm–midnight; Sat 10pm–midnight; Sun all day. Drinks include: pints from £1.95, double spirit & mixer from £2.30, bottles from £1.85 (Terms & conditions apply).  OPEN: daily from 11am–very late.  www.bulldogbrighton.com

CAMELFORD ARMS

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) free hot drinks all day for those attending World AIDS Day Memorial Service.  XMAS: The Camelford wishes all their friends a very Happy Christmas!  Wed (26) is the XMAS AFTER-PARTY from noon.  Thur (27) is SANTA’S BIG CASH XMAS QUIZ.  NYE: Mon (31) free entry from noon.  Tue (1) Jan is the New Year’s HANGOVER PARTY with bloody marys.  ONE FOR THE DIARY: Fri (21) is the BURNING OF THE CLOCKS After-Party.  REGULARS: Sun (2, 16, 23 & 30) is the BEAR BASH at 5pm.  Sun (9) is the SANTA BEAR PATROL BEAR BASH in aid of Sussex Beacon.  Thur is the BIG CASH QUIZ at 9pm.  FOOD: home-cooked menu served Mon–Wed noon–3pm & 6–9pm with selected meal & a drink £7.95; Thur & Fri noon–3pm & 6–9pm; Sat noon–7pm; Sunday roasts & selected menu served noon–till gone! Times may vary over Xmas/New Year period.  OPEN: daily from noon. The Camelford is the most dog-friendly pub in town; it also has open fires, perfect for those cold winter nights!


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PICS FROM CHARLES STREET + ENVY

DECEMBER

LISTINGS

CHARLES STREET BAR

 XMAS: Mon (24) is the XMAS EVE STUDIO 150 student night at 10pm with all drinks £1.50 for singles/bottles, £1.50 entry. Food served till 6pm.  Closed Xmas Day.  Wed (26), open from 5pm–midnight for Boxing Day, no food.  Xmas Bookings: No matter how big or small, pop into Charles Street or call 01273 624091 to check out their range of Xmas parties.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NYE GIRLS NEXT DOOR V BOYS IN THE BAR MASKED BALL with 2 dance zones featuring DJ Dulcie Danger and all-girl line-up in the club, DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy in the bar till 5am; entry free b4 10pm/£6 b4 midnight/£8 after or £6 Q-jumpers available from the bar.  Tue (1) Jan, open from 5pm for New Year’s Day, no food!  REGULARS: Sat is now THE BOYS IN THE BAR with an all-male DJ line-up with Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles & Leeroy on rotation at 9pm, free entry!  Sun CABARET at 7.30pm: Rose Garden (2), Nan (Karen Dalton) (9), Mitzi Macintosh (16), Lizzy Drip (23) and Lady Imelda (30); TRANNY ROCK & ROLL BINGO with Sally Vate and a rolling jackpot follows at 8.30pm.  Thur is MAD COW over twofloors with hostess Miss Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & Leeroy in the bar play commercial dance, DJ Ruby Roo in the club plays chart/pop favourites at 8pm, drinks from £1, entry £1 b4 10pm, £2 after.  FRUITY FRIDAY FIX is with DJ Leeroy spinning the best in dance/ funky house at 9pm; plus discounted cocktails from 9pm–close, free entry.  FOOD: check out the brand new menu with a new range of small plates to share. 2-41 deals: all homemade pizzas on Wed. Served: Mon–Sat noon–8pm; Sunday Lunch: home roast beef, chicken or veggie served noon–7pm, £5.95.  DRINK DEALS: All drinks half price (excl champers, cocktails, not in conjunction with other offers) Mon–Sat from 5–9pm, till 8pm on Thurs, on Sun after the show till close.  OPEN: daily from noon.  www.charles-street.com

 QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Kitty Litter 6pm; Son of a Tutu 9.30pm; karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Sun roast noon-5pm; Jerome’s Piano Bar 1.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E, underwear party 9pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 4pm; open 11am MONDAY 10  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Quiz with Liz 8.30pm; DJ Picadilly till midnight; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; open 3pm

 ENVY Studio 150: NUS night 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Win My Wonga 9.30pm; food 12-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY guest host karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Mon Madness Karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  ZONE Manic Mon 7pm; open 11am TUESDAY 11  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 1pm  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged: DJ Alpha & hostess AJ 8pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Lee 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free

ENVY @ CHARLES ST

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) is COME TO DADDY for World AIDS Day in aid of Sussex Beacon at 10pm, everyone welcome, entry £5 b4 midnight. Check out www.cometodaddyclub.co.uk for Pride mix podcast.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NYE GIRLS NEXT DOOR V BOYS IN THE BAR MASKED BALL with 2 dance zones featuring DJ Dulcie Danger and all-girl line-up in the club, DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy in the bar till 5am; entry free b4 10pm/£6 b4 midnight/£8 after or £6 Q-jumpers available from the bar.  REGULARS: Sat (excl 22) is GIRLS NEXT DOOR with DJ Dulcie Danger & an all-girl line-up at 10pm; £2 drinks all night, entry free b4 11.15pm/£3 b4 midnight/£5 b4 1am/£6 after or NUS £3 all night. Mon is the STUDIO 150 student night with singles or bottles for £1.50 all night, entry £1.50. On Mon (24), the STUDIO 150 XMAS SPECIAL is in the bar! Thur is MAD COW over two-floors with hostess Miss Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & Leeroy in the bar playing commercial dance, DJ Ruby Roo in the club playing chart & pop favourites at 8pm, drinks from £1, entry £1 b4 10pm, £2 after.  OPEN: www.charles-street.com

drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tue; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  POISON IVY Bar 150 & Misty Lee’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Piano Bar 8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Trick & Picadilly Boy 10.30pm  ZONE TransAction: a night for TV/CD/TS/TG people & their admirers, dressing rooms & discretion assured 7pm; open 11am

WEDNESDAY 12  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Midweek Mash-Up: DJ Lee Harris 10pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Buzz Tournament 8.30pm; open noon  BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked All Day: naked only, no towels, licensed bar 7pm  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Sandy Crack’s Big Balls Bingo 9.30pm; food 12-7pm; open 11am


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PICS FROM CHURCH STREET + DR BRIGHTONS

DECEMBER

POOH LA MAY SUN (21)

KRISSIE DUCANN SUN (14)

LISTINGS

CHURCH STREET

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sat (8) is the BEAR PATROL BRING & BUY SALE from noon with all proceeds going to Sussex Beacon.  XMAS: Fri (7) is the SANTA PATROL XMAS PARTY with host Mysterry at 8pm. Tue (25) is Xmas Day Lunch served noon–6pm, 5 courses, free glass of Bucks Fizz, £49.95, bookings only, 01273 606864.  REGULARS: Fri CABARET at 9pm: Krissie DuCann (14), Pooh La May (21) and Jason Lee (28).  FOOD: Richard’s Golden Handbag Award-winning Big Sunday Lunch from noon.  OPEN: Check out the secret beer garden - it’s perfect for a drink and a smoke!  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Candi’s Capers’ karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE The Cruisebar at the End of the Universe 9pm  ZONE Sofa So Good: board games, Wii, films & more 7pm; open 11am THURSDAY 13  A-BAR food noon-10pm; Quiz: special food menu 8pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm-Up: DJ Kelly L 9pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open 12  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Cash Quiz Night 9pm; food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thur; open 3pm  ENVY Mad Cow: host Joan Bond, bar DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy, club DJ Ruby Roo 8pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Misty Lee’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2012: host Pasty Cline, cash/boozy prizes 9pm; open 12  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon

FUNKY FISH

 REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room: DJs over 2 floors 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE Rachel’s Thrifty Thur: karaoke, videos & Wii 8pm; open 11am FRIDAY 14  A-BAR food noon-7pm; pre-club tunes; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Night Live with Laday LaRue: 2 floor party, DJ Peter Castle in the club 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJs Simon Blanch/Grant Knowles 10pm; karaoke bar cabaret: Trudi Styles & Pianoman midnight; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-3pm & 69pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Fruity Fri Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm  112 CHURCH ST cabaret: Krissie DuCann 9pm; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Xmas Party with Aba Queens: professional Abba tribute act 8.30pm; tickets £10, www.funkyfishclub.co.uk  LEGENDS BAR Friday Night Live with LadyRue: 2 floor party, promo boys, free champers for early birds, free bottle champers for birthdays 9pm; DJ Peter Castle in club 11pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am

 XMAS: Fri (14) is the ULTIMATE XMAS PARTY with Aba Queens, professional Abba tribute act singing all the hits at 8.30pm; tickets £10 from www.funkyfishclub.co.uk.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NYE COUNTDOWN PARTY with DJ Sean Quinn playing funky/party tunes at 10pm; tickets £8 from www.funkyfishclub.co.uk or £12 on the door.  REGULARS: THANK FUNK IT’S FRIDAY with funk/soul/Motown/disco at 10.30pm, free entry. OLD SKOOL SATURDAY is with DJ Sean Quinn at 10pm, entry £5/£6.  OPEN: The Funky Fish Bar is open from noon every day. www.funkyfishclub.co.uk

DR BRIGHTONS

 ONE FOR THE DIARY:  WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) is World AIDS Day SEXY SATURDAY Fundraiser for Sussex Beacon with DJ Tony B at 9.30pm; wear red!  Sun (2) – Thur (6), Dr Brighton’s will be raising money for Sussex Beacon.  XMAS: Fri (21) – Sun (23) is the CHRISTMAS PARTY WEEKEND.  Mon (24) is Xmas Eve happy hours all day, bar open 3–10.30pm.  Wed (26) is Boxing Day RECOVERY with happy hours all day, bar opens 1pm.  Closed Xmas Day.  NYE: Mon (31) is The GREAT NYE BLACK & WHITE MASQUERADE with DJ Tony B & black & white dress code at 9pm, happy hour till 7pm, open till 4am.  Tue (1) Jan is NEW YEAR HANGOVER THERAPY with all day happy hours, opens 1pm.  REGULARS: FUNKY FRIDAY with DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne from 9.30pm, free entry.  SEXY SATURDAY with DJ Tony B, Nick Hirst (8), from 9.30pm, free entry.  DRINK DEALS: from Sun–Thur all day and Fri & Sat from 1–7pm: small Smirnoff & mixer £2.85, large £3.85, pints of Fosters £3 and large wine £4. Cocktails are two for £11 from Sun–Thur.  Free game of pool every day with every round of drinks purchased during happy hour.  OPEN: (excluding Xmas & New Year): Mon–Thur 3pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 1pm–2am; Sun 1pm–midnight.  www.doctorbrightons.co.uk  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: DJ Kamp Kevin & karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm; Jerome’s Singalong-a-Caroling: festive tunes, carol sheets provided 8pm; open 11am  REVENGE X Factor Friday: live 3rd place contestant, guaranteed meet & greet 10.30pm  SUBLINE Bear Ball: DJ Screwpulous & dancing bears 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE cabaret: Back Beat 9pm; open 11am SATURDAY 15  A-BAR food noon-7pm; pre-club music; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm

 BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ Fifilicious 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Bedford Weekender; open noon  BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex 3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: all-male DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; open 1pm  ENVY Girls Next Door: DJ Dulcie Danger & all-girl line-up 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon


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I FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Sat: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm I LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJs 7pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am I MARINE TAVERN open noon I POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke; open 11am I QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Peter Davis & guests 4.30pm; guest host karaoke 6pm; Sissy & Kemp Kevin’s Sat Night Sin Bin: karaoke, tunes & games 9pm; open noon I REGENCY TAVERN food noon-6pm; open 11am I REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: host Stephanie Starlet, go-go boys & DJs Alex Baker, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B & special guests 10.30pm I SUBLINE The Furnace 9pm I VAVAVOOM open 6pm I ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm; open 11am SUNDAY 16 I A-BAR Sun lunch noon-5pm; open 11am I AQUARIUM open 3pm I BAR REVENGE Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8.30pm; open noon I BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm I BEDFORD TAVERN Sun roasts noon-5pm; Piano Bingo 5pm; open noon


38 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR + BASEMENT CLUB

DECEMBER

LISTINGS

LEGENDS BASEMENT CLUB

LEGENDS BAR

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Sun (2) is LEGENDS’ 20TH BIRTHDAY and World AIDS Day event with DJ Claire Fuller and cabaret from Lady Imelda, Lizzy Drip & many more at 3.30pm, all proceeds to Sussex Beacon.  XMAS: Open every day over the Holiday period. Mon (24) is A BIG OLD CHRISTMAS GANGBANG with Drag With No Name at 9.30pm.  Tue (25), enjoy Xmas Day at Legends from 11–5am.  Wed (26) is Boxing Day CABARET, act tba, at 3.30pm.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN to 2013 with DJs Peter Castle, Ben Castle & Claire Fuller playing the best of 2012 over 2 floors, entry £5 from 8pm. Tue (1) Jan is New Year’s Day Bank Holiday Cabaret with Lola Lasagne at 3.30pm.  REGULARS: Wed (5 & 12) is Sandy Crack’s BIG BALLS BINGO at 9.30pm. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with Lady La Rue over 2 floors with DJ Peter Castle, promo boys, £1.50 shots all night and a free bottle of champers if it’s your birthday from 9pm.  Pre-Club DJ sounds every Sat at 7pm.  Sun CABARET at 3.15pm: Sandra (9), Lucinda Lashes (16), Lequisha Jonz (23) and Lizzy Drip (30).  Mon is Drag With No Name’s WIN MY WONGA at 9.30pm.  FOOD: homemade pies, served noon–7pm Mon–Sat. Xmas serving may differ.  WINTER DRINK PROMOS: Mon–Thur 5–9pm drinks from £2, pints £2.50.  OPEN: daily from 11am–5am. Heated smoking area, free entry and all day sun-terrace.  www.legendsbrighton.com  BULLDOG DJ Grant Knowles 8pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash 5pm; Sun roasts & selected menu 12-till gone; open 12  CHARLES ST cabaret: Mitzi Macintosh 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate roll over jackpot 8.30pm; Sun lunch 12-7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sun Roast noon-late; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy; open 1pm  GROSVENOR Ronnie Rialto: lounge singer 3pm; open 1pm  LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lucinda Lashes 3.15pm; open 11am

 MARINE TAVERN open 1pm  POISON IVY Mimbo’s Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Drag With No Name 6pm; Benji Official 9.30pm; karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Sun roast noon-5pm; Jerome’s Piano Bar 1.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E, underwear party 9pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 4pm; open 11am MONDAY 17  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am

 FREE ENTRY: to the Basement Club every day (excl New Year’s Eve).  XMAS: Sun (23) is Xmas Pop!Candy with DJ Claire Fuller playing recent /classic pop tracks, drinks from £2.  Mon (24) is the XMAS EVE PARTY with DJ Claire Fuller playing pop/classic tracks till 4am.  Wed (26) is BOXING DAY MASH-UP with DJ Lee Harris playing chart tracks/anthems all night, drinks £2 & shots £1.50.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE COUNTDOWN to 2013 with DJ Peter Castle, Ben Castle & Claire Fuller playing the best of 2012 over 2 floors from 9pm–5am, entry £5.  Tue (1) Jan NEW YEAR’S RECOVERY PARTY with DJ Peter Castle recent/classic pop tracks.  REGULARS: Wed is MIDWEEK MASH-UP with DJ Lee Harris spinning a mix of latest chart tracks/anthems, £2 drinks all night, £1.50 shots.  FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with Lady LaRue over 2 floors, DJ Peter Castle, promo boys, £1.50 shots all night and a free bottle of champers if it’s your birthday from 9pm.  Sat is FUSION with DJ Peter Castle house/chart sounds.  Sun is POP!CANDY with DJ Claire Fuller recent/classic pop tracks.  DRINK DEALS: drinks from £2 every Sun & Wed.  OPEN: Fri–Sun 11pm & Wed 10pm. Closed Mon, Tue & Thur (excl Xmas/New Year) Legends will host your party from £150, call Matt on 01273 624462 for more info.  www.legendsbrighton.com  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Quiz with Liz 8.30pm; DJ Picadilly till midnight; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Recovery; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Medication Mon; open 3pm  ENVY Studio 150: Student night 10.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Drag With No Name’s Win My Wonga 9.30pm; food 12-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY guest host karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Kamp Kevin’s Mon Madness Karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  ZONE Manic Mon 7pm; open 11am TUESDAY 18  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 1pm  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Unplugged: DJ Alpha & hostess AJ 8pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open 12

 BULLDOG DJ Lee 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Twisted Tue; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open 12  POISON IVY Bar 150 & Misty Lee’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Mark Hodge’s Piano Bar 8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Supersonic: DJ Trick & Picadilly Boy 10.30pm  ZONE Scratch Night: a night for comics, singers, musicians, drag artists, writers 7pm; open 11am WEDNESDAY 19  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Midweek Mash-Up: DJ Lee Harris 10pm


PICS FROM LEGENDS + MARINE TAVERN

 BEDFORD TAVERN Buzz Tournament 8.30pm; open noon  BRIGHTON SAUNA Underwear Night: licensed bar 7pm  BULLDOG Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 9pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST food noon-8pm; open 12  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 3pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon

 POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS I’m A Xmas Cracker Get Me Out Of Here: slime, gunge, creepy crawlies, ask at bar to enter 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Backlash: retro night 9pm  ZONE Sofa So Good: board games, Wii, films & more 7pm; open 11am THURSDAY 20  A-BAR food noon-10pm; Quiz: special food menu 8pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm-Up: DJ Kelly L 9pm; open noon

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SAT 22nd DEC

XMAS EXTRAVAGANZA with SPICE at 9pm

MON 24th DEC

XMAS EVE PARTY TIME! Get the celebrations going! 8.30pm XMAS DAY open noon–3pm BOXING DAY open 3pm–midnight

MON 31st DEC

NEW YEAR’S EVE

UNIFORM PARTY dress to impress! 8.30pm

MARINE TAVERN

 XMAS: open 7pm–midnight.  NYE: open noon–2/3am, free entry!  REGULARS: Tue is NAT’S QUIZ at 9pm.  DRINK DEALS: Wed & Thur 7–11pm: pints of Carlsberg & Stowford Press £3, plus buy a single spirit and get the mixer free.  OPEN: Mon–Sat noon, Sun 1pm.

WED THE BUZZ tournament 8.30pm FRI KAMIKAZE KARAOKE 8pm SUN home cooked roasts 12.30–5pm PIANO BINGO show 5pm

30 Western St, Brighton 01273 739495


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PICS FROM POISON IVY + QUEENS ARMS SEX LIES & VIDEOTAPE; 20 YEARS OF ANDY FEEST

DECEMBER

MON (31) NYE PARTY WITH SPICE

LISTINGS

POISON IVY

 XMAS: Tue (25) Xmas Day with free buffet and cheap drinks from noon–1am.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE with Spice, special guests, complimentary champers at midnight & free food from 11am–2am; entry free with name on guest list.  REGULARS: Karaoke seven nights a week: guest host on Mon; Misty Lee & Bar 150 on Tue;  BARBARA FELLA on Wed;  Misty Lee on Thur;  Spice on Fri;  Betty Swollocks on Sat;  Mimbo on Sun.  DRINK DEALS: two bottled beers/alcopops £5; Jagerbombs £1.50; shots £1; pints £2.80. Happy hour: extended through the week.  OPEN: daily from 11am.

 BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open noon  BRIGHTON SAUNA Xmas Party & Fundraiser for THT: raffle, licensed bar, cabaret, stripper, buffet & mince pies 6pm; entry £15, no concs, £5 of entry fee donated to THT  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Big Cash Quiz Night 9pm; food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thur; open 3pm  ENVY Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Misty Lee’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Karaoke Star 2012 Grand Final: host Pasty Cline, cash/boozy prizes 9pm; open noon  QUEENS HOTEL Xmas Cabaret Party: Davina Sparkle, Drew Christie & 3-course sitdown meal 7pm; £37pp, inc half a bottle of wine, bookings only 01273 321 222  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room: DJs over 2 floors 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE Rachel’s Thrifty Thur: karaoke, videos & Wii 8pm; open 11am

FRIDAY 21  A-BAR Maisie Trollette’s Xmas Cabaret Show 10pm; Pre-Club; food noon-7pm; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Xmas Friday Night Live with LaRue: 2 floor party with Lady La Rue, then DJ Peter Castle in the club 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJs Simon Blanch/Grant Knowles 10pm; karaoke bar cabaret: Sandra midnight; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-3pm & 6-9pm; Burning of the Clocks After-Party; open noon  CHARLES ST Fruity Fri Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm  112 CHURCH ST cabaret: Pooh La May 9pm; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Xmas Party Weekend Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Thank Funk It’s Fri 10.30pm  LEGENDS BAR Xmas Friday Night Live with LaRue: 2 floor party with Lady La Rue, promo boys, free champers for early birds, free bottle of champers for birthdays 9pm; DJ Peter Castle in the club 11pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: DJ Andy B & karaoke 9pm; open noon

QUEENS ARMS

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Thur (20) is the Grand Final of KARAOKE STAR 2012 at 8.30pm, with £100 cash prize.  XMAS: Sat (8) is the XMAS CRACKER CABARET SHOW with Sissy Sucks, Candi Rell, Pasty Cline, Brenda Snap & Marina Port from 4.30pm; guest host karaoke follows at 6pm; then it’s Sissy & Kamp Kevin’s SATURDAY NIGHT SIN BIN with karaoke, tunes & games at 9pm.  Wed (19) is I’M A XMAS CRACKER GET ME OUT OF HERE with slime, gunge & creepy crawlies at 9pm; see staff to enter.  Mon (24) is the Xmas Eve CAMP ATTACK Party with DJ Andy B from 8pm–1am.  Tue (25) is DAVE LYNN’S XMAS DRAG SHOW & Karaoke at 9.30pm, bar open 8pm.  Wed (26) is Boxing Day CABARET with Sandra at 9.30pm, karaoke till 1am, bar open 5pm.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE with DRAG WITH NO NAME, hosts Candi Rell & Kamp Kevin, food, Big Ben, poppers & hats from 8pm–3am, early bird tickets £7.50 till Dec 10, then £10.  Tue (1) Jan is New Year’s Day HANGOVER PARTY with karaoke at 6pm, bar open 2pm.  REGULARS: Thur, till (20), is the Annual Karaoke Star 2012 with host Pasty Cline; £100 first prize, two £25 drink vouchers for runner-ups, at 9pm.  Fri is Camp Attack with DJs Andy B, Kamp Kevin, 60s/70s/80s/90s/00s tunes & karaoke at 9pm.  Sat is non-stop entertainment from 4.30pm with: Misty Lee (1), Peter Davis & friends (15), Auntie Robbie (22), Nicole (29); mystery guest host karaoke starts at 6pm; Sissy & Kamp Kevin’s SATURDAY SIN BIN with karaoke, dancing & games follows at 9pm.  Sun is double CABARET at 6pm & 9.45pm: Miss Penny & Tammy Twinkle (2), Kitty Litter & Son of a Tutu (9), Drag With No Name & Benji O’fficial (16), Sandra & Trudi Styles & Pianoman (23), Davina Sparkle & Lola Lasagne (30); karaoke follows.  OPEN: daily from noon.

 REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; Jerome’s Singalong-a-Caroling: festive tunes, carol sheets provided 8pm; open 11am  REVENGE Lollipop: DJs 10.30pm  SUBLINE Bear Ball: DJ Screwpulous & dancing bears 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE Scottie’s 50th Birthday Cabaret: Gilly Bee 8pm; open 11am

SATURDAY 22  A-BAR food noon-7pm; Pre-Club Music; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ Fifilicious 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Spice’s Xmas Extravaganza 9pm; open noon


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DECEMBER

LISTINGS

REGENCY TAVERN

 XMAS: Fri (7, 14 & 21) is Jerome’s SINGALONG-A-CAROLING, a community singalong with free carol sheets provided from 8pm.  Tue (25) is Xmas Day Lunch from noon–2pm with five-courses, £60pp, bookings only 01273 325652.  Wed (26), open noon–4pm for Boxing Day, no food!  NYE: Mon (31) is the BISHOPS & TARTS PARTY at 8pm, free entry and food served noon–6pm.  Tue (1) Jan, open noon–11pm for New Year’s Day, regular food times.  REGULARS: Sunday roasts accompanied by Jerome (2, 9, 16 & 23) & Patrick (30) at the piano at 1.30pm.  Tue is Mark Hodge’s PIANO BAR at 8.30pm.  FOOD: Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm & 6–8.30pm; Fri (7 & 14) till 2.30pm; Sat noon–6pm; Sunday roasts served noon–5pm.  OPEN: Mon–Thur noon–11pm; Fri & Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–11pm.  BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex 3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: allmale DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Xmas Party Weekend Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Sat: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJs 7pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 3pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Xmas cabaret: Auntie Robbie 4.30pm; guest host karaoke 6pm; Sissy & Kemp Kevin’s Sat Night Sin Bin: karaoke, tunes & games 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-6pm; open 11am  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: host Stephanie Starlet, go-go boys & DJs Alex Baker, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B & special guests 10.30pm  SUBLINE The Furnace 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 6pm  ZONE cabaret: Back Beat 9pm; open 11am SUNDAY 23  A-BAR Sun lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Xmas Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Sun roasts noon5pm; Piano Bingo 5pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Grant Knowles 8pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash 5pm; Sun roasts & selected menu noon-till gone; open noon  CHARLES ST cabaret: Lizzy Drip 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate & roll over jackpot 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon-7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sun Roast

noon-late; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Xmas Party Weekend Hangover Therapy; open 1pm  FUN FAIR CLUB BodyShakers: tea dance with DJs Steven Geller, Steve B & guests 6pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lequisha Jonz 3.15pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open 1pm  POISON IVY Mimbo’s Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Sandra 6pm; Trudi Styles & Piano Man 9.30pm; karaoke; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN Sun roast noon-5pm; Jerome’s Piano Bar 1.30pm; open noon  SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E, underwear party 9pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 4pm; open 11am MONDAY 24  A-BAR Xmas Eve Party; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls on Top Xmas Eve Party 8pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Xmas Eve Party: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm-4am  BEDFORD TAVERN Xmas Eve Party 8.30pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Jingle Bell Rock 10pm; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS selected meal & free drink £7.95 noon-3pm & 6-9pm; open noon  CHARLES ST Xmas Eve Studio 150: student night 10pm; food noon-6pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Xmas Eve; open 310.30pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR A Big Old Xmas Win My Wonga with Drag No Name 9.30pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY guest host karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Xmas Eve Party: karaoke, games & tunes 8pm-1am; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon

BAR REVENGE

 XMAS: Mon (24) is the GIRLS ON TOP XMAS EVE PARTY with £1.99 Jagerbombs from 8pm–midnight.  Tue (25) is XMAS DAY KARAOKE at 7pm, drinks from £2.49.  Wed (26) is BOXING DAY BASH with DJ Missy B.  NYE: Mon (31) is the GIRLS ON TOP NEW YEAR’S PARTY with DJs Kelly Lloyd, Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha from 8pm–6am, free entry all night.  Tue (1) Jan is KARAOKE UNPLUGGED with hostess AJ & DJ Alpha at 8pm.  REGULARS: Tue is KARAOKE UNPLUGGED with DJ Alpha & AJ at 8pm.  Thur is Girls on Top Official Warm-Up with DJ Kelly L playing pop/chart at 9pm.  Fri is DISCO BOMB with DJ Alpha playing pop/chart & party tunes at 9pm.  Sat is KINKY CLASSICS with DJ Fifilicious playing the best pop tracks from the past five years at 9pm.  Sun is KARAOKE QUEENS with Smithy & Lou Bag at 8.30pm. Mon is QUIZ WITH LIZ with cash and boozy prizes at 8.30pm followed by DJ Piccadilly till midnight.  Revenge discount passes: Thur b4 11.30pm, Fri b4 midnight & Sat b4 11pm.  DRINK DEALS: 2-4-1 cocktails every day 5–9pm (excl Sat); drinks £1.99 Mon–Wed; from £1.50 Thur after 7pm; from £2.49 Fri & Sat; Jagerbombs £1.99 all day every day. Drink deals differ over Christmas.  OPEN: daily from noon–2am & till 6am on Fri & Sat.  www.revenge.co.uk

 SUBLINE Xmas at Subline 9pm-2am  ZONE Xmas Eve with Sally Vate 9.30pm; open 10am TUESDAY 25  A-BAR open 8pm-midnight  AQUARIUM open 1pm  BAR REVENGE Xmas Day Karaoke 7pmlate  BEDFORD TAVERN Xmas Day; open noon-3pm  BRIGHTON SAUNA Xmas Day Turkey Lunch: £4.90, book online or by email noon4pm  BULLDOG Xmas Day noon-3pm & 7pmlate  CAMELFORD ARMS Happy Christmas to all our friends

 CHARLES ST closed  112 CHURCH ST Xmas Day Lunch: 5 courses, free drink, £49.95, bookings only 01273 606864 noon-6pm  DR BRIGHTONS closed  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Xmas at Legends; open 11-5am  MARINE TAVERN open 7pm-midnight  POISON IVY Xmas Day: free buffet; open noon-1am  QUEEN’S ARMS Xmas Day Cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm; Xmas Drag Karaoke; open 8pm  REGENCY TAVERN Xmas Day Lunch: 5 courses, £60pp, 01273 325652; open noon2pm  REVENGE closed  ZONE open 10am-2pm


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DECEMBER

LISTINGS KYE SONES FROM X FACTOR

DISTRICT3 FROM X FACTOR

JADE ELLIS FROM X FACTOR

REVENGE

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) is the KINKY DANGEROUS World AIDS Day Fundraiser for THT with Stephanie Starlet & her go-go boys, pyrotechnics and 2 floors of DJs playing kinky pop & dangerous house, entry £4–£8 donated to THT.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE with pyrotechnics, sparklers & DJs King K, Alex Baker, Lee Harris, Trick, Fifilicious & Missy B from 9pm–6am, free entry b4 10pm or £10 after from www.revenge.co.uk.  REGULARS: X FACTOR FRIDAYS (till 14) see the contestant evicted the Sunday prior perform an exclusive live show; guaranteed meet & greet, entry £3/£5 b4 midnight.  LOLLIPOP returns Fri (21 & 28) with camp/chart/pop/r&b & dance tunes all night, entry free or £4–£8.  Sat is KINKY DANGEROUS with Stephanie Starlet & her gogo boys, pyrotechnics and DJs Alex Baker, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B, Smithy & guests over 2 floors playing kinky pop & dangerous house, entry free till 2am, £5 after.  Tue is SUPERSONIC student night with DJs Trick & Picadilly Boy playing a mix of pop, indie & urban, entry £2/£3.  Thur is GIRLS ON TOP V EMERGENCY ROOM with chart/pop/trash & party tunes, entry free or £3/£4. Thur (6) GIRLS ON TOP CHRISTMAS PARTY! presents Lucy Spraggan! on stage 11pm. Tickets: www.revenge.co.uk £3/£4/£5  Passes are available through the week from Bar Revenge!  DRINK DEALS: Jagerbombs £2 Tue, Thur & Sat & £2.50 Fri; drinks from £1.50 on Tue & Thur all night and all drinks £2 on Sat (excl doubles/champers).  OPEN: 10.30pm on Tue/Thur/Fri/Sat. Closed: Sun/Christmas Day/Mon/Wed.  www.revenge.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 26  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Boxing Bash: DJ Missy B; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Boxing Day Mash-Up: DJ Lee Harris 10pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Boxing Day Blow-Out 3pm-midnight  BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Night: naked only, no towels, licensed bar 7pm  BULLDOG Boxing Day Red Light Rush: DJ Marcia 8pm; Grant Knowles (tbc) midnight; open 11-5am  CAMELFORD ARMS Xmas After-Party; open noon  CHARLES ST open 5pm-midnight  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Boxing Day Recovery; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR Boxing Day Cabaret: tba 3.30pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Barbara Fella’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Boxing Day Cabaret:

Sandra 9.30pm; karaoke till 1am; open 5pm  REGENCY TAVERN open noon-4pm  SUBLINE closed  ZONE Sofa So Good: board games, Wii, films & more 7pm; open 10am THURSDAY 27  A-BAR food noon-10pm; Quiz: special food menu 8pm; cocktail night; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls On Top Warm-Up: DJ Kelly L 9pm; open noon  BEDFORD TAVERN Thur Social; open 12  BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant Knowles 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Santa’s Big Cash Xmas Quiz 9pm; food specials; open noon  CHARLES ST Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Thirsty Thur; open 3pm  ENVY Mad Cow: 2 floors, hostess Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lil Alex & LeeRoy in bar, DJ Ruby Roo in club 8pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon

 POISON IVY Misty Lee’s karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Pasty Cline’s Karaoke Party 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon  REVENGE Girls On Top v Emergency Room: DJs over 2 floors 10.30pm  SUBLINE Leathered 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE Rachel’s Thrifty Thur: karaoke, videos & Wii 8pm; open 11am FRIDAY 28  A-BAR food noon-7pm; pre-club tunes; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Disco Bomb: Alpha DJ 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Friday Night Live with Lady La Ruee: 2 floor party DJ Peter Castle in the club 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Krazy Kamikaze Karaoke 8.30pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJs Simon Blanch/Grant Knowles 10pm; karaoke bar cabaret: Davina Sparkle midnight; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food & daily specials; open noon  CHARLES ST Fruity Fri Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm; food noon-7.45pm  112 CHURCH ST cabaret: Jason Lee 9pm; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Funky Fri: DJs Nick Hirst or Wayne 9.30pm; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Thank Funk It’s Fri 10.30pm

 LEGENDS BAR Friday Night Live with LadyLaRue: 2 floor party, promo boys, free champers for early birds, free bottle of champers for birthdays 9pm; DJ Peter Castle in club 11pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Spice’s Karaoke 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS Camp Attack: DJ Kamp Kevin & karaoke 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open 11am  REVENGE Lollipop: DJs 10.30pm  SUBLINE Bear Ball: DJ Screwpulous & dancing bears 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 7pm  ZONE cabaret: Jannine 9.30pm; open 11am SATURDAY 29  A-BAR food noon-7pm; Pre-Club Music; open noon  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Kinky Classics: DJ Fifilicious 9pm; open noon-6am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Bedford Weekender; open noon  BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex 3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS food noon-7pm; open noon  CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: allmale DJs Jonesy, Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy on rotation 9pm; food noon-7.45pm; open noon


46 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM SUBLINE BIRTHDAY PARTY + WILD FRUIT

DECEMBER

LISTINGS

SUBLINE

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Wed (12) is THE CRUISEBAR AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE with DJs.  WORLD AIDS DAY: Sat (1) is ROUGE, a World AIDS Day Fundraiser for THT with DJs & regular entry prices.  XMAS: Sat (8) is NAUGHTY SANTA, part of the Santa Patrol Weekend, in aid of Sussex Beacon.  Mon (24) is Xmas at Subline from 9pm–2am.  Closed Xmas Day & Boxing Day.  NYE: Mon (31) is the NYE Party with DJs from 9pm–4am; tickets available from the bar!  Closed New Year’s Day.  REGULARS: Wed is BACKLASH retro tunes and prices, including selected drinks £2.80 all night for members.  Thur is LEATHERED with free lockers.  Fri is BEAR BALL with DJ Screwpulous, dancing bears, £2.80 drinks, entry free for members till 11pm, £3 after.  Sat is THE FURNACE with £2.80 drinks, free entry for members till 11pm, £3 after.  Sun is COME IN YOUR PANTS underwear party with DJ N.U.D.E.  OPEN: Fri & Sat from 9pm–4am, Sun from 8pm–2am, Wed & Thur from 9pm–1.30am. Closed Mon & Tue.  www.subline-brighton.com  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B 9.30pm; open 1pm  ENVY Girls Next Door: DJ Dulcie Danger & all-girl line-up 10pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB Old Skool Sat: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm  LEGENDS BAR Pre-Club DJs 7pm; food noon-7pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open noon  POISON IVY Betty Swollocks’ Karaoke 3pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Nicole 4.30pm; guest host karaoke 6pm; Sissy & Kemp Kevin’s Sat Night Sin Bin: karaoke, tunes & games 9pm; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN food noon-6pm; open 11am  REVENGE Kinky Dangerous: host Stephanie Starlet, go-go boys & DJs Alex Baker, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B & special guests 10.30pm  SUBLINE The Furnace 9pm  VAVAVOOM open 6pm  ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm; open 11am SUNDAY 30  A-BAR Sun lunch noon-5pm; open 11am  AQUARIUM open 3pm

 BAR REVENGE Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8.30pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Sun roasts noon-5pm; Piano Bingo 5pm; open noon  BULLDOG DJ Grant Knowles 8pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash 5pm; Sun roasts & selected menu noon-till gone; open noon  CHARLES ST cabaret: Lady Imelda 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate & roll over jackpot 8.30pm; Sun lunch noon7pm  112 CHURCH ST Richard’s Sun Roast noon-late; open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy; open 1pm  FUN FAIR CLUB BodyShakers: tea dance with DJs Steven Geller, Steve B & guests 6pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lizzy Drip 3.15pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN open 1pm  POISON IVY Mimbo’s Karaoke; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina Sparkle 6pm; Lola Lasagne 9.30pm; karaoke; open 12  REGENCY TAVERN Sun roast noon-5pm; Patrick’s Piano Bar 1.30pm; open noon

 SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E, underwear party 9pm  ZONE Carrie O’Kay’s karaoke 4pm; open 11am

bar; top bar karaoke 10pm; open 11am  CAMELFORD ARMS NYE: free entry; open noon  CHARLES ST NYE Girls Next Door v Boys In The Bar Masked Ball: 2 dance zones, DJ Dulcie Danger & all-girl line-up in club & DJs Jonesy, MONDAY 31 Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy in bar till 5am;  A-BAR NYE Party; bar food noon-7pm; entry free b4 10pm/£6 b4 midnight/£8 after or open 11am £6 Q-jumpers available from the bar; food  AQUARIUM open 3pm  BAR REVENGE Girls on Top NYEParty: DJs noon-8pm; open noon  112 CHURCH ST NYE Rocky Horror Fancy Kelly Lloyd, Smithy, Fifilicious & Alpha, free Dress Party: games, raffle, buffet & prizes 8pmentry 8pm-6am; open noon 2am  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS NYE  DR BRIGHTONS The Great NYE Black & Countdown to 2013: DJs Peter Castle, Ben Castle & Claire Fuller over 2 floors 9pm-5am; White Masquerade: DJ Tony B, black & white dresscode 9pm-4am; open 1pm entry £5 from 8pm  BEDFORD TAVERN NYE Uniform Party: free  ENVY NYE Girls Next Door v Boys In The Bar Masked Ball: 2 dance zones, DJ Dulcie Danger entry 8.30pm; open noon & all-girl line-up in the club; DJs Jonesy, Lil  BRIGHTON SAUNA NYE Party: DJ, lights, Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy in the bar till 5am; free glass of fizz at midnight 8pm-4am entry free b4 10pm/£6 b4 midnight/£8 after or  BULLDOG NYE 42 Hours Non-Stop Party: DJ Marcia 10pm & Grant Knowles (tbc) 2am in £6 Q-jumpers available from the bar

WILD FRUIT @ HONEY CLUB

 WORLD AIDS DAY: Paint the town red on Sat (1) December at the 20th Annual RED PARTY Fundraiser for World AIDS Day featuring DJs Hoxton Whores, Fat Tony, Mr Haywood, Affy & Ali, Kate Wildblood, Queen Josephine; plus hostesses Marnie Scarlet, Dolly Rocket, Chrissy Darling and many more at 10pm.  All profits after costs, but a guaranteed £1 ring fence from each paying customer.  Limited tickets £8 in advance from Prowler or online at www.wildfruit.co.uk.

REBEL @ THE HAUNT

 AFTERHOURS: REBEL celebrates its 7th birthday at 4am on Sun (2) December, immediately after the Wild Fruit Red Party with DJs Jonny M, Fat Tony, Lee Harris & special guests at 4am.


PIC FROM THE ZONE

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 47

ZONE

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Tue (18) is SCRATCH NIGHT, chance for comics, singers, musicians, drag artists, writers to try their material in front of an audience at 7pm.  XMAS: Mon (24) is XMAS EVE CABARET with Sally Vate at 9.30pm. Open: 10am–2am Xmas Eve; 10am–2pm Xmas Day; 10am–1am Boxing Day.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE PARTY with hostess Carrie O’Kay, raffle & a free glass of Cava till 3am, free entry, bar open 10am.  Tue (1) Jan, bar open 10am.  REGULARS: Tue (11) is TRANSACTION with Adam for TV/CD/TS/TG people & admirers at 7pm; friendly staff, drink deals, dressing rooms & discretion assured.  Wed is SOFA SO GOOD with board games, Wii, films & more at 7pm. Look out for future PJ parties!  Thur is Rachel’s THRIFTY THURSDAY with happy hours, Wii, karaoke, videos and more at 8pm.  Fri CABARET at 9.30pm: Stone & Street (7), ‘mod’-themed night with Back Beat at 9pm (14), Scottie’s 50th Birthday with Gilly Bee (21) and Jannine (28).  Sat CABARET at 9.30pm: Sally Vate (1, 15 & 29), Tammy Twinkle (8) and glam rock tunes from Back Beat at 9pm (22).  Sun is CARRIE O’KAY’S KARAOKE at 4pm. Sun (2) is cabaret with Dave Lynn at 9pm.  OPEN: daily from 11am.  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  FUNKYFISH CLUB New Year’s Eve Countdown Party: DJ Sean Quinn 10pm  LEGENDS BAR New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2013: DJs Peter Castle, Ben Castle & Claire Fuller over 2 floors, entry £5 from 8pm; open 11-5am  MARINE TAVERN open noon-2/3am  POISON IVY NYE Party: Spice & special guests, karaoke, free food, complimentary champers at midnight, free entry with name on guest list; open 11am-2am  QUEEN’S ARMS NYE cabaret: Drag With No Name & party with DJ Kamp Kevin & host Candi Rell + poppers & streamers 8pm3am; entry £7.50 b4 Dec 10, £10 after; open noon  REGENCY TAVERN New Year’s Eve: food noon-6pm; Bishops & Tarts Party: free entry 8pm; open noon-late  REVENGE New Year’s Party: DJs King K, Alex Baker, Lee Harris, Trick, Fifilicious, Missy B, pyrotechnics & sparklers 9pm-6am; free entry b4 10pm/£10 after  SUBLINE New Year’s Party: tickets available from the bar 9pm-4am  ZONE New Year’s Eve Party: hostess Carrie O’Kay, raffle, glass of bubbles, free entry till 3am; open 10am

TUESDAY 1 JAN  A-BAR bar food noon-7pm; open noon  AQUARIUM open 1pm  BAR REVENGE New Year’s Karaoke Unplugged: DJ Alpha & hostess AJ, win a paid gig 8pm; open noon  BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS NYE Recovery Party: DJ Peter Castle 11pm  BEDFORD TAVERN Games Galore; open noon  BULLDOG 42 Hours Non-Stop Party  CAMELFORD ARMS Hangover Party; open noon  CHARLES ST open 5pm  112 CHURCH ST open noon  DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy; open 1pm  FUNKYFISH BAR open noon  LEGENDS BAR New Year’s Day Bank Holiday Cabaret: Lola Lasagne 3.30pm; open 11am  MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm; open noon  POISON IVY Bar 150 7pm; open 11am  QUEEN’S ARMS New Year Hangover Karaoke Party 5pm; open 2pm  REGENCY TAVERN New Year’s Day: food noon-2.30pm & 6-8.30pm; open noon11pm  ZONE open 10am


48 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM THE EDGE BIRTHDAY PARTY, SOUTHAMPTON

SOLENT & BOURNEMOUTH BOURNEMOUTH

 BAKERS ARMS 77-79 Commercial Rd, BH2 5RT, Tel: 01202 555506  BAR VENTANA at CUMBERLAND HOTEL East Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AF, Tel: 01202 556529 www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk  BRANKSOME ARMS 152-154 Commercial Rd, BH2 5LU, Tel: 01202 292254  CUMBERLAND HOTEL East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AF, Tel: 01202 290722 www.cumberlandbournemouth.co.uk  DYMK 31 Poole Hill, BH2 5PW, www.dymk-bar.com  SAUNABAR 140 Commercial Rd, BH2 5LU, Tel: 01202 552654 www.gaysaunabournemouth.co.uk  2930 THE TRIANGLE CLUB 29-30 The Triangle, BH2 5SE, Tel: 0845 496 2934 www.2930thetriangle.com  EASY TIGER 27 The Triangle, BH2 5SE; open: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6.30pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Tel: 01202 554195 www.easytigerstore.com  XCHANGE 4 The Triangle, BH2 5RY, Tel: 01202 294321

PORTSMOUTH

 HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terr, Southsea, Tel: 02392 297509 www.thehampshireboulevard.co.uk Open: Mon: 3pm-11pm, Tue: noon-1am, WedThur: noon-2am, Fri-Sat: noon-3am, Sun: noon-2am, cabaret bar and club

SATURDAY 1 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Red Party for World AIDS Day: DJ Ruby Roo till 3am  OLD VIC food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE The Big One: DJs, 2 dancefloors, 3 bars 9pm  LONDON HOTEL DJ Neil Sackley & His Guilty Pleasures 8.30pm; open noon; food noon-3pm SUNDAY 2 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD cabaret: Divina De Campo 11pm; Westie’s Karaoke till 5am; open 9pm  OLD VIC Sun lunch 1-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Staff Slave Auction for World AIDS Day: buy your fav staff member, all proceeds donated to GCHS 10pm  LONDON HOTEL World AIDS Day Fundraiser: see advert for line-up 7pm; £5 entry, all proceeds to local HIV charities; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon MONDAY 3 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Xtream Mon: DJ Grant Knowles till 2am

 OLD VIC 104 St Pauls Rd, Southsea Tel: 02392 297013 www.oldvicportsmouth.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri: 11am till late, Sat: 5pm-late, Sun: noon-12,30am. Tradition pub with regular cabaret, serves food.  TROPICS SAUNA 2 Market Way Tel: 02380 296100 www.tropics-sauna.com Open: Mon-Wed: 12-8pm, Thur-Sat: 11am9pm

SOUTHAMPTON

 ISOBAR 100c St Mary’s Street Tel: 02380 222028 Open: Sun-Tue: 2pm-11pm, Wed-Sat: 2pmmidnight. Modern bar, outside decked garden area, popular with younger crowd.  LONDON HOTEL 2 Terminus Terrace Tel: 02380 710652 www.the-london.co.uk Open: Mon-Thur: noon-11pm, Fri-Sat: noon12.30am, Sun: noon-11.30am. Friendly cabaret venue, serves food.  EDGE Compton Walk Tel: 02380 366163 www.theedgesouthampton.com Open: Tue-Fri & Sun: 9pm-3am, Sat: 9pm5am. Stylish club on 2 floors with 3 bars. Party till 5am on a Saturday night - last entry at 3am.  PINK BROADWAY SAUNA 797/80 East St Tel: 02380 238804 www.pink-broadway.com/sauna.html Open: Sun-Thur: noon-10pm, Fri-Sat: noon2am

 OLD VIC food noon-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; open noon TUESDAY 4 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  OLD VIC Quiz 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bomb It!: video jukebox 10pm  LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; open noon WEDNESDAY 5 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Forces Night till 2am  OLD VIC NUS night 7pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Bar 150 Onesie Party: DJ Lady Bex & Cheeky Pete’s karaoke 9pm-5am  LONDON HOTEL Quiz: cash prizes 8.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon THURSDAY 6 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke till 2am  OLD VIC karaoke 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Pure Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon

EDGE SOUTHAMPTON

 ONE FOR THE DIARY: Sat (22) is FIERCE ANGEL with DJs Mark Doyle & Martin Wright, 3 bars & 2 dancefloors at 9pm, entry free for mems b4 11pm, £3 after; guests £3 b4 11pm, £5 b4 1am, £6 after; students £3 all night.  WORLD AIDS DAY: Sun (2) Dec is the STAFF SLAVE AUCTION with proceeds going to GCHS, buy your favourite staff member at 10pm.  XMAS: Mon (24) is the XMAS PARTY with DJ Pete Kendall blasting out those Xmas hits, 3-4-2 Jagerbombs at 9pm, free entry.  Wed (26) is GET SOME with regular DJs & entry, open extra late till 5am!  Closed Xmas Day.  NYE: Mon (31) is NYE PARTY LIKE IT’S 2013 with DJs Tim Sandford, Pete Kendall & Steve M from 9pm–5am; advance tickets £5 for mems, £10 guests, £15 on the door for all.  Closed New Year’s Day.  REGULARS: Thur is new PURE POP! with DJ Neil Sackley playing pop tunes, free sweets at 10pm, entry £1.  Sat is THE BIG ONE with resident/guest DJs, Lee Harris & big discounts for Grindr users (15), 2 dance floors & 3 bars; entry free for mems b4 11pm, £3 after; guests £3 b4 11pm, £5 b4 1am, £6 after; students £3 all night.  Sun is WE ARE 1 with DJs & £1 drinks, entry free b4 10.30pm, £2/£4 after.  Sun (23) is Tammy Twinkle’s Karaoke with free entry.  Wed is Bar 150 with DJ Lady Bex & Cheeky Pete’s Karaoke, £1.50 drinks, entry free/£2 before 10pm, £4/£6 after.  Wed (5) is a special GET SOME ONESIE PARTY with regular DJs & entry, open till 5am! .  OPEN: Sun, Tue & Thur 10pm, Wed, Fri & Sat 9pm.  Closed Mon.  www.theedgesouthampton.com

FRIDAY 7 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Tim Sandford, host Sally Vate till 3am  OLD VIC food noon-5pm; party till 2am SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE Get Some: DJs Lady Bex, Lohands, Rob Davis + give-aways 9pm  LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Jamie Watson & DJ Neil Sackley 10pm; food noon-3pm SATURDAY 8 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD Hot Eye Candy: DJ Rue

till 3am  OLD VIC food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE The Big One: DJs, 2 dancefloors, 3 bars 9pm  LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Eva La Diva & DJ Dazza 8.30pm; open noon; food noon-3pm SUNDAY 9 BOURNEMOUTH  CUMBERLAND HOTEL Sun Lunch 12.302.30pm & 7-9pm; open 9am  DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH  HAMPSHIRE BLVD cabaret: Wilma Fingado 11pm; Westie’s karaoke till 2am  OLD VIC Sun lunch 1-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON  EDGE We Are 1: DJs 10pm  LONDON HOTEL Dolly Partem’s Sunday Service 8pm; Topping & Butch 9.30pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon


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SOLENT & BOURNEMOUTH

MONDAY 10 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Xtream: DJ Rue till 2am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON I LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; open noon TUESDAY 11 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I OLD VIC Quiz 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Bomb It!: video jukebox 10pm I LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; open noon

WEDNESDAY 12 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Forces Night till 2am I OLD VIC NUS night 7pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Cheeky Pete’s karaoke 9pm I LONDON HOTEL Girlfriends Get Together: tv/ts group meeting; food 12-3pm; open 12 THURSDAY 13 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie karaoke till 2am

I OLD VIC karaoke 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Pure Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 10pm I LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon FRIDAY 14 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Grant Knowles, host Sally Vate till 3am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; party till 2am SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Get Some: DJs Lady Bex, Lohands, Rob Davis + give-aways 9pm I LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Miss Tiara Thunderpussy & DJ Ruby Roo 10pm; food noon-3pm

SUNDAY 16 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: Sun Lunch 12.30-2.30pm & 7-9pm; open 9am I DYMK open noon PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD cabaret: Lady Le Rue 11pm; Westie’s karaoke till 2am I OLD VIC Sun lunch 1-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE We Are 1: DJs 10pm I LONDON HOTEL Dolly Partem’s Sunday Service 8pm; Drag With No Name 9.30pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon

MONDAY 17 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm SATURDAY 15 PORTSMOUTH BOURNEMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Xtream Mon: DJ Grant I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Knowles till 2am Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; open noon I DYMK open 2pm SOUTHAMPTON PORTSMOUTH I LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Hot Eye Candy: host open noon Divine Diva & DJ till 3am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; DJs all night TUESDAY 18 SOUTHAMPTON BOURNEMOUTH I EDGE The Big One: DJ Lee Harris, 2 I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & dancefloors, 3 bars 9pm Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Jo Frances & DJ I DYMK open 2pm Tiny 10pm; food noon-3pm; open noon PORTSMOUTH I OLD VIC Quiz 8pm; food noon-5pm


50 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM THE LONDON HOTEL, SOUTHAMPTON

LONDON HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON

I WORLD AIDS DAY: Sun (2) Dec is the WORLD AIDS DAY FUNDRAISER with host Lola Lasagne and cabaret performers Chrissie Edkins, Benji, Lucinda Lashes, Lady LaRue, Cassidy Connors, Drag With No Name at 7pm, entry £5 with all proceeds going to local HIV charities. I XMAS: Mon (24) is Pat Cruise’s XMAS SING-ALONG at 9.30pm, open till midnight. I Xmas Day Drinks on Tue (25) noon–3pm I Wed (26) is Dolly Partem’s 2012 REVIEW at 10pm. I NYE: Mon (31) is OVER THE RAINBOW NYE Party with DJ Pat Cruise and cabaret with Ruthie T from 7.30pm–3.30am; tickets only, £10. I Tue (1) Jan is NEW YEAR’S RECOVERY, open 3–11pm. I REGULARS: Wed (5) is monthly Quiz Night with cash prizes at 8.30pm. I Wed (12) is GIRLFRIENDS GET TOGETHER, a tv/ts group meeting. I Thur is Pat Cruise’s KARAOKE CRUISING at 9.30pm. I Fri CABARET & DJs at 10pm: Neil Sackley & Jamie Watson (7), Ruby Roo & Miss Tiara Thunderpussy (14), Neil Sackley & Miss Penny (21) and Scarlet Diamante (28). I Sat is PARTY time at 8.30pm with DJs & cabaret: Neil Sackley & His Guilty Pleasures (1), Dazza & Eva La Diva (8), Tiny & Jo Frances (15), Neil Sackley & Benji (22), Ruby Roo & His Guilty Pleasures (29). I Dolly Partem’s SUNDAY SERVICE from 8pm, cabaret follows from 9.30pm: Topping & Butch (9), Drag With No Name (16) and Lola Lasagne (23). I Chill out in one of the brand new lounge areas.. I FOOD: traditional pub food Mon–Sat noon–3pm; Sunday lunch noon–3.30pm. I OPEN: daily from noon, excl New Year. Closed Tue (18) for private party. I www.the-london.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Bomb It!: video jukebox 10pm I LONDON HOTEL closed for private party

PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Tim Sandford, host Sally Vate till 3am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; party till 2am WEDNESDAY 19 SOUTHAMPTON BOURNEMOUTH I EDGE Get Some: DJs Lady Bex, Lohands, I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Rob Davis + give-aways 9pm Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Miss Penny & DJ I DYMK open 2pm Neil Sackley 10pm; food noon-3pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Forces Night till 2am SATURDAY 22 I OLD VIC NUS night 7pm; food noon-5pm BOURNEMOUTH SOUTHAMPTON I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & I EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Cheeky Pete’s Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am karaoke 9pm I DYMK open 2pm I LONDON HOTEL chillout; food noon-3pm; PORTSMOUTH open noon I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Hot Eye Candy: DJ Rue till 3am THURSDAY 20 I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; DJs all night BOURNEMOUTH SOUTHAMPTON I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & I EDGE Fierce Angels: DJs Mark Doyle & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am Martin Wright, 3 bars, 2 dancefloors 9pm I DYMK open 2pm I LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Benji & DJ Neil Sackley 10pm; food noon-3pm; open noon PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke till SUNDAY 23 2am I OLD VIC karaoke 8pm; food noon-5pm BOURNEMOUTH SOUTHAMPTON I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & I EDGE Pure Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 10pm Brasserie: Sun Lunch 12.30-2.30pm & 7-9pm; I LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat open 9am Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH FRIDAY 21 I HAMPSHIRE BLVD cabaret: Lucinda Lashes BOURNEMOUTH 11pm; Westie’s karaoke till 2am I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & I OLD VIC Sun lunch 1-5pm; open noon Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Tammy Twinkle’s Karaoke 10pm I DYMK open 2pm

I LONDON HOTEL Dolly Partem’s Sunday Service 8pm; Lola Lasagne 9.30pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon MONDAY 24 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Father Xmas Fancy Dress Party: DJ Rue till 2am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Xmas Party: DJ Pete Kendall 9pm I LONDON HOTEL Pat Cruise Xmas SingAlong 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon TUESDAY 25 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I OLD VIC Quiz 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE closed I LONDON HOTEL Xmas Drinks noon-3pm WEDNESDAY 26 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Boxing Day School Disco: DJ Lee Harris till 4am I OLD VIC NUS night 7pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Bar 150: DJ Lady Bex & Cheeky Pete’s karaoke 9pm I LONDON HOTEL Dolly Partem’s 2012 Review 10pm; food noon-3pm; open noon THURSDAY 27 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke till 2am I OLD VIC karaoke 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Pure Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 10pm I LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Pat Cruise 9.30pm; food noon-3pm; open noon FRIDAY 28 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Grant Knowles, host Sally Vate till 3am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; party till 2am

JO FRANCES (15)

DOLLY PARTEM SUNDAY SERVICE

PAT CRUISE MON (24 & 31)

LOLA LASAGNE SUN (2 & 23)

SOLENT & BOURNEMOUTH

SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE Get Some: DJs Lady Bex, Lohands, Rob Davis + give-aways 9pm I LONDON HOTEL cabaret: Scarlet Diamante 10pm; food noon-3pm SATURDAY 29 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ Divine Diva till 3am I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; DJs all night SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE The Big One: DJs, 2 dancefloors, 3 bars 9pm I LONDON HOTEL DJ Ruby Roo & His Guilty Pleasures 10pm; food noon-3pm; open noon SUNDAY 30 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: Sun Lunch 12.30-2.30pm & 7-9pm; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD Westie’s karaoke till 2am I OLD VIC Sun lunch 1-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE We Are 1: DJs 10pm I LONDON HOTEL Dolly Partem’s Sunday Service 8pm; Sun lunch noon-3.30pm; open noon MONDAY 31 BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I HAMPSHIRE BLVD New Year’s Eve Party: DJ Ruby Roo, confetti & candy floss 8pm-5am; entry £10 adv/£12 on the door I OLD VIC food noon-5pm; open noon SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE New Year’s Eve Party Like It’s 2013: DJs Tim Sandford, Pete Kendall & Steve M 9pm5am; advanced tickets £5 for mems, £10 guests, £15 on the door for all I LONDON HOTEL New Year’s Eve: DJ Pat Cruise, cabaret with Ruthie T 7.30pm; tickets only, £10 TUESDAY 1 JAN BOURNEMOUTH I CUMBERLAND HOTEL Ventana Bar & Brasserie: food, afternoon tea, drinks; open 9am I DYMK open 2pm PORTSMOUTH I OLD VIC Quiz 8pm; food noon-5pm SOUTHAMPTON I EDGE closed I LONDON HOTEL New Year Recovery 3pm


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BY WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE 'Tis the season to be, er, jolly, so dangle those jungle bells and buff up your festive balls. To soundtrack your Xmas festivities just right we’ve rounded up the best of 2012 for your delight. Ensure you purchase (home taping is killing music) and give or keep depending on your mood after battling through those happy(?) Xmas queues. Enjoy and have a fabulous, fabulous Christmas xx

LONGPLAYERS OF 2012

I MARIO BASANOV Journey Needwant

If that opening track doesn’t hook you we advise you check your pulse. I THE 2 BEARS Be Strong Southern Fried Records The grrr was insistence this year and those 2 Bears made it essential. I V/A Classic Through The Eyes of Severino Classic Music Company Speaking of grrr, this Severino sound venture had us right fired up. I V/A DJ Sneak Fabric 62 Fabric Records Jack def had a groove on this year, we loved it when Sneak got it bad. I V/A WATERGATE 11 Solomun Watergate Don’t mess with this genius; just embrace the funk fuelled grooves. I THE XX Coexist Young Turks Horizontal dubstep meets steel pans meets teen angst. What’s not to love? I JAMIE JONES Tracks From The Crypt Crosstown Rebels Handsome doesn’t come close to describing this man and his beats. I V/A We Love… Detroit Derrick May & Jimmy Edgar We Love Records All the techno head a girl (or boy) could wish for. I MIGUEL CAMPBELL Back In Flight School Hot Creations Puts a grin on your face from start to finish. Just how we like it. I LES LOUP Club Cœur So Sound Recordings Us disco kids like our disco Loup like. End of.

DJ PROFILE The party season is upon us, so here’s a hot little treasure to warm up your festive dancefloor. Queen Josephine chats to the lovely Lee Jeffrey about tunes with a twist, free ice cream and why his mum probably never ever wants to hear Kylie again. Where do you DJ? Catch me on the decks every Thursday and Friday from 9pm at Charles Street; Thursday at Mad Cow with DJ Lil Alex back to back in the bar playing commercial, funky dance floor fillers and DJ Ruby Roo upstairs in the club playing all your pop and chart anthems; at Fruity Friday Fix I play funky house and uplifting anthems all night long; and my new residency is at BodyShakers, the famous London Afterhours, at the Funfair Club in Brighton from 6pm every Sunday. Describe your DJing style? I can only describe it as... percussive, fullon, vocal and bouncy house. I love tunes with a drop and a twist that you wouldn’t expect. I play a lot of tech and progressive house with a good vocal and constant beat to keep you moving! Favourite song of all time? Bullet In The Gun by Planet Perfecto. It reminds me of my youth and my love of trance! Which tune always fills up (or rescues) your dancefloor? The Safari remix of Robin S’ Show Me Love. As soon it comes on the entire venue has a murmur of people going ‘Ooooooh!’ and it makes me smile every time. Ultimate dream gig? Space, Ibiza; on the decks going back to back with DJ Taito Tikaro, lots of lasers, with ice creams handed out to everyone and all my friends there having a good time!

12 INCHES OF THE BEST (OF 2012!)

I THOMAS GANDEY The Organ Track Southern Fried Music Emotional wonder that has so many Sundae infused memories. I JULIO BASHMORE Au Seve (original mix) Broadwalk Records The dancefloor moment of 2012 – nothing felt finer. I ELECTRONIC YOUTH I Wish (original mix) Sexy Trash Digital For every soul who kept us loved up this year. I NOIR & HAZE Around (Subb-an remix) Noir Music That bassline ensured we had no choice but to dance. I NATHAN BARATO Back Up Queen Rekids Bitching taken to a whole new level – get her! I HOT NATURED & ALI Love Benediction Hot Creations Nothing has touched our spot like this has. Warm, wonderful and wow! I DANIEL KYO Superstition (Daniel Kyo Total remake) Basic Fingers Few do Stevie justice but this retake had us smitten. I MIKALIS v CECE PENISTON Finally (original mix) Kidology Bootleg Proud in so many ways of this one. Brighton Pride in a nutshell. I DESTINY'S CHILD Say My Name (Cyril Hahn remix) White Simple, sweet and so effective, the perfect dawn soundtrack. I ALEXIS RAPHAEL Into The Light Hot Creations Sophisticated and sassy Alexis delivered light in a Cowell world.

Catch Wildblood and Queenie at DSD, Wild Fruit & Sirens. mixcloud.com/wildbloodandqueenie & katewildblood.wordpress.com

Tune you wish you’d never played? Anything by Nicki Minaj. Polishing a turd is probably more useful than trying to make sense of most of her tracks. They just don’t work. ‘And if you’re a G, You a G,G,G’! Is she calling me a horse? Singing about going to a beach and then talking about how space ships are meant to fly just doesn’t link up in my opinion. Guilty pleasure? I love a bit of classic 1950s/60s, anything from Little Richard to the Beach Boys. Your best ever gig? Every New Year’s Eve at Charles Street. The team throw such a great party and the crowd goes absolutely bonkers until the lights come on at the end of the night! Make sure you’re there this year! Tell us a secret! When I was young I used to dance around my living room listening to Kylie Minogue’s Never Too Late and Black Box’s Ride On Time on VHS constantly on loop. It would drive my mum insane. I guess Black Box explains my house roots but as for Kylie… well!

CURRENT TOP FIVE

I ANN BAILEY & PETER BROWN Let Me Go (Eddie Amador remix) Suka I TECHOUZER Calypso Drums (original mix) Morumbi Records I RICH B Revolution (Pagano’s Underground mix) Tool Box House I RUBEN RIVAS Piano Traxx (original mix) Music Is The Answer I TENSNAKE Coma Cat (Mark Knight remix) Toolroom Records


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MONTHLY SERIAL BY CARL OPREY EPISODE 3 Sean Matthews pulled back as his husband Alex straightened the Windsor knot on his father’s regimental tie. Sarah brushed the shoulders of Sean’s jacket free of imaginary dust and stood back. “Thank God that tie’s the only hold the old bastard’s still got on you,” she said. Alex stood beside Sean, their shoulders met and they clasped each other’s hands the way they used to do sometimes in secret. “Better,” Sarah said, “Much better.” Sarah was once Sean’s teenage, lavender sweetheart as well as the only person who could tie the required Windsor knot. She tried to teach him, folding the tie from over his shoulders and giving him instructions in the mirror, but he refused to learn. It was just another formality of their youth together, like parading around family functions stoned, avoiding questions about ‘their intentions with each other’ and giggling as if they really were lovers. Alex learned the Windsor knot in a single session and Sarah married Sean’s best friend, Kenny. Things were working themselves out. A voice came from behind. “That’s perfect, Sarah. Thank you.” “Ah, Georgina,” Sarah replied, without turning around. “Everything OK with John?” Sean closed his eyes. Not today, please. Molly, Sarah’s four-year-old, wove herself through Sean’s legs and sprinkled flowers randomly from a bridesmaid’s basket. She was the perfect diversion. “Just look at Princess Graceful.” Sean said. Sarah guided the child back towards her father on the dance floor. “Thanks Sean, but she’s camp enough as it is.” “And so well behaved,” he added. Molly wandered towards her flailing, gingerhaired father, trance-dancing in front of a speaker. “Unlike her father.” he added quietly. “You see,” Georgina addressed Sarah, “if only you and Sean had remained close…” “We were kids, Georgina, change the record.” “…he might have ended up...”

Alex released Sean’s hand and folded his arms tightly across his chest. “He was gay then, Georgina, and he sure as hell is gay today.” Georgina took out her compact and rolled her head around, checking her hair. Sarah stepped into the fray. “He still doesn’t meet your impossible standards, does he? Should we let the Medical Council know they were deluded when they made him most promising Consultant Paediatrician of the year?” Sean interrupted meekly, “European Consultant, actually.” He was silenced once again by the glare of his mother’s piercing eyes. Sarah held up her wedding finger. “And I already have a husband, remember?” Sean cleared his throat. “Probably not the best example, Sarah,” he said. In Georgina’s mind it was Kenny who’d broken up the perfect union of Sean and Sarah. The marriage between a doctor and lawyer ticked every box for her and Kenny dashed every hope of a proper wedding and much-needed grandchildren. She believed that the trauma had, in fact, turned Sean gay and couldn’t understand why she was the only one devastated by the effects. They stared at Kenny as he tried to breakdance on the parquet dance floor, entertaining nobody but himself and Molly, who squealed with delight at his side. Georgina looked away, disgusted. “It’s no wonder you need a paediatrician around Sarah, given your husband’s antics.” Before Sarah could counter, Georgina walked away, making talk with a random family member. “Don’t worry,” Sean said, pushing the corners of Sarah’s mouth back into a smile. “Not even the best lawyers get the last word in with the old belter.” Michael had been drinking with John Matthews and his crew of seasoned veterans in a far corner of the marquee. The whisky had already gone past the warm tingle stage and

was now making him swerve. Ralphy Nugent, a slim-faced chap wearing a single medal, a Monty beret and sprinkles of dandruff in his eyebrows, replenished Michael’s empty glass. “He’s a look of David, don’t you think?” Ralphy said. John steadied himself against a strut of the marquee and squinted at Michael. “Ralphy’s so pissed he now thinks you look like my wretched brother…”’ he said. Michael remembered Tracy’s rule about engaging directly with family members. He stood up, swaying sideways. “I’m so pissed everyone’s beginning to look alike,” he said, emptying his glass and staggering towards the portacabin toilets. At the urinal he steadied himself by placing his hand on the wall ahead. Such concentrated effort meant he failed to see Alex Ganley, the other groom, move into the urinal alongside him. “Having a good time?” Alex said. Michael kept his eyes on the urinal, concentrating. “I don’t think we’ve actually met.” Alex held out his free hand. “I’m Alex.” Michael looked up, changed hands and shook Alex’s. “You’re the other groom.” Alex nodded. “And you’re American.” Alex smiled. “So, have you got a name?” said Alex. “Got a girlfriend?” Michael frowned and faced Alex again. “I’m not queer, if that’s what you’re after.” Alex zipped up and leaned over the barrier and Michael stepped away, making puddles at his feet. “I’d keep that language to yourself, round here,” Alex said. Michael belched and, with his flies still undone, staggered past Alex, bashing into his shoulder as he left the toilet. Michael fell several times on his way back to the marquee, leaving grass stains on the knees and elbows of his suit. He swayed and watched the diminishing collection of guests from the edge of the dance floor. He saw Alex glaring back at him and talking over his shoulder at two security men. Michael stepped onto the dance floor and felt hands reach under him and he was hauled away, held tightly under the arms of the security men. As they marched Michael down the path, Alex followed him, whispering into his ear. “Try gate-crashing a straight wedding next time.” At the front gate Michael was jettisoned into the lane beyond where he stood up, laughing and rubbing gravel from his hands. “And the next time you try to shag someone in the toilets, make sure it’s not at your own wedding.” The security men smiled at each other and Alex sent them back in. “Get back to your slum you fucking inbred, before I beat the crap out of you myself.” Michael stumbled forward and caught himself. “Idiot… you’re not my fucking father.” “Idiot?” Alex shouted back. “Is that the best you can do?” © Carl Oprey


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BY MICHAEL HOOTMAN

HONEYBEES XMAS BASH Grace Eyre Theatre, Montefiore Road, Hove, BN3 6EP  THURST & BOND IN NEED... OF RELIEF (7.30pm, Sat 8). Hilarious comedy duo Tyhurst & Bond (formerly Margaret & Rosemary) will be compering the fun packed, annual Honeybees Ladies Hockey Team fundraising bash, with guest singers, comedians and Elvis & Friends puppet show. Expect a night of quality entertainment! Tickets: £10 (including raffle) available from: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/d ate/52270

Gardner Street, Brighton Box office: 0845 293 8480 www.komedia.co.uk  BENT DOUBLE (Sun 2). An irreverent night of fun and frolics hosted by Zoe Lyons (Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow) with headliner Kerry Godliman. 'I was crying with laughter from start to finish' Latest 7.

THEATRE ROYAL New Road, Brighton Box office: 08448 717 650  DOLLY PARTON – 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL (Mon 10–Sat 15). This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, stars Natalie Casey

QUKELELE

musical. Follow squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they'll never forget, with the scandalous Frank 'n' Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity and hit songs including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and, of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp. 'Still the sexiest and funniest show in town' The Evening Standard.

LATEST Latest Music Bar, Manchester St, Brighton, 01273 687171 www.thelatest.co.uk/musicbar THE QUKULELE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! (7.30pm, Wed 12). Brighton’s favourite (and only) queer ukulele band bring their own brand of mashups and mayhem to the Latest Music bar this holiday season. Tickets: £5

WORLD AIDS DAY CONCERTS

 AIDS MEMORIAL CONCERT presented by Music for Life (6pm, Sun 25) at St Mary the Virgin Church in Kemptown features the Regency Singers with musical

ANDREW BALLANTYNE

KOMEDIA

(Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Legally Blonde the Musical), Bonnie Langford (Chicago, Spamalot, Cats), Ben Richards (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease, The Bill), Jackie Clune (Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!) and Amy Lennox (Legally Blonde the Musical, The Sound of Music). Based on the hit movie it centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, bigot of a boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there's nothing they can't do - even in a man's world. Outrageous, thoughtprovoking and even a little romantic, Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. 'A great big dose of heart, cracking feelgood tunes and slick choreography' Lancashire Telegraph.  THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Thur 20 Dec–Sat 5 Jan 2013). Directed by Christopher Luscombe and starring Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar), Rhydian (X Factor/We Will Rock You), Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale) and Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen Of The Desert). star in the 40th anniversary production of Richard O'Brien's

OLIVER THORNTON, ROCKY HORROR SHOW

TYHURST & BOND

ZOE LYONS

 JEFF WAYNE'S WAR OF THE WORLDS – THE NEW GENERATION (Sun 16–Mon 17). Based on HG Wells’ classic science fiction story, the dazzling production has been updated with Liam Neeson in holographic form as George Herbert plus Jason Donavan as Parson Nathaniel and Marti Pellow as The Voice of Humanity.  Other music highlights include: RIZZLE KICKS (Thu 6–Fri 7); MAGIC OF MOTOWN (Sat 8); PETER ANDRE: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (Tue 11); JOOLS HOLLAND (Sat 15).

DOLLY PARTON 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Kings Road, Brighton Box office: 0844 847 1515 www.brightoncentre.co.uk  MADNESS – THE CHARGE OF THE MAD BRIGADE (Sat 1). Matinee show added due to popular demand with all the hits plus tracks from their new album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da.  KEANE (Sun 2). The group follow their fifth number one album with their Strangeland Tour.

WAR OF THE WORLDS

MADNESS

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PULL A CRACKER! Dome, Church Street, Brighton, Box office: 01273 709709 www.brightondome.org  PULL A CRACKER WITH BRIGHTON GAY MEN'S CHORUS (Sat 15). Famed for their appearances on BBC TV’s Last Choir Standing, we saw them last year delight a packed house alongside actress June Brown and comedienne Zoe Lyons. This year they’re back with a magical collection of yuletide favourites and rock and pop classics including Last Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. The concert will help raise funds for the Sussex Beacon Urgent Appeal. ‘A magical evening … Just brilliant!’ Latest 7. Tickets: £18/£15/£10 (conc £16/£13/£8) are vailable from www.brightongmc.org or the Dome box office 01273 709709. For more details see: www.brightongmc.org, the BGMC Facebook page and Twitter.

has Actually Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC) and Actually Gay Women’s Chorus (AGWC) singing together with a first performance of BEACONS REQUIEM written by AGMC member, Richard Horscraft and dedicated to the Sussex Beacon. The piece will be performed with a full orchestra. Held in the beautiful St Andrew's Church, Waterloo Street, Hove, this is an alternative event for anyone wishing to join them while remembering those affected by and working with HIV/AIDS. The evening is not ticketed but there will be a collection for Sussex Beacon after the performance. Everyone performing in this event has provided their time completely free of charge.

BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS

ACTUALLY GAY MEN’S CHORUS

director Mark Hodge who will be performing along with the tenor, Tom Murphy, the soprano, Alexandra Bowa, the flautist Neil Carter and harpist Andrew Ballantyne. Tickets: £10/£8 concs on the door.  WE ALL LIVE TOGETHER - A CONCERT FOR WORLD AIDS DAY A collection of local music groups will be performing (7.30pm, Sat 1) at St Mary's Church, 61 St James’ St, Kemptown (just across from the AIDS Memorial). This annual community concert will feature selected performances from Brighton Gay Men's Chorus, Qukelele, Rainbow Chorus, Resound, The Theatre Workshop and be compered by the award winning performer and Sussex Beacon patron Neil Bartlett OBE. The event will also feature a joint performance of the first international OutPostChoir anthem, You Make Me Proud composed by Howard Alexander. Tickets £5, available on the door or from www.brightongmc.org. All profit from the sale of tickets, as well as a bucket collection at the venue, will be donated to The Rainbow Fund.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR WORLD AIDS DAY (7.30pm, Sat 1)


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MARTLETS CHRISTMAS MUSICAL SPECTACULAR

BY ENZO MARRA

LGCM CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE

 Brighton Lesbian, Gay, Christian Movement and Changing Attitudes are holding a CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE at St George’s Church, Kemptown on (7.30pm, Thurs 20). The service will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. For more information email: brighton.lgcm@ntlworld.com

 JEAN DUBUFFET: TRANSITIONS, (Rooms 1517, Feb, 3 2013). The first major review in a UK public gallery for nearly 50 years of the work of the influential artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). The exhibition has been organised with the assistance of the Fondation Dubuffet, Paris and will feature key paintings, drawings and sculptures from collections across France and the UK. Best known as the father of Art Brut (‘raw art’), throughout his life Dubuffet sought out non-professional or self-taught artists that he perceived to be ‘unscathed by artistic culture’. Their work subverted the traditional canon of beauty, and Dubuffet found within them a raw expressive power that was vital to his practice.

RAINBOW CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

ACTUALLY CHRISTMAS The Actually Gay Men's and Actually Gay Women's Chorus’ traditional annual production of TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (7.30pm, Sun 23) is a real highlight of the festive season. Conducted by Amanda Webber, it will be a fun evening with both traditional and more unusual musical choices, featuring both choirs. Twas The Night Before Christmas is at St Andrew's Church, Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ. Tickets: £10 available via the Actually website: www.actuallygmc.org

TRANSSEXUAL ELECTRIC RABBIT

 The Rainbow Chorus, Brighton's only LGBT-mixed choir perform a seasonal production, BEAUX & BELLES at St George’s Church, Kemptown on (7.30pm, Sat 15). Inspired by their Musical Director, Aneesa Chaudhry, Beaux & Belles promises an evening of festive song, featuring old and new classics from Fairytale of New York and Jingle Bells to Panis Angelicus, laughter and a few surprises. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions), available: www.brownpapertickets.com (booking fee applies) or from choir members and also on the door on the night. For more information visit: www.rainbowchorus.org.uk

9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, www.pallant.org.uk This month at the Pallant House Gallery there is a quartet of exciting concurrent shows.  GWEN JOHN & CELIA PAUL: PAINTERS IN PARALLEL, (Room 4 until Jan 27, 2013). Work from two of Britain’s most distinctive and respected female artists, Gwen John (1876 –1939) and Celia Paul (b.1959), placed side-by-side for the first time includes key paintings and drawings offering a unique insight into their common experiences and themes bridging almost eight decades. Though separated by over 80 years, the lives and work of Gwen and Celia share many parallels, both students at the Slade School of Art and models/muses to renowned male artists, each went on to express a strongly personal vision that reflected their identity as a woman artist. Their works characterised by an intimate approach, with subjects such as portraits of other women, light-filled interior spaces and quietly still moments depicted with an extraordinary intensity. CELIA PAUL: MY MOTHER WITH A ROSE

GWEN JOHN: CORNER OF THE ARTIST’S ROOM

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Carousel, the Brighton-based charity that facilitates people with a learning disability to reach their potential in the arts, are hosting CAROUSEL’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER, a Christmas market fundraiser at the Friends Meeting House, Brighton (noon–4pm, Sat 8). Ideal for a spot of last minute Christmas shopping, with crafts, novelties, decorations and home wares; home-cooked cakes, biscuits and sweets; chutneys and second-hand books, badge making and a lucky dip; plus the Carousel artists will be entertaining shoppers with films and music. “We want to raise awareness about the fantastic work which is made by local artists with learning disabilities. Enjoy an afternoon of festive delights, handmade goodies and home-baked treats, meet our artists and celebrate their work." Elizabeth Hall, Director of Carousel. For more information view: www.carousel.org.uk

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The MARTLETS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL SPECTACULAR (4pm & 7.30pm, Sun 16) at Hove Town Hall. The Gala, which has raised approximately £150,000 since its inception nine years ago, will feature festive carols and Christmas songs from Brighton Theatre Group, Singing for Pleasure and the Shine Theatre Company. The Martlets need to raise £4 million each year to continue to provide essential services and its only through local support this is achievable. Tickets are £12.50 from 01273 709709, or book online at: www.brightonticketshop.com For more information view: www.themartlets.org.uk

 OUTSIDE IN: NATIONAL (until Feb 3, 2013), is an open-entry exhibition for artists producing work from the edges of society. The exhibition showcases 80 works selected from over 2,300 pieces submitted to the Outside In: National competition. From substance misusers to self-taught visionaries, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth and vitality of work produced by individuals from outside the mainstream art world. Early Art Brut and Outsider artists were primarily psychiatric patients whose work had no relation to the artistic cultural norms of their time. Their work inspired ‘established' artists such as Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Ben Nicholson. In recent years, ‘Outsider Art' has often been adopted to describe any artistic activity outside the mainstream, prompting divisions as to the future of the term and debates over whether it does or should continue to exist.  PAT DOUTHWAITE: AN UNCOMPROMISING VISION, (until Feb 3, 2013) is an exhibition focussing on the prints and drawings of the idiosyncratic artist. A glamorous, maverick character, Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002) is often associated with Outsider Art although she exhibited regularly in her lifetime. Selftaught as an artist, she attended classes in mime and modern dance with Margaret Morris, who encouraged her to paint.


GSCENE 57 his musical taste and we’d get drunk and cry and then eat something greasy. K: She is quite annoying me now…. N: see, I told you – he loves me…! Do you despair at being called electropop? N: Ha ha, despair is a bit dramatic! We ponder this; I’m not sure if we really know what we are… K: We are electronic and I guess we are quite poppy. So maybe electro-pop is fair! Your new single China Face has a heavier, more club-ready sound than before... N: It’s been getting some good reviews – it’s more for dancing on podiums than our previous releases. We had some great remixers (Andalo – of Guru Josh Project status and Maringo – Berlin up and coming DJ) come forward for the package so we were very happy about that! What ideas andlyrical themes are you drawn to? K: Anything with a twist to it; it’s not always a happy ending you know! We like kinky! ;)…

MOLLYHAUS After stellar performances at Charles Street in Brighton, the gay bars of Berlin and a recent stint at BBC South’s Live Lounge, Anglo-German electro-pop duo Mollyhaus have released Red Shoes, their first EP, full of hook-laden disco-ready nuggets all told with sardonic wit. Graham Robson caught up with singer Little Neve and her companion, the knob-twiddling K, to discuss music, inspirations and how nightclubbing in the nude is cool in Berlin, as long as you keep your shoes on. How did Mollyhaus come about? NEVE: I’m from London, but I live in Worthing now, and K is from Berlin. He was a remixer on one of my previous musical projects, and we loved what he had done, so we started to do more and more together. He creates the music, we write the lyrics and melody, and so Mollyhaus was born! Describe the dynamics of the duo… N: I am quite ‘blah blah blah’ and he is more ‘sssh’. But our relationship is fascinating; we discovered we had such a lot in common even though we seem so different. He won’t arm wrestle me though. And he’s not keen on pretzels. That’s just silly. You’ve played the gay scenes of both Brighton and Berlin; how do they compare? K: Brighton and Berlin are both very exciting places and we loved to do both. N: But in Berlin you could wear nothing in a club if you so desire, as long as you wear your shoes (they have no insurance for no shoes, the inspiration for our track Red

Shoes) - I know this because we got off stage, went into another room and found a man with his willy out doing the Macarena. K: Had his shoes on though, didn’t he! How was performing at Charles Street for Halloween? K: Charles Street was great; was a really good night because it was Halloween and people were all dressed up and completely in party mode. We would love to do more in Brighton. Who, music or otherwise, do you draw inspiration from? N: We draw influence from such a diverse range of people – K is classically trained so he has written scores for chamber music, but it wouldn’t be unusual to find him writing and remixing for big dance DJs either. I like old stuff; rock and roll, Bowie… Whatever makes my heart beat fast. Anything from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Love the Gaga! You probably wouldn’t find us at the same club because I would annoy him with my musical taste and he would annoy me with

After playing the Live Lounge for BBC Introducing the South, what does the future hold? N: Playing the Live Lounge was a great experience – what a lovely team there is at the BBC in Brighton, including Kairen, Dan and that Melita Dennett is a feisty one... We recently shot a video for our track Red Shoes. Anton Rizan and his amazing crew came up with a concept, whisked us off to a secret location in London and we filmed it in a day. It’s currently being edited so we are trying to patiently wait for it to be finished. K: Who knows what’s around the corner. We just need to keep working hard at it, doing more gigs and writing, as we have been. Management would be good for us. N: YES! Management or an agent… and I would dearly like a new hoover…

INFO Producer Mark Angelo Lusardi (Duran Duran, Transvision Vamp, OMD) oversaw the creation of Mollyhaus’ debut EP Red Shoes which features the songs Liar Liar, Widow Maker, Russian Boy, Love Machine and Red Shoes. The new single China Face forms part of Mollyhaus’ forthcoming second EP Shapeshifter – but you’ll have to wait until after Christmas for that one. For info on all their UK tour dates, news, and to buy a copy of Red Shoes, please view: www.mollyhausmusic.com To contact Mollyhaus directly or book them for an event please email: info@mollyhausmusic.com


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BY NICK BOSTON

REVIEWS  American composer RENÉ CLAUSEN (b.1953) is perhaps less well-known here than Lauridsen, or the ubiquitous Whitacre, but in fact has a substantial catalogue of choral works, and the latest disc from the Kansas City Chorale, directed by Charles Bruffy, entitled Life And Breath is a great showcase for his work. Many of the texts set will be familiar - compare Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, or Tavener's The Lamb, for example. Yet this adds to the interest of this collection - whilst Clausen's settings don't necessarily improve on these well-known settings, they do offer a refreshing different take. The Lamb in particular has a striking luminosity, combined with gentle tenderness. Clausen adds a soprano solo, as in nearly all the pieces on the disc, all sung by highly competent choir members. Sarah Tannehill deserves special mention for her bell-like solo in the Credo of the Mass for double choir, the most substantial work of the programme. The obligatory use of tone clusters is frequent, but Clausen also includes strong rhythmic interest, and his wordsetting is strong. His interweaving of the well-known Lutheran chorale O Sacred Head, Now Wounded into his other double choir work, O Vos Omnes, is also highly effective. An enjoyable disc, and a choral composer deserving of the exposure and expert advocacy given here by the Kansas City Chorale. Chandos CHSA5105

Mikhail Pletnev has nearly reached the end of his second recorded cycle of TCHAIKOVSKY symphonies with the Russian National Orchestra. With just the Third to come, here is the somewhat less popular Symphony No. 2, the Little Russian. It perhaps doesn't have the intensity or drama of the later symphonies, but there is considerable interest in his use and variation of Ukrainian folk melodies, possibly

The Russian National Orchestra return, this time under Vasily Petrenko to perform the two Violin Concertos by PROKOFIEV, with German violinist, Arabella Steinbacher. Steinbacher produces a beautifully rich tone, and the RNO are once again in fine form. The concertos are a wonderful combination of full-blooded romanticism and Prokofiev’s characteristic edge of quirky rhythmic sarcasm. Steinbacher has the measure of this – she plays with real lyricism (particularly in the second concerto’s slow movement), yet explodes with energy when required. The second’s Finale feels particularly sparky and edgy. Steinbacher finishes off with Prokofiev’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Not the most virtuosic of sonatas, it still requires subtle attention if it is not to sound like an academic study. Steinbacher achieves this, and the middle movement Theme and Variations are particularly delicately performed. A delightful close to a successful recording. PTC 5186395 Musica Contexta have decided to perform WILLIAM BYRD's (c.1540-1623) Great Service set within a possible liturgical setting, as it may or may not have been performed in the

Chaconne CHAN0789 The Tallis Scholars performed in this year’s Brighton Early Music Festival in October. Their excellent concert included many of the works on their latest CD of music by French composer JEAN MOUTON (c1459-1522), and I’ve been playing their CD ever since. The music has a warmth and smoothness that is totally captivating, and the deep sonorities of the lower voice scorings are unusual and striking. I cannot recommend this recording highly enough – if you want to discover a new composer, expertly performed, this is a definite for the Christmas list. Gimell CDGIM047 For more reviews, comments and events: nicks-classicalnotes.blogspot.co.uk Email: nbclassical@hotmail.co.uk

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Chapel Royal. This means including motets, anthems and psalm settings, and separating the mass movements out into Matins, Communion and Evensong. They’ve at the expense of overall structure. also introduced instruments to accompany the singers in various This performance is tight, with sections, performed by the exemplary wind and brass playing excellent English Cornett and in particular. The original score Sackbut Ensemble. Their further was composed in 1872, but nod to 'authenticity' is historically Tchaikovsky revised the work in 1880, changing the first movement informed Elizabethan vowel pronunciation. As worthy as the and making cuts to the finale, as dedication to such academic well as reorchestrating the accuracy is, such projects can scherzo. The revised version is most often performed, but Pletnev sometimes collapse under the weight of detail, and there are also includes the original first times where the seriousness of movement here as well. Hearing both first movements, one can see their endeavours obscures the joy of the actual music. However, the why Tchaikovsky made the overall performance standard is changes, although a few strong, and the addition of two interesting ideas were lost in the organ interludes played by Steven process. Nevertheless, this is Devine are a bonus. A well pretty much a faultless executed project, to which one performance, and the recording might return occasionally, but quality is spot on. possibly not for regular listening. Pentatone PTC5186382

Ann Street, Brighton, box office: 01273 709709  The Sussex Symphony Orchestra are joined by soloists Joanna Appleby, Andrew Rees and Rebekah Smith for a Christmas Spectacular (3pm, Sat 8), with carols and excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite and Handel’s Messiah. www.ssomusic.co.uk  BREMF Consort of Voices, directed by Deborah Roberts (7.30pm, Sun 16), perform an atmospheric concert of Renaissance Christmas Vespers. www.bremf.org.uk

BRIGHTON DOME Box office: 01273 709709, www.brightondome.org  Brighton Festival Chorus are joined by the Brighton Festival Youth Choir and the London Gala Orchestra, conducted by James Morgan (6pm, Sat 8) for their annual festive mixture of traditional carols and seasonal numbers, as well as a performance of Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez’s Navidad Nuestra.

 Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra perform twice this month. First, under guest conductor Martin Yates they perform English music by Warlock, Butterworth, Moeran, and Ireland’s Piano Concerto (2.45pm, Sun 9). Then, Stephen Bell conducts their traditional Viennese New Year Concert, with soprano Rebecca Bottone. (2.45pm, Mon 31).

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LAURENCE ANYWAYS Dir: Xavier Dolan Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye Plot: The story of the love between a man and a woman after the man decides to have a sex change. Word on net: “A well-acted drama about two anguished lovers struggling with their own flaws and an unjust society.” I “A sumptuously orchestrated love story about a transsexual man's decade-long struggle to maintain a passionate romance with his female soulmate in the face of creeping hostility from friends, family and society.” I “Alternately absorbing and grating, with the former ultimately winning out.”

Mikkelsen.” I “A common sense nightmare that's frustrating to endure but the reality of the situation may be spot on.” I “It is rare that a film can make you laugh, cry and shake with fury all at the same time; even rarer when it does so for the right reasons.”

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Dir: Lee Toland Krieger Stars: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood Plot: A divorcing couple tries to not knowing what it wants to be... maintain their friendship while sumptuous shots of the Devon they both pursue other people. countryside are juxtaposed with remarkably cheap-looking Victorian London sets.”

MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN Dir: Deepa Mehta Stars: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor Plot: Two children born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation. Adapted by Salman Rushdie from his novel. Word on net: “Ghastly, shockingly inept piece of filmmaking.” I “Director slathers proceedings in a haze of period whimsy.” I “World's least essential adaptation... sheds no fresh light on the material.”

GREAT EXPECTATIONS Dir: Mike Newell Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng Plot: Dickens' classic about a humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Word on net: “A passable featurelength adaptation that does little to burnish the estimable screen legacy of a Dickens classic.” I “This adaption has a glossy, superficial feel to it.” I “At best it’s a middle-of-the-road cover version.” I “Suffers greatly from

Word on net: “Doherty is doomed to mumble his way through a script that would have left Daniel Day Lewis, at his love-struck best, struggling hopelessly.” I “The role of a beautiful and damned 19th century libertine sounds like a perfect fit for disheveled English rock poet Pete Doherty, but then there's the little matter of being able to act.” I “Considering the

ardour with which Octave pursues Brigitte, director’s decision to drain the production of anything resembling passion is perplexing.”

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I GAMBIT is a comedy thriller written by the Coen brothers in which an art curator decides to LOVE CRIME seek revenge on his abusive boss Dir: Alain Corneau by conning him into buying a fake Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Monet, but his plan requires the Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille help of an eccentric unpredictable Plot: Ruthless executive Christine Word on net: “This potentially brings on Isabelle as her assistant, aggravating comedy remains sweet, Texas rodeo queen. Stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan and takes delight in toying with smart and very enjoyable.” I Rickman. I Clint Eastwood stars the young woman's innocence. “Delivers an affectionate and in, and directs, baseball drama intelligent look at how even the TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE. The closest couples can find that breaking up is so very hard to do.” director plays an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years who I “A messy film, but every single takes his daughter (Amy Adams) moment is graced with such along for one last recruiting trip. profound emotional authenticity that those issues hardly matter.”

Word on net: “The two lead performances make it work, even if the plot eventually seems devious for its own sake.” I “It is a bit of dark fun before it turns preposterous and unsatisfying, piffle dressed up in steely sangfroid.” I “This often predictable mash-up of All About Eve, Disclosure and Fatal Attraction is elegantly twisted enough to keep one's mind from wandering.”

THE HUNT Dir: Thomas Vinterberg Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp Plot: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Word on net: “An unsettling psychological drama built around a harrowing performance from Mads

CONFESSION OF A CHILD OF THE CENTURY Dir: Sylvie Verheyde Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty, August Diehl Plot: Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte...

I London-set I, ANNA stars Charlotte Rampling as a femme fatale who falls for the detective in charge of a murder case (Gabriel Byrne).

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Baggins in THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Peter Jackson's follow-up to his Lord of the Rings trilogy also stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett. To win two tickets to the Odeon Brighton send the answer to the following question to Gscene Competition, 111 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1DD: What part of a hobbit is particularly hairy? November Competition: The IT Crowd


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COMICS With so many things happening in comics this year, I thought I would reflect on the best two storylines from both DC Comics and Marvel respectively. Read on and make sure you pick up a trade of these two stunning crossovers:

NIGHT OF THE OWLS Being the first crossover within the DC Universe since the New 52 came about, The Night of Owls delves into the history of Gotham City and turns everything Batman thought he knew on its head. Following Bruce Wayne’s announcement that he will reshape Gotham for the future, the mysterious Court of Owls sentence Wayne to death and despatch their assassin known as The Talon. With the defeat of the assassin, Batman discovers secret rooms hidden within every building funded by the Alan Wayne trust, Bruce’s Great Grandfather. After a deadly rematch with The Talon, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped and spends nine days trapped in a massive labyrinth without food or water. Confronting the Court, Batman spares the Talon’s life, escapes from his prison and declares war on the Court, vowing he will hunt them down. In response, the Court awakens all of their past Talons and releases them on Gotham that very night to utterly destroy the Batman. With so many twists, turns and revelations The Night of the Owls is a fantastic event worthy to stand as one of the best storylines in the past decade. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have been able to create a powerful organisation that can keep Batman on his toes for years to come with its infinite resources and deadly immortal assassins. It is also amazing to see Nightwing, Batgirl, Catwoman and even Jason Todd rushing to help Batman in any way they can regardless of their history with the dark knight.

AVENGERS VERSES X-MEN An event that has been years in the making, AvX finally provides answers to all the fallout from past storylines such as House of M and Avengers Disassembled. The all-powerful Phoenix Force is heading for Earth looking for its next host, the young mutant “messiah”, Hope Summers. The Avengers think that keeping Hope captive and away from the Phoenix is for the safety of mankind, whereas Cyclops and the XMen believe the Phoenix will be able to restart the mutant race and avoid complete extinction. Even though the event was a slow burner, AvX gained steam with every issue and whilst many of the revelations left a bad taste in my mouth, it was a fantastic event overall. Revelations about Cyclops, the Scarlet Witch and even Jean Grey constantly surprise and shock in order to keep you wanting more. Thankfully most of the tie-in books such as Wolverine and the X-Men; Secret Avengers and Legacy were all consistently amazing as well with beautiful art and writing. Notable mentions go to: Batman: Death of the Family, Swamp Thing and Animal Man’s on-going DC comic’s crossover Rotworld are fantastic, whilst on the Marvel side Spider-Men and Everything Burns deserve to be read.

GAMES 2012 has been an awesome year for gaming. Not only have we had the release of two new consoles, the PS Vita back in February and the Wii U last month, we have also had an influx of amazing games. As I have already done a piece on the Vita and will be reviewing Nintendo’s Wii U next month, I thought I’d take the time to list my favourite games of the past 12 months that deserve to be on your Christmas lists.

ASSASSINS CREED 3 Following on from Assassins Creed 2 and its two follow up games the time has finally arrived for Assassins Creed 3 to arrive on our consoles. You are Desmond, the latest in a line of assassins who has been drawn into the ancient battle against their enemies, The Templars. As with previous games the main bulk of the story takes place as (through use of future technology) one of Desmond’s ancestors from a period of history. This time round you are Connor, an assassin trying to battle his enemies on either side of the American Civil War. The brutal backdrop of war helps to further blur the line between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ and as expected the game is beautiful to behold. With stunning animations, massive towns, a vast open world populated with animals to hunt and varying weather conditions it’s a title that will keep you enthralled to the end. Throw in a deep multi-player mode and you have one of the games of the year!

THEATRHYTHM Next up is a game I never thought would be in my top three games of 2012. Using this year’s 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise as a spring board, Theatrhythm is basically a love letter to the breathtaking music that is a staple in any Final Fantasy game. You take control of a party of four characters from the series and play through any of the titles from Final Fantasy right up to 2010’s XIII. The ‘games’ are broken into three sections that all play slightly differently: field music, battle music and event music. Completing the stages rewards you with experience which is then used to unlock more characters and music. With so many stunning tracks, the game is as much a joy to play as it is to watch, with a quirky visual style that actually adds to the magic of the franchise rather than hinder it.

DISHONORED Finally we have Dishonored, a first person stealth action game where freedom is the name of the game. All levels revolve around missionfocused sandboxes themed around 17th century London designed to allow for multiple avenues of exploration. With vastly creative powers and gadgets, stunning sights and sounds plus many RPG elements, it’s a game that rewards constant experimentation and will keep you coming back for more every time! Notable mentions: Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, Gravity Rush, The Walking Dead, Zombi U, New Super Mario Bros U and 2 and Pokemon Black and White 2! For more reviews see Craig’s blog: http://www.redbarrels.net


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his career and speaking back to his critics. This flawed hero is a significant figure in football, in the story of black people in Britain and in gay history.

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in love (Mioki). Markus Pfalzgraf is a real afficionado of the colourful genre and he’s compiled a stunning collection, which offers an overview for beginners and also some delightful treasures for those who think they’ve seen it all I ARE YOU MY MOTHER? A COMIC DRAMA by Alison Bechdel (£16.99, Jonathan Cape). A voracious reader, a lover of music (from opera to death metal), a passionate amateur actress, she is I THE BIBLE OF GAY SEX by also a woman, unhappily married Stephan Niederwieser (£19.99, to a closeted gay man, whose Bruno Gmünder). No this isn’t a artistic aspirations simmered under compendium of all the man-onthe surface of Bechdel's man action in the Book of God, childhood... and who stopped although that might be fun, but this is a fully comprehensive A-Z of touching or kissing her daughter gay sex, all the types of coupling, shagging, getting it on, or off, you can imagine and a lot more besides. It’s a thick, juicy book with lots of clear colourful pics and photos which illustrate the suggestions, positions, ideas and explanations talked about in the text. I learnt a few things (and I’ve been around the block so often I’ve worn the corners away) and the book both turned me on and made me think, a good combination. It’s as easy to pick up and flick through as it is to sit down and methodically work your way through it with a lover, or group of goodnight, for ever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, horned up friends. Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the motherSTRIPPED - A STORY OF GAY daughter gulf. The result is a richly COMICS by Markus Pfalzgraf (£29.99, Bruno Gmünder). Comics layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work for gay men have become enormously popular within the past of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the novels of Virginia Woolf to couple of years. You can find Bechdel's own adult love life. And, everything from witty and finally, back to Mother - to a truce, humorous (Ralf König) to strong fragile and real-time, that will and hung (Patrick Fillion); from move and astonish all adult cheeky youngsters (Tom Bouden) to adorable twinks who are deeply children of gifted mothers. I THE DREAM OF DOCTOR BANTAM by Jeanne Thornton (£12, O/R books). This debut novel is a love story unlike any other, featuring Julie Thatch, a tough as nails, chain-smoking, wise-cracking 17year-old Texan. Her idol, her older sister, jogs headlong into the lights of an approaching car, and dies. Julie then falls in love with a girl who both is and isn't an echo of her older sister, a long-limbed Francophone named Patrice, who is also a devotee of the Institute of

Temporal Illusions, a church of Scientology-like cult. In Julie Thatch, Thornton has written a character as memorable and compelling as Holden Caufield or Oedipa Maas. She is alternately hilarious, maddening, and enchanting, a fearful and fearless smartass who enlivens every page of this fine novel.

I VERBOTEN by Rex (£49.99, Bruno Gmünder). Forgotten for a long time, the man who shows us the darker shades of gay through ink mosaics was simply too extreme for the mainstream. But now there is a comprehensive collection of the ingenious work of Rex. His gloomy masterpieces lead us into a world full of lust and submission, full of dominance and sexual power. It’s high time to rediscover this unique artist.

I JUSTIN FASHANU THE BIOGRAPHY by Jim Read (£14.99, DB Publishing). For over 20 years Justin Fashanu was the only professional footballer in the world who had come out as gay. This first account of his life shows how he survived the bullying of Brian Clough, public rejection by his brother, John, and abuse from the terraces. But it also tells of clubs eager to sign him, support from managers and team mates, and affection from supporters. This meticulously researched book shows Justin to be a complex character, whose life was full of incident, conflict and controversy on and off the pitch. Perhaps the biggest conflict of all was between his beliefs as a born-again Christian and his sexual orientation, one which was still tormenting him in the last hours of his life. Justin was a charming man I THE PROMISCUOUS TRAVELER who became a reluctant pioneer. He by Sebastian V (£10.99, Bruno showed courage in persisting with Gmünder). It’s every gay man’s fantasy to travel the globe in search of sex. One lucky travel writer has done just that, and here he chronicles his diverse encounters while on the road from a man in wet speedos on a Puerto Rican beach, to a uniformed Russian train conductor, from a lonely boy in a Senegalese village, to a naked and smiling Aboriginal in an Australian frontier town. What he needs are the raw universal physical needs of men beyond the bounds of race or identity, and the fleeting and intangible nature of sex itself.


62 GSCENE BN1 - A Board Game All About Brighton, £40. The game champions the quirky and eccentric side of this unique and occasionally aggravating city. Up to five players battle it out to have the most anecdote-worthy day possible. Available at Cardome, Pussy and local retailers.

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My Tea Pot, £42 (Edited, 3 Gardner St, Brighton, editedbrighton.com) Microwavable Lavender Cuddly Xmas Rabbit, £12.50 (Pussy, 3a Kensington Gardens, Brighton, 01273 604861)

Metal Crown from £15 (This Is Not a Butcher's, 28 Bond St, Brighton, 01273 327796) 2013 Redstone Diary, £17.99 (Pen to Paper, 4 Sydney St, Brighton, 01273 676670) Alessi Xmas Baubles, £14 each (Caz Systems, 17 Church St, Brighton, 01273 326471)

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Eureka blu-ray). Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent film focusses on its heroine's trial and execution. It uses contemporary transcripts which showed Joan to be quick-witted when dealing with the inquisition trying her for blasphemy, but also vulnerable and scared. The film concentrates for most of its running time on human faces, mainly Joan's, and is perhaps one of the most remarkable movie experiences I've had. At the film's centre is one of cinema's greatest performances by Maria Falconetti whose representation of Joan is radiant, sublime and simply devastating. Early on in the film the inquisition judge asks her who taught her the Lord's Prayer to which she simply replies "my mother" as a tear rolls down her cheek. It sounds as if it could be mawkish but Falconetti does something that goes beyond mere acting - she seems to radiate some kind of spiritual beauty in every frame she's in.

Cardome have very special Christmas cards, handmade locally, using genuine crystals, glitters, sequins and bows mounted on special boards. A treat this Christmas at £4.30 ea, probably the lowest price in the city. (47a St James’ St, Brighton, 01273 692916, www.cardome.co.uk)


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SHOPPING WITH MICHAEL HOOTMAN

Secret Santa at Prowler (112 St James' St, Brighton, 01273 683680): Duck With a Dick, £4.70; Teddy, £5.25; Mugs from £6.50; Coasters, £2.99; Magnets, £2.99; Films from £7.99; Christmas Cards from £2.50.

BEN COHEN BLUEBUCK SPECIAL EDITION AT PROWLER Having recently launched the new Bluebuck Ben Cohen Special Edition underwear and even more recently the Ben Cohen 2013 calendar at Prowler Soho, the iconic former rugby star always pulls in a major crowd. Brightonians now have the chance to lay their hands on the goods (sadly not the man himself, but the next best thing) at Prowler Brighton (112 St James' St, Brighton, 01273 683680). Since retiring from rugby, Ben spends much of his time working on his StandUp Foundation, which is devoted to building awareness of the long-term effects of bullying and raising money to help stop it. Removing homophobia from sports is central to Ben’s mission, and his work with the LGBT community is well known. The Bluebuck Ben Cohen Special Edition underwear is exclusive to Prowler as a brief (£20), trunk (£22) or boxer (£24), in blue or white. Sizes are small, medium, large and extra large. All Bluebuck underwear is produced from 95% high grade organic cotton and features a strong herringbone waistband, sturdy stitching and a bold antlers logo. The Special Edition underwear bears the Ben Cohen name and every purchase of Bluebuck’s Ben Cohen Special Edition product benefits the antibullying work of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. The Ben Cohen 2013 calendar contains truly mouth-watering images, which will keep you well and truly happy throughout the year. Priced at £24.95, it is also now in-store at Prowler Brighton.

COMPETITION One lucky reader has the chance to win a pair of the briefs and a calendar, simply by naming the brand of sexy pants that Ben Cohen has now hooked up with. Send your answer on a postcard to: Ben Cohen Competition, Gscene Magazine, 111 Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1DD and let us know what size and colour you’d like.


Gscene: Out and About - December 2012