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17 W. Vernon Ave., Unit 3 Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 750-1164 www.IONAZ.com ionarizona@me.com PUBLISHER / SALES / FOUNDER Jack M. Tesorero ...................... jacktesorero@me.com EDITOR Deon Brown ............................... ionazeditor@me.com ART DIRECTOR Alex Campos ...................... ionazproduction@me.com COPY EDITOR ...................................... Austin Head PRODUCTION & ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS ionazproduction@me.com NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rivendell Media (212) 242-6863 PHOTOGRAPHERS: Franklin Diaz Scotty Kirby LeakedGlass Production RSVP Photography Fernando Hernandez CONTRIBUTORS:

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the pool… party pass, a huge suite, early entry, ION swag bag, complimentary Happy Hour, custom breakfasts and free shuttles to and from the kick-off and after parties.

ast month I talked about all the big events that were happening in your community hosted by our local bars and non-profits. Thank you to all who attended and helped raise money for great causes. Now, it’s ION’s turn to turn up the heat. This summer we return with a vengeance! We’ve partnered with RipplePHX to coproduce our signature events. They’re creating ripples throughout the community around HIV awareness, preventing and testing. The SEXIEST BARTENDER CONTEST is returning to its roots and it’s coming back as a stand-alone fundraiser. This year Stacy’s @ Melrose will host RipplePHX’s quarterly Carnival on May 10 and concludes with the “Sexiest Bartender Contest” on May 12. Next month’s ION will feature all the sexy contestants competing for the title. Go to your favorite bar and help their representative raise money all month long. (See the ad on page 19.) The Tito’s Handmade Vodka SPLASH BASH WEEKEND returns to the glorious Embassy Suites Hotel Airport Phoenix on June 8 & 9. Our new VIP package includes weekend long 34

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Everyone’s favorite dentist returns this fall to sponsor the second LGBTQ fall festival, the Open Wide Dental SAUSAGE FEST. You can expect more fun yard games like corn hole, sexy contests and more wieners. Plus, they’ll be lots of delicious sausages to wrap your lips around. Date to be announced. Newspaper columnist and writer Dave Barry always said, “There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is: age 11.” Well, this Aries is celebrating his birthday all month long. Join me at the Phoenix Pride VIP EXPERIENCE and around town at the many bars and restaurants inside this issue. Support your community and ION. That’s the best Birthday gift of all.

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Stray Pride! Strut Your Mutt! Bring your precious little pooch to party uptown in the Melrose District! Put on the dog and show everybody that Pride comes from deep inside! Prizes for “Best in Drag” and “Most Stray Pride.” $10 entry fee. Proceeds benefit Rockstar Canine Rescue & Sanctuary. 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4 to The Rock, 4129 N. 7th Ave. in Phoenix.

Phoenix Pride Phestivities You can’t bottle up that Phoenix Pride down deep inside! Phoenix Pride Weekend brings out the best in everyone! Join in the fun Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7 at Steele Indian School Park. But wait! There’s more! Your favorite bars, clubs and spas have lots going on, too! Find out more about them all here in ION Arizona! There’s a celebration just right for you!

SAAF Jell-O Wrestling Get ready for the 32nd Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza & Benefit Auction! Teams of wrestlers slip ‘n’ slid and grab ‘n’ grope in tubs of gelatinous goop, fundraising for Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) with Lucinda Holiday hosting! Saturday, April 20 at a new location on 522 N. 4th Ave. in Tucson. Gates open at 3:30. Visit Jello-Wrestling.org or call 520-628-SAAF for tix and more info. (See ad on p 48)

Dinner with the Stars Imagine dining on ribeye with Reba! Or enjoying mousse with Michael Jackson. Maybe prime rib with Prince? The possibilities are endless when you’re “Dining with the Stars” featuring stunning celebrity impersonators who’ll entertain you in a show you won’t want to miss! Catch the magic on Friday, April 26 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2333 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. Tickets at DWTSAZ.com (See the feature beginning on p. 82)

Phurfest 2019 Pack up those brushes and combs! IT’s time for the wild ‘n’ woolly Phurfest! Over 200 bears from more than 12 countries get all growly and giggly April 26-29 at your favorite bars, Like Anvil, Bunkhouse, The Rock and NuTowne Saloon. Your host hotel will be Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2333 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. This event will benefit Rockstar Canine Rescue & Sanctuary. Find out more at Phurfest.org

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EVENT LOCATION CITY Adonis Lounge Caravan Phoenix Underwear Night BS West Stray Pride The Rock Phoenix Xanadu Pride Skate Great Skate Glendale Pride Parties The Cash Phoenix Official Pride Parties Stacy’s @ Melrose Phoenix La Sonora Karisma Karamba Phoenix Todrick Hall Charlie’s Phoenix Phoenix Pride Kick-Off Party Bunkhouse Phoenix Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade Indian School Park Phoenix Pride Phx Weekend Party & BBQ FLEX Spa Phoenix Unofficial Pride After Party Dick’s Cabaret Phoenix Evening with Ethereal Creatures Crescent Ballroom Phoenix Big Gay Classic: Thelma & Louise Film Bar Phoenix Saguaro Cup Opening Party Charlie’s Phoenix Saguaro Cup Games Citywide Phoenix LADS Poker Run Bunkhouse Phoenix AZ Pups & Handlers Party The Anvil Phoenix Sausage Party Dick’s Cabaret Phoenix Blackout Party The Anvil Phoenix Jell-O Wrestling 4th Ave. Tucson Free Easter Lunch Buffet Bunkhouse Phoenix Big Gay Singalong: Hair Film Bar Phoenix Phurfest Opening Party Bunkhouse Phoenix Dinner with the Stars Embassy Suites Airport Phoenix Phurfest 2019 White Party Weekend Palm Springs Bearazona/Mr. Anvil Bear Contest The Anvil Phoenix Bingo with Kim Etiquette The Womack Phoenix Cinco de Mayo Celebration



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t’s time for the Phoenix Pride Festival! Join up with your posse and make new friends, too. There’s plenty of vendors with great merchandise along with lots of information providers in the city, state and beyond, in addition to some of the best food trucks in town when you get your hungry on, plus beer and cocktails, too for the 21+ crowd. Ready for some class act entertainment? Check out seven stages with over 150 performances packed into two days of fun, Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Pride Dance Pavilion: Don’t be fancy, just get dancy! What’s the dealio? A floor with high energy dance, pop and Top 40 music for all you nitty gritty, dirty little freaks! Tish Tanner Community Stage: This is where local speakers, entertainers and youth performers get a chance to get in on the act. Bistro Stage: Get your vibe on in a coffee house atmosphere, mellow out and listen to some smooth jazz and acoustic music with the cool cats. Erotic World Stage: Leave your inhibitions (and kids under 18) at home. This is for adult oriented artists, entertainers and performers—like naughty boys from Dick’s Cabaret! VIP Experience: The place to be for a front-row spot at the stage! Not only that, in the tent you can relax in air conditioned comfort, complimentary gourmet buffet, and use their “executive restroom.” Expect more surprises with your VIP ticket available online at PhoenixPride.org/VIP 42

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Latin Stage: Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga! I know you can’t control yourself any longer! You don’t have to be from South of the Border to get into the groove with the best in Latin entertainment on this stage! Bud Light Main Stage: Music is the great cosmic gate to Togetherness. This stage is where local artists, bands and the headliners shine. You just might find your favorite new band or singer here, all for the price of admission. Here’s the line up!

SATURDAY Ada Vox 5:15 p.m. Adam Sanders from San Antonio, Texas, auditioned for American Idol 12 times before he was given the greenlight to compete on season 17, to their feet with Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” Here’s the twist: he performed all season in drag as Ada Vox. He was eight-years-old when he underwent brain surgery, and music became a major part of his life. Fun Fact: Lea Michelle, Jennifer Holliday and Michele Visage are big fans of Ada’s.

Amara La Negra 6 p.m. One of the original cast members of VH1‘s series Love & Hip Hop: Miami. She is AfroLatina of Dominican descent. La Negra was dubbed by Billboard as the show’s “breakout star,” landing a multi-album record deal with BMG hours after the show’s premiere. This rapper’s 2013 single Ayy became a big hit with the Latin market. Her album Unstoppable is out now featuring the hit, “Celebra” Fun Fact: as a child, Amara made regular appearances on Univision’s Sábado Gigante. 

Kim Petras 7 p.m. The Rhineland’s 26-year-old pop singer/songwriter, the newest Princess of Pop says, “I write about boys, heartbreak, sex, having fun and the things that I go through.” Spotify chose her to be one of the four RISE Artists, a program designed to identify the next wave of music superstars. Her songs have been streamed over 65 million times. Her gender transition is an inspiration for young people struggling with gender identification. Fun Fact: In 2017 Paper magazine dubbed Petras as “most likely to dominate the pop charts.” See her while you can! April 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 43

JoJo 8 p.m. After competing on America’s Most Talented Kids in 2003, 13-year-old JoJo got a recording contract. In 2004 her debut single Leave (Get Out) went to Number One, making her the youngest solo artist ever to top that chart. Pop, R&B artist JoJo sold more than seven million albums worldwide, with 2.1 million albums and four million digital downloads in the United States alone. First Lady Laura Bush asked JoJo to perform in the 2004 “Christmas in Washington” TV special. Fun Fact: She turned down a role in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, choosing to focus on her music career.

SUNDAY Nina West 6:30 p.m. The curvy, classic and campy Miss Nina West, the rubenesque beauty from RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 11, brings her colorful, candy-coated wonderland where dreams come true to Phoenix Pride! You won’t want to miss this shelarious RPDR favorite. She might even bring her puppets with her! Fun Fact: Nina holds the title for National Entertainer of the Year. Her famous “moving dress” was copied by Sia (who gave Nina credit) at the 2016 Coachella Festival.

Dumblonde 7 p.m. After a fistfight in the recording studio back in 2014, girl band Danity Kane members Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day quit to start their own duo. (We hear Dawn Richard started it, but we don’t want to spread rumors.) These two beauties quickly embraced their LGBTQ fans and the rest is history. Fun Fact: the ladies were discovered on the MTV show, Making the Band. The Guinness Book of World Records reports that they’re the only girl group to have two number one consecutive albums on Billboard. Get ready to dance your asses off!

Taylor Dayne 8:15p.m. Leslie Wunderman from Freeport, New York, is a familiar face on the Pride Circuit where she’s better known as the unstoppable Taylor Dane. In 1987 her single, “Tell It to My Heart” reached Number One on several international music charts. She’s had seventeen Top 20 single during her three decade career. Fun Fact: In 2010 Dayne released, “Facing a Miracle,” performing the official theme song of the Gay Games in Germany to 50,000 fans that same year.

Club Papi & Tito’s Handmade Vodka Latin Stage Dulce Saturday Bertha Elisa Noeggerath Cárdenas! What a mouthful! We just call this Matamoros native “Dulce.” She’s made over 20 records in her 28-year career, plus several soap operas. Las Vas del Amor (The Ways of Love), made her known as far away as Romania. Get your sweet tooth ready!

Robin S. Saturday You can’t have a proper party without spinning Robin S.’s debut and number one hit, “Show Me Love.” She’s had five number ones on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and you won’t want to miss her performance here on the Latin Stage. 46

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Miss Vanjie Saturday The Number One Meme Queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 11, brings what made her a viral sensation all the way from the catwalk of TV Land to the stage here at Phoenix Pride. “Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjie! Miss ... Vaaanjieee!”

Selena Tribute Band Sunday Get ready to party your “biddy biddy bom bom” off when this tribute band dedicated to the darling of Tejano fires up the fiesta!

Ambar Saturday and Sunday Since 1987 our island neighbor’s in Puerto Rico have kept the party going with Ambar’s music. She’ll be bringing the same magic from her Billboard chart topping “La Magia de la Noche” to the Latin Stage all weekend.

Mari Saturday and Sunday The high energy, voice, and ferocious spirit and energy of Mari Burelle make her a dazzling addition to the Latin Stage. One problem: Will the stage be able to contain anyone this fabulous? We can’t wait!

Marger Saturday and Sunday This Venezuelan talent powerhouse has been singing on stage since she was six-years-old. She’s also a talented composer and graduated with a degree in dentistry. April 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 47


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Bing-Oh No She Didn’t! with Kim Etiquette Knock Knock! Who’s there? Bee Eye Bee Eye who? B-I-N-G-O, and BINGO is my name-o! Join Kim Etiquette, the gal from Connecticut who brings the game to The Womack on the last Tuesday of every month, 7-9 pm. Space is limited, so arrive early! Bring your own troll dolls! The Woman, 5749 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. Visit TheWomack.US




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SHOW / PERFORMER(S) Lady and the Tramps 3 year Anniversary


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Ruby’s Pride Show


10:00pm The Rock

Mugged With Doja and Brii




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Late Nite Snax with Benaddiction Ruby’s Easter Show Dahl Haus Karamba Girls Neon Party


10:00pm The Rock

Trailer Trash Review with Lady Christian


10:00pm Charlie’s

The Strip Factor - Claudia B, Piper M’Shay & Adriana Galliano


BS West

Stars with Coco Iman



Claudia’s Karaoke Cabaret “Sing with the Queen”

Wednesdays 8:30pm


La Loteria with Susan Martell

Wednesdays 9:30pm



Wednesdays 10:30pm Karamba

Diamond in Fuego Karamba Girls Show with Mileena Dallas & Fernanda Vargas


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Aubrey Ghalichi Show


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Piping Hot Thursdays with Piper M’Shay

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Coco’s Charm School


TGIF (Thank Grande Its Friday) with Espressa Grande


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The Boys & The Booze With Diamond Dallas & The Sinful Studs Special Event Rotating Drag Shows




New Times Best Drag Show Freaky Fridays with Celia Putty



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Elements - The Valley’s Top Drag Entertainers


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Lady Christian’s Lady & the Tramps


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Latin Explosion With Adriana Galliano


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Whitney: The Tribute

We all miss “Nippy.” But Jade Milian captures the best of the legend in this staged concert recreation that brings back the hits, the glamour, and the voice in a show that’ll dazzle you. It’s one moment in time that happens on Saturday, April 6 at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. in Phoenix. For tickets go to CelebrityTheatre.com or call 602-267-1600


If you couldn’t make it to Coachella, catch these bonnie Scots when they bring their indietronica dance “Love is Dead” tour to the Valley. So romantic, right? Monday, April 22 at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. More info at TheVanBurenPHX.com or get your tickets at TicketMaster.com or call 800-745-3000

Harry Potter in Concert

Watch Harry battle it out with Voldemort on the big screen in yet another duel to death ... or is it? The Phoenix Symphony performs the score along with the film, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. The magic happens April 26-28 at Phoenix Symphony Hall. Bring your wand and patronus to 75 N. 2nd St. in downtown Phoenix. Tickets: 602-495-1999 or PhoenixSymphony.org

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Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s comic opera about the lovestruck Figaro and Susanna. The horny Count Almaviva has his eye on the future bride. Will true love win? All Singing! Laffs! Sex! Tucson: April 13-14, 260 S. Church Ave. Ph: 520-293-4336 • Phoenix: April 5-7, Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. Ph: 602-266-7464 or visit AZOpera.org for tickets.

Simply Simone

Child prodigy. Jazz superstar. Civil rights activist. Political exile. Nina Simone was all of these things, and more. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a musical powerhouse, she defined a generation. Catch this electric revue based on the turbulent life and rich artistic legacy an American musical icon. April 12-28 at the Black Theatre Troupe, 1338 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

Cookin’s a Drag

Meet TV cooking show hostess Betty D. Licious taping her first live TV special. On stage mishaps are compounded with off-stage drama when she learns of a plot to end her show. A Phoenix Theatre original with D. Scott Withers. April 24-May 19, Phoenix Theatre Co. 1825 N. Central at McDowell Rd. Tickets: PhoenixTheatre.com or call 602-254-2151


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Grande Dames The Chaperone


Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Campbell Scott, Blythe Danner

his month we take a look at movies featuring sexually adventurous women in 19th and early 20th century American herstory. Neither star Rosie O’Donnell. Fortunately.

Wild Nights with Emily Starring: Molly Shannon, Sasha Frolova Who knew that the legendary (and reclusive, kooky) Belle of Amherst, American poet Emily Dickinson, wasn’t the shrinking violet we thought she was? Though it is a comedy, a surprisingly touching love story anchors Emily (SNL alumnus Molly Shannon) and her childhood friend, Susan Gilbert (Frolova). Their teenage romance developing during 19th century sleepovers would make 21st century parents blush. Soon, Emily is heartbroken to learn about her brother’s secret engagement to Susan, but softens when Susan explains her plan for them to be together. Sure enough, the newlyweds build their house right next door and a lifetime of scurrying across the lawn ensues. See what we missed out on in our American Lit class? Find out more at WildNightsWithEmily.com Opens April 11

Louise Brooks is an iconic representation of silent movies, the Jazz Age, and the reckless, rebellious spirit of America’s young women. No taboo was too forbidden for The Girl with the Black Helmet whose bobbed hair started a revolution. The 1929 melodrama Pandora’s Box shocked audiences with its overt lesbian overtones. In real life, Brooks also enjoyed affairs with many women, including Greta Garbo. This fictionalized movie tells how Brooks got her start, but moreover, the story of Norma Carlisle (McGovern, Downton Abbey, Ordinary People), the buttoned-down Wichita matron who accompanied the juvenile Brooks (Richardson, Five Feet Apart) to New York to audition for a career in modern dance. Once there, secrets are revealed and the stiff-upper-lipped Mrs. Carlisle shows her mettle and breaks a few rules herself. Co-written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park fame. First time Hollywood production by PBS, where it will be broadcast after it’s theatrical premiere. Opens March 29 April 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 59


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Aural Fixation

by Peter Lora PeterWasTheWolf@Gmail.com


When I Get Home

To say Beyoncé and her sister Solange are far removed from their humble beginnings in Houston may be true—but only geographically. Where Bey gave homage to her hometown in the form of shout-outs, Solange crafted a love letter to the city with her highly anticipated follow up to 2016’s A Seat at the Table. When I Get Home is a sort of sonic fever dream where the songs are interlude length, bleeding in and out of each other, reinforcing that the idea of home is less rooted. The uneasy and brooding “Down with the Clique” opens up into “Way to the Show’,” a sexy, bass bouncing song that reads like cryptic sexting. The Pharrell produced “Sound of Rain” reinterprets the turn of the millennium sound that made her sister’s girl group famous. “Almeda” stands out in its “chopped ‘n’ screwed” production and meditative lyrics about the strength of Black faith. Available Now

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Sing to Me Instead For Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner Ben Platt, a solo debut is overdue. Sing to Me Instead marks Platt’s first recorded output since his Hamilton/Dear Evan Hansen mashup

duet with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Platt doesn’t steer too far from the calling cards that made him famous. Pull-at-theheartstrings ballads with his sweeping vocals are here by the dozen. “Bad Habit,” “Ease My Mind” and “Temporary Love” work as a sort of trilogy, each accompanied by a video announcing his “out and proud” status where Platt shows us why he needs that Oscar for full EGOT status. Platt isn’t reinventing any wheels, and we can expect to hear these songs at weddings, but at the very least he’s letting us know he doesn’t need to have to play a character to succeed. Available Now Jenny Lewis

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Photography by: Franklin Diaz Text by: Deon Brown Floral Arrangements by: Stem Swag AZ

ION Arizona is proud to present just some of the people who make the Phoenix LGBT family’s community garden bloom bigger and better than ever!

Sebastian Warner RISING STAR Sebastian attended Mesa one•n•ten for four years. He credits the facilitators, Tally & Bobby, for encouraging him to not settle and to strive for more. Now 25, he’s a full-time student at University of Phoenix where he’s studying early elementary education. He works full-time as a department manager for Walmart, but it doesn’t end there: he’s a Big Brother in the Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters & one•n•ten pilot program that pairs up LGBTQA “Bigs” with LGBTQA “Littles.” He also volunteers on Tuesday nights at the library with another one•n•ten volunteer learning history and doing community service. He’s read 38 books so far this year. Sebastian adds, “I also love my cat, Nala, and joke that we’re the same person.” 64

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Victor Emmanuel The Passion Award What a résumé! Victor is Aunt Rita’s Director of Marketing and Events. He found his passion for LGBTQ and HIV causes working at Bank of America where he led the LGBTQ Phoenix Chapter. Victor volunteered for the IGNITE Program at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. He is past Program Manager at Phoenix Pride, helping create the magic of the annual two-day Pride Festival and Parade as well as the Rainbows Festival. At Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Victor is responsible for the production of AIDS Walk Arizona, RED Brunch, the Project RED fashion show, RED is the Night, and assisting in the expansion HIV prevention programming and educational activities. His hope is that everyone gets educated so that collectively, we can eliminate the stigma around HIV. He’s thrilled to be able to live his passion through his work every day.

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Kelly Cohen Most Valuable Volunteer Kelly is the Exhibitor Manager who facilitates exhibitor check-in, checkout and any exhibitor needs during the Phoenix Pride festival. This is her fifth year volunteering. “The Phoenix Pride staff & Managers are like family. Though I put in easily 50 hours in three days, it’s alongside this amazing group of people who have the same commitment to Phoenix Pride and delivering an awesome Festival,” she enthused. “Growing up in the 70s & 80s we didn’t have Pride festivals like we do today,” Kelly pointed out. “Any establishment that was considered ‘gay’ had black windows and a side or rear entrance. I’d like to think that my volunteer time for the festival helps give someone else an opportunity to experience a sense of community openly and not in a darkened building with a rear entrance.” Truth.


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Pastor Freddie Maese and Bishop Jabowa Whitehead Community Outreach In 2005 New Foundation was born where people could meet without judgment. From the Buddhist to a Catholic, even to the atheist, they provide space and acceptance. In 2016 Jabowa was acknowledged as a Bishop and Feddie was installed as a pastor. “Through his years of ministry in dance, praise team, and leadership as a deacon, then elder, we grew closer in ministry. Eventually, Life had its divine way and we became spouses,” said Jabowa. “Our biggest goal is to make an impact through teaching the gospel of what the Divine, God, Universe has in store for each of us. We call this being a ‘world changer.’ We feed the homeless, provide HIV and trans awareness, and acceptance, and help those who’ve been abandoned by their faith.” New Foundation meets and worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. at The Rock. (Even the Creator occasionally enjoys a good Bloody Mary.)

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RipplePHX with Jeremy Bright, Jason Jones & Andy Castano Fantastic Fundraisers RipplePHX is a back-to-grass-roots project created for our LGBTQ Community addressing today’s HIV virus through impact-focused splashes of awareness, love, and celebrations of individual sexual expression. And what a splash they’re making! “HIV can affect anyone, so it’s amazing when we’re able to partner with other organizations. We can easily multi-task fundraising for our friends and their communities while we still make ‘ripples’ around HIV at the same time. We can do more together and I love that!” said Jeremy, co-founder and head ripple-maker.

“We all have a need to belong, we all deserve dignity. It’s only human.” - Andy Castano “We’ve received so much love and feel partnering with other organizations, this is the least we can do. #community!” said Jason. Find out more at RipplePHX.org

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Vanity St. James and GrAy Matter Mister and Miss Phoenix Pride 2019 Miss Pride: Vanity St. James has been competing and winning in pageants across America while pursuing several degrees. “I chose to compete for Miss Phoenix Pride to get to know my state and my community while expanding the reaches of Phoenix Pride, setting a higher goal for more scholarships, while bringing a loving and safe environment for all.” Vanity and her husband operate a one-stop drag shop where she sews and beads while her husband makes hair. They are very involved in the trade and sale of goat semen. (You read that right.) Mister Pride:  “I competed for Mister Phoenix Pride because I realized that I was visible as a transgender/queer man, but I wasn’t active in my community. Could I raise money for the scholarship fund? Could I be there for our community? Could I fight through the negative self talk to see that I was deserving and worthy of this title? I can and did—anyone can! I hope for individuals to understand that resources are available. They deserve growth and change. I hope to make some of that happen this year.”


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Sbudz Budzyn and Sam Heart, Mr. and Ms Phoenix Leather Budzyn and Heart are an integral part of the Leather and LGBTQ communities, always willing to help and foster greater understanding. Heart is the first titleholder for Ms. Phoenix Leather. “I want to build bridges and welcome more people into the leather community, build connections, and fundraise for Leather and LGBTQ causes alike. There are thousands of us! Our community supports one another and provides an environment to explore and express yourself. I encourage you to find yourself and celebrate!” Budzyn shared, “I want to better the leather community by showing compassion and understanding, and help by spreading positivity. This ‘pay-it-forward’ attitude can spread exponentially. The leather community is inclusive and loves everyone. No matter how tough life can get, I want to show others that they are accepted for the kinks they possess.”  

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Valley of the Dahlias Everything’s comin’ up roses for Stem Swag AZ Are you gaga for gazanias? Daffy for daffodils? Cuckoo for chrysanthmums? Stem Swag AZ puts extra pop in their periwinkles and knows how to make your dianthus the dreamiest. They’ve got your floral needs covered for everything from agapanthus to zinnias. Gary Gorsky-Guerin and Selina Maguire debuted their business venture one year ago after a brainstorming session about creating a business new together. “We met for months about when you’re trying to find your passion and bring it together to the next level of creativity,” said Gary. Creating a new twist for tulips in the floral biz was where they landed. “Part of the sheer excitement of Stem Swag is creating our own florals.” Selena said, “We’re not elitist; we wanted people to be excited, not to be intimidated. We love to educate people and we take the ‘stuffy’ element out of it.” Floral designs that are trend-setting, affordable, and a little outrageous is what they do. Stem Swag AZ puts a fresh spin on flowers and ready to break a few rules while creating custom centerpieces and decor. Looking for a new way to bouquet? Share your concept and vision and let their creative gurus deliver a fully realized fabulous floral experience.They have mad skills in environmental design and decor, too. What are you waiting for? Don’t be a pansy! Get off your aster and make someone’s day special ... or even your own. Stem Swag AZ created all the florals you see for ION Arizona’s Prismatic Pride feature this year.

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Millennial Trippin’ Now, Apocalypse Starring: Avan Jobia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Tyler Posey “I’ve always had an attraction for the unknown. I’m Ulysses. Everyone in my life right now is insane.” Well, sure, kiddo. That’s what every Instagram Story obsessed, weed smoking, gluten free, dolphin safe, kinda vegan, kinda not, future famous, sexually fluid Millennial thinks about their life. Every. Single. One. Starz network premiered this quirky, obnoxious, weird, lovable series about life in La La Land at the Sundance Festival. Part Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, with a dash of Donnie Darko, MTV’s The Hills, a dollop of The Spice

Channel and a pinch of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel-turned-movie Rules of Attraction makes for a soapy, super sexy, weirdly engaging, colorful comedy. Aliens may or may not be involved. The lovable, dopey, hyper-sexual star of the show, Ulysses, (Jogia, SyFy network’s Caprica and Ghost Wars, and ABC’s Twisted) and his friends only seem to hike Runyon Canyon during the day, sleep, and then spend all night jerking off, webcamming, texting, hooking up (a lot) and smoking weed (a whole lot) while trying to figure stuff out. We’re not exactly sure what kinda stuff, but, y’know, “stuff.” Whatever’s clever, dude. Co-written and directed by Greg Araki (Mysterious Skin), known for his involvement with the New Queer Cinema movement, Araki executively co-produced the series with veteran producer Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Erin Brokavich). Vogue sex columnist and Slutever.com creator-host Karley Sciortino is co-writer. The cast is hip, hot, quick, sexy and fun. Interestingly, star Avan Jogia is a cofounder of the PSA organization StraightButNotNarrow.org, working to positively impact how teens see and treat their LGBTQ peers. “Life is about taking risks when it counts,” is Ulysses’ mantra. Right before he blazes up a fattie and eats a chipwich. All 10 episodes available now, On Demand on Starz, Cox Communications channels 260 & 1260

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State Forty Eight Brewery Craft Beer & Provisions


rizona has amazing history. The 1881 gunfight at the OK Corral lasted only 30 seconds. The Grand Canyon has been around longer than when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. The nation’s first barrel of tequila came from Arizona. Speaking of booze, Arizona also has over 100 craft beer breweries. That’s a lotta suds, bud! State 48 Brewery Craft Beer & Provisions is locally owned and family run by the Rana clan with four locations in the Valley, plus a great menu of noteworthy noshes. The beer is made onsite by their Head Brewer Chuck Croix who rides herd over the 20 barrel brewhouse with 40 barrel fermenters and brite tanks.

Ales, pilsners, hefeweizen, IPAs, ambers, ports, stouts ... they’ve got ‘em all. As a matter of fact, they’ve got 30 Arizona beers and ciders on tap, with 21 varieties available in cans. Can’t make up your mind? Sampling is a great way to see which ones are your favorites. Check ‘em out with five oneounce flights. We didn’t make a dent in all the beers they offer, but we sure slaked our thirst with the fruity Blueberry Ale, the rich Blood Orange Belgian Blonde and the zippy Ace Cider. You’re sure one that suits you. A couple of years ago State 48 moved into the repurposed historic 1927 Welnick Markeplace across the street from The Van Buren and near the Comerica Theatre. A major reconstruction exposed trusses, plus roll-up garage doors. The interior is bright and colorful with graffitistyle walls. They also added a dogfriendly patio and 100 parking spaces. We popped in for lunch. (Well, and a brewski.) Everything is made in house, from scratch. Starter Salads are smaller portioned, but still plenty to eat. Try the cool Roasted Beet Salad with braised red and gold beets, orange supremes, goat cheese, pistachios, arugula, splashed with basil vinaigrette and a balsamic reduction. $8. They’ve also got April 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 77

four more salads. You can add grilled chicken, poached shrimp, NY strip steak, grilled salmon, tofu for an upcharge. Four bountiful Entrée Salads are available for bigger appetites. Grab a Sandwich. We dug into the Carnitas Torta with beer-braised pork carnitas, avocado crema, cotija cheese, pickled red onion, pickled jalapeño, tomato, lettuce, on torta bread, $13. Five other sandwiches, like the Beer Cheesesteak and Hot Chicken will lure us back. Looking for something big ‘n’ beefy? How about the namesake State 48 Burger with aged Cheddar cheese, beer-battered pickles, IPA glazed bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion on a moist, rich brioche bun, $14. Six other burgers, including Build Your Own Burger with all the fixin’s and a Beer Cheese Burger highlight the menu. All sandwiches and burgers come with your choice of beer

battered fries, or kettle chips. The lackluster cole slaw failed to impress us. Sweet potato fries, side salad, or tots are also available for a small upcharge. Gluten free wraps are an option, too. A variety of Signature Entrées include Meatloaf, fish & chips, pork chop, salmon and more if your stomach’s rumbling. A real favorite with our table is the hearty Tomato Bisque, with a swell purée of love apples, complete with seeds for added texture. It comes with a mini-grilled cheese (Velveeta) on sweet Hawaiian bread, $8. Splurge, get the full-size for $13. Downtown? Try their Daily Lunch Specials served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Turkey Wrap, BLT, Crunchy Tuna Salad, Meatloaf Melt, Tuna Melt, soup and salad or sandwich for $9 to $12. Fun fact: Arizona also is the home to over 100 wineries with 22 varietals. But that’s whole different review. Go for the beer at State 48 Brewery in the meantime.

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adies and gentlemen, hold on to your wigs and get ready to see your favorite stars and entertainers from the Hollywood Walk of Fame right here in Phoenix! The greatest legends of Hollywood are coming, and Phoenix is about to experience the entertainment spectacle of a lifetime while enjoying a delicious dinner. Not only will guests watch some of the best star-studded performances recreated live on stage by some of the top talent in the art of impersonation and illusion, they’ll also get to mix and mingle with the entertainers during a Happy Hour Meet n’ Greet before the show. You’ll be wined and dined while watching some of the most memorable recreations of celebrity performances. Enjoy spending the evening with Michael Jackson, Cher, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, J-Lo, Freddy Mercury, Reba McEntire, Prince, Toni Braxton, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Amy Winehouse and many more of your favorites. “This is a show with a full dinner, professional entertainment, both, local and outside Arizona. This will allow everyone to see our art form outside of the clubs,” said the evening’s hostess, Karrington Valenzuela (performing as Britney Spears and Paula Abdul). “With drag expanding with community events such as ‘Drag Queen Story Time,’ this show is an expansion bringing drag and impersonation to the masses. I’m honored to have been invited by our promoter, Owen Parker of QUAD Enertainment and Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix airport, to be the hostess of this incredible spectacle!” Join them as they launch their Celebrity Impersonation Dinner Show with a premiere on Friday, April 26 with VIP Celebrity Happy Hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport, 2333 E. Thomas Rd. For tix www.dwtsaz.com Photography by: Scotty Kirby 82

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Charlie’s Undie Monday (W)

Charlie’s Sunday Funday (W)

OZ Bar Pocker (W)

Charlie’s Karaoke (W)

The Womack Bingo No She Didnt

Cruisin 7th Wild Men of the West


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OZ Bar Bingo (W)

BS West Underwear Nite (W)


BS West Underwear Nite (W)

The Cash Country Thunder (W)


The Cash Country Thunder (W)

The Rock Mugged

Dick’s Cabaret Sausage Party

Bunk House Phurfest Opening Party

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dinner w/ the Stars


The Cash Fireball Fridays (W)


Charlie’s Saguaro Cup Opening Party

Cruisin 7th TGIF (W)

Bunk House L.A.D.S Poker Run

Palm Springs White Party The Rock Barbra Seville Show (W)


House of Comedy Matteo Lane

4th Ave Tucson Saaf Jell-o Wrestling


The Cash Ciroc Saturdays (W)


Cresent Ballroom Ethereal Creatures

Steel Indian School Park Phoenix Pride



APRIL 2019

Film Bar Hair

OZ Bingo Night (W)


BS West Industry Night (W)


BS West Industry Night (W)

OZ Bar Bingo (W)

The Rock Late Nite Snax


FEZ $5 Big Margaritas (W)

Karamba Easter Show


Caravan Adonis Lounge (W)

Bar 1 Karaoke (W)

Bliss/ Rebar Happy Hour All Day (W)

Stacy’s @ Melrose Flesh (W)


Dick’s Cabaret WTF Wednesday (W)


Bliss/ Rebar Taco Tuesday Trivia (W)


Stacy’s @ Melrose Karaoke (W)

Film Bar Thelma and Louise

House of Comedy Jaime Lissow


Charlie’s Todrick Hall

OZ Bar Bingo (W)

Caravan Adonis Lounge (W)


The Rock Bearracuda



Dick’s Cabaret WTF Wednesday (W)


THURSDAY Great Skate Gay Skate




The Rock Late Nite Snax


Karamba Ruby’s Pride Show


Bar 1 Karaoke (W)

BS West Industry Night (W)

Steel Indian School Park Phoenix Pride


Charlie’s Karaoke (W)

Stacy’s @ Melrose Karaoke (W)

OZ Bar Pocker (W)


Bar 1 Karaoke (W)

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DIRTY DADDY DANCERS 10pm HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

WILD MEN of the WEST 7:30pm HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

BEER BUST $3 Pitchers All Day HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

Bar 1

HH 10am-7pm

$2.25 Domestic Bottles 7pm-9pm

$1.50 Bud Light Drafts $2 Canned Beer

HH $2 OFF Well/Beer/ Select Apps/Wine/Prem.Spirits

Brunch Specials 10a-3p $12 Bubbly $6 Bloodys/Sangria

$12 Bubbly, $6 Bloodys 10a-3p 1/2 OFF Cock. 2-7pm KARAOKE 9p

Elements Show 10:30pm $5 Tito’s Handmade Vodka All Night

Buy 1 get 1 for $1. Go-Go Dancers, Extended Patios VIP

Sunday Funday KARAOKE 10p $2 doms - $3 Marys & Mimosas

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm $2.50 Miller Products 8pm-cl

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm $2.50 Bud Products 8pm-cl

FryBread w/ Joe Jackson 12p-9p JAZZ w/ Kenny Thames 7:30pm


BOGO Wells & Dom Until 8pm

BOGO Wells & Dom Until 8pm

Beer Bust $2.50 until 8pm SL Plat. boys $5 U-call-it penny drinks

The Cash

Fireball Fridays $2 AMF, Dom, Vodka Red bull till 11p $100 Ciroc

$6 Ciroc $2 AMF, Patron, Corona


$3 Pitch/2-4-1 Well-Dom 2-7pm $1 Draft 7pm-9pm $5 Crown 9-12a

$3 Pitch/2-4-1 Well/Dom 2-7pm $1 Well 7-9pm $3 D. Eddy 10-12a

Super Happy Hour 4-7pm $3.50 Pitch, Lg Isld, AMF’s Open-Cl

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-8pm Espressa Grande 10:30pm

Dirty Daddy Dancers 4:30pm Lady Christian 10:30pm

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-4pm TS Dancers 10pm

2-4-1 VIP & 50% off Cover 7-10pm

Off the Hook Tons of Prizes & Giveaways

2-4-1 Cover, Wristbands & VIP Dances

HH 3:30-6:30pm & 11pm-Close $2 OFF Apps / Well / Wine / Beer

$5 & $6 Big Brunch Drinks 10a-3p HH 3:30-6:30p & 11p-close

$5 & $6 Big Brunch Drinks 10a-3p HH 3:30-6:30p & 11p-close

Happy Hour Drink Specials 10:30am -6pm

Happy Hour Drink Specials 10am-6pm

Vaquero Fridays 9-11pm Reverse Happy Hour $3 Drinks

Top 40 Saturdays 9-11pm Reverse Happy Hour $3 Drinks

Top 40 Sundays Ruby Show $3 Pitchers Beer Bust

Oz Bar

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY KARAOKE 9pm-Cl POKER 7pm

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY Darts 2pm KARAOKE 9pm-Cl

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY Bingo 1p


$3 Well & Dom Until 8pm $4 3 Olives & $3 Fireball Shots

HH $3 Well/Dom Btl/Drft 12/8pm All Male Revue 10pm

Football Sunday 7p $3.50 Dom Pitch, Mimosas & Bloody Marys

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom 2-8pm KARAOKE 9pm Drag Show 10p

2-4-1 11a-7p KARAOKE 9p Barbra Seville Show10p

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom. 11am-cl Drag Show 10p

HH 4-8pm $2.50 Rolling Rock $4.50 Pinnacle Flavors 8pm-Cl

HH 4-8pm $2.50 Rolling Rock $4.50 Firball 8pm-Cl

$2 Rolling Rock & Well open -7pm 7-10pm $2.50 Wells & Rolling Rock


BS West Bunkhouse

Cruisin’ 7th

Dick’s Cabaret FEZ Hula’s


The Rock Stacy’s





Live Music on the Patio Tom Walbank 7p DJ Dirtyverbs 10p

Free Dance Party 10pm DJs Sid the Kid, BOBFelix & More!

Flawless Fridays with China Collins

Saturday Night Starrletts with Janee Starr




Hot Club of Tucson 10:30pm Club KARAOKE 10pm 2-4-1 9p-Close KARAOKE



Beards, boxers & Briefs $1 OFF HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

$2 Miller High Life & well vodka cocktails 8pm-close

2-4-1 WELL 8pm-close HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

KARAOKE 9pm HH $3 well/dom $2.50 pint 1-8pm

$1.50 Bud Light Drafts, $5.25 Martinis

KARAOKE 9pm $2.75 well, dom bottle & drft

$6 Huge Long Islands

2-4-1 U-Call-It 10am-2am (except shots & pitchers) $4 Bellinis

HH ALL DAY $2 OFF Well/Beer/ Select Apps/Wine/Prem.Spirits

$3 OFF Taco Platters $6 Big Margaritas

20% OFF ENTIRE BILL (excludes discounted items)

$20 Any wine bottle $15 Any wine bottle w/ food purchase

HH Drink Specials

College Night 2 for $1 Go-Go Dancers - VIP

Thirst Trap w/ Men of BS $4 Heineken / $6 Absolut & Jager

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm Pool Tournament 9pm

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm Dart League 7:30pm

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm KARAOKE 9pm $3.75 L.I.

2-4-1 8am-2pm HH 2pm-8pm Undies/Leather night $1 Off

Underwear Night $2 off with your pants off

Ladies Night $3 Dom Pitch $3 Shots $4 Wine

Adonis Lounge 2-4-1 Until 8pm

KARAOKE w/ Tony Hummel BOGO Wells & Dom ALL DAY

1/2 Priced Well and Beer



Country Thunder Thursdays $3 Blue Moon $3 Titos Underwear Party 8pm-Cl 50% off w/ your Pants Off $3 Jack

2-4-1 Open to Close KARAOKE 9:30pm

$3 Modelo Pitchs / $3 1800 Coconut Tequila 8pm-Close

2-4-1 All Cocktails & Beer Open-Close

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-8pm TS Dancers 10pm

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-8pm

Wasted Wednedays HH $2.75 Well/Dom ALL DAY

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-8pm Wild Men of the West 10:30pm

2-4-1 Cover, Wristbands & VIP Dances

Amateur Night Starts at 10pm

WTF Wednedays $5 Cover and almost everything else!

Thirsty Thursday $5 off Cover w/ ION AZ Ad

$5.55 BIG Margaritas ALL DAY HH 3:30-6:30p & 11p-close

$5.55 Classic Martinis ALL DAY HH 3:30-6:30p & 11p-close

$2 OFF Glasses of wine 50% OFF Bottles of wine

$5.55 BIG Signature Cocktails G Spot / O Spot / B Spot/ A Spot

Mysterdy Mondays $5 Mystery Cocktail/Shot

2 N’ 2 2 apps & 2 cocktails $25

All Night Happy Hour Regular Happy Hour all Night

Facebook/Twitter Special Text “Hulas” to 90210 after 6pm

Cumbia Night $3 Pitchers Karime Show

Urban Thursdays Aubrey Show $3 Pitcher $3 Drinks

KARAOKE 9pm $3 Drinks / $3 Pitchers $3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY Trivia Night 8pm

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY Poker 7pm

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call ALL DAY Poker 7pm

$3 Well & Dom $6 Call All DAy KARAOKE 9pm-Cl POKER 7pm

HH 2-4-1 4-8pm $2 Well & $3 Domestic

HH 2-4-1 4-8pm $2 Well & $3 Domestic 9pm-Close

2-4-1 4-8pm Sinful Studs 9pm-Mid

HH 2-4-1 ALL DAY Beautiful Losers Comedy SHow

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom 2-8pm KARAOKE 9pm

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom 2-8pm

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom 2-8pm Underwear Night

HH 2-4-1 Well & Dom 2-8pm Drag Show 10p

KARAOKE 9pm-Close HH All Day & $2.50 Rolling Rock

HH All Day $5 Martinis All Day & $2.50 Rolling Rock

2-4-1 4pm-Midnight Happy Hours Midnight- Close

HH ALL DAY Thursdays Only 2-4-1 from All Other Bars



90s House Party 10pm w/ DJ Sid the Kid 90¢ PBR Br

3-4-1 Well Drinks 8p-Close KARAOKE

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night 8pm


Tequila & Mexican Beer ALL DAY



Live Music

Salvador Duran 7pm OPTI CLUB Dance Party 10pm

Viva La Diva Show with Diva

2-4-1 All Day Go Go Boys 11pm





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1. Anvil Pg 29

2424 E. Thomas Rd.

(602) 334-1462

2. Bar 1 Pg 25

3702 N. 16th St.

(602) 266-9001

3. Bliss/ReBar Pg 80

901 N. 4th St.

(602) 795-1792

4. Boycott Bar

4301 N 7th Ave.

(602) 515-3667

5. BS West Pg 23

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

(480) 945-9028

6. Bunkhouse Pg 9

4428 N 7th Ave.

(602) 200-9154

7. Caravan Taphouse Pg 13

4835 N 15th Ave

(602) 274-7756

8. The Cash Pg 28

1730 E McDowell Rd.

9. Charlie’s Pg 11

727 W. Camelback Rd.

(602) 265-0224

10. Club Volt

3108 E. McDowell Rd.

(602) 244-1465

11. Cruisn’ 7th Pg 29

3702 N. 7th St.

(602) 212-9888

12. Dick’s Cabaret Pg 92

3432 E. Illini Rd.

(602) 274-DICK

13. FEZ Pg 80

105 W. Portland St

(602) 287-8700

14. Flex Spas Phoenix Pg 99

1517 S. Black Canyon Hwy.

(602) 271-9011

15. Hula’s Modern Tiki P79

4700 N Central Ave # 122

(602) 265-8454

16. Karamba Pg 27

1724 E. McDowell Rd.

(602) 253-0689

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17. Kobalt

3110 N Central Ave. Park Central (602) 264-5307

18. Los Diablos

1028 E Indian School Rd.

(602) 795-7881

19. NuTowne Saloon

5002 E Van Buren St.

20. OZ Bar

1804 W. Bethany Home Rd.


21. Plazma

1560 E Osborn Rd.

22. The Rock Pg 4-5

4129 N. 7th Ave.

(602) 267-9959 (602) 242-5114


(602) 266-0477 (602) 248-8559


23. Stacy’s @ Melrose Pg 6

4343 N 7th Ave.

TUCSON Address

(602) 264-1700 Phone


24. Hotel Congress

311 E Congress St., Tucson

(520) 622-8848


25. IBTs

616 N 4th Ave, Tucson

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Miss Tiger,



Keepin’ it real with you. I’m all muscles and not much dick. Guys always want me to top but I’d rather bottom. Any advice?

While the Cubs are pitching and catching on the field, you’ve been doin’ some pitching and catching of your own. While they’re out on the diamond, get a diamond of your own ...on your finger!

— Andres

Hey Miss Tiger,

I got crabs from the towels at the boxing gym. My man doesn’t believe me. What’s up with that?

My boyfriend is giving blow jobs to every dude at the gym. What the hell should I do? — Leo Dear This Is Why Folks Should Peep Into The Medicine Cabinet On The First Date And Had You Done So That Acyclovir Prescription Would’ve Had You Runnin’ Like A Church Lady Filled With The Holy Ghost,

Dear I Love A Muscle Bunny … But A Bitch Needs A Carrot Too, NEXT! Hola Miss Tiger,

— Alex Dear That Sphincter Itch Be The Worst, Bitch, please! Getting crabs from the laundry is like getting pregnant from giving head. Your bullshit (and yo’ raggedy ass towels) ain’t foolin’ me, mor your man. Hi Tiger,

But since you didn’t … you might wanna sashay on down to the free clinic.

A guy at my health club farts while doing squats. It smells terrible and I want someone to do something about it!

Hopefully athlete’s foot is the ONLY thing you picked up from his fuckery down at the fitness facility.

— Howard

Dear Miss Tiger,


I’m falling for my workout buddy. Do you think it’s a good idea to tell him? — Jason Dear If He Was Into You He Would’ve Already Hit That Shit, I wish queens would take they asses to a grocery store for eggplant instead of trying to plant a vegetable garden out back.

Dear If You Ain’t Steppin’ in Human Shit Ain’t Nobody Doin’ Jack About A Fart, Gurl, you have me gagging … but not as much as you’re gagging on ol’ dude’s Taint de Toilette! Miss Tiger Advice Columnist • Radio Personality ... and everyone’s #FAVORITEBITCH Website: MissTiger.com   Instagram/Twitter:  @MissTiger   Advice: Tiger@MissTiger.com  April 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 95

by Addison DeWitt

Shhh! It’s a family secret! I’d like to reveal a few secrets of my own to Ryan.


Marcus (C) made dolphin safe, hypoallergenic chili with free range garbanzo beans, no pesticides or parabens, is kind to animals and Obama approved because it was 100% vegan. Is that allowed? As long as Marcus is there, I’m happy. And bring your B pineapples, honey.


love chili! Still, I wouldn’t dream of discussing it with anyone from Texas. (And if you know any Texans, you know exactly what I mean!) Even Charlie’s was barely neutral ground when it came to the Chili Cook-Off. Some chili was con carne. Some had frijoles. My favorite kind was the Chili de los Muchachos Caliente! And I was knee-deep in that! I could put that yummy Bobby Garcia Veyna (A) in a “cockpot” with a bunch of beans and peppers and have a hot ‘n’ spicy bowl ready in no time. (He can bring the chorizo, if you know what I mean.)



YouTube “Sports Report” personality Ryan Santana (and one of the hottest men on Instagram @RyanJordanSantana. You’re welcome.) (B) brought his Tía’s recipe. 96

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Through the miracle of modern science, chili experts and celebrity judges Geno OberlanderJohnson and Jeremy JohnsonOberlander (D) had their heads transplanted onto a single body! But wait’ll all that chili kicks in, kids! Ka-POW!



wild on the turntables and our own Coco Iman went wild on Cade Maddox. (K) Falcon top man Steven Lee—a former TV meteorologist (see inset)—cozied up to BS West gogo boy Zachary to tell him about cumulonimbus and atmospheric relative humidity. Sure. (L)

G A portable urinal makes a great beer mug for Duke Kimball ... wait, that is beer, isn’t it? (E) But why did your beer smell like asparagus?


Vera Saucy, (F) everyone’s I favorite Queerdo Non Pareil, premiered their couture and accoutrements in a runway show at Alwun House on the famed Rue de la Roosevelt to great K acclaim. Fashionistas like Gerbil and Alexa (G) watch model Yoyo Blackfire gossip with Anna Wintour. Or maybe his name is Eric. (H) I’m not sure. Fashion photographer Khiona Marx was there to capture the glamour of the night. (I) Nobody was waiting for wood at the BS West “Fluffer” party where DJ Jonny Noir (J) went

Woody Fox showed Michael Warner how to tell when a banana’s ripe. (M) ALERT! On Twitter @ TheOnlyWoodyFox: That same banana drag appeared in the wee hours of the morning on a local swain who was “spit-roasted” by Woody and Steven in their hotel room J but wanted to remain incognito. (N) Who was it?





New Moon on April 5 means new priorities. On the eve of Phoenix Pride it gives us pause to examine what we can do to make our community better. With Mercury Retrograde behind us, that messiness unravels as it moves away from Neptune and this will demonstrate what the truth is for you. ¶ Mid-month your self-confidence is renewed but group dynamics erupt because of Pluto Retrograde from April 24-October 3. The Pink Moon on April 19 isn’t really pink and it’s awfully tiny—sorry girls—but it brings focus to a call to action that will affect your current circumstances. ¶ The Moon and Venus square with Jupiter from the 15-18 and you’re thinking of something risky. Don’t. Just don’t. There. Feel better? You will. ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr. 20 A transformation is in store for you. A new plan unfolds for you. Birthday Rams can expect an upswing in cosmic energy, plus romantic intrigue. That means, “You’re horny.” TAURUS April. 21 - May 20 There’s a big “Yes!” to everything for you this month! Trust your friends with your feelings. Birthday Bulls: the world is ready to hear what you say. And say it with a mighty, “Yawp!” GEMINI May 21 - June 21 What’s important to you? Define your values and talents. Sure, we know what some of your more exotic “talents” are, but I’m serious! You discover a secret about yourself. CANCER June 22 - July 22 Mid-month you may notice a change in family dynamics, but it’s not bad. By the end of the month you’ll need to make way for new priorities. You’ll love ‘em! 98

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LEO July 23 - Aug. 22 Focus on rational thinking. You can do it! It’s a good time to ask for a favor. Negotiate. Bargain. Someone thinks you have a good idea. (What is it? You can tell us.) VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sep. 22 Are you feeling whimsical? Because the New Moon adds special whimsy. Pay attention to your intuition. You’re really good at that. Those knee-jerk reactions are spot on. LIBRA Sep. 23 - Oct. 22 You’re always the peacemaker. You’re called on to make judgements all month long. You’re kinda like Judge Judy, but not as obnoxious. Still, your audience loves you. SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov.23 Facing a situation and not sure what to do? Don’t do anything. It’ll unravel itself on its own. Don’t worry. You’re irresistible. Everyone says so. You know that, too. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 “Fun” is a big part of you this month. You’ve got all kinds of happy vibes. It’s a good idea to pre-arrange a get together in advance with your posse so nobody misses out on your magic. CAPRICORN Dec. 23 - Jan. 20 Tie up loose ends and finish a project, but you still have stuff to sort out. What kind of “stuff”? Do I really need to tell you? Deep down, you know what kind. It all works out. AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 For you, Love is always like you’re jumping out of someone’s bed yelling, “Surprise!” because Mars makes you all frisky. It really freaks some people out, but keep the lunar love rolling, baby. PISCES Feb. 20 - Mar. 20 This month is all about money issues. You’ll benefit from a push that puts a spin on earning potential. Stand up and scream, “Show me the money!” Right now. I dare you.

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ION Arizona #214  

The April 2019 Issue of ION Arizona Magazine Featuring The Phoenix Pride Entertainment Lineup, Prismatic Pride Awards, and The Newest Show i...

ION Arizona #214  

The April 2019 Issue of ION Arizona Magazine Featuring The Phoenix Pride Entertainment Lineup, Prismatic Pride Awards, and The Newest Show i...