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It’s here. It’s queer. Get used to it. Y

ears ago when I was a kid, gay people marched and chanted: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it!” As a child struggling with my own sexuality, I hated this message. I thought and still believe you can’t force your agenda on anyone whether it’s politics or sexual identity. You need to be patient, secure and have a consistent message to educate the uneducated.

I moved to Arizona to begin my new life. I delved into the LGBTQ community head first and never looked back. I decided to use my years of marketing and design experience to create a magazine to promote our state and lifestyle. While I was 100% gay (G), I quickly learned there is more than just gay men. First, women liked to be called lesbians (L). Second, while I first lied and told that I am “only” a bisexual, it is actually a reality for many people (B). Then I met a ton of wonderful people that did not identify with their sex at birth (T). Then I met others who prefer the term “queer” and others were still questioning their sexuality (Q), they are now part of our growing family. Hence, LGBTQ+ So here we are all together. Many agree we are at least 10% of the population. Sexuality, unlike people, doesn’t discriminate. Every religion, nationality, and mammal has a percentage of LGBTQ+. But as a minority, we actually have power to 26

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change the world. Not only are we coming out and educating the ignorant, we are spending money. As a group, we spend more on dining, travel, transportation, electronics, housing and more. In fact, according to Bloomberg, a respectable news source, our spending power is estimated at almost $1 trillion dollars.

Which brings me to my third coming out story. First, it was to come out to my family and friends. Second, it was to come out to Phoenix and eventually the entire state through ION Arizona. Today, I am so proud to come out to the world. On October 10 we launch an app like no other. It will be available on every smart phone and every tablet in the world! This means that most people on the face of this amazing marble planet can have the entire Arizona LGBTQ+ in the palm of their hand. The power to explore this growing state that we call “home.” Let’s all come out together and show the world why Arizona is the place to live, work and play.  So the new ION APP is here, it’s queer, get used to it. Better yet, download it by searching your mobile device’s app store and explore Arizona.

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More Than Meets the Queer Eye

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Reality TV celeb Antoni Porowski brings his talent to the AZCentral Wine + Food Experience.

ver since Netflix retooled Bravo’s classic reality TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003-2007) for a new audience, calling it, simply, Queer Eye, viewers have been gobbling up everything the sizzling, saucy food and wine expert, Antoni Porowski, has to offer. Eater.com proclaimed Queer Eye’s TV snack as the “2018 Brand of the Year.” Watching him read his “Thirst Tweets” from fans are better than avotoast. He now has a new cookbook available, too. Antoni gives it to ION Arizona readers, well, as he says, “like so” in this exclusive interview. ION: You’re friends and were once the personal chef for the original Queer Eye food and wine representative, Chopped host Ted Allen. How did it feel stepping into that role? Antoni Porowski: I was his personal assistant, actually. While I did cook for him and his husband Barry, I had various responsibilities helping both of them with their business. It’s still quite unbelievable to imagine that I now have the job that gave Ted his own career. I wish I were clever enough to say it was all part of a master plan.  ION: What was your favorite moment on Queer Eye? AP: Maybe the first day of filming season 1, when we were in Tom Jackson’s home. While I was nervous and wanted to do well, there was a

freedom in exploring his cupboards and asking him whatever came to mind. No one knew whether the show would become what it is today. We were all innocent to the future which awaited our lives and the show. ION: What’s the greatest takeaway you’d like for viewers to leave with after watching Queer Eye? AP: Remember to be kind to others. Waiters in restaurants, family members who drove you nuts and even people who at first don’t seem like they deserve it. It affects your well-being as much as it does theirs. ION: We know you’re crazy about avocados. Anything you really can’t stand? AP: I’m not, actually. While I do appreciate them, a lot of attention was brought to this fruit as the result of just two recipes shown on the show. I’m not a picky eater and will try anything twice, so I can’t really think of anything I cannot stand. ION: What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” food porn dish that you’re secretly ashamed of eating (but not really)? AP: Any cheese on a non-stick pan until it gets crispy and then just eating it warm, right off the pan. ION: What’s the sexiest dish/meal anyone can make someone? (Besides having you serve it personally.) October 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 29

100 of your all-time favorite recipes. Was it hard to pick which ones to include? What was your criteria? AP: Pasta. Maybe it’s my love for the Lady and the Tramp and the iconic spaghetti and meatball scene, but pasta is just romantic as hell. ION: You used to work with vintage furniture in addition to being a chef. Here’s a Sophie’s Choice for you: a mint condition Saarinen tulip chair or, say, a fabulous Veal Prince Orloff?

AP: It was definitely a challenge. I tried to keep the ones that felt most personal and relevant to the rest of the book. I also must give credit to my incredible editor Rux Martin and co-author Mindy Fox. These women helped edit out all of the unnecessary, that is, my original wish to have five Mac and cheese recipes as well as usage of peas in literally anything.

AP: I refer to myself as a cook—not a chef. Orloff is the dream. Meat, mushrooms and cheese. As for chairs I’m more of an Afra and Tobia Scarpa or French Modern lover. ION: Your new book, Antoni in the Kitchen, features Watch Queer Eye streaming on Netflix. Find out more about the swoon-worthy cook at AntoniPorowski.com and follow him on Twitter @antoni

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Now’s your chance to meet Queer Eye’s food and wine enthusiast, Antoni Porowski November 3 at the AZCentral Wine + Food Experience, hosted by Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Call 480-538-8292 for more info. See ad on p. 6-7

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The Tarot Project Brandon McGill brings the art of divination to life. By: Deon Brown 34

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Brandon describes ith nearly his art as a playful 1,000 body mix of Dr. Suess paintings meets Tim Burton, completed, meets stained-glass Brandon McGill windows, meets is no stranger to fantasy and science the art of body fiction. Brandon painting. He began told ION, “My art body painting is a reflection of in 2013 with a my personality .... vision, you could inviting, playful, say. Bringing mischievous, and just those fantastical a tad mysterious.” In visions into the addition to working “The Empress” - Tarot real world is what with Scorpius Featuring Alexis King he does best. Dance Theatre And like almost and Nearly Naked everything magical that springs from Theatre, Brandon helped design an the imagination, Brandon’s art is Escape Room, open in North Phoenix. ephemeral ... it all disappears after the The space is called “The Painter’s photographs have been taken. Almost Collection,” named Eludesion Escape like it was a dream. Rooms’ most difficult room. “It’s all about cultivating interesting and Always restless to keep creating, memorable life changing experiences Brandon tackled a new series focusing for the participants,” Brandon believes. on the mystical, magical art of divination Before he paints through tarot cards. “Knight of Swords” - Tarot his clients, he The “TAROT” series Featuring Matthew Houston interviews them, will showcase all delving into their cards in each of personalities, the suits of Swords, finding out about Pentacles, Cups, not only their and Wands, plus the favorite colors, Fool, of course. In but artwork they total, all 78 cards will find inspiring, their be created. own passions and “TAROT was a fan dreams. One of requested project,” Brandon’s Patreon Brandon said. “It’s supporters visiting loosely inspired by Phoenix from the Rider-Waite deck.  Indonesia took As the project grew the opportunity to though, it became engage Brandon more about how for a body painting I envisioned the art experience. cards, and less about

making sure it was somewhat faithful to the deck that has inspired so many others. Cards like the ‘King of Swords’ or the ‘Empress’ are examples where I fully immersed the art in my world.” The art of TAROT along with Brandon’s artistic vision is a perfect marriage.

“Queen of Cups” - Tarot Featuring Kevin Moore / DD Alexander

“The Lovers” - Tarot Featuring David Benitez and Joshua Raymond

“Prior to taking on this project, my personal best was 55 portraits for the 2018 series, Gods & Monsters,” Brandon said. Constant creation can be taxing. “I go through periods of burn out and then recharge in lots of different ways, including camping, and spending time in the outdoors. But, yeah, sometimes it’s rough. I feel spread super thin, to say the least, So 2019 was about trying to find a better balance.” Brandon recently returned from a three week tour in support of the TAROT Project. When the deck is complete in 2020, it will be available for sale. Brandon is looking for models this fall for the next chapter in his body painting series. “This time we’ll be exploring ‘The Wands of Tarot.’ Patreon.com/ABBM is where I post things first.” As a member and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, Brandon also supports a Body Positivity with the models he chooses for his projects because visions come in all shapes and sizes. ION is excited present a few of the magical, spellbinding portraits from the new TAROT Project here, for our readers.


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“Knight of Cups” - Tarot Featuring Charles Scott Releasing Maybe A Poem Might Fracture Things written by Best Tardy in October, a quality book of poetry and photography featuring the combined efforts of Best and Brandon. It will be carried at Shaneland Arts, but is available to pre-order at BrandonMcGill.com. You can support Brandon’s art at Patreon.com/ABBM Books are available on is website, or at Shaneland Arts, 301 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix.

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Latino Pride ¡Ay, papí! Bust out the maracas and get ready to biddi-biddi-bom-bom your culíto off for a day celebrating Latino Pride! Live music, entertainment, including go-go boys, plus arts & crafts and plenty of Latin food, plus more fun than you can legally handle. It all goes down on Saturday, October 12 at the Corono Ranch & Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S. 29th Ave. in Laveen. Tix available at LPF2019.com See ad on pp. 10-11

Believer Skeptic Podcast Live Do you believe in spooks? Chris Chávez and Cody Wagner talk about goblins, ghosts and things that go “bump!” in the night during and exclusive live presentation of their funny, fascinating and creeptacular Halloween presentation of their “Believer Skeptic Podcast. Don’t miss it! Sunday, October 20 at the Sic Sense Theatre, 1908 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix. Check out the feature 36-41

BS West Fright Night Block Party This is it! Calling all boys and ghouls! The biggest, most fantastic Halloween party in town is here! Don’t miss this monumental, extravaganza with a dazzling stage show, costume contest and more. BS West, 7125 E. 5th Ave. in Scottsdale. Get your tix today at BSWest.com See ad on p. 45 and the heart-stopping photofeature in this issue.


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Rainbows Festival This is where the pot of gold is! It’s a mini-Pride where you can let it all hang out! Fun, food, entertainment and so much more at this pet friendly LGBTQ+ extravaganza o’ fun! Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 at Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. See ad on pp. 48-49

AZ Central Wine + Food Experience Taste, savor and explore some of the most delicious comestibles and fruit of the vine in the Valley. This gustatory showcase features the best local chefs with cooking demonstrations and more, including a meet ‘n’ greet with the Netflix Queer Eye’s hottie Antoni Porowski. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 7555 N. Pima Rd. near Scottsdale. See ad on pp. 6 & 7

OCTOBER 2019 ION EVENTS DATE EVENT Sundays Football Games Weds. Big Gay Wednesday Movies Thurs. Wild Men of the West Dancers 12 Latino Pride 16 Oktoberfest! 18 The Fire Ball 18 Howloween 19 Black Out Party 20 Believer Skeptic Podcast LIVE 24 Rainbow Skate 26 Fright Night Block Party 26 Furr Trade 26-27 Bear Weekend 26, 27, 31 Halloween Parties 28 Build-a-Brief Underwear 29 Scaryoke 31-11/2 Ripple PHX Fall Carnival NOVEMBER 1-10 Scottsdale Int’l. Film Fest 1 & 2 Dia de los Muertos 2-3 Rainbows Festival 2-3 AZ Wine+Food Experience 5 Charlie’s 35th Anniversary Party

LOCATION Plazma Film Bar C7 Corona Ranch The Anvil Charlie’s The Anvil The Anvil Sic Sense Theatre Great Skate BS West Bunkhouse The FLEX Spa Charlie’s Charlie’s Charlie’s Stacy’s @ Melrose

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Voodoo vs. Virtue I

By: Deon Brown

f you believe in spooks, spirits and things that go bump in the night -- or even if you don’t -- just turn on your crystal ball or your favorite streaming service and listen to the thought provoking, often wickedly funny, Believer Skeptic Podcast with chatty hosts, Chris Chavez, the velvet-voiced “believer,” and Cody Wagner, the super-excitable “skeptic,” who proclaim their show as, “The podcast where two idiots discuss the paranormal ...” often with an LGBT kooky correlation. Now launching their third year sorting out fact from fiction, a new podcast

is released every other Monday. Each episode of their show reaches up to 4,000 listeners monthly. They’ve had listeners from 75 countries. “We have random listeners from places as far away as Kuwait and Lithuania,” Cody said. It’s not easy getting those kinds of numbers for a podcast. “Chris handles the marketing end of things, connecting with other podcasters for crosspromotion, especially via Twitter. He’s fearless when it comes to reaching out to others.” Chris is a huge podcast fan, intrigued by My Favorite Murder and Bizarre States. “I told Cody, ‘This

seems pretty easy!’ but it took three or four months to finally hit the ‘record’ button. But now—every week— we work it out.” “I didn’t believe in the paranormal,” Cody said. “Chris came up with the concept and he wouldn’t let it go. He coaxed me, saying, ‘I’ll explain the topic and you can debunk it.’ So it was pretty natural.” The Believer Skeptic show’s topics include: cults, UFO’s, speaking in tongues, döppelgangers, Sheepsquatch, reincarnation, the Wicker Man, mass hysteria, the Devil, La Llorona, chupacabras, body snatchers, voodoo, haunted forests, and just about everything you can imagine in the Twilight Zone and the beyond. Paranormal discussions are Chris and Cody’s priority but they don’t shy away from incorporating an LGBT angle. During Pride month they talked about Harvey Milk ghost sightings. Bizarre stuff, right? “We try to steer around the mainstream—the weirder the better!” Cody promises. Sometimes discussions backfire after recording. Cody admitted, “After we talked about the Candyman, I could hardly

look in a mirror for weeks.” On the podcast about the sinister slave’s spirit he confesses to scaring himself so badly that he’d have to turn on an episode of Friends and pull the covers over his head. One of the duo’s favorite episode is “My Friend Tulpa.” Not familiar with them? Remember Jan Brady’s friend George Glass on The Brady Bunch? He was a tulpa. Kinda. “Tulpas who seem like imaginary friends are cheesy, but tulpa’s might explain some of the bigger phenomena, like Bigfoot and Slenderman— by willing them into existence,” Chris said. Some of the stories are cultural classics. “La Llorona is one of those urban legends I’ve grown up with. It’s a lot like the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea,” Chris explained. These tales of the supernatural and downright weird have existed all over the world for centuries, changing shape here and there. Are you a believer? Or a skeptic? Look deep into the crystal ball with Chris and Cody to decide.

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See Believer Skeptic Podcast Live! October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Sic Sense Theatre, 1908 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix Chris says, “It’ll be a big surprise, but this show is Halloween themed and our first time recording in front of a live audience.” Don’t miss it! Chris Chavez is a director and member of Desert Stages Theatre and Arizona Regional Theatre. Cody Wagner is an award-winning author of the book series, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren available on Amazon.com BSPodPhx.com • Twitter @ BSPodPhx • Facebook: BSP: Believer Skeptic Podcast. Shows are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Blubrry, Google Play Music

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Celia Putty’s Freak Friday Show

For over 40 years the zany, unpredictable, madcap antics of American Treasure Celia Putty have been a Phoenix staple. Well, maybe not quite that long, but for a long time! She brings her own brand of wacky, weird talent plus a few extra special guests to help her entertain the troops. Go. Now! Every Friday night at 9 p.m. at Plazma, 1560 E. Osborn Rd. in Phoenix. You’ll laugh until you stop! See ad on p. 15






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Late Nite Snax with Benaddiction




Elvira Mistress of the Dark Night with Gigi DeMilo



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The Devil’s Revue with Dahli




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Karamba Girls Show with Mileena Dallas & Fernanda Vargas




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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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“I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.” She took the Met Gala by storm. There’s nothin’ holdin’ her back now, we just keep it pushin’ like aye, yi, yi on Wednesday, October 23 at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. If there’s any tickets left check out TicketMaster.com or 800-745-3000. “I don’t play tag, bitch. I been ‘it’.”

MC Hammer and C&C Music Factory You can’t touch this! Fresh new kicks and pants (oh god, remember those pants?) means it’s Hammertime! And jump to the rhythm because he’s joined by C&C Music Factory on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Arizona State Fair. Go to AZStateFair.com for tickets. “Everybody dance, now!”

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Get a jump on Fright Night with the King of Halloween Town when the Phoenix Symphony performs the accompanying Danny Elfman’s score of Tim Burton’s creature feature ‘live’ October 31-November 3 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. in downtown Phoenix. Get your tickets at PhoenixSymphony.org or call 602-495-1999

OCTOBER 2019 ION CONCERT CALENDAR DATE ARTIST LOCATION 5 Dead Mau5 & Lights Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 5 Jonas Brothers Talking Stick Arena - Phoenix 5 West Coast Music Festival MSA Annex - Tucson 8 Stone Temple Pilots Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 10 Pat Benatar AZ State Fair/Coliseum - Phoenix 13 Rufus Wainwright Fox Theatre - Tucson 15 Phil Collins Talking Stick Arena - Phoenix 15 Bastille Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 21 Live, Bush, Our Lady of Peace Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 22 NF - Nate Feuerstein Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 23 Tool Gila River Arena - Glendale 23 Lizzo The Van Buren - Phoenix 24 Incubus Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 25 MC Hammer, C&C Music Factory AZ State Fair/Coliseum 26 Gloria Trevi Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 27 Gloria Trevi Casino del Sol - Tucson 29 Hozier Comerica Theatre - Phoenix 31-11/3 Phx Symphony “Nightmare Before Xmas” Symphony Hall - Phx NOVEMBER 3 Marilyn Manson The Van Buren - Phoenix

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Friday the 13th the parody musical

Superstitious locals warn against keeping a fading summer camp open, but past murders don’t sway the teenage riffraff and the dumb counselors as they’re slashed, shot and stabbed—all while dancing, singing as they struggle to stay alive against an opponent with machete and a song in his heart. All Puppet Players slay audiences every weekend in October at Playhouse on the Park at Viad Corporate Center, 1850 N. Central Ave. at Palm Lane in Phoenix. Get tix at AllPuppetPlayers.com or call 602-254-2151

Tig Notaro

The wickedly dry, deadpan, stand-up comedy of out comedian Tig Notaro makes you think and laugh―at the same time. You won’t want to miss her October 12 in Tucson: the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 877-987-6487 or TicketFly.com • October 13 in Phoenix: The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. Tix: TicketMaster.com or call 800-745-3000

Bloody Mary

Three unfortunate souls are trapped in the Underworld after they summon Bloody Mary and the Queen of the Underworld through mirrors. Now they they have to fight their way back to survive the evil legend in this interpretive dance performance by CaZo Dance Company. Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26 at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. For tickets visit CaZoDance.com

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et ready for goblins and ghosts to usher in a few nightmares for the Halloween season, Hollywood style! A happy, horrifying family, two wicked witch, and brain-hungry living corpses should keep you happy.

The Addams Family Voiced by: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine?” Sure. But what if your neighbors are the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams Family? These groovy ghoulies pack up their home at 0001 Cemetery Lane, moving to New Jersey and into the 21st Century as they battle it out with slimy reality TV show host. This goofy goth animated feature includes an all-star voice cast (including Snoop Dogg!) just in time for Halloween.

you can’t cast a spell and murder them with, say, poisoned apples, sabotaged spinning wheels or a field of noxious poppies. Prince Phillip proposes to Aurora (Fanning). His nasty mother (Pfeiffer) plans to use the wedding for her own wicked needs in this Disney sequel. These bitchy mothers-inlaw wage a battle of the wands that Fairyland won’t forget. Opens October 18

Zombieland: Double Tap Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin You just can’t stop a nation full of zombies. Ten years after the zombie apocalypse fizzles, the rag tag clan of survivors move to the American Heartland only to find ... superzombies. And, yes, that includes Bill Murray reprising his zany role in this rollicking horror-comedy flick. Look for Avan Jogia, the dreamy, sexy, stoner from the Starz mini-series, Now, Apocalypse as Berkeley, a dreamy, sexy stoner. Opens October 18

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Imelda Staunton Family. You can’t live with ‘em, and


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Aural Fixation

by Peter Lora PeterWasTheWolf@Gmail.com

Lana Del Rey

Norman Fucking Rockwell A Lana Del Rey is always two things, a showcase of her haunting, Nancy Sinatra-style vocals and an almost Warholian commentary on everything quintessentially American. Her songs run the range of things like commercialism, excess, vanity and icons like Elvis, Dean and Monroe. So what better place to end up in our current state of culture than Norman Fucking Rockwell. With her fifth release Lana lets us know she’d been in on the formula all along and delivers what might be her most sophisticated album yet. Teaser singles “Venice Bitch,” “Mariners Apartment Complex?” “Fuck it I Love You” and “The Greatest” show off Del Rey’s growth and aptitude for songwriting. She manages to take the mall-reggae, adolescent feeling of Sublime’s “Doin’ Time” and converts it into her own dark love letter to California. Rockwell painted the propaganda of America, Del Rey is playing our culture’s iconography to make her point—it’s brilliant. Available Now

Charli XCX Charli

Watching an award show like the VMA’s, you quickly realize that pop stars aren’t in the pantheon of otherworldly talents, good looks and

charisma that they once were. In the undercurrent there’s Charli XCX—the Brit who’s bubbled to the surface with songs like “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, and “I Love It” alongside the now forgotten Icona Pop. Now Charli creates her self-titled third studio album of collaborations with the best of indie pop music. “Blame it on Your Love” with Lizzo and “Gone” with Christine and the Queens, “1999” with Troye Sivan, all showcase Charli’s production sensibilities. Where her curatorial genius really strikes a chord is “Shake it” with Big Freedia, CupcakKe, and Brooke Candy, a posse cut that makes your car rattle. If you want to know where the party really is, it’s on this album. Available Now

Post Malone

THE DL SONGS TO DOWNLOAD ARTIST - SONG Post Malone – “Goodbyes” ft. Young Thug Tove Lo ft. Kylie Minogue “Really don’t like u” Perfume Genius – “Eyes in The Wall” FKA Twigs – “Holy Terrain” ft. Future Princess Nokia “Sugar. Honey. Iced. Tea (S.H.I.T.)” Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana del Rey “Don’t Call Me Angel” Caroline Palochek “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” Camila Cabello – “Shameless” Angel Olson – “Lark” Grimes – “Violence” October 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 65

Lipstick vs. Meatstick Cassandro el Exótico Nothing gives the Latino community’s identity of “machismo” a run for its dinero quite like the exótico luchadoro, the frou-frou wrestlers of the knock-down”drag”-out world of lucha libre. The sexually ambiguous exótico is campy; though not necessarily gay, but they often are, appropriating feather boas, glitter and sequins into their persona, defying culture that’s mucho macho. This 73-minute bio-documentary tells the the trailblazing tale of Saúl Armendáriz, the world famous, “out,” Liberace-like, kissing luchador who emerged from a world of drugs and alcohol in El Paso, Texas, to become a star luchador. Despite broken bones, eight concussions and lots of surgery, Cassandro still has moxie, optimism and unparalleled athleticism in the ring. Shot on 16-mm film using lots of heavy filters No matter how hard it is ... how tough it gets ... there’s always a bigger dick. with choppy editing, the doc suffers from being overly “art-y.” Nonetheless, you can’t help but falling in love with the fabulous Cassandro, Reina de los Luchadoro! Available: FilmMovement. com, DVD, Streaming on Amazon.com Prime

All Male, All Nude: Johnson’s Hey, gay boys! Have we got a doc for you! Johnson’s in Wilton Manors, Florida, showcases the pulchritude of many a-blushing bud of ever blooming beauty anxious to make a few extra bucks. This documentary is a valentine, painting a rosy picture of schlong-slingin’. For example, Johnson’s gave a $5,000 for the city’s after-school programs. The, uhh, “talent” talks about what motivates them (money) and gives advice: “Don’t show your asshole on stage.” One emotional kid cries, “This business eats you up, swallows you, shits you out, and eats you up again. And you know what it you leaves you wanting? More.” What did we learn? Strippers are people, too. If you’d like to see some all-nude, male strippers with hearts of gold, look no further! Dick’s Cabaret ... right here in your own backyard. Find out more and order at BGPics.com Available now on Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes

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uerto Vallarta (MX) - For many LGBTQ couples, a wedding in an exotic location or even one on the beach, was something they could dream about but never really afford. The staff at two sister hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, want you to know that your wedding dreams can come true, and they are looking to work with you and your budget. The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta, sit about a mile apart from each other, and both have received LGBT certification by the Jalisco Tourism Secretariat and Talento Consultores; The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is also TAG Approved, and TMR Out Now certified. With the hotels operating under the Marriott International umbrella, they sit on beachfront property overlooking Banderas Bay and the Pacific, and each have ample space for just about any size wedding. Marriott International, has long been recognized as a leader in the hotel industry on topics of diversity and inclusion, regularly scoring a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The company also offers education and sales training to its associates to give them greater insight into what their guests might expect. However, be warned that most of the American weddings performed at the hotels are symbolic in nature – the couples have gotten married before they left the USA. If you want a legal Mexican ceremony, the law requires that you be in the

country at least four days prior to your wedding, and there are several other steps that you must take. “Love is love has become our inspiration to coordinate wedding experience. We remember that this is not only the wedding day for the couple, it’s also the arrival of friends and family, setting up the right moments for networking and details that will long last memories of your special day” said. Areli Vega, wedding and special events manager, The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa. “Our recently renovated resort offers amazing beachfront locations, it has become a preferred resort for Americans and Canadians. Some couples have have marked their first walk together on white horses, others prefer the butterfly release, and of course we can always make the vow pronunciation a special surprise for your love one.” Most of the weddings held at the hotels are done on the beach, and at sunset. Each hotel will only allow two weddings on the same day.

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With wedding packages starting as low as $75 USD per person (no including food), each hotel has specialists who will work with LGBTQ couples to help make them feel comfortable and make lifetime memories. “We have a lot option to offer with our packages, or we can personalize their wedding to meet their own needs,” said Denisse Montes De Oca, wedding and special events manager, The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta. “We love to work with couples. And their location in the USA is not a problem. We work through email, telephone and FaceTime right up until the wedding.” Planning for a wedding – especially one that is in a foreign country – can be a daunting experience. But, rest assured Montes De Oca said, the thousands of details will be expertly handled.

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“Our certified wedding planners are trained to help,” she explained. “After completing demanding coursework, each Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and oldfashioned intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. That includes setting an event budget; deciding on a menu; arranging table settings; and finding florists, photographers, a band and other entertainment for the big day.” Montes De Oca said she is often asked “when is the best time of year to have my wedding” and she said that the hotels can make any time of the year work. “We have a huge annual pride celebration in Puerto Vallarta around Memorial Day,” She said. “That’s always a high interest time. But there are pros and cons to our different seasons. The summer months can be hotter and the later in the summer rain showers are typical. But both hotels are experienced and can make anything work to please the happy brides or grooms.”

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All Hallow’s Eve approaches again. As the moon rises over the graveyards, the ghastly mausoleums, tombs, and graves open up, expelling their hideous contents. Ghoulish monsters and ghastly corpses roam the earth. Witches and warlocks cast their terrifying spells and hexes while the undead search for the peace they will never have. The deepest, darkest horrors that hide in your dreams and nightmares are given the chance to haunt you. Wicked dolls, zombies, witches and other supernatural terrors will make you do their bidding. The ghouls of BS West prepare for their most terrifying Halloween show ever ... Fright Night! The legendary block party will stage a spectacular event like you’ve never seen before. You could say that it just might scare you ... to death! We present the cast and crew of BS West in a traditional imagining of the most frightening Halloween creatures ever. Come to the grim get together, Saturday, October 26, 7125 E. Fifth St. in Scottsdale. Tickets are available at BSWest.com

We’re dying to see you there.

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Queen of the Damned Models: Adriana Galliano and Dyland

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Spiders Nest Model: Eva Angelica Stratton


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The Strangers Models: Connor, Kevin, and Jason

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Pale Witch & Demon Pup Models: Rubye Moore and Corey Weiss


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The Fallen Models: Abrian and Coco St. James

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Slappy the Dummy & the Doll Models: Suzan and Mister BS West Rocky Heart aka Caleb


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The Clown Model: Jonny Noir

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Models: Prince Joshua, Benaddiction, and Zachery

The Vampires

BS West Industry Night (W)

Charlie’s Sunday Funday (W)

OZ Bar Pocker (W)

Charlie’s Karaoke (W)

BS West Industry Night (W)

Karamba Scream Queens Party

Bar 1 Two for One (W)

Dick’s Cabaret WTF Wednesday (W)

Charlie’s Pipin’ Hot Thursdays (W)

Karamba Monster Ball

Stacy’s @ Melrose Fall Carnival Charlie’s Halloween 2019

Charlie’s Loteria Night (W) Film Bar Beetle Juice

The Womack Bingo No She Didnt


BS West Formal Male Review (W)

Cruisin 7th Cruisin Play Mates (W)

The Anvil Red Hanky Party


Bunk House Furr Trade

Karamba Monster Mash Party

Charlie’s Fire Ball

The Anvil Blackout

The Anvil Club Night

Corona Ranch Latino Pride

BS West Halloween Block Party




The Rock 10 yrs of Barbra Seville Show



The Rock Rock Bottom


BS West Formal Male Review (W)

The Anvil Octoberfest


The Anvil Pup Howl-oween

Cruisin 7th WMW Dancers


Plazma Freaky Friday (W)

Film Bar Death Becomes Her



Plazma Freaky Friday (W)

Roosevelt Row First Fridays (M)

PV Community College Desperado Film Festival




Charlie’s Bordello of Blood


Charlie’s Pipin’ Hot Thursdays (W)

Cruisin 7th Cruisin Play Mates (W)

Film Bar Mean Girls

BS West Formal Male Review (W)




Charlie’s Scaryoke (W)


Charlie’s Loteria Night (W) Dick’s Cabaret WTF Wednesday (W)






Charlie’s Halloweenie (W)

Flex Spa’s Bear Weekend


Charlie’s Karaoke (W)

Stacy’s @ Melrose Karaoke (W)

Cruisin’ 7th Sunday Extravaganza (W)


Bar 1 Karaoke (W)

Charlie’s Undie Monday (W)


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Bliss/ Rebar Taco Tuesday Trivia (W)



Bar 1 Karaoke (W)

Bliss/ Rebar Taco Tuesday Trivia (W)

The Sic Sense Theater Believer Skeptic Live


Cruisin’ 7th Tia’s Teasers (W)

The Rock Late Nite Snax


Stacy’s @ Melrose Karaoke (W)

SAAF AIDS Walk Tucson)


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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

$2.75 Domestic Bottles 7pm-9pm

$1.50 Bud Light Drafts $2.75 Canned Beers ALL DAY

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

2-4-1 Go-Go Dancers, øExtended 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

$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 10:30pm

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

$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 Charlie’s Cruisin’ 7th

Dick’s Cabaret FEZ Hula’s

Karamba Plazma 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 7pm- Close

KARAOKE 9pm $3 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 Party 8pm-Cl 50% off w/ your Pants Off $3 Jack

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

$5 Ketel One/Malibu $3.50 Dom Pitch $3 1800 Tequila 8pm-Close

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

HH $2.75 Well/Dom 6am-8pm TS Dancers 10:30pm

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

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 Karamba Girls Show

Urban Thursdays - Gigi DeMilo Show $3 Pitcher $3 Drinks

1/2 Priced Well and Beer

KARAOKE 9pm $3 Drinks / $3 Pitchers



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 & $3 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



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Salvador Duran 7pm OPTI CLUB Dance Party 10pm

Viva La Diva Show with Diva

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1. Anvil

2424 E. Thomas Rd.

(602) 334-1462

2. Bar 1

3702 N. 16th St.

(602) 266-9001

3. Bliss/ReBar

901 N. 4th St.

(602) 795-1792

4. Boycott Bar

4301 N 7th Ave.

(602) 515-3667

5. BS West

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale

(480) 945-9028

6. Bunkhouse

4428 N 7th Ave.

(602) 200-9154

7. Caravan Taphouse

4835 N 15th Ave

(602) 274-7756

8. The Cash

1730 E McDowell Rd.

9. Charlie’s

727 W. Camelback Rd.

(602) 265-0224

10. Cruisn’ 7th

3702 N. 7th St.

(602) 212-9888

11. Dick’s Cabaret

3432 E. Illini Rd.

(602) 274-DICK

12. FEZ

105 W. Portland St

(602) 287-8700

13. Flex Spas Phoenix

1517 S. Black Canyon Hwy.

(602) 271-9011

14. Hula’s Modern Tiki

4700 N Central Ave # 122

(602) 265-8454

15. Karamba

1724 E. McDowell Rd.

(602) 254-0231

16. Kobalt

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

17. Los Diablos

1028 E Indian School Rd.

18. NuTowne Saloon

5002 E Van Buren St.

(602) 253-0689


(602) 795-7881 (602) 267-9959

19. OZ Bar

1804 W. Bethany Home Rd.

20. Plazma

1560 E Osborn Rd.


21. The Rock

4129 N. 7th Ave.

22. Stacy’s @ Melrose

4343 N 7th Ave.

24. IBTs

(602) 266-0477


(602) 248-8559

TUCSON Address 23. Hotel Congress

(602) 242-5114

(602) 264-1700 Phone


311 E Congress St., Tucson

(520) 622-8848


616 N 4th Ave, Tucson

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HE MONSTER MASH! Welcome to another installment of Favorite Bitch®. This month’s dilemmas are juicier than a circuit party bathroom on Halloween night …       Dear Miss Tiger, How do I find a “keeper”? Every dude I meet up with on Grindr either disappears or is a hot mess. — Donny  Dear When You Troll Haunted Houses You’re Bound To Encounter Ghosts or Something Slimy, Your love life would be better if you acted like an actual human being and not a dick-pic-eating-zombie …  NEXT! Favorite Bitch, My sugar daddy cut me off after I borrowed his AmEx. I’m young and I got that eggplant! His old ass should be glad l even give him the time of day.

loves oral but he’s so hung that I don’t know if I can keep this up on the regular. I really like him though! — Teddy Dear Well It Is Bobbing For Apples Season So You Might Wanna Get In Some Practice,   You wouldn’t be in this predictable had you opted to dine in instead taking it to go.  Dear Miss Tiger,   My man is way too comfortable in our relationship. He stopped doing enemas and our sex life smells like an adult diaper. — Top in Turmoil  Dear When You Trample Through The Pumpkin Patch in The Dark Sometimes You Step In Some Mush,  So either buy some rubber boots or find a new garden. Dear Tiger, What do you think about glory holes at adult bookstores? Are guys still into that? — Henry


Dear You Better Never Kiss Me With That Mouth Of Yours,

Dear You And Your Eggplant Are Just As Replaceable As His Stolen Amex Card,  

When dealing with vampires, it’s a good idea to drag they asses into the sunlight. It could save you a trip to la clinica!

Darling, handouts are for Halloween. Stop with the trick-or-treating and get your own pre-paid Visa card. Yes, I said pre-paid Visa. My crystal ball (and your credit score) do not see an AmEx in your future!  Gurl, Don’t laugh but I’ve been hooking up with someone I met at McDonald’s.  He

The Miss Tiger Show Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. MST Live on MissTiger.com Advice Columnist • Radio Personality ... and everyone’s #FAVORITEBITCH Website: MissTiger.com   Instagram/Twitter:  @MissTiger   Advice: Tiger@MissTiger.com  October 2019 WWW.IONAZ.COM 95

Alfonza Streat a.k.a Ebonae Shane 1969-2019

Alfonza Streat left this world for a new one filled with more love on Septeber 18. As beloved Arizona female impersoator Ebonae Shane, he lived loud and freely, true to who he was. Ebonae Shane was crowned Miss Gay Phoenix America 2009 and Miss AGRA 2014. Alfonza and Ebonae, both, will forever be a part of our community’s heart. Services were held in Phoenix, Arizona and Petersburg, Virginia. He was a man of faith and kindness. As Ebonae would say, we offer the wish, “Let God guide her.” 96

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Marlys Ross

September 10, 1942—September 22, 2019

In 1986 Marlys opened one of the longest running neighborhood gay bars, Marly’s Pub on Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. Marlys was one of the toughest women her friends ever had the pleasure of knowing, keeping wild asses in line—and believe me, she should have gotten an award for that! Marlys showed us that being gay did not mean hiding who we were. Her bar was a safe haven and a place where we all became a family. Rest in peace, Boss, and don’t drink all the Skyy before we get there! Submitted by Beth Benjamin

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by Addison DeWitt

was so much candy. I could eat those boys’ Pixie Stix anytime. (C)



hen I think of that handsome softball stud, Bobby Garcia Veyna, I think of him just oozing with that animalistic sensuality that drives everybody wild. (A) And by “everybody” I mean “me.” You stay away. During a recent foray to San Diego Bobby traded in his jock strap for a bra strap! With a little lipstick and a drop of Chanel No. 5 behind each ear, he turned into a punk Scottish lassie from the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond with all that plaid! (B) Yasss, hunty! Show me the Loch Ness Monster!

Dean Cassidy celebrated his winsome fiancé Dietrich Smith’s 21st birthday at Stacy’s. (D) Yep. That dear, little lamb is just 21 tender years old! I could almost smell the baby powder in the air! So pure. So untainted. Fair and unbesmirched by the wicked ways of this world of lies, mendacity, and Grindr. Well, maybe Dietrich’s just a little tainted and a tiny bit besmirched, because that precious little White boy can twerk and booty-pop his caboose with the best of ‘em. Marilyn Monroe’s long lost granddaughter Dixie Avenue and Paige Dior helped him ring in his legal introduction to alcohol and natal anniversary. (E)




Taste the rainbow! Forget your Stevia and Aspartame, and saccharine. Nothing artificial here! Josh Rivers threw a 100% pure cane sugar-coated event for his super sweet beau James Stravato, Willy Wonkastyle in a minty-fresh, frosting-covered Candyland where just about everything was edible. It was a dentist’s dream come true, there 98

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BS West brings the mostest bootylicious boys to the stage every Thursday night, thanks to the fabulous Mandi Boom-Boom. Dreamy Chris Gonzales joined in the fun, too. (F) Of course, he works there, too, so ... y’know, he’s always there. Believe it or not, Kiki Andrews made a surprise appearance attempting to get impregnated by super-delish ex-go-go boy, Ethan.





(G) Kiki, honey, we need to have a talk about how biology works. HOLLYWOOD-ish NEWS: Everyone is gabbing about the new movie, JUDY, the patron saint of the gays. It was okay. Here’s a side-by-side of Renée Zellweger’s wonky, busted up “Judy Face” (H) compared to the real-life Garland’s poor, 47-year-old, clockstopping mug near the end of her short life (I). Wow. Just ... wow. I can’t wait to see the “Judy” Funko Pop! doll creates.



Speaking of Funko Pop! figures, (destined to be the worthless Beanie Babies of tomorrow) they L just released “Bellatrix LeStrange” M in their newest “Harry Potter Collection.” (J) Now ... is it just me, or does this look suspiciously like the late, very dead Michael Jackson during the “Bad” years, complete with the tiny nose and white skin? (K) Spooky.

Is it live, or is it Memorex? Our darling Barbra Seville (L) she gives and gives and gives ... Well, apparently she done gave her Dynalon® synthetic hairs away, too. I had to do a double-take because it looks like 80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper popped one of Barbra’s wigs on her own dome at a recent show biz event. (M) Coming soon! Order can your very own wig from the “Barbra Seville’s Celebrity Wig Collection” coming to QVC!

I know you think this just like US Weekly’s “Stars! They’re Just Like Us!” column about the glitterati of TinselTown, but that would be plagiarism. And plagiarism is bad. Not to mention illegal. But if you change the wording just a teeny ... “Starz! K They’re Kind of Like Some of Us!” I can avoid getting sued. What’s this? Is it true?! Yes! Local fabulosity, talented, hunky designer non pareil Dusty Brinsmade, (N) was spotted checking out of the Town & Country Trader Joe’s buying a carton of ... seltzer water? It’s all about White N Claw these days, girl!


he planets have plans for us. Lots! The Full Moon on October 13 guides you toward spontaneity. Don’t be foolish by “over-preparing.” Your goal is in sight! ¶ The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23. Pluto, the planet of Magic and Power, gives you a clue: this is an excellent time for self-transformation. It’s a great time to be the person you want to be. And by that I don’t mean J-Lo. ¶ Mercury goes back into Retrograde in Scorpio mode October 31-November 20. This time it’s a real stinker. Lies and mendacity abound. You can expect the breaching moral and social codes. (That’s a polite way of saying “blowies in the Port-a-Potty at the BS West Halloween Block Party.”) You’ll discover crap you’ve forgotten or ignored just hoping it gets resolved. It won’t. Deal with it for once and for all. You’ll feel better. Promise. ARIES Mar. 21 - Apr. 20 Time to spark up the everyday with a little more energy. Professionally, that’s a good thing. Personally, you’re super-emotional. WAell, and you’re horny, too, but careful with the sexting stuff. It may haunt you later. TAURUS April. 21 - May 20 How do I put this gently? Things look lousy. Hold on, don’t jump to conclusions. Deal with stuff you’ve neglected and you’ll sail through easily. Look outside the box for fun. GEMINI May 21 - June 21 Invest in your own well-being. This doesn’t give you free reign to be a brat and act selfish, though. You develop a creative project because you’re extra-artistic. It’s a little wacky, but you’re kinda wacky. CANCER June 22 - July 22 Money this month will help you pay off debt after that financial pickle you got yourself into. (Oops! Was that a secret?) Eat quality fish and grains for better health. (Weird,I know, but, hey, that’s what the stars are saying. I’m just the messenger.) 100

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LEO July 23 - Aug. 22 Enjoy tackling new subjects because you’re inquisitive and want to learn new things. You’re feeling fidgety and nervous because you’re on the go. The best things in life aren’t free. They cost about $25. VIRGO Aug. 23 - Sep. 22 Find a way to let off some steam, because you’re feeling temperamental and sensitive. Don’t bottle it up! Let it out! You know what the key is? Communication. Cookies help. LIBRA Sep. 23 - Oct. 22 Forget about your career and finances for a while. If it’s your birthday, focus on emotional success. You want to be happy. You want others to be happy. Even children—which is weird. But, whatever. SCORPIO Oct. 23 - Nov.23 Expect passion. Expect drama. No, it’s not Downton Abbey. It’s just you. Birthday Scorps crave to soul-baring intimacy, but you all need to release connections that lack depth. Plenty of those. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 23 Share your needs with others, because they ain’t gonna notice otherwise. Quit repressing your sexual desires, because there’s no room for shame. It’s 2019, not 1919, dumplin’. CAPRICORN Dec. 23 - Jan. 20 A good, steady flow of “feel-good” moments complements spurts of excitement. It’s all about mirth this month, but you’ll also experience lots of introspection. Why? Because you’re deep that way. AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 The world opens up for you like never before. Experiences. People. Activities. Reward your hard working friends who keep up with you, because you can be a handful. PISCES Feb. 20 - Mar. 20 Be careful because someone’s trying to cheat you. Meld your superpowers together with someone in your inner circle. Remember, even superheroes compromise.

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ION Arizona #220  

The October Issue of ION Arizona Magazine Featuring the BS West Fright Night Block Party, Cooking with Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski, and Bran...

ION Arizona #220  

The October Issue of ION Arizona Magazine Featuring the BS West Fright Night Block Party, Cooking with Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski, and Bran...