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Arizona: The Place to Be! It is a great time to live in Arizona. Why? First, congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals for winning the NFC Championship and going to the Super Bowl for the first time in their history. Whether you follow sports or not, Arizona was in the world spotlight last year when we hosted Super Bowl XLII for the second time, and the most watched Super Bowl ever. This year, our own team is in the Super Bowl! By the time you read this, we’ll know if they are world champions. But regardless of the results, as the first NFL team in Arizona history they are winners in our book. Or even our magazine! Second, our beloved former Governor Janet Napolitano has been appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security. I don’t have to tell you how important this job is today. We were proud to have her as our Governor. She attended many of our dinners and supported many of our causes. We’ll miss her in Arizona but we welcome her contribution to our country. But it took a great man to recongnize her talents. Not only has President Barack Obama hired a very cabable and bipartisan team, but he has united and excited this country like never before. Even people who didn’t vote for him can’t deny that there is an excitement in the air. I don’t even have to mention our great weather, a new Metro Light Rail, growing GLBT community and, of course, ION Arizona. Yes, t’s good to live in Arizona!

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We are working on some exciting new programs to be launched in the next couple of months. First we are bringing back our ION VIP Key Chain and introducing a new monthly ION Party Crew Party. Then we will be publishing an expanded Phoenix Pride Special Edition in April and in July, we’re launching an all new annual publication called the ION Yearbook - The Year In Pictures. It’ll be like no other. Plus, we are launching our own Facebook, Twitter in addition to our updated MySpace along with our weekly ION Party Spam e-mail blasts. Go to our website to link to these great features and sign up for Party Spam so you don’t miss a thing. I don’t have to tell you that times are tough for many gay and gay-friendly businesses. They need your support more than ever. So instead of going to Applebee’s or Cheesecake Factory, go to Switch, FEZ, TICOZ or any of the other restaurants featured in ION. When looking for a unique gift for youself or someone you love, go to Root Seller Gallery or Off Chute Too instead of Walmart. Eat and shop at private and independent restuarants and merchants when possible. And by all means, get out and have some fun at our many bars and clubs advertising in ION. Did you know that we have more gay bars per capita than any other city? “More bars in more places.” I like that. Enjoy this issue, get out, have fun, volunteer, donate and get involved. Be a part of the community. Your community. It needs you! Jack Tesorero Publisher

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Arizona: The Place to Be! It is a great time to live in Arizona. Why? First, congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals for winning the NFC Championship and going to the Super Bowl for the first time in their history. Whether you follow sports or not, Arizona was in the world spotlight last year when we hosted Super Bowl XLII for the second time, and the most watched Super Bowl ever. This year, our own team is in the Super Bowl! By the time you read this, we’ll know if they are world champions. But regardless of the results, as the first NFL team in Arizona history they are winners in our book. Or even our magazine! Second, our beloved former Governor Janet Napolitano has been appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security. I don’t have to tell you how important this job is today. We were proud to have her as our Governor. She attended many of our dinners and supported many of our causes. We’ll miss her in Arizona but we welcome her contribution to our country. But it took a great man to recongnize her talents. Not only has President Barack Obama hired a very cabable and bipartisan team, but he has united and excited this country like never before. Even people who didn’t vote for him can’t deny that there is an excitement in the air. I don’t even have to mention our great weather, a new Metro Light Rail, growing GLBT community and, of course, ION Arizona. Yes, t’s good to live in Arizona!

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We are working on some exciting new programs to be launched in the next couple of months. First we are bringing back our ION VIP Key Chain and introducing a new monthly ION Party Crew Party. Then we will be publishing an expanded Phoenix Pride Special Edition in April and in July, we’re launching an all new annual publication called the ION Yearbook - The Year In Pictures. It’ll be like no other. Plus, we are launching our own Facebook, Twitter in addition to our updated MySpace along with our weekly ION Party Spam e-mail blasts. Go to our website to link to these great features and sign up for Party Spam so you don’t miss a thing. I don’t have to tell you that times are tough for many gay and gay-friendly businesses. They need your support more than ever. So instead of going to Applebee’s or Cheesecake Factory, go to Switch, FEZ, TICOZ or any of the other restaurants featured in ION. When looking for a unique gift for youself or someone you love, go to Root Seller Gallery or Off Chute Too instead of Walmart. Eat and shop at private and independent restuarants and merchants when possible. And by all means, get out and have some fun at our many bars and clubs advertising in ION. Did you know that we have more gay bars per capita than any other city? “More bars in more places.” I like that. Enjoy this issue, get out, have fun, volunteer, donate and get involved. Be a part of the community. Your community. It needs you! Jack Tesorero Publisher

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ION ARIZONA CENTER 3819 North 3rd Street Ste. #10, Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602) 308-4662 • Fax (602) 271-0939 www.IONAZ.com ionarizona@me.com PUBLISHER Jack M. Tesorero ....................... jacktesorero@me.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kevin Bushaw - Ext. 4 ..................... kbushaw@me.com EDITOR AND CONTENT CZAR Deon Brown - Ext 2 ................... ionazeditor@me.com PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Craig Rubin ................................. ionarizona@me.com PRODUCTION & ARTWORK ionazproduction@me.com ADVERTISING SALES Jack Tesorero, Ext 1 .................. jacktesorero@me.com PHOTOGRAPHERS: Carl James Richard Bolinski Don Thompson Jerry O’Conner NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rivendell Media (212) 242-6863 CONTRIBUTORS: Ted Kirby Corey Blanchette David Alan Maxey Wes Bergman Leif Mendelson Addison DeWitt Kim Ruff Helena Grayson Paul Sanchez Gary Guerin Zachary Trevor Dave Jackson

TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS, CALL (602) 308-4662. Published monthly by

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN THE USA All original artwork and photography for ION Arizona Magazine remain property of JMT Designs, Inc, and cannot be reproduced, altered, or sold without authorization and compensation. Limited usage rights can be purchased for a small fee. NOTE: The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of ION Arizona, its staff, or that of its parent company. Publication of the name or photograph of any person or organization within ION Arizona is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such persons or organization. To our knowledge, all people photographed and published in ION Arizona are over the age of 18. Some photos were submitted by our readers. To our knowledge, they own the copyrights, and they have given us permission to reproduce them. If you see a picture that you own, please call us immediately and we will remove it from future publications. All copy, text, display, photos, and illustrations in the ads are published with the understanding that the advertisers are fully authorized, have secured proper written consent for the use of names, pictures, and testimonials of any living person, and that ION Arizona is not responsible for unlawful use of such content.

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ION ARIZONA CENTER 3819 North 3rd Street Ste. #10, Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602) 308-4662 • Fax (602) 271-0939 www.IONAZ.com ionarizona@me.com PUBLISHER Jack M. Tesorero ....................... jacktesorero@me.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kevin Bushaw - Ext. 4 ..................... kbushaw@me.com EDITOR AND CONTENT CZAR Deon Brown - Ext 2 ................... ionazeditor@me.com PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Craig Rubin ................................. ionarizona@me.com PRODUCTION & ARTWORK ionazproduction@me.com ADVERTISING SALES Jack Tesorero, Ext 1 .................. jacktesorero@me.com PHOTOGRAPHERS: Carl James Richard Bolinski Don Thompson Jerry O’Conner NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Rivendell Media (212) 242-6863 CONTRIBUTORS: Ted Kirby Corey Blanchette David Alan Maxey Wes Bergman Leif Mendelson Addison DeWitt Kim Ruff Helena Grayson Paul Sanchez Gary Guerin Zachary Trevor Dave Jackson

TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS, CALL (602) 308-4662. Published monthly by

© 2009 Tesorero Omni Media

a JMT Designs, Inc. company

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PRINTED IN THE USA All original artwork and photography for ION Arizona Magazine remain property of JMT Designs, Inc, and cannot be reproduced, altered, or sold without authorization and compensation. Limited usage rights can be purchased for a small fee. NOTE: The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of ION Arizona, its staff, or that of its parent company. Publication of the name or photograph of any person or organization within ION Arizona is not to be construed as any indication of the sexual orientation of such persons or organization. To our knowledge, all people photographed and published in ION Arizona are over the age of 18. Some photos were submitted by our readers. To our knowledge, they own the copyrights, and they have given us permission to reproduce them. If you see a picture that you own, please call us immediately and we will remove it from future publications. All copy, text, display, photos, and illustrations in the ads are published with the understanding that the advertisers are fully authorized, have secured proper written consent for the use of names, pictures, and testimonials of any living person, and that ION Arizona is not responsible for unlawful use of such content.

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“Thank GLAAD It’s Friday!” Bar with Benefits Weekend

Apollo’s Lounge hosts their weekend of good deeds with fun and philanthropy for everybody February 6-8! Friday night offers a swell raffle, Saturday ‘noon is “Adopt-a-Pet” show, and that night is the nutty Nasty Habits Turnabout show. Sunday night is the Sexiest Bartender of the Year contest. All proceeds benefit www.LostOurHome.org. See you there at 5749 N. 7th St. phone: 602-277-9373

This special event is part of GLAAD’s national networking event series for young GLBT professionals. With admission you’ll get a year-long membership, complimentary Absolut cocktails, a chance to win prizes, meet community leaders and more! Be part of this exciting event at BS West on Friday, Feb. 6 and March 6. 7125 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale. Phone: 480-945-9028

Fruits In Suits at Myst Ballroom

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Be part of one of the coolest, smartest social and professional mixers in town! This hip “Happy Hour” happens the last Thursday of every month at Myst Ballroom. And we know how you boys like balls! See you there on February 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For limo, table and bottle reservations call 602-429-6000. 7340 E. Shoeman Lane in downtown Scottsdale.

We’re not really sure which Renaissance. Italian? Carolingian? Northern? It resembles the Middle Ages in England more. But you can go and eat giant turkey legs, drink lots of grog and party like it’s 1599. Bubonic Plague vaccinations available. Take the US 60 East, just beyond the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. It’s every Saturday & Sunday from 10-6 from February 7 thru’ March 29. Visit www. RoyalFaires.com for more info or call 520-463-2700

The Gayest Dog Show Ever!

Pack up your pooch and come to this canine beauty pageant featuring a raffle, auction, rummage sale, dog grooming and a drag show hosted by the luscious Regina Gazelle and friends. All proceeds will benefit This is H.O.W. – a transgender recovery home. Bring Fido on Sunday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to Velocity at 2303 E. Indian School Rd. For info visit ThisIsHowHome.org or call 602-279-4852

Miss Gay Arizona USofA

It’s time for the best illusionists in town to break out their falsies, high heels and evening gowns when they compete for the coveted title – and a big crown – of Miss Gay Arizona USofA & Reina del Sol USofA. Here’s a hint: The answer is “World peace.” See you at the Wyndham Hotel 50 E. Adams in Phoenix. Phone: 602-5272464. Tix at BS West & brownpapertickets.com/event/48915

Mardi Gras Block Party

“Hey, mister! Throw me some beads!” Join us for the biggest Mardi Gras Party in Phoenix! Take the Light Rail and the west side of the block on Central Avenue from DWNTWN Event to Amsterdam has been blocked off for Hurricanes, beads and all the other good natured debauchery of Fat Tuesday. When? February 24, of course!

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Scottsdale Downtown Glendale Various Phx. Bars Phoenix Phoenix Beyond Far. Really far. Phoenix Phoenix Downtown Scottsdale Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Mesa Old Town Scottsdale Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Scottsdale Apache Junction Phoenix

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“Thank GLAAD It’s Friday!” Bar with Benefits Weekend

Apollo’s Lounge hosts their weekend of good deeds with fun and philanthropy for everybody February 6-8! Friday night offers a swell raffle, Saturday ‘noon is “Adopt-a-Pet” show, and that night is the nutty Nasty Habits Turnabout show. Sunday night is the Sexiest Bartender of the Year contest. All proceeds benefit www.LostOurHome.org. See you there at 5749 N. 7th St. phone: 602-277-9373

This special event is part of GLAAD’s national networking event series for young GLBT professionals. With admission you’ll get a year-long membership, complimentary Absolut cocktails, a chance to win prizes, meet community leaders and more! Be part of this exciting event at BS West on Friday, Feb. 6 and March 6. 7125 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale. Phone: 480-945-9028

Fruits In Suits at Myst Ballroom

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Be part of one of the coolest, smartest social and professional mixers in town! This hip “Happy Hour” happens the last Thursday of every month at Myst Ballroom. And we know how you boys like balls! See you there on February 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For limo, table and bottle reservations call 602-429-6000. 7340 E. Shoeman Lane in downtown Scottsdale.

We’re not really sure which Renaissance. Italian? Carolingian? Northern? It resembles the Middle Ages in England more. But you can go and eat giant turkey legs, drink lots of grog and party like it’s 1599. Bubonic Plague vaccinations available. Take the US 60 East, just beyond the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. It’s every Saturday & Sunday from 10-6 from February 7 thru’ March 29. Visit www. RoyalFaires.com for more info or call 520-463-2700

The Gayest Dog Show Ever!

Pack up your pooch and come to this canine beauty pageant featuring a raffle, auction, rummage sale, dog grooming and a drag show hosted by the luscious Regina Gazelle and friends. All proceeds will benefit This is H.O.W. – a transgender recovery home. Bring Fido on Sunday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to Velocity at 2303 E. Indian School Rd. For info visit ThisIsHowHome.org or call 602-279-4852

Miss Gay Arizona USofA

It’s time for the best illusionists in town to break out their falsies, high heels and evening gowns when they compete for the coveted title – and a big crown – of Miss Gay Arizona USofA & Reina del Sol USofA. Here’s a hint: The answer is “World peace.” See you at the Wyndham Hotel 50 E. Adams in Phoenix. Phone: 602-5272464. Tix at BS West & brownpapertickets.com/event/48915

Mardi Gras Block Party

“Hey, mister! Throw me some beads!” Join us for the biggest Mardi Gras Party in Phoenix! Take the Light Rail and the west side of the block on Central Avenue from DWNTWN Event to Amsterdam has been blocked off for Hurricanes, beads and all the other good natured debauchery of Fat Tuesday. When? February 24, of course!

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Thank GLAAD It’s Friday! at BS West Glendale Chocolate Affaire Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest Apollo’s Bar with Benefits Weekend D-backs Fan Fest at Chase Field Arizona Renaissance Festival Nat’l. Freedom to Marry Day-Superior Ct. Bldg. Alwun House Exotic Art Show 5th Ave. Fine Art & Wine Festival Love Gone Wrong – Indian School Park ConcertHall VNSA Used Book Sale – AZ State Fairgrounds Antique Market at the AZ State Fairgrounds Gayest Dog Show Ever at Velocity Kite Flying Festival at Red Mtn. Park Parada del Sol parade/festival Scottish Highland Games – Hance Park Matsuri Festival at Heritage Square Park Miss Gay Arizona USofA-Wyndham Hotel Mardi Gras Block Party Fruits in Suits at Myst Ballroom Lost Dutchman Days WorldFEST at Hance Park

Scottsdale Downtown Glendale Various Phx. Bars Phoenix Phoenix Beyond Far. Really far. Phoenix Phoenix Downtown Scottsdale Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Mesa Old Town Scottsdale Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Scottsdale Apache Junction Phoenix

Thank GLAAD It’s Friday! at BS West Miss Phoenix Gay Pride – Indian School Park Hall

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Jim Brickman

Spend an evening with cute composer and pianist Jim Brickman. The popular New Age artist will be performing for his devoted audience at the historic Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, February 14. What a dreamy Valentine’s Day date! Call 602-534-5600 for tix.

Don Giovanni

Queens love opera! And Mozart does it right. You’ll be seduced when you see and hear this hot, sexy tale about the legendary lover Don Juan and his amorous conquests – and defeats – performed by the Arizona Opera Company at Symphony Hall February 26-28 and March 1. For tix visit www.AZopera.com or www.TicketMaster.com

The Pretenders

One of the defining sounds of the 80s, the erotically charged sound of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are gonna make you feel special, so special. Gonna make you, make you, make you notice them at the Dodge Theatre at 400 W. Washington on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Go to www.LiveNation.com for tickets.

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Katy Perry Heart Melissa Manchester Duo KODO with the Taiko Drums Chris Isaak A Comedy Tonight... with Leslie Jordan Jim Brickman Stravinksy’s The Firebird Music of Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Blues Blast Joan Baez The Chieftains YES Zappa Plays Zappa Arizona Opera Co.’s Don Giovanni Puccini’s Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi The Pretenders

Marquee Theatre Celebrity Theatre Mesa Arts Center Mesa Arts Center Celebrity Theatre Steele Indian School Park Orpheum Theatre Phoenix Symphony Dodge Theatre Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa Arts Center Mesa Arts Center Dodge Theatre Dodge Theatre Symphony Hall ASU Smith Music Theatre Dodge Theatre

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Jim Brickman

Spend an evening with cute composer and pianist Jim Brickman. The popular New Age artist will be performing for his devoted audience at the historic Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, February 14. What a dreamy Valentine’s Day date! Call 602-534-5600 for tix.

Don Giovanni

Queens love opera! And Mozart does it right. You’ll be seduced when you see and hear this hot, sexy tale about the legendary lover Don Juan and his amorous conquests – and defeats – performed by the Arizona Opera Company at Symphony Hall February 26-28 and March 1. For tix visit www.AZopera.com or www.TicketMaster.com

The Pretenders

One of the defining sounds of the 80s, the erotically charged sound of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are gonna make you feel special, so special. Gonna make you, make you, make you notice them at the Dodge Theatre at 400 W. Washington on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Go to www.LiveNation.com for tickets.

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Katy Perry Heart Melissa Manchester Duo KODO with the Taiko Drums Chris Isaak A Comedy Tonight... with Leslie Jordan Jim Brickman Stravinksy’s The Firebird Music of Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Blues Blast Joan Baez The Chieftains YES Zappa Plays Zappa Arizona Opera Co.’s Don Giovanni Puccini’s Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi The Pretenders

Marquee Theatre Celebrity Theatre Mesa Arts Center Mesa Arts Center Celebrity Theatre Steele Indian School Park Orpheum Theatre Phoenix Symphony Dodge Theatre Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa Arts Center Mesa Arts Center Dodge Theatre Dodge Theatre Symphony Hall ASU Smith Music Theatre Dodge Theatre

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Written by Dave Jackson djackson@virginmega.com

Yo, DJ! What’s New? Compared to last year, the first quarter of 2009 will be slow. But there are a few treasures to be found. Check out new albums from Annie Lennox (CD/DVD combo of hits), Leona Lewis (spirit deluxe with bonus tracks), Bruce Springsteen, Missy Elliott (tentative), Morrissey as well as…

Matt Alber Hide Nothing

Had I received this “ontime,” this definitely would have made my top five of 2008. Part Rufus and k.d., this album soars beyond in terms of quality, sound and emotive pangs of the heart. Lead single “End of the World,” embodies passion to the “nth”degree, while tracks “Monarch” and “Slow Club” slither with brilliance. There’s even a cover of Imogen’s “Hide and Seek” for those seeking familiarity. Trust me when I say this is an album not to be missed. When Alber hits those high notes, you can feel your eyes swell and your gut churn.

Kylie Minogue Boombox

For ultimate fans (that don’t already have these remixes), this disc is for you. This collection comes complete with 19 remixed tracks spawning most of her career with EMI, including her newest release X. But buyers beware: a good majority of these are not the remixes as heard in the clubs or on dance radio stations. Most of these are the B-side remixes, dubs and independent mixes that were scrapped from earlier projects. Standout tracks include the New Order remix of “Can’t Get You” and Casino’s remix of “Your Disco Needs You.”

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The Fray - The Fray

The sensation behind “How to Save a Life” is back. Boldly self-titled, The Fray stick to the formula that made them a sensation and infuse their music with an almost U2 sound. This time around, their ballads are even frailer as heard in “Never Say Never” while their rock infused jams are grittier as evident in “Absolute.” And then there’s the lead single “You Found Me” - a safe introduction to the entire program with its great piano panging riff as heard on most of the album. Overall, this album keeps fans happy while winning new ones over.

Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You

The MySpace sensation is back and simply put, this album is pure bubble gum pop as delicious as Hubba Bubba! For this go, Lily channels a bit of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue on tracks “Everyone’s At It” and “The Fear” while she remains her cheeky lyrical self on “Never Gonna Happen” and “Fuck You.” And then there’s “The Fear” - the hoedown jam you’d hear at Charlie’s; definitely one of the brightest spots of the album. She’s bigger, better and more sleek than ever. I see a new Diva in the making! In other music news, U2 is set for a new horizon on March 3rd. Their new offering will be available in five different formats, ranging from $10 to $100. With the digital age in full swing, U2 is hoping to keep physical buyers happy. Their attempt however may prove futile as 2009 may be the last real year for physical CD sales. Until next month…

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Written by Dave Jackson djackson@virginmega.com

Yo, DJ! What’s New? Compared to last year, the first quarter of 2009 will be slow. But there are a few treasures to be found. Check out new albums from Annie Lennox (CD/DVD combo of hits), Leona Lewis (spirit deluxe with bonus tracks), Bruce Springsteen, Missy Elliott (tentative), Morrissey as well as…

Matt Alber Hide Nothing

Had I received this “ontime,” this definitely would have made my top five of 2008. Part Rufus and k.d., this album soars beyond in terms of quality, sound and emotive pangs of the heart. Lead single “End of the World,” embodies passion to the “nth”degree, while tracks “Monarch” and “Slow Club” slither with brilliance. There’s even a cover of Imogen’s “Hide and Seek” for those seeking familiarity. Trust me when I say this is an album not to be missed. When Alber hits those high notes, you can feel your eyes swell and your gut churn.

Kylie Minogue Boombox

For ultimate fans (that don’t already have these remixes), this disc is for you. This collection comes complete with 19 remixed tracks spawning most of her career with EMI, including her newest release X. But buyers beware: a good majority of these are not the remixes as heard in the clubs or on dance radio stations. Most of these are the B-side remixes, dubs and independent mixes that were scrapped from earlier projects. Standout tracks include the New Order remix of “Can’t Get You” and Casino’s remix of “Your Disco Needs You.”

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The Fray - The Fray

The sensation behind “How to Save a Life” is back. Boldly self-titled, The Fray stick to the formula that made them a sensation and infuse their music with an almost U2 sound. This time around, their ballads are even frailer as heard in “Never Say Never” while their rock infused jams are grittier as evident in “Absolute.” And then there’s the lead single “You Found Me” - a safe introduction to the entire program with its great piano panging riff as heard on most of the album. Overall, this album keeps fans happy while winning new ones over.

Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You

The MySpace sensation is back and simply put, this album is pure bubble gum pop as delicious as Hubba Bubba! For this go, Lily channels a bit of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue on tracks “Everyone’s At It” and “The Fear” while she remains her cheeky lyrical self on “Never Gonna Happen” and “Fuck You.” And then there’s “The Fear” - the hoedown jam you’d hear at Charlie’s; definitely one of the brightest spots of the album. She’s bigger, better and more sleek than ever. I see a new Diva in the making! In other music news, U2 is set for a new horizon on March 3rd. Their new offering will be available in five different formats, ranging from $10 to $100. With the digital age in full swing, U2 is hoping to keep physical buyers happy. Their attempt however may prove futile as 2009 may be the last real year for physical CD sales. Until next month…

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by Kimberly M. Ruff kimberlymruff@yahoo.com

Movie Previews February is a month of many celebrations and holidays: Super Bowl Sunday is the 1st followed by Groundhog’s Day on the 2nd, and President’s Day is the 16th. On the 14th is Valentine’s Day as well as the anniversary of Arizona statehood and the entire month is dedicated to African-American history. In light of all the causes for celebration, I have picked three movies for preview: three about love, one about African-Americans, and all of them vaguely familiar like some movie we’ve seen before…

He’s Just Not That Into You

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, etc. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He’s Just Not That Into You explores the strategizing, anguish, and confusion that go hand-in-hand with today’s dating scene. Set in Baltimore, the film follows the often-intersecting lives of various singles and couples as they try to navigate the rough waters of finding and falling in love. Like any typical romantic comedy, it has its occasional formulaic moments but with such a talented cast of comedians and comediennes, He’s Just Not That Into You still manages to entertain with its biting commentary and dry wit about modern day romance. Release Date: February 06, 2009

Medicine for Melancholy

Starring: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins If you’re a fan of Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, then you are probably already familiar with one of his writers and “field” reporters, Wyatt Cenac. Taking a break from comedic writing and acting, Cenac stars as Micah, a San Francisco-based activist in Barry Jenkin’s film, Medicine for Melancholy. After a late 32

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night of partying, Micah has a one night stand with Joanne (Heggins). Sobriety and the morning sun frame their activities in a different light and it seems the two are incompatible, but after spending the day together, they begin to realize that maybe they’re not as different as they thought they were. A tender take on the irrationality of the heart and a touching tale about the attraction of opposites. Release Date: February 06, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Starring: Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, Hugh Dancy Based on the best-selling book by Sophia Kinsella, Confessions stars Wedding Crasher’s Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood, a compulsive shopper whose habits wreak havoc on her bank account. Using her savvy at spotting good sales, she lands a career giving out financial advice to the same company responsible for publishing her favorite fashion magazine. While her clever writing style earns accolades, it doesn’t pay her bills and the threat of bankruptcy forces her to decide between Gucci and good sense. This movie is ideal for those of us that played the “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a pair of Manolos today” game with our credit cards and seems particularly timely in light of our current tenuous economic situation. Release Date: February 13, 2009 Questions? Comments? Reach the writer at kimberlymruff@yahoo.com

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by Kimberly M. Ruff kimberlymruff@yahoo.com

Movie Previews February is a month of many celebrations and holidays: Super Bowl Sunday is the 1st followed by Groundhog’s Day on the 2nd, and President’s Day is the 16th. On the 14th is Valentine’s Day as well as the anniversary of Arizona statehood and the entire month is dedicated to African-American history. In light of all the causes for celebration, I have picked three movies for preview: three about love, one about African-Americans, and all of them vaguely familiar like some movie we’ve seen before…

He’s Just Not That Into You

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, etc. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, He’s Just Not That Into You explores the strategizing, anguish, and confusion that go hand-in-hand with today’s dating scene. Set in Baltimore, the film follows the often-intersecting lives of various singles and couples as they try to navigate the rough waters of finding and falling in love. Like any typical romantic comedy, it has its occasional formulaic moments but with such a talented cast of comedians and comediennes, He’s Just Not That Into You still manages to entertain with its biting commentary and dry wit about modern day romance. Release Date: February 06, 2009

Medicine for Melancholy

Starring: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins If you’re a fan of Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, then you are probably already familiar with one of his writers and “field” reporters, Wyatt Cenac. Taking a break from comedic writing and acting, Cenac stars as Micah, a San Francisco-based activist in Barry Jenkin’s film, Medicine for Melancholy. After a late 32

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night of partying, Micah has a one night stand with Joanne (Heggins). Sobriety and the morning sun frame their activities in a different light and it seems the two are incompatible, but after spending the day together, they begin to realize that maybe they’re not as different as they thought they were. A tender take on the irrationality of the heart and a touching tale about the attraction of opposites. Release Date: February 06, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Starring: Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, Hugh Dancy Based on the best-selling book by Sophia Kinsella, Confessions stars Wedding Crasher’s Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood, a compulsive shopper whose habits wreak havoc on her bank account. Using her savvy at spotting good sales, she lands a career giving out financial advice to the same company responsible for publishing her favorite fashion magazine. While her clever writing style earns accolades, it doesn’t pay her bills and the threat of bankruptcy forces her to decide between Gucci and good sense. This movie is ideal for those of us that played the “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a pair of Manolos today” game with our credit cards and seems particularly timely in light of our current tenuous economic situation. Release Date: February 13, 2009 Questions? Comments? Reach the writer at kimberlymruff@yahoo.com

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by Wes Bergman wesobergman@yahoo.com

DVD Movie Reviews Valentine’s Day is upon us and as some of you may have already suspected, I am painfully single. Since I have no beloved to write sonnets for, I decided I would write a poem for all my beloved readers in the style of our First Lady of Poetic Depression, Emily Dickinson: Valentine’s Day Constructed contrivance of commercial deceit Love is fickle Save your receipts Painful reminder of solitary singlehood If I could I would Lay my tired skin beside first available man Must be disease and drug free Unless I want VD In which case I embrace The shame and embarrassment of the Craig’s List ads. That being said, let’s review some superawesome joyous movies about LOVE!

We’re All Angels

Starring: Jason, deMarco Strictly a documentary, this film follows the unambiguously gay duo, Jason and deMarco, over the course of a year. Both Christian pop stars, the long-term couple discuss their youth, coming out, finding each other and the difficult process of reconciling the quandary of faith and sexuality. Jason was raised Pentecostal and deMarco was raised a Catholic, but both have found a pleasant middle ground spiritually and emotionally where they celebrate their faith and love. We’re All Angels provides a powerful lesson for all of us: that we can have our cake and eat it to, as nothing is higher testament to faith and devotion like love. 36

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Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

Starring: Darryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood, Rodney Chester, Gary LeRoi Gray, Douglas Spearman, Christian Vincent, Jonathan Julian Based on the LOGO TV show of the same name, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom follows our cast to Martha’s Vineyard for the wedding of Wade (Atwood) and Noah (Stephens). When closeted superstar rapper, Baby Gat shows up unannounced to win Noah’s affection, the entire wedding party begins to question if their own romantic commitments are with the right people for the right reasons. Caffeine stimulated wedding planner, Alex (Chester) worries that the recent adoption of an HIV positive baby may simply be a band-aid for his eleven-year relationship with Trey, Chance (Spearman) over-intellectualizes his marriage to Eddie (Julian) when a charming young student reveals his crush, and Noah’s best-friend, Eddie (Vincent) seems more anti-commitment than ever which causes everyone to wonder what the real issue is. Played out over the course of the weekend and multiple courses of delicious food prepared by Alex, the group realizes that love involves work, admitting when you’re wrong and a willingness to ask for second chances. I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day; even if you’re single there’s plenty of love in friendship, family, and faith to keep you warm at night. February 2009 WWW.IONAZ.COM 37


by Wes Bergman wesobergman@yahoo.com

DVD Movie Reviews Valentine’s Day is upon us and as some of you may have already suspected, I am painfully single. Since I have no beloved to write sonnets for, I decided I would write a poem for all my beloved readers in the style of our First Lady of Poetic Depression, Emily Dickinson: Valentine’s Day Constructed contrivance of commercial deceit Love is fickle Save your receipts Painful reminder of solitary singlehood If I could I would Lay my tired skin beside first available man Must be disease and drug free Unless I want VD In which case I embrace The shame and embarrassment of the Craig’s List ads. That being said, let’s review some superawesome joyous movies about LOVE!

We’re All Angels

Starring: Jason, deMarco Strictly a documentary, this film follows the unambiguously gay duo, Jason and deMarco, over the course of a year. Both Christian pop stars, the long-term couple discuss their youth, coming out, finding each other and the difficult process of reconciling the quandary of faith and sexuality. Jason was raised Pentecostal and deMarco was raised a Catholic, but both have found a pleasant middle ground spiritually and emotionally where they celebrate their faith and love. We’re All Angels provides a powerful lesson for all of us: that we can have our cake and eat it to, as nothing is higher testament to faith and devotion like love. 36

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Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

Starring: Darryl Stephens, Jensen Atwood, Rodney Chester, Gary LeRoi Gray, Douglas Spearman, Christian Vincent, Jonathan Julian Based on the LOGO TV show of the same name, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom follows our cast to Martha’s Vineyard for the wedding of Wade (Atwood) and Noah (Stephens). When closeted superstar rapper, Baby Gat shows up unannounced to win Noah’s affection, the entire wedding party begins to question if their own romantic commitments are with the right people for the right reasons. Caffeine stimulated wedding planner, Alex (Chester) worries that the recent adoption of an HIV positive baby may simply be a band-aid for his eleven-year relationship with Trey, Chance (Spearman) over-intellectualizes his marriage to Eddie (Julian) when a charming young student reveals his crush, and Noah’s best-friend, Eddie (Vincent) seems more anti-commitment than ever which causes everyone to wonder what the real issue is. Played out over the course of the weekend and multiple courses of delicious food prepared by Alex, the group realizes that love involves work, admitting when you’re wrong and a willingness to ask for second chances. I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day; even if you’re single there’s plenty of love in friendship, family, and faith to keep you warm at night. February 2009 WWW.IONAZ.COM 37


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alentine’s Day is a day for lovers. Sadly, not everyone has a significant other to spend it with. But does that mean the poor single saps have to spend the most romantic evening of the year alone? Hell, no. There are plenty of gorgeous men willing to offer their companionship this Valentine’s Day – for a price. If you have the dime, they’ve got the time. We polled four professionals from the world’s leading male escort listing service, Rentboy.com: Adam Isaac (www.rentboy.com/adamisaac), Pete, a winner of Overall Best Escort 2008 (www. rentboy.com/LondonBoyPete), Kevin Slater (www.rentboy.com/kevinslater) and Rusty (www.rentboy.com/rusty105) to uncover the answer to the biggest question this Valentine’s Day: what is the price of love?

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ION: Jennifer Lopez’s ‘love don’t cost a thing’. Why does yours? Adam Isaac: Sex is not love and love is not free. A relationship takes work. I am always open to meeting a special guy who can see past what I do to pay my bills. There’s a lot more to me than escorting. London Boy Pete: Jennifer has enough ‘rocks’ of her own to give her love away! Also my love is probably a lot more fun to guys than hers. Oh and I love selling my love, it gives it a certain feel you just can’t describe. Kevin: My love is free, too. My time, however, is $250 an hour. Rusty: Hiring an escort is not about love. It’s about having a boy to spend time with and have fun. Love really doesn’t cost anything. It’s not something you can put a price one. Having a hot boy you have picked out for yourself to have fun with, on the other hand, is something that can be negotiated. ION: What can you offer a lonely heart this Valentine’s Day?

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V can buy me love

alentine’s Day is a day for lovers. Sadly, not everyone has a significant other to spend it with. But does that mean the poor single saps have to spend the most romantic evening of the year alone? Hell, no. There are plenty of gorgeous men willing to offer their companionship this Valentine’s Day – for a price. If you have the dime, they’ve got the time. We polled four professionals from the world’s leading male escort listing service, Rentboy.com: Adam Isaac (www.rentboy.com/adamisaac), Pete, a winner of Overall Best Escort 2008 (www. rentboy.com/LondonBoyPete), Kevin Slater (www.rentboy.com/kevinslater) and Rusty (www.rentboy.com/rusty105) to uncover the answer to the biggest question this Valentine’s Day: what is the price of love?

By Leif Mendelson

ION: Jennifer Lopez’s ‘love don’t cost a thing’. Why does yours? Adam Isaac: Sex is not love and love is not free. A relationship takes work. I am always open to meeting a special guy who can see past what I do to pay my bills. There’s a lot more to me than escorting. London Boy Pete: Jennifer has enough ‘rocks’ of her own to give her love away! Also my love is probably a lot more fun to guys than hers. Oh and I love selling my love, it gives it a certain feel you just can’t describe. Kevin: My love is free, too. My time, however, is $250 an hour. Rusty: Hiring an escort is not about love. It’s about having a boy to spend time with and have fun. Love really doesn’t cost anything. It’s not something you can put a price one. Having a hot boy you have picked out for yourself to have fun with, on the other hand, is something that can be negotiated. ION: What can you offer a lonely heart this Valentine’s Day?

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London Boy Pete: What can’t I offer? Not only would I give him the horniest experience of his life, I would make his special day that little something more with great company and lots of fun, leaving him with a warm glow inside! Kevin: Companionship. Anything else that happens is between two consenting adults. Rusty: I’m a very affectionate person so if you’re alone on valentines and want a warm body to cuddle with, give me a shout and we can spice up your Valentines Day! ION: Is Valentine’s Day a busy work day for rentboys? Adam: Right now, no day is a busy day. I am so broke that I am frightened. One of my biggest fears is not being able to meet my financial responsibilities. The busiest time for me has always been the summer months. London Boy Pete: I already have bookings, so it must be. I think Christmas has to be the busiest holiday. I’ve been a guy’s Christmas present several times already. Kevin: The day after Thanksgiving is typically my busiest day. Christmas Day is also busy. ION: How much money can you make on Valentine’s Day?

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London Boy Pete: You never know how much you are going to

make. I’ve been paid $2000 for an hour from a guy, but you can never tell.

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ION: What are most clients looking for on Valentine’s Day? Adam: Valentine’s Day is just a day where if you want to feel pressured to think about your love-life a little more, than feel free. I think about love and real romance every day. I’ve paid for sex before, and I couldn’t see how hiring a call boy would make my romantic woes any less heavy. London Boy Pete: A little bit of added attention. Whether it’s a little more sensuality, understanding… or he might just want a harder pounding! Kevin: Not many clients confuse rentboys and romance, so Valentine’s Day isn’t different from most other days - at least not for me. A cute and cuddly blond may have a different story to tell. Rusty: Something to spice up their day. ION: What’s the strangest gift you have ever received from a client? Adam: One time a client gave me huge, antique Guerlaine perfume bottle – the type that was originally made for the likes of Napoleon. It held a liter of perfume and is ornately decorated with the old Guerlaine honeybee etching on the glass. Beautiful! The most useful gift I ever received was a Toyota Tacoma. I wish that would happen again. Anyone have a car they don’t want? London Boy Pete: In the last few months, I’ve been given three different paintings from three different clients. If this keeps up, I’m going to open a gallery. Kevin: Maybe not the strangest, but the best gift I’ve received is my sling.

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Rusty: It was a little weird when a client gave me a custom made teddy bear with my name on it. What is even more weird is that he said it was his wife’s idea. ION: Does it get hard putting other guys’ companionship needs before your own? Adam: Only one percent of my clients are looking for companionship. The other 99 percent are looking for “it”. You know what I mean? London Boy Pete: It just makes you enjoy your own time more. I think it’s like a switch when I’m working and having fun. I don’t even know how it all works, but it does. Kevin: Not at all! I love meeting new people. Rusty: I don’t think of it that way. I put my self first. I don’t do anything that I’m uncomfortable with. I am there to entertain my client but if I am not having fun, he won’t either. ION: Has a client’s love for you ever become scary? Adam: I practice healthy boundaries with my clients. I make it very clear to them that it is a business relationship, nothing more. London Boy Pete: Some people can get really obsessed. I always back off from guys if it gets too intense. Kevin: There have been a few times where I’ve had to gently back clients down. But people tend to get it. There are very nice ways of saying, “Look, this is my job. I like you, too, but it’s professional.” I’ve heard horror stories from other escorts, but luckily I’ve never had it too bad. Rusty: It has never been scary, but it has been annoying. One of my clients kept calling and calling. Without exaggeration, I had 48 missed calls and 22 voice messages in the span of one night. ION: Would you give up your career for “the one”? February 2009 WWW.IONAZ.COM 43


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London Boy Pete: What can’t I offer? Not only would I give him the horniest experience of his life, I would make his special day that little something more with great company and lots of fun, leaving him with a warm glow inside! Kevin: Companionship. Anything else that happens is between two consenting adults. Rusty: I’m a very affectionate person so if you’re alone on valentines and want a warm body to cuddle with, give me a shout and we can spice up your Valentines Day! ION: Is Valentine’s Day a busy work day for rentboys? Adam: Right now, no day is a busy day. I am so broke that I am frightened. One of my biggest fears is not being able to meet my financial responsibilities. The busiest time for me has always been the summer months. London Boy Pete: I already have bookings, so it must be. I think Christmas has to be the busiest holiday. I’ve been a guy’s Christmas present several times already. Kevin: The day after Thanksgiving is typically my busiest day. Christmas Day is also busy. ION: How much money can you make on Valentine’s Day?

Rusty

London Boy Pete: You never know how much you are going to

make. I’ve been paid $2000 for an hour from a guy, but you can never tell.

Adam

ION: What are most clients looking for on Valentine’s Day? Adam: Valentine’s Day is just a day where if you want to feel pressured to think about your love-life a little more, than feel free. I think about love and real romance every day. I’ve paid for sex before, and I couldn’t see how hiring a call boy would make my romantic woes any less heavy. London Boy Pete: A little bit of added attention. Whether it’s a little more sensuality, understanding… or he might just want a harder pounding! Kevin: Not many clients confuse rentboys and romance, so Valentine’s Day isn’t different from most other days - at least not for me. A cute and cuddly blond may have a different story to tell. Rusty: Something to spice up their day. ION: What’s the strangest gift you have ever received from a client? Adam: One time a client gave me huge, antique Guerlaine perfume bottle – the type that was originally made for the likes of Napoleon. It held a liter of perfume and is ornately decorated with the old Guerlaine honeybee etching on the glass. Beautiful! The most useful gift I ever received was a Toyota Tacoma. I wish that would happen again. Anyone have a car they don’t want? London Boy Pete: In the last few months, I’ve been given three different paintings from three different clients. If this keeps up, I’m going to open a gallery. Kevin: Maybe not the strangest, but the best gift I’ve received is my sling.

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Rusty: It was a little weird when a client gave me a custom made teddy bear with my name on it. What is even more weird is that he said it was his wife’s idea. ION: Does it get hard putting other guys’ companionship needs before your own? Adam: Only one percent of my clients are looking for companionship. The other 99 percent are looking for “it”. You know what I mean? London Boy Pete: It just makes you enjoy your own time more. I think it’s like a switch when I’m working and having fun. I don’t even know how it all works, but it does. Kevin: Not at all! I love meeting new people. Rusty: I don’t think of it that way. I put my self first. I don’t do anything that I’m uncomfortable with. I am there to entertain my client but if I am not having fun, he won’t either. ION: Has a client’s love for you ever become scary? Adam: I practice healthy boundaries with my clients. I make it very clear to them that it is a business relationship, nothing more. London Boy Pete: Some people can get really obsessed. I always back off from guys if it gets too intense. Kevin: There have been a few times where I’ve had to gently back clients down. But people tend to get it. There are very nice ways of saying, “Look, this is my job. I like you, too, but it’s professional.” I’ve heard horror stories from other escorts, but luckily I’ve never had it too bad. Rusty: It has never been scary, but it has been annoying. One of my clients kept calling and calling. Without exaggeration, I had 48 missed calls and 22 voice messages in the span of one night. ION: Would you give up your career for “the one”? February 2009 WWW.IONAZ.COM 43


Adam: My thought is that we don’t even attract the one we are meant to be with until we are happy and contented with our own life choices. And although I am not exactly ashamed of being an escort, I know it is not my ideal job. But anything is possible! I just met a guy over the weekend while I was on a call that involved a group who is really hot and really sweet. He already knows what I do. We’ll see what happens. I hope to fall in love someday. Some say that love knows no bounds. I would love to believe that. I really would. London Boy Pete: I wouldn’t give it up for anyone. Being successful at what I do comes before anything else. Kevin: I can imagine a scenario under where I meet a wonderful guy and put the escorting aside. I love my job, but I love “love” too. Rusty: If things got serious and he wanted me to stop, it would be up for discussion. Relationships are about compromise. (photo of Adam by Dick Mitchell)

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Adam: My thought is that we don’t even attract the one we are meant to be with until we are happy and contented with our own life choices. And although I am not exactly ashamed of being an escort, I know it is not my ideal job. But anything is possible! I just met a guy over the weekend while I was on a call that involved a group who is really hot and really sweet. He already knows what I do. We’ll see what happens. I hope to fall in love someday. Some say that love knows no bounds. I would love to believe that. I really would. London Boy Pete: I wouldn’t give it up for anyone. Being successful at what I do comes before anything else. Kevin: I can imagine a scenario under where I meet a wonderful guy and put the escorting aside. I love my job, but I love “love” too. Rusty: If things got serious and he wanted me to stop, it would be up for discussion. Relationships are about compromise. (photo of Adam by Dick Mitchell)

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“Under the Big Top” with Leslie Jordan … followed by “A Comedy Tonight or Love Gone Wrong.” Leslie Jordan, that diminutive dynamo of laffs, teams up with those lungbusting lotharios of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus on Saturday, February 14. Come with your sweetie for a special performance and dinner at 6:30 followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. It all happens at the Steele Indian School Park Concert Hall in Phoenix. For info & tix visit phoenixmetropolitanmenschorus.org or call 602-717-4262

Lily Tomlin in “The Search…” … for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” Veteran actress, comedian and performance artist Tomlin reprises her award winning play written nearly 25 years ago by Jane Wagner about 12 characters and the misfortunes that befall them. Catch this historic performance on Saturday, March 7 at the Orpheum Theatre on 203 W. Adams St. For tickets call 602-534-5600

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“Under the Big Top” with Leslie Jordan … followed by “A Comedy Tonight or Love Gone Wrong.” Leslie Jordan, that diminutive dynamo of laffs, teams up with those lungbusting lotharios of the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus on Saturday, February 14. Come with your sweetie for a special performance and dinner at 6:30 followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. It all happens at the Steele Indian School Park Concert Hall in Phoenix. For info & tix visit phoenixmetropolitanmenschorus.org or call 602-717-4262

Lily Tomlin in “The Search…” … for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” Veteran actress, comedian and performance artist Tomlin reprises her award winning play written nearly 25 years ago by Jane Wagner about 12 characters and the misfortunes that befall them. Catch this historic performance on Saturday, March 7 at the Orpheum Theatre on 203 W. Adams St. For tickets call 602-534-5600

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Tuck Shop Talk If explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado were carving was still trailblazing today, he’d make sure that his route led right through the historic neighborhood that bears his name and have a gourmet – but not fussy – dinner at Tuck Shop. This intimate and cozy restaurant occupies a renovated structure that once housed The Showman’s Union Hall. Who knew that carnies union? Since the circus barkers left, owner D.J. Fernandez and his girlfriend, Jessica, remodeled the building and said, “Step right up! Hurry, hurry, hurry! Come one, come all!” to a dining room serving what they call “neighborhood comfort food” – with an imaginative twist. With the help of Mitch Hoverman of the Roosevelt district’s Palatte restaurant, a startlingly imaginative and mouth-watering menu was created with nothing over $20. It reflects culinary tastes from the East Coast, the South, with a little bit of Portuguese influence thrown in to spice things up a bit. All the ingredients are organic and procured locally when possible. And that keeps everything fresh as a frat boy on a Friday night.

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The mustard cream sauce enhances the earthiness and adds another level of taste. Another winner is the Panko walnutcrusted Fontina. You’ll get a spate of milky cheese sticks served with savory and sweet dipping sauces. These aren’t like anything you ever had at Applebee’s, kids. Tease your tastebuds with a selection from their menu of “Smaller Plates.” These tasty morsels lend themselves toward an almost “tapas style” way of dining. There’s even a long trestle table for either community-style dining, or a large party with a lot of your friends. If you need a date - or brought one - try their Medjool dates stuffed with chorizo from Schreiner’s Sausages and melted Gruyère

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“Grandma.” On Saturday night it might be a Tuck Shop favorite called “Franchasina” – a skirt steak sandwich with smoked linguisa (a sausage), grilled prosciutto, cheese, roasted tomato served on grilled rye. A word to the wise: Tuck Shop fills up fast with loyal locals. To avoid a waiting, get there by 5:45 p.m. If you’re dining later, enjoy their carefully selected wines, beers or spirituous liqueurs while you wait. Sorry, no reservations accepted - just hurry up! So duck and roll into Tuck Shop. You’ll see why it’s better than a three ring circus. Come to the 2245 N. 12th St. at Oak St. in Phoenix. Phone: 302-354-2980 or visit

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“Grandma.” On Saturday night it might be a Tuck Shop favorite called “Franchasina” – a skirt steak sandwich with smoked linguisa (a sausage), grilled prosciutto, cheese, roasted tomato served on grilled rye. A word to the wise: Tuck Shop fills up fast with loyal locals. To avoid a waiting, get there by 5:45 p.m. If you’re dining later, enjoy their carefully selected wines, beers or spirituous liqueurs while you wait. Sorry, no reservations accepted - just hurry up! So duck and roll into Tuck Shop. You’ll see why it’s better than a three ring circus. Come to the 2245 N. 12th St. at Oak St. in Phoenix. Phone: 302-354-2980 or visit

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INNER BEAUTY

Raphael Solomon Releases debut CD: “Beautiful Dancer”

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By Zachary Trevor

for – then seducing – a former flame.

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t 28-years-old, Raphael Solomon knows a little something about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Self-describing his sound as “pop with a Latin twist,” his music is based on basic and complex human emotions and experiences. Take “Sex with My Ex,” for instance – the first single from his debut album, Beautiful Dancer. It was penned by Solomon after preparing supper

Most of Solomon’s songs, in fact, are steeped in similar soils: the concept of love – or the lack thereof. With all his talk of heartbreak, however, Raphael also has a strong sense of humor. Like the night he became the king of more than a few people’s jungles. “I once went onstage dressed as Tarzan and twenty seconds into my number, my loincloth came undone,” he recalls. The performance became a metaphor for his life. “I just picked it up, dusted it off, and continued with my performance.” Beautiful Dancer is in stores and on i-Tunes now. ION: You are gorgeous, Raphael. Why, then, are you so unlucky in love? RS: Thank you, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as saying that I am unlucky in love.

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ION: Are you smart when it comes to love? RS: I think love is about being true to your self. Sure, I can sit down and think of ways to keep a lover hooked but I’m not sure I want a lover to stay because I played the game right. I want people to stay because there is no place they would rather be. ION: You sing about sex with your ex. Can you see now why that is always a mistake? RS: The scary thing is I still don’t think it was a mistake! Maybe that’s just me being a guy and thinking with my dick.

ION: Most of your songs tend to be about heartbreak. RS: I’ve had relationships with some wonderful people; we just weren’t in the same place at the same time in our lives and when you’re not in sync, it makes it pretty impossible to sustain a relationship.

ION: Did the sex reignite the relationship? RS: Well, no, but sometimes you don’t stop loving someone even long after the relationship has ended. You may accept that it’s over but you still to want to revisit it sometimes.

ION: Looking at you, I can’t understand why someone would flee the country. But, according to your song “Baby’s Gone to Rio,” that’s what they did. RS: Sadly, it’s true.

ION: You weren’t left feeling empty? RS: I guess I did feel a little emotionally vandalized. Ok, you got me. I’ll keep my pants on next time, ok?

ION: What did you do to make your lover run away? RS: (Laughs) I’m secretly a high maintenance and possessive freak. Nah, I’m just kidding! I don’t know what I did, really. I don’t think I did anything wrong. Why does it have to be my fault? 80

ION: Could it be that you attract people that are only interested in your face and body? RS: Initially, we’re all attracted to people on a physical level. I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t. I’ll admit that there have been people who are just interested in the physical part of me, and that’s been a problem because they’re not always interested in learning what’s inside of me. I’m more than a pretty face. (Laughs)

ION: Does your intensity sometimes scare people away? RS: Sometimes. But they always end up coming back when they realize that a passionate lover beats a cold and frigid lover any day. They come back because I made them feel special. I don’t edit my behavior. If February 2009 WWW.IONAZ.COM 81


INNER BEAUTY

Raphael Solomon Releases debut CD: “Beautiful Dancer”

inner beauty

By Zachary Trevor

for – then seducing – a former flame.

A

t 28-years-old, Raphael Solomon knows a little something about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Self-describing his sound as “pop with a Latin twist,” his music is based on basic and complex human emotions and experiences. Take “Sex with My Ex,” for instance – the first single from his debut album, Beautiful Dancer. It was penned by Solomon after preparing supper

Most of Solomon’s songs, in fact, are steeped in similar soils: the concept of love – or the lack thereof. With all his talk of heartbreak, however, Raphael also has a strong sense of humor. Like the night he became the king of more than a few people’s jungles. “I once went onstage dressed as Tarzan and twenty seconds into my number, my loincloth came undone,” he recalls. The performance became a metaphor for his life. “I just picked it up, dusted it off, and continued with my performance.” Beautiful Dancer is in stores and on i-Tunes now. ION: You are gorgeous, Raphael. Why, then, are you so unlucky in love? RS: Thank you, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as saying that I am unlucky in love.

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ION: Are you smart when it comes to love? RS: I think love is about being true to your self. Sure, I can sit down and think of ways to keep a lover hooked but I’m not sure I want a lover to stay because I played the game right. I want people to stay because there is no place they would rather be. ION: You sing about sex with your ex. Can you see now why that is always a mistake? RS: The scary thing is I still don’t think it was a mistake! Maybe that’s just me being a guy and thinking with my dick.

ION: Most of your songs tend to be about heartbreak. RS: I’ve had relationships with some wonderful people; we just weren’t in the same place at the same time in our lives and when you’re not in sync, it makes it pretty impossible to sustain a relationship.

ION: Did the sex reignite the relationship? RS: Well, no, but sometimes you don’t stop loving someone even long after the relationship has ended. You may accept that it’s over but you still to want to revisit it sometimes.

ION: Looking at you, I can’t understand why someone would flee the country. But, according to your song “Baby’s Gone to Rio,” that’s what they did. RS: Sadly, it’s true.

ION: You weren’t left feeling empty? RS: I guess I did feel a little emotionally vandalized. Ok, you got me. I’ll keep my pants on next time, ok?

ION: What did you do to make your lover run away? RS: (Laughs) I’m secretly a high maintenance and possessive freak. Nah, I’m just kidding! I don’t know what I did, really. I don’t think I did anything wrong. Why does it have to be my fault? 80

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1ST ANNIVERSARY I’m into someone, I let them know it. ION: In the title track, “Beautiful Dancer,” you text your lover that “you never want to be their ex.” Isn’t that something you shouldn’t tell someone?” RS: Why not? Every person in love wants to believe that their love will last forever. ION: Why not simply text “Hey babe, miss you …” RS: I do, sometimes. But reaffirming your love is a positive thing. It’s not like I am desperate or needy. Saying something like, “I want to be with you forever,” is a point of strength for me in that I am a man who is not afraid to say what he feels. ION: You say in the song that your “heart knows no lies.” But don’t you agree that sometimes in a relationship, you need to hide some of those loveydovey feelings to make the love grow?

RS: Call me a romantic but I believe the purpose of every union is to allow your faith in love to evolve and to show you that for every person who runs away from you, there is another person who is willing to run to you. You can’t be afraid of love if you are seeking to be loved in return. And “my heart knows no lies” in the sense that I know that an equally emotionally expressive lover like me would be the best match for me. ION: If there’s one thing I learned in the CD, it’s that even pretty people hurt sometimes. RS: (Laughs) I am going to have a hugely inflated ego after this interview. It’s true, everybody hurts. ION: What exactly are you looking for in a partner? RS: Someone who I’m physically attracted to, sexually satisfied with, mentally stimulated by and emotionally engaged with. Someone who is ready to reciprocate the love they receive. Someone I can be myself with and someone that I wouldn’t want to change. ION: How close have you come to finding perfection? RS: No one is perfect. ION: That’s true, every experience is a lesson. What have you learned from your past relationships that you’ll apply to your next? RS: To remain true to myself, so when the right person comes along, they’ll love me for who I am. ION: Do you still believe “the one” exists? RS: Absolutely. Raphael Solomon’s Beautiful Dancer is available on if-Tunes now.

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1ST ANNIVERSARY I’m into someone, I let them know it. ION: In the title track, “Beautiful Dancer,” you text your lover that “you never want to be their ex.” Isn’t that something you shouldn’t tell someone?” RS: Why not? Every person in love wants to believe that their love will last forever. ION: Why not simply text “Hey babe, miss you …” RS: I do, sometimes. But reaffirming your love is a positive thing. It’s not like I am desperate or needy. Saying something like, “I want to be with you forever,” is a point of strength for me in that I am a man who is not afraid to say what he feels. ION: You say in the song that your “heart knows no lies.” But don’t you agree that sometimes in a relationship, you need to hide some of those loveydovey feelings to make the love grow?

RS: Call me a romantic but I believe the purpose of every union is to allow your faith in love to evolve and to show you that for every person who runs away from you, there is another person who is willing to run to you. You can’t be afraid of love if you are seeking to be loved in return. And “my heart knows no lies” in the sense that I know that an equally emotionally expressive lover like me would be the best match for me. ION: If there’s one thing I learned in the CD, it’s that even pretty people hurt sometimes. RS: (Laughs) I am going to have a hugely inflated ego after this interview. It’s true, everybody hurts. ION: What exactly are you looking for in a partner? RS: Someone who I’m physically attracted to, sexually satisfied with, mentally stimulated by and emotionally engaged with. Someone who is ready to reciprocate the love they receive. Someone I can be myself with and someone that I wouldn’t want to change. ION: How close have you come to finding perfection? RS: No one is perfect. ION: That’s true, every experience is a lesson. What have you learned from your past relationships that you’ll apply to your next? RS: To remain true to myself, so when the right person comes along, they’ll love me for who I am. ION: Do you still believe “the one” exists? RS: Absolutely. Raphael Solomon’s Beautiful Dancer is available on if-Tunes now.

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Bears Near Extinction. Celebs Reach Out. �����������

“It’s, like, really HOLLYWOOD – sad,” said Paris As global warming Hilton, heiress diminishes the and nightlife Amazon Rain party fixture. “I Forest, polar mean, like, if ice caps shrink there weren’t any and Starbucks gay bears, we disappear from the wouldn’t have landscape, more the Girth and and more species Mirth Society. are threatened with And I know all extinction with the about Societies,” loss of habitat. No she said. species is more “Like, National threatened than Geographic. Can that of the bear. I be ‘Rich Bitch Polar bears, Panda of the Month’ bears, American for High Society Grizzlies, and magazine? Is this Teddy bears are a party for Gay Bears? Where’s my swag?” all in danger of becoming only a memory. Motion picture and TV stars, and celebrities ����������������������������������������������������� Actor Noah Wyle, has-been from the popular who are famous just for being famous are hit TV medical drama “ER” which he quit to reaching out, lending their names, faces and do such forgettable films like “The Myth of the voices – but not their wallets – to raise the Fingerprints” is a semi-celebrity spokesperson public consciousness about the bears’ plight. for saving the North American Gay Bear. But no bear is at a greater risk than the North “Something must be done,” he said American Gay Bear. Frequently seen at dramatically. “With your dollars – not mine “Bear” bars, watering holes and buffets, these – something can be done. Nobody wants a gay hirsute and calorie-filled men are suffering bar filled with skinny, hairless guys.” from environmental losses because of the greenhouse effect.

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Winfrey’s former chef, Art Smith, will be the White House chef for the Obama family. . “Just see how big Michelle’s booty is at the end of four years,” said Oprah, with her mouth full.

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Gov. Brewer Slashes Budget; Cuts Letter From Alphabet PHOEIX – I a attempt to cut costs i harsh ecoomic times for the state, Arizoa’s ewly iaugurated Republica Goveror Ja Brewer determied that costs for the state ad Arizoa residets ca be cut by 38% if the fourteeth letter of the alphabet – the oe that comes after “m” ad before “o” – is elimiated from all pritig withi the state.

ad thik that this is a good decisio. If this works out, we’ll elimiate more letters. We thik that we could do without the letter ‘P’ if worse comes to worse.”

The Goveror’s fiacial advising committee agreed that cutting the letter was a fiscally soud decisio for Arizoa. “We’ve ivestigated

Scrabble games, crossword puzzles ad schoolchildren’s games of “Hagma” will be hit hardest with the letter’s deletio.

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ad thik that this is a good decisio. If this works out, we’ll elimiate more letters. We thik that we could do without the letter ‘P’ if worse comes to worse.”

The Goveror’s fiacial advising committee agreed that cutting the letter was a fiscally soud decisio for Arizoa. “We’ve ivestigated

Scrabble games, crossword puzzles ad schoolchildren’s games of “Hagma” will be hit hardest with the letter’s deletio.

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Amsterdam

718 N. Central Ave. - Downtown Phoenix

(602) 258-6122

2.

Apollo’s

5749 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 277-9373

3.

Bar 1

3708 N. 16th St. - Phoenix

(602) 266-9001

4.

BS West

7125 E. 5th Ave. - Scottsdale

(480) 945-9028

5.

Bunkhouse

4428 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 200-9154

6.

Cash Inn

2140 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 244-9943

7.

Charlie’s

727 W. Camelback Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 265-0224

8.

NEW! Cherry Bar

1028 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 277-7729

9.

NEW! Cherry Lounge

Every Thursday starting January 11th - Mill Ave. in Tempe

10.

The Chute Men’s Club

1440 E Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 234-1654

C

Clarendon Hotel

401 W. Clarendon Ave. - Phoenix

(602) CLARENDON

11.

Club Vibe

3031 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 224-9977

12.

Cruisin’ 7th

3702 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 212-9888

13.

Dick’s Cabaret

3432 E. Illini Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 274-DICK

14.

NEW! The Door

1126 N. Scottsdale Rd. - Tempe

(602) 967-DOOR

15.

Forbidden

6820 E. 5th Ave. - Scottsdale

forbiddenaz.com

16.

Homme

138 W. Camelback Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 266-0875

17.

icepics videobar

3108 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 267-8707

18.

Incognito

2424 E. Thomas Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 955-9805

19.

Karamba

1724 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 254-0231

20.

Kobalt

3110 N. Central Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 264-5307

21.

OZ

1804 W. Bethany Home Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 242-5114

22.

Plazma

1560 E. Osborn Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 266-0477

23.

Pumphouse II

4132 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 275-3509

24.

Retro Bar

3114 E. Cactus Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 493-0355

25.

The Rock

4129 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 248-8559

26.

Roscoe’s

4531 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 285-0833

27.

Taylor’s Tavern

15615 N. Cave Creek Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 867-2463

28.

Velocity

2303 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 956-2885

29.

Wild Card

801 N. Arizona Ave. - Chandler

(480) 857-3088

30.

Z Girl Club

4301 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 265-3233

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Amsterdam

718 N. Central Ave. - Downtown Phoenix

(602) 258-6122

2.

Apollo’s

5749 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 277-9373

3.

Bar 1

3708 N. 16th St. - Phoenix

(602) 266-9001

4.

BS West

7125 E. 5th Ave. - Scottsdale

(480) 945-9028

5.

Bunkhouse

4428 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 200-9154

6.

Cash Inn

2140 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 244-9943

7.

Charlie’s

727 W. Camelback Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 265-0224

8.

NEW! Cherry Bar

1028 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 277-7729

9.

NEW! Cherry Lounge

Every Thursday starting January 11th - Mill Ave. in Tempe

10.

The Chute Men’s Club

1440 E Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 234-1654

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Clarendon Hotel

401 W. Clarendon Ave. - Phoenix

(602) CLARENDON

11.

Club Vibe

3031 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 224-9977

12.

Cruisin’ 7th

3702 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 212-9888

13.

Dick’s Cabaret

3432 E. Illini Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 274-DICK

14.

NEW! The Door

1126 N. Scottsdale Rd. - Tempe

(602) 967-DOOR

15.

Forbidden

6820 E. 5th Ave. - Scottsdale

forbiddenaz.com

16.

Homme

138 W. Camelback Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 266-0875

17.

icepics videobar

3108 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 267-8707

18.

Incognito

2424 E. Thomas Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 955-9805

19.

Karamba

1724 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 254-0231

20.

Kobalt

3110 N. Central Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 264-5307

21.

OZ

1804 W. Bethany Home Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 242-5114

22.

Plazma

1560 E. Osborn Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 266-0477

23.

Pumphouse II

4132 E. McDowell Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 275-3509

24.

Retro Bar

3114 E. Cactus Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 493-0355

25.

The Rock

4129 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 248-8559

26.

Roscoe’s

4531 N. 7th St. - Phoenix

(602) 285-0833

27.

Taylor’s Tavern

15615 N. Cave Creek Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 867-2463

28.

Velocity

2303 E. Indian School Rd. - Phoenix

(602) 956-2885

29.

Wild Card

801 N. Arizona Ave. - Chandler

(480) 857-3088

30.

Z Girl Club

4301 N. 7th Ave. - Phoenix

(602) 265-3233

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by Addison DeWitt

“I gave my love a cherry that had no stone. I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.” … and then my love dumped me next to the Skill Crane at B.S. West and left me for a Circle K clerk twelve years ago. Oh, sure, like that’s a big upgrade on the food chain of gay boys. I should’ve kept the cherry and the chicken. At least that way I would’ve still had something to choke – although I would’ve rather choked the both of them instead. Sure. Happy big, fat, stupid Valentine’s Day. It’s a good thing I’m over it now. But love is still in the air. Along with everybody’s legs. America just started what will hopefully be a long love affair with our new president, Barack Obama. At least for the next four to eight years. Ben Bethel of The Clarendon Hotel had a big gala on the rooftop with drink specials and free appeteasers to celebrate the end of a long, horrible, ugly divorce from the last guy who parked his pink ‘n’ white tush in Oval Office. And what could be sweeter than the $3,610 raised for the Be a H.E.R.O. heroes at the swanky “Sugar and Champagne” event at the Wrigley Mansion staged by SWAY Events? What could be more delicious than chocolate

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and champagne, darlings? Oh, I know: Nick Duckro. Definitely. Yum yum. And was that Coronado Café’s handsome Robert McCarville I saw hobnobbing with one of the dreamy bachelors up for auction? Who could miss that vision of sartorial splendor, haberdasher to the glitterati of Phoenix, Gabriel Diaz of Dragonfly ? ¡Ai ai, ai! ¡Cuanto le gusta, le gusta, le gusta, Gabriel! That darling couple celebrating their legal (in California), conjugal matrimonification was Mr. & Mr. Christopher Jensen (née Palumbo) and Jeremy Jensen attended the well-heeled event, too. You know how sometimes Fate says, “When one Door shuts another Door opens?” Well, it’s true. Except in this case the same Door that shut and was the same Door that opened. Yep, The Door in Tempe threw open their Door for the Grand (re)Opening. The new management has redecorated the place beautifully and the staff couldn’t be nicer. Queenpins Jim Vigil and Chris Smith kept busy slinging the drinks to the thirsty and satisfied crowd. They’re just aDOORable. Merrymakers included those darling Denver transplants Dan Church and his beau Joey.

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by Addison DeWitt

“I gave my love a cherry that had no stone. I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.” … and then my love dumped me next to the Skill Crane at B.S. West and left me for a Circle K clerk twelve years ago. Oh, sure, like that’s a big upgrade on the food chain of gay boys. I should’ve kept the cherry and the chicken. At least that way I would’ve still had something to choke – although I would’ve rather choked the both of them instead. Sure. Happy big, fat, stupid Valentine’s Day. It’s a good thing I’m over it now. But love is still in the air. Along with everybody’s legs. America just started what will hopefully be a long love affair with our new president, Barack Obama. At least for the next four to eight years. Ben Bethel of The Clarendon Hotel had a big gala on the rooftop with drink specials and free appeteasers to celebrate the end of a long, horrible, ugly divorce from the last guy who parked his pink ‘n’ white tush in Oval Office. And what could be sweeter than the $3,610 raised for the Be a H.E.R.O. heroes at the swanky “Sugar and Champagne” event at the Wrigley Mansion staged by SWAY Events? What could be more delicious than chocolate

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and champagne, darlings? Oh, I know: Nick Duckro. Definitely. Yum yum. And was that Coronado Café’s handsome Robert McCarville I saw hobnobbing with one of the dreamy bachelors up for auction? Who could miss that vision of sartorial splendor, haberdasher to the glitterati of Phoenix, Gabriel Diaz of Dragonfly ? ¡Ai ai, ai! ¡Cuanto le gusta, le gusta, le gusta, Gabriel! That darling couple celebrating their legal (in California), conjugal matrimonification was Mr. & Mr. Christopher Jensen (née Palumbo) and Jeremy Jensen attended the well-heeled event, too. You know how sometimes Fate says, “When one Door shuts another Door opens?” Well, it’s true. Except in this case the same Door that shut and was the same Door that opened. Yep, The Door in Tempe threw open their Door for the Grand (re)Opening. The new management has redecorated the place beautifully and the staff couldn’t be nicer. Queenpins Jim Vigil and Chris Smith kept busy slinging the drinks to the thirsty and satisfied crowd. They’re just aDOORable. Merrymakers included those darling Denver transplants Dan Church and his beau Joey.

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(Continued)

A great big “Hurrah” goes out to “Missy” Al Perkins, fabled bartender and cocktail waitress from days of yore at BS West who made an appearance with Tim DePlanche and with Cameron on his arm. Once a Mary, always a Mary. Hamburger Mary alumnus Curtis Steinhoff was there along with the handsome Kyle Powers.. What’s it all about, Alfie? Maybe your delish boyfriend, Jarrod? I’ll say! (pictured previous page, top) Our Party Penguins of the Month, those wild and crazy boyfriends Ryan Freeman and Josh Anderson (right) made a driveby-drinking appearance at The Door only to be whisked off to icepics videobar who was celebrating their first anniversary of fun in Phoenix. The booze there poured like – well – booze, I’d say. You can imagine everybody’s surprise when none other than R.J. Merrill won the grand prize drawing of a video iPod. R.J. was overwhelmed and very excited to win it and can’t wait to start using it for poaching eggs and texting his friends. The toasty weather at the Rodeo was

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perfect for weather for watching cute cowpokes like the dreamy Matt Pruitt and has pal Stacy Jay Cavaliere. I also saw optician to the stars, Truett Fuentes from Bar1 and his and squeezie-weezie, Ron Rogers (pictured previous page, bottom) from Kobalt who stole Truett from me. Remember, Palmolive softens hands while you do the dishes. Bar1 co-owner Kenny Sannes was looking very chummy with a cute, young cast member from the touring company of “Hair” while they were in town. Hope that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you’ve got didn’t prevent you from giving his wig a good comb-out. A great big congrats goes out to my funny Valentine, The Honorable Tom Simplot unanimously elected Vice Mayor by the City Council. Today … Vice Mayor. Tomorrow … Assistant Buyer in Men’s Accessories at Macy’s – if you’re lucky. Send Addison your Valentines or vitriol. But a juicy steak dinner would be even better. Email him at RumorHound@aol.com

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(Continued)

A great big “Hurrah” goes out to “Missy” Al Perkins, fabled bartender and cocktail waitress from days of yore at BS West who made an appearance with Tim DePlanche and with Cameron on his arm. Once a Mary, always a Mary. Hamburger Mary alumnus Curtis Steinhoff was there along with the handsome Kyle Powers.. What’s it all about, Alfie? Maybe your delish boyfriend, Jarrod? I’ll say! (pictured previous page, top) Our Party Penguins of the Month, those wild and crazy boyfriends Ryan Freeman and Josh Anderson (right) made a driveby-drinking appearance at The Door only to be whisked off to icepics videobar who was celebrating their first anniversary of fun in Phoenix. The booze there poured like – well – booze, I’d say. You can imagine everybody’s surprise when none other than R.J. Merrill won the grand prize drawing of a video iPod. R.J. was overwhelmed and very excited to win it and can’t wait to start using it for poaching eggs and texting his friends. The toasty weather at the Rodeo was

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perfect for weather for watching cute cowpokes like the dreamy Matt Pruitt and has pal Stacy Jay Cavaliere. I also saw optician to the stars, Truett Fuentes from Bar1 and his and squeezie-weezie, Ron Rogers (pictured previous page, bottom) from Kobalt who stole Truett from me. Remember, Palmolive softens hands while you do the dishes. Bar1 co-owner Kenny Sannes was looking very chummy with a cute, young cast member from the touring company of “Hair” while they were in town. Hope that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you’ve got didn’t prevent you from giving his wig a good comb-out. A great big congrats goes out to my funny Valentine, The Honorable Tom Simplot unanimously elected Vice Mayor by the City Council. Today … Vice Mayor. Tomorrow … Assistant Buyer in Men’s Accessories at Macy’s – if you’re lucky. Send Addison your Valentines or vitriol. But a juicy steak dinner would be even better. Email him at RumorHound@aol.com

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bad reactions, but every once in a while, you’ll find the perfect formula. So get in the love lab and start experimenting already.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Mr./Ms. Right isn’t going to strut into your living room while you’re vegging out on the couch watching Made-For-TV-Movies, honey. Get up, get out, and become the star of your own romantic comedy.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Get ready to green-light a project. You’ve been putting some ventures on the back burner that are about to boil over. Get in the game and make “go” your new philosophy.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 23

Get creative for your Valentine this year. Flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are BORING. Think more along the lines of kinky toys and tattoos.

Sagittarius Nov. 23-Dec. 23

A dangerous dating opportunity will appear in your future. Although you could use some adventure and your ego certainly doesn’t mind the stroking, be sure to follow the butterflies in your belly to make a sensible decision.

Capricorn Dec. 23- Jan. 20

Take a chill pill. And then take another. Just don’t end up in rehab. And if you do try to collect celebrity autographs you can later sell to support you new habit du jour.

Aquarius Jan. 21 - Feb. 19

Relationships are like a science. Most of the time you can expect explosions and

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Pisces Feb. 20 - Mar. 20

Super-size your life this month dear. Don’t be afraid to go a little extreme. Indulge in life’s little upgrades and spoil yourself silly.

Aries Mar. 21 - Apr. 20

Stop being so concerned with finding “the one.” Enjoy your time being a single lady. And if you already have a ring on, then make sure you don’t become dreary and dull in your committed relationship.

Taurus Apr. 21 - May 20

Break your routine of wash, rinse, and repeat. Add some excitement to your life by being more spontaneous. Get a perm!

Gemini May 21 - June 21

Lately you may have been feeling a little Ugly Betty, so be sure to take some time this month to treat yourself to a mellowdramatic pampering session.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

In February, make mixers a priority and happy hours an absolute necessity. It’s all about networking, and come March you may need to call in a couple favors from your new found connections.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Live lustfully this month. Act upon your wildest desires and unleash your sexual beast. Somewhere along the way you’ll find a master to tame your animal instincts.

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bad reactions, but every once in a while, you’ll find the perfect formula. So get in the love lab and start experimenting already.

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Mr./Ms. Right isn’t going to strut into your living room while you’re vegging out on the couch watching Made-For-TV-Movies, honey. Get up, get out, and become the star of your own romantic comedy.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Get ready to green-light a project. You’ve been putting some ventures on the back burner that are about to boil over. Get in the game and make “go” your new philosophy.

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 23

Get creative for your Valentine this year. Flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are BORING. Think more along the lines of kinky toys and tattoos.

Sagittarius Nov. 23-Dec. 23

A dangerous dating opportunity will appear in your future. Although you could use some adventure and your ego certainly doesn’t mind the stroking, be sure to follow the butterflies in your belly to make a sensible decision.

Capricorn Dec. 23- Jan. 20

Take a chill pill. And then take another. Just don’t end up in rehab. And if you do try to collect celebrity autographs you can later sell to support you new habit du jour.

Aquarius Jan. 21 - Feb. 19

Relationships are like a science. Most of the time you can expect explosions and

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Pisces Feb. 20 - Mar. 20

Super-size your life this month dear. Don’t be afraid to go a little extreme. Indulge in life’s little upgrades and spoil yourself silly.

Aries Mar. 21 - Apr. 20

Stop being so concerned with finding “the one.” Enjoy your time being a single lady. And if you already have a ring on, then make sure you don’t become dreary and dull in your committed relationship.

Taurus Apr. 21 - May 20

Break your routine of wash, rinse, and repeat. Add some excitement to your life by being more spontaneous. Get a perm!

Gemini May 21 - June 21

Lately you may have been feeling a little Ugly Betty, so be sure to take some time this month to treat yourself to a mellowdramatic pampering session.

Cancer June 22 - July 22

In February, make mixers a priority and happy hours an absolute necessity. It’s all about networking, and come March you may need to call in a couple favors from your new found connections.

Leo July 23 - Aug. 22

Live lustfully this month. Act upon your wildest desires and unleash your sexual beast. Somewhere along the way you’ll find a master to tame your animal instincts.

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