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METRA MAGAZINE

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AT THE MOVIES.......10 “ BATTLE: LOS ANGELES & RED RIDING HOOD” Compiled By Kenekeyz

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AT THE MOVIES...

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Michelle Rodriguez

Ramon Rodriguez

Aaron Eckhart

Bridget Moynahan

“BATTLE: LOS ANGELES” - A Marine platoon fights to prevent the city of Los Angeles from being overtaken by a race of highly-advanced alien invaders in this sci-fi thriller. After decades of speculation about life on other planets, the people of Earth discover that extraterrestrials really do exist when destruction rains down from the stars on cities all across the globe. When the alien warships decent upon Los Angeles, however, the ferocious invaders discover that mankind won’t go down without a fight as a gruff Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his fearless troop of jarheads point their weapons skyward, and make one last stand for the entire human race. (Columbia Pictures) 10 Metra Magazine, Issue # 763


RED RIDING HOOD Gary Oldman

Amanda Seyfried Julie Christie

Lukas Haas “RED RIDING HOOD” - Twilight’s director Catherine Hardwicke makes her way from vampires to werewolves for this re-envisioning of the classic Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Amanda Seyfried stars as a young girl whose attraction to a young woodcutter (Shiloh Fernandez) heads into deadly territory when the moon becomes full. Julie Christie, Gary Oldman, and Lukas Hass co-star. (Warner Bros.) Metra Magazine, Issue # 763 11


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Michigan Ave at Greenfield Rd. (just East of Southfield Fwy) Dearborn, Michigan. Tickets available online at: www.comedyfest.org by phone at 313-537-7000 or at the following locations, Just-4-Us Bookstore 211 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 248-547-5878, Five15 at 515 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-515-2551, Common Language Book Bar, 317 Braum Ct., Ann Arbor, 734-663-0036. The host hotel for this event is Courtyard Detroit/Dearborn, 5200 Mercury Drive, Dearborn, Michigan, 313271-1400, if you mention ComedyFest you’ll get a special $79.00 rate for March 4th & 5th. We at Equality Michigan would like to thank our media sponsors, Between the Lines Magazine and Metra Magazine for their support of this Gay community event, last year over 1000 It’s been one hell of a month here in the Win- people attended, lets sell this event out! ter Wonderland with multiple snow storms back-to-back, at press time we’re heading into Ann Arbor: a real deep freeze with minus degrees, and ur- AUT BAR (734-994-3677), has Bistro Night ban snowmobile’s on the expressways. I just every Friday night, where they present a spewant a good stiff drink, a fire in the fireplace, cial dining menu, and they also have an extenand a hot hunk to cuddle up with! I’m going to sive and reasonably priced selection of wines. put on my snowsuit, starting up my snowmo- NECTO (734-994-5436), presents the one, bile and heading out to find that special some- the only, gay night, “pridefriday” with DJ Jace, one at one of the popular nightspots in the Mid- (who will be celebrating his birthday on Friday, February 18th), and DJ Mark. The doors west, starting with Michigan this time. open at 9pm, no cover until 10pm and boys …MICHIGAN with a valid college ID get in FREE before 11pm. Every Friday from 9pm-11pm you’ll Several places around town will be hosting have ½ off shots, beers & drinks, and $2 Long Oscar parties on Sunday, February 27th, for your Island’s before 11pm. For VIP rentals, table convenience we’ve provided an Oscar ballot reservations or bottle services contact us at on pages 16 & 17, you can have fun and mark info@thenecto.com or check their website at your ballots before the show to see how well www.necto.com! you’ve done, and you may win a prize for best ballot! Detroit: EQUALITY MICHIGAN presents the 15th BODY ZONE (313-366-9663), where wearAnnual Lesbian Gay COMEDYFEST on Sat- ing something gets you special rates, and reurday, March 5th with a groovy night of com- wards. They have FREE tanning from Sunday edy! Two shows on at 6:00pm and 9:30pm. This through Thursday with the purchase of room event will be held at Dearborn’s Ford Commu- or locker. Wild Wednesdays you’ll get FREE nity & Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 lube with the purchase of a locker or room. 14 Metra Magazine, Issue # 763


On Saturday, February 19th it’s “LEATHER NIGHT” with $5 lockers for members in Chaps or Harness. “COLLEGE NIGHT” is on Saturday, February 26th with $5 lockers for members 18-25! Then it’s that ever popular “BLACK-OUT” Party on Friday, March 11th. The Body Zone is a PRIVATE GAY HEALTH CLUB, and you need proper ID to enter: driver’s license, state ID, or Passports only! ESCAPE BOOKSTORE (313-366-6558), has some unusual and interesting DVD’s and Videos for rent or sale. They also have adult magazines and novelties too! Their hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-midnight , Sundays are from noon-10pm. Stop in they’re located at 18728 W. Warren just across from Adam’s Apple and just 8 blocks west of Southfield Fwy. FIFTH WHEEL (313-846-8613), the adult bookstore with “PEEP” shows on 17" LCD screens with over 32 movies and still growing. They also have male magazines, videos, and DVD’s for sale or rent. Their hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-midnights, Saturdays 10am - 10pm and located at 9320 W. Michigan Ave, in Detroit just up the avenue from the R&R Saloon.

GIGI’S (313-584-6525), a Detroit tradition will be celebrating its 38th Anniversary, on Wednesday, March 2nd with absolutely NO cover, Nickki and the girls, Chico and the boys, great food, fun, dancing and lots of surprises! In the Cabaret Room on Saturday, February 19th is special guest “DENISE RUSSELL” your show director and hostess Nickki Stevens along with the house cast of Eve Angelica, Melony Von Kruz, Garnett January, Deja Van Cartier, Crystal Harding, Lady Cynthia, Hailey Charles, Bella Rose, Jade-N-Black, and Tianna Van Cartier. Then on Saturday, February 26th special guest “JENNIFER FOXX” and the house cast. HAYLOFT SALOON (313-581-8913), on Saturday, February 19th MIGRA presents the “LEATHER EXPLOSION” with a Leather Jock contest/auction, jell-O shots, drawings & demos! Friday, February 25th its Hayloft’s 31st Anniversary Party with give-aways all night long, a full buffet, shot studs with $1 shots & $2 frozen Margaritas! Then on Saturday, February 26th it’s the DETROIT BONDAGE CLUB with Mr. Great Lakes Bootblack ’09: TROOPER. Their bartender Eric’s “GOING AWAY” Party will be on Sunday, February 27th “Good Luck” Eric on that big move! On Friday, March 4th they’ll have a “MARDI GRAS PARTY” with your “Mistress of Ceremonies” the legendary Nickki Stevens hosting a “King & Queen of Mardi Gras” contest with cash prizes, beads and shot specials! Saturday, March 5th will be the LA GAROU Leather Group of Toledo holding court. And another great party will be on Thursday, March 17th, ST. PATTY’S DAY PARTY with corned beef & cabbage, also green shot specials! The LELAND (313-962-2300), has studio, 1& 2 bedroom apartments available from $425. - $999. per month. Also for your connivance you have an on-site diner, plus the “gay friendly” City Club which is open Fridays & Saturdays from 10pm till 4am and Studio 54, with a gated secure parking area. Its downtown living with an edge. Mention, Metra Magazine when you apply. Located at 400 Bagley Street in “downtown” Detroit. continued on page 18

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83RD ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS Performance by an actor in a leading role: n Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount) n Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony) n Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” (Weinstein Co) n Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadeside) n James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight) Performance by an actress in a leading role: n Natalie Portman in”Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight) n Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus) n Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside) n Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (Fox Searchlight) n Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate) Performance by an actor in a supporting role: n Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount) n John Hawkes in “Winter Bone” (Roadside) n Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.) n Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus) n Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (Weinstein Co.) Performance by an actress in a supporting role: n Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” (Paramount) n Amy Adams in “The Fighter” (Paramount) n Helena B. Carter in “The King’s Speech” (Weinstein Co.) n Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (Paramount) n Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (Sony)

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SUNDAY, FEB., 27th, THE NOMANEES ARE: Original Screenplay: n “Another Year” (Sony) by Mike Leigh n “The Fighter” (Paramount) by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington

n “Inception” (Warner Bros.) by Christopher Nolan n “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus) by Lias Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

n “The King’s Speech” (Weinstein Co.) by David Seidler

Achievement in directing: n “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky (Fox Searchlight) n “The Fighter” David O. Russell (Paramount) n “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper (Weinstein Co.) n “The Social Network” David Fincher (Sony) n “True Grit” Joel & Ethan Coen (Paramount) Best motion picture of the year: n “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight) n “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount) n “INCEPTION” (Warner Bros.) n “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus) n “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Co.) n “127 HOURS” (Fox Searchlight) n “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (Sony Pictures) n “TOY STORY 3” (Walt Disney Co.) n “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount) n “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)

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CITY” Disco dance party on Saturday, February 26th. For a full schedule of daily events check-out their ad on page three. Douglas: DUNES RESORT (269-857-1401), the hottest all gay resort is celebrating 30 years of service to the GAY communities of the Midwest. Some of their scheduled weekly events include Karaoke every Thursday night at 9pm. “GLEE” every Tuesday at 8pm, followed by American Idol 9pm. Their house DJ, Mark Vallese provides the music every Saturday Night in February & March. Then it’s the “Pink Flamingo” party with the “Men of Manwatch” will be on hand Saturday, February 26th struttin’ their stuff. On Sunday, February 27th you can watch the Academy Awards and vote on the films of 2010. Remember there is always something happening at The Dunes! MENJO’S COMPLEX (313-863-3934), on TUESDAYS its “Menjo’s Got Talent” contest starting at 10pm with your hostess NATALIE COLE, all talents are welcome, judging is done by a panel of Judges, and audience responses, there will be cash prizes! “ROLL BACK WEDNESDAYS” with music from the 70s & 80s and legendary DJ Jim Shaff starting at 10pm with NO cover. On Saturday, February 19th Menjo’s will be having a celebration of long time patron Lamont Gant’s Life starting at 2pm. R.I.P. our friend Lamont. On a lighter side it’s the “RETURN of KARAOKE” on Monday, March 7th with hosts “Jerry & Brad” come and have some fun and bring a friend or meet a few new ones! Menjo’s has something going on every night of the week. They’re open daily at 1pm until 2am and their popular happy hour from 1pm - 8pm with bartenders Jay, Jeff & Jared. Stop in and have a few libations, you can try their new Martini menu, its fabulous! R&R SALOON (313-849-2751), will be hosting an “INTERCHANGE REUNION” wear your colors, ALL clubs are welcome. Then on Friday, February 25th “Let’s Get Nekkid” where you can be as bare as you dare! This is a fundraiser to benefit Mr. Friendly & the Leather Detroit 2011 IML travel fund! And back by popular demand “MACHO 18 Metra Magazine, Issue # 763

Ferndale: COMO’S (248-548-5005), is turning 50 on Friday, April 1st …NO FOOLIN’! Celebrations will run from March 25th – April 10th so, watch Metra for details! JUST 4 US (248-547-5878), is having a midwinter clearance sale on selected t-shirts and gift items. They also have the largest selection of Liquid incense. Stop in for a deli sandwich and some great coffee, you’ll get some great clearance deals. Remember they have over 1400 GLBT greeting cards in stock; I just love buying my cards before hand, that way I’m never late for a special date! SOHO (248-542-7646), has Karaoke on Sundays & Wednesdays, if you like to sing, then you may be the next American Idol, you know that old cliché, “you find the best talents in the oddest of places!” Stop in and give it a shot, who knows! Grand Rapids: The APARTMENT (616-451-0815), this lounge has always been a popular place where the gay community can come and relax in a sophisticated atmosphere meet friends or make a few new ones. They have drink specials almost every day of the week. Stop in during the continued on page 20


day or night and have a cocktail and conversation with some of the clientele or staff they’re really a friendly group. DIVERSIONS (616-451-3800), multi-leveled nightclub, a diverse clientele that are always into that party mode. Check them out any night, you’ll see for yourselves! PUB 43 (616-458-2205), a friendly neighborhood bar that’s located downtown, with a full bar menu, good drinks and plenty of board and card games for entertainment. RUMORS (616-454-8720), they have the hottest male strippers every Wednesdays and the greatest female impersonators each and every Sunday. Hamtramck: ICE NIGHTCLUB (313-365-1446), will be holding “The Unofficial KE$HAAfter Party” on Saturday, February 26th with dancing until 4am, 18+ are welcomed and the doors open at 10:00pm. You know how much fun the ICE parties are, so don’t miss this one! I loved meeting all those Hot A-List men they had at the club, thanks guys! Lansing: SPIRAL (517-371-3221), presents HOTT BOTTOMS: Mardi Gras Edition, on Saturday, March 5th with an all male underwear contest. If you win over the crowd and collect the most beads, you can take home $100 cash! Music by DJ John Cruz! 18+ welcome 21+ free before 11pm. Traverse City: SIDETRAXX (231-935-1666), is the total package for Northern Michigan’s most diverse party place. It’s NOT just a GAY bar, its gay, straight/bi bar where everyone is welcomed! Open 7 days at 5pm with happy hour from 5pm until 9pm everyday! ...ILLINOIS Chicago: BERLIN (773-348-4975), on Sunday, February 20th they’ll have a “MINOQUE-FRAPP” throw down, with a special Kylie Minoque VS Alison Goldfrapp, music and videos all night from 11pm-4 am NO cover charge 21+ with proper ID. Friday, February 25th it’s a “Bjork” showcase with DJ Greg Haus, t-shirt give-away, and if you wear a Swan dress you get in FREE! Also there is the 10th Anniversary from 9pm-1:30am, hosted by Jojo Baby. SPIN NIGHTCLUB (773-327-7711), has several different events scheduled for your entertainment. On Saturday, February 19th it’s the “GLAMAZON PARTY” starring Jade, Naysha Lopez, Phoenix O’Hara, and Jasalyn Starr also…there will be a Lady Gaga ticket give-away if you get there by midnight to win tickets to GaGa’s February 28th concert. The tickets are BOX seating! Then on Friday, February 25th “BRETT SWANSON” LIVE from 10pm until 2am plus a Shower contest at midnight with $150. 1st prize and a $50. 2nd prize. . . . WINDSOR, CANADA LEGENDS of 2012 (519-968-3260), has “NEW” Hot Dancers, even 1 “NEW” twink! Thursdays & Fridays are $10 VIP dances before 11pm and the basement now opens at 9pm. On Friday, February 25th Zodiak event series presents a “PISCES” party with DJ Doug Roberts spinning live. Their open Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-2am, Friday & Saturday open until 4am and Sundays for special events. Email me your upcoming events today! Our next deadline is Wednesday, March 2nd for our Wednesday, March 9th. issue, you can reach me at AuntieM4doro@aol.com! 20 Metra Magazine, Issue # 763


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