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February/March 2019 | VOLUME 30, NO. 1

38 30 jake shears cuts loose what’s life like after departing a long-term kiki with

the Scissor Sisters? For Shears, it’s included a solo album, a memoir, a Broadway show and more.

sina grace had plenty on his plate working on indie

titles, but when Marvel invited him to usher a major superhero out of the closet, he couldn’t refuse.

38 finding the lgbtQ in edm


dance music has long been a defining part of the

queer experience, but as EDM culture flourishes, does our connection to the beat go on?

52 A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS want to see the big easy? we sampled some of the

city’s extraordinary culinary traditions and consider our community’s place in its perpetual parade.


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about the dangers of doing what you love for a living. I think he was, in part, engaging in behavior common to parents of enthusiastic high school theater dorks who might aspire to a career on the stage. Dad is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject: He spent many years suffering the slings and arrows of bad auditions and stretches of unemployment. He saw performing artists of great talent go unrecognized and others felled by injuries. He fought every step of the way. But on this particular occasion, I don’t think he was simply warning me about the odds of making a go of it in the theater. He was warning me about a peculiar alchemy that happens when any artistic pursuit is touched by business. No matter how much you love it and no matter how great the art is that you create, it becomes a product. And if you’re a performing artist, you become the product.“Some days,” he said with a sigh,“it feels I’m stamping out notes like license plates in a factory.”Subconsciously, I think I absorbed this as a warning to always be on the lookout for the hidden consequences in any art-making I might pursue professionally - and attempt to course correct so as to not end up in license plate factory mode. So when I went to college and saw my friends knocking themselves out to audition for parts they didn’t even particularly want (simply to gain experience), I shifted my focus to writing for the stage instead: after all, why be another actor in need of a part when I could be cranking out parts myself. Then after years of writing, directing and producing - only to watch shows lose money or barely break even, I felt the grind of the license plate machine approaching and largely pulled away from that world of putting up shows in dingy black box theaters, hoping to reach a “next level” that kept failing to arrive. Instead, I decided to diversify. I studied writing comedy in a class that was designed to be much like the writer’s room of a late-night talk show. Unfortunately I had more success cracking witty asides than coming up with the kind of jokes and sketch ideas that gain one access to actual writer’s rooms. I tried my hand at writing for scripted television, was advised by a mentor to write a spec script, and wrote a rather a fabulous one (if I do say so myself) for an episode of Ugly Betty. However, before I could send it to an agent, the show was unceremoniously cancelled, and my mentor advised me that it was generally considered outré to send out scripts for shows no longer on the air. All that work gone right out the window because someone at ABC decided America Ferrara and Vanessa Williams were not the ratings draw they once were? That seemed like a raw deal. I continued to experiment. I wrote songs and started singing at open mic nights and piano bars. I spent a year and a half of my lunch hours writing a young-adult fantasy novel that (to this day!) I still am only halfway through transcribing. I made YouTube videos about musical theater. I spent the past seven Augusts writing 31 short plays to post on the Internet in 31 days. I liked to tell myself that practicing each art form made me better at all the others; on some level I wondered if I’d have more success sticking with one more obsessively. I have stuck with at least one thing. I’ve been working on this magazine for over 16 years. There are moments when I see people with whom I went to college appear on some of my favorite TV shows or end up with their books on shelves at Barnes & Noble, and I wonder if I’ve done enough. But there are other times when I consider myself very lucky - to have been part of the cultural conversation all this time; to have helped chronicle the increase in visibility, acceptance and legal rights among our LGBTQ community; to never have once worried about being accepted as an openly gay man at my place of work. And while my sundry other artistic pursuits may not have earned me the riches and fame I dreamed about as a wide-eyed kid, I can say they have very seldom felt like working in a license plate factory. ■







22 CULTURE 6 METROSCOPE The sexy Warwick Rowers, a troubling film about a trans ballerina, Mardi Gras parties, Rent: Live, and gay ski adventures. All this and more... in scope!

15 WEEKENDER Show up for Israel’s biggest costume party.

16 BOOKS An artist serves face, and Times Square is in focus.

22 SCREEN A gay French romance, a young man who comes home with a secret, and awards season predictions!

28 MUSIC Barbra, Robyn and Chris Garneau change it up.

BODY 26 METRO HIV Open your heart with Bette, Hugh, and NPH.

44 HEALTH Tips and tricks to look redcarpet ready.

VIEWS 18 DIARY Wade finds the gay in Game of Thrones.

19 GAY VOICES “I accidentally slept with a Catholic priest...”

20 POV Kevin looks at life, one dance floor at a time.

88 LAST CALL Adam Shankman directs Taraji and Amy.

EXCLUSIVELY NY 60 HOME Make a magical media room.

62 NY SCOPE What’s hot in NYC museums?

66 METROMONY Honeymoon in Montreal.

69 HOT SHOPS A bakery that cuts the carbs.

70 BAR SOURCE Where to drink up…

71 RESTAURANT BITES …and chow down.

74 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Businesses that cater to the LGBT community.

86 COMMUNITY RESOURCES Organizations and resources for NYC’s LGBTs.

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February/March 2019 | VOLUME 30, NO. 1


The Legendary NYC Drag Queen We Love Is…


The votes are in, and you’ve chosen one fabulous queen to join this year’s list of People We Love. WE STARTED WITH SEVEN ENTERTAINERS — ALL DESERVING OF

the accolade “legendary” — each one vying for a place on our annual list of People We Love. The queens mounted impressive campaigns; many shared videos encouraging their fans to vote for them online (and even threw some sassy shade at their legendary sisters). But in the end — after one queen withdrew her name from contention, and we’d tallied the combined votes from those who cast their ballots online and in person at our booth at DragCon — one has taken this year’s crown: Tina Burner. “Thank you to all the Metrosource family and readers!” said the victorious Burner. “It’s especially an honor knowing that Sherry Vine had to move away ‘cause I won.“ As a self-described “linebacker in a pantsuit,” Burner is the winner of numerous titles and crowns. She recently strutted the runway as Miss Fire Island 2018. “I view drag as an opportunity to carry conversations and push certain messages,” she says. “It’s a responsibility, and I use it as a platform to promote my two mantras: ‘treat everyone how you want to be treated,’ and ‘we are stronger as a community than we are as a nation.’ Stick together and stand for your beliefs. Be the change; don’t sit and wait for it.” Burner has been performing drag for nearly a decade, and has become a mainstay of the New York drag scene with her one-of-akind comedy, presentation and costumes. “I honestly can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support and patronage of my career, and even establishments I work in. Without the support of the LQBTQIA community, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The only reason I do what I do is to have the superpower of changing someone’s day and putting a smile on their face. To all my fellow nominees, without you trailblazing the way I wouldn’t exist. Much love from this linebacker in a pantsuit,” said Burner. Congratulations to Tina Burner and best wishes for continued success to Sherry Vine, Joey Arias, Shequida, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka and Lady Bunny (who withdrew from the contest early on). To see videos and learn more about each queen, visit Sign up for our newsletter at MetroEspresso will keep you updated on great drag events and videos throughout the year with more of your favorite queens. ■ METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019





the pages of The Warwick Rowers ‘annual calendar. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the calendar features the buff bods of the University of Warwick’s men’s rowing team and other rowing athletes stripped down to their bare essentials. Though risqué, their pictures stay on the safe side of explicit (though perhaps not enough to be this year’s desk calendar). Beyond serving as a visual treat to those with discerning eyes, these athletes are raising money to promote LGBTQ and gender equality, and part of the goal behind




posing au naturale is to normalize male behavior and interaction historically considered out of place in sports. Their charity, Sports Allies, is also partnering with London Film School and Sky Sports to spread their message about the necessity of inclusion in the world of sports — an area that is increasingly improving, but still has a long way to go. Those looking to support this worthy cause can find the calendar for purchase on Other 10th anniversary specials include a coffee table book and a subscription package to receive video and still images during the year. Woof.










Group has been causing a commotion with a foodie concept set to shake up the travel industry. Their first ship, the Scarlet Lady, boasts more than 20 options, including restaurants, seaside lounges and casual eateries.“We want our eateries to delight and ignite serendipitous experiences for our sailors, so [we] have set out on a mission to capture the spirit of dining in the best cities of the world and bring it to sea,”explained Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin. Intentionally adult by design,Virgin Voyages caters to the over-18 traveler and boasts one of the cleanest fleets at sea with a ban on single-use plastics and no buffets on board of the ship. The Scarlet Lady’s inaugural voyage sets sail from Port Miami for the 2020 season with 2,770 sailors and a crew of some 1,160. The Scarlet Lady also brings an impressive lineup


of drag performers onboard in their new Drag Brunch series. Their lewks are a good match for the décor at Razzle Dazzle, which is inspired by the bold camouflaging of vessels from World War I. Its creative menu will offer a broad array of “naughty” and “nice”options, including“nice”plant-based vegetarian and vegan dishes and “naughty” dishes that incorporate meat and alcohol. Drag Brunch attendees will have the option of enjoying bottomless drag-inspired cocktails like the“Yassss Queen”(seriously) and the Razzle Dizzle, a CBD-infused libation. Other restaurants will include Wake, which offers an extraordinary view of the water churning behind the ship alongside theatrical land and sea classics; the laboratory-like Test Kitchen, which offers cooking and mixology classes; and Pink Agave, which is meant to evoke the warm ambience of Mexico City.




viewing on Netflix. Girl is a Belgian movie about a 15-year-old transgender girl who pursues her dream of becoming a professional ballerina. The film was met with raves at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the winner of awards including the Queer Palm and the Camera d’Or for Best First Film, while its star Victor Polster was recognized with the prestigious Un Certain Regard Best Actor prize. But wait: members of the trans community have shared some pointed words about the film, in that protagonist Lara attempts to cope with the multitude of stresses related to her transition through self-mutilation — and there have been objections that the lead is played by a cisgender male. Nora Monsecouer, whose life provided impetus for the script (although it is billed as a work of fiction) has also spoken — suggesting that those who have interpreted Girl as reflecting the perspective of its cisgender director Lukas Dhont disregards her own contribution to the collaborative storytelling. Fair warning: viewers may be traumatized by the film’s graphic depiction of the injuries sustained by the main character in the course of her own aggressive attempts to alter her genitals. METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


What is BIKTARVY®? BIKTARVY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults. It can either be used in people who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements. BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS.


What is the most important information I should know about BIKTARVY? BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects: } Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and stop taking BIKTARVY, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking BIKTARVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

Who should not take BIKTARVY? Do not take BIKTARVY if you take: } dofetilide } rifampin } any other medicines to treat HIV-1

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Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. } Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. The most common side effects of BIKTARVY in clinical studies were diarrhea (6%), nausea (5%), and headache (5%). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

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(bik-TAR-vee) MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BIKTARVY BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking BIKTARVY. Do not stop taking BIKTARVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

ABOUT BIKTARVY BIKTARVY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults. It can either be used in people who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements. BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. Do NOT take BIKTARVY if you also take a medicine that contains: • dofetilide • rifampin • any other medicines to treat HIV-1

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the women celebrated in a home mixologist’s bartending guide called Free the Tipple ($14.95, Prestel). From author Jennifer Croll and illustrator Kelly Shami comes this salute to a brilliant range of diverse women from the 20th century to present time who have made waves in entertainment, the arts, politics, fashion, literature, sports and science, including Frida Kahlo, Rihanna, Serena Williams, Virginia Woolf, Yoko Ono, Zaha Hadid, Zadie Smith and more. The book offers insightfully created cocktails intended as an homage to each woman’s life and legacy. Looking for something frilly as a tutu? Try the Anna Pavlova, which is a vodka-based drink with hints of lemon and



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vanilla. Looking for the ideal tipple when hosting viewing parties for The Handmaid’s Tale? Look no farther than the Margaret Atwood (with an appropriately lethal garnish). Fan of ex-pat chanteuse Josephine Baker? Try a blend of cognac, port, and brandy that recalls le jazz hot of the flapper era. Prefer the exotic glamor of a noir non-conformist? Try the Marlene Dietrich, a citrusy, rye whiskey-based recipe which was actually served to her in Hollywood. Thinking punk? Rock out with a purple drink celebrating Vivienne Westwood. Got eyes for Bette Davis? Then try the scotch-based refresher named in her honor. (Just don’t drive home afterwards. Even if you buckle your seatbelts, it could be a really bumpy night).


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gifts with which to shower that special someone come February 14, this year we came across a very different way to show you care: The Katana Arc is a multi-level security system that attaches directly to the back of a smart phone, connecting it to a built-in alarm, a mobile app with a GPS-enabled locator and messaging center, and a 24/7 response center. If your paramour ever feels in danger, they can trigger either an audible or silent alarm and be connected to a response center. The response center will call the cell phone to evaluate the situation, and if that phone is not answered? They quickly contact appropriate emergency response services. Users can also select a circle of seven friends and family to be sent a map of the phone’s current location and a notification that the user may be in need of help. While such a gift may seem less than romantic, the sad truth is that hate crimes are on the rise in the U.S. The FBI recently reported a 17-percent increase in bias crimes over the previous year’s statistics — the third consecutive yearly rise. That adds up to approximately 1,500 incidents of violence against members of our community alone. And while some massage oil or sexy underwear may seem like a better Valentine’s day mood-setter, nothing says “I Love You!” like help when its needed most. METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019











year marks the 20th Anniversary of the debut of Rent, Jonathan Larson’s re-imagining of Puccini’s La Boheme set among an enclave of artists struggling with identity, poverty and AIDS in gritty contemporary East Village NYC. While the 2005 film version’s reception was mixed (with critics noting its cast was largely too old to convincingly capture the show’s young and hungry characters), the piece remains a turning point in the history of American musical theater. And on Sunday, January 27 at 7pm, Rent becomes the latest entry in the recent trend of transforming musical theater into live television events. The cast includes pop star Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen (the role that helped launch Idina Menzel’s meteoric rise). Other cast include Kiersey Clemons (Angie Tribeca) as Joanne, Tinashe and Mario (late of Empire) as Mimi and Benjamin, Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar’s fantastic Judas) as Tom and James Levya (pictured) — better known to Drag Race fans as Valentina — in the role of Angel. Tune in to see if they’ll launch a whole new generation of Rentheads.



“Good Design”exhibition, the magazine asked ,“Is there art in a broomstick? Yes, says Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art — if it is designed both for usefulness and eye appeal.” It’s a good indication of how the museum has, since its inception, sought to explore the definition of good design and how that can enhance almost every aspect of life. Their mission continues February 10. The Value of Good Design, a remarkably varied assemblage of superior design as reflected in objects including domestic furnishings, appliances, ceramics, glass, electronics, transportation, sporting goods, toys and graphics. Since their inception, the philosophy behind MoMA’s “Good Design”initiatives has spread well beyond the museum walls, with world governments recognizing their goal as a vital tool of social and economic reconstruction in the wake of World War II. It’s also made museum



this is one of the world’s largest celebrations of LGBTQ Pride. Highlights among this year’s many events include the Pose-style Sissy Ball, a series of presentations on Queer Thinking, a Victoria Park picnic event called Fair Day, the White Party with Drag Race champ Aquaria, a massive parade and non-stop parties in every flavor.







Peter Schlumbohm (American, born Germany. 1896–1962). Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 × 6 1/8” (24.2 × 15.5 cm).

with extra fur, there’s a sexy weekend in Palm Springs coming up that features a variety of themed pool parties and DJhelmed dances, a speed dating event, a Hungry Bear Brunch and even a chance to don a toga for “Bearcules.”

pieces of such unlikely objects as a Fiat Cinquecento automobile, a Soviet-era Werra camera, a poster for a Mitsubishi sewing machine, a Chemex Coffee Maker, and even Irwin Gershen’s Shrimp Cleaner.


June in many climes, Fort Lauderdale hosts theirs in February. Expect plenty of fun in the Florida sun, including a parade, a festival and some truly great live entertainment from stars including American Idol’s Ada Vox and frequent Drag Race choreographer and judge Todrick Hall. RAINBOW REYKJAVIK WINTER PRIDE MARCH 7–10 PINK ICELAND WELCOMES VISITORS TO

experience the chill charm of this singular world city surrounded by fellow members of the LGBTQ community, including a visit to the sexy and stunning Blue Lagoon, hunts for the Northern Lights, visits to the area’s famous geysers, trips to the unforgettable Phallological Museum and an opportunity to let loose at the fabulous Pink Party.

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From Left: Elevation Utah; Elevation Mammoth


allows you to embrace sport on the slopes during the day before ushering you into evening parties hot enough to thaw the most frigid winter sport enthusiast. Now Tom Whitman, the man behind true classics in terms of these winter wonders, has expanded his empire to include three Elevation events. First up, and making its debut this year, is Elevation: Tremblant (January 31–February 3) in Quebec. It’s the first time an Elevation event has been held so far east, and it’s certain to beckon sporty New Yorkers northward (in addition to droves of cute Canadians). Next up is the ninth annual Elevation: Utah (February 21-24), where you can meet up with over 1,000 bromos and slope sisters


to storm Park City, famously home to both Sundance and the Salt Lake Olympics. It’s worth noting that Park City and Canyons resorts are now one enormous expanse now, which created a vast 7300 skiable acres and some of the world’s most beautiful vistas. This threesome of snowy celebrations ends as many colder climes are beginning to thaw with the seventeenth annual Elevation: Mammoth (March 13-17) in Mammoth Lakes, California. This year, they’re expecting some 3,000 guys and gals to take over the Village, transforming this sleepy ski town into a bona fide boy buffet. Each event promises to capture the flavor of its locale, while also providing the level of fun and quality that fans have come to expect from Elevation.





Follow Dudes With Dogs, which offers up exactly what its name implies— and more. See a diverse selection of men doing everything from playing on the beach to catching some Zzzs with their furry friends. Fans of squishy faces, rejoice: Frenchies and pugs make frequent appearances. Fans of hot guys like Scott Cruz (pictured, follow him on Insta @thescottcruz) will be pleased as well. On top of photos of many good boys (both human and canine), Dudes With Dogs offers its followers a real sense of community: As a leading LGBTQ-inclusive space for pet parents, their pages are a great way to meet other “dog dads” who know what it’s like raising a furbaby. When pet rearing guides and blogs aren’t enough to help you get into the swing of caring for your four-legged friend, connecting with these hunky dog dudes can provide much-needed human advice.You can catch cute photos and stories from around the world both on Instagram ( and feel the camaraderie and support of dog lovers like you in their Facebook community ( METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


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ALL DRESSED UP FOR PURIM If you’re an LGBTQ traveler who constantly craves the costumes of Halloween and the street parties of Mardi Gras, Israel hosts a holiday where you’ll feel right at home. BY PAUL HAGEN


be inventive with their costumes; you’ll find many unafraid to flash a little flesh. Although Pride is the highlight of gay life in Israel (and Tel Aviv’s celebration is legendary), Purim provides another opportunity for LGBTQ travelers to see how colorful and welcoming the region’s party capital is. Some might prefer its relaxed fun to Pride in certain ways: It’s a more playful celebration, and also offers an atmosphere that welcomes straight and mixed crowds alike. That said, the celebrations are memorable both in Tel Aviv’s popular gay bars (like Shpagat) and at circuit events thrown by organizers like the POP Ring, who transform everyday warehouses into LGBTQ wonderlands. Save some energy for AFTER-Purim: very popular with gay party people, it usually starts around 6am on Saturday of Purim week. But even with many LGBTQ-specific places you can play, one Purim reveler we spoke to described Purim in Tel Aviv as “post-gay” - with LGBTQ people welcome to join almost any party. With all the festive and flamboyant costumes, one can picture the difference between gay and straight revelers becoming blurred. And since one of the slogans of Purim can be roughly translated to,“Drink until you don’t know the difference!”, perhaps it’s no wonder that Purim is a time when LGBTQ travelers would feel especially warmly embraced by the city. Visit to learn more about how you can join Israel’s unforgettable Purim festivities and find other great ways in which Israel is eager to welcome LGBTQ travelers like you. ■


holiday of the year. We’re a community that values self-expression and prefers not being limited by societal norms, which are two of hallmarks of that celebration. Well, we’ve discovered a reason to get dressed up and party with all the fun of October 31st — but a great deal sooner: Purim. This year, Israel’s epic Purim celebrations will begin March 2021 (Wednesday and Thursday) and continue on into the weekend. The celebration finds its religious roots in the story of how a plot against the Jewish people was foiled. This led to a holiday for feasting - marked by traditions such as exchanging gifts of food and drink, donating to charity, and sharing celebratory meals. Like so many cherished holidays, Purim has taken on a life of its own, and it’s celebrated by the whole nation of Israel - from religious Jews in Jerusalem to secular Tel Avivans. Purim parties take place across Israel, filling almost every city with its street parties and their carnival atmospheres. More secular pastimes of the holiday include drinking, donning masks and costumes and engaging in general public revelry. So visitors can get all the joys of visiting Israel (great weather, gorgeous landscapes, stunning beaches, modern cities, history everywhere) plus a fabulous nationwide costume party. The largest of all these public celebrations is in Kikar Hamedina in Tel Aviv. It’s a day-long rave attended by young and old, families and singles, gay and straight people. And it’s a happening all over the city. It’s a time of year with great weather, allowing partygoers to



WORLDS OF PURE IMAGINATION Revisit Times Square as a cultural vortex, spy on readers lost in their own private worlds, and meet an artist whose face is the medium. BY SEBASTIAN FORTINO

LYLE XOX: HEAD OF DESIGN By Lyle Reimer; Rizzoli; Rizzoli New York; $50





push my own personal view of beauty,” explains Lyle Reimer in this approachable volume. Through 125 color photographs that feature the artist as model (or is it canvas?), Lyle Reimer creates a gallery of selfportraits which are quite, well, head-turning. Using ordinary objects - ranging from leftover cardboard packaging to burned matches, loafer tassels and repurposed laundry detergent containers, these and many more items have been artfully turned into creative designs. You may be tempted to consider these designs headgear or even hats, but they also recall something akin to the sense of character found in the work of American photographer Cindy Sherman. The figures, under the art direction of Robert Fabien, almost seem to effervesce onto the pages. Meanwhile, handwritten notes on the opposing pages explain Reimer’s intent with each self-portrait. In a style that bears comparison to Kabuki traditions, Reimer often first cloaks himself in a monochromatic layer, typically white. Then imagination takes over and design elements trickle down, as he’s framing or sometimes applying concepts directly to his face; occasionally the basics are augmented through the addition of rich color blocks. One piece that’s especially eye-catching: Panda Fondue, which recalls a party given by a mythical hostess. The execution of its black and white paper shreds curled into flowers and attached to a sort of medieval helmet with an extended nose cover and softened by black tulle, suggests the artistic whimsy of Elsa Schiaparelli. An eye inserted into Reimer’s left ear and a trail of blood trickling down his neck recalls her contemporary and collaborator Salvador Dali. But whatever the reference — and no matter how dramatic the transformation — each image captures an arresting aesthetic that is unmistakably the artist’s own. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


AMERICA’S STAGE: TIMES SQUARE With photos by Betsy Karel and Afterword by Gerry Badger; Steidl; $45 HOW CAN ONE CAPTURE A PLACE AS STORIED AS TIMES SQUARE? “HERE,”

suggests photographer Betsy Karel, “many of the major trends of our society — consumerism, hypersexualization, hucksterism, surveillance, narcissism, globalism — are condensed and amplified. Fantasy parades as reality.” And while many seasoned New Yorkers still seek to avoid these once-gritty blocks where 42nd Street intersects with Broadway, the area still thrums undeniably with the pulse of the city it anchors. We’re fickle about what it ought to be: many hated the detritus of its mid-20th century incarnation, an era when it symbolized the decay of many an American metropolis. But then, after former Mayor Giuliani crusaded to spruce it up as a tourist lure, it was mocked as a Disney-fied version of the neighborhood it once was. Suddenly the strip clubs and sex workers they loathed were missed as part of a lost and inglorious past.

“[Karel] has not only captured a mood with flair and intelligence at a pivotal point in American history, but more importantly, in a perhaps small but vital way, she has shaped our understanding of both life and society from her personal experience,” writes British photographer and critic Gerry Badger. Highlights include: An older woman, 40 or so years ago, inspecting a rifle alongside a member of the armed services; a double-decker bus ferrying a group of nudists bedecked only in body paint and international tourists standing mute in traditional dress awash in modern chaos swirling around them. Karel may now live in Washington, DC, but she was born in New York. Like Times Square, she has reinvented herself – sometimes as artist, sometimes as photojournalist. Whatever label she was wearing at the time, Karel’s collection of more than 70 black-andwhite images document the essence of the City that Never Sleeps.

VOYAGERS Edited by Melissa Catanese; The Ice House; $25



the size and feel of a vintage paperback found at a flea market” meant to remind us “of the power and intimacy of our relationship to reading devices” and evoke “nostalgia for our recent pre-digital culture.” And there is a certain serenity that descends while flipping through the pages in Melissa Catanese’s book of pictures of people reading books. It’s quite the little treasure. Since the subjects in these vintage images rarely regard the camera (most are focused on the printed tomes in hand), we are given license to observe them unconfronted, knowing we’ll never be caught invading their space. A few of Catanese’s images don’t appear to have people in them at all, and these weave their own eerie poetry: in one, a century-old car approaches through a tunnel; in another, a bright light stands alone against a night sky awash in or either snow or stars. Since we seldom can tell where our subjects are voyaging — who the characters are in their novels, what the news is in their

papers — time seems to wrap them in a cloak of privacy, whenever they are (many date from the early 20th century to the mid-’60s). Unlike many photo collections, you won’t find any nudes here. However, many still capture a summer sensuality: in one, a shirtless hippie sits on a beach in cutoff jeans (above, second from left). It’s followed by the portrait of an older gentleman around the turn of the last century, seated on a chaise lounge sheltered in some type of beach tent with a steamer trunk nearby. Although he sports a waistcoat and neckwear, he’s evidently on vacation, enjoying his newspaper, comfortably shoeless. Intentionally or not, the collection also features as a catalogue of vintage wear - check out those widelegged trousers from the ‘30s and ‘40s or the A-line dress on a blond young woman sitting by a jeep looking for all the world like famed chanteuse Blossom Dearie. Other curios include furniture, decorations, accessories and contemporary technology, making this as delightful a read as many of the subjects depicted are having. METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


QUEEN OF THE DRAGONS Wade had assumed that Game of Thrones wasn’t for him. But when he finally gave in and watched, he found himself suprisingly enchanted. BY WADE ROUSE





are their names all seven words long?” The initial episodes of Game of Thrones that Gary and I watched did not feel like the experience my friends had promised. Gary couldn’t understand the accents, which is also the reason why we never watched BBC shows or anything starring John Cleese. The GoT cast was so large that I had to start making a flowchart. And we saw more boobs than in a Victoria’s Secret catalogue. “Just put on House Hunters,” Gary begged. “Or a rerun of Fixer Upper.” “We have to give this a shot,” I said. But did we? I actually had to be shamed into watching the show. As a former writer for People, I kept getting assigned GOT stories about everything from the actors to the cliffhangers. And I kept having to ask my editors,“Who in the hell is Jon Snow, and why do people care?” They were aghast.“Just watch it,” they said. “OK,” I lied. Growing up, I had never been a fan of epic fantasies. I didn’t do Dune, I didn’t dig dragons and (gasp!) I was never a huge Star Wars fan. I preferred my entertainment more anchored in reality. But my large and disparate group of adult friends — including an eclectic mix of writers, editors, agents, gay, straight, of all ages — not only universally loved the show but also spoke about it with fierce devotion and loyalty, like I do when I talk about Erma Bombeck. So, we finally watched. And Gary, unable to follow it, fell asleep. By the time he woke up, I was on episode three, sitting on the edge of the couch, hands clutched over my heart, pulse racing. “What are you doing, Jessica Lange?” he asked, using the pet name he calls me when he believes I’m being overly dramatic, which is a lot. “Best. Show. Ever!” I exclaimed. I made him watch the episodes he missed, explaining who was who as we went along. By the end of season one, neither of us could sleep. We were worried about characters, sadly realizing that many would be killed off. We binge watched every season until we were caught up. We cheered when Joffrey died. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


We cried when Catelyn Stark was murdered. For me, it wasn’t simply that the show was superbly well written, acted and directed. It was also how GoT challenged my artistic sensibilities. I kept asking myself: How could I like a show like this? When I teach writing, I preach that the best writers are the best readers. Writers must challenge themselves to read all genres: Novelists should read memoirs, humor writers should read literary fiction. But when it came to my entertainment, I found myself typically watching the same TV shows: Will & Grace, House Hunters, Barefoot Contessa; sports. There was something else, too, something primal about the show and its characters. GoT challenged the norms of both entertainment and society. Gary and I lusted over a shirtless Jason Momoa, even though he was filthy and spoke a language we couldn’t understand. We prayed for Jon Snow not only to survive but also to take off his clothes. We discussed recreating Renly and Loras’s famous chest-shaving scene but Gary worried about handing me a razor. There were both actual gay characters, and those – like Arya Stark and Brienne of Tarth – who defied gender stereotypes. Moreover, the show was as diva-licious as a season of Drag Race. And it mirrored reality: In a world dominated by men, it was women – Cersei Lannister (please die!) and Daenerys Targaryen (please don’t!) – who were ultimately the strongest of those vying for the Iron Throne. And those people who society typically cast aside — characters like Tyrion Lannister, Varys and Grey Worm — are the smartest, most sensitive and, thus, most relatable characters. In this current political cycle, it also gave us somewhere to laser-focus our anger. I have no idea what the final season of GoT will bring, but I will be watching through my fingers like everyone else and holding my breath. And I know a few things for sure: I will go back and read all of George R.R. Martin’s books. I will dress up as the Mother of Dragons for Halloween. And, henceforth, I will dare to give shows a chance, even if they don’t sound like anything I’d remotely enjoy. Dracarys, bitches. ■ Check out Wade’s memoirs, including It’s All Relative and At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, and his novels under the pen name Viola Shipman, such as The Recipe Box and The Hope Chest. To learn about them all, visit HAVE YOU RESISTED A TV TREND ONLY TO BECOME A FAN? SHARE YOUR STORY IN “GAY VOICES” AT METROSOURCE.COM.






CAN YOU OUTRUN YOUR CHILDHOOD? Possibly not, I realized after a brief tryst in Louisville. There on a press trip, I bumped into the cutest guy I’d seen in quite some time. Red hair, eyes of a cerulean summer sky, and a smile that would make sunshine jealous. We sat by the crackle of hotel lobby firelight and laughed, told stories, and shared secrets until I invited him up. Our time alone was intense and well spent. We languished in the shower afterwards, squirting water in each other’s faces, scrubbing each other and unable to go more than 30 seconds without locking lips. Of course I asked him to spend the night. Of course he said yes. Something about him seemed familiar, although I was sure we’d never met before. Was it because he was 99 percent Irish like me? Was it because we’d seen alcoholism in our families or that we’d both moved repeatedly across the country as kids? Was it because we had each been an altar boy? Being Catholic was one of the things that saved me as a boy - not “saved” in the everlasting sense, mind you, but saved from spending time with my mother and my ogre of a step-father. Once I became an altar boy, I had a free pass from the daily anarchic drama my parents called “home.” I’d do my chores, but then scamper off into the comforting arms of My Sweet Lord, and my parents couldn’t have any objection. Who could carp about service to the Almighty? That was one of the topics Brian and I landed on when we started chatting. Neither of us could say enough about how it had shaped us. Loving the security, loving the traditions, loving the serenity had clearly intoxicated us both. That the Holy Church railed against homosexuality was almost incidental, as we both acknowledged: the Church said one thing in its

dogma, while the brothers and the priests and the rest of the Catholic hierarchy did what they pleased with a wink and a nod — and maybe a few extra Hail Marys for good luck. As the next morning wore on, we had another go around and then cleaned up to depart. I asked to see him again. He said he’d like nothing more, but didn’t think it was a good idea. “Why not?” I asked. “Because,” he said, “I’m a priest. I’m married to the Church.” I was gobsmacked. I had just several times helped a Man of the Cloth violate his vows and had been hoping to do so many times more. I asked him how, if he was so set in his beliefs, he could do that — and why he hadn’t just told me the whole truth from jump street. He shrugged. “I’m a sinner. We all are. The best we can do is try to live by God’s law and ask forgiveness when we can’t.” I was overcome with sorrow and shame. I couldn’t deny my attraction or our connection. But I also couldn’t condone someone so casually sidestepping his own code of ethics for romps with randoms. At that point we parted company, and I was left thinking that although I had left Catholicism — and indeed, Christianity — for something that felt more spiritual and less hypocritical, I still felt an excruciating pang of what the faithful call “Catholic guilt.” I never contacted the priest again. I never heard another word from him either, even though we had exchanged phone numbers the night before. I could not bring myself to reach out to him for another night of passion, another drink by the firelight, or another moment of camaraderie. Every time I wondered whether he might be the One Who Got Away, my mind would bounce to those serene hours back in church, what they had meant for me, and how one man took my trust in him and my former faith, put them in a blender with his own insensitivities and set them swirling together on high. I was never abused as an altar boy, as so many have been. Nevertheless, this man had found a way to reopen old wounds, pour salt in them, and amble out of that hotel with a conscience clear as any spring morning. ■











While spinning on and off the dance floor, Kevin comes out of the closet, progresses through a series of partners and ultimately glimpses his future. BY KEVIN PHINNEY


I LEARNED THINGS ABOUT myself I could never have known otherwise — on the dance floor. I’ve been an avid clubgoer since the glory days of disco, before I understood that being gay wasn’t an intermittent impulse I could keep at bay. From the moment I stepped into the swirl, an instinct took over that let the crowd, the lights and the music work their way into my psyche until my body had no choice but to respond. I danced at straight clubs, watching guys watch the girls in a way I did not - all of us caught in rhythm’s thrall. I danced until my partner would pant for a break; then I wanted to dive back into the throng as soon as she’d caught her breath. I took “You Should Be Dancing” as an imperative. I’d never felt more free — until I made a clandestine trip to the Old Plantation in Dallas one fateful spring break — secretly visiting a club that was unabashedly and unapologetically gay. The place was cavernous, with little alcoves off to the sides where gay boys retreated to drink and smoke — cattily sizing up the competition or lusting aloud after their dream dudes. And, as the lights swirled and the polyester shirts got clingy, I allowed myself for the first time to soak up the sights, sounds and scents of men in tribal communion united by music. When the DJ put on Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love,” I felt like I’d been transported to another dimension. Disco died an ugly death of course — falling victim to what “Le Freak” composer Nile Rogers later called a toxic combination of racism and homophobia. But it didn’t stay dead for long, and was soon reincarnated as something the MTV generation simply called “dance music.” The first time I danced with a guy was in Manhattan. I was on a visit from Austin with my then-girlfriend, and her NYUstudent brother Tony begged us to join him at an underground college dance. We watched the crowd bounce up and down spastically to the B-52’s and Devo for a bit. Suddenly, as thunder and storm sounds rumbled from the speakers , Tony grabbed my hand. “Come on,” he said, we gotta dance to this!” He dragged me to the middle of the floor for my first exposure to “It’s Raining Men.” As far as I know, Tony was straight, but halfway through the chorus, I understood with certainty for the first time that I wasn’t. Not long after, I broke it off with Tony’s sister and began venturing out to dance clubs alone. One was a straight nightspot called Club Foot (“the coolest place ever named after a physical FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


affliction,” according to their radio ads), where I danced to the Go-Go’s and other new wave bands live on stage. But the gay dance clubs still called me back. And — wouldn’t you know it? — on my first foray into a gay dance club in Austin, I ran across a copy editor from the city paper where we both worked. Still in the closet, I explained over the din that I was just there looking for someone. He arched a knowing eyebrow and replied, “Aren’t we all?” By the time I moved to LA as the ‘80s gave way to the ‘90s, I was hooked on dancing, but also partnered to a guy who hated the club scene in general and dancing in particular. So instead, we spent nights in front of the television and weekends playing card game marathons with friends. But sometimes after work, I’d slip into Oil Can Harry’s at happy hour and marvel at the permed blond boy in white patent leather go-go boots and short-shorts twirling a baton on the floor to “Vogue” — entirely by himself. I let dancing go, telling myself it was a pastime for the young, until I moved to New Orleans with a new partner. I found myself on a dance floor again at Oz, a mainstay of Bourbon Street’s gay nightlife. As we wandered in — knocked sideways by the heat, humidity, and pheromones in the air — I realized I’d been wrong about being too old to dance. The shirtless guys in the sweaty mass included men in their 50s and beyond. I remade myself in the image of the guys there: I got myself a little swagger, something friends described as my “panther walk ”— half-speed with rolling shoulders, as I claimed my ground and surveyed the revelers. Ultimately, my guy came to hate it and the attention it generated. When I fell in love again, it was with somebody who loved to dance to Britney and Icona Pop. We’d rush to the floor to dance with and for each other, our conduct causing a stir of envy, lust or disgust from onlookers. I wouldn’t dance any other way now. I’m not the best out there, but I’m the scandal of many a wedding reception in the way I always let the music have its way with me. I have a favorite photo; one that may foretell my future. It’s a snapshot that captures the great conductor Leonard Bernstein (who was gay and married to a woman) on the dance floor at Studio 54. The 70-something-year-old maestro’s tux shirt is open to the navel and he’s sweating profusely — with an expression on his face that could only be called beatific. In one hand is a martini; in the other, a cigarette. Opposite him wearing next to nothing is a boy with a face right out of a Botticelli painting, his eyes locked on Bernstein as if he were gazing upon the face of God. I don’t ■ need the cigarette, but the rest looks like paradise to me. HAVE YOU LEARNED ANY LIFE LESSONS ON THE DANCE FLOOR? SHARE YOUR STORY IN “GAY VOICES” AT METROSOURCE.COM.

The Finance Five Which Guru is for You? Who should members of the LGBTQ community trust when it comes to the ever-expanding world of popular finance experts? BY JENNIFER DAY WHICH FINANCIAL GURU WILL PROVIDE THE BEST FINANCIAL ADVICE FOR

you? In order to answer the question, you ought to start by asking yourself: what are your financial goals? Are you trying to build personal wealth, budget your money more effectively, buy a home, or start a business? To find a source of wisdom that matches your needs, let’s look at five figures who’ve become renowned for delivering their personal brands of advice.

takes a hard look at what consumers are doing wrong with their finances. With no-nonsense directness, she doesn’t believe in excuses for a poor financial situation. She compels consumers to understand the difference between what they want and what they need, helping them to cut the fat out of their finances. If you find yourself falling back on old excuses for financial failure, she may be just the guru for you.

BARBARA CORCORAN Barbara Corcoran is most widely known for being a television personality on the ABC series Shark Tank. This American businesswoman is an author, columnist, consultant, investor and speaker. She is considered one of the most powerful real estate brokers in the country and operates one of New York’s most prestigious real estate companies, The Corcoran Group. Her most recent book, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, discusses her strategic approach to starting a business. Corcoran’s personal finance advice includes overcoming obstacles (she was once a dyslexic student who could barely pass her courses), and not listening to the negative people in your life. You might look to her if you want to emulate her in overcoming the odds in the business world.


SUZE ORMAN Suze Orman is known for her flamboyant, take-charge personality when it comes to providing financial advice: she does not pull any punches and gets right down to business. She too is a best-selling author and also a television host with two Emmy Awards to her credit and is one of the top motivational speakers in her field. In addition to penning seven financial guides, she’s also produced six PBS specials. For a period of ten years, Orman directed The Suze Orman Financial Group, having spent four years prior to that as the Vice President of Prudential-Bache Securities. Orman’s personal finance philosophy

In addition to being heard on his syndicated radio program The Dave Ramsey Show in over 450 countries, Ramsey is the acclaimed author of Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace. Viewers can also tune into The Dave Ramsey Show Primetime on the Fox Business Network. Between these various efforts, more than four million people benefit from Ramsey’s financial advice, and he might be the right help for you if you find yourself facing financial obstacles that seem insurmountable since Ramsey’s “baby steps” approach to financial freedom guides consumers from living paycheck-to-paycheck to living debt-free. His hard-nosed approach toward developing better financial outcomes is eagerly sought by those who struggle with remaining financially disciplined. He guides consumers through the process gradually, keeping his advice resultsoriented.


David Bach has a personal finance philosophy which incorporates living green in conjunction with building personal wealth. He is a finance author who’s written ten consecutive best-selling books. In addition to making several appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bach’s book, The Automatic Millionaire, remained on the bestseller list for 31 consecutive weeks. To his credit, Bach is not only passionate about teaching the intricacies of personal finance, he’s also involved in numerous charitable organizations. You might turn to Bach if you’re looking to learn fast and simple money management strategies, like the ones he teaches in his popular series, FinishRich®.



ALI VELSHI Ali Velshi is best known for his work on CNN, including anchoring CNN International’s World Business Today, serving as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, and hosting Your Monday during the weekly business roundtable. Velshi holds true to his belief that the world’s universal language is m-o-n-e-y. He coauthored a manual entitled How to Speak Money: The Language & Knowledge You Need Now with CNN anchor Christie Romans, which outlines how to build wealth, implement successful budget strategies and understand the economy. In addition, Velshi has authored Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, and he serves as a columnist for Delta Sky magazine and Money magazine. Velshi’s journalism background helps him present financial advice in a way that’s reputable and easy to grasp. Velshi’s advice may be best suited to those interested in the big picture, as his personal philosophy revolves around knowledge of the nation’s economy and understanding the power held by financial institutions over consumers.

THE BOTTOM LINE There are many personal finance experts from whom you can learn. Knowing whether your goals start with getting out from under a mountain of debt or taking risks to build wealth will help you know who you should be reading, watching and following about your finances. ■ METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019





A French May-December gay romance; an entrepeneur who ends up in a Chinese ghost city; a story of hidden German atrocities; and the Lone Star homecoming of a son with secrets. Plus: our prestige predictions as awards season heats up. BY JONATHAN ROCHE









The Intouchables, attempts to piggyback on the original’s popular success by copying it closely. Both films are based on the real relationship of paraplegic billionaire Phillip (Brian Cranston) and his street tough ex-con body handler or “life auxiliary” Dell (Kevin Hart). The setup is relatively simple: Phillip chooses the worst candidate for the job, despite the concerns of his loyal and attractive business assistant Yvonne (Nicole Kidman) because Phillip is at the end of his rope anyway, and at this point, he would prefer crude honesty to pitying professionalism. And from there it probably doesn’t take much imagination to see where the story is going in terms of bonding and heartwarming redemption. The mood never dips far into the very bleak potentials of the situation, and all too soon each man’s life is enriched by the unlikely influences of other. While never




surprising, this film by director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) film is pretty easy to watch. Cranston fills his role ably (pun intended), while Kevin Hart offers his signature spark. One of the most successful comedians working today, there’s no question Hart is a funny guy, even if you’re among the many who were concerned when several of his old homophobic tweets resurfaced. Be warned: If he’s not your cup of tea, this is his usual brew here. But while watching The Upside, I realized Hart does demonstrate a real flair for acting. The trouble is, he only really plays one character: Kevin Hart (or at least the Kevin Hart stage persona). It would be interesting to see him perform some Shakespeare; in the right role he might truly be great. THE WORD: A feel-good friendship comedy that will likely be a soft-hit or a miss, although both leads are fairly strong. COMING TO: Theaters




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Jimmy Van Horn (David Zellner) is something of a loser, so he bids farewell to America and heads to the booming city of Shenzhen, China with only a few bitcoins and his 10-gallon hat. His goal is to get in on the insanely booming economy of the city, where anything and everything is manufactured and sold, regardless of how insipid it seems. That’s lucky for Jimmy because his big idea is a small box with one button and a few flashing lights that he claims can be used for speaking with ghosts. Also lucky for Jimmy: he has insider friends. His mysterious old buddy, Johnny Mai Thai has set him up with Bob (Robert Longstreet - The Haunting of Hill House, Sorry to Bother You) another American flashing a ridiculous wig, Wi-Fi dentures (don’t ask) and big promises about how

rich Jimmy will soon become. Bouncing around Shenzhen with Jimmy and Bob is a bit nauseating, but also quite the spectacle — even more so when things predictably fall apart and Jimmy is left to fend for himself in the foreign land, weakly peddling his only remaining resource: his cowboy-esque American novelty. In the film’s third act. Jimmy makes one last desperate move, traveling to the ghostly city of Ordos in an attempt to track down the elusive Johnny Mai Thai. What was already a surreal experience enters a more dense fog here, in no small part due to Ordos itself - one of several massive Chinese ghost cities abandoned at the cusp of completion, and it’s quite something to see. THE WORD: The film in general is also something to see. It’s strange as hell, and its ghost will likely haunt viewers’ minds for a while. COMING TO: Video

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hours long — yet I never looked once at the clock. That’s a testament to the strong storytelling of writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others). The story begins at the close of WWII and the horrific firebombing of Dresden, Germany by the Allies, a horror that pales compared to the ruthless systematic atrocities of the Nazis. After surviving the war as a young boy, Kurt (Tom Schilling) grows up to pursue his artistic talents, always remembering his beautiful aunt who encouraged him to “never look away.” She possessed an ecstatic mind, as does Kurt; although he’s been spared the schizophrenia that ruined her. Now stuck on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall, Kurt flourishes in art school while yearning both for more creative freedom and for a girl whose father is hiding a dark past. Yet this film suggests that nothing remains hidden forever — not if one keeps looking and expressing what’s discovered. Loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century’s most successful painters, Never Look Away is (more than anything else) about art: its ecstasy, agony and unexpected power. I won’t give it away, but this is a magnificently gripping story with a tremendously satisfying finish, the kind that makes your

heart rise in your chest. It’s fulfilled by a luminous cast including Oliver Masucci (Netflix’s Dark), cinematography by Academy Award nominee Caleb Deschanel (The Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural) and music by Max Richter (Shutter Island, Mary Queen of Scots).THE WORD: Definitely one of 2018’s ten best films. COMING TO: Theaters METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


SORRY ANGEL on the money about gay romance in the ‘90s, Sorry Angel could be a love story or an anti-love story (if there is truly such a thing). It’s been compared to Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, another up-close and honest look at a gay relationship whose validity is not based on whether or not it endures. Writer and director Christophe Honoré tells the story of Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps, star of 2013’s Hitchcockian erotic gay thriller Stranger by the Lake), a once noteworthy novelist now slipping into obsolescence and living with HIV. In a charming chance encounter, he meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) and soon the younger man is drawn to the experience and maturity of Jacques, just as Jacques is quickened by the buoyant energies and enthusiasm of his new lover. But the two men are at different ends of life, and while Arthur yearns for passion, artistic community, and vibrant Parisian life, Jacques has started to want to leave these things behind. The mixture of pitch

real-life, happy moments - including a giggling threesome - with well-choreographed sequences like one at an outdoor cruising spot (possibly the film’s best scene) belie a melancholic undertone. The film’s original French title Plaire, Simer et Courir Vite translates roughly to Pleasure, Love and Run Fast, which suggests something of the fleeting qualities of love and even life itself. The film is both very ‘90s and extremely French: palpable in story, dialogue, and number of cigarettes smoked. Honore’s eschewing of most exposition means audiences have to come to certain conclusions on their own, wait patiently for clarity and sometimes accept obscurity. THE WORD: Ultimately the story’s arc rings true, but more true are the moments of love and tenderness that fill it. COMING TO: Theaters

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coming home for Christmas during the height of the AIDS crisis. Adrian (Cory Michael Smith - Gotham) returns to Fort Worth ,Texas to see his parents and 14-year-old brother for the first time in three years, and immediately it’s clear that Adrian is harboring secrets. He is all smiles, full of good news and has brought expensive gifts, but it




is easy to intuit that this is all just for show. While his father (Michael Chiklis) is too manly and reserved to relate to either of his sons, Adrian’s mother (Virginia Madsen) is evidently kind and loving. Meanwhile, Adrian’s younger brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) is just as evidently gay as his closeted brother, but it is soon clear that sexual orientation is the least of their reasons to be concerned. It can be painful to watch Adrian unable to be honest with his family about who he really is, even as he is facing the reality of no longer being at all. It is obvious to the audience what is happening. Adrian’s mother notices right away that he has lost weight but doesn’t realize the full extent of his circumstances. And though he tells the truth to his old friend Carly (Jamie Chung - The Gifted), will he bring himself to tell his family? While writer/director Yen Tan’s tasteful choice to shoot in Super 16mm black and white adds graininess to the film’s already gloomy nostalgia, his camera angles are all so squarely straight-forward that the film can sometimes feel amateurish. Similarly the dialogue tends to be very much on the nose, and story holds little in terms of surprise. THE WORD: An at-times excruciating recollection of a particular period of lost innocence and, more broadly, the all-too-familiar pain of never truly being able to come home. COMING TO: Video

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While there are many ‘prestige’ films in the running, this may be a year for popular films (despite the Academy scrapping that proposed new category.)

BEST PICTURE COULD WIN: It’s a La La Land/Moonlight

makers’ rematch: Damien Chazelle’s First Man vs. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk; a retro story like The Front Runner or BlackkKlansman; or a big box office hit like Mary Poppins Returns or Black Panther. SHOULD WIN: Roma, unless it’s in the ‘Foreign Language’ category; the small but excellent Leave No Trace, equally fine The Favourite; or brilliant Ballad of Buster Scruggs. WILL WIN: A Star Is Born, because Bradley Cooper is a member of the Oscar club and Lady Gaga is an international megastar.

BEST DIRECTOR COULD WIN: Again it could be Jenkins vs.

Chazelle; or Adam McKay (Vice), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Steve McQueen (Widows) or even Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade). SHOULD WIN: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) for his most accessible film yet; Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), who’s never received a nod; or Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased). WILL WIN: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, though the Academy might punish the film’s nearly straight-to-Netflix release ... or Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born.

BEST ACTOR COULD WIN: Lucas Hedges, earnest in

Boy Erased; Rami Malek rocking Bohemian Rhapsody; full-career awards for Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun) or Clint Eastwood (The Mule); Willem Dafoe’s ago-

nized Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Hugh Jackman’s flawed politico in The Front Runner; Ethan Hawke’s unstable priest in First Reformed or John David Washington living up to Denzel’s legacy in BlacKkKlansman. SHOULD WIN: Ben Foster as a damaged veteran in Without a Trace, Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here or Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot; and Rupert Everett’s spot-on Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince. WILL WIN: Christian Bale’s transformation for Vice ... or once again Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born sweep.

BEST ACTRESS COULD WIN: frumpy Melissa McCarthy

(Can You Ever Forgive Me?) controlled Glenn Close (The Wife); Emily Blunt filling legendary shoes (Mary Poppins Returns) young Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace); Viola Davis (Widows); Nicole Kidman (Destroyer); Rachel Weisz or Emma Stone (The Favourite); Felicity Jones as RGB (On The Basis of Sex); Amy Adams (Vice); tender Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk); reserved Emma Thompson (The Children Act); fierce Saoirse Ronan (Mary, Queen of Scots). SHOULD WIN: Olivia Colman’s comic, terrifying, pitiful Queen Anne in The Favourite; Yalitza Aparicio’s (Roma), and astounding Toni Collette (Hereditary). WILL WIN: Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born: it’s right there in the title.

BEST FOREIGN COULD WIN: The touching Shoplifters; the

Best Picture Best Foreign Picture

most original Border; the beautifully layered Cakemaker; German thriller The Guilty; drug epic Birds of Passage, or Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War. SHOULD WIN: Smoldering thriller Burning or the complete knock-out Capernaum. WILL WIN: If Roma is denied a shot at Best Picture, it’s an absolute lock. Otherwise Never Look Away is a wonderful and rapturous film. ■ METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Kors and Bette Midler were among those in attendance at a very special night of awards. BY JEFF SIMMONS FOR MORE THAN 32 YEARS, THE NEW YORK-BASED NONPROFIT GOD’S

Love We Deliver has been providing free meals and nutrition services to people living with chronic health conditions, founded initially to support those with HIV and AIDS and now assisting people with more than 200 diagnoses. The organization –— which in 2018 served its 21 millionth meal — annually enlists more than 13,000 volunteers and for years has drawn wide support among celebrity and philanthropic circles. These boldfaced names deliver both a healthy dose of financial support and the exposure that follows in their flashbulb-filled paths. This past October, God’s Love recognized the considerable charitable support of those who’ve helped at its 12th annual Golden Hearts Awards. More than 700 attendees dined on meals prepared by iconic New York City eateries while celebrating a nonprofit that now serves more than 1.8 meals each year, all for free. “God’s Love is all about heart,” says President and CEO Karen Pearl. “It is our logo: a heart and hand. The Golden Heart Award is so special, and the message we send is that food is love, food is medicine. By that I mean that individually tailored meals that God’s Love provides helps people heal, and helps them stay in their homes where they’d rather be than in hospitals or nursing homes. At the celebration in Manhattan’s Spring Studios, the organization presented Golden Globe-and Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman with the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner with the Golden Heart Award for Lifetime Achievement,




and world-renowned auctioneer and philanthropist Jamie Niven with its Outstanding Volunteerism Award. “He has spent his life trying to show us who we are and who we might become,” Nathan Lane said in introducing Kushner. “He cares deeply and passionately about everything that’s going on in the world and everyone in it. He’s not afraid to share an opinion, but believe me, you wanna hear it. And with his genius for language and communication, he has spent his life trying to show us who we are, and who we might become.” Led by Honorary Chairwoman Anna Wintour, the event drew a panoply of stars, including Lynda Carter, Bette Midler, Priyanka Chopra, Iman, Naomi Watts, Ashley Graham, Neil Patrick Harris, Cush Jumbo, Ella Hunt, Emily Robinson, Blaine Trump and Jordan Roth. “Michael is like the beating heart of the city. If there’s a community of people helping others, raising money, Michael seems to be there,” Jackman said of Kors, the man for whom his award was named. The star even punctuated his praise with a brief musical rendition of “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ — adding: “I am absolutely thrilled, and I am moved to receive this tonight.” By the evening’s end, God’s Love had raised $2.5 million, which in addition to home delivery will support such services as nutrition education and counseling to clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. “Everything is done with love,” Pearl says,” because the services that God’s Love provides are part and parcel of the healthcare that people receive. Because what we are doing is saving lives.” ■




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Chris Garneau gets raw and electric, Robyn goes softer and sweeter, and Barbra Streisand sings new material with an eye toward social change. BY MATT GROSS

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COMPRISED PRIMARILY OF ORIGINAL SONGS, THE LEGEND’S NEW RELEASE IS HER FIRST TO ENCOMPASS A SINGULAR SOCIAL MESSAGE. AS displayed on the album’s soaring lead single,“Don’t Lie to Me” and the similarly impressive “The Rain Will Fall,” Streisand

is as outspoken as ever in directing her ire towards the current administration, the cultural landscape, and the general state of the world. Filled with gorgeous melodies and captivating lyrics, Walls finds The Streisand exploring both her concerns and her hopes for the future as she eloquently addresses the human condition. This new collection also brings a fresh perspective to such evergreens as John Lennon’s pacifist manifesto “Imagine,” Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s “Take Care of This House,” and the Burt Bacharach pop standard “What the World Needs Now.” Streisand’s social activism has long been as passionate as her artistry. No wonder Walls, which combines the two, is one of the finest albums of her unparalleled career.






CHRIS GARNEAU Yours (Self-Released)


queer performer trades his signature piano and gentle vocal stylings for a sound far more raw and electrifying. Recorded in Lyon, France, Yours finds Garneau sounding both brazen and determined. The dark, brooding lead single “Torpedo,” featuring fierce Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum, chronicles the tale of a troubled girl who can’t seem to escape a range of challenging situations, while Garneau implores her to simply“come home, come home.”Much of the release touches on getting past tough times in one fashion or another. In another highlight, “Choices,” the artist grapples with self-realization. He explains: “This song is really about finding your true self and becoming who you are. Doing that might mean you are letting go of a part of yourself sometimes. You can mourn that part while knowing that you are better off without it. Self-liberation can feel challenging because it can feel selfish, but it should.”While Yours may feel bleak at times, it’s ultimately a transformative record about rising above the madness and coming through stronger on the other side of adversity.


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Honey brings the after-party. It’s been eight long years since the release of the universally acclaimed Body Talk. That release (which included the hits “Dancing in the Dark,”“Hang With Me”and“Call Your Girlfriend”) brilliantly merged melancholy sentiments and driving beats to create irresistible dance floor anthems. By contrast, Honey offers a mood of optimism while lowering the decibels considerably. The Swedish siren tells us that Honey originates from “this sweet place, like a very soft ecstasy” and “something that’s so sensual and so good.” Highlights include “Baby Forgive Me,” the early ‘90s inspired “Between the Lines,” the memorable title track, and Honey’s remarkable first single, “Missing U.” Despite her shift in tone, fans who’ve missed Robyn should find that Honey instantly feels like an old friend’s return. Robyn embarks on a massive world tour this year in support of Honey, and you can bet her live show will be a must-see. METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019






ago. As Jake Shears, the founder, frontman and half of the songwriting duo that propelled Scissor Sisters to international stardom, he was in the sweetest spot one could imagine: devilishly handsome, adored by audiences around the world and partnered to Chris Moukarbel, the director/documentarian behind such films as Banksy Does New York and Gaga: Five Foot Two. But five years ago, Shears and his bandmates put Scissor Sisters into cryostasis following a breakneck decade of touring and recording. Their sound paired au courant Electroclash influences with vocals that evoked both the B-52’s and the Bee Gees, and made their debut the biggest selling album of 2004 in the UK. The hits came quickly, from their trance-dance cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and “Filthy/Gorgeous” to “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing,” their duet with Elton John. Through it all, they remained steadfastly queer. Three of the members — Shears, guitarist Del Marquis (Derek Gruen), and Babydaddy (Scott Hoffman) — were out of the closet before the band’s inception, and vocalist Ana Matronic (Ana Lynch) had earned her showbiz stripes years before as a drag show emcee. But with the Scissors on hold, Shears began to consider what else he might do to quell his restless urge to create, and the answer came back: Plenty. The band’s rapturous reception left his list of phone contacts well stocked with a Who’s Who of the music world, and he soon found himself collaborating with Cher (on a track called “Take It Like A Man”) and re-teaming with Kylie Minogue and Chic mastermind Nile Rogers on a sizzling NERVO one-off called “The Other Boys.” Somewhere along the way, his relationship with Mourkarbel flamed out, and Shears eventually relocated to New Orleans, a city known for its history, vitality and appreciation of the eccentric. Since numerous friends had suggested Shears life would make a fascinating read, so he wrote a memoir while simultaneously tinkering away on his solo debut — all it under a cloak of relative secrecy. That cocoon burst open when Shears resurfaced on multiple fronts simultaneously this past year. His book, Boys Keep Swinging, was published in February. He next popped up on Broadway in an uncharacteristically modest role as Charlie Price in Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s Kinky Boots. His solo album, Jake Shears, hit the charts in August. And no sooner did he leave the musical than he launched a solo tour. Now having crisscrossed the states, he’s taking his act to Europe, where the Scissors first became darlings of critics and fans alike.

RUNNING WITHOUT SCISSORS “It’s been a wild year,” Shears will admit as he’s packing his bags in Los Angeles. “Getting to try and do entirely new things that are super challenging has been exciting. Even touring on my own now has been a big challenge, because I was always part of a bigger thing — a unit. This has given me the chance to make a different kind of show, and it’s fun to have something to prove again and to have sole and complete control. When you’re in a band, everybody’s their own person, you know? But this time out, I’ve had to form everything and try to master it. I just finished a show here in LA, and what’s so cool is that the show becomes a sort of Best Of... everything I’ve been trying since August. That’s been the most satisfying thing to me; having total control and having it work. I’m really proud of that.” Even though Shears is the one calling the shots now, he’s hardly working in a vacuum. “It was always Babydaddy and I — as far as writing the music and being in charge making albums,” he says. “And he’ll always be my main songwriting and production partner. I’ll always consider him my long-term musical partner. But you know what’s funny? I think this album has the most in common with the first Scissors record because Scott (Babydaddy) and I got to make that record without anybody really looking over our shoulders the whole time.” METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


Some would find the pressure exhausting; not Shears. “One of the things I got kind of sick of with Scissor Sisters — and I love every single one of our albums — but I really got exhausted with feeling there were a lot of people with their fingers in the pot. For better and for worse, you know? I love those records, but it’s nice to make something that’s just where I’m not having to listen to a bunch of people, and people aren’t trying to put in their two cents everyday.”

The contrast between Jake Shears and the best known Scissors’ output is stark. Where the band’s work tended to feel like a full-on dance party decorated with slashes of rock guitar, the new record is a potpourri of influences — including styles as eclectic as any parade down Bourbon Street. “It’s definitely a theatrical record,” says Shears, chuckling.“A lot of these songs I co-wrote, but we wrote a lot of these just on a piano, and they were written in kind of a different way. What I learned from ‘Let’s Have A Kiki,’ strangely enough, I applied to this record in a big way — where you create a song where things only happen once, and you just repeat the chorus. There are hooks and there are all these elements that you only hear one time. It makes the songs a little bit more complicated, but to me it keeps them interesting, too. So on this album there’s not a lot of second verses; they go into bridges after the first chorus. The song structures are kind of turned on their heads in a lot of ways with this record, and that was a very conscious thing that adds to the overall theatricality.” The album paints a kaleidoscope of images from throughout Shears’ life — running the gamut from childhood experiences and his 2015 breakup to the heroically hedonistic lifestyle that has practically made him a poster boy for post-PrEP sexual liberation. “After the Scissors went on hiatus,” Shears explains,” I moved from New York to LA, which is a big transition. I tried doing some session writing, and it wasn’t for me. There was something about it that was depressing to me — not that they were all bad experiences, but it just really wasn’t my vibe writing for different movie projects. I wrote a film score with my buddy Tim, and I was just trying to figure out what it was I wanted to be doing. My personal life was kind of in turmoil. I was in a relationship that I wasn’t happy in and one that I’d been in for a long time, and I had to kind of sort through that before I was able to really make something meaningful again. And I think I just had to make decisions about my life. I just didn’t have the bandwidth, you know? I was writing the whole time, but nothing I was making was coming out that I really felt connected with.”

SHARP EDGES Unsure where to turn when it came to the world around him, Shears decided to cast his gaze inward. That’s where his memoir Boys Keep Swinging began to unfold.“It’s strange to show the details of a certain side of you,”he can say in retrospect,“because I feel like my privacy is important.” Nevertheless he admits, “I had a really good time writing. The first draft was pretty awful, as a first draft of anything can be. But you write knowing what’s coming out is






not necessarily very good. That’s how I feel about a lot of projects: You’ve gotta make a blob first, and once you start doing passes, it becomes fun. I grew up writing fiction and personal essay stuff, so once the shape started to fall into place, it really was a lot of fun. Certain parts were painful, and I would sort of underestimate how it would make me feel. I would go through a week and just be working on certain sections, then finish the week and wonder why I was so spent and emotional. And then I’d remember, ‘Oh, right: I’ve been writing about all this heavy stuff that happened.’” As a youngster, Jason Sellards bounced back and forth between Arizona and Washington State. And as his memoir makes clear, he often felt uncomfortable in his own skin until those differences helped make him famous. His clothes, haircuts and music set him outside the mainstream — along with realizing he was gay. “I’d always thought I had a normal childhood,” he reflects, “but going back and writing all this stuff, I realized my life has been very unconventional. Believe it or not, that came as some kind of a surprise to me. It gave me a lot of pride to understand that, and it was also was really exciting to me. I’ve always just been a big fan of nightlife characters and rock and roll stars, and I’ve always been fascinated by moments in time and when you look at different eras in your life. I really wanted it to feel like a snapshot of my experience in New York at the Millennium.”

it comes from having a point of view; a certain perspective, but still drawing a line from there to what is universal.” For an extrovert who got his kicks swinging from the scaffolding of arena shows wearing next to nothing, Jake Shears turns out to be one introspective fellow. Now he’s putting it all in perspective. “I’ve kind of been hiding out while making all this stuff,” he concludes. “And there are so many men, grown men and women, all adults now — who come to me and talk about their teenage lives and what it was like to be a teenager and how my music affected them. And it’s just a really sweet, very gratifying thing. And it’s funny: that only happens when you’ve been doing it for 15 years, because people sort of have their own experiences with your music. And since I’ve been around long enough, people now share those stories with me all the time. It’s just one of the sweetest, most gratifying things about doing what I do. “When I think about when I was a kid and a teenager and all the musicians and performers who inspired me and sort of did that for me? I really do hope to do that in turn. Not just for young guys, but a young anybody who feels different, or wants or has the desire to be themselves and do what they want to do with their lives — without other people telling them who they should be and what they should be doing.” Visit more information about Shears’ solo album, his upcoming tour dates and his memoir, Boys Keep Swinging. ■

AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE With the recording of the album nearly complete and the book already out, Shears leapt into Kinky Boots. For a showman used to singing and dancing with the Scissor Sisters (not to mention performing as a stripper at an anything-goes NYC nightlife institution called The Cock) one might think the move to theater would be a natural one. Yet Shears found himself apprehensive — in the best possible way. “The stakes were so high. How could I resist? The opportunity to bite off something more than I can chew is something I always love to do,” Shears explains. “I love when an opportunity comes along, and I’m not quite sure whether or not I can do it. When something seems kind of scary, that’s really exciting to me. I was in way over my head. In the middle of rehearsals for that show, I can remember thinking to myself, ‘My God, if I somehow make it through opening night in one piece, it’s going to be an absolute miracle.”

THE SWEETEST THING With a successful record, a well-received book and favorable notices on Broadway behind him, Shears has become that thing he might have expected least: a role model. For years, he’d tell the press that focusing on the Scissors’ gay members made no more sense than talking about the straight people in Blondie. These days he’s having second thoughts. “Now I think that my queerness — the band’s queerness — was intrinsic to music and to the band itself,” Shears says. “I used to have a chip on my shoulder about that, and my thoughts have really changed.” “I talk about this a little bit in the book,” Shears explains. “One of the special things about Scissor Sisters’ and my philosophy is that METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019



The cover of the new Iceman #1







Sina Grace (pictured, above) is ushering in a not-so uncanny era of LGBTQ+ fandom for new and longtime comic book readers alike with his artistic confidence, quick wit and occasional bad dad jokes in Marvel’s Iceman series. Iceman is Marvel’s first book to have a lead LGBTQ+ character in its title role. Bobby Drake, originally known as the Iceman, debuted in 1963 - created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as one of the five original mutants populating The X-Men comics. Fifty-five years later, Iceman is getting a fresh start in life, with Grace at the helm. It seems more than appropriate that Grace would oversee Bobby’s journey into self-discovery, heroism and the world of online dating. Grace is also the author/artist behind the autobiographical Self-Obsessed and a graphic novel called Not My Bag, which recounts his nightmare experience behind the counter. In addition to Marvel, Grace has worked with publishers IDW, Boom, Dynamite and Valiant; he’s also served as editorial director for Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. Although he may not readily admit it, Grace is paving a yellow brick road for LGBTQ+ creatives with every word he writes in the LA coffee shops where he’s often found working. You’ve been quite the busy bee these days with your work on both of Marvel’s Iceman comic book series. Have you always wanted to be a comic book creator? SINA GRACE: The only thing I’ve wanted to do in this life is make comics, so I started pretty young. I was an intern at Top Cow Productions in high school, and was making ‘zines by my senior year. In college,

I started self-publishing and going to cons. I even apprenticed under Howard Chaykin for a little bit. I then got sucked into working retail and drawing [the indie comic about a hipster rag doll] Li’l Depressed Boy on the side until I got the gig as Editorial Director for Skybound. My two big moments coming up were getting to illustrate an all-ages book for Amber Benson called Among the Ghosts. I love that book and the experience of getting to work with Simon and Schuster was so eyeopening. Then, my first “memoir” of sorts, Not My Bag — about retail hell,‘cuz let me tell you —was also an awesome way to walk away from editing comics full time and let the world know,“Hey, I write and draw comics. They’re gonna be weird, but they’re gonna be good.” Iceman’s “coming out” caught a lot of attention. How did you become the lead writer assigned to the project? For a long time I’d been very punk rock in not pursuing work from Marvel or DC, ‘cuz my Image work was keeping a roof over my head. I had an ah-ha a moment where I was like, “Can I also just do both?” I made editor Daniel Ketchum’s acquaintance via Not My Bag, and writer Gerry Duggan reintroduced us when I asked for advice on getting Marvel’s attention. There was about a year or two of small gigs here and there before Daniel asked me to pitch an Iceman solo series. I joke that I had no clue I was actually auditioning, because I really just ran with my gut instinct about his journey: He’s been hiding in plain sight this whole time. Knowing he would be Marvel’s leading LGBTQ+ character, what went through your mind as you considered where to take him? Before taking on Iceman, I got caught up on Steve Orlando’s Midnighter METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019





a handful of gay characters in both The Walking Dead and Invincible, so I didn’t realize the landscape was starving for more. Suffice to say, it’s pretty cool, but my expectation is that it should just be the status quo. Iceman has been around for quite a while, — 55 years to be exact. How did you decide what’s relevant in his background to help shape him going forward? Iceman’s extensive backstory is actually pretty easy to comb through, because he’s often not given much meat in the larger event arcs. And then when it’s not that, then it’s luckily been the same handful of themes he’s been struggling with since he was a teen. All the stuff with his parents, the years of fighting with Emma [Frost] about his powers… My rule has always been to lean into his past and make it work including that whole chapter where he got an accounting degree! What are you hoping readers new and old take away from what you’ve been able to accomplish? My hope is that readers enjoy the arc of watching Bobby Drake re-establish himself as a self-possessed X-Man in this world of rollercoasters. Family, Juggernaut, love interests, Spider-Man, old flames, Mister Sinister… I guess I hope readers can sort of see the meditation on identity I’ve laid out in this tangential tapestry that is just one chapter in the life of Marvel’s Merriest Mutant. Why is it important to you that Iceman has a heightened visibility for comics fans now that he’s out of the closet? ? The X-Men have always been a direct line to the voice of the marginalized folks in America and the world. Mutants are born with something in them that others fear and don’t understand. I talk a lot about the notion of intersectionality in the series, because he’s gay and a mutant. With this current arc on the stands, we have the Morlocks —


series. I wanted to see what had and hadn’t been done in terms of having a marquee character inhabit the pages as visibly gay. I also went through and read like 100 more X-Men books that I either missed or breezed through. I wanted to relive my X-Men fandom through the lens of Bobby Drake, as he was always so peripheral to the big events happening. I was gonna do whatever I was gonna do with regards to his journey and representing that, but I didn’t want to let X-Men fans down in terms of not knowing the character’s full history. You’re on the leading edge of a historic moment in the comics industry. Do you get the sense of broadening horizons? A friend once told me, “People never realize what they’re doing is revolutionary when it’s happening.” He was saying that to me about Iceman, and I kind of laughed because I’m like that gif of Tai from Clueless not feeling no buns of steel. There’s no point thinking about the meaning if I am or am not doing something big. My goal is to tell a story I’m proud of that feels responsibly handled for my community. Putting a comic out in the world that’s worth keeping on shelves is better than putting out an“important”story that’s flimsy upon a second reading. At the end of the day, it’s really on how the material lands with readers in another year or two, so I don’t spend much time worrying. The one thing that feels rad is hearing that the first two volumes of the series perform well in the book market. So, I guess my one-word answer is: validating. Only rarely do we see a mainstream popular LGBTQ+ character represented in comics, let alone land a book of their own. To me, I’m always like,“Well, duh!” about seeing mainstream LGBTQ+ folks on comic shelves, but that’s because almost everything I did at Image Comics; featured queer leads. … Similarly, Robert Kirkman had

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a group of mutants who cannot pass as“normal”non-mutants. So then we have that wrinkle to examine. These kinds of stories are anchored when there’s an identity or group of identities being used as analogs for the issues discussed. We can get more meat and then also use the power of metaphor to inform those who don’t understand what’s going on… plus, LGBT people wanna see themselves in cool costumes in the middle of awesome fight scenes. We’re hella warriors too, y’know? No two coming out stories are identical, of course. Did your own path have an impact on what you decided to do with Bobby Drake? Is his story in any way your own? My coming-out story is way different than Bobby’s. I was raised by an Iranian single mother who came up Muslim, so her reaction had more to do with a lack of father figure. The part of the experience that I identify with regarding Iceman’s journey is the fear that status quos and friendships would change because of my truth. I started coming out towards the end of high school… I was still a little confused by my own sexuality/gender presentation. So the first person I told was my high school best friend, and then I think a friend I met on a comic book message board. Even though we have so many labels that help define us, sometimes there still is an inescapable quality of being put into a box. Anyway, once I was in college, I recognized that for all intents and purposes, I was a gay man and wrapped up my coming-out process as such! What are your hopes and aspirations for Bobby Drake and other LGBTQ+ characters yet to be created in the comics universe? My hopes are that these books are normalized and celebrated for their quality rather than treated like a crazy exception that snuck into the mainstream. Part of why I stand so hard for Love, Simon is that it’s a

major motion picture with a high budget soundtrack [and] great production quality that was in the same several thousand movie theaters as Avengers: Infinity War… like, we were [given more than just an] art house movie once a blue moon! Why is coming out still so important to LGBTQ+ identity now, and what does it mean to be out and proud today? Well, when you say the word“identity,”there’s an implied understanding that one’s identity speaks to their psyche, self-image, portrayed image, beliefs, and general markers of individuality … I’ve learned better than to speak in generalizations, but it begs the question: How could it not be important? All I know is that for me, I felt like a massive burden was lifted off my shoulders the minute I stopped carrying a secret around my friends and family. And as a result, I was able to focus my mental energies on being a better writer/artist/friend/person. The thing I love about seeing a new generation of teens grow up and come out without the “After School Special” of it all is the unapologetic nature of their process! Hell yes! Being out and proud today means not feeling shame or fear for what is an absolute truth that also does and doesn’t have to be anybody else’s business. Once the deadlines have all been met and the issue is finally off to the printer, what gets your attention? Trying new things is always fun for me. … My ex always told people that so long as I had an opportunity to take a picture for Instagram Stories, I’d want to do pretty much any activity! Sincerely though, I was pretty sick a few years ago, so now I am open to exploring everything this world has to offer me. But of course, I’m at my happiest grabbing a cappuccino from some new cafe and hitting up a comic or book store before a movie or concert. I’m mild to wild like that. ■ METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019




and neon colored tank tops for decades, although it’s not the brand of a high-end clothing line. Some readers will instantly recognize this symbol from their dancing days. Seasoned ravers have mastered its insider handshake too - a gesture that commonly transforms strangers into new friends on crowded dancefloors. PLUR is simple shorthand for “peace, love, unity and respect.” That’s something we can all get behind. And although this overture of fellowship has been around for some time, it still surfaces on today’s Top 40 playlists. Even as dance music has become a highly lucrative commercial commodity, almost miraculously, those same values of PLUR live on. PLUR is why an all-too-often misunderstood segment has called dance music home since its inception. It’s similar to how the discotheque — even as it fed pop culture fanatics — provided a place of solace for members of marginalized communities, including young African Americans navigating life in a post-Civil Rights Movement world and queer people burdened by the judgements of a society still reluctant to embrace them completely. These groups were drawn to a safe place found amid flashing lights where the characteristics that made them different quickly fell to the wayside. Their genders, races and orientations were replaced by indistinguishable






silhouettes moving throughout glimmering nightclubs where freedom and positivity reign supreme. A fervent new energy rolled in with the ‘90s. Illegal raves descended upon forgotten warehouses, hidden basements and abandoned buildings, bringing with them new subsets of trance and electro — all synth-driven sounds that eventually ruled the airwaves. Those celebrations were often known only by the most diligent partygoers, those devotees who tracked carefully monitored phone trees and discreetly distributed passwords. This exchange of “top secret” information reinforced an overarching sense of community. Entry to the event served as a binding agreement that only love and respect would be tolerated from every participant.


JOINING THE AMSTERDANCE Electronic music was then, and still is, for everyone. That dictum is immediately apparent as we embarked on an enlightening overseas romp. It may be 3am, but during Amsterdam Dance Event — or ADE as the industry calls it — the party’s just getting started. A downtown square teems with music lovers who have traversed the globe to experience the best of what electronic music has to offer. Over the course of five days, some 400,000 people will participate in panels, film screenings, label showcases, live demonstrations, yoga classes and more in what has become the world’s largest music and technology conference — and one of the most collectively inclusive gatherings on the planet. Approaching the venue in the wee hours of Thursday morning, there’s a diverse crowd to wade through. Persons of every race, gender and age are here for a good time. A tall elegantly dressed drag queen works the front door of Sugar Factory, a mid-sized nightspot that touts itself as being a “dynamic, open-minded and creative club where live music and theater meet”. That description checks out. We offer our names, and the queen flips long luminous red hair over her shoulder as she scans her worn notepad.“You’re all set! Now you just go in there and have fun, honey,” she says with a beaming smile. Inside, it’s bumping. The main room boasts modest decorations — a simple lighting rig, a slow-turning disco ball and spiral staircases that METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019





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ascend into an underdressed balcony. But any over-the-top fanfare the decor lacks is offset by the colorful crowd, many of whom are loudly and proudly bedecked in boas, face paint, high heels and glitter. A trip to the bar brings more happy surprises when a stranger in line picks up our refreshments “just because.” All she asks is that we return the favor sometime later this weekend. Can do, madam. The vibe is beyond friendly, and with a soundtrack so splendid, how could it not be? The United Kingdom’s Horse Meat Disco are keeping the spirit of the ‘70s alive with an upbeat mix of classics and nu selections. Lovingly referred to by their fanbase as the “Disco Daddies,” this charming foursome host their own queer parties in London, Brooklyn and beyond. While The Classic Music Company’s Wednesday night showcase hasn’t been marketed specifically as an LGBTQ gathering, both the lineup and the audience make it so. Also sharing the roster tonight are Honey Dijon, a Chicago born, New York-based house and techno artist who happens to be transgender; Eli Escobar, a Brooklyn native who has become a familiar face at inclusive venues and NYC Pride Parties; and CMC label head Luke Solomun, a UK-based artist and businessman who has provided a happy home for the work of artists from all walks of life. We catch up with Escobar just before his closing B2B set with Solomun. The soft spoken scene veteran and ally has been called “the quintessential New York DJ.” With more than two decades of production and performance under his belt, Escobar has watched electronic music in the States transform from an underground cult pastime into a multi-billion dollar global phenomenon. He’s navigated the transformation deftly and maintained a fanbase by pushing the boundaries of any genre he touches - hip-hop, classic New York house and sparkling disco productions only scratch the surface of his rich and often introspective oeuvre. Although the landscape has shifted, he believes that for many, there is still one thing that precipitates that first calling to the dancefloor: a desire to belong. “Growing up, there were times I felt alienated,”Escobar says, taking time to choose his words. “I didn’t relate to the kids who were good at sports or who were all latching on to popular trends, and I think that’s why I found clubbing so early. The people I met while clubbing were warm and accepting. They all loved music and dancing, and immediately I knew that was where I wanted to be all the time.” Escobar’s story is more the rule than the exception among EDM’s most fervent acolytes. Throughout history, music has been known as a primal form of escapism, and dancing, as a promoter of positive release. Escobar points to liberated souls as the heart of any great party. “I started getting booked for queer parties all the time, and I love it! I personally feel like when you have a group of people who feel the need to dance and who really need the music you’re playing, it’s way better,” he’s quick to add. “To be able to play for a

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community of people who deeply respect this outlet and who really treasure it means so much to me. It’s much different than playing for a gathering of 20-somethings who are out to prove that they have few wild nights left in them before it’s time to settle down. Plus queer audiences give me an invitation to take a lot more chances musically. I can play more emotional music.” It’s a compliment, but one that also provides a telling glimpse into his perpetually questing creative prowess. Sugar Factory isn’t the only hall sizzling with queer energy during ADE. It’s as though the spirit is infused in the event’s very fabric. Odd Fantastic and Dance With Pride host a Wednesday night fundraiser featuring queer talent — whose proceeds will go to support the new Buddy Project of Stichting Prisma Groep, an organization dedicated to creating friendly support groups for those who need them most. Conference passholders attend a panel titled “Artists Empowering Their Community to Create Change” in which a wide range of performers (from ecoaware techno duo BLOND:ISH to Dave Clarke, a British

producer who has boycotted playing on U.S. soil until the reign of Trump is over) discuss steps they’ve taken personally to make the world a better and more loving place. Boiler Room teams up with IsBurning, an infamous gay party thrown by Charles Valdes which draws from throwback LGBTQ culture from the disco era. The nearly six-hour Friday night event spotlights queer artists and allies like Octo Octa, Titia and many more whose names have become synonymous with legendary “gay” club nights worldwide (you can relive the magic of ADE: Boiler Room x IsBurning in its entirety at To call ADE “a breath of fresh air” is an understatement there’s a unique electricity stemming from its outrageously welcoming, peaceful spirit. It’s readily apparent that the forces behind it are promoting inclusivity in a way that extends far beyond the musical subculture it originally intended to serve.



MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE STATES... An international affair like ADE is a prime example of how electronic music advances global positivity, but there’s reason to rejoice near homebase too. While making new friends on the continent, an American scene hero was hard at work brewing up new beats with community in mind. Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ, is both a Renaissance man and titan of popular dance culture. Already a distinguished producer, DJ, saxophonist, songwriter, singer and Camp Kulabunga Counselor, GRiZ added a new moniker to his list when he came out as gay in a sweet and very candid letter to The Huffington Post in the summer of 2016 (he now considers the disclosure “just a dope side-note”). The underlying theme of his intentional outreach was a phrase that many have embraced as a beacon of hope: “It gets better.”Those three words also happen to be the title of his bouncy new single, a track shot through with uplifting hooks, feel-good lyrics and his own unique panache. It’s a radio-ready anthem that laughs confidently in the face of adversity. “The message stems originally from my own personal




struggles with being a queer person in the world — struggles I’ve endured in relationships as well as my frustrations with the way our culture is represented in the media,” Kwiecinski explains. “This was a way to express a healing notion in a musical way.” The bouncy track, which highlights a soulful vocal from hip-hop icon DRAM, has served as way for GRiZ to break what his followers had guessed was a creative hiatus. Although GRiZ’s tour schedule has hardly slowed,“It Gets Better” and its bookend track “Can’t Get Enough” were the first releases seen from the multi-talented musician in almost a year. “I said my piece with what I was going through, and after a while, I got this urge to share my work with other people again. After all, the music isn’t just for me,” says GRiZ. “I wanted people to hear these two tracks specifically because it felt like [they contained the words] I was telling myself — a lot. And then things just seemed to line up perfectly: With everything happening in the world, these songs were not only something people wanted to hear, but needed to hear.”

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The lyrics of ‘It Gets Better’ (which include the original chorus by GRiZ and verses by DRAM) remind listeners to keep their focus on what will create a lasting impact at every level of society: Believe in yourself. Keep your head up and make the world a better place by spreading positivity. It’s the perfect accessory to the #ShowLoveSpreadLove tag which appears in his inspirational social media posts, on pieces from his self-designed clothing line and throughout the live shout-outs of those marathon DJ sets. GRiZ’s secret for sustaining his own positive outlook on life? “If I’m feeling grumpy while grabbing my morning coffee, I can stand there and not talk or I can give a stranger a big smile,” GRiZ says with a laugh. “When I get one back, that instant affirmation, it’s like magic. It instantly turns my day around and works every time. Give it a try.” No doubt GRiZ feels rewarded by the career he’s carved out and the environment it engenders. “I don’t think dance music has ever been a space where people weren’t trying to spread a positive message,” GRiZ concludes. “Whether it was through the hip-hop, dubstep, house or heady scenes, beneath it all were people who were genuinely excited to link up and connect with one another. I’m so happy to have found that place that feels safe and relatable. And I’m here to perpetuate that very thing that’s so special and sacred to so many of us.” Between the new tunes and his charitable “12 Days of GRiZMAS” events which rocked his hometown of Detroit over the holidays, GRiZ puts time and energy into to keeping EDM’s positivity an ongoing effort. Next, he’s headlining Envision Costa Rica, a sustainable, health and wellness-focused festival taking place in Latin America later this month ( Times will change. People will too. It’s hard to know how the festival circuit will evolve — at home or abroad — in 10 years. It’s perhaps even more difficult to forecast the trends

that electronic diehards will latch on to from one season to the next. However, one thing is for certain: as long as the musical pioneers keep pushing their message of peace, love, unity and respect, Electronic Dance Music will remain secure in its place as a safe haven for all, regardless of their fans’ geographical or sexual orientations. And isn’t that desire for communal celebration what put them on the dance floor in the first place? ■






from every angle, while you can’t seem to find a decent angle for a selfie? Wondering how you can look more like them? You may not be able to afford their $1,500 per session personal trainers and private chefs, but there are some incredible products on the market that can give you more of that je ne sais quoi that makes celebs so ... Instragrammable. The first step is extremely simple and completely affordable: water. Roughly 60% of your body is composed of water and every cell, tissue and organ is thirsty for it. Most people should drink close to a dozen cups of water, or roughly eight glasses a day, but there are times when you should increase your intake. Do you find yourself perspiring because of warm temperatures, vigorous workouts or illness? If the answer is yes to any of those, drink more. Water before and after exercising is vital and especially good when you’re feeling thirsty or hungry. (Many mistake the sensation of thirst for hunger, which can lead to overeating.) Staying hydrated can curb your appetite, help you to get a better night’s sleep and stabilize your overall health. Kylie Jenner also recently pointed out: “The key to good skin is more than just slathering on moisturizer and staying out of the sun. Water is so important to keep your skin glowing from the inside out.” Getting a good night’s rest can also play in important role in looking your best on any given day. The National Sleep Foundation recommends both young adults (18-25 years old) and adults (26-64 years old) sleep seven to nine hours a night, while those age 65 or older should sleep seven to eight hours each night. Stockholm’s The Karolinska Institutet recently did an experimental laboratory study supported by the Swedish Sleep Research Society, the Swedish Society for Medical Research and the Stockholm Stress Centre. According to the team, results showed that “sleep deprivation affects features relating to the eyes, mouth and skin, and that these features function as cues of sleep loss to other people. Because these facial regions are important in the communication between humans, facial cues of sleep deprivation and fatigue may carry social consequences for the sleep deprived individual in everyday life.” Having a difficult time getting to sleep? Dr. Carmela Alcántara, Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work recommends “creating an environment that encourages sleep by making sure the place you sleep is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.” In addition, she recommends “if you’re unable to get to sleep, get up and out of bed. Try going into another room until you feel tired again before returning to sleep. Repeat this if necessary.” Skin care and grooming can also play an important part in raising the bar toward looking and feeling like a star. We went in search of a range of products you may want to add to your regimen to step up your game. Since the line has celeb fans like Zoë Kravitz and Mandy Moore, we took a closer look at Arcona ( skincare products. Arcona offers a unique Eye Dew Plus ($95) featuring ultra corrective with an anti-aging formula offering intensified concentrations of cutting-edge Retinol and Neodermyl to reverse the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of elasticity. Arcona also has a Bronze Tinted Self Tanner that’s a light and oil-free way to get a movie star glow without catching too many rays.




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Kick off your New Year with tasty cleanses that deliver a fresh lease on life! BY MEGAN VENZIN ONCE AGAIN, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE RESOLVED


to ring in the New Year by adopting a healthier lifestyle. However, studies show that by February, 80 percent of those New Year’s resolutions will have already failed. While taking temporary breaks from caffeine, sugar, alcohol or snacking is always a good practice, these no-budge restrictions can leave people feeling deprived and grumpy. When the flood walls holding back our cravings finally give way, we often end up worse off than when we started. So what’s the solution? Chances are it’s somewhere between imposing a hard rule that you can never indulge in a scoop of ice cream again and that moment you realize you’ve just given up and eaten an entire pint. After all, life is about balance — and finding that sweet spot is half the battle. That’s why kicking off 2019 with a cleanse is one way to set yourself up for success. Cleansing provides the perfect opportunity to reset your digestive system and generate healthier habits moving forward, while also taking comfort in knowing that there is a light at the end of your gluten-free tunnel. However, not all cleanses are created equal, and you need to consider which one will be right one for you — one that feels like an area worth exploring and a manageable challenge but will still leave you feeling satisfied. So here are a four of our favorite cleanse options to get you started, including what each involves, what’s to love about them, and potential pitfalls you may encounter along the way.









Touted by celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow, this 28-day cleanse combines a generous elimination diet with liquid meals to promote PH balance in the body and enable participants to uncover which personal “trigger foods” may be causing them discomfort or undiagnosed ailments. The Clean program works for a wide variety of people, including those with chronic issues (such as IBS or skin disorders) in addition to those more generally hoping to experience better sleep or look and feel younger. Developed by LA-based cardiologist and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Alejandro Junger, the four-week Clean program can be followed with the help of his book (which shares the cleanse’s name) or through purchasing a preset smoothie plan from the official website. Plenty of filtered water, sleep and fasting at least 12 hours between breakfast and dinner solidify this month-long plan.

Whole30 works because it requires a commitment to clean, whole foods for an entire month. Saying goodbye to processed foods is the first step in building and maintaining healthy habits. Plus, you’ll learn how to get a lot more creative in the kitchen while embracing real food that loves you back.




For the first seven days, cleansers are allowed to eat three solid meals a day, plus snacks from the proposed elimination diet. This diet still allows participants to enjoy “comfort foods” like brown rice pasta, certain gluten-free breads and even ghee (clarified butter).

POTENTIAL OBSTACLES Two liquid meals a day can leave cleansers feeling isolated and hungry for a social life, especially if they tend to eat out often. Thankfully, it’s okay to swap your liquid dinner for lunch every once in a while for special occasions (as long as the food you’re eating is clean, unprocessed and free of certain foods it identifies as allergyforming). Eliminating caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and sugar also proves daunting for some, but the majority of cleanses will denounce these kinds of substances.

WHAT’S TO LOVE? You don’t have to give up solid meals to get solid results with this cleanse. What’s more - because Whole30 is based on eating clean, unrefined foods - you can easily adopt this diet as a permanent lifestyle change after you’ve completed the monthlong process (though, to stick with it longterm, you might need to give yourself a little leniency now and then).

POTENTIAL OBSTACLES Eating out can be difficult (if not impossible) while following Whole30 because the sauces, condiments, preservatives and additives found in restaurantprepared foods generally conflict with the guidelines of Whole30. For those who don’t have time to cook at home or meal prep on the weekends, Whole30 can pose challenges. Alcohol, sugar, dairy and even “approved” foods are still off limits, because as the website states, “A pancake is still a pancake, even if it’s made with coconut flour.”








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WHAT IS IT? Haven’t you heard? Souping is the new juicing. Digestion is taxing on the body, and using stores of energy to break down meals is painfully counterproductive. The liquid content of soup makes the absorption process more manageable while delivering a wide variety of nutrientdense options straight to your immune system. It’s the answer to cold and flu season!

WHAT’S TO LOVE? Blended soups preserve that precious fiber that leaves you feeling full, and sometimes a steaming bowl of soup just sounds way more inviting than a fresh-squeezed juice — especially during the frigid winter months. There are a number of 100 percent organic soup cleanses available. You can be purchase many online and have


POTENTIAL OBSTACLES Those who lead active lifestyles may find it difficult to get enough protein in their diets depending on soup alone. Integrating bone broths, lentils and leafy greens can help boost this kind of content in every bowl. Don’t forget to include healthy fats too like olive oil, coconut milk and seed pastes like tahini.

WHERE I CAN I LEARN MORE? While there are several examples online, we like this celebrity go-to: The Elissa Goodman S.O.U.P. Cleanse ($350/week, order at




them delivered fresh to your door. Or you can invest in a food processor or immersion blender and make your own delicious concoctions at home.

This 10-day detox plan delivers raw, concentrated nutrition and plenty of fiber in the forms of blended fruit and vegetable smoothies. Leafy greens and herbs such as spinach, kale, parsley and mint give these potent drinks an extra punch, while lending an exciting dose of variety as you lap up your lunch and slurp down your supper.

WHAT’S TO LOVE? While we highly recommend avoiding mixing in dairy, there are plenty of other protein rich substitutes like Ripple Foods brand pea-protein yogurt, almond butter and cashew milks which can add bulk to your meals. An all-smoothie diet may sound monotonous, but the variety of smoothies to explore will surprise you. Add a handful of mint-leaves to a banana and cacao powder shake for a chilly twist. Or mix cilantro, avocado, cucumber and carrot juice for sippable soup. Unlike juices, smoothies

retain fiber which means you won’t feel starved on this diet. In fact, you just might be surprised by the energy that this short-term cleanse awakens.

POTENTIAL OBSTACLES You might miss chewing now and then. Also, those who live in cooler climes may choose to reserve this detox for warmer months when smoothies make a refreshing treat. You’ll also need to find creative ways to pack protein into you meals. Try making your own nut butters or investing in a plant-based vegan protein powder.

WHERE I CAN I LEARN MORE? Several versions of this detox exist online, but we recommend JJ Smith’s 10-day Smoothie Cleanse guidelines to get you started: METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019




2012. As he headed to a clinic that January for his HIV test results, he chronicled those life-changing moments on video and audio. “I just got the news,”he says into the camera lens.“I’m positive and my viral load is at five million, so we’ve got a lot of work to do to get that thing down. So now I’m going to catch a plane, so I can go home and tell my Mom.” Just a few weeks after the 29-year-old Tennessean informed his family, he shared his story with the world – posting the poignant YouTube video to his online blog “I’m Still Josh,” and again on Facebook. “By the end of the day, people were reaching out to me from all over the place thanking me,” he says.“I would log onto Facebook and would be inundated with messages from people in the community telling me their story.”




For Robbins, that immediate response was empowering and lent a new purpose to his life as he became a virtual viral video star: he used his blog as a resource,to combat stigma, create a community and illustrate how to take control over what once was considered a death sentence. To date, that first video has garnered nearly 137,000 views (while his Facebook page has 14,000 likes and over 13,500 follows). “I wanted to encourage people that were newly diagnosed to imagine on that day when you get the worst news you have ever heard, you had somebody to tell you it’s going to be okay,” Robbins offers.“I never intended to become an activist. I simply just couldn’t find anybody that resembled me or who I connected with that understood what I was going through.” His blog, which can be found at, provides videos and a toolkit of top HIV apps, HIV-related services and HIV/AIDS awareness products to help those living with HIV lead their best lives. At the heart of his endeavor is a desire to show others confronted with HIV and AIDS that they are not alone — and that such digital resources as social media platforms and blogs can help people establish connections. “It’s so powerful to just open up about your life and share your story,” he says.“It lessens the stress over living with the condition.” Still, Robbins cautions that with greater awareness comes with accountability.“It’s a huge responsibility once you start talking about living openly with a condition,”he says.“People start asking questions; so you’d better know your facts!” Robbins also learned that engaging on social media can harvest bittersweet results, with people using their anonymity as a shield when posting ill-informed and hurtful comments. “On YouTube I got the worst comments in the world, vile comments,” he concedes.“On Facebook, I get to see who people are, who they really are, and on Twitter people can be anonymous, but are really supportive of the message.” In the years since going public about his status, Robbins has been profiled by various media outlets, led a Ted Talk, and recently developed a partnership with Dating Positives (“a place for people who are positive about being positive”) to help take the stigma out of poz dating. “It’s about meeting likeminded people in that same supportive, safe and secure environment,” Robbins believes. “And it’s fun to get back a dating life now and see and meet people from all over the country.” (At this writing, he’s still single; so don’t miss your chance, guys!) Pondering his journey over the last six years, Robbins says not a day goes by without discussing HIV with someone. And while he occasionally debates whether he chose the right name for his blog, he ultimately feels it does reflect his persona. “At the time, the message was simple: I wanted people to understand that I am still the exact same person they knew, and they are still the exact same people to me.” He puts it simply: “You be you, and I’ll be me, and I’m still Josh.” ■




When Josh Robbins decided to engage very publicly with the world about his HIV status, it began a journey that would change lives (including his own). BY JEFF SIMMONS


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learn that a street named Euterpe runs parallel to one called Terpsichore: the Muse of Music flanked by the Muse of Dance. This makes sense for the city that gave birth to jazz — the same city where $200 and a permit will buy you a personalized parade, complete with police escort. In the Big Easy, celebration is life, and vice versa. Of course, it’s probably also pertinent to point out the presence of Melpomene Street, named for the Muse of Tragedy, since this is also a city that’s survived its share of natural disasters. But what’s more resonant about New Orleans is how it flourishes in the face of adversity just as surely as jazz was born from the blues. It’s a city with a wicked sense of humor: a city that’s survived catastrophic fires and invented Tabasco sauce. The nation’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, originated here as well, which comes in handy because when life throws a curveball, New Orleans throws a party. For decades, one of the best parties in New Orleans has been Friday Lunch at Galatoire’s. Founded in 1905, the beloved Bourbon Street restaurant displays the indomitable spirit of New Orleans when local luminaries and savvy visitors pack the 132-seat downstairs dining room for an hours-long end-of-week celebration




that easily slides into evening. And just as with nearly everything about New Orleans, there’s protocol behind this venerated local tradition: line sitters, for example, wait in front of the restaurant from sunrise until the doors open at 11:30 am. As Galatoire’s does not take reservations for Friday Lunch, patrons hire sitters to hold their place in line. People have been known to send anyone from their maids to their children to wait in their stead. As they used to say about Rick’s in Casablanca, everybody comes to Galatoire’s — and especially at Friday Lunch where everybody dresses to the nines and everybody drinks. Women in millinery so outré as to rival Ascot laugh at the repartee of bowtied men in seersucker suits near a four-top of Audrey Hepburns in pearls and smart little black dresses. Once the line sitters are paid and the maître d’ has paired off guests to their favorite waiters, the party continues in the wallpapered-and-mirrored dining room with its brass sconces glimmering beneath vintage paddle fans. Birthday celebrants toast with a round of Sazeracs and Champagne corks pop in the air. At Galatoire’s, anyone can stand — atop a chair or a table — and raise a glass to the entire room, which quiets just long enough to hear who’s being toasted (or roasted).




Apart from the riotous roar of the party, there’s also the food: a mesmerizing mélange of French Créole cuisine inspired by the founder’s homeland and the ensuing culinary influences on New Orleans gastronomy. You’ll see soufflé potatoes and bowls of gumbo and plates heaped with crabmeat and shrimp remoulade. Midway through the crawfish étouffée, a brass band appears and it’s only minutes before half the room forms a second line, which is New Orleanspeak for the revelers who follow behind the music, white napkins twirling to the brass beat. More Champagne for the table! Another round for the room! Not a person at Friday Lunch returns to the office. Along with music, the culture of New Orleans revolves around food. In fact, given how much New Orleans celebrates its culinary heritage, it’s a wonder there isn’t a street named for a Muse of gastronomy. Unlike most American cities, New Orleans has a cuisine that is definitively sui generis: unmistakably its own, a jambalaya of elements spiced by the early French and Spanish settlers and the influx of Acadians commingling with West Africans and Native Americans, as well as Sicilians. Each culture contributed to what is often known as Créole and Cajun — though most locals know it best as the food of New Orleans. Or as one native remarked, “You say the word ‘Arcadian’ three times fast, it’s an easy slide into ‘Cajun’”— which is as much a lesson in cultural history as it is in phonetics. Food is such an integral part of New Orleans that the local utility company New Orleans Public Service, Inc. (better known by its acronym NOPSI, visible on thousands of manhole covers throughout the city) used to share recipes with its customers — both on its monthly bills and in its weekly Rider’s Digest,distributed on city streetcars and buses. For decades, local residents paid their bills in person at the flagship NOPSI building for the privilege of watching NOPSI’s home economists cook up a meal. As a fifth-generation local recalls, “My mother made it a point to pay her NOPSI utility bills in person [because] housewives flocked to NOPSI to see live cooking demonstrations from NOPSI’s Home Economics Department, all of whom wore white lab coats with the company logo.” So popular were the NOPSI

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recipes that they were compiled in a 1951 cookbook called Créole Cuisine, which has become “the ultimate community cookbook,” according to Elizabeth Williams, president and director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Today, NOPSI’s landmark limestone building, built in 1927, is home to NOPSI Hotel, a luxury hotel that retains the grand lobby with its original 21-foot vaulted ceiling, ornamental columns and stone terrazzo floors. Recognized by Historic Hotels of America for its architectural integrity, NOPSI opened in 2017 on the building’s 90th anniversary, and one of its primary goals has been to maintain the convivial civic spirit that attracted locals for years. In keeping with the building’s Prohibition-era antecedents, the lobby bar underCURRENT offers a patio where guests can sip classic gin and Champagne cocktails inspired by 1920s luminaries. Furthering the connection to the building’s past as a gas and electric power company, NOPSI’s rooftop bar and pool is known as Above the Grid, a name which becomes literal at sunset when the city below transforms into a shimmering squares of light. Equally impressive are the massive chandeliers that illuminate the Dryades Ballroom, which was repurposed from an industrial warehouse located behind the original NOPSI building. Massive arched windows are framed by exposed brick walls that rise to a 30-foot ceiling complete with steel crane from the original substation.




Apart from weddings and receptions, the spacious venue provides an elegant setting for a culinary odyssey led by NOPSI’s executive chef. The seven-course “Louisiana Culinary Exploration” revisits such New Orleans classics as the regional crawfish boil, crab ravigotte and barbecued shrimp, followed by a chef’s demonstration of the classic Bananas Foster flambé. After these gastronomic pleasures, NOPSI’s Deluxe Suites provide a post-prandial sanctuary. Accommodations include a sleek and stylish living room parlor, two large screen televisions and a double-sink spa bathroom with a walk-in shower large enough for several members of the New Orleans Saints. A member of LUX Preferred, the 217room hotel serves as a relaxing base camp amidst the 24/7 revels underway just outside the lobby doors. Throughout 2018, New Orleans celebrated its tricentennial with a citywide party known as NOLA Tricentennial (1718-2018), which was marked by redevelopment and major infrastructure projects — not to mention the city’s 135 annual festivals. One of the city’s most vibrant post-Katrina neighborhoods is Arts District New Orleans (ADNO) which transformed a neglected warehouse neighborhood into a thrumming hub of creativity. A short walk from NOPSI, ADNO is anchored by the brand-new campus of The National WWII Museum and its cultural neighbors, the Ogden Museum of Southern

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Art and the Contemporary Arts Center. Bucolic Julia Street has become the backbone of a neighborhood notable for its galleries, cafés, restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Given the city’s glorious gumbo of disparate cultures, it’s easy to understand how hospitality became the hallmark of New Orleans Parish. After all, one of the city’s most famous fictitious heroines declared, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,” a sentiment with which Tennessee Williams was familiar from nights spent in the French Quarter at Café Lafitte in Exile (arguably the oldest gay bar in the States — and still open all day and night). Unlike much of the South, which has kept the LGBTQ community at arm’s distance, New Orleans has a history of embracing LGBTQ people as family. The first gay Mardi Gras krewe appeared in 1958, followed by two more gay krewes in 1961 and 1969. For more than 30 years, Halloween New Orleans has been raising funds for Project Lazarus, an assisted-living home for those with HIV/AIDS. Meanwhile, over in the Tremé neighborhood, a small annual house party in the early 1970s grew into Southern Decadence, which has become one of New Orleans’ top five tourist events (along with Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest) with an annual economic impact of more than $250 million and attendance exceeding 200,000. While the streetcar named Desire Williams made famous has been a bus line since 1948, you can still ride the St. Charles trolley: the nation’s oldest continuously operating streetcar line provides a leisurely entrée into the city’s Garden District. Located along the six-mile emporium of Magazine Street, Coquette has been a neighborhood favorite for brunch since its 2008 opening. Helmed by an award-winning chef/owner couple, the two-story restaurant is a culinary playground for the talented team in the kitchen who reinterpret Southern cuisine with their own contemporary twist.

Equally tempting for breakfast is Willa Jean in the city’s Central Business District, where James Beard-nominated chef Kelly Fields channels her grandmother Willa Jean’s spunky spirit with recipes that celebrate Southern hospitality. The morning menu features a complete section devoted solely to biscuits — for which Grandma Willa Jean deserves a hallelujah chorus. Meanwhile, in the heart of the Quarter, while New Orleans was celebrating its tricentennial, Arnaud’s celebrated 100 years of classic French Créole cuisine in a restaurant widely considered the largest in the vicinity. Beyond the romantic ambiance of its main dining room and the seductive charms of French 75 Bar, the labyrinthine restaurant offers a warren of private dining rooms, including a pair of adjoining dining parlors known as Bourbon Suites. Apart from the marble fireplaces and a private bar (with a designated bartender), what makes this French blue and gold pair of parlors particularly appealing is the expansive covered balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Few vantage points are more perfect for sipping French 75 cocktails while tossing beads into a crowd of people willing to do just about anything to snare a strand. A few stumbles down the street from Arnaud’s is the Hotel Monteleone, home to The Carousel Bar & Lounge, the birthplace of Truman Capote — or so he liked to quip. The revolving bar makes a pleasant perch from which to witness the world go round — and to consider whether or not to call it a night. If you’ve drained your last glass, all-night room service awaits at NOPSI — or better yet, a table at Public Service, the hotel’s industrial chic restaurant that serves an incomparable pain perdu with bourbon butter sauce. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself tempted to order another round. After all, one of the joys of New Orleans is knowing that there’s always room for more. ■ METROSOURCE.COM FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019



ers can make life changes with dramatic results. After dabbling with cleanses, cooking, cleaning and keto, we present five of the latest books on the market for you to consider as you head into 2018. There’s never a bad time to step up your health game.



HEALTHY eating books on the market, all promising that their read-

Ross Bridgeford’s THE ALKALINE RESET CLEANSE: The 7-Day Reboot for Unlimited Energy, Rapid Weight Loss, and the Prevention of Degenerative Disease (Hay House) is divided into three sections: “The Nature of the Beast,” “Reset Your Health” and “Let’s Do It!” Bridgeford has coached thousands of people back to health using this cleanse by challenging people to take charge of their choices, and transform their lives in the process. He delves into the truths about our collective health crisis, zeroes in on the top three causes, then poses the Alkaline Reset Cleanse as a life raft in the sea of health challenges — and a way to give your body a fresh start. According to Bridgeford, the body’s main goal is to maintain homeostasis. He helps readers do it through his “different way of thinking about the body” and offers ways we can replenish, heal and reboot ourselves to optimal health. Helpful resources include shopping lists, a handy recipe list and a conversion chart. Ultimately, the goal is to wipe the slate clean and turn a page in order lose weight, restore immunity and take big steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Qigong, the holistic Chinese system of physical exercises and




breathing related to tai chi is known to have a variety of benefits, including lowering blood pressure, improving heart health, lowering the risk of injuries, reducing stress levels, improving immunity and even preventing cancer. The Body in Balance: Qigong Healing at Any Age with Energy, Breath, Movement and 50 Nourishing Recipes (Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale) is by the editors of Prevention in conjunction with Master FaXiang Hou and Janet Teacher. Master FaXiang Hou is the founder and director of the QiGong Research Society and a healer who uses acupressure, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine and qigong in his practice. The book suggests, “Qigong offers low-impact body movement based on the ancient theory that the beneficial flow of energy (or “qi”) through the body restores vitality and regulates the functions of the mind, body and breath.” Drawing on centuries of knowledge, his guide contains qigong exercises with photo instructions, breathing techniques, acupressure, herbal remedies, a fasting plan and healing recipes. The section on Major Healing and Tonic Herbs — like Cardamom, Goji berry, and Rhubarb — is especially informative and the Fasting Exercises are designed to benefit specific parts of the body (heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen and more. His recipes are simple and easy to follow, and dishes like Pearl Barley Congee, Pineapple Rice, Family Dumplings and Silk Road Lamb have plenty of eye and palate appeal. “Who says vegetarians can’t go keto?” ask the editors of The Essential Keto Vegetarian Cookbook (Rodale Books), a collection of 65 low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein, vegetarian (and pescatarian) recipes. The keto diet has taken the health market by storm over the past few years, and with this handy cookbook it’s easy to prepare plant-based keto-friendly foods. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a scrumptious dessert, or a breakfast bonanza, these recipes explore how whole-food ingredients can keep you full and energized. First time exploring the keto world? This is a great book for you. The first chapter explains the ketogenic diet in a way that’s easy for anyone to understand, and offers apps, useful tools, health benefits, things to beware of, foods to avoid, foods to double up on and clear categories of fats, proteins, low-carb vs. high-carb fruits and vegetables — plus useful herbs, spices and pantry staples. The breakfast and smoothie section includes such recipes as Green Smoothie with Mint, Almond Chia Pudding and Pumpkin Pie Pancakes. The Soups & Salads sec-


Considering going keto? Concerned about your qi? Alarmed about whether you’re alkaline? We serve up five recent books about current health crazes. BY JEFFREY JAMES KEYES




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tion features a Broccoli-Cheddar Soup, Roasted Cauliflower-Turmeric Soup, and a Sunflower Seed and Goat Cheese Salad. Other chapters include Entrees, Sides & Snacks, Desserts, Sauces & Dressings and Fish & Seafood (check out the Salmon Cucumber Coins!) Who says carnivores have all the fun? Rodale Books also recently published The Essential Keto Vegan Cookbook: 65 Healthy & Delicious Plant-Based Ketogenic Recipes and it’s one of the best ways to kick your body into gear for the spring run-up to swimsuit season. The 65 recipes all embody the spirit of the low-carb, highfat, moderate protein keto diet geared towards vegans who at one time considered ketogenic eating incompatible for their lifestyles. Much like The Essential Keto Vegetarian Cookbook, this tome offers a wealth of resources about going keto — including how to track your macros and ketones, keto hacks, foods to integrate (or watch out for) and how to get started. The cookbook offers a broad array of recipes including smoothies, breakfasts, soups and salads, entrees like Fajita-Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Vegan Kofte with Minty Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, and Veggie Pot Pie, plus snacks and craveable desserts like Macadamia Nut Mug Cake and a Creamy Coconut Berry Granita that are so good even the non-vegans will be back for seconds. There are so many conflicting viewpoints about dietary fats and how they affect our overall health. Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. James DiNicolantonio’s SUPERFUEL: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health (Hay House) opens with an enlightening introduction about the concept of “Fat Confusion” and the demonization of saturated fat, which started sometime in the mid-

1950s. Best-selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola, who wrote such books as Fat for Fuel, The No-Grain Diet and Generation XL urges readers to seriously consider the selection of their fats, helping readers reintroduce good ones while providing the scientific underpinnings to a proper diet. Dr. James DiNicolantonio, author of The Salt Fix, seeks to set the record straight about polyunsaturated vegetable oils while revealing how the body requires more omega-3 than most people are getting in the current Western diets. Superfuel sets the record straight on issues regarding misconceptions of “heart healthy” vegetable oils while sharing a recommended “Cyclical Ketogenic Eating Pattern”, elaborating on how and why government and private-sector health organiza-

tions typically recommend cutting back on animal fat consumption in favor of increasing vegetable oils, why the body needs more omega-3 fats overall, why so many negative health effects have been incorrectly blamed on saturated fats, how to choose healthiest forms of fat, and more. This engaging and relevant book makes a strong case, drawing on Dr. DiNicolantonio’s research at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. It’s difficult to not lean in and wonder if we’ve been doing everything wrong. ■




THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! Create an awards season-worthy home media room, and don’t forget the popcorn. BY DEBORAH L. MARTIN WHEN PEOPLE THINK MEDIA ROOMS, THEY FREQUENTLY SEE OPULENT

simulations of movie palaces in their own home. But don’t haul out the red-flocked wallpaper and stadium seating just yet. Multifunctional media and entertainment rooms have come a long way and don’t have to break the bank. A home media room can be a great way to use extra space, and since natural light is not necessary, basements and similarly cavelike spaces can be ideal for conversion. Technology is obviously the most important feature in your media room, and the one that can put the biggest dent in your budget. Deciding what kind of screens, speakers and accessories to pur-




chase is largely dependent on how you’ll be using the room and how much money you want to spend. If your room is going to be multi-purpose, you should probably consider a cabinet or mechanized screen that hides away, so that the tech isn’t always the focal point of the room. On the other hand, if you are a 24/7 gamer, maybe your screen becomes part of the decor. Acoustics are important as well: a professional acoustician can advise how to make your room deliver the best possible sound for your environment. Once you’ve decided your technology needs, it’s time to think about design. Color expert Martin Kesselman, owner of INCOLOUR in TriBeCa, says, “Having been in fine arts with a creative


A living room optimized for viewing with shading from J Geinger.

point of view, I think about all of the senses when designing interiors, and it’s especially important in a media or entertainment room. It’s a place where senses are heightened so you want to be conscious of that in choosing colors and textures.” He continues, “Balance is important. Movies and games have a lot of visual stimulation so neutrals would be ideal. Warm earth tones would work, or maybe consider blues instead of blacks because blue is a calming color. It could be a saturated blue, and it doesn’t have to be dark. I hear and see the ocean when I think about designing a room like this. Play with the positives in gaming and tech, and create a design that is smart and cohesive.” If your room is multi-functional, home theater seating is not for you. Consider something that can be reconfigured, like a sectional that can be separated for intimate seating arrangements or rejoined for binge-watching with bunches of buddies Another alternative is a deep, comfy sofa with ample pillows and cozy throws, paired with a super chic recliner or two. And don’t forget side tables for everyone’s martinis and popcorn. Lighting is an important element in any design scheme but even more so in a media room. Again, if your room is going to be multi-purpose, you will need more flexibility in lighting options as the optimum lighting for socializing will be very different than what’s needed for movie viewing. Thus, dimmers are a must. For rooms with windows and abundant natural light, consider motorized blackout or UV shades —and think about the placement of your screen so that it isn’t in direct sunlight. Smart technology makes it possible to control lighting, shades and all the media technology in your room with a Smartphone. So when you’re ready to move on to the feature presentation, you can dim the lights, reveal the screen, and let those opening credits roll! ■

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ART YOUR ENGINES From “Disappearing Acts” at MoMA, to “Brave, Beautiful Outlaws” at Leslie-Lohman to “Paintings for the Future” at the Guggenheim — It’s time to get arted. BY MEGAN VENZIN AKC MEET THE BREEDS February 9th Pier 94 Like Madonna, we’ve got a tail to tell. Before the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show returns to Madison Square Garden for two days of man’s best friendinspired fun, you can enjoy an up close and personal experience with this year’s cuddliest competitors at AKC’s annual Meet the Breeds showcase. During this exclusive preview event, nearly 200 AKC recognized breeds and their trainers will be available to take ques-

tions and tummy rubs before they compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.” That said, toy enthusiasts should clear their Monday night schedules, while fans of sportier breeds should snag tickets for Tuesday night’s main event.

BILLY JOEL February 14th Madison Square Garden Do you have a partner who loves you “just the way you are”? Surprise them with tickets to see the one and only Billy Joel. The iconic

Piano Man continues his indefinite Madison Square Garden residency with a special Valentine’s Day performance that will have you swooning and crooning for months to come. Or if your plans are already set for February, consider scooping up seats to his recordbreaking 62nd consecutive show at MSG set to take place on Thursday, March 21st.

BRUCE NAUMAN: DISAPPEARING ACTS Part 1: Through February 18th Part 2: Through February 25th The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 While the work of Bruce Nauman has never been defined by a single style or medium, there are specific themes that recur throughout his oeuvre. Among those is “disappearance,” - a topic that serves as the connective tissue of the “Disappearing Acts” exhibit currently on display at MoMA (through February 19th) and MoMA PS1 (through February 28th). Negative space and missing pieces serve as the primary focus of these introspective works of art, which explore what Nauman describes as “withdrawal as an artform.” The complementary two-part exhibition is easily the most comprehensive of Nauman’s to date, with a wide assortment of multimedia works spanning his five decade career. Bruce Nauman. One Hundred Live and Die. 1984.


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February 22nd DROM Nightclub HOT RABBIT’s critically acclaimed queer dance parties are an East Village staple. During this installment of the bi-monthly shebang, enjoy beats by DJ Robi D Light, go-go dancers courtesy of Honey Queer Burlesque, plus performance art, aerial dancers, drink specials and much more. Come hungry - DROM’s late night food menu offers favorites like brussels sprouts and quinoa, thai-spiced chicken wings, lamb burgers and much more.

THE TALE OF GENJI: A JAPANESE CLASSIC ILLUMINATED Opens March 5th The Met at Fifth Avenue The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes a collection of works inspired by one of the Eastern world’s most revered literary works. The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated features more than 120 pieces, including paintings, silk robes, calligraphy and modern manga. Also on display at this North American premiere exhibition are rare artifacts and works from inside the Ishiyamadera Temple, wherein it is believed that author Shikibu began to pen the classic tale.

BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL OUTLAWS: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF DONNA GOTTSCHALK Through March 17th Leslie Lohman Museum of Art It was a trying time for queer people in America when photographer Donna Gottschalk came




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out as lesbian in the 1970s. After befriending well known contemporary lesbian artists like JEB and Flavia Rondo on the East Coast, she found herself en route to California where she went on to live an alternative life in a separatist community. It was here that she photographed friends, activists, lovers, herself and her brother Alfie — who would later transition and become her sister Myla. This exhibition is a tribute to the women she encountered there and an homage to their brave attitudes that helped pave the way for a more accepting world.

LOOKING AT JERRY LEWIS: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR STORYBOARDS Through March 3rd The Museum of Modern Art When it comes to mastery of physical comedy,

Nutty Professor Storyboards. Directed by Jerry Lewis. Storyboards by John Jensen.

GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS Previews begin March 5th Booth Theatre Comedians Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin star in the original Broadway “sequel” to William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. The two stage veterans portray servants tasked with the dreadful deed of cleanup after the bloody


actor Jerry Lewis took the cake. His work in the beloved 1963 film The Nutty Professor, a modern adaptation of the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” story, showcases his admirable range and uncanny ability to transform himself from one moment to the next. The original storyboards, which include script details, sketches and notes are currently on display at MoMA, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the self-direction that birthed Lewis’s brilliantly frenzied on-screen balancing act.

this rare appearance, it will be hard to “Let it Go.”



events of Titus. Written by Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Taylor Mac, and directed by five-time Tony Award winner, George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus will make you wonder “why should wrath be mute and fury dumb?”

BE MORE CHILL Opening March 10th Lyceum Theatre Based on the young adult novel penned by the late Brooklyn-based author Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill tells the story of an average nerd who resorts to pill-popping in an effort to climb the social ladder. Called one of “the most popular

new musicals in America,” the Off-Broadway sensation gets its first run on the Great White Way starting this spring.

JAMES BAY March 12th - 13th Beacon Theatre Husky voiced singer/songwriter James Bay brings both his emotionally upbeat and more melancholy hits to the historic Beacon Theater for two nights this March. The three-time Grammy nominee released his sophomore studio album, Electric Light in May of 2018 to rave reviews, and now you have the opportunity to catch the UK sensation in the flesh. If you miss

Through April 23rd Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Before there was Vasily Kadinsky and Piet Mondrian, there was Hilma af Klint. The revolutionary Swede and abstract artist pioneered the form starting in 1906 using bold colors and jarring shapes that unshackled her imagery from real-world references. She insisted that the public was unable to grasp her vision, which is why her extensive collection flew under the radar until 1986, more than 40 years after her death. Since then, her technique has garnered critical acclaim the world over. Paintings for the Future serves as the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, providing New York audiences with a rare chance to glimpse this unsung artistic firebrand and explore the works that inspired a raucous new approach. ■

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Québec, Montréal is both an alluring and idyllic destination for a honeymoon that can be as extravagant or economical as you wish. An easy flight from most cities in the United States, the city is located on an island smack dab in the Saint Lawrence River at the confluence of the Ottawa River. The city is named after Mt. Royal and continues to be the second largest French speaking city in the world (behind Paris) and it's become a foodie haven, offering the most restaurants per capita in Canada. In June 2006, Montréal was officially designated a UNESCO City of Design, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, so simply strolling through its beauty alongside your new spouse can be an adventure in and of itself. Hotel Le St-James is one of the most decadent spots to kick off your Montréal honeymoon. Situated in Old Montréal, it’s easy to get around to shop, dine and hit the hot spots, but



you may not want to leave its impressive architecture. Hailing from 1870, it's been completely restored to feature 60 luxurious guest rooms and suites. At XO Le Restaurant, considered one of the best in town, Chef Oleg Reznikov offers seasonal treats including an expansive menu and 24-hour room service. Be sure to make a reservation for Friday night when you can enjoy a first-class quartet during XO Jazz night. The Amore at Le St-James package includes welcome cocktails, a Swedish massage for two, room upgrades, breakfast, indoor valet parking and late checkout times. The Hotel Bonaventure Montréal is both urban oasis and Edenic Garden. The top two floors of the 17-story Place Bonaventure make the hotel feel like a resort. Book one of the five luxurious suites with sweeping city or garden views and don't miss the outdoor heated pool. Honeymooners should take a close look at the Romantic Package, which includes a continental breakfast in bed featuring special selections from Menu Le Bonaventure, two bottles of sparkling wine, restaurant discounts, bathrobes and more. The Ritz-Carlton Montréal opened in 1912 and continues to set the bar for style and glamour in the “city of a hundred steeples.” Be sure to book spa treatments at the blissful Spa St. James where you can get the signature Ritz-Carlton Montréal massage with local maple balm to soothe the wedding-stressed soul. The spa caters to honeymooners, with options including a Couples Massage, Couples Customized Facial, Couples Aromatherapy, Couples Maple Sugar Massage and a decadent adventure: The Spa St. James Couples Experience. Make a reservation for Afternoon Tea for Two,

served daily in the Palm Court from 12:30pm to 3:30pm with homemade canapes, scones and pastries. After tea move over to the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar for a bit of bubbly. For something a more hearty (yet equally decadent) head to Maison Boulud from 3-Michelin star Chef Daniel Boulud where dishes are created in an open kitchen steeped in French culinary tradition with the emphasis on local Quebec products. And be sure to take a dip in the indoor rooftop saltwater pool. If you make it out of the hotel (we don’t judge!) head over to the Gay Village, where you can easily spot Rue Sainte-Catherine by its colorful decorations hanging over bustling restaurants, bars and more local fun. The Gay Village hosts a variety of public art exhibitions including the highly anticipated AIRES LIBRES, which runs from May to September between Saint-Hubert and Papineau Streets. Pop into restaurants like Bistro Cultural Pavilion, Da Giovanni, Flour and Fresh Water, Grill Torino, and The Blossom. Then party on at a bars like Bar L’Adonis, Complexe Sky, L’Aigle Noir, or Le Stud (for bears and their fans). Art lovers should definitely plan a stop at Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, where the collection includes some 43,000 works from Antiquity to today. Paintings, sculptures, photographs and other media are displayed in four different pavilions. The museum also includes a 460-seat concert hall with Tiffany stained glass windows and a new wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace which opened during the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations. For a bit of history, head to Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal). Founded by French settlers in 1642 as Fort Ville-Marie, the greystone build-

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ings and cobblestone roads will set an idyllic romantic scenario that’s perfect for Instagram or thank-you cards. Architecture lovers make a beeline to the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica. Museums in the area include Pointe-Ă Callière, historic Chateau Ramezay and The Centre d'histoire de MontrĂŠal. Walking tour companies such as Guidatour Private Tours, Gray Line and Dyad Scooter Sightseeing can give you insights into the area. Guidatour also offers an Old MontrĂŠal Ghost Walking Tour, perfect for a unique storytelling experience. After exploring, head to the water at Bota Bota, a oating spa on a vintage ship stationed in the Old Port. Relax and enjoy the tranquility of the boat and gardens where you can indulge in a “Duo Californian massage,â€?a tasting platter for two and the lavender gardens sauna. Couples packages abound, and be sure to have a bite in Thomas Engasser’s inspired restaurant, La TraversĂŠe. Lastly, if you don’t make it up to the Observatorie Au Sommet Place Ville Marie in MontrĂŠal, you haven't really ďŹ nished your honeymoon.

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AISLE ADVICE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY With cellphone cameras and Instagram ďŹ lters, it seems like everyone’s a photographer these days. But it’s important to hire a pro for your big day. For any you're considering, go through their website, get feedback given by past clients and make sure they are comfortable photographing same-sex weddings. (See our directory for trusted options in the NYC area.) Here are some things to consider when planning for the big day: s 'O DOWN THE 0INTEREST RABBIT HOLE &IND WEDding pics you love and see if the artist behind

your favorite images is available. Save faves to show your photographer. s 0ICK A STYLE $O YOU WANT PRIMARILY BLACK and-white? High glamour? Documentarystyle ? Traditional? Work with your partner to identify your expectations. s 2EACH OUT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR RECOMmendations on social media. A call for recommendations in your feed could get you options in a matter of minutes. s -EET THE CANDIDATES AND SEE HOW YOU CONnect. Ask about portfolios and see what kind of storytellers they are. Don’t hesitate to ask for references.



30 of 2018 as a result of monumental amendments to the Marriage Act, which came into full force on December 9 when a national postal survey showed 61.6% of the population was ready for same-sex marriage. The statistics showed that New South Wales hosted 34.6% of the weddings, followed by Victoria with 26.2%.

For more inspiration, pick up a copy of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography, released by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds for Amphoto Books.


WED IN THE WORLD ALBERTA Ricardo Miranda made headlines when he married fiance Christopher Brown. Miranda, a 42-year old cabinet minister, became Alberta’s first cabinet minister in a same-sex marriage at a ceremony at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary shortly after Christmas. The news was announced on social media with a post that read“He asked. I said YES!!! #loveislove #engaged” Same-sex marriage has been legal in Alberta since July 20, 2005.

AUSTRALIA The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data indicating that 3,149 same-sex weddings took place between December 9 through June

British rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral will have a sequel called One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, set to air on BBC One on March 15, 2019. The follow-up, currently in production, reunites the cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral, including Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas and more for the first time in twenty-five years. Rumor has it the sequel will feature a gay wedding. Will it be John Hannah’s character,“Matthew”? Time will tell. The sequel follows Red Nose Day Actually, the popular 2017 British romantic comedy television sequel to the film Love Actually that came out on Red Nose Day in 2017.

MEXICO Same-sex marriage is legal in just 12 of Mexico’s 31 states (and in Mexico City), but the country recently made an important move towards marriage equality by recognizing a couples’ wedding in the United States. Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor were mar-

OKLAHOMA Sara Cunningham, a 54-year-old mother of two, publicly offered to stand in for gay couples whose parents refuse to attend their weddings. In a Facebook post Cunningham stated “PSA. If you need a mom to attend your samesex wedding because your biological mom won’t. Call me. I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.” Cunningham also founded Free Mom Hugs, a non-profit dedicated to giving support and educational services to parents of the LGBTQ community. Cunningham published her memoir, How We Sleep At Night about her relationship with her son and the LGBTQ community (to which actress Jamie Lee Curtis has reportedly bought the rights). ■

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ried at the Mexican consul general’s Upper East Side pad. The couple was initially denied a marriage license but fought the ruling and won in the Mexican courts and were married on November 26, 2018. The next day, the Consulate of Mexico in New York issued a congratulatory statement announcing the first approved same-sex marriage, stating: “On the afternoon of Monday, November 26, [at] the Residence of Mexico in this city, the first equal marriage was officiated in a Representation of Mexico Abroad, between two nationals." In his capacity as Justice of the Peace, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, Emb. Diego Gómez Pickering, joined the happy couple, who are originally from Mexico City. He wished them success,while also highlighting the relevance of the event, "which paves the way for Mexican couples of the same sex who wish to legally join in marriage at an Embassy or Consulate of our country."


TASTE THE DIFFERENCE How one man finding his passion for fitness led to him reimagining the concept of proteinpacked goodies that are perfect for post-workout. BY MEGAN VENZIN THE PROTEIN BAKERY


144 W. 19th St. New York, NY 10011 212-206-7796 The familiar aroma of freshly baked blondies, brownies and cookies that permeates the interior of The Protein Bakery is likely to arouse feelings of nostalgia, but the treats found inside this upscale Chelsea storefront are quite unlike the ones Nana used to make. Owner and founder Stephen Charles Lincoln is the entrepreneur behind this independent bake shop. With his selection of natural ingredients, chic packaging and canny marketing strategy, he’s hoping to flip the idea of post-workout snacks on its head. After launching the brand in 1999,

Lincoln’s assorted collection of whey protein-packed cookies, brownies and cakes have caught the attention of no less than Oprah, Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz. Today, Lincoln continues to grow his subscriber base by filling a void in a market dominated by sugary snacks. The oat flour used to make each of his confections is naturally glutenfree,and even vegans can indulge thanks to a new line of plant-based cookies made with peanut butter protein, which comes in flavors like pecan and peanut butter chocolate chip. “Before I committed to getting healthy, my life was out of balance,”Lincoln explains. “My weight was up, my spirits were down, and as a result, my career, relationships and focus were flatlining.” Lincoln’s first step toward regaining a balanced life was to establish a consistent fitness routine.

After losing 82 pounds, he was inspired to help others do the same. He traded a visual design career working with high-profile clients like United Colors of Benetton to pursue a new path as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in New York City. “An important component of my gym life was having smart snacks to keep me on track,” Lincoln shares. “Finding none that provided nutrition and delicious taste, I created my own.” Some 20 years later, The Protein Bakery ships its products to health-conscious eaters around the globe. “Fitness is my business; baking is my passion,” Lincoln says with satisfaction. Where’s the line between elite and effete? Discover for yourself at for store hours and online ordering. ■



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CHELSEA BARRACUDA This Chelsea lounge features cool music, cute crowds, wild drag shows and talent competitions hosted on the tiny stage in the rear. 275 W. 22nd St. at Eighth Ave., NYC 212-645-8613



When they’re not mixing up vodka sodas in glass steins, bartenders jump up on the bar to do choreographed boot-scootin’ to Achy Breaky-type tunes at this one-of-a-kind Hell’s Kitchen tavern. 793 Ninth Ave. at 53rd St., NYC 212-713-0481




It’s the city’s oldest continuing cabaret/piano bar. Downstairs, the staff performs in between bouts of serving. Upstairs is a more traditional boy bar and an intimate room that books cabaret acts. 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-255-5438

Big gay sports bar outfitted with flat-screens broadcasting all manner of games, multiple counters, pool tables and a smoking patio out back. A long bar faces a pizza oven dispensing mouth-watering pies. Hottest bartenders in town? See for yourself! 37 W. 20th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., NYC 212-624-5942

Cheap drinks are poured at the front bar and fun tunes are spun for the rear dance floor at this breezy neighborhood haunt. Live performers like Monet X Change, Miz Cracker & Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner also hit the stage. Opens at noon daily. 697 Tenth Ave between 47th and 48th Sts., NYC 212-924-9885




This dark and cruisy leather-and-Levi’s clubs boasts a great rooftop deck. Some of its popular events include Foot Fetish Mondays, Wednesday Jockstrap Night, and Frisky Saturdays. 554 W. 28th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Aves., NYC 646-473-1866

The owners of Barracuda and Elmo opened this capacious venue with couch-filled nooks, a game room with pool table, and industrial design that’s a nod to its parking-garage past. Tina Burner, and Kizha Carr shake things up on a weekly basis. 355 W. 52nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., NYC 646-476-2747

The Village’s oldest continuously-operating bar went gay in the 1950s and became the city’s oldest gay bar. It’s comfy for cheap drinks, burgers and fries; don’t miss the once-a-month Mattachine party. 159 W. 10th St. at Waverly Pl., NYC 212-243-1928

GYM At this popular after work sports bar, a team of plasma-screen TVs broadcasting the hottest games, a pool table and a basement dugout. Who are those cuties behind the bar? Pop in to get meet and get to know them (you already follow them on IG, after all). 167 Eighth Ave. between 18th and 19th Sts., NYC 212-337-2439


9TH AVENUE SALOON This decades-old neighborhood fixture attracts tourists, locals and Broadway professionals from both sides of the footlights with strong drinks, cheap prices and friendly staff. 656 Ninth Ave. at 46th St., NYC 212-307-1503

Sexy Chelsea hangout where G Lounge (may she rest in peace) used to be. This neighborhood bar has a masculine industrial décor, a hot staff, and draws all kinds of men (especially local muscle bears) and boasts not distractions – sports, porn, dancers or otherwise. Their concept is simple: people meeting people. 225 W. 19th St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves., NYC 212-929-1085



Nightlife royalty John Blair, Beto Sutter, and Ted Arenas joined forces for this fab yet unpretentious Hell’s Kitchen watering hole right in the middle of everything. 859 9th Avenue., NYC 646-892-3313

CLUB CUMMING Everyone’s invited to this East Village performance-based club from Cumming, Benjamin Maisani, Darren Dryden and Daniel Nardicio with the spirit of an actual Berlin Cabaret where anything goes. 505 E. 6th St. between Aves. A and B, NYC 212-777-2555

THE COCK Longtime late-night haven for naughty go-go boys and those in search of debauched shenanigans. Late nights are the infamous and popular “Playpen Mondays,” drawing naughty boys and nightlife glitterati. 29 Second Ave. between First and Second Sts., NYC

NOWHERE Ultra-mellow East Villager with distressed rustic décor, a pool table and what may be the smallest back room ever. Enjoy daily drink specials and see for weekly events. 322 E. 14th St. between First and Second Aves., NYC 212-477-4744

PHOENIX The typically-crowded Phoenix holds video games, a pool table, a jukebox and a diverse crowd in an exposed-brick space as uncomplicated as its vibe. Daily Happy Hour runs from 4-8 and Saturday nights RAMPAGE party brings all kinds of cute boys to the East Village. 447 E. 13th St. at Ave. A., NYC 212-477-9979

A mixed bag of Hell’s Kitchenites and even an occasional celebrity spill out onto the sidewalk at this lounge known for spinning pop and dance tunes. Daily Happy Hour specials include $3 for all draft or bottled beers. 405 W. 51st St. at Ninth Ave., NYC 212-957-2222


THE RITZ This upscale boy boîte boasts places to perch on multiple levels inside and out, though the kickin’ sound system makes it hard to settle down. 369 W. 46th St. at Ninth Ave., NYC 212-333-2554

THERAPY The beautifully designed, modern duplex draws a fierce crowd. Weekly shows include legendary performers like Peppermint and Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner’s infamous Sunday night Slurp. 348 W. 52nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., NYC 212-397-1700


Jam-packed lesbian club/lounge with a multicultural crowd that’s gay-boy friendly. 438 Hudson St. at Morton St., NYC 212-924-3347



Old-school sing-alongs are on tap at this long-running piano bar. There’s no fuss and no frills at this late-night theater queen hot spot. Stop in and “sing out, Louise!” 59 Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-243-9323


A Sheridan Square stalwart where mature men and their admirers sing along to their favorite show tunes upstairs while a heavily Latino crowd jams to the latest dance tracks on the floor downstairs. 80 Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-924-3558 Open Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat & Sun, 2pm-4am


You’ll either be singing to retro dance tracks or laughing at the antics of drag queens at this longtime West Villager. Ms. Vodka Stinger’s B-Movie Mondays are always worth a stop. Show starts at 8:30 sharp. 8 Christopher St. at Sixth Ave., NYC 212-929-9291


For boys who prefer fur over sheen, there’s this butched-up bar with a fist-pumping soundtrack and cheap drinks. Things get steadily burlier and beefier as the night goes on…attend one ROCKSTRAP and you’ll be more than hooked. 185 Christopher St. at Weehawken St., NYC


Daddies, faux thugs, and girls who like girls rule the roost at this two-story birthplace of gay pride. Every night of the week offers a different theme, from drag-hosted game shows to karaoke to beer blasts. 53 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-488-2705


The fun neighborhoody two-bar, two-story HK hangout is luring all cute boys from every nook and cranny of NYC. Pop in to see what all the fuss is about. 315 W 46th St., NYC 212-969-0460

This Ye Olde Boy Bar serves a loyal and friendly Christopher Street clientele — young, old and everything in between. NYPD and Firemen especially welcome. 114 Christopher St. between Bleecker and Hudson Sts., NYC 212-741-9641






Why head downtown if you’re an uptown boy? This fun new Boxers location great after work, but stay late for fun events like Justin Zirilli’s Sucker Punch stand up or Karaoke Wednesdays.1664 3rd Ave., between 93rd and 94th Sts., NYC 646-869-1420

This bar seduces its crowd of largely Latinx fans with theme nights and drink specials. 78-11 Roosevelt Ave. at 78th St., Jackson Heights, Queens 718-397-7256



Beefcake dancers and NYC nightlife legends flock to this unassuming watering hole for great beats, impressive drag performances, and friendly faces. 31-84 33rd Street., Astoria, NY 347-808-7592

Josh Wood, Benjamin Maisani, Pablo Raimondi, and Asi Mazar hit a home run with the starry opening of the Hells Kitchen hotspot, where celebs like Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, and Cher have made cameos. 753 9th Ave. between 50th and 51st Sts., NYC 212-262-8527

BOXERS HK The Hell’s Kitchen–clone of the Chelsea gay sports bar stalwart features a large ground floor, a basement game room dubbed The Dog Pound, and a spacious rooftop patio. Days and nights are equally as busy with crowds flocking to the increasingly popular Boozy Brunch. 742 Ninth Ave. at 50th St., NYC 212-951-1518

FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE Find your centaur and in this cozy, way-west enchanted-forest lounge with heme parties, specialty cocktails and guest DJs. 500 W. 48th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Aves., NYC 646-648-3897



Two levels of mature gents and their younger fans sway to dance tracks or sing everything in the Jerry Herman oeuvre. 236 E. 58th St. between Second and Third Aves., NYC 212-754-4649

UNCLE CHARLIE’S This effervescent lounge, atop of an unassuming store on a quiet block, boasts a patio and piano with live entertainment. 139 E. 45th St. between Third and Lexington Aves., NYC 212-661-9097



Especially popular with lesbians, this long and dark bar has a popular jukebox and an outdoor garden. 363 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn 718-788-0924



This B-burg bar is comfy and cozy with a fireplace, jukebox and a sprawling warm-weather patio. 559 Lorimer St. at Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC 718-599-4444



New uptown bar featuring NYC’s Best Happy Hour seven days a week. Pop in to check out incredible eye candy that’ll make you feel like you’re in the DR whenever you like. Head up to the heights to see what the fuss is all about. 3820 Broadway at 159th St., NYC


Sexy mixed Williamsburg cocktail bar with a great happy hour and fun weekly entertainment. Looking for Mr. Right, Mr. Right for tonight or just a fun gurls night out? They’ve got you covered. 63 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn, NYC 347-987-3101

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The Spotted Pig folks are behind this vintage-rustic restaurant in NoChel’s Ace Hotel. The British-inspired fare is egg-centric at breakfast and meat-and-terrine heavy for lunch and dinner, while martinis are the thing to drink at the bar. 16 W. 29th St. between Broadway & Fifth Ave., NYC 212-679-1939

Celebrity Chef Chris Santos, restaurateur Richard Wolf, and Peter Kane of Happy Endings collaborated to create the ultimate homage to the Lower East Side garment industry past with the AvroKo design team. The menu includes a full raw bar and forty favorites like Lobster Roll Sliders, French Onion Soup Dumplings, and the Stanton Social Beef Wellington embodying the spirit of the neighborhood. 99 Stanton St. at Ludlow., NYC 212-995-0099

Brunching in Harlem? Look no further. Three words: bottomless mimosa brunch hunties. Get into this adorable Italian hotspot in the center of one of the most popping gayborhoods in the city. Harlem is where it’s at! 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 117th St., NYC 646-490-8575




Nightlife legends dine beside eclectic locals at this Ukrainian comfort food staple after wild nights in the East Village. Handmade Pierogies have been the star of the show since Veselka opened in the 50s. The restaurant is open 24 hours/7 days a week and always there for you when you’ve had one too many and looking for a late night bite. 144 2nd Ave. at 9th St., NYC 212-228-9682


Super-popular 24-hour dining scene offering great American fare and a trendy, heavily gay clientele. In warm weather, the sidewalk becomes one of the sexiest spots in town. 119 Seventh Ave. at 17th St., NYC 212-414-1717

This mod restaurant, featuring comfort food with a spicy edge, takes its name from fabulous 40’s nightclub El Morocco. Whether it’s a burger, a hearty salad, some down to Earth comfort food, or just an after work cocktail with friends Elmo is always a quality hotspot where you’ll likely run into a familiar face.156 Seventh Ave. between 19th and 20th Sts., NYC 212-337-8000


There’s something very ski chalet about this restaurant, serving American and Mediterranean cuisine in a sprawling space. There’s a large patio and, after dinner, the entire venue becomes a party. 118 Tenth Ave. between 17th and 18th Sts., NYC 212-352-3313


Tapas go upscale at this Spanish restaurant where the fare highlights regional specialties and the luxurious setting features blue velvet chairs, limestone walls and art glass galore. The tapas bar and main dining room are augmented by a charming garden that’s good for all seasons, thanks to its retractable glass roof and fireplace. 136 Ninth Ave. between 18th and 19th Sts., NYC 212-776-1990


The downtown pan-Asian hotspot features a 400-seat, 40-foot staircase with elaborate murals by Hush, two custom-made 16-foot tall Buddhas, and a koi pond. Guests enjoy Cantonese-style cooking with hints of Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai flavors while rubbing elbows with models, starlets, and random local and international glitterati. 92 Ninth Ave. at West 16th St., NYC 212-888-2724


Executive chef Marc Meyer takes American cuisine to the next level by keeping it real. Only hormone-free animals, humanely raised in local farms, are used in simple but flavorful meals. The furnishings are at once rustic and urbane. 156 Tenth Ave. at 20th St., NYC 212-924-4440


A singular sensation on the Lower East Side, this lounge/eatery’s entryway is set up like a pawn shop, which leads to two sprawling levels, multiple dining rooms, two bars and fancy mid-century trappings. The menu of shareable small plates brims with eclectic tastes, while the drinks of choice are classic cocktails and champagne, the latter offered gratis in the ladies’ restroom. 146 Essex St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts., NYC 212-614-0146


The restaurant at the Lower East Side’s new cinema is inspired by the great studio eateries from Hollywood’s golden age. This Commissary includes a swank lobby bar, restaurant bar, and private dining room with snacks like burrata, panzanella, Sardine Nicoise, and Chicken Paillard. 7 Ludlow Street between Hester and Canal St., NYC 347-348-


A name referencing two racehorses from early last century explains this NoHo hot spot’s stable-chic decor, which was designed by AvroKO. Chef Brad Farmerie helms the grill, turning out upscale, eclectic spins on meat and seafood. There’s also a “secret” bar, dubbed Madam Geneva, accessible only to diners and only through the restaurant. 316 Bowery at Bleecker St., NYC 212-254-0350

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GRAMERCY PARK/FLATIRON DISTRICT BLUE SMOKE Barbeque meets a jazz at Danny Meyer’s casual Flat Iron hotspot. The restaurant, inspired by America’s regional barbecue traditions, is named after the curl of tinted smoke that rises out of perfectly smoked meat. Pop in for dinner before heading upstairs to hear live jazz at the upstairs Jazz Standard. 116 E. 27th St. between Park and Lexington Ave. NYC 212-447-7733.

BOQUERIA FLATIRON At this Spanish tapas destination, the casualness of a Barcelona cerveceria is invoked with barstools set around raised tables, elevated banquettes and a communal table in the rear. The tapas are, while authentic, completely adventurous. 53 W. 19th St. at Sixth Ave., NYC 212-255-4160.

CRAFT NEW YORK Opened by Tom Colicchio in 2001, this Gramercy go-to has launched a series of popular restaurants across the company. Colicchio’s goal is to create wonderful experiences for guests through providing delicious food and warm hospitality. It’s no surprise won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant when it first opened. Colicchio was awarded another James Beard for Best Chef in 2010. Choose from the a la carte menu or splurge on the seven-course tasting extravaganza. 43 E. 19th St. between Park and Broadway NYC., 212-780-0880.

EATALY NYC FLATIRON Five eateries, each with its own focus (pizza and pasta, cheese and wine, fish, vegetables, meat), make this massive Italian Flatiron food hall a dining destination. Only upscale Manzo, the beef specialist, takes reservations. 200 Fifth Ave. at 23rd St., NYC 212-229-2180

GRAMERCY TAVERN Danny Meyer’s creative American emporium (as famous for its relaxed service as its award-winning wine list) never fails to please. Meals can be enjoyed in the formal dining room or in the easier-onthe-wallet Tavern Room. 42 E. 20th St. between Broadway and Park Ave. South, NYC., 212-477-0777

JOHN DORY OYSTER BAR This seafood destination in the hipster Ace Hotel commands tabs that are upmarket among decor that’s decidedly not, with sea-blue and -green seating, a dining counter, subway tiles and sea-creature sculptures throughout. 1196 Broadway at 29th St., NYC 212-792-9000


RED ROOSTER Practically the most exciting thing to happen to Harlem since the advent of jazz, this hot spot features regional American comfort food by Marcus Samuelsson and a casual, lively environment filled with neighborhood-centric art and artifacts. 310 Lenox Ave. between 125th and 126th Sts., NYC 212-792-9001

SOLOMON & KUFF RUM HALL Harlem elites and Columbia giants mix and mingle at this delicious upscale Caribbean restaurant. Named for the sons of a slave who purchased his freedom and went on to become a successful landowner, Solomon & Kuff offers incredible rum cocktails, delicious bites like yuca fries and dishes like Sangria Braised Short Ribs as well as mouth watering desserts. Come in for the food, stay for the eye candy. 2331 12th Ave. between 133rd St. & 12th Ave., NYC 212-939-9443.

HELL’S KITCHEN AÑEJO Upscale, creative, beautifully prepared Mexican small plates are served in a rustic setting at this hotspot with a hopping bar scene and plenty of pavement tables in nice weather. Just as big of a draw is the cocktail selection, featuring a variety of refined margaritas (available by the pitcher) and tequila and mezcal flights. 668 Tenth Ave. at 47th St., NYC 212-920-4770

44 & X HELL’S KITCHEN A bit of South Beach on Tenth Avenue, this sleek haven of upscale comfort food has large and plentiful windows and a sidewalk cafe. The perfect spot for people watching... 622 Tenth Ave. at 44th St., NYC 212-977-1170

EL CENTRO The tiny space packs a big punch with low-priced Mexican street food, tumblers of frozen margaritas and light fixtures made of Corona bottles. El Centro recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary in Hell’s Kitchen, pop in for a fajita and stay for more! 824 Ninth Ave. at 54th St., NYC 646-763-6585

FIKA TOWER CAFÉ & BAKERY Fika prides itself on sourcing the finest coffee beans, roasting them to perfection, and serving them alongside the most delicious savory and sweet foods that they can dream up. Their menu, rooted in Swedish heritage and flavors is luring New Yorkers back into coffee shops for a café lifestyle almost forgotten. Fika has seventeen locations in NYC but this Hell’s Kitchen haunt with it’s rotating cast of characters and frequent events like The PlayGround Experiment make it worth a stop as well as a few refills. 824 10th Ave. at 55th St., NYC 646-490-7650

HELL’S KITCHEN Just when you thought NYC didn’t need another Mexican restaurant Hell’s Kitchen brought a taste of the south over the border of Ninth Avenue. Whether it’s tacos, quesadillas, or an after work margarita you crave they’ve got it. Grab a booth or a seat at the bar for the best eye candy in the gayborhood. 754 9th Ave. between 50th and 51st Sts., NYC 212-977-1588


DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE Consistently voted the “best BBQ in New York” Dinosaur kicked off the fun as a mobile concession in Syracuse back in 1983. The expansive Harlem location opened next to the Hudson River in 2004 and then quickly moved and expanded to meet the demands of long tables full of New Yorkers skipping their diets and living it up over fried green tomatoes, St. Louis Ribs, and Churrasco Chicken. 700 W. 125th St., NYC 212-694-1777 If in Brooklyn, try their Gowanus location at 604 Union St., between 3rd & 4th Avenues, BKLYN 347-429-7030

Dominican-born Chef Huascar Aquino won Cupcake Wars on Food Network in 2013, the same year they opened. They’ve since moved to 54th Street offering cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cheesecakes, flans, French macarons, coconut macaroons, brigadeiros and custom cakes for everyone to write home about. The bakery is small but mighty, you may have caught the adorable Huascar was a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped in the summer of 2018. If you’re looking for delicious Latin American and Caribbean inspired treats do not pass go, do not collect $200, get to Huascar’s! 453 W 54th St, NYC 212 933-1041




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Decadent Japanese bites, small plates, craveable ramen and cocktails that could be considered arousing, Ippudo throws it down like no other. Discreetly nestled on 51st Street just between the theatre district and the gayborhood, this stylish outpost is worth a visit... every week. 321 W. 51st St., NYC 212-974-2500

This gorgeous Theater District destination serves casual yet upscale contemporary American fare in a retro-swank supper-club environment with long red-leather banquettes, chrome torchères, head shots of movie stars and a huge, roaring-in-the-winter 18th-century fireplace. 132 W. 44th St. between Sixth Ave. and Broadway, NYC 212-997-5262

The same people behind the Mermaid Inn opened a delicious pizzeria serving Neopolitan pizzas and rustic Italian fare. Stop by between 5-7pm for their happy hour (seven days a week) for one of their $12 pizza specials, an $8 Aperol spritz and more! 568 Amsterdam Ave. between 87th & 88th Sts., NYC 212-799-7401.

PIO PIO Guests sip pisco cocktails and craveable sangria while grazing over family-style Peruvian dishes, Chinese-Peruvian stir fries, steak, and fish below an elaborate ceiling made from thousands of tree branches intricately woven together. Pio Pio has eight locations but this one is takes the cake (Tres Leches, of course!) 604 Tenth Ave. between 43rd and 44th Sts., NYC 212-459-2929

VICEVERSA ViceVersa puts a sublime spin on run-of-the-mill Italian. The atmosphere is also darn near perfect — with elegant accents and a nicely tended outdoor seating garden. 325 W. 51st St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., NYC 212-399-9291

WEST BANK CAFE This elegant neighborhood fixture attracts not only theatergoers, but also tons of Broadway, off-Broadway performers, & former (and upcoming) contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race who load up on the latest gossip while downing American eats. 407 W. 42nd St. between Ninth and Tenth Aves., NYC 212-695-6909

MEATPACKING DISTRICT BATHTUB GIN Take a step back in time with this dark and sexy 10th Avenue speakeasy. Gin was the predominant drink during prohibition-era 1920’s. Saunter up to the secret bar in this discreet Chelsea favorite for a stiff Hipster Reviver, hearty Eagle’s Dream, or a nip of Dorothy Parker’s Gin stirred, not shaken. 132 9th Ave., between 18th & 19th Sts, NYC 646-559-1671

BUDDAKAN NYC Dining guru Stephen Starr’s destination draws gasps from the moment you step down the grand staircase. A hodgepodge of modern Asian cuisines is served in a golden space of European tapestries, chandeliers, cozy banquettes and a lengthy communal table. 75 Ninth Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts., NYC 212-989-6699

MORIMOTO Two floors of high-design touches — like a wall made of 17,000 Ty Nant water bottles and upholstered walls and ceilings — create a fitting setting for the haute Japanese cuisine of Masaharu Morimoto. 88 Tenth Ave. between 15th and 16th Sts., NYC 212-989-8883

STANDARD GRILL The hip cafe just beneath the southern tip of the High Line offers a long bar in the front, a dining room with arced red-leather booths, an open kitchen, plus a sidewalk patio for entertaining Meatpacking people-watching. Surprisingly, the prices are pretty moderate throughout. 848 Washington St. between Little W. 12th and 13th Sts., NYC 212-645-4100

MIDTOWN/TIMES SQUARE 21 CLUB Belmond’s crown jewel in Manhattan is the most infamous speakeasy from the Prohibition Era. Designed with a disappearing bar and secret wine cellar chock full of epic stories about Ernest Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald, this landmark remains the ultimate spot to live it up or have a fun night out with friends. 21 West 52nd St. between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave., NYC 212-582-7200

Upscale tourists mix with knowing locals at the modern Michelinstarred Cantonese restaurant created by Chef Ho Chee Boon. The striking 11,000 sq. ft Hakkasan opened in 2012 and features dishes like stir-fried lobster, Salt and pepper squid, and Wagyu beef cheung fun. 311 W. 44th St. between Eighth and Ninth Ave., NYC 212-776-1818


Nestled in the swank new LUMA Hotel, Iron Chef Jose Garces brings a scrumptious journey through Basque Country cuisine. Perfect for an after work Charcuteria or a pre-theatre bite. For the ultimate experience plan for the four-course traditional Basque Tapas Experience with Chef Jose Garces’ Tasting Menu. Bring your appetite! 120 W. 41st St. between Sixth Ave. and 7th Ave., NYC 212-730-8900

NOBU 57 The David Rockwell design of celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s uptown showplace for his peerless Latin-shaded sushi is a sexy, bubbly delight. 40 W. 57th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., NYC 212-757-3000

SOHO/TRIBECA DOS CAMINOS This intimate hipster offers fine Mexican cuisine in a stylish setting, with a warm-weather dining garden. Highlights include guacamole made tableside and 150 types of tequila. 475 W. Broadway at Houston St., NYC 212-277-4300. Also, check out the other branches in the Meatpacking District, Midtown East and Murray Hill.

THE DUTCH Though it looks like a neighborhood joint, this multi-room eatery is actually SoHo’s sizzling boîte du jour, with a crowd that’s half Downtown scene-makers, half-foodies and all hot. Opt for Andrew Carmellini’s comfort-skewing menu, featuring imaginative renditions of American Southern staples, international leanings and raw fare at an oyster bar. 131 Sullivan St. at Prince St., NYC 212-677-6200

SUSHI NAKAZAWA Daisuke Nakazawa, the former apprentice to sushi guyu Jiro Ono, opened this posh new West Village sushi kitchen to serve “New York-mae”. Comfortable high back leather chairs at the sushi bar set the scene for an impressive twenty-course meal and dynamic tasting menu in the style of Edomae sushi fluffing even the most seasoned sushi foodie to a state of euphoria. 23 Commerce Street between Seventh Ave. and Bedford St., NYC 212-924-2212

UPPER WEST SIDE CAFE LUXEMBOURG Ladies who lunch, incognito celebrities, and high rolling executives mix and mingle at this classic French-American Bistro on the Upper West Side. Regulars nuzzle up to the full service bar while locals gossip over power lunches at this unpretentious neighborhood gem. 200 W. 70th St. at Amsterdam Ave., NYC 212-873-7411

JEAN GEORGES A spare décor means there’s nothing to distract you from JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s haute French cuisine. Reservations for the more casual Nougatine Cafe are slightly easier to procure. 1 Central Park West between 60th and 61st Sts., NYC 212-299-3900

LANDMARC This Time Warner Center eatery serves wonderfully flavorful, affordable French bistro fare all day in a setting that stylishly mishmashes industrial and woodsy, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Central Park. 60th and Broadway, 3rd Floor, NYC 212-823-6123





Chef Michael White, famous for homemade pasta and a commitment to seafood, has been awarded two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award, and an impressive list of accolades. Marea mean’s “tide” in Italian, and the collaboration of high-end Italian cuisine, over 750 wine options, and outstanding service makes it an exciting and fresh interpretation of “coastal cuisine”. 240 Central Park South Between Broadway and Seventh Ave., NYC 212-582-5100


TESSA Chef Nicholas McCann blends French, Italian and Spanish fare in this neighborhood-approved hotspot. Perfect for a date spot, birthday dinner or drinks and light bites at the bar, you can’t go wrong with this fun find on the Upper West Side. Wine Lovers pay special attention to the TESSA Reserve list with over fifty labels. 349 Amsterdam Ave. between 76th & 77th Sts., NYC 212-390-1974

WEST VILLAGE CARBONE Infamously one of the Obama Family’s favorite places in town, Carbone is the creation of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. This dreamy Italian supper club is a throwback to the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York. Order an Old Fashioned and channel your inner Godfather as you drool over the menu. 181 Thompson Street at Houston 212-254-3000

COWGIRL This Texas-style West Village favorite is hopping every night of the week. Conceived after Sherry Delamarter visited the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum in Texas, the restaurant has been serving great food and no frills fun for twenty-five years. Blood Orange and Prickly Pear frozen margaritas in mason jars go perfectly with Tex-Mex food to make you feel like you’re that much closer to the border. 519 Hudson St. at West 10th St., NYC 212-633-1133

THE LITTLE OWL Nestled in the middle of the historic Greenwich Village, this bold Mediterranean spot boasts gravy meatballs and pork chops that rival your grandmother’s secret recipe. No room at the inn? Try to get a seat at the bar so you can take everything in. 90 Bedford St. at Grove, NYC 212-741-4695

TEA AND SYMPATHY The Queen would be over the moon at the adorable sliver of the village serving traditional British fare. Indulge in classic British favorites like Afternoon Tea, Bangers & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Welsh Rarebit, Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding. Be sure to save room for some Sticky Toffee Pudding and Rhubarb crumble (extra custard, please!) Pop into their shop next door for popular British groceries, sweets and maybe even a new tea-pot. 108 Greenwich Street, NYC between Jane & Horatio Sts., 212-989-9735

BROOKLYN THE BROOKLYN STAR Joaquin Baca brings gives comfort food a mouth watering upgrade in this popular Williamsburg hotspot where traditional American fare meets Southern Soul cuisine. Dinners are decadent and amazing, but the cat’s out of the bag that it’s the best brunch in Billyburg. 593 Lorimer St., Bklyn, NYC 718-599-9899

CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE This sophisticated, decadent eatery summons foodies from all corners to visit this intimate 18-seat space for a truly unique dining experience. Michelin-stars are difficult to come by and, thanks to this eating adventure, Brooklyn boasts one of the only three-starred restaurants in town! Immerse yourself in the mouth-watering French & Japanese infused culinary brainchild of Moe Issa before taking a stroll through old-school Brooklyn. 200 Schermerhorn St. between Hoyt and Bond Sts., Bklyn, NYC 718-243-0050

CLOVER CLUB Frequently featured as one of the “Best Bars in America”, the Brooklyn hotspot leads with pre-Prohibition drinks, a decadent brunch, American Caviar Service, and Seasonal Specials like Steak Over Toast and Deviled Eggs. 210 Smith St. at Baltic St., BKLYN, NYC 718-855-7939

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2426 Kuhio Ave Honolulu, Hawaii ........................808 687-2000

INSURANCE HealthSherpa

Toll Free ......................................844 346-9476






NYC .......................................... 212 564-4025 (SEE AD DATING SERVICES PAGE 75)


Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC ...........................................212 220-0066 (SEE AD OPPOSITE PAGE)

OMNI Aesthetic MD

Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007

LIPOSUCTION Marfuggi, Richard M.D., D.M.H, F.A.C.S.

50 E 69th St NYC............................................212 317-1188 Denville, NJ .................................973 377-8950

OMNI Aesthetic MD

Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007


San Jose......................................408 763-7924 Travel Marketing


25 W 14th St NYC............................................212 206-9200

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC ...........................................212 220-0066 (SEE AD OPPOSITE PAGE)

OMNI Aesthetic MD

Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007 TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127

OPTOMETRISTS Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC ...........................................212 220-0066 (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS (CONTINUED) – PHARMACIES/DRUGS Chelsea Specialty Pharmacy 171 Seventh Ave NYC............................................212 255-9900

CVS Specialty

126 8th Ave NYC ...........................................212 807-8798 (SEE AD NEXT PAGE)

Mayfair Chemists

OMNI Aesthetic MD

Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007

West Village Eyecare Associates

21 Seventh Ave NYC............................................212 242-1444

Christopher T. Coad MD, FACS Advanced LASIK Premium Lens Implants Comprehensive Eye Care Visian ICL/Refractive Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2018 Complimentary Evaluations (on elective procedures)

New London Pharmacy

246 Eighth Ave NYC............................................212 243-4987 PHARMACIES/DRUGS CONT. ❯

0% financing available 157 West 19th St. NYC 10011 212-220-0066

10 Sheridan Square NYC............................................212 242-6592

PAIN MANAGEMENT Samuelson, Stefan T., MD

44 E 12th St, Ste MD1 NYC............................................212 993-8573 NYC............................................212 594-1600

PERIODONTISTS Bizzell, Steven J., D.M.D., D.A.B.P.

Periodontist 50-02 5th St Ste B Long Island City ..........................718-530-6539

PET SUPPLIES Automated Pet Care Products Inc.

40 W Howard St, Ste 101 Pontiac, MI .................................877 250-7729


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Ansonia Pharmacy

446 6th Ave NYC............................................212 477-0762

Apthorp Pharmacy

2201 Broadway NYC............................................212 877-3480

Arrow Pharmacy

883 Ninth Ave NYC ...........................................212 245-8469


Avalon Chemists

7 2nd Ave NYC............................................212 260-3131

Bigelow Chemists

414 Sixth Ave NYC............................................212 533-2700 TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127



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77 Christopher St NYC ...........................................212 255-2525 (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

Thompson Chemists &

Thompson Alchemists 137 Thompson St 449 West Broadway NYC............................................212 598-9790

Village Apothecary

346 Bleecker St NYC ...........................................212 807-7566 (SEE AD PREVIOUS PAGE)


RestoreRehab Physical Therapy 664 10th Ave NYC............................................212 245-5259

Symbio Physio Therapy

214 W 29th St, Ste 901 NYC............................................917 338-6268

PHYSICIANS & MEDICAL SERVICES Advanced Dermatology Associates

200 Central Park South #107 NYC ...........................................212 262-2500 NYC ...........................................212 246-0800


• Guidance from pharmacists

specially trained in HIV therapy • Medication refill reminders • Pick up at our location (below)

or any CVS Pharmacy® or get delivery by mail at no extra cost*

Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St, NYC ..................212 220-0066 (SEE AD OPHTHALMOLOGISTS PREVIOUS PAGE)

Dillon, Stephen, M.D.

Int. Med., Inf. Dis. 314 W 14th St, NYC ...................212 620-0144

Dormer, Anita L., M.D., F.A.C.C.P.

22 E 72nd St, 5th Fl, NYC ...........212 535-5905

Fonville, T.W., Int. Med.

29 Fifth Ave @ 10th St, NYC .......212 674-1020

Goldberg, Edward S., M.D.

Int. Med., Gastr. 121 E 60th St, 3rd Fl, NYC ..........212 980-8800

Hsu, Ricky K., M.D.

154 W 14th St, 4th Fl, NYC ........212 627-7560

Icochea, Rosendo S., M.D.

117 E 18th St, NYC.....................212 387-9199

Amida Care

Personalized HIV Care and Support

Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

NYC............................................855 462-6432

Astor Medical Group

67 Irving Place, 5th Fl @ E 18th St NYC............................................212 253-2968

Central Park Medical Associates

200 Central Park South #107 NYC ...........................................212 262-2500 NYC ...........................................212 246-0800

Jaeger, Lawrence D., D.O.

200 Central Park South #107 NYC ...........................................212 246-0800 NYC ...........................................212 262-2500


Jarratt, Kent, L.C.S.W.

19 W 34th St, Penthouse Ste NYC.............................. 212 947-7111, ext 119 Oceanport, NJ .............................917 686-6179



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Store Hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 8 pm Saturday 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 11 am – 5 pm TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127

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All Skin, Hair & Nail Disorders. All Skin Growths On-Site HIV & STD Screening, Immediate Results

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212-262-2500 Day, Evening, Weekend and Same Day Appoitments Available. All Major Credit Cards and Insurance Plans Accepted.

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Infectious Diseases 31 Washington Sq West NYC............................................212 475-8833

Lefkovits, George, M.D., P.C.

Marfuggi, Richard A., M.D., D.M.H., F.A.C.S.

9 E 62nd St NYC ......................................... 212 888-MALE (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

Lexington Plastic Surgeons

113 E 39th St NYC ...........................................646 374-2410 metrosource


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9 East 62nd Street, NYC (212) 888-MALE email:


Mandell, William, M.D.

154 W 14th St, 4th Fl NYC............................................212 627-7560


50 E 69th St, NYC.......................212 317-1188 Denville, NJ .................................973 377-8950

Maze Sexual & Reproductive Health

Maze Men’s Health Maze Women’s Health Maze Labs Maze Cord Blood 633 Third Ave, Ste 9B NYC ...........................................646 585-8980 (SEE AD PAGE 58)

Midtown Integrative Medicine

Aziz, Michael, M.D., FRSM 509 Madison Ave @ 53rd St, Ste 1111 NYC............................................212 906-9111

Namdar, Isaac, M.D.

Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist 425 W 59th St NYC............................................212 262-4444 1090 Amsterdam Ave NYC............................................212 663-2210

OMNI Aesthetic MD

Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007

Pearl, Alan, M.D., Psychiatrist

135 W 70th St NYC............................................212 724-5188

Samuelson, Stefan T., MD

44 E 12th St, Ste MD1, NYC .......212 993-8573 NYC............................................212 594-1600

PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. WW Med Spa and Laser Clinic

85-16 Queens Blvd, 2F, Elmhurst, NY 139 Centre St #224 NYC............................................718 457-0707

Lefkovits, George, M.D., P.C.

9 E 62nd St NYC .........................................212 888-MALE (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

Lexington Plastic Surgeons

113 E 39th St NYC ...........................................646 374-2410 metrosource


Marfuggi, Richard A., M.D., D.M.H F.A.C.S.

50 E 69th St, NYC.......................212 317-1188 Denville, NJ .................................973 377-8950 TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127


Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC............................................212 257-0007

Sexual Health Men

Perasso, Matt

Prominent Properties/Sotheby’s International Realty 2 Main St, Edgewater, NJ ............201 840-8898 Cell .............................................917 834-0454

290 Madison Ave 6th Fl NYC............................................973 493-7607




Cosmetical Aesthetics 157 E 57th St, NYC 181 7th Ave, NYC.......................212 989-6555

PODIATRISTS Ciment, Ethan J., D.P.M.


El Conquistador Resort

1000 El Conquistador Ave Fajardo, Puerto Rico ................... 787 863-6565

Elite Private Yachts

NYC ...........................................866 862-7245 (SEE AD PAGE 65 & EVENT SPACE PAGE 77)

Feinstein’s/54 Below

Eva’s Supplements

11 W 8th St (bet 5th & 6th Aves) NYC........................................... 212 982-2500

254 W 54th St, Cellar NYC................................... 212 302-5559 x114

Gatherings Floral Design

5 Tudor City Place, NYC ..............212 682-2083 www.gatherings

Hornblower Cruises & Events


Pier 40 NYC ...........................................646 832-2805

Collins, Michael, D.P.M. Chelsea Foot & Ankle Center 37 W 20th St, Ste 308, NYC .......646 929-4149

185 Court St Brooklyn .....................................718 858-5100



Rudolf Steiner School

222 W. Houston St, NYC ........... 212 582-2057

Bonavita, David

Corcoran NYC ...........................................212 501-8281 (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

Chroughan, Judy

Julie B. Fee Sotherby’s 49 Purchase St Rye, NY ......................................914 262-5323

Coldwell Bank Residential Brokerage

JC Waterfront – Team Francesco Robert G. Harris 1 2nd St, Ste 1 & 4 Jersey City, NJ .............................201 604-4200 Cell .............................................646 334-0559

Enzo Morabito Team

Douglas Elliman Real Estate Bridgehampton .......................... 631 537-6519 Cell .............................................516 695-3433

Hendler, Lisa E.

Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors Kinderhook, NY ..........................518 929-4519

McGrotty, Amy, JD

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

15 E 79th St, NYC.......................212 535-2130

TRAVEL Kennedy Travel

130 W 42nd St #401 NYC ...........................................212 398-0999 Toll Free.....................................800 237-7433 (SEE AD THIS PAGE)

Houston Hall

Li-Lac Chocolates

West Village: 40 8th Ave, NYC Greenwich Village: 162 Bleecker St, NYC Grand Central: 43rd & Lexington, NYC Chelsea Market: 75 Ninth Ave, NYC Industry City: 68 35th St, Brooklyn NYC ...........................................212 924-2280 (SEE AD PAGE 68)


Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce

36 Main St Ogunquit, ME .............................207 646-2939

TRAVEL/GETAWAYS Foxwoods Resort & Casino

David Bonavita

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson The Corcoran Group (m) 212.501.8281 (SEE AD PAGE 63)

WEDDING SERVICES Bespoke Matchmaking

1180 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Fl NYC............................................888 422-6464

Castelli Luxury Real Estate Services Fort Lauderdale, FL ..................954 347-1732

The Corcoran Group is a licensed real estate broker located at 660 Madison Ave, NY, NY 10065


Powell, DeWayne A.

Town Residential NYC............................................917 748-5100

Prince, Keith A.

Brown Harris Stevens NYC............................................917 826-3451




Habeeb-Clark, Deborah

Keller Williams Hudson Valley, NY .......................845 800-5413 TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127





NYC............................................212 234-2344

Manhattan Penthouse

NYC............................................212 627-8838

New York Zoos and Aquarium

NYC............................................718 741-3836

Oheka Castle

135 West Gate Dr Huntington, NY ..........................631 659-1400

Our Wedding Officiant NYC

BARS Blue Whale

Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6278 NYC............................................212 689-2699


Cherry Grove ..............................917 763-9029

Pines ...........................................631 597-6500 Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6820

Cultured Elephant

Pines ...........................................631 597-6500

Harbor Club

SeaBreeze Rentals

GYM Steel Gym


Pines ...........................................631 597-6500


Sip n Twirl

Bay Walk Pines ...........................................631 597-6237

Peter Boruchowitz NYC............................................917 523-1438

36 Fire Island Boulevard Pines ...........................................631 597-3599

Paul Evans Catering

The Pavilion

20 W 20th St NYC ...........................................212 321-1822 NYC ...........................................212 243-4494


Pines Hardware & Sundries


Pines ...........................................631 597-6500

Pines ...........................................631 597-3746




Proposition Love


Pines ...........................................646 262-1910

The Riverside Church

490 Riverside Dr. NYC............................................212 870-6762

Yachts for All Seasons

Summer Solstice


The Pines Liquor Shop

Harbor Walk Pines ...........................................631 597-6442

Harbor Walk Pines ...........................................631 597-4200



Pines ...........................................631 597-7748

Dependable Pools

NYC............................................212 534-6380 Cell .............................................917 864-7670

Walter Boss, Custom Builder


Pines ...........................................631 597-6262


Pines and Pools

Main & Bayview Cherry Grove .................................... 631 597-6140

Pines ...........................................631 597-6262

Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC

44 Wall St, 12th Fl NYC............................................212 495-0317

Pines Propane

Pines ...........................................631 597-9191



Grove Market

Cork Wines & Spirits

1450 Washington St Hoboken, NJ ...............................201 942-9964

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Main Walk Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6239

The Pines Pantry

Harbor Walk Pines ...........................................631 597-6200

GUEST HOUSES/HOTELS Belvedere Guest House

Bay View Walk, Cherry Grove......631 597-6448

Carousel Guesthouse

Pines Harbor Realty

36 Fire Island Blvd Pines ...........................................631 597-7575


Pines ...........................................631 597-6500

Cultured Elephant

Pines ...........................................631 597-6500

Grove Pizza & Restaurant

Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6766

Pines Bistro & Pizza

Cherry Grove Beach Hotel


Dune Point

Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6261 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

D. Karen Fire Island Properties, LTD

Pines ...........................................631 597-7000

185 Holly Walk Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6612 Cherry Grove ..............................631 597-6600


A Summer Place


Pines ...........................................631 597-3597

Sayville Ferry

River Rd NYC............................................631 589-0810 TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127

NEW YORK COMMUNITY RESOURCES Metrosource is committed to helping non-profit organizations in their ongoing efforts to serve our diverse community.

ATHLETIC BIG APPLE SOFTBALL LEAGUE 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10011 212 696-7482

CHEER NY CHEERLEADING Felipe Hernandez 888 671-7312

CITY CRUISERS MC Old Chelsea Station PO Box 1614 New York, NY 10011 (gay men’s motorcycle club)

EZRYDERS SNOWBOARDING 445 W 46th St #4D New York, NY 10036

LONG ISLAND RAVENS MC CLUB c/o Long Island Eagle 94 Clinton Ave Bayshore, NY 11706 631 968-2750


NORTH JERSEY G&L BOWLERS Belle Aire Lanes West Caldwell, NJ 201 823-2250

NY GAY POOL LEAGUE PO Box 1502 Ansonia Sta New York, NY 10023 212 496-4585


FAST AND FABULOUS CYCLING P.O. Box 23008, Ansonia Sta New York, NY 10023 212 567-7160


FRONT RUNNERS NY P.O. Box 87 Ansonia Sta New York, NY 10023 212 799-8781

OUT OF BOUNDS NYC & TEAM NEW YORK PO Box 372, Times Sq Station New York, NY 10108


PINK PONG NY Sunnyside, Queens 718 623-2926

GOTHAM VOLLEYBALL P.O. Box 961 New York, NY 10034 212 388-8208

SUN/MON/TUE NIGHT TEAMS c/o Chelsea Piers AMF Bowl Pier 60, New York, NY 10011 212 835-2691

KNIGHTS WRESTLING CLUB P.O. Box 720161 Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718 815-3244


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TEAM NEW YORK AQUATICS 212 691-3440 (hotline)

CULTURAL, ETHNIC & SOCIAL APICHA 400 Broadway New York, NY 10013 212 334-6029

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY 5001 Angel Canyon Rd Kanab, UT 84741 435 644-2001

BIG GAY MEN OF NEW YORK 9111 Liberty Ave #662 Ozone Park, NY 11417 631 780-2807

EMPIRE CITY MEN’S CHORUS P.O. Box 1017 New York, NY 10185

GAY & BI FATHERS FORUM OF GREATER NY PO Box 1321, Midtown Sta New York, NY 10018 212 721-4216 (recording) 718 728-0476

GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION (GLAAD) 150 West 26th St New York, NY 10001 212 807-1700

GAY FATHERS OF NY 245 Eighth Ave #897 New York, NY 10011 212 388-2618

GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT 44 Court St, 10th Fl, Ste 1000 Brooklyn, NY 10201 718 222-6300

GAY MEN OF THE BRONX PO Box 511, Bronx, NY 10451

IMPERIAL QUEENS & KINGS OF NY 70-A Greenwich Ave #120 New York, NY 10011 212 229-5900 x3655

IN OUR OWN WRITE 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014 212 620-7310 x305 (monthly readings)


IN THE LIFE 30 West 26th St, 7th Fl New York, NY 10011 212 255-6012

MALES AU NATUREL (MAN) 332 Bleecker St #133 New York, NY 10014 347 704-0704

JERSEY CITY LESBIAN & GAY OUTREACH (JCLGO) 113 Pavonia Ave #247 Jersey City, NJ 07302 201 333-5725

MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER NEW YORK PO Box 1518 Ansonia Station, NY 10023

LATINOS & LATINAS DE AMBIENTE/NY (LLANY) 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014 212 367-1092

NYC GAY MEN’S CHORUS 561 Seventh Ave, Ste 803 New York, NY 10018 212 344-1777


NYC PRIDE 154 Christopher St, Suite 1D New York, NY 10014 212 807-7433

LESBIAN & GAY NATURAL HISTORY GROUP OF NY 80 Garfield Pl Brooklyn, NY 11215 718 965-0013

PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS (P-FLAG) PO Box 553 New York, NY 10021 212 463-0629

LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES PO Box 1258 New York, NY 10116 718 768-3953

THE POINT FOUNDATION 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 370 LA, CA 90036 866 33-Point (SEE AD PREVIOUS PAGE)


PRIME TIMERS c/o Don Hargus 208 Anderson St, Suite 8DS Hackensack, NJ 07601 201 488-4839

LIVE OUT LOUD 45 West 36th Street, 6th Fl New York, NY 10018 212 378-4095

QUEENS L&G PRIDE COMMITTEE PO Box 580445 Flushing, NY 11358 718 460-4064

THE LOFT-LOWER HUDSON VALLEY LGBT Center 252 Bryant Ave White Plains, NY 10605 914 948-2932

THE L.I. GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORG P.O. Box 360 East Northport, NY 11731

LONG ISLAND GAY & LESBIAN YOUTH 34 Park Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 631 665-2300

LONG ISLAND RAVENS M.C. c/o The Long Island Eagle 94 North Clinton Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 631 968-2750

STONEWALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 119 West 24th St, 7th Fl New York, NY 10011 212 367-1155

TRI STATE LG&B STUDENT COALITION 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014

HEALTH/ COUNSELING AIDS CENTER OF QUEENS COUNTY 97-45 Queens Blvd #1220 Rego Park, NY 11374 718 896-2500


AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION 475 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217 718 637-2970 888 AIDS-CARE

AIDS HOTLINE/NYC DEPT OF HEALTH 311 Broadway, 4th Fl New York, NY 10007 800 TALK-HIV

AIDS RELATED COMMUNITY SERVICES 2269 Saw Mill River Rd Elmsford, NY 10523 914 345-8888

QUEENS PRIDE HOUSE 76-11 37th Ave Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718 429-5309

QUEENS RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER 30-74 Steinway St, 2nd Fl Astoria, NY 11105 718 204-5955

AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC 64 West 35th St New York, NY 212 645-0875

THE ALLIANCE FOR POSITIVE CHANGE 64 West 35th Street, 3rd Fl New York, NY 10001 212.645-0875 (SEE AD PAGE 73)

SERVICES AND ADVOCACY FOR GLBT ELDERS (SAGE) 305 Seventh Ave New York, NY 10001 212 741-2247

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH 120 Wall St New York, NY 10005 212 806-1600

SOUTHERNERS/L&G MEN IN NY PO Box 881 New York, NY 10008-0881

ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT 240 West 35th St, 12th Fl New York, NY 10001 212 714-1184 212 714-1141 (Hotline)

STONEWALL CHORALE Box 920, Old Chelsea Sta New York, NY 10011 212 971-5813

BAILEY HOLT HOUSE 180 Christopher St New York, NY 10014 212 337-3000

TO ADVERTISE CALL 212 691-5127

NEW YORK COMMUNITY RESOURCES Metrosource is committed to helping non-profit organizations in their ongoing efforts to serve our diverse community.

BAILEY HOUSE 275 Seventh Ave, 12th Fl New York, NY 10001 212 633-2500 BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER AIDS CLINICAL TRIAL UNIT DIV OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 350 East 17th St, 3rd Fl New York, NY 10003 212 420-4519 BODY POSITIVE OF NY 19 Fulton St Suite 308B New York, NY 10038 212 566-7333 800 566-6599 BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS 165 West 46th St #1300 New York, NY 10036 212 840-0770 BROOKLYN AIDS TASK FORCE 465 Dean St Brooklyn, NY 11217 718 783-0883 CALLEN LORDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 356 West 18th St New York, NY 10011 212 271-7200 CHEST (CTRHIV/AIDS EDUCATION STUDIES & TRAINING) 250 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 212 206-7919 DESIGN INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION FOR AIDS (DIFFA) 200 Lexington Ave #1016 New York, NY 10016 212 727-3100 F.E.G.S. MANHATTAN COUNSELING CENTER 80 Van Dam St New York, NY 10013 212 366-8289 FRIENDS HOUSE IN ROSEHILL PMB#248 50 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10010 212 995-5000 GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT 44 Court St, 10th Fl, Ste 1000 Brooklyn, NY 10201 718 222-6300 GAY MEN’S HEALTH CRISIS 446 West 33rd St New York, NY 10001 212 367-1273 212 367-1489 800 243-7692

HEALTH EDUCATION AIDS LIAISON PO Box 1103 New York, NY 10113 212 873-0780 HETRICK MARTIN INSTITUTE 212 674-2400 HEALTHSHERPA 844 346-9476 www.metrosource.

HISPANIC AIDS FORUM, INC. 213 W 35th St, 12th Fl New York, NY 10001 212 868-6230 INSTITUTION FOR HUMAN IDENTITY 322 Eighth Ave, Suite #802 New York, NY 10011 212 243-2830 LI ASSN FOR AIDS CARE (LIAAC) 631 385-AIDS (hotline) 631 385-2451 MEN OF COLOR AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM (MOCA) 125 Worth St, Box 67 New York, NY 10013 212 788-4402 MEN’S HIV SUPPORT GROUP 212 877-8227 x214 MINORITY TASK FORCE ON AIDS 475 Riverside Dr New York, NY 10115 212 870-2691 NAMES PROJECT NJ P.O. Box 716 New Brunswick, NJ 732 249-3933 NAMES PROJECT NYC 75 Varick St #1404 New York, NY 10013-1917 212 226-2292 NYC DEPT OF HEALTH OFFICE OF G&L HEALTH 125 Worth St, Suite CN67 New York, NY 10013 212 442-6944

TREVOR PROJECT 9056 Santa Monica Blvd #100 West Hollywood, CA 90069 310 271-8845 VILLAGE NURSING HOME DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM 133 West 20th St, Ground Fl New York, NY 10011 212 633-1616

LEGAL LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND 120 Wall St #1500 New York, NY 10005 212 809-8585

PRIDE DEMOCRATS 70 Greenwich Ave New York, NY 10011 212 613-6039 STONEWALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 119 West 24th St, 6th Fl New York, NY 10011 212 367-1155 STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB 212 561-9008

LEGAL (L&G LAW ASSN OF GREATER NY) 799 Broadway #340 New York, NY 10003 212 459-4873

STONEWALL REPUBLICANS PO Box 650052 Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 718 357-7075



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entertainment mogul Adam Shankman from his judging stints on So You Think You Can Dance. But when we caught up with the dancer-turneddirector, he was fully immersed in both the Taraji P. Henson-led comedy What Men Want and the Amy Adams musical sequel Disenchanted. METROSOURCE: You have so many irons in the fire. What Men Want is out in February and then you’re off to Disenchanted. Adam Shankman: While I’ve been incredibly fortunate to get to work on so many great projects, the truth is that until I’m in production on something, I spend a lot of my time on the million things that need to happen in order to get a project made. That remains a huge challenge in our industry, even with the emergence of so many platforms and creative outlets and the increased opportunity they provide. The economics of getting a project off the ground have radically changed from the time I first got into this business, and I find now that the most difficult part of the process is actually getting something into production, no matter how excited the financier may be about the script or concept or cast. That being said, I love being busy developing projects when I’m not shooting, and feel very lucky to get to do that. It’s a thrill too to finally unleash What Men Want out in the world; and this coming year I hope to really get going on Disenchanted. Is there something you can point to that says, “This is an Adam Shankman kind of project” — are there things you look for? Stories that have a deep sense of humanity and flawed characters. I used to think there were only so many stories about people who were doing the best they could, and never well, at that. But I have come to realize that basically every story worth telling and every character worth exploring inherently includes those themes. I’ve loved exploring stories like that in my comedy and musical projects, but I’m most excited to apply the same themes to more dramatic works. My favorite thing to watch onscreen at the end of the day are stories involving justice, crime and mystery. Thrillers are my addiction. I’d love to make them all.

You’ve also created choreography for everything from Hairspray to the Academy Awards. Does dance influence your directing? My background in dance and choreography informs everything I do. They are a fundamental part of my process in storytelling. I read scripts as if they are musical scores with their own character and rhythm; and if I can’t see the way movement and stillness work into the telling of the story, then I can’t come near the project. My years of dancing and choreographing for others taught me everything I know about directing and producing, which I use on a daily basis today: how to interact with others; respect each person’s position and space; inspire creativity; navigate challenges; solve problems. The list goes on. And then there’s your work on Glee and Modern Family... Working on Glee and Modern Family were incredible and unexpected gifts. Both shows are beautiful manifestations of families at their most functional and dysfunctional. I had been friends socially with the creative heads of both shows for many years, and in passing told them separately as a fan how fun I thought it would be to direct an episode. As luck would have it, both offers then came to me back-to-back, so I went from wrapping my first episode of Glee straight into doing Modern Family. I don’t think there is anything more ripe in storytelling than the family dynamic in all of its wonderful configurations, so I related to all of the variety of things thrown at me in those scripts. I loved the pace and the parameters of a television schedule, and working within the context of someone else’s vision felt very much like my time choreographing for other directors and producers. In that way, it was an easy hat for me to put on. I’m currently doing an episode of a Netflix show for my old friend Michael Patrick King and having a ball. What can you tell us about Disenchanted? The film will pick up ten or so years after the end of Enchanted and the ‘happily ever after’ that Giselle imagined with Robert isn’t exactly as she pictured it. As only a woman born of fairy tale magic can, she makes a wish and the world turns upside down — filled with chaos, hilarity, emotions and, yep, musical numbers.Yes, I’m already dreaming up the musical numbers in my head and excited — couldn’t be more excited — to both direct and choreograph the film. Do you think your work and your novels identify you as gay? The answer to that is: Probably. I mean, look at Jennifer Lopez’ hair in The Wedding Planner —that alone kind of tips you that I’m gay. As for the novels, they are YA fiction books about Hollywood in the 1930s and the protagonists are a sort of young Nick and Nora Charles, and they are surrounded by young versions of Joan Crawford and Ginger Rogers… I mean — if the dancing heels fit... The extraordinary thing about Hairspray was that I could celebrate being gay and proud in the context of a musical about inclusion and celebrating diversity. I grew up a gay boy who wanted to dance and didn’t understand why anyone would have a problem with that; and then became infuriated anyone would try to prevent another person or group from being happy or expressing themselves. In that way, I was Tracy Turnblad. I consider that film one of my great successes—and I believe strongly that it’s because it spoke so personally to me. ■




Adam Shankman, the director behind the big screen version of Hairspray, returns with a pair of projects guaranteed to make you kick up your heels. BY KEVIN PHINNEY

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