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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 18.03 JULY 16, 2010

THE BELVEDERE’S FIRE ISLAND FAIRY TALE • EDDIE BAEZ’S AFTER HOURS • GAY GAMES VIII


CONTENTS

JULY 16, 2010 | VOL 18.03

12 A WORKING AGENDA

DEPARTMENTS 6 8 10

WHAT’S NEXT NOW Geekish musicians Nicholas Williams and Micah Bucey combine wacky theatricality with genuine musical talent for their irresistible band, The Gay Agenda.

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14 THE CASTLE OF FIRE ISLAND Don’t you dare call it Liberace’s Bathhouse. For Cherry Grove’s magical Venetian palace, the Belvedere, is at the very core of what makes Fire Island special.

LISTINGS 31 32 47 50

30 WE BREAK THE DAWN CLUB CONTROL Adonis Afterhours, the new Saturday night/Sunday morning party at Greenhouse, take nightlife fun into the wee hours.

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Classifieds

ON THE COVER: Sam ON THIS PAGE: Sam and Nick Shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Wilsonmodels at the Belvedere on Fire Island CORRECTION: In Issue 18.02 (July 9) in Scene + Heard, the photo of the “Garden Party” was incorrectly credited. The photographer was Chris Ramon

SPORTS Jack Mackenroth prepares to bring home the gold at Gay Games VIII.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS MATT BELL, DAVID HURST, JAMES JACOB PIERRI, DAN HECHING, JEFF KAGAN, JUSTIN LOCKWOOD, PAUL MATSUMOTO, PATRICK MCDONALD, JEROME MURPHY, DERRICK REAVES, JOHN RUSSELL.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF BENJAMIN SOLOMON SENIOR EDITOR DAN AVERY STAFF WRITER CHRISTOPHER DILLEY COPY EDITOR JENNIFER CHAFE DINING EDITOR PETER SHERWOOD MUSIC EDITOR KEO NOZARI INTERNS EDWIN MEJIA, TERRON MOORE, JUAN PAWIROREDJO ART DIRECTOR CHARLIE PIAZZA WEBMASTER ERIC LaPLANTE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES DON ROBINDER, ZEKE PEREZ, ROBERTO BUCKLEY

DISTRIBUTION MANAGER EZEQUIEL PEREZ DISTRIBUTION PEDRO HATCHETT

EVENTS & PROMOTIONS MANAGER MATTHEW THARRETT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DAVID MOYAL, ROBERT DEBENEDICTIS

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Parties Bars/Clubs Map Dining Professional Services

ADULT

40 JACK BE NIMBLE, JACK BE QUICK

PUBLISHER DAVID MOYAL ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER JEFF WOODWARD

Scene & Heard Gay DD Getting Personal with Marti Gould Cummings Next Week Quoted with Stephen Petronio The Right Track Cherry Grove Ferry Schedule The Pines Ferry Schedule Horoscope Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Double Take Shot in the Dark

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SCENE -REDIT: LADY GAGA PHOTO BILL ZWASKIS, VIG 27 PHOTO MICHAEL J CARGILL, BOXERS PHOTO ROB HYNDS AND HIGHLINE BALLROOM, SPLASH, ISLAND BREEZE, WHYTE HALL AND ICE PALACE PHOTOS WILSONMODELS

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DANGEROUS MUSE @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM Queer rockers Mike Furey and Tom Napack perform their theatrical electro pop at the Meatpacking concert hall. OCEAN @ SPLASH Kelis stops by the Wednesday night party from promoters Nathan H. Williams (left) and Yamil X (right) for a live performance.

WORLD CUP FINALS @ BOXERS Soccer fans watch eagerly as Spain and the Netherlands compete for top honors in the international soccer competition. Spain eventually took the win in overtime.

LADY GAGA @ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN The new gay icon dons an avant-garde looks during one of her three sold out dates at the world-famous arena.

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JEFFREY & COLE CASSEROLE PREMIERE PARTY @ VIG 27 Christian Siriano (second from left) and boyfriend Brad Walsh (right) help Cole Escola and Jeffery Self celebrate the secondseason debut of their Logo sketch-comedy show.


BOI PARTY SUNDAY @ ISLAND BREEZE Justin, Matt, Daniel, David and John cozy up at Alan Picus’ Cherry Grove party BOYS IN THE SAND SCREENING @ WHYTE HALL Personality Robin Byrd (right) joins director Wakefield Poole for a screening of his 1971 film at the Fire Island Pines community center.

DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY @ ICE PALACE Rentboy.com models Rafael Alencar, Ryan Raz and Gio size up performer Bridget Everett (center) at this religious-themed edition of Daniel Nardicio’s infamous Fire Island underwear party. JULY 16, 2010 9


GAYD.D.

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did Britney Spears call to complain about the noise Orlando Bloom was making in Central Park? Read on… BY MATT BELL

1. The Great White Way indeed! Preliminary census reports are finding that Manhattan is mostly (51%) non-Hispanic white for the first time since the ’70s. 2. Hungry after a little cruise though Central Park? There’s an app for that! Free on the iPhone, CITYMINT uses GPS to offer Central Park “sunflowers” free delivery between noon and 7pm (till Labor day) from seven different restaurants around the park! 3. Fab abs! The New York Post is reporting that MIKE “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO will be releasing his own full-body workout DVD. Richard Simmons, will you please make a cameo? 4. Who’s the Boss? ORLANDO BLOOM, just signed on to be the face of Boss Orange for men by Hugo Boss. 5. Hey y’all! There’s a full Big Gulp of BRITNEY SPEARS coming to a Glee episode in the near future according to the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy! 6. Homosexuality ain’t the disease—divorce is! A new study from Brown University finds that the odds of divorce go up 75% among married couples who have a close friend or colleague getting divorced. You listening, Maggie Gallagher? 7. Butch-Queen-Realness alert! A new menswear store called the Touring Company, will featuring fashion-bear faves like Woolrich, Wrangler and Dickies alongside like-minded indie brands. It will open in Soho during Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. 8. Lifetime will be dropping some fashion smart-bombs on Middle America starting July 2. That’s when Project Runway alums SANTINO RICE and AUSTIN SCARLETT will premier their new show on Lifetime, where the pair will spruce up the wardrobes of small-town women. 9. Six strikes and yer out! A recently passed bill en route to Governor Paterson’s desk would enable the State Liquor Authority to shut down nightspots if police are called six times within 60 days to quell rowdy behavior. 10. Most in need of a drink? MAYOR BLOOMBERG, who reignited his push to ban smoking from city parks. Make it a Manhattan—he does know who lives here, right? 10 JULY 16, 2010


GETTING

PERSONAL WITH... <<<MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS

Marti Gould Cummings Birthday Party at Vig 27, 119 E 27th St (Park/Lexington), 212-686-5500, BroadWaySpeaksOut.com, July 18 at 8pm; free.

It’s 8pm on a Friday, I’m probably:

CHOOSE ONE:

beating my face & shining my heels CHOOSE ONE:

Elliott Gould

Ari Gold

Alan Cumming

X

E.E. Cummings

What’s the worst date you’ve gone on?

He was on his Blackberry the entire time, then he asked, “What are you into in bed?” I got up and left. Who would you switch teams for?

Lorna Luft

Take out

Dining out

X

Cook

If your house were on fire and you could only rescue three things, what would they be?

My heels, my dresses and my lashes. Something no one knows about me is...

What celebrity would you love to interview?

I don’t put out on the first date.

<<< Michelle Obama

What was your worst fashion mistake?

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Homophopbia

Everything I wore from ages 17 to 20. I looked like Barbara Cook at the Tonys.

What’s the funniest pickup line you’ve had used on you?

“So you like getting your dress lifted? ‘Cause I think that’s hot.” 12 JULY 16, 2010

Order in

CHOOSE ONE:

Barbra Streisand

Judy Garland

X

Liza Minelli

Bette Midler

PHOTO CREDIT: CATHRYN LYNNE

New York personality Marti Gould Cummings doesn’t do drag per se. He’s more of an androgynous gender-bender with a hard-on for the Great White Way. In Take the Mic at Dixon Place he scouts for fresh talent, while his online series, Broadway Speaks Out!, sees stars like Liza Minnelli and Gavin Creel talking about LGBT equality. On July 18, Gould turns his birthday party at Vig 27 into a benefit show for Broadway in South Africa, with stage talents like Kate Shindle and Adam Kantor. We hid his chandelier earrings and got Cummings to come forth. —Dan Avery


WHAT’S

NOW

THE GAY AGENDA

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WITH THE ONSLAUGHT OF NEW CABARET ACTS fronted by burgeoning gay Broadway stars, gay Glee-wannabes and gay musical-theater fanatics it’s hard to be gay and stand out in the crowd. But for geek-ish musicians Nicholas Williams and Micah Bucey, going gay was the only thing to do with their Smothers Brothers-influenced cabaret act. “Our goal is to take over the world through show tunes, so I can’t imagine calling ourselves anything else,” declares the rubberfaced Bucey, 30, who by day is studying for his Masters of Divinity degree at New York Theological Seminary. So with tongue firmly planted in cheek they named their band The Gay Agenda (ThatGayAgendaBand.WordPress.com) and have been performing their snarky original songs and mini-musicals (covering everything from Disney to the Virgin Mary) in sold-out shows at La MaMa ETC, Joe’s Pub and the Players Loft for the past two years. “I had always been interested in having a band of some sort,” says pianist and “straight” man Williams, 30, who also works as a music teacher. “But with Micah’s more inherent theatrical sensibilities and our mutual interest in musical theater, the band has become more of a hybrid comedy-theater-musical experience.” Lately the duo has been grabbing people’s attention, with their popular YouTube videos and a residency at Ars Nova. (They will be returning to Joe’s Pub on August 26—as Bucey flirts: “We might take our shirts off and we’ve been working out!”) And big things can be expected from these boys. “I’ve always wanted to write Broadway musicals, and I think we’re heading in the same direction together,” says Williams. “In 20 years, I think we’ll finally have a show starring Laura Bell Bundy running on the Great White Way. But maybe that’ll be the third or fourth one to have made it there.” —Benjamin Solomon


THE CRAZY MIXED-UP TOTALLY TRUE TALE OF

THE CASTLE ON FIRE ISLAND don’t you dare Call it liBeraCe’s Bathhouse or a haunted mansion. FOR CHERRY GROVE’S MAGICAL VENETIAN PALACE, THE BELVEDERE, is at the very Core of what makes fire island speCial. STORY BY BRIAN O’BRIEN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILSONMODELS

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hen taking the ferry from Sayville to Cherry Grove there is always that magical instant when, to the left of the boat, a bright light starts to come into focus. As you get closer, a white palace starts to solidify on the horizon. A glow in the distance, it looks like a magical realm, a place completely out of the ordinary, where unexplainable things happen. Of course this is the Belvedere, Fire Island’s storied all-male guest house. And anyone who has stayed here over its long history can tell you that magical things do indeed happen. But the history of this building on the bay, built and expanded to look like a Venetian castle, isn’t a simple fairy tale full of happy-ever-afters. Destruction, disrepair, and lots and lots of parties are also woven into the story. Once upon a time in the 1950s, John Eberhardt built the Belvedere as a private residence. He was a gay scenic artist who painted sets for TV and theatrical productions in New York. Like many gay men in his social circle, most of them professionals and many active in the city’s theater scene, he started going to Fire Island and camping on the beach before there was much there but woods and deer. Also involved in real estate projects in New York and New Jersey, Eberhardt decided to build a place for himself on the island and chose to do it in an ornate Venetian style. “It’s just my style I guess, and it seemed right,” says Eberhardt, now 88, from his home in Florida, where he currently spends most of his time. His house, though spectacular, wasn’t as large as the current incarnation and included just the main house where visitors now enter, with its large living room, residential quarters and rooms on both floors. In the Spring of 1956, right after the completion of Eberhardt’s house, the only hotel in town, Duffy’s, burned to the ground. Eberhardt decided to open up his home to guests, renting out the empty bedrooms to strangers. This was a very informal arrangement, with visitors checking in at his kitchen table. “It was more of a house party sort of thing,” Eberhardt says about the early days, when he was also building a score of rental houses in the neighborhood. “The people who stayed all

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became friends of course, and many of them live in Florida. I see them now and they talk about the old days and what fun they had.” Duffy’s was rebuilt as the Ice Palace, which was, according to some, the first disco in America. But even then, Eberhardt says it was a more innocent place. “It seemed more conservative in the old days,” he says of the gay enclave’s nightlife scene. “There were so many rowdy people in the disco business and all the boys used to dance together, but the management would insist on having a girl nearby. Now it’s much merrier.” Outside of the disco antics, most of the shenanigans happened at house parties, and each of the houses had a different theme for their party. In keeping with his décor, Eberhardt’s parties were usually Renaissance or Roman. Lanterns and candles lighted most of these soirées, because the island still didn’t have electricity.

“Craig, John’s long-time partner and adopted son…first saw the Belvedere in 1980. he was staying in the pines and asked a friend what it was. ‘SOME OLD MAN LIVES THERE, AND HE’S BEEN HAULING JUNK OUT THERE HIS WHOLE LIFE,’ THE FRIEND SAID.” “The boardwalks were quite dark,” Eberhardt recalls. “We had a generator in the house for lights in the hallways. It was important to have [so people could] find their way around the corridors. But the generators went off at 12 or so. If you came in later, you had to stumble around in the dark to find your way back to your room—or any room, for that matter.” Things stayed pretty quiet at Belvedere through the ’70s, when the scene—and the gay scene in particular—on Fire Island started to heat up. Craig Eberhardt, John’s long-time partner and adopted son (adoption was something gay couples often did in the days before civil unions, because it was the only


THE WIZARDS OF OZ The Belvedereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current owners Craig Eberhardt and Julian Dorcelien


relationship they could enter that was legally binding and recognized by the government), first saw the Belvedere in 1980. He was staying in The Pines and walked by the place and asked a friend what it was. “Some old man lives there, and he’s been hauling junk out there his whole life,” the friend said. “I first met John at a bar in New York and went home with him,” Craig says. “He invited me out to stay with him on the island, and when I got there, lo and behold, it was the Belvedere.” After staying there the first time, Craig didn’t leave for 13 years. A master carpenter, Craig helped John usher in the establishment’s second life. Together they added a pool and Jacuzzi area and started to add on to the house, annexing the buildings next door (which John also owned) to make additional wings to the right of the main house. Craig also built all the balconies, decks and private baths that guests enjoy today. While Craig was building, John was decorating. He painted all the gorgeous trompe l’oeil murals that are still in the house today and rounded up all the antiques—many of them from Europe—that give the house its infamous interior design. Each of the rooms was decorated in a particular theme, and while some of the hardware, fabric and linens have been updated, they’re still in the style that John intended. Also in the ’80s, the hotel went from coed to being a men’sonly, clothing-optional resort. Since then the hotel has had a

renovating the bathrooms, recarpeting the entire place, having artists restore the murals, and bringing everything up to code. Part of the rejuvenation was combating the negative reputation the hotel had gotten during its off years. “There is a misperception of the Belvedere,” Dorcelien says. “I used to hear people walking by on the boardwalk say that it was ‘Liberace’s bathhouse.’ These were people who never came in. I would stop them and say, ‘Have you been in here? Did you even know that this was one of the first gay guesthouses in America?’” His campaign seems to be working, and the hotel is enjoying a clientele that is a mixture of returning guests who have been coming for decades, and younger men who are discovering it— and the joys of laying around the pool naked—for the first time. Part of the attraction is the convivial atmosphere that guests enjoy, and the long history of parties at Belvedere. After Hurricane Gloria, the island lost power and Belvedere opened its doors so that people could eat all the food (and drink their booze) before it spoiled. This being the Belvedere, costumes were mandatory. In 1993 they threw an infamous Toga Tea Party (the flier is framed and on the wall in one of the hallways) that was a fundraiser for God’s Love We Deliver. “It was a spectacle,” Craig chuckles when thinking about it. “The Imperial Court brought in the empress dressed as Cleopatra carried in by six body builders in gold lamé bikinis. We had a huge

(from left to right) Erotic art adorning the hallway’s walls; the Belvedere’s signature turets; John Eberhardt (center) with Ryan Raz and Shay at Baña Belvedere in 2009.

rather frisky vibe, one that the staff neither actively encourages nor frowns upon. Craig Eberhardt says they’ll never slap anyone’s hands as long as they’re being respectful. The structure was completed by the early ’90s, but that doesn’t mean the building hasn’t been touched since. The bell tower, one of the most noticeable features of the estate, blew off during Hurricane Gloria in 1985—destroying part of the house on its way down—and had to be rebuilt. In 2005, the top half of one of the other towers blew off in a tornado and had to be replaced. Eberhardt is happy to report that none of the building should be toppling over anytime soon. When Craig and John’s relationship ended in 1994, Craig moved to Florida and started a real estate career. John continued to run the Belvedere, but due to his advancing age, he couldn’t tend the property like he could in his younger years and it fell into a state of disrepair. In 2003, John asked Craig to take over the property and he moved to Florida full time. In 2005 Craig brought his new boyfriend, Julian Dorcelien, up from Florida—where he was working for CNN—to Fire Island to help him get the guest house back in shape. “When I got here, it was raining and gray and you know how it is in Fire Island in the middle of April,” Julian says about his first trip to the property. “Everything was shuttered. It looked like, I don’t want to say Grey Gardens, but that’s the best way to describe it. It was this beautiful place that’d gotten out of hand.” Dorcelien and Craig got to work fixing up all the rooms, 18 JULY 16, 2010

lighting bridge on the roof and good-looking men laid out on tables surrounded by grapes. Everyone came in togas and we had a six-foot mirror ball in the tower with lasers shooting at it.” Recently, Craig and Dorcelien teamed up with Dave Hickey and P.J. Jones, the pair who throw the popular Baña parties in Manhattan, to bring in a whole new crowd. “After I first stayed there [in the ’90s] and fell in love [with it] I always tried to get out there,” Hickey explains. “When we started doing [ Baña], I thought it would be the perfect place to do a party in this palace that was built for pleasure and enjoying the beach and each other and being nude.” In 2009 the pair threw Baña Belvedere: The Last Days of Pompeii, their first Roman bacchanal at guesthouse. This year they came back for a whole weekend of events that followed in the same vein. The new party isn’t the only improvement. Craig says that after this summer season, they’re going to redo the communal area adding a new pool, hot tub and a new single-level deck surrounding it. Of course, everything will be done in a style to fit in with the rest of the house. “You can buy new things, but you can make it into a sterile place where it’s like a hospital. That’s not what the Belvedere is,” he says. No, the Belvedere is a place where anything can happen— including magic. N Visit BelvedereFireIsland.com for more info.


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FRIDAY JULY 16 FELIZCUMPLEAÑOS! Uncut at Trip, 390 Eighth Ave (btwn 29th/30th Sts), 212-714-8149, uncutnyc.com— Louis “Loca” M celebrates his birthday with Jessica Foxx and Spicky Hilton and well-wishers Tyra Allure, Harmonica Sunbeam and Peppermint. DJs Ryko, Beyond and Lord G spin on the main floor, while Eddie Cruz, Lokito and Veras are downstairs with Latin, dance and pop. 8pm; free before 11pm/$5 before midight/$10 general admission.

DAISYCHAIN The F Word at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 646-374-4977, splashbar.com— Promoting their new album, I Hate Everybody, Daisy Spurs 20 JULY 16, 2010

kick into Michael Formika Jones and Mark Nelson’s freaky Friday-night party. DJs Cazwell, Kindbud and Bill Coleman spin, and Amanda Lepore, Devin Stone, Felicity Starr Dust and Matthew Camp host. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$20 general admission.

MUSCLEMEMORY Flex at The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-333-4177, chrisryannyc.com— Show the muscle of the week at Chris Ryan’s party and you’ll get a drink on the house. DJ Xavier gets physical on the main dance floor and DJ Eddie Baez stretches out upstairs. 10pm; free.

STATUSQUO Rockit at Quo, 511 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), 212-961-7507, fveventsny.com— DJs Keo

Nozari and Peter Paul rock the house at FornaibioVoss’s weekend-starter. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; $5.

BRAZILNUTS Dzi Croquettes at the Museum of Modern Art, 151 W 53rd St (@ Fifth Ave), 212-708-9400, moma.org— This compelling doc explores a gay Brazilian theater troupe struggling against dictatorship in the 1960s. 8:15pm; $10.

SATURDAY JULY 17 VFORVICTOR Victor Calderone: Evolve at Pacha, 618 W 46th St (@ 11th Ave), 212-209-7500, pachanyc.com— Gay-fave Calderone plays the club that’s become


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Daisy Spurs’ Brian at Splash (p.18)

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AGENTS, ASIANS & ACTION MOVIES

THE HARLEM BOOK FAIR The nation’s largest African-American literary event kicks off July 17.

PHOTO: MICHAEL WAKEFIELD

his second home for a mixed crowd tonight. 10pm; $10 before midnight/general admission varies.

SUNDAY JULY 18

ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The ethnic cinema series continues through July 21.

HOTELSWEET RETURNTOEDEN Paradise Under the Stars at Water Taxi Beach at South Street Seaport, 89 South St (@ FDR Drive), 877-974-6998, watertaxibeach.com— Relive the glory days of the Paradise Garage with the DJs who made it what it was—Joey Llanos, David Depino and Kervyn Mark. There’s even a special performance by Carolyn Harding (“Movin’ On,” “Memories”). 4pm–3:30am. $15 in advance/$25 general admission.

ROCKLOBSTER Say Say Cray Cray at Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, 718599-4044— DJ Emjay brings the buzz as a randy crowd of hip queer boys and girls descends on this Billyburg haven and rock out to a booty-shaking collection of beats and lanky go-go brats. 10pm; $5.

FRUITBASKET Hassan and Sylvia at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St (btwn Barrow/Bleecker Sts), 212352-3101, freshfruitfestival.com— A 30ish gay widower encounters a older woman and her young Arab lover in this Fresh Fruit Festival entry. 1pm; $18. 22 JULY 16, 2010

Cuckoo Club at Hiro Ballroom in The Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St (@ Ninth Ave), 212-2424300— This longrunning blowout brings gaylebrities, B&Ts and Eurotrash royalty to the Maritime for hot electro beats. 10pm; $10.

TERRACEAPART Rooftop at the Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, (btwn 11th Ave/West Side Hwy), 212-315-9400, joshwoodproductions.com— Take the fun outside with this summer tea dance from Josh Wood, Jared Needle, DJ Nita , Darrell Elmore and Ladyfag. Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks till 7pm. 6pm–midnight; $5.

BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK Cast members from Chicago, A Little Night Music, Falling for Eve and Rock of Ages play at 12:30pm on July 22.

HASHBEEN Habibi at La Vie, 37 W 26th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), habibinyc.com— At this party for gay Arabs and their friends, things get heated with DJIZ, belly dancers, hookahs and more. 8pm; $10 before 10pm/$15 general admission.

LETTERBE Alphabet Sundays at Arrow Bar, 85 Ave A (btwn Fifth/Sixth Sts), 212-673-1775, arrownyc.com— Demented drag queen Demanda Dahling hosts and Drew Zailen pours 2-for-1 drinks until 10pm and $4 draft Buds and $5 vodka drinks all night.

SALT Angelina Jolie does the Bourne Supremacy thing in this sharp thriller, starting July 23.


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QUOTED The Fire Island Dance Festival has been Dancers Responding to AIDS’ beachfront fundraiser for 16 years. Having an audience that knows “the score” can make it a fun night. “My new dance, ‘Untitled Man,’ is three men dancing to Jeff Buckley’s rendition of Judy Garland’s ‘The Man That Got Away.’” says choregrapher Stephen Petronio (whose work is seen to the right). “It couldn’t have a better home for its premier. The festival is an inspiring, fun and very sexy event in the best possible location.”—Fire Island Dance Festival at Whyte Hall, 577 Coast Guard Wk at Fire Island Blvd, FIP, 212-840-0770, dradance.org. July 17 at 5pm and 7pm and July 18 at 5; $125–$325.

DJ JRoc spins a soundtrack of pop, house and ’80s tunes. 9pm; free.

GREENHOUSEGAS Vandam at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), 212-719-4479, greenhouseusa.com— At Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch’s madcap ball, Chuck Attix, Dirty Martini and Desi Monster host DJ Johnny Dynell and various nightlife tribes. 10pm; free.

SPLATTERPATTERN Spooge at Trip, 390 Eighth Ave (btwn 29th/30th Sts), 212-714-8149— The name may have changed (from Elevate to Access to Trip), but the crowd is still way gay tonight. Go-gos shake it on the bar, where drink-slingers pour $4 beers and $5 vodkas. That should leave you with plenty of money for other indulgences. 10pm; free.

MONDAY JULY 19 JAMONIT! Sensations at therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com, 212-3971700— Our girl Britney Houston may have changed her name to Mila Jam, but she’s still got the talent. Check out her show tonight at the elemental Hell’s Kitchen bar. And gird yourself for the work week with some $7 cocktails. 11pm; free.

EXTRASAUSAGE Fondle at South Brooklyn Pizza, 451 Court St (@ Fourth Pl), Carroll Gardens, 718-852-6018— Evan Siegel hosts Brooklyn boys enjoying $4 Peronis, $6 martinis pop and rock sounds and famous artisanal slices. free.

RICOSUAVE Sabor Latino at the Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave S), manhattan-monster.com, 212-9243558— Kick off the work week with a blast at this 24 JULY 16, 2010

Latin-tinged night featuring DJ Tony Cruz in the booth. Barbara Herr performs at 11pm, with hot go-gos. 10pm; $5.

King Ralphy bring their unique brand of madness to the East Village drag cafe with PhDJ and JR. 10pm; $10 (includes two drink tickets).

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Money Wheel at Urge, 33 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), theurgenyc.com, 212-5335757— At this drag-queen run game, contestants vie to win a $500 jackpot. Stick around afterward for those beefy go-go boys on the bar and DJ David Scott in the booth. 10pm; free.

Beige at B Bar, 40 E Fourth St (@ Bowery), bbarandgrill.com, 212-475-2220— Seen-and-beseen gays pack into the outdoor patio for cheap drinks and a fashionable crowd. 10pm; free.

BEEFCAKE Perfect European Man at Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St (btwn Barrow/Bleecker Sts), 212-352-3101, freshfruitfestival.com— In this Fresh Fruit Festival entry, a Prussian strongman engages with the craftsman hired to make a mold of his body. 4:30pm; $18.

TUESDAY JULY 20

THEY’REPLAYINGMYSONG ’Cuda Karaoke at Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (@ Eighth Ave), 212-645-8613— Zoe Murphy and Zach join hostess Mimi Imfurst in sharing raunchy songs and plenty of shade on the way to the $100 prize. DJ Busted spins. 11pm; free.

SOVIETREUNION Spunknik at Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), 212-929-2555, easternblocnyc.com— Bianca Del Rio hosts a best-bod contest and homos guzzle free PBR from 10pm–11pm. 9pm; free.

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Freak at Lucky Cheng’s, 24 First Ave (btwn E First/Second Sts), planetluckychengs.com, 212473-0516— Isis Vermouth, Demanda Dahling and

Rock Star Karaoke at Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), 212-957-2222, poshbarnyc.com— Is Rock Band not cutting it? Live out your rock god


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Post-Pride Partyat the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave (@ 82nd St), 212-535-7710, nextmagazine.com— Yes it takes a full month to recover from Pride. Why else would the Met wait so long for its after-Pride soireé? At any rate, this in-demand party in the Great Hall features great music, booze and a peek at some great shows, including the Picasso exhibition and American Woman in the Costume Institute. RSVP for confirmation. 6:30pm–8:30pm. PARTY HEARTY: EVERY SUNDAY

Mantryx at Providence (p.28) dream with a live backing band tonight. $5 well martinis. 10pm–12:30am; free.

SINGOUTLOUISE! Tuesdays Got Talent at Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 917-388-2897— Emily McNamara hosts this singing competition, where the top voice can nab a $1,000 grand prize and a paid gig at Bar-Tini. 10pm; free.

WEDNESDAY JULY 21 YESWECAN-CAN! Monster Follies at the Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave S), manhattan-monster.com, 212924-3558—The staff of the West Village mainstay present a lush, if not lavish, musical production hosted by (who else?) Jesse Volt. See you in the front row! 10pm; cover varies.

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the land gets $100 and a chance at the $1,000 grand prize at the end of the summer. Start tuckin’ bitches! 10pm; free.

HEAVYMENTAL Bi-Polar at Polar in the Marcel Hotel, 201 E 24th St (@ Third Ave), 212-292-7502, nycpolar.com— Su Casa is dunzo, but promoters Michael Cohen and Kevin Wiltz have reclaimed Wednesdays with this new weekly. Mark Halcomb and Tony Bordonaro host and DJ Martial spins in the Marcel’s arctic-themed lounge. 10pm; free.

THEBIGTOP Amanda Lepore’s Big Top at Carnival, 110 University Pl (btwn 12th/13th Sts) 212-255-8188, carnivalnyc.com— Joey Israel and Kenny Kenny stir up three-ring insanity at the infamous tranny ringmistress’ weekly party. Marvel at circusthemed acts, club-kid clowns and a dunk tank run by hot go-go boys. 10pm; free.

GAYSJUSTWANNAHAVEFUN! Rewind at The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com, 212-3334177— Chris Ryan and Jaymz Crow turn back

Summer Camp at High Bar, 790 Eighth Ave (btwn 48th/49th Sts), 212-956-1300, highbarnyc.com— Michael Cohen and Kevin Wiltz (Su Casa, Bi-Polar) and DJ Marshal bring their brand uptown and outside. 1pm–8pm. WILD CARD: THRU JULY 25 GALDE Picnic/Health Fair at Inwood Hill Park, (btwn 218th St/Indian Rd), nyclgbtcc.com, 212-5849311— The Gay and Lesbian Dominican Empowerment Organization invites all to its 20th annual health fair and outdoor picnic in Inwood Hill. Chanel International, Lartiza Dumont, Lorena St. Cartier host, with a special appearance by R&B singer Reina. There’s also booths, raffles, food and live performances aplenty. Noon–7pm.

the clock with this retro dance night, where DJ JonJon Battles pumps up the jams and Chaka Khanvict goes over the borderline with $1 Jell-O shots. Watch the crowd get hungry like the wolf for $4 Sex On The Beach and vodka cranberry. 10pm; free.

BALLGAME Porno Bingo at Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Gay St/Greenwich Ave), willclarkworld.com, 212-9299291— Models Derrick Briggs and Maurice Murrell and blogger Lealand Thompson join Will Clark’s slutty bingo night. Proceeds benefit the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund. 8pm–10pm; free.


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BENEFITS PACKAGE YOUR GUIDE TO PHILANTHROPY AND HUSBAND-HUNTING Lyrical at Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie St. (btwn Broome/Delancey Sts), 718-596-0342— Rashawn Brazell’s life was cut horribly short when he was murdered and dismembered in 2005. The gay youth’s legacy lives on, though, with a memorial fun dawarding $1,500 in scholarships to students combatting racism and homophobia. Tonight, the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund teams up with Mary literary magazine for this benefit show, featuring DJ Black Female Executive, in the booth and a performance by out rapper LastO. Sunday, July 18 from 6pm–9pm; $10. X-Mas in July at Vig 27, 119 E 27th St (btwn Park/Lexington Aves), 212-633-2500, vig27.com— Hosted by the Emperor and Empress of the Imperial Court of New York, this “unseasonable” benefit for Bailey House sees members of the court decked out in their regal finery. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the kids. July 19 at 6pm; $10 Oasisat the Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St, (btwn 11th Ave/West Side Hwy), 212-315-9400, aliforney.org— Robert Verdi and Linda Simpson emcee Ali Forney’s inaugural summer gala with JuJubee of RuPaul’s Drag Race and honorary co-hosts Jonathan Groff, Lea Delaria, Caroline Murphy, John Cameron MitchellandNick Adams. DJ Corey Craig spins. Wed July 21 from 6:30pm–9:30pm; $50-$500. JuJubee

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Boys Night at My Big Gay Italian Wedding, St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), biggayitalianwedding.com, 212-9478844— Get discount tickets to this comedy about two gays on their way to the altar, and then join fellow homos at a post-show reception. 8pm, $39.50.

Meaner, Harder, Leather at Vig 27, 119 E 27th St (btwn Park/Lexington Aves), 212-686-5500, vig27.com— Go-Go Harder, Misty Meaner and Stormy Leather bring you another night of drag, vaudeville and boylesque. 11pm; free.

THURSDAY JULY 22 MARKMYWORDS Gorgeous at g Lounge, 223 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-929-1085, glounge.com— Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander present an attitudefree night of fashionable fellas, de-gorge go-go boys and sounds by DJ Lina. 9pm; free.

NEEDLEPOINT Fox at the Park, 118 10th Ave, (btwn 17th/18th Sts), 212-352-3313, joshwoodproductions.com— At Josh Wood and Jared Needle’s weekly, Kris Haigh hosts and DJ Sparber spins for foxy fags enjoying 2-for-1 drinks till 11pm. 10pm; free. 28 JULY 16, 2010

PRIVATEEYESONLY Chelsea Classics: Murder By Death at Chelsea Clearview Cinema, 260 W 23rd St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), clearviewcinemas.com— David Niven and Maggie Smith are Nick and Nora Charles, Peter Sellers is Charlie Chan and Truman Capote is their odd host, Lionel Twain, in this detective film spoof. Hedda Lettuce introduces the earlier screening. 7pm and 9:45pm; $7.50.

FRIDAY JULY 23 OPERATIONDUMBODROP Gumbo at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St (@ Water St), Dumbo, gumbonyc.com, 718-2228500— Out in Dumbo, Ben Harvey brings you hot


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beats and free haircuts. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission.

NOWWEAREHERE Xanadude at Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), Williamsburg, 718-3844586, xanadude.nyc@gmail.com— Sean B and Deputy Jeff host another slammin’ loft party, with Sylvia London, Max Steele and DJ Timmy. E-mail for reduced admission.10pm; $5.

MEHDNIHAPPYRETURNS Desilicious at Pachita, 618 W 46th St (@ 11th Ave), 212-713-5111, sholayevents.com— Ashu Rai and DJ Bobby break Indian beats on Pacha’s top floor. 10pm; $15.

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FRIDAY, JULY 16 PINES RESORT 5pm: Low Tea at Blue Whale w/DJ Marco 7pm: High Tea at High Tea Deckw/DJ Sparber 11pm: Beer Garden at Pool Deck w/DJ Marco Midnight: Underwear Party at the High Tea Deck w/DJ Sparber

• Fire Island Dance Festival 16 at Whyte Hall, FIP, 212-840-0770, dradance.org— Bruce Vilanch introduces dancers from Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey and other legendary troupes at this Dancers Responding to AIDS fund-raiser. Additional performance on July 18 at 5pm. 5pm and 7pm; $125–$325.

SIP N’ TWIRL 7pm-10pm: Twirlina w/DJ Lina

QUENCHIT! Thirst at Roam, 17 E 19th St (btwn Broadway/Fifth Ave), 888-708-8951— Nathan H. Williams and Khary & Ray throw this urban dance party. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission.

ICE PALACE 8pm: Porsche Live w/DJ Chuck 11:30pm: Dworld Underwear Party. Mandatory clothes check. $10.

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3pm-8pm: Melt at Pool Deck 5pm: Low Tea at Blue Whale w/ DJ Jack Reina 7pm: High Tea at High Tea Deck 8pm-10pm: Middle Tea at the Pavilion w/DJ Vito Fun Midnight: Vito Fun birthday dance party at Pavilion w/DJ Vito Fun

Club 57 at Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), fveventsny.com, 212307-0062— Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio light up midtown with DJs Phil B, Corey Craig and Lady Bunny. Plus, performances by the Mantryx Aerialists and drag queen Epiphany. 10pm; $15 before midnight/$20 general admission.

IT’SALLRELATIVE Family Function at Woody’s 31 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), 212-777-0774— Ladyfag leads the cray-cray tonight. Shake it to a rotating cast of DJs while Jason the Black Teen Wolf snaps party pics. 10pm; free.

MAKINGWAVES John Blair Saturdays at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com, 646-3744977— At this circuit-party dance jam, top DJs spin and partygoers enjoy $1 well drinks till midnight. $10 before midnight/$20 general admission. 10pm–6am.

GETHIMTOTHEGREEK Adonis After Hours at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com, 212-7194479— DJ Eddie Baez is taking up residency after last call tonight. Shelby Stone, Chris Ryan and King Ralphy host. See p.30 for more info. 4am; $20.

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SIP N’ TWIRL 7pm-10pm: Twirlina w/DJ Lina

ICE PALACE 1pm: Pop pool party w/Logan Hardcore, Dallas Dubois and DJ Tony Ynot. 11pm: DJ Chris Cox Birthday Party. Presented by JustCircuit.com. Cover varies.

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SUNDAY, JULY 18 PINES RESORT 1pm-5pm: Soaked! at the Pool Deck w/DJ Keo Nozari 5pm: Low Tea at Blue Whale 7pm: High Tea at the High Tea Deck w/DJ Keo Nozari 8pm: Middle Tea at Pavilion 9:30pm: Musical Sundays at Pavilion w/ DJ Tony Built

SIP N’ TWIRL 7pm-10pm: Twirlina w/DJ Lina

• FIP Summer Camp at 145 Ocean Walk, FIP, hmi.org— DJ Lina hosts this daytime do for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. 2pm–6pm; $35–$75 .

dolly Dallas DuBois and 21st Century Life’s Austin Helms and DJ Executive Realness at Hell’s Kitchen’s fave tea dance. If you didn’t have something to confess, you will now! 3pm–10pm; free.

TOPITOFF Salsa Sin Fronteras Tea Dance at the LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Greenwich/Seventh Aves), 646-308-1341, outsalsa.org— Mambo Bravo and Stepping Out Studios heat things up at this earlyevening fiesta sponsored by Salsa NYC. The party starts with an intro salsa class. 5pm–9pm; $10.

ICE PALACE 1pm: Pool Party w/Ariel Sinclair and DJ Tony Ynot

LOEKLEMEN Electro-Shock Therapy Comedy Hour at therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Host Brad Loekle is joined by Chris Doucette, M. Dickson and Yamaneika for a night of gay yucks. 10pm; free.

MILKYWAY Sperm at the Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Aves), thecockbar.com— DJ Man Parrish spins funk, oldskool and pop, and sexy go-go dancers get you all hot at this sinful soiree. 11pm; $20. N


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ADONIS AFTERHOURS, THE NEW SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING PARTY AT GREENHOUSE, TAKE THE FUN INTO THE WEE HOURS.

MAN OF THE AFTERHOURS (left) DJ Eddie Baez; (inset) Greenhouse.

hey may call New York the city that never sleeps, but finding a place to party after last call ain’t easy. Nightlife entrepreneur/promoter Shelby Stone saw a need for an after-hours party where the gays could dance till dawn—and beyond. Her brainchild, Adonis Afterhours, debuted in the Times Square Art Center earlier this year, but didn’t really click until she teamed up with DJ Eddie Baez and moved the early-Sunday-morning jam down to Soho’s eco-friendly Greenhouse, home to Suzanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny’s legendary Vandam. We chatted with Baez about his style, his partnership with Stone and what he hopes to bring to Adonis.

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been after hours. It’s well overdue. Adonis has been traveling from club to club with Shelby Stone. After working with her, I saw that she really cared for the party and the people who attended. She’s new to the scene, but she has talent and enthusiasm I haven’t seen before. I was searching for the right venue and Greenhouse is that venue. They also share the same ideas of what a party should be. Together we will write a new chapter in New York nightlife.

When did you get started DJ-ing? I started in 1990. Once I started going to clubs I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I entered a contest and won a residency at the Sound Factory. Since then I’ve spun at Tunnel, Pacha and all over the world. I also do Thursday night at The Ritz.

Vandam is known for being very eclectic, with Chelsea boys, freaks, bears and straights. You’ve got Chris Ryan and King Ralphy involved here too—so what sort of crowd do you expect? Adonis is really catered [to] the boys but as with any good party we’re sure to have a great mix. I DJ circuit parties around the world, so that scene is my home turf. But I want everyone there. I want to bring that eclectic vibe you have at Vandam.

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lar about where you wanted to move Adonis. What was it about Greenhouse that you liked? Greenhouse is giving us freedom to create a party for music lovers and dancers, not to mention some of New York’s sexiest clubgoers. Once we’re established there, we’ll be showcasing some amazing new talents. How late will the party go? As long as there are still people dancing! Hopefully it’ll go really late, because they start serving again at noon on Sunday. Do you have a recipe or suggestion for people that want to stay up and start partying at 4am? Disco naps and Red Bull can’t hurt. And I know that Miss Shelby has a few things up her sleeve. Just prepare to let the music energize you! N Adonis Afterhours awakens at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St( @ Vandam St), 212807-7000, GreenhouseUSA.com, Sundays at 4am, $20.


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Opening>>> AFTERHOURS at Greenhouse. DJ Eddie Baez spins at this new late-night mixed party. Shelby Stone, Chris Ryan and King Ralphy host. 4am; $20. (SAT, LATE) ADONIS

(SUN) SPOOGE at Trip. Rotating DJs, gogos, $5 vodkas, $4 beers and free shots. 10pm; free.

BALLED at the Cock. Sexy summer salon with Go-Go Harder and latenight performances. $5, 11pm–4am.

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BEARS, OH MY! at Xes. Bear night w/Gary Coangelo and Art Hernandez. $12 pitchers, $3 domestic bottles and Coors Light draft, free pizza, beer pong. DJ Big Ragu. 9pm; free. (WED) TRANIMAL at Xes. Drag compe-

tition hosted by Tina Burner. $100 weekly cash prize and $1,000 end-of-summer grand prize. 10pm; free

Closed>>> BULL MOOSE BAR & LOUNGE 354 44th St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), bullmoosenyc.com. Hellsea’s newest gay bar has gone back in the closet, as a straight watering hole.

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Bars>>> BARRACUDA 275 W 22nd St (Eighth Ave) 212-645-8613— This Chelsea mainstay acts as Eighth Avenue’s gay epicenter with shows almost nightly. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) Just a Party with DJ JonJon Battles. 10pm. (SAT) Legendary with DJ Kevin Graves. 10pm. (SUN) Sherry Vine Show. DJ David Serrano. 2-for-1 drinks till midnight. 11pm. (MON) Peppermint’s Mystery Box w/top prizes and DJ T-Boy. 11pm. (TUE) ‘Cuda Karaoke w/Mimi Imfurst. 10pm (WED) Pop Tarts with Britney Houston and DJ Scotty Rox. 10pm; free. (THU) Star Search with Peppermint and DJ Keo Nozari. Guest performances. 11pm; free. BOXERS NYC 37 W 20th St (between Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-255-5082; boxersnyc.com— New York’s newest gay sports bar has brick-oven pizza, lots of elbow room and plenty of hot athletic supporters. Daily noon–2am. free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9:30pm

THE EAGLE 554 W 28th St (Tenth/Eleventh Aves), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Two levels w/roof deck, vintage porn and a pool table for leather lovers, bears and fetish freaks. Tue–Sat 10pm–4am, Sun 5pm–4am. (FRI) Hardon! with DJ Reed McGowan. Performances and giveaways. (SAT, MONTHLY) Cock Ring. Ricardo Studmuffin hosts DJs Lady Bondage and Mike Grimes.10pm; free. (SUN) Beer Blast with DJs Paul Ferrer and Reed. $3 domestics, $4 Jäger/Cuervo shots. 5pm–midnight; free. (TUE, 1ST/3RD) FootMen foot-fetish party 8pm, $10 (includes drink ticket). (TUE, LAST) Smokin Tuesday. Cigars, pipes and drink specials. 8pm; free. (WED) Jockstrap Wednesdays with DJ Mirch. $3 Jäger shots, Bud, Bud Light. 10pm; free. (THU) Code with DJ Grimes. $4 Bud Lights. Fetish dress required.10pm; free. G LOUNGE 225 W 19th St (Seventh/Eighth) 212-929-1085, glounge.com— This round lounge is packed with gym dandies, Latino lotharios and cute Chelsea boys. 4pm–4am daily. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 house drinks and $3 domestic beer. 4pm–9pm (FRI) t.g.i.g./Hottie Hour with DJ Smokey at 4pm and DJ Drew G at 9pm. (SAT) Bounce with DJ Dr. Brooks. 7pm. SUN) Q-Tea. Tea dance w/DJ Scotty Rox. 4pm–8pm. (SUN) Küte by Mark Lander and Franco DiLuzio. Matty Maggiacomo, Joey Israel and Joey Murray and Epiphany host w/DJ Xavier. Go-gos, drink specials. 9pm–1am; free. (MON) Fresh with DJ Dr. Brooks. (TUE) BoyBox by Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander with DJ Cazwell and host Joey Israel. Go-go dancers. 10pm–2am; free. (WED) DiLF. Colton Ford and Angelo Peterson host daddy party,10pm. (THU) Gorgeous by Franco and Mark with DJ Lina. Go-gos. 9:30pm. GYM SPORTSBAR/LOCKERROOM 167 Eighth Ave (18th/19th), 212337-2439, gymsportsbar.com— The all-gay sports bar has two floors of jock action. Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm– 4am, Sun 1pm–2am. (HAPPY HOUR) Mon–Fri 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm PEARL 155 Eighth Ave 17th/18th Sts), 212-229-2291, pearlnylounge.com— The newest gem on Eighth Avenue is a classy affair w/global grub and inventive cocktails. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 wells Mon–Fri 4pm–9pm. (SUN) Drag night. $6 Abita all night. RAWHIDE 212 Eighth Ave (21st St) 212-242-9332— Butch daddies and Marlboro men play in Chelsea’s original dive. Gogos nightly. 10am–4am daily. No cover. XES 157 W 24th St (Sixth/Seventh Aves) 212-604-0212, xesnyc.com— Cute Chelsea boys and sporty types crowd the lounge inside and the smoking patio in back. Wed–Sun 4pm–4am, Mon–Tue 4pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks weekdays

4pm–9pm; (FRI) Dark. w/DJ T-Boy (classics). 9pm. (SAT) Xessive Saturdays with DJ Adam Joseph. 2-for-1 well, beer and wine midnight–1am. 9pm. (SUN) Gay’s Papaya. Tea dance w/free hot dogs, frozen ’ritas and 2-for-1 Happy Hour till 9pm. 5pm (SUN) Sing Out Sister karaoke with Peppermint and TJ the DJ (pop). 9pm. (MON) ...And Bears, Oh My! Gary Coangelo and Art Hernandez bear night. $12 pitchers, $3 domestics and Coors Light drafts, beer pong and free pizza. DJ Big Ragu. 9pm; free (TUE) Tranimal. Drag competition w/Tina Burner. $100 prize. 10pm; free. (WED) Humpday Karaoke w/Tina Burner (THU) Music videos with TJ the DJ. Chelsea Classics ticket stub earns a free drink. 9pm.

Clubs>>> CLUB 20 20 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-633-0934— (SUN) Male dancers w/champagne rooms and table-dancing. 2-for-1 Happy Hour 5pm–7pm. 5pm–1am; cover varies HIRO BALLROOM at The Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St (Ninth Ave), 212 2434300, themaritimehotel.com— (SUN) Cuckoo Club with Erich Conrad, Lincoln Palsgrov and DJ Honey Dijon. 10pm; free. TRIP at 390 Eighth Ave (btwn 29th/30th Sts) 212 714-8149— Bi-level state-of-theart lounge with crystal chandeliers and large dance floors. (FRI) Uncut with Louis “Loca” and hosts Yamil, Mickey, J-Sin and Alonso. DJs Lord G, Beyond, Paul Wonder and Veras. Latin gogos, $1 drinks till 11pm. 10pm; free before midnight/$5 with invite/$10. (SAT) DWorld w/Daniel Nardicio w/go-gos and Panty Pantry. Must use “Dworld” password for free admission. 11pm; free. (SUN) Spooge. Rotating Djs, go-gos $5 vodkas, $4 beers, free shots. 10pm; free. (MON) Papi. Latin night w/hosts Tyra Allure Ross and Laritza Dumont and DJs Nesto, MK, Beyond and Divo. 9pm; free before 11pm/$5. (WED) Dina Delicious. Tranny-friendly and alternative night. (THU) Jungle NYC. Lady Pearl and Dex host a party for men of color and their friends. 10pm; cover varies. (THU) Access with DJ Alex Tech (tribal). 10pm–5am; free before 11pm/$10. RUSH 579 Sixth Ave (16th/17th) 212741-4918, boiparty.com— Remember your sophomore year of college? This club formerly known as Heaven relives it nightly. (FRI, 1ST/3RD) Sugar Daddy w/Paul Short hosts butch homos upstairs at the twink haven.10pm; $3 (SAT) Drama. Dance night from Alan Picus, Steve Sidewalk and Charles Winters. 10pm; $15. 18+ SECRET 525 W 29th St (10th/11th Aves), 212-268-5580—Black and Latino hotties lounge on velvet banquettes at this far West Chelsea lounge. Fris–Sats only.

(SAT) JC from The Heat presents DJ Iron-

bound (hip-hop, house) with Hype Man and MC TQ. Male and female dancers. $5 shots and drinks. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10.

SPLASH 50 W 17th St (Fifth/Sixth) 212-691-0073, splashbar.com— Both floors are still going strong at this legendary gay dancehall. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) The F Word. Michael Formika Jones and Mark Nelson present Amanda Lepore, Joey Israel, Cazwell and more. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission. (SAT) Stud Search w/Kenny Dash. 8pm. Dougie Meyer Saturdays. Circuit DJs on main floor, DJ John Marto (pop) in the lower lounge. Guest performers and go-gos. 10pm–6am; $20. (SUN) Bingo w/Ginger Snapt downstairs. $2 drafts. 5pm–8pm; free. Sunday School by Dougie Meyer with DJs Lady Bunny and Steve Sidewalk (pop). 8pm; free. (SUN, FIRST) Bawdville. Go-Go Harder, DJ Susan Levine and boylesque. Midnight; $5. (MON) Musical Mondays w/VJ John Bantay (showtunes and video) 7pm–midnight. $5. Curtain Call w/ Emily McNamara. Broadway guests perform. Midnight; $5. (TUE) Karaoke Idol w/Ginger Snapt. $400 cash prize. 7pm. Twink Tuesdays w/Dougie Meyer and DJ Steven Sidewalk. 10pm;$5 before 11pm/ $10 after. 18+ (WED) America’s Next Top Bottom @ 8pm. Ocean by Nathan W, Nathan S and Yamil X. DJs MK and Beyond (hip-hop, house). Go-gos and performances. 10pm; $5 before 11pm/$10 general. (THU) Campus Thursdays by Alan Picus w/John Marto, Vito Fun and Steve Sidewalk (pop). 10pm; free before midnight with student ID/$5 without/$10 general admission.

WEST VILLAGE

Bars>>> BOOTS & SADDLE 76 Christopher St (7th Ave/Bleecker), bootsnsaddle.com, 212633-1986— This old-school Christopher Street mainstay welcomes a casual crowd. Go-gos after 7pm. Noon–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beer, soda and well drinks noon–8pm daily. (FRI) Paradise Lost w/DJ Robert Maril. $5 top-shelf drink specials. 9pm. CHI CHIZ 135 Christopher St (Hudson/Greenwich), 212-462-0027— The brothers come to Chi-Chiz, where cheery African-American men await. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 5pm–9pm CUBBYHOLE 281 W 12th St (Fourth St), 212-243-9041, cubbyholebar.com— This low-frills nabe bar is equally popular with fags and dykes. Mon–Fri 4pm–2am and Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm– 7pm Mon–Sat THE DUPLEX 61 Christopher St (Seventh Ave), 212-255-5438, theduplex.com— Two-level piano bar trills with cute actors, cabaret gals and old-fashioned showtune queens. 4pm–4am.

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Scissor Sisters

BY KEO NOZARI t’s clear from the Robert Mapplethorpe-snapped, butt-cheekssqueezing album cover that the Scissor Sister’s new release, Night Work, is meant to be plump with a sexy, playful dirtiness. And it definitely delivers! While their sophomore full-length, Ta-Dah, boasted a fun title, the music wasn’t always as magical. Fortunately, Night Work feels more akin to their self-titled debut, retaining some of their fiery East Village roots and sense of glittery musical adventure. Co-producer Stuart Price helps the band slather some luscious sheen on their highheeled tracks making Night Work something like a 14th Street hustler turned higher-end hooker. He keeps Scissor Sisters true to themselves, but similar to his work with Madonna and most recently Kylie Minogue, the album is largely a non-stop dance affair. The standout song on the album is far and away “Any Which Way,” which feels something like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” met up with The Bee Gees in the studio one morning after coming back from a naughty disco orgy. And Ana Matronic’s fantastic rap-porn sex-speak offers up a favorite moment—some delicious dialogue about pantyhose, bottle tans and getting boinked right in front of her parents. It’s a must listen. Look for dance revelers to be dancing to this any which way they can! Matronic returns for sultry “Skin This Cat,” but front man Jake Shears gets the most play time—channeling David Bowie and a host of ’80s male New Wave singers—lending an effective, sexy chameleon-like quality to the vocal performances. This does, however, point to the Sisters’ Achilles’ heel— The band is steeped so high in their influences, they can sometimes sound too much like a nostalgia act. Some songs feel more like “homages” than originals, with New Wave acts getting the nod this time around. The title track definitely owes a debt to Sparks’ 1979 Giorgio Moroder-produced hit, “Beat the Clock,” while “Night Life” owes one to ’80s Prince. And “Running Out,” while a fun song, is something of a New

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Wave megamix that could easily have already been performed by Wang Chung, The Knack or a host of ’80s male bands. Still, this album is certainly the band’s most cohesive and succinct to date—both musically and conceptually. It starts out buoyantly (as Shears informs us on the title track opener, “the 9-to-5 shift is over”) and gradually gets darker and dirtier, like a night out where we leave work to party and get progressively more wasted, creating a great dramatic arc. From their selftitled debut it was clear Scissor Sisters have a lovable quirkiness— and it’s great to see that quality still works for them, day or night. N

DJ TOP 10:COREY CRAIG DJ Corey Craig is king of poolside (and oceanside) parties, making waves at Asbury Park’s Rip Tide Pool Party on Sunday, July 18 and as the opening DJ of the Fire Island Pines Party on Saturday, July 31.

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Happiness Alexis Jordan

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Commander Kelly Rowland

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R2C2 Dance Mix

Ralphi Rosario Mix

Strobelight Kimberley Locke Donni Hotwheel Mix

Devil Walking Mark Knight Alejandro’s Holiday Madonna vs. Lady Gaga C2 Mashup

Alive Goldfrapp Dave Audé Remix

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All the Lovers Kylie Minogue Wawa Afterhours Mix

Rockstar 101 Rihanna Chew Fun Teacher’s Pet Fix

Dancing on My Own Robyn Buzz Junkies Mix

Breaking Love Larrakin Koishii and Hush Remix


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THE HANGAR 115 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-627-2044, myspace.com/hangarnyc— No-frills bar appealing to bearded blue-jean guys. Mon–Sats 3pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm–9pm JULIUS 159 W 10th St (Waverly Pl), 212243-1928— Come for the friendly locals stay for the mouthwatering—and cheap—burgers at New York’s oldest gay bar—1860s anyone! 11am–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm (THU, MONTHLY) Mattachine with P.J. DeBoy. DJs John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Martin (vintage, vinyl). 9pm. THE LGBT CENTER, 208 W 13th St (Seventh/Greenwich Aves), 212-620-7310, gaycenter.org— New York’s headquarters for all things gay, including meetings, clubs, mixers, talks and dances. (SAT, 2ND/4TH) Dance:208 by Joe Fiore. Guest DJs. 9pm–1am; $6 members/$10 general admission. MARIE’S CRISIS 59 Grove St (Seventh/Bleecker), 212-243-9323— Camaraderie and B’way sing-alongs abound in this historic piano bar. 4am–4pm daily. Free. THE MONSTER 80 Grove St (Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com, 212-9243558— This old-school staple sparkles with loyal locals singing showtunes upstairs and drag shows, go-go boy antics and dancing down below. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Burnin’ Up w/guest DJs. $8. (SAT) Shut the F**k Up and Dance. DJ Tony Cruz, burlesque go-gos. $4.25 vodka breezes. 10pm–4am; $8. (SUN) Video tea dance 5:30pm–10pm. Hot Music Dance Party w/Tony Cruz $4 Long Islands, Heineken, $3.25 Rolling Rock. 10pm; $5. (MON) Sabor Latino with Barbara Herr and DJ Tony Cruz, go-gos. Performance at 11pm. $4 Cuba Libres and Coronas.10pm; $6. (TUE) Turntable Tuesdays. DJ Michael Wilson spins golden-oldie gay dance hits. (WED) Wheel Of Foreskin w/Jesse Volt and DJ Steven Oliveri. Show at 11pm. $100 prize. $3 Bud, Ultra and Rolling Rock. 10pm; free. (THU) Growl w/DJ Cori Spano. Bear-friendly night. $3 Bud, Rolling Rock and Michelob Ultra, $4 Coronas and LI iced teas. 10pm; free.

(HAPPY HOUR) Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm; $2.50 well, $4 call, $2.50 domestics and $3 imports. (FRI) T.G.I.F. $5 Jim Beam all night. (SAT) Petting Zoo. DJs Ernie Cote and Corey TuT, live bands. 10pm. (SUN) Rockbear. Beer blast w/Joe Fiore, hot dogs, $3 Bud/Bud Light. (MON) Unplugged w/Dan Crowley. Live music, free pool, $3 PBR. (TUE) Pool tournament. $2 Bud/Bud Lite. 6pm. (WED) Hump Day. $5 Sauza tequila and rock shots. (THU, 4TH) Beareoke. $3 Corona and Jägermeister shots, $5 Svedka. 8pm.

STONEWALL INN 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl) 212-4882705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Owners may change, but the loyal locals will always remain at this landmark piano bar. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 2pm–8pm TY’S 114 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-741-9641— Ye olde gay tavern teems with friendly and devoted patrons. Mon–Sun 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3.50 well drinks, $2 off top shelf, $2 off beers, beers and 2-for-1 cocktails 4pm–8pm.

EAST VILLAGE/ LOWER EAST SIDE

Bars>>> THE BOILER ROOM 86 E Fourth St (First/Second Aves), boilerroomnyc.com, 212254-7536— Arty hipsters stew with their salt-and-pepper elders and dirt cheap drinks. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4-8pm 2-for-1 beers and well liquor. $3.50 house liquor and $2.50 PBR. 10pm–4am daily. THE COCK 29 Second Ave (First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com— There is no dish spicier, skankier or sexier than this infamous E. Village bird. Viva le coq! 11pm–4am daily. (FRI) Black Cock. Mr. Black presents DJ Daryl Raymond and hosts Chicken Little, Black Eddie11pm-4am; $10. (MON) Tee-Balled with Go-Go Harder and late-night performances. $5, 11pm–4am (TUE) Big Gulp w/DJ KindBuddy and Big Momma Thang. 11pm.

PIECES 8 Christopher St (Gay St/Greenwich Ave), piecesbar.com, 212-929-9291— NYU gays rally amid the streamers for live shows and karaoke. Tue–Sat 2pm–4am, Sun–Mon 2pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2pm–8pm $2 domestics and wells, $3 imports Mon–Fri.

EASTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (A/B Aves), 212-777-2555, easternblocnyc.com— The Iron Curtain comes down in this bar, packed tighter than a sardine can with E-Vill boys. Strong drinks, kick-ass DJs and hot gogos. 7pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drafts and wells, $2 Cosmos, Margaritas and Kamikazes

ROCKBAR 185 Christopher St (Weehawken/West Side H’way), rockbarnyc.com— Gymbar veterans have taken over the old Ramrod. Mon-Wed 4pm–2am; Thu, Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 1pm–4am; Sun 1pm–2am. Free

LUCKY CHENG’S 24 First Ave (First/Second Sts), 212-473-0516, planetluckychengs.com— Asian drag karaoke and dining. Shows nightly at 8:30pm Sun– Thu, 8pm and 10pm Fri–Sat. 3pm-4am daily.

NOWHERE 322 E 14th St (First/Second Aves), 212-477-4744— A low-to-no-key East Village pub with a great jukebox and cheap drinks. 3pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 wells, $2 domestic beers, $2 PBR. Mon–Thu 3pm–9pm, Fri and Sat 3pm–8pm. PHOENIX 447 E 13th St (First/Ave A), 212-477-9979— Alterna-dudes, an indie jukebox and good drinks. Have you risen yet? 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestics and wells 4pm-8pm. (FRI) Denim Shorts w/A Martini (rock, metal, punk, indie), go-go boys and $2 PBRs. 10pm–4am. (SAT) Suspicious Package w/DJ merkin Muffley, $2PBR. (SUN, ALT) Sh*t Show w/Mona Mour. 8pm (MON) 2-for-1 wells. 10pm. (TUE) Bitchin’ Flow. DJ Go-Karff, guest spinners and half-priced drafts. 10pm. (WED, BI-MONTHLY) Summer Kamp. Garry N. Hannon hosts a comedy showcase. 8:30pm–10pm free. (THU) Courage, My Love. DJ Damian Cote (indie, New Wave, alt-classics). $3 draft beers. 10pm. UC LOUNGE 87 Ludlow St (Broome/Delancey Sts), 212-677-1100, unclecharliesnyc.com— The Midtown piano bar Uncle Charlie’s births an equally inviting downtown offspring. 4pm–4am. Free. (THU, 3RD) Dot. Host Black Eddie and DJ Nita (house) 11pm–4am; free. URGE 33 Second Ave (Second St), 212-533-5757, theurgenyc.com— Gawk at the go-go gods with the rest of the masses at this no-attitude bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 10pm; $9 16oz mojitos and Long Island iced teas. (FRI) Same-Sex Scene with DJs Guto. Gogos. 10pm. (SAT) Saturday Urges DJ Guto. Go-gos. 10pm. (MON) Money Wheel w/Paulina and DJ David . $100 jackpot.10pm; free. (TUE) Meat Market with DJ Guto. Go-gos. 10pm; free. (WED) Ass Wednesdays. $100 hot-ass contest w/ Logan Hardcore. DJ Guto. Go-gos ; free. (THU) The Barracks with DJ Guto (80s). Gogos.11pm. WOODY’S 31 Second Ave (First/Second Sts), 212-777-0774— The gay strip of Second Avenue gets a new laid-back watering hole. 8pm–4am daily. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks and free pizza 4pm–9pm. (FRI) Underwear night. $4 cosmos, lemondrops, apple martinis. (SAT) Family Function w/Ladyfag and rotating DJs. 10pm (SUN) Tea dance w/DJ Prince (retro). $4 mimosas, Bloody marys, Coors Light, wells. 8pm. (MON) Industry night. $5 martinis and $3 Coors. Free pool. .(TUE) Twisted Tuesday. DJ Mogwan. $3 Coors lite, $3 shots. (WED) DJ Nikko. 2-for-1 drinks till midnight.. (THU) Ho Down Barn Dance. Sahara Davenport hosts w/DJ Brenda Black. 10pm.

SOHO/TRIBECA

Clubs>>> GREENHOUSE 150 Varick St (Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com, 212-7194479— (SAT) Adonis w/DJ Eddie Baez, Shelby

Stone, Chris Ryan and King Ralphy. 4am; $20. (SUN) Vandam by Susanne Bartsch and

Kenny Kenny with Chuck Attix, Desi Monter and Ladyfag. Guest DJs, performers and open vodka bar till 11pm. 10pm; free.

HELL’S KITCHEN

Bars>>> 9TH AVE SALOON 656 Ninth Ave (45th/46th Sts) 212-307-1503— Hell’s Kitchen’s long-running gay dive. 11am–4am daily. (WED) Karaoke 10pm–1am BARRAGE 401 W 47th St (Ninth/10th Aves), 212-586-9390— Drawn by the latenight happy hour, sexy locals and midtown tourists make the rounds. 5pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm–8pm & 11pm–midnight, $2 off drinks. BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 917-3882897— The far west side of Hell’s Kitchen gets its own gay watering hole with this chichi martini lounge. 4pm–4am daily. Free (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4pm–8pm. (FRI) Flirt Fridays w/DJ Steven Paul. 10pm (SAT) Squirt. DJ Danni Echi. 10pm (SUN) Rotating shows. $5 drink specials. 10pm. (MON) Paige Turner Show. Drag show w/special guests, $5 drink specials and DJ TK .10:30pm. (TUE) Tune In Tuesdays w/host Emily McNamara, guest singers and DJ Ted Arenas. 10:30pm (WED) Showtune Wednesdays. DJ Tony Built spins. 9pm (THU) The Shequida Show. Drag show w/guests, giveaways and DJ TK. 11pm. POSH 405 W 51st St (Ninth Ave), 212-9572222, poshbarnyc.com— Popular neighborhood hang keeps it simple with cheap booze, smoking patio, friendly staff and cute boys. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm– 8pm daily (FRI) TGI Fridays w/DJ Charles taking requests. 9pm. (SAT) Slammin’ Saturdays with DJ Claymation. 9pm. (SUN) Tea Dance Remix with DJ Scotty Rox at 4pm. Midnight Pizza Party with Mimi Imfurst, free pizza and guests. 11:30pm; free. (MON) Bing-Ho Bingo w/Ginger Snap and DJ Claymation. $3 draft-beer blast. 9pm. (TUE) Rock Star Karaoke w/live band backup and $5 well martinis. DJ Stacy.

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ARIES (MARCH 21–APRIL 20) With your motivation and determination you’ll come across as a champ; now choose a charity to help out. With your strength on their side, there’s no mountain too high for the ram!

TAURUS (APRIL 21–MAY 21) Put to use your great organizing and networking and extend awareness amongst your influential circle. Get everyone to pitch in to a good cause and make real change for society!

GEMINI (MAY 22–JUNE 21) Your voice is a hot commodity; speak up on behalf of organizations that could use a motivator. Charisma goes hand in hand with a public that needs to know how they can help!

CANCER (JUNE 22–JULY 23) Nurturing and caring is natural to your sign. It’s also what the world needs. Consider donating time to a hospice or other organization where just giving a hug could cure some pain.

LEO (JULY 24–AUGUST 23) Being bold and leading the masses is easy for you. Direct your followers to get out there and fight for human rights; be the Jedi knight that real life needs when defending the weak!

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VIRGO (AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 23) Organizations and charities need lots of “backstage” help, such as accountants, promoters and more. Contributing to the business end of things earns good karma and helps the cause!

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 23) There are two types—creative and business minded. Luckily you’re both. Charities need funds, which turn into fundraisers that need hosts and entertainment. Contribute your expertise in all!

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24–NOVEMBER 22) A perfect way to pitch in at charities is to counsel people. Use your natural psychological savvy to listen, and then suggest ways to get past suffering. People need your extra angle.

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 –DECEMBER 22) Abuse victims and the downtrodden need a sympathetic ear, a soft shoulder and an inspiring spirit. Consider being a group coach and motivating people to better themselves.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 –JANUARY 20) Animals have rights, too! Whether cleaning oil off birds or donating to pay others to do it, practicing what you preach steers people into new ventures helping Mother Nature.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 19) Nature needs a passionate defender and an ecology boost! Organize a group to plant trees and explain the importance of protecting rainforests, mountains and oceans for all concerned.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 20–MARCH 20) The hungry, homeless and helpless are your concern. Organizing food and clothing drives and donating time or funds to organizations that help will lift your spirit and theirs.

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10:30pm–12:30am. THE RITZ 369 W 46th St (Ninth Ave), 212-333-4177— Hell’s Kitchen hotspot w/sleek lounge action. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4pm– 8pm. (FRI) Flex by Chris Ryan with host Ryan Christian and DJ Xavier (dance, pop). 10pm. (SAT) DJs JonJon Battles and Xavier w/host Ericka Toure Aviance. 10pm. (SUN) Confession. Dallas DuBois w/DJ Robert Maril. 3pm–9pm. (MON) Bianca del Rio and DJ Xavier. 10pm. (TUE) The Blonde Leading the Blonde. Sherry Vine and Epiphany perform. 10pm (WED) Rewind by Chris Ryan. $4 Sex On the Beach and vodka cranberry. Shaka-Convict and DJ Vito Fun (’80s, ’90s). 10pm. (THU) DJ Eddie Baez spins. 10pm; free

THERAPY 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Take two designer levels of young midtown professionals and call them in the morning. 5pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm, 2-for-1 wells and drafts. (SUN) Electroshock Therapy Comedy Hour with Brad Loekle. $6 cosmos. 10pm. (MON) Psycho Babble. Eve Starr and Mimi Furst drag show w/DJ Scott Jones. 11pm. (TUE) Broadway Sessions with Ben D, Will Van Dyke and guests. Musicals variety show. DJ Aaron Elvis. $7 Absolut cocktails. 11pm. (WED) Cattle Call $150 talent contest with Peppermint. $6 Stoli. 11pm. VLADA 331 W 51st St (Eighth/ Ninth), 212-974-8030, vladabar.com— Two floors of sleek sophistication and New York’s only ice bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm Mon–Fri, halfpriced drinks. 1am–2am discounts and drink specials.

Clubs>>> ESCUELITA 301 W 39th St (Eighth Ave), 212-631-0558, enyclub.com— Papis show their oro at this legendary Latino hang. (FRI) The HerShe World w/DJs Ray Lorezo, Mary Mac and Oscar Perez and a performance by Angel Sheridan. $5 drink special all night. 10pm; free before 11pm; cover varies. (SAT) Discotekka w/DJs Ray Lorenzo (hiphop, salsa, merengue), Dynasty, Oscar Perez and Mary Mac. Angel Sheridan performs at 2am. 2-for-1 drink specials. 10pm.

MIDTOWN EAST

Bars>>> EVOLVE 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), 212-355-3395, evolvebarandloungenyc.com— This Midtown homo haunt has evolved into a sophisticated lounge destination. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $5 well and, beers, $6 wines, $7 margaritas and cosmos. Sun–Wed 4pm–8pm, Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri and Sat 4pm–10pm. LIPS 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Ave), 212-675-7710, lipsnyc.com— Bingo, bachelorette parties and brunch with drag

queens. Shows at 7pm nightly. Sun–Thu 5:30pm–1pm, Fri–Sat 5:30pm–1:30am. Free. (TUE) Dragalicious w/Mimi Imfurst, Blackie O and All Beef Patty. 7pm.

THE TOWNHOUSE 236 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), 212-754-4649, townhouseny.com— Old and new love mingle as Cole Porter plays at this gentlemanly club. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm daily, $1 off drinks. UNCLE CHARLIE’S 139 E 45th St (Third/Lexington Aves), 212-661-9097, unclecharliesnyc.com— This inviting piano bar attracts songbirds young and old with an open mic every day from 9pm, Open Mon–Sat 4pm–4am, Sat 3pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 well cocktails; 4pm-8pm weekdays VIG 27 119 E 27th St (Park/Lexington Aves, 212-686-5500, vig27.com— Murray Hill’s first gay watering hole makes a rainbow connection. Free Mon–Wed 5pm-2am; Thu, Fri 5pm–4am; Sat 6pm–4am; Sun 5pm–2am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm daily, $7 Absolut cocktails and $6 well and wine; $4 Vig 27 Ale. (FRI) Meat. DJs Brenda Black and Mel. Allnight Happy Hour (SAT) Saturn Saturdays. DJ Peter Pony. $6 Skyy drinks and late-night Skyy open bar. (SUN) Live. Live music and half-price cocktails. 8pm (MON) Sherrylicious. Sherry Vine sings Broadway and torch tunes. $6 Voli vodka drinks.9pm; free. (TUE) Paige Turner’s Playhouse. $6 Bacardi mojitos. 9pm (WED) Wine’d Down Bingo. Barefoot Wine specials. VJ Chris Mixx (THU) Margarita Madness w/DJ David Serranno. Spcialty margaritas $6. (THU) Meaner, Harder, Leather. Go-Go Harder, Misty Meaner and Stormy Leather host burlesque and drag. 11pm; free.

Clubs>>> THE WEB 40 E 58th St (Park/Madison), 212-308-1546, thewebnewyork.com— This niche club draws Gaysians and their admirers. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri.

UPPER EAST SIDE

Bars>>> TOOL BOX 1742 Second Ave (90th/91st Sts), 212-348-1288, thetoolboxnyc.com— Video killed the radio star at this UES video bar where handy men still revel in a cruisey victory parade. 8pm-4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 8pm-10pm daily, $2 off

UPPER WEST SIDE

Bars>> CANDLE BAR 309 Amsterdam Ave


(74th/75th), 212-874-9155â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The legend ignited long ago at this nabe haunt. Free. 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am Sat and Sun. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri and Satâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sun 3pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm, $1 off beers and varied drink specials

SUITE 992 Amsterdam Ave (109th), 212-222-4600, suitenyc.comâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; This cozy bar percolates with â&#x20AC;&#x2122;tude-free Columbia boys. 5pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm everyday

WASH HEIGHTS

Bars>>> NO PARKING 4168 Broadway (176th/177th), 212-923-8700â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Waaay uptown â&#x20AC;&#x2122;mos cruise at this chic lounge. Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thu 5pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3am and Frisâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sats 5pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 6pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10pm

BROOKLYN

Bars>>> EXCELSIOR 390 Fifth Ave (Sixth/Seventh), Park Slope, excelsiorbrooklyn.com, 718-832-1599â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A year-round garden patio, friendly crowd and rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jukebox make this a popular spot for Brooklyn boys. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri 6pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am, Satâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sun 2pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am. or  to Ninth St and Fourth Ave (HAPPY HOUR) $2 Yuenglings and $1 off cocktails. Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri 6pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm; Sat, Sun 2pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm. CLUB LANGSTON 1073 Atlantic Ave (Franklin/Classon Aves), Bedford-Stuyvesant, 718-622-5183, clublangston.comâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Longstanding neighborhood gay pub serving drinks and drag.  to Classon Ave. METROPOLITAN 559 Lorimer St (Metropolitan/Devoe), Williamsburg, 718599-4444, myspace.com/metropolitan11211â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alty music lovers and hip smokers argue on the patio over who loves this bar more. 3pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. Free. or  to Metropolitan Aveâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Lorimer St (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestic beers and well drinks. 3pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;8pm STARLITE LOUNGE 1086 Bergen St (Nostrand) 718-771-3340, starlitelounge.piczo.comâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest black-owned gay bar. 2pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2am daily. A to Nostrand Ave (HAPPY HOUR) 2pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm daily SUGARLAND 221 N Ninth St (Driggs/Roebling), 718-599-4044, myspace.com/sugarlandbklynâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; On a desolate Wâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg avenue, this hip bar dazzles with awesome performances and dirty dancing. to Bedford Ave

QUEENS

Bars>>> ALBATROSS 36-19 24th Ave (37th St), Astoria, 718-204-9045, albatrossbar.comâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Weekly drink specials and entertainment keeps this a popular spot with the locals. 5pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. Free. N to Astoria Blvd (HAPPY HOUR) Sun, Tueâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thu 6pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm BUM BUM BAR 63-14 Roosevelt Ave (63rd/64th), Woodside, Queens, 718-6514145â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Queer Latino speakeasy with a fiery dance floor. Fri and Sat only. 7 to 61st St FRIENDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TAVERN 78-11 Roosevelt Ave (78th/79th), Jackson Heights, 718-3977256â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cramped cruising grounds with Latin jukebox and summertime BBQ on back patio. 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. 7 to 82nd St (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced wells and domestic beers 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm, Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri HOMBRES LOUNGE 85-28 37th Ave (85th/86th Sts), Jackson Heights, 718-9300866. Latin queens in Queens have a new bar to call home. Jackson Heights 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. 7 to 90th St/Elmhurst Ave LOS RECUERDOS BAR 79-15 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights (80th/79th Sts), 718-672-7505â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Laid-back gay hang with Latin crowd. 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am. Free. 7 to 82nd Stâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jackson Hts MIX CAFE AND LOUNGE 40-17 30th Avenue (41st St), Astoria, 347-6424840â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A full restaurant by day, Astoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest queer cocktail lounge blends Eastern touches with South American flavors at night. N, W to 30th Ave (HAPPY HOUR) Daily 6pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. THE MUSIC BOX 40-08 74th St (@ Broadway), Elmhurst, 718-424-8312â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A neighborhood Latin bar great for finding fun and new friends. No cover. E to Roosevelt Aveâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jackson Heights (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm SCAPE 81-09 Northern Blvd (81st/82nd Sts), Jackson Heights, 718-807-7890. 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am daily. 7 to 82nd Stâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jackson Heights.

Clubs>>> CLUB ATLANTIS 76-19 Roosevelt Ave (77th), Jackson Heights, clubatlantisnyc.com, 718-457-3939 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Upscale mega Latin club packed with Queensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hottest queens. Open 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4am. 7, E, , or  to 74th Stâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Roosevelt Ave. (HAPPY HOUR) Daily 4pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm

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Jack Mackenroth

The Mariah Scareys

THE SCORE

BY JEFF KAGAN

JACK BE NIMBLE. JACK BE QUICK. ack Mackenroth, decorated swimmer. No, this doesn’t refer to a sequinspeckled Speedo. The shiny metal discs are medals—and lots of them. Mackenroth has competed as a swimmer in every Gay Games for the past 20 years and he’s accumulated more than 25 medals from the quadrennial competition. In a few weeks, Mackenroth, 41, will be heading to Cologne, Germany for Gay Games VIII. He’s got quite a challenge ahead of him as this year’s competition is stiffer and his opponents are younger. However, he’s going into this with his head above water, knowing that he will strive to do his personal best. “The Gay Games are so important for that reason because all athletes of all levels from all around the world support each other in a way that I have never experienced at any other sporting event,” he told us recently. Gay Games VIII is expected to have 10,000 athletes participating, with a million spectators. There are 35 sports and five cultural events being offered. This is the first time the Gay Games will be held in Germany, and it also marks the event’s first return to Europe since Amsterdam’s Gay Games V in 1998. The openly gay German Vice Chancellor, Guido Westerwelle, is the official patron and will host the Opening Ceremony on July 31, as Taylor Dayne performs “Facing a Miracle,” the official Gay Games VIII anthem.

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For it, Mackenroth has kicked up the intensity in his training. Recently, at the U.S. Nationals, he came pretty close to some of his best times. He’s hoping to bring home some more hardware but he feels it’s really more about the experience. “My fondest memories of the Gay Games are from my first, in Vancouver, in 1990. I had just come out to my mom and I remember having to tell my aunt and uncle who lived in Vancouver that I would like to stay with them because I was coming there to participate in the Gay Games.” For many athletes, the Gay Games showcases a very personal connection between their sexual orientation and their ability to succeed at something they love. For Mackenroth, this couldn’t be truer. “I will never forget the moment of walking into the stadium during the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony. I had never been around so many people like myself and after years of torment, to have a stadium full of spectators cheering for me was indescribable. I was literally moved to tears. After competing, Mackenroth plans to watch some of the other sports. “You haven’t lived until you’ve seen same-sex synchronized swimming. Amazing.” N Gay Games VIII will be held from July 31– August 7 in Cologne, Germany. Visit Games-Cologne.de for more info.

SPORTS QUICKIES Need-a-Lay-Up:The Natural Burn Killahztopped Gym Sportsbarbar37–36 (in overtime) in what was one of the most exciting games in the history of the NYC Gay Basketball League. “Three Point” Timo (game high 17 points) stole the ball with 1.9 seconds left and was fouled driving to the basket with no time left. In overtime Evan Ignall continued his huge defensive play-blocking shots, as Ed “Oh My God” Mangosing hit two huge three-pointers, leading his team to victory. More at NYCGayBasketball.org. Gay Vollies: The Gotham Volleyball’s fourth week of summer league play gave us a major upset in Division A, with upstart sixth place Team 2 captained by Shawn Moore winning against the first place Team Empanada X, captained by Manny Ciccone, as Team 2 took two of three sets, 21–19, 22–19, 18–22. In Division B, the first and second place teams continue to pummel the competition. Team Juicy Fruits captained by Michael Chia crushed the last place team, Meet the Fockers, captained by James Costantino, in all three sets, 25–16, 25–11, 25-9. Not to be outdone, second place Team 4*ro*cious*, captained by E.J. Weppler, defeated the seventh place Power Rangers, captained by Dan Miron, taking two out of three sets, 23– 12, 22–12, 17–22. More at GothamVolleyball.org. Balls Flying By My Face: The Mariah Scareys continue their tradition of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride. They may have taken second in the Spring Dodgeball Tournament for NYCSSC, but in the summer league they continue to sweep up the competition amongst the mostly straight teams. The only gay team amongst the bunch, the Mariah Scareys are quietly making a name for themselves by kicking some serious dodgeball ass. Meanwhile, BAD! is hosting some fun kickball tournaments this summer at Passanante Playground (Sixth Avenue @ Houston St), Sunday, July 18 from 3pm–6pm and Sunday, August 15 from 3pm–6pm. $5/player. More at BigAppleDodgeball.org. N Vist OOBNYC.org for a complete listing of all gay sports and recreation organizations.


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The Grand Manner A NIGHT AT THE TOMBS PHOTO: MICHAEL WAKEFIELD; THE GRAND MANNER PHOTO: JOAN MARCUS

A Night At The Tombs

CURTAIN UP LONDON ASSURANCE NT LIVE THE GRAND MANNER A NIGHT AT THE TOMBS

BY DAVID HURST he wildly popular inaugural season of London’s National Theater broadcasts, NT Live, concluded with Nicholas Hytner’s sold-out production of Dion Boucicault’s 1841 comedy of manners, London Assurance. Filmed and broadcast on June 28, this superbly cast and staged production sparkled throughout thanks to the delicious, over-the-top comedic performances of Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw as Sir Harcourt Courtly and Lady Gay Spanker, two of the greatest comic roles in English theater. Assurance was last seen on Broadway in the Roundabout’s excellent 1997 staging that was nominated for Tonys for Best Revival of a Play, as well as Best Actor and Best Featured Actress for Brian Bedford and Helen Carey, who played Courtly and Spanker, respectively. Since a transfer of Hytner’s pitch-perfect production seems unlikely, this invaluable document of Boucicault’s hilariously funny play was a welcome treat! A second season of NT Live will launch in fall 2010 with Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Rory Kinnear, Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein and the Tony winner Fela!, among others. A.R. Gurney’s latest play, The Grand Manner, is a charming but flawed memory piece based on Gurney’s real-life 1948 backstage meeting with Katharine Cornell while she was starring in Antony and Cleopatra. Bobby Steggert stars as Gurney’s doppelganger while Kate Burton plays Cornell, Brenda Wehle portrays her lover and general manager, Gertrude Macy, and Boyd Gaines is her director-husband, Guthrie McClintic. Director Mark Lamos’ production looks terrific and the cast is fine, especially Steggert, who continues to display his depth and range. But Gurney’s play is superficial where it should be substantial and Cornell and McClintic’s relationship is given short shrift, with Cornell’s bold but absurd admission to the young Pete that she’s a lesbian and her husband a homosexual. Theater aficionados may like it, but The Grand Manner isn’t grand enough. Theater Askew’s A Night at the Tombs, written and performed by transsexual actress Bianca Leigh, is a madcap recounting of the events surrounding Leigh’s arrest for

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prostitution. A stunning beauty (with flawless make-up, p.s.), Leigh throws in six songs that aren’t really needed to tell her story. But since her collaborators include such acclaimed artists as Jeff Whitty and Taylor Mac, we’re delighted to listen. Like Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leigh’s a jailbird whose story is priceless. N The Grand Manner plays through August 1 at Mitzi Newhouse (150 W 65th St, 212-239-6200). A Night at the Tombs plays Thursdays through August 5 at Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, 212-352-3101).

CD REVIEWS ORIGINAL BWAY CAST RECORDING PROMISES, PROMISES The fabulous new cast recording of Bacharach & David’s 1960s time capsule Promises, Promises finds Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth in terrific voice and having a blast. Even though the orchestrations have been reduced (by Jonathan Tunick) and a couple of songs have been added (unnecessarily), this new cast recording of a scintillating score is a wonderful and necessary addition to your Broadway collection. (Masterworks Broadway)

HEART & SOUL: CELEBRATING THE UNFORGETTABLE SONGS OF FRANK LOESSER Culled from Sony’s archives, Heart & Soul contains a treasure trove of some of the greatest covers from Loesser’s Hollywood years as well as his Broadway smashes. Boasting Helen Forrest, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, The Four Lads, Della Reese, Vic Damone and Michele Lee, Heart & Soul is the perfect summer cocktail-hour musical fare. (Masterwork Broadway)

2010 STUDIO CAST RECORDING LIFE BEGINS AT 8:40 Leave it to PS Classics to give us the studio cast recording of the year and perhaps the decade! The long-lost Life Begins at 8:40, a 1934 revue collaboration between Harold Arlen (music) and Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg (lyrics) that starred Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr, now stars Kate Baldwin, Philip Chaffin, Rebecca Luker, Christopher Fitzgerald, Brad Oscar, Faith Prince and many more. Sublime! (PS Classics)


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SHE DRIVE’S ME CRAZY Marion Cotillard and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception.

REEL LOVE INCEPTION

VALHALLA RISING Time Investment: 92 min. Return on Investment: 30 min.

Time Investment: 148 min. Return on Investment: 140 min. here’ve been high expectations about Inception (Warner Bros), director Christopher Nolan’s elegant mind-fuck of a follow-up to 2008’s The Dark Knight. With only the trailer’s folding cities and slowmotion car crashes to whet our appetites, it’s a credit to the studio that it’s excited us so much for this dense, confusing movie about ideas and the dream state. Many filmmakers have tackled the endless possibilities of the dream world with success (The Matrix) and failure (The Cell) but Inception manages to feel completely original. And this story could only be a movie. A play or a book could never illustrate this realm, could never produce the physical effect that watching this multilayered puzzle does while making you question your sanity. Its plot follows a “one-last-job” heist whereby con men (led by Leonardo DiCaprio) fuck with people’s heads, but it’s really about how we grasp “reality,” perfect for our modern world where our dreams of what we can do and what we can actually do grow closer everyday. (It’s curious the film didn’t jump on the 3D boat, given the power of that medium’s ability to confuse our realities.) Inception is by no means the perfect combination of intellectual discourse and universally adored blockbuster that The Dark Knight was. Nolan’s attempt at an original screenplay is disappointingly vague and filled with almost enough plot holes to drown itself. Thankfully though the director and his team manage to pull off quite a cinematic coup and, by the finale, we can only take a breath and gasp, “Bravo.” —Benjamin Solomon

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t’s no secret that Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn likes violence. His previous brutal works—Pusher, Bleeder and Bronson—explore the different ways humanity’s primal instinct to bash each other’s heads in still thrives in the modern world. In his latest gory escapade, Valhalla Rising (IFC Films), he takes that aggression to the Middle Ages. The almost-wordless epic follows a mute warrior named OneEye (the always-excellent Mads Mikkelsen sporting—you guessed it—a single eye), who, along with a young boy, escapes imprisonment from a band of pagans who force him into gut-ripping battle in the

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northernmost part of the world. The duo reluctantly tag along with a naïve band of Christian Vikings on their way to the Holy Land only to wind up in a strange new world (possibly the New World) that they begin to perceive as “hell” or possibly Valhalla, the Norse “hall of the slain.” Valhalla Rising positions itself a selfimportant avant-garde or expressionistic journey, but beneath its bombastic music and red-tinted premonitions (which make it feel a lot like a Kubrick film about the Crusades) the film is just a mash-up of violence-tinged ideas that are never brought to fruition. Refn claims he likes to shoot scenes in chronological order so he can “explore with the characters.” Instead it seems he got pretty lost himself on this cinematic misfire. —BS IVE GOT MY EYE ON YOU Mads Mikkelsen in Valhalla Rising.


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SILOM 150 Eighth Ave (btwn 17th/18th Sts)

212-675-0080 SilomNYC.com

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ichael Musto writes the fabulous, longrunning entertainment column La Dolce Musto in the Village Voice and the brash and funny blog La Daily Musto on VillageVoice.com. The author of four books and contributing writer to several others, he’s a regular commentator on shows like Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Theater Talk. So what’s a must-have for Musto when it comes to New York takeaway? “I love old-school Chinese because it reminds me of so many fun times from my childhood, and Mee Noodle Shop & Grill (547 Second Ave, 212-779-1596) delivers—in every way. They serve reasonably priced traditional soups such as my fave, Hot and Sour ($1.65/sm, $3/lg), as well as Dumplings ($4.75) and delightful entrées. I like Mango Shrimp ($11.95) with basil chicken, but plain old Chow Mein ($6.95) is divine, too. Mee is quick and cheap and quite tasty for your tummy! Help make this the Mee decade.” N

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hat used to be the Mexican-flavored interior of Blue Moon is practically unrecognizable since Silom set up shop with somewhat spicier Thai trappings and tastes from Bangkok’s famous Silom Road. As much as we might mourn the old Chelsea staple, the food presently delivered is actually very good. Electing to sit on the tall chairs at a communal configuration by the windows instead of positioning ourselves at the tables constructed from the bases of sewing machines, we ordered a Mango-Rita ($10), which needed a little tinkering (a.k.a. more tequila) to evenly balance the mango purée so it didn’t feel like we were drinking a smoothie. Our waitress was happy to comply. Simple Summer Rolls ($4) started us off, the traditional favorite featuring vermicelli noodles wrapped around shrimp, mint, lettuce and cucumber and served with a sweet, kicky peanut sauce. I think the Pad Thai ($11) was one of the best versions of the dish that I’ve ever had! We ordered our slightly sweet sautéed rice stick noodles with spongy, creamy tofu—a perfect composition of scallion shards, egg, dried bean curd and crushed peanuts dressed very cleanly with toasty oil and nicely spicy sauce. A must have. Yum Duck ($18) arrived as a gorgeous display with frilly onions adorning the plate. The duck itself had been marinated in lime juice, featured crispy skin and was served with pineapple, orange, chili and what appeared to be wedges of Fuji apples. Sautéed string beans, Pad Tua ($10), were good but spicy bitches indeed—broad Hobo Noodles ($11) with string beans and chicken were kinder, with a lingering tingle on the palate from chili pepper and boisterous basil leaves. Special Honor of the King ($13) reigned supreme as a heightened sensory experience. Pounded, panfried chicken breast dipped in an egg coating was suited up with invigorating red curry, Thai herbs, a flourish of peanut sauce and a side of highly complementary coconut curry rice. Famous Marble Cheesecake ($5) with a chocolate wafer crust paved the way for an incredibly smooth exit after the trip down Silom Road.. N 48 JULY 16, 2010


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CHELSEA SQUARE 368 W 23rd St (8th/9th Ave), 212-691-5400— Reliable comfort food that hasn’t changed with culinary trends. ($$, American) THE COLLECTIVE 1 Little West 12th St at Ninth Ave, 212-255-9717, collectivecafe.com— Here, The Collective refers to the eclectic decor, the variety of food and the successful team behind it all. ($$$, international) COUNTER 105 First Ave (btwn Sixth/Seventh Sts), 212-982-5870, counternyc.com— An inspired vegetarian menu so beautifully executed that any thought of meat is forgotten. ($$$, vegetarian) ED’S CHOWDER HOUSE 44 W 63rd St (btwn Broadway/Columbus Ave), 212-9561288, chinagrillmgt.com— There’s more than chowder at Ed’s: get some oysters and suck back a few specialty cocktails. ($$$, seafood) EL COCOTERO 228 W 18th St (7th/8th Aves), 212-206-8930, cocoterorestaurant.com— Wolf down arepas that taste like they came from the streets of Caracas. ($$$; Venezuelan) LUCKY’S FAMOUS BURGERS 264 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth), 212-2424900, luckysfamousburgers.com— Buttery, split-grilled Hebrew National hot dogs and gooey cheese fries recommend Lucky’s somewhat more than the burgers! ($$, American) REPUBLIC 37 Union Square (btwn 16th/17th Sts), 212-627-7172, thinknoodles.com— Vietnamese sandwiches, huge steaming bowls of noodles and no dish over $13 make Republic a bargain for all. ($$, Asian) SAGAPONACK 4 W 22nd St (Fifth/Sixth Aves),212-229-2226, sagaponacknyc.com— A a fresh take on classic seaside fare with Asian flair. ($$$$, Seafood) SHORTY’S 576 Ninth Ave (41st/42nd Sts), 212-967-3055, shortysnyc.com— An unassuming Hell’s Kitchen stop with arguably the best cheesesteaks this side of Philly. ($$, Cheesesteak) Spring

CHELSEA ALPHA FUSION 169 Eighth Ave (18th/19th Sts), 212-627-888, alpha34.com— The gays love the Happy Hour prices (from 4pm–9pm) and broad influences from Thailand, China, Japan and across Asia. Second location at 365 W 34th St btwn 18th/19th Sts. ($$$, Asian). ALEO 7 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212– 691–8136, aloerestaurant.com— An outdoor patio and fusion of Mediterranean flavors designed to bring the best of the Italian and Greek Isles to Chelsea. ($$$; Mediterranean)

ALIAS 76 Clinton St @ Rivington St, 212505-5011, aliasrestaurant.com—There’s no disguising the homemade fare at Alias, served with an intriguing dash of upscale sophistication. ($$$$, American)

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(Hudson/Greenwich Sts), 212-366-4749, soralellanyc.com— Ravioli, rigatoni and other authentic Italian fare from chef Mauro Trabalza. ($$$, Italian).

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ALONSO'S STEAKHOUSE 265 W 20th St, (Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-6757749, chelseadining.com— This rustic midtown steakhouse sates your palate without making a dent in your wallet; the specialty steaks are complimented by over 90 wines. ($$$$, American) BETTER BURGER 178 Eighth Ave (19th/20th Sts), 212-989-6688, betterburgernyc.com— Organic fast food, salads and smoothies make this a great hangout and quick healthy hot spot. ($$; American) BOQUERIA 53 W 19th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-255-4160, boquerianyc.com— The racy flair of a Spanish cerveceria comes to Chelsea, serving up delicious tapas to a packed, largely after-work crowd. ($$$$; Spanish) BRGR 287 Seventh Ave (26th/27th Sts), 212-488-7500, brgr.us— It may be a few letters shy in its name but it leaves nothing out when it comes to delicious, honest food. ($$; Hamburgers) CAFETERIA 119 Seventh Ave (17th St), 212-414-1717, cafeteria247.com— 24hour comfort food at fantastically reasonable prices and the off chance of dining alongside celebs incognito. ($$$; American) COLA’S 148 Eighth Ave (17th/18th Sts), 212-633-8020, ordercolas.com— Hearty Italian fare with delicate touches and reasonable pricing. ($$$, Italian) THE DISH 201 Eighth Ave (20th/21st Sts), 212-352-9800- Uber-gay diner that serves everything from egg white omelets and Chelsea boy specials to moussaka and pork chops. ($$; American) EAST OF EIGHTH 254 W 23rd (Eighth Ave), 212-352-0075, eastofeighth.com— Original American cuisine served on 2 floors or in the private garden. ($$; American) ELMO 156 Seventh Ave (19th/20th Sts), 212-337-8000, elmorestaurant.com— Gay meets celeb at this retro-Miami themed eatery serving up creative and tasty American comfort cuisine. ($$; American) LASAGNA 196 Eighth Ave (20th St), 212-242-4551— Over 15 different lasagna dishes grace the menus of this new comfort food restaurant. ($$$; Italian).

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CHELSEA GRILL Of Hell’s Kitchen

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MARY ANN’S 116 Eighth Ave (16th St), 212-633-0877—Traditional Mexican food and decor with Aztec artifacts and Jalapeno lights. ($$; Mexican)

ROCKING HORSE CAFE 182 Eighth Ave (19th St), 212-463-9511— Lively Nueva Mexican Cocina on the Eighth Avenue strip. ($$$; Mexican)

NEW VENUS 252 Eighth Ave (22nd/23rd Sts), 212 243-0980— Modern American café/diner with warm ambience, open 24 hours featuring Greek and continental specials. ($$$; Diner)

ROOM SERVICE 166 Eighth Ave (18th/ 19th), 212-691-0299, roomservicerestaurant.com— Inviting and innovative decor sleekly matches spicy Bangkok cuisine for reasonable neighborhood prices. ($$$; Thai)

NISOS 176 Eighth Ave (19th St), 646-3368121, nisos-ny.com— Vibrant Mediterranean retreat, romantic atmosphere. Innovating culinary creations makes Nisos an ideal destination. “Best Martinis in town.” ($$$$; Mediterranean)

RUB 208 W 23rd St, 212-524-4300, rubbbq.net— There really is Righteous Urban Barbeque goin’ on in Chelsea, as well as Deep Fried Oreos for dessert! ($$$, BBQ)

PAD THAI 114 Eighth Ave (15th/16th Sts), 212-691-6226, padthaibox.com— The sensual velvet-red tranquility and doting staff of this noodlery make this an ideal first date spot in the heart on gaydom’s sleeve. ($$; Thai)

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Hell’s Kitchen Speakeasy Brunch Sat & Sun 11:30am - 4pm Lunch, Dinner & Late Night Menu 765 Ninth Ave. (51/52 Sts.) 212-397-2377 www.stecchinonyc.com

THE PARK 118 Tenth Ave (17th/18th Sts), 212-352-3313, theparknyc.com— Trendy eatery with indoor booth/table dining and outdoor garden/terrace dining. Favorite of local celebs. ($$$; American) PEPE GIALLO 253 Tenth Ave (24th/25th Sts), 212-242-6055, pepegiallo.com— Great Italian fare in a rustic, candlelit setting, wines, excellent prices, take out available. ($$; Italian) PLANETHAILAND212 30 W 24th St (Sixth Ave/Broadway), 212-727-7026, pt212.com—Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai tastes, flavors and influences are all celebrated equally. ($$$; Thai) QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL 216 Eighth Ave (W 21 St), 212-243-2100, qdoba.com— This mexican fast-food eatery might be a chain a la Chipotle, but the comparisons stop onces you’ve tried any of their fresh tasting and unique flavors. ($; Mexican) RIN 265 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-675-2988, rinthai.com— Another Thai restaurant has opened in Chelsea; as the volume of neighborhood patrons would suggest, it’s certainly welcome. ($$$, Thai) ROCCO’S PIZZA JOINT 162 7th Ave (19th/20th Sts), 212-633-9555, roccospizzajoint.com— Thin-crust pies and slices are complemented by better-than-expected Italian entrees. We swear by the lasagne. ($$, Italian).

SILOM THAI 150 Eighth Ave (17th/18th St), 212-675-0080, silomnyc.com— Inventive yet traditional Thai fare that stands above the sea of similar options. The outstanding dumplings and crabcakes are a must. ($$$; Thai) VICEROY 160 Eighth Ave (18th St), 212-633-8484— Superb American bistro fare featuring flawless Black Angus steaks and renowned frozen cosmos. Vibrant, hip mixed crowd. ($$$$; American) VYNL 102 Eighth Ave (15th St), 212400-2118, vynl-nyc.com— This gay favorite serves up classic American dishes with Thai flair. The pop-star themed bathrooms are almost as popular as the food. ($$; American)

MEATPACKING BEE DESSERTS 94 Greenwich Ave (12th/13th Sts), 212-366-6110, beedesserts.com— Tasty all-natural desserts complement hearty comfort food. ($$; American) SCARPETTA 355 W 14th St (Ninth Ave), 212-691-0555, scarpettanyc.com— The erstwhile Village Idiot bar transforms to something of a Village cenius, with Scott Conant helming the marvelous Scarpetta. ($$$$$; Italian) VENTO 675 Hudson St (14th St), 212-6992400 brguestrestaurants.com— Ogle celebs, enable gentrification, and indulge in fantastic Italian cuisine. Guilty pleasures are Vento’s specialty. ($$$; Italian)

WEST VILLAGE CORNER BISTRO 331 W Fourth St (Eighth Ave) 212 242-9502, cornerbistrony.com— Manhattan’s best (and possibly cheapest) burgers are doled out on paper plates to West Village literati squeezed between pub-grubbing local yokels. ($; Hamburgers) COWGIRL 519 Hudson St (10th St),212633-1133, cowgirlnyc.com—Fun, Tex-Mex comfort foods served in a rodeo decor make this a gay Village fave with the best Margaritas north of the border...er...Houston St. ($$$; Southwestern) DITCH PLAINS 29 Bedford St (Downing St), 212-633-0202, ditch-plains.com— Bitchin’ food and a fun crowd at Marc Murphy’s surf-inspired restaurant, named after the famous stretch in Montauk. ($$$$; Seafood) MARACAS 33 Greenwich Ave (Sixth/Seventh Aves), 212-593-6600, maracasnyc.com— The creators of Lips go south with quality Mexican in a party atmosphere. $1 margaritas for college students on Mon-

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PHILIP MARIE 569 Hudson St (@ W 11th St), 212-242-6200, philipmarie.com— Delicious innovative American cuisine suits all palates and pocketbooks in a charming and historic setting. ($$$; American) RHONG-TIAM 87 2nd Ave (E 5th St), 212-260-8018, rhong-tiam.com— Authentic Thai dishes served and hip and spacious dining room transport you to Bangkok. ($$$; Thai)

EAST VILLAGE B BAR 40 E Fourth St (Bowery/Lafayette Sts), 212-475-2220, bbarandgrill.com— Big patio, lounges and open dinning room host American cuisine and trendsetters. ($$$; American) BOUNCE DEUCE 103 Second Ave (Sixth St), 212-533-6700, bounceny.com— E-Vill sports bar chic featuring high-class barfood and 18 plasma screen televisions to catch the game on. ($$; Bar Food) CAFE MOGODOR 101 St. Marks Pl. (First/Second Aves), cafemogodor.com, 212-6772226— Fresh Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies served in a bustling, charming dining area and patio. ($$; Middle Eastern) LIFE CAFÉ 343 E Tenth St (Ave B), 212477-8791, lifecafenyc.com— American eclectic with a touch of vegetarian right on Tompkins Square Park. ($$; American) LUCKY CHENG’S 24 First Ave (First/Second Sts) 212-473-0516, luckychengs.net— Asian and California dishes served by drag queen waitresses. Performances nightly. ($$$$; Asian) PRUNE 54 East First St (Second/First Aves), 212-677-6221, prunerestaurant.com— You get the sense the Bohemian is in the kitchen, not so much in the dining room, at this lovely East Village home of everything good. ($$$$; American) THE SUNBURNT COW 137 Avenue C, (Eighth/Ninth Sts), 212-529-0005, thesunburntcow.com— Aussies and salsa converge on Avenue C where the party never stops. And where else can you get kangaroo sausage, lamington and marmite? ($$; Global)

UNION SQUARE/ MIDTOWN EAST CHAT ’N’ CHEW 10 E 16th St (Fifth Ave/Union Sq. West), 212-243-1616, chatnchewnyc.com— Home cookin’ in the city doesn’t get better. Cozy, checkered-red escape for the homesick and the truly ravenous. ($$; American) CITY BAKERY 3 W 18th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com— Unusual salads, delicious pastries and baked goods and the best cookies in Manhatttan. ($$; Bakery)

HELL’S KITCHEN AGUA DOLCE 802 Ninth Ave (53rd/54th), 212-262-1299 .aguadulceny.com— Fusion Latin served in a dining area that hearkens back to old Havana. ($$$$; Latin)


BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-315-2777, bamboo52nyc.com— Broadway divas and buff business boys enjoy fresh sushi and sexed-up cocktails from executive chef John Greco III. ($$$; Sushi) GRILL HELL’S CHELSEA KITCHEN 675 Ninth Ave. (46/47th Sts), 212-974-9002— This newcomer packs the comfort food of its sister grill in Chelsea into the gay bellies of Hell’s Kitty. Spin the wheel at the bar for a free lunch. ($$$; American) RIPOSO 46 667 Ninth Ave (46th/47th Sts), 212-247-8018, riposonyc.com — Over 70 sumptuous wines and Euro brews to match equally sumptuous Mediteranean cuisine. ($$; Mediterranean) STECCHINO 765 Ninth Ave (51st/52nd St), 212-397-2377— Italian for “toothpick,” this HK eatery from the owners of Chelsea Grill adds European flair to American bistro fare. ($$$; American/Italian) THAI SELECT 472 Ninth Ave (36th/37th Sts), 212-695-9920— A modern Thai menu inspired by international cuisine furthers the theory that Thai food is taking over Ninth Avenue. ($$; Thai) THERAPY 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapynyc.com— Apitiziing spreads and late night munchies are served over two designer levels of young midtown professionals till 10pm every night. ($$; American) TRATTORIA DOPO TEATRO 125 W 44th St (6th Ave/B’way), 212-8692849, dopoteatro.com— The charm of a true Italian trattoria and the feel of old New York. ($$$$$; Italian) VYNL 754 Ninth Ave (50th/51st St), 212-974-2003, vynl-nyc.com— This gay favorite serves up classic American dishes with Thai flair. The pop-star themed bathrooms are almost as popular as the food. ($$; American) YUM YUM BANGKOK 650 Ninth Ave (45th/46th Sts), 212–262–7244, yumyumbangkok.com— Thai so delicious that it has rightfully taken over three corners of Ninth Ave! Authentic dishes served up with a decadent blend of East Asian spices. ($$; Thai) ZANZIBAR 645 Ninth Ave (45th St), 212-957-9197, zanzibarnyc.com— Romantic and intriguing. A menu of Mediterranean delights. ($$$; Mediterranean) ZEREOUE 13 E 37th (Fifth/Madison Aves), 212-679-9355, zereoue.com— On a failry isolated stretch of 37th, the quality of food, level of comfort and live jazz on Thursdays make it worth the trek to this FrenchAfrican bistro. ($$$$; French)

UPPER EAST SIDE CATERINA’S 316 E 53rd St (First/Second Aves), 212-355-5360— Frinendly mixed crowd graces this piano bar disguised inside a Hungarian/Italian resturant. ($$$$; Hungarian) DAVIDBURKE & DONATELLA 133 E 61st St (Park/Lexington Aves), 212-8132121, dbdrestaurant.com— Upper East Side nibbles never seemed so fun. Cheesecake lollipops, savory ostrich eggs and a stretch limo for smokers. ($$$$$; American)

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