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16 paper dolls Kevin Thomas Garcia takes to the roofs, fire escapes and water towers of Times Square with the young hunks of Broadway’s newest movie-musical, Newsies.
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The Magnetic Field’s out leader Stephin Merritt talks bear bars and the band’s new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea.
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The Week in Photos Commentary: Looking back at the first Black Party Getting Personal with William S. Singer My Gay City: Beacon’s Closet Commentary: Is it okay to like Tim Tebow? Gay DD Shot in the Dark
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Calendar of Events The Roundup: Gay hangouts that double as art galleries. Nightlife: Tina Burner takes over the Star Search legacy. Nightlife: Earl Dax on Pussy Faggot’s third anniversary. NEW When I Knew: Hedda Lettuce went gay for The Sound of Music. Map: Gay New York’s craziest bathrooms.
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The Right Track Reel Love Curtain Up Eats Chef’s Recipe Weddings: John Blair & Beto Sutter Horoscope Double Take
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Black Party dominates the crowd at Roseland Ballroom • Gavin Creel rocks Joe’s Pub • The Golden Girls’ Stonewall Inn takeover
Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY R. COURI HAY
BLACK PARTY WILL NEVER DIE MEMorIES oF THE SaINT aT LarGE’S FIrST BLaCK ParTY IN THE aFTErMaTH oF ITS LaTEST INCarNaTIoN
n some circles, the sexual mores of today are no different than they were at The Saint’s inaugural Black Party on March 20, 1981. I have been to 27 of these Olympian dance-a-thons, although I didn’t always stay for 48 hours, like I did at the first one where my lover and I went home for a shower, an eight-hour nap and a costume change during our own intermission. Originally, this leather convention drew 3,000 men from across the country, making it one of the first circuit parties. The price was $20 for both Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday tea was free to members. Guests paid $30 while today tickets start at $110. I was invited to the Black Party’s debut by my friend, the late Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer who almost got the National Endowment of the Arts shut down in 1989 after the Corcoran Museum of Art refused a show of his homoerotic art. Mapplethorpe, who had a taste for leather in both his personal and
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GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS @ MARRIOTT MARQUIS Stylist and television personality Carson Kressley shows off his flamboyant evening wear on the red carpet of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 23rd annual fundraiser and awards show. The night’s winners included Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Dancing with the Stars, for which Kressley accepted.
“Should I just say I’m giving it to charity. Would that be better?” —Mr. Nude York winner Nigel on winning the $300 grand prize at Daniel Nardicio’s contest
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professional lives, was the party’s “official house photographer” and shot selected guests on the opening night, including me. Revelers have always had the option of being memorialized in their regalia (the dress code requested is “heavy.”) The Black Party posters are prized collector’s items, and Mapplethorpe shot three of them in 1981, 1987 and 1990. In the same way that Studio 54 and Nell’s dramatically altered nightlife for the straight world, the Saint changed the standards by which all-gay clubs were
In the same way that Studio 54 and Nell’s dramatically altered nightlife for the straight world, the Saint changed the standards by which all-gay clubs were measured. measured. This architectural masterpiece by Charles Terrell cost a mind-boggling five-million dollars in 1980 and has never been matched. The dance floor, capped by a dome on which the lighting wizards of the era projected the sun, the moon and the stars, was the greatest dance space extant. The three-tiered club looked like a space station, and literally anything could and did happen at the notorious Black Party. I saw Grace Jones carried onto the stage in a steel cage singing “I Want a Man” and “Slave to the Rhythm.” If you are a fan of the Starz series Spartacus, put the gladiators on serious steroids, drag them to the dance floor on a leash, strip them naked, push them on their knees or bend them over, and you have a typical Black Party. This is a lifestyle event that STDs and Rick Santorum can’t kill. N
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LAST WEEK, lawyer William S. Singer received the Bill of Rights Award for Outstanding Legal Work from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey for his ongoing work on behalf of LGBT rights. Singer, 64, has spent the majority of his 41-year law career assisting LGBT couples fight for equality, including helping same-sex parents gain the right to be on their child’s birth certificate and even helping repeal New Jersey’s sodomy statute back in the ’80s. “In the early 1980s, as an out lawyer, I wanted to help my community. Involvement in the AIDS epidemic heightened my commitment,” the NoHo resident explains, noting that honors like these have only spurred him to keep fighting. “This affirmation of my life’s work has reinvigorated me and refreshed my sense of purpose.” —BS
CHOOSE ONE: GAY DIVA
Who’s your favorite New Yorker of all time? Does Harvey Milk count? He came from N.Y. If you could be a fly on the wall for any historical event, what would it be? The meeting between Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde at Whitman’s house in Camden, NJ.
CHOOSE ONE: TV LAWYERS
Dan Fielding (Night Court)
Jack McCoy (Law & Order)
Who was your biggest celebrity sighting in New York? Salvador Dali, cane in hand, with a [loaf of] French bread balanced on his head in an art gallery on 57th Street.
Something no one knows about me is... I read 50 books a year. If you were on death row, what would be your last meal? Catered dinner from the Four Seasons with Brad Pitt for dessert. What’s the funniest pickup line you’ve had used on you? “You look like your picture” What’s your favorite new restaurant? The Dutch What’s New York’s best-kept secret? The many great things to do that are free. If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be? Provide me with a permanent, gratis parking space.
By The Numbers: Number of years NewFest existed (1988-2012). The New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival announced last week it would merge with it’s LA cousin, Outfest.
RITES XXXIII: THE BLACK PARTY @ ROSELAND BALLROOM The crowded dancefloor during the Saint At Large’s annual fetish-themed party. This year’s packed event, subtitled Yakuza: Asian Underworld, took on an Eastern bent, with floating lanterns worked into the decor and Japanese bondage shows on the stage.
BLACK PARTY PHOTO: WILSONMODELS; HOOKIES PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; JUNIOR VASQUEZ PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY
THE HOOKIES 2012 @ ROSELAND BALLROOM Jesse Santana is crowned Mr. International Escort of the Year 2012 at Rentboy.com’s annual awards ceremony that celebrates the best boys in the biz.
JUNIOR VASQUEZ @ CIELO The veteran DJ spins at his unofficial Black Party Weekend kick-off party. MARCH 30, 2012 9
“I don’t know if I’m gonna be on it. I’m tryin’ to get on it. Yesterday I was in sixth place—out of 50—so who knows.” —Mimi Imfurst on her chances of making RuPaul's Drag Race's allstar season, at Next Night Out at Industry
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“CONSIGNMENT IS IN MY BLOOD. I have always bought vintage to resell for cash or trade since I was in high school; Beacon’s Closet (10 W 13th St, BeaconsCloset.com) is by far my favorite place to do it. I usually buy up cheap vintage from places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill and resell it to Beacon’s for store credit. It’s a nice way to fuel a hefty shopping habit on a dime—literally. Once I have gotten my fair share of use from a piece of clothing I can go right ahead and get something new and exciting. Their Manhattan location is fantastic. They have a rather eclectic mix of really interesting vintage along with high-end labels—Alexander Wang, Gucci, Oak, Helmut Lang, McQueen, Rick Owens, Prada, YSL and Versace just to name a few I have acquired, and not one cost over 50 bucks. I would say about 50% of my wardrobe is from there.” —Timothy Slaght, 21, customer service agent residing in Williamsburg
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“She’s my favorite drag queen! Wait a tick...” —Paul Winkler via Facebook on Wendy Williams’ Next Magazine shout out
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THE TROUBLE WITH TEBOW THE JETS’ NEW quarTErBaCK GIvES GaY SPorTS FaNS a CrISIS oF LoYaLTY.
ate last week, The Jets made a surprising play for 24-year-old Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. The trade set off a media firestorm over the handsome celebrity QB who many hope will bring some new star power to the greatest city in the world. Less than 24 hours after the announcement, stores were putting out Tebow jerseys and papers were plastering his face on their front pages. Move over Jeremy Lin; the Big Apple is ready for its next sports star. But not everyone is excited. For New York’s gay sports fans, The Jets decision was marred by Tebow’s other side: an active voice box for Christian conservatives. Tebow has used his media spotlight to support gay-hating organizations like Focus on the Family, not to mention his ubiquitous Tebowing—a signature move that involves kneeling down in prayer during games. So in the wake of Tebowmania, a hard truth comes to light: your sexy new sports hero is a homophobe. “His body and looks do play well with some of the guys, even the hardcore [gay] sports fans,” says Gym Sportsbar owner Rick Schmutzler. And he has a point. During a recent Saturday night at New York Gay Football League games, when the subject of Tebow was breached, the conversation quickly turned from politics to fantasies of seeing the 6’3” army brat naked. “The party line is something like, ‘He’s annoying but fucking hot!’” Schmutzler says regarding gay fans’ willingness to look beyond Tebow’s religious antics or social views in favor of his good looks. Tebow certainly isn’t the first pro NFL player on a local team to publicly condemn gays. In 2011, former Giant and born-again Christian David Tyree—a similar folk football hero whose helmet catch helped win the team the 2008 Super Bowl
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Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Are Cyndi Lauper and Tim Tebow facing fines for endorsing MDNA on Grindr? Read on...
On April 1, Logo is devoting its entire schedule to a 24hour marathon of the greatest piece of 20th century American cinema: SHOWGIRLS. (Yeah, it’s an April Fool’s Day thing.)
Cyndi Lauper is getting her own reality show on WE TV. We’re hoping it’ll be more My Life on the D-List and less Hey Paula.
Meanwhile, MADONNA could face a $17,000 fine if she speaks out against St. Petersburg’s anti-“homosexual propaganda” law as she has promised to do during her upcoming concert in the Russian city.
Deadmau5 didn’t appreciate Madonna’s winking reference
toMDMA at last weekend’s Ultra Music Festival. The DJ/producer took to Facebook to slam the Big M for asking the crowd if they’d “seen Molly.”
TIM TEBOW plays for our team now! We mean the New York Jets, obviously.
Can you believe GRINDR is already three years old? The gay hookup app celebrated its third anniversary this week!
Last November, Kony 2012 director Jason Russell—no relation—told a crowd at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University that one of his dreams had been to make movie musicals like Chicago, Hairspray and Moulin Rouge. Draw whatever conclusions you will from that.
championship—appeared in NOM videos arguing against the Marriage Equality Act, saying gay marriage would “be the beginning of our country sliding towards…anarchy.” But, then again, by that point Tyree had been cut from the team and his catch downgraded to plain old dumb luck. Tebow, too, will have to prove himself to fans as a player if he wants to be more than a passing fad. Jets coach Rex Ryan admits he plans to play him as a secondstring quarterback to current team leader,
The Department of Homeland Security announced a policy change this week that will soon allow married samesex couples and their children to cross the border together and file one U.S. Customs form.
TOM hARDY is in talks to play hunky out rugby star Gareth Thomas now that Mickey Rourke dropped out of the staring role. Rourke said that training for the role is too much for his 59year-old bod. a photo of two men 10 sored kissing that had been used to Last week, Facebook cen-
promote an LGBT art festival in Madrid. The photo is back up, with Facebook saying it was removed in error.
the equally swooned-after Mark Sanchez. “Most people are ready to induct [Tebow] into the hall of fame for what—a couple lucky passes? He is totally unproven at this point,” argues Boxers co-owner Rob Hynds. In New York, stars rise quickly but fall even faster. And should Tebow succeed, he’ll be forced to stick up for his beliefs like never before—regardless of how charming his smile might be. As Schmutzler puts it, “We’ll see if he gets such an easy pass from the press in New York.” N
Glee Stars Who Kisses Sold For $5,000 at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards: Cory Monteith
WE LOVE THE GOLDEN GIRLS 5 @ THE STONEWALL INN Rose, Blanche and Dorothy impersonators celebrate all things Golden girls at Sharyn Jackson’s annual event at the West Village bar.
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DEATH OF A SALESMAN OPENING NIGHT @ BARRYMORE THEATER Playwright Paul Rudnick walks the red carpet at the opening of Mike Nichols’ revival of the Arthur Miller classic staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield.
THE HUNGER GAMES @ SVA THEATER Marc Jacobs ex Lorenzo Martone and Gossip Girl’s Amanda Setton arrive at the official New York screening of Lionstage’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel.
GOLDEN GIRLS & GAVIN CREEL PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; BARRYMORE THEATER AND SVA THEATER PHOTOS: ROBERT H MCGEE
GAVIN CREEL @ JOE’S PUB The out Broadway crooner and musician performs during the release concert and party for his new album, Get Out
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HOW DID DISNEY TAKE THEIR INFAMOUS 1980S MOVIE-MUSICAL FLOP STARRING A TEEN CHRISTIAN BALE AND
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Don’t drink and drive, girl! Tracie Bennett stuns as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, which opens april 3. Meanwhile check out all the newest automobile oﬀerings at the New York International auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center beginning april 6. ILLUSTRATIONS BY TiMOTHy piOTROwski
WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE MARCH 30 THROUGH APRIL 8
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CREAM Crimson, 915 Broadway (@21st St), facebook.com/creamnyc. Promoters Mark Nelson, Yusef X and Nathan Williams present the first edition of their new dance party in the multi-level Flatiron megaclub. DJs Poison Ivy and Kimani Gordon spin for a variety of well-groomed gays from across the scene. 10pm; free before 11pm/$10 general admission. TREVOR SPRING FLING Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery (btwn Second/Third Sts), thetrevorproject.org. The spring fundraiser features Next Magazine music editor Keo Nozari on the decks. 8pm; $75 general admission/$125 VIP. DIRTY BERRY The Counting Room, 44 Berry St (btwn N 11th/N 12th Sts), Williamsburg, dirtyberrybk.com. David Scott hosts this mixed
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“messy monthly” in the upscale-forWilliamsburg bar’s basement lounge. Nab $4 dirty berry shots and dance to beats by DJ Kevin Graves. 9pm; free. PIGGY BEAR The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Voiceover-actor-slash-bear-promoter Robert Valin gives the dark den of leather and lust a lighter feel as the young and bearded descend on the way West Side bar. Go-go bears, hot videos, $15 Bud and Bud Light pitchers and beats by DJ Damian Cote give the boys something to really roar for. 10pm; free. MARGOH CHANNING IS TIPSY Dixon Place, 161a Chrystie St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts), dixonplace.org. Written and performed by drag diva Margoh Channing, her show spins together tales of her family, ex-lovers, and
the ups and downs of her career—all while she gets a little loaded. The show features guest spots from Channing’s “Gayiancé” Man-ee Champagne, Diamond Daquiri and the Jarad Astin Trio at the Lower East Side theater. 9:30pm; $12 in advance/$15 general admission. VJ FRIDAYS Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Catch up on scores, play pool or enjoy music videos and shot specials at the Chelsea gay sportsbar’s weekly weekend starter. 11pm; free. JUDITH OF BETHULIA Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (btwn Ninth/10th Sts), theaterforthenewcity.net. Charles Bush stars in his stage adaptation of the 1914 Biblical epic, which finds the legendary actor playing Judith. The show was controversial at the time because of its orgy scene. Through April 28. 8pm; $25.
THE UNEXPECTED GALLERY
NEW YorK’S GaY HauNTS HavE BECoME a SurPrISING vENuE For uP-aND-CoMING arTISTS. Joseph Cavalieri’s “Gymnasium of Dreams” series at Elmo
PHOTOS COURTESY JOSEPH CAVALIERI
t’s no secret that gay New Yorkers have long had a love affair with the arts. While queer art has recently gotten its day in the sun—Leslie/Lohman gained official museum status last fall and the Brooklyn Museum has held two exhibits focusing on gay artists’ work (Hide/Seek and the current Keith Haring: 1978–1982 exhibit, which runs through July 8)—it’s easy to forget that bars often help gay artists get their start by displaying their work before museums or galleries will. As we get set for Next Magazine’s Third Annual Photo Contest (get snapping, submissions are due May 30) we’ve found a few spots where you can check out rising-art stars while grabbing a drink. —Alex Erikson
Photo Contest our judges will select 10 finalists to appear in a special exhibit at the LeslieLohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art during Pride. From there the finalists’ photos will travel to Posh for an exhibition this July. Head to nextmagazine.com/photocontest to enter.
The narrow Hell’s Kitchen watering hole is about the furthest thing from a museum that we can imagine: it’s usually loud, drinks are frequently spilled, people may or may not be getting frisky in the bathroom and most everyone there is in some state
405 W 51st St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves) The bar frequently hosts local artists’ work, and as part of Next Magazine’s Third Annual
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9th Avenue Saloon 656 Ninth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts)
of inebriation. But the bar is also strongly committed to indie artists. Every few months the bar’s management cycles in work by deserving, under appreciated painters. Jonathan Fritz, who’s been making art in New York since 1996, currently is showing a series of his whimsical acrylics on canvas on the wall opposite the rail.
156 Seventh Ave (btwn 19th/20th Sts) Bob Pontarelli’s popular American eatery features a cycling array of artwork adorning the wall behind the bar. One of the first was “Us Together,” by Ross Bleckner. (His
work has been exhibited in museums such as the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.) Currently on display is the work of Joseph Cavalieri, an East Villagebased artist whose stained glass pieces have explored, among other things, the alleged homosexuality of King Henri III of France (1551–1589). His portrait series “Gymnasium of Dreams,” inspired by engravings from the mid-19th century, sits above the bar, and will be there through June. “I have work in three traditional galleries at the moment, but the work at Elmo has gotten the best response and is a great place to see the work and for me to meet people outside of my studio,” Cavalieri says. Artist Meet And Greet: Joseph Cavalieri at Elmo, 156 Seventh Ave (btwn 19th/20th Sts), on March 31 from 2pm–5pm; free. Visit nextmagazine.com, poshbarnyc.com, 9thavesaloon.com, cavaglass.com and elmorestaurant.com for more info.
SATURDAY NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GOWNS Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (btwn 45th/46th Sts), icny.org. The annual fundraiser and midnight coronation ceremony—where current Emperor Vanity Society and Empress Pepperica Swirl will officially hand over their scepter and crown to this year’s incoming royal couple, Imperial Crown Prince Royal Ritz Kraka and Imperial Crown Princess Royale Witti Repartee—takes over Times Square’s Marriott Marquis Broadway Ballroom for a night that’ll find several hundred creatively festive gowns wandering the Midtown hotel’s ballroom floor. “It is as over-the-top as you get for a formal fundraising gala,” says ICNY President Gary Cosgrove. “People come from all over to enjoy the festivities.” 6:30pm; $325–$1,000. TWILO CLASSICS District 36, 29 W 36th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), d36nyc.com. Junior Vasquez spins on the main floor with guests That Kid Chris and DJ Escape. Alex Tech celebrates all things gay and ’90s with music that channels the beats of Limelight, Tunnel, Sound Factory, Twilo and Roxy in The Mirf Room. 10pm; $20. SATURDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Dougie Meyer brings guest DJs Eddie Martinez and John Marto to
MARCH 31 the decks and go-go boys to the floor at his weekly party for lovers of house. 10pm; cover varies.
APRIL FOOLS KETCHUP FARMER SPARKLE FEST Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vladabar.com. Billy Joel and the boys at Vlada go nuts one last time as they drop glitter bombs all over the Hell’s Kitchen haunt at their bi-weekly celebration of all things shimmering. 11pm; free.
to celebrate their seventh year in biz. Rick Schmutzler and Nick Leonard, the pair who blazed the trail for gay sports bars (including their second location in West Hollywood), get down with $6 Skyy concoctions all night. 9pm; free.
MADONNA-RAMA Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. DJ Calvin screens Madge’s movies and concert footage and spins her music all night long. 2-for-1 midnight happy hour till 1am. 10pm; free. Visit nextmagazine.com
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HT GAG! Metropolitan, EIG RS! 559 Lorimer St (btwn for more event listings YEA M e t r o p o l i t a n NEW YORK! JUST LIKE I Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, PICTURED IT 12-turn-13, 172 718-599-4444. The long-running party cele- Classon Ave (btwn Park Ave/Myrtle Ave), Ft. brates its eighth year with a performance by Greene, mistersaturdaynight.com. Justin Carter House of Ladosha. They’ll also screen videos by and Eamon Harkin came to New York with a viBradford Nordeen. DJs Cameron and Zach bring sion of the racially integrated, sexually liberated special guest Michael Magnan to the booth for a party scene that awaited them. Not entirely set. 10pm; free. pleased with what they found, the pair have teamed up with Will Automagic and Sean B, and The Art Corps to put on an intimate, advanceEN SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY SEV RS! Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn ticket-only party that seeks to create the party A E Y 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. atmosphere they thought they’d find when they Once you’ve updated your brackets head to Gym got here. 10pm–5am; $15.
SUNDAY APRIL 1 HABIBI Blue Owl, 196 Second Ave (btwn 12th/13th Sts), habibinyc.com. The East Village speakeasy-esque spot opens up its back lounge for the gay Arab party now in its 10th year. DJ IZ spins, while Middle Eastern ’mos enjoy cheap drinks till 9pm. 8pm; $15 before 10pm/general admission varies. GRIFFIN SUNDAYS The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Greenwich/Washington Sts), raffertymazurevents.com. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur promise big special guests (Andy Cohen dropped by a few weeks ago) at their rowdy weekly Sunday tea that gets the crowd going with an open bar till 8pm. This week they’ll celebrate the art of the prank with an April Fool’s party. They’ve got DJ Vito Fun on the ones and twos. 7pm–1am; free.
THE ELECTRO MASQUERADE BALL The Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), highlineballroom.com. Operating under the ideology that at the best parties, you can never have too many hosts, Darian Darling, Alex English, Mikey Pop, Arden Leigh, Emily Powers, Frank Carasquillo, Kevin Wiltz and Michael JD Warner put on an evening of dark electronic music. The show will feature special performances by Dangerous Muse, Zander Bleck, Shadow Lover and more. Masks provided at the door. 8pm–midnight; $10 in advance/$12 general admission.
SOFRITO NIGHT Evolve, 221 E 58th NEW St (btwn Second/Third Aves), evolvebarandloungenyc.com. The dancers from Adonis Lounge come out on Thursday for the Latin crowd at this new mixed trans and gay
weekly. DJ MK spins. 9pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission. FIFTH ANNUAL NEW YORK NEW JERSEY LIBERTY AWARDS BALL Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), escuelita.com. Channeling late-80s ball culture, contestants at this awards ball compete in categories like A Monet, Best Dressed, Jokers Wild and Insane Foot Game for the chance to win $2,000. DJ Vjuan Allure spins. 10:30pm; $20 LANCE HORNE’S SALON FOR FOOLS Feinstein’s at The Regency, 540 Park Ave (@ 61st St), dworld.us. Daniel Nardicio brings the downtown queer art scene uptown with a show from pianist Lance Horne and special guests. 6pm; $22 in advance/$25 general admission.
MUSICAL MONDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. At Splash’s popular Monday party you never know who’ll show up. Hunter Parish dropped by the showtune sing-along recently and other celeb guests have include Patti Lupone, Kristen Chenoweth and Cheyenne Jackson among others. VJ John Bantay screens Broadway videos all night. 2-for-1 drinks till 10pm. 8pm; cover varies.
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE VIEWING PARTY Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Gentleman, start your engines! The Chelsea gay sports bar hosts the official Logo viewing party as the heat on the fourth season of RuPaul’s über-popular drag-competition show is turning up. Tonight, the judges will determine who’s made the final three. May the best woman win! 9pm; free.
MY HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND WAS GAY UCB East, 153 E Third St (btwn Aves A/B), east.ucbtheatre.com. Remember that girl that followed you everywhere, watched all of your favorite shows with you and took all of your makeup tips? Jeremy Jordan King, Shawn Hollenbach and Rachel Shukert explore high school relationships at their blog-inspired show at the East Village improv theater. 8pm; $5.
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TUESDAY APRIL 3 SWEET SPOT Industry, 355 W 52nd (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. At Kevin Graves’ Hell’s Kitchen party, which features weekly special guest performances. Previous acts have included Kiesza, Penguin Prison and Deluka.10pm; free.
BROADWAY BROUHAHA Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapynyc.com. The chic bi-level Hell’s Kitchen lounge nabs a crowd of theater enthusiasts for Felicia Finley’s recurring showtune night. DJ Chuck McTague spins. 11pm; free,
YOGA FOR PEOPLE OF ALL GENDERS The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Greenwich/Seventh Aves), gaycenter.org. Gender norms are so 1955. The Center hosts a weekly drop-in yoga workshop that is open to male, female and trans participants. Weekly registration not required. 6pm–7:30pm; $5.
WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington/West Sts), westwaynyc.com. Frankie Sharp keeps his popular Tuesday night dance party at the former strip joint on the way West Side going with go-gos (right) and DJs Lady Miss Kier and Jonjon Battles. 10pm; $4.
DROPOUT WiP, 34 Vandam St (btwn Sixth Ave/Varick St), 212-807-7000. Club Kids and rock lovers come out for Lyle Derek and Noah Valentine’s mixed midweek party that celebrates all things live, with weekly special guest performances, where Miss Guy is a regular fixture. 10pm; $10.
KUDA KARAOKE Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613. Hosts Marti Gould Cumming, Jaquee Dupree and DJ Scott Jones get you singing your best at their night of karaoke in Chelsea. The party features a contest where the best belter wins $100 cold hard cash and—in case all that singing makes you hungry—free breakfast. 11pm; free.
WEDNESDAY ALPHA MALE Alpha Restaurant, 169 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), alpha34.com. Actor Patrick Askin and promoter Michael Formika Jones team up to throw the second edition of their monthly party for Chelsea boys with $6 Absolut cocktails. 8pm–1am; free. GOOD TIMES Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. Josh Sparbar dons his trademark tank top to corral a crowd of hot hipster ’mos into the Stalinist-themed spot for a Passover edition of his long-running weekly party. DJ W. Jeremy from House of Stank drops by for a guest set. Early birds enjoy $1 vodka cocktails from 11pm–11:30pm. 10pm; free.
MIXED MESSAGES Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), 212477-4744. Jack Davenport moves it on up to the east side (he used to throw Boy, Please in Bed-Stuy) with his new bi-weekly party that features hot go-gos and drink specials. He’ll get behind the decks to spin pop, electro, synth, disco and house at the East Village dive. 10pm; free. BOYS NIGHT: AN ALL-MALE CIRQUELESQUE REVUE Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St (@ Water St), Dumbo, galapagosartspace.com. The all male troupe puts on a one-night-only theatrical-slash-boylesque-slash-circus combo show that includes aerial, juggling and acrobatic performances for a mixed crowd of man-loving onlookers. 7:30pm; $20.
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BEAR N BOURBON Flamming Saddles, 793 Ninth Ave (@ 53rd St), flammingsaddles.com. The gay country western bar hosts a bear night that offers a free glass of bourbon to all partygoers. Explore Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels and other whiskies with Robert Valin and Urban Bear. 8pm–10pm; free. THE PIERS: ART AND SEX ALONG THE NEW YORK WATERFRONT Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Grand/Canal Sts), leslielohman.org. In the post-Stonewall era of the late-60s and early-70s sexual attitudes began to shift and public nudity, especially as a form of artistic expression, became
more widely accepted. Tonight, Leslie Lohman begins an exhibition of works exploring the ways in which gay men used the west side waterfront to sunbathe, cruise and define the meaning of sexual liberation with works by Andreas Sterzing and Shelly Seccombe. Exhibition runs through May 10. Museum open Tues–Sats Noon–6pm. Tonight’s opening reception: 6pm–8pm; free. HOMO COMICUS Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), gothamcomedyclub.com. Cue the schmekle jokes. Jackie Hoffman and others don the stage for a night of queer comedy in Chelsea. 8:30pm; $20 (plus two drink minimum).
APRIL 5 BOOZIN’ AND SCHMOOZIN’ Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Misty Meaner and M’Lady Uppercrust get on stage for an Ab Fab-inspired show. Bring your Chelsea Classics ticket stub for a free drink. DJ Jess Ramsay spins. 9pm; free. THINGS I’VE NEVER DONE IN PUBLIC Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts), dixonplace.org. For high art loving ’mos, the out pianist plays an “adults-only literary piano recital” that’ll tackle works by Anthony Porter, Aaron Copland, Franz Josef Haydn and out composer John Cage. The evening will also feature Tendler interpreting stories, essays and literary readings by other esteemed artists. 7:30pm; $12 in advance/$15 general admission.
Take me out to the ball game! The Mets play their first home game today at Citi Field.
BURNIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE TINa BurNEr DISHES oN BEING THE NEW FaCE oF BarraCuDa’S STar SEarCH.
ou don’t get one of the longest-running, fiercest drag shows in town by playing nice. “[At Star Search] the talent is new and the queens are ruthless,” says Barracuda owner Bob Pontarelli of his bar’s weekly competition. “You never know what to expect.” For the past few years Mimi Imfurst has helmed the stage for the show, and before that the likes of Shequida, Peppermint and Sherry Vine sought out New York’s best drag newbies on the Chelsea stage. Tonight, another star on the rise, Tina Burner, takes the reins. “Tina gets it,” says Pontarelli. “She’s ironic and hysterically funny—totally at the top of her game.” Don’t expect Imfurst to be a stranger, though. “No one ever wanders too far from home. Unless she’s plastered,” the nightlife mogul jokes. In its newest iteration the show will be bigger than ever before, with an expanded format. Says Pontarelli, “Tina is so twisted even I can’t imagine what’s up her sleeve.” We sat the diva down so she could light us up. —AE
You’re following in some pretty fierce shoes. How do you plan on living up to the pressure? [I’ll] buy new shoes. How did you get the gig? I gave a lot of blowjobs—and I swallow. You’re known for being pretty hilarious. Do you plan on changing the Star Search formula? They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it…wait a minute. I’ll bring my tools.
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If you could get anyone up on the Star Search stage who would it be? Mimi Imfurst. Is there another burner in the oven? I [just] love my Tina Burner. What do you have to say to the naysayers? Suck it. No really, it’s been a while. Star Search at Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), April 5 at 11pm; free. Call 212-645-8613 for more info.
Do you think a drag queen can build a career solely on comedy? Do you need to read? I make it a point to look in the mirror every day and laugh at myself before
anyone else can. Then I cry myself to sleep. I’m living the dream—or nightmare.
STAR SEEKER (clockwise from above) Mimi Imfurst (center) on the Barracuda stage with Star Search contestants last year; new host Tina Burner with Skyla versai; former host Sherry vine.
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ProMoTEr EarL Dax oN THE THIrD aNNIvErSarY EDITIoN oF HIS PErForMaNCE-arT ParTY, PuSSY FaGGoT. ur years in New York have taught us that the only constant in this great metropolis is change. New Yorkers are continually looking for the next big thing, and quite frequently we’re finding it. For nightlife’s more nostalgic revelers that means that the way things were 10 or even five years ago is a far cry from the way they are today. Occasionally, though, promoters are able to hark back to a different—perhaps better—time to create something new that’s also able to pay homage to the way we were. In 2009 Earl Dax, nightlife innovator and creator of Weimer New York, launched Pussy Faggot, his queer performance-art party, as a way to celebrate the legendary collision of East Village art, fashion and club culture of the ’80s and ’90s. What he created is now the centerpiece for an entire community of queer bohemians, and tonight, as Dax gets set to take Pussy Faggot on a European tour, they’ll celebrate the third anniversary of the quarterly event, which now has a fellowship from the Museum of Arts and Design. “I envisioned it as a one-off,” Dax points out. “I never thought it would be a project that landed a New York Times feature—though they wouldn’t print the party’s name.” Dax’s mentor, nightlife legend and former Warhol prodigy Penny Arcade (whom he lovingly refers to as “the den mother”) is also a driving force behind the success of the party. She started mentoring Dax in 2005 and her participation in his events was the logical outgrowth of their personal relationship. “Earl…and I share values related to community building,” she says. “Our audience appreciates the atmosphere of inclusion we create.” The pair worked on Unisex Salon together in 2006 and 2007, and out of the ashes of that party—the demise of which bore PF’s renowned title—Pussy Faggot rose. At the center of the party is Dax’s ability to curate a set of live performances that simultaneously reveres New York’s storied history of performance art while it refrains from bemoaning the changes nightlife has seen in more recent years. “Earl has crafted a facsimile of what was happening decades ago, the performance showcases that became known as the Underground,”says longtime Pussy Faggot partygoer and self-described Earl Dax groupie Dusty Childers. “[But] Earl has his finger on the very vibrant pulse of New York performance art
Earl does as a curator and promoter,” Pryor says. “It is really the only thing of its kind that has exhibited any sort of staying power. The artists are fantastic and the community welcoming of almost anything,” Pryor continues. Pussy Faggot photographer Liz Liguori, who helped Dax decide to reclaim the epithet former co-promoter James Coppola infamously spewed at him, points out that Dax’s ability to curate varied sets of performers is what makes the party special. “Earl’s eclectic sensibilities result in a wide range of performance, music, visual arts and everything in between,” she says. “From the well-knowns to the unknowns Earl has hand-picked [all the acts].”
Maybe that’s part of the genius of Dax’s creation: because he’s curated sets of performers who assert the pseudo-sacrosanctity of their art without ever romanticizing the work, PF’s crowd is less an ecstatic room of partygoers than a collective of art consumers open to interpretation. “I like things that are dynamic,” says Dax. “There’s an anarchic, volatile quality to Pussy Faggot and I love that,” he notes. “It can’t be precious. It can’t ossify.” —AE Pussy Faggot! Three Year Anniversary at Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), Williamsburg, April 6 at 8pm; $10. Visit pussyfaggot.net for more info.
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and nightlife, and is spreading the gospel of the fact that it’s not dying out,” he continues. “It’s downtown. It’s dirty. And it’s different,” notes drag performance artist Jordan Fox, who’s a frequent contributor to Pussy Faggot. “New York needs parties like Pussy Faggot.” Last January, Ben Pryor, curator and producer of the contemporary dance and performance festival American Realness, invited Dax to bring Pussy Faggot to the festival at Abrons Art Center, further solidifying the relationship between Dax’s party and the world of performance art. “My hope [was] that including the party in the program would give us a killer event for the festival and…open up more exposure for the work
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FRIDAY APRIL 6 HUNX AND HIS PUNX Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave (btwn S First/S Second Sts), Williamsburg, glasslands.blogspot.com. The Oakland, Calif.-born queer rock band head out on a tour with Nashville, Tenn.-based blues-rock outfit Natural Child that stops at the Brooklyn performance space tonight. 8:30pm; $10. BLOWOFF Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), highlineballroom.com. DJs Richard Morel and Bob Mould jet in from their cross-country tour to deliver a meaty mix of indie rock, electro and house of a crowd of burley
WEEK beefies and hipster studs as a continuation of their musical collaboration that began in Washington, D.C.’s Velvet Lounge in 2003. The party’s grown to include video visuals by Nick Lopata and poster art by Baltimore-based artists Linas Garsys. 11:30pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission. GUMBO BKLYN Diety, 368 Atlantic Ave (btwn Hoyt/Bond Sts), Boerum Hill, gumbonyc.com. Because Limelight taught us that retired religious edifices really are that much more fun, Casey Fitzpatrick and Ben Harvey throw their popular outer borough monthly party in a former synagogue. 10pm; $10.
Today, jump on board the 3D bandwagon with the multidemontional rerelease of 1997 smash hit Titanic.
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Hedda Lettuce FOR DRAG DIVA Hedda Lettuce, who sets up shop for a one-night, hour-long performance at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency tonight where she’ll sing a series of ’80sinspired showstoppers, all it took was seeing Julie Andrews twirling in the flower-filled Alps to know that she was different.
“I MusT hAvE BEEN five years old and had just seen Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Feeling particularly moved by the scene where she is on top of the hill, spinning wildly and singing, ‘The hills are alive with the sound of music!’ I raced to my mother’s linen closet and put on one of her more colorful
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Hedda Lettuce Live at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Ave (btwn 61st/62nd Sts), April 7 at 8pm; $25 general admission/$40 VIP (plus $25 food/drink minimum). Visit feinsteinsattheregency.com for more info.
aprons and a pair of her heels. I gleefully stood before [my parents] and spun around like Julie Andrews and sang, ‘The hills are alive!’ With mouth opened wide my mother dropped a spoon full of sugar into her teacup. It was then and there that they realized they had a very special child on their hands.”
SATURDAY TARGET FIRST SATURDAY Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy (@Washington Ave), Prospect Heights, brooklynmuseum.org. This month the Brooklyn Museum’s free art party celebrates the museum’s Keith Haring exhibit with a performance by art punk band The Library is on Fire till 7pm and a dance party with DJ Junior Vasquez from 8pm–10pm. 5pm–11pm; free. GOTHAM BURLESQUE Triad Theater, 158 W 72nd St (btwn Columbus/Amsterdam Ave), gothamburlesque.com. Librarian-by-day, boy-
APRIL 7 lesquer-by-night, Tigger! hosts the one year anniversary celebration of the disrobing display’s partially nude antics at the Upper West Side theater with two shows. 8pm and 10:30pm; $35 general admission/$45 VIP. GLAMDAMMIT: SPACEBALL RICOCHET The Grand Victory, 245 Grand St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, glamdammit.com. Twig the Wonderkid and Michael T give a mixed crowd freak-flag anthems and glam rock with live performances by The Weep, Starbolt 9 and a special
WEEK guest DJ set by James David. Billyburg hipsters guzzle free PBR till midnight. 11pm; $5. BASL DRAFT DAY PARTY Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), bigapplesoftball.com. Not comfortable playing softball with straight people? Today is your last chance to join the gay softball league for their 2012 season. Big Apple Softball League draft from 12:30pm–3pm with a post-draft party at the Chelsea gay sports bar that includes drink specials for BASL participants. Visit website for draft info. 3:30pm; free.
VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. DJ Johnny Dynell pumps up the jams with hosts Susanne Bartsch, Kenny Kenny and their troupe of freaky nightlife folks. Downstairs Ladyfag hosts with DJs Will Automagic and Michael Magnan on the decks. 10pm; free. SUNDAY SITUATION The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Staten Island’s The Situation may be headed to rehab, but the West Village’s Sunday Situation has got your end of the weekend party predica-
ment under control. DJ Will Automagic drops by for a guest set on the tables. 6pm; free before 7pm; $5 general admission. SUNDAY BEER BLAST The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. The way West Side leather bar quenches parched daddy’s thirst. Enjoy $3 domestic pints, $4 domestic bottles, $4 Jose Cuervo and Jaegermeister shots and a room full of hot guys. 5pm–10pm; free, GUYOTE UGLY Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com.
At Industry’s weekly gay version of the East Village dive half-nude dudes get on the bar to pour free shots directly into the mouths of willing party goers. 11pm; free. BROADWAY BRUNCH Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com. Gays and tourists traipse to the East Side for drag performances during brunch. Drag diva Ginger Snap hosts a slew of queens performing Broadway numbers while onlookers down unlimited mimosas and champagne. Noon–4pm; free (plus $19.95 food/beverage minimum).
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It really only seems natural to have porn on the walls of a gay bathroom. You’ve got your member out; they’ve got their member out…
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he other day during brunch at vynl we went to visit their famous facilities and something dawned on us: New York is full of gay spots with rather unique bathroom concepts. Sure, even in the most pleasing lavatory there’s an all-business, get-in-get-out-get-on-with-the-day sensibility, but in these places’ WCs, you just might find yourself on an extended sojourn. —Alex Erikson
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By Lawrence Ferber • Illustration by Ian Sklarsky
FOR STEPHEN MERRITT, INSPIRATION COMES IN MANY FORMS—BOYS IN DRAG, UNREQUITED LOVE, BEAR BARS—ON THE MAGNETIC FIELDS’ LATEST ALBUM, LOVE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.
or The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, a little bit of something goes a long way. To wit, the songs on his recent albums are all under three minutes, a trend that continues on The Magnetic Fields’ latest release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. “I don’t believe in adding on eight more choruses at the end,” he shares. “Like the song ‘Andrew In Drag’ ends on a verse. The idea being, play the song again.” The subject of a 2010 documentary, Strange Powers, the openly gay Merritt juggles a handful of bands—including The Magnetic Fields, The Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes—and composes for stage works like 2009’s Obie-winning Off-Broadway production of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. A couple of months back, he contributed a voiceover to the one-night-only “Space Cruiser” co-operative video game at Hayden Planetarium’s Dome. Although a quintessential East Village fixture, he is currently bi-coastal, dividing his time between New York and Los Angeles. While Merritt has released his share of concept albums—notably The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, which encompassed exactly that in a number of different styles and genres—he insists that the compact length of Sea’s songs was not a concept per se, but simply a virtue of his “leave them wanting more” philosophy (this goes beyond music: though he’s a fan of bears, he’d opt for a Provincetown Bear Hour versus the gay mecca’s famed Bear Week. “I would go for bear hour and then drive back to Boston and go to The Alley Bar,” he says). However, the album does represent a conscious return to the use of synthesizers following a three-album no-synthesizer run, his lyrics as witty as ever. Highlights include “I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies,”“The Horrible Party” (“I hate most parties because I have hearing trouble; they’re kind of a nightmare for me,” he confesses), and “My Husband’s Pied-a-Terre.” The catchy kickoff single, “Andrew in Drag,” entails the story of a doomed crush on a guy who gender bends as a lark one night (the entertaining music video features a pair of cross-dressers). Merritt says that the song was inspired by tales of unrequited love, including literary classics Cyrano De Bergerac and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. “I read a lot about impossible and difficult and unrequited love and it’s a theme that concerns me personally,” he shares. “If I was the hunchback I would be feeling sorry for myself, drowning my sorrows in Italian wine. Or French wine, I guess. Sorry. French. I don’t think they allowed imported wine in France
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[back then]. It’s a metaphor.” A self-professed barfly, Merritt can in fact be spotted/stalked nightly in Manhattan gay bars. He does most of his writing in these haunts, yet despite his international travels finds most of them to be quite similar. “I have been to many hundreds of bars in my life but none are completely different from any of the others,” he shares in carefully measured sentences. “There is a tradition and if you go too far ahead of that tradition you’re going to confuse people and make them uncomfortable. If you hide the bathroom, everyone’s going to run around looking for them. And if you hide them too efficiently, someone’s just going to pee on the floor. And then everyone will leave.” Merritt had just returned from Europe before our interview took place, where he and The Magnetic Fields were pro-
“If I was [The Hunchback of Notre Dame] I would be feeling sorry for myself, drowning my sorrows in Italian wine. Or French wine, I guess. Sorry. French. I don’t think they allowed imported wine in France [back then]. It’s a metaphor.” moting Sea. A U.S. tour is currently in progress. “I did an Italian TV program that is going to be dubbed,” he says. “Not the songs, I guess they’ll be subtitled, but the conversation will be dubbed into Italian and I’m very much looking forward to YouTubing it. I assume they do it like American news programs—speak over the actual voice and switch the genders.” And speaking of voices, would Merritt ever consider a concept collaboration album called “Two Short Gay Wits” with writer David Sedaris? He ponders this prospect for a moment. “I would really like to collaborate with Amy Sedaris on an album,” he admits. “Although I hear David does an amazing Billie Holiday impression.” N The Magnetic Fields play The Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway) on April 3 and 4. Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge Records) is out now. Visit TourAtTheBottomOfTheSea.com for more info.
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“I think not only do we suffer from racism and sexism and things like that, but we also suffer from ageism, that once you reach a certain age you aren’t allowed to be adventurous or sexual. I think that’s rather hideous. A lot of people have said, ‘Oh, it’s so pathetic. I hope she’s not still doing that in 10 years.’ But who cares? What if I am? What—is there a rule? Are you supposed to just die when you’re 40…Why? Life is long.”—Madonna in 1992 at age 34 n MDNA, Madonna’s 12th studio album, she seems to have entered the Wild West—she’s shooting people, telling people to fuck off, a sinning girl gone wild. And she is indeed traversing uncharted territory—a pop star attempting to stay relevant at 53, nearly two decades after she defended herself in the opening quote. Critics have long gunned for Madonna. And throughout she has proven a champion, pioneering new paradigms for being a pop star—from her theatrical stage shows to her business model to her constant evolution of looks and sounds (now all prerequisites for pop divas). But along the way she has tackled issues much bigger than stardom or herself: from feminism (helping redefine the ’80s/early-’90s model), sexual orientation (co-opting and celebrating homosexuality in her work) and spirituality (rarely have pop songs shared such spir-
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itual ecstasy as “Like a Prayer” and “Ray of Light”). On MDNA she traverses preconceived notions about age and, in many respects, succeeds. Ever the excellent collaborator, M works a winning formula: tapping rising dance producers (here Martin Solveig and Benny Benassi) and harnessing their sound for a more mainstream pop audience. And for safe measure, she also enlists Ray of Light producer William Orbit. It becomes clear early in the album that there are some dark demons to exhume. “Gang Bang,” one of her most intriguing, edgy tracks in years, serves up some serious revengefantasy drama. “Beautiful Killer” (among the album’s more radio-friendly tracks) ends in a gunshot and gleefully borrows a melody from another M song about killing: “Die Another Day.” Madonna reserves some serious artillery for both critics and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie—and delivers the confessional goods with the similarly titled “I Don’t Give A” and “I Fucked Up,” two of MDNA’s strongest tracks. Throughout the album, in fact, she goes deep into the divorce—clearly leaving her angry, scared and vulnerable. And the most relatable she’s been in ages. There’s still some frothy fun to be had here. “Turn Up the Radio” is the album’s most obvious hit (honestly, should’ve been the first single)—classic Madonna updated with some Solveig savvy. “I’m Addicted”—while a trite concept—is adapted into a delicious dance-floor stomper. In the Madonna oeuvre, MDNA is definitely better than Music, but not her Ray of Light or Like a Prayer best. But you can’t fault someone for continuing to be adventurous, sexual, not giving a fuck and making an album that any primadonna half her age will envy. Leave it to Madonna for setting yet another new pop paradigm and—bang! bang!—once again winning the Wild West. N
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER atil oskar Fjalarsson in Jitters
Time Investment: 97 min. Return on Investment: 45 min. n case MTV hasn’t made it clear, all teens do these days is drink, party and fuck. Well, at least teens on TV. And the shocking Degrassi-esque drama on the U.K. crossover Skins has perfected the high-school soap-opera formula that once seemed extreme on Dawson’s Creek and 90210. Copycats abound, and aside from the failed American remake of Skins there’s now TLA Releasing’s DVD release of Iceland’s Órói or Jitters, a competent regional application of the same shtick. The film debut of director Baldvin Zophoníasson, Jitters concerns three Icelandic 16-year-olds as they navigate sex and love over a very cold-looking summer break. Stella staves off her suicidal tendencies and her overprotective grandmother thanks to a romance with her coworker at the local supermarket. Gréta, sick of her alcoholic mother, moves out of the house and begins a search for her absentee father. Finally, at the core of the group, is Gabríel (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson), an impossibly gangly sprout who, following a stolen kiss during a trip to England, tries to come to terms with his gayness. TLA has aggressively marketed the film around Gabriel, but the truth is the three characters’ plots share equal screen time. It’s a drawn-out setup that would work well on TV, like its inspiration, Skins, but as a film feels more like the extended pilot—without the second episode. Still, Jitters is cute and sweet, mostly managing to avoid its cousins’ melodramatic conventions, especially when it comes to gay first love. —Benjamin Solomon
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Time Investment: 90 min. Return on Investment: 20 min. s a close second to the top gay-interest subject on everyone’s lips—gay marriage—the American “bullying crisis” has received some long-overdue attention in the past two years, owing mainly to the rash of gay teen suicides throughout the country (the closest of which was Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi). Since then, initiatives like Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project have helped to publicize and combat the issue, and Bully (The Weinstein Company) is a well-meaning addition to the list, but the documentary’s effectiveness is limited by its tendency to tug on heartstrings with little else to offer. Director Lee Hirsch, who was himself bullied, attempts with his project to cap-
THE OUTSIDERS alex in Bully
ture bullying on camera as experienced by several high-school students. He also focuses on the aftermath that arises in the wake of suicides committed by Ty Field-Smalley and Tyler Long, both of whom suffered considerable abuse at school. For better or worse, the grieving and pain Hirsch depicts gravely overshadows the matter at hand at the expense of exploring possible causes or ways to curb it. Bully never once pursues the bullies themselves to hear why they do what they do. The only effective (and heartbreaking) element is the inclusion of some fairly clueless parents and fumbling school administrators who haven’t the faintest idea how to deal with these kids, neglecting to offer a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen to what they have to say. —Dan Heching
The Most happy Fella Bettye Lavette
hot Mess By David Hurst ho would have guessed we’d have not one but two terrific productions of Frank Loesser’s classic 1956 musical, The Most Happy Fella—both with full orchestras!—in one season? Hot on the heels of the wonderful Fella courtesy of the grad students in NYU’s Steinhardt School last month, the enterprising Dicapo Opera Theater just concluded their own Fella to wide acclaim, complete with an extension following rave review in The New York Times. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Dicapo is a well-kept secret, performing their shows in an intimate, 200seat theater in the basement of Saint Jean Baptiste Church on the corner of 76th Street and Lexington Avenue. Amazingly, they perform without amplification with the orchestra on stage behind a scrim, and the acoustics are astonishingly good. Dicapo’s Fella starred the magnificent Michael Corvino as a heartfelt Tony, the lovely Molly Mustonen as Rosabella, a sassy Lauren Hoffmeier as Cleo and an adorable Brance Cornelius as Herman. Admittedly, some of director Michael Capasso’s staging was clumsy; it’s always a challenge getting a large ensemble on and off stage smoothly, especially on a small stage. Additionally, some of the performers were much stronger singers than actors, particularly Peter Kendall Clark, who made a burly Joe, and Bess Morrison as a rather grim Marie. Still, this Fella was musically exceptionally strong and the 27-piece orchestra played Loesser’s challenging score quite well under the baton of Pacien Mazzagatti. Dicapo concludes their season next month with Verdi’s La Traviata (April 12, 14, 20 and 22). They’re well worth checking out. The dynamic R&B singer Bettye LaVette concludes her
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return engagement at the Café Carlyle this weekend and she’s, in a word, amazing. A star since she was 16 years old, LaVette, sleek and trim in basic black, is a visceral, riveting presence in person— and then there’s that voice. It’s a powerful, raw voice you wouldn’t normally associate with a supper club like the Carlyle, but LaVette is a storyteller at heart and she uses her ferocious gifts to transport you to a different place and time. Whether she’s singing a song by Dolly Parton, Billy Strayhorn or Bruce Springsteen, LaVette takes it and makes it her own. Break out your bugle beads and shake off your sequins: Drag is on top at the new XL Nightclub every Wednesday night and, gurrrl, there’s a lot of it. Located in XL’s sleek cabaret-theater (which turns into a dance club on Friday and Saturday nights), Hot Mess is the brainchild of the delicious Lady Bunny, who’s lined up a head-spinning array of talent to delight you. She’s smartly recruited the ferocious Bianca Del Rio to be show’s emcee and, together, the pair have a hilarious onstage chemistry that’s equal parts Designing Women and Family Feud. Bunny, a veteran of a drag who famously created and wrangled the Wigstock Festival, has mastered the “dumb blonde act” to a tee but she’s crazy like a fox, even if it’s a fox suffering from an Aquanet overdose. For her part, Del Rio’s banter full of four-letter words and one-liners flies so fast it’ll make even nasty, jaded homosexuals gasp in admiration. Truly, I haven’t seen anyone so funny since the late, great Charles Pierce. Del Rio’s got a mean edge, but she wraps it up in the kind of comedic delivery that’s nothing short of genius and I couldn’t wait for her every appearance back onstage in between musical numbers. Speaking of those numbers, you’ll thrill to Milan’s breathtaking dancing, Skyla Versai’s high-energy pop stars, Epiphany, Logan Hardcore and Sugga Pie Koko’s own special brand of insanity. If you’ve never seen a bodacious, bad-ass homeless woman sing “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” to Colonel Sanders and a bucket of KFC—or even if you have!—don’t miss Hot Mess. N Bettye LaVette plays through March 31 at the Café Carlyle (35 E 76th St, TheCarlyle.com). Hot Mess plays on Wednesday nights at XL Nightclub (512 W 42nd St, XLCabaret.com).
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Hot diggity dogs! It’s a whole new ball game out there when it comes to hot dogs—and these franks knock it out of the park.
By Peter Sherwood emember once upon a time there was only Oscar Mayer and Ballpark Franks that plumped when you cooked ’em? Now it’s more like dogs gone wild. I like my wieners with mustard, relish, sauerkraut and, if it’s available, a dash of celery salt—but there’s a little something different to chew on these days that will have you begging for more. All the way from a street stand in Vancouver to a stationary shop in Manhattan, Japadog (30 St. Marks Pl, JapaDog.com) has considerably expanded since its inception in 2005. The folks behind it all can hardly be blamed for lack of creativity. One need only look to their meat lovers dog as an example. Or check out Kobe beef topped with caviar for a mere $13! Okra and hot and spicy dogs are easy enough to figure out, but there are also more beguiling
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specialties such as terimayo, oroshi and negimiso. Simple beef, turkey, pork or vegetarian versions are available for the less adventurous. Whichever way you outfit your frank, accompanying sides of fries are tossed about with curry, black pepper or wasabi. If your dogs are barking because of all that Soho shopping, sit at Asiadog (66 Kenmare St, 212-226-8861, AsiadogNYC.com). After choosing a dog stuffed with beef, chicken or veggies, choose from a list of toppings that includes Chinese BBQ pork belly, kimchi, apples or Thai mango relish with cucumber, cilantro and peanuts. They have corn dogs too, with either lemongrass batter and coconut aioli or a kimchi pancake version with spicy dipping sauce. The location varies for the Asiadog Mobile Cart (718-594-3254) but it is most often found at 56th Street and 11th Avenue.
Frankly, the hot dogs at Lucky’s Famous Burgers (264 W 23rd St, 212-242-4900, LuckysFamousBurgers.com) are better than the burgers. Try a straight-up Hebrew National on one of Martin’s potato rolls—or just cut to the chase and go for the infamous bitch otherwise known as a chili cheddar cheese dog with grilled onions and jalapeños. They make pretty good fries and onion rings, too, to be washed down with a chocolate chip cookie shake. Tums or Pepto Bismol are extra. For the hipster factor, there’s Crif Dogs (113 St. Marks Pl, 212-614-2728, CrifDogs.com) in the East Village. The New Yorker is a classic dog, although the Jon-Jon Deragon sounds more like a Manhattanite, with a cream cheese schmear, scallions and everything bagel seeds. Jersey’s finest features ham, mustard, onions and their secret chili sauce. Head east with the tsunami topped with
teriyaki and pineapple, or go south with a spicy redneck wrapped in bacon with chili and coleslaw. There are stoner faves Crif Paks too, one of which is billed as a “biblical combo of indulgence.” However, crawling into Crif Dogs’ infamous phone booth and making a call to enter their illicit speakeasy just beyond might be the best topping of all. There are several locations and incarnations but the Gray’s Papaya (402 Sixth Ave, 212-260-3532) hovering between the Villages is surely the best, perfectly poised for latenight drinking binges. The dogs at Chelsea Papaya (225 Seventh Ave, 212-352-9060) are much the same, but they have a frosty fruit punch like a Slush Puppy that always cools me down and gives a refreshing pause (paws?) on those sweltering summer dog days that at least now I am longing for. And that was my last canine reference. N
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Chef’s Recipe Pichet Ong’s fruity, fluffy dessert at Coppelia is no April
Mango and Lime Fool with Oreo Cookie Crumbs
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Ingredients: 4 mangos, ripe, preferably Champagne variety 2 tsp lime zest 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 tbsp + 1 tsp lime juice ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup crème fraîche 1 tsp vanilla extract 8 pieces of Oreo cookie crumbs 1¾ cups cream, whipped to medium peaks
3. Purée the rest of the mangos with confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, salt and lime juice until smooth. 4. Transfer purée into a bowl. Fold in lime zest and crème fraîche.
5. Reserve ¼ cup whipped cream. Then fold remaining whipped cream into the mango-crème fraîche mixture.
1. Peel and cut mangos into medium size (½“) cubes, reserving about ½ cup of the nicer cubes for garnish.
6. Divide the mixture into four serving glasses, layering with reserved mangos.
2. Crush Oreo cookies into fine crumbs and divide among four serving glasses.
7. Top off with reserved whipped cream, about 1 tablespoon each serving.
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Beto Sutter & John Blair
John Blair & Beto Sutter
By Benjamin Solomon
or being such formative figures in New York’s modern gay nightlife scene, John Blair and Beto Sutter have become rather private people. So it was a surprise, even to them, when the 50-ish couple took the stage earlier this month to get married—in front of friends, family, strangers and TV cameras—by actress Fran Drescher, out to promote the new season of her show, Happily Divorced. “Believe it or not it was to be a private [ceremony] in the back room after the big wedding on the stage,” explains the sweetly jovial Blair. “But it took on a life of its own. In the end we could not have been happier to get to share this with everyone.”
The event took place at XL Nightclub, the three-month-old venue Blair and Sutter helped build in the Out NYC hotel, partly as a continuation of their work at the original XL in Chelsea but also as a kind of crowning achievement as business and life partners. “Working together and living together is very, very hard, especially with two strong personalities,” admits Blair, who met the Brazilian-born Sutter in 1990 after cruising him at Uncle Charlie’s on Greenwich Street. “Working in nightlife had its disadvantages but I guess after 22 years I would have to say our jobs did not make it stronger or harder. [They] made it both!” But the couple admit their union does
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work thanks to their ongoing commitment to each other and their willingness to compromise, without sacrificing either’s individuality. It’s why it made perfect sense in the end to have it at the club, the very symbol of the world they built together. “Up until the ceremony, John and I had never really stopped too long to look back at our lives together,” Sutter shares. “But at that moment, looking at him, the family, the friends, the partners and some of the staff that have been with us for so long and are a major force and support in our life, suddenly the last 22 years just flashed in front of our eyes and I realized that I’m truly one of the most blessed people on earth.” N
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t the Southern tip of the Sunshine State lies Miami, with its pristine beaches, legendary nightlife and hard bodies. But Miami has long been an art, food and culture hub, which is why it has continued to attract the high standards of New York gays. and while the city is the current circuit party capital (hosting no less than three big gay dance events per year), several gay innovators are backing the flash with a uniquely Miamian sense of substance. Just look at Miami’s biggest event. No, it’s not White Party or Winter Party, but the 10-day Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, started by native son and Emmy-winning filmmaker robert rosenberg. “He felt the city needed to not only embrace the social scene, but also the cultural scene,” explains executive director Franc Castro of the festival’s founding. and the MGLFF exemplifies Miamian ideas rippling outward, most evident in one of the city’s more notable new gay brands, Lords Hotel in South Beach. “Staying with us is like staying
In Miami at your wacky friend’s beach house,” says the hotel’s Brian Gorman. While hotels catering to a gay audience are nothing new, Gorman plans to turn the Lords into a chain, taking “Gay Miami” to Los angeles, New York, Las vegas and South america much as Barcelona’s axel Hotels did. Moreover, the properties stand as an architectural declaration of the importance and power of the gay dollar, like the structural version of “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.” as other communities struggle with the questions of how to integrate gays into mainstream america, Miami seems decades ahead. This integration, surmises Cindy Brown of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, stems from how the Miami gay community began. In the late ’80s, scores of HIv+ gay men, facing the fact they were going to die, moved to Miami, threading their way
into various neighborhoods to party their final days away. a gay ghetto did not form because there was no point; everyone was going to be dead in a year. “It’s interesting, the way the
As other communities struggle with the questions of how to integrate gays into mainstream America, Miami seems decades ahead.
dead gay population found themselves very much alive and kicking— and scattered throughout the city, where they began to integrate and contribute to their neighborhoods along as the Cubans, Latin americans and Haitians had done before them. It’s part of why gay life here is still such a calling card and why Miami’s circuit parties thrive while others around the country have withered. according to Brown, the gay community now packs a billion-dollar punch. That is more than just a “niche,” and more than enough to get new ideas rolling. N
community formed,” Brown observes. Drug therapies in the mid ’90s made HIv/aIDS a manageable disease and that party-till-you-drop-
South Beach at dusk
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BY JIMMY IM
LOOKING TO GO WhERE ThE LOCALs GO? WE GOT FOUR GAY MOVERS-AND-SHAKERS TO DIVULGE THEIR REGULAR SPOTS.
West Phillips PHOTOGRAPHER BIGGEsT MIsCONCEPTION ABOuT MIAMI: That it’s all like Miami Beach. Miami and Miami Beach are two very different cities. I think a lot of people come and just experience South Beach, not aware of all the cool things about the real Miami. FAvORITE BuILDING: The Bacardi Building the Jewel Box building behind it (2100 Biscayne Blvd). BEsT hOOKuP/CRuIsING PLACE/sPOT: Do you want easy, drunken tourists or our local welcome wagons? I’m gonna go with Twist (1057 Washington Ave, TwistSoBe.com) after 3am! FAvORITE CLuB NIGhT: Friday nights at Mova Lounge (1625 Michigan Ave, MovaLounge.com).
ORIGINALLY FROM: Charlottesville, Va. YEARs IN MIAMI: Off and on since 2004 FAvORITE BAR: The energy and crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Palace (1200 Ocean Dr, PalaceSouthBeach.com) is a must for anyone visiting South Beach. For something more quiet and relaxed, you can always sit outside of Zeke’s (625 Lincoln Road, 305-672-3118) and enjoy their insane beer selection.
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Hector Jesus Arencibia WORLD LOUNGE RADIO OWNER ORIGINALLY FROM: Miami YEARs IN MIAMI: 35 FAvORITE REsTAuRANT: Versailles Cuban Cuisine (3555 Southwest Eighth St, VersaillesRestaurant.com). To get a glimpse of everyday Cuban American life using all five senses, this is the place to go. Bright lights, mirrors on almost every wall, waitresses dressed in skintight polyester uniforms all commingle with loud conversations, cigar smoke smell and sometimes sticky tables. FAvORITE BAR: Wood Tavern (2531 NW Second Ave, WoodTavernMiami.com). In less than a year Wood Tavern has become a staple bar for Miamians in the know; you get great drinks at cheap prices with no attitude.
FAvORITE COFFEE shOP: Lester’s (2519 Northwest Second Ave, LestersMiami.com). Miami has few authentic coffee shops and Lester’s is one of them. FAvORITE BuILDING: Miami Marine Stadium (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne). It was the first stadium built in the United States to house powerboat racing. The now-defunct stadium requires some light trespassing to get in but once you are you will be overtaken by the majestic energy that still lives there. FAvORITE RETAIL sTORE: Sebastien James (130 NE 40th St #1, SebastienJames.com). The Design District store has killer threads from little known Italian and French designers at fairly reasonable prices. BEsT hOOKuP/CRuIsING PLACE/sPOT: For sweet romantic hook ups hit Hobie Beach (Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne) at night.
Miami Marine Stadium
BY MATTHEW WEXLER
EATING AROuND ThE CLOCK IN ThAT OThER CITY ThAT NEvER sLEEPs. The family-run Front Porch Cafe located in the Z Ocean Hotel (1437 Collins Ave, FrontPorchOceanDrive.com)has been a local favorite for more than 20 years. Pack in your calories for the day with hearty granola pancakes or a breakfast pizza with smoked prosciutto and a fried egg .
Leave the fishnets for Garcia’s Seafood Grille(398 NW North River Dr, GarciasSeafoodGrill.com)which has its own fleet of fishing boats to catch local favorites like grouper, conch and spiny lobster .
Front Porch Cafe
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MYGAYCITY CONT. FROM P.58 Edison Farrow PROMOTER
Old City Hall Miami Beach
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ORIGINALLY FROM: Long Island, NY YEARs IN MIAMI: 17 FAvORITE REsTAuRANT: Tapas y Tintos (448 Espanola Way, TapasYTintos.com) is a fabulous tapas restaurant. You will feel as if you are in another country. BIGGEsT MIsCONCEPTION ABOuT MIAMI: That it is dead here in the summer. Miami is busy year-round. I love the summers here. FAvORITE COFFEE shOP: A la Folie (516 Espanola Way, ALaFolieCafe.com), a great hidden French coffee shop. FAvORITE BuILDING: Old City Hall Miami Beach (1130 Washington Ave). This now has the LGBT Visitor Center, Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Miami Beach Cinematheque inside. FAvORITE RETAIL sTORE: Pink Palm (723 Lincoln Rd, PinkPalm.com) always has fun cards and items that you can’t find anywhere else.
Noel Lanzas CONCIERGE AT RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH ORIGINALLY FROM: Nicaragua YEARs IN MIAMI: 32 FAvORITE BAR: Score (727 Lincoln Rd, ScoreBar.net). Though it opened a decade ago, it continues to attract an attractive, high-profile crowd. FAvORITE REsTAuRANT: Ola (1745 James St, OlaMiami.com) and Osteria del Teatro (1443 Washington Ave, OsteriaDelTeatroMiami.com) are my two favorite Miami restaurants. For contemporary Latin Cuisine, Ola corners the market in quality and scene. Osteria del Teatro features Italian dishes like your grandmother would make. FAvORITE BuILDING: My favorite building is the New World Center (500 17th St, NWS.edu) designed by Frank Gehry. The tremendous structure can be seen for miles and I love that its outdoor area is open to the public. Its Wallcast performances by the New World Symphony can be seen by everyone, making it a local attraction. FAvORITE RETAIL sTORE: Lifestyle boutique Base (939 Lincoln Rd, BaseWorld.com). From a new T-shirt to unique accessories it’s a great place to pick up something exclusive to Miami.
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New World Center
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GILTY PLEASURES MI
BY MATTHEW WEXLER
FIVE CAN’T-MISS MIAMI HOT SPOTS FROM GILT CITY’S LEE SCHRAGER. s Chief Lifestyle Advisor for Gilt City, Lee Schrager knows Miami—and New York as well as just about every other major city around the globe. The out tastemaker (who once owned a dinner club with Mickey Rourke) has put the food-andbeverage industry front and center over the past decade with the creation of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
A private elevator will take you to Juvia (1111 Lincoln Rd, JuviaMiami.com) a penthouse restaurant and lounge with stunning views of the Atlantic and Miami Beach’s famed Art Deco district. HOUSE PARTY
Jean Paul’s House Restaurant and Market (2426 NE Second Ave, JeanPaulsHouse.wordpress.com) is a converted 1930s cottage on the outskirts of Miami’s design district, featuring a global menu with influences from chef Jean Paul Desmaison’s Peruvian homeland.
Head to Sustain (3252 NE First Ave, #107, SustainMiami.com) for Daniel Toral’s everevolving artisan drink menu. If you’re lucky, you can sample his Singapore Sling, inspired by Toral’s two-month scooter tour of Southeast Asia.” GET TAPPED The Forge (432 41st St, TheForge.com) has been a Miami icon since its inception by artisan and blacksmith Dino Phillips in the 1920s. After a tight-lipped renovation in 2010, the venue now showcases custom-designed furniture, Murano glass chandeliers, and an Enomatic wine system offering diners up to 80 wines by the glass. DARK OR WHITE MEAT? Schrager’s guiltiest pleasure of all? Chicken (of the clucking variety). Head to Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill (3252 NE First Ave, SugarCaneRawBarGrill.com) for a whole roasted bird served with truffle potatoes and shitake mushrooms.
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Palace, Ocean Drive’s first and only gay restaurant and bar (PalaceSouthBeach.com) or head to the European-style Van Dyke Café (1200 Ocean Dr, TheVanDykeCafe.com) for half-price happy hour weekdays from 5pm–7pm. Asia de Cuba’s newly revamped group-friendly menu includes sharable cocktails like guava punch and jolt-inducing entrées such as Cuban coffee-crusted rib-eye steak (1100 West Ave, ChinaGrillMgt.com). For a more romantic
destination, snag a table at Escopazzo (1311 Washington Ave, Escopazzo.com) and enjoy an organic Italian feast for two . After a night on the town, La Moon Restaurant (97 SW Eighth St, LaMoonRestaurantMiami.com) serves alcohol-absorbing Columbian comfort food, including their famous Columbian hot dogs. If you’d prefer a Cuban fix, head to David’s Café (1654 Meridian Ave, DavidsCafe.com) for a Cuban sandwich and flan .
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NEW>>> (FRi) CREaM @ Crimson, 915 Broadway (21st St), facebook.com/creamnyc— Mark Nelson, Yusef X and Nathan Williams host. 10pm; $10. (sUN) sOFRiTO NigHT @ Evolve, 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), evolvebarandloungenyc.com— Latin Night w/ go-gos. DJ MK. 9pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission. (wEd) BEaR N BOURBON @ Flamming Saddles, 793 Ninth Ave (53rd St), flamingsaddles.com— Bourbon tasting night w/ Robert Valin and Urban Bear. 8pm–10pm; free. (THU) MiXEd MEssagEs @ Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (First/Second Aves), 212-4774744— DJ Jack Davenport (pop, electro, synth, disco, house). 10pm; free.
ENDING>>> (saT) apRiL FOOLs kETCHUp FaRMER spaRkLE FEsT @ Vlada
ChELsEA BARS>>> aLpHa 169 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), facebook.com/michaelformikajones— (wEd, 1sT) Michael Formika Jones and Patrick Askin host. 8pm–1am. Free.
Mon–Fri. (FRi) Shot specials 9:30pm–close. VJ Fridays, 11pm; free. (saT) Beer and Cosmo Pong, 6pm–9pm. 2-for-1 drinks, 2am–4am. (sUN) Boxers Break. Free pool, 1pm–9pm. $4 domestics and $5 wells all night. (MON) RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party. $5 Stoli drinks. 9pm; free. (TUE) Effen Tuesday. $5 Effen vodka cocktails. 9:30pm–close. (wEd) Margarita Madness. $5 frozen ‘ritas 9:30pm–close. (THU) Absolut Thursday. $5 Absolut drinks. 9:30pm–close.
THE EagLE 554 W 28th St (10th/11th Aves), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Two levels w/roof deck welcome leather lovers, bears and fetish freaks. Tue–Sat 10pm–4am, Sun 5pm–4am. (FRi) DJ Rob spins. (FRi, 3Rd) Pup Night. CB Kirby hosts. (saT) DJ Reed spins. (sUN) Beer Blast $3 domestic drafts, $4 bottles, Jäger/Cuervo shots. On the roofdeck in the warm-weather months. 5pm–midnight; free. (TUE, LasT) Smokin Tuesday. Cigars, pipes and drink specials. 8pm; free. (wEd) Jockstrap Wednesdays with DJ Rob. $3 Jäger shots and Bud. 10pm; free. (THU) Code with DJ Grimes. $4 Bud Lights. Fetish dress required.10pm; free.
EasT OF EigHTH 254 W 23rd St (Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-352-0075, eastofeighthny.com— Cheers-like bar inside the gay-friendly restaurant. No cover. (Happy HOUR) $4 well drinks and draft beer. 4pm–7pm and 10–Midnight.
BaRRaCUda 275 W 22nd St (Eighth Ave) 212-645-8613— This Chelsea mainstay is Eighth Avenue’s gay epicenter, with shows almost nightly. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9pm (FRi) DJ JonJon Battles. 10pm. (saT) Legendary w/DJ Kevin Graves. 10pm. (sUN) Sherry Vine Show. DJ David Serrano. 2-for-1 drinks till midnight. 11pm. (MON) Peppermint w/DJ T-Boy. 11pm. (TUE) ‘Cuda Karaoke w/Marti Gould Cummings. 10pm (wEd) Dallas DuBois w/DJ Scotty Rox. 11:30pm; free. (THU) Star Search with Tina Burner. Guest performances. 11pm; 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. (Happy HOUR) $4 house drinks and $3 domestic beer. 4pm–9pm. (FRi) International Hot Male. Rotating DJs spin for muscley ‘mos. 10pm; free. (saT) Twist’d. Chris Ryan hosts rotating DJs for a night of mayhem and twister. 10pm; cover varies. (sUN) Küte. Frankie Carasquello and Kevin Wiltz w/ rotating DJs, go-gos and drink specials. 8pm–1am; free. (TUE) Boy Box. DJ Cazwell and Bianca DelRio hosting go-gos and amateur strip competition. 10pm; free. (wEd) DiLF. Daddy party guest hosts, daddy go-gos and alternating DJs.10pm. (THU) Pop Life. DJ Justin Dawson. Devin Stone and Mathew Camp host. 10pm; free.
BOXERs 37 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-255-5082; boxersnyc.com— Gay sports bar with brick-oven pizza, elbow room and hot athletic supporters. Mon-Wed 4pm-2am, Thr-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 1pm4am, Sun 1pm-2am. Free. (Happy HOUR) Ten-inch pizza and a Bud $8. 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9:30pm
gyM spORTsBaR 167 Eighth Ave (18th/19th), gymsportsbar.com, 212-3372439— Gay sports bar with two floors of jocks, flatscreens and tasty fare. Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (Happy HOUR) Mon–Fri 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm
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(FRi) $5 Hounddog Sweet Tea Vodka, 9pm. (saT) Skyy Saturdays. $3 Bud, Bud Light bottles and drafts, 1pm–9pm. $6 Skyy vodka, DJ Clive Collins, 9pm. (sUN) Tailgate. DJ Smokey (house), $3 Bud, Bud Light, 1pm–9pm. $3 well drinks, 9pm. (MON) $2.50 PBR, $4 LI Iced Teas, 9pm. (TUE) $4 Coronas and ‘ritas. (wEd) $2.50 Bud and Bud Light botles, 9pm. (THU) DJ Dr. Brooks, $5 Absolut. 9pm.
THE paRk 118 10th Ave (btwn 17th/18th Sts), joshwoodproductions .com— (THU) Jared Needle and Marco Ovando. 10pm; free. RawHidE 212 Eighth Ave (21st St) 212-242-9332— Butch daddies and Marlboro men play in Chelsea’s original dive. Go-gos nightly. 10am–4am daily. No cover.
sTasH 248 W 14th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 646-350-0539— (wEd) Stash Wednesdays. Michael Cohen, Brik Olson and Ryan Raftery host DJ Martial. 10pm–3am. XEs 157 W 24th St (Sixth/Seventh Aves) 212-604-0212, xesnyc.com— Cute Chelsea boys and sporty types chill in 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) Strobe w/DJ Calvin. 2-for-1 well, beer and wine midnight–1am. 9pm. (sUN) Sing Out Sister Karaoke w/Peppermint and DJ Jess Ramsay. 10pm. (MON) Sisters? Variety show w/Frostie Flakes and Kitten Withawhip. $3 beers, free pizza. 10:30pm; free. (TUE) The XES Factor. Singing contest where contestants drink 2-for-1 and compete to win $100 cash. 11pm; free. (wEd) Humpday Karaoke w/host Nicholas Park. 10pm; free. (THU) Electrofu*k w/DJ Jess Ramsay (dance, disco). 9pm. (THU, 1sT) Schmoozin’ and Boozin’. Ab Fab-inspired drag show. Misty Meaner and M’Lady Uppercrust, 9pm.
(saT) Dougie Meyers Saturdays. Circuit DJs on main floor, DJ John Marto (pop) in the lower lounge. Guest performers and go-gos. 10pm–6am; $20. (sUN) Sunday Night Fever (disco classics), 7pm–11pm. Vicious Sundays w/DJ Ian Ford (New Wave, pop), $7 beer blast. 11pm; cover varies. (MON) Musical Mondays w/VJ John Bantay (showtunes and video), 7pm–midnight. (TUE) Krazy Karaoke w/Ginger Snapt. $100 prize (7pm–10pm). Twink Tuesdays w/Alan Picus, Justin Luke and DJ Steven Sidewalk (10pm;$5 before 11pm/ $10 after. 18+). (wEd) Azz Wednesdays. Best-buns contest w/Peppermint (8pm). Ocean by Nathan W, Nathan S and Yamil X. Latin/AfricanAmerican party w/DJs MK and Beyond (hip-hop, house). Go-gos and performances. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$20 general. (THU) Campus Thursdays by Alan Picus and Justin Luke w/DJs John Marto, Vito Fun and Steve Sidewalk (pop). 10pm; free before midnight with invite/$5–$10 general admission.
WEsT vILLAGE BARS>>> BOOTs & saddLE 76 Christopher St (7th Ave/Bleecker), bootsnsaddlenyc.com, 212-633-1986— This old-school Christopher Street mainstay welcomes a casual crowd. Go-gos after 7pm. Noon–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) $3 beer and well drinks 2pm–8pm; $3 Pabst all day.
dEsiRE LOUNgE 45 W 8th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), 646-454-9950, desirebarny.com— At this NYU neighbor, the cocktails as refined as the decor. (Happy HOUR) $6 wells 3pm–11pm.
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. (Happy HOUR) $3 beers, $4 wines and wells 4pm–8pm Mon-Fri (FRi) Mostly Sondheim w/Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron and pianist Brian Nash. 11:30pm; two-drink minimum.
CLUBS>>> THE HaNgaR 115 Christopher St 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.
spLasH 50 W 17th St (Fifth/Sixth) 212-691-0073, splashbar.com— New York’s legendary gay dance club is still going strong. Go-gos nightly. 4pm–4am daily. (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9pm (FRi) The F Word. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission.
(Hudson/Bleecker), 212-627-2044, thehangarbarnyc.com— No-frills bar appealing to bearded blue-jean guys. Mon–Sats 3pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am. Free. (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm– 9pm Mon–Wed and Fri, 3pm–1am Tue, 3pm–10pm Thu. (FRi) DJ Jimmy. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (saT) DJ Gene. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (sUN) DJ Kindbud. Go-go boys 7pm–10pm. $3.50 Buds, $4 vodka and
margaritas. 5–10pm; free. (TUE) DJ Gene (Top 40) 2-for-1 drinks till 1am. (wEd) Squirt. Dj Mondo, go-go boys. 9pm.
JULiUs 159 W 10th St (Waverly Pl), 212243-1928— Come for the friendly locals, stay for the mouthwatering burgers and an eclectic jukebox at New York’s oldest gay bar. 11am–4am daily. (Happy HOUR) 4pm–9pm $3 wells, domestics, wines 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-gos and dancing below. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm– 4am. (Happy HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri, 2pm–9pm Sats (FRi) Union Fridays. DJ Gustavo spins $8; 10pm. (saT) DJ Tony Cruz. $8; 10pm. (sUN) Video Tea Dance (5:30pm). DJ Tony Cruz (10pm). $4.50 Rolling Rock, $5 Heineken, L.I. iced teas. Free before 8pm/$4 general admission. (sUN, MONTHLy) Snaxx. Muscle-bear night w/Derek Scott Graves, DJs Rich King and Gustavo. 5pm–midnight; $5. (MON) Sabor Latino w/Barbara Herr. $4.50 Corona, Cuba Libre. 10pm; $6. (TUE) DJ Michael Wilson spins iconic retro dance hits. $4.50 Rolling Rock, Bud. Free. (wEd) Abducted by the ’80s. DJ Galaxy spins.
$4.50 Bud and Rolling Rock. 10pm; free. (THU) Bassment w/DJs Jools Palmer, Mandy Graves and guest DJs. $4.50 Corona, Bud and Rolling Rock. $5 L.I. Iced Teas. 10pm; free.
9pm. (wEd) Stonewall Sensation. 9pm (THU) Downstairs: Anything Goes karaoke (9pm); Upstairs: Paige Turner’s Playhouse (9pm).
piECEs 8 Christopher St (Gay St/Green-
Ty’s 114 Christopher St
wich Ave), piecesbar.com, 212-9299291— NYU gays rally amid the streamers for live shows and karaoke. 2pm–4am. Free. (Happy HOUR) 2pm–8pm $3 domestics and wells.
ROCkBaR 185 Christopher St (Weehawken/W Side H’way), rockbarnyc.com— Gymbar veterans rock it at the old Ramrod. Mon-Wed 4pm–2am; Thu, Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 1pm–4am; Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (Happy HOUR) 4pm-8pm Mon–Fri. 2for-1 drinks. (FRi, LasT) Underbear. Joe Fiore underwear party for bears. 9pm. (saT) Live bands and $5 Rokk vodka cocktails 9pm-close. (sUN) Rockbear Beer Blast w/DJ Joe Fiore. $3 Bud & Bud Lite, free food (1pm9pm). $5 Rokk vodka (9pm-close). (MON) Stand-Up. Neil "D'Bear" Thornton hosts gay/gay-friendly comics. $5 draft beers. 8pm; free. (TUE) Game Night.$3 Bud/Bud Light drafts. 7:30pm. (wEd) Open Mic. Rudy Lippar hosts singers, musicians, poets, writers. $5 Margaritas. 9pm. (THU) Karaoke w/Jim Colier and DJ Grizz. 8pm.
sTONEwaLL iNN 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl) 212-4882705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Loyal locals and NYU kids populate this landmark watering hole. (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 2pm–8pm (FRi) Upstairs: Karaoke w/Ben & Michael (6pm–10pm), Lesbo-a-GoGo (10pm–4am). Downstairs: Red Light District with guest DJs (9pm). (FRi, MONTHLy) Large Hardon Collider. DJs Damian Cote and Dave Huge. 9pm (sUN) Upstairs: Lavinia Draper Show (8pm) (MON) Bitchy Bingo with Kenny Dash.
(Hudson/Bleecker Sts), 212-741-9641, tysbarnyc.com— Ye olde gay tavern teems with friendly and devoted patrons. Mon– Sun 2pm–4am. Free. (Happy HOUR) $3.50 well drinks, $1 off bottled beer. 1pm–8pm weekdays.
wEsTway 75 Clarkson St (Washington/West Sts), westwaynyc.com— (TUE) Westgay. Frankie Sharp hosts. DJs Lady Miss Kier and Jonjon Battles spin. 9pm. $4.
CLUBS>>> LE pOissON ROUgE 158 Bleecker St (Thompson/Sullivan Sts), 212505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com— (saT) Le Bingo w/Linda Simpson. 7:30pm; free.
EAsT vILLAGE/ LOWER EAsT sIDE BARS>>> THE BOiLER ROOM 86 E Fourth St (First/Second Aves), boilerroomnyc.com, 212-254-7536— Arty hipsters and NYU kids mingle with a hot Internet jukebox and dirt cheap drinks. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 beers and well liquor 4pm–8pm daily. $3.75 house liquor after 10pm.
THE COCk 29 Second Ave (First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com— There is no dish spicier, skankier or sexier than this infamous East Village bird. 11pm–4am daily. THE dELaNCEy 168 Delancey St (btwn Clinton/Attorney Sts), thedelancey .com— (sUN, Bi-wEEkLy) House Sessions.
Monika Stapor and Jordi Zarroca host. DJ Matthew B spins. 5pm–11pm. Free.
EasTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (A/B Aves), 212-777-2555, easternblocnyc.com— This Soviet-themed bar is packed tighter than a sardine can with E-Vill boys looking for strong drinks, kick-ass DJs and hot go-gos. 7pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) $4 well drinks and$3 PBRs 7pm–10pm daily (saT) Smashed and Mashed wi/DJ Michael Formika Jones and $2 tequila shots. 10pm. (sUN) Sunday Social. DJ Executive Realness, $2 champagne. 2:30pm–7pm. (TUE) Spunknik w/DJ Ernie Cote and Bianca Del Rio. Best-body contest and $1 PBR till 11pm. 10pm. (wEd) Good Times with DJ Sparber, $1 vodkas from 11pm-11:30pm. 9pm.
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— A no-attitude E-Vill fave with a killer jukebox and cheap drinks. Have you risen yet? 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) Half-price wells and domestic beers. 4pm-8pm daily.
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. Sun–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri and Sat 5pm–4am. Free.
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Aries (MARCH 21–APRIL 20) If you could go back and fix one big mistake or change a life-altering decision in your past, what would it be and how would you do it? Take advantage of second chances—and don’t blow it!
Taurus (APRIL 21–MAY 21) How many times could you stubbornly repeat the same patterns, and again receive the same standard results? Try a different route and shake things up a little. Your predictability can be a flaw.
Gemini (MAY 22–JUNE 21) Recurring negative habits and not getting around to starting anew are the only things that ever stand in your way. Be daring. You’ll win some and lose some but what matters is that you’ve progressed.
Cancer (JUNE 22–JULY 23) The past is a constant in your world. Yours defines you and gives the stability you need to have confidence. Don’t mistake nostalgia for real life; a confusing moment can give you the slip if you’re not aware.
Leo (JULY 24–AUGUST 23) Running away from the road left behind denies not only the bad memories but also the good ones. The lessons learned make you who you are today; do your best to accept the past and relish the present.
Virgo (AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 23)
Removing the less-than-desirable moments of your life or editing experiences to receive a better public appearance will impress only you. Flaws and mistakes can connect people; try it and see.
Libra (SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 23) If reminiscing or rummaging through the past uncovers a few good ideas you discarded for newer ones, you may actually have what works now. Ideas ferment like good wine, so pop open a few. Now’s the time!
Scorpio (OCTOBER 24–NOVEMBER 22) Go deep into your past lives and discover who you were and what challenges you’ve faced. Are you still facing them now? If so you’ll notice a familiar pattern in friends, lovers and actions. The rest is up to you .
Sagittarius (NOVEMBER 23 –DECEMBER 22)
If given the chance, would you change your major, your career route or where you chose to live? The grass may always seem greener, even with lovers. Take time to appreciate what you have. It’s not bad.
Capricorn (DECEMBER 23 –JANUARY 20) Think about some of things that fly out of your mouth and how these words come across and whether they could be offensive. If you could take back just one, do so and set the past free.
Aquarius (JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 19) What if you stayed single? What if you stayed committed? What if you pursued that dream? What if you chose stability? The choice is always yours, and having choice is the higher power.
Pisces (FEBRUARY 20–MARCH 20) Catch up with family, old friends and lovers who left on good terms, then let go and find complacency here and now. Studies, exercise routines and travel you’ve put off are prime for exploring at this moment. © 2012 James Jacob Pierri. All rights reserved. For entertainment purposes only. Visit AusetGypsy.com for more astrological interpretations and private consultations.
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PARTIES FLATIRON Clubs>>> CRiMsON 915 Broadway (@ 21st St), 212-505-2192, crimsonclub.com— (FRi) Cream. Mark Nelson, Yusef X and Nathan Williams host rotating DJs. 10pm; $10.
TRIBECA/sOhO CLUBS>>> REMiX 27 Park Pl (B’Way/Church), 212-267-5252— (saT) Mission Saturdays. Ren Farmer hosts black/Latin night. 11pm; $5. wip 34 Vandam St (Sixth Ave/Varick St), 212-807-7000— (sUN) Blind Tiger by Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny. Guest DJs and open bar till 10:30pm. (TUE) Dropout. Lyle Derek hosts weekly guest DJs. 10pm; $10. gREENHOUsE 150 Varick St (Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com, 212-8077000— (sUN) Vandam by Susanne Bartsch, Kenny Kenny. Guest DJs, performers, open vodka bar till 11pm. 10pm; free.
hELL’s KICThEN/ MIDTOWN WEsT BARS>>> 9TH aVENUE saLOON 656 Ninth Ave (45th/46th Sts) 212-307-1503; 9thavesaloon.com— Hell’s Kitchen’s decades-old gay dive welcomes all comers. 11am–4am Mon–Sat; Noon–4am Sun. 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. Noon–4am daily. Free.
(Happy HOUR) Drink specials Noon– 9pm, 30% Sushi Special discount Midnight till 2 am every day. Lunch Sushi special Mon–Fri, $9.95 for two rolls (select two fillings and one topping) plus miso soup or salad and Mochi ice cream. (FRi) Ladies Night. DJ Steven Cirino spins, 6pm. (saT) Weekend Party. Pre-Theater dinner special till 8pm. DJ Crystal spins, 9pm. (sUN) All day happy hour with Broadway music. (MON) Sushi and Sake Pairing, $18.95 per person, 6pm. (TUE) $5 Mojitos all night. DJ Claymation spins, 6pm. (wEd) $5 Margaritas all night. DJ Claymation spins, 6pm. (THU) $5 Frozen Cosmos. DJ OGI spins (6pm).
BaRRagE 401 W 47th St (Ninth/10th Aves), 212-586-9390— Drawn by the late-night 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, bar-tiniultralounge.com— A chic martini lounge with nightly shows on the west side of Hell’s Kitchen. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) Half-price drinks 4–8pm. (FRi) Flirt Fridays w/ DJ Steven Paul and host Ebonee Excell. 10pm. (saT) Squirt. DJ Danni Echi (pop) and host Ebonee Excel. 10pm. (MON) The Shequida Show. Co-hosted by Bootsie. $5 Margaritas. DJ Scotty Rox.11:30pm; free. (TUE) Beat That Face . Dragster Holly Dae hosts a drag contest.10:30pm; free. (wEd) Boy-Tini. Go-gos. 10pm; free. (THU) The Shequida Show. 10pm; free.
FaiRyTaiL LOUNgE 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge— Hell’s Kitchens newest bar nestles up to 10th Ave to bring gay fantasies to life.
FLaMiNg saddLEs 793 Ninth Ave (@ 53rd St), flamingsaddles.com— Hell’s Kitchens newest cowboy-themed gay wateringhole with boot scootin’ bartop dancers. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat and Sun 2pm–4am. (Happy HOUR) 4pm–8pm, midnight–1am daily. (wEd) Bear N Bourbon. Bourbon tasting night w/ Robert Valin and Urban Bear. 8pm–10pm; free. iNdUsTRy 355 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 646-476-2747, industry-bar.com— The powerhouses behind Barracuda bring the party to this fabulous and spacious space in Hell’s Kitchen. Free (Happy HOUR) 2-for-1 4pm–9pm daily (FRi) DJ Scott Jones. (saT) Rotating DJs. (sUN) DJ Napoli (MON) Diva w/Marty Thomas, Kelly King, and Broadway guests. 11pm; free. (TUE) The Sweet Spot. Kevin Graves hosts weekly live performances. 10pm. (wEd) DJ Steven Paul. (THU) Queen w/Shequida, Dallas DuBois, DJ David Serrano. 10pm. pOsH 405 W 51st St (Ninth Ave), 212957-2222, poshbarnyc.com— This popular neighborhood hang keeps it simple with cheap booze, a smoking patio, friendly staff and cute boys. 4pm–4am daily. Always free. (Happy HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm– 9pm daily (FRi) Frisky Friday’s w/ DJ Claymation (Pop and top 40) at 9pm. (saT) Sexy Saturday’s w/ DJ Claymation at 9pm. (sUN) $3.00 Rolling Rock all night. Sassy Sunday’s The Remix T-dance w/ DJ Jroc at 9pm. Free pizza at 10pm. (MON) $3.00 draft beers all night. Madness of Monday’s w/ Gusty Winds and DJ Javier at 9pm. Free pizza at 11pm. (TUE) Tranimal Tuesdays. $5.00 Posh Martinis all night. DJ Jroc (Pop & Top40) at 9pm. (wEd) $5.00 Cosmos and Margaritas all night. Wacky Wednesdays with Tacky Trivia and DJ Charles at 9pm. Alfe and Duff host
giveaways. Free 123 BurgerShot Beer sliders at 10pm. (THU) $3.00 Coronas all night. Twisted Thursdays w/ DJ Javier (Top 40/Rock) at 9pm. Free 123 Burger Shot Beer sliders at 10pm.
THE RiTz 369 W 46th St (Ninth Ave), 212-333-4177— Hell’s Kitchen ’mos put on the ritz daily on the upstairs lounge, outdoor deck and big back-room dance floor. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4–9pm Mon–Sat, all day Sunday. (FRi) Flex by Chris Ryan. DJ Xavier (dance, pop) spins. Free drink if you show the muscle of the week, plus $1 shots. Upstairs: DJ John Marto. 10pm. (saT) DJ JonJon Battles and Xavier w/ Sasha Seven. 10pm (sUN) Untucked & Uncensored w/Marti Gould Cummings and Broadway guests, $3 beers $4 well drinks. 9:30pm; free. (MON) Bianca del Rio and DJ Xavier (midnight). (wEd) Nympho Disco. Chris Ryan presents DJ JonJon Battles (‘80s, ‘90s). $4 Sex On the Beach and vodka crans. 10pm. THERapy 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Two chic levels packed with midtown professionals and nightly shows. 5pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) 5pm-8pm, 2-for-1 wells and drafts. (FRi) PartT with DJ T Boy. $8 vodka and Red Bull. 9pm, free. (saT) Gays Gone Wild. DJ Scott Jones. 10pm. (sUN) Electroshock Therapy Comedy Hour with Brad Loekle. $7 cosmos. 10pm. (TUE) Broadway Brouhaha w/Felitia Finleyand guest performers. $7 Ketel One cocktails. 11pm. (wEd) Cattle Call. Talent contest with Peppermint and DJ Corey Tut. $7 Stoli. 11pm. (THU) So You Think You Can Go-Go? Lavinia Draper hosts. $4 drafts. 11pm. VLada 331 W 51st St (Eighth/ Ninth), 212-974-8030, vladabar.com— Two floors of sleek sophistication, gay nonsense, 20
house infused vodkas and New York’s only ice bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (Happy HOUR) 4pm–8pm Mon–Fri, half-priced drinks.
9pm–2am; $10. (wEd) Adonis Lounge. M4M strip show. 7pm–1am; $10.
Lips 227 E 56th St (Second/Third Ave), XL NigHTCLUB 512 W 42th St (10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com— The Roxy’s John Blair and Club 57’s FornabaioVoss bring the gay mega-club back to New York via 42nd Street. Inside the Out NYC hotel. (FRi) Rockit by FornabaioVoss w/rotating DJs and open bar till 11pm. 10pm; $10 XL members/$15 general admission. (saT) JB Saturdays. John Blair hosts. Rotating DJs spin classic house. 10pm; cover varies. (sUN) Christina Visca’s Classic Tea. DJs Robbie Leslie, Warren Cluck and Billy Carroll. 5pm–10pm. (sUN) D3tour. P3ligro. Latin night. DJs MixNYC and Danny Nunez. 10pm. (MON) Twisted Cabaret. Broadway performances. Show at 9pm. (TUE) Play Hard. Nathan Kelly and City Alliance Productions. Sherry Vine hosts. DJ Johnny Dynell. 10pm. (wEd) Hot Mess. Lady Bunny and Bianca del Rio perform. Show at 9pm. (THU) 42nd. Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny host. 10pm.
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. (TUE) Dragalicious w/Mimi Imfurst, Blackie O and All Beef Patty. 7pm. (sUN) Broadway Brunch. Ginger Snap hosts drag performances. Noon–4pm; free (plus $19.95 food/beverage min).
CLUBS>>> EsCUELiTa 301 W 39th St (Eighth Ave), 212-631-0558, enyclub.com— Papis show their oro at this legendary Latino hang.
MIDTOWN EAsT BARS>>> EVOLVE 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), evolvebarandloungenyc.com, 212355-3395— A relaxed loungy haunt for Midtown homos and friends. Free. (Happy HOUR) $5 wells, beers, $6 wines, $7 ’ritas and cosmos. Sun–Wed 4pm–8pm, Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri, Sat 4pm–10pm. (saT) Adonis After Dark. M4M strip show.
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BIGGER THAN MY BODY Franco Ferrari in Auditions 44
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MANUEL: Colin Black, Sean Xavier and Rafael Carreras? Hung for Hung has my name written all over it. You’ll love it too— or my name isn’t Hung. ROD: This cast is amazing, but there’s too much talking for me. I wanted to tell young, blond Alex Andrews, “Put Sean Xavier’s giant black cock in your mouth already!” You can skip the interviews, but you won’t learn that Xavier is working on his Ph.D. (I prefer him working on Andrews’ ass). Hearing how top man Xavier made Andrews moan and groan, I never expected Xavier to bottom, too! MANUEL: Who needs a Ph.D. when you have a Master’s in Auto-Fellatio? (And that’s
no B.S.!) Even if Xavier can give himself a BJ, I’ll still gladly help him cram for his Orals. ROD: Colin Black and Dominic Pacifico provided more interracial action. My ending was happy enough when Pacifico offered his end to Black, but when he flipped Black and gave it back, it was, “Oh, happy day!” There’s also big-dicked sweetheart Valentin Petrov, who looks great with Edin Sol. I met Petrov at Winter Party, and he looks even better in person. MANUEL: Hung for Hung’s nicest surprise was Franco Ferrari. This Brazil-born star-inthe-making is aptly named: he’s classy, stylish, sexy, luxurious—and once you lay eyes him, you’ll want to get inside and drive. Lucas himself takes the first spin in Ferrari, preparing his newest exclusive for the many Grand Pricks to come.
LIKE THE FIRST TIME Max Chevalier in Newcummers
Newcummers (Lucas, 1-888-562-9125, LucasEntertainment.com) ade in on a guy with a hunger for fame, and a dick and an ass to remember…”
MANUEL: Maybe I watch too much Smash, but these 10 newcummers are like adult entertainment’s versions of starry-eyed Broadway hopefuls, each secretly singing “Let me be your porn star!” Well, kids, my casting couch is open for business, and I have a big part for you. ROD: For me, the real star of Newcummers is big, beefy, smooth muscle hunk Max Chevalier. His physique, his cock, his tats and his ass are just what I want in a porn star—and just what I want in me right now. “God, I hope I get it!” MANUEL: Rod, opinions are like assholes: everyone has one, but some
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