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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE

2012SUMMER YEARBOOK


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The Week in Photos Commentary: Is a gay domain name really good for business? Gay DD My Gay City: House of Yes Getting Personal with Rufskin’s newest designer Rodiney Santiago. Shot in the Dark

The Right Track Wedding Reel Love Curtain Up Eats What’s Cookin’ Double Take

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15 2012 SUMMER YEARBOOK But we were impressed! Reflecting on the friends made and the memories shared during the summer of 2012: 16 We fiercely debated about which would be the Song of the Summer. 17 All gay men finally learned how to kiki. 18 Sip N’ Twirl rose from the ashes and inspired an entire community. 20 Marriage Equality in New York celebrated one year.

Calendar of Events Nightlife: Labor Day parties for whatever mood you’re in. A/V Club: Who really deserves to win—and who is already a winner—at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Bars + Clubs Map Nightlife: Not only is Sugarland not closing, but its owners are expanding with two new Williamsburg gay haunts. D.I.Y.: Rocker and DJ Bob Mould teaches us how to land hot scruff at his party Blowoff. Beach Patrol: Miss Fire Island and the straight people that love it. D.I.Y.: Daniel Nardicio on how to embrace your manhood for this year’s Mr. Nude Belvedere contest.

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Fire Island Ferry Schedules Business Guide

ON THE COVER ANd ON THIS pAGE: Bianca del Rio as Evita’s Eva Peron shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Photo assistants Justen Kilmer, Katrina Newman, Rob Harmon and Elle Estanol. PUBLISHER DAVID MOYAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF BENJAMIN SOLOMON ART DIRECTOR CHARLIE PIAZZA

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FRANK CONWAY, MARC CUENCO, WIL FISHER, DUSTIN FITZHARRIS, JAMESON FITZPATRICK, DAN HECHING, DAVID HURST, JEFF KAGAN, JUSTIN LOCKWOOD, PAUL MATSUMOTO, KEVIN NOVINSKI, JORDAN RUBENSTEIN, BRIAN SLOAN

SENIOR EDITOR ALEX ERIKSON ASSOCIATE EDITOR WILL PULOS COPY EDITOR JENNIFER CHAFE EDITOR AT LARGE JOHN RUSSELL DINING EDITOR PETER SHERWOOD MUSIC EDITOR KEO NOZARI STAFF WRITER LAWRENCE FERBER

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Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY LAWRENCE FERBER

that’s so .Gay EQUALITY HAS THRIVED IN THE DIGITAL AGE. BUT WILL A NEW INTERNET DOMAIN BE ACCEPTED INTO THE WORLD WIDE WEB?

hose of us getting weary of the battle for federal marriage equality can turn to the Internet for a battle that’s brewing a bit more quietly, albeit globally: domain name equality. If Scott Seitz, CEO of dotGay LLC, has his way, we will soon see a “.gay” domain joining the ranks of .com, .org, .net and country-specific extensions like .nz, .ca and .dk. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which approves and doles out these extensions, is opening the floodgates to many new generic toplevel domain (gTLD) names. Their application process runs until late September. “We’re getting ready to see the Internet reborn again in a very different way,” Seitz told CNET during a February 2011 interview. Seitz is CEO and founder of the LGBT-geared, GLAAD-Awardwinning SPI Marketing, which boasts past and present clients like Absolut Vodka, American Airlines and RuPaul’s Drag Race. “I got involved [with the dot-gay initiative] because I saw what the opportunity was for the gay community. Dot-gay will be a venue for enhancing our ability to interact with each other as a community.” Indeed, Seitz’s plan for the .gay domain—there are a handful of other entities also competing for it—will be gay-run and also benefit and empower our com-

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CAMPUS THURSDAYS @ SPLASH Kathy Griffin (left, with party promoter Dougie Meyer) stops by the Chelsea club to promote the dance remixes of her new song, “I’ll Say It”, the theme song for her weekly Bravo talk show.


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Overheard:

“I’m getting to have a pure artistic experience. I’m on fire. It’s thrilling.” —Michelle Clunie at the first season iTunes release party for In Between Men

THAT’S SO .GAY coNt.

munity by funneling 67% of its profits to gay organizations and causes. Applicants for a .gay address would have to be approved by dotGay LLC, which would help to filter out fundamentalist organizations, companies or persons that would use it for antigay sabotage (proactively, Seitz is already looking into how to cope with lawsuits when denying a .gay URL address). Ed Salvato, editor-in-chief of the new iPad-native gay men’s travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, sees great value in the

“It’s like flying a rainbow flag digitally...for a business that wanted to get attention quickly in the LGBT world.” existence of a .gay domain. “It’s like flying a rainbow flag digitally,” he says. “For a business that wanted to get attention quickly in the LGBT world, it would be a great tool in their toolbox.” Ditto for Trevor Sage of Prague-based tour company Prague4Gay.com, who adds that they would happily purchase a .gay domain “if dotGay LLC are successful in their application. [With their plans and 67% profit contributions], the worldwide LGBT community will benefit from it.” Seitz currently owns 90% of dotGay LLC, which has to pony up $185,000 for ICANN’s registration fee. However, other barriers stand in the way of a .gay extension, including our own government’s possible objection and attempted blockage of the development if it deems it offensive. A couple of weeks ago, Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) voiced its opposition to a .gay and nu-

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

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Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? HaveSnookiandSnoopDogfledRussiatoavoid PrinceHarry’snakedphotoscandal?Readon…

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Last week, GRINdR officially endorsed President Obama’s reelection campaign and announced plans to use its Grindr for Equality initiative to support gay rights during the election. And you thought it was just a hookup app!

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Researchers at the London School of Economics have found that people with higher IQs stay up and sleep in later. Think about that the next time you find yourself at The Cock at 3am.

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So our girl SNOOKI had a baby boy last week. The placenta hasn’t even cooled yet and we’re already having visions of the reality TV potential when little Lorenzo Dominic

comes out as a fierce little baby gay in 12 years!

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Members of the feminist punk performance troupe Pussy Riot have fled Russia to avoid imprisonment.

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NBC’S Salt Lake City affiliate has opted not to air the peacock’s new homoheavy sitcom, The New Normal.

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The results of a survey released by Logo TV last week found that by and large, LGBT voters prioritize the same issues as the general voting population.

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pRINCE HARRY’S naked Las Vegas romp apparently didn’t sit well with his new girlfriend. Word is a humiliated Cressinda Bonas has dumped him.

SNOOp dOG —or, we mean, Snoop Lion— thinks the world of hiphop is ready to embrace an openly gay rapper.

The National Organization for Marriage is using the shooting of a Family Research Council security guard to raise funds. “We’re not going to let gay activists get away with attempted murder,” said a fundraising email last week.

merous other domains as well, including .vodka and .baby. And what about the problems or dangers those who would access such addresses might face? Plenty of gay websites, from political and support to entertainment and news, are already blocked or inaccessible due to “objectionable” queer content in some countries. Heck, even in the land of the free you can’t access websites like Queerty.com on Amtrak’s free wi-fi because someone

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boss behind some of 10 mob New York’s original gay bars,

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died last week at the age of 92.

complained that it offended them. For now, the biggest question mark is just how many of us are hungry for a .gay address. Salvato admits that he isn’t sure whether ManAboutWorld would add a .gay URL if available. “We may not run out and purchase that URL,” he says. “We didn’t use the word ‘gay’ in our magazine name—it feels as though we are more integrated. So I don’t think we would find it hugely necessary for our own needs. But should it be an option? Absolutely.” N


Role Play:

Patti Lupone super-fan Ben Rimalower’s top five Lupone performances (all available on YouTube): Blow Gabriel Blow Anything Goes

The Worst Pies In London Sweeney Todd

Being Alive Company

Rainbow High Evita

Meadowlark The Baker’s Wife

BUFFY MUSICAL SING-ALONG AND TRIVIA @ VLADA Ruby Roo, Mocha Lite, Alotta McGriddles, Misty Meaner and “Spike” relax outside after performing numbers from the classic Buffy The Vampire Slayer musical episode, “Once More With Feeling.”The show was part of a Buffycentric event hosted by Gay Geeks of New York.

WESTGAY @ WESTWAY Promoter Frankie Sharp poses with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Willam Belli, who swung by the weekly party for a special performance. WDWD? AUGUST 31, 2012 9

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JAY BRANNAN @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM Hearthrob singer-songwriter performs an acoustic number during the closing concert of his Rob Me Blind tour. Jeff LeBlanc opened for Brannan earlier in the evening.


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Comment of the Week:

“That was a great article. I learned so much history of our NYC clubs. We need more articles written like that to keep history going.” —Frank Savage via Facebook on our Nightlife Hall of Fame feature

>>> MY GAY CITY HOUSE OF YES “HOUSE OF YES (342 Maujer St, HouseOfYes.org) fulfills my underground NewYork fantasy where artistsofallsortsofmediums,backgroundsandsexualorientationsplay,trainandcreateunderoneroof. It’s literally our own Brooklyn version of Moulin Rouge.IdirectedandproducedaSuperheroParty ShowcalledGravitythereinJune.Thisimmersive theater experience featured aerial performance, somefirethrowingandaliveVJandDJ.Wecouldn’t have done this show anywhere else‘cause when othertheaterspacessayno,HouseofYessays‘Hell Yes!’.IliketogotodancepartiestherelikeMisterSaturdayNight,andrecentlywoundupatamermaid party where I got a wild ride on a rickshaw and watchedtwocircusperformerseatfireoffeachother. Thespace,whichI’mtoldusedtobeameat locker,featuresa30-foot-tallboxwithnineaerial pointsforperformanceandtraining,plustwocostumestudios,amusic-recordingstudioandavideoeditingstudio.ThecraziestthingI’veseentherewas ataDanielNardiciopartywhereIwatchedaperformersuckhisowndick.Theaerial/burlesqueperformerswhorunthespaceputonamagicalmonthly varietyshowthatwillblowyourmindandinvigorateyoursoul.”—Paul Leopold, 24, theater director residing in Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Overheard:

“I like Djokovic. I like his game in more ways than one…” —Joey, an attendee at last week’s Next Night Out: A Toast To NY’s Gay Sports Leagues at Boxers on the defending US Open champion

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THE BRAZILIAN MODEL WHO rose to fame as a cast member on Logo’s The A-List: New York, is offering up more than just a hot body these days. He recently collaborated with Rufskin on a line of Brazil-inspired sungas and tank tops that embody the flaunty style he was known for during his time as a reality star. “The tank tops were designed to show off your arms and shoulders with a roomy razorback design,”explains Rodiney.“And unlike in the U.S. or even Europe, the sunga is a statement of masculinity. I could get even more descriptive on how to ‘advertise’ your junk but it only takes a quick glance at how I am wearing them in the photos [to] see what I am talking about.” Doesn’t look like false advertising to us! The limited-edition collection, Ruf-Rod, is currently available on Rufskin.com.

CHOOSE ONE: CARDIO

Running

Swimming

Biking

Climbing

Now that I am living in San Diego for the summer, I have discovered surfing, which hits a lot of the cardio activities all in one. I also enjoy hiking the canyons of San Diego and you can still see me on the boardwalk using my Kango boots. IfyoucouldchangeonethingaboutNewYork,what woulditbe?I just wish that the people of New York would have less stress and be happy. FavoriteplaceinBrazil?Ipanema Beach

CHOOSE ONE: SUMMER SHOES

Loafers

Boat Shoes

Havaianas!

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Sandals

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Espadrilles

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? French fries dipped in ice cream

Who’syourfavoritedesigner?Even though I am living the States, I still mix my wardrobe with brands from Brazil and the U.S. but I don’t have one particular favorite. Whatdidyouwanttobewhenyougrew up?When I was a kid I wanted to be a physical therapist and an actor but now I am just going to see what life brings me. Ifyoucouldperformwithanyonelivingor dead,whowoulditbe? Ricky Martin. Not sure I would want to perform with him but maybe “date” him. He has a great personality. What’sinyourfridge?I had to buy some pao de queijo [cheese bread] that reminds me of home but other than that I have a lot of nutritious foods. Ifyourapartmentwereonfire,what wouldyousave?My computer and its entire hard drive.


What’s Your Number?

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the age at which Buffy lost her virginity to Angel

At Gay Geeks of New York’s Buffy Sing-Along, one question stumped the crowd:

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the number of guys Buffy slept with

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the hostile number assigned to Spike after being captured by the Initiative

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GLITTER BALL @ NEW WORLD STAGES Alexa Green, Kelly King, Marissa Rosen and birthday boy Marty Thomas sparkle during this Broadway star-studded party for Thomas and Aubrey Mae Davis at New World Stages. Orfeh, The Glamazons, Kitty Hiccups, Russell Fischer and Ryann Redmond also performed later in the evening.

ROCKIT @ XL NIGHTCLUB Out rapper LE1F performs his viral hit “Wut” during Frankie Sharp and Lady Bunny’s Kiki Lounge party within Rockit. AUGUST 31, 2012 13

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DIAMOND RINGS @ LE BARON Candian singer John O'Regan performs during his intimate Chinatown showcase. The event helped build buzz around his upcoming album Free Dimensional


Ehmagawd, LErbEr dEy! TimE TO CELEbraTE ThE big OL’ gay SummEr ThaT waS, iN aLL iTS dark kNighT, CELEbriTy-divOrCE, kikiiNduCiNg gLOry.

s we go on, remember all the times we had together. Because the summer of 2012 gave us plenty to remember. Tragedy struck in the most unlikeliest places—from movies theaters to Fire Island to Tom Cruise’s marriage—but joy also abounded in many strange and wonderful ways, like huge scientific discoveries, gold medals and the hope that a cute gay boy might call us, maybe. So as autumn looms, let us look back at our lives during these last few hot and sweaty months and relive the highs and lows together. Because, even as our lives change, we and summer of 2012 will certainly stay friends forever.

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2012 Summer Yearbook

Top of the Class:

SONGS OF THE SUMMER BY KEO NOZARI

MUSIC EDITOR KEO NOZARI ON THE PROS AND CONS OF THIS SUMMER’S MOST POPULAR GAY ANTHEMS.

“LET’S HAVE A KIKI” SCISSOR SISTERS

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PrOS: A gorgeous slice of New York nostalgia dipping into 1990s ballroom culture for inspiration. This runner-up was undoubtedly thegay summer soundtrack song, a perfect combo of revelatory and celebratory. CONS: An expression that’s been kicking around New York for decades, it found a lot of people tardy for the party (see opposite). Madonna is pissed she didn’t think of this in 1990 as a sequel to “Vogue”!

“SOMEBOdY THAT I USEd TO KNOW” GOTYE

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PrO: Following last year’s trend of sadsong-as-summer-song (Adele’s“Rolling in the Deep”), it was the unexpected and refreshing breakout, breakup song of not just the summer, but the entire calendar year. CON:Depressing as fuck, it caused people to cry their eyes out at the beach, over-salting their margaritas.

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“CALL ME MAYBE” CARLY RAE JEpSEN

THERE WAS NO “maybe” aboutit:26-year-old carlyRaeJepsenhadwithoutquestionthesong ofthesummer.ItspentthemostweeksatNo. 1ontheBillboardHot100ofanysongsofarthisyear(ten weeksatpresstime)andsoldmorethan7milliondigital copies(makingitoneofthebest-sellingdigitalsongs ever).Butwhat’smoreimpressiveishowviralthesong became,spawningcountlessonlineparodies, fromthe uSAolympicSwimTeam(includingMichaelPhelpsand RyanLochte)toSesameStreettoJamesFrancotoKaty Perry.Plus,thesong’svideo—whereJepsenoffersasurprisetwist:theguyshewantstocallherendsupbeing gay—undoubtedlyaddedtohergayfan base. PrOS: unabashedlyjoyfulandplayful,it’spurepop escapismatitsbest! CONS: DJswholovedarkersoundswerecallingnever. Becametheunintendedcallingcardforgirlswithlow self-esteem.callmemaybe?Nobitch,callmenow!

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“WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIfUL” ONE dIRECTION

PrO: Boy bands are back with these cute London lads leading the way. CON: Boy bands are back.

“TITANIUM” dAVId GUETTA fEAT. SIA

PrO: Former Song-of-Summer champ with “When Love Takes Over,” Guetta proves to be indestructible. CON: Seriously, we find it disconcerting that Sia— who is the featured vocalist here—didn’t appear in this video or the video for her other summer hit,“Wild Ones” with Flo Rida. Was this her choice or was the 36-yearold bisexual shut out by record companies being ageist, homophobic and obsessed with bikini-clad bods?

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“STARSHIp” NICKI MINAJ PrO: Certified triple platinum, it’s Minaj’s second solo Top 10 single (after “Super Bass”).

CON: A video so awful, all copies need to be rounded up and blasted into the deep reaches of space!

“WE ARE YOUNG” fUN.

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PrO:Exuberant Brooklyn-based band’s ode to youth, joy and setting the world on fire. CON: Unintended young arsonists’ marching music.

“pAYpHONE” MAROON 5

PrO: Catchy melody and Adam Levine’s renewed visibility as a sex symbol had fans calling him (not maybe). CON: In a 2012 word of cellphones, the concept of a payphone feels crazy-dated. Get off that payphone, Adam; it’s covered in germs!

“WIdE AWAKE” KATY pERRY

PrO: Buoyed by her 3D movie Part of Me, this makes three summers in a row Perry has coaxed a smash from her mega album, Teenage Dream. CON: All that 3D tittie action left us a little too wide awake.

“TIMEBOMB” KYLIE MINOGUE

PrO: Became Minogue’s ninth No. 1 on the Billboard dance chart and proved her as explosive a pop vixen as ever. CON: We have to wait until next year for her new album? N

HONORABLE MENTIONS: • “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna • “Dance Again,” Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull • “Lights,” Ellie Goulding • Usher with “Scream” and as featured on David Guetta’s “Without You.”


2012 Superlatives fILM CLUB Heard Before Seen: The Hulk in The Avengers

Most Likely to Make You Go to the Movies: The Dark Knight Rises Best Ice Queen: Charlize Theron, in Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus

Best Reason to Rewatch You’ve Got Mail: The passing of Nora Ephron

SCIENCE CLUB

Most Popular

NEW GAY PHRASE (

Most Likely to Make Us pay Attention in Science Class: Season Five of

BY ALEX ERIKSON

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LET’S HAVE A KIKI? WE CERTAINLY DID. BUT THE WORD AT THE CENTER OF THIS SUMMER’S MOST UBIQUITOUS PHRASE HAS A MUCH DEEPER LEGACY. ummer 2012 fostered two phrases that swept across New York like a gaggle of giggling girls in town for some cheerleader competition no one’s heard of. One is the oft-lipdubbed “Call Me Maybe.”The other is the Ana Matronic-inspired accidental hit “Let’s Have a Kiki.” The catchiness of the track is undeniable, and despite the fact that at the time it hadn’t been released as a single, the song got its proverbial grooves worn off by practically every queen this side of the Hudson River. But are we really so quick to forget the AfricanAmerican roots from whence the phrase “kiki” came? We may not even be spelling it correctly. “Honestly, we would spell the word ‘kee-kee’ or just would say ‘kee,’” explains longtime ball leader Kevin Ultra Omni. According to Ana Matronic’s lyrics, “A kiki is a party for calming all your nerves” etc, etc. But that might be inaccurate as well. “It was used as an adjective to describe someone that made you laugh at their performance, or laugh at their walk or something they did that you could get a chuckle,” Omni clarifies. “When Ana Matronic sings ‘A kiki is a party for calming all your nerves,’ she is just song writing,” says DJ Johnny Dynell, who has been a member of the House of Xtravaganza since the mid-’80s. “It’s not to

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be taken literally. A kiki is basically a giggle. You can giggle [or] kiki with someone or have a giggle [or] kiki with someone,” he explains. “The first time I heard kiki was in 1987…Even though I had never heard the word I assumed it meant party and have fun,” notes author Charles Rice-González. And really, does it matter what the exact definition of a slang term is anyway? What seems more noteworthy is that an entire generation of gays is suddenly learning the term “kiki” without knowing the rich history of ball culture that comes with it. “I would really hate the Scissor Sisters if I didn’t know them and know that they were not exploiting the ball house scene like other pop stars have done,” says Dynell. “It was used by the pioneer icons such as myself, Dorian Corey, Avis Pendavis, Paris Dupree, Richard Ebony, Michael Princess and Michael Dupree,” recalls Ultra Omni. Even so, says González, who remembers some of the ball scene’s distaste for Madonna’s 1990 sampling of ball culture in “Vogue,” better that people have an entryway into the scene than nothing at all. DJ Susan Morabito agrees, “It’s fun, light and harmless so yay for its popularity.” Meanwhile, Ultra Omni takes a decidedly Zen view of the whole thing: “Like all the other trends, kiki has been around.” N

Breaking Bad, which taught us chemistry can fix every problem.

Gayest NASA Robot: Curiosity, the mars rover

Most Significant Science Event That people Mistake for a Character in a Harry potter Novel: Discovery of Higgs Boson

Most Likely to Send Lesbians into Space: The outing of Sally Ride in her obituary

Heard before Meme: Ehmagawd!

TV pROdUCTION Bloodiest Buzzkill: Chris Meloni’s Roman on True Blood

Gay Reality Star Who Looks Most Like Heather Thompson from Real Housewives of New York: Wil from Big Brother

dANCE COMMITTEE Best Celebrity pride Appearance: Kylie Minogue at Day Party

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2012 Summer Yearbook

Most Likely

TO RISE FROM THE ASHES BY BENJAMIN SOLOMON

MANY THOUGHT IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT SIP N’ TWIRL’S METEORIC REBUILDING FOLLOWING NOVEMBER’S DEVASTATING FIRE INSPIRED A COMMUNITY AND SIGNALED THE START OF A NEW CHAPTER IN FIRE ISLAND’S HISTORY.

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sNicoleLaFountainewatchedthemostprominentbuildinginher family’sbusinessburndownlastNovember,allshecouldthink aboutwasworking.She’dreceivedthealarmcompany’scallearlierthatnight,butinitiallyshruggeditoffasfalsealarm—acommonoccurrenceeverywinter.Butwhenthesituationbecame clear,aschairoftheBoardofFirecommissioners,shehadtofocus onrunningthecommandcenter,makingsureover400firefightersfoughttheintenseblazesafely.“Ithinkthatactuallysavedme,because Ididn’thavetothinkaboutwhatwasactuallyhappening,”shesays. Wordspreadquicklyaboutthemassivefireat36FireIslandBoulevard,aseven-tenant structure thatheldseveralbusinesses, mostnotably theclubSipN’ Twirl.Thespacehasbeeninthefamilyforthreegenerations, afterNicole’sgrandparentsstartedahome-carebusinessonthesitein1955. ThefireeventuallyspreadnextdoortoFIPVentures’ Pavilionnightclub.Four dayslatertherewaslittleleftofeitherbuildingbutashandsand.

“I just said I had to do this, and I had to do it by this summer, because I’ve watched my tenants lose everything.” —Nicole LaFountaine LaFountaineknewshewouldrebuild.“Itwasn’tlike,‘ohmygosh,how amIgoingtodealwiththeinsurancecompany?’ IjustsaidIhadtodothis, andIhadtodoitbythissummer,becauseI’vewatchedmytenantslose everything.” oneofthefirstpeopleLaFountainecalledwasPJMcAteer,ownerof threebusinessesoccupyingthebuilding:SipN’ Twirl,PinesBistroandPines Pizza.Theoaththepairmadetothemselvesthatnightseemednaïveat first—howcouldtheypossiblyrebuild atwo-storystructurewithineight months on an island only accessible by boat? “Everybody was on edge…[Howarethe]brokersgoingtohandlerenewalsfornextyearbecausenooneisgoingtocomeback?” relatesLaFountaine,whosettowork justdaysafterthefire.“Ihadabsolutelynoideahowtobuildabuilding.I justknewBromleycaldariwasthearchitect[firm]IwantedtouseandBill St.Angeloasthecontractor.IjustwenttothemandIsaid,‘Whatdowedo? Howdowedothis?’” Working closely with the Brookhaven Board of Zoning Appeals, LaFountaineplannedastructurethatwouldfitintotheexactsamefootprintastheonethatburneddown,allowingforexpeditedapprovalsfrom

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thezoningboardand theinsurancecompanies. “Atsomepointwewere thinkingmaybewe’llputabiggerdeck,”McAteerrecalls. “Thenthetown said,‘Well, ifyoutrytodoitdifferentit’sgonnatakelonger.’Wesaidokay, fine,thenwe’llbuildexactlywhatwashere.” ThetownofBrookhaven,whosejurisdictionThePinesfallsunder,proved apowerfulally.“Thetownsaidtheywoulddoeverythingpossibletogetus reopenedforthisyear,”saysMcAteer.Andtheydid.ByFebruary, construction crewswereputtinginpylons; byMaytheexteriorofthebuildingwasalmost complete.AtthefinalZoningBoardofAppealsvoteonJanuary11,over300 peoplecameoutfromthecity,theislandandbeyondtoshowtheirsupport. Thetownsaiditwaslargestturnoutthey’dseeninsupportofabuilding. ThoughLaFountaineandMcAteerneverpromisedanofficialopendate, thegoalhadalwaysbeenJuly4,Invasion,arguablythecommunity’sbiggest event.Tomakeithappen, St.Angelo’screwsworkedsevendaysaweek. “[Towninspectors]wouldsay,‘July4ofthis year?’” relatesLaFountaineabout herdoubters.“Iwouldsay,‘Areyoutellingmeno?’ Andtheysaid,no.So,I said,‘Good,we’regoingtokeepgoing.Whenyoutellmeno,we’llstop.’” Therewasone finalhurdle:re-obtainingtheirliquorlicense.ButdelayswiththeliquorauthoritythwartedMcAteer’splansforaJuly3delivery. onthatday,“30,40peoplejustappearedoutofnowhereat1:30intheafternoontoputalmost400casesofalcoholintothebuildingfromtheferry dock,”heremembers.“Someofmycustomerssentoutemails:‘SipN’ Twirl needshelpforthemtoopen.’…Weactuallyhadalineupthestairsandpeoplewerepassingupcasesofproducttogetinthebuilding.” Whatstandsat36FireIslandBoulevardnowisamarvel.Anewstructuresimilarinshapeandsizetoitspredecessorbutwiththeshineandpolisharchitecturalupdatesandfinishesallow.Thenewclub,whiletechnically thesamesize,feelsmuchbigger.Stilltworooms—theSipbarandtheTwirl bar—Bromleycaldarimade itfeelbiggerbyusingaglassdividerandmovingtheDJbooth.Meanwhile,McAteerisstillworkingtirelesslytoopenhis bistro,whichwillresideonthesecondfloor, whiledownstairshisPinesPizza hasmovedupfrontformorefriendlyinteractionwithboardwalktraffic. “We took the opportunity to rebuild what we believe the community needed,” hesummarizes. ThenewLaFountainebuildingismorethanjustapieceofrealestate. ItstandstriumphantlyasatestamenttothespiritoftheFireIslandPines community.AndnooneknowsthatbetterthanLaFountaineandherfamily.“Thewholeattitudeofthecommunitychangedafterweopened.Itwas liketherewashopeagainandeveryonefeltgoodaboutthesummer.This storyisreallyaboutwhatacommunitycandowhenitstandstogether.It’s notaboutabuilding,it’snotaboutonepersondoingeverything.It’sreally aboutwhatacommunitycando,andthat’swhat’ssospecialaboutThe Pines.” N


Most Likely to Give You Vertigo While dancing: Michael Cohen and Matthew Gagnon’s Summer Camp, at the 33-floors-high Sky Room.

Cutest Couple: Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli at the Ice Palace

Best Reason to Listen to disco: the passing of Donna Summer

STUdENT COUNCIL Best Reason for a Friends Reunion: Jen Aniston gets engaged to Justin Theroux

New power Couple: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Most Shocking New Exes: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE Most Likely to Change the Rap Industry: Frank Ocean Most Likely to Not Surprise Anyone with Their Coming Out: Anderson Cooper

Most Likely to Not Surprise Anyone With Their Coming Out (Honorable Mentions): Mika, Jim Parsons, Ezra Miller

Biggest Unifier: Magic Mike, for bringing together the most bachelorette parties and gay men since the opening of Lips

VARSITY SpORTS Newest Soft-Core porn Obsession: Tom Daley

Most Mind-Numbing Interview: Ryan Lochte

Best Reason Olympic Gymnasts Should Sext Their Girlfriends: Naked photos of Danell Leyva

Best Reason to pay Attention to the Jets: Tim Tebow running shirtless

dRAMA CLUB Best Mustache on Broadway: Ricky Martin in Evita

Most forgivable Movie-Turned Broadway Musical: Bring It On: The Musical

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A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION THIS SUMMER? THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NEW YORK.

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very gay New Yorker can tell you where they were on June 24, 2011, the day that marriage equality passed in New York State. For those who were watching the State Senate deliberations online or on public-access television, the final floor speeches on the bill were riveting moments that will long be remembered. When the measure finally passed with a vote of 33–29, spontaneous celebrations erupted across the city, with large gatherings forming in the West Village and Hell’s Kitchen. At the same time, gay New Yorkers immediately began planning to make their relationships official and tie the knot after the law went into effect a month later on July 24. The city clerk’s office received more than 2,600 requests for marriage licenses on that first day. This July marked the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York, and many predictions of the economic benefits of the legislation to the city and state were proven correct. In an estimate released by the mayor’s office last month, one year of marriage equality has added roughly $259 million to the city’s economy. In addition, over 7,000 gay marriage licenses were issued in the city over the last year. That’s a lot of cause for celebration. And champagne. Marc Solomon, the national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, says that the first year of this law being in effect has had an impact across the country. “It’s led to more GOP support for the freedom to marry, in states like New Hampshire. The law has more than doubled the number of Americans living in a state with the freedom to marry, from 16 million to 35 million people.” In honor of the first anniversary of this landmark legislation, we talked with some newly married couples about their historic proposals, marriage ceremonies and day-to-day life as married men: “We went down to the Municipal Building around 6:30am and stood in line.” “I, of course, wanted to plan a formal ceremony but the more we talked about it, [the more] I liked Alan’s idea so we entered into the lottery to get married on the first day same-sex marriages were performed in New York. We went down to the Municipal Building around 6:30am and stood in line. It was a crazy media circus but incredibly exciting to partake in such a historic day. By chance, while getting our haircuts the previous day, we met a judge who was going to be marrying couples that first day, and he gave us his contact information so once we were inside the building, he could be the one to marry us. It was such a strange chance meeting and it made the ceremony all the more special as we really liked him and he was also excited to be partaking in the day’s events. A few friends joined us that morning and stood in line with us and were with us during the ceremony, which [was] performed in a chapel in the Municipal Building.” —Drew Glick, married to Alan Miles 20 AUGUST 31, 2012

“After I said yes, he brought out a second box and said, ‘Alright, now you ask me.’” “I remember looking at him [as the bill was deliberated] and kind of thinking, this could happen! We kind of knew it was gonna happen for us, and we started to make plans, but there wasn’t an actual proposal [yet]. He had me meet him in Central Park. I showed up and he was at the fountain and dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him. After I said yes, he brought out a second box and said, ‘Alright, now you ask me.’ You know that Carrie necklace from Sex and the City? He had gone to Chinatown and made rings that said “Chris + Carl” and “Carl + Chris” and they were kind of in the style of that necklace.” —Christopher Boudewyns, married to Carl Byrd “It’s a funny feeling. It’s a more complete feeling.” “I didn’t even really come out until I was 21; I really didn’t think about [getting married] till [I moved to] New York and all of this started happening. Though I did know I wanted to live my life with one person; that’s what I wanted to do. You know, it feels complete. It’s funny, when I’m introduced to someone at work, when someone says, ‘Oh, this is Jeff’s husband, Eddie.’ It’s a funny feeling. It’s a more complete feeling. I didn’t think that it would be, but I would say it definitely is.” —Eddie Casson, married to Jeff Saunders N


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What do famous fashion designers Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson, Rachel Zoe and Vera Wang do to celebrate Labor Day on September 3? Have a picnic in the park, of course! They’re all in town for Fashion Week, starting September 6.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE AUGUST 31 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9 FLEX FRIDAYS The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com. At the Hell’s Kitchen staple Chris Ryan brings DJs John Marto and Xavier to the booth to spin pop and Top 40 while David Yakov, Randall-Liciou and Chaka Khankvict host. Plus, tonight, former NDubz member Tulisa is in the house to perform her upbeat party-pop tunes. 10pm; free.

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FLIRT FRIDAYS Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge, 642 10th Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bartiniultralounge.com. Ebonee Excell and DJ Steven Paul bring a young crowd to the Hell’s Kitchen bar for stiff drinks and a good kiki. 10pm; free. VJ FRIDAYS Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Shot specials start at 9:30pm and once you’re feeling loose you can text your naughtiest thoughts to the big screen. What a way to flirt with that guy

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across the room. DJohRicky! screens music videos. 9pm; free. INTERNATIONAL HOT MALE G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Gabriel Anthony, Sasha Seven and Antonio Cedeno bring DJ James Anthony Capelonga in for a night of globe trotting men. 10pm; free. POP-UP MUSEUM OF QUEER HISTORY Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Grand/Canal Sts), queermuseum.com. Today is your last chance to catch the pop-up exhibit that explores the history of queerness as a sexual identity. Noon– 6pm; free. FRISKY FRIDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), poshbarnyc.com.

Grab a drink, chill on the couches in the back, dance by the DJ booth or have a smoke on the patio as the popular neighborhood hang kicks off the weekend in Hell’s Kitchen with DJ Claymation on the decks. 9pm; free. ROCKIT XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio’s long-running, hit pop night keeps the party going with hosts Amanda Lepore and Epiphany, DJ Corey Craig on the main floor and Lady Bunny in the Kiki Lounge. Plus, nab free drinks till 11pm. 10pm; $10 with XL membership/$15 general admission. FRIDAYS 9th Avenue Saloon, 656 Ninth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 9thavesaloon.com. An eclectic crowd of long-time regulars and chorus boys pack the narrow bar to imbibe, get flirty and snap cute pics in the photo booth. 9pm; free.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1 SATURDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. The main bar may be closed for renovations, but that wont keep Dougie Meyer from bringing DJ Max Rodriguez to the decks tonight and go-go boys to the floor at his long-running house party. 10pm; cover varies. STAY HARDER: A BENEFIT FOR IDA Trash Bar, 256 Grand St (btwn Roebling St/Driggs Ave), Williamsburg, thetrashbar.com. A mixed crowd of Billyburg queers come out for a show featuring the musical stylings of Penguin, Gltrpnch, Schmekel,

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Girlcrush, Daddy and Princes Tiny and the Meats in support of IDA, a queer community that exists in the unlikeliest of locations: “the hollows of middle Tennessee.” They’ll have an open bar till 8pm and post-performance karaoke. 7pm; $10–$20.

DJs Jonjon Battles and Xavier spin at Seven’s weekly weekend party. 10pm; free.

ADONIS AFTER DARK Evolve, 221 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), evolvebarandloungenyc.com. Born of Visit nextmagazine.com his popular Wednesday night for more event listings strip parties, Timothy de IturSATURDAYS The Ritz, 369 W riaga keeps his super sexy, 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-333-4177. Sasha Seven corrals a crowd of stud-filled Saturday night strip show going Hell’s Kitchen boys to the popular tri-level club as tonight with more than 20 hot guys. 8pm; $13.

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THE UNDERGROUND Roam, 5 E 19th St (btwn Broadway/Fifth Ave), roam-nyc.com. For nostalgic gays, Kim Aviance and Dallas Dubois (right) host Twitch Productions weekly Sunday tea that seeks to rekindle the spirit nightlife embodied in days gone by. Tonight, DJ Serving Ovahness spins. 5pm–midnight; $15. CAKE Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. On Sunday nights it’s a house party at Fairytail Lounge as promoter Javier Green brings DJ Josh Owens to the decks at the tiny Hell’s Kitchen bar. Plus, guys enjoy $6 Henny and Patron shots. 5pm; free. CUBHOUSE SUNDAYS Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Waverly Pl/Seventh Ave), thestonewallinnnyc.com. Joe Fiore has moved his Sunday happy hour for bears a few blocks East to the bar “where pride began.” He’ll serve up free hot dogs, $3 bottled beers and $4 well drinks while he screens a rock-heavy mix of videos. 4pm–9pm; free.

BROADWAY BRUNCH Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com. Ginger Snapt hosts this popular drag performance-based brunch in midtown where she and five other drag divas perform Broadway standards for a mixed crowd. Second seating at 2pm. Noon; free (plus $16.95 food/drink minimum). KIKI SUNDAYS Pounds and Ounces, 160 Eighth Ave (@ 18th St), poundsandouncesnyc.com. For gays that love drag shows—but tend to turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight— Epiphany hosts her new weekly drag dinner at the

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BEETLEJUICE: BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), 212-477-4744. As the summer closes out DJ Chauncey D celebrates that exciting time of year when your biggest worry was whether or not all of your friends were going to have the same teachers as you in the fall. At this night of nostalgia Chauncey’ll spin ’80s and ’90s classics, wear queek (queer geek) style and serve free pizza. 10pm; free.

Chelsea eatery. Tonight’s special guest is actress Natalie Joy Johnson. DJ Jimmy Prada spin. 7pm; free (plus food/drink minimum). THE ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY COMEDY HOUR Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. Furry funnyman Brad Loekle hosts comedians Sean Wherley, Graham Nolan and headliner Naomi Ekperigin at this weekly show at the popular Hell’s Kitchen bar. $7 cosmos all night mean everything is just a little bit funnier than usual. 10pm; free. SEA TEA: LATIN CRUISE FROM QUEENS The Queen of Hearts, Pier 40, West Side Hwy (@

Houston St), gaypartycruise.com. At Michael Fesco’s popular Sunday gay cruise on the Hudson five bars from Queens—including Club Evolution, Friends Tavern and Hombres Lounge—and DJ Israel take a trip around New York Harbor with a boatload of sexy Latin boys. ¡Ay caramba! 6pm; $22 in advance/$25 general admission. FUNKY BUDDHA Fat Buddha, 212 Ave A (btwn 13th/14th Sts), fp1world.com. DJ Fred Pierce continues his newish weekly party where he’ll play a mix of house classics and Buddha beats, natch. He’ll have weekly special guests on the decks and plenty of hot men of color on the floor. 9pm–2am; free.


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PoolDeck,37FireIslandBlvd (@HarborPk),ThePines

Susan Morabito brings back her onceannual celebration of the three-day weekend on the Pool Deck. 6pm–midnight; free. Visit thepinesfireisland.com for more info.

Out and Active Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting EasternMountainSports,2152Broadway (@76thSt)

XLNightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11thAves)

Summer Camp SkyRoom,330W40thSt (btwnEighth/NinthAves)

Out and Active loads a bus full of sporty-yetrefined gays and takes the whole gaggle to stables upstate where they’ll saddle up and get to riding. Post-ride, they’ll head to a wine tasting replete with live acoustic music and locally sourced food. 8:45am–5:30pm; $129. Visit outandactive.com for more info.

Michael Cohen and Matthew Gagnon aren’t doing anything different at this week—when you’re throwing one of the summer’s most popular parties, why change? DJ Xavier spins. 3pm–10pm; free. Visit skyroomnyc.com for more info.

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Catch the third and final performance of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musicals March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, which won 1992 Tonys for Best Musical Score and Best Book, at The Pines community center. 8pm; $60. Vist fipap.org for more info.

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At this special edition of Susanne Bartsch’s long-running Sunday soirée she’ll have The Ones in the house to celebrate the release of their newest disc, Blast from the Past with a performance. Resident DJ Johnny Dynell spins. 10pm; free. Visit susannebartsch.com for more info.

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Josh Wood Productions brings the bearish London-based DJ collective to the tight-quartered Meat Packing District club for a set. Desi Monster and Ryan Smith host. 10pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission. Visit joshwoodproductions.com for more info.

TheMuseumoftheMovingImage,36-0135thAve (@36thSt),Astoria

As part of a series on the work of Ira Sachs, the Astoria film museum screens Sachs’ 2007 drama about an adulterous man who decides to kill his wife rather than divorce her. Audience members will enjoy a post-screening conversation with Sachs. 5pm; $12 (museum admission). Visit movingimage.us for more info.

Alegria Pacha,618W46thSt(btwn11th/12thAves)

Ric Sena brings his long-running circuit party back to New York for an all-night late-summer celebration on the way West Side. DJ Alyson Calagna and DJ Renato Cecin, in from São Paulo, will be on the decks, while Stephen Wyker wows you with his light show. 11pm; $60 in advance/$70 general admission/$120 VIP. Visit alegriaevents.com for more info.

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hether you’re looking to get out of the city or just want to party it up on what is usually a school night, there’s no better time to seize your Sunday than a three-day holiday weekend. So we’ve broken down several of Labor Day Sunday offerings via our Venn diagram so you can be sure to find the right combination of fun. — Alex Erikson

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LABOR DAY BBQ The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (@ 11th Ave), eaglenyc.com. No plans for Labor Day? Head to the way West Side to chill on the Eagle’s sun-soaked roof deck with burgers, hot dogs, $5 frozen drinks and a crowd of hot leather daddies. 4pm–midnight; free. MY HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND WAS GAY UCB East, 153 E Third St (@ Ave A), east.ucbtheatre.com. Remember that girl that followed you everywhere, watched all of your fa-

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vorite shows with you and took all of your makeup tips? She totally thought you were dating! Damian Bellino, Camille Harris, Nicole Byer, Chris Doucette and Annaleigh Ashford explore the complexities of high school relationships at their blog-inspired show at the East Village improv theater. 8pm; $5. SIZE MATTERS Big Bar, 75 E Seventh St (btwn First/Second Aves), 212-777-6969. Kelly Gorman and Abraham Lopez crowd the East Vil-

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TRANIMAL ALL STARS Posh, 405 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), poshbarnyc.com. Skyla, Pixie, Brenda, Bootsie, Busted and Prada join Tina Burner on Posh’s stage for this week’s edition of her popular Tuesday all-star competition show. Burner will give away $100 to each week’s winner and $500 to the grand-prize winner at the end of the season. DJ Calvin spins. 10pm; free.

tinue their weekly party on the Midtown rooftop with guest DJs and cute boys. 9pm–3am; free.

cigars, pipes and other guys, The Eagle puts on this smoldering evening on the roof deck. 8pm; free.

CUDA KARAOKE Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (@ Eighth Ave), 212-645-8613. Looking to show off your Broadway-ready pipes? Marti Gould Cummings hosts his weekly Karaoke night at the beloved Chelsea drinkery. 10pm; free.

CALYPSO XVI, 251 W 48th St (@ Eighth Ave), xviny.com. Frank Carrasquillo and Kevin Wiltz con-

SMOKIN’ TUESDAY The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (@ 11th Ave), eaglenyc.com. For guys who are into

MARIN MAZZLE 54 Below, 254 W 54th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), themenevent.com. TheMenEvent hosts this special all-boy, outing to the Broadway performer’s new show. She’s been in everything from Carrie The Musical to Next To Normal, and tonight you and your gays can enjoy her show with discounted tickets. 7pm; $35 (plus $25 food/drink minimum).

WEDNESDAY GOOD TIMES Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), eastermblocnyc.com. The handsome and bearded squeeze into the Sixth Street bar for a special edition of Josh Sparbar’s long-running midweek party. He’ll have the ohso-lovely Juanita More in from San Fran’s Booty Call party hosting and doing a little ditty on the decks while boys dance, drink and maybe even turn it out on the stripper pole. 10pm; free. 50 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FRANK Theater For the New City, 155 First Ave (btwn Ninth/10th Sts), 50thingsiloveaboutfrank.com. Brooklynborn playwright and actor Gaspare DiBlasi (far right) stars as Frank Stampoli in the final showing of this ostensibly semi-autobiographical play about a college freshman struggling to come out to his traditional Italian family. 6:30pm; $15. TERRACE CLUB Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), raffertymazurevents.com. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur keep their rooftop party bouncing into late-summer with an open bar till 10pm, a fun-loving crowd and weekly rotating DJs. 9pm–3am; free. GO-GO CRAZY WEDNESDAYS Le Boy Bar, 104 Dyckman St (btwn Post/Nagle Aves), leboynyc.com. A friendly mix of Black and Latino neighborhood boys come out in the middle of the week for sexy go-gos and laidback drinks at the way uptown spot. 9pm; free.

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ho has the best video of the year? We checked in with a group of music-video experts to find out which MTV Video Music Award nominees have the best chance of taking home a Moonman this year. Next Magazine music editor Keo Nozari, who VJs at Revolver Video Lounge in Los Angeles; DJohRicky!, who VJs at Boxers on Fridays; and John Bantay, who screens the videos for Musical Mondays at Splash share their thoughts on what we can expect. —AE

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“Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ seems the obvious choice (and my favorite). But she might cancel herself out, considering she’s featured on another [track], nominee Drake’s ‘Take Care.’ Katy Perry’s ‘Wide Awake’ is beautiful and she’s queen of the charts. But don’t underestimate Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’”

“I think it’s time for a New Day.”

“Who? He seems a bit up-and-coming for such a down-and-going show.”

“Gotye is actually the only nominated video in this category that has everything going for it. The music video went viral before people knew the song or artist, then it ended up going [number one] in the pop charts. The music video is actually a clever piece of art and Kimbra had enough people thinking she was Katy Perry when they first saw the clip.”

“Green Day are going to release three albums within a five-month period. That reeks of desperation to me. However, they are one of the few rock acts out there with the legs to win Grammys more than 20 years into their career. I have to believe that they are still as relevant [a] rock band as the Foo Fighters; otherwise what are we left with? Coldplay?”

“What? They couldn’t get Neil Patrick Harris? Well, at least he comes packaged with a Kardashian and Kanye.”

“Not enough people care about Frank Ocean and his coming out. Perhaps if he’d beaten up Rihanna in a jealous rage over his unrequited love for Drake, then I could see his getting the award. I personally hope that Justin Bieber gets the award because last time he won a VMA he thanked only God and Jesus; he forgot the Holy Spirit, Mary and the apostles.”

“I love Rihanna (who has five opportunities to win that night) and Katy Perry (not far behind with four nods), but I really think that Gotye (inset) is going to take it with ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’…With all the hits on YouTube…and the stamp of approval by Glee and SNL, it is truly a force.”

“Green Day is always a favorite at the awards, with this being an impressive fifth appearance. They deserve to be on the show and introduce us to their upcoming trio of albums. I think it’ll be, for us, a taste of something amazing.”

“Kevin Hart is a great choice. He was very funny opening the awards last year. And also last year, he hosted the BET Awards performing with kid steppers/dancers, giving us a hilarious opening monologue and ridiculous skits.”

“Right now, Frank Ocean is the R&B ‘it’ guy. ‘Swim Good’ is dark—exploring love, failed relationships, suicide. It’s very thoughtfully written and definitely one of his best tracks. He sounds great. Yet Bieber, Drake, Brown and Usher are not to be taken lightly either.”

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TOP VIDEO OF THE YEAR?

I LOVE THE ’80S Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. So what if you’re likely not actually old enough to really remember the ’80s? Even if you were born in the decade that bred Prince, jorts and the brat pack, there’s no denying how awesome that decade was. DJ Ian Ford spins at this ’80s-inspired Thursday party—like, totally! 10pm; cover varies. 20SOMETHING XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. At the

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“I think he does have a real shot in this category. It’s the “Best New Artist” category where he might get pummeled by the teen-oriented acts!”

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AMID RUMORS OF SUGARLAND’S DEMISE, THE WILLIAMSBURG GAY BAR EMPIRE EXPANDS.

ay bars, although not the only places homo culture happens, are still very much a part of gay life in New York. So, naturally, when a new gay watering hole opens—especially in a neighborhood relatively under-represented by rainbow-flag-flying establishments—it’s a pretty big deal. So get ready to celebrate Billyburg queens: The bar space at 106 N Sixth Street in Williamsburg formerly called The Cove, and more briefly a gay-friendly bar called Hugs, is now This N That—and it’s gay full time. What’s more, the drinkery belongs to the people who own the other two gay bars in the neighborhood, Sugarland and Metropolitan. (Their empire expands into Manhattan as well, with Nowhere in the East Village.) What can Billyburg ’mos expect from the updated gay space? “We’re trying to do a mix between Metropolitan and Sugarland,” says Sugarland manager Maty Longo, who’s working with Metropolitan manager Steven McEnrue to make the transition from The Cove to This N That.

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“Wednesday night we’re going to have movie night, so if you want to watch a movie you can just go and kind of chill with your friends and have a good night,” Longo explains. Other nights, he says things will be more like a Sugarlandesque dance party. But he says TNT will be different than both Sugarland and Metro. “We want to make sure that…they are two different kind of parties,” he explains. Turning a straight bar into a gay one—especially in North Brooklyn, where ventures like Blackout Bar and Veronica People’s Club both closed after “coming out”—is no easy task. “Well, obviously it’s a little bit of a challenge because you have a straight bar that’s already established there,” says McEnrue, noting that opening any kind of establishment can be tricky. “I think the space is really great and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.” In a few months they’re even planning on adding a fourth, as-yet-unnamed bar to the growing domain. “We still have to completely rebuild that bar,” says Longo.

News of the expansion, which we first broke in early August, brought increased speculation about whether or not the move to gay up North Sixth Street was actually in preparation for Sugarland— long plagued by problems with their luxury-condo neighbors—to close. “We aren’t going anywhere. That’s one thing I want everyone to know,” says Longo of the rumors about Sugarland. “There’s been a lot of bad publicity lately, especially about some of the staff being let go and some people quitting and a lot of people thinking that it’s going to shut down…I promise we’re not going anywhere.” In light of the news of further expansion, Longo’s statements ring especially true. At Sugarland Longo says they’re making updates to placate the noise-averse neighbors by doing things like updating speakers and soundproofing the roof. “The neighbors are working with us…it’s been a battle, but it’s been a battle for both of us. It’s New York City; it’s always going to be that way.” On the other side of the ’hood, at

Metropolitan, things couldn’t be going better. “Things have been great,” affirms McEnrue. Metropolitan has also suffered from noise complaints and as a result had to move the party indoors earlier, but McEnrue doesn’t see that as a problem. “It becomes a whole different party inside,” he says. “It changes the vibe, but it changes it from a lounge-y outside setting into a party,” he explains. “It works to our benefit and it also pleases the neighbors so I don’t think it’s a problem.” Sugarland might be ironing out some of their issues while all seems shipshape at Metro—but one looming question remains: are there really enough gays living and hanging out in Williamsburg to sustain four full-time gay bars? “I definitely think so,” says McEnrue. “We’re not just a quiet little cluster of bars in Brooklyn. We really are the neighborhood.” —AE Thursdays at This N That, 106 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, August 29 at 8pm; free. Call 718-599-5959 for more info.

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f you’re not a bear, fear not; the crowd at Bob Mould and Rich Morel’s popular monthly rock party at the Highline Ballroom has an eclectic crowd of folks from across the scene. “It’s pretty wild to be DJ-ing and look out at the crowd and see all of these subsets of the LGBT community getting along,” says Mould. What if you’re not a furry fella, but still a bit bear-curious? We spoke with Mould, who’s new album, Silver Age, drops September 4 and who’ll play an outdoor show on the Williamsburg waterfront September 7 before heading west for Blowoff, about what it takes to get some scruffy love. –AE

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JUST SAY HELLO “Blowoff started in D.C. in January 2003. I was living in D.C. at the time and had very few friends,” Mould explains. Before you start to feel bad for him, though, he has a point. “But one of my friends was a guy named Rich Morel. Rich and I started this party as a way to get him out of the house and a way for me to meet new people.” And that ethos remains today. At Mould’s party, if you think a guy’s hot, just say so!

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JUdGE-Y WUdGEY WAS NOT A BEAR “Don’t judge ’cause nobody’s really judging in there. We’re just having a good time. It’s really quite simple.” ’Nuff said.

a strong vision of what we want the music to be and we try to bring new stuff to people,” Mould says. Any guy worth hitting on will appreciate your musical interest.

COME fOR THE MUSIC You may be at a bear-heavy party, but it was really started as a party for music lovers. “Just show up and listen to the music and realize that Rich and I are song writers and producers and we really have

SHOW SOME SKIN But if you’re not comfortable, don’t feel like you need to. “We encourage it. I think it’s great,” Mould says. “I mean I was the kind of guy that never wanted to take my shirt off. I was always very self-conscious

XANADUDE: MO’BAMA Littlefield, 622 Degraw St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), Park Slope, littlefieldnyc.com. Noticed that there isn’t quite the Obama fervor there was four years ago? Sean B and Deputy have too, and there here to fix that! Alberto Cortes and Sylvia London host and Juanita More performs at their party-slash-fundraiser for the POTUS reelection campaign. 10pm; $10 in advance/$5 till 10:30pm/$10 till 11:30pm/$15 general admission. FLASH POP FIRST FRIDAYS Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St),

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Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Ever wished you could see a ham sandwich rap? Us neither. But tonight, you can, as rapping drag queen Hamm Sandwich gets on stage at Jonathan and BPro’s monthly Billyburg dance party. Pop music aficionado Radio Musik will kick of the performances at 12:30am and 2-for-1 drinks go till midnight. DJ Emjay spins. 9pm; free before 11pm/$5 general admission. TRASH The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), iwannabetrash.com. DJ Jess Marquis puts on a special edition of his

about that and then I’ve come around to it,” he admits. “There was a period a few years ago where I couldn’t even put a shirt on. Now it depends on what kind of mood I’m in.” Blowoff at Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), Sept 7 at 11:30pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission. Visit highlineballroom.com or bobmould.com for more info.

mixed dance party where, tonight, gender bending electro pop singer Garek gets on stage for a performance. Marquis and Matty Glitterati spin electro, indie pop, nuwave, dubstep and rock while Bless Karl and Twig the Wonderkid host and Santiago Felipe snaps cute pics of the whole scene. 11pm; $5 with RSVP/$10 general admission. BIRTHIVERSARY BASH The Delancey, 168 Delancey St (btwn Attorney/Clinton Sts), thedelancey.com. Out electro rocker Brett Gleason throws himself a birthday bash where he’ll perform and then party with this band. 7:30pm; $10.


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he crowd is 75% straight,” drag performer and former Miss Fire Island and Entertainer of the Year Ariel Sinclair told us last year. Sure, it wasn’t exactly breaking news— straights have been coming out to the annual drag competition, which started in 1966!—for years. Labor Day weekend may be when most of us pack up the summer share and head back to the city, but for many Fire Islanders—both gay and straight—beach season isn’t really over until a Miss Fire Island and Entertainer of the Year have been crowned. With growing mainstream (read: straight) acceptance of drag performers, as evidenced by the popularity of shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U, not to mention the steady stream of straights headed to places like Lips or Lucky Chengs for dinner shows, we couldn’t help but wonder why so many heteros are lining up to see our queens. “I think most people enjoy the glamour, spectacle and humor of it all,” says Stephanie Stone, who’ll be judging the competition this year. “[At the] end of the day, it’s guys in gowns,” she reflects light-heartedly. 2010 Entertainer of the Year Dallas Dubois credits drag’s move away from the fringe (or the public’s move towards it) to a decrease in intolerance in general. “I think it’s because it has broken a lot of boundaries in both stereotypes [and] prejudice,” she explains. But Dubois is quick to point out that there is definitely a fascination among straights and gays about how masculine men, even semi-mascu-

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line men, can transform into gorgeous, fierce women. “It’s still a concept that even I can’t grasp completely and I do this for a living,” she laughs. Last year’s MFI winner, Logan Hardcore, agrees that the fascination factor among heteros is high. “I think that the contest brings out so many straight people because it’s the idea of something new and entertaining for them,” she says. “It’s a novelty and a chance for them to explore their experimental side,” says Dubois. Hardcore is quick to point out that

SKIN TIGHT USA The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), skintightusa.com. Now that they’ve settled into the third floor of the Ritz as their permanent home through 2012, the monthly spandex party is ready to save the day—er—night. It’s cool if you wear superhero suits, leather, singlets or Speedos, too—or just come in your regular getup. If you get adventurous after a couple drinks they’ll have suit on hand to borrow. 10pm; $8. LUBE Motor City Bar, 127 Ludlow St (@ Rivington St), motorcitybar.com. Happy hour isn’t just for weekdays anymore. Joe Fiore brings DJ

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the Internet— often bemoaned for the ways it’s changed gay nightlife in recent years—is actually one of the major reasons straights have discovered what gays have known for decades: that drag is just a whole lot of fun. “There are so many talents that are finally getting light put on them and I do believe it is largely to do with the use of the Internet [and] TV shows,” she says. Plus, love from mainstream celebrities who grew out of the downtown scene has been a big help. “[Sherry Vine] got praise from Lady Gaga

Barry Huffine to spin a set of rock’n’roll, funk and soul at the Detroit-inspired Lower East Side spot while furry fellas enjoy 2-for-1 drinks and “lube” shots, whatever those are! 4pm–9pm; free. SPACE ODYSSEY The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Dance your Saturday away as DJ Bill Coleman spins and go-go boys turn it out in the basement of the legendry piano bar. 10pm; $8. CHILLFEST: JOBRIATH A.D. LITM, 140 Newark Ave (btwn Grove/Erie Sts), Jersey City,

and has really taken off since then,” she notes. But maybe we’re over thinking this entirely. Maybe, like a gay NASCAR race, fans both gay and straight are just secretly waiting for a train wreck to happen. After all, much of the competition does happen on a catwalk precariously placed over the Grove Hotel pool. Says Stone, “It’s like ‘pageant Fear Factor.’ One small slip and you’re all washed up—literally!” —AE Miss Fire Island at the Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@ Dock Wk), September 8 and 9 at noon; $50 in advance/$60 general admission. Visit missfireisland.com for more info.

chillfest.org. John Catania and Charles Ignacio kick off their mostly gay film series’ eighth season with this documentary about Jobriath A.D., “the American Bowie” and the first openly gay rock star. His run at rock fame in 1975 was brief, the film asserts, but groundbreaking. 4pm; $7 in advance/$10 general admission. SKYY SATURDAYS Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. At the Chelsea sports bar Skyy Vodka drinks are just $6 and DJ Clive Collins is on the decks all night. 9pm; free.


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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8

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DANIEL NARDICIO GIVES US THE INSIDE SCOOP ON HOW YOU CAN WIN THE FIRST EVER MR. NUDE BELEVEDERE.

ast spring, Daniel Nardicio threw his nude-y competition Mr. Nude York at The Cock and, needless to say, it got a rise out of most of the boys in attendance. Tonight, as a last hurrah for a summer season packed with Nardicio-produced goodies, he’s throwing a party at the Belvedere Guest House called Spartacus, where the first Mr. Nude Belvedere (not Mr. Belvedere nude, sickos!) competition will take place. The party will have an open bar, the usual hot bartenders and go-go boys and is gladiator themed. “[Leatherwear designer] David Menkes has been furiously making gladiator outfits for everyone,” Nardicio chuckles, adding that technically a toga fits the theme. “Frankly, at this party, because it’s the Belvedere, you can come naked.” For boys looking to win the top honors—and a cool $300—we got Nardicio to dish on just what his panel of judges is looking for in the inaugural Mr. Nude Belvedere. —AE

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love being naked. “It’s titillating, even though it’s really frightening,” says Nardicio. So just get over it and get nude. “[It’s] thrilling and exhilarating and a little bit of a turn on.”

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The competition will revolve around three categories: a dance-off, a can-you-get-a-boner-in-front-of-thecrowd portion and a section that focuses on general attractiveness. You can come with a dance routine prepared if you want. “But at the end of the day the winner was the one that could get the boner.”

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“Having a fluffer is definitely helpful,” says Nardicio. Though he’s sure that if you’ve come alone, there will be plenty of helpful hands at the party. Plus, “Bianca del Rio’s going to be there and I’m going to ask her to take out her teeth and help fluff in the corner,” he jokes.

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In a competition where your ability to get hard in front of a crowd of strangers may determine whether or not you come out, er, on top, a little pre-party Viagra is a tempting idea. “We don’t like people to use performance-enhancing drugs, but if it happens we’re not going to be testing,” says Nardicio with a laugh. “It is Fire Island, after all.” Spartacus at Belvedere Guest House, 33 Bayview Wk (btwn Maryland/Sumner Wks), Cherry Grove, September 8 from 7pm–11pm; $35 in advance/$50 general admission. Visit dworld.us for more info.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9 SHARK PH-D at the Dream Downtown, 355 W 16th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), joshwoodproductions.com. Summer isn’t over yet, girl! Start the night poolside before heading up to the rooftop to dance with Jared Needle, Josh Wood and Marco Ovando. 5pm–1am; free. CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS: PURPLE RAIN Bellwether, 594 Union Ave (@ Richardson St), Williamsburg, casnycpurplerain.eventbrite.com.

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The evening starts as a listening party in which they’ll hear selections from collaborators and inspirations for Prince’s seminal album after which DJ Will Automagic will fill fans in on the back story of the disc. At 7pm the lights go down and the volume goes up as they play the album from beginning to end on vinyl. 5pm–8pm; $10. MARINATE: TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B),

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spintuition.com. Tonight guest DJ Brian Suarez is in to help DJ Dandylion celebrate two years of monthly parties at the ruski-themed bar. 9pm; free. GEEK TRIVIA The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaygeeksofny.com. Out nerd group Gay Geeks of New York throw their popular monthly trivia get together at the Center where queers take on topics like comics, video games and more. 5:30pm–8:30pm; $5.

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it doesn’t hurt to have recently hit the gym. “I think it helps to be in great shape,” says Nardicio. “The guy who won Mr. Nude York…he wasn’t in perfect shape, but he was really fun and he really got into it,” he recalls.

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Leona Lewis

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The right Track valentine’s day is around the Corner By Keo Nozari alentine’s Day has come early in the form of a delicious peanut buttery cup of goodness called Alison Valentine. A flower arranger and NYU Tisch student by day, HeavyRoc Music recording artist Valentine dreams big musical dreams by night (even if they are a little nutty), Alison and her new track “Peanut Butter” has Valentine been getting considerable buzz about the blogs lately. Valentine describes the song as “SebastiAn and Janet Jackson go to the beach with the Tom Tom Club.” We totally agree, but we’d add she’s also reminiscent of another singer with a penchant for charming edible items, Annie, best known for her breakout hit “Chewing Gum.” Valentine’s breezy, airy pop vocals are definitely akin to Annie. “Peanut Butter” is the lead song from Valentine’s forthcoming EP, Swimming Pool Sounds, and we are ready to dive in. It seemed like it might have been rough waters ahead for Leona Lewis. After her Avicii’s “Level”-inspired “Collide” track didn’t live up to expectations in 2011, her new album, Glass-

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heart (said to be a dance-pop album), seems ready to collide with disaster. A year later after some tweaking, here’s hoping Lewis’s problems are behind her with the release of “Trouble,” the second single from her forthcoming third album (still titled Glassheart ). Written by the popular new soul artist Emeli Sandé and produced by Naughty Boy, the mid-tempo tune is nicely divergent from the usual radio fare and worthy of Lewis’s big voice. Rapper Childish Gambino adds some extra drama and edge without sounding like the typical phone-in rapper on so many pop tracks. Speaking of Lewis, “Bleeding Love” co-penner and producer Ryan Tedder is back with his band, OneRepublic, and a big song, “Feel Again,” that definitely has us feeling the band again. The retro-Motownmeets-Beach-Boys-with-a-modern-twist single is a bright, big-drummed banger that warms us with its hand-clappy goodness. It’s a long way from their downtrodden but gorgeous signature 2007 hit, “Apologize,” and a welcome surprise. We wonder if their forthcoming album will be just as sticky as peanut butter. N


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hen it comes to planning a gay wedding, there really aren’t any rules. Which means much of the planning headache—and joy—comes from being able to make up your own. Who should walk you down the aisle? Who should wear what? What should the officiate say at the end of the ceremony? And before all that, who should propose to whom? Jersey City residents Brian Burns and Matthew Lawless experienced that confusion first hand when it came to the proposal process. The two were sailing on a Mediterranean cruise weeks after a mutual friend had hinted to Lawless that Burns might propose. “Naturally, I wanted to do it first,” the 27-year-old Lawless explains. “Being the older man in the relationship, I think he felt an obligation to be the one to propose, so I wanted to surprise him on our trip.” Luckily, Burns accepted and the couple plans to marry in a simple beach ceremony in Asbury Park, NJ in September 2013, not far from the first home they bought together. The reception will end with a bonfire. Following rules has never been at the core of Lawless and Burns’ relationship,

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SPEAKING OF SEX Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor in For a Good Time, Call...

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Hollywood to Dollywood Time Investment: 81 min. Return on Investment: 60 min.

Time Investment: 86 min. Return on Investment: 73 min. or anyone who’s loved Ari Graynor since Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and Whip It but has sort of felt let down by her recent work (most notably as the uptight goody-goody in Celeste and Jesse Forever—hello, miscasting!), rest assured that she is back to her crafty, scintillating ways in For a Good Time, Call… (Focus Features), a wry and playful film about former college friends who start a phone sex company. Although it does seem just a tad dated (maybe this should have been called For a Good Time, Skype…), the film’s premise is really just an excuse to let Graynor go bonkers, which she does with gleeful abandon. Opposite her is the prim and proper Lauren Miller, who has the slightly more difficult task of acting as Graynor’s foil, going from uptight career girl to let-your-hair-down (phone) sex kitten. Miller does a fine job, but the film pretty much belongs to Graynor, who also stepped in as executive producer. Her delivery of lines like, “You don’t need to judge my body” are filled with such fierce comic timing it’s hard not to crack a grin. There are also some great cameos and supporting players in the mix here, including a droll Nia Vardalos (of My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Seth Rogen and even Mrs. Ex-Tom Cruise Number One Mimi Rogers. And Justin Long plays gay the way it should be played in a vehicle like this (take note, Elijah Wood, also in Celeste): light as a feather, fun and frothy. —Dan Heching

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ike many documentaries, Hollywood to Dollywood starts out being about one thing and ends up being about something entirely different, and therein lies both the appeal and minor irritation of this downhome cross-country tale of gay dreams, family acceptance and Dolly Parton. Gary and Larry Lane (isn’t that just precious?) are a pair of twins living it up in Hollywood, Calif. where they have been working on a joint passion project for over four years: a tribute to several of their favorite female actresses and personalities—most notably the inimitable Ms. Parton—in the form of a film script. Somewhere along the way, their

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dream shifts from the actual script to its fateful hand-off to Dolly herself, since she is the sun around which the twins’ dreams and inspirations orbit. With the help and guidance of a boyfriend and some very high-profile friends (it’s always nice to see Leslie Jordan, as well as Dustin Lance Black and brilliant character actress Beth Grant), they hatch a plan to finalize the script as best they can, pile into a trailer (named Jolene), head on over to Dollywood in Tennessee and give the old gal the script directly. Along the way, they encounter some vaguely compelling hurdles (like floods), but most importantly, it becomes quite clear that their need for acknowledgement from Dolly is a thin veneer over their greater need for acceptance from their mother, who has had major trouble with their coming out. —DH


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Gore Vidal’s The Best Man Summer Shorts 2012: Series B Harrison, TX: Three plays by Horton foote By David Hurst irst produced in 1960 and revived in 2000, the late Gore Vidal’s The Best Man remains a scathing indictment of American politics that’s especially timeless as we approach another election steeped in nasty campaigning. The current revival starring the superb John Larroquette and James Earl Jones opened in April, but recent cast changes warranted a second viewing. Returning to the roles they played in 2000 are the marvelous Elizabeth Ashley, who has replaced Angela Lansbury as powerbroker Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge, and Mark Blum, who replaced Michael McKean as campaign manager Dick Jensen. Additionally, Cybill Shepherd has replaced Candice Bergen as Alice Russell, Larroquette’s on-stage wife, and John Stamos and Kristin Davis have replaced Eric McCormack and Kerry Butler as the conniving Senator Joseph Cantwell and his ambitious wife, Mabel. The show is in great shape and still crackles with Vidal’s stinging wit and critical insights. The new cast is terrific, especially Ashley, and it’s great to see Shepherd and Davis making their Broadway debuts in style.

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Series B of Summer Shorts 2012 contains an eclectic trio of offerings that amuse to some degree, yet feel half-formed and not necessarily ready for prime time. The delicious Paul Rudnick’s monologue Cabin Pressure is wittily performed by Peter Bartlett yet falls prey to Rudnick’s writing mannerisms that keep it earthbound. The short musical Love and Real Estate, with music by Sam Davis and book and lyrics by Sean Hartley, a silly story of men who steal apartments by murdering people begins promisingly but then goes off the rails. The cast, headlined by a droll Edward Hibbert and the brassy Stephanie D’Abruzzo, is strong but Davis and Hartley’s work needs more polish. Finally, our favorite misogynist, Neil LaBute, has penned The Furies, an incredibly strange confrontation between gay lovers where the audience isn’t sure what LaBute wants us to think when it’s over, other than it’s meaningless and over-the-top. And for a sharply acted (albeit depressing) evening of theater, don’t miss Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote at Primary Stages. Foote’s trademark rhythms and vernacular are prominently on display in the sweetly dysfunctional Blind Date, starring the playwright’s daughter, Hallie Foote; the shockingly violent The One-Armed Man with Jeremy Bobb and Alexander Cendese; and the small-town melancholia of The Midnight Caller with the marvelous Jayne Houdyshell. Beautifully staged and wonderfully acted, Harrison, TX is a distinctive portrait of America that will make your heart ache. N The Best Man plays through September 9 at the Schoenfeld (236 W 45th St, TheBestManOnBroadway.com). Summer Shorts 2012 plays through September 1 at 59E59 Theaters (59 E 59th St, SummerShortsFestival.com). Harrison, TX plays through September 15 at 59E59 Theaters (59 E 59th St, PrimaryStages.org).

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By Peter Sherwood he Out NYC hotel finally flung open the big gay doors to its in-house restaurant Ktchn and all are welcome. My old pal and I stopped by to escape the toil of the city and to take a bite out of the new offering, helmed by executive chef Dale Schnell. We ended up just wanting to spend the entire weekend! There isn’t much reason to leave the sophisticated hotel coyly fashioned from a 1950s motor lodge since it provides all a girl could ask for—a calming outdoor bamboo garden overlooking the graceful spire of the Croatian Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, perfectly suited for private functions; a healing spa and deck features a traffic-muffling waterfall; a thumping bar and the XL Nightclub keeps the rhythm and certainly cuts down on cab fare and the sheer cost of venturing out. But alas, we were only there for the food. We

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launched with a Nicolas Feuillate glass of bubbly to stave off the crushing heat, of course, before embarking on a cocktail or two. The Steaming Hot combined chili-infused Russian Standard vodka with an even dash of St. Germain and lime juice plus fizz from sparkling wine. A clean and green Vinho Verde from Portugal set us up with our baby arugula salad. Pickled watermelon and crunchy watermelon radish slivers dallied in sherry vinegar, while feta cheese bore witness. A fatty slab of braised, smoked bacon was a flavorful, indelicate and exhausting missile aimed right at the waistline. We tore into the crisped artichokes that adorned the dish, however, and also loved the blue cheese vinaigrette. To the seafood! West Coast oysters with a warm leek fondue tasted like the beach, dressed in a chiffonade of basil summer wear. Sections of ruby red grapefruit colorfully en-

hanced fluke from the East Coast, further perked up by ginger and piquillo peppers. A fish-filled tasting included mouth-popping nubbins of rock shrimp and Maine lobster rolls managing through a flood of mayonnaise. We avoided the calamari portion, which held a rubbery aspect. Crispy “cubes” of quinoa were similar to Italian arancini rice balls and ideal to pick at while we pursued our entrées. The same went for tempurafried green beans with a smooth, pale toasted-almond dipping sauce. Softly cooked tubes of garganelli rolled about with slashes of grilled fennel, verdant and substantial fava beans, tangy Niçoise olives and a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese. The buttery petite beef filet grilled medium rare was actually rather thick and meaty and fork tender (just how we like our men!). It was wonderfully done with a firm plank of walnut-stuffed ravioli on top and

wilted baby spinach in a seductive pinot noir sauce. Short of a baked potato, fries are a must for me with steak and accompanying Sexy Fries had just the right touches of salt, vinegar, paprika and garlic to round out the dish. We dove into the bombe with abandon. With the delicious advent of chocolate

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PETER’S PANS: fatty braised bacon; unappetizing calamari


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what’s Cookin’ ALL THE FOODIE NEWS YOU CAN SWALLOW. By Peter Sherwood

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n revolving kitchen-door news, chef Nathan Foot, founder of the East Villages’s Northern Spy Food Co., will step into the kitchen clogs of chef Gabe Moya at Calyer (92 Calyer St, 347-889-6323, CalyerBrooklyn.com) in Greenpoint. Thankfully, Foot will bring his extraordinary kale salad, among other dishes, to the new venture.

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Now that Pounds & Ounces (160 Eighth Ave, 646-449-8150, PoundsAndOuncesNYC.com) has weighed in on the Chelsea food scene, there are also Stoli-fueled Neon Tuesdays, Fiesta Thursdays and upcoming drag cabaret events to accompany Sunday dinners. At Prandial (31 W 21st St, 212-510-8722, PrandialNYC.com), a recent entry in the Flatiron District, guests are invited to bend an elbow at the rich mahogany bar or settle back into the library to toast friends and down oysters over chilly bubbly (or ice cold drafts) in more intimate surroundings. Flights of fish and rib eye steaks flood the banquettes for those eyeing a proper sitdown. Have a taste for Thai? Looking for a little French fare? Some South African sustenance? At Station (166 N Seventh St, 718599-1596, StationNYC.com) in Williamsburg Chef Rue (from Eleven Madison Park) brings all of the above and more plus lots of wine available for pairing. All aboard! N

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MANUEL: Director Chris Steele strikes the perfect balance of satire and sex, alternating funny acting scenes with hot man-fucking—like the sweaty, toecurling pounding Steve Stiffer gives twink Doug Acre, and the cum-soaked three-way featuring brown-and-lovely Robert Axel. ROD: The only thing better than Stiffer’s porn name is his ability to suck his own cock! And the dialogue is hilarious. Where did they come up with the threat “I’ll Daddy-fuck you”? MANUEL: As Price and Goodman are crouched at a toilet, frantically finger-fucking each other’s throats to vomit up the fellatio-inducing drugs, a disgusted janitor (porn legend Ron Jeremy!) comments, “I know they’re pushing safe sex, but this is ridiculous. In my day, we smoked pot and looked at pictures of girls’ titties.”

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