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OCT 5, 2012

NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE

WINNER DAVID CUSHNIE-BELL

COMIC CON COVER CONTEST

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CONTENTS

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14 A SITE FOR SORE EYES Waiting 10 years for a 9/11 memorial is nothing compared to the more than 30-year wait for a space remembering those who died of AIDS. But a new coalition of community members might finally bring that wait to an end.

18 COMIC CON COVER CONTEST: THE FINALISTS It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a hot super hero with a big bulge! A look at some of the bad-ass illustrations that made it to the final round of our second-annual contest.

THE NEXUS 6 6 8 10 12 12 58

The Week in Photos Commentary: They get paid for sex and they expect an award? Getting Personal with Dot429 CEO Richard Klein My Gay City: Midtown Comics Commentary: Partying with a gluten allergy. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

NEXTWEEK 24 28 30 36 38 40 42

Calendar of Events A/V Club: Steven Brinberg’s essential Barbra Streisand listening. Bars & Clubs Map Nightlife: Israel’s DJ Aron prepares for his Splash takeover. Spotlight: Mr. American Rubber and the return of niche fetish culture. A/V Club: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and American theater’s legacy of alcoholism. D.I.Y.: Freedom to Marry is throwing a national engagement party—and you’re invited!

COLUMNS 44 45 46 47 48 50 52

Sound Check: Perfume Genius’ sobering songwriting. The Right Track Reel Love Curtain Up Eats Bottom’s Up Double Take

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Business Directory

ON THE COVER: David Cushnie-Bell’s Pow!, the grand-prize winner of our second-annual Comic Con Cover Contest, presented in part by Geeks Out. ON THIS PAGE: Nick Yakimovich’s Twinkbot. Visit p.18 for more. PUBLISHER DAVID MOYAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF BENJAMIN SOLOMON ART DIRECTOR CHARLIE PIAZZA 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 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES DON ROBINDER, ZEKE PEREZ, ROBERTO BUCKLEY MARKETING DIRECTOR MATTHEW THARRETT DISTRIBUTION MANAGER EZEQUIEL PEREZ

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FRANK CONWAY, MARC CUENCO, WIL FISHER, DUSTIN FITZHARRIS, JAMESON FITZPATRICK, DAN HECHING, DAVID HURST, JEFF KAGAN, JUSTIN LOCKWOOD, PAUL MATSUMOTO, JORDAN RUBENSTEIN, BRIAN SLOAN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS SANTIAGO FELIPE, KEVIN THOMAS GARCIA, GUSTAVO MONROY CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS BRUCE GLIKAS, ROBERT H. MCGEE, WILSONMODELS CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATORS MATTHEW LEBARON, TIMOTHY PIOTROWSKI, ANDY SWIST, WILL VARNER NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RIVENDELL MEDIA: 212-242-6863, RIVENDELLMEDIA.COM

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BD Wong honored at the Courage Awards • Summer Camp closes out the season • Gotye emotes in Williamsburg

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

Sex In Public AN ANNUAL SEX BACCHANNAL CELEBRATES MORE THAN JUST HOT BODS.

love big balls, and this Sunday night at Rebel, Rentboy.com will toss one of New York’s biggest—HustlaBall. For the past two years, I have attended this annual mega dance party and have loved every inch of it. HustlaBall distinguishes itself from other major gay parties by being “one of the raunchiest events on the dance circuit” and attracts thousands of attendees annually at its venues in London, Berlin and Las Vegas. Sure, there’s great music from top-name DJs and three floors of dancing, but face it: the porn stars are the real draw. Not only can you rub elbows (and maybe much more) with dozens of gay porn’s hottest performers, the abundance of “adult content” entertainment for which the Ball has become notorious pretty much guarantees you’ll get your fill of XXXrated fun. But do sex workers really need celebrating? And if so, is a hedonistic circuit party devoted to hustlers the best way to do it? More than one friend has expressed to me his discomfort with the idea of “celebrating sex workers,” but whatever your thoughts on the morality of escorting, you can’t deny the fact that the world’s oldest profession is, in fact, a

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LINCOLN CENTER PHOTO: ROBERT MCGEE

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L’ELISIR D’AMORE @ LINCOLN CENTER Out actor and star of Broadway’s upcoming The Performers Cheyenne Jackson attends the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s new season.


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Overheard:

“A guy shopping for a jock strap should just ask themselves which one they’d change into before their trick came over.” —Nasty Pig’s Dave Hughes in The Nexus’ guide to buying a jock strap

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profession. As long as people are willing to pay for sex, chances are there will be others who will supply the service. It seems to me that events like HustlaBall attempt to remove the stigma from what many consider a legitimate profession. It’s worth noting that HustlaBall began in 1998 as essentially a private party in the basement of Stellas, a fabulously seedy bar/strip club on West 47th Street, where you could go to enjoy sexy go-go dancers, have a drink and feel a little scandalous. These were the pre-Grindr days, when Internet sex sites were in their infancy and some things— like our individual relationships with porn, dating and sex—were still fairly private. To the extent that HustlaBall has succeeded in its 14 years in bringing boys out of dark basements and onto big public stages, one might argue that it has also contributed to changing the way many of us think and talk about certain kinds of sex workers. It is important to recognize that not all escorts are the same. There is a wide array of men, women, boys, girls and transgender individuals around the world who by choice, necessity, circumstance, or force participate as “sex workers.” The buff, bronzed, cameraready guys strutting their stuff center stage at HustlaBall have little in common with, say, teenage girls recruited from impoverished towns and villages around the globe and trafficked into the sex trade. It would, however, be great to see the adult entertainment industry get more visibly active in sex worker advocacy with groups like the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, Sex Workers Outreach Project New York City (SWOP-NYC) or Sex Workers Action New yorK (SWANK). And for those who do choose to indulge in this Sunday’s bacchanal at Rebel, it might be worth taking a moment to reflect—as you come up for air from between some porn star’s hot, sweaty, bare thighs—that this freedom isn’t a given. Thankfully we live in a time and place where we can choose to pay or be paid for fantasy—no need to hide in shame—and even dare to throw ourselves a ball to celebrate it. N

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SEX IN PUBLIC CONT.

Richard Klein

CHOOSE ONE: WORKPLACE MOVIE

9 to 5

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Working Girl

Office Space

Broadcast News

Lilly, Dolly and Jane. Amazing. What apps on your phone can you not live without? Uber. When you need a town car in less than 5 minutes. They are there.

CHOOSE ONE: IDEAL NETWORKING LOCATION

Gym

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Bar

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Train

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All four. You should always be networking.

Party

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What workplace trend do you wish would die? The old idea that people needed to all fit a cookie-cutter to be effective at a company. It’s our diversity as a country and as humans that makes us strong.

RICHARD KLEIN, THE CEO OF GAY professional networking organization dot429, says that now is a great time to be an out professional. “Companies are waking up to the lucrative LGBT market, a well educated demographic with strong purchasing power,” he explains. “As companies see the power of the LGBT community, more and more they are seeing the power of having a diverse workforce who understands this community.” Those exciting trends are part of what made dot429 possible, a social networking platform for out professionals that also features an interactive website, original video content and educational events with live speakers. One of these live events, the Straight Talk conference, will be taking over the Tribeca Grand Hotel from October 12-14 to explore a wide range of issues impacting the gay community from a panel on being gay in professional sports to an event focused on anti-bullying. “At StraightTalk, we bring some of the most influential thinkers and speakers together to talk about issues that are current and of interest,” says Klein. “It’s a natural evolution of [our original] promise to give the LGBT community and our allies a more formal way to connect with one another and help each other advance in their careers and their lives.” If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be? Bring the cost of living down by 20%. What’s your best tip to staying productive? Studies show that the most productive workers bring their “whole self” to work. That means being the same person in the office as you are outside of the office. As companies learn this, the celebration of diversity grows and people are encouraged to be themselves.


Material Girls:

Some of the more creative materials used in outfits at this weekend’s Bushwig festival of drag: Untitled Queen Felt Florals

Babes Trust Fake Birds

Darell Thorne Plastic Silverware

Merrie Cherry Rafia Palm

BEARCITY 2: THE PROPOSAL PREMIERE @ CINEMA VILLAGE Star Joe Conti and director Douglas Langway pose for photographers at the New York premiere for their new hairy gay rom-com.

THE COURAGE AWARDS @ STUDIO 450 BD Wong speaks to guests at The Anti-Violence Project’s benefit after being honored for his work to end violence against the gay community. OCTOBER 5, 2012 9

CINEMA VILLAGE PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; THE STONEWALL INN AND STUDIO 450 PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY

PENAL INSTITUTION: BOYLESK 101 SHOWCASE @ THE STONEWALL INN Go-Go Harder keeps the crowd engaged between numbers at the student showcase for his six-week Fall boylesk class.


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Tweet of the Week:

“I’ve tried a hot mouth on for size in a fitting room. #obvious #predictable #true” —Hunting Season’s Marc Sinoway via @designerdouche on The Nexus’ exclusive clip from Episode Six

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PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

“THROUGHOUT THE FIVE OR SO YEARS I’ve lived in New York, Midtown Comics (200 W 40th St, MidtownComics.com) has been one of my favorite places to spend money I don’t have. Coming from the suburbs of South Florida, Midtown is both familiar and exiting, having the feel and friendliness of a local comic shop but with significantly more real estate, merchandise and foot traffic. They reward patronage, taking $20 bucks off your purchase every time you’ve spent over $100 (even accumulatively). And as a gay nerd, I have a lot of respect for Midtown Comics after their downtown location celebrated the release of a landmark issue of Astonishing XMen [#51, which prominently featured a same-sex wedding] by hosting a real-life gay wedding inside the store. Midtown Comics is the go-to New York retailer for collectors, fanboys/fangirls, gamers and anyone who wants to forget they’re an adult for an afternoon.” —David Vasquez, 26, grad student residing in Astoria


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Comment of the Week:

“I barely recognized him! At first I thought Chase Crawford dyed his hair.” —John Petrozino Jr. via Facebook on Perez Hilton’s debut in Newsical! The Musical

BY GORDON WEST

Gluten Free with a Twist AWARENESS IS SPREADING ABOUT GLUTEN INTOLERANCE FROM THE GROCERY AISLE TO THE BAR STOOL.

eli bagels, street cart pastries and the crust of a New York-style pizza are obvious offenders for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. But surely the straight-up-with-atwist sacred ground of happy hour should be safe, right? After all, it’s just a few cocktails, not a breadstick buffet. However, for the approximate 10 percent of the population facing gluten intolerance, some of those martinis and margaritas offering a temporary escape could be harboring an enemy they’re trying to avoid: gluten. Though the distillation of grainbased vodkas like Grey Goose, Ketel One and Stolichnaya should in theory eliminate all traces of gluten, the Celiac Sprue Association—the largest non-profit celiac support group in America—recommends that the gluten-intolerant only drink non-grain-based vodkas to play it safe. Some producers actually put mash back into a spirit after distillation that will add gluten to an otherwise gluten free product. And tossing back tequila instead of vodka won’t necessarily leave you in the clear either; if tequila has a caramel color, this hue is often achieved with a color additive containing gluten. For most people the end result of tying on one too many the night before might be limited to a headache and greasy food cravings. For the gluten-intolerant, they might end up with headaches, bloating and skin rashes. With restaurateurs and bartenders making gluten-free alternatives more accessible for consumers, the perception of gluten-free as a fad is gradually being replaced with the reality of it as a serious disorder. But are our neighborhood bars, pubs and dives on par with this trend? Jonathan Hicks, head bartender of Flam-

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

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Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did Seth MacFarlane turn down Morrissey’s invitation to perform at The Oscars because the Boy Scouts are still anti-gay? Read on…

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After 20 years, LGBT newsmagazine In The Life will air its final episode on PBS in December.

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The Oscars have been trying to attract a younger audience for years now, but with Family Guy creator SETH MACFARLANE hosting this year, they might actually succeed in sucking a little vital essence from the kids at home.

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Neil Patrick Harris, one of our country’s most valuable gays, has inked a deal to write a memoir.

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Pro-marriage equality ads are all over the air in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and

Washington, but the AP has noticed that there are surprisingly few gay people in those ads.

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supporting the youth organization because of its policy of excluding gays.

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The Museum of Sex has bestowed the honor of a lifetime membership upon Jets quarterback and 25year-old virgin TIM TEBOW.

Oh man, we cannot wait to hear what Faye Dunaway has to say about Miley Cyrus playing Bonnie Parker in the new History/Lifetime miniseries Bonnie & Clyde.

Morrissey says the organizers of Coachella offered to make the festival a 100% vegetarian event if he would reunite with guitarist Johnny Marr as The Smiths back in 2010.

It turns out, reports that CHRISTINA AGUILERA told record label executives that she refused to change her body to promote her new album are completely false.

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Intel to Scouts: No more cash for you! Last week, THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA’S numero uno corporate funder announced it would cease

ing Saddles Saloon in Hell’s Kitchen, says that it’s a consideration he’s definitely taken into account. “We added Ciroc to our bar just about two weeks ago because we were having people come in and asking for it for those exact reasons,” says Hicks. “People just kept asking for it [Ciroc], then we came to find out that people were trying to stay clear of liquors with gluten in them.”

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down the opportu10 turned nity to perform with Lady Gaga apparently

Madonna at Yankee Stadium last month due to her own tour.

Though awareness of gluten-intolerance is progressively spreading, it’s still important for those affected by it to be aware, prepared, inquisitive and even understanding. If your vodka isn’t available, have a back-up booze in mind. “We have a lot of whiskey drinkers,” says Hicks. “Wild Turkey, I believe that’s gluten free as well so I notice that anybody who has a gluten problem tends to drink that.” N


Historical Teases:

The historical figures that inspired performances at Go-Go Harder’s surprisingly educational Penal Institution student showcase: Jesus

A WWII Sailor

Alfred Douglas

Mister Rogers

SUMMER CAMP @ SKY ROOM Promoters Matthew Gagnon and Michael Cohen (center, with hosts Markus and Marti Gould Cummings) mug for the camera at the final installment of their summer rooftop party.

HEADMASTER NO. 4 LAUNCH PARTY @ TENDER TRAP Editors of the gay art mag Headmaster, Jason Tranchida and Matthew Lawrence, celebrate the new issue of their bi-annual publication. OCTOBER 5, 2012 13

SKY ROOM TERRACE PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY; WILLIAMSBURG PARK AND TENDER TRAP PHOTOS: SANTIAGO FELIPE

GOTYE @ WILLIAMSBURG PARK The Australian singer, who’s dominated the airwaves (and dance clubs) over the last year with his alt-breakup jam “Somebody I Used To Know,” performs during his sold-out Brooklyn show.


A TRIANGLE EPICENTER Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn in front of the lot where they have proposed the building of a new AIDS memorial.

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SITE BY JORDAN RUBENSTEIN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS BISHOP

SORE EYES DECADES LATER, ADVOCATES ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR  A PLACE TO REMEMBER THOSE STRUCK DOWN BY AIDS. BUT A NEW PROPOSED MEMORIAL IN THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE IS GIVING THEM HOPE.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened at the World Trade Center site 10 years after the attacks. This huge memorial—with two one-acre pools and man-made waterfalls—took what many called a long time to build, while various smaller September 11 memorials were erected around the country.

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A SITE FOR SORE EYES ET COMPARATIVELY, 30 YEARS AFTER the AIDS crisis began, little has been done to provide permanent memorial spaces for those lost to devastating disease. The AIDS Memorial Quilt, while massive and international in scope, is now too big to display in its entirety and was never designed for an ongoing installation. In San Francisco, the National AIDS Memorial Grove serves as a place for those who were touched by AIDS to gather. But in New York, there is only a 42-foot-long curved granite bench in Hudson River Park. “[Sure, the bench is] beautiful, it’s tasteful; the piers were an important location in LGBT history especially in the late ’70s early ’80s when AIDS was first starting. I think the relative impact of the AIDS crisis on New York City history and LGBTQ history deserves something much more grand and centrally located than

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few organizations that supported people with AIDS; organizers, caretakers and those infected would gather there. “The onset of the epidemic was very much focused in The Village,” he says. Woodworth is also among the advocates pushing to bring this new AIDS memorial to the neighborhood and knew they wouldn’t have to go far from The Center’s doors to find the perfect spot: A triangular space bordered by Seventh Avenue, 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue currently houses infrastructure which once served the now shuttered St. Vincent’s hospital. Much

“We both recognized the incredible ignorance in ourselves and in our peer group about the history of the AIDS crisis.” —Chris Tepper just that,” says Chris Tepper, Brooklyn Navy Yard’s director of development, who along with Paul Kelterborn are part of a coalition working to build what they feel is a longoverdue AIDS memorial in New York. Tepper and Kelterborn were first drawn to the idea of an AIDS memorial as part of the solution to educate a generation of gay people who remain unaware of the history of the gay community during the AIDS crisis. “We both recognized the incredible ignorance in ourselves and in a lot of our peer group about the history of the AIDS crisis. We wanted to find a way to help work on LGBT historical preservation, specifically in the built environment,” Tepper says. “This was the room where ACT UP got started in 1987,” says Robert Woodworth, as we sit in a large room on the first floor of the LGBT Community Center. Woodworth began his work at the Center 29 years ago and saw how AIDS impacted the community first hand. In the 1980s, he helped the LGBT Center become one of

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like The Center, St. Vincent’s was considered an epicenter of the epidemic; the hospital housed the first and largest AIDS ward on the east coast. The hospital is currently owned by Rudin Management, which is in the process of turning St. Vincent’s into luxury condos. But, since the space is no longer being used as a hospital, the city is requiring Rudin to create a public park on the property. As luck would have it, Rudin choose the triangular space near the LGBT Center. So, during the review process, Tepper and Kelterborn proposed the idea of turning the space into an AIDS memorial. The idea gained popularity, and the AIDS memorial morphed from a small grassroots movement to a real possibility garnering support from across the community. “It just seemed fitting that when you’re creating a new public


canopy,” Tepper says. “The architects are working with the visual impact created in a grove of trees when trees are lost.” Elements of the narrative paving surface also have metaphorical meaning: they resemble the rings in tree trunks when the trees are cut down, symbolizing those lost to the AIDS crisis. They also look like the symbol for an epicenter, which is appropriate since the area was one of the first epicenters of the disease. The surface would include a patchwork of facts about the crisis, poetry and other writing that would convey the meaning and importance of the memorial. The reflective water feature will help people meditate and improve the contemplative feel of the space. After the new memorial was designed, the community had the opportunity to get feedback on the park’s design at three community board design charrettes. “The public could come and talk about what they wanted in a memorial,” Tepper says. And on July 19, the project passed a huge hurdle— the Manhattan Community Board 2 voted to approve the design. Now, the design must pass approval by the Parks Department, the City Planning Commission and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Even once the design is approved by these different groups, which is expected to occur this month, NYC AIDS Memorial Park is required to raise money to build and maintain the park before construction can begin. “It’s going to stand out in the park and neighborhood,” says Kelterborn, who along with Tepper hopes the community will use the park for anniversaries of lost friends or lovers, on World AIDS Day and events that raise awareness about the AIDS crisis. “So many people who lived through the AIDS crisis are longing for a place to remember those SCARRED EARTH they lost. We’ve created a space for the comA rendering of the proposed munity to gather. It’s more than just a single NYC AIDS Memorial at Seventh and Greenwich Avenue. element in a park,” Tepper says. Creating the memorial is a vital first step to addressing a larger issue of AIDS awareness. Tepper of the park was subsequently approved. Sadly Rudin was only willing to allocate 1,600 hopes that the power of the memorial will help people square feet of the park to the AIDS memorial, crushing continue “talking about AIDS, raising funds for AIDS the advocate’s plans. And so the project began its long [treatment and research] and making sure our country is allocating the resources globally and domestically to journey from concept to realization. First, Tepper and Kelterborn had Studio a+i re- fight HIV/AIDS.” Once it’s built, Tepper stresses the imdesign the memorial to fit into the new space. While portance of taking advantage of the memorial, and cresmaller than Tepper and Kelterborn originally antici- ating programming to ensure that the AIDS crisis pated, “the new design is one that is more intimate and doesn’t become a forgotten part of history. “We don’t it still creates a really special and unique place,” Kelter- want to let anyone down. We want it to be something that serves the entire LGBT community and AIDS comborn shares. The current design for the park includes three main munity.” Adds Woodworth: “We have to put something elements: a planted canopy creating a sheltered area of in the physical environment that will remind people of the park, a reflective water feature for meditation and a it. It’s time to do that.” N “narrative surface” with meaningful and engaging words. “I think one of the most exciting parts is this Visit AIDSMemorialPark.org for more info. park at the site that has so much importance to that history, that we do something beautiful to commemorate that history and celebrate all the early activists and all the people who died, and the caregivers,” Tepper says. The initial plan for the memorial involved a 17,000square-foot park occupying the entire triangular space. Based on this proposal, Kelterborn and Tepper founded NYC AIDS Memorial Park and launched a competition to find a potential design. Studio a+i, based in Brooklyn, submitted the winning plan, originally titled “Infinite Forest.” The idea of including an AIDS memorial as part

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ong, long ago (uh, August) in a galaxy far, far away (where is the Internet located, anyway?) we sent out a bat signal to all would-be comic-book artists to send us their most fabulous illustrations for the chance to be featured on the cover of Next Magazine, the universe’s most awesome publication. First, you submitted some really creative, unique visions. Then our readers gave their two cents by choosing their favorites on Facebook, narrowing down the field to five finalists appearing in this very feature. Finally, a thoroughly curated panel of judges—which included Geeks Out board members Joey Stern, Rogan Josh and Patrick Yacco; and Chance Whitmire, editor of FanBoysOfTheUniverse.com—deliberated over the work of the finalists to choose one grand-prize winner: this issue’s cover artist David Cushnie-Bell. There are a lot of extremely talented artists in our fair city and we are proud to highlight some of the best. So enjoy their muscle-bound and masked awesomeness on the following pages. And who knows? You might see one of these heroes in an actual comic book one day! N

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Meet grand prize winner David Cushnie-Bell at New York Comic Con, October 11–14 (Javits Center, 655 W 34th St)! CushnieBell will be appearing at the Geeks Out booth on Friday, October 12 from 4pm-7pm. And be sure to check out all the exciting events and gay geekery at the Geeks Out booth, #1974. Visit GeeksOut.org and NewYorkComicCon.com for more info.

Phillip Orozco “EGO THE HITMAN”

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Edito Pick r’s Josh Dunbar

“DRAWN TOGETHER”

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David Fabricant

“THE SUPER-QUEEROES” 20 OCTOBER 5, 2012


Johan & Kristoffer Eriksson “THE MEADOWLARK”

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Watch out for water sports! Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron star in The Paperboy, out October 5, and former The Smiths lead singer Morrissey plays Radio City Music Hall on October 10 as well as Terminal 5 October 12 and 13.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE OCTOBER 5 THROUGH OCTOBER 14 ROCKIT: NIGHT OF A THOUSAND BLONDES XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Blonde betches Amanda Lepore and Epiphany host a special platinum edition of Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio’s long-running, hit pop night. Blondie Lady Bunny spins in the Kiki Lounge while Corey Craig (in a blond wig?) holds the main floor down. Drinks are 2-for-1 till midnight. 10pm; free before 11pm/cover varies.

FRIDAY

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CONTACT ALEX ERIKSON AT LISTINGS@NEXTMAGAZINE.NET IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE LISTED. LISTINGS ARE FREE AND SUBJECT TO EDITORIAL DISCRETION.

FLIRT FRIDAYS Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge, 642 10th Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bartiniultralounge.com. Ebonee Excell and DJ Steven Paul fire up the smoke machine—literally—and pack a Jell-O shot-loving crowd of Hell’s Kitchen boys into the bar for a good kiki. 10pm; free. FLEX FRIDAYS The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com. Tonight

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at The Ritz the boys will be celebrating Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron’s newest film, The Paperboy. Since Efron dances in his undies in the film, if you dance in your skivvies you’ll get movie passes and a complimentary drink. DJs John Marto and Xavier spin pop and Top 40. 10pm; free. THE GAY OLE OPRY Littlefield, 622 Degraw St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), Park Slope, gayoldopry.com. Hey y’all! Put on your boot scootin’ boots and head to Brooklyn for the annual queer country music festival. Nath Ann Carrera, Wiley Gaby and others perform while Bryn Kelly hosts. Plus, DJ Andrew Boortsyn of Big Apple Ranch spins two steppin’ tunes all night. Yee Haw! 8pm; $10. FRIDAY Bubble Lounge, 228 West Broadway (@ White St), bubblelounge.com. DJ Johnny Dynell spins a set of ’80s, ’90s and contempo-

rary house beats for a mixed crowd of champagne swigging lounge kids. 10pm; free. FLASH POP FIRST FRIDAYS Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), sugarlandnightclub.com. At Jonathan & BPro’s monthly Friday night party well drinks are 2-for1 till midnight and Will Sheridan performs at 12:30am. 9pm; free before 11pm/$5 general admission. THE MAD WORLD OF MISS HATHAWAY EPISODE 7 Wild Project, 195 E Third St (btwn Aves A/B), thewildproject.com. Angela di Carlo has written a new episode, subtitled “This is Your Midlife Crisis…On Drugs!” to her periodic, musical parody of Mad Men-style corporate life. Previous episodes have gotten praise form the likes of Jake Shears, John Cameron Mitchell and Justin Vivian Bond. It plays through Oct 6. 8pm; $20.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 MR. EAGLE The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Tonight, Mr. Eagle contestants compete in the main event at the weekend-long celebration of leather culture. The night is broken down into three sections: intros in bar and cruise wear, where guys get to know the audience in less formal leatherwear; Jock and Question, in which the leather men get grilled in their strap; and finally the formal leather portion of the evening, where contestants have an opportunity to address the audience with a speech. Says The Eagle: “The bottom line is to be who you are and not what you think Mr. Eagle should be.” 10pm; cover varies. DESILICIOUS: OBAMARAMA Pachita, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), sholayevents.com. Atif Toor, Ashu Rai and their Sholay Productions crew are hosting special Obamarama edition of their

MacKenzie Miller’s new party is “red light district sexiness” and they’ll be bringing rotating guest hosts like Will Wikle, Matthew Camp, Vinny Vega and Jay Roth to the floor to make sure things are as hot as possible. Rotating DJs spin vocal house. 10pm; free.

DANCE 208: FUR BALL The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaycenter.org. Joe Fiore and co. pay tribute to Michael Brody’s Paradise Garage with an evening of beefy boys getting down to garage classics. DJ Corey Craig holds things down on the decks in the mainroom and DJ Vito Fun is on the ones and twos in the ballroom. 8pm–1am; $10.

FURBALL AFTERPARTY Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. After Furball, head to Chelsea for a 2-for-1 drinks after 2am as things get a little hairy at Boxer’s Saturday night party. You just might find a beefy boy of your own. 1am; free.

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S.E.X G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. The theme of Jason Hellinger and

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 HUSTLABALL Rebel, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), hustlaball.com. Lock the door, lower the blinds and put on your cock ring: it’s time for Hustlaball. Brent Everett, Bruno Knight, Samuel Colt, Rafael Alencar, Jake Steel, Tommy Defendi and a bunch of other hustlas get frisky at Rentboy.com’s annual escort party. DJs include Hector Fonseca, Nita, Phil Romano (in from Rome), Manny Ward, Tony Bruno and Chi Chi Larue in the VIP room. The night isn’t just hedonistic fun though: proceeds benefit Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Doors open at 10pm with VIP ticket. 11pm; $55 general admission/$120 VIP.

ENCORE Tenjune, 26 Little W 12th St (btwn Ninth Ave/Washington St), raffertymazurevents.com. After Griffin Sundays, Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur head to their special Columbus Day Weekend party a block away for a black light, antic filed late-night shindig. Special guest hosts Jason Hellinger, Antonio Cedeno, Sasha Seven, Gabriel Joseph Anthony, Giovanni Monte, Richie Coppelino, Omar Gonzalez and Jason Casals party with DJs Eddie Martinez and Louis Perez on the decks and Miss Roze (Black) at the door. 11pm–5am; $15 in ad-

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vance/$25 VIP in advance/general admission varies. HORSE MEAT DISCO Cielo, 18 Little W 12th St (btwn Ninth Ave/Washington St), joshwoodproductions.com. The Horse Meat Disco boys, best known for their residency at The Eagle in London, are headed to this side of the pond for a disco party in the Meatpacking District with Josh Wood, Jared Needle and Ladyfag. 10pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission.

PAPA Amnesia, 609 W 29th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), papanyc.com. Tonight the hottest thing out of Israel is Eliad Cohen and his Tel Aviv- and Madrid-inspired party. Cohen teamed up with Jared Needle for a one-night-only event featuring Hector Romero and Tel Aviv-based DJ Erez Ben Ishay. “Our Papa parties attract some of the sexiest guys I’ve ever seen under one roof truly,” Cohen says. And judging by his bulging biceps and charming smile, we’d definitely agree. 11pm–5am; $25. HABIBI Studio XXI, 59 W 21st St (@ Sixth Ave), habibinyc.com. The party for Middle Eastern ’mos and their admirers is moving from its for-

SATURDAYS Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. The popular Hell’s Kitchen spot packs in a crowd of cute boys to dance, drink and maybe even play a little pool while rotating DJs spin. 10pm; free.

mer Hell’s Kitchen digs to the Flatiron-adjacent club. They’ll have 2-for-1 drinks till 10pm and plenty of sexy belly dancers. 8pm; $15 before 10pm/general admission varies. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. September fashion madness may no longer have its grip on New York, but at Susanne Bartsch’s popular Sunday party, you can still werk it out in all your fashion fabulousness. Rotating DJs and Bartsch’s usual crew of freaky nightlife folks pump up the Sunday jams. 10pm; free. THE HAUS OF MIMOSA Ktchn, 508 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), ktchnnyc.com. The recently-opened XL Nightclub-adjacent restaurant brings drag duo the Haus of Mimosa to their Sunday brunch. Noon–3pm; free (plus food/drink minimum). SUNDAY BEER BLAST Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. The Jets might not be playing till Monday night this week, but you can still catch all the games (including Giants versus Browns) today during Gym’s $3 beer blast. 1pm–9pm; free.

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2012 SCAVENGER HUNT Posh, 405 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), poshbarnyc.com. Sick of spending hours in dark bars while the last few warm days run out? Active gays take note: tonight, Posh presents a scavenger hunt where you can get $4 Absolut cocktails and $3 draft beers at each of the locales on the hunting list. Bring all your findings back by 10:30pm for the winner tally. 6:30pm; free.

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monthly party for South Asian gays. “We felt the 2012 election was just as important to support as [the] ’08,” says Toor. “A Romney administration could easily undo the progress Obama’s made these past four years.” That’s a cause worth partying for! 10pm; $10 before 11:30pm/$20 general admission.

BROADWAY HAPPY HOUR XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightlcub.com. Theater queens kick the Monday blues by nabbing 2-for-1 drinks at XL Nightclub’s weekly Broadway sing-along. They’ll have pianist Michael James Roy and singing bartender Jared Zirilli crooning in the lounge. Plus, VJ Ohricky projects Broadway numbers on the big screen. 6pm–10pm; free.

PATTI ISSUES The Duplex, 61 Christopher St (@ Seventh Ave), theduplex.com. At eight, Ben Rimalower had to deal with his dad coming out and embarking on a drug binge that tore his family apart. How’d he deal? With a Patti LuPone obsession, natch. Tonight, he does his LuPone-inspired one-man show—now extended through November 1. 9:30pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission.


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ESSENTIALLY STREISAND A/V CLUB

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BABS IMPERSONATOR STEVEN BRINBERG’S PRE-BARCLAYS CONCERT PLAYLIST.

ull out the record player and dust off those old Streisand 45s—Babs is coming home to Brooklyn! She’ll play concerts on the 11th and 13th, both of which are sure to be a warm-hearted return to her home borough and the city that launched her career. And considering the 70-year-old chanteuse hasn’t played a concert in New York since her ultra-exclusive 2009 Village Vanguard performance, it’s a homecoming a lot of gays have been waiting for. And Streisand impersonator Steven Brinberg is certainly one of them. In fact, he’s so excited about her big show he arranged this pre-concert playlist charting some of Babs’ biggest hits just for us. —Alex Erikson

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1. “I STAYED TOO LONG AT THE FAIR” (1963) “One of her earliest thrilling recordings. Part of it turned up later in a Color Me Barbra medley.” 2. “FREE AGAIN” (1966) “[It’s sung] in English and French and [is] a winner in any language.” 3. “FUNNY GIRL” (1968) “Title song from the film robbed of an Oscar by [The Thomas Crown Affair, whose theme song] she recorded later, “The Windmills of Your Mind.” 4. “BEFORE THE PARADE PASSES BY” (1969) “Or virtually any note she sang in Hello, Dolly! Though this one she

holds almost longer than any other.” 5. “HURRY! IT’S LOVELY UP HERE!” (1970) “[The song that] opens On a Clear Day…There is still a bounty for the 45 minutes Paramount cut from this film including musical numbers. Maybe since they are releasing The Guilt Trip, her latest film, they’ll look for it.” 6. “ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER/A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME” (1971) “Immortalized on Glee. Listen to this and plotz. Barbra got the best possible person to duet with her: Barbra.” 7. “I NEVER HAS SEEN SNOW” (1973) “One of Harold Arlen’s, and Barbra’s, best.” 8. “THE WAY HE MAKES ME FEEL” (1983) “Yentl…it’s almost 30 years old!” 9. “BEING GOOD” (1985) “Cut from The Broadway Album and just released at last.” 10. “LET’S START RIGHT NOW” (1999) “A track from [a version of] A Love Like Ours [that] was only available at Sam Goody. Don’t you hate when they do that and you have to buy it again?”

Barbra Streisand in 2011.

Barbra Streisand at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave (@ Flatbush Ave), Prospect Heights, Oct 11 and 13; $90–$650. Visit barclayscenter.com for more info.

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OCTOBER 9

KARAOKE IDOL Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com. Fancy yourself the next Adam Lambert? Test your karaoke skills at the first of Lips’ three-part competition, where the top troubadour wins $1,000 (and the runner-up nabs a cool $500). 9pm; free.

BORN IN FLAMES: NEW QUEER CINEMA BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave (btwn St. Felix St/Ashland Pl), bam.org. BAMcinematek presents the first night of this 25-film screening series at the Brooklyn arts center. They’ll screen gay classics such as The Watermelon Woman and Born in Flames. 6:50pm; $12

WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (@ West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. Previously Frankie Sharp’s had Natalia Kills, Ab Soto, The Drums and Jake Shears hang with the crowd at his popular Tuesday gig. 10pm; $10.

ANTHROPOMORPHIC: THE MUSICAL Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Grand/Canal Sts), puppetryarts.org. Puppetry Arts presents this musical theater project that explores the story of

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Wesley, a gay boy who commits suicide after being bullied. 6pm–8pm; free. DRINK-N-DRAW This N That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, facebook.com/thisnthatbk. Whether you’re a regular Al Hirschfeld or can hardly draw a stick figure, This N That presents their weekly drawing party. They’ll have a different model every week—ranging from drag queens to go-go boys—but you’ll need to bring your own drawing materials. 7pm–9pm; free.

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NYMFO-DISCO The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com. DJ John Marto spins a mix of Top 40 and pop as Chris Ryan, Chaka-Khanvict and David Yakov celebrate Gayby and Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon releases. 10pm; free. THE SHERRY VINE SHOW Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industrybar.com. Since Sherry Vine is a jet set queen, tonight RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 contestant Pandora Boxx serves Greek mythology realness. DJ Scotty Rox spins. 11pm; free. THE SEXUALITY SPECTRUM Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W Fourth St (btwn Broadway/Mercer St), huc.edu. More than 50 international contemporary artists’ work will be on display in this exploration of sexual orientation as it relates to evolving social and religious attitudes, alienation, marginalization, family, violence and persecution, HIV/AIDS as well as the influence of gays on the Jewish community. Tonight, they present an opening reception and program. 5:30pm–7:30pm; free.

PHOTO: JOSE A GUZMAN

BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES The Triad Theater, 158 W 72nd St (btwn Amsterdam/Columbus Aves), bettedavisaintforsissies.net. This one woman show from writer/actor Jessica Sherr journeys into the head of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars on the night of the 1939 Oscars. 7pm; $12.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 STAR SEARCH Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613. Drag diva Tina Burner is at it again as she hosts her weekly drag talent competition at the Chelsea mainstay. After a bit of a makeover, tonight, the bar unveils its newest look, a salute to the faces of nightlife from the past decade. Is your face on the wall? 11pm; free.

FRIDAY

WICKED Gershwin Theatre, 222 W 51st St (@ Broadway), wickedthemusical.com. After tonight’s performance of the hit Broadway musical, which benefits the It Gets Better Project and The Ben Cohen Standup Foundation, Dan Savage and Ben Cohen and members of the cast stick around for a post-show talk back about the antibullying efforts of Cohen and Savage. 8pm; $152.

OCTOBER 12

VJ FRIDAYS TEXTING PARTY Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Who says the smart phone is killing nightlife? At Boxer’s Friday party you can text your naughtiest thoughts to the big screen while VJ Ohricky spins music videos and guys get loose with shot specials all night. 11pm; free. STRAIGHT TALK: PENFOLDS’ OPENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Sixth Ave (@ Beach St), dot429.com. Olympic figure skater (and recent Next Magazine cover model) Johnny Weir hosts the cocktail reception for the first night of the annual event put on by

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FUSION THURSDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), chrisryannyc.com. DJ Jonny Mack is upstairs while DJ Ricardo spins in the lounge at Chris Ryan’s birthday bash Thursday party. Plus, the night also serves as the Phillip Fusco calendar launch where party boys get to meet Fusco in the flesh. Holly Dae and Dylan Pass host. 10pm; free before 11pm/$5 general admission.

the gay networking organization. The weekendlong conference will tackle issues such as gay participation in sports, politics, corporate America and bullying. 6pm–9pm; $35 general admission/$150 weekend pass. HELLO GORGEOUS! A SALUTE TO THE STREISAND SONGBOOK Hay Playhouse, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave (@ 68th St), hellogorgeous.brownpapertickets.com. Just can’t get enough Babs? The night before her final Barclays Center performance Nick Adams, Jim Caruso, Lorna Luft, Ann Hampton Callaway, Daisy Eagan and others sing a set of Streisand num-

bers to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 8pm; $25 general admission/$65 orchestra seating/$125 VIP. THIRD ANNUAL AMERICAN POLE FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIPS Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St (@ Eighth Ave), americanpolefitness.com. Whoever said pole dancing isn’t a real sport has clearly never seen the boys at the American Pole Fitness Championships. A bevy of boys and girls defy gravity as they vie for the top title in this surprisingly athletic—and, not so surprisingly, pretty gay—competition. 5pm; $55 general admission/$75 orchestra seating/$125 VIP.


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DJ ARON IS LANDING IN NEW YORK—AND TAKING OVER SPLASH FOR HIS A NEW MONTHLY RESIDENCY. attooed denizen of the decks DJ Aron is part of what appears to be an emerging trend of super-sexy Israeli party people crossing the pond to come to New York this fall. “I have gotten a lot of requests from big party promoters in the USA to come and work with them,” the studly spinner explains. You’ll certainly hear no complaints from the boys at Splash, where tonight Aron begins his residency. “I’ll be spinning at Splash once a month or once every other month,” he says. “Can’t wait!” Neither could we. —AE

ON WHAT AWAITS NEW YORK PARTYGOERS:

“They can expect to hear sexy and tribal beats with some vocals. Fun, uplifting and high-energy music.”

HOW HE SEES HIMSELF STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD:

“I don’t like to compare myself to other DJs. Each DJ has their own sound and that’s what makes us different. I produce my own original tracks and remixes and play my own style of music and not the same remixes that other DJs are playing.”

WHO ARE HIS IDOLS?

“I grew up listening to Junior Vasquez [and] Peter Rauhofer. I will never forget Junior’s remixes and the way he used to play at Twilo and Peter at the Roxy. Good times!”

WHAT GETS HIM WAXING NOSTALGIC:

“Definitely the Twilo days. The music and crowd were amazing! Roxy on a Saturday night was magical. I remember going there every week to hear Peter and Victor [Calderone] spin.”

DJ Aron at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), Oct 13 at 10pm; cover varies. Visit splashbar.com for more info.

PHOTO: LEO CASTRO

ON HIS RECENT MOVE TO NEW YORK:

“First reason is my family and friends. I have a big family and a lot of good friends here. Also, I wanted to be closer to Brazil and South America as its seems that over there the parties never die…it’s just getting bigger and bigger and it’s a good place to deejay.”

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 13

SQUEAKY DIRTY FUN

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SPOTLIGHT

WHILE THE OLD BDSM SCENE MAY BE DYING, EVENTS LIKE MR. AMERICAN RUBBER SIGNAL REFRESHED INTEREST IN FORMALITIES OF THE FETISH COMMUNITY.

ILLUSTRATION BY TIM PAUL here’s no doubt that in 2012 the leather, rubber and BDSM scenes are in a state of transition. The Gay Male Sadomasochism Activists (GMSMA), a group that used to hold twice-monthly meetings that celebrated and educated gays about the BDSM scene, put on its last event over three years ago. This year, The New York Renegades, a leather and rubber BDSM group that formed in 1987, announced on its website that it wasn’t sure exactly how it will proceed in the future due to lack of new membership. “The devastation to the BDSM/kink community caused by the rise of the Internet and social networking has seemingly rendered the whole concept and need for the ‘club model’ as moot and past its time,” their homepage reads. At the same time, though, certain once-niche subculture groups now seem to be enjoying relatively mainstream status. “The whole bear thing was such an underground term and now…that’s almost played out at this point,” says Robert Recerra, a rubber man since the early-2000s. And despite many old-school groups blaming the Internet for their current troubles, Recerra says that technology has actually helped rubber men find what they’re looking for. He says he initially discovered the scene in print magazines. “From there, you know, the Internet came into its own and made it a lot easier to find things.” Still, the advent of the digital age has meant a decrease in analogue meetup spots. “Finding out about these events via the Internet is very important,” says Squirm, a longtime rubber devotee. “But there are fewer fetish-themed bars where you can just show up and meet friends and new people on any given weekend.” Last year, Recerra won the fourth annual Mr. American Rubber contest, but when he was faced with the prospect of not being able to pass on his title this year due to The New York Renegades’ unclear future, he decided to put the rubber con-

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test on himself. “A lot of the other cities have these events and they’re big, and New York has always kind of stayed the same,” the upstate New York resident says. Tonight’s event will consist of three parts, each of which has a different costume component. This year, though, “we want it to be more of a party and less of a contest,” Recerra explains. “We’re putting on a show!” exclaims Go-Go Harder, the evening’s host. “The contest, while definitely not your typical Miss America Pageant, is still taken very seriously by all participants,” he notes. Mr. American Rubber Five will be “more inclusive. Even if you’re in the audience you’re going to have a good time,” says Recerra. That inclusive ethos is indicative of the changes that the traditionally exclusive rubber subculture has had to make in recent years. “I think the rubber scene itself, like most subcultures [in] history, has a certain operational style and its own rules of conduct [that] may or may not welcome an influx of inexperienced, curious newbies,” explains Klawdya Rothschild, owner of Brooklyn-based rubber accessories store Klawtex, of the subculture’s previous prevailing attitude. That being said, most rubber men like to see other guys in fetish wear, regardless of their experience level. “The more the merrier,” says Mr. American Rubber 2011. “I don’t think it’s a very clique-ish thing. It’s always fun when you’re at a rubber event and you’re not the only guy in rubber. You know, there’s like a brotherhood or a camaraderie about it.” For a subculture in flux, and a scene that isn’t as concentrated in the New York area as some may hope, it’s good to know there are still guys working to keep the rubber scene alive here. “New York is usually where everything starts, so we gotta take it over,” says Recerra. “Chicago has the big events now and I think New York should have just as big of events as these other places.” —AE

Mr. American Rubber Five at Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), Oct 12 and 13 at 10pm; $8. Visit mramericanrubber.com for more info.

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 13

DRAMA GETS SLOSHED

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A/V CLUB

WHOSE THE DRUNKEST OF THEM ALL? A DETAILED LOOK AT AMERICAN THEATER’S LOVE OF THE BOTTLE.

ass the scotch and make it a double! Tonight, Edward Albee’s acclaimed 1962 play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, about the dysfunctional relationship between hard-drinking George and Martha, and their nightcap guests Nick and Honey, is opening on Broadway on what will be the 50th anniversary of the play’s first night (it was originally staged in the Billy Rose Theater). In the play, George and Martha do their fair share of boozing but they are just two of the many boozehounds from a fine tradition of American Theater drunks. In honor of this milestone occasion, we selected our favorite shows where everyone’s getting blotto. —AE

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The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O’Neill, 1946) The regulars of Harry’s Bar, “a cheap gin mill of the five-cent whiskey, last-resort variety situated on the downtown West Side of New York,” imbibe more alcohol than in any other play in recent memory.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee, 1962)

Drinking, fighting and then some more drinking.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams, 1955) Former high school football star Brick, famously played by Paul Newman in the 1958 film adaptation, drinks often in Williams’ play about a Southern family in crisis.

Hurlyburly (David Rabe, 1984) Buried Child (Sam Shepard, 1978) In Shepard’s critique of the breakdown of the American nuclear family, daddy Dodge is a caustic alcoholic.

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There’s plenty of booze—and drugs—in Rabe’s threehour look into the lives of 1980s Hollywood types.

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Long Day’s Journey into Night

(William Friedkin, 1970)

All of the men in the play—widely considered to be O’Neill’s masterwork—are alcoholics; the play focuses on the dysfunction their addiction causes.

An apartment full of gays drink and carouse as they celebrate Harold’s birthday.

(Eugene O’Neill, 1956)

August: Osage County (Tracy Letts, 2007)

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Miller’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner follows the downfall of salesman Willy Loman, a mild drinker.

SATURDAYS Splash, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Grammy-winning DJ Hex Hector is on the decks tonight at Splash’s super-popular house night. 10pm; cover varies. SNIKT! A QUEER GEEK DANCE PARTY Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), geeksout.org. Celebrate New York Comic Con the gayest way you know how: a geek-themed dance party, natch! DJ Big Ragoo spins. 7pm; free. HEY QUEEN Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), Williamsburg, heyqueen.org. DJs Precolumbian, Amber Valen-

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A family gathers to drink while they mourn the disappearance of their alcoholic father.

Death of a Salesman

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Booth Theater, 222 W 45th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), opens Oct 13 at 8pm; $67–$227. Visit virginiawoolfbroadway.com for more info.

tine and Average Jo spin for Billyburg hipsters and the gender fuck set at Sarah Jenny and Avory Agony’s monthly party. Tonight’s theme is “a queer Goth night of unknown pleasures.” Don’t forget the eyeliner! 10pm; $3 before 11pm/$5 general admission. I FEEL LOVE: A DANCE TRIBUTE TO DONNA SUMMER Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 841 Barretto Street (btwn Lafayette/Garrison Aves), Bronx, bronxacademyofartsanddance.org. Looking for some hot stuff this evening? As part of the BlakTinx Series, BAAD has invited a group of dance companies to create choreography

based on Donna Summer’s music. DJ Shae Bryant will spin a live set where music selections will be spontaneous and dancers will know they’re up when their music comes on. 8pm; $20. QUEER NOT COOL The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St (btwn 44th Rd/44th Ave), Long Island City, secrettheatre.com. Halloween may still be weeks away, but tonight the queer, monthly performance series in Long Island City brings comedian Rob Ribar in to host as they explore Horror Drag. Theater company Animals, stand up comedian Max Bernstein, Matt Pavlovich and screenwriter Anders Nelson perform. 10:30pm; $10.


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NOT GETTING MARRIED? WHO CARES! WITH FREEDOM TO MARRY’S NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT PARTY YOU DON’T NEED TO TIE THE KNOT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

ince July 2011 there’s been an undeniable uptick in fabulous engagement parties in New York. Why? Well, honey, gays are getting married left and right! But the National Engagement Party marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry presents tonight is especially unique. How will they throw a party across the whole country, you ask? Well, in addition to throwing six “anchor event” parties in major cities, they’ll do it by encouraging folks to take the party home with them. And, as a bonus for hosting equalitythemed house parties, DIY planners who raise $2,500 or more will be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Mexico or the Caribbean—perfect for the honeymoon! “We’ve always tried to engage our supporters as we work toward equality for same-sex couples, but this is the first national house party we’ve done,” shares Nicole Collins Bronzan, communications director for Freedom to Marry. How does one go about participating in this countrywide affair? We got Bronzan’s advice about how to throw an engagement party—even if you’re not getting married. —AE

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host the party? Who would you like to invite? How will food and drinks be provided for your guests? What is the total donation goal for your event?”

Tying the knot or not, gays raise funds for Freedom to Marry with a National Engagement Party.

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courage hosts to set ambitious fundraising goals, all hosts who raise $2,500 or more will be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Mexico or the Caribbean.”

bars, community spaces and reliToMarry.org/nep and create an event page. If you choose to have a pub- gious institutions. We suggest choosing a WERK IT OUT FOR lic event, then those who can’t host a place that holds the amount of people P MARRIAGE EQUALITY. party but wish to attend a National En- you’re inviting comfortably, and [that] STE “Hosts are encouraged to be as gagement Party will be able to see will cater to your party’s needs.” 5 creative as they wish to be…The where the closest party is to their locagoal is to raise awareness and much-needed tion. If you choose to have a private THE THREE S: funds for the campaigns in the states where party, then only the guests you choose TEP SIZE, SCALE, SCOPE. to invite will be notified of your event.” S 4 “Hosts can invite as many peo- marriage is on the ballot: Maine, Maryland, ple, or as few, as they wish. To en- Minnesota and Washington.” That way everyone wins.

Freedom to Marry National Engagement Party happens October 13 at various locations around the country. Visit freedomtomarry.org/nep for more info.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPIN? Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. Ever wanted to try your hand on the ones and twos? Here’s your shot! At Posh’s weekly DJ competition party you can win cold hard cash—or your own DJ gig at the Hell’s Kitchen bar. The winner will be determined by audience response, so learn it and lern it well. Sign up promptly at 8pm. The winner will be announced at the final set on October 28. 9pm; free.

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STRAIGHT TALK: SUNDAY BRUNCH Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Sixth Ave (@ Beach St), dot429.com. Sip bottomless mimosas and meet the speakers from the Anti-Bully Project panel at the closing brunch for dot429’s weekend-long symposium. 1pm–4pm; $45. SUNDAY SITUATION: SNAXX The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-mon-

ster.com. Rich King puts on the monthly special edition of his weekly party for friendly, furry guys. 5pm; free before 6pm/$5 general admission. GEEK TRIVIA The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Greenwich/Seventh Aves), gaygeeksofny.com. Hang out, nerd out about comics and show off your knowledge of geek culture at the monthly trivia night. 5:30pm–8:30pm; $5.


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Mike Hadreas

PHOTO: ANGEL CEBALLOS

Sound Check By John Russell

Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas returns to a haunted New York hen Mike Hadreas takes the stage as Perfume Genius, it’s almost always an intense affair. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter’s spare, confessional work deals primarily in trauma, spinning gentle, piano-based songs from the darkest moments in his life. As Hadreas, now based in Seattle, prepares for his October 9 performance at Le Poisson Rouge to support his sophomore album, Put Your Back N 2 It, it’s impossible for us to ignore the fact that so many of those dark moments—though certainly not all—took place here in New York. “I was just a drunk and a drug addict. And that’s just where it all began,” says Hadreas. “A lot of it had to do with the city, but a lot of it was me.” Like many gay teens fleeing their hometowns, Hadreas came to New York looking for a place where he belonged among like-minded queers and the city’s creative class. Instead he escaped into drinking and substance abuse to overcome his natural shyness—a quality that still comes through in this voice as a certain innate vulnerability betraying itself whenever he describes something as “scary”—until the drinking and the drugs became more important than anything else. “It’s an alcoholic thing to feel like you’re not a part of things,” he explains. “But it’s also, I think, a feeling that a lot of gay people have as well. You feel kind of alone most of your life even if you see Will & Grace on TV. That’s not usually you! You still feel alone.” Then, after two years in the city, Hadreas moved back to Seattle to get healthy. There, in his mother’s house, he began writing songs for the first time in his life. The result was his first album, 2010’s searing, isolated Learning. “I was making music just for me, in a lot of ways,” he says of his debut. “The second album’s a lot different because even the recording I was doing in front of other people. And I knew that people were going to listen to it and I wanted to make sure that I thought about that when I made the songs.”

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These days, Hadreas tours with his boyfriend, Alan Wyffels, on keyboard, the two of them alone on stage. It’s an arrangement that creates an even more intimate atmosphere for his gently turbulent songs to exist in. “At first playing the songs and talking about the lyrics was scary,” Hadreas says. “I didn’t feel like I was really performing. I felt more like people were watching me.” But with a few years under his belt performing as Perfume Genius, Hadreas says it’s getting easier. “It’s not like I’m reliving [the experiences behind the songs] every night. So sometimes I’m like, ‘Well, wait, am I not being genuine just because it’s not a harrowing experience every night?’ I don’t think that’s true, but it’s been a weird kind of thing to navigate.” Still, Hadreas says, the trick is to keep everything in perspective. “If I ever get wrapped up in thinking about all that too much, or think about myself too much, I just try to remember that all of this has a purpose to it.” N

ON STAGE THIS MONTH: ollege Music Journal’s annual Music Marathon takes over the city this month, Oct 16–20. As for the rest of the month, let’s start with The Raveonettes at Webster Hall on the 5th, and of course Perfume Genius at Le Poisson Rouge at the 9th. Oct 11 is a big night for shows: Barbra Streisand is at the Barclays Center, the Jonas Brothers reunite at Radio City Music Hall, Ellie Goulding takes on Santos Party House and Martha Wainwright plays Le Poisson Rouge. Morrissey plays Radio City on Oct 10, plus a double header at Terminal 5 on the 12th and 13th, while Santigold takes the stage at Roseland Ballroom on the 13th. Mika is at Webster Hall on the 15th and 16th, and Fiona Apple plays Terminal 5 on the 16th and 17th. You may as well just camp out at Terminal 5 for a while: The Presets (Oct 19), The Darkness (Oct 21) and Alanis Morissette (Oct 22) all play the venue. On the 23rd, Cat Power is at Hammerstein Ballroom and Melissa Etheridge plays there the following night. Also on Oct 24, Regina Spektor takes on the Beacon Theater. The xx plays the Bronx’s Paradise Theater on the 26th. On the 27th, Escort is at Webster Hall, Aimee Mann is at Town Hall and Grace Jones is at Roseland. Smashing Pumpkins ends the month at Barclays on the 31st.

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Kylie Minogue; (inset) Rihanna’s new single

The Right Track By Keo Nozari he key to any successful pop act’s longevity is story building. They can easily get typecast (much like popular actors)—locked into the sound, sub-genre or sentiment where they found their biggest success. To keep things fresh, they must expand beyond comfort zones while managing not to alienate their core audience and while remaining true to their well-defined pop character. The following five artists have new albums and singles. How well are they telling a story? Keeping on the schedule of releasing an album every year, Rihanna has a new first single, “Diamonds,” from her forthcoming new album (due in November). While keeping longtime producer Stargate (along with Benny Blanco), Rihanna teams with songwriter/singer Sia. Obviously influenced by Sia’s style in vocal delivery, Rihanna is, refreshingly, going for the unexpected: it’s not a thumping dance song or an urban bumper, but an inspiring, upbeat ballad. Kylie Minogue takes a similar route with beautiful ballad “Flower.” With expertly produced vocals, it’s one of Minogue’s lushest productions and a total surprise coming off a plethora of dance hits. From the new The Abbey Road Sessions (Oct 29) featuring 16 orchestra recordings of her classics, it expands our love of Minogue and serves as a reminder that beyond her sexy personae is a competent and emotional vocalist. Also offering an acoustic ballad is Taylor Swift. She’s become so well cemented as the scorned lover who’ll write a bad breakup song about you, her super-successful “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” proving yet again that it’s a winning formula. But it’s nice to hear her “Begin Again.” She’s falling in love with this intimate, charming country-pop number, and her vocal is restrained and lovely. (Though, secretly, we can’t wait for the breakup song!) Continuing the ballad trend (are we going to get any dance songs this fall?) is Ellie Goulding. The single “I Know You Care,” from her album Halcyon and new Warner Bros. movie Now Is

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Good, is good and gratifying in that it’s definitely different from her past work. But the super-sparse production—featuring only piano, her lovely vocals and a choral refrain—feels unfinished. Finally, there’s Ke$ha. On “Die Young” she’s showing she’s a little more grown up with a slightly more mature track that heavily borrows from Flo Rida’s “Good Thing” and Havana Brown’s “You’ll Be Mine.” While the melody is super-catchy, the lyrics are rather tame, missing the trashy, sharp-tongued barbs that made her so popular (the few lines like “that magic in your pants is making me blush” feel neutered by comparison). Still, would we like to hear Ke$ha sing about anything other than getting eff’d up in a club? Maybe sometimes typecasting is a good thing! N

DJ TOP 10: Scott Jones Scott Jones muscles up the mix at Barracuda on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Industry on Fridays and Sundays, Therapy on Mondays and Saturdays and Elmo early Thursday evenings.

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Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch Extended Mix

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I Was Here Beyoncé

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The Boys Nicki Minaj & Cassie

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Simple Desire All Mankind

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It’s Time Imagine Dragons

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Esta Noche Azealia Banks

Strictlove’s Beach House Club Mix

Manhattan Clique Club Mix

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Penguin Prison Remix

How Do You Do Hot Chip Todd Terje Remix


Reel Love

DOG DAY AFTERNOON Sparky in Frankenweenie

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Frankenweenie

Time Investment: 116 min. Return on Investment: 110 min.

Time Investment: 87 min. Return on Investment: 70 min. rankenweenie (Disney) is a funny sort of revenge for Tim Burton. The 2012 black-and-white stop-motion animated film is actually a mostly expanded version of his 1984 live-action short of the same name, for which Disney reportedly fired Burton due to the movie’s scary tone. Obviously, Disney’s perception on Burton’s vision was mistaken since he is now one of the more profitable directors in Hollywood. And so the two brands find themselves reunited once again over the story of a young boy, Victor Frankenstein, bringing his dead dog, Sparky, back to life. The new Frankenweenie is nothing new from Burton. In fact, it is mostly a nostalgic look back at his career since the first Frankenweenie, with nods to many of his films, including Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks! and Alice in Wonderland—not to mention the ’50s B-movie horror flicks that inspired them. Old-school Burton film vets Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau even voice the film’s oddball characters. Burton has not held back on making Frankenweenie twisted, funny and clever, out to prove that—with Disney’s support—the children of the world will flock to his dark tales of outsiders trying to fit in. This is evident in the film’s overtly political turn, which finds Landau’s Mr. Rzykruski, Victor’s beloved teacher, chastising the town’s parents for not respecting their children’s love of science. “I want to crack open their brains!” he screams at the befuddled mothers and fathers, just before he is fired. —Benjamin Solomon

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/H/S (Magnet Releasing) is an early Halloween treat for horror fans, a ripsnorting anthology film that manages to be entertaining, innovative and deeply creepy. It gambles insomuch as it offers the umpteenth variation on the found-footage conceit as well as trading on well-worn genre tropes in virtually every segment. But the various directors credited here manage to translate their concepts effectively and with enough fresh spins on even the hoariest clichés. The wraparound story comes courtesy of some delinquents who are hired to recover a cache of mysterious videotapes. Things start to get weird when they find a corpse sitting in front of a bank of TVs, and

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even stranger when they pop some of the videos they find into the VCR. Their findings include “Amateur Night,” which starts like an obnoxious frat comedy and ends up a harrowing nightmare; “Second Honeymoon,” about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a creepy drifter; “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger,” a seeming Paranormal Activity knockoff with a twist; and “10/31/98,” a fun haunted-house yarn with a killer ending. The various directors do a great job of balancing character and humor with the thrills and chills, even when the stories leave unanswered questions or don’t quite make sense. There’s also enough gristle here to satisfy gorehounds—or maybe put off more squeamish audience members. But V/H/S was clearly made to satisfy fans, and at this it succeeds completely. —Justin Lockwood

FRIGHT NIGHT Matt Bettinelli-Olpin in V/H/S


Sarah Sokolovic, Darren Pettie, David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan in Detroit

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By David Hurst ased on the 2003 best-selling book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about Christopher Boone, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who, as a consequence of his investigation into the murder of a neighbor’s dog, is forced to deal with the breakup of his parent’s marriage. Beautifully adapted by Simon Stephens (Bluebird and the upcoming Harper Reagan at The Atlantic) The Curious Incident… features brilliant in-the-round direction by Marianne Elliott and an ingenious production design that gives the piece a cutting-edge techno-electronic feel. The play manages the difficult feat of giving the audience insight into what it’s like to have the mind of a high-functioning individual with an autism spectrum disorder like Asperger’s while illuminating the universal feeling of being different and an outsider. While I found Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit both interesting and well acted, the play itself is overrated and should never have been a finalist for the Pulitzer. An uneasy mixture of realism, symbolism and metaphor, Detroit explores the dysfunctional relationships of two couples, both down on their luck and struggling to keep their heads above water, who fall into a strange and contrived friendship that ends in a surreal (and completely unbelievable) bacchanal of drinking, dancing and fire that pushes the play into Edward Albee-esque terrain that D’Amour cannot handle. As always, it’s a pleasure to see the wonderful Amy Ryan on stage, and her co-stars—David Schwimmer, Sarah Sokolovic, Darren Pettie and John Cullum—are all terrific. Movie star Jake Gyllenhaal makes a smashing New York stage debut in Nick Payne’s provocative If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. An introspective look at a dysfunctional British family for whom communication has ceased, the “it” in Payne’s title is different for each character. For the father George, superbly played by Tony-winner Brian F. O’Byrne, it’s a reason for the human race to continue its existence in spite

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of its destruction of the environment. For the mother Fiona, embodied with subtlety by Michelle Gomez, it’s a reason to stay in a marriage that’s gone stale. For George’s slacker brother Terry, played to perfection by Gyllenhaal, it’s a purpose to his seemingly purposeless existence. And for their overweight and bullied daughter Anna, played with heartbreaking honesty by Annie Funke, “it” is simply a reason to go on living. N The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time plays encore engagements (NTLive.com). Detroit plays through October 28 at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd St, PlaywrightsHorizons.com). If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet plays through November 25 at the Roundabout Laura Pels (111 W 46th St, RoundaboutTheatre.org).

Cabaret Confidential egendary songstress Barbra Streisand returns with concerts at the new Barclays Center this month.But if you can’t afford the perfectly reasonable $650 to see Babs in Brooklyn, you can see her for much less in Manhattan at Don’t Tell Mama (343 W 46th St, DontTellMamaNYC.com), when Steven Brinberg performs his wickedly funny Simply Barbra: Brooklyn Dress Rehearsal on Oct 9 (see p.28 for more). With Christopher Denny at the piano, Brinberg will preview Barbra’s songfest with his usual laser-sharp humor and spot-on vocal recreations. Simply Barbra Betty Buckley takes on The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway through Oct 27 at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency (540 Park Ave at 61st St, FeinsteinsAtLoewsRegency.com). A celebration of the “second female lead” in Broadway shows, Buckley is sure to triumph again with this new show. Steven Reineke and The New York Pops open their 30th Anniversary Season with Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein on Oct 12 at Carnegie Hall (57th St and Seventh Ave, CarnegieHall.org) with guest stars Paulo Szot, Kelli O’Hara and Aaron Lazar. October is Cabaret Month: the Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention Oct 17–19 at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 60th St, MabelMercer.org) and The Town Hall presents the Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival (123 W 43rd St, The-TownHall-NYC.org) with Linda Eder’s A New Life Oct 13, Broadway Originals! Oct 21 and The Best of Broadway by the Year. N

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15 East 15 E 15th St (btwn Fifth Ave/Union Square West)

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By Peter Sherwood y gal pal is simply stark-raving mad for sushi. I don’t know anyone who loves the raw devils more profoundly than she does. So it was my thrill on the evening we hastened to 15 East to have her sample executive chef Masato Shimizu’s fresh fish flown, which is flown in from Japan. We were, in a word, wowed. Everything was a small surprise—we were presented with wonderful gifts, which once opened, so to speak, proved to be utter delights, enlivening our taste buds, enriching our hearts and filling our stomachs. The husband-and-wife team Marco Moreira and JoAnn Makovitzky moved their fabulous Tocqueville to a nearby location and reinvigorated its former address as 15 East with the assistance of architect Richard Bloch. Although we considered the crowded sushi bar in front, we

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made our way to a more capacious corner banquette in the modest dining room composed in an inviting color scheme of sand and slate with pale, billowy curtains. Settling into cocktails, the Tokyo Manhattan struck my fancy with a light Japanese single-malt whiskey with a masculine uprising about the bosom that bandied about with sweet vermouth and brandied cherries. The summery caipirinha with passion fruit and lime had a good nose and was decidedly more feminine. A convenient tray of creamy, buttery Kumamoto oysters started us off with sweet, icy ponzu granite and pickled turnips that held a resonating pine flavor in the final execution. Bluefin tuna was served two ways: as red velvet slices of sashimi and chopped toro tartare in a conspiracy with chive oil and paddlefish caviar. We moved on to a carafe of a floral, elusive, wondrous

chilled Koshi no Kanbai “Muku” sake that further enhanced the flavors of our ensuing dishes, which included a rapturous, benevolent and calm pond of caviar, ikura and uni floating along with cold soba noodles and wasabi paste. More sea urchin found its way into a poignant, soft risotto keenly matched with sumptuous matsutake mushrooms and pink wasabi root to set up our pasta course. We dispensed with our chopsticks, resorting to spoons so we could devour the dish more quickly. Eleven kinds of Japanese sea lettuces, in turns sturdy, woodsy, frilly, oceanic, fruity and sweet, cleansed our palates for the upcoming meat. A tartare of chopped Kobe beef led the way with a presiding flavor of crisped garlic and a cracked, runny quail egg on top. Foie gras terrine bordered on the obscene with miso duck, raisins and brioche that I unashamedly admit I de-

voured in one orgiastic bite. Medium-rare smoky duck with shiitake mushrooms, sweet Japanese yams in a veal stock reduction and soy had us quacking with vigor. Resist as we did at first, desserts were a foregone conclusion. Wavering between indulgences such as flourless chocolate cake, kabocha crème

SHORT ORDER: For aficionados of fish, modern Japanese cuisine off of Union Square proves to be a really great catch.

PETER’S PICKS: Tokyo Manhattan cocktail; sea urchin and mushroom risotto; foie gras terrine with duck; caviar, sea urchin and salmon roe soba noodles

PETER’S PANS: 15 East has not taken residence in my apartment building.


caramel, a watermelon parfait and green tea ice cream with matcha jelly and red beans, the crunchy tempura rice pudding won out with its fully rounded ice cream fashioned from sake. With nothing left to do but hug our gracious co-conspirators, we packed up and left 15 East to head home, back west. N

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By Peter Sherwood

Bottom’s Up! Head barkeep Theo Lieberman draws inspiration from Movement in creating this vintage cocktail.

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McKittrick Old Fashioned Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon ½ oz Pedro Ximénez sherry 2 dashes mole bitters

Directions: Combine ingredients together in a tumbler. Add ice and stir. Drop a cherry on top and enjoy, darling!

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DOUBLE TAKE REHYDRATE NOW

THE SPLAT EFFECT

NO MAN LEFT BEHIND

SHOOTING BLANKS

BETTER OFF BLUE-BALLED

By Manuel Hung & Rod Steely

High Voltage Raging Stallion, 1-877-327-0707, RagingStallion.com his week we review two of the last movies Erik Rhodes made before his untimely death this past June.

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this week is bittersweet. But these two movies give us a chance to see Erik Rhodes in action, doing what he loved. ROD: Alas, poor Erik! I knew him well. I wish I could’ve known him in the biblical sense, especially after seeing him fuck Derek Parker and eat his ass like it’s his last meal. MANUEL: My roommate’s response to seeing Parker in this scene was, “I would put my tongue so far up his ass, I could tell you what he had for lunch— last week!” And Rhodes looked enormous. Bottoming for him must have been like being fucked by a Buick. ROD: Chris Tyler bottoms so well for

Charlie Harding, you’d never know he is gay-for-pay. Call him “promosexual.” Then there’s Marc Dylan, whose rentboy services I’d gladly pay for. As Dylan was getting his ass munched and pounded by Trenton Ducati, I kept thinking that for what I usually spend on a business suit, I could enjoy Dylan in his birthday suit! MANUEL: Tyler’s loquacity borders on boner-kill (“Are you sure you want this cum all over you, Daddy?”), but I just focused on his behemoth balls (“Somebody likes that sac, huh?”). The only “spice” in this very hot, otherwise all-white cast of eight is handsome and hung Lawson Kane. I never noticed what pretty hands Kane has—especially when they’re spreading bigdicked bottom Fabio Stallone’s butt cheeks.

Body Shop Falcon/Jocks, 1-800-227-3717, JocksStudios.com or many, Erik Rhodes embodied a certain physical ideal of muscled, masculine perfection—the ultimate body.

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MANUEL: It’s difficult for me not to see the poignant (if not tragic) irony that Erik Rhodes’ final movie is set in a body shop, where eight sexy bodies fuck in front of, inside and atop sleek, shiny, powerful sports cars—cars whose sexy chassis are up on blocks because their bodies need repair. ROD: I love that five of the same studs are in both of this week’s movies. It’s like a crossover episode with porn. The best scene is Landon Conrad hoisting Marc Dylan up on a lift to get a better angle at Dylan’s perfect ass. MANUEL: Grease monkey Charlie Harding works on Jessie Colter’s rims and chassis, evoking banshee-like screams from this

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ELECTRIC AVENUE Erik Rhodes in High Voltage

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START ME UP Marc Dylan in Body Shop

full-throttle blue-eyed bottom. But my favorite was the final extended three-scenes-in-one montage. ROD: Erik Rhodes is so turned on from spying on Landon Conrad and Marc Dylan getting it on that he blows Trenton Ducati, who’s in the storage room looking at a titty magazine. When Dylan and Conrad finish, Rhodes and Ducati join them. MANUEL: Who doesn’t love a game of “Let’s all fuck Marc Dylan on a pile of tires”? It’s followed by Ducati taking Rhodes’ ass for a test drive. Rhodes, wearing ass-less underwear with a waistband embroidered with the word “ADDICTED,” just can’t get enough. ROD: I never expected Ducati to flip and wind up on the receiving end. Nice to know that Rhodes went out on top.

ROD:

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