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THE NEXUS

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The Week in Photos Commentary: The serious business of gay web video. Getting Personal with Narcissister What’s Next Now: Stage 48 Commentary: Finding a sense of queer community in the mountains far above the city. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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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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Calendar of Events The Roundup: Live drawing groups hit the bars. Nightlife: Barracuda’s new DragFest brings under-the-radar queens into the spotlight. When I Knew: Sybil Bruncheon just had to put the“I”in the King and I. Bars + Clubs Map A/V Club: The RuPaul’s Drag Race drinking game.

The Right Track Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Bottom’s Up Naughty Bits

Business Directory

ON THE COVER aNd ON THIS paGE: Christoph Babka shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

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 CHRIS BISHOP, BRUCE GLIKAS, ERIC JAMES, ROBERT H. MCGEE CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATORS A.E. KIEREN, TIM PAUL, ANDY SWIST, WILL VARNER NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RIVENDELL MEDIA: 212-242-6863, RIVENDELLMEDIA.COM

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Taylor Dayne turns out Stage 48 • Andrew Rannells premieres Girls• The Big Pink keep it intimate at Le Baron

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

World Wide Werk WITH THE LAUNCH OF GWIST, ONLINE GAY VIDEO MEANS SERIOUS BUSINESS.

he current video featured on the homepage for the brand-new YouTube channel Gwist shows Internet personality Randy Rainbow singing his way through over a hundred years of gay history. The title of the twominute long clip is “The Evolution of Gay”, which is a phrase that, in some ways, could be used to describe the mission of Gwist as a whole. The online network, launched this week by Matt Farber, one of the original founders of Logo, is trying to address two larger existential crises with its experimental new format: the future of television and the role of gay niche media. Recognizable properties like Randy Rainbow and the web series Steam Room Stories join a slate of eight other online shows focusing on everything from political commentary to discovering new comedic talent. Though they’ll remain separate entities, the shows on Gwist will cross-promote through video annotations, talent appearing in one another’s videos and a shared marketing effort. Most will feature weekly episodes with breaks in between seasons. “Gwist is for everyone—gay and straight alike—who embodies and embraces the colorful, inclusive, funny, diverse and provocative essence of who we are,” says Farber, who is launching the

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EXCELSIOR PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY

LAVINIA DRAPER @ EXCELSIOR The entertainer works her boa during a performance of her new bi-weekly show in Brooklyn.


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Comment of the Week:

“[Azealia] Banks’ choice was clearly inappropriate, but there’s something very wrong as well when the other party is celebrated for trying to purposefully destroy or hurt others’ careers.” —Karl Roderick-G via Facebook

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focus of their content. Farber says that Gwist’s strategy is to cast as wide a net as possible. “Gay niche media still has a role for those of us that feel like outsiders to feel like they belong,” he explains.“We decided a lot should fit under our tent.” That includes obviously gay content as well as content with “a gay sensibility.” In the coming days, joining the videos already featured on the channel will be original content by Howard Bragman, Louis Virtel and Judy Gold. Changes in advertising are largely responsible for turning ideas like Gwist into a reality. Last year, a poll conducted by the ad company BrightRoll surveyed companies and found that a majority—64 percent—believe that online video advertising is equally or more effective than television. In addition, 30 percent said that they believed online video would grow faster than any other type of advertising. Though the market’s still small compared to advertising on broadcast TV (an estimated $3 billion vs. $60 billion) it’s expected to grow 40 percent this year alone. And Gwist is by no means alone in chasing those dollars. Gay Chicago TV, also launced a new entity this week: Gay TV on the Go, a national online video operation with production operations in Miami, New York, LA and San Francisco. ”I think the niche is no longer in gay media, but in the crossover,” says the Creative Director of that online channel, Jhonmar Castillo. “It’s in helping normalize gay media, making it more accessible to mainstream audiences and not focusing so much on differences.” N

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online platform with former Logo VP of creative Brian Tolleson.“There’s already a lot of great online video for gays. So one of the benefits of Gwist is a place to curate all of it and let the audience know about it.” As gay culture becomes increasingly more mainstream, many gay media properties have struggled with the tone and

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Narcissister is very fiery, burning strongly and brightly. Do you have an artistic medium you prefer? No, I love working in many [mediums]. What is the most played song on your iPod right now? “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs What has been one of your most rewarding performance experiences? Performing with my mom on stage in my “This Masquerade” shows. Who are your favorite artists working today? My favorite artists are mostly dead but live on through their work. What’s yourgo-todrink?Water with a squeeze of lime. What’s in your fridge? Vegetables

NARCISSISTER IS YOU, the first solo exhibition by performance artist Narcissister, opened this past week at Envoy Enterprises. In many ways, narcissism is on full display in the exhibit with self-portraits, a self-referencing video project and a mirrored sculptural installation. “The show makes a claim for radical narcissism, which has intense self-love as its foundation, which is a good thing,” explains the artist. Narcissister, whose art is usually performance based, started work on photographs while living in Croatia in 2009.The different pieces each feature a stranger wearing Narcissister’s mask while going about their daily activities. The sculptural installation, and video collaboration with the band EarthMasters, soon followed. “I think my work is queer in that it celebrates a totally-free-and-self-definedsexuality erotic sensibility,” says biological female Narcissister. “I also think my work falls very much in the tradition of camp and drag.”

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? Yikes! Scary question! How does this show grow from what you’ve done in the past?The show definitely presents a new extension of my work as Narcissister which has been mostly solo, and mostly performance-based. Although photography has been a part of my project since the beginning, my photographs have not been displayed until recently. This is my first time making Narcissister sculptural pieces! What would you like to see change about the art world? A larger platform for minority artists.


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This week, Brandon Voss revealed exclu- planned Opening date: april Inspiration: The WV’s pink Elephant sively to Next Magazine his plans to turn the front lobby of designer: Steve Lewis Other Improvements: More seating, connection to XL’s VIp area Chef: dale Schnell XL Nightclub into a new upscale lounge venue. The facts:

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING @ BOXERS HK Cazwell and promoter Joey Israel strike a pose while taking a break from celebrating the official opening of Hell’s Kitchen’s latest hot spot.The new venue is now open daily with the same 4pm–9pm happy hour as its older Chelsea sibling.

GIRLS PREMIERE @ SKIRBALL CENTER “Purebred gay”Andrew Rannells attends the NewYork premiere of the hit HBO show. Rannells plays Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend, Elijah. JANUARY 18, 2013 11

BOXERS HK PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY; LE BARON PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; NYU SKIRBALL PHOTO: ROBERTO MCGEE

THE BIG PINK @ LE BARON Robbie Furze of the English electronic rock duo performs during an intimate showcase at the Chinatown venue.The concert was the first of Le Baron’s 2013 Encore Series.


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Overheard:

“I’m not selfish—but I guess I am greedy. Because life is the only thing—and I want to be a part of it!” —Chita Rivera announcing plans at Birdland for her 80th birthday concert Chita: A Legendary Celebration

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PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

IF YOU CAUGHT TAYLOR DAYNE’S concert in Hell’s Kitchen this past week (see p.13) you may have been impressed by the brand-new venue where the concert took place: Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, Stage48.com). The four-story midtown event space features warm wood, impressive light design and vivid neon aspects across its 30,000 square feet of industrial space, and is looking to be a notable new addition to the dwindeling world of gay-friendly big-floor nightlife venues in New York like Pacha, Hudson Terrace and XL Nightclub. The building, initially built in the 1950s to house a horse stable, will be open to the public starting in March, but until then it is hosting private events and concerts.The first two floors are dedicated to live music and club nights, and feature balconies on three sides,

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plasma screens and a state-of-the-art sound system. In fact, the sleek interior is about as far as you can get from piles of hay bales. In the late spring, Z Bar and Restaurant plans to open on Stage 48’s third floor to serve Nuevo Latin cuisine. The rooftop’s glass-enclosed Sky Lounge, also opening this spring, will provide year-round rooftop partying, and will presumably be another option for the growing number of rooftop parties in the neighborhood. You won’t have to wait until late spring to check out the stateof-the-art club area, however. On January 26, the space will be the new official home of the popular gay circuit party Alegria, and the management team hints that more gay parties will be making their home there in the coming weeks. —Will Pulos


A Lot of Pop:

Last Friday, Taylor Mac previewed the epic History of Popular Music project he’s about to start:

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WINTER FEST TAKE OVER 2013 @ ROCKBAR Miss NewYork America Plus 2013 is crowned byWitti Repartee atThe Real Big Boyz of NewYork’s first annual drag pageant. DJ Danny Nunez was on the decks with a live performance by Rachelle Ann Summers.

HEY QUEEN: YEAR OF THE FAGGOT @ PUBLIC ASSEMBLY DJs Brian Belukha and Average Jo kept the party going with a night of fierce mash-ups at the monthly mixed party.The night also served as the after party for the Squirts queer performance series at La Mama ETC. JANUARY 18, 2013 13

ROCKBAR PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY; STAGE 48 AND PUBLIC ASSEMBLY PHOTOS: SANTIAGO FELIPE

TAYLOR DAYNE @ STAGE 48 The“Tell ItTo My Heart”diva belts out a number atWest 48th’s brand-new megaclub. Along with some of her classic number one hits, the singer also performed material off of her new album, Satisfied, including her most recent single“Floor On Fire.”


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Overheard:

“It grows from five years of pain and suffering,” —Dallas Dubois jokingly explaining the root of her long-running beef with Logan Hardcore at Therapy’s Queen

BY WIL FISHER

Cuddle Community A SURPRISING SENSE OF MALE UNITY AT A QUEER MOUNTAIN RETREAT.

s the group of 100 gay men sat on pillows and mats four days before 2012 came to a close, one of the group leaders remarked that by New Year’s Eve we would all be a loving, supportive community. I glanced at all the new faces around me, the strangers I’d never said a word to, and cynically thought to myself, “Impossible, four days isn’t enough time.” Fast forward to the 31st and I find myself looking, intently, at the same group of gay men, but this time instead of strangers, I saw my brothers, my friends and my community. My New Year’s Eve was spent at Easton Mountain, a queer spiritual retreat center located just a few hours from New York, and yet seemingly worlds away. Easton hosts numerous queer retreats throughout the year, and is most popular during the warmer months when men can take advantage of the pool, hiking and clothing optional policy, but for reasons I had yet to discover, the New Year’s weekend is the most popular retreat of the year. The New Year’s Weekend is called “Hail The New” and involves five full days of workshops ranging from erotic massage to creative activism; from improv theatre to meditation; from career planning to facilitated cuddling (aka “puppy piles”). Yoga is offered daily, as well as sauna sessions, Jacuzzi time, snow shoe hiking and nightly entertainment like talent shows, movies and games. Each of these beautiful shared experiences brought us closer together. With 100 men, I was not able to meet and connect with all of them during my time there, but the group as a whole developed a great sense of trust. We agreed at the start of the weekend that we would care for ourselves, and also look after each other, and with that in mind, quickly developed a sense of loving support.

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

JANUARY 11, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Has Nancy Pelosi convinced Jake Shears and Azealia Banks to duke it out on the series finale of Downton Abbey? Read on...

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Last week, theWashington National Cathedral announced that it will now celebrate same-sex weddings.

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With awards show season in full swing, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and TYLER pERRY swept the Razzie nominations, with Perry picking up two noms forWorst Actor and one—as Madea—for Worst Actress.

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All signs point to a likely dESTINY’S CHILd reunion during Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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We know you’re all as psyched as we are for David Bowie’s new album, but don’t get your hopes up for a tour.

According to producer Tony Visconti, Bowie is“adamant he’s never gonna perform live again.”

mal” Rannells has never had sex with a lady! He tells NewYorkMag.com he’s a“purebred”gay.

GOOGLE has blanketed Chelsea in the comforting embrace of neighborhood-wide free wi-fi, extending from Eighth Ave to the West Side Highway between 14th Street to 19th Street.

Richard Blanco will be the first Latino Inaugural poet in history. He’ll also be the youngest and the gayest!

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So…almost a week and 5,000 think pieces and blog posts later and we’re still not really sure what to make of JOdIE FOSTER’S whole Golden Globes“coming out”speech.

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Sit down because we’ve got some truly shocking news: Andrew “New Nor-

As midnight on New Year’s Eve approached, we sat together in candlelight sharing songs and readings; reflecting silently on the past year and setting intentions for the year to come. The feeling of love and the sense of community resonated throughout the room. I couldn’t help but compare the moment to my many previous New Year’s spent carefully calculating my champagne buzz to reach its peak at the stroke of midnight.

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Brunch and nightlife be damned! NewYork and LA were completely shut out of The Advocate’s annual Gayest Cities in American 2013! Magazine won a GRINdR 10 Award for “Best Local Gay

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News Outlet!” We’d like to thank everyone we hooked up with in the past year that voted for us. Oh, and Jesus, of course.

Not that there is anything wrong with a wild and celebratory New Year’s Eve. In fact, as soon as our ritual was complete, a firework show started off a raucous party: men losing shirts and adding drag, disco balls spinning, and queens doing runway to Lady Gaga. After all, a community that is strengthened by group meditation and ritual, is also strengthened by a good kiki on the dance floor. N


Turn up the lights! Rising pop starlet Ellie Goulding jets into Terminal 5 for two performances January 21 and 22. Then, on January 24, Isaac Mizrahi joins the cast of Project Runway in the premiere of its eleventh season. ILLUSTRATION BY TIM PAUL TIMPAULILLUSTRATIONS.COM

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PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Who cares if it’s freezing outside—Justin Luke and Alan Picus are going to throw a rooftop party, damn it! Luke and Picus do their popular weekend kick off atop the recently reopened glass-encased supper club. Resident DJ Scotty Rox gets everyone in the 1,000-person space groovin’. 10:30pm; free for first 500 guests/$10 general admission.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE JANUARY 18 THROUGH JANUARY 27

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

INTERRACIAL 17 Bedlam, 40 Ave C (btwn Third/Fourth Sts), gayletter.com. Tom and Abi of Gayletter host another in their series of longrunning, mixed parties in Alphabet City, this time with special guest host Ab Soto. DJ Angelo Turso turns out the kids on the dance floor late into the night. 10pm; free. JIZZ Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, met-

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ropolitanbarny.com. Josh Sparber presents his monthly, third-Friday party at the laid back bar in the burg. He says to expect a mash of music, including house, hip-hop and everything else. “Anything goes,” he tells us. 10pm; free.

Kimple, the folks behind intimate, queer music showcase series Unhinged. Karen and the Sorrows, Garek, Jeremy Wilson and Wilson and Kimple’s own The Paisley Fields perform. 7pm; $5.

SPUNK FRIDAY Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Nowhere fills the Friday night party void with a biweekly shindig from photographer Aaron Cobbett and Spunk editor Aaron Tillford. Tonight, they’re doing it big with a double B-Day celebration for Cobbet and Tillford. Expect Hi-NRG, freestyle beats. 10pm; free.

WESTBORO BAPTIST COUNTER PRESENCE IN NYC Times Square, 42nd St (@ Broadway), thegreenhouseincherrygrove.com. The plan is to meet and surround the Westboro Baptist picketers in Times Square around 4pm and then quietly drown them in the crowd. “My idea is to just really obliterate them in anonymity,” event organizer Kenneth Woodhouse explains. 4pm; free.

UNHINGED: A NIGHT OF QUEER SONGWRITERS Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave A (@ Sixth St), sidewalkny.com. “This ain’t no disco. And these queer singer-songwriters certainly aren’t fooling around,” say James Wilson and Jessica

#1 MUST HAVE The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Grand/Canal Sts), leslielohman.org. The gay museum of art hosts a reception for the photo zine #1 Must Have. 6pm–8pm; free.


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GAYS IN NEED OF A LITTLE CREATIVE DOODLE FIND IT AT THESE LIVE DRAWING PARTIES.

ine artists, aspiring comics and even stick-figure masters rejoice: there’s enough gay-friendly drawing parties happening in New York these days to fill up an entire sketchbook. Whether you’re recreating Picasso’s line drawings, or sketching something of the more erotic variety, having a creative outlet can be a lot of fun. And that’s even truer when you’ve got a (hopefully very cute) neighbor whose shoulder you can look over. So here are five events, ranging from the gayest of the gay to a more mixed art crowd, where you can get your draw (and maybe your drink) on. —Alex Erikson

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The Leslie Lohman Studio Leslie Lohman Annex Gallery, 127-B Prince St (btwn W Broadway/Wooster St), leslielohman.org CROWD: Gay! DRINKING: No Artists have to contact Rob Rosen at the museum (212-431-2609) in order to get a seat at this weekly, porn-y drawing studio in the gay museum’s basement space on Prince Street, but those who are accepted will receive weekly reminders and updates. There are also a few rules, from the usual ban on smelly or toxic mediums to the giggle-inducing “[Artists] may not simply sit and gape. [You] must at least try to draw.” Weds from 7pm–10pm; $15 with Leslie Lohman membership/$20 general admission.

Gay Men’s Male Figure Drawing Group The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaycenter.org CROWD: Gay! DRINKING: No There’s nodrinking,buttheymeeteverySaturdayat10am,soyou’llprobablyjustwanta coffeeandacroissantbeforeyouheadtothe Center’s drawing meet-up.You don’t need a

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Artists at the Leslie Lohman studio in 2011; (inset) A sketch from Drink N’ Draw at 3rd Ward.

reservationeither. Sats from 10am– 1pm; $15.

to bring your own drawing utensils and avoid smelly or damaging mediums (like oil paint). Tues from 7pm–9pm; free.

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This N That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com CROWD: Gay! DRINKING: Yes Expect a mix of gays at this weekly drawing sesh ay Williamsburg’s newest gay bar. John Jennison and Leslie Van Stelten host a rotating mix of drag queens, fetish models, burlesque dancers and other fascinating subjects each week.They ask you

3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave (btwn Stagg/Meadow Sts), Bushwick, 3rdward.com CROWD: Mixed, Gay! DRINKING: Yes Located at the tail end of Maspeth Creek in whathaslatelybecomesupergayandartistfriendly Bushwick, 3rdWard brings a mixed crowdofartsyBrooklyntypestotheirgallery for complimentary beers and models. RSVP ontheirwebsite.Wedsfrom8pm–10:30pm;

free with 3rd Ward membership/$10 with a friend/$15 general admission.

Dr. Sketchy’s New York The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St (@ Stanton St), drsketchy.com CROWD: Mixed DRINKING: Yes This every-other Sunday drawing class on the Lower East Side was one of the first in NewYork—but it’s also the least gay of this list. Still, they’ve got a mixed crowd of nightlife-loving artists and models at the biweekly event. RSVP on website—and don’t forget to bring your own supplies! January 27 from 4pm–7pm; $12.


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JANUARY 19 start till past your bedtime, young man! Tonight, special guest DJ Spun is in the house to keep the dance alive. Midnight; $7.

XANADUDE: PHYSIQUE The Loft above Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), Williamsburg, YE xanadudenyc.wordpress.com. Resident Xanadude DJs Sean B and Deputy welcome spe- FROSTBITE: TASTE THE CHILL Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), cial guest DJ Gavin Russom to escuelita.com. Big Ben and the decks to help them drive Chino throw Louie G a 23rd birthhome the beats at their third anday party with host Bianca del niversary party. “You best put on Rio. The night features performyour favorite undies, oil your bod Visit nextmagazine.com ances by Carmen Carrera, and flex your tightest muscle, for more event listings Princess Janae, Catalina Mar’cause this dance den is about tinez and others the Saturday beto get real physical!” the boys exclaim. Paul Short mans the door. 10pm; free till fore Martin Luther King Jr. day. 10:30pm/$5 till 11:30pm/$8 general admission. 11:30pm–4:30am; free before midnight for 21 and over/$10 after midnight for 21 and over/$15 WRECKED! The National Underground, 159 E in advance/$20 general admission/$250 VIP. Houston St (btwn Allen/Eldridge Sts), thenationalunderground.com. Recently returned XL SATURDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St from a trip to D.C., DJs Ryan Smith and Ron Like (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Get Hell set up shop in the Basement of the Lower down to a set free of the now-ubiquitous pop East Side music venue for a rager that doesn’t remixes with Portuguese DJ Paulo and a room

pump up the jams!

SUNDAY JANUARY 20 HORSE MEAT DISCO Cielo, 18 Little W 12th St (btwn Greenwich/Washington Sts), joshwoodproductions.com. Josh Wood teams up with hosts Jared Needle and Desi Monster to bring the DJ collective famous for their London Eagle sets to the popular Meatpacking District club for some ’80s boogie. 10pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission.

THE MLK DREAM SPECIAL Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (@ Eighth Ave), 212-645-8613. Don’t expect the usual Sunday night show from Pixie Aventura and Holly Dae—they’ve pulled out all the stops for this special MLK edition show. Though, “Lincoln it’s not!” they warn. 11pm; free. OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS: BOWIE AND ELVIS BIRTHDAY BASH Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (btwn Thompson/Sullivan Sts), ohyouprettythingsnyc.com. If you want to get into Michael T and Benjamin Ickies’ birthday bash you’ll have to wear “Bowie and Elvis looks, Southern Dandies, Vampire Chic, Glam Cowboys, [or] Space-Age Futurist” attire. Hosts Nita Aviance, King Vulcanus and a slew of others bring gays, club kids and Elvis and Bowie fans

to Bleecker Street for glam rock, rockabilly and new wave. 10pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission. REJOICING: MLK WEEKEND Westside Tavern, 360 W 23rd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), westsidetavern.com. Kng&Qns regulars Austin Down, Rich King and Brian Gatley bring Jeannie Hooper to the decks for a guest spot at their West Side Tavern Sunday tea. Hooper’s Liquid Sound Lounge has been an integral part of the New York house scene for some two decades. 6pm–midnight; $5.

VERVE MLK WEEKEND 2013 XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Eddie Elias is bringing in birthday boy DJ Escape and headlining DJ Peter Rauhofer for a night of circuit queens and tribal house. “Verve is ready to deliver!” exclaims co-host Jason Hellinger. 10pm; $30 in advance/$40 general admission.

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R Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocYEA nyc.com. Jeff Chatterton’s monthly TEMPTATIONS Eastern Bloc, 505 E

MONDAY JANUARY 21 HOT BINGO Posh, 405 W 51st St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), poshbarnyc.com. After Gusty Winds’ Facebook kiss off a couple months ago, dragster Ginger Snap has taken over the Monday night bingo duties and she’ll be doing just that tonight. Plus, they’ve got free pizza at 11pm. 9pm; free.

SECOND ANNUAL SLAM AWARDS Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Kittin Withawhip holds this spoof on the Glam awards where they celebrate the worst in New York nightlife. Nominees vie for honors in categories like “Best Nightlife Meltdown,” “Most Druken Mess,” “Best Public Breakup or Fight” and

WEEK full of chiseled hard bodies. 10pm; cover varies. DJ NIGHTS Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com. The newest edition to Hell’s Kitchen, Boxers HK, also has a below-decks dance space, aptly called The Dog Pound, where sports give way to pop remixes and other rugcuttin’ tunes. 9pm; free. JAIL N BAIL The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Team Eagle invites guys to come help raise funds for this year’s Cycle for the Cause ride at this fantastically naughty fundraiser. 10pm; free. MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), biggayitalianwedding.com. Congratulazioni agli sposi! Disco diva France Joli makes her New York stage debut in Anthony J. Wilkinson’s satirical look at Italian-American families. 8pm; $79.25–$99.

party has been doing things in the East Village for a whole year now—and they’re ready to celebrate! DJ Jason Yost spins an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and ’90s beats as “boys with beards, bisexual hipsters, androgynous models and twerk teams” break it down. 10pm; free. BEARS ON ICE Wollman Rink, Central Park. East Dr (@ 59th St), theurbanbear.com. The cold isn’t going anywhere till at least March, so why not have some fun with it? The Urban Bear brings a funky, furry and friendly crowd of guys to slip and slide around Wollman Rink in Central Park. Come wearing plaid flannel so all the guys know who’s on their team. 3pm; $17 (plus skate/lock rental). WERK AND SERVE SUNDAYS Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Hamm Samwich, Stevie Zar, Elizabeth James (who’ll do shows at 12:30am and 1:30am) and DJ Bpro Electro dive, turn and werk on a Sunday night in the burg as ’tender Jonathan Love slings $2 PBRs and $7 PBRs n’ shot combos at this new-ish weekly party. Don’t have to work on Monday? They’re going till 4am! 10pm; free.

“Are You Even Trying?” You should go just to make sure you’re not getting slandered! 9pm; free. BIANCA DEL RIO SHOW The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-3334177. The queen of mean slays everyone during her weekly show. DJ Xavier spins. 11pm; free.

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Thorgy Thor, who headlines the February 11 show.“I’m here. I’m working. I’m creating.”To extend the usual Monday drag show to a full 70-minute production, the girls are pulling out all the stops.“I can’t tell you what these other gals are planning to whip out, but I expect lots of great-quality costumes, choreography, humor and overall a great fucking show each week,”Thorgy says.“I’ve been playing with the idea of doing an hour-long nonstop theater production.” Needless to say, each Monday will be a totally new drag experience. “All of the girls are just so different, I think it’s safe to assume that each show will be completely different,” says Kittin Withawhip, who has a headlining show in the series. Other performers include Brenda Darling, Charmin Ultra, Madison Maddox and Ginger Snap. Tonight’s openingnight act will be Miss Fire Island 2010 Sable Scities, alongside special guests Lauren Order and Chandilier Period. Pontarelli admits they didn’t even consider the fact that RuPaul would be on earlier in the night when they were first putting the show together.“Oh lord, who cares!” exclaims Thorgy. “Actually, we hadn’t realized the dates were the same, but all the better! We can watch Drag Race at the bar on the big screen before the live show begins.”—AE

The featured performers of DragFest.

DragFest 2013 at Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (@ Eighth Ave), Jan 21 at midnight; free. Call 212-645-8613 for more info.

TUESDAY JANUARY 22 WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (@ Westside Hwy), westgaynyc.com. Called one of the best gay parties of 2012 by, well, pretty much everyone, Frankie Sharp keeps things going in the new year. He hosts his Tuesday night rager with sexy go-gos, live performances and DJ Jon-

jon Battles on the decks at the former strip joint. 10pm; $10.

GOOD TIMES Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), twerking.com. Every year since he started doing the party nearly six years ago Good Times captain Josh Sparber relinquishes the helm to January birthday boy—and New York nightlife legend—Michael T. and this year’s no different. Michael T. drops by tonight for a mid-

week blowout in the East Village with the usual bearded lovelies. 10pm; free.

GAME NIGHT: SUPERHEROES Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), gaygeeksofny.com. Will it be Risk, Monopoly,

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SQUIRT The Hangar, 115 Christopher St (btwn Bleecker/Bedford Sts), thehangarbarnyc.com. Get your fix of old school House and ’70s funk at Reese and DJ Mondo’s weekly midweek party.

Jenga—or maybe just a game Connect Four? Gay Geeks of New York member Jason Romas, who regularly hosts Rockbar’s weekly game night, brings his nerdy pals from the group down to Christopher Street for a playful night of nerdy fun. 7pm–11pm; free.

They’ll nab a crowd of loyal locals and curious newcomers with $4 Bud, Bud Light and well drinks all night. 9pm–2am; free. WET WEDNESDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. DJ Ian Ford spins the midweek dance party. 10pm; cover varies.

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week before the fifth season of drag competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race starts commanding Monday night television, the guys at Barracuda offer up a series of live drag shows, called DragFest, highlighting a mix of new and underappreciated New York queens, as well as several established gals. “Since the very beginning, Barracuda has been the premier venue—not only for the established stars—but also the place of choice for new ‘girls’ to develop their talents,” says Barracuda owner Bob Pontarelli. “Our Star Search is the longest running show in town,”he boasts. The series, which Pontarelli says is a logical extension of a community they’ve been building at Barracuda since it opened in 1996, will run for eight weeks, each Monday highlighting a different headlining queen’s talents for around 70 minutes. “The talent is an amazing combination of ‘the best of next generation’ along with queens who don’t currently have the type of shows where they can really shine and demonstrate their creativity,” Pontarelli explains. For their performance, each headliner will bring a few of their favorite special guests to the stage.“Over the eight weeks you’ll be able to see more than 35 of the best performers in New York.” “At this point I don’t see myself as an up-and-comer,” says


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WHEN I KNEW

Sybil Bruncheon FOR DRAG DIVA Sybil Bruncheon, who began hosting her new Thursday night pottery class, Crackpot Thursdays, on January 10 at Mud SweatandTearsinHell’s Kitchen,seeing King Mongkut of Siam in all his masculineglorywaswhensheknew. —Crackpot Thursdays at Mud, Sweat and Tears, 654 10th Ave (@ 46th St) from 7pm–10pm; $30. Visit mudsweat-tears.com or sybilbruncheon.com for more info.

AMERICAN WHORE STORY The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), dworld.us. King of sleaze Daniel Nardicio jets in Phoenix native and porn stud Rich Kelly to go-go along side five other studly dudes at his monthly late-night Thursday slutfest. They’ll do a 2am “How Long Can You Go” contest, where “winner takes $100 for whoriest acts.” Say “Jessica Lange” at the door for reduced admission. 11pm; $10 with password/$15 general admission. #HOODRAT Bedlam, 40 Ave C (btwn Third/Fourth Sts), bedlamnyc.com. There’s an open well and Pacifico beer bar all night—yes,

you read that correctly—at Jeff Chatterton’s weekly get-down on Avenue C. He’ll spin pop classics, “bitch tracks,” and diva house anthems while host William Francis encourages “random acts of nudity.” 10pm–3am; $20.

MY CHIFFON IS WET Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternbloc.com. A slew of club kids, nightlifers and fey East Village boys come out for Leo Gugu’s super gay, no straight acting allowed party with DJ Paisley Dalton. 10pm; free.

KABOOM This N That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. Maty Horrorchata (Bushwig/cumbia queen/Dragnet) and Dese hosts this evening of eight drag performances in the newest Billyburg gay bar. Performers include Who’s Next Now 2013 Merrie Cherry and fellow Bushwick queen Hamm Samwich with beats by DJ Jessamess. 10pm; free.

ONE SANDWICH AT A TIME The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Greenwich/Seventh Aves), onesandwichatatime.org. Fashion designer Geary Marcello and photographer Rob Ordonez gather guys at The Center to help make sandwiches for the service organization that seeks to help feed the homeless of New York, One Sandwich at a Time. 5pm–8:30pm; $10.

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“THE FIRST MOMENT THAT I knew I was gay? Well, it’s really a lot of moments piling up...all having to do with movies! On the sexual side (without knowing about sex of course!) there was The King and I. Just the sight of Yul Brynner strutting around throwing open his gorgeous embroidered silk jackets and tunics to reveal that body! His eyes, his voice, the threat of violence juxtaposed with his man-boy mischief…My parents said the audience was shocked when they had to carry me out. I immediately made them take me back the next day, again and again, and when my grandparents came to town the following week, I made them do the same thing! My family said they stopped counting at 10 times. Apparently I laughed and cried every time as if I was seeing it for the first time. I was four years old. To this day, it still has the same effect on me.”


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n Monday, January 28 we welcome the latest installment of RuPaul’s now-ubiquitous drag competition show. You’ve watched it in bars, gone to premiere and finale parties around the city and you’ve likely watched the queens fight for the top spot with a group of guys at your apartment. Since you were going to be drinking those Monday blues away anyhow, we asked a few of this season’s gals—all of whom will be in attendance at tonight’s premiere party at XL Nightclub—to help us create a RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 drinking game, and, by the looks of it, these queens want you to be drunk by the end of each episode. Play at your own risk! —AE

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RULE 3 ALYSSA EDWARDS: “For every time you clock Alyssa ‘living’ for herself in the mirror, slam a shot of her personal fave, a ‘Scooby snack.’ The more you drink the prettier she gets!”

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HONEY MAHOGANY: “Drink every time you hear a queen say ‘sickening.’ I hate that word. Wash it down with something strong.”

RULE 4 ALASKA THUNDERFUCK: “Anytime someone does drag, you have to do a shot. You’re welcome.”

DETOX ICUNT: “Every time Detox or Roxxxy say ‘Myesha!’ you have to take a shot. If they say it together youz gots ta double it up!”

RULE 6 ROXXXY ANDREWS: “Well, I love gold! I feel if [you’re] not wearing any [you] should take a shot of Goldschläger. Except now [you] won’t be wearing it. It will be in you, and that’s not always a bad thing.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Premiere Party at XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), Jan 25 at 9pm; $20 general admission/$40 reserved seating/$350 VIP. Visit xlnightclub.com for more info.

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RULE 5 JADE JOLIE: “Drink every time someone is throwing shade through a cunty confessional.”


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K.I.C.K.I.M Rebel, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), antitwink.com. Rose Black and Ernie Cote join forces for this new dual-room Friday night party. Each room will have a completely different vibe, they say. The front, velvet-lined room will have vinyl DJs only, with folks like DJ Lina, Honey Dijon and Johnny Dynell spinning house classics, disco and deep vinyl cuts. The larger, back room will have the main dance floor, where guys can get down to a pop-ier mix by DJ Mikey Pop and Cote himself. 11pm; $5–$10.

ELEVENELEVEN Open House, 244 E Houston (btwn Aves A/B), openhouse-nyc.com. At her hot, new-ish monthly party Ladyfag has resident DJs Michael Magnan and Rizzla spinning the semi-secret basement space while Honey Dijon holds down deck duty upstairs for cute boys and

fashion-forward kids to dance till dawn—or, well, at least 4am! 11pm; $5.

Wiltz and Frank Carrasquillo. DJs John Marto and Xavier spin pop and Top 40 all night. 10pm; free.

HABIBI Culture Club, 20 W 39th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), habibinyc.com. The boys from Middle Eastern gay dance party Habibi do their first party of 2013 at their Midtown location. They’ll have sexy go-gos, a sensual laser dance and post-midnight belly dance show. Beer, wine and well drinks are just $5 until 11pm, too. 10pm; $15 till midnight/$20 general admission.

BOYS NIGHT: AN ALL-MALE CIRQUELESQUE REVUE Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St (@ Water St), 2ringcircus.com. Following three sold-out, standing-room-only productions, Boys Night is back in Dumbo. They’ll have aerial performers, “hand balancers” and Joshua Dean, Ben Franklin, Mr. Gorgeous, Jason Mejias, Yuval Oz and host, the original Ice Queen, Eve Starr. 7:30pm; $20.

#ROCKTHEBOAT FRIDAYS The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com. After teaming with up-and-coming nightlife promoter Nathan Kelly, Chris Ryan has revamped his Friday night party at The Ritz and added a couple’s dance off on the second floor. Tonight, they’re bringing in guest hosts Kevin

BEAR YOURSELF: WINTER WONDERLAND Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Bust out your most bear-tastic boxers, briefs and jocks for Rockbar’s monthly underwear party. It’s only a buck to check your clothes—and they’re raising money for Housing Works, too. DJ Chauncey D spins. 10pm; $3.

started out at $717,000 in 1987 and three years ago the East Village cultural institution set out to raise funds toward paying off its mortgage once and for all. Today they’re debt free. They’ll celebrate the milestone by inviting elected officials and neighborhood figures to the theater and ceremonially burning their mortgage documents. “At least we know now that they will never build another Wal-Mart on this site,” says TNC Executive Artistic Director Crystal Field. 5pm–7pm; free.

by Lina. Chilly never sounded so hot. 4pm–7pm; $75 general admission/$125 VIP.

SATURDAY JANUARY 26

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ALEGRIA Stage 48, 608 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), alegriVEN aevents.com. Get ready to party! Ric Sena brings his super popular circuit party back to New York for a rare Saturday night event at the fresh-faced club overlooking the Hudson. DJ Aron opens for DJ Abel, with lighting design by Stephen Wyker and production design by Sena himself. 11pm; $70. S.E.X. G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Designer Kyle Brincefield joins the regular cast of nightlife kids at G’s weekly Saturday shindig. Hosts Jason Hellinger and Mackenzie Miller get the dancers down to their unmentionables as DJ Dychro keeps the beats pumping. 10pm; free. CEREMONIAL MORTGAGE BURNING Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (btwn Ninth/10th Sts), theaterforthenewcity.net. It

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ICED TEA DANCE The Park, 118 10th Ave (btwn 17th/18th Sts), endhiv.com. The Abzyme Research Foundation and hosts Zachary Barnett, Ru Bhatt, Keith Barile, Steven Young, Eyal Tesler, Stanley Bernard, Jesse Beck and Mike Sullivan recreate DJ Lina’s Fire Island cocktail hour— with a wintery spin—to raise funds for the Absyme Research Foundation’s efforts towards ending HIV/AIDS. There’ll be a 42 Below open vodka bar and silent auction in addition to beats

MISSION Quest, 27 Park Pl (btwn Broadway/Church St), 212-267-5252. After an extended stay in Midtown, Ren Farmer moves his popular Saturday night party for men of color back downtown to the dual dance floor club where guest DJs spin hip-hop, house and old school beats. 11pm; $5 before midnight/general admission varies. SKIN TIGHT USA The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), skintightusa.com. Tonight, Matthew Levin throws Skin Tight USA’s first spandex fetish party of the New Year on the third floor of The Ritz (yes, The Ritz really does have a third floor). You don’t have to be in gear to stop by, but in case you’re feeling frisky after a few drinks, they’ll have suits to borrow on hand. 10pm; $8.

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BROOKLYN NIGHTLIFE AWARDS Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave (btwn S First/S Second Sts), Williamsburg, glasslands.blogspot.com. Brooklyn Nightlife Awards (BNA) organizer Merrie Cherry wrangled Murray Hill to host this inclusive look at the best of nightlife in Brooklyn. Cherry feels that although Brooklyn’s nightlife scene has grown tremendously recently, it still lacks the recognition it deserves. “The [Brooklyn Nightlife Awards] will attempt to bring this aspect of Brooklyn to life by highlighting personalities and the creative individuals that wake at night and bring entertainment to the masses.” They’ll have performances by Ab Soto, Horrochata, Di Ba,

Leo Gugu, Zebra Baby and others. 9pm– 11:30pm; $10. VERVE AFTER PARTY Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com. It’s an afternoon dance party at Greenhouse this Sunday as DJ/Producer Eddie Elias start the party at noon and keeps it going once the sun goes down at the ecofriendly, two-story Soho club. Noon– 10pm; $30 in advance/$40 general admission. BROADWAY BARES: WINTER BURLESQUE XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. In case you

missed Broadway Bares at Roseland Ballroom last June—or if you just can’t get enough nearly nude dudes—the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser show does a winter version of their nearly nude numbers. 9pm and 11pm; $25 general admission/$100 VIP. BURLESQUE BINGO BRUNCH The Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), highlineballroom.com. Drag queen Linda Simpson and Mr. Showbiz Murray Hill do a second installment of their all-ages, shenanigans-filled brunch bingo show at the Highline Ballroom. 12:30pm; $10 (plus $10 food/drink minimum).

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Fantasia Barrino

The Right Track Die Another Day

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By Keo Nozari ometimes watching a musical act’s Twitter feed is the equivalent of a train-wreck. The kind of phone call you make to your ex that night you were drunk and stoned. Musical acts getting into social media—and managing their fans and followers—is still a new game, thus there will be mistakes as people adjust to new technology and the etiquette surrounding it. For fans it’s an opportunity to see a celebrity’s intimate thoughts without filters, which can be excitingly voyeuristic. But it can be utterly jarring when a celebrity expresses an opinion that doesn’t jive with your own, says something in a fit of anger or is working out their feelings on a topic. Just see Kelly Clarkson when she tweeted an endorsement of Ron Paul for president or bisexual Azealia Banks when she used the word “faggot” after being baited by serial-bully Perez Hilton. Another artist caught in the crossfire recently was American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Clearly in a bad place, she wrote on Instagram: “Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!!” Keep in mind in 2010, Fantasia attempted suicide. But, unfortunately, you can’t un-ring a bell. So often when a celebrity misspeaks, no apology will placate an angry public. (Fantasia quickly issued a statement that her words were taken out of context.) These types of statements often aggravate old wounds for people who’ve been bullied or who have been scolded or shamed by family or church members, and who

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may then project their anger onto people whose intention might not be what it appears. The piling on of negativity towards Fantasia was swift on social media, with people calling her all kinds of things from untalented to fat to insisting they destroyed all her records. I personally had no opinion about Fantasia prior to this. But my feeling is that she might genuinely feel conflicted in rectifying her Biblical beliefs with her positive feelings towards her many gay friends, fans and employees. This doesn’t make her a homophobe. This makes her confused. She doesn’t need our “outrage”—she needs our compassion. This was the time for fans to point out that what she said was hurtful, yes. But is attacking her personally the answer? The public lynching of people—and character assassination of someone branding them as something like ‘homophobe’ over a single bad comment or temporary lapse in judgement—is sometimes appropriate, though rarely. Shaming someone merely hardens that person’s position against you (if they are, in fact, actually against you). It’s probably not going to change someone’s mind, but instead make them put up more resistance. There are times when public outcry is appropriate. Mel Gibson has gone on enough anti-Jewish tirades that his real feelings seem clear. But sometimes people just make mistakes. We have to be careful not to judge people too quickly, since a few Instagram messages or tweets can never tell the whole story. Have you ever woken up and just had a bad day? Would you want to be judged for everything you said? As for Fantasia, we may never know if she’s truly a homophobe. Personally, I’ve made far too many late-night train-wreck phone calls to be one to judge so fast. N


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Klea Blackhurst and Jim Caruso in A Swinging Birdland Christmas; Maureen McGovern; (inset) Steven Brinberg in Simply Barbra: A Very Brooklyn Christmas

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS PHOTO: STEPHEN SORKOFF

Curtain Up Simply Barbra: a Very Brooklyn Christmas Maureen McGovern a Swinging Birdland Christmas

endary namesake Dec 21–25 with a trio of talent: Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch. Effortlessly creating the look, sound and feel of an old-fashioned special from the 1970s, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch understand what entertainment is all about. With their casual banter and their tight harmonies, theirs was a Christmas show that should’ve been recorded. Wunderkind jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein joined them for several numbers, including a dazzling “Semitic Sleigh Ride” and a “Jingle Bells” medley that pushed the evening over into yuletide euphoria. N

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By David Hurst anuary is a great time to catch up on some holiday shows and nobody says “Christmas” like our favorite diva from Flatbush, Barbra Streisand. Taking time out from her compound in Malibu as well as promoting The Guilt Trip, Streisand made a rare appearance in the form of Simply Barbra, starring Steven Brinberg, on Dec 12 and 30 in New York’s hottest new nightspot, 54 Below. Subtitled A Very Brooklyn Christmas, the show gave us a generous selection of seasonal fare from both of Streisand’s holiday albums (A Christmas Album in 1967 and Christmas Memories in 2001), putting an unmistakable, inimitable spin on classics like “Jingle Bells” and contemporary tunes like “Christmas Love Song.” In addition, Simply Barbra essayed a multitude of songs we only wish Streisand would record, including the hard-driving “I Don’t Remember Christmas” (from Starting Here, Starting Now) and “Another Winter in a Summer Town” (from Grey Gardens). Brinberg’s voice sounded great (in spite of some creative tinkling from David Lewis at the keyboard), but it’s his deliciously funny patter that always leaves audiences begging for more. Her first big hit, “The Morning After,” was 40 years ago but you’d never know it to look at—and listen to—the gorgeous Maureen McGovern. Too long absent from Manhattan’s nightlife scene, McGovern stopped in at 54 Below with a set of holiday songs Dec 18–23 that entertained and impressed. Her luscious soprano, with its superb technique and liquid-gold sound, wrapped itself around everything from “A Child Is Born/Mary Did You Know” to some Tom Lehrer favorites to “My Favorite Things.” Backed by pianist, arranger and musical director Jeffrey Harris and bassist Jay Leonhart, McGovern proved her timeless voice and delivery never go out of style. And A Swinging Birdland Christmas returned to its leg-

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CD Reviews Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go Various Artists P.S. Classics’ lavish new 2-CD set, Jerome Kern: The Land Where the Good Songs Go, is heaven for musical theatre fans. Boasting the stellar cast of the revue’s November 2010 outing at Merkin’s “Broadway Close Up” series, this indispensable recording stars Kate Baldwin, Heidi Blickenstaff, Rebecca Luker, Philip Chaffin, Graham Rowat and Mathew Scott. Arranged and orchestrated by David Loud, it’s superb from start to finish. (P.S. Classics)

Something to Remember Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap What do you get when you combine one of the greatest jazz pianists with one of the greatest jazz singers, and they just happen to be mother and son? You get Something to Remember, Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap’s new disc that’s a knockout. Filled with wistful, introspective ballads like “Why Did I Choose You” and “Two for the Road,” this is music at its finest. (Ghostlight Records)

Now. Here. This. Original Cast Album Smart, funny, irreverent and determined, the creators/stars of [title of show] are back with their second show, Now. Here. This., and it’s a winner, too. Starring Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, Now. Here. This. is filled with wacky observations told through story and song. You’ll recognize the absurdity of love and the pain of growing up in this engaging recording. (Ghostlight Records)


Reel Love

PRANCE OF EGYPT Nicolas Maury and Carmen Maura in Let My People Go!

Struck By Lightning

Let My People Go!

Time Investment: 84 min. Return on Investment: 50 min.

Time Investment: 86 min. Return on Investment: 20 min. et My People Go! (Zeitgeist Films) has to be the world’s first gay Passover farce. It’s an odd pairing, Jewish kvetching and gay romance; it’s even odder—and sadder—that the film was co-written by celebrated French auteur Christophe Honoré (Dans Paris, Beloved). Ruben (Nicolas Maury) is living in bliss—in Finland—with his husband, Teemu, when he is suddenly given €200,000 unwanted euros. He relates his tale to his beloved Teemu who throws him out of the house. With nowhere to go, Ruben returns to his traditional Jewish family in Paris where he sulks through increasingly more ridiculous episodes of schadenfreude. But these over-the-top moments are so two dimensional, one wonders if they were written by someone who learned all they know about Jewish life from Puck on Glee. His mother’s fitness class works out in front of an oversized photo of Golda Meir; Ruben almost kills his nephew on a swing set while singing a Passover prayer; and there is a Come Out of Egypt party at the local gay club where Ruben is molested by the closeted old lawyer Maurice Goldberg. Every time a Jewish tradition is mentioned, awkward cultural exposition is quick to follow. The formula for Let My People Go! must have been to take two minority groups with presumably lots to joke about and mash them into one hilarious Meet the Parents-esque movie. Well, they’ll be glad to know I was as uncomfortable watching Meet the Parents as I was this film. —Benjamin Solomon

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hris Colfer has proven a surprising talent. His breakout on Glee has been exciting for many reasons, chief among them the honesty and skill he brings to the role of Kurt. And the actor’s many side projects since—including a children’s book, a development deal with Disney Channel and his young-adult novel Struck By Lightning—are even more achievements to celebrate. The latter is now a feature film directed by Saved!’s Brian Dannelly. It’s an exciting resume for the 22-year-old. Which is why it pained me to watch Struck By Lightning (Tribeca Film). Poised as a comedic exploration of high school outcasts, Lightning isn’t nearly as clever as Mean Girls or as touching as The Perks of

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Being a Wallflower. Colfer’s screenplay revolves around the detestable Carson Phillips, the (sexually ambiguous) overachieving school newspaper editor who’s so angry at his classmates for ostracizing him—and so desperate to escape his small town—that he blackmails them into starting a literary magazine. Colfer plays Carson with no remorse, steeping the film in unhappiness— stoked further by Carson’s verbally abusive and depressed mother (Allison Janney) and his plagiarizing dumb-dumb best friend (Rebel Wilson). Colfer makes Carson—and himself—seem sad and bitter, something his characters have always risen above in the past. If this is Colfer’s “fuck you” to the world that once rejected him, I’m glad it could be his catharsis. Hopefully he got it out of his system and can go ahead with making the strong work we know he’s capable of. —BS

ERASERHEAD Chris Colfer in Struck By Lightning

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Le Périgord 405 E 52nd St (@ First Ave)

212-755-6244 LePerigord.com

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By Peter Sherwood illed with the spirit of the holidays, we whisked ourselves away to Le Périgord, situated in a comfortable, quiet nook just northwest of Beekman Place. There, we encountered a warm welcome from the gracious maître of the manor and an arsenal of waiters sporting starched white jackets with napkins draped over their regimented forearms. Plump roses in full bloom quietly graced the tables as we were seated at our banquette. What a way to come in from the cold! From there we watched longtime patrons from the neighborhood sweep in, mostly women of a certain age bathed in black sable, and the host greet every one of them with a firm handshake and an air of recognition. I toyed with a Grey Goose martini and my fella relaxed into a full-bodied red Gigondas while we slathered butter on civilized slices of

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brioche, anticipating the cuisine of longstanding chef Joel Benjamin, whose impressive résumé includes time at legendary restaurants Lutèce and La Côte Basque. However, my ears soon pricked up like a rabid pinscher and my mood swiftly changed at the piercing death rattle of a confused, brittle fussbudget who apparently was contemplating strychnine over selections from the prixfixe menu. We moved tables straightaway (which is something I never do), far across the room, as assisted by our equally aggrieved server. It hardly mattered anyway as we ended up dining with a better view of the moneyed complacency in attendance; what Tom Wolfe coined, in part, as “social x-rays.” Frogs’ legs were game little leapers accompanied by a perfectly delicate risotto flavored with aromatics. Roasted lobster claws topped the hefty, buttery-soft lobster tail with pale strands of enoki mush-

rooms. It was surrounded by a medley of sautéed zucchini, carrots and yellow squash in a coriander lobster broth— which bordered more on a subtle bisque. Sizeable seared quail was stuffed with minced wild forest mushrooms, which helped keep the bird moist, and black truffle sauce served to suit our fancy. Softened, shaved celeriac was a keen and serviceable side. We considered the Dover sole that we saw rolled out in hammered copper chafing dishes to tables nearby, but opted instead for something that went more along the ways of winter: we summoned the hearty, beating breast of the hunter and ordered medium rare, mildly musky venison cloaked in venison jus with a soupçon of black truffles. Melted cranberries in sugar, wilted red cabbage and peppery Brussels sprouts that were just fork-tender were ideal accompaniments. I doubt anyone loves the

idea of a dessert trolley more than I do, and on this mode of transportation we found at least a few treats that we had to try. Armed with wicked, generous pours of Armagnac (which we sipped on, in a slow revel) we picked from said trolley an offering of oeufs à la neige, the meringue confec-

SHORT ORDER: An elegant, classic French restaurant in a secluded spot on the Upper East Side.

PETER’S PICKS: mushroom-stuffed fat quail with black truffle sauce; buttery roasted lobster tail.

PETER’S PANS: We moved to another table because of the decrepit, shrieking woman with dietary restrictions that was seated at a banquette all too near to us.


tion, with an apparently Pollack-inspired spray of caramel lightly spattered on top of it. More meringue followed with the lemon tart and a fun layer of toasted marshmallows. Pear tart tartine arrived with a vanilla butter crust and an amiable resolution that, after lingering for more than three hours, we should probably go home. N

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Anal bleaching—the solution to a problem you never knew you had.

ow many times have you looked at your asshole and thought, “Jeez, my anus is just too dark. Isn’t there some way to lighten that thing?” Well, there is a solution: anal bleaching. It’s not news that a lot of gay men have bodyimage issues. For whatever reason, many guys believe that in order to feel good about themselves, they have to have luxurious Botox-y lips, blindingly fluorescentwhite teeth, ageless wrinkle- and blemish-free skin, a liposuctioned waistline, a contoured Brazilian bubble booty, and a 10-inch, perpetually rock-hard penis. Well, as if all those weren’t reason enough to feel inadequate, you can now add one more worry to the list of physical shortcomings: an anus that’s too dark. Maintaining a presentable butthole has long been a priority for gay men. Generally this means exercising basic booty hygiene and some occasional manscaping—

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or for the ultra-fastidious few, a male bikini wax—to tame the fur around that little brown eye. Anal bleaching is typically done by applying a cream or gel that contains a lightening agent (acid) to the skin around the anus. (Other lightening methods include using lasers or cryosurgery.) Much like teeth whitening, the process of eliminating “ring around the pooper” takes several applications (some products recommend twice-daily applications for two weeks), and the lightening is not permanent. While anal bleaching hasn’t caught on in New York the way it has on the West Coast, Face to Face NYC (20 W 20th St, FaceToFaceNYC) in Chelsea offers the treatment. Most over-the-counter products now available cost anywhere from $25 to $100 and are generally considered safe (many sources warn against using anything containing hydroquinone on your hole), although not

completely without risk. Depending on various factors, like individual skin sensitivity, strength of the chemical ingredients, incorrect application, etc., these products can cause temporary discomfort and even burning, scarring or incontinence. Anal bleaching on darker skin does not always yield optimal results. Giving your posterior puckerer the Michael Jackson treatment (“It’s black; it’s white!”) could result in a blotchy booty, darker discoloration or an anus that is too light in comparison to the surrounding skin—making it look like you sat on a PepO-mint LifeSaver. Skin lightening of the face and body has been very popular around the world for years. The skin bleaching industry is huge in India, Southeast Asia and parts of Africa, for example, where aspiring to have lighter skin reflects widely held values and beliefs about beauty, status and success. But why this sudden anal pigmentation fixation? It’s generally believed that credit (or blame) goes to the California-based adult entertainment industry. About 10 years ago, women working in straight porn began using existing skin-lightening treatments on their unacceptably brown balloon knots. It wasn’t long before this fringe practice caught on in Hollywood and eventually began popping up on the general population’s radar, thanks in part to people like Perez Hilton, the Kardashians and others with too much free time on their hands and a preoccupation with shoving private business in the public’s faces. Dr. 90210 gave anal bleaching serious treatment, shining a light on the cosmetic procedure— and up porn star Tabitha Stevens’ dark ass-crack. But mostly, the topic was (and remains) the butt of jokes and ridicule. Sacha Baron Cohen had his own crack peroxided on camera in Brüno, and Margaret Cho opened audiences’ eyes to anal bleaching by featuring the procedure on The Cho Show as well as in her stand-up routine. But the bottom line is: It doesn’t matter how pretty you think your hole looks if you’re not truly taking care of it. Give your anus the treatment it really deserves—especially if you use it for sex. Be sure you’re including anal screenings for things like warts, fissures, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, LGV, HPV and anal cancer as part of your regular health exams. Whether or not you’re among the crowds who have taken a seat in the anal bleachers section, remember that a healthy asshole is a happy asshole. N


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