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FEB 22, 2013

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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE


CONTENTS

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 | VOL 20.35 26 SEX TALK TELEVISION Robin Byrd reflects on a life of sex, sleaze and late-night cable access.

THE NEXUS 4 4 6 8 8 42

The Week in Photos Commentary: What is it exactly that causes gay athletes to quit? Getting Personal with Here TV’s Josh Rosenzweig Commentary: Lessons to be learned from the recent murders of three gay men. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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Calendar of Events Nightlife: A primer to Bushwick’s growing gay scene. Quoted with Little Britain‘s Matt Lucas The Roundup: Showtunes for every night of the week. When I Knew: Aiden Leslie had a thing for the Tom Selleck next door. Bars + Clubs Map

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The Right Track The Whole Package: Leather daddyapproved tips on buying your first harness. Curtain Up Reel Love Eats What’s Cookin’ Double Take

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Business Directory

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Daniel Nardicio celebrates 1,000 parties • Thorgy Thor serves at Barracuda • Patricia Field celebrates Valentine’s Day in style

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

Field of Fears Why do professional sports players still feel the need to resign after coming out?

magine a successful architect tweeting “Just getting some sh*t off my chest” along with a link to his personal blog. The link leads to a seven-paragraph intimate confession where he details his hopes and dreams from the past decade, talks about the secrets he’s been keeping from his loved ones for years and comes out publicly. Then, he announces that he’s decided to lay down his blueprints and step away from his profession for a while to find himself. “Prominent Architect Comes Out as Gay, Resigns” sounds like a headline from 1970. “Famous Soccer Player Comes Out as Gay, Resigns” is a headline from last week. Why? Last week, 25-year-old U.S. soccer player Robbie Rogers stunned the sports world by coming out in just that way. He had played in Major League Soccer for five seasons, played 18 games with the U.S. national team and recently transferred to Leeds United. Now, he was ending a promising soccer career for the purpose of, in his words, “discovering myself away from football.” “I always thought I could hide this secret,” Rogers wrote on his blog. “Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined,” he wrote. ”Now is my time to step away.”

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MICHAEL MUSTO’S DISCO EXTRAVAGANZA @ 54 BELOW Randy Jones, the original cowboy from theVillage People, poses with man of the hour Michael Musto just before the gossip columnist’s disco-themed show at the midtown cabaret. In addition to Jones, Elektrik Company, Snooky &Tish and singer-songwriter Orfeh joined Musto on stage for the throwback cabaret..


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Overheard:

“We have set our Luna Park mid-20th Century, just outside Rome, where performers and vagabonds alike were hiding from the ills of war, but waiting for better days.” —Black Party creative director Daniel Osach explaining this year’s theme

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“Athletes still fear the consequences of coming out while playing, even if the reality’s not as bad as they imagine.” from Montreal Impact. What remains confusing, is why this still continues to be the case, when attitudes towards homosexuality in the sports world are changing so rapidly. In women’s soccer, Megan Rapinoe came out with her fellow teammates’ support before last summer’s Olympics. Grant Wahl, a reporter for Sports Illustrated, recently conducted a poll of 15 MLS players where all but one stated an openly gay player would be welcome in their locker room. Last week, U.S. Soccer released the following statement after Rogers came out: “As a Federation we support all our athletes who have had the courage to address this deeply personal topic. We are proud of Robbie.” It’s hard to believe that all these people are lying about their acceptance of gay players. So why are there currently no out major league soccer players? (Not to mention the many other sports lacking active gay presence.) “We don’t know yet whether Rogers quit because he was gay or was not performing well because of the struggles with his sexuality,” says Jim Buzinski, co-founder of OutSports.com. “That said, athletes still fear the consequences of coming out while playing, even if the reality’s not as bad as they imagine." Attitudes may be changing, but fear is a lot more difficult to get rid of. N

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The fact that the professional sports world is one of the last bastions of institutionalized homophobia is nothing new. Professional players either come out and immediately resign or, more often, come out after their careers are over. In a similar instance in 2011, the American soccer player David Testo came out a month after being released

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CHOOSE ONE: FAVORITE GAY TV CHARACTER

Kurt in Glee

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Cam in Modern Family

Bryan in The New Normal

Lafayette in True Blood

I love any character that glorifies the sissy boy and makes it OK to be a non-conformist. When I was in high school you could not get away with being openly gay. So we had to be “New Wave.” if you could change one thing about new York, what would it be? Affordable housing for all.

CHOOSE ONE: FAVORITE WORKING TV SHOW

Murphy Brown

30 Rock

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Mary Tyler Moore Show Sports Night

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Tie! 30 Rock because I can totally relate to the insanity and The Mary Tyler Moore Show because it is just sheer genius.

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE a decade has passed since it first launched, but gay television network Here TV is celebrating its 10th year of broadcast in 2013. To mark that milestone, they’re undertaking a number of initiatives including a short film festival competition this summer and the recently debuted New Frontiers Film Project, which allows anyone to submit film and television projects to be considered for network broadcast. “We are renewing our dedication to our core mission and one of the most important tenets of that mission was to provide a place for LGBT filmmakers to be recognized and offer them an outlet where their work can be seen,” explains HereTV’s SVP of Integrated Marketing & Original Production and host of the network’s talk show Just Josh, Josh Rosenzweig. “We are eternally indebted to the LGBT creative community,”he admits.

What trend do you wish would die? Gangnam style. Please! whathasbeenyourfavoritemomentworking for here tV? Well that’s hard because I am fortunate to have a lot. But the times that I got to work with two of my closest friends on shows that we created together: Sherry Vine on “She’s Living For This” and Jim Morrison on “For & Against”, especially when we were invited to cover the presidential debate! what is your dream show to produce on here? I would love to develop and produce an original show for someone like Sandra Bernhard or Amy Sedaris.


Dye Another Gay:

A look at a few of the impressive dye-jobs sported this past week at Greenhouse and Marquee: Joseph Trotto

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Suliman & Ra

Michelle Saunders

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TESTOSTERONE @ THERAPY Rowan, Francisco, Go-Go Harder, Go-Go Gadget and Geronimo mug for the camera while working the room at theThursday-night boylesque showcase.

HARMONY @ PHILLIPS NewYork City Gay Men’s Chorus pianist Aaron Dai poses with the chorus’s director Charles Beale at the black-and-red themed fundraiser for the organization. Later in the evening, Ann Hampton Callaway performed a modified version of“Come Rain or Come Shine.” FEBRUARY 22, 2013 7

theRapY, maRquee and phillips photos: gustaVo monRoY

CATWALK: THE VALENTINE’S DAY BALL @ MARQUEE Susanne Bartsch takes to the mic to wish Patricia Field a“Happy Birthday”at their holiday-themed party at the recently renovated Chelsea club.The party also served as a kick-off for Bartsch’s new weekly, Catwalk.


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“It’s very grand and glamorous. I love the people dressing up, they have a place to show off!” —Susanne Bartsch at the Valentine’s Day Ball debut of her new party Catwalk

BY LAWRENCE FERBER

the silent accomplice lessons to be learned from the recent killings of three gay men.

t sounded like Cruising all over again. Last week, news reports broke that we may have a new serial killer in New York, targeting middle-aged gay men. Charles Romo, 48, David Rangel, 53 and Joseph Benzinger, 54, were found murdered within days of each other, and, due to a lack of signs of forced entry, likely by someone they had willingly allowed inside or met up with, possibly through hookup websites and smartphone apps. Community leaders—including openly gay City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Jackson Heights’ openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm—expressed a commitment to catching the perpetrator(s), and concern, including over the fact they could be online-related. “When I first heard about the [murders] reported in the media, it came to my mind there was a possibility they could be [a result of online hookups],” Dromm said, “because those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender have heard this story often.” This past weekend saw arrests made in two of the cases. Romo was likely killed by two homeless brothers in a robberygone-awry, while Benzinger’s 23-year-old lover, Lleuyel Garcia, was apprehended for his murder. (Garcia is also accused of stealing Benzinger’s wallet and mobile phone). Despite the fact these murders did not seem to stem from online hookups as originally suspected and feared, the latest statistics show a 13% uptick in reports of violence against the gay community, and the recent incidents have sparked a conversation about online hookup safety. During a forum last week, the NYC AntiViolence Project’s Deputy Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, Ejeris Dixon, urged that caution and safety measures must be taken when hooking up online and off. One of the most critical and effective steps to pro-

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? did Jesse tyler ferguson totally not arrest Boy george for molesting honey Boo Boo’s uncle poodle? Read on…

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are out at work than ever before, lesbians still encounter more workplace discrimination than gay men.

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Somebody’s looking to sell naked GRINdR pics of Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle. Meanwhile, we’d pay a small fortune for Mama June’s nudies.

Amid public outcry, New York’s LGBT Center has finally lifted its moratorium on events and speakers related to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Wow, have you seen BOY GEORGE lately? Grrrl is lookin’ svelt! Like, Jennifer Hudson post-Weight Watchers svelt! Like, Macaulay Culkin deathwatch svelt!

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A controversial FACEBOOK group promoting bareback sex had over 20,000 likes before it was taken down last week.

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A new study found that whilemoregayandlesbians

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Out Modern Family star JESSE T YLER FERGUSON issettoplayDromioin The Comedy of Errors this summer at The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park.

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Did anyone else think this whole UK horse meat controversy was about DJs Jim Stanton and James Hillard, a.k.a. Horse Meat Disco?

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Completely non-homophobic rapper Azealia Banks apparently cannot stop ranting about the word “faggot”on Twitter.

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Since legal same-sex marriages aren’t recognized by the federal government, bi-national couples are fleeing the

tect oneself in these situations is simply letting someone know who you are meeting and where. A pdf of “Online Dating and Pick-Up Safety Tips” can be downloaded from the AVP’s website. Shame, however, prevents many from disclosing such details (including violent pick-up incidents after the fact). Who wants to be seen as a slut? Or judged by prudish friends? In cases where one is closeted, to family, coworkers or beyond, how can one even

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ering up sexual abuse now that he is stepping down?

consider this safety measure? If you’re going to meet a guy, always give someone a heads-up of where you’re going and leaving a clear trail. A “buddy system” can also be invaluable. If nothing else, these three gay men’s tragic deaths have served as a potent reminder of all of the precautions that we should be taking when going on a potential hookup—and that shame should be locked up along with those violent offenders. N


Latex Index:

“NYC Condom: A Retrospective Exhibit”opened this past Friday at New York University’s Kimmel Galleries. A look at a few of the city-distributed condom’s designs: 2007

2008

2010

CUB CAMP @ EASTERN BLOC DJs David Picard and Scooter McCreight pose with Eastern Bloc co-owner Darren Dryden (right) at the NewYork edition of the duo’s popularToronto-based party for hairy hotties and the guys who love them.

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easteRn Bloc, BaRRacuda and ReBel photos: santiago felipe

THORGY THOR @ BARRACUDA Miz Jade,ThorgyThor and Oscar Montoya serve up some fresh hot dogs before the dragster’s Tuesday night show at the Chelsea bar.

DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY @ REBEL Daniel Nardicio (left, withTopher and DJ JonJon Battles) celebrates his 1,000th party at this special blowout. Later in the evening, $1,000 was dropped onto the crowd and a marching band played to mark the occasion.


one big family! seth macfarlane hosts the 85th academy awards on february 24. Jennifer lawrence, phillip seymour hoffman, ann hathaway, Quvenzhane Wallis and daniel day lewis are all vying for an oscar.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE FEBRUARY 22 THROUGH MARCH 3

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PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. BoiParty’s Alan Picus and Justin Luke bring a thousand Hell’s Kitchen party boys to the rooftop of the Copacabana for a night of dancing, drinking and socializing in the glass-encased supper club. Resident DJ Scotty Rox gets everybody groovin’. 10:30pm; free for first 500 guests/$10 general admission.

give away $100 cash to the one with the best moves. “This is not a go-go dance contest nor do you need to take off any clothes (of course it’s highly encouraged but not a requirement),” they write. 10pm; $10 for first ten guests/$15 before midnight/$20 general admission.

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VJ FRIDAYS TEXTING PARTY Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Text your naughty Visit nextmagazine.com thoughts to the big screen, play for more event listings a little pool, guzzle shot specials HABIBI Culture or watch as Boxers’ in-house DJ 11 S Club, 20 W 39th St R (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), screens your favorite music videos. 11pm; free. YEA habibinyc.com. Middle Eastern ‘mos and their admirers head to midtown for a dance BEAR YOURSELF UNDERWEAR PARTY: bash that celebrates the party’s eleventh (yeah, CHERRY PICKING Rockbar, 185 Christopher you read that right) anniversary. They’re doing a St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Resi“Subtle Star Search,” where the Habibi guys will dent bear George Hains celebrates national

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cherry month (which is February, apparently), with a bear-filled underwear party where guys are encouraged to come “cherry picking.” Clothes check is free, and guys who get down to their skivvies will get a shot for a buck. 10pm; $3. GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY Secret location, ggbnyfeb2013.eventbrite.com. Gays gather, wear red and take over a straight venue for just one night. It’s “a combination of flashmob and the French Revolution.” 6pm–9pm; free. TONGUE IN CHEEK: RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Canal/Grand Sts), leslielohman.org. JC Etheredge will be at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art tonight to sign copies of his new book Tongue in Cheek, a series of Tom of Finland-esque drawings. 6pm–8pm; free.


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The scene at a Spank Loft Party in 2012

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NIGHTLIFE

OUT IN BUSHWICK A LOOK AT NIGHTLIFE IN NEW YORK'S MOST SUPRISING GAY NEIGHBORHOOD YET.

t’s only been a few short months since Bushwick’s firsthigh-profilegayevent,thedragfestival Bushwig at secret project Robot, but the growing queer scene in north Brooklyn has seemed to have reached a boiling point as of late. moreandmore,ourBrooklynbuddiesareforegoinga ride on the l train to manhattan or even nearby williamsburg, and partying closer to home instead. although Bushwick may not have anything close to the BrooklynequivalentofXlnightclub,splashor,hell,even anowhere,there’s nodenyingthattheneighborhoodto the east of the burg has a thriving queer scene fueled bycheepspacesandanunfetteredimagination.here,at look at some of the current offerings. —Alex Erikson

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Tantrum Tandem, 236 Troutman St (btwn Knickerbocker/Wilson Aves), tandembar.net theRe’s a slew of queer/gay parties happening at tandem—it won Best Bar at the super-gay Brooklyn nightlife awards last month—and on february 26 Next Magazine promoter to watch david John sokolowski hosts his lasttuesday-of-the-month party, tantrum, at the Bushwick bar and restaurant. Joining him at the midweek dance bash will be dJ scot Bowman, host and performer horrorchata (left inset) and a smattering of other queers and queens for spontaneous performance. last tues at 10pm; free.

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Don Pedro, 90 Manhattan Ave (btwn Borem/McKibbin Sts), donpedrobrooklyn.com eVeRY mondaY, dragster macy Rodman (left inset) hosts this over-the-top night of performances (mostly by fellow Bushwick drag queens) at the Brooklyn dive. Be prepared for anything to happen though: at the January 14 Jackass-themed show, performance artist defacto obsolete literally stapled his scrotum to his leg. mons at 9pm; free.

Kitty: Cumaraderie Wreck Room, 940 Flushing Ave (btwn Central/Evergreen Aves), 718-418-6347 dJ daVid John sokolowski and host paul leopold have spent the month of february taking over wreck Room’s thursday queer night, kitty. on february 28 they’ll close the month out with performers shane shane, chris tyler, ladysimon and heather acs. what’s kitty like when cumaraderie isn’t taking over? “kitty is the weekly queer dance night at wreck Room—the local Bushwick dive where you go to drink cheap beer and liquor, munch on deep-fried risotto balls, lounge in luxurious leather chairs, throw graffiti on the walls, and watch campy porno flicks on the big screen,” explains sokolowski. thus at 10pm; $3.

An1m0rphs House of Yes, 342 Maujer St (btwn Morgan Ave/ Waterbury St), houseofyes.org taking place at the queer-friendly artist collective, performance space and diY party spot, house of Yes—and presumably inspired by the Animorphs series of young adult sci-fi novels—the culture whore (a.k.a. paul leopold and mark dommu) team

up with interdisciplinary artistic group descent to present a night of animalistic dancing with performances by shane shane, frank Jones, lotus eater machine and others. Brian Joseph ferree is set to do a special aerial show, while queens compete in an animal drag contest. dJ sets by dJs JX cannon, sokolowski and timothy allen living. feb 22 at 10pm; $7 in advance/$10 general admission.

Spank Loft Party various Locations, spankartmag.com although the neXt time the spank dJs spin it will actually be in manhattan on march 1 (at stage 48 of all places), but the next spank loft party on april 6 will more than likely be at scholes loft in Bushwick, where they celebrated their fifth anniversary in november. monthly; cover varies.

Dizzyland The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Ave (btwn Lorimer/Leonard Sts), thespectrum6@gmail.com in 2011, performer nicholas gorham (left inset) and artist gage ofthe Boone founded the spectrum, their live-in east williamsburg/Bushwick artist studio, performance space and party pad. on february 23, trey latrash hosts “a kaleidoscopic pupu platter in honor of the new collaboration between nvr mnd and destroy culture: nvr die” at the montrose avenue space. the party will feature performances by labanna Babalon, witchney houston, moni la femme, frank Jones, cher noble, krystal something-something, untitled queen and stevie Zar. dJs work tVk, willy muse and whatever 21 spin with projections by worm. email to RsVp and follow the spectrum on twitter and facebook to stay up to date on upcoming parties. feb 23 at 10pm; $10.

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The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave (btwn Jefferson/ Troutman Sts), cobraclubbk.com eVeRY fiRst thuRsdaY the cobra club throws a gay punk night called enemies, where guest dJs spin the likes of the promise Ring, the saddest landscape and the get up kids. first thursdays at 10pm; free.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22

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“QUOTED” Music video director Jonas Åkerlund’s new independent film, Small Apartments, (not to be confused with Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture) features an all-star cast that includes Billy Crystal, James Cann and Johnny Knoxville. But more notably, it is the first staring film role for out Little Britain star MATT LUCAS. “[Jonas Åkerlund]’s worked with people like madonna, lady gaga and Rihanna and christina aguilera and Britney spears. and if you watch the film Small Apartments you’ll see that i have larger breasts than any of them,” Lucas, who plays a clumsy deadbeat who accidentally kills his landlord, quips. And in the film you get to see quite a bit of those large British man boobs. “if there’s a day i don’t go out i just walk around in me underpants to be quite honest with you, if i don’t have to see anybody,” Lucas explains. “so i made the decision to do it [in the film]. [watching] the rough cut i’m absolutely mortified, thinking,‘what on earth was i thinking of to inflict my pale blubber on the poor cinema-going audience, but by then it was far too late.” —Small Apartments is available on DVD and VOD now. Visit facebook.com/smallapartments for more info.

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DOUGIE MEYER PRESENTS: HECTOR FONSECA’S B-DAY BASH Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Official Lady Gaga remixer Hector Fonseca is back at Splash to celebrate another trip around the sun—and he’s doing it big this year! Rising pop starlet Kerli performs live while Hector spins the main room and DJ Billy Lace holds down the lounge. 10pm; cover varies.

PLAY-BOY SATURDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), chrisryannyc.com.

FEBRUARY 23 Who’s Next Now 2013 DJ Kimani-G spins a hipster-themed edition of Chris Ryan, Nathan Kelly and Holly Dae’s weekly Saturday party in the in East Village. Win prizes, play some twister, flirt with the go-gos or just get your grove on! 10pm; free. HEDDA LETTUCE The Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), metropolitanroom.com. Chartreuse chanteuse Hedda Lettuce is joined by pianist Paul Leschen for an evening of comedy and song at the intimate jazz venue. 9:30pm; $20.

YOU LIKE ME: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), arsnovanyc.com. If Jennifer Lawrence’s cringe-worthy “I beat Meryl” quote at the Golden Globes just wasn’t enough for you, Mike Albo, Cole Escola, Michael Musto, Molly Pope, Ben Rimalower, Ryan Raftery (as Billy Crystal) and others hop on the Ars Nova stage to reinterpret classic acceptance speeches on the eve of the Oscars. From Meryl Streep to Mariah Carey, no celebs are safe! But especially, Sally Field. 8pm–11pm; $15.

and Rococo Cain are set to perform at Tyler Stone, Miles DeNiro and Trey La Trash’s Sunday night party on the Bowery. DJs Michael Formika Jones and Gio Black Peter spin with “body bi: Apathy Angel [and] David Terzian.” 9pm; cover varies.

pher Hardwick and Bianca del Rio, in which nightlifers dress up like their favorite characters to compete in various categories. The evening’s proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 6pm; $5 in advance/$10 general admission.

OSCAR VIEWING PARTY AND ALT AWARDS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Watch the drama of the red carpet arrivals unfold, followed by the “alt” awards show co-hosted by Christo-

MURRAY HILL’S OSCAR PARTY Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Mr. Showbiz Murray Hill hosts his annual Oscar show with special guests. They’ll even do the usual audience best and worst dressed awards. 8pm; $25.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24 BIG DIPPER The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), websterhall.com. Extra raunchy gay rapper Big Dipper performs on the studio stage of Webster Hall. Cakes Da Killer and Shane Shane open for the furry performer. 8pm; $10.

DIRTY BITCH: VOLUME 3 RBar, 218 Bowery (btwn Spring/Prince Sts), rbarnyc.com. Transgendered Jesus, (e)motion picture, Valentine, Justin Symbol, Lotus Eater Machine, Isis Vermouth

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 25

THE GAY WHITE WAY

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THE ROUNDUP

Where to croon to shoW tunes every day of the Week.

f Broadway shows and their many memorable tunes really get you going, gay New York has a deluge of places where you can get your fix. From old-school piano bars in theWestVillage to high-production numbers in Hell’s Kitchen, we’ve rounded up the 11 spots you can hear show tunes and ranked them in order of how likely you are to see a bonafide Broadway star at each. —AE

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MOST LIKELY MUSICAL MONDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/ Sixth Aves), splashbar.com An institution with a virtually endless shelf life, Musical Mondays brings a mixed crowd to sing along as VJ John Bantay screens video recordings of some of Broadway’s most memorable performances. They even occasionally do themed nights. Mons at 7pm; free. EVERY NIGHT Marie’s Crisis, 59 Grove St (btwn Seventh Ave S/Bleecker St), 212-243-9323 This old-school piano bar staple in the West Village, which was a den for prostitutes in the mid-19th century, keeps the ivories tickled seven nights a week. They’ve got a regular cast of elder songbirds (as well as the occasional Broadway up-and-comer) who love to gather ’round the piano and sing along. Mons–Sats 5:30pm–4am and Suns 6pm–3am; free. DIVA Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com To close Monday out with a glittery bang, Marty Thomas—who actually went up against (and beat!) Britney Spears on Star Search in 1992—does his weekly Monday night show with fellow Broadway chorus folk Kelly King, Marissa Rosen and Alexa Green. Mons at 11pm; free. RANDY RAINBOW’S BROADWAY BITCH BINGO Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com YouTube personality Randy Rainbow hosts this guest-star-studded weekly show alongside dragster co-host Roxy Brooks. Each week they lead several rounds of

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bingo and bring out a special Broadway guest for a live performance. Suns from 9pm–11pm; free. UNTUCKED AND UNCENSORED The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-333-4177 Alt dragster Marti Gould Cummings hosts his long-running weekly Sunday show at the tri-level 46th Street bar. He usually has a special Broadway guest on hand to help onlookers enjoy the $3 beers and $4 well drinks. 9:30pm; free. WHISTLING TRIXIE New World Stages, 340 W 50th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), newworldstages.com Another of Marti Gould Cummings’ shows (this time with starlet Kelly King),Whistling Trixie sees guest cohorts from the Great White Way invade the small TONY lounge at New World Stages on Saturdays for this comedy/variety show. 10:30pm; free. MOSTLY SONDHEIM The Duplex, 61 Christopher St

(@ Seventh Ave), theduplex.com For guys looking for a Friday late-night alternative to the usual pop party, Broadway fave Emily McNamara joins Ben Cameron and pianist Brian Nash for a weekly performance of Broadway numbers that are, well, mostly Sondheimpenned ditties. Fris at 11:30pm; free (plus two-drink minimum). EVERY NIGHT The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com Although recently the downstairs space has given way to thumping bass and disco dancing, the upstairs still features the popular piano, around which Broadway numbers and show tunes can be heard nightly—especially during their hit happy hour. Mons–Fris 4pm–4am and Sats and Suns 2pm–4am; free. BROADWAY BRUNCH Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com Every Sunday the gals at Lips, led by Gin-

ger Snap, do two seatings of brunch that are each jam-packed with drag queens doing big Broadway numbers on the East Side drag haunt’s stage. Suns at Noon and 2:30pm; free (plus food/drink minimum). SUNDAYS Bamboo 52, 344 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), bamboo52nyc.com Every Sunday, Bamboo 52 entices Hell’s Kitchen sushi lovers with an all-day happy hour and Broadway tunes on the iPod. 4pm–2am; free. PIECES OF BROADWAY Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Gay/Greenwich Sts), piecesbar.com. For that mid-week late-night Broadway itch, Pieces brings dragster Vodka Stinger to the stage, with special guestVJs screening show tunes and Broadway numbers at the Christopher Street dive. Weds at 10pm; free.

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Aiden Leslie FOR OUT POP ARTIST Aiden Leslie, who recently partnered with amFAR’s generationCURE and is performing at The Cutting Room on March 7, it was an attraction to a handy next-door neighborhood that made him realize he was gay. —Visit aidenleslie.com or amfar.org for more info.

“ONE OF THE EARLIEST MEMORIES in my childhood was of mr. Jones. he was the father of my best friend adam, and he had a striking resemblance totom selleck.we lived on a quiet, dead-end street where we would play stickball every day in the summer. our dads would mow the lawn, and the mothers would socialize with one another while tending to the flowerbeds in their front yards. it seemed pretty normal. except i knew that i was not. i remember watching mr. Jones work on his house and cut the grass. he usually did this with no shirt, and for reasons i did not understand, i felt an incredible attraction to him. at 4 years old, i just knew i liked what i saw.

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TAYLOR MAC: 1890S Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Cabaret star Taylor Mac has taken on the daunting task of performing 24 concerts comprised of the last 24 decades of popular music, which will then be stitched together to make one insane 24-hourlong musical extravaganza. Tonight, Mac does hit ditties from the ’90s—the 1890s that is. 7pm; $20. HOT FRUIT Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan/Devoe Sts), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Twice a month David John Sokolowski and his crew of nightlifers take

over an otherwise laidback Monday night in Williamsburg for shows, shows and more shows, honey. Leo Gugu premieres a brand new live song tonight while DJ Dandylion throws down electronic beats and DJ Econ spins vinyl. 10pm; free. RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industrybar.com. Join hostess Marti Gould Cummings as the ladies get their engines revving in the fifth season of RuPaul’s über-popular drag competition. Happy hour is even extended for the show! 9pm; free.

CAMILLE Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard St (btwn Broome/Grand Sts), casamezcalny.com. Steve Hayes does a bit of gender bending on the Lower East Side as he steps into the lead role of Charles Ludlam’s parody play. 8pm; $18. LISA MCQUADE SINGS MATTHEW DOERS Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), matthewdoers.com. Chanteuse Lisa McQuade stars in an evening of original music, which ranges from soulful ballads to heavy disco, by out composer Matthew Doers (who’ll be tickling the ivories during the performance). 8pm; $10.

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BOB MOULD, BEAR IN HEAVEN Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St (@ Bowery), boweryballroom.com. Brooklyn-based electro group Bear In Heaven join Bob Mould and a mixed downtown crowd as they show off their recent, acclaimed album I Love You, It’s Cool. 8pm; $25.

SPILL! TRUE STORIES OF QUEER SEX, DESIRE AND ROMANCE Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), spill-

sotires.wordpress.com. Jefferson brings together comedians, sex educators and regular ol’ gays for his monthly night of queer tales of bedrooms, back seats and bordellos. 8pm–10pm; free. DIRTY LOOKS NYC Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave (@ Second St), dirtylooksnyc.org. Oakland, CA-based filmmaker and trans activist Chris E. Vargas will be on hand for a screening of his intelligent-yet-funny film Have You Ever Seen a

WEDNESDAY GOOD TIMES Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), twerking.com. New York DJ (and record label big shot) Bill Coleman heads to the Eastern Bloc booth to join Good Times regular Josh Sparber for his long-running midweek party. Bearded beauties, hairy hipsters and fierce East Village boys guzzle $1 vodka drinks from 11pm–11:30pm. 10pm; free.

WEEK Transexual Before? as part of the monthly experimental queer screening series. 9pm; $10. DRINK N’ DRAW This N That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. Like drinking? Like drawing? Each week John Jennison and Leslie Van Stelten bring guest models to the stage where they’ll get into various states of undress. This week the model is drag queen Ruby Roo. 7pm–9pm; free.

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HARDCORE Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vladabar.com. Catch a nerdy movie before you take on cute nerd boys in a head-to-head video game match up on the second floor of the 51st Street vodka bar. The guys do different themes each month, including gaymer tournaments, nerdy clothes contests, underwear parties and other geeky interests. 8pm; free.

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CINEKINK: STRANGE LIVE ACTS Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave (@ Second St), cinekink.com. As part of the annual kinky film festival, Cinekink presents a collection of short films that explore the relationship between pleasure and pain, performance and transcendence. The program includes The Inflated Man, Desperate Housewife, Strange Live Acts (above), Kinbaku and Deconstructed Beauty. 9pm; $9 in advance/$10 general admission.

THE ROAD TO WINTER PARTY: TAGG Tagg, 720 Ninth Ave (@ 49th St), taggnyc.com. As a build up to the 20th anniversary of the Winter Party Festival in Miami, which kicks off on March 6, Way Out World Productions is teaming up with Ascension party producer Sean Patrick Ryan and his Hell’s Kitchen clothing store Tagg for a beach-themed swimwear shopping party. They’ll have an open bar and big discounts on Winter Party attire. 8pm–10pm; free.

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THE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlies, 139 E 45th St (btwn Third/Lexington Aves), willclarkworld.com. Hop on the Times Square/Grand Central shuttle train and head East for Will Clark’s recently relocated bingo show. Tonight, dragster Candy Samples and cabaret performer Jeff Cubeta help Clark pull the balls and call boys numbers. 9pm–11pm; free.

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BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB PERFORMS BGSQD in Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St (btwn Canal/Hester Sts), bgsqd.com, bushwickbookclub.com. The inspiration for tonight’s Bushwick Book Club performance is Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in Heels. The Bushwick Book Club is a series of new music inspired by literature. Tonight’s performers include Susan Hwang, Ellia Bisker, Natti Vogel and Dan Fishback. 8pm–11pm; free.


FRIDAY MARCH 1 HORSE MEAT DISCO Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), joshwoodproductions.com. Josh Wood brings London DJ collective Horse Meat Disco, known for their London Eagle parties, to the newest way West Side Hell’s Kitchen club, Stage 48. Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic open. 10pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission. FLASHPOP FIRST FRIDAYS Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St),

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XL SATURDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. It’s all house all night as DJs Manny Lehman and Amuka pump serious house sounds onto XL’s dance floor for their weekly night of big beats and hot guys. At this party “It’s all about the music!”

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Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Jonathan and Bpro bring guest performer Melody Joy and DJ Emjay to Sugarland for their monthly Friday night pop party. Get your drink and your dance on with 2-for-1 well drinks till midnight. 9pm; free.

WHAM, BAM! THANK YOU, MAN! The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St (btwn Park/Madison Aves), thecuttingroomnyc.com. Shelly the Singing Siren hosts the debut of The Show Ponies—a.k.a. boylesque stars Go-Go Harder, Mr. Gorgeous and

WEEK Go-Go Gadget—at the East Side cabaret space. 10pm; $20 general admission in advance/$25 general admission/$30 VIP in advance/$35 VIP. SPUNK FRIDAY Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Aaron Cobbett and Aaron Tillford take over the low-key East Village dive for their bi-weekly night of disco, Italo and Hi NRG with art videos and an eclectic crowd. Kick off the weekend like it’ll last forever with $5 well drinks all night. 10pm; free.

MARCH 2 $15 before midnight with XL membership/$20 before midnight/$20 general admission with XL membership/$25 general admission. FEDDE LE GRAND Pacha, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), pachanyc.com. The “Put

Your Hands Up For Detroit” DJ/producer rolls into Pacha to spin for a mixed crowd on the New York stop of his Road to Ultra North American Club Tour. DJs Sultan and Ned Shepard warm the room up for the legendary Dutch denizen of the decks. 10pm; $25 general admission/$350 VIP.

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VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. The funky and fierce come out for Susanne Bartsch, Amanda Lepore, Matthew Camp, Leo Gugu and the rest of Bartsch’s crew of club kids to do their long-running weekly party at the hothouse-themed club. Complimentary cocktails till 10:30pm. 10pm; free.

HIP HIP HOORAY: A BONE-A-FIT FOR JACKIE BEAT The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St (btwn Park/Madison Aves), jackiebeatrules.com. Poor Jackie Beat (right)! She’s been hobbling around in heels on two bad hips—and no health insurance. So Joan Rivers, Debbie Harry, Parker Posey, Fred Schneider and a cavalcade of downtown divas are throwing a benefit where they hope to raise the $50,000 Jackie needs for the double hip damage control. Lady Bunny, Formika, the Glamazons, Murray Hill, Sherry Vine, The World Famous Bob and others are expected to perform. 8pm; $30 general admission/$200 VIP. GRIFFIN SUNDAYS The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Washington/Greenwich Sts), raffertymazurevents.com. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur team up with Way Out World Productions for the last event in their “The Road to Winter Party” series. The guys are still doing the usual open bar till 8pm and raucous dancing till 1am. 7pm–1am; free.

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CHARLIE THE MATCHMAKER’S GAY SINGLES MINGLE Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 10th Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), charliethematchmaker.com. Charlie Maffei—a.k.a. Charlie the Matchmaker—does his monthly gay singles mingle at Bar-tini, where he’ll make personal introductions to guys he thinks will fit well together. 5pm; free.

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The Right Track By Keo Nozari orget flash mobs. Forget Gangnam Style. Perhaps people gave up those fads for Lent this year, because 2013 is all about the Harlem Shake. The cover videos of the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer—coming from college dorms, offices, fashion designers, army bases, the UGA Men’s Swimming Team and Anderson Cooper—often involve one person first dancing alone in a helmet before a surprising onslaught of people join in writhing and flailing their bodies wildly. What probably adds to the fun is that the videos are quick hits—each usually lasts only 30 seconds. And while they have a flash mob quality to them, with tons of people suddenly partaking in public spaces, the videos don’t feel like last decade’s viral trend. The success of the videos has given Baauer—who is on Diplo’s Mad Decent label—lots to shake about given the song is at Number 4 on the iTunes singles charts, which is especially surprising considering the song is five-months old. And the dance itself has been kicking around since 1981, though it made a big resurgence again in the early 2000s and is now hitting the big time yet again. Now that’s something that should give New Yorkers good cause for shaking! Keeping packages shaking is The Postal Service with their single “A Tattered Line of String”, their first new single in eight years. It’s a wonderful return to form with Ben Gibbard and co., with his gliding vocals, quirky lyrics and Jimmy Tamborello’s crunchy guitars and frenetic percussion. Unfortunately the track is not a first single off a long awaited new album. Instead it is a bonus track—along with another new track called “Turn Around”—on the 10th-anniversary reissue of their debut album, Give Up. But fans

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shouldn’t give up on a new album—the band announced they are officially reuniting for twelve tour dates, including one at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 14. So perhaps they will be inspired to make that sophomore album after all! Finally, Zedd has released the popular new single “Clarity,” which is also the title track of his debut album. Some clarifying remixes also followed from Tiësto, Style of Eye and Brillz. But none as good as Zedd’s own lushly orchestrated Union Mix. N

DJ TOP 10: Dychro On the heels of residencies at Hanky Panky Club‘s Mojo and The Cock‘s Hard, Dychro hits Phoenix every Saturday for Playboy .

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The Whole Package By Alex Erikson

EMBRACE YOUR FIRST HARNESS with Black paRtY appRoaching, what BetteR time than the pResent to puRchase YouR fiRst haRness.

lack party is only a month away, so you should start thinking about what you are going to wear. might we suggest a harness? it is one of the most important, and most basic, fetish pieces. (for more adventurous looks, don’t miss our annual fetish fashion issue, out march 15.) harnesses range in color, material and price—from leather to chain, black to red, $125 to several hundred dollars—which can make buying your first, or even your fifth one, a challenge. we spoke with several new York leather and fetish wear experts for their tips on how to get a harness that’ll keep you feeling sexy and strong for years to come.

locate Your leather daddy “FIND A GOOD leather maker who will customize one for you,”suggests david samuel menkes, who’s been making custom leather pieces since 1980. local options for places to buy harnesses include menkes (davidmenkesleather.com),the leather man (111 christopher st, theleatherman.com), Rufskin (235 w 19th st, Rufskin.com) and the leather line atthe eagle, manskins (554w 28th st, manskins.com).

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LIKE WITH OTHER kinds of apparel shopping, you may feel the urge to run things by your buds. however, “it’s best to shop for a harness alone,”says christophe andré of manskins.“friends can be a little too critical or judgmental.” when you’re alone you can talk candidly and openly with the person selling you your harness, who’s your best resource when it comes to knowledge about your purchase.

go for comfort “THE GOLDEN RULE with all leather/fetish gear is: get something you are comfortable with,” explains max gregory, manager of the leather man. “don’t just go for ‘a look’—get something that works with your body and expresses you.” menkes agrees, adding that it should also be able to stand up to the wear and tear any, ahem, situation may present. “it isn’t just a fashion object, but it’s become that. if it’s involved in your sex life it should be something that’s going to hold up over time if someone’s pulling on it, you know, depending on what position you take.”

wear it Right! THERE’S NO POINT TO buying a harness if you don’t know how to put it on properly. “i’ve seen some really nice harnesses being worn sideways or upside down,”menkes admits. But if you’re nervous about putting your new harness on correctly, speak up!“ask for advice from the sales staff, and be prepared that you may need to step out of your comfort zone,” says John thompson, owner of Rufskin new York. if it doesn’t feel right, then it’s not being worn right. N

On Collin: Tite H-Harness, reversable lambskin jockstrap and leather wristband by Manskins.

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WHILE SHE’S TRADED IN THE SKIMPY bikini that she wore on her late-night television show for black jeans, a black shirt and a colorful scarf, make no mistake, the wings of this bird haven’t been clipped. “I’m bringing sexy back one G-string at a time,” Byrd proclaims. On stage she teases her assistant, Amanda Whip, slapping her ass and sucking on her nipple. Then she instructs her cute boy-toy, Jake, to bend over and pick up feathers that have fallen off of costumes. As he follows her instructions, she doesn’t miss the opportunity to rub her hands over his backside. It’s all in fun and when the show comes to an end, everyone leaves with a smile. Her mission is accomplished. A few days after seeing her show, I meet up with Byrd on a bitter-cold afternoon at my office’s cafeteria. She isn’t put off by the modest surroundings. She arrives in jeans, a bulky black coat and a zip-up, black hoodie. Not a fan of the cold, she says, “I’m a bird that needs to fly south, but just can’t!” She looks over the food. They don’t have her favorite, onion soup, so she settles on some salad with a little feta cheese. Once we begin talking at a quiet corner table about her live show that’s been two years in the making, I’m sure more than ears perk up at nearby tables. “I pull out some penis. I play with ta-tas. I create some sort of wardrobe malfunction,” she explains, as I hope no one from human resources is around. “Sometimes when I go down in their pants, I think, ‘Oh, wait a second, maybe I don’t want to show that. Maybe it’s a little too small for

father. However, he died when she was eight after a massive heart attack. As a kid she loved music. She’d sing songs from West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Camelot and would play all of the pianos in her father’s antique shop. She also fondly remembers Café Rumpelmayer on Central Park South because they served the best hot chocolate, in silver pitchers. And her comment about needing to fly south wasn’t just a joke. Byrd truly believes that in a previous life she was a bird of prey, either an eagle or a hawk. She’s seen it all. When The Robin Byrd Show first began in 1977, she quickly became a celebrity. Never having to wait in line at Studio 54, she’d dance the night away with Isaac Berger, the Olympic gold medalist weightlifter. She’d also frequent Area, the bathhouses and Fire Island, where she has owned a house since 1992. As her show grew in popularity, she became a comfort to New Yorkers at home. She was there when they had a bad day or were struggling through a relationship. She soon realized her show was more than just entertainment. “People were recognizing me on the street and telling me how much an importance the show was to them,” says Byrd. “People still come up to me and say, ‘You raised me.’ It’s nice that I gave them the guidance I never had. I raised myself on the streets of New York. I am New York.” The mood turns somber as I mention the ’80s in New York. Byrd lets out a deep sigh, saying, “We lost so many good people.” As I try to move on to happier times, she adds, “Arnold Pippin. That was the first person I knew who died of

“Sometimes when I go down in their pants, I think, ‘Oh, wait a second, maybe I don’t want to show that. Maybe it’s a little too small for everybody to see.’” –Robin Byrd everybody to see.’ I don’t want to embarrass them!” Since her opening night last December, Byrd says every week is an adventure because she never knows what’s going to happen. “I pulled someone’s pasty off with my mouth, and she had this tape on around her areola. My mouth stuck to her nipple.” She pauses. “I’m having fun!” Byrd, who began her career in adult films, including Debbie Does Dallas, is happy to bring burlesque-style entertainment back. Although she quickly clarifies that she wasn’t there to see it the first time around. At 55 she’s still feisty. When I mention how I love her catch phrase, “lie back and get comfortable”, she jumps in, “And it’s copyrighted, too! But, you can use it for this article.” Ironically, the expression began because she never felt comfortable and wanted someone to just tell her that everything was fine. “I never looked at myself as hot. I was raised with the comedy of Phyllis Diller and Lucille Ball. I like funny because it hides something that isn’t funny,” Byrd says. “I was never told I was pretty until I went on TV. My mother used to say, ‘You’re ugly; you’re never going to amount to anything.’ She really was mommy dearest.” This set Byrd out on a quest to be loved. Adopted at childbirth and raised on 50th Street and First Avenue, her relationship with her mother was strained, but she adored her

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AIDS. He was a brilliant makeup artist.” Even before AIDS was ever heard of, Byrd was an advocate for safe sex, and still at her live show it’s not uncommon for her to ask the audience, “Do you have your condoms? Do you use your dental dams?” Today the scene has changed—she says New York has gone from fun to really pasteurized. “I went from club to club, and now I don’t even want to go in the Times Square area,” Byrd says. “It’s disgusting. It’s so Vegas. I don’t know any New Yorker who goes there. What are you going to do there? Madame Tussauds? I’m surprised they don’t have a Denny’s!” Despite the ups and the downs of New York, Byrd is a survivor. She embodies the fabric of New York and advises those who come for a visit or have a desire to live here to just “loosen up.” After all, only in New York can you go into one of the finest hotels in the world and share a bathroom with a hooker. “Who stays at the Plaza for a $1,000 a night? The hookers!” she yells. “I was once in the bathroom at the Plaza and a woman was talking in the stall. She said, ‘I’m here at the hotel, and he paid. I have the room for another couple of hours.’ I was like, ‘Wow!’” Byrd is a chameleon and is still looking for new opportunities. Besides admitting that her skin is a little drier, she says she hasn’t changed since starting out. “I’m older. I’m wiser, but I still have that vision of entertaining and making everyone happy,” she says. “That’s my purpose in life.” N


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The Broadway Musicals of 1937 By David Hurst nown primarily today, if at all, as the woman who famously sang “God Bless America,” Kate Smith (1907– 1986) was one of the most beloved and financially successful singers of all time. Though contemporary audiences may have forgotten her stardom and popularity, Smith was the Madonna of her day, except she had real musical talent and a powerhouse voice to go with it. In the 1930s and ’40s, Smith conquered vaudeville, Broadway and radio before moving on to raise millions of dollars in war bonds and becoming a fixture on television variety shows. Fortunately, opera singer Stephanie Blythe, one of the most celebrated mezzo-sopranos in the world, remembers Smith and is celebrating her artistry and legendary voice in a new show, We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith. Blythe, a voluptuous goddess of incandescent wit, appeared at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room on February 9 and, accompanied by Craig Terry, took the audience on a sumptuous journey of Smith’s musical history. Filled with witty stories, jaw-dropping facts and her own spectacular vocal prowess, Blythe took the audience on a journey covering one classic after another, including tunes such as “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Look for the Silver Lining.” Singing primarily in her dynamic chest register and only occasionally dipping into her golden head voice, the highlight of We’ll Meet Again was Blythe’s sensitive and heart-melting rendition of “The White Cliffs of Dover,” which left even the most jaded listeners with

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tears streaming down their faces. Luckily, if you missed Blythe’s rapturous concert, PBS is going to broadcast it on Live from Lincoln Center on April 19, so set your DVRs now! If you’ve got kids (or nieces and nephews) in the 4- to 8-yearold range, or are still a kid yourself, don’t miss Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery at the DR2 Kids Theater. Boasting a supremely silly book by our own Charles Busch and a charming score by Sam Davis (music) and Mark Waldrop (lyrics), Bunnicula is based on a 1979 children’s book by Deborah and James Howe. The Monroe family and their talkative pets, Harold the dog and Chester the cat, find a rabbit in a shoebox during a screening of Dracula and end up taking him home and adopting him. You can probably guess the rest, but Busch and company fill 65 minutes with plenty of wit and verve as they get to their message of friendship and inclusiveness. As Harold and Chester, Robert Anthony Jones and Prescott Seymour work their furry tails off singing, dancing and delivering plenty of zingers courtesy of Busch. As for whether the rabbit is a vampire or not—well, that’s the mystery, isn’t it! The Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year series, written and hosted by Scott Siegel, got its 13th season off to a rousing start February 11 with The Broadway Musicals of 1937. Starring the charismatic Brian d’Arcy James and the luscious Tonya Pinkins, as well as Stephen DeRosa, Carole J. Bufford, Kevin Earley, Danny Gardner and Elizabeth Stanley, the show gave the audience a generous dose of the American Songbook from shows as disparate as Rodgers and Hart’s Babes In Arms, Arlen and Harburg’s Hooray For What! and Harold Rome’s Pins & Needles. James, who looked and sounded terrific (after unaccountably getting his walking papers from NBC’s unwatchable Smash), remains Broadway’s most dazzling leading man. Mark your calendars for his solo Town Hall debut on May 11 in Going to Town. As for the Broadway by the Year team, they’ll tackle The Broadway Musicals of 1961 on March 11. N Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery plays through April 14 at the DR2 Kids Theater (103 E 15th St, DR2KidsTheatre.com). Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1961 plays March 11 at The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St, The-TownHall-NYC.org).


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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files Time Investment: 75 min. Return on Investment: 60 min. ince his arrest in 1991, America has been fascinated by Jeffrey Dahmer, the gay serial killer responsible for the deaths of 17 men and boys. His case was a media sensation and the graphic nature of his crimes—and his willingness to talk about them—have made his story a phenomenon. But what is interesting about The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (IFC Films), Chris James Thompson's debut film, is its attempts to shed light onto the man and his crimes through Errol Morris-style interviews with people who worked on the case coupled with recreations of his life in Milwaukee during his murder spree (with Andrew Swant as Dahmer). Some knowledge of the crimes is needed before viewing the film. That is because Thompson is much more interested in his documentary subjects: the reserved, scientific medical examiner; the kind and forgiving former junkie neighbor; and the chatterbox police detective who was charged of watching Dahmer following his arrest. The three speak eloquently of the crime, which has come to define their lives but also shed a realistic light onto the man and the case. The documentary subjects help to show how willing the community was to overlook such horrid acts, even when they where happening next door. But while the case is certainly a Lynchian story of the horrors that lurk beneath everyday life, it’s a shame Thompson didn't explore the issues of racism and homophobia that also led to the overlooking of Dahmer and could have prevented several deaths. — Benjamin Solomon

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Time Investment: 96 min. Return on Investment: 80 min. hether you love or hate the protagonists of French director Gaël Morel’s intriguing Our Paradise (now on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures), you certainly won’t be bored watching them. Vassili (Stéphane Rideau) is an aging hustler prone to beating and robbing his clients. But he manages to elicit our sympathies through his love and devotion to the beautiful young rent boy he christens “Angelo”(Dimitri Durdaine). Bolstered by Angelo’s youth and sex appeal the two men turn tricks together, then begin to seek an escape from the life they’ve found themselves in. There are moments of levity, like a spontaneous threesome with another young hustler. But the

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By Peter Sherwood n a nether region around the Flatiron District and southwest of the area known as Nomad lies Prandial. To get this off the plate, Merriam-Webster confirms that “prandial” means “of or relating to a meal.” The restaurant itself, however, merely suggests that you “relate to your meal,” and at the hands of executive chef Pierre Rougey, the task is easily accomplished. His honest culinary ventures are cleverly composed and cling to the heart with a soupçon of sheer, modest elegance. The bar area was fairly booming the night we went, with after-workers lilting over cocktails amid the white tiled, apothecary-chic setting. Bypassing the bar, we took our seats on a caramel-colored, banquette and settled into the warmer, quieter dining room that had an industrial feel: steel pipes turned into railings that led to sprawling

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oriental rugs, while reclaimed moldings enjoyed their new lives as sconces. The collective ambience further led to quiet conversation. As we perused the cocktail menu, the Midnight Sun with Karlsson’s gold vodka and St- Germain felt eclipsed and the Dark & Stormy seemed gloomy. So instead we went with The Last Waltz, a fine blend of smooth Bulleit bourbon, bitters and a twist of orange to sweeten the dance. Despite the mild nose, an Argentinean Malbec was full bodied with an insinuation of dark, earthy cherries. A salad with a creamy mash of avocado and lump crab on top was wonderful, with springy, tart grapefruit assembled with chili oil, chopped chives and a smattering of baby arugula. Grilled octopus was confusing and a little mismanaged. While the meat of the matter was good, the accompanying frilly tendrils (perhaps only for decorative display) seemed

overdone and the rocks of salt clattering about the chive and parsley oil dressing were unnecessary, serving only to distract from the dish. The coupling of white beans and roasted tomatoes on the plate was a great touch, however. We moved forward with two seasonal dishes. A country terrine with rural cuts of smoked duck confit thrilled us as did the perfectly accompanying pain d’epices, which was imaginative, involving and similar to gingerbread, with orange zest, cloves and nutmeg. Divine golden and red beets tossed in nosy vinegar and addressed by quince paste added a tasteful flourish. Roasted beef bones stuffed with rich gelatinous marrow brilliantly summoned Christmastime with lemon zest, mint, ground cloves and pistachio paste. All together it tasted like welcoming, warming gingerbread. Although we considered the big Berkshire pork chop with spaetzle, Brussels

sprouts and pickled watermelon rinds, we took to the East Coast and ordered the halibut with hearty, sautéed artichokes. While the halibut was cleanly pan-seared and simple, the supporting cast of carefully considered artichokes and lemony stew of black-eyed peas rose up to celebrate the fish. I love an upside down

SHORT ORDER: Subtly composed Frenchinfluenced fare in an industrial setting with a vivid bar scene.

PETER’S PICKS: smoked duck confit terrine; halibut with artichokes, braised fennel and blackeyed pea stew; root beer ice cream float.

PETER’S PANS: Je ne regrette rien—except perhaps the octopus.


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

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hose homos from the Big Gay Ice Cream (BigGayIceCream.com) franchise have parked their frosty goods in the West Village off of Seventh Ave South at 61 Grove St. Ahhh, the easier to lick you with! Executive Chef Alex Garcia is opening the pop-up Amigos (2888 Broadway, AmigosNYC.com) this spring, featuring a revolving roster of chefs and their fave dishes. Look for temptations from the tamale cart, chili-rubbed pork chops with potato ragu and the Manhattan Latin Burger with bacon, guacamole and special AG sauce—and get sauced on the considerable selection of tequilas and specialty Fish Bowls.

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Chef Paul Liebrandt will help open The Elm (160 N 12th St, Williamsburg, 718-218-7500) in the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel this spring, while still maintaining his post as chef and partner at Corton in Tribeca.

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Time flies when you’re eating well—Philip Marie (569 Hudson St, 212-242-6200, PhilipMarie.com) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! Sad as we were to see 10 Downing go, we are revivified by La Villette (10 Downing St, 212-255-0300, LaVilletteNYC.com) setting up shop at the same address and offering a new prix-fixe lunch menu for $19. Sandwiches made with baguettes flown in from Paris, skirt steaks with frites, beef and lamb burgers topped with foie gras, classic coq au vin, and desserts such as crème brûlée ($4 extra) are all on the bill. N

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ROD: Manuel, I’ve found my favorite scene of 2013: Alex Graham is so busy eating out Logan Vaughn’s sweet blond ass he doesn’t realize he’s butt-dialed Bobby Clark’s cell phone. It’s an actual, real live “booty call”! Fascinated by what he hears, Clark joins the fun. Graham is the Lucky Pierre sandwiched between these two hotties. MANUEL: Voyeurism is not new to porn, but overhearing sex (“auditeurism”?) via iPhone gets novelty points, as does fucking Clark’s urethra with Vaughn’s tongue ring. And Graham—the only cast member who looks like an authentic “jock”—is freakin’ hot. ROD: I was “more than ready” to give 4 splats just for this scene. As they say on TV,

“But wait, there’s more!” You’ll also get Connor Patricks and Danny Palick in a (now very-familiar) hot tub. That hot tub has seen so much action, Jocks should apply for historic landmark status! MANUEL: In a bizarre coincidence, this week’s movies both feature sex in a wheelbarrow. And this comes just two weeks after the oft-maligned Monopoly piece found itself not banished from the board game. Who knew Hasbro had their fingers on the pulse of gay porn trends? What’s next—thimble sex? ROD: I love seeing redhead Tony Bishop and his tattooed cock pounding darkhaired Dylan Hauser in that wheelbarrow. MANUEL: Someone should tell these two loquacious fuckers that porn doesn’t pay by the word. Dirty talk is like cilantro. Use sparingly!

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MANUEL: If Wilde Road doesn’t turn out to be my favorite porn of 2013, I’ll be surprised—and that’s despite Mr. Pam’s camerawork, which always leaves me queasy. This simple buddy flick is really well-crafted, with an excellent script, outstanding acting and more chemistry than an NFL locker room. ROD: Dylan Roberts, my fave, is pounding on his friend Christian Wilde’s door as Wilde is busy pounding—a woman!? Don’t tease me in Scene 1 with Roberts and then make me wait until the final scene to watch him get fucked. MANUEL: If your “straight” bestie abandons vajayjay mid-fuck to join you on a housesitting getaway to Sonoma, one of

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HIGHWAY TO HOLE Christian Wilde in Wilde Road

Wilde Road naked sword, nakedsword.com arch is coming in like a lion, and if this movie is any indication, we’re in for a Wilde ride.

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you needs to reevaluate his priorities. Conflicted, Wilde ends up hitchhiking and is picked up by Phillip Aubrey. ROD: Watching Aubrey negotiate his way into Wilde’s pants is a lesson in persuasion. Fans of roadside sex should love this scene. Aubrey’s tight ass perfectly complements the wide-open outdoors. MANUEL: After Wilde and Jessie Colter frolic naked through vineyards in a wheelbarrow (imagine a gay-porn version of Dustin Hoffman’s “It Might Be You” scene from Tootsie), Wilde bikes back to his true love in one of the most genuinely funny moments I’ve ever seen in porn. ROD: I loved Dylan Roberts on all fours glancing back at Wilde just before he puts it in. I would have been pissed if the happy ending hadn’t been in Roberts’ end.

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