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MARCH 22, 2013 | VOL 20.39 ON THE COVER: Daughters of Devotion and Nik Ripley shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Santiago Felipe. See p.19 for more. ON NIK: All items by Klawtex. ON DAUghTERS Of DEvOTION: bodysuits by Vengeance Designs. ON THIS PaGE: Boy Hither and Rica Shay.

19 SEX IN PUBLIC SEX ISSUE Thanks to social media we air our sex lives out in the open for all to see. Is there nothing we keep secret anymore? A few of our favorite contributors sound off on gay sex culture in 2013.

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The Week in Photos Commentary: Trying to forgive Brett Ratner. getting Personal with Gym Sportsbar owner Rick Schmutzler What’s Next Now: Lenox Coffee Commentary: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants to change the NFL. 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, ROBERTO BUCKLEY DISTRIBUTION MANAGER EZEQUIEL PEREZ

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Calendar of Events Nightlife: Titans John Blair and Ric Sena join forces for a new landmark party, Viva! Saturdays.

Nightlife: Previous Black Party attendees sound off on their experience at the legendary party. Nightlife: DJs Ryan Smith and Tom Stephan help us prep for the big party weekend. Bars + Clubs Map When I Knew: Holly Dae Flashdance-d her way into the gay years. Nightlife: Meet the men of the new Adonis Lounge.

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

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FRANK CONWAY, MARC CUENCO, WIL FISHER, DUSTIN FITZHARRIS, JAMESON FITZPATRICK, DAN HECHING, DAVID HURST, 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 JAMES L. BARRY, A.E. KIEREN, TIM PAUL, ANDY SWIST, WILL VARNER NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RIVENDELL MEDIA: 212-242-6863, RIVENDELLMEDIA.COM

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

Forgiveness 101 WHAT IS A STAR’S GLAAD-SPONSORED APOLOGY REALLY WORTH?

ast Saturday night, GLAAD awarded Brett Ratner its first ever Ally Award at the organization’s 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The Rush Hour director famously bowed out of producing the 2012 Academy Awards amid public outcry over his use of the word“fag”in a Q&A session the previous fall. The award was a kind of stamp of approval from GLAAD, the certificate of completion of a year’s worth of image rehabilitating community service, which included directing PSAs for the organization. But it also highlighted the puzzling state of GLAAD’s shifting war of words. Ratner certainly isn’t the only celebrity in recent memory to run afoul of GLAAD for anti-gay remarks. Only a few months before, 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan inspired outrage with a stand-up routine in which he joked about stabbing his hypothetical gay son to death. And do you really need to be reminded of the Twitter feud that culminated in Azealia Banks calling Perez Hilton a “messy faggot?” But almost immediate contrition, complete with a canned apology delivered via press rep, is part and parcel to the contemporary Hollywood gaffe. Morgan issued an apology amid the uproar and met with GLAAD and victims of anti-gay violence; Ratner’s apology blitz followed

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GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS @ MARRIOTT MARQUIS Madonna addresses the crowd at the media watchdog group’s annual awards ceremony and benefit dressed as a Boy Scout to protest the organization’s discriminatory policies. She attended the gala to present out CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper (inset) with this year’s Vito Russo Award.


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“I don’t think Brett Ratner was ever a homophobe. I think he said something stupid.” about honoring Ratner, GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said,“I don’t think Brett Ratner was ever a homophobe. I think he said something stupid.” And that too seems to be a common factor here. “I've never said that Azealia Banks is anti-gay, but I think she talks like someone disconnected from the violence experienced by men who don't fit society's notions of masculinity,” Graddick told Towleroad. In today’s celebrity culture, with watchdog groups like GLAAD out there, celebrities cannot afford to be perceived as anti-gay. All of which makes it so hard to understand how Banks and Ratner and Morgan—and Paris Hilton even—manage to get themselves into these sorts of scandals. But if we’re to believe that it’s simply due to unthinking verbal carelessness and not some deep-seated homophobia, what’s the point of the GLAAD reprogramming routine? Is it just image rehab for tarnished stars? The cynic in me thinks so. But it’s also an unavoidable fact that words do have an impact. And seeing a public figure who not only has the humility and maturity to acknowledge that what they did was wrong, but also actually understands the impact and gravity of their actions, makes all the difference. And that is why the GLAAD apology campaign is still important. Whether you believe in its sincerity or not, it still sends a powerful message. N

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pretty much the same trajectory, culminating in this weekend’s award ceremony. Even Banks apologized for her remarks, tweeting her “most sincere apologies to anyone who was indirectly offended by my foul language,” before adopting a more defiant stance, most recently calling GLAAD “bullshit” in an interview with an Australian music site. Speaking to the Los Angeles times

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EIghT YEARS AgO, Rick Schmutzler noticed that there seemed to be a lack of options in the gay bar scene in New York, and decided to open Gym Sportsbar in Chelsea.“Fabulous was dominating the scene,” says Schumutzler. “The idea of a gay sports bar was very novel in 2005.” The bar has been going strong on Eighth Avenue ever since, and on Saturday, March 30, it will be celebrating its eight-year anniversary. Looking back, Schmutzler says that there are a few moments that stand out in his mind as particularly special. “The energy in the bar when the Giants won the Super Bowl and both of Obama’s election nights,”Schmutzler says.“The sense of sheer joy in the air and sense of community for both events was beyond amazing.”

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What’s your go to drink? Jack and coke. What’s thebestsportsgameyou’vewatched on Tv? The Giants versus the Patriots Super Bowl in 2008. Hands down.

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Weight room. Muscles are good! And cardio is hard. I’m old now. What is the key to having a bar last in new york? Customer service, first, foremost and always. New York is a rough city and can beat you down. Having a place that makes you feel special can turn your whole day around.

If you had a dream team who would be on it? I have a multi-sport fantasy husband dream team, but I keep that private. Whatdoyouthinkmakesagoodbartender? Being able to relate to people, to put your personality over the bar and make them feel comfortable. If you can do that, make four drinks at once, tell a joke and all the while keep moving you can work for me any day. If you were on death row what would be your last meal? My Mom’s meat loaf, mashed potatoes and a pecan pie. Hell yes! What trend do you wish would die? The Real Housewives. All of them.


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BIG GAY SING 5 @ THE SKIRBALL CENTER Host Jim Caruso on stage during the NewYork City Gay Men’s Chorus’fifth-annual sing-a-long extravaganza.This year, the event was dedicated to the music of Broadway. MARCH 22, 2013 9

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PLAY-BOY SATURDAYS @ PHOENIX Who’s Next 2013 drag queen Holly Dae (center) poses with bartenders Danny and Garrett during Chris Ryan’s weekly Saturday night party at the EastVillage bar. Later in the evening, Dae lead a nakedTwister competition.


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“I’m probably the biggest fruit fly you’ll ever meet.” —Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June on the red carpet at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards

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AARON BAIRD, ThE CO-OWNER of Lenox Coffee (60 W 129th St, LenoxCoffee.com), approached regular customer John O’Malley about starting a gay night at the coffee shop after years of long treks downtown just to have a good night out at a gay bar. “With Grindr being one of the only options to meet on a day-to-day basis in Harlem and a coffee shop as the setting, Coffee Grinder was born,”says O’Malley. The next Coffee Grinder at Lenox Coffee will be April 11, though it may soon become a weekly Thursday night event. With the party, the two men are hoping to provide a reliable, regular gathering place, in addition to a good time, for the underserved gay community in Harlem. “While there are occasional gay gatherings and nights in the area, we wanted to make an event that felt like an established bar,”O’Malley explains.“It’s just a great DJ [Bill Cole-

man], simple bar menu, beer and wine and a hot ass crowd that’s friendly and wants to have a good time.” Lenox Coffee itself has just been around for a little over a year, and in that time has managed to carve out an artistic, community-based niche in the neighborhood. “There was a need in Central Harlem for the community to have a meeting place and what better than a coffee shop,” says store-owner Aaron Baird, who opened the shop after a previous career as a classical bass player. The charming, old-world style shop with dark woods, tin ceilings and redbrick walls serves Forty Ninth Parallel coffee during the day. It also regularly displays works by Harlembased artists and hosts ongoing events like live music and open mic nights. “Harlem is a vibrant community that is truly having a renaissance,”says Baird. —Will Pulos


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“I’m sure it has to do with St Patrick. And I think it’s about, like, they had snakes in Ireland…”—Party-goer Ashley at Boxers HK’s St. Patrick’s Day party and roof deck launch party

BY JONATHAN SCHUMANN

recruitment fouls WILL NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN CHANGE OPINIONS IN THE NFL?

’m as surprised as anyone to see myself writing anything vaguely resembling a sports article—the last time I watched a football game with my family I asked how many innings there were—but the recent NFL recruitment scandal has little to do with the game itself. Sparked by the bizarre Manti Te’o tabloid narrative in which the Notre Dame linebacker may or may not have been aware that his longtime girlfriend was totally fake—there’s been increased conversation around homophobia in the NFL. Given the story’s outlandish nature, Te’o’s sexual orientation became a key piece of speculation. Had this guy made up a girlfriend to conceal his homosexuality? There have been varying reports on whether or not league officials asked Te’o about his sexuality at the NFL Scouting Combine (a recruitment event that sounds like speed dating but with professional teams and college players instead of manic singles). Who knows where the truth lies with Te’o, but in the wake of the scandal, several college players have all said in radio interviews that they were asked questions about their relationships and sexual orientation during the recruitment process. There’s a good chance we’ll learn more about the league’s inner machinations now that the controversy has New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s attention. Last week he asked the league to “immediately issue a statement that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation by league teams or players against potential recruits or players” is against the law, noting that it’s illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in New York and 23 other states where NFL teams are based. It’s not shocking that the NFL might be homophobic, but there’s a big difference between an old-school institution being slow to evolve and one that ac-

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

MARCH 22, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? did Marc Jacobs cast A prince harry look-alike to play Anna Wintour on American horror story?

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That Marc Jacobs“faux fur” jacket you bought at Century 21? Yeah, turns out that contains real dog fur.

top editors worried the Vogue editor will give preferential treatment to her mag in her new role as the publisher’s artistic director.

WITCHES are really trending right now. So we guess it makes sense that American Horror Story’s third season is subtitled“Coven.”

Rumor has it PRINCE HaRRY turned down an advance from a gay admirer at a London club last weekend, saying he’d reconsider if he changes his mind about women.

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So, everyone on the Internet seems to be wondering if History Channel actually meant to cast a Barack Obama look-alike as SaTaN on The Bible.

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TWINKIES, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos will be back this summer!The orphaned Hostess snack cakes we mean, not your Fire Island housemates.

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tively tries to weed out or conceal gay players. And while this seems to be the dominant “NFL and the gays” storyline, some players are also spinning a counter-narrative. Last season, Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe voiced support for marriage equality, gaining yardage with progressives and also causing controversy.

lowingpublicoutcry,theanti-gayscifi author’s contribution to the series has been delayed indefinitely.

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Pet Shop Boys’new Stuart Price-produced album arrives in June—just in time for Gay Pride!

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Looks like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the new Snow White, with both Disney and Guillermo del Toro working on their own adaptations.

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Regardless of what Schneiderman’s investigation yields, the conversation won’t resolve itself until there’s an openly gay player. Statistically, it’s impossible to believe that there aren’t closeted players. We’re just waiting for that game changer. We’ll get there, however alarming the NFL’s attempts to delay the inevitable may be. And increased pressure from people like Attorney General Schneiderman’s can’t hurt. N


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Tituss Burgess got a standing 1. Ashley Brown as Robert in Company ovation after singing “And I’m Telling You”at this year’s Broadway 2. Jan Maxwell as Arthur in Camelot 3. Josh Young as Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde Backwards. Some more of the night’s gender role-swaps:

4. Howie Michael Smith as Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

BRUNI, CLINTON TOGETHER AT OP @ THE LGBT CENTER NewYorkTimes’columnist Frank Bruni and political humorist Kate Clinton discuss being out in the workplace at this Out Professionals event.

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT @ MERCURY LOUNGE The British electro-pop singer performs material off of his debut album, Make Me Believe In Hope, during an intimate concert on the Lower East Side. MARCH 22, 2013 13

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BROADWAY BACKWARDS @ THE PALACE THEATRE Broadway star Stephanie J Block sings“OurTime”from Merrily We Roll Along as the finale to this year’s fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the LGBT Center. Performers, including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Estelle Parsons, JoshYoung, BruceVilanch, Malcolm Gets andTony Sheldon, performed in the annual show where actors sing songs written for the opposite gender.


SEX ISSUE 2013 OUR aNNUaL ISSUE EXPLORES THE INS aNd OUTS Of NEW YORK’S GaY SEX CULTURE IN 2013. hE DOORS ARE OPEN! What we once did behind the privacy of barriers both mental and physical we now share in plain sight foralltosee.Webreakuponfacebook.Weletgrindrkeep copies of our dick pics. We film ourselves getting busy on our iphones and post the videos to dudesnude without a care for who might be watching. sex in new york is no longer a secret and many of us don’t care who knows what we do and whom we do it with. or so we think.With every new door we open and every secret we share, there is a new, stranger, darker room we lock ourselves into. our fetishes multiply and evolve. our sex lives become more complicated and hypocritical.We find ourselves building one sexual identity to cast a shadow over one we are less proud of. This year, our annual sex Issue shares some of these intimate, once-hidden truths while shedding light on the way our newfound freedom has occasionally scared us back into hiding. sex will always be something that surprises us. Just when we think we’ve tried/heard/seen everything, someone will find a way to shock/scare/delight us in ways that will blow our minds like it’s the very first time. N

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SEX ISSUE 2013 PAIN OR PLEASURE? LOvE OR LUST? NOThINg IS CERTAIN IN ThIS EROTIC fANTASY fROM STAff PhOTOgRAPhER SANTIAgO fELIPE. Photographer: santiago felipe Assistant: John nickson Make-up/grooming: Colby smith (ColbyMakeup.com) Set Design: george oh Assistants: kevin fernandez and Max McCartney Special Thanks: klawtex Costume and Couture (klawtex.com) Models: boy hither, daughters of devotion, david Terzian, Maddelynn hatter, Miguel Angel Cruz, nik ripley, paul randesi, rica shay

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SEX ISSUE 2013

ThERE ARE SOME PRETTY UNUSUAL fETIShES OUT ThERE. SO WhAT’S A gAY TO DO WhEN fACED WITh ThEM?

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DON’T KNOW NOThINg about birthin’ babies, so when a young photographer from New Jersey asked me to assist with his pending delivery, I was double-daunted. Yes, his particular fetish is imagining he is pregnant, and the process of giving birth begins with a lot of ass eating—actually, “pussy eating,” if you will—which triggers his “water breaking.” The part where the baby actually comes out? He suggested that it could be represented by his taking a poop, which is way too many fetishes and kinks to cram into one go for me. I recommended a simple, more conventional ejaculation to signal the baby’s arrival instead. He agreed, yet, since this was discussed via instant messaging, I’m not entirely sure how disappointed he was. The male pregnancy fetish wasn’t entirely new or bizarre to me, nor was referring to his ass as “pussy” for that matter. On Amazon, you can buy the kindle edition of Jack Wolfman’s Gay Breeding, in which a gay couple gets knocked up with help from voodoo (reads the fiction’s content warning: “The story includes gay sex while pregnant, mutual masturbation and gay impregnation”), and Josh Lark’s Gay Birthing: An Mpreg Anal Sex Story, which sees a medical experiment turn a cash-strapped straight guy into a fertile gay babymaker. Clearly, getting pregnant is a hot fantasy to some guys. Yet this whole rimming-asdelivery-method twist? And the ejection of a “baby”? That’s a new one. Bless you, young photographer! Sex advice columnist/activist Dan Savage frequently addresses all stripes of fetish in his podcast, column and blog, and even predicts future fetishes that will come from images in today’s media, such as a generation’s worth of centaur chasers inspired by a 2008 Old Spice ad campaign. Maybe we’ll have an app for that by 2028? I actually love discovering

these new fetishes. As someone Savage dubs GGG—Good, Giving and Game—I will merrily indulge, too, so long as poop and blood aren’t involved. Some years ago, I was introduced to the hottest surfer/hippie boy, whose friend warned that his turn-on was being slapped around and beat up. That freaked me out. What if I developed a taste for that sort of thing in the process? I’m the guy who started crying in junior high wrestling class since I couldn’t bear the idea of physically hurting somebody else. Happily, a night of slapping, biting and punching him to ecstatic moans and endorphinsoaked smiles didn’t change my character or vanilla nature, but it did bring a premature end to whatever relationship we might have had: it just didn’t do anything for me. Can’t we just fuck and cuddle?

Ditto for the foot fetishist, who not only wanted me to masturbate him with my feet—extensive yoga experience would have been helpful—but also wanted me to pretend that I was forcing him to cum. (“I’m gonna make you cum so hard with my fucking feeties!” “No, no—oh no!”) By our second hookup, the novelty was completely absent, I wanted plain old vanilla sex. And I sprained a goddamned ankle. I’ve learned of fetishes that make the likes of watersports pale. I know several gay furries, including a unicorn-esque critter. One friend went on a first date with someone who revealed a penchant for microphilia, the love of tiny people. “He said ‘I’m into shrinking,’” my friend relayed of their meeting. “‘I really get turned on by the thought of being shrunk and playing that out and we can start now.’ He starts going, ‘I’m getting smaller—oh, the table is getting big around me!’ A couple of minutes later he starts going, ‘Hello up there!’ And I went, ‘Uh, should we be doing this in public?’” Strapping, which falls into “gainers and feeders” territory—you can easily find hundreds of gainers flaunting and jiggling their growing bellies on YouTube, etc.—seems some guys like to simulate sudden, even magical weight gain by strapping on a faux gut, from an expensive Empathy Belly (designed for expectant fathers to emulate a pregnant woman) to a cheap Target-bought pillow. My pregnant friend doesn’t seem to need a simulated belly, although since we haven’t met in the flesh to date maybe that’s yet to be revealed. And as GGG as I am, I wouldn’t be the best obstetrician. Unfortunately, he declined to answer questions for this article. He’s one in ten million, maybe a billion, for sure. And there’s another one in a million out there, into something you and I can’t even conceive. At least not until we stumble into it. N


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BY BRIAN MOYLAN

SEX ISSUE 2013 hOW TO gET LAID IN ThE STEAM ROOM IN fIvE EASY STEPS. hESE DAYS ThERE ARE more ways to score easy sex than ever. There’s grindr and scruff and Mister and Manhunt andCraigslistandAdam4Adam(ifyou’rereallycheap)and allsortsofotherthingsyoucandowithyourphonetoget some dick over to your house right quick. Actually those are just a lot of virtual ways to have someone come visit. What about getting laid in real life? What about cruising on the street or hitting a porn store for some fun in the buddy booth or a well-placed glory hole?sadlyallofthosearethingsareclutteredwithtrolls and better left under a bridge or, well, on the Internet. butthereisstilloneplacewhereyoucanfindagoodtime with buff guys on the sly: the steam room. Think of all the advantages! you’re already naked so there’s no one to ask for a “bodypic.”There’sabitofdangertobeingcaught,whichalways makes sex a bit more fun. And, of course, there is the idea that some of the guys diddling with their dumbbells at the gym will be straight. (yeah, keep telling yourself that.) Anyway, we’ve all been spending so much time IM-ing each other “’sup?” in little orange and blue bubbles that many haveforgottenhowtocruiseinreallife.butit’s notthathard! Just follow these easy steps.

STEP 1: WORK OUT yes, just because you are only going to the gym to get off does not mean you get out of lifting weights. Everyone knows that guy who you never see on the floor but always in the steam room. don’t be that guy. Also, working out willmakeyoulookbetter,whichwillgetyou laid more.

STEP 2:PICK YOUR SPOT Thebestandworstpartofthesteamroomis that everyone is blind for a second when walking in. When you enter, see if the guys in there are shifting around in their seats andcoveringup.Thatmeansthey’reallin there for a “hot” time. sit down next to thehottestguy,ifyoucan,andsitclose enough to be close but not so close that it’s gross.

STEP 3:fOLLOW THE CUES Everythingaboutdoingthisissubtle. Look at the eyes and hands of all the guys around. Are they looking at each other? Are they all sitting back with their hand seemingly poised before their crotches? do some have their towels unclamped? Then you’re poised for takeoff. however, if

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anyone is leaning forward and not engaging, then your session is off. It only takes one naysayer to ruin everyone’s party.

STEP 4:MaKE THE MOTION If everyone seems lusty just give your dick a little push through the towel. It could be a come on or you could just be adjusting. Who knows? If the guys are down, they’ll return the gesture.

STEP 5: WHIP IT OUT onceeveryoneishavingagoodtimecontinuetoreadthesigns. If anyone backs away from your touch, don’t try to pursue him.Ifsomeonelessdesirableistryingtogetonyou, justslideoutoftheway.youwon’thavetosay a word and everyone will get the message. And, of course, alwaysplaysafe. N


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LEARNINg TO AChIEvE A fULL-BODY ORgASM AND OThER LESSONS fROM A fIRSThAND ExPERIENCE WITh TANTRA.

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“I thought I would have a sexy good time, and maybe learn some new techniques for the bedroom. What I got was much more than that.”

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AvE YOU EvER experienced that feeling when you’re having really great sex, and suddenly your thoughts turn off, you lose all sense of time and space, and when it ends your body is vibrating and you feel completely blissed out? I had experienced that once or twice, and had a hunch that it had something to do with“Tantric sex,” but I didn’t really know what that meant. To me, that seemingly mythical term referred to longhaired hippies from the free love movement endlessly having sex. Last fall, my understanding of the term changed when I took an Introduction to Tantra workshop. There I learned that Tantra is much more than a false and outdated sexual ideal; I also discovered that my hunch about my experiences was right. The three-day workshop was lead by a Tantric bodyworker named Ian Ellington at Easton Mountain, a queer spiritual retreat center in upstate New York. When I signed up for the weekend, I thought I would have a sexy good time, and maybe learn some new techniques for the bedroom.What I got was much more than that. As I’d hoped, I did learn some new techniques for increased sexual pleasure. The full-body orgasm, for instance, is now something I can consciously work towards and achieve. But I also had incredibly profound spiritual experiences and moments of significant personal growth. If I had done my research before taking the class, I may have been more prepared for its impact. In Ellington’s website he notes,“Sexual life force energy has been known for centuries to be a pathway to higher consciousness. The path of Tantra involves learning how to transform this primal erotic energy into spiritual energy and bliss.” Dramatic as that may sound, having experienced that transformation, I can tell you that it’s true, and it’s pretty awesome. The 16 men who participated over the

weekend were all fairly new toTantric work. Through exercises and activities we developed a trusting and caring group dynamic. The level of intimacy of the work requires that kind of environment. When I talk about intimacy, don’t be fooled to think we were in a 16-person three-day orgy.The intimacy was mostly necessary because we were all taking a pretty emotional journey together. My visions of getting frisky weren’t completely off, however. We were touching each other’s naked bodies at times, but it was done in a safe way that focused more on energy and less on arousal. During the weekend, we also learned that the Tantra practice celebrates everything in life as sacred. With that in mind, we were invited to let go of the“good and bad” and“right and wrong”binaries. We also removed the judgment of emotions that some may perceive as negative, like anger, greed and desire. In setting the judgment aside, I realized I could experience those feelings in a healthier way. At one point during the weekend, I powerfully tapped into my anger. I was able to safely let it out without judgment. As a result of that moment, I’m now less afraid of my anger and I

give myself permission to experience it rather than bury it. This is true for many other feelings I previously hid from like greed and pride and power. Without indulging in them, I can now be real about their existence, and not judge myself or others for experiencing them. Nonjudgment was a recurring theme of the weekend. With each other’s support, we began to let go of our self-judgment, and the shame that comes with it. We celebrated ourselves and each other, and worked towards deeper self-acceptance. In accepting ourselves more fully, we also accepted our emotions and released the ones we were hiding. The result of this process left a clearing for us to experience everything more deeply. When that result was applied to experiencing our erotic energy, things got real intense. That brings me to the non-ejaculatory, full-body orgasm. That radical occurrence happened for many of us, multiple times, throughout the weekend. It’s pretty difficult to describe, but imagine your body vibrating ecstatically as energy pulses through every cell.You will never feel more alive. And yes, I did say non-ejaculatory. N


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BY ANThONY JONES

SEX ISSUE 2013 ThE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS Of JOURNEYINg AWAY fROM MONOgAMY.

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“For the sake of clarity, we have to keep laying our cards out on the table. There is no room for guessing, assuming or hiding things.”

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hIS fALL, I STARTED a job that required me to live part-time, three hours away from New York. Overnight, my relationship became a long-distance one. My boyfriend and I had already toyed with the idea of opening up our relationship. We were more than comfortable bringing guest stars into our bedroom, but we had yet to allow for rendezvous with others when we were apart. Considering the circle we were in, this was actually a bit unorthodox. One of my friends called me out on it one day. “You two are the most monogamous queer couple I know!” he proclaimed. I felt like a heteronormative prude. With the pending move, I knew it was time for us to challenge ourselves, to take the openness to a new level. But were we ready for it? I remember when we first made the decision, we both got back on Grindr and changed our status to “Open Relationship.” When I’d sign on and see that he was also on, I’d panic. Jealousy would consume me like an unwanted spirit. The thing I discovered about jealousy is that some people are much more susceptible to it than others. It’s like it’s part of one’s wiring, or a gene someone is born with or without. I have it; he does not. I suppose in the end it’s better that both of us don’t struggle with this exhausting emotion. It certainly makes for less intense conversations when I tell him about my rendezvous. But sometimes, I’m jealous of his non-jealousness. I’ve learned that when these feelings come up for me, the best way to handle them is to simply accept them. I used to try to rationalize the feelings away; then when it was still present, I’d be angry with myself and disappointed in my “weak” character. Now I know that it is what it is. And when I accept the feeling, it seems to pass more easily. And with time, the jealousy has be-

come less intense. Now, when I see him on Grindr, I might tense up a bit, but I soon relax and casually message him something like, “Any sexy Brklyn boys out tonight?” He’ll usually tell me,“No, just old pervs with opening lines like ‘wanna suck it?’” Without lying, he tends to downplay his sexual interactions. Or at least that’s what I suspect is going on. Maybe he’s actually having mediocre to disappointing hookups, but I have a hunch his poor reviews are partly for my benefit. And I have to admit, I appreciate it. When I ask him how a guy was in bed, I’d rather hear him say “meh” than “super hot!” He, on the other hand, seems to get turned on when I report back on my sexy exploits. Part of having an open relationship meant figuring out what would work for us. What level of honesty and disclosure did we want? What type of rules did we want to commit to? For example, we’ve agreed that anal sex is reserved just for us. Also, sometimes one partner’s rules can be different than the other’s. He likes to hear about a hookup as soon as it happens, whereas I ask him to report back in

person. It’s important to recognize that these rules can always change, and to exercise consistent and thorough communication to recognize what’s working and what’s not. In this respect, our relationship feels more honest than when we were monogamous. We can safely express our wants, and for the sake of clarity, we have to keep laying our cards out on the table. There is no room for guessing, assuming or hiding things. But even with all the communication and the rules, it can still be difficult and full of surprises. In fact, days before I finished this article my boyfriend asked if we could go back to monogamy for a while. Although he was playing by all our rules, and my jealousy issues were lightening up, his last hookup left him feeling guilty. So the rules might change. We might even go back to the monogamy model permanently someday. Maybe it’s easier to live the life of a heteronormative prude. Who knows? What I do know is that we’re in love and we get to create whatever relationship we want. And my guess is, there will always be room for guest stars. N


Break that unleavened bread, Pink! This week the funky-haired diva plays Madison Square Garden March 22 before enjoying the Macy’s Flower Show on March 24 while Jewish ’mos eat Sedar dinner on March 26 for Passover.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE MARCH 22 THROUGH MARCH 31 THE HOOKIES Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), thehookies.com. At this year’s seventh-annual Hookie Awards—which take place as the super sexy late-night Friday kickoff to the Black Party Expo—porn stud and 2012 Mr. International Escort of the Year Jesse Santana will be present to pass along the title to this year’s winner. At “the Oscars of escorting,” they’ll also give away titles in categories like Best Ass, Best Body, Best Cock and so on—there are 15 categories and more than 90 contestants. Ticket includes admission to the Black Party Expo Friday night. 10:30pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission/$100 VIP.

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MATINEE NEW YORK: PERVERT XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), matineenyc.com. Jake Resnicow and Patrick Crough team up with Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio to bring their popular circuit party

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Matinee to XL Nightclub. And they’re going balls out, with Javier Medina and Billy Lace on the decks and 20 go-gos dancers on the floor. Plus, they’ll have live acts from Falcon Studios, Raging Stallion and looks by Matinee Spain and Rufskin. 10pm–6am; first 100 tickets $20/$25 general admission in advance/$39 VIP in advance/general admission varies/$300 VIP. BLACKOUT The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. What would Black Party weekend be without a trip to The Eagle? As an unofficial kick off, they’re doing a dark, cruise-y Friday night shindig with DJ Paul Ferrer on the decks. 10pm; free LUTHER Rebel, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), thisisluther.com. This dirty party has seen renditions in D.C., Chicago and San Francisco—but they know there is nothing

quite like a leather daddy in New York! 11pm– 5am; $15 in advance/general admission varies. SKIN TIGHT USA: BLACK PARTY WEEKEND The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-333-4177. Matthew Levine hosts this Black Party weekend edition of his monthly shindig for lovers of spandex-style kink. “Sweat it out and sex it up with guys in leather, singlets, Speedos [and] superhero suits,” Levin writes. DJ A-Ron spins. 10pm; $8. XXX: SENSUALITY THROUGH THE EYES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Annex, 127-B Prince St (@ Wooster St), leslielohman.org. Just in time for Black Party, the gay art museum and the Kymara Gallery present the opening party for this erotic art exhibition. Through March 26. 6pm–9pm; free.


SATURDAY MARCH 23

NIGHTLIFE

LONG LIVE NIGHTLIFE! JOHN BLAIR, BETO SUTTER AND RIC SENA TEAM UP FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER TO BRING THEIR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO SATURDAY NIGHT'S NEWEST WEEKLY PARTY, VIVA!.

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The timing couldn’t be better. sena had introduced his crowd to the venue with his January Alegria, and blair and sutter, fresh from a mostly amicable break from their previous venture, xL nightclub, were ready to come back with a bang. It certainly didn’t hurt that all three of the guys fell in love with the space as soon as they saw it. “I love the ceiling heights,” blair affirms. “I love that it has a tress with the lights that can go up and down. It has a better flow. When you have high ceilings—especially three-story-high ceilings like this, it kind of reminds me of a smaller Crowbar,” he reminisces. The dJs they’re leaving as a surprise for now. “We’re going to work with some of the dJs John has worked with before and we’ll be adding some dJs that I think will be a great addition to new york,” sena hints. “I think the more dJs we can offer to the party, it’s going to add to the party,” sena says, noting that they’ll have 12 dJs on the viva! roster. With their efforts and expertise combined, the guys are ready to get started. “I think with John, who has all of the know-how of a weekly

event, and me, I have all the know-how of special events, we can offer something different and bring some life to nightlife in new york,” sena says. oh, and that’s not even to mention that Thursday/friday hell’s kitchen heavyweights Justin Luke and Alan picus will be taking care of the roofpop Lounge on stage 48’s enclosed rooftop space on saturdays as well. “It’s part of the same party, but it’s on the roof. It’s the saturday night version of what they’re doing now on friday nights,” blair explains. “I am beyond honored to be sharing the nightlife stage with iconic legends John blair, ric sena, beto sutter and Alan picus. Working with them is like attending a master class,” Justin Luke gushes. blair says he can’t wait to get started on the event with sena, a nightlife producer he’s watched come into his own over the years. “ric used to sleep on my couch when he would come in from brazil,” blair recalls. “he used to go to roxy and was amazed at what we did and said he wanted to do it, too. I just laughed at him, but look at him now. I guess I shouldn’t have laughed!” —Alex Erikson

Viva! Saturdays at Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), Mar 23 at 10pm; $15 with membership card until 1am//$15 with Black Party ticket/$20 general admission. Visit vivasaturdays.com for more info.

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n January 26 renowned brazilian nightlife producer ric sena did something he hadn't done in years: he threw his popular circuit party Alegria on a saturday night. The first Alegria at stage 48 was also one of the first large nightlife events held at the freshly opened hell’s kitchen club. The experience gave him a taste for a different kind of party than he was used to throwing. Comparisons to John blair’s roxy saturdays aren’t unwarranted. “I’ve been in new york for 13 years throwing Alegria as a special event between seven, eight, nine times a year. I never had a chance [to have] a weekly event,” sena explains, saying that Alegria will continue in new york as usual. sena’s desire to present a weekly event dovetailed perfectly with the opening of his new found home on 48th street. he’s even teaming up with blair.“This time, together with John [blair], someone who’s been a friend for over 20 years—John and beto [sutter]—is the opportunity to do something for the community that I’ve never done before,”sena says. now, the trio is set to launch their newest weekly, viva! saturdays, at stage 48—climbing another hurdle for gay parties: securing a weekly weekend spot in an otherwise straight venue.


Guide to Rites

BLACKPARTYWEEKEND

: XXXIV The Black Party NEXT MAGAZINE’S

BY aLEX ERIKSON

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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE BREAKS DOWN BLACK PARTY.

he black party. There isn’t much to say about the long-running, annual spring fetish event that wouldn’t be better experienced first hand. To help newbies and vets alike get ready for the saturnalia of sin, we spoke with six previous black party attendees—four who popped their black party cherry last year, and two who are longtime devotees (see opposite page)—and chatted with black party dJs ryan smith and Tom stephan to create a can’t miss pre-party checklist (see p.37). so bust out the leather and get your butt to roseland!

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VIRGINS AND VETS

BLACK PARTY REVELERS, NOVICE AND EXPERT, SCHOOL US ON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ONE OF THE BIGGEST PARTIES OF THE YEAR. 2011 Black Party; (inset) Spiderweb installation

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ircuit queens and fans of big-room affairs know that black party isn’t your average 6,000-man bash. The annual leather and fetish event, which celebrates its 34th year on March 23, grew from the legendary early-’80s party at the members-only second Avenue club, The saint, and has continued every year via The saint At Large which took over after The saint’s closing in 1988. This saturday, thousands of horny homos will descend on roseland ballroom, the black party’s home since 1990, for the all-night bacchanalia of cruising, kinky spectacles, dark dancing, sexy outfits and more than likely a few illicit goings-on. for anyone new to the black party it can seem like a totally overwhelming experience, but the party actually has something for everyone. To prep for the big night, we asked six guys—four who popped their black party cherry last year, and two who’ve long been black party devotees—for their take on what to wear, when to get there, what to expect and how to have the kinky time of your life.

RICARDO TAvARES 38, West village • Black Party Vet “[My fIrsT bLACk pArTy] was back in ‘94 [or] ‘95. I heard about what a great party it was so I had to check it out. I was a bit nervous for sure, but after a few hours there I was quite at home. [I expected] wild sex shows, great, dark music and a hot crowd. I chose [to wear] close to nothing ‘cause I like to be comfortable and it can get pretty hot [on] the dance floor. What I recommend not to wear is anything too hot. Less is more. And no labels showing also— this is not that kind of party. I love to go from the start [of the party]. The first dJ set is awesome, so I want to experience that and I tend to stay as late as I can.”

NAThANIEL NOWAK 30, groton, Conn. • Black Party Virgin “I ExpECTEd To go in there and just hide behind my boyfriendandfriends,becauseI’mshybynature.Ihad mixed emotions of fear and anticipation, but mostly anxiety; I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

I heard it was intense. That it was the most sexually charged party ever, and that it was a celebration of the dark side of ourselves, spring fever. I liked that for once; it seemed like no one cared to judge. I wore black basketball shorts and a harness for the first time. I have to say, I never thought I would, but now I like wearing it and I’d even be so bold as to say I look pretty damn hot in it, too. one thing I learned the hard way though, clean it after the party. They rust! [I stayed] longer than I thought I would have…between 2am and 9am. This year I’m going to stay a bit longer. I mostly danced. I cruised a bit after I settled in and made a bunch of new friends. It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought at all. Just constant adrenaline. It was like everyone was on the prowl and following their basic human instincts. Awesome to see. but I just danced, and made out with a couple hot men, and did a little groping. There’s really a space for everyone there. people who just want to dance, or see a spectacle or cruise, or live a fantasy out in private, or public. I have a friend who said he wouldn’t fit in and I agreed with him. but now that I really know what it’s like, I’m dragging him this year—and he’ll be dragging someone else next year, I’m sure! Iwillsayitwasshockingtoseethatmuchskin!It reallyturnedmeon.ItwasunlikeanythingIhaveever

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witnessed in my entire life, just full of testosterone and guysinuniformsofallkindseverywhere.Isawtwoguys who swear to be archenemies in a compromising situation. I guess black party brought out the best in them.”

JOShUA gUThALS 35, brooklyn • Black Party Virgin “I’d hEArd AbouT IT for several years and visited the websites before. I actually felt a little trepidatious, or afraid, because it looked like such a huge, crazy, overwhelming party. so I think my expectations were that I might be a little scared and overwhelmed at the party, but I had been curious for years because it seems pretty incredible at the same time. [A friend] gave me a harness and I wore blue jeans and a jockstrap and that was it. I met up with [black party Expo director] Matt humphrey when I was there and also ran into several of my other friends that were there from around the city. [My friends] said that the party was crazy, and exciting and definitely something to be experienced—an unforgettable experience that every gay or bisexual man in new york City should experience at least once in its full glory. I think if I’d heard anything from them it was things like, “drink lots of water while you’re there.” And, “Take care of yourself and have a lot of fun, but be aware of who you are and what you’re doing. It can be a little bit easy to be swept up in the sea of thousands of people.”I think I’d heard that it’s important to hold on to your own sense of self while you’re at the party. I ended up volunteering for the party…so I was there the day of [the party] all day with a group of volunteers and we were stuffing these safer sex kits with condoms and lube and a little pamphlet that’s a guide on safer sex. We did that for hours. I think we stuffed 5,000 of them, so I was there all day, and actually the

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condoms and lube were donated by the organization I work for, which is called the Center for hIv Educational studies and Training at hunter College. That was really fun because the volunteers got to know a bunch of the other guys who were volunteering. Later that afternoon and evening we went downstairs and changed into our various leather outfits and gear that we had. I think I arrived to the party itself proper around 11:30. I stayed till 3 and it got pretty packed around 1am. Two of my friends said that there were rooms upstairs that were a little more private with dJs where you could dance, so I went up there and checked that out. That was a little better for me because the main floor was just so massive with thousands of people, and just my personality, I got a little overwhelmed. have a group of people that you feel really good with and comfortable with. That way you can go and dive into the fray of all the people you don’t know. That way you can arrive with the people that you do know and have that group security within a larger group. Then you can go and have a fun time, with friends to check in with throughout the night.”

PATRICK BUTLER 30, buffalo, ny • Black Party Virgin “goIng InTo bLACk pArTy last year, I really had no idea what to expect. I had heard various stories from people who have gone before, but I wasn’t sure what was true or exaggeration. I had a certain level of anxiety about the unknown since I had never been to an event like that before, but I was excited as well. I knew it was going to be a wild time, and I was certainly right about that. I had heard about half- or fully-naked guys, the huge dance floor that rocks until dawn, public showsandpeoplewhoweren’tafraidtobareitall.Well, that was all true, but even better than I ever imagined!

figuring out what to wear was one of the toughest parts going into the party. After much deliberation, I ended up going with an athletic-themed outfit. I danced the whole night! At certain times when we needed a break, some of us just walked around the club to see what else was going on, talked to some really cool people, and chilled out in the bar area. It was such a cool scene, and seemed like whatever you were into, there was something to satisfy you. The time flew by at the party, so it’s hard to say exactly how long we were there in total. I do remember the sun being up and people out jogging and starting their day by the time we started our walk back to the subway. boy, was that sun bright! My only advice would be to not be nervous, and go in without expectations. There’s so much to do, and so many different people there. regardless of what you’re into, there seemed to be something for everyone.”

MIChAEL SNIPE JR. 35, sunset park • Black Party Vet “My fIrsT TIME WAs 2009. I’m a porn addict. I love gay porn, and I contribute to porn blogs. I’m a voyeur. I go to folsom every year, so, you know. I heard a few things. I mean, I guess, newyork City is kind of cleaning itself up year by year, but I guess I was looking for scandal. I thoughtitwasgoingtobetheraunchiestthingever.I’ve beentoTheCockandmr.blackbeforeandallthosethings. soitseemedlikeitwasgoingtobeakinkyman’s dream. It’s funny,becauseIwentbymyselfthefirsttime, and I met some [guys] that are still my friends. I’m kind of big into leather and bdsM now, but back then I went to the expo and I bought a harness, and I had some jeans and boots on, and they called me a visitor! you know you have to visit a place before you decide to move there.


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THE PRE-PARTY CHECKLIST DJS RYAN SMITH FROM NEW YORK AND TOM STEPHAN FROM LONDON HELP US PREP FOR BLACK PARTY.

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so last year I had two things to wear. I had this studded jock on and I had a harness on—that was one. And then I had this mask on, like a bdsM mask where you couldn’t see. Every year [what time I arrive] has always changed, because when I first moved here a couple years ago I was in hell’s kitchen, so I could just walk over. now, coming from sunset park, last year a got there at 1 and there was literally a line around the block. It just depends on whether I want to wait or not. sometimes I like to get in early, find a spot and hang out, but if it feels nice out, or if I decide to wear makeup [I’ll go later]. I was behind some seedy queens two years ago that were talking about just getting fucked and [how] he spilled the popper on his nose. [The line’s] a spectacle—just people reading each other and the costumes and the crackheads. for me it’s just one big circus, and this year being a circus theme is just going to be hilarious. I mostly cruise. I mean I do dance more now, but there’s no space. It’s fucking hot. so you just do the rounds and you find guys and you make out and stuff like that. I think it was my third year there that I realized that there’s dance floors in certain areas, there’s a dark room and then there’s a pitch-black room. I wanted no part of that, but I think there’s something for everybody. Meet people. Even in the line, just start talking to people. Everyone is really friendly and everyone wants to get laid. so don’t waste your time being a wallflower. Join in and talk to people—indulge. And be safe. Always protect yourself. There’s a way for us to have fun and be safe.”

JAY hAWKINS 30, Chelsea • Black Party Virgin “I dIdn’T rEALLy knoW WhAT to expect, I guess. I knew to expect something dealing with some leather s&M type stuff. Though I didn’t wear any leather, I just wore jeans and a T-shirt. [but] the T-shirt came off, and then everyone was pretty much shirtless. I didn’t get there until 2am, because I was told to go late. [I stayed] until 8:30am. [To prep] I went to the gym earlier that day, of course, and then I slept. you see a lot of people that you know, so there were a lot of people just talking and waving and socializing.They had lots of fun shows up [onstage].They had all these people come down with all this leather gear on and chains and stuff like that, but all the people I was around, they didn’t want to go to whatever dark room was up there, so I never made it there.Then I met [a] guy and we were talking, kissing. Then the drinks stopped at 4am, I remember, because I wasn’t partying, but everyone else, it seemed like, was. There were a lot of hot guys there and a lot of people you don’t usually see out at a typical xL, or bartini or g Lounge night. There were some type of the hairier, older guys, but it was really a lot of hot, I guess what you would call Chelsea boys or maybe now hk boys. very physically fit, very aesthetically pleasing. At one moment I saw my friend Jason, who is a neighbor of mine, and he was like,‘oh my gosh!’And I was like, ‘What’s goin’ on?’ I thought he was just tweaked out or something, but he was like, ‘somebody’s eating my ass!’” N

Rites XXXIV: The Black Party at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), Mar 23 at 11pm; $45 general admission under 26 before 12:30am and after 4am/$50 after 9am/$65 with original Saint membership/$140 in advance/$160 general admission. Visit blackparty.com for more info.

Nap, like, all day. “I will surely be aiming for a lot of sleep because I don’t know how I could possibly miss any of these dJs.you have three key cities that have for years led the dance music game so get ready to have your mind blown!”ryan smith says. Hit the gym. Get your lewk together—leather, leather, leather, honey! Listen to some Saint classics. “Think ‘Walk thenight’bytheskattbrothers,anythingfromTantraand for a modern spin. Why not add‘sambaca’by the Italian duo Alien Alien—great video online, too!—or Matthew dear’s ‘fighting is futile (kink dub),’”smith suggests. Scout the DJs. “Checking out all the dJs’ soundcloud pages would be a good bet,”says stephan. Imagine it’s 1975 and strut your leather-clad stuff down Eighth Avenue. Hang out at your Hell’s Kitchen friend’s place—and watch the “Luna park” black party trailer. “you can hear the remix I did of ‘Luna park’ in the bp promo video,” stephan says. Get a drink at original ’70s leather bar Rawhide—it may be your last! “As most of us know it’s closing soon and still holds that old new york vibe,” smith notes. Kiki in the notorious Black Party line. Get kinky!

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BARS+CLUBS

MANHATTAN

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ESCUELITA 301 W 39th St 

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THE RITZ

742 Ninth Ave 

VLADA

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BAMBOO 52

355 W 52nd St 

INDUSTRY

793 Ninth Ave 

BOXERS HK

656 Ninth Ave 

LE BOY

The saint At Large’s black party has been happening in new york for 34 years, and on March 23 some 6,000 leather-clad men descend on roseland ballroom to continue the tradition by watching“strange live acts” and dancing long into sunday. (see p.34 for more.)

at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), blackparty.com

RITES xxxIv: ThE BLACK PARTY

240 W 52nd St 

LUCKY CHENG’S

104 Dyckman St 

FLAMING SADDLES

4168 Broadway 

NO PARKING

9TH AVENUE SALOON

642 10th Ave 

BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE

405 W 51st St 

POSH

348 W 52nd St 

XL NIGHTCLUB

401 W 47th St 

BARRAGE

697 10th Ave 

HARDWARE

500 W 48th St 

FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE

309 Amsterdam Ave 

THERAPY

CANDLE BAR

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992 Amsterdam Ave 

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LIPS

236 E 58th St 

TOWNHOUSE

1742 Second Ave 

TOOL BOX

139 E 45th St 

UNCLE CHARLIE’S

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THE EAGLE

LATE-NIGHT CRUISING

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PLAY-BOY SATURDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), chrisryannyc.com. Still in need of a Black Party ticket? Don your leather gear and head to Chris Ryan’s weekly East Village bash, where he’ll be doing a dark version of the golden ticket—giving away two tickets to the guy that finds the right QR code in the bar. DJ JJ Lanz spins. 10pm; free. Rufskin, 235 W 19th St (btwn Sev1 R YEA enth/Eighth Aves), rufskin.com. The RUFSKIN ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Chelsea clothing store celebrates their one-year anniversary with an afternoon shopping party—featuring a large selection of leatherwear just in time for Black Party—and open bar. Rufskin model Logan will be on hand for a meet and greet as well. 4pm–7pm; free.

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MARCH 23 DRAGGLE ROCK Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Join the staff at Rockbar for a special night where they get dolled up in drag—beards and all—for a party to benefit Housing Works. San Francisco-based “Order of queer nuns” The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence host. 9pm; $5.

LGBTQ center. 5:30pm–11pm; $70 in advance/$85 general admission/$95 VIP.

S.E.X G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Guest DJ ChiChi LaRue spins, while Maddelynn Hatter joins Jason Hellinger and Mackenzie Miller for the Black Party weekend Visit nextmagazine.com edition of their weekly “S.E.X.” (i.e. VALENTINE’S VAMP Rebel, for more event listings Saturday Evening Xtreme) party. 251 W 30th St (btwn Sev10pm; free. enth/Eighth Aves), rebelnyc.com. On February 9, the newly formed Bronx LGBTQ Community Services Center had hoped to host NUMBERS: THE PURPLE PARTY Nowhere, their Valentine’s Vamp fundraiser—but Mother 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), 212-477Nature interfered and the event had to be 4744. For ’mos looking for a low-key alternative to rescheduled. So tonight, they’re back on with Black Party craziness, DJ Jeff Jackson throws a hopes of financing a space for the new Bronx musical tribute to Prince. 10pm; free.

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MARCH 24

THE UNDERGROUND Rosewood, 5 E 19th St (btwn Broadway/Fifth Ave), twitchproductionevents.com. After taking a couple weeks off Michael Theriault and the guys from Twitch Productions were back last week with their no-pop Sunday tea in the Flatiron District. Tonight, the Underground goes black, and keeps the crowd groovin’ with DJ Serving Ovahness—and a laterthan-usual start time. 9pm; $10.

ALEGRIA XTREME XIII Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), alegriaevents.com. Extra hard-working party producer Ric Sena finishes up his new weekly party Viva! on Saturday night in Hell’s Kitchen, only to turn around and do the New York edition of his superpopular circuit party Alegria at Webster Hall on Sunday. DJs Pagano and Abel spin. 11pm; $70 in advance/$80 general admission/$120 VIP. GRIFFIN SUNDAYS The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Washington/Greenwich Sts), raffertymazurevents.com. Black Party may be over, but that doesn’t mean the weekend is! Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur go wild in the Meatpacking District at their weekly table dancing sesh. The guys are still doing the usual open bar till 8pm and raucousness till 1am. Birthday boy DJ JJ Lanz spins. 7pm–1am; free.

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VERVE INTENSO W.i.P, 34 Vandam St (btwn Sixth Ave/Varick St), verveeventsnyc.com. Took Monday off work to recover from Black Party? Keep the grove going! Hosts Jason Hellinger and Guillermo Yzabal Otxoa help DJ/producer Eddie Elias bring Verve back to New York for a post-Black Party afternoon of dancing to big house beats. Noon– 11pm; $20-$30 in advance/$40 general admission.

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IT’S BROADWAY BITCH! Lucky Cheng’s, 240 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth Ave/Broadway), luckychengsnyc.com. Dragster Madison and Broadway baby Ben Cameron present this all musical-theater drag show followed by live performances by special guest stars from the Great White Way. Plus, bring your equity card and get 15 percent off your entire bill. 10pm; free.

HOT FRUIT Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan/Devoe Sts), metropolitanbarny.com. Next Magazine Promoter to Watch 2013 David John Sokolowski brings DJs Dandylion and Econ to his twice-monthly drag queen-clad dance party in Billyburg. The queens start their performances at midnight. 10pm; free.


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WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (@ West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. Popular party promoter Frankie Sharp may no longer have his popular Friday night party at Santos (though he promises to give us something fierce on Fridays soon), but you can still get your bonkers midweek party on at his longrunning Tuesday night jam, Westgay. Previous performers include The Swimmingpools, drag queen Sharon Needles and Carmen Electra. 10pm; $10. DRINK N’ DRAW This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. At this week’s Drink N’ Draw, hosts John Jennison and Leslie van Stelten have the super sexy Cliff Hanger (right) on hand to do the modeling. Just make sure not to drool on your artwork! 7pm–9pm; free.

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TANTRUM Tandem, 236 Troutman St (btwn Knickerbocker/Wilson Aves), Bushwick, tandembar.net. DJs Scot Bowman and Next Magazine Promoter to Watch 2013 David John Sokolowski spin at their monthly last Tuesdays party in Bushwick. Every half hour starting at midnight guest drag queens collaborate with the DJs to put on shows for the crowd of local queers. 10pm; free.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 BEFORE THE RAINBOW Chelsea Eye, 157 W 19th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), 212727-3717. The art gallery inside the doctors offices of Chelsea Eye presents this opening reception for their new show featuring art from the likes of Mike Ruiz, Johnny Rozsa, Carmine Santaniello, Muffinhead, Andrew Werner, Rob Ordonez and others to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Seydurah Avecmoi and Amy Eidelman will perform, with DJ Myxotic on the decks and Francis Von Legge behind the bar. Exhibition through May 26. 6pm–9pm; free.

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XL VARIETY XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Scott Nevins is back in New York and back at XL for this Broadway-themed show that features more than 20 performers. Karen Mason leads the list of stars, including Vina Del Mar, Kelly King, Randy Rainbow and drag diva Porche. DJ Patrick Kuzara spins. 8pm; free. DANDY/ETTE The Manderley Bar, 532 W 27th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), boywonderevents.com. The folks behind mixed queer parties Hot Rabbit and Sweet Fox present an

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BOYLESQUE Lucky Cheng’s, 240 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), luckychengsnyc.com. Lucky Cheng’s presents their midweek show, where buff boys show some skin. Kittin Withawhip hosts the titillating night of tease. 11pm; free. PLANET MACHO WEDNESDAY Le Boy Bar, 104 Dyckman St (btwn Post/Nagel Sts), leboybarnyc.com. For way way uptown ’mos, Le Boy brings hot go-gos to the floor—and dark, sexy champagne rooms—for their monthly party hosted

by Polaris Bomb, Lay, Rickster, Mateo-VIP, Eve Black and Alexa Dumont. Tequila shots are just $3 and house drinks $5. DJ Lune spins. 10pm; free. OP.PRIME The DL, 95 Delancey St (@ Ludlow St), outprofessionals.org. For guys in their 20s and 30s looking to make professional contacts in a relaxed rooftop atmosphere, gay networking group Out Professionals hosts an evening of cocktails and conversation atop the DL, Delancey Street’s rooftop gem. 6:30pm–9:30pm; free with OP membership/$5 general admission.

MARCH 28 evening for “dandies, dykes, pansys and fops” at the bar in the McKittrick Hotel (the home of popular interactive theater production Sleep No More). DJs Bevin Branlandingham and Brian Belukha (Judy) spin. 1930s-fabuous, dapper drag, gay ghosts dress code encouraged, but not required. 10pm; free. 3WAY WEDNESDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Get good n’ wasted (for cheap!) as Splash revamps their popular 2-for-1 happy hour—by giving you three cocktails for the price of one. That’s one

way to turn a hard days work into a hard days night! 4pm–9pm; free. MCWILLIE CHAMBERS George Billis Gallery, 521 W 26th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), georgebillis.com. It wouldn’t be Thursday night in Chelsea if there weren’t at least a few art openings to guzzle free wine at. Tonight, art dealer McWillie Chambers presents the opening party for an exhibition of paintings exploring the shirtless male form along side watercolor paintings by artist Christopher St. Leger at the 26th Street gallery. 6pm–8pm; free.


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Holly Dae fOR DRAg qUEEN HollyDae,a Who’sNext2013pickwho’sappearinginDistorted Broadway at TheLaurieBeechmanTheater,it wasapassionfordancethatmade herrealizesheisgay. —Distorted Broadway at The Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), every other Friday beginning March 29 at 10pm; $15.

PENTHAUS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Alan Picus and Justin Luke’s super-popular Friday night jam in Hell’s Kitchen takes the elevator to the roof of the Copa for a night of drinking, dancing, or just a good kiki. DJ Scotty Rox takes the early set, while Johnny Dynell is on the ones and twos from 2am on. 10pm; free for first 500 guests/general admission varies. HABIBI The Culture Club, 22 W 39th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), habibinyc.com. The party for hot Middle Eastern gay boys heads back to The Culture Club for another in their long-running se-

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ries of monthly parties, this time with a “first time sexy performance,” whatever that is. DJ IZ holds down the decks. 10pm; $15 before midnight/$20 general admission. ELECTROHONEY XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Up and coming electro pop band Electrohoney— starring Sir Honey Davenport, Stevex and Jesse Gray, and featuring Sherry Vine, Deja Davenport and others—invades the 42nd Street megaclub to debut tunes off their new disc Electric Highway. “The Electric Highway is the futuristic mass transit system in the year 2092.” Plus, they’ll be

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giving away free albums. 7pm; $10 with XL membership/$15 general admission/$35 VIP. HOT SEXY NERD NOW The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), facebook.com/hssnownyc. Mathew Levine (Skintight USA) presents the second event of his new nerd-themed party group. “It’s a gayming, cosplay costume contest dance party” on the third floor of The Ritz. What sort of costume should you wear? “Costume examples are as follows but not limited to: Barbarella, The Doctor, Jack Harkness, Flash Gordon, Aeon Flux, Wolverine, etc,” Levine writes. 10pm; free.


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IN OUR LITTLE DEN OF INIQUITY MEET THE MEN OF TIMOTHY DE ITURRIAGA’S TWICE-WEEKLY GO-GO NIGHT ADONIS LOUNGE.

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orguysinNewYorklookingforaroomfullofhardbodiesdancing,twerkingandgivinglapdances, TimothydeIturriagaissomethingofagodsend.FouryearsagohestartedAdonisLoungeatthe now-shutteredBlackoutinGreenpoint.Eventually,hiscreationoutgrewthatspaceandhemoved thepartytoEvolveinmidtownandexpandedAdonistotwonightsweekly.Then,onMarch9, amidrumorsofEvolve’spurchasebyFlorida-basedbarchainMatty’s(whichapparentlyisn’thappeningnow),AdonisdepartedtheirEastSidedigsforanewsubterranean39thStreetspace. “It’sbeenaprogression,”deIturriagasays.“InBrooklyn,abusyshowwas20customersandsevenor eightdancersand[now]we’reexpecting50dancersandover300customers.It’sdefinitelythenextstep.”He andhisbrotherMatt,wholivesinLosAngeles,alsohaveplanstotakethebrandtotheWestCoast.“Tim’s goingtohelpmeopentheL.A.branchandwe’regoingtotakeitandrunwithitfromthere,”Mattexplains. “We’llhaveNewYorkandL.A.runningconcurrently, thetwobrothersonbothcoasts.” Theguysarehopingtoopenthedoorstothe newWestCoastestablishmentbyMay,butinthe from: Ukraine meantimethere’sstillplentytoenjoyhereinNew Boyfriend Status: Single.“IjustbrokeupreYork.“Anything[else]you’dwanttoknowwouldhapcently.IhadaboyfriendwholivedinMiami.I peninthechampagneroom,butthatyou’llhaveto livedinLosAngeles.Itwasjusttoohard.” comedownandexperienceforyourself,”Mattlaughs. Biggest Tip:“Around,Iwouldsay,$4,000.” Sowedidjustthat.MeetthreeofAdonis’regulars andseejustwhatkindofgoodsthebrothershaveto What was your first time dancing? offer.—AE

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TOMMY from: Toronto,Canada Boyfriend Status: Single Biggest Tip:“Idon’tknow,acouplethousand Iguess?Atipinmyunderwear?Acouplehundredbucks.”

how did you get started with Adonis? “Friendofafriendofafriend.Youknow.”

how did you get into dancing? “Oneofmybestfriendswasdancingandhe justkindofgotmeintoit.”

had you danced at Evolve before? “Yes,Ididactually.Theclosingpartywasthe firsttimedancingthere.Iwillbedancinghere tonight.”

how long have you been dancing? “Probablyclosetofouryears.” What advice do you have for customers so that you both can have a positive experience? “I’dsaydon’tbeafraidtotalktothedancers.”

Do you live in New York now? “Yep.Justmovedaweekago.”

What advice do you have for customers so that you both can have a positive experience? “Niceconversation.Nothingrude.Iwouldsay just to be appreciating what I’m doing and that’sprettymuchit.”

FAMOUS ALEX from: Romania Boyfriend Status: Straight, married. “I’m married.She’scoolaboutit.Youknow,ifyou startyourlifewithalie,thenyoumakeamistake,butifyou’reopen,theneverybodycanunderstand.Justbeyourself.” Biggest Tip: “Agoldfish.Hejustbroughtitin alittlebag.Igotmorefishsincethen.Igotthousandsofgifts,butthatwasthecoolestone.” how long have you been dancing? “SincethebeginningofAdonisinBrooklyn.” Oh, you remember Adonis in Brooklyn. “Yeah,IactuallymetTiminAsburyPark,[NJ].” What was it like dancing in Brooklyn versus in this enormous space? “ItfeelsliketheStoneAgebackthere.Things arechanging,youknow.Differenttimes,differentpeople,differentkindofcustomers,too.” Is it better now? “Itdepends.Alittledifferent.Itdependshow youseeit.” What advice do you have for customers so that you both can have a positive experience? “Thesecretistobeagoodpsychologist.Some peoplecomeinhereandtheythinkthey’re goingtoleavewithaboyfriendfromhere.This isjustaway, ajobandafantasy.[Asacustomer]youcome,yougetalapdance,youhave adrink,yourelax.Ifyoucomewithvariousreasonstheymightbethewrongones.Soyou shouldcomehereandjusthavefunandrelax.”

Adonis Lounge at 22 W 39th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), Weds and Sats at 9pm; $10. Visit theadonislounge.com for more info.

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XANADUDE: VISION QUEST The Loft Above Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Kent/Wythe Aves), xanadudenyc.wordpress.com. DJs Sean B and Deputy host their night of house beats in Billyburg with guest DJ Justin Strauss and dragtastic host Sylvia London in the space above Public Assembly. 10pm; free till 10:30pm/$5 till 11:30pm/$8 general admission. RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS Gramercy Theatre, 127 E 23rd St (btwn Park/Lexington Aves), thegramercytheatre.com. Cover girl, put some bass in your walk! Michelle Visage, Pandora Boxx (Season 2), Carmen Carrera (Season 3), Mimi Imfurst (Season 3), Alaska Thunderfuck (Season 5), Jinkx Mon-

MARCH 30 soon (Season 5) and Ivy Winters (Season 5) hit the Gramercy Theatre. The former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants will strut their stuff once more—this time for a live audience! 9pm; $25 general admission/$50 VIP. MANSTER The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. DJ Johnny Dynell (who alternates weeks at Manster with DJ Bill Coleman) spins classics in the basement space of the dual-level West Village bar and club. 10pm; free. BEEFCAKE: SPRING BLING Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. “All you hot bears that have been in

SUNDAY MARCH 31 NICKY SIANO Cielo, 18 Little West 12th St (btwn Greenwich/Washington Sts), nickysiano.com. Legendary former Studio 54 and The Gallery DJ Nicky Siano makes his first New York appearance in three years at the cozy Meatpacking District club. At 11pm they’ll premiere Love is the Message: A Night at the Gallery 1977, a film about the groundbreaking ’70s club that Siano owned and DJed at. 10pm; $15 in advance/$25 general admission.

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LADY BUNNY’S DISCO SUNDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Lady Bunny helps you into the Sunday night fever with her ’70s-themed night of grooves. Plus, Splash has their legendary 2-for-1 happy hour till 9pm. 7pm; free. BOXERS BASH Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com. The terrace is open on

WEEK hibernation all winter,” writes Rockbar manager Rowan Fowley, “it’s time to come out and party!” They’ve got all new bear go-go dancers working the floor. Plus, the beefy boys will also hold spring fur contest—may the hairiest Mary win! 10pm; $5. EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. The original New York gay sports bar celebrates eight years in Chelsea. Rick Schmutzler, Erich Courage, Collin Spencer and the rest of the Gym Sportsbar crew bring special guest DJs and a crowd of sporty guys to the bar to help them commemorate the anniversary. 9pm; free.

the roof of the popular Chelsea sports bar’s Hell’s Kitchen outpost. Plus, domestic beers are just $4 and well drinks $5 till 9pm! 1pm¬–9pm; free. SET Pounds and Ounces, 160 Eighth Ave (@ 18th St), poundsandouncesnyc.com. Kevin Wiltz and Frank Carasquillo continue their weekly Sunday tea in the popular Chelsea eatery. DJ Patrick Kuzara spins. 5pm–9pm; free.


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The Right Track By Keo Nozari e’ve been suffering from insomnia. So thank goodness for the musical Ambien that is Justin Timberlake‘s new album The 20/20 Experience. Easily renamed The 4/20 Experience, it’s like somebody was smoking something serious, found themselves all slowed in a stupor and got lost in delusions of grandeur. Laden with midtempos, the tracks chug along at a snail’s pace. Adding to the irritating experience are the over-bloated song lengths: three clock in at eight minutes when they don’t merit it—and its extra perilous considering the ADD of modern audience attention spans! As Timberlake fans, we feel The 20/20 Experience was a wildly wasted opportunity. It ‘s been seven years since the release of his last title, the fantastic FutureSex/LoveSounds. And while Timberlake has retained a considerable caché between his countless guest appearances on other artists’ tracks (and enjoyable comedy stints on Saturday Night Live) fans were hungry for his music, his own Thriller, his one amazing musical masterpiece. Certainly the enthusiasm of the audience is there. And on the cusp of summer, Experience could have been the summer album. Instead Timberlake offers an adult contemporary-ish album that comes across as lesser Barry White and Al Green. The opening line to “Strawberry Bubblegum” is “It was such a mellow, mellow, mellow day,” hardly an understatement for the album as a whole. And even worse is the Prince-style slowjams “Pusher Love Girl” and “Spaceship Coupe.” Promising “Don’t Hold the Wall” is a cool enough track but its unfortunate chorus imploring people to dance is truly silly when it’s more likely to get them sleepwalking. The one legit slamming song, “Body Count,” finally arrives at the end of the Deluxe edition, which sounds like it could easily be an outtake from debut Justified. At just 32 years old, Timberlake is sounding far older than necessary. Even worse, none of the

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songs are particularly catchy—which is pop-album suicide. Part of the problem is a whole album produced (and almost all written) in collaboration with Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon. Timbaland hasn’t had a sizable hit in a long time and his “wicky-wicky”-isms and same-sounding beats feel very played out in 2013. (Just imagine if Timberlake had teamed with R&B innovator Diplo instead!) The 20/20 Experience sounds too much like Robin Thicke and, quite franky, we prefer any Thicke album to this. Meanwhile, Connor Maynard is doing Timberlake better. Hell, Justin Bieber makes us a belieber after this! We truly hope Timberlake gets his sexy back on the next album. After all, what goes around comes back around. Right? N

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Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More The Lying Lesson By David Hurst he problems with Cinderella start with the new billing of its authors, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. For decades they’ve been “Rodgers & Hammerstein,” using an ampersand to denote their partnership. Here, however, they’re “Rodgers + Hammerstein,” utilizing a plus sign instead. It may seem like a fussy issue of syntax and punctuation (and is probably the brainchild of some clueless marketing executive), but the change is symptomatic of the problems that plague Cinderella. Specifically, they don’t trust their source material. Originally written for television in 1957 starring the luminous Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was remade in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren, and again in 1997 with Brandy. The new Broadway incarnation directed with flair by Mark Brokaw and sporting a misguided new book by Douglas Carter Beane marks Cinderella’s Broadway debut. So how is it? Well, the score is still gorgeous even if it’s been augmented with a handful of middle-shelf tunes cut from Me and Juliet and South Pacific, and a slightly better song (“There’s Music in You”) from the now-forgotten 1953 film Main Street to Broadway. And the cast, led by the gorgeous Laura Osnes, the adorable Santino Fontana and the wondrous Vicky Clark, is terrific. But not even William Ivey Long’s beautiful costumes and spectacular gown transformations (and, trust me, they’re dazzling!) can overcome the awkwardness of Beane’s strange book. Combining political themes with contemporary anachronisms, the book’s jokes fall

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flat as often as they garner laughs. Some people will hate it and some won’t mind it, but I suspect few will love it. And that’s a shame considering how much talent and money has gone into this Cinderella. For two years club goers have known Monday nights mean Diva at Industry, but its seismically talented host and presenter, Marty Thomas, and his trio of amazing belters stepped up their game with a one-night-only record release concert at New World Stages on March 4 for their fabulous new disc, Marty Thomas Presents Diva. Slickly conceived, the show was an orgiastic feast of ferocious singing. Lovers of power ballads, tight harmonies and vocal pyrotechnics were in heaven as one fabulous performance after another rolled across the footlights. Whether it was the beautiful Kelly King channeling Whitney, the luscious Marissa Rosen celebrating Etta or the amazing Alexa Green inhabiting Celine, these women wailed like the goddesses they are. And then there’s Thomas, one of the most singularly talented vocalists on Broadway, who still doesn’t know he’s not really a black woman—he just sings like one! The New York Pops swung it old-school March 8 with Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More at Carnegie Hall. The multitalented Hilty, who just completed filming the second season of Smash, and handsome Ryan Silverman, currently starring in Classic Stage Company’s superb revival of Passion, joined musical director Steven Reineke and the Pops in a lovely concert that proved a showcase for Hilty’s beauty, charm and vocal talents. As always, the Pops sounded like a million bucks playing beautiful arrangements. The gifted comic actress Carol Kane is giving a thoughtful, carefully studied portrayal of screen legend Bette Davis in Craig Lucas’ latest play, The Lying Lesson. The problem is that Lucas’s play, a clichéridden piece of drivel posing as a comic-thriller, is dreadful and unworthy of Kane’s artistry. There’s a house Davis is buying in Maine, a mysterious woman who wants to be Davis’s assistant and ludicrous revelations and speeches about life and lying. The first act is ridiculous and the second act stupefying. Avoid this Lesson at all costs, in spite of Kane’s impressive impersonation. N Cinderella plays at The Broadway (1681 Broadway, CinderellaOnBroadway.com). The New York Pops play April 12 and 29 at Carnegie Hall (57th St, CarnegieHall.org). The Lying Lesson plays through March 31 at the Atlantic (336 W 20th St, AtlanticTheater.org).


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BABY MAMA Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Admission

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Time Investment: 111 min. Return on Investment: 95 min.

Time Investment: 107 min. Return on Investment: 105 min. dmission (Focus Features), the new Tina Fey film directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy) very well may be the best film about college this decade. Which is funny, given the film isn’t about college life at all. Instead, Admission is touching comedy about the lengths we go to prove our worth as mothers and fathers by getting our kids into college. Sound a bit heavier than the rom commy advertisements showing Fey and Paul Rudd’s meet cute in a barn shower led you to believe? Don’t worry, it manages to be incredibly witty and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, too. Karen Croner‘s clever screenplay based on Jean Hanff Korelitz‘s novel of the same name concerns the conflict Portia Nathan, an efficient Princeton’s admissions officer, faces when she discovers the son she secretly gave up for adoption years earlier may now be a Princeton applicant. Could she prove to be a better mother than her own hyper-feminist mom (scene stealing Lily Tomlin), by helping him in a backdoor? The son in question comes back into her life courtesy of handsome teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) who himself has spent his life escaping his bourgeois family’s money, even going so far as to adopt a child from Africa. Fey and Rudd have great chemistry together and keep the material light without cheapening its sincere themes. Together it all adds up to one hell of a charming film that should become required viewing for all parents before the college search begins. —Benjamin Solomon

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efreshingly for a film dealing with crime and the urban experience, My Brother the Devil (Paladin) is neither predictable nor overly depressing. Sally El Hosaini’s debut feature is tense and involving, offering characters that are both well written and convincingly played. It focuses on Egyptian siblings living in London’s Hackney neighborhood: Mo (Fady Elsayed), a straight-laced student, has always looked up to his older brother Rashid (James Floyd) a charmer who makes his money as part of a drug-dealing gang. The deliberately paced film starts out slowly, setting up the pair’s relationship to each other and the people in their lives. When Rashid’s best friend Izzi

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The Ladies Who Launch Female restaurateurs in New York are proving they’ve can go head to head with any of their male counterparts. A look at the city’s best examples of culinary girl power. Alison Eighteen

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great precedent for launching into brined and battered fried chicken served with a ladleful of sharp Gorgonzola, celery root purée, house-made hot sauce and a prickly side of carrots and celery, all in homage to classic roadside chicken wings. Among the list of Tinari’s Mom’s Desserts, Grasshopper Mousse screams for a ’70s dinner party, with crème de menthe, a fluff of the freshest whipped cream and a dusting of Oreo cookie powder. Donatella (184 Eighth Ave, 212-493-5150, DonatellaNYC.com), the lady (Donatella Arpaia) and the restaurant, is the reigning queen of Eighth Avenue— and the effort is estimable considering all the other queens clacking their heels down the same thoroughfare. If for no other reason, the golden, bedazzled Mt. Vesuvius-based brick oven that is the heart of Donatella surely outranks the heartiest homo-

sexual. Start with veal meatballs before venturing on to pizzas such as the margherita with juicy San Marzano tomatoes pulled from the heart of Napoli, with a barely underdone crust that has a crispy finish. Eolo (190 Seventh Ave, EoloNewYork.com, 646-2256606) brings beloved, oldworld Sicilian fare from the Mediterranean to Chelsea via the capable hands of chef-proprietor Melissa Muller Daka. It’s hard to go off course with Gorgonzola-stuffed pear salad and sugary hazelnuts, slivered blankets of smoked swordfish in a dilly sauce over grilled bread, creamy cocoa pappardelle with peas, speck and truffle oil or the magnificent puff pastry drum filled with pasta and meatballs! Finish it all off with chocolate semifreddo and a honey drizzle. Mistress of the manor Maria Loi works it at Loi (208 W 70th St, 212-875-8600, RestaurantLoi.com), graciously

greeting guests as she would in her own home. Loi definitely has the sophistication befitting an Upper West Side locale but the sprawling, bustling room manages to retain the trappings of a comfortable, soothing oasis with serene ribbons of chocolate and cream in a robin’s-eggblue panorama that summons the Mediterranean. We love the slurpy spoonfuls of sea urchin drizzled with fragrant olive oil, which enhance instead of subdue the essence of creamy spring water. Traditional moussaka is utterly captivating, exploring the depths of eggplant, slowly cooked with minced meat in browned béchamel sauce. Featherylight sour cherry cheesecake with a honey crust closes the deal. Groovy Wise Men (355 Bowery, 646-590-4244, WiseMenNYC.com) opened very recently, with an A-team of three savvy gals manning the joint—Danielle Levitt,


Donatella Christina Chin and Caroleyn Ng. They did let the boys into this women’s room, however: Ryan Bartlow from Frankies 570 worked on the menu (apple rumaki with bacon and walnut cream, or a patty melt with pickles, anyone?) and Acme’s Duane Fernandez Jr. tended to the bar as cocktail consultant lining up concoctions such as the gin-fueled Vesper and your old man’s Perfect Rob Roy. N

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lmo (156 Seventh Ave, 212-337-8000, ElmoRestaurant.com) has reopened after a full renovation. Owner Bob Pontarelli tells us the restaurant will still be the same great design—but with an unexpected twist or two. Word has it that Sunday brunch is a killer and check out the launch party Saturday, March 30 at 10pm.

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In other highly energized news, Chelsea Coffee (220 Eighth Ave, 212-929-0990) just opened in Chelsea. Could this be the next Big Cup? Slide (174 Bleecker St, 212-777-9077, SlideRestaurant.com) cruises into Greenwich Village with London native Madison Cowan and New Yorker Eric Rubin at the helm. The cannolis come courtesy of Anthony Fontana. Sliders include bulgogi cheesesteak, buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffle, and beef with Manchego cheese and caramelized onions. Homemade green ketchup and extras like fried anchovies top it all off (well, maybe not the cannolis).

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While dallying with your daal, browsing through your biryanis or mulling over the signature Murgh Makhani at Moti Mahal Delux (1149 First Ave, 212371-3535, MotiMahalDelux.us), ponder a potable— they recently received their wine and beer license and now feature a carefully curated list. Former John Brown Smokehouse chef de cuisine John Zervoulakos has been named the executive chef of The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, 718-440-3231) in Astoria. Stop by and check out what he’s got on the burner! N

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NEW>>> (SAT) VIVA! @ Stage 48, 608 W 48th St (11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com— John Blair, Beto Sutter, Ric Sena, Justin Luke and Alan Picus host (house, pop). 10pm; $15 w/ membership card till 1am/$20 general admission. (DAILY) ROOFTOP @ Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (50th St), boxersnyc.com— The rooftop space of Boxers’ Hell’s Kitchen location is now open for the Spring/Summer. 4pm; free. (MON) BINGO @ The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-33-4177— Gusty Winds hosts. 9pm; free. (THU) BEER PONG AND VIDEOS @ Pieces, 8 Christopher St (Gay/Greeniwch), piecesbar.com— DJ OhRicky. Beer pong. 8pm; free.

MOVED>>> (WED/SAT) ADONIS LOUNGE @ 22 W 39th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), theadonislounge.com— Go-go dancers. 9pm; $10.

ENDED>>> (FRI) FRANKIE SHARP’S FRIDAY @ Santos Party House (SUN) MASS @ Nowhere

CHELSEa BARS>>> BARRACUDA 275 W 22nd St (Eighth) 212-645-8613— This Chelsea mainstay is Eighth Avenue’s gay epicenter, with shows almost nightly. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) DJ Corey Tut w/ Brenda Black. 10pm. (SAT) Meat. DJ Scott James. 11pm. (SUN) Pixie Aventura performs. 11pm; free. (MON) DragFest. Weekly drag shows. 11pm. (TUE) ‘Cuda Karaoke w/Marti Gould Cummings. 10pm (WED) Dallas DuBois and Tina Burner w/DJ Scotty Rox. 11:30pm; free. (THU) Star Search with Tina Burner. Guest performances. 11pm; free. BOXERS 37 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth), 212255-5082; boxersnyc.com— Gay sports bar with brick-oven pizza, elbow room and hot athletic supporters. Mon-Wed 4pm2am, Thr-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 1pm-4am, Sun 1pm-2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–

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9:30pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Shot specials 9:30pm-close. VJ Fridays Texting Party, 10pm-2am; free. (SAT) Boxers Bash. Beer and Cosmo Pong, 6pm–9pm. 2-for-1 drinks, 2am–4am. (SUN) Boxers Break. Free pool all day. $4 domestics and $5 wells. $6 Frozen drinks. (MON) Draft Mondays. $5 draft beers. (TUE) Effen Tuesday. $5 Effen vodka cocktails. 9:30pm–close. (WED) Hot n Sticky. $5 Stoli cocktails, 9:30pm-close. (THU) VJ Thursdays Texting Party. $5 Absolut drinks. 9:30pm–close.

THE EAGLE 554 W 28th St (10th/11th), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Two levels w/roof deck welcome leather lovers, bears and fetish freaks. Tue–Sat 10pm–4am, Sun 5pm–4am. (FRI) DJ Reed spins. (FRI, 3RD) Pup Night. CB Kirby hosts. (SAT) DJ Rob spins. (SUN) Blast Off! Beer Blast $3 domestic drafts, $4 bottles, Jäger/Cuervo shots. On the roofdeck in the warm-weather months. 5pm–midnight; free. DJ Paul Ferrer. (TUE) Smokin Tuesday. Cigars, pipes and drink specials. Monthly during winter months. 8pm; free. (WED) Jockstrap Wednesdays with DJ Mirch. $3 Jäger shots and Bud. 10pm; free. (THU) Code with DJ Grimes. $4 Bud Lights. Fetish dress required.10pm; free.

(SUN) Tailgate. DJ Smokey (house), $3 Bud, Bud Light, 1pm–9pm. $3 well drinks, 9pm. (MON) $4 LI Iced Teas, 9pm. (TUE) $4 Coronas and ‘ritas. (WED) $2.50 Bud and Bud Light botles, 9pm. (THU) DJ Dr. Brooks, $5 Absolut. 9pm.

RAWHIDE 212 Eighth Ave (21st) 212-242-9332— Butch daddies and Marlboro men play in Chelsea’s original dive. Go-gos nightly. 10am–4am daily. No cover.

XES 157 W 24th St (Sixth/Seventh) 212604-0212, xesnyc.com— Cute Chelsea boys and sporty types chill in the lounge inside and the smoking patio in back. Wed– Sun 4pm–4am, Mon–Tue 4pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks weekdays 4pm–9pm; (FRI) Dark. w/ Jay Brancato. 9pm. (SAT) Strobe. 2-for-1 well, beer and wine midnight–1am. 9pm. (SUN) Sing Out Sister Karaoke. Hedda Lettuce hosts. 10pm. (MON) Sisters? Variety show w/Frostie Flakes and Kitten Withawhip. $3 beers, free pizza. 10:30pm; free. (TUE) Turner and Hooch w/ Paige Turner at 10:30pm. $2 off wells at 9pm. (WED) Humpday Karaoke w/host Nicholas Park. 10pm; free. (THU) Top Pop w/DJ Calvin (dance, disco). 9pm.

EAST OF EIGHTH 254 W 23rd St (Seventh/Eighth), 212-352-0075, eastofeighthny.com— Cheers-like bar inside the gay-friendly restaurant. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 well drinks and draft beer. 4pm–7pm and 10pm–Midnight.

G LOUNGE 225 W 19th St (Seventh/Eighth) 212-929-1085, glounge.com— This round lounge is packed with gym dandies, Latino lotharios and cute Chelsea boys. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 house drinks and $3 domestic beer. 4pm–9pm. (FRI) International Hot Male. Rotating DJs spin for muscley ‘mos. 10pm; free. (SAT) S.E.X. (Saturday Evening Xtreme). Jason Hellinger and MacKenzie Miller host rotating DJs. 10pm; free. (SUN) Küte, alternating DJs Scotty Rox and Xavier. 9pm–2am; free. (TUE) Boy Box. DJ Cazwell and Bianca Del Rio hosting go-gos and amateur strip competition. 10pm; free. (WED) Hump w/ rotating DJs. 10pm. (THU) The List. Franco Diluzio, Mark Lander, and Josephine Halle B host DJs Justin Dawson and Obra Primitiva. 10pm; free. GYM SPORTSBAR 167 Eighth Ave (18th/19th), gymsportsbar.com, 212-3372439— Gay sports bar with two floors of jocks, flatscreens and tasty fare. Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Mon–Fri 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) $5 Hounddog Sweet Tea Vodka, 9pm. (SAT) Skyy Saturdays. $3 Bud, Bud Light bottles and drafts, 1pm–9pm. $6 Skyy vodka, DJ Clive Collins, 9pm.

CLUBS>>> CLUB 20 20 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth), 212-633-0934— (SUN) Male dancers w/champagne rooms and table-dancing. 2-for-1 Happy Hour 5pm–7pm. 5pm–1am; cover varies. MARQUE 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), facebook.com/bartschland— (THU) Catwalk. Susanne Bartsch art house party. 10pm, free. SECRET 525 W 29th St (10th/11th), 212-268-5580— Black and Latino hotties lounge on velvet banquettes at this far West Chelsea lounge. Fris–Sats only. (FRI) After Work Fridays. Charles Jackson, Frankie Paradise host. 6pm–11pm; $5 until 7pm/$10 general admission. (SAT) Hip-hop DJs and male and female dancers. $5 shots and drinks. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10. (WED) Shake It w/Fred Pierce (R&B, house, tribal). 8pm–2am; free. SPLASH 50 W 17th St (Fifth/Sixth) 212-691-0073, splashbar.com— New York’s legendary gay dance club is still going strong. Go-gos nightly. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) The F Word. 10pm. $20. (SAT) Bingo w/ Ginger Snapt. 7pm. Dougie Meyers Saturdays. Circuit DJs on main floor. Guest performers and go-gos. 10pm–6am; $20. (SUN) Lady Bunny Disco Sundays. 9pm.

(MON) Musical Mondays w/VJ John Bantay (showtunes and video), 7pm–midnight. (TUE) Gay College Tuesdays. DJ Steve Sidewalk (pop). 10pm; $10. (WED) Three Way Wednesdays. 3-for-1 cocktails, 4pm–9pm. Sin Wednesdays. DJ Ian Ford. 2-for-1 drinks till 11pm. No cover. (THU) Ocean by Nathan W, Nathan S and Yamil X. Latin/African-American party w/DJs MK and Beyond (hip-hop, house). Go-gos and performances. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$20 general.

WEST VILLaGE BARS>>> BOOTS & SADDLE 76 Christopher St (7th/Bleecker), bootsnsaddlenyc.com, 212633-1986— This old-school Christopher Street mainstay welcomes a casual crowd. Go-gos after 7pm. Noon–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beer and well drinks 2pm–8pm; $3 Pabst all day. (FRI) Yuhua Hamasaki Show (SAT) Strip Search w/Victoria Chase (SUN) Karaoke w/Victoria Chase (MON) Holly Dae. (TUE) Sugga Pie Koko. (WED) Karaoke w/Victoria Chase (THU) The Lady B.L.U.E. Show.

CUBBYHOLE 281 W 12th St (Fourth), 212-243-9041, cubbyholebar.com— This low-frills nabe bar is equally popular with fags and dykes. Mon–Fri 4pm–2am and Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm– 7pm Mon–Sat. DESIRE LOUNGE 45 W 8th St (Fifth/Sixth), 646-454-9950, desirebarny.com— At this NYU neighbor, the cocktails as refined as the decor. (HAPPY HOUR) $6 wells 3pm–11pm. (SUN) B-Side Sundays. DJs play funk, neo-soul, alternative. Half-price drinks and rum-punch specials. (MON) 2-for-1 entrees (TUE) Five beers for $20 (WED) Seduction. Three shots for $10 (THU) AfterEffect Reloaded. Happy Hour party w/half-price drinks. 5:30pm–11pm THE DUPLEX 61 Christopher St (Seventh), 212-255-5438, theduplex.com— Two-level piano bar trills with cute actors, cabaret gals and old-fashioned showtune queens. 4pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beers, $4 wines and wells 4pm–8pm Mon-Fri (FRI) Mostly Sondheim w/Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron and pianist Brian Nash. 11:30pm; two-drink minimum.

THE HANGAR 115 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-627-2044, thehangarbarnyc.com— No-frills bar appealing to bearded blue-jean guys. Mon–Sats 3pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm– 9pm Mon–Wed and Fri, 3pm–1am Tue,


3pm–10pm Thu. (FRI) DJ Jimmy. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (SAT) DJ Gene. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (SUN) DJ Kindbud. Go-go boys 7pm–10pm. $3.50 Buds, $4 vodka and margaritas. 5–10pm; free. (TUE) DJ Gene (Top 40) 2-for-1 drinks till 1am. (WED) Squirt. Dj Mondo, go-go boys. 9pm.

HENRIETTA HUDSON 438 Hudson St (Morton), 212-924-3347, henriettahudson.com— This popular lesbian bar promises hot girls and hotter action. Mon– Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri JULIUS 159 W 10th St (Waverly Pl), 212-243-1928— Come for the friendly locals, stay for the mouthwatering burgers and an eclectic jukebox at New York’s oldest gay bar. 11am–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm $3 wells, domestics, wines (THU, FIRST) Stache Bash. Robert Valin presents DJ Chauncey D, mustache contest and go-go boys. 10pm; free. (THU, FINAL) Mattachine with P.J. DeBoy. DJs John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Martin (vintage, vinyl). 9pm. THE LGBT CENTER, 208 W 13th St (Seventh/Greenwich), 212-620-7310, gaycenter.org— New York’s headquarters for all things gay, including meetings, clubs, mixers, talks and dances. (SAT, 2ND/4TH) Dance:208 by Joe Fiore. Guest DJs. 9pm–1am; $6 members/$10 general admission.

MARIE’S CRISIS 59 Grove St (Seventh/Bleecker), 212-243-9323— Camaraderie and B’way sing-alongs abound in this historic piano bar. 4am–4pm daily. Free.

THE MONSTER 80 Grove St (Seventh), manhattan-monster.com, 212-9243558— This old-school staple sparkles with loyal locals singing showtunes upstairs and drag shows, go-gos and dancing below. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm– 4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri, 2pm–9pm Sats (FRI) Union Fridays. DJ Gustavo spins $8; 10pm. (SAT) Space Odyssey. DJ Bill Coleman. 10pm; $8. (SUN) Video Tea Dance (5:30pm). DJ Tony Cruz (10pm). $4.50 Rolling Rock, $5 Heineken, L.I. iced teas. Free before 8pm/$4 general admission. (SUN, MONTHLY) Snaxx. Muscle-bear night w/Derek Scott Graves, DJs Rich King and Gustavo. 5pm–midnight; $5. (MON) Sabor Latino w/Barbara Herr. $4.50 Corona, Cuba Libre. 10pm; $6. (TUE) Turntable Tuesdays. DJ Michael Wilson spins iconic retro dance hits. $4.50

Rolling Rock, Bud. Free. (WED, ALT) Spunk. Luis Gomez, host Holly Dae and DJ Mitch Ferrino. Go-gos from 9pm–2am. (THU) Bassment w/DJs Jools Palmer, Mandy Graves and guest DJs. $4.50 Corona, Bud and Rolling Rock. $5 L.I. Iced Teas. 10pm; free.

PIECES 8 Christopher St (Gay/Greenwich), piecesbar.com, 212-929-9291— NYU gays rally amid the streamers for live shows and karaoke. 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2pm–8pm $3 domestics and wells. (FRI, 2ND) Underwear party w/DJ Kevin B. Free drink with clothes check. (SAT, SUN, MON) Liquid Brunch. $4 Long Islands and $3 margaritas, kir royals, Bloody Marys and mimosas. 2pm–8pm. (SAT) Guest DJs. Theme parties. $1 shotboy shots. (SAT, 1ST) Get Your Mess On! Fire Islandthemed dance party w/DJ Mike Borowski. 10pm, free (SAT, 3RD) Karaoke. 8:30pm. (SUN) Balls to the Wall Bingo with Vodka Stinger. 5pm. (MON) B-Movie Monday. Popcorn and classic movies w/ Vodka Stinger. 8:30pm. (MON, 3RD) Too Ugly For TV. Videos with Vodka Stinger and Tony B. 8pm. (TUE) Karaoke w/ Dominic and Chad. 8:30pm. (WED) The Big Broadway Clip Show. Vodka Stinger VJs Broadway showtunes. 11pm. (WED, 2ND/4TH) ’80s Disco Happy Hour. DJ Mike Borowski spins retro gold. 5pm–8pm; free. (THU) Beer Pong and videos w/ DJ OhRicky. 8pm.

ROCKBAR 185 Christopher St (Weehawken/W Side H’way), rockbarnyc.com— Gymbar veterans rock it at the old Ramrod. Mon-Wed 4pm–2am; Thu, Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 1pm–4am; Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-8pm Mon–Fri. 2for-1 drinks. (SAT) Live bands and $5 Rokk vodka cocktails 9pm-close. (SUN) Rockbear Beer Blast w/DJ Billy Pfeiffer. $3 Bud & Bud Lite, free food (1pm9pm). $5 Rokk vodka (9pm-close). (MON) Stand-Up. Neil "D'Bear" Thornton and Frank Liotti host gay/gay-friendly comics. $5 draft beers. 8pm; free. Kink, leather and fetish party w/ guest DJs, dancers, demos. 10pm. (TUE) Game Night. $3 Bud/Bud Light drafts. 7:30pm. (WED) Open Mic. Rudy Lippar hosts singers, musicians, poets, writers. $5 Margaritas. 9pm. (THU) Karaoke w/Jim Colier and DJ Grizz. 8pm.

STONEWALL INN 53 Christopher St (Seventh/Waverly Pl) 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Loyal locals and NYU kids populate this landmark watering hole.

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PARTIES (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 2pm–8pm (FRI) Upstairs: Karaoke w/Ben & Michael (6pm–10pm), Lesbo-a-GoGo. 10pm–4am. Downstairs: Red Light District with guest DJs, 9pm. (FRI, MONTHLY) Large Hardon Collider. DJs Damian Cote and Dave Huge. 9pm (SUN) Cubhouse Sundays. Joe Fiore spins happy hour, 4pm. Upstairs: Lavinia Draper Show, 8pm. (MON) Bitchy Bingo with Kenny Dash. 9pm. (WED) Stonewall Sensation. 9pm (THU) Downstairs: Anything Goes karaoke, 9pm. Upstairs: Paige Turner’s Playhouse, 9pm.

TY’S 114 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-741-9641, tysbarnyc.com— Ye olde gay tavern teems with friendly and devoted patrons. Mon– Sun 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3.50 well drinks, $1 off bottled beer. 1pm–8pm weekdays. (MON) Happy Hour prices all night. (THU) Hairy happy hour w/ the Urban Bear and DJ Damian Cote. 6pm–10pm; free.

CLUBS>>> LE POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker St (Thompson/Sullivan), 212-5053474, lepoissonrouge.com— (SAT) Le Bingo w/Linda Simpson. 7:30pm; free. WESTWAY 75 Clarkson St (Washington/West), westwaynyc.com— (TUE) Westgay. Frankie Sharp hosts this popular weekly blowout. DJ Jonjon Battles and special guests spin. 10pm. $10.

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thecockbar.com— There is no dish spicier, skankier or sexier than this infamous East Village bird. 11pm–4am daily. (FRI) Cock Flavored Friday. DJs Nashom and Ari Gold. 11pm. (SUN) Sperm with DJ Man Parrish. Gogos. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 after. (MON) Hot N Horny Mondays. Shameless McGreedy hosts. 11pm. Free before midnight/$5 general admission. (TUE) DJ Kindbud. 11pm. (WED) Oh Fuck You Honey. Frankie Sharp hosts. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission. (WED, LAST) Cock & Soul. Diva appreciation night w/Mona Foot and DJ Gant Johnson. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10. (THU) Cock Classic. 11pm.

EASTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (A/B), 212-777-2555, easternblocnyc.com— This Soviet-themed bar is packed tighter than a sardine can with E-Vill boys looking for strong drinks, kick-ass DJs and hot go-gos. 7pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 well drinks and$3 PBRs 7pm–10pm daily (FRI) Rockin'DiscoFagBar w/DJ Darren Dryden. 10pm; free. (SAT) Smashed and Mashed wi/DJ Michael Formika Jones. $2 tequila shots. 10pm. (SUN, 3RD) Temptations. Jeff Chatterton hosts DJ Jason Yost. 10pm. (SUN, 2ND) Marinate. DJ Dandylion and special gue spin house and electronic. 9pm–2am; free. (MON) Messy Mary w/DJ Jeff Chatterton, $3 vodkas, Miller and PBR. (TUE) Spunknik w/DJ Ernie Cote and Bianca Del Rio. 10pm. (WED) Good Times with DJ Sparber, $1 vodkas from 11pm-11:30pm. 9pm. (THU) My Chiffon Is Wet w/DJ Paisley Dalton. 10pm.

NOWHERE 322 E 14th St (Fir/Second),

BARS>>> THE BOILER ROOM 86 E Fourth St (Fir/Second), boilerroomnyc.com, 212-2547536— Arty hipsters and NYU kids mingle with a hot Internet jukebox and dirt cheap drinks. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 beers and well liquor 4pm–8pm daily. $3.75 house liquor after 10pm. (SUN) Laidback Sunday w/Wayne. (MON) Boogie Night with Kurt and Nana. $3.75 cocktails. 10pm. (TUE) Games Night w/Alec. 2-for-1 specials (4pm–9pm). Destroy Your Liver. $1.50 off all draft beers, $2.25 PBRs, $3.75 cocktails. (10pm–4am). (WED) Free pizza (8pm), $6 draft beer and shot combo (9pm), $375 cocktails (10pm).

BEDLAM 40 Ave C (Third/Fourth), bedlamnyc.com— Benjamin Miassani’s gay-friendly, taxadermy-adorned Avenue C outpost. (THU) #Hoodrat. Jeff Chatterton hosts. 10pm. THE COCK 29 Second Ave (Fir/Second),

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212-477-4744— A low-to-no-key East Village pub with a great jukebox and cheap drinks. 3pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 wells, $2 domestic beers, $2 PBR. Mon–Thu 3pm–9pm, Fri and Sat 3pm–8pm. (SAT) Numbers w/DJ Jeff Jackson. 10pm. (SAT, LAST) Double Headed Disco with DJs Jeff Jackson, Pete Money, Disco Connie (disco).10pm. (SUN) Mass. Gavin Downie hosts. Leo peo spins. Free pizza. 4pm–10pm. (TUE) Buddies. Bear night w/DJ Damian and guests. 10pm.

PHOENIX 447 E 13th St (Fir/Ave A), 212-477-9979— A no-attitude E-Vill fave with a killer jukebox and cheap drinks. Have you risen yet? 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price wells and domestic beers. 4pm-8pm daily. (FRI, SAT) $4 wells, $5 PBR/cheap shot special 10pm-4am. (SUN) Supersize w/Kenny Dash. 9pm; $5. (MON) Half-price well drinks. 10pm–4am (FRI) Michael Cohen hosts. Half-price draft beers. 10pm–4am

(SAT) Play-Boy. Chris Ryan hosts. 10pm.

UC LOUNGE 87 Ludlow St (Broome/Delancey), 212-677-1100, unclecharliesnyc.com— The Midtown piano bar Uncle Charlie’s births an equally inviting downtown offspring. Sun–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri and Sat 5pm–4am. Free.

URGE 33 Second Ave (Second), 212-533-5757, theurgenyc.com— Gawk at the go-go gods with the rest of the masses at this no-attitude dive. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 10pm; $9 16oz mojitos and L.I. iced teas.

CLUBS>>> OPEN HOUSE 244 E Houston (Essex), openhouse-nyc.com— (FRI) ElevenEleven. Ladyfag hosts w/ DJs Michael Magnan and Honey Dijon. 11pm; free before midnight/general admission varies.

boo52nyc.com— Broadway divas and buff business boys enjoy fresh sushi and sexedup cocktails. 11am–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 signature cocktails, well drinks, house wine and beers 11am–9pm, 30% Sushi Special discount Midnight till 2 am every day. Lunch Sushi special Mon–Fri, $9.95 for two rolls (select two fillings and one topping) plus miso soup or salad and Mochi ice cream. (FRI) Fantastic Friday. DJ Steven spins, 6pm. (SAT) 80s Saturday. $5 flavored Absolut cocktails all night (SUN) $5 flavored Absolut cocktails all night. Rotating wine and cheese tasting class, 5pm–7pm. (MON) Rotating wine and cheese tasting class, 5pm–7pm. Pub trivia, 8:30pm (TUE) Karaoke Kraziness with Spicky Hilton and Jacky Dupree, 9:30pm. (WED) Ladies Night with 2-for-1 drinks all night. (THU) Mojito Thursdays, $5 mojitos all night. DJ Rock spins.

BARRAGE 401 W 47th St (Ninth/10th),

SOHO/TRIBECa BARS>>> THE DALLOWAY 525 Broome St (Thompson/Sullivan Sts), thedallowaynyc.com— L.A.’s THe Abbey inspired this chic lesbian-owned hangout.

CLUBS>>> GREENHOUSE 150 Varick St (Vandam), greenhouseusa.com, 212-8077000— (SUN) Vandam by Susanne Bartsch, Kenny Kenny. Guest DJs, performers, open vodka bar till 11pm. 10pm; free. SANTOS PARTY HOUSE 96 Lafayette St (White/Walker Sts), santospartyhouse.com— (SUN) Mission w/ Cherrie Lily and Dan Darlington. 5pm–11pm.

HELL’S KITCHEN/ MIdTOWN WEST  BARS>>> 9TH AVENUE SALOON 656 Ninth Ave (45th/46th) 212-307-1503; 9thavesaloon.com— Hell’s Kitchen’s decades-old gay dive welcomes all comers. 11am–4am Mon–Sat; Noon–4am Sun. (WED) Karaoke, 10pm–1am. ADONIS LOUNGE @ 22 W 39th St (Fifth/Sixth Aves), theadonislounge.com— (WED/SAT) Adonis Lounge. Go-go dancers. 9pm; $10.

212-586-9390— Drawn by the late-night happy hour, sexy locals and midtown touri make the rounds. 5pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm–8pm & 11pm– midnight, $2 off drinks.

BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE 642 Tenth Ave (45th/46th), 917-388-2897, bartiniultralounge.com— A chic martini lounge with nightly shows on the west side of Hell’s Kitchen. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4–8pm. (FRI) Flirt Fridays w/ DJ Steven Paul. 10pm. (SAT) Squirt. DJ Danni Echi (pop). 10pm. (WED) Mermaids Only w/ Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite. 10pm. (THU) Score Thursdays. Sasha Seven hosts rotating DJs. 10pm.

BOXERS HK 742 Ninth Ave (50th St), boxersnyc.com— HK outpost of the popular Chelsea gay sports bar with large rooftop patio and “The Dog Pound” basement dance space. Mon-Wed 4pm-2am, Thr-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 1pm-4am, Sun 1pm2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9:30pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Shot specials 9:30pm-close. 10pm2am; free. DJ Nights in the Dog Pound, 10pm. (SAT) DJ Nights in the Dog Pound, 10pm. (SUN) Boxers Break. Free pool all day. $4 domestics and $5 wells. $6 Frozen drinks. (MON) Draft Mondays. $5 draft beers. (TUE) Effen Tuesday. $5 Effen vodka cocktails. 9:30pm–close. (WED) Hot n Sticky. $5 Stoli cocktails, 9:30pm-close. (THU) Absolut Thursdays. $5 Absolut drinks. 9:30pm–close. DJ Nights in the Dog Pound, 10pm.

FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE 500 W 48th St BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-315-2777, bam-

(10th), facebook.com/fairytaillounge— Hell’s Kitchens newest bar nestles up to


PARTIES 10th Ave to bring gay fantasies to life.

FLAMING SADDLES 793 Ninth Ave (53rd), flamingsaddles.com— Hell’s Kitchens newest cowboy-themed gay wateringhole with boot scootin’ bartop dancers. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat and Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm, midnight–1am daily. (WED) Whiskey Wednesdays. $6 Whiskey special. 8pm–midnight; free. HARDWARE 697 10th Ave (46th/47th), hardware-bar.com— Piece’s shinier younger brother in an former Hell’s Kitchen hardware store. Mon–Sun, Noon–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Noon–9pm $3 beers, wines and wells, and $4 Stoli drinks. (FRI) Shake and Pop Fridays. DJs Susan Levine and Mike Borowski. 10pm. (SAT) Saturday Rox. DJ Scotty Rox. 10pm. (SUN) Throw Back Sundays w/ DJ Lina. 7pm-11pm. (MON, 2ND) Europhoria. 7pm–11pm. (TUE) Trick Tuesdays w/ DJ Kimani G and hosts Shameless McGreedy, Andrew Isley and Jose Girona. 10pm. (WED) The Pep Factor w/ Peppermint. 10pm. (THU) Happy Hour w/ DJ Mike Borowski. 5pm–9pm. The Shequida Show w/ DJ Scotty Rox. 11pm. INDUSTRY 355 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 646-476-2747, industrybar.com— The powerhouses behind Barracuda bring the party to this fabulous and

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spacious space in Hell’s Kitchen. Free (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 4pm–9pm daily (FRI) DJ Scott Jones. (SAT) Rotating DJs. (SUN) DJ Napoli (MON) Marti’s Broadway Jukebox w/ host Marti Gould Cummings and special guests. 11pm; free. (TUE) The Sweet Spot. Kevin Graves ho weekly live performances. 10pm. (WED) The Sherry Vine Show w/ DJ Scotty Rox. 11pm. (THU) Queen w/Shequida, Dallas DuBois, DJ David Serrano. 10pm.

LUCKY CHENG’S 240 W 52nd (Broadway/Eighth Ave), 212-473-0516, luckychengsrestaurant.com— Asian drag karaoke and dining. Shows nightly at 8:30pm Sun–Thu, 8pm and 10pm Fri–Sat. 3pm-4am daily. POSH 405 W 51st St (Ninth), 212-9572222, poshbarnyc.com— This popular neighborhood hang keeps it simple with cheap booze, a smoking patio, friendly staff and cute boys. 3pm–4am daily. Always free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 3pm– 9pm daily (FRI) Frisky Friday’s w/ DJ Claymation (Pop and Top 40) at 9pm. (SAT) Sexy Saturday’s w/ DJ Claymation at 9pm. (SUN) $3.00 Rolling Rock all night. Sassy Sunday’s The Remix T-dance w/ DJ Jroc (‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s) at 9pm. Free pizza at 10pm. (MON) $3.00 draft beers all night. (TUE) Tranimal Tuesdays. Tina Burner and the Tranimal All Stars. DJ Calivin. $5 martinis. 9pm. (WED) $5.00 Cosmos and Margaritas all night. Wacky Wednesdays w/ DJ Jroc at 9pm. Free 123 BurgerShot Beer sliders at 10pm. (THU) $3.00 Coronas all night. Twisted Thursdays w/ DJ Javier (Top 40, rock) at 9pm. Free 123 Burger Shot Beer sliders at 10pm. THE RITZ 369 W 46th St (Ninth), 212333-4177— Hell’s Kitchen ’mos put on the ritz daily on the upstairs lounge, outdoor deck and big back-room dance floor. 4pm– 4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4–9pm Mon–Sat, all day Sunday. (FRI) #RocktheBoat by Chris Ryan. DJ Xavier (dance, pop) spins. 10pm. (SAT) DJ JonJon Battles and Xavier w/ Sasha Seven. 10pm (SUN) Untucked & Uncensored w/Marti Gould Cummings and Broadway guests, $3 beers $4 well drinks. 9:30pm; free. (MON) Bingo w/ Gusty Winds. 9pm. Bianca del Rio and DJ Xavier. Midnight. (WED) Nympho Disco. Chris Ryan presents DJ JonJon Battles (‘80s, ‘90s). 10pm.

THERAPY 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Two chic levels packed with midtown professionals and nightly shows. 5pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm, 2-for-1 wells and drafts.

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(FRI) DJ Claymation. 9pm. (SAT) Gays Gone Wild. DJ Scott Jones. 10pm. (WED) Intervention Wednesdays w/ Bianca Del Rio and Logan Hardcore. DJ Patrick Kuzara spins. 11pm. (THU) Testosterone. Male revue. Brad Loekle hosts and Go-Go Harder performs w/ special guests. 11pm.

VLADA 331 W 51st St (Eighth/ Ninth), 212-974-8030, vladabar.com— Two floors of sleek sophistication, gay nonsense, 20 house infused vodkas and New York’s only ice bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm Mon–Fri, half-priced drinks. (FRI) Vilocity w/DJ Corey Tut. 10pm; free. (SUN) Slurp. Paige Turner. 10:30pm. (MON) Mix Tape w/ Tina Burner and David Serrano. 10pm–2am. (TUE) Vixen w/Logan Hardcore and guest DJs. Free shots before the show. 11pm (WED, 1ST AND 3RD) Gaymer Party. 8pm. (THU) Bitter Bingo w/Bianca Del Rio and DJ Steven Paul with a chance to win $50. 11pm.

CLUBS>>> COPACABANA 268 W 47th St (8th Ave), boiparty.com— (FRI) Penthaus. Justin Luke, Jonathan Nish and Alan Picus host. 11pm; free for first 500 guests/general admission varies.

MIdTOWN EaST BARS>>> EVOLVE 221 E 58th St (Second/Third), evolvebarandloungenyc.com, 212-3553395— A relaxed loungy haunt for Midtown homos and friends. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $5 wells, beers, $6 wines, $7 ’ritas and cosmos. Sun–Wed 4pm–8pm, Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri, Sat 4pm–10pm.

LIPS 227 E 56th St (Second/Third), 212675-7710, lipsnyc.com— Bingo, bachelorette parties and brunch with drag queens. Shows at 7pm nightly. Sun–Thu 5:30pm–1pm, Fri–Sat 5:30pm–1:30am. (TUE) Dragalicious w/Mimi Imfurst, Blackie O and All Beef Patty. 7pm. (SUN) Bitchy Bingo. Ginger Snapt ho. 9pm. (SUN) Broadway Brunch. Ginger Snap ho drag performances. Noon–4pm; free (plus $19.95 food/beverage min).

THE TOWNHOUSE 236 E 58th St (Second/Third), 212-754-4649, townhouseny.com— Old and new love mingle as Cole Porter plays at this gentlemanly club. Piano music starts at 6pm everyday. Dress code enforced (no jeans or sneakers). 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm daily, $1 off drinks.

ESCUELITA 301 W 39th St (Eighth), 212-631-0558, enyclub.com— Papis show their oro at this legendary Latino hang. (FRI) Secret Fridays. mixed party w/DJs Ray Lorenzo, Mary Mac and Oscar Perez, male and female go-gos (10pm). Angel Sheridan Show (2am). (SAT) Discotekka. Latin night w/DJ Ray Lorenzo (hip-hop, salsa), male and female go-gos and 2am performance by Angel Sheridan. 10pm–5am; cover varies.

UNCLE CHARLIE’S 139 E 45th St

STAGE 48 608 W 48th St (11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com— (SAT) Viva! John Blair, Beto Sutter, Ric Sena, Justin Luke and Alan Picus host (house, pop). 10pm; $15 w/ membership card till 1am/$20 general admission.

BARS>>>

XL NIGHTCLUB 512 W 42th St (10th/11th), xlnightclub.com— The Roxy’s John Blair and Club 57’s FornabaioVoss bring the gay mega-club back to New York via 42nd Street. Inside the Out NYC hotel. (FRI) Hot Mess. Lady Bunny and Bianca del Rio perform. Show at 9pm. Rockit by FornabaioVoss w/rotating DJs and open bar till 11pm. 10pm; $10 XL members/$15 general admission. (SAT) Rotating DJs spin classic house. 10pm; cover varies. (SUN) D3tour. Latin night. DJs MixNYC and Danny Nunez. 10pm. (THU) 20 Something. Justin Luke, Kevin Wiltz and Frank Carrasquillo host. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm.

(Third/Lexington), 646-476-9532, unclecharliesnyc.com— This inviting piano bar attracts songbirds young and old. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 well cocktails; 4pm-8pm Mon–Fri; 4pm–11pm Sat

UPPER EaST SIdE TOOL BOX 1742 Second Ave (90th/91st), 212-348-1288, thetoolboxnyc.com— Video killed the radio star at this UES video bar where handy men still revel in a cruisey victory parade. 8pm-4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 8pm–10pm daily.

UPPER WEST SIdE BARS>>> CANDLE BAR 309 Amsterdam Ave (74th/75th), 212-799-0062— The legend ignited long ago at this nabe haunt. Free. 4pm–4am Mon–Thu, 3pm-4am Fri–Sun. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri, Sat–Sun 3pm–9pm, $1 off drinks (SAT) $5 wine. (SUN) Free pizza, $6 Bloody Marys (MON) $4 Bud/Bud Light.


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ROD: There are two reasons for me to join The Club, and my third reason is in both of them. In a club full of fur, it’s nice to find a couple of smooth studs like Jaque Pierr and Jessie Colter. And hirsute muscle daddy Spencer Reed gets to fuck them both. MANUEL: Between trying to swallow Reed’s fat-headed dick, face-fucking Shay Michaels and then bending over to bottom for Reed, Jacque Pierr is a busy guy. So busy, he can’t find time to shave his balls or finish spelling either of his names. ROD: Who can blame Pierr for beat-

ing off when he first sees Reed in the spa locker room? Have you seen Reed lately? I’d beat off if I saw him in church! MANUEL: The Club does pretty well conveying the nasty excitement of sex-club encounters. Filming a porn in a gay bathhouse—I’m sorry, a gentleman’s club—has plenty of advantages, like great sets and ambience. Plus you really don’t need much of a wardrobe budget—just 20 bucks and a quick trip to the towels section of Bed, Bath & Beyond. ROD: I’m glad Reed had no wardrobe for his nude workout scene with Jessie Colter. Reed’s “workout” consisted of wanking on an incline bench and then doing several sets of pressing Colter’s ass into his face. Need a spot, boys?

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ROD: There’s so much going on all at once in Sniff. One moment sweet young Devin Adams is sniffing his way around his furry daddy Spencer Reed, and the next Chris Tyler is being serviced by Jesse Colter. It’s nice to see Tyler topping every once in a while. MANUEL: The montage quality of Sniff is its greatest asset. The combination of good editing, diverse types and extended hot action means that even ADD porn viewers won’t find themselves fingering their fast-forward buttons— which leaves both hands free! ROD: I loved the prison bar segment, with Nicko Morales, Shay Michaels and Colin Stone on their knees sucking the

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OLFACTORY ORAL Alex Slater in Sniff

Sniff Channelonereleasing/Catalina,c1r.com lose your eyes and take a sniff— there’s no sweeter smell than a nice ass!

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other six through the bars. MANUEL: My favorite Sniff moment was when super-sexy French/Lebanese bottom Alex Slater was servicing Chris Tyler. As Slater seeming to try to smell Tyler’s uncut dick, Tyler pulled open his foreskin with both hands and engulfed Slater’s nose with it. When Slater inhaled, keeping the two connected, he momentarily looked like a cross between a manatee and a hot Lebanese guy with a dick for a nose. ROD: The prison bar scenario returned for a second time, but this time it was the guys’ asses that were pressed up against the bars, and blindfolded Devin Adams had to sniff his way down the booty line-up until he identified the scent of his master’s crack. With this much great ass action, this movie definitely passes my sniff test!

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