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JUN 14, 2013

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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE


CONTENTS

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THE NEXUS 4 4 6 8 10 10 56

The Week in Photos Commentary: It gets better for gay redheads. Getting Personal with Mr. Gay USA Michael Holtz What’s Next Now: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Commentary: One more reason DOMA needs to end now. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

NEXTWEEK 17 18 20 24 26 30 34 36 38

Calendar of Events When I Knew: Tommy Pico knew he was gay the first time he saw The Little Mermaid. The Roundup: Daddy parties just in time for Daddy’s, er, Father’s Day. Shoutout: All the divas fit for the“Night of a Thousand…”treatment. Brief Encounter: Julie Klausner on everything from GoT’s Red Wedding to Anderson Cooper. Bars + Clubs Map Nightlife: The Hangar celebrates 20 years in gay New York. D.I.Y.: Out chefs Dave Martin and Zac Young show us how to do Big Gay Brunch—just in time for Big Gay Brunch! Beach Patrol: The Pines celebrates six decades on Fire Island.

COLUMNS 42 43 44 45 46 48

The Right Track Outwords: Angelo Nikolopoulos examines obscenity in his new book of poems. Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Chef’s Recipe

LISTINGS 33

Business Directory

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Week in Getting What’s Gay 4 Photos P. 6 Personal P. 8 Next Now P. 10 D.D. Harvey Fierstein celebrates Pride • Lil Kim gets the crowd poppin’ at Westgay • Augusten Burroughs is honored

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

MY SOCALLED LIFE AS A GAY GINGER THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A REDHEADED ‘MO.

rowing up I was always that redhead kid on the playground with the eternal sunburn. Kids are mean and it’s easy to pick on the different kid, as many gay men know. During my childhood my ginger qualities became one of my biggest insecurities. The irony is that today, it’s one of the biggest sources of my self-confidence— one of the many ways New York has helped me to grow. After coming out in high school in Pittsburgh, living in Ohio for college and then moving to New York, I can say my experience as a gay man has drastically changed from location to location. Once I arrived in New York, I emerged into a world I’d never imagined. I got more attention than ever before. Yes, I think it’s in part because it’s New York City and let’s face it, we do have a lot of gays. But I’d have guys telling me “I love gingers,” “redheads are hot,” and so on and so on. An experience I really wasn’t accustomed to before. Once, in Ohio, I had a guy turn me down at a bar by saying “Go home, fire crotch.” Defeated, I sulked into a corner of the bar, finished my drink, and left. If

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RANDALL’S ISLAND PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

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GOVERNORS BALL @ RANDALL’S ISLAND Rapper Azealia Banks dons a neon bodysuit for her performance at the annual music festival this past weekend.The 21-year-old artist from Harlem performed her hit“212”and latest single“Yung Rapunxel”at the weekend concert. Banks is currently prepping her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.


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Overheard:

“It’s not a bear party officially. I’d say it’s more of a furry party.” —Promoter Joe Fiore on the return of his pool party, Drenched, at the Room Mate Grace Hotel

my so-called life as a gay ginger CONT.

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Michael Holtz

“I’m not sure why latinos like redheads so much, but I’m not complaining.” I was previously self-conscious about became one of my most positive attributes. An ex-boyfriend of mine even lovingly referred to me as “ginger nuts,” which I loved. Of course, I still get those age-old ginger questions. So yes, the carpet matches the drapes (I can’t speak for Christine Quinn, god bless her); no, I’ve never had a tan and I will never know what it’s like to be tan; yes, gingers have souls (if such a thing exists, but that’s a different matter altogether); and I’m not sure why Latinos like redheads so much, but I’m not complaining. Oh, and we can’t forget the drunken requests to see my pubes. The answer is most likely “no” or “At least buy me a drink first!” followed by a “no” once the drink is received. But you know what? Being a ginger is great and I’ve come to own it. Perhaps this is all just a natural part of growing up. But I think it’s also a result of my growing sense of ease at being a gay man as I’ve been able to embrace my sexuality more and more. I could probably navel gaze about my journey as a redhead for longer, but the point is I’ve found a level of comfort in a community that I never imagined possible. This little ginge has stepped out of the shade, strutted across the playground and found a niche all his own. Sunburn notwithstanding. N

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that happened to me now I’d probably throw an overpowering amount of shade—or, you know, my drink—in that person’s general direction. Luckily for me, these days I’d be more likely to find a guy saying “Come home, fire crotch.” I’ve been able to find a niche of men here who actively seek out guys like me. We even have our own party during Pride Week! Somewhere along the way this aspect of my self that

ING PERSONAL T T E

MICHAEL HOLTZ IS used to some healthy competition.The out hottie was crowned Mr. Gay USA 2011, was the first runner-up for Mr. Gay World 2011 and this week appeared on the new, boundary-pushingTNT reality show 72 Hours. 72 Hours drops three teams in a remote location and gives them just three days to locate a briefcase full of $100,000 in cash. Holtz was up to the extreme challenge, however. Compete Magazine declared him their Athlete of theYear in 2010 and later this summer the sports-lover will be producing the first annual Beach Classic for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. “One of my good friends caught wind of auditions for this show and said this had [my] name written all over it,”explains Holtz, who hopes to continue to raise awareness about LGBT issues through physical activity and sports.“It was hard!”

CHOOSE ONE: SURVIVAL TOOL

Swiss Army Knife

Canteen

A Lighter

X

A Drink

Being warm was a big concern out in the wilderness and let’s just say making a fire was not one of my strengths.

CHOOSE ONE: SPORT

Swimming

X

Running

Tennis

Soccer

I started swimming at the age of six, swam in college and eventually conquered one of the biggest swimming challenges: I crossed The English Channel in 2008. Who is your favorite designer? DSquared2 and Park and Ronen. I am a sucker for Speedos and active wear and these guys got it going on!

What’s your go-to drink? An Old Fashioned. An oldie, but a goodie! Just like a southern gentleman. What’s your dream vacation? It must have some adventure, surprise, action and relaxation all in one! I prefer somewhere with warm weather with a beach and an ocean. But recently I have caught myself falling in love with the snow! How about somewhere that combines all these things: Hawaii! What album would you take with you if you were stranded on an island? Have you ever heard of this app called 8tracks? It’s a grouping of play lists people post and it has everything! I would take “Happy Mix!” My boyfriend and I listen to it in the morning in the shower and it would definitely help me get through a lot.


Faces:

Rapper Lil Kim performed at Westgay last week. A look back at some of her hit singles over the years: Get Money (1996)

Not Tonight (1997)

How Many Licks? (2000)

Lady Marmalade (2001)

The Jump Off (2003)

DRENCHED @ THE ROOM MATE GRACE HOTEL A crowd of furry men converged in the pool at Joe Fiore’s midtown party. He brought the get-together back this week after a two-year hiatus. See p.58 for more photos.

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THE ROOM MATE GRACE HOTEL AND THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY; WESTWAY PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

WESTGAY @ WESTWAY Rapper Lil Kim (right, with singer Ashton Parson) performed at Frankie Sharp’s Tuesday night weekly. See p.57 for more photos.

NYC COUNCIL CELEBRATION OF LGBT PRIDE @ THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION Honoree and emcee Harvey Fierstein takes the podium at this special event celebrating Pride in NewYork.The evening was organized by Christine Quinn and City Council members Rosie Mendez, Danny Dromm and JimmyVan Bramer. See p.59 for more photos.


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“[People] were really disappointed about Folsom Street East being cancelled. Our community felt there was a void that we wanted to fill.” —The Eagle co-owner Derek Danton on thowing this year’s Folsom Street East T Dance

>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE

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happen to be cruelty-free and vegan.” Willam Belli agrees that Obsessive Compulsive’s social consciousness was a leading reason that the girls wanted to get involved with the brand. “Finding quality colors that also aren’t abrasive or toxic is difficult,” explains Belli.“Aveda doesn’t exactly make clown blue, y’know? OCC’s natural ingredients make my skin less prone to the variables associated with the myriad of chemicals found in other stuff.” Ifyou’relookingforsomeDragQueen-approved,skinsensitivemake-up for a special occasion (or just any ol’day—you do you, girl) DWV’s line might be just what you’ve been praying to the drag gods for. Belli recommends the Anime LipTar and the top coat that mattes out the Anime nail color. Her other make-up tips? “Long bangs, heavy powder, head down, walk fast, no spook.”—Will Pulos

PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

IF YOU’VE SEEN HOW SICKENING DWV (that’s Detox,Willam Belli and VickyVox) look in the music videos for their parody songs like“Chow Down” and“Silicone”you won’t be surprised to hear that these ladies know a thing or two about high-quality cosmetics. Now, they’re putting that knowledge to good use (a.k.a. an endorsement deal) as the new faces for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (174 Ludlow St, OCCMakeup.com) in a collection of lip tars and nail lacquers exclusive to Sephora (771 Lexington Ave, Sephora.com). “[These] are three ladies who not only love and understand makeup, but they inspire people from all walks of life to do the same,” says David Klasfeld, the CEO and Creative Director of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. “They also use their unique platform for social progress. This goes hand in hand with OCC’s commitment to high quality, full color cosmetics that also


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Overheard:

“Time to jump into the pool! Just make sure you have your Gardisil vaccine.” —@gudentight via Twitter on last week’s roundup of this summer’s gay pool parties

BY ALVIN DEUTSCH

DOMA and COPYRIGHT LAW

A LOOK AT ONE NICHE ASPECT OF A LAW THAT DENYS SOME 1,100 RIGHTS TO GAY COUPLES.

s the Supreme Court prepares to pass down a ruling on DOMA this month, another in the laundry list of niche legal aspects that will be affected is copyright law. Under current laws, authors have the right to terminate prior contracts entered into with their publishers (after a stated time period) and recapture 100% of their copyrights, which they can either self-exploit or make a new contract with the same or a different publisher. This can result in a handsome bonus for copyrights that continue to produce significant income. The termination right belongs to the author if he or she is living—that’s not really the issue here. But if deceased, it belongs to the author’s “widow(er)” and children. In states that recognize gay marriage, does the surviving widow(er) include the spouse in a same-sex marriage? No. Since 1996, when Congress passed the “Defense of Marriage Act”— which among other things, effectively bars enforcement of state or federal statutes that entitle surviving spouses in same-sex marriages to reap benefits under federal law that would be available to heterosexual married couples—federal law has collided with the U.S. Copyright Act in states that recognize same-sex marriage, given the U.S. copyright definition of “widow(er).” The 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, though, which governs all aspects of copyright protection, initially holds the answer in defining “widow(er)” as the surviving spouse at the time of their death “whether or not the spouse has later remarried.” That means that even straight people who remarry continue to reap the benfits of their previous marriage, while gays are left out in the cold. Indeed, the“act of marriage”is wholly

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

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Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did Prince Harry win a Tony for wearing tiny shorts on Mad Men? Read on...

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KinKy BooTs swept the Tonys last Sunday night, picking up six awards including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Billy Porter and a Best Score win for Cyndi Lauper. Werk!

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BRENdON aYaNBadEJO will guest edit a special edition of The Washington Blade focusing on gay issues in pro sports this August.

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According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, at least half of all homophobic hate crimes go unreported to law enforcement, particularly those against transgender people of color.

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The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on secret files containing a transcript of Rock Hudson’s wife confronting him about his homosexuality.

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As if he weren’t dreamy enough already, pRINCE HaRRY defended a fellow British soldier against a 2008 gay hate attack.

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Use of the word “faggot” on TWITTER has apparently increased 164% over the past year, suggesting that homophobia is trending.

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under scrutiny at the IRS. Agents also had their eyes on Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s marriage equality fundraiser, Tie the Knot.

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According to a new Pew Research poll, 72% of Americans now believe gay marriage equality is inevitable, up 13% from 2004.

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Mark your calendars:Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ HBO doc The Out List, profiling gay celebrities about being out in the public eye, premieres June 27.

shorts were pretty much a 10 dead giveaway, amiright? So, BOB BENSON —those

Tea Party groups weren’t the only organizations

within the jurisdiction of state law, not the federal government. Moreover, this conflict between the U.S. Copyright Law definition and DOMA results in inequitable and discriminatory treatment of widow(er)s in those states that now recognize gay marriage. My belief—and my hope—is that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down DOMA as an unconstitutional interference with state law that, in the case of copyright, has been sanctioned under

the U.S. Copyright Act to extend the benefits of termination to the surviving spouse. But sadly, even if DOMA is struck down, this right will still not extend to authors in states that have yet to recognize gay marriage. Considering that this is just one small example of the many ways gays are kept from experiencing the benefits of legal recognition of our committed relationships, it certainly is time DOMA finally comes to an end. N


Hide Your Stash:

Even a heavy rainstorm didn’t deter party-goers from dancing the night away at Daniel Nardicio’s popular Friday night underwater party on Fire Island last weekend. But where to put your money once you check your clothes? Some of the spots we observed: Socks Shoes Fanny Pack Underwear Couch

SUMMER SHARE @ BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE Promoters Mark Lander,VinnyVega and Franco DiLuzio pose at the premiere of their new Friday night weekly that aims to bring Fire Island to Hell’s Kitchen with shirtless“pool boys”and Planter’s Punch. See p.58 for more photos.

THE 25TH ANNUAL LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS @ THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION Honoree Augusten Burroughs speaks at the annual awards ceremony honoring the best in LGBT literature. John Irving and Cherrie Moraga were also honored at the event hosted by comedian Kate Clinton. See p.56 for more photos. JUNE 14, 2013 11

BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE, INDUSTRY AND THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY

PORNSTAR PROM @ INDUSTRY Loofah Styles, Daisy Durax, Helen ofTrojan and Maggie Num mug for the camera at this fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Hosted by Marty Thomas, the evening featured special performances by Eden Espinosa, Carrie Manolakos, Natalie Joy Johnson and more. See p.59 for more photos.


Father’s Day is June 16, so be sure to show that special daddy in your life what a super guy you think he is. Why not take your hero to see Superman reboot Man of Steel when it hits theaters on June 14?

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WEEK

WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE JUNE 14 THROUGH JUNE 23 FIRE ISLAND EVENT PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Johnny Dynell is officially on board as Penthaus Fridays’ resident DJ. Join the BoiParty crew to toast the newest edition to this sexy weekly party at the legendary Copacabana. Don’t miss the open air hour when the club’s retractable roof rolls back to reveal the stars.11pm; free.

PULLING THE PLUG: A DECADE OF NO HOPE Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Real life exes Tim Aumiller and Scott Schneider present this one-night-only retrospective of their ten-year musical relationship. Special guests, including Justin Vivian Bond, Scott McLean, Wes Jetton and Robert Maril—a.k.a. DJ Executive Realness—perform songs from their twisted musicals Dose! and Hello, My Name Is Billy in addition to new material. 7pm; $20.

SIR ARI GOLD LIVE XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Sir Ari Gold has a new remix retrospective out and he’s celebrating tonight at XL. Expect new twists on old favorites from Gold’s Play My F**kn Remix, which features remixes of songs from his entire career, at this album release show. 8pm; $10.

#ROCKTHEBOAT The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-333-4177. Chris Ryan and co. celebrate the release of Brazilian pop band CSS’ latest album Planta with bottles of Champagne flowing all night long. DJ Xavier rocks the boat on the main dance floor while DJ Vito Fun mans the upper decks in the second floor lounge. 10pm; free.

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LUST IN UNIFORM & BACK TO THE FUTURE Leslie-Lohman Museum Prince St. Project, 127-B Prince St (@ Wooster St), leslielohman.org. The Leslie-Lohman Museum launches two new exhibits tonight at its Prince Street location. Group exhibition “Back to the Future” features drawings and painting by seven artists with a history of patronage by Leslie-Lohman. “Lust in Uniform” presents eroticized imagery of soldiers and sailors from the museum’s permanent collection. Open through June 29. 6pm–8pm; free. BEAUTIFUL IMPERFECTIONS BGSQD, 27 Orchard St (btwn Canal/Hester Sts), popularpublicity.com. Photographer Michael Alago swings by to sign copies of his latest book of muscle god photography, Beautiful Imperfections. Buy your copy there, cause those are the only ones Alago will be signing! 7pm–9pm; free.

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FRIDAY JUNE 14

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WHEN I KNEW

Tommy Pico FOR TOMMY PICO, the writer behind queer art zine Birdsong— which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week—it was an adventurous mermaid and her purple shell bra that made him realize he was a bit of a“tomgirl.” —Best of Birdsong at UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue (btwn Maujer/Tvn Eyck Sts), June 14 at 8pm; free. Visit birdsongmag.tumblr.com for more info.

SATURDAY

SOS: SHOPPING ON SATURDAY Whyte Hall, 577 Coast Guard Wk (@ Fire Island Blvd), fipap.org. This weekend FIPAP and Fund in the Sun—the charity behind Ascension—make our shopaholic dreams come true. Fab merchandise from 80 different premium brands will be available at steep discounts. VIP admission gets you a swag bag, early access to the goods, personal shoppers and open bar. Best of all, 90 percent of the proceeds go to charity. 11am–3:30pm; free/$50 VIP.

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JUNE 15 QXBXRX Union Pool, 484 Union Ave (@ Meeker Ave), Williamsburg, union-pool.com. This long-running homopunk party returns for a one-night-only rock showcase. Queercore legends Limp Wrist headline with In School and Princess Tiny and the meats. 9pm; $8. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 60 Washington Sq South (@ Laguardia Pl), nycgmc.org. The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus pays tribute to

the land of the free and the home of the brave. Songs by Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and more get filtered through a uniquely gay perspective. 8pm; $39–$59. PAISLEY IN THE DOG POUND Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com. While Cazwell is out on good behavior, Paisley Dalton takes over the decks on Boxers HK’s underground dance floor. Hostess Peppermint is still doin’ time in the Pound though. 10pm; free.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF TOMMY PICO

“IT WAS PROBABLY The Little Mermaid. I remember being in preschool or kindergarten, something very early, and seeing it at this huge movie theater that would much later become an arcade where I played Street Fighter all day (team Chun Li). I wasn’t being stirred or thinking about sex. I was just thinking about being rescued by the Prince, I was thinking about wearing purple shell bras and thrusting out of every pool/bathtub with that like ocean swell behind me.”


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HIT IT, DADDY!

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THE ROUNDUP

NIGHTLIFE PATRIARCH JOHNNY DYNELL HELPS US FIND HOT DADDIES THIS FATHER’S DAY.

ohnny Dynell doesn’t know why almost everyone in New York gay nightlife started calling him“Daddy,” but he does know the where and the when of it. “It was at Danceteria in the ’80s. I was still in my 20s so why I became ‘Daddy’is unclear, but it stuck.”There was a stint at Tunnel where Dynell became “Daddy”to all the vogue-ing children, and when he DJ’d Boy Bar, a generation of drag performers started their shows with “Hit it, Daddy.” “In the ’90s, Chi Chi [Valenti] and I did Jackie 60 and by then, I really was Daddy to the staff and performers,” he says. “I guess after countless nights running shows in clubland I eventually grew into the name. Last Tuesday at the the Soho Grand party, I laughed as Joey Arias explained to a nervous young performer, ‘When you’re ready, just say “Hit it, Daddy.”’The tradition goes on.” In the spirit of Father’s Day, we turned to Dynell to tell us where to go to find a hot daddy of our own. —John Russell

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(top to bottom) Mr. Eagle 2013 Arsenio Amadis (left, with Dalton) at Jail-N-Bail at The Eagle; David and Ammar at Blowoff at Highline Ballroom; (inset) Johnny Dynell

Manster EAGLE AND HIGHLINE BALLROOM PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY; JOHNNY DYNELL PHOTO: ALEX COLBY

The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com HOST MITCH FERRINO, a fuzzy, bearded daddy in the making, agrees with Dynell that his Saturday night party is potential daddy central. “You can easily find a daddy muscle bear, an older gentleman and perhaps an actual sugar daddy all mingling over cocktails, belting [it] out at the piano or shaking their daddy bits in the disco.” Saturdays at 10pm; free with password till 1am/$8 general admission.

Dance 208 The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Greenwich/Seventh Aves), gaycenter.org WITH AN ORIGINAL Saint and Paradise Garage crowd coming to relive the music of their youth and a younger crowd that is just discovering the classics at these monthly parties,“daddy-love is sure to follow,” according to promoter Joe Fiore. Dynell suggests checking out the Furball nights, and Fiore agrees.“Furball also gets your more classic daddy looks: older, burly lumberjack types to younger, big-guy daddies. And they always have their admirers.” Monthly starting this fall.

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Blowoff

Rockbar

The Eagle

The Gramercy Theater, 127 E 23rd St (btwn Park Ave South/Lexington Ave), blowoff.us VETERAN ROCKER Bob Mould and producer Richard Morel spin alt rock and electro for a crowd of beer-drinking men’s men at this monthly party. June 28 at 11pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission.

185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com “DADDIES ARE OUR specialty,”saysRockbar’s RowanFoley—andDynellsecondsthatmotion.Youcouldshowupjustaboutanynight of the week and meet a buff, bearded lumberjack type guy at this unpretentious Christopher Street bar. Nightly at 9pm; free.

554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com THERE’S A FINE LINE between bears, leather men, sex pigs and daddies, but you’ll find them all at The Eagle. Whether he’s in full leather gear or not, we bet the guy you’ve got your eye on won’t mind if you call him Daddy. Nightly at 11pm; free.


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PARADISCO The Out NYC, 510 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), theoutnyc.com. The Out NYC’s Great Lawn is home to the boys of Occupy the Disco every Sunday afternoon. Special guest DJs from around the globe take on this 42nd Street outdoor space that’s just blocks from Times Square, but feels miles away. This week, DJ Justin Strauss heats up the decks. 3pm–8pm; free. MONARCH NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL SHOWCASE Public Assembly, 70 N Sixth St (btwn Whythe/Kent Aves), publicassemblynyc.com. The queer quotient at this Northside Festival showcase is pretty significant: Bright Light Bright Light (a.k.a. out Brit singer Rod Thomas, right), gay faves Heloise & the Savoir Faire and flamboyant Brooklyn electro duo Hank & Cupcakes are joined by My Midnight Heart, Something In Spanish and sami.the.great. 8pm; $10.

SUMMER CAMP Sky Room, 330 W 40th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), skyroomnyc.com. Ever wondered what New York’s gay creatures of the night look like in the daylight? Michael Cohen’s Summer Camp is the place to find out. Party boys and queens alike make it out before sunset for this bangin’ afternoon party high above Times Square. 3pm–9pm; free. BOND The Darby, 244 W 14th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), thedarbynyc.com. It’s Gatsby meets 007 as Chris Ryan, Kevin Wiltz and Frank Carrasquillo bring the boys out to this schwanky joint. DJ Susan Morabito injects the speakeasy vibe with some 21st century beats. 9pm; free. JOHN KELLY: REBEL SONGS Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Hurricane Sandy tried to wash away John Kelly’s performances last fall, but now the downtown queer cabaret artist is back to reprise his show “Rebel Songs of a Range Queen.” With a portion of proceeds going to Sandy relief, it’s more than worth the ticket price to see Kelly take on songs by Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour and The Clash with his three-octave range. 7:30pm; $20.

MONDAY JUNE 17 INTER-ACT MONDAYS Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Ever notice how everyone’s on their phone at the bar these days? Thanks a lot, Grindr! But DJ OhRicky is harnessing your digital mindset for his Monday night party. Text a music video request—or if you’re too shy to chat up the cutie at the other end of the bar, let your fingers do the talking. 10pm; free. MISCHIEF MONDAYS: LUG NUT’Z The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. We’ll admit it: we’re curious what our mechanic has on under his coveralls. And we

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might find out tonight at The Eagle’s Mischief Mondays. Hosts Matthew Levine, Rudy Carvache, Jack Barbosa and A-Ron the DJ bring out the grease monkeys and construction workers for a night of blue-collar fun. These guys work hard so you know they play hard too. 10pm; free.

TREVOR LIVE Pier 60, 23rd St (@ West Side Hwy), thetrevorproject.org. Jane Lynch hosts this gala benefit for The Trevor Project. After dinner and the silent auction, enjoy a glitzy show directed by Broadway’s Michael Wilson featuring Billy Porter, Sara Bareilles, DJ Kiss and more.

Cindy McCain, gay mountaineer Cason Crane and Wells Fargo will all be honored at the show. 6pm; $500–$2,500. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE 2013 Central Park Zoo, 830 Fifth Ave (@ 64th St), callenlorde.org. You can have some wild times in this city, but none as literally wild as this. Head to the Central Park Zoo for the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s annual fundraiser, complete with food, drinks, entertainment, kids’ activities and a menagerie of animals. Kids under 18 get in free to this family-friendly event. 6pm–9pm; $85–$1,200.


MONDAY JUNE 17

A THOUSAND MORE

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WITH THOUSANDS OF DIVAS TO WORSHIP, WHO DESERVES THE “NIGHT OF A THOUSAND…”TREATMENT?

obody knows how to worship a diva like gay men. It seems like every month there’s another party paying tribute to some larger-than-life icon: Night of a Thousand Stevies, Night of a Thousand Midlers, and coming up this week, the third annual Night of a Thousand Judys. In honor of the star-studded tribute to Judy Garland—a benefit for The Ali Forney Center—we thought we’d ask some of the promoters and performers involved in these over-the-top shows what other showbiz goddesses they think deserve the“Night of a Thousand…”treatment. —JR

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Night of a Thousand Judys host Justin Sayre: “Bette Davis. The glares alone would be worth the price of admission.”

Night of a Thousand Stevies performer Darlinda Just Darlinda:“I think Kate Bush. She has created an amazing body of work and her music is so unique. Poison Eve and I do a Kate Bush burlesque show and we’re always finding new ways to honor her!””

Kate Bush

Bette Davis

NOTS emcee Hattie Hathaway:“I would have to say: Night of a Thousand Charos! Cross-cultural, crossed boundaries, from Mrs. Xavier Cugat, to TV, to comedy, to Vegas, to Gay Pride in L.A., working fiercely in the 21st Century—plus an enormous body of work including‘¿Mamacita, donde esta Santa Claus?’to ‘Cuchi-cuchi!’ Need I say more?”

Judys performer Lea DeLaria:“Night of a Thousand Lucys—as in Ball. Besides being the first lady of television, Lucille Ball was one of the all-time great entertainers.” Lucille Ball

Night of a Thousand Judys performer Martha Wash:“My pick for Night of a Thousand icon is Aretha Franklin. She’s been my soundtrack for decades. She can definitely sing anything she wants!”

Charo

Bette Midler impersonator Donna Maxon:“A Night of a Thousand Joans could be a rip-roaring fun time. And it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Joan Rivers herself, that hardworking mensch, would be there!” Joan Rivers Aretha Franklin

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Night of a Thousand Judys at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St (btwn Broadway/Amsterdam Ave), June 17 at 8pm; $30–$60 general admission/$100 VIP. Visit internationalorderofsodomites.com for more info.


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BRIEF ENCOUNTER

RANDOM ACTS OF KLAUSNER

TALKING POP CULTURE RANDOMNESS WITH JULIE KLAUSNER IN THE RUN-UP TO HER FIRST CABARET SHOW.

ulie Klausner is incredibly, scarily, almost paranormally perceptive. “You sound handsome,” she says over the phone, and by god, she’s right: we are handsome! We kid (sort of). The writer, podcaster and all-around funny lady is prepping for her first-ever cabaret show this week at Joe’s Pub, Too Gay for Brooklyn.“It’s pretty gay,”she says of the performance. “To be completely frank with your readers, I don’t think it’s gay enough. But I say that about everything: clementines, Liberace…”Luckily, we’re just gay enough. So we asked Klausner more about the upcoming show and picked her brain about some utterly random pop culture nuggets too good to pass up. —JR

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A SALUTE TO INSOBRIETY: “Gay people are such beautiful drinkers! That’s one of my favorite things about gay people is that there are so few of you who are sober! I salute [those] of you who are in recovery, but there are very few of you, god bless you. And that’s not because you can handle your liquor at all! Some of you can, some of you cannot. But you enjoy life and that comes along with being able to have a drink—or several. You love drugs too. You love doing drugs. And drugs are fun! You like feeling good, and goddamnit, I love gay men.”

broke the fast on Yom Kippur together, which was just so surreal. I was just like, ‘Be cool, Klausner! Be cool!’”

[GOT SPOILER ALERT] NICE DAY FOR A RED WEDDING: “I understand everyone got murdered [on Game of Thrones]. I knew about ‘The Red Wedding’and I knew that a lot of people got murdered. And I will say this: I mean, at least they could get married, okay? You guys should be entitled to a wedding, red or otherwise.”

MICHAEL DOUGLAS’S OVEREATING: “If there were any truth to that, Warren Beatty would have been speaking out of a tracheostomy tube years ago telling Annette Bening what to get from Whole Foods. Cause he’s eaten so much more pussy than Michael Douglas. Don’t even!”

COOPER ANXIETY: “I would love to be [Anderson Cooper’s] friend. Although it would be frustrating because even his farts would be amazing. It would smell like a pine candle or something. It would be a little difficult being friends with somebody that good-looking and has his shit together. There’s no Achilles’heel on that one.”

A DRINKER OF SHIRLEY TEMPLES: THE ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES OF NEO-CABARET: “I’m not Bridget Everett. Nobody is Bridget Everett. Sometimes I think Bridget Everett isn’t even Bridget Everett! So she casts a mighty shadow, and I’m really honored to be on a bill where I’m essentially doing the show before her. I’m surrounded by big shoes. I’m not looking to fill them as much as I am to just sort of justify the company I’m keeping. Ana Gasteyer is amazing. Leslie Kritzer is fabulous. I love her. I look up to Sandra Bernhard…What she does onstage really defies so many categories, whether its comedy or cabaret. She’s just so exquisite, I just bow down to her. We

“I appreciate a good Shirley Temple. I don’t like it when people get too fancy with the grenadine. It’s important for it to taste like a cough drop. Luden’s Wild Cherry. That’s what they should taste like! I got one recently and I felt like they were being too fancy with the artisan syrups. Who cares? Just give me simple syrup with red food coloring with a cherry on it!”

VEEP SHOW: “I don’t know what Julia Louise-Dreyfus is injecting into her face, but I want some. She looks too good [on Veep]. I have a hard time looking at her sometimes. I just get so jealous.”

Julie Klausner: Too Gay For Brooklyn at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), June 18 and 19 at 7:30pm; $20 advance/$25 general admission (plus two-drink minimum). Visit joespub.com for more info.

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CAN YOU SING LIKE A ROCK dinner and you are the show. Miss Blackie O STAR? Townhouse, 236 E 58th St hosts this night of booze, bites, drag and karaoke. (btwn Second/Third Aves), townhouseny.com. Knock back a couple $5 frozen cosmos to work Rock out at Townhouse tonight—yes, you read up the courage to belt out your favorite tune in that right—with the piano bar’s first-ever rock ’n’ front of the toughest audience of all: drag queens. roll singing competition. Super 9pm; free. showman Michael Ferreri plays your favorite power ballads and CUDA KARAOKE Barracuda, arena anthems on the piano as 275 W 22nd St (btwn SevVisit nextmagazine.com you channel Anne Wilson and enth/Eighth Aves), 212-645for more event listings Robert Plant. The winner takes 8613. We’ve never known a home $100, and with your fate queen who enjoyed sharing the in the hands of the audience, be spotlight, but Marti Gould Cumsure to bring a whole bunch of cheering friends. mings isn’t that kind of diva. At Barracuda’s Tues10pm–11:30pm; free. day night karaoke show, host Miss Marti shares the stage with many an aspiring singer. Belt out DRAGALICIOUS Lips, 227 E 56th St (btwn your favorite tune and if you’re good enough, Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com. Everyone she’ll even reward you with a $100 cash prize. loves a dinner show, but at Dragalicious you get 11pm; free.

DRINK N’ DRAW: GEEKS OUT EDITION This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. Geeks Out joins forces with hosts John Jennison and Leslie Van Stelten for superherothemed night of life drawing. Spandex clad models strike comic book poses—and then award their favorite drawing. Meanwhile, back at the bar, select drafts are $2, domestics are $3 and wine and well drinks are $4. 7pm–9pm; free.

THE B-52S & THE GO-GO’S Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), roselandballroom.com. Get ready for a nostalgia pop explosion as The B-52s and The Go-Go’s take the stage for a co-headlining gig. Roam around the love shack as both bands play the bubble gum pop that made them legends. Yeah, you got the beat! 7pm; $50–$75

beat. With only two more of these monthly soirées happening after tonight, you won’t want to miss a single moment in the pool. 6:30pm–9:30pm; $10 in advance/$15 general admission.

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 19

2013 STONEWALL VISION EVENT Arena, 135 W 41st St (btwn Sixth Ave/Broadway), stonewallfoundation.org/vision. The Stonewall Foundation is spicing up its annual Vision Event, trading in the formal dinner for a more relaxed night of cocktails, noshes and live jazz courtesy of T. Oliver Reid. Peppermint hosts the evening honoring husbands and LGBT activists Harlan Bratcher and Toby Usnik, Giant Magazine editor Emil Wilbekin,The New York City Anti-Violence Project and Towleroad.com. 7pm–10pm; $250 general admission/$500 VIP.

TAYLOR MAC’S 24-HOUR CONCERT OF THE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts), dixonplace.org. Taylor Mac’s staggeringly ambitious 24-hour concert celebrating the past 240 years of popular music doesn’t debut in full until 2015, but you can catch the last of his open rehearsals tonight at Dixon Place. Expect a fascinating night of song and performance from this fiercely unique and inventive performer. 7:30pm; free.

PASSPORT MAGAZINE SPRING SPLASH POOLSIDE SOCIAL The Room Mate Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), passportmagazine.com. Take an after work dip with the boys of summer at Passport Magazine’s latest poolside social. Cocktails are on 42Below and Fetzer provides the wine. DJ Vito Fun’s infectious soundtrack will have you splashing to the

THURSDAY JUNE 20 FINALE

DRAGNET Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Watch the four finalists battle it out for the $150 cash prize and co-hosting gig at the grand finale of the second cycle of Merrie Cherry’s Williamsburg drag competition. Untitled Queen, Maddelynn Hatter and Badger Moon pass judegment as contestants Minnie Cupcakes, Madame Vivien V, Lucy Balls and Princess Mickey Jager strut their stuff. 10pm; free. THE THIRST GAMES Phoenix 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), phoenixbarnyc.com. In the Game of Thirst, you win or you…get really hammered? Sure, that works for us. Guest host B

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Ames joins Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite for a night of competitive drinking, beer pong and bitchery! 11pm; free.

MY CHIFFON IS WET Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. DJ Paisley Dalton and host Leo GuGu are gonna give it to you, hunty, yes! Allow us to paint a picture for you: fierce queens vogueing and snapping fans left and right as the beats pump. The bar may be called Eastern Bloc, but on Thursdays, the iron curtain is all chiffon. 10pm; free. CATWALK Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), facebook.com/catwalkthursdays. Legendary DJ Honey Dijon, Les Garcons’

TENTACIONES Friend’s Tavern, 78-11 Roosevelt Ave (btwn 78th/79th St), Jackson Heights, friends-tavern.com. Manager Mike and Ruben the bartender bring Queens’ queens a Tuesday night party worth sticking around Jackson Heights for. Happy hour starts at 4pm, then at 10pm it’s free shots all night. DJ Henry is in the booth spinnin’ what you wanna hear. 4pm; free.

OH FUCK YOU HONEY WEDNESDAYS The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. Just because you raged all night at that other Frankie Sharp party doesn’t mean you’re excused from OFYH Wednesdays. With gorgeous go-gos, rotating DJs and nightlife socialite cameos, the raunchy late night scene at this infamous bar never felt so glam. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission. JOCKOFF Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), 646-684-3897. Antonio Cedeno and Sasha Seven bring DJ Vito Fun to the West Side go-go spot for a night of hot guys and $5 “blue ball” drinks. 10pm; free.

Michael Fragoso, Paul Alexander, Marco Ovando, Brandon Olson, One Half Nelson, Erickatoure Aviance and Gage Of the Boone all come out for Susanne Bartsch’s Thursday night art-house party in Chelsea. Get your lewk togetha, dahling and be ready to werk! 11pm; $10. SCORE Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bartiniultralounge.com. Antonio Cedeno and Sasha Seven know why you go out to gay bars: to score, duh! The party promoting duo is trimming it down to that essential goal with their weekly party at Bar-tini. This week, DJ Obra Primitiva sets the mood and the $5 drink specials before midnight will definitely get the crowd nice and socially lubricated. 10pm; free.

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HANGAR ON JUNE 20

NIGHTLIFE

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CHRISTOPHER STREET STAPLE HANGAR BAR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS ON NEW YORK’S VENERABLE GAY STRIP.

hen Maurice Cassidy and and a few women in the boisterous, re- community to come and be accepted.”The For a gay bar catering to New York’s trendWayne Cato opened Hangar laxed mix. “The Hangar is truly a bar for bar originally got its name when a friend hungry, easily bored queers, it’s an astonBar on Pride Weekend back in all races and ages,” says Anthony, who of the pair noticed the corrugated metal ishing feat. “In gay years it’s probably a lot 1993, Christopher Street was the place to also hosts the bar’s Wednesday night that was revealed after the walls had been more than that!” Anthony says. He credits be for gay men “in the life,” as bartender Squirt! party. “It is not pretentious, nor stripped in preparation for opening back the Hangar’s longevity to its regulars, but in ’93. He pointed out that the place also to a never-ending influx of fresh Reese Anthony puts it. “Twenty years ago does it try to be anything it isn’t.” With Pride just around the corner, looked like an airplane hangar and the meat. “It’s a bar that you can go into by people came to these bars to hang with yourself and leave having met someone others like them, to cruise and drink or Hangar is gearing up to celebrate and this name stuck. After 20 years, if those metal walls new because there are a ton of characters just share laughs,” he says. Times have def- year’s festivities include a very special mileinitely changed, but as the city’s gay epi- stone: the bar’s 20th anniversary. The party could talk… But Anthony says it’s a good that populate the space.” No doubt The Hangar’s regulars are center has migrated northward from the on June 20 kicks off the run-up to Pride thing they can’t. “We have enough reguWest Village to Chelsea, and then eventu- with dancers, giveaways, nibbles and a spe- lars to spill the T. Who needs talking looking forward to toasting their neighwalls?” he jokes. “Just when you think borhood spot’s two decades as much as ally to Hell’s Kitchen, Christopher Street cial guest performance by Victoria Lace. “[Maurice and Wayne’s] original vi- you’ve seen or heard everything, some- Anthony is. “With so many gay bars in the has remained a thriving gay strip, and the city, some coming some going, it’s imporHangar is still as popular as ever. On a re- sion was to have a bar that catered to the one will always surprise you.” For a bar in this city to last 20 years tant to hold on to the ones that have cent Tuesday night, the bar was wall-to- masses,” says Anthony, “a place that was wall packed with a predominantly male, fun, and welcoming for anyone in the gay is a pretty impressive accomplishment. lasted through it all.” —JR African American crowd, but with some white boys 20th Anniversary Party at The Hangar, 115 Christopher St (btwn Bedford/Bleecker Sts), June 20 at 8pm; free. Call 212-627-2044 for more info.

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FRIDAY JUNE 21 PIGGY BEAR The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), theurbanbear.com. Robert Valin and pals kick off Pride Piggy Bear style. DJ Damian Cote’s soundtrack and the $15 Budweiser pitchers will have you rubbing bellies with all the furry fellas. 10pm; free.

SLING Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Still don’t have your ticket to Leather Pride Night? You could win one at

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Rockbar’s smutty fundraiser. DJ Chauncy D provides the dark and dirty tunes, with the men of ONYX making a special appearance. 10pm; free.

SUMMER SHARE HK Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bartiniultralounge.com. Pride is in the air with guest host Bootsie LeFaris and DJ Whitney Day spinning vocal house. Planters Punch is $5 til midnight and Jell-O shots are $2 all night long. 10pm; free.

DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. At Daniel Nardicio’s infamous underwear parties there’s a whole lotta swinging going on. You don’t want to miss Lucas Entertainment porn star Hans Berlin guest hosting with Will Wikle. Slip back to the Vice Merchant Love Lounge for a rubdown from one of the MMX guys. 11pm; $10 with password/$15 general admission.

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The crowd at The Hangar on a recent night


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JUNE 22

D.I.Y.

HOW TO THROW YOUR OWN BIG GAY BRUNCH

TIPS FROM OUT CHEFS DAVE MARTIN AND ZAC YOUNG IN PREP FOR NEXT MAGAZINE AND UNDERGROUND EATS’ BIG GAY BRUNCH PRIDE KICKOFF EVENT. runch is probably one of the most important contributions the gay community has made to American culture and if you thought the breakfast-lunch hybrid—which usually doesn’t start till well after noon—couldn’t get any gayer, think again. Next Magazine is teaming up with Underground Eats for an epic poolside brunch party to benefit the Trevor Project at the luxurious Mercedes Club. As DJ Whitney Day spins, out celebrity chefs Dave Martin, Zac Young, Elizabeth Faulkner and Big Gay Ice Cream co-founders Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff will be serving up unlimited tasty treats alongside Blue Moon brews, Absolut Tune cocktails and the ultimate brunch necessity, an Absolut Bloody Mary bar. Of course, just because you don’t have a pool, a DJ, a bunch of celebrity chefs and a couple liquor sponsors doesn’t mean you can’t throw a fabulous big gay brunch of your own. We turned to a couple of our big gay chefs to find out what it takes to host the gayest brunch possible at your own home. —JR

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Zac Young

Chef Dave Martin’s Traditional Bloody Mary Mix Yields six drinks (using 8 oz of mix per drink)

Ingredients: 46 oz can of your favorite tomato juice 1 oz Worcestershire sauce 1 oz Tabasco sauce 1¼ Tbsp horseradish ½ tsp kosher salt 1¼ Tbsp black pepper 1¼ oz fresh lemon juice 1¼ oz red chili garlic sauce (The Rooster) 1¼ oz granulated sugar 1¼ tsp celery seed 1¼ tsp celery salt

ZaC YOUNG P “Buy some great pastries and put out some STE jams and spreads. Buy a quiche. Twenty min1

FOR EACH BLOODY MARY YOU’LL NEED: 4 oz of your favorite premium vodka (I like ’em strong; use less based on your tolerance level) 6–8 oz Bloody Mary mix (from mixture above) Roasted asparagus spears Sweet & sour pickles Lemon wedges and limes Kosher salt; Martini shaker Pint glass Ice

DON’T COOK ANYTHING.

utes before your guests arrive, throw some bacon and sausage in the oven. It will make your place smell divine and everyone will think you did all the work. Suckers!”

P STE “Then put out an array of fixins: celery, hot 2 peppers, poached shrimp, thick-cut bacon.” PREMIX YOUR BLOODY MARYS.

EASY ON THE MUSIC.

tion’ due to the previous night’s activities.”

Big Gay Brunch at The Mercedes Club, 550 W 54th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), June 22 from 2pm–6pm; $90 general admission/$150 VIP. Visit undergroundeats.com/next for more info.

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P “Start with something softer. Remember: STE your guests may be suffering from ‘exhaus3

Method: 1. Mix all of the Bloody Mary Mix ingredients together in a pitcher, stir and let chill. 2. Dip pint glass rim into fresh-squeezed lime juice and coat with kosher salt, then set to the side. 3. Blend 6–8 oz of mixture from the pitcher with up to 4 oz vodka in a shaker and shake like crazy, or stir until everything is incorporated completely, and serve over ice in tall pint glass. 4. Garnish drink with roasted asparagus, sweet & sour pickles, lemon and lime wedges.


WEEK Dave Martin

CHEF daVE MaRTIN P “This means fresh OJ and quality champagne. P.S. Tropicana is STE not fresh OJ and Wycliff is not real champagne. Better ingredi1 HAVE PLENTY OF BOOZE ON HAND.

ents mean a better buzz, better brunch and no hangovers. Of course you will need a Bloody Mary bar with all the fixings, and again quality ingredients make all the difference. Have some roasted asparagus, Nueske’s bacon and other fun garnish for your drinks. Make your own mix, or better yet, use my Bloody mix recipe.” (See sidebar.)

P “Hello! Brunch is a combo, remember? I love having my malted STE French toast, croque monsieur, chocolate pancakes, fried 2 HAVE AN ASSORTMENT OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ITEMS.

chicken and waffles (Roscoe’s style), lamb meatballs with marinara and tzatziki, poblano cheddar eggs, citrus marinated skirt steak and bacon-fat refried beans. You get the idea. But make sure it’s really a mix of sweet, savory and pure goodness to go along with all the drinking. Also, brunch should last four to eight hours if it’s any good.”

P “Straight, gay, lez, trans or other. Just make sure they all love STE having a good time. A great brunch is all about tasty food, de3 INVITE ALL YOUR BEST FRIENDS.

licious drinks and plenty of great people to spend the day with telling stories, performing skits and just really enjoying the whole day together.”

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SATURDAY JUNE 22

DIAMONDS ARE A PINES BOY’S BEST FRIEND

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THE PINES CELEBRATES ITS 60-YEAR HISTORY WITH A SPECIAL POP-UP MUSEUM DURING ITS DIAMOND JUBILEE.

n 1952, the Home Guardian company started selling lots in an area of Fire Island covered in scrub pine that had previously been a desolate nude beach and a haven for squatters. A year later, the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association was formed—and the Fire Island Pines was born. That was six decades ago this summer, and to commemorate the gay vacation mecca’s storied history, three organizations—FIPPOA, the Fire Island Pines Arts Project and Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society—are teaming up for the Pines’ 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee on June 22 at Whyte Hall. The one-night-only event will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts from nine different caterers, a wine-tasting menu curated by Pines Liquor Shop, and of course, music courtesy of DJ Lina—because what would a Pines event be without Lina? “It’s really an example of the Pines community—some of the most incredible talent in the community—coming together,” says FIPPOA board member and chair of the event Henry Robin. But the event’s centerpiece will be a pop-up museum featuring photos, artwork and memorabilia from the hamlet’s 60-year history. Longtime Pines residents Scott Bromley and Tony Impavido combed the community for material to include in the exhibit, and Pines residents loaned their personal archival photos, artwork representing recognizable landmarks in the area and even T-shirts from past Pines Parties. Bromley and Impavido also put together a 31-minute video from the images they collected looking back at everything from dance parties to weddings and children as well as the gorgeous natural surroundings of the Pines. “They’re just incredible creative minds in the Pines,” says Robin of the pair. “The Pines really has quite a history,” says Impavido, pointing out that the area wasn’t always a gay destination. In the 1950s, he notes, gay men had to essentially have a beard in order to even buy

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Archival photos from The Pines curated for the Diamond Jubilee

property in the Pines. Robin brings up the sign that’s still posted—now ironically—outside the Pines’ post office in the harbor’s commercial district detailing the original community’s morals. “It’s hysterical,” he says. “It talks about, you know, ‘the community frowns upon women wearing bikinis!’ So clearly the Pines made a shift along the way.” That shift to gay summer playground has been documented—in Tom Bianchi’s book Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975–1983, and in a recently rediscovered illustrated travel piece that children’s author Shel Silverstein contributed to Playboy in 1965. Though the gay beach community has long been known for its party atmosphere, both Robin and Impavido are quick to note that there’s more to the Pines than poolside gatherings. Impavido and Bromley made a point to include the area’s dis-

tinctive architecture in their video montage. “When you talk to people about the Pines, they always say ‘Oh, the big houses!’” “When I think of the Pines, I think of the arts culture—the biannual art fair that shows off the talents of the Pines artists,” says Robin. “I think of the different fundraisers for various different charitable organizations.” These days he also thinks about weddings. “I think the day that marriages started in New York, we had our first couple married either that day or soon after. Since then there have been numerous weddings on the beach—including my own.” Impavido says putting together the video was an emotional experience. “From tears for the friends who are no longer

with us to uncontrollable laughter over all the good times shared.” Above all, he hopes the video montage and the event will convey to people the peculiar and undeniable allure of this particular sandbar. “We’re just trying to show that it’s such a magical place. Once you set foot on the boat, you just all of a sudden feel this release of freedom. That’s one of the things we’re trying to get across.” “The LGBT community needs to know and celebrate its history,” Robin says. “The same is true for the Pines. [The Diamond Jubilee event] will give people who are relatively new to the Pines a sense of all the accomplishments and positive forces that have gone into making it the special place on earth that it is today.”

The Pines 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee at Whyte Hall, 577 Coast Guard Wk (@ Fire Island Blvd), June 22 from 5pm–7pm; $60. Visit fipap.org for more info.


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SATURDAY

LEATHER PRIDE NIGHT XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Join Master and Mistress of ceremonies Mr. Eagle 2013 Arsenio Amadis and Past Empress XXVI of the Imperial Court of New York Witti Repartee for this kinky night of fun. Will Clark handles the fast-paced charity auction. 6pm– 10pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission/$75 VIP. MR. GAY WORLD U.S.A. Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl (btwn W Third/Fourth Sts), mr-

SUNDAY

gayworldusa.com. This pageant brings out gays from all over the country to vie for the top title. The contest highlights charisma as well as commitment to positive causes. Plus, don’t miss performances by the New York Gay Men’s Chorus, pop diva Hera Björk and Eurovision star Josh James Dubovie. 8pm; $45–$65. PLAYBOY: SKIN TIGHT USA Phoenix 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), phoenixbarnyc.com. Skin Tight founder Matthew Levine teams up with Chris Ryan once again, this

WEEK time for the unofficial Leather Pride Night after party. They’ve still got plenty of form-fitting suits for anyone to try on for a $5 fee, but bring your own super powers. 10pm; free. PRIDE RIDE Hudson River Greenway Park, 125th St (@ 12th Ave), prideride.org. The city’s LGBT cycling clubs come together to celebrate Pride. This year’s Ride starts at Hudson River Park and takes cyclists over the George Washington Bridge to scenic Bergen and Rockland Counties. Can we use our Citi Bike for this thing? 7am; $50.

JUNE 23

THE EAGLE PRESENTS THE FOLSOM STREET EAST TEA DANCE Amnesia, 609 W 29th St (btwn 11th Ave/Westside Hwy), eaglenyc.com. No one is happy that Folsom Street East isn’t happening this year, but the folks at The Eagle are doing their best to ease our pain with this afternoon event benefitting the kinky street fair and Team Eagle for Cycle for the Cause. DJs Reed McGowan and Rob Sperte spin for the leather-clad crowd. 2pm–8pm; $10. 1999 Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Indulge

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your ’90s nostalgia and party like it’s 1999 at Industry. Grab a cocktail and get a second free til 9pm as DJ Scott Jones spins the hits of your youth. Ace of Base, Spice Girls—he’s got ’em all! And at 11pm Kizha A. Carr performs. 8pm; free. SKY HIGH Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (btwn 11th Ave/West Sd Hwy), hudsonterracenyc.com. Franco Diluzio, Mark Lander, Antonio Cedeno and Sasha Seven keep your weekend shenanigans going well into Sunday night. This week’s fabulous party at Hudson Terrace features the beats of DJ Jason Drazen. Guest hosts Erica

Gabriel and Josephine Halle B. set the mood and Dimitri Minucci performs live. Plus, well drinks are 2-for-1 til 9pm. Come and get it! 8pm; free. THROWBACK SUNDAY Sip N’ Twirl, 36 Fire Island Blvd (@ Harbor Pk), The Pines, sipntwirl.com. Lina’s weekend tea dance goes old school on Sundays. Revisit the classics with The Pines’ favorite DJ on the deck outside Sip N’ Twirl. Enjoy a Planters Punch or the signature Lina-tini as the tanned boys in tank tops kiki up a storm. 7pm– 10pm; free.


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Sylvester

Lawrence “LT” Thompson

SYLVESTER PHOTO: FANTASY ARCHIVES

The Right Track Pride Preview: A Deeper Love By Keo Nozari s we hit our Pride month stride, we take a look at some gay artists both past, present and future. One of our community’s most important and quintessential out artists of the ’70s disco era was Sylvester. A product of San Francisco’s prolific subculture, he was one of the first disco stars to not only be openly gay, but also cross many cultural taboos: he was unapologetically androgynous, sang in a falsetto, was a flamboyant diva and a proud African American—a pretty remarkable set of circumstances given his success in mainstream pop culture, even by today’s standards! In tribute to the gay icon’s legacy, the 11 track compilation Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits brings together memorable numbers by the singer dubbed the “Queen of Disco.” Available on June 25, 25 years after his untimely death—due to HIV/AIDS complications—the disc will be pressed on 12” pink vinyl (as well as CD and digital releases). Additionally, Sylvester’s most enduring hit “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” is being released as remix singles by Jewel & Stone, RAC and the amazing Ralphi Rosario, who does a fantastic job of keeping the integrity of the original intact while still giving it a sonic update. It should be noted that Sylvester generously lent royalties of the sales of his music to two San Francisco AIDS charities. His music, bravery and contributions to the community should always be remembered. In the spirit of Sylvester we have the fabulous 2013 track “Movin’ On” by New York’s own Stars on 33 (composed of producer Kris Menace, guitar player Radical Peterson and singer-songwriter Lawrence “LT” Thompson). Thompson, who’s openly gay, delivers smooth, delicious vocals that are reminiscent of Sylvester-era disco beauty. The silky track delivers nightclub and house influences that fit nicely in a Body & Soul-inspired set, while the uplifting song’s well-written

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lyrics and melody are distinctly and rhythmically current—a perfect marriage of retro and modern. Local fans might recognize Thompson as one half of the New York-based group the Kiki Twins, and this nicely showcases his more “grown and sexy” side. Look for this first single as part of the band’s debut album This Is Love, out in a few weeks. Finally, in a tribute to the late, great Peter Rauhofer, Ultra Records is dedicating their eighth gay pride compilation DJ Ricardo! Presents Out Anthems 8 to his memory. Released earlier this week on iTunes, the collection includes Rauhofer’s remix of David Morales‘ “How Would You Feel” as well as tracks by deadmau5, Kaskade and Wolfgang Carter. A worthy tribute! N

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Angelo Nikolopoulos

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Talk Dirty to Me upreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once famously wrote of pornography that, though it’s difficult to define, “I know it when I see it.” I’ve often thought the same is true of good poetry, and with Angelo Nikolopoulos’ debut collection Obscenely Yours (Alice James Books), the comparison has never felt more apt. Drawing inspiration and many of its poems’ titles from the vocabulary of porn films (“Servicing Seniors,” “Brothers Knows Best,” etc.), Obscenely Yours pays close attention to what Nikolopoulos tells me he admires most about pornography—“its pageantry.” “The mechanics of sex don’t interest me as much as its accouterments: the props and tawdry narratives, all the orchestrated parts of a smutty mise-en-scène,” he says. “In this way pornography and writing are very similar given their emphasis on scene construction, on details.” Indeed, in the poem “Obscenely Yours: Scenes Two and Three”—part of a series imagining a fictitious fetish film— the speaker instructs: “You need the particulars. They matter. / Daybreak enters. // My shoes, I didn’t leave them there. / I left them here.” Here, as elsewhere, Nikolopoulos’ reader must also assume the role of collaborator, whether lover, cameraman or devoted fan. If Nikolopoulos’ obsessions are base, they certainly aren’t basic. For him, the pornographic form is a means to an end, a new way of penetrating the complexities of desire and loneliness. “The language of role play and fetish is so ripe with symbolism…I think there’s much we can learn from our fetishes,” he says. His poem “Self Suck,” for instance, contemplates autofellatio in order to consider the advantages of being alone (“Maybe more’s not merrier but messier”), while “Fisting: Treading the Walls” turns out to be a meditation on metaphor and faith. Again and again throughout his book, Nikolopoulos proves he’s a true master at mashing up the ribald and the intellectual. In another poem from the “Obscenely Yours” sequence, he complains a lover’s safe word is “too red,” before concluding: “I like it when you talk structuralism. / Your big fat red mouth, dirty speech act.”

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Don’t mistake his intelligence for high-mindedness, however. “It might seem that I’m looking for the sacred in the profane, but I’m not,” he assures me. “I don’t believe in either.” Left wondering if there’s anything capable of offending the salacious poet, I ask Nikolopoulos what he considers obscene. “To talk about obscenity you have to talk about shame. Someone who’s acting obscenely is someone who acts without shame. Which I champion…But obscenity also implies an offense to one’s standards of beauty or moral code. And in my moral hierarchy, I find people’s high threshold for boredom to be incredibly obscene.” And who can blame Nikolopoulos for fighting the good fight against obscentities like boredom, tradition and, of course, the missionary position? N Angelo Nikolopoulos recommends: Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet, Queer Street by James McCourt and Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson.

Bookmark ver twenty years since its author’s death comes the publication of The Hanging Garden (Picador), the posthumouslydiscovered novel by late gay Australian writer Patrick White. Following the intertwined fates of two children displaced to Australia by WWII, White’s final work is an elegant, exquisitely wrought examination of the loneliness of childhood and a particular moment in Australian history. White suggests—but never reveals—that his male protagonist will, like him, grow up to be gay. In this historical novel, John Schuyler Bishop takes a 250-page gap in rumored-to-be-queer thinker Henry David Thoreau’s actual diary and lets his imagination run wild to fill it. The missing pages comprise a 25-year-old Thoreau’s six-month stay in New York in 1843, where Bishop envisions Thoreau falling madly in love with a much younger man. Thoreau in Love (CreateSpace) will appeal to fans of literary history, romance and, of course, Thoreau. John Stewart Wynne’s The Red Shoes (Magnus Books) is the latest take on the Hans Christian Andersen story that has inspired numerous films and one spectacular Kate Bush album. Wynne’s version finds John Laith mourning the death of his partner—until he encounters a handsome young dancer new to New York, whose red shoes have gotten him nothing but trouble. N

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The Tutors By David Hurst hen the Tectonic Theater Project’s award-winning production of Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde opened in the summer of 1997, it was immediately evident we were witnessing a new form of docu-theater—dazzling and informative all at once. Having seen the original production several times, it was with excitement and trepidation that I ventured to see The BASiC Theater Project’s new revival of Gross Indecency at GayfestNYC last week. Sadly, it was an exercise in futility as the show has been insanely over-directed by Zi Alikhan, to the point where Kaufman’s beautiful play (not to mention Wilde’s singular genius) has been ruined by overbearing music, frenetic staging and stupefying choreography. First staged at CAP-21 last July with an almost identical cast (including a miscast Joshua Forcum as Wilde), this production of Gross Indecency has game actors who throw themselves into the work with passion and energy. But under Alikhan’s incomprehensible and maddening direction, their efforts are as exhausting to watch as they are misguided. Unable to endure a second act of lunacy, I did something rare: bolted at intermission. New musical Far From Heaven by Richard Greenberg (book), Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But, as directed by Michael Greif and performed by Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Isaiah Johnson and the rest of the excellent cast, lovers of thoughtful and penetrating musical theater will be beside themselves if they’re lucky enough to score tickets to this ravishing and gorgeous production. Based on the acclaimed 2002 film by Todd Haynes that starred Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert, Far From Heaven tells the story of Cathy and

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Frank Whitaker (O’Hara and Pasquale) and the disintegration of their 1950s picture-perfect marriage when Cathy discovers Frank is gay and subsequently falls in love with their African-American gardener, Raymond Deagan (Johnson). Frankel & Korie’s score is rich in textural melodies and soars when sung by performers of O’Hara and Pasquale’s extraordinary caliber. Greif’s smooth staging and direction are a pleasure, and the production’s designers have outdone themselves with lavish costumes, lighting and sound—as well as a 12-piece orchestra. There will be those naysayers who quibble that the stage musical doesn’t evoke the same tone and ambience the film does, but how could it? Film and stage are two totally different mediums. And after sitting through dozens of dreadful “original” musicals the past few years, Far From Heaven feels like heaven, indeed! Rod McLachlan’s intriguing Good Television gets off to a smart start with an interesting premise about a reality show dedicated to documentary-style interventions for addicts, but gets too tangled up in its protagonist’s preachy emotional problems in the second act for the piece to be entirely effective. Boasting a strong cast of women, especially Talia Balsam as a blousy, deadpan television executive, Good Television is a diverting drama that will take your mind off your own drama for a while. I’m not sure who’s been selecting plays for Second Stage’s “Uptown” series the last few summers, but whoever it is needs to keep reading this paragraph! Their opener this summer is Erica Lipez’s The Tutors, a ridiculous piece of writing redeemed only by its cast, including the adorable Keith Nobbs and Matt Dellapina as roommates and business partners, and Chris Perfetti as a troubled, rich high-school boy who befriends and blackmails them. Lipez, an NYU grad who writes for the USA series Suits, occasionally pens some crisp dialogue and gives Perfetti some zingy oneliners that land. But Aubrey Dollar’s schizoid hallucinations of an online client and the gay subplot between Nobbs and Dellapina laughably defy credulity. N Gross Indecency plays thru June 16 at the Abingdon (312 W 36th St, GayFestNYC.com). Far From Heaven plays thru July 7 at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd St, PlaywrightsHorizons.org). Good Television plays thru June 16 at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 W 16th St, AtlanticTheater.org). The Tutors plays through June 16 at the McGinn/Cazale (2162 Broadway, 2ST.com).


IN MEMORY OF A HERO David Kato in Call Me Kuchu

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Call Me Kuchu Time Investment: 87 min. Return on Investment: 87 min. t’s easy to take an issue like the ubiquitous homophobia in Uganda and make it into an exotic and fatalistic paradigm, one in which the country’s gay denizens hide in sewers or hang from the gallows in the public square (the latter, horrifically enough, isn’t completely off-target). But the insightful and extremely moving documentary Call Me Kuchu resonates more on a personal level; just like everywhere else, people here try the best they can to live their lives, finding a modicum of acceptance (and safety) while also being true to who they are on a daily basis. Along with his friends, David Kato, the film’s protagonist and the fallen hero of the Ugandan LGBT movement, seems so unremarkable when we first meet him, so much like everyone else as he flirts, jokes and goes about his business, that we feel an immediate intimacy. He and his fellow activists become a group of crusaders, but they start out as people, giving the film much more power as it develops. Through the prism of this one socio-political issue, Kuchu encompasses the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. Yet the phobic, poisonous thinking in Uganda is so insidious, it’s hard at times to differentiate between the lovers and the haters. As a reporter for a Ugandan newspaper begins to tell his story, it isn’t immediately clear how hateful and uneducated he is. To their credit, the filmmakers choose not to further polarize the lifeand-death issues at stake, leaving us to grapple with them. —Dan Heching

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Time Investment: 90 min. Return on Investment: 75 min. ilmmaker Morgan Neville has spent his career making films about musicians like James Taylor, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Johnny Clash and Hank Williams. But, just like—and thanks to— the subjects of his new film, people might finally pay attention to him. Twenty Feet From Stardom is his Sundance-nominated crowd pleaser that investigates the legacy and careers of American back up singers, specifically black, female back-up singers made popular in the rock music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. It’s a rockin’ doc that is sure to win over fans (even if it might have played better as a one-hour PBS special). Neville’s pedigree helps him score sympathetic interviews with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick

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Jagger, Sting, Sheryl Crow and Bette Midler. But most of the film focuses on the different generations of backup singers he finds to be lost American icons, like Darlene Love, The Blossoms singer who managed to make a name for herself in the early days of black women on stage; Merry Clayton, a career back-up singer best known for her work on The Rolling Stones hit “Gimme Shelter;” and Judith Hill, a longtime back-up singer who found fame on the last season of The Voice. The documentary is chock full of archival performance footage and it’s a real joy to learn all the famous works these unsung musicians have had a hand in (even, randomly, singing the theme of Growing Pains and making the noises of animals in Avatar). Twenty Feet from Stardom won’t change any of these women’s careers, but it might at least help earn the craft of back-up singing the credit it deserves. —Benjamin Solomon

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By Peter Sherwood omewhere in the citified, civilized patchwork of streets called Soho, we found Galli. At once industrially chic and cozy, Galli is just the sort of place to meet up with a gaggle of friends while partaking in the self-proclaimed “Italian comfort food.” A terrarium of air plants near the warmly lit bar illumined by votives and shafts of Edison lighting were all most welcoming and further led the way to exposed galvanized steel duct work overhead, glossy black subway tiles nearby and the capacious banquette in which we were seated. My fella and I started off on a roll, or several—gorgeous, chewy dinner rolls were astoundingly good with sweetly thick, magnificent balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping—however, the bakery in Astoria from whence

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they were delivered lay suspect as no one could tell us which one it was in particular. The Lansky cocktail was riddled with Rittenhouse rye, a gracious mix of sweetly bitter Aperol (of the Campari family) and herbal amaro fixed with a lemon twist. Leaning toward a Dance Hall Queen was a possibility, with Dorothy Parker gin, hibiscus syrup and pineapple among its more salient characteristics, but I opted instead for Pepe’s Negroni, finding Plymouth gin in my drink along with Carpano Antica, sweet vermouth, Campari and a bit of orange, which wet my whistle, to say the least. For a starter, pasta fagioli had a hearty tomato base, with a bite from red pepper flakes and noodles added in at the end so as to remain al dente. Ruffles of calamari fresh from the grill blithely danced over a bed of finely flavored baby arugula dressed in oil as softened vine-ripe red and yel-

low tomatoes also reveled on the plate. I love kale, but here I felt it was done a disservice; orange olive oil, carrots and almonds hardly assuaged its natural bitterness and only fat slices of creamy avocado saved it. Whole wheat spaghettini filled the Integrale plate with loads of garlic, rich cannellini beans and nutty escarole for a solid crunch. We shoveled in the eggy carbonara with abandon, accompanied by forkfuls of roasted garlic, smoky pancetta and peas. While we eagerly anticipated the Veal Milanese preparation, we felt only malaise when it arrived. The veal was overcooked and overwrought with balsamic vinegar and a salad of baby arugula drenched in oil. Veal fared much better in the meatball sliders, although it was really more about the tangy sauce with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon stuffed

into a delicious challah bread bun. Tiramisu was not entirely successful; it’s a difficult dessert to make properly, balancing the elements of liquids, solids and cream. We were much more enraptured while wrapping up our evening with

SHORT ORDER: Despite a few missteps, this comforting Italian makes a fine stopover in the heart of Soho.

PETER’S PICKS: Pepe’s Negroni; exuberant carbonara pasta; Integrale pasta; the whimsical gourmand chasing a chicken across the wallpaper in the bathroom

PETER’S PANS: stiff, uneventful kale salad; overly abused veal in the Milanese preparation


a chocolate brownie, finding the whole thing to be like the coveted chewy ends from a brownie pan fresh from the oven. With the requisite dose of vanilla ice cream and a spot of whipped cream we fairly galloped home from Galli. N

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Executive Chef Missy Robbins flew away from both A Voce restaurants in NoMad and UWS in early May. No word yet as to where she’ll land next. The milk train doesn’t stop any more at Joe’s Dairy on Sullivan Street, which closed last month after 60 years. The cheesemonger’s wholesale business will still continue to supply sandwich spots and restaurants with the much-loved brand. Word has it that The Writing Room (1703 Second Ave) will be the next chapter for the storied location of Elaine’s that shuttered last year. Not sure if Woody Allen will still make jazzy appearances. N

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Behind the Big Top Raging Stallion, 1-877-327-0707, RearStable.com, RagingStallion.com ay Boy Scouts aren’t the only ones having sex in tents these days.

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rector/cinematographer/editor Tony DiMarco well. This porn factotum does it all and consistently well. He even built this movie’s great circus set! ROD: Rogan Richards, Logan Vaughn and Leo Domenico are putting on a three-way circus! Richards is so in love with his muscular reflection, he almost misses Vaughn giving Domenico head. Everyone shares here, eating each other’s asses and taking turns fucking Vaughn. I’m running away to join this circus! MANUEL: Circus roustabout Rogan Richards is worth the price of admission. This handsome top could be the older, naughtier brother of Jeremy Jordan,

“Jimmy” from Smash (moment of silence, please). With Rogan’s fat brown uncut dick (“The Greatest Show on Girth”), no wonder there’s a sucker born every minute. ROD: When I watch Cirque du Soleil, I figure at least one of those guys can suck his own dick. But in this circus, it’s the bearded lady doing it! What the hell is with James Jamesson and that crazy Zach Galifianakis beard? It’s hot that he can fellate himself, but when Dale Cooper joins him, it’s practically a threeway with that beard in the way. MANUEL: Leo Domenico is back, topping Luna Genesis (still uncontested for Worst Porn Name) in my second favorite scene. Tall, gymnast-built, and Italian, Domenico reminds me of retired porn hottie Leo Giamani. Watching Domenico will definitely motivate you to help yourself.

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I AM A STAR Paddy O’Brian in Rock Star

Rock Star Falcon, 1-800-227-3717, FalconStudios.com hese rock stars got the moves like Jagger—both Mick and Bianca.

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ROD: Paddy O’Brian is the rock star here, but it’s his manager, Alex Graham, who made me “rock” hard—that beefy, smooth body...and those nipples! Graham negotiates O’Brian’s contract with Colby Chambers by taking his cock out under the glass table. Graham drives a hard bargain, but watching Chambers eat Graham’s ass sealed the deal for me. MANUEL: Graham must have misunderstood Chambers when he said he wanted to negotiate a “rider.” Meanwhile, fellow rockers Ray Diaz and Jimmy Durano relax poolside sipping pink frozen drinks. These are the cleanest-cut rockers I’ve ever seen. Their poolside fucking is less Metallica than Menudo,

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ROD: Whitney Houston never had a bodyguard like Cal Skye or Sebastian Rossi. At 6’3” Skye almost makes the 6’ Rossi look compact. Either way, these studs made me want to rush the stage to be their “Queen of the Night.” MANUEL: Rock Star didn’t really engage me until Skye and Rossi showed up. Their acting was so bad it was good. Then groupie Joey Cooper, who snuck past the bodyguards to meet his gay-curious rock idol, was just the right combination of bad porn acting and good, hard fucking. ROD: Cooper tells O’Brian he’s a go-go boy and then strips for him. Cooper fascinated me—partly because he’s so cute, but mainly because he’s such a bad actor—and a worse stripper! But once he put his face in O’Brian’s ass, all was forgiven!

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1. Carter Sickles 2. Edmund White 3. Janis Ian 4. Kate Clinton 5. Tony Valenzuela 6. John Irving

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2

IN•THE

DARK

THE25THANNUALLAMBDALITERARYAWARDS @THEGREATHALLATCOOPERUNION

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4

6

5

OUTONDECK@PIER40 1. Andrew & Scott 2. Collin & Sean 3. Donnie & Matt 4. Roberto, Billy & Michael 5. Shamoud, Dimitri, Martin & Mike

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56 JUNE 14, 2013

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5

THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION & PIER 40 PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY

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2


WESTGAY@WESTWAY 1. Jason & Thomas 2. Jiggy Caliente & Detox 3. Josh Sparber & Anthony 4. Maddelynn Hatter, Misty Meaner & Mocha Lite 5. Fabian & John

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3

2

4

5

5

PRIDERUNKICK-OFFHAPPYHOUR@BOXERSHK 1. Rich & Bond 2. Jason, Jean & Matt 3. Ramon 4. Rob & Ryan 5. TJ & Paul

1 1

WESTWAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANTIAGO FELIPE • BOXERS HK PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY

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5

JUNE 14, 2013 57


SUMMERSHARE@BAR-TINIULTRALOUNGE

SHOT

1. Andy & Dimitri 2. Ben & Gabriel Joseph 3. Patrick & Zack 4. Ricky & Joseph 5. Drazen

1

IN•THE

DARK

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3

5

4

DRENCHED@THEROOMMATEGRACEHOTEL 1. Andre & Nelson 2. Joe Fiore & W. Jeremy 3. Cyrus & Andy 4. Robert & Craig 5. Christopher, Ishai & Jonathan

1 1

58 JUNE 14, 2013

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BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE & THE ROOM MATE GRACE HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY

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PORNSTARPROM@INDUSTRY 1. Jamey & Marty Thomas 2. Spencer & Mark 3. Chris, Thomas & Ruben 4. Nate & Thomas 5. Raymond & Peter 6. Reilly & Erik

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4

3

2

5

5

6

NYCCOUNCILCELEBRATIONOFLGBTPRIDE@THEGREATHALLATCOOPERUNION 1. Christine Quinn 2. Rosie Mendez 3. Jimmy Van Bramer 4. Madeline Mardiks 5. Tituss Burgess 6. Hudson Taylor

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5

INDUSTRY & THE GREAT HALL AT COOPER UNION PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY

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6

JUNE 14, 2013 59


20SOMETHING@XLNIGHTCLUB

SHOT

1. Tony, Robbi & Robert 2. Kenny & Jared 3. Richard & Jordan 4. Zack & Ethan 5. Stephan & Phoenix

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IN•THE

DARK

2

3

5

4

MISCHIEFMONDAYS:JARHEAD@THEEAGLE 1. Chris & Carlos 2. A-Ron 3. Will & Ricardo 4. Leo & Ned 5. Matthew Levine & Christopher

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5 XL NIGHTCLUB & THE EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY

60 JUNE 14, 2013



June 14, 2013