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AUG 9, 2013

NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE

Preview: Ascension and Black Pride 2013

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The Week in Photos Commentary: A final good bye to Splash. Getting Personal with Choire Sicha My Gay City: Wreck Room Commentary: I love you, Cherry Grove. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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The Right Track Outwords: Stephen Boyer on Parasite, Boyer’s first novel . Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Chef’s Recipe: How to make the Tawa Scallops at Benares Midtown. Double Take

Calendar of Events Spotlight: Gay highlights from this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. Quoted: Will Schwartz on the re-release of his album My Rocks Are Dreams. The Roundup: All of the official events to get your gay butt to during Black Pride. Beach Patrol: Four tips for surviving the seven official Ascension events on Fire Island. Bars + Clubs Map

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Business Directory Fire Island Ferry Schedules

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Lynda Carter is wonderful at The Ice Palace • The Stonewall Swim raises funds • Fuerza Bruta has a boy’s night

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

FINAL SPLASH Gay New york is a much differeNt place Now thaN wheN the leGeNdary club splash first opeNed.

rom first chances to last dances, Splash has hosted a myriad of milestones in prominent nightlife personalities’careers—and this Sunday marks the final day the legendary club is open. When the announcement hit Facebook, my newsfeed was instantly full of stories about the club and how it shaped the New York scene as one of the longest running clubs to serve the gay community. “When I first came to New York it was all about mixed or mostly straight mega clubs,” reflects drag queen Peppermint, who has worked at the club off and on for the past 13 years. “But there really were not many large night clubs that catered to gay men. I have been hired and fired probably more than anybody else.” Event producer and former Splash general manager Mark Nelson notes,“Splash is an institution like no other. They started the Chelsea-boy phenomenon.” The closing of Splash is a sign of the times in New York nightlife. For better or for worse, the fact is that gay men interact with the world around them differently than they did in the days when Splash first opened. “Ultimately I believe it just shows that everything goes in cycles,” says BoiParty promoter Justin Luke. “New York’s hottest parties are exclusive

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LIPS PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

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DINNER WITH THE DIVAS @ LIPS Phi Phi O’Hara hauls the royal purples out of the closet for this weeklyVegas-style celebrity revue at the Hell’s Kitchen drag dinner theater hosted by JesseVolt.


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Overheard:

“Honey, this hair is older than you. God, don’t I look like his mom?” —Sherry Vine to porn star Levi Karter while hosting last week’s Harder Wood Revue

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Choire Sicha

“Clubs are no longer just about sex because you can get that from Grindr or the Internet.”

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During its heyday, Splash welcomed a long list of celebrities to its stage. I remember the first night Joey Israel and Mark Nelson’s party The F Word moved to Splash and featured Kylie Minogue. The party was advertised as an appearance, but turned into a mini-concert. Nelson, who has built a reputation for booking celebrity talent at gay venues in New York, recalls bringing in divas like Cyndi Lauper, Charo, Katy Perry, Traci Lords, Tila Tequila, Jody Watley, Jennifer Holliday, Ultra Naté and more. “I even partied with ’80s sensation Tiffany,” DJ Steve Sidewalk remembers. Ask Chris Ryan how he booked Lady Gaga at Splash via MySpace and he’ll tell you it’s because he thought she was a drag queen. “Because her name was Lady Gaga and her look was somewhat odd I assumed she was a drag queen or a transsexual. I remember talking to her in the VIP [area] for a while and I kept thinking, wow she’s good for a man! Thank god I never said anything!” When Splash opened in 1991, there was no Adam4Adam or Manhunt or Scruff. Mostly, gay men met at bars or bathhouses. For many, the impulse as Splash closes will be to bemoan the end of nightlife in New York—but New York is a city that’s always been in constant metamorphosis. Wouldn’t it be kind of boring any other way? So this weekend, I’ll be at Splash, celebrating the end of an era, nervously awaiting the next. N

CHOOSE ONE: 2009 EVENT

Miracle on the Hudson

Obama Inauguration

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Tiger Woods Scandal

Swine Flu

As long as I live, I’ll never forget watching Bush’s helicopter fly away over the Mall while freezing my ass off.

Scarlett O’Hara

Cleopatra

IN HIS NEW WORK of non-fiction VeryRecent History,The Awl co-founder Choire Sicha (pronounced “Cory”) profiles a group of broke 20somethings during the year 2009. The unique piece of reporting explains everything about that world as if it were being written for a reader far in the future. As a result, many ordinary things that we take for granted—such as our billionaire mayor, the Internet and sex apps like Grindr—are shown in a new, bizarre light. “Everything about NewYork City starts to seem insane when you stare at it too long,” explains Sicha. The out writer also insists that his own sexuality helped him keep from judging John, the gay main character profiled in the book. “I’m really accepting of the guys in my book sleeping around and stuff because I definitely slept with way more people when I was their age.”

How did you come up with the idea for the book? Why did you think it worked well? Nonfiction books are like rescued street cats. You can only do so much, and everything else just isn’t your fault. So we’d like to think, at least. Howdidyourpastworkonvariousblogsprepare you for this book? Everyone should work as a blogger for at least a year—typing 120 words a minute is the best skill you could have.

CHOOSE ONE: HISTORICAL FIGURE

The Dowager Countess

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gay events at non-exclusively gay venues. In the much more gay-friendly New York of today, an exclusive venue is no longer something gay men need.” Promoter Chris Ryan echoed the same sentiment. “Exclusive gay mega clubs are something of the past. We don’t need to segregate the gays any longer.”

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Rose from Titanic

Oh man. I hate all four of these! Rose is the worst. Stupidly hanging onto that raft, gimme a break.

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be? Surely we’d all like to un-blow-up the World Trade Center. After that, I’d like to deport all the bankers from Brooklyn back to Manhattan.

Do you have a “Song of Summer”? My summer song is the totally trashy Ciara song, “I’m Out.” It’s terrible. I love it.

What would be your last meal on death row? Just an enormous face-full of cheese.


By The Numbers: 4

Miles of Great South Bay swum

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Kayaker per swimmer

The fifth-annual 2013 Stonewall Swim raised an impressive amount this weekend.

$14,050

Amount Raised by Top Fundraiser

$87,664

Total Donations

$778,817

2012 Stonewall Community Foundation Grant total

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PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

“LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE of Flushing Avenue in Bushwick is Wreck Room (940 Flushing Ave, WreckRoomBrooklyn.com). The darkly lit dive bar is practically illuminated by the floor-toceiling graffiti that gives the place a more authentic feel. A young mixed crowd—gay and straight—find the live-and-let-live vibe comforting, or maybe that’s just because of the $5 tequila shot and Tecate [special]. It has become a ritual for me to come here and order some of the bar food served from a window near the pool table. Fried pickles and buffalo wings work wonders. DJs here are hit or miss, depending on your mood, but we’ve never had a problem finding a beat to dance to. KittyThursdays is the bar’s weekly queer party, but you’ll easily find both gays and lesbians here during the weekend. Of course, if you didn’t eat too much while sitting on those comfy car seats-turned-bar benches, you can always pop in next door to Arancini Brothers and finish off the night with a rice ball. Hey, no one ever said living in Bushwick was glamorous.” —Joe Pedro, 26-year-old writer residing in Bushwick


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Overheard:

“Since the video has gone up, I still haven’t had a chance to catch my breath. It’s truly overwhelming.” —Out “All-American Boy” country singer Steve Grand exclusively to The Nexus

BY JOHN RUSSELL

grove boy the Grove is where i popped my fire islaNd cherry, aNd i’ve loved it ever siNce.

y editor told me this story the other day about finding a little lost lamb on the train out to Fire Island one weekend. The kid had never made the trip out there on his own before and seemed a little nervous. (Remember what it was like the first time you got on the LIRR at Penn Station unsure of whether you were on the right train; trying to figure out if you were supposed to change trains at Jamaica or Babylon; the queasy feeling of not knowing how many stops there were before Sayville or whether you’d missed it?) So he took this kid under his wing, and when they got to the dock in Sayville he asked which ferry the kid was taking. With all the unwavering, world-weary conviction of a 19-year-old, the kid spat, “Not the lesbian one!” Meaning, of course, the ferry to Cherry Grove. Okay, here’s what I’m not trying to do: I’m not trying to sell anyone on the idea of Cherry Grove. If none of what I’m about to say sounds appealing to you, that’s just fine. Maybe I’ll see you at Daniel Nardicio’s underwear party on Friday night, but beyond that, our paths needn’t cross on the Grove’s boardwalks. I, for one, love the Grove, and have ever since I first made the trip there via water taxi all the way from Kismet, on the far western end of Fire Island, one summer back in 2006. It was sunset as the boat approached the dock, and Cherry’s was packed; music and drunken laughter spilled out over the bay like a welcoming committee. There was an enormous rainbow flag flapping out over the water from the edge of the dock and the whole tiny place, its bars and shops fitted so snuggly together right there around the dock, had this kind of festival atmosphere. A few years later I ended up working for Nardicio in the Grove, first go-go dancing at his parties and later helping

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

AUGUST 9, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did Lady Gaga say she doesn’t approve of Kim Kardashian’s influence on the 2014 Sochi Olympics? Read on...

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Q is for“queer!”Skyfall star BEN WhIShAW confirmed last week that he’s gay and in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw.

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Lady Gaga’s constant outfit changes were too much for former Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti, though he says he and Gaga remain close despite their professional split.

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A recent study found that gay and lesbian educators are more likely to remain silent when students use homophobic language or engage in anti-gay bullying, for fear of losing their jobs.

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While Bing’s autocomplete algorithm allows search terms like “blowjob,” “incest,”“jizz”and“orgy,”for some reason it blocks“homosexual.”

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Out Olympic speed skater BLAKE SKjELLErUp has joined Johnny Weir in opposing a boycott of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

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Eighty-three members of Congress have urged Secretary of State John Kerry to ensurethesafetyofLGBTathletesand spectatorsatthe SOChI OLYMpICS.

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According to a joint study by the National Center for

him promote and organize his events. There were a couple years when I pretty much spent every summer weekend in the Grove. Obviously that early immersion has totally colored my experience, but it’s not just loyalty that keeps me coming back. The Grove has a small-town quaintness that I find particularly appealing, and that cloistral atmosphere makes it feel more like an actual getaway from the city’s gay scene. And while I get that

Transgender Equality and the NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FOrCE, transgender people in the United States serve in the military at twice the rate of the general population.

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Porn star jAMES DEEN says he feels bad about being a straight dude.

Rethink that face lift. A new study found that cosmetic surgery only takes about threeyearsoffaperson’s appearance.

of the way Kim 10 approve Kardashian and KanyeWest President Obama doesn’t

have reshaped the American dream.

gay guys still want to party in exclusively gay vacation meccas, I think it’s equally important to socialize with women and straight dudes. Some people might see Cherry Grove’s relative diversity as a turnoff, but I love the fact that straight townies and lesbian homeowners all come out to see Logan Hardcore’s pool show on the weekends. And hey, if you need a dose of mega-gay, circuit-party perfection, the Pines is just a 10-minute water-taxi ride away. N


Faces:

Some of the many divas who have graced the stage at Splash over the course of the legendary club’s 22-year existence: Britney Spears

Kylie Minogue

Katy Perry

Gloria Estefan

Patti LuPone

BOY’S NIGHT AT FUERZA BRUTA @ DARYL ROTH THEATER A performer gets wet during the popular off-Broadway show’s gay-themed night at the Union Square theater. See p.42 for more photos.

THE 2013 STONEWALL SWIM @ 256 BAY WALK Win Chesson arrives at the bay on Fire Island, the first one to complete the swim from Sayville at this annual fundraiser for the Stonewall Community Foundation. See p43 for more photos.

LYNDA CARTER IN CONCERT @ THE ICE PALACE The Wonder Woman star turned cabaret diva wows on the stage at Cherry Grove’s Ice Palace as part of Daniel Nardicio’s Icon Series. Carter performed a number of classic songs including“Fever,”“Stop InThe Name of Love”and“God BlessThe Child.” AUGUST 9, 2013 9

DARYL ROTH THEATER AND 256 BAY WALK PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY; UNION POOL PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; THE ICE PALACE PHOTO: WILSONMODELS

PAT @ UNION POOL Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, Ellen, Shaun and JD Samson get down at the mixedWilliamsburg party.


moma’s american modern: hopper to o’keeffe exhibit opens on august 17. meanwhile, a different kind of nighthawk takes over terminal 5 to werk and serve at the house of latex’s annual latex ball, also on august 17.

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES L. BARRY

JLBARRY.COM

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE AUGUST 9 THROUGH AUGUST 18 FIRE ISLAND EVENT SPANK The Pavilion, 37 Fire Island Blvd (@ Harbor Pk), The Pines, thepinesfireisland.com. Get ready for something brand spankin’ new in the Pines. Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic take over the all new Pavilion with their citified underground beats. 10pm; free before midnight/$5 general admission.

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

PENTHAUS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Alan Picus, Justin Luke and their BoiParty crew ascend to the Copacabana each week. Join the young Hell’s Kitchen crowd for the new Suite Show drag revue on the second floor or dance the night away to resident DJ Johnny Dynell’s blistering mix. 10pm; free for first 500 guests/general admission varies.

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DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. Daniel Nardicio and co. celebrate Fire Island Black Out Weekend at the über-popular underwear party. Don’t miss giveaways from Screaming O and Undergear as well as massages by MMX in the infamous Vice Lounge. 11pm; $10 with password/$15 general admission.

PHOENIX FRIDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First/Second Ave), phoenixbarnyc.com. Hell’s Kitchen does the East Village at Michael Cohen’s exponentially popular Friday night fete. 10pm; free.

OCCUPY THE DISCO Le Bain, 444 W 13th St (btwn 10th Ave/West Side Hwy), occupythedisco.com. Building on the momentum from their Paradisco series at The Out NYC, Occupy the Disco launches their latest party at Le Bain, introducing you to the scene’s newest talent. Along with the OXD boys’ mix of disco and house tunes, catch special guest DJ sets by Mighty Mouse and Lane 8. 10pm; free.

REVOLUTION: SPUNK NO. 9 LAUNCH & EXHIBITION Leslie-Lohman Basement Annex, 127-B Prince Street (@ Wooster St), spunkartsmagazine.wordpress.com. Celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Aaron Tilford’s underground arts magazine, Spunk. AB Soto performs live and works by contributing artists like Gio Black Peter, Ricky Day, Mike Nolan and George Towne will be on display. 6pm–8pm; free.

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FRISKY FRIDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. Things get frisky at Posh on Friday nights. DJ JRoc turns it up with his mix of pop faves and Top 40 hits. 9pm; free.


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AUGUST 9

SPOTLIGHT

our Guide to the Gay hiGhliGhts of the New york iNterNatioNal friNGe festival.

or 17 years, the New York International Fringe Festival has been bringing hundreds of innovative and provocative new theatrical performances to downtown Manhattan every summer. With so many shows taking place over the course of the two-week festival each year, there are always plenty of queer perspectives and narratives to see, and this year is no different. We’ve sifted through FringeNYC’s gay and lesbian offerings once again and picked some of the festival’s highlights. And while everyone should see these plays, we’ve made our best effort to zero in on each show’s excruciatingly specific target audience. —John Russell

Like Poetry

THE 3RD GENDER PHOTO: DOUGLAS MAXWELL; LUKE NICHOLAS PHOTO: TIM AUMILLER; LIKE POETRY PHOTO: DIXIE SHERIDAN

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The 3rd Gender

FOR GAY FANBOYS WHO SAW MAN OF STEEL AND WANT THEIR MONEY BACK:

2&2 A love triangle develops when a Supermanobsessed comic-book artist who’s dissatisfied with his life meets and falls in love with his estranged sister’s Clark Kent-ish boyfriend. CSV Flamboyan, 107 Suffolk St (btwn Rivington/Delancey Sts); Aug11 at noon, Aug 15 at 7:45pm, Aug 16 at 4pm, Aug 18 at 5pm, Aug 21 at 7:30pm. FOR SCI-FI GEEKS WHO ARE REALLY INTO THEIR TRADITIONAL BINARY GENDER IDENTITY:

The 3rd Gender

Luke Nicholas

7pm; Aug 11 at noon, Aug 13 at 7:45pm, Aug 14 at 4:45pm, Aug 15 at 9:15pm. FOR SOUTHERN QUEENS WITH A TASTE FOR TRAGEDY AND A RAMOS FIZZ:

En Avant! An Evening with Tennessee Williams

45 Bleecker St (@ Lafayette St); Aug 9 at 5pm,Aug12at4:30pm,Aug14at5:45pm, Aug 15 at 9:30pm, Aug 16 at 7pm.

10:15pm, Aug 16 at 9:45pm, Aug 20 at 2pm, Aug 22 at 5:30pm, Aug 24 at 7pm.

FOR THE GUY WHO ALWAYS HAS A WAD OF SINGLES IN HIS POCKET:

FOR ANYONE WHO ALREADY MISSES THE COMEDIC POTENTIAL OF DOMA-ERA IMMIGRATION LAWS:

In the year 2397 the world is ruled by the 3rd Gender. Anyone born different faces decades of conditioning or death. In this dystopian sci-fi meditation on gender, 20year-old Manten attempts a dangerous escape from the all-consuming influence of the 3rd Gender. Connelly Theater, 220 E Fourth St (btwn Aves A/B); Aug 10 at 9:15pm, Aug 15 at 2:30pm, Aug 18 at 7pm, Aug 20 at 4:45pm, Aug 25 at 4pm.

Luke Nicholas

Writer/performerWilliamShumanhasbeen intriguedandinspiredbyTennesseeWilliams since he first opened the pages of The Glass Menagerie. In this one-man show, he brings the legendary gay playwright to life—over a drink, of course. CSV Kabayitos, 107 SuffolkSt(btwnRivington/DelanceySts);Aug 9 at 9:30pm, Aug 16 at 3pm, Aug 17 at 9:45pm, Aug 20 at 4:45pm, Aug 23 at 7:15pm, Aug 24 at 2pm.

Our Kiki: A Gay Farce

No Hope Productions returns to Fringe with this tale of a 40-year-old whose life is ruined by a hot young stripper. Teatro Circulo, 64 E Fourth St (btwn Bowery/Second Ave); Aug 9 at 5pm, Aug 10 at 9:15pm, Aug 13 at 2:45pm, Aug 14 at 7:30pm, Aug 17 at 1:45pm.

A bi-national gay couple faces separation when deportation rears its ugly head— until their straight best friend and her Dominican boyfriend come to the rescue. Connelly Theater, 220 E Fourth St (btwn Aves A/B); Aug 9 at 7:30pm, Aug 11 at 9:15pm, Aug 16 at 4:30pm, Aug 18 at noon, Aug 25 at 1:45pm.

FOR RECOVERING MORMONS:

FOR POP-STAR GROUPIES WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES:

Save the Date: A Wedding Road Trip Musical

Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea

I Am a Moon

FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ATTEND ONE TOO MANY WEDDINGS THIS SUMMER:

In this chaotic musical adventure, a woman and her gay bestie embark on a road trip to her ex’s wedding that tests their friendship as the pair try to figure out why they seem like losers compared to everyone else. Theatre 80, 80 St. Mark’s Pl (btwn First/Second Aves); Aug 15 at

FOR THE LATE BLOOMER WHO BELIEVES WALT WHITMAN IS HIS SPIRIT ANIMAL:

Like Poetry

With the poetry of Walt Whitman as his Set against the backdrop of California’s A closeted pop star and an obsessed fan guide, Stagger confronts issues of physical 2008 passage of Proposition 8, a Mormon come together in this dark comedy inspired and emotional intimacy. The Ellen Stewart and his best gay friend grapple with reli- by the late Japanese porn star Ai Iijima. IAm Theatre at La MaMa, 66-68 E Fourth St gion, sexuality, politics and adulthood in a Moon explores the way Eastern andWest(btwn Bowery/Second Ave); Aug 10 at this coming-of-age story. CSV Kabayitos, ern cultures construct beauty and sexuality 7pm,Aug11at1:30pm,Aug12at4:45pm, 107 Suffolk St (btwn Rivington/Delancey throughshame.TheLynnRedgraveTheater, Aug 13 at 4:45pm, Aug 14 at 7pm. Sts); Aug 9 at 5pm, Aug 10 at The New York International Fringe Festival, August 9–25 at various times; all shows $15 in advance/$18 general admission. Visit fringenyc.org for more info.

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SATURDAY AUGUST 10

DOUGIE MEYER PRESENTS FINALE SATURDAYS Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Dougie Meyer presents the final Saturday night at Splash, and he’s pulling out all the bells and whistles. Steve Sidewalk returns to the DJ booth for the last time, pumping out pop tracks in salute to the end of an era in gay New York. 10pm; cover varies.

XL SATURDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Gay New York hits the dance floor hard each weekend at XL’s Saturday night party. This week, DJ Ricardo brings his house-fueled megamix to get the boys fully energized and keep them sweating to the beat all night long. 11pm; free til midnight and with XL membership card/$10 general admission.

VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th Ave/West Sd Hwy), vivasaturdays.com. Get into the circuit party spirit without ever having to leave New York! Ric Sena, John Blair and Beto Sutter team up with BoiParty’s Alan Picus and Justin Luke to bring you this weekly big room gay extravaganza. 10pm; $15 with membership card before 1am/$20 general admission.

WRECKED National Underground, 159 E Houston (btwn Allen/Eldridge Sts), wreckedrsvp@gmail.com. Experience New York nightlife’s underground—literally. Resident DJs Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell rock this subterranean hot spot with their monthly event. Dance til dawn with a room full of the city’s hardest partying boys—just make sure you get there before

SUNDAY AUGUST 11 CLOSING

ENCORE & FINALE Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com. Join Lady Bunny and DJ Max Rodriguez for the definitive finale. Special surprise guests will be stopping by all night to give Splash a proper send off. It’s all over after this one, so don’t miss it. 10pm; cover varies. THE ELECTRO MASQUERADE BALL 3 Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), highlineballroom.com. Join hosts Frankie Sharp, Trey Latrash, Tyler Stone and Gio Black Peter for a night of live music, video art, burlesque and crazy spectacles at promoter Mike Madrigal’s third annual Electro Masquerade Ball. Dangerous Muse headlines with Garek, Sandflower, Keyke, Eva & Her Virgins and Autodrone. 7pm–2am; $15 in advance/$20 general admission. SUMMER CAMP Sky Room, 330 W 40th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), skyroomnyc.com.

MONDAY

Nightlife comes out during the day at promoter Michael Cohen’s super cute summer fete, Summer Camp. Party boys and queens alike head to the top floor of the midtown’s Sky Room before sunset for cocktails and an afternoon kiki. 3pm–9pm; free. SKY HIGH Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (btwn 11th Ave/West Sd Hwy), hudsonterracenyc.com. Fresh from his Pines Party gig, DJ Justin Dawson brings his blend of dance pop, house and hip hop to Hudson Terrace. Franco Diluzio, Mark Lander, Antonio Cedeno and Sasha Seven and their sexy go-go studs keep Sunday nights extra hot throughout the summer. 8pm; free. SPF The Dream Hotel Midtown, 210 W 55th St (@ Broadway), raffertymazurevents.com. Rain or shine, you still need your SPF. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur’s penthouse party has been burning up all summer long, and this week will be no different with DJ Corey Craig on the

WEEK the doors close at 4am! Midnight–6am; $7 with RSVP/$10 til 2am/$15 general admission. SYNERGISM Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. DJs Chauncey D and Big Ragoo team up with Empire City Motorcycle Club for a special crossover Synergism. Steven Levan guest DJs dark wave, alternative and rock as the bartenders pour Rockbar’s special house shots. 10pm–3am; $3.

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HEARTTHROB Liberty Hall at The Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St (btwn Fifth Ave/Broadway), acehotel.com. DJ Executive Realness and Ruby Roo’s new monthly party gets off to a stellar start with special guest DJ Rich King. Expect a double dose of disco to get you all sweaty on the dance floor. 10pm; free.

decks. Get ready to turn it out with all the rest of the cute party boys living it up high above Times Square. 3pm–9pm; free. SEA TEA Pier 78, 455 12th Ave (@ 34th St), seatea.com. Jackson Heights club Hombres Lounge brings a taste of Queens to the Hudson River and it’s gonna be spicy! Guest DJ Joseph spins for the sexy Latino crowd onboard Sea Tea’s party cruise. Plus, vodka drinks are just $5 til 7pm. 6pm–10pm; $25 in advance/$30 general admission. FIRE ISLAND VACCINATION DAY The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. Daniel Nardicio teams up with Oraquick at-home HIV testing for the second of two days of meningitis vaccinations and HIV awareness on Fire Island. Get vaccinated gratis and help beat the latest scourge of the gay community! 1pm–4pm; free.

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MONDAY MUSICALS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Dougie Meyer kicks off his next chapter with the all-new Monday Musicals at XL. Tony Award-winning super special guest Billy Porter performs live at the premiere of this weekly showtune extravaganza and VJ Tony Built will have all your favorite Broadway videos queued up. 6pm–midnight; free. MUGSHOT MONDAYS The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. The Eagle kicks of your week with a hell of a drink special to cool you down in the dog days of summer. Do some time at Mugshot Mondays

where $6 gets you a well shot and a mug of domestic draft beer to chase it with. 10pm; free. DRAFT MONDAYS Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Don’t be a draft dodger! Get your gym hardened little butt over to the original Boxers on Monday evenings for $6 draft beer specials. The game will be on the TVs and the bar will be packed with laid back sporty guys. 9pm; free. DIVA! Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. If there’s one thing gay dudes love, it’s a diva, and nobody knows divas like Marty Thomas. Special guest

Lesli Margherita of Broadway’s Matilda joins Thomas and regular divas-in-the-making Kelly King, Marissa Rosen and Alexa Green this week for a night of powerhouse vocal performances. 11pm; free. MANIC MONDAY KARAOKE Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Sexy singer Dan Paul hosts Sugarland’s popular Karaoke night. There are thousands of songs to choose from so have your best Patsy Cline or Celine Dion impression ready. There’s free pizza at midnight, well drinks are $3 and if you’re really nice, maybe Danny Boy will sing a song shirtless! 11pm; free.

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“QUOTED” According to WILL SCHWARTZ, there were a few promotional snafus when My Rocks Are Dreams, the debut album from his new project Psychic Friend—his first since dissolving his dance pop band Hey Willpower, was initially released this past February. So he decided to try again. Call it a do-over. “I mean, we just really like the album a lot,” he says with a laugh. “We wanted more people to hear it!” Along with the original 10 tracks, the re-release features two new remixes by Portland band Yacht and Danish/American art pop trio Gliss. Schwartz, a founding member of queer alt-pop band Imperial Teen, is also planning to do some touring to promote the album and hopes to play a club show here in New York some time in September. Also slated for a September release is Psychic Friend’s video collaboration with Sarah Silverman. The clip for album opener“We Do Not Belong”will be part of Silverman’s Jash video series, and Schwartz already has the basic plotline mapped out. “It’s about a girl who grows up in the basement, being held captive. Sarah plays the girl who grows up and doesn’t really know anything and everything is new to her. I play her therapist. It’s also kind of like a Helen Keller type thing.” Which would make Schwartz the Miracle Worker in this scenario. PHOTO: MARINA CHAVEZ

—The deluxe edition of My Rocks Are Dreams is out August 13 on Dangerbird Records. Visit psychicfriendmusic.net for more info.

ON TOP Le Bain, 444 W 13th St (btwn 10th Ave/West Side Hwy), susannebartsch.com. Mistress of the nightlife Susanne Bartsch loves a hot top. Her Tuesday night party at the Standard’s steamy penthouse tub room is always a glam slam with outlandish club kids mixing with gay New York’s movers and shakers and tastemakers like hosts Michael Musto and Jeremy Kost as DJs Honey Dijon and W. Jeremy spin. 11pm; free. OPEN MIC TUESDAYS The Townhouse, 236 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), town-

houseny.com. Michael Ferreri provides accompaniment on the piano at The Townhouse’s weekly open mic competition where the winner takes home $100. 10pm–11:30pm; free. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. Ernie Cote and Roze Black are officially kickin’ it old school style. They’re bringing classic hip-hop and R&B back along with throwback tracks and a little contemporary pop thrown in—think Eve and Gwen Stefani and Brandy and

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GRUFF G Lounge, 225 W 19th St Harder join guest host Witti Repartee for night of (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), Porno Bingo antics.This week’s edition of Will Clark’s glounge.com. Get rough after work with the naughty charity game show benefits Fierce’s leadership programs for LGBT youth of scruffy crowd at host Pete Forjohn and DJ Dan Darlington’s new color. 9pm–11pm; free. Wednesday night party. Indulge in some 2-for-1 drinks all night as ROOM SERVICE Lilium, 201 Visit nextmagazine.com Park Ave S (@ 17th St), hot and hairy go-gos do what they for more event listings www.facebook.com/clubroomdo on the bar. 6pm–2am; free. service. The ever fabulous Dina Delicious hosts this week’s ediTHE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third tion of London nightlife’s favorite export. DJs Aves), willclarkworld.com. Matty Ryanz and Go-Go Jodie Harsh and Justin Dawson provide the

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Monica. Plus, $5 gets you a PBR and well shot all night. 10pm; free. FUNNY HA HA, FUNNY QUEER Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Queer comedians tickle the funny bones of Williamsburg’s hipster gays at this monthly standup showcase hosted by Metro’s own Garry Hannon. This month, catch Calvin S. Cato, Frank Liotti and more. With $3 well drinks at the bar, you’re sure to be in stitches. 9pm; free.

soundtrack for the cool kids hanging out at this glitzy lounge below the W Union Square. 11pm; free before midnight/$5 general admission. MADONNAPALOOZA This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave),Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. If there’s one pop star who doesn’t get the credit she deserves from the gay community, it’s Madonna. Thank goodness DJ duo Jonathan and BPro are here to spotlight this underappreciated artist with a night of mash-ups, remixes, b-sides and classic tracks, while Elizabeth James gives you looks and go-go art all night. 10pm; free.


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BLACK PRIDE celebrate New york’s queers of color with five days of diverse festivities. PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY

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The Black Pride Weekend Kickoff

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Ave (@ 135th St), 212-491-2200 NYC Black Pride honors pioneering drag king Stormé DeLarverié and ballroom vanguards the House of Labeija among others. 6pm–9pm; free.

Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), enyclub.com The party starts here! Dream Team, Nathan H. Williams, Yamil X and Big Ben bring you a night of nonstop dancing. 11pm; cover varies.

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f there’s one thing Lee Soulja is intent on when it comes to organizing NYC Black Pride, it’s that the annual festival not only celebrate racial diversity within the gay community, but that it also include a diverse range of events. “I feel like Black Prides across the country began to look like circuit parties,”he says.“We lost track of it being about a community cultural celebration.”So when Soulja took over the organization of NYC Black Pride five years ago, he made it his mission to include as many cultural and community-building events as possible—alongside the parties, of course. Educating the community’s young people and bridging the gap between a generation of activists and today’s party kids is a big focus of the five-day celebration, which kicks off August 14 with the annual Black Pride Heritage Awards. “We have been making substantial contributions to not just the LGBT community, but the world at large,”Soulja points out. He sees Black Pride as an opportunity to share the cultural legacy of the black queer community not just with African Americans, but with everyone. Black Pride, he points out, is not just for black people. Whether you’re into dancing till dawn, saluting the elder queers of color who fought for the rights we so often take for granted or feeding your mind and your soul, there’s something for everyone at this year’s NYC Black Pride. With so many events, you might want to start planning your schedule now. —JR

The Anointed: Sexuality, Theology and The Black Church

The Pride Party Celebration

Rivers at Rehoboth, 263 W 86th St (btwn Broadway/West End Helen Mills Theater, 137-139 W 26th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), helenmills.com Ave), rivers-at-rehoboth.org Harlem United and BMI present an evening Explore the intersection of faith of African-American queer films, including and sexuality in the black church Nick Knight’s Studs and Rashaad Newsome’s at an encore reading of this twoact play. 7pm–11pm; free. Shade 2012. 6pm–11pm; free.

Secret Lounge, 525 W 29th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), secretloungeny.com The secret’s out: tonight, the party is at this chic West Chelsea lounge. 11pm; cover varies.

The Fourth Annual Black Pride Film Festival

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The Latex Ball Aftermath

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Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), enyclub.com Gorgeous Entertainment and Big Ben bring you more fierce festivities from the House of Latex. Don’t miss last night’s winners strutting their stuff! 11pm; cover varies.

Cadman Plaza Park (btwn Cadman Plz E/Cadman Plz W), Downtown Brooklyn, nycblackpride.com Inaya Day performs live at this fun-filled day in the park. Enjoy DJ sets by Fred Pierce, Andre Collins, Missy B and Vjuan Allure. 3pm–7pm; free.

Harlem Sunday Brunch Harlem Food Bar, 2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd (btwn 113th/114th Sts), hfbnyc.com Rise and shine—at noon—for this special Black Pride brunch. Noon–3pm; prices vary.

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The Black Pride Health & Culture Expo Hotel Pennsylvania, 18th Fl Sky Ballroom, 401 Seventh Ave (@ 33rd St), hotelpenn.com With workshops and exhibitors from a wide range of cultural and health organizations, there’s plenty of info at this expo. Plus, the Outmusic finale should be a blast! Noon–6pm; $10.

The SAGE Center, 305 Seventh Ave (btwn 27th/28th Sts), sageusa.org SAGE and Griot Circle salute the community’s elders with a program devoted to healthy living. 2pm–4pm; free.

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12:00NOON The Mission Party Remix, 27 Park Pl (btwn Church St/Broadway), missionpartynyc.com Dream Team brings you a special Black Pride edition of this bangin’downtown party. 11pm; cover varies.

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The Latex Ball Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), terminal5nyc.com The House of Latex and GMHC are giving you celebrity scandal from Marilyn to Amy Fisher at their 2013 ball! Looks like you’ve got some werk to do! 8pm; $20.

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A SELECTION OF GAY NEW YORK’S NIGHTLIFE PERSONALITIES OF COLOR THAT KEEP THE SPIRIT OF BLACK PRIDE ALIVE ALL YEAR AT THEIR WEEKLY PARTIES.

PEPPERMINT Hi-Tops Saturdays at 10pm, Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com BOB THE DRAG QUEEN Bob Blows Up Mondays at 11pm, Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8673 DJ KIMANI G Playpen Mondays at 7pm, The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com NATHAN H. WILLIAMS GO Tuesdays Tuesdays at 10pm, G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com MERRIE CHERRY The Merrie Cherry Game Show Tuesdays at 9pm, This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com MOCHA LITE Mermaids Only Wednesdays at 10pm, Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com SHEQUIDA The Shequida Show Thursdays at 11pm, Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com DJ PAISLEY DALTON & LEO GUGU My Chiffon is Wet Thursdays at 10pm, Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com.

PEPPERMINT PHOTO: KARL GIANT; BOB THE DRAG QUEEN PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY; MERRIE CHERRY PHOTO: GUILLERMO RIVEROS; MOCHA LITE & LEO GUGU PHOTOS: SANTIAGO FELIPE; SHEQUIDA PHOTO: DAVID SHANKBONE

Billie’s Black, 271 W 119th St (btwn St. Nicholas/Eighth Aves), billiesblack.com Celebrate the Heritage Award winners and gear up for the Black Pride festivities. 10pm–1am; free.

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Read This Not That The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn St (btwn Hoyt/Smith Sts), Brooklyn, actorsfund.org Doice John hosts this literary event with readings from authors Biodun Abundu, Renair Amin, Guy Anthony and more. 6pm–10pm; free.

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Q THURSDAYS Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), fvevents.com. Get ready for more glam than you can stand at this weekly party that redefines the word fabulous. Nightlife titans Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss come together with the BoiParty crew to create an amalgamation of club kid excess and HK cuteness. 11pm; reduced cover with RSVP/$10 general admission. DO THE RIGHT THING The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Cazwell and Peppermint turn The

AUGUST 15 Ritz into a Spike Lee joint with their retro ’90s hip hop and R&B party. En Vogue, Biggie, Missy, DMX, SWV, Destiny’s Child, Bobby Brown, Whitney— you name it, they’re droppin’ it! 10pm; free. THURSDAY KNIGHTS Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ Tenth Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. There’s no round table at Fairytail Lounge, but on Thursday nights host Shameless McGreedy gathers all the strapping young knights of the realm. DJ Kimani G spins as Hell’s Kitchen’s charming princes knock back $6 Svedka drinks

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SNAPSHOT EVR, 54 W 39th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), vossnyc.com. Brandon Voss teams up with Marco Ovando and Amanda Lepore for his newest party, and judging from the photos that inspired it, this is one sexy soirée. Join the photogenic nightlife crowd for this picture perfect party with a live photo shoot and performances curated by Muffinhead. 11pm; free. FRIDAYS Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8673. DJs Corey Tut and Brenda Black turn it up for the boys at Barracuda on Friday nights. The queens may

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rule this Chelsea lounge during the week, but on weekends it’s 100% New York man meat up in there. Get your drink on with the rest of the boys and get some! 10pm; free. ELEVENELEVEN Open House, 244 E Houston (btwn Aves A/B), openhouse-nyc.com. It’s 11:11, make a wish. Ladyfag’s got what you need from a Friday night: good beats, good friends and a party that goes late. Special guest DJs join downstairs resident Michael Maganan to make the children move on the dance floor. 11pm; free before midnight/$5 general admission.

WEEK and go-go boys show of their supple young bods on the bar. 10pm; free. HOMO ERECTUS: TIMEWARP The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com. If Bill and Ted were strippers who traveled in a Tardis, well that would kinda be like this show. Will Clark and Matt Knife host a night of time-traveling boylesque featuring Lewd Alfred Douglas, Cubby Hall, Modern Artie and many more hunks. 9pm; $10 (plus 2 drink minimum).

SUMMER SHARE HK Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bartiniultralounge.com. Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander bring Fire Island fun to Hell’s Kitchen with rotating DJs and $5 Planter’s Punch. 10pm; free. EASY Westside Tavern, 360 W 23rd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), westsidetavern.com. Despite this party’s name, don’t expect the impressive DJ lineup to go easy on you. Rich King, Brian Gately and Austin Downey join birthday boy Todd Doncourt on the decks as Ricky TheJones hosts. 10pm; free before 11pm/$5 general admission.


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PARTY UP!

tips for makiNG it throuGh a weekeNd’s worth of partyiNG at fire islaNd’s asceNsioN weekeNd. ire Island’s big circuit-esque weekends are some of the most intense events of the summer. Gay boys from all over flock to that little strip of sand off the coast of Long Island for three days jam-packed with nonstop partying, including pool parties, tea dances, fireworks and beach parties. It’s the gay nightlife equivalent of a triathlon!The latest epic beach event, Ascension, is just around the corner.The annual daylight beach party—which has been and its attendant festivities benefits the Fund in the Sun Foundation takes over the Pines starting August 16. As usual, the roster of DJ talent is impressive, including Hector Fonseca, DJ Abel and Jonathan Peters. These jet-setting maestros are used to spinning all night at back-to-back gigs, so we got their tips for maintaining the stamina necessary to make it to every single soirée during Ascension Weekend. Try to keep up, won’t you? —JR

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Underwear Party Sip N’Twirl, 36 Fire Island Blvd (@ Picketty Ruff Wk) “My party will set the tone for the weekend and I have to make sure I do a great job at that,”says DJ Luis Perez. As for the soundtrack he’ll be providing for all the boys stripped down to their panties? “People can expect some great high-energy vocal tracks with tribal house beats.”11pm; $19.

ASCENSION SURVIVAL TIP 1 DJ LUIS PEREZ:“Party responsibly and drink lots and lots of water.” PHOTO COURTESY LUIS PEREZ

Launch Party 126 Beach Hill Wk (btwn Midway/Bay Wks) It all starts here! Get in on the ground level and get ready to rise at the first of Ascension Weekend’s many parties. 7pm; $29.

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126 Beach Hill Wk (btwn Midway/Bay Wks) “The summer is all about the pool parties,”says Dominic Pacifico, a.k.a. DJ Pornstar. He plans to work the crowd hard and keep them sweating with his blend of “fun, happy summer beats that will keep your energy high but won’t wear you out before the sun sets.”Don’t forget—this is a pool party.“When you get too hot, feel free to get wet!”1pm; $49.

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DOUG PERRY: “A good thing about the parties, which will help you, is that they don’t go super late or start too early in the day, so there is plenty of time to rest in between. Also, everyone’s upbeat attitudes and the music will definitely keep you energized!”

Afterdark Sip N’ Twirl, 36 Fire Island Blvd (@ Picketty Ruff Wk) The fireworks don’t stop when the Tea Dance ends. After the sun goes down, the Pines’ party animals come out to play— and we’re not talking about the deer! DJ Abel spins deep into the night. 11pm; $59.

Beach Party On the beach DJTheresa, who’ll be spinning alongside her devastatingly handsome label mate Hector Fonseca, has some unreleased material up her sleeve that she’s ready to unleash at this year’s Ascension Beach Party. “I’m excited to drop some of these tracks,” she says.“They have a lot of big-room appeal.” But what’s got her even more excited is the crowd. “We all know New York boys are the cutest.” Noon; $49 under 25/$109 general admission/$139 VIP.

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236 Bay Walk (btwn Teal/Holly Wks) Let Doug Perry, one half of DJ duoThe PerryTwins, set the scene for you: “It starts out bright and sunny with everyone dancing on a huge barge on the water. Then there’s a beautiful sunset and at the end of the party, an amazing fireworks show.” And while brother Derek’s promises to either parachute into the DJ booth or arrive astride an elephant should probably be taken with a grain of salt, you can definitely expect the twins to debut a few new remixes and original songs along with lots of favorite tunes. 6pm; $99.

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ASCENSION SURVIVAL TIP 4 DJ THERESA: ���When I have a lot of gigs back-to-back, I go into what I call‘self-preservation status’—drinking lots of vitamin C, sleeping as much as possible, skin exfoliation treatments, no alcohol and frequent hydration. However, if I switched roles from entertainer to entertainee, my advice would be to relax, have fun, hydrate and let the music feed your adrenaline.”

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The crowd at Ascension Beach Party in 2012

Sip N’Twirl, 36 Fire Island Blvd (@ Picketty Ruff Wk) What goes up must come down, but not until after DJ Jonathan Peters is done with you. It’s Ascension weekend’s last hurrah, and if you made it this far you deserve a medal—and the day off on Monday! 10pm; $39. ASC EN SIO N

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AQUA PARTY 260 Bay Walk (btwn Shady/Floral Wks), The Pines, thewaterproject.org/aqua. Tony D’Angelo and Gabriel Manzon’s annual benefit for The Water Project returns to the Pines. This bayside pool party features DJ Cast and Claux, open bar and more tanned and toned skin than you can possibly handle. 2pm–8pm; $40. GAYS GONE WILD Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. Have you guys seen DJ Scott Jones with his shirt off? Sploosh! No wonder the gays go wild at

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Therapy on Saturday nights! Be sure to grab some cocktail napkins from the bar when you order your drink—you’ll probably be needing them to dry your panties before the night is over. 10pm; free.

DESILICIOUS Pachita, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), sholayevents.com. The Desilicious crew celebrates India and Pakistan’s Independence Day with their annual White Hot Party. DJs Atif and Ashu Rai bring the Bollywood beats, with big screen visuals by Neeraj and special guest go-go Shazad providing the eye-candy. Be

THE BUNKER Output, 74 Wythe Ave (@ N 12th St), outputclub.com. “The Honey Soundsystem guys have played a crucial role in developing the new gay underground sound,” says Wrecked DJ Ryan Smith. He and Ron Like Hell will be teaming up with the DJ collective along with Mike Servito for the latest edition of The Bunker. Occupy the Disco is on board too so expect plenty of gaiety at this mixed Williamsburg venue. 10pm; 6am; $10– $15 in advance; $20 general admission.

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HOUSE OF LOVE Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Love is in the air as Mimi Imfurst spins up a frothy ’90s-inspired concoction for tea. Early birds get totally awesome drink specials til 9pm as Mimi pumps out the old-school hits of her youth. 7pm– midnight; free.

duo Enid Ellen team up with special guests Kim Smith, Cole Escola, Dane Terry, Nicholas Gorham, Erin Markey, Joseph Keckler and Dan Fishback to pay tribute to alt-pop’s most melodramatic goddess. A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to Amos’ anti-sexual assault hotline, RAINN. 9:30pm; $14 (plus $12 drink minimum.)

RAISIN GIRL Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Tori Amos turns 50 this month and what better way to celebrate than with New York’s artiest downtown gays? Piano-driven

SPERM The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. DJ Man Parrish’s sperm count is a little low this month. Tonight is the last edition of his infamous Sunday night

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WEEK sure to wear your summer whites! 10pm; $10 before 11:30pm/$20 general admission.

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By Keo Nozari his summer the rivalry between Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake has gotten serious. Previously, Timberlake has out-shined Thicke as the undisputedly bigger star, but Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” mega-hit has changed that. And they’ve got some striking similarities. Both are soulful, blue-eyed, pop singers; both have new, hit music out now; and both share producers Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. Timberlake has sold over two million copies of The 20/20 Experience, but Thicke has been kicking ass with “Blurred Lines,” which at press time has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks straight. Thicke hasn’t even released his sixth album, also called Blurred Lines, yet. Could he have the Number One album too? Thicke seems to have inspired the better songs and production: the Timbaland-produced “Take It Easy On Me” is a smoking club jam far more contemporary than the production he’s done on Timberlake tracks. And obviously you can’t listen to the radio for 10 minutes right now without hearing Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” six times. Similarly, Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s contribution to Blurred Lines, “Give It 2 You (feat. Kendrick Lamar),” is rousing, a pumped up, base-heavy affair. The set of songs produced by will.i.am live up to their respective titles: “Feel Good” is a feel good dance song; “Go Stupid 4 U” is, well, kind of stupid. Where the album loses steam, though, is on some of the songs produced by Thicke himself (with some help from Projay). “Ooh La La” and “Ain’t No Hat 4 That,” though, have the retro-vibe Timberlake was going for on his album, only more effervescent and upbeat. Thicke’s album’s most sincere moment is the Prince-like track, “For the Rest of My Life,” and it’s a reminder that Thicke’s

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just having fun on this album. Really, he’s a happily married man (since 2005, to Paula Patton). At 36, he seems to be having way more fun than the more “mature” Timberlake is at 32. Meanwhile, if the new Timberlake single “Take Back the Night” is any indication, we don‘t think The 20/20 Experience Part 2 (arriving on Sept 20) is going to be any better than Part 1. We love him, but frankly we expect more from a superstar. It’s good that the song is upbeat, but it’s a trite Timberlake imitation of a lesser Michael Jackson song. Coupled with a horribly misappropriated name that doesn’t exactly jive with the song’s sexy, come-on vibe—“Take Back the Night” is an expression often used to describe fighting rape, and is in fact the name of a major anti-rape organization and rally (who objected to the song, but dropped their lawsuit against Timberlake)—it’s a good reminder to always google your song titles before you put them out. Giving us a better “Night” is Icona Pop’s new single “All Night.” As with their massive hit single “I Love It” (recently certified double platinum in North America alone), Icona Pop’s latest number has a retro influence (in this case, ‘80s new wave), but it’s been joyously reinvented for the 2013 dance pop crowd. Currently touring the US and Canada (including Webster Hall on Sept 20), their full-length debut album This Is… Icona Pop comes out September 24. Then, of course, there’s Enrique Igleslas‘ new single “Turn the Night Up.” While the vocals definitely leave a lot to be desired here, the production by The Cataracs—who recently hit a home run with Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down”—manage to make the track something we want to turn up. N


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Out of this World arasite, the debut novel by Stephen Boyer—who is genderqueer and uses the pronouns “they/their,” and is perhaps best known for their work compiling the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology—is a subversive and wildly imagined work situated in the long tradition of outsider literature. Fittingly, it is the third book in Publication Studio’s Fellow Traveler’s series, which, the publisher says, “presents great new work that has been effectively ‘censored’ by the market.” Boyer’s story follows Josh—a sexually adventurous and highly dissociative teenager. After he leaves his home and his Evangelical parents behind to escape the threat of gay conversion therapy he heads straight for San Francisco, where his subsequent exploits include a stint as a live-in houseboy sub, some work in porn, drag, daydreaming and some good old-fashioned hustling. But while Josh’s newfound “freedom” is intoxicating, it also comes at a price, and does little to assuage his feelings of alienation. “The book is very much fiction, but very much based on my own experience,” Boyer tells me. “I was working at the St. James Infirmary [a clinic by and for sex workers] when I was first working on Parasite and heard so many crazy stories. I met so many people who had moved to San Francisco thinking they were going to find this wonderful queer life and ended up on the street, losing all their teeth.” Parasite, which Boyer describes as “a little bit fiction, a little bit nonfiction, a little bit science fiction,” is the culmination of those stories—and seven years worth of writing, reading and revising. “For me writing is a lot like sewing. I’m constantly reading things and taking that sentence and putting it in somewhere, or taking those three words and putting it in somewhere, you know, walking down the street and thinking something, texting myself, figuring out where it could go.” The result is a book as varied and unusual as its mashup of genres might suggest. Josh’s first-person narration is prone to long, surreal flights of fancy, some of which reveal a fascination with extraterrestrial life—a fascination Boyer

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shares with the protagonist. “I’ve always been obsessed with UFOs and oddities, so I felt like that had to go into the story. Also I had this crazy moment with my friends when we were kids when we saw this thing that was a total UFO. I’ve never been abducted, but I like the idea that that’s possible and would love to be abducted and—” Boyer continues, laughing—“go away from here for a while. I thought maybe if I put it out there like that, I’ll get found.” Of the relationship between their art and activism, Boyer says, “I go back and forth in my life between doing serious street activism and wanting to work on art. I feel like it’s a lot easier to sway minds through creations than by standing on the street yelling at people. Both have valid places in the world, but art is lasting.” N Stephen Boyer recommends: Inferno by Eileen Myles, Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz, Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Bookmark he poems in Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry Press), D. Gilson’s second chapbook, are driven by an obsession—with Britney Spears. In Gilson’s humorous and heartfelt voice, the troubled star becomes the perfect metaphor for both an America in decline and a young gay man coming of age, sexuality and celebrity. Pop culture connoisseurs in need of a good introduction to poetry, look no further. The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (Outpost 19) is an ambitious work. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s iconic The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (a “memoir” in which Stein assumes the voice of her longtime lover), Filip Noterdaeme has written the “autobiography” of his partner, cabaret artist Daniel Isengart. Romantic, intelligent and fun, Autobiography will appeal to anyone who’s a sucker for a good love story. Though gay photographer Mark Morrisroe, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1989, wasn’t well known during his life, his vast body of work, which documents the lives of young punks and his own queer (and eventually diseased) body, has gained greater recognition posthumously. Mark Morrisroe: Mark Dirt (Paper Chase Press), a new book compiled by his longtime partner Ramsey McPhillips, collects the artist’s writings, correspondences and other ephemera. N

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By David Hurst t’s a shame the score and book for Nobody Loves You at Second Stage aren’t as good as the cast, who are knocking themselves out trying to breathe life into it. It’s not unwatchable, but Nobody Loves You really only succeeds due to the strength of its multitalented cast. The show, written by Itamar Moses (book and lyrics) and Gaby Alter (music and lyrics), is a spoof of our country’s obsession with television reality shows, but it lacks both the wit and bite of inspired satire. The setup is as ridiculous (and predictable) as its conclusion: Jeff, a doctoral student in ontology (yeah, right) argues with his girlfriend Tanya about the fictional reality show “Nobody Loves You” and she promptly walks out on him, announcing her intention to audition as a contestant for the next season of the show. To win her back, Jeff auditions for the show, too, and is chosen while Tanya is not. Jeff initially tries to quit but decides to stay to both expose the show as a fake and to utilize his observations of the contestants as part of his dissertation. Despite his best intentions, Jeff falls for Jenny, a staffer on the show who is a budding filmmaker working in television to pay the bills. He additionally becomes a breakout star, which pleases the show’s savvy producer Nina and dim-witted host, Byron, and irritates his competition on the show, Christian, Megan and Samantha. And since this is a musical everything is set to song, in this case, sadly, unmemorable ones. As Jeff, Bryan Fenkart has charm and presence though he needs to find a good vocal coach who can teach him how to support his sound from his diaphragm and not from his throat. As Jenny, his love interest, Aleque Reid brings an understated cynicism and alluring appeal to what could easily be a thankless role. Roe Hartrampf and Lauren Molina are spot-on as fel-

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low contestants Christian (a religious virgin) and Megan (a slutty tramp), but Autumn Hurlbert is too mannered and obvious as the odd-girl out, Samantha. Three cast members, however, really steal the show. As the show’s emcee Byron, Heath Calvert is a deliciously bad, smarmy, oblivious pretty-boy. The hilarious Rory O’Malley (a Tony nominee from The Book of Mormon) is a virtual Greek chorus of laughter as Jenny’s gay blogger roommate, and the divine Leslie Kritzer kills in a trio of roles, primarily the show’s producer, Tanya, though her vocal gifts are woefully underutilized. In another time, composers would be lining up to write roles for a talent like Kritzer so it’s a sad comment on our times that she’s not starring in one big splashy musical after another. Though it’s far from perfect, after sitting through a few other terrible New York Musical Theater Festival shows this year I can safely say that Joe Slabe’s Crossing Swords seemed like a masterpiece in comparison. A cute coming-of-age tuner about an allboys school joining forces with an all-girls school for a production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Crossing Swords has a book and score that work beautifully together for the most part, especially as performed by a very strong cast. David and Jeremy—Marrick Smith and the ideal Lyle Colby Mackston—are best friends but David doesn’t realize that Jeremy’s love for him is far more than platonic. When they’re cast as Christian and Cyrano in the show within the show, David promptly falls for Nicky, the girl playing Roxanne, but Nicky—the adept Ali Gordon—finds herself attracted to the actor playing Cyrano (Jeremy) instead of the hunky Christian (David). There’s a simultaneous storyline involving the girls’ drama teacher, Miss Daignault, and the boy’s chaperone, Sir, persuasively portrayed by Linda Balgord and Steven Hauck. But their scenes bog down the action and Slabe’s use of a flashback device that bookends the show feels both tired and unnecessary. Though it’s too long and a few numbers feel contrived (particularly “The Three of Us”), Crossing Swords makes for a charming new musical with potential. N Nobody Loves You plays through August 11 at Second Stage (305 W 43rd St, 2ST.com).


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365 DAYS AND COUNTING simon baker, anna faris, rose byrne and rafe spall in I Give It a Year

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I Give It a Year Time Investment: 97 min. Return on Investment: 50 min. here has Anna Faris been?” I wondered upon viewing her new film I Give It a Year (Magnolia Pictures). Actually, I wouldn’t call it her film, since she isn’t really the romantic lead. That would be Rose Byrne, whose career has taken off in the years since Faris left the spotlight. Byrne’s hotshot exec, Nat, is recently married to schlubby writer Josh (Ralf Spall), even though he never got over dogooder Chloe (Faris). No one thinks Josh and Nat’s marriage will last, especially their best friends played by Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver and Jason Flemyng. It doesn’t help that Nat is flirting with a handsome business tycoon (Simon Baker) who she knows deep down is more right for her than Josh ever was. The setup is as by-the-book rom com as it gets—which is surprising considering writer/director Dan Mazer is best known for co-writing Ali G and Borat—and nothing these talented actors do can save I Give It a Year from obscurity. Spall, who was so handsome in Life of Pie, goes for Chris O’Dowd territory with mixed results while Faris is miscast, rarely getting to show off her comedic chops. Even Merchant, a Brit comedy legend, seems lost. It’s as if everyone on set knew the film was bad even as they were making it, destined to only be viewed on airplanes—but only after watching Magic Mike twice. Luckily, Byrne has plenty to look forward to. We just hope Faris can score something solid—and soon! —Benjamin Solomon

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Time Investment: 93 min. Return on Investment: 70 min. ake Bell is the kind of actress you recognize, remember that you like, and then immediately forget. She’s talented, funny and attractive, but hasn’t been able to break through that quirky best-friend ceiling. All that is clear inspiration behind her feature directorial debut In A World... (Roadside Attractions), a mumbly, meandering comedy about trying to make it big in the world of voice over acting. Bell plays a vocal coach named Carol with a hatred of girly baby voices and dreams of making it big as the voice behind movie trailers. And when the studio behind a Hunger Games-like mega hit de-

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cides to resurrect movie-trailer legend Don LaFontaine’s signature line (see title), Carol might get her shot. Too bad she just slept with her biggest competition (Ken Marino) and doesn’t have the support of her voice over icon dad (Fred Melamed). Bell has assembled an impressive crew of talent, which in addition to the above includes hipster comedy all-stars Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and Demetri Martin as her nerdy love interest. (She also scores some great surprise cameos which I won’t spoil here.) Bravo to Bell for attempting to tackle the role of women in misogynist Hollywood. Sadly, it’s a theme that doesn’t pair well with the film’s off-beat sense of humor. While charming, Bell struggles to make the film rise through that same glass ceiling. —BS

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By Peter Sherwood t was always such a pleasure, when on occasion, I would stroll by Gradisca in the morning and through the open door catch a glimpse of Mamma patiently pinching out the homemade pasta dough. Gradisca has long been one of my favorite places in New York, and as things have changed a bit with the advent of a new chef, my fella and I wanted to check it out— and upon exploration, our findings were confounding. New items on the menu stalled and our thoughts turned to the time-honored classics that we had long loved. Nevertheless, the space that was once home to cabaret venue Reno Sweeney’s (where Grey Gardens denizen Edie Beale used to perform her act) has a general air of conviviality about it and remains an entertaining neighborhood spot to stop into. While I languished re-

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grettably in traffic, my fella sidled up to a Take Your Time cocktail. Top-shelf vodka with puréed vodka-and-rhubarb syrup was refreshing, not too sweet and went down easily, as he sat wiling away the minutes waiting. Once I arrived, a hefty Knob Creek Mint Julep with muddled mint and a light dose of ginger syrup readily delighted me. A carpaccio made with Pacific halibut was merely decent served at room temperature when we would have much preferred it a touch more chilly. Sour and tangy stracchino cheese was a great pairing once it settled down and was allowed to take breath; sort of like an Italian version of a whitefish platter with cream cheese. An accompanying arugula pesto with almonds and a light drizzle of lemon oil were wonderful touches. Vitello Tonnato was served in a non-traditional manner: although the veal tenderloin itself was politely pink, it was not pounded thin

and the tuna caper sauce was rather more whipped up into a mousse. The final dish was fine but not nearly as enchanting as we’ve come to expect elsewhere. The side of fried zucchini was certainly a pleasant diversion in compensation. When peering at the primi piatti selections, we nuzzled up to an unassertive white Pinot Grigio that we found faintly floral and thought would complement the ensuing dishes. A red Pino Nero held a nose of reticent leather with black cherries and a dry, acidic follow-up. When available, thin layers of crêpes form a fantastic, juicy tomato melanzane lasagna with grilled eggplant and mozzarella. Gnocchi with fava beans and pork sausage was a bland disappointment—such an easy travail to avoid! Contend instead with the thick curls of spaghetti in the Cacio e Pepe preparation, made simply with fresh cracked pepper and Pecorino cheese.

Chewy tortelli with salty stracchino and chives featured rich, earthy mushrooms and evenly rounded out the pasta course. The special duck breast from the Hudson Valley was pan seared and quickly panned by us. The meat itself didn’t taste like much and we needed a hacksaw to get through all of the gristle! An indifferent blueberry sauce did nothing to combat the bitterness of the braised endive and the whole thing left us

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Scallops Ingredients: 12 jumbo scallops ¼ tsp turmeric powder ¼ tsp chili powder ¼ tsp black pepper Pinch of salt

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Procedure: FOR THE CHUTNEY: 1. Heat oil in a medium-sized pan. 2. Sauté ingredients for four to five minutes. 3. Put in blender and coarsely grind for a chunky paste. 4. Check seasoning and add lemon juice. FOR THE SCALLOPS: 1. Rub the scallops with spices. 2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan. 3. When the pan is hot, cook the scallops for approximately two minutes on each side, so they develop a nice sear. FOR THE MANGO AND TOMATO RELISH: 1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl. 2. Stir thoroughly. TO PLATE: 1. Place chutney on your serving dish. 2. Add scallops, garnish with the relish and enjoy! Benares Midtown is located at 240 W 56th St (btwn Eighth Ave/Broadway). Go to BenaresNYC.com for more info.

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ROD: You always know what you’re getting with Treasure Island. If the movie is called Suck It, that’s all they are going to do. These aren’t the best-looking cocksuckers, but they’re the most enthusiastic! They suck it everywhere, from bathrooms to hallways to sofas—even the buddy booths in Chelsea’s “Blue Store”! If there’s a way to suck a cock, they’re gonna show us. Jeremy East prefers a glory hole, where he seems to spend most of his time. I lost count of how many cocks he serviced! MANUEL: It’s worth buying this movie just to see Antonio Biaggi eating his own load off of a slice of pizza. But Suck It is overflowing with 13 hot scenes plus

bonus material, including footage from T.I.M.’s “Suck Dick Save the World” NYC party. There’s a good mix of types— white, Latin, black, old, young—but fans of cock worship and cum-eating will love the variety of dicks—thick, curved, small, veiny. ROD: Jack Handler is one busy cocksucker. This daddy with a salt-and-pepper goatee starts off sucking Keiran and is soon back blowing Tony Bishop’s tattooed cock. MANUEL: I loved “Deme la Leche,” where cum-slut-puppy Eddie Kordova spends the entire scene on his knees servicing four very different Latino dicks. But my favorite was clean-cut blatinolookng Kannon and dark-skinned braided Enigma feeding young Rogan Hardy in the men’s room at Vlada— which is apparently now a milk bar.

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sounds of the world in a single scene. I’m surprised nobody in Madrid called the cops on these two. Marte’s kissing and sucking skills aren’t great, but this versatile pair fucking in broad daylight is exciting to watch. ROD: I understand why D’Macho spied on Goran and Massimo Blade. Who could resist the combination of asses and art on these tattooed studs? Next, Lucio Saints and Tomy Hawk are flipfucking like crazy when they spy D’Macho spying on them. Why call the cops when you can punish the voyeur by force-feeding him your cocks. I love Spanish justice! MANUEL: Ah, Lucio Saints. That nineinch uncut brown dick and that smooth, versatile ass are perfection. When Saints goes marching in, I want to be in that number.

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