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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 21.13 SEP 20, 2013

INSIDE:

Kyle Patrick Alvarez brings David Sedaris’ short story, “C.O.G.” to the big screen PLUS: A FALL NIGHTLIFE PREVIEW


CONTENTS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | VOL 21.13 30 NEVER IMITATED fIlM Out director Kyle Patrick Alvarez on getting the rare opportunity to adapt a David Sedaris short story into his new film C.O.G.—and work with the likes of Denis O’Hare and Dean Stockwell in the process.

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The Week in Photos Commentary: NewFest’s Go Doc accurately captures gay nightlife on film—not an easy thing to do. Getting Personal with Ali Forney Center’s Mason Patenaude What’s Next Now: Barba Commentary: The fine line between sexual preference and racial discrimination. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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Calendar of Events Nightlife: New, updated or finally returning, New York’s fall nightlife scene is never boring! Nightlife: Thorgy Thor and Alotta McGriddles on the looks up for auction at their drag swap meet, Alotta Stuff. Benefits Package: The celeb guests of New York City Anti Violence Project’s Courage Awards explain what courage means to them. Brief Encounter: We chat with performer Max Steele before his new La Mama E.T.C. show, Encourager. Bars + Clubs Map Quoted with Stars on 33’s Lawrence“LT” Thompson

COlUMNS 28 29 32 33 34 36

The Right Track Outwords: Choire Sicha’s new book Very Recent History is gay in that I-don’t-haveto-actually-say-it kind of way. Reel Love Curtain Up Eats Double Take

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Business Directory

ON THE COVER AND ON THIS PAGE: Kyle Kleiboker shot exclusively for Next Magazine by Kevin Thomas Garcia (KTGNYC.com). PUBLISHER DAVID MOYAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ALEX ERIKSON

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Pet Shop Boys perform at Beacon Theater • Mary Lambert raises money at GLAAD Manhattan • Atlas Social Club opens

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

shining a light in the dark

A new film tries to AccurAtely cApture gAy nightlife on the silVer screen.

majority of the selections at this year’s NewFest, the annual LGBT film festival that took place last week, dealt with the underlying theme of physical attraction and sex. From documentaries to narrative features, explicit sex scenes and boundarypushing explorations of formerly taboo topics dominated the offerings at the 25th installment of the festival. Travis Mathews and James Franco screened Interior. Leather Bar., their fictionalized doc about remaking lost footage from the 1980 film Cruising. Kink, a documentary by Christina Voros, focused on Kink.com, a San Franciscobased website dedicated to the subculture of bondage and S&M. Even two of the most critically lauded offerings, Chris Mason Johnson’s Test and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, showed gay sex in an explicit and unapologetic light. With so much screen time dedicated to gay’s getin’it on, it’s not surprising that the films explored the topic of gay romance quite thoroughly as well. And the role that nightlife plays in gay relationships wove its way through many of this year’s selections—most

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FRIENDS AND FAMILY OPENING PARTY @ ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB Benjamin Maisani (right) celebrates the soft opening of his newest venture with his partner, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The vintage fitness and speakeasy-inspired venue is the newest gay bar to hit Hell’s Kitchen. See p.42 for more photos.


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Overheard:

“When I was a kid, I was bullied very severely as a plus-size girl. GLAAD, to me, is like an advocate for the underdog.” —Out singer Mary Lambert while performing at GLAAD Manhattan

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Mason Patenaude

"Mostly it was just me and my partner, Tom, along with Tanner and Matt. Totally run and gun, guerilla style.” In order to capture a glimpse of notoriously difficult-to-film gay New York nightlife (those bars are dark!), Getting Go used a combination of recording techniques from webcams to iPhones to camcorders to tell the story of a shy college grad (Tanner Cohen) and his evolving relationship with a New York go-go dancer that was partially based on Camp himself. That technique, Krueckeberg says, was essential to honestly capture a slice of nightlife in the city. “Mostly it was just me and my partner, Tom, along with Tanner and Matt, running around New York with our cameras. Totally run and gun, guerilla style.” Shot on location in familiar gay destinations like The Cock and Splash (R.I.P.), Getting Go utilized its fragmented visual style to accurately portray gay nightlife in New York in a way rarely seen in featurelength narrative films. While other selections at this year’s festival gave hope that gay sex will be more truthfully portrayed on the big screen in the future, Getting Go’s experimental style did the same for nightlife. But Krueckeberg’s main focus, he insists, was always on the story. “Mostly though, we were happy to capture New York in the way I envisioned, as a vibrant, diverse backdrop to this deceptively simple boy-meets-boy story.” N

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prominently in Getting Go: The Go Doc Project, an experimental film by Cory Krueckeberg starring New York go-go dancer Matthew Camp. “New York nightlife was one of the first sparks of inspiration for the story,” says Krueckeberg. “It seemed that even if we weren’t able to penetrate the world all that much, the hint of it would be interesting.”

ING PERSONAL T T E

AS THE PERSON chargedwithrunningthe Ali Forney Center’s brand-new Host Home Program, Mason Patenaude looks to pair New York’s homelessgayyouthwithmembersofthe community willing to provide them with temporary homes. “Many youth are disconnected from their families and would greatly benefit from affirming, supportive and healthy relationships with adults,” explains Patenaude. “The Host Home program offers a community response to a community problem by building crucial connections.” In addition to addressing a severe lack of shelter options, the new program is also hoping to build a strong sense of community involvement with the new initiative. “We’re inviting hosts to imagine the impact they might have on the youth.”

CHOOSE ONE: FALL GETAWAY

Upstate New York

New England

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West Coast

Canada

Apple cider and crisp weather that is ideal for wearing sweaters helps make this my new favorite time of year.

CHOOSE ONE: PERFECT FRIDAY

see a play

watch a movie

go to a club

house party

A perfect Friday would include a tasty meal with good company topped off by watching multiple episodes of Scandal. What’s your favorite lunch spot? On the weekends, I love going to Red Hook and sitting by the water with a homemade sandwich and an iced coffee.

What album are you most looking forward to this Fall? Lucius is a great band based in Brooklyn and I am very excited about their debut album which is being released this fall. What would you like to see from the new mayor that’s different from Bloomberg? More affordable and safe housing options for the young adults such as those individuals who come to The Ali Forney Center. Our youth are tirelessly working to get jobs, save money, attend school and have a place to go at night where they can be protected from the harms of homelessness. How can people become involved with the HostHomeProgram?Anyone interested is welcome to contact me (mpatenaude@aliforneycenter.org) and should visit our website (aliforney center.org/hosthome).


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Gay Gladiators:

Daniel Nardicio brought Cherry Grove back to Ancient Rome with his Spartacus toga party. Here, a selection of the guys: Brad & Nigel

Chris & Chad

David & JD

Ridge, Daniel Nardicio & Brad

>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW BARBA typical barber is our staff. We are stylists with a barber’s edge.” In addition to the usual barber shop-style maintenance, the new men’s salon offers color services, including gray blending and highlights, hair straightening and scalp treatments. The boutique is also stocked up on exclusive, hard-to-get items like the men’s skincare line Go 24/7. “We’re good with all types of hair. If it grows on your head, we know how to cut it,” Cruz adds. “Also, we’re great at helping guys who don’t have so much growing on their heads anymore. Camouflaging thinning hair is an art we have perfected.” Services at Barba range from $15-$150 and the salon is openTuesdays through Saturdays. —WillPulos

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XAVIER CRUZ BRINGS YEARS of styling experience to his newest venture, Barba Men’s Grooming Boutique, (144 W 19th St, 212-675-2010), which opened two months ago in Chelsea. After all, he’s the man who gave Anderson Cooper his signature cut in the‘90s.The brand-new salon offers everything from classic haircuts to buzz cuts and contemporary styles in a clean and minimalist space. “I opened Barba to service as many of New York’s men as possible without having to take any of them to dinner first,”Cruz jokes.“At Barba we offer a personal touch.We make sure we give our clients exactly what they want in a friendly, fun, gossipy atmosphere. I’ve personally had some of the same clients for over 20 years.What sets us apart from your


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Comment of the Week:

“Most Americans may not know that there are many Russians that oppose these laws.” —Luke Ellenberg via Facebook on Michael Lucas’ commentary last week on Russia’s anti-gay laws

BY RYAN SHEA

black OR white

the fine line between sexuAl preference And discriminAtion.

know this is a taboo topic, but I think it’s something that has to be said: gays can have a pretty twisted attitude when it comes to race. As people are increasingly able to hide behind online personas and digital devices, I’m seeing it more and more. I have friends of color who have gotten to the point where their online experiences have been so negative that they feel completely alienated from white people in real life. Some won’t even bother trying to approach a group of white gays in a bar because of it. DoucheBagsofGrindr.com is proof enough that we have a problem. A large portion of the online lingo that we see on a daily basis is blatantly racist. I recently saw a profile on one dating site that read:“Masc/Musc only. 18-25 a must. No fems, chocolate or rice.” I mean seriously, what the fuck? I think that has got to be one of the most offensive things I’ve read in a while. The sad part is how commonplace it is now. This isn’t really a new topic either—Douche Bags of Grindr has been around since 2011—but nothing seems to be changing. A little while ago, I was out with two friends who seemed to be flirting and getting along great. After one left to get a drink, I asked the other if he was interested. He turned to me and said, without missing a beat, “I don’t like black guys.” Now, to a certain degree I can understand someone having a preference when it comes to who they’re attracted to, but whatever happened to getting to know the person, not the race? I have my own preferences for sure; we all do. But wake up! Take that stick out of your ass and open your eyes to what’s really out there. I can’t tell you how sick I am of hearing lines like, “I’m only into black guys for one reason,” and “I love me some rice queens.” Sex is what binds us together as a gay community, sure, but there’s a fine line between sexual preference and casual discrimination. Gays can support one

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Was Britney Spears fired from Grace of Monaco for calling Cher a bitch? Read on...

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We’ve seen the trailer and we’re not really sure we can take nearly two hours of NICOlE KIDMAN swanningaround as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco.

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Isaiah Washington told HuffPost Live last week that he felt persecuted after being fired from Grey’s Anatomy for calling co-star TR Knight a faggot.

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According to journalist Stephen Jimenez’s the BOOk OF Matt,justabout everything you thought you knew about Matthew Shepard’s murder isn’t quite what it seems.

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ChER told Canadian magazine McLean’s last week that the“big oligarch”who tried to get her to perform at the Sochi Olympics assures her that Russia’s people don’t support Putin’s anti-gay laws.

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Forget Anna Nicole; an opera based on BrOkeBaCk MOUntain premieres next year in Spain.

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The results of a recent study suggest that gays and lesbians living in small towns are actually happier than those of us living in major urban gay meccas. We’ll believe it when we see it.

another’s kinks, which is something we generally value as a community, but when it comes down to it, a fetish should never serve as a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to judging a person based on their skin color. It cuts both ways as well. A couple weeks ago, I had an ex come up to me in a state of panic, and ask, “Were you only into me because I’m black?” I was instantly taken aback by the question, and told him that I liked him for him, our similar interests, especially in music.

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With the battle for marriage equality effectively won, many gay rights activists are putting their energies into passing ENDA.

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BRITNEY SPEARS seems awfully comfortable throwing around “bitch” in her new single.

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Stephen Crohn, a.k.a. “The ManWho Can’t Catch AIDS,” has committed suicide.

directed at Miss Amer10 icativeswinner Nina Davuluri

So how many racist invec-

did you read online this week?

We then went on to have a long conversation about how he feels like a lot of guys who date him only see him as a fetish and don’t appreciate the person that he really is. It made me realize that fetishizing body types or other characteristics should never be an excuse for dehuminizing a person. When it comes down to it, maybe we all need to get a little better at seeing past our superficiality. It’s not easy, but seeing guys for who they really are is so much more fulfilling. N


Destination Details:

Impressed by the giant new mural that was unveiled on the walls of G Lounge this week? Some facts on the artwork:

• Called “The Destination” • Designed by David Paul Kay • Covers over 5,000 square feet • Took 1 month to complete

NAKED AS WE CAME PREMIERE @ WHITEHALL Vitaly Bokser, RyanVigilant, Lue McWilliams, Nia Hatsopoulos and Richard LeMay celebrate the premiere of their new film Naked As We Came at the GreenwichVillage restaurant.The film’s premiere, earlier that evening atVillage East Cinema, doubled as a fundraiser forThe Center.

GOD SAVE THE QUEENS @ XL NIGHTCLUB Miss Guy and DJ Steve Sidewalk keep the party going in the booth at this fundraiser featuring performances by Joey Arias, SherryVine, Mistress Formika,Tina Burner and more. U.K. Burlesque performer, Katrina Darling, headlined the evening, which donated its proceeds to the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance.

GLAAD MANHATTAN @ GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE Mary Lambert, the up-and-coming out singer who lent her vocals to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’hit track“Same Love”, performs at the annual end-of-summer fundraiser for the non-profit organization. See p.42 for more photos. SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 9

WHITEHALL & GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE PHOTOS: GUSTAVO MONROY; THE BEACON THEATER PHOTOS: BILL ZWASKIS; XL NIGHTCLUB PHOTOS: SANTIAGO FELIPE

PET SHOP BOYS @ THE BEACON THEATER Chris Lowe, of the electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys, performs onstage during the New York stop on the band’s ElectricWorldTour in support of the their new album, Electric.


stephen King’s books may be the stuff of nightmares but imagine if he were to perform at this year’s new york burlesque festival from september 26–29! luckily, the author is just appearing at John Jay college on september 24.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE SEPTEMBER 20 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29 CONTACT JOHN RUSSELL AT LISTINGS@NEXTMAGAZINE.NET IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE LISTED. LISTINGS ARE FREE AND SUBJECT TO EDITORIAL DISCRETION.

FIRE ISLAND EVENT PAM ANN: FULL THROTTLE XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlcabaret.com. Pam Ann isn’t holding anything back. The hilarious air hostess goes full throttle as she kicks off her two-night stand at XL. 8pm; $25 with XL card/$30 general admission.

FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 20

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SUGAR Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Corey Tut launches his new monthly queer music showcase with sets by Princess Tiny and the Meats, Sweet Tits and of course the man himself. DJ Executive Realness spins between sets as bartenders serve up $8 16oz Skyy Vodka cocktails. 8pm; $7.

PIGGY BEAR The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Robert

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Valin and co. celebrate online ’zine TheUrbanBear.com’s September “Back to Cool” edition at The Eagle. DJ Damian lays down the tracks as bartenders serve up $15 Bud and Bud Light pitchers all night long. 10pm; free. FALL BACK HK Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander brought you Fire Island fun in Hell’s Kitchen all summer long, but now it’s time to fall in love with the city all over again. DJ Justin Dawson spins tonight, with Erica Gabriel and Holly Dae on hosting duties. 10pm; free. JIZZ Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Josh Sparber’s monthly party takes over the Met once again with a nocturnal emission of house and hip hop.

This time he’s got DJ Dicap and special guest DJ Robert Jeffrey in from San Fran. 10pm; free. NUDE IN PUBLIC Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St (btwn Grand/Canal Sts), leslielohman.org. The firstever U.S. exhibition of Sascha Schneider’s work examines the rapid rise and fall of one of the 20th century’s first self-consciously gay artists. Get a sneak peek at the show at this opening reception. 6pm–8pm; free. BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves) spincycle.com. Bette Midler impersonator Donna Maxon recreates the kooky shows at New York’s Continental Baths along with Fonda Feingold as Barry Manilow in this campy one-night-only tribute. 7:30pm; $20 (plus $15 drink minimum).


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20

THE ROUNDUP

THRILL OF THE EAST VILLAGE VJ Tony Built SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT...

NEW

HELL’S KITCHEN

BASURA Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Scissor Sisters tour DJ Sammy Jo (right) cranks up the volume at Benjamin Maisani, Josh Wood and co.’s new Hell’s Kitchen hot spot. Fridays at NEW 10pm; cover varies.

XL NIGHTCLUB

BEDLAM

SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT...

40 Ave C (btwn Third/Fourth Sts), bedlamnyc.com. Killer Queen: Legendary Toilet Böys front man Miss Guy spins at Chris Ryan and AudioFuzz.com’s weekly downtown rock and electro night. Thursdays at 10pm; free.

THE COCK 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. Oink: Special guest DJs joinThe Ones’Nashom to give you and the naughty boys on the bar something to sweat and squeal to. Sundays at 10pm; $10.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT...

FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. Dirty Disco Wednesdays:Wednesday nights are all about ’70s sleaze thanks to Joey Israel and DJ Rad. Catch the Wednesday night fever with disco diva hits and performances by the Dirty Disco Dancers. Wednesdays at 10pm; free.

POSH

BACK

405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com.

Hedda Lettuce

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512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. XL’s weekly lineup has gotten a reboot starting withBroadwayvideoclipsandspecialguestperformersatMondayMusicals(7pm–midnight; free). DJ Steve Sidewalk spins pop hits for Gay College Tuesdays’ 18+ crowd (10pm; cover varies). Friday nights’Fuel (10pm; free before midnight/$20 general admission) finds some of the hottest big-room DJs spinning for a sexy crowd. And Sidewalk is back for a fabulous night of EDM at Electro-Pop Saturdays (11pm; free before midnight/$10 –$15 general admission).

Hedda Lettuce: The Queen of Green: The green-haired drag diva takes over Posh for her new weekly show. DJ JRoc is on the decks, and cosmos and margaritas are just $5 all night. Wednesdays at 11pm; free.


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NEW

FROM THE RETURN OF A FEW OLD FAVORITES TO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW EVENTS TO REVAMPED WEEKLY LINEUPS AT POPULAR BARS, THIS TIME OF YEAR NEW YORK’S GAY NIGHTLIFE SCENE REALLY PICKS UP. SO WE BROKE DOWN ALL THE GOINGS ON BY NEIGHBORHOOD.

WEST VILLAGE Michael McGrail & Pete Forjohn

CHELSEA

OTHER

Leo Gugu

SHHH!!! (A METAMORPHOSIS) The McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch’s transformative new party takesoverSleepNoMoreonceamonth.Acastof nightlife A-listers like Leo Gugu, Kembra Pfahler and Erickatoure Aviance turn partying into an artistic experience. Monthly at 11pm; free.

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G LOUNGE

SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT...

Arsenio & Jim

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225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. After 16 years in Chelsea, G is still keeping it fresh. Host Pete Forjohn’s Gruff Wednesdays (10pm;free)bringstheroughandfurryboysout to play. Paradiso (Thursdays, 10pm; free) has a Brazilian andLatin vibe courtesy ofRodrigo Piau and DJs Eric Abobo and Jorge Bustillos. Hung Fridays kicks off September 20 with guest DJs and drink specials. And the weekend really gets intohighgearwithDanielThomasandMatthew Ballew’s OMG (Saturdays, 10pm; free). Plus, 2for-1 happy hour (4pm–9pm) vouchers can be redeemed anytime during the night.

KINK 2.0 Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Matthew Levine brings his Monday mischief to Christopher Street to help relaunch Rockbar’s weeklyKinkparty.KnockbackyourfreeRockbar Shot and check out BDSM demos and performances as DJ A-Ron spins. Fetish gear encouraged but not required. Mondays at 10pm; $3.

251, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), gagnyc.splashthat.com. It’s all fun and games at this weekly party. The main dance floor is all house and EDM while deep-throat contests, body painting, Champagneminglingandlotsmorehappenthroughout the revamped club.Wednesdays at 8:30pm; $15 before midnight/$20 general admission.

MOVE TO LOVE Acme, 9 Great Jones St (btwn Broadway/Lafayette St), acmenyc.com. Electro duo TheSwimmingPools bring the magic of their Meat Rack parties to the city, with guest performers and cute boys on the dance floor. Sundays from 7pm–midnight; free.

GRIFFIN SUNDAYS Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Ninth Ave/ Greenwich St), raffertymazurevents.com. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur return to Griffin for more twerkin’on the banquettes startingSeptember29!Monthlyfrom7pm–1am;free.

ROCKIT

BACK Brandon Voss & Tony Fornabaio

AM Studio, 409B W 39th St (btwn Ninth/Dyer Aves), fvevents.com. Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio reunite to bring back the party that put them on the map. Vito Fun and Matty Glitterati join original Rockit DJ Lady Bunny on the decks for this highly anticipated return. Fridays at 10pm; $10. SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 13


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21

D WORLD UNDERFINALE WEAR PARTY The Ice Palace, 1 Bayview Wk (@Dock Wk), Cherry Grove, dworld.us. Daniel Nardicio wraps up another epic summer on Fire Island with his final underwear party of the season.The weather may be cooling down, but the boys are still hot and the pool’s still heated for your last 2am skinny dip. 11pm; $10 with password/$15 general admission. GAYS GONE WILD Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. DJ Scott Jones spins a mix that makes the boys go nuts every Saturday night. Grab a drink at the bar and let the cuties of Hell’s Kitchen experience your wild side. 10pm; free. SPANK 12Turn13, 172 Classon Ave (@ Myrtle Ave), Williamsburg, spankartmag.com. With the mayoral primaries out of the way the Spank boys are taking it back to basics: primary colors! DJs Will Automagic and Sean B spin for the bearded

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art fags in red, blue and yellow at this loft party with lighting and installation art by Jeffrey Ralston and shows all night. 10pm; $10–$15 in advance/$20 general admission.

the goy toys who love them party it up. 10pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission.

SAY SAY CRAY CRAY Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, PLAY-BOY Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn sugarlandnightclub.com. Dan Paul—who’s usuFirst/Second Ave), phoenixbarnyc.com. Skin ally in his underwear on the go-go box—celebrates Tight USA takes over Chris the release of his new single at this Ryan’s Saturday night party once weekly gay bash. The sexy singer again. It’s a night of sexy spantakes the stage late-night to perdex and lycra super suits—plus, form Jonathan and BPro’s remix of slinky wrestling singles for this “City Romance.” Plus, DJ Emjay’s Visit nextmagazine.com month’s Frat Rush theme. Pledge usual packed dance floor shenanifor more event listings masters Holly Dae and Matthew gans. 10pm; $5 after 11pm. Levine put you through your paces as DJ Nicky Boom Box spins for your fraternity MISSION Remix, 27 Park Pl (btwn Church brothers 10pm; free. St/Broadway), 917-274-7177. Promoter Ren Farmer’s mission is to blow up your Saturday HIGH HOMODAYS Slate, 54 W 21st St (btwn night. DJ Beyond spins hip hop, house, reggae, Fifth/Sixth Aves), myhebro.com. He’Bro cele- pop and dance hall at this party for hot “grown brates the “Jew Year” with this annual High Hol- and sexy” black and Latino dudes. 11pm; $5 beidays party. DJ Xavier spins as the hot Heebs and fore midnight/general admission varies.

Get on the floor tonight!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

CYCLE FOR THE CAUSE HOMECOMING CELEBRATION LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaycenter.org. After a three-day, 275-mile bike ride, you’re going to need some serious R&R. Welcome home the cyclists and crew of this year’s Cycle for the Cause and celebrate their efforts to raise funds for The Center’s HIV/AIDS programs and services. 1:30pm–4pm; free.

FINALE

SEA TEA Pier 78, 455 12th Ave (@ 34th St), seatea.com. Set sail on the Hudson for the final gay party cruise of the season. Co-hosts LaRitza Dumont, Mikeal Borrus say goodbye to summer and close out Sea Tea’s 17th season with beats, beverages and a buffet. DJ Robbie Leslie spins the dance floor classics that have had you moving for decades. 6pm– 10pm; $25 in advance/$30 general admission.

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. SALACIOUS SUNDAYS The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Ultra Music’s DJ Ricardo has some scandalous fun planned for you on The Monster’s dance floor. It’s never too late in the weekend for a little debauchery in the form of $5 drink specials, sexy go-go boys and seriously salacious music. 10pm; free. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. There are a lot

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MUGSHOT MONDAYS The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. The Eagle eases you into the work week with a hell of a drink special. 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. GYM MONDAYS Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. Monday Night Football is back, and what better place to take in the game than this gay sports bar? Happy hour kicks off at 4pm with 2-for-1 drinks until 9pm. Later, enjoy $4 Long Island Iced

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Teas and $3 LandShark beers while the game plays on Gym’s big screens. 4pm; free. BINGO MONDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. Here’s your chance to win back all the money you spent on booze this weekend! Ginger Snapt hosts Posh’s weekly bingo game show with DJ Calvin providing the tunes. Plus, don’t sweat it if you don’t win big, because shots are just $2 and there’s free pizza at 11pm. 9pm; free. OVERTIME HAPPY HOUR Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com.

of reasons why we inducted Susanne Bartsch into our Nightlife Hall of Fame this year and her longrunning Sunday night soirée is definitely one of them. Club kids sip cocktails as the cute boys in tank tops work the dance floor to Johnny Dynell’s marvelous soundtrack. Downstairs, a new generation of DJs like Michael Magnan and Will Automagic spin underground disco for the kids. 10pm; free. 27TH ANNUAL BROADWAY FLEA MARKET & GRAND AUCTION Shubert Alley (@ W 44th St), broadwaycares.org. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ annual Broadway Flea Market takes over Shubert Alley for the 27th year. With tons of theater memorabilia and an A-list roster of Broadway stars on hand to sign photos, this is definitely a theater queen’s dream come true. 10am–7pm; free.

You’ve been working hard all day; now it’s time to go into overtime. The Boxers team extends their regular happy hour past the usual 9pm buzzer on Monday nights, with 2-for-1 drinks till 11pm. 4pm–11pm; free. #GYPSIES Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Forget the tramps and thieves, Chelsea Piers and Nomi Sas are true gypsies. The glamorous drag vagabonds—or should we say “dragabonds”— host this weekly show with performances and plenty of cocktails flowing courtesy of the sexy bartenders. 10:30pm; free.


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WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington St/West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. It may be Tuesday, but according to recent guest performer Natalia Kills “it always feels like a Saturday night at Westgay.” Frankie Sharp plays host to a crowd of nightlife insiders as porn star go-gos shake it on the central runway. 10pm; $10. CASTING COUCH Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613. See who’s sitting next to your hostess on the casting couch at this comedy variety show where Marti Gould Cummings continues his search for Barracuda’s next big star—the winner of this

eight-week competition heads home with $1,000. 11pm; free.

$2 TUESDAYS The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. Get your cheap thrills at sexy bartender David Serrano’s weekly party where drinks are $2 all night long. DJ Even Christian spins and you’ll definitely have some extra singles to stuff down the cheap and easy go-go boys��� jockstraps. 11pm; $10. OPEN MIC TUESDAYS The Townhouse, 236 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), townhouseny.com. The competition is more friendly than fierce at this weekly open mic night. Pianist

FUNNY HA HA, FUNNY QUEER Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Queer and queer-friendly 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 Anthony Ernest Kiernen, Kenny Shults, Alison Grillo and more. With $3 well drinks at the bar, you’re sure to be in stitches. 9pm; free.

THE MEETING* 54 Below, 254 W 54th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), internationalorderofsodomites.com. Justin Sayre invites you to another meeting of the International Order of Sodomites. This month’s show pays tribute to one Liza Minnelli. Perhaps you’ve heard of her. Performers Molly Pope, Lady Rizo and Kim Smith sure have. 9:30pm–11pm; $25 (plus $25 drink minimum).

CLUBHOUSE WEDNESDAYS Secret, 525 W 29th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), secretloungeny.com. Hosts Kim McAdams and Chauncey Ebony preside over this weekly party for urban sophisticates. Grown and sexy boys enjoy house and classics courtesy of DJs Frankie Paradise and Tony Cortez at this stylish West Chelsea lounge. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission.

PLANET URANUS Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. DJ Marc Isenhart—a.k.a. porn stud Marcus Isaacs—takes you on an interplanetary journey on Wednesday nights. Dance Uranus off—get it?—with the rest of the sexy East Village boys thrusting their way through hump day at Eastern Bloc. 10pm; free.

ADONIS LOUNGE Evolve, 221 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), theadonislounge.com. Ripped body builders, exotic dancers and special guest porn stars work the pole—and maybe your lap as well—at Timothy de Iturriaga’s M4M strip night. They could even be your private dancers in the champagne rooms. 8:30pm; $13.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25

THE SHERRY VINE SHOW Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Sherry Vine and Bianca Del Rio team up tonight for a little girl-on-girl action. Just kidding! It’s just the Sherry Vine Show with DJ Scotty Rox and special guest Bianca Del Rio. With Sherry’s live vocals and Bianca’s cutting tongue, you’re sure to have a good time! 11pm; free. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG New World Stages, 340 W 50th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), timeoutnylounge.com/sytycd. Week three really heats up in the fourth season of this annual drag competition. Paige Turner hosts while Justin Luke and two celebrity guests judge the queens vying for a chance at a $1,000 grand prize and their own weekly show at New World Stages. 10:30pm–12:30pm; $5.

THURSDAY

COURAGE AFTER DARK Studio 450, 450 W 31st St (@ Dyer Ave), bit.ly/courageawards. After the Anti-Violence Project’s Courage Awards, join hosts Chris Ryan and Rosa Morales for drinks, dancing and desserts at this fabulous after-party. DJ Dychro spins for the courageous crowd and all proceeds go to the AVP. 9pm– 11pm; $50. PRE-SCORE Universal Gear, 715 Ninth Ave (btwn 48th/49th Sts), universalgear.com. Score some deals as Sasha Seven and Antonio Cedeno team up with G-Star Raw for pre-party cocktails at Universal Gear. DJ Chord Bezerra spins and GStar’s fall collection is 15% off, so get yourself something nice before heading over to Bartini for Score. 7pm–10pm; free. DINA MARTINA: A DOUR PALETTE Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves) spincycle.com. Drag sensation Dina Martina is back, kicking off her two-

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WEEK Michael Ferreri provides accompaniment and the audience decides on the winner. The ’mo with the best voice takes home $100. 10pm–11:30pm; free.

SEPTEMBER 26 week New York engagement. Get ready for a tantalizingly surreal night of indescribable performance. 7:30pm; $22 (plus $15 minimum). FIRE IN THE HOLE Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. The boys at this monthly party have a fire in their loins—and no, it’s not the kind that you need a cream for! DJ Sean McMahill spins this party for sexy gay gingers and the boys who love them. Redheaded go-gos and shot boys strut their fire crotches while you knock back $2 Bud Light and Yuengling pints and, of course, $3 whiskey gingers. 10pm; free. KILLER QUEEN Bedlam, 40 Ave C (btwn Third/Fourth Sts), bedlamnyc.com. Listen up queens, Chris Ryan and AudioFuzz.com are bringin’ the noise at this alt-rock infused party. DJs Miss Guy and Joey Essex will be dishing out a riotous soundtrack of dance rock, electro and glam classics. Rock out on the dance floor with

hosts Darian Darling and Rowell Adrian. Should be killer! 10pm; free. HOMO ERECTUS: COMIC STRIPPED The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com. Host Matt Knife teams up with Geeks Out for a night of superhero-inspired boylesque. DJ Peter Parker spins as Lucky Charming, Nelson Lugo, Carriage Return, Suffra Gent and more performers get their geek on—and their kit off! 9pm; $10 (plus 2 drink minimum). LAMBDA LITERARY’S 2013 EMERGING VOICES: THE NEW YORK EDITION BGSQD at Cage, 83A Hester St (btwn Orchard/Allen Sts), bgsqd.com. The New York queers of Lambda Literary’s 2013 Emerging Voices get their moment in the spotlight. Catch poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings by Stephen Ira, Matthew Phillp, Tommy Pico and others at BGSQD’s new temporary home. 7pm; free.


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AlottA mcgriddles And thorgy thor on the clothes you might be bidding on At AlottA stuff.

Alotta McGriddles

lotta McGriddles andThorgyThor are cleaning out their closets again and rather than donating all that finery to the Brooklyn Home for Wayward Drag Queens—’cause, you know, that doesn’t actually exist—they’re auctioning it all off at their monthly show, Alotta Stuff. The ladies are selling everything from costumes to couture: furs, fashions, statement jewelry, even a few pieces donated by Chelsea menswear boutique Behaviour, all modeled byWilliamsburg’s drag starlets. “The best part of the auction is finding weird, unique items and seeing our crowd react to them,”Alotta says. Since most of the clothes at Alotta Stuff come directly from Alotta and Thorgy’s own wardrobes, they gave us a sneak peek at the kind of pieces you’re likely to bid on—while they were still wearing them! —John Russell

CUSTOM PINK LEOTARD: Bob the Drag Queen, a.k.a. Kittin Withawhip, made this for me. She was like,“Never give this away!”And I was like, “I can’t promise anything!” PRICE: Leotards are tough, cause you don’t want to buy something that’s been up someone’s ass. But if we sell it for $1, we don’t care because it’s actually about having fun.

BELT: What I usually look for in all my belts is its thickness. I’m a big girl so I need a wide belt. PRICE: I would say we’ll start the bidding at $1. Who knows what it’ll go for? When a queen wants something she’ll fight everyone for it.

NYLON WINDBREAKER: The jacket I bought from Jordan Fox. She said she got it from Montreal. PRICE: This could easily go for $5, but it could also go for $45.

JEWELRY: If you can find it at Rainbow, Forever 21 or some other place where you’ll see 20 more queens wearing the same bracelet, you won’t catch me wearing it. If it looks like something way too big for reality, snatch it! PRICE: Big, clunky, vintage and NOT cheap.

LONG-SLEEVE MINI-DRESS: It’s simplicity and stretch. Perfect for showing off curves and styling any which way. The accessories, hair and styling is what makes the look. PRICE: If I had to make a guess, maybe a top bid of $15?

DENIM SKORT: I got it at this weird little bargain place in northern New Jersey, and it’s a secret location. I’m not gonna tell anybody about it! PRICE: It always depends on who shows up. Anywhere between like $25 to $100 depending on what bitch shows up and really wants it.

LEOPARD PRINT HEELS:

JEWELRY: The jewelry’s all mine. We usually do big jewelry lots, so everything I’m wearing we’d put in one big lot. PRICE: All this jewelry…$100? Which is great!

Anything that fits my size 15 foot is a winner. That’s why I snatched these. PRICE: Starting bid: $1.

Alotta Stuff Auction at Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (between Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, Sep 26 from 8pm–11pm; free. Visit metropolitanbarny.com for more info.

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BRAVE HEARTS SEPTEMBER 26

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defining courAge for new yorK city Anti-Violence proJect’s courAge AwArds.

he NewYork City Anti-Violence Project’s 17th annual Courage Awards get underway this Thursday night, honoring the brave people in our community who stand up to anti-gay violence on a daily basis. With the seeming uptick in gay bashings in the city this year—and the insidious kernel of fear these incidents have sown in each of us— that’s no small feat. In honor of the benefit event, we asked host Maulik Pancholy, performer Steve Grand and honorees Laverne Cox and Janet Mock what courage—and the Courage Awards—mean to them. —JR

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“Having the audacity to be seen—especially in a society that often tells you that your existence does not matter—is courageous. I’m blessed to be surrounded by trans women who are the living embodiment of courage, who dare daily to be seen despite the vulnerabilities that their visibility subjects them to.” Janet Mock

Laverne Cox

“When I think about courage I think about living with an open heart. Everyone should be able to do that without their lives being in danger simply for being who they are, which is so often the case for trans women—particularly for trans women of color. AVP is dedicated to ending violence against all LGBTQ people. I always support that.” Steve Grand

“It’s a privilege for me to perform at the upcoming [Courage Awards] for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, an organization which for 33 years has provided aid to victims and prevented acts of violence through its powerful message of peace and tolerance, and its visible presence throughout the five boroughs of New York City. AVP’s consistently high marks for accountability and transparency make them especially worthy of our support.” Maulik Pancholy

“I think courage is deeply personal. We all have had situations in which we had to face something head-on despite all the fear we’ve felt inside, and despite how alone we may have felt doing it. This year’s honorees have each done things that I think have lessened the voices of fear and solitude for the rest of us.” New York City Anti-Violence Project’s 17th Annual Courage Awards at Studio 450, 450 W 31st St (@ Dyer Ave), Sep 26 at 6pm; $175 general admission/$250 VIP. Visit avp.org for more info.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Music and passion are still in fashion at BoiParty’s weekly party at the legendary Copacabana. Join Alan Picus and Justin Luke as they host a crowd of super cute 20-somethings tearing up the dance floor to Johnny Dynell’s mix of pop and dance. 11pm; free.

STEVE GRAND LIVE XL Nightclub, 512 W St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), 42nd xlnightclub.com. Shine Out Music and Chris Ryan present a special live performance by out country sensation Steve Grand. Plus, spring for VIP tickets and get a special face-to-face meet and greet with Grand. 8pm; $10 general admission/$40 VIP.

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LE1F’S TREE HOUSE PARTY 18+ TOUR Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St (btwn Walker/White Sts), santospartyhouse.com. The queer rapper takes the stage for the New York stop on his current fall U.S. tour. Expect viral hits like “Wut,” “Soda” and “Spa Day” alongside new cuts like “Damn Son” from Le1f’s latest mix tape, Tree House. 7pm; $15.

CHEERING YOU ON BRIEF ENCOUNTER

in his new performAnce piece, mAx steele becomes An unliKely self-help guru.

n his first year of residency at Brooklyn ArtsExchange,performerMaxSteelesaw somanyincrediblemusicalandtheatrical performances that he decided he didn’t wanttocompetewiththeartistsworkingin those media. “I wanted to do something with no sets, no costumes, no props, no escape, no distractions, just feelings.” The resultingperformancepiece,Encourager,took the form of an ersatz self-help workshop hosted by Steele’s longtime alter ego, Billy Cheer.AshereadiedEncourager’s one-nightonlyengagementaspartofLaMamaE.T.C.’s, aSeriesofOnefestivalofsoloworksonSeptember 28, we chatted with Steele about the piece, the need for encouragement and whether we should actually trust Billy Cheer’s advice. —JR

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AND WHAT IS BILLY UP TO IN ENCOURAGER? It’s like a self-help workshop from a self that doesn’t exist and maybe

SO WHAT’S THE NATURE OF BILLY’S ENCOURAGEMENT? HE SOUNDS UNRELIABLE, BUT IS HE BENEVOLENT? I don’t want to give too much away, but the idea of encouraging apart from having a specific goal. Like, is it possible to encourage people without the goal of, like, be better about your finances! Or lose weight! Or have better relationships! If you can just capture the tone of encouraging without attaching it to the actual meat of a goal, what does that tone sound like? So that’s what I’ve been trying to work towards. A general encouragement. DO PEOPLE NEED A LOT OF ENCOURAGEMENT?Yeah,totally!Ican’treallyhave these conversations with people I know, so I made this art piece to tell people what I think they need to hear. Which is not, unfortunately, always good news. I do have some bad news, but I think it’s worthwhile and I think people will enjoy hearing it.

Max Steele

Encourager at La Mama E.T.C., 74A E Fourth St (btwn Second Ave/Bowery), Sep 28 at 10pm; $10 for students and seniors/$15 general admission. Visit lamama.org for more info.

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WHO IS BILLY CHEER? It began as kind of a joke so that I wouldn’t have to use my own name when I was doing stuff. Because I didn’t want the writing or the work I was making at the time to be thought of as autobiographical. So I used the name Billy Cheer, kind of like a red herring to throw off the onus of it being personal and like a memoir or something. [For Encourager] I wanted to make it clear that it’s not me, Max Steele, personally giving a sermon or a speech. It’s kind of like an artistic gesture: a character who’s purporting to be an expert, or purporting to be, in this case, an encourager. Someone who’s giving advice that doesn’t necessarily have any authority or expertise. It’s sort of like a tool. Like, if I’m too chicken to do something, I’d get Billy to do it. Or I can do it as Billy. He’s like a more confident version of me.

shouldn’t exist. I’ve been really into the idea of giving advice, or claiming expertise. And I was also looking for ways to do performance that was sort of outside the theater or dance or music model. So after writing for a really long time I hit on this idea of the self-help workshop. Kind of like an expert opinion, but an opinion from an expert who actually doesn’t have any expertise. Someone who you really can’t believe but who’s demanding that you believe them. And the actual idea of being an encourager is something I’ve been thinking of for a long time. Like, what would it look like if you only existed to encourage or support other people, entirely? I think to try to push that to an almost comedic or grotesque place has been the creative goal here.


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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com. Big room gay club culture is alive and kicking—not to mention kiki-ing—at this Hell’s Kitchen party. Each week, John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena curate a lineup of super star guest DJs to rock Stage 48’s incomparable sound system. Meanwhile BoiParty’s Alan Picus and Justin Luke bring the cute boys out in droves to dance to the beats. 11pm; $15–$20.

HI-TOPS Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com. Lace up those kicks because dancing is definitely not a spectator sport at this Hell’s Kitchen bar. DJ Cazwell’s Saturday night party at Boxers HK might be in the basement but the vibe is sky high. Hostess Peppermint gives fierce shows as Caz spins a bangin’ mix of Top 40 pop, hip hop and a few of his own tracks for a crowd that just won’t stop dancing. 10pm; free.

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WEEK HEY QUEEN Littlefield, 622 Degraw St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), Brooklyn, heyqueen.org. Brooklyn drag doyenne Merrie Cherry hooks up with hosts Sarah Jenny and Avory Agony for this drag-induced edition of Hey Queen. Get your beat on and enjoy go-go queens Horrorchata and Untitled Queen, installation art by Rowan and music by DJs J Lamar and Accident Report. Let’s hear it for the queens! 11pm; $3 before midnight/$5 general admission.

“QUOTED” “Disco music has always been a part of my life, ever since I was a child,” says Stars On 33’s LAWRENCE “LT” THOMPSON. “In my mind, I felt like I was conceived on the dance floor! My mother conceived me on the dance floor in Halston while wearing Manolo Blahniks. That’s just what I feel!” While that fantasy might be a bit of a stretch, disco is definitely in his DNA. It’s influenced every musical project he’s worked on, including his electro-pop duo the Kiki Twins. It’s probably even noticeable in his appearances on Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels. “In my head I’m always shimmying,” Thompson says. “A tambourine, a nice bass line has always been something that has come from disco and influenced all of my endeavors.” None more than Stars On 33. Originally an instrumental project, Thompson has become the face of the band since joining producers Kris Menace and Radical Peterson to contribute vocals and lyrics. The result is the trio’s debut album This Is Love, 10 tracks of pure Saturday night fever. But the album is more than just a throw-back, Thompson says. “We wanted to definitely make it contemporary. We wanted to do a nostalgic album, but also have aspects of what’s going on today in the sense of the sound, making it more nudisco as opposed to classic disco.” On September 29, he’ll take the stage at Greenhouse to perform Stars On 33’s latest single “Moving On” for Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny’s Vandam. According to Thompson, it should be a stellar performance. “It’s just gonna be me doing what I do. Giving you some choreography and fashion and just having a good ol’ time!” —Stars On 33 Live at Vandam at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), 11pm; free. Visit starson33.com for more info.

BALLS TO THE WALL BINGO Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich Ave/Gay St), piecesbar.com. With Liquid Brunch margaritas, mimosas and Bloody Marys going for just $3 and Long Islands for $5, this weekly bingo game show is always a hoot. Hostess Vodka Stinger calls the balls and gives her irreverent take on the week’s current events and pop culture moments. 5pm–8pm; free.

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SLURP Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vladabar.com. “Showbiz Spitfire” Paige Turner turns it up and turns you out every Sunday night at Vlada. Suck down the booze and enjoy games, videos, performances and more at this twisted weekly variety show. Vlada’s own DJ Billy Hannon provides the tunes. 10:30pm; free.

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Travis Garland

The Right Track Deck the Halls with Garland By Keo Nozari ne of our favorite recent R&B albums comes from a blue-eyed Texan, Travis Garland (no relation to Judy, queen). Garland actually got his start in the boy band NLT (“Not Like Them”) with Glee star Kevin McHale. The group disbanded, but Garland continued singing and working with production team The Stereotypes. In late 2012, he put out two free E.P.s, followed by a third E.P., Fashionably Late, earlier this year. And better late than never, we say! Now, Garland has released his self-titled debut album—and it is well-worth the wait. Travis Garland is a coherent, well-honed album that’s innovative, atmospheric and provocative, with deeply textured sounds. A seamless blend of R&B, soul, rock, glitch-pop and dub step, it‘s also melodic and a perfect vehicle for Garland’s impressive vocals—he has a falsetto to rival Robin Thicke at his best. The most obvious comparison is Justin Timberlake, and quite frankly, this is the album we wish Timerblake had made. “You Made Your Bed (So Lay In It)” is distinctly reminiscent of Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around” with an upto-the-minute spin and “All She Wanna Do feat. Casey Veggies” feels like a more sophisticated “SexyBack.” The album’s nuanced complexity is apparent from the outset. The two opening tracks, “Where To Land” and the meteoric “Motel Pool,” which starts more laid-back only to pick up in intensity as the song progresses, are layered with subtle dub step and slyly sexual lyrics, which manage to generally come off as more intricate than trite. Not that it’s without its fun, raunchy moments, like on “Pullin’ My Hair” and the aforementioned “All She Wanna Do” where Garland suggests: “If you wanna bring out the whips and chains/ I know you’re into that type of freaky things.” Other standouts: Middle East-

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ern-inspired track, “Easy,” rocking single “Clouds” and “Homewrecker,” which puts a curious spin on the concept. Garland croons, “I turned you into a homewrecker,” but he literally means that their sex is so hot they are breaking everything in the house. “Girl, you’re really gonna need a maid.” It seems Garland’s talent extends beyond his vocal ability, too. Slickly produced by the Stereotypes (with the exception of the track “Abby Lee,” which was produced by R8D!O), the lion’s share of the vocals were mixed by Garland and he also co-wrote all of the album’s tracks. On the opener Garland asks “Where To Land?” This debut has Garland landing at the top of his class.

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Choire Sicha

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Love in the Time of Bloomberg n person, Choire Sicha hums with as much energy as the city he so incisively describes in Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City (Harper), which came out in August. At O Café, where I meet him between a photo shoot and radio interview, he greets me, asks the barista what isn’t caffeinated, then returns to the table asking, “Didn’t this used to be Joe Jr.’s?” In Very Recent History, Sicha—who is the “copropietor” of The Awl and a former editor of Gawker—details the interconnected lives of a group of gay men in New York City as they struggle to sustain themselves in the face of the recession and make sometimes clumsy attempts at tenderness. The delight of this nonfiction book is not only that it reads with the ease and artistry of a novel, but also how Sicha observes the most quotidian elements of modern urban life: with an anthropological detachment, as if for an audience entirely unfamiliar with the peculiarities we have come to accept as normal (money, marriage, the politics of mayoral term limits). “Almost everything in the City was capital,” he explains. What’s also notable about the book is that its central characters are all quite obviously gay—but Sicha never once says so explicitly. “Gay” never once appears in the book. Sicha wrote Very Recent History in Miami, where he had moved with his boyfriend after going “totally broke.” On how he conceived the book’s alien perspective, he says, “I think I was having a nervous breakdown, in retrospect.” “When you leave New York—I’ve lived here for 20 years essentially—everything’s terrible. [In Miami] I didn’t have any friends. I was scrounging coins out of the coach for gas money, because you needed gas money down there, and all I had to do was write. I was away from New York, I felt weird about everything, everyone I knew had gotten fired…The distance really helped. I thought: What is this city? You walk around like a ghost, like—this is where Joe Jr.’s was, where I came for omelets at four in the morning; now it’s got plants on the table, and healthy juice,” he adds, gesturing to his own. Sicha’s book offers no neat resolution to its the central

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conflict—how to survive in a haunted city in crisis where change is a constant—but the true story of his friends and acquaintances confirms the value of love, in its many forms, and even in its impermanence. In one of my favorite passages, he muses: “Sometimes work was just what you clocked into while you were falling in love. Sometimes sex was just something you did while you weren’t at work. Drugs were something you did sometimes when you couldn’t deal with one of those things, or with yourself.” Very Recent History forces us to look at the everyday of New York City at a slant and, in doing so, allows us to see it more clearly. Sicha’s is a prophetic and uncommonly good debut. N Choire Sicha recommends: Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika (forthcoming), Faggots by Larry Kramer, House Rules by Heather Lewis

Bookmark ultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum is back with My 1980s & Other Essays (FSG Originals), a book that is equal parts intellectual, artistic and pop. It’s no surprise that Koestenbaum, a master of essays that border the personal and the critical, has so much to comment on: the titular decade, of course, his literary and artistic inspirations, and stars of the silver screen. As thoughtprovoking as it is a pleasure to read. Didier Erebon’s Returning to Reims (Semiotext(e)) was a wild success in France when it was published in 2009; now an English translation by Michael Lucey brings the story, which recounts Erebon’s return to the working-class city where he grew up, to American readers. Returning to Reims is as much an autobiography of sexuality as it is a meditation on—and interrogation of—class in contemporary France. 2012’s excellent Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Beacon), by Chris Stedman, will soon be out in paperback. In Faitheist, Stedman (a steadfast atheist and former born-again Christian) looks to his own spiritual searching and his experiences working with both religious and secular communities to reconsider how we think about religion, service and community. N

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By Lawrence Ferber • Photography by Gabe Ayala

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omparing a story by gay humorist david sedaris to a film based upon one is like comparing apples to apples—at least when the story takes place on an apple farm, as is the case with C.O.G., the first officially sanctioned cinematic adaptation of sedaris’ hysterical first-person essays and stories. “there are other things he’s written that would make good films,” shares out director Kyle patrick Alvarez. “but there was something particular about “c.o.g” for me. it’s one of the longest things he’s ever written, which is why he never recorded it himself for an audiobook. i also think its one of the darker things he’s written.” tony-nominated out actor Jonathan groff plays samuel, a privileged gay east coast grad student who decides to see how the other half lives by working alongside mexican migrants on an oregon apple farm. however, the reality proves a lot less romantic and emotionally fulfilling than expected when his best friend bails and he encounters a slew of misfits, miscreants and degenerates—including Jon, a born-again christian (denis o’hare), and curly, a sexually ambiguous apple-packing factory worker (corey stoll). until now, sedaris had turned down all offers to adapt his work, in large part due to his family members’ concerns over how, and by which actors, they would be depicted. so how did Alvarez manage this coup? first, he proved himself with a 2009 feature debut, Easier with Practice, based on a humorous first-person essay by davy rothbart originally printed in GQ Magazine. rothbart, like sedaris, is a regular contributor to npr radio show “this American life.” the fact that “c.o.g.,” culled from 1997’s Naked, which Alvarez first read in high school at age 14, did not depict sedaris’ family members also helped increase Alvarez’s chances. finally, he pitched an approach that would distance the film from the story, so that it could exist in its own right. “what i learned from [ryan murphy’s film version of Augusten burroughs’] Running with Scissors, without saying what i thought about the movie, is being accurate isn’t necessarily being true,” Alvarez says. “A movie needs to exist in its own way. look at the harry potter movies. the third is the best and the least accurate to the books. it’s about staying true to the spirit of the story.” in order to reach sedaris—which, Alvarez admits, proved difficult through traditional professional channels— he did as the rest of us would: he went to a book signing and waited in line, a dVd of the just-finished Easier with Practice

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in hand. months later, sedaris watched the film, liked it and, sold on Alvarez’s pitch, gave his approval. part of distancing the film from the story included being sure that the sedaris alter-ego didn’t actually resemble sedaris. indeed, groff—whom Alvarez wanted for the role after seeing him in the play Red opposite Alfred molina—looks nothing like sedaris, nor does he ape the author’s famously tinny voice or other mannerisms. over the course of fundraising for the film, other thespians, including o’hare and dean stockwell as apple farm owner hobbs, signed on to create a character actor dream cast. “o’hare’s the best,” Alvarez gushes. “he came in with no rehearsal time and he had to spout out five-page monologues.” the low-budget indie film was shot over three-and-ahalf weeks on location in oregon, in some of the actual places where sedaris’s own experiences took place. A working apple packing plant and apple orchard served as locations, and Alvarez admits the “cider smell” of the former could get quite overpowering. prior to this he had never toiled on an apple farm as sedaris had—although he could relate to the hoped-for journey to self-realization that drives the central character in “c.o.g.” and ultimately goes off course. “i wanted to subvert that kind of movie where someone finds himself,” Alvarez admits. “where they might be worse off in the end. sometimes you go on a trip or start a job, and have a fantasy of what it’s going to be—an idealism. And in the end it ends up nothing like that and you feel silly that you thought it would elevate you.” sedaris seemed to enjoy watching the results at the film’s sundance film festival premiere in January. “he responded really well,” Alvarez recalls. “we strayed away from sedaris in the movie enough to exist in a different way, but he said it was more surreal than he expected to see something that happened to him. As anyone would feel if someone made a movie and they were a character in it.” sedaris’ partner, hugh hamrick, also screened the film and sent Alvarez a letter of praise. As for reactions from sedaris’s fans, Alvarez admits they’ve been mixed. “A lot seem to appreciate that we didn’t go for imitation,” he says. that being the case, now that he’s adapted two notable fan-favorite authors’ work, are there any others he’d like to tackle? “that’s so hard to say,” he muses. “i wouldn’t say i’m going to hunt down another known author. it’s a lot of pressure! but i am working on something based on a true story that will have a lot of expectations, so i’m a glutton for punishment.” N

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Time Investment: 116 min. Return on Investment: 30 min. t makes sense that David M. Rosenthal’s would-be thriller, A Single Shot (Tribeca Film), is based on a book. On the page, where a character’s inner thoughts can fill whole chapters, this story was probably engaging and understated. Onscreen, though, it’s just boring and clichéd. Matthew F. Jones adapts his own novel, about a loner who accidentally shoots a young woman and pockets her money, putting his already shaky relationship with his wife and son in jeopardy. An actor of Sam Rockwell’s caliber is the next best thing to a novel’s insight; he imbues John Moon with gravity and longing while barely saying a word. (The performance recalls Heath Ledger’s outstanding work as the taciturn Ennis in Brokeback Mountain.) Rockwell’s surrounded by talented performers including Ophelia Lovibond as John’s estranged wife Abbie, Joe Anderson as a delightfully sleazy criminal with a link to the dead girl, and a wasted William H. Macy. Jeffrey Wright is typically good—and exceedingly ugly—as John’s longtime friend Simon, though his drunken muttering is at times barely decipherable. A Single Shot’s convincing Pacific Northwest setting and emphasis on character could have helped the movie transcend its well-worn themes, but in the end the plot somehow manages to be both too predictable and too confusingly convoluted, and the characters too unremarkable, for us to really care. —Justin Lockwood

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Time Investment: 88 min. Return on Investment: 84 min. he directors of the new documentary After Tiller (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, freely admit that abortion is complicated, despite our desire to make it a black and white issue. But even they were surprised by the amount of grey in their documentary about the last four American doctors who perform third trimester abortions following the very public murder—or, as they refer to it, assassination—of their mentor George Tiller in 2009. Tiller, who championed the importance of late-term abortions, had been hounded by anti-abortion activists his whole adult life before being shot in his church just days before retirement. His proteges, the subjects of After Tiller, took it as a calling to continue his work in three clinics

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in the West: Warren Hern in Boulder Colorado; Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and LeRoy Carhart in Bellevue, Nebraska. All the doctors face constant threats from anti-abortion supporters, including protests outside their offices and death threats to their families. (Eight abortion workers have been killed since Roe v. Wade in 1973.) Shane and Wilson get deep access to the doctors and, most surprisingly, their patients, who, though obscurred from the camera, can be heard sharing their concerns, doubts and fears with almost uncomfortable candor. While the film has no qualms about being one sided, it’s balance comes surprisingly from the doctors themselves, who are in constant doubt about the “right and wrong” of their work. For them, too, this is an issue of life. As Sella puts it, can you call an existence of pain and sorrow life? —Benjamin Solomon

LIVING IN CONTROVERSY dr. susan robinson in After Tiller


samantha soule & shane mcrae in Killers and Other Family; (inset) izzy hanson-Johnston & will pullen in Scarcity

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Where We’re Born Killers and Other family Stay By David Hurst et in the bleak wasteland of western Massachusetts, Lucy Thurber’s “Hill Town Plays” illuminate the journeys of several young women from pre-adolescence to adulthood. By turns grim and humorous, Thurber’s plays have broken new ground with their depictions of lesbian characters and issues and it’s a rare honor for a playwright to have such a retrospective on his or her work. However, seeing these five interconnected plays in chronological order emphasizes the sameness of Thurber’s overall theme (being trapped by socioeconomic circumstances), and magnifies the plays’ structural problems. Rest assured there will be drinking, smoking and illiteracy if it’s a Lucy Thurber play. Scarcity, set in 1992 and directed by Daniel Talbott, tells the story of 11-year old Rachel (an excellent Izzy Hanson-Johnston) and her 16-year old brother, Billy (the superb Will Pullen), an over-achieving students trapped in a white-trash existence created by their parents, Martha (Didi O’Connell) and Herb (Gordon Joseph Weiss). When Billy seizes an opportunity to escape their intellectual and economic poverty, Rachel is left painfully aware that she now faces life on her own. Directed by Karen Allen—and the only play of the five receiving its world premiere—Ashville takes place circa 1997. Sixteen-year-old Celia (Mia Vallet) struggles with her older, suffocating boyfriend, Jake (Joe Tippett), who wants to marry

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her; her alcoholic mother, Shelly (Tasha Lawrence); Shelly’s deadbeat boyfriend, Harry (Andrew Garman); a local pot dealer (James McMenamin) who intrigues her, and a budding romantic infatuation with Amanda (Aubrey Dollar) who is not ready to go where Celia wants to be taken. Directed by Jackson Gay and set in 2003, Where We’re Born finds Lily (Betty Gilpin) coming home from her first semester at college to visit her cousin,Tony (Christopher Abbott), his mooching friends and his girlfriend, Franky (MacKenzie Meehan), on whom Lily has secretly had a romantic crush. Where We’re Born takes a disturbing turn as Lily begins a sexual relationship with Franky that backfires. Killers and Other Family, set in 2009 and directed by Caitriona McLaughlin, is the most violent of Thurber’s plays and the one where I began to lose patience with her writing and construction. It finds Elizabeth (Samantha Soule) working on her dissertation in New York City when her hillbillie delinquent brother, Jeff (Chris Stack), and her ex-boyfriend Danny (Shane McRae), a deranged psychopath (albeit with a rockin’ six-pack) who’s killed a girl back home in a pique of anger show up. Elizabeth comes unhinged when faced with her white-trash past and the threat of losing her future in front of her girlfriend, Claire (Aya Cash). An hour of drinking, screaming and fighting follow, culminating in an ending that defies credulity. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Stay is the last and most disappointing play in the cycle, bringing us back full circle to Rachel (Hani Furstenberg) and her brother, Billy (McCaleb Burnett), from Scarcity, only now the year is 2013. Thurber employs a kind of magical realism in Stay in the form of a “Floating Girl” (Jenny Seastone Stern) who follows Rachel around, perching on top of bookshelves and commenting on the action—and the end culminates in a surreal moment of song where we’re not quite sure what’s real and what’s in Rachel’s imagination. N Scarcity plays at Cherry Lane Studio (38 Commerce St), Ashville plays at Cherry Lane (38 Commerce St), Where We’re Born plays at Rattlestick (244 Waverly Pl), Killers and Other Family plays at Axis (1 Sheridan Square) and Stay plays at the New Ohio (154 Christopher St). All five productions play through September 28 (TheaterVillage.com).

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By Peter Sherwood hat’s to say about Joe Allen? It’s a fabulous, storied, classic New York joint on Restaurant Row and has been a favorite for me ever since I first experienced it over 20 years ago. With all that goes on in this ever-changing borough, Joe Allen is a constant, and we sat comfortably with a soothing soundtrack in the background by Ella, Billie and Bing. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, as the 7pm theatergoers had already left, and were excited to learn that we were seated at Joan Rivers’ favorite table. Later, much to our jaw-dropping surprise, she actually walked into the restaurant! Since we were lingering over cocktails, having already finished dinner, we gladly offered her our table, but the grand lady graciously declined after talking to us for a while and sat instead at her “second favorite table” with entourage in tow—and yes, she looked gorgeous.

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When it comes to cocktails, I can’t think of anything else to order at Joe Allen but a brisk martini, and Belvedere vodka made the grade this time. My fella conservatively slugged back some sparkling water. For starters, a huge portion of aromatic steak tartare was buttery, flavored with strong mustard; sharp, pungent onions and tangy capers plated with a glistening arugula side salad. Toast points provided a fine conveyance. Escargots were tender and not chewy at all, as they so often are. This dish was done right, with fresh herbs, garlic and simmering oil. A small, fantastic Caesar salad was certainly enough for two to share and was exactly what it should have been—fresh, crunchy romaine perfectly coated with a creamy dressing, composed of pert lemon and pungent garlic. It’s a simple preparation that so many restaurants mess up all the time. About here we stepped up to an Austrian Grüner Veltliner, which was crisp like a lively au-

tumn day with creamy, resonant green and floral notes. I do find the Joe Allen hamburger to be one of the best in the city (for years it was never even listed on the menu), but we turned our thoughts elsewhere and ordered the shrimp and grits as a sort of pasta course. We loved it, just like a country breakfast with andouille sausage and jumbo shrimp in a lobster consommé with a fried egg on top and a peppery finish. Thinly sliced sautéed calf’s liver served medium rare was a rapture with grilled onions, a delicious torrent of whipped potatoes and wondrous, diaphanous slivers of bacon love notes. The moist, bone-in pork chop had a great sear, served with Jersey peach chutney. It was surely sent courtesy of Henry VIII—it was a huge, gluttonous piece of meat that we could only eat half of! Accompanying roasted Brussels sprouts were wonderful and further fit the bill. The chocolate pudding cake with vanilla ice cream

and hot fudge has always been a delight, but having been alerted to Ms. Rivers’ favorite, we ordered the banana cream pie instead, such a light, elegant finish to an extraordinary evening! N

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SHORT ORDER: The straightforward, consistent Restaurant Row joint is a New York classic that is pretty hard to beat.

PETER’S PICKS: Joe Allen! Meeting Joan Rivers!

PETER’S PANS: The “flop wall” featuring posters of panned Broadway shows that suffered at the hand of theater critics and indifferent audiences.


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Into the Wilde Naked Sword, NakedSword.com aked Sword indulges tall, blueeyed Christian Wilde, making four of his sexual fantasies come true.

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MANUEL: Naked Sword is in the zone. The San Francisco-based partner of videoon-demand megalith AEBN has been making consistently excellent, inspired porn this year, proving that planning and post-production make all the difference. ROD: “Would you, could you in a van? Would you, could you with a man?” If that man is Brandon Jones, then yes. I’ll gladly eat his eggs and ham! Jones gets fucked six ways to Sunday, riding Christian Wilde’s cock while riding in the back of a van, as out the windows, everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to a school bus passes by. But the real action is inside the van—and inside Jones’ ass! MANUEL: I loved Jones riding reverse

cowboy while enjoying his first tour of SF. “Yes, fuck me, yeah—oh, look, there’s Alcatraz!” But my favorite was ultra-cute Lance Luciano, a caliente Texan (and Topher DiMaggio’s lookalike BF) with a fat, uncut dick and perfect, tattoo-free brown skin. ROD: If there’s a new way to fuck Ashton Webber, Wilde and my ginger lover Connor Maguire will find it. Their athleticism—both holding Webber aloft as Wilde fucks and Maguire alternates making out with and getting sucked off by Webber—is fabulous. MANUEL: In the extras, Wilde demonstrates how to achieve this camerafriendly position, which I call the “Assisted Superman.” Webber is a pliable BDB, and his absurdly massive dual facial is the perfect climax to this excellent threeway. Keep it up, Naked Sword!

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Alumni Falcon, 1-800-227-3717, FalconStudios.com ust because you’re already a college grad doesn’t mean you can’t act like a freshman.

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frosting on the—well, you know. ROD: I could watch Ryan Rose just standing naked and still get turned on. So when Ray Diaz went to town on Rose’s cock and balls, I stood at attention too. Rose should have his own private reunion with Vance Crawford. I’d be heading up that alumni ball in a second! MANUEL: Diaz is a tall, dark bottom with a swimmer’s build and plenty of precum (yum). He bookends this movie, first demonstrating a wide array of fellatio techniques on Crawford’s uncut 7½ inches (including pucker-sucking it the same way a smoker tries to get a newly lit cigar to burn), then taking a pounding from Rose that’s so hard and fast it sounded like applause (-plause). And all three of these guys’ cumshots will leave you gaga.

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