NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 21.16 OCT 11, 2013
Matinée, Gay Comic Con Parties And Other Columbus Day Weekend Events
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The Week in Photos Commentary: The gay divide over Britney Spears’new video. Getting Personal with Shane Shane What’s Next Now: David Barton Gym Commentary: Why men need to wear make up. Gay DD Shot in the Dark
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Calendar of Events Quoted with Cherie Lily The Roundup: Gay parties for Comic Con fanboys. Nightlife: Promoter Jake Resnicow on pulling together all of the elements of a Matinée party. Benefits Package: The top five reasons you need to support Empire State Pride Agenda. Brief Encounter: Peaches on her new film Peaches Does Herself. Bars + Clubs Map
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Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY GREG SCARNICI
It’s SHITNEY, BITCH Britney SpearS may not dance like She uSed to, But She Still wieldS power over uS gayS.
ast week, after reading that the government had shut down, I logged onto Facebook to see what people’s reactions were. The first post I came across read: “H8 ON THE NEW BRITNEY N I WILL DELETE U!”This elegant statement was followed by a post that said, “The new Britney video is #reductive #ratchet and a #ripoff.” The odd juxtaposition of posts made me realize: a) Apparently no one in my “news” feed cared what was going on with the actual news, and b) Britney’s new music video for “Work Bitch” was dividing gays. I’ve never been Britney’s biggest fan, as I find her vacant and think she lacks vocal ability, stage presence and originality—some of the things I look for in pop stars. But I decided to watch the video so I could have something to talk about with the boys. What I witnessed was Britney looking and dancing in top form in what appears to be some sort of subliminal tiein for her upcoming stint in Vegas. There’s also an obvious nod to RuPaul and major references to videos by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and everything ever directed by JB Ghuman Jr. The shots of the women dancing in the desert instantly bring to mind the video he directed for Richard Vission and Luciana’s “Primitive.” As you might have surmised by now,
THE EAGLE PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE
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MR. EAGLE 2014 @ THE EAGLE Cee Jay Lyons was crowned the winner at this year’s annual leather competition at the Chelsea bar. Rico Noguchi won the title of first runner-up and Keith Sorrentino came in third at the event which was emcee’d by Brian Kent. See p.42 for more photos.
“You can get nasty at The Real Deal and no one gives a fraction of a fuck.” —Maddelyn Hatter on the appeal of The Ritz’s Wednesday night party
US IT’S SHITNEY, BITCH CONT.
“Dancing with a snake at the VMAs was memorable, but it pales in comparison to Madonna writhing around on stage...”
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to the things 30, 40 and 50-somethings usually post. You know, like pictures of their cats, “Can anyone recommend a good podiatrist?” and “Britney has had it.” I chalk this up to the fact that people in their 20s grew up with Britney, and when you’re 12, you usually don’t have the most critical eye and ear. Fuzzy memories of Britney dancing in the video for “Oops...I Did It Again”must go a long way, since I remember referring to it as “that video with the girl with the sheep voice.” Older gays, who were weaned on Madonna, have come to expect more from our pop divas and have never been that enamored with Britney. Sure, she’s had highlights. Dancing with a snake at the VMAs was memorable, but it pales in comparison to Madonna writhing around on stage in a wedding dress. So as I watched“Work Bitch”and listened to Britney whisper-sing in a fake British accent and repeat what sounds like “wuhk bitch” over and over and over again, I wasn’t that impressed. The lyrics sound like they were written by a meth head, her singing is as effervescent as three-day-old seltzer and the visuals are, as Madonna would say, reductive. But apparently none of this matters to her legions of fans, who are willing to kill Facebook friendships over this—a lot of friendships, based on what I’ve seen. Now get to wuhk, bitch…and tell me what you think. N
CHOOSE ONE: LIQUID
I’m veering towards giving up drinking altogether, but bubbly beverages are addictive in and of themselves, so soda water is a necessity.
CHOOSE ONE: PERFORMANCE HOOD
Have to go with Bushwick since it’s the lovely home of my monthly party Fancy. When did you start performing and why? I’ve been performing one way or another since I was a child, but I first played in a band at the age of 19 with my best friends in the band Screamin’ Cyn Cyn and The Pons.
the previous paragraph is definitely going to get me unfriended on Facebook. Oh well; that’s three less 20-somethings clogging up my newsfeed with selfies tagged #instahottie and posts that read, “LIVING for Britney on X Factor!” and “Tired. Off to bed.” These posts are in striking contrast
ING PERSONAL T T E
YOU PROBABLY KNOW Bushwick performance artist Shane Shane through his twisted original songs like “Pretty” and “Teenage Santa,” or his popular monthly queer performance party, Fancy, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. But now, the bold performer is about to take that unique brand of trippy visuals and slightly psychotic energy to the stage, making his New York theatrical debut with the new show, Liquid Nonsense, at La MaMa E.T.C. on October 27. “I evoke…poppers in a lot of my art, lyrics and imagery,”he says.“To me, poppers are the perfect expression of what I’d like gay culture to maintain in 2013: they are hidden in plain view, ambiguously legal, probably a little dangerous and most importantly highly sexual and fun.” Who’s your favorite designer? Bcalla! She understands my (shockingly low) taste level to a T. I’m also really appreciative of NotEqual for the lovely clothes they’ve supplied me! What do you think has been the reason behind the success of Fancy? I absolutely only book people that I believe in artistically or personally. Ideally both, but I’ll settle for one or the other. I never have anyone perform at Fancy that doesn’t have something special to offer an audience, be it a new piece of work, a fierce hip hop track, an amazing drag look, or just covering themselves in paint. I make an effort to pay my artists fairly, or at the very least to pay them something. The queer performance community is far too used to being devalued, both financially and artistically.
Some of the on-stage back-and-forth between Bootsie LeFaris and Tina Burner at their live cabaret at Pounds and Ounces last week:
Bootsie: “All the greats drink! Judy, Liza, Etta James…” Tina: “Amy Winehouse.” Bootsie: “And they’re all dead.” Tina: “But they were great... And they drank.”
>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW DAVID BARTON GYM “The upgraded locker rooms are what members are most excited about,” says David Barton Gym’s Melissa Katz.“All of the equipment is state of the art and the décor is uniquely DBG. It’s a breath of fresh air for the neighborhood that was craving a cool gym.” Since most David Barton Gyms try to capture aspects of their neighborhood they’re located in, Katz says that the new Christopher Street location will have more of a“bohemian”feel than the other venues located around the city. “All the gyms and their designs reflect the local culture and flavor. The West Village sets the perfect backdrop for the newest David Barton Gym, which is the perfect mix of urban, chic and bohemian… The trainers are hand-picked, the music will be pumping and the energy will be high.” And if a high-energy workout doesn’t suffice, you’re just steps away from Christopher Street’s many gay bars. Flirting burns calories too, right? —Will Pulos
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AT DAVID BARTON GYMS, working out and going out have long gone handin-hand. When Barton opened his first gym in Chelsea in 1991, he even let nightlife figures like Amanda Lepore work out for free in exchange for the publicity. Since then, gay New Yorkers have flocked to the sleek, nightlife-inspired spaces that seem to blur the lines between partying and cardio. If you like your workout with a little bit of eye candy, you’d be hard pressed to do much better than the crowds found inside the dark and sexy interiors at the Astor Place, Chelsea or Uptown locations. That aesthetic has definitely been carried over into the most recent addition to the David Barton line-up, a brand-new gym in the West Village that opened last week on the first floor of the Armory building. The new David Barton (152 Christopher St, DavidBartonGym.com), which is taking over a space previously occupied by Crunch, will feature brand-new locker rooms, group fitness classes, personal training and more.
Comment of the Week:
“As long as the need for an LTR is there and you find that right connection, then it’s up and up from there…” —Peter Calderon via Facebook on last week’s commentary on finding love through dating apps
BY WILL PULOS
What hath kiehl’s wrought? the expanding world of everyday makeup for men.
f you walk into a Sephora on any given day and ask where to find the men’s products, odds are you’ll be directed towards a sad, lonely wall full of moisturizers and shaving cream. But in the near future, that black-suited sales rep could be pointing you towards aisles full of foundation, concealer, eye liner and even more cosmetics, all designed exclusively for men. Start setting your alarm an hour earlier, boys, because your morning routine may be about to get a little longer. Over the last decade, the idea of men wearing makeup has become increasingly mainstream thanks to the efforts of eyeliner-loving celebrities like Johnny Depp and Adam Lambert, but until recently it was still considered a somewhat affected look. That may be about to change. A slew of cosmetics companies and designers have their eyes on conquering the “everyday”male makeup market and they’ve got the light beige concealer and subtle-yetmanly lip balm to prove it. Last month, Marc Jacobs launched a “Boy Tested, Girl Approved” collection of beauty products featuring a number of unisex items. The lip balm, brow mousse and Remedy concealer on sale were all made with everyday use by men in mind, and reportedly inspired by Jacobs’ own morning routine. Tom Ford, who admits to using “at least some bronzer” every day, launched an eponymous makeup line last week featuring products made specifically for men as well. A few months supply of men’s concealer is available for $40 and a daily bronzing gel retails at $48. “The idea of beauty has shifted to the young fresh face of men,” argues Marco Berardini, the founder of EvolutionMan, a male cosmetics company. “One of the quickest ways of enhancing your appearance is to use concealer to cover up imperfections. Men have really caught on in
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BY JOHN RUSSELL
OCTOBER 11, 2013
Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Did Marc Jacobs admit to believing in god, the devil and Mimi Imfurst in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar? Read on...
At 2.8 percent, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has the highest percentage of households led by same-sex couples in the U.S., beating out San Francisco by 0.3 percent.
Having left Louis Vuitton, MARC JACOBS will have a lot more time to pose shirtless for magazines—er, we mean focus on his own brand.
SpeakingofMarcJacobs,the poor thing just can’t seem to make a relationship work with the gay porn stars and hustlers he tends to date, as evidenced by his latest breakup with Harry Louis.
In an essay for November’s HARPER’S BAZAAR ,
Madonna writes that she was raped on the roof of a building the first year she moved to New York.
In his New York Magazine Q&A this week in which he talks about god and the devil, Supreme Court Justice ANTONIN SCALIA seriously sounds like he’s talking about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
So, ya heard about the Chinese two-year-old who “gave birth”to his vestigial twin? It had been lodged in his abdominal cavity.
MIMI IMFURST hasapparently been banned permanently from Philadelphia’s Outfest after she defied organizers
the last decade.” A recent survey conducted by the marketing communications company JWT found that over 54 percent of men now use at least some type of skincare product every day. More surprising is that 39 percent regularly use lip balm, 19 percent bump their healthy glow with a fake tan, 10 percent take care of those pesky imperfections with daily concealer and nine percent go all out with full applications of
by attempting to stage a“counterprotest” against anti-gay demonstrators at this summer’s Philly Gay Pride parade.
According to a recent study from Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, 10 percent of the city’s Grindrusershavenevergottentested forHIV,includingoneofeveryfive18to-24-year-old users.
WTF, there was a tornado watch in effect for NewYork all day Monday? And here we thought we weren’t in Kansas anymore!
have a happy LGBT hIS10 TORY MONTh! Oh, and let’s not forget,
foundation. Let’s hope those gurls aren’t getting too sweaty on the dance floor! Even though the popularity of men’s cosmetics may be growing, Berardini still notes that there are some important differences to keep in mind when marketing makeup to the male market. “I knew our packaging had to be discrete. Even if it has become more socially accepted, it doesn’t mean we want everyone to know.” N
Chita: A Legendary Celebration paid tribute to Broadway legend Chita Rivera last week and toasted the icon on her 80th birthday. The event raised $413,660 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
“CAROUSEL” from Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris “ROSIE” from Bye, Bye Birdie
“ALL THAT JAZZ”
“WHERE YOU ARE” from Kiss of the Spider Woman
DIVAS AND BAD BOYS OPENING NIGHT @ POSH Florencio Flores Palomo (right) celebrates the opening of the new exhibition of his art at the Hell’s Kitchen bar and lounge with curator Carlos Aguayo.
A BENEFIT FOR BAILEY HOUSE @ LQNY Kelly King and Frankie Grande mingle after performing at the annual benefit for the NewYork non-profit. Steve Grand, Cary Nokey and more took the stage throughout the night. See p.44 for more photos.
BASURA @ ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB DJ Sammy Jo (left) and performer Adam Joseph enjoy some downtime behind the booth at the new weekly, retro-disco party at Ninth Avenue’s newest gay bar. See p.44 for more photos. OCTOBER 11, 2013 9
POSH PHOTO: SANTIAGO FELIPE; UNIVERSAL GEAR PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY; LQNY & ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB PHOTOS: WILSONMODELS
PRE-SCORE @ UNIVERSAL GEAR Shoppers Daniel and Robert enjoy some pre-season deals at the Hell’s Kitchen boutique at this cocktails-and-discounts party thrown by Sasha Seven, Antonio Cedeno and G-Star Raw. See p.42 for more photos.
for most people, the city’s columbus day parade—and a day oﬀ of work—on october 14 will be the highlight of this week. But gay new york knows that columbus day weekend is really an excuse to party!
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PENTHAUS FRIDAYS Copacabana, 268 W 47th St (@ Eighth Ave), boiparty.com. Party with the Penthaus pets as Alan Picus and Justin Luke host the official Hustlaball pre-party. DJ Johnny Dynell keeps the dance floor packed with his mix of dance faves. Meanwhile up on the roof, Maddelynn Hatter and Pusse Couture host their Suite Show drag bonanza. 11pm; free.
WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE OCTOBER 11 THROUGH OCTOBER 20
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ONYX NORTHEAST: JOCKS & MASQUE PARTY Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. ONYX’s sexy leather men of color have found the perfect kinky combo: masks and jockstraps! Check the rest of your look and knock back a few Jell-o shots as go-go men get their grind on. 10pm; $3. DRENCHED The Room Mate Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), bearzdance.wordpress.com. Joe Fiore’s noto-
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rious pool party is back to get you soaking wet. Join the friendly furry crowd of hairy bears and scruffy pups for a dip and a steam at this wet and wild Times Square venue. 10pm–2am; $10.
tura, Brenda Dharling, Bootsie LeFaris join Dallas to take on Hollywood’s most revered screen sirens. 10pm; $20 (plus $15 drink minimum).
FALLBACK HK Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander keep their fall fete going strong with this week’s guest DJ Justin Dawson spinning a crazy hot mix. Bootsie LeFaris emcees the proceedings as the fabulous Erica Gabriel and the ever sexy Vinny Vega host. 10pm; free.
#ROCKTHEBOAT The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Host Chris Ryan celebrates his birthday; DJs Keo Nozari and Xaviar pump out the pop tracks in honor of Katy Perry’s new album release; and #SoGaySoWhat marks National Coming Out Day by snapping pics of guest in their t-shirts. Plus, the champagne flows all night! 11pm; free.
DISTORTED HOLLYWOOD The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves), spincyclenyc.com. Dallas Dubois and her partners in crimes against taste debut their newest show. The silver screen has never been this tarnished as Holly Dae, Pixie Aven-
JIZZ Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), metropolitanbarny.com. Jizz comes early this October as DJs Sparber and Anthony Dicapua celebrate the anniversary of their monthly party. 10pm; free.
“QUOTED” CHERIE LILY isn’t stressed about the similarities between her 2010 track“Werk”and Britney Spears’new single“Work Bitch”that have been pointed out on gay blogs. “Once her track leaked, I had many friends send me text messages asking if I had heard it,” Lily says. “Once I listened, I did notice a similarity. It’s a complete honor to think I may be on team Britney’s radar!” Coincidence or not, this sort of thing is just part of the music business these days, according to the fitness guruturned-house music siren. “I think it’s case by case. Sometimes it’s really obvious and sometimes not. It’s also hard to prove if it’s a coincidence or a blatant copy. It’s tricky and it can get shady quick.” Lily fell in love with dance music as a 15-year-old in Chicago. “I was hitting underground raves every weekend, going crazy and dancing until morning. Once I got a fake ID, you could find me in the club every night. It’s in my blood.” But these days it’s New York’s gay club scene that’s stolen her heart. “I love the freedom of expression and abundant creativity in gay nightlife. I also love the outrageous performances, the DJs, the music, the naked go-gos—all of it!” That’s why she chose Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio’s newly re-launched Rockit to debut the video for“Body,” the latest single from her E.P. The Dripping Wet, on October 12. And for those of you who will be on the dance floor, Lily has some pointers for serving up body: “Move like you own the room, the club, the whole fucking city! Move like you own everything and werk it!”
VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com. Gay club culture lives on thanks to the nightlife masterminds behind this epic event. Party legends John Blair, Beto Sutter and Ric Sena bring you superstar guest DJs like Tracy Young and DJ Paulo on a weekly basis while BoiParty.com’s Alan Picus and Justin Luke attract a new generation of Hell’s Kitchen party boys. 11pm; $15–$20. EL RING Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. The latest hot spot to take Hell’s Kitchen by storm gets a little Latin flair on Saturday nights courtesy of Marco Ovando. Wrestlemania is in the air as DJ Colby B spins this lucha libre-inspired party for buff boys who want to take it to the mat. 10pm; free.
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DOWNTOWN DEBBIE Lair, 201 Lafayette St (btwn Broome/Kenmare Sts), lairnyc.com. If anyone can lure cute Hell’s Kitchen twinks to his downtown lair it’s Michael Cohen. We don’t know who this Debbie person is, but with DJ Joey LaBeija spinning and a bunch of hot young party boys hosting, she sure does sound like a good time! 10pm; free. BOWIEBALL Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (btwn Thompson/Sullivan Sts), bowieballnyc.com. Deryck Todd’s annual Bowie extravaganza is back and as usual there are way too many fabulous performers on the bill to list here. Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning (minus the meth teeth) and Jiggly Caliente headline alongside Taylor Mac, Lady Rizo, Breedlove, Michael Cavadias, Merrie Cherry and
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—Cheri Lily at Rockit at AM Studio, 409B W 39th St (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves), Oct 12 at 11pm; $10. Visit cherielily.com for more info.
so many more. 11pm; $20 in advance or in costume/$25 general admission. BOOM This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. The economy—hell the whole country—might be a bust at the moment, but Saturday nights at TNT are still booming. Elizabeth James hosts and performs with special guests while DJ Mickey Pop spins a booty bouncin’ soundtrack. 10pm; free. ADONIS LOUNGE Evolve, 221 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), theadonislounge.com. Porn stars Ryan Rose and Hans Berlin join the men of Adonis Lounge to get you primed for Hustlaball. Enjoy strip shows and lap dances in the champagne room at this official pre-party 8:30pm; $13.
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GEEKY DEAKY OCTOBER 12
with comic con in full effect, it’S time to get your gay nerd on.
ew York Comic Con takes over the Jacob K. Javits Center this weekend and that means a whole lot of sci-fi, comic-book, fantasy and videogame action during the day. But any gay fan boy worth his weight in action figures knows that the party doesn’t stop when the panels are over. The city’s gay geeks will be partying hard at these Comic Con weekend parties and events. — JR
Skin Tight U.S.A. The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), skintightusa.com Cosplay meets gay nightlife at this sexy superhero party. Host Matthew Levine and his Skin Tight crew return to their original venue to celebrate New York Comic Con in style. Special guests Gay Geeks of New York will be on hand to judge the annual costume contest. Wear your own spandex super suit or rent one at the party! Oct 12 at 10pm; $8.
Snikt 2 Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com What is “snikt”you ask? It’s only the awesome soundWolverine’s claws make when they shoot out from between his knuckles—and an equally awesome gay dance
party! Geeks Out brings you their second annual Comic Con crossover party with DJ Big Ragoo spinning the hits at Bar-tini. Oct 12 at 10pm; $5.
Gay Geeks of New York Trivia Gathering The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaygeeksofny.com With all the geekingoutyou’vebeendoingat the Javits Center all weekend— during informative panels and hour-long conversations about the finer points of time travel within the super hero multiverse context and who should play Hulkling and Wiccan in a Young Avengers gay porn parody—you should be more than ready to kick some ass at Gay Geeks of New York’s monthly Trivia Gathering. And with October31justaroundthecorner,allthecomicbook, sci-fi, gamer and fantasy questions will be Halloween-themed as well. Oct 13 from 5:30pm–8:30pm; $5. New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th St (@ 11th Ave), through Oct 13. Visit newyorkcomiccon.com for more info.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 13 NEW
THE LAST BRUNCH Pounds & Ounces, 160 Eighth Ave (@ 18th St), poundsandouncesnyc.com. As every gay boy knows, brunch is the most important meal of the weekend. Marti Gould Cummings hosts this laidback Sunday meal with DJ Patrick Kazura spinning a chill soundtrack to help your eggs go down easy. Entrées are $38 and come with unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and screwdrivers for two hours. 3pm–7pm; free (plus cost of food/drink).
HUSTLABALL NEW YORK Slake, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), hustlaball.com. Party with the A-list of the XXX set at Rentboy.com’s annual New York edition of Hustlaball. Porn studs and hustlers like Levi Karter, Tyler and Austin Wolf, Boomer Banks, Tommy Defendi and Marcus Isaacs will be there in the flesh for DJ sets by Toronto’s DJ Scooter, Nita Aviance and DJ collective Luther, while legendary porn director Mr.
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Pam hosts the VIP area. 11pm; $30–$40 in advance/$120–$300 VIP/general admission varies.
TRIPPIN ON THE MOON XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Legendary promoter Christina Visca presents another epic party. DJs Michael Fierman, Warren Cluck, Robbie Leslie, Terry Sherman, Mark Thomas and Sharon White all spin at this nine-hour dance music extravaganza. 6pm– 3am; $40 in advance/$50 general admission. HORSE MEAT DISCO Output, 74 Wythe Ave (@ N 12th St), Williamsburg, joshwoodproductions.com. Celebrate Columbus Day Weekend with London’s favorite disco collective. Josh Wood presents another Horse Meat Disco residency at Output, with opening sets by Spank DJs Will Automagic and Sean B.The lovely Ladyfag hosts. 11pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission.
GRIFFIN SUNDAYS The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Ninth Ave/Washington St), raffertymazurevents.com. Anything glows at this special Columbus Day Weekend edition of Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur’s monthly party. The boys are staying up late for the holiday weekend, and we’re on pins and needles waiting to find out who the secret surprise DJ joining Vito Fun will be. 7pm–4am; free. THE HARDER-WOOD REVUE Headquarters, 552 W 38th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), harderwoodrevue.gogoharder.com. Special guest emcee Peppermint joins boylesk star and Cocky Boys exclusive Go-Go Harder for another one of his infamous all-male revues. Don’t miss giveaways and raffles from Nasty Pig, The Pleasure Chest, Boy Butter and Cocky Boys—not to mention the sexy strippers dropping their panties to the beats courtesy of DJ Eddie Baez. 8pm; $10.
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 13
THE BIG BOOM PROMOTER JAKE RESNICOW SCHOOLS US ON ALL THE KEY ELEMENTS OF HIS LATEST MATINÉE PARTY.
s the man behind of one of the biggest and most successful circuit party imports to hit New York nightlife in a long time, Matinée U.S.A, promoter Jake Resnicow is a busy man. Several times a year, this mega party, which originated in Spain 15 years ago, brings a taste of Barcelona and Ibiza to the Big Apple. “Working with such a powerhouse brand means expectations are high,”Resnicow admits.“We live for the challenge to blow everyone away.” That’s the plan this weekend, when Matinée: Boom! ignites Columbus Day Weekend. Out-of-towners and New York party boys alike will be flocking to Highline Ballroom on October 13 to hear world-class DJ sets and party their asses off into the wee hours of Monday morning. But how does a party this epic actually come together?What goes into planning one of the biggest circuit events on the city’s gay social calendar? Trust us, there’s more to it than just playing some music and serving some drinks! From venue choice to DJ selection, parties like Matinée are finely crafted nightlife experiences. As he gears up for the latest event, we got Resnicow to reveal his secret formula for an unforgettable night. — JR
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WEEK “WE ONLY AGREE to do a Matinée U.S.A. party if we have an exceptional venue. With Pride, we drew thousands to our own private island oasis at the magical Governors Beach Club, partying under the sun and moon at the most exclusive, stateof-the-art outdoor venue in New York City. For Boom, we are thrilled to have the incredible Highline Ballroom that has featured live acts from Zedd to Jay-Z.”
“WE WORK CLOSELY with the Matinée Ibiza team to bring their themes—from Boom to Pervert—to the U.S. stage. The Matinée formula is about high-production value and a cool, sexy Matinée sound. We fly in the Matinée artistic director along with costumes, visuals and resident DJ Taito Tikaro to bring the beats. Of course, there is more leeway in Ibiza—from pyrotechnics to live sex on stage—but we look forward to getting creative with our wow factors.You know you’re going to leave wowed. Each event is packed with wow moments that leave you talking for months afterwards.”
“THE MATINÉE SOUND is what inspired me to bring the brand to the U.S. for the first time back in 2010 for Pride. We always bring one of their resident DJs to headline our events. One of my favorites, Taito Tikaro, [is coming] for Boom! If you haven’t heard DJ Theresa before, be prepared to be blown away. She is truly one of the most talented live DJs. We are always seeking fresh, new talent, and are psyched for DJ Cindel to make his NYC debut. He won our Matinée Vegas Festival DJ contest, which included a trip to Spain to DJ Circuit Festival. I definitely encourage DJs to enter our 2014 contest.”
“LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING and we have an amazing team that designs amazing shows to rival what you might see at a Tiësto or Avicii concert. Props to Derek at Custom Lighting, who has been with us from the beginning, and to our VJ, Holly Daggers, and lasers by Jarret Ammer and Laseronics. It’s really exhilarating to experience all our operators working at the same time on the same wavelength.”
“MATINÉE IS KNOWN for having the hottest dancers, and my partner, Patrick Crough, has done an incredible job overseeing this. A large number of our dancers have danced at Circuit Festival and are the best of the best. Each Matinée event features a stage full of the hottest dancers and performers. Much like the MTV Video Music Awards or a Broadway show, we feature multiple costume changes that will blow you away.”
Matinée New York: Boom! At Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), Oct 13 from 11pm–6am; general admission varies/$59–$500 VIP. Visit matineenyc.com for more info.
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ACTION Studio XXI, 59 W 21st St (btwn The Eagle eases you into the work week with a Fifth/Sixth Aves), matineenyc.com. Technically hell of a drink special. Do some time at Mugshot this Matinee after hours party happens on Mon- Mondays where $6 gets you a well shot and a mug of domestic draft beer to day morning, but let’s be real: chase it with. 10pm; free. these circuit queens won’t be going to bed on Sunday night! Plan on taking Tuesday off as MONDAY MUSICALS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn well, because DJ Cindel will be Visit nextmagazine.com 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. spinning into the afternoon. for more event listings Broadway comes to…42nd Street. 6am–1pm; $25 in advance/genVJ Tony Built’s musical clips are aleral admission varies. most as good as being right there on the Great White MUGSHOT MONDAYS The Eagle, 554 W Way. This week, NYU New Studio on Broadway’s 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Bryan Austermann serenades the crowd. 7pm; free.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL The Townhouse, 236 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), townhouseny.com. Midtown East’s only gay sports bar is all about the gridiron on Monday nights this fall with the games playing on the big screens. Dip into The Townhouse Clubroom’s football pool if you’re feeling lucky. 7pm; free.
bar.com. Are you smarter than a drag queen? Hostess Sybil Bruncheon tests your trivia prowess at this weekly game show. Bone up on useless factoids and trivial tidbits for a chance to win crazy prizes—or just enjoy the cheap drinks and hilarious antics. 8pm; free.
tasy live shows courtesy of your hostesses and their special guest stars every Tuesday night. The show starts at midnight, but get there early— you’ll need a drink for this one! 11pm; free.
Dance it out, queens!
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WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington St/West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. Natalia Kills, Scary Spice, Jake Shears, Lil Kim. What is it that attracts the boldface names to Frankie Sharp’s ridiculously popular Tuesday night party? Maybe it’s the go-go sluts who work the runway; maybe it’s the fierce looks; maybe it’s the soundtrack by resident DJ Jonjon battles and special guests. 10pm; $10. SMARTY PANTZ REVUE Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-
SALIVA The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Thorgy Thor and Azraea bring effed-up, alty drag performance art to the fishy heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Get ready to spit-take at the freaky fan-
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THE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), willclarkworld.com. Will Clark is taking care of business out of town, so this week it’s Farrah Moan’s Show. Join the special guest host as she raises fundage for the Imperial Court of New York. Expect surprise guests and sexy prizes for this round of Porno Bingo. 9pm–11pm; free. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAG New World Stages, 340 W 50th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), timeoutnylounge.com/sytycd. Paige Turner hosts
the fourth season of this fabulous drag competition. These queens have made it to week six, so they must really have what it takes to impress BoiParty’s Justin Luke and his special guest judges. With $1,000 and their own show on the line, they had bettah! 10:30pm–12:30pm; $5. ANGER MANAGEMENT Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapynyc.com. Get ready to rage as hostesses Mimi Imfurst and Pixie Aventura blow off the steam that’s been building up all week long. This is the
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17
XELLE LIVE Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Russia has pissed off more than just us ’mos with its anti-gay laws. New York girl group Xelle has had it up to their sequin spangled tits with Putin and they’re letting everybody know about it with their new single, “Red Flag.” Catch the premiere of the new video and a special live performance tonight followed by the Queen drag revue. 11pm; free Q THURSDAYS Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), vossnyc.com. Nightlife titans Su-
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sanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss come together with the BoiParty crew to create an amalgamation of club kid excess and HK cuteness. Hey, if it’s good enough for Cher... 11pm; $10 general admission/cover varies with RSVP. CODE The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Don’t even think about wearing sneakers, sandals, khakis or cologne to this fetish night on The Eagle’s second floor. The ultra strict dress code means leather, rubber, fetish gear and boots—no ex-
MANIC MONDAY KARAOKE Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Singer Dan Paul hosts this Karaoke night with free pizza at midnight, $3 well drinks and usually a few cute shirtless crooners. 11pm; free
TUESDAY BOOZEDAY Boiler Room, 86 E Fourth St (btwn First/Second Aves), boilerroomnyc.com. For the booze hound on a budget, this notorious East Village hangout serves up $4 well drinks and $5 drafts every Tuesday night. Mike and Josh host the shenanigans. 10pm; free.
one drag show where you don’t have to keep your anger bottled up. Plus, you’re welcome to self-medicate with a cocktail. 11pm; free. 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.
ceptions! The doorman’s decision is final, but trust us, if you make the cut it’s totally worth it. 10pm; free. PARADISO G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Hosts Rodrigo Piau and Eric Abobo turn G Lounge into paradise as they continue their weekly party. DJ Jorge Bustillos spins the tracks to set the mood at this Brazilian and Latin flavored night, with sexy dancers on the bar and drink specials all night. 10pm; free.
THE GAY AGENDA OCTOBER 17
the gay rightS BattleS on tap for empire State pride agenda.
Empire State Pride Agenda Fall Gala
ou know how ultra-conservative wingnuts are always talking about “the gay agenda” like it’s something we all meet and discuss every week? We’ve always wondered what that actually might be. Strike down DOMA? Check. Get Cher back out there touring? Check. Get Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster out of the closet? Check and—check? We kid, of course. But while the kind of insidious gay agenda some conservatives fear is a malicious fiction, there definitely are goals we should be striving for as a community. And if anyone should know what those goals are, it has to be Empire State Pride Agenda executive director Nathan M. Schaefer. As the LGBT advocacy group’s annual Fall Dinner hosted by Billy Porter on October 17 approaches,
we got Schaefer to lay out what’s on the agenda for gay rights. — JR 1. TRANSGENDER CIVIL RIGHTS: “We continue to raise awareness around transgender discrimination and exercise our legislative muscle to secure basic civil rights for transgender NewYorkers.We remain committed to this as our top priority until we have statewide housing, employment and public accommodations protections for transgender people.” 2. FAMILY PROTECTIONS: “New York has one of the most draconian laws on the books when it comes to creating and protecting our families. We’re advocating for the passage of a bill called the Child-Parent Security Act that will make it
easier and safer for our families in our state, including making commercial surrogacy legal and removing some of the invasive barriers around second-parent adoption.” 3. ELECTING PRO-LGBT OFFICIALS: “As we near election day this November and look to statewide elections next year, we’ll continue to support candidates that have our interests top of mind and will help elect representatives that stand up for the rights of LGBT New Yorkers.” 4. FUNDING FOR RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH: “As the voice of the LGBT community in Albany, we’ll continue to advocate to maintain and increase funding for organizations that provide much-needed serv-
ices to runaway and homeless youth.We’ll continue to leverage our resources to make sure those most vulnerable in our community get the help they so desperately need.” 5. ENDA, MARRIAGE AND IMMIGRATION REFORM: “There are several national issues that are very much on the radar and which we’re helping to support: the Employment NonDiscrimination Act (ENDA), the rollout of federal benefits to same-sex married couples and the continued fight for true, national marriage recognition, and comprehensive immigration reform.We’ve come a long way in the fight for equal rights, but we’re not there yet, and these issues are central to getting us there.”
Empire State Pride Agenda Fall Dinner at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave, Oct 17 at 5:30pm; $750 general admission. Visit prideagenda.org for more info.
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TEACHES OF PEACHES
the gay fave reinventS her own legend in the new film, PEACHES DOES HERSELF.
ome rock legends are born; others are made. But for Peaches, it wasn’t enoughtosimplyletthemythologyof her own randy persona accumulate around her; she wanted to mold andshapeherstory.Theresult is her extremely loosely autobiographical “anti-jukebox musical,” Peaches Does Herself, which premiered as a stage show at Berlin’s Hebbel am UferTheaterin2010.Tocelebrate theNewYorkpremiereofthefilm version of the show, directed by Peaches herself, the electro phenomenon will be on hand for several Q&As at the Quad Cinema this week following screenings of the film. And she’s also set to play live at Le Poisson on October 19, too. We chatted with the musicianturned-directoraboutmusicaltheater,Rocky Horror-type midnight shows and remaking the legend of Peaches. — JR
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Where did the idea for Peaches Does Herself come from? I wanted to give myself kind of a present to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of what I’ve done. So I thought, wouldn’t it be great to reevaluate the songs in a way that became a narrative that’s loosely based on the mythology about me or the trajectory of me—but in a more experimental way, so that it wasn’t some kind of documentary.
A stage musical-turned-movie seems like an unexpected choice for you— but this is more of a rock opera isn’t it? I do have a love for musicals—but only certain kinds of musicals. And I know so many people who hate musicals. So I wanted to make one that I think people who like what I do would like. Also, I was reacting to jukebox musicals where you take an artist’s work and create a musical about them or about the songs that [have] nothing to do with the actual artist or where the songs come from. I never feel like that really connects or works—in my mind. So I wanted to make an anti-jukebox musical, which actually delves into the actual artist. How did you decide which elements from your own life to include in this fictional biography and what to heighten and what to just make up? Well, a 67-year-old ex-stripper comedian in a pussy spaceship never came into my bedroom and told me to make my music more about sex. It’s all kind of fictional, but it’s based on mythologies—more of misconceptions of what people thought of me. Like, is she a man or a woman? Is she just obsessed with dicks and tits or completely porno or completely feminist? Is the show your way of embracing those misconceptions or reacting against them? I’m embracing it all. I’m embracing everything, but I’m also just living it out. What I would wanna do, my idea of perfect beauty. People have been comparing the film to Rocky Horror. Can you imagine midnight screenings 20 years from now with audience participation? Hell yeah! They’re all in there, yeah! It’s all built in! It’s all ready to go. I would love that. That’s the dream. People started doing that at the end of the play’s run. People started to come back and do things like that.
Peaches Does Herself premieres at Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), Oct 18 at 7pm; $11. Visit peachesdoesherself.com for more info.
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PIGGY BEAR The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. TheUrbanBear.com honcho Robert Valin and co. celebrate Halloween early at the Piggy Bear masked ball. DJ Damian spins the spooky tracks for bears, cubs, chubs, chasers and hairy hipsters in disguise. 10pm; free. BASURA Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Scissor Sisters tour DJ Sammy Jo cranks up the volume at Benjamin Maisani, Josh Wood and co.’s new Hell’s Kitchen hot spot. 10pm; free.
pop faves and Top 40 hits. The music and the boys are as hot as the drinks are cool, so don’t miss a minute! 9pm; free. ELEVENELEVEN Open House, 244 E Houston (btwn Aves A/B), openhouse-nyc.com. It’s 11:11; do you know where the children are? At Ladyfag’s weekly party, hunty! Get in there and wreck that dance floor as Michael Magnan and guest DJs spin the underground house you’ve been living for! 11pm; free before midnight/$5 general admission.
FRISKY FRIDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. Things get frisky at Posh on Friday nights and we wouldn’t have it any other way. DJ JRoc turns it up with his mix of
PICK UP Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Every other week, the guys behind Spunk [arts] Magazine take over this East Village haunt. This week, guest DJ Anthony DiCapua spins the tracks while
ELECTRO-POP SATURDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. DJ Steve Sidewalk electrifies your weekend at Dougie Meyer’s Saturday night banger. The dance floor will be packed with cute boys sweating it out to a blistering electro-pop soundtrack at this glitzy gay mega club. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 before 1am/$15 with membership card.
MANSTER The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. The basement of this West Village institution is pumping every Saturday night. Door mistress Sir Honey Davenport ushers the boys in for host Mitch Ferrino’s man-sized party. DJ Johnny Dynell keeps it cute in the main room while DJ T-Boy holds it down in the back lounge. 10pm; free with password till 1am/$8 general admission.
HI-TOPS Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com. Lace those sneaks up right, gurl, because you need to be ready to do some dancing this weekly throwdown beneath Boxers’ Ninth Avenue location. DJ Cazwell pumps out the jams—including a few of his own, of course—while Peppermint puts on some shows. 10pm; free.
LOW-TECH HIGH LIFE Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. LD Beghtol curates this overly-literate fag rock showcase at his favorite bear bar. Beghtol’s new band LD&CO headlines and he’s brought along a few friends to round out the bill. Don’t mis sets by Zan Amparan’s latest project Ca-The-Drals as well as
BOY BRUNCH Elmo, 153 Seventh Ave (btwn 19th/20th Sts), elmorestaurant.com. Load up on carbs to soak up Saturday night’s excesses or indulge in the hair-of-the-dog at Elmo’s weekly brunch. DJ Brenda Black spins as the Chelsea boys get their chat and chow on. 2pm; free.
Forget the name of this party: Holly Dae and Pixie Aventura want you to come all the way in—into Barracuda that is. DJ David Serrano spins as these luscious ladies perform for an adoring crowd. 11pm; free.
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SUNDAY FOOTBALL Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. It’s football season and Eighth Avenue’s gay sports bar has all of the games on the big screens every Sunday. Catch the $3 beer blast from 1pm–9pm while rooting for your team either upstairs or in the lower level Locker Room. Then starting at 9pm, well drinks are just $3. 1pm; free. JUST THE TIP Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613.
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OINK The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. We may never know what the fox says, but we all know what sound little piggies make when they’re having fun. The East Village’s most infamous gay bar is getting even dirtier than usual with slutty gogos on the bar. The Ones’ Nashom and special guest DJs handle the tunes while sexy barkeep William Merrell slings the drinks. 10pm; $10. SCARED GAY: THE BOYS OF BLOOD MANOR Blood Manor, 163 Varick St (btwn Charlton/Vandam Sts), scaredgay2.eventbrite.com. If
WEEK videos by Cocksnaut flicker away on the wall. 10pm; free. IT’S FUCKIN’ FRIDAY Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ Tenth Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. We can’t vouch for any Prince Charmings, but there are plenty of fairies and lots of tail at this weekly party. Joey Israel and Cazwell make the magic happen with hot music and scorching porn star go-go boys on the bar. 10pm; free. WE DO FRIDAYS HK Lounge, 523 Ninth Ave (@ 39th St), wedofridays.eventbrite.com. Do it up right on Friday nights with urban über promoters Rich Starr, Devon and Yamil X. DJs Mary Mac and Danny Nunez help you sweat it out on the dance floor as smokin’ hot go-gos work their assets. 11pm; cover varies.
original songs and select covers by Dudley Klute and Damian Costilla, a.k.a. Dudley & Damian. 8pm; $5. STROBE Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. This Chelsea bar pops off tonight with DJ Calvin’s mix of top 40 hits and remixes. Get your pulse up to the beat as the strobe lights flash and the cute boys do their thing. Drinks are 2-for-1 starting at midnight, so feel free to let loose. 10pm; free. MISSION Remix, 27 Park Pl (btwn Church St/Broadway), 917-274-7177. Promoter Ren Farmer’s mission is to blow up your Saturday night. DJ Beyond spins this party for hot “grown and sexy” black and Latino dudes who enjoy the club scene. 11pm; $5 before midnight/general admission varies.
the first Scared Gay trip to Nightmare: Killers 2 didn’t terrify you enough, there’s more blood, guts and gore waiting for you at Blood Manor! Michael Cohen and Justin Luke lead the gay boys through this legendary New York haunted house. Grab the cute guy closest to you and hold on for dear life. (The timing is perfect, too. Head to Vandam right after—it’s only a block away!) 9pm–11pm; $35. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. Mistress of the night Susanne Bartsch’s long-running Sunday night soirée brings out a new generation of club kids. DJ Johnny Dynell spins epic dance mixes in the glittering main room where nightlife notables like Amanda Lepore hold court. Meanwhile, on the leafy lower level, Michael Magnan, Will Automagic and guest DJs keep the underground club kids moving. 10pm; free.
The Right Track Addicted to Pure Heroine
By Keo Nozari hen it comes to the title of 16-year-old New Zealand sensation Lorde’s new album, Pure Heroine, it’s important to note that there’s heroin the narcotic; a heroine, a woman of courage and daring action, or the lead character in a novel or drama. And all are applicable when it comes to describing her debut. There’s a certain drug-like, seductive quality to Lorde’s understated-yet-beautiful vocal delivery and minimal, electropop/chillwave production. There is also a sense, when it comes to the album’s lyrical content, that—to borrow the title of Brené Brown’s popular book—she is Daring Greatly. And coming from a teenage singer/songwriter (whose birth name is Ella YelichO’Connor), it’s particularly impressive. It’s clear that in an age of slickly produced pop starlets, Lorde is a genuine talent. Pop music, as even the most casual observe can note, is enamoured with aspirational consumerism. It’s hard to find a music video without bling, booze or product placement these days. And entertainment press is equally obsessed with the old money of royal families and the chintzy new money of reality stars like the Kardashians and housewives. But on her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song “Royals,” Lorde is having none of it. She speaks out against blind commercialism with elegant aplomb. “Every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom” she laments before adding, “We don’t care/ we aren’t caught up in your love affair/ And we’ll never be royals/ It don’t run in our blood/ That kind of luxe just ain’t for us/ We crave a different kind of buzz.” With “Royals” Lorde has named herself honorary spokesper-
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son for every kid who never understood contemporary pop music’s preoccupation with material possessions and superficial experiences. It’s a brilliant breathe of fresh air. In fact, throughout the album, the Auckland native displays a lyricism that’s been missing at the forefront of pop music for some time. And it’s almost startling to find such knowing maturity from someone her age—especially when you consider the immaturity and antics of so many on the scene who are significantly older. Lorde’s musical swag is filled with biting critiques of the par-for-the-course western arrogance and insincerity, from the winning faux-bravado of “Tennis Court,” with it’s knowingly cruel intentions (“It’s a new art form showing people how little we care”), to “A World Alone” and it’s observations of the business class (“All the double-edged people and schemes/ They make a mess then go home and get clean”). She also richly characterizes the unnecessary shame people tend to feel when they don’t have the wealth or possessions some think they ought to (“Buzzcut Season”). There are two ways people seem to be looking at Pure Heroine: they might be sparse, but the tracks seem to fit the lyrics perfectly. They’re knowingly modest and have a raw quality evocative of the album’s overall message. Conversely, there’s a case to be made that at times they feel a bit too under produced. But seeing how popular Lorde has suddenly become, that criticism rings somewhat hollow. Nonetheless, the lyrics and melodies are incredibly strong, and Lorde’s voice is enormously compelling. Pure Heroine is a great listen from start to finish: one of this year’s best. N
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Outwords By Jameson Fitzpatrick
Happily Ever After, After All hen he was 18, like a few of the characters in his stunning debut collection of short fiction, Fairytales for Lost Children (Team Angelica), Diriye Osman began hearing voices. These aural hallucinations marked the beginning of a struggle with mental illness he calls “a powerful, life-altering experience.” Only after his diagnosis and treatment, he says, did he find his own voice as a writer. Osman’s stories, which incorporate many autobiographical details to conjure a diverse cast of queer Somali characters, suggest other hardships as well—a childhood stretched across three countries (his native Somalia, Kenya and England, where he now lives) and a biological family whose culture makes them intolerant of homosexuality. Despite the rejection he’s faced from some members of his community and family, Osman remains proud of his Muslim Somali identity, describing Somali culture as “fly, inherently generous, rich”—and even recognizes that he speaks “from a place of privilege, which is the position of a gay African man living in a country where he has rights as a citizen. But,” he continues, “a lot of us within the gay community here in the west still don’t exercise those rights, regardless of whether we’re in Brixton or Brooklyn, because we’re afraid of being ostracized by our family and friends.” “Ultimately though it’s a question of basic dignity. When someone whom you love dearly—especially a member of your family—tells you you’re not worthy because you’re gay, it breaks your heart. What to do? Do you sit down and say, ‘Woe is me’ or do you get up, get out and get something?” Osman’s triumphant first book is a testament to just what can happen when a queer person gets up, gets out and gets something. Though his characters face plenty of painful challenges—homophobia, anti-refugee prejudice, mental illness—Osman’s stories are suffused with the possibility of joy and pleasure, whether in the form of sexual awakening, gender exploration or in learning how to stand up for yourself. Ultimately, his fairytales are affirmations of why life is worth living, even for the lost. The book’s final
story, about a gay Somali-Jamaican couple living in London, concludes: “We own our bodies. We own our lives.” “Coming out is scary,” Osman says, “speaking truth to power is scary, but it’s a risk that’s worth taking…The gay, lesbian and trans folks that came before us made it easier for us to enjoy the freedoms we have now. Part of how they accomplished that was by consistently (and loudly) voicing dissent. The only power I have is to tell these stories of freedom again and again. The only power I have is to lend my voice to the chorus.” N Diriye Osman recommends: The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, Drown by Junot Díaz
Bookmark nNefarious (RebelSatoriPress),hisfourthcollectionofpoetry, poetandspokenwordartistEmanuelXaviercontinuesto writeoutofandabouthisownlivedexperiences,whether touchingontheyearsasateenhustlerthatdominatemuchof hispreviouswork,ordwellingonmorequotidiandetailsofhis present(hiscatmakesappearancesinanumberofpoems). Xavier’slanguage,simpleandstraightforward,trulymakesfor apeople’spoetry. FansofdystopianyoungadultliteraturelikeThe Hunger Games willenjoyFrancescaLiaBlock’sroamingcoming-of-age story,inwhichateenagegirlmustsearchforherfamilyafter amajordisasterchangesthelandscapeofanear-futureAmerica.LooselyinspiredbyHomer’sOdyssey,Love in the Time of Global Warming (HenryHolt&Co.)starsanintrepid,endearingandqueeryoungprotagonistwhoissuretohavereaders rootingforher. In The Penetrated Male (Punctum Books), scholar JonathanKempconsidersthepenetratedmalebodyasamotif inanumberofclassicliterarysources(includingworksbygay greatslikeOscarWildeandJeanGenet).Kemp’sinsights—critical,lyricandsexy—onwhatitmeansforamantobepenetratedare,well,penetrating.N
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EPCOT ON ACID a scene from Escape From Tomorrow
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Time Investment: 90 min. Return on Investment: 65 min. s far back as 1973, two years after the opening of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, filmmakers have been fascinated with the dark side of Walt Disney’s animatronic-filled family paradise. That’s the year Michael Crichton’s Westworld premiered, that influential made-for-TV movie about a futuristic theme-park where robots turn on its guests. This year, first-time filmmaker Randy Moore took that fantasy to a whole new level with his Sundance Film Festival sensation Escape From Tomorrow (Producers Distribution Agency). Moore, who hasn’t one previous credit to his name, covertly shot the majority of his film inside the actual Disney World parks, even managing to keep it a secret from all-powerful Disney until it appeared in Park City last January. It’s a fascinating back-story and one that warrants a viewing of the film just so you can appreciate the sheer audacity of its existence. The story, however, isn’t much more than B-movie nonsense masked as surrealism: every man Jim (Roy Abramsohn) slowly loses his mind while on vacation with his family to ““The Happiest Place On Earth.” What’s the deal with those mysterious French teenagers? Why does Jim keep seeing weird faces on the It’s a Small World ride? And what is this mysterious “cat flu” everyone keeps mentioning? Escape From Tomorrow weaves a mostly silly, very campy tale that hardly distracts you from trying to decipher how they pulled the whole thing off. —Benjamin Solomon
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Time Investment: 89 min. Return on Investment: 86 min. fter Matthew Shepard was tortured on a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming, there were many attempts to understand the brutal hate crime, but the work of Moises Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project might be the most lasting (aside from the Matthew Shepard Foundation). Kaufman chose to focus his theatrical documentary not just on Shepard or his killers, but on the town of Laramie itself, painting a complicated portrait of a wounded America. Similarly, Marta Cunningham’s directorial debut Valentine Road (which premiered October 7 as part of HBO’s documentary films series) applies a sensitive touch to another headline-grabbing hate crime: the murder of Lawrence “Larry” King in Oxnard, California. The 15-year-old King was shot by a
fellow classmate after King asked him to be his valentine. The murder, much like that of Shepard, set off a nationwide debate about gay youth, school tolerance and bullying. But the larger story is much stranger and darker. Equally sympathetic to the families—and legal teams—of King and his shooter Brandon McInerney, Cunningham takes a step back to look at the town at large and in doing so discovers a world of misguided adults: parents who abuse and abandon their children, teachers who fail their students, a court system that doesn’t understand how to deal with juvenile crime. And Oxnard reveals itself to be a place still very confused by the events of February 12, 2008. (There is still a disturbing, but fervent belief among many there that King brought on, maybe even deserved, his fate.) It’s a day that has forever changed its citizen’s lives, even if the rest of the country has decided to move on. —BS
REMEMBERING LARRY Valentine Road
celia keenan-Bolger & Brian J. Smith in The Glass Menagerie; (inset) euan morton & mandy Siegfried in Scarcity
THE GLASS MENAGERIE PHOTO: MICHAEL J. LUTCH; THE FILM SOCIETY PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG
Curtain Up Romeo and Juliet The Glass Menagerie
Natural Affection The Film Society By David Hurst ’ve yet to see a decent production of Romeo and Juliet, and that includes the dreary new Broadway revival helmed by British director David Leveaux. More than any of the Bard’s works, Romeo and Juliet is a story about youth, passion and impetuousness—all of which are non-existent in Leveaux’s cockamamie modernist production. From the flaming curtain rods to Romeo’s motorcycle to the updating of Shakespeare’s text, Leveaux favors style over substance and loses Shakespeare’s love story in the process. Though too old to play Romeo, Orlando Bloom gives a competent performance and there’s no denying he’s rakishly handsome. As Juliet, however, Condola Rashad is out of her element and miscast. There’s not an ounce of the requisite sizzling chemistry between them and the rest of their supporting cast (including a strong Christian Camargo as Mercutio and Jayne Houdyshell as Juliet’s Nurse) are adrift amid Leveaux’s meddling. At this point it hardly matters what anyone says about John Tiffany’s acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, since it’s been anointed as the must see event of the season. For my part, I certainly agree it’s a wonderful production, but I have several quibbles with Tiffany’s rendition and they begin with Cherry Jones’ towering performance as Amanda Wingfield. Yes, Jones is brilliant, and, yes, I’d pay to see her read the phone book. But her Amanda starts at a loud, fever pitch and has nowhere to go the rest of
the play. Though she is the most gifted actress of her generation, there’s also a monotonous quality in Jones’ volume and in her molasses-drenched accent that robs Amanda of the layers of vulnerability that are so crucial to her portrayal. Similarly, Zachary Quinto lays the accent on a little thick, too, and doesn’t necessarily make it clear Tom is gay, as some reviews would lead you to believe. I also hated all the unnecessary choreography and pantomiming that goes on courtesy of Tiffany and “movement director” Steven Hoggett. In short, I much preferred the Roundabout’s gorgeous 2010 production at the Laura Pels. One aspect of the Tiffany revival that’s not in doubt, however, is the wondrous “Gentleman Caller” scene at the end of the play as performed by the luminous Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura and the handsome Brian J. Smith as the Caller in question. It’s a master class in acting and as perfect a rendering of that scene as will ever be performed. It’s difficult to assess the worth of Natural Affection, an obscure late play from William Inge now being revived by The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), because it’s so badly cast and directed. A potboiler about lust, resentment and violence colliding at the dawn of the sexual revolution, neither the cast nor director Jenn Thompson understands what the play is about and are unable to play the text, let alone Inge’s critical subtext. Slightly better, but similarly misdirected, is Keen Company’s revival of Jon Robin Baitz’s 1989 play, The Film Society. Director Jonathan Silverstein’s clunky staging and the cast’s inconsistent accents hamper Baitz’s complicated story of political change at a South African boys school in 1970. But as the play’s emotional fulcrum, Euan Morton is terrific and Roberta Maxwell, Gerry Bamman and Richmond Hoxie make nice contributions, too. N Romeo and Juliet plays through January 12 at the Richard Rodgers (226 W 46th St, RomeoAndJulietBroadway.com. The Glass Menagerie plays through February 23 at the Booth (222 W 45th St, TheGlassMenagerieBroadway.com. Natural Affection plays through October 26 at the Beckett (410 W 42nd St, TACTNYC.org). The Film Society plays through October 26 at the Clurman (410 W 42nd St, KeenCompany.org).
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Sirio 795 Fifth Ave (btwn 60th/61st Sts)
By Peter Sherwood t’s an entirely different world on the Upper East Side, isn’t it? I marveled at all the older dames who dine perched around Sirio in the Pierre New York hotel just off Central Park, discussing things like money and who had the better blowout. Sirio is named after famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque) and the restaurant, formerly Le Caprice, is indeed a family affair, helmed by Maccioni Group members. My fella and I bended elbows at the gorgeous, comfortable bar with a Sidecar and a martini, respectively, and took slow sips as I observed the moneyed man next to us eating a huge, juicy signature Fontina cheeseburger (which we, alas, never got around to ordering) and curiously digging into his Tuscan fries (as opposed to the French variety) with a knife and fork. Once seated, we found the staff to be humble, gra-
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cious and well informed as they told us about the menu and took care of us throughout the evening. We ordered the duo of caviars straightaway, served with dollops of crème fraîche, capers, chopped red onion, minced hard boiled eggs, baguette toast and, of course, traditional buckwheat blini. The roe arrived in a beautiful vessel filled with crushed ice and a violet garnish. Calvisius sturgeon was bright and lively while in contrast the Osetra caviar was tangy, sharp and tasted like a divine sea. Shots of smooth, velvety Beluga Gold Line Noble vodka accompanied this to clear the palate. Chilly, reliable Blue Point oysters followed, which then led to the steaming, creamy potato leek soup laced with lemon oil, thyme, hints of tarragon—and crowned with a fried oyster! As a pasta course, we ordered enjoyable, tangled folds of dark squid ink tagliatelle with a sweet, whole poached Maine lobster in a shallow bath of subtle lobster bisque freckled with
peas. Moving to mains, we veered toward the roasted grass-fed veal chop and lingered over thoughts of the lamb loin, but got hooked instead by the fresh, crispy branzino fish that tasted of the Mediterranean and was accompanied by a delicious purée of earthy celery root and a fit of tomatoes, capers and oregano that felt similar to a caponata. We hit a snag with the New York strip steak, ordered on the medium rare side. While my fella’s portion was easy to cut through, mine required a buzz saw. I didn’t bother to send it back, though, and the few bits of meat I was able to carve out were quite delicious. (I ended up sharing my fella’s portion out of utter dismay.) We cherished the accompanying truffle purée and the bordelaise sauce drizzled over the meat, but at $45 there is no question the cut should have been more consistent and less maddening. Steak should not be a struggle!
Tiramisu was terrific, with chocolate biscotti and a strong espresso flavor. A snifter of warming Armagnac evened us out before we left the wellcoiffed ladies and Sirio at the classic New York hotel. N
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ome-style Punjabi cooking is ready to go at recently opened Patiala (371 W 34th St) 212-564-8255, PatialaNY.com). Though the restaurant is the size of a street cart, the fresh, slowcooked cuisine is hardly fast food. Traditional dishes such as chicken tikka and biryani come with vegetables, dal, rice and Indian bread and may be boxed up for about $9. The à la carte menu is available all day.
Katch Brewery & Grill (31-19 Newtown Ave, Astoria, 718-777-2230, KatchAstoria.com) opened last month, offering 50 craft brews on draft as well as specialty “kocktails” such as Our Kadillac, their version of a margarita. Pub grub nachos and burgers get a sophisticated lift at the 450seater, which also has a picnic-inspired outdoor “kourtyard.” Breakfast pizza at weekend brunch, anyone? In a neighborhood that used to be mostly industrial buildings and parking lots, artist and restaurateur Dario Oleaga has put up paradise at Vacca Grill & Lounge (416 W 203rd St, 212-544-0070, VaccaNYC.com), further paving the way in the development of Sherman Creek uptown. The former garage is now a soaring home to a raw bar, lots of steak and seafood with Euro-Latin-Caribbean influences suitable for Champagne and cocktail pairings—all in a funky, artistic environment. N
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Bucks County 1: Into the Wild & Bucks County 2: Road to Temptation Falcon, 1-800-227-3717, BucksCountyTheMovie.com, FalconStudios.com o paraphrase Bucks County native Dorothy Parker, if all the men in Bucks County were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.
ROD: Falcon’s latest double feature, set in rustic Bucks County and dripping with Americana, is like an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue come to life. Falcon even has an X-rated coffee table book, The Men of Bucks County, available as part of a limited-edition collector’s set on the movie’s special website (info above). MANUEL: Part 1, Into the Wild, begins with my latest porn crush, Lance Luciano. This half-Mexican, half-Italian newcomer has been so prolific in 2013 that this is his second porn called “Into the Wild” (Ok, Naked Sword spells theirs “Wilde”). After getting fucked in his SUV by Vance Crawford, Luciano is nowhere to be seen for the rest of the movie. I’m guessing he had to dash off to yet another shoot. ROD: I got all new wood with Bucks County—like Woody Fox, a gorgeous, preppy 1980s throwback with floppy Hugh Grant hair. Woody’s tongue and cock are made for ass. Watching him take charge of Donnie Dean’s booty, I renamed this place “Fucks County.” MANUEL: You say Hugh Grant; I say Kyle MacLachlan. But floppy either way. This Aussie aerial silk and rope performer says he relaxes by juggling. That must include men, because Fox does three different guys on this farm. ROD: He gets to make out and trade blowjobs with my favorite leprechaun, Connor Maguire. How lucky can one fox get? MANUEL: As the other frolicking picknickers deep-throat hotdogs and perform watermelon cunnilingus, these two sneak away
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from the GWM BBQ for a quick BJ on the QT. ROD: Next, Ryan Rose (the most ubiquitous man in porn) gets to put his face up Connor Kline’s ass. Yum. MANUEL: Rose is tossing around hay bales when opportunity knocks—in the form of Kline’s beefy blond ass. These two “make gay while the sun shines” in a sweaty barn sex scene where Rose tops. ROD: Part 2, Road to Temptation, opens with Rose spreading his cheeks to give Liam Magnuson a crack at his Ryan Rosebud, followed by long-haired surfer dude Kip Johnson giving it up to Fox on a hayloft ladder. I thought floppy-haired Fox was the new love of my life—until Johnson got naked and put his ass in Fox’s face. Now I’m torn between two lovers (and who wouldn’t love being between these two!).
MANUEL: Jason Goodman, shaved and smooth, looks fantastic splayed backwards on a giant tractor tire. This masculine top transitioning out of twinkhood looks like a man as he plows Joey Cooper. ROD: Finally, Vance Crawford, who topped in Scene 1, gets fucked by Jack King in Part 2. Nice way to open and close the series! MANUEL: The Bucks formula isn’t very daring, but it works: four farm fucking twoways, one mutual masturbation, and plenty of interludes of shirtless merriment (wetunderwear rugby, wheelbarrow races, etc.). Five bonus scenes from other Falcon titles are a big value-add. But with a cast this big assembled in one place, why no gangbang? There’s nothing like an orgy to make you feel like a million bucks. N
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151 East 57th St. Btw Lex & 3rd Ave. 3rd Floor 10:30am-11:00pm 646-649-2223
216B W 30th St. Main Floor (Btw 7th & 8th Ave.)
104 W14th St. 2A
(6th & 7th Aves) 10:30am-2am
We are hiring. Call: 646416-1159
690 10th Ave (48th & 49th St) 12pm-8am 212-247-8899
240 W 15th St (7th & 8th Ave) 12pm-10:30pm 212-727-7458
MEN’s CLUB 24 hrs/7Days Entrance $15
592 8th Ave Bet. 38th-39th St.
MEN’s CLUB 24 hrs/7Days
$15 Private Video Booths DVD NOVELTIES
797 8th Ave Bet. 48th - 49th St.
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TRAINED BRAZILIAN MASSEUR
Play with me & touch me during a session. I’ll definitely make you happy in the end. I offer erotic/sensual massages. Times Square Loc 24/7 In$200/ Out$300
DEAN ITALIAN EX MILITARY STUD
Very Masculine Versatile 38 yo 6’ tall 195 Lbs In/Out 24/7 Midtown Location
646-259-3637 917-484-2872 MASSAGE IN CHELSEA 1 hour $50 • 90 min $70 216 West 22nd St.
SENSUAL BODYWORK Young,Handsome,Smooth Athletic, Asian, In/Out. William: 212-787-9116.
NORDIC GOD NUDE! 6’8” Muscular 240# Very 5’9” • 165 lbs • In & Out Calls
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Handsome. Great Hands! 24/7
32 y.o. 170# 5’9” Vers. 7.5”x6” Very Friendly In/Out In Midtown
n/Out w/table. 917-721-5721
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1. Nick Zuko & Aaron 2. Omar & Dee 3. Brian Kent & Derek Danton 4. Yolanda & Arsenio Amadis
PRE-SCORE@UNIVERSALGEAR 1. Sam & Jalen 2. Taylor & Luis 3. Erick & Ivan 4. Anu & Alan 5. Chore, Josh & Kainen
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THEEAGLEPHOTOGRAPHYBYSANTIAGO FELIPE • UNIVERSALGEARPHOTOGRAPHYBYGUSTAVO MONROY
17THANNUALCOURAGEAWARDS@STUDIO450 1. Justin & Brian 2. BD Wong & Sharon Staple 3. Ray, Tomas & Alan 4. Chai Jindasurat & Janet Mock 5. Bill Kapfer & Scott Hernandez 6. John Pinckard & Marc Levine
QTHURSDAYS@MARQUEE 1. Eric Cotoure & Darell Thorne 2. Stuart & Bryan 3. Chase 4. Aino Jawo, Spyder, Caroline Hjelt & Star Ninja 5. Brandon Voss & Maddelyn Hatter
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1. Anne Tique, Jim Darling & Witti Repartee 2. Ed & Mark 3. Peter & Eric 4. Sean, Stephen & Neil
BASURA@ATLASSOCIALCLUB 1. Paul & Fausto 2. Michael & Anthony 3. Michael Alexander & Robert 4. James, Spilios & John 5. Michael, Joe & Chris
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