NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 21.27 DEC 27, 2013
Who’s Next 2014
PLUS: YOUR COMPLETE GAY NEW YEAR’S EVE GUIDE
DECEMBER 27, 2013 | VOL 21.27
12 who’s next 2014 Our annual foray into the underground talents you’ll be hearing about in the year to come zooms in on two drag queens, an artist, a baby-faced promoter and a photographer who used to perform on Broadway. Get to know them now! 12 Drag queen Terra Grenade 14 Artist Troy Michie 15 Drag queen Elizabeth James 16 Nightlife promoter Bobby LaSalle 18 Photographer Rick Stockwell
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The Week in Photos Commentary: Does dick size really matter? Getting Personal with Natalie Joy Johnson What’s Next Now: Icon Commentary: I’m 24 and I hate tattoos. Gay DD Shot in the Dark
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Calendar of Events new! Bar Crawl: Hit up the same parties and bars former go-go boy John Sanford plans to on his last night in New York. When I Knew: Madonna helped DJ Chauncey Dandridge know he was different. Brief Encounter: Jayson Dottley is heading to Industry to celebrate the release of his new single“Love Story.” Shoutout: New York nightlifers share their New Year’s resolutions. Bars + Clubs Map: Three new gays bars! sPeCIAL FeAtURe! The Roundup: Our comprehensive guide to New Year’s Eve in gay New York.
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Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Bottoms Up Double Take
The Right Track The Whole Package: Hangover helpers to get you through LIstInGs New Year’s Eve in 33 Business Directory one piece. 48 Parties
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in Getting What’s Gay 4 Week P. 6 Personal P. 7 Next Now P. 10 D.D. Photos Snaxx turns 11 • Susanne Bartsch and David Barton collect toys • Hustling premieres its final season
Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY KAREEM MCJAGGER
too big to fail? Is dIck sIze really that bIg of a deal?
pinions on the significance of cock size are as varied as the actual cocks around gay New York. A recent study by a team of (allmale) Australian biologists showed that penis size was a factor in judging men’s attractiveness. However, this is hardly cause for less-endowed gays to fret, because body shape and height scored as more important. Plus, the study’s subjects were all women. To get the tea on what gay men think, I went all Carrie-Bradshaw-incowboy-boots and asked my friends. Responses more or less focused on practicality and aesthetics, with a surprising number of guys actually preferring more of a medium-sized member on a guy—or maybe they were just unwilling to publicly admit to being a total size queen. Apparently, too big is a problem for quite a few gays. DJ Nando shared a very candid opinion that several others echoed: “Depends if you wanna suck comfortably or bleed out your asshole.” Another queen, who asked to remain anonymous, told me he dodges more mammoth members“because I feel like I can’t give decent head [if it’s too big]. And normally I pride myself [on that].” A friend of a friend, Pepito, took it one step further: “I can only take max
westway photo: gustavo monroy
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WESTGAY @ WESTWAY Luke Harding, Ryan and Kennedy Carter work their magic at Westgay’s annual holiday party. Orange Is The New Black’s Taryn Manning DJ-ed while RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Milk Queen and the cast of Nutcracker Rouge performed. See p.59 for more photos.
“I don’t remember! I don’t know where I was last Saturday.” —Ward, a Long Island City resident trying to describe his last weekend during a “Street Meet” interview for The Nexus
TOO BIG TO FAIL? CONT.
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“For go-go boys, it’s about your energy and attitude. I’d hire a tight, toned body that moves well with a pretty face before breaking out a ruler.” You’d think size would matter a lot for go-go dancers—those boys and their bulges are in the spotlight on a nightly basis. But promoter Justin Luke says size is hardly a factor. “For go-go boys it’s about your body, your booty and your energy and attitude,” he explains.“I’d hire a tight, toned body that moves well with a pretty face before breaking out a ruler.” Even Daniel Nardicio, who is known for his scandalous underwear parties, doesn’t care about a dancer’s unit unless he’s naked. “I actually prefer dancers with great asses: usually they were fat kids, so they are needier and will let anyone touch them for approval they never got from their parents,” he says. “Dancers with big dicks are often very full of themselves.” It seems the results of my casual study are inconclusive. Most will at least tolerate a medium-sized dick, and some prefer it. Hell, a few guys even told me they hunt for small dicks! Basically, people like what they like, and chances are someone will like what you have. As for my opinion, it’s what’s inside (me) that counts. N
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eight [inches]. Beyond that I will die.” On the other hand, some, like my friend Tim, have very practical reasons for their preference for an above-average endowment in the bedroom: “I have a beefy ass; I need at least eight [inches] to get any type of pleasure. My joke is, ‘I don’t clean out or bend over for anything less than eight!”
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WHEN BROADWAY performer Natalie Joy Johnson was booked for a month-long gig at Therapy in May 2011, it didn’t take long for her to realize it was a job she’d like to extend. “After the second week, I told my musical director extraordinaire, Brian Nash, that somehow we were gonna take over that show! They had a cancellation for June, and I was like, ‘We’re available!’ [Since then,] it’s been two and a half years at Therapy.” This January, Johnson’s popular show at the Hell’s Kitchen bar will be moving to Monday nights, when she’ll hit the stage directly after weeklyscreeningsofRuPaul’s DragRace.“Ohmy god. I love that show,” she gushes,“I’m very excited for the spirited dialogue that’s about to go down, hunty.” Speaking of drag queens, Johnson is also getting ready to make her debut in Kinky Boots on Broadway this month. “I’m playing Pat. She’s in management at the shoe factory. And I am giving you a fierce red wig!”
CHOOSE ONE: CYNDI LAUPER SONG
“Girls Just Want “Time After Time” To Have Fun”
“I Drove All Night”
They are all nailing it, but it’s gotta be “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “She-Bop.” My cousin and our best friend would sing “She-Bop” during recess at my Baptist Elementary School.
CHOOSE ONE: COMPOSER
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Kander and Ebb
what do you sing in the shower? Gloria Estefan ballads! what’s your favorite bar in new york? Therapy Bar & Grille, girl! That food is actually real good. I also take a lot of my Internet first dates there. Maybe that explains why I’m still single. Tell your friends. how do you think the cabaret scene has changed in the last few years? I don’t really know, but I can tell you this: we are going to be nailing it every Monday night at Therapy!
“We Do Not Belong Together.” Who do you think you are?
what’s your new year’s resolution? Oh, please.
who would be your dream duet partner? Kevin Smith Kirkwood
what’s a trend you wish would die? #hastaging #jk #obvi
By The Numbers:
After rulings in Utah and New Mexico, a look back on a big month for gay marriage:
States that legalized gay marriage
People it aﬀects
States that now recognize gay marriage
>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW ICON
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WHEN ASTORIA RESIDENT Nick Lion had some friends visiting from California a few years ago, he wanted to take them out to a nice place for a cocktail, but couldn’t think of a suitable spot in the neighborhood. So he decided to open Icon (31-84 33rd St, IconAstoria.com), a clean, upscale gay club that’s both glamorous and welcoming. “It’s called Icon and it’s dedicated to and inspired by Marilyn Monroe,” explains Lion of the new bar’s design inspiration. “It’s very glamorous and sparkly. It’s a place where you like to bring people and be in a beautiful surrounding,”he continues.“It’s a nice respite.” Icon joins a number of new venues hoping to cater to Astoria’s thriving gay scene, and Lion says the bar will offer a full range of shows, regular live entertainment and drag queens. One thing you won’t find at the new venue, however, are any televisions. “I didn’t want TVs and video screens or anything because it’s almost like going out and everyone’s looking at their iPods and phones, and they’re not communicating and socializing,” says Lion. “It’s proven that if there’s a TV screen your eyes focus on that.” There will be plenty else to focus on when Icon celebrates its grand opening (on December 28) and New Year’s Eve this week. For the bar’s grand opening party, Lion promises a special surprise performance as well as dancers and no cover. On New Year’s Eve, Amanda Lepore and Carmen Carrera will be hosting the glitzy blowout celebration with DJ Amoroso. At both events, Lion hopes to set a warm and welcoming tone for the future. “I want a place where my people can feel connected,”he says.“Most important is the heart of the club.”—Will Pulos
Comment of the Week:
“Where the fuck is Lady Gaga?” —Thomas Schoter via Facebook on last week’s article recapping the top moments in pop music from 2013
HUSTLING PRIVATE SCREENING @ TRIBECA CINEMAS Kevin Spirtas, Gerald McCullouch, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Sebastian LaCause host a private screening of the first three episodes of the third season of the award-winning web series.
DICK THE BALLS @ STEEL DRUMS Brooklyn-based artist Boywolf performs at The Culture Whore’s holiday party at the Williamsburg event space. Will Sheridan, Chris Tyler, Carolyn Gilliam and others also performed throughout the evening. 8 DECEMBER 27, 2013
BARTSCH AND BARTON’S TOY DRIVE @ THE SOHO GRAND Susanne Bartsch and David Barton host an assortment of nightlife characters at the downtown hotel in order to collect toys and donations for needy children in New York for the holidays. See p.58 for more photos.
trIbeca cInemas, atLas socIaL cLub & soho grand photos: gustavo monroy; steeL drums photo: santIago feLIpe
SNAXX 11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB DJs Rich King and Gustavo celebrate their party’s 11-year anniversary at the new Hell’s Kitchen venue. See p.58 for more photos.
Comment of the Week:
“Age is no barrier to love!” —Leonard Whittingham via Facebook on last week’s article examining age diﬀerences in gay relationships
US BY SEBASTIAN SHARP
I hate tattoos tats are ubIquItous among gays. why? I have no Idea.
fter a couple drinks at the bar around the corner from my apartment, I was saying goodbye to the muscular, dark-haired guy I’d met earlier that night when he asked if I wanted to come upstairs. It was a weekend, and I didn’t just down a large frozen margarita for nothing, so I said yes. Once we got to his sparsely decorated room (there was a painting of a wolf on the wall that I chose to ignore), we chatted for a bit and started fooling around. When we moved to the bed, I managed to get his tight black V-neck around his swollen biceps with a full-hearted yank, and noticed a small symbol on his arm. “What’s that?”I got out between deep breaths, pointing at the black design on his forearm. “It’s a Mexican symbol for infinity,” he said solemnly. “Oh, like those bottomless margaritas we just had?” I quipped. Silence. “And this one over here?”I said, pointing to an “MM” and an “SS” in a heart on his right shoulder. “My friend and I both got these years ago; we’ve never told anyone what it means. “Does it stand for Muscle Man and Slutty Sally?” I guessed. “That’s the closest anyone’s ever gotten.” I can’t stand tattoos. I’ve hated tehm my entire life, but as they’ve become increasingly popular, especially for gay men, my antipathy for them has grown exponentially. I think they make people look cheap and tacky, and looking at them makes me think of needles, which I also can’t stomach. A lot of this probably has to do with my growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan. There’s nothing in the world less sexy than a bloated Midwesterner, covered in tattoos, sipping a Coors Light on a sand dune. Trust me. Among 18- to 25-year-olds in the U.S., 36 percent have at least one tattoo. That means that almost 40 percent of my peers
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BY JOHN RUSSELL
DECEMBER 27, 2013
Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Is barbara walters sending Lady gaga and christina aguilera to represent her at the sochi olympics? read on...
Producer Kenneth Cole’s recent claim that “the gay community wasn’t speaking up”during the dawning days of HIV/AIDS has sparked criticism of his hBo doc, The Battle of amfAR.
It seems that ALAsKA’s move to L.A. means it’s over between her and shARon neeDLes.
torture involving her“vise-like grip” and“Chinese burn on the arm”will get series creator Jennifer Saunders working on the movie script.
G.B.F. director Darren Stein is convinced the film’s R rating is due entirely to its gayness.
Bearded, camo-wearing redneck spews homophobic nonsense. Media loses its shit. Also, what exactly is Duck Dynasty?
And speaking of beards, those duck-people and every gay dude who’s ever been to a Spank party seem to have the right idea. According to science, beards slow the aging process by
The minute Gaga and Christina picked up those champagne flutes while singing “Do What U Want” on The Voice, we couldn’t help imagining themasPatsyandEdinafromAbFab. In other Ab Fab news, maybe co-star Joanna Lumley’s threats of mild
have already gotten inked. A number that’s sure to rise over the next five years. The biggest tattoo trends of 2013, according to InkStop, have not made the situation any easier for me. Watercolor tattoos make people look like Lisa Frank zombies. Finger tattoos make me think a person’s hands are dirty. White tattoos give the skin the appearance of an early phase of a Krokodil reaction. If you walk into a gay bar these days,
blocking 90–95 percent of harmful UV rays from frying your face.
With the constant media glare and perpetual spotlight Kim and Kanye have to endure on a daily basis, it sure was considerate of BarbaraWalters to throw some shade their way on the final episode of her Most Fascinating People.
Of course, if you want shade on an international, diplomatic scale, how about President Obama sitting out the Sochi Olympics while sending openly gay athletes BILLIe jeAn KInG and Brian Boitano to Russia in his place?
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especially one in certain neighborhoods (Eastern Bloc, I’m looking at you) you’d be hard-pressed to find a ’mo without any ink on his body. Why did this happen? Was it because Marc Jacobs got that SpongeBob SquarePants tattoo? If you want to get inked, that’s your choice. Just remember that there are some gays out there who may think twice about sleeping with you because of it. Well, with the lights on, at least. N
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NEXT IN OUR ANNUAL LOOK AT NEW YORK'S UNDER-THE-RADAR TALENT, WE FOCUS ON FIVE GAYS WHO ARE POISED TO TAKE 2014 BY STORM.
sURvIvoR • CoMeDIenne • “MILK qUeen”
he life of Craig Daniel Stastny, a.k.a. Terra Grenade, was not without hardships prior to moving to New York from Minnesota a little over a year ago. Stastny’s father passed when he was 13, then, last year his mother also suddenly died. When Stastny moved to New York two months later, he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often waking up in the middle of the night screaming.“I was living in a tiny room and drinking a bottle of vodka a night to cope,” he recalls. He knew he had to do something to get out of his funk—so he tried drag. “I started doing drag to get over my depression—to make myself and other people laugh.” And voila—Terra Grenade was born. Having bonded with his mother while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race together, it seemed like a fitting way to keep her memory alive. Since starting to perform, things have progressed quickly for the 25year-old queen. Grenade placed second in “So You Think You Can Drag” at New World Stages this fall and took the title“Our Lady of Saliva”at the allstars version of Thorgy Thor and Azrea’s popular drag competition at The Ritz. Winning the Saliva crown was especially significant to Grenade because prior to moving to the city, she had stumbled upon the drag party and was blown away. “I thought, these are the things I’ve only read about in Party Monster,”she says. Obsessed with the James St. James book since high school, Grenade was finally seeing it come to life. Her ethos has been to“work really hard and perform everywhere until I can get a gig, and I finally did!”(Her new show at Boots & Saddle starts on January 8.) A self described “comedy queen,”Grenade does her best to stay true to her theory that “in drag you better be making them laugh or be making them gag.” And
Grenade manages to do both by creating over-the-top characters and hilarious and spectacular lip-synch montages. Of course, she has had some help along the way. On her first night out she was adopted by her drag mother, Kizha Carr, who among other things coachedheronheract.“Carrinsistsonperformancesthatmakesense,”Grenade says. ”You can’t just piece together random things that gays like, like a MommieDearestmonologuegoingintoBeyoncé.Itneedstohaveastoryoratheme.” ShealsorecentlyfoundherselfinthemiddleofaRuPaul’s DragRacescandal.Apparently,apictureofoneofthenewcontestants,MilkQueen,wasposted as a teaser without identifying who it was, and people mistakenly tagged it as Grenade.“All of a sudden I got like 500 friend requests in one day!”she tells us. A clever queen who’s not afraid of attention, Grenade milked the snafu for all it was worth, creating a confusing confession video that alluded to a love affair with Drag Race judge Santino Rice, as well as an upcoming endorsement deal withTaco Bell. Some queens thought it was ruthless, but Milk wasn’t too bothered by the prank, and now Grenade is beholden to her. “I’m in Milk Queen’s debt for the rest of my life!” —Wil Fisher
“You can’t just piece together random things that gays like, like a Mommie Dearest monologue going into Beyoncé. It needs to have a story or a theme.” —Terra Grenade
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BRICoLeUR • IntUItIve • sCULPtoR
roy Michie has an amazing apartment. That’s important to note not so that you can envy him (though you still should), but because it’s helped him explore an entire medium of art he might otherwise not have had the space to create. This year, the 28-year-old Texan, who earned his BFA at the University of Texas in El Paso before getting his MFA at the Yale School of Art, was accepted into Ira Sachs’Queer Art Mentorship program. He’s been working with artist Geoff Chadsey for four months and has loved every minute of the experience.“I’ve been working with him to create a body of work based on Jean Genet’s [novel] Querelle [of Brest],”he explains. Although his new address in the South Bronx might not be as fashionable as his old one on the border between Bushwick and Williamsburg, it means that he now has the space to explore all of the mediums he’s interested in—from collage to sculpture.“I was making a lot of work in my room and I didn’t really have any space,” Michie says of his time in Brooklyn. “A couple of my friends had built up a loft space here and I was fortunate enough to get a room. So finally I have a space for my sculptures.” Don’t overlook his collage work, though. Chadsey, who selected Michie for the Queer Art Mentorship program, says that was what got his attention.“I’m a sucker for collage, and my eye veers towards work involving the figure, but not in a ham-fisted—or grease-fisted—this-is-homoerotic way,” he explains.“I like thatTroy is looking hard at men’s bodies but he is also taking them apart, reconstructing them in ways that are not whole, but are coherent—a face sliding off the side of a bed, a figure with two backs, two beautiful hairy legs with the upper body completely erased.” “He does really innovative work and has a really great sensibility,” Michie’s formerYale professor Lyle Ashton Harris extols.“I love his collages. I love the sculptural component.” Recently, Michie has been focusing specifically on the way that men of color are portrayed in pornographic material. His work is sexy, but also whipsmart.“The themes I’m exploring are the intersections of race and gender and the exotification of the black male body,” he notes.“A lot of the more recent works I’ve been doing are images of black men from pornography that are cut up and collaged.There are a lot of different layers, so I often sand a layer, or I’ll do a layer of décollage or acrylic paint or use a lot of tape in my work.” Because of the way that the erotic gaze puts specific body parts into hyper focus, collage, with its penchant for dissection, is the perfect medium to take a hard look at which artistic language is being used to eroticize the male form. “I like that Troy’s collages create strange gestures, his X-acto 14 DECEMBER 27, 2013
“I like that Troy is looking hard at men’s bodies but he is also taking them apart, reconstructing them in ways that are not whole, but are coherent.” —Geoff Chadsey
knife carving out an arching back, an open mouth, a hand reaching out as if to feed,”Chadsey praises.“Vintage pornography becomes personal, intimate.” Michie credits artists like Mark Bradford and writers like Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler as influences.“I just saw a really great show in Chelsea with [late queer artist] Paul Thek. That was pretty amazing,” he adds. “I look a lot at socialist artwork. A lot of the Russian constructivists and before that Mexican muralists.” His aspirations are admittedly humble: a solo show in NewYork, and more importantly, the ability to continue to build his portfolio. In January he’s exhibiting in a show at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.“I’m excited to have some pieces in that show,”he says. Michie’s art has greater implications than he let’s on, though. Chadsey hints at this, saying, “In lieu of a cross-generational conversation between the young gay coming into consciousness and the older gay providing some kind of wisdom, direction, history—something Ira’s organization is explicitly trying to create—pornography might be considered the young homo’s first guide, a revelatory figure that makes you ask,‘Is that what I want? Is that who I want to be?’ Porn is often the first lover and a beckoning mirror. Are these figures meant to be Troy? A lover? His father?”You’ll have to judge for yourself. —Alex Erikson
GLAMoUR qUeen • soUtheRn BeLLe • BRooKLYnIte
n October 16, Elizabeth James celebrated her first full year in NewYork.OriginallyfromKentucky,the27-year-olddragqueen moved to the city from Nashville after getting encouragement from her close friend Misty Meaner. “It was always my dream [to live in NewYork],” James says.“I came up here a few months before moving here and met some amazing people.” She says support from Meaner especially resonated.“I said,‘I’ll be here in three months.’ I went home and sold everything and moved here in two months.” At that time, James had been doing drag for less than a year.“One of my friends [back in Nashville] wanted to host a New Year’s Eve party—their performer had canceled—and I thought, oh fun, I’ll do it,” she recalls of her first performance.“Andtheysaid,‘P.S.Theywantyoutobeindrag.’”Shesaysshegotdolled up mostly as a joke, but immediately discovered something life changing.“After thefirstsongIdid,IrememberwalkingbackstageandIremembertellingmybest friend,‘Something just happened. I understand my life through doing this.’” Since arriving in NewYork, she has quickly risen from her first amateur performance to a life of full-time drag.“I account that for being careful who I surround myself with,”she reflects.“It was a struggle for a little bit, but then I figured out how to get my own shows and how to do it.”She also says she wouldn’t be as busy as she is if it weren’t for her work ethic. “I came here ready to work. I’m not interested in going out to a bar and looking pretty and getting free drinks,”she says.“I want to be a star.” Currently a Bed-Stuy resident, James is also unique in that she is genuinely very nice.“She is a breath of fresh southern air in these parts,”James’s close friend Jeff Poulin commends.“I’ve never known her to be unkind, which I think is really what makes me love her.” “I try to work with her as much as possible,”says Misty Meaner.“She is a great person inside and out.” James, whose name is an amalgamation of ElizabethTaylor and James Dean’s first names, says that she looks up to performers like Bianca Del Rio and Thorgy Thor, as well as her friends Meaner and Mocha Lite, of course.“If I’m gettin’too big for my britches, you know, Misty will be like,‘Calm down, girl,’”James laughs. As a character, James is glamorous, a fully realized woman, but also three-dimensional enough to occasionally give into a more wild performance-art aesthetic. “When I first started I tried to put on a whole glamorous 35-year-old-ish woman, but I learned it was hindering my performance ability and my creativity because it was such a designed thing.”Poulin agrees:“To be honest, she is Elizabeth both on stage and off.” Drag, James says, has allowed her to really find who she is.“It does allow me to own my own life more,” she says. She isn’t shy about her aspirations, either.“In the next two or three years I want my own TV show.” —AE
“I came here ready to work. I’m not interested in going out to a bar and looking pretty and getting free drinks. I want to be a star.” —Elizabeth James
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BOBBY LASALLE “The most important thing that I’ve learned is that even though you may have a vision, ultimately you have to feel out the zeitgeist of the people and know what they want. You really have to listen.” —Bobby LaSalle
ne of the first things you notice when you meet Bobby LaSalle is how young the up-and-coming promoter looks. At the recent launch of the new Friday night party Berlin at Providence, he was standing at the bottom of the stairs in a black blazer andTshirt, looking like he barely made it past the bouncer. But once you start to talk to him, you can tell from his level-headed conversation that he’s probably be a bit older than he appears. In fact, when Justin Luke hired him to work as his assistant at BoiParty, LaSalle’s surprising depth was one of the first things that came to his attention. “Bobby looks like he’s 18, but he’s actually 27,” Luke says. “He looks young, but he is wise and very intelligent,” the BoiParty founder continues. “He’s a hard-working guy who’s willing to do anything. He’s creative, funny and approachable. He loves the parties and our crowd loves him.” Luke hired LaSalle to work with him and the BoiParty team seven months ago, and in that time the dark-haired New Jersey resident has become a fixture at parties like Viva!, Penthaus Fridays and Q Thursdays at Marquee. LaSalle attributes the early success that he’s had in the New York party world to staying in touch with the cultural current and giving partiers what they want—even if it’s not exactly what he had initially envisioned. “The most important thing that I’ve learned is that even though you may have a vision, ultimately you have to feel out the zeitgeist of the people and know what they want,”says LaSalle.“You really have to listen.” The former restaurant manager got his start organizing events in 2006 with an online newsletter called EMP that formed communities and organized meet-ups around the country. After ending that project to focus on his full-time job, but event planning was always in his blood. “I learned through that early experience what young gay folks want to do, the kind of things they wanted to see, the kind of events they wanted,”he explains.“And through that I kind of realized that I was more passionate about that than what I was doing for a job.” When Justin Luke and Alan Picus were looking to bring a “Jersey contingent,” as LaSalle describes it, to their team, they reached out to the fresh promoter on Facebook. After a few weeks, LaSalle became Luke’s assistant, a position he says has benefitted him immensely. “I feel like I’m in a perfect middle ground and I’ve had such an opportunity with BoiParty and John Blair and Beto Sutter, and they’ve all taken me under their wings,” he coos.“And I figure this is perfect, if I can learn from the best.” In 2014, LaSalle will continue to cut his teeth in NewYork gay nightlife with the ongoing Berlin party at Providence, an epic New Year’s Eve party at the Hudson Bond, the continued success of QThursdays and late-night partying atViva! He shouldn’t have any issues getting past any of the bouncers, either. He knows most of them now.—Will Pulos DECEMBER 27, 2013 17
2014 NEXT “My partner said I was always good at taking snapshots—why not go into photography? I thought that was a good idea.” —Rick Stockwell
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is pipes took him to the stages of the GreatWhiteWay, but today, expect Rick Stockwell to use a camera to convey a story.“I’m always interested in making people look good, finding what they are really about, as opposed to what they think they are about,” he says. “[I like] opening them up, climbing inside their eyes and finding the best possible side and new ways of photographing them.” That might sound a bit lofty, but an original take never hurt anybody— and it certainly makes Stockwell stand out in a saturated industry where anybody with an iPhone and an Instagram account is a“photographer.” Born in Buffalo, Stockwell has traveled from one coast to the other as a theater and operatic singer and credits the work of two other artists with pioneering visions—Annie Leibovitz and the late gay photo-phenom Herb Ritts— for rechanneling his creative energies. “Ritts’pictures were always so beautiful; the glitziness, the sexiness, the creativeness,” says Stockwell, who married his boyfriend in September. “My partner said I was always good at taking snapshots—why not go into photography? I thought that was a good idea,”he continues, admitting how he’d always tended to turn a simple snapshot into an elaborately arranged tableau.“I studied photography for a couple years out in L.A. where we lived, and then started charging clients $50 to cover printing and film costs,” he recalls. “As I got better, I started charging more.” Already a veteran of auditions and open-calls, Stockwell found himself in a unique position once he was behind the lens: having an easy empathy for the subject, which is one of the most valuable connections a photographer can establish. He used that unique sensibility to establish himself as a go-to headshot photographer in Hell’s Kitchen. “I do good work and I care about my clients,”he says. “I bend over backwards to please everybody I shoot, no matter who it is.” But that devotion does not mean an automatic bow to convention or to a particular written-in-stone artistic tradition.To Stockwell, not even the most text18 DECEMBER 27, 2013
book photo shoot for a grinningmodel is too mundaneto get a more subtle,layered treatment. Imbuing his work with sharp, classic lines, luminous tones and emotion usually reserved for portraiture, Stockwell neatly challenges the paradigm’s strict aesthetic to create an image that stands out for its complexity of feeling. And all his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s shot comedian BruceVilanch, actor RodTaylor and Broadway darling Eden Espinosa. (Not to mention our series of Who’s Next Now subjects.) “I’m not going to say headshots get boring, because they never do,”Stockwell says. “I think it has been particularly good for me to mix it up—doing events, physique work and hot model boys.” Variety is, after all, the spice of life. And if it fills out a Speedo, all the better. —David Perry
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BERLIN Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vossnyc.com. Brandon Voss, Alan Picus and Justin Luke bring a taste of Berlin to New York. Johnny Dynell spins on the main floor, while DJ W Jeremy and the CockyBoys get dirty in the back room, and Epiphany and Go-Go Harder host sexy cabaret and burlesque acts downstairs in the KitKatClub. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission.
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FUEL FRIDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Tony Moran returns to XL for a special pre-New Year’s edition of Roze Black’s weekly party. Kimberly Davis performs live and the club debuts its new 3D laser show. 10pm; free before midnight/$20 general admission. FRISKY FRIDAYS Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. Things get frisky
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at Posh on Friday nights. DJ JRoc turns it up with his mix of 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. #ROCKTHEBOAT The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. DJs Keo Nozari and Xavier pump the beats on two floors at Chris Ryan’s weekly rager at The Ritz. Guest hosts and killer queens pop champagne corks and let the bubbly flow all night long. 10pm; free. PHOENIX FRIDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First/Second Ave), phoenixbarnyc.com. Michael Cohen and co. continue to pack the boys into this East Village stalwart every Friday night. Cute boys crowd the dance floor, so get there early, cause there’s almost always a line down the block for this party. 10pm; free.
SWOON Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Part performance art showcase, part dance party, David John Sokolowski’s monthly event takes over Sugarland tonight with performances by Foxie Squire, Jae Neal and Three X’s, with DJs Vivian Baron and Econ spinning and go-gos Miz Jade and Boy Wolf shakin’ it. 10pm; $5. HELLA KYLIE MINOGUE NIGHT Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), Williamsburg, metropolitanbarny.com. Australia’s queen of pop may have never quite managed to conquer the U.S., but she’s definitely stolen our gay hearts! Metro gives it up for Kylie Minogue all night, playing the hits from every decade of her career—and even the misses she pawned off on Dani Minogue. 10pm; free.
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recreate the former go-go boy’s fInal new york nIghtlIfe romP.
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KABBALAH LEARNING CENTER FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge “Possible spontaneous visit to Fairytail Lounge, just for shits and giggles. Nostalgia!”
155 E 48th St (btwn Third/Lexington Aves), kabbalah.com “I typically start my Friday nights attending Shabbat dinner and red wine at the Kabbalah center. Shabbat shalom!”
EASTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (btwn SAN LOCO 151 Ave A (btwn Ninth/10th Sts), sanloco.com “Dare we wander into San Loco on Ave A and get stadium nachos?”
Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com “One of my favorites.The boys always take care of me. Plus, that go-go box looks really familiar…”
METROPOLITAN 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), metropolitanbarny.com “At 3am. Always a good place to figure out where we’re having afterhours.”
ELEVENELEVEN AT OPEN HOUSE 244 E Houston St (btwn Aves A/B), openhouse-nyc.com “I love this party. It takes me back to Boysroom. Great cast.”
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WHEN I KNEW
A SLIGHTLY out-of-reach Madonna album helped this DJ, who’s laying down the beats at Rockbar’s Bear Yourself party, realize he was gay. —Bear Yourself: Illumabear at Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (at Weehawken St) Dec 27 at 10pm; $3. Vist rockbarnyc.com for more info.
“BACK IN THE DAY, when cassettes ruled the world, my oldest brother—who had an irreverent taste in music fromthe cure tothetalking heads totheviolent femmes—had a wooden box that held his cassettes hanging on the wall above the dresser in his room. the lower part of the collection was within my reach, but the space on the top left side hosted the magical first album of madonna. being seven years old, it was way out of my reach, and whenever I wanted to listen to it, I had to wait for my brother to come home to get it down for me. I didn’t know too much about sex back then, aside from the things I would overhear my two brothers talk about or the titty shots I’d catch in the horror movies they would watch. whenever I heard the songs from that album, there was something otherworldly that invoked fantasies and scenarios in my head I couldn’t quite explain.there was just something in her voice and something in the synthetic beats, a primal urge and a sleazy sophistication that helped shape me into the young gay boy I grew up to be and the eventual dj I became years later. I didn’t want to have sex with her and I didn’t necessarily want to be her. I just deliriously enjoyed the world she transported me to, and that was when I knew I was different from my brothers, my cousins and most everyone else I knew. still, to this day, madonna and her music take me to that special place where I can‘find a groove and let myself go.’”
SATURDAY DECEMBER 28 VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), stage48.com. John Blair, Ric Sena, Beto Sutter and BoiParty get you primed for New Year’s Eve a few days early. Mega-watt DJ Alexander is in from the West coast to bring down the house. 11pm; $20 with invite before 1am/general admission varies.
STAIRS’ GRAND OPENING Stairs, 192 E Second St (btwn Aves A/B), stairsbar.com. The East Village’s newest gay bar
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kicks off its grand opening tonight with two hours of free vodka! Drink up at the open vodka bar from 10pm–midnight, then dance the night away as the special guest DJ spins. 10pm; free.
ICON GRAND OPENING Icon 3184 33rd St (btwn Broadway/31st Ave), Astoria, iconastoria.com. Astoria’s newest gay hotspot is rolling out the red carpet for its grand opening. Laritza Dumon and Lady Bunny host this fabulous party with music by DJ Amoroso and an
open bar until midnight. Dress to impress because the paparazzi will be out in full force. 10pm; free ELECTRO POP SATURDAYS XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. DJ and producer Steven Redant has remixed hits for Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry, and tonight, he’s spinning his first New York gig at XL. Don’t miss this special edition of Dougie Meyer and Steve Sidewalk’s weekly bash. 10pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission.
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HAUS OF MIMOSA HOLIDAY BRUNCH SPECTACULAR Ktchn, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), theoutnyc.com. The ladies of the Haus of Mimosa wrap up the holiday season with their final holiday brunch show at The Out NYC’s Ktchn. Unlimited mimosas, delicious food and feistily festive entertainment for just $25 bucks? What a great way to put a cherry on the last Sunday of 2013! Noon and 2pm; $25. SUNDAY SERVICE Sankeys NYC, 29 W 36th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), sankeysnyc.com. DJ Corey Craig opens this week’s party while resident
DJs Escape and Nita Aviance rock the dance floor at this semi-mixed party. Special guest DJ Hex Hector turns out the crowd with even more beats at this game-changing party hosted by Brian Rafferty, Patrick Crough, Roze Black and others. 8pm; free before midnight/general admission varies. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny bring out the usual fashion-forward crowd of freaky club kids on Sunday nights for thier long-running weekly party. DJ Johnny Dynell presides over a packed dance floor upstairs as iconic hosts like Amanda Lepore hold
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KINK 2.0 Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Wehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Mischief Matthew, Arsenio Amadis and their kinky pals bid a fond farewell to one of their own tonight. It’s DJ A-Ron’s final Kink 2.0, and he’ll be spinning a set that’ll make you miss him. Expect the usual BDSM demos and raffles all night. 10pm; $3. BOB BLOWS UP! Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613. The drag artist formerly known as Kittin With-
awhip blows up on Monday nights at this legendary Chelsea hot spot. Bob the Drag Queen slays the crowd with her explosive talent as DJ Natsu pumps combustible, radio-ready pop. 11pm; free. #GYPSIES Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Chelsea Piers and Nomi Sas are here to make sure you don’t overdo it on the night before New Year’s Eve— yeah right! The glamorous drag vagabonds host
WEEK court. Downstairs, party people serious about their moves dance to underground disco and house courtesy of DJs like Michael Magnan and Will Automagic. 10pm; free. OINK The Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. The East Village’s most infamous gay bar is getting even dirtier than usual on Sunday nights. The Ones’ Nashom and special guest DJs handle the tunes while sexy barkeep William Merrell slings the drinks. If these little piggies aren’t careful, someone might huff and puff and…well, you know. 10pm; $10.
this weekly show with performances and plenty of cocktails flowing courtesy of Xes’ sexy bartenders. 10:30pm; free. EDIE BEALE LIVE AT RENO SWEENEY 54 Below, 254 W 54th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), 54below.com. Jeffrey Johnson stars as Grey Gardens star and gay icon Little Edie in this recreation of her 1978 New Year’s cabaret show at New York’s Reno Sweeney Nightclub. 10pm; $25–$35 (plus $25 drink minimum).
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after becomIng the PublIc face of gay dIvorce, Jason dottley Is tryIng to do the same thIng for gay love storIes.
ately, actor and singer Jason Dottley is known as much for his divorce from Sordid Lives creator Del Shores as for his leading role in the LogoTV series. That notoriety stemmed not from a scandal-drenched, acrimonious split, but from the legal grey area the couple found themselves in when faced with courts unaccustomed to dissolving same-sex marriages. But with the divorce finally behind him, Dottley has chosen to focus on love.This year, he launched the multi-phased Love Story Project, to tell the true stories of gay relationships. And this week, Dottley is celebrating the release of his latest single, “Love Story,” with a special birthday appearance at Industry on December 30. We chatted with the out performer about being a gay divorcee and why you should never roll your eyes at the idea of true love. —JR
Be honest: how many “gay divorcee” jokes have you endured over the past couple years? Lisa Lampanelli threw a great one my way backstage. The others I must have missed. Although perhaps this explains why people keep calling me“Mimi.” Too soon? God, no! Hell, I’m starting my first club residency in town at Slake [on] February 21. I’m hosting the sexiest, most über-exclusive new monthly party in the city! They’re already calling me a playboy—Hef status. And I can do this because I’m divorced. So, no, it is not too soon. Line ’em up! “Love Story” is pretty hopeful. Were you not interested in recording an angry post-breakup song or tearjerker ballad? I wrote“Love Story”about one guy and now I’ve found myself even more smitten with someone else and my mind’s ability to completely shift the song from one person to another is astounding. See, I’m forever in a love story! Also, with the song being a reflection of the message of the Love Story Project, I wanted it to be uplifting. Tell me about The Love Story Project. What’s that all about? After years of society successfully putting a face on gay, I felt the next step as we fight for marriage equality was to put a face on gay love. The project aims to help [others] see people as people and not ideas. I debuted the concept at Industry earlier this year. Industry has been exceptionally supportive of me and my work. I appreciate them greatly! Part of the whole project is your“Love-U-Mentary.”What can you tell us about the film? My Love-U-Mentary is a documentary showcasing the best moments from my Love Story Project interviews. It’s a fantastic celebration of love from literally around the world. Was it hard to focus on love for this project when you yourself had fairly recently ended a long-term—not to mention public—relationship? It was my survival mode kicking in. I have learned enough to know that there are two choices. Act in love, or act in fear.The more I chose to act in love, the more I began to focus on love.The more I focused on love, the easier it was for me to heal myself and move forward into the next chapters of my life. What’s your advice to cynics who roll their eyes at the very word “love?” I think when you choose to express a response to something so openly, it’s because you’re being affected by it more than you can handle on the inside.You’re deflecting. My advice would be to ask yourself why you have such a physical reaction to the word“love”and go from there. N Jason Dottley at Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), Dec 30 at 10pm; free. Visit jasondottley.com for more info.
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VIVA LA RESOLUTION!
from bIg changes to baby stePs, fIve new york nIghtlIfers share theIr new year’s resolutIons. whether they keeP them or not, well, that’s another story…
“My resolution is to spend more time at the gym, and less time looking at all the hot guys in the gym; to teach my two dogs to DJ so they can play the main floor at Viva! Saturdays; to launch a mega dance party at my house in Westchester so I don’t have to spend so much money on tolls; to find a new cocktail—I’ve been drinking the same one for over 30 years; to retire sometime soon—so I can launch a comeback tour like Cher and then get my own show in Vegas.” —John Blair
“I’m vowing to finally run a software update on my antiquated Mac, open a bar in Brooklyn, and try to get my sugar addiction under control. As you can see, my resolutions run the gamut from easily doable—software update—to near impossible—eat less than a box of cookies a day—so hopefully I’ll be able to stick to one or two with a measure of success.” —Benjamin Maisani
“This year my resolution is to give up all my old habits. I’m no longer biting my fingernails—now I just eat them right out of the box. Lee press-ons are way more economical!” —Peppermint
“I need to be a do-gooder for 2014 and beyond! I would like to give back this year. Everyone has been so giving and supportive of the Westgay scene and family [for] the last year and a half that I would love to give back—whether the entire door goes to a great cause or a foundation affecting the LGBT community or a free event special for all of us.” —Frankie Sharp
“I’m resolved to living 2014 more like Sharon Stone and less like Sharon Gless. Plus, no more dating go-go boys!” —Daniel Nardicio
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The Broadway babe pulls out all the stops for her special New Year’s Eve dinner show. DJ Chris Lucia spins till 4am. 10:30pm; free (plus cost of dinner).
The formidable Sandra Bernhard (left) returns to Joe’s Pub for her annual year-end residency, with a special New Year’s Eve double header. 9pm, $100; 11pm, $150.
Murray Hill’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Slipper Room
Dinner and Cabaret with Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli at Don’t Tell Mama
167 Orchard St (@ Orchard St), slipperroom.com
Murray Hill hosts his annual New Year’s Eve variety show with burlesque by Dirty Martini, Trixie Little and Mr. Gorgeous, and other acts to dazzle you. 10:30pm; $35–$100.
343 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), donttellmamanyc.com
Avan Lava at Cameo Gallery
Spend New Year’s Eve with award-winning Judy-andLiza impersonators Tommy Femia and Rick Skye. Enjoy an extensive tasting menu and live performances. 9pm–1am; $175.
93 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, cameony.com
Chita Rivera at 54 Below
The incredible New York-based pop band headlines this special New Year’s Eve showcase with an open bar till 10pm and Champagne toast at midnight. 9pm; $40 in advance/$60 general admission.
254 W 54th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), 54below.com
Enjoy a fabulous multi-course dinner as this Broadway legend performs live. 7pm, $300; 11pm, $400.
Tommy Femia and Rick Skye
Jared and Weston
Atlas Social Club
Boxers and Boxers HK
753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com
37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves) 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com
The boys of Atlas Social Club celebrate the holiday with a laidback New Year’s Eve party for neighborhood regulars. 9pm; free.
Sexy bartenders and shot boys help you ring in the New Year with free party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 10pm; free.
275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8613
Have a Cocky New Year at The Cock
Help hostess Dallas DuBois (left) ring in 2014. She’ll be performing for the boys all night, with DJ Brenda Black providing the soundtrack. 10pm; free.
Worry about your New Year’s resolutions tomorrow and indulge in some naughty behavior tonight as this infamous East Village dive celebrates with two DJs and lots of slutty go-gos. 11pm; $20.
29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com
401 W 47th St (@ Ninth Ave), 212-586-9390
Next Magazine cover boy Pedro Alvarado serves up the cheap drinks as DJ Jimmy plays the hits. 5pm; free.
61 Christopher St (@ Seventh Ave), theduplex.com
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Ruby Roo and Elizabeth James host the New Year’s
boxers hk photo: chrIs ramon; adonIs Lounge photo: gustavo monroy; bottsIe LefarIs photo: kevIn thomas garcIa
soirée at this Sheridan Square piano bar. Champagne is $5 all night, but the glamour is free. 11pm; free.
The Eagle 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com
Masquerade Ball at Lips
Hung Kong NYE at The Ritz
227 E 56th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), lipsnyc.com
369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com
Ariel Sinclair (right) and Blackie O host dinner, drag shows and dancing, with a three-course prix fixe meal and plenty of bubbly. 7:30pm, $35; 10:30pm, $75.
Blast off into 2014 with The Eagle’s beer blast followed by champers at midnight with the ball-drop on the big screen and DJ Nikko spinning the night away. 9pm; free.
Chinese New Year may not be for another month, but Epiphany, Marti Gould Cummings, DJ Bill Coleman and DJ Justin Dawson are entering the dragon’s den to ring in 2014. 9pm; free.
Beefcake: New Year’s Eve at Rockbar
505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com
185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com
Frankie Sharp brings his Westgay crew to the East Village for one night only. Toast the New Year as Manicure Versace performs. 9pm; $5.
There’ll be plenty of beers, beards and booze at Chris Reed’s bear-centric New Year’s Eve party. DJs Kurt Jo and Chiki provide the beats to make those burly dudes sweat. 9pm; $10.
Tommy and Ripley
Fairytail’s Third Annual Masquerade Ball at Fairytail Lounge
Adonis Lounge at Lucky Cheng’s
500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge
240 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), luckychengsnyc.com
192 E Second St (btwn Aves A/B), stairsbar.com
Joey Israel, Christie Maas and ReyScandalo host this scandalously glam Eyes Wide Shut-themed event with DJ Del Monaco keeping the go-gos going on the bar. 10pm; free.
M4M strip club Adonis Lounge takes over this Times Square drag restaurant with a full stage show, over 30 hot dancers, Champagne rooms, lap dances and more. Sasha Seven guest hosts and DJ June spins. 10pm– 3am; $10.
G Lounge 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com
The Champagne flows as DJ Xavier spins for G Lounge’s New Year’s Eve fête. 10pm; free.
Gym Sportsbar 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com
Get started early with 2-for-1 cocktails until 9pm. Then party with the gym bunnies drinking $4 margaritas and Coronas. There’s even a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 4pm; free.
Hardware 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com
Avoid the Times Square crowds by watching all the chaos on Hardware’s big screens. DJ OhRicky spins and hostess Shequida performs before the midnight Champagne toast. 9pm; free.
The Monster 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com
Jesse Volt performs, DJ Michael Wilson spins and sexy male exotic dancers shake it at The Monster’s New Year’s Eve party. 9pm; $30 before 1am/$20 general admission.
Buddies: New Year’s Eve at Nowhere 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com
DJ Damian Cote’s New Year’s soundtrack runs the gamut from punk to dance to indie at this special edition of his Buddies party with free bubbly at midnight. 9:30pm; free.
No Hassle New Year’s Party at Phoenix 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), phoenixbarnyc.com
New Year’s Eve Gala 2014 at Icon
The name says it all: no muss, no fuss, no lines, no cover. What does this East Village gay pub have? Free shots, free Champagne at midnight and lots of balloons. 10pm; free.
31-84 33rd St (btwn Broadway/31st Ave), Astoria, iconastoria.com
No Bullshit New Year’s Eve at Pieces
Amanda Lepore and Carmen Carrera (left) host this glamorous party where everyone gets the VIP treatment. DJ Amoroso spins, and special surprise guests perform. 10pm; $50 in advance/$60 general admission.
8 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich Ave/Gay St), piecesbar.com
Static Lounge 28-43 Steinway St (btwn 28th/30th Aves), Astoria, staticloungenyc.com
DJ Keith Andrews spins this free party at this new Astoria gay bar, with $3 shots, party favors, televised balldrop and free Champagne toast at midnight. 6pm; free.
Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com
DJ CT spins for the boys on the main floor, while DJ Kristine lets the ladies have it on the upper level at this historic Sheridan Square gay bar. 9pm; free.
Ball Drop at Sugarland 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com
This New Year’s Eve bash comes courtesy of Brooklyn divas Merrie Cherry, Untitled Queen and Horrorchata. The ladies host a night packed with the borough’s fiercest performers and DJs. 9pm; $5 with Facebook RSVP/$10 general admission. Bootsie LeFaris
DJ Nikki Boombox spins for this back-to-basics dance party. Midnight bubbly is on the house. 10pm; free.
355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com
405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com
Pop it till the ball drops—and well after the stroke of midnight, as sexy DJ Scott Jones (left) spins this Hell’s Kitchen hot spot. 10pm; free.
Kick off the new year at the city’s newest gay bar with a one hour open house vodka bar till 10pm and a free champagne toast as the ball drops. 9pm; free.
Holly Dae hosts Posh’s marathon New Year’s Eve party starting at 3pm! DJ Javier, JRoc and Calvin switch off on the decks all evening. And the bubbly, horns, hats and hors d’oeuvres are on the house. 3pm; free.
Therapy 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com
Spend New Year’s Eve with hosts Randy Rainbow and Bootsie LeFaris as DJ AJ Sanchez spins. 9pm; free.
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SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE SECTION johnny dyneLL photo: gustavo monroy; thorgy thor photo: santIago feLIpe
2014 Champagne Dance Party at This N’ That 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com
Forget the ball and drop your pants for Thorgy Thor and Scarlet Envy’s Champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve cute ass contest. DJ Merkin Muffley spins. 10pm; free.
Uncle Charlie’s 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), unclecharliesnyc.com
Ring in the New Year with a free Champagne toast at this classy East Side piano bar. 7pm; free.
Xes Townhouse 236 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), townhouseny.com
This Upper East Side piano bar rings in 2014 with Elliot Paul tickling the ivories and plenty of New Year’s Eve party favors. 8pm; $15.
157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com
Bob the Drag Queen hosts Xes’ New Year’s Eve festivities, with DJ Jay Brancato on the decks and bubbly at midnight. 9pm; free.
2K14 New Year’s Ball at The Hudson Bond 215 W 40th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), thehudsonbondtickets.com
DJs Luis Perez and Matty Glitterati rock this gorgeous new HK space for John Blair, Beto Sutter and BoiParty.com’s bangin’ New Year’s Eve bash. Belle of the ball-drop Paige Turner counts down to 2014. 10pm; $25 in advance/$40 general admission.
DN 11th Masked Ball RSVP to email@example.com for private location.
Daniel Nardicio’s infamous New Year’s Eve Masked Ball returns with eight totally naked dancers at this private two-floor loft space. After the ball drops, you could win $100 in the 2am “Stroke of Midnight”contest. 10pm; $70.
Shhh!!! at Le Baron 32 Mulberry St (btwn Bayard/Mosco Sts), lebaronchinatown.com
It’s hard to keep a party like this quiet: join Susanne Bartsch (left) and co. for cocktails and dancing till 8am! 10pm–8am; free.
Prepare yourselves for a very wigged-out, Bushwickstyle New Year’s, with anarchic drag performances by Macy Rodman and co. 9pm; $10 before 1am/general admission varies.
Night Flight at Hotel Americano 518 W 27th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), vossnyc.com
Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic and DJ Sammy Jo provide the music with a live performance of “Let’s Have a Kiki” at Brandon Voss’ black-tie event. 8pm; $40 after 12:30am/$120 general admission/$195–$3,000 VIP.
Wrecked 291 Kent Ave (@ S Second St), Williamsburg, facebook.com/wreckednyc
After the ball drops, get ready for DJs Ron Like Hell and Ryan Smith to wreck your New Year’s Eve! 12:30am; $20.
The Phantom Ball at XL 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com
389 Melrose St (btwn Knickerbocker/Irving Aves),
XL starts off 2014 in operatic style with a tribute to The Phantom of the Opera featuring live performances and exclusive remixes from the Broadway show. DJs Johnny Dynell and Serving Ovahness spin. 9pm; $40 in advance/$70 general admission/$150 VIP dinner package.
The Phantom Ball Tribal Experience at XL
Illuminate: The First Dance at Esquelita
Victor Calderone at Sankeys NYC
512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com
301 W 39th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), illuminateeventsnyc.com
XL promises a full bar until 8am, with DJ Serving Ovahness turning the dance floor out. 1am–8am; $25 in advance/$50 general admission.
Whether you’re still partying or getting an early start , DJ Roland Belmares is sure to turn you out at this all-day party. 8:30am–4:30pm; $60 in advance/$70 general admission.
For their first party of 2014, House NY and Sankeys present a special extended set by this superstar DJ. Find out why Victor Calderone’s marathong New Year’s Day sets have become legendary. Noon–8pm; $60.
Bathsalts & Dungeon NYE at Secret Project Robot
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DJ Johnny Dynell
29 W 36th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), sankeysnyc.com
THURSDAY JANUARY 2 BOYS NIGHT AT CIRKOPOLIS Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl (btwn Washington Sq S/W Third St), themenevent.com. The Men Event hosts this special “Boys Night” at Cirque Eloize’s industrial office fantasy. Use the code “BOYS” for 35-percent off tickets and enjoy a free drink at the special post show meet-and-greet with the performers. 7pm–10pm; $40–$99. Q THURSDAYS Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), vossnyc.com. Nightlife titans Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss come together
with BoiParty.com’s Alan Picus and Justin Luke to create an amalgamation of club kid excess and Hell’s Kitchen cuteness every week at this glamorous West Chelsea club. Hey, if it’s hot enough for Cher and Icona Pop, who are we to stay home on a Thursday night? 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 weekly fetish night on The Eagle’s second floor. The ultra strict dress code means
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BASURA Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Sammy Jo takes control of the tunes on Friday night. The Scissor Sisters’ DJ spins an eclectic mix of electro, disco and retro tracks. 10pm; free.
FLASH POP Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com. Jonathan and BPro celebrate two years of their monthly residency at Sugarland’s Friday night black light party. DJ Emjay
spins as cute boys smeared with neon paint dance with glow sticks. Plus, well drinks are 2for-1 til midnight. 10pm; free. SQUIRTS La MaMa ETC, 74A E Fourth St (btwn Second Ave/Bowery), lamama.org. Helix Queer Performance Network’s annual festival showcasing new queer artists kicks off tonight. Opening night guests Penny Arcade and Stephen Ira join a lineup of talent curated by host Dan Fishback. 10pm; $10 for students and seniors/$15 general admission.
SATURDAY JANUARY 4 11 YEARS
THE BUNKER 11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Output, 74 Wythe Ave (@ N 12th St), Williamsburg, outputclub.com. Wrecked DJs Ryan Smith and Ron Like Hell are just two of the reasons this mixed party has a big gay following. Berlin’s Mr. Ties and Heartthrob play the Panther Room, while Silent Servant, Regis, Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic rock Output’s main dance floor. 10pm– 6am; $20 in advance/general admission varies. HUNG FRIDAYS G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Host
Yusef X has a hell of a party in store for you on Friday nights. DJ Danny Nunez pumps out the jams as sexy go-go boys dance on the bar. Judging from the party’s name, you’ll want to bring some singles to tip these guys. 10pm; free.
leather, rubber, fetish gear and boots—no exceptions! 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 PICK UP Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Spunk [arts] Magazine founder Aaron Tilford spins electro and house tracks every other week as video projections by guest artists play all night long. 10pm; free. ROCKIN’ DISCO FAG BAR Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. Horny, porny go-go boys bump and grind the night away as DJ Frankie Sharp slings the dirty beats at this boozy bash. 10pm; free.
dancing with special guest DJs and glamorous hosts each week. 10pm; free.
BOOM SATURDAYS This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. Visit nextmagazine.com DJ Mikey Pop spins a syrupy for more event listings pop confection of a soundtrack DOWNTOWN DEBBIE Lair, 201 Lafayette St (btwn while Elizabeth James hosts Broome/Kenmare Sts), lairnyc.com. Forget Dal- and performs for her adoring fans. Special $2 las, Debbie does downtown! Michael Cohen lures shots loosen the boys up on the dance floor. the boys south of Houston for a wild night of 10pm; free.
Do what U want
SUNDAY JANUARY 5 BOXERS BEER BLAST Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com. Sundays are always a blast with $15 Coors Light pitchers at the original Boxers in Chelsea. All the games are on the big screens, so drink up and play a few rounds of pool—it’s free all day long! 1pm–1am; free. 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
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’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. DISCO CLASSICS TEA DANCE The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Sunday night fever is alive and well in the West Village. The illustrious Lady Bunny spins disco classics at this monthly tea dance in the basement of the legendary Mon-
ster. Enjoy $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys as the disco inferno burns! 6pm–10pm; free. BALLS TO THE WALL BINGO Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich Ave/Gay St), piecesbar.com. The hilarious Vodka Stinger hosts, pulling the balls and recapping the week’s crazy current events. Get your drink on with Liquid Brunch margaritas, mimosas and Bloody Marys for just $3 and Long Island Iced Teas for $5 until 8pm. 5pm–8pm; free.
The Right Track The Flawlessness of Bey By Keo Nozari et’s talk about Beyoncé. The videos accompanying the singer’s self-titled “visual album” are indeed breathtaking both in their quantity (17 total) and in their stunning quality. But do the songs stand on their own? On the album Beyoncé, Bey successfully surmounts her reputation as a show pony with little to say: she delivers a fully realized, cohesive, artistic pop/R&B album commendable in its social consciousness and genuinely confessional lyrics. She lays it bare in “Mine,” singing, “Been having conversations about break-ups and separations/I’m not feeling like myself since the baby/Are we even gonna make it?” She owns up to her own pettiness in “Jealousy,” admits distrust of her record label on “Haunted” and eloquently expresses the comfort she finds in raising her daughter on the album’s beautiful final track, “Blue.” Sia-penned opener “Pretty Hurts”—the best song of the collection—takes on America’s unhealthy obsession with perfectionism. “Pretty hurts/We shine a light on whatever’s worse/Perfection is a disease of a nation,” Beyoncé sings, insisting, “It’s the soul that needs a surgery.” On the downside, the most telling line of the album might be on “Partition,” where she sings “Radio says speed it up, but I just go slow.” And slow she goes indeed! It’s no surprise Justin Timberlake co-wrote and Timbaland produced parts of Beyoncé, either. It shares some DNA with Timberlake’s plodding and frustratingly languid 20/20 Experience. In an attempt to prove that it’s different from the über-trendy EDM movement, they’ve sucked a lot of the excitement from the tracks with mellow mid-tempos meant for home listening, not a popping night out. Though where Timberlake bloated the backs of his 20/20 songs with interludes and extensions, Beyoncé puts them up front: tracks like “Partition” and “Haunted” don’t really begin until the two- and three-minute-marks. At times, the moody music feels more like a movie soundtrack than a proper pop album. The muted disco of “Blow” is a rare lighter moment, but Bey’s lush vocals are severely under
serviced by a bare minimum track that never reaches a climax. “Partition” imparts some club-friendliness and “XO” is a grower, but there’s little here that’s a sing-along good time. By eschewing obvious singles, Beyoncé feels like a collection of B-sides, and the unadorned production is somewhat at odds with the super-embellished videos. Nothing approaches the fun of past hits “Crazy in Love” or “Single Ladies”—which were great songs first and great videos second. A moment was missed here with “Grown Woman,” which should have been a free-standing summer single. Instead, it’s relegated to a Beyoncé “bonus” video. And ultimately, that’s kind of how the whole album feels: a missed opportunity. N
THE VISUAL EXPERIENCE: 10/10 FLAWLESSNESS THE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE: 5.5/10 FLAWLESSNESS
DJ TOP 10: Roland Belmares dJ roland belmares lights up Illuminate on new years day at escuelita.
“Work Bitch” Britney Spears
“Work It” Muzzaik
“Getcha” Hector Fonseca
“Party People” Yan Bruno
Eddie Baez Anthem Mix
David Penn Mix
feat. Daisy Dela Diva
feat. Jeanie Tracy
“Movin Up” Mike Cruz feat. Inaya Day & China Ro 2k13 Remix
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“MDF In The Dark” Stonebridge, Chris Kaeser & Funky Junction vs L.G. “Do What U Want” Lady Gaga Edson Pride & Isak Salazar Mix
“Hold On” Nervo Jackinsky’s Mix
“Unconditionally” Katy Perry Dario Xavier Mix
The Whole Package By David Perry
hAIRoFtheDoG hangover remedIes to get you Into the new year (reLatIveLy) unscathed. here is really only one sure-fire way to guarantee you won’t get a hangover: don’t drink. But since that’s very likely not happening this holiday season, here are a few recommendations from a certified booze-slinger to help out if you make a little too merry, Mary.
forgiven TakeForgiven.com Oh, to be the guinea pig at this beta test. Well aware that most remedies are modern-day snake-oil concoctions with more flash that substance, the folks at Forgiven proved their claims by filling up a room with volunteers and getting every last one completely shitfaced. “Taking Forgiven helped the participants in this study to metabolize alcohol at a significantly faster rate than would normally be expected,” said Dr. Tari D. Topolski, who was involved in the study. “Additionally, overall, participants experienced significantly fewer hangover symptoms when they took it.” Forgiven works by speeding up the metabolism of alcohol. Test subjects had their blood alcohol levels compared after three to four hours and saw positive results and many in the study group reported feeling far better than they thought they would after consuming alcohol. The kicker? To have any effect, take Forgiven either while drinking or just after, and long before going to sleep. Even science has its limits.
resqwater Resqwater.com The science: When alcohol is metabolized, the result is acetaldehyde, a carcinogen. To combat the negative effects of the chemical, the liver releases a dynamic duo, acetaldehyde dehydrogenase and glutathione, which pummel acetaldehyde into nontoxic compounds. The downside: The liver only has so much glutathione and uses it up fast. While it makes more and you keep drinking, acetaldehyde accumulates.
The result: You wake up with a wicked headache. So combat one chemical with a slew of others: the ingredients in Resqwater—prickly pear fruit extract, organic cane sugar—bind to acetaldehyde, converting it to harmless acetic acid. “You want to drink Resqwater while you are drinking and as your last drink of the night,” a Resqwater spokesperson explains. But no amount of chemical warfare helps if you tip back a tanker of champagne on an empty stomach. “If you drink responsibly and add Resqwater to your routine when out on the town and before bed, you will enjoy your next day just a bit more.” Wise words.
mercy DrinkMercy.com A good cup of joe cures neither a hangover nor a stupor; coffee only guarantees you will be wide awake. So to that end, Mercy Hangover Prevention skips the caffeine buzz and packs in B and C vitamins, amino acids, herbs and glutathione boosters. “Some brands will tout their product based on the effectiveness of a single ingredient,” says David Racicot, CEO of Mercy Nutraceuticals. “Mercy takes a holistic approach to efficacy and is committed to producing products that have observable results.” Translation? This is another company into clinical trials. After giving Mercy to their sloshed subjects, eggheads at Medicus Research listed an impressive array of statistics: 106-percent improvement in executive function, 122-percent improvement in processing speed and 122-percent improvement in reaction time. These numbers are “statistically significant,” meaning none of them could have happened by chance. But—there’s a pattern here—you have to take Mercy while drinking. N
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ciarán hinds and michael mcelhatton in The Night Alive
photo: heLen warner
Curtain Up And Away we Go the night Alive
A Christmas story - the Musical By David Hurst n And Away We Go, playwright Terrence McNally has written a valentine to actors everywhere. He wants to celebrate them, encourage them and put what they do in both a historical and chronological context. Although moments in the play (which closed December 21) were delightful, the production, as directed by Jack Cummings III, was often as muddled as it was whimsical. A strong cast—including the invaluable Donna Lynne Champlin, Micah Stock, Rachel Botchan, Dominic Cuskern, Carol Schultz and Sean McNall— jumps around through theatrical time making stops in ancient Greece, The Globe, Versailles’s Royal Theater and Coral Gables, Fla. at the American premiere of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Transported across the Atlantic from the Donmar Warehouse where it was a hit with both critics and audiences, Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive is a provocative study on a small handful of Dubliners barely getting by, the role fate and chance plays in their lives and—wait for it—the cosmic implications of religion, time, space and death. Amazingly, McPherson, whose earlier works include The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, The Weir, The Dublin Carol, Port Authority, Shining City and The Seafarer, manages to deftly craft a portrait of humanity that leads to an ending open to multiple interpretations—realistic, paranormal or existential—that will leave some audience members arguing about what they’ve seen. But perhaps that’s the way McPherson wants it. In The Night Alive, Tommy (Ciaran Hinds) finds himself in the banal daily existence of taking care of his Uncle Maurice (Jim Norton) and his co-worker Doc (Michael
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McElhatton) when he stumbles upon Aimee (Caoilfhionn Dunne), a sometime prostitute who’s been beaten up by her psychotic boyfriend, Kenneth (Brian Gleeson). As Tommy and Aimee’s relationship grows, the dynamics between the other people in their lives shifts accordingly, leading to revelations and introspection as only McPherson can conjure. Blessed with a phenomenal cast and expert direction by its author, The Night Alive is a beautiful, sweet and poignant piece that will haunt those lucky enough to see it. Though it’s being presented in a cavernous barn of a space, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s wonderful A Christmas Story – The Musical is back again this year and it’s a welcome return! Hilarious and heartwarming in equal parts, A Christmas Story took the theater community by storm last season and garnered three Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Based on the classic 1983 film that starred little Peter Billingsley (who’s now one of the musical’s producers) as Ralphie, and Darren McGavin as his father, the musical tells the story of nine-year-old Ralphie’s quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in 1940. Almost the entire original Broadway cast has returned for this year’s run at The Theater at Madison Square Garden including Dan Lauria as the narrator, John Bolton as The Old Man, Erin Dilly as Mother and the sensational Caroline O’Connor as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields. Jake Lucas and Noah Baird are playing Ralphie and his little brother, Randy, this time around and they’re utterly beguiling, with strong singing voices and terrific comic timing. Additionally, the tapdancing phenomenon Luke Spring is back with his specialty dance (along with O’Connor) in the Act-Two showstopper, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.” Boasting a melodic and beautiful score by Pasek and Paul, smart direction by John Rando and delightful choreography by Warren Carlyle, the timeless tale of A Christmas Story – The Musical should set up shop in a legit Broadway house the whole year round. N The Night Alive plays through Jan 26 at the Atlantic (336 W 20th St, AtlanticTheater.org). A Christmas Story – The Musical plays through Dec 29 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden (Seventh Ave @ 32nd St, AChristmasStoryTheMusical.com).
DISCO INFERNO Jennifer lawrence and amy adams in American Hustle
Reel Love American Hustle Time Investment: 138 min. Return on Investment: 135 min. here is a reason disco swept the country in the late ’70s: at its core, it’s all about reinvention and according to disco you can be your best, most fabulous self. It’s quite possibly the pinnacle of the American Dream realized. Fantasy without consequence— as long as you keep dancing. That’s the essence that David O. Russell perfectly channels in his bullet train of a film, American Hustle (Columbia Pictures). Loosely based on the Abscam busts of the late ’70s and early ’80s, Hustle follows two con artists-turnedlovers (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) who are forced to use their talents to entrap a well-meaning New Jersey politician (Jeremy Renner) after being arrested by a hotshot young FBI agent (Bradley Cooper.) Hustle bursts out of the gate and doesn’t let up once, Russell’s swooping camera and locomotive story-telling style is as much an ode to Martin Scorsese as it is inspired by his films. The assorted characters are all striving for reinvention in one way or another, masking their imperfections with elaborate hair pieces and fake accents in an effort to find happiness. The A-List cast is incredible, and they all bring great humor, pain and pathos to their roles. But it’s Jennifer Lawrence, who, despite being a little too young to play Bale’s loose cannon of a wife, brings ferocity to a knockout role. In a movie that seems to be firing on all cylinders, Lawrence finds an overdrive that helps make the movie an instant classic. —Benjamin Solomon
Her Time Investment: 120 min. Return on Investment: 100 min. ntil about the last 30 minutes of Her (Warner Bros.), writer/director Spike Jonze’s new film about a recently divorced man in the not-too-distant future (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), I couldn’t stop wondering what the filmmaker was trying to say. Is he making fun of the way people covet Apple products? Given Her’s production design—a twee paradise where all men wear high waisted pants and everyone’s living room looks like a Muji showroom, that would seem an obvious assessment—but no, Spike Jonze just loves this look. So then is Her a satire
of millennials more interested in their cell phones than people? Nope. Jonze clearly indicates that this relationship is real. Realer than real, in fact. And so, at the climax, you see that Jonze’s film is not a metaphor at all. Not commentary on the ownership of intellectual property or a warning about the dangers of A.I. He wants you to take his film at face value. It’s a love story between two people, even if one of those “people” is just a voice. It’s a stranger concept to accept than any metaphor—and that’ll turn some off to Her. But the more you think about it, the more this really is one of the most perfect illustrations of love. After all, love doesn’t really make any logical sense either. That Phoenix and Johansson are able to bring that journey to life is cinematic magic. —BS
LOVE ACTUALLY Joaquin Phoenix in Her
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Bea 403 W 43rd St (@ Ninth Ave)
By Peter Sherwood ow that Bea has moved into the space formerly occupied by Le Madeleine, my despair over the loss of the French bistro has been alleviated. The space has been updated and brushed over with a fresh coat of whitewash covering the exposed brick, on which muted classic movies, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, play. The feel of an old bistro may be somewhat lost but there is much else to be found at the lovely Bea (pronounced Be-a, named after owner Sotir Zonea’s grandmother). The menu is small-ish, but it still manages to cover a range of cuisines from Asian-inspired pork dumplings and Indian-influenced lamb meatballs to Italian-flavored pizzas and pastas as well as good old American macaroni and cheese. The cocktails were devastatingly good. The Boulevardier was like a negroni but with Old Forester bourbon instead,
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along with Campari and distinguished Noilly Prat sweet vermouth. A curl of orange was tucked in, with fragrant, faint sprays of its oils glittering on the surface. A wonderful Smoked Side Car steered by Lapsang Souchong tea-infused brandy with a scoche of Cointreau and lemon juice had the nose of a recently fired pistol. A mix up at the bar turned into quite a happy accident with this cocktail—instead of a sugar rim, we were given a smoky salted rim, which resulted in something akin to a smouldering mescal that my fella and I preferred! We also considered the Thyme & Tonic, with thymeinfused Oxley gin, the Classic Mai Tai and the Bitter Duchess with Scorpion Silver Mezcal, but we thought it was better just to leave well enough alone. Chicken liver tartine was appropriately iron-rich, simple and unfussy, with caramelized onions, a hint of balsamic vinegar and a flutter of chives on thick slices of toast. A Caesar comprised of a lovely pile
of ruffled kale with lively vinegar and Parmesan was peppery and perfect. The warm asparagus salad was more subdued, topped with a poached egg and a fistful of pistachios, dressed with a subtle miso vinaigrette. While not overly exciting, we still ate the gooey, chewy, ripe, cheesy taleggio pizza with a stiff crust, gently roasted maitake mushrooms and caramelized shallots. An excellent bowl of softened buttery macaroni and rich, fully-flavored cheeses with a crisp topping followed. The next round involved a platter with puffs of pillowy fried bread that were merely decent, but the accompanying cheeses, meats and other assortments knocked us out. Sumptuous, spicy, briny olives tickled braised pickles and fennel amid wedges of dainty bleu cheese, an absolutely transporting ricotta salata froth and smoked gouda with plump blackberries. A fabulous salumi combo of nutty mor-
tadella, fragrant as a forest, carefully cured prosciutto and handsome ham rounded out the considerable presentation. Against our careful judgment, we tossed caution thoroughly into the wind and ordered the dark chocolate mousse with whipped cream to finish up. We sidled up to another cocktail and lingered, delighted to be at Bea. N
PRICES: Appetizers: $7–$12; Entrées: $14–$20; Alcohol: wine, beer, full bar, specialty cocktails
SHORT ORDER: Exquisite cocktails and great food at sound prices make Bea the place to be.
PETER’S PICKS: chicken liver; macaroni and cheese; kale salad; salumi and cheese platter
PETER’S PANS: The loss of Le Madeleine
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By Peter Sherwood
nyy steak, a midtown venture between the new york yankees and hard rock International, offers a holiday flavored cocktail to get you in the mood.
Honey Crisp Cobbler Ingredients: 2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon 1 oz rosemary-vanilla infused syrup ½ Honey Crisp apple, chopped 3 dashes orange bitters 3 cranberries 1 cinnamon stick 1. Poke the cranberries with a fork and soak them in a bit of bourbon to cover. Let rest. 2. Gently simmer several sprigs of rosemary and a split vanilla bean in one cup water and ½ cup sugar. 3. When the sugar has dissolved, remove the mixture from heat and let cool. 4. Muddle the apple in a cocktail shaker and set aside. 5. Pour the bourbon with the bitters and a dash of the syrup in an ice-filled shaker and stir before straining into a double highball glass over ice. 6. Add the muddled apple, sitrring to incorporate it into the drink and garnish with the cranberries and cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy!
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PARTIES GAY & stRAIGht LADIes LovIn’ LADIes 18+
NEW>>> ICON 31-84 33rd St (btwn Broadway/31st Ave), Astoria, iconastoria.com— Everyone’s a VIP at this new Astoria hot spot.
STAIRS 192 E Second St (btwn Aves A/B), stairsbar.com— Bi-level neighborhood gay bar in the East Village. STATIC 28-43 Steinway St (btwn 28th/30th Aves), Astoria, 718-721-8181— This new gay bar aims to be a melting pot of cultures and nightlife entertainment. (FRI) FRESCURA FRIDAYS Secret, 525 W 29th St (10th/11th), 212-2685580— DJ Danny Nunez spins this new latin night. 10pm; free.
ENDED>>> (FRI) ICE POP @ Bar-tini Ultra Lounge (FRI) PENTHAUS @ The Copacabana (SUN) FOREPLAY @ Studio XXI
CheLseA BARS>>> BARRACUDA 275 W 22nd St (Eighth) 212-645-8613— This Chelsea mainstay is Eighth Avenue’s gay epicenter, with shows almost nightly. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) DJ Corey Tut w/ Brenda Black. 10pm. (SAT) Meat. DJ Scott James. 11pm. (SUN) Just The Tip w/ Pixie Aventura, Holly Dae & DJ David Serrano. 11pm; free. (MON) Bob Blows Up w/ Bob The Drag Queen. 11pm; free. (TUE) Casting Couch w/ Marti Gould Cummings. 10pm (WED) Dallas DuBois and Tina Burner w/ DJ Scotty Rox. 11:30pm; free. (THU) Star Search with Tina Burner. Guest performances. 11pm; free. BOXERS 37 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth), 212255-5082; boxersnyc.com— Gay sports bar with brick-oven pizza, elbow room and hot athletic supporters. Mon-Wed 4pm2am, Thr-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 1pm-4am, Sun 1pm-2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Shot specials 9:30pm-close. DJ 5ive, 10pm; free. (SAT) Boxers Bash. Beer pong tournament, 5pm–9pm; DJ Even Christian at 10pm. (SUN) Boxers Beer Blast. Free pool all day. $15 pitchers of Coors Light. (MON-WED) Overtime Happy Hour. 2-for-1
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drinks starting at 11pm. (THU) Absolut Thursdays. $6 Absolut drinks. 9pm–close.
THE EAGLE 554 W 28th St (10th/11th), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Two levels w/ roof deck welcome leather lovers, bears and fetish freaks. Mon–Sat 10pm–4am, Sun 4pm–4am. (FRI, 1ST) Dirt w/ DJs Damian and Mirch spin punk and rock. (FRI, 3RD) Piggy Bear. DJ Damian, $15 Bud/Bud Light pitchers. 10pm; free. (FRI, 4TH) Pup Night. 10pm; free. (SAT) DJ Paul Ferrer spins. 10pm; free. (SUN) Blast Off! Beer Blast $3 domestic drafts, $4 bottles, Jäger/Cuervo shots. On the roofdeck in the warm-weather months. 5pm–midnight; free. DJ Paul Ferrer. (MON) Foot Fetish Mondays. $6 well shot/domestic combo. 9pm; free. (TUE) 2-for-1 well drinks. 10pm; free. (TUE, 4TH) Smokin Tuesday. Cigars, pipes and drink specials. 8pm–10pm; free. (WED) Jockstrap Wednesdays. $4 Bud/Bud Light drafts. 10pm; free. (THU) Code. $5 Bud/Bud Lights bottles. Fetish dress required.10pm; free.
EAST OF EIGHTH 254 W 23rd St (Seventh/Eighth), 212-352-0075, eastofeighthny.com— Cheers-like bar inside the gay-friendly restaurant. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 well drinks and draft beer. 4pm–7pm and 10pm–Midnight. G LOUNGE 225 W 19th St (Seventh/Eighth) 212-929-1085, glounge.com— This round lounge is packed with gym dandies, Latino lotharios and cute Chelsea boys. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks, 4pm– 9pm. (FRI) Hung w/ host Yusef X and rotating DJs and well endowed go-gos. 10pm; free. (SAT) OMG w/ hosts Matthew Ballew and Daniel Thomas. 10pm; free. (SUN) Küte. Alternating DJs Scotty Rox and Xavier. 9pm–2am; free. (WED) Gruff. Pete Forjohn hosts a scruffy crowd. 6pm–2am; free. (THU) Paradiso. Brazilian/Latin-infused night w/ guest DJs. 10pm; free.
GYM SPORTSBAR 167 Eighth Ave (18th/19th), gymsportsbar.com, 212-3372439— Gay sports bar with two floors of jocks, flatscreens and tasty fare. Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Mon–Fri 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) DJ Smokey, $6 Skyy Vodka drinks, and the Locker Room is open. 9pm. (SAT) $3 beer blast, 1pm–9pm. $6 Skyy vodka, DJ Dr. Brooks, 9pm. (SUN) $3 beer blast, 1pm–9pm. $3 well drinks, 9pm. (MON) $4 LI Iced Teas, $3 Landshark Beer, 9pm. (TUE) $4 Coronas and margaritas. (WED) $2.50 Bud, Bud Light, Landshark bottles, 9pm. (THU) $6 Absolut drinks, $3 Miller 64, 9pm.
SECRET 525 W 29th St (10th/11th),
212-268-5580— Black and Latino hotties lounge on velvet banquettes at this far West Chelsea lounge. (FRI) Frescura Fridays. DJ Danny Nunez spins this new latin night. 10pm; free. (SAT) Hip-hop DJs and male and female dancers. $5 shots and drinks. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10. (WED) Clubhouse. DJs Frankie Paradise and Tony Cortez spin house & classic. 10pm; $5 til midnight/$10 general admission.
XES 157 W 24th St (Sixth/Seventh) 212604-0212, xesnyc.com— Cute Chelsea boys and sporty types chill in the lounge inside and the smoking patio in back. Wed– Sun 4pm–4am, Mon–Tue 4pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks weekdays 4pm–9pm; (FRI) BPM w/ DJ Jay Brancato, shot specials. 9pm. (SAT) Strobe. 2-for-1 well, beer and wine midnight–1am. 9pm. (SUN) Truth or Dare Karaoke w/ Frostie Flakes and DJ Brian Kalinowski. 10pm. (MON) #Gypsies. Chelsea Piers and Nomi Sas host. $3 beers, free pizza. 10:30pm. (TUE) The Paige Turner Show. Shot specials, games, performances and video. 10:30pm. (WED) Humpday Karaoke w/host Nicholas Park and DJ Jay Brancato. 10pm. (THU) Top Pop w/ DJ Calvin (pop). 8pm.
CLUBS>>> CLUB 20 20 W 20th St (Fifth/Sixth), 212-633-0934— (SUN) Male dancers w/champagne rooms and table-dancing. 2-for-1 Happy Hour 5pm–7pm. 5pm–1am; cover varies. MARQUEE 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), fvevents.com— (THU) Q Thursdays. Brandon Voss and BoiParty join Susanne Bartsch’s art house party. 10pm, free.
7pm Mon–Sat. (SUN) $3 mimosa and bloody marys, $2.50 Bud Light and Miller Lite, 2pm–9pm. (MON) $3 drinks 7pm–midnight. (WED) $3 drinks 7pm–midnight. (THU) $3 drinks 7pm–midnight.
THE DUPLEX 61 Christopher St (Seventh), 212-255-5438, theduplex.com— Two-level piano bar trills with cute actors, cabaret gals and old-fashioned showtune queens. 4pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beers, $4 wines and wells 4pm–8pm Mon-Fri (FRI) Mostly Sondheim w/Emily McNamara, Ben Cameron and pianist Brian Nash. 11:30pm; two-drink minimum.
THE HANGAR 115 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-627-2044, thehangarbarnyc.com— No-frills bar appealing to bearded blue-jean guys. Mon–Sats 3pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm– 9pm Mon–Wed and Fri, 3pm–1am Tue, 3pm–10pm Thu. (FRI) DJ Jimmy. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (SAT) DJ Gene. Go-go boys 10:30pm–1:30am. (SUN) DJ Kindbud. Go-go boys 7pm–10pm. $3.50 Buds, $4 vodka and margaritas. 5–10pm; free. (TUE) DJ Gene (Top 40) 2-for-1 drinks till 1am. (WED) Squirt. DJ Mondo, go-go boys. 9pm.
HENRIETTA HUDSON 438 Hudson St (Morton), 212-924-3347, henriettahudson.com— This popular lesbian bar promises hot girls and hotter action. Mon– Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri JULIUS 159 W 10th St (Waverly Pl), 212-
243-1928— Come for the friendly locals, stay for the mouthwatering burgers and an eclectic jukebox at New York’s oldest gay bar. 11am–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm $3 wells, domestics, wines
BOOTS & SADDLE 76 Christopher St
THE LGBT CENTER, 208 W 13th St
west vILLAGe (7th/Bleecker), bootsnsaddlenyc.com, 212633-1986— This old-school Christopher Street mainstay welcomes a casual crowd. Go-gos after 7pm. Noon–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beer and well drinks 2pm–8pm; $3 Pabst all day. (FRI) Yuhua Hamasaki Show (SAT) Strip Search w/Victoria Chase (SUN) Karaoke w/Victoria Chase (MON) Holly Dae. (TUE) Sugga Pie Koko. (WED) Karaoke w/Victoria Chase (THU) The Lady B.L.U.E. Show.
CUBBYHOLE 281 W 12th St (Fourth), 212-243-9041, cubbyholebar.com— This low-frills nabe bar is equally popular with fags and dykes. Mon–Fri 4pm–2am and Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm–
(Seventh/Greenwich), 212-620-7310, gaycenter.org— New York’s headquarters for all things gay, including meetings, clubs, mixers, talks and dances. (SAT, 2ND/4TH) Dance:208 by Joe Fiore. Guest DJs. 9pm–1am; $6 members/$10 general admission.
MARIE’S CRISIS 59 Grove St (Seventh/Bleecker), 212-243-9323— Camaraderie and B’way sing-alongs abound in this historic piano bar. 4am–4pm daily. Free.
THE MONSTER 80 Grove St (Seventh), manhattan-monster.com, 212-924-3558— This old-school staple sparkles with loyal locals singing showtunes upstairs and drag shows, go-gos and dancing below. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri,
PIECES 8 Christopher St (Gay/Greenwich), piecesbar.com, 212-929-9291— NYU gays rally amid the streamers for live shows and karaoke. 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2pm–8pm $3 domestics and wells. ROCKBAR 185 Christopher St (Weehawken/W Side H’way), rockbarnyc.com— Mon–Wed 6pm–2am; Thu 4pm–2am; Fri–Sat 4pm–4am; Sun 12pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-8pm Mon–Fri. 2for-1 drinks. (FRI, MONTHLY) Sugar, Corey Tut’s queer music showcase. 8pm; $7. (SUN) Rockbear Beer Blast w/DJ Billy Pfeiffer. $3 Bud & Bud Lite, free food (1pm9pm). $5 Rokk vodka (9pm-close). (MON) Stand Up w/ Neil Thornton & Frank Liotti. 8pm. Kink 2.0 w/ Mischief Matthew brings you weeklyBDSM demos and dancing. 10pm; $3. (TUE) Game Night. $3 Bud/Bud Light drafts. 8pm. (WED) #WitchesOnly. American Horror Story followed by Mocha Lite and Misty Meaner. 10pm. (THU) Rockbar-eokee w/ Beau Howard and Jason Romas. 8pm.
STONEWALL INN 53 Christopher St (Seventh/Waverly Pl) 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Loyal locals and NYU kids populate this landmark watering hole. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 2pm–8pm (FRI) Upstairs: Karaoke w/Ben & Michael (6pm–10pm), Lesbo-a-GoGo. 10pm–4am. Downstairs: Red Light District with guest DJs, 9pm. (FRI, MONTHLY) Large Hardon Collider. DJs Damian Cote and Dave Huge. 9pm (SUN) Cubhouse Sundays. Joe Fiore spins happy hour, 4pm. Upstairs: Lavinia Draper Show, 8pm. (MON) Bitchy Bingo with Kenny Dash. 9pm. (WED) Stonewall Sensation. 9pm (THU) Downstairs: Anything Goes karaoke, 9pm. Upstairs: Paige Turner’s Playhouse, 9pm.
TY’S 114 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-741-9641, tysbarnyc.com— Ye olde gay tavern teems with friendly and devoted patrons. Mon– Sun 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3.50 well drinks, $1 off bottled beer. 1pm–8pm weekdays. (MON) Happy Hour prices all night.
CLUBS>>> THE GRIFFIN 50 Gansevoort St (Ninth Ave/Washington St), sus (SUN, MONTHLY) Griffin Sundays. Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur bring you surprise DJs and lots of monthly shenanigans. 7pm–midnight; free. LE POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker St (Thompson/Sullivan), 212-5053474, lepoissonrouge.com— (SAT) Le Bingo w/ Linda Simpson.
WESTWAY 75 Clarkson St (Washington/West), westwaynyc.com— (TUE) Westgay. Frankie Sharp hosts this popular weekly blowout. DJ Jonjon Battles and special guests spin. 10pm. $10.
eAst vILLAGe/ LoweR eAst sIDe BARS>>> BEDLAM 40 Ave C (Third/Fourth), bedlamnyc.com— Benjamin Miassani’s gay-friendly Ave C outpost. (THU) Killer Queen. Rock and electro w/ host Chris Ryan. 10pm; free. THE BOILER ROOM 86 E Fourth St (Fir/Second), boilerroomnyc.com, 212-2547536— Arty hipsters and NYU kids mingle with a hot Internet jukebox and dirt cheap drinks. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 beers and well liquor 4pm–8pm daily. $4 house liquor after 10pm.
THE COCK 29 Second Ave (Fir/Second), thecockbar.com— There is no dish spicier, skankier or sexier than this infamous East Village bird. 11pm–4am daily. (FRI) King Size. DJ Jeff Chatterton. 11pm; $10. (SAT) Wack. DJ Kindbud. 11pm; $10. (SUN) Oink w/ DJ Nashom and guests. 10pm; $10. (MON) Playpen. Shameless McGreedy hosts. 11pm. Free before midnight/$5 general admission. (TUE) $2 Tuesdays. $2 wells and domestics w/ host David Serrano and DJ Evan Christian. 11pm; $10. (WED) The Turn Up. Frankie Sharp and Juliana Huxtable trun it up. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission. (WED, LAST) Cock & Soul. Diva appreciation night w/Mona Foot and DJ Gant Johnson. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10. (THU) Cock Classic. 11pm; $10. EASTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (A/B), 212-777-2555, easternblocnyc.com— This Soviet-themed bar is packed tighter than a sardine can with E-Vill boys looking for strong drinks, kick-ass DJs and hot go-gos. 7pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $4 well drinks and$3 PBRs 7pm–10pm daily (FRI) Rockin'DiscoFagBar w/DJ Darren Dryden. 10pm; free. (SAT) Smashed and Mashed w/DJ Michael Formika Jones. $2 tequila shots. 10pm. (SUN, 3RD) Temptations. Jeff Chatterton hosts DJ Jason Yost. 10pm. (SUN, 2ND) Marinate. DJ Dandylion and special gue spin house and electronic. 9pm–2am; free. (MON) Messy Mary w/ DJ Jeff Chatterton, $3 vodkas, Miller and PBR. (TUE) Gameboy. 10pm. (WED) Plant Uranus w/ DJ Marc Isenhart. 10pm.
(THU) My Chiffon Is Wet w/ DJ Paisley Dalton. 10pm.
LAIR 201 Lafayette St (Broome/Kenmare), lairnyc.com (SAT) Downtown Debbie. Michael Cohen and Scott James’ downtown bash. 10pm; free.
NOWHERE 322 E 14th St (Fir/Second), 212-477-4744, nowherebarynyc.com— A low-to-no-key East Village pub with a great jukebox and cheap drinks. 3pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 wells, $2 domestic beers, $2 PBR. Mon–Thu 3pm–9pm, Fri and Sat 3pm–8pm.
ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB 753 Ninth Ave (50th/5st), 212-262-8527, atlassocialclub.com— Benjamin Maisani and Josh Wood’s Hell’s Kitchen hot spot. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (FRI) Basura w/ DJ Sammy Jo, 10pm. (SAT) El Ring w/ Marco Ovando, guest DJs. 10pm (SUN) Homme Video w/ host Patrick Crough and gues porn stars. 4pm. (WED) Let’s Get Physical. DJ Max Rodriguez brings the ’80s beats. 8pm (THU, 2ND/4TH) Snaxx w/ DJs Rick King and Gustavo. 10pm
A/B), stairsbar.com— Bi-level neighborhood gay bar in the East Village. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 5pm–9pm daily.
BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-315-2777, bamboo52nyc.com— Broadway divas and buff business boys enjoy fresh sushi and sexed-up cocktails. 11am–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 signature cocktails, well drinks, house wine and beers 11am–9pm, 30% Sushi Special discount Midnight till 2 am every day. Lunch Sushi special Mon–Fri, $9.95 for two rolls (select two fillings and one topping) plus miso soup or salad and Mochi ice cream. (FRI) Fantastic Friday. DJ Steven spins, 6pm. (SAT) 80s Saturday. $5 flavored Absolut cocktails all night (SUN) $5 flavored Absolut cocktails all night. Rotating wine and cheese tasting class, 5pm–7pm. (MON) Rotating wine and cheese tasting class, 5pm–7pm. Pub trivia, 8:30pm (TUE) Karaoke Kraziness with Spicky Hilton and Jacky Dupree, 9:30pm. (WED) Ladies Night with 2-for-1 drinks. (THU) Mojito Thursdays, $5 mojitos all night. DJ Rock spins.
BARRAGE 401 W 47th St (Ninth/10th),
PHOENIX 447 E 13th St (Fir/Ave A), phoenixbarnyc.com— A no-attitude E-Vill fave with a killer jukebox and cheap drinks. Have you risen yet? 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price wells and domestic beers. 4pm-8pm daily. (FRI, SAT) $4 wells, $5 PBR/cheap shot special 10pm-4am. (SUN) Supersize w/Kenny Dash. 9pm; $5. (MON) Half-price well drinks. 10pm–4am (THU, 1ST & 3RD) The Thirst Games. Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite. Beer night. 10pm. (FRI) Michael Cohen hosts. Half-price draft beers. 10pm–4am. (SAT) Play-Boy. Chris Ryan hosts. 10pm.
STAIRS 192 E Second St (btwn Aves
OPEN HOUSE 244 E Houston (Essex), openhouse-nyc.com— (FRI) ElevenEleven. Ladyfag hosts w/ DJs Michael Magnan and Honey Dijon. 11pm; free before midnight/general admission varies.
soho/tRIBeCA CLUBS>>> GREENHOUSE 150 Varick St (Vandam), 212-807-7000, greenhouseusa.com — (SUN) Vandam by Susanne Bartsch, Kenny Kenny. DJs Johnny Dynell and Michael Magnan and Will Automagic downstairs, performers, open vodka bar till 11pm. 10pm; free.
heLL’s KItChen/ MIDtown west BARS>>> 9TH AVENUE SALOON 656 Ninth Ave (45th/46th), 212-307-1503; 9thavesaloon.com— Hell’s Kitchen’s decades-old gay dive welcomes all comers. 11am–4am Mon–Sat; Noon–4am Sun. (WED) Karaoke, 10pm–1am.
212-586-9390— Drawn by the late-night happy hour, sexy locals and midtown touri make the rounds. 5pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm–8pm & 11pm– midnight, $2 off drinks.
BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE 642 Tenth Ave (45th/46th), 917-388-2897, bartiniultralounge.com— A chic martini lounge with nightly shows on the west side of Hell’s Kitchen. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4–8pm. (SAT) Squirt. DJ Danni Echi (pop). 10pm.
BOXERS HK 742 Ninth Ave (50th St), boxersnyc.com— HK outpost of the popular Chelsea gay sports bar with large rooftop patio and “The Dog Pound” basement dance space. Mon-Wed 4pm-2am, Thr-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 1pm-4am, Sun 1pm2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm– 9:30pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Shot specials 9:30pm-close. 10pm2am; free. DJ Paisley in the Dog Pound, 10pm. (SAT) DJs in the Dog Pound, 10pm. (SUN) Boxers Break. Free pool all day. $4 domestics and $5 wells. $6 Frozen drinks. (MON) Draft Mondays. $5 draft beers. (TUE) Effen Tuesday. $5 Effen vodka cocktails. 9:30pm–close. (WED) Hot n Sticky. $5 Stoli cocktails,
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PARTIES 9:30pm-close. (THU) Absolut Thursdays. $5 Absolut drinks. 9:30pm–close. DJ Evan Christian in the Dog Pound, 10pm.
FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE 500 W 48th St (10th), facebook.com/fairytaillounge— Hell’s Kitchens newest bar nestles up to 10th Ave to bring gay fantasies to life. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 well drinks, $4 beers 5pm–10pm daily (FRI) It’s Fuckin’ Friday. DJ Cazwell and slutty go-gos. 10pm–3am (SAT) Satyrdays w/ DJ Del Monaco. 10pm–3am (SUN) The Next Big Fairy. Rey Scandalo and De La Verga host this singing competition w/ DJ Sir Honey Davenport. 9pm (MON) Fairy-oke Mondays w/ Brent Heuser, free karaoke. 9pm–2am (WED) Dirty Disco Wednesdays w/ Joey Israel and disco by DJ RAD. 10pm–3am (THU) Thursday Knights w/ Shameless McGreedy & DJ Thomas Trinity. 10pm–3am FLAMING SADDLES 793 Ninth Ave (53rd), flamingsaddles.com— Hell’s Kitchens newest cowboy-themed gay wateringhole with boot scootin’ bartop dancers. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat and Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm, midnight–1am daily. (WED) Whiskey Wednesdays. $6 Whiskey special. 8pm–midnight; free. HARDWARE 697 10th Ave (46th/47th), hardware-bar.com— Piece’s shinier younger brother in an former Hell’s Kitchen hardware store. Mon–Sun, Noon–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Noon–9pm $3 beers, wines and wells, and $4 Stoli drinks. (FRI) Pop It Up Fridays. Mike B spins pop tracks. 10pm. (SAT) Saturday Rox. DJ Scotty Rox. 10pm. (SUN) Lettuce Praise. Hedda Lettuce’ weekly Sunday sermon. 11pm. (MON) Dragged Out Mondays w/ Kendra Couture and Coc De’Ball. 10pm. (WED) Screw It Wendesday w/ Chris Ryan, Mischief Matthew & DJ Nicky Boom Box. 10pm. (THU) Happy Hour w/ DJ Mike Borowski. 5pm–9pm. The Shequida Show w/ DJ Scotty Rox. 11pm. INDUSTRY 355 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 646-476-2747, industrybar.com— The powerhouses behind Barracuda bring the party to this fabulous and spacious space in Hell’s Kitchen. Free (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 4pm–9pm daily (FRI) DJ Scott Jones. (SAT) DJ Brenda Black. (SUN) 1999 w/ Kizha A. Carr & DJ Scott Jones (MON) Diva w/ Marti Thomas & guest vocalists. 11pm. (TUE) MIla Jam w/ DJ Steven Paul. 11pm. (WED) The Sherry Vine Show w/ DJ Scotty Rox. 11pm. (THU) Queen w/ Dallas DuBois, DJ David Serrano. 10pm.
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LUCKY CHENG’S 240 W 52nd (Broadway/Eighth Ave), 212-473-0516, luckychengsrestaurant.com— Asian drag karaoke and dining. Shows nightly at 8:30pm Sun–Thu, 8pm and 10pm Fri–Sat. 3pm-4am daily.
10pm. (WED) Anger Management w/ Mimi Imfurst and Pixie Aventura. 11pm. (THU) Testosterone. Male revue. Brad Loekle hosts and Go-Go Harder performs w/ special guests. 11pm.
NEW WORLD STAGES 340 West 50th St (Eighth/Ninth), 646-871-1730, newworldstages.com— (SAT) Marti Gould Cummings and Kelly King perform. 10pm; free. (WED) So You Think You Can Drag. Paige Turner’s annual drag competition, through Oct 30. 10:30pm–12:30am; $5.
VLADA 331 W 51st St (Eighth/ Ninth),
POSH 405 W 51st St (Ninth), 212-9572222, poshbarnyc.com— This popular neighborhood hang keeps it simple with cheap booze, a smoking patio, friendly staff and cute boys. 3pm–4am daily. Always free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 3pm– 9pm daily (FRI) Frisky Fridays w/ DJ JRoc (pop and top 40) at 9pm. (SAT) Sexy Saturdays w/ DJ Javier at 9pm. (SUN) Retro Sundays w/ DJ Darren (‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s) at 9pm. $3 Rolling Rock all night. Free pizza at 11pm. (MON) Bingo Mondays w/ Ginger Snapt at 9pm. Free pizza at 11pm. (TUE) Generation Z. DJ Calivin. $5 martinis. 9pm. (WED) The Queen of Green Live w/ Hedda Lettuce & DJ JRoc at 9pm. Free 123 BurgerShot Beer sliders at 11pm. $5 cosmos and margaritas all night. (THU) Twisted Thursdays w/ DJ Javier (Top 40, rock) at 9pm. Free 123 Burger Shot Beer sliders at 11pm.
THE RITZ 369 W 46th St (Ninth), 212333-4177— Hell’s Kitchen ’mos put on the ritz daily on the upstairs lounge, outdoor deck and big back-room dance floor. 4pm– 4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4–9pm Mon–Sat, all day Sunday. (FRI) Rock the Boat by Chris Ryan. DJ Xavier (dance, pop) spins. 10pm. (SAT) DJs Nando and Xavier. 10pm. (SUN) Mr. Bear on the patio w/ DJs Gustavo & Lorant. 3pm–9pm. Untucked & Uncesnored w/ Marti Gould Cummings. 11pm. (MON) Bingo w/ Gusty Winds. 9pm. Bianca del Rio and DJ Xavier. Midnight. (TUE) Saliva w/ Thorgy Thor, Azraea and guest performers. 11pm. (WED) Real Deal. $3 drink specials w/ Maddelynn Hatter, Pusse Couture, Chaka Khanvict. 10pm. (THU) Do The Right Thing. w/ Cazwell and Peppermint. THERAPY 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Two chic levels packed with midtown professionals and nightly shows. 5pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm, 2-for-1 wells and drafts. (FRI) DJ Claymation. 9pm. (SAT) Gays Gone Wild. DJ Scott Jones.
212-974-8030, vladabar.com— Two floors of sleek sophistication, gay nonsense, 20 house infused vodkas and New York’s only ice bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm Mon–Fri, half-priced drinks. (FRI) Vilocity w/ DJ Corey Tut. 10pm; free. (SUN) Slurp. Paige Turner. 10:30pm. (MON) Mix Tape w/ Tina Burner and David Serrano. 10pm–2am. (TUE) Vixen w/Logan Hardcore and guest DJs. Free shots before the show. 11pm (WED, 1ST AND 3RD) Gaymer Party. 8pm. (THU) Bitter Bingo w/Bianca Del Rio and DJ Steven Paul with a chance to win $50. 11pm.
Sidewalk. 11pm; cover varies. (MON) Monday Musicals. Dougie Meyer and VJ Tony Built bring you a showtune heavy evening. 6pm–midnight; free. (TUE) Gay College Tuesdays. Barely legal college cuties, pop by DJ Steve Sidewalk, hot bod contest w/ Dougie Meyer. 10pm; cover varies. 18+ (THU) Score Reloaded. Sasha Seven and Antonio Cedeno host in Rosebud Lounge. 10pm; free.
MIDtown eAst BARS>>> EVOLVE 221 E 58th St (Second/Third), evolvebarandloungenyc.com, 212-3553395— A relaxed loungy haunt for Midtown homos and friends. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $5 wells, beers, $6 wines, $7 ’ritas and cosmos. Sun–Wed 4pm–8pm, Thu 4pm–midnight, Fri, Sat 4pm–10pm.
LIPS 227 E 56th St (Second/Third), 212-
CLUBS>>> ESCUELITA 301 W 39th St (Eighth), 212-631-0558, enyclub.com— Papis show their oro at this legendary Latino hang. (FRI) Secret Fridays. mixed party w/DJs Ray Lorenzo, Mary Mac and Oscar Perez, male and female go-gos (10pm). Angel Sheridan Show (2am). (SAT) Discotekka. Latin night w/DJ Ray Lorenzo (hip-hop, salsa), male and female go-gos and 2am performance by Angel Sheridan. 10pm–5am; cover varies. (SUN, MONTHLY) Rumble Ball Series. Ballroom vogue conte w/cash prizes. 11pm; 18+ (SUN, MONTHLY) Esco Got Talent. Lartiza Dumont. ho talent contest 11pm. 18+ (SUN, MONTHLY) Diva Search w/Princess Janae. Cash prize. 1am; cover varies. 18+ PROVIDENCE 311 W 57th St (btwn Eight/Ninth), vossnyc.com— (FRI) Berlin. Brandon Voss and BoiParty bring a taste of Berlin nightlife to NYC. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission. SANKEYS NYC 29 W 36th St (Fifth/Sixth), sankeysnyc.com— (SUN) Sunday Service. DJ Eddie Elias & Escape spin this mixed party with nightlife all-star hosts. 8pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission. STAGE 48 608 W 48th St (11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com— (SAT) Viva! John Blair, Beto Sutter, Ric Sena, Justin Luke and Alan Picus host (house, pop). 10pm; $15 w/ membership card till 1am/$20 general admission. XL NIGHTCLUB 512 W 42th St (10th/11th), xlnightclub.com— New York’s gay mega-club inside the Out NYC hotel. (FRI) Hot Mess. Lady Bunny and Bianca del Rio perform. Show at 9pm. Fuel Fridays. 11pm; cover varies. (SAT) Electro-Pop Saturdays w/ DJ Steve
675-7710, lipsnyc.com— Bingo, bachelorette parties and brunch with drag queens. Shows at 7pm nightly. Sun–Thu 5:30pm–1pm, Fri–Sat 5:30pm–1:30am. (TUE) Dragalicious w/Mimi Imfurst, Blackie O and All Beef Patty. 7pm. (SUN) Bitchy Bingo. Ginger Snapt ho. 9pm. (SUN) Broadway Brunch. Ginger Snap ho drag performances. Noon–4pm; free (plus $19.95 food/beverage min).
THE TOWNHOUSE 236 E 58th St (Second/Third), 212-754-4649, townhouseny.com— Old and new love mingle as Cole Porter plays at this gentlemanly club. Piano music starts at 6pm everyday. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm daily, $1 off drinks. (TUE) Sing Like a Rock Star. Open mic w/ Michael Ferreri.
UNCLE CHARLIE’S 139 E 45th St (Third/Lexington), 646-476-9532, unclecharliesnyc.com— This inviting piano bar attracts songbirds young and old. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 well cocktails; 4pm-8pm Mon–Fri; 4pm–11pm Sat (SUN) $1 shots, $2 Coors Light draft, $3 Bloody Marys (4pm–9pm) (MON) $3 draft and $5 frozen margaritas (TUE) Karaoke. 2-for-1 drinks (WED) Will Clark show, 9pm–11pm. (THU) $7 cosmos and appletinis.
UPPeR eAst sIDe BARS>>> TOOL BOX 1742 Second Ave (90th/91st), 212-348-1288, thetoolboxnyc.com— Video killed the radio star at this UES video bar where handy men still revel in a cruisey victory parade. 8pm-4am
daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 8pmâ€“10pm daily.
UPPeR west sIDe BARS>>> CANDLE BAR 309 Amsterdam Ave (74th/75th), 212-799-0062â€” The legend ignited long ago at this nabe haunt. Free. 4pmâ€“4am Monâ€“Thu, 3pm-4am Friâ€“Sun. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ€“9pm Monâ€“Fri, Satâ€“Sun 3pmâ€“9pm, $1 off drinks SUITE 992 Amsterdam Ave (109th), 212-222-4600, suitenyc.comâ€” This cozy bar percolates with â€™tude-free Columbia boys. 5pmâ€“4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm everyday (SUN, TUE, THU) Suite Karaoke. 10pm
hARLeM/ wAsh. heIGhts BARS>>> LE BOY BAR & LOUNGE 104 Dyckman (Nagle/Post). 646-388-4067â€” Far uptown boys gather for hot music, Latin go-gos and a full kitchen. Wedâ€“Sat 6pmâ€“4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 9pmâ€“11pm. Wedâ€“Sun (FRI) Sexy Fridays. DJ Teti w/live drums, go-gos, hookahs, free 2am tequila shots. 2for1 drinks 9pmâ€“11pm. Free 9â€“11pm; $5. (SAT) Papi Chulo w/DJ Alex (Latin, hiphop), hookahs, go-gos. 9pm; free before11pm/$5 general admission. (WED) NCOG. Lay, Joni Diablo and Juanito host. $5 LI Iced Teas, $3 tequila shots, $4 Coronas. 10pm; free. (THU) Guys Go Crazy w/DJ Alex, go-gos, 2-for-1 drinks till 11pm, $3 tequila shots. 10pm; free. (SUN) 2-for-1 drinks till 11pm. DJs Alex Tech and Carlos Dali spin. 9pm; free.
NO PARKING 4168 Broadway (176th/177th), 212-923-8700â€” Far uptown â€™mos cruise at this chic lounge. Sunâ€“Thu 5pmâ€“3am and Frisâ€“Sats 5pmâ€“4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 6pmâ€“10pm
BRooKLYn BARS>>> BRANDED SALOON 603 Vanderbilt Ave (Bergen), Prospect Heights, 718484-8704, brandedsaloon.comâ€” This mixed watering hole serves up camp with its craft beers and hearty pub grub. Monâ€“Fri 4pmâ€“4am; Sat and Sun 10:30amâ€“4am Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Bergen St. (HAPPY HOUR) Monâ€“Fri 4pmâ€“7pm, $4
Drafts and wells.
BROOKLYN TERRACE Aloft Brooklyn Hotel, 216-228 Duffield St (Willoughby/Fulton Mall), Fort Greene, 718256-3833â€” (SUNS, 1ST) DJ Ridge spins pop/Top 40 monthly. 1pmâ€“7pm. Free. ELIXIR 43-03 Broadway, Astoria, 347642-5804â€” (THU) Kiss & Tell Karaoke w/ Marti Gould Cummings. 10pm; free. EXCELSIOR 390 Fifth Ave (Sixth/Seventh), Park Slope, excelsiorbrooklyn.com, 718-832-1599â€” A year-round garden patio, friendly crowd and rockinâ€™ jukebox make this a popular spot for Brooklyn boys. Monâ€“Fri 6pmâ€“4am, Satâ€“Sun 2pmâ€“4am.
or to Ninth St and Fourth Ave (HAPPY HOUR) $2 Yuenglings and $1 off cocktails. Monâ€“Fri 6pmâ€“8pm; Sat, Sun 2pmâ€“7pm. GINGERâ€™S PUB 363 Fifth Ave (Fifth/Sixth), Park Slope, 718-788-0924â€” This boy-friendly girlsâ€™ bar keeps it low key with a pool table, jukebox and back deck. Monâ€“Fri 5pmâ€“4am, Satâ€“Sun 2pmâ€“4am.
or to Ninth St and Fourth Ave (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 beers and well drinks 5pmâ€“8pm. THE GRAND VICTORY 245 Grand St (Driggs/Roebling), Williamsburg, thegrandvictory.comâ€” (SAT, 1ST) Glamdammit. Twig the Wonderkid and Michael T host. 10pm.
THIS Nâ€™ THAT 108 N Sixth St (Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.comâ€” Metropolitan and Sugarlandâ€™s laid-back little brother has drag shows, drawing parties, cheap beer and a fun-loving, mixed crowd. (FRI) Size Queens w/ Jenna Tonic and Scarlet Envy. 10pm.
Mac. 2-for-1 drinks. 4pmâ€“9pm (SAT, 1ST/3RD) Gag! w/DJ Cameron. 10pm. (SUN, LAST) Church. Big Brother Josh hosts a soul tunes dance party. 10pm (MON) $1 PBR from 10pmâ€“close. (MON, 2ND) Hot Fruit. David John Sokolowski hosts performances. 10pm. (TUE) Queeraoke. Karaoke w/Miss Kate. $3 well drinks. 10:30pm. (WED) Girls! Girls! Girls! Jen Urban and Veronica w/guest DJs. $2 PBRs. 10pm (THU) Jukebox Realness. Customers canplay DJ with the barâ€™s digital jukebox. halfprice draft beers. 10pm. (THU, 3RD) Dragnet. Drag competition w/ Merrie Cherry. 10pm.
CLUBS>>> (Driggs/Roebling), 718-599-4044, sugarlandnightclub.comâ€” On a desolate Wâ€™burg avenue, this hip bar dazzles with awesome performances and dirty dancing. to Bedford Ave (FRI, FIRST) Flashpop First Fridays w/ Jonathan and BPro. 10pm;free before 11pm/$5 general admission. (FRI, LAST) Swoon w/ DJ John Sokolowski, performers. 10pm; $5. (SAT) Say Say Cray Cray w/ DJ Emjay (pop, electro). 11pm; $5. (SUN, 1ST) Miss Mierce Amateur Drag Pageant. 10pm. (SUN) Werk & Serve. Drag performances hosted by Hamm Samwich, Elizabeth James. 2-for-1 cocktails. 10pm; free. (MON) Manic Mondays Karaoke with DJ Dan Paul. $3 wells. 10pm; free. (WED) Bottoms Up. Elizabeth James and Untitled Queen host this mid-week underwear part. 11pm. (THU, 1ST) Trifecta. Krystal SomethingSomething, Alotta McGriddles and Miz Jade host shows. 10pm; free.
qUeens BARS>>> ALBATROSS 36-19 24th Ave (37th), Astoria, 718-204-9045, albatrossbar.comâ€” Weekly drink specials and entertainment keeps this a popular spot with the locals. 5pmâ€“4am daily. Free. N to Astoria Blvd (HAPPY HOUR) Sun, Tueâ€“Thu 6pmâ€“9pm
METROPOLITAN 559 Lorimer St (Metropolitan/Devoe), Williamsburg, 718599-4444, metropolitanbarny.comâ€” Alty music lovers and hip smokers argue on the patio over who loves this bar more. 3pmâ€“ 4am daily. Free. or to Metropolitan Aveâ€“Lorimer St (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestic beers and well drinks. 3pmâ€“8pm (FRI) Divine Decadence. DJs Dario Speedwagon and Mikey B (rock, pop). 10pm. (FRI, 3RD) Jizz. Josh Sparbar spins. 10pm. (SAT) Craft Magic. Hank Star and Steven
HOMBRES LOUNGE 85-28 37th Ave (Junction Blvd/Warren), Jackson Heights, 718-930-0866, hombreslounge.com. Latin bros call this lounge home. 4pmâ€“4am. Free 7 to Junction Blvd (HAPPY HOUR) Daily 6â€“10pm.
ICON 31-84 33rd St (btwn Broadway/31st Ave), Astoria, iconastoria.comâ€” Everyoneâ€™s a VIP at this new Astoria hot spot. N to Broadway
SUGARLAND 221 N Ninth St
CLUB LANGSTON 1073 Atlantic Ave (Franklin/Classon), Bedford-Stuyvesant, 718-622-5183, clublangstonnyc.comâ€” Neighborhood gay pub serving drinks and drag. to Classon Ave. (THU) Exotic Thursdays w/DJ Mario (socca, reggae, calypso). Open bar midnightâ€“1am. 11pm; $5.
Ave (78th/79th), Jackson Heights, 718397-7256, friends-tavern.comâ€” Cramped cruising grounds with Latin jukebox and hot bartenders. Weekly summertime BBQ on back patio. 4pmâ€“4am daily. 7, E, , or to 74th Stâ€“Roosevelt Ave. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced wells and domestic beers 4pmâ€“9pm, Sunâ€“Fri
BUM BUM BAR 63-14 Roosevelt Ave (63rd/64th), Woodside, Queens, 718-6514145â€” Queer Latino speakeasy with a fiery dance floor. Fri and Sat only. 7 to 61st St ELIXIR LOUNGE 43-03 Broadway (43rd/44th), Astoria, Queens, 347-6425804, elixirloungenyc.comâ€” to Steinway or 46th St (FRI) Elixir Fridays.
LUCHOâ€™S 38-19 69th St (Woodside), 718-424-9181â€” Latin bar with weekly gay night. E, , , or 7 to Roosevelt/Jackson Hts (WED) Wild Wednesdays with Miss Cherry Pie. $2 drinks till midnight. $3 Long Island iced tea. Go-go dancers at midnight. Strip contest at 1:30am. 10pm; free.
THE MUSIC BOX 40-08 74th St ( Broadway), Elmhurst, 718-424-8312â€” A neighborhood Latin bar great for finding fun and new friends. No cover. E to Roosevelt Aveâ€“Jackson Heights (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ€“10pm Sunâ€“Thu, 4pmâ€“9pm Fri and Sat
SCAPE 81-09 Northern Blvd (81/82nd), Jackson Heights, 718-807-7890. 4pmâ€“4am daily. 7 to 82nd Stâ€“Jackson Heights. (SAT) Rumba! JLozano presents DJ Juarez, with live show at midnight.
STATIC 28-43 Steinway St (btwn 28th/30th Aves), Astoria, 718-721-8181â€” This new gay bar aims to be a melting pot of cultures and nightlife entertainment. (HAPPY HOUR) 6pmâ€“8pm N to 30th Ave
TRUE COLORS BAR 79-15 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights (80th/79th), 718-672-7505â€” Laid-back gay hang with Latin crowd and monthly parties. 4pmâ€“4am. Free. 7 to 82nd Stâ€“Jackson Hts
CLUBS>>> CLUB EVOLUTION 76-19 Roosevelt Ave (77th), Jackson Heights, eclubnyc.com, 718-457-3939 â€” Upscale mega Latin club packed with Queensâ€™ hottest queens. Open 4pmâ€“4am Mon, Friâ€“Sun. 7, E, , or to 74th Stâ€“Roosevelt Ave. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 well drinks and domestic beers, $4 call drinks and imported beers. 4pmâ€“10pm Monâ€“Fri
FRIENDâ€™S TAVERN 78-11 Roosevelt
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NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
THE SPLAT EFFECT SHOOTING BLANKS
BETTER OFF BLUE-BALLED
By Rod Steely & Ben Downe
RED, WHITE AND HUGE James Ryder in Hung Americans, Part 2
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OD: The nice thing about Hung Americans 2 is that you don’t need to have seen the first one to appreciate the likes of these well hung yanks. BEN: With a lot of spit and spirit, these patriots are back and ready to lend a hand, mouth and ass to their countrymen. ROD: It was nice to see Mike Dozer and Trenton Ducati doing some real cruising, in person! They actually look at each other, pick each other up and get it on without the use of a computer or cell phone. BEN: Brawny Dozer tops the handsome Ducati and licks him clean in one of the best post-cumshot scenes I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. ROD: Once Dozer’s face went up Ducati’s ass I was sold. The fucking between these two studs is so primal. One minute Ducati’s fucking Dozer, then without missing a beat Dozer flips Ducati over and starts fucking him. BEN: I was turned off by the transition between scenes where the guys presented themselves to the camera like they were trying out for America’s Next Top Model. The set could double as a backdrop for senior-class pictures and there are enough stars and stripes to gag on. These Americans are so hung the guys are choking on their amber waves of skin. ROD: I call the next scene with James Ryder and Alex Buldocek the battle of the tattoos. Yes, I know that I focus a lot on ass eating, but when you’re presented with an ass like Ryder’s how can I not talk about it? Even with all the excellent rimming I can’t let the blowjobs go by unnoticed. There is some fantastic head being given in Hung Americans. I loved the deep throating between Shawn Wolfe and Tyler Reade. BEN: Director Steve Cruz saves the biggest for last. Falcon exclusive Boomer Banks has one of those massive cocks that needs a good half hour to crank up to full mast.
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Boomer looks like he had too much whiskey and Ray Han has to coax his cock to play. I give it to Han for working that dick so long, but it’s undeniably worth it. Once Banks gets hard, Han gets an incredible assstretching ride. Plus, Raging Stallion adds great bonus material to this one: Grunt, Misconduct, Diamond Auto and Steamworks starring the dick-pleasing Austin Wilde and ass-pounding Topher DiMaggio.
ROD: Seeing Max Schutler getting it from Luke Haas and Brodie Sinclair in Grunts was a nice boner bonus. I loved watching Sinclair lean against the mess hall table as he gets his ass eaten by Schulter. And if you’re looking for the perfect—ahem—stocking stuffer this year, a little Rentboy told me that Ducati, Banks and Buldocek are available for a reasonable hourly rate! N
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Grand opening men spa. Open 11am to midnight Waxing/ Free Shower 4hands massage www.allenmenspa.com
101 W 25th St 2fl (cross 6th Ave)
101 Allen St 1A (cross Delancey St) 646-704-6596
402 West 50th St
7 days 4 hands available. Relaxing Environment Shave Waving
122 Lexington Ave (28th Street) 2F. 11am-10:30pm 646-207-0899
690 10th Ave (48th & 49th St) 12pm-8am 212-247-8899
240 W 15th St (7th & 8th Ave) 12pm-10:30pm 212-727-7458
G-HEAVEN MEN SPA $45/hr, $70/90min 4 hands $90/hr Private Room Open: 11:30am11:00pm
61 W 8th St (near 6 ave) 2A
W MAN SPA-GRAND OPENING
JI LI MEN’S SPA
TRAINED BRAZILIAN MASSEUR
Asian Strong Bodywork. 7 Days. Relaxing Environment
MEN’s CLUB 24 hrs/7Days Entrance $15
592 8th Ave Bet. 38th-39th St.
Grand Opening! 7 Days a Week!
216B W 30th St. Main Floor (Btw 7th & 8th Ave.)
11am-11:30pm • 212-933-0085 www.wmanspa.com
GREEN HOUSE MEN’S SPA Korean & Chinese. Grand Opening. 7 Days $40/30min $60/hr 4hands/ $100/hr Best Clean Best Service
104 W14th St. 2A
(6th & 7th Aves) 10:30am-2am
151 East 57th St. Btw Lex & 3rd Ave. 3rd Floor 10:30am-11:00pm 646-649-2223
MEN’s CLUB 24 hrs/7Days
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5’9” • 165 lbs • In & Out Calls
797 8th Ave Bet. 48th - 49th St.
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TALL NORDIC MASSEUR
DEAN ITALIAN EX MILITARY STUD
ALL-AGGRESSIVE VERBAL TOP Mediterranean 5’11” 170# 9” cut All Scenes. VGL Masc & dominant. In/Out. Chelsea Loc.
Skilled Experienced Muscular Strong. Very Professional w/table (nude ok) flex. hrs, early/late no prob.
CARLOS Very Masculine Versatile 38 yo 6’ tall 195 Lbs In/Out 24/7 Midtown Location
Young,Handsome,Smooth Athletic, Asian, In/Out. William: 212-787-9116.
Excellent massage by handsome guy
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32 y.o. 170# 5’9” Vers. 7.5”x6” Very Friendly In/Out In Midtown
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SNAXXELEVENYEARANNIVERSARY@ATLASSOCIALCLUB 1. David & Steve 2. Max & Carlos 3. Joey & Pace 4. Andrew & Ralph 5. Pepe & Anthony
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SOHO GRAND & ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY
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BATHSALTS@DONPEDRO’S 1. Katherine Lloyd & Felix 2. Rob & Severely Mame 3. Maty Longo, Scott & Dylan 4. Stevie Zar, Lady Simon & Macy Rodman 5.Macy Rodman & Severely Mame
WESTWAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY • DON PEDRO’S PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANTIAGO FELIPE
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5 POSH & FLAMING SADDLES PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUSTAVO MONROY
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Published on Dec 23, 2013