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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 21.30 JAN 17, 2014

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Michael J. Willett is everyone’s G.B.F. PLUS: JONATHAN GROFF TALKS LOOKING


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20 HOMO HIGH FILM Out actor Michael J. Willett may be 24, but these days, he’s the most popular kid in high school.

28 TALKING LOOKING TELEVISION A candid conversation with Jonathan Groff on his new HBO dramedy, Looking.

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The Week in Photos Commentary: After a high-rise tragedy, we need to be informed about fire safety. Getting Personal with Sean Fader What’s Next Now: Ultimate Gay Fighter Commentary: Turns out morning parties aren’t just about drugs. Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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Calendar of Events When I Knew: Chris Tyler knew he was gay after the 1999 VMAs. Nightlife: MLK Weekend parties. Brief Encounter: Daniel Nardicio and Justin Vivian Bond have a hilarious conversation about Carol Channing. Quoted with Charles Busch Bar Crawl: Here’s how to hit up every bar on (and near) Ninth Avenue in one night. Spotlight: The boys of Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque talk astrology. Bars + Clubs Map

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Reel Love Curtain Up The Right Track Wedding: Hell’s Kitchen residents Nick Coompol and Henry Melchiona have turned their quickie City Hall affair into a year-long celebration. Eats Bottom’s Up Double Take

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Business Directory

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

NO FALSE ALARM A PETITION CALLS FOR NEW SAFETY MEASURES IN HIGH-RISES, AND HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT IT.

he three-alarm high-rise condominium fire that tragically ended the life of 27-year-old playwright Daniel McClung on Sunday, January 5 ultimately sounded another kind of alarm, signaling the need for better awareness and communication of residential buildings’ fire-safety plans. When the 20th-floor blaze broke out (caused by an overloaded power strip— another issue to be aware of) in the Strand condominium on 43rd Street, McClung and his husband, 32-year-old Michael Todd Cohen (who remains in the hospital in critical condition as of press time), fled their 38th floor apartment to an emergency stairwell to escape. Tragically, it was there near the 31st floor that they choked and succumbed to smoke, which flooded upwards through the stairwell. What they didn’t realize was that their building’s apartment walls are fireproofed, and tenants are supposed to stay put in the event of a fire. Yet some, if not many, of the building’s residents were unaware of this. “I’m sure that the building’s handbooks and regulations provide greater detail,” says fellow Strand residentThom Storr, who also took to the emergency stairwell and made it safely to the lobby when he heard the fire alarm sound. “However, when one hears a fire alarm on a Sunday

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THE BILLIE HOLIDAY CENTENNIAL CONCERT @ JOE’S PUB Cabaret performer Joey Arias gives a sneak peak of an upcoming concert celebrating the centennial of Billie Holiday’s birth. The legendary chanteuse celebrated the trailblazing vocalist in her prime at the event by performing many of Holiday’s classic songs.


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“I’m tired of hearing pop on the dance floor. I want to hear fierce music again. I want to hear our music!” —Kevin Aviance before his performance at last weekend’s House of Aviance reunion

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IF YOU’VE EVER MET upwithsomeoneyou’ve talkedtoonline,youknowthatrealitycanoften be quite different than expectations.That tricky relationship between online personas and reallife identities was what inspired photographer Sean Fader’s most recent project, Sup? The series of photographs capture men that Fader went on dates with through sites like Dlist.com,andappssuchasManhuntandGrindr. One of the images of each guy is styled in the wayFaderexpectedhishookuptolookbasedon their online profile, while the second captures something closer to their actual personality. “I began thinking about how we project our identities into digital spaces,”he says. Fader had been doing a lot of online dating, and the idea for the series stuck with him. “I thought no one would ever say yes, but I sent out three messages proposing the date/shoot to boys I was interested in,” he explains. “Every one of them said yes. So I thought, ‘well now I have to do this.’”

“Communication was the critical piece missing. When you smell and see smoke, the natural intuition is to run for your life. That’s why this piece of legislation seeks to fix that.” Former FDNY Commissioner Thomas Von Essen also supports this push for legislation, which was initiated by Javier Morgado, a close friend of McClung and Cohen. “Communication was the critical piece missing,” Morgado explains. “People in the building were on Twitter saying they didn’t know what to do. When you smell and see smoke, the natural intuition is to run for your life. That’s why this piece of legislation seeks to fix that.” The petition, with over 5,000 signatures, has already reached important ears: on Monday, City Council Member Corey Johnson officially proposed legislation to “require buildings higher than six stories to have Emergency Communication Systems in stairwells, which could inform residents to either ‘stay or go.’” As Von Essen said in a statement last week, “If older buildings are able to add wiring for the Internet and cable TV, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to require a public address speaker system in the stairwells that might save lives.” N

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morning, my first reaction was to get out of my apartment and determine if there was a fire.” Storr—who notes that the FDNY, the NYPD and the Red Cross “did a great job”—is among those who have signed a petition on Change.org for a proposed “Stay or Go” fire safety law, which would require all residential high-rises to install announcement systems in emergency stairwells so management and officials could voice instructions to residents.

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Of course. But honestly I cater to what the boy is giving off. I got very good at reading profiles by the time I finished Sup? Were many guys reluctant to have their photo taken? Loads. Many of them wanted to meet first or talk on the phone. I knew that just hearing their voice would change everything for me. I only photographed boys who trusted me enough to let me walk into their apartment, costume them, restage their apartment and photograph them within the first 20 minutes of meeting them.

are you still in contact with any of the guys featured? Yup, lots of them. In fact, I’m having coffee with one of them this week. What’s a current trend you wish would die? Internalized homo- and transphobia within the gay community. What’s your favorite bar in newYork? The Narrows in Bushwick or Beverly’s on the Lower East Side. But you will find me most frequently at Metropolitan for its cheap drinks and even cheaper men. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing? My jean fanny pack and my gold Michael Kors shoes. What’s your go-to drink? Rye Manhattan


Bolder & Wiser: Some of the Broadway perfromers skewered by Jeffery Self and Cole Escola in their new show at The Duplex, Jeffery & Cole: Older & Wiser. Victoria Clark

Patti LuPone

Bernadette Peters

Catherine Zeta-Jones

>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW ULTIMATE GAY FIGHTER

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Carrie Cupcake

MANY OF US HAVE FANTASIZED about challenging a conservative public figure to a duel on the L train, but now you can actually take on homophobes—well, on your iPhone at least—with Ultimate Gay Fighter (UltimateGayFighter.com). The new fighting game, which will be available on iOS, Android and Windows phones later this week, features 10 different 2D characters (similar to the classic game Mortal Kombat) with an over-the-top queer bent. Fighters like“Gogo Gary”and fabulous drag queen “Carrie Cupcake” square off against villains like “Anne Paylin” and “Preach” from the League of Oppressive Self-Righteous Zealots—a.k.a. LOSRZ— which, if you happen to be a homophobe, you can play as after an additional purchase. “The inspiration came from‘90s fighting games mixed with some gay culture I’ve experienced in NewYork,” explains UGF creator MichaelVenker, of Handsome Woman Productions. “It’s supposed to be campy fun and a caricature of the gay community, not really a true representation.With the characters, I’m just having some fun with the concept of the gay community and old school fighting games. Think of it as a Pride parade in a boxing ring.” Some of the most entertaining aspects of the throwback game are the catch phrases many of the fighters use while attacking their enemies. “That belt, those shoes, bad idea,”“Can I get a shot over here?” and “Bow honey, I’m the only queen in this castle,”are a few of the sassy declarations that accompany different characters’most fatal moves. And once you beat a competitor?“KO. Congrats, slut,”the screen announces. “Some of it was written by me, but a lot of it was improvised by the voice over artists, who are all friends of mine,”explains Venker.“I told them to go wild when they were in the studio and the stuff that came out of their mouths was amazing to me,”he says with a chuckle. Venker is a little surprised that there aren’t more gay games like his available. “We carry smart phones, like games and have moments of free time just like everyone else, so why not have more gay-inspired games?”

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“Hey, bed and head beats no home and no bone!” —Paul M Wright via Facebook on last week’s commentary on hooking up with someone for their gorgeous apartment

BY WILL PULOS

rise and shine WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH GAY MORNING PARTIES? TURNS OUT, THEY’RE NOT ALL ABOUT DRUGS.

e’ve all seen the flyers for them on Facebook and in the listings of this magazine, and may have even been to one of them. They’re the early-morning parties that start around the time most people are just getting up and keep the beats going throughout the entire day. On New Year’s Day, DJ Roland Belmares got the crowd on the dance floor at 8:30am at Club 39 for Illuminate: The First Dance. Patrick Crough’s Electro Punk Soldier Project saw DJ Serving Ovahness and The Carry Nation laying down the beats all day long from 4:30am on. Posh Bar and Lounge even threw a New Year’s Eve after party that went from 4am to 10am. It’s probably safe to assume that most of the party die-hards attending these events aren’t going to bed at 9pm the night before, setting an early alarm, whipping up an egg-white wrap, strapping on a harness and then getting dirty on some warehouse floor as an inventive early-morning workout. But is everyone really as drugged-up as the stereotype would suggest? And what is the standard protocol when attending one of these events, anyway? Turns out, it varies based on a number of factors including when the party starts, when the headlining DJ is scheduled to go on and how late the previous night’s parties went. At Illuminate two weeks ago, the holiday crowd was turning it out to DJ Belmares as sexy go-go studs worked the floor in Nasty Pig jockstraps. According to one attendee, most of the crowd there had gone home after the bars closed at 4am, then got to the party around 10am. “People tend to want to go home, rest, freshen up—whatever that means for each person—and then head to the afterhours,” the partygoer said.“If there is an opening DJ, with the main DJ coming on later, boys might tend to go later. So it

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

JANUARY 17, 2014

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? are Madonna and adele teaming up to write episodes of Girls and The Carrie Diaries? Read on...

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According to FORTUNE MAGAZINE, Louisville, Ky. will likely be the next Brooklyn.We refuse to move there!

“bipartisan”anti-gay-marriage“State MarriageDefenseActof2014,”thebill has garnered exactly zero support fromanyoneotherthanRepublicans.

MADONNA and ADELE are getting ready to swap tracks. The two divas are reportedly meeting to write songs for each other’s upcoming albums.

Because ABC’s Work It was such a runaway success two years ago, MTV is going ahead with a pilot for the just-as-offensive “Faking It,”about women pretending to be lesbians.

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A proposed “Stay or Go”fire safetylawthatwouldrequire residential high-rises to install emergency PA systems in stairwells has gained steam in the wake ofthetragicdeathofDanielMcClung (see p. 4 for more on the subject).

A new HIV treatment in development sounds like serious stuff. Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine describe it as a“guided missile”targeting and eradicating HIV-infected cells.

Despite what Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation might say about the supposedly

It’s one of the great mysteries of our time: why do we never see any dudes

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really depends.” For those looking for one such allnight party marathon, MLK Weekend is a great time to do it. One of the earlymorning parties on this holiday weekend is Verve at Pink Elephant. The party, which starts at noon on Monday, features music by Eddie Elias and DJ Escape. A frequent attendee of previous Verve parties suggests getting there early and getting plenty of rest the Sunday before. He in-

with super-cute butts on the train during the No Pants Subway Ride?

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How about a shout out for the gays on Girls? We just lovedseeingNewYorkqueers JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL and Michael Cavadias on the HBO show’s third-season premiere. And we expect to see Andrew Rannells soon!

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The early AIDS epidemic has finally found its way into the perfect pink bubble of The Carrie Diaries’1980s New York.

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tians to cater your big gay reception is pretty low on our list of important gay civil rights priorities.

sists, however, that you shouldn’t make any assumptions about any sort of other preparations. “Afterhours parties that are built around great DJs and great, dark music, are meant for the people who enjoy dancing and music [more than] flirting, hooking up, drugs and simplified socializing,” he explains. “To call the afterhours crowd ‘druggies’ is narrow-minded and biased.” N


Overheard:

“I don’t know if I’ll be stuck as an awkward lesbian having to do Beyoncé or if I’ll be a failed AMDA student trying to impress everyone with her karaoke skills.” —Terra Grenade on her show the Terra Grenade Explosion at Boots & Saddle, where the audience picks the characters she performs

GAYS PREMIERE @ XES LOUNGE The cast of the web series Gays celebrate the debut of their new season with The Missing Link campaign, which fights against Russian homophobia. See p.44 for more photos.

THE PAIGE TURNER SHOW @ XES LOUNGE Paige Turner (left,with Brian) gets ready for her weekly performance at the Chelsea bar and lounge. Her show features games, live performances, shot specials and DJ Jay Brancato on the decks.

SUNDAY CLASSIC TEA @ ICON Bartender Nevada and DJ Steve Amoroso hit up Astoria’s newest gay bar at this afternoon party featuring house and classic beats, drink specials and more. JANUARY 17, 2014 9

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THE HAUS OF MIMOSA BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH @ KTCHN RESTAURANT Anita M. Buffem and Gina Marie Rittale (a.k.a. The Haus of Mimosa) perform at their weekly $25 bottomless brunch at the restaurant inside The Out NYC. Their noon performance was followed by an encore at 2pm.


Screen goddess Isabella Rossellini pries into the sex lives of the animal kingdom, with the live version of her Green Porno series at BAM January 17–25. Of course if she wants some insight into the mating rituals of genus gay dude, she could watch the premiere of Looking on HBO January 19 (see p.28 for more).

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE JANUARY 17 THROUGH JANUARY 26 BERLIN Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vossnyc.com. From dirty dark rooms to Weimar-esque cabaret, Brandon Voss and BoiParty.com deliver a Berlin-inspired club experience every week. Johnny Dynell spins on the main floor, DJ Cazwell and the CockyBoys get dirty in the back room, and Epiphany hosts sexy cabaret acts downstairs in the KitKatClub. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission.

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ONE STEP BEYOND American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W (btwn 77th/81st Sts), amnh.org. Gay DJ Kevin Graves joins DJs Juan Maclean and Jacques Greene to spin this interplanetary mixed party. 9pm–1am; $25 in advance/$30 general admission. QUEER THREADS: CRAFTING IDENTITY & COMMUNITY Leslie-Lohmman Museum, 26 Wooster St (btwn Canal/Grand Sts),

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leslielohman.org. Yarn drawings, embroidered portraits, knit sculpture, quilted tapestries and crocheted installations form the basis of this new exhibition exploring queer culture through thread-based craft techniques launching tonight. 6pm–8pm; free. DRENCHED: BEACH PARTY Room Mate Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), getdrenched.ticketleap.com. Get soaking wet with the furry set at promoter Joe Fiore’s beach-party-themed pool party. With $8 drinks and sexy go-go studs in the steam rooms, you’ll forget all about the frigid temps outside. 10pm–2am; $10. THE PICK UP Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Every other week, the guys behind Spunk [arts] Magazine take over this East Village haunt. This

week, Spunk founder Aaron Tilford spins the electro house tracks with visuals by video artist Mark C. Lindsey. 10pm; free. LIQUID NONSENSE The Club at La MaMa, 74A E Fourth St (btwn Second Ave/Bowery), lamama.org. This new show from Shane Shane riffs on everything from cabaret to daytime TV and queer performance art itself. Downtown superstar Heather Litteer and Nicole Gruter take the stage along with opening night’s special guests Lucas Carey and Craig Cady. 10pm; $15. B0DY H1GH Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St (btwn Canal/Hester Sts), strangeloopgallery.com. B0dy H1gh play “dark chocolate winterberry magick music.” What exactly does that mean? Find out at Strange Loop Gallery where the queer art rock duo will be performing live tonight. 8pm; free.


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WHEN I KNEW

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A CERTAIN POP ICON’S debut at the1999VideoMusicAwardshelped this performance artist, who’s Total Rejects Live showcase features Erin Markey, B0dyH1gh, Molly Pope and others this weekend, realize something about himself.

—Total Rejects Live at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St (btwn E Fourth St/Astor Pl), Jan 18 at 11pm; free. Visit publictheater.org for more info.

“SEPTEMBER 9, 1999: i diligently craft a book report on forest fires or something at the local library, because my family’s pc is broken. Most of my research involves looking at pictures of 98 Degrees on the internet. 9pm: the library closes. i rush home, turn on Mtv, and catch a quick exterior shot of the Metropolitan opera house. there are fountains, Kurt loder. suddenly, a classroom. silver lamé. so much silver lamé. i wonder, “how do i enroll in this school?” but, wait. Where is she? Where’s britney? a prerecorded audio track echoes my concerns. finally, she appears. the entrance is simple. Minimalism in cross trainers, if you will. but the artist? she is present. she is living. and, in that moment, i realize: i’m a pop star, too. i spend the following spring learning the choreography to‘oops!... i Did it again’only to perform it repeatedly at tri-state area bat Mitzvahs that summer. surely someone, anyone, will notice: ‘i’m not that innocent.’”

VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St Levine returns to the second floor of this historic (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com. Take gay bar to spin a house, pop and EDM soundtrack it to the dance floor every Saturday night at this for a special extra edition of her monthly dance gay mega-party. John Blair, Beto party. 10pm; free. Sutter, Ric Sena and BoyParty.com’s Alan Picus and SKIN TIGHT Rockbar, 185 Justin Luke bring the crowds out Christopher St (@ Weehawken with a mix of beats, boys and St), rockbarnyc.com. Suit up for Visit nextmagazine.com the latest edition of Mischief booze. 11pm; $15–$20. for more event listings Matthew’s super hero spandex fetish party. Skin Tight invades LET’S HAVE ANOTHER KIKI The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Sev- Rockbar with DJ Nicky Boom Box spinning the enth Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com. beats, raffles, giveaways and plenty of super suits One kiki just wasn’t enough this month! DJ Susan to go around. 10pm; $3.

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GUY SOCIAL PAJAMA PARTY The Out NYC, 510 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), guysocialnyc.com. You want to pack your PJs for Guy Social’s latest nightlife alternative event. Join host Joe Roszak and DJ Blair Shepard for slumber party games, mani-pedis and facials, free coconut water and a special bedtime story read by Maddelynn Hatter. 9pm–3am; $15–$25. CELEBRITY NIGHT Icon, 31-84 33rd St (btwn Broadway/31st Ave), iconastoria.com. Let’s get celebritied-up! Everyone gets the VIP treatment at this glitzy new Astoria gay bar with go-go studs and entertainment every weekend. 10pm; free.


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GOT MLK?

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GET READY FOR A BIG GAY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY WEEKEND.

ust as you’re readjusting to the nineto-five grind after the holidays, along comes Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But hey, a three-day weekend? We’re not complaining—especially with all the fantastic one-off parties and special events going down on Sunday night. Wherever you’re living it up this weekend, remember to raise a glass to the slain civil rights leader. —JR

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XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), habibinyc.com DJ Samy and VJ Iz bring you the music and visuals at the latest edition of this party for New York’s Middle Eastern gays and their admirers. Expect sexy go-go studs to sweeten the deal! 9pm; $10 before 11pm/$15 general admission.

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (btwn Thompson/Sullivan Sts), ohyouprettythingsnyc.com Michael T, Benjamin Ickies and Twig the Wonderkid aren’t about to let Elvis and David Bowie’s birthdays go unobserved just because it’s MLK Weekend! Peppermint is your emcee for a night of glam rock

The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com Summerisstillmonthsaway,butyoucanget your Fire Island fix tonight as The Ice Palace invades Stonewall. Ariel Sinclair hosts this star-studdeddragspectacular,withsomeof CherryGrove’sbiggestdivasperforming,in-

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Boxers NYC League Appreciations Day Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com The gay sports bar’s original Chelsea location salutes New York’s gay sports leagues all day, with a special open bar from 8pm–9pm. 4pm; free

Alegria Tribal Pacha, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves) alegriaevents.com Ric Sena’s epic circuit party is going to shake up your MLKWeekend! Superstar DJ Abel brings the tribal beats to Pacha for a night of nonstop dancing. 11pm; $70– $120 in advance.

Pussy Faggot The Delancey, 168 Delancey St (btwn Clinton/Attorney Sts), pussyfaggot.com Earl Dax’s performance showcase is back withaspecialeditionofMaxSteele’s FagCity spoken-word series and performances by Tigger, Darlinda Just Darlinda, and Amber Martin as Janis Joplin. Plus, Merrie Cherry, Horrorchata and DJ David John Sokolowski leadaBushwicktakeoveratmidnight.8pm; $6 with RSVP/$10 general admission.

Horse Meat Disco Output, 74 Wythe Ave (@ N 12th St), Williamsburg, outputclub.com Josh Wood Productions is celebrating the first big holiday weekend of 2014 with a special edition of Horse Meat Disco. Spank DJs Sean B and Will Automagic open with London’s Horse Meat DJs bringing the ’80s boogie, electro and fresh edits later. 10pm; $20 in advance/$25 general admission.

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Griffin Sundays The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort St (btwn Ninth Ave/Washington St), raffertymazurevents.com Brian Rafferty and Shawn Paul Mazur bring you another holiday-weekend edition of their über-popular Meatpacking party— and it doesn’t cost a dime! Get there early to catch the open bar from 7pm–8pm and stick around for beats by DJ Nando and a special surprise performance. 7pm–midnight; free.

and rockabilly, with burlesque numbers and tribute performances by Michael T & TheVanities,This Ambitious Orchestra and The Sons & Heirs. 9pm; $15 in advance or with RSVP/$20 general admission.

Easy Westside Tavern, 360 W 23rd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), westsidetavern.com DJs Rich King, Brian Gately and Austin Downey spin a special MLK Weekend edition of their ever-popular tea dance. 6pm; free before 7pm/$5 general admission.

cluding Dallas DuBois, Logan Hardcore, LaviniaDraperandothers,andDJChuckMcTaguespinningthesummerjams.9pm;free. MONDAY, JAN 20

Verve Pink Elephant, 40 W Eighth St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), verveeventsnyc.com You’ve got Monday off, so why not party all day? DJ Eddie Elias and birthday boy DJ Escapespinspecialmarathonsetsfortheboys who just can’t stop dancing. Noon–10pm; $30 in advance/$40 general admission.

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MONDAY JANUARY 20

CAROL TOMORROW, CAROL YESTERDAY

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER

DANIEL NARDICIO AND JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND DISCUSS THE LEGENDARY CAROL CHANNING.

n January 20, Justin Vivian Bond takes the stage atTown Hall with the one and only Carol Channing for a special reprise of their sell-out show on Fire Island this summer. Part of infamous promoter Daniel Nardicio’s second annual Icon Series, the show paired the wacky showbiz legend with the beguiling neo-cabaret chanteuse for an intimate night of music and hilarious conversation. Speaking of hilarious conversations, check out what happened when we got Nardicio and Bond together to discuss—what else?— Carol Channing. —JR

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Carol Channing & Justin Vivian Bond illustrated by Glen Hanson; (inset) Daniel Nardicio

When I say the word “corn” to you… NARDICIO: [Laughs] Carol is a corn star. She’s a corn star. BOND: I don’t get it. There’s this old rumor…this is so gross, I can’t believe I’m even telling you this… BOND: That’s why I don’t get it. Don’t! No, don’t go any further! NARDICIO: I think Vivian’s saying “No comment.”[Laughs] So, when did you first become aware of Carol Channing? BOND: I was trying to figure that out. I think it would have obviously been from seeing her on TV on variety shows when I was a kid. And I always liked her middle distance stare, and her eccentricity. I always wished she was somehow related to me. NARDICIO: It has to be “Jam Tomorrow.” Which is still something I play when I’m bummed out. I was hoping you were going to say you play it when you’re trying to seduce guys. BOND: [Laughs] NARDICIO: When I try to seduce people? That’s my seduction music. “Jam tomorrow, but never jam today!” BOND: Yeah, that’s how it is with you. I remember!

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NARDICIO: The funny thing is, when we decided to do the show together, Vivian and I were talking about it—and we lived together for a few years in Williamsburg, but I didn’t know that you were such a fan of Carol Channing. But then as soon as you said it, I was like, of course! Vivian, what was it like performing withCarolthatfirsttimeonFireIsland? BOND: It was really extraordinary because I almost feel like I have a psychic bond with her. The way her mind works is very similar to the way I think my mind works as a performer—and also probably as a person. I always thought she was so amazingly clever and quick, whereas a lot of people thought she was, you know, kind of spacey. I love being on stage with her because I can kind of understand where

she’s going and what’s happening, so the jokes really work well and the chemistry is fantastic. NARDICIO: They’re both cunning stage animals and that’s kinda fun to watch. BOND: “Cunning stage animals!” I wondered where he was going with “cunning.” There’s a limerick in there somewhere… Were there any super funny moments from the first go-round this summer? BOND: Oh, when I first met Carol—she hadjustgottenofftheboat[inCherryGove], and I walked up to her and I said,“Hi, Carol. I’m Justin Vivian Bond and I’m going to be onstagewithyoutomorrownight.”Andshe looked at me and said,“Whhhhyyyyy?” NARDICIO: You know for all of [the Icon shows], but specifically Carol and Liza, it’s arriving on Fire Island. Alan [Cumming]

describes it as a Papal Visit. People are waiting on the dock and it’s the most thrilling moment. Fire Island and older people don’t always get along so well, because moving them around— BOND:Wellaslongasoldpeoplehavealot of movements they’re usually less cranky. On that gorgeous note, we’ve come full circle. BOND: Back to corn! NARDICIO: I will say this: they’ve never confirmed or denied it. It comes up. I’ve talked to them about it; I said, “What if this question comes up?”And they neither confirm nor deny it. BOND: You did not bring that up with Carol Channing! NARDICIO: I don’t bring it up. It is Hollywood legend.

gentlemen prefer blondes: an intimate evening with carol channing and justin vivian bond at The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St (btwn Sixth Ave/Broadway), Jan 20 at 8pm; $84.60. Visit channingandbond.com for more info.


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MONDAY MUSICALS Rosebud Lounge, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. VJ Tony Built puts the Broadway musical videos on blast at Dougie Meyer’s popular show tune showcase. Sing along to your favorite numbers and catch special live performances from stars of the Great White Way. 7pm; free. HAPPY HOUR Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. Sporty Spices know where to get a post-work drink in Chelsea. Happy hour at Gym means 2-

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for-1 cocktails and highlights from the game on TV. 4pm–9pm; free. KINK Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Get your week off to a naughty start at Mischief Matthew and Arsenio Amadis’ Monday night fetish-fest. Instigator Magazine and 665 Leather sponsor this kinky party, with DJ Blam Sam Ran spinning and special surprise BDSM demos. 10pm; $3. FOOT FETISH The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Be sure to get

WEEK that pedicure before heading to The Eagle, because tonight is all about feet. Foot fetish videos play on the second floor as a toe-sucking crowd guzzles $6 Bud and Bud Light drafts and well shots for good measure. 9pm; free. THE BIANCA DEL RIO EXPERIENCE The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Before New York’s own Bianca Del Rio makes her TV debut on RuPaul’s Drag Race next month, catch the cunty queen in her weekly no-holds-bared show at The Ritz. You can say you knew her when! 11:30pm; free.

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“QUOTED” CHARLES BUSCH has been performing female roles for roughly 30 years now, but don’t call him a drag queen. “it’s a little bit of a put-down when somebody’s called any kind of ‘queen.’ Drama queen, drag queen. i’m not convinced that that’s a form of flattery.” The Tony-nominated playwright prefers the term“female impersonator,”a label even he admits is kind of dated. “obviously, i would just prefer to be referred to as an actor.” The title character in his latest play, on the other hand, doesn’t have any such qualms. In The Tribute Artist, Busch plays an out-of-work female impersonator who’s forced to pose as his dead landlady in order to retain his pricey Greenwich Village townhouse. It’s kind of like The Birdcage set in the cutthroat New York real estate market. It’s also a slight departure for Busch. “i’ve never done a story where i’m posing as a woman. i usually just play a female character.” It’s a different take on the Some Like It Hot/Tootsie narrative, where a straight guy dresses in drag and has to fend off the improbable advances of another man. “i thought it would be kind of an interesting twist,” Busch says. “What if the person who’s pulling off this masquerade actually was a professional and a gay man who has no qualms about flirting with a straight man?” Busch admits that in the era of RuPaul’s Drag Race, his character is something of a dying breed. “he’s somebody who’s been in a vegas revue for many years playing Marilyn Monroe and bette Davis—old fashioned impersonation. and he’s finally let go because he’s not up-to-date. i think in some ways, old-time classic impersonation is becoming a little more rarefied.” —The Tribute Artist at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, 59 E 59th St (btwn Park/Madison Aves), Jan 21–Mar 16; $70. Visit primarystages.org for more info.

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TUESDAY JANUARY 21 CASTING COUCH Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-645-8673. Marti Gould Cummings and Brent Heuser are looking for Chelsea’s next big star. See who’s sitting next to your hosts on the casting couch this week at Barracuda’s comedy variety show. DJ Patrick Kuzara spins and the performances just don’t stop! 11pm; free. WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn St/West Side Hwy), Washington

westwaynyc.com. Frankie Sharp brings you this epic party situation every Tuesday night. Porn star go-gos, nightlife freakazoids, bearded bros and frequent celebrity drop-ins make this the place to be. What more could you want on a Tuesday night? 10pm; $10.

AFTER DARK The DL, 95 Delancey St (@ Ludlow St), thedl-nyc.com. Michael Formika Jones is back and he’s kicking it Opaline style with the launch of his new weekly, After Dark. DJ Lina joins residents Cazwell, Jeff Chatterton, Kindbud and Matty Glitteratti for opening night while Amanda Lepore leads a pack of glamorous nightlife hosts and go-go boy toys. 10pm; free. THE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), willclarkworld.com. Will Clark and the gang are

DISCO INFERNO The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Boogie to the beats that DJ Michael Wilson serves up. Classic disco tracks heat up the place

throwing a birthday bash for one of their own, photographer A.B. B movie horror regular and gay cook book author Joe Zaso joins performers Jeannie Sol and Lailah Lancing as the special guest host for tonight’s Porno Bingo, benefitting AIDS Ride South Africa. 8pm–11pm; free.

GRUFF G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. If you like your men a little rough around the edges, G Lounge is the place to be on Wednesday nights. Weekly guest DJs spin as scruffy, bearded go-go studs shake their un-waxed asses on the bar. 10pm; free.

FUSE WEDNESDAYS Posh, 405 West 51st St (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves), poshbarnyc.com. DJ JRoc lights the fuse every Wednesday night. Cosmos and margaritas are just $5 all night and 123 Burger Shot Beer provides the complimentary sliders at 11pm. 9pm; free.

THE TERRA GRENADE EXPLOSION Boots & Saddle, 76 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave S/Bleecker St), bootsandsaddlenyc.com. Terra Grenade’s happy hour show is explosive! The talented queen serves up comedy and songs to go with your with 2-for-1 drinks. 6pm–7:30pm; free.

revues, but this weekly drag showcase is where it all started. Catch performances by a revolving cast of rising stars like Holly Dae, Pixie Aventura, Bootsie LeFaris, Tina Burner and others. Drink up between acts as DJ David Serrano gives it to you hard. 10pm; free.

and Stanley Stellar opening tonight at the gay and lesbian art museum’s Prince Street space. 6pm– 8pm; free.

THURSDAY JANUARY 23 CATWALK Marquee, 289 10th Ave (btwn 26th/27th Sts), vossnyc.com. Frankie Sharp is now onboard for the latest incarnation of this fabulous party. Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss continue their Thursday night reign with resident DJ W. Jeremy and special guest giving the crowd of nightlife glitterati something to dance about. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission.

QUEEN Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Dallas Dubois and co. are a hit with their Distorted Drag

AS NASTY AS I WANT TO BE Leslie-Lohman Prince St. Project, 127-B Prince St (@ Wooster St), leslielohman.org. Charles W. Leslie—that’s Mr. Leslie if you’re nasty—curated this sultry group exhibition including work by Paco Cao, Brendon Connors, Kim Hanson, Charles Hovland

FRIDAY JANUARY 24 FUEL Rosebud Lounge, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), xlnightclub.com. Roze Black is keeping it cute in The Out NYC’s Rosebud Lounge while XL gets a little facelift. This week, Fuel’s Half Tank Sessions continue with DJ W. Jeremy pumping the beats. 11pm; free before midnight/general admission varies. OCCUPY THE DISCO Le Bain at The Standard, 444 W 13th St (btwn Washington St/10th Ave), occupythedisco.com. The OXD boys stage another gay disco coup at the glamorous venue high atop The Standard. Providing the beats this

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and $5 Bacardi cocktails and Budweiser will give you Saturday night fever on a Tuesday night. 10pm; free. TUESDAY BOOZEDAY Boiler Room, 86 E Fourth St (btwn First/Second Aves), boilerroomnyc.com. For booze hounds on a budget, this East Village hangout serves up $4 well drinks and $5 drafts every Tuesday night. Mix and mingle with the boys while drinking on the cheap. 10pm; free.

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time around are Spank’s DJ Will Automagic and Wrecked resident Ryan Smith. 10pm; free.

PHOENIX FRIDAYS Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), phoenixbarnyc.com. Hell’s Kitchen meets the East Village at Michael Cohen’s weekly downtown throw-down. There’s always a crowd on the Phoenix’s dance floor as DJ Marc Holcomb spins the trendiest tracks. 10pm; free. POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE PREVIEW PARTY Luhring Augustine, 531 W 24th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), visualaids.org. Visual

THURSDAY KNIGHTS: BARE LANCES Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ Tenth Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. Party boy about town Kareem McJagger joins promoter Shameless (he got the “McGreedy” cut off) to host this special edition of Thursday Knights. It’s a magical Hell’s Kitchen underwear party with DJ Joshua Steers on the decks dropping beats as 20-something cuties drop trou. 10pm–3am; free.

AIDS kicks off its two-day benefit sale with this special Friday night preview event. Get a sneak peek at the postcard-size artwork by acclaimed artists. You could even win first pick of the works going on sale this weekend. 5pm–8pm; $50. ROCKIN DISCO FAG BAR Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. We don’t know what’s in the $3 “Ass Juice” shots, but the East Village boys sure can knock ’em back! DJ Darren Dryden spins this riotous dance party with go-gos Kennedy Carter and Wolfy Wolfang giving it to you hard. 11pm; free.


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BAR CRAWL

THE FIRST OF OUR TWO-PART HK CRAWL TAKES US DOWN NINTH AVE.

ixteen gay bars within a 15-block radius means that even the most seasoned drinkers among us couldn’t possibly survive a comprehensive Hell’s Kitchen bar crawl in one night—and if you can, we would like you to lay hands upon our liver! So for the mere mortals out there, we’re dividing the 21st century gayborhood into two parts. This week, we’re going straight down Ninth Avenue. — JR

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THERAPY

348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com

BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (btwn Eight/Ninth Aves), bamboo52nyc.com

FLAMING SADDLES 793 Ninth Ave (btwn 52nd/53rd Sts), flamingsaddles.com Light the fire early at this western-themed bar with 2-for-1 happy hour drinks. And if you find yourself ’round these parts later, don’t miss the second midnight happy hour.

POSH 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com Most nights, Posh provides free sliders to soak up the booze, courtesy of sister restaurant 123 Burger Shot Beer, so it’s a great place to refuel with a drink and a snack.

INDUSTRY 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com

The 52nd Street scene is all about cocktails and kikis, with two gay hotspots and a nightlifeinfused sushi bar right across the street from each other. For scene-worthy sushi, you can’t beat Bamboo 52. Over at Therapy, you can load up on bar snacks and appetizers along with your martinis and across the street at Industry, the bartenders and DJs handle the mixing while you do the mingling. We recommend doing the ol’fruit loop between all three.

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ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com Expect to see some gogo boys dancing in their undies and appropriately ripped bartenders slinging drinks when you swing by Josh Wood and Benjamin Maisani’s retro fitness club-inspired joint. VLADA 331 W 51st St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vladabar.com Strictlyspeaking,Vladaisalittlefurther East than the rest of these Ninth Ave bars, butyou can’t come uptown and not sample the house-infused spirits at this 51st Street spot.

BOXERS HK 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com Belly up to the bar with Hell’s Kitchen’s gay sports fans for a round at Boxers’ Ninth Ave outpost. Overtime Happy Hour means 2-for-1 drinks after 11pm Mon–Wed.

BARRAGE 401 W 47th St (@ Ninth Ave), 212-5869390 Three blocks is the furthest you’ll have to walk between gay bars in this hood, so take the stroll down from 50th to 47th Street for yet another cocktail at Barrage.

9TH AVENUE SALOON 656 Ninth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 212-307-1503 By now you’re probably ready to start winding down, but how about one last drink at 9th Avenue Saloon? Mix it up with long-time regulars and cute chorus boys.

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THE RITZ 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com If you’re ready to hit the dance floor make your way across Ninth and down one block to this tripledecker bar with DJs on both floors on the weekends.


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GAYS GONE WILD Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. DJ Scott Jones drives gays wild at Therapy on Saturday nights—and not just with his music! Grab a drink and scope out the scene as the hunky DJ spins at this Hell’s Kitchen favorite. 10pm; free. ADONIS LOUNGE Evolve, 221 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), theadonislounge.com. Ripped body builders, exotic dancers and special guest porn stars work the pole—and maybe your lap as well if you’ve got the cash—at Timothy de Iturriaga’s M4M

SUNDAY

EL RING Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. The latest hot spot to take Hell’s Kitchen by storm gets a little Latin flair on Saturday nights courtesy of Marco Ovando. Weekly guest DJs spin this lucha libre-inspired party for boys who want to take it to the mat. 10pm; free. PLAYBOI Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First/Second Ave), phoenixbarnyc.com. Holly

Dae and Chris Ryan are your hosts for all kinds of shenanigans. Strip down for nearly-naked Twister and you could win a free drink—although getting tangled up with all these cute boys is reward enough! DJ Nicky Boom Box spins. 10pm; free. BOOM SATURDAYS This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. DJs Jonathan and BPro spin the beats for Williamsburg party boys. Special $2 shots loosen everyone on the dance floor up. 10pm; free.

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LETTUCE PRAISE Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Glory be and halleluja! It’s the Queen of Green! Hedda Lettuce hosts this night of divine comedy and song. 10pm; free. SING OUT SISTER KARAOKE Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. Xes’ long-running karaoke night draws Chelsea boys with pipes of gold—and a few with tin ears as well. But it’s all in fun. With a catalogue of over 20,000 songs, there’s got to be something in there you know and love. 10pm; free.

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strip night.They could even be your private dancers in the champagne rooms. 8:30pm; $13.

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BALLS TO THE WALL BINGO Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich Ave/Gay St), piecesbar.com. Forget the church basement! Get your bingo fix at the corner of Christopher and Gay courtesy of Pieces. Vodka Stinger hosts, calling the balls and recapping the week’s crazy current events. Liquid Brunch margaritas, mimosas and Bloody Marys are just $3 while LITs are $5 till 8pm. 5pm–8pm; free. VANDAM Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny’s Sunday night soirée has been

going strong for years, fueled by a heady mix of glamour, beats and debauchery. 10pm; free. SUNDAY SERVICE Sankeys NYC, 29 W 36th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), sankeysnyc.com. This weekly mega-party is a religious experience. Producer John Ed brings together a staggering lineup of nightlife talent each week, with Brian Rafferty, Roze Black, Patrick Crough and co. on hosting duties. Resident DJs like Eddie Elias, Escape, Nita Aviance and Honey Dijon rotate, with special guest DJs and performers each week. 8pm; free before midnight/general admission varies.


SUNDAY JANUARY 26

SIGN OFF

WEEK

SPOTLIGHT

THE MEN OF BROADWAY BARES FORECAST WHAT THE MONTHS AHEAD HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU.

roadway Bares kicks off its 24th season on January 26 with the annual Winter Burlesque revue at xL Nightclub. This year’s theme may be “Calendar Girl”—a tribute to the 1999 edition of Broadway Bares—but trust us, the sexy dancers who’ll be stripping down to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are all man! With hunks like these on stage, 2014 is off to an excellent start. But don’t take our word for it. Check out the calendar boys’astrological projections and find out what you can expect in the months ahead. —JR

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Cesar Abreu

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March 21–April 19 ARIES WHILE APRIL SHOWERS CAN bring May flowers, don’t wait until then to find romance (or more!) A worldly presence is about to come into your life, bringing with it more than you imagined and everything you’ve ever desired.Take advantage of this opportunity to surround yourself in sensual sophistication. —Cesar Abreu

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January 20–February 18 AQUARIUS AN INTRIGUING PRESENCE is about to enter your life, bringing a sense of playful mystery to the proceedings.They may be coy about disclosing themselves too soon. However, if you are patient, you’ll be rewarded when they reveal themselves— completely. —Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva

Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva

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December 22–January 1 CAPRICORN BIG GIFTS COME IN small packages. This month, you will be bestowed with a present—something larger and more impressive than you could have ever wished for. While the gift may initially seem small, give yourself over to this massive presence. You’ll be well taken care of. —Barrett Davis

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October 23–November 21 SCORPIO GIVE THANKS FOR THE special man in your life. While he may seem formal—almost historic at times—that stoic persona is a façade for a delicious surprise just below the surface. If you can convince him to reveal himself, he will prove to be a real wild child underneath it all. —Benjamin Horen

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May 21–June 20 GEMINI TIRED OF THIS POLAR VORTEx? Ready for something—or someone—to warm you up? Then dive head first into love this month. Your excitement and abandon will reap many benefits. Don’t be afraid to let it all hang out—you’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions. —Ryan Worsing

broadway bares: Winter burlesque at XL Nightclub, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), Jan 26 at 8pm and 10pm; $25 general admission/$100 reserved seats/$250 VIP. Visit broadwaycares.org for more info.

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G.B.F., I.R.L. Michael J. Willet photographed in L.A.

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By Lawrence Ferber • Photography by Gabe Ayala

HOMOHIGH

BREAKOUT STAR MICHAEL J. WILLETT NAILS qUEER HIGH SCHOOL LIFE TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

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hen Sex and The City popularized the concept of a sassy gay best friend— G.B.F., for short—as a fashionable girl’s must-have accessory, who knew it would trickle down to high school? After its first screening at the Tribeca Film Festival last April, G.B.F. has made the rounds on the festival circuit, and now, the snappy comedy from Jawbreaker director Darren Stein and first-time screenwriter George Northy, is finally getting a theatrical release. In the film, three high school queen bees compete for gay BFFs in the name of street (and hallway) cred. Openly gay actor Michael J. Willett plays Tanner, a comic-book-reading introvert who inadvertently comes out to the entire school before flamboyant best friend Brent Van Camp (played by fellow out actor, Paul Iacono, channeling Pretty In Pink’s Duckie). Courted by the popular girls—and styled into a bowtied millennial queer—Tanner quickly finds his values and most important relationships in danger. Like a latter-day Clueless or Mean Girls meets Another Gay Movie, G.B.F. satirizes pop and queer culture (one girl uses a Grindr-style app to track down closeted gays), high school life and Mormons. It’s also chock full of quotable quips, fantastic songs— Tegan and Sara, French Horn Rebellion and Dragonette are all on the soundtrack—and gay faves Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Gayheart and Megan Mullally. “I relate to Tanner a lot,” admits Willett, who first blipped on our radar a few years back while co-starring on Showtime’s United States of Tara as Lionel Trane, the assured, aggressive first boyfriend of Keir Gilchrist’s budding teen queer, Marshall Gregson. “When I was in high school I felt more introverted and shy,” he notes, “and moved from clique to clique.” He admits that he was a bit of an outsider, a private with artistic impulses.“I definitely think a lot of Tanner was me, and how I felt about keeping to myself and having my own feelings.” Conversely, Willett never felt objectified as a gay male “mascot”or accessory during his school days.“There weren’t a lot of out gay kids at the time,” he explains. Yet while the film depicts a heightened reality, he feels that things have changed, and today’s teen girls definitely appreciate a bit of homo male action in their lives. “A lot of girls are obsessed with One Direction in part

because some of the guys might be hooking up,” he laughs. “I was hanging out with some fangirls and they were going off about how they wanted the boys to hook up! I felt it was really cool because my film is relevant and important and speaking to today’s kids. That was both shocking and totally cool because it’s just what we need for the film to do well!” Deliciously, Mullally appears as Brent’s outrageously (and awkwardly) pro-queer mother. Willett says that his own mother isn’t quite so OTT, but certainly is just as accepting. In fact, she outed him at age 13. “She could see that I was gay, and she approached me to see if I was able to talk about it at the time,”he recalls.“She was asking me how it was to be gay, and I didn’t know! Honestly. I ended up buying her a book called Is it a Choice? and said, ‘Read this.’ Maybe kids today have an advantage of being more accepted.” His first breakout role, Lionel was originally scheduled to appear in just two Tara episodes, but went over so well they expanded him to a recurring character. Sadly, the character perished off-screen in the show’s third and final season. “It was sad but it felt good,”Willett reflects. “Because I had made my character important enough to care about after he was gone.” Recently, MTV green-lit eight episodes of a new scripted, high school series for this year, Faking It, in which Willett plays Shane, one of the school’s most popular—and openly gay—kids. He also just wrapped a gender-bending turn in the fantastical, green-screen shot Paragon School For Girls. When not playing teenagers—“My face has ‘permanent embryo syndrome,’ so I’ll probably be playing high schoolers for another 10 years or so,” he muses—the California-bred actor, who got his start in commercials and bit roles on shows like Cougar Town and Blue Mountain State, takes to the recording studio under the single moniker, Willett. Three singles—including the Scissor Sisters-esque electropop track“Burning Desire,” which will soon see a provocative music video—are currently available on iTunes and Amazon, while his YouTube channel includes an awesome mash-up cover of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness”and Imagine Dragons’“Radioactive.” Currently dating, Willett admits that he’s heartened by the almost weekly coming out announcements from fellow actors, singers and high-profile personalities. In fact, he wouldn’t mind playing UK swimmer Tom Daley. “Hopefully I could get a really nice body,” he says, laughing. “They could train me and I could be superfit. It would be nice.” N

“I was hanging out with some fangirls and they were going off about how they wanted the boys to hook up! I felt it was really cool because my film is relevant and important.” —Michael J. Willett

G.B.F. is in theaters everywhere Facebook.com/GBFMovie for more info.

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DOWNFALL Lucas Gregorowicz in Generation War

Reel Love Generation War

The Square Time Investment: 95 min. Return on Investment: 87 min.

Time Investment: 319 min. Return on Investment: 200 min. he thought of sitting through yet another drama set during WWII— especially one with a five-hour runtime that is in german—does not sound appealing. And in most ways, Generation War (Music Box Films) is your pretty standard WWII fare: elaborate military battles, the horrors of war, young damsels waiting at home, not to mention the constant uncertainty about who’s going to die next. But director Philipp Kadelbach’s epic was a massive hit when it was first released as the German TV miniseries Our Mothers, Our Fathers mostly because the film attempts to show the story of WWII from the perspective of the Germans. Yes, this is, in some ways, a Nazi sympathizing film—though one whose main goal, as writer Stefan Koldiz asserts, is to “have a conversation with the generations...without shameful judgments.” It’s easy to forget that these are Nazis you’re watching. Regardless, Generation War isn’t concerned with how the German people swallowed the Nazi’s anti-Semitic line. Instead, the film focuses on how Nazi propaganda affected the generation of youths who knew nothing else. And in that regard, it’s an effective tool for humanizing the plight of Germans who found themselves in a deeply disturbed country. But then again, Generation War never delves into the uncomfortable reality of the concentration camp, making the film feel incomplete and generic. Transpose a few names and locations and this could have been a movie about the complexity of Vietnam. —Benjamin Solomon

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istory tends to focus on glorious moments of change, but not the intricacies of what happens next. And that is exactly what makes the 2013 documentary The Square (now streaming on Netflix) so fascinating. Compiled from footage shot by three different activists, The Square constructs the narrative of what happened after the Egyptian people gathered in Tahrir Square and successfully overthrew military leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011. These three activists couldn’t be more different; a successful Hollywood actor, an eager Egyptian youth and a conflicted member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the oppressed religious faction that would quickly come to power—and just

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as quickly be ousted. The three start off as friends, united by their country’s potential. But as the restructuring goes horribly awry in the months after Tahir, we see the men struggle to agree on exactly what kind of future Egypt should have. The Square provides an unprecedented and important look at the politics of revolution. We all know Tahir was the site of the first protest, but it continued to be a gathering place for these activists as they saw their dreams of a democratic Egypt slowly slip away. And we have all heard how social media and mobile video played a major role in the overthrow of Mubarak, but The Square shows us how, first hand. An exciting combination of diary, reportage and historical archive, The Square will hopefully serve as a testament to the complexity of this important moment in Egypt’s history. —BS

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Susanna Phillips, Paulo Szot & Christopher Maltman in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Curtain Up Die Fledermaus By David Hurst ohann Strauss Jr.’s frothy operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) premiered in Vienna in 1874 and has been delighting audiences with its lush, tuneful waltzes ever since. The story of a vengeful man whose devious plot backfires on him, Die Fledermaus was seen on Broadway as Champagne Sec in 1933 (starring Peggy Wood and Kitty Carlisle) and has graced the stage of the Metropolitan Opera three times since 1905, with new or revised productions in 1950, 1986 and 1998. Now, it does so a fourth time with the new staging that debuted on New Year’s Eve. Ordinarily, though I see many productions each year, I don’t write about operas in Next Magazine. But the Met’s new production of Die Fledermaus boasts such a Broadway pedigree it cries out for coverage. The Broadway crossover starts with Fledermaus’ director and new lyricist, Jeremy Sams (Amour, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and 13); its new book writer, Douglas Carter Beane (Cinderella, The Nance and Lysistrata Jones); and two of its stars, Tony-winner Paulo Szot (South Pacific) and multiple Tony nominee Danny Burstein (Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific and The Drowsy Chaperone). Although beautifully sung, Beane’s new libretto—filled with contemporary references and ham-fisted jokes—combined with Sams’ clumsy lyrics and flat-footed direction almost sink a show that should sparkle and fizz. Despite having gained a few pounds, the rakishly handsome Szot is an utter delight and sings magnificently as Dr. Falke, a disbarred lawyer seeking revenge against his friend Gabriel von Eisenstein, well played by Christopher Maltman. Szot and Maltman both understand that DIe Fledermaus, with its extended “book scenes,” is as much musical theater as it is opera. Einsenstein’s wife, her former lover and her maid are all ably portrayed by Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano and Jane Archibald, respectively, with Fabiano’s ringing tenor especially impressive. Everyone ends up in jail, of course, where the jailer, played by Burstein, gets laughs due to the sheer force of his talent, not Beane’s script. But as misguided as Beane’s book is, it pales in comparison to Sams’ clunky new English lyrics that can’t hold

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a candle to Howard Dietz’s lyrics for the Met’s 1950 production, which was directed and written by Broadway veteran Garson Kanin. Why the Met didn’t simply revive that gem of a translation with a savvier director than Sams, I’ll never know. Still, this Die Fledermaus can be recommended for its rapturous music and exquisite production design. N Die Fledermaus plays through February 22 at Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center, MetOpera.org).

CD Reviews Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce Tom Toce A veteran of songwriting for more than 30 years, Tom Toce put together a terrific compilation of some of his best work with Hopelessly in Love: The Lyrics of Tom Toce. Boasting the vocal talents of Carole Bufford, Jack Donahue and Jennifer Sheehan, as well as a special appearance by Jane Monheit, this revelatory new disc also showcases Toce’s gift for smart wordplay, introspective thoughts and an abundance of heart. (LML Music)

As Long As There Are Songs Stephanie Blythe Stephanie Blythe is best known as one of the premiere mezzosopranos in the world today. But her new disc with pianist Craig Terry, As Long As There Are Songs, may vault her into the top echelon of artists who interpret the Great American Songbook. From “Look for the Silver Lining” to “How Deep Is the Ocean” to “White Cliffs of Dover,” Blythe’s glorious voice is utterly thrilling. (Innova Records)

North of Houston: Live at 54 Below Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle Kick off your cowboy boots, grab an ice-cold longneck out of the fridge and put on Michael Cerveris and Loose Cattle’s country-flavored North of Houston to shake off your cold winter blues! Recorded live at 54 Below, Cerveris is joined by the sweet-voiced Kimberly Kaye, Gabriel Caplan, Jon Graboff, Alex Harvey, Justin Smith, Lorenzo Wolff and Eddy Zweiback on what can only be described as a rollicking good time. (Broadway Records)

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By Alex Erikson • Illustration by James L. Barry

TALKING LOOKING CHATTING WITH JONATHAN GROFF ABOUT HBO’S BUzz-WORTHY NEW GAY SHOW. his January, there are two shows that gays in every neighborhood of New York will be crowding around televisions to watch. While you’ll have to wait until February 24 to find out if Bianca del Rio makes it past the first episode (and hopefully into the final three on RuPaul’s Drag Race), on January 19, HBO debuts it’s new homo drama, Looking. The show, which chronicles the lives of thee gay best friends living in San Francisco, stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. Hyped as the gay Girls and the gay Sex and the City, it’s become the first must-see show of 2014. To get the inside scoop on the new series, we spoke with Groff about living and working in San Francisco, the show’s perceived lack of diversity and why Looking is one of the most honest portrayals of gay life on television today.

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AE: I’m envious! JG: [laughs] AE: We’re talking about Looking, which takes place in San Francisco. And I think it’s interesting that Looking takes place there as opposed to the other two

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major gay cities in the U.S., New York and L.A. JG: The reason that it takes place in San Francisco is because Michael Lannan—who is the creator of the show and our executive producer, and wrote a lot of the first season—it’s all sort of based on the time that he lived in San Francisco. Even when they were casting the show, they had pictures of his friends up from San Francisco so that they could align them with his experience. I personally have always had this sort of image and legend of San Francisco in my mind—I think of the late ’60s and the Summer of Love and I think of men and their handlebar mustaches in plaid shirts. I always thought of San Francisco before I went there as the place where you could be whoever you wanted to be and it’s free love and it’s all-accepting. It was interesting to actually live there and work there for a couple of months, because while it isn’t the stereotypical hippie world like I think of, that energy of acceptance and [the idea that] you can be whoever you want to be is very alive there, unlike any other city I’ve ever been in. AE: One of the biggest criticisms of the show so far—and I think it’s kind of indicative of the Internet age that there are criticisms of a show that hasn’t even aired yet… JG: [laughs] Right, totally! AE: …but one of the things people are talking about is how the show—at least based on the trailers and what people have experienced so far—doesn’t seem to immediately portray the diversity of San Francisco. Do you think those criticisms are warranted? JG: I think that once people see the show, they will see that it’s incredibly diverse and a lot of that again has to do with Michael. Michael Lannan, to the benefit of our show, leads a very diverse life with all different kinds of people and all different kinds of friends. AE: Speaking of people involved in the show, Andrew Haigh, the director of Weekend executive produces the show and directed the pilot. JG: He was the main thing that first drew me to the show because I’d seen Weekend in a movie theater in New York when it first came out and was blown away by it. So when I found out that he was attached to help write and direct the show I jumped at the chance to audition for it. He had a huge hand in the development and the creative process of the show. I feel like he is a master of naturalism. And in working with him I learned a little bit more about how he does that and I feel like this show would not be what it is at all if it wasn’t for him. He is a huge reason that the show is the style and vibe and tone of what it is.


AE: Part of the buzz around the show is that the characters are so authentic. JG: My character is 29 and is as young as it gets as far as the main ensemble goes. Everyone else is in their 30s and 40s. So it’s not men who are struggling with their sexuality. There’s no comingout stories. There’s no sexual frustration as far as identity is concerned. Hopefully that’s either a reflection of how things are now or where they’re headed. Your sexuality is a huge part of who you are, but it’s not what ultimately defines who you are. AE: And it’s not the central conflict of the show. JG: Exactly. The central conflicts of the show and the issues that the characters are dealing with are with their relationships, or with their work, or with their friendships. It’s not like, “I’m gay and that’s my big problem.” AE: One of the major comparisons—because of the network the show is on and the cast of characters—is to Girls. But I think that isn’t the greatest comparison. JG: Yeah, they call it the gay Sex and the City or the gay Girls. Me personally, I’ve seen every episode of both of those shows at least one time. I’m a huge fan of both Sex and the City and Girls, and they’re such important, historic television shows. So for people to compare us to those shows, for me it’s really exciting and awesome because I’m such a fan. I think that the greatest thing in comparing the shows, if you’re a fan of Sex and the City, if you’re a fan of Girls, chances are you might be a fan of Looking, because it’s about finding love and it’s about the complexity of relationships and people relating to each other. And when people watch the show they’ll realize that the tone and the writing and the style of the show are very different than Girls and very different from Sex and the City. Hopefully it’s its own thing. AE: You don’t seem like the kind of person who gets nervous easily, but that’s got to be a lot of pressure to have people comparing you—off the bat—to these two shows. JG: It’s such an honor that people would say that, but as an actor you can’t wear that pressure or take that pressure with you. You just have to keep your head down and do the work. And Andrew has such a way of sort of steering the ship and dropping us all in to be present in the moment and be present with the work. So hopefully as the show comes out even more press will happen and there will be even more opinions.

bad is always the stuff you remember when you read press about yourself. AE: You’ve done nude scenes before and you seem to feel pretty comfortable in front of the camera doing those sorts of scenes. Was it the same for Looking? JG: I feel like the nude scenes you have to take on a case-by-case basis. With Looking, I never had a shred of doubt in signing the nudity waiver in the beginning because of Andrew’s movie Weekend and the way that he dealt with the sex scenes in that movie. I felt it was really honest and real. I had an added inkling that he was going to deal with that in the same way. And then when we got on set I ended up feeling so comfortable with the crew and so comfortable with Andrew and really comfortable with the other actors, which you never really know until you get there if you’re going to feel that way or not. So thankfully I did feel that way. It’s interesting on this show, in the second episode, not to spoil it, but I have an intimate scene with this guy who I’m starting to date and the episode builds to this moment, and when I read it and when I watched it with friends, you’re sort of cringing at what my character is doing to this guy emotionally. It’s very connected to the story. It’s very connected to the characters. Whether it’s for comedic purposes or for dramatic purposes, with this show all of the sex scenes you’re thinking about where the characters are at. That also makes it easier to do, too, because during those scenes I was thinking about, “I’m trying to do this, or I’m letting myself do this.” I wasn’t thinking, “Oh the camera may be seeing the side of my ass.” AE: The sex just becomes the subtext. JG: Exactly. AE: And there’s a certain schadenfreude in those cringeworthy moments. JG: Totally. And my character certainly has a lot of those. N Looking premieres January 19 on HBO. Visit HBO.com for more info.

AE: Do you read your own press? JG: I do not. I think like three or four years ago I was Googling myself and like eating breakfast and I just had a moment of, “Why am I doing this?” This is not ever going to make me feel better. At least for me, the good stuff is never good enough and the

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Rudimental; (inset) Aloe Blacc

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By Keo Nozari SUBSTANTIVE NEW MUSIC FROM ALOE BLACC, EMELI SANDÉ, RUNDIMENTAL AND ELLIE GOULDING. fter the chart-topping success of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” California-born crooner Aloe Blacc (a.k.a. Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III) has wisely turned the song he sang and co-wrote into the title of an E.P. Wake Me Up includes a fun acoustic rendition of the hit, and while the 35-year-old smokes on “Ticking Bomb,” the song that’s become the breakout single is “The Man,” an uplifting tribute to giving your best even during the worst of times. Aloe Blacc—we love that name!—nails the vocals throughout the five-track E.P. His tone is like a rich body butter for the ears—deep and nourishing! And his soulful voice is very reminiscent of another American singer-songwriter: Bill Withers, best known for his ’70s hits including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day.” He may have hit the mainstream with his recent Avicii collaboration, but Blacc is no newcomer to music. He previously released three albums with his former band Emanon (“no name” spelled backward), two previous solo E.P.s and two solo albums. And Wake Me Up is supposedly a preview of his forthcoming Interscope/XIX album Lift Your Spirit. Due later this year, produc-

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tion is rumored to be by Pharrell and DJ Khalil. Speaking of soul and dance music, the lovely Emeli Sandé is back, this time as featured vocalist on London EDM group Rudimental’s song “Free.” It’s reminiscent of the original “Wake Me Up,” melding acoustic instruments with heavy synth beats. And for those looking for something more electro, you are free to peruse the great remix by Cash Cash and Gazzo, who cash in with a big room anthem mix. Additional mixes include extra verses by Nas, Maya Jane Coles, Roy Davis Jr and Jack Beats. Also look for Rudimental on tour supporting some of Ellie Goulding’s U.S. dates this spring. And speaking of Ellie Goulding, the popular Brit singer has a new video and single out. Fresh off the heat of “Burn” (which is still hot on the charts, months after its July release), “Goodness Gracious,” appears on the reissued, expanded version of her album Halcyon, which she’s now called Halcyon Days, along with the earlier single. It’s co-written and produced by one of our favorite pop producers Greg Kurstin. Now that’s a good thing! N


Nick Coompol & Henry Melchiona

Nick Coompol & Henry Melchiona By Alex Erikson

foR these tWo hell’s Kitchen ResiDents, a pRivate ceReMonY at citY hall has becoMe a YeaR-long affaiR! ike so many gays in their late 30s, Nick Coompol met his future husband, Henry Melchiona, on the Roxy’s dance floor more than a decade ago. They’ve been inseparable ever since. “We met through a mutual friend,” Coompol, who works as a fitness trainer explains. “[We were] introduced at the Roxy almost twelve years ago,” he continues. “It was a slow burn.” Whereas some relationships grow stale with time, Coompol and Melchiona’s has only gotten better with age. “We understand each other very well,” Coompol asserts. “Every day we learn from each other and grow closer,” he gushes. “Even after all these years I’m amazed at what we learn about each other.” In the beginning of their relationship they tended towards the party scene. As the years passed, Coompol ad-

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mits, the Hell’s Kitchen couple spent their time more intimately. “We enjoy [being] together, relaxing, watching our favorite TV series or just spending time with our friends,” Coompol says. But when DOMA was finally struck down last summer, Melchiona knew that it was the right moment to officially tie the knot. “Henry asked me,” Coompol recalls. They then rushed down to City Hall in their freshest finery—complete with matching bowties—with two of their closest friends. “It was private with no reception afterwards,” Coompol explains. But of course, what good gay affair is complete without an order of eggs benedict and some bubbly afterward? “We did go to brunch with our best friend Hugo who was our witness at the ceremony.” “It was smooth sailing that day,” remembers Coompol with a grin, “however,

on the day we applied for the license, a straight couple approached Henry and asked if he would be their witness. The groom’s best man flaked out on them and didn’t show up.” As it turns out, they shared more than just the desire to marry the loves of their lives. “The guy’s name was Henry as well,” Coompol chuckles. “What are the chances?” Their decision to wed so quickly and privately didn’t sit well with many of their family and friends who wanted to be able to share the moment with them, though. So, this summer they’re planning a Fire Island beach reception. “It will be fun!” Coompol exclaims. Instead of the typical tropical honeymoon, the pair are planning to visit Coompol’s native Thailand when they finally do their post-wedding trip in April. “It will be the first time I’ve seen my family in more than 10 years.” N

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By Peter Sherwood he evenings that I once spent at Café de Bruxelles were lusty and long—and many years ago. I still miss the fantastic zinc bar and German lace curtains hanging in the windows that looked out upon Greenwich Avenue on a snowy night. After a much-needed dusting off, the spot became Lyon and, as much as I enjoyed the food and drinks there, it closed before there was much time to linger around the bar or eat anything. Now, under the same ownership, the restaurant has reopened as Cole’s. I have the sense it has something to do with Cole Porter, given the urbane surroundings in the dining room proper that have the feel of a cozy, amber-lit dining car from yesteryear, summoning the lure of train travel to exotic locales. If only the food was as exciting. I’m not really sure what the expensive menu is going for here—steamed mussels are thrown about with

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chicken liver mousse and then entrées veer toward Italian with spaghetti, but there’s also a homey chicken roast with turnips and Swiss chard. A few friends and I sidled up to our rich chocolate leather button-tufted banquette and ordered hefty pours of Maker’s Mark and Grey Goose on the rocks. Cole’s also offers signature cocktails, such as the Spring Negroni with gin, Aperol, Carpano Antica and a block of lavender ice; or Cole’s Cocktail with Crop vodka, St. Germain and rosemary. My friend texted somebody, “WTF?” after seeing the After School Special with peanut rum, aged rum and celery bitters. I suppose it was a take on the old classic snack, ants on a log. But where were the raisins? Pedestrian train-stationstyle bites included artichoke dip with spinach, which thankfully was not overly laden with mayonnaise. We didn’t even try the spinach and bacon salad with boiled eggs—when was the last time you spied that on a

menu? The “quick flashed” squid was apparently not flashed quickly enough and was terribly mushy, surrounded by unflattering shishito peppers and pimentón. Kale’s relationship with the Caesar fell flat and its involvement with lemon was negligible—although we did enjoy the croutons that we had to assume were toasted brioche. Nutty sweet pea ravioli was decent, with tangy Cipollini onions and carrot cream sauce. Entrées fare better: pale pink firm pork tenderloin with Brussels sprouts; medium rare hanger steak with a fine red wine glaze and fingerling potatoes; duck breast that was nearly impossible to cut through but was nevertheless decent, with delicious pearls of black beluga lentils as well as pointless, clunky mushrooms. Sides of simple charred carrots with honey were full of flavor and homestyle mashed potatoes were wonderful, perhaps like what your mother might have made, elegantly underscoring

the importance of knowing your ingredients well, choosing them wisely, and never over complicating the matter. Despite the restaurant’s new look, if you’re considering Cole’s perhaps it’s best to stick with the house burger and finish it up with a warm cinnamon apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream. N

PRICES: Appetizers: $10–$14; Entrées: $18–$29; Alcohol: wine, beer, full bar, specialty cocktails

SHORT ORDER: A confused, uneventful menu outshone by the comforting décor.

PETER’S PICKS: home-style mashed potatoes; warm apple cobbler

PETER’S PANS: mushy squid; duck breast that I couldn’t cut through


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ROAD TRIP Aleks Buldocek and (inset) Marcus Isaacs in Open Road, Part 1

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ROD: This week, we say “Welcome back” to Manuel Hung, and “Thank you” to Neal Downe, who had some big porn-reviewer shoes to fill during Manuel’s vacation. And you know what they say about big shoes! MANUEL: Well, Rod, I’m not one to toot my own horn (even though I can), so I’ll just say it’s good to be back. ROD: This week’s feature Open Road had so much salad tossing, it should be called “Open Ass!” I know our mothers warned us about picking up hitchhikers, but these guys made me want to open my road to them. Scene One starts not on the road, but in a bar, where Marcus Isaacs and the always-sexy James Ryder are getting ready for the evening rush...by eating ass! MANUEL: James “Low Ryder” is more like it. With his bare ass halfway out of his jeans, it’s no wonder he couldn’t concentrate on work. I loved how Ryder—the only guy in this cast without a beard— stayed completely erect as Isaacs fucked him on a tabletop. ROD: These two make so much noise that furry, tattooed Aleks Buldocek has to come out of his office to join in. After this duet-turned-trio, Buldocek is up again, this time fucking Adam Ramzi. The movie continues like this, with one guy passing the “dick baton” to the next, scene after scene. It’s like a repertory company, porno and relay race all in one! MANUEL: I kept thinking, “Ramzi must have a small dick,” as I waited for the camera to show us what this handsome brunet had between his legs. Finally, 23 minutes into the scene, I was proven wrong. Still, Ramzi’s pretty, brown, uncut ramzer doesn’t get much camera time until the following scene, where he puts his dick in Seven Dixon. ROD: This is Dixon’s debut, and you know

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I am all about de-butt. Big, beefy and tattooed, with just enough hair and a meaty ass just ripe for eating, Seven is definitely a ten in my book! MANUEL: Ramzi finishes with a thick spurting load on Dixon’s face. Judging from the word “well-bred” tattooed across his back, I’m guessing his face is probably not the first place Dixon would have liked Ramzi’s seed. ROD: Don’t even get me started on how hot Boomer Banks is. Make it one for my baby and tattoo for the road! MANUEL: With his striking features and mammoth endowment, Banks makes quite an impression, and he clearly loves sex. But casting Banks as a power top is like trying to fit a really big, semi-flaccid peg into a round hole. I’d love to see him as the big-dick bottom he seems to be.

ROD: Thank you, Raging Stallion, for three bonus scenes, including two from “vintage” porn titles. MANUEL: I loved seeing Hal Rockland in a scene from Falcon’s Flashpoint (1994), the movie that earned him the 1995 Grabby for Best Newcomer. The final bonus scene is from Dirt Bikes (Falcon 1979), filmed in the era of non-synchronized sound and poorly overdubbed dialogue. Oddly, the pre-condom fucking here is underscored with a sci-fi disco version of the theme from E.T. the Extraterrestrial, a movie that didn’t come out until three years later— which leads me to conclude that (a) Falcon re-recorded the soundtrack after 1982 using the popular movie theme song, or (b) composer John Williams is a fraud who steals his award-winning melodies from gay porn movies. N


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