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The Week in Photos Commentary: A look at gay-for-pay go-gos. Getting Personal with Robert L. Smith My Gay City: Bonsignour Commentary: How to buy your first dildo. Gay DD Shot in the Dark
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Calendar of Events Quoted with Crystal Waters Shoutout: The Brooklyn Nightlife Awards presenters on their favorite Brooklyn events. Brief Encounter: DJ Danny Verde talks spinning the first night at BPM. The Roundup: How to have the best possible Valentine’s Day date with your man. The Roundup: Who needs a date to have a fun V Day? Bars + Clubs Map Benefits Package: Bearded Yogi Jason Patrick raises funds for God’s Love We Deliver with a special weekend-long wellness clinic and party at The Ace Hotel.
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Visit The Nexus on NextMagazine.com for your daily dose of gay gossip and party photos. BY KAREEM MCJAGGER
STRAIGHT AND EASY Does it even matter if go-go Dancers are gay for pay?
et’s be real: chances are you’re not going home with that go-go boy, right? So does it really matter what he does with that beautiful bulge when he’s not swinging it in your face? Apparently, it does because there are more opinions on straight dancers than there are styles of Andrew Christian for them to wear. Several gay patrons at a local bar I talked to said that they had no problem with a straight guy putting on a show at a party. “As long as they are comfortable with handsy gay men, I see nothing wrong,” photographer JJ Mack shared.“It’s really about fantasy fulfillment and, especially with hot straight men of different races, castes and backgrounds—the opportunity to look closely, and sometimes to touch, that which you would never otherwise get the chance to.” On the other hand, just as many guys shared negative experiences as patrons in bars where straight dancers didn’t seem comfortable interacting with a gay crowd. “I think this is what kills Twist in South Beach,” said Jory, a graphic designer from the Upper West Side. “They’re so straight. If the dancer seems genuinely disinterested, or annoyed by performing his job, it’s a huge turn-off. When a bunch of girls come in and the straight dancers pay attention to the
THE HANGAR PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY
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SQUIRT @ THE HANGAR DJ Mando lays down the beats at the West Village bar’s Wednesday night party, which recently celebrated its two-year anniversary.
“We go home with everyone, but the night usually ends with a nap rather than sex.” —Kevin DeBacker on his new web series/double dating project Besties to The Nexus
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Robert L. Smith
“I came one night for a job, and the first night I made $1,000. So that was good for me.” dancer at a party that featured several dancers, and he told me that he’s happy with the money he makes dancing for gay men.“I came one night for a job, and the first night I made $1,000. So that was good for me.” Apparently, his friends and family have no problem with his dancing in a gay bar, but the girls he dates often take some time to get used to it. The promoters I spoke with estimated at least 75 percent of the dancers they employ are straight. “They say they are ‘straight,’” said Manny, who runs As Usual Wednesdays—formerly Cockfight—at No Parking, with a laugh. “But inside the lap-dance room they forget they are ‘straight.’ I love that.” Jeffrey Wachman, who promotes Buffboyzz Tuesdays at Secret Lounge, said that from his experience, “The straight dancers always make more money and tend to get more attention than gay dancers.” I can’t help but think about what straight dancers’ dominance says about gay club culture. Is it a reflection of the ever-present self-hatred that many believe drives the “masc only” trend on hookup apps? Likely. But if promoters “keep it in the family,” hiring exclusively gay dancers, isn’t that just as bad as mainstream discrimination against gay employees? Ponder that while I run to the bar for more singles—the boys are changing shifts! N
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girls, it kills any sexual vibe.” Similarly, many wondered why gay bars even employ straight dancers. “It’s kind of like how I feel about straight men playing gay men in acting roles on TV,” my friend Chris said to me. “Aren’t there enough actors/singers/dancers that are truly gay and need work? We should support our community in ways we can.” I recently spoke with a straight
WRITING A MEMOIR wasn’t something that Robert L. Smith had in mind when he first enlisted to fight in the IraqWar. But after years of experiencing first hand what it meant to be a black, gay solider, he felt he had a story that needed to be told. “So many military memoirs are written by straight, white dudes that I thought maybe it was time for something a bit different,”Smith explains. Closets, Combat and Coming Out, which is available on Amazon and in NewYork at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division, delves into Smith’s experience coming to terms with his sexuality amid the hyper-masculine culture of the U.S. Army. From infantry training to his work protesting DADT, the memoir examines what it’s really like for gay men to serve in the military today. “I hope people will take away a deeper understanding and compassion for gay service members in the past, present and future.”
CHOOSE ONE: WORKOUT REGIMEN
Cardio and free weights. No workout routine is complete without an equal amount of both!
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House of Cards
House of Cards. Scandal is Melrose Place in D.C., Homeland fell off in Season 3 and Veep is slight, but House Of Cards is expertly plotted, extremely well acted and completely absorbing. Arethereanytrendsinthearmedservicesthatworryyou?The continued cover-up of the sexual assault epidemic in the armed forces. This is against women and men. That is a battle that is still being fought and doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
What’s the most played song on your iPod? “Compton” by Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr. Dre What is your message to gay men serving in the military today? You are pioneers. You are being watched, so remember to serve with honor and pride. Was there anything that you had to think twice about including in the memoir? Honestly, no. When I decided that this book was going to be about truth and honesty and not some vanity project about what an awesome guy I was, it freed me from the fear of worrying what people would think. But there is some pretty intimate stuff about my sexual history in the book and that can make for awkward conversation with people at signings and such.
14 Years A Bar:
Posh Bar & Lounge, which celebrated its 14th anniversary last week, has seen a lot of change in Hell’s Kitchen since opening there in 2000.
Year Posh Opened
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>>> MY GAY CITY BONSIGNOUR
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“BEING A SELF-PROCLAIMED coffee connoisseur I’m always on the hunt for a great cup of coffee, and I simply adore Bonsignour’s (35 Jane St, 212-2299700) hazelnut coffee. But I love this West Village cafe for more than the amazing coffee, I’ve literally tried everything on the menu and I’m always surprised how amazing everything tastes. What sealed the deal for me are the benches in front of the café. I can sit there for hours and talk to the people of Jane Street and celebrity watch. I’ve seen Sarah Jessica Parker at the café frequently, but, more importantly, Seth Meyers lives across the street and comes in with his adorable dog. Besides the frequent celeb sightings, the staff is nice and quick. It’s made it my go-to hangout spot.”—Eddie Sosa, 25-year-old grad student residing on the Upper West Side
“We’re bringing BK to the HK.” —Thorgy Thor on her new Tuesday night party with Mikey Pop, You’re Welcome, at The Ritz
US BY CHRIS HERNANDEZ
buying your first dildo
practical aDvice for investing in a new sexy toy.
he first time I purchased a dildo, it started with a New Year’s resolution. After a myriad of hookups and countless hours coping while watching Millionaire Matchmaker marathons, I had decided that if I was going to start getting serious about finding a relationship, I was going to have to give up this whole hooking-up process. You know how Patti Stanger puts it: “No sex before monogamy.” Having gone through all of January hookup-free, I had begun to miss the one thing any 20-something, twinky bottom finds essential: the D. So, instead of breaking my code and finding some thirsty guy on Grindr, I set my sights on replacing the dick for a different D: the dildo. I stopped by Lamore in the West Village and a sales rep named Brent greeted me with a smile. Nervously, I told him my predicament. I had arrived to pop my proverbial sex-toy cherry. He smiled and told me his first rule for buying the perfect dildo: don’t be prideful. “I see people come in all the time and go for the thick, long dildo,” he said. “Then, I see them coming back for a smaller option.” After thinking about my last fiasco with a thick dick, I had Brent show me to the slimmer options. I was introduced to three different kinds of dildos: rubber, silicone and cyberskin. The rubber one was pretty soft and came highly recommended for beginners. Silicone comes in two degrees of hardness, and Brent recommended them for more advanced guys. To me, cyberskin felt the most life like, but he said that those dildos were better suited for vaginas since the tips were rather bendy. “I wouldn’t recommend them for guys because, you know, that’s the butt. It’s a little bit tighter,” he said. We then debated stationary dildos
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FEBRUARY 7, 2014
Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Was Ryan Phillippe on steroids when he gave Anna Wintour a lap dance at Stefon’s birthday party? Read on...
As activists continue to criticize COCA-COLA for its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics,thecompanyuseditsSuper Bowl ad as an opportunity for damage control, including a gay couple and their kids in the spot.
Well, we knew her only ever so briefly, but we’re sure as hell going to miss Francis Conroy’s OTT-glam sorceress MYRTLE SNOW on American Horror Story: Coven.
Maybe GAGA needs to take off those sunglasses, because whoever that is in the photo she took backstage at Britney Spears’Vegas show, she sure doesn’t look like the BRITNEY we know!
Howard Stern got a lap dance from RYAN PhILLIPPE for his 60th birthday. Un-effing-fair.
She twerks hard for the money: Dame Helen Mirren took a page from Miley’s playbook while accepting Harvard’s Hasty PuddingWoman of the Year award.
Madonnaisreportedly20th Century Fox’s pick to play the Helen Lawson role in its updatedLosAngelesmusicindustrybased remake of Valley of the Dolls.
Post Grammy win, we understand there’s been a bit of a MACKLEMORE back-
versus Vibrators. “Vibrations really help stimulate and get you going,” Brent explained.“The other ones are great, but you have to move them in and out. Your call.” Finally, we went over curvature. “A curvier dildo will hit on your prostate gland and massage your prostate gland while you are slipping it in,” he said. By the end of my visit, Brent had sold me on a five-inch, silicone, vibrating, curved dildo. I went small because I want
lash, but “Christian rapper” Bizzle’s anti-gay version of “Same Love” is taking things a bit too far we think.
Aw! Stefon’s farewell to Seth Meyers on last week’s Weekend Update actually kind of almost brought us to tears!
According to Radar Online, rumors are making the rounds at Vogue that Anna Wintour has tapped Sarah Jessica Parker as her replacement.
body perfection seems 10 with to start early. A new study Gay male culture’s obsession
indicates that gay and bi adolescents arefourtosixtimesmorelikelytouse steroids than their straight peers.
to focus more on pleasure versus boosting my ego. I went for silicone because Brent said it was the best and, though I am a beginner, I thought the fact that I went with five inches balanced the fact that I wasn’t buying a softer rubber toy. Finally, I chose the vibrating, curved option because, let’s face it, I want an amazing time with this bad boy. As an added bonus, the dildo I got came with a suction cup in the back. Oh, the possibilities! N
Comment of the Week:
“It’s ok so far, but the pace needs to be heightened. The Jonathan Groﬀ character is a little too cute and a bit unrealistic in 2014.” —Gaspar Marino via Facebook on last week’s commentary about sticking with HBO’s new show, Looking
#ROCKTHEBOAT @ THE RITZ Gay cheerleading team Cheer New York shows some team spirit at The Ritz’s weekly Friday night party featuring DJ Xavier.
14-YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ POSH Owner John Greco (left, with bartender Luke) celebrates the 14th anniversary of his Hell’s Kitchen gay bar and lounge. See p.44 for more photos.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR @ UNCLE CHARLIE’S House pianist Chris tickles the ivories at the Midtown gay piano bar’s celebration of the oﬃcial start of the Year of the Horse.
THE MURDERY DELICIOUS HAMWICH GUMM MYSTERY SIGNING @ BEA Out author—and Next Magazine contributor—Peter Sherwood signs copies of his new book, The Murdery Delicious Hamwich Gumm Mystery, at the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant.
the 2014 winter olympics kick oﬀ in sochi with february 7‘s opening ceremony. we’ll be rooting for more progressive countries to take home the gold and leave putin lagging behind just like he’s lagged on gay rights!
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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 16 NEW
HUNG FRIDAYS G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. Host Yusef X has a hella hot party in store for you on Friday nights. Weekly guest DJs pump out the jams for this Chelsea crowd as sexy gogo boys dance on the bar. G’s dancers are notoriously hot, but if the name of this party is any indication, tonight’s studs are extra special. 10pm; free.
SUPERWOMAN The Underground Lounge, 955 W End Ave (@ 107th St), theundergroundnyc.com. New York’s newest drag darling Schwa de Vivre launches her very first weekly show at this Upper West Side cabaret space. It’ll be a night of boozy live singing with piano man Eddie Schnecker on the keys and special guest drop-ins sharing the spotlight. Sounds…super. 10:30pm; $10.
ADONIS LOUNGE Lucky for more event listings Cheng’s, 240 W 52nd St THE PICK UP Nowhere, 322 E (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), 14th St (btwn First/Second theadonislounge.com. Juiced-up muscle men Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. Every other week, strip down for the crowd every Friday night the guys behind Spunk [arts] Magazine take when Tim Adonis and his sexy pals take over over this East Village haunt for a night of beats Lucky Cheng’s. Special guest strippers and porn and video art. This week, Spunk founder Aaron stars make weekly appearances, giving private Tilford spins the electro house tracks, while lap dances in the champagne room. 10pm– video artist Boris Torres’ work provides the 3am; free. backdrop for all the fun. 10pm; free.
ROCKIN DISCO FAG BAR Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. We may not know what exactly is in the $3 “Ass Juice” shots they’re serving up, 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.
ELEVENELEVEN Open House, 244 E Houston (btwn Aves A/B), openhouse-nyc.com. Amanda Lepore, Stephanie Stone and co. host Ladyfag’s weekly bash with major underground DJs like Honey Dijon, Michael Magnan and Will Automagic bringing the beats to get the bodies movin’. 11pm; free before midnight/$5 general admission.
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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8
“QUOTED” CRYSTAL WATERS didn’t exactly grow up dreaming of becoming the kind of dance floor diva adored by gay men—“My dream was being the next Sade,” she admits—but the minute she started making dance tracks, it was pure magic. “I guess it was shortly after ‘Gypsy Woman’ became a big hit in ’91,” the singer says of the moment she knew she had a a big gay following. “I was singing in all types of clubs—black, white, straight and gay—but the biggest response was always from the gay clubs. Sometimes I think they believed in me more than I did!” A fierce—in more ways than one—ally,Waters has been giving back to the gay community ever since. On February 8, she’ll play what she estimates is her fifth or sixth Human Rights Campaign event when she rocks the dance floor at theWaldorf Astoria for the LGBT lobbying organization’s annual Greater NewYork Gala. “It’s always nice to give back to the people who are out there on the front line getting things done,” she says. As for the issuesWaters wants to see the HRC tackle this year, there are a couple things that come to mind. “First hate crimes,” she says, “especially the kind of bullying that happens to school age kids. Secondly, marriage rights. It boggles my mind that a couple could drive across the U.S. and be considered married in one state, but not the another. As an American it basically limits the rights to where you can live!” At the HRC gala’s after party, however, Waters has one pet cause in particular: getting everyone on the dance floor. “As a person who’s usually in night clubs, it’s always fun to see those black ties get up and dance!” she says. “I will most definitely get them dancing—that’s my job!” —Engage: Greater New York Gala 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave (btwn 49th/50th Sts), Feb 8 at 5:30pm; $375–$475 general admission/$575–$675 VIP. Visit hrcgreaterny.org for more info.
VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com. Viva la gay nightlife! The city’s gays are living for John Blair, Beto Sutter, Ric Sena and BoiParty.com’s weekly party. Guest sets by major DJs ensure that the dance floor is always packed with Hell’s Kitchen hotties at this circuit-infused event. 11pm; $20–$25.
CARRY NATION Steel Drums, 35 Beadle St (btwn Morgan/Kingsland Aves), Bushwick, facebook.com/thecarrynation. Will Automagic and Nita Aviance bring you another one of their raging Bushwick parties. Special guest DJs Liad Krispin and Guy Williams turn you out on the dance floor. 11pm– 5:30am; $7 before 1am/$10 general admission.
MASQ Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery (btwn E Second/Third Sts), gaycenter.org/masq. DJ Whitney Day spins this Brazilian Carnival-themed benefit for the LGBT Center’s Young Leaders Council. The vodka will be flowing from the open bar all night. Dress to impress—and don’t forget your mask! 9pm–1am; $75 general admission/$125 VIP.
FIND YOUR WOW FACTOR Bric House, 647 Fulton St (@ Rockwell Pl), Fort Greene, cherylwillruinyourlife.info. Two of Brooklyn’s wildest parties join forces for this all-day event. Cheryl and Bushwig cap off a day of all-ages activities with a fierce dance party featuring performers from the annual drag festival. 2pm–11pm; $10–$13 after 8pm.
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SATURDAY ROX Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Drag diva Pusse Couture hosts this weekly party with a fabulous pop and dance soundtrack. DJ Scotty Rox turns it up at this Hell’s Kitchen hot spot. House cocktails are just $6 all night long, so you know the boys who show up will be ready for a good time. 10pm; free. STROBE Xes, 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com. This Chelsea bar pops off tonight with DJ Calvin’s burning hot mix of Top 40 hits and remixes. Get your pulse up to the beat as the strobe lights flash. Drinks are 2-for1 starting at midnight, so feel free to let loose. 10pm; free.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9
coulD these insiDer faves take home a Brooklyn nightlife awarD? we askeD this year’s presenters.
t this point it’s impossible to predict who might take home a trophy at Merrie Cherry’s second annual Brooklyn Nightlife Awards, honoring the best of the borough’s off-beat and avant garde party scene on February 9. But we asked the promoters, performers and personalities who will be handing out the awards for their personal take on the best Brooklyn events and venues of 2014. —JR
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Merrie Cherrie: HEY QUEEN MonthlyatLittlefield,622DegrawST(btwn Third/FourthAves),Gowanus,heyqueen.org “It is a queer event, with a capital every letter. They get the best DJs, intriguing performers, a mixed crowd of people under the rainbow and outside, and [producers Sarah Jenny and Avory Agony] know how to treat their people.”
DJ Paisley Dalton: CLUB BUTT November 23, 2013, at Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St (btwn Knickerbocker/Irving Aves), Bushwick, secretprojectrobot.org “The perfect mix of art, sex, boys and arrested development.”
Deryck Todd: ALOTTA STUFF Monthly at Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), metropolitanbarny.com“I first came to AlottaStuffaboutfivemonthsagoandhaven’tmissedone— even sold some of my vintage fashions too. It’s a very special event, complete with a clothing auction of items that Alotta McGriddles andThorgyThor hand pick and then auction off.”
Murray Hill: PAT
Acid Betty: SUGARLAND 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, sugarlandnightclub.com
and THIS N’ THAT Earl Dax: HOT FRUIT Mondays at Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), metropolitanbarny.com “You have to love a party that manages to pack the Metropolitan on a Monday night until late with performances that don’t even start until midnight. Reminds us that NewYork City isn’t dead—you just need to know where to look.”
Monthly at Union Pool, 484 Union Ave (@ Rodney St), Williamsburg “No matter who you are, even an older guy like me, the energy at these events is infectious, and you just have to get on that dance floor! It’s great to see a mixed queer crowd grooving together.”
108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com “It is rare for those who work in nightlife to actually all be out at night in the same place. So every time I go to Sugarland or This N’ That, the night always ends up compiling itself with a collection of nightlife characters all drinking, laughing and enjoying the fucking crazy shows together.”
Alotta McGriddles: DRAGNET Third Thursdays at Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Metropolitan Ave/Devoe St), metropolitanbarny.com “It features new performers every month. It’s alotta fun!”
Brooklyn Nightlife Awards at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave (btwn Starr/Troutman Sts), Bushwick, Feb 9 from 9pm–midnight; $10 MARINATE Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. Get ready for a hot time in this cold town as resident DJ Dandylion’s monthly party returns to the East Village for another flavorful night. Special guest DJ Allies For Everyone drops by to spin all kinds of underground electro and dance with a funky twist. 9pm–2am; free.
GAY GEEK TRIVIA GATHERING LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), gaygeeksny.com. Gay Geeks of New York gather at The Center for their monthly trivia competition. Questions run the geeky gamut from comics to video games and beyond. With prizes like video games and geeky DVDs up for grabs, you’d better know your stuff! 5:30pm–8:30pm; $5.
SUNDAY SERVICE Sankeys NYC, 29 W 36th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), sankeysnyc.com. It’s time to worship at the altar of New York nightlife! DJ superstars like Honey Dijon and DJ Escape take on the decks each week at this hot venue, and the city’s A-list club kids keep it cute on the dance floor. 8pm; free before midnight/general admission varies.
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 10 KINK Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. The cover’s dirt cheap and the cheap thrills are real dirty at Mischief Matthew and Arsenio Amadis’ kinky weekly party. DJ Blam Sam Ran spins this week as you enjoy titillating BDSM demos. 10pm; $3. ARI GOLD Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Out recording artist Ari Gold takes the stage for an intimate birthday show. An impressive line-up of special guests including Peppermint, Mila Jam, Adam Joseph and
others join the sexy singer. 9:30pm–10:45pm; $25 (plus $12 drink minimum). SHOW TUNES MONDAYS Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. VJ Michael Formika Jones curates the videos for Tony Fornabaio’s Broadway clip showcase. 7pm–1am; free. THE HOUSE OF O Maison O, 98 Kenmare St (btwn Mulberry/Centre Sts), houseofony.com. The legendary Anita Sarko spins an extra special Fash-
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WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington St/West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. Believe the hype: Frankie Sharp’s weekly nightlife throwdown is everything the party boys and clubland gossips say it is and more: slutty go-gos on the runway, club kids kikiing, bro’d out gay boys posing, celebrity guests causing a scene. 10pm; $10. 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. NASTY G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. It’s about to get real nasty at G Lounge. Guest porn stars from some of the industry’s biggest studios shake it
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12 AFTER DARK The DL, 95 Delancey St (@ Ludlow St), facebook.com/michaelformikajonesevents. Get ready for some choreography, fashion and a good ol’ time courtesy of Stars On 33’s LT Thompson. He’ll be bringing the sexy disco realness to Michael Formika Jones’ weekly kiki. Cocktails are on the house 11pm to midnight. Be there, hunty! 10pm; free.
THE WILL CLARK SHOW Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves),
PROHIBITION The Hudson Bond, 215 W 40th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), boiparty.com. Despite what the name implies, very little is prohibited at this party. Join BoiParty.com and Michael Cohen along with hosts Paige Turner and Joe Roszak for a Thursday night party you won’t soon forget. The city’s top gay DJs take turns spinning each week at this fabulous two-story space. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$10 general admission. 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
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willclarkworld.com. Beardonna and Robusta Capp join Will Clark to celebrate the ninth anniversary of his weekly X-rated game show. Tonight’s round of Porno Bingo benefits the cute queer cheerleaders of Cheer New York. 9pm– 11pm; free.
THE HELP Therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com. Pixie Aventura and Bob the Drag Queen are here to help, and honey, clearly you need them! Put yourself in these queens’ capable hands as they per-
WEEK ion Week set at Sloan Morgan’s weekly supper club. Join hosts Amanda Lepore, Paul Alexander and William Francis for this fabulous fête. 9pm–2am; free until 11:30pm/ $5 general admission. THE CURIOUS COOK Slate NYC, 54 W 21st St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), thecuriouscookseries.com. Dallas Dubois hosts this wrap party for the second season of Athena Reich and Jase Grimm’s queer cooking show. DJ Keo Nozari spins and proceeds from the night’s raffle and date auction benefit City Harvest. 7pm–10pm; free.
for the crowd in scandalous live shows each week at this sexed-up Tuesday night party. 10pm; free. I F%#KED BINGO This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com. On Tuesday night, the ladies of Brooklyn play bingo. Merrie Cherry, Horrorchata and Lucy Balls tart-up the game with trivia and shot rounds. This ain’t your granny’s bingo! 10pm–midnight; free.
form at this Hell’s Kitchen fave. DJ Patrick Kuzara will be on the decks and Titos vodka drinks are just $7. 11pm; free. STATIC UNPLUGGED Static Lounge, 28-43 Steinway St (btwn 28th/30th Aves), Astoria, 718-721-8181. Wednesday nights are karaoke night at this Astoria gay bar. Pick your song—and your drink—and sing your heart out. If you ever fantasized about being on MTV’s Unplugged, now’s your chance to make it a reality. Hey, if Miley and Madonna can do it… 6pm–2am; free.
FEBRUARY 13 continue their Thursday night reign with resident DJ W. Jeremy and special guests giving the crowd of nightlife glitterati something to dance about. 11pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission. SNAXX Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Snaxx attacks the Hell’s Kitchen scene once again! DJs Rich King and Gustavo spin their signature mix of butch beats for their usual frisky and furry crowd. 10pm; free. THROW BACK THURSDAYS Boxers HK, 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com.
Take a trip down memory lane at this gay sports bar’s all-new happy hour. Drinks are 2-for-1 until 9pm and the tunes will take you back! 4pm– 9pm; free. HOMO ERECTUS The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com. Will Clark is your special guest host for a Valentine’s Bear-lesque edition of this monthly variety strip show. Don’t miss a night of flesh and fur with performances by cuddly boylesque stars and bearded performers like Cubby Hall, Matthew Silver, Beardonna, Matt Knife, Scary Ben, Jed Ryan and others. 9pm; $10 (plus two drink minimum).
DJ Danny verDe on spinning the granD opening of the out nyc’s all-new nightcluB, Bpm.
he Out NYC reopens its in-house nightclub on February 14, relaunching and rebranding the former XL space as BPM. The name itself—not to mention the all-new, state-of-the-art sound system—makes it clear what the club’s focus will be: the beats. So it’s no surprise that internationally renowned DJ and producer DannyVerde has been tapped to spin the first set at the launch of the revamped venue’s new Friday night party, Click Fridays.Verde has some special treats in store for opening night, so be prepared to spend Valentine’s Day on the dance floor. —JR
It has been an exceptionally cold winter here in New York. How do you plan to heat us up at your February 14 gig at the new XL? DJ Danny Verde
Well, I’m cooking up some hot new beats especially toasted for this event! I will certainly play my last remixes, along with unreleased productions never heard before. It will be a musical journey that touches on house, ’90s, tribal and techno for the darkest hours. Did you know you would be spinning the club’s relaunch? How does it feel to be the first DJ to spin the revamped venue, BPM?
Yes, I knew it, and I feel so excited to come back to New York and see all my friends and fans again. I’ve been at the former XL club a couple of times, and it really represents what I call“the club.” I’m sure that the new enhancements will make it even better. Do you have any new tracks you’ll be premiering in honor of the club’s relaunch?
Sure! I have got a bunch of new mash-ups, and I’ll be premiering some new productions of mine [with] Bent Collective, the duo I’m in with Steven Redant. Obviously, February 14 is also Valentine’s Day. Shouldn’t you be spending the holiday with someone special?
Hopefully, I’ll meet someone special in NewYork! Well, I guess it will already be a pleasure and an amazing night surrounded by many special people and friends who will come especially for this event. What do you think a crowd expects from a DJ set at a place like BPM?
Playing in the U.S. is always challenging due to the length of the sets and the great expectations from the crowd. A DJ must give out buckets of energy from the first to the last minute! I love this challenge, and it allows me to play a range [of] several influences of sounds throughout the night! What do you look for in a track that makes you want to remix it?
Actually, I’ve always been hired to remix tracks. I’m not really the one who chooses them. So I guess I must be pretty lucky, as I’ve only remixed tracks that I really like.What is special to me in a track is the melody line. You might put all the coolest and newest sounds in this world in a dance track, but a great melody is what makes the difference. I always say, if a melody might be played with a guitar and it sounds good, that means that’s the shit! N Danny Verde spins Click Fridays at BPM, 512 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), Feb 14 at 11pm; $20 general admission. Call 212-239-2999 for more info.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY14, 2014 THE ROUNDUP
DateNight2.0 EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HAVE A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY IN GAY NEW YORK—WHATEVER YOUR RELATIONSHIP STATUS. ebruary 14 is the ultimate date night, so you’re going to want to treat your one-andonly to more than just dinner and a movie. A romantic meal is a must, obviously, and some of gay New York’s favorite eateries have some fabulous feasts planned for the big day. As for after-dinner entertainment, it runs the gamut from crazy cabaret shows to haunted horror houses. Check out our dinner and date pairings for couples. We’ve offered some suggestions, but feel free to mix and match to make the date that works best for you and your man. And don’t worry, single boys. We haven’t forgotten about you. Flip to page p.18 for tons of sexy solo activities going down this Friday the 14th. —JR
(left to right) Ktchn, Riposo 46, Riposo 72, Berimbau
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WEEK EAT YOUR HEART OUT: Riposo 46 & Riposo 72 Riposo 46, 667 Ninth Ave (btwn 46th/47th Sts); Riposo 72, 50 W 72nd St (btwn Central Park W/Columbus Ave), riposonyc.com A romantic dinner for two won’t break the bank at either Riposo location. Feast on salad, a signature grilled flatbread and dessert paired with a bottle from tonight’s specialValentine’s wine list. $65 per couple.
Bamboo 52 344 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), bamboo52nyc.com This popular Hell’s Kitchen spot celebrates Valentine’s Day with its Sushi for Lovers special: a large carafe of sake, appetizer, sushi and sashimi sampler and dessert. $48.
Ktchn 508 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), ktchnnyc.com Two boys, four courses—that’s the deal this Valentine’s Day at this chic eatery inside The Out NYC. Classic American comfort dishes like braised beef short ribs and aged cheddar fondue for two will have you both feeling all warm and lovey-dovey. 5pm–11pm; $95 per person/$125 with wine pairing.
Philip Marie 569 Hudson St (@ W 11th St), philipmarie.com The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu at this cozy West Village restaurant is pretty extensive: aphrodisiac oysters to start, grilled wild boar filet, Chocolate Bleeding Heart… and that’s not even the half of it! $69 per person/$99 with wine pairing.
Virgola 28 Greenwich Ave (btwn W 10th/Charles Sts), virgolanyc.com This sexy West Village Italian wine and seafood bar is offering gay lovebirds a special treat for their romantic evening. Just use promo code“Next” when making reservations and you’ll get a complimentary bottle of Prosecco with any Virgola seafood platter.
Berimbau 43CarmineSt(btwnBleecker/BedfordSts),berimbaunyc.comTake yourValentine out for a romantic Brazilian experience. It may still be chilly outside but three courses at Berimbau should heat things up. $40 per person.
DATE EXPECTATIONS: Queen of the Night The Paramount Hotel, 235 W 46th St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), queenofthenightnyc.com This thrilling, immersive theater experience is like Sleep No More meets Cirque du Soleil with a major injection of glamour. It’s also one of the hottest tickets in town right now, so your Valentine will definitely be impressed that you were able to swing it! 7:30pm and 7:40pm; $250–$350.
Blood Manor: Bloody Valentine 163 Varick St (btwn Vandam/Charlton Sts), bloodmanor.com There’s nothing like a Valentine’s Day massacre to scare your sweetheart right into your arms. New York’s infamous haunted house opens its doors to all you twisted romantics for a special V Day bloodbath. 7:30pm– 1am; $30–$45 in advance/$35 general admission.
In the Garden Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave (@ 27th St), museumofsex.comThis Midtown temple to erotic art offers several indulgent packages for couples this Valentine’s Day. Browse the museum’s galleries before settling into the intimate new Play Bar for cocktails and a six-course tasting menu. Plus, the MoSex Sex Kit for Two should give you something to do once you get home! 6pm and 8pm; $84–$321.
Babeland Pop-Up Flower Shop Babeland Brooklyn, 462 Bergen St (btwn Fifth/Flatbush Aves), Park Slope, babeland.com Cupid and Eros meet and get freaky-deeky at Babeland on Valentine’s Day. Bring your boo to this queer-friendly feminist sex shop to pick out some treats and toys and pick up some gorgeous blossoms—of the floral variety—courtesy of the flower architects of Stems Flowershop. Spend $75 on your sexccessories and get 20 percent off your lovers’ bouquet.
Mary Lambert Live SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St (btwn Mott/Mulberry Sts), subculturenewyork.com Celebrate your same love at this Valentine’s Day concert. Fresh from her Grammys gig with Macklemore and Madonna, out singer Mary Lambert takes the stage at this intimate venue. Special meet-andgreet tickets get you and your lover access to soundcheck, cocktail hour with Lambert, autographed photos and front-row seats to the show. 10pm; $25–$50.
Suit Suit Chrystie 141, 141 Chrystie St (@ Delancey St), muffinheadland.com “Performance absurdist”Muffinhead and Juliette Campbell bring you this vintage modern dance cabaret. DJ Scott Ewalt spins throughout the evening as both avant-garde and classic cabaret performers like Iggy Berlin and Nacissister entertain the crowd at this glamorous Art Deco-inspired venue. 10pm; $15.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY14, 2014
Single andLovi n g It! LEAVE THE ROMANCE TO THE LOVEBIRDS AND GET READY FOR A WILD SOLO V DAY!
hether you’re chronically single, getting over a recent break-up or a card-carrying member of the lonely hearts club, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, there’s no reason to stay home alone. Get out there and make some magic happen for yourself, queen! Something tells us there will be plenty of other single gays out there looking for a new sweetheart, too. Until Mr. Right comes along, find Mr. Right Now at these parties. —JR
LOOKING FOR: A ROMANTIC CROONER
Uncle Charlie’s Valentine’s Day Party
LOOKING FOR: A CIRCUIT BOY 3-WAY
it as DJ Damian Cote spins and filthy furry dudes enjoy $15 Bud and Bud Light pitchers all night. 10pm; free.
Click Fridays: BPM Grand Opening
LOOKING FOR: NYU DORM TROUBLE
BPM, 516 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), 212-2392999. Fall in love with this revamped Hell’s Kitchen mega-club at The Out NYC. DJ Danny Verde spins the newly christened BPM’s opening-night set (see p.15) on the venue’s all-new, state-of-the-art sound system. 11pm; $20 general admission. LOOKING FOR: A YOUNG PORN PUP
Berlin: Bloody Valentine Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vossnyc.com. Take your bleeding heart to Berlin by way of57thStreet,asBrandonVossandBoiPartyskewerVDay. DJ Hector Fonseca spins for a main room full of eligible bachelors, while Cazwell and the CockyBoys get dirty in the Dark Room. Meanwhile, Lady Bunny provides the soundtrack for the burlesque-themed KitKatClub downstairs. 10pm; free before 11pm/$10 general admission. LOOKING FOR: A DADDY BEAR
Piggy Bear The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), eaglenyc.com. Forget the cutesy stuffed animals and candy hearts—the Valentine’s edition of the Urban Bear’s monthlypartyispureman-meat!Hairygo-gobearsshake
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V Day Underwear Party
Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), unclecharliesnyc.com. Serenade the dudes at Uncle Charlie’s tonight as the Midtown piano bar celebratesValentine’s Day with a night of karaoke. 7pm; free. LOOKING FOR: A LUCIOUS PAIR OF LIPS
Pieces,8ChristopherSt(btwnSixthAve/GaySt),piecesbar.com.With all the single boys looking for love tonight, this monthly underwear party should be hotter than ever. Check your clothes for $2 well drinks all night and see what kind of trouble you can get into in the dark room as VJ ohRicky sets the mood. Midnight; free.
Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com With DJ JRoc spinning pop andTop 40 hits all night, you’re sure to meet a cute boy for some smooching at this Hell’s Kitchen hotspot. The drinks are cheap, but the kisses are free—both the Hershey’s and the real ones! 9pm; free.
LOOKING FOR: A DUDE WITh BELLY DANCER MOVES
LOOKING FOR: A DIRTY BOY OF COLOR
Läal Räat: Desilicious Red Party
My Kinky Valentine
Pachita, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), sholayevents.com. Love! Lust! Bollywood beats! CelebrateValentine’s Day Desilicious-style with music by Ashu Rai and Atif as they transform Pachita into a sultry den of love. 10pm; $10 before 11:30pm/$20 general admission.
Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Valentine’s Day gets dirty as Onyx NY’s leathermen of color take over Rockbar. Mr. Eagle NYC 2014, CeeJay, will be on hand to give out love taps to kinky boys. Wear your hottest fetish duds for the Sexy Gear Contest. 10pm; $3.
LOOKING FOR: A hOT JOCK
LOOKING FOR: A NEIGhBORhOOD FLING
Gotham Knights Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
Valentine’s Day Party
Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. What better way to spendValentine’s Day than with a bunch of sexy jocks? NewYork’s gay rugger buggers will be raising funds with games and giveaways “that would make Cupid blush.”8pm–11pm; free.
Hombres Lounge, 85-28 37th Ave (btwn 85th/86th Sts), Jackson Heights, hombreslounge.com. The queens of Queens have a red-hot V Day planned as DJ Eddie Cruz and a whole bunch of sexy single boys spice up this Jackson Heights lounge. 10pm; free.
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BearDeD yogi Jason patrick Brings a weekenD of fun introspection to the ace hotel to Benefit goD’s love we Deliver.
his time last year Jason Patrick— a.k.a. The Bearded Yogi—threw a small birthday party that doubled as a fundraiser for one of his favorite organizations in the city: God’s Love We Deliver. He raised about $5,000 for the food assistance program, but he knew that he wanted to—and could—do more. He went to work getting commitments from sponsors and famous friends to help throw a weekend-long yoga event that combined his love of the Eastern spiritual practice, philanthropy on behalf of God’s Love, and a birthday party for himself. This weekend’s events are the culmination of those efforts, and his goal is to raise $100,000 for the organization. Patrick’s story really begins a few years earlier, though. In 2009, he was living a relatively carefree life at a yoga ashram in the Bahamas. Later, he traveled, studying and teaching yoga in Canada for a time, before discovering that he had contracted HIV. “In that process I came back to the states and I came back to New York and it was a time for recovery as well for me and it was time for me to take care of my health,” the out yogi recalls. As part of his recovery, he became increasingly involved in two organizations: CallenLorde Community Health Center, where he received the medical care he needed, and God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that he’d first encountered in 2003 when a friend who volunteered as a meal delivery driver brought him along for a transformative day of service. “I got to see a lot of stuff,” he remembers. “It really touched me, it made me feel really good.” Recovery is also part of what makes Patrick’s story so compelling. “I don’t mention that much unless it helps people,” he admits, “but I [succumbed to addiction] and put myself in harm’s way. I’d become HIV-positive and it does become part of my story.”
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Jason Patrick; (inset) Parker Posey
To help him make this year’s fundraiser as successful as he possibly could, he reached out to his friend, actor Edward Norton, as well as Norton’s wife, Shauna Robertson. “They created Crowdrise, an online platform for crowd funding,” Patrick explains. “So I worked with their executive team and we built this beautiful page.” He also got in touch with good friend April Bloomfield, owner of The Breslin at The Ace Hotel. “They graciously said that they’re going to sponsor [Big Love Weekend] and that they’re going to host it.”
What exactly will be going down over the course of the two-day event, you ask? On Saturday, Patrick has organized a series of yoga-based workshops that he’s calling the “Wellness Day” where he’ll turn The Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall into a bona fide yoga temple. K. Krishnan Namboodiri will lead a Puja (prayer) ceremony. Later, Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self Love and Miracles, will give a talk, and Britton Darby will lead a Hatha-inspired yoga session with live music by Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire, with other events to follow. On Sunday, Patrick plans to throw the party half of the weekend. Starting
at 7:30pm he’ll have food and drinks catered by The Breslin, as well as performances by The Pharoahs, Christine Cole, Robert Lock and Anny Finnestad, in addition to an appearance by actress Parker Posey. And at 10:30pm the evening will turn into a dance bash with beats by DJs Andre and Natasha Blank. Anyone can party, but whether you’re a fellow yogi, or have never even heard of Lululemon, don’t be shy. “This is an introduction to my world,” Patrick says. “A beginner could be in there. There’s going to be nothing that’s intense—a nice Hatha class, which is a very gentle session. It’s accessible to anyone.” —Alex Erikson
Big Love Weekend at Liberty Hall in The Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St (@ Broadway), Sat Feb 15 from 11am–5pm and Sun Feb 16 at 7:30pm; $50 for party only/$108 for Wellness Day or party/$216 for entire weekend. Visit beardedyogi.com for more info.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 AMERICAN SONGBOOK: JONATHAN GROFF Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway (@ 60th St), americansongbook.org. Pretty much the only reason we’re still watching Looking is Jonathan Groff’s supernatural charisma. Catch the Tony-nominated “Rock Hudson of the 21st Century”—whatever that means—when he takes the stage as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. 7:30pm and 9:30pm; $30–$200. EVOLUTION DISCO Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Isa
Bella Dona and Connie host this celebration of community, equality and disco presented by TSISM Emperor XXII Wen-D Bouvier Pinkhouse, Empress XXVII Gracie Steeles and the Imperial Court of New York. Be there for the silent auction, 50/50 raffle and special performances emceed by Twinkle Montgomery and Tony Monteleone. 6:30pm–9:30pm; free. HEY QUEEN! Littlefield, 622 Degraw St (btwn Third/Fourth Aves), Gowanus, heyqueen.org. Everyone knows Stevie Nicks is the real Supreme, and tonight the queens of Hey Queen!
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DWORLD UNDERWEAR PARTY: LONG UNDERWEAR EDITION The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. Daniel Nardicio isn’t going to let this frigid winter stop him from throwing one of his infamous underwear parties. Strip down to your long johns and party with all the naughty boys at this special long underwear edition of this sexy soirée. 10pm; $10 in advance/$15 general admission. CUBHOUSE The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), the-
stonewallinnnyc.com. It’s the furriest beer blast in Sheridan Square. DJ Joe Fiore spins and hosts this weekly afternoon party for fuzzy fellas and the gays who love them. All bottled beers are just $3, well drinks are $4 till 9pm and the hot dogs are free. 4pm–10pm; free. THE MEETING Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. Host Justin Sayre and his International Order of Sodomites continue their three-month run at this downtown cabaret institution. This month’s show pays tribute to
WEEK celebrate the Gold Dust Woman. DJs J Lamar and Average Jo spin enough Stevie tracks and remixes to hold you over until Night of a Thousand Stevies this spring. 11pm; $5 before midnight/$7 general admission. CUBSCOUT Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. DJ Jack Davenport and host Brian Pizza are your scoutmasters at this summer camp-themed party. Scruffy go-go boys shaking it to a pop, disco and house soundtrack will have you pitching a tent in no time. 10pm; free.
Bernadette Peters. Special guests take the stage to perform numbers in honor of the Broadway legend. 9:30pm; $20 (plus $12 drink minimum). VANDAM Le Baron, 32 Mulberry St (@ Mosco St), susannebartsch.com. The venue may have changed but the party is just as fabulous as ever. Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny continue to thrill the children at this chic Chinatown boite. DJ Johnny Dynell is still rocking the dance floor while DJ Will Automagic pumps the beats downstairs. 11pm; free.
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A Great Big World
The Right Track
Hipsters and Divas
By Keo Nozari Disclosure kills it with mary J. Blige, while a great Big worlD anD Bastille continue to Delight.
hat turns a hipster song into a gay anthem? Just add a mix featuring a popular diva! U.K. duo Disclosure (brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence) have done just that. First, they finished their three-night stint at Terminal 5 in January by bringing out Mary J Blige as a surprise addition to their song “F For You.” Then they released the studio version and video of the track—and it’s an utterly tantalizing mid-90s house throwback. The original version, which doesn’t feature Blige, appeared on their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle, released last June. A remix by TEED also appeared on their subsequent disc Settle (The Remixes), released in December. But Blige brings the track to a whole new level and will undoubtedly bring new fans and excitement to the duo. Another hipster-esque pair—this time from Brooklyn— also found success by adding a diva into the mix of their eclectic lineup. A Great Big World landed a great big world-wide hit after adding Christina Aguilera to their song “Say Something.” They are a band worthy of their success and what’s even better is that “Say Something” is not the only gay-anthemic moment on their new album Is There Anybody Out There. “Everyone is Gay” is an adorable ditty where Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino humorously encourage gay people to be themselves, straight people to procreate (so they can make gay babies, of course!) and tout bisexuals as the best of the bunch because “You’ve got so
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many options/every fish in the sea wants to kiss you.” The song’s core message (“We’re all somewhere in the middle/and we’re all just looking for love to change the world”) could not be sweeter. After the beautiful-but-sad “Say Something,” what’s perhaps most surprising about the album is how uplifting, upbeat, happy and even humorous much of it is. Album opener “Rockstar” is an ode to not giving up on childhood dreams, as is “I Really Want It.” The vaudeville-inspired tracks “Land of Opportunity” and “Cheer Up!”— which could easily be a future Sesame Street segment—are equally elevating. There’s a lot of heart here. And fans of “Say Something” will still find some sensitive moments, too, like “Already Home,” “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” and “You’ll Be Okay.” There’s also something about the emotion, storytelling and production on the album that has a modern Broadway feel to it—we wouldn’t be surprised if these guys write a great Broadway show (or Disney musical) at some point in their career. Finally, while another male band, Britian’s Bastille, is already storming the charts with their hit single, “Pompeii” off their new album Bad Blood, is it only a matter of time before they add a diva into the mix of one of their tracks? May our gay diva prayers come true! In the meantime, there are some partyready remixes of “Pompeii” by Audien, Kat Krazy Monsieur Adi and Tyde. N
DOIN’ IT WELL sarah paxton in Love and Air Sex
Reel Love Love and Air Sex
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ilmmaker Yoruba Richen says she was inspired to make her new documentary The New Black after the 2008 election when marriage equality activists blamed the African-American community for Proposition 8 passing in California. The accomplished director, known for Promised Land, her documentary on postapartheid South Africa, spent three years trying to understand the issue of gay rights within the black community, the moral and political center of which still lies within the church. How could a community defined by civil rights turn their back on the oppressed? The New Black, which has its US premiere at Film Forum, explores that question against the back-
LGBT POC karess taylor hughes in The New Black
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t seems that Aquamarine is all grown up. You’d barely recognize Sara Paxton, the former child actress who starred as the titular mermaid in the 2006 tween hit, as she mimes graphic sex during the climax of the new rom com Love and Air Sex (Tribeca Films). She’s foul-mouthed, tatted and—most importantly—hilarious as Kara, a recently single and volatile jewelry designer. In fact, the entire cast of Bryan Poyser’s raunchy sex comedy is refreshingly fun—a nice surprise from a film that, on paper, hardly stands out from a crowded field of mumbly, festival comedies about poor losers in love. More surprising, it’s a rather touching break-up movie, albeit one buried under a few layers of gratuitous filth— the film opens with two orgasms. Cloverfield’s Michael Stahl-David stars as heartbroken Los Angeles screenwriter Stan who impulsively books a trip to Austin after Facebook alerts him that his ex-girlfriend Cathy (Ashley Bell) will be in town. Once in Texas he is reunited with his taco truck-owning best friend played by Zach Cregger (of The Whitest Kids U’ Know fame) who is also attempting to get over a breakup from his girlfriend, the aforementioned Kara. Stahl-David and Bell charm with their adorable aweshucks cluelessness, the perfect balance to Paxton and Creggers’ volcanic chemistry. It works so well, Love and Air Sex hardly needs the gimicky (and very real) coitus competition plot line, which reads like a bad piece of product placement rather than a Napoleon Dynamite-style WTF moment. —Benjamin Solomon
drop of Maryland’s 2012 marriage equality fight. Richen follows three women of color trying to put an end to what one calls “the unfinished business of black people being free.” But she also follows the opposition, many of whom are candid about their beliefs. (“Gay is a white man’s disease that got on us,” says one.) She finds a deep struggle between faith and sexual orientation, even amongst activists. And though things are changing—Maryland’s equality bill passed—it appears the power to sway votes, and hearts, still lies with the clergy. “People who have been trampled upon to feel power need to trample on someone else,” says one activist. Blame the black clergy or blame the black community for Prop 8 passing; it seems that to achieve full equality trampling on anyone should end once and for all. —BS
rebecca hall and morgan spector in Machinal; Debra messing in Outside Mullingar
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Curtain Up Machinal Loot Outside Mullingar
ollowing their superb revival of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy, the Roundabout has outdone itself with a riveting production of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 drama, Machinal. Directed with precision by Lyndsey Turner in a lavish Art Deco-inspired production, Machinal stars Rebecca Hall in her Broadway debut as a “Young Woman” trapped by society in a loveless marriage whose solution to break free has disastrous consequences. With Suzanne Bertish as her overbearing mother, Michael Cumpsty as her suffocating husband and the incredibly sexy Morgan Spector as her lover, Hall manages to radiate the passion of a life unfulfilled under the cool exterior of a woman kept in her place. Despite the abrupt ending that leaves the audience wondering if the play is over, Machinal is a haunting piece of theater we’re not likely to see again for a long time. As for the Red Bull Theater’s limp and misguided revival of Joe Orton’s dazzling black comedy, Loot, the less said the better. The individual elements are there: talented actors who could play these roles if directed properly and adequate (if uninspired) sets, costumes and lighting, etc. But the problem is one of style and tone, two issues director Jesse Berger has struggled with since starting the theater company 10 years ago. Some critics have proclaimed Outside Mullingar to be John Patrick Shanley’s best work since Doubt, and perhaps that’s true. But considering how awful the last few Shanley offerings have been (Defiance, Romantic Poetry and Storefront Church, anyone?) that’s faint praise, indeed! Starring Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne as two neighboring Irish landlords searching for middle-aged love, Outside Mullingar is sweet, adorable and harmless, even if the only Irish stereotype Shanley has forgotten to include is a leprechaun wearing a four-leaf clover and wielding a shillelagh. The cast, including the wonderful Peter Maloney as O’Byrne’s father
Machinal plays through Mar 2 at the Roundabout (227 W 42nd St, RoundaboutTheatre.org). Loot plays through Feb 9 at the Lucille Lortel (121 Christopher St, RedBullTheater.com). Outside Mullingar plays through Mar 16 at MTC’s Samuel Friedman (261 W 47th St, ManhattanTheatreClub.com).
Cabaret Confidential PHOTO: ROY TAN
By David Hurst
and Dearbhla Molloy as Messing’s mother, is so terrific that you’ll forgive a lot, especially since there are some beautifully written scenes that play nicely on John Lee Beatty’s lovely sets. But the ending—just the last few minutes, in which O’Byrne’s character makes a startling revelation that comes out of nowhere and makes absolutely no sense—is hugely disappointing. N
en years after closing, Taboo sings again February 7 and 8 at 54 Below (254 W 54th St, 54Below.com) as a benefit for BC/EFA. Starring Matthew Rowland as Boy George and Samuel Buttery as Leigh Bowery—both of whom are reprising their roles from the 2012 London revival—the show also features many from the original Broadway cast. Taboo’s original musical director and arranger, John McDaniel, will serve again as musical director of the event and is presenting it along with Amanda Sales. The 92nd St Y (1395 Lexington Ave @ 92nd St, 92Y.org) continues their“Lyrics and Lyricists” series with Sweepin’ the Clouds Away: Boom, Bust and High Spirits from February 22–24. Featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Christine Andreas, Erin Dilly, Klea Blackhurst and Jason Graae, this show of songs from the Great Depression will leave your toes tapping to the likes of Gershwin, Blake and Porter. Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year series (123 W 43rd St, TheTownHall.org) kicks off its series of quarter-century salutes on February 24 with The Broadway Musicals of 1915–1939, starring Tonya Pinkins, Beth Leavel, Carolee Carmello, Stephanie J. Block, Karen Akers, Emily Skinner, Julia Murney, Kerry O’Malley and Camille Saviola. Handsome Aaron Lazar will add testosterone! Dory Previn, a prolific lyricist whose works include “The Theme from the Valley of the Dolls,” will be the focus of celebration by The Vineyard Theater during their annual gala at The Edison Ballroom (240 W 47th St, VineyardTheatre.org) on February 24. Performers include: Alan Cumming, Billy Porter, Zachary Quinto, Ana Gasteyer, Judy Kuhn, Kate Baldwin, Montego Glover and Veanne Cox. N
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Tavola 488 Ninth Ave (btwn 37th/38th Sts)
By Peter Sherwood warming wafts of pizza baking briskly in the 7,000 pound wood-burning oven delivered all the way from Naples greeted my fella and I as we entered Tavola. The bustling, garrulous crowd seated around the center sharing table was cheerful, while lone wolves hunched over the capacious bar contentedly fiddled with their blue-lit smartphones. Owner Nick Accardi (Cola’s, Rocco’s) smoothly operates the former Manganaro’s space under a tin ceiling and slowly spinning fans as if it were his own personal dining room at home—and I suppose it is, as he convivially translates the titular Tavola to a most welcoming “table,” fully explaining the rustic cuisines of Puglia, Sicily, Rome and Sardinia to his guests. A full-bodied Super Tuscan red hinted at leather and cherry notes while a white Falanghina was light and slightly frizzante. Our puffy
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pizza arrived with a crisped crust and a soft center, Neapolitan style—what’s amazing is that in the highly heated oven, the whole baking process takes only a shocking 90 seconds or so! Once the “leoparding” is achieved, creating the blistered spots on the dough, the pizza is done. Braised cubes of pancetta and Brussels sprouts topped ours, along with melted mozzarella, pungent Pecorino Toscano and whole peppercorns. The steaming pie was further embelleshed with an emerald green olive oil from Sicily, and althugh it appeared temptingly tantalizing upon arrival, we patiently allowed it to cool before greedily devouring every slice. Crisp romaine and Parmigiano-Reggiano were embraced by a basil-infused dressing with intermingling flavors of anchovy, lemon and parsley. We ventured forth into lush, salty fired-up artichokes with arugula and shavings of pointed, aged Grana cheese. Our pick for pasta was
pappardelle, it’s creamy folds tossed with a fit of cremini mushrooms in a rapturous veal and wild boar ragu. It would have been enough to just spend an evening alone with a huge bowl of the stuff! Brussels sprouts with pancetta and more Pecorino Toscano cheese were a divine mouthful. Brasciola was akin to a refined Italian meatloaf of sorts, stuffed with cubes of Pecorino Romano and a simmering side of brown lentils that had been slowly stewed in chicken stock with a mirepoix—a mixture of chopped carrots, onions and celery. We playfully clashed forks fighting over who would get the last bite. A thick breast of chicken alla Romana was tender and lemony with the fine flavor of the grill clinging to it. Sides of roasted potatoes and thick shards of artichokes were the perfect pairing. We were, at best, ill-prepared for the outrageous handmade cannoli with shells flown in from Italy that were fried in pork fat from Italian
pigs! Such a treat with Sicilian pistachios (the most expensive in the world, but still the dessert was moderately priced at $7.50) and candied bits of oranges. Enchanting chestnuts followed, having been roasted on a seasonal open fire, of course. N
PRICES: Appetizers: $7.75– $15.75; Entrées: $10–$27.95; Alcohol: wine, beer.
SHORT ORDER: Solid, rustic fare takes a festive crowd on a tour of Italy.
PETER’S PICKS: veal and wild boar pappardelle; chicken alla Romana; cannoli fried in pig fat
PETER’S PANS: No pans—on the contrary—we’re glad that crazy old combative woman from the decrepit Manganaro’s has left the building.
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By Peter Sherwood
Harlow beverage director Tyler Drinkwater’s The Jaime Dole puts a tropical spin on mulled spirits.
The Jaime Dole Ingredients:
2 oz Casamigos silver tequila 4 oz mulled pineapple juice splash of Combier orange liqueur ½ cup each dry ingredients for the mulled juice: Cloves Star anise Dried orange peel Dried lemon peel Allspice 6 whole sticks cinnamon one gallon pinapple juice
Directions: 1. To make the mulled juice, heat one gallon of pineapple juice in a large pot over a low flame and then add 1/2 cup each of dry ingredients and cinnamon sticks. 2. Simmer and stir occasionally for an hour. 3. Take off the heat and let cool, ideally overnight, resting with the spices, adjusting to taste. 4. Strain the spices through a fine mesh strainer. And set remaining mulled pineapple juice aside. 5. Use 4 oz of the mulled pineapple juice, 2 oz tequila and a splash of Combier in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass.
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THE SPLAT EFFECT SHOOTING BLANKS
BETTER OFF BLUE-BALLED
THE BIGGER THE BETTER Trelino & Landon Conrad (inset) in Size Matters
By Manuel Hung & Rod Steely
Size Matters Raging Stallion, 1-877-327-0707, MonsterBang.com, RagingStallion.com
he true measure of a man is how he treats someone whose penis is smaller than his.
ROD: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks—but you can throw an older daddy new twinks! In all four of these scenes, the older, wiser guy teaches his young trick how to take it like a man. And who better to start the teaching than Boomer Banks. How the hell did this guy wind up with a cock that big? I’d need a blood transfusion just to get an erection that size. When I look at Banks’ cock, I think of every littledicked guy I’ve ever dated who had to suffer so Banks could have it all. MANUEL: During one of Banks’ more aggressive moments topping, it finally dawned on me who this tall, exotic, horsehung Raging Stallion exclusive reminds me of: Khal Drogo, the Dothraki warrior married to Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game of Thrones. But it was Trelino, Banks’ boyish bottom, who got most of my attention. After wrapping his dick-sucking lips around Banks’ 10 inches and then getting his flawless hole tongued-bathed, Trelino squatted down in what I call “froggy-style” and took a seemingly endless 15 relentless minutes of Banks banging. This caramel hottie has thick thighs and a smooth bubble booty that would make any warrior want to unsheathe his sword and start stabbing. ROD: I couldn’t tell if that was a look of ecstasy or terror on Trelino’s face. Same with the way he moaned—was he begging for mercy or begging for more? MANUEL: This opening scene left me begging for more Trelino. Luckily, two scenes later, I got to enjoy Armond Rizzo—a petit but muscular young bottom with a handsome face and thick gorgeous jet-black curls. Rizzo, whom I first lusted after at Hustlaball this past October, is the kind of eager-to-please bottom you can manhandle, which is exactly what Trenton Ducati does.
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ROD: I loved seeing big, buff Ducati grab Rizzo around his tiny waist and hoist him upside down so he could eat Rizzo’s little ass—without Ducati ever getting up out of his armchair. MANUEL: Size matters, as the title says, but especially with hot little boyish bottoms like Trelino and Rizzo, size difference matters even more. ROD: When I’m looking for boys who are shaved within an inch of their lives, I go to Falcon, but this is Raging Stallion, so one would expect their twinks to have a little more hair on them, like Seamus O’Reilly. This ginger has a furry chest and ass that Landon Conrad loved putting his face in. I
loved Conrad picking up O’Reilly mid-fuck to try a new position without pulling out or missing a beat. MANUEL: We also get three bonus scenes, including the Raging Stallion porn debut of French phenom François Sagat, in Hard as Wood (2005). Top Michael Brandon, not to be upstaged by his bottom’s gob-stopping cumshot, wipes up Sagat’s crème de men(the), re-lubes his own dick with it, and plunges back into Sagat’s muscle ass. And don’t miss the bonus scene from Port of Entry (2006), where Tristan Jaxx delivers a nine-spurt cumshot you have to see to believe. It gives new meaning to the phrase “streaming video.” N
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