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NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 21.35 FEB 21, 2014

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Where to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race PLUS: ELAINE STRITCH IN HER GOLDEN YEARS AND MORE!


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26 IN STRITCHES FILM Sassy 89-year-old Elaine Stritch opens up in the new doc Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.

THE NEXUS 4 4 6 7 8 8 42

The Week in Photos Commentary: We need to preserve our gay historical legacy. Getting Personal with Tammie Brown What’s Next Now: Friends and Lovers Commentary: So, what’s going to happen on this season of Drag Race? Gay DD Shot in the Dark

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Calendar of Events Bar Crawl: Jason Hellinger comes back to New York from Philly to hit up these party spots. The Roundup: Where to watch Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. When I Knew: New Kids on the Block helped Scott Sosebee know. Nightlife: Will Clark bids farewell to his popular Porno Bingo party after nine long years. Brief Encounter: Sherry Vine reads her friends as she gets ready for a big birthday roast. Bars + Clubs Map

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Reel Love Curtain Up The Right Track Outwords: Joseph Huff-Hannon on his anthonlogy of queer Russian love stories. Eats Bottoms Up Double Take

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Business Directory

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Love & Leather raises funds at Housing Works • BPM officially debuts with Click Fridays • Nasty Pig opens a new store

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

PRESERVING OUR SHARED HISTORY HISTORIC SITES OF GAY IMPORTANCE SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION FROM THE CITY.

ne of the great things about New York is that we’re not just surrounded by great gay culture every day, but also by some of the world’s most important gay history as well. Walking through the cobblestone streets of the West Village or among the former tenements of the East Village, the rich physical history of the gay men who have come before us can provide places to gather in memoriam, celebration and gratitude for the lives we live today. It can also continue to educate young gays on how we got here. But only if we know about them. New York has always been focused on the new, but it’s important to preserve links to our past as well. This is even more necessary for the gay community, whose relationship to the past is often tenuous at best. That’s why the new campaign to recognize and protect gay landmarks in New York, launched last week by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, is something that’s worth your attention. The state and federal government have recognized sites such as the Stonewall Inn for their connections to gay history, but the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has never rec-

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THE WILL CLARK SHOW @ UNCLE CHARLIE’S Musical chanteuse Beardonna tickled the ivories at the ninth anniversary of Will Clark’s popular weekly event featuring Porno Bingo.


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“I imagine myself as one of those psychics that go to a house, close their eyes and feel a presence. It just comes!”—Singer Xavier on how he chooses the songs to perform at his annual Valentine’s Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute at Joe’s Pub

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“There is a resistance from the current landmarks preservation commision.” Spring Street and the Provincetown Playhouse and Apartments, these designations are even more urgent. The Greenwich Village Historic District, which contains many sites tied to gay history, was formed two months prior to the riots at Stonewall Inn. As a result, the designation report contains no mention of the bar’s tremendous importance to the birth of hte gay rights movement, and the LPC is not currently obligated to consider that history. Similarly, that 1969 report contains no mention of the 1966 “sip-ins” for gay rights that took place at Julius’ Bar, another landmark event for gay rights. “I think there is a resistance from the current landmarks preservation commission,” says GVSHP executive director Andrew Berman. “We have been asking and getting elected officials, LGBT organizations, neighborhood groups and preservation organizations, as well as average New Yorkers, to write to the mayor and the landmarks preservation commission urging them to move ahead with this as soon as possible.” There are a number of measures the LPC could take to change this situation, including amending the original report or giving the landmarks individual designations. To preserve our past for the sake of the future, let’s hope one of these actions soon come to pass. In the meantime, write the mayor. N

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ognized any such site. The current push by GVSHP is asking the LPC to recognize and protect important gay landmarks including Stonewall, Julius’Bar and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse. This is important because, whereas state and federal designations are largely honorific, city designation can actually save sites from the wrecking ball. After the recent destruction of 1970s gay activist house 186

AS NEW YORK GEARS up for another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race this week (and all the boisterous bar events that entails, see p.14) a standout contestant from the first season of the drag competition show is also coming to town, bringing her unique brand of wacky humor with her. With her retro look and penchant for off-the-wall statements, Tammie Brown made an immediate impression on the first season of Drag Race, and later on Drag Race: All Stars. Starting February 22, she’s bringing her new show, Walking Children In Nature, to the Laurie Beechman, which will feature Brown’s original songs and music. “I must say Tina Turner is a real motivator in my music. Jimmy Buffet, the Talking Heads, a lot of disco and even the old time entertainers from the golden age of Hollywood. I have a creative partner that I work with on some of my songs, or I will write some myself. It’s all very organic.”

CHOOSE ONE: WINTER ACCESSORY

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CHOOSE ONE: SHIRLEY TEMPLE MOVIE

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The Little Princess. Great story and fun! What are some tips that you have for kids who want to start doing drag? When you do drag, do it for yourself. It’s your god-given expression. Oh, and be nice! What would be your advice to anyone looking to get more involved with helping children? Good question. Listen to their needs. We all can be mentors.

What’s a trend you wish would die? You don’t have to wish for them to die, they always pass. What was the best part about appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race? The recognition. I love the fans and I am living my dream. What would be your words of advice to this season’s Drag Race contestants? Ride the wave and have appreciation. And respect your fans. Who has had the biggest influence the drag that you do? Lady Bunny, Josephine Baker, Joan Crawford and even Dottie West. Where did the idea for tammie Brown come from? I always wanted to be doing drag and be in showbiz. It’s all me. Dynamite!


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>>> WHAT’S NEXT NOW FRIENDS & LOVERS quickly this neighborhood was developing and that there was a need for live entertainment in this part of Brooklyn,” says Sosa. “We are both pretty passionate about this community.” Every Thursday, Friends & Lovers hosts the weekly queer party Starlite Thursday—an homage to Starlite Lounge—that features a rotating roster of DJs inclusing Sean McMahill, Bright Light Bright Light and Dandylion. Queer music blogger Homoground also presents a monthly queer music showcase at the bar on the first Saturday of each month. “There is a large queer community in Crown Heights, Bed Stuy, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights,”says Sosa.“We want to give them a place to mingle, and a weekly party made the most sense.”—WP

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WHEN ERIC SOSA, the co-owner of new Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers (641 Classon Avenue), decided to open an establishment in the area, one of the main reasons was because he wanted to foster a sense of community in the neighborhood. When asked to describe the intimately lit, month-old venue in one sentence, he says that it’s“a bar with music created by locals for locals.” Along with his business partner Diana Mora—the co-owner of Long Island City restaurant El Ay Si—Sosa is also trying to fill a particular void in the Brooklyn neighborhood, left by the closing of the gay-friendly bar Starlite Lounge, which had long been a staple of the Crown Heights community. “We are long-time residents of Crown Heights. We saw how

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Overheard:

“I don’t have a No. 1 favorite exercise. I prefer compound moves like squats, bench presses and deadlifts.” —Gym and Fitness Issue model Keith Dorsch in last week’s Model Minute on The Nexus

BY KAREEM MCJAGGER

START YOUR ENGINES REVIEWING THE RUMORS ABOUT THE FATE OF THE NEW YORK QUEENS ON THIS SEASON OF RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE.

umors about this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race have been flying around the New York nightlife scene since Bianca Del Rio mysteriously disappeared last summer, booking replacements for her numerous weekly gigs. But now that the premiere is upon us (February 24 at 9pm), even more people have been pointing and whispering when the New York queens from this season’s cast enter a venue. Del Rio, Vivacious and Milk all made their marks on their various scenes before appearing on the show, and from what I’ve heard, one of them makes quite the splash this season. Back in August, a nightlife host with loose lips told me that Ebonee Excell was on the show and was first to go home. Given mainstream media’s apparent inability to tell black folks apart, I have to assume they were talking about Vivacious. I’ve heard little about Milk’s on-set adventures from this season, but in a hilarious case of mistaken identity, Terra Grenade’s name was superimposed on Milk’s meet-the-cast photo (I first saw a photo on Bob the Drag Queen’s Facebook timeline). Those of us who knew Grenade could tell that she was not actually on the show despite the striking resemblance. But several people took the Photoshop snafu seriously, and at one point, RuPaul tweeted a different graphic with Grenade’s name in the cast. Terra played along for a while, thanking her new fans for their support on her social media channels and even posting a humorous video about her supposed time on set. However, the most tea to be spilled is about Bianca Del Rio, who is rumored to have had great success on the show. “She is top three,” an anonymous source told us. “Adore Delano and Courtney Act are the other two in there with her.” I personally spoke with someone close to this

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BY JOHN RUSSELL

FEBRUARY 21, 2014

Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? are alex minsky and ellen page in talks to revive The Comeback with miss piggy? read on...

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Research at LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY suggests that THC in medical marijuana hase a beneficial effect on the immune systems of animals infected with HIV.

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Somebody’s getting married! MISS pIGGY takes a page from fellow fashionista Carrie Bradshaw’s playbook, working aVivienneWestwood wedding dress in Muppets Most Wanted.

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Wanna know if your barista crush is gay? Check his ears.We’re not exactly sure how, but scientists at Philly’s Monell Center think that ear wax buildup can tell a lot about someone’s sexuality.

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Monday was a momentous day for lovers of the heavily tattooed, one-legged underwear model ALEX MINSKY, when pictures of the redonkulously hot former marine’s wang found their way onto the Internet.

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Michael Patrick King tells Entertainment Weekly that he and Lisa Kudrow have been contemplating a comeback for THE COMEBACK.We really want to see that!

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For once we don’t have anything cynical to say about a celebrity coming out. Fuck yeah, ELLEN pAGE!

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Is anyone else spending their Sunday nights just watching Queer as Folk on Netflix after Girls, instead of Looking?

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We’ve lived our “Let It Go” fantasy.Nowwearereadyfor this cursed winter to be over.

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Seth Meyers says he expects Stefon to show up on Late Night eventually. Thank god.We have no idea how to write our party listings without Stefon’s tips!

season’s production in July who also shared that Del Rio makes top three. “On Untucked, the biggest confrontation we’ll see is Bianca vs. Laganja,” the source also stated.“Apparently, Bianca makes a comment that rubs Laganja the wrong way, and Laganja tries to come for Bianca. And Bianca shuts shit down, which is fitting, because I’ve been told Laganja places fourth this season…I think Bianca is going to win. It’s her or Courtney.”

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popped as part of a performance piece? Nineteen-year-old Clayton Pettet will give it up at London’s Orange Dot gallery on April 2.

While I can’t guarantee the veracity of this information, I can say pretty confidently that Bianca Del Rio will have several quotable moments this season (#packyourshit) that will find their way into several drag queens’ mixes (I’m looking at you, Tina Burner). But trust that I will be glued to a bar stool somewhere in Manhattan every Monday night from 9pm–10:30pm watching Logo (see p.14). May the best woman win! N


Overheard:

“In the past three years over $46,000 has been raised!”—Host CB Kirby on the annual Housing Works fundraiser Love & Leather, which raised money at the thrift store in Chelsea last week

GRAND OPENING @ NASTY PIG Store employees Mike, Jay Roth and Rowan celebrate the grand opening of Nasty Pig’s new Chelsea flagship store. The weekend-long event at the new storefront featured beats by DJ Corey Craig and discounts on select merchandise.

LOVE & LEATHER @ HOUSING WORKS Host and event founder CB Kirby (left, with Jonny Mack) raises money for local nonprofit Housing Works at this annual fundraiser put on by New York’s leather community.

XANADUDE: PSYCHIC @ BLACK BEAR DJs Sean B and Deputy celebrate the four-year anniversary of the popular monthly dance party, which also featured DJ Gavin Russom. FEBRUARY 21, 2014 9

Bpm, hoUsing Works & nasty pig photos: gUstavo monroy; Black Bear photo: santiago felipe

CLICK FRIDAYS @ BPM DJ Danny Verde lays down the beats at the debut party for the updated mega club formerly known as XL Nightclub. See p.42 for more photos.


Glee returns with its winter premiere February 25, and as the rest of the show’s fifth season takes place entirely in New York, it looks like those kids are our problem now.

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WHAT TO SEE & WHERE TO BE FEBRUARY 21 THROUGH MARCH 2

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HOT MESS 42West, 514 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), hotmessdragrevue.eventbrite.com. Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio, Milan and co. celebrate the second anniversary of their weekly drag revue at this newly re-vamped venue. 9pm; $30 general admission/$50 VIP.

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BERLIN Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), vossnyc.com. Brandon Voss and BoiParty.com deliver a Berlin-inspired club experience every week. Johnny Dynell spins on the main floor, the CockyBoys get dirty in the back room, and Epiphany hosts cabaret acts downstairs in the KitKatClub. 10pm; free before 11pm/$10 general admission. DRENCHED Room Mate Grace Hotel, 125 W 45th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), facebook.com/drenchedpoolparty. Get soak-

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ing wet with the furry set at promoter Joe Fiore’s monthly pool party. With $8 drinks and sexy gogo studs in the steam rooms, you’ll forget all about the frigid temps outside. Tonight’s dress code is all-white—and you know what happens when white gets wet… 10pm–2am; $10. CLUB PAPI NYC Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), clubpapinyc.com. Drag Race Season 2 alum Jessica Wild is your special guest host tonight for what promises to be a killer edition of Club Papi. DJ Eddie Cruz spins and the fabulous Ivy Queen performs live. 9pm; $15 general admission/$65 VIP. CLICK FRIDAYS BPM, 516 W 42nd St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), clickfridays.com. DJ Serving Ovahness serves up the beats at the revamped club’s all-new Friday night party. DJs Jorge Bustillos and Luis Perez get things started on

the dance floor with their opening sets. 11pm; general admission varies. DIVAS The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl), thestonewallinnnyc.com. Porsche returns to the city this week to host Stonewall’s weekly drag showcase. It’s all divas, all night with fabulous performances, surprise guests and DJ Chuckles in the booth. 10pm; free. DEEP SEA The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St (btwn Waterbury/Bogart Sts), East Williamsburg, theculturewhore.com. Queer arts blog The Culture Whore dives deep for this oceanic event with performances by Tursi, Chris Tyler, Mark Dommu and others. Descent and Tripl-E provide the aquatic décor while DJs like Sokolowski and Juliana Huxtable make sound waves. 11pm–6am; $12 in advance/$15 general admission.


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FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE 500 W 48th St (@ 10th Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge “Fairytail always serves me East Village realness in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s a tiny bar with a cute vibe. Saturdays have been pretty sweet with New York’s sweetest L.A. transplant, Rhea Litré, on the decks, super slutty—but sexy—go-go boys and a killer vibe. Plus, a bunch of my favorite people always drop by, so I know I’ll run into some fun people there.”

THE SIREN CALL OF NEW YORK NIGHTLIFE ALWAYS LURES JASON HELLINGER BACK TO THE CITY.

any people may not know that I’m not in the city full-time anymore,”says Jason Hellinger. Still, the promoter and party boy makes it back to New York pretty frequently to host DJ Eddie Elias’holiday weekend after-hours party, Verve. “When I do get back, I like to make the most of my time,”Hellinger says. “Saturday nights are the perfect night to run into all those people that you haven’t seen. When I run into friends, it’s like we didn’t skip a beat.”

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HARDWARE 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com “It’s one of those neighborhood bars, but I always love to stop by and see people from Hardware when I get the chance. I’ve hosted a bunch of nights there and the people at the bar are always friendly, including the bartenders. Pusse Couture hosts there every Saturday, and I just always know I’m going to have a good time when I see her. She’s a good time gal!”

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605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com “I always top off my Saturday night in New York with a long stop at Viva Saturdays.This party is packed with some of the most gorgeous guys in the city and the best big-room beats you can get on a typical Saturday night! Basically, if I had to choose one weekly party to stop by, it would probably be Viva. It gives me everything I’m missing. Don’t wait too long to get to this party—the line can be more than a block long depending on who is spinning.”

AFTER HOURS: UNDISCLOSED LOCATION “It’s not a Saturday night in New York without an after-hours party. So, find your favorite crew and literally have a kiki! Honestly, some of my best times are winding things down with friends after the night has ended.”

G LOUNGE 225 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com “Some people say Chelsea is dying. I say, stop by one or two of the bars there! You’re guaranteed to find plenty of people at [G Lounge].This place has the hottest bartenders and my favorite beats of any bar in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Having spent so many Saturday nights here, it just feels a little great to be back.”

ROCKING HORSE CAFÉ 182 Eighth Ave (btwn 19th/20th Sts), rockinghorsecafe.com “I always like to fuel up before my Saturday night, and Rocking Horse is the perfect place to start. It’s pretty reliable good food, super affordable and the margaritas are amazing! That’s all I have to say about that. Perfect place to meet up with friends before a long night out.”

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SATURDAY VIVA! SATURDAYS Stage 48, 605 W 48th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), vivasaturdays.com. Viva la gay nightlife! The city’s gays are still 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. ACADEMY SATURDAYS Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. It may be Saturday

FEBRUARY 22 night, but class is in session at Bar-tini. Weekly guest DJs teach a master class in beats as go-go boys vie for the title of “Teacher’s Pet.” Enroll now! 10pm; free. MANSTER The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com. The basement of this West Village institution is pumping every Saturday night. DJs Johnny Dynell and TBoy hold it down for the crowd on the dance floor. 10pm; free with password before 1am/$8 general admission.

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GUYS ON ICE Celsius at Bryant Park, 42nd St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), guysocialnyc.com. Guy Social and Escapades Inc. bring you this Bryant Park rink’s first gay skating event. DJ Xavier spins for the boys as they sip $8 cocktail specials and skate. Plus, don’t miss the “drag queens on ice” show staring Maddelynn Hatter, Dallas Dubois and Marti Gould Cummings. 5pm–10pm; $10 in advance/$20 general admission. PARADISCO Le Bain at The Standard, 444 W 13th St (btwn Washington St/Tenth Ave) occupythedisco.com. Occupy the Disco’s DJ

RuBot, Tad Haes and Josh Appelbaum return to this penthouse poolside boîte for the quintessential Sunday tea dance. Come with your dancing shoes on, because you never know what fabulous underground DJ might make a surprise appearance. 3pm–9pm; free. SKINNY BRUNCH Hardware, 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com. Forget the eggs and Hollandaise, the best part of brunch is the booze, duh! Roxy Brooks and DJ Nicky Boom Box cut out the carbs for their new weekly liquid post-brunch show. 3pm–8pm; free.

WEEK 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. EL RING Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Weekly guest DJs spin Marco Ovando’s lucha libre-inspired party. 10pm; free.

GREENHOUSE SUNDAYS Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com. Susanne and Kenny may be gone, but Epiphany, Acid Betty, Pussy Couture and Jermaine are picking up the slack at the corner of Varick and Vandam. DJ Scotty Roxx spins and drinks are on the house before midnight, with $8 specials all night. 11pm; free. BEER BLAST Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com. This gay sports bar makes it even easier to love the suds. Its $3 weekend beer blast and $6 Smirnoff cocktails are hard to beat. 1pm–9pm; free.

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 24

THE ROUNDUP

THE RACE IS ON THE QUEEN OF ALL REALITY SHOWS RETURNS—AND SO DO THE DRAG RACE VIEWING PARTIES!

The Season 6 contestants

ven if you have cable, everyone knows it’s more fun to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race with a roomful of queers and queens. Maybe that’s why so many NewYork gay bars are hosting Drag Race viewing parties. Season 6 of Logo’s über-popular drag competition show kicks off this week on February 24, and you can catch every episode, every week, at these hot spots. —JR

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Boxers HK 742 Ninth Ave (@ 50th St), boxersnyc.com PaigeTurner hosts Logo’s official RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party at the Hell’s Kitchen location of this gay sports bar—because drag is kind of a sport, right? 9pm–11pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Adore Delano

Boxers 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), boxersnyc.com Meanwhile, downtown, Charmagne Aültra hosts the weekly screenings at Boxers’ original Chelsea location. 9pm–11pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Miss Darienne Lake

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355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com Giveaways, games, special guest appearances—Marti Gould Cummings has all that and more in store for Industry’s weekly viewing party. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Courtney Act

348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com This 52nd Street fave keeps the Season 6 fun going with Drag Race: Untucked after the show, immediately followed by Drag Race super-fan Natalie Joy Johnson’s weekly show. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Kelly Mantle

Barracuda 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-6458613 Catch Drag Race at ’Cuda, then stick around for Bob the Drag Queen’s weekly post-show play-by-play recap with Ari Kiki. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Laganja Estranga

Hardware 697 10th Ave (btwn 47th/48th Sts), hardware-bar.com Coco De’Ball and Titania Steele are dragging themselves out a little earlier on Monday nights. The Dragged Out Mondays hostesses spice up Hardware’s Drag Race screenings with games, prizes and tons of giveaways. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Joslyn Fox

The West End 995 West End Ave (btwn 107th/108th Sts), theundergroundnyc.com Schwa de Vivre hosts Season 6, Untucked and a weekly drag show all in one night! 8pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: BenDeLaCreme


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Rockbar 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com You know the shade is going to hit the fan with Rockbar faves Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite hosting Drag Race! Big Girl Skyy Vodka drinks are just $8 all night, so stick around for Untucked. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Vivacious

The Ritz 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com Experience Bianca Del Rio’s Drag Race escapades before her weekly show, The Bianca Del Rio Experience. We’re sure she’ll have some behind-thescenes dirt to dish! 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Bianca Del Rio (duh!)

Xes 157 W 24th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), xesnyc.com #Gypsies hosts Chelsea Piers and Nomi Sas won’t be missing a minute of this season, keeping the kiki going during commercial breaks before their weekly Monday night show. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Magnolia Crawford

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This N’ That 108NSixthSt(btwnBerry St/Wythe Ave), Williamsburg, thisnthatbrooklyn.com Alotta McGriddles and Merrie Cherry host this viewing party with $1 shots, special guests and weekly performances. 9pm; free. Likely Crowd Fave: Milk

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 24 HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS New York City Bar Association, 42 W 44th St (btwn Fift/Sixth Aves), nycbar.org. In the wake of the Sochi Olympics, this forum addresses the deterioration of LGBT rights in Russia and the responsibilities of the International Olympics Committee and other international sporting NGOs. City Bar Justice Center staff attorney K. Scott Kohanowski moderates a program featuring speakers Minky Worden of

Human Rights Watch, attorney Nikki Dryden, Professor James N. Green and activist Gleb Vakrushev. 6:30pm–8:30pm; free. QUEER/ART/FILM IFC, 323 Sixth Ave (@ W Third St), queerartfilm.com. Ssion singer Cody Critcheloe hosts this special Queer/Art/Film screening of Song Sung Blue. The obscure doc tells the off-beat, hilarious and moving story of husband-and-wife Neil Diamond cover band

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WEEK Lightning and Thunder. 8pm; $9 for IFC members/$14 general admission. PLAYPEN The Cock, 39 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com. Young bucks come out to play on a school night as Shameless hosts this Monday night underwear party for 20something gays and the guys who love them. Barely legal go-go boys get dirty on the bar as you strip down to your undies for a free shot. 11pm; $5.

WHEN I KNEW

SCOTTSOSEBEE FOR SCOTT SOSEBEE, who will be celebrating the release of his new graphic novel, Annabelle Flake Gets Rich, Part One: Mister Mahooney’s Miserable Morning, atThis N’That this Tuesday, it was a seminal ‘90s boy band that made him realize who he is. —Drink N’ Draw presents Annabelle Flake Gets Rich, Part One: Mister Mahooney’s Miserable Morning Release Party at This N’ That, 108 N Sixth St (btwn Berry St /Wythe Ave), 6:30pm–8:30pm; free. Visit annabelleflake.com for more info.

“I GREW UP as a punk rock kid. i had green hair and painted my fingernails and listened to the misfits. so naturally i rebelled against anything and everything mainstream or pop culture. i especially despised pop music that didn’t have instruments—performers like milli vanilli, paula abdul and even madonna. But i had a special hatred for the new kids on the Block. once, when i was at a house party in eighth grade, i saw a girl i thought was cute. she was wearing a leather motorcycle jacket and really awesome black-and-white striped tights. We made eyes, and shortly after i followed her into one of the upstairs bedrooms. it was clearly someone’s little sister’s room. everything was pink and there were unicorn toys on the dresser. But the one thing i remember most was a giant new kids on the Block poster hanging above the bed where we were sitting. as the girl talked to me, she moved closer, but i just kept staring at that nkotB poster. specifically, joey mcintyre. he was leaning on some stairs and his shirt was hiked up just enough to see about an inch of his belly. a small happy trail escaped from underneath his shirt and then disappeared down into his baggy jeans. i wanted to disappear into those baggy jeans too. But my trance was broken by the girl saying,‘hello? are you even listening to me? i asked you if you liked my tights?’and before i could even process the fact that i had just been dreaming about joey mcintyre’s happy trail, i thought, ‘yeah i love those tights! i wish i were skinny enough to wear them!’”

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25 WESTGAY Westway, 75 Clarkson St (btwn Washington St/West Side Hwy), westwaynyc.com. Porn stud go-go boys work the runway at Frankie Sharp’s Tuesday night party. Resident DJs Jonjon Battles and Nita Aviance throw down the beats for party pros. Be sure to turn a look for the children—or as little of one as possible—because fierce doesn’t even begin to describe this crowd. 10pm; $10. BIANCA MEETS BOB Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), industry-bar.com. Drag

Race star Bianca Del Rio and Bob the Drag Queen join forces for Barracuda’s new Tuesday night show. Expect the kind of balls-to-the-wall comedy only these two queens can deliver—as well as behind-the-scenes gossip from Bianca’s stint on Logo’s drag competition show! 11pm; free.

GENERATION Z Posh, 405 W 51st St (@ Ninth Ave), poshbarnyc.com. DJ Calvin spins for the Hell’s Kitchen boys as they mingle and sip $5 Posh martinis. If you’re looking to meet cute boys, this is the place to do it. 9pm; free.

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SOCIETY Atlas Social Club, 753 9th Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. We knew there was a reason we named Joe Roszak one of our 2014 Promoters to Watch! Don’t miss the launch of his brand new weekly party at this Hell’s Kitchen watering hole. Special guest hosts include Justin Luke and Circuit Society founder Tiago Mazzotti, with DJ Rico Alexis spinning the soundtrack and drink specials from 9pm–10pm and midnight–1am. 9pm; free. JOCKSTRAP WEDNESDAY The Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves),

eaglenyc.com. Eagle fave DJ Rob Sperte spins this week for a typically randy crowd of athletic supporters and ball boys. The name says it all: be sure to wear your favorite jockstrap to this sexy weekly party at Chelsea’s infamous bar. 10pm; free. AFTER DARK The DL, 95 Delancey St (@ Ludlow St), facebook.com/michaelformikajonesevents. Michael Formika Jones takes over this gorgeous Lower East Side roof garden for a whole lot of earthly delights. Expect a fabulous New York nightlife crowd including hostess Amanda Lep-

WEEK SALON Soho Grand, 310 W Broadway (btwn Canal/Grand Sts), susannebartsch.com. Susanne Bartsch invites you to this intimate weekly soirée. Join hosts Amanda Lepore and Joey Arias along with other fascinating creatures of the night for cocktails and cabaret entertainment every Tuesday night. 9pm; free. YOU’RE WELCOME The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. BK meets HK as Thorgy Thor and Mikey Pop take over The Ritz with DJ Scott Goodz. 11pm; free.

ore, Stephanie Stone, Tyler Tyler and downtown’s hardest partying, glitter wearing-est queers. 11pm; free. PLANET URANUS Eastern Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (btwn Aves A/B), easternblocnyc.com. DJ Marc Isenhart—a.k.a. porn stud Marcus Isaacs—takes you on an interplanetary journey on Wednesday nights. Like Gaga said, don’t you know his ass is famous? Hit the dance floor with the rest of those sexy East Village boys as they thrust their way through hump day at Eastern Bloc. 10pm; free.

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26

GAME OVER NIGHTLIFE

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AT 50, WILL CLARK IS READY TO END HIS LONG-RUNNING PORNO BINGO SHOW AND EMBRACE LIFE’S NEXT PHASE.

ill Clark’s 49th birthday was less than ideal. His long-running Porno Bingo show had just gotten the axe atThe Ritz, he was underemployed and broke and his best friend’s mother was seriously ill. “I spent a kinda sad 49th birthday,” the former porn star turned event producer says.“But I was kind of ok, because somewhere inside me—and I don’t know why—I was like, my 50th is going to be fucking great!” And he was right. In one way or another, he’s been celebrating since July and he’s planning to stretch the festivities all the way to this coming summer. “I think it’s a pretty big milestone. Look, there’s a lot of people in our community that didn’t make it to 50. AIDS, drug abuse, all kinds of crazy crap. So, our community really values 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and you get to a certain age and you don’t exist anymore. So what I don’t want the message of ending Porno Bingo to be: I’m too old to be doing this. That’s not the message I want to convey at all. I’m actually feeling such an invigoration in my life that I want to do some stuff that I haven’t been able to do.” After nine years, Clark is wrapping up his weekly Wednesday night game show with this week’s 457th and final event. Last summer, he also celebrated his final Bad Boys on the Hudson, the annual Sea Tea cruise he’s been producing since 2003. No more porn stars partying on the river. No more rounds of bingo at Uncle Charlie’s to benefit local LGBT organizations. What gives? “I’m kinda feeling at this point in my life, I’ve kinda been working a freelance, artistic life,” Clark says. “I’ve been producing, I’ve been acting, I’ve written, I’ve done porn, I’ve done the fundraising, and it’s all been really great.” But, he explains, the time has come to move on from nightlife. About

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a year ago, Clark took what he thought was going to be a temporary event planning job. Since then it’s transitioned into a full time position, one he calls his dream job. “But it takes a lot of time, because it’s a grown-up, real job,” he admits. So the time has come to end Porno Bingo. “I’d rather end it now than a year from now when maybe it’s not as successful because I couldn’t put as much time into it anymore,”Clark says.“I want to end when people still feel good about it and still like it and are still excited about it.” In addition to his dream job, Clark also has other projects he’d like to focus his energy on, like the children’s musical he wrote in the early ’90s before he began appearing in gay adult films. “It was a labor of love and the show’s really funny and really great,” he says.“I also want to do some other creative non-nightlife, non-porn stuff that I want to take some time for. And I’m still young enough and creative enough to do that. If I stopped in 10 years, I’d be like, oh my god, I’m so exhausted and I never got to do all this other stuff.” Of course, Clark insists he isn’t forswearing nightlife entirely. He recently guest-hosted Matt Knife’s monthly boylesque showcase, Homo Erectus. “Matt Knife is one of my best friends and if he asks me to do it again in six months, I’ll say yes without even a question,” Clark says. “If Folsom Street East happens again and they would like me to emcee, again, it won’t even take me a second to say yes. But the weekly thing is a lot to do.” Clark says he could even see reviving Porno Bingo on a limited basis, as a one-off event or for a four-week run sometime in the future. “I’m not saying we’ll never do Porno Bingo again. I’m just saying a weekly, ongoing commitment is a lot to take on.” Clark says he could probably pick a memorable moment from every single

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night he’s hosted the show.The night soap star Ileene Kristen stopped by Porno Bingo’s old home at Pieces and sang “YMCA” with the Village People’s Randy Jones and his entourage in particular comes to mind. And that’s the kind of thing Clark wants to remember about his events. “This is a silly nightlife thing,” he admits. “We’re playing bingo and we’re

raising a little bit of money, but you know, I think what will probably endure is not that we raised x-amount of dollars on this night or that night. I think it’ll be the friendships people made here, the connections that people made over the years. I certainly will remember that and that’s the stuff that will keep me going for years to come.”—JR

Go Go Gadget

Kennedy Carter & Will Clark

The Will Clark Show at Uncle Charlie’s, 139 E 45th St (btwn Lexington/Third Aves), Feb 26 from 7pm–11pm; free. Visit willclarkworld.com for more info.

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READ ‘EM AND WEEP

WEEK

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Sherry Vine

BRACING FOR A BIRTHDAY ROAST, SHERRY VINE READS HER NEAREST AND DEAREST FOR FILTH.

herry Vine isn’t ready to admit just how old she’s turning this year—she’s saving that surprise for her birthday bash at Industry on February 26. “Since it’s a big birthday,” she says, “I wanted to surround myself with dear friends who are all older than me!” And what else would dear friends do but roast the queen of drag parodies?Vine has pulled together a lineup of nightlife divas to rip her a new one—but not before she gets a few jabs in first. We turned the tables and got the birthday gurl to read her roasters! —JR

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JOEY ARIAS “Joey’s social security number is 9. The legendary goddess is famous for channeling her younger sister, Billie Holiday.”

BIANCA DEL RIO “Bianca will be parking her broom to make an appearance at my party. I’ve never had a clown at my childhood parties so it’s about time! Rhonda McDonald!”

LADY BUNNY “Bunny is the funniest performer ever—but enough about her look. If she remembers her teeth, we are all set!”

RAVEN O “Raven is actually my drag mom and taught me so much when I was starting out. Raven learned everything from his drag mom, Milton Berle.”

SHEQUIDA “It’s true what they say, black don’t crack! I keep hitting her, but it don’t crack! It’s so sweet of Shequida to take time from her biographical movie, The Butler, to come to my party.”

MICHAEL FORMIKA JONES “The Grandfather of Nightlife— oops, sorry: Godfather. Whether Formika is the gorgeous Mistress or the sexy joey arias photo: heath mcBride; Biana del rio photo: kevin thomas garcia; raven o photo: santiago felipe; sheqUida & michale formika jones photos: gUstavo monroy Michael, he’s still illegal!” Sherry Vine’s Big Birthday Bash at Industry, 355 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), Feb 26 at 9pm; free. Visit industry-bar.com for more info.

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 MISS BARRACUDA FINALE Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212645-8613. Tina Burner’s anti-pageant reaches its climax with tonight’s final round of performances. It’s all been leading up to this as contestants give it all they’ve got live on stage for the chance to be crowned the first-ever Miss Barracuda. 11pm; free. SAVED BY THE BEAT Atlas Social Club, 753 Ninth Ave (btwn 50th/51st Sts), atlassocialclub.com. Relive the ’90s and early aughts as Chris Ryan and Mischief Matthew bring you this one-night-only party. DJ Steve Sidewalk spins the nostalgic tracks. 10pm; free.

POST OFFICE Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich Ave/Gay St), piecesbar.com. Didn’t get any valentines in your inbox two weekends ago? Not to worry! Marti Gould Cummings hosts this queer mixer where you can send and receive messages from cute boys all night. You may even get to share a couple $1 shots with Mr. Right. 9pm; free. FIRE IN THE HOLE Nowhere, 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), nowherebarnyc.com. DJ Sean McMahill stokes the flames of this party for gay redheads, fire-crotches and their admirers. Sexy ginger go-go studs and shot boys give

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28

LAST POLAROIDS Leslie-Lohman Prince St. Project, 127-B Prince St (btwn Wooster St/W Broadway), leslielohman.org. Russian ex-pat Alexander Kargaltsev’s new series of Polaroids is a collection of selfies, nude studies, still lifes and portraits of friends and lovers, bringing a queer perspective to this retro, spontaneous medium. The exhibit launches tonight with a special opening reception at the gay and lesbian museum’s gallery space. 6pm–8pm; free.

SPANK: MELT Drom, 85 Ave A (btwn E Fifth/Sixth Sts), spankartmag.com. We are so ready for all this snow to melt, and so are the Spank boys! DJs Will Automagic and Sean B heat up the East Village with a special performance by Shane Shane and installation art by Jeffrey Owen Ralston. 11pm; $10 in advance. #FAB FRIDAY Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts),

SATURDAY MARCH 1 SYNERGISM Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com. Skin Tight USA’s Mischief Matthew teams up with DJs Big Ragoo and Chauncey D for this monthly party. The beats are tight and the spandex and lycra bodysuits and singlets are even tighter! Gear up and get down to a mix of New Wave, house, disco electro and more at this super sexy party. 10pm; $4. BOXERS BEER PONG TOURNAMENT Boxers, 37 W 20th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves),

boxersnyc.com. Who would have guessed your ill spent youth as a closeted frat boy would come in handy? Enter Boxers’ weekly Beer Pong tournament for a chance to win fantastic prizes—or just drink a lot of beer! 5pm–9pm; free/$15 to compete.

SATURDAYS The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), ritzbarandlounge.com. Saturday nights get the turn up at this HK favorite. Resident DJ Xavier Azua spins pop hits and dance

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DISCO CLASSICS TEA DANCE The Monster, business” keeps this downtown Oscar night tra80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-mon- dition alive. Catch the red carpet festivities folster.com. Sunday night fever is alive and well in lowed by the 86th Annual Academy Awards telecast enhanced by host Murray the West Village. The illustrious Hill’s commercial break commenLady Bunny spins disco classics at this monthly tea dance in the tary, hilarious Hollywood heavy basement of the legendary Monweight impersonations and perster. Enjoy $5 mimosas and formances by special guests like Visit nextmagazine.com Bloody Marys as the disco inMolly Pope, Lauren Adams, Matt for more event listings ferno burns! 6pm–10pm; free. Dennie and others. 7:30pm; $25 (plus $12 drink minimum). MURRAY HILL OSCAR PARTY Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St (@ Astor Pl), joespub.com. SHOWTIME G Lounge, 225 W 19th St (btwn “The hardest working middle-aged man in show Seventh/Eighth Aves), glounge.com. DJ Xavier

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WEEK new meaning to the words “flaming queens” as they shake it to the beats. And $2 Bud Light pints and $3 whiskey gingers should fuel your fire. 10pm; free. 3D THURSDAY Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), bar-tiniultralounge.com. The drink specials just don’t stop at Bar-tini’s newest party: comp Skyy cocktails until 11pm, $4 Absolute flavors all night and 2for-1 Café Patron! At midnight, resident drag diva Fifi DuBois hosts the show with special guests and go-go boy Zack serving up the sexiness, followed by dancing into the wee hours. 10pm; free.

bar-tiniultralounge.com. Chris Ryan’s Friday night party celebrates the launch of new gay matchmaking app, Mench’D. DJ Steven Paul spins for this fab crowd. 10pm; free. SUPERNATURE Stairs, 192 E Second St (btwn Aves A/B), stairsbar.com. Live your fantasy at this new weekly party from Grayson Squire and Haus of Sloth Productions. Turn a look and get ready for a serious kiki. 10pm; free.

remixes for the crowd packing the dance floor, with special guest DJs and hosts stopping by to throw down each week. 11pm; free. BE CUTE One Last Shag, 348 Franklin Ave (btwn Lexington/Greene Aves), Clinton Hill, onelastshag.com. DJ Matty Beats—a.k.a. Bushwick drag diva Horrorchata—and Merkin Muffley are gonna let the beats drop all over this joint! Trust us, this Clinton Hill party is cute. Way cute! 10pm; free.

spins and hosts this weekly showcase. Music videos and drink specials get you started, but the weekly live performances—everything from burlesque acts to sexy circus stunts—will have you gagging, honey! 8pm; free. THE NEXT BIG FAIRY Fairytail Lounge, 500 W 48th St (@ Tenth Ave), facebook.com/fairytaillounge. This magical Hell’s Kitchen lounge launches its new singing competition. Hosts Rey Scandalo and De La Verga judge your vocal prowess, with Sir Honey Davenport on the decks. You could win $100 and a chance to compete for your own show at Fairytale! 9pm; free.

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By Lawrence Ferber • Illustration by James L. Barry

INSTRITCHES THE 89-YEAR-OLD STAGE AND SCREEN LEGEND REVEALS ALL IN THE NEW DOCUMENTARY ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.

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f somebody doesn’t understand me, they can just go fly a kite,” drawls Elaine Stritch. “Their loss, my gain, because I get rid of them!” While well known and beloved for her prickly, brassy demeanor in roles like Alec Baldwin’s acerbic mother on 30 Rock and in raucous one-woman shows, the Detroit-born Stritch reveals a vulnerable side in the new documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. “When I started doing club work, what interested me was I was still playing a part. I was doing a woman who was doing a club act and it’s very lonely to do, believe me. You get up and you’re 70 and singing, ‘Someday he’ll come along, the man I love,’” she says with a chuckle. “It cracked me up!” Covering her beginnings, diverse career and collaborations as well as her recent struggles with diabetes, the film paints an entertaining and emotionally affecting portrait of a stage and screen legend while also tackling universal issues like aging, mortality, friendship and her legacy. Two days after her 89th birthday, Stritch is in trademark feisty spirit, game for questions about anything and everything including the closeted life of her co-star and friend Rock Hudson. “I don’t know what problems were going on inside of him, but I was on his side. He was a darling man,” she says. When we get to President Obama, she notes, “What I think his biggest fault is, he’s trying to please everyone. It took me 89 years to prove to everyone around me that that’s impossible.” We even chat about the Woody Allen controversy. “I love Woody Allen,” she insists. Stritch starred in the controversial director’s 1987 drama, September, and later popped up in his 2000 comedy, Small Time Crooks. “I love a lot of people, whom I don’t find out these things about until [later], and it’s none of my business,” she explains. “It’s gossip! I’m not going to get mixed up with it. I just love the fact he writes the material he writes. I worked with him on an artistic level and love him. What Woody does, says, thinks, whatever he wants to live his life, I only know this: he’s a great artist.” Directed by Chiemi Karasawa, Shoot Me follows Stritch as she works on a number of productions, including the cabaret show Singin’ Sondheim…One Song at a Time at the Café Carlyle. In the process, we look back on her extensive

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life and career, including her one-woman Broadway production, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. A bevy of contemporaries and colleagues share anecdotes, including the late James Gandolfini, Alec Baldwin (who also served as an executive producer), Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Stephen Sondheim and Cherry Jones. The film also features archival and behind-thescenes footage from her films and TV appearances, including 30 Rock, for which she won her second Emmy Award. One entry in her filmography that isn’t covered at length, however, is 1965’s Who Killed Teddy Bear, in which Stritch played a “dyke” opposite queer icon Sal Mineo. “Someone called me one day from an agent’s office and said, ‘Would you like to play a lesbian who runs a disco and is strangled on Second Avenue by Sal Mineo using a silk stocking?’” she recalls, amused. “I said, are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want to play that? I’ll kill to do that part! The director loved me because I rewrote a scene with co-star Juliet Prowse and myself, so I would play this lesbian as a woman who tries to come off like straight. Go see it,” she says emphatically. “You’ll love it.” One major personal revelation in Shoot Me is the extent to which diabetes and alcohol have complicated her health and aging. At one point, preparing for a gig, she loses the ability to articulate due to low blood sugar and is rushed to the hospital. She’s also frank and accepting about her age, and feels that revealing this side of her life was part and parcel of agreeing to take part in the documentary. “I had no fear of revealing myself to people around me,” she insists. “No fear at all. If I had to go to the hospital, nothing was too personal, nothing was too ‘inner’ me. It didn’t frighten me at all and I like that quality about myself.” The documentary ends—spoiler alert!—as Stritch debates retirement and finds an abode in Birmingham, Mich., which she describes as a Midwest version of the Hamptons. Evincing that wonderful, who-the-fuck-cares bravado again, she insists we have a drink together if I get by that way. “We’ll go to the corner saloon and lift a few. Just a few, though, [because it gets expensive]. I’m afraid I’m gonna live forever and it will cost me money to stay alive. I’d hate for that to happen.” N

“I had no fear of revealing myself to people around me. No fear at all. If I had to go to the hospital, nothing was too personal, nothing was too ‘inner’ me.” —Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me opens February 21 at various locations. Visit ElaineStritchShootMe.com for more info.


GO FLY A KITE Elaine Stritch in her new documentary Shoot Me


GONE WITH THE WIND Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jiro Horikoshi in The Wind Rises

Reel Love The Wind Rises

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Time Investment: 80 min. Return on Investment: 70 min.

Time Investment: 126 min. Return on Investment: 123 min. hat exactly is the “wind” in manga master Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-nominated film The Wind Rises (Touchstone Pictures)? Is it the wind beneath the wings of the Japanese planes built by the film’s inspiration, Jiro Horikoshi? Is it the winds of change sweeping a Japan stuck in the past and reeling from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923? Is it an ominous threat from beyond—the constant presence of death surrounding Jiro, whose planes would attack China and Pearl Harbor during WWII? Whatever you believe it to be, the wind is ever-present throughout Miyazaki’s emotional opus, which is very loosely based on both Horikoshi’s life and the 1937 novel The Wind Has Risen by Tatsuo Hori. The wind blows across Miyazaki’s stunning pre-war pastorals, fans the flames that destroy Tokyo in the ’20s and play a part in Jiro meeting his tuberculosis stricken wife. The wind is even articulated with human-made sound effects for added personality. It’s a beautiful—if somewhat controversial—way for the 73year-old Miyazaki to meditate on the intricate entanglement of dreams and nightmares, love and death, peace and war, past and present. This is by far his most personal project, one that celebrates his life-long love of flight and one that, unlike his other successes like Spirited Away and Pono, lives almost entirely in the real world—a world composed mostly of contradiction. —Benjamin Solomon

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irector Chiemi Karasawa spends much of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Sundance Selects) as a fly on the wall of the 87-year-old Broadway icon’s life. Stritch, traipsing around New York in nothing more than a massive fur coat, black leggings and those signature white gloves, appears to live the dream life; she’s adored by fans old (her Virginia Woolf and Company days) and young (her Emmy winning role on 30 Rock), lives in a corner suite at the famed Carlyle Hotel, performs downstairs in the hotel nightclub and vacations in the Hamptons. But this is the Elaine Stritch that Elaine Stritch wants us to see: the forever-young, forever-working Stritch. She is very in con-

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THE WONDER YEARS Elaine Stritch in Shoot Me

trol of that character throughout Karasawa’s documentary, even going so far as to tell the cameraman how to shoot her. Then there is the Stritch Karasawa is most interested in: the one with diabetes, whose greatest fear is her inevitable death. The film pivots from a behind-thescenes look at her newest cabaret show—filled with laudatory comments from the likes of Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey—to an up-close-and-personal look at the vulnerabilities of an aging star. We see the fear in her eyes when she is rushed to the hospital and we realize just how lonely she is up in the suite when she watches her final 30 Rock episodes alone. This is no Norma Desmond, plotting her big comeback from isolation. Stritch is ok with it all ending. But that doesn’t mean the wait isn’t scary. —BS


The cast of Pageant: The Musical; (inset) Charles Busch in The Tribute Artist

pageant photo: jenny anderson; the triBUte artist photo: james leynse

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By David Hurst ecause the ongoing Monday night performances of Pageant: The Musical are a benefit for BC/EFA, it probably shouldn’t be reviewed. However, since only 50 percent of the ticket sales benefit BC/EFA and since I plunked down my own money to see it, I’m going to review it anyway because I believe lessons can be learned from it. Let me start by saying the cast, including Nick Cearley, Frankie J. Grande, Douglas Lyons, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker and Brad Oscar, all work extremely hard and are terrific considering the horrible conditions under which they’re forced to perform. Unfortunately, the stage inside Lucky Cheng’s is a nightmare to work on, and someone has made the disastrous decision for the cast not to perform with body mics, which makes sitting through Pageant a chore. Tempo, timing and tone are essential to making Pageant fly, and that’s why the original 1991–’92 production at the Blue Angel was such a dizzy delight. Here at the “Red Lacquer Club,” the audience is mercilessly jammed into uncomfortable seats to the point of bursting so both the cast and waitstaff have to navigate non-existent aisles during the entire show. Noise that seeps through to the stage area from the front bar forces the cast to constantly fight the din of glassware and talking to be heard. Their “spokesmodel beauty spots” are completely lost due to the sound problems and, when they attempt to use a hand-held microphone for their talent competition, it’s hit or miss. But that sums up this disappointing Pageant. It’s still a silly, delightful show—it’s just in the wrong venue. Conversely, Charles Busch and his merry band of players has scored another hit with his frothy concoction The Tribute Artist, currently on view at Primary Stages. A “real-estatecomedy” about a drag performer (the titular artist) who assumes the identity of his recently deceased landlady in order to hang on to her posh townhouse and sell it for millions, The Tribute Artist is the perfect antidote to your winter blues. Of

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course, since Busch penned it and stars in it, wacky complications ensue involving alcoholic lesbian realtors, transgender nieces, former model boyfriends and lots of classic movie dialogue for Busch to deliver in grand, glorious style. N Pageant: The Musical plays through Feb 24 at the Red Lacquer Club at Lucky Cheng’s (240 W 52nd St, BrownPaperTickets.com). The Tribute Artist plays through Mar 16 at Primary Stages (59 E 59th St, PrimaryStages.org).

CD Reviews Samson and Delilah, A Love Story Concept Recording Ron Yatter’s vanity recording of his Samson and Delilah would be a total embarrassment without the presence of husband and wife Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. Both are former American Idol contestants who met and fell in love while performing in Hair. They both have solid voices but can do little to salvage Yatter’s flat, insipid songs from the obscurity they so deserve. (Broadway Records)

A Night with Janis Joplin Original Broadway Cast Recording The music and the performers, particularly Mary Bridget Davies as Janis, were the only reason to see A Night With Janis Joplin on Broadway, and that remains true with the new cast recording. Davies channels Joplin with a ferocious vibrancy that will knock your socks off, while the supporting cast turn it out, bringing life to all of Joplin’s early musical influences. (Broadway Records)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Original Broadway Cast Recording Now a bona fide hit, Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freeman’s delicious comedy, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, is as delightful on disc as it is in the theater. Boasting the superb voices of Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham, as well as the comedic gifts of Jefferson Mays, Gentleman’s Guide is filled to bursting with ear-catching melodies and Noël Coward-esque lyrics. (Ghostlight Records)

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The Right Track By Keo Nozari any more people have learned who Betty Who is since we last wrote about her in June. At that time, she had just released her debut E.P., The Movement, and the singer gained immense traction after her song “Somebody Loves You” was used in a viral gay marriage video. She’s signed to a major label (RCA), gotten great press (Billboard, Spin, Elle) and has now released the first single, “Heartbreak Dream,” from her second E.P., Slow Dancing, due April 8. Fans of “Somebody Loves You” will undoubtedly enjoy this new track, as it fits Who’s euphoric, ’80s-inspired synth pop sound. Currently on a whirlwind U.S. Tour, Who hits the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18. Apparently, the Mariah Carey versus Nicki Minaj feud didn’t end after their joint stint on American Idol last year. Just as Carey released her new single and video “You’re Mine (Eternal),” Minaj dropped her surprise new single and video, “Lookin Ass N*gga”—on the same day. But before anybody gets clawed or cut, both songs have their pros and cons. For Minaj, the use of the N-word throughout and the negative lyrics do not fly our starship. On the flip side, the track is sparse, but decidedly modern, which we enjoy. And the video sees Minaj delivering her sexy assets in the desert. It’s scorching hot and her most cohesive video to date—and that’s quite a compliment, as Minaj’s

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videos tend to be more hot mess than hot-ness. It’s a curious preview of her forthcoming third studio album The Pink Print. Will she ever get off the “pink” theme though? For Carey, the problem is her inability to do anything fresh. “You’re Mine (Eternal)” has a very been-there-done-that vibe, and is too similar to her previous work. It’s been nearly a decade since “We Belong Together” came out, but that song still stands out as the better of the two. The song’s boring video offers no help, either. Then, there’s the addition of the bizarre remix featuring Trey Songz—clearly aping Beyoncé and Drake on “Mine”—with Trey’s highly auto-tuned vocals. Considering Carey’s incredible chops, she deserves a stronger male counterpart (our shortlist would be: Bruno Mars, Pharell, Aloe Blacc or even Robin Thicke). We were a fan of Carey’s 2013 summer single “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel, who was a more worthy match. Here’s hoping that when her 14th studio album drops on May 8, it has more to offer than “You’re Mine (Eternal).” In contrast to Carey’s monotony is Kelis, who has vowed to never repeat herself—and she’s sticking to her word. Recently released off her forthcoming album Food, “Rumble” (like it’s predecessor “Jerk Ribs”) is about as different from her previous work as it could possibly be. Completely gone are the bold, loud dance colors of Flesh Tone, instead we find muted, mellow, throwback R&B and soul sounds. We are definitely ready for more Food when it drops on April 22. N


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Outwords Spreading “Gay Propaganda” With Love By Jameson Fitzpatrick neW york-Based Writer joseph hUff-hannon on his neW anthology of qUeer rUssian love stories, co-edited By rUssian aUthor masha gessen. n the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, four LGBT activists were arrested in St. Petersburg while preparing to hang a sign from the Belinskiy Bridge quoting Principle 6, the Olympic Charter’s non-discrimination clause. During the Olympic torch relay in January, another protestor was arrested for displaying a rainbow flag as the procession passed through his hometown 560 miles north of Sochi. By the time this article goes to print, the games will be winding to a close—and there’s no way to predict what violence or intimidation additional protestors may face from police in the meantime. What’s certain, however, is that the Olympics will have spelled neither the beginning nor the end of hardships for queer Russians, who have faced increasing violence and oppression since the outlawing of loosely-defined “gay propaganda” early last summer. A new anthology edited by writer-activists Masha Gessen and Joseph Huff-Hannon takes its inspiration—and title—from this infamous law. Gay Propaganda (OR Books) brings together 29 first-person accounts of life and love from LGBT Russians living both in Russia and abroad. Some of these stories are told jointly by couples, others narrated alone, all running the gamut of sweet and sad, extraordinary and mundane. One man meets a handsome stranger on the Internet only to be robbed and gay-bashed by him and his brother the next week, with no hope of help from the police, while a lesbian couple conspires to compete together as partners in a dance competition though it’s against the rules. Reading Gay Propaganda feels like getting to know a bunch of new friends at an intimate dinner party, listening to the revealing sort of stories that give you a true sense of someone’s spirit— and Gessen and Huff-Hannon’s fine editing allows the unique personality of each person interviewed to shine through on the page. Particularly personable are the couples’ courtship narratives, capturing the “No, no, you tell it!” quality of every meet-cute tale. Though Huff-Hannon tells me, “We’re not under any illusion that Russian bookstores will stock the book”—some Russian journalists and book reviewers have deemed the book too risky even to write about—the release of Gay Propaganda was timed to coincide with the start of the Sochi Olympics, and a Russian-language e-book version has been made available for free download in the tradition

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of samizdat (dissident literature disseminated under Soviet rule). “A lot of LGBT activists in Russia already know about the book, since we interviewed a number of them, so we expect most of the outreach in Russia will be through word of mouth, social media, passing around the link to the free book download, and circulating print books around once we manage to get them inside Russia.” It seems fitting that the Internet should play such a crucial role in Gay Propaganda’s life within Russia. As, for so many of those whose stories are collected here, the world wide web was an early and primary means of connecting with other LGBT people. “I have lots of friends who are lesbians—I met most of them through an online Anne Rice community…” one woman says matter-of-factly. For the isolated and under-siege, community can still be found online. And the making of Gay Propaganda was truly a collaborative community effort. “It was a really interesting process,” HuffHannon describes, “…I organized interviews with Russians abroad or seeking asylum, often with the help of my boyfriend as a translator—he was born in Moscow—while Masha organized interviews around Russia. All pieces were edited by both of us, and translated into both languages.” One special delivery is already in the works: Huff-Hannon says they’ll be “sending a copy to the Mayor of Sochi, who recently told the BBC that his city doesn’t have any gay people. In fact Sochi has at least one thriving gay bar, and one of the couples we interviewed for the book, Andrei and Roman, are the owners.” As you’re reading this, hopefully a young person is reading Gay Propaganda somewhere in Russia, seeing his or her own feelings and experiences validated in book form. Gessen and HuffHannon’s is a moving and vital anthology of witness—and for those us in the States, an important reminder of the rights we take for granted and the obligation we owe to our queer brothers and sisters under attack across the globe. N Joseph Huff-Hannon recommends: Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face by his co-editor Masha Gessen; Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia by David Tuller

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By Peter Sherwood o’s has a history that is already vast even though the down-home Southern restaurant only filled the former Ottimo space fairly recently. Owner Steven Kristal named the restaurant after his friend Bo Young, son of Andrew Young, an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and the former mayor of Atlanta. What else to do but toast these fine men? From the assertive, eclectic cocktail list, my fella and I lifted up in praise a Satchmo Sour crafted with Bulleit bourbon that was tart, strong and as soothing as iced tea. Laced with Cointreau, citrus zests and orange bitters, it was delicious. The refreshing Antebellum soon followed with more bourbon, a splash of blood-orange tea, a spray of lemon and a garnish of mint. We considered but refrained from the Beats Bailey with gin, grapefruit and cucumber, and so too Bo’s Firing Squad, fired up with potent applejack,

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whiskey and mezcal. We were tickled by the Pickle Program—pairing pickled onions, okra or cranberries with a top-shelf vodka or gin to get pickled yourself! However, I had my eyes on little, unassuming Montauk Pearl oysters served with a green tomato pepper jelly, a sprinkling of tarragon and oyster crackers (made in-house) that tasted like cream of tartar bread sticks. We further fell into a salad of fall greens consisting of dinosaur kale, frisée, slivers of Swiss chard and apples tossed with a light buttermilk dressing. Low country ham and biscuits was tempting, but we opted instead for crispy alligator, surprisingly tender like popcorn shrimp. The accompanying spicy aioli brought us back to the Bayou. Grilled squab was pinkish, wonderful and more like filet mignon with smoky bacon, sumptuous oyster mushrooms and fried chicken livers in a deeply rich sauce.

Pausing for a pasta course, we went for the decent cavatelli with arugula pesto, roasted pecans, whipped ricotta and bracing pickled kumquats. We found the simple feathery folds of “rags” with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and grated Grana Padano cheese to be fair. While not exactly an explosion, it was still comforting. Moving on to our mains, buttermilk-braised fried chicken was just what we hoped for, soaked in its own delicious chicken gravy, with buttermilk biscuits and fleshy cava cava orange marmalade to slather on them. We duly noted that the thighs were more flavorful than the legs. The asparagus side took a backseat here. A roasted pork chop arrived to the table with a brisk whiff of Creole mustard. Savoy cabbage, chewy farro grains and soft cubes of apple in a warming pork jus made it an ideal dish for winter. Although the chocolate bread pudding was quite de-

licious resting on a bed of caramel oats and cherry bourbon sauce, the honey lavender ice cream was absolutely extraordinary. It was as though we were skipping through a sweet, flowery field. Go Bo’s! N

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BOTTOM’S UP!

get ready for this summer’s World cup in Brazil with fogo de chão’s take on the country’s national cocktail. SERVES 1

Caipirinha Directions: 1. Halve each lime and slice into five to eight round pieces. 2. Place lime slices in a shaker, reserving three for a garnish, add sugar and muddle. 3. Top with ice and add cachaca. Shake briskly in a shaker and serve in a rocks glass over fresh ice.

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nly you and you alone can fill me like you do.

MANUEL: Seth Treston is hot. This Lucas exclusive and porn newbie is tall, young, good-looking and has a perfect gym body—all the right equipment to be a porn natural. Johnny Hazzard, whose 12plus years in the industry apparently qualify him as a “porn legend,” looks less worse-for-wear than most who’ve survived the biz that long. I couldn’t help seeing this pair’s opening scene as a metaphor for the porn industry: Freshfaced Treston at Port Authority—gateway for many newcomers to the Big Apple— enters a revolving door, sees Hazzard exiting the same revolving door, and so continues 360 degrees, following Hazzard back out onto the street. Once inside his apartment, the veteran Hazzard passes his “torch” to the eager novice. And so the porn circle of life continues. ROD: Watching Treston sit on Hazzard’s face, all I could think was, “Man, that Johnny Hazzard has a big tongue!”Treston is versatile and has amazing nips that could make me flip for him any time. He starts out on top, but ends up riding Hazzard. MANUEL: “Nice job,” says Hazzard, after fucking the cum out of Treston. It’s always reaffirming to get the seal of approval from a porn veteran. ROD: The nice thing about being Michael Lucas is that you get to sample the new merchandise. New exclusive Colton Grey is a pale, tattooed young kid with such a big dick it’s almost a waste to have him bottom. Lucas makes sure Grey rides on top so we get the full view of this boy’s oversized cock. MANUEL: For Grey, auto-fellatio is just one inch and a couple of yoga classes away. And I love a big-dick-bottom who can suck his own dick! The set-up to this scene— Grey encountering Lucas in an elevator—

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is laugh-out-loud good, but it is Lucas’ seamless fucking that I found outstanding. From missionary to reverse cowboy to doggie to around the world and back again to side-saddle then missionary, Lucas tops the pale Grey without ever pulling out. ROD: You’ve got to see the way Franco Ferrari and Justin Cruise maneuver their way around their double-headed dildo and switch positions without losing their grip on it. It was so much hotter than I could have imagined. Watching them flip fuck was even better. MANUEL: If you believe the porn blogs,

Vito Gallo and Spencer Fox are two of the biggest wackjobs in Porn-landia. Last October, just weeks after shooting this scene, Gallo stormed into Lucas’ studios and attacked him. (Gallo was arrested and spent a night in jail.) And in 2011, Fox had a hate-filled, homophobic, anti-porn Twitter meltdown—which doesn’t seem to have kept him from taking dick for money. So you know I couldn’t wait to see these two pair up! But other than Gallo looking rundown, and Fox mildly scolding Gallo for trying to finger-fuck his hole, this scene is crazy-unmemorable. N


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