NEW YORK’S GAY GUIDE 17.31 JAN 29, 2010
THE CANADIAN MAFIA TAKES OVER • NUNSENSE WITH CHARLES BUSCH • BROADWAY BARES BASICS
JANUARY 29, 2010 | VOL 17.31
14 THE GREAT CANADIAN TAKEOVER Ben Leszcz exposes New York’s great gay threat from the North.
36 THE REBIRTH OF BARES Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS restages the very first Broadway Bares at Splash in celebration of the fundraising juggernaut’s 20th anniversary.
52 BACK IN THE HABIT Theater icon Charles Busch is having nun of it in his new convent comedy.
DEPARTMENTS 6 8 10 12 18 28 38 44 54 56 58 66 74
Scene & Heard Gay DD Getting Personal with Louis “Loca” M WhatsNextNow Next Week Quoted with Gerald McCullough The Right Track Horoscope Curtain Up Reel Love Eats Double Take Shot in the Dark
LISTINGS 39 40 59 62
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010
GOO GOO 4 GAGA @ THE MONSTER Jessie Volt dons signature red lace for the Lady Gaga costume contest at her weekly show.
SUITE 69 @ THE RITZ Bobby preps the custom ice luge at Michael Formika Jones & Joey Israel’s monthly underwear party.
DIVAS LIVE @ BARRACUDA Owners Bob Pontarelli (left) & Stephen Heighton (center) join New York’s newest drag queens, Baby Heartbeat & Anita Trailer, to help raise funds for AIDS Walk New York.
LADY GAGA @ RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL The fierce and costumed pop diva lights up her hometown at the sold-out concert.
DOT429.COM LAUNCH @ RIVINGTON HOTEL Richard Klein & fashion designer John Bartlett at the launch of Klein’s new gay social networking site.
MANBAR @ SPLASH Manhunt.com performers work the bar—and each other— at Splash’s erotic Friday night dance party.
WOOF! @ VIEW BAR Host Mike Dreyden (right) welcomes porn star Michael Brandon to his weekly bear night in Chelsea.
CLUB 57 @ PROVIDENCE Gaga might have been a no-show to this hit Saturday night party, but Shequida brought The Fame along with guest DJ Tony Moran
SATURDAY @ THE RITZ Jimmy cosies up to RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up Nina Flowers during her special New York DJ set.
A FAMILY IS A FAMILY: A ROSIE O’DONNELL CELEBRATION @ HBO Rosie (center) with ex-partner Kelli Carpenter and their kids at the premiere of her documentary about modern family diversity.
SKIN TIGHT USA @ THE STONEWALL INN Skin Tight USA organizer Matthew Levine welcomes rambunctious nightlife personality Rainblo back to New York at his latex and superheros fetish party. 7
Got Gay-tention Deficit Disorder? Is Jane Fonda secretly selling sex changes in the back of a Burger King in Times Square for under $10? Read on… BY MATT BELL
1. Saturday-night crosstown bar hopping just got a whole lot more scandalous this week as the Times Square BURGER KING put beer on its menu! Just $7.99 and your ID for a Whopper combo that comes with alcoholic proof! 2. Like smoking money? You will if you like your cigs, because Governor Paterson has proposed adding another $1 tax to that pack of CIGARETTES you’re just about to walk outside to smoke! 3. This summer you’ll be pole dancing at PS1’s Warm Up! The summer Sunday hotspot in Queens announced that “Pole Dance,” an interactive network of poles, bungees, hammocks and other such things, won their yearly Young Architects Program courtyard design contest! 4. CINDY MCCAIN—spouse of failed Republican presidential candidate John McCain—donned the famed duct tape last week for her pro-gay-marriage NOH8 ad, before fellow campaign-trail spouses Michelle Obama or Bill Clinton, who may never even do so! Pinch us. 5. DLB in the NYC! New York adds a new gay celebrity to its list of residents as Milk screenwriter DUSTIN LANCE BLACK is moving in! 6. Brooklyn Pride is putting out the city’s first GAY COOKBOOK, which will feature recipes from the city’s gay-owned eateries and most renowned gay foodies. In other words…The Brunch Bible. 7. BloomingSales is coming! That’s not actually what it’s called but Bloomingdales announced that they are opening their first-ever outlet shops in 2010 starting with New Jersey, Florida and Virginia. 8. Madison Avenue is getting a first of its kind, the all-menswear Hermès Man, coming this February! 9. Trannytown! Recent reports have found that New York is among the easiest cities in which to legally change your name from ADAM to EVE! 10. Most in need of a drink? JANE FONDA! The 72-yearold is gearing up to release her first workout video (well, DVD) since the ’80s! Whatever you drink, make it heavy so you work those forearms! 8
PERSONAL WITH... <<< LOUIS “LOCA” M. If you’re sick of the cold, may we suggest warming up at Uncut, Louis “Loca” M.’s sizzling Friday-night Latin party at Elevate? The Puerto Rican promoter was raised on the Lower East Side and has been in the New York nightlife scene since age 17, when he was the doorman at Café Con Leche—a favorite of stars like Madonna and Prince in the 1990s. Now he throws his own bashes through his company, Loca Entertainment. Uncut’s been going strong since 2001, when it debuted at the Stonewall Inn. But Loca says it’s not just the papis who love it. “It’s a diverse mix of Latinos, blacks, white, Asians, boys, girls, straight, bi, curious, and everything in between,” he explains. “And lots of pinga!” We slipped Loca some Spanish Fly and got him to share his story. —Dan Avery
What’s the funniest pickup line you’ve heard?
“So are you loca in bed?” Who inspired to you? Leno
I was never really into him before, but now I live for him! He’s stickin’ it to NBC real good. Conan, don’t take shit from anyone. I can relate!
My grandmother (R.I.P.), my family and friends and positive people. CHOOSE ONE:
It’s 8pm on a Friday. I’m probably:
Putting my mask on, hangin’ with Mary Jane, finalizing the Uncut guest list and updating my Facebook status. Who would you go straight for? <<<Tabatha Coffey
Honey, anyone that knows me could answer that one! If you could only save three things from a fire, what would they be?
My MacBook, my iPhone and my Grey Goose.
from Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. She really turns me on when she gets mad! But wait, is she really a woman?
I’m a huge fan of The Nanny. She had style, she had flair, she was there...
What’s your pet peeve?
In the back seat of a yellow cab.
People who wear open-toed shoes or sandals with nasty-ass feet!
Say something sexy in Spanish.
What’s something no one knows about you?
Where’s the craziest place you’ve done the dirty?
Te voy a dar la mejor noche de tu vida...
SAHARA DAVENPORT WHEN RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE RETURNS to Logo on February 1, Sahara Davenport will be the only New York queen in the competition. But the glamour girl, who’s a professionally trainer dancer, wasn’t sweatin’the pressure. “I was thrilled. I didn’t understand why there wasn’t a New York queen in first season, actually,”she says. “Of course I had to represent—I couldn’t let my city down!”Describing her look as “if Grace Jones and Iman had a striking, thin and gorgeous daughter,”Davenport’s been kicking it up in shows at Barracuda, The Monster, Splash and Lavish Lounge. (Her newest gig, Diagnosis: Diva! at therapy, also starts on February 1 right after the premiere of Drag Race). As anyone who’s watched the show knows, contestants have to be ready for anything, and novice sewer Sahara says she had to hot-glue and staple like her life depended on it. But the Harlem princess’ inborn confidence helped her keep her cool.“Part of the reason I did the show [was] to be seen. I want to be [known] on an international level. Not to steal from Madonna, but I would love to rule the world—in drag.” —Dan Avery
BY BENJAMIN LESZCZ • ILLUSTRATIONS BY BLAIR PRENTICE
PAINTING THE SurE, ILLEgAL MExICANS MIGHT BE A VISIBLE THREAT TO HARD WORKING AMERICAN’S JOBS DURING THIS TIME OF RECESSION, BuT IT’S our NEIghBorS To ThE NorTh WHO HAVE SECRETLY BEEN TAKING OVER OUR FAIR CITY. NEXT MAGAZINE goES DEEp uNDErCovEr IN NEw York’S gAY CANADIAN MAFIA.
TOW N RED O N MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008, just before 1am, Lehman Brothers Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At that moment, as the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history unfolded, Blair Prentice slept peacefully in his tiny Manhattan studio, oblivious to the chaos that would envelop him in just a few hours. Prentice, an athletic-looking 28-year-old with full lips, had just moved to New York from Toronto; he’d landed a contract doing graphic design for Lehman’s marketing department a month prior to the collapse. He knew the bank was in trouble; his department numbered 100 people a year prior, but by the time he arrived it was down to 60. The week
before the bankruptcy, that number shrunk even more. “When they started firing everyone, people were walking by my desk crying, and [I] was like this,” he says, cupping cups his hands around his eyes and staring down at the table.“I’m the new kid, sitting there, and everyone’s packing up boxes, people who’d been there for 20 years.” Prentice tried to stay focused on his work, but his project—working on recruitment brochures—seemed more than a little absurd. Instead, he just lay low, read art blogs and hoped for the best. By the end of that fateful Monday, only a small handful of his colleagues were left standing, including his direct boss.Within a few weeks, however, they too were let go. For the next three months, Prentice was Lehman’s
marketing department. “I’m sitting alone in this huge office on the 48th floor overlooking Radio City, this little Canadian wondering,‘What the hell is going on?’” It’s a good question: How did the marketing department of America’s fourth-largest investment bank land squarely in the hands of a dude from Canada with virtually no marketing experience? To answer this question, you’ve got to venture deep into the heart of a polite but powerful network that’s infiltrated New York’s media, music, fashion and nightlife worlds.You likely know some of its members; you might even be friends with them, but make no mistake: The Gay Canadian Mafia is a force to be reckoned with. Although Prentice’s story is exceptional, its arc is not: gay Canadian arrives to New York with sketchy legal status; gay Canadian lands sweet job; gay Canadian holds onto sweet job as the economy collapses around him and thousands of born-and-bred Americans are left unemployed. But the story isn’t just about hard work, talent, ambition and luck; it’s about a loosely organized network of gay Canadian men who are quietly conspiring to take over New York. It must be. What else could account for the tremendous fortune of Peter Knegt, a boyish 25-year-old with sharp features who landed a gig as associate editor of the indie film online trade publication IndieWire.com—while he was still living in Canada? In 2003, a friend introduced Knegt to IndieWire’s co-founders—both gay men in their 40s—and Knegt, then a student, began interning for the publication. By the time Knegt moved to Montreal for grad school, he was splitting his time between Canada and New York, working part-time for the website and telling tall tales at the U.S. border. He’d spend weeks at a time in the spare bedroom of his boss’s East Village apartment. Intimate conditions, no doubt, and Knegt makes no bones about the fact that it would have been tough for a straight man, or a woman, to get his job. “The independent film world is very gay,” he says.“Pretty much all the work I’ve gotten is through gay connections. I truly believe that if I weren’t gay none of this would’ve happened.” Knegt’s brilliant move was exploiting the already wellknown powers of the gay mafia to further his own goals. It’s a coup that he celebrated, no doubt, on Thanksgiving— when he gathered with fellow gay Canadians for what he calls “an anti-Thanksgiving” party. At the party, it’s safe to assume plans were hatched and grievances were shared. To wit, this example: “It can be annoying to witness the ignorance of Americans about Canada,” he says. “At parties you can get a laugh out of asking people to name Canadian cities. Never can more than half the room do it. Sometimes they get Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver. A few people have said Alberta.” (Alberta, of course, is a province.) For Canadian Somsack Sikhounmuong as well, patriotism surfaces in unlikely places. He recounted a telling moment at a recent Blue Rodeo concert. The country-folkrock band is wildly popular in their native Canada; here, however, they played the Mercury Lounge. Sikhounmuong, a native of the car-manufacturing hub of Oshawa, Ontario, recalls,“The room was packed with Canadians. Everyone was 16
singing along.” Except, that is, for one outsider:“My sister”— also a New York transplant—“had brought her boyfriend along, and he was just standing there because he didn’t know any of the words.” For shame. Sikhounmuong is among the better-integrated mafiosos; he’s lived here since 1995 when he came to study fashion at Parsons. At first, he enrolled in the architecture program—a choice that pleased his Chinese parents, who immigrated to Canada from Laos. They wanted a doctor or lawyer, but they’d settle for an architect. “They wouldn’t have let me come down for fashion,” he says, “so I had to spin it a bit. I just switched into fashion in my second year.” This kind of deviousness is to be expected from Canadians; what distinguishes Sikhounmuong is his talent: shortly after graduating, he landed a job designing accessories at J.Crew. Nine years later, he’s risen to become a senior women’s wear designer and one of the company’s top talents—even designing Obama Inaugural event outfits for Sasha and Malia. To keep his colleagues quiet, he’ll often ply them with Canadian delicacies like Cadbury chocolates and ketchup chips. It seems to be working: Sikhounmuong is now eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, making his infiltration, er, integration nearly complete. Though we were unable to find any Canadians willing to comment directly on this pervasive and insidious organization, nightlife fixture and native Torontonian Ladyfag relayed a revealing anecdote:“I’m good friends with Geordon [Nicol],” the Canadian member of the Misshapes. “And when Sophia [Lamar] sees us together, she always says, ‘Canadians. You always have an agenda.’ She’s known for her cunty remarks—but she’s right; if you come to NewYork, you have an agenda.” Ladyfag denied, however, that the mafia is structured: “Obviously, we don’t have meetings with a secretary and a prime minister!” At least, the notion of the agenda is one that few deny. “Over the past three years, I’ve come across many Canadians who come here with the intent to stay, but if you just move here hoping something’s going to happen, you’ll probably have to go back,” says Knegt.“The Canadians [whom] I know [who] are here permanently are successful. They have good jobs. It’s just the only way.” NativeTorontonian Steven Dam, a casting manager for fashion powerhouse KCD, sums it up neatly:“Whether you’re from Missouri or Saskatchewan, if you move to New York, you have to be very driven. But if you’re from Saskatchewan, you can’t just do the penniless, I’mgoing-to-be-a-waiter-till-I’m-Madonna thing, because you have to have a visa.” Or do you? Nearly every single person interviewed for this story admitted to deceiving border officials more than once. Even those who ultimately got legal status here spent at least some time in immigration limbo. Which means that the Canucks who make it here aren’t just smart, talented, hard-working and ambitious; they’re sneaky, too. So beware, for one day soon, the gay Canadians will rule this city. And when they do, you’d better be wearing your very warmest toque. Because things are going to get very, very cold. N
“PRETTY MUCH ALL THE WORK I’VE GOTTEN IS THROUGH GAY CONNECTIONS. I TruLY BELIEvE ThAT IF I wErEN’T gAY NoNE oF ThIS wouLD’vE hAppENED.” —NATIvE CANADIAN pETEr kNEgT 17
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Holly Caust at Evolve (p.30)
FRIDAY JANUARY 29 TOTHEMAXX Man Bar at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-691-0073, splashbar.com— Got a winter chill? DJ Max Rodriguez lights the fire at Splash’s weekend starter as live erotic shows get your temperature rising. And tonight, men get in for half-price. 10pm–6am; 10pm; $5 before 11pm/$10 general admission.
HOMOTEAMADVANTAGE Varsity at Gym Sportsbar, 167 Eighth Ave (btwn 18th/19th Sts), gymsportsbar.com, 212-33718
2439— DJ JD plays for the home team at this monthly jockfest downstairs in the Lockerroom. Who needs Gatorade when you’ve got free Absolut “jock shots” until 11pm and $5 Svedka all night? Plus, you can meet Beyoncé worshippers OneNineBoys, who will be doing original choreography to “Ego” and “Sweet Dreams.” 10pm; free.
at Union Square Ballroom, NEW27Testosterone Union Sq E (btwn 16th/17th Sts),
firstname.lastname@example.org— Union Square gets a little gayer with this new monthly party from the boys that brought you the La Manta Ray pool party at Room Mate Grace Hotel. DJs Cast &
Claux and Gabe Manzon are in the booth and the hotties are on the dance floor. 10pm–5pm; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission.
ROCKSTEADY Rockit at Amalia, 204 W 55th St (btwn Seventh Ave/Broadway), fveventsny.com, 212–245– 1234— At Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss’ popular Midtown party, house beats from DJs Lady Bunny and Keo Nozari get the weekend started right. 10pm; free.
BRACEFORINTACT Uncut at Elevate, 390 Eighth Ave (btwn 29th/30th Sts), 212 714-8149, uncutnyc.com— An urban
Brad Loekle at therapy (p.24)
OSCARS, OMENS AND THE OTHERS
ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS The year’s top movies get a nod on Feb 2.
GROUNDHOG DAY America waits to see if some furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb 2.
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gay groove takes over Chelsea at Louis “Loca” M’s Friday-night throwdown with hosts Yamil, Mickey, J-Sin and Alonso. DJs Lord G, Beyond, Paul Wonder and Veras spin the beats for more than a dozen Latino go-gos and patrons enjoying $1 drinks till 11pm and a free shot at midnight. 10pm–5am; free before midnight/$5 with invite/$10 general admission.
DISSISIT Brett Gleason at the Delancey, 68 Delancey St (btwn Clinton/Attorney Sts), brettgleason.com— Gleason, a cutie-pie gymnast who also writes and records electronic rock, celebrates the release of his debut album, The Dissonance, with a live show on the Lower East Side. 10pm; free.
LOST SEASON PREMIERE we’re positive everything will be explained on Feb 2.
HEYGABBAGABBA THISAIN’TACHEEROCRACY OMGlee at Vlada, 331 W 51st St (btw Eighth/Ninth Aves), cheerny.org— While we await the return of the best show on television, get your gleek on at drag hostess Andora Tetee’s Glee party. DJ Raymond spins tunes from the show and members of Cheer New York perform throughout the night. And with a Glee trivia game and karaoke contest, you won’t have to feel left out. Of course, Mr. Schue would never let the kids order $5 cocktails and wine from the bar. 8pm–11pm; free. 20
Q-Talk at the Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-206-0440, q-talk.net— After a brief hiatus, Frantz Hall, Stacey Todd Holt, Joseph John and Angie Knight’s live queer talk show returns at a new, earlier time slot. They’re welcoming Broadway performer and cabaret singer Raissa Katonna Bennett and comedian Danny Leary, and discussing the kind of grown-up toys Santa doesn’t bring you—but Babeland sure does! 9:45pm; $5 (plus two-drink minimum).
SUPER BOWL XLIV Tight ends and wide receivers come together on Feb 7.
Mike Dreyden at View Bar (p.26)
SATURDAY JANUARY 30 DASHANDDINE John Blair Saturdays at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com, 212-6910073— After Kenny Dash picks the hottest hunk at Stud Search, John Blair and Beto Sutter’s longrunning circuit classic welcomes DJ Brett Henrichsen. Downstairs, the lower level fills with hot pop tracks and $1 drinks for JB cardholders till 11pm. 10pm–6am; $15 with JB card before 1am/$20 general admission.
DRAMARAMA Saturday at Secret, 525 W 29th (btwn 10th/11th Aves), 212-268-5580, jcintime.com— AfricanAmerican muscle gods venture to the far west reaches of Chelsea for urban jams from DJ Ironbound and dangerously delicious drink specials. Tonight, meet the cast of the web series Dramaqueenz. 10pm; cover varies.
Double Headed Disco at Nowhere Bar, RS YEA 322 E 14th St (btwn First/Second Aves), 212-477-4744— It’s been a half-decade since DJs Jeff Jackson, Pete Money, Disco Connie and their crew started bringing a polyester vibe to the East Village dive. Celebrate with NYU kids and queer locals dancing to crisco disco. 10pm; free.
!Boylesque! at Uncle Charlie’s Lower East NEW Side, 87 Ludlow St (btwn Broome/Delancey
Sts), 212-995-1172— Go-Go Harder has corralled a talented posse of drag queens, burlesque boys and performance artists for this all-male revue on the Lower East Side. Midnight; $5.
UNDERGRADS Drama at Rush, 579 Sixth Ave (between 15th/16th Sts), boiparty.com— DJ Steve Sidewalk entrances the boys at this college-crowd haunt, and host Charles Winters makes sure funny lady Mimi Imfurst doesn’t eat all the twinkies. 10pm; $15 with college ID/$20 general admission. 18+
THATPETROLMOTION Gasolina at Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), enyclub.com, 212-631-0588— Blatino babes werk it hardcore, courtesy of the spicy Latin rhythms of DJs Eddie Cruz and Ray Lorenzo. 10pm; cover varies. PHOTO: WILSONMODELS
RIDE’EMCOWBOY The Big Apple Ranch at Dance Manhattan, 39 W 19th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212-358-5752, bigappleranch.com— Saddle up next to the dude of your dreams and two-step round the dance floor with the urban cowboys of Big Apple Ranch. Come early for line dancing lessons at 8pm before enjoy-
FREE RIDE CONQUER THE CITY WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME CULTURE VULTURE: FEB 7 The Sunday Social at Chi-Chi’s, 135 Christopher St (btwn Greenwich/Hudson Sts), 347-803-0349, blackaidsday.org—In honor of National Black AIDS Awareness Day, the West Village bar teams up with nonprofit Life Boys to provide vital info about treating and preventing HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. It’s not all serious, though—there’s plenty of food, a trivia contest and raffle and lots of giveaways. 3pm–7pm. 18+ PARTY HEARTY: FEB 3 The Gong Show at Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 917-388-2897— Bianca Del Rio has no qualms about gonging your ass off the stage at this weekly talent show, so you better bring it! DJ Steven Paul spins. 11pm. WILD CARD: FEB 1
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ing a performance by the Manhattan Prairie Dogs. 9pm–1am; $10.
CLANG!CLANG!CLANG! Judy Garland Live at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-757-0788, donttellmamanyc.com— MAC award-winning female impersonator Tommy Femia channels Garland in this heartfelt tribute show. 8:30pm, $20 (plus two-drink minimum).
LOSINGGROUND Erosion at Spoon Theater, 38 W 38th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), spoontheater.org— It’s closing night for this drama about a lonely young gay man who finds love in group therapy but is thrown into a world of drugs and codependency. 8pm; $18.
SUNDAY JANUARY 31 CAREBARES Broadway Bares: Solo Strips at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212–691–0073, broadwaycares.org— It’s been 20 years since stars of the Great White Way started stripping down for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To commemorate the anniversary, and raise much24
needed funds, the organization is recreating the original Broadway Bares at Splash. There’ll be great song-and-dance numbers and chorus boys galore. What’s not to love? See p. 36 for more info. 8pm and 11pm. $10.
AUTOPILOT 747 at Simyone Lounge, 409 W 14th St, (btwn Ninth/Tenth Aves), joshwoodproductions.com— Superstar DJ Junior Vasquez lands at Josh Wood’s weekly high-flier, now in its new home at the former Lotus. Catch Ladyfag, Michael Holz, Marco Ovando and Malik So Chic sashaying down the runway, then hit the open bar going till 9pm. 8pm–1am; free.
JOHNNYBGOOD Vandam at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St (@ Vandam St), myspace.com/susannebartsch, 212-7194479— At Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch’s madcap menagerie, Chuck Attix, Dirty Martini and Desi Monster host DJ Johnny Dynell and a diverse gathering of nightlife tribes. 10pm; free.
GIVEUSFACE! NYC Rumble 32: Resolution Rampage at Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), 212-631-
Imitation of Crisp at Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie St (btwn Delancey/Broome Sts), 212-226-4555, envoyenterprises.com— Richard Weaver and Devin Elijah inaugurate the F.A.G. Collective with this surreal celebration of the life of alpha dandy Quentin Crisp. Models and guests are encouraged to “strike a pose” imitating Crisp’s essence while photographers and artists capture their likeness. 6pm–8:30pm.
0588, enyclub.com— The gloves come on at this house-ball throwdown, where butch boys and vogue femmes battle it out. Midnight; $20. 18+
BEAUTYQUEENS Miss’d America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk (btwn S Florida/S Mississippi Aves), Atlantic City, acglbt.org— After Carrie Prejean, we got sick of pageants. But this gender-blender competition has sparked our interest. Carson Kressley and Atlantic City drag legend Sandy Beach host a squadron of queens strutting and struggling down the runway. 7:30pm; $35–$100.
BUZZWORTHY Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour at therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— TruTV talking head and comedian Brad Loekle welcomes Alli Breen, SNL’s Kendra Cunningham, Adrienne Iapalucci and headliner Helen Hong to therapy’s upstairs stage. Loosen up your funny bone with some $6 Cosmos. 10pm; free.
DESIGNFORLIVING By His Own Design at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W (@77th St) 212-8733400, nyhistory.org— This documentary about
BENEFITS PACKAGE YOUR GUIDE TO PHILANTHROPY AND HUSBAND-HUNTING Club 57 at Providence, 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), fveventsny.com, 212-3070062— Promoters Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss help Haitian relief efforts by donating a portion of tonight’s profits to the earthquake-ravaged nation. DJs Mike Cruz, Peter Paul and Lady Bunny spin, while Logan Hardcore and Haitian-born drag darling Ebonee Excell bring fierceness. Open bar till 11pm. Jan 30 at 10pm; $15 before midnight/$20 general admission. Ebonee Excell
Cheer New York at Vlada (p.20) self-taught queer artist Emile Norman, who recently passed away at age 91, explores his seven decades in the New York art scene—glittering Bergdorf Goodman window displays and winning rave reviews at gallery shows. Producers Michael Tucker and Jill Eickenberry discuss the film and their relationship with Norman. 2pm–4pm; free.
LATINQUARTER Escandalo at El Morroco, 3534 Broadway (@ 145th St), myspace.com/escandalonights, 212-9390909— Alberto and Fernando’s popular Latin night gets a reboot for 2010. DJ Nesto spins for Uptown boys and sexy go-go boys. It’ll be worth the trip on the 1 train. 10pm; free.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 1 SLIPPERYWHENWET Curtain Call at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212–691–0073, splashbar.com— You might have seen her in Rock of Ages in Las Vegas, but singer Elizabeth Brackenbury is taking a bite out of the Big Apple tonight. “Don’t stop believing” as Emily McNamara welcomes the belting beauty to the Splash stage. 11:30pm; $5.
DIRTYHAIRY Mr. Woof Contest at View Bar, 232 Eighth Ave (@ 22nd St), mikedreyden.blogspot.com, 212-9292243— Bears, otters and leather daddies have been coming to this weekly man-o-rama for a while. 26
Now it’s time to pick the king of the hill, at this firstever pageant hosted by Mike Dreyden, with Torez, Jonny Mac and Will Clark judging contestants’ “woof” factor. 8pm–2am; $5. Diagnosis: Diva! at therapy, 348 W 52nd St NEW (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-397-1700,
therapy-nyc.com— RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport channels our favorite musical divas in her new weekly show in Hell’s Kitchen. The night includes lip-synching, live singing, $7 Absolut cocktails and special guests. (Oh please let it be Ongina!) See p.12 for more info. 10pm; free.
HERRMAJESTY Sabor Latino at The Monster, 80 Grove St (@ Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com, 212-9243558— Barbara Herr shows her stuff tonight at 11pm, with DJ Tony Cruz spinning caliente beats and go-gos on the stage before and after. Cool down with $4 Cuba libres and Coronas. 10pm; $5.
SNAPTOIT Bingo-Ho Bingo at Posh, 405 W 51st St (btwn Ninth/10th Aves), 212-957-2222— Bingo bitch Ginger Snap calls the shots at Posh’s game night. Just keep her away from the free pizza or the game will never get started. 9pm–11pm; free.
LAUGHINGSTOCK The Tom Ragú Comedy Revue at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave S/Waverly
Speak the Truth the Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave (btwn 49th/50th Sts), 800-494-8497, hrc.org/boxoffice— Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand step up to the mic at HRC’s ninth-annual gala. VIP tickets to the blacktie affair include an invitation to a pre-gala reception and champagne service. Feb 6 at 8pm; $600 VIP tickets/ $400 general admission.
Pl), 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Gay comedian Tom Ragú welcomes Mona Cooper, Adrienne Iapalucci, Bernie Fursh, Robin Fox and other jokers to this weekly standup show. 7pm; free (plus two-drink minimum).
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2 SWEETSURRENDER Bonbon at Juliet, 535 W 21st St (btwn 10th/11thAves), myspace.com/susannebartsch— Looking for something fun but not too over-the-top? Suzanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny bring their Van-
dam magic to this new chill Tuesday party. Malik So Chic, Jordan Foxy and Ladyfag host DJ Cat NYC, with drink specials all night. 11pm; free.
PALJOEY Boy Box at g Lounge, 223 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-929-1085, glounge.com— East Village meets West Village as Cazwell and Joey Israel host go-go naughtiness and On CBS’ hit procedural CSI, Gerald bawdy burlesque at 11pm and McCullough plays crime lab technician 1am. Guest DJs spin and g’s Bobby Dawson. In Dan Via’s new off-Broadway barboys serve up sinful condrama, Daddy, however, he’s Colin, a gay newspaper coctions. 10pm–2am; free. columnist whose newfound connection with an
intense 21-year-old could spell trouble. “It’s an incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking story…which has been Apocalypse at Eastern immensely compelling for me to investigate,” says the Bloc, 505 E Sixth St (@ Ave out actor. “Colin has been one of my favorite roles—I A), easternblocnyc.com, freakin’ love the last line I get to say! It breaks my 212-777-2555— Peter Pony heart and rings true like nothing else.” —Daddy takes the reins at this plays at The Barrow Group Theatre, 312 W 36th St Alphabet City jam, where DJ Raj (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), from Jan 28–Feb 13. spins electro and alternative Visit DaddyThePlay.com for beats, the beers are only $4, and the more info. crowd parties like its the end of the
world. 10pm; free.
BROWNBUNNY Beige at B Bar 40 E Fourth St (@ Bowery), 212475-2220, bbarandgrill.com— It’s cold out, but seen-and-be-seen gays still pack into B Bar’s enclosed (and heated) patio every Tuesday for this long-running affair. 10pm; free.
NOTHIN’BUTAHEARTACHE Lovebreak at dTox, 31 Second Ave (btwn Second/Third Sts), 212-777-0774— DJ W Jeremy spins warm fuzzy disco for East Village boys. Jordan Fox hosts, with bar hunks Patrick and Ricardo Studmuffin serving up $3 Sobiesky vodka. 10pm; free.
GOODHUMOR SRSLY LOL at Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St (btwn Devoe/Metropolitan Aves), Williamsburg, 718599-4444— Bryan Wilson and H. Alan Scott welcome queer comics to this bimonthly chucklefest. With well drinks just $3, we guarantee you’ll find these hipster jokers hilarious. 9:30pm; free.
One of the hottest parties of the winter is at this retro-futuristic hotel in Columbus Circle. Hosts Jackie Birdy and Markus Kelleman and DJ Ryan McKnight are getting all the kids to come out, including Erickatoure Aviance, Demanda Dahling, Herra C and Eric Halliwell. 10pm; cover varies.
Halen spins punk, riot grrl and New Wave for queer boys and babes at the river’s edge. Miss Cha Cha and Princess J.J. sling $2 Kitty Punch shots, $5 Sauza drinks and $4 domestic suds. 10pm; free.
HARDASSTEELE Porno Bingo at Pieces, 8 Christopher St (btwn Gay St/Greenwich Ave), willclarkworld.com, 212-9299291— Sponsored by Next Magazine, Steel Gym and Dance: 208, Will Clark’s slutty take on the game welcomes Colin Steele, blogger Eric Leven and drag queen Bianca Leigh. 8pm–10pm; free.
Ocean at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), 212–691–0073, splashbar.com— Nathan H. Williams and Yamil X’s dance party brings DJs MK and Beyond’s blend of house and hip-hop and a sea of mocha-latte hotties. It gets pretty wild. Trust! 9pm; free before 10pm/$5 before midnight/$10 general admission.
The Happening at Hudson Hotel, 256 W 58th St (btwn Broadway/Seventh Ave), 212-554-6217—
Kitty Punch at Rockbar, 185 Christopher St (@ Weehawken St), rockbarnyc.com— DJ Lezz Van
Rewind at The Ritz, 369 W 46th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), chrisryannyc.com, 212-333-
SHE’SSTILLHERE! Elaine Stritch: Singing Sondheim...One Song at a Time at Café Carlyle, 35 E 76th St (@ Madison Ave), 212-744-1600, thecarlyle.com— The stage stalwart adds one more night to her Carlyle show, and it just happens to be her 85th birthday! 8:45pm; $125.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3
4177— Chris Ryan and Jaymz Crow turn back the clock at their weekly retro dance night. DJ JonJon Battles pumps up the jams as Chaka-Khanvict goes over the borderline with $1 Jell-O shots and the crowd gets hungry like the wolf for $4 Sex On The Beach and vodka cranberry. 10pm; free.
a red-carpet commentator! Celebrate her triumphant return as veteran viper spits humorous poison about celebrities, reality TV and her own legendary life. A portion of proceeds benefit God’s Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. 8pm; $30 (plus $15 food/drink minimum).
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4
Pop Tart at Barracuda, 275 W 22nd St (@ Eighth Ave), 212-645-8613— Britney Houston channels a different pop diva every week at this humpday hullabaloo, where ’Cuda’s famously hot crowd of curious cruisers cheer her on and down $1 Pop Shots. DJ Bryan Raughton spins. 10pm; free.
ANCIENTHISTORY Caveman at dTox, 31 Second Ave (btwn Second/Third Sts), 212-777-0774— You won’t find Neanderthals at dTox’s midweek party. Just DJ Michael Magnan knocking out heavy beats that’ll kick your ass back to the Stone Age. 10pm; free.
PINKPOSSE Dry Hump at the Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com— The Cock gets even more crammed than usual as Ernie Cote hosts his ass-to-elbow Wednesday-night jam. With DJs Cazwell and Zac Posse, flexible go-gos and $5 wells drinks, no wonder it’s so popular. 11pm; $5.
ANCIENTHISTORY Jockstrap at the Eagle, 554 W 28th St (btwn 10th/11th Aves), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Whether you wear Nasty Pig or 2(x)ist, if you’re into jockstraps, you won’t wanna miss the Eagle’s weekly strap-fest. DJ Mirch spins for barely dressed guys loosened up by a few $3 Jäger shots and Budweisers. 10pm; free.
HOLLYWOULD Drink and Think Trivia at Evolve, 221 E 58th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), 212-355-3395, evolve58nyc.com— Do you think better when you’re drunk? Then this new quiz night hosted by Holly Caust and Patrick is right up your alley. Blurt out the right answer and you’ll get a free shot. Start boning up on your trivia knowledge now! 10:30pm–1:30am; free.
SAYMOO! Cattle Call at therapy, 348 W 52nd St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), therapy-nyc.com, 212-3971700— At 11pm, super-sweet diva Peppermint hosts this weekly talent show, where the top performer nabs the $150 cash purse. That’s a round of drinks right there. DJ Keo Nozari keeps the beat pumping. 9:30pm–2am; free.
QUEENOFMEAN Joan Rivers at Laurie Beechman Theater, 401 W 42nd St (btwn Ninth/Dyer Aves), 212-695-6909, spincyclenyc.com— Hooray, Joan’s back on E! as 30
(btwn Broadway/Sixth Ave), 212-7253860— When life gives you lemons, make NEWapplesauce! Matt Tratner takes the Jack
Apple Jack at La Pomme, 37 W 26th St
party from the dearly departed Aspen to its new home. Ricardo Studmuffin, Jonny Mack and a roster of rotating guest DJs will help him plant new roots. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; free.
GSPOT Gorgeous at g Lounge, 223 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212929-1085, glounge.com— Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander present an attitude-free night of fashionable fellas, gogo boys and sultry sounds by DJ Lina. 9pm; free.
I’MALIVE! Xanadude at K&M, 225 N Eighth St (btwn Roebling St/Driggs Ave), 718-3883088— Another Brooklyn bar goes gay for a night when DJs Sean B and Deputy Jeff spin disco Italo and Olivia Newton-John-inspired pop at this monthly soiree. 10pm; free.
BUTTONFLY Denim Shorts at Phoenix, 447 E 13th St (btwn First Ave/Ave A), 212-477-9979— Slip into your favorite Levi’s and swagger over to this chill hang, where the $3 brews are cheap and DJ A. Martini’s mix of punk, dance and rock music is loud. 10pm; free.
SCRUFFTRADE 2010 Beard Ball at Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave (@ Driggs Ave), build-a-beard.com— We already love guys with facial hair, but this hirsute celebration makes us feel warm all over. Transatlantic FM, Quiet Loudly and Julius C perform, and all proceeds benefit RightRides, a free late-night shuttle service for the LGBTQ community. 8pm; $5.
QUICKDRAW Chelsea Classics: Blazing Saddles at Chelsea Clearview Cinema, 260 W 23rd St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), clearviewcinemas.com— Hedda Lettuce introduces this under-appreciated Mel Brooks comedy, in which a corrupt governor stuns villages in an Old West town by giving them a black sheriff. 7pm and 9:30pm; $7.50.
DUCK, DUCK... SILLY GOOSE! WHICH ONE OF THESE GOTHAM
COMEDIANS IS A FUNNY GAY MALE? FIGURING OUT IF A GUY IS A GAY is one of our favorite hobbies. But this week New York comedians Moshe Kasher, Brent Sullivan and Harrison Greenbaum are putting audience member’s nose for ’mos to the test with Gaydar, a unique comedy event at Comix. Each will perform a standup set and the audience will guess which one is a “Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand-ticket-holding friend of Dorothy.” We thought we’d give you a head start—check out these innocuous profiles and see if anything pings. You’ll have to go to the show to find out who the real gay is. —Dan Avery BRENT SULLIVAN What brand shampoo do you use? Selsun Blue What was your favorite subject in school? Psychology What’s your pick for Best Film Oscar? Whatever documentary I saw this year that I’m currently forgetting. HARRISON GREENBERG What shampoo do you use? Head & Shoulders Classic Clean What was your favorite subject in school? AP European History What’s your pick for Best Film Oscar? Avatar MOSHE KASHER What shampoo do you use? Stolen hotel samples. What was your favorite subject in school? I dropped out, so nothing. Your pick for Best Film Oscar? The Princess Bride
Gaydar at Comix, 353 W 14th St (@Ninth Ave), 212524-2500, comixny.com. Feb 3 at 7:30pm; $15 in advance/$20 general admission (plus $15 food-drink mininum).
EASTISEAST Main Man at B East, 171 E Broadway (@ Rutgers St), 212-228-3100, broadwayeast.com— Ryan McGinley joins Misshapes’ Greg K for a night for gays who hate gay parties. No techno, no Hollister, no drag—think Squeezebox with a touch of
Blazing Saddles at Chelsea Clearview (p.30) class and maybe some Belle and Sebastian from DJs Japanster and Dima. 9pm; free.
SPEAKOFTHEDEVIL Homo Comicus: Straight to Hell at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), gothamcomedyclub.com, 212-367-9000— Us fags are bound for the fiery pits of damnation, so why not have a laugh while we can? Yuck it up with comedians Marion Grodin, Jillian Snow Harris, Jeffrey Johns, Big Gay Sketch Show’s Kate McKinnon and Eddie Sarfaty. 8:30pm, $15 (plus two-drink minimum).
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5 GOALITTLECRAZY
Mark Nelson bring back the party everybody from Leighton Meester to Peaches has been spotted at. Freak out to DJs Nita, Kindbud and Cazwell and get down-and-drrrty with hosts like Amanda Lepore, Joey Israel and Roze Black. But don’t forget to chug some $3 Stoli vodka drinks before midnight. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$15 general admission.
ROCKSTEADY Rockit at Amalia, 204 W 55th St (btwn Seventh Ave/Broadway), fveventsny.com, 212–245– 1234— At Tony Fornabaio and Brandon Voss’ popular Midtown party, house beats from DJs Lady Bunny and Keo Nozari get the weekend started right. 10pm; free.
Desilicious: Bollywood Blue Bash at Pachita, 618 W 46th St (btwn Eleventh/Twelfth Aves), sholayevents.com— The Sholay crew are taking their sizzling Southeast Asian revel to Pachita for the first time. Throw on something blue for this winter bash and sway to Bolly beats from DJs Ashu Rai and Bobby. 10pm; $10 before 11pm/$15 general admission.
MMP! at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (btwn Sullivan/Thompson Sts), 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com— DJ Deejay and Miss Guy spin classic hits from Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince at this downtown throwdown, which blew up in Philly before groovin’ on up to the Big Apple. 10pm; free.
The F Word at Rebel, 251 W 30th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-695-2747— Fun? Festive? Freaky? Michael “Formika” Jones and
Paradise Lost at Boots & Saddle, 76 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Bleecker St), 212-9299684, paradiselostdance.blogspot.com— DJ
Robert Maril channels the hedonistic 1970s that draws youngin’s who weren’t even alive then. $5 top-shelf drinks. 9pm; free.
BIGFUN Mondo at Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich St (@ Spring St), mondo-nyc.com, 212-219-2850— Miss Modular, Kevington and Dr. Maz spin indie rock, Swedish pop, ’60s girl groups and New Wave for a hip mixed crowd. Visit website for reduced admission. 11pm; $5.
YOUBETTAWORK! RuPaul at Borders Books & Music, 10 Columbus Circle (@ 59th St), 212-823-9775— The singer/actress and Drag Race host signs copies of her new self-help primer, Workin’ It: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style. With Oprah and Tyra stepping down, Ru could be poised to be the next black media superwoman. 7pm; free.
SHOPTILLYOUDROP Manhattan Vintage at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), manhattanvintage.com— Put down the Hollister and walk away. It’s time to get a one-of-a-kind look at this vintage-clothing fair, featuring more than 85 top vendors.1 Show continues Feb 6 from 11am–6pm. 1pm–8pm; $20.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7 LESSONPLAN
Sunday School at Splash, 50 W 17th St (btwn Fifth/Sixth Aves), splashbar.com, 212–691– 0073— Class is in session as DJs Steve Sidewalk and Lady Bunny spin pop tracks while patrons take advantage of the almost-all-you-can-drink $8 beer blast. 10pm; cover varies. Tight at Amnesia, 609 W 29th St (btwn Eleventh/Twelfth Aves), chrisryannyc.com— NEWAfter last month’s preview party, Chris Ryan’s
new mega-bash makes its regular weekly debut. Hosts Dina Marie, Mike Dreyden, King Ralphy, Yuhua Hamasaki and Hunter Woodman bring you DJs Jeremy Dawson, Nita and Ricardo on a massive dance floor. 10pm; $15. PHOTO: GUSTAVO MONROY
GREATESTAMERICANHIRO Cuckoo Club at Hiro Ballroom in The Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St (@ Ninth Ave), 212-2424300— Sunday’s eternally popular blow-out at this Asian-inspired ballroom brings out the jet-set gaylebrities, South American tourists and the B&T to dance to DJ Honey Dijon’s hot electro. 10pm; free.
Eddie Safarty at Gotham Comedy Club (p.32)
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S QxBxRx at Cake Shop 152 Ludlow St EAR (btwn Stanton/Rivington), 212-253-0036, CAKEWALK
myspace.com/qxbxrx— For three years, DJs Sir Loins, Go-Karff and A. Martini have been bringing the noise for indie grrls and boiz. Rock out tonight with live bands and go-go dancers, and a few special treats. $5 before 11pm/$8 general admission.
TICKLEMEMO Ticklyn at Sugarland, 221 N Ninth St (btwn Driggs Ave/Roebling St), Williamsburg, 718-599-4044— DJ Emjay brings the buzz to Brooklyn as a randy crowd of hipster boys and gals descends on this Billyburg haven and rock out to a booty-shaking collection of beats. 10pm; free.
MATERIALCONCERNS Boyfriend Material at The LGBT Center, 208 W 13th St (btwn Seventh/Greenwich Aves), bfmaterialny.com— The focus at tonight’s dating mixer is on sex and intimacy in relationships. So not only can you find a new guy, but you’ll already know if you’re compatible in the sack. It’s a win-win! 8pm; $20.
LIGHTHEADED Poppers at the Cock, 29 Second Ave (btwn First/Second), thecockbar.com— DJ Nashom gets the boys high on the main floor with throbbing tracks and sexy drink-slingers Andy and William at the bar. 11pm; cover varies.
THATPETROLMOTION Gasolina at Escuelita, 301 W 39th St (@ Eighth Ave), enyclub.com, 212-631-0588— Blatino babes werk it hardcore, courtesy of the spicy Latin rhythms of DJs Eddie Cruz and Ray Lorenzo. 10pm; cover varies.
THEDEEPEND Boys’ Night at Fuerza Bruta at Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E 15th St (@ Union Sq E), themenevent.com— At tonight’s gay-friendly performance, talented studs slam, slip and slide half-naked in massive transparent pools just inches above the audience. Use code FBJWBOY for discount. 10pm; $45.
SATURNRETURNS Planet Zizmor at 200 Orchard, 200 Orchard St (@ Houston St), 212-253-7000— DJ Zoltar, Celso, Matty and Machine Dazzle are landing in the Lower East Side again! Come in your best disco-alien-glam gear and get free admission. 10pm; $5.
Beetlejuice at Nowhere, 322 E 14th St R! YEA (btwn First/Second Sts)— DJ Chauncey D’s retro pop party turns one tonight. Celebrate with classic hits and rarities from 1986-1995 and help yourself to a slice of birthday cake. Fer shure! 10pm; free
TOUCHDOWNTACKLE Super Bowl Tail Gate at the Hangar, 115 Christopher St (btwn Hudson/Bleecker Sts), 212-6272044— Football fans can watch the game with Gusty Winds, who’s also on the prowl for the hottest tight end. 6pm; free.
SHOWTIMESHOWDOWN Showcase Sunday at Bar-tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 917-388-2897— Curtain Call host Emily McNamara goes West to Bar-Tini for this new monthly revue, where new faces debut their talents. 10:30pm; free.
HOYOUDOIN’? Sleazebag Sunday at Evolve, 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), evolvebarandloungenyc.com, 212355-3395— Rajine and DJ Paul Leasure squeeze every nasty drop out of the weekend in Midtown. The lights are dim, the music is sultry and the trade is rough. 10pm; free. N FOR MORE EVENTS AND UPDATES VISIT NEXTMAGAZINE.COM OR FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @ NEXTMAGAZINENY
CARING COWBOY Longtime Broadway Bares choreographer and cast member Nick Kenkel
BY BENJAMIN SOLOMON
THEREBIRTH OFBARES BroADwAY CArES/EquITY FIghTS AIDS rESTAgES ThE vErY FIrST BROADWAY BARES AT SPLASH IN CELEBRATION OF THE FUNDRAISING JUGGERNAUT’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
By number four we had over 50 dancers. Number five was held at Palladium and even got mentioned in the New York Times. For number nine we moved to our current home at Roseland. The 10th anniversary of Bares had over 150 dancers. [In 2004] we invented the Strip-a-thon, which has now raised more than $442,000. Last year we had 243 dancers in the show and raised over $800,000.
Any gossip on June’s official Broadway Bares? JM: It’s going to raise $1 million!
t might be hard to believe but the annual benefit Broadway Bares, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS charities simply by having chorus boys and gals strip off their clothes for money, all started on the modest stage of Splash in Chelsea. With only seven dancers stripping on a bar, they managed to raise over $8,000. Now, in anticipation of creator Jerry Mitchell and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ sure-to-be-legendary 20th Anniversary Broadway Bares in June, the team looks back on the night that started it all. Mitchell, producing director Michael Graziano and longtime choreographer and cast member Nick Kenkel share with us how it all began and give us a glimpse into Bares’ milestone year.
Who had the idea to re-create the original? JM: As we were approaching number 20, we set the goal of raising $1 million. So we decided to do events prior to June 20 to reach that goal, starting with these two performances at Splash on Sunday night.
How did you come up with the idea for Bares? Jerry Mitchell: I was dancing almost naked on a drum in The Will Rogers Follies and a friend, Jason Opsahl, encouraged me to dance on the bar at Splash and the lightbulb went off in my head.
Will it be exactly the same as the original? Nick Kenkel: In the sense that the guys will do their own solo strips, [it will be] a pared-down version of the current giant show. Sort of Broadway Bares “Unplugged,” back to our roots.
What do you want audiences to take away from experiencing the original Broadway Bares? NK: It is a fun tip of the hat to the original idea and at the original bar. And that is pretty special after 20 years on both accounts. JM: Even after the 20th time, it can still be as much fun as the first time! N
What were the originals like? Michael Graziano: It started at Splash [and] then six months later at another bar. By the third Bares it was in a nightclub, Club USA.
Splash has undergone renovations over the last 20 years. Will that affect the show? MG: [Like Splash,] Broadway Bares is a New York institution and can handle anything that gets thrown our way.
Broadway Bares: Solo Strips gets naked on Sunday, January 31 at Splash (50 W 17th, 212-691-0073). Visit BroadwayBares.com for more info.
Why has Broadway Bares been such a big hit? JM: Our motto for the 10th anniversary says it all: sass, class and ass! Why do actors love being involved with Bares? NK:It’s a show where the dancers are the stars, the one night a year where we all come together and support each other. There is no competition. We’re all on stage with the goal of raising as much money as possible.
Laura Bell Bundy
THErIghTTRACK BY KEO NOZARI e’re not normally fans of Broadway stars going pop (or country for that matter)—but we are simply in love with Laura Bell Bundy’s new country-pop single and video, “Giddy On Up.” With tongue planted firmly in the cheek, the actress delivers a goofy, utterly fun musical romp, singing to her cheating lover, “You won’t string me along. You better be moving on. Giddy on up and giddy on out!” Dressed as a sexy saloon entertainer in the accompanying video, she chases said lover out a tavern window, draws her pistol and shoots off his clothes before she lassos him and drags him away behind a horse (!)— all in between tearing it up, dancing in the dirt streets. It’s as funny as it sounds and we can’t help but give a “yee-haw!” to the Tony-nominated talent (who originated both the Broadway roles of Amber in Hairspray and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical). But just so you don’t think Bundy is all zaniness, she also released country ballad “Cigarette” to showcase her more sensitive, serious side. Look for the songs on Bundy’s forthcoming Achin’ and Shakin,’ coming to Mercury Nashville later this year. (Incidentally, it’s her second country album following 2007’s Longing for a Place Already Gone). Speaking of country-pop singers, Taylor Swift lends two tracks to Valentine’s Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with “Today Was a Fairytale” and “Jump Then Fall”—a movie she also stars in with hunky Taylor Lautner. But the soundtrack is full of lots of other acts that send our hearts aflutter (and not just ’cause they look good) including Jamiroquai, Maroon 5 (who cover oldie “The Way You Look Tonight”), Jewel, Joss Stone,The Bird and The Bee and Amy winehouse. Taking a page from the Amy Winehouse Motown-retro throwback book (but sounding wholly original) is v.v. Brown on her debut album, Travelling Like the Light. Arriving Stateside on January 29, the London-based artist has already gleaned great acclaim in the U.K. Writing or
cowriting all but one of the album’s tracks, Brown also coproduced 11 of the songs as well—which makes her debut all the more impressive! Interweaving a Phil Spector-meets-Elvis sensibility of vintage soul and rock with a modern urgency, Brown offers a vibrant, fresh sound. “Quick Fix” has got us fixated with its groovy ’60sbeach-party flair along with “Crying Blood,” while “Game Over” is a funky, hook-laden take on a player, V.V. Brown that shows Brown’s musical game is just beginning. Look for V.V. Brown live on February 15 at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. N
DJ TOP 10: GIRLFRIDAY DJ Girlfriday, resident DJ at Boots & Saddle Happy Hour (Mons–Sats, 4pm–8pm), spins retro classics nightly.
Bad Romance Lady Gaga
Empire State of Mind Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
Bad Girls Donna Summer
West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
Dance Wit’ Me Rick James
Into the Groove Madonna
Half-Breed Cher I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas David Guetta Remix
Love Hangover Diana Ross 12” Extended Mix
Try Sleeping with A Broken Heart Alicia Keys
SWINGS BOTH WAYS LADIES LOVIN’ LADIES
WHATS IN & OUT
Opening>>> (MON) DIAGNOSIS: DIVA! at therapy, 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves)— RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport and DJ Scott Jones. $7 Absolut drinks. 10pm; free
JACK at La Pomme, 37 W 26th St (Broadway/6th Ave)— Matt Tratner, Jonny Mac and Ricardo Studmuffin resurrect the Jack party w/DJ Honey Dijon.
AND THINK TRIVIA at Evolve, 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves)— Trivia with Holly Caust and Patrick. 10:30pm; free.
Closed>>> (WED) BLONDE
LEADING THE BLONDE at Vlada. Sherry Vine, Epiphany and DJ Johnny Dynell.
Bars>>> BARRACUDA 275 W 22nd St (Eighth Ave) 212-645-8613— This Chelsea mainstay acts as Eighth Avenue’s gay epicenter with shows almost nightly. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) Just a Party with DJ JonJon Battles. 10pm. (SAT) Legendary with DJ Kevin Graves. 10pm. (SUN) Sherry Vine Show. DJ David Serrano. 2-for-1 drinks till midnight. 11pm. (MON) Peppermint performs. DJ T-Boy. 11pm. (TUE) ‘Cuda Karaoke w/Mimi Imfurst. 10pm (WED) Pop Tarts with Britney Houston and DJ Bryan Raughton (pop). 10pm; free. (THU) Star Search with Peppermint and DJ Keo Nozari. Guest performances. 11pm; free. THE EAGLE 554 W 28th St (Tenth/Eleventh Aves), 646-473-1866, eaglenyc.com— Two levels w/roof deck, vintage porn and a pool table for leather lovers, bears and fetish freaks. Tue–Sat 10pm–4am, Sun 5pm–4am. (SUN) Beer Blast Sundays with DJ Robbins. $3 domestics, $4 Jäger/Cuervo shots. 5pm– midnight; free. (MON) Bizarre Love Triangle w/Preacher Cassadine and DJ Simon Lazarus Vasta (’80s). 10pm; free. (TUE, FIRST/THIRD) FootMen foot-fetish party 8pm, $10 (includes drink ticket). (WED) Jockstrap Wednesdays with DJ Mirch. $3 Jäger shots, Bud, Bud Light. 10pm; free. (THU) Code with DJ Cicero. $4 Bud Lights. Fetish dress required.10pm; free.
EAST OF EIGHTH 254 W 23rd St (Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-352-0075, eastofeighth.com— Cheers-like bar attracting a mixed crowd. No cover. (FRI) Compass w/DJ Kenn (alternative, rock). 10pm; free. G LOUNGE 225 W 19th St (Seventh/Eighth) 212-929-1085, glounge.com— This round lounge is packed with gym dandies, Latino lotharios and cute Chelsea boys. 4pm–4am daily. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm (FRI) t.g.i.g./Hottie Hour with DJs Smokey at 4pm and Drew G at 9pm. (SAT) Bounce with DJ Dr. Brooks. 7pm. (SUN) Küte by Mark Lander and Franco DiLuzio. Matty Maggiacomo, Joey Israel and Joey Murray and Epiphany host w/DJ Xavier. Go-gos, drink specials. 9pm–1am; free. (MON) Fresh with DJ Dr. Brooks. (TUE) BoyBox by Franco DiLuzio and Mark Lander with DJ Cazwell and host Joey Israel. Go-go dancers. 10pm–2am; free. (WED) Urban Daddy with DJ Gustavo. 9pm. (THU) Gorgeous by Franco and Mark with DJ Lina. Go-gos. 9:30pm. GYM SPORTSBAR/LOCKERROOM 167 Eighth Ave (18th/19th), 212337-2439, gymsportsbar.com— New York’s first all-gay sports bar now has two floors of jock action. Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm– 4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am. (HAPPY HOUR) Mon–Fri 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) Bombs Away with DJ Smokey. Bomb specials. 9pm (FRI) Lock Down with guest DJs and $5 pink cocktails in the Locker Room. 10pm. (FRI, MONTHLY) Varsity with guest DJs downstairs. 10pm (SAT) Game Day! $3 drafts and $2.50 bottles Bud/Bud Light specials 1pm–9pm. (SAT) Flexed with guest DJ and $5 Pink cocktails in the Locker Room. 10pm (SUN) Feel Good. Bud/Bud Light $3 drafts and $2.50 bottles 1pm–9pm. $3 wells and DJ Smokey at 9pm. (SUN) Mix Tape with DJ MK (R&B, hip-hop) $3 wells. 7pm–2am. (MON) Frat Party. DJ Drew. $4 Long Islands and Bud pitchers. 9pm. (TUE) Martes Madness. $4 Margaritas and Coronas. 9pm. (WED) Wrecked. $2.50 Bud/Bud Light bottles. 9pm. (THU) Absolut Athletic Attraction Disorder with DJ Dr. Brooks. $5 Absolut cocktails. 9pm. (THU) Flip out in the Lockeroom. Flip Cup games and $12 Bud pitchers. 8pm; free. RAWHIDE 212 Eighth Ave (21st St) 212-242-9332— Butch daddies and Marlboro men play in Chelsea’s original dive. Gogos nightly. 10am–4am daily. No cover. VIEW BAR 232 Eighth Ave (21st/22nd Sts) 212 929-2243, viewbarnyc.com— Easy breezy aura attracts a crowd of chit-chatters and those watching the gay parade outside. Mon–Fri 7pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm (FRI, SECOND/FOURTH) Metrobears New York with guest DJs. $5 drafts and wells. 9pm; $5. (SAT) View Bar Saturdays with classics, pop and R&B. $3 bloody Marys, screwdrivers and mimosas 2pm–6pm. Free. (SUN) $5 Desperate iced teas 8pm–11pm.
$3 domestics. Go-gos. Free. (MON) Woof! with Mike Dreyden. Porn stars,
$2 Bud Light, $3 MGD. 7pm; $5. (TUE) 2-4-1 Bud, Bud Lite and Rolling Rock. Free pool. 10pm (WED) $5 Cosmos 9pm–2am. Free. (THU) Margarita Madness. $1 frozen margaritas and frozen cosmos 8pm–2am. Free.
XES 157 W 24th St (Sixth/Seventh Aves) 212-604-0212, xesnyc.com— Cute Chelsea boys and sporty types crowd the lounge inside and the smoking patio in back. Wed– Sun 4pm–4am, Mon–Tue 4pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks weekdays 4pm–9pm; (FRI) DJ T-Boy (classics). 9pm. (SAT) Xessive Saturdays with DJ Adam Joseph. 2-for-1 well, beer and wine midnight–1am. 9pm. (SUN) Sing Out Sister karaoke with Peppermint. TJ the DJ (pop). $3 Coors/Coors Light 4pm–9pm. 9pm. (MON) Music videos with TJ the DJ. $5 martinis. 9pm. (TUE) Bingo Balls w/Ginger Snap. Free pizza. 5pm–8pm; free. (WED) Humpday Karaoke w/Blackie O. 10pm. (THU) Music videos with TJ the DJ. Chelsea Classics ticket stub earns a free drink. 9pm. WESTSIDE TAVERN 360 W 23rd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-366-3738, westsidetavern.com— (FRI, FIRST/THIRD) Snaxx by DJs Rich King and Gustavo. Muscle bears and daddy lovers in basement. 10pm; $5.
Clubs>>> CLUB PROMENADE 215 W 28th St (Seventh/Eighth Aves), 917-304-6367, hotboyznyc.com— (FRI) Bleu Money by Bleu magazine and hotboyznyc.com. DJ Ironbound (hip-hop, reggae, soca) spins for older urban crowd. $8 cocktails 11pm; $5. (SAT) Bleu magazine and hotboyznyc.com present three guest DJs and three floors of dancing for a mostly African-American crowd. 11pm; cover varies. ELEVATE at 390 Eighth Ave (btwn 29th/30th Sts) 212 714-8149— Bi-level state-of-the-art lounge with crystal chandeliers and large dance floors. (FRI) Uncut Fridays with Louis “Loca” and hosts Yamil, Mickey, J-Sin and Alonso. DJs Lord G, Beyond, Paul Wonder and Veras. Latino go-gos, $1 drinks till 11pm. 10pm; free before midnight/$5 with invite/$10. (THU) Rise. Nathan Williams, Khary and Ray host. DJs Poison Ivy, MK and Durin spin (R&B, soul and hip-hop) Open bar till midnight. 10pm; free till midnight/$5. HIRO BALLROOM at The Maritime Hotel, 363 W 16th St (Ninth Ave), 212 2434300, themaritimehotel.com— (SUN) Cuckoo Club with Erich Conrad, Lincoln Palsgrov and DJ Honey Dijon. 10pm; free. LA POMME 37 W 26th St (Broadway/6th Ave)— (THU) Apple Jack. Matt Tratner, Jonny Mac and Ricardo Studmuffin resurrect the Jack party w/DJ Honey Dijon. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; free. RUSH 579 Sixth Ave (16th/17th) 212-
741-4918, boiparty.com— Remember your sophomore year of college? This club formerly known as Heaven relives it nightly. (FRI) Four Dollar Fridays w/DJ John Marto. $4 well drinks, beers and energy drinks. 1820 $15/21+ $4. (SAT) Drama. Dance night from Alan Picus, Steve Sidewalk and Charles Winters. 10pm; $15. 18+
THE PARK 118 10th Ave, (17th/18th Sts), 212-352-3313, theparknyc.com— (SUN, MONTHLY) Truck Stop by Robert Valin, with DJ Gustavo spinning. 6pm–midnight; cover varies. (leatherinvasion.com) SECRET 525 W 29th St (10th/11th Aves), 212-268-5580—Black and Latino hotties lounge on velvet banquettes at this far West Chelsea lounge. Fris–Sats only. (SAT) JC from The Heat presents DJ Ironbound (hip-hop, house) with Hype Man and MC TQ. Male and female dancers. $5 shots and drinks. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10. STAR LOUNGE 222 West 23rd St (Seventh/Eighth Aves), starloungechelsea.com (FRI) Endless Summer. Fire Island-style party w/DJs Lina and Randy Bettis and Planter's Punch drink specials. 10pm; free. SPLASH 50 W 17th St (Fifth/Sixth) 212-691-0073, splashbar.com— Both floors are still going strong at this legendary gay dancehall. 4pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–9pm (FRI) Man Bar by Jason McCarthy w/guest DJs and rentboy.com models. 10pm–6am; cover varies. (SAT) Stud Search w/Kenny Dash. 8pm; free (SAT) John Blair Saturdays by John Blair and Beto Sutter. Circuit DJs on main floor, DJ John Marto (pop) in the lower lounge. Guest performers and go-gos. 10pm–6am; $15 w/ JB card til 1am/$20. (SUN) Bingo with Ginger downstairs. $2 drafts. 5pm–8pm; free. (SUN) Sunday School by Dougie Meyer with DJs Lady Bunny and Steve Sidewalk (pop). $5 for 10 Draft Beers. Go-go dancers. 8pm; Free. (MON) Musical Mondays with VJ John Bantay (showtunes and video) 7pm–midnight. $5. (MON) Curtain Call with Scott Nevins. Broadway guests perform. midnight; $5. (TUE) Free pizza at 7pm; karaoke w/Shequida at 8pm. DJ Max Rodriguez on the main floor and Susan Levine downstairs at 10pm; Free. (WED) Ocean by Nathan W, Nathan S and Yamil X. DJs MK and Beyond (hip-hop, reggaeton, house). Go-gos and performances. 10pm; $5 before 11pm/$10 general admission. (THU) Campus Thursdays by Alan Picus w/John Marto, Vito Fun and Steve Sidewalk (pop). 10pm; free before midnight with student ID/$5 without/$10 general admission.
Bars>>> BOOTS & SADDLE 76 Christopher St (7th Ave/Bleecker), bootsnsaddle.com, 212633-1986— This old-school Christopher Street mainstay welcomes a casual crowd. Go-gos after 7pm. Noon–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beer, soda and well
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ARIES (MARCH 21–APRIL 20) Expect a fight no matter where you turn; keep others’ and your own sensitivity in check. Don’t let a weak moment of exaggerated debate break something you can’t fix later.
TAURUS (APRIL 21–MAY 21) Even your stable cool will be pushed to the limits. When complications appear right before the finish line in all mattes of your life, don’t throw a fit or damage your calm reputation!
GEMINI (MAY 22–JUNE 21) Take advantage of the spontaneous energy of the Leo Full Moon. New adventures will do you good. Don’t project inner negative issues; instead look for those who may be understanding.
CANCER (JUNE 22–JULY 23) Anything you say can become misconstrued! It may be difficult to describe what you feel deep down inside; take your time. Don’t let ego get in the way and undo all your hard work.
LEO (JULY 24–AUGUST 23) If others’ temper tantrums entertain you, remember when it’s your turn you’ll steal the show! Choose between fighting for your causes and wailing over not getting your way!
VIRGO (AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 23)
Watch your opinions as you move through the days ahead. You may be surprised to see why and how you actually change moods and loyalties. Don’t expect the same from a partner, though!
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 23) Your empathetic nature that either sparkles or freaks people out will get pretty heavy this week. Meditate and focus before you scare everyone off! Apologize for any minor upsets.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24–NOVEMBER 22) If a past mistake rears its head every time you reach a plateau in work, spiritual advancement or saving money, trust it as part of the evolution of your soul; you’ll make it!
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23 –DECEMBER 22) The natural charm you pour over lovers, friends and work colleagues may work against you this week. Don’t get caught up in a game of “woe is me.” By week’s end everyone comes around.
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 23 –JANUARY 20) Trying to control the actions of others is futile. Maneuvering step by step through a psychological minefield of oversensitive, fragile egomaniacs is the safest way to make it out alive.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 19) Attachment is not compassion! Living in limbo is a waste of time; snap out of it! Think twice before accidentally leveling a gentle-natured individual. Do something nice for a good friend.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 20–MARCH 20) Screaming and stamping your feet won’t get you the attention you’d hoped for. Poise and contemplation is what’ll win over the masses. The reputation you make now has lasting effects! © 2010 James Jacob Pierri. All rights reserved. For entertainment purposes only. Visit AusetGypsy.com for more astrological interpretations and private consultations.
drinks noon–8pm daily. (FRI) Paradise Lost w/DJ Robert Maril. $5 top-shelf drink specials. 9pm. Free (SAT) Guest DJs. 9pm. (SUN) Karaoke with Victoria Chase at 8pm. (MON) Karaoke with Victoria Chase at 8pm. (TUE) Dallas DuBois. 10pm. (WED) The Diva Challenge. 8:30pm (THU) The Yuhua Hamasaki Show. drag show w/audience dance-off. 11pm; free.
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CHI CHIZ 135 Christopher St (Hudson/Greenwich), 212-462-0027— The brothers come to Chi-Chiz, where cheery African-American men await. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 5pm–9pm (SAT) Go-Go Boy Saturdays with Lorenzo. DJ Blue. 9pm. (SUN) 2-for-1 drinks all day. (MON) Derrick Styles hosts Karaoke. 5pm. (TUE) Bingo w/Lady Jasmin. Go-gos. 9pm. (THU) Pool Tournament. 8pm
LIPS Two Bank St (Seventh Ave), 212-6757710, lipsnyc.com— Bingo, bachelorette parties and brunches with drag queens. Shows at 7pm nightly. Sun–Thu 5:30pm– 1pm, Fri–Sat 5:30pm–1:30am. Free. (FRI) Glitz and Glamour w/Ariel Sinclair. 7:30pm and 9:30pm. (FRI) The Dirty Show w/Ariel Sinclair. 11:30pm. (SAT) Glitz and Glamour w/Ariel Sinclair. 7:30pm and 9:30pm. (SAT) The Dirty Show w/Ariel Sinclair. 11:30pm. (SUN) Gospel Brunch w/Ginger Snap. Noon–4pm. (SUN) Big Fat Juicy Sunday Dinners w/ All Beef Patty. 7pm. (TUE) Drag Idol Karaoke with Peppermint. $1 shot specials. Open mic. 9pm. (WED) Bitchy Bingo with Yvonne Lamé and Ginger Snap. $500 top prize. 9:30pm. (THU) Dinner with the Divas with Jesse Volt. 7pm–11pm.
CUBBYHOLE 281 W 12th St (Fourth St), 212-243-9041— This low-frills nabe bar is equally popular with fags and dykes. Mon– Fri 4pm–2am and Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-price drinks 4pm– 7pm Mon–Sat (FRI) $5 pomtinis. (SAT) $5 surprise special (SUN) $3.50 screwdrivers and bloody Marys. $2.50 Miller Lite draft. (MON) $4 mojitos. (TUE) $2 margaritas (WED) $4 caipirinhas (THU) $5 appletinis and cosmos. THE DUPLEX 61 Christopher St (Seventh Ave), 212-255-5438, theduplex.com— Two-level piano bar trills with cute actors, cabaret gals and old-fashioned showtune queens. 4pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 beers, $4 wines and wells 4pm–8pm Mon-Fri THE HANGAR 115 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-627-2044, myspace.com/hangarnyc— Long-standing, nofrills bar appealing to bearded blue-jean guys. Mon–Sats 3pm–4am, Sun 1pm–4am. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm–9pm (FRI) DJ Anthony Vlantis. Go-gos at 11pm. 8pm; $5 drink minimum. (SAT) DJ David Scott. Go-gos and performances. $3.50 vodka drinks and $3 Bud/Bud Lights till 9pm. 2-for-1 drinks 2am–3am. 9pm; $5 drink minimum. (SUN) Pool Party w/DJ David Scott. $4 Cosmos and $3 Buds. 1pm–10pm. (MON) Watermelon martini specials. 9pm; (TUE) 2-for-1 drinks 3pm-2am. (WED) $5 Long Islands. 9pm. (THU) Guest DJs (house). 2-for-1 drinks till 10pm. $3 wells. 9pm HENRIETTA HUDSON 438 Hudson St (Morton), 212-924-3347, henriettahudson.com— Popular lesbian bar promises hot girls and hotter action. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-7pm Mon-Fri JULIUS 159 W 10th St (Waverly Pl), 212243-1928— Come for the friendly locals stay for the mouthwatering—and cheap— burgers at New York’s oldest gay bar— 1860s anyone! 11am–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm (THU, LAST) Mattachine with P.J. DeBoy. DJs John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Mar-
THE LGBT CENTER, 208 W 13th St (Seventh/Greenwich Aves), 212-620-7310, gaycenter.org— New York’s headquarters for all things gay, including meetings, clubs, mixers, talks and dances. (SAT, SECOND/FOURTH) Dance:208 by Joe Fiore. Guest DJs. 9pm–1am; $6 members/$10 general admission.
MARIE’S CRISIS 59 Grove St (Seventh/Bleecker), 212-243-9323— Camaraderie and B’way sing-alongs abound in this historic piano bar. 4am–4pm daily. Free. THE MONSTER 80 Grove St (Seventh Ave), manhattan-monster.com, 212-9243558— This old-school Sheridan Square staple sparkles with loyal locals singing showtunes upstairs and drag shows, go-go boy antics and dancing down below. Mon–Fri 4pm–4am, Sat–Sun 2pm–4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–9pm Mon–Fri. (FRI) Thank Gays It’s Fridays w/DJ David Marc, go-gos. $4.25 vodka breezes. 10pm; $7. (SAT) Caliente City Beats with DJ T Cruz, go-gos. $4.25 vodka breezes. 10pm; $7. (SUN) Sabroso Hi-Tea Sundays with DJs Steve Oliveri (5:30pm) and Tony Cruz (10pm). $4 Long Islands, Heineken, $3.25 Rolling Rock. 5:30pm; free. (MON) Sabor Latino with Barbara Herr and DJ Tony Cruz, go-gos. Performance at 11pm. $4 Cuba Libres and Coronas.10pm; $5. (TUE) Discology with DJ Michael Wilson (disco, ’80s); $3 Bud, Michelob Ultra and Rolling Rock. 10pm; free. (WED) Wheel Of Foreskin with Jesse Volt and DJ Steven Oliveri. Show at 11pm. $100 cash prize. $3 Bud, Ultra and Rolling Rock after 9pm. Go-gos. 10pm; free. (THU) Thursty Thursdays w/DJ Cori Spano (freestyle). $4 Coronas and LI iced teas, $3 Bud, Rolling Rock and Michelob Ultra. 10pm; free. PIECES 8 Christopher St (Gay St/Greenwich Ave), piecesbar.com, 212-929-9291— NYU gays rally amid the streamers for live shows and Karaoke. Tue–Sat 2pm–4am, Sun–Mon 2pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2pm–8pm $2 domestics and wells, $3 imports Mon–Fri. (FRI) Red Carpet Friday with DJ Naughty. 10pm; free. (FRI, MONTHLY) Underwear party w/DJ
Kevin B. Two free drinks with clothes check. (SAT, SUN, MON) Liquid Brunch. $4 Long Islands and $3 margaritas, kir royals, Bloody Marys and mimosas. 2pm–8pm. (SAT) Guest DJs. Theme parties. $1 shotboy shots. (SUN) Balls To The Wall Bingo with Vodka Stinger. 5pm. (MON, THIRD) Too Ugly For TV with Vodka Stinger and Talulah de Bayous. 10pm. (MON) B-Movie Monday. Popcorn and classic movies. 9pm. (TUE) Karaoke with Logan Hardcore and Matt. 8:30pm. (WED) Porno Bingo with Will Clark and porn-star guests. 8pm-10pm; $1 to play. (WED) Win, Loose or Draw with Vodka Stinger. $4 Martinis. 10:30pm; free. (WED) Pieces of Broadway. Vodka Stinger VJs Broadway showtunes. Midnight. (THU) Post Office. Gay dating mixer. $2 Miller Lite with college ID. 9pm. (THU) Sluts & The City. Dating game with Holly Kaust. Midnight.
RF LOUNGE 531 W. Hudson St (@ Charles St), 917-262-0836, rflounge.com.— Lesbian fave Rubyfruit is reborn as this cocktail lounge that still draws the ladies. Sun–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–4am (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–7pm daily. Halfprice cocktails and beer. ROCKBAR 185 Christopher St (Weehawken/West Side H’way), rockbarnyc.com— Gymbar veterans have taken over the old Ramrod. Mon–Wed 4pm–2am, Thu, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 1pm–4am, Sun 1pm–2am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Mon–Fri 4pm–9pm. (FRI) TGIF. $5 Svedka drinks (SAT) Petting Zoo. DJs Ernie Cote and A Martini, go-gos and $5 Svedka all night. 10pm. (SUN) Sunday Bloody Sunday. Beer blast till midnight, $3 bloody Marys. (MON) Free pool and all-night Happy Hour. (TUE) Twofer Tuesday. $2.50 cans of Bud Light and $2 shots. (WED) Kitty Punch w/DJ Lezzz Van Stelten. $2 Kitty Punch Shots, $5 Sauza drinks, $4 domestic beers. 10pm. (THU) DJ Manthrax w/$3 Corona, $3 Jaeger. STONEWALL INN 53 Christopher St (btwn Seventh Ave/Waverly Pl) 212-4882705, thestonewallinnnyc.com— Owners may change, but the loyal locals will always remain at this landmark piano bar. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 2pm–8pm Mon–Fris. (FRI) Happy Karaoke. Upstairs. 6pm–10pm. (FRI) Red Light District with guest DJs. Go-go dancers. 11pm–2am; free. (SAT, THIRD) New York Boys of Leather. Monthly fetish/leather party. 10pm. (nybol.org) (SUN) Invasion with guest Fire Island drag queens and DJ Susan Levine. Upstairs. 9pm–1am. (SUN) Dan Daily’s Piano Bar. $3 beer noon–8pm. 5pm–9pm. (MON) Tom Ragú Comedy Revue. Free (twodrink minimum). (MON) Monday Medics piano bar with Terry White and Kimlee Hicks. Upstairs. Free (MON) Bitchy Bingo with Kenny Dash. 9pm–2am; free. (THU) Get Steady. 2-for-1 drinks. 6pm–9pm.
TY’S 114 Christopher St (Hudson/Bleecker), 212-741-9641— Ye olde gay tavern teems with friendly and devoted patrons. Mon–Sun 2pm–4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3.50 well drinks, $2 off top shelf, $2 off beers, beers and 2-for-1 cocktails 4pm–8pm. (THU) Bear Night. $3.75 wells, $1 off beers. $3.50 Jäger shots and $2 schnapps. 8pm. VERANDA at Veranda, 138 Seventh Ave (@ W 10th St), 888-727-0678— (THU) Hybrid. DJ Vito Fun,Joey Murray and Noa DiSImone host this new mixed dance party. 10pm; free.
Clubs>>> (LE) POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker St (Thompson/Sullivan Sts), 212-5053474, lepoissonrouge.com— (FRI, MONTHLY) MMP! with DJ Deejay and guest spinners (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince). 10pm; free. SIMYONE LOUNGE Simyone Lounge, 409 W 14th St (Ninth/Tenth Aves)— (SUN) 747 by John Woods. Malik So Chic, Ladyfag and Matt Tratner host DJ Lina. 7pm–midnight; free.
FLATIRON CLUB 20 20 W 20th St (Fifth Ave) 212633-0934 (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 beer, wine and well drinks, $2 off call drinks 5pm–7pm (SUN) Male strippers perform; cover varies.
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Bars>>> ARROW BAR 85 Ave A (Sixth St), 212-673-1775, arrownyc.com— (SUN) Alphabet Sundays by Drew Zailen and Akash Abraham w/DJs JROC & 80H8 (pop, house). 2-for-1 drinks till 10pm; $5 vodka and $4 Draft Bud Light all night. Go-go dancers. B BAR 40 E Fourth St (Bowery) 212-475-2220, bbarandgrill.com— (TUE) Beige with guest DJs and fashionable crowd. 10pm; free. BEAUTY BAR 231 E 14 St (Second/Third Aves), 212-539-1389, beautybar.com— Hair dryers and ’70s décor help give this fashionable lounge, and its mixed parties a fun and campy feel. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5-9pm Mon-Fri, $1 off everything. 7-10pm Tue-Sat, Maritini and Manicure for $10. (THU) Boon Dickle’s Beaverhouse w/ DJs Zach and Tommy Hotpants (rock, soul, disco). Happy hour 11–11:30pm and 1am–1:30am. 11pm; free. THE BOILER ROOM 86 E Fourth St (First/Second Aves), boilerroomnyc.com, 212-254-7536— Arty hipsters stew with their salt-and-pepper elders and dirt cheap drinks. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4-8pm 2-for-1 beers and well liquor, 10pm–4am $3.50 wells.
(TUE) $1.50 off all draft beers. 10pm-4am.
THE BOX 189 Chrystie St, (Delancey/Rivington Sts), 212-982-9301, theboxnyc.com— (TUE) Guest DJs and performers. Gay night. 11pm; free. THE COCK 29 Second Ave (First/Second Sts), thecockbar.com— There is no dish spicier, skankier or sexier than this infamous E. Village bird. Viva le coq! 11pm–4am daily. (FRI) Loaded w/DJ Daryl Raymond. 11:30pm; cover varies. (SAT) Poppers with DJ Nashom. 11pm; cover varies. (SAT) Peepshow. Downstairs party w/Peter Pony and Ernie Cote (electro, pop, hip-hop). Go-gos. 11pm; cover varies. (SUN) Sperm with DJ Man Parrish. Go-gos. 10pm; $5 before midnight/$10 after. (SUN,FIRST) Sperm vs. Rentman with DJ Man Parrish. 11pm; $5–$10 after. (MON) Manwich with DJ Wrestleboy and Hunter James. Go-go dancers. 11pm; $5. (TUE) Big Gulp w/DJ KindBuddy and Big Momma Thang. 11pm. (WED) Dry Hump w/DJs Cazwell and Zac Posse. Go-gos and $5 wells. 11pm; $5. (THU) Cockeyed w/DJ Scott Ewalt. 11pm; $5. DTOX 31 Second Ave (First/Second Sts), 212-777-0774— The creators of Urge combine West Village lounge chic and East Village vibe. 8pm–4am daily. No cover. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 well drinks Mon–Thu 10pm–2am. (FRI, FIRST) Fabulous w/Erica Gabriel and guest DJs. 10pm. (FRI, SECOND) Ovah w/Q-Raider and Djs Christy Love and Jools Plamer. #4 Sobieski vodka all night. 10pm; free. (FRI, THIRD) Sugar Daddy. Daddy night w/host Paul Short and DJs Gustavo and Bill Pfeiffer. 10pm. (SAT) Caramelo by Yamil X. Latin night. Gogos. 10pm. (SUN) Relapse with Randall and PhDJ. Gogos, 2-for-1 drinks and $1 vodka shots. (MON) DJ Guto w/go-gos. $1 drafts and $5 pitchers. 10pm. (TUE) Pop Secret w/Lady Lariscious and comic Brian Masefield. Pop music, snacks and 2-for-1 drinks. 6pm–10pm. (TUE) LoveBreak w/DJ W Jeremy, host Jordan Fox and go-gos. $3 Sobiesky vodka. 10pm. (WED) Caveman w/DJ Michael Magnan
(house). $3 Bud Light. 10pm.
(SUN, FOURTH) Homo Superior w/DJ
(THU) Guest DJs
Jonathan Warman (indie, rock, disco). $3 drafts, $2 beers and free pizza. 10pm; free. (MON) Macho Mondays. Tommy G and DJ Rico. Latin night. Go-go dancers. 10pm; $5 (TUE) Buddies with DJ Damian and guests. Bear Night. 10pm. (WED) Lush with DJs Big Ragoo and Steven Levan (pop, classics). 10pm. (WED, FIRST) Coinslot with DJ Chaotiqueer and Dandylion. 10pm. (WED, LAST) Freaks Read with guest writers. 8pm. (THU) Sound Bytes with DJs Aldo Hernandez and Damien. 10pm.
EASTERN BLOC 505 E Sixth St (A/B Aves), 212-777-2555, easternblocnyc.com— The Iron Curtain comes down in this bar, packed tighter than a sardine can with E-Vill boys. Strong drinks, kick-ass DJs and hot gogos. 7pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drafts and wells, $2 Cosmos, Margaritas and Kamikazes (FRI) Bloc Party w/DJs Darren and Gabe. 10pm. (SAT) Blocaholic with DJs X and Y. 10pm. (SUN) Love Hangover with DJ Gant Johnson (disco, soul, garage). $1 Bud and Bud Light. 9pm–2am. (MON) Big SexyLand w/ DJ Sherry Vine. Open bar 11pm–11:30pm. 10pm. (TUE) Apocalypse w/Pony and DJ Raj (electro). $4 beers. 10pm. (WED) Good Times with DJ Sparber. $4 Buds and Svedka. 9pm. (THU) Contact with DJ Bob Reyes. 10pm. LUCKY CHENG’S 24 First Ave (First/Second Sts), 212-473-0516, planetluckychengs.com— Asian drag karaoke and dining. Shows nightly at 8:30pm Sun– Thu, 8pm and 10pm Fri–Sat. 3pm-4am daily. (FRI, FIRST/THIRD) Clean with Cameron Dailey and DJs Deputy and Big Ragoo. $5 wells and $2 domestics. $3 before midnight/$5 general admission. (THU) Starshine Burlesque w/Little Brooklyn and Creamy Stevens. NOWHERE 322 E 14th St (First/Second Aves), 212-477-4744— A low-to-no-key East Village pub with a great jukebox and cheap drinks. 3pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestics and wells 3pm-9pm Sun-Thu, 3pm-8pm Fri and Sat. (FRI) We R The Handclaps w/DJ As If. New Wave, punk, nerdcore. 10pm. (FRI, MONTHLY) He’s A Rebel with DJs Go Karff and As If (vintage rock). 2-for-1 Happy Hour from 1:30am–3am. 10pm. (SAT) Numbers w/DJ Jeff Jackson. 10pm; free. (SAT, FOURTH) Double Headed Disco with DJs Pete Money, Disco Connie and Jeff Jackson (disco).10pm. (SUN, FIRST) Beetlejuice with DJ Chauncey D (’80s, ’90s). 10pm. (SUN, SECOND) Easy with DJs K-Tel and Rob Rives (house, funk, disco). Free pizza and pool. 10pm. (easy-nyc.blogspot.com) (SUN, THIRD) b-List with DJ Chaotiqueer and shows by Amber Martin and Ferro. 9pm.
PHOENIX 447 E 13th St (First/Ave A), 212-477-9979— Alterna-dudes, an indie jukebox and good drinks. Have you risen yet? 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestics and wells 4pm-8pm. (MON) 2-for-1 wells. 10pm. (TUE) 2-for-1 beers. 10pm. (TUE, LAST) Girls! Girls! Girls! w/DJ Miss Guy. 10pm. (WED) $1 Bud/Bud Light. 10pm. (THU) Denim Shorts w/A Martini and guest DJs spinning rock, metal, punk and indie dance music. Draft beers $3. 10pm. UC LOUNGE 87 Ludlow St (Broome/Delancey Sts), 212-677-1100, unclecharliesnyc.com— The Midtown piano bar births an equally inviting downtown offspring. 4pm–4am. Free. (THU, ALT) Oops! w/DJ Sean B (Spank) and host Sylvia London. Free till 10:30pm/$3. (THU, ALT) Classy. Buy a shot get a PBR free. URGE 33 Second Ave (Second St), 212-533-5757, theurgenyc.com— Gawk at the go-go gods with the rest of the masses at this no-attitude bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 4pm–10pm; $9 16oz mojitos and Long Island iced teas. (FRI) Same Sex Scene with DJs Guto. Gogos. 10pm. (SAT) Saturday Urges DJ Guto. Go-gos. 10pm. (SUN) Slutty Sundays with guest DJs. Gogos. 10pm. (MON) Spin the Bottle w/Paulina and DJ David . $100 jackpot.10pm; free. (TUE) Meat Market with DJ Guto. Go-gos. 10pm; free. (WED) Ass Wednesdays. $100 hot-ass contest w/performances by host Logan Hardcore. DJ
Guto. Go-gos ; free. (THU) The Barracks with DJ Guto (80s). Gogos.11pm.
Clubs>>> CAKE SHOP 152 Ludlow St (btwn Stanton/Rivington), 212-253-0036, cakeshop.com— (SAT, FIRST) QxBxRx with DJs Sir Loins, GoKarff and A.Martini. Guest DJs and queer bands perform. Go-go dancers. $5 before 11pm/$8 general admission. (myspace.com/qxbxrx) PYRAMID 101 Ave A (Sixth/Seventh), 212-228-4888— (FRI) 1984 with DJ Chip Duckett (’80s). 10pm; $8. (THU, THIRD) Metroatomik with guest DJs. (’80s, ’90s)
Clubs>>> DON HILLS 511 Greenwich St (@ Spring St), 212-219-2850, donhills.com— This infamous club hosts indie concerts, gay and mixed parties and hipster crowds. (FRI, FIRST/THIRD) Mondo with DJs Miss Modular, Kevington and Dr. Maz (indie, new wave, electro). 11:30pm; $5. (mondonyc.com) GREENHOUSE 150 Varick St (Vandam St), greenhouseusa.com, 212-7194479— (SUN) Vandam by Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny with Chuck Attix, Desi Monter and Ladyfag. Guest DJs, performers and open vodka bar till 11pm. 10pm; free.
Bars>>> 9TH AVE SALOON 656 Ninth Ave (45th/46th Sts) 212-307-1503— Hell’s Kitchen’s long-running gay dive. 11am–4am daily. (WED) Karaoke 10pm–1am
BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-315-2777, bamboo52nyc.com— Broadway divas and buff business boys enjoy fresh sushi and sexedup cocktails. Noon–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Drink specials noon–9pm, sushi specials midnight–2am. (FRI) Bamboozau Bash with guest DJs. 6pm (SAT) Super Lounge Saturday w/DJ Ogilvie. 7pm. (MON) Monday Movie Night. $25 Saki sampling till 2am. 10pm. (TUE) Super Lounge Tuesday with DJ Ogilvie. 6pm. (WED) DJ Claymation (vintage and contemporary dance music). 6pm. (THU) Lounge Thursdays with DJ Claymation. 6pm. BARRAGE 401 W 47th St (Ninth/10th Aves), 212-586-9390— Drawn by the latenight happy hour, sexy locals and midtown tourists make the rounds. 5pm–4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm–8pm & 11pm–midnight, $2 of drinks. (FRI) SpeciMen with DJ David Scott. 9pm. (SAT) DJ David Serrano (pop, dance, electro). 9pm. (SUN) Bichin’ Beer Blast w/$2 drafts. 9pm. (MON) 1999. $3 Cosmos and frozen Cosmos. 5pm-close. (WED) Rocket with DJ Dru (rock). 9pm. (THU) Pop with DJ Smokey. 9pm. BAR-TINI ULTRA LOUNGE 642
Tenth Ave (btwn 45th/46th Sts), 917-3882897— The far west side of Hell’s Kitchen gets its own gay watering hole with this chichi martini lounge. 4pm–4am daily. Free (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4pm–8pm. (FRI) Flirt Fridays w/DJ Steven Paul (SAT) DJ Danni Echi (SUN) Desperate Housewives Night w/$5 cosmos after 9pm. (SUN, LAST) Paige Turner Show. 10pm. (MON) The Shequida Show. DJ Keo Nozari spins. 10pm. (TUE) Tune In Tuesdays w/host Emily McNamara, guest singers and DJ Ted Arenas. (WED) The Gong Show w/Bianca del Rio and DJ Steven Paul. (THU) Push It Thursdays w/DJ Kindbud
POSH 405 W 51st St (Ninth Ave), 212-9572222, poshbarnyc.com— Popular neighborhood hang keeps it simple with cheap booze, smoking patio, friendly staff and cute boys. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm (FRI) Bubble Gum Fridays with TJ the DJ (pop). 9pm. (SAT) Slammin’ Saturdays with DJ Ricardo Moderno. 9pm. (SUN) Remix with DJ Claymation. Free pizza at midnight. 9pm. (MON) Bing-Ho Bingo w/Ginger Snap and DJ Claymation. $3 beers and free pizza. 9pm. (TUE) Lucky Tuesdays with Britney Houston and DJ Scottyroxx. Spin the wheel. $3 mojitos. 9pm.
(WED) Dorm 123 w/DJ Ricardo Moderno. Free drink w/college ID. free sliders at midnight. 9pm. (THU) Beat Box with DJ Scottyroxx. $5 well martinis. 9pm.
THE RITZ 369 W 46th St (Ninth Ave), 212-333-4177— Hell’s Kitchen ’mos put on the ritz seven days a week with three floors of sleek nautical-inspired lounge action. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced drinks 4pm– 8pm. (FRI) Flex by Chris Ryan with host Ryan Christian and DJ Xavier (dance, pop). 10pm. (SAT) DJ JonJon Battles and Ericka Toure Aviance. 10pm. (SUN) Sin Sundays by Mathew and Alex w/DJ Justin Ryan. 4pm–10pm. Free with invite; $5. (SUN) Sideshow Sundays by Bridget Everett with DJ Jon Jon Battles. 10:30pm. (MON) Bianca del Rio and DJ Xavier. 10pm. (TUE) Malebox. Singles mixer and numbers game w/Peppermint and Ernie Cote. 10pm–2am. (TUE) Video Play. Music videos upstairs w/VJ Giovanni. 10pm; free. (WED) Rewind by Chris Ryan. $4 Sex On the Beach and vodka cranberry. Shaka-Convict and DJ Vito Fun (’80s, ’90s). 10pm. (WED) Video lounge. music videos and pop tracks from DJ Giovanni, upstairs.10pm. (WED, MONTHLY) Suite 69 by Joey Israel and Michael Formika Jones. DJ John John Fields, go-gos, half-price drinks till midnight, $2 cum shots. 9pm; $5 till midnight/$10.
(THU) Tease underwear party w/DJ David Serrano. Free clothes check and $1 drinks till 11pm. 10pm; free.
THERAPY 348 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth), 212-397-1700, therapy-nyc.com— Take two designer levels of young midtown professionals and call them in the morning. 5pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm, 2-for-1 wells and drafts. (FRI) Fraternize w/DJ David Serrano. $7 vodka and Red Bull. 9pm, free. (SAT) Body Shot. DJ James Palmer. Drink specials. 9pm. (SUN) Electroshock Therapy Comedy Hour with Brad Loekle. $6 cosmos. 10pm. (MON) Diagnosis: Diva! with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Sahara Davenport and DJ Scott Jones. $7 Absolut drinks. 10pm; free (TUE) Broadway Sessions with Ben D, Will Van Dyke and guests. Musicals variety show. DJ Aaron Elvis. $7 Absolut cocktails. 11pm. (WED) Cattle Call $150 talent contest with Peppermint. DJ Keo Nozari. $6 Stoli. 11pm. (THU) Hype with DJ David Scott. $3 draft beers. 8pm. VLADA 331 W 51st St (Eighth/ Ninth), 212-974-8030, vladabar.com— Two floors of sleek sophistication and New York’s only ice bar. 4pm–4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm–8pm Mon–Fri, halfpriced drinks. 1am–2am discounts and drink specials. (FRI) Booty Bump with DJ Brenda Black (pop).
$6 cocktails. 10pm. (SAT) Voluez Vous...Vlada? w/DJ Kindbud. $6 cocktails.10pm. (SAT, MONTHLY) Tea Bag. Fernando Lemus and Sonia Cantore host DJ Phil Pagan. $7 infused vodkas. 10pm. (SUN, FIRST, THIRD) Jazz Sundays 6pmâ€“10pm. (SUN, LAST) Cuba Libre white party w/DJ Chris Padilla. $5 drinks. 7pm. (MON) Daddy w/Robert Valin and DJ Chauncey D. leather/bear party. $3 Bud/Bud Light and $5 Vodka shooters. 10pm (TUE) FindFred.com Dating Game w/DJ Steven Paul. 10pm. (WED) Mistress B's Latex Lounge. $5 cocktails. 9pm (THU) The Bianca Del Rio Show and DJ Steven Paul. $5 cocktails. Midnight.
Clubs>>> AMALIA 204 W 55th St (btwn Seventh Ave/Broadway), 212â€“245â€“1234, amalianyc.comâ€” (FRI) Rockit by Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio with DJs Keo Nozari and Lady Bunny. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; free. ESCUELITA 301 W 39th St (Eighth Ave), 212-631-0558, enyclub.comâ€” Papis show their oro at this legendary Latino hang. (FRI) Secret with DJs Mary Mac, Oscar Perez. Go-gos. Angel Sheridan and guests perform at 2am. 10pm; $1 drinks before 11pm. 10pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission. (SAT) Gasolina w/DJ Ray Lorenzo and Eddie Cruz(hip-hop, R&B, salsa, meringue, reggae). Gogo dancers. Angel Sheridan performs at 2am. $1 drinks before 11pm. 10pm; free before 11pm/$10 general admission. (SUN) Karaoke with Flotilla Debarge. 8pmâ€“9:30pm. (SUN) Tea Dance with Harmonica Sunbeam and Sugga Pie Koko. Guest DJs. Go-go dancer contest, performances at 9:30pm and 1am. $1 drinks before 9pm. 8pm; free before midnight/$10 general admission. (MON) Idolize Me Mondays with Laritza Dumont. Esco Idol at midnight. DJ Eddie Cruz. $1 drinks before 11pm. $3 mojitos and $4 Coronas. Go-go dancers. 8pm; free. (TUE) Unzipped Tuesdays with DJs Unknown and Mary Mac. Go-gos, hot-body contest. $4 beers and $5 wells. 10pm; free. (THU) Boys 2 Men. DJ Unknown and Beyond (hip-hop, Latin, reggaeton). Go-go dancers. $1 drinks before 11pm. 10pm; free for 21+/general admission varies. PROVIDENCE 311 W 57th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-307-0062,providencency.comâ€” (SAT) Club 57 by Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio. Dance party w/DJs Keo Nozari, Lina and guests. Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; $10 before midnight/$15. THE ROOMMATE GRACE HOTEL 125 W 45th St (Broadway/Sixth Ave), 646-694-3222â€” (FRI, FIRST) Drenched by Joe Fiore and MetroBears New York. Bear dance/pool party w/DJ Man Parrish. Go-gos and drink specials. 9pmâ€“3am; $5 till 11pm/$10.
Bars>>> EVOLVE 221 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), 212-355-3395, evolvebarandloungenyc.comâ€” This Midtown East homo haunt has evolved into a sophisticated lounge destination. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) $3 well and, beers, $4 wines, $5 margaritas and cosmos 4pmâ€“8pm. (FRI) The Dallas DuBois Show w/DJ Paul Leasure and Dallas Dubois. Pop and Broadway classics. 11pm; free. (SAT) Go-go dancers galore. 10pm. (SUN) Sleazebag Sundays w/Rajene and DJ Mikeloliver. 10pm. (TUE) Extendo Happy Hour. Happy hour prices till midnight. (WED) Drink and Think Trivia. Get the answer right and win a shot. Hosted by Patrick and Holly Caust. 10:30pm LA MEDITERRANEE 947 Second Ave, 212-755-4155, lamediterraneeny.com. (MON) Melange Mondays w/Jesse Lutrell. Cabaret/open-mic night. 9pm; free. THE TOWNHOUSE 236 E 58th St (Second/Third Aves), 212-754-4649, townhouseny.comâ€” Old and new love mingle as Cole Porter plays at this gentlemanly club. Piano music starts at 6pm everyday. Dress code enforced (no jeans or sneakers). 4pmâ€“ 4am daily. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ€“8pm daily, $1 off drinks. (TUE) Townhouse Has Talent. $500 prize talent competition. 9pm; free. UNCLE CHARLIEâ€™S 139 E 45th St (Third/Lexington Aves), 212-661-9097, unclecharliesnyc.comâ€” This inviting piano bar attracts songbirds young and old. Pianist David Pellegrene plays Thursâ€“Sat till 2am. Monâ€“Sat 4pmâ€“4am, Sat 3pmâ€“4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pm-7pm daily. (SUN) Silver Daddies. 3pm happy hour. (MON) Cabaret Fever with Michael Thomas Murray. 8pm. (TUE) Karaoke w/Kent Le Van. 2-for-1 drinks. 10pm. (THU, FRI, SAT) David Pellegrene hosts. Guest performers. Open mic. 2-for-1 drinks. 9pm; free. (SAT) Karaoke w/Victoria Chase. 10pm VIG 27 119 E 27th St (Park/Lexington Aves, 212-686-5500, vig27.comâ€” Forer straight lounge makes a rainbow connection as Murray Hillâ€™s first gay watering hole. Free Monâ€“Wed 5pm-2am; Thuâ€“Sat 5pmâ€“4am. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ€“8pm daily, $7 Absolut cocktails and $6 well and wine; $4 Vig 27 Ale. (FRI) Frugal Fridays. Vig 27 Ale $1at 5pm. (MON) Mojito Mondays. $6 specialty mojitos all night. (TUE) Video Vixen. Music videos on projection screen. Three cosmos for $15; 6:30pm. (WED) We Love the â€™80s. retro hits and $6 specialty margaritas (THU) Thirsty Thursdays w/DJ Brenda Black. Happy Hour prices all night.
Clubs>>> THE WEB 40 E 58th St (Park/Madison), 212-308-1546, thewebnewyork.comâ€” This niche club draws Gaysians and their admirers. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 5pmâ€“9pm Monâ€“Sat, 3pmâ€“9pm Sun (FRI) Funk Fridays with DJ Carlos (dance, and DJ Rocky (hipâ€“hop). Go-gos. 9pm; free before 10pm/$8 before 11pm/$10. 18+ (SAT) Twink Saturday. Karaoke w/Hanz. 2for-1 drinks till 9pm. $5 well drink 9pmâ€“midnight. DJ Carlos spins dance music. 8pm. (SAT, SECOND) The Webâ€™s Got Talent. taelnt show with $100 prize. (SUN) Beer blast $4 bottles. Go-gos. 8pm; free. (MON) Boxers or Briefs w/DJ Billy. Go-gos. 2-for-1 from 4pmâ€“9pm. $4 Rolling Rocks. 9pm; free. (TUE) Twinky Tuesday. Go-gos, $4 Rolling Rock. 8pm. (WED) Gays Gone WIld. Go-gos. $4 Rolling Rck. 9pm; free. (THU) Show & Tell Thursday. Check your clothes and get half-price drinks. 9pm; free.
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Bars>>> BRANDYâ€™S PIANO BAR 235 E 84th St (Second/Third Aves), 212-744-4949, brandyspianobarnyc.comâ€” A simple piano bar with friendly staff and live music every night at 9:30pm. 4pmâ€“4am daily. TOOL BOX 1742 Second Ave (90th/91st Sts), 212-348-1288, thetoolboxnyc.comâ€” Video killed the radio star at this UES video bar where handy men still revel in a cruisey victory parade. 8pm-4am daily. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 8pm-10pm daily, $2 off (MON) $4 margarita, L.I. iced teas and apple martinis (TUE) $4 Bud, Bud Light and Rolling Rock (WED) $4 wells (THU) $1 kamikaze shots, $2 Red Devil shots (FRI) $1 kamikaze shots, $2 Red Devil shots (SAT) $1 kamikaze shots, $2 Red Devil shots (SUN) Bingo
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Bars>> CANDLE BAR 309 Amsterdam Ave (74th/75th), 212-874-9155â€” The legend ignited long ago at this nabe haunt. Free. 4pmâ€“4am Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am Sat and Sun. (HAPPY HOUR) 4pmâ€“9pm Monâ€“Fri and Satâ€“Sun 3pmâ€“9pm, $1 off beers and varied drink specials (SUN) Free pizza and Mojito mixers. (MON) $4 Bud/Bud lights. (TUE) $6 margaritas. (WED) $5 vodka wells. (THU) $6 Bacardi drinks. SUITE 992 Amsterdam Ave (109th), 212-222-4600, suitenyc.comâ€” This cozy bar percolates with â€™tude-free Columbia boys. 5pmâ€“4am daily. Free.
(HAPPY HOUR) 5pm-8pm everyday (FRI) Suite Idol w/Natalie Jay Johnson and Kelly King. Guest performers. 9pm. (SAT) Suite Drag w/Sahara Davenport. 9pm. (SUN) Music videos. 9pm. (MON) Monday Madness. All-night happy hour. (TUE, THU) Ghetto Karaoke w/Jackline DuprĂŠe. 9pm. (WED) Wow Wednesdays w/Sweetie. Karaoke, trivia, prizes.
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Bars>>> NO PARKING 4168 Broadway (176th/177th), 212-923-8700â€” Waaay uptown â€™mos cruise at this chic lounge. Sunâ€“Thu 5pmâ€“3am and Frisâ€“Sats 5pmâ€“4am. Free. (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 drinks 5pmâ€“10pm (FRI) Uptown Grooves with DJs Mike Da Wizard and Jav Teran. 10pm. (SAT) Man Explosion with DJs Rico and Digiprana.10pm. PLUM POMIDOR 4009 Broadway (btwn 168/169 St), plumpomidor.com, 212781-3333â€” (SAT, SECOND) Plum Party Uptown w/DJ Maxx (R&B, hip-hop, reggae, Latin, house), gogos. 10pm; free.
Bars>>> MI GENTE CAFE 1306 Unionport Rd (Westchester), 718-822-9274, migentecafe.comâ€” 6 to Castle Hill Ave (TUE) Absolute Tuesdays w/Lady Jasmin and DJs Manny Styles and Dynasty (hip-hop, reggae). Go-gos and 2-for-1 drinks till midnight. Drag show. 10pm; cover varies.
Bars>>> EXCELSIOR 390 Fifth Ave (Sixth/Seventh), Park Slope, excelsiorbrooklyn.com, 718-832-1599â€” A year-round garden patio, friendly crowd and rockinâ€™ jukebox make this a popular spot for Brooklyn boys. Monâ€“Fri 6pmâ€“4am, Satâ€“Sun 2pmâ€“4am. or to Ninth St and Fourth Ave (HAPPY HOUR) $2 Yuenglings and $1 off cocktails. Monâ€“Fri 6pmâ€“8pm; Sat, Sun 2pmâ€“7pm. FLOYD 131 Atlantic Ave (Henry/Clinton), 718-858-5810, floydny.comâ€” 4 5 to Court St, Borough Hall (MON, LAST) Last Monday. Gay night. Bocce ball. 9pm; free. (lastmonday.info)
GALAPAGOS ART SPACE 16 Main St (Water St), Brooklyn, 718–222–8500, galapagosartspace.com— (THU, MONTHLY) Gumbo with Ben Harvey, Matthew Kellenher and Andrew Urankar and DJ Nomi. 2-for-1 drink specials till 9pm. 8pm–1am; free. to York St CLUB LANGSTON 1073 Atlantic Ave (Franklin/Classon Aves), 718-622-5183, clublangston.com— Longstanding neighborhood gay pub serving drinks and drag. to Classon Ave. (SAT) Hip-hop and R&B. Open bar midnight–1am. 11pm–4:30am; $10 before midnight/$15 general admission. (THU) Erotic Thursdays w/go-gos and drink specials. 11pm; free before midnight/$5. K&M 225 N 8th St (@Roebling St), 718388-3088— (THU, FIRST) Xanadude. DJs Sean B and
Deputy Jeff spin disco Italo and Xanadu-inspired pop. 10pm; free.
METROPOLITAN 559 Lorimer St (Metropolitan/Devoe), Williamsburg, 718599-4444, myspace.com/metropolitan11211— Alty music lovers and hip smokers argue on the patio over who loves this bar more. 3pm–4am daily. Free. or to Metropolitan Ave–Lorimer St (HAPPY HOUR) 2-for-1 domestics and wells 3pm–8pm (FRI) Tough Titties w/DJ Miss Guy (rock, pop). Open bar till 11pm. 10pm; free. (SAT, ALT) Gag! with DJ Cameron (’80s). 10pm. (SUN) DiscoVery with DJ BJ (pop, soul, classics). $2 Bud drafts. 10pm. (MON) $1 PBR night. (TUE, FIRST/THIRD) SRSLY LOL. H. Alan Scott and Bryan Wilson host comics. 9pm; free (TUE, SECOND/FOURTH) Queeraoke with Grady. $3 well drinks. Gay Karaoke. 10pm. (WED) Girls NIght Out with Jen Urban and Veronica. Guest DJs. $2 PBRs. 10pm. (THU) Solid with Eugene Tambourine (club, techno-funk). 2-for-1 drafts. 10pm. OUTPOST LOUNGE 1014 Fulton St (Grand/Classon Aves), 718-636-1260, outpostlounge.com— Café by day, gay-friendly hotspot by night, featuring a garden, hip crowd and famous homemade sangria. Mon–Fri 8am–10:30pm, Sat–Sun 9am–10:30pm C to Clinton and Washington Aves. (FRI, FIRST) Skittles with DJs Jeffo!, Lark and Dirty Knees (new wave, punk). Video projections by Casey Spec. 9pm; free (myspace.com/skittlesparty) STARLITE LOUNGE 1086 Bergen St (Nostrand) 718-771-3340, starlitelounge.piczo.com— New York City’s oldest black-owned gay bar. 2pm–2am daily. A to Nostrand Ave (HAPPY HOUR) 2pm–9pm daily (FRI) Tony and Chop Chop. Guest DJs (reggaeton, freestyle, salsa). 10pm; $6. (SAT) La’Viticus w/guest DJs. 10pm; $6. (SUN) Rock-ola (Carribean, salsa, reggae). 8pm–1am; free. (WED) $3 Cocktails till 9pm. Host Karen Covergirl (THU) Karaoke w/Brooklyn Bill. $3 drinks
till 9pm. 9pm; free.
SUGARLAND 221 N Ninth St (Driggs/Roebling), 718-599-4044, myspace.com/sugarlandbklyn— On a desolate W’burg avenue, this hip bar dazzles with awesome performances and dirty dancing. to Bedford Ave (FRI) Le Freak with guest DJs. 10pm; $5. (SAT) Ticklyn with DJ Emjay (house, pop). go-gos and musical acts. $1 shots 8pm; $5. (SUN) Dirty House Powder Party w/DJ Emjay (house) and hosts Ms. Kim and Pauly Paul. 10pm; free. (MON) Karaoke w/host Dan Paul. $2 PBRs 10pm; free. (TUE) Cream of Sugarland. Ms. Kim hosts open-mic night w/featured performers. 2for-1 draft beers. 10pm; free. (WED) Slumber Party w/rotating DJs. 10pm; free. (WED, SECOND) Prom Night. Retro ’80s night w/DJ Ponyboy and $3 well drinks. 10pm; free. (THU) Girls! Girls! Girls! Lesbian night w/rotating DJs and live acts. 10pm; free.
Bars>>> ALBATROSS 36-19 24th Ave (37th St), Astoria, 718-204-9045, albatrossbar.com— Weekly specials and surprise entertainment keeps this a popular spot with the locals. 5pm–4am Tue–Sun. Free. N to Astoria Blvd (HAPPY HOUR) 5pm–8pm (FRI) Karaoke with Vanessa Valtré. 11:30pm. (SAT) Sexpot w/ Vanessa Valtré, Sassy, Samara and others. DJ Joe Smooth spins. Shows at 12:30am, 2am. 10pm–4am. $10. (SUN) Lounging Sunday w/Michael. 9pm. (MON) Manic Monday. (TUE) Turn Back Tuesday. $5 cosmos, appletinis and screwdrivers. $3 tequila shots. (WED) Wacky Wednesday w/ Richard (THU) Bear Thursday w/ Richard BUM BUM BAR 63-14 Roosevelt Ave (63rd/64th), Woodside, Queens, 718-6514145— Queer Latino speakeasy with a fiery dance floor. Fri and Sat only. 7 to 61st St FRIEND’S TAVERN 78-11 Roosevelt Ave (78th/79th), Jackson Heights, 718-3977256, friendstavernnyc.com— Cramped cruising grounds with a hot Latin jukebox and hotter bartenders. Weekly summertime BBQ on back patio. 4pm–4am daily. 7 to 82nd St (HAPPY HOUR) Half-priced wells and domestic beers 4pm–9pm, Sun–Fri (FRI) Latin Fridays with DJ Yayo. 10pm; free. (SAT) Hot Saturdays with guest DJs (Rumba). 10pm; free. (SUN) Sabroso Sunday. 10pm; free. (MON) Undercover Lover. $2 shots. Free. (TUE) Tequila Tuesdays. Free tequila shot with purchase of Bud Light Lime. (WED) Recession Wednesdays. Anisha Wondervil w/with DJ Yayo. $3 drinks. Performance 12:30am. 10pm; free. (THU) Crazy Thursdays with Alejandro and
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LOS RECUERDOS BAR 79-15 Roosevelt Ave (80th/79th Sts), 718-672-7505â€” Laid-back gay hang is as diverse musically as it is ethnically. 4pmâ€“4am. Free. 7 to 82nd Stâ€“Jackson Hts (FRI) Sanctuary with Laritza Dumont and DJ Z. $3 vodka cocktails till midnight. $5 Long Island iced teas. 10pm. (SAT) Sabor Latino. Latin night. $2 tequila shots. $5 Long Island iced teas. 10pm. (SUN) Caution w/Princess Janae and DJ Rico. $3 beers and $5 cocktails. Midnight. (MON) Mojito Mondays with DJ Rico. $5 Mojitos. 10pm. (TUE) Singles Night with $2 drinks. (WED) Notorious with Flotilla De Barge. Giveaways. 11pm. (THU) DJ Richard $3 drinks all night. 4pm.
(HAPPY HOUR) half-price drinks 4pmâ€“
8pm (FRI) Luscious Lola Show. Go-gos. 12:30am. $5. (SAT) Dance night w/guest DJs. 10:30pm; $5. (WED) Girlsâ€™ night w/DJ Jimmy (house). 10pm; free, (THU) Boysâ€™ night w/DJ Jimmy (house). 10pm; free.
ACROSS THE HUDSON
Bars>>> LUCHOâ€™S 38-19 69th St (Woodside), 718-424-9181â€” Latin bar with weekly gay night. E, , or 7 to Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Hts (WED) Wild Wednesdays with Miss Cherry Pie. $2 drinks till midnight. $3 Long Island iced tea. Go-go dancers at midnight. Strip contest at 1:30am. 10pm; free. MIX CAFE AND LOUNGE 40-17 30th Avenue (41st St), Astoria, 347-642-4840â€” A full restaurant by day, Astoriaâ€™s newest queer cocktail lounge blends Eastern touches with South American flavors at night. N, W to 30th Ave (HAPPY HOUR) Daily 6pmâ€“9pm. (SUN) Sunday Brunch. Live improv w/Sunday Morning Mimosa. 9pm; free. (THU) The Dating Game w/Sunday Morning Mimosa. 9pm; free.
Clubs>>> CLUB ATLANTIS 76-19 Roosevelt Ave (77th), Jackson Heights, clubatlantisnyc.com, 718-457-3939 â€” Upscale mega Latin club packed with Queensâ€™ hottest queens. Open 4pmâ€“4am. 7, E, , or to 74th Stâ€“Roosevelt Ave. (HAPPY HOUR) Daily 4pmâ€“9pm (SAT) Rumba Latina Total with DJs Israel (house) and Eddie Cruz. Go-go boys. 11pm; $10 before midnight/$12 general admission. (MON) Tex-Mex party with DJs Freddy and Rafael. (TUE) Thirsty Tuesdays. $3 drinks, pool tournament, movie screenings w/free popcorn and soda. DJ Rafael. 4pm; free. (WED) Wicked Wednesdays w/DJ Juarez. $5 Mojitos and Long Island iced teas. 10pm; free. (THU) Strip-tini Thursdays with $5 Martinis. Strippers. DJ Rafael. 9pm; $5.
GUITAR BAR, 181 Railroad Ave, Newark, NJ, 973-344-8383â€” ath to Newarkâ€“Penn Station (TUE) Rainbow Tuesday with DJ Mark. Gogo boys, live performances and drink specials. 10pm; $8. THE CAGE, 32 Newark St (River St), Hoboken, NJ, thecagehoboken.com, 201216-1766â€” Only a few blocks from the Path and the hot yuppies that walk down Washington Ave. Sunâ€“Thu 5pmâ€“2am, Friâ€“Sat 5pmâ€“3am. Free. ath to Hoboken (HAPPY HOUR) $2 wells and domestics, $4 Martinis & Cosmos 5pmâ€“9pm. (FRI) Blow with Geo Vaughn and DJ Eddie love. Go-go dancers. Karaoke 5pmâ€“10pm. 10pm. free. (SAT) Picante with Barbra Herr and DJ Frank Lamboy. Go-gos.10pm; free. (SUN) Fever. Liquid Brunch 3pmâ€“9pm. Le Cage Trivia/Bingo with Regina Hudson 9pm. DJ Bill DeMarco (disco). 10pm; free (MON) Karaoke with Absolute. 9pm; free. (TUE) Take it Off with Harmonica Sunbeam. Amateur strip concert. DJ Rico 9pm; free. (WED) Humo with DJ Jon Marto (house, hip-hop, pop, Latin). 9pm. (THU) Ready to Wear. Hipsters get down with professional types to pop music. Free before 11pm/$5. STAR BAR 34 Wayne St (Grove St), Jersey City, 201-367-1222, gostarbar.comâ€” Friendly Jersey City bar quenches gay thirsts with stiff drinks and nightly entertainment. ath to Grove St (HAPPY HOUR) $3 Domestics & Well Drinks! 5pm-8pm (SUN) Bruiser. Bear night w/guest DJs. Free popcorn, trivia, Wii. $2 domestic beers. 4pmâ€“9pm; free. (TUE) Craft Beer Night. (WED) Glee viewing party. Free popcorn, $4 Magic Hat and $3 Jim Beam shots. 9pm; free.
Bars>>> Q SINY 632 Midlands Ave (@ Father Capodanno Blvd), 718-979-4955, qsiny.comâ€” The Islandâ€™s only LGBT club keeps the rainbow bright with drag shows and DJs.
FEATHERS, 77 Kinderkamack Rd (Grand Ave/Akerson St), River Edge, NJ, 201-3426410â€” This unassuming two-floor dance club is a Jersey staple. The college crowd packs its Wednesday $1 drink night.
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n some ways, Charles Busch lives like one of his glamorous leading ladies. Nestled in a picturesque corner of the West Village, his apartment is filled with theatrical posters, mementos from past productions and candid photos with friends, family and costars. His bedroom is a brazen all-white affair right out of a 1940s Hollywood drama, while the sitting room suggests an opium den with Chinese-red walls and black-lacquer furniture. There’s even a custommade staircase in the hallway, perfect for any number of grand entrances. (Busch had it built when he bought the unit upstairs and converted his studio into a roomy two-story flat.) It’s exactly how you’d think Busch would live, but it’s a far cry from the austere life of the nuns at the center of his latest camp comedy, The Divine Sister. “The movies I grew up with and just loved were The Bells of Saint Mary’s and The Trouble with Angels,” says Busch, citing classic nun films from yesteryear. “[Trouble’s] Rosalind Russell was my favorite. She’s so sanctimonious—looking up with that wink in her eye like [she] and Jesus are in on some private joke.” Divine Sister’s premise is a pastiche of nun-film clichés, with everything from The Song of Bernadette and Black Narcissus to Agnes of God and Doubt getting a nod. Busch plays Mother Superior at St. Veronica’s, an urban convent in the 1960s that’s threatened by changes in the neighborhood and society at large. She’s a ballsy gal-reporter-turnedbride-of-Christ who’s rattled by the arrival of an old flame. “She’s pretty hard-line,” says Busch. “She’s got a new book out…it’s called The Middle Ages: So Bad?” Julie Halston, Bush’s real-life muse who’s done nearly a dozen plays with him, plays Sister Acacius, a convent gym teacher plagued by wild sexual hysteria. Another Busch friend, Alison Fraser, plays Sister Walburga who’s visiting from the motherhouse in Germany. And rounding out the sister act is Amy Rutberg as Agnes, a novice who sees the image of Jesus in her unmentionables. Despite Sister’s irreverence, Busch isn’t worried about being pilloried by the pious. “The point of the show isn’t to make fun of Catholicism. It’s a satire of Hollywood’s portrayal of spirituality,” he says.
“Trying to be politically correct just kills comedy. You end up with movies where people just get hit over the head with things.” After three decades as an actor and playwright, Busch jokes that his career path has followed that of a classic Hollywood actress— from perky ingénue (Psycho Beach Party) to slightly-over-the-hill siren (Die Mommy Die) to tough-but-loveable Mother Superior (The Divine Sister). “I don’t know what’s next for me…except for maybe a spot on Dynasty.” Busch also says all the parts were written specifically for the cast. “It’s one of the benefits of being in the business for so long and developing relationships with certain actors,” he explains. Doing a play on what he calls “Hollywood religiosity” has long been a dream for Busch. “But since you can’t make a career out of doing nun plays, I have to put every single thing I’ve ever wanted to do into this one,” he says. “When I was doing rewrites, I kept thinking things like, ‘Oh wait, I need to teach a little boy how to play baseball!’” He calls the show a labor of love and has no formal plans to restage it as a bigger production. “This isn’t a workshop.
I’m not hoping it’ll move. I just want to make it a fun experience for the cast and hopefully the audience. Even the choice of making it a nuns’ story [means] I don’t have to wear a corset for once!” (Busch borrowed the original habits from Nunsense for Divine Sister’s photo shoot.) Busch was born Jewish, making his choice of subject matter somewhat un-convent-ional. But, he confesses, “I just loved Jesus,” and cites the Son of God, Judy Garland and Marie Antoinette as his favorite people. A tale Busch tells of a summer at the Boardwalk in Wildwood might also account for his religious zeal. “There were some Born Again kids, one of whom was just really gorgeous. I think he was trying to seduce me into his Church while I was trying to seduce him into my bed!” N
“Trying to be P.C. just kills comedy. You end up with movies where people just get hit over the head with things.”
The Divine Sister plays February 6–March 7 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave, 212-254-1109). Visit TheaterForTheNewCity.net for more info.
SISTER ACT Rutberg, Fraser, Busch, Jonathan Walker, Julie Halston and Jennifer Van Dyck
Circle Mirror Transformation
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION MISALLIANCE
BY DAVID HURST ircle Mirror Transformation, Annie Baker’s fascinating new comedy-drama about an adult-education acting class in the wilds of Vermont, opened last October to rave reviews but I only got to see it last week. Don’t make the same mistake and miss this smart and touching piece about a group of misfits trying to make sense of their lives and relationships through some very funny acting exercises. Circle Mirror Transformation has been extended so many times (it now plays through January 31) that it’s become one of the longest-running shows in Playwrights’ history, and with good reason. Vastly different in tone and style than her previous Body Awareness at Atlantic 2, Baker writes in an incredibly spare style that strips away each character’s artifice, leaving his or her essence onstage for us to examine and ponder. Acutely directed by Sam Gold (with a startling attention to on-stage silences) on David Zinn’s terrific set, the five participants are superbly played by Deirdre O’Connell as Marty, the teacher whose qualifications and motives become highly suspect as the play progresses; Peter Friedman as James, Marty’s husband; Heidi Schreck as the beautiful Theresa, a transplanted actress running away from a bad relationship in New York; Reed Birney as Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter who becomes infatuated with the nubile Theresa; and the luminous Tracee Chimo as 16-year-old Lauren, a nerdy high school girl who wants to learn acting as an escape from her dysfunctional family. Running almost two hours without an intermission, Circle Mirror Transformation is fresh, provocative theater that will make you laugh and cry and think. And how often can you say that? A smashing production I saw too late to sing its praises while it was still running is the Pearl Theater Company’s sparkling revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance, which closed last Sunday at the Pearl’s new home up at City Center. Shrewdly directed by Jeff Steitzer on a gorgeous set by Bill Clarke with ravishing costumes by Liz Covey, Misalliance is
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION PHOTO: JOAN MARCUS
Shaw’s delicious meditation on the conflict between parents and their children—and vice versa. The cast was excellent, especially Dan Daily as the blustering patriarch John Tarleton, and Steven Boyer as the simpering brat Bentley Summerhays, who wants to marry Tarleton’s daughter, Hypatia. Additionally, as Hypatia, Lee Stark is sensational (in a tricky role), as is the handsome Michael Brusasco who sweeps Hypatia off her feet as the aerialist Joey Percival. As always, Shaw’s lacerating wit cuts to the heart of the familial issues with notable digs at politics, religion, education and love along the way, and unstinting support (which was way ahead of its time) for women’s rights and self-determination. In other words, another perfect evening of theater. N Circle Mirror Transformation plays through January 31 at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd St, 212-279-4200).
THEATER LISTINGS OPENING/PREVIEWS THE DIVINE SISTER Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave (9th/10th Sts), 212868-4444, theaterforthenewcity.net— In Charles Busch’s latest genre homage, the sisters of St. Veronica’s convent struggle with sexual impulses, divine revelations and a blast from the past. Weds–Sats at 8pm, and Sats and Suns at 3pm from Feb 6–Mar 7. $25
CLOSING THE MYOPIA Atlantic Stages 2, 330 W 16th St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 866-8114111, foundrytheatre.org— Queer playwright David Greenspan plays the entire cast of characters in this manic burlesque, about a playwright, his frustrated family, and President Warren G. Harding. Wed–Sun at 7:30pm through Feb 7. $35 THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Kirk Theatre, 410 W 42nd St (Dyer/Ninth Aves), doriangrayplay.com— Daniel Mitura’s new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s lone novel. Raven-haired hunk Kaolin Bass stars as the ageless beauty with a secret locked in the closet. Performances continue Mon and Weds–Fris at 8pm, Tues at 7pm and Sats at 2pm and 8pm through Feb 6. $18.
ON THE STAGE THE MAN IN ROOM 302 59E59 Theaters, 59 E 59th St (Madison/Park Aves), themaninroom302.com— Craig Alan Edwards wrote and stars in this insightful drama about the evening before Martin Luther King’s assassination. Tues, Weds and Suns at 7:15pm; Thurs–Sats at 8:15pm; Sats at 2:15pm and Suns at 3:15pm through Feb 14. $35. THE PRIDE Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St (Bleecker/Hudson Sts), 212-279-4200, mcctheater.org— Hugh Dancy headlines in this love triangle between two men and a woman that spans a half-century. Tues and Weds at 7pm, Thu–Sats at 8pm, Sats and Suns at 2pm. $59–$79.
IF THESE TREES COULD TALK John and Harry in Word Is Out
WORD IS OUT Time Investment: 133 min. Return on Investment: 130 min. espite all the good mainstream films have done to further the cause of gay and lesbian rights (Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain), nothing equals the power of first hand accounts by gays and lesbians themselves. This is why Anthology Film Archives’ re-release of the 1977 doc by the Mariposa Film Group, Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (Milliarium Zero) is so fantastic. Considered the first feature-length documentary about gay and lesbian Americans when it premiered at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Word Is Out lets a diverse cross section of gays and lesbians tell their story with straightforward simplicity, no dramatization or sugarcoating, thank you. Similar to the documentary process that led to creation of The Laramie Project, the Mariposa Film Group interviewed 26 people for the project and breaks the film into three sections, allowing the subjects to discuss the history of being gay in America, the struggles of confronting sexuality and their hopes for the future. From a chain-smoking female Navalofficer talking about military hypocrisies to a young black Princeton student balancing his sexual orientation with his jock image, Word Is Out is a testament to the filmmakers’ ability to corral a diverse cast of characters across the dimensions of sexual identity, race, geography and age. By allowing them all to tell their own stories—some for the first time—it demonstrates how, in a city where the communities of L, G, B and T find less and less in common, how similar we all really are. —Benjamin Solomon
WATERCOLORS Time Investment: 114 min. Return on Investment: 30 min. ovies are not high art. Sure, there are plenty of films about high art, some that even come close to claiming that title, but a film that attempts to treat itself as something more than it is (mass-marketed celluloid on a large screen), especially a film as ridiculous as writer/director David Oliveras’ gay rite-of-passage story, Watercolors (Silverlight Entertainment), is just plain laughable, and should be treated as such. Oliveras’ clichéd coming-out story feels less like a spirited indie and more like Bel Ami porn. Barely legal-looking Tye Olson plays Danny, a flaming 16-year-old and budding painter who is forced to
share his room for the weekend with Carter (Kyle Clare), his school’s long-haired, pot-smoking bad-boy jock. We are supposed to believe the two form a bond (they hold hands!) while Danny searches for his muse and Carter struggles with his deadbeat dad and his swim coach (played naturally by Greg Louganis). References to great art abound, from Caravaggio to the movie’s countless allusions to Romeo & Juliet. And like the Shakespeare play, this story ends tragically (both for the star-crossed lovers and the viewer). Several hairless nude scenes later and a less-than-inspired use of flash forwards (or are they flashbacks?) and we’re left to believe a velvet painting of a unicorn might be more appropriate for the Louvre than the Mona Lisa. —BS JULIET & JULIET Kyle Clare and Tye Olson in Watercolors
INDOCHINE 430 Lafayette St (btwn FourthSt/Astor Pl)
BY PETER SHERWOOD
THE CHEF’S RECIPE LEMONGRASS CHICKEN WITH ASIAN BASIL
eatured in the new book, Indochine, Stories Shaken and Stirred, this classic recipe by the restaurant’s chef/owner Huy Chi Le serves two. N
INGREDIENTS FOR MARINADE: 1 lb chicken breast thinly sliced sideways against the fiber 2 tbsp Vietnamese fish sauce 1 tbsp sugar; 1 tsp flour; 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp chili-garlic sauce (widely available in Asian markets) • Mix together and let sit for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. COOKING INGREDIENTS: 4 shallots finely sliced the long way 2 tbsp finely chopped peanuts 5 tbsp vegetable oil; ½ cup chicken broth 1 cup whole Asian basil leaves (stems out) 1 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass (only the white part) In a wok or flat pan, heat the oil to high heat. Throw in the sliced shallots and lemongrass and turn a few seconds until browned. Add marinated chicken and toss vigorously, separating it if it sticks together. Sautée for about three to four minutes, adding a tablespoon of chicken broth every minute. Add the whole Asian basil leaves and sautée for another thirty seconds. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top. Garnish with a sprig of Asian basil.
Used by permission from Indochine, Stories Shaken and Stirred, published 2009 by Rizzoli International New York.
PHOTO: JESSICA CRAIG-MARTIN, 1989
t’s still the same fabulous wallpaper!” a gal exclaimed as she whooshed past us, having not visited Indochine for some time, it seemed. But she was correct: the epic banana-leaf pattern continues to cling to Indochine’s storied walls more than 25 years after its inception, as do swarms of celebrities. For the rest of us, it’s still just a delight to be part of the party that perpetually showcases a glint of the Upper West Side’s rigid glamour just south of Astor Place. After the brisk rattle of a shaker, my Passion Pomegranate Margarita ($12) arrived, and what a heavenly, tart bitch she was—mixed with Cabo Wabo, guava and fresh lime juice! My guy enjoyed a somewhat more reserved warm, buttery French Syrah ($12/glass, $49/bottle). Spicy kumquat relish overwhelmed the gentle Hamachi Sashimi ($13), and the sneaky Sriracha hot chili sauce it was laced with overrode any evidence of kumquat flavor, too. P.H.O. ($9) was quite good, with tender sliced beef filet and rice noodles in a soothing oxtail broth accompanied by sprigs of basil. Warm Duck Confit Salad ($13) with Napa cabbage and crunchy carrots was served with refreshing coriander and Vietnamese vinaigrette, and we thrilled to the Filet Mignon Carpaccio ($11) with chili dressing, crispy ginger, scallion oil and the fine flavor of fresh mint. I wasn’t in love with the white Sancerre ($13/glass, $52/bottle), much preferring the alluring Picpoul de Pinet ($9/glass, $38/bottle) from Languedoc; a fresh meadow on the nose, lyrical on the palate. My fella liked the Steamed Chilean Sea Bass ($28) on a bed of bok choy more than I did but we heartily agreed on the absolutely delicious Lamb Loin Special ($24) served with long chives, shiitakes and incredible spaghetti squash with fish sauce and shrimp paste. We also enjoyed the Glazed Duck Breast ($25) very much, its slightly metallic taste surprisingly akin to calf’s liver. A side of sautéed House Rice ($6) with shrimp, green peas, and egg was simple and good. Asian Pear Wontons ($9) alongside raspberry and mango coulis, coconut mousse and vanilla ice cream was excellent to play with and as suitably stunning as Indochine itself. N
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RECENTLY REVIEWED A VOCE 41 Madison Ave @ 26th St, 212545-8555, avocerestaurant.com— Hearty yet elegant pastas and Italian entrees in Murray Hill. ($$$$; Italian) AGUA DOLCE 802 9th Ave (53rd/54th), 212-262-1299 .aguadulceny.com— Fusion Latin served in a dining area that hearkens back to old Havana. ($$$$; Latin) CHELSEA SQUARE 368 W 23rd St (8th/9th Ave), 212-691-5400— Reliable comfort food that hasn’t changed with culinary trends. ($$, American) ED’S CHOW HOUSE 44 W 63rd St (btwn Broadway/Columbus Ave), 212-9561288, chinagrillmgt.com— There’s more than chowder at Ed’s: get some oysters and suck back a few specialty cocktails. EL COCOTERO 228 W 18th St (7th/8th Aves), 212-206-8930, cocoterorestaurant.com— Wolf down arepas that taste like they came from the streets of Caracas. ($$$; Venezuelan) LE SOUK HAREM 510 LaGuardia Pl (Bleecker St), 212-677-4777, lesoukny.com— Powerful Prawns Grillées, lamb tartare, Duck Tajine and other Middle Eastern fare that’s worth the sometimes lengthy wait. ($$$$, Morrocan) LUCKY’S FAMOUS BURGERS 264 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth), 212-2424900, luckysfamousburgers.com— Buttery, split-grilled Hebrew National hot dogs and gooey cheese fries recommend Lucky’s somewhat more than the burgers! SWEETIE PIE 19 Greenwich Ave (10th/Christopher Sts), 212-337-3333, sweetiepierestaurant.com— Mac ’n’ cheese, sliders and other American classics served up in a pretty-pink malt shop. ($$, American) ORGANIKA 89 Seventh Ave South (Grove/Barrow Sts), 212-414-1900, — This Southern Italian ristorante rises above the din with sustainable and local ingredients and excellent service. ($$$; Italian)
CHELSEA CAFETERIA 119 Seventh Ave (17th St), 212-414-1717, cafeteria247.com— 24hour comfort food and the off chance of dining alongside celebs incognito. ($$$; American) COOKSHOP 156 Tenth Ave (20th St),
212-924-4440, cookshopnyc.com— New American fare that blows the roof off your tastebuds without incinerating your wallet. ($$$; American)
THE DISH 201 Eighth Ave (20th/21st Sts), 212-352-9800- Uber gay two-level nouveau diner that serves everything from egg white omelets and Chelsea boy specials to moussaka and pork chops. ($$; American) EAST OF EIGHTH 254 W 23rd (Eighth Ave), 212-352-0075, eastofeighth.com— Original American cuisine served on 2 floors or in the private garden. ($$; American) ELMO 156 Seventh Ave (19th/20th Sts), 212-337-8000, elmorestaurant.com— Gay meets celeb at this retropicalis themed eatery serving up creative and tasty American comfort cuisine. ($$; American) INTERMEZZO 202 Eighth Ave (20th/21st St), 212-929-3433, intermezzony.com— Busy Italian eatery with low prices and attentive staff and a trendy techno all-you-can-drink brunch. ($$$; Italian) LASAGNA 196 Eighth Ave (20th St), 212-242-4551— Over 15 different lasagna dishes grace the menus of this new comfort food restaurant. ($$$; Italian) MARY ANN’S 116 Eighth Ave (16th St), 212-633-0877—Traditional Mexican food and decor with Aztec artifacts and Jalapeno lights. ($$; Mexican) NEW VENUS 252 Eighth Ave (22nd/23rd Sts), 212 243-0980— Modern American café/diner with warm ambience, open 24 hours featuring Greek and continental specials. ($$$; Diner) NISOS 176 Eighth Ave (19th St), 646-3368121— Vibrant Mediterranean retreat, romantic atmosphere. Innovating culinary creations makes Nisos an ideal destination. “Best Martinis in town.” ($$$$; Mediterranean) PLANETHAILAND212 30 W 24th St (Sixth Ave/Broadway), 212-727-7026, PlaneThailand212.com—Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai tastes, flavors and influences are all celebrated equally. ($$$; Thai) QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL 216 Eighth Ave (W 21 St), 212-243-2100, qdoba.com— This mexican fast-food eatery might be a chain ala Chipotle, but the comparisons stop onces you’ve tried any of their fresh tasting and unique flavors. ($; Mexican) RED CAT 227 Tenth Ave (23rd/24th Sts) 212 242-1122 redcatrestaurants.com— Artworld luminaries and gallery hoppers flock here for the upscale creative cuisine and intimate settings. ($$$$; American) RESTIVO 209 Seventh Ave (22nd St), 212366-4133— Fine, affordable Italian dining, homemade pastas and deserts in romantic ambiance. ($$$; Italian) RIN 265 W 23rd St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 212-675-2988— Another Thai restaurant has opened in Chelsea; as the volume of neighborhood patrons would suggest, it’s certainly welcome. ($$$, Thai) ROCKING HORSE CAFE 182 Eighth Ave (19th St), 212-463-9511— Lively Nueva
Mexican Cocina on the Eighth Avenue strip. ($$$; Mexican)
found in the food and the decor. ($$$$$; American)
ROOM SERVICE 166 Eighth Ave (18th/ 19th), 212-691-0299, roomservicerestaurant.com— Inviting and innovative décor sleekly matches spicy Bangkok cuisine for reasonable neighborhood prices. ($$$; Thai)
BEE DESSERTS 94 Greenwich Ave (12th/13th Sts), 212-366-6110, beedesserts.com— Enjoy tasty all-natural desserts that complements hearty comfort food. Best of all, it won’t break the bank. ($$; American)
RUB 208 W 23rd St, 212-524-4300, rubbbq.net— There really is Righteous Urban Barbeque goin’ on in Chelsea, as well as Deep Fried Oreos for dessert! ($$$, BBQ)
BUDDAKAN 75 Ninth Ave (16th St), 212-989-6699, buddakannyc.com— The awe inspiring décor of the Great Room—soaring ceilings, hanging chandeliers and a 30-footlong communal table—set the tone for this exuberant haute-Chinese establishment. ($$$$$; Asian)
TELLO 198 8th Ave (20th St), 212-6918696— Authentic Italian restaurant offers comfort food at reasonable prices. ($$$; Italian) VICEROY 160 Eighth Ave (18th St), 212-633-8484— Superb American bistro fare featuring flawless Black Angus steaks and renowned frozen cosmos. Vibrant, hip mixed crowd. ($$$$; American) VYNL 102 Eighth Ave (15th St), 212400-2118, vynl-nyc.com— This gay favorite serves up classic American dishes with Thai flair. The pop-star themed bathrooms are almost as popular as the food. ($$; American)
MEATPACKING 5 NINTH 5 Ninth Ave (Little W 12th St), 212-929-9460 5ninth.com— Svelte celebs and foodies unite at this Meatpacking favorite to sample the country-meets-city theme
HALFSTEAK 85 10th Ave (@ 15th St), 212-400-6699, craftrestaurant.com— Halfsteak allows us to dine pleasurably in the front section of Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak for only half the price. ($$$, American) MORIMOTO 88 10th Ave (15th/16th Sts), 212-989-8883, morimotonyc.com— Godzilla-sized über restaurant takes over the Meatpacking district with considerable flair, resulting in a lovely and quiet evening. ($$$$$; Japanese) POP BURGER 58-60 Ninth Ave (14th/15th Sts) 212-414-8686— Trendy and tasty Meatpacking fast food spot for the hungry clubbers and after-hours crew ($; Hamburgers) SCARPETTA 355 W 14th St (Ninth
CHELSEA GRILL Of Hell’s Kitchen Ave), 212-691-0555, scarpettanyc.com— The erstwhile Village Idiot bar transforms to something of a Village cenius, with Scott Conant helming the marvelous Scarpetta. ($$$$$; Italian)
VENTO 675 Hudson St (14th St), 212-6992400 brguestrestaurants.com— Ogle celebs, enable gentrification and indulge in some fantastic Italian cuisine in the West Vilage. Guilty pleasures are definitely Vento’s specialty. ($$$; Italian)
WEST VILLAGE ARTEPASTA 81 Greenwich Ave (Bank St), 212-229-0234— Italian cuisine at reasonable prices in a casual, cozy and friendly atmosphere. ($$$; Italian) AUGUST 359 Bleecker St (Charles/W 10th Sts), 212-929-4774, augustny.com— Don’t let the tiny crowded dining room deter you. Rustic food in the outdoor garden is one of August’s pleasures.($$$$; Bistro) BAR 6 502 Sixth Ave (12th/13th Sts), 212691-1363— The reliable and consistent bistro also serves Moroccan specialties and has a great weekend brunch. ($$$; Moroccan) BERIMBAU 43 Carmine St (Bedford/Bleecker Sts) 212- 242-2606, berimbaunyc.com— Sleek dining room serving sea bass, pork tenderloin and other Brazillian dishes. ($$$, Brazillian) BOBO 181 W 10th St (@ Seventh Ave So), 212-488-2626, bobonyc.com— The setting is stunning and the food decent; both are well served for an affair to remember. ($$$$; French) BONGO 395 West St ( W 10th St), 212-6756555, bongonyc.com— Gulp down oysters and cocktails at this retro-mod sequel to the Chelsea lounge. ($$$, seafood) CAFÉ CONDESA 183 W 10th St (7th Ave South/W 4th St), 212-352-0050, cafecondesa.com— What this little gem lacks in square footage, it makes up for with excellent multi-cultural cuisine laced with Latin flavor. ($$$; American) CAFÉ DE BRUXELLES 118 Greenwich Ave (13th St), 212-206-1830, cafedebruxelles.com— Cozy Belgian restaurant with a quaint atmosphere, a ton of Belgian brews and steamed mussels worth talking about. ($$$$; Belgian) CORNER BISTRO 331 W Fourth St (Eighth Ave) 212 242-9502— Manhattan’s best (and possibly cheapest) burgers are doled out on paper plates to West Village literati squeezed between pub-grubbing local yokels. ($; Hamburgers) DITCH PLAINS 29 Bedford St (Downing St), 212-633-0202, ditch-plains.com— Bitchin’ food and a fun crowd at Marc Murphy’s surf-inspired restaurant, named after the famous stretch in Montauk. ($$$$; Seafood) LIPS 2 Bank St (Greenwich Ave), 212675-7710, lipsnyc.com— Generous drinks and tasty food is dished out by dolled-up drag divas. ($$; American) MARACAS 33 Greenwich Ave (Sixth/Seventh Aves), 212-593-6600, maracasnyc.com— The creators of LIPS go south of
the border for quality Mexican in a party atmosphere. $1 margaritas on Mondays. ($$$: Mexican)
MERCADITO GROVE 100 Seventh Ave South (Grove St), 212-647-0830, mercaditony.com— Day-glo tapas and a wide selection of tequila bring a Mexican market indoors. ($$$; Mexican) PHILIP MARIE 569 Hudson St (@ W 11th St), 212-242-6200, philipmarie.com— Delicious innovative American cuisine suits all palates and pocketbooks in a charming and historic setting. ($$$; American)
EAST VILLAGE/ LOWER EAST SIDE CAFE MOGODOR 101 St. Marks Pl. (First/Second Aves), cafemogodor.com, 212677-2226— Fresh Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies served in a bustling, charming dining area and patio. ($$; Middle Eastern) MAX 51 Ave B (@ 4th St), 212-5390111, max-ny.com— Offshoot of Frank serving hearty Italian fare well worth the sometimes-lengthy line. Cash only. ($$; Italian) VESELKA 144 Second Ave (Ninth St), 212228-9682, veselka.com— The East Village is not short on Ukranian or late-night food spots, but Veselka cranks out tasty chow way after the bars close. ($$; Diner)
MIDTOWN EAST BEPPE 45 E 22nd St (Broadway/ Park), 212-982-8422, beppenyc.com— Set in the comfort of a charming townhouse, this Italian eatery boasts an extensive wine list and grandiose entrees served with dramatic flair. ($$$$$; Italian) CHAT ’N’ CHEW 10 E 16th St (Fifth Ave/Union Sq. West), 212-243-1616, chatnchewnyc.com— Home cookin’ in the city doesn’t get better. Cozy, checkered-red escape for the homesick and the truly ravenous. ($$; American)
HELL’S KITCHEN BAMBOO 52 344 W 52nd St (Eighth/Ninth Aves), 212-315-2777, bamboo52nyc.com— Broadway divas and buff business boys enjoy fresh sushi and sexed-up cocktails from executive chef John Greco III. ($$$$; Sushi)
212-974-2003, vynl-nyc.com— This gay favorite serves up classic American dishes with Thai flair. The pop-star themed bathrooms are gay bar. Full menu till 4am. ($$; Russian)
YUM YUM BANGKOK 650 Ninth Ave (45th/46th Sts), 212–262–7244, yumyumbangkok.com— Thai so delicious that it has rightfully taken over three corners of Ninth Ave! Authentic dishes served up with a decadent blend of East Asian spices. ($$; Thai)
UPPER EAST SIDE CATERINA’S 316 E 53rd St (First/Second Aves), 212-355-5360— Frinendly mixed crowd graces this piano bar disguised inside a Hungarian/Italian resturant. ($$$$; Hungarian) FIG & OLIVE 808 Lexington Ave (62nd St), ., 212-207-4555, figandolive.com— Various versions of EEOV are so omnipresent at this sunken Mediterranean gem, you’d think they put it in the cocktails. Try the grilled branzino, mushroomtruffle penne or signature fig-and-olive salad. ($$, Mediterranean)
UPPER WEST SIDE CAFÉ LUXEMBOURG 200 W 70th St (btwn Amsterdam/West End Ave), 212873-7411, cafeluxembourg.com— As stylishly urban and civilized as ever, the Café remains a classic New York dining experience on the Upper West Side. ($$$$; French) RIPOSO 72 50 W 72nd St (Columbus Ave/Central Park W), 212-799-4140, riposonyc.com — Over 70 sumptuous wines and Euro brews to match equally sumptuous Mediteranean cuisine at this second location of the HK favorite. ($$; Mediterranean)
Brunch 7 Days a Week!
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Happy Hour M-F 4-6 pm Sat 11:30-5 pm
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HARLEM DINOSAUR BARBECUE 646 W. 131st St (Twelfth Ave), 212-694-1777, dinosaurbarbecue.com— Lipsmacking dry-rub brisket and spicy wings in Brontosaurus-sized portions. ($$$, BBQ) NATIVE 161 Lenox Ave (118th St), 212– 665–2525, harlemnativenyc.com— A little Latin flavor goes a long way in this redecorated space that cooks with the best of West Indian soul. ($$; Carribean)
An Italian Speakeasy Brunch Sat & Sun 11:30am - 4pm Lunch, Dinner & Late Night Menu 765 Ninth Ave. (51/52 Sts.) 212-397-2377 www.stecchinonyc.com
CHELSEA GRILL HELL’S KITCHEN 675 Ninth Ave. (46/47th Sts), 212-974-9002— This newcomer packs the comfort food of its sister grill in Chelsea into the gay bellies of Hell’s Kitty. Spin the wheel at the bar for a free lunch. ($$$; American) RIPOSO 46 667 Ninth Ave (46th/47th Sts), 212-247-8018, riposonyc.com — Over 70 sumptuous wines and Euro brews to match equally sumptuous Mediteranean cuisine. ($$; Mediterranean) STECCHINO 765 Ninth Ave (51st/52nd St), 212-397-2377— Italian for “toothpick,” this HK eatery from the owners of Chelsea Grill adds European flair to American bistro fare. ($$$; American/Italian) VYNL 754 Ninth Ave (50th/51st St),
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NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
BETTER OFF BLUE-BALLED
BY ROD STEELY & MANUEL HUNG
JOCKSVOL.13, ROADTRIP: SANDIEGO (Falcon/Jocks, 1-800-227-3717, FalconStudios.com) SURFFIN’ U(ASS)A Jake Lyons and Stefano Ricci in Jocks Vol. 13, Road Trip: San Diego.
ix horny jocks hit the streets of Hillcrest—San Diego’s hip and fabulous gay Mecca—for some roadtrip sex SoCal style.
roD: Jeremy Fox and Dex Carter get us started, and I could have stopped right there. Carter has the best surfer-boy body, with abs I want to wash my dick on. Fox does a good job of using his tongue first to clean off Carter’s ass before Carter slips him the longboard. MANuEL: That Fox is one ardent licker of booty. He spends more time shooting his tongue up Carter’s “banzai
SOUTHERNPRIDE: BOYSINHEAT (Raging Stallion, 1-877-327-0707, RagingStallion.com, Twinks.com) ho needs the Confederate flag when you have those pretty rainbow-striped ones? Now that’s real Southern Pride!
roD: Manuel, I thought even you would give these twinks a try with boys like Giovanni Summers and Austin Wilde on the menu. Wilde’s Mohawk reminds me of Mark Salling— the hottie who plays Puck on Glee—but his body is like no one else’s. MANuEL: Southern Pride is all about Austin Wilde. With just three movies under his belt, Wilde has been named one of Raging Stallion’s two Men of the Year 2010, and it’s easy to see why. This mixed-race 26-year-old has a cute face, great charisma, a chiseled body (did you see those abs?!) and a big dick. He starts with a voyeuristic solo and finishes by bottoming for Dustin Michaels (who notably died last month while in police custody).
pipeline” than he does getting fucked (barely four minutes). From the looks of his facial, Carter must’ve been saving up that load up for weeks! roD: The very young and cute Jake Lyons is up next. Whether he’s getting fucked by Stefano Ricci or taking everyone’s loads in the final gang-bang, Lyons is always a looker. I’m so glad Carter was paired with Lyons in the orgy. I didn’t have to choose a favorite! MANuEL: I had a couple of favorites in this almost all-brunet cast. Like lovely Larkin, a tall top with nipples that scream, “Come play with us forever and ever.” But my fave was Stefano Ricci. He’s got a great personality a fat dick and “a job.” (I hear wedding bells!) Plus, in his pre-coital interview, the very risible Ricci confesses he lost his virginity in a church. You’ve got to love an irreverent sodomite! ROD:
roD: I like my boys on the fair-skinned side, but Dallas Reeves has gotta get some sun! Dallas, you’ve always been one of my favorites, but just because you’re a top now doesn’t mean you can’t still be tan and blond like you were in your bottom days. Still, I loved watching him fuck Krist Cummings—on top of Florida’s Pride Parade float of all places! Kudos, RS! MANuEL: When sexy redhead Sebastian Keys walked in on those two fucking, it took him all of five seconds to get completely naked and into the action. I loved Krist’s “Extras” confession that his sexual fantasy is to be fucked by Steve McQueen on a motorcycle. ROD:
FUCK BY NUMBERS Austin Wilde in Southern Pride: Boys In Heat
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24 HOURS PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP 27 West 20th Street 2nd floor • Chelsea 212.691.2700 www.westsideclubnyc.com
SUITE69@THERITZ 1. Evan, Jose, Ryan & Gustavo. 2. Colton, George & Taylor. 3. Johnny Boy. 4. Affan & Jason Tyler.
GOOGOO4GAGA@THEMONSTER 1. Will. 2. Banana Boy & Tim. 3. Mitch & Johnny. 4. Darren & Brian. 5. Anthony, Sherry Vine & Greg.
THE RITZ & THE MONSTER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILSON MODELS
THEPILLAWARDS@ARENA 1. Heather Leigh West. 2. Mike Diamond. 3. Eric, Rainblo & Celso. 4. Acid Betty. 5. Sherry Vine & Tequila Mockingbird. 6. Hedda Lettuce. 7. Mike Dreyden & Will Clark. 8. Bebe Zahara Benet.
8 ARENA PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILSON MODELS
CATTLECALL@THERAPY 1. Adam, Quincy & Cody. 2. Damien, Owen Hawk & Scott. 3. Karl Giant & Chris. 4. Luke & Scott.
PARADISELOST@BOOTS&SADDLE 1. Austin & John. 2. Brian. 3. JP, Shawn & Keith. 4. Scott, Andy & Travis. 5. Terry, Phong, Cory & Justin.
THERAPY & BOOTS & SADDLES PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILSON MODELS
DIVA’SLIVE@BARRACUDA 1. Jane Lane, Rocka Hard & Lauren. 2. Birth of Venus. 3. Victoria Versace. 4. Him Zolciak & Cherry Skii. 5. Rosie Jonesy.
ASSWEDNESDAYS@URGE 1. Andres & Terry. 2.Roberto & Roger. 3. Maurice & Raman. 4. Bull Dog & Logan Hardcore.
BARRACUDA & URGE PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILSON MODELS