OK, I saw this show Mighty Real: A Sylvester Musical last Thursday and I still have the title track spinning in my head. For those of you that don’t know, Sylvester was a drag icon from the disco days who sadly passed away from AIDS. Ms. Thing was fearless, ruling the club scene with hit after hit, getting her start on the stage with The Cockettes in San Francisco performing as Miss Ruby Blue. The musical immediately piqued my interest when I read that the original Broadway Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph was one of the co-producers. It’s non-stop music at a fever pitch for ninety minutes with no intermission, loosely telling the story of Sylvester’s life. The show stars Anthony Wayne as Sylvester and Anastacia McCleskey and Jacqueline B. Arnold as none other than the Weather Girls whose rendition of “It’s Raining Men” was everything! So take out that old sparkly top, do a light beat and head out to Mighty Real for a fierce ride on the soul train.
I always wondered if they named this Brooklyn party after the mid 90s, ambiguously gendered SNL character of the same name. I guess I could ask Amber Valentine and JD Samson (the party’s creators), but I don’t really care that much and I’d prefer to just think my theory is correct. None of what I just said has much to do with the party, or what it’s about, so let me get to that. Pat is one of the best parties in BK. It’s a pretty simple concept, expect music by Mike Simonetti, Sparber, JD Samson, Amber Valentine, Robi D Light and Briii Belukha. There’s two rooms, tasty tacos on sale in the garden, and all-night drink specials. Best of all it’s free! Not the tacos, or the drinks, but entry. Which is not half bad. Dance floor pat-downs are also encouraged.
The Los Angeles based photographer has a show in New York City tittled An L.A. Sort of Place that’s now on view at Casa de Costa until October 23rd. This body of work captures “Jasmin’s dreamy and sensuous vision of Los Angeles in an extensive collection of new and vintage prints. The show includes landscapes from Jasmin’s “city of dreams” shown alongside his romantic portraits of young Hollywood stars.” We are fans of his work, so we decided to reach out and ask him a couple questions, and of course show you a preview of what’s on view — Have a look at those dreamy boys and gorgeous breasts… Do yourself a favor and go see the exhibition before it closes.
What specific to LA do you like about working and living there? It’s really all about the weather.
Do you prefer location shoots to studio work and why? A great location, for too many reasons to explain.
Do you shoot digital or film? Both.
What type of camera do you use? For Digital: A Canon Mark 2 / For film: A Contact 645.
What photographer’s had the most influence on your work? Brassaï.
What’s your favorite city? It could be LA
How do you convince your subjects to take their tops off? I say “take your top off.”
How does your new work differ from your earliest work? It’s newer.
Where are you the happiest? In bed.
Who do you despise? Really boring fucking people.
What will you be doing on this day in 10 years? Dead.
This must-see performance is happening on the opening night of the Queer New York International Arts Festival which returns to Abrons Art Center for the third year. The goal of the festival has been to bring diverse and provocative queer performances from around the world and to broaden “the traditional concept of “queer” (in) art, challenging perceptions about what queer is — and can be.” Each year we try to see as many performances as we can because there’s a lot of good stuff. I met with the curator last week and he told me that this performance is extra special. The two part performance, Confusions, is brought to us by a “highly innovative” Croatian theater director, Branko Brezovec and is going to be the first time that it’s been performed in the States. “Confusions was conceived as a radical theatre experiment...The novel follows the vicissitudes of young military school student Törless, whose confused moral complicity with his classmates, via brutality such as torture and rape, reveal the dark side of homoerotic relationships.” Sounds heavy right? Well I am not going to add anything else because you should go and experience it for yourself. Go and see this and many others from this amazing festival — you’ll be tweeting us “Thank You” soon.
A night of freaks and oddities...
Expect some weird magic tonight at Friends and Lovers. The queer Brooklyn venue hosts Culture Whore’s Bi-Monthly (and far more than bi-curious) “freak circus” bringing all sorts of strange and enchanted creatures to 641 Classon. Hold on tight but don’t be scared, this month’s edition melds the usual party-til-late mentality with a more performance-based showcase to comfort the nerves of those unwilling to get the club turnt up on a Tuesday.
If you want to let your freak flag fly and maybe find some likeminded strangers Sideshow is the place to be. Mark Dommu, half of the founding duo of The Culture Whore wrote us “this month we have more freak than ever: drag darlings Lucy Balls (pictured), Madame Vivien V and Momo Shade; synth mistress Louvel; up-and-coming rap sensation Dick Van Dick; experimental dancer Tyler Ashley; and performance art from The Culture Whores themselves, Boywolf and myself. David Sokolowski will be playing weird grooves all night so you can let loose on the floor between shows…” Come experience a miracle, feel the magic and revel in the drag of it all because who needs to wait ’til hump day to see some freaky shit on a stage.
$10, 9:00PM, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave. Brooklyn, NY.
The boys of Marinate have been having way too much fun for the last 4 years with their bi-monthly Eastern Bloc party. If you have never attended...what the hell is wrong with you? This Sunday is your chance to make it up to them, they’d really appreciate it, k? We know you might have to work the next day, but it’s New York City — a city designed around the sleep deprived — so suck it up. Here’s what they have in store for the night: Guest DJs include: Nita, Angelo Tursi and resident Dandylion. Hosts are Darke Attoms & David Meanix, there’s sexy go-gos (and GAYLETTER family member) Boywolf with Brock Rustin, plus visuals by Mr. Means. You can’t beat Eastern Bloc for a good time on a Sunday night — the drinks are cheap and strong, and the men fucking on the TV screens are strong too (lol). See you there.
Here she comes again, it looks like the Lady of the night — for those that don’t know who I’m talking about, I mean Ladyfag — is creating a brand new party: Holy Mountain. It’s gonna be held at the old Mr. Black location — she’s bringing that venue back from the dead. Yes! 2 floors, 4 rooms and each one has a name (Ruby, Jade, Saphire and Obsydian), 8 DJs and “1 mountain.” Ladyfag told us that it will be “a journey up the mountain with different musical vibes in every room...” Featuring some of our favorite DJs: Michael Magnan, Ryan Smith, Juliana Huxtable, & Anthony Dicap as the resident DJs. “We have a whole slew of witches & alchemists hosting,” Jason The Black Teen Wolf, Marco Ovando, Desi Santiago, Aharaw, The Meatballs, Domonique Echeverria and many more. I am already feeling the spirit of the mountain… I let Lady finish the post: “New York City, we invite you to take a journey with us to a place where darkness is light, music is god, and dancing will set you free.” Amen!
There are not a lot of Warhol superstars left alive, Edie, Viva, Candy Darling, Taylor Mead and Jackie Curtis just to name a few have all perished BUT thankfully there is one star still shining and her name is Holly Woodlawn. As part of the unique series Genderfluid, Ms. Woodlawn will be interviewed by none other than Michael Musto tonight, September 13 at 8:00PM at the Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
Director Paul Morrisey from the Warhol filmmaking entourage will introduce Holly who will also be sharing rare clips from her own collection of film, stage and tv appearances as well as perform a few songs live. I hear she’s also singing the classic “Walk On The Wild Side” that Lou Reed wrote about Holly!
I looked up Genderfluid out of curiosity and found this fitting explanation “a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl.” A definition that suits Ms. Woodlawn who is truly a living legend and a superb closing to Genderfluid, the weeklong festival of performance, film and art that ends tonight. Grab a ticket and take a ride to the wild side.
$25, $50 VIP includes preferred seating and backstage photo op, 8:00PM, Nagelberg Theatre at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th St.) NY, NY.
A new bar called Lovegun is officially opening this week in Williamsburg. The bar is brought to you by some of the hot owners of the venues Eastern Bloc and Atlas Social Club. So, of course some brand new parties are coming to it — wooo hooo. Anytime something new opens we get so excited, I am about to pee my pants writing this. Frankie Sharp is taking on Fridays to bring us GIRLS, a party not just about white girls like that popular TV show, but an inclusive party “for everyone.” Frankie told us that we should expect the same drama as his Tuesday party WestGay but way bigger — “It’s on a Friday!!! Now everyone can go!” Music will be provided by DJs Mike Q., Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija and DICAP. A special performance by La’Fem Ladosha, Frankie tells me that she’s done “every inaugural party” for him. Now the GIRLS: Milk Queen, Thorgy Thor, Bob TheDragQueen, Pusse Couture, Kia Labeija, Merry Cherry, Christie Maass, Remy Moore, Domonique, Bailey Stiles, Leo Gugu, KRIZZ, Macy Rodman. I mean….those are some fierce bitches! There are also some boys and gogos in attendance but I am not listing them, too many names already and it’s all about the girls! Serve that fish hunty!
Painter Mark Beard has schizophrenia, but he’s used it to his advantage. About twenty years ago he started taking on various alter egos to channel his creativity and talent. In his new show opening at ClampArt, aptly titled Alter Egos,there will be works on view created by Mark’s first five personae — Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938), his teacher Hippolyte-Alexandre Michallon (1849-1930) Edith Thayer Cromwell (1893-1962) Brechtholt Streeruwitz (1890-1972) and African American painter Peter Coulter (b. 1948). I am best acquainted with the first persona Bruce Sargeant whose homo erotic fueled paintings of dressed and semi undressed men with titles like “Athletes,” “Locker Room,” “Gondolier” and “Two Wrestlers” are a pure delight, and expertly executed with a timeless unwavering palette. Apparently the re-invention doesn’t end there and Beard has gone as far as creating a transsexual graffiti artist named Princess Ormalu (b. 1979) who’s work will be on view as well. Attend the opening and meet Beard who is friendly, fascinating and sure to attract a bevy of handsome intellectual men!