Nightlife superstar Ladyfag has been doing her massive Pop Souk bazaar for a few years now. It’s been housed at Hiro and Greenhouse, and for the last two years at the Standard Highline. Lady basically asks all her “artist, musician, DJ, designer, fashion junkie” friends to sell the wares from their overflowing closest to all us regular people. Here’s how Lady describes it: “More than just a marketplace, Pop Souk is an event where you’ll find some of the most talented New Yorkers hanging out in their own personal pop-up shops and hocking treasures from their own closets, or selling their original designs and wares.” With a bunch of DJs providing background music (Casey Spooner, Honey Dijon, Joey Trotto Labeija, Telfar and Todd Pendu) it’s like a giant dance party... except you can SHOP, SHOP, SHOP! I’ve found some great finds at previous Pop Souks, including my motel room tag brooch, which garners A LOT of compliments. I know you just got paid, so go spend that money, honey. How will you know you’re alive if you’re not spending money?
You know what we haven’t done in a while? Gone to a Spank party. Honestly, it feels like years since we’ve pulled an all-nighter at one of their thumping Brooklyn shindigs. Luck for us this Saturday’s Spank party is one hell of a welcome back. It features the usual Spank DJs: Sean B. and Will Automagic, plus performances by Midnight Magic — a nine person ensemble that bills themselves as “the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton.” Continuing the fun is Slow Knights, the brainchild of Scissor Sisters lead guitarist Del Marquis. It’s a jam-packed night, which like all Spank parties won’t end until your feet are bloody and you’ve made out with everyone with a first name. Yes kweeeeen!
With Mike Albo, Amber Martin, Rob Roth, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Flotilla Debarge, John C. Mitchell and more...
Last year Bradford Nordeen (creator of the film series Dirty Looks) put on his first Dirty Looks: On Location. It was an amazing two week long series that took Bradford’s favorite films to locations with queer history, throughout the city. Later this year Bradford is doing it all over again. Friday’s party is a benefit to raise some much needed funds to put on the 2013 series, and we suggest you all attend. Not just because Dirty Looks is an important queer film series that deserves your support, but also because this party is going to be more fun than running on an elipitical trainer next to Amanda Bynes. The theme of the event is “horror at sleep away camp.” You know, like that time at camp, when late at night all the other boys were touching wieners and they left you out. Oh the horror, the horror! Your freaky hosts for the night are: Chez Deep, Merrie Cherry, Gage Boone and Shadow Lover, plus there’s music by: AK Burns, Benjamin Haber, Chris Pappas and DJ Dirty Looks. The minimum donation to get in is $5, but there’s no maximum, so bring your checkbook and whichever sugar daddy is paying your rent this month.
Producer and nightlife curator Earl Dax have been throwing his party Pussy Faggot! since 2009. It’s been a place where many artists and performers have the opportunity to showcase their art and express themselves freely. We’ve been fans of Earl’s drag personas for a while. As we learned Earl believes in the more the merrier when it comes to performers, he doesn’t have one drag persona, he has two, meet Enya Buttox and Indigo Earl.
Why did you decide to create a party called Pussy Faggot? How did you come up with the name? It was 2009, and I was looking for a venue to throw a benefit for the HOT! Festival. The Delancey turned out to be the best available option, but I hadn’t set foot in the place since the demise of UNISEX Salon, a weekly party I had thrown there in 2006/07. That party infamously came to an abrupt end during a contretemps with my co-promoter that ended with me in a fetal position on the floor of the bar where I was kicked three times, spat upon and called — you guessed it — a “pussy faggot!” Going back two years later was strange and surreal, and I wanted to acknowledge what had happened there.
How did people respond to the name Pussy Faggot? I was completely surprised by the response to the name. People loved it. I knew that it was provocative, but I didn’t fully understand that there are actually a lot of people who embrace the term, “pussy faggot.” I think it speaks to a post-Ellen generation for whom sexuality and gender identity are much more fluid.
What do you look for in an artist to perform at PF? I think of PUSSY FAGGOT! as a quarterly mini-festival of queer performance, so I look for a broad spectrum of artists from different scenes and subcultures within the larger LGBT community. I like strange bedfellows; the more eclectic and diverse the programming is, the better. Over the past four years we’ve featured slam poetry; play readings, contemporary dance, stand up comedy, performance art, cabaret, drag, video screenings, electronic dance bands, hip-hop bands, Mexican-American death metal, and live piercing installations!
Do you find the word faggot to be negative? I don’t find faggot to be negative or positive. It all depends on the context. Certainly PUSSY FAGGOT! is part of a long history of minority groups reclaiming words that have been used to disparage and demean them, and in this context I think the word ‘faggot’ is extremely positive. I really understood this about a year ago when I was waiting in line to get a cannoli at Veniero‘s. I was by myself and I heard someone say “pussy faggot.” Without hesitation I turned toward them and waved! Turns out the guy had been to the party, and he was telling his friend about it. That was a really powerful moment for me. A term that was used as an epithet toward me in a violent situation had become a term that I responded to affirmatively, a term that now has very positive associations based on the experience of this party.
What do you enjoy the most about doing this party? The event itself is the thing I most enjoy… the payoff for a couple months of planning and preparation. The mix of artists and friends and strangers. The barely controlled chaos. The unexpected moments of brilliance. The narrowly averted train wreck. The train wreck that wasn’t averted and is nonetheless spectacular. It’s a pop-up community, a little queer performance art utopia.
Now lets talk about your drag personas Enya Buttox and Indigo Earl…
When were they born? My first full-tilt experience in drag was, appropriately enough, in San Francisco. I was visiting three friends who all did drag and shared a one room apartment in the Tenderloin, and they put me in a cotton candy wig with a bedazzled pink cape, and I saw the sun come up on the patio of the End Up. Enya Buttox came later, when I was living in Philadelphia. I was involved with a queer direct action group called Grassroot Queers, and many of us would go to Thursday night drag shows at a dive bar on South Street called Bob & Barbara’s. I started performing there as Enya Buttox: the Drag Queen for Social and Economic Justice. It was a fledgling effort to combine my interests in politics, performance, activism and drag. Indigo Earl, my faux king character, is much more recent. — although it feels like a natural extension of my inner lesbian. Plus, I was mentored by Murray Hill when I moved to New York, so I learnt about being a drag king from the best!
Do you have a favorite? I wouldn’t say that I prefer one persona over the other. It all depends on my mood.
Who gets you in the most trouble? Enya is definitely more of a wild child. She likes to get into trouble, cause a ruckus. Indigo Earl is more mellow… a 70′s used car salesman who aspires to be Tom Jones.
Who’s hornier? Enya is definitely hornier… She gets a lot more action that Indigo
Has your PF influenced your drag personas? Enya preceded PUSSY FAGGOT! by several years, and the influences for Indigo Girl are drag kings like Murray Hill, Dred and Mo B. Dick. So, no there isn’t a direct influence.
When you become any of these drag personas do you feel different? Yes, I always feel different when I’m in drag, and each character allows me to express different facets of myself. Indigo Earl allows me to simultaneously express a lesbian/dyke identity and permits me to perform masculinity in a way that I don’t generally do as a gay man. Enya Buttox allows for the expression of a feral femininitiy, rebellion and rage which makes her more dangerous.
For this week’s Pussy Faggot (the 4-year anniversary) you brought a guest curator, tell us about that Yes, Quito Ziegler, my guest co-curator for the evening. Quito was the force behind The Forest of the Future, a month-long installation and event space located in a riverfront loft building in Greenpoint. A photographer, visual artist and activist, Quito brings a complimentary vision to PUSSY FAGGOT! and gives the evening it’s “future feminist” theme. They have brought in a brilliant constellation of artists, many of whom are new to me, and thus expanded the range of programming and added a new, exciting voice to the proceedings. It has been a very rewarding, collaborative process, and I’m very excited for this sprawling 4-year anniversary edition of the party!
Don’t miss the 4-year anniversary of PUSSY FAGGOT! Thursday May 16 at 8PM at The Delancey, 168 Delancey St. NY, NY.
Frieze New York, and all the other art fairs that were around this past weekend are over, and hopefully all the tourists have gone. Lucky for us New Yorkers there’s constantly new art happenings launching all the time. Intimate Portraits is a real treat of a show, and if you’re lucky enough to go to the opening reception you might get the chance to hang out with some really cool and progressive people. Artist, film producer, fashion designer and stylist Maripol, along with our friend (and one of our favorite artists) Slava Mogutin are joining forces for this new exhibition. “The show features a series of instant portraits of various downtown artists, lovers, bohemians and personalities...” Aside from the group of familiar faces that both artists photographed, Slava tells us “this series is particularly exciting for me, because I finally had a chance to turn my lens to female nudes...I couldn’t stop feeling seriously aroused, as if I were a straight man!” I mean I get it, I guess if you have an open mind and you look at a pussy from a different angle, or from far away, it’s possible to get aroused...some pussies can be very charming.
Come to the benefit party on May 20th at the Elizabeth Street Garden
I got this graphic novel in the mail a couple weeks ago and have been picking it up and putting it down... I haven’t finish reading it yet, but I’m fascinated by the illustrations. I’ve never seen anything like it. As the press release puts it, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame is about “Bondage, sadomasochism, torture, humiliation: a realm of hard-core skirting the darkest corners of sexually charged desire.” I’m going to be honest, I haven’t done half the things the main character in this story gets up to, I feel a bit left out, but who knows what the future holds! The artwork for this book is by the influential illustrator Gengoroh Tagame who’s “known...as the Tom of Finland of Japan.” This Wednesday you have the opportunity to meet Tagame along with Chip Kidd (creative director of the book). When I was going to design school I wanted to be like Chip, but not anymore, because now I am Abi from GAYLETTER! (I’m still a fan though). Go and get a signed copy or else buy one at anytime at artbook.com. BDSM!.
I wanted to keep this to myself—since I want a pair, and last year’s versions disappeared faster than a bottle of Pinot Grigio at Nene Leakes house—but I figured I’d be sweet and share the news with all you homos. A.P.C and Nike, for the second year in a row, are collaborating on some pretty looking shoes: “The Air Maxim 1 comes in tonal white and black, properly outfitted with a gum outsole to complete each shoe. The Dunk High’s come in tonal black and beige with combinations of suede and leather.” All shoes will compliment your looks this summer…if you can get your hands on a pair. —TOM
The A.P.C.+Nike collection is available at A.P.C. stores and online, tomorrow May 15th
A hot hostel in South Beach
Recently, in between jobs, I took a 4 day trip to Miami — I needed some warmth before I jumped back into the ever-demanding New York work world. Miami is one of my favorite places to visit during the winter. I know that some people find the city a bit tacky—the perfect destination for those who like DJ Tiësto, Redbull and spinning class—but I’ve always been a proponent of the real Miami. The Cuban café-design-district-Herzog-&-de-Meuron’s-1111-Yardbird-C.Madeleine side of the city. In other words, the parts of Miami locals like to visit.
The Roman and Williams designed Freehand Miami most definitely belongs in the “beloved by locals” category. It opened during Art Basel 2012, and Abi and I were among its first guests. It’s technically a hostel, and it does have shared dorm rooms, but if you’re older than 22 I’d recommend you stay in a private room. The private rooms feature all the necessary amenities you’d find in a hotel (maid service, cable TV, iPhone dock) without the services that’ll leave you with a giant bill at the end of your stay. So there’s no mini bar to raid when you get thirsty, or room service to call at 4am when you’re coming down from the intense Molly you got from some random dude, who’s friends with one of your friends, at Twist. But honestly, you don’t miss them.
The Freehand is constantly having events by the hotel’s pool, so there’s plenty of chances to meet interesting peeps from all over the world. Their Broken Shaker bar is also a favorite with Miami residents looking for somewhere more casual to have a drink than the generally garish hotel bars found along Collins.
Below are a couple pics from my stay at the hotel. Click here to visit the Freehand’s website.
The hotel lobby is full of interesting shit— looking like it was designed by Mark Friedberg (Wes Anderson’s Production Designer).
There’s a few seating areas, and a bunch of National Geographics (sure, why not?)
Some coral and pretty flowers.
When I was there they actually had a band play one night around this piano. Very communal.
When I arrived in my room I was greeted with this lovely note, and a bottle of red wine. It’s a generous touch for a hostel. Shame I don’t drink red.
I love lamp.
Look at that bed, it’s a king! Perfect for a threesome, or for drinking beer, alone in your underwear while watching Iron Man. I did one of those things…I’m not saying which one.
It’s a shiny stool!
The place is filled with plenty of Roman and William design touches. This is the same team that designed the Ace Hotel and the Standard lobby, Grill and Boom Boom Room. You certainly get that vibe throughout the hostel.
The ONLY beach bag I’ll be using this summer.
Behind those red doors on the right is the Broken Shaker bar. It opens from 6pm to 2am and has the most wicked range of artsy, craftsy, super creative drinks on offer. My favorite was the Night In Oaxaca which consists of mezcal, campari, and cocchi americano topped with grapefruit bitters. They also do a different punch bowl each day for $70 (they’re massive).
This tree is everything.
In the garden by the pool they grow all these herbs that the Broken Shaker uses to garnish it’s cocktails. There’s tables and chairs, two ping-pong tables, and a bocce court. It’s a very pleasant place to sit on a warm night, far from the fucked up mid-western girls trying not to get date raped along the bustling Collins road to your south.
The most refreshing pool in town ie. it’s freezing, but nice once you’re in.
Ping Pong is fun at 3pm or 3am.
On most weekend’s they do a BBQ by the pool. The food is pretty good value; this delicious Neiman Ranch hot dog with Kimchee and spicy mayonnaise was $7. I had two.
Tranquility resides within you.
Look who was invited to the intimate celebration at Acme.
This weekend slip on some comfortable walking shoes and make your way to the Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island. You’ll need the sensible footwear because it’s large: the colossal fair brings together 180 of the world’s fiercest contemporary art galleries, some of NYC’s best food and drink (hello Roberta’s, Fat Radish, Frankie’s Spuntino!), site specific installations, and commissioned works. You can browse the gallery stands inside the massive event structure designed by SO-IL architects overlooking the East River, and afterwards amble on down to the Waterfront Sculpture Park. When they say contemporary art they mean it — the fair features many works previously unseen in an art-fair context, with special attention given to galleries founded less than 10 years ago. Be advised that ferry or bus tickets cost extra, but you really should be walking or biking at the very least. The weather should be fantastic and you could use the sun and exercise (don’t look at me like that, you know you could).
Most of the people reading this are probably too young to remember Andy Warhol’s New York, yet he’s left such an indelible impression on this city he is regularly fetishized through art retrospectives, walking tours, performances and now through this new party in Bushwick. From all accounts Andy was a total arsehole...but his art was prolific and way ahead of it’s time (apparently talent trumps all.) WARHOLIA brings “you the sounds from venues like Studio 54, Max’s Kansas City, Palladium and artists like Talking Heads, Grace Jones & Velvet Underground — with the looks of pop, hipster & celebutante!” It sounds like a bit of a shit show, but if they can pull it off it also sounds like it could an interesting night out. Also, some of our favorite peeps are involved including hostess Merrie Cherry and DJ Sokolowski. They’ll also be offering drinks specials throughout the night, along with an absinthe bar. So if you’re bored, you can always pull an Edie Sedgwick and get royally fucked up.