I came across an Indiegogo campaign for this film sometime last year. I watched their pitch video and instantly wanted to do everything I could to help. Just the other night I was looking through Netflix when I saw that the completed film has been added to their library. An Honest Liar is a full length documentary about magician and bullshit-buster, James “The Amazing” Randi. Randi started out as a magician in the 1950’s, but made a name for himself in the 60’s by publicly debunking those who claimed to have paranormal, occult, or supernatural powers. His biggest adversary was Uri Geller, a Russian asshole who was able to convince a bunch of idiots that he had psychic powers by bending spoons on live TV. Randi would follow Uri around the country appearing after him on TV shows to show how his stupid spoon bending tricks were done. An Honest Liar focuses most of its attention on Randi’s life-long (he’s now in his late 80’s) quest to unmask all kinds of charlatans from TV evangelists to self-proclaimed psychics, but it takes an unexpected twist in the last 20 minutes when we discover that Randi’s male partner of the last 25 years has been living under a stolen identity since moving to the US from Venezuela at the age of 18. I won’t spoil how it all ends, but it gets juicy. An Honest Liar is a wonderfully made documentary, it’s well-paced and well edited, and well worth 92 minutes of your time.
Last year we ran some pictures from this rooftop event organized by Tyler Ashley, when we got the images from the photographer we were like WOW that party looked cray cray — we were mad we missed it. It’s Tyler official bday party, for those of you that don’t know Tyler, he’s a dancer and now a nightlife personality in NYC. He/she also have given himself a tittle, The Dauphine of Bushwick. “But the idea is we all are the heir of Bushwick.” But Tyler tells just cause it’s his Birthday doesn’t mean is all about him, “it’s about just getting a lot of great people together to dance and get silly. Sure, we all know I love the attention...” The party is not at a regular venue, it’s in the rooftop of his building, yasss “The rooftop at my current Bushwick apartment was one of the main selling points when I moved in over 2 years ago. It’s HUGE with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline.” Expect 7 DJs, 20 performers, “two 30 foot slip n’ slides, a surprise art installation, and more! Don’t forget to BYOB!” After 11:00PM there’s an after party that’s co-hosted by Horrorchata at Lovegun with more DJs, performers and hosts. Check out their Facebook page for location and for the overwhelming list of people involved. I mean these Bushwick bitches are NOT playing.
I know you woke up an hour ago and promised yourself to never drink again, but let’s not be silly. Good Room is hosting a dace party mashup of East and West this Saturday, July 25th, featuring crews from Honey Soundsystem and Wrecked. Honey’s Jason Kendig and Bezier are flying in from San Fran, and Wrecked’s got a lineup of NYC boys for you including Ron Like Hell and Ryan Smith. “Their sets are a clever mix of house, acid, psychedelic techno, disco italo and industrial.” It’s a full tasting, gentlemen.
The tickets for the event are already on their second release and you’ve only got until 10:00pm, Saturday night, until those close out too. “Honey started turning heads with their cunning ad campaigns, decadent themes, international guests, private warehouse parties and of course their floor stomping DJ sets.” Get up, get yours, and get out—these days, West Coast boys are Literally thirsty.
$15, 10:00PM – 4:00AM, Good Room, 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
My friend Peter told me that I must go to The Lefrak Center at Lakeside - Prospect Park for a roller blade disco party. I looked into it and it doesn’t really seem to be a gay party, I saw an illustration of a white lady on the site, which is not necessarily promising — but come on, disco, roller blades and cocktails? Who are we kidding? This sounds like a perfect Summer activity to me. Peter also mentioned to me that the last time he went there were some hot boys in short shorts and it’s adults only: “you won’t run over any kids.” Good, because as Samantha Jones would say children can be assholes and we can only imagine the trouble that you would get into with their parents if you ran over one. Anyways, whatever it is, here’s a great opportunity to queer this park up. I’d say put your sluttier outfit on, get as drunk as possible and skate on over. Think Beyoncé in her video Blow (pictured). Oh one more thing, the park is beautiful and there’s less tourists than in Central Park. We’re sold!
Greg Araki is one of my favorite directors. Smiley Face starring Anna Faris is one of the most singular and fucking hilarious films I have ever seen. It’s a stoner film that captures the experience of being super, super high, in all its absurdity, so fucking well. Araki’s filmography is long and impressive and this Thursday, July 23 Dirty Looks On Location has teamed up with Opening Ceremony (he recently made a short film for Kenzo, who’s designers also run OC) to screen one of Araki’s best films, the 1995 road movie starring Rose McGowan: ‘The Doom Generation.’ “Blending his early Godardian formal approaches with an MTV flair for blood, guts, and stunt casting (including Margaret Cho, Porno For Pyro’s Perry Farrell, Heidi Fleiss, and former cast members of the Love Boat, The Brady Bunch and Herbie, the Love Bug) Araki’s Doom Generation is the penultimate midnight movie of the 90s, a total cult sensation and the central installment in Araki’s Teen Apocalypse Trilogy.” Rose Mcgowan will appear in person at the screening and I’m sure give some fascinating insight into the film and Araki as a director. I’m sure it’ll be a night filled with 90’s teen angst. You’ll love it!
OK, this guy Burk Uzzle has a crazy amazing eye. His hot show now at Stephen Kasher gallery titled American Puzzles is sublime. The exhibition, up until July 31st, features over 70 vintage black and white photographs of the American social landscape from the 1960’s through the 2000’s. Do you know the brilliant work of American photographer Robert Frank? He took the photographs in the classic book ‘The Americans’ dealing with similar subject matter, well Burk, in my humble, yet professional photographer, opinion blows Frank’s work out of the water. As Burk notes, “These photographs are an appreciation of America. Their structure, like that of America itself evokes a melody of movement and collage — not an explanation.” I love that.
He started taking photographs at age 14 and by 23 became the youngest photographer ever to be hired by Life Magazine. Yes, he has work hanging at the Met, MoMA, and all over the world for that matter, but now you have the opportunity to see his work in Chelsea for free.
All images below courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC:
Mark is a 24 year old movement artist, teacher and fitness trainer. He grew up in the small town of Raymond, Wisconsin, doing local theatre. He kissed a fellow thespian in his community for the first time when he was 14. “I remember my heart beating so fast. We snuck into one of the wings and hooked up during the show.” Chances are, the show, him and this boy were putting on backstage, was more entertaining than the one people had paid for. “It’s so interesting to look back and think of how curious we were about it all, and how secretive it needed to be.” According to Mark, this man has since continued to live his life as straight…
Mark’s idea of happiness is “Seeing good people spreading light in whatever way they manifest it. Seeing myself and others make good choices. Seeing equality and love.” Doesn’t that sound sweet? You can also make him happy by serving him a cosmopolitan, “as long as it’s light and pink,” or a gin and tonic.
His ideal date is one he doesn’t need to plan. “I didn’t really date in high school, I was too focused on developing in other areas both academically and artistically.” This still seems true. Mark is a busy boy, exercising about 6 times a week, with varying workouts from SLT, crossfit, dance and other high intensity interval training. It’s no wonder he has that body. “I’d love to meet a man and not have any idea what we’re doing, I make so many decisions every day that it’d be so sexy and calming to have someone take over the plan making and say ‘I got it.'”
On himself, he loves his own legs and feet. “They’re such drivers for the work that I create, so I can’t help but appreciate and love them.” On other guys he likes eyes, “It’s a good gauge of honesty and helps me to see them on a deeper level. The eyes tell me if a guy is interested in my ass, or in me.” But then again they are both great things. When it’s time for Mark to go to bed… “I sleep naked because I hate feeling restricted.”
Mark took some time out of his busy schedule to take some photos in our Classic GAYLETTER t-shirt. Check them out!
This bi-weekly daytime party in Bushwick is where you queens should head to if you are still thirsty from the week. I exchanged a few words with BK drag queen royalty Horrorcharta (who’s one of the DJs of the party) about Sunday Rage and this is what she told me: “when u turn up on a Saturday u wake up on Sunday and you go to church meaning you go to the rage...” OK, got it, the party has been going on since the start of the Summer and it’s all about “chill sexy vibes.” Which is super chill. Expect frozen drinks, $7 pint mimosas, Nachos, Frito pies (I’ve never heard of that), Pretzels, Corn dogs, Hot dogs — trust me this menu is real. Other DJs for the party are Anthony Dicap and DJ DJ De Se (pictured, wow this is her second mention in this letter — bitch is carrying). The party starts at 3:00PM, which is great because you’ll likely be wasted by 6:00PM and in bed by 9:00PM. That’s been our new motto for summer sundays in 2015 — start early, finish early, don’t feel like shit on Mondays.
A new magazine where food and gays connect
If there is anything I love more than dick, it’s food. This is why I am more than pleased to be telling you about Jarry, “a new biannual magazine that explores where food and gay culture intersect.” In the Fall of 2014 Alex Kristofcak, Steve Viksjo, and Lukas Volger founded the magazine and are asking for your help to print their first issue, “Men + Food + Men,” which also should serve as their their Instagram bio, seeing it as they only post fine food and even finer men. It’s all around on point.
The guys at Jarry are furthering gay men’s influence in mainstream food, and have set a goal for $20,000 to help print and mail their magazine. By backing their project on Kickstarter, you will be repaid handsomely with digital recipe downloads so you can impress and feed whoever you’d like, a Jarry t-shirt, a copy of their first issue and a pretty masc. daddy Jarry apron. It all sounds like a very fresh idea. White women have ruled the American food landscape for too long now; they’re boring. However, the idea of Jarry is not. There are less than 20 days left before they go to print, so get your cash boys. Help these foodies out!
A long-time GAYLETTER fanboy (that’s how he referred himself and that definitely got our attention) Albert Beniada sent us an email about this event. We were so excited to learn about this non-profit film collective of about 75 filmmakers called FilmShop. “Our main program is our workshop, where filmmakers come together weekly to workshop their passion projects. At the end of the workshop season we throw a big screening party to celebrate, and it’s usually based on a theme that we vote on.” This Saturday, July 18th, you’ll have an opportunity to attend this event. The filmmakers will focus on “the theme of strange bedfellows through a series of short films varied in genre and style. The night’s festivities will also include live performances by electro-pop bands Strange Cat and Loving You and a special collaborative dance performance co-curated with the Creators Collective. An all-vinyl dance party with NYC staple DJ Babyblu will take us into the wee hours.” Check out their promo video here. You’re welcome!