Marilyn Monroe was the original crazy lady of Hollywood. Sure some came before her, but no one could outdo that nutcase. She was also super-smart and a captivating performer. And just when you thought the world had seen every last damn photo of this woman (I mean she died in 1962 at the age of 36) comes a traveling show that features newly discovered images snapped by five photographers who just happened to be around Marilyn at the right time. The show is comprised of work by Milton Greene, Lani Carlson, Thomas “Doc” Kaminski, Mischa Pelz and her personal make-up artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder. These photos were taken mainly while on vacation and show Marilyn doing all sorts of regular people things like visiting Niagara Falls, petting a horse and chilling out with some black bears. The show only runs for 4 days, so carve out some time for it. Get to it girl!
Perfume Genius releases a video for new single 'Queen'
Seattle-based singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas — AKA Perfume Genius — wants you to know he’s not afraid of ‘gay panic’. In fact, if anthemic new single ‘Queen‘ is any indication, he’s enlivened by the unsubstantiated homophobia that’s still, for whatever reason, omnipresent. ‘Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by,’ Hadreas said in a statement about the track. ‘If these fucking people want to give me some power — if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the juggles — well, here she comes.’ Previously, Hadreas worked primarily within the realm of deeply personal songs that explored the raw emotions behind depression, family relationships, and homosexuality with unflinching honesty. ‘Queen’ is a shift in a new direction, but one that feels like a natural progression. The glam rock here comes off as a close relative to the heavy, expanded instrumentation of Hadreas’s 2012 record, Put Your Back N 2 It.
The video for the single, directed by SSION, is further confirmation of Hadreas’s evolution—there are TVs being bashed in, a particularly incredible chain harness, and perpetual gender switches that flip queer stereotypes to reinforce his ‘I don’t give a fuck‘ perspective even more. Paired with the bigger sound he’s going for here, you easily get a sense watching ‘Queen’ that Hadreas has definitely grown more brazen in the two years since his last album. ‘No family is safe when I sashay,’ he boasts in the chorus, proudly going for the jugular of homophobes everywhere.
“Queen” is the first single off Hadreas’s new album, Too Bright, set for release September 23 via Matador. Watch the video below:
As much as I am afraid of the sea, I am super excited about this event — a “fun dance party on a sailboat...” I think it sounds just perfect on a lovely Summer’s day. Marc Holcomb, who’s one of the hosts, told me all about it. It’s organized by Manhattan by Sail and features music by DJDH aka Megosapollos. The boat will depart from Slip 1 in Battery Park (at the south end of the park near 17 State St.), which is convenient for me because I live pretty far downtown. So basically you’ll be cruising the Hudson River, in both senses of the word. Expect the boat to sail for two hours, there’s “a full bar on board with Jello Shots, pickle back shots and drink specials!” This sounds like a treat, because usually those boats are filled with boring straight people — it’s a gay and lesbian and queer night hunty! Don’t drown or puke in the water, stay alive, protect the environment.
The solo presentation marking 10 years of the fruitful collaboration between Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny — The exhibition is on view until August 15th.
I can’t even imagine myself going to an event like this unless I am a) wasted or unconscious b) blindfolded or c) I was on a “quirky” Internet date. However, after viewing a video of a Balloonacy event I think it could be a lot of (claustrophobic) fun. One room at an art gallery in Brooklyn will be filled with 2,000 LED balloons — creating “New York’s first ever interactive balloon immersion.” It’s inspired by the work of the San Francisco based, Awesome Foundation grantee, George Zisiadis. Expect art from 2:00-5:00PM, dancing from 5:00PM-10:00PM and “balloons will be happening always and forever.” This sounds like a good workout and one of those events you will only ever have the chance to go to once (OK, now I’m completely sold). Go to balloonacy.splashthat.com to reserve a space.
Hosted by Issa Israel — with Juliana Huxtable, Merrie Cherry, Will Sheridan, Charlie Klarsfeld, Mark Dommu and more...
Le Petite Versailles is a lovely little garden in the LES that hosts the performance series Summer Nights on Jupiter. It’s curated by novelist, poet and performer Stephen Boyer, and this week features readings and performances by Wo Chan, Tommy Pico, Ariana Reines and Pamela Sneed. The organizers are saying that rain or shine the show will go on. I just checked my Mac’s weather App and it looks as if it’s going to be pretty sunny, so I don’t think they have anything to worry about. If you are unfamiliar with any of the performers I’d suggest doing a quick google search. There’s not enough space here to lay out a full bio for each of them, but needless to say they’re all super talented and accomplished in their own right. GAYLETTER doesn’t promote talentless hacks, now does it? xo
A New Summer Party!!!
The Summer seems to get Gio Black Peter worked up and in a horny mood, that’s why he’s back with a brand new party on July 17th at a secret location. He told me that it’s “a dance party that started in his apartment last Summer and since my apt has a max capacity of 66 boys (remember my last house party?) … I’ve decided to bring the party to a bigger spot to accommodate all my horny gay and bisexual friends.”
Music will provided by Gio himself and Drrty Pharms, plus there’s a special performance by the adorable Tyler Ashley — who will be previewing his upcoming show Kidnap Me (it premieres on July 21th at Dixon Place) plus Jessica Yatrofsky of iheartboy.com fame is also doing an installation to set the mood.
I highly recommend you attend Batty Boy — trust GAYLETTER with this one. Gio is going to take his pants off at some point during the night, so you are guaranteed to see some peen. What else is happening? Gio adds: “You can expect cute guys with boners in basketball mesh shorts on the dance floor dancing, drinking, making out and performing other fun activities…” OK, got it, we would expect nothing less from you Gio.
RSVP for secret location at email@example.com, 10:00PM.
John Early (pictured without a hat) is a funny and talented young man we met a while back (he hosted a Fire Island Performance Series benefit that we were involved with) and was a pleasure to be around. John has become the regular host of Showgasm. As he told us, “It’s a variety show!” Basically John MCs and Hamm Samwich DJs. Hamm is the “Robin Quivers” to John’s Howard Stern, always there to ground John “with her startling intellect” he yammers on too much. Each show they have a bunch of special guests. This week there’s “SNL’s John Milhiser” (he was actually fired from the show today — fuck ‘em boo, it happens to the best of us) ”food exhibitionist Thu Tran (of IFC’s Food Party — Ina Garten meets David Lynch), burlesque revolutionary Bruce Bundy (of The Hunger Games), truly gorgeous LA comic Nate Craig, chanteuse Grace McLean and dancing fools DNA Comedy.” It’s only $5 to get in, so you really have no excuse not to go. John also wanted us to mention that “unlike most events listed in GAYLETTER you will not leave feeling cold or terrorized by the art community.” You Cunt!
Backstage images from the Spring/Summer 2015 Show at Milan Fashion Week