I am mainly recommending this event because of the DJ, I love the music of Ryan Smith (Wrecked). He knows how to work a room! Also, I heard that the party is “BYOB and BYOP (bring your own poppers lol).” That sounds promising. You’ll end up killing some brain cells, but if you are a smart boy that’s fine — you have plenty to spare. Poppers in public bring a room together — a straight friend of mine is now using them when he hangs out with other straight people. Shocking I know! I love that I am making this post all about the poppers. It’s a pretty straight forward event, the Facebook description explains it best: “The party will be at this hot underground play-club in Brooklyn. Dance and play at this party benefiting the opening of Doce, a new coffee shop in Chelsea…The party is themed after some old clubs from the golden era of gay nightclubs in NYC (J’s hangout, Zone DK, The Anvil, Manhole, etc). Rooms, glory holes, slings and many play areas available...” Coffee, poppers, dancing, glory holes. Thank god for gay people!
When I first read about ‘Gayzer Tag’ I thought it was a sex party or a celebration for an adult film. Then I continued reading and figured out that it’s actually a gay laser tag event, happening at Chelsea Piers and put it all together. I’d say get off Grindr for one night and go check it out, it should be an interesting way to meet men. I am so curious to know what men are playing lazer tag in NYC. I know, it sounds a bit silly, but I find that sometimes the best way to have fun is to act silly. We act silly all the time, even if you never see us smiling in photos. This is a monthly event and apparently besides the lazer tag, it also features: “unlimited pool, unlimited bowling (if spots are available), vodka cocktails, $14 PBR pitchers, full dinner and snack menu.” The event is curated by Guy Social which is an organization that “curates unique weekly, monthly, and seasonal events all over NYC.” I’d recommend you to be friendly, you never know who you’ll end up tagging.
It took a while for me to figure out what was going on at this event. It’s connected to the Black Party, but also Saint At Large, and also Lee Soulja and also the Love Ball and also All Black Lives Matter...We’re used to writing about parties with a thousand people involved so I eventually got my head around it. Basically it’s a real deal, old school, legit Ball honoring some of the legends of the Harlem Ball scene. You can expect exquisite costumes, amazing energy, and Soulja and his team of runway dancers, along with all the other competitors turning it out for the crowd. There’s 12 categories including Transman VS Butch Realness, Legendary BQ Face, Team Sex Siren and Legendary Realness. There’s over $4000 in grand prize money to be won. A ball like this is sooo welcome at the moment. The main reason they’re doing it is to celebrate and pay homage to the incredible people that made the Harlem Ball scene so influential throughout the U.S. and also around the world.
We were unsure whether to include this in the letter as it’s really only useful to those in Fire Island, or those heading to Fire Island this weekend, but honestly it sounds really fun so if you can get there, even just for a day, do it. BOFFO is an arts organization that puts on performance art events throughout the year. Every year in Fire Island, during the warmer months, they put on events around the island. This year they are taking things to the next level with its inaugural Performance Festival — it’s curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez and features 6 events. Some standouts are the guided walk led via audio programming by the talented artist Colin Self, and a “Beach Music Explosion” programmed in collaboration with Frankie Sharp that includes performances by Tyler Matthew Oyer (TMO), Lauren Devine, Jessica 6, La’fem Ladosha feat. Juliana Huxtable, Mykki Blanco, and Frankie Sharp. We love when smart events like this take place on Fire Island, that place can get a little overwhelming after about, hmmm, the first 30 minutes. It’s nice to bring some culture there, god knows those queens need it!
Signing & launch with artist Christopher Schulz
Printed Matter — that tiny little maze of a store — has everything; feminist, drugs, minimalism, sex and of course, queer work. As we mentioned in an earlier post they’re closing and moving soon, but they’ve still busy turning out events on the daily. Working till the last minute is fierce!
They are having a launch event on Thursday, July 30th, Christopher Schulz will be releasing Hidden Among The Leaves. The zine is 28 pages, printed in Black & white and color comes from Pupa Press, who publish their own content mostly under the zine format. For their 12th issue of their series Básicos (Basics), Schulz has taken images from his periodical, Pinups. It operates primarily based on a single male nude (OK…) that ultimately can be turned into a large-scale poster. Though for Hidden Among the Leaves, he “takes the idea of re-composition further, leading Schulz to cut up the images themselves and present them in new arrangements, creating new narratives of the photo project.” I haven’t seen Pinups in the flesh, because I am fairly new at GAYLETTER, but I do love what I’ve seen on the internet (Google it — The past covers are hot). Maybe I’m biased toward black and white photography, or maybe I just like bears, who knows! Regardless, I’m interested in this work.
The event sounds like a cool thing to check out and no, this heat won’t be breaking anytime soon, so if you must, think of another excuse. The weather is hot. This zine looks hot. We’ll can all shvitz together.
6:00PM-8:00PM, Printed Matter, Inc., 195 10th Ave., NY, NY.
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!
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!
I’m pretty sure you like gardens, I don’t need to ask about costume parties, and I’d bet you a rimjob you already adore Frida Kahlo. So it’s settled. Frida al Fresco is this Thursday, July 16th, at the New York Botanical Garden and it’s got all of those things.
I keep hearing about the reimagining of Frida’s “Blue House” and now NYBG is mixing in free Modelo and a Frida look-alike contest. Yes! loads of boys in drag as Frida Kahlo. “Stroll through Kahlo’s beloved Casa Azul in the Conservatory, see rare works in the art gallery, and then transport yourself to Mexico via live music and performance art, all enjoyed with a complimentary Modelo.” Okay. While I’m not sure the claim to out-of-body Mexican authenticity is going to hold up, the art is going to be fantastic, the beer cold, and the unibrows on point. And, if you dress up like Frida, you’re probably going to win a prize. It may or may not be a rimjob.
$25-35, 6:30PM-9:30PM, 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY.
We’ve probably mentioned a million times that we loooove an outdoor event, we even go to the park to play badminton sometimes, yeah we got that thirst for the sun! I’m From Driftwood is throwing their 5th annual Summer BBQ fundraiser. We’ve been going to their past BBQs and we always have a blast — an outdoor space, an open bar of rum, corn, beer and vodka, boys to talk to and flirt with, delicious gourmet food prepared by our friend, and the food editor at Tasting Table, Andy Baraghani — what’s not to love? The last time I saw Andy he wasn’t very friendly to me, but I assure you he’s gonna be all smiley and cooking tasty stuff, that homo can cook — I also love that I can call him out in this newsletter. This event is for a great cause, for those of you that don’t know what I’m From Driftwood is, please google it, they are a great site that has been creating a very important archive of coming out stories and spreading the love around America. They recently got this comment from a sweet boy: “As a 15 year old homosexual boy I am often told that I will never live a normal life, these stories help me stay positive and strong. Thank you so much.” Not to mention for GAYLETTER readers, they’re offering a steeeep discount. See you by the grill!
In 1976, Printed Matter, Inc. opened its doors with the “mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.” Nearly 30 years later, the store continues to support contemporary artists and independent publications. Naturally, they carry GAYLETTER.
The 10th Avenue location is pretty tight, but they’re moving to a corner spot nearly double the size on 11th Avenue and are set to open in September. Like any store really should, Printed Matter is kicking off their final days with a little Wednesday night kiki. Starting today, July 9 and through the end of July, the store will be selling available items at “discounts up to 50% and beyond.” I can’t guarantee they’re hinting at that ridiculous 90% off, but let’s hope? A cute, thick artbook can liven up any space, so here’s your chance to do so while helping out a legendary organization. From 5:00-8:00PM there will be cocktails and refreshments, plus music by RVNG INTL’s Matt Werth and Georgia. Go get a little mid-week buzz on and shop the sale before everything is gone!