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Tuesday 03.17.15

GINGER with Rica Shay

The party took place on March 3 at The Eagle in Los Angeles

Monday 03.16.15

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Sunday 03.15.15

Party: PUSSY FAGGOT! – DIVINE INTERVENTION

I bumped into Earl Dax (the creator of this party) at Lovegun during the viewing for Rupaul’s Drag Race on Monday, and he reminded me about the 6th year anniversary for Pussy Faggot! I remember the first one like it was yesterday — I got home mind-fucked, thinking the performers that Earl brought together were nuts — in the best possible way. It was definitely an eye opener for me and of course for GAYLETTER, as it became a great event to learn about new underground performers. Earl told me that March 15 (the day of the event) “marks 10 years to the day from the first show I presented in New York! That’s right, a full decade of presenting events in the naked city.” This time around he’s invited Travis Chamberlain from the New Museum to co-curate the event. He’s calling this one the “Divine Intervention” because the “proceeds support the New York debut of UK Performance Artist David Hoyle (F.K.A. The Divine David).” The party will be hosted by the legendary Penny Arcade. Expect a long list of performers — their Facebook event page has the full list. There’s an open vodka bar from 8:00-9:00PM. Happy Anniversary Earl, more power to the Pussy, and to the Faggot!

$6w/RSVP oR $10, 8:00PM-2:00AM, The Delancey, 168 Delancey St. NY, NY.

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Saturday 03.14.15

Party: HORSE MEAT DISCO

My friend told me last night that he was ready for the Horse Meat Disco party this Saturday. “I”m ready for a dance, and it’s time for Molly to return.” His comment struck a note. It is time for a dance! The last few months of forced hibernation feel like they’re finally coming to an end. We’re ready to cut loose, and if for you that involves a night out on vodka soda, or a night out with that crazy betch molly, then more power to you. Music for the night is by Sean B., Ron Like Hell and Mike Servito. If you’re familiar with Horse Meat Disco you’ll know they don’t mess about with their events. Started in London in 2003, the group was at the forefront of the “new disco” scene. Don’t expect to be able to sing along to any of their music, that’s not what they’re about. This is a party for dancing. Which is why we’re glad it’s at Output. Their sound system and lighting are fucking fantastic. We’re not the only ones who think so — Rolling Stone magazine voted it the 3rd best club in America...so yeah, that place is Beyonce!

$20-$30, 10:00PM, OUTPUT, 74 WYTHE AVE. Brooklyn, NY.

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Friday 03.13.15

Art: Selma March 1965

On March 7th, 1965, Alabama state troopers, and a local posse, viciously attacked civil rights demonstrators in Selma, stopping a planned, peaceful march to the state capitol in Montgomery, wounding many innocent marchers. That day, known as “Bloody Sunday,” the failed attempt that followed, and the victorious third march were all filmed and photographed extensively. The impact of this imagery caused national outrage that ultimately led to the Voting Rights Act passing into law later that year. Three compelling photographers captured the marches with three distinct perspectives, Charles Moore, Spider Martin and James Barker. Their work, featuring over 150 original photographs, (many that have never been exhibited in NYC before) are now on display at the Steven Kasher Gallery through April 18th. The images are accompanied by informative captions that are well worth reading. Make sure to start at the beginning of the exhibition as the chronology is impactful and the emotional path most riveting. What an extraordinary opportunity Mr. Kasher has given us to really get into the heart and soul of the marches that rocked our nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. Make time to have a look on the 50th anniversary of this remarkable event.

FREE, 10:00AM-6:00PM, Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th St. NY, NY.

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Hardcore Home Movies

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Light flickers through a darkened auditorium. On the screen, the face of a skinhead appears, smirking slightly. The camera pans over his naked body, flecked with occasional grains from the aging Super 8 reel. This is one of the members of queercore band Fagbash, filmed by Jonesy for a projection at a legendary 1992 sex party, Fiend, in New York’s Bowery. The three minute film was the brief opener to Hardcore Home Movies, a program of queer DIY/experimental films curated by Dirty Looks NYC founder Bradford Nordeen, hosted by REDCAT at downtown L.A.’s Disney Hall on March 2nd. The lineup included films by G.B. Jones, Jill Reiter, Greta Snider, and Rick Castro, and offered an insightful (and nostalgic) view of the vibrant underground queer punk scene that exploded in cities like Toronto and New York in the early 1990s.

 

“Queercore” as a genre is a playful oxymoron, a mashup of two things once considered incompatible: queerness and hardcore punk. It spoke to the many queers who were more at home in mosh pits than on disco dancefloors, but who often felt doubly marginalized by punk’s flagrant homophobia. Befitting its name, the films Nordeen assembled defied comfortable categorization, with elements of documentary, satire, and nonlinear narrative. Greta Snider’s Our Gay Brothers mashed up children’s instructional videos and gay porn clips to interrogate gay men’s attitudes to the female body, while Jill Reiter’s Birthday Party reimagined a girl’s “sweet sixteen” as thrown by her drag queen mother and some guest strippers. The Salivation Army was a gripping documentary about the Toronto gang by the same name that filmmaker Scott Trealeven helped found, whose widely-read zine helped spark the formation of a dangerous cult network of queer skinhead punks. G.B. Jones’s The Troublemakers followed a group of unruly shoplifters from supermarket aisles to a condemned house, the camera work spiraling out of control as the characters come under surveillance. The funniest film was Rick Castro’s Dr. Chris Teen Sex Surrogate, which featured Vaginal Davis and Bruce LaBruce as “drag queen lesbians” having marital problems who invite a Freudian sex therapist over to spice things up.

 

 

The Salivation Army:

 

 

 

Watch the trailer for The Troublemakers:


 

As part of their ongoing series of L.A. screenings, Dirty Looks will be recreating a gay porn theater in the basement of artist collective Machine Project’s Echo Park studio for 24 hours starting midnight on March 20th. Visitors can stop by in the middle of the night with popcorn and lube to watch classic skin flicks and be transported to a time when gays reveled in basement shadows, when our intimate erotic spaces were literally “underground.”

Thursday 03.12.15

Event: “I Will Resist With Every Inch and Every Breath: Punk and the Art of Feminism”

While largely dominated by men, punk rock has been a powerful outlet for female artists to express themselves since the genre began in the early 70s (hello! Kim Gordon. pictured) This Thursday, March 12, at the Brooklyn Museum, “The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art presents a conversation about the confrontational forces of punk rock and feminism through the provocative work and personal experiences of multidisciplinary artists, writers, and curators Osa Atoe, Johanna Fateman, Narcissister, Lydia Lunch, and Astria Suparak.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Leah DeVun the “panelists will discuss the aesthetics and politics of punk in their own lives and work.” This is the kind of event you should go to if you’re looking for a smart boy with good taste in music who you can actually have a conversation with after you fuck. Maybe do some research on punk and feminism before you get there though — you‘ll want to be on your A-game for that post-coital conversation.

Free with admission, 7:00PM, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy BK, NY.

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Wednesday 03.11.15

Hi, Mike

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Mike is a 27 year old (he made a deal with himself to tell everyone that he’s 32) artist from Toronto. He grew up in Windsor, across the river from Detroit. Since 2011 he has lived in Montreal. He went to Graphic Design school and is a very talented illustrator and also an Instagram god. Yes his Instagram is Beyonce! The first time he had sex was when he was 18 and it was with a girl. He liked it, but it confused him a little… “I just love sex, and get turned on by girls too so I just enjoyed it, I never really had crushes on boys when I was younger, but knew I found them attractive and then the whole liking girls sexually confused me even if I knew I was interested in men.” In that same year he tried it with a boy. “Emotionally I only connect on a romantic level with guys…Sex is always better if there’s a bit of emotion.”

 

He’s single and his idea of a perfect date “would be a hangout that we don’t want to end so it just keeps evolving into different adventures.” He likes “someone funny, first, cute and smart. 
I don’t think I have a type, but if I look at my past it seems I like baby-faced boys
.” He doesn’t have age preferences, but he mostly dates young people. His drink of choice is “vodka, straight up, no ice, just a chase of water.”  

 

His beauty routine: “I go to the gym and just moisturize — I don’t even use soap to wash my face.
” His favorite body part on a man is “the butt.. it’s generic but thats what I like,
 also nipples
.” And “earlobes, but thats not sexual. They are soft!” “I like butts because I’m very tactile 

and its a good place to hold and steer at the same time

.” On his body he loves his nose, “I like how big and distinctive it is…” On what makes him happy, “The easiest way to make me happy is anything Beyoncé
, but also being cosy…and my friends…and lasagna.” When it’s time for him to go to bed he wears underwear in the Winter and sleeps nude in the Summer. Fair enough.

 

We asked Mike to take some photos wearing our classic GAYLETTER t-shirt, and some shirtless…

 

 

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Performance: PAUL IACONO’S WHERE’S THE FUCKING KID?

The adorable Paul Iacono is starring in an awesome show directed by Aaron Mark, with music direction & arrangements by John McDaniel. Everyone (including us) is talking about WTFK, so that means you must go and see it. In case you don’t know who Paul is, he lives downtown in NYC, he starred in the film “G.B.F.,” he was the lead in the MTV show “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and he’s always busy hustling to plan a new project. “Where’s the Fucking Kid” is a “musical-comedy” show that’s based on his childhood. He gave me the best explanation possible for his show saying it’s about “growing up a showbiz brat, undergoing chemo for leukemia and performing alongside the likes of Elaine Stritch, Mickey Rooney and Stephanie Mills, as well as being discovered on the Rosie O'Donnell show (age eight) for impersonating Ethel Merman. Though my favorite story in the show comes from my first time smoking marijuana (age 11, as a means to combat my nausea) at a gay bar in Philadelphia while performing in 1st national tour of 'The Wizard of Oz'. In my show, I recreate that fateful first drag performance, full-out. Vape included.”” The show is happening for two performances, March 11th and the 18th at 54 Below. Reserve a ticket A.S.A.P. homo!

$30-$75, 9:30pm, 54 BELOW, 254 West 54th St. NY, NY.

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Tuesday 03.10.15

Sunflowers

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