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Thursday 10.16.14

DICK: The Documentary

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I used to play this game with a genius make-up-artist friend of mine, Way Bandy, who sadly passed away from AIDS years ago. We would start sniffing when we saw a hot guy. “Sniff, sniff, sniff”, we would go until one of us would  stop and ask, “Do you smell what I smell???” And in unison we would chant “Dicky, dicky, dicky, dick, dick, dick” and end up having quite a good chuckle while releasing some sexual tension. Which leads me to this movie Dick: The Documentary — a literal parade of dicks coming at you one at a time in no particular order framed from the chest down to the knees in one steady locked off shot. As you leisurely stare at the cock before you its “owner” starts candidly talking about subjects relating to his cock — his first orgasm, jerking off experiences, thoughts about its size, how others feel about its size, and so on.

 

The film came together when first time director Brian Fender posted an ad on Craigslist inviting strangers into his house: “Wanted: Anonymous Naked Male Subjects to appear on camera for interviews.” Believe it or not he got 63 New Yorkers to appear; monks, firemen ex marines, heterosexuals, transexuals and more. How could you go wrong? It’s a must see! Even the film’s female publicist had something revealing to add,“Considering I don’t have a penis, I was surprised I also liked the film.” Well if you like dick, ALL kinds of dick, then you must splurge on the $4.95 streaming fee to watch Dick: The Documentary, you may never view your member the same way again.

 

Stream the film here.

 

 

Watch the trailer below:

Wednesday 10.15.14

Event: Bearded Lady Wednesdays

All the gay boys go crazy for the show American Horror Story, the new season just started and everyone’s running around the city like crazy looking for a place to watch it. I was walking home last week and saw this boy Ryan, who’s part of NYC nightlife, and he was on his way to watch the show at a friends’ place, “OMG it’s gonna be so good...” he said. I saw this event and thought I must help these queens out… The event’s FB page says it best: “Are you a freak? Do you love American Horror Story? Do you love alcohol? Are you too cheap for cable?” If you answer “yes” to at least 2 of those questions then listen up. The Bearded Lady Wednesdays is brought to you by Will Sheridan and Mark Dommu at Gym Bar and it has everything you’re looking for from a AHS viewing party. While Mark hosts the show with trivia and “commentary between commercial breaks,” Sheridan will pour “#GIANT” drinks behind the bar —  Mark adds, “every time someone on the show dies, we offer cheap shots — and this is american horror story, so it's likely that you'll be blackout drunk in the first half hour.” Oh and btw the event is downstairs from the regular bar, just in case you are not in the mood to deal with the tired queens that populate that place. Trust me I’ve been there.

FREE, 8:00PM, THE GYM BAR, 167 8TH Ave. New York, NY.

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Tuesday 10.14.14

The opening of Gio Black Peter’s SEE YOU IN HELL

The exhibition is now on view at the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division

Monday 10.13.14

American Apparel in Drag

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American Apparel has always been a big supporter of the LGBTQ community. They’ve produced towels in collaboration with Butt Magazine featuring big hairy bare chested bears, they made the “GAY O.K.” T-shirt, and now the brand is releasing a set of 3 T-shirts featuring queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

We reached out to Jonny Szymanski at American Apparel to find out more about the collaboration and how it all came about.

 

Why did you guys decide to do this line of T-shirts? We like to think of this collection as a continuation of the “Support Artists, Support Ethical Manufacturing” line that we produced with artist, Petra Collins, about a year ago. These queens are multitalented performance artists and we wanted to pay homage to them with a line of limited edition t-shirts.

 

Who is the brains behind this? I sparked the initial conversation with the powers that be and it didn’t take long for everyone to get on board with making this drag dream a reality. American Apparel is great about letting all employees contribute creative ideas.

 

Why Alaska, Courtney and Willam? I worked with Willam and Courtney ages ago for a drag makeover show that I hosted and co-produced called “Transfashionable..” Getting them involved with my work at American Apparel came naturally. The girls in the office and I are all HUGE fans of Alaska, so we had to have her as well. It surprisingly worked out that all three of them were in LA at the time we had set aside for the initial photo shoot.

 

Is this an international campaign or only in the us? Guys — We’re talking about WOMEN OF THE WORLD here!

 

What was the concept for their looks? Initially, I wanted them to give classic — simple-original-early 2000s — AA trade show girl realness. We captured that in some of the shots but when you fill a photo studio with tons of clothes and three drag queens, anything can happen…and it did!

 

 

Check out the video below to see the girls in action.

 

 

 

Sunday 10.12.14

Party: HORSE MEAT DISCO – COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

Don’t even get me started about Christopher Columbus, I mean he came to the Dominican Republic (that’s where I am from) and Haiti (both countries share an island and make the Hispaniola) basically to kill people that were not white. Somehow he had a good publicist in the United States who helped create a holiday for him. I mean whatever, maybe I just don’t get it, or I was misinformed, but according to one of my teachers in DR he was not a good man. Let’s just focus on the fact that we get a day off work and another edition of the popular party Horse Meat Disco. It’s presented by Josh Wood, and hosted by a bunch of hunks: Marco Ovando, Ryan McNally, Kris Haigh, Levi Jackman Foster and Slantasia. Music is by DJs Sean B. and The Carry Nation. The party is at the awesome venue Output in Williamsburg. That place just makes you want to dance and get loose, you’ll see what I mean when you get there ;).  

$15 Presale on residentadvisor.net/$20, 10:00PM, OUTPUT, 74 WYTHE AVE. BK, NY.

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THE WEEK 9/14-9/19

A guide for artsluts

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“Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh – erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can’t you just see it? Don’t dream it, be it.”

 

Woosh this week is filled to the brim with turn ups, turn downs and faerrie go rounds! We challenge you to go out as much as you can while still staying on top of those art projects and relationships you’ve been cultivating. We’re especially pumped to be hosting Ladyfag’s Holy Mountain on Sat, the last one was one of the best parties we’ve been to all year. Of course we’re working hard to prepare for ROCKY HORROR SHOWS SHOWS SHOWS next week, get your discount $10 ticket now so that you don’t have to pay $15 at the door

♡Mark & Paul♡

 

Enjoy Thugfucker’s “ROBOT HEART – BURNING MAN 2014” mix as you read.

 

 

TUESDAY 10/14

 

BODYACHE @ TNT (108 N 6TH) Charlene offers therapy to those who need it most (ie: the people of Brooklyn) through drag and drink tickets. JX Cannon does something similar with and airhorn sample. 10PM, FREE!

 

KITTY @ TANDEM (236 TROUTMAN) This week KITTY pays homage to Genesis P-Orridge. Jrk Prty will be playing music to get your gristle throbbing, and Cher Noble and SSPS will be thee entertainment ov thee nighte. Come early to get crafty. 11PM, FREE!

 

WESTGAY @ THE WESTWAY (75 CLARKSON ST) LaGanja Estanga takes the stage at the Westway for a hot boxed edition of Westgay. Come stoned, leave inexplicably, but very personally, come for. 10PM, $10.

 

ON TOP @ LE BAIN (444 W 13TH ST) A good run, but it’s time to retire On Top for the fall. Susanne Bartsch has saved the last dance for you. ‘How many free drinks can you get?’ contest in effect all night. 11PM, FREE!

 

GAY VINYL @ HOME SWEET HOME (131 CHRYSTIE ST) Cakes Da Killa’s birthday party has nasty beats, looks galore, cheap drinks, and hopefully, actual cake. 11PM, FREE!

 

 

WEDNESDAY 10/15

 

BEARDED LADY WEDNESDAYS @ GYM BAR (167 8TH AVE) Mark Dommu and Will Sheridan invite you to watch AHS Freakshow with them; we know you don’t have cable, and avoiding facebook (b/c: spoilers) until it’s on netflix is not going to work out at all.Trivia, drinks, freaks, and fun. 8PM, FREE!

 

SEVERELY MAME’S FREAKSHOW @ DON PEDRO (90 MANHATTAN) Mame has been collecting her menagerie of freaks for sometime, and would like to show you what they are capable of. Watch the episode, then stick around for shows. 9PM, FREE!

 

SHELTERING SKY @ MCCARREN HOTEL (160 N 12TH) Heated Rooftop and DJs, a good place to chill; perfect for a pregame, or a turn down. 9PM, FREE!

 

MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT @ SPECTRUM (59 MONTROSE) Vegas in Space: THIS ONE’S PRETTY WILD. A drag fantasy made over the course of 9 years, written by and starring Doris Fish… A spaceship of men gets called on a mission to save the planet CLITORIS…. but to do so they must change gender and become women. 10PM, $5-10 SUGGESTED.

 

MEOW MIXX: HELL CATS @ BIZARRE (12 JEFFERSON) Crimson Kitty is joined by Rebecca Glasscock  for a feline frenzy of burlesque, drag, dance, and general bacchanalian splendors. Amazing shows at this party, protip.10 PM, $5-$15 SUGGESTED.

 

MISSTER @ THE WOODS (48 S 4TH) MISSTER is for dancing, cruising, boozing, meeting up with friends, meeting new friends, making out, and whatever else you wanna do on a weds night in a bar full of cute gay people. Amber Valentine and Bonnie Danger moving you all night. 10PM, FREE!

 

NSFW @ METROPOLITAN (559 LORIMER) After your AHS viewing party, dance away all those feelings you don’t want. Music by Jessamess and Matty Beat, bar by true sweethearts. 10PM, FREE!

 

TRUTH OR BARE @ TNT (108 N 6TH) Brooklyn’s favorite problem child, Lady Simon, is ready to tell you who’s who and what’s what, and why that is. Scarlet Envy will be asking her the real T, this is seriously going to be a shit show.11:30 PM, FREE!

 

 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK >>> DOUBLE DUCHESS FEATURING FUTURE PEOPLE – “GOOD GIRL FREAK OUT

 

 

THURSDAY 10/16

 

CASA SUSANNA @ WRIGHT (980 MADISON AVE) A preview of collection featuring 340 photographs from Casa Susanna, a resort that embraced the exploration of gender roles during the mid-1950s and early 1960s. Visually striking and intimate, the images capture men playing the roles of many different female stereotypes including the femme fatale, the matron and the proper lady. From doing ordinary household chores to posing for the lens, these candid images reveal a distinct place in time—a world once forgotten. 6PM, FREE!

 

ALOTA STUFF! @ METROPOLITAN (559 LORIMER) Alota McGriddles and Torgy Thor have raided the closet of Milk, to bring you a halloween/drag/fabulous clothing auction. Bring some bills, because the clothes are amazing, and surprisingly cheap. 8PM, FREE!

 

STARLITE @ FRIENDS AND LOVERS (641 CLASSON AVE) Music by DJs Amber Martin and fernanDITO. 9PM, FREE!

 

DRAGNET @ METROPOLITAN (559 LORIMER) 10PM, Halloween is almost here, and Merrie Cherry can’t wait to celebrate, so she’s not going to. Come to Metro for blood, guts, ghouls, ghosts, and witching hour shows by Crimson Kitty, Kimchi, Lady Bearica Andrews, Momo Shade, and Louvel. 10PM, FREE!

 

HOODLOVE @ PROJECT PARLOR (742 MYRTLE AVE) Sexy beats by J Lamar all night, plus drink specials and cuties! 10PM, FREE!

 

STRAIGHT ACTING @TNT (108 N 6TH) Masc4same, No Fats, No Fems. Rify Royalty woofs up a group of sissies and fags. Mark Dommu, Apathy Angel, and Manifestany Squirtz perform, with a slew of other boys to fave, and maybe even some to report. Trey LaTrash will be moderating the action from the DJ booth at this sex-positive party. 10:30PM, FREE!

 

 

FRIDAY 10/17

 

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION @ GLOBE (301 GROVE) Long time Bushwick residents who are working-class, of color, and LGBTQ face violence at the intersection of trans/homophobia, gentrification and police violence on a daily basis. This event will be geared to finding community solutions for fighting multiple and simultaneous oppression. A round table discussion will be held. 6PM, FREE!

 

WHITE DIAMONDS@ BIZARRE (12 JEFFERSON) Don your favorite fetish attire (Gay apparel) for Jessamess’ monthly champagne dance party! Work out your kinks to the sounds of Trey LaTrash, Jerk Party, and Ms. Mess herself. 10PM, FREE!

 

SKITTLES @ HAPPY FUN HIDEAWAY Merrie Cherry and David Sokolowski will be chilling at Happy Fun playing music, and eating candy; you’re more than welcome to join. 10PM, FREE!

 

GIRLS @ LOVEGUN (617 GRAND) If you don’t know what it is, you should definitely go. Music, people, drinks, dance: a textbook Friday rage. 10PM, $5 BEFORE MIDNIGHT/ $10 AFTER.

 

MOTIVATIONAL NYC @ TRANS PECOS (915 WYCKOFF AVE) The motivation Tour stops in New York, with music by Abdu Ali, Schwarz, Byrell the Great, Kilbourne, and Fluct. It’s all presented by Whatever 21, so expect lots of streetwear-clad babes. MIDNIGHT, $7.

 

 

SATURDAY 10/18

 

BLACK LESBIAN DIY FEST @ LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES (484 14TH) A DIY event offering self-identified black lesbians a space to sell, share, or trade zines, chapbooks, posters, art, pamphlets, small press books or any other forms of handmade or DIY print based items. 11AM, FREE!

 

DEBORAH COCKS @ ONE LAST SHAG (348 FRANKLIN) COME ON OVER children! We know exactly WHAT A GIRL WANTS here at Deborah Cocks! To get DIRRTY to late 90′s early 2000′s dance music. I TURN TO YOU to come get wasted and feel your most BEAUTIFUL! Special guest performer Elizabeth James giving you SHOW, Mikey Pop serving all your DJ Y2K realness!!! Shain Pop will be running around hosting, being BIONIC, being a FIGHTER, and most likely being really drunk! 10PM, FREE!

 

THE BUNKER @ OUTPUT (74 WYTHE AVE) Our favorite mixed party is bringing you its second edition this month YAY! The music is always incredible and the crowd is surprisingly chill… this rage is truly all about the music. Queer homies Wrecked, will be holding down the faggotry in the Panther Room with Tad Haes from Occupy The Disco and Virginia from Berlin. The man room promises to fill your techno desires and launch you towards transcendence. 10PM, $15-20 ADVANCE, $30 DOOR.

 

KUNST @ VERBOTEN (54 N 11TH) Cazwell and Pictureplane want to come get KUNSTY with you! A shitload of hosts, and a shitload of people, and a shitload of sounds make for a party that is anything but shit. 11PM, $20.

 

HOLY MOUNTAIN @ SLAKE (251 W 30TH) This Party is loaded. Juliana Huxtable & LE1F, La’fem Ladosha, Hari Nef, DiCap, Honey Dijon, Gayletter, Ryan Burke and 4X more hosts and DJs. Performances by Rye Rye and a secret guest. Ladyfag might have actually outdone herself, because Culture Whore will be casting spells in the Obsidian Room. THIS. IS. MAYA. 11PM, $10 BEFORE 1AM/ $15 AFTER.

 

HEY QUEEN @ LITTLEFIELD (622 DEGRAW) THE LAST HEY QUEEN. What a long strange trip it’s been, but all good things must come to an end. Join the Hey Queen family for their farewell bash, reunite with old friends, make some new ones, and celebrate every kind of queen on the spectrum. 10PM, $5 BFORE 11/ $7 BEFORE MIDNIGHT/ $10 AFTER.

 

 

SUNDAY 10/19

 

SWEET DARKNESS & THE PLOT TO DESTROY EARTH @ 126 GRATTAN ST A reading of a backyard space odyssey drawn from the best of 60′s sci-fi and contemporary roommate comedies. Sweet and Dark are two roommates on opposing ends of the 20-something experience, whose relationship gets even more complicated with the purchase of a boyfriend-bot and the crash-landing of two gay aliens. 4PM, FREE!

 

ALICE @ SLIPPER ROOM (167 ORCHARD ST) ALICE has been working hard letting out the waistline on the trousers of perception and raising the hemline of reality. Expect stunning acrobatics, incredible musicians, the finest performance artists and the more curiously talented of their ilk. With Performances by:Rob Roth with Amber Martin, Jonathan Nosan, Amanda Topaz, Trixie Little, Poison Eve, Nicholas Gorham, Crista Marie Jackson, The Maine Attraction and more TBA9:30 PM, $10 ADVANCE/ $20 DOOR.

 

Saturday 10.11.14

Art: SEE YOU IN HELL

Gio Black Peter is inviting us all to come with him to hell and this time he seems very serious about it — with an exhibition titled See You in Hell that opens this Saturday at 7:00PM at the Bureau of General Services  — Queer Division. The exhibition will showcase some of Gio’s paintings and drawings including his series of paintings on NYC subway maps. Gio told me over a very intimate Facebook chat how it all came about: “It all started with the idea that the life of art depends on the viewer’s willingness to suspend his or her rational thoughts and play into the believability of lies and realistic falsehoods." Expect a live performance by Gio (of course his peen will be on display) The Morning Star, Max Steele, Brian Kenny, Jordan Hall, Tyler Stone, Lady Simon, Gordon Beeferman and more. We heard that Gio will be at the Bureau every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday working on new art for the duration of the show, feel free to go there and say hi — he’ll love it, we promise!

FREE, 7:00pm-10:00pm, BGSQD AT The Center, 208 West 13th St. Room 210 NY, NY.

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NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE

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Last Tuesday I visited NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE, a fascinating project generated by Michael Stipe in collaboration with NYU students, faculty, and guest artists. 80WSE‘s gallery has been transformed into a constantly changing laboratory where Stipe keeps a studio in part of the galleries for the duration of his residency, and the rest of the space teems with images projected on the walls and floor. Based on the concept of aggregation, the images when I visited had been curated by Stipe and spanned a fantastic range from historical to abstract. Corbis stock photos of President Nixon and his alleged gay lover reverberated against idyllic seaside photos and grid based models of human bodies. You can peek into Stipe’s studio through gaps in the wood walls that separate it from the rest of the space, and will be treated to a view into the backstage of artistic production. An issue of the New York Times encased in plexiglass mingles with a carton of water, a pair of German army trainers, and a bronze cassette replica.

 
You can visit the gallery Tuesday – Saturday from 10:30AM – 6:00PM, but you may want to schedule your visit to coincide with a special happening that will occur this weekend. On Saturday, October 11th, the projections will be curated by NYU undergraduate David Muñoz with help by fellow classmates Christina Blue, Jongyoon Choi, Ira Dae Young Kim, Daniel Mock and Serina Wei; and from 4:00PM – 6:00PM will be accompanied by music from Taul Paul and Cazwell. I’ve been assured that the afternoon happening is not be missed, and that a special surprise is in store!

Friday 10.10.14

Art: Stevie Nicks’ 24 K Gold

OK, so I have three words for you: Stevie Nicks, selfies. OMG! The witchiest of all the witches, the queen of coke, the lover of lace, the one-and-only Stevie Nicks was taking selfies waaaaaaaaaaaay before they were even called that, and now they’re on display for the whole world to see (and I presume, purchase?). I’ll let Stevie fill you in on the details of the art work: “All portraits were taken in the wee hours of the night, both at home and on tour, using Polaroid cameras. I wanted to learn how to become a photographer. I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director — it was my joy. I was the model.” Yes you were cunt, who needs all that shit when you’re Stevie Nicks? Bitch’s drivers license photo probably looks better than any photo Annie Leibovitz has ever shot! I can’t wait to see them all in person!  

FREE, 11:00am-7:00pm, Morrison Hotel Gallery, 201 Mulberry St. New York, NY.

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NYPAC BENEFIT GALA HONORING MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND

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Justin Vivian Bond (pictured) is like the patron saint of GAYLETTER. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve featured events featuring V. If it was anyone else you might be forgiven for thinking our coverage was overkill, but with Justin — no one can get enough. Which is why we are so excited to help celebrate Justin on Wednesday, October 22 at the Cock. It’s technically a fundraiser for NYPAC, a non-profit organization that supports performance art.

 

The location for the benefit is especially fitting for Mx Bond, “who performed at The Cock’s original 12th Street location every Saturday, and was the first performer to christen its current — and soon to be former — incarnation. This benefit will be an opportunity to celebrate both Mx Bond and the history of the East Village and Lower East Side, which have been so actively intertwined.”

 

There’s going to be performances by Joseph Keckler, Erin Markey, Casey Legler, DJ Lina and Juliana Huxtable. It’s also highly likely that Justin will perform at some stage during the night (we can’t promise that, but it’s highly likely). Grab your tickets now.

 

Benefit Gala $150, After Party $50, Gala 7:00PM & 10PM, Wednesday, October 22, The Cock, 29 2ND AVE, NY. Buy your tickets here!