49 posts categorized "CHICAGO"

Oct 04 2014
I Yam Because We Are—A Review Of KAREN FINLEY: WRITTEN IN SAND Comments (0)

Karen-FinleyFinley is a dazzling stage presence who's still got a lot to say—and that voice with which to say it.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

The last time I saw Karen Finley on stage was around 1990 in Chicago, at the height of her notoriety as one of the NEA Four—artists whose grants were voided when right-wingers decided to make an issue of their work's sexual and political content. I recall her being smeared in chocolate pudding, among other things. It was a heady time for edgy performers—I saw Finley, Annie Sprinkle (my first cervix sighting!) and Lypsinka the same year—but there must be something in the air, because I just saw two of those three again in 2014.

KarenFinley-sand-300x175Finley is performing Karen Finley: Written in Sand at Baruch Performing Arts Center every Thursday through October 23. The show is a 90-minute, stripped down collection of her AIDS-related work, consisting of Finley and a musical accompanist. I have to say that while it begins with a characteristically out-there series of vignettes (and ends with an amazing tribute to the black sheep of the world), the show quickly becomes irresistibly, uncomfortably, movingly intimate; she's able to summon up vivid visions of the many friends she's lost to AIDS with sometimes sad, sometimes sly in-jokes and the verbal shorthand that exists between all friends.

Just hearing her unique speech in person was exciting to me—this is, after all, the woman who commanded us all to drop our ghetto blasters:

Karen at 1:39, 2:27, etc.

I found her works challenging and raw, even as Finley herself—she would emerge from in character every so often to wink at us and reassure us, or to charmingly play off any rough transitions—came across as endearingly open and flat-out funny.

Bonus of seeing Karen Finley in 2014 instead of 1990? Jesse Helms is dead.

Keep reading for some classic Finley works...

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Sep 18 2014
Chicago...Isn't That Where Oprah Lives? Comments (0)

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When I was in Chicago to promote Encyclopedia Madonnica in 1995, I met Jae-Ha Kim at the Chicago Sun-Times, which resulted in this lavish coverage—a two-page spread in the gigantic newspaper. She was a doll, and we have remained in touch off and on ever since.

Check out my Kickstarter and help a brother write a follow-up!

Second half of this piece is after the jump...

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Sep 03 2014
Need To Know: Blood & Sand + Flying Off The Handle + Joltin' Joe + Closet Spaces + Blake McIver Is Bangin' + Crack Addiction + Big Bother + MORE! Comments (0)

Sotloff-VideoAnother reason ISIL needs to be destroyed.

*widget boy cultureISIL beheads American journalist Steven Sotloff.

*widget boy cultureBolivia and Israel are officially on a break.

*widget boy cultureI don't like reclining airline passengers either but grow the fuck up.

*widget boy cultureI want to be Sofia Vergara's vagina.

*widget boy cultureWhere all the hot MSMs vacation...Chicago???

*widget boy cultureNow Groot joins Jennifer Lawrence on list of celebs violated by iCloud.

*widget boy cultureMcKayla Maroney's argument vs. sites posting her nudes: She was jailbait.

*widget boy cultureFashion Police is on a two-week hold. That's...optimistic!

*widget boy cultureBlake McIver introduces Nancy Sinatra to Ariana Grande: 

*widget boy cultureRaja is officially more sickening than salmonella.

*widget boy cultureNestle makes bank while California dries up.

*widget boy cultureBeloved LGBT activist Andrew Cray succumbs to cancer.

*widget boy cultureIllinois seems poised to elect an out of touch rich tool as governor.

*widget boy cultureCuba Gooding Jr. is all cracked out!

*widget boy cultureClassic links to Robin Williams here and here.

*widget boy cultureAdele leaks.

*widget boy cultureMurderous Russian mobster takes issue with where your penis goes.

*widget boy cultureBRAID DAY: Texas Native American kindergartener sent home for long hair.

*widget boy cultureKeanu Reeves is 50 and looks like this.

*widget boy cultureWhy everyone seems to hate Frankie Grande.

Frankie-GrandeHe's so nice in real life! (I'm not watching the show.)

 
Aug 10 2014
LGBT Party: Steve Grand & Aaron Carter Heat Up Chicago's Market Days Comments (0)

Steve-GrandArmed to the teeth. Photo by Twitter's @jecjrintx

Steve Grand, who seems to be hitting his already amazing arms ever-so-slightly harder these days, had another triumphant set at Chicago's Market Days this weekend, playing to an uncomfortably packed yet still happy (know that feeling?) crowd.

Aaron-CarterCarter Country! Photo by Tom Legan

Also at Market Days, former teen popstar Aaron Carter gave what my tipster called a great, energetic performance, thanking his gay-boy fans and even changing the word girl to boy in one tune.

Will try to post some video later; check back tomorrow.

 
Jun 28 2014
Need To Know: Schedule A PLAY/DATE + Guys & Dolly Parton + Male-Model Wet Dreams + BIG BROTHER's Big Butt + Mass Gay Wedding + MORE! Comments (0)

PlayDateLooking forward to this Play/Date!

*widget boy culture$20 tickets to Play/Date in NYC with discount code: PRIDE

*widget boy cultureMatthew Mitcham sings Dolly Parton!

*widget boy cultureSean O'Pry is a boxing-themed wet dream.

*widget boy cultureLaBeouf wasted in Times Square prior to Cabaret arrest.

*widget boy cultureKellan Lutz is bursting with muscles.

*widget boy cultureBig Brother's Cody Calafiore shows off his hot buns.

*widget boy culture100+ gay couples get married in Toronto.

*widget boy cultureKaylan Morgan's got some hot laigs.

*widget boy cultureShark off Fire Island cruising boats.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay Illinois candidate Bruce Rauner is Gay Pride target.

*widget boy cultureGay state senator marries in Colorado for spite. (And love!)

*widget boy cultureNovak Djokovic shows off in his snug boxer-briefs. 

 
Jun 14 2014
Signs Of The Times: Does Power Trump Taste? Comments (0)

Chicagoans and others with taste are trying hard to get Donald Trump's gross surname removed from his new structure. Even the mayor finds it “architecturally tasteless.”

Good luck trying to curb that ego.

 
Jun 09 2014
Cousin It Comments (0)

“Tranny” can certainly be used as hate speech, as ably demonstrated by countless gay men who were so incensed by criticism of RuPaul that they responded not by arguing the opposite side but by spewing anti-trans words and thoughts all over the Internet...that'll teach 'em.

But this latest brouhaha involving Dan Savage at my alma mater is a sick joke; a trans person who prefers to be called “it” is dictating sensitivity to Dan Savage?

It can go fuck itself.

 
Aug 20 2013
The Hottest Men Of Northalsted Market Days 2013 Comments (0)
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DSC06650So, after being too busy for over a week, here—finally—is a gallery, or rather a "guy"ery, of some of the men I spotted at Northalsted Market Days.

Some of these men are probably not gay...that should go without saying. Some are not even pornstars, but you might recognize a few who are.

The gallery system is improved; you click and should go to a separate page. That page will refresh entirely for each photo, but it should be faster, and it should be easier to return to the post.

Steve-Grand-Life-Style-Boi-MagSteve Grand, coverboy.

If you like street portraits, you must follow me on Instagram.

The guys in the gallery are beauties, but the Top 5 Hottest Men I saw are the ones after the jump...

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