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Oct 23 2014
Donate Here, Donate Queer! Comments (0)

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Nothing But Trash, the fun, retro(sexual) play by Andy Halliday that I reviewed a while back, is readying a commercial, Off-Broadway run...but it needs your help. And a little bit of your money:

Check out the crowdsourcing campaign here.

 
Oct 22 2014
She Put A Spell On Me: Meeting Annie Lennox Comments (0)
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 Dazzling Annie at B&N in the gallery above!

I've met some of my most intensely beloved '80s idols, but Annie Lennox was a hold-out...until tonight! Appearing at a Barnes & Noble Union Square chat with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis, she was promoting her new CD Nostalgia, a covers collection.

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Full tracklisting of Nostalgia:

“Memphis in June”

“Georgia on My Mind”

“I Put a Spell on You”

“Summertime”

“I Cover the Waterfront”

“Strange Fruit”

“God Bless the Child”

“You Belong to Me”

“September in the Rain”

“I Can Dream, Can't I?

“The Nearness of You”

“Mood Indigo”

IMG_9814I was able to snap some shots of Annie when she first arrived—all smiles, dutifully holding her CD up—and then snagged a front-row seat for the talk.

Annie looks great, and more importantly, she is an almost singularly cerebral popstar, one who spoke eloquently about the AIDS pandemic, the backstories she creates when singing a song and also about her #1 favorite gig ever—which just so happens to be the David Bowie duet I posted quite recently!

IMG_9807It was such a warm gathering, one that started with her thanking us for coming:

“I just to thank everybody that came here this morning...I want to tell you that I'm so grateful to you for taking time out of your busy lives to come to hear and wait to see me. That's touched me deeply, so thank you.”

Lennox spoke of how timeless the songs on her new album really are (many written in the '30s), admitted she adores “the down-the-rabbit-hole experience” of YouTube and confessed that she in fact used the site to help her in her song selection.

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Boy-Culture-logo1I was lucky enough to have photographer Bruce Glikas on hand to take my photo with Annie (I was one of the first to go, so she hadn't figured out to lean into the photo more just yet). When I had my moment with her, I told her that her early genderfuck presentation with Eurythmics, while not my issue, made me a better person by opening my mind to other possibilities at an early age. She listened intently and thanked me for sharing that. Probably the most substantive gush I've had toward a star I've encountered, but her intellectual conversation just prior was inspirational.

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Annie-Lennox-fan-2Greeting longtime fans Jeannie & Danny

Check out the full video after the jump and all my photos in the gallery at the top of this post...

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Oct 21 2014
Book 'Em Comments (0)

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The New Yorker has a visually stimulating piece on the disappearing bookstores of NYC, and there's a nice Madonna mention. The biggest stars I've ever seen in a bookstore were Diane Lane and Josh Brolin.

 
And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

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Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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Need To Know: Wicked Popular + Eat, Drink & Be Married + It's Only A Play + Stinko DeMaio + Going Downey + Bader To The Bone + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWicked Gay Blog's most commented posts EVER.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama: Gay marriage is a constitutional right.

*widget boy cultureThe Death of Klinghoffer is the new Corpus Christi.

*widget boy cultureFashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies @ 82.

*widget boy cultureGay, anti-gay, maybe grab-assy GOPer Carl DeMaio is also a misogynistic fat-shamer.

*widget boy cultureShonda Rhimes exiles anti-gay tweeter from Shondaland.

*widget boy cultureMariah proves she only looks like shit, but sounds great!

*widget boy cultureWHAT THE SHELL?: Could turtle-like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose???

*widget boy cultureBuffy star Nicholas Brendon arrested in bizarre Boise incident. Is sorry.

*widget boy cultureWould you f*ck this Chili's cook?

Opsexycookofchilis1Me love you long time, short-order cook!

*widget boy cultureSeth Rogen still fighting mad over Freaks & Geeks cancelation.

*widget boy cultureRobert Downey Jr.'s dick should have a Learning Annex class.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange & some other heifers cover Elle's Women in Hollywood ish.

*widget boy cultureRuth Bader Ginsburg vs. the GOP's voter-ID scam.

*widget boy cultureTbe rebirth of the word “Maverick” as it relates to Madonna (and more).

*widget boy cultureWyoming gay-marriage ban = unconstitutional.

*widget boy cultureDr. Nancy Snyderman's quaratine-pooh-poohing might end her NBC career.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass & Michael Turchin have set a wedding date.

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback continues, unabated.

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Oct 16 2014
Need To Know: There Once Was A Man With A Bucket + Hall Monitoring + The WOOF Is On Fire + Dan Osborne's Naked Dare + Dr. Keith Ablowhard + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureNeil Patrick Harris crosses hosting the Oscars off his bucket list. Dan-Osborne-nude

*widget boy cultureWill Michael C. Hall slay as “Hedwig”?

*widget boy cultureWicked Gay Blog ups the WOOF! factor considerably.

*widget boy cultureSweetest dog video ever.

*widget boy cultureDan Osborne accepts nude dare!

*widget boy cultureShirtless doctors calendar.

*widget boy cultureFOX's Dr. Keith Ablow says Obama wants Americans to die from Ebola. Full-stop.

*widget boy cultureBut FOX's Shep Smith attacks Ebola hysteria.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley accepts Attitude's “Man of the Year” award.

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*widget boy cultureTrans-beating hoods shown in surveillance footage. Help put them away!

*widget boy cultureGay actor Ezra Miller to play “The Flash” on the big screen through 2020.

*widget boy cultureTippi Hedren & Melanie Griffith had a pet lion in the '70s.

*widget boy cultureStargroves wins “Most Beautiful Website” from Young Turks.

*widget boy cultureSnoop's heartfelt apology to “biiiiiych” Iggy Azalea. (Biiiiiych accepted it!)

*widget boy cultureEleanor & Hillary rocked, but Michelle is easily the coolest 1st Lady.

Michelle-ObamaTurnip the radio!

 
Oct 15 2014
The Geeky Get Freaky: New York Comic Con's Hottest Guys! Comments (0)
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In the gallery above, 50 shots of geeks to make you leak

I got into New York Comic Con free two years in a row, but had so much fun I couldn't resist buying my way in this year (Friday) and begging a sweet friend of a friend for his pass when he was done with it (Sunday).               KEEP READING FOR TONS OF PICTURES!

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Scenes From A Maul: 100s Of Hustlaball Photos Everyone In Them Hopes His Mom Won't See Comments (0)
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Nearly 30 more hot shots in the gallery above

I had heard about Hustlaball in the past, but wasn't sure it would be my scene—guys walking around naked, pornstars having live sex on stages, back rooms, the inevitable women who feel they're being ultra-edgy by invading all-male orgies.

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DSC07200-Mr-Pam-HustlaballThis town needs an enema: mr. Pam drinks up!

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DSC07520-gay-glitterati-Brent-Corrigan-HustlaballLiza, Calvin, Halston, Liz and...oh, wait! Wrong century.

Then I thought: Who am I kidding?

I showed up at 11PM, already tired and hungry. Hungry not in the grrrr—do me! way, but in the grrrr!—I could use some McNuggets way. Appropriately, I had a very easy entry (VIP!).

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DSC07175-porn-biceps-HustlaballSeth Santoro gets his abs on for his 3-way. Just how I spend a typical Sunday evening.

DSC07180-stripper-HustlaballIsrael Oka gave me a split, wet beaver pic for my very dirty Tumblr.

DSC07203-Levi-Karter-Liam-RileyTwink sensation/former cheerlebrity (it's a real thing!) Liam Riley with indefatigable Levi Karter

DSC07214-Asian-pornstar-HustlaballEli Lewis presents arms

DSC07186-Maverick-Men-HustlaballThe Maverick Men were there, taking a few hours off from banging people out to find new people to bang out.

DSC07245-Boomer-Banks-HustlaballTake it from the top: Famously horse-hung Boomer Banks

DSC07247-strippers-pornstars-HustlaballLevi Michaels with a friend who told me, “I'm nobody!” (no, you're definitely some body)

DSC07252-hairy-HustlaballFur real: Mike De Marko is like the X-rated Andrew Rannells.

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DSC07219-Tayte-Hanson-HustaballDazzling Tayte Hanson's best side is both sides.

DSC07525-Ryan-Rose-HustlaballDancing with the Pornstars: Ryan Rose, Colton Grey & Diesel Washington

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DSC07536-Brent-Corrigan-genderfuck-HustlaballBrent Corrigan was the biggest star, and did the biggest transformation once he was done performing.

Inside, I immediately got the handle on it all: Three levels of a suitably careworn bar/club space, the kind of place (it was called Slake) with exposed brick and blood-red or black walls and the kind of floor you wouldn't feel bad soiling by adding another orgasm to it.

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