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Apr 20 2017
Strip U, Where Hazing Is Part Of The Core Curriculum Comments (0)

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Broadway Bares — coming June 18 — has a theme: Strip U.

This will allow director Nick Kenkel to explore hazing, frat boys, jocks and doing whatever it takes to erase student loans in the yearly extravaganze to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Keep reading for a brand-new video from behind the scenes of the promo shoot ...

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Apr 18 2017
6-PACK — THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD Ignites Furor + Comic Has Conflicted Views On Gays + Sheryl Crow Wants Female Musicians To Cover Up + Nikki Haley Addresses Chechnya Gay Crisis + Copping A Feel + Unitard Magic! Comments (0)

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WIDGETThe New York Times: The more things change, the more they stay the same — religious objections to blasphemous gay play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Tickets!

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WIDGETBET: Comic Lavell Crawford's own father was gay, but he says being gay is “still f*cking weird,” conflates it with the trans push for bathroom rights, says we're not born gay.

WIDGETYouTube @ AXS TV: Sheryl Crow clucks her tongue at Madonna (by name) and probably Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, among others, by implication, for having sexy art:

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Nikki Haley is the highest-ranking Trumpster to acknowledge and demand answers about the Chechen concentration camp for gay men.

WIDGETTowleroad: When you don't want cops to keep their hands to themselves:

WIDGETJoe's Pub: Do not miss Unitard if you're in NYC in May — I saw them once and fell in love, and saw Nora Burns solo once and fell even harder.

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New York Seen Comments (0)


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Apr 17 2017
Allegations Of Racism At NYC's Newest Gay Bar — Truth Or A Smear? Comments (0)

RebarRebar NYC's main Facebook image — another, nude one, here (Image via Facebook)

Rebar NYC just opened where G Lounge used to be, a much-needed new gay night spot, and already there are multiple claims that its marketing strategy and door policy are less than welcoming to men of color, particularly black men.

Edugaytion found detailed personal accounts from black men who claimed they were told the club was full, but who later got in and saw it was not full — and that the clientele was mostly white. They concluded the club was deliberately keeping the black quotient down, which as we all know has happened at clubs in the past.

But is it happening at Rebar NYC?

Quite a few people on the bar's FB page have spoken out (not counting the people who weren't even there or the lunatic who responds to positive reviews with Do you hate black people?). One noted that Rebar may be trying to thin out black attendees with a random policy — no hats after 10 p.m. I don't get that at all, but it reminds me of how incensed white people get at various black fashion statements (sagging jeans for some reason can turn white liberals into Strom Thurmond):

Here is a firsthand observation from a patron who was at the bar three nights in a row. Earl Fowlkes is not someone who is looking to drag a new gay establishment or to cry racism where it does not exist, so if this was his experience, it should be taken seriously: 

Some of the complaints might just be people exaggerating (“there were only five black people inside”) , but I think it is a huge mistake on the part of the club to push back defensively. Edugaytion quotes an unknown person answering the phone as saying:

We have no statement. The situation is not real ... We're not going to give it credence at all ... We do not want to expand upon that. If we did, we would do it online.

Though they were not posted in response to the uproar, some photos from opening night do not show an all-white establishment.

Images from opening weekend posted by the bar's owner, Frank J. DiLuzio: 

There appear to be arguments on both sides, but I think if the club owners and staffers get too caught up in pushing back and telling people who honestly felt excluded  that they're just plain wrong, they're not going to achieve success. If I were them, I would rededicate the establishment to inclusivity, be mindful of who gets to be on special lists if the line outside is disproportionately black, think twice about marketing images that don't include black men and finally, issue a more conciliatory statement — they can definitely word it to express their profound disappoinment to be accused of something they did not do intentionally, while still acknowledging that a number of patrons organically felt shut out.

Better to fix their optics, especially since I assume they would say they're not deliberately trying to keep black people out.

Apr 14 2017
NYC Mourns And Wonders About Mysterious Death Of Trailblazing Judge Comments (0)

Via Kenneth in the (212): Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was the first black woman to serve on Sheila_Abdus-Salaam_fb-865x452New York's highest court. Described as having a steadfast liberal voice by The New York Times, she wrote a very important decision in 2016:

Last summer, Judge Abdus-Salaam wrote an important decision, in the Matter of Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth A.C.C., that expanded the definition of what it means to be a parent. For 25 years, the court had held that the nonbiological parent in a same-sex couple had no standing to seek custody or visitation rights after a breakup.

Her brilliant career and what is described as a humble life ended this week when her body was found floating in the Hudson River. Abdus-Salaam had not been reported missing by her husband until a co-worker became alarmed that she failed to show up to work Wednesday.

Authorities have said they are, so far, treating her tragic death as a possible suicide.

Apr 10 2017
And Now For The Inevitable One: A Marlene Dietrich Retrospective Comments (0)

Marlene Dietrich was always one of my movie idols — her glamour and modernity in her films were utterly unique, even to the point where debating her acting seemed pointless.

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One of my all-time favorite films is the Maximilian Schell doc on the grande dame, Marlene (1987). In it, she refuses to be seen so offers only her gravelly voice-over as she and Schell combatively go over the details of her incredible life and career.

Now, Metrograph in NYC is planning a 19-film retrospective on Dietrich, which will include the doc as well as Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Lola, which was inspired by her.

The retrospective kicks off May 23 — I cahn't vait.

From a press release:

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New York Seen: If You See Something, Pose For A Selfie With It Comments (0)

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The next time you are attempting to enter the NYC mass transit system and you're stopped by cops who want to give your backpack or briefcase a quick once-over, consider this: This very nice guy, running a fun tour of NYC sites where Ghostbusters was filmed, told me he has only ever been stopped one time by police.


Because he has a friendly smile and a jumpsuit, nobody flinched at the mechanical contraption on his back. In fact, subway riders clamored for photos.

Food for thought.

On a separate note, if you're that into Ghostbusters, give this guy a shout; the Russian couple he was escorting seemed more than pleased with his services.

Apr 08 2017
Forever Hold His Peace: A Review Of DANIEL'S HUSBAND Comments (0)

DanielsHusband1-1491470159.pngRyan Spahn & Matthew Montelongo in Daniel's husband (Images by James Leynse)

Early on in Daniel's Husband — a new play by Michael McKeever, directed by Joe Brancato at the beautiful Cherry Lane Theatre — I started to sink in my seat. An opening scene at a bougie gay dinner party peopled by a generic crabby writer and his generic architect lover, and an aging lothario with his never-seen-a-vinyl-album-in-person twink date mate of two weeks, had me convinced I was about to see a play I had already seen 100 times or more.

Instead, the stock characters began to flesh out in unexpected ways, the familiar banter (featuring several too many jokes about dating younger men) became less pat. Soon, the play's entire equilibrium was disrupted by the arrival of the kind of overbearing mom any early shrink would have referred to as a confirmed-bachelor-maker, and something had changed.

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