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Feb 13 2017
New York Seen Comments (0)

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Feb 08 2017
Fifty Shades Of GREY GARDENS: Legendary Estate Up For Grabs? Comments (0)

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It would appear the legendary Grey Gardens estate in East Hampton (not a very mean, nor a very Republican, town) may be on the market soon. Can you imagine?

Via Cottages & Gardens, which I know is always one of my daily visits:

Immortalized on screen and later in a Broadway musical, Grey Gardens hardly resembles the decrepit structure featured in the eponymous 1975 documentary that profiled its reclusive residents, “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie” Beale. The estate was sold 30 years ago to Sally Quinn and her husband, late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who put it through a massive renovation that succeeded in both restoring the original grandeur and adding touches of modern luxury.

I'm not sure it would be as fun to live there now that it's all pretty, awnestly.

 
Feb 07 2017
Best Friends Forever: A Review Of Nora Burns's DAVID'S FRIEND Comments (0)

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My cultural benefactors John & Sheldon — not really, but they do get me to go see things I'd otherwise not get motivated to see — invited me to David's Friend, the show by Unitard comic Nora Burns, a few weeks ago. I bought my ticket knowing next to nothing about it. By the time I entered the Club at La Mama this weekend, it was already touted as a hot ticket.

Check out my 2015 Unitard review here!

In 60 minutes, Burns (pictured) provides an unapologetically sentimental Bioremembrance of the original best friend forever, David, a fellow Massachusetts teen who joined her in running off to NYC at the end of the '70s, and the beginning of what would beecome a live-fast-die-young adventure.

Except Nora survived.

Over time, the eventual artist has been driven to memorialize their toss-my-salad days, when she stripped and he hustled and both did so many drugs this might be why Quaaludes became scarce, and when both became friendly with the types of artists drawn to the city back when it was seedily affordable. She is reliving that era onstage in a joyous way that gives contact euphoria and a sense of connection to the audience, and also in a way that sloppily and then — with unexpected precision — provides a sketch of her fallen friend and their eternal friendship so vivid it's hard to believe he wasn't a member of the cast.

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At times, it's as if she is taking our hands and putting them into her side; her approach to show and tell is to skip both and instead to conjure and to make manifest.

The story is deceptively slight; the two danced their asses off. In fact, they met dancing on a speaker and seemingly only climbed down when he eventually became sick with AIDS and when she, later on, settled down with a husband and children. Their time on the speaker sounds like a mad dash from one party to another, and from the safety of suburbia to the more interesting, more dangerous nooks and crannies of a city that no longer exists.

While nostalgic and affectionate, the show is never whitewashed — plenty of STIs, jealous fits and jobs from hell are recalled, and her Valentine to NYC is spiked by a recurring image of the city in the '70s and '80s as a pile of junk teeming with rats and predators. But if you're one of those people who thinks the city is now a Giulianified shell of its former self, you will understand her longing for not just her friend but their grimy stomping grounds.

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 1.54.39 PMPage from a drag calendar David put together (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Nora's delivery is utterly sincere. It is also funny, except for when it veers into Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 1.43.25 PM sadness, when it becomes difficult to imagine how she puts herself through such a naked (and public) connection to still-raw grief each performance.

She is so uncompromisingly honest, it might make you squirm when she cheerfully announces she needs gay men to provide the witty Oscar banter these days (she's got to be kidding! she's hysterical!) or when she drives home that she is a classic fag hag. There is a degree of supplication, but I think it's also just a reflection of her devotion to the best person she ever met.

David is beautifully remembered in this warm and scrappy show in a way he may never have been able to imagine, knowing Nora as he did then — and never getting to know Nora as she was later, is now.

Due to an outbreak of raves, David's Friend — directed by Adrienne Truscott and also featuring Billy Hough —has been extended. Along with other lessons, one the show offers is: Spend your time wisely. This applies to theater, too.

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Separate from my review, something that struck me about the show is that it is another example of something that elicits from me a longing to have been a part of the era that came just before me, which is also always laced with gratitude that I barely missed the inevitability of AIDS.

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Hearing of David's recklessly fabulous life at Studio 54 and strolling Manhattan's dives and clinics in silver hotpants and leather definitely ignited that dormant fascination, as did the name-dropping of the ubiquitious Patrick McMullan (such a dishy appearance his name makes in the show, and he later shot it) and also of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, the so-called Naked Poet.

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Feb 04 2017
NYC's LGBT Solidarity Rally! Comments (0)

Had a blast at the big rally by the Stonewall Monument today.

Councilmember Corey Johnson organized the 2-plus-hour event, and spoke passionately at the end:

It is always an amazing time being surrounded by like-minded people who are pissed off but who have not given up.

Check out some of the best signs, including one that incorporated the hilarious Dr. Phil girl. Another nice one: 

Click through to see 60+ images. Oh, yeah, and ... RESIST.

 
Jan 31 2017
He's Singing, He's Singing, I Believe In The Power Of Madonna! Comments (0)

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Michael Griffiths takes on the music of Madonna on February 7 at 54 Below in NYC in his show In Vogue: Songs by Madonna.

Don't miss him — and get a taste of what he's about after the jump ...

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Jan 30 2017
6-PACK — Uber Puts The Brakes On Ban Opportunism + Starbucks Bucks Trump + Schumer Cries Foul + Gay Football & Rugby News + Three Superhot Guys! Comments (0)

WIDGETDon't tell me boycotts don't work — Trump-friendly Uber buckles, offers $3 million to defense fund related to Muslim ban.

WIDGETStarbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees.

WIDGETSen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) tears up attacking Muslim ban; Trump calls his tears fake, trashes Delta, says McCain & Graham want WWIII:

WIDGET14 Pro Bowl players say they'd welcome an out gay NFL teammate — if he could play.

WIDGETHe founded a gay rugby club in Australia... and was richly rewarded.

WIDGETSuperthick stud crammed into a Speedo. Zac Efron's new Baywatch poster. This guy's thighs look deadly.

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Jan 29 2017
Delete Your (Uber) Account Comments (0)

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It's time to delete Uber.

I had great experiences with Uber in L.A., where hailing cabs can be awkward. (Like the time a cab picked me up at night in WeHo. The driver proceeded to ask me about hot girls before asking if he could make a stop at the Beverly Center, where he picked up a hooker who sat, arms folded, in the front seat. I demanded to get out, he attempted to speed off, and I had to throw the door open to get him to stop so I could leave.)

In NYC, I have no use for Uber, which takes longer than finding a cab anyway.

But now, considering Uber's many business failings (and numerous horror stories about randos raping and brutalizing passengers), the company is more than just a non-option for me, it's a company I feel needs to be smacked down, hard. Last night, when the cabbies were standing up to Trump's inhumane, unvetted, unconstitutional Muslim ban, fucking Uber cut surge pricing, which undercut the action.

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Five hours and many thousands of complaints later, Uber backtracked:

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Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick, has said he's down with working with Trump, so this is not some little mistake. Look at it this way, via Slate:

The company has been under fire for its ties to Donald Trump since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick agreed to serve on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of business leaders who will “meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda.” In a meeting defending his decision to work with Trump, Kalanick reportedly told concerned Uber employees that the company “would partner with anyone in the world as long as they’re about making transportation in cities better.” (This is not a very convincing defense, considering some of the world leaders who have met this criterion over the years.)

Done. End.

Here is how you can delete your account — which, by the way, you can't just do by deleting the app from your phone.

UPDATE: Uber responded to me. Nice touch that the person responding was named Akash — nice try, guys:

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Jan 20 2017
6-PACK — Madonna Is Now Firmly A Feminist + Hip-Hop Star: I'M GAY + Naked Leaks: Max George, Chris Mears + Former Speaker Hastert, A Molester, Wants His Hush Money Back! + Trump's Russian Ties Probed + NYC's Anti-Trump Rally! Comments (0)

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WIDGETAbsolutely amazing, productive, positive, relaxed chat about feminism with Madonna & Marilyn Minter. Full video after the jump.

WIDGETHip-hop star comes out as gay on Twitter.

WIDGETWeb cam footage of The Wanted's Max George JOing to completion, naked JO shots of swimmer Chris Mears — these leaks have to be for PR. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETTypical Republican values: Former Speaker of the House wants his hush money back because the boy he molested squealed. Unfuckingbelievable.

WIDGETMultiple U.S. agencies are reportedly investigating intercepted communications between three top Trump advisors and the Kremlin

WIDGET25,000 at NYC rally: Cher, Baldwin, De Niro, Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Mayor de Blasio, Shailene Woodley urge New Yorkers to resist Trump at rally. Full:

Keep reading for the full Madonna & Marilyn Minter video ...

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