Last Friday, I graduated from college, but this Friday, I am going inti. We love hosting Battle Hymn because it’s fucking nuts. You’ve got to hand it to Ladyfag: she throws New York’s gayest party, in the gayest neighborhood, next to the gayest school. I’m usually confused as to why this party isn’t filled with twinks; FIT is around the corner, but then again... their students have never been the brightest. Battle draws the most rambunctious crowd, so if you’re not willing to take your shirt off, lick the wall, or break a shoe, I suggest you don’t bother waiting on that line, which is nearly a block long. I’m often shocked people would wait the hour and pay the $20 cover, but I suppose the desire for dick always prevails. If you’re worried about getting in, fear not, because not only is Battle open this Friday, May 26th but it’s back for its Sunday, May 28th spot as well. Honey Dijon and The Carry Nation will be fucking me up on Friday, and on Sunday, Hex Hector and Quentin Harris are spinning. If this is your first time, you should dress light (at some point, it seems as though everyone is naked and on some next shit), pee before entering and hold off on breaking the seal until you swear you might pee yourself, since the bathroom line is also a block long. You probably could wet yourself and no one would bat an eye though. Maybe try and get on a list, but if you’ve got the will and a pill, do join us in kicking off the first weekend of summer. We’re ready to sweat!
You know it’s summer when people start sipping rosé. Personally I don’t do seasons. I’ll wear Spring/Summer in Fall/Winter and vice versa, I’ll drink rosé in December in the snow. But I’m a rebel like that. Most people reserve this light pink drink for the warmer months. rosé is made when grape juice is exposed to grape skins for a couple of days. Any longer and you get red wine. Rosé is a lighter tasting wine than red, yet in some respects it’s more complex than white wine. This Thursday on the roof of Eataly in the Flatiron District (if you haven’t been up there you must, the views, the views!) they are hosting a rosé party. There’s going to be more than 30 featured rosé wines, plus “an opportunity to meet the producers of everyone’s favorite pink drink, the best summer beats with a live DJ, and beachy southern-Italian inspired bites.” I know this sounds like a really Caucasian, Waspy event, and in all likelihood it will be, but Eataly comes correct with their food and wine, so I expect this tasting to be cunt. Plus, did I mention the views. They’re very pretty.
Ranked #25 on The Advocate’s list of America’s Queerest Cities, Long Beach offers a more laid-back approach to pride’s rambunctious activities. Where as the West Hollywood Pride March provides headlining acts, like Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen, Long Beach’s celebration takes you along the Pacific and toward the desired booze stations, disco tent and other super gay-fun.
When I was kid I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time. I was in 9th grade, at a new school and I had no friends. I loved the movie so much that I recorded it onto a tape. I would listen to the audio from the movie on my walkman. I remember the first week at the school they had a swimming competition. The whole school had to go and watch the swimmers race. I was sitting on the bleachers alone when a kid asked me what I was listening to “it’s Pulp Fiction” I replied. “The soundtrack?” he asked “No, the whole movie. Wanna listen to it?” Needless to say, I didn’t make a friend that day. But looking back I realize that I would totally be friends with that kid. He’s awesome. I mean, that’s a pretty serious movie-nerd move to listen to a bootlegged audio-only version of a film you love on your walkman, at school sports event. This Wednesday, May 24th, is a chance for all you other Pulp Fiction fans to see the movie on the big screen at Brooklyn Bazaar, and best of all, it’s free! The venue’s restaurant and bar will be “open before, during and after the movie!” So eat, drink and enjoy Tarantino’s 1994 classic. My 14-year-old-self is so fucking excited for you!
“Jules: Mm-hmm! You ever had a Big Kahuna burger? [Vincent shakes his head] Jules: Want a bite? They’re real tasty. Vincent: Ain’t hungry. Well, if you like burgers, give them a try sometime. Me, I can’t usually get them ‘cause my girlfriend’s a vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a vegetarian.” That dialogue comes from Pulp Fiction, and I pasted it because it was the first thing that came to my mind when I read about the Vegetarian Food Festival happening this weekend. My guy is a vegetarian, so like Vincent in that scene, I’m also often a vegetarian. Which is OK with me. While I love meat, I have a lot of mixed feelings about eating it. The whole killing of living creatures and factory farming parts are pretty fucked up. And besides veggies are great for you! This Sat and Sun head to the Metropolitan Pavilion “for a day of browsing, tasting, learning and shopping. More than 125 vendors will be on hand with a plethora of produce and products.” There’s also going to be a bunch of speakers, “including plant-based doctors, authors, chefs, fitness professionals and more.” Sounds like a delish way to spend a few hours whether you’re a vegetarian or not. Enjoy!
Thank god for Jill Soloway. For her second Amazon studios project, she’s adapted the 90s masterpiece, I Love Dick. Originally a book by the prophetic Chris Kraus, I Love Dick details the intricate and glorious path of the widely undermined female desire. Soloway has tapped female writers, directors, producers, and actors to take Kraus’ profound text into the mainstream, and I cannot recommend it enough. The show follows the book’s structure: Chris is an amateurish filmmaker who ends up joining her academic husband, Sylvere, on some prestigious fellowship that the titular Dick serves as a figure-head for. After first meeting Dick, Chris is ignited with sexual wanting, something that has completely fled her and Sylvere’s marriage. In an interview for the New York Times, Kraus said she only served as the show’s consultant (rather than writer) so Soloway could adapt the novel in whatever way she deemed fit, and Soloway fucking nailed it. Soloway uses clips from female filmmakers at the top of each episode which fit quite well tonally with the show’s over-arching contemporary art dialogue. A whole episode is dedicated to each woman on the show telling the story of her sexuality. I am enthralled as much as I am refreshed by I Love Dick. Unfortunately, it is only eight episodes. Kathryn Hahn is an absolute sensation in the series. You’ll binge and then want to watch again. All I can say is go forth and finish.
The Summer came back this week which is perfect timing for Cruise 2.0 to return! We’ve covered this party the past two years. Here’s what I said when I mentioned it last year: “Everyone will get laid. We just want to celebrate the fact that we’re stuck together in the city by drinking as much rum as possible and pretending we’re on a yacht. A sad, old, but cute yacht filled with LITERAL hunks and babes and queens and extremely fun music for you all...” Yeah, someone was carrying with this quote. The party is happening at Rosemont Bar in Brooklyn, which is a hot spot at the moment, Rosemont is in this letter twice (see Thursday). Music will be provided by Dick Owens, Ivenchy & Tanny Cohen. Expect “Free White Girl Rose while supplies last and epic visuals will keep you dancing until morning. Nautical, sailor, mermaid, pirate & downright fishy attire is strongly encouraged. Bring everyone you know as it’s going to be an epic night to remember!” Ok, got it.
I got an email from Nick at Confetti System (Google it, they are in Brooklyn and make some cool stuff), he told me that they are throwing a new Queer Asian dance party called Bubble_T. He told me what the party is all about “Lately we’ve been feeling the urge to organize an official night that reflects the Asian/Pacific/Queer diaspora that we belong to. Its a mix of karaoke culture, Asian divas, and bubble tea that feels like home.” As far as I am concerned we need more of these type of parties, there’s just not enough diversity in our community. “It’s a Queer Asian dance party for everyone, it’s also about celebrating our diverse group of friends and our collective upbringings, lewks, references, faggotry etc... Visibility, inclusion and support are important for all of us post election.” I couldn’t agree more. Other hosts of the party include Bichon, The Henry, Pauly T, Vivianne & Jacky (from the Galbi Mermaid Inn), and Daniel & Tin (from the NYC/Vietnam based fashion collective CFGNY). Music will be provided by DJ Tito Nonon, who’ll be “serving 90’s Hip Hop and R&B meets Old School Filipino Garage party sprinkled with Pinay freestyle legend Jocelyn Enriquez and Pinay girl groups One Vo1ce and Premiere!” and DJ Skypewilliams, who’ll be “giving you highkey Latino block party, midkey gay bops & lowkey hood anthems.” Also, expect giveaways by Massive Goods and the Boba Guys (Bin and Andrew), “purveyors of gourmet bubble tea.” That’s all the_T we’ve got!