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Saturday 08.19.17

Party: FEMME – ROCKAWAY BEACH

Of course the first question that I had when I read Rockaway Beach, was “is it on the beach?” I reached out to Justin and Matty who are the hosts/organizers of the event. The party is taking place on the balcony and rooftop of The Castle. “It’s a very nice place where they usually hold conference style meetings — MoMA PS1 for example — cause Klaus is out here...” The last time I asked the boys about Femme they told me about the party: “We wanted to really celebrate all things femme. Gay, straight, lesbian, trans, etc. and provide a safe place for people to be as queer as they damn well please without having to worry about not being ‘masc enough.’” It makes perfect sense because Rockaway Beach is lit and it’s super queer. So, I’d say arrive early, enjoy the sun and the beach for a few hours, get your tan on and then head to the party. DJ’s are Matty Glitteratti and DJ Love Story, with performances by Justin Harter, Bombazeen Bean and Tiffany Jones Sterling. In case you don’t know how to get there, here are some options: NYC Ferry, Rockaway Beach Bus, MTA (A train), or simply ask a friend that has a car. Hey Charlie! (Can you drive us sexy?).

$5, 3:00PM-10:00PM, THE CASTLE, 117TH & NEWPORT AVE. QUEENS, NY.

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Friday 08.18.17

SOMETHING SPECIAL AT PUBLIC ARTS

With performances by Quay Dash and Dick Van Dick

Los Angeles Protests Charlottesville Violence

SHOCK VALUE

Where to begin? Woof. Let me get this started for you with the party’s hashtags: #ExplodetheSpectrum #MatrixWide #Bislashtry #ActualShockValue #Morftmtf #FemaleValidation. These should set the tone. Does anyone reading this remember Palisades? That dingy corner spot off the Lorimer (L train) where I used to mosh? Yes? Anyone? I’d seen Juliana Huxtable (pictured) before, but I was there on that fateful night the NYPD party patrol marched their boring asses in and shut down the place. (I was drinking a Modelo at the time when all of the lights came on and men were telling us to get out. Juliana was about to step into her set. One of the parolees happened to be my hometown neighbor. I hid behind my friends who are 5’1”. I’m 5’11”.) The party is totally off the radar like a lot of the gigs at Palisades were. We definitely want to keep it that way because it’s not for everyone. Not sorry!

 

Shock Value always has a really ridiculous DJ line up, and this installment is no different. It’s a ton of NYC babes (AkanbiBebeCunty CrawfordHelen HarrisHon2ou, plus “Ya Gurl Slash Queen Doll” Juliana Huxtable… ok work) plus two out-of-towners: Ziur (she flew in from Berlin for this gig!!!) and Abby from Detroit. It’s a big old get together. I just met one of the night’s hosts Diamond Stingly the other week at the New Museum where she will exhibit in their forthcoming fall show “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” and we talked about facemasks but also our bodies as unintentional weapons against ourselves. …

Thursday 08.17.17

Event: ALOTTA STUFF

You never know what you may find in another queen’s closet, if you’re lucky it could be a cute jacket — if you’re not, it could be a body (looking at you, Dorian Corey). I always feel the need to update my own wardrobe as summer winds down, probably a habit developed out of years of back-to-school shopping, and if you’re like me you start looking for your staple fall pieces now. Hosted by Acid Betty and Alotta McGriddles (pictured), this live auction event is sure to satisfy all your vintage/thrift/swap needs. Most items have a starting bid price of $1. GAG. Besides the incredible prices and scream-worthy hosts, the auction will be offering “Costumes, Vintage, Men’s, Women’s, Questioning’s, Jewelry, DRAG Fantasies, Spandex, Designer Apparel, Furs, Accessories and MORE!” I’ve never been to a live auction because the fast talking stresses me out, but this certainly seems to be a night not to miss.

FREE, 9:00PM, METROPOLITAN, 559 LORIMER ST. BROOKLYN, NY.

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Tuesday 08.15.17

NYC PROTEST AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY AND TR*MP

NYC fights back in response to the Charlottesville violence

Monday 08.14.17

Girl + Gay Power Karaoke

Duet with your good Judy

I recently went to a karaoke event and watched my best friend perform Lana Del Rey’s classic song “Video Games” in the style of a dirge. It was the first time I’ve cried in three months. (Not actually, ha, but it was a really good night.)

 

If you’re like me and you regret not belting your heart out the last time you went to a karaoke party, tonight’s your night to redeem yourself. Girl + Gay Power is the karaoke dance party to save you from the Monday blues; taking place from 8pm until midnight in the basement of Cape House in Bushwick, this kiki is sure to be a hoot and a half. There will be free shots for those who sing, but I’ll say more.

 

Celebrate inclusivity and unity with your baddest bitches, bring your whole gang of girls and gays out for a night fit for queens. We’re told the mood is a mix of super pink/disco/bubbly/punk/girly, and I’m yasssing my way to the bank because tonight could clearly be anything!

 

It would seem that if there’s ever been a time to relish in faggotry and throw your inhibitions to the wind, it’s now. Take a stand against those who want you to stay silent — you betta work that microphone, mama.

 

Click here to watch the promo video. …

Protest White Supremacy and Donald Tr*mp

NYC fights back

Two days ago hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK members rallied in Charlottesville, VA to “protest” the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, chanting racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBT slogans, praising Tr*mp, and committing violent acts of domestic terrorism against counter protesters. One of these terrorists rammed his car into a group of people on a crowded street injuring at least 19, and murdering one. Many politicians, activists, and celebrities denounced these actions of white supremacy, while our pig-in-chief, in his first statement about the terror, blamed “both sides” for the violence. This is all happening in 2017 — and it shouldn’t be shocking.

 

We are living in a time where racism and many other systems of oppression are thriving in the United States, and it has always been this way because these systems are institutionalized. It’s crucial that we take accountability for this display of white supremacy. We need to ask ourselves daily what we are doing to combat it while taking note from Kimberlé Crenshaw and recognizing our individual privileges on an intersectional level.

 

If you’re in NYC, there’s a protest at Tr*mp Tower on 5th Ave. today (August 14th) at 4:30PM, and he’s going to be staying there —so show up. And if you can’t show up physically, show up with coins and donate to organizations like the Charlottesville Chapter of the NAACP. Kamala Harris said, “If you’ve ever wondered what you would have done during the Civil Rights Movement, this is your opportunity to find out.”

 

Silence is violence people — figure out what side you’re on and come out and protest. …

Sunday 08.13.17

Negative Nancy

Hell hath no fury like Adore reborn

Released with an accompanying music video last Monday at midnight, Negative Nancy is a loser anthem by our grunge goddess in residence, Adore Delano. This über well-edited video is another production by Geek Mythology (the team behind Hello, I Love You and I Adore You), and it’s clear by now that they know how to help Adore shine. Or, in this case, rage.

 

The video depicts a baseball game between a bunch of norm-resistant cuties and a gang of ultra-standard white boys. As pitcher and captain of her squad, Adore channels the type of vengeful spirit born in sissy boys who are forced by their fathers to go outside and buck-up for some sport and bat. Deliciously, she opts to rebel, totally untucked in a teensy black banana hammock and a punk take on drag that is all body, face, and filth. (I mean that literally—her socks are super dirty, and you can tell she loves it.) She later goes full-on locker room Botticelli, tightly gripping a wooden bat while glam-fans blow out her hair. She faces the camera head-on like this right here is the Emancipation of Nancy.

 

The song itself is totally divorced from the electro-pop spirit of her previous releases. Its grungier sound is a bit left field for the RuGirl scene, but so is Adore. It’s pretty exciting to hear a drag superstar wrestle this Guyville-founded genre to the ground. With American masculinity in a state as juvenile and spittle-mouthed as our shellfish-in-chief, Adore going so tomboy-fish feels like a fresh corrective. …

Saturday 08.12.17

Party: Metro*SENSUAL WITH VALENTINA LIVE

class="s1">Oh honey... oh bitch, you know they did that. “You’re perfect, you’re beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you’re a model. Everything about you is perfect. Did you stone those tights? Oh, you’re smiling! They eat her up every single time she’s on that damn stage...” As part of Frankie Sharp’s summer series at his weekly shindig, Metro*SENSUAL, Miss Congeniality (fan favorite) of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine, Valentina will be performing. I remember hearing about this event early on in the summer, and I’m dripping because now it’s finally approaching. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of Valentina on her season, but I’ve come to be such a fan of hers because she knows she’s glamorous and can be kind of cunty about it. Makes me think of a certain queen from season three. The Latina Goddess is going to turn the house inside the fuck out down boots and you better be there to see it. Also it’s my birthday next Wednesday, just saying if you want to buy me a drink or something I probably wouldn’t say no.

FREE (TIP YOUR QUEENS), 8:00PM, SHOWS LATE, METROPOLITAN BAR, 559 LORIMER ST. BK, NY.

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