The NY-based design studio APPARATUS is hosting a silent auction for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on February 22nd at 7:00PM at their NYC studio. “The auction will raise funds for the ever-growing youth programming at The Center. The services provided by The Center include programming that address poverty and substance abuse among young people.” We are super excited for this event, we love the work that LGBT Center does — we even shot our last cover at their iconic Keith Haring bathroom. “The center is the nation’s first ever outpatient treatment program specifically designed for LGBT youth and young adults.”
I went to the APPARATUS studio last year and I was very impressed with the space, it’s beautiful and done with great taste. I left that place thinking WOW these boys (Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson) have such great taste — they are not playing… We learned from the press release that they “have been invested in The Center for a few years and were personally drawn to The Center’s youth outreach when they had the opportunity to visit The Centers youth camp last summer.” The event involves a great committee including the amazing Mx Justin Vivian Bond who will be the M.C. for the night. Other hosts include Rupaul’s Drag Race season 7 winner Violet Chachki, Ali and Cass Bird, Keith Pollock, Jamie Drake, Caleb Anderson, Casey Kenyon, Keith Pollock and Adam Selman. The music will be provided by DJ Lina. …
Wow INTERRACIAL is back! It’s been a while since we did the last party. I remember the last time was for Halloween. Some trolls came strong on Twitter calling us racist, etc… I mean I am from Dominican Republic and Tom is from Australia, so we created this party a few years ago as a celebration of being different races. If those people would’ve done their research then they wouldn’t be talking out of their asses, saying we were “fetishizing” guys who are interracial. This edition of Interracial is particularly special to us, not only because we are bringing it back to Eastern Bloc — the venue where we did our first Interracial many year’s back—but also because it’s a fundraiser to benefit the ACLU. Given the state of this country (with pupu-caca-Trump in the White House), we must do everything we can to fight for a better America. The event is hosted by GAYLETTER which is me and my partnerinti Tom Jackson, along with Stephanie Stone, Ms. Ter, B. Hollywood and Shiny Penny. Music will be provided by Darren Dryden and Tom Jackson (I hope he’s ready). There’s also a special performance by Will Sheridan. Come say hi, it will be cute, casual and cunt.
We love love love this space. Analog BKNY is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but maybe that’s just because we live in Manhattan. If you live in BK, it’s probably not that big of a deal, lol. It’s a really cool, open space with an amazing sound system. It kind of feels like a club in Wynwood in Miami or in Los Angeles. We’re gonna be co-hosting the evening with a bunch of other queens. We suggest you grab a ticket now while they’re cheap (only $8, click here for tickets). Music for the night is by Sean B. (Spank / Xanadude) and Tad Haes (Occupy the Disco / Paradisco). Visual stimulants for the night are provided by Deputy. Expect lots of dancing, carrying, kiking, poppers etc. This is a gay, gay, gay party for people who like to get sweaty and dance. Bring your friends — You’ll have a ball. We promise.
I had the pleasure of wandering around the Guggenheim earlier this week to enjoy this new show featuring art by Chinese modern artists. Called Tales of Our Time — it features many video pieces that are meant to challenge the conventional idea of “place.” The show includes artists’ Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group and Zhou Tao. While the often dreamy video pieces are well worth seeing the real winner of this show is the giant robotic sculpture that takes up a whole room for itself. It’s basically a massive industrial robot arm equipped with a squeegee. “Programmed by the Beijing artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, a husband-and-wife duo with a reputation as Chinese enfants terribles, the robot mops up liquid, with the viscosity of molasses and the color of blood, according to a set of rules: When a sensor detects that the liquid has flowed past a certain boundary, the robotic arm swoops down and cleans it up off the floor, and splashes the white gallery walls with the red fluid, like in a slasher film.” It’s an amazing sight to see. It’s both mesmerizing and menacing. It contrasts dramatically to the rest of the art in the museum’s collection. If you find yourself on the upper east side, check out Tales of Our Time before it closes.
I was watching PWR BTTM’s new video and as usual it was queer as all hell. It got me thinking a lot about queer spaces and how having fun in the winter can be hard because you’re carrying, but also literally carrying a coat, which is not cute. Just last week, I was at a party where Abi was feeling himself and touched a stranger’s faux-fur. I’m won’t name the victim, but my point is that coats can be fun, but without one you can overdose on glitter and that’s more fun. The Footlight is having their first monthly queer party and they asking you to “glitter up or die.” The theme is Anti-Valentine’s (amen) and they note they “will party hard in the name of resistance against the capitalist machine that forces us to fall for this bullshit concept of what is love in relation to mula!” Maybe glitter up or die is an extremity, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and if you want looks to be brought, ultimatums are key. People are protesting President Dump every week, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some have been arrested, and legal fees are nuts, so this party is raising funds to help them out. “LET’S DANCE FOR OUR LIVES AND LIBERATION OF ALL PEOPLE. We will rise above our oppression in the outside world and unite this space where radiance and true love always prevail.” I’m with them on that one!
This sounds like a fascinating exhibition. “Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s ‘more is more’ installation is an interactive immersion into Toiletpaper magazine’s wild aesthetic. Through psychedelic reimagined domestic settings, the exhibition reveals vibrant vignettes featuring Toiletpaper’s art and product collaborations all stacked, layered, and pastiched. Attendees are invited to touch, play, move, sit, recline, and position themselves in the physical manifestation of the minds of the artists. Some areas, best described as Mad Men on acid, includes a mock headstone that reads ‘The End’. Lounge and bedroom are subverted living areas full of absurd possibilities and combinations. Interspersed among all the high-impact accessories are a few standout pieces imagined by Toiletpaper and produced by Gufram, as well as homeware produced by Seletti customized by TOILETPAPER’s founders with their off-beat imagery.” Cadillac House is where we saw the Palomo Spain fashion show last week. It’s a very clean, new space that has something (I’m not quite sure what) to do with the car company Cadillac. Regardless, for fans of either ToiletPaper or Visionaire, this is a must-do exhibition. It’s happening from now until Feb 22nd.
What a great excuse to go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art! It’s a gay private tour at the museum with Andrew Lear (who “has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history.”) The tour explores “some of the Met’s prized homoerotica, from ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting to works from the Renaissance and the present day, many expressing same-gender desire. Famous artists and subjects appear, but so do lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored, including phallic totems from the Met’s Oceania collection.” Each tour is limited to 20 people, “it departs promptly, and lasts approximately two hours.” Sounds like a truly lovely way to spend a Saturday. Gay art at the Met, in a small tour group. What wonderful times we live in.