The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who is now known simply as Almodóvar, is one of the most influential directors of the last three decades, I mean if you haven’t seen any Almodóvar films, please stop reading this and go watch one of his films right away. “Almodóvar has constructed a colorful universe inhabited by offbeat characters, fluid sexual and gender identities, and complex and singular women.” This new exhibition at MoMA features all his feature films (wow!) and coincides with the release of his latest, and 20th film, Julieta. The whole thing has been organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film and it is made possible by the Spanish luxury fashion brand Loewe. It’s happening all week long so check the website for the full list, but coincidentally this Thursday, December 8th, they are showing two of my favorite films: Tacones Lejanos (High Heels) and La Mala Educación (Bad Education — pictured). They’re on at the same time, but you can’t lose seeing either. I recommend you go see as many of Almodóvar’s films as you can! They’re all been shown on the big screen. What a treat!
Brian Clamp at ClampArt informed me earlier this week about this book signing that they’ll be hosting at the gallery on Thursday, December 8th. I asked for the book because I was curious the moment I read the word ‘Bel Ami‘ in the title. The book that I am talking about of course contains nude photographs of some of the Bel Ami boys by the American photographer Rick Day.
We got the book delivered to the office and the first thing our office mate William told me was, “it’s a statement, you need a large table for it not to eat the whole surface…” The next morning, I finally got to see the book in person and my reaction was like, “m m m it’s not that big” (15.25×11.75 inches), but the dicks in it certainly are. Uncut, large, fluffy, tasty looking penises are in abundance in this lush tome.
Thank God for Bel Ami, and God bless those uncut penises. You can see their asses too, which are nice, oh and the boys are also Bel Ami level cute. Brian told me that at the signing they’ll also have “18 framed photographs on display from the project.” So you can not only purchase the book there, but also own one of those prints. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
We went to see Penny Arcade’s latest show, Longing Lasts Longer, at St Ann’s Warehouse last Saturday night and were enchanted from the moment we heard her from outside the theater welcoming the audience to their seats until the moment she left the stage. Not many people can hold your attention for 75 minutes, alone on an empty stage, but Ms. Penny Arcade can! She is an incredible documentarian of New York’s cultural life. This show is an autopsy of a city that once was. But don’t call it nostalgia! She quickly destroys that notion. It turns out Penny isn’t a fan of any of the last 5 decades. The 60’s were dangerous, the 70’s had hideous clothes, the 80’s were soulless, in the 90’s you couldn’t tell the artists from the capitalists and the 2000’s to today have all been a blur. This show is so much more than Penny complaining. Penny takes the audience on a journey through the historical heart and soul of the city ending in a transcendent moment of self-acceptance. I walked out of the theater inspired and grateful. I was grateful for everything this city has been and continues to be, and I was grateful for Penny. She is a real treasure. Longing Lasts Longer is required viewing.
Alyssa Edwards is a fan favorite and an even bigger GAYLETTER favorite. Without a doubt she should have been in the final 3 of All Stars (sorry Roxxxy, we love you, but it’s true.) Regardless of what week she went home, she made a lasting impression on a LOT of viewers. I’m sure her calendar since the show ended has been fuller than my stomach after Thanksgiving lunch. This Sunday night she is performing in NYC at the Monster. Joining her is Bob The Drag Queen and another one of our favorites Aja. Music is by DJ Steve Sidewalk. Also in attendance is Dusty Ray Bottoms and Terra Hyman. I can think of a better way to spend a cold Sunday evening in NYC than with these queens. I randomly saw Alyssa perform in Melbourne last year before All Stars had aired (she was the opening act for Sophie Ellis-Bextor, my friend Stewart is obsessed with Sophie). The bitch brought it, blowing every other queen on that stage out of the water. She is crazy for coco puffs, she is nuts and bananas, she is a carry, and a charismatic queen who might not hold the title of ‘All Star Winner’, but will always be one to us!
When I first heard about it, I had no idea what to expect. Naturally, I imagined queens reading each other to filth for an hour, and I was gagged – but that wasn’t the case. At Drag Queen Story Hour, drag queens read empowering gender equality narratives to children. I don’t have kids, but if I did they’d be there in the front row. It’s all so fitting – both drag queens and children love to dress up, refute the norms, and just be fucking sickening! The Feminist Press at CUNY and Merrie Cherry are hosting the reading. Rachel Aimee, the coordinator of children’s programming at the Feminist Press says, “kids of all genders love dressing up as princesses and fairies.” Yass mama - I know my queer 8 year-old-self was serving My Mom’s Closet Couture. The reading series, which happens monthly, allows parents to expose their kids to different genders in an effort to normalize them. Start them young hunty. This Saturday at the Brooklyn Public Library, Merrie Cherry will read from What Flowers Say, by George Sand. The story, which was originally written for Sand’s grandchildren, is fun, fashion, and an exploration of the self. Honestly, I’m sort of just upset that this wasn’t around when I was growing up.
“NYC Inferno is a new monthly party for friends, fuckbuddies and lovers of all kinds.” I’m talking about a sex party! That doesn’t mean that if you go you must participate, but if that’s your mood, here you have it. I know that before people go to sex parties, they are not walking around saying “Mom, I am heading to a sex party tonight,” but come on, don’t pretend that it’s not a natural thing. We know you whores fuck around, it’s cool, it’s very popular with gay men. We are not gonna judge you, so go at it! Adam (who’s helping promote the party) told me more about what to expect at the party, “people should expect a hot, diverse, attitude-free crowd of people — the vibe is very open, not-shady, kind and respectful whether you're into someone's scene or not…” Sounds chill. He also told me that they’ll have “a Troll Hole Popper Shop open from 10-12AM. Troll Hole, is Bushwick's amazing queer feminist sex shop.” So, you don’t have to worry about if you forgot to buy poppers. Also, “All proceeds for the evening will be split equally between two amazing charities that work for justice for queer people of color both in NYC and the Deep South: SONG (Southerners on New Ground) and F2L.” You can always just go and watch, or simply dance (DJ Will Automagic will provide tunes) don’t get too drunk, be safe and be friendly. Aren’t you glad I told you about this event, You are so welcome :).
This show is curated by Mark Beard, who has spent the last two decades keeping alive the legacy of artist Bruce Sargeant. Sargeant is a painter who “largely concentrated on the idealization and celebration of the male form. Had Sargeant not met with a tragic and untimely death at the age of 40, he may have gone on to achieve the fame and renown awarded to such painters as James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer — artists to whom his style is often compared. Instead, Sargeant’s oeuvre remained relatively unknown for years until it was brought to light by the efforts of Beard.”
This Thursday, December 1st, ClampArt is hosting an opening reception for Mark Beard’s show Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938): Parlor, Gymnasium & Field. “The current exhibition gathers canvases in which Sargeant portrays his young models in various private settings such as the parlor and studio; to quasi-public spaces including the gymnasium; on to the field and in the great outdoors. Mark Beard’s selection of a wide array of scenes reflects his great uncle’s interest in men of all social echelons — from ranchers and people of the working class up the social ladder to sportsmen and art collectors alike.”
Sounds like a wonderful show, and it’s heartening to see a forgotten queer artist finally been given his dues.
Mark Beard [Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938)], “Two Friends,” n.d., Oil on canvas, 20×24 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City.
Mark Beard [Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938)], “Hunter in Lederhosen,” n.d., Oil on canvas, 60×36 inches, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City. …
James Baldwin once eloquently said, “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” I would probably just say, “Learn your fucking history homo.” But the point still stands. Now more than ever we must understand the history of queer activism in order to successfully continue on the legacy of those who came before us. Cleve Jones, a man integral to the history of queer activism, is coming out with a memoir called When We Rise that we all need to read. Jones worked with Harvey Milk, co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and came up with the idea for the AIDS Quilt for godsake. This Wednesday at The Strand we all have the amazing opportunity to hear him in conversation with OUT editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin. They will talk all about Cleve’s inspiring work and activism in the age of Trump. Admission is the cost of a signed book or a $15 Strand gift card and you can reserve a seat on strandbooks.com. There will also be an after party at Nowhere Bar because obviously. Now come learn whence you came, you homos.
Previously boxed away images of Madonna have made it to print
The latest from Madonna is not what you think. Madonna 66 is a new book featuring photos of the singer taken on the eve of her entry to stardom. These never before seen photos of Madonna tell the story of the woman behind the celebrity.
Her beauty is forthright and the outfits are quintessentially cool. Madonna in these photos has charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent written all over her, crossed out, and then written all over her again. I picture them arriving on Cis Corman‘s desk in the early 80’s (maybe accompanied by a few demos featuring the naïve but power-house voice) and imagine the gasps — audible and not — that probably ensued.
Madonna 66 is a limited edition photo book, running just 1,500 copies and featuring 66 unpublished Polaroid images of Madonna. Taken on Friday, June 17th in 1983, the images come straight from Richard Corman, son of the aforementioned casting director and producer.
“Cis was preparing a modern day treatment of the classic fairy tale Cinderella [and] asked Richard to drop everything and photograph a performer named Madonna,” who was set to play the lead. The film was never released, but the preliminary photos kick ass. Plus, Madonna 66 includes a 14 page film-treatment of Corman’s shelved Disney adaptation.
As I sifted through the images I wrote down all of the words that came to my mind, and I found that just single adjectives weren’t doing me justice. …
Join us on Nov. 29th at STRUT ACLU Fundraiser! We’ll be there along with many other fierce individuals and organizations. If you’re not familiar with it, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) works to defend and preserve the Constitution’s promise of liberty for all Americans.
The ACLU strives to defend every person, and right now — that’s of the utmost importance. So many of our fundamental rights seem to be in jeopardy by our President-Elect and his proposed administration.
The event is produced by Deryck Todd with honorary hosts including: Justin Vivian Bond, Munroe Bergdorf, Jackie Beat, Bridget Everett, Justin Elizabeth Sayre, Pebbles Russell, Lady Rizo. There are lots of other cool people involved, but we can’t list all their names because there are just too damn many!
DJ JD Samson and Amber Valentine will be playing until 4:00am. There’s no better way to overcome the outcome of the election than dancing, while also donating to an organization that wants to protect YOU. There is a $5 suggested door donation. 100% of the proceeds go to ACLU! Please attend, and give as much as you can!