We went to this event a while back and had a ball. Bingo is one of those games that never gets old. It’s a very chill kind of gambling, it’s like a very slow slot machine. It’s great to play on your own, or in a group. I can’t wait till I’m 60 and I can play this every day at 11am with a Bloody Mary and a cigarette, in Palm Springs. Not Your Standard Bingo starts a little later at 10:30pm, but if you don’t have to be up early for work the next day it’s the perfect time. Try one of their giant punch bowls. They come with these very long red straws which allows everyone at the table to enjoy the punch at their own pace. The theme for this week’s bingo is “Bowie.” I’m assuming that means the hosts will be dressed like Ziggy Stardust and the music will be all David Bowie all the time. Sounds like a blast. Count us in! We’ll take 30 cards thanks.
Now this is an event I have a feeling many of our readers will be most certainly interested in. It’s a lecture by theatre producer Kyle Renick, at Bureau of General Services — Queer Division at The LGBT Center, on the history of gay porn from 1971 to 2016 with film excerpts. That’s right, with film excerpts. Why isn’t this a 100 part series?!?! It’s sure to be a busy event so we suggest you turn up early and find a good spot. We don’t have many details on the structure of the lecture except that it is a historical journey from the 70’s to today on gay porn. Honestly they had us at “film excerpts.” A word of warning for this event, avoid wearing sweatpants with boxer shorts underneath unless you want everyone to see your raging boner.
We haven’t written about DRAGNet in some time, and with Rupaul’s Drag Race airing its finale on Monday night (love Bob, but Kim Chi should have won, don’t even get me started) this is the perfect time to feature it. DRAGnet is “Brooklyn’s only performance based competition.” It’s held every third Thursday night at Metropolitan Bar. Here’s what host Merrie Cherry (pictured) has to say about it: “All performers are welcomed to showcase themselves and battle for Mrs. DRAGnet for the month, with the winner receiving $50 cash. At the end of this year’s competition cycle the winners from each month have the opportunity to win $150 cash prize and a 3 month co-hosting gig with me.” If you’ve ever thought about doing drag then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. It’s like an open mic competition for female illusionists. Most people will be on their phones and drunk while you’re on stage, so you have nothing to lose, and $50 to gain! Ladies, start your engines, and may the best WOMAN, win!
I am so happy that I’m able to say pussy a few times in this post — it really is one of my favorite words. The Japanese “pussy artist” and mangaka (I just learned that mangaka is “the Japanese word for a comic artist or cartoonist”) Rokudenashiko is coming to NYC for the NYC Free Manko Tour Festival along with other Japanese Feminist comics. The festival will bring us several happenings including readings, book signings, panel discussions and parties, taking place at The Asian American Writers Workshop, Eyebeam and Powrplnt. The festival starts this Wednesday, May 18, with Japanese Feminist Comics — “two storytellers who are working at the edge of gender, sexuality, and the visual arts: graphic novelist MariNaomi, whose critically acclaimed new comic memoir explores her time working at hostess bars in Tokyo, and Japanese sculptor/manga artist Rokudenashiko, who was arrested last year in Japan for “distribution of obscenity.” Her crime? Creating explicitly feminist art based on her own vulva.” Also, do not miss, on May 19th, Lady Tech Guild and Friends “they will hold a fireside chat about the power of women working in technology...” (7:00-9:00PM) at Eyebeam in Brooklyn. Finally, there is the FREE MANKO Drink and Draw Party, for Rokudenashiko taking place at Powrplnt on may 21st. 7:00PM-11:00PM, it’s the celebration of Rokudenashiko’s “historic trial verdict and book release” where you can spend the night drawing vaginas. Sounds fantastic. Power to the Pussy!
We received an email, a Facebook update and a tweet from Penny Arcade about this event. We always pay attention to mother Penny, when Penny says something to us we listen. Mother Penny is wise and she knows what’s up, I mean she should really just suggest an event for us every week. This Saturday, May 14, is a memorial at La MaMa for the legendary transgender superstar Holly Woodlawn. Penny told us that we should let people know about this event because it’s open to the public on a “first come basis.” They are also planning to live stream the event at 1:30PM EST on Howlround. Woodlawn was a Warhol superstar and performer who had and an amazing life, she was featured in many films, stage productions and TV shows. She was a legend. Trust! This is a rare opportunity to be a part of her final performance. If you don’t know much about Holly, take this opportunity to do some research. YouTube is a good place to start, also read this NY Times article. Ok?
We got an email awhile back about this event, and I am glad we have this platform so we can share it with you. You can never say that we don’t give you options for things to do in NYC! This event sounds perfect — it’s a walking tour called ‘Gay Bars That Are Gone.’ It’s basically a walk focused on “sharing memories and histories of gay bars gone by. The route focuses mostly on Chelsea and the Village and [it] invites people of all ages to come out and share stories from their favorite LGBT spots.” The event is part of the Jane’s Walk Festival, (which I’ve never hear of) that honors “urban activist” Jane Jacobs. It sounds like it could be a fun event, you can probably even meet your next date there or just learn something new about the historical gay social scene of NYC. Ohh and there’s an afterparty at the legendary bar Julius’ at 9:00PM. Yes queen, learn some fun queer history and get wasted, that’s how you get an education!
Pop Souk is back! Yes Becky, the rumors are true we are gonna be selling our latest issue of GAYLETTER at Pop Souk. We’ll even have a few back issues just in case you need to complete your collection. We are so fucking excited, it’s gonna be nuts and bananas. For those of you that don’t know about Pop Souk, it was created by the nightlife cuntress Ladyfag and it’s where (according to Mickey Boardman from Paper mag) “the crazy-bananas personalities of New York nightlife sell their finest goods…” It’s lots of fun, you can basically shop drunk, mingle and flirt with people you know, meet strangers, find some unique new looks, have a dance, and even get your nails done. As Ladyfag describes it, it’s “more than just a market, it’s a full-fledged community event. There are no sales reps, just some of New York’s most talented makers and characters.” Also, $1 from the entrance will be donated to Ali Forney Center, so you can also support a great cause. Come to our table and say hello to Tom and I, it’s gonna be lit! Yes Becky!