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Saturday 04.29.17

Event: 100 Days of Failure – Trump Protest

I don’t know why they want to protest Trump’s failures as a president, as far as I am concerned, the fact that he hasn’t managed to get anything done makes him a great success, because all his ideas are terrible for the country. This shouldn’t be a protest it should be a party where we all celebrate how wonderfully ineffective our orange cheeto prez is. His travel bans have been blocked, his funding restrictions to Sanctuary Cities have been stopped, his healthcare bill went nowhere, the only thing he’s done is elect a Supreme Court Justice, and that only happened because congress blew up the filibuster rule. Regardless, this is a worthwhile event to attend, whether you want to protest the moron or cheer him to keep on “winning” like the true loser he is. Bring a sign and let your voice be heard. “We will rally outside of Trump Tower to share all the ways that Trump is putting people at risk and making life harder for ordinary folks, with signs, flyers, and chants detailing 100 ways that the administration is reversing progress.” SAD!

FREE, 12:00PM, Trump Tower New York, 725 5th Ave. New York, NY.

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Thursday 04.27.17

Event: Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of The Leslie-Lohman Museum

More often than not you will you see us promoting an opening up at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman who founded the museum have spent more than 50 years accumulating artworks and showcasing artists that speak directly to the LGBTQ experience. Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a piece about the current archiving taking place at Prince’s Paisley Park. It sounded crazy, with warehouses full of clothes, candles cataloged mid-melt, and discovered napkins with original lyrics, but to read about it was totally exhilarating and made me think that we aren’t often honoring custodians of what you could call niche art. The work these archivists and teams like Leslie and Lohman do for community building and for future historians is as relevant as it is overlooked. To celebrate the museum’s golden anniversary, curator Branden Wallace will talk you through “the process of curating this historic retrospective of the museum’s vast collection. The exhibition honors the foundational start of the collection, reveals how it has grown and gives clues to where the collection will go in the future. The mission was to build an exhibition that is welcoming to the entire queer community.” Luckily for New York queens like us, we’re only a few blocks away from this legendary collection. Hats off to the museum and its founders for keeping hope alive in the queer art circuit, and we’ll see you at the 75th!

FREE, 6:00PM-8:00PM, Pomerantz Center @ FIT, 227 W. 27th St. NY, NY.

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Sunday 04.23.17

Do: Corgi Meet Up NYC April 2017

This event is the kind of thing that is only possible in a population dense city like New York. I mean, could you imagine trying to throw a successful corgi meet up in a place like Scranton, PA? Ludicrous! In NYC you could throw an ‘eldery corgies with diabetes’ meet up and still pack the dog run. “Spring is here! Join us Sunday April 23rd starting at 2pm for our April corgi meet up at Washington Square Park. Rules: Must be a corgi owner or have a corgi, or a dog to enter the dog run. Try not to bring more than 2 guests because we don’t want the dog run to get crowded with humans looking to pet corgi’s. Non-Corgi owners / non-dog owners please observe from the outside. We are sure you will get to pet a corgi as they enter and exit the dog run.” As stated in the “rules” having a corgi is not mandatory, but like a VIP wristband at a club, it’ll certainly help you get closer to the doggies. Judging by the number of people already going on their Facebook page I have a feeling this will overflow into the park, so stress not if you are sans corgie — you’ll have plenty of chances to be around the Queen’s favorite breed of dog, I am very sure of that.

2:00PM-3:30PM, Washington Square Park Large Dog Run

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Sunday 04.02.17

Eat: Daft Brunch – A French House & Disco Brunch Party

What a cute idea for a boozy Sunday brunch! You get to listen to Daft Punk and French disco, and here’s the best part, for the $10 ticket price, you also get two mimosas. That’s a pretty good deal. Where else can you get two mimosas for $10? Nowhere, that’s where! “DJs Jamie Antonelli (Nurvous Records) Salinger (Medium Rare / The Deep) and guests will be playing French Touch, Disco House and plenty of Daft Punk. Photos by Nicky Digital. Visuals by Funk Taxi. "Food will be available throughout the event. Come eat, drink and dance with us!” They also have some “Bottomless Brunch packages still available” so start that group text ASAP and get your weekend brunch plans in order, K?

$10 in advance, 12:00pm- 8:00pm, Schimanski, 54 N.11th St. BROOKLYN, NY.

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Thursday 03.30.17

Event: ACT UP: 30th Anniversary March and Rally

Act Up was started in 1987 as a response to the AIDS crisis. Gays were dropping like fucking flies and surprise, surprise, the hetero, white majority who ran this country didn’t give a shit. Remember when Ebola was a thing a few years back? Remember how that one straight, white doctor returned from Africa to New York with the virus and the whole fucking country jumped into action to stop it from spreading? That was the opposite to what happened when AIDS was killing, not one, but thousands of gay men across the country in the early 80’s. When a smart, responsible reporter named Lester Kinsolving decided to do his job and ask Reagan’s press secretary, Larry Speakes, about the epidemic in 1982, he was laughed at. “'What’s AIDS?' Speakes asked.” “It’s known as the ‘gay plague,'” Kinsolving replied. “I don’t have it,” Speakes replied. “Do you?” At this point 20,849 people in the United States had died of the disease. The president wouldn’t even say the word “AIDS” until 1985. Act Up was a response to a criminal and callous government who was so blinded by their homophobia they willfully let thousands die. I couldn’t think of a better group to celebrate than Act Up, this Thursday, March 30th at their 30th Anniversary March and Rally. And I couldn’t think of a better time to recommit to protecting the lives of LGBTQ people across the country, and the world.

FREE, 4:00PM-7:00PM, AIDS Memorial, 200-218 West 12th St. NY, NY.

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Tuesday 03.28.17

Mouthfeel Magazine Issue 3 Release Party

The party was hosted by Stumptown - with beers from Sixpoint and burgers and fries from Shake Shack!

Friday 03.24.17

Event: GAYLETTER PRESENTS – RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE AT THE LIBERTY HALL AT ACE HOTEL NEW YORK

We are so excited to host the viewing of the premiere of Rupaul’s Drag Race at the Liberty Hall at ACE Hotel New York. During past seasons of Drag Race we gathered at Tom’s house to watch the show almost every week. It always felt like a big family gathering; drinks, laughs, snacks, gags, yasss, carrys, intis… It’s always a blast. So, we thought why don’t we share some of that fun with our readers by gathering at a venue with plenty of space so everyone can attend. This Friday, March 24th, we will be at The Liberty Hall, which is in the basement of Ace Hotel NY. It’s a cosy but spacious room with a projector, seats and a bar. It fits about 100 people, perfect right? We’ll have a drink special — which we’re calling The NamaSlay. To help us host the night we invited drag queen Candy Sterling. We recommend you arrive early unless you want to watch the show standing (which might not be so bad as long as you are drinking a NamaSlay.) I am so excited to see some of those new queens in action, I am really into Valentina, Peppermint, Nina Bo’nina Brown, Farrah Moan, Shea Coulee, Alexis Michelle and I am sure lots of you are excited to see Gaga. Who’s ready to gag?

FREE, 7:00PM, Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th. St. New York, NY.

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Coffee Grinder: Mouthfeel Issue 3 Release Party

The bi-annual print and online publication Mouthfeel Magazine is celebrating the release of their third issue — “its first ever Coffee Issue.” For those of you that are not familiar, the magazine “explores the complexities of food, the characters involved and is written from a gay point-of-view…Each magazine comes in a collectible package and showcases personality forward profiles, essays, articles and original artwork…” This issue features “the untold story and search for prolific 80’s adult film star Buck Hayes, an in-depth interview with coffee media maven Zachary Carlsen of sprudge.com, interviews with international DJ, Kim Ann Foxman (Hercules and Love Affair),” and much more.

 

The launch celebration is presented by Stumptown Coffee Roasters which clearly makes a lot of sense because it’s all about that good coffee. We love Stumptown, I remember I used to sleep with a guy that worked at the location at Ace Hotel just to get free coffee — you know how expensive it can get to buy a cup of coffee a day  — those of you that need coffee to get their days going can understand where I am coming from. Please don’t bottom right after you drink coffee, please don’t ask me why, you know. Music for the night will be provided by Sean McMahill (Fire In the Hole, Everyody Everybody). They’ll have snacks and a bar.

 

Below is a preview of what’s inside this issue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 24th, FREE, 7:00PM, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 30 W 8th St. …

Thursday 03.23.17

Event: THE 6th ANNUAL MR. NUDE YORK

I have to tell you about this event, it just feels appropriate because it’s getting warmer and Spring is about to finally Sprung — I am desperately waiting for the cum trees to bloom already, more on that later. Daniel Nardicio is bringing us The 6th Annual Mr. Nude York, yes you heard me right it’s a “nude beauty pageant” that’s going to take place at The Cock. Cute right? It’s one of the biggest carry, I went to a past Mr. Nude York event and I had a blast. I don’t know if you know this about me but if you want to make me laugh just show me, or tell me, something inappropriate. I guess naked men competing for $500 is funny to me. Expect music by DJ Scott Ewalk and DJ Nandi. They said clothing is optional, but I’d say, unless you are competing keep your clothes on, it’s not always about you, but then again if you think it is, go ahead and get naked you whore — you have nothing to lose.

$10 (advance) - $20, 11:00PM, THE COCK, 93 2nd Ave. New York, NY.

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Thursday 03.09.17

Event: Bailey House Auction

Bailey House provides housing and medical assistance to people living with HIV. It all started in 1983, when “a group of visionary and compassionate men and women organized the nation’s first response to homelessness among men living with AIDS.” Bailey House were the first to do anything to help homeless people with HIV and AIDS. Dealing with the disease back then was hard enough, but also not having a home, now that’s another level of struggle. We’re so happy we can write up this event. The work they have, and continue to, do is impressive!! Each year they do an auction to raise money for the organization and this year they have some pretty impressive artists involved. Alan Cumming is hosting the event and art pieces will be available from artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts but also newer artists like Gio Black Peter and Sean O’Connor.” While you’ll be helping out an amazing charity, auctions like this are often a pretty smart way to buy valuable art at a discount. It’s an auction after all, so they have to sell the pieces to highest bidder. Sometimes that’s a lot less than the pieces are worth on the open market. Of course that’s not the main reason you should go, but just saying, it’s something to think about.

$100, 7:00PM, Pier 60, Chelsea Piers New York, NY.

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