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.
Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels is a parody of teen detective novels that’s part burlesque show, part drag show and part straight-up strip show. We follow the misadventures of Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy as they try to solve the latest mystery in town without losing their clothes. They meet various colorful characters along the way and have plenty of dance breaks.
The show is the brainchild of Chris Harder, a New York based burlesque performer (and CockyBoys model), who does a nice job of highlighting each performer’s skill set. The Mystery of the Family Jewels is kitschy in the best of ways, with strip teases as entertaining as the costumes being thrown to the ground. While at times the narrative might leave you wanting, it’s a device to get from one performance to the next, not a submission for Best Book at the Tonys. Harder makes sure that there’s a little something for everyone and you’re a guaranteed to have a good time.
Photo: John Goddard
$22 plus a $20 food/drink minimum, Friday, May 27th at 10:00PM, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W 42nd St. NY, NY. …
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!
An exclusive interview with Bob the Drag Queen's purse
Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race created a few new legends for us to sop up and argue over. Kim Chi, Naomi, ChiChi (hey girl!) and Bob make up my personal set. However, a 13th queen snuck in who is on everyone’s lips and won the coveted catch phrase crown. We snagged the one and only interview with Bob the Drag Queen’s #pursefirst purse. She has a lot to say for a bag. A big thank you goes out to Bob the Drag Queen for translating.
Purse, do you have a name? My name is Purse Purse Imfurst. I’m named after Mimi Imfurst.
How old are you exactly? I was born on the set of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 on the very first episode. That was somewhere around the 4th of July. Technically I’m a child star.
A child star, that says a lot about you. Do you consider yourself a millennial as well? I don’t think I am. As you can see, my style is very old lady. My aesthetic is very vintage. Young kids these days love walking in Purse First and acting older than they actually are.
So you think you’re above it? I’m above it.
Did you see Anna Kendrick doing Purse First at the Met Gala? How did you feel about that? Yeah, I mean, Purse First has taken on a life of its own. Bob started doing it as a bit of a joke and the girls thought it was funny and then everyone else started saying it. …
Edmund White's latest novel, Our Young Man, brings a personal touch to the glorious, cutthroat world of male beauty.
A lifelong lover of all things couture, Edmund White returns with Our Young Man, his valentine to fashion-mad Manhattan and Fire Island. This time around, White escorts us into the realm of beautiful clothes and beautiful people, particularly the impossibly gorgeous male models who dotted the 1980s milieu.
White’s novel is primarily the story of Guy, a beautiful boy from a poor French town. Fortunately for Guy, his perfect face and golden body pull him from what might otherwise be a grim fate. He ascends the shimmering heights of high fashion, first in Paris, then New York, and finds himself in a fast-paced, drug-fueled world where loathsome old toads pay big bucks for a young man’s company, while detractors wait and watch for their friends and enemies to fail. Looks and self-maintenance are everything; gaining so much as an ounce could earn you the moniker “Miss Piggy.”
Guy, recognizing all this, reminds us of the classic caveat so popular in those days: “If you’re not good looking, you’d damn well better be funny, and if you’re neither of those, you’d better be a slut.”
White’s approach is playful, arch, sly. The fashion world has its undeniable allure, and the men and women in it can be fun company. Indeed, having a godlike physique can open doors to a jet-set life full of fancy wines, glittering outfits, yachts and everlasting parties.
But Our Young Man is, most of all, a study of vanity. As Guy’s daily regimen — toning, tanning, creams, lotions, etc. …
You know we treat you well and never let a new party slip by. Here’s a new one and it sounds very promising for the summer. It’s called MARGOT, and I don’t know why, but whatever. I chatted with the lovely Paul Iacono who is one of the organizers and he told me to expect a “sexy, subversive, and stylish” event. It’s “a new weekly Sunday daytime rage on the luxurious rooftop of STK Meatpacking. Brought to you by the creative team from HUMP.” It’s nice to see some of these people during the day. It’s outdoor, and starts at 3:00PM which means you can be completely wasted by 6:00PM if you are smart. Paul also told me that the party is a group effort and that he’s very excited about the others involved. Some of them include Shoshana Fisher (who we looooove), Jake Greene, Rachel Wark, Andrew Shute, McCade Smith, Michael Cohen, Serichai Traipoom and so many more. The special performance for the opening night will be by Blake Deadly (pictured) — plus music for the night will be provided by DJs Chapman and Michael Cavadias. Bring a good face and a good attitude, remember the party starts during the day and people can see everything. Maybe bring a big hat just in case.
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?
The Philip Johnson Glass House is one of the most beautiful houses in the world. Built in 1949 by Philip Johnson, the house is, according to Wikipedia (serious journalism here) “...an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection. The estate includes other buildings designed by Johnson that span his career. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997.” This Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, is your chance to experience the house in way that doesn’t come around very often. Dancers Gerard & Kelly, in collaboration with Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project, will bring to life their piece called Modern Living, which “explores themes of queer intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture. The project brings into dialogue two homes lived in by the architects who built them — the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, California, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House — and marks the first cross-country cooperation between these legendary sites working on a single artist’s project.” There is no better excuse to visit this house than this. It’ll be fucking magical. MAGICAL!