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Gay Pride New York 2013

HOW COOL IS THAT PHOTO? Such CELEBRATION!  

I think it’s pretty hard to beat Gay Pride in New York! 40+ years since the Stonewall Riots…and LOOK how far we have come!

Two Years Following the Passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, NYC Remains Nation’s Most Popular LGBT Travel Destination, Attracting Visitors From Around the Globe.
Nearly 2 Million Expected to Attend Flagship Heritage of Pride Events this June.

NYC & Company,
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership
organization, is highlighting several annual gay pride events taking
place throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.
Recognized as the number one LGBT travel destination in the United
States, New York City will be brimming with energy, diversity and
excitement. From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in
Manhattan—where nearly 2 million people are expected to attend—to
the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs
outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors
seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

“New York City is an
iconic destination for LGBT travel, particularly during our annual
Pride Week celebrations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC &
Company. “Following the legalization of same-sex marriage
in New York two years ago, the City remains the most popular gay travel
destination in the United States. We encourage visitors from around the
world to book their travel now and experience the many pride
festivities taking place throughout the five boroughs.”

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at nycgo.com/gay.  Highlights of activity taking place throughout
the City, organized by borough, follows: 

 

Manhattan

 

Heritage of Pride,
which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and
commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern
gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its
lineup of pride events this year.

 

“After
years of inequality in this country we are finally turning the course
toward receiving full equality. While this won’t be achieved overnight
we
are proud of our community’s accomplishments over the last decade and
look to the future with a positive stance on the state of LGBT rights,”
said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “With the
Supreme Court deciding on same-sex marriage
days prior to NYC Pride’s largest day we are projecting an increase in
attendance to nearly 2 million individuals and are excited to welcome
the world with open arms.”

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on
Sunday, June 30, 11am–6pm. Thousands of visitors attend the event at
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street each
year, joining locals, corporate sponsors, community leaders and business
owners.

With Edith Windsor (the central figure
in the case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act), Harry
Belafonte (singer, songwriter and longtime social activist) and Earl
Fowlkes (president and CEO of the
Center for Black Equity) as the grand marshals, The March will
take place on Sunday, June 30, at noon. The parade, which has taken
place to celebrate the gay community since 1970, begins at 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue and ends in Greenwich Village.
Free registration is now open online.

Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway; attendees should cross at Laight Street) this year:

 

·        
The Rally will take place on Friday, June 28, 7–10pm, showcasing speakers and well-known
performers in honor of the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots.

·        
Rapture on the River,
one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events, will celebrate
its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, June 29, 3–10pm. Tickets
are available online.

·        
On Sunday, June 30,
Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with
award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display
along the Hudson River. The event, 3–10pm, is the official close to NYC
Pride events. Tickets are available
online.

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit
nycpride.org or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (
twitter.com/nycpride)
or on Facebook (
facebook.com/nycpride).

 

Bronx

 

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with Boogie Down Pride and Brainpower, will host the third annual
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6pm,
at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honor individuals
who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the
Bronx. For more information, go to
bronxboropres.nyc.gov/.

 

Brooklyn

 

New
York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on
Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park. Runners must sign up at
nycruns.com (limited to 500 participants). Runners can check in at 8am; the
race starts at 10am.

 

Also on June 8, visitors and locals can attend the
Brooklyn Pride Festival, 11am–5pm at a new location, on
Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets. This year’s festival will
feature two stages for local performers and LGBT–friendly sports teams
that will be playing behind the Old Stone House
at J.J. Byrne Park.


At 7:30pm, the Brooklyn Pride Parade will begin at a new location, at Sterling Place, and march down Fifth Avenue, ending at Ninth Street.

 

For more information, please visit
brooklynpride.org.

 

Queens

 

On Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its
Parade and Multicultural Festival, noon–6pm, in Jackson Heights,
with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  The parade starts at
85th Street and 37th Avenue at noon, and will follow 37th Avenue through
75th Street. Also starting at noon, the festival
will take place through 6pm on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets.
Parade participants will have the opportunity to win “Queenie Awards,”
ranging from the best use of color to the best drag performance.

 

For more information and to register for the events, go to
queenspride.org.

 

Staten Island

 

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts the
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George
neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, noon–5pm. The parade kicks off at noon
at on Central Avenue at Slosson Terrace, ending at Tompkinsville Park,
where the festival will feature LGBT–friendly entertainment,
amusements and vendors till 5pm.

 

For more information and to register for the events, visit
silgbtcenter.org or
facebook.com/statenislandparade.

New York Boylesque Stripper Festival April 26-27

BOYS BOYS BOYS! 

Who doesn’t love a hot male stripper?  
How about a creative male stripper??

Burlesque is back, just in case you missed the memo. Over the last 15 years it has been growing steadily and now more and more men are getting in on the stripper fun!
This  upcoming  weekend, Daniel Nardicio and Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions
are teaming up to present the second annual New York Boylesque
Festival—a two-day extravaganza of nearly nude dudes artfully disrobing. 
The festival kicks off Friday April 26th with nightlife icon World Famous *BOB* as emcee at Williamsburg hot spot, Public Assembly.

This Friday night Teaser Party,
DJ’d by boylesque historian Scott Ewalt features over a dozen national
and international performers and is sure to get your motor started for a
weekend of non-stop boylesque hotness! 

On Saturday April 27th, another 20 more  boylesquers , from Toronto to Tokyo will hit the Gramercy Theater
stage to do their thing. Hosted by NYC’s Drag Mama Sweetie.
Some Stripetease, Some Circus and Some Comedy!

New Yorks Gay Valentine Boat Cruise

Who said February had to be cold. Set sail on New York City’s Hottest
Gay Harbor Cruise this Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweetheart or find a
new one on this 3 hour floating dance party.

Toast to love or lust
with an open bar of premium liquor and free shots of Cupid Juice served
to you by Cupid’s little helpers. Passed appetizers, a decadent dessert
bar, wine & chocolate tastings by Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar,
and the most amazing views of New York City’s skyline make this one
“cruise” you won’t forget.

  • 3 Hour Evening Heated Cruise Around Manhattan Harbor
  • DJ Performance
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Open Bar with Premium Liquor
  • Dessert
  • 21 and Over

BOOK NOW ONLINE!

Gay New York Nightlife EXPOSED

Well, for better or for worse, New York Gay Nightlife was exposed to the masses this week!

You know those parties and special nights that start up, and the vibe is hip and cool, then after time, once EVERYONE knows about it, it sometimes loses it’s uniqueness. 
So, this past week New York Mag did an article called  A GAY NEW TIME. 

“The city’s gay subculture is experiencing another
nocturnal boomlet, thanks to a post-recession spate of new LGBT bars,
clubs, and parties. Here, a survey of the scene, complete with the
requisite go-go boys, outré drag artists, and low-key lounges for people
who just want to drink. “

Mondays  F#%K It at No Parking“A downtown dance club meets an uptown gay bar” is how promoter Kedwin
Zapata describes this Monday-night party when promoting it via Facebook.
Tuesdays WestGay at Westway have been compared to Studio 54.
Tuesday thru Sunday THE COCK has HAPPY HOUR now. 4-11pm. with go gos!
Wednesday at 11pm  is very  VIP. Les Garçons at Le Baron .  bow-tied young promoter named Michael Fragoso has ushered
dandies-in-the-making, rich architects, and the unemployed artists who
love them into Le Baron’s townhouselike environs.
 

Fridays Penthaus at Copacabana seems to attract young and old, gay and straight. While there’s a dance floor where younger guys let loose to pop music,
the older patrons tend to kick back on the leather banquettes, making
for a pleasantly adult outing.
see more  at  NY  MAG

Gay Male Stripper Show Only at SPLASH

YEAH BABY!  Come to Daddy!
The ONLY  GAY MALE Stripper show in NYC!
“Our goal is to create an entertaining and alluring showcase of New York
City’s sexiest male dancers in a planned and choreographed show. We hope
that if you are consummating your love you choose to have your BACHELOR
PARTY with the hottest male strippers in NYC. Whether you’re
celebrating a special occasion, wedding, or the ultimate guys night out
we can guarantee a great time at one of our many performances.”
Every SUNDAY  at 6pm.   Muscle Mania at SPLASH  50 w. 17th.

Jackie Beat is Back in New York City for a Holiday Show

NYC’s favorite Grinch returns to serve up her 15th annual holiday show. 

December 12 – 16 at 
The Laurie Beechman Theater 
JACKIE BEAT, everyone’s favorite Grinch, returns to NYC
for her 15th annual holiday show. Beginning December 12th, the
self-professed bastard child of “Weird” Al Yankovic and Bette Midler
will premiere JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME
at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd
Street — at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3
trains at 42nd Street). This limited engagement runs for 6 performances
only: Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:30pm, except for Friday,
Dec. 14, which is at 10pm. Tickets are $22 plus a $15 food/drink
minimum. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com. Note: advance purchase highly recommended; Beat has sold out every holiday show in the last 11 years.

JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME
continues Jackie Beat’s mission to poison every sacred belief and
holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or
Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to
holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with
hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie
including the right-wing pregnancy confessional “Santa’s Baby,” a
menorah-loving “Jew Christmas,” a booze-infused spin on “Happy Holidays”
called “Alcoholidaze,” and the self-explanatory “It’s Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Syphilis.” 

Lady Bunnys New York Show Wrapping Up! GO SEE IT!

Her successful 6 month run  is coming to an end!  So it isn’t so  🙁

The raunchy, demented drag diva of Wigstock fame presented her 
full-length one wo-man show last fall,  at the popular latin
nightspot La Escuelita. It was extended, and extended, and extended.  Now the final show dates have been announced.

Fast-paced and action-packed with glitzy
costumes and Bunny’s trademark gravity-defying bouffant wig, THAT AIN’T
NO LADY! is a cabaret designed for a night club crowd–no lengthy
monologues or sappy show tunes here. For mature audiences who enjoy
irreverent humor! Since there are a lot of pop music parodies, this show
is especially well-suited to audiences who have some familiarity with
pop music so that they’ll know the original versions which are being
parodied.

GET TICKETS  Online   NOW!!!  

VLADA is New and Improved

 Hello New York!

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you the many excited things coming up at Vlada Lounge, but first let me thank you for being a loyal customer for the last 6 years and making Vlada the best vodka bar in NYC (New York Magazine, Best Of New York issue). I believe you will be excited to learn what our little Russian elves have been up to and the ways in which Vlada is expanding for the new 2012/2013 season.

 

Much like Lindsay Lohan (girl, did you see her on SNL?!) we have given Vlada a face lift: classy new furniture, a fantastic staff comprised of some of the sexiest, smartest, and talented men in New York, and added new flavors to our extensive, home-made, organic, infused vodka menu. All in all, I’d say we pulled it off better than she did. To continue with the Russian theme, we have made some delicious additions to our food menu. Be sure to try some of my favorites: Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev, Siberian Pelmeni, Poached Salmon, Blini with Caviar, and several Traditional Russian Salads created by the award winning, original chef from the Russian Samovar. Check out photos of the new menu here.


 

As owner of the only Authentic Russian Gay Bar outside of Moscow, equality for the gay community has always been my highest priority. Minutes after the gay marriage law passed in New York I became an Ordained Minister so I could marry same sex couples at our beautiful and elegant upstairs event space. We’ve had many successful and beautiful ceremonies in 2011 and I anticipate many more to come! Please email vlada@ministervlada.com if you or someone you know is looking to tie the knot in a memorable way. We have also expanded into highend catering, so we are able to fulfill any and all requests for parties of any size. Please email vlada@vvscatering.com for all catering inquiries.

 

You can also take advantage of our all new upstairs for private events of all shapes and sizes! From fundraisers to birthday parties to Russian language classes, our upstairs is ideal for your party. The space comes with its own private floor, ipod connection and CD players, projector, piano, available microphones, artwork from community artists, and much more! Email billy@vladaloungeny.com or ernie@vladaloungeny.com to set up your event today. Centrally located at 331 West 51st street (Between 8th and 9th avenue), we’re a short walk from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, and R trains, and close enough to have a drink at 7:45 PM and still make the entr’acte at Wicked.

 

For a limited time we are offering a 20% discount on our select services to make your experience even more memorable. Call Billy, Ernie, or Vlada Von Shats at 212-974-8030 and let’s have a meaningful date (we like to cuddle).

 

Peace & Love,

Vlada Von Shats

Billy Hannon, Jr.

Ernie Cote

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Times Square Social at Traffic w/ Special Guest David Drake

Wednesday February 22, 2012 from 6-9PM

Traffic Bar & Restaurant, 701 9th Ave. Corner of 48th St.


RSVP: Trafficfebruary.eventbrite

FREE EVENT – Since
2004 TheMenEvent has been bringing you the HOTTEST Gay Networking
Events. This month, we descend upon a new venue, Traffic in Hell’s
Kitchen. Expect to meet lots of other gay professionals (or professional
gays – wink), make new friendships, win stuff, enjoy drink specials and
get some free appetizers (but you have to get there early for the yummy
treats).

Featuring:
*
Prize Giveaways including DVD’s and Show Tickets. PLUS Enter to win 1
of 3 Top Men’s Fragrances from the Fragrance and Beauty Outlet.
* No cover!
* Drink Specials- $4 Coors Light Drafts, $5 mixed well cocktails $5 Glass of Traffic’s signature sangria & $5 house wines.
* Hundreds of Amazing Guys!
* Free Appetizers from 6-7pm

 

* CELEB ALERT: Meet DAVID DRAKE (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) who is currently donning drag in new comedy MY TAWNY VALENTINE.

BestGayNewYork.com

XL Nightclub at The OUT Hotel – Is Bigger Better?

It’s been a long time since there was a lot of buzz about a nightclub opening!

John
Blair and Beto Sutter join forces with Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio
to bring you New York’s first new gay nightclub in nearly 20 years – XL
Nightclub, Lounge & Cabaret.

512 West 42nd Street, at the OUT NYC Hotel/Resort. 
 OPEN   4pm – 4am!   7 days a week!

XL is situated within THE OUT NYC Urban Resort, an electrifying new
project occupying 70,000 square feet in Hells Kitchen. In addition to
XL, the complex features a 105-room “straightfriendly” boutique hotel, a
glass enclosed atrium & wet zone, a gym & wellness center, lush
outdoor courtyard gardens, a 24/7 café & restaurant and a
business/conference center.

Lots of big things are in the works for  XL.  Thursdays Nightlife personalities

SUSANNE BARSTCH AND KENNY KENNY PRESENT “42nd” –  an ongoing party, Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2nd. Also watch for the return of the Classic Sunday Tea Dance with top Tea Dance DJ’s

Grand Openings are  planned for  XL is   Jan. 27-28th –
and you will need to be a “member” if you want an invite.
 Join them on Facebook for more details.

Craig Pomranz Talks the New York Cabaret Scene with Channel13

CRAIG POMRANZ was recently asked to write an OP-ED piece on Cabaret, for Metro Focus / Channel 13. …

The word “cabaret” conjures up images ranging from smoke-filled rooms
(remember smoke?) to lap dances. We may have lost the smoke, but
cabaret is back in a big way in New York.

In a world where music is everywhere, on your iPod, cell phone and in
TV shows like “American Idol” and “Glee,” the unsung venues are the
cabaret rooms. These rooms include long-standing uptown music rooms
like Café Carlyle and the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room and less highfalutin venues like the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street, which offers a roster of both famous names and newcomers, as well as Don’t Tell Mama on West 46th Street and the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street.

The artists who play at Joe’s Pub and the City Winery
meet the growing demand for live music in a more intimate space.
Burlesque seems to have been adopted by the 20-something set with rooms
like The Triad and Duane Park Café
(great food by one of my favorite chefs, Richard Overholt). A number of
other venues in the East Village/Lower East Side and Brooklyn,
including The Box and Galapagos (respectively) offer a diverse calendar of acts.

In these rooms performers strive for the chance to communicate with
an audience. Nothing’s needed except the singer, the song, a musician or
two, and the give and take of the audience. It’s the rare opportunity
to express yourself with lyrics that mean something and music that
shapes those lyrics indelibly. You can explore a vast treasury of great
songs and can take a familiar pop song and give it new life and meaning.
It is the job of a singer to convey the story behind the music. I can’t
tell you how many times someone has come up after a show to say they
had never really heard the lyrics to a pop song until I had sung it. 

As I took to the stage there was a dubious silence, but once I began singing, I started hearing, ‘you tell ‘em, baby.’

Part of the fun of cabaret is how audiences differ so much depending on the location and venue.

I was the first white male to sing at Sweetwater’s, an R&B club
in New York. It was fun because I got to work with the house band who
had toured with Aretha Franklin. As I took to the stage there was a
dubious silence, but once I began singing, I started hearing, “you tell
‘em, baby,” and “sing it child!” It took me a minute to get used to this
participatory crowd, where you would sing and they would answer you
right back — but I loved it!

In London, the audiences seem like very serious students, silent
throughout the song and until the pianist has played his very last note
and then politely applauding;  afterwards they tell you how moved they
were. In Los Angeles, they sigh audibly and want to stay after the show
to discuss in detail every song you chose and where you found it. In New
York, they heckle (good-naturedly!) and, if they like it, applaud
enthusiastically even before the song is over. It’s all wonderful. And
you never know who you’re going to meet…

Early on, I had gotten a lot of attention from some record labels,
and I was working at a club called Mickey’s with famed singers Karen Akers and Cissy Houston.
Bob Feiden of Arista Records asked me to stay for Cissy’s show to get
my take on her daughter, whom Cissy was introducing in the act. Into the
spotlight stepped this pretty teenager with minimal makeup wearing a
sheath dress. Barely moving, she sang a very pure version of Barry
Manilow’s “All the Time.” Her beauty and simplicity were amazing. It
was, of course, Whitney Houston.

Craig Pomranz in the recording studio.

Photo courtesy of Craig Pomranz.


So many people think they can sing, and do, that it’s important that
the world of cabaret offers them a venue, especially in New York.

You
don’t have to have a beautiful voice.  Some of the greats had little
range but were all soul. Frank Sinatra says he learned it all from Mabel Mercer, who often talked her way through a song. Insiders hail Fred Astaire
as a great singer, and some of the finest songs were written for him
(“The Way You Look Tonight” for example). He had a small voice but
exquisite rhythm, timing and a reserved emotional quality that could be
heartbreaking.

What prepares you to be a singer? Life!

What art form is more
immediate, able to change from night to night according to musical
fashion or even the headlines? In a world full of noise and clatter,
people yearn for the kind of intimacy a small music room provides. Like
all live performance, you never know what you’re going to get…But it’s
oh so worth the visit. So go out and support live music, be it a
cabaret, a piano bar or any other venue. Let yourself be transported,
and have a cocktail while you’re at it. Cabaret is a key part of New
York’s culture.


Craig Pomranz
is an actor, singer, dancer, recording artist and song stylist who
sings internationally. His new show in New York is “Love and the Clock”
at The Metropolitan Room.

Holiday Shopping and Champagne at Holiday Train Show at Botanical Garden

Holiday Train Show Celebrates
20th Year at The New York Botanical Garden

Natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones, are used to create more than 140 scaled iconic buildings, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Radio City Music Hall, and the original Yankee Stadium.

A critically acclaimed and always eagerly anticipated tradition, the Holiday Train Show presents an enchanted New York,
surrounded by the glow of twinkling lights in America’s premier glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Shopping and Champagne


Thursdays, December 1, 8, & 15, 6–8 p.m.

Enjoy
a night out and an evening viewing of the Holiday Train Show–and do
your holiday shopping, too!

Sip a complimentary champagne cocktail and
get expert advice from Shop in the Gardenstaff who will help you find
just the right gifts. Your ticket includes a voucher for $20 off a
purchase of $100 

Not just for family outings, the Holiday Train Show offers grown-ups a chance to toast the town after dark with cocktails, shopping, and the twinkling glow of the season.

Handcrafted ornaments, shimmering votives, colorful textiles and
warm, spiced aromatics—at Shop in the Garden, this season is all about
ambiance.

Whether you’re looking for modern elegance or a touch of
whimsy, you’ll find the perfect accents to fill your home with the
holidays.

Stop by for Shopping and Champagne
during the first three Thursdays of December and have a walk through
the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s stunning holiday display—a New York in
miniature, with garden gauge trains threading their way over a
quarter-mile of track laid between more than 140 city landmarks, each a
handmade marvel.



Non-Member $30/Member $20 (Adults 21 and over)
Advance tickets recommended

The Botanical Garden is
easy to get to by public transportation or car!

Lady Bunny – Tuesdays in Oct. & Nov.at Escualita

Last Tuesday was the first in a series of Lady Bunny shows at Esculita.  Bunny is performing That Ain’t No Lady every Tuesday this month.

SHOWS ARE SELLING OUT!
EXTENDED THRU NOVEMBER!

The opening night audience was filled with movers and shakers and the show got a big thumbs up from everyone in attendance!

We caught up with Bunny this week!

We know that you travel ALL OF THE TIME. You are the hardest working queen we know!   In know you DJ  at times  in NYC,  When is the last time you performed your act in NYC?

I’ve done bits and pieces here and there, but it’s been a decade since my last full-length show at Fez in NYC. I’ve tried a lot of new stuff out while gigging around the country and feel that I have enough material to mount a new full-length cabaret show.
 
 Why the series of shows in NYC  now, 4 weeks in a row? – How did that come about?

It’s Year Of The Rabbit! And while I enjoyed being on Drag U, I think I’m better when I’m uncensored–as I definitely am in this show. A cabaret audience is very different for me because I normally play clubs–but with a great stage and lighting, Escuelita is a perfect mix of club and cabaret. Since they do a strip night called Hunk-O-Mania for ladies on weekends, they have very comfortable cabaret seating with tables, chairs and couches. Sometimes the ladies leave the seats a little moist, though!

Another reason to check this show out is that drag shows have become very expensive. The price of mine is as cheap as my humor–$14.98–and there’s only a 1 drink minimum. But since my singing has been known to drive people to drink, there is a strictly enforced 25 drink maximum!

 

We just saw you in Chicago – and you did sort of a 2 act show…will the NY  show be like that?  or something  different?

This show is more of a production with lighting cues, sound cues, a fog machine, videos which play while I change costumes, etc. And I’m singing everything live–which is a challenge when you are juggling a microphone, lighter and Whitney Houston’s crackpipe!
 
I have some new snippets in my parody medleys by CeeLo, Britney, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Kelly Rowland. And my Laugh-In joke routine has been updated to include jokes about Gaga, Kardashian, Justin Bieber and today’s celebs. It’s actually a very ‘young” show–despite it’s ancient star! And I’m joined onstage by several sexy dancers from La Escuelita. They are so gorgeous that it’s tough to focus on my work at times!
 
 
Are you taking time off the road – or still traveling in between shows?

Within two months,  I’m either deejaying or performing in Atlanta, Palm Springs, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Hawaii, San Francisco, Houston, Sao Paolo and Toronto. But all of these gigs are on the weekend so I can always make it back for my Tuesday cabaret show and then hit the road again. I’ve never been to Brazil so I can’t wait!

Will  Wigstock ever return?

There has been some talk about it but it’s very tricky. We stopped it after getting rained out two years in a row.  Also, in a recession, sponsors aren’t as flush with cash and as our crowds grew into the tens of thousands, the stage, sound and jumbotron video screen rental sent our production costs to the moon. And honestly, I’m not sure that NYC is the same place it once was. Like every other city  it feels corporate and not nearly as funky and bohemian as it used to be. The great thing about Wigstock is that drag queens would mix with homeless people, transsexuals, pier queens, club kids and average New Yorkers. Now average Manhattanites are trust fund kids wearing Prada who act like Sex And The City wannabes. They want to be Kim Kardashian–do you really think they could appreciate Leigh Bowery or Kevin Aviance?  Still, we never say never. But it helped when New York was filled with creative people who now can’t afford to live here. If we are going to do the festival again, we need an appreciative audinece.
 
I heard about a new DVD  coming – of the parody songs…can you tell us more??

I have a lot of new videos that have been popular online so I am cutting together a new dvd to be ready December 1st. Like A Cheese Stick, Firework, My salutes to Burlesque, Sarah Palin, Amy Winehouse will all be on there. As well as the new Laugh-In routine. And I’m also cobbling together some outrageous footage of my recent trip to San Francisco’s Folsom Street fair.

And there’s a guy in NYC named Jonah Falcon with a 13 inch cock and he’s going to co-star in a video set to How Can I Ease The Pain by Lisa Fischer. A new genre–comedy porn! The perfect gift to horrify religious relatives with!

BRAVO King (Queen?)  Andy Cohen was there last week. “Tuesday night I went to the opening of The Lady Bunny’s first new stage show in ten long years called “That Ain’t no Lady” at Escualita.  It was as filthy as all get out and a ton of fun. Do not go if you are averse to filth!”

“Bunny had me shaking with laughter.”
–Michael J. Fox

“My jaw dropped.”
–Roger Ebert

“I laughed my tits off.”
–Chaz Bono

“No one can remove dog cum from a wig like Lady Bunny.”
–Martha Stewart

“Wait! Bunny performs more than fellatio?”
–The Harlem Globetrotters

“Bunny is such a classy lady that I wanted to take her home.”
–Eddie Murphy

“I would have personally driven her mother to Planned Parenthood.”
–Michele Bachmann

“Halfway through this show, we were hoping a tiger would run out into the audience and kill us.”
–Siegfried and Roy

GET A SNEAK PEAK from Opening NIght

That Ain’t No Lady!  at La Escuelita (301 W. 39th Street), 8 PM every Tuesday in October.
Advance reservations highly suggested!

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WIN a FREE Restaurant.com Gift Certificate in New York City


It’s hard to talk about NEW YORK  – with its vibrant architecture, music, culture and history – without mentioning  New York restaurants

From deep dish pizza to hot dogs, steaks to pasta,  NEW YORK  is known as one of the top food cities in the world. If you’re on the lookout for great New York  restaurants and a roster of nearly every cuisine from A-Z,   RESTAURANT.com   has  you covered. They  have  New York restaurant gift certificates for your family, friends, coworkers and, of course, yourself, with AMAZING SAVINGS.   They have  been satisfying hungry diners of all ages for years with  New  York  restaurant discounts that are easy to obtain and use.

Why do they do it?  Because they are  passionate about food and drink, especially when local restaurants make them available at affordable prices.


GET SOME FREE FOOD,  ON US!


We’re doing a little survey this month.

Where do you like to eat?  French? Funky? 1 star or 5 star?
Leave us a comment and tell us your fave spot.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?



How about a FREE  $25  Restaurant.com  gift certificate? 

We’ll select one  random winner on JULY 20th –  from all the comments submitted.
(make sure you leave us your email, that is how we  will contact you –  we are NOT collecting email address for a mailing list , not to worry. )


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Night of a Thousand Judys June 13 Joes Pub

  

Photo Credit:  Christian Coulson

The critically acclaimed gay monthly comedy/variety show “The Meeting,” hosted by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest participant Justin Sayre will present a very special June edition called “Night of A Thousand Judys” on Monday, June 13 at 7pm at Joe’s Pub in NYC to benefit the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC’s goal is to provide homeless LGBT youths, aged 16-24, with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives.

Celebrating one legend at one legendary location, this edition of “The Meeting” is dedicated to the one and only Judy Garland and is being presented at Joe’s Pub, one of NYC’s famed showcase venues for live music and performance.

“Night of A Thousand Judys” will feature special skits, tributes and songs from Judy’s storied career presented by a host of accomplished performers including the host of “The Meeting,” Justin Sayre as well as Jackie Hoffman (“Hairspray,” “Xanadu,” “The Addams Family”), Kim Smith (award winning cabaret singer), Lady Rizzo (Grammy winning singer and chanteuse), Summer & Eve (the folk-musical comedy band featuring NADIA QUINN of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), Natalie Joy Johnson (“Legally Blonde,” “But I’m A Cheerleader”), Cole Escola (Logo TV’s “Jeffrey and Cole Casserole”), Jeff Hiller (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “30 Rock”) and more special guests to be announced!

“The Meeting” is produced by Adam Rosen and Dan Fortune and this special edition will be directed by Ben Rimalower (“Project: Lohan,” “Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches”).

Night of A Thousand Judys” will be on Monday, June 13 at 7pm at Joe’s Pub in NYC (425 Lafayette Street). Tickets are $25 and benefit The Ali Forney Center. Click here for tickets!


Adam Joseph Video Release Party June 7 at Industry





Music Video/Single Release Party at Industry Bar on June 7th in NYC.

“Chasing The Dream” Music Video/Single Release Party
with LIVE Performance by Adam Joseph!

Industry Bar- Hell’s Kitchen, NYC     355 W 52nd St, New York, NY      11pm      No Cover        21+



Scott Herman Meet and Greet benefit May 19th


Personal trainer,
actor and model
Scott Herman
(The Real World: Brooklyn)
is one of the 2,500 people who will pedal from San Francisco to Los Angeles with AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC), the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event, this June.
 
Leading Team “Scott Herman Fitness,” he’ll pedal 545 miles over seven days to help raise millions for the life-saving HIV/AIDS-related services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.


Thursday, May 19
at 9:00pm
12:00am

SCOTT  will be hosting a little
benefit meet-and-greet  at

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon

800 2nd Avenue (Corner of 42nd Street)

$10 Cover- Receive 1/2 off on drinks
Check out the Facebook page

If you can’t make it, but want to support Scott on his ride go to
AIDS LIFECYCLE.




Best Gay New York.com Turns Three at VLADA April 24th


Do you know what you are doing yet for Easter?

Perhaps a traditional dinner with family? 
or maybe a non-traditional
 fabulous brunch with friends? 
or just looking to get your free drink on??


It’s been a while since we have been in NYC. Most of you we know – some of you we have not met yet, face to face. And since BestGayNewYork.com is turning THREE this month, we’re having a little party! And YOU are personally invited to come celebrate with us!


Easter Sunday April 24th   8-10pm 
at  VLADA   331 West 51st Street


Come out for a fun meet-and-greet with  BestGayNewYork.com owners
Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell


VLADA will be serving up complimentary beer, wine and their spectacular infused vodkas for the first hour!

And there will be a special Live performance by Michael Chase DiMartino!

There were will be fabulous people like yourself! Plus some local bloggers and writers, movers and shakers,  as well as a few well known New York personalities. And maybe a go-go boy…or two? Plus some cool free giveaways! We’re expecting Jesse Archer, Casper Andreas, Nick Adams,   and  More!


Due to limited space and number of guests we  can accommodate, please RSVP and get your name on the guest list.  773-878-5323   or  by  email.  Do Not Call VLADA.  There is no cover charge of course, this is a free private event, but we can only accept a limited number of guests and will take names on a first come basis. You can bring a guest – just tell me +1  in your response. WE HOPE YOU CAN COME!


THANKS to VLADA!
voted New York’s best Vodka Bar (TimeOut Magazine)
Known for their Award winning infused vodkas
and Voted best gay bar 4 years in a row.


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Mimi Imfurst and XELLE at Therapy March 3rd


Blending the Spice Girls
with a hint of Ke$ha and a little RuPaul, the
ground-breaking new girl group XELLE is poised to take the pop anddance music charts by storm with the debut of the video for their first single “PARTY GIRL”.

After a chance meeting at a karoke party,powerhouse female vocalists JC Cassis and Rony Goffer teamed with drag sensation Mimi Imfurst to create XELLE, a unique girl group for the newish millennium.


Written and produced by Zach Adam, the fun-loving dance floor anthem “PARTY GIRL” is already a favorite amongst nightclub DJs and major market pop radio stations throughout the US. The song has also been
featured on MTV’s The Seven. It is currently available for sale on iTunes. The video will be available on YouTube beginning March 4.

The video, directed by Hilarion Banks and choreographed by Ryan McNally with costumes by Geoffrey Mac was filmed in a single take, without permit (gasp!) on a moving New York City subway train (the N/Q line
in, appropriately, Queens, to be exact).
 
With 40 extras, strobe lights, confetti cannons, glowsticks, follow spots, dancers and anyone  else who happened to be riding the, XELLE turned the subway train into a moving dance party. In the spirit of NYC’s infamous outlaw parties of the 1990s, the music video is a love letter to NYC nightlife and to party girls everywhere.






TONIGHT!  Thursday March 3rd. 9:30
Join XELLE for a release party at Therapy as the group debuts their first music video for their hit song “Party Girl”

Featuring:  A screening of the documentary “Party Girls,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Party Girl” video, plus A live performance by XELLE.   The worldwide debut of the music video for “Party Girl”.
Free admission and drink specials



XELLE  MUSIC


Watch The PARTY GIRL VIDEO

Daniel Nardicios Spring Training Banging Beach Body Club March 3rd

Are you feeling the Winter flab?
 
Do you LOVE porn pup Lucky Daniels?

Are you a big fan of jocks?

We have the perfect event for you – 

A  “Spring Training” event at Boxers  Sportsbar. Now, we know that Sportsbars are usually the kind of place that breaks you out in hives, but at  Daniel Nardicios Spring Training’s Banging Beach Body Club, you get weighed in and win prizes if you make your goals each week before Fire Island!

Daniel says, “Track your progress week to week getting ready for Summer, all the while watching the insanely hot jock Lucky Daniel’s on the bar in a jockstrap, plus my newest find Adam joins him!

If you meet your goals, you can win a two night stay on Fire Island this Summer at the legendary Belvedere Guest House ,  Gym memberships, free shots, Playgirl Magazines and more
!”

WHEN? Thursday March 3rd
37 West 20th Street
10-2am- get ready- we’re getting real jocky!


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