I didn’t do this last week because I was exhausted and busy and frankly, kind of over it. To be honest, I’m kind of over it still, but I’m stuck at work and need a “creative outlet” and I like attention, so…
It’s been a weird two weeks since I stopped drinking. It’s not that I was a heavy drinker before, but I drank when I was out, to have something in my hands, to use as social capitol, because everyone else is doing it, etc. But I also have to be at work every weekday and, after a few weeks of treating my body very badly, I fainted while waiting for the train one morning, threw up in a garbage can and woke up on the ground. I didn’t know that people actually fainted outside of Downton Abbey. I had a weird few minutes where I was still going to go to work, and then I saw my reflection in the train car window and high-tailed it back home to sleep all day. It was a little wake up call from my body/the universe. I do a lot, and I need to take care of myself if I’m going to keep doing it.
Not drinking in a nightlife context is weird. I’ve still been doing…other things, and still having fun even if I’m sober, but I definitely do feel separated, on a different level than the other people at a party. There have been a few times where I came close to getting a drink, and then I remember that I don’t want to feel extra scuzzy in the morning and suddenly, it’s not appealing anymore. The past few weeks have been stressful enough, dealing with Pride and hosting parties and getting ready for Riot. I want to have fun, but I want to be smart and safe and healthy too. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to party, though. As fucking if.
See you out there.
THE WEEK - JUNE 9-15, 2014
A GUIDE FOR ARTSLUTS
Dear queers of Brooklyn and the undergound beyond… What you’re doing is cool and people are noticing. Keep being strange, sexy and spectacular. Love, Bjork
YOUR WEEKLY MIX: DJ DANDYLION - LOW BLOOD SUGAR
QUEER/ART/FILM @ IFC (323 6th Ave) The fabulous Barbra Herr presents a 35mm screening of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer starring Katherine Hepburn as a crazy aunt and a lobotomized Elizabeth Taylor. With themes of cannibalism and homosexuality, this film is a classic gothic beauty as only Tennessee Williams could do. 7:30PM, $14.
CAKES DA KILLA @ CAMEO GALLERY (93 N6th ST) Queer rapper Cakes Da Killa hosts a listening party of his new mixtape, Hunger Pangs. 8PM, FREE!
THE BATHSALTS BALL @ DON PEDRO (90 MANHATTAN AVE) We’re not sure how Bathsalts has made it two years without a murder, an overdose, property damage or arson of some kind, but stranger things have happened. Join Macy Rodman, Severely Mame and almost every fucking drag queen in Brooklyn at this night of celebration. We’ll be there presenting a very official Buzzfeed quiz, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. 9PM, FREE!
HOT FRUIT @ METROPOLITAN (559 LORIMER) Another incarnation of David John Sokolowski’s weekly party at Metropolitan, where, as always, we are promised performance art, dance, drag, and $2 PBR’s. At midnight Chris Tyler, Joe Castle Baker, and Mat Kastella take the stage to give us showz, and Econ and Sokolowski himself spin backed by Ethan Weinstock’s trippy video art. 10PM, FREE!
BETTER OFF READ @ INVISIBLE DOG ART CENTER (51 BERGEN ST) Red Durkin hosts this reading celebrating trans women writers and their work with readings by over 20 up & coming trans women. 7PM, FREE!
STRUT @ ACME (9 GREAT JONES) Deryck Todd’s sexy new basement dance party is hosted by none other than our very own Mark Dommu, alongside Sophia Lamar and Gavin Grymes. Drop Mark’s name at the door and join us for a drink, a dance and a kiki. DJ Trey Latrash has the nasty beats. 10PM, FREE!
ON TOP @ LE BAIN (444 WEST 13TH) Last week felt like taking acid with John Waters, or going to a Manhattan Susan Bartsch party at Le Bain, or both. It was definitely at least one of those things. This Tuesday On Top returns, again with appearances from Michael Musto and Amanda Lepore and tracks spun by Jeremy Pelser. Just don’t stand in the elevator and whisper, “this is where Solange fought Jay Z,” because I think the security guards at The Standard are sick of hearing that. All I know is it ain’t summer til you’re on top. 11PM, FREE!
THANKS FOR COMING @ TRIBECA GRAND (2 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS) Michael Cohen and Ryan Roberts present a convergence of vernissage and voyeurism in a one-night exhibition featuring some of the city’s finest up and coming artists. Get ready for paintings, sculpture, performance and installation in the Tribeca Grand’s Foyer and Studios. Just pace yourselves with the free champagne girls. 8PM, FREE!
BIJOUX @ GOLDBAR (389 BROOME ST) Get into this opulent weekly rage, hosted by our founder, Mark Dommu, so drop his name at the door and get bougie. This week is extra ham thanks to new host, Culture Whore family member Will Sheridan, and tunes by the always incredible DJ Nita. 10PM, FREE!
YOUR WEEKLY VIDEO - HERVE X ZEBRA KATZ’S “TEAR THE HOUSE UP”
TOO MANY LENAS @ ARS NOVA (511 WEST 54 ST) A coven of six Lena Dunham’s are holed up in a Brooklyn loft, enacting the daily rituals of extreme millennial self-dramatization. As success weighs heavier and heavier on them, can the Lenas retain their individuality and avoid becoming the ultimate cliché? That is the question posed by the 3rd edition of show, created, conceived, and compiled by Carroll Simmons and featuring additional text by the actual Lena Dunham. 7PM, $15.
ALL IDENTITIES YOGA @ THE SPECTRUM (59 MONTROSE AVE) Everyone should be able to share in the joy of yoga and the benefits it offers, even if you’re not a white soccer mom who’s enthusiastic about spas, with the privilege of affording expensive classes. Thus, The Spectrum hosting a yoga class open to all identities, bodies, and abilities every Thursday (your instructor Oscar is, however, not certified in yoga for people of different abilities and the choice to participate is the responsibility of the student). The intention is an environment everyone can feel comfortable learning yoga in. 8:30PM, $10 SUGGESTED.
STARLITE THURSDAY @ FRIENDS AND LOVERS (641 CLASSON AVE) Machine Dazzle hosts the BK pride edition of this sexy party in the aptly named Crown Heights bar. Come see performances by Horrochata and Shirley House and bop to music by DJ Dandylion. 9PM, $5 IN ADVANCE, $8 AT THE DOOR.
SWIMWEAR/SPANDEX PARTY @ THE EAGLE (554 West 28th St) We are so pumped to have an excuse to venture out to the legendary leather bar where our talented designer friend Nick Stryker is setting up a rooftop popup shop with the latest from his limited edition spandex collection. Our own Paul Leopold is hosting alongside the fierce Travis Steele Sisk (Manifestiny Squirts) and they’ve assembled a jaw dropping group of hot ass muses to model the sensational psychedelic swimsuits including Geo Dell, Rify Royalty and Jack Jackson. Tear off your clothes and run up to the roof for this special sexy celebration. 10pm, FREE!
PASSION OF KIM KARDASHIAN @ PALISADES (906 BROADWAY) Andrew Porteus presents an event of biblical proportions to celebrate Hannah Kunkle’s religious-themed graphic collages of Kim K, which will be on display. Also look forward to live music by Robot Moonjuice and DJ sets by JX Cannon, Blum, Neuport and Brian Whatever. Bring the fam cause this event is all ages, with an open bar from 9-9:30 which you’ll need cause you’ll be with the fam. 7PM, FREE BEFORE 9, $5 AFTER.
SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE (421 5TH AVE) This Katy Pyle-directed production continues the work of Ballez, which wrestles with the reality of queer bodies within the heteronormative, elitist form of ballet. Friday-Sunday, trouble arises in Sleeping Beauty & The Beast when the daughter of a Lower East Side garment industry king falls for a lesbian fiber artist at her 16th birthday party. The Violet Faery puts everyone to sleep for 100 years so that the Princess can come out instead in 1993. 8PM, $15 GENERAL, $8 LOW INCOME.
DEEP TROUBLE @ BODY ACTUALIZED (143 TROUTMAN ST) Deep Trouble’s goal is simple but ephemeral: to create expansive late night contexts that break down the dogmatic tropes that keep dance parties segregated into identity and genre ghettos. Also to freak you out. That’s what you’ll get in this Friday turnup featuring special guest DJ Jacky Sommer alongside Deep Trouble’s resident DJs. FREE!
TIKI DISCO ON THE ROOF @ OUTPUT (74 WYTHE AVE) Don’t get too full at brunch because this daytime dance party at Output will have you twirling into Sunday morning with tracks spun by Lloydski, Andy Pry and Eli Escobar. 2PM, $10 ON TICKETFLY.
B0DY H1GH AND SKIRT @ MACIE GRANSION (87 RIVINGTON) Celebrate the release of Brooklyn-based art duo B0DYH1GH’s Sophomore mythtape LILDED GILY, as they give us a special intimate set in the basement of the lovely Macie Granson, joined by special guest band Skirt. 7PM, FREE!
AZUCAR PAPI@ FRIENDS AND LOVERS (641 CLASSON AVE) Two major QTPOC parties, Azucar and Papi Juice come together to give you tropical cosmos at the dopest Brooklyn Pride afterparty. The queer Latin dance vibes will be brought by performers Maluca, Princess Nokia, and Zuzuka Poderosa and DJ sets by False Witness and Precolumbian. 11PM, $20
DIZZYLAND @ THE SPECTRUM (59 MONTROSE AVE) Host Trey La Trash brings Cher Noble, Chris of Hur, That’s So Raben and more out to Willy B for a very, very hot evening at The Spectrum. Get ready for showz, dancing, and disneyland on meth vibes. 10PM, $5 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, $10 AFTER
HAIL DADDY @ DON PEDRO (90 MANHATTAN AVE) Brooklyn witches Severely Mame and our own Mark Dommu want you to celebrate Father’s Day with the man—well, archetypal demonic being—who has been a father to us all. Yes, get a card and a gift for the Father of Lies, but nothing from Sharper Image, please. Joining your hosts for Satanic shows are Macy Rodman, Boywolf, Chris Tyler and Charlene, with hellish beats by JX Cannon. 11PM, $3.
Photo Art by Patrick Arias
THE WEEK - JUNE 2-8, 2014
A GUIDE FOR ARTSLUTS
Children are hungry for art and excess this summer as more and more events keep popping up around us, and don’t you worry we’re here to feed you babies. Seriously we’re listing more events this week than we ever have before. Its gonna be another big hot juicy one! Ready to bite?
Enjoy Timothy Allen’s “Tape 19” mix while you read!
HOT FRUIT @ METROPOLITAN (559 LORIMER ST) David John Sokolowski’s weekly party steals Monday night once again with performances by 3XS, GRAMMA, Nina Dri, and tracks spun by Econ and Sokolowski himself, all backed by birthday boy Ethan Weinstock’s video art. $2 PBR and $5 for PBR and a shot, but without the toilet flood that made last week so memorable, and made us all so wet. Wheelchair accessible, 10PM, FREE!
BATHSALTS @ DON PEDRO (90 MANHATTAN AVE) One week before this party’s two-year anniversary, celebrate all the misses with “The Absolute Worst of Bathsalts.” With all the terrible performers, performances, fights and rotten eggs thrown from the neighboring projects—it’s going to get ugly, ladies. 10PM, FREE!
AMBER MARTIN @ JOE’S PUB (425 Lafayette St) In “The Days of My Lives,” celebrated NYC songstress and comedienne Amber Martin returns to take us on a journey through the places and faces, the memories and the music that shaped this young Southeast Texas woman’s life on her 30 year migration to the present. A multi-media, musical variety show with a vocal 4-track soundscape and guest appearances by Martin’s other beloved characters. 9PM, $15 (PLUS $12 FOOD/DRINK MINIMUM).
STRUT @ ACME (9 GREAT JONES) Deryck Todd’s sexy new basement dance party is hosted by none other than our very own Mark Dommu. Drop his name at the door and join him for a drink, a dance and a kiki. DJ David Sokolowski spins groovy tunes to make you move all night. 10PM, FREE!
ON TOP @ Le Bain (444 W 13th St) Susanne Bartsch’s weekly summer party reopens at The Standard Hotel with appearances by Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias and Michael Musto, DJ sets by Miss Guy, Amber Valentine and more, and a show featuring Ab Soto of “CRUNCHY” fame. Just try not to fall in the pool. 11PM, FREE!
THE HILLS HAVE QUEENS @ TANDEM (236 THROUTMAN ST) Locally Grown presents 5 shows inspired by the films of Wes Craven, hosted by Hamm Samwich and featuring Lady Simon, Rify Royalty, Steven James Zarzecki, Mystery Selavy and Di Ba. Think Scream, Freddy, People Under the Stairs, etc. Drink, dance, watch, scream, laugh, cry. 11:30PM, FREE!
QUEER/ART/BROOKLYN @ THE WEST (379 UNION AVE) This bi-monthly queer social program welcomes three Brooklyn-based artists to engage in conversation and libation, discussing art across disciplines. Featuring painter Angela Dufesne, filmmaker Silas Howard, and photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya. 8PM, FREE!
BIJOUX: TOOLS AND JEWELS @ GOLDBAR (389 BROOME ST) If you’ve never been inside Goldbar, you absolutely must check it out. The name does not lie: everything is gold, including golden skulls mounted ALL OVER the walls. Opulence is everything. The Culture Whore’s Mark Dommu hosts, so put on a LQQK and drop his name at the door, this kiki is real! This edition celebrates host Deryck Todd’s birthday with a special appearance by the one and only Thorgy Thor. 10PM, FREE!
WOAHMONE @ VON (3 BLEEKER ST) DJs Nath Ann Carrerra and Savannah Knoop cross streams with Ass Troll Projections for this magical queer dance party. Come see Savannah at her last Woahmone before she takes her Savannatical, alongside visuals by Droopy and laser installations by Peter Burr. 10PM, FREE!
JUICYARTFEST @ THE WELL (270 MESEROLE) This three-day art festival thematizes street art, the urban landscape, and community, spurred by the queer agenda of breaking barriers, both internal and external. Featuring an art fair, live painting, collaborative exhibition & video projections as well as live music and performances, we are promised three days of dynamic art and music. Come see Don Rimx, Icy and Sot, Meca, and other international artists turn it out on the canvas while Perla Cozzone’s Group and Rabbi Darkside, among other DJs help us get down while we flex our cultural muscles. 2-10PM, $8 on ticketfly website, $10 at door, $20 three day pass.
EPHEMERA AS EVIDENCE @ LA MAMA GALLERIA (6 EAST 1ST ST) Thinking through the ephemeral as necessary to the political life of HIV, this exhibition acknowledges a larger history of silence and erasure while at the same time making salient strategies for survival and worldmaking potentials in the face of a violently phobic public sphere. Curators Joshua Lubin-Levy, of April’s Living Labor conference, and Ricardo Montez from The New School, present a diverse collection of works by artists such as Jack Waters & Peter Cramer, Vincent Chevalier, Michael Socum, and the iconic Clit Club. This should be an interesting counterpoint for those who saw last summer’s “AIDS in New York: The First Five Years” at the New York Historical Society. On view from June 5-29, opening reception 6-8PM. FREE!
STREEPSHOW @ ARS NOVA (511 WEST 54 ST) Nine Streeps. One house. Co-created by Greg Kozatek and Jay Stull, this reality show send-up follows nine Meryl Streep characters competing for the chance to rewrite their narrative. Watch what happens when these ladies stop being polite and start getting Meryl. 7PM, $15
THIS CHARMING CHICA @ DON PEDRO (90 MANHATTAN AVE) Were the Smiths queer? That is debatable, but their songs did influence and speak to many of us queers. Hence, DJ Shomi Noise is gonna help us celebrate them and their songs at Riot Chica, a queer/punk/riot grrrl party all about feminism, social justice, DIY Culture, and all that good shit. Come out, even if you haven’t got a stitch to wear. 8PM, $5
SHOWGASM @ ARS NOVA (511 WEST 54 ST) John Early and house DJ Hamm Samwich give us a raucous variety show with performances ranging from hilarious to titillating to utterly inappropriate. Come see Kate Berlant, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Kim Katzberg, fuckin’ Cher Noble, and The Shirtwaist Sisters incite us to spontaneous singing, dancing and/or unexpected climax. 9PM, $5
T.B.A. @ BIZARRE BUSHWICK (12 JEFFERSON ST) Six performers, one DJ, one stage… And they all plan on laying their hearts out on that stage. TO BE ANNOUNCED is whatever the spirit tells them to do and you will love it. Marie Cherry, Boy Georgia, Aja, Sparklez, Rify Royalty, and Charlene will be giving you live singing, drag performances, burlesque, boylesque, and so much more, while the music is TBA (get it?). 10PM, $5 suggested.
F.:.NCY_BOOK_LEARNIN’_ @ BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES-QUEER DIVISION (83A HESTER ST) If you’ve been following the ignorant ass conversations in your community via facebook, then you know it’s time to LOG OFF and read a damn BOOK! And what better place to get one than the queerest book and art space in town, the Bureau of General Services Queer Division??? We’ll be living for performances by XZX, Teenage Strangler, Merrie Cherry, Kaioni, and Zoe Ligon at this hot ‘n’ literary event presented by Shane Shane. 9PM, $6 suggested.
**SHUGA** @ OLIVIA (1073 ATLANTIC AVE) Combining stellar interactive art, fashion, life, freedom, and deep sexy beats, this is a new monthly dance party for divas, growlers, howlers, and baby girls. Backed by the raw space of Olivia, the night features four amazing DJs: David John Sokolowski, Alex Moe, B3AR, and DJ Orange Krush. Manefestany Squirtz gives us showz, while Rify Royalty, Lorenzo Ashkenazi, and Vasso Vass are our resident gogo cubs. Come for world class drag performances, a go go boy auction off, Shuga deco, and a gear fashion show! Erotic as fuck. 9PM, $25, $20 with costume.
BE CUTE @ ONE LAST SHAG (348 FRANKLIN AVE) Make your way to Clinton Hill for Horrorchata’s seriously cute monthly dance party. Chata’s alter ego Matty Beats and Merkin Muffley provide the night’s music. 10PM, FREE!
OVA THE RAINBOW @ THE SPECTRUM (59 MONTROSE AVE) TURNUP! Its not a color, but slutever, you know there will be serious LQQKS anyway! Beats by Brian Whatever, Bearcat and Joey Labeija, with a live performances by Quay Dash. 10PM, $5 BEFORE 1AM/$10 AFTER/$6 IF YOUR LQQK IS TURNT!
TAROT SOCIETY @ BODY ACTUALIZED (143 TROUTMAN ST) Get a deeper look at your life from a beautiful spectrum of intuitive readers. Live music by Krissi Kathrin. 7PM, $5-$15 SLIDING SCALE.
LILITH FAIRY @ JOE’S PUB (425 LAFAYETTE ST) Come channel the 90s Lilith Fair Festival and invoke your inner-Sarah McLachlan (before the sad puppies) with these musical performance pieces presented by Enid Ellen. Part of the proceeds will be going to Act Up NYC to raise awareness for AIDS and HIV. 7PM, $14
MARINATE @ EASTERN BLOC (505 EAST 6TH STREET) DJ Dandylion always manages to turn the space he’s spinning at into a psychedelic portal of love and adventure. This Sunday marks the return of “Stacked Sundays” where Dandylion will be joined on the decks with talented mavericks of music W Jeremy and Christy Love. The gorgeous Rify Royalty and our very own BoyWolf will serve conceptual cosmic gogo all night long while trippy video by Mr Means plays on the screens. Last time we were there dancing till 4am with a sexy scruffy crowd. Lets tear the house down again this month! 9pm, FREE!
YOUR WEEKLY VIDEO - BOYWOLF’S “BLINDED BY THE DARK”
Watch BOYWOLF’S debut music video, “Blinded By the Dark”. Directed by Gabe Gonzalez with music produced by JX Cannon, this is a psychedelic queer fantasy that will make you give yourself over to the animal within!
Art by Yonadav Greenwood
Copyright © 2014 The Culture Whore, All rights reserved.
This weekend was, altogether, pretty wonderful.
Having sex in the middle of the day makes your whole day AMAZING, especially if it’s after brunch. Food + booze + sex = HELLO WORLD, WHAT’S GOOD? I honestly spent the whole Sunday with a smile on my face and dried cum on my stomach.
Spending an afternoon with 20 drag queens yelling at each other and chugging mimosas is the funnest ever. Yesterday was the promo shoot for this year’s Bushwig festival and it was so fun and inclusive and (mostly) shade-free. Everyone turned out serious looks, there was so much positive energy and queer camaraderie. I wish every day was like that.
I don’t understand why the G train exists. Is it only to torment it’s riders? Are all people who live off the G masochists? As a masochist myself, I need to tell them: slow down girls, you’re taking it a bit too far. No one likes pain and suffering that much.
Colin Self is brilliant. Clump on Friday night was pretty major, Bottoms blew my fucking mind once more. I so rarely get to see a show with that kind of punk energy. The first time shomeone shoved me while dancing I got so happy—and then I started shoving back.
Babysitting in mesh will always make the parents feel bad about their social lives. I have done this on three separate occasions now, so I feel like an expert at this point. I love it when the parents come home at 11pm yawning, ready for bed, and I’ve just woken up from a disco nap I started taking almost immediately after they left and I am ready to start my evening.
I had my hair braided by a young naval officer on Saturday, and now I really need The Culture Whore’s new intern to learn the process and make me beautiful every day. Well, more beautiful.
We’re living in a post-YAAAAAS world, my friends.
See you out there.
I realize that this is coming later than usual, but this was quite a fucking weekend. And yes, I am including Monday and Tuesday as part of the weekend. Yikes, I need another Tylenol.
THE WEEK 5/19
A GUIDE FOR ARTSLUTS
Ready… Set… Grow… You’ve got one week left before the unofficial start of Summer! Did you do that spring cleaning? Do you have your festival dates set? Do you have at least 3 pairs of short shorts? The city is heating up and to celebrate we’ve got an incredible show planned for Tuesday night… See you at SIDESHOW and beyond!
Enjoy DRFNKNSTN’s OMHM ONMYHIMIND mix while you read.
Me being all, “You just had to create pollen, didn’t you, higher being? Dick.”
I still don’t really understand the phrase “turn down for what.” Aren’t we supposed to be turning it up? Or just generally getting turnt? Can I just get turned on? Why all the turning? I’m getting dizzy…
Sooooo this weekend was really fun, if a little exhausting. But when you’re dancing and running around and putting substances in your body and like, generally trying to have it all, it makes sense that you’d get a little tired.
Ugh, sometime I really just want to punch myself in the throat.
Girl, she is feeling rough this Monday.
Between very little sleep, the onset of FUCK ME I’M DYING allergy season and more dry humping than I’ve done since high school, I’m feeling pretty out of it today. Is there anywhere I can get an IV line of coffee that goes directly into my blood stream? Or should I just switch to meth and call it a day?
We love our talented friends! Teen Commandments have a new single out and it is soooooo sexy.
You know it was a good weekend if the only time you slept was while the sun was out.