I rake the streets, back alleys, back rooms of bars, behind the red curtain, search the glory holes and give you highlights of events this week. I should have an app that automatically updates to your weekly calendar. OK OK that may be controlling of me, but look no further.
ON THE FLY: 3/31 – 4/5
Enjoy a pair of unlikely heroes in PeeWee’s Big Adventure andEdward Scissorhandsat the Castro Theatre, two of Tim Burton’s popular films. April 1; PeeWee at 7:30pm, Edward at 9:20pm. $10. 429 Castro St. www.castrotheatre.com
Wondercon, the 25th annual enormous comic book, TV and movie convention, brings thousands of fans and artists, actors, directors, composers and producers together for three days of fantasy fun. Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director) and many more.
Balenciaga and Spain @ de Young Museum: Fashion exhibit focusing on the influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Crist—bal Balenciaga. 6:30pm-8:30pm. $6-$17. Thru July 4. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. 750-3600. www.famsf.org
Mark Johnson @ Magnet: Opening reception for Montgomery-Ward and the Office Adonis, the artist’s exhibit of retro ad-inspired art. 8pm-10pm. Thru April. 4122 18th St. at Castro. 581-1613. www.magnetsf.org
Wondercon @ Moscone Center: 25th anniversary of the enormous annual comic book, TV and movie convention that brings thousands of fans to artists, actors, directors, composers and producers. Prism Comics hosts a booth (#319) and two panels with LGBT comic artists Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, about the adventures of Kate Spencer, a federal prosecutor-turned superhero, who’s tired of seeing guilty criminals evade punishment; and co-writer for True Bloodcomics), Brian Anderson (So Super Duper), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter, Sticky), Justin Hall (Glamazonia), and other comically delicious talents. (Writing Queer, April 2, 6pm, Room 250; Queer Youth and Comics, April 3, 12:30pm in Room 254) Celebs include Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Smith, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz, Elvira, Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), Toby Haynes (Doctor Who director), Thru April 3. 747 Howard St.
The Black Swan Experience @ Lumiere Theater Heklina and Sister Roma cohost the new interactive screening of the Oscar-winning over-the-top film. Dress as your favorite character! Free. 12am. 1572 California St. at Polk. www.iwasperfect.com
Davis Davis: Planet X @ Marx & Zavattero Gallery: Exhibit of eerie space-age toy battlescapes with a pre-Sputnik flavor of paranoia. Thru April 23. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm. 77 Geary St. 2nd floor. 627-9111. www.marxzav.com
Hunks & Heroes @ Truck: The New York gay comic book fan party arrives in SF for Wondercon. Dress up as your secret identity; win comic and porn prizes; a portion of proceeds benefit The Trevor Project. Happy hour 6pm-9pm, and full out fest 9pm-2am. 1900 Folsom St. www.trucksf.com
In Paths Untrodden @ SF Public Library: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems and the Radical Faeries, curated by Joey Cain; an exhibit of the gay poet’s influence on contemporary queer culture. Thru May 19. James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St. third floor. www.sfpl.org
Q Comedy @ Martuni’s: Host Nick Leonard, Ray Ferrer, Mary Van Note, DJ Real and Uni and her Ukelele with your Femcee SF Drag Legend Cookie Dough. Partial proceeds go to benefit the SF Ducal Charity Fund. $5-$15. 8pm. 4 Valencia St. www.Qcomedy.com
SF Hiking Club @ Golden Gate Bridge: Enjoy the scenic promenade along the iconic bridge with LGBT hikers. Meet 6pm at Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach St. 577-9367. www.sfhiking.com
Via For more bar and nightlife events, read BARtab, inside this week’s BAR , and go to www.bartabsf.com
Finally the real story, with facts, minus all the layers of speculation. If Ms Spears brings an once of good and support to the gay community, we’ll take. As far as her live performances, we’ll tap our red slippers together and chant, ” Please don’t suck, Please don’t suck” , but that’s all we can do on this side of praying for a miracle.
Spears visit was a team effort by LGBT leaders
by Matt Baume
The saga started with Mark Robertson, a producer at ABC’s Good Morning America and a longtime friend of Dufty’s. In late 2010, Dufty said, Robertson called him to propose shooting a Britney Spears promotional video in the Castro.
That set off months of discussions and negotiations. From the beginning, Dufty felt strongly that the show should feature local celebrity drag queens.
“While people may jet around Brentwood trying to spot Cameron Diaz, our drag personalities are our celebrities,” Dufty said. “They raise money constantly for different charities. They add a lot to the vitality of the Castro. I was straightforward with Mark that I felt it was really important that they be onstage and be part of the program.”
My new friend Benjamin Dukhan
Have you fallen off the safety wagon? Extend hands, palms down, *** SMACK*** Living life without judgement is quite an effort. I equate this PEP to the day after pill for women, but dealing with HIV infection is leaps and bounds heavier than giving birth to an unwanted bastard. This article raises many questions? What time frame does an exposed person has? Cost?
Free PEP in NYC
The Men’s Sexual Health Project in New York City will offer emergency HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for free in a new program called “M*SHP minus 36:00.”
Joe.My.God. reports on the program made possible by support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to provide HIV post-exposure prophylaxis “in a streamlined and community-appropriate way.”
- Full Interview With POZ’s Sean Strub (pinkbananaworld.com)
- 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections: Day 4 NIH highlights (eurekalert.org)
Has she even been buried yet? What ever the answer is to that, Elizabeth Taylor is making headlines and creating a buzz. West Hollywood is usually a buzz with hung over-meth-head-tragic -scensters, but today the West Hollywood gays are demanding a street be named after Elizabeth (we’re on first names basis). Street, Avenue, or Alley, Elizabeth has put in her time with the gay community and is deserving to walked all over for eternity.
Elizabeth Taylor Street in West Hollywood?
West Hollywood residents are calling for a street to be named after actress and AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor, who died last week at age 79.
According to LA Weekly, Michelle Rex, the interim deputy director for Councilman John D’Amico, residents have been calling and writing City Hall to suggest the street naming, but there has not yet been any formal discussion among city leaders.
Taylor, a major early force in AIDS fundraising, spent time at West Hollywood spots including The Abbey, where she sipped shots of tequila.
Testing my super hero powers, I squeezed my eyes super shut, chanted some jibber jabber and tried to transpot these Converse into my closet so I could sport these lookers today. Sad to say, all I found was soiled laundry and muddy hiking boots. Until I fine tune my powers, I guess I’ll do old fashion mail order.
ACE works another pair of Cons for their hotel shops. Now in blue/black, the All Star Bosey is back… “Inspired by shoes from the Converse archive, they feel like a sneaker, but with rugged boot detailing and design cues taken from vintage wading boots and shoes Converse created for US Military basic training in the 1940s.” Rock star status on this one.
More looks after the click.
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Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me, may need to be updated. I cry in my coffee this morning.
Schoolboy, 15, jumped to his death after rumors he was gay
An inquest in Cheltenham heard that pupils played spin the bottle on the four-day art trip and there were rumours that Dominic had kissed a boy.
His parents said he appeared happy when he returned from the trip but just days later, he left school at lunchtime to go to the block of flats where he got to the roof via a trapdoor.
Notes were found in his pockets apologising to his parents.
Dominic’s family are raising money in his name for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund which supports children in South Africa.
To donate to the cause, click here
In honor of our heat wave today.
Andy Warhol Monument to be Unveiled in NYC’s Union Square Today
By RICH CALDER @ New York Post
Washington. Lincoln. Ghandi … and now Warhol.
The nearly 10-foot-tall statue by visual artist Rob Pruitt will set up outside a building at Broadway and 17th Street that housed the final rendition of Warhol’s legendary “Factory” from 1973 to 1984.
Warhol and his contemporaries previously produced silkscreen paintings, magazines and other works out of a site a block away from 1967 to 1973. The original Warhol “Factory” on E. 47th Street operated from 1962 to 1967.
Anderson Cooper is one of those men I haven’t really spent any time thinking about. He doesn’t fly into my radar. People get so angry when a gay public figure doesn’t go public tell everyone how GAY they are. Him being a flaming homosexual is not his job, reporting the news is his job. I think this may be a case of discretion, which I think more people would benefit from having. I think gays should not take it so personally and mind their own business.
Q: I’m confused by Anderson Cooper. Gawker says he brought his boyfriend to Mardi Gras. I know his whole schtick is that he doesn’t talk about his personal life because he doesn’t want it to compromise his neutrality as a journalist, which is standard behavior and something that I have no problem with. But he is far from neutral when it comes to LGBT rights. He’s been very active in covering anti-bullying news and other things relevant to the LGBT community, and in my opinion, I think that compromises his neutrality. Also, can we really consider him in the closet if he attends such public events as Mardi Gras with his “boyfriend?
I don’t know what to think. Some say he should disclose his sexuality just as he discloses that he comes from wealthy family and modeled for Calvin Klein. On the other hand, he’s talked about LGBT topics, favorably, in public before. It’s almost as if, by not coming out, he’s letting people pass some unspoken judgment about him and his opinion of/relationship with homosexuality. Bu why should I even be concerned with his personal life, especially considering I have the privilege of not being in the lime light? — Chaz, New Orleans, LA
A: If Anderson Cooper really is gay, I absolutely support his right to be publicly closeted if that’s his choice. Only he can decide what’s right for him.
- Anderson Cooper Does Mardi Gras! (perezhilton.com)
- Anderson Cooper Hides Benjamin Maisani In Plain Sight At Mardi Gras (queerty.com)
Have you ever been to a hot, summer wedding and sweated your balls off? I say never again. Seize sur Vingt offers a warm weather alternative. Look snappy and survive that pain staking, long wedding service this summer in one of these snappy, warm weather possibilities. Your boys will thank you for being able to breath. The awesome mustached model won the suit over on me. Kissable.
Famed for custom shirts and suits, Seize sur Vingt offers bright, snappy looks for Spring/Summer 2011. The lookbook also features garments from the brand’s “rowdy” little brother, Troglodyte Homunculus – a name bested only by the superb mustache on the model.
Given Seize sur Vingt’s custom heritage, the looks shown here are mere suggestions of a range of warm weather possibility.
- Le Vingt-trois, My October (bindingthemain.wordpress.com)
I am not sure showing up to work after your shit, shower, and shave, smelling like Whiskey would be the best idea.
Shave with some whiskey, my friends. “This is a wonderfully rich, lathering shave soap with a lovely scent of WHISKEY. Blended into this soap is bentonite clay, also referred to as Montmorillonite, one of the most effective and powerful healing clays used to treat both internal and external maladies. Bentonite is a highly absorbent clay that pulls oils and toxins from the skin.” Blackbird carries the line.
- Detox: Sweat therapy, Epsom baths and Bentonite clay (thecrunchychicken.com)
- Natural Beauty, homemade (jrailuvchild.wordpress.com)