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Chris R. is a 23-year-old born again New Yorker. He prefers seltzer to water, and classic house music to almost anything. When all is still, he thinks he can hear the ghost of Frank O'Hara speaking to him, but don't tell him it's only the neighbor upstairs talking to his dog, because that might break his heart.

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Culture, Film »

[6 Oct 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
The Rise of Gay Naturalism

The recent film Weekend inhabits another, more recent camp of gay culture: gay naturalism. In the film, it is not non-gayness that is rejected, but instead any illusion that such a rejection is possible. The characters capture something very real, almost painfully so, about modern gay life. After all of our progress in realizing some vision of gay utopia–after Harvey Milk , the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to name just some milestones–there remain some very basic problems that each gay person must sort out for him or herself.

Cities, Events, New York City »

[13 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
IGLHRC Fall Cocktail Party

Not to be confused with the HRC (you’ll get nothing but ugly looks if you bring it up), the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission promotes, like its name implies, the rights of LGBTI and HIV+ people around the world. This Thursday, they’re doing their part to promote a positive LGBTI community here in the city by hosting a benefit cocktail party at Madiba Restuarant in Fort Greene. Unlike that other HRC, there are no big-money ticket prices or black tie requirements. Instead, they’re offering free admission, drink specials, a raffle, and complimentary hors d’oevres, and only asking for as much support as you can offer in return. Help the world with a drink in my hand? Why, I couldn’t ask for more.

Cities, Events, New York City »

[6 Sep 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Spank Viking/Yacht Boat Parties

I know where the summer goes, and it’s away, sadly, as it’s demonstrating now. Going, but not gone yet, though, as the boys at Spank are preparing to celebrate this weekend with TWO boat parties. For everyone’s sake, I’ll eschew the obvious SNL reference and assume that it goes with out saying how awesome a boat party can be (but if it doesn’t, I just said it, so there). To quote the Spank hosts themselves, “Nothing makes New York glow like a view from the harbor on this clipper ship.” Friday night is the Viking boat party, and Saturday night is the Yacht boat party. Each boasts a solid roster of DJs, hosts, and special guests, who I’m sure will uphold Spank’s unfailingly consistent record for recruiting excellent party people. The two-and-a-half hour cruise, on either night, will run you only $25, which is a great way to splurge some end-of-summer dough before you hunker down to work and store up for winter. So, by all means, head out to the harbor this weekend and rage, rage against the dying of the light. But gets your tickets soon, because the boat’s limited to only so much space (a metaphor, perhaps?).

Politics »

[10 Aug 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
The Way We Live Now

It’s difficult, when reading and seeing coverage of the riots in England, to not see a negative of our own pacification Stateside. Of course, the riots there emerged, and continue to emerge in some places, in response to a specific set of contingencies–the police killing of Mark Duggan, an already volatile cultural climate in the wake of anti-cuts rallies earlier this year, growing dissatisfaction with government austerity measures. But, let’s not forget, we have our own oppressive circumstances to deal with here too. The ranks of unemployed are growing and stagnating in tragic degrees. The chasm of divide between the racial majority and racial and ethnic minorities is wider than ever. And we even have a similar police killing in San Francisco for a catalyst. So why the quiet?

Events, New York City »

[4 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Weekend Preview (August 4th-7th)

Yesterday (Tuesday) at work, I heard one girl say, to another girl packing her things for the Hamptons (again, this is Tuesday), “Have a great weekend!” While banging my head against my desk, a thought came to me: why can’t I too declare it the weekend? Who’s to stop me from taking a five, six, seven day weekend? Oh sure, I said to myself, I’ll still show up to work tomorrow, but you better believe I’ll do so while secreting an earbud of Madonna’s “Holiday” on endless loop into my ear. And Thursday. And Friday. So, to all of us not yet afforded ample vacation time and not yet affording the Hamptons, don’t despair: the weekend is inside of you. Learning to declare every day the weekend is the greatest love of all.

Cities, Events, New York City »

[29 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
The First Annual New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island

This city of hurried and sparkling waters, of spires and masts, this city nested in bays–my city–has long rung with poetry and even longer been overrun by poets, and this weekend they all converge, in some sort of Ovidian exile, on Governor’s Island. (Yes, we too had to look up exactly where and what Governor’s Island is, and can now say with confidence that it is not Rikers.) New York’s disparate poetry scenes converge for two days of readings, discussions, and poetic commune, with organic food from ERB Foods, beer from Sixpoint Brewery, and wine–fuel of the poets–from City Winery (with poetry on its labels, even!).

Events, New York City »

[27 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Mister Sunday presents Mister Saturday Night vs. Horse Meat Disco

The unfailingly gay-friendly and, most importantly, groove-friendly crew at Mister Saturday Night bring you an open-air boogie bash this Sunday in Gowanus. Food will be provided by Country Boys and Mile End, drinks and cold-brewed coffee will be provided by Botanica, and jams will be provided by resident DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, as well as special guests Horse Meat Disco. If your idea of a Sunday evening is post-brunch catatonia, then be prepared to have your lazy ass awoken to Sunday’s booty-shaking potential. See you there.

Books, Interviews, New York City, The New Gay Interview »

[28 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Michael Musto is Gay (and a Proud New Yorker)

Michael Musto has been chronicling New York social life for over 26 years. He’s a rare stalwart in a scene often characterized by high turnover rates and even higher rates of self-destruction.