February 2008 Archives

Checking into Rehab (in Maryland no less!)

Posted by Hearsay
February 28, 2008 4:50 PM |

It wasn't that long ago that Hearsay trundled off to rehab -- way before it was cool. Way before Jeff "Prescription is the Word" Conaway and Amy "Hiccup" Whine-whine-whinehouse. But aside from the occasional lapse every other Friday and twice on Saturdays, not to mention every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and every third and a half Sunday, Hearsay thought it had its imbibing under control. Turns out, Hearsay just had it all under pressure. Too much pressure, and eventually one's cork just really, really pops. Here it comes. Wait for it. Wait for it.


Well, that was anticlimactic.

So, anyway, Hearsay has an important announcement to make: Hearsay plans to check in to Rehab this weekend. You over there, with the brandy snifter, why don't you come with! And you there, with the martini pitcher. And y'all from Kentucky with the moonshine still. Come one, come all, as the Rehab Hearsay has in mind is only 20 minutes from downtown -- you don't have to travel far or abstain long. In fact, you don't have to abstain at all -- unless you're referring to that nasty mark where your belly-button ring used to be. Rehab, you see, is the new name for what has for years been Montgomery County, Maryland's ''premiere GLBT nightclub.'' Yes, Virginia, there is such a place, the formerly named De Lounge in Wheaton, at 11305 Georgia Avenue. The joint's been totally rehabbed, and just wait till you see all the entertainment they're uncorking. And all for free -- every night, no cover! Tomorrow night, Friday, Feb. 29, at 11 p.m. you can see all your favorite "draglebrities," including Ella ''Lost Weekend'' Fitzgerald, Esmeralda "Sugar" Kane Jaymes and Riviera "You're So" Vain. Will they each perform a number from a celebrity rehab candidate? From Britney to Whitney to Amy to Lindsay to Beatrix the Loin-Tamer and Her Groin-Kickers? We'll see.

The ''official grand opening party'' is set for Saturday night, the first day of March, when Rehab's manager Eric ''Here, Have Another!'' Evans will bring in DJ Alex ''Rhymes with Drunk'' Funk from Baltimore to intoxicate Rehab clients with his cocktail of Top 40, progressive and funky house, not to mention $2 rail and domestic beers all night. Hearsay's drunk just thinking about it....

When it comes to writing utensils, Hearsay tends to eschew anything other than crayons. But Hearsay now wants one of these so badly....

It's Oscar Sunday!

Posted by Hearsay
February 24, 2008 9:44 AM |
It's Oscar Sunday, yet another excuse for Hearsay to down one-too-many martinis (shaken AND stirred), and shout a string of profanities at a television. Then again, Hearsay never really needs an excuse....

Centering on the Oscars

Posted by Hearsay
February 23, 2008 9:23 AM |
oscar_ceremony_posters_80.jpgHearsay hopes to have close encounters with all of you this Sunday, Feb. 24, at The D.C. Center's annual Oscar gala, "Glamour, Glitter and Gold"." With the demise of Titan, the event has been moved to The Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court NW, starting at 7 p.m.

Hearsay will be there -- at least for a portion of the evening -- as will Metro Weekly's roving Scene photographer, Ward "Point Me in the Direction of a Mountain" Morrison. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and seniors) and are availble in advance through Box Office Tickets or at the Green Lantern door on Sunday.

Blair "Is Morning Sickness Contagious?" Michaels returns as hostess of the evening, which will include a buffet (with real food!), festive drinks (is there any other kinds?), an Oscar Raffle Game, in which you can pick your favorites in popular categories for a chance to win big, big prizes (such as VIP Passes to next year's Reel Affirmations film festival or a coveted membership in the D.C. Film Society). Plus, of course, there's the Academy Awards themselves, broadcast on flat screen TVs throughout the bar, upstairs and down.

Proceeds from the evening benefit The Center and its programs, so come watch No Country for Old Men win big time (or so insist Metro Weekly film critics Randy "Bitter Failed Filmmaker" Shulman and Tim "Opinions Are for the Opinionated" Plant) and support our effervescent GLBT community at the same time! This now ends Hearsay's momentary philanthropic lapse. Where's that morning martini?!

Whiskers on Kittens

Posted by Hearsay
February 22, 2008 2:59 PM |
Be Bar's Mike Watson is throwing a "birthday party extravaganza" at his club this Saturday night, Feb. 23, in honor of his own birthday. Which one? "I'm not telling you that!" he laughs, adding that he doesn't usually even announce when his birthday is. (It was actually this past Wednesday, and Hearsay commends Le Watson for not looking a day over 72!) watson in dress.jpg

The extravaganza, taking place during the club's monthly Be: Playboy party, will include Watson giving away, "Oprah-style," some of "Mike's Favorite Things." Before the party, patrons who create bulletins on their MySpace pages will be entered to win Level 1 bottle service for the night -- Level 1 being one of Watson's favorites. ''Yeah, that's definitely one," he says. "But I have lots of favorite things.'' Do the other favorite things include raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens? Or perhaps cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels? One thing's for certain, it ain't girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. (Or is it? Hmmmm....)

Anywho, the party will be hosted by drag queen Ba'Naka. Ho Hefner will be there, too. But the biggest draw is a certain special Playmate -- the one, the only Miss Amanda Lepore! Watson says the club's VIP area was booked within hours of announcing the famous transsexual's appearance. The one-time hairdresser and makeup artist is best known as a seen-but-rarely-heard New York club fixture. But she's increasingly working to become the all-around entertainer she says she kinda, sorta wanted to be from the get-go, after she had a sex-change operation in high school.

"I kind of wanted to be an entertainer and everything, but I got preoccupied with looking pretty, being a pretty girl," Lepore told Hearsay with a laugh. "And I got really good at it!" In addition to becoming a performer and a recording artist, Lepore is picking up some acting gigs. So God help the Academy when it comes time to nominate next year's Oscars. She's also increasingly selling merchandise, from t-shirts to her signature cherry-red lipstick (but, alas, no bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens), at her own website. And she says she's getting increasingly involved in talking about transsexual rights. She's been asked to lecture on the subject at Harvard next month, in fact, the very same ivy league university that l'il Rory Gilmore eschewed in favor of Yale!

At Be Bar, Lepore says she'll perform songs from her forthcoming debut album, including, naturally, "My Pussy," which is about as close to whiskers on kittens as the Lady Lepore gets. She says she'll stick around afterwards to mingle with all the Playboy bunnies and have fun with some of Mike's favorite things. Happy birthday, Mr. Watson, happy birthday.

President's Day for Night

Posted by Hearsay
February 17, 2008 12:38 PM |
Get out your sunblock! Today, February 17, between 5 and 9 p.m., you can do more than just dream of summer. You can actually plan for it at the annual Beach House Rush & Reunion Party, a Rehoboth Beach tradition, this year at the Delirium/Circuitry party at Pasha on P Street NW. Stop in and find or fill a Rehoboth Beach house. You can also meet the Rehobus models. Then stick around for dancing to the beats of DJs Jason Horswill and Josh Gram, as part of another weekend, another Cherry preview party. EFFNBH_f.jpg

After you've filled your Beach Blanket Bingo card, you might consider popping over to Calor's holiday Sunday party at Five, with its take on Carnaval. Bring your (anal) beads if you want, but Calor's Lorenzo De'Almeida, a native of Brazil (the country, not the movie), says he hopes people will wear costumes. "The more costumes the better," he says, though Hearsay doesn't think he means you should dress up like Elmer Fudd and come ready to hunt wabbits. Try sporting a simple mask and cape instead. The beats, sure to be as extravagant and complicated as any costume, come courtesy of Junior Vasquez-protege Chad "You Don't Know" Jack.

And finally, tonight also brings Taint to DC9, the ever-popular holiday-Sunday dance party for alt-queers, where dressing like a grunge-version of Elmer Fudd is quite possibly encouraged. The beats will arrive courtesy of one of the very first members of the all-female D.C. First Ladies DJ Collective, DJ K La Rock, who will spin "electro, freestyle, italo-disco, hip-hop, dance-punk and broken beat," which Hearsay reckons is her way of saying "I'm indecisive"....

Mystery Flight 1639

Posted by Hearsay
February 14, 2008 10:56 AM |
747-8i-ext.jpgHearsay is intrigued. What is Flight 1639? Is it part of the Oceanic airlines family? No, don't think so. Hearsay thinks it has something to do with 17th Street's Big Blue. Hearsay will let you know details as soon as the flight prepares to take off...

Smokin' in the Boysroom

Posted by Hearsay
February 14, 2008 8:25 AM |
Remember glory days passed, when you could go to a club and see men in all stages of (un)dress, wearing frocks or socks or their birthday suits? Well, you still can't see naked penises, buttocks or otherwise in these here parts, but this Friday and every Friday thereafter Be Bar has the next best thing to please your eyesockets. There will be heavily done-up drag queens and lightly dressed-down dancer boys galore at Boysroom -- and with drag queens there, don't worry, it won't be as intimidating as the memories of high school gym class that the name might conjure. Hopefully there will be some towels though. Hearsay loves a good towel-snap. Meanwhile, select guests (maybe those who bring their own towels? Good idea!) will be invited to go upstairs to the VIP area, rechristened the ''Varsity Practice Room'' for the night. They can even bring a go-go boy with them, to complete the Varsity baller effect. Who needs cheerleaders?

Be Bar's Mike Watson, who next Saturday will celebrate his birthday with a be big extravaganza tells Hearsay that ''Boysroom will be an innovative alternative Friday night. The idea was to kind of recreate the atmosphere of Ziegfeld's/Secrets, with drag shows and go-go boys.'' The name stems from a popular party in New York, but it's not affiliated. They'll even have a drag queen as DJ -- Lady Coco. ''She has never spun here before," Watson says, "but he has'' -- he being Coco's alter ego, Jason "Be:Bear Doll" Horswill. And then there'll be drag performances in the Kandy Patch, led by host Kristina Kelly. The night is sponsored by Andrew Christian and Manhunt.net. ''So yeah, guests should bring their laptop or mobile and wear Andrew Christian underwear,'' Watson jokes. And don't forget your towel....

Young Again

Posted by Hearsay
February 9, 2008 8:44 AM |
348072208_m.jpgDJ Tracy Young won't be spinning Sunday at the Grammy's or at any Grammy after-party. She's also not nominated for a Grammy as a remixer -- and one of these days she better be! But who needs the Grammys? Young gets by with high-profile gigs for Madonna, MTV and others, and then there's her position as one of the most popular DJs on the gay circuit. Her sweet tribal sound is never cloying nor desultory. It's always tasteful and tuneful and celebratory. Widely appealing too: It's hard to imagine, for example, any dancehead not grooving to one of last year's better compilations, Young's light and hard Dance Culture 2. Tonight, Feb. 9, she returns to the Hippo in Baltimore, which is almost like a homecoming for the Miami-based D.C. native. Why not make it a parade and float on up I-95 for the occasion?....

Billy's Beats

Posted by Hearsay
February 8, 2008 4:50 PM |
photo_billy7.jpgBilly Carroll has been DJ-ing for more than 30 years, getting his start at seminal New York nightclubs Studio 54 and Paradise Garage and going on to spin at just as celebrated venues Roxy, Twilo and Tunnel. He was also a regular at DC's Velvet Nation. So if you've never heard of him... well, it's probably because he insists on just being a DJ. "Everybody else today is a DJ/producer/remixer/songwriter," Carroll said in an interview last year with New York's NEXT magazine. "Not me -- I'm just a DJ." And with that kind of focus, it's no wonder he's so good. Junior Vasquez considers him a close colleague, and David Morales, Frankie Knuckles and the whole house music originating crew adores him. And so will you. His high-energy beats will likely make you forget it's February when he spins this Saturday at Town. Who knew you could work up a sweat when it's so cold?...

Baked Goods

Posted by Hearsay
February 7, 2008 8:32 PM |
This Saturday brings us one of D.C.'s most enjoyable annual events, Scarlet's 37th Annual Bake Sale and Auction. If playing with the English language is funner than being grammatically proper -- and Hearsay can verily testify that it is -- the same is true for baking. Why just make a Devil's Food Cake when you can make a Devil's Food Cake in the shape of an actual, anatomically correct devil? And maybe even dress up as a devil while you're at it? And all for charity. 2005-02-17_540_9983.jpg

Co-organizer Patrick "Pudding Pop" Grady explains that in years passed winning entries have included those built around the themes of Wicked (of course) and Mommie Dearest (uh-huh). But what if you only shake, don't bake? No problem -- you don't have to bake a cake to rake in money for Pets DC and Food and Friends, this year's beneficiaries. In fact, you could paint a lovely piece of stained glass, or carve a nice piece of wood, or even just outfit a baby's bottle in a harness. That's right, your entry doesn't even have to be edible. Several hundred people are expected Saturday at 4 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle for the bake sale, held in honor of the late Neil Alexander. The sale will take place after a judged competion of some several dozen entries, all competing in four categories, including Best Individual Entry and Most Creative Entry. So get out those E-Z Bake Ovens and start your creative engines....


Apex Turns 25 with a Birthday Blowout

Posted by Hearsay
February 6, 2008 9:44 PM |
BIGApexWM0376.jpgWhat do you want to do when you turn 25? What's that, you say you already did? Well, this year, so has Apex! Yes, 25 consecutive years in business -- and that's longevity you don't see often in gay nightlife, and in fact, that makes the club one of the longest-running businesses of its kind in the country. Why not celebrate at the club once known as Badlands, and always known as Your Last Call for Alcohol Thursday through Saturday Nights? And why not, indeed, when you can drop your top as the club drops its cover charge for the occasion Friday, Feb. 7? Yes, that means it's FREE! And for the occasion, they're bringing in one of the gay circuit's longest-running DJs -- and one of its most celebrated -- Susan ''You Talking to Me?'' Morabito. But wait, there's more: free champagne, door prizes and surprises. The club's manager Joey-O-lishous promises a great night, and considering his track record with the venue of some 15 years -- 10 of those as general manager -- Hearsay has no doubt it will be a night to remember always....

Goodbye Dakota, Hello Sudsy

Posted by Hearsay
February 6, 2008 2:37 PM |
2007-12-27_gauge_3140_3862.jpgNow it can be told. Sold last December, Glen "Hamburger Mary" Mlaker's former Titan/Dakota Cowgirl space will become a chi-chi restaurant serving mostly high-end pizza and tapas, a concept imported from a restaurant group in Northern Virginia. No more campily named burgers. No more sassy servers. No more shirtless men cavorting upstairs. The space, soon to be renamed, will be gay no more. At least not specifically (Hearsay imagines gays will still be welcome to dine to their heart's content). In any event, think a whole lot of fish, including tuna prepared at least three ways. But the real kicker are the proposed high end European beers, in the forthcoming establishment's aim to, according to the Washington Post's Dish, "the finest beer destination on the East Coast," boasting "500 labels, 100 styles and 50 draft beers." It's gonna be a paradise of suds!

Trivial Pursuits

Posted by Hearsay
February 4, 2008 9:36 PM |
Quick! Can you name 10 countries in Africa that begin and end with a consonant? How about the temperature at which both the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales read the same?

Even if you're not smarter than a fifth grader, at least your partner won't be humiliated by your answer. Unlike, say, on Fox's frightening Moment of Truth, no loved ones will disown you for playing Smart Ass Trivia at Nellie's. Hosted by Andy "Ice Ice Baby" Austin and Josh "Brrr It's Cold" Housdan, Smart Ass Trivia is as fun as its name suggests -- and it's a team sport, too, so it doesn't matter if you don't know the answer as long as someone on your creatively named team does. (Watch out for the Erotic Photo Hunters.) So the more the Nellier! You do have to make it the right answer and not just an educated guess in the final round, or you'll wipe out -- and then a loved one just might disown your dumb ass. The winning team, on the other hand, earns money off its tab. Thought that would get your attention.

Smart Ass got started at Titan (RIP), but it's really taken off in the three weeks it's called Nellie's home. It's definitely more at home at Nellie's, with a focus on food (you can eat and be a smart ass!) and sports (you can watch a televised game and be a smart ass!) and sportsmanship (hey, stop being such a smart ass!). Half the fun is identifying the music played between rounds, which always relates to an answer in the previous round. Why are they playing "Breakfast at Tiffany's?" Oh, right, because it was performed by one-hit-wonder Deep Blue Something -- and Deep Blue was the chess-playing computer that beat Garry Kasparov. Score! Game times are 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Wednesday. So haul your smart ass over to Nellie's for some trivial pursuits!


Crack's Circus: The Wurst Show in Town

Posted by Hearsay
February 1, 2008 5:52 PM |
Ladies and (not-so-)gentlemen, the circus is back in town. The circus, that is, better known around these parts as Crack. In time for Mardi Gras, the fifth installment of the low-blow high-jinked performance-art party at DC9 is focused on freak shows even freakier -- or at least, more adult -- than you may remember seeing as a kid. Instead of Barnum & Bailey, think "Bareback Riders and Dancing Bears!", to say nothing of "Homoerotic Contortionists and Naked Jump-ropers!" So reports the official notice about the event, which also revealed the names of those who will perform. After watching a zany news report from the Crack News Network, Hearsay decided to get a few more details from Shea Van Horn, otherwise known as Crack's "naughty ringmaster Summer Camp."

Are you sitting down? Performers at this Saturday's show will include former Democratic party operative Mark "Hee-Haw, Hee-Haw" Spengler. Now that he needn't worry about being respectable electable, he's decided to be delectable projectable and don "outrageous, perfectly circus-themed drag." Also to perform is former party promoter Tony "It Takes A" Villa. Having just recently moved back to town, Villa will give "a really over-the-top number" as Trinket Bauble. Then there's the Farris Brothers: Chris will help Summer Camp just as he always does, as one of Crack's crack promoters, while Kevin will actually sing live. Van Horn promises it'll be unusual and hysterical.

Van Horn says the event will be "nastier, glitzier, naked-er" than ever -- but why not just show up and be surprised? And shocked, too. Van Horn says they'll screen a scandalous new video and throw in a couple audience-participation games. Anal ring toss again, perchance?...