Look who’s in Next Magazine‘s 2013 Nightlife Hall of Fame: Wowlebrity, producer, and DJ Bill Coleman (second from left), along with g lounge owner Michael McGrail, the lovely and talented Sherry Vine, legendary queen-of-the-night Susanne Bartsch, and the one-and-only Michael Musto. Check out the details here.
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Looking GORGEOUS! From the article: “‘Everything I dreamed I could achieve I saw reflected in their eyes,’ RuPaul explains via telephone. ‘That was from the moment I met them in 1985. They got me. They didn’t even have to say they got me. I saw it in their eyes, and I trust them. We all come from the school of ‘the rest of the world will catch up.’ The fact the public doesn’t ‘get it’ now, don’t let that stop you. Do it anyway. And they had also just been through some hell with this record contract publishing deal, so I knew what to avoid when dealing with ‘The Man.’ RuPaul represents a quintessential example of how WOW’s Bailey and Barbato — who first met in NYU Graduate Film School, united by a mutual hunger for fame—have not only exalted pop culture and its icons, befriending and documenting them from an insider’s vantage point (e.g. Monica Lewinsky, Anna Nicole Smith, Tammy Faye Bakker), but have shaped it at the same time. Not only that, but with an unabashedly queer bent. ‘They love the eccentrics, the loonies, the colorful people who make the culture fun and slightly dangerous,’ says Michael Musto, a regular guest on Barbato and Bailey’s first outing, the weekly public access cable talk show The Flaunt It Club! TV, taped at storied nightclub, Limelight. ‘TV used to reflect the reality in clubs, but now it’s the reverse. Real life imitates RuPaul’s show, and everyone with a razor and some sequins goes out every night hoping to get discovered to be on it.”
To read the full article here.
World of Wonder’s head honchos Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato posed in pumps at a studio in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen recently for the cover of Next magazine, out Friday. (via instagram)
This is the recent cover of New York’s Next magazine featuring all things BIG and GAY in the past year. I spy with my gay little eye: the overruling of DADT, marriage equality in New York, the death of Whitney Houston, our first “gay” president Barack Obama, and SHARON NEEDLES! You bettah work. (t/y Randy)
From the magazine: “Even after the 30-year-old punk-rock brat’s instant rise to fame, she admits that becoming a role model is not on her bucket list. ‘I wanted to be the GG Allin of drag,’ she explains. ‘I never wanted to be a role model, but I do take the responsibility seriously.’ Crown or no crown, she’d prefer to remain ‘cult famous’ and join the ranks of Leigh Bowery and Amanda Lepore, a now-dwindling scene of artists that were self-created and remained in the limelight for a reason. ‘Now that I’m one of the most fucking famous drag queens in the world, I want to take a step back and let my work speak for itself,’ the beginning of a phase that kicked off with her ‘death’ and funeral procession at XL’s crowning ceremony earlier this week. ‘Drag allows you to be anything you want—an exaggeration of American consumerism or an inflatable sense of cartoon—I’m using it to address issues like “how we should feel about ourselves” and ‘[how we should] treat each other.’”