As a gay man, I felt it was my obligation to see Joan Rivers
live on stage at least once in my lifetime. And since she's
not getting any younger, I figured I better move fast. So
on a recent Friday night, I ventured downtown to Fez (under
the Time Café on Lafayette) to catch the comedic legend's
raunchy stage show.
Not for the easily offended, the grand
dame of couture critiques kept us laughing for well over an
hour as she tore through a rapid fire barrage of snappy one-liners
and amusing anecdotes that didn't spare a single minority,
ethnic group or stereotype. In fact, the deceased weren't
even safe from Joan's often-brutal tirade.
Perhaps easing our guilt for laughing
at such jokes (at least a little bit) was the fact that her
foul mouth was actually helping to raise money for two worthy
charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Michael Jackson, not surprisingly, was one of her favorite
targets ("He's been in the closet so long I'm going to
donate him to Goodwill"). Cher and Madonna
also garnered a fair amount of attention.
But that's not to say Joan was unfairly
judgmental. She poked fun at her own elective procedures as
well. And in this most intimate space, we all got a pretty
good view of her surgeon's handiwork.
So make sure you catch the old broad's show next time she's
in town. For just $25 (and a 2-drink minimum), you'll enjoy
a riveting night of comedy you won't soon forget while raising
money to help the needy.
Out @ Lotus
Out magazine "kicked off summer in style" on April
23rd at the über-glam hetero hotspot Lotus with the first
of six parties it's throwing in conjunction with Tanqueray.
Peter Rauhofer manned the turntables fresh from his
stint with Madonna at her Tower Records in-store appearance
earlier that day. Of course, functions like these aren't really
about the music Lotus doesn't even have a dance floor.
Rather, they're about seeing and being
seen. I was a bit surprised (yet relieved) by how casually
most people were dressed, but a few fashionistas were sprinkled
throughout the club's three levels, including the impossibly
handsome Carlson Twins former Out cover models
and the evening's alleged hosts. The boys posed for a few
pictures and then hid themselves in a secluded booth surrounded
by other Very Important People for the remainder of the evening.
Tough work, huh?
Subsequent parties take place throughout the summer. An invite
and RSVP, however, appear to be required for entry.
According to the JuniorVasquezMusic.com website, the infamous
DJ will broadcast a live radio mix show on Friday nights beginning
May 9. No further details were available at press time, but
this seems like a fantastic idea whose time is long overdue.
Check out the "JR's World" section of his website
for more info.
Speaking of the divine diva of drama,
Ms. Vasquez will be taking some time off from his weekly
Sunday morning residency at Exit this month. But that doesn't
mean you should skip Earth on those weekends to catch up on
sleep, because on May 11, special guest That Kid Chris
is slated to serve up his very own unique blend of after-hours
tunes for the "chronically under-stimulated" (I
wish I could take credit for that gem, but another writer
beat me to it.)
If you don't already feel like a criminal
when you go out dancing, the RAVE Act (a/k/a the "Illicit
Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003"), should help change
that. Thanks to its absurd attachment to an unrelated child
abduction bill (the "Amber Alert Bill" (S151)),
the ridiculously high-handed legislation breezed through Congress
and is set to be signed into law by the president without
so much as a public hearing, debate or vote. Visit DrugPolicy.org
for more information on this latest assault on your civil
Until next month -- Be Smart. Be Safe.