There’s nothing like the holidays in New York, if you know what’s what. Luckily, we have a resident expert on staff here at the show.
First up, blogger, author and nightlife promoter Justin Luke suggests something a little different, celebrating the season at Flaming Saddles (left), a gay country-western saloon complete with line-dancing bartenders up on the bar, a la Coyote Ugly. And in Hell’s Kitchen, fairies are flocking to Fairytail Lounge, a brand new watering hole with a kinky Grimm Brothers feel.
For New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to skip the craziness that is Times Square and consider going to Heaven, the city’s only 18-and-over gay dance club or ever-classic Splash, which is hosting porn superstars Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett. You can expect higher-than-normal cover charges everywhere, but the parties will keep going straight through to breakfast.
Need some downtime? See a show. There’s Other Desert Cities, a hilarious, riveting romp with Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Judith Light and Stacy Keach and Stephen Sondheim’s ode to showgirls, Follies, sadly set to close soon.
Justin has much more, but you’ve got to listen for all the tips and recommendations.
And because it wouldn’t be Christmas without drag queens, we also feature a short chat with three contestants from Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Yara Sofia, Alexis Mateo (at right) and Mariah Balenciaga. Your hosts ran into the girls at Arlington, Virginia’s Freddie’s Beach Bar just before they took to the stage for a fierce holiday performance. These chicks hold nothing back!
Other topics include:
*Jon Bon Jovi and Lil Kim are not dead
*Who needs underpants with a pocket up front?
*ABC’s new sitcom Work It: funny or offensive?
*An X-Factor host likely to get the boot
*2011’s Top 20 Most-Googled Gays & Lesbians
*Chaz Bono gets unengaged
*Our final Christmas movie pick of the year. (it might surprise you)
*and much holiday hilarity!
Images via Flaming Saddles, Alexis Mateo