Why, it's just not summer without a contest here in our fair, queer city. So with that in mind, let's put our hands together to welcome Miss Windy City Continental Paola Cruz and Mr. Windy City Continental Kyle Haggerty. I was not able to cover the show for you, but I hear tell it was a high-class affair.
Pictured: With cutie Ryan at Jackhammer;
Gas masking it old school at Touché;
With a lovely gentleman whose name I have carelessly forgotten, for which I apologize at Scot's
And for another contest that wasn't so much classy as it was assy, check out page 20 for shots from the Mr. Midwest Rubber contest at Touché. Who doesn't love a little latex body painting after a nice meal? It's gay dessert, I tells ya.
The assy part really hit home ( and I do mean 'hit' ) as I took the full-pager on page 38. I won't tell you the story; if you're clever enough I'm sure you can cobble together your own story that will tantalize and amuse.
Happy birthday to Mark at Hydrate. It was a pleasure to meet your mom, Mark. I was only disappointed that I was not the first photographer to put her in a gay magazine. Damn you, Frank Failing!
Thanks to Ms. Kat Fitzgerald, photographer extraordinaire, for getting the a-friggin'-mazing cover shot this week from Chix Mix's Party Like A Rock Star. If you think MY column's interesting, try walking a mile in her stylish heels. If you want to try, a close approximation can be had by visiting her Web site,
Jackhammer and Scot's are two bars I love. I say this mainly because I have pictures to include from Jackhammer and Scot's and I can't think of any clever tie-in. You try to be clever at 2 a.m.
So this is the first official issue brought to you courtesy of my fabulously appointed home office. And yes, I am writing this naked. From here on in, Nightspots will be produced weekly by my naked ass in a big leather chair. You can almost smell the authenticity. I hope that's authenticity...
Correction: In the July 9, 2008 issue we ran photos listed as having been taken at the Coq D'Or at The Drake. The photos were in fact taken at the Palm Court at The Drake. We aplologize for the flub.
And thanks to Steve Starr for taking those lovely shots. To see more of his work, check out SteveStarrStudios.com .