What a difference a two-week time period makes!
When you produce a magazine on a weekly/bi-weekly basis for ten and a half years, not every issue's gonna be a shining star. I will admit to exhaustion ( no need for rehab ) and general burnout lending to the last issue being, ... well, ... not my best effort. But as usually goes the creative process, sometimes you need to break down a little before you rebuild. Case in point, this awesome fucking issue of Nightspots that you are currently reading.
Yes, I was a little bit of everywhere and did a little bit of everything for this issue and it paid off like a sonofabitch. Let me walk you through some highlights:
Stopped into Whiskey Trust for Sissy Spastik's Mannequin show and was taken aside by a certain hot beardo former Nightspots columnist, who let me in on a juicy ( or lubey, as the case may be ) top secret: that Chloe's ( memba her? ) was to reopen as the new incarnation of the storied Boystown leather bar Manhole. Of course, I now feel comfortable divulging this secret, as they have officially announced, have taken out a full-page ad and are featured on this week's cover. So the cat's out of the bag. Let the record show I sat on this secret for just as long as I should have. Maybe I'll pop into the new Manhole and sit on something else entirely.
Scarlet was its usual madhouse on Kim Chi's sporty night. She caught me at the door trying to leave but insisted we do a shot first. Ever try to make it through the crowd at Scarlet in a timely fashion? Well, let's say it helps to have a 6'2" drag queen in football tackle gear parting the crowd for you. I should bring that Kim everywhere.
Ran into my friend Tricia at Hydrate. Out of all you homos, she has known me the longest, ever since we worked together at McDonald's in Glen Ellyn in the late '80s ( my second job ever ). Look at us now. I'd say we've moved up in the world.
The Sofo Tap's DILF: Specs and Pecs delivered on its promises of both glasses and man-tits. Still trying to come up with a theme for when I host in November to celebrate my 40th birthday. Glasses and Asses? Pits and Pendulums? Penises and Other Penises? The options are myriad in number.
And so much more. Look very closely at this issue. So much to see. See you out there!