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Mike showed up at Bingo once. Then he came back. And then he came back again. And again. And before you know it, I'm sharing a stage with him at Folsom Street East! LOL
Mike's committment to charity has always been impressive - he's been there when I've needed him, he's gone way beyond the call of duty for Bingo and Bad Boys on the Hudson.
I don't tip my hat to just anyone. I tip it to Mike Dreyden. Sir.
And hey, you're sleeping late, it's time for Bad Boys on the Hudson (this video we made still cracks me up)
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This past Wednesday night, Feb 19, was our penultimate edition of The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo. I was applauded by a couple of friends for using the word correctly, which is probably why I'm friends with them. :)
On the Feb 12, one of my best friends showed up which was a complete surprise since he lives in San Francisco. This week, my other best friend (and former Bingo poster designer) Rolando joined me for the first round. Ro and I have been a lot of things to each other over the past 7 years but mainly what we are is family.
Singer Bianca Leigh joined us to sing a number from a new show about Mae West and Boylesque performer Brooklyn Irons gave us good show with a strip to the main theme from The Lion King. And, as you can see, he went all out on his outfit.
Longtime Bingo beneficary The Gotham Knights joined us to raise funds for their trip to the Bingham Cup in Sydney later this spring and they were all a heapin helping of woof. You can check out the pics for yourself and see if that'll make you want to run to join the team. Or at least go to their next fundraiser! Photos are, as always, by AB.
On a more reflective note - thanks to the team for coming out to the show and showing us all some love. I had a blast and it was a great way to round out our penultimate show!
Posted at 06:38 PM in 2014 Final Bingo, A Little Night Life, Fundraiser, Gay Sports Teams, Music I Dig, New York City, Strippers and Hot Guys!, THE WILL CLARK SHOW/BINGO, Will Clark's Bad Boys Partys, Will Clark's JOURNAL | Permalink | Comments (0)
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(New York) After 9 years, 457 shows and a quarter of a million dollars raised, promoter, producer, performer Will Clark will call the last round of The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo, his popular weekly fundraiser, on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at New York's Uncle Charlies located at 139 E. 45th Street.
The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo has been a New York nightlife staple since it’s inception in February 2005. The event in which attendees raise money for New York based LGBT charities by buying bingo cards and raffle tickets as well as bidding on porn stars’ jockstraps, followed from Clark’s successful Bad Boys Pool Party events in Los Angeles and Palm Springs (1998 – 2005) which collectively raised over $400,000 for California based HIV/AIDS service organizations.
The final night will celebrate Will’s 50th birthday from 7:30pm to 9pm and then the final four rounds of Bingo will be called from 9pm to 11pm with special guests Dowager Empress Witti Repartee, Rev. Roger Yolanda Mapes and Boylesque producer Matt Knife. AB, Will’s event photographer for ten years, will co-call the final round. The Gay/Lesbian Anti Violence Project, Bingo’s first beneficiary, will be it’s last. The lineup for the entire run of the final six shows is listed below.
With the end of P*rno Bingo, Will Clark will cap off his 19 year long career in the nightlife and XXX industry.
And, as Will Clark is a titleholder (Mr. NE Drummer, 1997), leather contest judge & emcee and life-long leatherman, it’s a great honor to him that he has been named as one of the judges of this year’s International Mr. Leather taking place in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend 2014.
You can hear a podcast with more in an in-depth interview with Will at http://www.ThisShowIsSoGay.com, one of Will’s favorite websites. This interview will go live Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Will wishes to publicly acknowledge the generosity of all the sponsors of all of his events over the past two decades, but in particular the good people at NEXT Magazine who have showcased his show week in and week out for many years.
Will Clark began his career as on-screen talent in August 1995 starring in Hot House’s XXX feature, “Dr. Goodglove”. From there, he appeared in an additional 47 movies including his final video appearance, “Red Star” (Raging Stallion, 2003). Will began writing online and in print and regularly updates his blog about life in New York at http://www.WillClarkWorld.com. Will has emceed and produced events since 1997 – including Cocktails with the Stars (1999 – 2002), P*rn Idol (2004 – 2007), Bad Boys on the Hudson (2004 – 2013) as well as hundreds of additional contests, fundraisers, street fairs and parties. He’s also emceed “Folsom Street East” (2011 – 2012), “Brooklyn Pride” (2012) and “Homo Erectus” (2013) among many many other events. In November 2011, Will became licensed to marry couples in New York state. To date, he has married 14 couples.
Among his most recent fundraising honors, Will was recognized by New York’s Gay/Lesbian Anti Violence Project (2012) and by Terry Christopher’s United for the Ride (2013). Plus, New York’s Imperial Court knighted Will Clark in April 2013 during the annual “Night of a Thousand Gowns” at the New York Hilton. You now can literally call him “Sir”. J
Will Clark supports Wisconsin AIDS Ride cyclist Terry Christopher in his journey to once again to be the top earner for this important ride raising funds for Wisconsin’s AIDS Network. To donate to his page, please go to http://act12.kintera.org/tcridesagain
In lieu of cards or presents for his 50th birthday, Will Clark asks that a donation be made in his name to the Gay/Lesbian Anti Violence Project http://www.avp.org. Please list “Will Clark” or “The Will Clark Show” on the donation page under “how did you hear of AVP?” A victim of sibling violence growing up in his home state of Wisconsin, Will supports this organization so that all people have a place to turn in times of struggle via AVP’s 24/7 hotline.
Will emcees his third Homo Erectus Boylesque Show, “My Furry Valentine”, on Thursday, February 13, 2014. The show, now in it’s second year at historic Stonewall, features several acts under the direction of promoter Matt Knife.
International Mr. Leather brings together thousands of gay leatherman from around the world every Memorial Day weekend. You can read more about IML by going to http://www.imrl.org
You can see a complete showcase of posters from the 9 year history of The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo by going to http://www.pinterest.com/willclarkworld
THE FINAL SIX EDITIONS OF THE WILL CLARK SHOW FEAT. P*RNO BINGO
All shows take place from 9pm to 11pm at Uncle Charlies located at 139 E. 45th Street, New York
452 January 22: AB’s Birthday
AIDS Ride South Africa http://www.arsa.org.za
ARSA cycles annually to raise funds and awareness about HIV and AIDS in South Africa and globally. We accept donations of funds, food, cycling equipment, gear, and repair, lodging, petrol, rental vans, plane tickets as well as the generosity of your time and enthusiasm.
JEANNIE SOL is an Actor – Comedian- Singer since 1984 with a strong following of 10,000 people in the LGBT community .You can find her at
http://firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook: Jeannie Sol .
LAILAH LANCING this TS is an NYC Star-tender extraordinaire, singer/songwriter, and all around good time gal with her own unique mix of Retro, Punk Glamour!
JOE ZASO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is a B-movie regular and has been involved in the low budget science fiction and horror industry since 1990.
AB has been shooting Will Clark events (People Will Talk, P*rn Idol, Bad Boys on the Hudson, P*rno Bingo) for ten years. An actor, writer and director, AB is also a loyal friend and is not in any way shape or form 54 years old.
XXX prizes by Lucas Entertainment http://www.lucasentertainment.com
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Rock N Rawhide http://www.rockandrawhide.org
Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs, Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Rock and Rawhide collects items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.
MATTHEW HASHIMOTO is a board member of Rock & Rawhide as well as the lead singer of Rexford, an NYC indie-pop band. You can find him at http://www.rexfordmusic.com ! Matthew won Amateur Night at The Apollo on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by singing Adele's Someone Like You.
NICK PARK is an actor and host throughout NYC, Nicholas is thrilled to team up with Will Clark for another entertaining evening. Nicholas is also a board member for Rock & Rawhide, an animal loving non-profit based out of New York.
LUCKY CHARMING has, in just two short years on the boylesque scene, already been twice nominated in the Glam Awards for Best Burlesque Performer, and has performed in San Francisco, Toronto, Boston, DC, and of course, New York. By day, he can be found blogging as his alter ego Lucas Brooks at http://www.ToptoBottomNYC.com
XXX prizes by Lucas Entertainment http://www.lucasentertainment.com
454 February 5: Manny’s Birthday
Gay Geeks http://www.gaygeeksny.com
Gay Geeks of NY is an ongoing social gathering for all gay, lesbian, bi, trans and otherwise queer "geeks" of all backgrounds and ages meeting at the LGBT Center once a month. Gay supporters welcome as well!! This is a place to make friends and discuss your favorite comics, video games, TV shows, role-playing games, books and more with fellow geeks of all genres.
GUSTY WINDS is a Legendary drag performer in New York. Gusty says ”Legendary? - in other words, I’m old!”
DREW SUMROK is an American gay adult video actor and producer. Drew's success can only be accredited to his passion for sex and his drive to be the best at whatever he does.
MANNY is an integral part of the P*rno Bingo family having bartended four and a half years of the nine year run.
XXX prizes by Lucas Entertainment http://www.lucasentertainment.com
455 February 12: Bingo’s 9th Anniversary
Cheer New York http://www.cheerny.org
Cheer New York is an all-volunteer non-profit adult cheerleading organization by and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight communities that combines cheers, gymnastics, dance and acrobatic stunts into a professional and exhilarating crowd-pleasing performance. Our mission is to support the fight against AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses and conditions by raising money for small local charities through our "Cheer for Life" fund. That is why we consider ourselves a "Cheer-ity" (Cheerleaders for Charity)!!
BEARDONNA is big, blonde & ballsy and is everyone's favorite “hairy bear gone wild” parody artist. Beardonna’s slogan - “Without BEARDONNA, YOU are nothing!” See Beardonna’s duet with Sherry Vine by clicking here: BEARDONNA & SHERRY VINE " MOVES LIKE JAGGER" parody - "I'm Having an Orgasm"
ROBUSTA CAPP is a powerhouse drag vocalist, the co-owner of the Bizarre Noir Theatre Company, and will be appearing in her two woman show with singer/comedian, Jane Aquilina, called Dirty Little Ditties on February 14th. Find her at her at her home on the web: http://www.bizarrenoirtheatre.com !
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Sponsored by NEXT, ID Lube, Raging Stallion Studios, Hot House,
Gotham Knights http://gothamrfc.org
The Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club was founded in 2001 and since then has proudly fielded teams of diverse athletes of all skill levels and experience dedicated to competitiveness, rugby excellence, fitness, fun.
The groups mission is to increase diversity within the sport of rugby football, refute negative stereotypes, create a welcoming and encouraging learning environment for new ruggers, create a competitive team on local, national and international levels
In August of 2014, the Gotham Knights will head to Sydney, Australia in hopes of returning the Bingham Cup to New York City.
The Bingham Cup is named in honour of Mark Bingham, a great rugby player and a great guy. He was fundamental in the establishment of two premier gay rugby clubs – the San Francisco Fog and the Gotham Knights. He is also now known internationally as one of the heroes of 9/11. The global gay rugby community are privileged to compete in the Bingham Cup named in his honour.
From 24 to 31 August 2014, teams from over 15 countries will come together in Sydney to celebrate diversity in sport. Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 week will commence on Sunday 24 August 2014 and will feature a line-up of stellar events to ensure your team has a trip of a lifetime. The tournament will be played from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August 2014 and will cater for all levels of rugby and for the first time will feature a women's competition.
For more information about the Bingham Cup, please go to http://binghamcup.com
BIANCA LEIGH http://www.biancaleigh.com is one of downtown theatre's leading lights. She recently finished a successful return engagement of her solo musical BUSTED at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her eclectic roles include Frannie Halcyon in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (ACT workshop), Time/Wind in Tayor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, Livia in Theatre Askew's I, Claudius, Live, Olivia in Twelfth Night (performed entirely in American Sign Language), Sylvia Rivera, Tammy Faye Baker, and Loreena Bobbit. Miss Leigh is best known for her role as Mary Ellen in the groundbreaking film TransAmerica.
BROOKLYN IRONS is a Boylesque performer who is known as “The Dance Floor Whore”
457 February 26: Will’s Birthday Party & Final Bingo
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Will’s 50th Birthday Party
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Final Bingo
Gay/Lesbian Anti Violence Project http://www.avp.org
AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
WITTI REPARTEE is a hostess, saloon singer and philanthropist queen about town. Currently the Dowager Empress of the Imperial Court of New York, she recently produced The Dowager's Bachelorette Party, has appeared with burlesque troops Homo Erectus and Uncle Monty's Mollyhouse. You can find her online at http://www.wittirepartee.com or follow her @WittiRepartee on Twitter.
REV. YOLANDA is an award winning singer songwriter, drag queen and Interfaith minister who's work in arts and community building earned her a place in the GLBT Hall Of Fame. A new full feature documentary on Rev. Yolanda's life and work is to be released by Avaiya Media in March 2014. Find out more at http://www.yolanda.net
MATT KNIFE produces the monthly “Homo Erectus” Boylesque show at the historic Stonewall and performs at many Burlesque shows around New York City.
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So... yes it's taken a long time to get around to posting the pics from the July 14th 2013 Bad Boys on the Hudson. Sometimes good things have to wait .. and besides, pics from other photogs were up even before the party was over ... so isn't it nice to have this gallery as a kind of reminder of warmer days?
And... no, in response to the snarks who joked that they are looking forward to next year's "11th and Final", I can say that you'll be waiting a long long time.
Look, I love the Bad Boys parties - I loved the ten I produced in Los Angeles/Palm Springs (the originals!), the three Burlesque shows I produced in San Francisco (they didn't make money, but creatively, they were some of the best shows I've ever done) and the ten Bad Boys on the Hudson here in New York. But, at some point, one just has to move on to different projects.
I think the reason that there's a kind of doubt that this summer's event will indeed be the last one is because I'd announced that a previous party would be the last one. I was a little burnt out and needed a change.. but then my friend Michael Brandon agreed to do the party and I had to do one more.. and it's real hard to say 'no' to Michael. He bats those blues and you just want to say yes to anything. :)
What I will remember most about the New York parties is watching it change from what I wanted it to be (basically, a reproduction of the LA/PS parties) to it's own individual event with it's own identity and own followers. I guess it's like having children - you just never quite know how they are going to turn out - and what you expect and what you get are two different things. And you can sit and be frustrated, or you can join the ride. And I joined this ride early on.
Then there were our three Boylesquers - "Homo Erectus" producer Matt Knife and performers Lewd Alfred Douglass and Brooklyn Irons, pushing the envelope for what great erotic performances can be.
Emcee Witti Repartee and former Mr. Eagle, Arsenio, kept the night moving and DJ Jonny Mack provided an amazing soundtrack worthy of a finale.
Thanks to you all for bringing all your amazing talents to help us raise funds for Cycle for the Cause. And a weecap of the night wouldn't be complete without mentioning four other very special people who have been instrumental in making ten years of Bad Boys happen:
The legendary Rollerena - who has joined us for many parties (and many Bingos) over the years, presiding over the crowd like the graceful and beautiful queen (or is it Dame?) that she is. Thank you Witti, for acknowledging her from the stage and giving her a moment to talk. She is an inspiration. :)
Sea Tea producer Michael Fesco - who has helmed these summer parties for a couple of decades and despite lots of technical problems last summer and lots of upper management problems this year, carried on throwing the party week after week. The Sea Tea was the perfect place for the New York version of Bad Boys and the memories of our annual party there will stay with me always.
Barbara, the good witch - at least she's been good to me! LOL :) Barbara has helped me out every year of the party wrangle porn stars and other folks and makes sure that I have had a drink in my hand on more than one occasion when she sees something happen that she knows I'm going to be on the warpath about. There's nothing quite like having an old friend around who knows you inside and out. Vera Charles handing a drink to Mame, yes that's kind of close.
And speaking of an old friend, finally, there's my photographer, AB who has been shooting my events for ten years this February. Week in and week out at Bingo, for several of the Porn Idol events and for many of the Bad Boys on the Hudsons. I wouldn't want to do an event without AB; he brings so much to my shows and to my life, I can't even imagine doing these things without him. Thank you, old friend.
And thanks to all of the wonderful friends, colleagues, fans etc who came to one or more of the 23 Bad Boys parties over the years. It's been an honor and a pleasure to entertain and serve you all.
I look forward to seeing you at upcoming weeks of P*rno Bingo and when I guest host "Homo Erectus" again on Thursday, February 13th (the annual "My Furry Valentine" show). Photo in middle of blog from photographer Jason Russo. He took the photo from above and we have a picture of him from our vantage point in the gallery.
Posted at 12:03 PM in 2013 Bad Boys on the Hudson, A Little Night Life, Drag Stars I Adore, Fundraiser, Life's a Cabaret, Music I Dig, New York City, Sexy, Strippers and Hot Guys!, Will Clark's Bad Boys Partys, Will Clark's JOURNAL | Permalink | Comments (0)
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As I sit here in my living room on a balmy late August night, and as I have been going through Bingo pics from the past few months, I've been re-enjoying many of these nights from this summer. But probably few were as satisfying as the 10th and Final Bad Boys on the Hudson on July 14th. The week before, on Weds July 10th I enjoyed the company of drag performer Jackie Dupree who hadn't been on the show for awhile and of course it was great to have her back again. On the same bill was my pal Tym Moss (representing the Bronx community center we were raising funds for) and singer Cisco who I'd only seen previously in BAAD's annual production of LOS NUTCRACKERS (one of my favorite holiday traditions). The night was breezy and fun and we raised a bit of cash. But unfortunately the pics from the night didn't really turn out so, unfortunately, the pic above of all of us are the only one that is really good enough to post. I think it might be time for a new camera. I realized the other day that I've had my pink Canon for about four years - which is about two years longer than I usually keep a camera given the amount of wear and tear I put it through week in and week out. The ol' girl just goes in and out these days.
The next week on Weds July 17th, I was riding an event high as the Bad Boys party had been so awesome (and the after party pit stop at an apartment in Chelsea wasn't so bad after all, although it would have been better had I not been lugging around a Duane Reade bag full of paper towels all night - that's a story for another time as well. My guests were Bad Boy Collin Stone and awesomely fabulous singer Liz Fonseca (we are all devoted fans of hers now).
The beneficiary that night was my pal and Wisconsin AIDS rider, Terry Christopher who was in the final prep for his early August ride around the rolling hills of my home state. Unfortunately I was in such a post event good mood that I left my camera at home. My photographer AB had to struggle with using my iPhone all night - and in a dark bar, that doesn't really work all that well. Above is the only real useable picture.... but Im sure I'll have Liz back soon and then we can just shoot her all night long (no, wait, that's not what I mean.. er.. uhm.... )... and thanks too to Liz's boyfriend who endured an evening in a gay bar... and I think he even won some gay porn (or did I just dream that?) :)
The week after that on Weds July 24th, I remembered the camera AND it was working so thank God I have a real gallery of photos to show you of my guests internet talk show Cisco Vegas and Cockyboys star Levi Karter. Cisco amused us all with a "whose cock is this?" photo gallery (I always love when people make an effort to do bits) and Levi ... well, Levi looks like your run of the mill pretty boy but there's a whole lot more there.
Who was our beneficiary you might ask? None other than first time beneficiaries, the Queer Urban Orchestra who successfully promoted the night to all their members who showed up, brought their friends and ended up raising over $700! Fabulous. :)
Thanks to Cockyboys for sending over a nice big load.. of xxx flicks. :)
BTW that blue t shirt I'm wearing is from my friends at Rock and Rawhide, pick yours up today!
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You know, it's a kind of amazing talent to throw a big party Sunday night and go into work the next morning as if nothing had happened at all. Now if I could just market that. For those of you who missed it, Gustavo Monroy captured the party with AMAZING pics for Next Magazine's website... click here!
Anyway, thanks to all of you who joined me for the Tenth and Final Bad Boys on the Hudson aboard the Queen of Hearts as part of the summer Sea Tea promotion. The Sea Tea continues doing it's magic every week (and there's a Marriage Equality night comin up on Sunday July 28th that looks like a lot of fun) but the Bad Boys parties are now finished. It was fun and Sunday night's party was a BLAST but no, Mark, there won't be an "11th and Final".
Many of you asked "why stop?" and the answer is simply - it's time to do something new/something different. And I will. Naturally, I already have an idea of the next direction I'm going in, and I'll let you all know as soon as there's something to talk about.
In the meantime, I continue to produce and emcee the weekly Bingo nights at Uncle Charlies - and tonight, I have XXX stud Collin Stone and singer Liz Fonseca as our last fundraiser of the season for singer Terry Christopher's Wisconsin AIDS Ride. Come on down to the bar tonight from 9pm to 11pm to get some erotic goodies, have good chat and of course bask in the AC. There's no cover and the drinks are cheapish. :)
See you tonight at Prrrrrrrrrrno Bingo!
That old cliche - don't be sad because something is over, be glad that something happened - definitely applies today, Sunday, July 14th, 2013, when the era of the Bad Boys parties is at last over.
I did my first set of xxx flicks in summer 1995 (starting August 4th to be exact) and, later that year, I took one of my best friends at the time to the Gay Erotic Video Awards. The event was sponsored by and raised money for the Los Angeles based organization, Aid for AIDS. At the time I didn't understand how special this was. In the way our society works, an AIDS organization (or really any LGBT based group) supporting sex work is a rare thing. I have to admit that I've never exactly understood why - it would seem a natural symbiotic relationship, but what do I know? With non-profits, government funding rules everything of course and even the slightest whiff of anything controversial will cause board members and executive directors to shudder and shake.(This is, by the way, in case you wondered, why most fundraising events are so fucking bland and dull. One of the things about AFA that was so neat is that they at the time understood how to be a good neighbor will all parts of the community. Their Red Dress parties are also legendary).
Anyway, Aid for AIDS was special in that it actively participated in the gay porn industry by creating a special fund to assist gay porn performers who were having financial difficulty due to HIV/AIDS. Not only did they create the Joey Stefano Fund, but they sold tickets to porn award shows from their offices on Santa Monica Blvd. I remember the first time I went in I was greeted by an older gentleman who kibbitzed and flirted with me. I would later learn that he was the orgs executive director.
Over the next couple years I would become friendly with the staff and promote the org's mission. In 1996 they asked me to make an appearance at what was then the Gauntlet (now the LA Eagle) for one of their Sunday beer busts - they'd sell all you can drink beer for $7, sell raffle tickets, give away porn. It was a huge success and always packed to the rafters. Eventually I started helping them book stars, emcee and sort of produce the event. It was also during this time that I met my second boyfriend, who was one of the orgs star volunteers.
Now I'm usually sort of against nanny states (limiting people's right to buy 64 oz drinks or whatever), but when the Mothers Against Drunk Driving crusaded against being able to sell unlimited amounts of beer to a city full of drivers, I was kind of on their side. It didn't just affect our event, but all beer busts in LA.
And so we had to come up with an alternative idea - and the Bad Boys Pool Party was born. My friend and columnist Mickey Skee had just written a book, Bad Boys of Video, where he interviewed a couple dozen gay porn stars (myself included) and I thought it would be a neat idea to include as many of the book's subjects as possible. It seemed a natural tie-in.
The first couple parties were good, but it wasn't until the third party that things really took off. I then moved the party to Palm Springs where it became a great destination for a weekend's worth of porn fans.
Michael Brandon's "Inappropriate Behavior Party" came out of our 2002 party where an ex boyfriend of mine took it up on himself to tell Michael that sucking off a dozen guys was "inappropirate behavior". (The ex was correct - I had very clear guidelines about what the party was and was not about - although he went about conveying that all wrong. This was one of the clearest examples of how the right message can be delivered in the wrong way).
Eventually I produced an annual Burlesque show in San Francisco after I'd moved to New York, but I just couldn't make it work living so far away. We did three of them though to benefit Magnet, and the 2005 show (the last one) was probably one of the best shows that I've ever had the pleasure to be involved with.
In New York, DJ Randy Bettis and I discovered that our birthdays are a day apart and so, for a few years we threw a Bad Boys style dance party. They were fun but were really more dance party moneymakers for the venue than fundraisers for orgs that I cared about.
And, in 2004, I created the Bad Boys on the Hudson as the east coast equivalent to the west coast's Bad Boys parties. It's always been it's own odd sort of animal but successful nonetheless.
Staging a fundraiser with multiple talents coming from a variety of backgrounds (porn, drag, leather, etc) is a sort of large scale job... embarking on it with a zero budget just makes it that much more challenging (and, at times, it has felt impossible).
And so here we are.
At the end of a long, spectacular and unexpectedly long road. Oh the fun I've had. Too many stories to tell here and most of them the kind of story that sounds like someone telling you their dream - interesting to me, but maybe not so much to you who weren't there.
I don't know that there will never be another Bad Boys type event - I never say 'never' - and I'll still be doing my weekly Bingo night (for awhile at least, more on this another time), but as far as the Sea Tea and the Queen of Hearts goes, tonight is the end of our story.
So please, come on out. We're going to dance to DJ Jonny Mack, we're going to have fun with our performers - Witti Repartee, Boylesque performers Matt Knife, Lewd Alfred Douglass, Brooklyn Irons, and Mr. Von Cake along with XXX studs Collin Stone and Drew Sumrok.
A portion of the door will go to Cycle for the Cause and the money raised will go to support Mr. Eagle Arsenio Amadis' ride this September. Which, given how my descent into fundraising started off at the Gauntlet turned Eagle, is kind of poetic and appropriate. :)
Tickets will be available at the door for $30 and includes a dinner aboard the boat. Doors open at 6pm, launch is at 7:30pm and we return to the pier at 10pm. We are not at Pier 40 at the end of Christopher Street as usual, we are at Pier 78 at the end of W. 38th Street instead. You will have to walk along W. 34th Street to get there.
It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day - I will see you there or catch you on the flip side.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Posted at 09:45 AM in A Little Night Life, AIDS, Fundraiser, Music I Dig, New York City, Queer Art, Sexy, Strippers and Hot Guys!, Will Clark's Bad Boys Partys, Will Clark's JOURNAL | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Someone once said to me, fairly curtly, that they found it ridiculous that I would waste any time at all posting pics from Bingo from weeks that were even two or three weeks passed, much less two to three to four months in the past. I guess I understand that. In today's era where pics are posted as something happens, I might as well be postin pics from a decade ago.
But you know, it matters to me and I'm pretty sure it matters to the guests and the stars that show up for our little soiree every Wednesday night .... and while I wish my life was constructed to do it the day after, I kind of find it nice to be able to look back at these times with some fondness.
Like the April 3rd night. I had just started the contract on the day job and I think I was kind of in a stunned state during this show. I'd gone to what seemed like a normal temp job, and suddenly I was thrust into helping plan a dozen events for hundreds and hundreds of people in several locations in the tri state area. Yikes. I do love it but oy, I was not prepared for it.
But I have to say.... as the weeks have gone by, I have found a certain kind of joy in doing the show. Since the job is so button up, showing up at Uncle Charlies and drinking and saying all sorts of naughty things, is a great release.
Anyway, I welcomed Gay Men's Chorus Queen Lily Putian and current Mr. Eagle Arsenio as my guests that night - and we raised funds for Terry Christopher's Wisconsin AIDS Ride. The place was packed with Chorus people throughout the evening and we raised a few bucks for Terry's ride, which is coming up.
Terry is, by coincidence, Bingo's beneficiary next week, Wednesday July 17. And also by coincidence, this Sunday's Bad Boys on the Hudson (the final one by the way in case you hadn't heard) will benefit Arsenio's Cycle for the Cause ride in late September. And if you're looking for more return engagements, look to August 7th when Lily and the Chorus Butch will darken our door again - and unleash all manners of Chorus talent out into the world. More on that in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, you can check out the night through a few pics, courtesy of our photographer, AB.
Naturally, there'll be more pics of other weeks coming soon (hot Will Swagger, Mike Dreyden pics & more!) .
Posted at 03:00 PM in 2013 Bad Boys on the Hudson, 2013 Make It So, So Say We All, A Little Night Life, Drag Stars I Adore, Fundraiser, Gay Sports Teams, Music I Dig, New York City, Pop Goes the Culture, Queer Art, Sexy, The Big Gay Rant About Stupid Gay Drama, Will Clark's Bad Boys Partys, Will Clark's JOURNAL | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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I know I'm supposed to be on the Pride bandwagon and all but this past weekend, I felt a little bit of antarctic disinterest towards the whole thing. I'm not sure why. Sure, Pride weekend sometimes hasn't felt as special to me as I think it does to a lot of other people, because, up until recently, I've lived my life as a 24/7 gay pride parade. Pride Sunday was sort of just one more day. Also, after a couple decades of Parades, I kind of feel as though they are like James Bond movies - you could see all of them if you wanted to, but do you really need to? (as a lay Bond fan, I find the Daniel Craig Bonds more watchable than the others but admittedly some of that has to do with the man cake on display in his movies)
In any event, I spent the first third of the day prepping the Tenth and Final Bad Boys on the Hudson slated for Sunday July 14th. Lots of fun, click here to see the Facebook invite (feel free to 'join' yourself, but you still have to buy a ticket). I then went down to the West Village, and ended up at Rockbar. I thought a super hot guy was cruising me until I realized that the video screen was just behind me. Whoops. I danced with the hubby of another friend and someone cracked my back. There were also $3 cans of beer and 80s rock videos playing. There was also a $3 cover, which all things considered, is pretty reasonable. Someone behind me grumbled "what a ripoff" in exactly the same tone as my mother did once when I was a teen. We - my mom, my sister and I - were in line for the movies and when my mom was told the ticket price, which had raised, my mom, trying to be all current.. it was the mid-1970s ... said in a voice and tone I'll never forget, "what a ripoff!" Naturally my sister and I hung our heads in embarrassment ("m-oom"). So there I was standing in line, digging out my $3 and I heard "what a ripoff"... and I had to smile. My mom had joined me for Gay Pride in New York - well, you see, not everyone lives their life like every day is Gay Pride... and so I'm glad that she gave it a try. It's kind of funny what you find when you're not looking, huh?
Speaking of gay, tomorrow night, Wednesday July 3rd, I'm throwing a kick off for the big holiday weekend and hope you'll join me at Uncle Charlies for another edition of "The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo" Drag queen Robusta Capp and XXX hottie Antonio Manero will be my guests and we hve cheap booze and even cheaper men! That's from 9pm to 11pm at Uncle Charlies located at 139 E. 45th between Lexington and Third.
Posted at 10:00 AM in 2013 Bad Boys on the Hudson, A Little Night Life, Drag Stars I Adore, Fundraiser, Music I Dig, New York City, Sexy, Strippers and Hot Guys!, THE WILL CLARK SHOW/BINGO, Will Clark's Bad Boys Partys, Will Clark's JOURNAL | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Tags: Antonio Manero, Bad Boys on the Hudson, Bad Boys Pool Party. Will Clark, Gay New York, Gay Pride, Heritage of Pride, New York, Robusta Capp, Sea Tea
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