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    One of the highlights of the New York City summer season -- the Mermaid Parade -- returned to Coney Island on Saturday and, once again, it was a glittery, ocular buffet. Men, women, children and pets came out in their tails, bikinis and body paint to celebrate the "ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside." Take a look at photos from the festivities by Melissa Spitz, below.























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    Saturday night, a fashionable crew decamped for Montauk to help celebrate alice + olivia's 10-year anniversary of their first boutique at a bash held at Gurney's Resort. Inside a tent decorated with colorful, Moroccan-esque throws, pillows and lights, guests like Erin Wasson, Laura Love, actress Abby Elliott, and more toasted a+o designer Stacey Bendet and snacked on BBQ like burgers, grilled corn on the cob and veggie kebabs. The night included DJ sets by Hannah Bronfman and a performance by The Dolls (Mia Moretti and Margot). Take a look at pics from the evening, below.


    Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Erin Wasson and Laura Love


    alice + olivia designer Stacey Bendet


    Abby Elliott


    Heron Preston (right)


    Kelly Framel


    Claudia Cifu and Chioma Nnadi


    Cleo Wade


    Paula Goldstein di Principe


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    Tanlines' Eric Emm gets a doppelgänger in the Brooklyn indie pop duo's newest release,  "Palace."Girls' Alex Karpovsky, who also wrote and directed the film along with Teddy Blanks, plays the double, and in a series of Sliding Doors-esque scenes, we watch them both pine over Natasha Lyonne, who plays the ex-girlfriend that walks out on Emm/Karpovsky in the opening seconds of the video. While Emm tries to work things out with Lyonne in couples' counseling, Karpovsky tries to get over the break-up with some slightly-NSFW hijinks (comically bedding a succession of women, accepting massive quantities of cocaine from bandmate Jesse Cohen, getting electrocuted in the bath by a toaster, etc.). We won't spoil the ending(s).

    Watch the clip, which was co-produced by Urban Outfitters, and keep an eye for more cameos by High Maintenance's Ben Sinclair (who plays a douchey music exec) and Leo Fitzpatrick (as Karpovsky's doppelgänger), above.

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    Back in our October issue, we called Ladyfag"the woman saving New York nightlife," and, indeed, Ms. Fag was back again this weekend with the Pride Week edition of her SHADE party Saturday with partner Seva Granik to remind the city that counter club culture is alive and well, even when it seems like the five boroughs are telling you otherwise. Like the previous installation of SHADE, the party was held at a massive Greenpoint warehouse on the banks of the East River. Inside, two huge inflatable penises flanked the DJ booth, where DJs Heartthrob, Wrecked, Honey Dijon and Fatherhood, played until 8 am and a room wallpapered in porn with neon sign "Pussy Palace" crowning its entrance way was a spot to take a break from the dance floor. Check out our photos of all the SHADEy Pride fun by Rebecca Smeyne below.

































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    With July 4th just around the corner, The CityKids Foundation is announcing the fate of Keith Haring's iconic American mural, "CityKids Speak on Liberty." Not only is it one of Keith's most patriotic works, but it is also the largest. The six-story piece depicting the Statue of Liberty first debuted in Battery Park on July 4th, 1986, celebrating the statue's 100th birthday. Since then, it has been exhibited all over the world from Milan to Paris. However, now after more than two decades, the work is finally returning to its home in New York, commemorating both the 25th anniversary of Haring's passing and the 30th anniversary of The City Kids Foundation. The press conference announcing the ultimate fate of Haring's work will take place tomorrow at the NOMO SOHO Hotel and will feature a special message from artist Kenny Scharf and and performance by Steven Prescod, star of the one man show, Brooklyn Boy.




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    "I really like grotesque forms, compositions, and situations...I think weird and surreal adds to reality," London-based, Hungarian photographer Andi Galdi Vinko told us back in April. The young artist's work often features striking compositions of friends, acquaintances or strangers interacting with themselves, other people or props in ways that feel simultaneously familiar and slightly disconcerting. (See: the father with his son atop his shoulders whose back muscles underneath his child's bottom create the illusion of one "extended butt crack.") It's an aesthetic that has drawn comparisons to Galdi Vinko's self-professed favorite director, Harmony Korine, and one that's encapsulated by the name of her first London solo show, Paradisco. Speaking to VICE UK, she explained that the name combines the Hungarian slang word "para" ("Fear is just fear, but 'para' is when you're scared of things in a weird way") with disco, creating a portmanteau that also nods to "the Italian word 'paradiso,' which is paradise...the two words combined allude to this elusive paradise." Folks in London have one more week to see her work in person at Stour Space in Hackney Wick before Paradisco closes on June 29th and for all others, you can take a look at a collection of Galdi Vinko's photos from the exhibit, below.


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


    From Andi Galdi Vinko, Paradisco Exhibition, 2015


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    Tourists to New York usually fall in love with the High Line, the former elevated train track converted into an urban park perched about the streets of Manhattan's far west side and thanks to Coach and the Friends of the High Line locals, have a good excuse to spend the evening up there for the yearly Summer Party. Each June, the fashion house gathers a parade of stylish folks who wear flower headdresses, play carnival games, get their caricature done and generally marvel at the gorgeous views of New Jersey (and, no, that's not meant to be ironic). Even summer showers this year didn’t stop the party train -- they even cooled things off for the revelers. Take a look at photos from the night, below.


    Chloe Grace Moretz, Kate Bosworth and Suki Waterhouse


    Kiernan Shipka and Dylan Penn


    Chloe Norgaard and Freeka Tet


    Chloe Grace Moretz and Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers


    Susie Lau


    Thelma Golden


    Victor Luis, Diane von Furstenberg and Stuart Vevers



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    Back in April we were bummed to hear that Westway was closing for good in July and now that the time is near, it's only fitting that the former strip club along the West Side Highway would go off with a bang (or two, pun intended). One of the club's most popular parties -- Westgay -- held their penultimate rager last night (they'll have one final twirl under the glittery bust disco ball during PRIDE Weekend on Sunday) featuring a special live performance by Azealia Banks. As always, the looks were major and pretty NSFW. Take a peek at photos by Andrew Tess, below.


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    Azealia Banks


    Greg Krelenstein


    Frankie Sharp


    Azealia Banks


    Azealia Banks


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    Welcome! Roll Call is a new column that will feature rising trends that we're spotting on the catwalk, on the streets and everywhere else.

    Cruelty-free textiles, whether synthetic or organic, have made leaps and bounds in the past 50 years. Whether Shrimps' amazing Papa Puss Coat or Stella McCartney's hyper realistic-looking faux leather handbags, it's clear we've come a long way from the faux textiles of the '30s, '40s and '50s, crude imitations that hardly resembled the real thing. Whether you're a card-carrying PETA member or can't bear to part with your mink, it's hard to deny how awesome these 10 cruelty-free alternatives look... 

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    1. Olympia Le Tan Chalk Box bag, $959.72

    #1.jpg2. Free People: Slouchy Vegan tote, $68

    #2.png3. Stella McCartney: Beckett Cork Shoulder bag, $966



    Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 5.27.05 PM.png4. Angela Roi: Palette White cross-body, $65
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    5. Freedom of Animals: Boromo Circle bag, $300
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    7. Pixie Market: Facetime Clutch bag, $109

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    8. LeSportsac: Signature Dani backpack, $158










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    In Pride Week's spirit of inclusion, there's something for everyone this weekend, whether you're into dance parties, films, drag shows, art installations, or even Tarot cards. Read on for recommendations of where to celebrate LGBT pride in NYC and kick off summer.

    Thursday, June 25

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    Duh Pride Kickoff
    Get Pride Weekend off to a raucous start at Duh, which will be featuring live performances by rapper and M.I.A. protegée Rye Rye, and music by resident DJ Mazurbate, HD, and Chapman. Oh -- and don't forget to indulge in a cotton candy machine and Svedka open bar.
    Up&Down, 244 W. 14th St., 11 p.m.

    Fire in the Hole
    The East Village's Nowhere bar hosts "Fire in the Hole," a monthly event in honor of redheads and their supporters. They have $3 whiskey gingers because, obviously.
    Nowhere, 322 E. 14th St., 9 p.m.


    Hump! Film Festival
    Sex columnist Dan Savage curates this year's dirty movie festival at the Wythe Hotel. 18 5-minute amateur porn films will be screened and cash prizes will be awarded for the noblest efforts. Because who doesn't want to watch low-budget money shots with a bunch of strangers?
    Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

    Friday, June 26

    Everybooty
    This dance club-meets-art gallery-meets-drag show at BAM Fisher boasts four floors and a rooftop for getting your groove on to DJs Sean B, Matty Beats, and Deputy, checking out video and art installations, and catching performances by Will Sheridan, Mizz June, The Feath3r Theory, Turnt Up Trifecta, and I Am A Boys Choir. And if that's not enough, rumor has it there'll be karaoke and Tarot readings for those tired out from all the week's dancing.
    BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

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    Mykki Blanco Presents Dogfood MG
    Gender-bending punk-inspired rapper/performance artist/poet Mykki Blanco takes the stage following his long-time opener Psycho Egyptian,futuristic Berlin-based act Amnesia Scanner,Violence,and Chino Amobi. And if you miss them this time around, you can catch Mykki Blanco at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar later this summer or Amnesia Scanner at MoMA PS1 on Saturday.
    Palisades, 906 Broadway, Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

    The Rally
    Since its start in 1969 after the Stonewall Riots, The Rally has served as NYC Pride Weekend's ultimate kick-off event. The free, all-ages gathering will be held on Pier 26 in Tribeca and includes a special performance by Ashanti. Make sure to, uh, be "on time." Hudson River Park Pier 26, 7 p.m.

    Fantasy
    If you're still raring to go post-Rally, head to "Fantasy", a burlesque masquerade party at The Diamond Horseshoe. You'll be able to purchase masks at the door should you forget yours at home.
    The Diamond Horseshoe, 235 W. 46th St., 10 p.m-5 a.m.

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    Photo via Paris is Burning

    Celebrate Brooklyn!: Paris Is Burning
    Celebrate Brooklyn! is holding a free outdoor screening of the 1990 documentary/bible Paris Is Burning, featuring an introduction by its director, Jennie Livingston. What's more, there'll also be a ball performance with members from House of Xtravaganza. Start perfecting your duckwalk now.
    Prospect Park West at 9th St., 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

    OASIS
    Queer art collectives The Culture Whore and Factory Girls have joined forces to create OASIS, an eight-hour melding of art and music from the most talented voices in the Philly, Baltimore, and New York areas. The Bushwick event will feature music by JX Cannon and J Lamar, as well as Philly's Gun$ Garcia and Yolo Ono.
    43 Scott Ave., Brooklyn, 11 p.m.-7 a.m.

    Saturday, June 27

    Teaze
    Pride's 12th annual women-exclusive dance party will feature NYC Pride veteran Whitney Day, DJ Sherock, and Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose spinning all day against the serene backdrop of Hudson River Park. 
    Hudson River Park Pier 26, 3-10 p.m.

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    Photo via WE Party

    WE Party
    If you never finished your Bachelor's, WE Party's "University"-themed event seems like the next best thing. Held in Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom, DJs Sagi Kariv and Micky Friedmann will be spinning 'till 6 a.m. So get your tickets and avoid making out with any underage co-eds.
    The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., 10 p.m.-6 a.m.

    Siren
    Siren, a yearly women's dance party, will be held at Watermark Bar, a mod indoor and outdoor lounge overlooking the East River. DJs RosyQ, Ches, and Nikki Lions will spin into the early hours of the morning.
    Watermark Bar, 78 South St., 8 p.m.-4 a.m.

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    Photo via Pride Ball

    Pride Ball
    In addition to the Hump! Film Festival, Wythe Hotel will be co-hosting, along with Gayletter, their annual Pride Ball. There will be special performances by House of Mugler, House of Labeija, and queer Brookly-based rapper Jay Boogie. A portion of the night's ticket sales will go toward Fierce, a charity supporting LGBT+ youth of color in New York City.
    Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 


    Sunday, June 28

    PrideFest
    PrideFest sets up camp on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th St., with more family-friendly events that provide a tamer antidote to all the before-and-after parties throughout the weekend.
    Hudson Street, between Abingdon Sq. and W. 14th St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Pride Parade
    Get your lamé hotpants ready for the big kahuna of Pride Weekend -- the parade -- which kicks off at 36th and Fifth and finishes its route on Christopher and Greenwich Sts. This year's Grand Marshals include actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi, Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, and Brooklyn-based activist J. Christopher Neal. Keep an eye out for PAPER's own Mr. Mickey who will be riding Diesel's LOVE float this year alongside vogue dancers sporting the brand's new, uh, package-enhancing Hero Fit briefs. 

    Dance on the Pier
    This Pride Weekend staple has hosted the likes of Cher, Demi Lovato, and Cyndi Lauper and this year it's Ariana Grande who's nabbed the headlining slot. Feel free to wear all the glitter your body can absorb and dance it all off during "One Last Time" for a good cause.
    Hudson River Park Pier 26, 3-10 p.m.

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    RuPaul's Drag Race Pride
    RuPaul's Drag Race is no longer confined to the screen; you can now catch live voguing by all the reality show's season 7 contestants plus some old favorites like Sharon Needles, Raja, and Pandora Boxx.
    Liberty Theater, 233 W. 41st St., 8 p.m. 
     
    Pride at the Bell House
    The tagline for the Bell House's annual Pride comedy event is "What if 'A Prairie Home Companion' were hosted by four Mirandas?" Comedians John Early and Cole Escola, along with author Isaac Oliver and "drag rapper" Hamm Samwich will co-host the event, with its profits going to SAGE benefiting LGBT elders. Special guests include Girls' Jemima Kirke, SNL's Sasheer Zamata, and comedian Julie Klausner.
    The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

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    Photo courtesy of Diesel

    Westgay
    End Pride Weekend with a bang at Frankie Sharp's LAST-EVER Westgay before Westway shuts its doors for good. The last hurrah is being sponsored by Diesel and will feature a live performance by Foxy Brown and sets by DJs Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija, and Cazwell.  
    The Westway, 75 Clarkson St., 10 p.m.; 21+; Tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE




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    If there's one thing we love more than gratuitous use of the eggplant emoji, it's hot IRL men in underwear. And this year, just in time for celebrating an extra-special Pride, dudes will get the chance to show off their stuff with Diesel's innovative Hero Fit, a contour-defining underwear, that lifts, hugs and defines in all the right places. Wooooof. 

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    Bonus: with soft, stretchy cotton, these breathable briefs will most definitely not get into a bunch. 
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    Photos courtesy of Diesel

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    Most Insane Invention: You know how in the future, we will be using flying discs to get around? Lexus has made that supposed fantasy a reality. With the help of scientists and engineers the car company has released the Lexus hoverboard: a skateboard sized device that can hover in mid air.  -- Juliette Kang



    Best Tattoo:What do you do if you can't choose between two possible tattoo ideas? You combine them. A guy in Toronto recently got a tattoo of Bart Simpson as Drake running through the 6. -- J.K.


    Most Outrageous Nightclub Act: A guy (possible performance artist?) at a Chinese nightclub in Hunchun lit a string of fire crackers off. Inside his pants. He was safe, but it looked pretty painful.-- J.K.

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    Best Art Crossover: A hilarious and brilliant museum goer combined images from Kim Kardashian's selfie book, Selfish, with paintings from  New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The outcome was beautiful. -- J.K.



    Weirdest Music Video Featuring Cats:
    From Atlanta heavy metal outfit Mastodon, an animatronic cat battling the forces of evil amid a sea of epilepsy-inducing neon lighting.-- Victoria Lin

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    Photo via Vanity Fair

    Most Ironic Headline
    : An 811-word news item from Vanity Fair titled "Sarah Palin is Finally No Longer News." -- V.L.

    Best Way to Avoid FOMO: Resident Advisor's new app, RA Guide, that gathers users' recommendations for the best concerts, DJ sets and warehouse parties around the world. -- Abby Schreiber

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    Photo via Style.com

    Most Bizarre Fashion Moment
    : Rick Owens punching a model at his Paris men's show after the model came on the catwalk with a sign that said "Kill Angela Merkel No."No, really. -- V.L.

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    Best News Anchor: Sorry, Anderson. This pup pundit looks way better in a suit. -- Sandra Song


    Chill Out Song of the Week:
    "Round Whippin'" by A. Chal. Makes ya wanna grab a Camaro and ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. -- A.S.

    Best Science Fair Project, Like, Ever:
    Two British middle schoolers are developing technology for a condom that can detect STD's. Yes, MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. Even better, the condom would change colors depending on what disease it comes into contact with.-- Taylor Silver

    kanye-west-zayn-malik-joe-jonas-2015-billboard-650.jpgMost Random Squad:
    Kanye, Zayn Malik, and Joe Jonas sat front row at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris this week and it's delightfully confusing. -- T.S.

    Coolest New Exhibit: The Museum of Arts and Design will unveil a new exhibit tonight called Night Paving: The Aural History of Jackie 60 & Motherabout the famed '90s club and its famous patrons like Marc Jacobs and Debbie Harry. -- T.S.

    Best Excuse to Borrow Dad's Golf Shirt: Hulu just added all 9 seasons of Seinfeld to their catalog, and to help kick it off, they recreated Jerry's old apartment. If you don't head over to the exhibit before it closes this Sunday, no Instagram for you. -- T.S.

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    Most Attractive Primate: Apparently this good-looking gorilla's got game -- and more than a few fangirls. -- S.S.


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    With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage just the day before Gay Pride weekend, NYC's LGBT community had a truly monumental reason to celebrate. My personal Pride Weekend kicked off at Hôtel Americano for a brunch co-hosted by Diesel's Nicola Formichetti. The Misshapes DJ'd making the 1pm shindig seem like 1am. Revelers included Gayletter's Tom and Abi, superstar journalists Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger, model RJ King, YouTube star Aaron Rhodes and a cavalcade of tattoo'd partygoers. Mini-inflated pink swan cup holders were a hit with the kids while giant couch-sized inflated swans provided the perfect location for gay pride selfies. Take a look at photos by Rebecca Smeyne, below.


    Diesel's Niccola Formichetti, models and Mr. Mickey



    The Misshapes's Greg Krelenstein



    Mr. Mickey and Lynn Yaeger



    Jodie Harsh (second from left), Candy Ken and Nicola Formichetti



    Candy Ken (left)


    Niccola Formichetti, Richard Chai and friend


    RJ King and Simon Huck


    K-Rizz




    Candy Ken and Nicola Formichetti


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    After kicking things off on Saturday with a brunch, Diesel kept the party going with their float in the Heritage of Pride parade. LOVE was the theme and the float was decorated with giant L-O-V-E letters. Diesel's Creative Director, Nicola Formichetti, was the star, working a million different social media channels as the float inched its way down Fifth Avenue. He did Persicope, Twitter, Instagram -- the works. Also on the float was Candy Ken, the Berlin-based muscle man with a penchant for Hello Kitty accessories. His Pride look was aqua Diesel underpants (the new kind from their Hero Fit collection that claim to enchance your package) along with giant pink sunglasses and a Hello Kitty tiara, necklace and bicep bracelet. London DJ and party queen Jodie Harsh contributed to the international glamour quotient and an army of wildly dressed (and semi-undressed) cuties danced on the float and alongside it. With the crowds watching the parade delirious with the excitement of the Supreme Court decision, everyone was truly in the mood to cut loose and have an amazing time. Take a look at photos, below.


    Mr. Mickey riding the Diesel "LOVE" float



    Candy Ken and Nicola Formichetti







    Mr. Mickey and Nicola Formichetti




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    Jodie Harsh on the Diesel "LOVE" float





    Jodie Harsh




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    Last night, Westway hosted its last-ever 'Westgay' bash (the club is shutting its doors for good next month) and it was a turn up for the ages. The end to the history-making Pride Weekend, the party, which was sponsored by Diesel, brought out scores of kids in their underpants and pasties and a special performance by Foxy Brown. Take a look at photos by Marco Ovando, below.






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    Queen Sateen and Exquisite







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    The Culture Whore reliably throws some of the most insane and eclectic parties in Brooklyn's underground queer nightlife scene. For Pride, they teamed up with Philly collective Factory Girls and it was major, filling 2 floors and 3 rooms at a grimy rental space in Bushwick until hours past dawn. They called the party "0 @ S 1 S" and invited a sprawling list of the scene's weirdest and cutest hosts, performers, queens and DJs. Check out our pics, below.



























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    Hailing from Atlanta, OAK stylist and go-to party host Cameron Cooper is a big presence, a bundle of fashion inspirations, wild anecdotes and quippy one-liners. And his apartment is equally as intriguing, a heavenly, all-white Williamsburg sanctuary filled with an assortment of knick-knacks from artist friends collected over the years -- something that's not too difficult to imagine considering he rolls with the likes of Ladyfag and leather accessory designer Zana Bayne. We spent a Friday night before one of Ladyfag's 11:11 parties to document his "getting ready" process -- white eyelashes, white wine and all.




    "Zana Bayne is one of my best friends. She made this hat -- and actually started her collection when she moved into my apartment...I'll attach the dreamcatchers to it, even though that wasn't her intention. She thinks it's just me being ridiculous."


    "Zana also made [a pair of white bracelets] specifically for tonight. Our on-going joke is that I'm going to keep asking her for more until I have them in every color. Like, I had her make red ones for a Christmas party."



    "I actually used to own a vintage clothing store called 'Now Playing' around here on Havemeyer in like '04, '05. I closed it because it wasn't fun anymore."


    "Ladyfag and I met at the Cock, right after she moved here. I remembered seeing her at Room Service, crawling on the floor, dancing, and being like, 'Who is that girl? She is so crazy!'"


    "Make-up is hard. I am horrible at make-up. That's why I just do shapes. [My favorite look is] to take circle stickers and paint over it and take it off, so then you get this negative space."



    "[My roommate and I] make costumes for a non-profit dance company called Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre. This year is their 10 year anniversary, and we've been working with them for 4, 5 years."



    "I was always going to parties in Atlanta, since I was a kid...the first party I went to in NYC was Limelight in '93 when I was visiting.


    "I actually moved here around 9/11. It happened and I stayed around [Atlanta] a few more days and then drove my U-Haul up a few days later while they were doing recovery around the Towers."



    "I love an all-white look, especially in the club because it's dark and everyone else wears black, so you look like a white, ghostly figure snaking through the crowd."


    "But sometimes it takes a village."


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    Anyone who's spent time adjusting ISOs knows that shooting twilight on film is tricky, but photographer Natalie O'Moore's new series documenting LA youth is so gorgeous, we're tempted to try. Aptly titled In The American Night, the use of 35 & 120 mm lends everything a distinctly hazy, nostalgia-laden vibe -- an appropriate gesture as the series itself is named after a book of poetry written by The Doors frontman Jim Morrison. Examining the modern world through an analog medium, O'Moore explores what the American Dream means in 2015, her visions of sprawling suburbs set amongst swimming pools, laundromats and television screens. Peep the photos and our Q&A with O'Moore below.


    "Big Boys," 2015

    I guess the easiest place to start is why did you choose to take all these photos after twilight, especially using a medium that’s so dependent on light.

    Twilight and nighttime are my favorite times to shoot because of the quality of light. Twilight has a beautiful in-between where the sun has just gone down, the sky is soft and beautiful, and there is a really nice mix of ambient and natural light. Nighttime comes with its own set of artificial lighting that I really love. I like to use the lights from street lamps, car headlights, gas stations, and fluorescents to achieve a certain effect.


    "Max," 2015

    Why the homage to Jim Morrison? Can you talk about how exactly his poetry book inspired these images?

    When I started this project I knew the images I wanted to make and what I wanted them to look and feel like, but had no idea how to title them. During the same time I was listening to Jim Morrison’s An American Prayer on repeat. There were a few lines...that just kept sticking in my head - they had a feeling to them that I felt related to the photos I was making. I then bought Morrison’s book The American Night and really fell in love with the way he writes. He makes a lot of these dark, strange metaphors that create abstract narrative poems. When I read I always see images - I used to read and literally feel like I was watching a movie because the images were playing out in my head the entire time. While reading Morrison’s writing and listening to his songs, images would pop in to my head for the project.


    "Miles (Cactus)," 2014


    "Boys (Laundry)," 2015

    There’s a distinctly West Coast sort of sensibility to your photos, with what seems to be an emphasis on wide, open spaces and suburban backdrops -- an interesting choice especially since you just moved to LA, right? How does this series differ from the stuff you made while in NY?

    I have been living in Los Angeles for two years (to the day, actually). I moved from New York City where I was living for four and a half years. Making pictures in New York was really different - I was so stimulated all the time that I literally could not focus my mind and my camera. Moving to LA, where I had space to create and time to think allowed me to simplify the images I was making and focus on particular subjects that I was interested in. I think that shows in the images themselves.


    "Maddie (Moonlight)," 2015

    Why exclusively shoot distinctly modern youth? Especially in such an old-school style/medium?

    I love the look and feel of film, and the element of chance that it grants me. About a year ago I decided to solely shoot on film because it was giving me the best results for the vision that I had. In terms of the people I choose to shoot, most of them are friends or my peers who I have access to and who are willing to collaborate with me. Modern youth know how to perform for the camera and it’s fun to have a subject who participates in and is invested in the outcome of the photograph. I am really interested in the idea that modern youth are aware of the power of the photograph, and aware of their interaction with the camera. It’s interesting to see how, when you know an image can be replicated and distributed endlessly and to a huge audience, a person will act in front of the camera.


    "Gabe (Nightswim)", 2014


    "Red Room," 2015

    You mentioned these photos explore both public and private spaces.

    Part of the idea for this series was taken from my obsession with photographic history. I started to look at the photographers that I believed defined a distinctly American landscape through their work. I really studied what elements made their photographs “American”. I found that there were specific subjects, spaces, and themes that stuck out to me as repeating signifiers of suburban life - shopping malls, grocery stores, cars, and most importantly the home. Part of the American Dream (capitalism and the consumer society) ended in suburban sprawl and the ideal of everyone having their own, personalized things (their own car, driveway, home, computer,…) A lot of American life happens in the public sphere but is experienced in one’s own private bubble (listening to public radio in your own car, eating at a restaurant while staring at a personalized phone, etc.).


    "Betsy (2x)," 2015


    "Blue Glow (Char and Lili)," 2015

    Do you consider these docu-style shots of these kids in their real lives or is it more of a stylized, artistic series?

    In one respect this is a world of my own creation, made from my imagination of what scenes from the “American Night” look like. In another sense, I allowed for organic moments to unfold within the space that I created, so they are partly docu-style image.


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    Last week, legendary club producer Bryan Rabin and his partner in crime DJ Adam XII gathered a parade of lavishly dressed Angelenos at the Standard Hotel Hollywood to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of their "modern discotheque," Giorgio’s. Named after disco king Giorgio Moroder who was also there celebrating the launch of his new album, Deja Vu, it was a gathering of seminal revelers a la RuPaul, Rose McGowan, Paper's own Kim Hastreiter and burlesque queen Dita von Teese (who performed in a bathtub). All proof that a good party never goes out of style.














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    If you want to understand the Glastonbury music festival, start by thinking of Coachella and then multiply it by 10. Think of Disney’s Magic Kingdom plus Disneyland and then throw in Epcot Center and then add in the Animal Kingdom. The size and scale is something that can’t be explained, because it is simply unbelievable. Conceived by former dairy farmer Michael Eavis, Glastonbury is the mecca of music festivals and also the world's biggest. Where else could you see Kanye in the evening, and the Dalai Lama in the morning, The Who the next night, and then a special appearance by Stephen Hawking, Mark Ronson calling on Mary J. Blige, Grandmaster Flash, and George Clinton to power "Uptown Funk," and Florence Welch DJing her own after party? Glasto. Mix in over 170,000 people from around the world, remove flushing toilets and any sense of a bedtime, and you have 5 days of pure bliss. It's even said that for the stragglers who just can’t get enough, Eavis himself invites them to his house for a cup of tea, and a “it’s time to go, and see you next year” farewell. If Glastonbury is not on your bucket list, you just have not lived.


    Florence Welch DJing her after party in a tent


    The festivalgrounds





    The toilets





    The mud


    More mud




    Florence Welch's after party


    Florence Welch's after party





    Pam Hogg


    Our campsite, 'Camp Kanye'








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