"Do you know anything about me?" Cyndi Lauper aggressively questioned me a couple weeks back over the phone. I was, needless to say, taken aback, confused, sort of desperate to see where the conversation had gone wrong even though we'd only been on the phone two minutes. Before the call, I was, as ... More >>
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Emmy Wildwood is a fan of strange combinations. She has played in both punk and country band,s and her current style is a mash-up of '50s and '80s iconically rebellious looks that she describes as "Lolita Hip-Hop Cheerleader." Wildwood's most important unusual combination is the business she has run ... More >>
Julia Solis Spectacle Theater Thursday, 8pm, $5 There aren't any actual deaths in the ghost story Solis tells, but it's still mighty chilling. In her new photography collection Stages of Decay (Prestel), she chronicles the fallen grandeur of abandoned theaters across America and Europe, affectionate ... More >>
Cyndi Lauper has been busy promoting the Broadway musical of Kinky Boots that she scored, but she also manages to give us her true colors on topics like Donald Trump, whose Celebrity Apprentice she appeared on back in 2010. As the singer/songwriter tells Next magazine: "It's just sad. "I thought ... More >>
In Kinky Boots, Lola's straight! No, gay! But sexless!
This week's column is a perky peek inside two of the shows that are helping make it a tres-gay season on Broadway: There's Kinky Boots, based on the movie about an enterprising drag queen who saves a shoe factory, with a Harvey Fierstein script and a Cyndi Lauper score.
Tegan and Sara's Heartthrob is out today, and on the drum up to the release they've been doing very fun interviews on YouTube with their heartthrob friends (Cory Monteith, Skylar Astin) about how they became so very heartthrob-y. The latest installment features Andy Samberg, and a bit of a twist. In ... More >>
Some of them are blatantly about pleasuring oneself, others simply hint at it or use code words. But however they attack the subject, they're all odes to onanism, and by time you get to the end of this rundown--as compiled in this book of sex, drugs, and rock lists--you will surely be spent. 1. "I ... More >>
And there's a good reason for it. See, I was in drag in Cyndi Lauper's video! It was the one for her remake of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," done in 1994. The video was directed by Cyndi herself and was populated with all sorts of drag and transsexual stars (and me, who was put into a sparkly blue ... More >>
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be. First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002 How's this for a gala weekend? Friday night in the bi ... More >>
Based on a movie, of course! It's the musical of Kinky Boots, the 2005 feelgood film about Lola, the drag queen who helps reinvent footwear for men of all genders. The musical version--opening first in Chicago--sounds a little bit like Priscilla meets La Cage with a little bit of Sister Act thrown ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes this weekend, with the Round of 32 hicking off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are here; the fu ... More >>
Yes, I checked out the queens in Queens. It was a snowy Wednesday night, but there was still some life to be found in the Jackson Heights bars, where salsa and merengue sounds, twinkly lights, and cheapish drinks make your butt vibrate with the excitement that you've decided to embrace the larger i ... More >>
Picturesque Americana or pop-cultural moment waiting to be ripped off? It's your call! Halloween is coming! In case you're someone who doesn't have the time or moneyor patienceto head out to the costume shop and figure out what alter ego you're going to take on during this weeke ... More >>
Howard HuangWikipedia is invaluable as a research tool, but while it contains a lot of great stuff, it's basically reporting by committee and suffers as a result. There are things in there that might be just a little true or maybe not true at all, but they become your signature achievements ... More >>
Here's the drill: Explain why Cyndi Lauper has inspired/entertained/educated you in 150 words or less, and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 11:59 p.m. In other words, tell me why you feel "she's so unusual" and amazing.
Ever felt that the seafoam green interior and moldy moldings of your Lower East Side walkup just don't "go" with the authentic door paint or vintage-scented elevator or occasional atmospheric shrieks and scufflings? Ah, if we lived at the Upper West Side's historic condo The Apthorp (resident ... More >>
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It's been a real We Did It sort of day, with various Internet phenoms beknighted by various ivory-tower institutions that once seemingly loomed far above them: New Simplicity leading lights Cults signed to Columbia, Das Racist and Odd Future carefully considered by the New Yorker, the world f ... More >>
No Age LimitI wholeheartedly endorse Mary Elizabeth Williams's article in Salon today, "Why teen girls need more vibrators." It comes after the media shockwave over 16-year-old Taylor Momsen's recent exclamation that her vibrator is her "best friend" -- partly because she's young, partly bec ... More >>
Best Bar Mitzvah ever.The Hood Internet Bell House Friday, July 2 The scene at the Bell House Friday night could've easily been mistaken for a totally rad Bar Mitzvah: A dance floor filled with boys and girls not touching, but rather dancing in circles around each other (some were even shoel ... More >>
Girls not having much fun. Pic by Connar Walik, more below.Once a year, mtvU hosts the Woodies, an event that's a lot like the Teen Choice Awards, except that it caters to college kids and music-industry people who can say stuff like, "I started listening to that band, like, two years ago." T ... More >>
President Obama loves to reference Lady Gaga to show how hip he is. I'm hearing that the other day, after he made a speech about the importance of the hate crimes legislation he signed, the Prez was greeted by '80s singer and LGBT supporter Cyndi Lauper, who told him, "It's about time!"
Midtown Lunch brings the somewhat random news that Cyndi Lauper and Sharon Osbourne are at this very minute pretending to be waitresses at the Burger Heaven on 62nd and Lex. Apparently it's part of a charity event that's part of a publicity campaign for Celebrity Apprentice, a show with a res ... More >>
WhatHuhDuhWhuh? From 2006, apparently. Oh and: she does Cyndi Lauper, too. Stately! If you have her doing GG Allin, please contact us immediately.
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