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John Parot once introduced himself to me at the MCA. It was one of the first weekends for the museum’s Andy Warhol exhibit, the BF and I walked in and John came right up to us, said he was Chicago’s foremost expert on Warhol history, and proceeded to walk us through the gallery. His humor, energy and sassy arrogance notwithstading, the funny part was that he and I had already met, several times, he’d just forgotten. He’s the kind of gay a little oblivious to his surroundings that’s constantly creating outlandish scenarios in his head while others are talking, and then interjecting said unrelated scenario into the conversation, inevitably leading to uproarious group laughter.
*From John Parot’s Soft Prison
I’d be less willing to dish personal deets about a former-Chicagoan (now LA) and cutie artist friend, but he’s been holed up in nowhere land and the reason has finally surfaced. He’ll be a contestant on Bravo’s new reality show “Work of Art.” From the website: “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist will bring together fourteen aspiring artists to compete for a solo show at a nationally recognized museum and a generous cash prize. In each episode, contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design. Completed works of art will be appraised by our panel of top art world figures alongside a new celebrated guest judge every week.”
Sooooooo I’m thinking John could take over. He always did.
Below, John made the animations for Logan Lynn‘s music video to “Bottom Your Way to the Top,” filmed at Chicago’s Touche.
Hey guys sorry I love you and miss you but I have not been home at all to get the quality pics and posts up to you but for real I’ll be back as soon as the schedule lets me in the meantime enjoy all the sidebar links as they are where I go first thing in the morning and also I love twitter now so follow me.
The Chicago Dyke March is scheduled for Saturday June 27th in Pilsen. But before then we would love to celebrate with you, dance, make signs, get pumped and raise some funds.
So please join us in kicking off The Chicago Dyke March with music, Performers and Drinks Available for purchase. $5 suggested donation.
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 9:00pm at CDMC’s House Party Crib, 1629 S. Troop (Pilsen) Chicago, IL
*Mr. Texas and International Mr. Leather 2009
Sunday would be my last day at IML this year, and it was the best. The market was in full tilt, the people feeling the end and needing to show off:
The Alien Egg seemed to be retired for most of the day, with the space being used for heavy bondage. I saw this dominant top having his way with a poor sub. The dom had his right arm in his pocket the whole time, and I realized that he didn’t have use of it, making his disability fierceness all the more deserving of an obedient boy:
Boris, alas! You are the one that got away. I had been trying to get this cute, tattooed, dancing bootblack to shine my shoes but I showed up too late every fucking day and I was so disappointed. He won 2nd runner up in the Mr. Bootblack competition, so I’m sure he’ll be back. I got his card and if you need your boots shined, he’d love to hear from you: bootblackboris((@))gmail.com
The International Mr. Leather Contest got off to a great start. Chuck Renslow, the founder of IML, presented the opening words and he delivered quite the plea. With HIV infections on the rise, and this being the 31st year of contests, he was shocked that our community had not contained this disease. He asked everyone who knew someone who had passed away from AIDS to stand up and shout out their name. Fortunately I did not have to stand, but looking around the room, most everyone was standing and shouting. VERKLEMPT, to put it lightly and that energy was turned around to start the show. The contestants came out and Mr. Marcus announced the top 20. Besides having 6 of TPR’s 8 faves in the top 20, Mr. Marcus was the snappiest, funniest, sweetest highlight of the whole weekend. Loose teeth, a sharp tongue and grandpa jeans made me swoon:
Each of the top 20 had a speech prepared, and their words were a sincere attempt to communicate what message they would bring to the world in 2009. I wasn’t expecting much, as Pecs and Personality really had ZERO personality, but these guys delivered. A couple of running themes: repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, eliminating HIV stigma, and expanding the boundaries of what it means to be a leather man. All in all, this thing ran 5+ hours with two intermissions and it was quite the party. Singing performances by Linda Clifford and (outdated and WAY TOO LONG) filth-cabaret puppet Madame with an E were there to keep us going while the judges deliberated. After Mr. Texas Leather 2009, Jeffrey Payne got sashed, there was celebrating and shenanigans all over the place:
What a great year! Closing thoughts: Every woman that I knew who went to the hosting hotel this year got asked by security why they were there, one of which got asked to leave. Considering the Market is open to anyone 21 and over, that’s sexist BULLSHIT. The entertainment for the events are all standard fare for mainstream gays and I wonder why a community that prides itself on being edgy plays it vanilla when it comes to the music and performances. However in the end, this is a contest for Mr.’s, and any amount of intellectualizing intent and execution probably just says more about me than anything else. The organizational element of IML is pretty impeccable, and this is a gay holiday that is HUGE for the city if Chicago. Looking forward to next year!
I’m never sure what to do about these Myspace/Facebook things as they relate to TPR, except that I feel they should exist. After having a group for a while, I made a fan page. Won’t you become a fan? Link here.
Hey Lovers. Family emergency here, Erik´s in Guatemala holding his grandma´s hand. Be back soon.