I have mixed feelings about straight men in gay bars. Should gay spaces be for gay people only? Straight men can disrupt the aura of acceptance in a gay space. We go to gay bars and clubs not just to drink, dance and score, but to celebrate our own desires in a safe place, away from homophobic hecklers and heterosexuality.
In 1986, Chris Daughtry was seven-years-old when John Rzeznik and Robby Takac were releasing their first album as the Goo Goo Dolls; yet here he and his band were, co-headlining with the Goo Goo Dolls on a warm summer's night at Los Angeles' Griffith Park's outdoor venue, Nederlander's Greek Theatre.
When I first started out in nightlife, nothing sounded more grisly to me than the words "Wedding DJ." Early on my sister suggested I take this route and I recoiled in disgust. "Why don't I just be a Funeral DJ," I suggested flippantly. "I have more in common with a rotting corpse than a blushing bride, anyway."
I've long admired the work of Chef Craig Hopson, first at One If by Land, then at Le Cirque, so I was happy to hear he was back behind the stoves, this time at a swanky new 125-seat restaurant with a too-cutesy name, set in the belly of a building across from the Plaza Hotel and next to the venerable Paris movie theater.