Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report monthly on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. In the party month December, they visited the H.I.M. Party, the Now&Wow Fest, Restaurant BurlesQue and the opening of Club YOLO.
New York’s East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the public’s imagination around the world. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–1983) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition.
In awe, I was standing in front of a beautiful country house and looked again at the paper on which I had written down the address. Yes, the address was correct. “Just a minute...” I recognised Simon’s voice. He opened the door and said “Come in” with a big smile on his face. I entered a beautiful space. There were paintings on the walls, and there was a large crystal chandelier hanging in the middle of the room.
In Belgium, the next municipal elections will take place on October 14. Perhaps not that important, you might think, but they will say something about the results of the next national elections in 2019. Left-wing versus right-wing (or vice-versa), just as in the Netherlands. There is no place in the elections for moderate opinions and election promises, even at a local and municipal level. The fight for a seat on the city council will be with boxing gloves on.
It is hard to imagine that Amsterdam had over sixty gay bars, clubs, hotels and restaurant in the past, nearly all with regulars. There was something for everyone. And the special thing was that the owner of the establishment usually bore the stamp of his or her personality. Often, for instance, you did not go to the Argos but to Kees or Paul of the Eagle, or Cor of The Lord, to name a few.
Lockerroom, “a new niche party where young fetish people eager to dance to a tougher style of music will meet and play,” according to Anne Rodermond, was launched in Club Church February 10th, first upcoming edition is April 14.
“Hollandse Nieuwe” is one of those ultimate Dutch expressions. Here, however, it does not signify the standard meaning of the arrival of new herring, but new male art by Dutch artists. With this title, gallery MooiMan male-art starts a new season of exhibitions, focussing on the recent work of eight artists.
His drawings of leather-clad construction workers, soldiers and motorized police officers, all of whom are terribly muscled and well-endowed, have become blueprints of the gay community, as well as internationally recognized symbols of gay pride. Finally, we witness the long-awaited première of the Finnish feature film “Tom of Finland.” Gay Film Festival Roze Filmdagen is the first to show this biopic in the Netherlands.
On the 25th of March, Heimdall publishers will present Rick van der Made’s third poetry collection at the Zaantheater in Zaandam: “Het jaar van de arend” (The Year of the Eagle). In this book, Van der Made’s poems are preceded by short stories and accompanied by photographs by the Amsterdam photographer Jan van Breda.
Joris just can’t get away from his parental home, while Yad reluctantly returns to it. These twenty-somethings from Almere seem to be made for each other. Before surrendering to love, however, they first have to make amends and sort things out with their mothers.