Days of Summer Calendar
By Jason Lamphier
JULY 2: If New York City�s Dixon Place is in fact an �artistic laboratory,� then the flamboyant performances at HOT!: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture are its most darling queer creations. This two-month, multifaceted festival�which includes musical and theatrical performances, dance, literature, spoken word, burlesque, drag, and circus�boasts acts like Daisy Spurs, the Fuckerettes, and Lisa Kron, and includes a special edition Puppet BloK performance (July 12), where artists present experimental puppetry, installation art, and animation. And this ain�t Disneyland, kids�a recent puppet tale featured a mutant mouse who wakes up to discover he may have a human soul. Get the details at Hot.DixonPlace.org.
JULY 3: Expose yourself too much to the sun and your face will end up looking like a tragic Ferragamo knockoff one day. Give your mug a break from those dangerous little UV rays for Stay Out of the Sun Day. We suggest grabbing the latest issue of Out and languishing on a hammock somewhere in the shade. But before you embrace the R&R, head to Holidays At the Limit to order one of these so-bad-it�s-good �Happy Stay Out of the Sun Day� classic thongs.
JULY 4: The opportunities are endless on July 4, but if you find yourself in Saugatuck, Mich. (or somewhere close), celebrate Independence Day with lesbian DJ Tracy Young as she spins out a feast of heavy-duty beats at Dunes Resort to promote her DanceCulture 2 album. Her recent remix of Stevie Nicks�s �Stand Back� is one of our dance floor faves. And if the photo on Young�s Web site is any indication, Paris Hilton has deemed her �hot.� See DJTracyYoung.com for more info.
JULY 5: For a gay�make that very gay�ole time, hedonists should flee to Provincetown, Mass. (The Cape�s homo haven is particularly queer the week of July 4.) And culty culture snobs should skedaddle to the village�s Albert Merola Gallery: It�s the last day of John Waters�s exhibition, �Eliminate,� the first show curated by the beloved filmmaker who floored us with trashtastic classic Pink Flamingos. A collection of diverse pieces from 18 contemporary artists, �Eliminate� is a perfect demonstration of Waters�s broad tastes: everything from a dictionary opened to the page defining �anarchy� and cut out to contain an actual detonating device (Gregory Green�s Book Bomb #8) to Waters�s own composition, No Vacation, consisting of 5�� x 7�� images of P-town from films and newscasts that have been altered and wrecked to fit his vision of a disastrous trip to the vacation spot. AlbertMerolaGallery.com has the scoop.
JULY 6: If Eleven chef Vincent Mann doesn�t awe you with his hamachi sashimi, then maybe the post-dinner, boy-on-boy gymnastics will. One of Los Angeles�s hottest new restaurant-nightclubs, Eleven�originally the First National Bank of Sherman in the 1920s�sports a dining area that transforms into a trendy spot for brief bursts of dramatic activity, including Cirque de Soleil�style acrobatics and shirtless dancing bartenders. Pop-culture tidbit to impress your pals: The hip venue was once the Larabee Sound Studio, where Prince recorded �Purple Rain.� Hit up Eleven.La for the skinny.
JUNE 7: Destiny�s Child fans who�ve had it with Beyonc�s ubiquity (and those damn Dreamgirls remixes) should pick up Ms. Kelly, the latest album from the trio�s founding member, Kelly Rowland. The first single, �Like This,� features sass kitten Eve, and Snoop Dogg makes a cameo on �Ghetto,� a ditty about good girls who dig bad boys. (We can relate.) Trust us: Rowland brings home the funk enough to make us forget her "acting" in Freddy vs. Jason.
JULY 8: Why not spend your Sunday night unwinding with victimized chicks, drug dealers, and hairy monsters? The ferociously kitschy DVD boxed set Cult Camp Classics 2: Women in Peril serves up all that and more. The collection features the film noir prison drama Caged and the schlocky flicks Trog, in which Joan Crawford unleashes a dangerous prehistoric cave dweller, and the acid-trippy psychedelic freakout The Big Cube, with the irresistible Lana Turner. Girl trouble never felt so good.
Check out last week�s calendar.