Stock up on those singles, Angelenos. The go-go boys are back to vie for the top (tee-hee) spot won last year by Vladimir Shmygol.
Southern California’s Frontiers magazine has partnered with the city of West Hollywood, the Tom of Finland Foundation, Visit West Hollywood, MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, and the bars and clubs of Boystown for the third annual Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day Festival & Competition, to be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Larrabee Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.
The competition is hosted by club promoter and Out.com columnist Billy Francesca and judges are Shmygol, actor and Out100 honoree Gerald McCullouch (C.S.I.), The Advocate’s editor-in-chief Matthew Breen, and International Mr. Leather No. 29, 2007, Mike Gerle.
You can vote for your L.A. favorites here.
Sixteen semi-finalists will be pared down to seven finalists who will then perform live at the event for the judges and a live audience. There’s no Miss Congeniality award, but two other titles will include “Hollywood Boystown Ambassador” for the dancer who will best represent the city of West Hollywood, and an “Embodiment Award: Fit & Firm” for the dancer with the healthiest and fittest physique. See? Fitness and community, people. It’s about more than looking hot in a tiny swimsuit.
As a prize, the go-go dancer who wins the competition will receive $1,000, a Palm Springs weekend package, and the opportunity to appear on the cover of Frontiers.
“We planned this year’s festivities to coincide with the Tom of Finland Foundation’s exhibit opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, both organizations being new partners who joined the festival this year,” says Vic Gerami, Frontiers Advertising Director. Following the festival and competition, Frontiers will host an official after-party at Micky’s, beginning at 10:30 p.m.