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Provincetown's 'Crown & Anchor' Has a Hot Summer Line-Up For You

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CrownSummer is preparing to kick into full gear and for many of you that means a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod where the salt air, sandy beaches, delicious cuisine, gay nightlife, and wealth of performers provides a vacation experience like no other.

At the hub of all the action is Provincetown's iconic Crown & Anchor Inn, the waterfront hotel and entertainment complex which not only features the town's largest nightclub and video bar, but an award-winning piano bar, leather bar, cabaret and year-round Central House restaurant which welcomed a new chef this year (more below).

While the Crown & Anchor has literally hundreds of events in June, July, and Auguest, here are just a few of the entertainers, parties, and memory-making moments awaiting you at the Crown for the 2015 season.

 

INDEPENDENCE 2015

From Thursday, July 2 to Friday, July 10, the Crown's nightclub Paramount once again hosts Independence 2015, an international DJ line-up including JustCircuit's DJ of the Year 2014 Alain Jackinsky, Barcelona's Ivan Gomez, and circuit favorite Abel. The Freedom Beach Party this year features DJ Roland Belmares.

 

BROADWAY STAR POWER

Also appearing at the Crown during Independence week is original 'Dream Girl' Jennifer Holliday for three live concerts on July 5, 6, and 7, back to the Cape for the first time in 20 years!

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And Holliday is not the only Broadway star hitting Provincetown this year. Stage and screen icons Bernadette Peters, Shirley Jones, Linda Lavin, and Barbara Cook are scheduled to appear along with Tony-Award-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter and Tony nominee and Smash star Jeremy Jordan, who is making his Ptown debut!

There's Broadway star power every week of the summer - find out who will be here during your visit and get your tickets HERE!

 

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HOT NEW CHEF AT THE CENTRAL HOUSE

Executive Chef Michele Ragussis is the new chef at the Central House. Ragussis was a final four finisher in the Food Network series Food Network Star, cooking under Bobby Flay, and has come to town with a menu sourced locally with responsibly-raised and grown ingredients that reflect the changing seasonal calendar of Cape Cod. The wine list, curated by Sommelier Peter Miscikoski, features small production wines and lesser-known international varietals.

Enjoy a pre-show meal here for one of the Crown's shows and they'll have an up-front seat reserved for you so you can relax and enjoy your dinner.

 

BrutBRUT: A LEATHER MASQUERADE

On July 12th during Bear Week, the Crown welcomes NYC's famous underground party Brüt, for a Leather Masquerade with DJ Dan Darlington (pictured).

Get a taste of Darlington's dark, dirty House beats and seductive vocals as the bear crowd descends on Commercial Street. Darlington is also behind the BARCODE parties in Chicago and has played Beatbox (SF), Manhole (Chicago), and Rock Bar, Gym Bar, and the Fire Island Pavilion in New York.

 

MEN ON STAGE

On Friday, June 26, Friday July 17, and Saturday August 29, Jonathan Hawkins returns in concert accompanied by Doug Repetti. Hawkins and his "tour de force voice" are back after starring in the New York premiere of London's stage hit Legacy Falls.

Doug Repetti also teams up with Yaron Spiwak (below) for an interactive night of  songs and requests on dueling pianos for three nights in June on the 7th, 14th, and the 21st. 

Finally, producer Josh Schonewolf brings the sexy as BOYlesque, an all-male burlesque revue featuring hot men, naughty performances, and moments of pure male magic comes to the Crown on July 22 with showdates on August 6, 13, and 27, with a finale on September 3.

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Mo Rocca and 'CBS Sunday Morning' Visit Provincetown: VIDEO

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CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment over the weekend on Provincetown and its long history as an artist hotspot, a gay destination, and a natural wonder.

Mo Rocca paid a visit to the "eccentric's sanctuary" at the end of Cape Cod and made the rounds to its iconic outdoor settings and spoke to a few locals, including Rob Costa of Art's Dune Tours (above) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham about why the place is so special.

Worth a watch for anyone who loves Ptown and those who have never been.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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It's Vegas Season, Baby: 18 Highlights for Your Summer Itinerary

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With Memorial Day now in the rearview mirror, you may be suffering from an acute case of summeritis, itching to get away and let loose. While we'll have to wait for the solstice on June 21 to officially cannonball into summer, there is another season that's already underway, one you may have been waiting all year for: Vegas Season.

Las Vegas has long been known as one of the top destinations for LGBT travelers. And Vegas Season is all about celebrating the LGBT community and giving visitors exactly what they want: great weather, good times and no rules. And you have the entire summer to celebrate in unrestrained style. This season Vegas is offering enough activities to keep any LGBT Vegas-goer busy all summer long.

Check out some of Vegas Season's hottest dates — sure to tempt you, below...

Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series

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With 11 lush tropical acres, a sand-and-surf beach, lazy river, four pools including a wave pool capable of six foot waves, the Beach at Mandalay Bay (favorited by Towleroad readers as the most beautiful pool) is unlike anything else you'll experience in Las Vegas. Making this space even more unique is the beachfront Mandalay Bay Stage which rises over the resort's wave pool and lets concert-goers bring blankets, sit on the beach, wade into the surf, or rent a relaxing beach bungalow or villa for a more exclusive concert experience.

Here are some highlights:

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c78f54fc970b-200wiChris Young will be hitting Mandalay Bay on June 6. This Grammy-nominated vocalist is also frequently declared one of country music’s sexiest men by People and Country Weekly magazines. So get ready to say, howdy. Next up in the concert series is 311, who will be treating the crowd to 311's hits, classics and rarities on over Independence Day weekend on July 3 and 4. And Grammy winner winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer Ziggy Marley rounds out the Mandalay's season on July 31. After seeing him on the Mandalay stage, you’re sure to be feeling “Wild and Free.”

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Boulevard Pool Concerts

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The Cosmopolitan (another Towleroad reader favorite) features three distinct pool experiences unique to Las Vegas including their famed Boulevard Pool complete with a stage where unconventional artists and the biggest names in music perform live concerts. 

Neontrees_364X287First up this Vegas Season, Southern stud Billy Currington will bring his handsome assets and country swagger to The Cosmopolitan as he performs songs from his fifth studio album, We Are Tonight, on May 29Out and proud Mormon pop star Tyler Glenn will take The Cosmopolitan stage along with his Neon Trees bandmates and indie pop-rock singer-songwriter Alex Winston come June 12, dishing out the sleek, modern alternative brand of pop the band is known for. Following them will be the Barenaked Ladies with the Violent Femmes and Collin Hay on July 18. The BNL will be performing tracks from their latest album, Grinning Streak while the Violent Femmes will cover classics like "Blister in the Sun" as well as songs from their new EP, Happy New Year. The Cosmopolitan's summer concert series will conclude with Slightly Stoopid on August 14, bringing the band's unique fusion of folk, rock, reggae, blues, hip-hop, funk, metal and punk to the Boulevard Pool.

4B0D0227DD3664DC1BFE91586F63FE53Mariah Carey, The Residency at Caesars Palace

Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, arrived at her new home, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on April 27, marking the official start of her Las Vegas residency. With 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history, Mariah’s Vegas headlining residency, titled “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY,” will be a career-spanning chronological celebration of her #1 hits. To mark her arrival, Mariah rolled into town with a parade of 18 mobile billboards, each representing one of her inimitable #1 hits. Expect similar showmanship when Mariah hits The Colosseum stage. 

Upcoming show dates are July 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26.

Insomniac Electric Daisy Carnival 2015, 6/19-6/21

Electric Daisy Carnival, produced by Insomniac Events, is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. Each year, this celebration of electronic dance music reaches new heights with state-of-the-art lighting design, large-scale art installations, interactive circus and theatrical performances, and unparalleled audience participation. 

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Out gay rock icon Melissa Etheridge is bringing her show-stopping style and a collection of brand new songs to Las Vegas this summer. Fresh off her new album, "This Is M.E.," the Oscar and Grammy Award-winner is hitting the road with new hits as well as some of her best known songs including "Come to My Window," "I'm the Only One" and "I Want to Come Over.” 

Eddie Izzard, 6/12-6/13

Making a stop in Las Vegas during his Force Majeure World Tour, renowned comedian Eddie Izzard will be performing for a limited, two-night engagement. Izzard began his latest tour in March of 2013 and by its completion will have performed in more than 25 countries on five continents--and in three languages! Perhaps best known for Dressed to Kill and his appearances in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, Izzard’s unique, tangential, absurd and surreal brand of comedy cracks up audiences everywhere he goes. 

Aretha Franklin, 8/14

The Queen of Soul and the No. 1 vocalist of all time according to Rolling Stone, Ms. Aretha Franklin will be performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for one night only this summer. Franklin recently released a new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. Among the songs included are Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (with a bridge from the Motown classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") as well as a mash-up of "I Will Survive,” Destiny's Child's "Survivor" and "I'm Every Woman.” Fans will be pleased to know Aretha will sing these and other hits when she hits the strip in August.

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D-list diva Kathy Griffin is bringing her notorious brand of barbed comedy to The Venetian Las Vegas just in time for 4th of July and, as always, her show promises to be a no-holds-barred takedown of anyone and anything in the news and on our minds today. Lovers of sarcasm, truth-telling, political criticism and outspoken humor are sure to be rolling in the aisles.

Kelly Clarkson, 8/15

The Grammy-award-winning Kelly Clarkson is back on tour this summer with her latest album, Piece by Piece, featuring fresh hits like “Heartbeat Song” and “Invincible”, a brash empowerment anthem that is signature Kelly Clarkson. Performing at Mandalay Bay, the original American Idol will also be joined by the aca-awesome Pentatonix who are known for their stylish and inventive covers of pop hits as well as their own original songs. 

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Known as the official women’s events of Las Vegas Pride, this jam-packed weekend celebrates the feminine art of being sinful. Excess, indulgence and debauchery reign supreme here, with devotion to pleasure being de rigueur and un-lady-like behavior highly encouraged. Day parties, nightclub parties, pop stars, singers, dancers, performers, DJ’s, comedians, show girls, poker tournaments & a parade (just to name a few) combine to provide an “L”GBT experience like no other.

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Held each year at the Clark County Amphitheater’s beautiful outdoor main stage, Las Vegas Pride offers an expansive food court, convenient drink stations with hot bartenders from local LGBT bars and more than 100 exhibitors on site. The Pride also has family friendly offerings, with a Family Activity Zone filled with fun activities for parents and children 12 and under.x

Gay Days Las Vegas, 9/8 - 9/14

In its 4th year, Gay Days Las Vegas 2015 will include a travel-retail expo, pool parties, and other events all around town. In case that isn't alluring enough, a portion of the proceeds from Gay Days benefits local non-profit organizations. Who said partying wasn't philanthropic?

Ricky Martin, 9/15

As part of his One World Tour, gay and latino pop icon Ricky Martin will perform at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood this summer with songs off his brand new album A Quien Quiera Escucher (To Whomever Wants to Listen). The most personal and intimate album Martin's released to date, A Quien Quiera Escucher includes the song "Disparo al Corazón" ("Shot to the Heart”), the video for which has the Latin stud celebrating marriage equality and paying tribute to love in all its various forms.

It's only a little bit of what Vegas has in store for you. To find out more about celebrating Vegas Season and planning your get away, be sure to click HERE

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5 Things To Do In London's Soho Neighborhood #GayTravel

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BY ADAM GROFFMAN

Soho is the traditionally touristic spot of central London. There are more than a few hotels in the area, the nightlife is pretty legendary and it’s also convenient to many of London’s most popular tourist attractions. A bonus: it’s also the historic “gayborhood” of London where many gay bars are located (mostly along Old Compton Street). But, to be honest, I think a lot of London’s modern gay life has moved further out (to the east and to the south), but Soho is still Soho and will likely always be a safe, gay place in London. But it's also not just all gay nightlife. Soho is a rapidly changing part of London with a lot of exciting and interesting things worth doing.

1. The Photographer's Gallery

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I’ve been to London countless times and done a fair bit of shopping on Oxford Street (looking at you Topman), but I’d never made it inside The Photographer’s Gallery before (16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW). The gallery space was impressive and though the exhibition I saw (see below) wasn’t my favorite, I still managed to spend over an hour at the free museum.

2. Flat Planet Restaurant & Café

I first found this café, Flat Planet (39 Great Marlborough Street Soho, London W1F 7JG) recommended on a list of London cafés with wifi, but when we first visited, I was happily surprised that they offered a pretty amazing menu of flatbread pizzas. Even more amazing was to find that many were in the Middle Eastern style, with my favorite spice/flavor: za’atar. Downstairs was a more laid-back environment with many people on their laptops typing away, but there was also a piano against a large mirror—an attractive workspace.

3. Eating London - Twilight Soho Food Tour

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Think of Soho, and you’ll likely think of the most buzzing, fast-paced, vibrant night spot in London. Soho has reincarnated itself dozens of times… and today it’s where you’ll meet with some of the most exciting international foodie finds in London. This evening food tour from Eating London Tours ( ) takes you away from the tourist traps to the cafes, restaurants and shops that are truly shaping the city’s culinary reputation. Explore Soho’s best-kept secrets and you'll discover British cuisine is much more than you might expect. The area’s international influences are so diverse that you’ll try everything from Basque pintxos to Italian polenta on this tour.

4. Gosh! Comics

A comics fan? Gosh! (1 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR) has been the place to go to for over 25 years. From graphic novels to vintage children’s books, manga and contemporary graphic fiction, it’s all there! They also hold regular events including everything from comic workshops to signings & launch parties.

5. Prince Charles Cinema

As one of the cheapest cinemas in town, the Prince Charles (7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY) is great for budget-minded visitors. But the secret highlights are the Sing-A-Long events, where you get to pretend for a couple of hours you’re in the Sound of Music or Grease. Bring your costumes!

 

Adam Groffman is a travel blogger and writer based in Berlin, Germany. In 2010 Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and traveled around the world for a year. Since 2012, Adam has been living in Berlin and blogging about his travel adventures at Travels of Adam. Follow him on Twitter @travelsofadam for more gay travel stories & live updates from the road.


Scruff Warns Gay Travelers: Hooking Up Is Illegal Here

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Dating/hookup app Scruff is rolling out a new alert feature this week that warns travelers when they're entering a country where homosexuality is criminalized reports The New York Times. Eric Silverberg, co-founder of Scruff, implemented the new alert system after authorities abroad began using the app to lure, trap and incarcerate gay men using fake profiles.

Said Silverberg:

"This feature of the GPS-enabled app that was so exciting for us here in the United States, being able to meet guys nearby, became something of a liability for our members that were in other regions and other countries where homosexuality is criminalized."

Scruff formed a partnership with ILGA, which produces an annual State Sponsored Homophobia Report, to create a webpage that lists countries with laws that criminalize homosexuality. A survey conducted by Silverberg showed that 100,000 Scruff users from the U.S., Australia and Britain recently traveled to countries with anti-gay laws over a 30-day period.


5 Things You Can't Miss in West Hollywood (Davey Wavey Edition)

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This weekly travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy KolberEd SalvatoKenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

Davey Wavey is a YouTube sensation by day, and asleep by night. This self-professed 'Basic Bitch' has reached more than 200 million people with his often irreverent and sometimes inspiring YouTube videos. With the launch of an underwear line called DirtyFit and a growing digital empire, Davey is creating a new life for himself in West Hollywood. And is still in bed before 10PM. ManAboutWorld caught up with him (before 10!) to find his top 5 recommendations to visitors for brunch, cocktails and more. Here they are below, with a 6th one thrown in for good measure.

1. Hugos: Though completely predictable, I love getting brunch at Hugo's Their "green juice" is delicious and their bacon is some of the best I've ever had. They also have a great little outdoor patio which is ideal for people watching. And in WeHo, there are plenty of people to be watching.

2. AirBnb: When friends visit, they often stay at The Standard. But if you really want to feel like a local, I recommend finding a property through AirBnb.com. There are a ton of great units available for rental; they're more spacious, include a kitchen, and are a  better value than a hotel.  Plus, you can visit one of the local farmers markets and cook up something fresh and delicious. You'll feel like a true WeHoe.

3. Body Factory: I don't drink alcohol, but I do have a great smoothie spot! I love Body Factory on Santa Monica Blvd. The smoothies are delicious and packed with protein. Most of them have 300 calories or less. I order the Bodyfuel smoothie with water instead of pineapple juice for a base. I'm already sweet enough (and don't want the extra calories).

 4. Melrose Trading Post: Every Sunday, there's a great outdoor market at the corner of Fairfax and Melrose. While bargains are few and far between, there are some interesting finds and unique gifts. There's also some foods stands to get your fill. There's a lot to see, so make an afternoon of it. And then explore the nearby shops and boutiques on Melrose.

Outdoors- Kings Road Park5. Kings Road Park: Just a short walk from my house, there's a tiny little park called Kings Road Park  (1000 N Kings Road). Open until dusk, it's never busy and it's a nice quiet place to collect your thoughts. Since I don't have many thoughts, it doesn't take too long to collect them. You can enjoy a nice waterfall fountain, chat with locals or just relax on a bench. It's delightful.

And a bonus!

6: Mystery Pier Books: Tucked away down an alley, you'll find one the world's most important bookstores. Mystery Pier Books, with a collection of first edition (and often signed) novels. it feels more like a museum than a bookstore: a collector's dream, all hidden inside a tiny unassuming house. See picture below.

For even more insider recommendations in West Hollywood and for other destinations around the globe and in the U.S., get ManAboutWorld Magazine on iTunes (iOS) or Google Play (Android). 

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Image credits: Top: Rick Day; Right: Kings Road Park; Bottom: Mystery Pier Books

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