It's only Wednesday and I've already got your nights planned for the rest of the week and weekend! As we've said before, FYF = service-y!
So tonight, there's BASSMENT - a weekly party that takes place at King's Cross (formerly The Slide) with regular DJs/hosts Jools Palmer and Dirty Jean. The space (and party) is small and intimate but bound to be packed as this week, Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules & Love Affair fame and Silvia Prada, of Barcelona party “Club Tropicana” are the guests (DJs) of honor. Lesbians and H&LA fans, LIVE!
A few blocks over, East Village dandy/flaneur (who only sleeps in Brooklyn) Kevin Fernandez celebrates his birthday with drinks at his permanent haunt, GOOD TIMES at Eastern Bloc. His look will undoubtedly surprise and most likely be both slutty AND matronly (a difficult balance to pull off!)?!
This is New York, so…another night, another new (gay) party, right? It can seem that way, but – despite signs of an impending influx – there’s almost been a drought for the gays here of late! First sign of the apocalypse coming wave? Thursday night (the 13th) is the opening night party for JOHNNY, a new weekly at Liberty Hall under The Ace Hotel on Thursdays. The Ace is psyched to be hosting their first Gay party, as are we that they’re hosting (now if they can get The Breslin to cater…?). DJ Kevin Graves starts things off with Johnny “Daddy” Dynell next week and Josh Sparber the following.
That drought I mentioned? Lots of party closings added to the feeling, but SNAXX – the "Foxy, Furry, Friendly" Friday bi-weekly in the basement of Westside Tavern – held out for going on eight years now. They’re still not closing, either...they’re evolving…taking the party from one venue (sans actual dancefloor) to another (The Monster! WITH dancefloor!) and changing the format up: it will now be a monthly Tea dance affair. Their new motto: Tea is the Time, is not only declarative, it’s educational; reminding queens Tea is not necessarily a type of music, but rather a time of day.
After hosting one last night in the old venue using the old format this Friday night (the 14th), half the SNAXX DJ Duo – Rich King – joins Mark Louque to spin at Mid-Atlantic Leather in D.C. on Saturday night.
Here Saturday night, Mister Saturday Night (Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter) teams up with the Spank boys for a truly mixed, truly underground loft style “all-about-the-music” dance situation at Ft. Greene’s 12-turn-13 loft space. Mister Saturday Night explains – “For our first party of the year, we're doing a special collaboration with a set of DJs who call their jam 'Spank'. […] They, and we, have been longing for a truly mixed party for years, and so we decided we'd make it happen. NEW YORK, JUST LIKE I PICTURED IT is what we're calling it. That's not a nod to some bygone era, but a statement that we're making New York what we want it to be right now. (It is still possible, no matter what anyone tells you.)”
Can I get a a-MEN?
Speaking of nods to a bygone era…or to making New York yourself what you want to be, Mr. Christopher Ciccone will be appearing at Saturday night’s CLUB 57 with Madonna impersonator non-pareil Melissa Totten as part of DJ Escape’s birthday celebration.
Last Saturday’s EuroCHERYL was the last for a few months here in New York (haven’t heard of CHERYL? Maybe cuz it’s a Brooklyn thing. ;)) as they are setting off on the CHERYL World Domination Tour (of Europe) to further their controversial post-gay agenda of "pansexual integration, complete loss of inhibition and pretentiousness, and maximum glitter inhalation.”. They’ll hit Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and London with DJ Mark Louque joining them in Barcelona and Berlin. Mr. Louque was just deported from Canada due to his involvement with the CHERYL movement! (No. Not why, but he was deported! …Bad ass.)
Michael T. is a legend and a bad ass, particularly onstage with his band The Vanities (or any other band/performer who asks him to join them onstage!)! Sunday night marks both Mr. T’s birthday and the fifth installment of his party, OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS’, a glam rock jubilee in homage to David Bowie in honor of Mr. Bowie’s 64th. Oh! You Pretty Things! is always mind-blowingly great in a way unlike any other nightlife event I've experienced; it's truly a SHOW. Michael T. and his crew TURN IT OUT. Expect great glam rock performances from a mélange of live music performers/tribute artists backed by a 22 member chamber orchestra(!!), a late night performance from the Daisy Spurs, a late LATE night costume contest (give your best Bowie!) and DJs W. Jeremy (House of Stank) and Bill Coleman (Peace Bisquit) spinning it up throughout. At Le Poisson Rouge.
On Monday, SCRUFF says goodbye to host Mike Dreyden who is leaving NYC for LA to become Director of Operations and Social Media for Instigator Magazine. He’s also launching a new website (www.mikedreyden.net), maintaining a blog (www.mikedreyden.blogspot.com) AND continuing his career in pr0n so – not sure what more needs instigating?? Still, I’m sure he’ll be a tremendous asset to the publication! All the best over there, Mike!
Also Monday night, DJ Lina kicks off a new weekly at Tillman’s - on 26th between 6th and 7th - called SUGAR COOKIES. The space is great from what I remember, lounge-y with a speakeasy vibe…kind of perfectly Lina-esque. They also had really great mac-and-cheese on the menu then and I’d imagine if you get there on the early side, it’ll still be on offer!
Being it's a holiday weekend, I'm sure there's some circuit-y thing happening, too.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (well in advance!)!