Category Archives: Gay Bars and Clubs

New York’s Paige Turner

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#WINNING    New York’s  Paige Turner has developed a huge following over the years and now is a fixture in NY’s  Night Life scene.

We first saw her about 3 years ago at the now closed VLADA. Now, she has done so much in the city! Splash, The Ritz, Therapy….Paige is also  host of “So You Think You Can Drag” at New World Stages showcasing the hottest new queens on the scene with celebrity judges that have included Adam Lambert, Charles Busch and Julie Halston.

Sunday  nights at Therapy in Hell’s Kitchen, Paige  continues her popular long “SLURP!” show. She did  the 200th show of her popular Sunday night soiree “Slurp!”

She told EDGE, “Slurp! is the baby that I nurse,” she says. “If you are lucky enough to work full time in drag, you have your one big show. It’s the show that I tell people who have never seen me to go to first. It’s not that I don’t put in the same energy at other shows, it’s just the one where right away you’d get me.”

Paige Turner’s show-stopping seasonal drag competition So You Think You Can Drag dominates the Thursday night midtown scene in the lower floors of the New World Stages on 50th Street every Thursday night @ 11 p.m.

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Gay vs. Straight in West Village

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What is going on in the West Village?

Gay people made that neighborhood what it is, now the non gay people want us out!

From Towelroad  A restaurant in the  West Village, has begun selling a passive-aggressively flavored, “straight” ice cream seemingly in response to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop just down the street. What makes Gallo Nero’s ice cream straighter than other ice creams is unclear, but the patrons of the restaurant are certain of Gallo Nero’s homophobia.

“They have their own way, we have our own way,” a manager who asked to remain anonymous told the Gothamist when asked whether Gallo Nero’s straight ice cream was a social statement. “What’s the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want.”

Gallo Nero, a NYC restaurant down the street from the West Village’s well-known Big Gay Ice Cream shop, has removed a sign from its window advertising ‘Big STRAIGHT Ice Cream’ after it was brought to the neighborhood’s and the internet’s attention.

AMNY reports that the manager at Gallo Nero, which had responded earlier this week to the controversy with the statement “No statement. We are letting New York City speak on our behalf,” is now speaking on the restaurant’s behalf.

Says the manager now: “No, no, no more straight ice cream here. It doesn’t work in the West Village. Gay and proud.”

 

SEVERAL DAYS AGO….On Sunday, September 13th the gay rights group “Night Life Activist,” in association with Boots and Saddle Bar, held a rally to oppose what they call a “gross display of bigotry” from community members that showed up to a CB 2’s hearing on Tuesday, September 9th.

Gay and drag bar Boots and Saddle is being forced to move after 40 years in the same neighborhood due to a rent hike. They are looking to stay within the same neighborhood, which is also home of the gay rights movement: The West Village.

During the hearing for the liquor license transfer for the historical bar, community members voiced their opinions by saying “What about the children walking by,” in reference to exposing children to drag performers. Other remarks included: “We would really like to see you find a home, but we believe this is not the place,” as well as, “I could not think of a worse application for this enclave”. – Why the Hell did you move into a gay neighborhood?  Oh that’s right, we made it fabulous and now you want us out!

At the rally, speakers included Bill Madison: writer and activist. Madison stated, “If it was not for the thousands of gay men who passed away in the 80’s from the AIDS epidemic, you would not have a vacant apartment to create your ‘enclave.'” Frostie Flakes, the drag queen, activist, coordinator, and speaker of the rally demanded through her megaphone, “Being told it’s not okay for a child to see a drag queen is the kind of hate that leads to high suicide and hate crime rates. You’re basically saying it’s not okay to be yourself. We’re here today to send the message that hate and bigotry toward the community that started your enclave will NOT be tolerated!”Onlooker Joseph Guman stated, “The entire city of New York is a grid of streets. Except when you get to The Village. It becomes a tangled web of paths that allow different communities and neighborhoods to come together. Why is there not enough room for you AND our LGBT community?”

After the rally all participants marched around The Village and, specifically, right by the place the desired location for Boots and Saddle Bar, chanting “We were here first,” and “1,2,3,4, bigotry has to hit the door” In response to the very words of the community member, they chanted, “Who’s enclave?! Our enclave!”

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Michael Alig Released from Jail and Returns to New York

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Does anyone care? I want to know how you murder someone, chop up their body, and only get 17 years in jail?

New York City’s most infamous club kid from the ’90s, Michael Alig, has been released from prison after serving 17 years behind bars for first-degree manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing, dismembering and dumping the body parts of his then-roommate, Andre “Angel” Melendez, into the Hudson River over a drug deal gone wrong.

“Alig effectively destroyed nightlife for many years,” Michael Musto, the Village Voice reporter who first broke Alig’s murder story in 1996, told Paper magazine in April. “The killing happened during the Rudolph Giuliani era when nightlife was portrayed [by the Mayor] as evil. It became uncool for many years to go out in costume in any way.”

ANDY WARHOL  said  everyone is famous  for  15 minutes  –  is Alig’s 15 minutes  up?  Young kids don’t even know who he is and they have no interest in the past.

Alig’s friend, World of Wonder curator and occasional TV personality James St. James, wrote Alig an open welcome-back-to-the-world letter, advising Alig on what movies, technologies, conversation topics, drugs and social outcasts he should know about now that he’s back on the outside. In the letter, he also offers Alig the following advice:

Speaking of clubs: You’ve become a bit of a legend since you went in (YOU’RE WELCOME) and you WILL stop the room the first few times you go out. It’s an odd sensation, but even odder is when it doesn’t happen. See, you’re old now, and although many of this generation were raised on Party Monster , sometimes you’ll find yourself in a room where everybody is completely CLUELESS. They’ve never seen the Geraldos or Phil Donahues or Jenny Joneses.

They’ve never heard of Angel. They don’t know or care who Julie Jewels was. They don’t even know who Andy Warhol was. A 21-year-old at WOW had never heard of Moby. MOBY. It’s weird. The generation that has the greatest access to knowledge in the history of mankind is the one that cares the least about it.

So there will be places where you go where NOBODY WILL RECOGNIZE YOU and NOBODY WILL CARE. And because you are no longer a cute little twink, 20-somethings will LOOK RIGHT THROUGH YOU. Or worse: SNEER at the old man. Joy Behar once said that after 35 nobody looks at you on the beach anymore, no matter how good you look. It’s true. And it’s true everywhere. My point: Enjoy the times people recognize you, because not being recognized when your old SUUUUUUUCKS.

 

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Lady Bunny CLOWNS SYNDROME! opens April 22nd at La Escuelita

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“I am thrilled to announce my new 1 & 1/2 woman show:” CLOWNS SYNDROME!

It opens Tuesday April 22nd at

La Escuelita, New York City!

6 shows only–every Tuesday from 4/22-5/27. Special thanks to Mathu Andersen for the wonderful photo, Steve Lafreniere for the gawgeous graphics and my evil stepmother Beryl Mendelbaum for collaborating on some twisted new material for me! TIX ON SALE NOW!

For tickets/more info:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/629583 — at Enyclub.

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Lady Gaga, G.U.Y and The OUT NYC

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­ March 26, 2014 ­ Lady Gaga fans will be given unprecedented access to the costumes, props, art and more from the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist¹s latest video G.U.Y. when THE OUT NYC (510 W. 42nd Street) transforms into The G.U.Y. Hotel, presented by 42West, on Friday, March 28th at 1pm.

One lucky little monster will win a pair of tickets to Lady Gaga¹s April 7th sold-out show at Roseland Ballroom during the gallery exhibition.  THE OUT NYC¹s nightclub, BPM, and CLICK will also play host to the singer¹s official Roseland after-party on Friday, April 4th with her producer DJ White Shadow and Steven Redant of Bent Collective spinning.

 

G.U.Y., the third single from her latest album ARTPOP was filmed on location at Hearst Castle in Northern California, the first commercial production at the National & California Historical Landmark mansion since Stanley Kubrick’s film ³Spartacus² was filmed in the late 1950¹s.  The first single from ARTPOP, ³Applause² is her 12th top-ten Billboard Hot 100 single in the United States.  Lady Gaga wrote the treatment as well as directed the video, which includes cameos from Andy Cohen and the cast of Bravo¹s ³The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.²  The G.U.Y video, which launched on March 22nd on NBC and Vevo, is already closing in on 16.6 million views in just a few days.

Lady Gaga¹s G.U.Y. an ARTPOP Film can be viewed by visiting: http://vevo.ly/PQ4N4F

and her new album ARTPOP is available now at: http://smarturl.it/ARTPOPalbum

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Bar d’O – History Repeats Itself with Raven O, Joey Arias and Sherry Vine!

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Bar d’O Returns

It’s back! The infamous,scandalous and uber classy Bar d’O. Starring Joey Arias, Raven O and Sherry Vine
Special Musical Guest Michael Musto
SUNDAY NIGHT Feb 23
10PM
ACME Great Jones/Lafayette
$20 at Door First Come First Served

Those caught texting and tweeting during show will wish they were dead.

$20 Door fee goes to vital life support of all three stars including medication, shock therapy and incontinence intervention.  No Deadbeats Please!

WOW! This is going to be amazing!!!

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XL Becomes 42 West and Lady Bunny Celebrates 2nd anniversary for HOT MESS Drag Review

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Drag royalty Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Milan will welcome guests to the newly launched 42West (514 West 42 Street) on February 21, 2014 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the City’s over-the-top comedic ³Hot Mess Drag Revue.²  The irrepressible, irreverent and irresistible trio, joined by fellow divas Sugga Pie Koko, Skyla Versai and Jada Valenciaga, will once again hold court at their weekly residency at newly opened Hell¹s Kitchen nightclub. 

 (Over the last six weeks 42West, the 14,000 square foot cabaret that formerly housed XL, has undergone design enhancements, which includes a dazzling new high-tech laser lighting system, an upgraded state-of-the-art sound system, a revamped VIP area and new on-the dance floor 360-degree premium seating.)

“It¹s been a time-tested, infallible formula ­ an unstoppable, hilarious combination.  Give iconic drag queens a microphone and a stage, mix in a few cosmos, add a dash of camp and pop hits and you¹ve got a night like no other,” said 42West’s owner Susan Buckley.

Combining old-school glamour and salacious scandal galore, Hot Mess lives up to its name and offers an outrageously good time for all.  During the adults-only interactive performance, the queens lead the audience through several song and expertly choreographed dance numbers. Intermittent commentary is given by hostess Bianca Del Rio, who will compete on LOGO’s hit show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” later this month, that keeps audiences in fits of laughter and coming back for more.

In addition to the lively, colorful banter and outrageous performances by the Hot Mess talent, surprise guests like Octomom and Tan Mom, Raven Symoné and RuPaul have joined the festivities in the past making no two shows the same. “Life should be fun, lively, and at least a little messy,” explains Lady Bunny.  Michael Musto dubbed Hot Mess “the best drag show in NYC” and the cast members prove it to sold-out crowds every Friday night at 9pm.

And in 2014, Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Milan will continue to pull out all the stops, mixing up their unique brand of calamity and comedy, during each and every performance. And the divas have an even glitzier, glam, show stopping stage to perform on at 42West, the 14,000 square foot space that previously housed XL Nightclub. The new venue features a dazzling high-tech laser lighting system, a state-of-the-art sound system, a chic VIP area, and premium seating that easily puts guests in the Hot Mess hot seat.

 

Premium reserve tickets, which include a complimentary glass of champagne, premium seating and a plate of small bites are $50 and general admission tickets are $30.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting: http://bit.ly/1bWpvX5

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SAVE New Yorks Gay Halloween Parade

The
New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts
organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign,
set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise
monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the
last minute cancellation of last year’s Parade due to Superstorm Sandy,
as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will
celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.

 

The
iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and
magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting
over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone.
Last year’s cancellation was the first in the Parade’s history, marking a
milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of
devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift
the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event
in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina
refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010
after the earthquake in Haiti.

 

“While
nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy,
the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the
Parade, putting our

organization
out over $50,000,” said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director.
“We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy
brought, but

now
we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched  in or
watched to parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on.”

 

Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th
year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer
Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower.  For more
information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to
save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/729950056/bring-halloween-back-to-nyc or www.halloween-nyc.com/

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WE Party: AIRLINES Flies Into New York City

This Labor Day weekend, the greatest party in the world is flying into the greatest city in the world for a once-in-a-lifetime special event.  WE Party: Airlines lands into New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday August 31st from 10pm – 6am.  The legendary concert hall will literally be transformed into an airport with check-in counters, gates, concessions, and special lounges.  Also inside will be the world’s most spectacular mega club complete with six points of line array concert sound, hundreds of moving lights, full color lasers, 3d LED visual walls and stunning performances direct from Spain.  WE Party’s residents DJ’s take their first flight together in the USA:  Spain’s hottest export  Manuel de Diego joins NYC’s own superstar Brett Henrichsen in the cockpit to provide the beats for the flight.  Thousands of party-goers are coming in from around the world to spend a night flying on WE Party Airlines.

“This will be the first time New Yorkers will actually enjoy going through security,” promises Victor Pallas of WE Party Madrid. “Once past the friendly T&A Screening, passengers can choose between stepping into the pressurized, climate controlled cabin and embarking on the flight of a lifetime, or relaxing in the Mile High Club airport lounge for some special on the ground services.   In both areas, specially trained flight attendants will attend to the every need of passengers, before, during and after departure.”

The Hammerstein Ballroom is a three-tiered, 12,000-square-foot ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios on 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan.  It was constructed in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein and originally named the Manhattan Opera House. It became the Manhattan Center Studios in 1986, and in 1997, after undergoing extensive renovation, with the hand painted ceiling being completely restored, it was renamed Hammerstein Ballroom.  In recent years, the venue has hosted several large concert events for major pop artists including Kylie Minogue, Patti LaBelle and Rihanna as well as a massive dance event for Tiesto.  Several seasons of NBC’s America’s Got Talent have also been taped at the theatre. 

“The last time a dance event of similar magnitude was produced at Hammerstein was Victor Calderone’s landmark Caligula pride event in 2001,” states Mike Singer from Masterbeat, the company producing the event. Caligula featured a full symphony orchestra accompanying Cyndi Lauper as she sang her classic hit, True Colors.   “We are planning to re-introduce NYC to this spectacular venue and for this Labor Day event to be the biggest WE Party ever produced in the entire world.”

Founded in Madrid in 2008, WE Party is known as the Rolls Royce of event experiences from Ibiza to Los Angeles, Moscow to Zurich – and, now – New York.  The organization has raised the stakes on nightlife with over-the-top productions offering sensory overload of sight and sound. Each party aims to outdo the last, combining hi tech staging, cutting edge shows, and steamy international dancers with the most stunning crowds. Its groundbreaking use of lighting, lasers and LED, alongside custom made visuals, has been called a visual feast for clubbers.   WE Airlines debuted at La Riviera in Madrid and is making its first international flight to Manhattan.

Now in its 15th year, the Masterbeat brand produces highly popular dance events throughout the United States, including its annual series of New Year’s Eve extravaganzas in Los Angeles, the largest gay New Years event in the country. 

Additional flight information and tickets are available now at WE Airlines website: www.wepartyairlines.com.   Passengers can choose between economy and first class fares, each with their own special amenity packages and access to special areas of the plane.  


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Tony Moran brings DESTINATION experience to XL Nightclub

 On Saturday, August 24th, Destination embarks on a
mission to recapture the greatness of the New York City dance floor.


 “I respect
and love all of the Ibiza parties that have been circling the globe with their
events but we are now taking back control of the American dance floor,”
declares Destination founder Tony Moran. “We want everyone to once again
recognize New York City as the party capital of the world!” The high- speed
journey begins at
11pm at NYC’s XL Nightclub (512 W 42nd St) and continues into
the wee morning hours. 

Tony Moran will steer the decks, along with Brazilian dj
Gustavo Scorpio in the early hours with nightlife icon Flava hosting and
special live performances by international superstars Kristine W and Vernessa
Mitchell. A particular highlight of the evening will be the integration of music
videos displayed on a video wall customized by Tony and gigantic DNA
installation by Michael Longo of Sound Factory fame over the dance floor,
seamlessly synched to Tony’s original club mixes. Tickets are available now at
www.xlnightclub.com.

“Destination will be about movement, motion,
evolution, sex and sensuality,” explains Moran, a two-time Grammy nominated
remixer/ producer/singer-songwriter and DJ known for remixing popular songs by
Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna and countless others. “I will use the DJ booth
as my laboratory to build new songs and remixes live.”

Destination will offer fans an elaborate NYC
experience with unique party elements that have never been seen anywhere else
in the world. The most notable will be the introduction of Pioneer Pro DJ
technology on the dancefloor, synching Tony’s original club mixes to video.
“The idea is for the visuals to be more than just dancers, performers and
lights,” explains Moran. “These videos will bring the club classics and future
classics to life.”

This is the reason why Destination is taking place
at XL Nightclub.
The venue offered Moran the freedom to bring in extra massive
sound, including $50,000 enhanced sound system exclusively for the night, turbo
charged with state-of-the-art subwoofers, ultra crisp tweeters, and
individually controlled speakers for Tony to create a true 3D sound experience.
Brand new visual enhancements will fill the club to make the magic happen.
“It’s not about the DJ in the booth anymore”, he continues. “It’s about putting
the spotlight on the dance floor and whisking clubbers on a fantastical
excursion of the senses.”

The evening will include special performances by
club superstars Kristine W and Vernessa Mitchell plus the brilliant,
circuit-favorite Flava performing Tony’s Destination XL Anthem.

Kristine and Tony have collaborated together on
several tracks, most recently hitting #1 on the US Billboard club charts with
“Walk Away”. Miss W has been a staple of the New York City nightlife scene for
over fifteen years. Her first single, “Feel What You Want” debuted in
New York City clubs. “Kristine W’s stronger than ever, and it just made total
sense to showcase her newest and greatest at Destination,” says Moran.

It gives him the opportunity to debut his recently
completed remix of Kristine W’s next single, “So Close To Me” with full length
extended video on the Video Wall. “It’s progressive Kristine W,” he continues.
“My remix reshapes her song for the progressive worldwide movement without
abandoning my circuit roots I am especially proud of it.”

Moran will also debut his brand new Vernessa
Mitchell song. Vernessa Mitchell is a gospel recording artist whose vocal
versatility has been heralded by R&B and House audiences. Her uplifting
house songs have charted seven times on the Billboard Dance charts. Hits
include “This Joy”, “Took My Life” (Billboard Club Play Song of the Year in
2004), and “Accept Me”, besides her timeless NYC anthem “Reap (What You Sow).
Moran is especially excited about the new mix as this marks his first
collaboration with the Grammy-nominated vocalist.

 “I’ve always admired Vernessa,”
he says. “I love the message of her songs and of course, that voice! I had been
reaching out to her for months trying to work with her. Miraculously, things
fell into place and it all came together. I’m so proud of my first song with
her.”


Tony Moran aims to launch Destination to other major cities. “We want to ‘Take
It All The Way’”, he says, slyly referencing another new anthem he wrote that
he will debut at Destination. “We’re building on those great Ibiza parties, but
going beyond the circuit sound and creating unique dance events with more of a
New York City thang.”

In the days prior to the event, Moran is releasing
Tony Moran+Deborah Cooper+Deep Influence, “Planet XL (That’s How We Do)” on
Wednesday, August 21; Tony Moran presents Vernessa Mitchell, “Rise!” on
Thursday, August 22; and Tony Moran’s futuristic progressive take on Tony Moran
& Ultra Naté, “Destination” on Friday, August 23.

NYC nightlife fixtures at all the cool events,
Dougie Meyer, Dina Delicious, Roze Black and Mark Nelson, are hosting the event,
and Moran has invited the singers, producers, djs and entertainment industry
giants to the party.

The event is produced by XL in association with
Sugar House and Continuous Cool.

For more information on DESTINATION visit www.xlnightclub.com.

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New York City Producer John Ed Celebrates 20 Years in the Industry with Extravagant Party

 Legendary producer and promoter John Ed will be celebrating 20 years
in the industry with a larger-than-life party at Marquee Nightclub on
August 15th for Catwalk Thursdays hosted by the famous Susanne Bartsch
and Brandon Voss.

As a graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Berklee
College of Music, John Ed’s passion for entertaining is an essential
piece of his creative fabric.  He was first enamored by the nightlife
scene when he made a trip to New York City from Boston to visit the
original Sound Factory Nightclub in the early 90’s.  “The energy was
over the top,” he recalled. “I remember one weekend I saw Madonna there,
sitting on top of one of the speakers and braiding her pigtail,
watching everyone and enjoying herself. She said to me, ‘I’m casting
dancers for my tour, let me see you dance.’ Honey, I carried on like
nobody’s business. I didn’t get the job, but I did end up being the
Creative Director for the new Sound Factory many years later with owner
Richard Grant, promoters Alex and Leo, and their new DJ Jonathan Peters.
It was a life-changing opportunity to create unforgettable memories for
others, much like I experienced years before.”

Before permanently moving to New York City in 1993, John Ed was
hired by legendary club promoters David Leigh and Lee Chappell to work
at their lavish themed parties.  “I now call Lee Chappell my Fairy
Godmother,” John Ed remembered fondly. “I learned so much from him. He
introduced me to so many people and taught me the ropes. He showed me
how to bring a party to life.”

Since then John Ed has been the Creative Director at some of New
York City’s hottest clubs, such as Sound Factory, Tunnel, Mirage,
Carbon, Exit, and Webster Hall. He has hosted events for big name
clients such as Beyonce, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Richard Branson,
Fendi, Donald Trump, Victoria Secret, and many other Fortune 500
companies.  While still the Creative Director at Exit Night Club, world
famous DJ Tiesto hired John Ed after his team attend a New Year’s Eve
event John Ed produced. “I wrote and created an entire show based upon
Tiesto’s vision and the songs he handpicked,” John Ed explained. “We
then executed this show at large arenas across the United States for
thousands of his fans.”

This year John Ed will be celebrating his 20th anniversary in the
industry with a larger-than-life party at Marquee Nightclub on August
15th for Catwalk Thursdays hosted by the famous Susanne Bartsch and
Brandon Voss.  Scheduled to perform is Florida’s legendary nightclub
Icon Kitty Meow and New York City’s talented Ebonee Excell, plus musical
entertainment from DJs Johnny Dynell and W. Jeremy. Transsexual Icon
Amanda LePore will also be hosting the lavish event, with special
appearances from some of the biggest nightlife personalities of NYC’s
past and present.  “I have met some amazing creative people in the
nightlife scene and I consider them to be family. It’s also so rewarding
to pass along my knowledge to others, much like how my fairy godmother
Lee Chappell helped me. I will never forget where I came from and I hope
everyone will come and celebrate life with me.  Here’s to another 20
years!”

John Ed is the owner and producer of famed entertainment company
Party Productions NYC. He is currently working on a big nightlife
project at a brand new venue from Ibiza coming this fall. His website
can be found at www.PartyProductionsNYC.com.

In addition to his busy calendar of special hosted events, John Ed
is also the producer and promoter for New York City’s #1 weekly
transsexual party, Tranny Strip. For more information, please visit  www.TrannyStrip.com.

John Ed’s 20th Anniversary Party will be held at Marquee Nightclub
is located at 289 10th Avenue in New York City from 11pm-4am. Admission
is $10 and attire is dress to impress.  Visit their website at www.MarqueeNY.com. For more information on Catwalk Thursdays by Susanne Bartsch and Brandon Voss, visit their official websites at www.SusanneBartsch.com and www.VossNYC.com.

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XL Nightclub Presents The Orion Experience

THE ORION EXPERIENCE is an interactive musical event in the style of ROCKY HORROR, BARBARELLA and CAPTAIN EO. In-flight amenities include live electro-pop music, wall-to-wall dancing, aerialists and cocktails. Join the crew and dance the night away!
BLASTING OFF AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 1 AT XL NIGHTCLUB (512 W. 42nd St): Thursday 8pm, Saturday 9pm & Sunday 8pm.
Starring: Orion Simprini, Linda Horwatt, Reef Rox
Featuring: Sir Honey Davenport as the Queen of White Lies
Director: Travis Greisler
Choreographer: Misha Shields
Visit TheOrionExperience.com for more info – and use code TOETKG35 for a special $35 discounted ticket. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. 
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SPLASH Bar Announces It Will Close its Doors

After 22 years, the Iconic Splash bar is closing! Owner Brian Landeche explains to
 Next Magazine why he decided to close his doors for good on Aug 10th.

Read the exclusive interview with QUEERTY



PARTIES  WILL  RUN  AUG 1 – 10th!
Splash is planning on enticing two decades of people who have been
coming through the doors to take a piece of Splash with them. People can
take a piece of the sheet rock or steal a chair, or take some memory
home with them.

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2nd annual GUMBO New York City Pride Pool Party June 29th

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 [rain or shine]      2PM to LATE
complimentary ABSOLUT® cocktails [2-3PM]

THOMPSON LES HOTEL
ROOFTOP POOL
+ launch of
THE BENDER LOUNGE in the ABOVE ALLEN indoor/outdoor terrace
190 Allen Street [at E. Houston]

a special GUMBO Give-Back
to ATHLETE ALLY [portion of all admission donated]

GUMBO NYC has been reinventing and reimagining gay nightlife in New York City with its signature “pop-out” parties since 2009. 

Something new is brewing…sign up to find out where. Let’s be friends!

“one of the hottest new parties in NYC”OUT

“voted five pink crowns” – BestGayNewYork.com
“a place for grown up gays to play? pencil us in!” – NEXT
“pioneering party…#1 critics pick”TIME OUT NEW YORK

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Broadway Bares SOLO STRIPS May 5th at XL Nightclub

Sunday, May 5,2013…….9 pm 

XL Nightclub
512 West 42nd Street, NYC

As the weather warms up, the clothes will come off 12 of the hottest
men from Broadway Bares when they strip down to raise money for Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Broadway Bares: Solo Strips.

Tickets for Solo Strips, a special, one-night-only evening of choreographed stripteases, are on sale now.
A limited number of reserved table seats are available for $40. General
admission standing tickets also are available for a $15 donation. Get tickets now.

This year’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips dancers include Matt Anctil (La Cage Aux Folles, Broadway Bares 18-21), Patrick Boyd (Grease, Broadway Bares 17-19), James Brown III (Wicked, Broadway Bares 16, 18-20), Timothy Hughes (Chaplin, Broadway Bares 21), John Paul LaPorte (Broadway Bares 15-22) Patrick McCollum (Broadway Bares 16, 18-19), Peter Nelson (Cinderella, Broadway Bares 21-22), Daniel Robinson (Hairspray, Broadway Bares 17-19), Matthew Rossoff (Jesus Christ Superstar, Broadway Bares 18, 21) Billy Steeves (Broadway Bares 22), Dennis Stowe (Annie, Broadway Bares 9, 13-14, 16- 17, 19- 20) and Sheldon Tucker (Bring It On: The Musical, Broadway Bares 21-22).

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips will again be directed by Tony
Spinosa. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Reserved table seats
require an additional two-drink minimum.

Solo Strips is a return to the roots of Broadway Bares. In 1992, Jerry Mitchell, then a performer in The Will Rogers Follies,
organized a benefit burlesque show featuring himself and six friends
performing original strips at a bar for a $10 donation plus whatever
tips the audience gave the dancers. Mitchell, now a Tony Award-winning
director and choreographer, is executive producer of Broadway Bares,
which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events. This year’s racy, road trip-themed edition, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America,
will feature 200 of New York’s most desirable dancers discovering – and
uncovering – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares
could find. This trip across the fruited plains of America will most
certainly be the stuff patriot dreams are made of. Special celebrity
guests will be announced at a later date.

Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America will be held Sunday, June 23 with two performances only at 9:30 pm & midnight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Get tickets for Broadway Bares now.

The 2013 Bares season started in January with Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, which raised $35,428. The season continues with Solo Strips, then Broadway Bares: Fire Island on June 1 before concluding with Broadway Bares 23.

Meet this year’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips dancers…..

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KAZAKY at XL March 30th, 2013 Secret Mission Tour

These guys are so sexy and so hot! I want to have sex with each of them!!

KAZAKY is Artur, Oleg, Kirill and Stas!
Kazaky is a Ukrainian all-male house-electro-synthpop dance group, originally made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar, Stas Pavlov and Oleg Zhezhel. 
In  July 2011, they made their American debut at Club 57 in New York City, and performed their third single “I’m Just a Dancer” for the first time. They worked it out at the Dsquared2 SS 2012 Fashion show!
 March 30th, 2013 Kazaky will be back in NYC, at XL, for the world premiere of their SECRET MISSION TOUR!! Advance tickets on sale now!
Assembled in Kiev in 2010 by Oleg Zhezhel, a skilled choreographer, the group has released several singles, three EPs and one album. The group confronts gender norms by fusing masculine and feminine attributes together, most notably by regularly wearing stiletto heels in videos and live performances. 
In August 2011, Pavlov left the group and was replaced by Francesco Borgato. On February 26, 2013, Borgato announced his departure from the group to pursue a solo career. Former member Stas Pavlov rejoined the group immediately after Borgato’s departure, and he is featured in the group’s new track and video, “Crazy Law“, released  2 weeks ago. 
I am so excited Kazaky is coming back to the US and appearing at XL. 
It will be a show not to miss!

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Rawhide: Iconic Gay Bar in New York will Close

The rent goes up…

and we lose an iconic gay bar in New York.

New York gay bar Rawhide is expected to close its doors by the end of the month.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York
blog reports that the leather bar’s landlord will raise the rent from
$15,000 to $27,000, effectively pricing the establishment out of its
Chelsea location at Eighth Avenue and 21st Street. The last day of
operation will  be March 31.

As Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York and Towleroad both
point out, New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn spoke fondly
of the establishment, which opened in 1978, as part of a recent New York magazine profile

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Guerrilla Gay Bar New York

What
is GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY?


GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY (GGBNY)
is a combination of flashmob and the French Revolution. Only much,
much gayer (Fewer decapitations and less powdered wigs). 
Once a month, we will take over one of the straightest bars we
can find in NYC.  We won’t tell them we’re coming – we just
show up – by the hundreds – and make ourselves at home.

 

When
is GGBNY?
On the 3rd Friday of every month you are invited,
as long as you are gay, lesbian, trans, bi, or a friend, and are
game for the challenge.

Who
inspired GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY?
GGBNY is inspired by our
GGB comrades in LA, San Fran, Boston, and others who want to branch
out beyond the gay bars and make a straight place GAY once a month
(as if it is their choice).

 

How
do I find out where GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY takes place?

Trick is, we won’t announce our shindig’s digs until the day before
the party – we don’t wanna give them any notice. So, the only
way to know where to go for the party is to rsvp via our newsletter/website
(see the link above) or via our facebook and twitter.  We
will inform everyone of the location one day prior to the event.
Once you get the invite details, spread the word!

WHY
DO THIS?
Field trip!!!  And, to show the straight
community our community and encourage them to support diversity. 
GUERRILLA GAY BAR NY will give the straight world
a chance to see, mingle, and interact with the LGBT community
on a personal level.


Next
Mission: TONIGHT!    Friday January 25th, 6-9pm

Color
Codes:
Red!
Wear anything red!

Location:
Secret!!
You must register to know the location!

Register
at http://ggbnyjan2013.eventbrite.com/


The Men Event

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Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque at XL

OMG!

 Is that poster stunning, or what??

 
Sunday, January 27th,  shows at 9 &  11pm, Broadway Bares presents its Winter Burlesque show.
This steamy theatrical striptease is sure to warm up the audience and
benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

More than 25 of Broadway Bares’ hottest dancers bringing you a striptease spectacular sure to cure the winter blues.       

XL Nightclub 
512 w. 42nd street   
GET TICKETS

Doors will open at 8 pm for the 9 pm show.
Doors will open at 10:30 pm for the 11 pm show.

Reserved Table Seating for the 9 pm show is SOLD OUT.

BROADWAY BARES 2013

GET TICKETS NOW!
Sunday, June 23, 9:30 pm & Midnight
Roseland Ballroom
239 West 52nd Street, NYC


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Gay New York Nightlife EXPOSED

Well, for better or for worse, New York Gay Nightlife was exposed to the masses this week!

You know those parties and special nights that start up, and the vibe is hip and cool, then after time, once EVERYONE knows about it, it sometimes loses it’s uniqueness. 
So, this past week New York Mag did an article called  A GAY NEW TIME. 

“The city’s gay subculture is experiencing another
nocturnal boomlet, thanks to a post-recession spate of new LGBT bars,
clubs, and parties. Here, a survey of the scene, complete with the
requisite go-go boys, outré drag artists, and low-key lounges for people
who just want to drink. “

Mondays  F#%K It at No Parking“A downtown dance club meets an uptown gay bar” is how promoter Kedwin
Zapata describes this Monday-night party when promoting it via Facebook.
Tuesdays WestGay at Westway have been compared to Studio 54.
Tuesday thru Sunday THE COCK has HAPPY HOUR now. 4-11pm. with go gos!
Wednesday at 11pm  is very  VIP. Les Garçons at Le Baron .  bow-tied young promoter named Michael Fragoso has ushered
dandies-in-the-making, rich architects, and the unemployed artists who
love them into Le Baron’s townhouselike environs.
 

Fridays Penthaus at Copacabana seems to attract young and old, gay and straight. While there’s a dance floor where younger guys let loose to pop music,
the older patrons tend to kick back on the leather banquettes, making
for a pleasantly adult outing.
see more  at  NY  MAG
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