As the mercury soars to often unbearable
heights during the steamy month of August, the only thing
hotter than the temperature in many parts of the country will
be the men attending several of the circuits feistiest
festivals. Among the highlights next month are Pines 2000
on Fire Island, the Hotlanta River Expo in Atlanta, and the
Russian River Morning Party weekend in Guerneville, California.
New York | Saturday, August 5, 2000
This benefit party for The Fire Island Property Owners Association Charitable
Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation debuted on the circuit last
year, and picked up where the dearly departed Morning Party left off. The
event still takes place outdoors, but the time has been changed. This illustrious
event now takes place under dark (but hopefully clear) skies from 10:00
p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Producers Billy Carroll and Mitchell Greenberg, along
with a venerable host committee, are bringing Hollywood to the Pines for
one very special night. DJ Robbie Leslie will start the evening with a lighter
mixture of circuit favorites before the incomparable Manny Lehman takes
over the turntables to elevate the energy into an explosive escapade of
extreme euphoria. Australian lighting wizard Allan Parkinson will mesmerize
the crowd with his special blend of vibrant visuals and ethereal effects.
The island ambiance and community spirit are what really make this event
special, and the diversity of patrons and dance floor distractions create
a truly unique circuit experience.
Tickets are now available online and at the Pines Harbor for $150. Check
for more information and to order tickets.
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GA | August 10-13, 2000
As I told friends after experiencing my first Hotlanta weekend last year,
it was definitely HOT in Atlanta (both the temperature and the men), but
the word FUN more accurately described my Hotlanta experience. Judging by
this years entertainment line-up, the 22nd Anniversary of the Hotlanta
River Expo, celebrating the Year of the Dragon, looks just as promising.
DJ Lydia Prim helps jumpstart this AID Atlanta benefit weekend at the Shogun
Party on Friday night following the always-popular Mr. Hotlanta contest
at the beautiful Fox Theater. Although it seems most people now forego the
actual river raft race on Saturday afternoon, plan to participate if the
weather is nice its way too much fun to skip. Just pack your
water guns and sun block, and head on down to the lovely Chattahoochee River
for this weekends namesake event. WARNING: You will get completely
soaked. Dragon Dance, Saturdays main event, starts out with Atlantas
own DJ Craig Spy, and is headlined by circuit legend Warren Gluck. If you
caught Warrens performance at Cherry 5s main event in April,
then you know why this event should not be missed. Perhaps the most fun
party of the weekend takes place Sunday afternoon the Happy Family
Tea Dance with DJ Michael Fierman. WARNING: If the venue is anything
like last years, then be prepared to get totally soaked again
this time from sweating. DJ Wayne Arnold closes out the weekend spinning
the oddly-named Fried Rice closing party on Sunday night.
If youre longing for a good old-fashioned circuit weekend, where fun
and frivolity are celebrated in grand southern style, and attitude and arrogance
are almost undetectable, you should definitely check out Hotlanta.
Gold and Silver weekend ticket packages are available for $135-190, depending
on when you buy them; individual tickets are also available. Please call
(404) 874-3976 or visit www.hotlanta.org
for more information.
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RUSSIAN RIVER MORNING PARTY WEEKEND SUNDANCE
CA | August 11-13, 2000
Im guessing many of you are probably already very familiar with nature,
having spent a fair amount of time in local parks and other wooded areas,
so the 3rd Annual Russian River Morning Party offers the perfect opportunity
to once again enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Located
about an hour and a half north of San Francisco, the lovely Fifes Resort
provides the scenic backdrop for several exhilarating events scheduled throughout
the weekend. Revelers will enjoy pool parties, carnival attractions, swimming,
volleyball, and canoeing alongside 14 luscious acres of California redwood
trees and a scenic meadow overlooking the Russian River. The incredible
turntable talents of DJs Monty Q, Phil B, and Manny L will provide uplifting
music for your dancing pleasure at several daytime and evening events. Dont
forget to pack your bug spray because you never know just what kind of critters
will be crawling around out in the woods.
Accommodations at Fifes Resort can be reserved by calling (707) 869-0656;
additional event and ticket information can be found at www.guspresents.com.
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Fall Circuit Forecast
Summer is quickly coming to an end, and gay resort areas like Fire Island
and Provincetown are becoming increasingly desolate as each day passes.
The golden brown tans that we spent months working on will soon fade, and
eventually all well have left of the summer are memories. The leaves
will also start changing colors as the temperature cools, and boys and girls
everywhere will begin meticulously planning their Halloween costumes. These
are sure signs that autumn is upon us. But one thing that never seems to
change with the seasons is the collection of scorching hot parties that
continue to take place throughout the North American circuit.
This years fall line-up offers party revelers a multitude of diverse
options. Some will opt for the leather-infused decadence of the Folsom Street
Fair in San Francisco, while others will head to Columbus for the Red Party,
one of the circuits oldest and most popular events. Still, many others
will choose to head to Nevada to experience the opulence and extravagance
of Viva Las Vegas, a relative newcomer to the gay party circuit. Whichever
party weekend you decide to attend (including Montreals massive Black
& Blue), rest assured that each offers its own unique character that
will surely satiate even the most voracious party appetites.
California | September 22-24, 2000
Dont let the name of this event fool you theres a lot
more going on at the Folsom Street Fair than just naughty exhibits, public
spankings and exotic leatherwear. Leather Week 2000, which starts on September
17th, culminates with this weekend-long street festival that draws upwards
of 300,000 leather enthusiasts. But the festivities also include many late
night dance parties that will no doubt give the daytime events some stiff
competition when it comes to debauchery. The Link: Men In Uniform party
jumpstarts the weekend on Friday night at The Officers Club at the
Concourse with DJ Monty Q. San Franciscos own DJ Neil Lewis whips
the crowd into shape on Saturday at Magnitude, the official Black Party
of the Folsom Street Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center. For those
of you who just havent had enough (and you know who you are), join
DJ Lydia Prim at Aftershock where you can dance well into the next morning.
Real Bad XII Intensity introduces Atlanta/Birmingham-based DJ Wayne
Arnold to San Francisco for a Home Care Companions and Lambda Legal Defense
Fund benefit dance event on Sunday night.
There are countless other events going on throughout the week and weekend,
so please check out the following websites for more information: www.folsomstreetfair.com,
Weekend and VIP passes are $100 and $150, respectively, and can be ordered
online at www.ticketweb.com.
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OH | September 29October 1, 2000
This years theme: BIG RED TOP. Bottoms with a penchant for redheads
may be disappointed, though, to learn that the theme actually revolves around
the circus. I doubt youll encounter any trained elephants or bearded
ladies (well, now that I think about it, drag queens with five-o-clock shadows
are entirely possible), but you will find an incredible collection of the
circuits favorite entertainers. At Saturdays main event, Felix
Vega will captivate the crowds with his aerial acrobatics, while Connie
Casserole and Power deliver their unique blend of visual stimulation and
gender-bending performance art, South Beach style. Columbus own Maryann
Brandt will act as Ring Mistress, and the omnipresent DJ David Knapp will
provide high energy musical selections for your dancing pleasure. DanceOne
will also be on hand to continue filming their 2000 video series.
Other entertainment includes Boston DJ Richie Rich who will start the weekend
off early on Thursday night with Sideshow at the Columbus Eagle. Madonnas
latest remix artist and new circuit sensation, DJ Tracy Young, takes over
the turntables at Prelude on Friday night at Axis. DJs Monty Q and Randy
Bettis finish out the weekend on Sunday at Tea and Epilogue, respectively.
The production values of this weekend are always spectacular (hey, theyve
been doing it for like 20 years) and the boys are extra friendly, so give
this Midwestern jewel a try this year and enjoy a party reminiscent of the
good old days.
Free bus service to and from all events will be provided. More information
on tickets, events and host hotels can be found at www.redparty.net
or by calling their info line at 614-297-6453.
VIVA LAS VEGAS
Nevada | October 6-8, 2000
You probably wont find Wayne Newton or any Elvis impersonators at
these events (although Siegfried & Roy might swing by), but all the
hedonism and overindulgence that epitomize the highly illuminated desert
town will surely be abundant at this fourth installment of Viva Las Vegas.
The Atlantis crew, best known for their gay-themed vacations and travel
services, once again delivers the goods by bringing in top notch DJ talent
like Joe DEspinosa (out of retirement, apparently), Phil B, Warren
Gluck, and Susan Morabito. This isnt your ordinary circuit party,
and the unusual venues, like the Wet n Wild Water Park, MGM Grand
Adventures, and Vegas hottest nightclub, Studio 54, attest to that.
Perhaps the best thing about this weekend, though, is its reasonable cost:
$129 for a weekend pass. But please be careful if you decide to gamble in
the casinos because just a few minutes with a dealer (cards!) or a futile
attempt to win big on the slots (Im talking from experience here)
can easily make your weekend extraordinarily more expensive.
Call 800-6-ATLANTIS or visit www.atlantisevents.com
for more information on tickets, host hotel, and event