Since I don't make it down to the East Village nearly as
often as I'd like, I figured the grand opening of the Slide
was the perfect excuse to see what those crazy village people
are up to these days.
Billed as a revival of the infamous sleazy gay bars on the
Bowery in the late 1800s, the tiny rustic cellar bar definitely
left me feeling a little dirty, but more in the "I-need-a-shower"
sense than the Christina Aguilera way. How many days until
that blessed smoking ban goes into effect anyway?
In an impressive double homage (don't
try this at home, kids), all "hookers past, present and
future" were honored by the daringly provocative World
Famous *BOB* as she dazzled us with a titillating topless
tribute to Jennifer Beals.
Set to the compelling sounds of "Maniac"
from the "Flashdance" soundtrack, *BOB* sent tidal
waves of flesh crashing against her voluptuous body as she
reenacted the infamous dance sequence that left the beyond-capacity
crowd in a bizarre confluence of shock, shame and utter amusement.
Otherwise, the party was fairly typical by East Village standards.
But I do predict many good times will be had in the future,
like Milk Fridays beginning in February especially
if the number of drunken straight gals pushing their way across
the room with lit cigarettes is kept in check.
Unlike A Virgin
Speaking of the East Village, one of New York's most infamous
and enduring soirees is returning to the 'hood where it all
began some 20+ years ago. I'm talking, of course, about the
Saint-At-Large White Party.
On Feb. 15, over Presidents' Day Weekend,
the venerable SAL will make a valiant effort to restore the
prestige and allure of the first of their two powerhouse parties
of the year by moving White Party from the Roseland Ballroom
downtown to the elegant Capitale. A landmark Stanford White
structure built in 1893, the club boasts a 75-foot high Venetian-style
dome (sound familiar?) and impeccably restored Roman/Corinthian
architecture, just part of a recent $20 million renovation.
Taking a break from remixing songs by
the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cher and Madonna, the dynamic
Thunderpuss duo of Chris Cox and Barry Harris, along with
original Saint DJ Warren Gluck, will join illumination alchemists
Guy Smith and Steve Revlon for an epic 16-hour psychedelic
safari, presumably inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll
and Timothy Leary.
The theme, "Alex In Wonderland,"
not only carries on the illustrious Saint tradition, but will
also mark the closing of this year's Fashion Week extravaganza.
The infamous Black Party will remain at
the Roseland Ballroom, with this year's event slated to take
place on Saturday, March 22. Victor Calderone, Susan Morabito,
and an as-of-yet undetermined opening DJ will man the turntables.
Visit SaintAtLarge.com for more info.
A modern day spin on Shakespeare's classic advice, "To
thy own self be true," Danny Tenaglia celebrates the
fourth anniversary of his "Be Yourself" soiree at
arc (f/k/a Vinyl) on Friday, Jan. 31. Fresh from a recent
tour of Tokyo and Singapore (yes, you can chew gum there
you just can't buy or sell it!), Tenaglia will take devoted
dance-floor disciples on a special 12-hour journey of his
favorite house tunes both past and present.
Tenaglia's manager, Kevin McHugh, says
that they are thrilled about the celebration. But he also
offers a friendly warning: "Being Yourself on Friday
may lead to being with someone else on Saturday, which may
make you wish you were someone else on Sunday."
Be sure to check your drama at the door,
because this party is all about the music. More info can be
found at Dtourism.com.
With its liquor and cabaret licenses
miraculously approved recently by the Community Board, it
looks like the former Twilo space on West 27th Street will
soon be reopening. The brainchild of wealthy Irish entrepreneur
Robert Wootton, "Spirit" will attempt to merge New
Yorkers' fascination with nightlife and spirituality to create
an alternative multimedia entertainment complex featuring
three distinct areas: Body, Mind and Soul.
The venue will feature live music and
dancing, interpretive stage shows, a wide array of holistic
healing treatments and spa amenities, and a full-service organic
restaurant for the health-conscious connoisseur. Check out
SpiritNewYork.com for more info.
During Chicago's Fireball weekend (February
7-8), the Electric Dreams Foundation will host its Fifth Annual
Party Health Summit in conjunction with the Hearts Foundation,
the Renaissance Chicago Hotel and DanceSafe. Keynote speaker
Ethan Nadelmann will join other prominent community health
advocates, like Alan Brown, Kat Coric and Dr. Christopher
Mann, to discuss ways to produce safer parties while exploring
a wide range of health topics pertaining to the gay party
Admission is free, but registration by e-mail is required.
Please visit TheFireball.com
for more details.
Until next month: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be