face it, every party cannot be legendary. But there are those
who — whether they are aware of it or not — refuse
to accept this fact. These people are often quick to criticize
any event that fails to live up to their unreasonably high
expectations. I know, because I’ve been there.
For those of us who were fortunate enough to experience such
phenomena as Studio 54, the Saint, Paradise Garage, or even
more recent legendary clubs like Palladium and Twilo, it almost
seems compulsory to bemoan what many of us believe to be an
increasingly bleak nightlife scene. I know, because I’ve
So in the spirit of trying to bring our struggling community
together, I’ve spent some time contemplating the current
state of nightlife in New York City. While doing so, I kept
coming back to the same question: How is it possible that,
if “there’s nothing fun to do anymore,”
I often feel overwhelmed by the plethora of options on any
given night, and even feel disappointed when I miss certain
Well, maybe things aren’t so bad after all. Club culture
during the 1980s and ‘90s may have been better on some
levels, but those memories should only enhance our party experience,
not inhibit it. By focusing on the present and learning to
appreciate each and every moment (not an easy task for most
of us, but “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
is an excellent guidebook), I think you’ll find that
there’s still plenty of fun to be had in this city.
Exhibit A: Alegria
The Alegria World party at Sound Factory on Sunday night of
Memorial Day Weekend. Over the past few years, promoter Ric
Sena has been invigorating holiday weekends with some of the
best parties New York has seen in years. Mere words alone
cannot fully convey the intensity of these remarkable events.
While the massive crowds and brutal temperatures on the dance
floor might be a bit much for some people, every other aspect
of these parties is topnotch. Specifically, the stunning men,
the immaculate venue, the beautiful men, the exceptional production
values, the hot men, and a rotating roster of the circuit’s
most talented DJs. Did I mention the men?
Playing his first major gig in New York City, hometown DJ/producer
Tony Moran kept the energy level at a fevered pitch with a
spicy blend of new and classic vocal tracks, including a few
of his own productions, like “Real Love” by Deborah
Cooper and Donna Summer’s heavenly “You’re
So Beautiful.” Los Angeles’ DJ Paulo took over
at 6 a.m. with a much darker tribal set that kept the dance
floor packed well after my mid-morning departure. Don’t
miss your next opportunity to experience the rapture of Alegria
during Gay Pride Weekend when Miami’s DJ Abel returns
for “Spectacular Spectacular” on Sunday, June
29. Visit AlegriaEvents.com
for more info.
Exhibit B: GLAAD benefit
The GLAAD Benefit Concert at Roxy on Thursday, May 8. I’d
like to congratulate the Fly Life Music team — Carmen,
Peter & Martha — for throwing together one hell
of a great party in conjunction with KTU 103.5 FM. Kevin Aviance,
Heather Headley and Lisa Stansfield each performed a medley
of their hit songs while DJ Junior Vasquez spun some records
to help promote awareness and raise money for our community.
Vasquez also debuted his radio mix show on KTU the following
night. Now that his Earth after-hours party has been put on
indefinite hold, Friday nights at midnight will be your only
opportunity to hear Vasquez in New York for a while.
I rest my case: 1,000 Chers & Broadway Bares
Looking ahead, it doesn’t appear that I’m going
to get much rest in June either. I’ll save my Pride
preview for my next column, but here are two special events
that definitely deserve your attention.
On Thursday, June 12, “Night of 1,000 Chers”
(not to be confused with “Night of 1,000 Stevies”)
celebrates the release of “The Very Best of Cher”
while serving as Warner Brothers’ official after-party
for the final concert of Cher’s extended Farewell Tour
(until the inevitable comeback tour, anyway). The event will
be held at Centro-Fly with Eddie Baez and Peter Rauhofer behind
the turntables, and the Passengerz, Becky Baeling and Reina
onstage. Project Publicity’s Len Evans is anxious to
answer all your Cher Ball questions at 917-743-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the two years I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve
seen some amazing shows. But one truly stands out as my favorite:
Broadway Bares. Now in its lucky 13th year, the Broadway Cares/Equity
Fights AIDS benefit returns to the Roseland Ballroom on Sunday,
June 15, for “Back to Burlesque,” a striptease
extravaganza featuring over 200 of Broadway’s hottest
dancers. Directed and choreographed by the show’s founder,
Jerry Mitchell, the MAC Viva Glam-presented event will be
hosted by “Hairspray’s” Harvey Fierstein
and Marissa Jaret Winokur, with appearances by Eartha Kitt
and Deborah Gibson.
Since its inception in 1988, BC/EFA has distributed more
than $65 million to help provide services for people with
AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. You can help raise that
total by treating yourself to the best (and sexiest) of Broadway
all on one stage. VIP seating and standing (which includes
an open bar cocktail reception before the show) are available
for the 9:30 p.m. performance while the midnight show is general
Randy Bettis is DJing, so you can add great music to the
hot bodies. Tickets and memorabilia can be purchased at BroadwayCares.org.
Until next time — Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Yourself.