Now that Lady Gaga’s Lower East Side has been mythologized just a handful of years after she tramped around St. Jerome’s and Motor City, why not Moby’s? Sure, the space that used to house his vegan restaurant Teany is empty and fallow on Rivington Street and the bald, beady-eyed electronica artist has moved on to greener pastures in Los Angeles. But, love him or hate him, the man behind club hits like “South Side” and “Natural Blues” was such a fixture during his time as a downtown denizen that pretty much everybody had a Moby story. Now Mobes is telling his Moby story in a new memoir, Porcelain, which recounts his transition from a virginal, straight-edge Christian to an internationally renowned musician who clocked stripper digits at the Baby Doll Lounge.
A new exhibition at La MaMa brings together the various threads of New York City nightlife, art, and HIV/AIDS activism. The close ties were always there but curators, gallerists, and artists seem to be reassessing spaces that are thought to be reserved for escapism and debauchery. Osman Can Yerebakan and Emily Colucci (who has contributed to this blog in the past) are the curatorial team behind Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism Since 1980. The show has been in the works for two years, so Colucci and her curatorial partner have been able to compile an incredible array of archival materials, photographs, and work by artists who are long gone and contemporary artists and activists who are ensuring the party rages on.
Details have now emerged about the three-tier art crawl honoring Michael Alig that we told you about last month. It remains to be seen whether this veritable Aligpalooza will approach the level of the parties he threw at the Limelight before he famously killed a fellow club kid and was thrown in prison for 17 years; if you’re dying to relive those days, a new documentary screening at the Manhattan Film Festival will provide plenty of throwback footage.