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Honoring NYC’s Wild Nights of Go-Go Boys and ‘No Lips Below the Hips’

"A night at Danceteria," pictured are Ethyl Eichelberger, Keith Haring, Cookie Mueller & John Sex Danceteria, New York City 1984 (Photograph by Joseph Modica)

“A night at Danceteria,” pictured are Ethyl Eichelberger, Keith Haring, Cookie Mueller & John Sex Danceteria, New York City 1984 (Photograph by Joseph Modica)

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.

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‘Drag Kings are Really Coming Back,’ and Here’s Where You’ll Find Them

Reggi Regina performs at BEEF.

Reggi Regina performs at BEEF.

BEEF may not be the first all-drag king showcase ever, but the new monthly showcase brought to you by the Brooklyn-based drag collective Switch n’ Play is the first repeating drag king show that New York City’s seen in a long, long time.

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Here’s How You Throw A ‘Badass and Forward-Thinking’ Party in the Woods

(Photo: Erez Avissar)

(Photo: Erez Avissar)

Aurora Halal (of Mutual Dreaming) and Zara Wladawsky took their underground parties upstate this past weekend as they launched the Sustain-Release electronic music festival. With over 20 performances by DJs from Brooklyn (Bossa Nova Civic Club curated a stage with acts like their resident DJ Analog Soul) and beyond (XOSAR from Berlin, MGUN from Detroit), the inaugural two-day event must have been an intense one.
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Some Warholians Dined at Indochine to Celebrate Paul Kasmin’s Latest Shows

Atmosphere at Indochine. (photo: Patrick McMullan)

Atmosphere at Indochine. (photo: Patrick McMullan)

What happens when Andy Warhol’s cronies – superstar Jane Holzer, iconic writer Glenn O’Brien, former Interview editor Bob Colacello (who wrote Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up) to name but a few –  congregate for dinner? Thanks to gallerist and art dealer Paul Kasmin, we got to find out.
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Skrillex, The Jillionaire of Major Lazer, and Others On the Evolution of Brooklyn Dance

Last week, Skrillex sold out five consecutive shows at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall, SRB, Output, and a warehouse in East Williamsburg. The producer who soundtracked Spring Breakers draws massive crowds, so it’s no wonder he opted for trendy and spacious North Brooklyn over Manhattan. But his “takeover” also points to a shift in the dance scene in general.
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Drag Queen Macy Rodman Thinks Bushwick Is Getting Gayer and Gayer

Macy Rodman performing at Sugarland. (Photo: Christopher John Conry)

Macy Rodman performing at Sugarland. (Photo: Christopher John Conry)

This Saturday, drag queens from all five boroughs and beyond will gather at Secret Project Robot to outdo one another in their costumes, performance innovation, and general obscenity at Bushwig, the neighborhood’s second annual festival of drag. The emcee of the fest will be Bushwick-based queen Macy Rodman, who in April won North Brooklyn’s first drag pageant, an eight-week long performance showdown called Mr(s) Williamsburg.
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Does This Man Have the Best Job in All of Brooklyn?

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(Photo: Tyler Kufs)

During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”

The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.”
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It’s Called Tropical Contact, and the Guy From Call Box Wants to Give It to You

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Laser-dancers at The Call Box. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Grab a Hawaiian shirt: Timothy Traynor, of Call Box Lounge dance party fame, is debuting Tropical Contact tonight at Isa. No, Tropical Contact isn’t a euphemism for some unspeakable jungle malady: it’s an island-themed soiree involving free beer, tropical fabrics, laid-back Caribbean tracks and a “nothing pretentious” great time, according to Traynor.
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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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It’s Not Every Day The Culture Whore Invites You to a Satanic Smokeout

The Culture Whore is celebrating its first anniversary with another one of its ragers at Secret Project Robot tomorrow, and this one is Satan themed. Which is more or less what you’d expect from the Tumblr whose logo features two skeletons “getting slutty for the arts.”
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