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The diverse segments of the community are asserting themselves for Pride. There is such a stellar array of guest performers and music in this year's party lineup that we've had to devote this whole page to them. We've also highlighted everything from readings and special concerts to left-field theater throughout the section. Look for the *.
Parties for the boys
'POP ROCKS PRIDE'
More salient than a double episode of audition outtakes of American Idol is the Gay Pride edition, the party that caters to the TRL set. Live out your favorite spread in Teen Vogue on the dancefloor as DJ Gerson lays down tracks from pop royalty like No Doubt, Pink, Tweet, Mary, J.Lo, Kylie, and the rest. Thu at 10, 219 Flamingo, 219 Second Ave, 462-9077, $18. (JG)
Sometimes one wants to do away with the pretenses of fabulous lighting and social banter and get on with the dickens. Enter HarlemWorld, the long-running series of safe-sex parties for young black and Latino gay men (on the DL or just acting like it), returning with its multi-day bash. Hang in your underwear for easy transitions as the organizers supply condoms and refreshments. Child, as always, they repeatedly mention "in-shape brothers," which is open to interpretation. Fri & Sat at 11, 926-8822, www.ndahood.com. (JG)
Blatino porn superstud Tiger Tyson hosts this Latino-oriented party for papis. Plenty of nasty goings-on will keep you entertained, from the wet-undies contest (with cash prizes) to the V.I.P. lap lounge replete with one-on-one dance shows, along with a deck party on the roof with free food, giveaways, and DJ Super Dave's salsa and merengue mix. Tiger, who makes his first live NYC appearance in over two years, gives a special performance for his movie fans. Fri at 10, Club Shelter, 20 W 39th, 802-PAPI, $20. (JG)
'ANGIE STONE AT BKLYN SENSATION'
James Saunders and Fred Pierce's house party for the glamorous homothug hosts a double sensation this Friday with a quiveringly amazing guest performance by neo-soul diva (aptly used) Angie Stone. She sings for her boys in Brooklyn on Friday night to kick the weekend off. Get your tickets now (online at www.umenent.com). Fri at 10, Brooklyn Café, 147 Flatbush Ave, Bklyn, 718-852-1600, $25. (JG)
The Gay and Lesbian Arab Society hosts its second annual gathering for Middle Eastern and South Asian gay men and women in search of a little flavor-injected fun. DJ Iz spins Arabic dance music along with hindi, salsa, and merengue. Sexy and outrageous dress is encouraged for this affair. Fri at 11, Boom, 152 Spring, www.colormequeer.com or www.glas.org, $10. (JG)
'GAY PRIDE SATURDAY'
John Blair's long-running parties at the Roxy have a certain all-American quality to them that keeps the boys running back, enhanced up by the continual tweak of high-energy vocals and trancey crescendos that Peter Rauhofer and Manny Lehman favor. Break out that extra jar of Nad's and preen up for this slickly styled affair, featuring a live performance by Ceevox. Sat at 11, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 645-5156, www.jblair.com, $50. (JG)
Last year, Victor Calderone set the celebrations off with the lush, high theatrics at Caligula, where trumpets played and men were flying in the air (literallythere was an acrobatics troupe in the house!) as guests like Cyndi Lauper and a classical orchestra came in over the DJs. This year, the drama continues, with the return of Miss Kevin Aviance, the orchestra, and DJ Escape, and a special performance by Lamya, the Omani-British down-tempo soul siren, singing her trippy "Empires" to round out the tidal wave of relentless progressive and tribal house beats that is a Calderone set. Sat at 10, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th, 696-7354, www.victorcalderone.com, www.fagtag.com, $100. (JG)
Tireless gym workouts and meticulous eating habits followed by weekends of debauched merrymaking with lots of sex, drugs, and alcoholas gay as Century 21 on a Saturday for some, reckless and spirit-killing for others. The more mystically oriented denizens of queer New York will be into this "2-SpiRitual" dance gathering of music and light at which bottled water, soft drinks, candy, and fruit are included with admission. Dave Austria and Phillip Kimball spin eclectic, soulful tracks. Proceeds go to AmFAR. Sat at 10, Snapper-Bear Studios, 8 Bond, 806-1658, $65 in advance. (JG)
Her now ubiquitous, but still heavenly hot hit "Addictive" is the rage on every street corner, so the Umen crew (of Langston's and BKLYN Sensation fame) are feeding us a live performance of the riveting Dr. Dre protégé. You can literally roll off the street and into the club without the song stopping! Sat at 10, Midtown 33, 133 W 3rd, at Sixth Ave, 718-346-3589, www.umenent.com, $25. (JG)
'WAREHOUSE PRIDE WEEKEND'
The original superclub for gay black men in New York presents a double night of partying for its anniversary Pride celebration. Hip-hop, reggae, and r&b play on the main floor for 10 hours of fun starting on Saturday. Sunday, however, is when the real fiesta starts. Check out a live performance given by house legend Colonel Abrams, along with a bevy of chocolatey delicious exotic dancers. A hip-hop room awaits those who want to pose in the midst of the fever. Sat at 11:30, Warehouse New York, 141 E 140th, Bx, 718-992-5974. (JG)