By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'DYKE BALL 2002'
Recall how I said the Dyke March is best for cruising? Well, move the party from the streets and into the club, push the clock forward, throw in loud music, add a little liquor, and you've got a saucy lady-lovin' time, compliments of the Dyke March Committee, Dyke TV, and WOW Café Theater. Sat at 9, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at E 15th, 479-8520, $5-$10. (KF)
'GIRLZ NIGHT OUT EXTRAVAGANZA'
Let's play a game. What springs to mind when you hear the words projection TV or radiant visuals? It should be this gathering with DJs MK and Eddie Rod. A midnight performance by the agile Oohzee and a steamy twosome set by exotic dancers Onyx and Xtasy heat up the atmosphere, and if you want more exclusive imbibing time there's a V.I.P. section. Sat at 10, Fun, 130 Madison, btwn Pike and Market, 917-674-4174, $15. (KF)
'LESBIAN PRIDE DANCE'
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center and Shescape get together for another event at the Sky Terrace. The half in-, half outdoor rooftop bash gains momentum with dancers and DJ Pride spinning beats (head out early to avoid long lines). Sat at 9, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, W 21st and W Side Hwy, www.gaycenter.org, 620-7310, ext. 348, $20. (KF)
'LOVERGIRLNYC'S PRIDE ON THE PIER 2002'
This year's third annual, two-floor lovefest continues (come rain or shine) with two live performances by Leslie Nuchow and house diva Lynn Lochamy. Last time, thousands of women showed up, so be among the first 500 to receive the "LovergirlNYC 2002 Mix CD" produced by house DJ of the night Steve "Chip Chop" Gonzalez. Mary Mac spins hip-hop, r&b, and more while all of the Lovergirl divas entertain. Adding to the ruckus is a patio-deck, gourmet pizza, and hundreds of free things from Bacardi. Sat at 10, Chelsea Brewing Company, Pier 59, W 18th and W Side Hwy, 631-1102, www.lovergirlnyc.com, $15-$20. (KF)
'TRE'S 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY V.I.P. YACHT CELEBRATION'
This yacht's for you! It's Tre's Promotions' annual boat party and it's a late-nighter. All aboard on the Royal Princess at 1 a.m., floating out at 1:15, and returning at 5 a.m. Tammy Peay provides the laughs and hosts the evening as DJ Donna Edwards spins. It's also a Mardi Gras hurrah with a Louisiana-style buffet and party favors. Just be sure to get those sunglasses ready so you can shrink away the bittersweet (sometimes cracked-out) feeling of seeing the sun rise. Sat at 1 a.m., Pier 63, W 23rd and W Side Hwy, 718-768-8580. (KF)
The first time I went clubbing, I stood in line, eager to get picked to go in by a choosy drag queen at the door. Exclusiveness sometimes means a good party; the Colour group follows this principle and gets together DJs Trini, Missy, and Poison Ivy. Exotic dancers Lady Madonna and Nastique (they live up to their names) raise the heat as large cash prizes for the 300th, 500th, and 1000th guest are doled out. Sun at 9, SCOPA, 79 Madison, 917-204-3958, $6-$16. (KF)
Let's hear it for the girls! Lesbian clubs unite when Henrietta Hudson's, LovergirlNYC, and Tre's Promotions get together for a first-ever grand finale at '80s haven the Culture Club. Five DJs playing everything from house, hip-hop, r&b, and reggae to salsa, old school, funk, disco, and yes, Boy George faves blow up two massive dance floors. Ten go-go goddesses (Miss Maine, Arlene, me, Jesse, Lymarie, and then some) add to the glamour. Proceeds benefit the Anti-Violence Project. Sun at 9, Culture Club, 179 Varick; Henrietta's: 924-3347, LVP: 714-1141, ext. 20, LG: 252-3397, Tre's: 726-8302; $15-$20. (KF)
'GLOSS'S GRAND SLAM FINALE'
The glam party ends the weekend with a visit by DJ JD (of Le Tigre), spinning everything from '80s to electro in Meow Mix's downstairs lounge. Upstairs, Lindsay spins hip-hop and house as go-gos tease the crowd (if you're good enough you may even get a lap dance from one of the writhing starlets). Sun at 10, Meow Mix, 269 E Houston, 254-0688, $10. (KF)
This monthly is taking music in the lesbian scene to a whole new realmoutside of the KTU house variety! For Pride they're bringin' in DJ Karmelina playing tech and electro house for a roomful of saucy women. Be sure to keep a lookout in upcoming months for 2step, electro, breakbeat, and then some. For this month, slip into something stylishly punky pirate or come in drag to get reduced admission. Toys in Babeland also joins the party/Dyke TV benefit with giveaways. Sun at 9, Opaline, 85 Avenue A, 475-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org, $8-$10. (KF)
'JULIE'S PRIDE DAY CELEBRATION'
Wepa! Evily of La Mega (97.9 FM) is in the house to share her take on the lesbian community while a special eight o'clock performance by La Banda Loca hits the stage. Coco and Ousha do a duet go-go set, and you may even get a chance to catch some celebrity appearances (Sue Wicks will be there), along with top-notch prizes like a DVD player, Liberty tix, a weekend for two on Fire Island, and other goodies. Sun at 5, Heaven, 579 Sixth Ave, 539-3982, $15. (KF)