By Albert Samaha
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By Keegan Hamilton
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By Tessa Stuart
By Albert Samaha
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)
'THE ALEGRIA CIRCUS'
If any outfit on the circuit has a sense of imagination, it's got to be the Alegria crew. The Latino-tinged tribalthons usually take their devilish themes out to the hilt, from dressing their go-go boys in elaborate body designs ( . . . prosthetic horned cocks, digital print paint by artist Cjaythe works, honey!) to enlisting cadres of vicious drag queens to walk the festivities amid showers of intense lighting for a visual array that is both garish and fantastic. Resident DJs Abel and DeMarko spin the wheels for those who need their good time painstakingly art directed. Sun at 11, Sound Factory, 618 W 46th, www.alegriaevents.com, $70. (JG)
'BLACK PRIDE CRUISE'
Boat soirees are usually fun only because you have no choice but to stick around and dance your ass offyou can't leave! One can imagine they're even more enjoyable when there's a chance of scoring with a hot manand he can't leave either! Black Pride invites you to sail on the Hudson River with the Paddle Wheel Queens. Two floors of the Good Lady host house, r&b, hip-hop, and reggae for a party that benefits August's Black Pride NYC event. Sun at 6:15, docked near E 23rd off FDR Dr, 718-346-3589, 613-0097, umenent.com, $35. (JG)
'DANCE ON THE PIER'
It's probably the least fabulous of all the parties, but Heritage of Pride is in its 16th year of hosting this tea dance on the foot of the Hudson that happens immediately after the parade. Doña Vasquez herself pumps the wheels of steel with his popular stop-and-go tribal licks for all the gals who want to get in a little early action, with an after-party happening shortly afterward at Earth. Sun at 4, Pier 54 on Hudson River Park, 13th and W Side Highway, 800-494-TIXS. (JG)
'GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS'
Doña Vasquez's post-Pier fete is charged with a heavy roster of guests to keep you moving. Kevin Aviance (in demand this season) battles it out for the title of the fiercest against drag upstart Power Infiniti. For all the Manhattanites who missed Angie Stone's Friday-night performance, she, along with vocalist Joi Cardwell (still amazing), land on planet Earth to entertain you. Sun at 11, Earth, 610 W 56th, 582-8282, $75-$100. (JG)
Vibe editor Emil Wilbekin, Rob Fernandez, Billy Malillo, Yamil, and BQE are about to bring it with what is possibly the hottest roster of guests for any event on the slate. (Deep breath . . . ) Dave Morales will be spinning his banging blend of garage and deep house in the main room of the Cheetah, as Milk/Movida DJ T-Pro backs it up in the hip-hop room. On diva patrol is the Queen of Hooks, Ashanti, giving a live performance. Sun at 10, Cheetah, 21 W 21st, $20. (JG)
Parties for the girls
Their D.C. Black Pride party tore shit up and you shouldn't expect anything less when Pride is brought home. Gliza brings you interstate exotic dancing queen Oohzee as the Caribbean-Latin party slips into a "come get laid" theme for the '02. Bring a flag and get reduced entrance. The best Caribbean outfit wins a prize, so break out the cowry-shelled belt, white ruffled-laced skirt, and head wrap. Missy "B" brings hip-hop, house, and r&b upstairs, while Trini turns out hip-grinding reggae, soca, merengue, and salsa on the lower level. Come represent! Thu at 7, 2i's, 248 W 14th, btwn Seventh and Eighth aves, 917-541-7176, www.gsspot.com, $8. (KF)
It's midnight, and the lower level of Escuelita is blaring house from speakers, but this is no boy party, oh no. Fridays are overrun with beautiful ethnic women, dancing to "Chip Chop" Gonzalez and laughing at the snide humor of comedy hostess Tammy Peay and gallant drag maven Angel Sheridan. Her/She Bar and Tre's Promotions rev up the weekend with a "Fevered" Sexy Talent Show (the winner takes home a gift certificate for libidinous Toys in Babeland goodies), a special drag show by the Escuelita divas, a bunch of the go-gos you love, the infamous and über-flexible Oohzee, and more. Fri at 10, Escuelita, 301 W 39th, at Eighth Ave, 252-3387, $8-$10. (KF)
'LADIES OF HIP-HOP AND R&B TRIBUTE'
Join the Fraggle Rock house band and Maine, GLOSS's Chloe Jo, infiniTEE, Scrappy, Jessica Rose, and others as they do tunes in homage to the magnificent divas of hip-hop and r&b. DJ BK Brewster spins upstairs and DJ Chama works the lower lap-dance lounge. Fri at 10:30, Meow Mix, 269 E Houston, at Suffolk, 254-0688, $5-$12. (KF)
Not only is it Pride, but it's also the fifth anniversary for the Warehouse crew, so you know they're going to hook the evening up. Whoever said the Bronx doesn't have its own thing goin' on is missing out. Melissa Morgan takes the stage as DJs Tita Gray, Donna, Trini, and Missy hang out on the tables. Oohzee sure is doing the rounds this yearshe's also making an appearance here alongside exotic dancer Onyx. Fri at 11, Warehouse, 141 E 140th, Bx, 718-992-5974, $12-$15. (KF)
'THE DYKE MARCH'
Back when I was single, the only reason I went to the Dyke March was to see how many women my overanxious newbie self could scope in one day. For today's unattached, the annual march is still a good incentive to go out and shed the introversion. Imagine a grand celebration descending Fifth Avenue with hundreds of women that you can actually hear if you say hellobeats cruisin' a monster party, right? I know it's shallow to say picking up women is the only reason to go. Of course, it's all about pride, protesting, and solidarity too, so here's to hoping it doesn't rain this year. Sat at 5, Bryant Park, 42nd and Sixth Ave, 479-8520. (KF)
'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)
Oh say, can you see? Shescape, the long-running series of parties for the lesbian of "refined tastes," stages the third segment of its triptych of parties for Heritage of Pride. This event, the official H of P dance for women, features the skills of hip-hop DJ Chip Chop, switching gears to play progressive house, merengue, and salsa for what's typically up to 2500 womenliberty indeed. With go-gos Ousha and Suki. Sun at 7, Discothèque, 17 W 19th, 352-9999, $12. (JG)
'OUT AT HENRIETTA'S'
Not only are the women who run this spot beyond awesome, they also have the know-how to maneuver this all-day shindig without breaking a sweat. And it promises to be hot, with thousands of women swelling in, out, and along the strip where Henrietta's resides as DJ Kim Dazy pumps out all of the musical goods. Stop in and have a cold one! Sun from noon to 10, Henrietta Hudson's, 438 Hudson, 924-3347. (KF)
If you get sick of being around all the youngsters, you'll find solace in the women here. Characteristically a hangout for older dykes, the place is always packed on Pride Sunday. Check out pianist Celeste as she does her annual unforgettable performance at 5. Sun from 4 to 11, Rubyfruit, 531 Hudson, 929-3343. (KF)