By Jared Chausow
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By Jon Campbell
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Girls and Boys brainchildren Alex Malfunction and Alex English were former dance promoters who were handed the reigns on Wednesdays after their bosses' frustrating goes at importing expensive DJs resulted in threadbare attendance. Alex and Alex moved in with the idea of reopening the back room's stage for bands. The night has been doing steadily well since it started. Spa felt so threatened by the buzz from the party that they hired out PR powerhouse Nadine Johnson to aggressively promote their Wednesdays.
"We were saddened by the closing of Brownies," said English. "There's all these amazing bands that have to play places like CB's Loungegreat venues, just very small." The end result is half live-rock party and half college '80s nightwith a heaping dose of DIY-style preening. Despite the heavy array of Strokes look-alikes in the club, English swears that the point is to have a good time here, not to sulk and pout while straining to look cool. "We're all about the music. We're not trying to push an image." Tell that to the kids at the party. "There's nothing wrong with having a look!" balked Anna, a girl in pseudo-goth drag, clutching a skateboard. "I just come for the people I know. It's not one of those stupid techno clubs, where everyone is on Ecstasy. Better music, better people, better fashion sense."
Richie Rich felt a little weird reliving actual scenes from his past when he starred as himself in the upcoming Party Monster. "I felt like I was going to need therapy after shooting some of the scenes in that movie!" he says of the experience. The Pan-like club kid-cum-designer of Heatherette was present at everything from Michael Alig's birthday party to the filming of the infamous Geraldo episode. "I kind of removed myself from that whole scene when the death happened," he told Fly Life.
In the present, Rich and Heatherette design partner Traver Rains are preparing for their fall show with the aid of two corporate supporters. First, Rich told Fly Life that Sanrio has commissioned the duo to produce a line of Hello Kitty couture. This had the eternally youthful Richie beaming. "I've just loved Hello Kitty since my club kid days!" Dasani water, the sponsor of the label's show, is putting out the cash for a contest in which one lucky Parsons design student will win a $1500 shopping spree of Heatherette merchandise and a day spent following the pair around backstage at their upcoming fall fashion show. They just have to design a shirt with "water" as the theme, the best of which will be selected by Richie and Traver. Hey, whatever pays the bills!
WE FEEL YOUR PAIN: Bradley Gumbel, son of television anchor Bryant. Are things back to "normal" in this town if even he can get stopped by the cops? . . . Naturi Naughton, the Latina member of teenybopper group 3LW, for being kicked out of the group, rather unceremoniously, and at a KFC, no less, as she told Wendy Williams on her radio show last week. In a statement issued by their label Epic on their official Web site, Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams deny that Naturi was subject to any physical abuse at the time that she got the boot. Naturi, cheer up, girl! Maybe the Fantanas will need a new flavor or something.