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Life's not always a party, but during Pride week, we can act like it is! There are many bashes this year, and so we've dedicated a whole page to the nightlife madness that is an integral part of this celebration. We also highlighted everything from readings and original theater to exhibitions and lectures throughout the section. Look for the *. Comments by Keisha Franklin and Chris Schmidt.
'G'S SPOT'S BEAUTIFUL'
The off-the-hook weekly culls dancers from all over for a special night of performances. On the roster, Lady Madonna, who will sashay to the party's favorite anthem "Lick" (let your imagination run wild on that one), D.C.'s blazing redhead Miss Kiss, and a surprise performer from ATL. It's gonna get hot and heavy at this bilevel club, so be warned: It's not for the timid. Thu at 8, 2is, 248 W 14th, 917-541-7176, $10. (KF)
Whoever said the Bronx is wack should do a little homework. One of the first parties to start off the onslaught of Gay Pride celebrations, assembled by Julie's New York, is in the often forgotten borough. Think Thursday night with DJs Eddie Rod, Tanco, Manny, and JQ spinning hip-hop, merengue, cumbia, house, and more. Indulge in the romantic patio along with two floors of dancing mayhem, contests, cash prizes, and an open bar from 9 to 10. The boogie-down is looking better by the second. Thu at 9, MiGente, 1306 Union Port Rd, Bx, 212-539-3982, $8. (KF)
New party alert! Organized by Jové Baiän and Vim, this weekly soiree will be having its grand opening just in time for the craziest queer weekend of the year. Vim's DJ K Starr creates the vibe as newfound dancers gyrate for your viewing pleasure. Fri at 10, 99 Hudson, jovebaian.com, $10. (KF)
'GIRLS OUT! PRIDE'
How will the Latinas at Escuelita be celebrating the weekend? By dancing to George Lamond's "Si Te Vas," while he belts out the notes onstage, is how! Coco and Megaboy Kate are bringing him in to sing the hits you love, just don't forget there will also be fabulous go-gos and top-notch house, salsa, hip-hop, merengue, and more by Oscar Perez and Steve "Chip Chop" Gonzalez (who's making more appearances this year than a presidential candidate). Fri at 10, Escuelita, 301 W 39th, 212-631-0588, $15. (KF)
'OOHZEE AT THE WAREHOUSE'
Last year, the D.C.-based, acrobatic phenom known as Oohzee was hitting every other major pride celebration from here to Timbuktu. This year, she's scaled it down a notchor maybe she's preparing to make a few undisclosed appearanceseither way, this is the one sure place to find the sweetest and most lithe out-of-town dancer. Triple H Ent organizes this event with DJs China and Evil E tag-teamin' it upstairs and DJ Poison Ivy below. Also on the premises will be the La Home Gyrlz for some live girl-on-girl enticement. Fri at 11, Warehouse, 141 E 140th, Bx, 718-992-9073, $15. (KF)
The New York staple for dykes around town is throwing a little rock our wayP.I.E. opens, followed by Triple Cream. Check out the first annual "Beat Off" pageant: Talented drummers get your sticks ready 'cause whoever plays the best gets crowned numero uno. Filling in the blanks will be DJ Frida with old-skool, hip-hop, and '80s sounds. Fri at 8, Meow Mix, 269 E Houston, 212-254-0688, $7. (KF)
If you miss out on the day's festivities, you can play catch-up by heading to the Dyke March's official after-party. This year things get fun with DJ Karmelina on the ones and twos. Purchase a few cheap cold ones and absorb all the good vibes. Plus, all funds will benefit several bastions of the city's queer sector: the Dyke March Committee, Dyke TV, and WOW Café Theater. Sat at 9, Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave, 212-479-8520, $10. (KF)
We all love a good drum circle. Now imagine thousands of women trailing down the street, dancing to the beat, and accompanying the rhythm with whistles and chants. Sounds good, right? Well, your chance to experience it firsthand or relive the good old times will be at the 11th annual Dyke March. Not only will you feel fulfilled by enlisting in a demonstration of communal solidarity and activism, but you might also pocket a few numbers to boot. Hey, a girl can hope. Sat at 5, Bryant Park, 42nd and Sixth Ave to Washington Sq Park, 212-479-8520, free. (KF)
'LOVE & PRIDE'
Lovergirl NYC's notorious Saturday night basement party at Shelter invades both floors and promises to be more ghetto fabulous than ever. Peep innumerable go-go dancers along with extra scandalous performances by the La Home Gyrlz and Miss Kiss, get in on some free giveaways, and revel to hip-hop beats by DJs Missy B, Trini, and Mary Mac. Saturdays have never seemed sweeter. Sat at 10, Shelter, 20 W 39th, 212-252-3397, $20. (KF)
'NEW YORK CITY'S PRIDE ON THE PIER 2003'
Bottoms up! It's the fourth annual party at the Chelsea Brewing Company compliments of Lovergirl NYC and Henrietta Hudson. Women come out in spades for this fete (only a couple thousand!) and to keep them enthralled WKTU's Judy Torres will be doing a live freestyle performance while gender illusionist Dred from the new film Venus Boys will show how drag is done proper. Add on sexy go-gos, DJs Steve "Chip Chop" Gonzalez and Miss Flava, T-shirt and CD giveaways, gourmet pizza, and an outside waterfront deck, and it's a recipe for a hangover worth inducing! Sat at 9:30, Chelsea Brewing Company, Pier 59, W Side Hwy, at 18th, 212-252-3397, $20. (KF)