By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
By Roy Edroso
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
By Zachary D. Roberts
'COLOURS NEW YORK'
It's the eighth annual, exclusively upscale pride celebration for lady lovers who aren't afraid of dressing to impress. Hosted by Sheila Ward, the "grown and sexy" will be out in numbers dancing to hip-hop, house, and r&b by DJ Tony C and getting worked up over D.C.'s exotic dancer Boomerang. Grab half-price martinis between 8 and 9 to get the party started right. Sun at 8, Kanvas, 219 Ninth Ave, RSVP: email@example.com, $10. (KF)
'GANGS OF NEW YORK'
At the official Heritage of Pride women's event, Shescape, Lovergirl NYC, Henrietta Hudson, and Tre's Promotions are teaming up for an all-out extravaganza that will leave your head spinning. That's right, the rumors you've heard whispered in dark corners are indeed true, and there is a possibility that hell is freezing over this very moment. Bringing 2,000 women together to dance to the sounds of Miss Flava and Steve "Chip Chop" Gonzalez on the first floor and hip-hop extraordinaire DJ Mary Mac on the second, the Goliaths of lesbian nightlife also pull in their entourage of lovely go-gos, along with special performances by D.C.'s Sky and New Yawker China. Sun at 8, Culture Club, 179 Varick, shescape.com, lovergirlnyc.com, henriettahudsons.com, $20-15. (KF)
'THE FEMME FINALE WITH ALLURE'
Sorry, peeps, Amerie had to back out of this Sunday finale but fret not, 'cause Allureyou know, the ladies first recognized for the cover of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's "All Cried Out" as well as 2001's release of "Sunny Day"will be performing in her stead. A dare to be, ahem, bare contest will later ensue and these ladies will be getting down to the nitty gritty. DJ Kam plays in the reggae room as DJs Dinero and India spin on the main floor. A free buffet, giveaways, and dancers round out the evening. Sun at 8, Downtime, 251 W 30th, girlzparty.com, $20. (KF)
'OUT AT HENRIETTA'S'
What would Sunday be without a stopover at Henry's? If this place didn't exist one could only imagine the dismay of the 4,000-plus women who venture to pack it every year, pooling down Hudson and Morton streets looking for a place to cruise and drink to their hearts' contentit would be tragic mayhem. But the spot's alive and well (thank heavens!) and the women are guaranteed to be there by the truckloads, listening to the music of Kim Dazy (by day), DJ Culi (from 9 on), and boozin' it up until the cows come home. Amen! Sunday from noon to midnight, Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson, at Morton, 212-924-3347, henriettahudsons.com, free. (KF)
Some gay boys find partying with the lesbians a bigger blast than hitting up the nearest Chelsea spotand, no, not all of them are dorks who can't get laid. This party recognizes and encourages this fact by welcoming all the ladies to bring their wonderfully gay "boyfriends" to join in on the fun. Two floors blaring rare grooves, hip-hop, and house make for summer fun. Sun at 10, Bauhaus, 196 Orchard, firstname.lastname@example.org, $10. (KF)
After all the weekend hoopla, take some time to unwind at this open mic (and open turntable) shindig, which serves as a forum for people to share and appreciate artistic and creative expression in every form. From a woman skating to music, spoken word, and singing to an acoustic guitar to a capoeira performance and art exhibition, it provides a loungey, judgment-free setting for ladies looking for support in presenting their material. Don't miss out on music by the Vim group's DJs K Starr and Chocolategirlwonder, delicious finger foods, and drink specialslast time I went, they had $3 tequila shots (that'll douse anyone's stage fright!). Tue at 8, Opaline, 85 Ave A, email@example.com, free. (KF)
The last time you donned roller skates was probably in seventh grade, when you held hands and locked braces with your "girlfriend." Well, Pride is the time to dust off old memories and update them. Put your balls to the wall at the Roxy with DJ Danny Krivit (who shuns power ballads) and some of New York's fastest bitches on wheels. Rent skates there or bring your own. (Gay) blades are allowed, but aren't they, like, so eight years ago? Thu at 8, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212-946-6313, $15. (CS)
'TIGERBEAT' & 'GAY SHAME NIGHT'
Pride weekend can really age a girl if she's not careful. That's why it's smart to start your weekend among the young'uns at the Slide's pop-inflected Thursday-night party, which claims to "do chicken right." Friday turns topical with the annual Gay Shame Night. Don't get your Pride panties all in a bunchit's shameless abandon that's encouraged, with World Famous *BOB* egging things on. At 1 a.m., out crooner Ari Gold (think Justin Timberlake with better abs) takes the stage upstairs at the Marquee, while the underrated DJ Girlina keeps things fresh in the basement. Thu & Fri at 10, the Slide, 356 Bowery, in the cellar, 212-420-8885, Thu free, Fri $5. (CS)
'CHARLES JACKSON'S PARTY'
The Warehouse crowd (lesbians welcome) arrives downtown to invade the ultimate Chelsea boy mecca. Erstwhile Body & Soul DJs Danny Krivit and David Depino spin on the main floor, so don't be surprised by the fierce children who show their faces. You know who you aredon't disappoint. Open bar till midnight. Fri at 11, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 212-645-5156, $20. (CS)