Joey Arias

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Happy Anniversary, Susanne Bartsch

    At her weekly party with singer Joey Arias at the Soho Grand, promoter/hostess extraordinaire Susanne Bartsch elegantly announced, "Happy anniversary to me! It's the one-year anniversary of my tits." Afterwards, I cornered her to specify just what she meant--I'm slow school--and the Swiss miss expl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2013

    Me And Barbara Cook In Concert!

    Well separately. I love the above photo of the entrance placard at 54 Below on Saturday night. Barbara Cook, one of the greatest singers who ever lived, was doing the 830 PM show. And my disco extravaganza was the late show!

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/3/13

    Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.

  • Voice Choices

    May 1, 2013


    Michael Musto heats up
54 Below

  • Voice Choices

    April 24, 2013


    A new mixer for the downtown set

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    My "Saturday Night Fever" Disco Extravaganza Is Nigh!

    And it's looking to be even more eye popping and ear stoking than the last one. It will trot out Elektrik Company, a big band complete with backup singers, all dolled up a la disco fever bunnies. Me singing disco tunes I remember becaue I learned them when they originally came out! And my special ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    And The Queen Of NYC Nightlife Is...

    Swiss miss Susanne Bartsch. Still? Yes, after all these years, Ms. Bartsch still draws the fabbies and whooshes them into a creatively rich experience that propels them into the after-hours like space rockets with accessories. And with her own sylphlike body and ethereal outfits, she totally looks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    I'm Doing Another Disco Extravaganza At 54 Below!

    The last one, in February, was a sold-out hit, so we're bringing on more rhythms, more polyester, and more retro yet totally fresh thump-thump euphoria. 54 Below happens to be the upscale former basement of the old legendary disco Studio 54, and that's the perfect place for me to be hosting the dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Bartsch And Arias Create A New Living Room Ambience

    "Think of this as my apartment," black-chiffon-laden hostess Susanne Bartsch told guests at the weekly, unnamed Tuesday night soiree at Soho Grand's lounge last night. "Make yourselves comfortable. Have sex on the floor!" Please! I'd certainly do that at her real house, but not in front of stranger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Joey, Sherry, And Flotilla Rocked It At Indochine

    Bar d'O was a gay-drenched downtown restaurant which lit up the '90s with a live, intimate cabaret show that was racy, soulful, and right up on your plate. The place closed, but fortunately it never really went away. For eight years, Indochine has been hosting Bar d'O reunion shows, and the one las ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012


    Laugh your way 
to the End Times

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Antony Hegarty's "Soul, Pain, And Love"

    Antony Hegarty was an awkward, slightly pasty, and agreeable sort who used to take the stages of Jackie 60 nightclub and wail songs of longing and regret with a throbbing passion that made hearts melt and spirits soar. He's since become hugely successful--especially in England--which prompted this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Sade Pendavis, RIP

    One of the things I loved about Sade Pendavis is that, even though I'd written about her more than once, she had no idea who I was and would always greet me with "What was the name again?" Normally that kind of thing would make me crazy, but since so many downtown performers delightfully crawl so f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    A Cancer Benefit With Drag Queens

    "You heard that Whitney Houston died, right?" said emcee Judy Gold at "Encore for Hope," the American Cancer Society benefit last night at Club Providence. She was actually going there. And to set up a joke, God bless her. "No, let me not bring down the mood," added Judy. "Let's talk about cancer! ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 30, 2011
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    September 17, 2011

    Arias With a Twist Triumphs Again

    ​After a series of curtains dramatically open onto each other one by one, a kaleidoscopic light show erupts, followed by an overture played by a puppet orchestra. And on comes the star in full dominatrix gear, strapped to a neon hoop that rotates as aliens probe and examine him and he belts o ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2011


    Amanda Lepore brings you treats

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    I Should Have Been In The Peter Gatien Documentary

    ​I'm the documentary king, having appeared in docs about bisexuality, Paris Hilton, The Boys in the Band, Charles Bush, Jackie Curtis, the Gramercy Hotel, Jack Wrangler, the Roxy, Squeezebox, Michael Lucas, Kiki & Herb, Divine, Vito Russo, Michael Alig, Bert Stern, Quentin Crisp, Joey Arias, F ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 30, 2011


    He-Man exhibited in true form

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Joey Arias Will Blow You At Town Hall

    ​I mean he'll blow you away! You see, performer extraordinaire Joey Arias--who's channeled Billie Holiday, costarred with puppets, and even played Vegas--is headlining Town Hall (123 W. 43 Street) on Thursday April 21 at 8, and he aims to please. While he preps the gardenia for his inevitabl ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 5, 2011

    The Cat's Meow

    A cabaret double-header

  • Voice Choices

    September 29, 2010


    Drag star goes jazz

  • Columns

    May 4, 2010

    "Ticked-off Trannies" Should Get a GLAAD Award!

    All the knives and the fighting back make GLAAD sad. Tough!

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Klaus Nomi Movie In The Works!

    ​Klaus Nomi was an eccentric fellow from Germany via outer space who wore black butterfly lips and new wave outfits and sang operatic arias in a piercing falsetto that could smash your cocktail glass. He was quite the downtown sensation in the '70s and early '80s--there was even a SNL appeara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Joey Arias Immortalized on Film

    Joey Arias is the downtown landmark who for years has entertained us with his progressive performances, Billie Holiday impressions, and subversively dirty humor. And now he's a documentary star too. Working Pictures is creating a film about Joey's genius--culminating with his Arias with a Twist sh ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 18, 2009


    International relations take a dive

  • Columns

    February 4, 2009

    Porn Stars! Strippers! And More Jeremy Piven Dish!

    Who says Montreal is cold? It's hot, baby.

  • Columns

    December 31, 2008

    Cynthia Nixon on Sex and the City and Awards Shows Galore!

    Estrogen at the New York Women in Film & Television Muse awards; nights in drag with Murray Hill

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    Blackbook Magazine Loves The Nightlife

    I never plug another publication unless it has a big, splashy photo of me, me, me! So I have to urge you all to run out and buy Blackbook magazine's new Nightlife issue, which features all the luminaries of the club scene, including my own haggy, yet (thanks to a head injury some years back) optimis ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 10, 2008

    A Stroll Through Fashion Week Shindigs

    Pearls to swine, and back again

  • Voice Choices

    September 3, 2008

    And the Beat Goes On

    The Howl Festival is back

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Is Michael Phelps a Hottie?

    Free answer: Absolutely!

  • Columns

    August 27, 2008

    Who Does Michael Phelps Really Date?

    Praying for a boy/boy encounter with Michael Phelps, and other wooden dreams By Michael Musto

  • Theater

    July 2, 2008
  • Theater

    June 3, 2008

    Here Arts Center: Happy to Be Here

    The downtown theater readies its pricey makeover

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2008
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    May 27, 2008


    Remembering a nightlife legend

  • Voice Choices

    May 6, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    May 6, 2008


    Put on your best Stevie face

  • Music

    January 8, 2008
  • Columns

    November 6, 2007

    Oscar Winner Found at Gay Bar!

    Give Lizz Winstead her due. And keep your hands off Megan Mullally's melons

  • NYC Life

    May 30, 2006

    Ass You Like It

    The finest Ass in New York sashays through Mr. Black

  • NYC Life

    May 16, 2006


    Maripol's photos at the Soho Grand induce '80s nostalgia

  • Music

    May 9, 2006
  • Columns

    April 11, 2006
  • NYC Life

    January 17, 2006
  • NYC Life

    January 3, 2006


    Where everyone from Parker Posey to Miss Guy played during the holidays

  • Music

    December 6, 2005
  • Film

    October 22, 2002

    The Big Tease

    To Market to Market

  • Columns

    December 26, 2000
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