We searched high and low for what surprises, amuses, and enamors us, knocks our senses senseless, satisfies our hunger, seduces us, and makes us work up a good, healthy sweat here in the greatest town in the world even in the grip of the greatest financial disaster most of us have ever known. Here're some of this year's winners.
No one actually got naked at the release party for Mishka's 2010 calendar, held at their Brooklyn flagship store at 350 Broadway. But since erotic photographer Ellen Stagg shot the calendar, our very own Nate "Igor" Smith suggests that some of these pictures might be NSFW.
At long last, Rebecca Smeyne's final tour through the wilds of CMJ, featuring the Screaming Females, Glasser, Harlem, Boogie Boarder, Jeff the Brotherhood, Dinowalrus, Sisters, something ominously known as "the Colt 45 limo shuttle," Crystal Antlers, K-Holes, and a spooky after-hours Shank...
On the last Saturday night of every month, Choice Cunts—a "raw party for rare queers"—takes place. It began in Brooklyn, but recently made the big move from Williamsburg to Manhattan's Santos Party House, where the mood was invariably fabulous.
Murray Hill's ninth annual Miss Lez Pageant, self-billed as a "wildly provocative alt-beauty pageant for queer womyn," was held at the newly opened Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. More about the event here and photos from 2008 and 2007 here.
A loft space in Williamsburg glowed in the dark this weekend for !SuperWOW, a multimedia "hyperpop" collaboration between Kenny Scharf and a retinue of designers, performers and artists who all sang in the key of neon.
Sunday, August 5th brought the sun to Lollapalooza and the bright colors bloomed forth. Put on some shades and click through for the fun.
ALL PHOTOS BY LAURA JUNE KIRSCH
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On Wednesday, October 7th, the Burlesque Danceparty Shaken and Stirred took place at the Delancey with the women of Sugar Shack Burlesque. Photographer Rebecca Smeyne hung out with the pastied ladies for the night.