Nightlife is The Only Thing Giving Me Hope
The world is really rough but going out can still transcend this horrid reality.
The Mx Nobody contestant STACI, who will be competing at Purgatory this Saturday.
Hello fellow Americans considering fleeing the country,
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I’ll be honest dear readers: it was pretty hard to come up with the gumption to write this week. As the world continues to spiral it’s been getting harder and harder to justify writing about cool parties and underground music. Who cares about that stuff with the rising Covid rates, mass shootings in two weeks, Monkey pox, a possible recession, ongoing war, AND the Supreme Court deciding they’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade! When podcaster who told an Infowars reporter “you people have, like, worms in your brains, honestly” cheerily poses with Alex Jones himself and emerges with her it-girl status untainted, you start to worry that even underground heroes will succumb to the only philosophical option left: nihilism.
Why write about these “scene” people or underground culture at all? Because when I was in a funk last night I went to MTHR TRSA and Brenda’s show What’s Happening and managed to laugh my ass off. The show was drag meets performance art, featuring gags about wet hair, corporate pride sponsorships, and a running diaper fetish theme. During the hour runtime, I forgot all about war, violence, and the discourse. It was brilliant, and that’s the kind of relief that a good event can grant you. So while the world continues to burn, I’m going to continue pointing out the kikis that can give us the strength to keep going. Sorry for being earnest!
some assorted news
By the time you read this Sky Ferreira will have put out another single.
Alex Chapman’s single is less good than the Tiktok snippet promised, but that didn’t stop everyone at the recent party SKSKSKS from singing along when he DJ’d it.
Did you know that Peggy Gou, house music/style icon in the making, remixed the biggest Kylie Minogue song? You’re welcome.
While I was out of town Brooklyn experienced it’s first summer day. This predictably prompted the queers to flock to Riis beach for the first time this year. The beach is known as a increasingly popular alternative to The Rockaways due to a renovated snack bar, but queers have been congregating on the beach for decades. Nowadays you can find the encampments of various LGBTs in front of the abandoned mental hospital, smoking weed and blaring music from various Bluetooth speakers. Is the water clean and beautiful? Is it the ambience relaxing? Hardly. The chaotic scene resembles a row of Bushwick rooftop parties on New Years Eve without the distance between buildings.
That’s it for me this week girls. Make sure you subscribe to the paid tier of the newsletter to get the tea on all the upcoming pride parties.
Where: 99 scott.
What: It’s not often that an art gala makes it into the deviant dispatch. But the Alyssa Davis Gallery have put together a lineup that includes musician/ Mugler model Eartheater, and the DJ Umfang. The gala will also include “a full red carpet experience staffed with a professional photographer”, an ice luge, performance artists in the garden, and a strict dress code of “Formal attire, black tie, film noir, old hollywood.” Plus megsuperstarprincess is hosting, No Agency is bringing “models” and my friends at Pubic Access will be covering the affair.
How much: $65 or more
HINDS Show afterparty
When: Thursday 11ish - close
Where: TV Eye
What: HINDS are a band of good time girls from Spain who play a rough-around-the-edges form of garage rock that has gotten sleeker over the years. After their upcoming New York Show they’ll be DJing at TV Eye all night.
How much: Free
When: Thursday, 7:30
Where: C’mon Everybody
What: A new salon by Erin Markey featuring people who use music to be a smart idiot onstage. They’ll all be doing new work, and this announcement already garnered exaltations from Christinee.
How much: $10 online, $15 at the door.
So True Bestie
When: Thursday 7-10pm
Where: The Parkside Lounge
What: The debut live event by Best Mistakes Podcast hosts Anya Volz and Nika Lomazzo combines stand up sets by the hosts and a social hour after “Utilizing a psychology-based format and thought-provoking prompts.” While I’ve never seen Anya’s standup, Nika’s tight 5 kills me every time.
How much: $5 online, more at the door
When: Friday, 10pm-LATE
Where: Trans Pecos
What: video games vendors, techno, oh my!!
How much: $15
Mx Nobody Round 1
When: Saturday, 8pm
What: The Mx Nobody Pageant is a semi-legendary 4 week contest. Created by The Nobodies — a kooky collective founded by Ariel Italic, Lady Bearica Andrews, and DJ Accident Report (who taught me how to DJ) — this competition is loosely centered on drag with an emphasis on celebrating outsiders and people who mix performance disciplines. Past entries have included drag, burlesque, live singing, puppetry, and acts that defy genre. Winners and contestants from this performance art competition have gone on to become beloved fixtures in NYC’s nightlife ecosystem and have established themselves as successful artists and performers in their own fields. Pinwheel Pinwheel is designing epic couture for prominent figures like Bob the Drag Queen. Kandy Muse has gone on to international renown in the drag community.
I’m one of the organizers this year so it would mean a lot if you could attend. : )
How much: $15
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Avant Gardner
What: Electroclash Icon ( who never stopped making quliaity music) is touring in honor of her 20 year old album The Teaches of Peaches. This means you might not see “boys wanna be her” but you will definitely hear “Fuck the Pain Away”.
How much: $42.75
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