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Wednesday 09.15.21

BUSHWIG 2021 – DAY 1

The biggest drag festival celebrates their 10th anniversary

Tuesday 08.03.21

Calvin Klein celebrates moments of Pride

With The House of Tisci, Kandy Muse, Xunami Muse, Leyna Bloom, Bowen Yang, Aquaria, Symone, Parker Kit Hill, Papi Juice, Linux, Adam Eli, West Dakota, Tyler Ashley and many more. Guests celebrated Calvin's Pride initiatives at an after-party at The Flower Shop on the LES in New York City.

Wednesday 07.07.21

Nightgowns The Musical 2021

An all drag production created by Sasha Velour

Thursday 07.01.21

HONEY DIJON

Honey Dijon has been DJing since she was a kid at her parents’ house parties in Chicago. While she’s been a longtime mainstay of house music and queer party scenes since moving to New York in the 1990s, the last few years she’s really grown, doing everything from creating mixes for Kim Jones’s Louis Vuitton menswear shows to headlining dance festivals in Europe to launching her own clothing brand with Comme des Garçons, titled Honey Fucking Dijon (exactly!). Honey was refreshingly open and honest when we spoke, serving up plenty of pearls of wisdom — it was a pleasure to spend some time with her.

 

When you were a kid you used to DJ at your parent’s parties. I was curious if you remember which songs and artists you were playing? Like many African-American families, music was a huge part of our lives. My parents were middle-class/working-class, and every weekend they would have these massive parties. It was awesome because I would sit at the edge of the stairs and I would hear glasses clinking and people cursing each other out. I was just so attracted and drawn to that energy. I think the laughter and the joy was probably the thing that really attracted me because it just seemed like people were having such a good time. I grew up at a great time when there was a lot of conscious music — you know, music was one of the things that helped black people deal with oppression and racism and all of these things. …

Thursday 07.01.21

Dumbo Pride 2021

Live DJ sets and performances under the Dumbo Archway

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Tuesday 06.29.21

The re-opening of NO BAR at The Standard, East Village hosted by Aquaria

With a screening of the premiere of Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars 6

Tuesday 06.22.21

Rify Royalty & Charlene present: TRISH

With performances by Olivia Lux, Vena Cava, Shanita Bump and Boy Radio

Monday 08.17.20

SUSANNE BARTSCH

We captured Susanne's looks during a 5 week period while she was hosting her 'On Top' party via Zoom...

There is only one Susanne Bartsch. The queen of New York nightlife has been throwing parties for decades and nothing can stop her, not the first plague to affect our community, during which she threw balls to raise money for those most impacted, and not this current pandemic. Susanne is continuing to bring together the best of nightlife, but now online. The digital events she’s been organizing are a joyful escape for those stuck at home, and a lifeline for many performers who have no other way to earn a living right now.

 

 

Do you want to start with history or do you want to start with now? Oh, you know the history.

 

Well tell me a little bit about how you came from Switzerland and how you first got into doing parties? I came to New York for a love affair. It was February 14, 1981 and I came for love but I fell in love with New York instead. I loved everything, the energy, and the possibilities.

 

At the beginning, I was in the fashion business. I had a store on West Thompson Street where I was importing young English designers like Body Map, Galliano, people who were still in college then, Stephen Jones, Leigh Bowery, Rachel Auburn, and to grow I decided to put on a show called “New London in New York.” I did that at the Roxy in May of 1983. There was a line around the Roxy of people waiting to get in. …