NY Nightllife: The Scene

For all dates, times and locations, see the nightlife listings.


Victoria is a monthly party for faux queens, also known as FTFs (female to females). Unable to keep up with the constant stream of new gender bending vernacular? Well according to the Victoria promoter, “A faux queen is someone who lives their day to day life as a female, and who portrays femininity either through performance or fashion. Think Julie Andrews in the classic film Victor Victoria—a woman playing a man playing a woman. At Victoria, guests can distance themselves from the femininity with which they were born or raised, and portray femininity the way it’s imagined. As Burlesque performer BOB explained, “Courtney Cox is a real woman. Dolly Parton is a female-to-female drag queen.”

Now that we’re all on the same page, cover your hair with your favorite wig, and maybe even get out a pair of ironic heels. Fauxnique (pictured above), San Francisco’s legendary female- to-female drag queen, will be the mistress of ceremonies and in honor of Fashion Week, when special guests Sequinette and corset designer Garo Sparo will present a fashion show featuring their avant-garde designs.

If for some reason you do not come prepared, Lady Coco Lareau will be at the style station, dressing you up to expose your true inner queen. Remember, those who enter and win the runway competition will take home clothing by Hooti Couture.


Lori and Marcella, the fearless ladies behind LaReiNas Entertainment, are launching their new weekly party at Mixx Lounge on Sunday September 7. The Sunday evening party is a
last burst of weekend, which conveniently takes place in the heart of the west village. That means that you can have a late brunch—or lets face it, an all day brunch—then slowly wander on over to Mixx. Keep the mimosa buzz going as you sip happy hour drink specials. Choose from beer, wine and select $5 martinis.

The go go dancers promise to give you and your table a show every Sunday, but if you have a birthday or special party, you may also reserve the “Mixx Treatment.” That means private lap dances, birthday cakes and free champagne for groups of 20 or more.

On the last Sunday of the month, (Sept 28) there will be a specially themed dance party, just $5 at the door and featuring Talent Mixx and other fun surprises.


September 14th, the classy ladies of Sunday favorite party, Stiletto will be as charitable as they are beautiful. Promoter Maggie C has teamed up with MC Jessica Kirshon (Last Comic Standing, The Tonight Show) with sponsors P.I.N.K. Vodka and GO to present Pep Rally, a benefit for the Hetrick Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk School.

The Hetrick Martin Institute is “a leading provider of social support and programming for all at-risk youth, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth.  Members, range in age from 12 to 21, are of all colors and sizes, come from all kinds of backgrounds, and have more enthusiasm and creativity than can be imagined.” The Harvey Milk High School provides many of these queer and at-risk youth with a safe, free public schooling environment, where they are protected from violence and encouraged to progress towards higher education.

In recognition of the importance of queer sensitive schooling and youth programming, please join the women of Stiletto in bidding on dating auctions and raffles to benefit Hetrick Martin.  Plenty of fun will be had, between the P.I.N.K. open vodka bar from 1 to 2pm, and the beautiful atmosphere in Hotel Gansevoort’s Garden of Ono. Check the nightlife listings for details.


Come to Brooklyn on September 19 to find all the fashionable hot queers. Girls on one side, boys on the other and straights sandwiched somewhere in between. DJ Kingdom always brings the beats, hip-hop, snap and b, dancehall and crunk, supported by the occasional feminist rap track. There are no bystanders; when he drops, you will be on the dance floor, rocketing through the smoke machine spray and wild slide projections. Vortex, in Williamsburg’s Monkeytown, resembles a black box theater more than a club. The intimate setting makes people wonder if Kingdom’s monthly night is a private party. Indeed, everyone quickly gets to know each other, because snob energy does not reign here. You never know—DJ Helen and OMG Michelle! might show up with a devoted crew of high-top wearing, bike riding, brightly dressed queer people of color. The crowd is further diversified by Williamsburg designers, new
media mavericks and the occasional underground music legend. The back room is well paired with Monkeytown’s front bar, whose mixologists are serious in their reverence to the perfect cocktail. Try the pomegranate whiskey sour, you’ll need it to stay energized enough to dance until 3 or 4 in the morning.


Monday is the new Saturday for the bois and girls who frequent  West End Girls’ weekly Monday night party. The sultry sounds of DJ Stacy range from hot hip-hop to pop and house. As you dance, let your eyes wander around the room exchanging ‘let’s pretend we didn’t just come from work’ glances. This chic west side scene demands that you leave the day behind and focus on mingling, sampling cocktails and catching up with friends. If you still need further distractions to help you shake off those Monday blues and relax, fix your eyes on the big screen projections of Bound and other Lesbian cinematic classics. If that’s still not enough, don’t worry, there are also real live go go dancers, traversing poles, couches, the bar and whatever else they can find. Drink specials flow as usual, but no cover!

What Do You Think?