Gay clubs in New York are a thing of the past, having vanished in the 1990s when iconic spots like the Roxy and Twilo closed up shop to make room for things like high-rise condos and Sleep No More. XL at the OUT NYC is the city's only remaining big gay room, and even that stands empty several nights a week. These days, gay club nights are centered around gay bars—where you'll find world-class drag queens every night of the week—or nights in mixed spaces like Stage 48. But the demise of the megaclub hasn't diluted queer clubbing. If anything, the slacking velvet rope has resulted in a more mixed and democratic scene, from the basement discos of the Village to loft parties in Brooklyn.
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Angels in America. Designing Women. To Wong Foo. Kirstie Alley. How many artifacts of queer culture can brilliant cabaret madman Justin Sayre comb through in his new comedy show? Hold on to your pearls, pay close attention, and ready yourself for a long reading list after the show.
Some of Brooklyn's most divine queens unveil their most terrifying geesh for this lit drag night. Lose your mind to filthy, petrifying performances by hosts Qhrist with a Q, Sherry Poppins and DJ Ten Yards along with Queen Robert, Haireola Grande, Medulla Oblongata and Victoria Precise.
Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift. Whitney Houston vs. Mariah Carey. Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC. Lives have been lost over smaller beefs, so NYC is fortunate to have two deranged mavens of pop culture—Christi Chiello and Matteo Lane—to settle the scores for good. Every month, they welcome stand-ups and drag queens to represent their favorite pop idols with comedy, power points and more. Comedian Molly Austin serves commentary in culottes, and resident drag divas Shuga Cain and Elizabeth James honor the queens with performances.
Enter an Amy Sedaris wet dream at Club Cumming's weekly knitting shindig. Homemaking empress Brini Maxwell and sweater-weather fantasy Josh Bennett give new-user-friendly advice and pro tips for all sorts of curious knitters, and welcome special guests to instruct on designs over drinks. Bring your needles or grab a kit—you're a part of the family now.
The time has come for another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Where will you be for the Superbowl of gay culture? Join Drag divas Ruby Roo and Shiny Penny as they hold court with commentary, prizes and performances at this weekly screening. After you've lost your voice screaming through a lip-sync battle, you'll never be able to watch the show alone again.
MCs Aquaria, Ruby Fox, and Justin Angel invite you to join their wild crew of club kids and drag divas for the best Drag Race screening in town. After the lip-syncs on TV, get down to sickening performances IRL, along with dope music from DJ Soda Pop. And, needless to say, you better get in line early.
The indefatigable veggie-haired queen presents droll commentary during screenings of some of your high-camp favorites at this weekly series. This time, she digs into the legendary 1950s film Sunset Boulevard, starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. This should be easy.