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Mark your calendar for these LGBT events, which are some of the best things to do in New York this fall. See an exhibit about queer fashion at the Museum at FIT, see a pop-culture legend when Joan Collins takes the stage, or check out a new gay bar opening in Hell’s Kitchen.
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Atlas Social Club
With the recent demise of homo haunts Splash and Rawhide, it feels like a risky time to open a gay bar in this city. But if anyone can deliver a surefire hit, it’s the team behind Atlas Social Club. Nightlife legend Josh Wood; Eastern Bloc proprietor Ben Maisani; Pablo Raimondi, who co-owns Bedlam with Maisani; and Splash veteran Asi Mazar are creating this Hell’s Kitchen spot as a mash-up of a gay speakeasy and an old-school athletic club. You might want to get in line now. No phone yet
For one night each year, Six Flags Great Adventure closes to the general public and opens its doors to LGBT folks (along with their friends and family). For the tenth-anniversary edition, organizers expect more than 10,000 revelers to invade the amusement park for an evening of rides, games and music courtesy of DJs Hector Fonseca, Steve Sidewalk and Eddie Baez. Private buses available from Manhattan; for more information go to gaysixflags.com. 8–10:30pm; $48–$150.
The Museum at FIT explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history, including statement-making ensembles from the 18th century through today. Pieces on display include a 1950 cocktail dress by Christian Dior and a dapper neo-Edwardian three-piece suit originally worn by dandy and old-school party boy Bunny Roger. fitnyc.edu/museum. Tue–Fri noon–8pm, Sat 10am–5pm; free.
The raunchy, subversive drag trio of Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox returns to NYC with a brand-new show. Expect to hear the trio’s viral hits—including “Boy Is a Bottom” and “Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)”—plus brand-new comedy sketches and true stories of epic shamelessness. 212-695-6909, spincyclenyc.com. Midnight; $20–$40 plus $15 food-and-drink minimum.
After scoring a hit with last spring’s Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli concert, queer-nightlife guru Daniel Nardicio continues his flirtation with classy camp by bringing iconic British actor Joan Collins to the NYC stage. The Dynasty star will regale adoring fans with tales from more than six decades in the pop-culture trenches. dworld.us. 8pm; $55–$60.