The Scene: The Hottest Clubs, Coolest Bars, and Everything in Between
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THE STONEWALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S REVEL, NOV 9
The Stonewall Community Foundation’s first of two fall fetes, Revel encourages the empowerment of younger LGBT New Yorkers by giving them the opportunity to donate directly to their community. In fact, funds raised at this extra-fabulous cocktail and dance party will be directed to local LGBT charities. This year the Stonewall Community Foundation has revamped its annual young donors party to be hipper than ever, with drinking, dancing and making merry at Chelsea’s chic Highline Ballroom. More than 700 people (mostly our gay brothers) attend annually—let’s show them up this year, girls!
HENRIETTA HUDSON’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND, NOV 10-12
Dust off your grunge getups and lipstick lesbian looks: our beloved West Village lesbian bar, Henrietta Hudson, celebrates 20 years of serving NYC’s lesbian community beginning Thursday, November 10. Owners, staff and customers from throughout the years will be reuniting to trade war stories and fond memories throughout the weekend. The party will go through Saturday night and feature DJs, MCs, giveaways, surprise guests and not-to-be-missed drink specials. A Henrietta Hudson photo collection, with candid shots compiled since 1991, will be on display all weekend. Maybe you’ll find yourself among the kd lang look-a-likes! Cache your experience with commemorative 20th anniversary Henriettawear, on sale for a limited time. So raise your glass to the lesbian landmark: after all, you only turn 20 once!
GIRLS NIGHT OUT TO ACT OUT: LIFE IS GOOD CHARITY EVENT, NOV 12
Presented by the Down Town Girlz, the weekly bash Girls Night Out to Act Out takes over The Phoenix on Saturday nights. The first lesbian-owned LGBT bar in the East Village in almost a decade, The Phoenix blends vaguely medieval décor (vaulted windows, pews for seating) with a good ol’ dive bar atmosphere. DJ Stacy holds court among a mixed audience of gay girls and boys, along with a rotating roster of the scene’s best DJs. On November 12, Girls Night Out hosts a special charity event to support at-risk youth sponsored by the Life Is Good Kids Foundation. Donations will help children overcome life-threatening situations, including violence, poverty and illness. And with zero cover charge and cheap drinks, you won’t have an excuse not to drop a couple bucks for a good cause!
THE CENTER’S WOMEN’S EVENT 14, NOV 12
Drinks, dancing, and a who’s who of New York City’s lesbian elite: that’s been the M.O. for the glamorous Women’s Event, now in its 14th year. As the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s premiere fall event for women, the benefit blowout at Pier Sixty raises money to support an array of programs for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, such as Center Families, Youth Enrichment Services and the Lesbian Cancer Initiative. This year’s honorees are comedienne Wanda Sykes, country music star Chely Wright, and Nancy Di Dia and Marla
Persky of Boehringer Ingelheim USA.
5th ANNUAL CRÈME DE LA FEMME THANKSGIVING EVE PARTY, NOV 23
Every year on the night before Thanksgiving, New York’s finest ladies head out for one last hoorah before the overly familial holiday season begins. Promoter Maggie C puts on all the bells and whistles for this pre-turkey day extravaganza on Wednesday, November 23. With New York’s hottest DJ’s on rotation, go-go dancers galore and cocktails that pack a punch, you’ll have a whole new list of things to be thankful for! Maybe you’ll even find someone to kiss come New Year’s. For those of us who follow these types of things, this is not a night to stay home defrosting poultry. Throw on your sexiest dress and get ready to dance up an appetite. The venue is under wraps for now, but we’re sure Maggie won’t
disappoint. Stay tuned!
CHOICE NYC PRESENTS THE BRITISH INVASION, NOV 26
Formerly known as Choice Cu*ts, the raddest monthly queer party in NYC has a new name and a new theme for November’s installment: The British Invasion. Sultry blondes with mile-high hair and smoky-voiced chanteuses will be invading the hot Lower East Side bar Tammany Hall for a music competition featuring amazing queer musicians from near and far. Think acolytes of Adele, Sovereign, Duffy....plus a very special live performance by Maggie C of Stiletto! The winner will be announced at midnight, followed by
killer sets from DJ Lezz van Halen.
STONEWALL HONORS, DEC 1
Stonewall Honors is the Stonewall Community Foundation’s prestigious fall event celebrating women who make a lasting difference in New York’s LGBT community. Stonewall is a full service community foundation seeking the participation of everyone interested in bettering our community, and has donated more than $14 million in grants to local organizations within the five boroughs. For the last seven years, Stonewall Honors has drawn crowds of more than 500 women primed to dance away a cold December evening, along with celebrity hosts, fabulous entertainment and other treats. This year’s event takes place at the fabulous Highline Ballroom. Honorees, celebrity appearances and more details will be
DANIELLE PRESENTS’ BIRTHDAY BASH, DEC 3
Danielle Presents stages a coup—the benevolent kind—when she and her BFFs take over Traffic for her very own birthday bash December 3. The girls will occupy this Hell’s Kitchen bar for multiple rounds of beer and shot specials, and a cast of NYC’s finest turntablists will have girls dancing ‘til dawn to pop and house tracks. If you’ve been to one of Danielle’s past birthday parties, you know to take that disco nap ahead of time. Trust us!