Tagged under "cattyshack" (3)
|Friday Night At A New Spot ended up at a Classic New York Lesbian Standby|
Showstopper a once a month party at the trendy space BLVD in the Pink room is a good concept, but just doesn't draw the crowd needed for a good dance party. $10 cover was a waste, as the drinks inside were the same price. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying ten for a drink, especially when they were well mixed and strong, but there just wasn't enough people to get anyone excited, single or not. The crowd that goes there definitely has more fashion sense and looks better. Music was good, then started to wander into weird techno zone. When is the last time someone danced to house music? Save me. The space is awesome though, as it is usually a straight club. Chic, modern and clean, definitely a club and not a bar. Lounge area all had reserved seating, wtf? Damn straight it can't be everyone's birthday. It seems like that would be the only reason to go too. I went here a year ago, hoping that the crowd would pick up but it just seems that everyone has migrated elsewhere.
And on that note to not make the night a bust, we too migrated to a New York staple to sweat out our alcohol. Kind of disappointed since I love a nice chic trendy atmosphere, but Showstopper is definitely not where it is at. It was so empty that nobody but my friends noticed I drunkenly slid to 3rd base on the vinyl flooring down the walkway. That may have been the highlight there.
Over the bridge to Cattyshack ! it never disappoints tho. We got there, the music was current, The upstairs was chill. Catty always has a good mix of people all all different LGBT communities. Downstairs is Hip Hop, upstairs is 80's. We enjoyed the rest of the night there with some good dancing to take us into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Tagged on September 26, 2008
|Why I get "Catty" on Fridays|
The moment my eyes flitter open Friday morning, I think “Cherry-Popping & Frisky”. As odd as it is for my first thoughts to be bacchanalian, I look forward to the first evening of the weekend to get into social butterfly mode. No place better to spread wings than one where you feel safe exuding your gay-ness. And there’s no better place to start the weekend then Cattyshack.
A den of booze, beauty, and beats, bars like Cattyshack don’t normally lead me to think about the importance of queer, female-centered spaces. New York City dyke bars, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Fire Island, and even Babeland stores are all other safe sites that exhibit the dynamic of queer girl culture. But besides these and Pride every year, where can a gay gal go to get her groove on without fear of discrimination and homophobia?
After this weekend at Catty, I was especially reminded of how, outside of these queer dance parties and select scenes, there are very few social spots where I can safely hug, kiss, or grab my girlfriend’s hand/ass in the Tri-State area. As sexually diverse and progressive as NY/NJ may be, there are hoods that will surely have wagging tongues, disapproving stares, Bible thumpers, and even a threat or two to my security. It’s hard to believe that in 2008, people still look at me and my partner like we are two-headed monsters invading Midtown on a Sunday afternoon.
That’s why I thank Goddess for gay bars. Places like Cattyshack allow lesbian, bisexual, and trans people agency to affection, acceptance, and discourse in a safe space. It’s not just a gathering of dykes looking to drink and dial, stalk their ex-girlfriends, or prey on potential one-night-stands; it’s a haven that lets queer women be free and 100% themselves.
In such queer spaces as Catty, dykes can get down and dirty on the dance floor, demonstrating their prolific libidos or escaping the bed death they’re suddenly suffering from. The bar becomes a confessional for lesbians, where the priest is the hot bartender and a few shots of Patron become penance. It’s such a space where you can come to stare out into oblivion, contemplating your own lesbian drama without a hetero romantic comedy on the tube to irritate you. Best of all, Catty is where you can look like a boy with the comfort in knowing you'll get treated like a boi.
A place like Cattyshack is vital to my queer womanhood. I don't just go to unwind, get a cold brew, and stare at the long-legged femmes waltzing up the outdoor deck steps for a smoke. Away from a home and work filled with TV, radio, and other hetero-centered distractions, I go to Catty to share moments, trade war stories, create memories, and catch up on celesbian gossip with friends and family, the "othered" others like me who can be their complete Sapphic selves without harm or judgment.
It has been almost forty years since Stonewall, since it was taboo, damning, and dangerous for dykes to convene in such spaces. So why do I get Catty on a Friday night? To celebrate how far we've come as queer women, and continue to fight for our right to party.
Tagged on July 21, 2008
Until one lives in New York, she might not necessarily consider Halloween to be a "big" holiday. After all, we're all still at work that day, kids still have to go to school and nobody throws any Halloween sales. In New York, however, Halloween is synonymous with, well, debauchery, belligerence, and a whoooooole lot of glitter. This year, with Halloween on a Wednesday, the parties started this past weekend, continued through the holiday and will spill in to this upcoming weekend.
In a less-than-halloween mood, however, my weekend started on Saturday night at Sea Thai at 116 n. 6th St. in Williamsburg. The food was fantastic, semi-authentic, and in the $10-$25 range for entrees. Others reviewers had complained of noise and poor service and, while the live DJ was pumping out some mad loud beats, it just put me in a posh downtown mood and got me ready for the rest of the night. The service was great, totally ready to take care of our needs (including when two of our dishes got mixed up) and the food came out hella fast. Afterwards, we threw on some glitter and rolled down to the Levee at 212 Berry Street and N. 3rd also in Williamsburg.
Dark and unassuming, the Levee can boast about a few things: First, $3 buys one a shot of whiskey and a beer. Second, one can mow down on a variety of midnight snacks- PB&J, frito pie, cheese balls, chili dogs... hell yeah. Third, they have naked photo hunt. That's right- while you eat your chili dog and throw back some whiskey, you can stare hard at some naked ladies. Try (real hard) to identify the differences between two nudie pics to get to the next level. No matter how hard you stare at her boobs, however, the differences usually lie in the plant she's sitting next to.
Halloween night found me covered in green and blue glitter with tin foil alien antennae- ready to roam the alternate universe known as... Bleeker Street. With my Zorro friend leading the way, I weaved through some pretty impressive costumes and some pretty naked girls. Of course, I'm not one to begrudge a pair of thigh highs and a pretty decolletage, but when it comes to Halloween- these outfits are scary for the wrong reasons. Luckily, there were a few ladies rocking some creative disguises- a stick of bubblegum being my favorite.
And, finally, on to this weekend... my calendar is still in the works as there are just so many fun things happening so I thought i'd just throw out some suggestions:
Friday, Nov. 2
Trash!, Rififi (332 E. 11th St), 10pm
fishnets, black minis, dark makeup, live djs, $7 drinks, no cover before 11pm ($5 after), hot hot hot dancing. A near guarantee of getting your pic on lastnightsparty.com...
Saturday, Nov. 3
Takeover, BAM (30 Lafayette Ave Brooklyn), 7pm
Five bands, sixteen movies, three DJ’s, two art installations and a couple thousand of your closest friends. Plus cheap beer! Bands include The Heartless Bastards, Antibalas, Be Your Own Pet, Dirty on Purpose, and the Exit. Also: a screening of several of Lindsay Lohan's early films and live djs till 4 in the morning! YEAHH!
Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion, Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette STREET), 9:30pm and 11:30pm
Formerly the lead singer of Bitch and Animal, Bitch has now joined up with partner Danielle Sea to form "Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion". The new music resonates with all of the grit and raw energy of Pussy Manifesto and Black Eyed Girl but with a stronger emphasis on the open and emotional sounds of Traffic, Heavy in Love and Miss My My Dear. Still not convinced she's for you? She plays the violin, the piano and the ukelele in her shows. If you liked her in Shortbus, you'll love her on stage.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Garrison Starr, Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St), 8:00pm
"If you like that Nashville sound; if you are into singer/songwriters; if you just dig good music, then Garrison Starr is for you."-AtlantaShows.com
Autumn Groove: "It's a Poetic Art Thang", CattyShack, 4pm
Featured Artists Angela Daniels& Portraits of Black Love. Spoken Word By General Tactics. Hosted By William Fredrick Cooper, Author/Poet “Six Days In January” And “There’s Always a Reason”
Tagged on February 15, 2008