Tagged under "dance" (5)
|DJ Saratonin Brings the Party to New York|
Touted as the 'master of mix', DJ Saratonin is known for her ability to read a crowd, mix indie tracks with mainstream staples, and keep a party going. Years before headlining Club Skirts at lesbian paradise Dinah Shore, Saratonin was just a 19 year old in San Francisco who wanted to spin. "I was going to a lot of great parties and kept thinking to myself I could do this, I want to do this," Sarah Alexander, aka DJ Saratonin, said in an interview. "So I talked to a lot of people, found a space, found a partner, and started up a club called Brownies for my Bitches. I convinced my hottest friends to cook up some brownies and we passed them out at the party. I'm not sure which was more popular, the girls or the baked goods, but it worked. It's been a dozen years now. And, you know, for a girl party, to last that long, it's amazing."
After this brilliant start (will someone here in New York please pair baked goods with dance music?), DJ Saratonin has gone on to spin at a host of parties and open for several acts, including Lady Gaga and Pat Benatar. She's also shared the decks with the likes of Peaches, and Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara. "They're great, and I loved playing with them," says Sarah of her collaborations. "They're wild. I've definitely kept in touch with Tegan, she's amazing. We met up again recently when I was DJ'ing for Vancouver Pride. She introduced me to some great bars in the city there, like Lick, which is the only nightly girl bar there. It was insanely packed, and I had an incredible time playing there."
This month, you can find DJ Saratonin spinning at New York parties Snapshot at the Delancey, Goldstar at Kion, and Stiletto at the Martime Hotel. What to expect from her eclectic decks? In addition to favoring A1 Bassline remixes of Little Boots and Ladyhawke, Saratonin has her finger on the pulse of other up and coming female artists. "I'm loving the new Kid Sister track Right Hand Hi," she says. "Kid Sister is one of the best female rappers in the game right now. Her brother Atrak and Kanye West have both helped to produce and rap on her albums. The collaboration has made for some amazing underground juke hip hop."
When not spinning ("That hasn't happened much lately," she admits), there are some hot parties Saratonin says she'll check out when she wants an original experience. "One of my favorite parties in LA is Booby Trap!, at Temporary Spaces. It's a disco-infused indie night that has had some of the most incredible talents grace their decks." East coasters can get a taste of this when the Booby Trap! invades New York August 20th at The Legion in Williamsburg. Says Sarah, "I would suggest that anyone reading this should check it out. It's something that's not being done, completely new and fresh, and I'm very excited for it."
Party advice from an awesome DJ? Say no more.
DJ Saratonin will be at Snapshot at the Delancey August 11th & 19th, Goldstar at Kion August 14th, and Stiletto at the Maritime Hotel August 16th. For more information, check out www.djsaratonin.com.
Tagged on August 17, 2009
|The Judgement of Paris is Decadent and Dark|
In an art world saturated with Post-Modernism and memoir, the beautiful depiction of a classic story is a refreshing departure.
Performed on the scaffolding-lined stage beyond the glass façade of the theater at 303 Bond Street, The Judgement of Paris weaves the ancient tale of Helen of Troy into a darkly decadent setting of “French Can-Can girls, Greek tragedy, golden apples, baroque pageantry, courtesans, goddesses, circus freaks, blonde bombshells, [and] Spartan warriors.” Choreographed and directed by Company XIV’s founder, Austin McCormick, The Judgement of Paris is a stunning piece of theater that presents a distinctly modern take on traditional Baroque movement. It is more than just a dance performance or a ballet. The six performers of The Judgement of Paris are completely captivating as they depict, through music, lighting, dance and monologue, the rise and fall of the love affair of Prince Paris of Sparta and the married Helen of Troy. Over the course of 90 minutes, the audience is lulled and shocked and made uneasy as the six on stage slowly unravel the fates of our Paris and our Helen.
According to their mission statement, Company XIV is a Brooklyn-based mixed media dance/theater company that seeks to present "unique historical and cultural dance perspectives through the exploration various artistic partnerships." This all results in a successful hashing together of gorgeous frivolity and heavy themes.
Though The Judgement of Paris will be closing at the end of May, the company has several projects in progress. The Judgement of Paris is playing Friday, 5/23, Saturday 5/24, Friday 5/30, and Saturday 5/31 at 8pm at 303 Bond St in Brooklyn. Each performance is $20 for adults, $15 for students.
For more information, check out www.companyxiv.com
Tagged on May 27, 2008
Cha Cha and Dyke Night @ Toast Lounge, July 20th, 2007
Kristen Porter adds lesbian flair to her Friday Dyke Nights. The event is hosted at Toast Lounge, right outside of Boston and runs from 9pm-2am. To bring in the ladies in early on July 20th, Liz Nania of Out to Dance will be instructing a Cha Cha dance lesson. This is the second lesson of the summer for Liz, after the first class reached capacity quickly. Registration begins at 8:30pm, so be sure to get there early and reserve your spot. No partner is necessary to enjoy learning this sexy Cuban dance and the $10 cover takes care of the whole night. After you get your new steps down, be sure to stay so DJ Kris Kono can put them to the test! The music is sure to impress, as Kris has spun for Aqua Girl Miami, Vixen in P-Town, Rise, and a number of pride events.Tagged on February 15, 2008
The Neighborhood @ Midway Cafe Saturday, July 14th, 2007
"The Neighborhood" is a newer Boston event that is hosted at Midway Cafe and promoted by X Gender Productions and Chubrub Productions. DJ D'Hana mixes it up with pop, new wave and electronic music from 9pm-2am. The night also donates a portion of the proceeds to a queer/trans positive non-profit to keep the "neighborhood" going.Tagged on February 15, 2008