Tagged under "new york" (7)
|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
|Eden @ Union Square Lounge downstairs Coffeeshop|
Finally a breath of fresh air in the New York scene! We have gone too long without a home for lesbians who are gorgeous, have money and know how to party. While the spot has a lounge atmosphere and is a cozy size, it was quite packed at 11pm and just got more and more packed as the night went on. Best part is that there was no cover, but don't be mistaken there are a few ground rules that I have no problems with at all. 1. No Men, saw a few fashionable gay men, but just leave your men at home thanks. 2. Dress Code, they said just look like your going out to dinner, so just dress up ladies. But they were pretty chill about it, no bullshit at the door. But I definitely respect their wishes, since they were extremely nice and still let me in.
Lets just say there are other long running spots in the city with a horrible looking crowd that enforce silly headgear rules. This spot is fancy, have cute drinks and even a menu for if you get there earlier. It was a mix of 20's and 30 somethings that resembled a classic LA mix. They had a sweet DJ that was groovin' and as the night progressed chairs were removed to lay a mini dance floor. No extreme bootay shakin' but it's okay, I can always do that at home.
Overall it was a lovely Wednesday night, and to be honest the only Wednesday night that is worth going to in New York. Brooklyn's Metropolitan comes close, but Eden definitely has that New York flavor that club goers crave. As a jaded lesbian new yorker, I was thoroughly impressed. They even said thanks for coming as we left. When is the last time staff said that to you at any of the regular old crusty establishments? Check it out and Enjoy It !
Tagged on September 25, 2008
|Fabulous Fall Getaways|
As the weather turns crisp and Manhattan prepares for another long winter (or whatever global warming has in store for us), head out to one of these fun and fabulous destinations, and spend a weekend immersed in history, serenity and a martini or two.
Tagged on July 10, 2008
|Hot Town in the City|
Didnít pay your deposit on that share in the Hamptons in time? Between the extreme humidity and the crowds of tourists, itís no wonder New Yorkers treat Friday afternoons like the Exodus. But for those who canít beat the heat, revel in it and check out all the fun summer activities NYC has to offer.
Tagged on July 9, 2008