Tagged under "parties" (5)
|We Were There March 2010|
February was a great month for nightlife events! Couldn't make it out? Here's a sneak peak of what went on!
Tagged on March 3, 2010
|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
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Celebration
Atlanta Black Gay Pride Celebration is over and what a celebration it was! The entire weekend was filled with so much fun and excitement it's hard to choose which things to mention. The opening ceremonies were complete with the standard speeches and appearances from VIP's ranging from event organizers and city officials to famous television stars as well as performances by dancers and vocal artists. It was an opening ceremony definitely worth attending. When that was over there were too many parties to count. Clubs opened their doors for the masses of individuals that came into town from all over the world for the world's largest African American Gay Pride Celebration. The weekend days were filled with vendors and booths selling all sorts of items for great prices and of course fully equipped with my favorite vendor item of all the pride events.... swag. Who can pass up all the free stuff that is passed out at an even like this? If the vending area wasn't interesting enough for the daytime patrons there was huge variety of luncheons, brunches, meetings and conferences about all sorts of different information ranging from Black Jewish issues to Transgender issues and more resulting in no shortage of something to do. If ever there were a time to meet beautiful black women this was definitely it. Whether you were seeking the one night stand, the weekend hook-up or a girlfriend for life this was definitely your place to find anything your heart desired. The night life was of course what you would imagine and hope for full of beautiful, half naked (and in some cases totally naked) women dancing at clubs well into the morning hours. The evenings were filled with plenty of hot, famous women that we all lust for. Gabrielle Union and Stacy Dash were scheduled to be out and about at the All White Affair, Jennifer Hudson performed at Club Europe and Eva from "America's Top Model" ducked out of answering questions about her sexuality when being interviewed at one of the events. Eve was there for a concert performance and many others were seen about the night life. Among the weekends glitches the Interfaith Sunday Morning Service didn't have much in the form of any religion other than Christianity and the Pride March left some people behind because there were multiple march off times advertised in multiple places. Overall the entire weekend was a hit. Kudos to the organizers at In The Life Atlanta who pulled the whole thing off with style. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone interested having a great time with lots of events while being surrounded by thousands of beautiful black women. See you all there next year in Atlanta for the Labor Day Weekend Black Gay Pride Celebration!
Tagged on February 15, 2008