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Bash Compactor: Pets New Home

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Penthouse magazine has moved downtown, next door to the Stock Exchange. So, on Friday night, some beleaguered Wall Street types packed into the back room of Fraunces Tavern to drown their sorrows and ogle the new neighbors. When asked his thoughts on the scene, Richard Torres—a business writer— ran his hand over his shaved head [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Who Arted?

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The rebellious sons and daughters of society met up at their latest East Village hideout, the Bowery Hotel, last Thursday night for the “Art Rocks!” fundraiser. Thomas McDonnel, a friendly, longhaired 21-year-old from the Upper East Side put his bulletproof vests and blank canvasses—made from Kevlar—in some context for me. “They’re pretty blank, but they’re [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Ball of Steel

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In West Chelsea last Saturday night, art world luminaries who paid $1,500 for a late-night snack were having too much fun to notice the death throes of the gilded Aughties. The splendid last act of the go-go era—The Metal Ball sponsored by arts group Performa—took place underneath shiny inflated pillows spelling out Metal Ball; revelers [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Queens Take Manhattan

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Throngs of snazzy gays, female admirers and a handful of gender-benders lined up outside of Gotham Hall for Out magazine’s Out 100 awards ceremony last Friday. At a cursory glance from the outside, this shindig looked important; the bow-tied aesthetes and Chelsea boys eyeing the august old fashion fruits enviously as the latter were whisked [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: They’ve Stopped Being Polite, Started Getting Real

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Friday night, the producers of The Real World—exiled from bars in Brooklyn—were shooting a nightlife scene in the East Village dive bar Plan B. “Who are these people?” a redhead asked me as she watched Caitlin, the lithe, passable young tranny gyrating under the bright lights. She started grinding up against a tall jock in [&hellip
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Lo-Who?; Here’s NYC’s Best Celesbian Couple

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

On Saturday night, gender-bent sex symbol JD Samson was spinning electro-pop and disco onstage at (Le) Poisson Rouge, while her girlfriend Sia shimmied around. The Australian pop balladeer had a cardboard sign reading “Can’t Talk, Laryngitis,” hung around her neck. JD took the controls from Luca, a Brit house DJ, and cued up a song. [&hellip
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Ben’s Big-Bucks Book

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Rumpled khakis, corduroy jackets and artfully disheveled hair were on frequent display at the Tenement Museum on Thursday night. The McSweeney’s set had gathered to watch Ben Greenman—a New Yorker editor—read from his new super-stylishly bound object d’arte book, Correspondences. Only 250 copies of the elaborately folded volume of postcards—a kind of Choose Your Own [&hellip
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