Bash Compactor: Dildos & Merengue

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The National Arts Club celebrated its 110th anniversary last Tuesday night, with all the dignity one would expect. There was the clinking of glasses, the remembering of good times and a gigantic dildo sculpture that had Heatherette designer Richie Rich completely transfixed. I trailed the designer as he slipped away from the post-dinner boozing to [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Setting Sale

Written by C. Edwards on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

The VIP section of Housing Works’ Marc Jacobs–chaired Fashion for Action charity event didn’t offer much in terms of VIPs, it was mostly those expectedly stylish, overly coiffed young people waiting for someone to compliment them on their shoe selection. If you were looking for the genuine very important people you’d have to move past [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Ball of Steel

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

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

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

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

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

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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Ben’s Big-Bucks Book

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

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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Bash Compactor: Gay Bar Bday Bash

Written by Antonio Cerna on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

Some of us remember a time when Chip Duckett’s PopRocks!—the Thursday night party at Bar 13—featured an open bar from 10 to 11 and regular sightings of John Cameron Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright made up for Friday morning’s hangover. After a hiatus, the party came back two weeks ago, drawing in the midterm- postponing NYU [&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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