Wednesday (12.7.2022)

WEDNESDAY (12.7.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / GRAMERCY



CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

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On Point With: Chara Confusion

From Puerto Rican fashionista to New York leatherman Johnny Quesada and drag star on the rise Chara Confusion, this performer is getting ready to co-produce a major benefit event this weekend. [Edited for clarity.]


Thotyssey: Hello Chara, thanks for talking to us today! How are you?

Chara Confusion: Hello Jim, thanks for you interest in interviewing me. I am honored!

The honor is all mine! I’ve seen you perform at “Polish the Queen” at Playhouse a few times. How do you like doing the competition shows here in New York?

Well, I enjoy a lot to do the competitions; it’s the place to meet all these new friends I now call my drag sisters, and I like interacting with the people. Additionally, every night is something different… you never know what the night will bring you.

Where are you from originally, and were you always into things like performing, music, fashion, etc. when growing up?

I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico–born and raised. Many people don’t know much about me. When I was in Puerto Rico in my teen times, I was in boy bands like Menudo, and I always liked to be involved on the creative side like painting or music. But the time brought me to the fashion industry, and now this my stable business where at the moment I pay my bills.

I think I always admired the art of drag, but in a million years I never expected that to happen [for me. But I did it once for] Halloween, and then three years later came the pandemic. I started getting more influence from TV, and one day decided do this special event for the leather community. I liked it, and decided if I’m going to do it I needed to do it in the best way… and now the rest is history!

There are a number of Puerto Rican queens here in NYC like Victoria Holiday, Vena Cava and Warhola Pop! Did you know any of them when you were back in Puerto Rico?

I had one opportunity to chat with Warhola, but we never meet in person. Vena Cava, yes–she invited me to one charity event. Very nice person! I didn’t meet them in Puerto Rico because I never did drag there before; I only was involved in the fashion industry. I met others–Nina Flowers, for sample.

Where did the name “Chara Confusion” come from?

Well, when I finally decided to do it I had a few ideas. As a Latin person, I was thinking I needed to feel comfortable and at the same time have something catchy. One day I starting to think of people who influenced me, like Iris Chacón… but I didn’t wanna call myself Iris. And then I was remembering other artists: comedians and singers and not the best dancers, like Charytin Goyco… and then I said, “Chary.” No–my voice said “Chara!” I was feeling like that was the name, instantaneous. And “Confusion” came to me because [my boy self] is confused all time, in a good way. If you know my life, I have a lot of funny, confusing stories when I have the opportunity to chat with the people.

How do you like being a New York queen, and what made you want to come here?

Well I come here between 2000 to 2005 to [break into] fashion business, on my last try I met my actual husband. And now I do drag! I enjoy it… I never do something only for money. Money is good, for sure. I’m a very passionate personal and perfectionist. Everything I do, I put my heart in it. It’s important to me not to feel square in life. I make my own interpretation. That’s why when you see Chara perform, you’ll always be confused because she doesn’t follow any rules about how to do this. She’s an instinctive person. I always said that the day I do not enjoy this, I won’t do it no more. But at this moment I enjoy and embrace it, and learn every day.


On a serious note: this a weird time to be queer in the US. There’s a movement of hate and violence growing against us, and you see that in tragedies like the shooting in Colorado’s Club Q. Does all that make you scared to be out performing in bars and clubs in drag?

Well, one of the things I like about life here is, you dress like you want and no one says nothing, etc. Remember, I started in New York as a fetish male, and I think I wear fetish [in my] heart. Drag is to me like baby Pampers. But now, we are in difficult moments. To be honest with you, for my safety I prefer to spend more money [for car service rather than the subway] to be safe in my home. In the bars, I try to not be in the middle of the crazy people around when I see something wild, and move to a safer space. I pray to all the people, “you really need help.” Education is the key. We need more information so we can help these people.

You are working with “Polish” producer Phil Chanel and queen Diamante Habibi to present a benefit for Club Q: “No Space for Hate,” at Stonewall, 6pm Friday! There is a huge roster of performers and speakers who will be there, and Aaliyah Martinez  and Islaya are hosting. What can you tell us about this event?

Phil, Habibi and I are very exited to put this event together. This is a difficult moment, and we need to act now. When I see this roster of amazing performers and amazing human beings offering to be part of this, my heart can’t be more happy to be part this historical moment in our gay culture. We pray this will not happen again, and maybe soon we’ll celebrate. But our guard needs to be up, and we must fight for each other. We are the voice of them, we are here for them!


I will definitely be there! Anything else coming up for you?

I do my shows when some invites me! You know, I grow every day… one day at the time.

Last question: what do you want for Christmas?

I want World Peace! And I seriously want to continue to grow as a person and professional. And remember, the [greatest] gift is that we’re still alive, and what’s more precious than to be alive?

Thank you, Chara!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Chara Confusion’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tuesday (12.6.2022)

TUESDAY (12.6.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN



MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


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BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas | New Years

On Point With: Rude Polaroids

Nominated for his second GLAM Award, unique photographer and event producer Ryan Rudewicz aka Rude Polaroids is making magic happen on both sides of the camera.


Thotyssey: Hello Rude! Thanks for chatting with us today, and congrats on your Best Photographer Glam Award nomination! This is your second, right?

Rude Polaroids: Hiya! Thank you so much. Yes this is my second nomination. Truly so honored!

Do you know what you’re gonna wear to the show? (I don’t!)

Oh God no. I keep trying to figure something out. I’d love to wear some Polaroids, if possible. Maybe a Polaroid jacket!?

Oh God yes!

So in case anyone out there doesn’t know, your last name is “Rudewicz” and you’re a nightlife photographer armed with a legit Polaroid camera… hence “Rude Polaroids!” Can you tell us about that camera, and why it’s your chosen instrument?

I have about twelve working Polaroid cameras, but I mostly stick to my SX-70 Sonar that was made in 1978. It’s my baby. I got into Polaroid over six years ago. I’d bring it to parties with friends, and I loved that I could hold a physical photo. We don’t get to do that a lot anymore with iPhones and digital photography! I think it’s very special to capture a moment in time, and see it instantly pop out.

There’s such a gritty, atmospheric richness in those shots that no digital tinkering could ever really replicate. By the way… what do you think about this Lensa AI image app that’s suddenly The Moment now?

I don’t love it. I mean, yes… it’s fun to see what it generates. But I think everyone should commission an artist to draw / paint / create a portrait of themselves! Support working artists instead of a computer bot!


So where is your original hometown, and how did you ultimately find yourself photographing the NYC nightlife children?

I grew up on Cape Cod! I found myself snapping nightlife because after quarantine / Covid I was so sick of taking photos of plants and myself that I started going out to “Two Stupid Queens” at Pieces with Kiki Ball-Change and Castrata! I would take their portrait after the show because I was nervous of taking it while they were performing; the flash can be bright, and I didn’t want to distract from their greatness. But then they both encouraged me to take as many and as often as I wanted! It snowballed from there, and I wanted to capture as much nightlife and drag as possible. There is so much magic in this community that people outside of it don’t always see.

That’s the truth! Have you ever had a favorite photography moment, or taken a favorite pic?

Ooof, that’s so hard. I love taking people’s portraits, but my favorite photos are usually “in the moment” ones–when a performer is giving it their all, and I snap the picture. I try and capture the energy in the room at that moment in time.

[Photo: Austin Ruffer]

You post the images digitally, but do you display the physical photos anywhere… like in albums or something? And have you ever had a gallery viewing?

I do have many Polaroid photo albums, but I also desperately need to organize them all. It’s like a Polaroid bomb went off in my apartment. And I have been a part of a few exhibits now that have featured, my work. This next summer, I will have my first full RudePolaroids gallery exhibit in Provincetown!

Excellent! I recall seeing some events like parties at the Q where you’d be taking pics your way, Jeff Eason taking pics his way, and Captain Wonder shooting videos his way. It’s always interesting to see all these unique perspectives of an event after the fact!

That is my absolute favorite thing: seeing all of the nightlife photographers at a show / party, and then see what we all captured the next day. Everyone has a different, unique eye. It would be so cool to have a gallery with everyone, and see the different perspectives.

Besides photographing the parties, you occasionally host them now as well… like “Sweet Spot” at the Rosemont on Wednesdays!

Yes, Sweet Spot has been a Wednesday night treat! The first and third Wednesdays of the month, you can catch myself and Brett Ricard hosting a night of shows, dancing and debauchery. Prima Love is our incredible hostess providing us with looks and shows, and our DJ Hope 808 spinning all night, 10-3am. We always have special guest performers as well! It’s a great mix of drag and dancing to get you through the Hump Day and into the weekend.


And this New Years Eve, you’ll be on board for The Empire Ball” at 3 Dollar Bill!

Hell yeah! We will be taking over all of 3DB, and ringing in the New Year! It’ll be a blast.


Anything to add?

I think just come to “Sweet Spot” on Wednesday, and 3DB for New Years! And Stay Rude!

Fair! Finally: what do you want for Christmas?

Free Polaroid film for life! That shit is expensive, lol!

Listen up, Santa! Thanks Rude!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Rude Polaroids’ upcoming appearances, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram (here and here) and Twitter.

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Monday (12.5.2022)

MONDAY (12.5.2022) Your daily guide to New York City nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

CHELSEA



WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE / SOHO

  • NOWHERE: “Macho Mondays” feat. gogo boys & DJ Ryko (8pm)
  • CLUB CUMMING: Lance Horne (10pm)

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


New episode of Thotyssey NYC & Red Eye Radio’s exclusive nightlife gossip / news podcast “Thotlight” hosted by Jim Silvestri & Freddie Cosmo out now, available on all major streaming platforms!


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Podcast: BitchFest Twinner & Uncrying Cancer Showponii

Freddie & Jim review their Thanksgivings, Freddie’s kikis at Stonewall & Monster, and shows by Dina Martina (where Jim spotted a major celeb) and Thirsty Burlington. Jim also has a harrowing tale of a “violent” adventure in an “outer borough bar” to share!

Then it’s time for a fun chat with ShowPonii, a first time GLAM nominee for a category that’s returned to the awards show for the first time in years: Best Drag King! “Show” (aka “Horse”) tells us about growing up upstate, his creative inspirations and how his stunning makeup looks come to be, coming through Zavaleta’sBitchFest” as a twinner winner and a Takes the Cake finalist, being a non-crying Cancer, the realities of drag and gender in 2022 and doing shows in Brooklyn and Beacon!

Showponii sticks around for the news: an update on NYC’s scary roofie crime spree; a proposal to state-fund security in queer bars; the Q Club shooter now suspiciously identifies as non-binary; right wing media is loving that the vandalism of VERS “isn’t a hate crime”; younger nightlifers are increasingly drawn to sober and “sober curious” events;  the strange Satanic rabbit hole (and possible homophobia?) that is the Balenciaga fetish teddy bear scandal; RIP two music legends long beloved by queer fans.

And it’s time to discuss and make predictions on these GLAM categories: Best Club, Best Door Goddess  & Best Cabaret!

Email us: thotlight@redeyeny.com


Sunday (12.4.2022)

SUNDAY (12.4.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING


[PLAYTHINGZ @ Playhouse Sundays 3-7pm]

WEST VILLAGE



EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Saturday (12.3.2022)

SATURDAY (12.3.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

MIDTOWN / TIMES SQUARE

  • TOWN HALL: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show starring Jinkx Monsoon & BenDeLaCreme (8pm)

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas | New Years

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Friday (12.2.2022)

FRIDAY (12.2.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN / TIMES SQUARE

  • TOWN HALL: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show starring Jinkx Monsoon & BenDeLaCreme (8pm)

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas | New Years

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For Your Consideration: Thotyssey’s Jim S. for the GLAMs!

DON’T FORGET to vote for Jim Silvestri in this year’s GLAM Awards! We’re a hard working Nightlife Professional who is completely at the service of our community, whether it’s through daily promotions of everyone’s events or cultivating various original events or just mouth and hand stuff in various bar bathrooms!

We run the most important resource in the biz (Thotyssey.com) and we co-host the hottest new podcast on the scene (Thotlight) and Anyone can vote for us in those categories!
BEST WRITER / BLOGGER – Jim Silvestri
BEST PODCAST – Thotlight w/ Jim Silvestri & Freddie Cosmo 
VOTE HERE!

And if you have a nighltife voting code, you can vote for us in Fringe Cool Categories like Best Event Producer and Best Nightlife Event! “Night of 1000 Thots” was an amazing show I produced with a huge wonderful drag and musical cast at Monster in July, celebrating Thotyssey’s site-aversary! If you’re in the biz and don’t yet have a voting code, slide into Cherry Jubilee’s Facebook or IG DMs and request one!
BEST NIGHTLIFE EVENT – Night of 1000 Thots
BEST EVENT PRODUCER – Jim Silvestri
VOTE HERE (WITH VOTING CODE)

Thank you For Your Cuntsideration!

On Point With: Taraye

Come play with this December birthday queen on the rise this and every Sunday at Playhouse: Taraye! [Cover photo: Brae Lawren Howard]


Thotyssey: Hello Taraye, happy Birthday Week! How do you usually celebrate… do you go big or intimate?

Taraye: In my older age, I’ve learned to appreciate doing my birthday intimately. When you are born in one of the cold months, it makes it hard to gather people around to celebrate.

And so close to Christmas, too!

Well, what’s funny is that my mother’s birthday is at the end of November… and my family would combine her gifts [with Christmas gifts] sometimes. As her only child, she made sure I wasn’t treated the same. And the fact that my birthday and Christmas are on the same day–but three weeks apart–gave her some room to do it! Not as much now though, lol.


Well, now Taraye is here to serve all the children this holiday season! So where is your original hometown… and growing up, were you always into things like dancing, performance, fashion, etc.?

I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, yes… I would watch Janet Jackson and attempt to learn all of her routines. I read a lot of Stephen King, Goosebumps, and Vogue magazines. I always wanted to be in fashion and entertainment.

What brought you to New York, and how did drag enter your life?

I always had a desire to move to NYC in hopes of becoming a signed and booked model, but the journey to get here was rough. I was finally able to come and move here… and then the pandemic happened. Bored in my apartment, I decided to use some of that stimulus money to teach myself how to do makeup.

It wasn’t until I saw Janelle No. 5’s competition “Are You The Next Diva” that I decided to put on the only pair of heels I had and some lingerie, and I went out there and performed my little life away… almost breaking my ankles in the process. Being on stage gave me the rush I had always wanted, and then I just continued to do it.

Where does the name “Taraye” come from?

So one of my government last names is “Terry,” and Taraye is an exaggerated form of it.
My mother and father never got married, so she hyphenated my last name (Terry-Robinson). The problem with this is that when you are looking for my documents, people tend to look at Robinson instead of Terry. And then when you go to a predominantly black college, you would also happen to run into someone who ironically has the same first name, middle initial and last name as you… so I always made sure to differentiate. My friend said that I say “Terry” with an attitude, so it’s not Terry… it’s Taraye.

There is only one Taraye! You are a young queen, but how might you describe the types of looks and numbers you serve?

It’s always an honor to still be considered young whilst in your mid 30s! My looks and numbers are always a mix of Naomi Campbell supermodel served with a little Carol Burnett funny to it. I like to serve a bit of fashion and funny at the same time.

[Photo: Thotyssey]

You’re definitely a mix queen! So besides “Diva,” you’ve done probably all the weekly drag competition shows, and frequently win the night. How do you like doing those shows… are you in it to win it, or is it more about learning / growing / networking etc.?

The competition shows are fun at times; I feel like networking and learning from my own performances are always key. Winning is always top goal because I can utilize the finances, honestly… but I love to watch my performances back and try and improve on everything.

[Photo: Thotyssey]

These days, we’re happy to have you in the cast of “Playthingz,” the newest drag revue at Playhouse! Thotyssey produces that with “Polish the Queen’sPhil Chanel, and the cast also includes Pietra Parker, Milan Garçon, Lana Del Trey, A’Nylah The Doll and VJ OhRicky! It’s every Sunday 3pm to 7pm and it’s a true ki! How fun has this show been?

Honestly, I’ve been very grateful for the opportunity. I truly adore my castmates, and it’s already been a fun ride. I personally can’t wait to make more girl group memories with everyone, and make sure this show is a hit.

We’re off to a good start, and this weekend is your birthday show! Any ideas what numbers you’re gonna do yet?

I love a good high energy number, so always expect that. Come out and support the girl, have a drink, have a laugh and be entertained!


Can’t wait! You’re also gonna be in the cast for another birthday show on December 18th… this one for Miss Jaé at The Spot!

It should be a blast celebrating another Sagittarius on their birthday. It will be spectacular, I’m sure of it.


That’s the ticket! And lastly: what’s your favorite Christmas song?

Whew… I actually don’t like Christmas at all, including the music, lol! But if I had to pick a Christmas song, it would be “Sleigh Ride” by TLC.

That’s the spirit! See you Sunday, and happy birthday Taraye!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Taraye’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Thursday (12.1.2022)

THURSDAY (12.1.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife events.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

  • LIPS: “Divas Night” dinner shows feat. Jesse Volt & more (5pm)
  • TOWNHOUSE: Pianist Fred Barton (6pm)
  • UNCLE CHARLIE’S: Pianist Jordan Wolfe (7pm)

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

ROOSEVELT ISLAND

LOWER MANHATTAN / TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Wednesday (11.30.2022)

WEDNESDAY (11.30.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / GRAMERCY



CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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On Point With: DJ Evanium

A hot new edition to the rosters of New York nightclubbery, DJ Evanium is bringing the beats to Brooklyn this weekend.


Thotyssey: Hi Evanium, thanks so much for chatting with us today!

DJ Evanium: Hi, thanks for connecting.

You have a gig tonight at The Q… how much time do you need to prepare for a DJ night the day of?

I usually will spend three to four hours for my gigs. I will prepare at least twice as many tracks as I would play, but in no particular order.

These days, what does an Evanium set usually sound like?

My favorite genre is tech house, but I would normally blend it in with some electro/dance and pop, to keep the overall vibe bright.

Where are you from originally, and was music always a part of your life?

I am an immigrant here, and I came to the states ten years ago from China. Music has always been a very important part of my life–I learned to play several music instruments since I was 6 years old, and I would spend a lot my savings on buying headphones and speakers.

It was during the pandemic in 2021 that I started to get I to DJing, because I was really bored at home during the lockdown!

Are you “Evanium” because “Evan” is somewhere in your real name?

Evan is my real name, yes. “Evanium” is the idea I created for my personal Instagram ID because I think it sounded pretty cool, like a chemical element. So I just adopted that name.

I love those branded videos and posts on your socials that bring to mind that table of elements.

I’m lucky to have my hubby Davie to create all those stunning branding material and visuals for my social media, and club visuals for the screen. He’s incredibly talented, and has put so much love and passion in creating these stunning artworks. I cannot certainly do this alone without his love and support of my passion.

You’re a favorite on the roster of house DJs at The Q, which has certainly had its well-publicized highs and lows since opening post-pandemic… but the weekend dance parties are still very popular. What’s it like to DJ in that space?

I was very lucky to get introduced by a friend to spin at the Q shortly after it opened in the summer of 2021. I will never forget the night when I had my first gig; all of my friends came out to support me, and we packed the entire dance floor. That was so much fun. I am always grateful for having them in my life, and I am really happy to create a good time strong connection to everyone.

Of course, there are highs and lows working at any nightclub. But it doesn’t matter if I’m spinning for a crowd of 200 people or just two people… I will perform the best I can, because my job is to entertain and make sure whoever’s on the dance is having a great time!

You’ve also done some traveling recently! How’s that been?

Yeah, I recently had two gigs: one in Chicago, one in DC. Playing for the new crowds would definitely makes me nervous. But I would do some research beforehand, and ask some of my local friends about the expected vibe at the party and venue so I can be prepared. It has been good so far, and I really like playing for a new crowd. When you play the music you truly love and enjoy, people can always feel that and relate to to music.

You’ll be traveling all the way to Brooklyn on Friday, December 2nd to spin at Luis Fernando’sMuchacho” at 3 Dollar Bill. The super-popular Hector Fonseca will have his turn in the DJ booth as well!

Really excited for this upcoming gig at 3DB! Luis has always been a role model to me. His courage to quit his previous full-time job and put all his love and passion into creating incredible events and welcoming spaces for our community is so inspiring. I’m very happy to be on his team. I had opened for Hector a few times back at the Q, and we will continue to bring the crowd high energy disco / house music all night long.

What’s next for you?

My goal for the next two years is to become a professional producer–which I’m already working on–and then eventually run my own party, bringing diversity to the New York nightlife scene.

Love that! Okay, last question: tell me who this adorbs dog is on your IG, and does he have any DJ skills?

Haha, yes. His name is Chasiu (a name of a Cantonese food, meaning roast pork). Yeah, he is one of my most loyal fans with trained ears for music and totally a rave puppy! I bought him a DJ controller, and he’s taking lessons from me at home. Chasiu will be the next rising star before you know it!

I can’t wait to subscribe his SoundCloud! Thanks, Evanium!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for DJ Evanium’s upcoming appearances, and follow him on Instagram, YouTube and SoundCloud.

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Tuesday (11.29.2022)

TUESDAY (11.29.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN



MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE / SOHO

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY


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BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Monday (11.28.2022)

MONDAY (11.28.2022) Your daily guide to New York City nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

CHELSEA



WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE / SOHO

  • NOWHERE: “Macho Mondays” feat. gogo boys & DJ Ryko (8pm)
  • CLUB CUMMING: Lance Horne (10pm)

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


New episode of Thotyssey NYC & Red Eye Radio’s exclusive nightlife gossip / news podcast “Thotlight” hosted by Jim Silvestri & Freddie Cosmo out now, available on all major streaming platforms!


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

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On Point With: Taína La Fina

A recent Mx. Rockbar finalist and a true New York native, Quarantine Queen Taína La Fina is now serving it all onstage from Selena to showtunes… with a new live show this week!


Thotyssey: Hello Taina, thanks for chatting with us today! So, how was your Thanksgiving?

Taína La Fina: Hi! My Thanksgiving was great–spent it with my family in the Bronx eating sooo much.

Wonderful! Are you a Bronx native?

I’m actually not. I’m from Washington Heights! My grandma lives in the Bronx, though.

A true native all the same! Growing up, were you always into things like music, fashion, performance, etc?

I was actually a nerdy kid into video games and Pokémon. But I have always been into performing, and specifically musical theater, since middle school.

[Photo: @merkovka]


How did you make your drag debut?

Taína was born during the pandemic. I spent a lot of time consuming drag and makeup content, and decided why not try it? My first time performing was at Albatross in Astoria, Queens. One of my best friends told me about an amateur drag night, and of course I said yes! I performed “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena.

And I love your helpful explanation on your Instagram that Taína rhymes with “Hyena!”

I also say it rhymes with “cocaína” too, lol! My name is a reference to the Nickelodeon show Taína from the early 2000s (I use some of the music from the show for my mixes). And it’s a reference to the indigenous people of the Caribbean, the Taino. I am proudly Dominican, and wanted to respect my heritage.

[Photo: @merkovka]


Taína is still a young queen, but how might you describe her drag today?

I would say with my drag, I try to have fun–so it’s usually me being sexy and silly on stage. I really love being able to express range, so sometimes I will make fun mixes that the crowd will remember or get stuck in their heads, or go for classic ballads… or as you may have guessed, theater numbers from some of my favorite musicals.

What are some of those favorites?

West Side Story has a special place in my heart because it’s the first one I ever saw as a kid. Wicked, Hairspray, Rent, Sweeny Todd, Avenue Q, In the Heights (I have to rep) and Hamilton.

You’re also a Rockbar gal! You competed in last year’s Mx Rockbar pageant, and you placed in the finals in this year’s session! What are your thoughts on Rockbar and that whole pageant experience?

It has been a wonderful experience; it’s such a welcoming and kind community at Rockbar and with all the contestants, and this year and last have been so amazing to compete in. They all truly have inspired me and helped me push myself and my drag there, from the judges to other queens at the bar. I actually met Ivory Snow and Harriet Tugsmen at the amateur night at Albatross, and a few months later we found ourselves competing in Mx Rockbar. They’re my sisters who have supported me from the beginning, and we all competed again this year. It was crazy how we all made it to the finals.

The fans you made this year at Mx. Rockbar now have a new opportunity to see you at that venue again! Tell us about “BBF,” your show this coming Monday night with Giardia the Parasite!

It’s in the works to be an established show there–haven’t figured out an exact day of the week yet, lol! “BBL” (Bonitas Baratas y Locas, which means “pretty, cheap and crazy” in Spanish) is a Latinx theme show Giardia and I have been thinking about for a couple of months. We’ve been wanting to show appreciation for Latinx culture, artistry and music! We wanna include references to many things you see in the Latinx community and experience. Giardia and I have an affinity for just being silly and ridiculous on stage, so we want to continue to give that to folks!


Should be a great show! Okay lastly: what do you want for Christmas this year?

Now this is a tough one. I can’t decide between wanting more wigs and shoes, or wishing for the health and safety of my family and friends. I kinda also just want a trip somewhere nice for a bit, too… but I can figure that out for next year, lol!

Thanks, Taína!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Taína La Fina’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Instagram.

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Podcast: Sherry Poppins Bloops & Bleeps Her Way to the GLAMs

Thotlight is nominated for a GLAM Award! Jim and Freddie chat Thanksgiving and revel in their nominations, and prepare for Awards Season! And wait… are Jim’s ancient parents really coming to the ceremony!? 

Then it’s time to chat with  two time GLAM nominee Sherry Poppins! This eclectic and unpredictable comedy queen discusses her POV on the difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan and Astoria drag (and even the difference between Icon & Albatross), growing up in “the seedy underbelly” of Long Island, the phenomenon that is (was!?) SUNY Purchase drag, the beginnings and recent anniversary of her nutty drag production troop STR8 to DVD, what makes C’mon Everybody great, how she connects with an audience,  lip synching commercials and the Wii Shop Channel music, all her gigs including a big upcoming Christmas show, and ho-ing in the Financial District!

In the news: a full discussion of the Colorado Springs Q Club shooting; a vandal who threw rocks at new NYC gay bar VERS is arrested; popular young Black nightlife event producer Frank Watson passes away;  Julius‘ is one step closer to landmark status; Jinkx Monsoon is coming to Broadway; Tom Delay spotted at Hardware; Shangela presents a moving number in the Dancing with the Stars finale; Legendary is cancelled.

Freddie and Jim also begin their Soon-To-Be-Iconic GLAM category discussions and win predictions! This week: Group or Duo, Competition, Gogo Boy and Hair Design!

Email us: thotlight@redeyeny.com

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Sunday (11.27.2022)

SUNDAY (11.27.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING


[PLAYTHINGZ @ Playhouse Sundays 3-7pm]

WEST VILLAGE



EAST VILLAGE / LES

TRIBECA / CHINATOWN / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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Saturday (11.26.2022)

SATURDAY (11.26.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON


COMING NOVEMBER 25TH TO KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON!
Daniel Nardicio presents Dina Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) will bring her famed holiday trainwreck of a show to Sony Hall for the first time since pre-Covid, and NYC is very ready for her. In this hysterically funny show, Martina blends a truly wondrous mix of questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side-splitting video to bring back your favorite holiday tradition. 
TIX HERE. THIRD SHOW (SAT 11/26) ADDED!


CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE



BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

NEW JERSEY


Want to unwind on Sundays after brunch with drinks and music and drag, not pay a fortune and still be home by Grown Folks Time? Cum to PLAYTHINGZ, an new Sunday daytime dance party (3-7pm) at Playhouse Bar in the West Village, with pop up shows from some of New York drag’s hottest new stars, care of Thotyssey NYC & Phil Chanel! Get all the deets here.

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DIVES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DRINK N’ DRAW | FETISH | GAMES | GEEKY | GOGO BOYS | KARAOKE | LATIN | LESBIAN | LIVE MUSIC | OFF-BROADWAY | OPEN MIC | PAGEANTS & COMPETITIONS | PIANO BARS | SAFE SPACES | SCENE QUEENS | SPORTS BARS | TRIVIA | WATCH DRAG RACE

Save the Date | Full Calendar | Christmas

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